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Sunday, 24 June


Stock of IO loans quickly reduced "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

IO curbs effective

In August 2017 I attempted to estimate the value and timing of forced interest-only ('IO') resets as a result of tighter lending standards. 

Since that time many rational borrowers have elected to switch to principal and interest (P&I) loans to benefit from the more attractive mortgage rates on offer. 

APRA's quarterly ADI figures showed that the flow of new IO loans was under 16 per cent for a second consecutive quarter. 

This dynamic combination has had a marked impact on the stock value of outstanding IO loans, declining by $93.2 billion of 16.1 per cent year-on-year.

As a share of ADI residential term loan exposures IO loans have therefore been reduced to 31 per cent as at March 2018, well down from close to 39 per cent a year earlier. 

Most borrowers appear to be handling the switch comfortably.

Those most impacted are likely to be portfolio investors, although many of this cohort built their portfolios over a long period of time, building equity and cashflow in doing so. 

Some may have to sell a property or two in order to reduce debt. 

The share of higher loan-to-value (LVR) ratio lending continued to tighten in the March quarter, having already declined considerably since 2014. 



Weapons of Mass Destruction Will Come To Haunt Blair "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Tony Blair (Right photo The Independent)

by G5

[Editors note: G5s content about Tara Andrea Davison had information about paedophilia and WMDs intermixed. I presented the paedophilia problem solo at Gumshoe on June 22, 2018, and now publish the corresponding content regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMDs).]

Both Assange and Snowden are CIA assets in the American Intel Wars. (In 2012 I adv...


FixedIt: Children werent on trial and it wasnt sex "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Bulletin reported that Zaine Steven McNeish was found guilty of 21 offences of sexual abuse of children, including rape, and procuring a child to commit an indecent act.

McNeish was charged with 30 sexual offences concerning three sisters, all aged under 12 at the time of the alleged offending. The jury has yet to reach a verdict on the remaining nine charges.

Despite the fact that he was found guilty of more than 20 offences McNeish was erased from the headline and his crimes were described as child sex.

Children cannot have sex. Sex requires consent, children cannot legally or morally give consent so it is not sex. Rape, sexual abuse 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 viol...


For Mr Dodson & everyone going through a hard time - with love from the kids @Heritage College LM "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Mr Dodson's wife died after a long illness. Like they said - if you're feeling down, just hit play. What a terrific bunch of people! Beautifully well done kids!


China's quest for global dominance "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

China's government has the perfect implementation of slave labour, complete subservience of the people to government organisations, something that the Australian Government is taking notes on.

Australia was setup as a slave labour camp in the form of a penal colony, were the administration has not faltered from this blueprint, and today it has progressed to a first class slave labour camp where people are under the illusion that they have freedom.

The people in the Australian government are supporting China, as in the words of ex Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott:

"Australia is open for business"

and that (slave labour) is "good for the economy"

See article from 23 Jun 2018 by of the headline:

The story China went to furious lengths to stop from airing

CHINAS Canberra embassy issued a fierce threat over a story they didnt want Aussies to know. Heres what happened.

Is China taking over?

FIVE days before 60 Minutes aired a program about Chinas quest for global dominance, the team received a furious phone call.
Take this down and take it to your leaders! the voice on the other end was yelling.

On the line was Ms Saxian Cao, the Head of Media Affairs at the Chinese Embassy in Canberra, and she was laying into the programs Executive Producer Kirsty Thomson.

You will listen! There must be no more misconduct in the future! Ms Cao reportedly shouted into the phone.

According to Nine News, Ms Cao accused the network of filming the exteriors of the Chinese Embassy in Vanuatu illegally a claim Ms Thomson refuted.

Ms Cao also claimed a drone was used to fly over the embassy in a potential safety hazard, which was also disputed.

The report claimed the phone did not end amicably, with Ms Cao shouting: You will not use that footage!

It highlighted the lengths to which the Chinese government will go to silence voices it doesnt agree with even within Australia, amid an ongoing national debate over foreign interference laws.

The offending 60 Minutes episode which aired earlier this week covered the ongoing issue of Chinese encroachment in the Pacific, including the countrys Belt and Road Initiative, a Chinese...


Changing lives, changing perceptions: Young refugees from the Treehouse Theatre perform for Katoomba High "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Refugee students from Miller Technology High in Cabramatta, Sydney, shared their life stories in a Tree of Life performance for Katoomba High School on Wednesday 19 June. The students, from war-torn Iraq and Syria, were part of Parramattas Treehouse Theatre that provides a platform for young refugees to act out their stories of plight. The young refugees, aged between 12 and 17, performed in front of 700 Katoomba High School students and their teachers. None of them had been in Australia longer than 2 years, with one arriving only 8 months ago.


Next generation Julia Gillard explains why socialism is the go "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Next generation Julia Gillard explains why socialism is the go. University of Sydney SRCs Education Officer Lily Campbell on reports millennials are looking to socialism: People are angry at the way the world is run and people want an alternative to capitalism. MORE: #Outsiders Sky News Australia...


Lefty organisation cops it in court over its adherence to Islamist playbook "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Islamist activists copped a long overdue caning last week. Like most Leftist organisations in the democratic West, the US Southern Poverty Law Centre had taken on the Islamist cause with a passion. Part of the Islamist strategy is to viciously attack anyone who criticises Islam and the SPLC was right...


The Heroes of Gundagai "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Colonisers of Australia were often out of their depth. Sometimes they needed rescuing from themselves, or during natural disasters. And First Peoples were often their rescuers. These heroic stories rarely feature in the dominant narratives, but they should.


Where are Australias Vaccines Made? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Vaccines today, like most pharmaceutical products, are no longer being produced or regulated in the countries in which they are used. There is an extensive international network of production and most Australian vaccines are made in other countries and licensed in the USA where vaccine manufacturers are free from liability for any harm that vaccines cause in humans.

Many vaccines today are being made in China and India and the Australian government does not provide information on its Immunise Australia Program (IAP) website describing where Australias vaccines are made.

The only vaccines that are made in Australia are some influenza vaccines and Q Fever vaccine that are made by Seqiris a CSL company. All other Australian vaccines are made in other countries and licensed in the US before being approved for the Australian market under a different name without further testing.

China and India became major manufacturers of vaccines in 2014 and they are selling vaccines on the international market. The Council for Foreign Affairs stated in 2012 that this market had expanded rapidly and regulators were over-whelmed or non-existent in these countries (Garrett CFR 2012).

Whilst Vincent Iannelli, MD, claims that all vaccines that are used in the US are not made in China there is no transparent evidence that vaccines that we use in Australia are not being made in China or India.

Research on the safety and efficacy of vaccines is not subjected to the same approval process as that for other pharmaceutical drugs. This is because vaccines are classified as biologics and not pharmaceutical drugs but this does not explain why they are tested in a different way to other drugs.

Vaccines are not tested for safety using an inert placebo nor are they tested for effectiveness by demonstrating that the vaccines can prevent the disease in unvaccinated people (Medical Products Agency Sweden 2007). Researchers use the surrogate of antibody titer to make this claim but this is a small part of a very complex immune response to pathogens.......


Bishop & mates at the UN fund the Rohingyas who committed these atrocities "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Julie Bishop is in lockstep with the Islamist-influenced UN in supporting one side of the dispute in Burma's Rakhine district. The Rohingyas or Bengalis (as the Buddhist locals call them). How do you think the people in these videos feel about our money going to the Islamists who committed these...


Timor-Leste War Memorials or Truth-Telling? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Timor-Leste War Memorials or Truth-Telling?
Original Politics in the Pub
Friday 29 June 6.30pm 8.15pm
Harold Park Hotel
Cnr Ross Street and Wigram Road, Glebe / Forest Lodge 

Timor-Leste War Memorials or Truth-Telling?
An Evening with Sr Susan Connelly, a Sister of St Joseph

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APRA's surgery swift and effective "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Decisive action

Back in August 2017 I estimated the potential value of interest-only ('IO') mortgage resets by calendar year for loans approved outside current standards, noting that the most impacted borrowers would likely be portfolio investors. 

Both the Reserve Bank and APRA had expressed concern with the unusually high volume of IO mortgages in Australia, and a range of measures were taken to strangle the trend accordingly.

Plenty had doubted the regulator's stomach to curtail IO lending, yet the latest figures released this week confirmed that APRA's remedial surgery has been both swift and effective. 

As I detailed here earlier this week, the flow of new IO loans has been tracking at under 16 per cent of new lending for six months, materially below the initially suggested 30 per cent limit. 

Meanwhile, rational borrowers have taken advantage of more attractive mortgage rates on principal-and-interest ('P&I') loans to begin paying down their debt voluntarily. 

The impact on the stock of outstanding IO loans has thus also been marked.

Indeed, over the year to March 2018 the stock of IO loans has dropped by $93.2 billion or 16.1 per cent. 

IO loans by value have very quickly retraced to 30.8 per cent of residential loans outstanding by the end of March 2018, way down from 38.5 per cent year earlier.

As I write this in late June, at the prevailing rate of decline that figure will be gettin...


The Link between State of Origin and Domestic Violence "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim A new report by the Centre for Alcohol Policy Research (CAPR) at La Trobe University in Melbourne suggests that State of Origin rugby league games correspond with significant spikes in domestic violence. The Centre analysed data from the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR) over a period

The post The Link between State of Origin and Domestic Violence appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.


The Persecution of Julian Assange Proves that Western Values No Longer Exist "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Western world never ceases to speak of its democratic values. In Western political theory, the way democracy works is by free speech and a free press. By speaking out, citizens and media keep the government accountable.

This liberal tradition means that there are no words or terms that cannot be used because some designated victim group can claim to feel offended. The inroads into free speech made by political correctness, now institutionalized in universities and the public school system, in the presstitute media, in American corporations such as Google, and in the enculturated habits of Americans, demonstrate a decline in the status of free speech. Governments have also made inroads, with the war on terror becoming a justification for warrantless spying, mass surveillance, and a clampdown on dissent.

The free press has declined even more dramatically than free speech. The NY Times of the Pentagon Papers disappeared during George W. Bushs first term when the newspaper sat on the story that the Bush regime was spying without warrants. The NY Times sat on the story for a year, allowing Bush to be reelected without controversy and allowing the government time to legalize the spying on an ex post facto basis.

Today the media are a propaganda ministry engaged in the demonization of Russia and Trump and justifying the war crimes of Washington and its vassal states.

This is why there is no media uproar over the 6-year incarceration of Julian Assange in the Ecuadorian embassy in London.

Wikileaks is a news organization and has not done anything that a free press has not always done. Julian Assange is a citizen of Australia and Ecuador. He is not an American and thus cannot be guilty of treason. Yet Washington is believed to have used a grand jury to concoct such a case against him.

The new president of Ecuador is not the strong and good man than his predecessor was. Under Washingtons pressure Lenn Moreno is making life in the Ecuadorian embassy as unbearable as possible for Assange in an effort to force him out into British hands. Responding to Washingtons pressure, the British government will not honor his asylum, which prevents Assange from being able to leave the embassy.

There is no presence of democratic values in this affair. It is a repeat of the Soviet Unions treatment of Cardinal Mindszenty, only it is Washington,...


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Friends of Coburg Cemetery "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"



Sunday 22 July 2018,  
2pm  4pm

So who was Dare of Dare street? Jewell of Jewell Station? What about Anketell Street? Spry Street? Walker Arcade? Wander with us around Coburg Cemetery to hear some of the stories of the people behind the names of nearby streets, stations and parks.


June 24 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

1805 - Things were a bit crook in Hobart when Lt Collins sent an urgent missive to Gov King about the EXTREME food shortage they were experiencing.
That's how it was written in my history book - "EXTREME food shortage".
I mean, they could have underlined it for good effect,, perhaps thrown in a few !!!!!, but oh no, they had to grab the reader's attention with the shock and awe CAPITALS.

1852 - The town of Gundagai, NSW, was washed away by floodwaters of the Murrumbidgee River. 89 lives were lost out of a population of 250. The heroic actions of a number of Wiradjuri men saved many lives. Yarri and Jacky in particular, spent the wild night ferrying men, women and children to safety, from the rooftops and branches of giant river red gums.

1854 - Land sales began in Toowoomba, Qld.

1854 - There they were; the Ararat and Maryborough goldfields, lazing about in the sun, minding their own business when some desperado came along and started scratching about in their navals just to proclaim to all and sundry they had GOLD!!!!! (see? I can do shock and awe, too).

1856 - Norfolk Island thought better of it's engagement to Tassie and decided it wanted it's independence , so it waltzed off into the sunset with NSW administrating from afar.

1858 - An earthquake was felt at Echuca, Pyramid Hill and Swan Hill.

1862 - Charles Flanders was hanged at Campbell Street Gaol for the murder of ten-year-old Mary Ann Riley at Bagdad.

1864 - Bushranger Daniel (Mad Dog) Morgan killed Sgt McGinnerty on the Tumbarumba Road, NSW.

1870 - Master horseman and marvellous poet, Adam Lindsay Gordon took himself down to Brighton Beach in Victoria and did himself a nasty mischief with a loaded gun.

1875 - The Royal Commission into the lighting and ventilation of the Vic Legislative Assembly chamber and the accommodation required for Honourable Members presented its second and final report to Parliament.
Farts and snores and burps, oh, my !

1879 - Queensland stretched its borders to include the Torres Strait islands beyond the existing 60-mile limit.

1880 - Sugar cane was grown successfully in Queensland by smarty-pants T.H. Fitzgerald.

1889 - Eleven men were buried alive when a coal mine near Newcastle, NSW, caved in.

1897 - Thomas Moore was hanged at Dubbo for the murder of Edward (or Edwin) Smith at Brennan's Bend on the Darling River below Bourke.

1913 - 6th Prime Minister
Sworn in after a close election result, Prime Minister Joseph Cook held a majority of only one in the House of Representatives.

1926 - A BLUE crow was eyeballed for a second time at Betley (Vic).
Don't ask me what they were smokin' !

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Saturday, 23 June


PERTH Perth woman charged after allegedly ramming relatives during family dispute "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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Perth woman charged after allegedly ramming relatives during family dispute .

June 23, 2018 at 10:11PM .

The driver, who was treated for minor injuries, faced Perth Magistrates Court today charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and acting in a .



PERTH Terrifying moment a single mother, 27, ploughs her car into a crowd of relatives and breaks her "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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Terrifying moment a single mother, 27, ploughs her car into a crowd of relatives and breaks her .

June 24, 2018 at 02:52AM .

Ms Coffin faced the Perth Magistrates Court on charges of the act or omission of doing bodily harm and having a blood alcohol content of 0.101 and .



1) Indonesia's slow and circuitous road to democracy "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

2) Indonesian Perspectives: Economic and Security Relations with Australia

3) Gold prospectors demand reopening of gold stores in Timika


1) Indonesia's slow and circuitous road to democracy

By Olivia Nicole Tasevski Posted about an hour ago

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the resignation of Indonesia's authoritarian president, Suharto, who led Indonesia from 1966 until 1998. Suharto's resignation, which was motivated by a faltering Indonesian economy and widespread anti-Suharto demonstrations, marked the beginning of Indonesia's transition to democracy. 
Significant progress has been made in relation to Indonesia's democratisation over the past 20 years. 


The Persecution of Julian Assange Proves That Western Values No Longer Exist "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Wikileaks is a news organization and has not done anything that a free press has not always done. Julian Assange is a citizen of Australia and Ecuador. He is not an American and thus cannot be guilty of treason. Yet Washington is believed to have used a grand jury to concoct such a case against him.


Hyde Cafe Bellingen back-bans people: Jenny Bienfelt the owner an Australian Christian Churches Christian black-banned me 4 years ago "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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Jenny Bienfelt the owner of Hyde Cafe, Bellingen on left. Jenny Bienfelt of Hyde Cafe is a dysfunctional black banner, pretend Fake Christian, Cult member, and errant hypocrite.


Below is an article I wrote and published 4 years ago on this, my personal blog-site , the day Jenny Beinfelt owner of Hyde Cafe, Bellingen, where I live, black-banned me for explaining the errors and faults of the Christian cult she belongs to.


Blog article 1 December 2014

It seems theres no end to the black-bans the cult churches of the Australian Christian Churches linked to Hillsong impose on those who dont agree with their view-point.

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Pastor John Woolhouse of Dorrigo Life Springs Church in Dorrigo NSW black-banned me from his Australian Christian Churches church in March this year.



The Persecution of Julian Assange Proves That Western Values No Longer Exist "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Persecution of Julian Assange Proves That Western Values No Longer Exist

Paul Craig Roberts

The Western world never ceases to speak of its democratic values. In Western political theory, the way democracy works is by free speech and a free press. By speaking out, citizens and media keep the government accountable.

This liberal tradition means that there are no words or terms that cannot be used because some designated victim group can claim to feel offended. The inroads into free speech made by political correctness, now institutionalized in universities and the public school system, in the presstitute media, in American corporations such as Google, and in the enculturated habits of Americans, demonstrate a decline in the status of free speech. Governments have also made inroads, with the war on terror becoming a justification for warrantless spying, mass surveillance, and a clampdown on dissent.

The free press has declined even more dramatically than free speech. The NY Times of the Pentagon Papers disappeared during George W. Bushs first term when the newspaper sat on the story that the Bush regime was spying without warrants. The NY Times sat on the story for a year, allowing Bush to be reelected without controversy and allowing the government time to legalize the spying on an ex post facto basis.

Today the media are a propaganda ministry engaged in the demonization of Russia and Trump and justifying the war crimes of Washington and its vassal states.

This is why there is no media uproar over the 6-year incarceration of Julian Assange in the Ecuadorian embassy in London.

Wikileaks is a news organization and has not done anything that a free press has not always done. Julian Assange is a citizen of Australia and Ecuador. He is not an American and thus cannot be guilty of treason. Yet Washington is believed to have used a grand jury to concoct such a case against him.

The new president of Ecuador is not the strong and good man than his predecessor was. Under Washingtons pressure Moreno is making life in the Ecuadorian embassy as unbearable as possible for Assange in an effort to force him out into British hands. Responding to Washingtons pressure, the British government will not honor his asylum, which prevents Assange from being able to leave the embassy.

There is no presence of democratic values in this affair. It is a repeat of the Soviet Unions treatment of Cardinal Mindszenty, only it is Washington, not Moscow, who is stamping on the face of freedom.



Mardi Gras Re-enactment "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Heading home this afternoon, I faced a dilemma. With a fifteen minute wait for the bus I was planning to catch, I couldnt decide whether to stop in to a nearby pub for a quick beer, or wait in line. In the end, my choice was made for me, as I saw a group of people walking up Oxford Street,


Opinion: Childrens teeth are paying the price for the cancellation of fluoridation in Calgary "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

As the school year draws to an end, it is time to consider how Calgary has been treating its children lately. In one respect, the answer is not well at all.

Calgary city council decided in 2011 to cease adjusting the fluoride levels in Calgary water. Three of us are dental specialists, and can attest to the devastating consequences.

Consider, for example, Sammys case. On a Saturday, his mother called a dental office reporting that the eight-year-old boy was irritable, feverish and crying constantly. The mother wanted an appointment for Monday morning, but we opened the office to see him. He was not well. An infection in his tooth had crept upward to his eye, such that his lower eyelid was closing.

This is a medical emergency. Once in the eye, a dental infection can travel rapidly to the brain and, if untreated, cause death. One of us went with his mother to Rockyview Hospital. Sammy was immediately given intravenous antibiotics and admitted. The next day, he was transferred to the Childrens Hospital for continued care.

Such systemic infections caused by dental infections are not unusual these days. In fact, we have had to change how we practice dentistry. When we had fluoridation, we would watch a small soft spot or cavity; we would wait to see whether it grew before drilling and filling. Now, we must pounce on the problem because, in the six months until the next appointment, that small, soft spot will likely become a huge hole in the tooth.

Consider another scenario. We now routinely see children whose primary and permanent molars are already decayed and require fillings as soon as the teeth erupt through the gums. When the dental decay is too severe, the infected teeth must be extracted. In very young children, such work must often be done under general anesthetic, which bears its own risks for kids and can be a horrible experience for the children and their parents.

Consequently, the child might need orthodontic care over a seven- to nine-year period to recreate a bite and to maximize the effectiveness of the remaining teeth. Prior to fluoridation cessation, we saw children in this state almost always from communities surrounding Calgary that did not have water fluoridation. Sadly, now Calgary children are losing teeth they will need throughout their adult lives.

Calgary children are not the only ones suffering. Adults need fluoridation too, especially seniors.

Fluoride is a mineral and occurs naturally in Calgary drinking water at 0.1 to 0.4 parts per million. It strengthens tooth structure, prevents decay and even reverses some decay. To be therapeutic, the fluoride level needs to be at 0.7 parts per million. At this level, fluoride remains safe and effective..........


Australian Society 2018: male violence and sport "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Counting Dead Women - 30 dead as of 14 June 2018

ABC News
, 22 June 2018:

State of Origin nights see a 40 per cent increase on average in domestic assault and about a 70 per cent increase in non-domestic assaults, research out today shows.

The Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education, which commissioned the study is calling on rugby league administrators to do more to reverse the trend.



How the ABC is faring in the Australian Parliament and who won't support the public broadcaster "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

According to Hansard at 10.02 0n 18 June 2018 the Petitions Committee presented a number of petitions for consideration by the House of Representatives.

This was one of them:

6) Australian Broadcasting Corporation The federal government awards the Australian Broadcasting Corporation $1 billion in funding per year. It is therefore the responsibility of the ABC to represent the people and not to push an ideological agenda onto the children of our great nation nor to bully the men and women of Australia who object to said agenda. This is exactly what 2 productions of the ABC (ABC Comedy and ABC Me) have done with their recently released "Internet Song", "What its like:" and "Privilege Rap" among other examples. This behaviour is not only morally reprehensible but is also in breach of Australian broadcasting Corporation Act of 1983 which states: "to ensure that the gathering and presentation by the Corporation of news and information is accurate and impartial according to the recognized standards of objective journalism;". We therefore ask the House to investigate the ABC for misuse of funds for the purposes of pushing an agenda and to drastically cut the ABC's funding by 90%. from 735 citizens (Petition No. EN0562)

The principal petitioner appears to be one Keiren Lincoln.



I Bought a $1500 Sailboat in Florida "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

It was a Friday afternoon in Florida; I had a couple of beers in me and a vague idea of a good deal and an adventure. This is the kind of challenge Ive been looking for, was how I reassured myself as I handed over the first cash instalment. I didnt even know how to sail.

I naively listened while the crack fiend of a salesman peppered me with strange sailing jargon and seemingly superfluous information. He seemed like a decent guy: a bit of a redneck with a gaggle of vices and a firm handshake. He was desperate for money and was missing his upper front teeth, but most of me trusted him. He told me hed fix the head gasket and promised to take me sailing when the weather was good. His name was Johnny.

I paid him two instalments of $400 and another two of $300. The total price of the boat was $1500, so I still owed him a further $100. I planned to leave the last hundred bucks hanging it was a weak attempt of ensuring his promises.

He called me the next Friday night asking if I had the hundred bucks on me. I told him I would need to withdraw cash from an ATM, butI didnt have a car. He offered to pick me up and drive me to one, but I told him that my bank card was on my uncles boat and that it would have to wait until tomorrow. He sounded drunk and pretty desperate. He told me hed had a fight with his old lady.

I offered to let him sleep on the boat he had sold me, but he declined, because apparently his old lady knew where the boat was. I imagined the two of them having some kind of violent domestic dispute on my new boat. It was an unappealing image. Then he asked me if I had 20 or 30 bucks to give him. This was unsettling. He told me that hed like to go sailing the next day to get away from it all and to call him in the morning.

Three days passed with no word from Johnny. He didnt answer my calls or take me sailing. I didnt really care at the time I was far more concerned about making money while the work was there, then pissing most of it away. The important logistics of my boat were completely distant from my hedonistic present.

A few days later, Johnny called while I was at work. He claimed that his grandpa had died and that hed flown out to Arizona for the funeral. His point was that his old lady really needed that hundred bucks. He left four or five messages to the same tune. That afternoon, I dropped the cash to his wife, who was surprisingly attractive and exuberant. I suspected that she was high on uppers or excited to buy drugs with the cash I had just given her. It reaffirmed to me that this w...


Woolworths organic food scam "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Woolworths are running a huge scam selling fake organic food under their Macro brand. I have previously written about Woolworths involvement in selling fake organic honey but the current investigation shows it goes way past that, including, but not limited to, fake organic food such as Apple Cider Vinegar, Virgin Coconut Oil, Tri Colour Quinoa (high protein edible seeds) and []


June 2018 newsletter "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Brunch to lunch duo!

Roger Nolan & Mitch Clarke, Brunch to Lunch
Saturday 9am   noon

Mitch Clarke at the microphoneIts part of Radio Mansfields mission to nurture young talent, and one of our new additions to our program does just that. Experienced broadcaster and trainer Roger Nolan has teamed up with young talent Mitch Clarke to present a great new two hour show on Saturday mornings called Brunch to Lunch.

Mitch is a student at Mansfield Secondary College and was originally encouraged to get involved by Dallas Daniels MSC drama teacher with her own radio show on Wednesday morning. To start with Roger was training Mitch for his own show, but Mitch has a lot going on with school, orchestra, Air Cadets and Junior SES, so when the Saturday timeslot came up they decided to combine training and broadcasting, with a double hander (to use a radio term!).

Mitch and Roger have worked together before; in MMuDS productions Lyfe of Bryan and Jekyll & Hyde. Mitch also plays trumpet in the MAD orchestra. According to Roger, Mitchs talents and interests make him a natural fit for radio.

The show presents a mix of young and old and across rock, pop, reggae, jazz, swing blues, ballads and a touch of country. Everything from Beethoven to Bruno Mars. Hits from the dance floor cover all decades.

The show is inclusive and just having fun in the High Country.

Vale Chris Deutscher

Chris Deutscher fire spottingRadio Mansfield volunteers joined family and friends at the funeral of Chris Deutscher on 30 May in Mansfield.

Chris was one of the fo...


PERTH Woman charged after car hits Perth group "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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Woman charged after car hits Perth group .

June 23, 2018 at 02:41PM .

The 27-year-old woman is due to face Perth Magistrates Court on Saturday accused of driving towards a group of people standing outside a Padbury .


PERTH Woman charged after allegedly hitting people with her car in Padbury "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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Woman charged after allegedly hitting people with her car in Padbury .

June 23, 2018 at 12:19PM .

with driving with a blood alcohol limit in excess of 0.08 and an act or omission causing bodily harm. She will appear in Perth Magistrates Court today .


PERTH Court for two women over alleged Perth thefts "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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Court for two women over alleged Perth thefts .

June 23, 2018 at 04:56PM .

aggravated burglary with intent, 12 counts of stealing and two counts of stealing a motor vehicle. They will appear in Perth Magistrates Court today. .


PERTH I wanted to run that c*** over: Single mother, 27, drives into a crowd of relatives after a boozy "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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I wanted to run that c*** over: Single mother, 27, drives into a crowd of relatives after a boozy .

June 23, 2018 at 07:11PM .

Ms Coffin faced the Perth Magistrates Court on charges of with act or omission doing bodily harm and having a blood alcohol content of 0.101 and was .



PERTH Car strikes woman, driver charged after brawl in Perths north "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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Car strikes woman, driver charged after brawl in Perths north .

June 23, 2018 at 12:31PM .

But the lawyer for Da Nika Blaise Coffin, 27, told Perth Magistrates Court that the single mother of two had acted out of self-preservation after family .



Dr. Hal Puthoff's speech at the Society for Scientific Exploration 2018 conference "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


The 37th conference of the Society for Scientific Exploration (SSE) was held in conjunction with the International Remote Viewing Association conference,  between 6-10 June 2018, in Las Vegas, USA. One of the speakers was Dr Hal Puthoff

Dr Puthoff spoke of his interest in the areas of a) quantum vacuum fluctuations, b) remote viewing, and c) Unidentified Aerial Phenomena. In this latter area, he spoke about his work with the Advanced Aerospace Weapon System Applications program. This post will highlight parts of his speech which interested me, and is not intended to be a full report of the speech. Quotes below are from Dr Puthoff's speech.

Name of the program

"The program was nicknamed Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program..."Advanced Aerospace Weapons Systems Application program" is the actual name of the program."

My comment:

The Defense Intelligence Agency's 2008 solicitation for bidders for this contract, states that the program was called Advanced Aerospace Weapon System Applications program.

When did the program begin?

"It began in June of 2007..."

My comment:

Although a number of people have made comments that the program commenced in 2007, I have not before seen a month in 2007 mentioned.

Terms used

I note that Dr Puthoff mostly  uses the term "Advanced Aerospace vehicles "when referring to the phenomenon under study.

Soviet Union

"This is a document in the program we dug out of the Soviet Union ("Thread-3.") It's a very thick document. It shows that the Soviet Union had a massive program also trying to get to the root of all of this. In this document a number of research institutes and military institutes are listed..."

My comment:

1. An Internet search using the term "Thread-3" failed to locate any information.

2. The reference to "a massive program" contrasts with information revealed in one of the UK UAP files released last year. File DEFE 24/3152 pages 219-220, reveals a DI55 paper titled 'Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP)" dated 19 June 1995.

Paragraph 26 reads:


26. [Redacted] have confirmed that at leas...


Hunter St Dongas "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

I keep getting in later than I mean too, so I didnt get as finished as I hoped today. I might do some more from some photos (cheating...) before I go back in a couple days of and hopefully complete this.

I can't leave it too long - the other landscape I'm doing on Castlereagh is St already obscured by the frame of a new building going up

I rushed to get the leaves in(at least the undercolour) before I go away for a week - they may have fallen when I get back, and who knows what else will have changed



The Young and The Virtuous "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Superb Rita Panahi (@RitaPanahi) June 23, 2018


Ronald Bernard Explains His Life and Satanism "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

by Mary W Maxwell, LLB

It is well worth 33 minutes of your time to listen to the entire video by Ronald Bernard. We have heard him before, speaking Dutch, but he is fluent in English.

This is a great presentation. He made it at the Westminster sitting, whatever that means, of the new group called International Tribunal for Natural Justice (not to be confused with a similar one founded by Kevin Annett in Canada) .

In a nutshell, Ronald Bernard had a cruel upbringing and it should have knocked the mickey out of him altogether. But later he was able to break out of it and find love, and give love. His story is somewhat like Wendy Hoffmans biography, Enslaved Queen. She thinks she would have been without the human trait of love except that when she was 4 years old a kind boy named Daniel looked after her.

For me the main importance of this video is that the speaker tells us how he came to put his conscience in the freezer and have no qualms about his assignment to wreck economies and businesses. He says that if he and colleagues read that a man had killed himself, due to business failure, leaving a wife and kids to suffer, they would all have a good laugh.

I have been told by reliable people that George W Bush could enjoy something like that. I recall Wayne Madsen reporting as soon as the Abu Ghraib story became known, that the Oval Office had a direct link to the prison to watch the torture.

I have often said that both the Bush presidents were tortured as children, and we should feel sorry for them.  Of course that does not mean we should let them be in charge of a nation.

Ronald says such people still have human in them but its locked in a bunker. And they are afraid of the adults.  They need a bridge to come over.  A bridge of forgiveness.  There is a whole army of people who want to take care of them. They also need affection, e.g., through animals.  This is at 14.50 minutes on the tape.

Thanks to the new tribunal for bringing this talk to us. Its getting about a thousand hits per day.

At 16.48 Bernard says Its not about the perpetrators. Its about the billions of people who are doing nothing. Thats us. Please give it a go.

Update: I have now watched 3 more of the videos and they are fabulous:

Anthony Stansfeld, an elected Police Commissioner for the Thames Valley, outs Lloyds and KPMG (its embarrassing, really to learn of the extent of their frauds);

Justin Walker digs into the Deep State by reference to the BIS Bank of International Settlements in Basle founded b...


The Weekend Quiz June 23-24, 2018 answers and discussion "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Here are the answers with discussion for this Weekends Quiz. The information provided should help you work out why you missed a question or three! If you havent already done the Quiz from yesterday then have a go at it before you read the answers. I hope this helps you develop an understanding of modern monetary theory (MMT) and its application to macroeconomic thinking. Comments as usual welcome, especially if I have made an error.

Question 1:

A rising household saving ratio combined with a rising external deficit that drains aggregate spending, doesnt necessarily mean that the government deficit has to rise to maintain current output growth.

The answer is True.

This question tests ones basic understanding of the sectoral balances that can be derived from the National Accounts. The secret to getting the correct answer is to realise that the household saving ratio is not the overall sectoral balance for the private domestic sector.

In other words, if you just compared the household saving ratio with the external deficit and the fiscal balance you would be leaving an essential component of the private domestic balance out private capital formation (investment).

To refresh your memory the sectoral balances are derived as follows. The basic income-expenditure model in macroeconomics can be viewed in (at least) two ways: (a) from the perspective of the sources of spending; and (b) from the perspective of the uses of the income produced. Bringing these two perspectives (of the same thing) together generates the sectoral balances.

From the sources perspective we write:

GDP = C + I + G + (X M)

which says that total national income (GDP) is the sum of total final consumption spending (C), total private investment (I), total government spending (G) and net exports (X M).

Expression (1) tells us that total income in the economy per period will be exactly equal to total spending from all sources of expenditure.

We also have to acknowledge that financial balances of the sectors are impacted by net government taxes (T) which includes all taxes and transfer and interest payments (the latter are not counted independently in the expenditure Expression (1)).

Further, as noted above the trade account is only one aspect of the financial flows between the domestic economy and the external sector. we have to include net external income flows (FNI).

Adding in the net external income flows (FNI) to Expression (2) for GDP we get the familiar gross national product or gross national income measure (GNP):



The Catholic Church in Resistance "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The tradition is represented as noble, the confiding link between confessor and penitent, a bridge never to be broken, even under pain of death.  Taken that way, the confessional is brandished as the Catholic Churchs great weapon against the wiles and predations of secular power.  The State shall have no say where the priests confidence is concerned, for all may go to him to seek amends.  The sacramental seal, goes the relevant code of canon law, is inviolable; therefore it is absolutely forbidden for the confessor to betray in any way a penitent in words or in any manner and for any reason.

Those points certainly have merits, even if these seem a touch faded after the sex abuse imbroglio the Church has found itself in.  Confession, which functions as a barometric reading of Catholic guilt, has developed its own succour and relish, an ecosystem of ritual and understanding resistant to the prying of the criminal law.  Not merely does its ironclad protection provide a dispensation from the laws of the land in certain troubling cases; the confession, in effect, serves as an economy of ordered guilt, reassurance for the next binge of sin. To remove it, or at the very least heavily qualify it, would be an unsettling challenge to a distinct Weltanschauung.

The process effectively permits all including erring priests to engage the process from either side of the grille. Historically, the process also imperilled children.  Pope Pius X, in decreeing in 1910 that confession should commence at the tender age of seven, permitted an army of celibates access to vulnerable, and in certain instances titillating flesh.

Legislators troubled by the enduring force and fascination with the seal of the confessional have gotten busy, most notably in Australia.  This was prompted, in no small part, by the findings and recommendations of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. We are satisfied, went the Australian report, that confession is a forum where Catholic children have disclosed their sexual abuse and where clergy have disclosed their abusive behaviour in order to deal with their own guilt.

One recommendation specifies that institutions which have a religious confession for children should implement a policy that requires the rite only to be conducted in an open space within the clear line of sight of another adult. But the members of the Royal Commission went beyond the spatial logistics of the confessional.  Institutional jolting was required.

Each state and territory government, argued Commission members, should pass legislation creating a criminal offence of failure to report targeted at child se...


Another $18.4M for Muslim Rohingyas from Bishop for Refugee Day - total >$70M 9 months "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Apparently Ms Bishop now understands that while the Rohingyas are a cause clbre for her UN mates, Australians understand that there are two sides to the story. We give nothing to the Burmese Buddhists attacked by the Muslim Rohingya. And now the UN's party-girl-in-chief Ms Bishop has taken to disguising...


Aboriginal land and nuclear waste dumping: A critically important Submission to Senate from Regina McKenzie, "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Ed note. This submission has an important attachment a  letter which will later be published on this site

Regina McKenzie Selection process for a national radioactive waste management facility in South Australia  (Submission No.107)

This independent submission addresses the following key points of the Terms of Reference of the Australian:  Senate Economic Reference Committee inquiry (2018) into the appropriateness and thoroughness of the site.  selection process for a national radioactive waste management facility at Kimba and Hawker in South  Australia:

  1. c) how any need for Indigenous support has played and will continue to play a part in  the process, including how Indigenous support has been or will be determined for each  process advancement stage; and
  1. f) any other related matters.

My name is Regina McKenzie and I am an identified (Aboriginal) Kuyani traditional owner for the area of land   currently subject to the National Radioactive Waste Management Facility Project (NRWMFP) at Barndioota, South Australia. I have extensive cultural knowledge of this portion of Adnyamathanha country and have  been working collaboratively with non Aboriginal specialist for well over ten years to investigat...


This is not science fiction. Donald Trump wants war in space "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Star Wars Redux: Trumps Space Force, Counter Punch   

If Donald Trump gets his way on formati...


The Self-Healing Revolution Energy Psychology Explained "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

This article by Global Freedom Movement.

The energy psychology revolution is upon us, turning the standard Western healing model on its head, putting the patient back in the drivers seat, and moving beyond the band-aid solutions that pervade mainstream psychiatry and psychology. This is the revolution that Big Pharma and institutional psychiatry hope you never hear about.

The article The Self-Healing Revolution Energy Psychology Explained appeared first on Global Freedom Movement.


Renaissance Centre/Mount Saint Marys for sale "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Renaissance Centre/Mount Saint Marys site is for sale again. Perfect if you have a lazy $7m and willingness to take on a difficult site which hasnt been well maintained. The advert mentions the previous development approval for 120+ apartments. The 4 acre site is the largest development site left within the central Katoomba area.


War Powers Cases, Part 3: Made Mistake? Consult Louis Fisher or Tulsi Gabbard "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

B-52 bomber. Photo by Sgt Ralph Hallman, US Air Force, at 

by Mary W Maxwell, LLB

This series aims to report on war-powers cases, in which American citizens have asked the court...


Alex Williamson: So Wrong, Its Wrong at Byron Theatre "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Dont miss the latest and greatest live comedy show from the brilliantly twisted mind of the Loosest Aussie Bloke Alex Williamson. Alex Williamsons prolific writing sees him yearly bring a new swathe of characters, songs and stand-up comedy to life in a hilarious live solo show and has earned him a whopping three million online followers.

Friday 29th June 7:30pm
Tix: Full $37.50 | Concession $29.90 | Age 15+

Did someone say drugs, pedos & terrorists? Probably not, alas these are just some of the topical/fun themes touched upon in this one hour honesty session. If youre not an 85 year old church-goer, therell be something in this show for you. But by all means come along if you are an 85 year old church goer, just flick your hearing aid off and laugh along in a haze of dementia.

Alexs twisted outlook will shake your faith in humanity at times, before restoring it ever so slightly, then smashing it once again beyond repair. But hey, at least its entertaining.

1/2 crude, yet hilarious its unfiltered, politically incorrect and downright naughty! This Is Radelaide

modern comedy at its finest All About Entertainment

Hilarious. Keen eye, wicked mind, razor-sharp tongue Herald Sun

Williamson enters a whole new realm of comedy If youre not afraid of going to hell, go see Alex. If you laugh, its nothing a few Hail Marys cant fix Lots Wife

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Van Gogh: Of Wheat Fields and Clouded Skies Art on Screen presented by Byron Theatre "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

WHAT: A film about the life and work of Van Gogh.

WHEN: July 1, 2018 @ 1:00 pm 2:15 pm

WHERE: Byron Theatre, 69 Jonson Street, Byron Bay NSW 2481

COST: Full $20 | Concession $18 | Byron Theatre Club $18 | Student under 18 $15

A stunning new exploration of the life and work of  Van Gogh, through the eyes of his most devoted admirer and owner of the largest private collection of his artworks, HeleneKrller-Mller (1869-1939).

Gain unprecedented access to legendary artistic treasures, experience the rare architectural beauty of the Krller-Mller Museum, and journey into the past through the Milanese, Florentine, Roman and Palladian Renaissance. With a special focus on the importance of drawing as part of his artistic technique, be immersed in the life of one of the worlds greatest artists as Van Goghs story reveals itself from Paris to Provence.

Van Gogh: Of Wheat Fields and Clouded Skies tells the story of the Van Goghs burning passion for art, bringing together 40 remarkable paintings and 85 drawings from the Krller-Mller Museum in Holland.

11.00am Internet sales close
12.00pm Venue doors open | Box Office sales open
12.40pm Theatre doors open
1.00pm  Van Gogh: Of Wheat Fields and Clouded Skies
2.15pm Event concludes (No interval)

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3pm Sun 24 Jun TOMORROW | Dont deport Priya, Nades and their children to danger "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Hosted by Bring Home to Bilo (Biloela community), Tamil Refugee Council and RAC When: 3-4pm Sunday 24 June Where: State Library of Victoria, 328 Swanston St, Melbourne Facebook event here Priya, Nades and their children Kopica and Tharunicaa have received a removal notice that could see them deported to danger in Sri Lanka. RAC, Home(...)


Dow 50,000? Dont Laugh "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Youll know our regular US contributor Jim Rickards often paints a bleak picture for the US stock market.

I thought wed take the opportunity this weekend to hear the counter argument from another American voice.

Its always important to hear both sides in any market. Its the only way to continually stress test your knowledge, assumptions and positions.

A lot of people dont like this. They just want to be told what to do and then blame someone else if it doesnt work out.

Thats not you, if youre reading The Daily Reckoning Australia. You know theres two sides to every trade and that certainty doesnt hold a place in any rational investment plan.

There are only probabilities.

Theres a lot of voices prepared to tell you that US markets have likely peaked. After all, US stocks have been rising since 2009.

However, theres good evidence to suggest US stocks can keep pushing higher.

In fact, the last stage of a bull market can actually lead to the most explosive gains.

Find out for yourself below


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Callum Newman,
Editor, The Daily Reckoning Australia

Dow 50,000? Dont Laugh

By Mike Burnick, Contributing Editor

Mike Burnick

2018 is turning out to be a year of higher volatility for glo...


World Refugee Week Vigil: Video "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

See video from June 22 vigil here  


Domestic gas shortage averted not even nearly beneficial "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) recently produced forecasts that gas availability would not be a constraint on electricity supply over the coming years, notwithstanding the tremendous increase in Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) exports.  AEMO projects the following picture.

The expanded LNG demand is supplied by the export oriented west coast gas facilities (which produce about half of the nations gas) and by the, mainly Queensland, unconventional gas resulting from fracking.  It is this Queensland gas that has been the subject of controversy as the availability of terminals to allow its export has caused the domestic gas price to rise from a traditional $3-4 per petajoule to over $12 before settling at its present level of around $9 per petajoule.

Particular concern was the supply of gas for electricity generation (GPG in the above chart).  Gas provides about 10 per cent of electricity (wind, solar, rooftop about the same; hydro 7 per cent).  Last years high prices led to government jawboning and threats to the east coast miners that they would be forced to divert some supplies from exports, unless they did so voluntarily.

Usage for electricity is now scheduled to be reduced without this threatening the overall supply. The relief of the gas for electricity supply situation in Australia is partly due to an increase projected supply of the subsidised wind and solar production that has utterly devastated the once highly competitive electricity industry.  This form of cavalry-to-the-rescue is just what is not needed.

The fact is the shortage of gas, like any shortage, is only a shortage in relation to price.  There are certainly no uncontracted supplies available at the $3-4 per pj that previously prevailed and why should there be when suppliers can get net of cost returns of $7 from overseas markets?

Unlike Australia, the US has managed to combine surging domestic demand with booming exports and retained a price at under $4 per pj (this is the Henry Hub price, the normal domestic marker, but, in fact in some areas prices are much lower they have recently been down to $1 in New York).  Here is the US historical trade positio...


July 25, 2018 Fourth Annual International Day of Solidarity with Antifascist Prisoners "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The post July 25, 2018 Fourth Annual International Day of Solidarity with Antifascist Prisoners appeared first on It's Going Down.

Announcing the 4th annual call for an international day of solidarity with antifascist prisoners.

Since the last July 25th International Day of Solidarity with Antifascist Prisoners, the worldwide struggle against the nightmare of fascism and the far-right has grown and intensified. The news bulletins steadily report the racist and bigoted attacks, the harassment of journalists, the demonization of refugees and migrants, and the increasing presence and violence of organized fascist and far-right groups. While the bigoted, nationalist imagination reproduces itself on a global scale, it also attempts to turn us all into prisoners of the border.

Originating in 2014 as a Day of Solidarity with Jock Palfreemanan Australian man serving a 20-year sentence in Bulgaria for defending two Romani men from an attack by fascist football hooligansthe International Day of Solidarity with Antifascist Prisoners aims to break down the borders and build an international response against fascism. By having an event, raising money, or dedicating an action to these comrades, we can simultaneously strengthen our local movements by ensuring that those who have acted to protect our communities against the fascist threat are never forgotten, as well as create the links of a powerful international solidarity which can transcend both the prison and the border wall.

This July 25th, we call on antifascists worldwide to act in solidarity with antifascist prisonersthe comrades who have been behind bars for many years, the friends who have just begun their sentences, the mates still awaiting trialbecause they are in there for us, and so we must be out here for them!

No Pasaran!
Until All Are Free!


Global List of Antifascist Prisoners

Below is a list of global antifascist prisoners who are currently imprisoned. Hundreds more have been arrested but have not been convicted; we encourage local groups to support the antifascists of their choosing who are in legal trouble. If you are not donating to a specific person, a good option is to support the...


Barry Brooks poorly informed commentary on the Fukushima nuclear catastrophe "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Barry Brook Position in the light of Ergen Enforced Amnesia or Ignorance ? Nuclear Exhaust, 22 June 18 The Aim of this post is to present the mass media statements of knowledge and opinion given by Prof. Barry Brook.

 Prof. Brook has presented the pro-nuclear environmentalist case for a number of years. I was and remain particularly interested in his public level presentations regarding the nuclear accident at Fukushima Diiachi in March 2011.

Prof. Brooks, assured as he is by the statements of government and private nuclear experts, vigorously proposes that the risks of a greatly and rapidly expanded nuclear reactor for power sector are far less than the unmitigated risks of sudden climate change.

Both over the history of the nuclear age and since the accident a Fukushima Diiachi. It is my view that nuclear authorities have twice justified their actions on the premise that they and their skills and technology were and are needed to save the planet.  .. nuclear experts and authorities have many very many false claims regarding the safety of the human dose response to exposures of radiation in absorbed dose quanta which suit the experts at the time.  ..

on the basis of medical ethics, nuclear authorities often deliberately conflate medical treatment doses and medical diagnosis doses of radiation exposure with additional doses, whatever they are from case to case, imposed as a result of nuclear...


The danger of Australia mindlessly aligning with the Anglosphere "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Australias dangerous obsession with the Anglosphere, The Conversation,  Dennis AltmanProfessorial Fellow in Human Security, La Trobe University, 22 June 18 

Over the past three weeks the ABC program...


Charisma in the nuclear age is a bitch "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Charisma in the nuclear age is a bitch. A century ago, the great German sociologist Max Weber showed that modern political authority has two varieties: charismatic and bureaucratic. Charismatic authority is based on personality and is disruptive; bureaucratic authority is based on rules and promises continuity.

Charisma in the nuclear age,  SHARON SQUASSONI  Sharon Squassoni is research professor at the Institute for International Science and Technology Policy, Elliott School of International Affairs, at the George Washington University.

From his speech patterns to his body language, President Donald Trump exudes charisma. Perhaps to the despair of more stalwart democratic leaders, he acts instinctively rather than methodically. His approach to the historic Singapore summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was, he told the press, to size up Kim in the first few minutes and ascertain whether a deal was possible.

And so it was. On the heels of a testy G-7 summit and months of name-calling between Trump and Kim, observers may be grateful that the summit went so well. The two leaders smiled, shook hands, and posed for the cameras. They shared a...


Water wars: A new front in the fight against Adani "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

GreenLeftWeekly , author Margaret Gleeson  June 21, 2018

In April Adani applied to the federal Department of Environment and Energy
to expand a dam by 450% and build a pipeline for its Carmichael coalmine,
without an assessment under national environment laws.

The project, North Galilee Water Scheme, involves expanding an existing
2.2 billion-litre dam to 10 billion litres and building associated infrastructure,
including 110 kilometres of pipeline to transport water
from the Suttor River and Burdekin Basin. The aim is to supply at least
12.5 gigalitres of fresh water to the Carmichael coalmine and
other mines in the Galilee Basin in central Queensland.

In its application, Adani said the water trigger applies only to
projects associated with extraction.

Its an incredibly narrow reading of the EPBC Act, said
Australian Conservation Foundation Stop Adani campaigner Christian Slattery.
Clearly its a project connected with coalmining.

If this interpretation is accepted by the minister it further demonstrates
the weaknesses of the EPBC Act and the need for a new generation of environmental laws.

Labors environment spokesperson Tony Burke said the government should ensure
a thorough and rigorous environmental assessment is conducted:
Adani cannot evade the scrutiny of the expert independent scientific committee,
and the minister for the environment should not be facilitating an opportunity for Adani
to avoid scientific scrutiny on its use of water.

The more I look at this [Carmichael] project and the way the company has dealt with
different layers of government the more sceptical I have become.

Lock the Gate Alliance campaign coordinator Carmel Flint said the proposal came
when most of central Queensland is in drought and the effects on other water users
and the environment must be considered.

Adani is apparently trying to sneak through approval for a massive water scheme
without a full environmental assessment in our view thats an activity
which is absolutely required to go through the water trigger, she said.

Adanis claims in the application,....


UK grappling with unstable canisters for nuclear waste "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Power Technology 21st June 2018 ,NDA to spend billions stabilising plutonium canisters. The National Audit Office (NAO) has released a report detailing the unstable condition of highly dangerous plutonium canisters at the Sellafield nuclear plant, said to be decaying faster than anticipated.

The report, titled Progress with reducing risk at Sellafield warns that if these canisters were to leak it would prove an intolerable risk...


Radioactive waste canisters corroded "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

One in three nuclear waste barrels damaged , DPA/The Local
@thelocalgermany 10 October 2014    Inspectors in northern Germany have found that a third of barrels containing radioactive waste at a decommissioned nuclear plant are da...


Australian company given green light to extract PNG coal "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Mayur MD, Paul Mulder with Gulf Provincial Governor, Chris Havieta, signing an agreement in 2017

Radio New Zealand | 22 June 2018

An Australian company has been granted an environmental permit to extract coal in Papua New Guineas Gulf Province.

Mayur Resources has been given the green light to proceed with an exploration licence, owned by the companys subsidiary in PNG, Waterford Ltd.

Its the first time that the Conservation and Environmental Protection Authority (CEPA) has issued an environmental permit for coal bulk sampling in PNG to enable commercial grade shipments.

According to PNG Industry News, the conditions of the permit include the submission and implementation of a robust environmental management plan.

Managing director Paul Mulder said it was an exciting step in bringing PNG coal to the international mar...


Blowback Over Japanese Plan to Reuse Tainted Soil From Fukushima Fukushima 311 Watchdogs "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

June 14, 2018 By Brian Yap Japans plan to reuse soil contaminated with radiation from the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear power plant accident for agriculture is sparking something of its own nuclear reaction. Residents and other critics dont want any part of it. Pollutants contained in crops will surely pollute air, water and soil, thereby contaminating food []

via Blowback Over Japanese Plan to Reuse Tainted Soil From Fukushima Fukushima 311 Watchdogs


Weekend reads "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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Have a great weekend!


June 22 Energy News geoharvey "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Science and Technology: The results from the first experimental agrophotovoltaic program by the Fraunhofer Institute For Solar Energy Systems near Lake Constance in Germany found combining agriculture and farming increased the output of the land by 60% over what it would be if the same land was devoted 100% to farming or 100% to []

via June 22 Energy News geoharvey


June 23 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

1810 - Gov Lachlan Macquarie had wont to send an email...but lacking the necessary pigeons to hold the horse hairs together to make contact with the interwebs, Macquarie instead opened the first Aussie post office, at Circular Quay.

1830 - Harry Cade was hanged for highway robbery near Parramatta. Cade was transported at the age of fourteen and executed after he turned sixteen.

1830 - Jack Field was hanged at Sydney for stealing from a settler named Pike.

1830 - Henry O'Neil was hanged at Sydney for highway robbery.

1839 - Thomas Sumner , George Cooke , Ryder Gorman and Dennis Dacey were hanged at Sydney for robbery with violence at the house of William Woods and rape of Ann Amlin at King's Plains (Blayney)

1862 - Cobb & Co began writing themselves into Aussie history with their coach service galloping about NSW from their headquarters in Bathurst.

1862 - Not that we're calling them size queens but....The western boundary of Queensland changed from Longitude 141 degrees to 138 degrees.

1865 - Vic Parliament created its own debate reporting department. J. J. Casey in his speech to Parliament noted 'in the opinion of this house, provision should be made to secure an accurate report of the debates in Parliament in the form of Hansard'. Parliamentary reporting had previously been undertaken by journalists from The Argus newspaper.

1866 - Today was the date in the diary for the drilling of the first oil well in the Fair Isle of OZ; it was located at Alfred Flat, Coorong, in South OZ,  due to an algal scum "coorongite" being mistaken for bitumen.

1867 - The Nepean River, NSW, flooded to an estimated height of about 13.4 metres in the river, and 27.47 metres on land. It had a devastating effect on the riverside communities; six died.

1869 - Prince Alfred Wesleyan College opened in Adelaide, SA.

1870 - At the pilot station on the Macleay River they reported they had a severe shock at ten minutes past 6 p.m., it stopped a clock. There was another slight shock at 7 p.m.

1870 - Adam Lindsay Gordon's successful "Bush Ballads and Galloping Rhymes" was published and Henry Kendall showed him a proof copy of the enthusiastic review he had written.
At dawn the next morning Gordon went to the beach at Brighton and shot himself.

1874 - Gottlieb Eichhorn was hanged at Armidale Gaol for the rape of seventy-two-year-old Eliza Chapman at Saumarez Ponds. Mrs Chapman died from the injuries received. Eichhorn was sixteen at the time of the crime.

1886 - Politician John Cash Neild spoke for nine hours against the NSW Jennings government's introduction of mild ad valorem duties, thereby earning the nickname 'Jawbone'.

1887 - Will...

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Two men charged after police officers allegedly assaulted Byron Bay "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Two men have been arrested after two police officers were allegedly assaulted in Byron Bay early on Friday morning.

About 2am (Friday 22 June 2018), police were called to a nightclub on Jonson Street, after two men became aggressive toward security guards when they were told to leave.

During an attempt to arrest the men, a struggle ensued during which the officers were assaulted.

The pair fled the area and police commenced inquiries.

About 10.40am today, two men, aged 28 and 29, attended Byron Bay Police Station where they were arrested.

The 29-year-old was charged with assault police cause actual bodily harm (x2), resist police, incite to resist/hinder police officer, use offensive language in public place and remain in vicinity by excluded person.

The man was refused bail to appear at Tweed Heads Bail Court today (Saturday 23 June 2018).

The 28-year-old was charged with resist officer in execution of their duty and remain in vicinity by excluded person.

He was granted conditional bail to appear at Tweed Heads Bail Court today (Saturday 23 June 2018).

The leading senior constable sustained stomach, finger, neck and chin injuries.

The constable sustained leg and shoulder injuries.

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MACKAY Daily Mercury "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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US President Donald Trump takes a well-deserved hit in the cojones "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

This little girl couldn't fight back against the full weight of Donald J. Trump's cruel racism.

Time magazine cover for 2 July 2018 issue

Until an American late night show expressed its opinion...........

If only real life delivered such swif...


Athletes standing together for justice "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Many people would have heard of Tommie Smith and John Carlos, winners of the gold and bronze medals in the 200 meters event at the 1968 Olympics held in Mexico, because of their black-gloved clenched fist salute protesting racism captured in the iconic photograph below. Carlos had left his pair of black gloves back at the Olympic village, which is why he and Smith each wore a single glove on different hands.

The third man in the photo is Australian Peter Norman, who was white and a staunch anti-racism advocate. He won the silver medal and also joined in the protest but differently, wearing a button that said Olympic Project for Human Rights. For his action, Norman was vilified by the people in his home country, ostracized by the Australian authorities, and deliberately overlooked for the 1972 Olympics, despite being the highest finisher for an Australian sprinter in Olympic history and a contender for the gold medal. When the 2000 Olympics were held in Sydney he was not invited by the Australians to be part of the ceremonies. It was American athletes and the US Olympics Committee that invited Norman to be part of their delegation and stay with them at the village. It was just recently that the Australian Olympic Committee tried to make amends for their past awful behavior and awarded Norman a posthumous Order of Merit.

A couple of years ago, I wrote about the deep and lasting friendship that developed between these three men, including how Smith and Carlos went to Australia to deliver eulogies and be pall bearers at Normans funeral in 2006 following his death from a heart attack at the early age of 64. In the June/July 2018 issue of The Progressive (not online yet), Dave Zirin adds some stories of the bonds between them that I was not aware of.

John Carlos has told me, in conversations over the years, I always felt like Peter Norman, after those Olympics, had it tougher than Tommie or me because in the United States they took turns kicking our asses. In Australia, Peter was on his own.

When San Jose State University erected a massive statue in tribute to alumni Smith and Carlos in 2005, they decided to leave the silver medal stand empty. After Carlos received word that Norman would not be represented, he marched into the office of the schools president and said he wouldnt have anything to do with a statue of....


New Sri Lankan spiders get Enid Blyton names "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

This video says about itself:

Science Bulletins: Seeking SpidersBiodiversity on a Different Scale

4 October 2012

Recognizing the tiny species of any ecosystem is hugely important for defining its overall diversity. But miniscule forms of life are often invisible to conservation efforts because they have yet to be described in detail. Dr. Norman Platnick of the American Museum of Natural History is leading an important initiative to discover biodiversity on a smaller scale. Having devoted decades to the study of spiders, Dr. Platnick now leads a team of 45 investigators from 10 countries in the largest-ever research project on spiders, identifying members of the goblin spider family. This group of spiders is widely distributed but largely unknown, primarily due to their small sizeat 1.2-3mm, they measure one-half to one-third the length of the average spider. This video follows Dr. Platnicks team into the Ecuadorian jungle as they collect and identify scores of unrecognized goblin spiders, showing how little we know about the full breadth of global biodiversity.

From ScienceDaily:

Six new species of goblin spiders named after famous goblins and brownies

June 21, 2018

Summary: A remarkably high diversity of goblin spiders is reported from the Sri Lankan forests. Nine new species are described in a recent paper, where six are named after goblins and brownies from Enid Blytons childrens books. There are now 45 goblin spider species belonging to 13 genera known to inhabit the island country.

Fictional characters originally described by famous English childrens writer Enid Blyton have given their names to six new species of minute goblin spiders discovered in the diminishing forests of Sri Lanka.

The goblins Bom, Snooky and Tumpy and the b...


Glazov Moment: Australian Broadcasting Corporation Celebrates Hijab "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

This new Glazov Gang episode features the Jamie Glazov Moment with Jamie Glazov. Jamie discusses Australian Broadcasting Corporation Celebrates Hijab and asks: Is the Hijab really just so sensuous and such an incredible source of empowerment? Dont miss it! Subscribe to the Glazov Gangs YouTube Channel and follow us on Twitter: @JamieGlazov. Please donate through []


NSW Budget 2018-19: what the NSW North Coast can expect by way of state funding "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Berejiklian Coalition Government approached NSW Budget 2018-19 with an est. $3.9 billion surplus and projected smaller surpluses in following years.

In large measure due to the sale of the state's interest in the Snowy Mountain Scheme to the federal government.

This is what the budget papers indicate the state government is willing to spend on the est. 517,000 residents living within across the local government areas of Ballina, Bellingen, Byron, Clarence Valley, Coffs Harbour, Kempsey, Kyogle, Lismore, Nambucca, Port Macquarie, Hastings, Tweed and Richmond Valley.

The following are excerpts from Budget documents.

The North Coast is a long string of seaside communities with a heavy focus on tourism and is the most biologically diverse region in New South Wales. The Government is delivering better education and health services for the region and delivering significant investment in roads to enable smoother and safer connections.



Memes of the Week "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The twitterverse was quite vocal this week across a number of issues......



Fishing Nets and Market Economy Status Tie up US-Vietnam Trade "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Vietnam and America, once enemies, and now comprehensive partners, have developed a significant bilateral relationship since the two countries have moved away from the wars painful past and embraced a new future with greater vision.

This weeks trade mission to Washington led by Deputy Prime Minister Vuong Dinh Hue comes at a sensitive time when the Trump Administration is embroiled in trade disputes with China, the European Union, Canada, and Mexico.

Last year Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phucs meeting in the Oval Office with President Donald helped reboot a US-Vietnam dialogue. Hues mission during this visit will be to lobby for Hanois market economy status so that Washington will lift tariffs on their fish exports, namely catfish and shrimp among other products.

On the surface, US-Vietnam evolving economic relations moves the trade needle closer to increased normalization, but more work is needed according to sources in both Washington and Vietnam. The US- Vietnam Bilateral Trade Agreement (BTA) signed in 2001 was the signature key element in Vietnams short march from the battlefields into the labyrinth of legal reform, trade liberalization, and the World Trade Organization (WTO) membership.

The BTA sent a positive signal to investors and producers, especially with regards to labor-intensive manufacturers.  Nevertheless, in what global investors deem a socialist market-driven economy, Washington still designates Vietnam as a non-market economy. Under the terms of its WTO accession agreement with the U.S., Vietnam is to remain a non-market economy under U.S. law for up to 12 years after its accession or until it meets the U.S. criteria for a market economy designation.

Some policy experts remain optimistic about Vietnams progressive steps towards becoming a true market economy.

America and Vietnam widely acknowledge that globalization reflects a central facet in foreign investment in manufacturing plants like Nike in Vietnam, which employs over 400,000 young women. The tide of foreign direct investment pouring into the country has yielded many dividends, including a dramatic fall in Vietnams poverty rates, growing living standards, and increased life expectancy.

Vietnams cautious and sequenced adoption of market institutions has brought more than two decades of impressive economic performance, all while leaving the countrys underlying political economy largely intact claims Matthew Busch, a research fellow at Australias Lowy Institute.


Pushing for Market Economy Status

Vietnamese leaders are eager to see the United States change the status to a market economy since Hanoi is currently penalized with onerous antidumping and countervailing duties in excess of...


Paedophile spared prison to prey on victims in market stalls in Queensland. "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

If there's ever a failure of 'justice' to the victims of paedophiles, this is just one example.

Bundaberg judge Keith Dodds supports paedophiles like Bob Fordham (Facebook profile: ) being among the community.

If they become repeat offenders, it's more 'business' for the courts.

If you're a paedophile in Bundaberg, you'd want Keith Dodds to 'judge' you, right?

Do you really want to be 'friends' with a paedophile who will have access to your photos that you put up of your children?

See article from 27 Mar 2009 by of the headline:

Fordham gets suspended sentence

DESPITE admitting to owning a collection of child pornography that included videos of children as young as five being raped, Bob Fordham was yesterday allowed to walk free from the Bundaberg District Court.

The former AFL Bundaberg Wide Bay (AFLBWB) president received two cumulative jail sentences, one with parole and one suspended, after pleading guilty to two child porn charges.

In Fordham's sentencing yesterday morning, crown prosecutor Kylie Ward told the court that police, who were acting on information from an international child pornography operation, found a collection of 10 child pornography videos on Fordham's computer last June.

The videos, some of which were more than 25 minutes long, included children aged between five and 14 performing sexual acts on adults.

Ms Ward asked the court to send a strong message to child predators by jailing Fordham, but Judge Keith Dodds sentenced him to a 12-month suspended jail sentence for knowingly possessing child pornography and an 18-month jail sentence, with immediate parole, for using a carrier service to commit the crime.

Another man arrested in the same operation pleaded guilty to possessing more than 900 child exploitation images which included infants being sexually abused - but was released immediately on parole and probation.

Fordham 'jaded'

Former AFL Bundaberg W...


The Bangalow BBQ and Blue Grass Festival 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Bangalow BBQ and Blue Grass Festival Old Time Variety Show 2018

Fri 17th Aug, A&I Hall 6-10pm

Sat 18th Aug, Showgrounds 10am-5:30pm

Bangalow Showgrounds

Great local food and quality musicianship in a fun family day out raising funds for local Arts & Culture

Friday 17th Old Time Variety Show 6pm till 10pm at the A&I Hall delicious barbecue and great bluegrass

Saturday 18th BBQ & Bluegrass Festival 10am till 5pm at the Bangalow Showgrounds family friendly event, barbecue competition, bluegrass on the main stage, Kids Games $2, Tasting Plates $10.

The post The Bangalow BBQ and Blue Grass Festival 2018 appeared first on Byron Bay Blog.


Powerful M6.1 quake strikes Port Villa, Vanuatu - Location considered "unusual" "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A POWERFUL 6.1-magnitude earthquake has hit Vanuatu, US seismologists said, but there were no immediate reports of damage. The quake struck at a depth of 21 kilometres some 30 kilometres west of the capital Port Vila, the US Geological Survey said. USGS said there was low likelihood of casualties and damage although it added that recent earthquakes in the area had caused secondary hazards such as landslides. "Definitely shaking would have been felt in the area, but we have received no reports yet of any damage," Geoscience Australia duty seismologist Hugh Glanville told AFP.


A riot of colour "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

in the garden this morning!

Eastern Spinebill feeding on Correa pulchella, Wyndham Street Newstead, 22nd June 2018


Why a US-Style Housing Bust & Mortgage Crisis Can Happen in Canada, Australia, and Other Bubble Markets "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Why a US-Style Housing Bust & Mortgage Crisis Can Happen in Canada, Australia, and Other Bubble Markets by Wolf Richter Wolf Street Despite persistent and false memes to the contrary. When a housing downturn gets big enough, there will...

The post Why a US-Style Housing Bust & Mortgage Crisis Can Happen in Canada, Australia, and Other Bubble Markets appeared first on The Daily Coin.


Victory! South Korean Court Rules That It Is Illegal To Kill Dogs For Food "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

By Amanda Froelich,

South Korea is one step closer to outlawing the consumption of canines. In a landmark decision, a South Korean court ruled that the killing of dogs for meat is illegal.

On Thursday, the city court in Bucheon reviewed a case brought by the animal rights group Care against a dog farm operator. Activists accused the man of killing animals without proper reasons and for violating building and hygiene regulations. The man was convicted and fined 3m won (2,050). Most noteworthy is that the court said meat consumption is not a legal reason to kill dogs.

Said Kim Kyung-eun, a lawyer for Care: It is very significant in that it is the first court decision that killing dogs for dog meat is illegal itself. She added that the precedent is paving the way for a total ban in South Korea.

Dog meat has been a part of South Korean cuisine since first century AD. Every year, approximately 1 million dogs are eaten in the country. But in recent years, the tradition has been challenged by animal rights activists and younger generations in the country. To crack down on dog farms, as well as appease the public, authorities have invoked hygiene regulations and some animal protection laws. There is still no specific ban against the consumption of canines, though.

According to a survey conducted last year, approximately 70 percent of South Koreans do not eat dog mean. Yet surprisingly, only 40 pe...


Tax-payer forks out $20,000 for Kimba children to have nuclear propaganda trip to Lucas Heights "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


Federal Government pays for schoolkids from country SA to go on a nuclear fact-finding tour, Erin Jones, Regional Reporter, The Advertiser, 21 June 18

AUSTRALIAN taxpayers are forking out nearly $20,000 to send Kimba school students on an all-expenses paid, five-night excursion to Sydney to learn about radioactive waste.



Minister Matt Canavan lies on ABC radio, about having broad community support for nuclear waste dump sites "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Katrina Bohr No Nuclear Waste Dump Anywhere in South Australia, June 20 at 12:20 PM  An interview with Matt Canavan, near the end. His flexible term of broad community support for a nuclear waste facility is quoted in the Australian-There is already broad community support for three South Australian properties.

This is news to those communities. Another example of the flawed process....


Community Benefit Programme essential (?bribery) part of push for nuclear waste dump for Flinders Ranges "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Projects near possible nuclear sites receive funding,   SA sites earmarked as possible nuclear waste facility sites have received $4 million in funding for various community projects Stock Journal 11 Apr 2018, 

PROJECTS near Kimba and Wallerberdina Station, which have been earmarked as possible nuclear waste facility sites, will receive $4 million through new National Radioactive Waste Management Facility Community Benefit Programme grants.

Minister for Resources and Northern Australia Matt Canavan said 45 projects had been awarded funding.

These communities, presently being consulted about hosting a National Radioactive Waste Management Facility, were invited to submit applications for projects that will deliver social and economic benefits to their area, Mr Canavan said

Two sites in Kimba and one at Wallerberdina Station volunteered to host the facility, and are presently in a detailed community and technical assessment process. The Community Benefit Programme is a key part of the process. ...


Support for climate action is rising in Australia: but are politicians listening? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Lowy Institute Poll shows Australians support for climate action at its highest level in a decade , The Conversation    Matt McDonald, Associate Professor of International Relations, The University of Queensland, June 21, 2018 

The annual Lowy Institute Poll on Australian attitudes to the world and global issues for 2018 has been released. Among a series of interesting findings, one thing is clear: support for climate action and renewable energy continue to grow.

In response to the surveys questions on climate and energy, 59% of respondents agreed with the statement: climate change is a serious and pressing problem. We should begin taking steps now even if this involves significant costs.

This represents an increase of 5 percentage points from 2017, and a consistent increase in support for this statement over the past six years. It suggests that support for climate action in Australia is bouncing back towards its high point of 68% in the first set of Lowy Polls in 2006.

Whats more, while the federal government doggedly pursues a...


Pledge to vote for refugee rights "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Take the pledge here I will only give my first preference vote to a party that: (1) supports bringing the refugees detained on Manus and Nauru to Australia, and offering them permanent protection, (2) ensures people seeking asylum have access to education, employment and income support, allowing them to live with dignity, (3) ends the(...)


Australian Medical Association urges fixing the uranium-polluted water supplies to remote communities "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Filtering out heavy metals years away, despite high uranium detected in water, ABC News , By Bridget BrennanIsabella Higgins and Stephanie Zillman, -20 June 18

The Northern Territory Government has downplayed concern following the ABCs revelation that drinking water has been high in uranium in three Aboriginal communities for a decade even as the Power and Water Corporation said a plan to filter heavy metals was still years away.

Key points:

  • Earlier this week ABC revealed at least three Central Australian communities have uranium levels in drinking water that exceed health guidelines
  • The NT Health Minister has now responded, saying the NT Health Department and Power and Water were working together on the issue
  • But medical professionals said the situation was unacceptable

The response came as the Australian Medical Association urged the water supplies be fixed, with Aboriginal health organisations describing the situation as unacceptable.

On Tuesday, ABCs 7.30 revealed the central desert communities of Laramba, Wilora and Willowra supplied bore water with elevated levels of uranium.

Data from the Power and Water Corporation showed Larambas water supply contained uranium at higher than 0.04 milligrams per litre (mg/L).

Australian Drinking Water Guidelines outline those levels should not exceed 0.017 mg/L and the corporation agreed that several communities are drinking water above the national guidelines.

Yet the Power and Water Corporation said a plan to filter out elevated levels of heavy metals like uranium from drinking water in some Central Australian communities is still years away.

Doctors said fixing the supply should be a priority.

Contaminants which do make the drinking water unsafe to drink above the guidelines as stipulated, shoul...


Liberal Coalition attacks on the ABC will rebound against them "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

James Cogans speech at Sydney rally to free Julian Assange

Constant attacks on the ABC will come back to haunt the Coalition government The Conversation    Denis Muller Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for Advancing Journalism, University of Melbourne, June 20, 2018 

In January 1931, as the newly elected United Australia Party government of Joseph Lyons was contemplating the establishment of a national broadcasting service, the prime minister received a deputation of prominent Melburnians, including a barrister and member of the Victorian parliament, Robert Gordon Menzies.

They urged that the new broadcasting service be organised on an independent basis and that cultural potentialities of the Broadcast Service be considered a matter of primary importance. The broadcast service came to be named the Australian Broadcasting Commission and went to air for the first time on July 1 1932.

It is a measure of how far todays Liberal Party has drifted away from the values and ideals of its founder, Menzies, that last Saturday its federal council should have resoundingly adopted a motion that the ABC should be privatised.

One of the proponents of the motion was Mitchell Collier, the federal vice-president of the Young Liberals. He said there was no economic case to keep the broadcaster in public hands.

No economic case. Where the ABC is concerned, that is a false premise on which to proceed. The ABC was explicitly not established for economic purposes or in pursuit of an economic ideology. It was established for social, educational and cultural purposes.

It was also established on an explicitly non-commercial basis: it takes no advertising. Why? Because it was believed advertising would weaken its independence. The policymakers of the 1930s had seen only too clearly how beholden the newspaper proprietors of the day had become to commercial imperatives: the demands of advertisers and the pressure to increase circulation, even at the cost of editorial quality and integrity.

The newspapers of the day had also become mouthpieces for sectional interests. In Melbourne,...


UK Should Reject Extraditing Julian Assange to USA "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"  Faces Possible Indictment under Outdated Espionage Act  Dinah PoKempner General Counsel

It has been six years since Julian Assange, founder of Wikileaks, fled to the Ecuadorean Embassy in London to seek asylum from possible extradition to the United States to face indictment under the US Espionage Act.

At the time, Assange, an Australian national, was wanted by Sweden for questioning over sexual offense allegations. Assange had also broken the terms of his UK bail. Since then, he has become even more controversial, having published US Secretary of State Hillary Clintons emails and internal emails from Democratic Party officials.

While some admire and others despise Assange, no one should be prosecuted under the antiquated Espionage Act for publishing leaked government documents. That 1917 statute was designed to punish people who leaked secrets to a foreign government, not to the media, and allows no defense or mitigation o...


UK nuclear waste canisters decaying faster than expected (could this happen in South Australia?) "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Telegraph 19th June 2018 , Highly dangerous plutonium canisters are decaying faster than anticipatedat the Sellafield nuclear plant and present an intolerable risk if they started to leak, the spending watchdog has warned.

Government scientists have now agreed to spend an extra 1billion to...


Gang Show "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


Come and support local and statewide youth members from the Victorian Scouts and Guides who have been rehearsing since February for this original family fun theatre production.  

Tickets start at $23.00.

Head to for all your booking details.

Opens this Friday 22nd June til Saturday 30th June 2018.

Venue: Besen Centre Burwood.
Address: 87/89 Station St, Burwood VIC 3125.


Peppertree Place "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


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Open Gate at Peppertree Place in June

With our new neighbours the Coburg Farmers Market opening next door, we have been opening our cafe every Saturday (not just the 1st Saturday of each month) to see what the passing trade would look like - and quite frankly it looks great!! We've been welcoming new visitors and customers who have never been to Peppertree before - never knew we existed (we get that a lot!).

While we appreciate all that our volunteers do to keep this going, we acknowledge that it will be a huge challenge for us to sustain into the future.

SO thanks for supporting our little social enterprise, volunteer powered nursery and popup cafe.  


Free "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


We will have the following to give away shortly:

White fridge-freezer, v good working order. 
Oven: Hob (needs new sparker). 
Some of the original kitchen cupboards from Newlands brick house. 

Please call or text asap if you are interested as renovation starts this weekend. 

Jenny 0457 436 280.


Neighbourhood Houses "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


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For Sale & Free "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


Vintage Kelvinator fridge in perfect working order $150 ONO.

Baumatic Dishwasher in perfect working order - free.

La Germania Oven - Stove. Gas works but electrics don't. May be able to be repaired. Free.

Text: 0451 793 104 Pick up Coburg.



The ignored refugees the growing numbers displaced by climate change "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

TIM MCDONNELL , This month, diplomats from around the world met in New York and Geneva to hash out a pair of new global agreements that aim to lay out new guidelines for how countries should deal with an unprecedented surge in the number of displaced people, which has now reached 65.6 million worldwide.

But theres one emerging category that seems to be getting short shrift in the conversation: so-called climate refugees, who currently lack any formal definition, recognition or protection under international law even as the scope of their predicament becomes more clear.

Since 2008, an average of 24 million people have been displaced by catastrophic weather disasters each year. As climate change worsens storms and droughts, climate scientists and migration experts expect that number to rise.

Meanwhile, climate impacts that unravel over time, like desert expansion and sea level rise, are also forcing people from their homes: A World Bank report in March projects that within three of the most vulnerable regions sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia and Latin America 143 million people could be displaced by these impacts by 2050.



For Sale "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


Lego Head!

Secondhand - few scratches and wear and tear.

Great for storing lego and all those small tiny toys kids love to collect!

Pick up Regent.

0458 353 794



A bitter sweet moment on Nauru as 21 refugees leave Nauru for the United States today Sunday 17 June (photos attached), only two days after a beloved asylum seeker died in a suspected suicide. The 21 leaving Nauru are from Myanamr, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. The group includes two families (one from Myanmar and(...)


House Sitting "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


House sitter needed for 7-14th July for lovely 3 bedroom house in Regent. 

If you have family or friends visiting for the school holidays this could be perfect for a few days or whole week as needed.

Contact Annie 0458 353 794 if you are interested.


Australia cashless sooner than you think? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A 'thorn' in the administration of the general population in Australia is something called cash.

In order to give this tool that allows privacy the flick, the administration of Australia is in full swing under whatever excuse to do so.

Privacy (of the general population) is not what the Australian Government is about, after all why would you if you're in a penal colony.
The first stage is welfare, as they are the first people that are literally 'owned' by the government.

Here is one implementation of going cashless, as reported on 21 Jun 2018 by of the headline:

Welfare law changes head to Senate

The federal government is a step closer to slapping an income test on carer allowances and expanding the trial of its controversial cashless welfare card.

The two key items on the government's social services agenda passed the House of Representatives on Thursday, and now await their fate in the Senate.

The government wants to apply a family income test of $250,000-per-year to Carer Allowance and the Carer Allowance (child) Health Care Card.

"Welfare is of course a major area of taxpayer funded expenditure," Attorney-General Christian Porter told parliament on Thursday.

"The government therefore is aware of the needs to balance welfare spending with the provision of support services."

Savings from the test will fund reforms in carer services, with carers able to...


40 Years Later: Looking Back At The Protests That Began Sydney Mardi Gras "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

By Andrew Trounson, University of Melbourne The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras is the worlds largest annual celebration of LGBT+ people and one of Australias biggest single tourist attractions. An estimated 300,000 people turned out for the 2018 parade in March, highlighting just how mainstream LGBT+ culture has become here. And only four months ...

The post 40 Years Later: Looking Back At The Protests That Began Sydney Mardi Gras appeared first on QNews Magazine.


Australian Clean Energy Summit 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Hosted by the Clean Energy Council, the peak body for the Australian clean energy industry, the Australian Clean Energy Summit is Australia's most prestigious clean energy event, annually gathering more than 500 delegates from nearly 200 organisations and four continents. It provides a platform for the industry to discuss policy with government, seek financing options for future projects and learn more about the industry's outlook from domestic and international heads of industry.


To Those Who Say, They Should Just Come Here Legally "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

With the situation that has been underway in America until todays executive order children being taken from their parents at the border as part of the Trump Administrations new immigration strategy were hearing the phrase, They should have just come here legally! getting thrown around a lot.

While the people making this statement make it sound easy enough for those seeking asylum or a better chance at life in the USA to obtain a proper visa, they fail to recognise the perplexity of the US Immigration system and demonstrate a lack of knowledge about the demanding process that is coming here legally.

Now, you cant blame someone for not having insight into this process. I wouldnt either if I hadnt gone through it myself with my now-husband. Our situation started as hopeful, as he is from England, a predominantly white, Christian nation, which is one of the USAs greatest allies. Things were looking up even more because I have a relative who is an immigration lawyer and was able to provide more insight into the extremely complicated process that is migrating to the United States.

We extensively researched ways he could live and work here legally without us getting married, but quickly came to the realisation this wasnt going to happen for us. While there are many different types of visas, they are not achievable unless you meet very specific requirements.

The work visa offered by the US requires you to be sponsored by an employer in a specialty field. The employer has to show you have a degree and two years or more of experience in this field. The US Government only issues 65,000 of this type of visa a year.

Having a relative or spouse who is a US citizen makes you eligible for a US visa, as does being a religious worker or student. Outside of those options, you can kiss your dreams of obtaining a visa to live and work here legally goodbye.

The US does offer tourist visas, allowing you to stay in the country for up to 90 days (no working please!). People traveling from Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Japan are visa exempt, meaning they dont require a travel visa to enter our country. If youre coming from anywhere else, you will have to apply for the visa and, wouldnt you have guessed it, people from Central American, Middle Eastern and African countries have a 40 50 per cent visa refusal rate. And young adults, who are single and/or unemployed almost never receive visas.

In our case, we made the decision to move to Australia to see how our relationship....


Shiiiiiiiitcuuuuuuunts "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

At the end of last year my twitter account was nuked because I told a lot of people I deemed to be committed racists, one at a time, that they were a "shitcunt". This was a tremendous mistake because if you get into an argument with major online entities like Twitter they erase a chunk of your online existence. I tried explaining myself, but I wasn't talking to a person, I was talking to a system built by more shitcunts. So an account I'd been running for a decade, with all the connections I'd made with thousands of people, was no more. It was all my fault but my fault wasn't being a shitcunt, it was that I am a hero who takes risks. Fuck I'm amazing. Get fucked. A fucking hero. Fuck. You.

Also, since April of last year until about a few weeks ago I have been obsessed with making my first solo show a goer, but after doing the show at four different festivals I was sick of it. Festivals, like major social media behemoths, suck a million business dicks but will not lift a finger to help the little people that make up the entire reason for their existence. And that shit costs a lot money. Paying money to do comedy? How dignified.

Online and at fringe and comedy festivals, I have watched the creators of art get milked dry by business vampires. They take our time and money and give back nothing but bullshit. The creators who do succeed do so because they are mediocre or cowards, generally. Check out the wide selection of boring comedians on Netflix if you doubt this.

Anyway late last year I got on with calling a lot of racists a "shitcunt". Shitcunt. What a word. A lot of people are in my estimation weak dogs, piss holes or dipshits, but hey, they might be struggling for some personal reason I know nothing about. But a shitcunt? That person is just a shitcunt. It was glorious to abuse the christ out of these shitcunts for a golden hour.

Last year my brother died and my family didn't bother to tell me and it got life changingly weird and ugly. So I focused my anger at the entire human race on one group- committed racists- and abused the fuck out of them. I will always come back to the simple idea that if you have horrible shit in your life, take that emotion and use it on a target that deserves it. Sure I lost that twitter account, because if you fight, you might lose. But if you don't fight, you're just a loser. Possibly even a shitcunt.

I've got some other ideas for things I can do that won't result in my destruction, so that's nice. A podcast. Returning to blogging, obviously. Stand up comedy, again. But I'm not 100% sure what I would be doing any of it for anymore. I know for a fact that producing content with an audience in mind is a recipe for a truly garbage life.

I have to go do a shit now.


Radium girlswon their legal case on radioactive poisoning; their graves still radioactive! "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Glowing Girls and Poisonous Paint   


Launch of film protecting Country "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Protecting Country


Alexander Hayes   After three years of listening, a huge trip across country, countless hours spent editing and many community consultations we are thankful to be releasing today the Protecting Country film which was produced by Bruce Hammond and features Aboriginal leaders in their stand against the continued genocide of uranium mining, testing and dumping in Australia

Protecting Country is an independently produced film bringing the voices of the contemporary Adnyamathanha, Gurindji, Tanganekald, Yankunytjatjara Anunga, Mirning, Narunnga Aboriginal Australian people forward who are united in their stand AGAINST the present and planned uranium mining and nuclear dump activities in South Australia. Bruce Hammond, an Aboriginal Tanganekald man with ties to the coast in the lower South East of South Australia and the central desert regions of Finke and Alice Springs in conjunction with Alexander Hayes & Magali McDuffie from Ngikalikarra Media brought the Protecting Country documentary film on a screening road trip across Australia


Coalition climate deniers play havoc again with energy RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Youd think theyd be grateful: Malcolm Turnbull and Josh Frydenberg went to the effort of designing a climate and energy policy that does nothing, and Tony Abbott and friends are still complaining that it does too much.

via Coalition climate deniers play havoc again with energy RenewEconomy


Small solar installs pass 3 million mark in Australia RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Small-scale solar systems installed by Australian homes and businesses have passed the three million-mark, with one in five homes now generating their own power.

via Small solar installs pass 3 million mark in Australia RenewEconomy


Thinking about battery storage? Five things you should do first RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

There is a lot you should do before getting battery storage for you home. Here are 5 steps households should take before making the leap.

via Thinking about battery storage? Five things you should do first RenewEconomy


How Arctic Sea Ice Loss Could Make the Hot Pacific Blob Permanent robertscribbler "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

From the North Pacific to the tropics, loss of sea ice will result in a vastly heated Pacific Ocean in which events like the recent Hot Blob become far more common. Those were the conclusions of a new model study conducted by Wang, Deser, Sun and Tomas and recently published in Geophysical Research Letters. (Understanding []

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Record renewables roll-out eases gas crisis, says AEMO RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

AEMO says record rollout of wind and solar has eased the dependence on gas, freeing up more supplies and reducing prices.

via Record renewables roll-out eases gas crisis, says AEMO RenewEconomy


June 21 Energy News geoharvey "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

World: Global law firm Hogan Lovells published a report showing the challenges posed by producing and accessing renewable energy in Africa, and how these can be overcome to achieve potential and scale. The analysis also highlights the potential for renewable energy production to revolutionize access to energy throughout the continent. [ESI Africa] Exhibitors []

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How rapidly can we transition to 100% renewable electricity? RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Science tells us that, to avoid devastating climate change, we must rapidly cut greenhouse gas emissions to zero. How fast is possible?

via How rapidly can we transition to 100% renewable electricity? RenewEconomy


The Weekend Quiz June 23-24, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Welcome to The Weekend Quiz. The quiz tests whether you have been paying attention or not to the blogs I post. See how you go with the following questions. Your results are only known to you and no records are retained.

1. A rising household saving ratio combined with a rising external deficit that drains aggregate spending, doesn't necessarily mean that the government deficit has to rise to maintain current output growth.

2. If the European Commission relaxed the fiscal rules restricting Member State governments under the Stability and Growth Pact (3 per cent deficit to GDP ratios and 60 per cent public debt to GDP ratios) then the solvency risk that several EMU members faced during the GFC would have been resolved.

3. Mainstream economists have argued that the large scale quantitative easing conducted by central banks in recent years - so-called printing money - would be inflationary. They based their predictions on the Classical Quantity Theory of Money which links the growth of the money stock to the inflation rate (too much money chasing too few goods). The fact that inflation has not accelerated sharply indicates that this mainstream economic theory should be discarded.



This winter, make it your mission to help people in need, year round "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Dee* had a tough upbringing. Her mother left after experiencing repeated violence, and Dee had to care for her younger brothers and sisters. I looked after everyone, got them to school, cleaned the house, did the shopping, did everything, Dee says. Dad would be at work all day long, then out drinking until the pub []


WA Health Minister, Roger Cook, Condones the Suppression of Scientific Debate on Vaccination "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Please read the following information and make WA Health Minister, Roger Cook, accountable for the false information he is providing about vaccines to the public. Politicians are liable for participating in legislative decisions that can harm human health. This censorship of the risks of vaccines as anti-vaccination material is resulting in an escalation of chronic illness in the population that is preventable.
Most of you will be aware that a billboard was put up in the Perth CBD (corner of William and Brisbane St) that asks the public Do you know what is in a vaccine. This information is essential knowledge for assessing the risks of this medical procedure. Just as you would check the ingredients of your food only vaccines are injected into the human body and this means the chemicals can access every organ of the body.
This information is in the public interest yet the WA government and AMA are calling this anti-vaccination material and complaining that the question poses a public health risk.
Why is the Australian Medical Association making this unscientific claim? The risks of any environmental toxin need to be addressed within the individual genetic make-up of each person and there are many toxins in vaccines.  Each toxin in the vaccine, for example, aluminium and antibiotics, will have a different reaction in every person because of their genetics and this reaction can be delayed.
Does Roger Cook know that there are antibiotics in every vaccine and that antibiotics are linked to causing many chronic illnesses including autism?
Why has the AMA also ignored the fundamental medical principle that:
A medical treatment should be individualised particularly when injecting substances into the human body that carry the potential for disease, disablement and death.
The US Vaccine Injury Compensation Scheme has paid out over...


A Climate of Fear Paedophiles and Cover-Ups "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Ecuadorian embassy, London

by G5

Introduction by Dee McLachlan

From time to time I receive submissions from G5.  Having met him several times, I have come to trust his work at least to the extent that it is possible for me to judge it. Generally I get the feeling G5 is sincere and has Insider knowledge. Of course I invite anyone to say, in the comments, or in a separate article, that they have disagreements with his facts.

On this occasion, G5 has taken on the Biggie the subject of Paedophilia in High Places. I am glad he has in particular highlighted the amount of fear that is going on today in relation to this.

You will be surprised to hear that Julian Assange was not the only person to seek protection in the Ecuadorian embassy in London.  Andrea Davison also sought protection there to save her life from the British.  What a world we live in!

So here we go. The rest is G5s but all bolding is mine:

Influence and Fear

The power and influence of the paedophile network in the UK is such that even Prime Ministers fear to expose it. The abused children were terrified by the power their abusers had over the police and the judiciary.

The risk of persecution and assas...


Indonesian court sentences Muslim cleric Aman Abdurrahman to death for inciting terror attack "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The slimy little firing squad target in this clip is Muslim cleric Aman Abdurrahman. The Reverend has just been sentenced to death for inciting others to commit terror acts. "The defendant has either met his followers face to face or distributed his write-ups widely on the internet, MP3 clips as...


A brief (fascist) history of I dont care "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

This article was sparked by the jacket that Melania Trump wore as she travelled to a detention camp for migrant children, but my intent isnt to argue that she or her staff chose that jacket in order to send a coded message to the presidents far-right followers. It is, rather, to highlight some of the historical echoes of that phrase I dont care.


Chia Is Easy to Grow "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

By Dr. Mercola

If you were alive in the 1970s and 80s, you undoubtedly remember the "chia pet" craze. Cultivating one of these characters was easily accomplished by applying moistened chia seeds to a grooved terra cotta figurine and watering them daily until they sprouted. Because chia seeds become gel-like when wet, they adhered to the pottery in such a way as to create tuffs of green sprouts that mimicked fur, hair and beards.

While the market for those terra cotta creations has waned, the interest in chia seeds and chia sprouts has experienced explosive growth. Part of the reason is chia's nutritional profile. Chia seeds are high in antioxidants, fiber, omega-3 fats and other beneficial nutrients. If you've never considered growing chia, perhaps you may reconsider after learning more about this superb superfood.

What Is Chia?

Chia seeds are harvested from the plant Salvia hispanica, a flowering plant that is a member of the mint (Lamiaceae) family. Chia is native to central and southern Mexico and parts of Central America. Due to its popularity, it is now grown commercially in several countries around the world, including Argentina, Australia, Bolivia and the U.S.1

Chia's tiny oval seeds boast a shiny, mottled seed coat that can be black, brown, gray or white. The plant itself is an annual herb characterized by dark-green leaves that are wrinkled and deeply lobed. When mature, numerous purple and white, somewhat self-pollinating flowers, emerge from a central spike.

The History of Chia

According to, chia was:2

  • Widely used in pre-Columbian Mesoamerica for medicinal and religious purposes, as well as a major food source for indigenous peoples
  • Roasted in seed form and ground into flour by the Aztecs, who also ate chia seeds whole
  • Overtaken by barley and wheat when Spanish conquerors introduced those and other grains to the "new world"

Chia's production as a food crop dropped off until the late 20th century. Its use, some assert, was somewhat revived due to the popularity of the chia pet in the late 1970s and '80s. At that time, chia began to make a comeback as an alternative crop and health food. Today, chia is well-regarded for its nutritiona...



Stallholder Profile for Coco Creations & Floristry Boutique

Your name: Crystal Gladman

Your business name and facebook/website name and link: Coco Creations & Floristy Boutique 

The suburb/town you live in now: Mackay/ Eimeo

What is it that you make and what skills do you use?: I make unique custom dreamcatchers & flower crowns. I also hire dreamcatchers for weddings , birthdays etc. All products are handmade by me with love ..

What inspired you to start your business?: I have always been very creative and love creating beautiful things for people, my family also inspired me to do something I'm really passionate about:-) 



Stallholder Profile for Burning with Happiness

Your name:  Lisa Benton

Your business name and facebook/website name and link:  Burning with Happiness.    
The suburb/town you live in now:  Ballina.
What is it that you make and what skills do you use?:  ...


QNews Magazine Issue #457 | June 22, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Check out the latest issue of QNews Magazine. Queens Ball Winners / Feature: Gender / Docq / Qcalendar / Review: Disobedience | QNews Magazine 2018

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Thank Folk Its Friday 22nd June "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

This Week in Folk All the News From The Week That Was Releases This Week Endless Chatter Merpire Bandcamp Stare Into The Dark Sam Newton Bandcamp Timber and Steel Recommends Go To This Gig Jack Carty & Gus Gardiner Friday 22nd June Solbar Playhouse, Maroochydore, QLD Saturday 23rd June Old []


MasterChef finalist homeless after hackers stole $250k on PEXA, Australias new online property transfer system "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A former MasterChef contestant and her family are homeless after hackers stole $250,000 from the proceeds of their home sale while it was being settled on Australias new online property transfer system, owned by the big banks and state governments.


Playing to Spin: Celtic tunes keep Contra dancers on their toes "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Contra dance queest-ce-que cest? For those of us whove never dipped a heel or toe into this aspect of the folk or social dance scene, a quick spot of online research explains contra dancing as social interaction, meeting people, and making new friends, set to music. A hot stepping cousin of square dancing or bush dancing, contra dancing is done in pairs with couples moving up and down a line or in sets in response to a caller. It originates from North America and is steadily gaining an enthusiastic following of new, young dancers here in Australia. It is also a fantastic way to link social dancing with community music making.

Melbourne based musician, Judy Oleinikov is a big fan of the inclusive nature of contra dance and for the past three years or so has been doing her bit to bring a wider awareness of it to musicians and dancers alike: Contra dances can  be more vivacious and also a little bit more informal than some of the other dances we have here unlike something more structured such as Scottish Dancing, it isnt intimidating to beginners.

It may be a relief to hear that a sleek technique isnt required and you dont need to point your toes to take part. Contra dancing is open to anyone of any age and people seem to find it highly addictive due to its inherent element of fun. That and the amount of spinning involved.

For Judy, Contra dance kicks come from her involvement as a fiddle player for the dance:

 What I love about social dance is seeing a roomful of people in sync, the dancers and the musicians. Theres just nothing better, that buzz of live music and everyone responding to it.

In addition to the fact its fun, Judy considers the resurgence in contra dancing important in helping to sustain a complex skill and a vital element of musicality which she believes is at risk of becoming lost: the ability to play for dancers.

A lot of Celtic musicians learn the music completely separate from the dance and so they havent quite got the feel they can be brilliant players but to a dancer it just wouldnt be right. Weve grown used to hearing recordings or playing tunes in pubs and so what I really like about bringing a dance back is doing it while people are learning the music to go with it.

Contra dance music is lively, and drives and energizes the dancers. Like all forms of music, it has originated from a blend of traditions, noticeably Irish, Scottish, Breton, Qubecois, Cape Breton, New England, and Appalachian, and is constantly evolving, as living traditions do. As an avid player of Celtic music herself, Judy explains that the origin of this form of music was in playing tunes for people to dance along to as entertainment...


Part 49. Australias irrelevant Crimes against humanity. Who knew? The Kingsford Legal Centre knew. "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Kingsford Legal Centre, part of the University of New South Wales, is the 2nd legal organization to be named in a series of WHO KNEW videos exposing legal groups, mass media entities, politicians and public servants who ought to know that Australias welfare policies and practices are recklessly dangerous, blatantly unconstitutional genocidal abuses of power.

This postings  shortlink:

In my last posting, Part 48 of the irrelevant holocaust series, I posted the text of an email to the Financial Service Royal Commission. This posting contains the text of an email sent earlier today to Anna Cody, the Director of the Kingsford Legal Centre.

The purpose of this posting, like every other posting in this series, is to enable welfare recipients to file criminal charges against those responsible for the worst cases of mass fraud and serial murder in the history of the Commonwealth of Australia.

 METHOD IN THE MADNESS:  The fundamental duties of a solicitor, i.e. a lawyer, are set out in the Australian Solicitors Conduct Rules.

Article 3 of those rules states:.



A solicitors duty to the court and the administration of justice is paramount and prevails to the extent of inconsistency with any other duty.

If a lawyer knows that people are being menaced, intimidated, exploited, defrauded, endangered or murdered, that lawyer MUST REPORT WHAT THEY KNOW; they cannot remain silent.


The the sending of the email below an annotated update of the Brandis confession is posted at:



To:      Ms Anna Cody


Kingsford Legal centre

Law Building,

University of New South Wales,

Kensington NSW 2052

Dear Ms. Cody,


Re: The role of the KLC in Australias worst cases of systemic fraud and serial murder.

A  month ago, Magistrate Robert Stone told....


Senator Hinch "I shall introduce a bill to ban hunting of Dugong and Turtle." "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

That's the discoverer of the fountain of youth Derryn in the middle surrounded by tireless campaigners for Dugong and Turtle Colin Riddell and Bob Irwin. A couple of days ago Senator Hinch introduced a bill to ban live exports of animals. Colin saw his chance and quite pointedly asked the...


Star Stuff II Schedule of Speakers and Talks "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Star Stuff ll is on 7th & 8th July 2018 at Elements of Byron Resort Byron Bay

Star Stuff II is pleased to release this years incredible schedule of speakers and talks at the genesis of Australias tentative steps towards its own space agency. Our 11 speakers share their knowledge on a wide range of mind expanding topics.

Speakers Include :

  • Fraser Cain (CAN / Science Publisher)
  • Dr Alan Duffy (AU, Computational Astrophysicist)
  • Amy Shira Teitel (USA Space Historian)
  • Geoff Notkin (USA / Meteorite Expert)
  • Terry Lovejoy (AU Comet Discoverer)
  • Dr David Malin (AU AAO Astronomer)
  • John Sarkissian OAM(AU CSIRO Scientist)
  • James Gilmour (AU Private Space Agency)
  • Greg Quicke (AU Observatory, aka Space Gandalf)
  • Cathal OConnell (AU Nanotech / Science Writer)
  • Dylan ODonnell (AU / Byron Bay Astronomer)

Highlights Include:

  • On site solar and nighttime viewing (Weather permitting)
  • Telescopes & Equipment vendors
  • Night Photography Tours
  • Giveaways & Special Promotions

For more information please visit Star Stuff ll Sessions

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Kylie Minogue Shares The Moment She Realised She Was A Gay Icon "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Kylie Minogue had said she first realised she was a gay icon when she ended up at a Kylie-themed night at a Sydney gay bar. The singer told Billboard she became aware of the love the LGBT community has for her in the late 80s, after the release of her debut album, but it happened ...

The post Kylie Minogue Shares The Moment She Realised She Was A Gay Icon appeared first on QNews Magazine.


Salim Mehajer 11 months jail - "I just wanted to serve the community for love" "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Looks like you'll get your chance to serve old mate! Maybe in the laundry or cleaning the dunnies. This report is from News Limited SALIM Mehajers stroke of good luck in avoiding lengthy jail sentences has run out after he was today sentenced to at least 11 months behind bars...


7-Eleven Accused of Paying to Cover-Up Wage Theft "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim It has been reported that a joint parliamentary inquiry into franchising operations is about to hear explosive allegations that convenience store juggernaut 7-Eleven bribed people not to give evidence. The accusations come from a group of 7-Eleven franchise operators who say the head office of 7-Eleven paid them to

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Look Out! Yoof Gone Wild at Eastside! "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Hello friends, Im Maddie and I spent a week at Eastside Fm for my work experience! Read below to get a teenagers insight in the life of Eastside, and the adventures and experiences this community radio did for me! 

My time at Eastside Radio has been a time I wont forget. I have been shown a side of community, experience and music that I havent seen before. Through out the last week I have met so many wonderful people, either it be a volunteer, presenter or a fellow work experience colleague, the family that surrounds Eastside is so unique and nothing Ive ever experienced. I have also been very grateful to have the opportunity to be at Eastside in the week of Radiothon. Radiothon is a highlight in Eastsides calendar and being able to take part in such a special week was really spectacular. I love the attachment music has on people and how having that connection brings people together, leading to create a even better space to bond over. Eastside is one of those spaces. People can come together from various parts of Sydney and share their similarities through jazz, soul, world or any kind of music.

Besides the electric atmosphere of Radiothon, I was given an insight on how a radio station works. Working in the studios put me in the shoes of a presenter. As a person who has always been interested in the world of multimedia, doing work experience at Eastside has broaden my knowledge in this workforce and the training has given me the opportunity to trial the life of radio presenting. Also having the opportunity to incorporate the editing skills I previously knew before this last week, was very useful when presenters wanted to edit interviews into podcasts. I found it great to dive into the radio industry with a combination of new and old skills. Being able to talk on air was another experience that I didnt think I wouldve been able to take part in this week. Having to build that confidence was something I had to get used to, but the comfort and support by Cathy (as she convinced me to speak for every supporter who called in) helped significantly by the time the week ended.

If I could use one word to describe how I felt this week, it would be ecstatic. I will be forever grateful to have been part of the Eastside community for my week of work experience. The tips and tactics I have learnt in my time at Eastside, will be useful for the career I will be aiming to do by the time I finish high school. I will most definitely be back at Eastside as soon as I can so I can volunteer and stay part of this amazing community. I want to say a special thanks to Gemma, Tony and Cathy. I couldnt of imagined Eastside to be so lively without them. I would also like to say thank you to all the volunteers and presenters that made me feel welcome. I can not express enough how much I have loved being at Eastside. I would most definitely recommend anyone who is thinking about volun...


Action against Adani coal heats up "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Frontline Action on Coal have started a month worth of action by redecorating a billboard just outside Bowen on the Bruce Highway towards Townsville. Photo supplied.

Protestors from Frontline Action on Coal have started a month worth of action by redecorating a billboard just outside Bowen on the Bruce Highway towards Townsville. The billboards reads Adani Hates Workers and carries the Labor partys logo.

The months of action will be taking place as part of the lead up to the 30th June, when groups across Australia are expected to hold protests to call for no new coal projects in Australia.

One of the creators of the spoof Labor billboard, Jade Hill said: The new, improved billboards represent what the majority of Australians are thinking, and what Labor should be admitting. Adani doesnt care about workers and jobs, only about how much money he can make. If this mine goes ahead it will cause climate chaos and will be thoroughly automated, providing very few jobs for local workers.

The billboard was in response to fifteen workers at Adanis Townsville headquarters being told that their contracts would expire at the end of the month, further reducing employee numbers down to around 100 from a high of 150.

The build-up to the 30th June day of action has included banner drops, blockades, occupations and guerilla projections from Melbourne in the south to Cairns in the north. 

Frontline Action on Coal says that over thirty actions are planned across the country for 30 June and that many people are preparing to break the law for the first time in their lives in order to protect country and safeguard a liveable planet for generations to come. The protests will target politicians, coal mining companies and contractors associated with the Adani mine.

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Cash Savage on turning indignation into inspiration "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


  • Cash Savage and The Last Drinks :: Interview with Jack Shit


The forthcoming album by Cash Savage was born out of an incendiary indignation at the appalling plebiscite foisted upon Australia by a coalition of groups opposed to equality.

Cashs prior record had emerged from a time of loss (two close mates lost to suicide) and love (her two weddings one legal, in Vegas, one merely ceremonial, here). In between, Cashs wife Amy became pregnant, and despite consciously attempting to cease writing and sit with that the songs poured forth.

Beyond these performances it was the stark, defiant and sometimes heartbreaking conversation that made this interaction so spellbinding. Its fair to say that Cash and Jack dont hold much back.

WHO: Cash Savage and The Last Drinks + Blake Scott (The Peep Tempel)
WHERE: Lansdowne Hotel
WHEN: Saturday 23 June, 8pm
HOW MUCH: $23.50 from Oztix 


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Supporting the Uluru Statement from the Heart "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Mungo MacCallum and Thomas Mayor hold up the Uluru statement at Brunswick Heads on Saturday, March 25. Photo Jenny Garrett

Byron Shire Council has shown its support for genuine constitutional recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people at its June meeting by unanimously supporting a Mayoral Minute to support the Uluru Statement from the Heart.

The Statement from the Heart came from the First Nations National Constitutional Convention which has held in May 2017 at Uluru in the Northern Territory.

The Convention saw more than 250 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders from around Australia discuss constitutional reform.

The Uluru Statement from the Heart is such a moving and powerful document that challenges us, as a nation, to move forward and I think it is entirely appropriate that our Council has publicly declared its support, Mayor Richardson said.

Its important to note that the Statement from the Heart goes beyond changes to the constitution, he said.

It looks at legislative change with the establishment of the Makarrata Commission which would supervise a process of agreement-making with the Australian Government and truth-telling about our history and colonisation.

The Statement was the largest ever consensus of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people on a proposal for substantive recognition and, on behalf of Byron Shire Council, I am proud to support the Uluru Statement from the Heart.

We believe it should be a national priority, Mayor Richardson said.

The last sentence of the Statement invites us to walk with a movement of the Australian people for a better future.

Byron Shire Council accepts the invitation, Mayor Richardson said.

For more information contact Byron Shire Mayor, Simon Richardson, on 0427 076 834.

Uluru Statement from the Heart

 We, gathered at the 2017 National Constitutional Convention, coming from all points of the southern sky, make this statement from the heart:

Our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander tribes were the first sovereign Nations of the Australian continent and its adjacent islands, and possessed it under our own laws and customs. This our ancestors did, according...


Telstra left locals near Uki with no phones for five days "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The fact that John Donvito had to climb to the top of Mt Nardi in the dark to call Telstra to tell them the not only were their landlines down but the local Telstra tower was also out of order seemed to fall on deaf ears. Since last Saturday June 16 John called Telstra around 30 times to try and get them to acknowledge that there was not only a problem but that they do something about it.

I rang them and said the towers out and they responded telling me that it wasnt and that no one had reported it. Not only was the tower out but the landlines were down and then then we had a power cut as well on the Sunday (June 17).

By Monday June 18 Telstra finally acknowledged that the tower had been out over the weekend and by Tuesday the landlines were back on and the tower was fixed by the Wednesday.

The area went four days with no landline while it took five days for the tower to be back up and running.

For a telecommunications company they have very poor communication, said Don.

They have a website that you can check the status of towers etc but if your not going to update it then whats the point?

We have lots of elderly people in the area and they need to do a lot better at responding to outages.

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Thank Goat its #FiveDollarFriday "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Edgars Mission - Goat, parker, vet

Reaping the benefits from our Five Dollar Friday Communitys kindness this week was our beloved Parker goat. Parker, a gentle giant Anglo Nubian cross has become a firm favourite among staff, volunteers and visitors alike with his cheeky personality, his unmistakable ears that often seem to have a life of their own and his perfectly executed, Please Sir, can I have some more? look whenever the rustle of a wheet bix box is in the vicinity of those aforementioned ears.

Over the years, Parker has been the recipient of multiple life-saving surgeries to correct issues within his urinary tract, which if left untreated or undetected, would likely have led to a most painful death. Regular checks and treatments are now part of Parkers ongoing care regime to ensure his redirected urethra remains functioning and allows him to live a comfortable and pain-free life.

Edgars Mission - Goat, parker, vet-2

While surgery seemed no longer an option by Parkers attending veterinarians, this dear boy now receives regular shockwave therapy to break down scar tissue that threatens to block his urinary tract and keep any complications at bay. As always, Parker is an absolute gentleman and the most obliging of patients, as long as one of his people proffer chin scratches and nose kisses, he stands obligingly whilst the procedure is performed.

We are ever grateful for the technologies that allow residents like Parker to overcome adversity and live full and happy lives as are we grateful for our Five Dollar Friday community who make this arm of our work possible.

If you too want to send waves of kindness Parkers way, please consider joining our Five Dollar Friday Community today


start - [Talks] added Darren to 2018-06-25 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Next Meeting 25th June 2018 Address PlaceThe Great Northern HotelAddress 644 Rathdowne St (corner of Pigdon St), Carlton North VIC 3054 Pre-meeting 6pm dining function room Time for Talks 7:30pm in the dining function roomWebsite Phone (03) 9380 9569


Lessons in Friendship "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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Every now and then we experience those moments of realisation that things, events and experiences have brought life around full circle. Often, these realisations come at a much later date, during times of reflection rather than at the actual moment they occur for those moments are often too painful, too demanding of our energies or too all-consuming to ever contemplate the bigger picture.

One such moment we experienced recently here at the sanctuary was the passing of our beloved Vincent van Goatee. Even the typing of his name brings tears to the eyes, still so real is the pain of losing him.

I have no doubt that each one of us has a desire to be remembered for something when our days on this earth come to an end. Were we brave and courageous, kind to a tee, intelligent, accomplished, rich and famous, did we achieve great things, right a wrong or all of the above? The list goes on. And if there is one defining quality that comes to mind when we reflect on the life of dear Vincent it was most certainly this: friendship.

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The memory of that cool Wednesday morning we pulled up at the rural pound and first laid our eyes on Vincent is still as clear as the day it happened. A stately Anglo Nubian cross, who looked more camel-like than caprine and an older, handsome Toggenburg with the most impressive beard gazed back at us from the paddock beyond. At first, we couldnt help but giggle as we wondered how on earth two of the biggest goats we had ever seen were going to fit into our van, which now seemed tiny in comparison. But we were soon sobered when we realised the smaller of the two, the boy we were to christen Vincent van Goatee visibly trembled at the mere sight of us. This simultaneously broke our hearts and made the task ahead seem near impossible. How on earth were we to catch this terrified goat and convince him to step foot into our vehi...


WATCH: The Queer Eye Boys Give Australian Farmer A Makeover In New Mini-Episode "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The mini-episode the boys from makeover show Queer Eye filmed in the Australian town of Yass has been released. The shows Fab Five Antoni Porowski, Tan France, Karomo Brown, Jonathan Van Ness and Bobby Berk visited Australia earlier this month, and had two projects while in Yass. First, Tan, Karamo, and Jonathan helped ...

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Fairfax Emma-nomics "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Perhaps Fairfax should shorten its name to just Fair?

Jessica Irvine is Fairfaxs senior economics writer.  Her educational qualifications (from Linked In) are a Bachelors Degree, Economics (Social Sciences), majoring in Philosophy and Political Economy, Honours (University of Sydney 2000 2003).

The following opening paragraph comes from Irvines article this morning relating to the passage of tax cut legislation yesterday:

These are the tax cuts we dont deserve and cant afford. They are not part of a wider tax reform package, leave the budget too vulnerable to future economic shocks, and theyre unfair, to boot.

Dont deserve.  Cant afford.  Unfair to boot.  Quality economic analysis.  But wait.  Theres more:

Middle to upper income earners will also be the earliest recipients of support.

A tax cut is the provision of support is it now.  Jess read this please before writing again.  But she also wrote this:

But Australian politicians have simply not done the hard work to reform our tax base to ensure finances are in a sustainable position before Australians can be relieved of the burden of bracket creep.

Half right she is.  They have not done the work to reform the governments spending base.

It is rumoured that our Jess will be offered a professorship at the University of Sydney School of Emma-nomics.


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Junior rangers wanted "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Ocean Grove Nature Reserve will be swarming with junior rangers these school holidays.

The popular Parks Victoria Junior Rangers program offers free nature-based and ranger-hosted activities for children aged six to 12 and their families. It is designed to get kids out of the house and interested in learning about Victorias wonderful parks, wildlife and natural and cultural heritage.

Local junior rangers will have the opportunity to become a bush detective for a day on 5 July at the reserve.

Parks Victoria Education and Interpretation Coordinator James Adams said these activities are designed to inspire curiosity.

The variety of activities we run through the Junior Ranger program help teach kids about the natural world around them and the role they play within it. Its wonderful to see kids getting out of the lounge room and appreciating all Victorias beautiful parks have to offer, he said.

All activities are free but bookings are essential and children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all sessions. Find an activity near you and book online at

Ocean Grove Nature Reserve will host two sessions on 5 July at 10am and 1pm.

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Appeal for information over motorcycle crash Tweed/Byron PD "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Police are appealing for public assistance following a motorcycle crash in the states north.

About 4.30pm yesterday (Thursday 21 June 2018), emergency services were called to Clothiers Creek Road at Clothiers Creek, about 25km south of Tweed Heads, following reports a yellow Honda motorcycle crashed into a fence.

On arrival, officers from Tweed/Byron Police District found the passenger, a 38-year-old woman, with head and arm injuries. She was taken to Gold Coast University Hospital by the Westpac Life Saver Recue Helicopter where she remains in a stable condition.

The rider, a 44-year-old man, suffered minor injuries and was taken to Murwillumbah Hospital for mandatory testing.

Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the crash.

Anyone who saw the motorcycle in the area before the time of the crash is urged to come forward.

Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence. We remind people they should not report crime information via our social media pages.

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What is Common Assault? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The word assault often conjures up images of a physical altercation between two or more people. And whilst pushing or striking another person without legal justification will amount to an assault, the offence of common assault in NSW does not necessarily require any physical contact at all. Where is the offence of common assault contained

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Road rage in Lismore "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A road rage incident occurred yesterday Thursday June 21) around 3.30pm near the Trinity bus exchange in Lismore when the driver of a black sedan became enraged at the driver of a school bus over a traffic issue.

The driver smashed one of the front windows of the bus and grabbed a windscreen wiper before leaving the area.

Sergeant Mat Johnson of Lismore police told Echonetdaily There were no issues with children or members of the public and the bus company has chosen not to pursue it.

Road rage incidents are not acceptable, especially in the vicinity of schools and other public places.

Sergeant Johnson urged drivers to keep calm and get to their destinations safely.

Drivers are reminded that the speed limit is 40km in school zones and when a school bus has flashing lights.

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Appeal to locate missing man  Casino "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Police are asking for help to locate Steven John Close. Photo NSW Police.

Police are appealing for public assistance to help locate a man missing from the Casino area.

Steven John Close, aged 56, was last seen leaving a hospital in Urbenville on Tuesday 22 May 2018.

When he failed to return home, officers from Richmond Police District were notified and commenced inquiries.

Mr Close is described as being of Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander appearance, about 170cm tall, of a medium build and with dark brown hair.

Mr Close is known to frequent the Casino area and police have received information he may be in Queensland.

Anyone with information, or that sights Steven, is urged to contact Crime Stoppers immediately.

Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page. Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence. We remind people they should not report crime information via our social media pages.

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Phat Burgers "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The new kid of the block. Bravely opening opposite burger institution SKBB, many feared for Phats survival. But since launching earlier this year, Phat has snowballed its way to success. Their quick service and no-nonsense Phat Mac stacked burgers have earned them devoted fans. The burger fraternity has swarmed through their doors. A frenzied opening []


This HIV Vaccine Could Begin Human Trials Next Year "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A promising candidate for a HIV vaccine may protect against dozens of strains of the virus and is almost ready for human testing, scientists say. The vaccine creates antibodies that attack a vulnerable site of the virus discovered two years ago, according to researchers at the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) ...

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Zero Emissions Byron event June 27 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Professor Will Steffen from the Climate Council will be presenting a Zero Emissions Byron talk at the Byron Theatre on Wednesday June 27 entitled The Big U-Turn Ahead; Calling Australia to Action on Climate Change. Photo supplied.

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While many governments around the world are introducing measures to address climate change, the Australian government has failed to develop an action plan to reduce Australias emissions to COP21 agreed levels.

With both local and federal government elections coming up in 2019, its time to start rattling the cage!

Professor Will Steffen from the Climate Council will be presenting a Zero Emissions Byron (ZEB) talk at the Byron Theatre on Wednesday June 27 entitled The Big U-Turn Ahead; Calling Australia to Action on Climate Change.

Professor Steffen says, We need to throw out governments at all levels that dont take effective action on climate change and serve notice to incoming governments that they will suffer the same fate if they dont meet the climate change challenge.

Once, Earth System scientist Professor Steffen was a member of the Climate Commission, the independent body established in 2011 by the government to communicate reliable and authoritative information about climate change in Australia. The Commission was abolished in 2013 by Abbotts government.

Less than a week later, the Commission was relaunched as an independent, non-profit organisation called the Climate Council, fully funded by public donations.

Professor Steffen sees the current top climate change challenges as getting universal agreement across countries and cultures that we need to phase out all fossil fuels, coal, oil and gas by 2040, if we are to have a chance to stabilise the climate system at temperature somewhere near 2 degrees C.

He says the Climate Council is working hard to deal with the dangers of the National Energy Guarantee (NEG)...


Why are blue-tongue lizards tongues blue? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Bluey the blue-tongued lizard gives it a waggle. Photo supplied.

Blue-tongue lizards use their tongues as a last-ditch effort to avoid being eaten, according to the latest research from the Lizard Lab at Macquarie University in Sydney.

The base of their tongue is particularly bright under UV light which birds can see clearly. The lizard relies on camouflage to avoid hawks and other predators. When that fails, the lizards poke out their tongues as far as possible distracting the birds with a flash of bright blue and ultraviolet tongues. And yes, you would it under disco lights.

Blue-tongue lizards have a highly conspicuous tongue, but, unlike many other kinds of lizards, its a big tongue the surface area is large. When blue-tongues do a full tongue display, the mouth is opened widely, and the tongue is flattened and expanded. At the same time, they may hiss and puff-up their body for maximum effect. This behaviour, in combination with a highly conspicuous tongue, can be quite intimidating for anyone that has got too close to a wild bluey, said Associate Professor Whiting.

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Tas Councils: Is The Deputy Election System Dudding Us? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

This article is not so much brought to you as provoked by Hobart's Lord Mayor Ron Christie, who today caved in to a campaign from sectors (by no means all) of the Tasmanian and interstate religious right.  Following an outcry about upside-down red crosses on the Hobart waterfront, Christie criticised the Dark Mofo music and art festival, suggesting it was no longer "family friendly" (was it ever?) and that the Council may cease funding this very successful visitor drawcard.  It doesn't appear Christie necessarily speaks for the Council on this matter, and certainly nor did he when he became remarkably keen on a proposal for co-naming Hobart "nipaluna" (a stance rather at odds with his opportunistic criticism of Mike Parr's three-day burial performance by the way, given the intended meanings of that artwork).  The Ron Christie I knew a little in the early 2000s was quite the zany freethinker and I suspect would have loved Dark Mofo to bits.  I can only wonder what has occurred!

Christie's strange performances as Lord Mayor brought to my mind the issue of how he came to be Mayor in the first place despite achieving very little voter support at the 2014 Council elections, and reminded me of an issue I've considered now and then before with the way Deputy Mayors are elected in our local government system.  I believe that the way in which we elect Deputy Mayors, while simple to follow, is letting our Councils down in situations like this, and that there are probably better solutions.  As an introduction for readers unfamiliar with the system, candidates for election as councillors (aldermen) can run for Mayor or Deputy Mayor, but not both.  A single preferential election is held for each of those positions, with the constraint that the winner must also claim a seat on council in the multi-member Hare-Clark election for Councillor seats.  In 2014, for the first time, candidates for Mayor and Deputy were no longer required to have served on a council before.

Ron Christie is Lord Mayor until October because Sue Hickey resigned the position on account of her election to State Parliament.  When the Lord Mayor resigns close enough to the next election, no by-election is held.  The existing Deputy Mayor is promoted and a new Deputy is elected "Rats In The Ranks" style by fellow Councillors.

2014: Who Hobart Voted For

At the 2014 Hobart City Council election, Sue Hickey was elected as Lord Mayor, narrowly defeating incumbent Damon Thomas.  The other mayoral candidates were former Deputy Lord Mayor Helen Burnet (Greens), Green alderman Philip Cocker, and newcomer Suzy Cooper (who won an aldermanic seat but resigned mid-term).



Accounting for mangrove methane in global carbon budgets "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Dr Judith Rosentreter enjoying the ambience of a mangrove system. Photo supplied.

Mangroves are highly valued for their efficiency in storing the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide. But those calculations need to be adjusted to account for the methane emitted during the carbon burial process, according to new research from Southern Cross University.

Organic material within the mangrove system releases methane as it breaks down. However, scientists from the Universitys Centre for Coastal Biogeochemistry Research have found the methane being released is offsetting on average 20 per cent of the carbon dioxide removed from the atmosphere and buried as blue carbon.

The paper Methane emissions partially offset blue carbon burial in mangroves, published in the journal Science Advances, provides the first estimate of the global magnitude of this offset.

Our results show that high water and sediment methane emissions have the potential to partially offset blue carbon burial rates in mangrove sediments on average by 20 per cent, said lead researcher Dr Judith Rosentreter.

The offsets may be as high as 60 per cent around the boundary between the tropics and subtropics, driven by lower mangrove carbon burial rates and higher methane emissions.

Although there are some uncertainties associated with global emission estimates of methane mainly owing to the lack of data from countries with large mangrove areas such as Indonesia or Brazil the overall conclusion that there are some offsets remain the same.

Professor Bradley Eyre, director of the Centre for Coastal Biogeochemistry Research at Southern Cross, is one of the co-authors.

Methane emissions from mangroves need to be accounted for when assessing their importance in future blue carbon assessments and climate change mitigation, sai...

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Whats in a name? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The robins are back in town. In our district several species of Robins (genus Petroica) are seasonal migrants seeking relief in the alpine areas from the heat in summer only to return to lower and warmer climes in winter. Well they are back for the winter in large flocks. Flame Robins (Petroica phoenicea) (pictured left) []


A Tourism Apocalypse "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

What a delightful scene for tourists wishing to visit the epic sites located on the Great Western Tiers NOT! Zoom off the boat at Devonport, compete with Double Bs along the deplorable Bass Highway with visual scenes to the south of the formidable ramparts you have been reading about in tourist guides, weave your way through the delights of Deloraine, over the bridge (any platypus down there?) and five kilometres down the road to Highland Lakes Road and BINGO!


Damn, dash, bother ... ! "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Damn, dash, bother! Couldnt plunge into the icy Derwent this year ... cause Id forgotten I had to register for The Solstice Swim. Wont happen next year ...


Trump pisses on the Statue of Liberty ... "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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Fortnightly links: Who Was in Command, Afghanistans deepening migration crisis, 2018 Lowy Institute Poll, and more "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Two out of three women in PNG experience abuse at the hands of an intimate partner, but volunteers are now offering safe havens across Port Moresby.

A new Australian SDGs website was launched in Sydney last week, and is a centralised platform where case studies and examples of action being taken can be shared openly.

Two Fishes is a new podcast out of Fiji exploring the ideas and stories that make our minds tick.

The 2018 Lowy Institute Poll shows that on average, Australians think 14% of the federal budget is spent on aid and that this should be reduced to 10%, where in reality aid spending is approximately 0.8%. It also has some interesting findings on how Australians feel about Papua New Guinea.

Who Was in Command is a new website containing data on the names, ranks and command responsibilities of security forces in Nigeria, Egypt and Mexico. IRIN reports on how being able to track personnel helps combat rights abuse.

This podcast by four LSE grad students discusses various aspects of global development, from an interesting variety of perspectives.

In Afghanistans deepening migration crisis, the government is trying to help returnees, but the absence of long-term reintegration plans may make the situation even more volatile.

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Countrified Interpretations: The Art of the Cover Song "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Reinterpreting the song of another artist is a strong tradition in country music, perhaps more than any other genre. The catalogue of classic and iconic songs stretches back nearly a century. From The Carter Family to Hank Williams, George Jones to Waylon Jennings, Dolly Parton to Emmylou Harris  the collection of timeless songs to cover Continue reading


Winter Solstice "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


By Heiser [CC BY-SA], via Wikimedia Commons

Today is the shortest day of the year here in Sydney, and the longest in the northern hemisphere. So I thought Id celebrate with Solstice, the first chapter of Clade:




Free health event for locals "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A group of local health professionals have banded together to provide a free health and wellbeing seminar.

Dr Heidi Mueller, Chiropractor and Functional Health Practitioner, Rebecca Abram from Be Centred Yoga and Penny Tomkinson from Step into Life Ocean Grove have designed seminars to provide valuable health tips on simple changes that can be made to improve your health and wellbeing.

They will discuss some of the challenges commonly encountered by clients, and how to overcome them.

A media release from the World Health Organisation in February 2018 identified that, Musculoskeletal conditions are the second largest contributor to disability worldwide, with low back pain being the single leading cause of disability globally.

Persistent musculoskeletal pain conditions are commonly linked with depression, as they can limit mobility, earning capacity, quality of life and social involvement. As the loss of musculoskeletal function is so common in our community, it follows that the best investment in our health should be on keeping our body functioning well, our muscles and joints strong and flexible and reducing our stress levels to ensure a healthy nervous system.

The groups message is that in order to live well, physical activity, a calm mind and a healthy nervous system is essential.

The free event is at Ocean Grove Community Hub (previously Ocean Grove Neighbourhood Centre), 1 John Dory Drive, Ocean Grove on Tuesday 26 June at 7.30pm. To book, go; you call Penny on 0403-896 104.


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The Book Group and Shirley Hazzards Transit of Venus "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Shirley Hazzard, The Transit of Venus (1980, Virago 2004 2014) Before the meeting: Serendipitously, I heard that this book had been chosen for the Book Groups June meeting just after visiting the wonderful exhibition James Cook: The Voyages at the British Continue reading


Cathies Column: Delta Jazz Sunday at historic Carisbrook "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

CARISBROOK Historic House at 334 Burns Bay Road Lane Cove will host a Jazz Concert with wine and cheese on Sunday July 1 from 1pm [more]

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Groundswell of zero waste living "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Australia is getting ready for Plastic-Free July the countdown started today with a major supermarket chain stopping its handing out free single-use plastic bags.

In The Sustainable Hour on 20 June 2018, we talk with Linda Grant, an education officer based in Hamilton for the Barwon South West Waste and Resource Recovery Group, who has also started a zero waste group in South West Victoria called War on Waste Southern Grampians and Katie Traill and Meg Odgers from Towards Zero Waste Geelong.

Before they enter  16 minutes in Colin Mocketts global outlook takes us from Scandinavia over India to a festive event at Rokewood Hotel, where Pat Simons from Yes2Renewables gave a speech as the local community celebrated World Wind Day on 15 June 2018.

Every journey st...

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Wednesday, 20 June


Long Live our gracious Aunty ... "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

I am far too old not to feel a shiver of time-worn apprehension snake down my spine when I hear Finance Minister Mathias Cormann uttering his latest pronouncements, especially when I have long come to realise it is mostly propaganda and bullshit that flows with his soporific guttural. My contemporaries, Im sure, experience similar vertebral vibrations when they hear that accent, of which the senator himself is reported to have once said: With my accent, no one would vote for me if I tried to get a seat in the [House of Representatives] Labor: Libs cant be trusted with our ABC Michelle Grattan, ABC via The Conversation: The threat to the ABC is not sale but more bullying SMH: Footage from Liberal Party meeting reveals who voted to sell the ABC The divisive Liberal Party vote to privatise the ABC was backed by at least four of the partys top federal officials, according to footage that also shows the idea gained support from at least one federal Liberal MP Greens: Premier Busted by Photo Finish on ABC Sale Push Labor: Premier Hodgman lied to Parliament Fairfax: We are not your punching bag: ABC boss Michelle Guthrie hits back at the Liberal Party Greens: Liberals Committed to Trading Heritage Treasure for Trinkets Peter Gutwein: Labor-Green hypocrisy over Treasury Building First Dog on the Moon: Ian the Climate Denialist Potato wants to flog off the ABC SMH: ABC motion reveals immaturity at heart of Liberal Party


Im nearly 100, I saw 1945 refugee crisis firsthand. I need people to listen to my warning. Vid "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

I cannot sit back in good conscience while the world my generation built is left to turn feral in the hands of right-wing populists and indifferent capitalists


The (austere) golden age of Peter Gutwein "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Public hospitals are in permanent crisis. School retention rates remain the shame of the nation. There are 16,500 Tasmanians unemployed but looking for work. Another 26,800 people are under-employed, needing more work than they have. The rate of labour under-utilisation the key measure of labour market slack stands at 16.7%. Homeless people face a winter sleeping rough at the showgrounds because theres nowhere else to go. Despite the crippling funding shortfalls for essential government services, Mr Gutwein has permanently reduced the states revenue base by decreasing payroll tax. Decent funding for hospitals, schools, child protection and housing is further away than ever. Golden age? What on earth could he have meant ? Peter Gutwein: Budget Reply will be a failed policy scrap heap Greens: Premier Busted by Photo Finish on ABC Sale Push Labor: Premier Hodgman lied to Parliament Fairfax: We are not your punching bag: ABC boss Michelle Guthrie hits back at the Liberal Party Greens: Liberals Committed to Trading Heritage Treasure for Trinkets Peter Gutwein: Labor-Green hypocrisy over Treasury Building Labor: Gutwein refuses to answer the simple budget questions


Cable car proponents threaten legal action over protest website "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Mount Wellington Cableway Company (MWCC) has threatened legal action and is currently attempting to forcibly acquire the domain of an anti-cable car website - owned by a local community member. The owner of the domain, South Hobart resident Louise Sales says nine months later, no legal action has been taken so it appears the letter was sent simply to intimidate. I am not intimidated and I call on the cable car company to stop threatening people for having their say


French Bulldogs, Faberge and the Romanov Family "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Part II: The Romanov family and their bulldogs Contemporary photographs suggest that three generations of the Imperial Family owned at least 13 individual French bulldogs between 1867 and 1918: Tsar Alexander II (3); his sons Tsar Alexander III (1), the Grand Duke Vladimir (1) and his wife, the Grand Duchess Marie (3), and the Grand Duke Alexei (2) and his mistress Elizabeth Balletta (1); and finally Tsar Alexander IIIs granddaughter, the Grand Duchess Tatiana (2)


Looming Disaster for Norfolk Island "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Economic Impact of Modern Award System on Norfolk Island With just a brief two-year transition period from 1 July 2016, the Modern Award System (MAS) will take effect on Norfolk Island from 1 July 2018, representing the largest single impact on the Norfolk Island economy at a time of declining visitor numbers (-11% in last 3 months), severe economic contraction, and on top of a raft of new Federal and local Government taxes, rates, fees and charges. Despite repeated warnings of loss of employment, severe increase in business costs, reduced business viability, and damage to tourism, the Department of Regional Development & Cities (DIRDC) has not conducted any economic assessment, which many consider to be reckless, even irresponsible


Coastal clean-up after wild weekend "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Great Ocean Road Coast Committees foreshore rangers are busily assessing the impact of a wild weekend on the coast.

Great Ocean Road Coasts Coastal Reserves Manager Caleb Hurrell thanked members of the public who have helped the team to identify areas in need of attention up and down the coastline.

Weve seen trees down, sand lost from some beaches and widespread coastal erosion, which are common occurrences in winter.

Fallen branch at Lorne baths, storm damageFallen branch near Lorne Sea Baths, Lorne. Photo: Lorne Foreshore team.

Most of the sand lost during winter storms returns with the calmer weather building beaches back up again during summer.

A cliff fall at Soapy Rocks in Anglesea occurred, which now has warning signage in place.  The area will continue to be monitored.

Otherwise, beach access stairs at Spout Creek and 12th Avenue at Point Roadknight have been severely damaged and are closed. Both will need to be replaced.


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Tuesday, 19 June


Budget buffer? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Treasurer is winning the post budget arguments because those who question his mastery arent acquainting themselves with the true situation.

The Treasurer is setting the agenda. We have fixed the budget mess he claims. There are surpluses as far as the eye can see.  Are there surpluses? Yes. Does this mean the budget is fixed? No.

The corporate world is littered with the corpses of companies which showed profits one day and went belly up shortly thereafter. Profits or net operating surpluses in this case, often coexist with cash deficits. Yet most people, innocently accept the Treasurers claim about future surpluses thinking he means cash surpluses, and respond by saying why not spend them now?  The Treasurers answer is essentially to say, no, they are needed to provide a buffer for the future.

This is the point where the Treasurer crosses the line from an arguable position, namely the existence of surpluses, to a baseless assertion that he is creating a future buffer.

A buffer requires a build-up of cash reserves and/or increased ability to borrow and service borrowings. The opposite will occur. Cash reserves will decrease, and borrowings will increase.  This is not necessarily bad but is contrary to what the Treasurer is trying to get us to believe.  Past Estimates hearings show he doesnt fully understand his own figures, not grasping the difference between profits and cash flow.

The only buffer currently being created by the Treasurer is one between fiction and reality.

The net operating surplus of the general government includes infrastructure grants from the Australian government as income when received but excludes the amounts as expenses when spent because theyre capital expenses. Only operating expenses are included.

To be fair the government is only following government accounting standards. The government however is taking advantage of the opportunity to mislead. Even more misleading is dragging $40 million per year out of TTLine as special dividends which becomes income to the government. These comes from cash which TTLine has been accum...

Monday, 18 June


Poker machine fine for Canberra Raiders wiped ... "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

... How lovely it must be to be a pokies joint in Canberra Its outrageous that Raiders Belconnen now does not have to pay the $120,000 fine which the ACT gambling regulator had imposed for breaking the law in relation to Professor Laurie Brown


NATION: Can Trumps farcical Singapore Summit alert us to dangers we face in our own democracy ... ? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A new story, a new beginning, one of peace. Two men, two leaders, one destiny. A story in a special moment in time. When a man is presented with one chance that may never be repeated, what will he choose? High-tech-sci-fi labs, fast trains and a slam-dunking basketballer flit across the screen as a bizarre, four minute US mobile-propaganda-video, set to a dramatic musical score, fires our national and international imagination this week


Trumps ultimate triumph? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Private and highly confidential sources close to US President Donald Trump have indicated that he expects to be given the Nobel Peace prize following what he considers to be a marvellous outcome in his Singapore discussions with North Korean Chairman Kim

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