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Sunday, 19 November


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Wednesday, 15 November


Australians say Yes to marriage equality "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Australians have overwhelmingly voted Yes to the question of whether LGBTI Australians can marry the person they love. 61.6% of people who voted in the marriage equality postal survey voted Yes. 133 out of 150 electorates voted Yes.

Anna Brown, Director of Legal Advocacy with the Human Rights Law Centre and Co-Chair of the Equality Campaign, said it was incredible to see such strong support for marriage equality and a fair go for all LGBTI Australians right across the nation.

The nation has put its heart into winning this survey. LGBTI Australians, their friends and families will be celebrating. All Australians should have the same opportunities for love, commitment and happiness. All Australians should be able to marry the person they love. This result confirms that the majority of Australians absolutely agree, said Ms Brown.

12.7 million Australians returned their surveys in the optional postal survey, representing 79.5 per cent of voters.

Lee Carnie, lawyer with the Human Rights Law Centre, said it was incredible to see such a high level of turnout right across the nation.

Australians have responded to the postal survey in numbers that are overwhelming and with efforts that are both touching and beautiful. This result shows how important this issue is to Australians and the urgency with which we expect Parliament to pass a fair bill to ensure all Australians are treated equally.

The journey to marriage equality will not end with todays announcement of the survey result; legislation will still need to be passed by Parliament.

The country and the world will be watching our Parliament closely. Todays strong Yes result should put an end to politicians in Canberra playing games with the lives and dignity of same-sex couples across Australia. It is an opportunity to pass marriage equality to bring great happiness to so many Australians and it takes from no one, said Lee Carnie.

Australians have done their job, now it's time for the politicians to do theirs and vote through a fair bill that delivers marriage equality this week. This is about everyday Australians our families, friends, neighbours, colleagues and teammates who should very soon enjoy the same status and dignity as every other Australian. Achieving marriage equality will be a unifying moment for the nation. Lets get on with it, said Anna Brown.

For media inquiries and interviews:

Michelle Bennett, HRLCs Director of Communications: 0419 100 519


Yes! By Over 60 Per Cent! There Goes $122 Million And Three Months Of Our Lives, But At Least Its Done "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The people have spoken. Marriage equality in Australia is long overdue. Chris Graham reports.

The marriage equality postal vote has delivered a stunning victory for same-sex attracted couples around the nation, with the Australian Bureau of Statistics announcing the results a short time ago.

Marriage-equality-graphicYes votes 61.6% (7,817,247); No votes  38.4% (4,873,987).

Every vote and territory in Australia voted in favour of marriage equality, and the participation rate nationally was 79.5% a high result for a non-compulsory vote. All age groups had high participation rate turnouts.

The ACT delivered by far the highest Yes vote, with 74%. NSW delivered the lowest, with 57.8%.

Thus, attempts by ultra-conservative and religious groups in Australia led by political pundits such as Tony Abbott, Cory Bernardi, Eric Abetz and the Australian Christian Lobbys Lyle Shelton to divert debate to issues like gender education and political correctness did not confuse the Australian public.

The result has weakened further an already flailing Turnbull Government, which has been down in the polls for the majority of the year.

The marriage equality postal vote was conceived by Liberal minister Peter Dutton, in an attempt to delay or weaken the push for same-sex marriage.

It has failed, and spectacularly so.

It was a high-stakes, $122 million gamble for Dutton. If Australians voted no, or even if the result was close, Dutton would have been a hero of the extreme right, and strengthened his run for the Prime Ministers job in the process.

Instead, Australians have delivered a stunning rebuke to Dutton, and Malcolm Turnbulls government.

What Dutton has also done has polarized even further a nation of voters with deep antipathy towards a government which, since July 2, 2016, has lurched from disaster to disaster, and everything in between.

ABS Chief Statistician David Kalisch announces the results of the marriage equality postal plebiscite in Canberra on November 15.ABS Chief Statistician David Kalisch announces the results of the marriage equality postal plebiscite in Canberra on November 15.

Duttons play helped add an additional 90,000 voters to the electoral roll, all of whom joined prior to the plebiscite, presumably to vote on marriage equality.

Based on the result, the majority, obviously, wanted it.



Marriage equality survey result announced "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Australian Bureau of Statistics has announced the result of the national marriage equality postal vote survey.

Australian Statistician David Kalisch made the announcement in Canberra this morning at 10am AESDT.

Yes responses were 61.6 per cent of clear responses (7,817,247 votes).

No responses were 38.4 per cent of clear responses (4,873,987 votes).

Just 0.2 per cent were unclear (36,686 votes).

Every state and territory recorded a majority Yes result.

All were over 60 per cent, except NSW with the lowest result 57.8 per cent.

The highest was the ACT with 74 per cent.

Some 64.9 per cent of Victorians voted and 60.7 per cent of Queenslanders voted Yes.

A majority Yes outcome was recorded in 133 of the countrys 150 commonwealth electorates. A majority No outcome was recorded in only 17 electorates.

Participation in the survey was over 70 per cent in almost all but four commonwealth electorates. Of those, it was over 60 per cent in three and over 50 per cent in the remaining one.

There was a response rate of 79.5 per cent or more than 12.7 million people.

More than 70 per cent of each age group voted.

Ballina MP welcomes result

Greens Member for Ballina, Tamara Smith MP has welcomed the result of the survey.

This is a fantastic result for civil rights in our country I hope the Federal Government acts quickly to now enable same sex couples to get legally married and give them the same rights as other married couples, said Ms Smith.

Saying yes to change and to equality for same sex couples is something Australians can be proud of and is a reflection on the long campaign for civil rights by the LGBTIQ community.

My thanks go to all those in the Ballina electorate who worked to achieve this historic result, said Ms Smith.

More to come


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Tuesday, 14 November


ALP, Greens, NXT respond to latest TPP-11 news "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

November 15, 2017: TPP-11 talks have been salvaged for now. The unpopular trade agreement has been rebranded the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). It still contains special rights for foreign investors to sue governments (ISDS), and controversial clauses have been suspended rather than deleted. The deal would restrict future governments from re-regulating essential services, and result in more vulnerable temporary migrant workers.

Below is a summary of responses from the ALP the Greens and NXT.

Labors Jason Clare MP, Shadow Minister for Trade and Investment, said the delay in finalising a deal is an opportunity for the Turnbull government to fix flaws in the TPP. He called for investor dispute settlement clauses (ISDS) to be renegotiated), and reiterated Labors recent calls for the Productivity Commission to conduct independent economic modelling of the deal.

On the issue of vulnerable temporary workers and  labour market testing, he said: In the TPP Turnbull waived labour market testing for six countries - Canada, Peru, Mexico, Brunei, Malaysia and Vietnam Turnbull should put Australian workers first and reinstate labour market testing in the CPTPP for those countries.

Greens Trade spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said Australians have been let down by the Turnbull government as it attempts to resurrect the fraught TPP.

"While Canada and New Zealand's Prime Ministers have stood up for their local communities and economies Malcolm Turnbull was prepared to trade away our democratic rights, letting multinational corporations power to sue our governments and taxpayers. The insidious ISDS clauses are threat to community action and progressive government and policy reform.  These anti-people, anti-environment clauses will allow big corporations to weaken our environmental, labour and cultural rules and protections. The Turnbull Government must stop trading away our democratic and cultural assets and instead get on with reforming the treaty negotiation process, so Australians can have confidence these deals are being done in their interests.

NXT spokesperson, Nick Xenophon, said:


TPP 11 critical analysis from experts and Fairfax media "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Conversation features critical analysis from Pat Ranald, Deborah Gleeson,  Belinda Townsend  and others  about what has and hasnt changed in the TPP11 after the ministerial meetings last week. See also Peter Martin's article in Fairfax media.




Aust to help lead aid efforts for Rohingya "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

More than 600,000 Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar have fled to Bangladesh, following military atrocities that the United Nations has dubbed a text book case of ethnic cleansing.

Myanmars army has released a report denying all allegations of mass rape and killings by security forces.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull held private talks with Myanmars de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi on the margins of the East Asia Summit in Manila.

Later during an address to assembled leaders he expressed concerns for the welfare of victims of the violence.

Its understood he told leaders he welcomed Ms Suu Kyis efforts to resolve the crisis and heaped praise on Indonesias diplomacy efforts.

A Nobel Peace Prize winner, Ms Suu Kyi has come under fire from the international community over her handling of the crisis.Myanmar is predominately Buddhist and Rohingya people do not have citizenship and the government considers them as illegal migrants from Bangladesh.

The country is making a rocky transition to a civilian government after 49 years of military rule.

The Turnbull government last week announced a four week fundraising campaign for aid agencies responding to the humanitarian crisis.

The government will match public donation of up to $5 million to the Australian Red Cross and the United Nations refugee arm.

The government has pledged $30 million in emergency funds since September.Australias military is continuing defence cooperation with Myanmar despite the United Kingdom and United States issuing a ban.

Military assistance is worth almost $400,000 and involves training in humanitarian assistance, disaster relief, peace keeping and English classes.

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NZ to give $NZ3m to Manus, Nauru refugees "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Jacinda Ardern, the new prime minister of New Zealand.

Jacinda Ardern, the new prime minister of New Zealand.

New Zealand will spend $NZ3 million ($A2.7 million) to provide essential services for refugees and asylum seekers on Manus Island and Nauru while still putting pressure on Australia to accept an offer to resettle 150 people.

NZ Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern revealed the spend after a second conversation in two days with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull over Canberras handling of the issue.

Meetings have also been held by officials from both sides and the Kiwis will begin work to expedite processing if and when the offer is taken up.

That is more progress than New Zealand has seen on the offer, first made by former prime minister John Key four years ago, in some time, Ms Ardern said.

But its still expected to take around five months to process and resettle any refugees sent to New Zealand and there remains a need to care for those on the islands in the interim, she said.

We intend to work with Papua New Guinea and other agencies like the International Red Cross to financially support them with any additional needs that they may need to be met while those refugees remain on the island, she announced in Manila late on Tuesday night (local time).

Australia is aware of that spend and Ms Ardern said she imagined they would be pleased rather than embarrassed to see New Zealand stepping in to assist with a resolution.

Meanwhile New Zealands offer has strong support from within the parliament.

The Senate passed a motion on Tuesday afternoon calling on Mr Turnbull to accept New Zealands offer.

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has also urged Mr Turnbull to reconsider.

Ms Ardern has spoken to Mr Shorten about the offer, most recently in passing several weeks ago.

Ive seen public statements from him so Ive seen his position on it but obviously were working with the Australian government on the issue, she said.

The offer was first made to Labor prime minister Julia Gillard, who rejected it.

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Keating warns of China-US relationship "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Former prime minister Paul Keating. AAP Image/POOL/Mick Tsikas

Former prime minister Paul Keating. AAP Image/POOL/Mick Tsikas

Paul Keating warns Australias greatest challenge will be determined by how the relationship between China and the United States plays out over the next 20 years.

For Australia, there is no bigger threat than a breakdown of co-operation between the US and China, the former prime minister told the annual Committee for Economic Development of Australia dinner in Sydney on Tuesday.

We must do all we can to resist such an impasse, he said referring to escalation in tension between the two superpowers.

America is still and will remain our security alliance partner, the worlds predominant military power and a great democracy.

He told diners Australia had an overwhelming interest in making sure the two powerful states co-exist harmoniously.

Mr Keating said he believed the recent meeting between US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping to have been encouraging.

During this meeting Mr Trump referred to President Xi Jinping as a great friend and said the Chinese people should be proud to have him as their leader.

Despite the appearance of a growing bromance, Mr Keating said there was no real evidence of progress on the key issues of the USs massive trade imbalance or North Koreas nuclear program.

He said Australia had no interest in publicly or privately encouraging the US or China down the path of crude economic nationalism.

Mr Keating said in government he had been committed to market reforms but always alongside the economic and social imperatives of inclusion and justice.

However the US lacked this balance.

We can see in America today what the loss of these balances means, watching the extremes of income and wealth rip at the fabric of American society.

As time has passed we can see how superior Australias model under Labor has been.

However Mr Keating added despite Australias prosperity he had a growing concern for income distribution is becoming more unequal and our wealth distribution much more so.

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Vaccine could give hope to cancer patients "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Australian researchers are working on a revolutionary vaccine to help people in their fight against breast and gastric cancer.

The vaccine, developed by Melbourne-based biopharmaceutical company Imugene, is designed to treat patients with higher-than-normal levels of the HER2 protein which can cause cancer to become more aggressive.

Imugenes chief scientific officer Ursula Wiedermann said the vaccine helps stimulate a patients immune system to fight the cancer and could in future be used in combination with chemotherapy, radiation and other treatments.

Repeated doses of the vaccine would continue to be given to patients to help keep cancer at bay.

Its like tetanus, you need a booster vaccine to keep the memory of the immune system activated, Prof Wiedermann told News Corp.

The HER-vaxx is currently being trialled among gastric cancer patients in Asia.

The HER2 protein, also known as human epidermal growth factor receptor 2, helps cells grow and divide.

But when too much of the protein is produced in the body it can cause cancer to grow faster and spread.

About one in five people have HER2-positive breast cancer.

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Market Talk- November 14, 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

All core markets finished lower in Asia today, with the possible exception of the Nikkei that closed almost unchanged. The Hang Seng closed small down but was Shanghai that lost -0.5% which after the data was actually not that bad! Today we saw Industrial Production, Retail Sales and Investment Spending and it was the talk for the day as it appears the government crack-down on debt is well underway. Industrial Production fell 0.1% short of expectations at 6.2%, Retail Sales at 10% and Investment from 9.2% down to just 5.6 in October. However, even given todays data releases China will comfortably meet the governments 6.5% projections. The Resources decline hindered the Australian ASX with a near 1% fall on the day. The SENSEX did open better but was pulled lower by all other markets. Eventually, after a brief attempt to rally mid-afternoon, the index closed on its days low -0.3%.

Early talk was of the declining price of cable, trading around 1.3050 (-0.5%) at one stage after UK inflation data was released. A 3% print is not matching the scare that the BOE warned may print, but I guess it saves on the price of a postage stamp! Sterling did recover towards the end of the day after rumours that BREXIT offers may require approval but also US tax delays could hinder dollar strength. The Euro traded well all day after German GDP rose 0.8% , well above the 0.6% forecast. This figure however did not help Europes core equity indices however, as both DAX and CAC saw declines of around -0.4%. FTSE finished almost unchanged whilst Spains IBEX closed the weaker of the bunch down -0.6%.

GE was again the headline conversation for US markets with an 8% decline yet again today. The days lows were hit early and the remainder a result prices actually recovered. It did look scary at one stage mid morning but the worst was over. There is still uncertainty surrounding tax proposals and its this lack of clarity that markets fear. The Producer Prices were a welcome sign and again this encourages more curve flattening.

2s closed 1.69% (+1bp), 10s 2.38% (-3bp), 30s 2.83% (-4bp), Bunds 0.39% (-2bp), France 0.75% (-3bp), Italy 1.81% (-1bp), Greece 5% (+2bp), Turkey 11.98% (u/c), Portugal 1.95% (-1bp)...



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JUMPING JUNIPER, ITS GIN CLUB "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Mill House has set up Gin Club and believe me, this is a club you want to neb part of.

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Supporting survivors of childhood sexual abuse "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Hearfelt house in Wollongbar, Lismore. Photo supplied.

Hearfelt house in Wollongbar, Lismore. Photo supplied.

Supporting a survivor of childhood sexual abuse as a partner, friend, non-offending parent, sibling, work colleague, family member or adult child of a survivor can often leave people feeling helpless in knowing what is going on and how to support them, said Heidi Tornow, program development coordinator for Heartfelt House near Lismore.

Eyes Wide Open is a seminar aimed at helping the people in a relationship with an adult survivor of childhood sexual abuse, from a partner or work colleague to family members, to both understand and help the person they love and care for.

Children feel deeply betrayed when a trusted adult sexually abuses them. Their sense of safety is shattered and they often feel intense shame and guilt and that it was their fault that the abuse took place, said Heidi.

This can and often does continue into adulthood, affecting their capacity to have fulfilling relationships and friendships. Many decide to rather live in isolation than admitting to someone they care about, what has happened to them.

People who are in the immediate environment of a survivor truly care about their partner/ friend/ sibling/ adult daughter or son but feel often helpless in knowing what is going on and how to support them.

The seminar aims to creating understanding of the myths around child sexual abuse, grooming, coping strategies and potential ways  to support survivors in empowering ways.

Seminars are run twice a year and there are four places left for the upcoming seminar this Saturday, November 18. Bookings are essential and can be made on 6628 8940.

Adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse are invited to contact Heartfelt House to apply for participation in its 18-week group program Taking the First Steps. For more information you can look them up online here.



Man charged over Pacific Motorway double fatality "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The driver of a vehicle that crashed, killing two passengers, in the Tweed earlier this year has now been charged.

About 4.20pm on Sunday, August 13, police were called to the Pacific Motorway, Cudgera Creek, following reports a silver Toyota Camry had left the roadway and collided with a cement bridge and landed in a culvert.

Officers from Tweed/Byron Local Area Command and NSW Ambulance paramedics attended; however, two women, aged 64 and 46, both died at the scene.

A 47-year-old man and a 14-year-old boy were treated at the scene and airlifted to Gold Coast University Hospital with non life threatening injuries.

Police from the Richmond Crash Investigation Unit commenced an investigation resulting in a 47-year-old man attending Tweed Heads Police Station yesterday (Tuesday, November 14).

He was charged with dangerous driving occasioning death and negligent driving occasioning death.

He was refused bail and put before Tweed Heads Local Court where he was granted bail.

His next court appearance is scheduled for January 17.



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Byron Council seeks to resolve Broken Head parking issue "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Beachgoers parking along the sides of Seven Mile Beach Road hindered emergency services' access to an injured man on Sunday (September 24). Photo Ian Cohen

Beachgoers parking along the sides of Seven Mile Beach Road hindered emergency services access to an injured man on Sunday, September 24. Photo Ian Cohen

The issue between residents along Seven Mile Beach Road, Broken Head, who want limited to no parking, and those wanting access to the beaches was tabled at Councils November 2 meeting.

Director infrastructure services Phil Holloway told councillors that they have been working with residents for some time on the issue and the current signs were replaced after the signs were vandalised.

It happens nearly on a weekly basis, he said. We had meetings with RMS, police and residents and have developed an action plan. Putting rocks along the road deters parking, he said, which is needed in case of an emergency.

While he said the signage replacement was originally a direction from the local traffic committee (LTC), Mr Holloway did admit that We werent using the LTC as a sounding board for every range of issue that could occur on that road.

Meanwhile, mayor Simon Richardson told the chamber he congratulates staff for coming to an outcome. 

Its one of the most biodiverse regions in the state, he said. The dust on the road has serious impacts residents have asked for it to be a closed road. The risk of bushfire is high. Staff are in a bind.

Yet the mayor did acknowledge that, We havent communicated before acting.

This [issue] hasnt gone out in the public its been a response to the residents. They are a persistent group.

Cr Sarah Ndiayes motion was eventually supported, which asks staff to provide a report on the current issues facing the Seven Mile Beach community and the Broken Head nature reserve and indicative costings and consi...


Local preschools receive infrastructure grants "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Byron Bay Preschool. Photo Byron4Kids

Byron Bay Preschool. Photo Byron4Kids

Byron Bay, Lismore and Goonellabah preschools will benefit from recent NSW government infrastructure grants.

Parliamentary secretary for northern NSW Ben Franklin (Nationals) said the Start Strong grants will go towards constructing a new building at Byron Bay Preschool, a new room at Goonellabah Preschool and a purpose built flood resilient structure at Lismore Preschool.

He said, The north coasts future doctors, teachers and lawyers are being shaped in our preschools as we speak, so it really is an investment in the future of our community. 

The government press release claims that the grants build on their recent announcement that preschool fees in NSW have reduced by an average of 25 per cent, following an historic investment of $330 million to ensure more children have access to 600 hours of quality, affordable early childhood education. 

But local NSW MP Tamara Smith (Greens) told The Echo, The Start Strong funding is purely for infrastructure, so there is no evidence it will reduce fees.

NSW spends the lowest amount per child as a percentage of state expenditure; NSW has the lowest proportion of spending in the country at 0.4 per cent.

Parents in NSW have to pay more than any other state to access preschool services, so its no wonder we also have the lowest participation rate and lowest attendance rate in preschool for children in the year before starting school.

The government is aiming for 15 hours per week at preschool in the year before school, when most children are aged four, but many other countries have free, full-time early childhood education for two years before school so NSW is a mile behind.

We have a lot of ground to make up, and providing infrastructure grants alone will not address the extent to which our children need to catch up to their peers in other states and other countries.



Twitter colludes with Dems, leaks Trump Jr./Wikileaks DMs - Trump Jr. responds by releasing the whole exchange, proving there's nothing to it "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Twitter continues to show its liberal left teeth, undermining its own terms and privacy in an effort to derail Trump's presidency. The Atlantic published private messages between Wikileaks and Trump Jr. under the headline and excerpt... "The Secret Correspondence Between Donald Trump Jr. and WikiLeaks" The transparency organization asked the president's son for his cooperation - in sharing its work, in contesting the results of the election, and in arranging for Julian Assange to be Australia's ambassador to the United States. The Atlantic notes that, "The messages, obtained by The Atlantic, were also turned over by Trump Jr.'s lawyers to congressional investigators."


Another False Flag Shooting In California-The Official Narrative Is Already Changing "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Another False Flag Shooting In California-The Official Narrative Is Already Changing

Question:  Psst, How do you know the Californial school shooting is a false flag?
  Answer: Because the story keeps changing and now we know there is only one shooter when it was clearly reported it was two shooters.

My heart goes out to the people of Corning, California, the victims and their families for yet another horrific event involving mass murder.

After the Vegas Massacre, I predicted we were going to see false flag events involving (1) malls, (2) churces and (3) schools. Since that prediction just over a week a go, we have had mass murder events perpetrated at two of the three venues.

After the false flag in Sutherland Springs, TX., Paul Preston of Agenda 21 Radio accurately predicted that the next event would be at a California school. Unfortunately, Paul was correct.

The Common Sense Show is calling on authorities across the nation to recognize that our nation is at war with domestic terrorists. Every school, mall and church needs to be guarded by people who are armed. 

We know that the Vegas Massacre was carried out by more than one shooter. We know that the Texas church shooting was carried out by more than one shooter. We know that the recent California school shooting was carried out by 2 men. However, in each case the federal authorities are attempting to control the narrative and falsely report that the presence of one shooter for each of the evvents. Why? Because two or more shooters implies a conspiracy. A conspiracy would be tied to a motive and the true motives behind these events must remain hidden for the events to have their desired effect. What effect would that be? These events are being inspired and executed by forces formed by George Soros. The purpose is to create so much chaos, that the UN, as Fox News reported, would be allowed to police America in this time of national chaos.

If we ever allow this to happen, this would be the death blow to this country and its citizes.

Please note below from this first report from the scene of this afternoons shooting that 2 men were involved.

The Changing News Accounts...


November 14 Energy News geoharvey "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Opinion: Repair or Renovate? Puerto Rico Faces Stark Power Grid Options It has been 68 days since Hurricane Irma took down much of Puerto Ricos aging power grid and 54 days since Maria took the rest, leaving nearly all 3.4 million residents without electricity. Experts say the island is in desperate need of []

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US Senate Hearing on Restricting US Presidents Ability to Launch a Nuclear First Strike (Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017) "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Like Markey, an Irish-American US Senator from Massachusetts, but who then became US President: John Fitzgerald Kennedy. Massachusetts Senator Markey Welcomes Senate Hearing on Presidential Authority to Order the Use of Nuclear Weapons Thursday, November 9, 2017. Has introduced legislation to limit U.S. presidents ability to conduct a nuclear first strike without prior authorization from []

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The Gary Null Show 11.14.17 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Today is November 14th and like always The Gary Null Show is here to inform you on the best news in health, healing, the environment and all things political around the world. On this episode Gary has elizabeth on the phone to answer all of your health questions you have been emailing in to Gary also has a commentary from ...

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Nuclear Cattle: Film on Fukushima farmers hits cinema screens "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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A documentary film on the struggles of cattle farmers in the wake of the Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant disaster in 2011 has been released across the country.
Nuclear Cattle, directed by Tamotsu Matsubara, 58, focuses on the farmers response after the government ordered them to slaughter livestock exposed to radiation due to the disaster.
Matsubara spent about five years making the film, repeatedly returning to affected areas in Fukushima Prefecture from June 2011 onward, capturing the thoughts of the cattle farmers.
People whose voices arent normally heard often ring the truest, Matsubara says, referring to the people he met.
As a consequence of the disaster, the farmers have been unable to sell cattle exposed to radiation, and are also losing money on food for the animals. Yet in some cases, they continue to keep the cows.
Among those featured in the film is

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US Atomic Veterans Who Helped Out During Fukushima Lawsuit Against TEPCO For Radiation Exposure (USS Ronald Reagan) "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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On the afternoon of March 12, the day following the earthquake, Plaintiffs arrived off the coasts of Fukushima Prefecture aboard the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Ronald Reagan and other vessels to provide humanitarian aid. Plaintiffs allege that TEPCO promulgated false information regarding the extent of the damage to the FNPP, misleading the public, Japanese officials, and the U.S. military. They allege that TEPCOs management publicly announced that there was no danger to those participating in Operation Tomodachi, despite knowing that there was a risk of radiation exposure. Plaintiffs claim that they and U.S. military officials were unaware of the extent of the radiation leak and that they would not have been deployed as close to the FNPP had TEPCO been forthcoming about the damage. They further allege that the U.S. military would not ordinarily discover such radiation absent sufficient warning. On March 14, two days after their

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EU to stop radiation check on Fukushima rice etc. "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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The European Commission shows that once more it does not give a damn about the health of the European, this time by lifting the restrictions and controls on the Fukushima products, rice, some fishes and seafood!!!


The problem is it might not even be clearly labelled  from Fukushima, and most of people in Europe are still quite ignorant of internal radiation thru contaminated produce.
The EU allows Chernobyl area berries and mushrooms to be labeled as organic. Fukushima rice should fit right in .
The European Union has decided to lift import control on some agricultural produce and seafood from Japanese prefectures affected by the 2011 Fukushima nuclear accident.
Currently, food products from 13 Japanese prefectures remain under control even after gradual easing by the EU. These products cannot enter EU nations without a radiation safety certificate to prove the

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Golf tournament a golden vein for local charity "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Anthony Magarry from Lismore City Council, a member of the Local Government Charity Golf Day organising committee, and Our Kids fundraising coordinator Rebekka Battista with the new AccuVein AV400, which helps medical professionals find veins easier and administer needles to children more efficiently. Photo supplied.

Anthony Magarry from Lismore City Council, a member of the Local Government Charity Golf Day organising committee, and Our Kids fundraising coordinator Rebekka Battista with the new AccuVein AV400, which helps medical professionals find veins easier and administer needles to children more efficiently. Photo supplied.

For thirty-five years the annual Local Government Charity Golf Day has been raising money for charity and this year they exceeded their target by $2,000 and raised a whopping $11,000. The money has been donated to Our Kids, enabling the charity to purchase three pieces of life-saving equipment for the emergency and paediatric departments at Lismore Base Hospital.

The golf day was attended by more than 145 golfers and this years target was to raise $9000 to purchase an AccuVein AV400 that digitally displays a map of the vasculature on the surface of the skin in real time, making administering needles to children more efficient and reduces discomfort.

This piece of equipment will help the medical team diagnose and treat our children and babies much better, Our Kids fundraising coordinator Rebekka Battista said.

This is will have such a big impact to our families in the region.

Rebekka explained that the extra $2000 would go toward purchasing other important items for mums and bubs in the Special Care Nursery at Lismore Base Hospital.

Two feeding armchairs are much needed in the new Special Care Nursery feeding room, Rebekka said.

This is where mums take the bub out of the humidicrib or cot and spend time with their little ones in privacy to give skin-to- skin treatment and breastfeed. At present there is no such chair, only an office chair, which has been uncomfortable for our mums who have just given birth.



A Climate Friendly Gippsland Business Black Rainbow Printing "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Charley Daniel, proprietor of Black Rainbow Printing, has been an environmental activist for most of his life. A natural part of his activism leading by example was the establishment of his printing business in 1987. Originally located in Gelantipy the business is now located just north of Bairnsdale at Mount Lookout. It is little known that in 2008 Black Rainbow was acknowledged as one of the top environmentally responsible printers in the worldwide Heidelberg International Eco Printing Awards.

The business is climate friendly for a number of reasons starting with the impressive array of solar panels which powers all of Black Rainbows operations. Associated with this is the use of 100% recycled paper in all the operations as part of the protection of native forests. Charley was amongst those small group of heroes tirelessly advocating for the preservation of native forests long before climate change was even recognised. He is well aware of the value of these forests as a carbon store and through his management and protection of 100 acres of native forest in East Gippsland. As a carbon sink the business is carbon negative that is it sequests more carbon than it produces.

A selection from the long list of other climate friendly credentials on his website includes: Australias first green printers, still setting international benchmarks for environmentally responsible printing; specialising in the use of recycled, alternative fibre and reclaimed papers and environmentally responsible stocks; Thoroughly research(ing) the origin of paper and the authenticity of manufacturers environmental claims; Fully recycle 100% of all paper waste in our paper recovery program; Reduce, re-use, recycle in all aspects of our business operations and lobbying paper manufacturers (1980s) to supply responsible stocks resulting in first Australian availability.

Of his recent extra activities Charley is the retiring secretary of the Gippsland Environment Group. On a personal note he has done a number of small printing jobs for me pamphlets, posters, How to Vote and Business Cards for my political candidacy (mostly as a climate independent) in various elections over the last few years. In this he has been competitive and generous in his time and labour.



Time is Running Out #StopAdani #Qldvotes #COP23 jpratt27 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Climate scientists warn time is running out to prevent global environmental collapse By Michael Edwards Time is running out to prevent a global environmental collapse thats the stark warning 15,364 of the worlds leading climate scientists have sent out. Key points: 15,364 scientists from 180 countries out their names to the BioScience journal []

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Mass Shooters are Disproportionately US Veterans "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Editorial Are veterans of the U.S. military disproportionately likely to be mass killers in the United States? Asking such a question is difficult, first because of concerns of profiling, discrimination, etc., and second, because its hard to answer.

Its important to answer because its important for us to know whether military training is contributing to this epidemic, a fact that (one must rush to say) would not somehow eliminate the roles played by gender, guns, mental illness, domestic violence, a violent culture, the mass media, economic inequality, or anything else.

Looking at this list of mass shootings in the United States, one notices the following:

  • ninety-eight percent of the shootings were done by male shooters;
  • the vast majority had mental health problems;
  • the racial breakdown looks roughly equivalent to that in the population as a whole;
  • the creators of the list have not bothered to create a thorough record of which shooters had been in the military.

Beginning to sort out an answer, one quickly discovers that many mass-killings by veterans have been excluded from this list. World War II veteran Howard Barton Unruh killed 13 people in 1949 in New Jersey, but that was too early to make it onto this list. Persian Gulf veteran Timothy McVeigh killed 168 in Oklahoma City in 1995 but didnt use guns. Persian Gulf veteran Robert Flores shot his three nursing professors in Tucson, Arizona, in 2002, but only killings of four or more have been included. The same restriction keeps out U.S. Marine Corps veteran Radcliffe Haughtons killing of three women in Wisconsin in 2012. Even the D.C. sniper, Persian Gulf veteran John Allen Muhammad, who killed 17 in the Washington, D.C., area in 2002, with a partner, and using guns, is not included perhaps because he didnt kill all of his victims at once.

Proceeding with this list nonetheless, we should be able to determine what percentage of the shooters on the list are veterans, and then compare that to the general population. But how exactly do we do that? It would be crazy to look at figures for the general population as opposed to those for men only, because the percentages of men and of women who are veterans are very different. And even looking at men only, the percentage who are veterans in the U.S. population varies dramatically by age group. Almost all of the shooters are men, and almost all of them are between ages 18 and 59. Above age 59, the percentage of men in the general population who are veterans leaps up dramatically. Between 18 and 59 by averaging the percentages for each age year about 1...


Talk Nation Radio: War Stories "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The late Eduardo Galeanos forthcoming book, Hunter of Stories, has five or ten sentences on each page each page a tiny story, their combination engaging and powerful. Galeano includes the story of a war resister who chose to die rather than kill, and that of an Iraqi who foretold and pre-grieved the 2003 looting of the National Museum, also the story of former drone pilot Brandon Bryant who quit after killing a child and being lied to that the child had been a dog, not to mention the story of the World War I Christmas truces. These are all true stories, some new and some familiar, all well documented elsewhere, but Galeano doesnt bother with the documentation here. He simply tells the stories extremely simply, he tells the stories. He inspires me to offer the following, and to search for more. If you have ideas for the very best incidents to recount that fit into the following pattern, please let me know. The stories here are meant, not to depict every aspect of war or peace, much less to cover the entire history of war and peace. Theres no need to send me the full list of thousands and millions of stories not included here. The stories below are meant to encourage questioning of war-thinking. Send me the best anecdotes that further that project please.

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1) NZ's Peters asked to help end Papua standoff "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

2) Unidentified gunmen attack Freeport car, injure one
4) Food Allotment for Papua Hostages Blocked by Armed Group: Police
5) Police Use Persuasive Approach to Face Armed Groups in Papua


1) NZ's Peters asked to help end Papua standoff

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New Zealand Foreign Minister Winston Peters is being asked to appeal to Jakarta to peacefully negotiate an end a stand off in Papua.



Jail Time and Debt Recovery using the powers vested in Senator Ryan, then Special Minister of State "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

It appears from the statements issued by a Senator Scott Ryan, then Special Minister of State, and Antony Green, the ABC guru on election matters, and Senator George Brandis, the Attorney-General, that they all consider those who fail the dual nationality test are liable to repay their salary and entitlements. This is hardly surprising since that is the law !


Do they do the "perp walk" in Israel? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

"The Australian casino owner James Packer and the Hollywood producer Arnon Milchan probably never imagined they would be running a free drinks delivery service for the Israeli prime minister and his wife. But when Sara Netanyahu called an assistant of...


A piece of Byron history set for renewal "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Business partners Phil Taylor and Parkway Drives Ben Gordon. Photo Jeff Dawson

Business partners Phil Taylor and Parkway Drives Ben Gordon. Photo Jeff Dawson

Ben Gordons latest project outside touring and recording with metalcore band Parkway Drive will soon be unveiled along Bangalow Rd.

Hes in the process of renovating Macs Milk Bar and hopes to be open by the beginning of December.

Ben says, When I initially saw that the building was for sale, my first thought was that it would be a real shame if a foreign investor or Sydney developer type ended up buying it and ripping it down or turning it into something the community didnt want.

Its an old iconic building that has been there for a long time so I felt compelled to try to protect it. I remember walking there after school and buying two-cent lollies in the early 90s.


We looked into the history of the building and found out that it has been a general store since 1947. It was built by Andy and June Blair for their son, who returned home from World War II.

Its had several different names in that time, such as Walls Store, Greys Store and it wasnt until the mid- 80s that it was named Macs Milk Bar. 

Weve tried to honour the building as much as possible by bringing it back to its original form using recycled materials from that same era, as well as putting a lot of thought and effort into small details.

Its been even more rewarding having my dad there to add his old-school touch, as he has been building and renovating houses in Byron for the last 50 years.

Main goals

Our main goals are to support locals, both customers and suppliers/producers, and to also be as environmentally conscious as possible. Everything from using recycled materials for the fit-out, to being solar powered, to having as little plastic as possible and also offering customer incentives for making an effort too.



Forestry Tasmanias demise in detail: Billion Dollar Loss "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Forestry Tasmanias slide from its peak in 2004 has seen it lose $1 billion


The Quest for Security: Is it rational? has it actually made us safer? At what cost? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Download address to the Royal Society of Tasmania, by Saul Eslake, Independent Economist, and Vice-Chancellors Fellow, University of Tasmania, Government House, Hobart, 14th November 2017  


Antisemitism bill hearing reflects disagreement in Jewish community over dual loyalty "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

On November 7, the House Judiciary Committee held hearings over the Anti-Semitism Awareness Act, a bill that would broaden the definition of antisemitism to include criticism of Israel. If passed, the legislation would instruct the Department of Education to consider the State Departments definition of antisemitism when investigating educational institutions for discrimination under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act. The House Judiciary Committee heard testimonies in support of the bill from individuals representing institutions such as the Simon Wiesenthal Center and the Anti-Defamation League. Those who argued against the bill were Jewish Studies professors and representatives of advocacy groups.

During the question and answer portion of the hearing, an exchange between Rabbi Abraham Cooper of the Simon Wiesenthal Center and Dr. Barry Trachtenberg, the Chair of Jewish History at Wake Forest University, was revealing and rooted in American Jewish history. Trachtenberg argued that the State Departments definition of antisemitism was deeply flawed because it defines all accusations of American Jewish dual-loyalty as inherently antisemitic. By these standards, the ideas of Theodor Herzl could be defined as antisemitic. Herzl argued that because Jews represent one people, it is useless for them to be loyal to any other state but the proposed Jewish State. Rabbi Cooper seemed to misunderstand the argument, reflexively accusing Trachtenberg of providing cannon fodder for antisemites.

It is noteworthy that, in many ways, the exchange between Cooper and Trachtenberg mirrored the first time an American Jewish organization broached the topic of dual-loyalty after the establishment of Israel. The year 1949 marked United Jewish Appeals ingathering of the exiles campaign. This Zionist philanthropic effort aimed at supplying the new state of Israel with American Jewish immigrants. In response to these calls from American Zionists and Israeli leaders, the American Council for Judaism, a group of anti-Zionist German-American Reform Jews, stated that these calls could bring up the question of dual-loyalty among antisemites. In response, virtually every major American Jewish organization, acting through an umbrella organization called the National Community Relations Advisory Committee, accused the ACJ of fueling antisemitism. Virtually every major English and Yiddish language periodical in the American Jewish press ran the NCRAC condemnation of the ACJ. By 1950, the ACJ found itself blacklisted.

Why, after six years of relative tolerance of similar ACJ members statements, did American Jewish organizations react in such a way? I argue that during the height of the McCarthy era of American politics, the dual-loyalty charge took on added sensitivity for American Jews. Beyond the accusati...


Idiot Voters and Trolling the Internet: Russia, Social Media Giants and US Elections "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The program usually pokes fun, riddles and irks a fourth estate that has long given up the chase for verity.  Media Watch, after years of weather beaten but reliable service, remains Australias only real source of genuine critical comment about journalistic practice and its poorer practices. Over the years, it has exposed fictions, unearthed myths and lampooned incompetence.

Not, however, on this occasion. The November 13 program seemed to swallow the gruel on Russian interference in the US elections of 2016 with an un-ironic, unflinching insistence. Political figures from Congress and testimony from the Senate Judiciary Committee.  And, most of all, the US voter was made to look the fool.

Paul Barry, the host, explained that Russians were spreading dirt on Hillary Clinton, using stolen Democratic Party emails, which Russian intelligence offered to the Trump campaign in 2016.  Nothing is mentioned about any internal Democratic grievance, or dimension, that would have also fed this, not to mention the compromising accuracy of those emails.

What this program persistently emphasises is dirt more appropriately gold dust, be it to elector or Trump supporter that placed Clinton in a poor light.  Barry runs segments featuring a concerned Representative Adam Schiff, who claims to now know as a result of the guilty plea by Trump campaign foreign policy advisor, George Papadopoulos, that the Russians approached the Trump campaign as early as April of 2016, to inform them that they were in possession of dirt on Hillary Clinton in the form of thousands of stolen emails.

It soon becomes clear that Barry, and, in fact, the individuals he cites, consider the means of obtaining such material more significant than what it discloses.  Why, after all, bother about the awe inspiring deficiencies of the Democratic campaign, with its tarnished leader?

It then follows that what was also used in the US election was a grand binge of misinformation, which the US voter, scented ignoramus, is supposedly incapable of discerning.  In the two months up to polling day, Barry advances, Russian Twitter accounts put out 1.4 million tweets that were viewed 288 million times.  What influence, albeit unmeasured and ungauged!

Facebook, claims the grave Barry, also featured, with the company admitting to the Senate that between 2015 and 2017 one single Russian troll factory put out 80,000 Facebook posts that reached 126 million Americans.

Barry does, at the very least, note the minute portion of Russian sponsored ads on Facebook some 0.004 percent, though he goes on to claim, without any verifiable basis, that this was enough to stitch the election, given that Trump won the presidency by a handful of votes......


Questioning gender fluidity has become the new blasphemy "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The capitulation of the establishment to the politics of transgenderism has been astonishing. I'm struggling to remember any other time when a new and contested ideology has been so uncritically embraced by the powers-that-be. We have a Tory government pushing a Gender Recognition Act that would allow anyone to change his or her gender without so much as popping a hormone pill. An established Church which yesterday issued guidelines to its schools encouraging them to let kids 'explore gender identity'. Police forces exchanging helmets for caps because 'gender-based headgear' is disrespectful to trans people. And of course a university system - the nurturer of future leaders - in which women's colleges are throwing themselves open to people who were born male, students are told to use gender-neutral pronouns, and anyone who says 'Men cannot become women' can expect to be hounded off campus. From the stuffy Tories to the armed wing of the state to the actual Church of England, one by one the core institutions of the nation have accepted an idea that we really should have more debate about, no? Namely that gender is fluid. And that children should be allowed to decide if they're male or female. And that men who transition into women are actual women - full-on, legally recognisable, going-into-women's-changing-rooms women - rather than transwomen, as they were respectfully referred to for many years. Anyone who claims that trans politics is edgy is kidding themselves: it is one of the most established, protected ways of thinking of our time.


Hurts so good "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Good times roll

"You've never had it so good", in terms of Australian business conditions at least, suggests the National Australia Bank. 

Business conditions soared from +14 to +21 in October, the highest ever reading according to NAB's Business Survey. 

Trading conditions and profitability were positively through the roof.

"An extremely strong result" reported NAB's Alan Oster.


Why support Strong Towns? 6 members give their answers. "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

There are so many ways to apply Strong Towns principles and we see our members putting them into action across the country every day. Our members sit on city councils, they make planning decisions for their towns, they step up on behalf of their neighborhoods... In short, our members are involved in building strong towns at every level.

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Here's why six members say they joined the movement and why they continue to support us today:

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Planners and engineers say they value Strong Towns' commitment to questioning the status quo and inspiring leaders in the field.

"I work as a planner, and I believe planners should always be in the habit of observing, questioning, and finding truth, in an arena often dominated by politics and ideology. Strong Towns keeps me observing and questioning."  ~ Chuen Ng, Lancaster, CA

"In my professional work, making cities more walkable, Strong Towns is a consistently excellent resource.  From the Black Friday parking lot photos, to No New Roads, the Growth Ponzi Scheme and the Curbside Chat.  It is helpful to have access to the resources, helpful to point other people to those resources, helpful to see what is happening across the country, and helpful to have such consistently excellent thought leadership." ~ Heyden Walker, Austin, TX



Humanitarian Crisis Escalates at Australias Refugee Detention Centre in Papua New Guinea "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

(GV)  A fully blown humanitarian crisis is unfolding in Papua New Guinea at the recently decommissioned Manus Island Regional Processing Centre, the much-criticised detention facility where for years Australia sent asylum seekers who had arrived to its shores by boat.

The centre was officially shut down at the end of October; in April 2016 the Papua New Guinea Supreme Court had ordered its closure after finding that the detention of asylum seekers there was illegal.

However, 600 asylum seekers have refused to be relocated to other facilities, citing fear of violence and distrust of authorities, and the same court has rejected an application to restore services such as electricity, health, food and water.

There are growing concerns for their safety:

There have been many incidents of violence against detainees including shots being fired into the camp, allegedly by members of the Papua New Guinea military.

The refugees have no reason to trust the Australian government

As explained in earlier Global Voices posts about the issue, Australias controversial policy deals with asylum seekers who arrive by boat by:

[] housing them in offshore detention centres on either Nauru or Papua New Guineas Manus Island, and turning those headed to Australia back. Those who are detained and their asylum claims accepted...


Activists Barricade #Perth Border Force Office in Solidarity With #Refugees on #Manus "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Today members of the Refugee Rights Action Network and Whistleblowers Activist Citizens Alliance Western Australia (WACA WA) have barricaded the doors to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection in Perth in solidarity with the men on Manus who have barricaded themselves inside the detention centre on Lombrum Naval Base in PNG.


Image: Perth earlier today. Image by Refugee Rights Action Network WA Facebook page.

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Activists Barricade Perth Border Force Office in Solidarity With Refugees on Manus

Australia. Today members of the Refugee Rights Action Network and Whistl...


Brian Houston of Hillsong will come out if Australia votes yes for gay marriage "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


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What Time Will The Marriage Equality Survey Result Be Announced?

When, how and what will be announced on Wednesday.



The Revolutionary University: Remembering Communiqu from an Absent Future AB "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Recently, Antifas presence on campusmilitantly battling fascistic speakers and influenceshas given rise to key questions. How can we continue to radicalize the university? How can we turn it into an engine for revolutionary experimentation and coordination on a mass scale?


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The Revolutionary University: Remembering Communiqu from an Absent Future AB

Recently, Antifas presence on campusmilitantly battling fascistic speakers and influenceshas given rise to key questions. How can we continue to radicalize the university? How can we turn it into an engine for revolutionary experimentation and coordination on a mass scale?

To answer these questions, one of the most important things we can do is to retrieve from...


This seems like a big deal "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The folks at Big Science are again putting humanity on blast. Twenty-five years ago, they issued a dire warning, one that hasnt resulted in sustained, meaningful results:

Twenty-five years ago, the Union of Concerned Scientists and more than 1700 independent scientists, including the majority of living Nobel laureates in the sciences, penned the 1992 World Scientists Warning to Humanity (see supplemental file S1). These concerned professionals called on humankind to curtail environmental destruction and cautioned that a great change in our stewardship of the Earth and the life on it is required, if vast human misery is to be avoided.

On the twenty-fifth anniversary of their call, we look back at their warning and evaluate the human response by exploring available time-series data. Since 1992, with the exception of stabilizing the stratospheric ozone layer, humanity has failed to make sufficient progress in generally solving these foreseen environmental challenges, and alarmingly, most of them are getting far worse.

Is it too much to ask our beloved leaders to respond to this in a meaningful way? Lets say the media actually does this. In this dream scenario, they could really hold their feet to the fire be tenacious, refuse to accept non-answers, point out conflicts of interest, refute illogic, etc. It seems pretty important:

To prevent widespread misery and catastrophic biodiversity loss, humanity must practice a more environmentally sustainable alternative to business as usual. This prescription was well articulated by the worlds leading scientists 25 years ago, but in most respects, we have not heeded their warning. Soon it will be too late to shift course away from our failing trajectory, and time is running out. We must recognize, in our day-to-day lives and in our governing institutions, that Earth with all its life is our only home.

None of this should be news to readers of this site. But the paper appears to be exceptionally noteworthy:

We have been overwhelmed with the support for our article and thank the more than 15,000 signatories from all ends of the Earth (see supplemental file S2 for list of signatories). As far as we know, this is the most scientists to ever co-sign and formally support a published journal article.

Worth pondering is what to do when legal means of halting our death march continue to fail. Sure there are small victories here and there for example, the article notes the decline in the manufacturing pf ozone depleting substances. B...


Open Letter to the Director of United States Department of State "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Submitted to Operation Disclosure

To: Director of United States Department of State Seattle Passport Agency 2nd letter November 8, 2017 first letter dated October 21, 2017 and attached.


Notice to the agent is notice to the Principal and so forth. I do lawful not legal and this is my best effort.

A reply to a communiqu from your department dated 10/31/2017 a trick or treat response that does not provide due process.

Take heed. It is on the record in Federal District Court Portland, Oregon that I am an American State National an Oregonian. A non US citizen. Un-rebutted on the record stands as fact.

Thank you for the return of my birth certificate. I was born on Nevada, currently an Oregonian, being denied a non US citizens passport. I deny there is any evidence to justify withholding my passport... Whoever issues passports; assumes the obligation to abide by governing law, not quote a Nationality act dated 14 years after my birth on Nevada. Your word art is expos facto. I was a US citizen during my hitch in the U.S. Navy. 3 years, 11 months and 28 days. I loved it. That was a temporary situation. I also applied for and obtained a US citizen type passport and used it for many years. In Europe and all over the Americas, it has expired. I even answered up in court to RONALD CHARLES VROOMAN are you a citizen of the US?.. Yes your Honor.

What about my right to expatriate?

I discovered the fraud and I am taking all the bastards to court. The Portland court cannot provide an Article III court. I moved my cases to district court DC. A minion or robot of yours sent to me an unsigned letter addressed to me and I received it. I have rebutted it. One cannot un-ring the bell.
The U.S. citizens [citizens of the District of Columbia] residing in one of the states of the union, are classified as property of franchises of the federal government as an individual entity Wheeling Steel Corp. v Fox, 298 U.S.193, 80 L. ED 1143 , 56 S.CT. 773

You will comply with your Constitutional oath and provide me with a passport as an Oregonian, a born national state man with bloodlines from the Revolution, as a direct descendant from a Father and Son they fought for New York. Bloodline landed on America 1664; from the several states.
You may also state your evidence of due cause to deny me due process. I deny you have any such evidence.

You have 21 days from the date of this letter to respond with a passport. With full faith and credit. This is an enumerated responsibility.

Should you choose to ignore my lawful demand? I will obtain your name and make you a defendant in....


Duterte berates Canadas Trudeau at end of Philippines summit "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

MANILA (Reuters) Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte attacked Canadas Justin Trudeau at the end of a summit of Asian and Western nations for raising questions about his war on drugs, a topic skirted by other leaders, including U.S. President Donald Trump.

At the traditional news conference by the host nation at the end of the summit on Tuesday, Duterte was asked how he had responded to the Canadian prime minister raising the issue of human rights and extra-judicial killings in his anti-drugs drive.

I said I will not explain. It is a personal and official insult, the Philippines president said in the course of a rambling answer, although he did not refer to Trudeau by name.

I only answer to the Filipino. I will not answer to any other bullshit, especially foreigners. Lay off.

Earlier in the day, Trudeau told a news conference that during his meeting with Duterte the president was receptive to my comments and it was throughout a very cordial and positive exchange.

Human rights activists had been hoping that leaders at the summit, including Trump, would raise the issue of the thousands of users and small-time pushers killed in the campaign that was launched by Duterte after he took office in mid-2016.

His government says the police act in self-defense during drug-busts, but critics say executions are taking place with no accountability.

There was no pressure from Trump on the drugs war when he met Duterte on Monday and the U.S. president later said the two had a great relationship.

A joint statement after the meeting only said the two sides underscored that human rights and the dignity of human life are essential, and agreed to continue mainstreaming the human rights agenda in their national programs.

Duterte cursed Trumps predecessor, Barack Obama, last year for raising concerns about the war on drugs and he subsequently declared that he was breaking ties with the United States, a close ally of the Philippines since World War Two. The relationship appears to have got back on track after the bonhomie between him and Trump.

Trudeau also said that he raised the issue of the exodus of Rohingya during a meeting with Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi, another sensitive topic bypassed by most other leaders, although he did not mention the Muslim minority by name.

This is a tremendous concern to Canada and to many, many countries around the world, he said.


The government in mostly-Buddhist Myanmar regards the Rohingya as illegal immigrants from Bangladesh and does not recognize the term.




So what is Saudi Arabia on about???

Why she they withdraw.they beat ISIS out of there fair and squareso whats the problem?????

Russia has never promised the US and Israel a withdrawal of Iranian forces from Syria, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov announced on November 14. He added that the presence of Iranian forces in the country is legitimate.

Thus, the Israeli media reports about some Russian-Israeli-US deal on the issue appeared to be fake news as it had been expected.

Lavrov directly denied reports that the once again announced US-Russian ceasefire agreement in southern Syria included a Russian commitment to ensure that Iranian-backed forces would be withdrawn from Syria.

The minister stated that the Iranian presence in Syria is legitimate and added that the United States posed the biggest threat in Syria.

If you look at who is the greatest danger, its just the wards of the United States, various foreign terrorists, militants who are attached to those groups of armed opposition that the US supports, Lavrov said.

Earlier, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the Israeli side has informed the Russians and the Americans that Israeli forces will continue to take action in Syria according to its interests despite any ceasefire. Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman also promised to destroy the alleged Iranian military base, which is under construction in Syria. However, its clear that Tel Aviv will not get a Russian support in its efforts to limit the Shia influence in the country.

The video below was originally released on March 28, 2017. However, it still provides a comprehensive answer why the Syrian-Iranian-Russian alliance remains strong.



Novice Surfer Masters a pro Move: Punching a Shark to Escape "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A novice surfer mastered a pros move on the first try: He punched a shark on the nose to escape its jaws.

The attack Monday afternoon off the Australian coast left Charlie Fry with superficial puncture wounds on his right shoulder and upper arm.

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How a Failed Drug War Will Defeat Trumps Afghanistan Adventure "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

After nine months of confusion, chaos, and cascading tweets, Donald Trumps White House has finally made one thing crystal clear: the U.S. is staying in Afghanistan to fight and so they insist win. The killers need to know they have nowhere to hide, that no place is beyond the reach of American might, said the president in August, trumpeting his virtual declaration of war on the Taliban. Overturning Barack Obamas planned (and stalled) drawdown in Afghanistan, Secretary of Defense James Mattis announced that the Pentagon would send 4,000 more soldiers to fight there, bringing American troop strength to nearly 15,000.

In October, as that new mini-escalation was ramping up, the CIA leaked to the New York Times news of a complementary covert surge with lethal drone strikes and highly experienced Agency paramilitary teams being dispatched to hunt and kill Taliban guerrillas, both ordinary fighters and top officials. This is unforgiving, relentless, intoned CIA Director Mike Pompeo, promising a wave of extrajudicial killings reminiscent of the Agencys notorious Phoenix Program during the Vietnam War. CIA paramilitary officers, reported the Times, will lead Special Forces operatives, both Afghan and American, in expanded counterterrorism operations that, in the past, have been accused of indiscriminately killing Afghan civilians. In short, its game on in Afghanistan.

After 16 years of continuous war in that country, the obvious question is: Does this new campaign have any realistic chance of success, no less victory? To answer that, another question must be asked: How has the Taliban managed to expand in recent years despite intensive U.S. operations and a massive air campaign, as well as the endless and endlessly expensive training of Afghan security forces? After all, the Afghan War is not only the longest in U.S. history, but also one of the largest, peaking at 101,000 American troops in country during President Obamas surge of 2010-2011.


Thinking About the Taliban



Indonesian Instagrammer Faces Prison Time for Meme "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

(HRW)  Dyann Kemala Arrizzqis Instagram feed is filled with her travel photos, demonstrations of her prowess at traditional Balinese dance poses, and wry memes. But now the content of her Instagram feed may get her sent to an Indonesian prison.

Thats because police in Jakarta arrested her last week for posting an Instagram meme in September that purportedly violates the defamation article of Indonesias Internet Law and the Criminal Code, which allows for prosecution under criteria including ruining ones good name. The meme in question was a photoshopped picture of Setya Novanto, the speaker of Indonesias House of Representatives and chairman of the powerful Golkar party, showing him in a hospital bed hooked up to a respirator and heart monitor.

The Novanto meme is one of several that have circulated on social media in Indonesia that publicly ridicule the speakers reaction to corruption allegations leveled against him involving a massive graft case concerning US$175 million of lost state revenues. Suggesting that Novanto was unfit to be the target of the corruption probe, Golkar circulated a photo of him in a hospital bed suffering from apparent heart and kidney problems. That initial image has now sparked a host of copycat memes mocking the speaker.

Although a Jakarta court dismissed the corruption charges against Novanto last month, he has continued to respond to these memes by reporting a total of 68 Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter account holders for criminal defamation, including Arrizzqi. If convicted, she faces a maximum penalty of four years in prison. Police have yet to file charges against other individuals who Novanto has reported.



Longest sauropod dinosaur trackway discovery "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

This video says about itself:

3 September 2012

Huge sauropods footprints from the late Jurassic plus tridactyls trackways Plagne, French Jura150 millions years ago!

From CNRS in France:

Worlds longest sauropod dinosaur trackway brought to light

November 13, 2017

In 2009, the worlds largest dinosaur tracks were discovered in the French village of Plagne, in the Jura Mountains. Since then, a series of excavations at the site has uncovered other tracks, sprawling over more than 150 meters. They form the longest sauropod trackway ever to be found. Having compiled and analyzed the collected data, which is published in Geobios, scientists from the Laboratoire de Gologie de Lyon (CNRS / ENS de Lyon / Claude Bernard Lyon 1 University), the Laboratoire Magmas et Volcans (CNRS / Universit Clermont Auvergne / Universit Jean Monnet / IRD), and the Pterosaur Beach Museum conclude these tracks were left 150 million years ago by a dinosaur at least 35 m long and weighing no less than 35 t.

In 2009, when sauropod tracks were discovered in the French village of Plagne near Lyon the news went round the world. After two members of the Oyonnax Naturalists Society spotted them, scientists from the Paloenvironnements et Palobiosphre research unit (CNRS / Claude Bernard Lyon 1 University) confirmed these tracks were the longest in the world. Between 2010 and 2012, researchers from the Laboratoire de Gologie de Lyon supervised digs at the site, a meadow covering three hectares. Their work unearthed many more dinosaur footprints and trackways. It turns out the prints found in 2009 are part of a 110-step trackway that extends over 155 m a world record for sauropods, which were the largest of t...


Srimonti Sarkar, an Evolutionary Cell Biologist Fascinated With a Peculiar Microorganism "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Cell biologists like Sarkar are fascinated by Giardia, not only because it is pathogenic but also because of the toolkit it uses to go through life.

Srimonti Sarkar

Srimonti Sarkar.

Animals such as mice, monkeys and humans are commonly termed by scientists as higher organisms, owing to their apparent complexity when compared to the lower micro-organisms like bacteria, viruses and protozoa. This is one of Srimonti Sarkars biggest pet peeves. I dont like the term higher; we use it only because those are the systems we are more familiar with, said the evolutionary cell biologist at Bose Institute in Kolkata. Her annoyance is unsurprising.

Giardia  fears and fascination

The small size of microbes makes them anything but inferior. The fact that they are are able to do so many life processes with so little frames, answers the questions behind most of the worlds cell biology research. For example, why does Giardia lamblia, Sarkars organisms of choice, have two nuclei?

Giardia infection is one of the leading causes of protozoa-caused diarrhoea in the world, even more than an amoeba. At any given time, 200 million individuals on Earth are infected, said Sarkar. But cell biologists like Sarkar are fascinated by Giardia, not only because it is pathogenic but also because of the toolkit it uses to go through life. This protozoan is made of just one cell (humans have trillions) and it lacks c...


Anyone else in Cairns having problems with Optus NBN internet? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Hey fellow Cairns dwellers, I currently live in Westcourt and Im just wondering if anyone else is having problems with Optus NBN as well like I am. Currently, I keep getting network dropouts that happen at least 5 times a day and last for at least 2 hours. This has been going on for a good couple of months and I had similar problems when I had NBN first installed just last year. My network is also Fiber To The Premisise so there shouldnt be any node or copper problems causing it. Im so tempted to just cancel my contract but thats going to cost me $500 dollars. So anyway, anyone else having problems with Optus NBN in cairns?

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On 15 November 2017 the far-right of both Coalition parties are going to attempt to scuttle genuine marriage equality in Australia "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Liberal senator James Patersons private members bill to protect religious freedoms would enshrine exceptionalism discriminating against gays. Gays would be allowed to marry, but anyone and everyone who wanted to deny them service would be legally allowed to do so. We dont tolerate such discrimination based on race or ethnicity. [Professor of Politics, University of Western Australia, Peter van Onselen writing in The Australian, 13 November 2017]

It comes as no surprise that this bill is being sponsored by that chinless wonder, former Institute of Public Affairs member and Liberal Senator for Victoria James William Paterson (pictured left).

The Australian, 13 November 2017:

A conservative-backed same-sex marriage bill enshrining wide-reaching shield laws for celebrants, businesses, educators, charities and parents opposed to gay marriage will be taken to the Coalition partyroom in a looming showdown over freedom of speech and religious protections....


International Criminal Court: cause and effect? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

As detailed in previous reporting, the Office has found that the information available provides a reasonable basis to believe that crimes under articles 7 and 8 of the Statute have been committed in the situation in Afghanistan, including crimes against humanity of murder under article 7(1)(a), and imprisonment or other severe deprivation of physical liberty under article 7(1)(e); murder under article 8(2)(c)(i); cruel treatment under article 8(2)(c)(i); outrages upon personal dignity under article 8(2)(c)(ii); the passing of sentences and carrying out of executions without previous judgement pronounced by a regularly constituted court under article 8(2)(c)(iv); intentionally directing attacks against the civilian population or against individual civilians under article 8(2)(e)(i); intentionally directing attacks against personnel, material, units or vehicles involved in a humanitarian assistance under article 8(2)(e)(iii); intentionally directing attacks against buildings dedicated to education, cultural objects, places of worship and similar institutions under article 8(2)(e)(iv); and treacherously killing or wounding a combatant adversary under article 8(2)(e)(ix). [International Criminal Court (ICC), The Office of the Prosecutor, Report on Preliminary Examination Activities (2015), p27]

It is hard not to suspect a link between the International Criminal Court and Austraiian Defence Force investigations, given that the preliminary ICC investigation would have begun sometime between 2013 to 2015 and the Australian Government would have been aware that it might become one of the nations under formal criminal investigation.


On 30 October 2017 the Presidency of the International Criminal Court (IC...


Anatomy of a CIA Assassination: The Chase "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Who killed President John F. Kennedys mistress, and why?

In searching for the answers to this mystery, author Peter Janney came upon what seem to be the jagged fragments of an even bigger picture.

Previously, we posted excerpts from Janneys remarkable book on the murder of Kennedys mistress, Mary Pinchot Meyer Marys Mosaic: The CIA Conspiracy to Murder John F. Kennedy, Mary Pinchot Meyer, and Their Vision for World Peace: Third Edition (Skyhorse Publishing, 2016). The excerpts were from Chapter 2, which we broke up into three parts, here, here, and here.

We now present the first of two more excerpts, taken from Chapter 12 (but with added subheading).

In this installment, Janney describes the amazing things he hears during his search for the killer, and his frustrating attempts to substantiate these stories. They are fascinating though unproven.

But the essential parts of the story are proven fact.

And, by the way, the assassination of Kennedy the crime of the century seems connected to Meyers murder.

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With New England blanketed by a winter blizzard in early 2004, I found myself stranded in Santa Monica, California, when my return flight to Boston was canceled. Rescheduling at a local travel agency, I ran into Hollywood actor Peter Graves.

Graves, readers may recall, was one of the stars of the 1966 television series Mission Impossible. The show was a fictionalized chronicle of an ultra secret team of American government agents known as the Impossible Missions Force. Peter Graves played the part of Jim Phelps, the team leader who began each episode selecting a cadre of skilled contract agents to accomplish the assigned clandestine mission.

Each week a new episode followed the exploits of the elite Impossible Missions Force as it employed the latest technological gadgets and state-of-the-art disguises in an effort to sabotage unfriendly governments, dictators, crime syndicates any enemy of American hegemony. The organization that master...


How The Free Market Promotes Tolerance, Diversity, And Inclusion Far Better Than Socialism Does "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

It may be said with confidence that ones personal values guide his political opinions. We all carry within ourselves a certain code of ethics that reinforces how we interpret the issues of the day. Indeed, studies have shown that liberals and conservatives weigh the importance of moral concerns differently, and that this manifests in their policy preferences.

When one thinks left-wing moral priorities, things like compassion and equality are probably the more enduring values. Yet tolerance, diversity, and inclusion seem to be the values du jour for modern liberalism today.

Coinciding with the ascension of these values has been the rise of socialism within the Democratic Party. It is no coincidence that the tolerance, diversity, and inclusion crowd, colloquially known as Social Justice Warriors, hailed the socialist Bernie Sanders as a political messiah. Arguably, if it hadnt been for Democratic National Committee bias, Sanders might have earned the partys 2016 presidential nomination. The social justice value system, and the socialism that goes with it, are the face of todays Democratic Party.

Much has been written about the utter hypocrisy of tolerant liberals refusing to allow conservative voices to be heard, and of how the Left promotes a diversity of superficial features over a diversity of thought and ideas. However, less has been written about the hypocrisy of socialism being promoted as the economic manifestation of tolerance, diversity, and inclusion. When looked at honestly, it becomes clear that the free market better promotes these three values.

How Markets Promote Tolerance

Lets first start with tolerance. Tolerance may be the most cherished value of the modern liberal. By this framework, everything is relative and therefore equal in worth and validity (unless its at all conservative or Christian). This postmodern outlook has yielded absurd claims of cultural and moral relativism. The connection between tolerance and postmodernism has been recognized for some timeas G.K. Chesteron said, Tolerance is the virtue of the man without convictions.

Despite such criticism, a level of tolerance is good in society, especially when there are countless types of people. So which economic model better promotes tolerance, socialism or the free market?

To answer this question, the most sensible approach may be to look at how capitalist societies treat their socialist minority, and how socialist societies treat their capitalist minority. After all, what is tolerance if not the treatment of those outside the status quo?

To start with, lets look at how a capitalist society treats a socialist minority. The best case study for this is likely Israel. Israel has a capitalist, free-marke...


Deutsche Nazi's in Ukraine "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Kampf gegen prorussische Separatisten

Deutsche heuern bei rechtsextremem ukrainischen Bataillon an

Das ukrainische Regiment Asow wirbt mit Flyern auf Neonazi-Veranstaltungen um neue Mitglieder - offenbar erfolgreich: Immer mehr Sldner schlieen sich an, um "Europa vor dem Aussterben" zu bewahren.


Annual General Meeting 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Members of Blue Mountains Refugee Support Group gathered on Saturday 11 November for the 2017 Annual General Meeting. Chairman Hal Ginges congratulated members and their Committee for a busy and productive year, with highlights such as financial help for asylum seekers in their visa applications, and $130,000 distributed during the year to refugee families and Villawood detainees. Hal Ginges thanked two of the founding members of BMRSG who are standing down from their long term positions on the committee and taking up new roles.


Bell Primary School Fete "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


Bell Primary Fete this Saturday, November 18th 10 - 3.

Also a Voting venue for Northcote by-election.  

There will be early coffee and Democracy Sausages!


RAAF Boeing C-17A Globemaster III A41-212 Completed a Missed Approach at Rockhampton Airport - Plus RAAF Search and Rescue Bell 412EP Helicopter VH-VAA Departs "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Late on Monday 13 November, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Boeing C-17A Globemaster III A41-212 was noted completing airwork at Rockhampton Airport.  It flew North to Rocky from RAAF Base Amberley, completed a missed approach, then returned back South to Amberley.  A41-212 was noted flying as "Stallion 44".

Meanwhile, also on Monday 13 November, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Search and Rescue (SAR) Bell 412EP helicopter VH-VAA departed Rockhampton Airport for Clermont Aerodrome, Hughenden and Cloncurry.

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VH-VAA is owned by Lloyd Helicopters and operated by CHC Helicopters Australia for the RAAF and has been noted using the RAAF Support radio callsign of "Choppa 82" while looking to complete duties in support of the Australian Army's Exercise Diamond Run which has just wrapped up in the Shoalwater Bay Training Area (SWBTA).

UPDATE!  On Tuesday 14 November, VH-VAA was noted continuing from Cloncurry to Burketown, Macarthur River Mine then RAAF Base Tindal at Katherine.

Photos taken by 'IAD' and Kayanne Hardsman 


Australia should accept New Zealand offer to resettle refugees: UNHCR "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


SYDNEY (Reuters) The U.N. refugee agency on Tuesday urged Australia to accept New Zealands offer to resettle 150 refugees from an abandoned Australian-run detention center in Papua New Guinea, as about 450 men remain barricaded inside without food or water.

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An undated image released November 13, 2017 shows detainees staging a protest inside the compound at the Manus Island detention centre in Papua New Guinea. Refugee Action Coalition/Handout via REUTERS

The asylum seekers have been holed up inside the center for the past two weeks defying attempts by Australia and Papua New Guinea to close the facility, saying they fear for their safety if moved to transit centers.

With many detainees complaining of illness bought about by the unsanitary conditions in the camp, the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) urged Australia to allow 150 of them to resettle in New Zealand.

We urge Australia to reconsider this and take up the offer, Nai Jit Lam, deputy regional representative at the UNHCR told Reuters.

Most of the asylum seekers are from Afghanistan, Iran, Myanmar, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Syria.

Australias sovereign borders immigration policy, under which it refuses to allow asylum seekers arriving by boat to reach its shores, has been heavily criticized by the United Nations and human rights groups but has bipartisan political support in Australia.

Australia says allowing asylum seekers arriving by boat to reach its shores would only encourage people smugglers in Asia and see more people risk their lives trying to sail to Australia.

Two motions introduced in Australias parliament by the Labor and Green parties, and passed in the upper house on Tuesday, call on Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to approve the New Zealand proposal.

This is a foul and bloody stain on Australias national conscience, Greens senator Nick McKim t...


Explainer: Marriage equality in Australia "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

All Australians should have the same opportunities for love, commitment and happiness.

The Human Rights Law Centre has been working with the Equality Campaign and LGBTI community organisations to campaign for a Yes vote in the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey. We believe marriage equality is a human rights issue which is about fairness and equality of for all Australians.

What will happen if its a Yes result?

If the result is Yes, the Coalition Government has promised to facilitate a vote on a private members bill by the end of 2017.

What private members bills are there?

There are currently two private members bills set to be tabled if theres a Yes result on 15 November 2017.

  1. Consensus Bill

    In August 2017, Liberal Senator Dean Smith released the Marriage Amendment (Definition and Religious Freedoms) Bill 2017, which reflects the outcomes from a consensus cross-party Senate report released in early 2017. The report provides a pathway on how amendments to the Marriage Act could allow same-sex couples to marry while balancing freedom from discrimination and freedom of religion.
  2. Paterson Bill

    On 13 November 2017, Liberal Senator James Paterson released the Marriage Amendment (Definition and Protection of Freedoms) Bill 2017, which extends exemptions beyond the Senate report.

Consensus Bill

Who supports the Consensus Bill?

The Consensus Bill has cross-party support if there is a Yes result. Its supported by key members of the Liberal Backbench, Labor, and the Greens.

It is also supported by many LGBTI community organisations and supporters of marriage equality as a pathway forward to achieving marriage equality before the end of the year.

The primary concern raised about the Consensus Bill is that it allows existing civil celebrants to reclassify as religious marriage celebrants (within 90 days of the legislation coming into effect) and refuse to perform same-sex marriages, even if they do not have a formal role as a minister of religion. It has also been suggested the Bill could be improved by removing the specific exemption for religious organisations providing marriage related go...


OnlyMelbourne Newsletter #568 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Read Online Newsletter | #568 | What's On this WeekWelcome to Newsletter | #568 What's On this Week in marvellous Melbourne Tuesday 14th November 2017 to Monday 20th November 2017 Djerriwarrh Festival - Melton Saturday, November 18 - Melton Recreation Reserve Street Parade, The Lions Club Carnival, International food bazaar, Sustainable Lane, Get Active Expo, Pet Expo, Buskers Tree, Market Stall Village and more.. Djerriwarrh Community Festival 2017 Sidesault at The Melba .nobrtable br { display: none } A festival of experimental circus showcasing emerging and established circus artists. Festival program Nonstop Time In Space Circus 15 - 18 November Party Ghost Poached Eggs and Asparagus 15 - 18 November Relax: Everythings F****d The Syndicate Sideshow 15 - 18 November View Sidesault Program | Book Tickets International Week of the Italian Cuisine .nobrtable br { display: none } Zia Teresa Restaurant in Lygon Street serves a special Calabrian menu with 'rustica' dishes usually reserved for family. Italian Cuisine | Zia Teresa Restaurant | Bookings Johnston Street Fiesta .nobrtable br { display: none } BIENVENIDOS! Hispanic-Latin American Festival will be held on Saturday & Sunday November 18th and 19th on Johnston Street Fitzroy. Johnston Street Fiesta 2017 Whitehorse Art Show 2017 .nobrtable br { display: none } The Rotary Club of Box Hill is proud to present the 53rd Whitehorse Art Show in the Box Hill Town Hall. 16 - 19 November 2017 | Whitehorse Art Show 2017 Mind Body Spirit Festival .nobrtable br { display: none } Australias largest health, wellbeing and natural therapies event at Melbourne Exhibition Centre. Mind Body Spirit Festival 2017 Eureka Climb 2017 .nobrtable br { display: none } Get set for Australias biggest tower climb and raise money for the events charity partners Whitelion and Interplast. Eureka Climb | Eureka Tower JDRF One Walk .nobrtable br { display: none } JDRF One Walk on Sunday 19th November at Alexandra Gardens is the worlds biggest type 1 diabetes fundraising event. JDRF One Walk Archibald Prize Exhibition .nobrtable br { display: none } The prestigious Archibald Prize Exhibition now showing at Geelong Gallery until 10 December 2017. Archibald Prize Exhibition 2017 | Geelong Gallery | Tickets Online The Book of Mormon | Final Days .nobrtable br { display: none } Winner of nine Tony Awards, the best musical of this century ends on 22 November 2017. The Book of Mormon | Book Online Now Launch Weekend | The District Docklands .nobrtable br { display: none } Melbourne is invited to a new look Harbour Town shopping centre with a sneak peek, open weekend including FREE entertainment, activities and entry into some of Melbournes top attractions. Launch Weekend | The District Docklands Night Noodle Markets |...


Automation and full employment back to the 1960s "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

On August 19, 1964, the then US President Lyndon B. Johnson established the National Commission on Technology, Automation, and Economic Progress. He established the Commission in response to growing concern during the deep 1960-61 recession that the unemployment had been created by the pace of technological change. Ring a bell! He wanted to an inquiry to explore this issue and come up with recommendations on how to deal with the possibility that automation was wiping out jobs and the future would be bleak. Before the Commission had reported, the Federal government had reversed its fiscal austerity and the resulting stimulus had driven the unemployment back down to relatively low levels. The Commission noted that unemployment was largely the result of inadequate total spending and that the Government had the tools at its disposal to eliminate it. They considered that there would be workers (low-skill etc) who would suffer more displacement from technology than those with more skill etc, but that ultimately even those workers would be able to get jobs if the public deficit was large enough. In this regard, they eschewed pointless training programs that did not provide immediate access to jobs. Instead, they recommended (among other things) the introduction of a Job Guarantee (Public Service Employment) financed by the Federal government but administered at all levels of government. It would pay the Federal minimum wage and be available on demand. This is the preferred Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) approach and rejects solutions that rely on the provision of a basic income guarantee to resolve the problems created by unemployment.

The following graph sets the scene and shows the official US unemployment rate from January 1948 to December 1967.

When Johnson took over as President after Kennedys assassination on November 22, 1963, the unemployment rate was at the elevated level of 5.7 per cent as the US economy was still struggling to shake off the major recession that began in April 1960 and lasted for 10 months (the trough being recorded in February 1961).

Interestingly, the recession was provoked by the central bank hiking interest rates in 1959, but the real damage came when the Federa...


UK Against Fluoridation "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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Here is another Iconic classic natural health video from world experts ...I have been simultaneously listening to natural health videos from experts in the field for decades from sunrise to sunset (thats over 50,000)hours)on my outdoor speakers while concurrently working on my organic biodynamic permaculture farm Nunzio Castiglione Whittlesea Victoria Australia....I am interested in making some documentary films on natural health to upload on youtube but i do not have time since i am busy from sunrise to sunset working on my organic farm if you are an overseas visitor to australia I can offer complementary board and food in return for producing some outstanding youtube uploads and cultural exchange I have been on my organic farm since 1950 so i have a lot of knowledge in this field Published on Jul 10, 2017
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PSA- Bloody good second hand/antiques store in Charters Towers "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Charters Towers is usually pretty dull to me but on the weekend I headed out and found the greatest second hand/antiques store! It's found between the old Natives' Hall and ANZ bank on ?Deane Street- has stuff like vintage working cameras, old gas lights and antique furniture and books. Go out and have a squiz. Also old Mossman hall is open to drives all you have to do is ask the owners near the reception sign, it's hauntingly cool- just don't be disrespectful and ruin it for everyone. Any more cool stuff in Charters Towers we can share?

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Biggest little town too big "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Vyvyan Stott, Mullumbimby. 

The biggest little town in Australia is now, officially, too big. The alternative dream is getting squeezed out by the white-shoe brigade, on Goldcoastifictions long march south.

Mullum is infiltrated by individuals who drive with headlamps glaring in broad daylight; who have insurance on their insurance; who sit in their parked car with the motor running for half an hour while they push buttons on the microwave phone.

We have serious over-population locally (and nationally) but little willpower to deal with it.

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Singtel Group first in Asia ex-Japan to have carbon reduction targets approved by Science Based Targets initiative "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Singapore, 13 November 2017 - The Singtel Group today announced that it is the first company in Asia ex-Japan to have its carbon reduction targets approved by the Science Based Targets initiative. A collaboration between CDP, World Resources Institute, World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and the United Nations Global Compact, the initiative recognises organisations aligned with the COP21 Paris Agreement to keep the rise in global temperature below 2C. The Singtel Group is aiming to cut absolute Scope 1 and 2 direct and indirect greenhouse gas emissions across its own Singapore and Australian operations by 42% from its 2015 base-year by 2030. It will also work with suppliers to reduce Scope 3 third-party emissions by 30% over the same period. Mr Andrew Buay, Singtel's Vice President of Group Sustainability said, "Climate change is a global issue which requires all of us to take action and work towards a low-carbon economy. We are committed to minimising our environmental impact and building operational resilience. The Group's science-based targets represent an aggressive reduction, especially when factoring in the expected increase in electricity consumption by our Singapore and Australian businesses. This comes as we continue to expand our networks to accommodate the explosion in data usage by customers and as more enterprise customers outsource their ICT operations to us." "While we are still reviewing ways in which we can achieve these aggressive goals, whether it is looking at operational efficiencies, new technologies or purchasing renewable energy, we will work hard towards our targets," he added. Mr Alexander Liedke, Manager of Sustainable Business & Markets at WWF and member of the Science Based Targets initiative steering committee said, "We congratulate Singtel on being the first Asian company outside of Japan to have their industry-leading science-based targets approved. This validation by our team sends a powerful message to their industry peers and the business community in Asia and beyond. Setting science-based targets is a clear way of future-proofing growth in the transition to a low-carbon economy." The Singtel Group has anchored its environmental sustainability strategy around four pillars to achieve the smallest environmental footprint. These are climate change and carbon reduction, sustainable supply chain management, product stewardship and stakeholder engagement. As part of the Group's environmental roadmap, it has set carbon reduction goals aligned with science-based targets methodology. This is also in preparation for the new reporting recommendations made by the international Task Force for Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) on climate change risks. The Group was one of the first companies globally in June 2017 to endorse the TCFD recommendations when it was first released. The Group's efforts to improve reporting transparency, reduce carbon emissions and mitigate the business risks of climate change have...


MACKAY Crossbows and car thefts: Man pleads guilty from jail "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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Graham, who has no address listed with Mackay Courthouse, fronted Magistrate Scott Luxton in Mackay Magistrates Court on Monday, via videolink

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MACKAY Woman abuses boy and hits his mum over wayward ball "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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Kate Alicia Perry?, 37, fronted Mackay Magistrates Court pleading guilty to public nuisance. A boy accidentally hit her with a ball, so she abused him

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The Non-Existent Bolshevik Revolution "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

This Sunday, November 17 at 5pm:

Did the events of October 1917 in Russia realise the dream of communism or was it simply a transfer of power from one government to another by other means?

Come to a presentation given by Owen Gager, one-time founding member of the Spartacist League in Australia about the events in Russia in 1917 with a particular emphasis from February to October.

Hear Owen Gager explain the betrayal of the Russian workers by the Bolshevik Party as the revelation of their real aim; the capture of State power. If you've ever wondered how the Dictatorship of the Proletariat became the Dictatorship of the Party became the Dictatorship of the Dictator? You'll wonder no more after listening to this informative and insightful presentation.

Light refreshments will be available.

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Brisbane financial planner jailed for fraud after swindling almost $10m from elderly retirees "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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Brisbane financial planner jailed for fraud after swindling almost $10m from elderly retirees

14 November 2017


A former Brisbane financial planner has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for swindling millions of dollars in savings from elderly retirees.

Brad Thomas Sherwin, 62, has been sentenced in the District Court in Brisbane, after pleading guilty in September to fraud charges linked to a $60 million investment collapse.

The businessman faced 24 charges relating to the misuse of almost $10 million from 39 clients.

He received an additional 12 months in prison for breaching his duties as a director.

He will be eligible for parole after four years, on November 14, 2021.

Sherwin was the principal of Sherwin Financial Planners and director of associated companies, including property lending business Wickham Securities.


Nigel Jeffares speaks to the media outside the District Court in Brisbane on November 14, 2017.


He gave advice and helped clients set up self-managed super funds before the businesses collapsed in late 2012 and 2013.

On 26 occasions, Sherwin made transactions using his clients investment money, without the...


Student sexually abused by school teacher gets apology from NSW Education Department, 40 years later "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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Student sexually abused by school teacher gets apology from NSW Education Department, 40 years later

14 November 2017


A former school student who was sexually abused says he now has the apology he has been waiting for, after more than 40 years.

The New South Wales Department of Education was moved to apologise to the man, now in his 50s, after hearing of his grief through the ABC.

Robbie Gambley was just 15 years old when he was groomed by his science teacher, then coerced into living with him.

Mr Gambley said he was humiliated on a daily basis, with the teacher forcing him to ride on the front of his bicycle to school.

Once at school, the teacher monopolised the student, making him take recess and lunch breaks in the teachers office with him.

He would touch me every single day [in a sexual way], Mr Gambley said.

I had to leave my port outside the teachers private office. It was there for everyone to see.

Nobody ever asked if I was okay

Mr Gambley said at no stage did anyone question the actions of the sexual predator.

Bonalbo at the time was a population of 500 people. It was there for all to see.



Launch of Vic's renewable energy auctions, "a lesson" for the feds "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Launch of Vic's renewable energy auctions,
Media Release: Nov 14 2017: Launch of Vic's renewable energy auctions, "a lesson" for the feds
Victoria is leading the country with the launch of Australia's largest renewable energy auction scheme, a plan that will drive jobs, investment and drought-proof income across the state. 
The announcement comes as federal energy policy descends into farce with Josh Frydenberg pitching an eight-page thought bubble based on dodgy modelling, the so-called 'National Energy Guarantee' or NEG.


Hillsong Founder the pedophile Frank Houston and boy victim WNZ1, the first known Wellington New Zealand boy victim "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Brian Houston: I'm sorry the victims feel sad, very hurt and alone. I'll remember them in my prayers. Sorry I can't help the victims more.

Pastor Brian Houston the head of Hillsong Global Church. Heartless. Refuses to help the boy sexual  abuse victims of his father Pastor Frank Houston the founder of Hillsong Global Church in any way. Hid and sheltered his secret lifelong pedophile father Frank Houston for five years from 1999 to 2004 from the NSW Police and in doing this deprived the boy victims of Justice. Facing looming pedophile protection charges  Brian Houston: Im sorry the victims feel sad, very hurt and alone. Ill remember them in my prayers. Sorry I cant help the victims more.


Art and female agency in The Lady of Shalott "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Generally, women in the Victorian era were unable to make decisions for themselves or move freely in public places. The Lady is doomed to a life of imprisonment if she stays within the tower, and likewise doomed to death if she leaves. Because her free will has been taken from her, the Ladys only activity is to weave. The origin and nature of the curse on her are mysterious, but its effects are not.


As Eighth Lawmaker Falls, Australias Citizenship Crisis Deepens "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull reviews an honour guard during an anti-terror demonstration of Australian and Philippine soldiers at Camp Aguinaldo, on the sidelines of the Association of South East Asian Nations Summit, in Quezon City, metro Manila, Philippines, November 13, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Dondi Tawatao

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull reviews an honour guard during an anti-terror demonstration of Australian and Philippine soldier...


1) Vanuatu PM raises climate migration and West Papua during audience with Pope Francis "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

3) Governor: If you ask for independence, negotiate with the state
4) Indonesia to train PNG police in preparation for Apec summit

1) Vanuatu PM raises climate migration and West Papua during audience with Pope Francis
6:34 pm GMT+12, 13/11/2017, Holy See (Vatican City State)

Pacific Leaders have raised their concerns about climate migration during their audience with Pope Francis in Rome on Saturday.
Vanuatu Prime Minister, Charlot Salwai said climate migration is now a reality for Pacific countries greatly impacted by climate change.


Customers savage Ben & Jerry's for bizarre blog claiming choosing certain flavors 'might mean you are racist' "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Virtue signalling officially jumps the shark: Customers savage Ben & Jerry's for bizarre blog claiming choosing certain flavors 'might mean you are racist' | 13 Nov 2017 | Conservative ice cream fans want Ben & Jerry's to 'stick to selling ice cream,' following a bizarre tweet and blog post which suggested customers might be racist for choosing certain flavors. The Vermont-based ice cream company posted a tweet asking its followers, 'What is implicit bias, and how does it shape our actions? The answer might surprise you.' The tweet linked to a company blog post titled, 'Scoop Shop Sociology,' discussing the idea of implicit bias -- the theory that people make unconscious associations with or stereotype groups.


Australias First Cyborg Rights Case: An Interview with Biohacker Meow-Meow "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Back in June, a Sydney man made headlines when he had the chip from an Opal card inserted just below the skin in his left hand, so he could travel the local transport network without having to fumble around for his card. The man is well-known biohacker Meow-Ludo Disco Gamma Meow-Meow. His experimental transport card

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Malcolm Turnbull Rejects Discriminatory Same-Sex Marriage Bill "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has poured cold water on a conservative push for same-sex marriage legislation that would allow discrimination against same-sex weddings by commercial businesses. A same-sex marriage bill unveiled by Liberal Senator James Paterson has been criticised by lawyers, LGBTI advocates and Attorney General George Brandis, for allowing discrimination against same-sex weddings on ...

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Byron Bay YAC Street Food Truck Party "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Byron Bay food truck party is back on Sunday November 19th 3 9pm at the YAC.

Join us for a delicious feast of world food from the best foodies and mobile chefs around + live tunes!
Come chill out, relax and indulge!

Vegans, vegetarians and allergy friendly food always available.

Nothing but good vibes. FREE entry!

Join the Facebook Event.

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Forestry Tasmania's demise in detail "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Forestry Tasmanias slide from its peak in 2004 has seen it lose $1 billion. Almost half have been cash losses. The rest have resulted from the loss in value of the trees entrusted to it. FT entered commercial arrangements with customers, particularly major customer Gunns, which effectively forfeited its commercial advantages as a monopoly supplier. As a consequence it fortunes closely tracked those of the industry particularly Gunns, and since the latters demise has only survived courtesy of government patronage.

After numerous inquiries, reports and years of procrastination, the government appointed Treasury Secretary to the Board in May 2015 to act as de facto Voluntary Administrator to see if FT could be resuscitated. An interim report was presented to government on 29th September 2016.His tenure lasted until February 2017, FT was restructured as much as its political masters would allow before being handed back for directors to run under the new name of Sustainable Timbers Tasmania (STT).

The following is a more detailed report on FTs demise following the period of administration. It covers the events leading to insolvency, the actions taken and the prospects for the future.


The 2016/17 year

The plantation sale

The superannuation transfer



Carbon Engineering, Bill Gates, And Long-Shot Answers To Climate Change "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


Carbon-dioxide removal could be a trillion-dollar enterprise, because it not only slows the rise in CO2 but reverses it. Photo-Illustration by Thomas Albdorf for The New Yorker

If you read the caption to the photo above, and then the first sentence of the story it headlines, you could come away with the thrilling sense that there is an entrepreneurial opportunity associated with climate change. There is something reassuring about the fact that Bill Gates has made some bets in this realm. Pasted below is also the last paragraph of the story. We recommend reading the whole long-form reporting that goes in between:

Can Carbon-Dioxide Removal Save the World?

CO2 could soon reach levels that, i...


digital2 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

We are the remote support group for Frontline Action on Coal that allows people to support FLAC from where ever they may be.

Technology and social media is really difficult in remote QLD on the  frontline. Remote support can really amplify the work being done on the ground

FLAC digital is an incubator for remote NVDA activism and using encryption. We are are great team to learn new skills. We aim to:

  • Build our numbers of social media people to allow us to swarm our actions and events.
  • To provide a platform for training, mentoring and skillsharing.
  • Supporting new people and teach beginners using tech.
  • An incubator for more secure collaboration processes and tools.
  • To stay true to FLACs founding vision of decentralised leadership, consensus and open participation

Social Media

Our biggest focus is managing our Facebook, Twitter and other platforms. Some of the tasks include:

  • Being on call to help when actions are happening. Support the ground team in getting the action out there. Making memes, blog posts, making sure tweets have the right messaging etc
  • Trolls love us. Help us moderate our social media discussions to keep everything civil.
  • Join our social media roster so we have consistent content being published.
  • Share our social and encourage others to engage with our content

You will need to have good english and good common sense as you will be representing the whole group. You will need install the communications tools we use.



The Syrian War "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

QUESTION: Mr. Armstrong, I greatly appreciate everything you do. I was moved when you ended your WEC in Orlando explaining that you see this as we are all in this together. You really make an effort to pass along sound advice without strings attached to solicit money. A very admirable effort I wish others would follow.

My question is this. At the 2015 WEC when Russia invaded Syria on the precise day of your model, you said this would be an important event moving forward. The entire refugee crisis began from that date and now they seem to be winning the war against these jihadists. Now the tensions are rising between Saudi and Iran. Is this part-II of the Middle East crisis? You said back in 2015 that the mere fact Russia entered Syria on the very day of your model signaled this will be the region we should watch. So will this escalate now?

ANSWER: Yes. I wrote in the 2015 War Cycle: It is extremely disconcerting that on the very day of the peak on the Economic Confidence Model, September 30, 2015 (2015.75), Russia began bombing forces trained and funded by the United States to overturn the Syrian government of Assad. In 639 AD, Muawiyah I (b. 602680 AD; r. 661680 AD) was appointed Governor of Syria as it fell to the Muslim Conquest. We are now in the 26th 51.6-year wave from that event which is a major turning point.

The focus is turning to Idlib, which is a city in northwestern Syria. It is the capital of the Idlib Governorate, which is about 59 kilometers southwest of Aleppo. Because the Syrian government wants to evacuate all jihadists to Idlib, this will present a problem to Turkey which it borders. The Syrian state has offered to give the jihadists safe conduct and let them go to Idlib. For about one to one and a half years, jihadist terrorists from all parts of Syria are being transported to Idlib.The majority of these militant fighters appear to belong to the al-Nusra Front. These terrorists are well armed and have between 30,000 a...


Rural women and girls deserve gender equality too "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

By Caitlin McInnis

The 62nd session of Commission on the Status of Women will take place in March 2018. The Australian government will be present at the session and recently took submissions from experts and the public as to what it should prioritise and advocate for when attending the session. The Castan Centres Acting Director Tania Penovic made a submission together with Angela Gibbs highlighting five main areas that the government should focus on.

Established to promote gender equality and the empowerment of women, the Commission helps to shape global standards on gender equality. The main theme for the 2018 session will be the furtherance of gender equality for rural women and girls. The session will also review the agreed upon conclusions from the 47th session of the Commission which focused on the participation in and access of women to the media.

According to Gibbs and Penovic, the government needs to consider the positive role women-only or women-focussed spaces or centres play in the empowerment of rural women and girls. Places such as Babarra Womens Centre, located in remote northern Australia, are run for and by local women and provide activities, employment and training opportunities through the establishment and operation of appropriate small business enterprises.

A major factor identified by Gibbs and Penovic in achieving gender equality is ensuring rural women and girls have access to quality education. Education ensures women and girls are economically empowered and contributes to better health and well being outcomes. Unfortunately, in rural areas accessing quality education is difficult. Gibbs and Penovic point out that studies have shown that where a family cannot support all children attending school due to workload or the cost of schooling, it is usually the girl child who is forced to drop out of school.

Access to health services is another big issue facing rural women and girls. The Convention of the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) requires state parties to ensure that rural women have access to adequate healthcare facilities. However, in 2012, more than half of Australias rural maternity units had closed over the previous 15 years due to safety concerns, cost and workforce shortages.

On top of health, food security is a significant issue for rural women and girls. Statistics from UN Women show that rural women currently represent 43% of the agricultural labour force, however, they are less able to access land, credit, agricultural inputsand obtain lower prices for their crops.

Finally, Gibbs and Penovics submission lo...


Aussie Model Jesinta Franklin Backs Marriage Equality In Passionate Essay "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Australian model Jesinta Franklin has backed marriage equality and compared the reform to interracial marriage in a passionate essay. In the essay published by Vogue Australia, Jesinta Franklin pointed out that only a generation ago her own marriage to Indigenous AFL player Lance Buddy Franklin could have been opposed or prevented by racial discrimination. There ...

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Bushfire north of Rawson in steep terrain "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Fire crews are fighting an eight-hectare bushfire in steep terrain north of Rawson in Baw Baw's north east.


Synthetic drugs send users on 'rampage' through Missouri town "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Several people went on a rampage in a small Missouri town that included barking like dogs, yelling, breaking into buildings and showering naked in soda water. The incident is being blamed on a synthetic drug that often causes extreme behavior. Police believe the man-made drug Flakka was the cause of the behavior, which left the town of Sullivan in eastern Missouri reeling and searching for answers, the Kansas City Star reported. Two people were arrested in relation to the incident, while several were treated at the hospital. The drugs recovered have not yet been tested, but police think the users mixed methamphetamine with flakka.


The Land That Time Forgot: Lamia "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Hes back at it!

RTRFMs local music know-it-all ROSS CHISHOLMs been on holiday

He was off trawling the record stores of Melbourne for a few weeks heading home with 17 extra kilos worth of music.

Hes back on home turf and hes taking us to The Land that Time Forgot.

Play Hes back! The Land That time Forgot



An English Teacher Explains 5 Reasons Todays Students Cant Write "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

(IT) One of the interesting things about working at Intellectual Takeout is hearing the personal experiences of readers regarding issues we raise and discuss in our articles. A more recent example of this is the individual who wrote that he had gone back to college as a middle-age student seeking greater career advancement. While there, a teacher pulled him aside and accused him of plagiarism on a written assignment. The reason? His grammar was far better than that of his younger college classmates.

Unfortunately, that teachers accusation, although misguided, is somewhat understandable. Only one-fourth of Americas high school seniors are proficient in writing, a fact which causes many headaches for todays college instructors, as was recently noted by Justin Parmenter in The Washington Post:

I reached out to postsecondary writing instructors across North Carolina to investigate trends in their students writing. The common refrain in their responses was that student writing skills had diminished over the past 15 years and that it appeared that writing had not been a priority in their students previous classes.

Many of these instructors spoke of their students inability to write in complete sentences with proper grammar and punctuation, to structure their writing effectively, and to provide support for their views. They told me students often didnt know how to research or how to paraphrase the words of others in their writing. Unable to make up the necessary ground in four years, these students are then entering the job market with subpar writing skills.

So whats behind these poor writing skills which seem to prevail across the board in American schools? Parmenter, himself a celebrated English teacher, lists five reasons for the decline in writing.

1. Over-emphasis on Testing Standardized appears to have exploded in the past decade, largely due to standards brought on through No Child Left Behind and Race to the Top. Parmenter believes increased testing is a primary reason writing scores have declined over the same time period.



U.S. Mass Shooters Are Disproportionately Veterans "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

By David Swanson, November 13, 2017, Lets Try Democracy.

Are veterans of the U.S. military disproportionately likely to be mass killers in the United States? Asking such a question is difficult, first because of concerns of profiling, discrimination, etc., and second, because its hard to answer.

Its important to answer because its important for us to know whether military training is contributing to this epidemic, a fact that (one must rush to say) would not somehow eliminate the roles played by gender, guns, mental illness, domestic violence, a violent culture, the mass media, economic inequality, or anything else.

Looking at this list of mass shootings in the United States, one notices the following:

  • ninety-eight percent of the shootings were done by male shooters;
  • the vast majority had mental health problems;
  • the racial breakdown looks roughly equivalent to that in the population as a whole;
  • the creators of the list have not bothered to create a thorough record of which shooters had been in the military.

Beginning to sort out an answer, one quickly discovers that many mass-killings by veterans have been excluded from this list. World War II veteran Howard Barton Unruh killed 13 people in 1949 in New Jersey, but that was too early to make it onto this list. Persian Gulf veteran Timothy McVeigh killed 168 in Oklahoma City in 1995 but didnt use guns. Persian Gulf veteran Robert Flores shot his three nursing professors in Tucson, Arizona, in 2002, but only killings of four or more have been included. The same restriction keeps out U.S. Marine Corps veteran Radcliffe Haughtons killing of three women in Wisconsin in 2012. Even the D.C. sniper, Persian Gulf veteran John Allen Muhammad, who killed 17 in the Washington, D.C., area in 2002, with a partner, and using guns, is not included perhaps because he didnt kill all of his victims at once.

Proceeding with this list nonetheless, we should be able to determine what percentage of the shooters on the list are veterans, and then compare that to the general population. But how exactly do we do that? It would be crazy t...


Watching the cops "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

It is hard to believe that the rates of incarceration of Aboriginal people are actually higher than the rates of incarceration of African Americans in the USA (2,346 per 100,000 in Australia, 1,408 per 100,000 in the US). The problems that flow from over policing are much better understood in the US, a country we like to think of as much more regressive in the quality of its policing. But Aboriginal communities and their allies can take lessons from the US in how to tackle over-policing.


Meet our everyday heroes giving hope to wildlife "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

WIRES has a phenomenal success rate in rescuing native animals in need in New South Wales.

There are so many people who contribute to this success, from concerned members of the public, to our amazing volunteer rescuers and carers, to our staff, donors and supporters. To us, these people are everyday heroes.

The spring and summer months are some of the busiest times of year for the WIRES rescue office and our branch volunteers. During August WIRES received more than 9,000 calls and during September this rose to nearly 15,000.

One of these calls resulted in an amazing reunion between a Brushtail possum and her young offspring at an apartment in Sydney.

Rebecca and her childrenWhen Rebecca from Dee Why moved her barbeque cover and it seemed much heavier than normal, she instinctively knew that an animal had taken up residence inside. When a large possum darted out underneath and leapt to the safety of a nearby tree, Rebecca could see that it had panicked and left its young one trapped in the cover.

As Rebecca was located on the first floor and did not have direct access to the trees opposite her balcony, she did not know how she could reunite the young one with its mother.

I called WIRES, and two rescuers came out. One of them reached in and gently removed the baby possum, explained Rebecca.

She went downstairs to the people below us, and they let her put a ladder against a tree which allowed her to put the baby fairly high up in the tree.
What happened next surprised everyone.

The baby climbed up the tree in the direction of the mother possum, she said.

The mum kept jumping away but then she realised it was her baby and came back.

The baby jumped onto a twig that nearly broke and the mum caught her just in time, said Rebecca, whose daughters were watching the whole scene with fascination.

It was really gorgeous. When they were reunited, the mother grabbed the baby and cuddled it and then put it on her back, she said.

NatalieWIRES volunteer rescuer and carer Natalie attended the call. Natalie and her mother, also a WIRES volunteer, have rescued scores o...


WATCH: This Lesbian Horror Movie Could Be Up For An Oscar "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A lesbian horror film has been submitted for consideration for Best Foreign Film at the 2018 Academy Awards. The film, Thelma, is being released in some countries this month and was submitted by Norwegian film bosses into the Oscars category a few months ago. Directed by Joachim Trier, it tells the story of a shy ...

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U.S. Mass Shooters Are Disproportionately Veterans "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Are veterans of the U.S. military disproportionately likely to be mass killers in the United States? Asking such a question is difficult, first because of concerns of profiling, discrimination, etc., and second, because it's hard to answer.


WATCH: Australian Man Opens Up About Battle Against HIV Stigma "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

An Australian man has opened up about his experiences after his HIV diagnosis in the latest instalment of a short film series calling on people to unite against HIV stigma. In the Talking About Stigma film series by Queensland Positive People, Australians living with HIV share their stories of stigma, vulnerability and resilience, to call ...

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Tosen Stardom makes history at Flemington "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Emirates Stakes winner Tosen Stardom parades in the mounting yard before a stunning victory in the feature race at Flemington last Saturday.

OTHER than the win by Wollomai in the 1875 Melbourne Cup, for Captain John Cleeland of Phillip Island, local connections had arguably their biggest victory in horseracing last Saturday when Tosen Stardom won the feature race at Flemington, the $2 million Emirates Stakes.
Tosen Stardom rocketed out of the field with a stirring turn of speed in one of the performances of the spring to claim the prize.
But part owner Terry Ginnane, manager of Landmark in Leongatha, had to admit it didnt look good most of the way down the famous Flemington straight.
Darren thought he had a good chance. He said he was much better suited at the distance, the weights, hed drawn a good barrier and there was more speed in the race. So we were hopeful for sure.
There was no speed on in the race the previous week and he really didnt get a crack at them.
And it looked like another hard-luck story shaping up on Saturday.
He couldnt get out and even when he did get out I thought hed never make up that ground on them but he just flew. It was a huge thrill.
Hes now won two Group Ones, been second in two and third in another which is more than enough to prove up his breeding. Hes by Deep Impact (Japan) so hes certainly gone up a notch there as well.
He probably doesnt have to do a lot more but he wouldnt be going to stud in Australia next season so there might be a few more runs in him.
Terry had the honour, in the absence of another locally connected owner, Mick Johnston, to lead the horse back in to the mounting yard and together with the other owners, trainer Darren Weir and stable staff; celebrated long and hard on Saturday night.
But it was back to reality on Monday.
Were in at work today and its been pretty busy catching up, said Terry, as the warm weather sees a boost in cattle numbers.
Its looking good out there but a nice shower of rain later in the week would be nice too.
Going by Terrys run of luck at the moment, you can probably bet on it!

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Nam Viet and Bakersville Hot Bread Shops - Vietnamese ~ Five Dock "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Our obsessive hunt for banh mi across Sydney takes us to some very original hot bread stores in Five Dock, Nam Viet and Bakersville. Five Dock is one of those cross through suburbs, somewhere you never really think of as a destination to eat at. We've found some gems here, from Dosa Hub to the excellent Caminiti Butchery. Now we are back for the pork rolls. This mural at the back of



Stallholder Profile for Tuppence by Ann

Your name: Ann Grant

Your business name : Tuppence by Ann

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The suburb/town you live in now: Craignish (Hervey bay)

What is it that you make and what skills do you use?: I make baby and toddler clothing, quilts, wraps. I have been sewing since high school and worked in fashion industry. 



Its time we restored Rydes Argyle Centre site "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

TOP RYDES Argyle Centre should be immediately restored as a new arts centre, Clr Roy Maggio said last Friday. In an exclusive interview with The Weekly Times, Clr Maggio revealed an upcoming motion to have the Art Deco style Argyle Centre and the neighbouring and vacant Ryde City Bowling Club cleaned out and refitted for []


REMEMBRANCE DAY "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

We Did Remember Them . . . at RYDE Left at Meadowbank Memorial Park on Remembrance Day Saturday November 11 and at CONCORD Hospital last Friday, below left, when wreaths were laid by Captain Tony Rayner RAN, Anne Lewis of Department of Veteran Affairs and  Strathfield MP Jodi McKay.     BELOW at Macquarie Park []


Buenos Dias, Your Honor "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

(L) Chief Judge Juan Torruella  (C) Cesar Baruja, MD   (R) Prof Jim Fetzer    

by Mary W Maxwell 

Something so strange has happened in my life this week that me poor old brain has no place to process it. Viz, the federal judge in Boston (not OToole but one of the three who will hear Jahars appeal in the Marathon case), has permitted me and two others to be amici.

Thats pronounced Ah Mickey!.  Emotionally at least, it gives me some sort of standing in this world. I have gone from being a housewife to being an amicus curiae, a friend of the court. Of course I was always a fri...


Game of bridge challenges your power of thinking "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

To The POINT with CAROL SHELDRAKE LOOKING TO brush up your bridge playing skills, or move on from beginner lessons or just keen to get back into the game after a few years off? Hunters Hill Bridge Club is running a series of Improvers lessons commencing on Thursday November 16 from 1.30pm to 3.30pm. The []


REMEMBRANCE DAY "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

We Did Remeber Them Remembrance Day FEATURE PAGE


Outrageous DA for Tennyson Road "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Dear Sir, Mr Thomas (TWT 8 November 2017) quite rightly expresses his concern at the outrageous development proposal for Tennyson Road, Gladesville. The impact would be severe on the neighbouring residents, it is entirely out of keeping with the area, and would heavily increase the traffic burden. In fact, Ryde Council rejected the original proposal []



But Seeks Return at By-election! JOHN ALEXANDER has resigned as MP for Bennelong but will seek re-election at the subsequent by-election expected in late December. Speaker of the House of Representatives Tony Smith MP says he received the resignation notice from John Alexander last Saturday afternoon stating possible dual citizenship and was considering dates for []


Five Elements Concert to blend Japanese with European music "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Two TWT readers can win double passes to a Five Elements concert with world renowned Japanese bamboo flute master Riley Lee and the Enigma Quartet (pictured) on Sunday November 26 at the Independent Theatre North Sydney at 2.30pm. Lee is Australias pre-eminent shakuhachi (Japanese flute) player and has joined forces with the Enigma Quartet to []


Hunters Hill to hold public meeting on secret Gladesville Village talks "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

EXCLUSIVE BY OUR CIVIC COUNCIL ROUNDSMAN  SECRET TALKS are being held by the State Government about the redevelopment of the Gladesville Village Shopping Centre but information about who is talking to whom about what is being withheld from the community, Hunters Hill Council was informed on Monday night. The Council confirmed that talks in commercial []


Olivia promised more inclusive playgrounds "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

PLAYGROUNDS for children of all abilities like Livvis Place in Ryde will be a feature of the future, Lane Cove MP Anthony Roberts said last Wednesday. Mr Roberts made his prediction at Livvis Place where he promised state government funding to councils to retro-fit all existing parks within five years. I want all []


BATTLE OF BENNELONG "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

JA resignation triggers by election FORMER Bennelong MP John Alexander resigned on the weekend in the fallout over the dual citizenship affair but vowed to recontest the seat hes held for the Liberal Party since 2010. Mr Alexander issued a statement that he is a proud Australian and hell seek preselection. I have always believed []


Fire at Moe marijuana house "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Police are investigating after a marijuana crop was discovered following a house fire in Moe on the weekend.


Reed-warbling "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Ive been trying for years to get some decent images of Australian Reed-warblers, especially that iconic shot of one perched sideways on the stem of a reed. It remains an ongoing project.

This bird was spotted singing in a small patch of Common Reed on the east side of the Joyces Creek bridge. It was so focused on calling that it pretty much ignored me as I approached slowly and managed this sequence.

Also, interesting to note is the psyllid damage on the River Red-gum leaves in the background on a couple of the images. Many of the local eucalypts are suffering at the moment. This post on the FOBIF site is an excellent summary of some of the issues.

Australian Reed-warbler, Cairn Curran, 12th November 2017


How Hunters Hill saved France "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

By Hunters Hill historian GREGORY TURNER ON AUSTRALIA Day in 2o16, The Weekly Times received Hunters Hills Community Event Of The Year award for our role in the restoration and dedication of the World War One German Howitzer that proudly rests outside the Town Hall. The Howitzer was captured by Australian soldiers on the Western []

Your Chamber of Commerce Meets "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

EPPING: Chamber inquiries President Tony Hackett 9869-8900; 0418 413 226 or secretary Betty Ockerlander 8876-5888. EASTWOOD: Meet second Monday each month. Next meeting December 11. Inquiries president Vic Tagg 0412 369 510 or secretary Steve Colquhoun 9874-0221. GLADESVILLE: Meet third Tuesday each month. Next meeting November 21. Inquiries secretary Maria Zappia o401 158 307 or []


Probus walkers enjoy scenic tracks around Cabarita peninsula "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Walkers are one subgroup in the North Epping Probus Club. Pictured are several members enjoying one of many walking tracks around Sydneys bush, harbour and coastline in the inner western suburb of Cabarita. There are many other groups with a variety of activities within the Club. North Epping Probus meet on the third Monday []


Resident cops a $183 fine, demerit points for parking in his own road "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The City of Ryde is exploiting over development by fining local families for parking across footpaths in overcowded streets, an angry resident told The Weekly Times. The fines are for parking across footpaths often on the curbside of roads and such fines have netted other councils considerable revenue, particularly in and around Waverly []

Gladesville Unders & Overs "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

JILL Forster (left) and skip Evelyn Malcolm recently captured Gladesville Womens Bowling Clubs annual Unders & Overs title with 23 points. They defeated Robyn Birchenough and Elaine Meagher (22pts) and Kath Ruser and Faye Bosward (18 1/2 points).


Gladesville Christmas Festival "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

2017 TWT Teen Queen Quest Open Today with Fab Prizes to Win! Great prizes including $1,000 cash prizemoney can be won in this years TWT  Gladesville Christmas Festival Teen Queen Quest. 2017 TWT Teen Queen will officially open the Gladesville Christmas Festival on Saturday December 2 at Gladesville Shopping Village and star in special events []


FYI: Australia's Plebiscite on Same-Sex Marriage "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Same-sex marriage, Australian politics, religion and state


Fair Australia Prize 2017: the shortlists "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

We are pleased to announce that the shortlisted writers and artists for the 2017 Fair Australia Prize.


Sydney: Refugee solidarity protestors clash with police outside Liberal Party dinner "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

11 Nov Former prime minister Tony Abbotts sister, Sydney councillor Christine Forster, had her favourite jacket ripped as she tried to enter a Liberal Party fundraiser surrounded by hundreds of Manus Island detention protesters.

Riot police formed a human chain to shield guests arriving for a Liberal Party fundraiser from several hundred Manus Island protesters who had formed outside the Friday night event which was also attended by Tony Abbott and Immigration Minister Peter Dutton.

Cr Forster had to be helped through the crowds by police and had her jacket torn in the crossfire.

Basically a melee broke out, it was a riot, she said.

It was an extraordinary situation, it was very unpleasant, it was dangerous for everybody, it was an aggressive, awful, scary situation.

Im a local City of Sydney councillor and I dont want to ever have this kind of stuff happening in my electorate.

Cr Forster said people should able to walk into an event unmolested, unassaulted and unattacked.

It was shocking to me and it was dangerous. People were trying to punch us, people ripped the jacket off my back If you want to make your political protest, anyone can make a political protest anywhere in Australia, but you dont do it like that.

It was a very unpleasant, unnecessary, dangerous situation that those people put everybody in, she said.

It was a situation that I have never been in and I would never choose to be in ever again. Its my favourite jacket and its shredded sadly and it was shredded off me from behind.

It was a very volatile and extraordinarily surprising situation to me.

The protesters were calling for the Immigration Minster to restore services to the now-closed Manus Island detention centre and bring the remaining asylum seekers to Australia.

The Australian Government had officially closed the detention centre o...


Australian govt using aid money to promote their mining industry "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Bruce Davis, left, and Fred Hess signing a memorandum of understanding at Frieda River last week. Looking on are East Sepik Province Governor Allan Bird, Ambunti-Drekkir MP Johnson Wapunai, Vice Mines Minister Bari Palme, womens mentor, Fredah Wantum along with women from Paupe village and PanAust employees

Approval processes for any Frieda river mine have not yet been completed but the Australian government is already spending aid money to help ensure the mine does go ahead.

PANAUST, the beneficiary of this aid subsidy, is, of course, an Australian company

Long-term plan for women at Frieda River

PANAUST and the Australian government are working together to empower women through the Frieda River copper-gold project under a new initiative called the Papua New...


Lady Gagas New Album Will Be ARTPOPs Little Sister "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Lady Gagas polarising album ARTPOP just turned four years old. And DJ White Shadow, who co-produced standout tracks like Sexxx Dreams, Manicure, Do What U Want, Swine and Applause, as well as much of the Born This Way album and this years standalone single The Cure, says hes back in the studio with the singer. ...

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Jacqui Lambie to resign from Senate - says she'll contest next election "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

.@JacquiLambie: I regret to inform the chamber of my resignation. I love my father, I don't blame him for this. Sky News Australia (@SkyNewsAust) November 14, 2017 Jacqui Lambie in her own words, "Senator for Tasmania. Advocate for Australian war veterans and injured soldiers. Looking after Tasmania's...


The Ex-Worker #59: Surviving a Grand Jury "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The post The Ex-Worker #59: Surviving a Grand Jury appeared first on It's Going Down.

What it means to resist a grand jury; stories from those who have; how to support North Carolina grand jury resistance.
In this episode, we share the first-person stories of three comrades on the frontlines of grand jury resistance. As the state escalates repression through a new grand jury investigation in North Carolina against longtime anarchist Katie Yow, this episode offers perspectives from those who have successfully fought a grand jury summons. Tune in to demystify the process of how and why to resist testifying at a grand jury. For more information on her case and to support Katie, check out and to learn more about resources available for those resisting and their supporters, check out

For more information on how to stay strong during state repression, see our article How to Survive a Felony Trial.

To hear more about North Carolina Grand Jury Resistance and other cases of ongoing state repression, listen to this episode of The Hotwire.

Notes and Links

  • Table of Contents:
    • Introduction: Grand Jury Resisters Past and Present {00:00}
    • What is a Grand Jury {01:17}
    • A Knock on the Door {4:51}
    • Breathing Fire {19:35}
    • Facing the State {24:19}
    • Life on the Run {35:11}
    • Trees and MirrorsSurviving Solitary {38:31}
    • Release {45:53}
    • Back from the Underground {50:47}
    • Conclusion: We Can Survive This {54:45}
    • Support NC Grand Jury Resister Katie Yow {56:16}
    • Statement from Katie Yow {57:17}
  • On November 21, at 8 pm Eastern Time, we will broadcast our third live video presentation, in...


CompuServes forums, which still exist, are finally shutting down "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Before there was a World Wide Web, a sizable chunk of all meaningful conversation between computer users happened in the forums at CompuServe, which was the dominant online service until AOL came along. There was a CompuServe forum for everything from PC hardware to comic books, the signal-to-noise ratio was generally high, and if you

Before there was a World Wide Web, a sizable chunk of all meaningful conversation between computer users happened in the forums at CompuServe, which was the dominant online service until AOL came along. There was a CompuServe forum for everything from PC hardware to comic books, the signal-to-noise ratio was generally high, and if you had a question chances were that a fellow member would answer itjust to be helpful.

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Kristina Keneally on Tripodi, Obeid - and the possibility the Labor Party might draft her to Canberra "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

I spoke to Kristina Keneally in August 2011 and asked her about Tripodi/Obeid - and the possibility she might be drafted to Canberra.


Self sufficiency, comes at a price "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

IF you are one of my vegan friends, turn away, dont read this..  this morning, our two wethers met their fate and will be in our freezer next week.

I originally bought them 14 months ago with two young ewes, which have now both lambed, thanks to 20171104_184005Matt my neighbor who kindly allowed me to have them serviced by his ram. Its a cooperative thing, all his Wilties are now on our orchard, gorging on luscious grass now going ballistic. Weve had copious rain, and yesterday, today, and tomorrow, its hotter here than in Brisbane. and the grass loves it! Normal Tasmanian weather will resume tomorrow afternoon!

As I have mentioned here before, our farms land capability, as it is officially known, is class 4 which is perfect for pastures, and therefore grazing animals. We are also lucky that our pastures have actually been improved by previous owners, and its great animal fattening land. We are not exactly making the most of it yet, because fully one third of our property is yet to have more animals eating our grass.. most likely, Matts cows will be put to the test soon!



Arts Wednesday 15 November 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Sydney By Design continues this week at 10:40 am with Part 4. Ed introduces guest, Nicole Sullivan, from Green Star Solutions, continuing the conversation about buildings and sustainability.

My special guest at 11:00 am is Ian Hemphill, aka Herbie. Our conversation traverses the world of herbs and spices, from their history to their uses, with other aspects in between!

Music this week is mostly about you guessed it herbs and spices!

I look forward to your company!


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Law Council Slams Perilous New Same-Sex Marriage Bill "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The countrys peak legal body, the Law Council of Australia, has criticised the same-sex marriage bill proposed by Liberal Senator James Paterson as an extraordinary and perilous weakening of Australias anti-discrimination laws. On Monday, Senator Paterson unveiled a bill to legalise same-sex marriages but also allow a range of service providers to discriminate against same-sex ...

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Hobart plumbs lowest vacancies on record "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Hobart stretched to break point

Hobart notched the lowest vacancy rate on record for any capital city at just 0.3 per cent in October 2017. 

With just 75 listings meeting the criteria for an a vacancy, not surprisingly rents have been taking off.

And while there's talk of land releases, there's no imminent sign of matters improving for tenants.

Meanwhile the previously stagnant Adelaide market is beginning to look at a bit tight, with the vacancy rate declining to just 1.4 per cent in October. 

The resources capital cities look to have turned the corner now.

In Perth the vacancy rate of 4.1 per cent was well down from 4.9 per cent a year earlier, while Darwin (2.5 per cent) also saw a much tighter result than a year ago (3.2 per cent). 

Even Brisbane has entered a bit of a downtrend despite its inner city apartment glut, although there does tend to be a seasonal spike over the Christmas period. 

Overall the national vacancy rate of 2.1 per cent or 67,781 vacancies was lower than a year earlier at 2.3 per cent or 74,368 vacancies, with dwelling starts now set to decline and strong population growth having absorbed most of the increase in rental stock to date. 

Rental price growth remains quite modest at the national level. 



On blogging networks "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

As many readers know, I run a group blog, The Asexual Agenda (TAA). Other readers might be aware that Im on this blogging network called Freethought Blogs (FTB). Still other readers may be aware of other blogging networks like The Orbit, or Skepchick. Have you ever wondered how these blog networks are organized?

This is something that interests me, as a group blog admin. But perhaps nobody else is interested, because I hardly ever see anyone else talk about it. Or perhaps people dont talk about it because the information is too sensitive. You dont want to give away information that is potentially embarrassing to other people on the network. Many blogging networks may even have formal rules against disclosing certain information. I myself am limited in what I can say. But theres some stuff that is public knowledge, at least in principle, so Ill talk about that.

TAA is a dictatorship, with a few democratic processes. We follow a formal voting procedure for important decisions, namely blogger additions, and blogger ejections. But there are also a bunch of decisions that you wouldnt even know were decisions, and things that dont lend themselves very well to voting. For example, how do we make decisions on web design? How do we set the direction of the network? What if the network needs to make a public statement about something? When do we call a vote for something? How is the vote conducted? The value of a dictatorship is that we dont need to prepare for every possible decision. Theres an easy answer to any question that will ever come upthe dictator decides.

FTB is more of an anarchy. People just argue until there appears to be a consensus. The person who determines whether theres a consensus, is whoever has the power and initiative to act. Sometimes there is no clear consensus. And sometimes when there is a clear consensus, nobody has the power and initiative to act. So things end up moving very slowly. Im not really a fan of this structure, and Im guessing that the people who left FTB to form The Orbit were not fans either.

According to public statements, The Orbit is a democratic and collectivist organization. I dont really know what that means, but it sounds complicated. Im guessing there are lots of different kinds of organizational structures for blogging networks. Were not comparing notes, so there arent any standard practices.

As I already mentioned, the most important decisions in a blogging network are who to add, and who to eject. Adding bloggers is important because of blogger attrition. Sometimes you have some bloggers who write and write forever, like me. But most b...


ALBUM REVIEW: Dusty Ravens Low Down Jimmy "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

It may seem a tad peculiar that a band from the Inner West of Sydney could breathe genuine spirit and authenticity into Mexican-infused country music but Dusty Ravens have done just that on their second album. Low Down Jimmy is the sound of desert dust, desperate souls, sin and salvation  all bathed in mood-heavy instrumentation. Continue reading


Contribute to our 2018 State Election campaign "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

The SA state election will be held in March 2018, and in the lead-up we have the opportunity to run a high-impact campaign for both our sector, and for all low income and disadvantaged South Australians.


INTERVIEW: Frazey Ford "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

THE IMPORTANCE OF LETTING GO Frazey Ford made her name as a member of folk group The Be Good Tanyas but now shes approaching her third album as a solo artist. Ahead of her November Australian tour she talked with Chris Familton about songwriting, life outside music and her new single covering DAngelo. On her Continue reading


80 Million Year Old Dinosaur Era Shark Found off Portuguese Coast "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Source: Truth Theory | by Fattima Mahdi

A mysterious 'dinosaur' shark was captured off the Portuguese coast by a fisherman and has been dubbed as a "living fossil" by scientists. The species dates back 80 million years and makes it one of the very few creatures from the dinosaur ages that is still around.

The discovery adds to the list of very few sharks recently found in Australia, New Zealand and Japan. This deep sea creature usually lies at a depth of 390 and 4,200 feet below the surface, which is one one of the main reasons it was not discovered before the 19th century.

The prehistoric fish is 1.5 metres in length and was caught off the resort of Portimao at a depth of 700 metres. With a long and slim body, the shark resembles a snake and bears 300 teeth. Judging by remains which have been previously found, the species has been swimming in the sea for a very long time.

Researchers were in the area working on a project when the beast was found. They are now studying the frilled shark and hope to learn more about the elusive species. This rare find means that there is plenty they can learn about how animals coexist in the depths of the ocean.

Image credit: SIC Noticias


ABC Media Watch Beggars Belief "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

(photo ABC)

by Dee McLachlan

Last night, on Monday as usual, ABCs Media Watch program rattled out another establishment piece this time about Russias interference in the US election.

Hello, Im Paul Barry, welcome to Media Watch.

And what exactly were the Russians doing that Americans failed to see? Tonight, in a special program, were going to look at how Facebook and Twitter allowed their platforms to be used by Russia to swing the US presidential election and divide America.

You can view, and read about the program here (Media Watch, 13 November, 2017).

I posted a comment on Media Watch about two hours ago (when it said 0 comments or no comments yet moderated). Later, I noticed that there were a total of NINE comments.

I have published all below. It seems the ABC is failing dismally to convince its viewers of its honesty...


Andrew Swift Announces New Album Call Out For The Cavalry Plus Exclusive Stream of Reckless Desires "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Image Courtesy of Andrew Swift Melbourne based alt-country singer-songwriter Andrew Swift has just announced plans to release his new album Call Out For The Cavalry, due for release on the 2nd March next year. The album follows on from Andrew Swifts eponymous 2015 release and was produced by sought after producer Matt Fell. Swift has []


Judges and people agree on best bike "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

For the first time the peoples choice and the judges choice of best in show have been the same at the Laverda Concours in Brisbane.

Winner is Garth Allison with his 1980 Honda CX500 who said it was a labour of love.

Like the judges and visitors, We also thought it was the best in show and featured it on our Facebook page on Sunday. Check out this gallery of detailed photos.

Laverda Concours winner best in show by judges and people's choice winner is Garth Allison with his 1980 Honda CX500 Laverda Concours winner best in show by judges and people's choice winner is Garth Allison with his 1980 Honda CX500 Laverda Concours winner best in show by judges and people's choice winner is Garth Allison with his 1980 Honda CX500 ...


Why big projects like the Adani coal [Frieda river] mine wont transform regional Queensland [PNG] "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

PHOTO: Most of the jobs in regional Queenslands mega projects are only temporary.

Australia is finally waking up to the fact mega resource projects [like the proposed Frieda river mine] do not bring lasting benefits for rural people; in fact they weaken social and economic resilience.

When will PNG wake up and realise what we need is a sustainable long-term vision and a focus on skills and enterprise training

Small business and community must be restored to centre stage in development strategy.

The priority should be investment that generates small business growth, local income, new skills and communities.



Someone told me "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The leader of One Nation in Queensland, Steve Dickson, has been forced to apologise over comments he made about the Safe Schools program in which he asserted that 10 year old girls were being taught, as part of the curriculum, how to masturbate and how to use strap-on dildos. His apology was for using the

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The Hanging: Not Niwe, Not Nieuw, Not Neu "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Newell Harry, Circle/s in the Round, 2010, neon, 135 x 175 x 5 cm.
Courtesy the artist and Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney.  Document Photography, 2017.

It almost feels like a visit to a small scale museum of natural history, thats if the museum was also staging gut-wrenching irony.

This month, 4a Centre for Contemporary Asian Art is rethinking Australian history by digging straight to the roots of European settlement. Not Niwe, Not Nieuw, Not Neu sees artists from Australia and New Zealand come together to reclaim ideas of Indigenous heritage, ecology and land by reviewing history as it were recorded post European settlement.

Entering the building, Newell Harry greets you with a whole lot of colour and text as he examines the crossover between power and language through art. Featuring glowing neon words and targets on the wall, the piece feels oddly disparate upon first inspection. What Newell wants you to think about is, that with little to no instruction, youre forced to assume meaning and to assign it without consent or permission. More importantly, is this act right or wrong? Has this lands history been recorded as such? 

This more or less gives you a tangible premise for the show. Newells work pushes you in to a space of critical thinking, which is to be affirmed by subtle tos and fros of commentary woven through the other artworks that await you. Theres taxidermy sparrows, paintings of Captain Cook, sacred objects of Maori heritage, and printed images of botanists at work are reflected onto mirrors. The key is to pick apart the elements of the work that might disrupt the initial image at play.




Swell results for local Groms "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Barwon Heads surfers dominated the Ocean Grove stop of the Woolworths Surf Groms.
In the small tricky conditions Zeph Lamperd and Ellie Harrison claimed the under-14 boys and girls titles.
Lamperd was dominant in the final throwing down massive power turns on his way to a 14.86 heat total.
Its awesome to win here at Ocean Grove. All that time surfing here when it has been windy has paid off, he said.
Lamperd and Harrison will now receive an all-expenses paid trip to the Surfing Australia High Performance Center for their efforts.
I have never been to the HPC before, but I have heard its epic. I am looking forward to surfing in some warm water and learning from the coaches up there, Lamperd said.
Placing in second in the under-14 boys final was Willis Droomer (of Jan Juc) who finished on 12.14 points. Asher Lens (Aireys Inlet) and Charlie Mahoney (Ocean Grove) finished in third and fourth respectively.
Ellie Harrison used her superior wave knowledge at the break to take out top honors in the under-14 girls, locking in a heat total of 11.40 points.
Every time I have got second at this event, so its nice to finally win, Harrison said.
The waves werent very good, but it was a fun event. I cant wait to get up to the HPC again and go on their massive skate ramp.
Jazz Wylie (Jan Juc) placed in second on 10.40 points. Mia Huppatz (Jan Juc) and Elise Franzose (Point Lonsdale) finished in third fourth.
Other winners throughout the event included Willis Droomer (Jan Juc) who impressed judges with his aerial game in the under-12 boys division, Isla Huppatz (Jan Juc) in the under-12 girls, Remy Filer (Jan Juc) in the under-10 boys, Ruby Trew (Seaforth, NSW) in the under-10 girls and Teal Lamperd (Barwon Heads) in the under-8 mixed.
Lucas Hickson (Rye) and Sarsha Pancic (Bairgowrie) were awarded the Woolworths Fresh Wave Award for being the best-and-fairest surfers of the event. They walked away with a $250 Woolworths voucher each.

Under 14 Boys
1st: Zeph Lamperd, 14.86.
2nd: Willis Droomer, 12.14.
3rd: Asher Lens, 9.30.
4th: Charlie Mahoney 7.96.

Under 14 Girls
1st: Ellie Harrison, 11.40.
2nd: Jazz Wylie, 10.40.
3rd: Mia Huppatz, 8.04.
4th: Elise Franzose 6.93.

Under 12 Boys
1st: Willis Droomer, 15.67.
2nd: Lucas Hickson, 13.24.
3rd: Issak Brown, 9.70.
4th: Oliver Lens, 8.07.

Under 12 Girls
1st: Isla Huppatz, 6.30.
2nd:, Sarsha Pancic, 5.67.
3rd: Sonia Seuren, 5.46.
4th: Eva Bassed, 4.73.

Under 10 Boys
1st: Remy Filer, 13.90.
2nd: Phoenix Visscher, 11.50.
3rd: Brodie Scott, 6.30.
4th: Jack Lin...


PROJECT UPDATES NOVEMBER 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

We are steaming along toward the end of 2017 and crafty items have been arriving in abundance to support our three current projects.

Handmade Plush Toy Drive Project

backpack toy drive image

With just days to go until the deadline for our  Handmade Plush Toy Drive supporting Backpacks for Refugee Kids at Christmas, Brisbane it looks like we will surpass our initial goal of 150 teddies for children from asylum seeker and refugee backgrounds living in the community!

Here are some more of the teddies and toys we have received in the last month from The Holy Cross Wooloowin Craft Group, Griffith University Lions...


Heartfelt thanks to no-fuss heroes "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

By Justin Flynn

When two young Ocean Grovers saw a boy walking in the middle of the street, they knew they had to do something.
Harry Cornish, who has autism, had fled the family holiday home in search of the beach and was walking in the middle of the road, unaware of the danger that was unfolding.
Harrys mother, Mancell, had turned her back for the split second and thats all Harry needed to make his own way out of the house and in search of the beach. Mancell was frantically searching for him.
Thats when Sam McGlynn and Andrew Schoch saw him walk down the middle of Field Street.
At first I thought his parents might have been there close behind or just in front, Sam said.
I knew something was up. He wasnt listening so we guided him to the side of the footpath to make sure he was safe, Andrew chimed in.
The boys stayed with Harry until Mancell found them. A grateful Mancell thanked the boys many times.
She was very worried, she said thank you quite a bit, Sam said.
Mancell put in a call to the Voice to try and find the boys who helped Harry. They were found on social media.
They are so humble I showed him (Andrew) the story and he said yeahwe helped him, Monica Schoch said.
It was totally unprompted. They knew something was wrong.
Sam and Andrew played under-13 and under-15 cricket for Ocean Grove and volunteer their time on Friday evenings to help with the under-11s. Its something they do to put back into the club and community.
When the Voice caught up with Sam and Andrew, they were not seeking recognition or glory.
It was just something we did out of instinct, Andrew said.
We really didnt want any fuss.

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Out of Range play Mullum Music Fest "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Out of Range won this years Play Mullum Songwriting Competition. Photo supplied.

Out of Range won this years Play Mullum Songwriting Competition. Photo supplied.

This years theme was celebration and the group nailed it with their song Do What You Do, which they recorded recently for their first EP.

Described as a genre-fluid music style, the band are influenced by swing, balkan, boogie boogie, pirate and cabaret styles, all tied together in an upbeat joyous package.

We aim to bring fun and joy to our music, even if we are singing about serious subject matters, so when we saw the criteria for this years contest was celebration, it seemed perfect for us, says Tirza Abb, vocalist and guitarist.

As a local band, she says, its even more exciting that we competed nationally and won and now we get to be part of the festival. We are ready to come down from the hills and partake in some serious swaying, swaggering, swinging and swooning, so come and join us at the Bowlo on Saturday 1.151.45pm!

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Gays would be worse off under Paterson bill: Law Council "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The draft Marriage Amendment (Definition and Protection of Freedoms) Bill 2017 to legalise same-sex marriage, released by Senator James Paterson yesterday, represents an extraordinary and perilous winding back of Australias anti-discrimination laws under the cover of marriage equality, according to the Law Council of Australia.

President, Fiona McLeod SC, said while the Paterson Bill acknowledges concerns of those holding traditional views of marriage, it goes well beyond the issue of marriage in a number of crucial respects.

Australias anti-discrimination laws were amended in 2013 to enact important protections for LGBTI people in recognition of the unacceptable levels of discrimination. This Bill will encroach on many of these protections in an extraordinary and perilous way.

For example, the Bill would allow people to refuse to provide goods and services on the grounds of belief, thought and conscience taking us well beyond religious beliefs into unchartered waters.

You could potentially see a situation where a hire car company could leave their customers stranded on the way to a marriage ceremony simply because the driver held a thought or belief against it. This is even if the belief had nothing to do with religion, Ms McLeod said.

Ms McLeod said freedom from discrimination is a fundamental human right. Discrimination on personal attributes, including sexual orientation, is contrary to the Sex Discrimination Act 1984 and our international obligations.

The right to freedom of religion also appears in international law. While the freedom to have religious beliefs is also protected unconditionally, the manifestation or expression of those beliefs or religion may be subject to limitation where it impacts upon other fundamental rights.

Ms McLeod said the Marriage Amendment (Definition and Religious Freedoms) Bill 2017, endorsed by five government members including Senator Dean Smith, already extended existing protections for freedom of religious expression in the context of marriage and was a reasonable compromise.

The Smith Bill supports the protection of religious freedoms in two key ways. It permits ministers of religion and religious marriage celebrants to refuse to solemnise a marriage and it allows bodies established for religious purposes to refuse to provide goods or services for the purposes of the solemnisation of a marriage, Ms McLeod said.

While the Law Council does not endorse every detail of the Smith Bill it represents a better balance from a human rights perspective....


Zero G - 13 November 2017 Episode 1159 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

ZERO-G #1159

Title: Supervising the Supers

Podcast Title:  Murder on the Poddient Express 1159

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Historical Radio with Rob Jan & Megan McKeough. This week: delving into ethics, power and responsibility with LIAM BURKE; and we hop aboard for MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS.

For playlists, show notes, and news see the 3RRR website at:

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Zero G broadcasts live from Melbourne Australia on Mondays at 1pm AEST


Security Threat Groups: The Industry of Gangs "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The post Security Threat Groups: The Industry of Gangs appeared first on It's Going Down.

This following essay is written by anarchist prisoner, Sean Swain, and was originally released on the Final Straw Radio show. For more info about how to support Sean, go here.

In Ohio prisons, pretty much everyone is in a gang whether theyre in a gang or not. If youre an Ohio prisoner and youre not in a gang, prison administrators will put you in one. And if theres no gang for you, theyll just create a new one.

The reason is, its a federal bloc grant swindle. Heres how it works:

The U.S. Department of Justice keeps a kind of database on what it calls Security Threat Groups, or STGs, not to be confused with STDs, or sexually transmitted diseases. The Department of Justice does not monitor chlamydia or gonorrhea. Yet. At least, as far as I know.

What it does monitor, Security Threat Groups, includes groups like the Bloods, the Crips, the Gangsta Disciples, the Aryan Brotherhood. Those are the larger, more-recognizable so-called Security Threat Groups.

So, to keep a handle on these groups, the U.S. Department of Justice gives what it calls bloc grant funding to states. States like Ohio that participate in the STG-monitoring program maintain a database that it shares with the Department of Justice, keeping files on gang members and their activities. For each gang member the state monitors, the Department of Justice allots a certain amount of funds.
The more gang members, the more money the state prison system gets.

Back in the 1990s, you had a handful of gangs or Security Threat Groups. Each of those gangs had a handful of pretty visible members. There as an investigator at each prison whose job was principally something else, who kept files on these gangs.

Since then, with the availability of federal bloc grants, we now have seemingly hundreds of security threat groups, some of them having only two or three members, all registered in the computer database. We have seemingly tens of thousands of gang members filling the Ohio prisons. And we have not one but two investigators employed full-time at every Ohio prison, with their salaries covered by bloc grant funds; their offices expenses covered by bloc grant funds; their computer hardware for conducting their w...


New owner of Valleys landmark buildings to be unveiled by Christmas and more Zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

New owners of Fortitude Valleys landmark buildings will be revealed by Christmas, with several expressions of interest for the Waltons building on Mcwhirters on Wickham street.

Vacant land is also of keen interest for potential new owners, with a 3.5 hectare L-shaped block adjacent the Fortitude Valley train station receiving interest from both investors domestic and abroad.

The properties owned by the Lee family have been put on the market to allow for major development in the area.


Queensland farmers call for government reform to natural disaster

The Queensland Farmers Federation is calling on the government to implement policy and funding reforms to support farmers before and after natural disasters.


Manus Island: Those For Whom We Cannot Grieve "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

As a nation, overcoming our fear of the other and exposing our own vulnerabilities is the key to ending the crisis on Manus Island, writes Elise Addlem.

The 600 men trapped between the Manus Island detention centre and the unknown that comes next are people defined negatively as individuals. They are not defined, as they once were, as a member of a country, as a father, a son, a partner, a friend. Now, they have been hollowed out of all of these individualising, humanising factors.

Their individuality has been replaced by their collective status as the other, as an us and them. This other that permeates Australian political discussion is boat people, a term which does a masterful job of at of once denying individuals and their lived experiences, and binding them together into a collective they never asked for.

Shop-Sparkke_Banner_300x250(GB)The current Australian government, and those which came before it, have been successful in moving refugees who arrive to Australia by boat not only physically out of sight, but out of the space in the human mind that is vulnerable to the suffering of others.

What I want to ask, then, is how do we give back humanness to those that have systematically been stripped of it?

Here Judith Butler is helpful. In her recent work, Precarious Life, Butler considers what counts as human and what counts as a grievable life. What we find in the language used to discuss those seeking asylum in Australia today, all the way back to the Howard era, is a refusal to acknowledge that these people are humans just like you and I. That in our human condition and the vulnerability that comes along with it, we are all human beings worthy of empathy.

The use of terms such as boat people, queue jumpers, as well as racially or ethnically based labels serve to push refugees out of this space of shared humanity. Of grievability.

However, Butler says that it is too simplistic to argue that the dehumanisation or derealisation at the level of public and political discussion gives rise to a physical violence enacted against people. The inverse likewise does not get at the complexity of the matter. Perhaps we can say that the ordering is not important, but that way we the dehumanise refugees in Australia (and much of the so-called West) forms a justificatory loop is such a way that it becomes seemingly self-perpetuating.



Naked People Terrorize Missouri Town, Synthetic Drug Flakka Suspected "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


Several people went on a rampage in a small Missouri town that included barking like dogs, yelling, breaking into buildings and showering naked in soda water. The incident is being blamed on a synthetic drug that often causes extreme behavior.

Police believe the man-made drug Flakka was the cause of the behavior, which left the town of Sullivan in eastern Missouri reeling and searching for answers, the Kansas City Star reported.

Two people were arrested in relation to the incident, while several were treated at the hospital. The drugs recovered have not yet been tested, but police think the users mixed methamphetamine with flakka.

We had multiple incidents this past weekend of people on some kind of substance acting out of their minds, Police Lieutenant Patrick Johnson said, according to the Sullivan Independent NewsBarking like dogs, running up and down the street entering peoples homes, breaking into a business, yelling outside of local businesses.

One business owner described a theft that took place during the incident.

My dad came in Saturday morning ready to open the place (up) and noticed that the doors by the machine area were opened up and came in and noticed one of our cash registers was knocked over on the floor, Alec Ockrassa, the general manager of Sullivan Bowl, told KSDK. The thieves took more than a thousand dollars from the register, Ockrassa said.

Flakka, which is also known as alpha-PVP, has a similar chemical makeup to drugs known as bath salts, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. It is typically sold in a white or pink crystalline form, and emits a foul smell.

Users consume the synthetic drug by either eating, snorting, injecting or vaporizing it in an electronic cigarette device, according to the institute.

Flakka also featured in several incidents last year in Florida, Tennessee, Kentucky and Ohio, according to the Star. It caused everything from overdose-related deaths to a slew of emergen...


Locals get on board to ensure beach wheelchair access "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The beach-wheelchair bought by local designer and dress maker. Photo supplied.

The beach-wheelchair bought by local designer and dress maker. Photo supplied.

The location and inaccessibility of the beach wheelchair at Byron Bay have meant that potential users have struggled to gain access to it since its relocation from Pacific Apartments in Byron Bay.

About six months ago I saw someone in a wheelchair and asked if I could assist, said Louden a local resident who had worked as a lifeguard in the lifeguard service at Byron from 2010 to 2015. 

When I worked as a lifeguard the beach access wheelchair was located at the Pacific Apartments and they were great, you would just give them a ring and they would say to send them up for the key. So I took it upon myself and made the phone call. I was told it had been moved and to contact council. I rang council and they said they made a few phone calls and then said they had misplaced it.

A few days ago I saw a pamphlet for the wheelchair advertising it for beach access. So I rang the council again. The council switchboard told me to ring Pacific Apartments, they said to call Clarks Beach Cafe who then told me to call Clarks Caravan Park. They said they didnt know where it was so I called council back. This was at midday. At 4pm council called me back and advised me that it had been moved to the council depot as an interim measure.

Second beach wheelchair for Byron

Local designer and dressmaker, Trish Ware, who purchased the second beach-wheelchair. Photo supplied. ...


Building nice homes for people "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"



Inaugural music award now open in memory of late Carol Lloyd "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

In memory of Australias first Rock Chick, Carol Lloyd, Queensland Music Festival (QMF) are giving female singer-songwriters the chance to win a $15,000 prize, which will assist in funding for recording an album and allow the winner to connect with some of Queenslands most respected artists. Regarded by singer-songwriter Katie Noonan as Australias mother figure []

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Riders take scenic route "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

ONE of the most spectacular rides in Victoria was held in Inverloch on Sunday, November 12.

Hundreds of cyclists and their friends and families from all over Australia were in Inverloch for the 2017 Bass Coast Cycle Challenge (BCCC) and family festival.
The BCCC teamed up with the Inverloch Lions Family Festival once again which had all sorts of fun activities on offer such as a bike decorating competition for kids, face painting and billy cart races.

There were four different ride distance options available on the day including a 121km, 85km, 53km and a 40 km ride.

For those who arent cycling fans, a 10km, five km and 1.8km run took place.
The weather conditions were perfect for the scenic run and ride.

On the road: cyclists from across the region and beyond united for the Bass Coast Cycle Challenge held in Inverloch on Sunday.

Dylan Rielly from Wonthaggi participated in the 40km Bass Coast Cycle Challenge ride and placed fourth with a time of 1.41.34 on Saturday

John and Kate Mulvany from Koonwarra participated in the 40km Bass Coast Cycle Challenge ride on Satu...


New research highlights effect of family violence on children "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Childrens voices are crucial in informing father-focused interventions that hold perpetrators of domestic and family violence accountable for their role as a parent. Thats according to CQUniversity researcher Dr Silke Meyer who was commenting in the lead-up to White Ribbon Day (marked on 25 November to combat violence against women). Australian research suggests that, by []

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Former locals win business award "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

FORMER Leongatha residents Lisa and Kurt Gowers showcased how hard work pays after winning the professional services category in the Hobsons Bay Business Excellence Award.

They opened Lavanya Spa Retreat in Williamstown more than five years ago. They started out in a single room in 2012 and have since expanded to a large day spa with seven staff offering a range of services from massage, organic facials and body scrubs to wraps, seasonal specials and group packages,

To enter the awards, they had to submit a 35 page application. It was later revealed their application was judged the most impressive.

They were then shortlisted as finalists, and they announcement they had won occurred at a gala dinner attended by 400 businesses.

Kurt said the win came as a pleasant shock.

It was a big surprise. The award was great recognition for all the hard work that we put in. To be recognised with an award like this gives us confidence we are on the right track and must be doing something right. We love what we are doing and like to think that this is reflected through our business, he said.

Kurt said the award has already done wonders for the business, creating more awareness across Hobsons Bay.

Weve had a lot of people say they didnt know we were here, so it has broaden our range of reach and given us more business. It has been great to get that kind of awareness out there, he said.

Kurt and Lisa both grew up in Leongatha, attending the local primary and secondary schools.

We are regularly visited by many Leongatha locals, which we absolutely love to see, Kurt said.




Achievement: from left, former Leongatha locals Lisa and Kurt Gowers recently won a Hobsons Bay Business Excellence Award in the professional services category for their business Lavanya Spa Retreat. They are pictured with staff member Skye Hawkins.


Roads, health boosts in mayors sights "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

BASS Coast Shire Council is ready to roll into a massive 2018, with projects in the pipeline.

In a show of unity, councillors re-elected mayor Cr Pamela Rothfield and deputy mayor Cr Brett Tessari for a second term to maintain balance and continuity.

Cr Rothfield said she was delighted to continue her role and to go in to the new term with knowledge.

You network and establish connections in the first year, and its wonderful to be able to build on that, she said.

As a council, we will be able to hit the ground running, and I feel confident in facing challenges like advocacy in this state election year.

During 2018, Cr Rothfield said council would work with VicRoads to upgrade roads, work to secure better medical facilities both in Wonthaggi and on Phillip Island, and work on recreational projects like the Phillip Island aquatic centre.

These may not all be achieved in 2018, but we will certainly continue to advocate for these projects, she said.

Coastal erosion is also a challenge council will be looking to face and is particularly important to tackle given the environment is the economy.

Cr Rothfield said she was proud of the community engagement that took place this year, which led to the council plan and the business case for the Phillip Island car ferry. Car ferry consultations will continue through the holidays with residents and tourists.

On top of this, Cr Rothfield was thrilled with the funding received by Wonthaggi Secondary College and the Cape Paterson Surf Life Saving Club.

Cr Tessari said seeing the council vote as a collective would continue to instil confidence in the residents.

Cr Rothfield and I have a rapport, and it would take time to start again with a new mayor. We have an advantage because we can continue as normal, and Cr Rothfield is fantastic in the role, he said.

He said he was thrilled with the open communication achieved between council and the community during 2017, as well as the announcement of the Wonthaggi education precinct.

Heading into 2018, he is looking forward to the completion of Jetty Triangle a plan to beautify Cowes town centre and foreshore as well as the development of the North East Wonthaggi precinct, which gives a clear vision of future expansion in Wonthaggi.

Cr Michael Whelan nominated Cr Rothfield to be mayor.

Giving people a go is not always in the best interest of the shire. We can continue to be a cohesive council, he said.

Cr Stephen Fullarton nominated Cr Tessari to be deputy mayor.

Cr Tessari has done a wonderful job in (Cr Rothfields) absence. This shows councils unity. In differ...


Sales awards for Landmark Harcourts "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

LANDMARK Harcourts Leongatha office has cleaned up two quarterly awards for sales following an awards ceremony at the Brighton International last week.

Barry Redmond, business owner and sales consultant took out the top spot, a Titanium Award, for the best sales in the state for most property sold (dollar value) across the Landmark Harcourts group. This awards places Barry at the top for the July to September quarter ahead of 400 other sales consultants in the state.

And nationally, Barry ranked number three in the rural sales category and number four for all categories for sales.

Mr Redmond said experience covering over 40 years and a lot of hard work is behind the success.

I thank all my clients for their loyalty over 40 years and it couldnt have come without their support and friendship, he said.

Barry wasnt the only person to take out an award with his daughter Kellie Thomas collecting a silver achievement award and a gold pin for her sales achievements in residential and lifestyle properties.

Having only commenced two years ago as a sales consultant, Kellie is off to a very strong start.



Sales achievements: Kellie Thomas, left, and Barry Redmond, right both picked up sales awards at a recent industry function for Landmark Harcourts across its Victorian locations.


Paella warms up Cup party "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

THE air was cold outside but not for the lucky guests inside at Meeniyans Paella Party at Trulli Pizzeria on Melbourne Cup day.

Inside these punters had the right idea, enjoying canaps and paella and a glass of Aperol Spritz as they watched the races on the big screen. There was even a bus to pick them up and drop them home.

Wearing suitable race attire inside, it was warm and cosy and for some a glimpse of sunshine had them venturing outside in the garden, even just briefly.

Trullis owners said it was a great experiment and were pleased how the day went and hoping it will catch on bigger and better if held again next year.

Friends party: enjoying each others company at Trulli Pizzerias Paella Party on Cup day were, from left, Zoe Sargant, Caron Bordonaro, Elyse Chapman, and Elise Neal, all from the Leongatha/Koonwarra area.

Sunny at times: Brad and Caron Bordonaro and George Broady of Korumburra venture outside for some brief sunshine at Meeniyans Paella Party.

Cup day: settling back at the Paella Party were Robbie...


School dollars roll in "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

TWO schools will receive funding from the State Government for vital maintenance.

Wonthaggi Primary School will receive nearly $110,000 to undertake structural works in the main administration building, and Foster Secondary College will get $1.3 million to replace the roof of the gym, music centre and surrounding walkways.

Foster Secondary College assistant principal Dean Duursma said the school started applying for funding to fix the leaking rooves around two years ago.

He said the roof leaked so badly in the boys change rooms it was posing a health a safety risk to students and teachers.

We are extremely appreciative for the funding. It took a long time before we could get it going, but it is underway now, he said.

The funding will also pay for new carpet in the music room, which was water damaged.

The school received emergency maintenance funding of around $120,000 for the administration building around two years ago, also to replace the roof.

Mr Duursma said the school was shared with the whole community and he was hopeful the new roof would last another 30 years.

The support from the State Government was appreciated at a time when the Federal Government seems to be devaluing state schools, he said.

It is important we have a world class facility.

Wonthaggi Primary principal Mark Chandler said the school was excited to get an opportunity to make some improvements to a building that was at least a century old.

He said the money would be used to complete maintenance works on the schools red brick building, which houses administration and some junior classrooms.

The money was tagged to a condition report undertaken by the school maintenance program around 18 months ago, he said.

It means we can reallocate some of our budget to other areas that will go towards improving the learning outcomes for the students rather than maintaining buildings.

Eastern Victoria Region MLC Harriet Shing said, These important upgrades will ensure that more school communities throughout Gippsland get the support and funding they need and will help more students to get the most out of their education.


New roof: Foster Secondary College business manager Colleen Smith and students Kurtis Storr and Ril...


Top quality silage tipped "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

SILAGE quality this year is said to be a lot better than last season, but there is loss of it in some areas.

Its hard to say which areas are producing more silage, PJ and NJ McNaughton Agricultural Contractors owner Phil McNaughton said.

The quality of the silage is really good compared to last year, however we are producing a little bit less.

The contractors have been collecting four to six bales per acre; thats 12 bales to a hectare.

Silage contractors always have a challenging relationship with the weather, as it plays such a decisive role in the process.

Mr McNaughton and his team were working in Korumburra last week and Leongatha the weeks before.

They started in Leongatha earlier because the red soil was a little bit drier and they have started on the later country in Korumburra where it is becoming drier now.

We started in Leongatha areas earlier a few weeks ago and the quality was quite good. Now were on to Korumburra and surrounding areas a lot later but its still fine quality, he said.

Its certainly still positive. Its all dependent on the weather and this week is looking good. Hopefully the worst of the weather is pretty much over.

Plastic wise, PJ and NJ McNaughton Agricultural Contractors have used green, clear, yellow, pink and blue and black is available.


Taking shape: the silage season is in full swing in South Gippsland and contractor Phil McNaughton of Kardellas PJ and NJ McNaughton Agricultural Contractors, is happy with the quality of the silage this season so far.


If Australia Says Yes This Is How Our MPs Will Vote "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

If Australia returns a majority Yes vote tomorrow and tells Parliament it wants same-sex marriage to be legalised it will be up to our politicians to sort it out. So the ABC asked all MPs how they would vote if, as expected, Australia says Yes. The list below details all the responses the ABC received ...

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RSL seeks Vietnam veterans "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

THE South Gippsland Shire and the Leongatha RSL are working together to honour those from the area who served in Vietnam.

Currently the list has approximately 150 of veterans who live in South Gippsland and includes Wonthaggi.

Following a request from Richard Lester of Leongatha, Cr Maxine Kiel has taken on board the role of researching and documenting the names of local veterans who were either born in the region or who have come to live most of their lives in this area.

This is a long overdue project and I look forward to working with various organisations to complete a comprehensive list of our Vietnam veterans, Ms Kiel said.

Ive found there are a lot from Korumburra, Foster and Toora and not as many from Leongatha and Mirboo North.

If you are a Vietnam veteran and would like to be named on the Shire of Woorayl Honour Board being prepared, please contact Maxine on for further information or inclusion.

The Leongatha RSL officially opened the Leongatha RSL Business Hub on Saturday.

The hub is located just down the road from the Leongatha RSL on Bellingham Street in Leongatha.

A key note address was given by RSL Active convenor Harry Moffitt.

Harry is a serving soldier from the SAS Regiment with 25 years of service to his country and 11 overseas operational tours.

RSL Active is RSLs next effort to engage with young veterans, he said.

Were hoping RSL Active can provide support for that next generation.

RSL Active offers a myriad of events and activities, aimed at creating social networks, enhancing support circles, and improving mental and physical health outcomes.

The new RSL Hub is open to veterans, veterans families and veterans partners as a safe place to relax, socialise, connect or use a computer on Thursdays and Fridays.


Great respect: from left, Leongatha RSL volunteer Noel Laing, guest speaker veteran Harry Moffitt, South Gippsland Shire Council Cr Meg Edwards, Leongatha RSL secretary Ken Wanklyn and councils deputy mayor Maxine Kiel at the new Leongatha RSL Veterans Business Hub grand opening and forum on young ex-service members on Saturday.


Leongatha remembers fallen heroes "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A PATRIOTIC crowd gathered at the Leongatha Cenotaph at 11am on Saturday to acknowledge Remembrance Day.

SAS Sgt Harry Moffitt spoke after a minute of silence.

As a proud infantry young veteran, it is my obligation to urge other young veterans to step forward and carry out the remembrance of those who have gone before us, he said.

Sgt Moffitt is a serving soldier from the SAS Regiment with 25 years of service.

Ex-servicemen and women, members of South Gippsland Shire Council and members of the public, including Leongatha Primary School students, gathered to lay wreaths and remember those who sacrificed their lives.

World War Two veteran Tom Parsons of Leongatha laid a wreath he had been sent from the Thurrock Branch Legion in England in memory of the fallen Commonwealth Forces who gave their lives for Australians freedom.

Paying respects: from left, Ed and Bev Hanley from Leongatha, South Gippsland Shire Council Cr Meg Edwards and former mayor Nigel Hutchinson-Brooks outside Leongathas memorial hall on Remembrance Day on Saturday.


Prowler stalks Koonwarra "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

KOONWARRA residents continue to remain on high alert, with a prowler still knocking on doors late at night.

Reports of the prowler have prompted police to patrol the streets several nights a week in the hope of catching the offender.

Worried residents are installing security cameras around their homes in a bid to catch the snooper.

The perpetrator has been knocking on doors late at night and fleeing before occupants have a chance to identify them.

The Star issued a warning to the public on its Facebook page last week and that post reached more than 8600 people.

Senior Constable Nathan Grist of Leongatha Police said a tall, skinny male had been appearing on peoples back doors.

When they go and investigate, hes gone, he said.

S/C Grist believed the prowler had been frequenting properties in and around Kangaroo Rise, and had been moving through bush adjoining those properties.

If people hear or see anything, do not hesitate in calling triple zero at the time so that way we can strike while the iron is hot rather than chasing ghosts, he said.

S/C Grist did not believe the prowler could commit more serious offences.

Koonwarra resident Denis Hawkins experienced a stranger wandering around his Swan Road property around 10.30pm recently.

It sounded like there was someone lightly knocking on the door, he said.

I had heard about the prowler before this happened and I believe there is somebody hanging around.

I thought there was someone at the door and so I got up and had a look but didnt see anyone.

Ive got cameras that cover all around the house, however at the time I was in the middle of replacing them so they were actually turned off.

Mr Hawkins has sensor lights around his property and the front light turned on when he heard the knocking.

Some of the locals are frightened and have started installing cameras on their properties in Koonwarra, he said.

I dont want people to have to live in fear. People just need to be a bit more vigilant if there is a prowler around.

The Star has heard reports of a person recently entering a home in Koonwarra on, or near Kookaburra Drive, in the middle of the night.

The prowler activity is not only confined to Koonwarra, with Alana Anson of Wonthaggi also experiencing late night door knocking at her Merrin Crescent home.

I recently had someone knock on my door on a Monday at 3am, she said.

I woke up to the sound of the person knocking and when I was sitting on my bed they were still knocking so I....


Homes may go "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

THREE Korumburra homes or one business shed could potentially be demolished by South Gippsland Shire Council and replaced with a community hub.

Korumburra residents had the opportunity to speak up about the Korumburra Community Hub plan at a pop in information session hosted by council in the Korumburra Meeting Room last Thursday.

Councils manager of planning Paul Stampton said three potential locations for the hub require land to be bought and the financial value of each option was within 20 percent of each proposal.

Three locations have been identified as the potential site of the hub.

Option one is the former kindergarten site and surrounds in Victoria Street which is comprised of a private dwelling and a commercial shed.

Option two is 22 to 28 Victoria Street which comprises four separately owned lots between and including 22 and 28 Victoria Street.

Three of the lots contain privately owned dwellings zoned commercial one, while 28 Victoria Street is council owned and contains the former council childcare centre.

Obviously we feel for the landowners personally but we spent a considerable amount of time speaking with each property owner, Mr Stampton said.

Option three is the Korumburra railway station yard.

Korumburra resident David Jackson said, My favourite is option three; it is the perfect spot for it because it has the view.

The houses in option two have got to be at least 80 years old. Theyre beautiful homes that will be taken away.

Option one is a good spot but the access is poor and dangerous. Its no good.

Mr Jacksons wife Maryanne likes option one because its close to their home but shes worried about the trees that will be chopped down.

The railway station option will make better use of the land compared to whats there because at the moment its a waste, she said.

FixedIt: Children cannot engage in sex acts "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Morning Bulletin reported on a man held on over 200 charges of rape, making child pornography and possessing child exploitation material, many of those charges related to children under 12.

Whatever the outcome of the court case, children under 12 cannot be engaged in sex acts. Sex requires consent, children under 12 cannot legally or morally give consent so it is not sex. Rape and sex are not the same thing and they can not be used interchangeably in headlines.

Here are the reasons this matters, in every case, with every headline.

The victim impact statements from child abuse trials are harrowing, a testament to the lifelong injuries suffered by people who were sexually abused as children. They are the litany of drug addition, alcohol dependence, gambling problems, depression, crippling anxiety, relationship breakdowns, suicidal thoughts, shame, self-hatred, mistrust of others and long term emotional damage so common in survivors of child sexual abuse. Children who have been abused are also significantly more likely to suffer further abuse, both as children and as adults.

The effects of sexual abuse of children then lead to the cycle of horror where victims become unreliable witnesses to their own abuse.

When the media, as it so persistently does, labels sexual abuse of children as child sex, we are weakening the public understanding of the extent and effect of such abuse. This has serious effects. A study conducted for the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse found that juries who have a better understanding of the facts of child sexual abuse are less likely to make mistakes in their assessment of evidence given in court.

Children cannot have sex with adults. Sex requires consent and children, by definition, cannot give consent, so its not sex. Its rape, its child abuse, its sexual abuse, its any number of terms that accurately describe a crime. An act perpetrated on an innocent victim, someone who was unable to defend themselves from the violence done to them, and who suffers for years, possibly decades, from the trauma caused by an adults choice to commit that violence.

That word choice is the key. Sex is a choice made by every person involved. Rape and abuse are a choice made only by the perpetrator. The victim has no choice.



Service station excitement builds "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

THE new Evans Petroleum Westside service station in Leongatha should be open for business by mid December.

The project was setback due to wet weather throughout winter.

Its been a bit of a hit or miss with the weather, Evans Petroleum managing director Stuart Evans said.

We closed the site down at the end of February, and then there was a bit of time lag between the demolishing so its taken a little bit longer than anticipated, mainly due to weather though.

Mr Evans was hoping the project would have been finished by Melbourne Cup weekend and is now anticipating it will be finished before Christmas.

Leongatha building company Considine and Johnston, along with local sub contractors, have been undertaking the works.

Its important to hire local contractors to keep the money in the town, keep the locals employed and also because at times they are customers of ours and its reciprocal trade, Mr Evans said.

Considine and Johnsons project manager Gary Bullen said he appreciates Mr Evans giving locals a go at a project like this in town.

The new site is specifically designed to suit trucks. The shop will be a lot larger and there will be a greater product range inside.

Four 50,000 litre tanks have been installed, giving the service station a greater fuel storage capacity than previously offered.

We needed to do it for a while. The original site was well past its used by date and it was looking pretty shabby, Mr Evans said.

Getting there: Considine and Johnsons project manager Gary Bullen and Evans Petroleum managing director Stuart Evans are excited about the opening of Evans Petroleums new Westside service station in Leongatha in mid December.


New school building worth the wait at Burra "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

ITS the beginning of a new chapter for Korumburra Secondary College with students finally settling into the new building.

The building accommodates subjects such as art, food technology, wood and metal work.

Inside has been designed with a central open space for shared learning, with individual classrooms that can be isolated for private lessons surrounding.

The kids have managed it really well. Theyve just been fantastic in terms of how theyve transferred into there, Korumburra Secondary College principal Abigail Graham said.

Theyre finding it an awesome learning space.

This was the first stage of the schools $5.6 million redevelopment and the next step has just begun.

The old technology wing building has been knocked down and will be replaced with new basketball courts over summer.

Great outcome: from left, Tina Telfer, Emma Honan, Jacob Douglas, Beau Connell, Jayden Howlett-Bell and Ethan Hoult are all thrilled to be learning in the new building at Korumburra Secondary College.


Art to feed the hungry "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

ST LAURENCE Primary School, Leongatha students have started collecting canned goods to donate to people in need over the Christmas period.

The school is hoping to collect around 500 cans before November 20 when each class will create a mural using the donated cans.

All cans will be donated to St Vinnies, but first the students will construct the best mural they can in the school yard using the cans.

You can drop off cans to the St Laurence Primary School office or The Star office.

Great cause: from left, St Laurence Primary School students Lydia, Brad, Amy, Braydi, Angeline and Darcy are looking forward to receiving dozens of cans from the community to donate to St Vinnies after they use the cans to create murals on November 20.


Annie selection down to the wire "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

SOME 116 people turned up for Leongatha Lyric Theatres Annie auditions that started on Friday evening and went all weekend through till about 5.30pm on Sunday.

As for the title role of Anni,e 26 young girls auditioned and now there is a nervous wait this week with the selection down to the last four.

Lyric was pleased to see a further 51 young children try out for the orphan roles and while some 39 adults attended, the group is still looking for more men to get involved in this show.

Contact production manager Ann Hemming by email if you require any further information. Any interested men can also find out more about what roles are still available.


Nervous wait: Leongatha Lyric Theatre ran auditions for its 2018 Annie musical on the weekend and some of the Annie hopefuls included, back, from left, Lillyca White, Phoebe Collins, Jessica Geyer and Shontelle OConnor, and front, Cecily De Gooyer, already cast Sandy the Dog, Remmi Hemming and Taya Cameron.


Newhaven Colleges new $10M Senior centre nears completion "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

EMERGING from the dust and ready to soar in 2018 is the latest addition to Newhaven College, the awe-inspiring $10 million Senior School, Science, Art and Technology centre, due for completion this year.

The state of the art learning centre exudes style, commands an elevated position and is a credit to the Melbourne architect firm, Hayball Architects.

Funded with the assistance of a Federal Government $1.4 million grant for the Senior School, the science, art and technology wing was fully funded by the college.

The wing will feature five science labs including an outdoor lab, multi-media centre, makers room, three art spaces, dark room, textiles area, offices and toilet facilities.

The Senior School will offer spacious common rooms, including lounge space, outdoor social and study seating and tables, standing desks, brand new personal lockers, meeting rooms, specialist room and impressive lecture theatrette that opens to extra outdoor learning space.

The 85 Year 12 students will enjoy their final year of school with a dedicated common/lunch room equipped with microwaves, tea and coffee making facilities and outdoor study/social areas.

Teachers are well catered for with a spacious staff room, kitchenette, meeting room, break out areas and special areas for VCE teachers, and offices for heads of staff.

Builders and contractors have been putting the finishing touches to the state of the centre that, according to college principal Gea Lovell, should be complete by mid way through this month.

The Senior School will be finished mid-December and up and running for years 10, 11 and 12 students to start their 2018 school year.

While disruption to students at Boys Home Road has been kept to a minimum, Mrs Lovell said they have already started the final move from the Boys Home Road school.

We have moved the library over and as of November 20, all removable and workable screens and computers will be moved. Most of the honour boards and plaques have been brought over and hung, she said.

The Values Tree, a landmark of the Boys Home Road school, has been re-established with a newly planted Morton Bay fig tree that in time will provide a beautiful shady haven for the many generations to come.

Mrs Lovell said she believed in retaining the history of the college and has made every effort to ensure the history of the original school at Boys Home Road in Newhaven lives on at the current college site.

The rest of the move will occur once the Junior Presentation evening has been held in the first week of December and the staff will move in the week of December 8.

Overseeing every part of the build from endless site meetings, trips to Melb...


Bill Shorten getting a bit ahead of himself with Kristina Keneally "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The next Member for Bennelong, @KKeneally Bill Shorten (@billshortenmp) November 13, 2017 This took me 5 min to pull out of my files. Why do federal MPs need 21 days? #section44 Kristina Keneally (@KKeneally) November 8, 2017


Sarah leads call to hook into fishing fun "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

SARAH Van Stokrom has always enjoyed the outdoors, from fishing to camping, and is now sharing her passion with the rest of Victoria.

The Inverloch woman is the state coordinator of Fishcare Victoria, a program that encourages responsible fishing and stewardship of the states fresh and salt waterways.

The community operated, not for profit group is funded by fishing licence revenue, through the Recreational Fishing Licence trust fund.

Ms Van Stokrom manages volunteer members of six groups across the state and is keen to establish a new group servicing South Gippsland and the Latrobe Valley.

We are addressing sustainability and we want people to fish responsibly, but its about breaking down that stigma that fishing is hard to get into it, she said.

You can keep fishing as simple or as technical as you like. Its an intergenerational activity and we want to get kids interested in fishing and their parents too.

Volunteers deliver fishing clinics and workshops to children about caring for the environment, present at community events, talking with anglers, marketing and working with students on projects.

Fishcare members will be at the upcoming Yarram Agricultural Show, spreading the word about fishing.

When the kids catch a fish for the first time, theyre so excited and thats very rewarding, Ms Van Stokrom said.

Fishcare aims to teach people about the impacts of litter and pest plants and animals on the environment, how to handle fish when they are caught, and promote the use of environmentally sustainable tackle such as non-lead sinkers and circle hooks that are easier to remove than conventional hooks.

Its generating that change in behaviour to the younger generations to ensure they treat the environment with respect, Ms Van Stokrom said.

She works with a state committee and her role takes her across Victoria, from south west Victoria to Ballarat, and Melbourne to East Gippsland.

Anyone interested in joining a new group in South Gippsland and Latrobe Valley can contact Ms Van Stokrom on 0437 672 242.

We want to get younger adults who are interested in fishing as well as the older group, she said.

Ms Van Stokrom flagged the prospect of a monthly family fishing day at Inverloch and Anderson Inlet, with a barbecue.

Training is provided to volunteers, covering such skills as fishing rules, running a workshop, first aid training and a Working with Children check.

We are trying to get funding for an underwater activity to create an underwater environment in a pool for children to identify rubber fish and see plastic bags and hooks and the threat to the environment, M...


MEDIA RELEASE: World Heritage report launches at Bonn COP23, finds significant concern for the Great Barrier Reef "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Australias national treasure is facing a very high level of threat from climate change and there is real concern that its condition is deteriorating, a new report warns.

The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) launched their second World Heritage Outlook report into the condition and trend of World Heritage sites at the COP23 Climate Talks in Bonn overnight.

The report found that the 2016 and 2017 coral bleaching events have been unprecedented in severity and impacts. It found Cyclone Debbie was the tenth severe cyclone to hit the Reef since 2005. It expressed critical concern for corals, reef fish and seabirds.

The Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) said time is critical if we are to save our Reef.

The future survival of the Great Barrier Reef depends on a rapid switch from polluting coal to clean renewable energy, said Fight For Our Reef Campaign Director Imogen Zethoven.

The report is a wake up call for all Australian politicians. Immediate action is required before its too late for our global icon.

The upcoming Queensland election will be a real test on whether our leaders are willing to listen to voters concerns on climate change, and act to save our precious Reef.

The overwhelming majority of Australians are appalled that $1 billion dollars in taxpayer money could be used to give a leg up to a harmful coal mine. AMCS welcomed the Premiers election promise to veto the Adani loan last week, but now all eyes are on Queensland LNP leader Tim Nicholls to do the same.

For the sake of the thousands of livelihoods and families who rely on the Reef, we have to rule out Adanis monstrous coal mine. But we cant stop there. Tim Nicholls must reverse his support for a new coal fired power station and deliver at least 50% renewable energy by 2030.

64,000 Australia jobs depend on the health of the Great Barrier Reef, contributing $6.4 billion to the Australian economy.

Media enquiries:

Imogen Zethoven, AMCS Reef Campaigner on 0431 565 495 or

Sam Wright, Climate Media Centre on 0450 806 368 or


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Stolen car set alight "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

POLICE are seeking the publics help after a stolen car was set alight at West Creek near Wonthaggi on Sunday morning.

The gold Holden Commodore was stolen from Lilydale on Saturday and was found ablaze at 12.30am Sunday on West Creek Road.

CFA attended and extinguished the blaze. Surrounding grass was burnt. Bass Coast Criminal Investigation Unit is investigating.

Anyone with information can contact Detective Senior Constable Peter Johnston on 5671 4100 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Gold no more: this Holden Commodore was gold before being stolen and set alight at West Creek on Sunday.


Prestigious role for Inverlochs Ken Lay "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

INVERLOCHS Ken Lay AO APM is the 14th Lieutenant-Governor of Victoria.

He was sworn in to the role last Thursday by Her Excellency the Honourable Linda Dessau AC, Governor of Victoria, at a ceremony at Government House, Melbourne.

Mr Lay has a distinguished career in public service, including as Chief Commissioner of Victoria Police from 2011 to 2015.

His professional achievements include establishing the Family Violence Command within Victoria Police, alongside his chairmanship of the Council of Australian Governments Advisory Panel on Reducing Violence Against Women and the Prime Ministers National Ice Taskforce.

This is a wonderful honour that I never thought possible. It has made both me and my family very proud, Mr Lay said.

I am looking forward to supporting Governor Linda Dessau in whatever way I can. She is a wonderful Victorian who has made a difference in so many different ways.

There have been some extraordinary men and women who have previously held the role as Victorias Lieutenant Governor. I feel very, very humble to now join that group of people.

The Governor appoints the Lieutenant-Governor under section 6A(2) of the Constitution Act 1975 on the advice of the Premier.

The Lieutenant-Governor assumes the administration of Victoria if:

  • there is a temporary vacancy in the office of the Governor;
  • the Governor of Victoria has assumed the administration of the Commonwealth in the absence of the Governor General;
  • the Governor is not in Victoria or is unable or unwilling to fulfil the role, for example due to illness.

Mr Lay replaces the Honourable Marilyn Warren AC, who has been Lieutenant-Governor of Victoria since April 2006 and has recently retired as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Victoria the first woman to hold that office.

Premier Daniel Andrews said, Ken Lay is a highly respected and valued community leader in Victoria, with a deep commitment to improving peoples lives.

I know hell be an excellent Lieutenant-Governor and I look forward to continuing our positive working relationship as he takes on this new role.

State honour: Ken Lay AO APM is sworn in as Lieutenant-Governor of Victoria last Thursday with wife Chris Lay (left) and Governor of Victoria Linda Dessau AC. Photo by...


Video: Massive rally in Barcelona demands freedom for political prisoners "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


In a massive show of force, Catalans take to the streets of Barcelona on 11 November and demanded the release of arrested and detained political leaders, who are regarded as prisoners. Spanish police say that about 750,000 took part. Others suggest that the real figure was more than a million were there in a city of 1.7 million inhabitants. This suggest that the independence movement remains strong and may even cause an upset in the December election forced by the government in Madrid.

Video from Catalans for Yes


Massive crowd in Barcelona demanding the release of Catalan political prisoners. Wow.

Posted by Catalans for Yes on Saturday, November 11, 2017


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Shape shires future "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council will begin consultation for Amendment C90 to the South Gippsland Planning Scheme this week.

The amendment will improve the Planning Schemes guidance of development and land use over the next 20 to 30 years. The function, size and services of the South Gippslands settlements plus the capacity of the environment to sustain development have been taken into account.

The changes are based on the recommendations of the South Gippsland Housing and Settlement Strategy 2013.

People will have the opportunity to learn more about the amendment at the public sessions being held this November and December.

Councils strategic planning officer Fiona Mottram said it was vital people considered the scheme and had their say. Amendment C90 includes Settlement Framework Plans and Restructure Plans which determine where settlement growth would be encouraged or limited, she said.

Community feedback is vital for this process so that we understand the implications these changes to the planning scheme may have for some owners.

We encourage community members to get in contact with us if they require any more information and highly suggest they attend a one on one meeting at the upcoming public sessions.

For more information about Amendment C90, the public sessions and how to make a submission please visit To book an appointment at one of the public sessions please contact the strategic planning team on 5662 9200 or email with your preferred session, time and contact details.

Planning ahead: from left, South Gippsland Shire Councils Vicki Bradley and Fiona Mottram at Jumbunna, urge people to influence development over the next 20 to 30 years.


Herbicide hoo-ha "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

AUTHORITIES have been urged to stop using herbicides with the chemical glyphosate to kill roadside weeds.

Brown roadsides have been appearing on many South Gippsland roads as VicRoads sprays grass to reduce fire risk and maintenance during the spring growing season.

Many studies have linked glyphosate forumlations to hormone disruption, non-hodgkin lymphoma, chromosomal damage and foetal abnormalities, said Richard Nankin, an organic farmer from Allambee South.

He said while all the data refers to glyphosate, added ingredients can make herbicides far more toxic.

There has been a total failure of the regulators to assess the safety of the formula now on the shelves. We have to stop using it, he said.

In 2016, Jessica Harrison of Wonthaggi successfully petitioned Bass Coast Shire Council to introduce a pilot program using alternatives to Roundup near playgrounds, parks and schools in the shire.

Soon the use of glyphosate formulations in home gardens, agriculture and public spaces will be a thing of the past, she said.

Like asbestos, DDT and tobacco, the herbicide owners and retailers will fight like hell to defend their safety, but there is no going back.

A body of evidence now shows the harm caused by the use of glyphosate formulations. Councils should heed warnings from insurers and look at their duty of care for the community and council workers dealing with this herbicide on a daily basis.

VicRoads has reassured the public they are not of risk of harm from chemicals used to spray roadside grass.

A VicRoads spokesperson told The Star the authority uses the herbicide Weed Master Duo on roadsides.

As long as it used correctly, is not harmful to humans and animals, the spokesperson said.

South Gippsland Shire Council uses Raze Herbicide, a group M herbicide for roadside spraying.

This product is not classified as hazardous according to the criteria of Safe Work Australia, a council spokesperson said.

Both herbicides contain glyphosate. While the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) said glyphosate was probably carcinogenic to humans, the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority has concluded the use of glyphosate in Australia does not pose a cancer risk to humans.

Michael Flegg, VicRoads Eastern Region Alliance program manager, said regular management of weeds and vegetation helps to reduce fire risk and maintain safe sight distances for drivers.

Spraying also reduces the amount of mowing VicRoads needs to undertake on roadsides.

Among the roads being mown in South Gippsland now are: Inverloch-Venus B...


MP calls for roads fix "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

GIPPSLAND South MLA Danny OBrien has again called on the State Government to increase funding to road maintenance in South Gippsland.

Speaking in Parliament on November 2, Mr OBrien asked the Minister for Roads Luke Donnellan what works were scheduled on major roads in the Gippsland South electorate over this summer.

I drive our roads every day and I am as frustrated as many of my constituents with the state they are in, Mr OBrien said.

Whether it be Hyland Highway, Strzelecki Highway or particularly the South Gippsland Highway, they are all in need of additional maintenance work.

Driving on the South Gippsland Highway at the moment is quite an exercise with potholes, pavement break up and unevenness a particular issue.

It seems to be worse at the moment and Im calling on the government to make major repairs over the summer period.

Mr OBrien said he had been campaigning for more roads funding for some time especially after the government cut the road maintenance budget by 19 percent on coming to office.

Our roads are in a poor state and we need to do more to fix them. Daniel Andrews is spending billions on level crossing removals in Melbourne but country Victoria is getting crumbs, he said.

My constituents are frustrated at seeing millions of dollars spent on safety barriers when the road surface itself is in such a poor state of repair.

I urge the government to get on with the job of repairing our roads this summer and directing more funds to the roads program over coming years.

The State Government was contacted for comment....


Casino man threatens to kill Lismore security guards "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A 22-year-old Casino man has been released on bail despite assaulting two security guards and threatening to kill them at a Lismore pub on Sunday
(November 12).

Police allege that the man reacted after being asked to leave the pub.

They say he grabbed hold of a handrail and made threats to kill the guards.

When he was ejected the man continued to try to get back inside.

He punched one of the security guard in the face, causing a cheek fracture. He then punched a second security guard in the face before fleeing the scene.

Police arrested the man in Browns car park.

During a search he was found to be in possession of cocaine.

He has been charged with two counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, possessing a prohibited drug and failing to leave licenced premises when required.

He was released on conditional bail and will appear in Lismore Local Court in January.

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The Suburban Series VOL 2 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Suburban Series  a music community-oriented event that has been on everyones lips since its first installment in August

But if you want something REALLY tasty on your tongue get ready for the announcement of your next five SAUCY, MOUTH-WATERING, MOREISH bands! Boasting a hugely successful introduction to the Brisbane music scene with a mega lineup and crowd turn-out to match, The Suburban Series promises that Volume 2 will prove just as rowdy.

Adhering to the series mission to showcase talent from not only Brisbane but surrounding cities and states, BREIZERS will be making their way up from that place down the road called Sydney to perform alongside some of BIGSOUNDs favourites WHALEHOUSE and Mary Handsomee, as well as the legends from Twinfolds and Gold Coast rockers Hot Reno

With 2017 rumbling to a close, the 23rd of December insists on making it into your top priorities for end of year celebrations. What better finale to this years local music froth-fests than five power-house bands under the one roof for an easy $10? AND what better way then with your extended family (the Brisbane music community!) celebrating a few hours at The Zoo with some Eggnog*?!

The Suburban Series is continuing to grow, and with it is the Brisbane independent music scene. Dont miss your chance to be a part of it. Saturday 23rd December, The Zoo, 8pm.


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Response to Planning for Sustainable Animal Industries Draft Planning Provisions "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance (AFSA) has submitted a response to the Victorian Government's Planning for Sustainable Animal Industries Draft Planning Provisions. View the submission here.

The Victorian Government's current proposals will do serious damage to the regenerative and small-scale livestock farmers of Victoria. See AFSA's media release regarding the proposed changes here.

AFSA's Response to Planning for Sustainable Animal Industries Draft Planning Provisions

Summary of AFSA's recommendations:

  • Recommendation 1: That the Government continue to allow low-risk, low impact grazing animals as an allowable use in the UGZ.
  • Recommendation 2: That the trigger to judge a pastured pig farm a Section 2 use (streamlined process) be set at more than 25 SPU/Ha, subject to meeting minimum standards.
  • Recommendation 3: That the trigger to judge a pastured poultry farm a Section 2 use (streamlined process) be set at more than 450 birds/Ha, subject to meeting minimum standards.
  • Recommendation 4: Treat all pastured livestock systems with supplemental feeding the same in the land use definitions and graduated controls, subject to meeting minimum standards.
  • Recommendation 5: That all pastured livestock are defined under Grazing Animal Production, but that the term be changed to Pastured Animal Production. We further recomm...


Pick up koala feed trees to plant for free "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

This koala is being cared for by Friends of the Koala (FoK). Photo supplied.

This koala is being cared for by Friends of the Koala (FoK). Photo supplied.

Are you interested in planting koala food trees to help support the local koala population? If you know a place where planting koala food trees would help create a koala corridor or help support a local koala population then you can head down to Mullum Creek Native Nursery over the next two weeks and pickup some free koala food and habitat trees.

Koalas are doing it tough at the moment, said Brad Green from Mullum Creek Native Nursery.

Land clearing and loss of key koala habitat threaten their existence. Now is a chance to help the koalas.

In the last five years Mullum Creek Native Nursery has supplied over 125,000 koala food trees to Byron and Tweed Shire Councils (Koala Connections project) and the RMS road upgrade project south of Wardell. We have also just recently donated over 1200 koala trees to the amazing volunteer group Friends of the Koala in Lismore. But more needs to be done.

Mullum Creek Native Nursery is giving away thousands of free koala food and habitat trees to anyone in the public interested in saving the koalas. Swamp Mahogany, Tallowwood and Forest Red Gum are the main food species required for koalas. Other species that help facilitate and stimulate koala feeding include Grey Gum, Paperbarks, Brushbox, Wattles, Sheoaks, Red Mahogany and Flooded Gum. All these species are to be given away free.

Planting koala and wildlife corridors and preserving what habitat is left, helps not only koalas moving around between isolated pockets of habitat, but also other wildlife. Planting trees also helps the planet. So come down to Mullum Creek Native Nursery over the next two weeks and pickup some free koala food and habitat trees while stocks last, Brad said.

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An open Letter to Attorney General Brandis "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The following is the text of an open letter to Australias Attorney General, from Close Pine Gap.  It supports a group of Australian Christians facing up to 7 years jail, for entering the Pine Gap American military base near Alice Springs. Those who have signed see the arrests and charges an attack on the fundamental rights of all Australians. If you wish to sign the letter, you can do so through this link.

We seek your urgent intervention to protect the right to freedom of speech, expression, political communication and of religion for six Australian citizens who face up to seven years in jail for a peaceful protest in which they were praying and playing musical instruments.

In September 2016, several hundred Australians of diverse ages, professions and creeds gathered in Alice Springs to mark the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Pine Gap Agreement.

As part of the peaceful protests near the facility, five Christians prayed and played a musical lament, regarding the role of Pine Gap in war-fighting in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, and Syria. They were arrested.

The peaceful and symbolic ceremonies conducted by Margaret Pestorius, Tim Webb, Franz Dowling, Andrew Paine, Jim Dowling, as well as Paul Christie (arrested in a separate incident), were intended to bear witness to the death and suffering of civilians as a result of United States military operations, including drone assassinations, facilitated by surveillance conducted at Pine Gap.

Since their peaceful protests, more evidence has emerged detailing the role of Pine Gap in the activities that concerned the Peace Pilgrims. It implicates Australia in extrajudicial drone assassinations in countries with which we are not at war, in nuclear weapons targeting and in illegal mass surveillance.

Three months after the protest, you authorised the prosecution of these concerned citizens for unlawful entry under the Defence Special Undertakings Act 1952 (Cth).

That legislation was drafted at the height of the Cold War to secure areas for British nuclear testing, and it permits prosecutions to be held in secret, and for records of hearings to be destroyed, imposing penalties of up to $42,000 and 7 years in jail.

This prosecution occurs as Australia prepares to serve on the UN Human Rights Council and when UN Rapporteurs have criticised policies, laws and actions of your government that undermine freedom of expression, freedom of assembly and the right to protest. These are fundamental civil rights, and they are profoundly important when governments are engaged in the sort of conduct which Pine Gap facilitates.

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All we want is freedom and not another prison camp "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The article below was written by Manus Island refugee and journalist Behrouz Boochani and published on 13 November 2017 (The Guardian). It discribes the inhumane conditions in which the inmates in the detention camp have been living, the impact that it has had on them and the reason why they are refusing to leave sand go the accommodation units in Hillside Haus and West Lorengau.

Manus prison has reached a historic landmark. Its a culmination of years of premeditated violence and affliction. For more than 10 days hundreds of refugees have been refusing to leave the prison camp and, as a result, the situation has morphed into a large-scale humanitarian crisis. If things deteriorate further, we will witness a disaster beyond imagination.

For many who are watching from Australia or other parts of the world, particular questions have arisen, including: why are the refugees refusing to leave the camp? From the perspective of someone who has lived in this prison for more than four years and who has been critically analysing the politics of offshore processing throughout this time, I am certain that there is a misconception of the main reason behind our resistance a misinterpretation of the principle driving the stand taken by the refugees. This mistake has both been made by people who are actively supporting the refugees and by individuals who have been indifferent toward the events in Manus and Nauru prisons all these years. And it also pertains to those who have supported the governments political strategy.

The misreading of the issue is reflected in government officials and the Australian prime minister attacking senator Nick McKim, refugee advocates, the Papua New Guinea immigration minister and a few incarcerated refugees, saying that they are encouraging and motivating the other refugees to remain in the prison camp. First, the PNG minister responded by explicitly stating that a few individuals who were leaders inside the prison were forcing the refugees to stay inside the detention camp.

These kinds of accusations are facile and unacceptable. It comes across as a form of degradation because it strips the refugees of agency, reducing them to children who cannot make decisions on their own. It represents them as humans who lack a decent understanding of what is unfolding around them. It degrades their dignity by assuming that the refugees cannot assess the situation.

On the other side, the refugee supporters announce that the alternative accommodation units in Lorengau, Hillside Haus and West Lorengau, are not ready yet. They also claim that Lorengau is not safe to accommodate the refugees and that the new camps do not provide medical facilities and are unsuitable for housing refugees......


Mullum High student wins Indonesian scholarship "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Clare Fisher from Mullumbimby High School is looking forward to her immersion trip to Indonesia. Photo Jeff Dawson.

Clare Fisher from Mullumbimby High School is looking forward to her immersion trip to Indonesia. Photo Jeff Dawson.

Heading to Yogyakarta in Indonesia for New Year, local Mullumbimby High School student Clare Fisher will be participating in a two week intensive language course with two other winners of the Australia Indonesia Association (AIA) scholarships.

Ive always been passionate about language, and have been studying Indonesian in school for three years now. I was extremely excited about this opportunity, said Clare enthusiastically.

Being our closest neighbouring country, I am fascinated by the rich heritage and history of the archipelago. Similarly, the language itself is fascinating; stemming from Malay, used as a lingua franca, it became the official language of the relatively new country of Indonesia. Many Indonesians learn three or four languages; quite a difference from Australian schools.

The AIA has awarded scholarships to three outstanding scholars of secondary Indonesian language studies in NSW with the support of corporate sponsor, Blackmores.

The scholarship covers an intensive language course in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, return air travel and related costs and a two week homestay program with an Indonesian family. The course is delivered through the AIA Victorias IndoAustay program.

Our winners are visionaries, said Miriam Tulevski from the AIA Education Committee.

Bahasa Indonesia is spoken by over 230 million people globally yet only 116 non-native NSW students sit for Bahasa Indonesia in the HSC.

This will be the fifth group of students that the AIA has provided with scholarships to travel to Indonesia to learn Bahasa. The program aims to accelerate understanding and language competency for students committed to the study of Bahasa Indonesia and eleven students have now received the scholarship.

Blackmores is proud to sponsor this cross-cultural exchange and we have long reco...


Jury In Sen. Menendez Corruption Trial Say They Are Deadlocked "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Two hours into deliberation, the jury deciding Sen. Bob Menendez and his co-defendants fate has announced they are deadlocked.

The Democratic senator and his deep-pocketed benefactor are on trial for a combined 18 counts of bribery and fraud. Prosecutors say Menendez took bribes from Salomon Melgen, a wealthy eye-doctor based in Florida in the form of campaign contributions, luxury vacations, and trips aboard a private jet. In exchange, the New Jersey senator allegedly lobbied top government officials to get visas for his married friends mistresses and even attempted to make a criminal investigation into Melgens fraudulent billing practices go away. Melgen was convicted of Medicare fraud earlier this year for robbing the agency out of up to $105 million.

On the first day of deliberations last week, a juror asked Judge William Walls: What is a senator? The judge declined to answer the question. On Thursday afternoon, a juror was dismissed to go on a vacation in the Bahamas. On her way out the door, Evelyn Arroyo Maultsby told multiple media outlets that the jury was leaning towards acquitting Menendez and that she thought the trial would result in a hung jury.

Maultsby also complained that she thought the other jurors were trying to run out the clock on her and that her fellow jurors tried to prevent her from getting a note to the judge. Walls dismissed Maultsbys claims: Every juror has the right to communicate at any and all times with regard to deliberations, he said. All you need to do is to step outside the door. The guards are there, and hes on hand to take whatever message you want to give to me in writing.

On Monday, Walls ordered the jurors to start afresh in their deliberations after several jurors admitted they had read media coverage about the dismissed juror.

You are starting fresh, he said, according to CNN. Forget about what happened last week. This is the jury.

Several hours into deliberations on Monday,....


Ballina Council wins engineering excellence award "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Ballina Shire Council's Coastal Pathway has won the IPWEA's excellence award for environmental enhancement. Photo BSC

Ballina Shire Councils Coastal Pathway has won the IPWEAs excellence award for environmental enhancement. Photo BSC

Ballina Shire Council entered the NSW Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia (IPWEA) excellence awards in November, and came away winners!

The council received the environmental enhancement category for its Coastal Pathways project, which connects Ballina and Lennox Head

The judges were particularly impressed by the balance achieved in providing infrastructure that is very popular and well used, as well as sensitively mitigating environmental impacts and recognising the important cultural heritage of the location.

Ballina's award-winning new Marine Rescue Tower. Photo BSC

Ballinas award-winning new Marine Rescue Tower. Photo BSCllin

The council also received a special award for the Marine Rescue Tower. In making this award, the judges recognised the functionality of the new tower, the unique design solution that was achieved and the innovation in the refurbishment of the associated public amenities.

Im delighted that two important projects to the Ballina Shire community have been recognised. These awards are particularly competitive, with 91 nominations received. These awards are a testament to the vision and strategic planning of successive elected Councils and they also recognise the professional skills of the team members that worked on these projects. said John Truman, Group Manager Civil Services.

IPWEA is an association that supports the delivery of public works and services with many of its members working for local councils, government agencies and consultants. For more information on the awards, visit www....


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Liberals ponder future after poll dive "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Acting PM Julie Bishop insists there's light at the end of the tunnel in the citizenship saga. AAP Image/Lukas Coch

Acting PM Julie Bishop insists theres light at the end of the tunnel in the citizenship saga. AAP Image/Lukas Coch


Acting prime minister Julie Bishop says a drop in the polls for the government is not surprising, but insists theres light at the end of the tunnel in the citizenship saga.

With the coalition slipping further in the Newspoll behind Labor 45-55 per cent Malcolm Turnbulls lead as preferred prime minister over Labors Bill Shorten dropped five points to 36 per cent.

The gap between the two leaders has narrowed to just two percentage points compared to eight points two weeks ago and 17 points at the end of August.

It is the closest Mr Shorten has ever been to regaining the lead he enjoyed over Tony Abbott as preferred prime minister.

The poll, published on Monday, also shows voters prefer Julie Bishop over Mr Turnbull 40-27 per cent as Liberal leader.

But coalition supporters still prefer Mr Turnbull.

The polls are not surprising, Ms Bishop told reporters on the Queensland state election campaign trail.

Ms Bishop said a motion had been negotiated with Labor to force all senators to reveal family history and citizenship details by December 1.

A similar motion will go to the lower house on November 27.

As well, the government is fighting by-elections in the seats of New England and Bennelong, triggered by citizenship doubts over former deputy prime minister Barnaby Joyce and Liberal MP John Alexander.

What we have now is a plan to resolve this issue, then we can continue to govern for the Australian people, Ms Bishop said.

Turnbull supporter Christopher Pyne noted an election was not due until July 2019.

Polls come and go and people should remain unfazed by them, he told ABC radio.

Cabinet colleague Mathias Cormann, who agreed the m...


New Moore accuser steps forward "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

As is often the case, it takes just one person to publicly come forward with their story about being abused by powerful people to open the floodgates because other people, realizing that they are not alone, feel emboldened to tell their own stories. It seems like a day doesnt pass without someone new coming forward to say that former president George H. W. Bush is a disgusting lecher who groped her. And another woman Beverly Young Nelson has now come forward to accuse Alabama senate candidate Roy Moore of assaulting her, both sexually and otherwise, when she was just 16, after he had offered her a ride home from her job as a waitress.

She said Moore, then in his 30s, was a regular at the restaurant and often complimented her on her looks and would sometimes touch her long hair as she walked past his seat at the counter. One day, Moore offered Nelson a ride home after her shift ended at 10 pm.

Nelson accepted the offer and said that he drove around to the back of the restaurant and assaulted her in his car in a dark corner of the parking lot.

Instead of driving to the street, he stopped the car and he parked his car in between the dumpster in the back of the restaurant where there were no lines. The area was dark and it was deserted. I was alarmed and I immediately asked him what he was doing, Nelson recounted in a press conference with her attorney on Monday afternoon.

Instead of answering my question, Mr. Moore reached over and began groping me, putting his hands on my breasts. I tried to open my car door to leave but he reached over and locked it so I could not get out, Nelson continued. I tried to fight him off and yelled at him to stop, but instead of stopping he started squeezing my neck attempting to force my head onto his crotch.

Nelson said she feared Moore was going to try to rape her and she began crying as he assaulted her.

I was not going to allow him to force me to have sex with him, Nelson said. I was terrified. I thought he was going to rape me. At some point, he gave up and he looked at me and he told me, Youre just a child, and he said, I am the District Attorney and if you tell anyone about this, no one will ever believe you.'

Nelson recounted that after this she either fell out of the car or he pushed her out, driving away as she lay on the ground of the parking lot.

The passenger door was still open as he burned rubber pulling away as he left me laying there on the cold concrete, she said.

At a press confer...


Duterte meets Turnbull "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has assured Malcolm Turnbull he was concerned about Chinas military expansion in the South China Sea a day after saying the conflict was better left untouched.

The previous Philippines government brought a case against China in the international courts over the countrys vast claims to the waters, but Mr Duterte has been far less strident.

The South China Sea is better left untouched. Nobody can afford to go to war, he said on Sunday.

The formal meeting was the first between Mr Turnbull and Mr Duterte. Philippines Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and Foreign Minister Alan Peter Cayeta...


Tweed Council focuses on exercise for the over 50s "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

 Tweed Dragon Boat Club members Geoff Holdsworth, Deb Sirach and Colleen Drysdale are using the new John Follent Park exercise equipment for their cross-training. Photo TSC

Tweed Dragon Boat Club members Geoff Holdsworth, Deb Sirach and Colleen Drysdale are using the new John Follent Park exercise equipment for their cross-training. Photo TSC

Tweed Shire Council has announced a range of new exercise programs for the over 50s .

And new equipment installed in a Tweed Heads park this week is aimed at providing incidental exercise for all, with a special nod to the older age-group.

The age-friendly outdoor exercise equipment has been unveiled in John Follent Park in Tweed Heads, which the council says is in further response to the areas ageing population and its recreation needs.

The exercise pods are a free and social exercise option available to everyone, serving a diverse range of users and contributing to the overall health of the community. Nestled in a cluster of trees, users can enjoy beautiful views of the Tweed River while exercising.

To launch the equipment, Council and Northern NSW Local Health District will offer two four-week Come and Try programs for over 50s.

The first program will begin on 25 November and will be held each Saturday to show residents how to effectively use the equipment. It will be held at 8.30am to 10am on the first Saturday, then 8.30am to 9.30am for subsequent sessions.

A second program will begin on Saturday 3 February.

The programs will be free and will be run by a qualified exercise professional, Councils Recreation Planner, Jodie Hewett, said.

Topics at the program will include exercising safely, warming up, how to use each piece of equipment, information on balance training, core stability and resistance training.

The state-of-the-art exercise pods replaced outdated equipment in the park, following consultation with the community.

John Follent Park was chosen as the best site because of the high proportion of older residents in the surrounding area, its beautiful setting and the number of people who walk, cycle and run through the park.

Approximately 70 per cent o...


Candidate Profile Frank Jordan #qldvotes "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

I have lived in West End for thirty years. I am known locally as the butterfly man. I have co-authored a book on butterflies. In one of my gardens over a 20 year period I had 43 species of butterfly come and lay eggs on the host plants I grew especially to attract them. I []

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The Welcome Wagon Announce New Album Light Up the Stairs "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Image Courtesy of The Welcome Wagon New York based gospel-folk duo The Welcome Wagon have just released their new album Light Up the Stairs, following a successful Kickstarter campaign The Welcome Wagon make some of the sweetest Christen folk music going, heavily influenced by their label mate and producer Sufjan Stevens. In fact Light Up []


Redheads "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

There has been much interest in birding circles lately concerning sightings of Scarlet Honeyeaters around Victoria in locations well outside their usual range. In our general area this stunning small bird has been seen in Yea and Seymour, but we are not as yet aware of any reports of the bird around the Flowerdale and []


One Nations loss of Fraser Anning is part of an ongoing sickness "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Contributed by Joe Montero

Pauline Hansons leadership style  has certainly contributed to the departure of a growing list of departures of One Nations members of parliament. A party moulded around her personal image and wish, is bound to rankle with those feeling they are being denied a legitimate voice.

But on its own, this too easy an explanation for the depth of the troubles that are enveloping One Nation. There is  something more fundamentally wrong that cannot be explained away by focusing on the personalities.

Those of us who have insisted that at the most basic, the problem is the divide between what One Nation claims to be and what it does, is being proved right by the unfolding of events.

The latest incident is the defection of the new Senator Fraser Anning on his first day in office. He had just come in to replace Malcolm Roberts, who had lost his seat over the dual citizenship fiasco. But on his first day, Anning walked away from One Nation and became an independent.

Anning says he had been a long time personal friend of Hansons, but this came undone at a single meeting last week, which he suggests, went to hell in a handbasket. He says he was expelled from the party. Hanson denies it and insists Anning abandoned the party. Whichever claim is the truth, there was an argument was over who has the right to hire the members staff. Anning had included several who had worked for Roberts, but did not have the approval of Hanson or her chief advisor James Ashby, and he was smacked down for the impertinence.

Hansons dynastic style is not limited to this particular incident. There is a history of it and it has been becoming increasingly pronounced since the last federal election, as the duo consolidate their top down control, over all decision making and how the partys finances are spent.

This ties back to the assertion of the divide between the discrepancy between what the party claims to represent and what it does.

One Nation was born out of a reaction of perceived betrayal of the interests of ordinary people by traditional politicians. The revolt was most marked in National Party stronghold in Queensland and New South Wales,  which had gone backwards economically and residents resented the decline of services, lack of employment opportunities and left behind the rest of Australia. These areas are among the poorest in the nation. People who live in them believed that the new party would make a difference. Many of the original One Nation activists had played important roles in battles against privatisation of government services and other aspects of ne...


Jacqui Lambie sweats on citizenship advice "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Independent senator Jacqui Lambie. Photo AAP

Independent senator Jacqui Lambie. Photo AAP


One of Australias most colourful politicians could fall on her sword after becoming the latest senator to be ensnared in the citizenship fiasco.

Tasmanian senator Jacqui Lambie has foreshadowed her possible resignation on Tuesday as she awaits advice from British authorities over whether she is a UK citizen by descent through her Scottish-born father.

While Senator Lambie said last week she was confident there was no issue with her citizenship, she is now preparing to quit parliament.

If I am a dual citizen I will resign. If it is black and white there is no need to take it to the High Court, as simple as that, Senator Lambie told The Mercury newspaper.

Unlike other dual citizens to fail their constitutional requirements, Senator Lambie may not be replaced by those beneath her on her 2016 election ticket.

Devonport mayor Steve Martin is next in line, but Professor George Williams, from the University of NSW, said he could be in difficulty because of his local government position.

According to the constitutional expert, the High Court would need to decide if a local council position is an office of profit under the Crown.

The next person on the ticket, Rob Waterman, is CEO of Rural Health Tasmania

Rural Health Tasmanias annual report for 2017 said it received funding from several federal government programs run by the departments of health and social services.

If Senator Lambie resigns, she will be the eighth parliamentarian forced out because of dual citizenship.

She entered parliament after the 2013 election representing Clive Palmers now defunct party before quitting to sit as an independent the following year.

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Turnbull bonds with Trump during Asia jaunt "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

United States President Donald Trump and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull bond at the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) forum in Manila, Philippines, Monday, November 13, 2017. (AAP Image/Mick Tsikas)

United States President Donald Trump and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull bond at the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) forum in Manila, Philippines, Monday, November 13, 2017. (AAP Image/Mick Tsikas)


Malcolm Turnbull had a half-hour rendezvous with Donald Trump at his presidential hotel suite in Manila on the last evening of his six day Asia tour.

Both leaders have been in the Philippines capital since Sunday for the East Asia summit which wraps up on Thursday.

Mr Turnbull and Mr Trump bonded with some one-on-one time, without officials in the room on Monday night in a meeting that went for more than 30 minutes.

They had been due to catch up at a formal bilateral meeting earlier on Monday, however at the last minute the schedule shifted and the pair had a three-way chat with Japans Shinzo Abe.

Its unclear whether Mr Turnbull, at the evening meeting with Mr Trump, raised the prospects of speeding up the US refugee resettlement deal.

The stand-off with hundreds of refugees at the mothballed Manus Island detention centre continues.

Mr Trump reluctantly agreed to resettle up to 1,250 refugees but only 54 have gone to America so far.

New Zealands Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern had been hoping for a second conversation with Mr Turnbull, following her trip to Sydney a week ago, to express her grave concerns about the ongoing Manus Island saga and reiterate her countrys offer to take 150 refugees.

Its understood, thats unlikely to happen.

On Tuesday, Mr Turnbull is expected to meet with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on the sidelines of the summit.

Mr Turnbull will also get together with leaders from the 15 other countries negotiating a China-led Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership fre...


Honeyeaters "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

I enjoy all the bird song that I hear in my yard. However, seeing and photographing the birds is much more problematic. Sometimes you can get lucky and the other morning while I was watching out the window I saw that the callistemons were flowering again.  It had been so dry that the first flowers hadn't lasted very long but some good rain showers had brought the flowers out again. It looked like a flock of little birds were enjoying them and they were all dancing up in the top of the trees. It was very early so the light was perfect!
First here are the callistemon trees and flowers.

There were little birds up in the top of the trees and definitely enjoying the feast! There were more creamy-white flowers and more birds up there but it was the wrong angle for me to get photos so I tried for the ones that came down the tree among the branches. The birds were White Cheeked Honeyeaters - and they are tiny!The book says 16-19cms


Tweed effluent discharge warning "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Tweed Shire Council is warning residents to avoid contact with parts of the Terranora Broadwater, Cobaki Broadwater and Terranora Creek following a discharge of raw sewage in the Terranora Inlet, following an incident at the Banora Point Wastewater Treatment Plant last week.

The affected area is above Boyds Bay Bridge.

Oyster harvesting in the Terranora Inlet has been postponed for at least a fortnight following the discharge.

The council announced on Thursday (November 9) that a large volume of raw wastewater had bypassed from the inlet works of the plant to the final holding lagoon within the plant without treatment.

In the final holding lagoon it was diluted with treated wastewater, a portion of which was then discharged into the Terranora Inlet at the Navy Base on Dry Dock Road through the licenced discharge point for the plant.

Initial testing of water around the point of discharge showed higher than normal levels of e-coli.

The council announced on Monday (November 13) that while test results had returned to acceptable levels it was maintaining its recommendation to avoid contact with the water in those areas for the time being.

Testing of the effluent discharge at the weekend confirmed that the levels of thermotolerant (faecal) coliforms in the discharge again were within normal range but the alert will remain in place for at least another 24 hours.

Our staff have worked throughout the weekend to quickly contain this situation, said engineering director David Oxenham.

Currently we are bypassing the final effluent lagoon at the Banora Point Wastewater Treatment Plant and it may take several days before the plant is back to normal operation.

Last week a large volume of raw wastewater bypassed from the inlet works of the plant and went direct to the lagoon without being treated. While it was diluted with the treated wastewater in the lagoon, a portion of this diluted wastewater was discharged into the Terranora Inlet at the licensed discharge point at the Navy Base on Dry Dock Road.

The risk to human and aquatic health within the estuary is very low but we are maintaining the alert for another 24 hours to allow further improvement, Mr Oxenham said.

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The latest squeeze "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Healthy investment

Total lending finance suffered its sharpest contraction in 9 months in September 2017, declining by 5.3 per cent to $67.9 billion in seasonally adjusted terms. 

A key driver of the result was the squeeze on investment mortgages, although in trend terms there has been solid offsetting growth in the larger owner-occupier sector, to the extent that housing finance remains only just off record highs, at least for now. 

The trend in personal finance commitments has been creeping higher again over the past few months, albeit only from the levels seen nearly a decade-and-a-half ago, while the average credit card balance has also bounced a little of decade-lows. 

Healthy investment? The glass half...

At the industry level, a few observers would've been surprised by the rebound in commercial finance extended to the mining sector. Meanwhile construction has been an associated bright spot, and agriculture and a number of other services industries have also fared relatively well. 

The weakness in retail trade, however, which first became apparent in the second quarter of calendar year 2016, is now starting to look suspiciously like a rout. With Amazon just taking guard at the crease, 2018 may prove to mark the beginning of a worrying time for Australian retailers. 



MACKAY Mental health battle resulted in dramatic city centre crash "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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Mental health battle resulted in dramatic city centre crash

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Nevertheless, the crash landed the woman, aged in her late 20s, before Mackay Magistrates Court, pleading guilty to dangerous operation of a vehicle

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EXTRACT: Christine Milne, An Activist Life ... "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

This is an incredibly important extract from legendary activist Christine Milnes first campaign ... against the Wesley Vale Pulp Mill ... Before the Wesley Vale campaign I was a well-respected local mother and teacher. Afterwards I was an independent member of the Tasmanian Parliament, either fair game for every abuse hurled from a passing car or held up as Boadicea of the Bush. Before, politics was something I encountered through campaigns and mostly at arms length; afterwards politics framed my day-to-day existence and my challenge was to fundamentally change it Wesley Vale was the first national environmental campaign to go beyond wilderness protection out there and to address pollution at home, by telling the story of ordinary people fighting for their precious place, their clean air, clean water and uncontaminated soils, and their right to be heard. But it was something more. The Wesley Vale campaign was started to save a community from the environmental impacts of a pulp mill (which converts native forests to woodchips and into pulp for making paper), but it rapidly morphed into a campaign to restore democracy and give the people a voice. That was its power. John Biggs in Comments: This book is inspirational, as was the conversation between Christine and James Boyce at its launch. The distant view one had of Christine as a senator is rounded out with much personal detail and knowledge of her perspective of things Bob Hawkins in Comments: That Christine Milne is no longer in mainstream politics is to the cost of every Australian. In her period as a Greens MP she ranked among a mere handful MPs of all colours who were across all the issues rather than just those in their own portfolios. She was eternally fluent, and factually precise, in all her utterances. Her ability to finish a sentence was probably matched only by JWH. Meanwhile, for the moment, we are saying goodbye to Jacqui Lambie. She isnt an ex-solicitor; she isnt an ex-barrister; she isnt an ex-accountant; she isnt an ex-union leader; she isnt, to my knowledge, an ex-used-car seller; she isnt, to my knowledge, an ex-journalist; she isnt to my knowledge an ex-real-estate seller; and she isnt, I believe, a racist bigot. What she is, is an ex-soldier; and she is, I understand, the offspring of a working-class family. In her short time in parliament, she has worked her butt off to promote the causes she believes in


Voting For Your Rights, By Ron Owen. "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Thoughts For The Week.

On election day 25th November 2017, either the 600,000 licenced shooters of Queensland will work together, to put Labor, LNP and Greens at the bottom of the voting ticket and pro firearm ownership candidates at the top, and giving the forces against us the biggest electoral defeat since Barrie Unsworth (NSW) in March 1988, or we will be further tyrannised for another 25 years. We have been waiting for this golden opportunity for a quarter of a century. If we cannot do it this time we do not deserve another chance.
Get Political for Two Weeks and Make a Difference to Our Future.

Never have the forces of evil been in such disarray. Never has it been so open and shut, we either work to put the minor pro shooting parties and independents in a coalition to improve our plight, or follow your family voting pattern, (vote LNP or Labor or Green) then hand your guns in, or go live in New Zealand. You are either with us, or against us.

Now, is the Time.
Now is the Time to get political, even if you have to miss out on a few shooting events.
Firstly, and most importantly contact candidates and check their credentials. Ask them to convince you that they will persistently work to achieve

A. The end of long arm registration,



Kraken comic "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

There are few regrets after Burning Seed but the habit of hugging people at the event is sorely missed afterwards.

I find myself wrapping arms around people and then registering their surprised look.


Surprising Study Suggests Gluten Sensitivity Isnt Caused By Gluten At All "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

After eating foods that contain gluten, do you tend to experience itching, irritability, bloating, or general discomfort? If so, youve likely assumed you are allergic to the protein found in a variety of grains. But according to a new study, gluten isnt the actual culprit. Rather, a sugar chain called fructans is to blame.

Approximately 1 percent of the population has celiac disease an autoimmune disorder that makes them react badly after consuming gluten proteins in wheat. An additional 12 percent feel bad after eating wheat-based foods, such as bread and pasta. This occurs, despite them not having celiac disorder. Since gluten became a buzzword, researchers have been stumped by the phenomena. But now, new research published in the journal Gastroenterology offers clarity on the topic.

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Fructans are a type of sugar chain found in wheat, barley, and rye in addition to onions, garlic, chickpeas, cabbage, and artichoke. To test if those who have sensitivities to gluten are actually allergic to fructans, researchers from the University of Oslo in Norway and Monash University in Australia recruited 59 non-celiac adults following gluten-free diets to participate in an experiment.

First, they gave the volunteers three types of cereal bars containing gluten, fructans or neither. The participants ate one of these every day for seven days, waiting one week in between trying new bars. Because the bars are identical, the participants have no idea which ones consumed fructans, gluten or neither.

It turns out, the fructan bar triggered 15 percent more bloating and a 13 percent increase gastrointestinal distress compared to the control bar. The gluten bar had no effect. The findings are similar to those of a 2013 study, in which non-celiacs who ate gluten-free to relieve gut issues found no difference in symptoms when they ate identical meals that either lacked gluten or were full of it.



Bangalow Designers Market 9 December, 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Bangalow Designers Market are passionate about promoting design in the Byron Shire community. We hope to showcase innovation in local fashion, arts and crafts, food and music.

Showcasing the best of the local area. Designer goods, local food and coffee.

Bangalow Designers Market Sat 9 Dec 2017| Bangalow Public School | Byron St| Bangalow NSW | 8am 3pm.

Learn more at

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Live Video Presentation: Grand Jury Resistance : November 21, 8 pm Eastern Time "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Resisting the Standing Rock grand jury.

On November 21, at 8 pm Eastern Time, we will broadcast our third live video presentation, in which an experienced legal support worker will explain what grand juries are, how they work, and how to resist themthen answer any questions you have. View the video here on this page or via

This follows up our earlier presentations, An Overview of the J20 Prosecution and The RNC 8, Standing Rock, and J20 Cases.

Over the course of 2017, anarchists and radicals have actively resisted grand juries from Standing Rock to North Carolina. Its vital to learn what a grand jury is and what tools of resistance our communities have against them. This presentation is intended to demystify a legal process that relies on secrecy, paranoia, and suspicion as a means to tear apart communities and resistance movements. One of our strongest weapons against this particular tactic of state repression is knowledgealongside bold acts of solidarity!

Tune in to learn about the grand jury process, its legacy of repression, and how you can support resistance to grand juries.


Interview with Steve Austin on Qld election issues incl. LNPs fiscal principles & Greens promises "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Yesterday, on Steve Austins 612 ABC Brisbane Mornings radio show, I had another enjoyable chat with Steve and some of his listeners regarding a range of state election issues. These included John Quiggins critique of the LNPs fiscal principles, the Greens election promises, and infrastructure spending, among others. We began the discussion by returning to an issue raised in a previous interview, the controversial development of the new public service tower of power, 1 William St. You can listen to the interview from 1:37:49 at:

Steve Austins 612 ABC Brisbane wireless program Mornings, Mon 13 Nov 2017

I was grateful that one listener asked me for one example of a government program I would cut to save money. The first one that came to my mind was Tourism and Events Queensland (TEQ), which is an unnecessary agency, given we have a national tourism body, Tourism Australia. Also, both TEQ and Tourism Australia are less relevant in the age of social media, as our attractions, such as the Reef, rainforests, and beaches, are constantly advertised all around the world via Facebook and Instagram. I would note that, in its 2015 Industry Assistance Review, the Queensland Competition Authority also questioned the effectiveness of Tourism and Events Queensland, which receives over $100 million in funding annually. My previous posts referring to the Queensland Governments tourism promotion efforts via TEQ include:

QCA finds multiple policy failures associated with billions in industry assistance in Qld

Tourism & Events Qld deserved funding cut no turnaround in share of international visitors

I mentioned on air yesterday that I have no doubt the Queensland Treasury has a hit list of ineffective programs that it will propose cutting to a new incoming government. I am pretty sure TEQ would be on that list.



What does a pre-crash financial market look like? You're seeing one now "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The only other times in our history when stock prices have been this high relative to earnings, a horrifying stock market crash has always followed. Will things be different for us this time? We shall see, but without a doubt this is what a pre-crash market looks like. This current bubble has been based on irrational euphoria that has been fueled by relentless central bank intervention, but now global central banks are removing the artificial life support in unison. Meanwhile, the real economy continues to stumble along very unevenly. This is the longest that the U.S. has ever gone without a year in which the economy grew by at least 3 percent, and many believe that the next recession is very close. Stock prices cannot stay completely disconnected from economic reality forever, and once the bubble bursts the pain is going to be unlike anything that we have ever seen before. If you think that these ridiculously absurd stock prices are sustainable, there is something that I would like for you to consider. The only times in our history when the cyclically-adjusted return on stocks has been lower, a nightmarish stock market crash happened soon thereafter... The Nobel-Laureate, Robert Shiller, developed the cyclically-adjusted price/earnings ratio, the so-called CAPE, to assess whether stocks are likely to be over- or under-valued. It is possible to invert this measure to obtain a cyclically-adjusted earnings yield which allows one to measure prospective real returns. If one does this, the answer for the US is that the cyclically-adjusted return is now down to 3.4 percent. The only times it has been still lower were in 1929 and between 1997 and 2001, the two biggest stock market bubbles since 1880. We know now what happened then. Is it going to be different this time?


1) Police Reveal Latest Development on Papua Hostage Situation "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

2) Gemma Holliani Cahya The Jakarta Post
3) Freeport Indonesia reopens mine access after shooting

MONDAY, 13 NOVEMBER, 2017 | 17:50 WIB
1) Police Reveal Latest Development on Papua Hostage Situation

TEMPO.COJakarta - National Police spokesperson Insp. Gen. Setya Wasisto has revealed the latest development related to a hostage situation in Papua. He said that a pregnant woman was allowed to leave her home in Kimbely village to deliver her baby on Sunday.


NATION: Have I missed something ... ? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Another freeloader, as I read it, is Senator Eric Abetz. He was in parliament for nearly 16 years before he produced a document relating to his renunciation of a citizenship other than Australian. He must have picked up millions since he was elected as a senator in 1994 Urban Wronski (aka David Tyler), who normally writes NATION, is having a couple of weeks off ...


Fiction, or Gaming ... ? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Sometimes a view of the future can only be presented in the form of fiction, even though it represents a viable hypothesis of where events are leading. It is, in effect, strategic gaming. It was certainly the case with Stefan Possonys great book, Waking Up The Giant (1974), which discussed how a US president takes office during the Cold War


How to be prepared for an Australian road trip "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

An Australian road trip is an extremely popular idea for the many international tourists that arrive on our shores every year, especially families that plan to see as much as they possibly can with the amount of time they have here. Despite the increasing costs of travelling Australia, it has not dampened the enthusiasm for many to hit the open roads and embark on the classic Aussie Road Trip. Australia is a vastly big country that requires many hours behind the wheel to traverse from state to state and city to city. The added worry for families is making the road trip as comfortable, memorable and hassle-free as possible for everyone on the trip, including the little ones.

In this article, we will highlight some things that you will need for your Australian road trip with the family!


For an Australian road trip, you need a car

Cars are relatively inexpensive these days especially second-hand ones. Places like Gumtree are a good place to start looking for your Aussie Adventure set of wheels.  Do a bit of research, know your prices before you arrive and be ready to negotiate. Do you need a 4WD, a people mover or will a sedan do? Are you planning on going off-road in the red centre or just cruising the highway down the never-ending Australian coastline. We would recommend taking any car to a mechanic first before buying. They will be able to tell you of any problems the car might have, any repairs that will need to be done to make it up to standard and whether it is a good buy. This could save you a fortune in the long run.

Family Travel Tip: Australia has strict laws on children travelling in car seats. Height and weight as well as age are all factors in whether your child should be in a car seat, booster seat or restrained using a safety harness while in the car. They can be very confusing so it is always best to check. If you head over to VicRoads you will be able to see what is the right choice for your child.


A TomTom or Navman will come extremely handy in Australia. Sometimes it hard to find road names and signs when you are in the bush and the outback not to mention the city. Sydney is one of the hardest cities to drive in anywhere as there were no grids or blocks set out when they designed the road system. Never be lost and with a dedicated GPS, you will always be on track to your destination. A GPS will also help you to find local amenities quickly that you might need for your...


Saad Hariri finally appears, gives awkward (scripted?) interview "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

When Saad Hariri appeared on Saudi state-run Al Arabiya television last week to deliver his "resignation" as the Lebanese Prime Minister, many felt that Hariri, who is also a Saudi citizen was being forced to resign by the Saudi regime. Several obvious inconsistencies were present in the original "resignation" speech. First and most strangely, he read a speech that was written in a Gulfi dialect of Arabic and instead of using familiar Lebanese terminology, he used Saudi terminology which is largely foreign among Lebanese viewers. Secondly, his resignation from foreign soil is not only incompatible with Lebanese legal procedure, but it is highly unusual in any context. Finally, as Hariri owns his own television channel, Lebanon based Future TV, it was considered strange that his speech was exclusively broadcast on a Saudi state-run network. Further evidence which emerged led Lebanese President Michel Aoun to join with other Lebanese parties including Hezbollah, the Amal movement and some members of Hariri's own Future Movement to say that Hariri had been kidnapped by Saudi authorities and is being held against his will. Last night's interview from Saudi Arabian soil on Hariri's Future TV was designed to assuage the fears that Hariri is a political hostage, but the interview left many more questions than answers.


Why won't Boris Johnson issue an unequivocal apology? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Last week Boris Johnson made one of the most extraordinary gaffes a British Foreign Secretary has ever made by uncritically repeating Iranian accusations against an imprisoned British citizen as if they were fact.

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe (who remains in an Iranian jail), her family and the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office all consistently maintained that she was in Iran on holiday, with the purpose of introducing her young daughter to her Iranian parents. Despite this, Johnson decided to declare that she was in Iran "teaching journalism", which is precisely what the Iranians have imprisoned her for.

The Iranian authorities have taken Johnson's foolish remarks as confirmation that Zaghari-Ratcliffe was in the country training propaganda agents, and the case against her has been reopened with the possibility of her jail sentence being dramatically extended.

After a week of blustering, evasions and carefully qualified non-apologies Johnson was called to parliament to answer urgent questions over his disgraceful handling of the Zaghari-Ratcliffe case.

Here's exactly what he said:
"I acknowledge that the words that I used were open to being misinterpreted and I apologise to Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe and her family if I have inadvertently caused them any further anguish."
As we can see, this is another half-apology based on the false narrative that his words had been "misinterpreted" rather than being completely at odds with the established Foreign Office position that she was there on holiday.



Why Blockchain has no economic future "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

When Bitcoin went public in 2009 it introduced to the world of finance and economics the technology of blockchain. Even the many who thought Bitcoin would never make it as a major currency were intrigued by the BlockChain technology and a large set of new companies have tried to figure out how to offer new services based on blockchain technology. It is still fair to say that very few economists and social scientists understand blockchain, and governments are even further behind.

I will argue that blockchain has no economic future in the regular economy. I will give you the bottom-line, then describe blockchain, discuss its key supposed advantages, and then take it apart as a viable technology by giving you a much more efficient alternative to the same market demand opportunities.

The bottom line for those not interested in the intricacies of blockchains and public trust

The essence of my argument is that a large country can organise a much more trustworthy information system than a distributed network using blockchain can, and at lower costs, meaning that any large economic role for blockchain is easily displaced by a cheaper and even larger national institution.

So in the 19th century, large private companies circulated their own money, in competition with towns and princedoms. In that competition, national governments won, as they will again now.

The reason that the tech community is investing in blockchain companies is partially because some are in love with the technicalities of blockchain, some hope to attract the same criminal and gullible element that Bitcoin has, some lack awareness of the evolution and reality of political systems, and some see a second-best opportunity not yet taken by others. But even in this brief period of missing-in-action governments, large companies will easily outperform blockchain communities on any mayor market. Except the criminal markets, which is hence the only real future of blockchain communities.

Why does politics matter? The key point is that nation states are the answer to the question of the production of mass trust. Nation states are unique good at creating trust, much better than any other entity, including all manner of networks, has ever been. Political scientists, who are very rare in Silicon valley, have known since Weber that the nation state is uniquely capable of producing mass trust, far better than any political competitor, and certainly far better than the anarchistic constructs of the blockchain adherents. This is why nation states run internationally trusted currencies, education qualifications, health insurance, life insurance, land registries, identification systems, etc.: most of the things the tech community believes blockchain will do on the internet are already do...


Bitcoin Continues Usage Acceptance Especially in Australia "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

In Australia, an increasing number of Bitcoin automated teller machines (ATM) is being installed around the country due to its continuous popularity as an online currency.


We Dont Have To Wait For Due Process To Hold An Opinion On Roy Moore "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Due process is a vital legal concept that establishes rules and procedures to guard against unfair, arbitrary, untrue, or unreasonable treatment that deprives Americans of life, liberty or property. Thats because anyone can lie including self-professed victims of sexual assault. You neednt look further than the numerous young lives that have been ruined on college campuses by fabricated allegations to understand why due process is important. And anyone can be railroaded. Witchhunts are real. Mobs tend to form rather easily these days. The politically motivated smear the innocent for partisan reasons. Biased organizations peddle innuendo and gossip to exploit the publics existing biases.

All of that is true. None of it means the allegations regarding Alabamas Republican senatorial candidate Roy Moore are untrue. Dont let healthy skepticism transform into tribal denialism.

Did most of the establishment already detest Moore for his socially conservative views? Of course. Would The Washington Post pursue someone in the Democratic Party with the same gusto? Probably not. Its also true that the establishment media gave former presidents and senators who were likely sexual predators virtual free passes for decades. The treatment of the parties on this front will never be equal.

Still, none of that means the accusations about Moore pursuing sexual relations with teen girls when he was in his 30s is any less plausible. Unlike a number stories that have simply relayed abuse allegations without proof or corroboration, The Washington Posts article on Moore happens to be a solid piece of journalism with multiple sources and timelines that form a wholly credible, sordid story. Accusations of bias shouldnt convince the fair-minded person to dismiss the testimonies of (at least) four women who dont know each other but tell similar tales with some specificity.

Nor does media bias change the fact that many of Moores answers have been exceptionally unpersuasive to this point. Make what you will of Fox News Sean Hannity, but his interview with the Republican Senate candidate posed many of the right questions. When asked if hes dated 15-year-olds in his mid-30s, an ordinary healthy adult male does not answer, Not generally, no, as Moore...


WikiLeaks asked Donald Trump Jr. to appoint Julian Assange as an Australian ambassador "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

It turns out Donald Trump Jr. and WikiLeaks direct-messaged each other more than a few times over the last year. According to a new report from the Atlantic, WikiLeaks first DMd the presidents son in September 2016, and Don Jr. even responded a few times. The messages reportedly continued until last June. Of the many

It turns out Donald Trump Jr. and WikiLeaks direct-messaged each other more than a few times over the last year. According to a new report from the Atlantic, WikiLeaks first DMd the presidents son in September 2016, and Don Jr. even responded a few times. The messages reportedly continued until last June.

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Daily Quizzes to Train Your Verification Skills "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

You can read the original blogpost by Fiete Stegers, on which this article was based, here.

Where exactly was a photo on Twitter taken? When was a Facebook video recorded? Is that image fake, or authentic? These are just some of the common questions you can face when verifying social media content.

A few months ago, Julia Bayer (Deutsche Welle) started posting each Monday photo assignments on Twitter to train the verification skills of  journalists  and anyone else interested. Since then, a number of journalists have joined to provide new challenges ever day to test and train your verification and geolocation skills.  At an investigative journalism conference in Hamburg, she told me about her project, and I was happy to take the spot on Thursday.

The over 100 quizzes (and answers) are collected by Fiete Stegers (NDR) in a Twitter moment...


Doctor reveals how he escaped a 'three-metre great white shark' off Avoca Beach, Australia "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A British doctor has revealed how he punched a shark in the face after it mauled him while he was out surfing in Australia. Charlie Fry, 25, was bitten on his right shoulder by the shark on Monday while cooling off at Avoca Beach, on the New South Wales Central Coast. Mr Fry told The Daily Telegraph he felt something hit his right shoulder, and turned to look just moments before the predator sunk its teeth into him. The British man reacted immediately, throwing a punch that may have saved his life. 'I just punched it with my left hand and shouted out to my mates and paddled so hard back to shore,' he said.


BREAKING: 80 Million-Year-Old Dinosaur-Era Shark Found Off Portuguese Coast "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

By Fattima Mahdi,
A mysterious dinosaur shark was captured off the Portuguese coast by a fisherman and has been dubbed as a living fossil by scientists. The species dates back 80 million years and makes it one of the very few creatures from the dinosaur ages that is still around.

The discovery adds to the list of very few sharks recently found in Australia, New Zealand and Japan. This deep sea creature usually lies at a depth of 390 and 4,200 feet below the surface, which is one one of the main reasons it was not discovered before the 19th century.


The prehistoric fish is 1.5 metres in length and was caught off the resort of Portimao at a depth of 700 metres. With a long and slim body, the shark resembles a snake and bears 300 teeth. Judging by remains which have been previously found, the species has been swimming in the sea for a very long time.

Researchers were in the area working on a project when the beast was found. They are now studying the frilled shark and hope to learn more about the elusive species. This rare find means that there is plenty they can learn about how animals coexist in the depths of the ocean.

Image credit: SIC Noticias

The post BREAKING: 80 Million-Year-Old Dinosaur-Era Shark Found Off Portuguese Coast appeared first on TruthTheory.


TPP Survives After Canadians Screwed Everybody "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Despite a no-show from Canada's prime minister, the TPP has new life.


Professors: Its Not Okay To Be White "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


Can my children be friends with white people?

This bizarre question is the basis of a New York Times op-ed published Sunday, and the author answers it with a no, albeit with some exceptions.

History has provided little reason for people of color to trust white people in this way [of genuine friendship], and these recent months have put in the starkest relief the contempt with which the country measures the value of racial minorities, writes Ekow N. Yankah, a law professor at Yeshiva University.


According to Yankah, examples of white contempt for racial minorities in recent months include concerns over the opioid epidemic, worries over rising unemployment among working-class whites, and criticism of NFL players kneeling for the anthem. Apparently those issues receive far more attention than the woes of African-Americans, thus revealing the secret disdain whites have for non-whites.

With that conclusion assumed, Yankah declares the lesson he will teach his kids.

As against our gauzy national hopes, I will teach my boys to have profound doubts that friendship with white people is possible, the law professor argues. When they ask, I will teach my sons that their beautiful hue is a fault line. Spare me platitudes of how we are all the same on the inside. I first have to keep my boys safe, and so I will teach them before the world shows them this particular brand of rending, violent, often fatal betrayal.

Throughout the article, Yankah bases this pessimistic attitude not on personal experience he says his childhood hometown was remarkably free of racial tension but on Donald Trump being president and the violence in Charlottesville.

A large number of white people voting for Trump is the final push in giving up on Caucasians.

Of course, the rise of this president has broken bonds on all sides. But for people of color the stakes are different. Imagining we can now be friends across this political line is asking us to ignore our safety and that of our children, to abandon personal regard and self-worth, the professor asserts. Only white people can cordon off Mr. Trumps politica...


Australian Bauxite to produce aluminium fluoride "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

PERTH ASX-listed junior Australian Bauxite has inked a heads of agreement (HoA) with technology provider Refined Ore Industries (ROIL) to produce aluminium fluoride from bauxite.

Under the terms of the HoA, Australian Bauxite will have exclusive global rights to produce aluminium fluoride from the ALCORE project, which will apply ROILs patented ores-to-elements (CORE) process, which refines various types of ores using a combination of fluorine acids and related thermal energy process steps.

Australian Bauxite will also have the right to produce corethane gas from the refining of coal, to provide electrical power, heating and cooking for the bauxite refining plant, while also having exclusive global marketing rights for all aluminium fluoride and related co-products produced by other ROIL technology projects, unrelated to Australian Bauxite, in Australia and Asia.

In exchange, Australian Bauxite will issue 1.4-million of its own shares to ROIL.

Australian Bauxite told shareholders on Monday that the ALCORE project would be developed in two stages, with Stage 1 consisting of an engineering evaluation plant, which would likely cost between A$12.5-million and A$16-million.

The Stage 2 operation would consist of a 50 000 t/y production plant, which would cost about A$50-million to develop.

A bankable feasibility study for the plant is expected by the end of the first quarter of 2019, with commissioning to take place by the end of 2019.

Australian Bauxite said the ALCORE technology would add between $600/t and $1 000/t in value to the bauxite produced by the company. 

*Original article online at



310 Additionality can be tricky to assess "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Many environmental policies and programs pay public money to people or businesses (or give them tax breaks or discounts) to encourage them to adopt more environmentally friendly practices and behaviours. A seemingly common-sense rule for these sorts of programs is that we shouldnt pay people to do things that they were going to do anyway, without payment. But it can be quite a hard rule to apply in practice.

The idea that we shouldnt pay people to do things that they were going to do anyway goes under the name of additionality. (It is also related to the with-versus-without principle in Benefit: Cost Analysis, and the concept of market failure see PD272).

The idea behind additionality is that, when a program pays money to people to change their behaviours, the environmental benefits that result should be additional to the environmental benefits that would have occurred anyway, in the absence of the payments.

The reason this matters is that, if we are able to target payments to those behaviours that do result in additional environmental benefits, well end up with greater environmental benefits overall, compared to paying for non-additional benefits well get better value for taxpayers money.

Some environmental programs do a poor job of checking for additionality. As I noted in PD272, much of the money given to farmers in US agri-environmental programs is not additional. In Australia, the Direct Action program for climate change doesnt consider additionality well when selecting the winning bids in their reverse auctions (it compares practices before vs after signing up to the program, not with versus without).

So, environmental programs that allocate money to people or businesses should worry about additionality, but how? It can be harder than it sounds. Its all very well to say, only pay people if they would not have done it anyway, but how do we know what they would have done anyway?

Sometimes its reasonably easy. There are cases where we can be pretty confident that people would not have done the environmental action, and will not start doing it in future, without a payment or regulation. I suspect that most of the work on Australian farms to fence off waterways to exclude livestock would not have happened without payments to cover the cost of fencing materials.

In the US, the Conservation Reserve Program pays farmers to remove agricultural land from production and plant environmentally beneficial species. This is probably mostly buying actions that lead to additional outcomes.

The nature of these additional activities is that they ar...


Are Potential Peer Reviewers Overwhelmed Altruists or Free-Riders? New data reveal great inequality in peer reviewing in the social sciences. "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

This is a guest post submitted by Paul A. Djupe, Denison University Political Science, who is an affiliated scholar with PRRI ; Amy Erica Smith, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Iowa State University; and Anand Edward Sokhey, Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Colorado at Boulder, as well as the associate director of the American Politics Research Lab and the incoming director of the LeRoy Keller Center for the Study of the First Amendment.

Google peer review crisis, and you will find dozens of pieces some dating back to the 1990s lamenting the state of peer reviewing. While these pieces focus in part on research replicability and quality, one major concern has been shortages in academic labor. In one representative article, Fox and Petchey (2010) argue that peer reviewing is characterized by a tragedy of the commons that is increasingly dominated by cheats (individuals who submit papers without doing proportionate reviewing). Other commentators describe the burden faced by generous peer reviewers who feel overwhelmed.

So where does peer review in the social sciences stand? Are academics overburdened altruists or peer-review free-riders? Our new Professional Activity in the Social Sciences data set suggests the answer is Neither. Instead, most academics get few peer review requests and perform most of them. Reviewing is strongly correlated with academic productivityresearch-productive scholars get more requests and perform more reviews. However, the ratio of peer reviews performed to article submissions is also lower for more productive scholars. Overall, this would appear to be a bit of a mixed bag from the perspectives of equity and representation in the academy. Here are the details.

In March, 2017 we surveyed 900 faculty in political science departments across the United States, asking about a range of professional activities.  In June we followed up with a second group of social scientists, surveying 958 faculty in U.S. sociology departments. More details about the design and sample are available here.

The figure below suggests that the peer review crisis may be overblown. The median political scientist and median sociologist in our data each report receiving five review requests a year. The median political scientist completes four of....


Have a smart phone? Want to help map and save Australian frog species? Then there is an app for you "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Australian Museum issued another app on 10 November 2017:

FrogID, lets you discover which frogs live around you and helps the Australian Museum count Australia's frogs! 

Visit the project website for more info.

The Sydney Morning Herald, 10 November 2017

Like the stars of stage, screen and Sesame Street, the 25-year-old green tree frog called Godzilla was immediately ready for h...


The American Resistance has many faces and these are just two of them (17) "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

* The woman is this photograph was susequently fired by her employer, government contrator Akima LLC, a subsidiary of NANA Development Corporation


Why Complaints About Paul Ryan Ditching Regular Order Are Political Head Fakes "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Last week, Politico published an article talking about how the Republican House of Representatives under Paul Ryans speakership set a new record for the number of bills approved under closed ruleswhich prohibit members of Congress from offering amendments. Although the Politico story didnt use the term, it echoes the complaints of Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) surrounding Obamacare repeal-and-replace legislation this past summer: I want the regular order.

McCains comment invites a question: What exactly constitutes the regular order in Congress? Why do people keep calling for it? And if so many people keep calling for it, why doesnt Congress just restore the regular order already?

Unfortunately, the answers often prove cynics skepticism about Washington. Members of Congress support regular order only as long as it delivers the policy outcomes they desire. The second regular order results in a policy defeat, those who would lose in an open vote attempt to jerry-rig the process to achieve their desired outcomeand those who would win in an open vote complain, and call for a return to regular order. Lather, rinse, repeat.


Politico quoted House Rules Committee Ranking Member Louise Slaughter (D-NY): Under Speaker Ryans leadership, this session of Congress has now become the most closed Congress in history. To call Slaughters complaints about a closed process ironic would put it mildly.

Seven years ago, when she chaired the Rules Committee, Slaughter proposed having the Democratic House enact Obamacare into law without voting on it. The House could merely deem Obamacare approved as a result of passing some other measure.

While the House has repeatedly used this deem-and-pass strategy under both Republican and Democratic majorities, the optics of passing such a massive and prominent piece of legislation using such dodgy procedural shortcuts led Democrats to abandon the gambit, but not before conservative bloggers noted that Slaughter, Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD), and others attacked the deem-and-pass maneuver when Republicans controlled the House in the 2000s.

To sum up: Slaughter was for an open process before she was against an op...


Nice Aeon article on biological individuality "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Siphonophores by Ernst Haeckel

By Ernst Haeckel Kunstformen der Natur (1904), plate 17: Siphonophorae (see here, here and here), Public Domain, Link

Derek Skillings from University of Bordeaux/CNRS has a new article at Aeon about biological individuality:

For millennia, naturalists and philosophers have struggled to define the most fundamental units of living systems and to delimit the precise boundaries of the organisms that inhabit our planet. This difficulty is partly a product of the search for a singular theory that can be used to carve up all of the living world at its joints.

Skillings reviews the deep historical roots of the question, touching on the views of Charles Darwin and his grandfather, both Huxleys (T. H. and Julian), Herbert Spencer, and other 19th and early 20th century thinkers, as well as some more recent authors, including Daniel Janzen and Peter Godfrey Smith.

He argues for a pluralistic view:

But my view is that no such unified theory exists; theres no single answer to the question: What parts of the world are a part of you as a biological individual, and what parts are not? Different accounts of individuality pick out different boundaries, like an overlapping Venn diagram drawn on top of a network of biotic interactions. This isnt because of uncertainty or a lack of information; rather, the living world just exists in such a way that we need more than one account of individuality to understand it.



Do you wish more people could hear the Strong Towns message? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Strong Towns movement transcends the normal answers to the very complex issues that our communities face... That is what it is going to take to bring real change, and that is why I am drawn to and supportive of this movement.
Brian Ludicke, Lancaster, CA

Our Strong Towns events are gaining momentum and size. Years ago, I would speak to groups of two or three people and was thrilled someone was interested. Now, we routinely present in front of groups of hundreds, and even groups of thousands.

Despite this success, one thing remains constant: every time I speak, people come up to me and say, I wish _______  had been here to hear this.

For example: "I wish our mayor had heard this message." "I wish our engineer had been part of this conversation." "I wish my good friend from the bakery had heard this." And on and on.

Heres the exciting thing: they can. And with your support this week, they will.

Today we start our winter member drive. We currently have about 1,700 members. Our goal is to get to 2000 members to be #2000Strong by the end of the week. Thats an aggressive leap, but we can do it. You can do it.

Join the movement

When you become a member of Strong Towns, you are saying that you want more people to hear the Strong Towns message. You want us to reach more communities, open up more minds and change more hearts. You want more people talking about the need to make our cities, towns and neighborhoods financially strong and resilient.

Chuck Marohn meets with residents in Santa Ana, California for an event earlier this fall (Source: AHOC)

Chuck Marohn meets with residents in Santa Ana, California for an event earlier this fall (Source: AHOC)

When you become a member of Strong Towns, you are helping grow a movement that is changing the way we talk about our places, from Main Street to Wall Street, from the corner cafe to the White House.

Ive been...


Trans-Pacific Follies: Australia Asleep as Canada Wakes Up "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

It was as dreary as listening to the formulaic assessments of political economy by an unreconstructed Leninist.  But Sunday morning with Steve Ciobo, Australias trade minister, was such an occasion.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership, withering away on the branch of false optimism, has been an instrument of deserved suspicion and opprobrium from popular movements across countries suspicious about the paternalistic follies of their governments.  It was precisely opposition to such a proposed agreement, negotiated in total secrecy away from the prying eyes of public interest groups, that fuelled the campaigns of Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump during the 2016 US presidential elections.

Even Hillary Clinton, whose husband was a vital figure behind initiating the North American Free Trade Agreement during the 1990s, began to chew some of the anti-free trade cud close to her ignominious defeat.

No free trade faith quite matches the monomania of Australian governments.  Since the 1980s, liberalising and opening the economy has been an unshakeable trajectory, a punishing, stripping dogma that insists that being economically open is liberally good, and closed, parochially bad.

While other states have wised up to the idea that total openness is a recipe for local instability, estrangement, and disaster, the Australian response has been unshakeable: keep borders open and corporations content, except when it comes to refugees who arrive by boat.  As Australian Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull has insisted with staid predictability, the TPP creates rules of the road to match the new economic world in which were living.

For all this, Australias own industries have been supplanted.  Energy and banking oligopolies have been given free rein to operate.  Property prices in Sydney and Melbourne are reaching stratospheric heights, and the current government is promising to partly subsidise what will become one of the worlds largest, and environmentally destructive, of white elephants: the Carmichael coal mine in Queensland.

Most telling of all is that the free traders have no interest in considering data of such irrefutable weight it should put an end to that unfortunately lingering religion.  The US-Australian Free Trade agreement remains a matter of considerable loss to Australia, limiting rather than extending markets and access to Australian producers, and showing the countrys diplomatic crew as inept, ill-informed and, in the final analysis, sycophantic.

None of these points concern the bemused Ciobo. Ideology has already set the tone in this field. When the United States announced, through President Donald J. Trump, that it would have no truck with the TPP, the Australian delegation was left baffled but unmoved.  The remaining states would keep the ship steady.

Now t...


1) Papuan hostage claims a distortion says Indonesian lawyer "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

2) Linking Madang with Jayapura a long term plan for PNG govt
1) Papuan hostage claims a distortion says Indonesian lawyer 
about 1 hour ago 
An Indonesian human rights lawyer says there is no hostage crisis in the Mimika regency of Papua province as claimed by police and government officials.
Police said an armed group of the Free Papua Movement had been holding 1300 people hostage...


A Strategic View "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

My friend Aaron T. suggested this book to me.

Usually I read military history in an attempt to extract a big picture of events from the details.

Victor Davis Hansons new book is a strategic view of WWII [amazn] treating the war as a set of overlapping strategic problems that are discussed individually. To put it mildly, I find this fascinating. At first I felt a bit put off because some aspects of the war appear to be viewed repetitively I was wondering is this a bunch of articles that have been bound together? before I realized that the intent was to make his arguments stand on their own, in each area. When I read something critically, I am constantly weighing whether the author is pulling any tricks or putting his thumb on the scale and even with my skepticism sensitivity knob on 11 I dont catch anything in Hansons analysis that seems unfair. There are parts that make me uncomfortable, such as frank discussion of the value of the strategic bombing campaign and the question of how much it shortened the war (Hansons answer: it shortened it enough that it was probably a wash, trading dead Japanese and German civilians for dead Jews and Russian and other European civilians).

Im used to reading military history that focuses on a narrow area for example: the North Africa Campaign and the various events and trade-offs that theater commanders had to deal with. From that, I try to draw some conclusions, usually Wow, that was badly run or Rommel was overrated. Then, I check those conclusions against my memory and other things Ive read and see if they hold up. My experience reading this book is very different Hanson drops the conclusions and the facts from which they are drawn, and sometimes digs down to a necessary level of detail, but otherwise maintains his attention at the level of the big trade-offs: the axis did not coordinate its grand strategy effectively because Hitler was an impulsive gambler prone to sneak attacks. Reading an account of the Russia campaign, its pretty easy to see that Hitlers decision-making was bad, but Im not used to thinking about how Hitlers strategic blunders affected Mussolinis which, of course, they did.

When World War II broke out in 1939, Germany did not have a serious plan for defeating those enemies, present or future, that were positioned well beyond its own borders. Unlike its more distant adversaries, the Third Reich had neither an adequate blue water navy nor a strategic bombing fleet, anchored by escort fi...


Baw Baw councillors to choose mayor on Wednesday "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Councillors will pick Baw Baw Shire's major and deputy mayor for the next year at a special meeting on Wednesday.


Warragul caf workers underpaid almost $9,000 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Six Warragul caf workers were underpaid over $8,000 between them after their employer incorrectly classified them.


Baw Baw encouraging drug addiction and support centre submissions "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Baw Baw Shire is encouraging community input on plans to use the former Athlone Primary School site as a drug addiction education and support centre.


Series of thunderstorms create massive lightning display over Perth, Western Australia "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Western Australia's south was treated to an evening show of light, sound and fury as a series of thunderstorms passed over the southern half of the state, producing hail, lightning and power blackouts. The most severe storm hit Meadow Springs in Mandurah, south of Perth, about 5:30pm on Sunday. Duty forecaster at the Bureau of Meteorology James Ashley said a hot air mass combined with moisture in the atmosphere produced the stormy conditions. "Everything in the atmosphere lined up perfectly," he said. "We had a good upper-level disturbance move over the area and there was just enough moisture and lift to produce some really decent thunderstorms.


The Mayors of Bolingbrook: Nora Wipfler (1975) (Fiction) "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

In 1975, Bolingbrook celebrated its 10th birthday. Now it was officially the second largest municipality in Will County, and some predicted that Bolingbrook would soon reach 100,000 residents by 1985. If you were young and starting a family, Bolingbrook was the happening Chicago suburb. Old Chicago would open later that year, along with the Fountaindale Library. The future seemed bright.

The Babblers future, at the time, seemed uncertain. Following the loss of paper of record status, publisher John Olson was forced to make cuts. The page count was cut in half, and the number of enhanced photos per issues was reduced. Many believers feared that Chicagolands voice of truth could be silenced.

Though the Babbler was down, it was certainly wasnt out, as our first interview with newly elected mayor Nora Wipfler clearly showed.

Mayor Wipfler speaks: Romeoville wont eat us!

After avoiding the Babbler during the campaign, new Village President Nora Wipfler finally agreed to an interview! While obviously the powers that be prevented her from telling the whole truth about her plans for Bolingbrook, we found her relative openness to be quite refreshing.

Reporter: Thank you for the interview, madam president.

Wipfler: You can call me mayor. Everyone else does.

Reporter: OK. Well Mayor Wipfler, thank you for this interview.

Wipfler: Oh dont thank me. I just want to be able to go to sleep and not worry about a three AM call from your reporters.

Reporter: Fair enough.

Wipfler: But dont think that means Ill put up with any sexist questions.

Reporter: (Tears several pages out of his notebook.) In that case, my first question is, how do you enjoy being the most important mayor in the galaxy?

Wipfler: Galaxy? Oh, thats right. It feels just like being the mayor of a large village in Illinois. I enjoy it.

Reporter: Tell us about your first meeting with a space alien.

Wipfler: Now come on. You know that would be classified. I could tell you, but then a man in purple would have to slap you.

Reporter: Not a man in blue?

Wipfler: I meant a man in blue. Now, how about some questions that I can answer.

Reporter: OK. Our sources tell us that Old Chicago is being built over the Indian burial ground of ancient astronauts. Are you concerned that Bolingbrook could come under attack from a curse, the aliens decedents, or both?

Wipfler: No.

Reporter: Do you care to elaborate?

Wipfler: Old Chicago isnt being built on an ancient nuclear waste disposal site. The de...


Weirding Cinema @ MAC "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

In July Weirding Cinema began screening films at MAC.

The next session is this Thursday, November 16: Why did the K Foundation burn a million quid?

Doors at 7pm for a 7:30pm start.

Admission is free. Sheep are welcome. Ice cream van parking available. Mu be with you.



Are Conservation Organisations Complicit in Ethnic Discrimination? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Answering this question with an example of blatantly racist and coercive imagery endorsed and propagated by two large players in the conservation world, both internationally and in India.

The main entrance to Manas national park. Credit: Sougata Sinha Roy/Wikimedia Commons, CC BY 3.0

The main entrance to Manas national park. Credit: Sougata Sinha Roy/Wikimedia Commons, CC BY 3.0

Trishant Simlai, doctoral candidate in geography at the University of Cambridge, is interested in the links between armed conflict, militarisation and conservation in India. Raza Kazmi, a Jharkhand-based conservationist, is interested in conservation militarisation, intersection of forest rights and conservation needs, and conservation in Indias conflict-ridden Red Corridor landscape.

Global wildlife conservation efforts have advocated the exclusion of local people from parks and areas considered to be of great value to biodiversity, often supporting coercive means to achieve this goal. Among the coercive measures often suggested, some dont shy away from even recommending violence towards offenders.

Governments, conservation agencies and aid donors have further legitimised this exclusion by frequently invoking the narrative of an expanding human population destroying pristine landscapes, often ignoring the role of over-consumption by urban actors or of states and corporate interests extracting resources. Such coercive conservation measures often base the...


Footprint floor "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

I'm painting the floor of the kitchen at the Junkyard Gallery with some footprints to cover up the raw cement


Woolloomooloo Viaduct "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

I added a bit more light to the Woolloomooloo viaduct so now its pretty much finished.

There are earlier photos of this painting in this post [er - I'll have to find it later]


Is nuclear a solution to climate change? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


Press-conference of the coalition Dont nuke the climate:
Is nuclear a solution to climate change?

Speaking: Speaking:Kerstin Rudek, BI Luchow-Dannenberg and Dont Nuke The Climate campaign, Germany
Markus Atkinson, Anti-Nuclear Alliance of Western Australia
Vladimir Slivyak, Ecodefense, Russia

Nuclear industry and its supporters became very active inside the UN talks promoting outdated, expensive and dangerous nuclear energy as a climate friendly technology. Russia, USA and several other countries are organizing pro-nuclear side-events at COP-23 and trying to get developing world to believe in nuclear solution. The reality is that nuclear is not carbon free and far too expensive to be any kind of solution. Nuclear waste is another hot problem that doesnt have a solution. Activists from various countries talk on why nuclear is part of problem and not part of solution. Also announcing the demonstration against false solutions for climate change on November 11 in Bonn.


Boy George Hangs Up On Boring Australian Radio Host "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Boy George has hung up on an Australian radio host during an interview after becoming irritated with questioning about the impact of his gender bending on children in the 1980s. The Culture Club frontman was being interviewed by ABC Radios Fran Kelly on Monday about the bands upcoming tour. George talked of his love of ...

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South Australian government: local Aboriginal community has final veto on nuclear waste suppositary "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Tim Bickmore shared ENuFF South Australiapost. No Nuclear Waste Dump Anywhere in South Australia, 13 Nov 17 

Oct 24 letter from SA Premier J to the PM regarding proposed radioactive waste suppository in the Flinders Ranges.
.. the South Australian government committed to provide a local Aboriginal community with a final veto right over any future facility proposed on their lands.
I recommend the Commonwealth Government now consider adopting a similar policy position .


Some whataboutery from Tim Nicholls "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Among the tools used to defend the indefensible, the most widely used is whataboutery. When faced with a criticism you cant answer, you point to something allegedly comparable done by someone supposed to be on the same side as your critic, and ask the critic what about

A recent example (Hat Tip Bill Wallace). Presented on ABC TV with my observation that his election promises represent an arithmetic impossibility, Tim Nicholls resorted to whataboutery, suggesting that I had gone easy on Anna Palaszczuk in regards to the use of transfers of debt between the general government sector, GBEs and public service superannuation. Oddly enough, Ill be covering this exact point in an article Im now writing for The Guardian. The relevant para

Labor has been able to improve the accounting performance of the general government sector by requiring public enterprises to make bigger contributions to the budget and by making transfers from the funds hypothecated to pay for public service superannation. This doesnt change the financial position of the public sector as a whole, but makes the budget sector look better. The relevant criteria is public sector net worth and net financial worth, which are unaffected by such manoeuvres. Fortunately, public sector net worth has never been a problem: the Queensland government had net worth of over $170 billion when the Costello Commission reported, a figure that is projected to exceed $200 billion by 2020.

Some broader responses:

* Whataboutery is a very weak defence in a clear-cut case like this. Even if I were an ALP hack (readers of this blog can judge for themselves), it wouldnt invalidate the point Im making

* I dont think Palaszczuk is open to the specific criticism Im making of Nicholls. She hasnt promised to cut taxes or improve the budget balance, and her election spending promises look to be the kind of thing that can be managed within the normal budget process

* Ive already been critical of both sides in this election campaign. My only published opinion piece was a criticism of Palaszczuks pro-Adani policy, which she has subsequently reversed (not claiming cause and effect here, of course). If Nicholls cares to put up an election platform that adds up and protects crucial services from cuts, Ill be the first to congratulate him.

A few more points:

1. The implied assumption in whataboutery is that people shouldnt comment on any issue unless they have a published position on every issue that might be remotely comparable. This obviously isnt feasible for someone writing in spare team, without a team of staffers and researchers to do the....


Nukes on the Dole Radioactive Welfare Queens "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

you cant advocate for nuclear reactors without indirectly advocating for nuclear weapons and radioactive waste.  Thats because nuclear reactors are producers of both weapons material and radioactive waste. Ike was a nuclear conman. Atoms for Peace have always been Atoms for War.

The Real Nuclear Triad: Energy, Weapons and Waste   NOVEMBER 7, 2017 ..Nukes on the Dole Radioactive Welfare Queens

. some strange recent developments.

Nuclear utilities are in trouble, fighting for life against as Amory Lovins once predicted a massive overdose of market forces and the surging economics of renewables.

But wait. Whatever happened to the wisdom of the free market?  Around the country, as aging reactors reach the end of their operational and economic lives, some states like Wisconsin, Vermont, Massachusetts, and Nebraska are letting them die a dignified natural death. But other states, like New York and Illinois are putting their moribund reactors on life support at public expense.  Projections suggest that state-sponsored electric ratepayer handouts in the two states could total as much as $10 billion over 12 years.

Tim Judson, Director of Nuclear Information and Resource Service (NIRS), warns that if other states follow New York and Illinois, ...


November Verse 6 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Verse 6: On leaving at interval
We pays our subs and takes our chances.
Support the arts, put bums on seats,
and if the plays a dud, well, cancers
worse and nothing really beats
the sense of risk when new creations
meet an audience: ovations
(standing)? or polite applause?
Will these two hours throw wide the doors
of hell and heaven? Last night neither.
We all worked hard: director, cast,
designer, writer, punters. Vast
good will drained away and by the
midpoint: Who cares how this ends?
we said, Lets go and eat with friends.

At least we waited until the interval, unlike the occasion in 2010 that prompted the following (heres a link to the original post):

This is just to say
We walked out of your play last night
from front row seats. Wed hung in there
for five whole scenes. The script was tight,
each actor sound, the set though spare
was spot on, and the vocal coach
had nailed the accents no reproach
on that score. All these things were fine
but almost from the opening line
I couldnt, couldnt feel a thing.
Id pay to watch two monkeys fart
if done with two boards and a heart.
Last night had timing, lines that sing
and sting. Its heart that wasnt there.
Sometimes a pause is just dead air.

Filed under: LoSoRhyMo ...


Australia sells weapons to countries like Saudi Arabia, that perpetrate human rights abuses "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Its a nearly impossible task to discover exactly what Australia is selling and to whom because the federal government refuses to say, but nuggets of information make it clear that Canberra is aggressively selling weapons and defence equipment to countries involved in conflicts where human rights abuses are being perpetrated.

In his seminal 2011 book on the global arms trade The Shadow World, journalist Andrew Feinstein exposes the fallacies of a nations expanding defence sector. The arms industrys economic contribution is undermined by the frequency with which its main players around the world, Lockheed Martin, BAE, Boeing, Northrop Grumman are implicated in grand corruption, inefficiency and wastage of public resources, he wrote.

Feinstein concludes that the arms trade often makes us poorer, not richer, less not more safe, and governed not in our own interests but for the benefit of a small, self-serving elite, seemingly above the law, protected by the secrecy of national security and accountable to no one. 

Murky business: Australias defence industry is growing, but at what cost?  SMH, Antony Loewenstein , 4 Nov 17 

This years Avalon Air Show in Geelong was the...


Selenite Crystal Meaning "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Thrive On News Spiritual Magazine

Selenite crystal meaning esoteric metaphysical and spiritual. Selenite the angelic healing channelled by psychic medium Ian Scott.

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Red Gums: good news vs bad news "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

So, whats going on with our River Red Gums?

We noted last year how lots of them were looking pretty dire, and this year is, if anything, worse: whole roadsides and paddocks in this region and beyond are looking pretty desolate where the Red Gum is the dominant tree.

Damaged Red Gums east of Mount Alexander, November 2017: Psyllid attack is devastating the foliage.

The main culprit, it seems, is the Psyllid lerp, a leaf munching creature whose larvae suck out the nutrients from the tree leaf. The result is often the eventual death of the leaf, and the presently common spectacle of trees with sparse or dead looking foliage.

The good news is that these infestations come and go, and in the natural order of things, the trees come back. If you look closely at some of the apparently terminal trees around the place, you can see fresh leaf growth coming on. And weve had the experience of the Stringybark forests in the south of our region a few years ago being absolutely stripped by colourful but gluttonous cup moth larvae. They recovered.

Fightback: new growth emerges on damaged Red Gum, Campbells Creek, November 2017.

The potentially bad news is that distortions in natural conditions may make the trees less resistant to such attacks. Extended drought...


And on the subject of lerps, pardalotes and others "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

While were on the subject of encouraging good bird habitat, readers may be interested in these two events:

First, you can do your bit for the pardalote! Earth to pardalote is a workshop on how to create win-win gardens for people and wildlife. Its being run by Cassia Read next Saturday from 10 to 12 at the Diggers Store, 61 Main Road Campbells Creek. Shell be talking about the essential elements you can add to your garden to build backyard biodiversity and garden food webs; and will then run a workshop to guide participants through how they can nudge their own garden in a wildlife friendly direction. The cost is $15, and bookings can be made via this link:

Second, Either side of the big wet is a free seminar being run next Monday at the Arthur Rylah Institute [123 Brown Street Heidelberg] from 11 am. Southern Australia is expected to experience long sequences of severe rainfall deficits under climate- change models based on IPCC emission scenarios. These droughts, such as occurred from 1997-2010  (the Big Dry), are projected to be punctuated by short periods of above-average rainfall (e.g. the Big Wet of 2010-12).

The seminar will present research on the prospects for Box Ironbark flora and fauna under this scenario. And if you cant make it to distant Heidelberg, theres a webinar: details can be found at


It costs a bit to be a beach basher "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

It seems theres a niche market for whom theres nothing quite so enticing as sitting in your $85,000 4WD on a remote beach somewhere, enjoying the sight of your own tyre marks and muttering ecstatically, How pristine is that?

Its this niche, apparently, that the editors of the Age Drive supplement had in mind last Saturday when they did a feature on four different brands of these vehicles. These were pictured nicely posed on a beach, and the text noted, among other things, how well they handled sand.

Come to think of it, the drivers may not be examining the formerly pristine sand, but each other. Certainly they wouldnt be thinking about the creatures they might have crushed on the way down.

We had a go at the RACV a few weeks ago for a similar piece of crassness. The RoyalAuto editors were pretty impressive in their response. Maybe it would be a good idea for readers of the Age to ask its editors what values they think theyre promoting in features like these.



Senator Bernardis Nuclear Fuel Cycle (Facilitation) Bill joins Tony Abbott in pro-nuke fervour "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

  Bernardi seeks to lift ban on nukes, THE AUSTRALIAN,  MICHAEL OWEN, SA Bureau Chief, Adelaide, 12 Nov 17 

Senatorr Cory Bernardi will introduce a bill in parliament today that seeks to lift a ban on nuclear power plants and enrichment and processing facilities.

South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill has asked Malcolm Turnbull to give Aborigines the final right of veto over any site chosen by the federal government for the planned national radioactive waste dump.

Senator Bernardi, who plans to run candidates under his Australian Conservatives banner at the South Australian election in March, said he would introduce a bill today to remove bans on an Australian nuclear fuel cycle, particularly as they apply to nuclear power plants...


PNG to Begin Forceable Removal of Asylum Seekers From Manus Island Camp "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Asylum seekers protest on Manus Island, Papua New Guinea, in this picture taken from social media November 6, 2017. Credit: Social Media/Handout via Reuters

Asylum seekers protest on Manus Island, Papua New Guinea, in this picture taken from social media November 6, 2017. Credit: Social Media/Handout via Reuters

Sydney: Papua New Guinea immigration minister Petrus Thomas said authorities would take steps on Monday to forcibly remove around 450 men who remain in an abandoned Australian detention centre without food or running water.

Hundreds of men have barricaded themselves into the Manus Island centre for more than 13 days without regular food or water supplies, defying attempts by Australia and Papua New Guinea to close the facility.

We will be taking steps with relevant authorities to move the residents based on serious exposure to health risk for the food of everyone that is remaining, Thomas said in a statement issued late on Sunday.

The timetable stokes fears of a potential clash...


Monday Message Board "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Another Monday Message Board. Post comments on any topic. Civil discussion and no coarse language please. Side discussions and idees fixes to the sandpits, please.


The Winner Of Miss Sportsman Hotel 2017 Has Been Crowned "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The winners of this years Miss Sportsman Hotel drag contest have been announced. On Saturday night, Queensland drag queen Chocolate Boxx took home the top honours at the contest, which this year had a distinctly Australian flavour with the theme Stars of the Southern Cross. After wowing the judges with a performance of Christine Anus ...

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Europes radiation cloud is dangerous for those who are near the unknown source. "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Radiation Cloud Over Europe, Not Harmless to Those near Unknown Source, Nuclear Expert Says, bureau EnviroNews World News ,by Emerson Urry , November 11, 2017    An airborne plume of radioactive ruthenium 106 from a nuclear accident was detected in the atmosphere of the majority of European countries, from late September through mid-October, according to Frances Radioprotection and Nuclear Safety Institute (IRSN) but the source is still unknown. As of November 10, 2017, the manmade element has been identified in at least 28 countries.

While many news agencies are calling the cloud harmless and reporting the good news that radiation levels are low and that no health consequences have been observed radiation exper...


The slow, painful, and hugely costly death of the nuclear industry "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


On shedding the patronym "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

I think about the notable women who have chosen a mononym instead (Cher, Madonna, the French author Colette), but I decide unless I want to join the millennial poets of Instagram and Tumblr, the mononym isnt the right move for me as a writer. Even then, I learn that Colettes mononym was inspired by her fathers surname.

I start to wonder if I am reading too much into the whole thing, then decide that I am not seeking a name that is devoid of gender, just one that feels like mine.


Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

1.00 AUD = 0.0001 BTC
0.0001 BTC = 0.85 AUD


How the peacefulAmerican nuclear industry subsidises the nuclear weapons industry "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Real Nuclear Triad: Energy, Weapons and Waste   NOVEMBER 7, 2017   .Chasing Nuclear Market ShareIn a recent piece in Foreign Affairs, entitled Will the West Let Russia Dominate the Nuclear Market? What the Westinghouse Bankruptcy Means for the Future, born-again new environmentalists and new nukes enthusiasts Nick Gallucci and Michael Shellenberger argue that US taxpayers should bail out the once-powerful, now bankrupt and Japanese-owned nuclear giant Westinghouse, or risk losing both global commercial and military nuclear primacy.

In the face of documented world-wide nuclear industry collapse, these guys want to revive what they call Eisenhowers humanitarian dream of Atoms for Peace (which spread deadly US nuclear technology around the world in the first place ) in order to, as Ike promised,...


Here is a trick "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Go into your pocket/wallet/purse and take out a bank note. Make sure it is an Aussie note.

Now look closely at it. What do you see? Do you see the 2 signatures in the corner of one of the sides. Do you know whose signatures they are? They arent the signatures of the Prime Minister or of the Governor General. Not the Queen or other representative of the Government or the people.

The signatures on Australian currency belong to the Secretary of the Commonwealth Treasury and the Governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia. The individuals may change, but signing Australian bank notes remains one of the privileges of the office. That with a large salary, generous superannuation scheme and the eventual Companion of the Order of Australia award for . services in doing the job you are already well remunerated for. Nice work if you can get it.

So basically, Australian currency is signed by 2 senior public servants. How very Australian.

Lets just segue for a moment.

The ever loved Australian banking systems shares an annual profit pool of over $40 billion and probably more. That $40 billion profit pool is highly dominated by the big 4 banks ANZ, CBA, NAB and WBC (in alpha order). Throw in Macquarie, SunCorp and Bendigo and you are probably accounting for over 95% of that profit pool.

The profitability of the big 4 Australian banks is the dream of other international banks yet for some reason, they seem impervious to competition. Could it be that the game is rigged?  Could they really be protected from competition by the imprimatur of Government? After all, $40 billion of profit generates $12 billion of company tax revenue.

But lets just have a look at the membership of the boards of the big 4. Lets just ignore for a moment the cross pollination of senior executives from one bank being on the board of a different bank.  Who are the standout directors on 4 of the big 5:


  • Jane Halton AO, PSM fomer Secretary of Commonwealth Department of Finance


  • Rob Whitfield former Secretary of NSW Treasury


  • Ken Henry AC, Chairman and former Secretary of Commonweath Treasury



Malcolm Turnbull urges Hong Kong to put pressure on North Korea "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Malcolm Turnbull calls North Korea criminals, urges Hong Kong to help, SMH, Lindsay Murdoch, 12 Nov 17,  Hong Kong: Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has accused North Korea of being one of the worlds most cunning, sophisticated criminals,  involved in many serious crimes, including drug trafficking, in his strongest condemnation yet of the dictator Kim Jong-un.

And Mr Turnbull told US president Donald Trump and Chinas president Xi Jinping during a leaders retreat in Vietnam that their relationship is one of the single most priorities for the world today, urging them work together to pressure North Korea over is nuclear weapons program


13 November REneweconomy news "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

  • Know your NEM: Queensland poll what are the odds?
    Queensland energy politics has something for everyone including a new coal plant but bookmakers are backing the state Labor. Meanwhile, on the NEM


Pope Francis condemns the possession of nuclear weapons: nuclear deterrence is no longer acceptable "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Pope Francis: the possession of nuclear weapons should be firmly condemned    Pope Francis indicated that deterrence is no longer acceptable

The existence of nuclear weapons creates a false sense of security that holds international relations hostage and stifles peaceful coexistence, Pope Francis said.

The threat of their use as well as their very possession is to be firmly condemned, the pope told participants at a conference on nuclear disarmament hosted by the Vatican.

For years, popes and Catholic leaders had said the policy of nuclear deterrence could be morally acceptable as long as real work was underway on a complete ban of the weapons. In condemning possession of the weapons, Pope Francis seemed to indicate that deterrence is no longer acceptable.

Nuclear weapons exist in the service of a mentality of fear that affects not only the parties in conflict but the entire human race, he said.

The conference, sponsored by the Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, brought together 11 Nobel laureates, top officials from the United Nations and NATO, diplomats from around the world and experts in nuclear weapons and the disarmament process. They were joined by scholars, activists and representatives of bishops conferences, including Stephen Colecchi, director of the U.S. bishops Office of International Justice and Peace.

Several speakers, including Masako Wada, one of the last survivors of the U.S. atomic bombing of Hiroshima in 1945, were to discuss the suffering wrought by nuclear arms.

Pope Francis told the group that the essential witness of survivors of the bombings in Japan as well as those suffering the effects of nuclear weapons testing are prophetic voices that serve as a warning, above all for coming generations.

In his speech, the pope said that when it comes to the ideal of a nuclear-free world, a certain pessimism exists and brings with it considerable expense as nations modernize their nuclear arsenals.

As a result, the real priorities facing our human family, such as the fight against poverty, the promotion of peace, the undertaking of educational, ecological and health care projects, and the development of human rights, are relegated to second place, he said.

Pope Francis said the existence of weapons whose use would result in the destruction of humanity are senseless even from a tactical standpoint.

What is more, he said, there is the growing danger....


The Vatican calls for integral nuclear disarmament "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews" The Vatican is calling for integral nuclear disarmament. According to the preliminary conclusions of a just-ended high level symposium entitled Prospects for a World Free of Nuclear Weapons and for Integral Disarmament, integral disarmament is both an urgent immediate need and a long-term process.

The symposium, organized by the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development got underway as tensions escalated between the US and North Korea.

It saw the participation of eleven Nobel peace laureates, top United Nations and NATO officials, leading experts, heads of  major foundations and of civil society organizations, as well representatives of bishops conferences, Christian denominations and other faiths. Pope Francis addressed the gathering on Friday.

Wrapping up the symposium on Saturday, Cardinal Peter Turkson, President of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, read out the following preliminary conclusions:

The Dicastery brought together religious leaders and representatives of civil society, officials of States and international organizations, noted academics and Nobel Laureates and students, to illuminate the connections between integral disarmament and integral development, and to explore the links among development, disarmament and peace.  As our Holy Father, Pope Francis, repeatedly reminds us, everything is connected.


XANEMR - HEKIMO "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

World famous Kurdish singer Xanemr celebrated the 30th Anniversary of his singing career with a free concert for Sydney's Kurdish Community. Two camera shoot filmed by MerJa Media was sponsored by the Sydney Kurdish Youth Society. Editing provided free by MerJa Media. Shot on Canon DSLR and Sony PXW-X70


Why India Should Be Wary of the Quad "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Like it or not, the term Indo Pacific seems to be a means of including India in the military calculations of US strategy in the Pacific.

Narendra Modi, Shinzo Abe and Donald Trump

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with US President Donald Trump, Japanese Prime Shinzo Abe and other world leaders at an ASEAN Summit dinner in Manila on Sunday. Credit: PTI

The second coming of the Quadrilateral alliance of the US, Australia, Japan and India to confront China in the Asia-Pacific may not be the proverbial farce, but it is close enough.

The first time around it collapsed when two of its members found it inconvenient to go ahead. And now, after a decade, in which China has militarily consolidated itself in the very region that the Quad had hoped to challenge, the chimera is once again being chased.

Mooted as an alliance of democracies, it seeks to upend everything we know about international relations, where the drivers are national interests, rather than values. Even that titanic struggle against evil in World War II, pitted a partial democracy (the US), an empire (the UK) and the communist Soviet...


False Memories, Part 2: I Dont Know Her from Anybody "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

(L)  Teddy Roosevelt, (C) Leigh Corfman, and (R) Judge Roy Moore

by Mary W Maxwell, LLB

This series of articles is mainly about the accusation that mind-control victims are making up the stories they tell of having been subjected to ritual abuse. (Ritual as in part of a rite, usually with human sacrifice on altars, persons in black robes, and so forth.)

Are they telling the truth? Yes, they are. Naturally the CIA could slip a few fakers into the mix just to cause trouble, but we now realize that rituals really do take place and they can terrify children for a lifetime. We should believe the children, as a rebuttable presumption.

That said (and I realize I have not properly defended my claim here), every story told by a child about abuse is not necessarily true. In a custody battle its fairly common for one parent to urge a child to tattle on the other parent. This could include allegations o...


Exhibition to showcase hopes for the future of Morwell "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The communitys hopes and dreams for Morwell will be showcased at a photography exhibition at Switchback Gallery, Federation University, Gippsland Campus from 14-24 November. The exhibition, titled Our hopes for the future of Morwell, is a project developed by the Hazelwood Health Study, in collaboration with Morwell Neighbourhood House and Gippsland Centre for Art and []


Jane Fonda To Australia: Everyone Should Be Able To Marry "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Jane Fonda has thrown her support behind marriage equality in Australia. The actress told Yahoo ahead of the announcement of the result of the same-sex marriage postal survey on Wednesday that she believes love is love. Everybody should be able to get married, she said. Many of my friends are gay women and men, married ...

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Moon Calendar "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


Would you be interested in getting a Thomas Zimmer 2018 Moon Planting Calendar at the reduced price of $6? 

We are a few locals who have been doing so over the past few years by ordering bulk (more than 10).

If you would like please email Mel on before Friday. We are going to finalise the order over the weekend and get them shipped to us next week. 


Correction - Community House Special Events "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


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Snowflake stress levels at their ABC so bad the union will force entry something....or something "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Unions to force entry into ABC Ultimo headquarters over staff stress The ABC Head Office in Ultimo, Sydney, where 72 per cent of staff have reported dangerous workplace stress levels. The Australian 12:25PM November 13, 2017 STEPHEN BROOK Union officials will seek to force entry to the ABCs Ultimo headquarters...


Best way to see the reef? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Hi Cairns!

2 friends and I will be visiting for a few days in February. We want to spend a day on the water seeing life in the reef. I'm mostly seeing big tours packed with tourists heading to Fitzroy and Green Island.

We're interested in snorkeling, swimming and seeing life from the boat.

Any tips on how to book with a smaller group that steers clear of the tourist trap feel?

Any recommendations would be much appreciated!


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Roundup November 13 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Breaking news! OMG Dan Mitchell has written a book! Support Connor Court. Buy Dans book!

The media watchdog. The cost, supply and use of power across the states. Cheap power in Tasmania today (2.30 pm). Coal-fired power Units Planned and Under Construction. China 583, Australia 0. Don Aitkin on the Claytons energy policy.

Power prices at 1.50 am. Queensland $64, NSW 69, Vic 74, Tas 78, South Australia 86. The joy of insomnia.

Alternative ideas. From the Centre for Independent Studies. Citizenship, the history wars and the staircase of opportunity for Aborigines. Lets not have a Universal Basic Income. Mark Steyn on line. A roundup from Heterodox Academy, the organization started by Johathan Haidt of The Righteous Mind. Mission: To improve the quality of research and education in universities by increasing viewpoint diversity, mutual understanding, and constructive disagreement. Intellectual Takeout. Accuracy in Academia. The American Scholar Inside the house that Stalin built.

Dan Mitchell. The triumph of communism. 100 years, 100 million deaths. The Senate tax pla...


Christian Group Wants Dean Smiths Marriage Bill Passed By Christmas "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A Brisbane priest who supports marriage equality has backed Liberal Senator Dean Smiths same-sex marriage legislation and warned a shameful new rival bill would legalise homophobia. Reverent Dr Peter Catt (pictured) is Dean of St Johns Cathedral in Brisbane and a member of lobby group Christians for Marriage Equality. Since the beginning of this survey, ...

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Carbon emissions are falling but more is needed "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Contributed by Ben Wilson

According to Professor Will Steffen of the Australian Climate Council, global greenhouse emissions have started to fall, because of the growth of renewable energy sources and therefore less reliance on the use of fossil fuels.

He says that emissions growth has flat lined and that this is a significant change for the better, compared to what the situation was a decade ago.

Driving this change has been that the number of solar and wind systems installed, which has doubled every five and a Half years, thanks to those who are taking action for change.  there is also the falling cost of alternatives that is now being eyed by some major corporations as a viable route to profit or savings in energy costs.

This does not mean that there is any room for complacency and that action to step up the turn away from fossil fuels is no longer urgent.

Although at the present rate, a carbon neutral goal can be reached by 2040, this is far from a done deal. It could go off course. There is also a need to go further and apply measures that will protect those parts of the environment that are already under serious threat.

Economies must be restructured, to operate sustainably in the future. This is a big task that requires working towards agreement within nations and across nations, involving a change in the way of thinking on how human beings relate not only to the environment, but within the economy, about decision making processes and how we share what we produce together.

Even in the shorter-term, here in Australia, it is critical to turn around the gridlock existing in the political system that is holding us back, and get some decisive action to get away from dependency on coal, oil and gas  and serving as an  incentive to encourage more use and not less.

The need to protect wilderness areas and farmland is important. Special effort is needed to stop the extinction of the Great Barrier Reef.

There is still a major battle to be fought and won.



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Time for Costly Medicine Monopolies to Go From TPP Trade Talks "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The latest plan to get the controversial trade deal up and running again after the withdrawal of the United States involves freezing some of its controversial rules.

New research in the Australian Health Review shows biologic drugs cost Australias PBS over A$2 billion in the year 2015-2016 alone. Credit: e-Magazine Art/Flickr CC BY 2.0

New research in the Australian Health Review shows biologic drugs cost Australias PBS over A$2 billion in the year 2015-2016 alone. Credit: e-Magazine Art/Flickr CC BY 2.0

Negotiators from 11 countries have been racing to resurrect the near-dead Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement before the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit this weekend.

The latest plan to get the controversial trade deal up and running again after the withdrawal of the United States involves freezing some of its controversial rules. These include rules for biologic drugs, an expensive class of medicines often used to treat conditions such as cancer and rheumatoid arthritis.

The market monopoly

Biologic drugs are ...


ZAP/POOFness Report: "Blowin' In The Wind" -- November 12, 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

"The Office of Poofness"

"Blowin' In The Wind"

Bob Dylan

How many roads must a man walk down

Before you call him a man?

How many seas must a white dove sail
Before she sleeps in the sand?
Yes, and how many times must the cannon balls fly
Before they're forever banned?

The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind

The answer is blowin' in the wind.

Yes, and how many years can a mountain exist

Before it's washed to the sea?
Yes, and how many years can some people exist
Before they're allowed to be free?
Yes, and how many times can a man turn his head
And pretend that he just doesn't see?

The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind

The answer is blowin' in the wind.

Yes, and how many times must a man look up

Before he can see the sky?
Yes, and how many ears must one man have
Before he can hear people cry?
Yes, and how many deaths will it take 'til he knows
That too many people have died?

The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind

The answer is blowin' in the wind



Wanton vandalism as PNG police destroy refugees water wells "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Protests inside the detention centre on 11 November

After 13 days, over 420 refugees and asylum seekers are desperately defying Duttons siege of the Manus detention centre. See photos of the protests inside the detention centre on 11 November and the video clip of the protest on 12 November.

This morning, Monday 13 November, a large number of PNG police and Immigration officials entered the detention centre attempting to destroy the water wells that the refugees have been relying on for the last 13 days.

Destroyed water well

The officials also overturned more containers of collected rain water in a repeat of the bully-boy raids they made last Friday.

In more acts of wanton vandalism, police punctured water tanks to deprive the refugees of the last remaining amount after the pipes were cut last week. And more tents and property are being destroyed throughout the camp.

The reckless brutality being orchestrated by Peter Dutton has to end, said Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for the Refugee Action Coalition.


Video: LA cops plant drugs in black suspects wallet "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

This piece by TOM BOGGIONI  (Raw Story 10 November 2017), is a disturbing capture of an incident that looks very much another case of  racial profiling and setting up. The difference is that this time, the deed was accidentally recorded by the police themselves.

An investigation into what is being captured on the body cams worn by Los Angeles police has turned up evidence of officers planting drugs in a suspects wallet while believing their cameras were off.

According to CBS-LA, Los Angeles police are now wearing the body cams, but police officials are withholding the videos from the public. However, the station was able to acquire video of one black man being arrested for a hit and run, with the video showing something quite different from what was documented in the official police report.

The report documents the arrest of Ronald Shields, 52, in April when he was taken into custody for a hit and run. According to the police report, LAPD officer Samuel Lee stated that cocaine was found in Shields front left pocket

But the body cam of a fellow officer showed one officer picking up the small packet from the ground and placing it in the suspects wallet before making a show of discovering it multiple times for the camera.

According Shields attorney, Steve Levine, officer Lee seemed stunned when he was shown the video while on the witness stand, saying the officer, Looked dumbstruck to me. Period. He had really no answer.

According to an expert discussing how the body cams work, the officer may not have realized that the camera was running 30 seconds before he believed he activated it.

Confronted by CBS reporter David Goldstein, both officers involved in the bust refused to comments on the discrepancy between their reports and what was shown on-camera.

Video from GetThePoint




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The Clintons and our millions facing all sorts of scrutiny - just not in Australia. Yet. "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

I had a most encouraging call with a US colleague during the past week or so. The Clinton Foundation frauds are being investigated in a significant donor country - sadly not ours. On 15 November the Clintons face a tax filing deadline in the US. On my read, for the...


The Clintons and our millions facing all sorts of scrutiny - just not in Australia. Yet. "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

I had a most encouraging call with a US colleague during the past week or so. The Clinton Foundation frauds are being investigated in a significant donor country - sadly not ours. On 15 November the Clintons face a tax filing deadline in the US. On my read, for the...


What matters about the Paradise Papers "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A cursory glance at the Worlds leading tax havens illustrates the hypocrisy of politicians getting wound up about the revelations in the recently released Paradise Papers and the Panama Papers before them. Many of the havens are within the direct legislative jurisdiction of nations such as the US (which is itself a tax haven) and the UK, for example. And we should not forget that Luxembourg, Switzerland are key European homes of tax avoidance. Remember that the current President of the European Commission spent years in his previous role as Luxembourgs prime minister secretly blocking EU efforts to tackle tax avoidance by multinational corporations (Source) ably supported by the Netherlands, another nation engaged in the practice. If the politicians were truly worried about this issue they could do something about it directly with the stroke of a legislative pen. Britain could, for example, eliminate Jersey, the Isle of Man, and its Overseas Territories from this corporate scam. The US could do similarly. The EU could bring in new rules to stop Luxembourg. But they dont stop it, which tells you everything. But, the problem of tax avoidance and evasion is not fiscal. Progressives get stuck on that point. It is largely irrelevant. The real issues are inequality, power and macroeconomic stability. That is what this blog is about.

I covered my view on many of these issues in these blogs (among others):

1. Progressives should move on from a reliance on Robin Hood taxes (September 4, 2017).

2. Modern Monetary Theory and Value Capture (November 11, 2015).

3. Governments do not need the savings of the rich, nor their taxes! (August 15, 2015).

4. Off-shore tax havens be sure we define the issues correctly (July 23, 2012).

5. Robin Hood was a thief not a saviour (April 1, 2010).

The information in the Paradise Papers is shocking no doubt. But what shocks me and what seems to shock the average progressive (if their voices indicate their impressions) are somewhat different.

The idea that the savings and tax receipts of the rich are in some way important in order for governments to be able to provide high quality services, public infrastructure and jobs to advance the well-being of society is a very dangerous and misguided narrative for prog...


The Staves Announce Australian Tour "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Image Courtesy of The Staves UK trio The Staves have been flirting with an Australian tour for so long now. Originally due to make their debut on our shores back in 2014, The Staves had to pull out of the tour at the last minute. They returned in 2016 to support Bon Iver on his []


Northcote by-election campaign wrap up "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

As Northcote voters head to the polls this weekend, heres a wrap up of the Friends of the Earth campaign in the Northcote by-election and where the candidates stand on the issue of native forest logging and the creation of the Great Forest National Park.



Ecstasy, Misery and Revolver Upstairs "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

When I was 22, three things happened that will forever mark the narrative of my life. I graduated from university, I broke up with someone who I loved, and I fell apart.

Adulthood had arrived with an unwelcome suddenness, and, terrified of being rejected by my dreams, I instead retreated into a shimmering expanse of meaningless good times. And by that, I mean I made Melbournes choice den of debauchery, Revolver Upstairs, my home base. I became a mess, and in a way, it was exactly what I had always wanted.

Since the end of my 21st year, I have been kicked out of a club on six different occasions. I would go out at least twice a week, and going out meant getting as fucked up as I possibly could; meant blasting a hole through my consciousness. I wanted to embarrass myself, to have a good story to tell the next morning, to be able to play at self-disgust but really loving every second. Up until this time in my life, I was always afraid that I wasnt brave or interesting enough to disintegrate completely. Well, I disintegrated.

I threw up in bars and on bars, into gutters and into bins; I threw up on the Sandringham Line train so frequently that my friends referred to that act as doing a Jane. I passed out in toilet cubicles and at parties; a friend woke up to me passed out in his backyard with my shirt off on one occasion. I threw glasses across the dance floor and out of car windows; I pissed on the dance floor several times rather than line up for the bathroom. My feet, for a long time, were blistered and rubbed raw and spotted with blood from dancing for hours on end.

I would drink all the time. There was a bottle of wine perpetually next to my bed and I would start drinking out of it as soon as I woke up. I drank at work, either out the back or out of a glass I kept under the counter that I would top up throughout the shift. I would go into work cooked I would go to Revs at 9 or so in the morning, take a pill or two, and start work at 12. It isnt a huge surprise that the store closed down, with employees like me. I got a new job, and spent my first shift struggling through a comedown. My previous job I had quit because my panic attacks had gotten too intense for work.

In my room, dirty clumps of ash sunk into the paint of the windowsill, smeared into a permanent, think black layer. Cigarette butts clogged every available surface. The room the house, in fact stunk of smoke, sweet and stale, but I was in it so much I didnt notice. Plastic wine glasses and ceramic mugs, rimmed with the deep red of old wine, sat for weeks beside piles of dir...


LGBTI Advocates Blast Liberal MPs New Same-Sex Marriage Bill "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Conservative Liberal MP James Paterson has released a same-sex marriage bill that would weaken anti-discrimination protections against LGBTI people. Patersons draft bill would override state and territory anti-discrimination laws to allow the refusal of same-sex weddings by those holding a genuine religious or conscientious belief against same-sex marriage, allowing discrimination by private service providers. The ...

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NSW Parks Service staff: a threatened species? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

We need national parks. Primarily they exist to protect wild nature. But many of them provide wonderful opportunities for outdoor pursuits, recreation, relaxation and solitude.

But national parks need staff. To manage the land, control weeds and invasive species of animals, manage for fire, provide interpretation and education, look after visitors and park infrastructure like tracks and other facilities.

Sadly in NSW, the state government is carrying out a major restructure of the Parks Service which, according to the Public Service Association (the public sector union representing Parks employees) will cuts jobs and push hundreds and hundreds of years of experience out the door.

The following information comes from the PSA.

The NSW Government are marking the 50th anniversary of the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) with a massive restructure that will cuts jobs and push hundreds and hundreds of years of experience out the door.

The Berijiklian Government is overseeing the scrapping of 13 highly experienced Area Managers who have a critical role in bushfire management. In recent years NPWS has downsized from 66 areas across the state to what will be just 37 under this latest restructure.

Due to the current restructure, Pest Management Officers and Fire Management Officers have been slashed across the state with the new structure containing just eight PMOs.

These cuts to specialist roles mean fewer conservation programs, reduced maintenance of facilities and fire hazard reduction, less focus on dealing with pests and weeds, and the increasing problem of wild dogs and deer.

Admin support has been downgraded all across the state resulting in loss of crucial regional jobs and in many cases, massive wage reductions. With wage growth at all time lows, the impact of this restructure will be felt hardest in the regions.

These cuts are being made because of the massive reduction in funding from the Berejiklian Government, with 121 million dollars slashed from their budget.

To register your opposition to these cuts, you can contact your local member HERE.

You can keep up to date with the campaign via the facebook page. Or follow the union on twitter.




New conservative Bill a Trojan horse to allow unprecedented discrimination "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Today Liberal Senator James Paterson released a conservative marriage equality Bill which seeks to introduce new and unprecedented forms of discrimination.

Anna Brown, Director of Legal Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre, said the Paterson Bill was a bizarre attempt to entrench unprecedented forms of discrimination against LGBTI Australians.

If there is a Yes result on Wednesday, Australians will have voted for true equality for all Australians not an unfettered right to discriminate for people who voted No, said Ms Brown.

Australians are voting to make our country a fairer and more equal place, not to take us back to a time where people can be denied service at a shop. We call on Australian politicians to reject the Paterson Bill and pass marriage equality without allowing new forms of discrimination, said Ms Brown.

The Paterson Bill appears to propose the following new forms of discrimination:

  • All marriage celebrants could turn away same-sex couples and transgender and intersex people regardless of whether the discrimination is founded in religion or not.
  •  Individuals could refuse to provide goods and services to same-sex couples in relation to their marriage.
  • Immunity from legal claims including criminal offences for people who believe that marriage is between a man and a woman.

The Bill extends protections to those who oppose marriage equality for both religious and moral reasons, enshrining the concept of conscientious objection, which was criticised in the cross-party senate inquiry report that Senator Paterson signed up to earlier this year.  

Allowing anyone to conscientiously object to someone else because of their sexuality, race or disability is unacceptable in modern Australian society it goes against the foundation of equal treatment enshrined in Australian law for decades. The entire purpose of anti-discrimination protections is to ensure that we are all treated fairly and equally in public regardless of who we are or who we love, said Ms Brown.

Exemption for all individuals and businesses in marriage related services

The Bill gives the green light to discriminate in the provision of goods, services and facilities related to marriage by any entity or individual, including commercial businesses.

This Bill will cause chaos and entrench deeply unacceptable discrimination that Australians rejected decades ago. A taxi driver could turn away a same-sex couple travelling to their wedding. A bank teller could refuse to authorise a personal loan for a same-sex couple for their wedding or possibly even their honeymoon. A hotel could refuse to take reservations of guests in town for their friend or family membe...


Can the EU regain its international climate policy leadership lost in Copenhagen? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

This is a guest post from Axel Michaelowa  from the University of Zurich. He is also the lead author of the chapter on international agreements in the 5th Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. This is the second in the series from our Bonn panel on leadership in the climate regime. 

For over a decade, the EU was the undisputed leader of the international climate policy process. It had a grand vision for a universal international climate policy agreement modelled on the Kyoto Protocol. This was to be crowned during COP 15 in Copenhagen 2009. So the shock was the greater when the EU was ignominously sidelined by an alliance of Barack Obama and the leaders of the large emerging economies. They did not like grand designs and instead embarked on a road towards a bottom up climate policy system.

Almost a decade later, the US has abandoned international climate policy leadership after it played a crucial role in helping France in the runup to the Paris Agreement. Can the EU now again lead? The answer unfortunately is No.

First, the EU is at the center of the global maelstrom of migration, terrorism and resurgence of populism, and even threatened by internal fragmentation as the case of Catalonia shows. This means that EU leaders are in perpetual crisis mode and cannot properly address long term issues auch as climate policy.
Second, the EU is lacking ambition. Several member states, including self-proclaimed climate policy leader Germany, are likely to miss 2020 emission targets by a wide margin. 2030 targets are generally not seen as very ambitious either.

Second, domestic mitigation policy instruments in the EU are suffering from serious flaws. The EUs climate policy flagship, the emission trading scheme has suffered from systemic overallocation ever since the economic and financial crisis struck in 2008. Thus, prices have remained low. The latest reform agreed just yesterday is a kind of band aid that does not resolve the broader challenge. In the context of renewable energy promotion, the widely successful feed in tariffs have now been replaced by auctions that may be able to reduce costs, but are equally likely to reduce the speed of renewable energy expansion. And many countries face the challenge that...


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Thanks for the senate slot Pauline - see ya! "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Australia should think about getting a Receiver/Administrator in for a while. This bloke got 19 votes in his own right. From the weekend: 19 votes put Pauline Hansons man in The Australian (@australian) November 13, 2017 Pauline Hanson's ticket put him in the Senate. Now he's in the...


The Poet: Rainer Maria Rilke, "A Walk" "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

"A Walk"

"My eyes already touch the sunny hill.
going far ahead of the road I have begun.
So we are grasped by what we cannot grasp;
it has inner light, even from a distance-
and changes us, even if we do not reach it,
into something else, which, hardly sensing it,
we already are; a gesture waves us on
answering our own wave...
but what we feel is the wind in our faces."


NZ Prime Minister Jacinda Arden to reintroduce talks of resettling refugees and more Zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Arden will re-approach discussions about resettling refugees from the closed Manus Island Detention Centre with Prime Minister Turnbull. Image credit: Wikimedia Commons

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Arden will re-approach Malcolm Turnbull about the Manus Island Detention Centre crisis at the East Asia Summit this week.

Approximately 420 asylum seekers and refugees still remain at the now-closed processing centre, with reports that the Papua New Guinean authorities will soon remove them.

The two leaders discussed New Zealands longstanding offer to resettle 150 men from Australias detention centres more than a week ago.



One Nation Under Fire For Atrocious Lie About Safe Schools "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Queensland One Nation leader Steve Dickson has defended false claims he made that primary school children are taught how to masturbate and use sex toys as part of the Safe Schools program. On Saturday, Mr Dickson pledged to abolish the program if his party gets elected, adding: We are having little kids in grade four ...

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Trad announces traffic management plan for Kurilpa #qldvotes "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

At the recent Kurilpa Futures Planning for the People forum, local Member for South Brisbane Jackie Trad announced if re-elected, the community would lead a local South Brisbane Transport Mobility Study to address transport and traffic issues in the inner south. Ms Trad said she has secured $600,000 for the transport study, which will []

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Has anyone got any old Pavers they don't want anymore?

My number is 0431 998 175.

I need some for a community plot.

Many thanks,



Needed "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


We are looking for a washing machine in Preston.


Finance and Administration Coordinator "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

EngageMedia is looking for a Finance and Administration Coordinator to be based in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

The Finance and Administration Coordinator supports EngageMedias Southeast Asia program activities and works closely with EngageMedias Accountant and Operations Manager to ensure the organisation financial and administrative needs are to the highest standard.

Position Aims

  • Provide high-quality financial and administrative support to programs
  • Ensure Southeast Asia administration and office function effectively
  • Ensure the financial integrity of the organisation

Roles and Responsibilities


  • Bookkeeping track, enter and record all expenses
  • Maintain Indonesian banking and assist with Australian banking
  • Complete monthly account reconciliations
  • Oversee the Administration Assistant to prepare payment requests and track cash advances/petty cash
  • Work with the Administration Assistant to process invoices and receipts, ensuring all  are properly documented and recorded
  • Lead the monthly payroll process
  • Working with Operations and Grants Manager to prepare budgets for grant applications, and with grant reporting
  • Track and maintain a variety of budgets
  • Contribute to and uphold financial policies and procedures


  • Be responsible for maintenance of the office including payment of utilities
  • Oversee flight tickets purchasing, accommodation booking and other travel needs
  • Assist with logistics for events and face to face meetings
  • File materials on the EngageMedia intranet
  • Participate in weekly staff and finance team meetings

Selection Criteria

  • Experience with online, cloud-based accounting systems such as
  • Excellent English and Bahasa Indonesia
  • At least 5 years experience in finance and administration
  • Extensive experience with office software
  • Advance bookkeeping
  • Experience in an organisation with large amounts of travel and international communications
  • Open minded with an ability to work across cultures
  • Analytical and problem solving skills
  • Excellent time management skills

Start Date and Remuneration



Landmark Northern Territory Royal Commission findings to be handed down this Friday "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

This week Australia will be given a roadmap to ensure children are never again abused as they were in the notorious Don Dale youth prison. After twelve months of hearing evidence, the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory is due to release its report and recommendations on Friday.

Shahleena Musk, Senior Lawyer at the Human Rights Law Centre, who previously worked as a youth justice lawyer in Western Australia and the Northern Territory and represented many children in Don Dale, said that the Northern Territory Government must implement each and every Royal Commission recommendation.

This is not the time to pick and choose. Childrens lives are at stake. The Northern Territory Government must commit to wholesale implementation and the Federal Government must help fund it. Anything less will be a sign that our governments are not serious about ending the abuse of children in youth jails, said Ms Musk

The Royal Commission was announced after the ABCs Four Corners program aired a shocking expose showing horrifying footage of children in the Northern Territorys youth detention facilities being abused, including being hooded, tear gassed, stripped naked, threatened with dogs and held in solitary confinement.

Children in the Northern Territory are still being detained in Don Dale - a decommissioned maximum-security adult prison, that Ms Musk says is inherently unfit for children.

The Royal Commission laid bare the devastating cost of removing children from their families and locking them away behind bars. Prisons fail children. Governments should invest in small, age-appropriate facilities located close to communities that foster connection to family. All children should have the opportunity to grow up safe and be supported to reach their full potential. said Ms Musk.

Jewel Wheeler, a twenty-year old woman from Darwin who is an advocate for children in out-of-home care, was taken from her family when she was a baby and drawn into the criminal justice system when she was eleven years. Ms Wheeler said the cruelty of the system robbed her of a childhood.

I was so vulnerable. Instead of helping me, the system harmed me. I often wonder how different my life would have been if I had actually been cared for if I hadnt been hauled before the courts and locked up in a concrete cell. I was labeled a criminal before I even knew what that word meant. Children this young should never be arrested and put behind bars. There are better ways to respond to kids who make mistakes and it involves love, care and support, said Ms Wheeler. 

Ruth Barson, Director of Legal Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre, who previously represented children in Don Dale, said all states and territories currently have archaic la...


Male showgirl entrants a first for Mullumbimby Show "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


Hemp foods are now legal across Australia "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim Hemp-based foods are now legal across Australia and are expected to appear in supermarkets everywhere. A recent agreement between Australian and New Zealand food safety authorities means hemp-based food products are now legal to produce, sell and purchase, creating new markets for the versatile superfood. What is hemp? To make

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Kelvin Thomson on defending public land (Speech to PPLVic AGM 11 Nov 2017) "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The driving force behind the Protectors of Public Lands, Julianne Bell, passed away on Friday January 27 this year. Julianne was an indefatigable and tireless campaigner for the protection of Melbournes public open spaces. She was most well-known as the defender of Royal Park against any and all who would seek to diminish it for their own purposes, and she told me that she was most proud of her role in stopping the East-West Link, a Freeway which would carve up Royal Park in an outrageous act of environmental vandalism. She was the driving force behind this organisation and used it to defend public open spaces far and wide from all manner of threats the Carlton Gardens, the Catani Gardens, the Exhibition Gardens, the Rogers Memorial Reserve and many others too numerous to mention no public open space was too far away or too small to merit her attention.

Julianne worked closely with me on the problems caused by Rapid Population growth for the world in general and for Melbourne in particular. She understood that it is people, it is us, who are responsible for environmental damage, and was prepared to cut through the vanity that prevents many of us from acknowledging this. She had worked in the Immigration Department, and told me a number of times about the propensity for migration agents to tell fibs on applications, and the trouble an understaffed Department had in verifying claims and uncovering rorts.

Julianne was not always easy to work with, and she was very hard line. I did think when she was telling me about the evils of the Flower Show in the Exhibition Gardens that perhaps she could lighten up! But she grasped, better I think than anyone else I have ever met, that our public open spaces are constantly in danger from people or organisations or businesses who want to use them for a private benefit, at the cost of the value of the open space asset itself.

She understood and loved the heritage of Marvellous Melbourne, the legacy of beautiful parks and open spaces which Melbournes founders bequeathed us, and she was relentless in her defence of them. If Julianne had not been standing guard over them these past decades, they might well look rather different, and Melbourne might well have been on its way to becoming a soulless concrete jungle, like so many other cities around the world.

Over the years various Premiers and Lord Mayors have basked in reflected glory as Melbourne was declared the Worlds Most Liveable City. But this title owes, in my view, a fair bit more to Juliannes work than to theirs. If we are to keep that honour, we will need people to draw inspiration from Julianne, tak...


Snap protest held at the Department of Immigration and more Zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

People gathered at the Department of Immigration today calling on the government to act on the men stranded on Manus Island. Image credit: Grace Pashley

A snap protest regarding the situation on Manus Island took place this morning outside the Brisbane Department of Imigration.

This is the latest in a series of protests that have happened nationally over the last few weeks following deteriorating conditions in Australia's closed detention centre.

A spokesman for The Refugee Action Collective Mark Gillespie has called it a new low for humanity.

For more on this story and coverage from the event listen to Only Human Gold at 12pm on 4ZZZ.

Event being held for the postal survey results broadcast


Identifying endangered frogs made easy with new app "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The endangered Southern Corroboree Frog. Photo Taronga Zoo

The endangered Southern Corroboree Frog. Photo Taronga Zoo

Australias first national frog count is underway and, with the aid of a new app, everyone can now join the battle to save one of the most threatened groups of animals on Earth.

The Australian Museums FrogID is a citizen science project that uses mobile phone technology and audio DNA to discover where frogs are at risk and how to conserve them and our waterways.

The free FrogID app, developed in partnership with IBM, identifies frog species by the sounds they make from croaks and chirps, to whistles and barks.

Up to 1 million Australians are expected to download the app and head to parks, creeks, dams or wetlands to listen for frog calls.

Recording and uploading these calls will map frog species across Australia and reveal where they are at risk from habitat loss, disease, climate change and urbanisation. You might even discover a new frog species!

Australian Museum Director and CEO, Kim McKay AO, said FrogID is a national citizen science rescue mission that everyone can take part in.

The power to save Australias frogs is now in the palm of your hand, whether youre a family in your garden or on a bushwalk, at school or a grey nomad. Everyone can download the free FrogID app to help save these vulnerable species the canaries in the coal mine of climate change, Ms McKay said.

FrogID is a crowd-sourcing approach to conservation. The AM is proud in its 190th year to partner with IBM, the Australian Government and leading museums across the country on this ground-breaking union of citizen science and innovative technology.

David La Rose, Managing Director, IBM Australia, said: IBM has a long history in collaborating with organisations like the Australian Museum to develop technology that has a real impact on the everyday lives of Australians. This joint initiative to develop the FrogID app is an inspiring example of how technology and science can work together to tackle an important social issue, while empowering Australians to help us gain new insight into the state of our waterways and environment.

One of Australias leading frog experts, Dr Jodi Rowley, AM Curator of Amphibian & Rep...



Listen to the New Tesse (Tom Stephens) Single Ill Tell You In The Morning "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Image Courtesy of Tesse Sydney based singer-songwriter Tom Stephens has just moved into the next step of his musical evolution, renaming himself Tesse to more accurately represent the collaboration with his supporting band (including Cam Whipp on bass, Mon Ellis on guitar, Chris Long on keys and drummer Rob Turner). Tesse will be releasing his []


Part 4 of the Queensland election blog for 2017 #qldvotes #qldpol @Qldaah "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Ongoing coverage of the Queensland election campaign for 2017. Check back for updates. Table of contents Jump to comments section. Antony Greens Queensland election 2017 guide. A cache of The Courier Mails front pages. (November 13, 2017) Day 16 Pauline Hanson loses another. (November 14, 2017) Day 17 Reset. . (November 14, 2017) []

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Machete and iron bars used in Casino club attack "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Police are investigating an armed robbery at a Casino club last night during which five men armed with a machete and iron bars attacked two club employees.

The incident happened at 9.10pm when the two club employees were attempted to leave after closing the club in West Street.

They were confronted by the five men and forced back into the club.

One of the employees was struck in a shoulder with the machete and both were forced to the ground were they were kicked a number of times.

The five armed men fled after noticing a security guard outside the club, and once it was safe, the police were called.

Police established a crime scene and searched the area.

The injured club employee were treated for a minor injury.

Police said no cash was stolen however the injured man had some personal items taken.

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Serco-Run Facilities: Fraud, Failures and Fatal Errors "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

By Zeb Holmes and Ugur Nedim Australian governments pay the Serco group tens of millions of dollars every year to manage sensitive public services such as correctional and detention centres, and a range of defence contracts. The UK-based company is even making a bid to run our public housing. However, Serco has come under fire in recent

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Saudis move on Lebanon with Israeli support "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Contributed by Joe Montero

Saudi Arabias war of words over Lebanon keeps on building and  Israel has jumped in supporting the Saudis. As each day passes, the war of words comes closer to being transformed into a war of weapons.

The tilt at Lebanon is largely as proxy for a growing hostility against Iran, which has arisen out of diverging positions in the politics of the Middle East. While Iran has taken a position that lays claim to the regions independence from big power politics, the Saudis have decisively shifted in the opposite direction.

Nothing marks this more clearly than being decisive backers of the Syrian opposition ISIS and al Qaeda terror bands with money, guns and diplomacy. Then there is the systematic and brutal continuous bombing of Yemen that is on the brink of creating the biggest famine experienced anywhere in decades.

Intertwined with the stand off is the divide between Islams Shia and Sunni. Within the Sunni camp, there has lately emerged a camp that has become increasingly material dependent on the west and especially the United States and this is led by the absolutist Saudi royal family that sees itself as heading the Sunni world, and utilises this to push its own ambitions to be a regional power. That branch within the faith that has given rise to ISIS and al Qaeda is Saudi grown and Saudi maintained.

But after a short period of gains in the battlefield, the movement is experiencing major defeats. The most spectacular is in Syria. There has also been major loss in Iraq, including within the northern Kurdish region and a strengthening of the Shia position.

The attack on Yemen has been directed against the Shia Houthi forces, who happen to control most of the country. Saudi air strikes are backed by backed by pro al Qaeda and ISIS forces on the ground and the invasion has the support of the United States government.

Ongoing resistance from the Houthis has denied a quick victory and this risks sinking the Saudis into a quagmire.

In short, Saudi ambitions have not been going so well. Hence the chosen strategy to shift to a new theatre, target Iran as the headquarters of the Shia faith and its links to in Lebanon through Hezbollah and the Palestinians. Iran is accused of supporting the Houthis in Yemen the Syrian government and Hezbollah in Lebanon.

The idea is that a new conflict in Lebanon might just turn around the series of defeats.

A large part of the Lebanese population is Shia and mostly suppo...


Bluesfest announces a big second round of sideshows "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Having already hit us with some awesome tours in Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters and Princes famous band the New Power Generation, Bluesfest is bringing us an awesome new selection of tours when the festival rolls around again next year.

First up is the astonishing voice of Youssou NDour, whose fascinating career has seen him campaign for Nelson Mandela and even run for President of Senegal on the way to becoming possibly the biggest star Africa has ever produced.

Next up, Gomez are back in the country for the first time in 6 years, celebrating the 20th anniversary of their breakthrough album Bring It On, heading to Perth as well as their East Coast run.

One of the most talented figures of the modern blues rock scene, Walter Trout brings his 50 years of experience to the Bluesfest stage, as well as his new project Were All In This Together a 2017 record packed with collaborations with some of the biggest names in the genre.

Having spent her early years busking the streets of New Orleans, Alynda Segarra now brings her band Hurray For The Riff Raff and their incredibly unique brand of folk/blues to our shores one not to be missed for anyone who wont be able to catch their set at Bluesfest this year.

Finally, the legendary Canned Heat round out the touring roster with one of their last ever tours, having had a long and influential career that saw them headline the iconic Woodstock 69 alongside the likes of Hendrix thisll be an ultimate bucket list gig for plenty of blues rock devotees.

All tickets go on presale this Wednesday, with general sale the following day check out the full list of dates, along with Youssou NDours classic 7 Seconds, below.

Bluesfest 2018 second round sideshows

Pre-sales start Wednesday November 15 at 10am AEDT

General sale starts Friday November 17 at 10am AEDT

Youssou Ndour

Sydney Opera House -Wednesday 28 March 2018

Hamer Hall, Melbourne Saturday March 31 2018

Youssou Ndour will play Bluesfest Byron Bay on Friday 30 March 2018


Enmore Theatre, Sydney Sat...


Greens MPs call for greater koala protection "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Tree clearing and trucks are causing havoc on wildlife, opponents of the Pacific Highway upgrade, say. Meerschaum Vale tree clearing (Credit: Graeme Williams)

Tree clearing and trucks are causing havoc on wildlife, opponents of the Pacific Highway upgrade, say. Meerschaum Vale tree clearing (Credit: Graeme Williams)MPs

Ballina Greens MP Tamara Smith has called on the NSW Government to do more to protect koalas and other wildlife in the path of the Pacific Highway upgrade.

With tree clearing now underway at Meerschaum Vale, Ms Smith said she had been told by residents that dead or injured koalas and other wildlife were being found almost daily.

The residents have also been told that contractors are not allowed to touch any injured animals they see.

Ms Smith said there appeared to be no process for the RMS or its contractors to count the koalas and other wildlife that were killed or injured by tree clearing and an increase in truck movements.

Koala in a tree at Meerschaum Vale (credit: Heather Dunn)

Koala in a tree at Meerschaum Vale (credit: Heather Dunn)

I have visited Meerschaum Vale and met with residents multiple times in the past two years and I have seen the impact of the preparation for the highway upgrade on the wildlife and on the lives of the residents.  I have made many representations on the communitys behalf about the effects of this highway upgrade to the RMS and to the Minister for Roads.

I cannot state how strongly this upgrade is affecting the lives of residents with problems with dust, vibration, noise and traffic.

I call on the NSW government to get a proper process of wildlife monitoring in place and employ animal rescue staff to save injured koalas and oth...

Sunday, 12 November


Bulolo opposing new mining exploration "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Bulolo township

The National aka The Loggers Times| November 10, 2017

THE Bulolo district administration is strongly opposing a licence for exploration activities near the town because the land had been damaged by past explorations, Administrator Tae Gwambelek says.

The administration is supporting the move by the business community and PNG Forest Products  (PNGFP) after the Mineral Resource Authority  (MRA) issued EL2544 to the Wabu Alluvial Mining company  (WAM).

Administrator Tae Gwambelek said Australia had done enough damage to land in Bulolo leaving behind huge craters on which the township was built.

History will never be repeated again, Gwambelek said.

We have Hidden Valley and Wafi-Golpu mining including many small-scale activities. That is enough.

Gwambelek said the Bulolo district development authority also acquired an exploration licence from MRA to conduct explorations outside W...


The Orange-bellied Parrot will become extinct without federal funding "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Orange-bellied Parrot will go extinct in the wild unless urgent funding is secured Dr Dejan Stojanovic, conservation biologist with the ANU Difficult Bird Research Group, said in Hobart today. So far this breeding season only 14 Orange-bellied Parrots, including only 2 females, have returned from migration he said. The situation is critical. 

Dr Stojanovic was speaking before tonights State Theatre premiere of a new film The Desperate Plight of the Orange-bellied Parrot by photographer David Neilson.


The Orange-bellied Parrot will become extinct without federal funding "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Orange-bellied Parrot will go extinct in the wild unless urgent funding is secured Dr Dejan Stojanovic, conservation biologist with the ANU Difficult Bird Research Group, said in Hobart today. So far this breeding season only 14 Orange-bellied Parrots, including only 2 females, have returned from migration he said. The situation is critical. 

Dr Stojanovic was speaking before tonights State Theatre premiere of a new film The Desperate Plight of the Orange-bellied Parrot by photographer David Neilson.




LGBTIQ rally in Lismore ahead of survey result announcement "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

ssm-survey-picThe long march of the marriage equality postal vote survey finally comes to an end this week, with the results to be announced on Wednesday, November 15.

The Australian Statistician, David W Kalisch, will release the results of the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey at a media conference at 10am on Wednesday.

The Northern Rivers LGBTIQ Alliance has organised an event to coincide with the announcement that will take place at the Quad outside the new Lismore Regional Gallery to witness the results.

A Northern Rivers LGBTIQ Alliance spokesperson said it is important to offer our community the support that will be needed at this historical moment and hopefully the opportunity for celebration as well.

The event will include speakers Jenny Dowell and Asren Pugh (Australians for Marriage Equality), music performance by Paige Phoenix and friends and a performance piece by Dee Chenille.

At midday there will be a drone photo shoot of a human made love heart to etch this moment into the history of the Northern Rivers.

Food will be provided by the Gallery cafe as well as Haps Health Bar.

Mental health help

It has been a long wait for members of the LGBTIQ communities since registrations to vote in the survey closed on August 24.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) began mailing out survey forms on September 12.

Voters had up until October 11 to request a replacement form if they didnt receive one and then until last Tuesday, November 7, to get their vote back to the ABS.

The time-consuming, divisive and sometimes traumatising debate has impacted many in the community.

Ahead of Wednesdays announcement, ACON has launched a new resource to assist members of the community to stay strong, and remind them that support and care is available, whatever the outcome of the public vote.

Produced by ACONs counselling team, the resource Stronger Together offers practical tips for people on staying strong and resilient in the lead up to, and following, the announcement on 15 November.

ACON says demand for its services has increased across the state in recent weeks, especially in the light of the divisive debate, and the group has responded accordingly to ensure people in LGBTIQ communities get the support they need.



Eat The Rich: Tackling Class And Inequality Is Essential To Eradicating Racism "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The rich and powerful get richer and more powerful, while the poor get wild conspiracies about the other being responsible for their lot in life. Senator Lee Rhiannon explains.

Historically it has been the progressive side of politics that has confronted racism in all its forms. Whether it was the oppression of Indigenous communities, abuse of refugees or more recently the Islamophobia fanned by some conservative politicians, it has been unions and left parties including the Greens that have taken the lead in exposing and confronting this abuse.

A key driver of racial abuse is the growing economic divide in our society. This is not to say that racism is unique to disadvantaged populations we know too well that the elite do not hesitate to parade their bigotry. But when analysing and strategising on how to deal with racism we need measures to address economic inequality.

When people feel squeezed by things like low wages and the high cost of living, they understandably want to know who the villains are. Why cant I find a decent job? Who is undercutting my wages?

Conservative politicians and their masters in big business implement policies that cause these problems because it suits their interests. But they cant admit that because theyd be wiped out at the next election. Their solution? Scapegoat. Play on peoples apprehensions. Divide and distract.

This is part of the reason why some working people are turning to parties like One Nation. In the 2016 federal election there was a clear correlation between living in an area of high socio-economic disadvantage and voting for One Nation.

Pauline Hanson delivers her maiden speech to the federal Senate, in September 2016. Pauline Hanson delivers her maiden speech to the federal Senate, in September 2016.

The irony is that One Nations track record in parliament has been to support the anti-worker and anti-poor polices of the Coalition Government. Pauline Hansons party sided with the Liberal-National government 74 per cent of the time between August and December 2016. They have provided the critical votes for the Turnbull government to pass legislation that robs money from public schools, opens the door to greater media concentration and cuts funding to welfare recipients.

To take on the racism building in Australian society we need to ensure that dealing with economic disadvantage is centre stage.




Stallholder Profile for SP Handcrafted Books

Your name: Stephanie Pollard
Your business name and facebook/website name and link:      Stephanie Pollard Handcrafted Books.  /   Etsy Shop:
FB: Stephanie Pollard Handcrafted Books
The suburb/town you live in now:  Riordanvale Rd
What is it that you make and what skills do you use?:  There are many different and assorted styles of journals made in my workshop using a variety of covers materials - From classy classics to crocodile & saddle leathers!! I make beautifully handcrafted journals, some using an ancient binding method called Coptic Binding, which main feature is, they lie flat for ease of writing fully on every page & other leather journals are bound with along-stitch method. All the journals being bound with imported wax linen threads from the USA. In most of the journals I have found beautiful papers for the internal pages that are 120gsm and specialise for the dry medium applications i.e. lead & ink writings & drawings, charcoals & chalks, glue stick for photos or scrapbooking and most other unimaginable uses as long as for this 120gsm it's form is dry based. I have thicker papers for those wishing to commission a journal specifically for oil paints artistry  or those mediums needing the thicker non-warping papers. ...


Advocates celebrate legalisation of hemp seed products "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

An example of hemp food derivatives from

An example of hemp food derivatives from

The Nimbin Hemp Embassy will be offering free samples of hemp seed and hemp seed oil for the rest of the month now that hemp foods are legal for human consumption in Australia.

Australian Hemp Party secretary Andrew Kavasilas said as of yesterday it was legal to grow hemp seed in Australia.

Its a watershed moment on many fronts. Hemp seeds nutritional qualities are unparalleled so well have a truly healthy food finally available with new farming opportunities including access to an international market thats touching the $billion mark, Mr Kavasilas said.

He said jobs were also being created in production, processing, logistics, design and packaging, marketing, wholesale and retail sales.

Mr Kavasilas said hemp  seeds contain a significant ratio of Omega 3, 6 and 9, tuned perfectly to the human body with plant-based essential fatty acids and a full compliment of vitamins and minerals. The taste and texture is similar to nuts with no known allergies.

Because of its superior nutritional profile and gluten-free status, hemp seed ingredients are incorporated in muesli bars, salad dressings, pasta, breads, smoothies, biscuits, non-whey high fibre protein, flour and many other products.

Hemp seed is also used to make a simple natural non-dairy milk substitute with a legendary rich and creamy flavour.

Weve pursued this relentlessly for almost 20 years. For the past 7 years or so, state police have raised issues around hemp seed foods interfering with random roadside saliva testing despite the fact the devices are not reliable enough to detect the difference between minute traces in low THC hemp seed food consumption or intoxication.

HEMP Party and HEMP Embassy President Michael Balderstone said the legalising of hemp throws saliva testing up in the air.

State police forces, especially NSW police have forcefully argued and maintained that hemp seed food consumption will interfere with their saliva testing and people will provide positive results which will put further pressure on our courts and the judicial system, he said.

In light of the fact no other police around the world saliva test like in Australia, I think its time our police followed the experience of other countries who are able to tell the difference betwe...


Man Who Refused To Marry Until Gay People Could Pretty Worried Right Now "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


A Sydney man who told his girlfriend of seven years he wouldnt marry her until gay people enjoyed equal rights is desperately searching for a back-up plan after polls suggested the yes vote is likely to win.

It was the perfect excuse it was simple, it worked, and it made me look like I had morals or something, the man said. But it looks like my get-out-of-jail-free card will be torn up when the vote is announced on Wednesday. My girlfriends even dropping hints saying what a great day it would be for all couples to propose. Unfortunately, it might be time for me to hit the road.

The man is not alone, with one woman telling The Sydney Sentinel she had to vote no to protect her own freedom from marriage.

Yeah, I used the whole not until everyone can get married line as well, she said. Even though I do support gay marriage, I dont support having to get married myself, so its a no from me.


National Folk Festival Announces First Major Lineup for 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Image Courtesy of Ten Strings and A Goat Skin After teasing us with six artists for 2018, The National Folk Festival has finally revealed its highly anticipated first major lineup announcement. Headlining the 2018 lineup are Scottish superstars Breabach, Nashville singer-songwriter Lindsay Lou, American favourite Steve Poltz, Celtic band Cara, acclaimed Canadian trio Ten Strings []



Stallholder Profile for SunHaze

Your name: Lana Reid

Your business name and Facebook/website name and link SunHaze,

The suburb/town you live in now: Mountain Creek

What is it that you make and what skills do you use?: Swimwear and Beachwear, I design and make all swimwear and beachwear.



Clive Hamilton and Sinophobia "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A few years ago Clive Hamilton wrote a very strange article in The Guardian that lead to this editorial statement (emphasis added):

This article was amended soon after publication on 18 February 2014 to correct the headline, a misreported statistic and some loosely paraphrased anecdotes, the combined effect of which had been to overstate the evidence then available about the impact Chinese investment was having on Sydneys rising residential real estate prices.

The editors note said in part: the causes of fluctuations in housing prices are several and varied. Foreign buyers, and among them Chinese investors, may be a greater or lesser cause from time to time. Guardian Australia has concluded that, on the evidence presented, it was wrong to imply through the original headline that wealthy Chinese buyers are disproportionately a factor compared to any other national or ethnic group. The author stands by his opinion, as he is entitled to. Guardian Australia believes it must correct the evidence base underpinning that opinion and label it less emphatically in order to give readers assistance in weighing it and to avoid any inference of racism.

Then a few weeks ago there was this article in The Australian:

For several years the Chinese party-state has been pursuing a co-ordinated program to acquire from abroad advanced military and industrial technology, and to do so by fair means or foul. It now emerges that Australian universities inadvertently are helping to give China the technological leadership it craves.

The Australian Research Council is funnelling Australian taxpayer funds into research with applications to Chinas advanced weapons capacity through its linkage program. The program aims to encourage national and international research collaborations between university researchers and partners in industry or other research centres, in this case with Chinese military scientists.

A long conspiracy theory about how Australian government funding of ethnic Chinese Australian academics was promoting Chinese government interests. Nasty stuff.



Man comes off second best in drag race with cops "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The driver of a clearly marked police vehicle stopped at traffic lights in Tweed Heads on Saturday night got the nod from the driver of another car who then led police on a chase through town.

About 11.55pm on Saturday (November 11), the police car was stopped at the intersection of Wharf Road and Florence Street, Tweed Heads.

Police allege a 30-year-old male from Tweed Heads South, driving a red Mazda 323 pulled alongside the police car.

The Mazdas engine was revving loudly causing police to look at the car and driver. The driver began nodding at police and as soon as the traffic light turned green the Mazda took off at speed.

Police activated all warning lights and sirens and the Mazda failed to stop.

The car was pursued west along Wharf Road Tweed Heads reaching speeds allegedly in excess of 120km/h in the 60 km/h speed zone. The pursuit continued onto Minjungbal Drive reaching speeds allegedly in excess of 100 km/h in the 60 km/h speed zone.

The pursuit continued with the Mazda turning into Lloyd Street, Tweed Heads South, and then into Faulkner Drive.

At the intersection of Faulkner Dr and Cunningham Street the Mazda came to an abrupt stop where the 30-yea- old man verbally challenged police.

Police talked the man down and he was arrested. He was breath tested at the scene and returned a negative reading. The man was taken to Tweed Heads Police Station and charged with police pursuit, driving in a speed dangerous to the public, exceeding speed by more than 45 km/h and driving while his license was expired.

The man was bailed to appear before the Tweed Heads Local Court on the November 21.


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Fiji warns climate talks must stay united "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Fiji's Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama. (AAP)

Fijis Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama. (AAP)

Fiji has warned countries at the UN climate talks it is overseeing that they must put aside their differences and work together if the world is to limit climate change.

We are encouraging all parties to provide the political will necessary to achieve an ambitious outcome at COP23, which includes of course the pre-2020 commitments and actions, Fijian Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama told reporters in Bonn on Sunday.

The diplomatically veiled caution comes after Iran, on behalf of a group of developing countries, accused developed nations of eroding trust and trying to censor their poorer counterparts.

Splits have developed at the COP23 talks during the past week over the inclusion on the formal agenda of discussions about lifting climate action ambitions before 2020, and over financing arrangements to help developing countries act on and adapt to climate change.

Irans representative told a mid-conference update on Saturday developing countries were seeing their trust and good faith being eroded and there seemed to be concerted efforts to only discuss proposals put forward from richer nations.

Ecuador, speaking for a group of 134 developing countries and China, said there seemed to be a lack of political will from developed countries.

The European Union rejected this notion while Australias environment ambassador Patrick Suckling, speaking for developed countries outside Europe, said persistent efforts to add extra items to the COP agenda were hampering the very progress we are seeking.

Nevertheless, Mr Bainimarama said on Sunday he thought the talks were entering their second week in good shape.

But he reminded parties the only way any one country could protect itself from climate change was by joining with all others and moving together.

That is the message Im conveying to all parties, and especially those who have particular issues that matter deeply to them, he said.

No one is immune to climate change and we must focus not on our differences but on the absolute imperative to move this process forward.

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Its Time To Give Fag Hags Their Badge Of Honour "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

By Phoebe Hart, Queensland University of Technology The fag hag. Never were two more scornful words so spectacularly smashed together. Stereotypes around the fag hag, fruitfly, fish, handbag whatever youd care to call her abound. Search the Internet and youd believe shes a sad, overweight, trashy woman with too many cats unable to ...

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Another same-sex marriage bill proposed "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Conservative Liberal senator James Paterson has released a draft of a same-sex marriage bill to preserve the freedoms of all Australians.

Senator Paterson, who voted yes in the marriage postal survey, said any ensuring law changes shouldnt have negative consequences for opponents of same-sex marriage.

If the parliament opts for a narrower bill with fewer protections, I fear we will see some Australians seek to impose their values on others, with court cases and other legal mechanisms, he said in a statement announcing the draft bill.

Ive never believed that allowing same-sex couples to marry needs to come at the expense of the freedoms of other Australians.

Senator Paterson believes state and federal anti-discrimination laws arent strong enough.

His bill expands the definition of marriage to include same-sex couples, ensures exemptions for ministers of religion and celebrants with genuine belief and allows a limited form of conscientious objection.

It also seeks to protect freedom of speech and enacts a narrow anti-detriment clause, which would prevent governments and agencies taken adverse action against someone with a traditional view of marriage.

The bill would also guarantees the right of parents to opt their children out of classes that conflicted with their values.He is yet to canvass the draft legislation with his coalition colleagues.

If a Yes result is confirmed this week, this bill could be passed by the parliament as quickly as any other bill, Senator Paterson said.

I believe the parliament should do so before Christmas, with additional sitting weeks if necessary.

Fellow Liberal senator Dean Smith has also put forward a bill.

Senator Smiths bill allows same-sex couples to wed and includes exemptions so religious organisations can refuse to conduct same-sex marriages.

Nearly eight in 10 Australians who received the Australian Bureau of Statistics same-sex marriage survey form have already had their say.

The survey result will announced on Wednesday.

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Aussie artists work for love not money "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Australian artists earn about a fifth less than most other workers and many have to take on other jobs to help make ends meet, a study shows.

The average total annual income for professional artists in Australia is 21 per cent lower than the average pay packet, the study by Macquarie University and the Australia Council found.

The income artists receive from their creative work has also fallen 19 per cent below what they were paid in 2009.

And almost eight in 10 artists are taking on other work, mostly out of necessity rather than choice.

Australia Council chief executive Tony Grybowski said the findings highlight the challenges artists face to maintain a viable professional career.

If we want Australian stories to keep being told and Australias diverse artistic talent to succeed locally and internationally we must consider the support structures, protections and remuneration of Australian artists, he said on Monday.

The study also found female artists earn a quarter less than men overall and are paid about 30 per cent less for their creative work.

The disparity for artists with a disability is even greater.

Those with a disability earn 42 per cent less overall than artists without disability.

The Making Art Work: An Economic Study of Professional Artists in Australia was carried out by cultural economist David Throsby and Katya Petetskaya, who surveyed almost 1000 Australian professional artists.

Prof Throsby said too often artists were expected to work for love not money.

The digital world also presented both opportunities and challenges for artists, by offering new ways to distribute their work but also opening up the door to unauthorised exploitation of their ideas.

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Greens to support High Court referrals "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Greens Leader Senator Richard Di Natale. AAP Image/Dan Himbrechts

Greens Leader Senator Richard Di Natale. AAP Image/Dan Himbrechts

More federal MPs are likely to face the High Court over their citizenship status after the Greens committed to unilateral referrals from the major parties.

Greens leader Richard Di Natale confirmed the minor partys sole MP Adam Bandt would provide the government with the crucial vote it needs in the lower house.

If the government decides to refer someone, if the opposition decides someone should be referred, we think we should honour that, Senator Di Natale told the ABC on Monday.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull at the weekend vowed to refer any Labor MPs facing dual citizenship questions to the High Court, accusing the opposition of flouting the law.

Thats brought a declaration of war response from Labor.

Senator Di Natale said no-one was stepping up to resolve the issue.

Ultimately the way to resolve it is to have doubtful cases tested in the High Court and thats exactly what should happen and quickly, he said.

When that might happen is not yet clear.Cabinet minister Mathias Cormann would not say whether the government would act when the House of Representatives returns in a fortnight or wait until parliament establishes a disclosure system for MPs.

Individual members of parliament can make their own judgment, he said, citing the resignation of Liberal MP John Alexander over the weekend.

Leader of the House Christopher Pyne has threatened a November 27 vote to refer Labor MPs Justine Keay and Susan Lamb to the High Court.

There was clear evidence the two MPs indicated they were dual citizens when nominations closed for the 2016 election, he said.

Labor frontbencher Tony Burke doubts the government will go down that road.

What a desperate born to rule approach whether thats their view on Monday week I have no idea, and let me tell you I reckon they have no idea either, he said.

Labor insists its two MPs took reasonable steps to renounce their citizenship before the 2016 election.

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Gun toting would-be robber extradited from Qld "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A man has been extradited from Queensland following investigations into an alleged attempted armed robbery west of Woodenbong in 2011.

On Thursday 27 October 2011, a man attempted to force entry to a general store on Mt Lindesay Road at Legume, near the New South Wales-Queensland border, armed with a gun.

The store attendant, a 57-year-old woman, attempted to stop the man from entering by leaning against the front door; however, he smashed a glass panel with the gun and managed to get inside.

Police have been told the woman grabbed the gun before struggling with the man, causing cuts to her hands.

He fled empty-handed and police were alerted.

Officers from Richmond Local Area Command attended and commenced inquiries.

Following extensive investigations, detectives were granted a warrant for the arrest of a 27-year-old Queensland man.

The man was subsequently arrested today in Queensland, today (Friday 10 November 2017) and extradited to Lismore Police Station.

He was charged with aggravated break and enter and commit serious indictable offence; assault while rob while armed with dangerous weapon; and aggravated assault with intent to rob and inflict actual bodily harm.

The man was bail refused and appeared at Lismore Local Court on Saturday (November 11).

Operation Unison

A further three Queensland residents were extradited to NSW on Thursday as part of Operation Unison.

A 52-year-old Elanora woman, wanted since June, was arrested for seven fraud warrants.

A 31-year-old Currumbin man, wanted since August, was arrested for two outstanding warrants for intimidation and assault.

And a 52-year-old Coolangatta man, wanted for the past two months, was arrested on two outstanding warrants for breach an ADVO and stalk/intimidate offences.

All three were refused bail and are due to appear before the Tweed Heads Local Court today (November 13).

This joint operation is ongoing and police warn offenders that no matter where they live if you commit crime in either state expect police to be knocking on your door.



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Man had Nothing to Wear on Run this Morning "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


A Clovelly man is in danger of missing his daily run along the coastal path to Bondi this morning after realising he had nothing to wear, even though his closet was packed full of designer workout gear, joggers made by NASA and colour-coordinated drink bottles.

The man said he just wasnt feeling any of his outfits.

Nothing truly expressed my positively carefree yet dangerously focused running mood or went well with this mornings lighting conditions, the man said. Naturally, everyone would be watching me, so I couldnt just chuck any old thing on. One unflattering Aquabumps snap could set me back years of dedicated training.

The man said if his emergency order from The Iconic doesnt arrive, he will make up for todays lack of training by spending an extra hour in the solarium and taking twice as many photos at Icebergs this afternoon than usual.


Christopher Pyne Spruiks Aussie Arms To Saudi Arabia As UN Warns Of Impending Yemen Famine "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Australia has turned a blind eye to the Saudi-led warn on Yemen, while the nation plunges deeper into a humanitarian crisis. But at least were trying to profit from it. Michael Brull reports.

On 30 October, Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne announced hed be visiting Saudi Arabia, France and the United Kingdom to promote Australias world-class defence materiel and strengthen bilateral defence industry relationships. In Saudi Arabia he would meet with senior government representatives to discuss the bilateral defence industry relationship.

Presumably, this was in the hope of further expanding Australian military exports to Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia needs military imports in particular right now because of its devastating war on Yemen. The government ignored a motion passed in the Senate calling on it to disclose its military exports to Saudi Arabia since 2016. We know that Australia has approved four military exports to the Saudi government, but not the nature or value of that exports.


In a speech in July, Pyne discussed his plans to expand Australian military exports. In relation to Yemen, Pyne said, The Australian designed Nulka decoy system that protects ships from missiles not so long ago saved the USS Mason from an attack by Houthi rebels off the coast of Yemen.

There may be other military exports to the Saudi invading force. For example, Pyne also talked about Australian company Marand making tail pieces and specialised engine trailers for Joint Strike Fighters. Their order book will be for over $1 billion, not just for Australias Joint Strike Fighters thats exporting vital components made here in Australia overseas, to take their place on perhaps the most advanced combat aircraft the world has ever seen, that will be operated by the USA, the United Kingdom, Japan, Israel and many other countries.

On November 8, the United Nations Under-Secretary-General fo...


UK is fattest country in Western Europe with 63% of adults overweight & obese - OECD study "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The UK is the most overweight country in Western Europe, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has stated. Over 63 percent of adults in Britain are overweight OECD says. The 2017 Obesity Update report found that the UK is the sixth fattest nation out of 35 OECD member countries, with a 27 percent adult obesity rate. The US, Mexico, New Zealand, Hungary and Australia fare worse than the UK, though. The countries with the lowest levels of obesity are Japan, Korea, Italy and Switzerland.


Acknowledgement to Country, Mud Gooloogong, and an Eviction Notice "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

After putting up his own Eviction Notice at the Lobby Restaurant, Wiradjuri man Mud Gooloogong remained there until he was arrested and removed peacefully by police. (photo ABC)

By Dee McLachlan

For those readers not living in Australia, let me first explain. If one attends any function, conference and event, the emcee or whoever is running the event starts off with an Acknowledgement of Country and Traditional Owners. It is to pay respect to indigenous people.

This is how it goes.

Our conference is being held on the traditional country [or lands] of the Wada wurrung people [or relevant traditional owner], and I wish to acknowledge them as Traditional Owners. I would also like to pay my respects to their Elders, past and present, and the Elders from other communities who may be here today.

When I first arrived, it seemed to me a most respectful acknowledgement and a reminder of the lands history, but as the years have gone by it sometimes leaves me uneasy. In many of these functions, in Victoria, it feels a function of political correctness R...


Around the traps "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

While it was a quiet weekend with the camera I did manage to get out for a couple of brief jaunts.

Here is what I saw.

Barking Owl, Rotunda Park Newstead, 11th November 2017



Wednesday nights are hotting up with the start of the Night Markets at Queen Victoria Night Market this Wednesday.



Criminal Lawyers Charged with Fraud "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

By Zeb Holmes and Ugur Nedim Criminal defence lawyer Michael Bosscher and two employees of law firm Bosscher Lawyers in Brisbane, have been charged with fraud offences after a joint investigation by the Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC) and Queensland Police Service (QPS) into suspected criminal activity in the legal profession. 48-year old Mr Bosscher,

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So theres an election. What happens now? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Will Hodgman thought his worst case scenario was losing the Pembroke by-election to Labor. He was wrong ABC: Royal Hobart Hospital horror stories linked to bed shortages, inquiry hears A suicide in the Royal Hobart Hospitals emergency department waiting room and a patient sexually touched are among incidents aired at an inquiry into Tasmanias acute health services. Doctors and nurses have blamed several terrible incidents on bed shortages which are being exacerbated by the hospitals redevelopment. Witnesses at an Upper House parliamentary inquiry into the states acute health services have revealed a damning list of critical incidents at the hospital Labor: Gas contract uncertainty grows as Minister does nothing TT Media here for the range of reactions


Papua shooting shuts down Freeport route "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Papua shooting shuts down Freeport route
The main supply route to the world's second-largest copper mine has been closed following a shooting in West Papua.
The Indonesian unit of Freeport-McMoRan has temporarily shut the main supply route to its Papua mine after a shooting incident, a spokesman said, amid escalating tensions between security forces and an armed rebel group in the area.
No one had been reported hurt after shots were fired at a vehicle, but the main supply route to the world's second-biggest copper mine had been temporarily closed while the security situation was assessed, Freeport Indonesia spokesman Riza Pratama said in text message.


Independent Artist Of The Week: Two Steps On The Water "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Melbournes Two Steps on the Water is a powerful musical project that sticks with you long after the music stops, built on raw emotions, off-kilter lyrics and haunting string arrangements.

The folk-punk quartet already have two LPs under their belt, God Forbid Anyone Look Me in the Eye (2016) and their sophomore album Sword Songs which was released in September via their very own label, Emotion Punk Records. Run by lead-singer June Jones, the labels name is very much aligned with their sound.

Jones ability to articulate her emotional experience through lyricism is not only poetic, but hugely moving. Notions of identity are beautifully explored, and its not a simple kind of beauty either its complex, confronting and cathartic.

Two Steps on the Waters latest release Hold Me sees swirling strings drift above gentle percussion, with honest vocals once again leading the way. If only baring your deepest darkest fears was always this easy on the ears.


Tune into Up For It every Monday morning to meet your new independent artist of the week!


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Pets, Airbnb and Management Rights: Strata policy challenges for the incoming Queensland Government "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

I am grateful for another guest post, this time from Dr Stephen Thornton of BG Economics. Views expressed are Stephens, and should not necessarily be attributed to me. GT

Pets, Airbnb and Management Rights: Strata policy challenges for the incoming Queensland Government

by Dr Stephen Thornton

The apartment construction boom in Queensland in the last few years has been astonishing and unprecedented. The number of strata lots is now quickly approaching 500,000, mostly apartments and townhouses (465K, October 2017). By 2020 around one million people in the state will call them home.

A strata review is being finalised by the QUT Commercial and Property Law Research Centre as part of a wider Queensland property law review commissioned by the former Newman government, with a number of recommendations recently made. Some of these recommendations go to procedural matters like the calling of AGMs, electronic communications and the like, while others are around by-laws and, importantly, scheme termination.

Given jobs and health budget savings are always high priorities, the incoming government should give serious consideration to one of the Centres recommendations around the keeping of pets. The recommendation would make it much less likely that pets would be banned in strata complexes, as it would limit the prohibition of pets to new buildings where the developer sets it as a by-law or if a body corporate adopts it by way of a resolution without dissent.

In my submission to the review (in which I argued that giving developers and bodies corporate the power to adopt no pet by-laws is contrary to Queenslands economic interests), I calculated that allowing pets in strata properties is likely to result in 1,000 new jobs in the longer term in Queenslands $1B $2B pet industry (currently estimated at 10,000+ jobs). Importantly, these new jobs would be in both high-skilled employment areas (e.g. vets, pathologists, radiologists) and lower skilled employment areas (e.g. retail stores, pet grooming, dog walking), and would be right across the state including high youth unemployment places like Townsville and Cairns.

In more recent work for the Mars Keep Australia Pet Friendly campaign, I have estimated the recurrent public healthcare savings due to pets for the Queensland budget to be $172 million annually (total Qld/federal public saving of $435M; total all state/federal public saving of $2B). More pets in strata properties would increase these savings.

However, there are a number of major issues not cover...


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