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Saturday, 24 March


PERTH Magistrates court list wa "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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March 24, 2018 at 07:45PM .

The Perth Drug Court operates in the Perth Magistrates Court, and is aimed at breaking the cycle of drug related offences by allowing you to enter a treatment program prior to sentencing. Fax, N/A 3 Mar 2017 19 Mar 2015 At the Midland Magistrates Court most tenancy matters are heard on Mondays .



Big freedom of speech / political communication win with CDPP to drop criminal charges against journalist Shane Dowling "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Trumped-up criminal charges of using a carriage service to menace, harass or cause offence, in relation to an email I sent in 2016 will be dropped against journalist Shane Dowling (me) the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions (CDPP) has announced. This is a huge win for free speech and political communication. The (CDPP) advised me []


Janine Mohamed: Cultural safety matters the conversation we need to keep having "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Share this Post I rang my dad over the weekend. Wed hardly begun yarning before he asked me: Whats this about white nurses having to apologise to us for being white? I could have just said, Dad, you should know better than to believe what the mainstream media says about us. But instead I took the time to explain the ...


Jagera / Yagera People Native Title Claim "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The claim area is roughly bounded by Toowoomba, Warwick and Brisbane.

The apical ancestors listed are

Roger Bell
Stanley Bell
William Hatton
Mary Hatton
Johnny Tarampa
Maggie, wife of Johnny Tarampa
Jane Collins

Appeared in the Courier Mail dated March 24, 2018

Details of Roger and Stanley Bell appear in the book Remembering the Forgotten - Deebing Creek by Bill Thorpe and published by Seaview Press in 2004.
Chapter 3 listing the Bells amongst others is here .

Tindale Cherbourg Sheets 10 and 50

Sheet 10 dated 29.11.1938 and 5.12.1938 lists the following people
Mary Hatton (Mary Morton)
William Turner
Mona Morton
Mr Mitchell
Stoker Currie
Derek Morton
Eric Morton

Sheet 50 dated 2.12.1938 and 5.12.1938 lists the following people
Sarah Smith
Diver Mitchell
Albert Mitchell
Mona Morton
Mary Hatton
Stoker Currie
Derek Morton

The Sheets list the relationships between these people.

Indexes to correspondence relating to Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders, 1894-1905
Deebing Creek.
This index has been compiled from Queensland State Archive Item ID 716219 Papers (Parts 1- 9), 1/1/1894 31/12/1905. Queensland State Archives.
17.12.1901. Memorandum from Superintendent Ivins to Home Secretary noting Trampa Johnny F/B died at the Home on 17.12.1901 from consumption, aged about 75 years. He was born at Trampa and belonged to the Yackara tribe. [Indexers note: Handwritten "Tarampa Johnny died on 17th inst." note different spelling of Trampa.]


Photos- Time to Choose rally Sydney "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Time to Choose rally Sydney 24th  March -demanding  a fresh focus on renewable energy by the state government.
Guardian report on rally



MACKAY Dogs rescued from cruelty recovered and looking for homes "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

MACKAY March 24, 2018 at 11:07AM ,

Dogs rescued from cruelty recovered and looking for homes

March 24, 2018 at 11:07AM ,

A Kuttabul man, the original owner of the dogs, was convicted on 32 counts of breaching duty of care to an animal after pleading guilty in Mackay Magistrates Court. RSPCA inspector Frank Bebernitz said the dogs were reported to be living in squalid conditions with their previous owner, including a sixth

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Angry trucks again "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


I was painting a canvas of this scene which someone stole off my easel last weekend. So here's another version 

This is the one that got pinched


Huge financial sustainability challenges for Qlds remote Indigenous councils "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Queenslands remote Indigenous councils are facing huge financial sustainability challenges, with the councils typically running large operating deficits, averaging nearly 20 percent of revenue, and running down their asset base to survive (see figure below), according to the Queensland Audit Offices financial audit report for Councils released last Thursday (also see this Brisbane Times article Qld Councils are more than $5 billion in debt).


While the Indigenous councils have negative net financial liabilities (i.e. they have net financial assets), this may be because of previous grant money they have received from the federal and state governments, which the councils are running down over several years. The councils appear to be strongly reliant on grants to fund their operations and to avoid accumulating massive debts.

The large majority of councils that were assessed by QAO as being of higher relative financial risk are Indigenous councils (figure below). Nine Indigenous councils are in the higher relative risk category, seven are in the moderate r...


Canberra Australia's Capitol "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Did they make a mistake?

Was it a Freudian slip?

Did that American fella know something the Aussie serfs did not?

Birds of a feather flock together, in both colonies?

Anyone wanna play Jeff Hook, minus Jeff, but rather with capitol than the hook?

A 1911 design by Freemason Walter Burley Griffin's for Australia's Capitol hill.


Do Fewer Guns In A Country Mean Fewer Homicides Will Happen? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Like I said, gun control is NOT the answer. STOP punishing law abiding licenced gun owners in Australia & do something positive about crime!!!


APRadio weekly podcast "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Harry Palmer touches on the recent devastating bushfires at Tathra NSW and how the out of control empire builders of emergency services turf wars take precedent over what they are set in place to do under a minster who is in total denial. Mike and Harry chat about government dismissing our constitution to dictate their agenda by legislation that is illegal and how the sheeple voters keep it alive. We are pleased to announce that Peter Spencer is now on our team to bring you in coming weeks his decade+ court battles to expose and reverse your land theft by unaccountable politicians using STEALTH and stand TO PAYOUT BILLION$.Click  Here or the picture to listen


Beach Fishing/ Worming "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Hi All, I'd love to learn how to beach fish, and/or harvest worms from the sand. Are the beaches to the north (Trinity, Palm Cove) good spots for this? You always see a guy or two out there but I'm not sure of their success. The idea of a few hours chasing after some little whiting or bream sounds so appealing to me right now. Any comments or suggestions would be great. Thanks.

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The Weekend Quiz March 24-25, 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:

One interpretation of the sectoral balances decomposition of the national accounts, is that it is impossible for all governments (in all nations) to run public surpluses without impairing growth because it is likely that the private domestic sector in some countries will desire to save overall.

The answer is False.

The question has one true statement in it which if not considered in relation to the rationale for the true statement would lead one to answer True. But the rationale presented in the question is false and so the overall question is false.

The true statement is that it is impossible for all governments (in all nations) to run public surpluses without impairing growth. The false rationale then is that the reason the first statement is true is because it is likely that the private domestic sector in some countries will desire to save overall.

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 Expressio...


Larentiinae Carpet Moths "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Larentiinae moths are a sub-family of Geometridae. They are commonly known as Carpet Moths.

Austrocidaria erasta ...


Australias Top End Americas 51st State "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

by Tony Ryan

The celebrated Arnhem Land aerospace project, rather than being all-civilian as the nation was media-led to believe, will have a US military component. This was admitted quietly in a hearing of a Northern Territory estimates committee on 28 November 2017 (P49).

A little bit military? This is like being a little bit pregnant. When military are involved this becomes, by definition, a military project with the usual tight security provisions; and the only kind of military rocket that makes sense in todays tense global context is an ICBM;...


The Explosion in Fake Gold and Silver "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

In the US, fake gold is now a growing problem that is not being tackled. Congressman Alex Mooney (not Money!) has just written to the US Mint of the growing problem of high-quality counterfeits. He also wrote a letter to the Mint in November 2017 but the Mint responded that the problem was not significant. But the US Secret Service has since briefed the office of Congressman Mooney about the extent of the problem and the lack of supportive actions of other agencies. There we have it  a complacent Mint on the one hand and a Secret Service which is involved in fake gold on the other hand. So this is clearly a major problem.


Counterfeit gold coins have been around since the coinage of gold first started in the Greek city of Lydia around 600 BC. Fake gold bars and coins are ubiquitous and many owners of gold are not aware that they have fake gold. I realised the widespread presence of fake gold when I was interviewed in Sydney by an Australian television news team a few years ago. This team had just visited a gold factory in China. They had covertly filmed the manufacturing of fake bars and coins. They told me that they bought $500,000 of fake gold for $500. These were gold bars and coins with well known brands of LBMA refiners in Switzerland and Australia. For a layman it was not possible to tell that they were fake. There clearly could not have been much gold in these bars since the price was 0.1% of the value of real gold. It would probably have been enough to scratch the surface to find the tungsten which I assume was the metal inside.


Learning about fake gold factories in China gave me invaluable information of what will happen when the gold price goes up. It became very clear to me that the more gold appreciates the more fake gold we will see on the market. The natural consequence of a higher gold price will be a surge of gold factories around the world making fake gold. As gold goes to $2,000, $5,000, $10,000 and much higher when hyperinflation sets in, there will be opportunistic entrepreneurs flooding the gold market with fake bars and coins. The coming gold mania will create a massive demand for gold and desperate retail buyers will buy gold from any source, unaware if it is genuine or not. The coming shortage of gold will force buyers to obtain gold from whatever direction, whether it is Ebay or disreputable dealers.


Eventually the media will catch on to the prevalence of fake gold and tell buyers not to buy gold. Professional investors are unlikely to be affected by this but many retail buyers could be badly hurt. The consequence of the Wild West market will be a concentration of gold tra...


Submissions to the Australian Senate Inquiry on siting federal nuclear waste dump- theme for March 18 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Selection process for a national radioactive waste management facility in South Australia    thats the title of the Senate Inquiry .  Begs the question, doesnt it ?  Why does it have to be assumed that its gotta be in South Australia?

Sounds damn silly to me   toting highly radioactive trash for 1700 km pretty much involving 3 States, all the way from Lucas Heights, Sydney, where it can be relatively safely kept until decades later when they might bury it permanently near to the nuclear reactor thats producing it.

But never mind.  These uninformed Senators need your submission. Theyve already got at least 5 ...


Accomplice "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The moons on the lake, and the mists on the brae,
And the Clan has a name that is nameless by day;
Then gather

Sir Walter Scott MacGregors gathering

photo 3(1)

Both the words Southport and Burleigh have been recorded as two deliberate choices by two different survey missions (led by Pratten and Dixon) to overlook local place names from the local Aboriginal language (Yugambeh?) in favour of sentimental references to Great Britain.

Im curious about the relative absence of public commentary about the labeling of Burleigh Heads.  In the absence of real public contest or confident assertion, Burleigh provides a hospitable and inclusive space for thinking about the dangerous notion of accomplice.

The Burleigh Headland seems to have been an important location in Kombumerri Country before Robert Dixon labeled the headland, Burley Head on his map of 1842.  Many historical commentators like to assert that Dixon ignored the instructions from his superiors to utilize the words and place names from the local Aboriginal languages when labeling landforms on his maps.  They also commonly assert that Dixons Anglophile tendencies have been addressed by...


Legislative Council Voting Patterns 2014-8 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Advance summary:

1. This article presents a revised analysis of voting patterns in the Legislative Council (the upper house of Tasmanian Parliament) based on contested divisions involving the current MLCs in the last four years.

2. Although there is a degree of independence in all Legislative Council voting, the Council continues to have a fairly clearly defined "left wing" consisting of the four Labor Party MLCs, and independents Mike Gaffney, Ruth Forrest, Kerry Finch and Rob Valentine.

3. Excepting Rosemary Armitage and Tania Rattray (and Jim Wilkinson, who does not vote) the remaining MLCs (independents Ivan Dean, Robert Armstrong, Greg Hall, and Liberal Leonie Hiscutt) can all be clearly placed in a strongly-defined right-wing cluster.

4. A possible left-to-right sort of the Council is Forrest, Valentine, the four Labor MLCs (Farrell, Lovell, Siejka and Willie in no particular order), Gaffney, Finch, Armitage, Rattray, Hall, Armstrong, Hiscutt (Liberal), Dean.  However some of the exact positions in this list are debatable.

5. Going into the 2018 elections, the left holds an absolute majority in the current Legislative Council, although the fact that four of the left MLCs are independents means it will not necessarily be realised on every specific issue.


After the slight distraction of an election for the house of parliamentary theatre, it's almost time for another episode of Tasmania's house of serious power (at least when it comes to stopping bills), the Legislative Council.  Last year's adventures saw Labor win the eastern shore Hobart seats of Pembroke and Rumney from the right, and as a result the left of the Council holds an outright majority.  This doesn't seem that likely to improve for the Hodgman government at this year's elections.  Conservative independent Greg Hall is retiring, and the washup of a major redistribution creates an unpredictable vacancy in the new mostly rural seat of Prosser.  In Hobart, former Lord Mayor Rob Valentine is up for his first defence of a typically left-wing inner-city seat.  So far Valentine has at least three challengers and there are three declared candidates for Prosser, which both major parties are contesting.

As my traditionally super-wonky curtain-raiser for the LegCo season, this piece is my analysis of the voting patterns of the current Legislative Council.  Click the link to 2013-17 for last year's effort, which in turn links back to earlier years.

For the most part I've followed the same methods as in earlier years, but the red tide sweeping over the red couches ha...


The truth behind the Nursing Code of Conduct lie "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Share this Post Thats how Today Tonight Adelaide began last night. Catch Up: Having to apologise for being white the controversial new code for nurses treating Indigenous Australians. #TTAdelaide TodayTonightAdelaide (@TodayTonightSA) March 23, 2018 It continued: Now, its the latest in a string of politically correct changes for the health industry, but this one has led to ...


bitARG denies reports of Yahoo! Japan buying 40 percent of its shares "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

BitARG, a Tokyo-based exchange company, refutes news reports that YJFX, a subsidiary of Yahoo! Japan which operates foreign exchange transactions services, was set to buy a 40 percent stake in the company next month. The report originally appeared on Nikkei []

The post bitARG denies reports of Yahoo! Japan buying 40 percent of its shares appeared first on The Global Mail.


Tarra-Bulga Moths Hepialidae (Ghost Moths) "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

To date we have 5 different species of moths in the family Hepialidae recorded in Tarra-Bulga National Park.

Abantiades labyrinthicus ...


Obisesan targets gold in Australia "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

National record holder in the hammer event, Queen Obisesan, has assured the country of a gold medal at the forthcoming 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Cost, Australia. Obisesan who spoke during the Nigerian Athletics Golden League organised by the Athletics Federation of Nigeria said she was adequately prepared to win the gold medal. She said []

The post Obisesan targets gold in Australia appeared first on Newtelegraph.


Were looking for homegrown ski and boarding films "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

As part of the Backcountry Festival being held at Falls Creek this September, we will be hosting a showing of locally made backcountry skiing and riding films. If youve produced a short film (max 7 minutes) that youd like to show to a crowd of snow enthusiasts, please get in touch.

They will be shown from 7 9.30pm on Saturday September 1, in the Falls Creek village.


Were delighted to be able to show some work from film maker Stephen Curtain, who produced the classic Australian telemark film Winter Dreaming.

.There are no guidelines for submitting films, beyond the request to keep under the maximum length. Were specifically looking for films made outside resorts, and at this point dont have any splitboarding films. They dont need to be professionally produced but need to be engaging and suitable for an all age audience. We would love to get films made by women.

The venue holds a maximum of 60 people so this will be a ticketed event. The backcountry film festival is a volunteer event and we do not have the ability to pay for films.

We would like to receive films by the end of May to allow us to advertise the full program for the evening before winter.

Please contact

[IMAGE: skier Graham Hammond. Stephen Curtain collection]




Showing the thank you card before publishing the two wedding rings "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

They are so over the moon with their wedding rings, Barbara had them sitting on two leaves on the desktop when they arrived . . . turning over a new leaf was the presentation theme. Now the rings are secreted away until after their discrete event no one knows its happening so I cant whisper a thing nor show you the pics.


Malaysias Mahathir raises remote takeover theory in MH370 mystery "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Malaysias veteran ex-leader Mahathir Mohamad said Friday that missing flight MH370 might have been taken over remotely in a bid to foil a hijack, reviving one of the many conspiracy theories surrounding its disappearance.

The Malaysia Airlines plane disappeared in March 2014 with 239 people mostly from China on board while en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.

No sign of the Boeing 777 jet was found in a vast search of the southern Indian Ocean and the Australian-led hunt, the largest in aviation history, was suspended early last year.

Only three confirmed fragments of MH370 have been found, all of them on western Indian Ocean shores, including a two-meter wing part known as a flaperon.

The search restarted in January, in an area north of the original zone that scientists now believe is the likeliest crash site. A private research vessel is scouring the seabed, commissioned by Malaysia on a no find, no fee basis.

Mahathir, 92, who is leading an opposition bid to topple scandal-tainted Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak in elections due this year, said he did not believe Kuala Lumpur was involved in any cover-up.

But he told The Australian newspaper in an interview that it was possible the plane might have been taken over remotely.

It was reported in 2006 that Boeing was given a license to operate the takeover of a hijacked plane while it is flying so I wonder whether thats what happened or not, said Mahathir, who ruled for 22 years. Its very strange that a plane leaves no trace at all.

The capacity to do that is there. The technology is there, he added of his theory.

You know how good people are now with operating planes without pilots. Even fighter planes are to be without pilots. Some technology we can read in the press but many of military significance is not published.

According to reports, Boeing in 2006 was awarded a US patent for a system that, once activated, could take control of a commercial aircraft away from the pilot or flight crew in the event of a hijacking.

But there is no evidence it has ever been used in airliners due to safety concerns.

The lack of a final resting place for MH370 has spawned numerous theories, including that it was a hijacking or terror plot.

The jets captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah also came under scrutiny, although investigations on him have turned up nothing.

An initial search focused on an area east of peninsular Malaysia, but attention soon shifted west when it emerged the plane had switched course and headed over the Indian Ocean just as its communications equipment was switched off.

Investigators later focused on an area t...


Metaphor in my muesli "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

This morning I opened a pack of Trumps muesli, which had been gifted to me from a relative who is given them in her retirement home but doesn't eat muesli

I thought I could look beyond the name, which probably has little to do with the contentious figure.

Toasted muesli isn't normally my thing but free food is good food, right?

Then in the first mouthful I bit into a hardened piece of orange-coloured fruit that proved unpalatable.

The metaphor seemed too rich not to share it here.


Superbugs could outstrip cancer in disease-related deaths "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Antibiotic hunter Dr Mark Blaskovich says antibiotic resistance is growing faster than the research and has the potential to bring modern medicine to a halt.


Moths Part 1 Arctiidae (Footmen and Tiger Moths) "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

To date we have 17 different species of moths in the family Arctiidae recorded in Tarra-Bulga National Park.

Arctiidae is a large family of moths with around 11,000 species found all over the world. This family includes the groups commonly known as tiger moths (or tigers). Tiger moths usually have bright colours, footmen (which are usually much drabber), lichen moths and wasp moths. Many species have hairy caterpillars which are popularly known as woolly bears or woolly worms. The scientific name refers to this (Gk. = a bear).


Spilosoma canescens ...


The Phoenix: A One World Currency Built on Blockchain "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Last week, we documented our mistrust of cryptocurrencies.

Far from being a grassroots movement, we posed that an elite cabal tied to banking was behind the push to legitimise cryptos.

This week, our attention turns to what this cabal might have in store next. And why the cryptocurrency mania perfectly aligns with the looming global financial reset.

To begin, take a look at this:

Thats a front cover of an issue of The Economist.

Youll be familiar with the name. The Economist is one of the most reputable geopolitical publications in the world.

What do you immediately notice about the cover?

Even if you skipped over the title, it wouldnt take much effort to decipher the symbolism.

Paper currencies burn

A phoenix rises from the ashes

A gold-plated coin hangs from its neck

The message is clear: National currencies are deadand a new currency reigns supreme.

Now look at the picture more closely.

Can you see whats inscribed at the bottom of the coin?

Youll notice that theres a number engraved. Its a year, in fact


Not what it seems

Youd be forgiven for thinking this cover was from a recent issue of The Economist.

But youd be wrong.

Its very old

30 years old, in fact.

It was the cover story of the 1 September 1988 issue.

Heres a snippet:

Thirty years from now, Americans, Japanese, Europeans, and people in many other rich countries, and some relatively poor ones will probably be paying for their shopping with the same currency. Prices will be quoted not in dollars, yen or D-marks but in, lets say, the phoenix.

The phoenix will be favoured by companies and shoppers because it will be more convenient than todays national currencies, which by then will seem a quaint cause of much disruption to economic life in the last twentieth century.

Up until a year ago, it was difficult to imagine a one world currency becoming a reality. The flagging euro experiment has laid bare the toils of multinational currencies.

But the arrival of cryptocurrencies changed that. With...


What to look for in leather riding gear "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Do you know what you should look for in a leather jacket, pants or suit?  Were not talking about style, but protection.

Is cow or roo leather best? Should the gear have triple stitching? What do the EN numbers mean? What armour should it have? Do perforations make it weak?

We asked Brisbane leather exert Andrew Smart of Ricondi Motorcycle Apparel for his tips on what customers should look for whether they are buying a leather jacket for the road or a suit to go racing.

Ricondi recommends tight leathers Andrew Smart - what to look forAndrew Smart of Ricondi

Here are his tips:


Andrew says leather thickness does not equate to quality.

Leather hides are split into layers and the toughest is the outside layer, or top grain.

It is difficult even for some experts to tell top-grain leather from lower layers, he says.

So you may simply have to trust the label if it says top-grain leather. Typically cheap products use cheap leather.

Usually it feels more supple, has a rich natural grain ad doesnt have a plastic-sheen look.

However, Andrew warns that some manufacturers run their hides through a roller that imprints a false grain.

Both kangaroo and top-grain cow hides are good quality and many racers these days choose kangaroo.

Properly tanned roo hides are stronger at a thinner thickness which can make a garment lighter, more supple and more comfortable.


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Friday, 23 March


Retreat "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


One for the health practitioners among us! 

How is 2018 shaping up for you? Do you need to re-engage with your purpose and find new passion for your work? What is next for you? We created a little video from footage taken on the 2017 Bali practitioner retreat - I dare you to not get inspired! Ah, Bali See the video here:

Please share if you know anyone who needs this. We have some wonderful practitioners committed to joining us for this truly incredible experience in May 2018. Its going to be just what we all need!

Last chance for booking your place - applications close on Monday 26th March. 



New Police Watchdog Lacks the Funding to Investigate Complaints "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim The new NSW police watchdog has revealed that due to a lack of funding its had to forego monitoring a large number of already active critical incident investigations, as well as disregard more than fifty police integrity complaints. In a submission to a joint parliamentary committee on oversight published

The post New Police Watchdog Lacks the Funding to Investigate Complaints appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.


Leucaena leucocephala might be a food we should be growing locally. "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

This article will be of interest to food growers in our shire.


Caution: This blog does not take responsibility for the accuracy of the published information. Sources regarding edibility often disagree as in the case below.


'Guaje Garlic Pumpkin Seeds that are Free Food

Guaje pronounced Gwah-hee and also known as Leucaena leucocephala is a tree in the acacia family that grows all over the world. It might even be growing in your area, they grow in California, Texas, Florida, Hawaii, Brazil, Australia, Mexico, South America, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Israel, Philippines, Asia, Thailand, Laos, Burma, India, and Africa. So guaje can be found all over the world and have many health benefits. And guaje seeds are free food!



Blanket Run season begins for homeless "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Motorcycle Blanket Runs are about to start as the weather gets cooler and homeless people become vulnerable to disease and death.

We are interested in publishing details about your motorcycle clubs Blanket Run. Just send details and photos to us via email.

The first on the calendar is the annual Blanket Run for Brisbanes Homeless on Sunday, April 22, 2018, at Harrys Diner.

There is breakfast from 8am and the ride starts at 9.30am, heading to Dayboro for lunch by the local Lions and Mens Shed.

BMaDBrisbane Blanket Run for homeless

This years Blanket Run is being organised by BMaD-Bikers Making a Difference.

Spokesman Jason Hallett says BMaD consists of bikers, friends and families who meet weekly throughout South East Queensland organising events, and feeding and supporting the needy. They also work with other community groups.

Our purpose is to help those less fortunate from making a young disabled child smile to providing items and food directly to the homeless on our streets, he says.

We encourage others within the biker community to help us help others, so far the support and contributions to our group from others has been overwhelming.

2018 Blank Run



This week in nuclear news Australia "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Well, its been quite a week, with all the Cambridge Analytica stuff showing the power and influence of corporations and political parties in manipulating social media We should not be so surprised, except for the speed and effectiveness of the Cambridge Analyticas opinion-influencing campaigns.

Manipulation of public opinion has a long and dishonourable history. Following the 1945 bombing of Hiroshima, America launched a successful pro nuclear power propaganda campaign, resulting in the growth of the peaceful nuclear industry, especially in Japan.

Hitler used the 1936 Berlin Games to sell Nazi Germany as a fine culture.  Currently, Putin is being accused of using the FIFA World Cup as a glorification of his Russian regime.

We can look forward now to two years of global hype over the 2020 Olympics in Japan as a glowing  (though lying) recommendation of a now healthy Fukushima.

All this in the desperate effort to save the reputation of the global nuclear industry. However not everyone, even conservatives, are buying this, as...


Trump: Conflict Between His Words And Deeds "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Bolton is the third national security adviser in 14 months. To Bolton, getting along with Russia requires Russia to be a US puppet state such as the UK, France, Germany, Canada, Australia, Japan, and all the rest. In other words, accept Washington's hegemony or we will bomb you into the stone age.


Dumping nuclear waste is illegal in South Australia: South Australians will resist imposition of dump "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

David Noonan shared a link. Fight To Stop Nuclear Waste Dump In Flinders Ranges SA, 24 Mar 18 
ARPANSA have now belatedly released the rest of public submissions to draft Code on radioactive was...


Anniversary of radiation accident at Lucas Heights a warning to South Australia "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

 Paul Waldon No Nuclear Waste Dump Anywhere in South Australia, 18 Mar 18 
Today the 18th of March is another red letter day in the nuclear arena with the 31st anniversary of a accident at Lucas Heights.
But first lets jump forward 29 years to the Hawker nuclear community meeting on the 6th of May 2016, where a man named Bruce Wilson from the DIIS who  chaired such meeting, a man who could be a totally inept clairvoyant, a nuclear decision psychopath, a misinformed government payed n...


This terrible Russian youth "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Generation Putin gives the West a boot Ivan Danilov for RIA NEWS Translation by Scott Humor Leading American, British, and Australian publications, such as the Wall Street Journal, the Australian,


High Level nuclear waste by the name of Intermediate Level is just as corrosive to dry cask containers "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Paul Waldon Fight To Stop Nuclear Waste Dump In Flinders Ranges SA  A rose by any other name would smell as sweet. High Grade waste by any other name would be such a risk.

There has been one, only one successful test of a dry cask to f...


March 24 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

You can all begin by raising a glass to John Busby who was whelped on this day in 1765, and who began the 10 year construction of Sydney's first regular water supply known as Busby's Bore on his birthday in 1827.

1796 - Bass and Flinders did not find Lake Illawarra but instead fell over a noisy skinny dipping pool party.
They declined the invitation to join in due to their mortal fear of verdigris.

1804 - And after a plethora of names such as Mulumbinba, Coal River, Hunter's River,Coal Harbour, and King's Town they finally settled on calling the damn spot Newcastle.

1810 - David Collins dropped off the perch rather suddenly...probably been over-doing the little blue "performance" pills again, randy bugger.

1854 - An Act to Establish a Constitution in and for the Colony of Victoria or more commonly the first 'Constitution Act' was passed in the Victorian Legislative Council. This set out the principles and methods for Parliament and would comprise two houses the Legislative Council and the Legislative Assembly.

1862 - The Peeps in Power in NSW went completely nuts today when they madly threw open the Main North Railway Line from Lochinvar - Branxton.

1879 - The bridge at Murray Bridge in South Oz - as you can't have a Murray Bridge without a bridge - was opened for traffic. Playing catch up, as always, it was adapted for choo-choo's in 1886.

1883 - The Salvo's fish and chip wrapper newspaper Warcry was flogged sold for the first time in Sydney.

1890 - The train travellers were most pleased when the railway line from Burnley to Oakleigh (Vic) was flung open for intrepid tripsters.

1891 - Dr Richard Schomburgk, the Director of Adelaide's Botanic Gardens, suddenly dropped off the perch.
Read more about this former Prussian rebel who dreamt up fabulous flora for Adelaide that's still enjoyed to this day.

1891 - The peeps wot made decisions at that extinct beast Victoria Railways were sniffing some sort of adhesive when they closed the Dunkeld to Penshurst railway line.

1891 - But obviously not all of them at Victoria Railways were as high as Harry Highpants' Top Hat cos they opened the line from Fairfield Park to Riversdale.

1891 - They were on a roll when they opened the railway line from Maldon (Laanecoorie Junction) to Shelbourne (Vic).

1900 - In Queensland 1,280 acres were gazetted as an Aboriginal reserve at Barambah.

1907 - The world's first surf reel was dem...


An angry response from Eyre Peninsula resident to media coverage of South Australia nuclear dump plan "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Rebecca Higgins Fight To Stop Nuclear Waste Dump In Flinders Ranges SA, 24 March 18   On the news last night they made it sound like the dump was just a question of WHERE not IF.

This new government is pushing hard and fast. As someone living on the Eyre Pen. I am 100 percent opposed to this and can not understand why a few money hungry farmers in kimba get a vote and we dont.

This will affect all of us we should all get a vote. Those of us not benefiting from this toxic nightmare would surly oppose it. Anyone with half a brain can see this is both unnecessary and dangerous. Anyone in Kimba who thinks this is a good thing needs a lobotomy and FAST. Greedy bastards. Ranges SA


South Australian clean energy businesses launch power-trading platform using blockchain "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Business News 23rd March 2018, A group of small and medium-size South Australian businesses plan to launch a first-of-its-kind power trading platform using blockchain technology in an attempt to save money and buy and sell local clean energy.

Blockchain-based microgrid developer LO3 Energy, of New York, is working on the project with solar and electrical firm Yates Electrical Services, of Paringa, South Australia, a region known for its vineyards, almond and fruit orchards and incredibly high electricity prices.

The blockchain, perhaps best known as the technology behind the digital currencies Bitcoin
and Etherium, is a decentralized ledger that enables and tracks all transactions across a peer-to-peer network. The technology uses encryption to ensure that transactions and data are secure, and provides verification and validation to users.


Research indicates links between cellphone (electromagnetic) radiation to heart and-brain tumors "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Italian study links cellphone radiation to heart and-brain tumors    Alex Formuzis (202) 667-6982, MARCH 22, 2018   WASHINGTON Laboratory animals exposed to cellphone radiation developed heart and brain tumors similar to the types seen in some studies of human cellphone users, according to an Italian study published today. EWG said the findings reinforce the need for people, especially children, to exercise caution when using cellphones and other radiation-emitting devices.


45 Lawsuits in Fukushima District Courts "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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A group of plaintiffs walk in front of Fukushima District Court in October 2017. The secretariat of the Nuclear Regulation Authority will increase its number of legal staff from this spring to deal with lawsuits.
Japans nuclear regulator to hire more legal staff to respond to Fukushima-related lawsuits
Japans nuclear regulator will increase its number of legal staff from this spring to deal with lawsuits related to the Fukushima crisis, sources close to the matter said Wednesday.
The secretariat of the Nuclear Regulation Authority will increase the number of staff at an office in charge of litigation to 22 in the fiscal year starting in April from the current 17. In fiscal 2012, when the body was launched, it only had five employees, the source said.
The secretariat said it was handling a total of 45 lawsuits as of March 1, of which 29 had been filed

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Weekend reads - must see articles of the week "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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Green Banana Rissoles-Cakes "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Oven baked green banana savoury cake
Boil and mash sufficient green bananas (or plantains) to replace the meat in a traditional rissole recipe.

Blend with plain flour (wholemeal, half wholemeal is preferred), an egg if you like, crushed nuts, finely chopped vegetables, seasonings (cumin works well) and herbs of your choice until you have a mix that can be shaped into small rissoles.

Fry in a frypan using coconut or olive oil or bake in the oven to avoid oils. These little savoury cakes go well to nibble with pumpkin soup or serve with a savoury sauce.


France terror attack: Gunman kills three, takes hostages at supermarket "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

France terror attack: Gunman kills three, takes hostages at supermarket --The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the rampage near Carcassonne and the town of Trebes. | 24 March 2018 | A gun-wielding extremist unleashed bloodshed in a quiet corner of southern France, killing three people as he hijacked a car, opened fire on police and took hostages in a supermarket, where panicked shoppers hid in a meat freezer or ran through the aisles. The 26-year-old attacker was slain as police stormed the market with the help of a heroic officer who had switched places with a captive and suffered life-threatening wounds - one of 16 people injured in the day's violence. The attacker was identified as 26-year-old Redouane Lakdim, whom France's top counterterrorism prosecutor said cried "Allahu akbar" and claimed he was a "soldier of the Islamic State" as he stormed the supermarket wuth about 50 people inside.


70% crop losses due to extreme weather in Australia "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

It was always going to be a big ask for the nation's grain crop to reach last year's record breaker, but extreme weather events across the country have guaranteed the harvest is well down on last year. Some grain-growing regions have even reported a drop of more than 70 per cent on last year's harvest. In the north of the country grain farmers battled extreme dry, in NSW and Victoria a late frost and record rains damaged crops, and WA made a comeback late in the season with much-needed rain. Dry winter impacts yields For Matthew Dart who farms at Merriwagga in southern NSW it's a harvest he was happy to see the back of. "It was one of those years where any mistake in any given sequence you were penalised so heavily," he said.


1) Opposition denounces Fiji First govt's support for Indonesia "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

2) Indonesia: Teens Death Underscores Impunity in West Papua, Activists Say


1) Opposition denounces Fiji First govt's support for Indonesia

12:42 pm on 23 March 2018 

Fiji's Opposition Social Democratic Liberal Party said it is deeply disturbed about allegations that the Fiji First Government acted forcibly to have Indonesia admitted as an associate member of the Melanesian Spearhead Group.
In a statement today, the shadow...


Market Talk- March 23, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


If you were in any doubt what Asia thinks about the possibility of a trade war, you saw the answer today. All major indices lower with losses between 2% and Japans Nikkei -4.5%. The Yen saw the flight to quality and even this evening is trading with a 104 handle. Market looks to have priced-in the worst but there is still a 30 day consultation period before enacted. Expect this uncertainty to last for a couple of weeks yet, so worth keeping a very close eye on the quarter end numbers. Shanghai and Hang Seng gave back 3.5% and 2.5% respectively with the Australian ASX off just 2%! The SENSEX held in reasonably well losing just 1.2% with the INR holding the 65 handle. SENSEX is not far from good support but the INR continues to look vulnerable.

Europe hit hard also and it was the DAX again that felt the brunt of the power. Closing down near 2% its the financials, autos and heavy manufacturing sectors where sellers are forced to drop offers to attract volume. DAX is now at levels similar to March and those of last summer, with crucial support for quarter end around the 11,400 level an important level to watch next week. Funny, doesnt seem that long ago there was only a 2k points between the DAX and DOW (actually, think it was 18 years ago)! The CAC also heavy and pretty much in line whilst the UKs FTSE demonstrated a little more sturdiness. Mid-session an Italian headline wobbled BTPs, which also shook other peripherals, but all managed to recover by the close with a little helping hand so went the rumour.

US (futures) traded weaker in the Asian time zone sympathising with local markets and was down almost 400 points at one stage, but recovered in European trading in-order for cash to open almost unchanged. Having rejected an early recovery we drifted for much of the time but finally rolled-over into the weekend. Closing off 400 points the fear remains weekend headlines and there is not a shortage of where they could appear from! Next week will be interesting to see where we finish for the month but is also quarter end. We have been targeting the week of March 19th for a while and now we know why. Many question, with all the uncertainty, why there is no signifi...


Video Friday: Robot Playdate, Big Drone, and Self-Driving Car in Snow "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Your weekly selection of awesome robot videos Image: Agility Robotics via YouTube

Video Friday is your weekly selection of awesome robotics videos, collected by your Automaton bloggers. Well also be posting a weekly calendar of upcoming robotics events for the next few months; heres what we have so far (send us your events!):

US National Robotics Week  April 7-17, 2018  United States
Xconomy Robo Madness  April 12, 2018  Bedford, Mass., USA
NASA Swarmathon  April 17-19, 2018  Kennedy Space Center, Fla., USA
RoboSoft 2018  April 24-28, 2018  Livorno, Italy
ICARSC 2018  April 25-27, 2018  Torres Vedras, Portugal
NASA Robotic Mining Competition  May 14-18, 2018  Kennedy Space Center, Fla., USA
ICRA 2018  May 21-25, 2018  Brisbane, Australia

Let us know if you have suggestions for next week, and enjoy todays videos.

Agility Robotics had a good week. And heres one of their Cassies on a playdate with a four-legged friend. Aww.

Cassie had a meet-and-greet with a four-legged friend during one of our visits to Playground.

[ Agility Robotics ]

Aerones is a company that makes drones. Big drones. Really big drones.

In case you cant tell how big that drone is, here it is lifting a person out of a boat:



Student push for sensible gun control measures "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Tomorrow (Saturday, March 24) is the day for the March For Our Lives rallies organized all around the country, with the main one being in Washington, DC. This was initiated by the students of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school students in Parkland, Florida where the February 14 mass killings took place, in which a 19-year old former student used a semi-automatic assault weapon to gun down 17 students. These students have managed to galvanize opposition to the easy availability of guns in a way that adults have not been able to. The Guardian newspaper has handed over oversight of the coverage of the event to the student journalists and editorial staff of the Eagle Eye, the student newspaper.

The student editors have published an editorial outlining the changes they wish to see. Ill just give the headlines, omitting the justifications and elaborations they provide for each one.

  • Ban semi-automatic weapons that fire high-velocity rounds
  • Ban accessories that simulate automatic weapons
  • Establish a database of gun sales and universal background checks
  • Change privacy laws to allow mental healthcare providers to communicate with law enforcement
  • Close gun show and secondhand sales loopholes
  • Allow the CDC to make recommendations for gun reform
  • Raise the firearm purchase age to 21
  • Dedicate more funds to mental health research and professionals
  • Increase funding for school security

When reading this, what struck me was how sensible and reasonable these suggestions were. When we were that age, my generation would have called for the burning down of all gun-making factories and the surrender of all such assault weapons that would then be piled high and made into a bonfire, like the draft card bonfires. Hell, even the Australian government did the surrender part after assault weapons were banned following a mass killing of 39 people in Tasmania by a lone gunman in 1996.

But despite the fact that these recommendations are so moderate, you can expect the NRA and the politicians it has purchased to try to paint these students as wild-eyed radicals who are too young to understand the realities of the world.

The students have also put out various other measures to promote this cause, such as this We See You video....


Trump: Conflict Between His Words And Deeds "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Trump: Conflict Between His Words And Deeds

Paul Craig Roberts

President Trump (belatedly) congratulated Russian President Putin on his smashing reelection and said, again, that he favored getting along with Russia. Yet, how can Trump mean it when he follows up by appointing John Bolton, Americas most notorious warmonger, National Security Adviser? It makes no sense.

Bolton is the third national security adviser in 14 months. To Bolton, getting along with Russia requires Russia to be a US puppet state such as the UK, France, Germany, Canada, Australia, Japan, and all the rest. In other words, accept Washingtons hegemony or we will bomb you into the stone age.

Russia, desperate for a sign of hope, risks self-delusion by seizing on Trumps gesture and ignoring Boltons appointment. No US president who wanted to get along with Russia would have appointed Bolton to be his National Security Adviser.

The constant drum beat of false allegations against Russia and the demonization of Putin, which has reached down into the British school system where children are being taught that Toxic Putin is on mission to poison the West, indicate that conflict with Russia was on the agenda prior to Boltons appointment.

Now that Putin has announced Russias new weapon systems, an array that clearly puts the US in an inferior position, hegemonic voices are rising that the US must strike Russia before the new superweapons are all deployed.

Russia would do well to avoid being put off guard by her unrealistic hope for peace and friendly words from Trumps mouth.



What cryptocurrency investors need to know about their gains and their tax liability "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

For most people, cryptocurrency taxes are often an afterthought, with some newer investors not even realizing that their gains are taxable. The general unawareness of tax liability among the general public has actually persisted for quite some time now, despite []

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Were going on a Bear hunt ... "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

*Cartoon: Martyn Turner, used with permission: .


Rose Tremains Restoration "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Rose Tremain, Restoration (1989, Sceptre 1990)

Irestoration.jpg read this book another gift from strangers by way of our little Street Library while in London with the Moving Hearts Project, which regular readers will know involves shaping hearts from clay. It was a lovely bit of serendipity that in the first couple of pages the narrator, an anatomy student in the mid 17th century, is forced to contemplate an astounding phenomenon:

I am encircling a human heart, a living human heart with my hand. I am now, in fact, squeezing it with controlled but not negligible force.

I had been doing the same with a heart of clay just minutes before I read that.

Robert Merivel, the narratorhero, quits medicine for the pleasures and intrigues of the court of Charles II, where he sees himself as a kind of beloved fool. His fortunes rise, and fall dramatically. He finds himself working with an austere group of Quakers in an insane asylum, and again falls from grace. Merivel is his own worst enemy: his heart is in the right place but another part of his anatomy is too often in the wrong one. The book is often very funny, with moments of tenderness and heartbreak.

I havent read Pepys journals, but Im guessing that the book owes quite a lot of its tone and ambience to them. Im pretty sure that Pepys himself makes a brief unnamed appearance.

I enjoyed the book hugely. It was an extra pleasure to read it in London. I regularly walked around Lambeth and Vauxhall, where Merivel rides his horse through the woods (no woods there now), or beside the Thames as Merivel does. The echoes intensified my enjoyment of both the real and the imagined London. T...


Mass whale stranding at Hamelin Bay in Western Australia "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Some 150 whales were found stranded on a beach at Hamelin Bay in Western Australia on Friday morning, March 23, 2018. The event prompted major rescue effort, but only 15 of them remain alive. Only about 15 of the 150 short-finned pilot whales that stranded at...... Read more


Feb Photo Review featuring Simon Kindt & Planet Clare "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

February Photo review: WATER WATER EVERYWHERE.. featuring Simon Kindt & Planet Clare. And so the rain poured down and the Tide turned once more in the great Ebb & Flow of Life, and the Water Rats returned, to their ancestoral Continue reading


Brian Houston of Hillsong sisters Beverly Houston and Maureen Bradshaw comment on this my blog-site "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The writer Donald Elley

The writer of this blog-site Donald Elley of Bellingen, Northern Rivers, New South Wales, Australia.

The following comments were made by Beverly Houston and Maureen Bradshaw, Brian Houston the current head pastor of  Hillsongs sisters, on this, my personal blog site, on 18 and 19 September 2014.

These comments were made just prior to Brian Houston and other Hillsong and Australian Christian Churches (ACC) leaders appearing at the Royal Commission into Institutional Respines to Child Sexual Abuse in Sydney Australia in October 2014.

The Australian Christian Churches (ACC) was called the Australian Assemblies of God (AOG) until 2007, when Brian Houston renamed and reincorporated it. The Royal Commission accused Brian of doing this to try to evade paying any compensation to the boy sex abuse victims of his father Frank Houston, the lifelong secret pedophile founder of Hillsong.

Maureen Bradshaws comment on 18 September 2014 about my article, R...


Africa Is Splitting In Two, At An Alarmingly Fast Rate "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

It may take another 10 million years, but the African continent is not going to remain in one piece. It is being split apart, with the larger continent on one side and parts of Ethiopia and Somalia floating off on the other.

Modern-day Africa was the keystone of Gondwana, the aggregated mass of southern continents that co-existed for nearly 400m years.

That supercontinent has since split apart, creating the land masses we now recognize as South America, Australia, India, Madagascar, Antarctica and, of course, Africa. And now, a new study published in Nature Geosciences is shedding light on how Africa is breaking up as well.

For the greater part of the Phanerozoic Eon,  500m years ago up to the current era, the Gondwana continents shared a common history and were populated by the same plants and animals. These continents were also marked by a climatic history that indicates the changing paleogeographic position (location of the continents over time) of this enormous landmass roughly twice the size of modern Eurasia.

Things began to change approximately 180m years ago as the modern South Atlantic Ocean, Southern Ocean, and Indian Oceans began to form. One by one, Africas Gondwanan partners began drifting away.

The modern-day East African Rift, an active tectonic plate boundary and one of the geological wonders of the world is the site of the most recent of these separations, and provides a glimpse of how continents break apart. This is the focus of the current paper in Nature Geosciences by sedimentologist Eric Roberts of James Cook University and colleagues at several Australian and American institutions.

The first stages in the splintering of a stable continent are marked by an increase in surface elevation. Like the proverbial floating iceberg, which is 90% underwater, the elevation of continents obeys the principle of isostasy: less-dense materials float on top of denser materials. The elevation of continents reflects the thickness of their crust, which is composed of less-dense material than the mantle rocks below. Mountains are high because of their thick root, which is approximately twice as thick as for the average continent. Southern and eastern Africa are different, as they have an ordinary thickness of crust, and yet are elevated by more than 1km above the average continent.



The importance of the ASEAN-Australia Special Summit "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


Singapores Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, left, and Australias Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull hold a joint press conference at the end of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, ASEAN, special summit, in Sydney, Sunday, March 18, 2018. Leaders attending issued a joint statement with Australia that also calls for non-militarization and a code of conduct in the contested waters of the South China Sea, where China has become increasingly assertive. AP/Rick Rycroft

Katrina Clemente-Lua ( March 23, 2018 3:06pm

On March 17 to 18, the Australian Government welcomed the leaders of the ASEAN member states for its first-ever special summit to be held in Australia. While the significance of the ASEAN-Australia Special Summit cannot be discounted, it is puzzling that the meeting was not subject of a buzz.

More so, President Rodrigo Duterte skipped the special summit to attend the Philippine Military Academy graduation on March 18. As it was an opportunity for the president to have a dialogue with aspiring military officials, it was likewise of great consequence for the president to have attended the ASEAN-Australia as an indication of the countrys commitment to further its security and diplomatic ties with Australia.

Significance of ASEAN to Australia

Australia became a dialogue partner of the ASEAN in 1974. The summit, which signified the increasingly close relations of ASEAN and Australia, was an opportunity for both parties alike to demonstrate the value of each others cooperation and engagement.

Australia is among the major powers that have engaged with ASEAN as a bloc. Undeniably and as stated in Australias 2017 Foreign Policy White Paper, the stakes of Australia in the Indo-Pacific which encompasses the member states of ASEAN, are quite high.



REVIEW: Gay Drama Love, Simon Is The Film We Need And Deserve "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

LGBTIQ audiences have seen more and more honest representation of themselves in theatrical media as of late, and with cinematic titles like Moonlight and Call Me By Your Name earning recognition outside of the community, Love, Simon arrives just in time for there to be a transition into mainstream cinema. Detailing the titular teenage Simons ...

The post REVIEW: Gay Drama Love, Simon Is The Film We Need And Deserve appeared first on QNews Magazine.


Did John Bolton Defenestrate Anyone? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

John Bolton. (Photo on left: On right: Youtube)

Editors Note: This article was originally published on April 21, 2005 at Online Journal with the title Did John Bolton Murder State Department Official John J. Kokal? It is reprinted here with permission of the author.

by Wayne Madsen

In a case eerily reminiscent of the death of British Ministry of Defense bio-weapons expert, Dr. David Kelly, an official of the State Departments Bureau of Intelligence and Research Near East and South Asian division (INR/NESA), John J. Kokal, 58, was found dead in the late afternoon of November 7, 2003. 

Police indicated he may have jumped from the roof of...


Trump Expands His Trade War to China "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


The Trump administration has announced plans to impose tariffs worth of $50 billion on Chinese imports, along with new restrictions on Chinese investment in the United States.

The move comes just weeks after Trump slapped blanket tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, angering allies in Europe and East Asia. Some of these concerns were allayed on Thursday when it was announced that Australia, Brazil, Canada, South Korea, and Mexico would be receiving a temporary exception.

The China tariffs usher in a trade showdown that has been long expected by President Trumps base, whom were frequently told that China would be punished for its unfair trade practices during the 2016 presidential campaign. The $50 billion tariff package does just that, and perhaps more importantly for the long-term is that it shifts US-China relations to more openly antagonistic ground. Yet there are still concerns that tariffs arent the best tool available to President Trump if he wants to even the playing field of US-China trade.

The post Trump Expands His Trade War to China appeared first on Geopolitical Monitor.


Quotes of the Week "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

"We've started off a little bit on the idealistic, and maybe naive, side ... what we've learned over time very clearly is that the most important thing always is making sure that people's data is locked down."  [Mark Zuckerberg, founder Facebook Inc, CNN interview, 22 March 2018]

"I dont know why. They trust me  dumb fucks".  [Mark Zuckerberg, founder Facebook Inc, talking about Facebook users, 2004]


Researchers Claim Link Between Autism and Sun "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A new study out of Perth, Australia claims that there is a link between sun exposure and autism. Researchers from the Telethon Kids Institute claim to have found that pregnant rats deprived of Vitamin D...

The post Researchers Claim Link Between Autism and Sun appeared first on Vaxxter.


True Love "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Donald Trump mural believed to be the work of Australian graffiti artist Lushsux has popped up on Israels barrier in the West Bank, this time depicting the US president sharing a kiss with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Netanyahu and Trump kiss in West Bank mural. (Credit: Ammar Awad/Reuters)Netanyahu and Trump kiss in West Bank mural. (Credit: Ammar Awad/Reuters)

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Lushsux in front of mural (Credit: Ammar Awad/Reuters)Lushsux in front of mural (Credit: Ammar Awad/Reuters)

Standing against the backdrop of a cement section of the security wall in Bethlehem, his face hidden by a headdress, a man who identified himself as Lushsux said that he hoped his painting would draw attention to Palestinians stuck in an indoor prison.


More Than 130 Whales Die in Mass Stranding in Western Australia "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

from The Guardian

One hundred and thirty-five whales have died after being washed ashore in Western Australia.

A rescue operation began on Friday morning in Hamelin Bay, on the states south-western tip, to save the remaining 15, with volunteers and vets trying to keep the surviving short-finned pilot whales alive before deciding when to herd them out to sea.

One witness described trying to steer one of the animals out to sea, only to watch it beach itself again.

Jeremy Chick, who is controlling the rescue attempt near the town of Augusta, said the main priorities were to ensure the welfare of the remaining live whales and the safety of everyone involved in the operation before any rescue attempt was made to herd the whales back out to sea.

The strength of the animals and the windy and possibly wet weather conditions will affect when and where we attempt to move them out to sea, he said.

People were asked to avoid the area because rescuers had enough staff there.

Authorities warned the public to take care near the water because the dead and dying animals could bring sharks closer to shore. A three-metre shark was seen in the bay within a few hours.

Hamelin beach is closed from Hamelin Caravan Park to North Point including Grace Road and Reserve Road, and a shark alert has been issued for the area.

The largest mass stranding of whales in WA happened in 1996 when 320 long-finned pilot whales stranded themselves in Dunsborough.

Short-finned pilot whales inhabit tropical and subtropical waters and may be seen in the hundreds but groups usually number fewer than 100.

On Friday, the whales were fir...


Beechcraft Kingair 350 VH-ZPE departs "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Beechcraft Kingair 350 VH-ZPE departed for Brisbane this evening and will continue onto Ohakea Airbase (RNZAF) in New Zealand tomorrow after being in Cairns for several months for maintenance.

The aircraft arrived in Cairns from Bankstown on the 26/11/2017 registered at that time as N817AP, on the 17/12/2017 became VH-ZPE.
Two recent local test flights were noted on the 9th and 20th March.

VH-ZPE BE30 at Cairns.


Reclaiming our narrative: WEAVE festival presents an immersion in culture "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The WEAVE Festival has been running throughout the month of March at the Australian Museum, inviting a new interpretation of the large collections of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Pacific artefacts held by the Museum.


Central and northern New South Wales floods as 13 inches of rain falls in 48 hours in Australia "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

In just two days, more than 300 millimetres of rain has fallen in parts of eastern New South Wales, resulting in flash flooding. A low pressure trough moving slowly along the NSW coast brought persistent rain and storms to parts of the Hunter and lower Mid North Coast during the last 36 hours. The heaviest falls so far have occurred on the Barrington Tops, where a rain gauge at Careys Peak received 339 millimetres during the 48 hours to 9am today, Weatherzone recorded.


Sexual Assault in the Greens and the left "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Recently sexual assaults within the Australian Greens have been gaining more attention. Jasmina Brankovich lives in Perth, Western Australia and has been following this issue closely.

In this interview we talk about sexual assault within the Greens and the lack of structures to deal with them.

In the second part we talk about this issue in the broader left and anarchist community.

[Part 1]

Jasmina: For the past few years especially last year I think weve had a number of allegations covering all shades I guess of a male sexual violence as I prefer to call it in the Greens, and its seemingly across all branches so I think that Ive heard about the New South Wales, Victoria, WA and at the very least those those main branches so what we had is basically a number of allegations across a number of branches portraying theres complete lack of interest in dealing with them, theres also lack of structures structure for instance a lot of branches and I know about WA one of those allegations arose do not have anything like the sexual harassment policy and processes to deal with them not-with-standing the fact that some branches and at them at the national level are developing their policy now.

These things were not in place when the allegations against the current Senator Senator Jordan Steele John published in the True Crime News Weekly so these allegations have been covered in the independent non mains stream press....


Stocks Slide as China-U.S. Trade Conflict Kicks Off "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

European and Asian markets fall amid escalating trade tensions

  • Japans Nikkei drops 4.5%
  • U.S. stock futures edge lower
  • Bonds gain, yen hits highest since 2016

The global equities swoon deepened Friday in Europe and Asia, as market participants dumped stocks amid escalating trade tensions.

The Stoxx Europe 600 fell 0.9% in the early minutes of trading, following a 4.5% drop in Japans Nikkei and declines of 2%-4% in Hong Kong, South Korea, Australia and Shanghai. Futures suggested U.S. stocks would open slightly lower with the S&P 500 poised to edge down 0.2% and the Nasdaq off 0.6%.

The jitters came after the Trump administration on Thursday said it would impose tariffs on tens of billions of dollars of Chinese imports on top of duties on steel and aluminum imports. Chinas commerce ministry responded Friday announcing it would levy tariffsagainst $3 billion worth of U.S. goods including pork and recycled aluminum.

The market is so fixated on the potential effects of tariffs that its overshadowing anything else thats occurring, said Brent Schutte, chief investment strategist at Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Company.

Overall, I still think the risk of a large trade war, while probably bigger than a year ago, is still not large enough to derail the broader economic story, he said, but noted there would be a lot of guess work for some time about just how far trade tensions can go.

On Thursday the Dow industrials fell 2.9%, their biggest one-day percentage decline since Feb. 8, while the S&P 500 fell 2.5% to erase all gains for the year.

Although the import tariffs had been telegraphed for weeks, Thursdays package, covering about $60 billion in goods, sent investors into safe havens....


Mass stranding of over 150 pilot whales at Hamelin Bay, Western Australia "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A mass stranding of more than 150 pilot whales overnight has led to the deaths of most of those animals, in one of the largest beachings on Western Australia's southwest coast in several years. After being alerted by a fisherman early this morning, wildlife officers discovered about 75 short-finned pilot whales already dead, with around 50 still alive but beached on the sand at Hamelin Bay, 10km north of Augusta on the state's southwestern tip. But many whales have since died, according to senior marine operations officer for Parks and Wildlife John Edwards. At midday, volunteers and conservation officers were struggling to save 15 whales still swimming in shallow waters by guiding them back out to sea. The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development issued a shark advice and warned people to avoid the area.


South Australias new Liberal Premier Marshall backs nuclear waste dump, despite community discord "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

SA Government indicates support for nuclear waste dump as communities remain split about proposal

New Premier Steven Marshall made the comments this week after his cabinet was sworn in at Government House.

Thats a federal issue. We need to be assured the host community is satisfied with that, Mr Marshall said.

The Labor Party has held the same position that we have.

The Federal Government is looking to store low-level nuclear waste and temporarily store intermediate leve...


Time to step up, Arnold tells players "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

SYDNEY FC Head Coach Graham Arnold has challenged his squad to overcome any distractions threatening to derail Sydney FCs domestic dominance. The Sky Blues suffered their first Hyundai [more]

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South African Politician Blasts "Racist" Australia For Harboring Fleeing White Farmers "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

In perhaps the most Orwellian statement of the day, the head of South Africas radical Marxist opposition party - who declared his party was "cutting the throat of whiteness" - called Australia a "racist country" for offering fleeing white farmers a refuge.
As we have detailed previouslylast month, South Africas parliament ...


Death and Impunity: Iraq Fifteen Years After "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

It might have made a bit more than a whimper had the US political scene not found itself in yet another paroxysm of the drama known as the Trump White House.  Fifteen years before, governments aligning with the dogs of war decided, in defiance of millions of protestors globally, to invade a sovereign state.  Papers cheered with blood lust; propagandists and public relations firms were hired to push the politics of regime change in a country that was already hemmed in by sanctions and surveillance.

The invasion of Iraq must, over time, be given its own specific criminal gravity.  It sundered the Middle East, it tore at the artificially imposed borders contrived by former colonial masters.  It emboldened new foes and generated further disagreements.  For generations, chaos will be guaranteed on the heaped folly of the 2003 decision.

The results are in, went a sombre Charles P. Pierce for Esquire. Iraq never recovered.  Syria devolved into civil war. We got closer than ever to the inhumane regime in Saudi Arabia, now engaged in mass slaughter in Yemen with weapons we supplied, because theres never been a problem with that before.

As Matt Taibbi reflected, the invasion had the element of awesome drama, made more thrilling by the seemingly obvious craziness of it all. The subtext was a lack of sensible reason, distorted by the mania that Iraq had somehow become a global threat with a trigger happy maniac. In place was ample hysteric delight, characterised by the opening phase of the campaign: Shock and Awe.

As with the Indochina War, the invasion mirrored an emerging malaise back home.  Invading Iraq was one of the great crimes of this or any age and destined to be a crossroads event in the history of Americas decline.  It was a cold, calculated, opportunistic power grab, aimed as much at future targets, and even our own population, as at the Iraqi enemy.

The US allies who, with unfazed enthusiasm went in with similar destructive intent, were also showing mixed degrees of reflection.  In Australia, former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd saw a chance to chastise his predecessor, John Howard, for having joined the US-led enterprise.  John Howards decision to commit thousands of Australian troops to the invasion of Iraq 15 years ago, began his opening salvo, ranks as one of the two great failures of Australian foreign policy since the Second World War.

Rudd can show periods of sensible reflection.  The decision to invade Iraq had to also rank alongside another US-led mission that was doomed: the V...


The Cambridge Analytica scandal: are we now ready to choose privacy? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

There are intermediate steps we can take right now, as long as we remember that thats all they are. Bringing political parties under the remit of Australias mediocre privacy laws would be a start. Joining and supporting dedicated organisations like Digital Rights Watch and Electronic Frontiers Australia helps extend their reach and yours.

The question is whether were ready to exercise our data sovereignty, or whether were content to play passive victims while surveillance capitalism extends ever finer threads into every corner of our lives. For better or worse, a window is open in which to have that conversation

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Dont waste the Cambridge Analytica scandal: its a chance to take control...


A turning point for social media the Cambridge Analytica Scandal "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Aral described Cambridge Analytica as a nefarious actor with a very skewed understanding of whats morally right and wrong. He pointed out that theres an important line to be drawn between the appropriate uses of technology to produce social welfare through platforms like Facebook, and the work that Cambridge Analytica did. It would be a real shame if the outcome was to, in essence, throw the baby out with the bathwater and say that the only solution to this problem is to pull the plug on Facebook and all of these social technologies because you know theres no way to tell the difference between a bad actor and a good actor.

All said, sophisticated data analytics may also be used for generating a lot of good, said Nave. Personalized communication may help people to keep up with their long-term goals [such as] exercise or eating healthier, and get products that better match ones needs. The technology by itself is not evil.

Why the Cambridge Analytica Scandal Is a Watershed Moment for Social Media, Wharton University of Pennsylvania, 24 March 18      (MIC LISTEN TO THE PODCAST  on original)  Jennifer Golbeck from the Univeristy of Maryland and MITs Sinan Aral discuss the fallout from the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

Serious concerns have arisen in the past week over how social media firms guard the privacy of their users personal data, and how the analytics of such data can influence voter preferences and turnout. Those worries follow a...


South Africa: where Australia is code for racist "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

I am sitting down to write this on Human Rights Day, a national holiday commemorating the 1960 Sharpeville massacre. It is a day that evokes memories of state violence and institutionalised racism, of the apartheid governments determination to brutalise and dehumanise non-white South Africans, but it also points to more recent processes of nation-building and (as yet unrealised) healing.


Record number of U.S. Marines to train in Australia in symbolic challenge to China "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


SYDNEY (Reuters) The United States will deploy a record number of Marines to train in Australia, the Australian defense minister said on Friday, as Washington seeks to counter what it describes as Chinese aggression in the region.

U.S. Marine Pfc. Reuschel Ortiz (left) directs the distribution of ammunition at Freshwater Beach, Australia, during amphibious assault landing operations of Exercise Crocodile 99 on Oct. 1, 1999. Exercise Crocodile 99 is a combined U.S. and Australian military training exercise being conducted at the Shoalwater Bay Training Area in Queensland, Australia.  DoD photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Daniel E. Smith, U.S. Navy.

The U.S. military plays a vital role in underwriting security and stability across the Indo-Pacific, and the Force Posture Initiatives will be an essential component in preserving stability and security over the coming decades, Defence Minister Marise Payne said in a statement.

Payne said 1,587 U.S. Marines will spend six months training in Australias remote north, an increase of nearly 27 percent on its 2017 rotation for the program known as the Force Posture Initiatives.

The deployment, first introduced in 2011 as part of a U.S. pivot to Asia, has emerged as a key indicator of Washingtons commitment to the region under U.S. President Donald Trump and his willingness to counter Chinese influence in a region where tensions have spiked amid disputes over the South China Sea.

China claims most of the South China Sea, an important trade route that is also believed to contain large quantities of oil and natural gas, and has been building artificial islands on reefs, some with ports and air strips.

In a move likely to irk Beijing, the U.S. Marines will train with personnel from Australia, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand, some of which also have claims in the South China Sea.

China will monitor whatever the U.S. does and it would prefer that the United States not work with the Asian countries included in these exercises, said Euan Graham, director of the international security program at Australian think tank the Lowy Institute.

Beijing would like to deal one-on-one with Southeast Asia nations that have counter claims, he said.

The U.S. Marines will also bring additional military equi...


Vietnam Courts Closer Ties with Australia to Check China "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

By Ralph Jennings

Prime Minister of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam Nguyen Xuan Phuc participates in a signing ceremony with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull at Australia's Parliament House in Canberra, Australia, March 15, 2018.
Prime Minister of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam Nguyen Xuan Phuc participates in a signing ceremony with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull at Australias Parliament House in Canberra, Australia, March 15, 2018.
Vietnam is edging closer to Australia as it seeks broader international help in checking Chinas expansion in the disputed South China Sea.On March 15, the two countries signed a strategic partnership to increase high-level dialogue, marking an upgrade to other partnerships in effect since 2009, the Australian foreign affairs department says. The partnership includes pledges to address security threats, and work together on maritime policymaking.

Australia and Vietnam reached the agreement as Vietnam seeks wider help in keeping the more powerful Beijing in check in the contested South China Sea. Australia is also looking for more inroads into Southeast Asia, where it has security and business interests.

To the extent theyre both concerned about especially things like freedom of navigation and the East (China) Sea they have a shared interest with Vietnam in keeping the sea lanes open, said Frederick Burke, partner with the law firm Baker McKenzie in Ho Chi Minh City.

Converging maritime interests

China and Vietnam dispute sovereignty over parts of a resource-rich sea that stretches across 3.5 million square kilometers from Hong Kong to Borneo. Taiwan and three other Southeast Asian countries have claims in....


The Weekend Quiz March 24-25, 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. One interpretation of the sectoral balances decomposition of the national accounts, is that it is impossible for all governments (in all nations) to run public surpluses without impairing growth because it is likely that the private domestic sector in some countries will desire to save overall.

2. A rising government deficit will always allow the private domestic sector to increase its saving in nominal terms.

3. A rising government deficit indicates an expansionary shift in policy and the challenge is to calibrate that expansion to ensure nominal demand growth does not exceed the real capacity of the economy to respond by increasing real output.



How to save a life "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


Its been four weeks since How Now arrived at Edgars Mission, dangerously thin, too weak to stand, eat or drink, yet somehow still miraculously clinging to life. During her initial veterinary exam, it soon became clear what had led to this dear girls shocking condition when x-rays revealed two metal nails inside How Nows gizzard. The gizzard is an essential component of a chickens digestive tract, where hard stones and grit reside to grind down seeds. The presence of the nails in How Nows gizzard had hindered this crucial digestive process and, even worse, one of the nails had begun to work its way through the thick muscular lining of the gizzard. The diagnosis was in- the foreign material needed to be removed and there was little time to spare.nails 20180314 how now (2)

After gaining a little strength in our care, How Now was soon in the expert hands of our trusted veterinary team, who skilfully carried out lifesaving surgery to remove the nails, along with two other pieces of metal debris that were uncovered during the procedure. With the surgery complete, we knew it was still a long road to recovery for How Now with even more questions looming before us. Could her body recover from this? Had she found her way to us too late? And did she still have it within her to keep up her fight?

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One thing certainly is not in question is the incredible...


A response to Joe Hildebrand's article 'Immigration debate is just left wing racism' "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

'Immigration debate is just left wing racism', according to the headline of Joe Hildebrand's latest article at He then goes on to assert that questioning our rate of immigration is an ideology confined only to the far right and the far left. Really? I would like to take this opportunity to re-assure readers that it is in fact a concern for Australians from all political backgrounds and walks of life and we ignore this at our peril.

This is why it was actually the duty of every media outlet from the Herald Sun to the 'quintessential progressive media double act of Fairfax and the ABC' to bring this conversation into the public realm. Bearing in mind that our cities will need to have a further 1.5 trillion dollars of infrastructure investment by 2045 just to keep up, this sudden interest from the ABC was, in fairness, a bit late in coming. Even Tony Jones acknowledged the sheer amount of concern that there is on this issue during a Q&A special on whether or not we are ready for a Big Australia.

So comparing all lefties who question our current rate of immigration with the kind of mindset that sparked the Cronulla riots is very problematic. The truth is that unless you are an advocate of open borders, there comes a point whereby everyone has a limit to what they think our annual rate of migration should be. In other words, according to Hildebrand, there comes a point whereby everyone becomes a racist.

Then there are those who do want to see a policy of open borders but that would do absolutely nothing to resolve the very issues that are pushing people to leave their homeland in the first place. In other words it does nothing to help the vast majority of people who, for one reason or another, would be left behind.

This is why a proactive measure such as foreign aid as opposed to a reactive measure such as unlimited migration can help communities on the ground to better manage their environment while providing increased access to education and family planning. That, in combination with much improved urban and regional planning at home, is the ONLY way that we can collectively reduce habitat loss and s...


Ai Weiwei Highlights Treatment of Global Refugees in Human Flow Documentary and Sydney Biennale Installations "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

My latest post for Global Voices:

During a visit to Australia, Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei has blitzed the media with his concerns about the global treatment of refugees.

He is the headline artist with two major installations at the Biennale of Sydney that runs until June 2018. One, called The Law of the Journey located at the Cockatoo Island, features a black rubber, inflatable boat and figures. They were made with the same material used to produce the hazardous boats that some asylum seekers and migrants travel in while attempting to cross the Mediterranean.

...Ai also spoke at the Cinema Nova for the Melbourne opening of his documentary Human Flow, which features the stories of refugees in 23 countries in 2016.

...Kon Karapanagiotidis from the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre conducted a live interview on Facebook and Twitter that has since attracted nearly 10,000 viewers.

More: From Sydney Biennale Installations to Film Screenings, Ai Weiwei Highlights Treatment of Global Refugees


start - [Talks] "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Next Meeting 26th March 2018 Note: For this month only we won't be in the 'dining room', we will be in 'the snug'. Address PlaceThe Great Northern HotelAddress 644 Rathdowne St (corner of Pigdon St), Carlton North VIC 3054 Pre-meeting 6pm dining function room


No State Project ep 55 Cop Charged with Murder in Minnesota "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Its rare, but a cop was charged with murder in Minnesota.

Spoke with Chris in Kansas about defending against a parking ticket.  Witt from Gilbert, Arizona, takes issue with this.

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Fighting for survival "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The endangered hooded plover thrives on beaches such as Ocean Grove, but many chicks do not survive.
Disturbance by people, dogs and horses, as well as predation by silver gulls, ravens and foxes means that the hooded plover is up against the fight for survival even before they hatch.
Each year Ocean Grove has several hooded plover families that attempt to breed, only to have the chicks killed before they can fly, which is usually around five weeks after they hatch.
They are vulnerable because they nest at ground level, often above the high-tide mark on ocean beaches or among dunes.
In the meantime, they are extremely vulnerable.
One family of hooded plovers had a chick that, at the time of writing, was close to being able to fly.
The chick was given the best chance of survival thanks to a caring local community.
Exclusion zones around the hooded plovers nest has been successful and many hours of volunteering by locals ensured the chick was close to surviving.
The hooded plover roped-off area was a bigger zone than usual, as the hooded plover family were very mobile, Voice Nature Watch columnist Jen Carr said.
Hooded Plovers are a rarity along the Great Ocean Road and so the Bellarine Peninsula is the last major population of the birds until Warrnambool, making it a high priority at a national scale.
Although there are around 2000 hooded plovers in Western Australia, there are only 50 left in New South Wales, 400 to 450 in Victoria, 600 to 800 in South Australia and about 1000 in Tasmania.

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"Removing The Rose Colored Glasses "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

"Removing The Rose Colored Glasses
by Dennis Miller

"Im excited! Were in for a real treat. Were going to gain a unique look at whats going on in the world and how we can protect ourselves. Im a long-time subscriber to Richard Mayburys US & World Early Warning Report. Richard offers a different perspective from any other newsletter I subscribe to. His candid approach to tackling tough issues is refreshing. Ive recently interviewed experts who warn of tough times ahead. Richards latest newsletter added some different concerns that can affect all of our retirement plans. He was kind enough to agree to an interview.

DENNIS: Richard, on behalf of our readers thank you for taking time for our education. There are a lot of warning signs regarding economic turmoil ahead. You recently brought up something I had not thought of, and it concerned me trade restrictions & tariffs. Lets start there.

RICHARD: Dennis, thank you for inviting me. You do great work, and its an honor to be here. ...


Cutting-edge cancer facility for pets opens in Macquarie Park "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

facility was launched by Ryde MP Victor Dominello and the Deputy Mayor of Ryde, Christopher Gordon. Built by SASH, it boasts Australias first dedicated veterinary [more]

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John Horgan-Once Gaining Power Veers NDP Party To Right-Abandons Grassroots-Rolls Electoral Dice-Can Horgan Garner BC Liberal(Conservative) Voters to Make up for Losing BC's Progressive "Activist" Support "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Updated March 22/ written below, everything I said has come true...any shred of the BC NDP pre-election 2017 is now gone.....Horgan sold out the province and the people....Horgan gave the LNG industry PST exemption(read HST in a new form) long til all industry demands a HST tax regime....Horgan exempted LNG industry from the carbon tax....Horgan also removed BC's LNG taxation framework...a tax that started at 7%....then BC Liberals slashed that tax to 1.5%....Today John Horgan slashed that taxrate to ZERO %.....and with $billions in unclaimed(as of yet) deep-well drilling credits.....Corporate welfare on steroids....we have officially entered into the Australian like LNG taxation zone....meaning BC we never see any revenue from LNG......and with that...adios BC NDP....hope some of you cross the floors, I'd hate to see all you MLAs look like word salad idiots and Party Root any of you NDP MLAS have any honour, morals or backbone...Probably not!....

It's far worse people...because today in Ottawa(March 22nd 2018) several northern BC Mayors pleading for the federal Government, pleading to Trudeau to REMOVE IMPORT DUMPING DUTIES ON ASIAN STEEL COMPONENTS....because as you know, LNG Canada is having the entire natural gas liquefaction plant built in S Korea and barged to B.C.....along with Korean workers to reassemble what THEY built....that's how it is, Trudeau has Horgan by the balls....Horgan begging to remove import duties....Trudeau wanting Horgan to get out of the way of Kinder Morgan....this is a twofer, and it's coming.....Horgan has already made a deal with it is....(BC Government after studying Ottawa's and industry's spill response have determined that Kinder Morgan's pipeline expansion is safe to proceed) ...Horgan will boast.. that in return he got import duties removed too...

Horgan campaigned left and now governs far right....what a dishonest bunch BC NDP are..

Bottom line for LNG Canada and their project....They are PST carbon LNG tax...royalties will be next to none as there are $billion in dri...


Another tax policy from the jack-in-a-box "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

OVER the past week we have seen, yet again, the depressingly deficient way our political parties are dealing with what amounts to about half of their job raising revenue. It was yet another jack-in-a-box policy. Out of the box suddenly and noisily popped Bill Shorten and Chris Bowen. They blurted out a line-item proposal to change to Australias complicated tax system. There appeared to be no consultation with even the partyroom, let alone the wider public which contains deep academic, industry and think-tank knowledge.

The trouble with this jack-in-box approach is that it is all over in no time with Jack slumped over the box or wholly or partially pushed back into it.

It may be that the party about to announce the change is so scared of fear campaigns, leaks or some other manipulation by the other side that they think they must keep the policy secret until the big jack-in-a-box announcement. But it is a misguided approach because the fear campaigns will happen anyway.

In this instance, Labor announced it would end cash rebates under the dividend-imputation scheme. In future rebates would be limited to offsets against tax actually payable.

There is nothing wrong with occasional tweaks to the tax system. Indeed, they should be encouraged as responses to changing conditions. But in the past decade and a half we have had so little necessary time-to-time tweaking to earlier big changes that the whole tax system is now in dire need of major overhaul.

The genesis of the problem lay in the far-too-generous concessions in the early years of this century while Peter Costello was Treasurer.

Costello was blind to the candle effect of some of his policies. It is almost a rule of nature that taxpayers and their accountants are attracted to a new tax concession like moths to a candle. The candle effect is not confined to the wealthy. Wage earners have been flocking to the work deductions sections of their tax returns with creativity that stretches credulity. And youngsters begged, borrowed and falsified to get free housing grants in such numbers that the extra demand pushed up prices so much as to make the grant schemes worse than self-defeating.

In the case of cash dividend imputation the costs to the Treasury have gone up 10-fold from $500 million to $5 billion a year.

As Costello dished out new tax breaks for people who were already doing very well, the accountants milked them. Worse, most of the Costello tax breaks operated in concert, amplifying the effect of each other, ultimately causing...


Easter is about life after death "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Palm Sunday recalls Jesus Christs entry into Jerusalem on a donkey where he is welcomed by crowds waving palm leaves. Although both Jesus Christ himself and the prophets foretold his violent death, the crowd appears [more]

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Hard science can be undertaken on 'anomalies.' "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Dear readers,

I note that tomorrow, Sydney researcher Bill Chalker and abductee Peter Khoury are speaking in my home town of Melbourne at a VUFOA sponsored event. I am looking forward to going along as a silent observer. I am hoping that the duo may be providing some updated information about the physical evidence aspects of Peter's experiences. For readers who may be unaware of these details, which involve DNA analyses here is a link.

The 'Ata' anomaly

Coincidently, DNA analyses of an apparently anomalous skeleton, which some have suggested is extraterrestrial, features in a US CNN report dated 22 March 2018. 

A mummified skeleton was found 15 years ago in the Atacama Desert in Chile. The recent Dr Steven Greer documentary 'Sirius' which featured this skeleton, strongly proposed that the skeleton was of an extraterrestrial 'alien.' 

However, an article just published in the scientific journal 'Genome Research' reveals that this unusual skeleton is actually human, with multiple bone disease-associated mutations, thus giving it a very unusual appearance. Here is hard science at its best.

The 'Starchild' skull

A second recently published hard science analysis, including DNA work, reports on an unusual 900 year old skull found in the 1930's in Mexico. US researcher Lloyd Pye initiated work on this skull between 1999 and 2014 looking for evidence as to the possibilit...


Therapeutic Albo says Victorian Ombudsman Labor rorts report "an enormous beatup" "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Vic Labor rorts a 'beat-up': Albanese 23 Mar 2018, 3:36 a.m. Anthony Albanese says Victorian Labor's rorts-for-votes scandal is an "enormous beat-up". The discovery Victorian Labor wrongly spent almost $400,000 of taxpayers' money by redirecting electoral staff to work in the 2014 election campaign is an "enormous beat-up" says Anthony...


Hot off the press: February Ecotone! "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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Tropical Cyclone "Nora" forms near Northern Territory, Australia "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Tropical Cyclone "Nora" formed in the Arafura Sea, Australian Northern Territory, on March 22, 2018 and is expected to intensify into a severe system over the weekend. This is the 9th cyclone of the 2017/18 Australian region tropical cyclone season....... Read more

AirAsia airline considering ICO "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

AirAsias CEO, Tony Fernandez, is a businessman known for taking risks, and hes about to take another one as hes considering an initial coin offering (ICO) for his low-cost airline. Launching the ICO is part of an agenda to push []

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Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

China Has Various Options for Hitting Back at US on Trade
By Wang Weiwei
Global Times
Published: 2018/3/22 21:53:40

US President Donald Trump has threatened to impose tariffs on imports from various countries, but has granted Canada, Mexico and Australia immunity. The tariff order also allows any country with a security relationship with the US to hold discussions, with the possibility of further exemptions. But Trump has been more and more aggressive in his trade measures toward China.

Earlier this month, the Trump administration asked China to cut its trade surplus by $100 billion. Several days later, Trump talked of a $60 billion annual tariff plan for Chinese products. The US leader's tendency to tie economic interests and security together to exert pressure on China is becoming clearer. But China can deal with the US measures and the threat of a trade war in various ways.

The first would be to increase imports and exports between the two countries in order to use cooperation to resolve the various issues. Exports were one of the main drivers of China's economic recovery in 2017 and an important source of employment. China's exports will be affected in the short term by the escalation of US trade sanctions, which will impact the Chinese economy. China could use cooperation to defuse the conflict by increasing trade between the two countries, for instance by expanding its opening-up in services, manufacturing and commodities. And the US could relax its controls on exports of high-tech, high-value-added products to China.

Second, multilateral organisations and a dispute settlement mechanism could be used to put pressure on the US. China can improve regional economic cooperation via the Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific (FTAAP) and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), while countering the US within the framework of the WTO.

China could also set up an international dispute settlement mechanism to resolve trade rows. With the expansion of China's trade and investment, the country's economic development has become more integrated with the world economy, and a dispute settlement mechanism could help in solving any problems.

Third, there is the issue of security. The US uses its national security as....


RAP Project Officer "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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Video: The man who refused to leave the children behind "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


In 1942, a man led 192 children to the gas chambers 80 years later, he is still celebrated for his act. His name was Janusz Korczak.

Lets never forget the heroes who stood up in the name of humanity.


Video from HSA Holocaust Social Archive


In 1942, a man led 192 children to the gas chambers 80 years later, he is still celebrated for his act!In memory of the Holocaust, let's never forget the heroes who stood up in the name of humanity HSA Holocaust Social Archive

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Aussie Director Garth Davis Talks Lion Success And New Drama Mary Magdelene "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Given that his debut feature film, 2016s biographical drama Lion, was an Oscar-nominated production, it stands to reason that Australian-born director Garth Davis earns increased interest on his profile as he gears up to deliver his sophomore project. Not the most expected subject matter, but in the current climate of #MeToo it is understandable that ...

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All-Energy Australia 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Taking place at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, this free-to-attend, business-to-business conference and exhibition is the largest of its kind in Australia.


Make America Great Again by Making America Moral Again. "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

(L) Colin Powells Presentation to the UN Security Council On Iraqs WMD Program, (R) Congress

by G5

If Trump wants to Make America Great Again, he first has to Make America Moral Again.

In all the annals of stupidity, someone forgot to tell America, that people will say anything to stop the torture not any Truth. And deli...


Breakfasters - 19 - 23 March 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

GP and author Nick Martin talks about his piece in Meanjin - Diary Of A Nauru Doctor; Curator at Melbourne Museum Lena Hejil talks about the new exhibit Vikings: Beyond the Legend; Marine biologist Ricky-Lee Erickson chats about the immortal jellyfish and other marine invertebrates in "Feature Creatures"; The team talk about stuff you can buy for 50 cents, alternatives to spending time on your phone, and in "Wednesdare" Geraldine has to perform the rosary on public transport. With Sarah Smith, Jeff Sparrow, and Geraldine Hickey.


What I Know About These Directed Energy Weapons "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

In the time that I have been attacked by these directed energy weapons- this is what I know.

These weapons prevent one from being able to sleep. Years ago- I made a video talking about not being able to sleep for three weeks when I was being attacked. This is that video

At the same time this was happening, I discovered that the President of Iran- Mahmud Ahmadinejed- was experiencing the same thing. He had been unable to sleep and was so weak that he needed help to walk- so before I decided to go to the hospital I went online and found the email of every Iranian official I could find and emailed them- explaining what I knew and alerting them as to what to look for- as they seem to need fairly close proximity in order to use their directed energy weapon.

A week after I got out of the hospital it was reported on the news that Iran had found and executed a spy.

Suddenly Mahmud Ahmadinejed was fine- as he still is today. Coincidence? Maybe- but if what I reported helped it would suggest Iran is well aware of a weapon that our government pretends doesnt exist.

But then that is difficult when NBC reported that the Air Force told Congress about the fact that they had this weapon in 2006 and that were planning to use them on American citizens to show the rest of the world they were safe. Not to mention the official Air Force documentation.

Before this last attack that began last March in 2017- I interviewed a targeted individual whos name is Spence Everson who detailed what he knows about these weapons. Here is that interview

Last April and May I lost over a hundred pounds. However I was told to look for rocks in my yard. At first I believed this to be ridiculous but after being pushed to do so I discovered that twelve large rocks had been planted in my yard. I had mowed this yard for three years and knew these rocks had been placed in my yard as they hadnt existed before.

Mesner and his band will dismiss this- claiming they were talking rocks- but it wasnt the rocks that were the issues but rather the mold that was on the upside of the rocks that were above ground.

I found this SAME grayish black mold on the top of the vents of an air conditioner in my bedroom- although it was neither on the bottom of the vents nor was it inside the air conditioner itself but looked as if it had been painted on.

After discovering this- I was no longer being microwaved and gained the weight back almost immediately.

These weapons are being used to murder people q...


Gold Is Glittering for Aussie Punters "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Mr Market got another punch on the nose overnight. The Dow Jones closed down 2.93%. The Aussie market should be off the boil today.

It hasnt been a fun week at all.

The market was in wait mode prior to the interest rate announcement from the US Federal Reserve. Now we have Trumps tariff plan spooking everyone.

Mind you, Im not convinced its the disaster that the trade war headlines are suggesting.

Ill explain why

The US president is playing the media cycle to his advantage

The ABC reports

Under the terms of the memorandum, Mr Trump will target the Chinese imports only after a consultation period, a measure that will give industry lobbyists and legislators a chance to water down a proposed target list which runs to 1,300 products.

The report adds that China will have a chance to respond to this measure.

I believe all this is politicking more than anything.

Trump grabs some media exposure that makes it appears as if hes acting in the interests of the average American. When the time comes, the whole thing could be reduced to a few insignificant sectors or products. And the media cycle moves on

Go back to the Trump campaign. He made dozens of promises and claims, but hes actually acted on very few.

US allies like Australia are already getting a free pass.

However, we can only watch to see what happens. The first test is to see where the market finishes the week.

Long term, I remain positive about global growth. Consumer confidence in the US recently hit its highest level in 40 years according to the US Michigan Consumer Confidence Survey.

Jobs and wages are growing, and inflation is modest.

Regardless, the short-term news is not doing our stock market any favours.

The Aussie market is going sideways again.

Is there anything from here to drive it up?

One suggestion is stock buybacks. Repurchasing stock is a flexible way for companies to return money to shareholders.

A recent report says buybacks are actually at a record high in Australia.

There are 121 companies with active programs announced, and the top 22 still have $5 billion worth of stock to go.

Im not convinced the number is big enough to give the market much of a liftthe full buyback figure is only 0.41% of the total All Ordinaries index.

Compare that to the current buybacks announced in the US: 3.3% of the S&P 500, which i...


Thank Folk Its Friday 23rd March "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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Scared Koala Who Lost Her Forest Clung To Power Pole For 2 Days "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A wild koala is finally safe after spending two days clinging to a power pole in sweltering heat. 

The poor girl had climbed up the pole in the city of Toowoomba, in Queensland, Australia, probably thinking it was the trunk of a eucalyptus tree then couldn't get down.

She was stuck hovering above rushing traffic and barking dogs, probably terrified.

Credit: Clare Gover/Return to the Wild

Once the koala was spotted, Clare Gover, a wildlife rehabilitator and founder of Return to the Wild, and a crew of electricians with a cherry picker came to her rescue.

Credit: Clare Gover/Return to the Wild

The crew managed to coax the scared animal off the pole and safely into a net.

Gover found that the koala was dangerously dehydrated as well as very stressed. 

"We gave her fluids, a fresh leaf, and held her overnight for a rest," Gover told The Chronicle. "She started eating straight away."

The next day, the wild koala seemed like herself again, and so she was released back into the forest but the future of koalas in the region is uncertain...


2018 Chinese Australian Hometown Heritage Tour "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

In January 2018, Sophie Couchman and I hosted our second Chinese Australian Hometown Heritage Tour to Hong Kong and Guangdong. The tour ran for eleven days, from 14 to 24 January 2018, and visited Hong Kong, Jiangmen, Kaiping, Taishan, Xinhui, Zhongshan and Zhuhai. We were joined on the tour by seventeen guests, from New South Wales,


Where & why population growth is accelerating (& declining) "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Population growth up again

Figures out yesterday showed Australian employment growth tracking at all-time record levels, with a stunning +420,700 year-on-year increase in employment, including an eye-watering +166,200 increase in New South Wales.

I took a look through those numbers in a bit more detail, including at the state level, here.

Population growth tends to be pro-cyclical, and over the year to September 2017 the annual growth in Australia's estimated resident population picked up to +395,600, for the quickest annual increase since 2013 in absolute terms, if not in percentage terms.

The estimated rate of population increase through net overseas migration is a bit faster than might be implied by the issuance of permanent residency visas, with the growth international students accounting for some of the difference.

I'll take a look below through where and why that's happened in 4 short parts.

Part 1: By natural causes...

As the population grows and ages the number of deaths each year tends to climb steadily, now up to +161,100 over the year to September 2017.

The trends for births are a bit more complicated, and often vary quite significantly around the regions of Australia and by culture.

Generally speaking, we're still having babies, but on average we opt to do it later in life than was the case over the preceding decades.

I'm not a bad case study myself for Australia's population trends, being a capital city immigrant to Sydney that worked in professional services, then mining, then real estate...before relocating to Brisbane, and leaving having children about as late as nature would allow.

I've yet to get divorced.

You might say I'm following the herd, but in fact my plan has been to be ahead of the crowd on all fronts, and indeed with the benefit of hindsight I probably got out of the mining industry a few years too soon (bubbles can have a second wind and run for much longer than you think they will...but you live and learn with these things!).

Anyway, back to the demographic statistics, there was previously a bit of a blip in the births figures - the error was administrative and related to slow record-keeping rather than the number of babies actually popping out - but the backlog now seems to be fixed and total births have stabilised at around +306,500.


Global bank HSBC warns that Australia is especially vulnerable to climate change "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Australia one of the countries most exposed to climate change, bank warns By Cole Latimer, 22 March 2018  Australia is one of the countries most vulnerable to climate change in the developed world, and the threat of Australians dying from global warming-related events has risen, global bank HSBC warns.

A new report by the bank, titled Fragile Planet, has ranked 67 countries for their exposure to climate change risks. Australia scored poorly, with the largest percentage rise in deaths attributable to climate change in the developed world.

Combining data from the World Bank and EM-DAT, the International Disaster Database which calculates economic damage estimates, HSBC said fatalities attributable to climate change-linked events such as stronger storms, floods, or heat-related incidents surged from 0.36 per cent of the population between 1997 and 2006 to 3.41 per cent between 2007 and 2016.

At the same time, the number of people impacted by climate change events surged from 3.25 to 15.25 per 1000 of the population.

Israel and the US were the only developed countries with a bigger share of the populat...


At the hotspot #3 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Here are the results of some armchair birdwatching at my latest hotspot. It is always a thrill to catch a glimpse of a Chestnut-rumped Hylacola and that is usually all you get. This area is one of the few reliable spots for this species in the Muckleford bush and this inquisitive male posed momentarily before running off mouse-like as is its habit.

The Rainbow Bee-eater was photographed the previous evening, one of a small flock of six hawking round the dam. I heard them again in the distance last night. Also of note was Diamond Firetail, Black-chinned Honeyeater and Tree Martins chasing insects above the water.

Eastern Yellow Robin, South German Track, 22nd March 2018


Queensland Police Service (Airwing) Cessna 560 Citation Ultra Bizjet VH-PSU Back in the Air and Spotted at Gladstone and Bundaberg Airports "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

After a much publicised emergency incident back on Australia Day - Friday 26 January - the Queensland Police Service (Airwing) (State of Queensland) Cessna 560 Citation Ultra Bizjet VH-PSU has returned to the air, and on Tuesday 20 March, it was spotted visiting a couple of Central Queensland Airports.

The incident back on Australia Day, when VH-PSU was on a flight from Brisbane to Townsville, involved the aircraft having smoke in the cockpit and, as it neared Bundaberg, making an emergency descent before returning to Brisbane.  The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) is investigating and reports that: "The aircraft was passing through flight level 320 (32000ft) on climb, when the crew observed smoke in the cabin and cockpit. The crew conducted an emergency descent to 10000 ft, and the aircraft was returned to Brisbane."

Flight tracking websites suggest that VH-PSU first returned to the air last Monday 12 March and that it was again on Saturday 17 March on a flight from Brisbane to Townsville but that it ended up returning to Brisbane soon after taking off.

VH-PSU eventually made it Townsville on Saturday, and on Tuesday 20 March, it again departed Brisbane and completed airwork - including landing for brief periods of time - at both Bundaberg and Gladstone Airports - as pictured below.



RAAF Boeing C-17A Globemaster III A41-213 "Stallion 63" Missed Approach at Rockhampton Airport "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

On Wednesday 21 March, the nice run of visiting military aircraft and helicopters into CQ Airports continued with Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Boeing C-17A Globemaster III transport aircraft A41-213 spotted in the skies over Rockhampton after completing a missed approach and low overshoot of Runway 15 at Rockhampton Airport.


Watch out for wildlife on rural roads: WIRES "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Hiccup and Sneeze are in the care of WIRES. (supplied)

WIRES is urging drivers to take care in rural areas with thick vegetation on the sides of the roads to avoid hitting birds such as Pheasant Coucals.

Many birds and animals can dash across the road, or in the case of Pheasant Coucals, inelegantly crash, when they are disturbed, a spokesperson said.

Two such birds are in care now after being separated from their parents.

They couldnt be reunited with their parents so are being raised in captivity together until they are independent, the spokesperson said.

They are not siblings but are fortunate to have each other for company. It is important for orphan birds to have a buddy when in care as it reduces the chances of the birds becoming humanised.

These birds need to remain wild so they will be able to survive successfully when released.

The Pheasant Coucal breeds twice a year in close succession. They build
two nests, laying and incubating a second clutch while the first brood is still being fed
nearby. Their nest is made of twigs and green leaves pulled down to form a dome usually built in thick grass, reeds or small leafy bushes.

Adult Pheasant Coucals have long tails and are clumsy flyers spending most of their time on the ground feeding on small reptiles, frogs and insects.

They are commonly found in wetter coastal areas of northern and eastern Australia. They prefers dense understorey vegetation, particularly grasses, bracken and sedges, in open forests and woodlands, and around wetlands. When disturbed, coucals run rather than fly, or fly clumsily, plunging into cover.

Contact WIRES for rescues, advice or enquiries. The 24-hour hotline is for all calls to WIRES in the Northern Rivers 6628 1898.

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One Roof Byron responds to homeless crisis "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Members of One Roof Byron working on the project. Photo supplied

An emergency campground for homeless men in Byron shire where they can help build their own tiny homes on wheels is to be set up on a trial basis.

The program, called One Roof Byron, is responding to fears that homelessness in northern NSW will increase due to the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast next month.

The trial is an early intervention model for Byron men experiencing homelessness, in consultation with Byron Shire Council and local service providers.

One Roof Byron is setting up a Referral Only Emergency Campground particularly for those relatively new to rough sleeping who seek change.

A spokesperson for the program, Genevieve Lee, said figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) show the number of homeless people living in our region jumped by 44 per cent over a five-year period, with numbers in Byron Bay increasing 17 per cent.

The figures are expected by Homelessness NSW to climb even higher as the Commonwealth Games force people living rough on the Gold Coast to find alternative shelter.

Ms Lee said that according to the most recent street survey across Byron shire, 78 per cent of those sleeping rough are men and the need for a dedicated respite campground was voiced as a need council and community could help with.

A demo Leggo model of the project concept displayed at the One Roof Byron Mullum Farmers Market stall, showing tents in a campground, amenities (compost loo, shower, laundry) and a tiny home that campers have built.

Evidence shows that the needs of a person experiencing long-term homelessness is...


Duttons White Australia Policy "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Home affairs minister Peter Dutton has once again sparked a furore over his refugee policies. On March 14, the minister revealed to the Daily Telegraph that hes instructed his department to look into fast-tracking humanitarian visas for persecuted white South African farmers. The minister remarked that the farmers need help from a civilised country like

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A gift to the GAB "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

It would be tempting after 13 and a half months working on a project, to make some money from it, but two local film makers are giving away their hard earned work for free.

David Lowe and Eve Jeffery from Cloudcatcher Media are so determined that every pair of eyes in the country see their latest film Sacrifice Zone, that they have mounted it online without a ticket price. Not only that, you can download it and share it around.

The 100 minute feature documentary Sacrifice Zone, is a huge conversation between about 70 people on the hazards of drilling into the Pilliga Forest and the Great Artesian Basin (GAB), by a greedy big gas co in their quest for Coal Seam Gas (CSG).

The film is a response to South Australian mining company Santos who are seeking government approval to develop a gasfield in the Narrabri area in northwest New South Wales.

Farmers, scientists, residents and celebrities are getting on board to have their say about saving the Great Artesian Basin. Photo Tree Faerie.

In a thin-end-of-the-wedge proposal, the Narrabri Gas Project plans to start by drilling 850 gas wells into the Pilliga Forest and through the GAB. The Pilliga is the southern recharge zone for the GAB which in many cases is the only secure water supply for famers across the Liverpool Plains and beyond. If that water is contaminated by the drilling process, in the words of actor and activist Michael Caton who appears in the film: You cant unscramble the egg.

We have interviewed every expert we could find to speak about the issues surrounding this invasive mining industry, says co-producer/director Eve Jeffery. We have created a very large wall of information that will be impossible for Santos to get over, go around, or drill under.

Every conceivable argument Santos can find to get this project up and running, is answered by science and local knowledge in this film.

There have already been some great testimonials for the film. Multiple Golden Guitar winner Luke OShea says that he feels Australia is a...


Tweed water mining under the spotlight "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

One of Black Mounts B-Doubles leaves the Kynumboon water mining facility. Black Mount insist they dont use them on our roads. (Tweed Water Alliance)

Opponents of water mining in the Tweed shire have released a report showing alleged chronic and serious breaches of development approvals at four water mining operations.

The report formed the basis of a story on the ABCs 7.30 program last night, which will air again on the ABCs Landline program on Sunday.

The Tweed Water Alliance has also presented a petition with more than 1,200 signatures to the Tweed Shire Council in an effort to stop a proposal by Mt Warning Spring Water and Black Mount water transport company to allow 55 tonne B-Doubles to travel along Kyogle Road through Uki and Murwillumbah.

TWA spokesman Jeremy Tager said that the monitoring and enforcement of conditions by the NSW Office of Water and Tweed Shire Council were non-existent and reports of breaches constant, so we decided we needed to find out the truth of the various breach allegations we received from the community.

It was far worse than we expected. The attitude of the industry appears to be, We can do whatever we want. In one case, an operator continued to run almost double the number of permitted trucks even as he is litigating against Council for daring to turn down a massive expansion of his water mining operation.

Mr Tager said even when breaches had been identified NSW Office of Water has never imposed a penalty and Tweed Shire Council has imposed a fine twice .

The TWAs investigation was motivated in part by the fact that this is a lose lose industry. It provides no benefit not jobs or revenue to the Shire, but ruins amenity, gives our roads a pounding, threatens to take water from the world heritage rainforests that surround us and ends up in plastic bottles that are part of what is one of the worlds worst waste issues.

The industry comprehensively fails the most basic public interest test.

The Tweed Water Alliance is calling for a full investigation by NSW Office of Water and Tweed Shire Council using the strong investigative powers they have.

If water theft is proved, licence must be cancelled and any ill-gotten prof...


Bruns scultpure walk set for triennial return "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Children admire some of the sculpture during the 2015 event.

The popular triennial Brunswick Heads Nature Sculpture Walk, along the foreshore of Brunswick Heads where the river meets the sea, returns this year over the October long weekend.

A total of 50 eye-catching sculptures from local and interstate artists will be on display in the picturesque parklands of Brunswick Heads with sculptors showcasing works that reflect and incorporate nature.

More than 10,000 visitors attended the first sculpture walk in 2015 and the events artistic director, Samantha Moss, expects an even bigger turnout this year.

The previous Nature Sculpture Walk generated a passion for outdoor art installations, it also generated a large amount of revenue for local businesses, Ms Moss said.

As a not-for-profit organisation we rely on and are seeking local businesses in the shire to support the event so we can bring local and nationally recognised artist to exhibit their work.

It presents work from the popular, to the conceptually demanding and provides much needed opportunities for regional artists.

David Walshs sculpture Oh My Cod drew many admirers at the last sculpture walk.

In addition to the interactive sculpture walk, there will also be a series of art-based workshops, for all ages, as well as artist talks, tours and performances, from 28 September to 2 October, making it an unforgettable for the entire north coast region, Ms Moss told Echonetdaily.

For more informatio...


Surfing chefs raise $150,000 at Byron dinner "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Chefs Russell Blaikie (Must Winebar), Steven Snow (Fins Kingscliff), Clayton Donovan (ABCs Wild Kitchen) and Tom Carroll taking a break from the kitchen.

Professional surfers joined a group of renowned chefs last week to deliver a sold out dinner that raised $150,000 for programs across Indonesia.

The SurfAid dinner was held at the Three Blue Ducks restaurant at the The Farm in Byron Bay, and featured SurfAid Ambassadors Tom Carroll, Occy and Felicity Palmateer swapping their surfboards for chopping boards.

The trio worked alongside renowned chefs including Darren Robertson (Three Blue Ducks, Byron Bay), Russell Blaikie (Must Winebar, Perth), Ben ODonoghue (Billykart Kitchen, Brisbane), Steven Snow (Fins, Kingscliff), Ben Devlin (Paper Daisy, Cabarita), Giles Hohnen (Sumi Open Kitchen, Noosa), Brett Cameron (Pacific Club, Bondi), David Moyle (Longsong, Melbourne), Donovan Clayton (Jaaning Tree, Nambucca Heads) and Stuart Toon (Rocker, Bondi).

The record-breaking fundraiser helped bring the total funds raised to over half a million dollars since it was started in 2011 by 2017 SurfAid Humanitarian of the Year, Russell Blaikie.

This result truly demonstrates the power of giving back. Surfing Chefs fundraisers started with a bunch of my Margaret River Chef mates banding together to cook for a crowd, raising money for the important programs SurfAid conducts across the Indonesian Archipelago, Mr Blaikie said.

Weve conducted eight events around Australia since 2011 and without a single exception, every chef involved has jumped on board with a passion and generosity that energises each event.

These chefs are at the top of their game in Australia, they are sensational cooks who love to share waves. They are so busythey really dont have the time to do these events, but they MAKE the time to be part of them, because they care.

Mr Blaikie said the team at Three Blue Ducks, led by Darren Robertson went above and beyond the call of duty and jumped in to make something very special happen.
There was no better place on the planet to host Surfing Chefs for SurfAid, he said.

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Floating solar array included in South Australia Waters big move into solar power "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

SA Water set to add another 5MW solar, including floating PV array  By Sophie Vorrath on 22 March 2018   One Step Off The Grid   

South Australias largest water and sewerage services supplier, SA Water, is set to install another 5MW of solar PV, including a floating solar plant, after local outfit Enerven was awarded the tender for the job.

Enerven said on Wednesday that it had won a Stage 1 contract to design and construct ground-based solar installations at facilities in Hope Valley, Christies Beach and Glenelg, and to develop a floating solar PV array.

SA Water, which has targeted zero net energy by 2020, began its shift to solar last year, with a tender to install 100kW solar and 50kWh battery storage at its Crystal Brook Workshop site.

The utility, which manages more than 27,000km of water mains, including 9,266 km in the Adelaide metropolitan area, said it was installing the solar and storage system to manage periods of high electricity prices, and to ensure safe and sustainable delivery of water to customers....


Solar energy poised to take off in a big way in New South Wales "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

NSW, the sleeping giant of rooftop solar, is about to awake   By Giles Parkinson on 22 March 2018 


Free community gathering marks one-year flood anniversary "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A flooded Lismore received a drenching from the tail end of Tropical Cyclone Debbie. AAP Image/Dave Hunt

Lismore City Council is hosting a community gathering One Year On at the Lismore Quadrangle on Saturday, 7 April to mark one year since the March 2017 flood.

The afternoon will give people a chance to share stories and connect with one another while honouring the resilience and strength of the Lismore community.

There will be live music with Luke Vassella, Lady Mondegreen and The Button Collective, a barbecue, community arts activities and stalls by emergency services and community organisations.

At 6pm there will also be a performance of The Overtopping a site-specific multisensory theatrical experience based on stories of the 2017 flood and its aftermath.

The Overtopping is a creative investigation into disaster, recovery, trauma and resilience based around cyclone Debbie, which showcases some of the best emerging and professional artists of varying abilities working in Lismore.

It was performed in Lismores back alleys during the Artstate festival last December and includes dance, puppetry, sound art, projection, creative lighting, live storytelling and water art.

The work was devised by local creative agency RealArtWorks, a community group whose own studios were filled with floodwater during the March 2017 disaster.

It is an incredibly powerful piece of work and I am so excited that The Overtopping will be performed at this anniversary event it encapsulates so many emotions and feelings in one piece of engaging, physical theatre, said One Year On organiser and Councillor Elly Bird.

It is both moving and mesmerising to watch, and one of the great pieces of live theatre that has come out of Lismore in recent years, with a narrative that is unique and very close to our communitys heart. I encourage everyone to join us for an afternoon of music and community connection, and to stay for this very special performance to mark our one-year flood anniversary.

Lismore showed such amazing community spirit after the flood and that community spirit is what this event is all about. Its an opportunity for us to come together and acknowledge the journey we are travelling together.

A free courtesy bus will be provided to and from t...


New York BitLicense may soon be reworked after years of public backlash "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The future of New York"s much-criticized BitLicense is uncertain amidst mounting public pressure. Several concerns have been raised over the inherently intrusive nature of the program, with some even believing that a complete overhaul is in order. More recently, a []

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Proposed storage of spent nuclear fuel sparks resistance in Aomori Pref. City "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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The Recyclable-Fuel Storage Co. interim storage facility is seen fenced off in Mutsu, Aomori Prefecture, on March 6, 2018
March 22, 2018
The selection of a site to house an interim storage facility for spent fuel from nuclear power plants operated by Kansai Electric Power Co. (KEPCO) has run into rough waters. In January, the Aomori Prefecture city of Mutsu surfaced as a candidate, but resistance quickly emerged from locals.
With KEPCOs nuclear power plants being concentrated in Fukui Prefecture, the prefectural government has set a basic premise of storing spent nuclear fuel outside the prefecture. The utility aims to announce a candidate site this year, but there remains fierce opposition to accepting nuclear fuel from other prefectures, and because of this, its prospects of settling on a site are unclear.
After a 20-minute drive along a national route from central Mutsu during a visit by the Mainichi Shimbun in

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Fukushima Accident is Becoming More Severe, Residents Continue to Struggle: Ruiko Muto on 7 Years of the Nuclear Disaster "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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March 16, 2018
Ruiko Muto is a well-known community activist in Fukushima, associated with Fukushima Women Against Nukes and several other citizens platforms. She has played a pivotal role in the arduous legal battle to ensure compensation and justice for the Fukushima residents. It is 7 years of the ongoing accident in Fukushima and the disaster has slipped out of the international media. How serious is the situation now?
Ruiko Muto: The media in Japan is the same with reduced coverage nationwide. Even within Fukushima Prefecture, most of the news coverage focuses on recovery efforts and there are hardly any important articles on the accident or the damage and sometimes nothing at all. However, the reality is that this accident is very far from over and the damage it has caused, while taking on different shapes and forms, is only becoming more severe.
Within the Fukushima

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SEVEN YEARS AFTER: Only trickle of former residents returning home to Fukushima "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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March 22, 2018
Close to a year after evacuation orders were lifted in four municipalities near the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, only 6.1 percent of evacuees have returned to live in their former communities.
According to a survey of displaced residents, the top reasons cited for not returning were the condition of their homes, concerns about radiation and the lack of hospitals and stores.
The Asahi Shimbun has conducted annual surveys of evacuees since June 2011 with Akira Imai, a senior researcher at the Japan Research Institute for Local Government.
In the latest survey, questionnaires were sent in mid-January to 329 individuals who participated in past surveys. Valid responses were received from 161 individuals now residing in 19 prefectures around Japan aged between 28 and 91.
Of the respondents, 114 were still living as evacuees.
Close to 70 percent of the respondents said the


Earth Hour 24 March "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Scotsman 21st March 2018, WWFs Earth Hour is the biggest global campaign for the
environment. Its unique display of darkness has become a phenomenon over
the past decade, with last year proving to be the biggest and best yet.


Reckless nuclear weapons testing cost many many civilian lives "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

US nuclear tests killed far more civilians than we knew   Tim Fernholz    December 21, 2017

When the US entered the nuclear age, it did so recklessly. New research suggests that the hidden cost of developing nuclear weapons were far larger than previous estimates, with radioactive fallout responsible for 340,000 to 690,000 American deaths from 1951 to 1973.

The study, performed by University of Arizona economist Keith Meyersuses a novel method (pdf) to trace the deadly effects of this radiation, which was often consumed by Americans drinking milk far from the site of atomic tests.

From 1951 to 1963, the US tested nuclear weapons above ground in Nevada. Weapons researchers, not understanding the risksor simply ignoring themexposed thousands of workers to radioactive fallout. The emissions from nuclear reactions are deadly to humans in high doses, and can cause cancer even in low doses. At one point, researchers had volunteers stand underneath an airburst nuclear weapon to prove how safe it was:

The emissions, however, did not just stay at the test site, and drifted in the atmosphere. Cancer rates spiked in nearby communities, and the US government could no longer pretend that fallout was anything but a silent killer.

The cost in dollars and lives

Congress eventually paid more than $2 billion to residents of nearby areas that were particularly exposed to radiation, as well as uranium miners. But attempts to measure the full extent of the test fallout were very uncertain, since they relied on extrapolating effects from the hardest...


Family members give evidence in Pell case "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Relatives of people who have accused Cardinal George Pell of historical sex offences are due to give evidence at a Melbourne court hearing.

Pell, 76, is facing a committal hearing at Melbourne Magistrates Court that will determine if he stands trial over multiple historical sex offences involving multiple complainants.

People related to the complainants, neither of whom can be named for legal reasons, are due to give evidence via video link on Friday.

The complainants have already given evidence in closed court, as required by law in sex offence cases.

The court has not released any details about the charges.

On Thursday, a witness told the court he believes Pell would not have been able to remove the ceremonial robes he was wearing on the day he is accused of committing a sex offence.

The parish staff member also said he does not believe the alleged incident occurred based on his knowledge of a churchs layout.

The defence has cross-examined several witnesses about their interactions with Pell at a swimming pool, cinema, and a lake in rural Victoria, and other locations.

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Labor marine park warning disingenuous "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg has savaged Labor claims that new boundaries for marine park reserves will put the Great Barrier Reef at risk.

The federal government this week introduced changes to the regulation of 44 Australian marine parks, reducing green conservation areas around the reef from 50 to 25 per cent.

Labor is warning the changes will remove more areas from conservation than any other government in the world.

Its disingenuous in the extreme for the Labor Party to talk about cutting protections, Mr Frydenberg told ABC radio on Friday.

They introduced draft management plans back in 2012 that due to their chaotic approach never got implemented.

The minister said there would be an extra 200,000 square kilometres of protection for the sea floor under his plans, and greater safeguards for hundreds of key conservation features like reefs, sea mounts and canyons.

They will now have the highest level of protections more so than under the Labor Partys plans, he said.Mr Frydenberg insisted he was striking the right balance between fishing and conservation.

Were allowing some of Australias five million recreational fishers to get access to more of the marine park, he said.

As well as ensuring the livelihoods of our commercial fishermen and the strength of coastal communities by allowing them to engage in sustainable fishing practices.

Labor will move to disallow the changes in both houses of parliament.

The opposition will need crossbench support for its disallowance motion to succeed, with independent senator Derryn Hinch concerned about changes affecting the Coral Sea.

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Blackout risk without better power plan "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

NSW is at risk of long-term blackouts unless energy company AGL firms up its commitment to replace the Liddell coal-fired power station, the federal government has been advised.
The Australian Energy Market Operator said in a report released on Friday an extra 850MWs of power are needed to ensure reliability in NSW following the closure of Liddell.
It noted that if all three stages of AGLs proposed post-Liddell plan are delivered the resource gap will be eliminated.
However, given that AGL has only firmly committed to installing 100MW of additional generation there remains a significant resource gap of 850MW.
AGL welcomed the confirmation from AEMO that its NSW Generation Plan addresses the potential shortfall after the closure of Liddell.
AGL is already implementing our NSW Generation Plan, which proposes a mix of high-efficiency gas peakers, renewables, battery storage and demand response as well as the efficiency upgrade at Bayswater Power Station, it said in a statement on Friday.
Decisions for the investments are staged to enable flexibility to respond to the changing needs of the market and improvements in technology over the next five years.
In December last year, AGL outlined plans at the request of the prime minister to address a predicted 1000MW gap in electricity capacity following the closure of the 1970s-era power station in 2022.
The plan would be delivered over three stages and includes the 100MW Bayswater upgrade, and a mix of solar, wind, pumped hydro and battery storage, as well as gas peaking plants.
AGL says this will cost $1.36 billion and provide electricity at $83/MWh for up to 30 years.
By contrast, keeping Liddell open for just five years would cost $920 million and provide electricity for $106/MWh.AEMO chief Audrey Zibelman said in her review of the plan, if only the first stage of AGLs proposal was delivered there would still be a gap of 590MW exposing the power system to a high risk of involuntary load shedding.
AEMO can only include those resources for which there is a clear commitment to construct, she wrote.
She said the solution lay in the federal, state and territory governments reaching an agreement on the national energy guarantee by the end of 2018.
However, if the national agreement could be not reached a specific market mechanism should be put in place, in consultation with the NSW government, to find enough generation to replace Liddell via other projects.
Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg said it would be preferable for AGL to commit as soon as possible to stages two and three of its plan.


Waiting forever at Footscray "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

We in public transport circles often lobby for more frequent services, better-connecting services, and more consistent stopping patterns. There's a lot of theory behind why these are good ideas - but in a practical sense, what does it mean to the average person?

I'm currently planning a trip which is proving to be a good example. I need to get from Ballarat to Castlemaine, to attend a meeting at 1pm on a Saturday afternoon, and it's proving surprisingly difficult to do it without a ton of waiting around.

Castlemaine Station (via Wikipedia)

The problems

There is a coach that goes from Ballarat to Bendigo via Castlemaine which I could use. But there's two issues with this - it doesn't run at all on weekends, and even on weekdays it only runs once a day - much too late to be useful for a 1pm meeting. So that's out.

The next most obvious option is to take a train from Ballarat to Footscray, then another train from Footscray to Castlemaine. If you plug this into Google Maps or the PTV Journey Planner, it gives you this:

Journey Plan (via Google Maps)

So basically, the whole journey takes three and a half hours - but that includes a 59-minute wait at Footscray.



ISDS tribunal awards $24 million to mining company that ignored Indigenous land rights "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

March 23, 2018: An international investment tribunal has compensated a mining company that ignored Indigenous land rights in a case heard under the Investor-State Dispute Settlement provisions of the Canada-Peru Free Trade Agreement.

The tribunal ordered the government of Peru to pay Bear Creek Canadian mining company  $18.2 million in compensation and $6 million in legal costs because the government cancelled a mining license after the company failed to obtain informed consent from Indigenous land owners about the mine, leading to mass protests.

A dissenting minority judgement about the costs noted that Bear Creek had failed to implement provisions of the ILO Convention on Indigenous Peoples to which Peru is a party, and which it had implemented through national laws.

This is a very dangerous precedent which may encourage other mining companies to use ISDS provisions in agreements like the CPTPP in the Australian context. Although there are some exemptions in parts of the CPTPP for laws relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, there is no general exemption which would totally exclude a similar ISDS case. The only total exclusion is for tobacco regulation. The reference to the importance of indigenous rights inserted by Canada into the preamble is not legally binding, unlike the rest of the agreement.

The CPTPP includes Canada, Japan, Malaysia and other countries which may have companies that invest in mining and other developments requiring consultation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. ISDS could be used if companies could argue that a legal or policy outcome harmed their investment.  Some Australian state governments are currently negotiating treaties with Indigenous communities, which might result in legal changes that could be subject to ISDS cases.


Thundamentals Epic 10th Anniversary Regional Tour: Decade Of The Thundakat "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

One of Australias most beloved Hip-Hop acts, Sydney via Blue Mountains trio Thundamentals, are celebrating their tenth anniversary in 2018 with an epic regional tour Decade Of The Thundakat. Announced on Triple Js Breakfast Show after a special Like A Version performance of Frank Oceans Ivy (WATCH HERE), Decade Of The Thundakat will see Tuka, Jeswon and DJ Morgs take their revered live show across twenty-four regional dates nationwide in early 2018, with tickets on sale now.


Ten years deep into their career, Thundamentals reputation is undeniable. From their debut self-titled EP in 2008 through to their acclaimed, ARIA and J Award nominated fourth album Everyone We Know in 2017, a landmark Triple J Like A Version of Matt Corbys Brother in 2012, relentless touring across Australia and Europe including support for A Tribe Called Quest, Macklemore and Big Boi, not to mention performing at almost every major music festival in the country along the way, the band has innovated musically, inspired lyrically and become one of Australias most exciting and powerful live acts. In the last year alone, Thundamentals have graced the stages of Triple Js One Night Stand, Groovin The Moo, Splendour In The Grass and Falls Festival, in addition to selling out their biggest ever headline tour.

Tuka explains Its 10 years of releasing records and touring, sure, but its so much more than that. Its family, its a platform to contribute to our community, its connection to the broader community at large, its a wealth of life-changing experiences. To be fair, its a crazy thing to look back on. To listen back on

Alongside their accolades and commercial success, its Thundamentals ongoing efforts to spread love and inspire a positive change in their own community that has endeared them to their legions of fans, quietly raising tens of thousands of dollars through their Got Love Initiative on behalf of the Asylum Seekers Centre in Newtown and the The National Centre of Indigenous Excellence.

Despite us being around for a decade, I feel like we have a lot of great music and creati...


Singer Will Young Told To Re-Record Hit Because He Sounded Too Gay "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

British pop star Will Young was made to re-record tracks by music executives because his voice sounded too gay. Young told The Telegraph he only found out when he was in the studio to lay down his hit single Leave Right Now, which went to number one and sold more than half a million copies ...

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March 23 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

1789 - London: The first news from Botany Bay hit Londons newspapers the following day.

1789 - Shipping more convicts one thousand (1,000) males and  three hundred (300)  females to Australia had been held up because, not until the Prince of Wales a returning First Fleet transport reached Falmouth on 23 March 1789, could anyone in England be certain any of the  First Fleet Robinson Crusoes marooned 13,000 miles (21,000 km) from their homeland since 1788 were still alive.

1790 - Norfolk Island: HMS Sirius, had successfully discharged her evacuees and most cargo, when she ran aground. Stuck fast in pounding surf on every side Sirius broke up over a number of days; happily, however captain Hunter and every other person belonging to her were saved.

1791 -  Tahiti: Edwards reached Tahiti but by then Fletcher Christian, who always knew the Navy would come after him, had fled. Eight (8) crew members and their Tahitian wives sailed with him to Pitcairn Island where the Bounty was scuttled.
Captain Edwards arrested fourteen (14) mutineers who had settled happily on Tahiti. Some had married into local families, two (2) had fathered a child and resisted arrest. Others, among them William Morrison and midshipman Peter Heywood, surrendered willingly but Edwards treated both groups with savage brutality.

1795 - The first cargo exported from Oz to India, of cedar logs and mahogany (you can drop some off at my joint, thanks!) was launched in the bath tub today.

1803 - Patrick Gannon, Hanged at Castle Hill for rape, attempted murder and robbery.

1803 - Francis Simpson, Hanged along with Patrick Gannon at Castle Hill for robbery.

1827 - Governor Darling  posted off a few notes on a forest of paper to Under Secretary Hay dealing with several matters in The Fair Isle of Oz, one being the rumoured murder of an Aboriginal in police custody...
"The circumstance of the Native shot at Wallis's Plains... has occasioned infinite trouble , without the possibility of coining satisfactorily at the facts. The case is briefly this. A Native, who was supposed to have been concerned in the murder of a Stockman, was seized and delivered over to the Mounted Police at Wallis's Plains under Lieut. Lowe of the 40th Regt. It was rumoured that the man had been taken out and shot in cold blood. Orders were immediately sent to the Magistrates to investigate the matter. The report of their proceedings was unsatisfactory; and they were reprimanded by my directions for not having taken the necessary steps to ascertain the facts referred to them. Conceiving it would be unavailing to employ them further in this matter, the Chairman of the Quarter Sessions was directed to proceed to Wallis's Plains and pursue the enquiry. He was wrecked on the Coast, and obliged to return to Sydney. The Acting Attorney General...


Man charged after allegedly filming in public toilet near Lismore "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A 44-year-old man will face court after he was charged for allegedly filming people using a public toilet in Corndale near Lismore earlier this month.

Police say that around 10am on Thursday 8 March,  the man was using a public toilet facility in Union Street when he noticed a man looking over the stall wall at him.

Police attended and allegedly found a mobile phone on the man that contained multiple images of people using public toilet facilities.

About 11.30am yesterday (Thursday 22 March), the man was arrested at a house in Corndale and taken to Lismore police station and charged with committing an act of indecency and two counts of filming a person in a private act without consent.

He was refused bail and is expected to appear in Lismore Local Court today (Friday).

Investigations are continuing.


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Video: Lock The Gate holding massive rally in Sydney "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


In New South Wales, the Lock The Gate Alliance, Is stepping up its effort to put an end to coal seam mining in the state. To build the campaign top the next level, the alliance is holding a massive rally to be held at Martin Place in Sydney at 12pm on Saturday 24 March.

Meet the Nannas there, bring a snack, a placard, some water and your walking shoes.


No one says 'no' to their Nanna. That's just another great reason to RSVP now for the #Time2Choose rally this Saturday in Sydney. Meet the Nannas at the top of Martin Place at noon. Bring a snack, a placard, some water and your walking shoes. Cause it's #Time2Choose!

Posted by Lock The Gate Alliance on Wednesday, March 21, 2018

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Rising African Political Star Criticises "Poor" Australia: "No Black People To Exploit" "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Rising South African political star Julius Malema has criticised Australian Home Minister Peter Dutton for offering white South African farmers a place of refuge from racism in their home country. Malema insisted Australia lacks the necessary amount of exploitable black people necessary for white farmers to avoid poverty. Malema offered the following concerns with respect to the plight of his white agragrian countrymen:

If they want to go, they must go. They must leave the keys to their tractors because we want to work the land, they must leave the keys to their houses because we want to stay in those houses.

Dont make noise, because you will irritate us. Go to Australia. It is only racists who went to Australia when Mandela got out of prison. It is only racists who went to Australia when 1994 came. It is the racists again who are going back to Australia.

They are rich here because they are exploiting black people. There is no black person to be exploited in Australia, they are going to be poor.

They will come back here with their tail between their legs. We will hire them because we will be the owners of their farms when they come back to South Africa. As to what we are going to do with the land, its our business, its none of your business.

We want Africa back. Africa belongs to our people. (archived)


Malema is the major opposition figure to South African president Cyril Ramaphosa who last month pushed through measures to allow white African land to be taken without compensation.



Truth is the first casualty in war - especially in cold war "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

I don't know why everyone's so hard on Putin these days. I mean, the Russian president is so kind and considerate that he waited until ex-spy Sergei Skripal had been strategically irrelevant for many years before poisoning him, and did so in a way that both failed to kill the target and strongly indicated that Russia was responsible for the attack. While other nations use highly trained killers to assassinate critical targets and make it look like a suicide, the Kremlin had the decency to use an attack that was simultaneously both ineffectual and the forensic equivalent of issuing a press release on RT saying "Yeah we totally poisoned that guy" for no conceivable benefit to itself. You can't buy that kind of charity from other western regime change targets. This is why Australians don't like Brits; they're such ungrateful whingers. The furor over the alleged Skripal poisoning has fit snugly into the pattern we've come to expect in the western empire's continual campaign to psyop the public into believing that escalations with a nuclear superpower are in their best interests. We're seeing the typical lack of evidence for the accusation, the typical one-sided reporting from all mass media outlets collaborating to weave the illusion of unanimous agreement about the accusation, and the typical escalation in cold war tensions as diplomats are thrown out, communications cut off, and European Union collaboration sought for tougher action against the Russian Federation.


Letter to Jeff Sessions about Robert Mueller and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

(L) Best Man Jahar Tsarnaev and friends (R) US Attorney General Jeff Sessions

by Mary W Maxwell, LLB

Dear Mr Jeff Sessions, United States Attorney General,           March 21, 2018

One of the nice things about being American is freedom of speech. In many ways its the Big One. With words you can accomplish just about anything.

Imagine yourself being Dzhokhar (Jahar) Tsarnaev today. There is so much he could do, if he could write to various people. H...


Victorias bushfires reveal a failure to maintain electricity delivery system "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Contributed by Ben Wilson

The flames have hardly gone out in the Victorian bushfires, and a pattern is emerging, around claims that faulty electrical infrastructure is to blame. This is raising some serious questions about the conduct of the supply companies and the nature of the Victorian government subsidies to these companies.

At Tathra, according to investigators with the Rural Fire Service, the fire was caused by faulty infrastructure in the electricity transmission network run by Essential Energy.

The Electrical Trades Union (ETU) has blamed funding cuts, which have led to a reduction of maintenance. Assistant secretary Justin Page said the union had long been concerned about a backlog of maintenance to clear bush around electrical poles, and the union was not surprised at the cause, and that the State Government and national energy regulator needed to explain why they cut funding to the network.

Justin Page said,

The Australian Energy Regulator cut the funding in the order of 40 per cent that Essential Energy are able to use for tree-trimming and clearing for powerline infrastructure.

The investigators found that the problem on Reedy Swamp Road was the likely cause of the bushfire on Sunday, which wiped out 68 homes.

Essential Energy has denied its responsibility in a carefully worded statement.

Preliminary internal enquiries indicate network protection equipment activated as it is designed, it said.

An initial review also indicates that asset and vegetation inspections and maintenance in the vicinity of Reedy Swamp Road are up to date and in accordance with prescribed standards.

At the Garvoc fire, where 18 houses were destroyed  along with 52 sheds, and at least 14,000 hectares of land was burnt, the cause was a faulty power pole that snapped during fierce winds.

Brendan Pendergast from Maddens Lawyers in Warrnambool, who is representing a class action being made by residents against Powercor, told the ABCs Statewide Drive, This pole has obviously been identified as being structurally compromised.

It had been patched up by attaching semi-circular sleeves to the pole. So that is sort of a band-aid means of extending the life of the pole.

Jack Kennawho lives at the Sisters near Terang,  said the blaze started on his farm.

The pole that snapped off was supported by two steel props, so obviously there had been a problem with the pole in the past and I suppose they wanted to get a bit more life out of the pole.

At Gazette, a bluegum limb in a plantation fell onto powerlines...


Locals dominate stormy Cowes Classic "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

As usual, there was no shortage of volunteers assisting with the Cowes Classic last Sunday. M071218

The competitors in the Cowes Classic last Sunday wait on the beach for the start of the race. M551218

Members of the Woolamai Beach SLSC were on hand to assist swimmers in the choppy conditions at the Cowes front beach on Sunday. M061218

STORMY weather last Sunday turned the venue for the annual Cowes Classic Aquathon, the Cowes front beach, into a washing machine, forcing organisers to shorten the swim leg, by eliminating the jetty from the course.
However, even though the swim went for little more than 300 metres, around two bobbing buoys, strong winds and choppy waves, running diagonally to the swimmers provided sufficient challenge.
And it was a relieved announcer who declared that all swimmers had left the water and headed off on the run leg around the township.
A total of 74 people completed the course and while this was well down on previous years, owing to the event being postponed and also due to the days inclement weather, organisers declared the event a success and confirmed it would be staged again next year as part of the Bass Coast Summer Series.
Winners of the event, both overall and local, were Mark Rowe of Cape Paterson, in a time of 17:46, and Kara Landells 19:23. They both took out the overall awards in the Bass Coast Summer Series as well.
In fact, only 34 people completed all three races in the series, in...


1) Company outed for fires in Indonesian palm lease still clearing forests in timber concession, NGO finds "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

2) Jayapura Regent: Minaret is not an extraordinary case
3) Proposed name of Soekarnopura for the current Holtekamp Bridge is protested

4) Papuan political prisoner sentenced to 10 months

Mongabay Series: 

1) Company outed for fires in Indonesian palm lease still clearing forests in timber concession, NGO finds
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MACKAY Crimestoppers lead police to Rural View drug bust "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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Crimestoppers lead police to Rural View drug bust

March 22, 2018 at 07:56PM ,

processing and paraphernalia for consumption of the dangerous drug. Senior Sergeant Adrian Rieck thanked the public for their help. A 27-year-old Rural View man was charged with producing dangerous drugs and possession of utensils and is due to appear in Mackay Magistrates Court on April 11.

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This study estimates there are more than 5 trillion plastic pieces weighing over 250,000 tons afloat at sea. "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

PMID:  PLoS One. 2014 ;9(12):e111913. Epub 2014 Dec 10. PMID: 25494041 Abstract Title:  Plastic Pollution in the World's Oceans: More than 5 Trillion Plastic Pieces Weighing over 250,000 Tons Afloat at Sea. Abstract:  Plastic pollution is ubiquitous throughout the marine environment, yet estimates of the global abundance and weight of floating plastics have lacked data, particularly from the Southern Hemisphere and remote regions. Here we report an estimate of the total number of plastic particles and their weight floating in the world's oceans from 24 expeditions (2007-2013) across all five sub-tropical gyres, costal Australia, Bay of Bengal and the Mediterranean Sea conducting surface net tows (N=680) and visual survey transects of large plastic debris (N=891). Using an oceanographic model of floating debris dispersal calibrated by our data, and correcting for wind-driven vertical mixing, we estimate a minimum of 5.25 trillion particles weighing 268,940 tons. When comparing between four size classes, two microplastic4.75 mm, a tremendous loss of microplastics is observed from the sea surface compared to expected rates of fragmentation, suggesting there are mechanisms at play that remove

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The Top 10 Safest Places To Be In the World If Nuclear War Breaks Out "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Our world is on the verge of World War III with ensuing terrorism covering over half of the globe, depletion of natural resources; such as water, oil, influentially biased and war-minded leaderships of the superpowers; And the uprising tensions between countries such as Russia and Ukraine, North Korea and South Korea, India and China.

Despite this, there are some highly neutral countries which might be left alone if World War III ever breaks out.

These are 10 Safest Countries:


Despite being in the heart of Europe, picturesque Switzerland has long maintained its tradition of neutrality. Thanks in part to being surrounded by mountains, Switzerland has largely been able to keep to itself through Europes darkest moments. Its refined population is well armed, and they dont rely so much on their government.


Havent heard of Tuvalu? I dont think youre alone in that, but if a war broke out, it would bypass this island nation where the 10,000 inhabitants can live in a self-sustainable fashion if need be. Tuvalu is situated halfway between Australia and Hawaii. It has more concerns about the effects of the possibility of rising sea levels due to climate change than a war.

New Zealand

Great place made super famous thanks to the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit films, plus its rugby team the All Blacks. Isolated, good agricultural land, and inhabited by a friendly bunch of people who are very capable of looking after themselves if the rest of the world went to war. New Zealand was ranked fourth in the 2015 global peace index.


Despite being wedged between India and China, Bhutan could see out a world war easily. It has had some border issues with communist-ruled China though. Protected by the Himalayan Mountains, Bhutan has historically been isolated, and its another place that could function without the need for the outside world and its conflicts. Just keep away Beijing! It has also been rated as one of the happiest places on Earth.


With its long coastline and friendly people, you dont need to have a world war as a reason to move to Chile, which is one of South Americas most stable and prosperous nations. Having an abundance of fresh water and clean air also makes Chile a good place to be if the world went to hell in a handbag. The country is also protected by the Andes mountain range.




Lisa Singhs Matters of Public Importance Speech on Gun Control "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Senator SINGH (Tasmania) (16:51): Last Wednesday, tens of thousands of students walked out of schools across the United States. They did it in silence for 17 minutesone minute for every victim of the Florida high school mass murder that had occurred exactly one month before. These children and families are joining the March For Our Lives movement. They will rally and take to the streets this Saturday in Washington DC to demand that their lives and safety become a priority and to demand that the United States ends the epidemic of mass shootings. Another school walkout is planned for 20 April, the 19th anniversary of Eric Harriss and Dylan Klebolds mass murder of their fellow students at Columbine High School in Colorado. Unfortunately, these students are walking out because they want to go to school without feeling afraid


Warning of power shortfall risk after closure of Liddell plant "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

NSW will need extra generation capacity unless AGL rolls out all three stages of its transition Australia's energy market operator says an additional 850 megawatts of dispatchable generation capacity will be needed in New South Wales after the closure of the ageing Liddell power plant if AGL Energy fails to complete all three stages of its transition plan.Last December AGL confirmed it would close Liddell in 2022 and replace the coal plant with a mix of renewables, gas power for peak [...]


Port Arthur ... A retrospective ... "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Gun Control in Australia Gun control Australias Roland Browne told ABC the policy should be put first by the Liberals. He said this should occur before any debates and the election. He stated it was against the NFA or National Firearms Agreement. This agreement was created after Port Arthur. He argued it made a national embarrassment out of Tasmania because it was against the NFA. Bill Shorten is the leader of the Federal Opposition. He accused Will Hodgman of making backroom deals. He stated guns laws should not be subjected to bargaining at the last moment just to go after a few votes


US: EU, 6 other economies exempt from metals tariffs for now "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


POOL/AFP/File | US trade representative Robert Lighthizer announces temporary exemptions on metals tariffs for the EU and six other economies

WASHINGTON (AFP)  The European Union and six other economies will be exempt at least temporarily from the harsh steel and aluminum tariffs President Donald Trump has imposed, a top US trade official said Thursday.US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer told a Senate committee that Trump authorized a pause in the imposition of the tariffs, which take effect Friday, while talks are underway to find a more permanent solution.

Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Mexico and South Korea will also be exempt from the penalties of 25 percent on steel imports and 10 percent on aluminum, along with the EU, he said.

Washington already had announced that major metals exporters Canada and Mexico would be exempt as talks continue to revamp the North American Free Trade Agreement.

And this week EU and US officials issued a joint statement saying they were working towards a solution to avoid tariffs on the trading bloc.

The idea that the president has is that, based ona certain set of criteria, that some countries should get out, Lighthizer said in testimony before the Senate Finance Committee.

There are countries with whom were negotiating and there will be a pause in imposition of tariffs with respect to those countries, he said.

Many countries, including the EU, have warned the White House that they will retaliate forcefully if they are face with tariffs on metals products.

The Trump administration has stressed that the primary target is China, which has long had massive overproduction that has impacted the global market for steel and aluminum, which poses a national security threat to the US economy.


The davastation in Afrin ... "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Im here today to talk about the devastation thats taking place in Afrin


The devastation in Afrin ... "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Im here today to talk about the devastation thats taking place in Afrin


Kim Beazley: the best 21st century Labor PM we never got to vote in ... ? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

... a view from the Fourth Estate For months Perth has buzzed with speculation that Kim Beazley will be appointed Western Australias governor. This appointment, while somewhat unusual for an avowed republican, would nevertheless be the capstone to a stellar life of public service. Beazley, 69, was a minister in the Hawke-Keating government for 13 years. He led Labor in opposition from 1996 to 2001 and again from 2005 to 2006. And he served with distinction as Australias ambassador to the US from 2010 to 2016


Ihr wisst ja, wie das ist. Kaum guckt man mal genauer ... "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Ihr wisst ja, wie das ist. Kaum guckt man mal genauer hin, findet man berall Korruption und Kriminalitt. Heute: Die Australische Bank-Branche.

Research by the investment bank UBS has estimated that up to $500bn in mortgages could consist of so-called liar loans, or nearly one-third of all mortgages.
Money Quote:
There is evidence to suggest regular and widespread criminality has been committed by industry since the 1980s.
Ich wei! Kriminelle Banker?! Hold the presses!!


ICO Trackers Are the New Gatekeepers of Crowdsales "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

ICO Trackers are the New Gatekeepers of Crowdsales

The burgeoning ICO industry has spawned a lucrative business for tracker sites that monitor and review the latest projects. Not only do these sites earn lucrative sums for their featured reviews, but the largest have the power to make or break ICOs. Tracker websites have become the unofficial gatekeepers of crowdsales.

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ICO Trackers Are Growing Stronger Every Day

Safe Haven is an ICO addressing the problem of digital inheritance. The project is seeking to devise a means of passing on private keys to relatives so they can access your crypto wealth when youre gone. Halfway down the Safe Haven homepage, three logos are displayed prominently, prefaced by the words As seen in: ICO Daily, ICO List, and Coin Schedule. Its the same story with Nauticus, an Australian crypto exchange launching in mid-2018, also via an ICO. It proudly displays the ICO sites its featured on and their corresponding ratings out of five: Wiser ICO (4.5), ICO Marks (4.45), ICObench (4.7) and Trudex (4.15).

12 months ago, many of these review sites didnt exist. The proliferation of ICOs has resulted i...


Pastor Pat Mesiti. Domestic Violence Conviction 2016. Adulteries 1998-2016. Hillsong and C3 Pastor. Visited prostitutes on his Hillsong credit card. Hillsong Youth Pastor. Youth Alive evangelist. Fell from grace and restored by Dr Phil Pringle head pastor of C3 Church. How the corrupt priests of Pentecost sowed devils on each other. Part 8. Australian and New Zealand errant Pentecostal pastors who couldnt keep it in their trousers or sexually abused little kids "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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Pastor Pat Mesiti, a restored pastor of Hillsong and  C3 Church an adulterer, visited prostitutes using his Hillsong credit card, cheated on two wives, anti-domestic violence crusader, marriage counsellor, professional wealth and motivation speaker, and now a Millionaire Mindset Club wife basher.

On New Years Eve 2015 Pat Mesiti was charged by the NSW North-West Police with bashing his wife.

Today he was convicted at Parramatta Court Sydney with one count of common assault for actual physical assault on his second wife Andrea- in a fit of rage while heavily intoxicated. He awaits sentencing. article below




Commonwealth Games Pride House To Launch On Gold Coast "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Australias first ever Pride House will launch next week on the Gold Coast ahead of next months Commonwealth Games. The Pride Houses are safe, inclusive venues for LGBTIQ people and friends to gather during major sporting events. The Gold Coast Pride House is organised by former AFL player and LGBTIQ advocate Matt Hall and Pride ...

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Federal Liberals behaving badly in 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

This was the Liberal MP for Leichardt and Chair of Joint Standing Committee on Northern Australia Warren George Entsch on 7 March 2018 at

Federal Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch is calling for big ideas from the community that could help shape the future of the region.

Mr Entsch said the $272 million Regional Growth Fund would support major projects in regional, rural and remote areas that delivered long-term economic benefits.
This is an exciting program that is set to deliver major projects over $20 million that take advantage of the regions natural economic strengths, Mr Entsch said.

The Regional Growth Fund will support additional investment for sustainable economic growth, including from the private sector, other levels of government, and not-for-profit organisations.

Initial applications close on 27 April 2018 and I encourage everyone eligible in our community to look at the program guidelines and get started on an application.

Mr Entsch said the Federal Government would invest a minimum of $10 million toward each successful infrastructure project, representing a maximum of 50 per cent of project costs.

This was The Cairns Post ...


The president doth protest too much, methinks "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

On 15 March 2018 the mainstream media reported that the Special Counsel Russia Investigation has served a subpoena on the Trump Organisation.

Since then US President Donald J Trump has removed an FBI deputy-director and tweeted his defiance of Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

As usual the only words in Trump's tweets that can be relied on are connecting words like "and", "or" & "but'  - everthing else is bound to be a distortion of fact or a downright lie.


Local Government Lies - No Through Road "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

It's not enough that the good subjects of Her Majesty in the Commonwealth of Australia a being lied to by their so called representatives, the Mutts in Parliament (MPs).

It's not enough that the good people are being defrauded and lied to by the (Daniel) Andrews government, where even when caught the fraudsters still retain their jobs, salaries and superannuation (try that trick with the social security business called Centrelink).

Now the 'local' fraudsters in your friendly city council are delivering false information to drivers.

In the below photograph, a road contains a sign that says NO ENTRY (no need for concern with what's written underneath that).

Another sign underneath states that it's a NO THROUGH ROAD.

So with reference to the "NO THROUGH ROAD" a driver would comprehend that the road does not continue for automobiles.

This could be because the road is actually a court, or either through a natural obstruction,  like a mountain, or something a bit more subtle - a rockery with trees planted in the middle of a previously drive-able road that a hipster engineer decided to plan as a result of the global warming officer's advice.

The driver in this case knows that the city councils with their alleged third tier of law making ability can go screw themselves, and proceeded down this "NO THROUGH ROAD".

To the absolute astonishment of the driver and no doubt through a Moses like miracle, the road less traveled had no dead end, even though it was far from the dead sea, it was very passable, as seen in photo of biblical proportions.

All that matters is that you get fined for going through the (false info) sign.

But what are the penalties for your members of your 'local government' lying to you?

Uuummm, about the...


Bennelong community shows its appreciation "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

COMMUNITY APPRECIATION was the order of the day on Monday as Bennelong MP John Alexander presented certificates and grants to local groups building stronger communities. Group [more]

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Yoga Chanting "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


Hi Yoga-Friends.

If you have ever wanted to find out more about chanting in yoga, the workshop I am offering in April might be of interest.  The flier has heaps of info about it, and if you would like to book, the link below will take you there.

Hope to see you there on 22 April, or at one of my other Term 2 yoga offerings - stay tuned to the Newlands Newsfeed for details!


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School Holidays "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


The Melbourne Inner North Performing Arts Academy would love to welcome you to their programs for children these holidays:

The Singing Playground with Christine Marie Storey

Kids Song Writing with Katalin Orgovany
Every Tuesday during the school holidays


Petition "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


Dear Residents, In the 5 March edition of The Moreland Leader, you may have seen an article regarding the long over-due museum in D-Division .    If you have not heard of the museum this is explained below.      We are asking people to sign our petition at        To-date the petition has reached 1,195 signatures, which is a good effort but more would be kindly appreciated.         Pentridge Community Action Group at; 

email: ...


Do you think Cairns is safe ? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Hey guys,International student here. There is a possibility that I will move to Cairns to study. My Tafe will be in Manunda, do you think it is safe ? Should I go for it or choose another city ??

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Women's Circles "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


Hi All, I am running two women's circles at the moment. Both meet monthly and both involve some meditation. 

Monday morning group - suitable for casual drops ins
On Monday mornings and is open to casual drop-ins. The format is based around a theme and involves meditation and reflection time which usually includes time along the Merri Creek. It runs from 10am - 12pm, starting with a cup of tea - the next circle is this coming Monday.

Wednesday Evening Group
On Wednesday evenings and is more closed but we are opening to a couple more women at the moment. It also works a bit around a theme with some meditation as well but a large chunk of the time is facilitated sharing. You would be welcome to come along to a session to see if you are a fit before deciding to come regularly.

If you are interested in either please get in touch with me

About me - counsellor, meditation teacher, facilitator of groups and circles, also a woman who like connecting with other women - I am a facilitator, not an expert, these circles are not adv...


Country Vic businesses left high and dry by contractor on state government project "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

SIXTY-ONE  small Victorian rural and regional businesses have accused the State Government of turning its back on them as they seek to recover almost $1 million from a contractor on the GMW Connections project.

Businesses in Cohuna, Swan Hill, Shepparton and Geelong are owed tens of thousands of dollars each from contractor Aqua Infrastructure, which went into liquidation this month while working on the Governments $2 billion irrigation modernisation project. The irrigation modernisation Connections project is overseen by the Victorian Government, but State Water Minister Lisa Neville has so far refused to offer any support to small businesses.

Among those owed money by Aqua Infrastructure are: G &M Poly Irrigation of Cohuna $130,898; Elliot Excavation of Gunbower $101,502;K.L Cooke and Sons of Cohuna $132,456;Swan Hill Hire $40,159;Swan Hill Primary Care $20,200; LandManagement Surveys of Shepparton $50,022; Holmes Rural Fencing of Cohuna $47,831; Game Traffic & Contracting of Shepparton $36,380.

Business owners contacted by The Weekly Times say they feel like the Government has just rolled the issue under the carpet. But none are willing to speak out publicly against the Government or project manager Chinese -owned John Holland for fear of missing out on future work. Some say the sums owed equate to the profit they would make in a year.

Opposition water spokeswoman Steph Ryan said she was bitterly disappointed for subcontractors who worked in good faith for the Victorian Government and were now been left thousands and thousands of dollars out of pocket.

John Holland was asked why it had brought Queensland firm Aqua Infrastructure in on the Connections Project, when its general manager, Noel Smyth, was publicly listed as a director of another company, Setlow Constructions, that went into receivership in 2011.

Chinese owned John Holland refused to answer the question, with a spokeswoman stating it: was aware that one of our subcontractors Aqua Infrastructure has gone into external administration.

Ms Neville said the matter needed to be resolved through the appropriate creditors process.

I expect GMW to direct John Holland to do everything they can for the best outcome for those owed money, Ms Neville said.

Some $200 million of further works will be carried out through the Connections Project in the next 12 months the affected contractors can apply for that work.



Quokka Spirit Animal "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Australian Quokka spirit animal. The spiritual symbolic and metaphysical meanings behind Australias happiest animal. psychic medium Ian Scott

The post Quokka Spirit Animal appeared first on Thrive On News Spiritual Magazine.


Another High Court disaster "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The High Court has done a great job in messing up Australian democracy with its absurdly literalistic reading of the Constitutional provisions on dual citizenship. Its now added another layer of disaster with its refusal to hear Labors attempt to have Liberal MP David Gillespie disqualified on the basis that he rented space to an Australia Post outlet.

Of course, this case is utterly lacking in merit. Had the High Court heard it, and thrown it out without retiring for consideration, Id be cheering them on.

In fact, however, they refused to hear the case because Labor couldnt get the Parliament to refer the case, relying instead on a common informer.

So, we are now in the position where a Parliamentary majority can move to disqualify anyone on the opposing side, and the High Court will assess whether they have breached any of the byzantine rules they have constructed, rules that might potentially disqualify anyone who has ever taken money from the government, or had foreign born parents, or is Jewish, or cant document every aspect of their ancestry back to the Paelolithic era. But if there is no such majority, it seems that there is no recourse.

Whats worse is my total confidence that there will be lots of comments explaining how the High Court has protected us from the risk that someone might serve in Parliament despite getting their paperwork wrong.


MACKAY Manslaughter charge after Mackay woman allegedly attacked "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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THE MAN who allegedly pushed an elderly woman in her South Mackay unit during an argument, causing her to fall and sustain fatal injuries, has had his charges upgraded to manslaughter. It will be alleged Jeremy Aaron Brown, 22, of South Mackay, pushed his neighbour Shirley Page, 72, at her

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The paper-thin veneer of Kevin-The-Expert Rudd "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

This week John Garnaut, an Australian expert on China affairs, gave an address to the US House Armed Services Committee in Washington. He spoke on how China brazenly manipulated Australian society to tilt the political and strategic landscape to its advantage. Compare this address to the US Committee with...


1) EDITORIAL: Defuse Sentani tension "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

2) Infrastructures to improve Asmat`s quality of life

3) How the son of a tailor rose to power in Indonesias palm oil heartland

1) EDITORIAL: Defuse Sentani tension
EDITORIAL The Jakarta Post
Jakarta | Thu, March 22, 2018 | 08:14 am


Thomas Mayor: We wont give up on the Uluru Statement "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Share this Post Prime Minister Turnbulls dismissal of the key Uluru Statement claim for a constitutionally enshrined Voice to parliament should not deter us from that aspiration. His ignorance should invigorate us because the dismissal demonstrates the importance. The eminent 19th century African American human rights leader, Frederick Douglas, once said, to identify the vanguard of your movement, you need ...


Britain Introduces Crypto Task Force To Foster Fintech Innovation "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

UK Treasurys new crypto task force will collaborate with Australia for fintech innovation discourse. #NEWS


PERTH Mundaring Shire president satisfied with council process during dog prosecution case "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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Mundaring Shire president satisfied with council process during dog prosecution case .

March 22, 2018 at 11:07AM .

SHIRE of Mundaring President Cr John Daw yesterday expressed his support for Chief Executive Officer Jonathan Throssell, and Shire staff involved in a recent high-profile dog prosecution case. A three-day criminal trial in the Perth Magistrates Court between the Shire and Simon Hey ruled on January .



Does Australia Need a Donald Trump? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


With Tom Switzer, Parnell McGuinness, James Morrow and Miranda Devine 

Join us after work for drinks and canapes in Sydney on April 3 as we debate whether Australia needs a disruptive leader like Donald Trump.

He has turned US politics upside-down by mocking the media, provoking critics, cutting bureaucracies, setting ambitious targets and pursuing them with the unpredictability of a world-class negotiator. By doing so, Donald Trump has revived investment, employment, share prices, consumer confidence and US global power, not to mention grass-roots patriotism.

Australian politicians, meanwhile, are constrained by Canberran conventions. Could we use a maverick? Could a shrewd outsider with a showbiz streak do to Australia what Trump has done for the US? Join us as our two panels Miranda Devine and James Morrow (for) and Tom Switzer and Parnell McGuinness (against) imagine the consequences.

DATE: Tuesday, 3 April 2018, 6pm-8pm

VENUE: Hudson House, Level 15, 131 Macquarie Street, Sydney

COST: $30 pp/ $15 members. Click here to book

ENQUIRIES: Please contact James Mathias at or (02) 6273 5608.


TERRYs upcoming gigs got us Very Merry, So the Weekend Better Hurry! "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Melbourne 4-piece band, Terry, consists of four pre-well known artists, including:

  • EAmy Hill (from Constant Mongrel),
  • Xanthe White (The Mike Harvey Band & Primo),
  • Zephyr Pavey (Eastlink, Total Control & Russell St Bombings)
  • and Al Montfort (UV Race, Dick Diver & Total Control)

The band makes dole-wave pop tunes, with a post-punk twist; while simultaneously taking on pre-established social and political constructs.

Ahead of the up and coming gigs they have over the weekend, band-member Al Montfort spoke to us via phone-call during our Out To Lunch show to talk all things Terry.

Play Interview with Terry member Al Montfort 22nd March 2018

Terry will be performing Saturday night at the Fremantle Arts Centre down in Fremantle; and on Sunday will be performing in Maylands.



The finest police commissioner money can buy cleared Dan Andrews/CFMEU/Labor of rorting allowances "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The ABC thought this was a story 2 years ago. Now, not so much. Labor Party cleared of misusing staff in 2014 Victorian election Updated 7 Jun 2016, 3:23pm PHOTO: Premier Daniel Andrews said using casual electorate staff was not against the law. (AAP: Joe Castro) RELATED STORY: Campaigning...


From this day backwards: @burgewords on the long journey to Australias first lesbian marriage "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Here we were on the other side of the world not being able to have clarified which of our relationships was valid. WHEN Australian same-sex couples were finally granted equal access to the Marriage Act in December 2017, the widespread expression of relief was tempered by a growing awareness of a legal minefield. Brisbane couple Elaine Crump and Sharon Dane let the emotions in, but the status of their long-term relationship remained in limbo. Like many same-sex couples seeking legal documentation during the interminable wait for Australia to pass marriage equality, Elaine and Sharon had already taken their chances in countries where equality was accessible. The pair first solemnised their []

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Italian community legend is Drummoynes Woman of the Year "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

ONE of the local Italian speaking communitys most respected media personalities has been named Drummoyne Woman of the Year for 2018. Luisa Perugini from SBS [more]

The post Italian community legend is Drummoynes Woman of the Year appeared first on The Weekly Times.


100-year-old Edith tells the real Dads Army story "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

THEY did their bit for England and on the 75th anniversary of The Battle of Britain, 101 year old Edith Easton of Meadowbank tells her [more]

The post 100-year-old Edith tells the real Dads Army story appeared first on The Weekly Times.


Made In Indonesia: Aboriginal Art Company Lands In Federal Court Over Alleged Misleading Conduct "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

With a highly distinctive Aboriginal art style , youve probably seen Birubi products in tourist shops all over the country. Everything from hand-made and hand-painted boomerangs and didgeridoos, to bull roarers and even drink coasters.

And you probably thought Aboriginal artists were behind them.

Today, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has announced its launching Federal Court action against the company behind the brand Birubi Art Pty Ltd (Birubi) alleging it spent years making misleading claims about Aboriginal art.

Between July 2014 and November 2017, Birubi allegedly contravened the Australian Consumer Law by making false or misleading representations that some of its products were made in Australia and/or that Aboriginal people had made or hand painted them, when in fact they were made in Indonesia.

ACCC Commissioner Sarah Court said the products displayed a combination of words and artwork including hand painted, handcrafted, Aboriginal Art, and Australia.

We allege that Birubis conduct is damaging as it is likely to mislead consumers into thinking they are buying genuine handmade Aboriginal art when they are not. This has the potential to undermine the integrity of Aboriginal art and negatively impact Indigenous artists, including by undervaluing their authentic works, Commissioner Court said in a written statement.

We allege that over 18,000 of these Birubi products were sold to retail shops in key tourist spots around the country.

In the lead-up to the Commonwealth Games in Australia next month, with tens of thousands of tourists visiting Australia, this action by the ACCC is a timely reminder to traders to ensure that products they are selling as Indigenous cultural objects or art are authentic.

The ACCC is seeking declarations, pecuniary penalties, injunctions, corrective notices, compliance program orders, and costs.

Ironically, Birubi claims to be a proud licensed supplier of many items featuring the copyright Aboriginal Flag image designed by Mr Harold Thomas.

The website adds: So please, when purchasing Aboriginal flag items, ensure they are authentic licensed products.

Birubi was part of a major feature by Fairfax media late last year, written by Frank Robson. And you can access genuine hand-made Aboriginal art here New Matildas Associate Publisher Gaala Watson is an Aboriginal artist, and the woman behind Bimbi Love.



LGBTIQ Domestic Violence Is Under-Reported, And This Police Officer Wants That To Change "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Increased representation of LGBTI people in domestic violence awareness campaigns is needed to increase reporting of violence in same-sex relationships, a Queensland Police Service LGBTI Liaison Officer has said. In late 2016, Fortitude Valley-based Senior Constable Ben Bjarnesen was the recipient of a Churchill Fellowship, a grant that allows Australians to travel overseas to conduct ...

The post LGBTIQ Domestic Violence Is Under-Reported, And This Police Officer Wants That To Change appeared first on QNews Magazine.


Osprey takes off with Long Tom after long weir wait "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Long chat with fellow Kiwi today on footbridge across Ross River at Aplin Weir waiting for Osprey to launch from Leichhardt tree down into fish-filled seawater below. Nothing happening. Walk under tree. Nothing. Return to footbridge. Nothing. Try for flight shot of passing tern. Turn back on Osprey ...

... And, yes, Osprey strikes - and whooshes up behind my back, over footbridge, and upriver with Long Tom catch to 'feeding' branch in melaleuca  well upstream. Frustrating. Interesting too. Bird didn't do the usual and change grip to carry fish torpedo fashion with head pointing forward.

Much more active at base of weir this morning, Striated Heron (one of six squabbling over perches and catches of small fish)...

... and Little Egret (one of 11, mostly disdaining to squabble over anything).



Shining Flycatcher, Arctic Jaeger at Noosa River mouth reported by Greg Roberts on 21-03-2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

1 male Shining Flycatcher near river mouth (record shot only), about 10 jaegers amid large flocks of Common Terns


Groovin The Moo have announced their Fresh Produce additions for 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

This years Groovin The Moo lineup is looking pretty amazing already, but could you believe that the bill has managed to expand once more?

Following on from the recent announcement of the triple j Unearthed acts that will getting their big break on the Groovin The Moo stages, the festival have today announced the Fresh Produce acts that will be playing the Canberra, Wayville, and Maitland legs of the fest.

While acts such as Dear Seattle, Raave Tapes, Rachel Maria Cox, Rackett, and Ninajirachi will be hitting up the Maitland location, Dyspora, Playback 808, Mane, and more will be playing Wayville, while Haiku Hands, Black Summer, and Midas. Gold, and many more will also be appearing in Canberra.

Of course, this is only scratching the surface, with plenty more Fresh Produce acts announced already, and with the artists heading to the Bendigo, Townsville, and Bunbury locations expected to be announced quite soon.

All these amazing acts will be joining a stunning bill that already includes the likes of  Paul Kelly, Alex Lahey, Ball Park Music, Portugal. The Man, Duke Dumont, Royal Blood, and Claptone hitting up our regional stages. Tickets to the festival are on sale now, but dont wait too long, because with a lineup this good, they wont hang around much longer!

Check out Dear Seattles Afterthought:

Groovin The Moo 2018 Lineup

Maitlands Fresh Produce Lineup

Dear Seattle
Raave Tapes
Rachel Maria Cox
Arona Mane
Ebony Boadu
Imbi The Girl
Sarah Connor

Wayvilles Fresh Produce Lineup

Electric Fields
Young Offenders
Cats DJs
Dancespace vs Naish
Playback 808
Seek N Destroy

Canberras Fresh Produce Lineup

Haiku Hands
Lime Cordiale
Omar Musa
Andy Garvey
Black Summer
Genesis Owusu
Groove City
Mickey Kojak



Government report cheers for wage cuts "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Theres been a lot of discussion recently about stagnation in real wages and the decline of the labour share of national income. In a recent Senate Submission, I made the point that there is nothing surprising about this

For the last 40 years, changes in labour market regulation have been almost uniformly anti-union and anti-worker, while public policy has been premised on the desirability of reducing wages.

I saw an interesting (and, I suspect, largely unconscious) illustration of this in a recent report from the grandly-titled Office of the Chief Economists. Among the many benefits of economic reform, the report cited the following

How does this relate to the wage share? When real wages are growing faster than GDP per person (and assuming a constant employment/population ratio, which is reasonably accurate), the wage share of GDP is rising. When real wages are growing more slowly than GDP per person, as they have done for the past 25 years or so, the wage share is falling. Looking at the beginning and end points we can see that wage growth has been slower than GDP growth over the period as a whole So, we can restate the conclusion as

Under the labour market institutions that prevailed between 1951 and 1981, the labour share of income increased. Since then, thanks to the adoption of market based approaches, workers have lost all the ground that they gained in the postwar decades, and then some.


I wasnt expecting that! "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Last week I fell on some stairs and fractured a couple of ribs. I was carrying the dog and couldnt break my fall, landing heavily on my side. This accident could really have not come at a worst time. We Continue reading


Harmony Day Lecture: Mateship in Australia "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

I have been asked to speak today about Mateship and its relevance to Australian culture and social cohesion. I begin by acknowledging the First Peoples of Australia and in particular the Yorta Yorta and Bangerang people on whose land we now live. Lets pray that they be welcomed and deeply respected within the Australian nation. ... Read more...


Hunters Hills Jesus to carry the cross to Villa Maria Church "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Way Of The Cross walk across Hunters Hill is the largest local recreation of The Passion. Traditionally held on the morning of Good Friday, [more]

The post Hunters Hills Jesus to carry the cross to Villa Maria Church appeared first on The Weekly Times.


Economics in Two Lessons, Chapter 6 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Thanks to everyone who the first five chapters of my book, Economics in Two Lessons. Now heres the draft of Chapter 6: The opportunity cost of destruction This is the last part of the book devoted to Lesson 1 Market prices reflect and determine opportunity costs faced by consumers and producers. and the one where I agree mostly with Henry Hazlitts Economics in One Lesson. It seems particularly apposite 15 years after the beginning of the Iraq War.

As usual, I welcome comments, criticism and encouragement. Id appreciate any comments on/ alternative suggestions for the opening quote its not a perfect fit, but the best I could come up with.

The book so far is available
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: What is opportunity cost?
Chapter 2: Markets, opportunity cost and equilibrium
Chapter 3:Time, information and uncertainty
draft of Chapter 4:Lesson 1: Applications.
draft of Chapter 5: Lesson 1 and economic policy.

Feel free to make further comments on these chapters if you wish.


The Batman By-Election: Labor Surges, Deflated Greens Have Some Serious Work Ahead "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Greens loss in Batman suggests the party has a long way to go before it can challenge Labor in the lower house, Ben Eltham writes.

It was a tale of two parties. I spent the night of the Batman by-election between the election functions of the Greens and Labor. Needless to say, the moods were contrasting.

The Greens function was at Tallboy and Moose micro-brewery in Preston, a drafty former warehouse that now serves tasty burgers and their own range of IPAs and lagers. While there were plenty of party supporters in green t-shirts and the bar was doing a brisk trade, the atmosphere was deflated, even sombre. Adam Bandt looked downcast, Richard di Natale looked angry, and Alex Bhathal looked downright upset.

The reason was obvious. It was a terrible night for the Greens. Not only had Bhathal failed to win the seat, but her vote had gone backwards in two-party preferred terms. In a short concession speech, she acknowledged the defeat, and congratulated her opponent. I know that this has been a difficult night, she told supporters. We will continue to stand by our Greens policies and fight for what we think is right.

(IMAGE: Thom Mitchell.) Alex Bhathal at the Greens election party in 2016.

Greens supporters and volunteers I talked to were deeply disappointed, and many were quite shocked at the anti-Bhathal leaking that had harmed the Greens campaign. Some were angry at coverage from Fairfax and much of the mainstream media, which they believed was pro-Labor and anti-Greens.

Speaking off the record, one member acknowledged that the party had made a mistake campaigning in the northern suburbs, and had been complacent in the south of the seat, where Labor made strong gains.

It was, of course, a rather different atmosphere at Labors function at the Thornbury Theatre. As the results came in, the crowd of largely younger Labor supporters and campaign workers in red t-shirts cheered wildly. When the pie charts went up on the big screen, they broke into chants of Ged! Ged! Ged!

Labors candidate Ged Kearney was the woman of the moment. To many of the unionists helping out on her campaign, she is something of a personal hero. I spoke to one younger union organiser from the NUW who had handed out how-to-votes on the day. He was, unsurprisingly, upbeat about the result, but also about the union movement in general. Like...


South African blacks to kick white farmers off their land "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

SOUTH AFRICA White genocide, a re-run of Rhodesia

Greens leader Richard Di Natale accuses Dutton of racism for not bringing in more black savages

SOUTH AFRICA is in the news once again. But this time with an unexpected surprising crude twist. History is about to repeat itself. Peter Dutton Immigration Minister in Australia has shown some guts and opened a can of worms that now are reverberating across the world. He proposed that his department speed up visas for white farmers that want to migrate to Australia. AND that is HOT news that suddenly has the whole world abuzz. 

The Afrikaners wont tolerate another loss of land under any circumstances. Most of the 50 million black South Africans do not originate from South Africa. The Boers have as much right to stay there and feed the nation. If murderous Mandelas ANC removes the white farmers then they will starve, just like Rhodesia.

For many years now  white farmers in South Africa have been exterminated in organized attacks- backed by the ANC regime. This fact was substantiated by both Adriana Stuijt from  the Netherlands as well as  Dr. Gregory Stanton of Genocide Watch International in a report to the United Nations a few years ago already in his fact finding mi...


The tweet Malcolm Bligh Turnbull thought it was wise to delete from Twitter "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

On 22 March 2018 Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Bligh Turnbull deleted this tweet.

The video this tweet contained survives for a limited time elsewhere.

The reason why this tweet came and went so swiftly? Because many of the people with speaking parts are not low-income aged pensioners who just happen to have shares.

They are former business owners who are now self-funded retirees and, a least one of them structured his superannuation now in the pension phase on the premise that he would be receiving a taxpayer-funded cashback payment for unused franking credits - that is cash handouts for tax he never paid - for forever and a day.

One suspects that Turnbull suddenly realised that the video was not the tearjerker he originally thought it was.


Employment growth breaks a few records "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Record breaker

Employment increased by an estimated +17,500 in February to 12,480,500, with a huge swing back to full time jobs in this month's figures reported by the ABS. 

That makes it 17 consecutive gains for employment, a record stretch, with surveys elsewhere now putting business conditions at record highs. 

With estimates recently rebased this takes the annual growth in employment up to an astronomical +3.5 per cent or +420,700. 

That's the highest jobs growth in Australia's history - the equivalent of 1,150 jobs per day for an entire year - and looking through the monthly noise, 78 per cent of those jobs were full time. 

New South Wales again the led the way with a monthly gain of +28,400 to total employment.

Annual jobs growth in New South Wales was out of this world at +166,200, showing that there's plenty of life in the old Sydney dog yet. 

The trend in employment growth was also exceptionally strong in the ACT (+4.7 per cent) and Queensland (+4.6 per cent). 

The other main shift of note has been the move to record levels of female participation in the workforce, sending the participation rate up to its highest ever level at 65.7 per cent. 


Sam Rollings Talks Jazz Guitar "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Sam Rollings talks about his Jazz guitar class at Conservatorium Open Academy in this short video. Autumn Term starts in May. BOOK HERE

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Big Boi chats Outkast, Atlanta hip hop & having lunch with Kate Bush "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

  • Big Boi :: Interview with Darren Lesaguis

Big Boi, the other half of global hip hop phenomenon Outkast, showed off his best Crocodile Dundee impression on Wednesday Arvos with Darren Lesaguis.

Fresh off the back of his third solo album and a show at Golden Plains, Big Boi dropped by the FBi studio. Speaking in and out of a fake Aussie accent, the Atlanta rapper spoke about visiting a different kind of South here in Australia, to touch the fans, kiss babies and shake hands as well as his place rap music.

As a group, Outkast were instrumental in pointing America and the world to a different kind of rap game. When reminded, Big Boi is humble about his role in the now booming Atlanta scene. Instead hes proud of the talented lyricists, producers and artists that come from his city and reminds us that they all stick together.

We kinda kicked in the door. But the music was jammed so hard they had to dig it Im proud of Atlanta, Atlanta artists stick together man. Theres power in numbers and we gon keep funkin yall.

However connected he is to his roots though, Big Boi has consistently managed to make music outside of trends, both when working in a group and as a solo artist. Its what keeps him and his legacy relevant in 2018. This is testament not only to his quick wit and rhyme, but his talent in making music outside of his past, while also not ignoring it.

Thats what hints the name OUTKAST. Because were never going to be a part of whats going on. We gon always be on the outskirts. Thats how weve been able to be here for so long. We dont try and go to recreate something that youve already done. To shock the people is to make music thats going to be mind-blowing and also top blowing and you could get topped off to it.

Youll find this sass is all over his new album, BOOMIVERSE, fr...


Queensland population to pass 5 million "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Magnetic north

The estimates for interstate migration into Queensland, mainly from New South Wales, soared to decade highs last year. 

12,000 of the 19,000 net interstate migrants hailed from New South Wales, according to the latest ABS estimates.

Annual population growth into Queensland accelerated to +1.7 per cent or +81,300 over the year to September 2017, with Greater Brisbane picking up about 60 to 65 per cent of that growth. 

Gold Coast and places such as Caloundra on the Sunshine Coast are also popular destinations.

Some of the fastest population growth in Queensland over the past decade has also been into areas such as Mango Hill, North Lakes, and the Moreton Bay region to the north of the city, Logan-Beaudesert to the south, and Springfield lakes out towards Ipswich. 

It wouldn't be a surprise to see Fortitude Valley and the inner city gaining some ground after the Census due to the high volume of apartment completions. 

Queensland's estimated resident population is projected to pass 5 million within the next couple of months.


#SuperGlue7 on Trial in Canberra "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


**This page will be updated as the trial progresses**

The seven members of WACA who super glued themselves to the railing of the public gallery in November 2016 will be appearing in the Canberra Supreme Court to face trial by jury beginning Tuesday the 27th March 2018.  Read our full media release.


Tim Buchannan, Jason Ray, Samantha Hawker, Hannah Grant, Phil Evans, Chamomilla Hill and Sally Hunter are facing charges of intentionally damaging commonwealth property, which carries a maximum penalty of up to 10 years in jail.


Two others, Pat Holmes and Kat Woskett, faced lesser charges from the second day of protests, when they abseiled down the front of Parliament house with a banner reading Close the Bloody Camps Now #Justice4Refugees. They were find $1500 each.


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#SuperGlue7 on Trial in Canberra "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


**This page will be updated as the trial progresses**

The seven members of WACA who super glued themselves to the railing of the public gallery in November 2016 will be appearing in the Canberra Supreme Court to face trial by jury on the week beginning the 26th March 2018.

Please consider supporting them with a donation.

#SuperGlue7 on Trial in Canberra "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


The seven members of WACA who super glued themselves to the railing of the public gallery in November 2016 will be appearing in the Canberra Supreme Court to face trial by jury on the week beginning the 26th March 2018.

Please consider supporting them with a donation.

#SuperGlue7 on Trial in Canberra "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


**This page will be updated as the trial progresses**

The seven members of WACA who super glued themselves to the railing of the public gallery in November 2016 will be appearing in the Canberra Supreme Court to face trial by jury on the week beginning the 26th March 2018.


Tim Buchannan, Jason Ray, Samantha Hawker, Hannah Grant, Phil Evans, Chamomilla Hill and Sally Hunter are facing charges of intentionally damaging commonwealth property, which carries a maximum penalty of up to 10 years in jail.


Two others, Pat Holmes and Kat Woskett, faced lesser charges from the second day of protests, when they abseiled down the front of Parliament house with a banner reading Close the Bloody Camps Now #Justice4Refugees. They were find $1500 each.


Please consider supporting them with a donation.


Hauntology on country "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

I flew to Hobart to pay my respects to an ecosystem already long gone. Tasmanias giant kelp forests, Macrocystis pyrifera, once fringed the eastern coast. Each languid frond of these once-towering marine metropoles harboured multitudes of fish, invertebrates, plankton and algaes. But giant kelp forests are fragile. As of 2017, only five percent of the original Tasmanian kelp forests remained. For the Aboriginal community in Tasmania, the sea is womens business, and so their relationship with the kelp forests is strong.


Early childhood educators are asking for support "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Early childhood educators have a huge responsibility educating children in the first few years of their lives. But the Federal Government doesnt value our work; were paid as little as $21 an hour. Were some of the lowest paid professionals in Australia earning half the national average wage.

Were undervalued because our workforce is 95 percent female, and its seen as just womens work. So were saying its time Malcolm Turnbull values our work by funding equal pay.

This will be the biggest early education walk off in Australian history. Please support us as we take this historic action.

Join us at 4pm as we march through the city after walking off the job. We will be starting at Federation Square and finishing at Alexandra Gardens.

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The Vulnerable Femmes of Folk "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Vulnerable Femmes of Folk are Merryn Jeann, Emily Lubitz and Angie Hudson.

Although these three musicians may be known to you via various collaborations and bands (Tinpan Orange, Tora, Potato Potato, Banksia) they thought it a nice idea to strip bare and play their songs as they were made a voice and instrument, a lot of feeling and maybe a sneaky glass of red wine or two.

24 MARCH at the Brunswick Picture House will be an intimate eve full of fragility and grace, in hopes of tucking you in as though you were at home, cuddled on the couch, listening to your favourite vinyl (or mp3 lets be real).

Come by and listen to three women exploring the powerful simplicity behind and a voice and her song.

More info + tickets at


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Local Creative Writing Program Reaches 7500 Kids "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Byron Writers Festival StoryBoard an innovative program bringing authors and illustrators into Northern Rivers schools to teach creative writing reached 7500 young people in the region in 2017.

Byron Writers Festival Director Edwina Johnson says the StoryBoard program has been extraordinarily successful.

Three years ago Byron Writers Festival set out on a journey to inspire, nourish and excite our regions youth the readers and writers of the future by developing a free mobile creative writing program bringing leading authors, illustrators and storytellers plus volunteer tutors and helpers direct to schools, she says.

We ran a pilot program in 2016 reaching close to 1000 young people in 16 local schools. However, the launch of the full program and the beautiful StoryBoard bus last year saw the program go to a whole new level.

With 87 school visits, 31 masterclasses, workshops at Byron Writers Festival, and author tours reaching Kempsey in the south, Tenterfield in the west and Tweed Heads in the north, we reached around 7500 young people in 2017 with inspiring hands on workshops and author talks.

Weve had kids say it was the best thing theyve done at school some said it was the best day of their lives!

We are immensely grateful to the Australian Governments Catalyst program, Create NSW and the Australian Governments Stronger Communities program, which support StoryBoard, says Edwina.

We also greatly appreciate individual donations, which help us keep the workshops free, allowing accessibility for all young people in the Northern Rivers.

In 2017 StoryBoard employed nine local authors and six visiting authors, including Tristan Bancks, Zanni Louise, Lucas Proudfoot, Belinda Murrell, Jesse Blackadder and Oliver Phommavanh, supported by volunteer tutors.

The program will continue in 2018 providing free school visits, workshops and masterclasses across the region and offering professional development for local teachers.
For more information and to download the 2017 annual report go to

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Turnbull Government condemns Cambodias human rights regress at UN, yet insists refugees can still go there "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Australian Government has joined 44 other nations in delivering a scathing statement to the United Nations Human Rights Council overnight on the rapid deterioration of Cambodias human rights situation, expressing "deep concern about the recent serious decline of civil and political rights in Cambodia".

The statement comes only 24 hours after Foreign Minister Julie Bishop confirmed that the Government was persisting with its controversial Cambodia refugee deal, in which it paid the authoritarian regime $55 million to take refugees indefinitely detained by the Australian Government on Manus and Nauru.

Daniel Webb, a Director of Legal Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre, who is at the UN in Geneva, welcomed the Australian Governments decision to finally condemn the Hun Sen regimes brutal authoritarianism but said the Governments own words showed how unprincipled the Cambodian refugee deal has always been.

"Were talking about a ruthless regime headed by a former Khmer Rouge commander. The Cambodian Government has imprisoned the opposition leader in appalling conditions, abolished the entire opposition party, jailed human rights advocates and used violence and intimidation against community groups and the media," said Mr Webb.

"Its about time our Government condemned the Hun Sen regime. It should also admit that paying that same regime $55 million to offload refugees has been a morally bankrupt failure, said Mr Webb.

The statement, which was presented to the UN by the Government of New Zealand with the endorsement of 44 countries including Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, France and the USA:

  • pressed for the release of Opposition Leader Kem Sokha, noting that he is currently imprisoned "reportedly in isolation, without adequate access to health care, subjected to intrusive observation, and other conditions, such as constant light";
  • urged the Hun Sen regime to "refrain from using judicial, administrative and fiscal measures as political tools against the opposition, the media, civil society and human rights defenders";
  • and called on the Cambodian Government to ensure the upcoming elections are carried out "without threats, arbitrary arrests or acts of intimidation".

The Cambodian Government reacted angrily to the statement, exercising its formal right of reply to bizarrely claim that the countries involved simply "want regime change" and "have their preselected candidates to win".

The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development, a leading regional human rights organisation, welcomed the statement and called on t...


Smart Arts 15 March 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

This week, Richard joins Lara Nicholls to chat about Lorne Sculpture Biennale, Red Snitch's own Lachlan Philpott and director Alyson Campbel pop in to discuss Colder; Georgie Meagher and Creative Producer Erica McCalman join Richard to give an overview of Next Wave and Dr Carnesky caps it all off by spruiking Incredible Bleeding Woman at The Butterfly Club.


Harmony Cup is our own World Cup "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

WITH Australia competing in the FIFA World Cup later this year, it is appropriate that one particular Harmony Cup player, Ryde City Clr Trenton Brown, [more]

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LGBTIQ Teenagers Who Hide Their Sexuality At A Higher Risk Of Suicide, Study Says "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A new study has warned of just how dangerous it can be for LGBTIQ young people to hide their sexuality. The study, published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, found that 46% of the closeted teenagers reported suicidal thoughts or behaviours, compared to 22% of those who were open about their sexuality. The researchers ...

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Uncommon Sense 20 March 2018 - Gillian Triggs "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Amy was joined in the studio by former President of the Australian Human Rights Commission Emeritus Professor Gillian Triggs who came in to talk about her upcoming lecture at The University of Melbourne, 'The Decline of Parliamentary Democracy in a Post-Truth Era'.


Most recent signature bracelet commission Bh 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Practically every new client makes contact through a friend who is a client or via a positive piece of feedback. Sue G is a long time friend of Fiona K and mentioned the locket commission when she first made contact. We were in Sydney for another event and met up with her at the AGNSW restaurant where all her sentimental family material was pulled out and spread across the table. As usual we documented each piece and Barbara and Sue continued their communication via emails and phone calls. We also documented each stage of the process from metal melt to gems reset. We even posted the final piece as a movie on Instagram for the client view. Rather than send in an express post trackable satchel, Sue is waiting to collect her new bracelet when she visits us in Brisbane (with another couple of tasks). Lovely material lovely client lovely outcome (same old story) . . .


New Community Transport Trial Begins in April! "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A trial of new community transport services will be rolled out in Mount Alexander Shire at the start of April to address the need for improved transport for older community members. For more information, and to register your interest as a bus passenger, please visit the Maldon Neighbourhood Centres Community Bus Web-page.


The Significance of the Overnight Fed Rate Hike "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Federal Reserve, under new chairman Jerome Jay Powell, raised the federal funds target rate 25 basis points overnight. It was Powells first significant move as the new chairman of the Federal Reserve.

Let me first give my opinion of Jay Powell before weighing on the implications of todays decision.

I worked with Jay Powell when he was at the US Treasury and I was general counsel of a major primary dealer in government securities. The primary dealers act as underwriters at auctions of US Treasury securities, so, in effect, Jay was my firms biggest customer.

My impression of him was that he was highly professional and always acted in the best interests of the Treasury and taxpayers. Hes smart, has integrity, and has had a distinguished career both in public service and in a private capacity at investment funds and think tanks.

Jay Powell is someone who is well liked and well regarded by Republicans and Democrats equally. Thats a rare attribute in todays deeply partisan political scene.

The most important fact about Jay Powells chairmanship is that there will be no change in monetary policy. As a Fed governor, Powell never voted against Janet Yellen on any interest rate policy decision.

His speeches always voiced strong support for Yellens approach. In short, Powell is, and will continue to be, more Yellen when it comes to Fed interest rate policy. The Fed chair has changed, but interest rate policy has not.

Beginning in December 2015, Janet Yellen put the Fed on a path to raise interest rates 0.25% every March, June, September and December, a tempo of 1% per year through 2019, until the Fed normalises interest rates around 3%.

The only exception to this 1%-per-year tempo is when the Fed takes a pause in hiking rates because one part of its dual mandate of job creation and price stability is not being met. Lately job creation has been strong, but the Fed is facing headwinds in achieving its inflation goal.

The Fed is targeting a 2% annual inflation rate as measured by an index called PCE core year-over-year, reported monthly (with a one-month lag) by the Commerce Department.

That inflation index has not cooperated with the Feds wishes and is still well below 2%. Both December and Januarys reading came in at 1.5%.

This undershooting has been a persistent trend and should be troubling to the Fed as it contemplates its next policy move at the FOMC meeting on 1213 June.

But the Feds bungling should come as no surprise. The Federal Reserve has done almost nothing right for at least the past 20 years, if not longer.

The Fed organised a bailout of Long-Term Capital Management in 1998, which arguably should have been allowed to fa...


The Fed Just Increased Rates on Aussie Mortgages "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Wibble wobble.

Hear that? Thats the sound of the US market adjusting to the idea of higher interest rates much sooner than it thought.

Normally the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) monetary policy meeting is a two-day affair. Given that a 0.25% increase to 1.75% was considered a certainty by the market, the Fed made the announcement overnight.

The Dow Jones closed down 0.18%. The S&P 500 did the same. The price of gold finished US$10 higher at US$1,332 (AU$1,713).

The Aussie dollar also moved higher, going from 76.92 US cents to 77.66 US cents this morning.

The minuscule decline in the US market overnight confirms that it was well prepared for the rate hike.

The 0.96% gain in the Aussie dollar, however, is a little surprising. Especially as Australias loss of its interest rate advantage (explained here in detail) normally pushes the Aussie dollar down.

For Aussie investors, though, I strongly suggest you get used to living in a world where our interest rate advantage is gone. The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) setting a lower cash rate than the Federal Reserves fund rate is likely to be the new normal for the next couple of years.

Fed chair Jerome Powell confirmed that the Fed is likely to carry out a total of three rate hikes this year. So thats one down, two to go.

Furthermore, based on the dot plot market analysts like to use, the assumption was that, on top of three hikes in 2018, thered be two more in 2019.

Assuming a 0.25% rise each time, that would bring the US cash rate to 3% by the end of next year.

However, Powell implied that the US is in for a much longer tightening cycle than many think.

Using forward guidance the Feds way of telling the market what to expect Powell floated the idea of what the neutral rate for the US would look like today. The neutral rate is the sweet spot for central bankers. Its the magic number where rates are low enough to encourage gross domestic product growth but not so low as to push inflation higher. Perhaps the Fed would be better off unicorn hunting

Based on the policy meeting overnight, theres every chance the Fed will continue to raise rates into 2020. In other words, rather than another two years of interest rate up-moves, there are probably another three years of increases on the way. All this policy tightening is likely to lead the Fed to a neutral rate of 3.43.5% by the end of 2020.

Now, the neutral rate is something the Fed rarely discussed under the leadership of Janet Yellen. But its clear that, under the economic management of Powell, markets will need...


Australian labour market subdued and weaker in 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The latest labour force data released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics Labour Force data for February 2018 shows that the Australian labour market labour market has weakened at the start of 2018. Employment growth was again very modest in February 2018 and participation only marginally rose. The rise in unemployment was due to employment growth failed to keep up with the underlying population growth although the slight uptick in participation exacerbated this a bit. The teenage labour market stood still although this cohort did participate in the overall full-time employment growth. Further, underemployment rose marginally as did the broad labour underutilisation rate in the three months to February 2018. Overall, my assessment is that the Australian labour market has a lot of slack remaining. It is not close to full employment yet.

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

  • Employment increased 17,500 (0.1 per cent) Full-time employment increased 64,900 and part-time employment decreased 47,400.
  • Unemployment increased 8,900 to 734,100.
  • The official unemployment rate increased by 0.1 percentage points to 5.6 per cent.
  • The participation rate rose by less than 0.1 points to 65.7 per cent. It is now approaching its previous peak (December 2010) of 65.8 per cent.
  • Aggregate monthly hours worked increased 21.2 million hours (1.2 per cent).
  • The estimates for the February-quarter 2018 show that underemployment rose by 12.6 thousand and was estimated to be 8.41 per cent of the labour force (up 0.1 points from November 2017). The total labour underutilisation rate (unemployment plus underemployment) was 13.9 per cent (up 0.1 points from November 2017. There were 1,107 thousand persons underemployed and a total of 1,841 thousand workers either unemployed or underemployed.

Employment growth positive but remains subdued

Employment growth was moderate again in February with a net job increase of just 17,500 (0.1 per cent). The notable feature was that Full-time employment increased 64,900.

Part-time employment decreased 47,400.

We observed a zig-zag pattern in total employment growth up until the end of 2016 switching around the zero growth line. The oscillating pattern has continued into 2017 but the level has risen above the zero line.

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

It gives you...


The Cobb design and the final chunky yellow and white gold ring: "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

It is easier for repeat clients to just go-for-it . . . it should be easier for new contacts also. Our blog reflects the commission process and the long list of requests turned into reality.


Todrick Hall To Return To Australia With A Brand New Concert Tour "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Singer, actor and YouTube personality Todrick Hall is returning to Australian shores in June with a provocative new stage show. Todrick Hall American: The Forbidden Tour will feature a brand-new storyline with new original songs and costumes and Todrick will tour the show throughout North America, Europe and Asia before reaching Australia and New Zealand. ...

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REVIEW: Rooney Mara Stars In Slow-Burning Drama Mary Magdalene "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Theres never really been any evidence that Mary Magdalene was the sinful prostitute history painted her as. As a supporting character in other biblical-themed films, her tarnished reputation made for a serviceable arc as she was placed predominantly in the background. For Mary Magdalene, Australian director Garth Davis (Lion) has worked with historians in a ...

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Venezuelas state-issued cryptocurrency raises concerns "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Venezuela a country experiencing one of the worst economic turmoils in recent history made news when it launched the worlds first state-issued cryptocurrency, the Petro. The digital currency, according to Venezuela President Nicols Maduro, is tied to the []

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The Homelessness Crisis Is Growing "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The 2016 Census homelessness data was finally released on March 14. It confirms what many already knew, that the number of people experiencing homeless in this country is on a steep increase. Indeed, 50 out of every 100,000 Australians is now homeless. The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) figures reveal that homelessness has grown by a

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Akaku Upstairs Presents: IGNITE A LIFE Training for Youth Leaders Across Hawaii & the World, 3/29/18 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Ignite A Life, a non-profit, dba Hawaii Leaders Core, has been opening doors for the youth of our island community, sponsoring attendance at various renowned youth leadership summits across the globe, including San Diego, United Kingdom and Australia. Co-founders of Ignite A Life are the mother-son team of Robin and Alex Muto. Alex is now 20 and leads the Hawaii Leaders Core. Robin is the CEO

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Sydney University Youz allz R Suckas "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The University of Sydney is one of Australias oldest universities.  It may actually be the oldest.  And within its sandstone walls is housed the Sydney Environment Institute:

Born as an Environmental Humanities and Social Science Network, we have become much more.

The Co-directors of this institute are professors from the Department of History and the Department of Government and International Relations.  Those expert qualifications in history and government are essential for environmental and economic pontification.

The University of Sydney also houses something called Sydney Ideas and together (Sydney Ideas and Sydney Environment Institute) are holding an event in .. Sydney .. in June 2018.  The subject of this event:

Why we need to think about inequality and climate change.

The following is a verbatim cut and paste of the description of this event.  The emphases belong to Spartacus.

Climate change has the potential to significantly accelerate inequality. Low income and precariously employed Australians tend to live and work in areas more susceptible to temperature extremes, and in buildings less able to withstand them. They are less able to afford the cost of energy required for airconditioning, have less access to public green space, shaded recreation areas, pools and schools with facilities for learning in extreme weather. At the same time, rising inequality in Australia is making it harder to tackle climate change. Elites in highly unequal societies pollute more, waste more water, emit more carbon dioxide, and produce and consume more products that are designed not to last. Highly unequal societies are less democratically responsive, and are more likely to accept climate change solutions that are premised on the privatisation of liveable space. This panel will bring together speakers who make the case for the necessity of seeing climate change and inequality as entwined challenges.

These are the people who are educating our children and these are the people who are extracting salaries from tax payers.  Read it and weep.  Read it and weep.

The sad reality is that climate change and inequality are entwined challenges.  Climate change policies perpetuated by academic and i...


Rotary recognises community spirit "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Rotary Club of Ocean Grove recognised eligible members and businesses at its recent Community Awards Night.
Over a two-month period members of the public were encouraged to nominate someone they might know, or a local business who they felt provided excellence in service or went just that little bit further to make the customer welcome.
Over 60 people helped to celebrate the evening which was held at the Ocean Grove Bowling Club where winners were presented with their certificates and prizes.
Apprentice of the Year award winner was Corey Grundy, a second-year apprentice with Ocean Grove All Makes Automotive .
Corey received his certificate and a cheque for $500 to help him with his ongoing apprenticeship expenses. This award was sponsored by Ocean Grove Business Association and presented by its president Ty Symons.
Volunteer of the Year went to Neil Derrick, a volunteer with the Uniting Church, who was described by his nominator as an unsung Ocean Grove hero. Neil received a cheque for $200 and a donation of $300 to the charity of his choice.
Neil requested that his cheque and charity prize be combined and given to Riding Develops Abilities and Disable Surfers Association, each receiving $250.
Small Business Excellence award went to the Groove Cafe, which received a certificate together with a cheque for $100.
Pride of Workmanship award went to Christine Lomas, a customer service assistant at Coles Ocean Grove. Christine received $100 and started at the old Tuckerbag and stayed on when Coles took over.
It was a great evening enjoyed by all and the entries were of an extremely high standard making it very hard for the judging panel to come up with the winners, Rotarian Martin Geerings said.
All entrants can feel extremely proud of their nominations and is a reflection of how our community feels about each and every one of them.

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TRUE OPINION: The Damsel in Distress Warner, de Kock, their school yard fight, and what it says about Men "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

TRUE OPINION: What does a couple of professional international sportsmen fighting over a woman's honour tell us about men in the modern age, muses our columnist Miles Hunt. [READ MORE]


The unfolding Cambridge Analytica scandal tells us that there must be an investigation in Australia "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Contributed by Joe Montero

Facebook is in trouble and its founder Mark Zuckerberg is in the spotlight over revelations of improper use of data, taken from those who have signed up with the social media platform. Other social media platforms like Twitter and Google, although they are not directly mentioned in this scandal, are also being drawn into the net, because it is understood that they have long been invloved in similar practices.

This affair has been has come to light, with the exposure that information about 50 million users has been passed over to a company called Cambridge Analytica, through an intermediary called Global Science Research (GSR).

It was the action of former whistleblower Chris Wylie, who let public know what is going on that made the difference, turning a wrongdoing into a scandal.  Part of his exposure ere the details of the companys involvement in political manipulation during the election of Donald Trump and Brexit referendum in the United Kingdom.

Zuckerberg has avoided calls for a public explanation and there is a rising tide, demanding proper investigation and regulation. Along side this there is a global campaign against Facebook called #DeleteFacebook, which is targeting its two billion users.

What the company has done in response, is to issue a fedensive statement and engage forensics firm, Stroz Friedberg, to investigate the matter. it has not satisfied critics, who are calling for an open investigation and not one behind closed doors.

Reaction has been so strong that the scandal caused Facebook shares to fall by 6.77 percent on Monday. Zuckerberg, who owns 16 percent of the shares, personally lost about $5.5 billion of his $74.5 billion, according to Forbes live tracker. While he certainly wont be thrown into poverty over this, it has caused damage to his and his companys credibility, and this could have a lasting effect.

There is a good chance that Zuckerberg will be called to testify before the American House of Representatives or Senate. Similar pressure is mounting in the United Kingdom.

In Australia, Rod Sims, the chairman of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), confirmed the data collection practices of Facebook and other internet giants will be investigated, but only in relation to competition in the medi...


PTUA welcomes improvements to Shepparton line "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Public Transport Users Association (PTUA) has welcomed the governments announcement that the introduction of a fifth daily train to Shepparton will be brought forward.

Enabling work, including a new crossing loop and more train stabling, was originally to be completed by 2020, but the state government announced on Wednesday that construction will begin sooner than expected. It will allow trains to run more frequently and reliably on the Shepparton line.

PTUA Regional Spokesperson, Paul Westcott, noted that Shepparton-Mooroopna is one of the fastest-growing regional areas centres in Victoria, and deserves a faster, more frequent and more reliable rail service to Melbourne.

At the moment, train services to Shepparton/Mooroopna fall well short of those to regional centres such as Ballarat or Bendigo, he said. That has led to considerable dissatisfaction in the Goulburn Valley, and it has been an increasing problem as the population grows.

With more frequent trains, passengers will have more choice about when they travel, and not have to wait such a long time between trains, making trips to Melbourne more attractive and convenient, Mr Westcott said.

This investment in infrastructure and services on the Shepparton line is an important step towards a better-connected Goulburn Valley.


Local hearing into violent arrest impossible because of staffing, security issues, police watchdog says "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The NSW police watchdog says it considered having a local public hearing into the violent arrest of a naked 16-year-old in the Shire, but decided not to because of staffing, security and availability of premises.

Locals have expressed frustration over the Law Enforcement Conduct Commissions [LECC] decision to hold the public hearing into the January 11 arrest at its Sydney offices on March 26, as this makes it virtually impossible for the community to attend.

In response to these concerns, an LECC spokesperson told one local that Byron Bay was considered as a location to hold the public hearing and a number of Commission officers visited the area to assess appropriate premises.

A decision was made to hold the hearing at the Commission premises in Sydney based on a number of issues including staffing, security and availability of premises.

Members of the public are welcome to attend the hearing. Funding is not available to assist with travel. Members of the public are welcome to make submissions in writing to the Commission should they have information they believe will assist with the hearing and this information will be assessed by the Chief Commissioner.

In response to the LECCs decision to hold the hearing in Sydney, local youth advocate Nicqui Yazdi has launched a crowd funding campaign so that she and a number of other community representatives can attend.

We are urgently seeking funding donations in a hurry for airfares, airport transfers and expenses to enable representatives of the Byron Community to attend the public forum next Monday, Ms Yazdi said.

At the very least youth leader James Wright and I would like to attend this hearing on behalf of the Byron community and to write a report on the proceedings to bring back to the people of Byron who have been desperately seeking answers to how this incident occurred and how the initial internal police investigation was conducted..

She questioned the LECCs explanation for choosing not to hold the hearing in the community where the incident occurred.

We have had public hearings in the Shire before so I dont really understand why suitable premises couldnt be found, she said.

The Office of Liquor and Gaming held a public hearing in Byron when there was a proposal to build a Dan Murphys super store here and that was conducted without a hitch. We have multiple conference venues in the Shire and its not hard to get security in the area because of all the events and festivals.

The violent arrest of the youth came to public attention on February 6 when Channel 9s A Current Affair........


Its Bye-Bye Time for the CIA, the Mossad, and MI6 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Jos Manuel Rodriguez Delgado

by Mary W Maxwell

Last year when it came time to register as a presenter for this years Adelaide Fringe Festival, I had in mind to counteract the ABCs put-down of reports of mind control and Satanism. So I outlined a play called My Best False Memories the title being a sarcastic reference to the False Memory Syndrome Foundation a group that tries to suppress reports like Fiona Barnetts.

As usually happens, things change quickly, and by the time we were in rehearsal I had modified the script. It began to incorporate the controversy over Josef Mengeles working for the CIA, and Dr Jose Delgados possible dislike of what he was doing implanting stimo-ceivers in human brains.

Lacking any real talent for the theatre, I fell back on a conversational-style presentation. This consisted of three survivors of Dr Mengele telling their stories (I mean American girls in the 1950s, not inmates of German concentration camps in the 1940s.) Then, two implantees of Dr Jose Delgado told about their life with a stimo-ceiver.

Another part of the play was when the survivors (actors) confronted their perpetrators. (actors).  I didnt see many familiar faces in the audience; someone told me majority...


Ocean Shores park scores $418k in funding "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Ocean Shores Public Schools aspiring Bollywood dancers entertained the crowds at Ocean Shores Waterlily Park open day on Sunday. Photo Jeff Dawson.

Waterlily Playscape funding has been announced by the NSW coalition, and will go towards the construction of shared cycling and walking pathways, the formalisation of the carpark, shade sails for the playground, the construction of an all-abilities ying fox and a wheelchair-friendly treehouse.

Nationals MLC Ben Franklin says the $418,608 grant is part of the NSW governments $200 million Stronger Country Communities Fund. 

I am thrilled we are able to support this wonderful playground, which is such an important part of this community, he said.

A celebration was held at the park on Sunday.

The project has been led by the Ocean Shores community. Our local school children have played a huge part in the design of the playground. It is so incredible that the children of this community have been able to assist in the design of the equipment they will play on [as will] children for generations to come, Mr Franklin said.

Franklin paid tribute to Orit Ben-Harush, and the whole Waterlily playscape committee for all their work in bringing this project to life.

Ballina MP Tamara Smith (Greens) was also at the Sunday event and told The Echo, This is fantastic as the NSW coalition originally pledged $250,000 this amount is superb. Being a marginal seat is perhaps the best thing that ever happened to the Ballina electorate!

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Wednesday, 21 March


Renew Fests aspirations for its 2018 event "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Helena Norberg-Hodge, keynote speaker and presenter of the ethical economics program. Photo supplied.

This years Renew Fest will be aiming for evolution in its programming, with three key innovations. 

Creative director Ella Rose Goninan says they are cross-pollinating minds, keep it grounded, keep it real and, a common-wealth of wisdom.

This years program will break down the silos of the sustainability agenda, and deliver sessions with a focus on cross-disciplinary collaboration and trans-paradigm perspective, says Goninan of the cross-pollinating minds component. 

Were asking economists to sit down with permaculturalists, solar technicians and architects with biodiversity academics and birth-workers, all in a fresh exploration of pattern and system-level thinking.

To keep it grounded and real, Goninan says specific organisations have been asked to host each session.

Their role is not to steer the conversation, or even necessarily share their opinion, but to give the discussion context and to provide a real-world lab in which to test our ideas.

The hosts of the sessions, who have a direct local focus, are Byron Shire Council (the tools of new democracy), Mullum Music Festival (consciously created culture), The Byron Shire Echo (fake news, Trump and the death of big media), Bruns Eco Village (The DNA of resilient communities), Santos Organics (a food sovereignty roadmap), and COREM (disrupting monopolies and market power).

Key sessions will give us the opportunity to get a download from the experts, but then break into smaller workgroups, to jam with those experts on actual solutions. 

The national session hosts and full program details are coming soon.

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Some like it HOTA: The Gold Coast gets innovative and edgy "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Criena Gehrke, CEO and director of HOTA: Home of the Arts. Photo supplied.

Things are changing on the Gold Coast; its no longer the cultural vacuum that many joked it was decades ago.

These days, thanks to the investment of The Gold Coast City Council, this coastal city is quickly making its name as an impressive arts hub. Just last weekend the council gifted the community a free Tim Minchin concert to celebrate the opening of the beautiful new 3,500-seater outdoor amphitheatre.

The Gold Coast Arts Centre has been renamed to signal a new direction and new commitment to the arts and the Gold Coast and hinterland community. HOTA: Home of the Arts.

Standing front and centre is Criena Gehrke, CEO and director of the precinct. Hailing from Melbourne, Gehrke relocated four years ago and was instrumental in developing the citys cultural contract.

Gehrkes background in theatre, and her passion for site-specific work and community engagement is evident in the upcoming programming planned for HOTA this year.

Art meets life

Part of what we are committed to here is creating a great place of community.Part of the change is that the Arts Centre has been a great and well-regarded arts centre and when you grow it into an arts precinct it has to be an experience. We have a lake, a parkland, and facilities come and swim in the lake, get your feet sandy, come and see a show. This is a place where art meets life.

Gehrkes vision is a less passive way of viewing art. Its about community getting engaged and involved in what is presented.

I would hate to see the demise of the proscenium arch play, but you have to encourage people to engage thats our ambition to be a platform for great national and international artists and our home-grown artists.

It seems too good to be true. A council that actually values arts and culture?



Council lifts red alert warning at Lake Ainsworth "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Lake Ainsworth is open to the public after being closed by toxic blue-green algae blooms. (Supplied)

The Ballina Shire Council has lifted its red alert warning for Lake Ainsworth but is still advising swimmers to avoid some areas of the lake.

An outbreak of toxic blue-green algae had forced the council to erect warning signs and close the lake to swimmers in recent weeks.

But after two consecutive tests over the past two weeks, the dangerous levels of algae in the lake had fallen below the red alert levels.

A council spokesperson said Lake Ainsworth was now at amber alert with some visible scums in certain areas of the lake.

As the red alert has been lifted there are no longer any restrictions on recreational activities, however areas where visible scums are present should be avoided, the spokesperson said.

Council will continue to monitor the algae levels as there is a risk of another bloom occurring due to the recent red alert and current weather conditions.

The algae status of Lake Ainsworth is updated weekly on the councils website

Updates about blue-green algae blooms and red level warning areas can also be obtained by calling NSW Water on 1800 999 457 or visiting

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Can platypus milk save lives? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A breakthrough by Australian scientists has brought the introduction of an unlikely hero in the global fight against antibiotic resistance a step closer; the humble platypus.

Owing to its unique features duck-billed, egg-laying, beaver-tailed and venomous the platypus has long exerted a powerful appeal to scientists.

In 2010 scientists discovered that platypus milk contained unique antibacterial properties that could be used to fight superbugs.

Now a team of researchers at CSIRO working with Deakin University have solved a puzzle that helps explain why platypus milk is so potent.

The discovery was made by replicating a special protein contained in platypus milk in a laboratory setting.

Platypus are such weird animals that it would make sense for them to have weird biochemistry, said Dr Janet Newman, CSIRO scientist and lead author.

The platypus belongs to the monotreme family. By taking a closer look at their milk, weve characterised a new protein that has unique antibacterial properties with the potential to save lives.

As platypus dont have teats, they express milk onto their belly for the young to suckle, exposing the mothers highly nutritious milk to the environment, leaving babies susceptible to the perils of bacteria.

Deakin Universitys Dr Julie Sharp said researchers believed this was why the platypus milk contained a protein with rather unusual and protective antibacterial characteristics.



TWT News In Brief "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

TRAFFIC GRIDLOCKED Bonnefin Road in Hunters Hill is expected to test drive a Shared Zone scheme. Hunters Hill Councillors approved the scheme during Monday nights council meeting and will submit an application [more]

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William Cooper Memorial Statue Launch "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Greater Shepparton City Council and the William Cooper Memorial Committee invites the community to the official unveiling of the William Cooper Memorial Statue at Queens Gardens, Shepparton, on the morning of 27 March, 2018 at 10:00am   William Cooper was a Yorta Yorta man, Aboriginal activist, Human Rights Advocate, Defender of the Oppressed. William ... Read more...


Noble to learn of greyhound property fate "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Disgraced greyhound trainer Tom Noble will learn on Thursday if he will lose the Queensland property he used for live-bating.

His lawyers fought the application by the Crown in the Supreme Court in Brisbane on Wednesday to confiscate the banned trainers Churchable property, north of Gatton.

Crown lawyer Karen Bradford argued the property should be forfeited under the Criminal Proceeds Confiscation Act 2002 because it was used for illegal activity.

Noble used live piglets, rabbits and possums to develop a bloodlust in race dogs at the 16-hectare property between August and October 2014.

He received a wholly suspended three-year jail term in 2016 after pleading guilty to 15 counts of serious animal cruelty.

Nobles lawyer, Alastair McDougall, argued on Wednesday his client and his clients wife both suffered serious medical issues that would require ongoing treatment.

He said seizure of the property, which was listed for sale shortly after Nobles conviction but is now being used as a rental property, would force the couple onto welfare.

Justice Graeme Crow will hand down his decision on Thursday morning.

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What are we breathing? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Does it seem as if its getting a little harder to breathe? You may not be mistaken. That may not be just a figment of your imagination, especially with all the varied and unsuspected sources of air pollution resulting especially from the proliferation of chemical companies tripping over themselves to introduce new scents.

Perfumes from natural sources have been around since time immemorial. A perfume maker was discovered on a 1200 BCE Cuneiform tablet in Babylonian Mesopotamia. [Wikipedia]

Perfumery existed in the ancient Indus civilization (3300 BCE 1300 BCE), while Ayurveda texts contain many references to herbs and other botanicals used for healing. [Wikipedia]

Moving into the modern era, Europe started to become involved with perfumery around the 14th century. France became the center of European scent and perfumes with the region around Grasse becoming the premiere center, now recognized as the world capital of perfume. [Wikipedia]

I must say Grasse is quite the place. I visited there in 1990, and one cannot believe the natural scents wafting in that entire region from all the flowers grown to provide perfumers their raw ingredients, Natures scented flowers.

However, chemical companies began introducing synthetic scents, which makes much of the modern day perfumes possible, plus other fragrances used in various fragranced consumers products and commercial industries, which now are causing adverse health reactions for many sensitive individuals.

Those folks sensitive to scents and other environmental pollutants medically are classified as having Multiple Chemical Sensitivities or MCS. Its become a globally-recognized health problem even the World Health Organization identifies and calls it Idiopathic Environmental Intolerance or IEI.

A study was performed on a U.S. cross-section population in June 2016 and here are some of the results:

  • 12.8% of the population surveyed report medically diagnosed MCS
  • 25.9% report chemical sensitivity
  • MCS diagnoses increased over 300% in the past decade
  • Self-reported chemical sensitivity increased over 200%

Professor Anne Steinemann, PhD, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia, authored the article National Prevalence and Effects of Multiple Chemical Sensitivities published in the Mar...


Making peace with the weeds "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Volunteers working, pulling Bitou bush on Brunswick Heads chemical free site. Photo supplied.

Byron Shire Chemical Free Landcare volunteers have been working for the past eight years on a five-hectare dune-regeneration project just south of Brunswick Surf Club.

I had been researching chemical-free bush regeneration strategies since 2004, regenerating a one-hectare rainforest planting at Gondwana Community without using synthetic herbicides, said the project coordinator, Nadia de Souza Pietramale.

My learning sped up when I meet Ellen White, who had years of experience developing a different view of the whole ecological framework of weed control as well as a simple and efficient crowning method for Bitou bush control on 50ha at the Dirawong Reserve at Evans Head.

Since 2010, we have grown as a group, continued Nadia.

Its very rewarding to see the fruits of this work that has required hundreds of hours of volunteer work, added Nadia. The core of our work is to care for the soil, water and air while restoring degraded ecosystems.

Concerning for the chemical free landcare group is that  the main tool for weed control of conventional bush regeneration is the use of a dangerous herbicide called glyphosate. In some cases it is used in public spaces where children play, in conservation areas, along creek lines, drains and wetlands.

This is despite an announcement by the World Health Organization, in March 2015, that it is a probable carcinogen and is strongly implicated in the global increase in non-Hodgkins lymphoma, says Nadia.

Lawsuits have now been filed against Monsanto in the US District Court in San Francisco and in US state courts by thousands of people alleging that exposure to Roundup herbicide caused them or their loved ones to develop non-Hodgkins lymphoma, and that Monsanto covered up the risks.

Byron Shire chemical-free landcare volun...


Bankstown Lebanese Restaurant "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

We're on a mission to revisit and celebrate our favourite Sydney restos before they morph into apartment blocks, this time it's Bankstown Lebanese Restaurant. We could get a similar feed in our inner-west bubble. Maybe. But we are far happier schlepping out to Bankstown and getting it at the source. We love the no-frills-ness of Bankstown Lebanese Restaurant, it goes with the name.  Not


Measles among smokers linked to COPD risk "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Childhood measles has been linked to an increased risk of developing chronic lung disease, but only in adults with asthma and a history of smoking.

An Australian study of more than 8000 Tasmanians found childhood measles infection a highly contagious respiratory infection appears to compound the associations between smoking, asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in adults.

The researchers believe it may be possible that airway damage from childhood measles predisposes an individual to asthma-like symptoms and increased susceptibility to airway obstruction if they also smoked.

While we have found measles to not have an effect by itself, our findings suggest it could contribute to COPD when combined with significant asthma and smoking histories, said lead author Dr Jennifer Perret at University of Melbourne.

Our research has uncovered childhood measles to be a potential predisposing factor for COPD risk and supports the public health recommendation of childhood immunisation, said Dr Perret.

Not smoking, however, is the most important message, noted Dr Perret.

For the study, published in journal Respirology, researchers used the Tasmanian Longitudinal Health Study (TAHS) cohort born in 1961. A history of childhood measles infection was obtained from school medical records.

Differences between asthma, smoking and measles subgroups provided further insight into the complex causes of obstructive lung diseases for middle-aged adults, said Dr Perret.

About 25 per cent of smokers developed COPD, and up to 20 per cent of COPD cases involve people who have not smoked. Other known risk factors, such as occupational exposures and second-hand tobacco smoke, did not explain the excess risk.

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Hinch still unconvinced on tax cut merit "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Turnbull government is yet to win Derryn Hinch over on its company tax cuts, and a letter from big businesses committing to invest more hasnt convinced him either.

But the key crossbench senator says he is still listening.

I promised when I came here I would listen. Ill listen to you, Ill listen to the government, Ill listen to (Labor senator) Doug Cameron, who can do it in very colourful language at times, Senator Hinch told reporters in Canberra on Thursday morning.

The government needs support from nine of 11 Senate crossbenchers to extend its plan to cut company tax from 30 per cent to 25 per cent to all businesses.

They have four on board at the moment.

Some of Australias largest businesses on Wednesday promised to invest more in Australia if senators agree to pass the legislation, saying it would lead to more jobs and stronger wage growth as the tax cut takes effect.

But Senator Hinch said the two-line statement from the Business Council of Australia and heads of 10 of Australias largest companies wasnt enough to convince him.

The business council letter was very kumbayah, you know, well do this and well do that, but it didnt guarantee anything, he said.

I dont totally trust big business.

Senator Hinch also asked Finance Minister Mathias Cormann to put in writing something that breaks the mould on no wage increases and that perhaps helps pensioners, but says what he received from the government didnt cut it.
There was some good stuff in it but it doesnt get it over the line, he said.

One Nation leader Pauline Hanson, who controls three votes, said on Thursday she was still undecided. But the business letter and a guaranteed assurance from mining magnate Andrew Forrest had helped.

That was a sticking point. Twiggy Forrest has been absolutely fantastic on this, Senator Hanson said.

It does help, very much so.

But Senator Cameron urged crossbenchers to really take a close look at themselves and not just capitulate to a letter that means nothing.

Green leader Richard Di Natale said the big business pledge was totally meaningless.

If there really was a link between the company tax cut and wage growth then theyd commit to doing it and put it in writing, but they havent because they know that its bunkum, he told ABC radio.

The government is also waiting to find out how brand new independent senator Tim Storer will vote.

It still hopes to put the legislation to a vote before Easter.

The post...


ACTU leader says trade deals must not undermine workers rights "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

March 22, 2018: In her speech to the National Press Club yesterday, ACTU secretary Sally McManus argued that unfair trade agreements like the CPTPP were contributing to casualisation and underpayment of wages, and that major changes were needed to the industrial relations system.

She said "these trade agreements are not free, they are a complex set of rules negotiated by governments, pushed by big corporations."

She noted that trade agreements are being used to increase the numbers of vulnerable temporary workers who are tied to one employer, without testing if local workers are available. She argued for a return to "permanent migration with temporary visas used only for genuine shortages and with strong protections against abuse."

She added that governments must not sign agreements that allow companies to sue us or force the privatisation of our services. This is the selling of our jobs and our sovereignty to suit the greed of a few. This must stop."


MAINfm Trivia with Scott and Genevieve "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


Join us for another brilliant quiz night at the Tap Room.

This time with your hosts: Scott Sanders and Genevieve Ward!

Thursday 19th April. 7pm, for a 7:30pm start.

$10 to enter.

Raffle. Spot prizes. And a $50 bar tab to be won!

All proceeds go to MAINfm.

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MAINfm Footy Tipping Comp "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

MAINfm Footy Tipping Comp

Its that time of year, time to start thinking about tips! Thanks to the charming and witty Maine Game presenters for putting together a fundraising tipping comp for MAINfm this year!

$10 to enter, all the coin goes to station, and there are some pretty great prizes up for grabs!

FIRST PRIZE: $100 bar tab at The Bridge Hotel and a 1 year subscription to...


Community Billboard 23rd March 30th March "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

This weekly community billboard is proudly sponsored by the City of Sydneys Plan for the future  Sydney 2030  making our city more green, global and connected.

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Forestry Corp killing forests by introducing dieback: NEFA "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Bell Miner Associated Dieback in Donaldson State Forest. Photo NEFA

Logging is not only decimating North Coast forests in its own right but is also the primary cause of lantana infestation, which is directly correlated to Bell Miner Associated Dieback, ensuring a second wave of forest destruction.

This is not just the view of environmental lobby group the North Eastern Forest Alliance (NEFA) but ironically also the government itself.

Its recently released assessment reveals that logging is the primary initiator of Bell Miner Associated Dieback and government mapping shows 46,000 hectares north from Taree is badly affected.

But NEFA says that figure is a substantial underestimate and is calling for an immediate cessation of logging of forests affected by, and susceptible to, this logging-induced dieback.

The Forestry Corporation has to stop killing our forests; they have known for over 20 years that by opening up the canopy and promoting lantana, logging is the primary cause of this dieback, and their own trials in 2005 and 2007 showed that relogging affected stands makes it dramatically worse, said NEFA spokesperson Dailan Pugh.

This is deliberate and wanton vandalism. It is sickening to see the seas of lantana, with scattered sick and dying trees, left behind by these environmental vandals. We need to start rehabilitating these degraded forests by manually removing the lantana.

NEFA have reviewed the governments latest data for the Border Ranges region and from comparisons with previous studies concluded that the new mapping is under-estimating the extent of logging dieback by 40-60 per cent.

NEFAs map of BMAD hotspots.

To obtain a realistic, but still conservative, estimate NEFA combined the recent mapping with earlier mapping to identify 37,000ha of native forests in the Border Ranges region as affected by logging dieback, with most concentrat...


Judge Sentences Five University of Manchester Students Who Sold Millions of Dollars of Drugs on the Dark Web "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Five students from the University of Manchester who sold more than 800,000 ($1.12 million) worth of drugs on the dark web using Bitcoin have been sentenced and jailed the ringleader, Basil Assaf, has received 15 years and three months.  

Assaf and his accomplice James Roden were arrested at their Manchester city centre flat on the day the FBI shut down Silk Road in October 2013. Agents found laptops used to access the dark web, thousands of pounds in cash, and drugs including LSD, ecstasy, ketamine, and diazepam. The value of their sales was at least 812,000, the court heard, but their profits are likely to have grown exponentially due to the rise in the value of Bitcoin over the past few years. Prosecutors have so far been unable to trace Assafs Bitcoin.

Dark Web Dreams

According to reports, the men partied in the Bahamas, Jamaica, and Amsterdam before being intercepted. The group, who likened themselves to Breaking Bads Walter White, included undergraduates studying pharmacology, computer science, petrochemical engineering, geology, and marketing.

Throughout the trial the Manchester crown court heard how the group originally sold drugs to fellow students to fund their own habits, then expanding their operation, selling ecstasy, LSD, and ketamine across Europe, the US, Australia, and New Zealand on the now-defunct online drug marketplace Silk Road. 

At one point the group was nominated for drug dealer of the year on the site, leading Assaf to brag to his accomplice Jaikishen Patel:

Nominated for shotter of the year haha on SR. Someone posted a thread and prof nominated us. TBF if they knew what we did IRL we do deserve it.

Judge Michael Leeming

Between May 2011 and October 2013 though 6,300 transactions with buyers across the world the group sold 16.7kg of ecstasy worth $750,000, as well as 1.23kg of 2CB, a drug that mimics the effects of ecstasy, and 1.46kg of ketamine. Sentencing the group, Judge Michael Leeming said use of the dark web was an aggravating factor and that the harmful and dangerous class A drugs wrought misery on society..........


March 22 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

1791 - Young Bundle/Bundall was an orphaned Aboriginal lad from the Cowpastures area of Sydney who attached himself to Cap. William Hill of the NSW Corps; when Cap. Hill went for a leisurely Sunday sail on board the Supply to Norfolk Island today Young Bundle naturally went with him.

1810 - Determined to learn them kids right a charity school was opened by Gov Macquarie in Parramatta.

1814 - Yippie Aunty Mildred, no more bush bashing in the 4WD as the road from Sydney to Liverpool was finally completed.

1819 - Macquarie, ever the man of the people, forwarded to the Colonial Office in London a petition from the 1,260 colonists who wanted, nay, demanded a new legal system that included trial by jury and the removal of restrictions on trade and distillation of spirits.
They wanted to brew up, get pissed and be judged by their own peers....I'd say they were successful!

1830 - Captain Stirling issued a Government notice advising those who were entitled to grants of land to select in the southern district. He made preparations to assist settlement, and sent several persons there from Perth within a few weeks. One farmer who accompanied the first expedition expressed the conviction that "with proper industry we shall all do better there than in the country round about Perth, for the climate is cooler and certainly the land preferable, and therefore on both accounts better adapted to the growth of vegetables and corn."

1831 - Australia's oldest school, The King's School was founded on this day and no doubt if you look closely in the dark recesses you'll find the original teachers and pupils still trying to master the 7 times table during their school day from 7am - 9pm.

1843 - At an encampment near the Merri Creek, nearly two hundred Kulin people came to join the Wurundjeri-willam in the ceremony of Tanderrum (to establish bonds of friendship between different Aboriginal clans). They had travelled from their own territories along the Delatite River to make a special visit to the land of the Wurundjeri-willam.
The newcomers carried torches or burning boughs in their hands which they used to purify the air. Water was brought to the newcomers but the locals drank first to show that there was no danger.
A young man visiting the Wurundjeri-willam for the first time stopped to drink from the Yarra without observing any preliminary ritual. He immediately lost the use of his voice.
{From People of the Merri Merri, the Wurundjeri in Colonial Days, by Isabel Ellender and Peter Christiansen, published by the Merri Creek Management Committee.
This book is available at the MCMC office and selected book stores for $19.80.}

1845 - The Moreton Bay correspondent scribbled out some observations which the Sydney Morning Herald published today,
"As past exper...


Equal rights for casualised workers is an important necessity "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Contributed by Jim Hayes

The pushing of big numbers into casualised work has brought in a major change in the nature of the workforce in Australia, and this makes it necessary to fight for better wagers and conditions for this part of the workforce.

A component of the change has been the emergence of the gig economy. This is where a person is not paid by the hour, but for carrying out a task. The gig worker is summoned via an app downloaded onto their smart phone. It often means having to be on standby and being paid nothing in between carrying out the tasks. For example, a recent report found Uber drivers in Australia earn an average of $14.62, which is under the $17.50 minimum wage rate.

A big part of the over all problem of casualised work is the labour hire industry, which is being used by corporations to undermine the position of permanent employees and has been at the centre of a high proportion of recent industrial disputes. Labour hire companies face little regulation. Workers tied to labour hire allows companies contract themselves out to them and are then rented out to employers, and this does not have top be at the going wage rate and under customary conditions.

The Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) Change The Rules campaign has taken this on board and called for equal wages and conditions for the casualised workforce, plus the right to be shifted over to full time and permanent employment after six months.

Under this definition, entitlements to holiday pay, sick leave, workers compensation in the case of injury and holiday pay go out the window,alongside the reality of a lower wage.  On top of this, casualised workers,  may not receive the same standard when it comes to occupational health and safety.

Insecure work has been an important factor in keeping wages down across the board.

Working conditions have also been affected. A casual workforce has less capacity to assert itself, is not covered by unfair dismissal law and is often desperate enough to accept inferior working conditions. This makes the position of the permanent workforce less secure, in a similar way that a high level of unemployment will.

ACTU secretary Sally McManus says that the government, being the biggest purchaser of goods and services in the country ($450 billion worth), can use this to exert an influence over employment practices through the economy.

[We need to] rewrite the commonwealth procurement rules to ensure that the government hires directly and locally, and prefers local b...


New home for boxing club "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The dedicated Bass Coast Shire team donated their time clearing out the trashed CFA building to allow works on the new Boxing Club facility to commence. Z021218

THE Wonthaggi Boxing Club has secured its new home, with the official paperwork for the old Wonthaggi CFA building being signed on Friday at the Bass Coast Shire Council.
The new look committee headed up by president Taryn DeMunk was thrilled to finally have a new home base after a long 12-month process to secure the building.
The inaugural Wonthaggi Boxing Club committee formed back in 2014, with the club running out of the old Miners Rest Hotel.
Since then hundreds of people have come and gone from the gym, both gaining fitness and bettering themselves as human beings.
With the pending sale of the Miners Rest Hotel and the future of the boxing club up in the air, it was up to the dedicated club members to find a new home.
The old Wonthaggi CFA building located opposite the Wonthaggi Secondary Colleges McBride campus looked the perfect setting for the club, with a central location to the town and larger training spaces than the current Miners Rest facility.
The process did take some time to finally come to fruition, but the club would really like to thank the tireless efforts of Bass Coast Shire officer Mark Lindsay for his exceptional help during the whole process, Wonthaggi Boxing Club secretary Terry Earl said.
Without Mark and the tireless effort he has put in to help us reach this point, who knows where the club might be.
Members of the committee also credit Terry for his amazing work during the 12 month period, with many saying he was the driving force to get the boxing club to where it is today.
The club will now begin planning the works for inside the building, with local tradesmen scoping out the building in the coming weeks.
A group of Bass Coast Shire employees donated their time to cleaning up the previously trashed building during the week, removing broken glass and furniture as well as cleaning the overgrown gardens. We would love to thank those people for doing a job they ultimately didnt have to do, Terry said.
Although there is still plenty to be done in terms of the renovations to the building itself, members of the boxing club can rest easy knowing they now have a place to call home.

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Four ants and a beetle "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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Golden-flumed Sugar Ant (Camponotus suffusus)

Golden-flumed Sugar Ant (Camponotus suffusus) and leafhopper nymph.

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Rhytodoponera sp.

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Muscleman Tree Ant (Podomyrma adelaidae)

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Total strength in Community Bowls "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Local insurance brokers Total Insurance took out the Ocean Grove Bowling Club Community Bowls trophy.
The team, comprising Andy Steenhuis, Sam Garland, Been Coon and John Hicks proved too good for the Collendina Cobras quartet of Gavin and Annette Barry, Eddie Ellwood and Leigh Norquay in the final played on Monday 19 March.
The winning team were presented with trophies by news editor Justin Flynn on behalf of The Voice, who were sponsors.
More commonly known as Barefoot Bowls, Community Bowls pits novice bowlers against each in a bid to bring local businesses together over a game of friendly bowls over four Mondays each February and March.
Ocean Grove Bowling Clubs John McConville said the rinks were packed each Monday.
We had 28 teams and we filled the greens each time and we had pretty much perfect weather each time, he said.
Its great for fellowship and getting together and having fun.
Community Bowls has been running for 18 years and after play, teams adjourn to the bistro for a meal and drinks.

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