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Friday, 16 November


Turnbull says Liberals can't deal with climate change - cause he doesn't care about energy prices "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Turnbull was true to form at last night's Bar Association speech. He was never going to go quietly. Here's Brad Norington writing in The Australian today. Malcolm Turnbull has declared the Liberal Party is not capable of dealing with climate change because of an influential group within its ranks that...


Die USA haben Julian Assange angeklagt, aber die Anklage ... "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Die USA haben Julian Assange angeklagt, aber die Anklage versiegelt, damit es keiner merkt. Damit Assange wie ein paranoider Spinner aussieht, wenn er sagt, die Amis wollen ihn anklagen.

Das wissen wir, weil sie an anderer Stelle eine Aktennotiz vergessen haben.

The disclosure came in a filing in a case unrelated to Assange. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kellen S. Dwyer, urging a judge to keep the matter sealed, wrote that due to the sophistication of the defendant and the publicity surrounding the case, no other procedure is likely to keep confidential the fact that Assange has been charged. Later, Dwyer wrote the charges would need to remain sealed until Assange is arrested.
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DOJ Inadvertently Confirms Sealed Indictment Awaits Julian Assange if Extradited to the US "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

WASHINGTON A U.S. prosecutor has inadvertently revealed that Julian Assange, the founder and former editor-in-chief of WikiLeaks, has been secretly charged by the U.S. government, confirming long-held suspicions that the U.S. has had criminal charges waiting for Assange should he be extradited to the United States.

The revelation comes just hours after a report in the Wall Street Journal revealed that the U.S. Department of Justice is preparing to indict Assange in such a way that it would trigger his extradition to the United States to stand trial, following sensitive negotiations with foreign governments, most likely the governments of the United Kingdom and Ecuador.

Assange, a citizen of Australia and Ecuador, is currently living in Ecuadors embassy in London as a political asylee. He has remained in the embassy for over six years in order to protect himself from extradition to the United States. However, the current Ecuadorian government led by Lenn Moreno has been eager to restore close ties to the United States and has had a tense relationship with Assange, which analysts have warned could threaten the journalists asylum.

A report published last night in The Washington Post detailed how the fact that the U.S. government has sealed charges awaiting Assange in the United States was inadvertently revealed by a copy-paste error made by assistant U.S. Attorney Kellen Dwyer.

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Flightless birds, video "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

This 14 November 2018 video says about itself:

When Birds Stopped Flying

Ratites have spread to Africa, Australia, New Zealand, and South America. And there are fossils of Ratites in Europe, Asia, and North America too. Thats a lot of ground to cover for birds that cant fly. So how did Ratites end up all over the world?

Thanks to Ceri Thomas for the Lithornithid reconstruction.


Quote of the Week "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

"Scott Morrison is Dutton dressed up as lamb"  [Jenny Frecklington-Jones


GIF of the Week "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


While Some States Are Still Counting Ballots, California Is Burning "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

California forests have long been a disaster waiting to happen. Forest density, antiquated forest practices, stressed and dead trees as a result of bug infestation, conflicts between state and federal government, and private property owners wanting to live close to the wildland-urban interface are just a few of the problems.

In this weeks WhoWhatWhy podcast, we talk with longtime California environmental reporter, Julie Cart, about just how bad the problem is and what is being done to prevent more death and destruction.

She explains that a full 30 percent of California is forested. Of this total, 60 percent is owned by the federal government, 2 percent by the state of California, and the rest is owned either privately or by local governments. Each has a different approach to dealing with the problem.

California has an estimated 129 million dead trees, an acknowledged factor in spreading wildfires, Cart says. The cost for removing a single dead tree is approximately $1,000, and the optics of cutting down trees, even dead ones, in a state with strong environmental rules make remediation even more difficult.

The impact of climate change on forest fires involves a deadly feedback loop. So many of the fires are a direct result of extended drought related to climate change. But in torching so many dead trees, a severe fire season of one or two months can release enormous amounts of carbon into the air more than that emitted by all the cars in California each year which significantly adds to the buildup of greenhouse gases fueling climate change.

Last years fires cost over $9 billion; this year the toll will be even higher. In both dollars and lives lost. Cart points out that while Cal Fire and the US Forest Service have vast resources, so much of those resources are diverted to firefighting, leaving little time or money to do the necessary work of prevention.

Cart suggests that perhaps the real solution is simply to tell people, as they do in Australia, that if they choose to live in certain areas, they cannot expect a fire truck to roll up the driveway during the next disaster. They will have to learn how to fend for themselves.



Central issue in the transgenderism debate "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Thanks to Macca's website. I think you've cleared this up for most of us.


1950 UK Conservative Party report on Miss Margaret Roberts, aka Maggie Thatcher "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Thanks to Miranda Devine and Gray Connolly for the tip about this wonderful piece of history. Gray describes it thus: An internal Tory HQ memorandum of 14 February 1950 discussing the political skill, deft campaigning, and sheer hard work of a Miss Margaret Roberts, who, as Margaret Thatcher, would late...


Little eagle at Brookwater reported by Pete Jones on 15-11-2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Displaying over the golf driving range for about 5 mins then flew south

pale vented bush hen at Cornubia Forest Park, West Mt Cotton reported by Col and Chris Fitzell on 15-11-2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

We had heard strange calls late at night for several days in a creek reserve near our home. We recorded them and were advised that it was a bush hen. Then the calls started about 5pm 15/11 so we clambered through the under growth to the creek and finally got good sighting and video of the bush hen with a bright coloured bill shield. About 15 years ago we had seen two adults and two chicks in the same vicinity so it is pleasing to see that they are still around.

Radjah Shelduck at Tin Can Bay reported by Greg Roberts on 15-11-2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

4 birds present golf course & caravan park. Details:

Black Bittern at Tin Can Bay reported by Greg Roberts on 15-11-2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

1 in mangroves. Report:

Broad-billed Sandpiper at Cooloola Cove reported by Greg Roberts on 15-11-2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

1 bird . Report:


Beautiful Christmas message from Sir Elton John. "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Just beautiful. Thank you Sir Elton and John Lewis & Partners.


Australian Universities ban sarcasm as 'form of violence' "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Government launches probe into campus censorship Australian universities have begun banning sarcasm by deeming it a "form of violence," according to a watchdog group. Gideon Rozner, director of policy at the Institute of Public Affairs (IPA), a think tank "dedicated to preserving and strengthening the foundations of economic and political freedom," praised the Australian government's announcement that it is launching a probe into the suppression of free speech on campuses across the country. Rozner explained to Sky News Australia the findings of a recent study conducted by IPA, which rated more than 80 percent of Australian universities as "hostile to free speech," while only one school earned a "green" rating for being supportive of free expression.


Californian Democrat Senator compares US Border Agents to Ku Klux Klan "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

What a half-wit. I hope that people who are crashing the US border are in fear of the officers-of-the-law who are trying to stop them. These law-officers are keeping the peace! So what if the crooks fear them! Kamala Harris, the dull-witted Democratic Senator from CA, referred to ICE, as...


MACKAY Police find miniature cannon in raid at Blacks Beach home "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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A little bit of sun "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Queensland turns the corner

To look at the latest employment and unemployment figures you might things haven't been so bright for Queensland, but these are lagging indicators. 

But the latest state accounts for financial year 2018 released today showed gross state product up by 3.4 per cent - behind only Victoria of all the states - for the strongest result since 2011-12, while final demand in the Sunshine State was also up by 3 per cent. 

Source: ABS

Better still, business investment in Queensland recorded double digit growth at 10.6 per cent after a lean five years. 

Provided China keeps importing Australian coal in 2019, the next few years should be better for profits and wages.

Gross income per capita grew in Queensland by 2.3 per cent after an awfully sluggish few years (nothing compared to the Canberra bubble, mind you!).

Finally, 2018 was characterised for the housing market by switching to lower mortgage rates, but with more principal being repaid.



Why Sleep Apnea Patients Rely on a CPAP Machine Hacker "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Via: Vice: An Australian hacker has spent thousands of hours hacking the DRM that medical device manufacturers put on CPAP machines to create a free tool that lets patients modify their treatment.


Chinese Education Stocks Tumble on Policy Change "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Guidelines would ban privately owned kindergartens from going public, bar listed companies from buying peers with shares or cash

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Beijing is tightening the rules on kindergartensupsetting investors who bet on huge and rapidly growing Chinese demand for education.

Whats Happening

Chinas official news agency, Xinhua, late on Thursday unveiled a draft overhaul of preschool education. The guidelines from Chinas cabinet, known as the State Council, would ban privately owned kindergartens from going public and stop listed companies from buying peers with shares or cash. The proposal follows several scandals over alleged child abuse.


  • The Shanghai Composite index rose less than 1%.
  • Benchmarks in Australia and South Korea advanced modestly.
  • Beijing fixed the yuan at 6.9377 to the dollar, little changed from Thursday.

It sent the shares of Chinese education operators tumbling in the U.S. and Hong Kong. In New York trading on Thursday, RYB Education RYB -52.97% plunged 53% and Bright Scholar Education BEDU -16.71% fell 17%, wiping a combined $477.6 million off their market value. For both, it was the biggest single-day drop since listing last y...


Pachelbels Chicken: Your Favorite Classical Pieces Played Masterfully on a Rubber Chicken "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Music lovers bracing against the annual onslaught of the Singing Dogs "Jingle Bells" may find their savage beasts soothed somewhat by Eddy Chens performance of Pachelbels Canon, above.

Never mind that the instrument on which he plays four different tracks is a rubber chicken or more accurately, as per Amazon, a Screaming Yellow Rubber Chicken Non Toxic Bite-resistant Squeaky Toy.

It retains its relaxing musicality. Chen, one half of Australian duo TwoSetViolin, plays that bird like the disciplined, classically-trained pro he is.

Classical chicken covers became a surprise hit for Chen and his partner, Brett Yang, veterans of the Sydney and Queensland Symphony Orchestras, whose virtually sold out world tour was the first of its kind to be entirely financed by Kickstarter donations.

The duo describes its mission as upholding the integrity of classical music while making it relevant to the modern generation through fun, humour and simplicity, noting, in a joint interview with

There are people out there who are ready to love classical music, and we have to actively find them. It is the way classical music has been presented so far that makes it so austere. We were lucky that we learned the instrument for 20 years; if we were not musicians, it would be very hard to get into.

Everyone has the potential to like it, but sometimes musicians alienate and scare potential listeners with our pride.

Back when classical music was new, it was not 'classical'; it was just music.

Today our (classical music audience) is very small, but there are many great musicians



Camping at Tin Can Bay November 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Black Bittern

An excellent haul of birds during a three-day camp-out to Tin Can Bay included Black Bittern, Radjah Shelduck, Broad-billed Sandpiper, Grey Plover, Sanderling, Eastern Ground-Parrot, Little Bronze Cuckoo and Shining Flycatcher. We camped at the Tin Can Bay Holiday Park in Trevally Street; when we were last here in 2013 we were impressed with the place. Out the back of the van we had Little Bronze Cuckoo after setting up a good start.

Little Bronze Cuckoo
In the afternoon I visited the little-known shorebird roost at high tide at Cooloola Cove, about 1km along the foreshore north of the end of Bayside Road; look for a track through fence posts inland a short distance to the tidal flats. The first bird I saw was a Broad-billed Sandpiper on the water edge. It was joined by a smattering of Red-necked Stint, Sharp-taile...


Prominent lefty human rights lawyer P15SED as a newt abusing Air India staff for more grog "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

IRISH 'LAWYER FOR THE PALESTINIAN PEOPLE' ARRESTED FOR DRUNK, RACIST RANT Simone O'Broin hurled insults and racist slurs at Air India staff who denied her more alcohol. BY AMY SPIRO NOVEMBER 15, 2018 14:51 An inebriated woman who claimed to be an international lawyer and pro-Palestinian activist was arrested after...


1) Jokowi Inaugurates Time Capsule Monument in Papua "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

2) President Jokowi Arrives in Merauke After Attending ASEAN Summit
3) Show Support for West Papua
1) Jokowi Inaugurates Time Capsule Monument in Papua
TEMPO.COJakarta - President Joko `Jokowi` Widodo has inaugurated Time Capsule Monument in Merauke District, Papua Province today, November 16. The monument is a storage place to deposit dreams of Indonesian children.
President, accompanied by First Lady Iriana Joko Widodo, is scheduled to witness 36 children putting the time capsule in the shell, said Bey Machmudin, head of the Protocol, Press, and Media of Presidential Secretariat, in a press release on Friday, Novemb...


Election 2018: our scorecard "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

2014-2018 has seen significant public transport investment under Labor, and they have delivered on their major promises. But as Melbourne continues to grow, and demand for regional travel increases, the challenge ahead is to build a public transport network not only copes with patronage growth, but also provides usable services into areas which currently dont have them.

So how do the parties rank?

1. Greens in some ways the Greens have the least ambitious transport plan. But its full of affordable, commonsense policies. They are the only party to commit to the Metro 2 tunnel, and to frequency upgrades across the train, tram and bus networks essential for making the public transport network vastly more usable in the short term. Accelerating the rollout of low-floor trams and implementing on-road priority, extending metro services to outer suburbs with high capacity signalling are also important initiatives. The Greens also oppose the major road projects proposed by the other parties, rightly recognising that they will simply generate more traffic.

2. Labor some ambitious plans in starting the huge Suburban Rail Loop project, alongside continuing the successful Level Crossing Removal Program, and extensive upgrades planned elsewhere around the metro and regional rail networks. They lose points for construction of three major tollways/freeways, a lack of progress on bus and tram upgrades, and for lagging on the rollout of more frequent all-day metro train services essential for a big city such as Melbourne.

3. Coalition theyve backed away from what is probably their best policy, of metro trains every 10 minutes all day, leaving commitments to build three major tollways plus other freeways, and the messy grade separation of road intersections. More positive is commitments to extend metro trains to Clyde and Baxter. Their regional high speed rail plan is ambitious, but would only speed up trains moderately, and there are doubts over whether it could really be delivered in the timeframes promised.

For more details, including a summary of minor parties, read the full report (PDF)

Keep watching for updates


When passwords get stolen, this Australian guy alerts the world "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Troy Hunts Have I Been Pwned is a one-stop shop for learning if youre among the millions affected by security breaches. And hes trying to do it the responsible way.

Massive databases of user accounts seem to get hacked daily. The number of exposed accounts and passwordsusually encrypted weaklyhas risen into the billions. Yet liability and embarrassment have left companies loathe to quickly disclose that theyve been hacked.

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China in South Pacific Region: One Step Away from Absolute Power "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


The South Pacific region, stretching from the shores of Australia to South America and encompassing more than 30,000 islands, has felt Chinas growing influenced since 2000s. By 2018, it had grown so strong that it became a threat to Australias strategic security. It should be noted that in the last 30 years, Australia has viewed itself as a regional leader. Chinas enormous investments, loans, grants, intended for the benefit of thirteen small island-states and another thirteen dependent territories in the South Pacific, belonging to Australia, New Zealand, France, and the USA, have made PRC a key benefactor, but not a strategically important player in the southern part of the Pacific Ocean as yet. Beijings negotiations with the island states on stationing Chinese bases there have been thus far successfully countered by Australian diplomacy. These negotiations are linked with PRCs initiative One Belt One Road, a part of which encompasses the Pacific Ocean. And establishing Chinese military bases in the territory of country-participants is a by-product of the project.

Papua New Guinea could have become a geostrategically convenient location for Chinas first military base in the South Pacific. The country lies only 2,000 km away from Australia and provides a convenient access point to the South China Sea, an area where PRC is pursuing its policy of expansion (including military expansion). Historically, China and Papua New Guinea have had close ties. By the middle of the 20th century the biggest Chinese diaspora in the region (approximately 100,000 people), working in the export of timber and natural resources, had made Papua New Guinea its new home. In 1968, the Chinese established Papua New Guineas second most powerful party. In 1980 (five years after the nation had gained its independence), the leader of this party, Julius Chan of Chinese and Papua New Guinean descent, became the countrys leader. In fact, in the following twenty years he occupied the post of Prime Minister three more times. By the end of the 20th century, the Chinese had settled in South Pacific islands, rich in forests and natural resources, such as the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Fiji, and French territories of New Caledonia and French Polynesia (better known as Tahiti, where from 2006 to 2011 a member of the Chinese diaspora, Gaston Tong Sang was in power three times).

Negotiations, which started in 2014, on a strategic partnership between PRC and Papua New Guinea, and on repair work of four ports in the cities of Wewak (home to Japans largest air base fr...


Pastor Frank Houston Founder of Hillsong. Pedophile. Criminal mind. Part Four. Prophet of the Lord, Pastor Philip Powell, works hard to out the pedophile Frank Houston "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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The criminal pedophile Frank Houston, the founder of Hillsong Church in Sydney, Australia in 1977, found the escape haven he sought in Sydney, Australia.

His new nest was undisturbed for a while.

The peace lasted about four years from 1977 before the prophet of the Lord, Pastor Philip Powell, found out Frank Houstons new church address and his new church office fax number.

Once the criminal pedophile Frank Houston escaped the heat and the chasers in New Zealand he settled in to a different lifestyle in Darlinghurst Sydney.

The pedophile Frank Houston the rock-spider

Ive explained in the previous three articles how pedophiles are like spiders. In fact the term rock-spider is Australian jail slang for pedophile.

Pedophiles, like spiders, build nests, cobwebs and layers and layers of complex defences and ploys.

They are amongst the most evil and cunning people on the planet.

Frank Houston was a hardened pedophile by the time he was 20.

He chose Christian ministry as a foil, disguise and cover to maintain a pedophile lifestyle, have an outwardly good and godly reputation, and have ready access to heaps of unsuspecting Christian families and their little children.

Every family has its defences to predators. Acting as a Christian pastor, the evil criminal pedophile Frank Houston was able to breach these defences and gain total trust. Nobody would have suspected an evil pedophil...


Test Pills & Save Lives: An Interview With Australian Greens Leader Richard Di Natale "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

This years music festival season began with an avoidable tragedy, as two young Australians died after taking drugs at Sydneys Defqon.1 festival in September. The saturation policing and drug detection dogs at the event failed to save their lives. A pill testing service could have. Despite it being illegal, over half a million primarily young Australians

The post Test Pills & Save Lives: An Interview With Australian Greens Leader Richard Di Natale appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.


Forests Around Planned Sea To Summit Hiking Trail Must Be Protected "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Goongerah Environment Centre (GECO) and the Wilderness Society today expressed serious concerns about continued logging of old and rare forests in East Gippsland, as the Andrews government announced that if re-elected, they will commence planning for a multi-day Sea to Summit hiking trail route in far East Gippsland.


Meet Mama Arsenic, Brisbanes Beloved Drag Mother "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Brisbane supermum Marianne Bowler is better known by her name Mama Arsenic. Mama Arsenic (pictured above, right) runs a local makeup and costume business and has two of her children local drag stars Aurora Arsenic (pictured left) and Archie Arsenic to thank for introducing her to the drag world. The self-taught seamstress says ...

The post Meet Mama Arsenic, Brisbanes Beloved Drag Mother appeared first on QNews Magazine.


Sunday afternoon cultural jam and dance party finale for Fields of Healing "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

In what is set to be an epic convergence of local and international talent and cultural leadership, the team behind Fields of Healing have pulled one last rabbit out of the hat ahead of their event November 24 and 25.

The events grand finale on Sunday afternoon will be a community celebration of song, dance and culture featuring local legends Wild Marmalade, Happy Africa, Tommy Franklin, Indigenoise, Aine Tyrrell and a ceremony by Indigenous elders from across the globe.

Event organisers have extended a warm welcome to all, to come along and join in the events closing celebrations, which will be held between 1- 4pm at North Byron Parklands (Splendour site) on Sunday November 25. Entry to the closing event is by donation with 50% of the profits to be gifted to Liberation Larder.

Across the weekend ticket holders will have the opportunity to hear from 13 Indigenous elders and wisdom carriers from all corners of the globe as they come together with Australian Indigenous elders who all share a common vision; to connect community, share knowledge and celebrate culture.

The vision for the event, explained community director Adam Collett is simply to bring people together, to inspire and connect.

Organisers anticipate the event to be the first of many and that the gathering will go on to be held annually within our region.

Everyone is welcome to attend. A full program along with artist and elder profiles and a link to purchase tickets can be found on the website,

The post Sunday afternoon cultural jam and dance party finale for Fields of Healing appeared first on Byron Bay Blog.


What Branches of Government Could Help Martin Bryant or Jahar Tsarnaev? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

(L) Justice Michael Kirby,  (R) Trump. Photo: newsmax

by Mary W Maxwell, LLB

Jahar Tsarnaev, the Boston non-bomber, has been in prison for 5 years, and Martin Bryant, the Port Arthur non-shooter, has done over 22 years. Many people have tried to get them out of jail by using popular means.

Popular Means for Martin

For Martin, there was a petition to the Premier of Tasmania, organized by Cherri Bonney who also composed a marvelous song for Martin entitled Wish I Kne...


Australian police offer reward for information about murder of ex-KGB colonel "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Police in the Australian state of Queensland have offered a $250,000 (US $182,000) reward for information that can help solve the murder of a former Soviet KGB colonel 18 years ago.


Vale General Bernard Mawen "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Vale General Bernard Mawen
AWPA (Sydney)

Photos by Damien Faure from when he visited the border area for footage
for his documentary West Papua (2002)



Real Estate Taxes Currency "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

COMMENT: Dear Martin,

I bought The World Real Estate Report at the end of 2016. It stated that Australian real estate was going to fall after the first quarter (March) in 2016. The property prices in Melbourne (where I live) continued to rise in April 2016 so I sent an email to Socrates Support asking them when real estate should peak. I received the reply below, which stated that the peak was either in for global real estate or the latest by the end of the first quarter 2017.

Anyway, since I owned a tiny house in Melbourne, I was facing a difficult decision if I should sell or not since it would be impossible to buy back in if the prices continued to go up.

I have been reading your blog daily since 2012, and I have read all of your forecasts being correct (eg. the Dow continuing to go up, US Index going up, Brexit, Trump winning). I also bought your Gold report in 2014 and watched gold bottom (Dec 2015) correctly for the date and price on the first benchmark, truly an unbelievable forecast.

Based on your track record I decided to sell my property at the end of the first quarter (March 2017), for which I received a fantastic price.

Im happy to inform you that prices have been falling since the 3rd quarter of 2017.

I just wanted to congratulate you on another correct forecast.

REPLY: We all need a place to live. Governments are attacking real estate thinking it is too high and they need to make it more affordable for others to buy. They fail to understand that when they do that, the wipe out the savings dor retirement for others. Raising taxes to support government pensions is morally wrong and economically a disaster. There really should be some qualification to be a politician who them plays with peoples lives.


Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

1.00 AUD = 0.00013 BTC
0.00010 BTC = 0.75 AUD

Australian police offer reward for information about murder of ex-KGB colonel "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Police in the Australian state of Queensland have offered a $250,000 (US $182,000) reward for information that can help solve the murder of a former Soviet KGB colonel 18 years ago. The victim, Gennadi Bernovski, worked in the domestic wing of the Soviet KGB, until his retirement, which coincided with the dissolution of the USSR. In 1996, he moved to Australia with his family and bought a house in Benowa Waters, a luxury suburb of Gold Coast, a city located south of Brisbane on the countrys east coast. But on the evening of July 24, 2000, Bernovski was shot to death outside his home by what witnesses said were two men in combat diver suits.


WWI and its centenary highlight leadership weakness "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

When US President Woodrow Wilson tried to belittle Australian Prime Minister Billy Hughes at the 1919 Versailles peace conference by asking who he represented, Hughes replied: I speak for 60,000 Australian war dead.

Hughes may have been bellicose, belligerent and vengeful, but at least he was there, unlike the present Australian Prime Minister, Scott Morrison.

After four years of having to put up with the jingoism, glorification of war and exaggerated nationalism of the Anzac legend during the centenary of World War I, the one time the real horror and futility of war is marked with quiet dignity, our Prime Minister is missing in inaction. He is on a bus eating pies and drinking beer in Queensland.

Shameful. It was almost as shameful as US President Donald Trumps absence at the first ceremony near Paris because of rain.

It was not enough that the representative in Australia of the British monarchy (which got us into the World War I mess in the first place) attended.

Enough has been written about the centenary. This is about leadership and international co-operation the absence of which led to World War I and allowed it to continue for so long.

The leadership of Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel contrasts with that of Trump and Morrison.

Perhaps the three issues that highlight leadership or lack of it most are: foreign aid, climate change and people movement.

They share the trait of being easy to use to stir up xenophobic and nationalistic attitudes: foreign aid is a waste of money when we have so many problems at home; climate change is an international conspiracy to destroy our economy; movement of people presents a threat to our way of life.

Precisely because it is so easy to kindle those fears that it requires good leadership to make sure they are not kindled, and that the issues are dealt with sensibly.

It used to be that other nation states could be the source of easily whipped up xenophobia, which is what happened in 1914. These days, however, it is more fashionable to direct xenophobia at international forces, mainly because foreign invasions are too costly and unworkable, as Afghanistan and Iraq have proved.

So lets start with foreign aid. Generous well-targeted foreign aid would do much to alleviate the poverty and lack of education in developing countries that does so much to fuel hatred and violent attitudes towards developed countries.

But while France and Germany lead...


Neulich so: Boykottiert ACE!1!!Jetzt so:In a tragic ... "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Neulich so: Boykottiert ACE!1!!

Jetzt so:

In a tragic moment in the history of human civilization, and the trampling of academic free speech, an academic conference, ACE 2018, The 15th International Conference on Advances in Computer Entertainment Technology, which was to have been held at the University of Montana, USA has been forced to shut down by anti-free speech groups comprising of mainly academic researchers, who have been acting in a fascistic manner.
Aber nicht doch, mein Herr! Das ist nicht Faschismus, wenn man sagt, es diene der Faschismusbekmpfung!

Ich warte ja darauf, dass der Trump das kapiert, und seine Familientrennungen an der Grenze mit Faschismusbekmpfung begrndet.

Ach komm, Fefe, du wirst doch nicht Leute, die Steve Bannon einladen, als Opfer darstellen wollen, wenn das ganz klar die Tter hier sind!1!! Naja, h,

The words that were used in their email and social postings about ACE Committee members and the ACE 2018 Keynote Speaker include sicko, child-abuser, TOOL, Peadophiles, child-rapist, fraudster, scammers, criminals, horseshit, monkey, prick, Nigerian 419 scammer, druf trafficker, pig, twat, scumbag, 6mm nano penis, conman, fraudster, monster, creepy, hag, criminal, etc. There were also significant racist attacks on our esteemed committee member Prince Akinwale Ojomo (a highly qualified World Economic Forum Global Leader and awardee of the highly prestigious US Presidents Volunteer Service Gold Award), simply because he is African and Nigerian. These anti-free speech people were supported in public statements by the academic societies British DiGRA and DiGRA Australia and the FDG (Foundations of Digital Games) Conference.
Da wei man doch, was man hat! Rassismus ist nmlich auch kein Rassismus, msst ihr wissen, wenn es von Leuten gemacht wird, die blo den Faschismus bekmpfen wollten!1!!

Ich hatte gehofft, dieses Mal knnen wir Schlimmeres verhindern, bevor Bcher verbrannt werden.

Update: Es gibt inzwischen mehrere Reaktionen auf den Text, die ich sehr spannend finde. Die ignorieren nmlich rundheraus den Rassismus sondern machen sich ber ... festhalten! ... das "Opfer-Getue" lustig. Dieser Konferenz-Veranstalter jetzt. Denn das sind ja Nazis, daher steht denen kein Opferstatus zu. Dieselben Leute, die ansonsten ganztgig damit beschftigt sind, auf der Linken Opferrollen zu verteilen und sich gegenseitig zu besttigen, wie marginalisiert sie doch seien, die finden das jetzt unertrglich, wenn diese Konferenz-Veranstalter sich in ihrer angenommenen Opferrolle suhlen.

Ich fr meinen Teil halte Opferrollen immer fr schdlich, egal von wem und waru...


Where there is risk there must be choice "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Dr Judy Wilyman speaks at an event in Perth, WA about how vaccines should remain a voluntary medical intervention. Via a Facebook post by Dr Judy Wilyman. On the 10 November an event discussing vaccination choice was held at a council venue in Perth, WA. For the first time in a decade the Australian media []


OPINION: Marriage Has Changed Throughout History But Gender Inequalities Remain "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

By Michelle Brady, University of Queensland and Belinda Hewitt, University of Melbourne One year ago, Australians were asked Should the law be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry?. The answer was a resounding yes more than 60% of those who expressed a view backed marriage equality. The anniversary of this historic moment offers ...

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Man Stabbed While Allegedly Saving 7-Year Old Girl from Sexual Assault "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

It has been reported that a 46-year old man was stabbed in the abdomen and neck during an altercation which ensued when he allegedly confronted a 54-year old man who was attempting to sexually assault a 7-year old girl in a toilet block underneath a dance studio on Railway Road in Kogarah just before 8pm last

The post Man Stabbed While Allegedly Saving 7-Year Old Girl from Sexual Assault appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.


Fear And Loathing With Victorian Upper House Preference Flows "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Following the launch of Antony Green's Legislative Council calculator I've been playing around with some possible scenarios for the Victorian upper house group ticket flows.  Quite a few people are doing this and so there are a number of different estimates about what might happen out there.  What we know from the past is to expect the unexpected - we can say that it looks like preference harvesters will win several undeserved seats, but it's hard to say which ones they will be and who.  The whole exercise is incredibly sensitive to starting assumptions - one micro-party you've never heard of might get 1% instead of 0.5% and suddenly something completely different happens.

At the last Victorian election, five candidates won seats as a result of preference-harvesting:

* In Eastern Victoria, the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers (2.44%) beat ALP-2 (8.68% over quota) and Green (8.23%)
* In Northern Metro, the Sex Party (2.87%) beat Labor-3 (7.06% over quota)
* In Northern Victoria, the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers (3.5%) beat L-NP-3 (7.84% over quota) and Greens (7.68%)
* In Western Metro, Democratic Labour Party (2.57%) beat ALP-3 (10.65% over quota) and L-NP-2 (6.90% over quota)
* In Western Victoria, Vote 1 Local Jobs (1.28%) beat Greens (9.19%)

There weren't any cases of candidates winning from well below 1%, but based on our experience of the new Senate system since, none of the above would have won had voters made their own preferencing decisions.  These parties only won because the Group Ticket Voting system created completely fake near-100% preference flows.  Perhaps, had the Senate system been implemented in Victoria before that election, some of the minor parties would have merged into larger groups and polled higher primaries, but that doesn't seem all that likely.

With the release of the new round of Group Tickets it seems that almost all parties have been involved in backroom preference-trading.  There are again tight flows between the micro-parties, largely believed to be networked by Glenn Druery, that seem designed to elect a particular winner or choice of winners in each seat.  Labor has preferenced a range of, for progressives, dubious parties above the Greens in what looks like an attempt to replace the Greens with Druery parties:

* The Aussie Battler Party, an anti-immigration populist outfit that wants to place juries of randomly selected citizens in control of many aspects of the political system, and that promotes illiberal law and order policies including indefinite sentences. This party is the latest home for long-time conservat...


Supermarkets of Mystery - Indo Mie Salted Egg Curly Fried Noodle "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Indo Mie gets into the Salted Egg flavour craze, turning a cheap packet of instant noodles into an expensive packet of instant noodles. Marketing wins again! Salted egg flavoured chips, croissants filled with salted egg sauce and ice creams made with the rich sauce have been taking off in Singapore for some time and the rich, duck yolk flavour is a favourite in Malaysia, Indonesia and China


RocKwiz Revue is touring Australia now "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

In case you missed it, the RocKwiz team are hitting the road for a national tour. Hosts Julia Zemiro and Brian Nankervis will be joined by the RocKwiz Orchestra as they travel around Australian cities and regional areas. The team will be tackling venues in Canberra, Newcastle, Sydney, Melbourne, Bendigo, Fremantle and The Gold Coast. For more information, check out the video below.

Watch: RocKwiz Revue Is Back On The Road

RocKwiz Revue
2018 Australian Tour

NOV 16
Newcastle, Civic Theatre

NOV 17
Thirroul, Anitas Theatre

NOV 18
Thirroul, Anitas Theatre

NOV 19
Canberra, Canberra Theatre

NOV 20
Sydney, The Enmore Theatre

NOV 22 Adelaide,
Thebarton Theatre

NOV 23
Melbourne, Palais Theatre

NOV 24
Geelong, Costa Hall

NOV 25
Bendigo, Ulumbarra Theatre


WATCH: Powerful Short Film Highlights The Struggles Faced By Transgender Youth "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

UK actor, director and trans activist Jake Graf has released a powerful short film that hes hoping will shine a light on the struggles faced by young transgender people. Released during Transgender Awareness Week this week, the short film Listen shares the inner thoughts of a group of transgender teens as they face bullying and ...

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Thank Folk Its Friday 16th November "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

This Week in Folk All the News From The Week That Was Releases This Week Boxing Day Drive Mick Thomas and The Roving Commission Bandcamp Delta Mumford & Sons iTunes Live From Telluride The Infamous Stringdusters iTunes Live at Red Rocks Amphitheatre Vance Joy iTunes Timber and Steel Recommends Go []


The Weekend Quiz November 17-18, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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

1. Imagine that macroeconomic policy is geared towards keeping real GDP growth on trend. Assume this rate of growth is 3 per cent per annum. If labour productivity is growing at 2 per cent per annum and the labour force is growing at 1.5 per cent per annum and the average working week is constant in hours, then this policy regime will result in:

2. Students are taught that the macroeconomic income determination system can be thought of as a bath tub with the current GDP being the water level. The drain plug can be thought of as saving, imports and taxation payments (the so-called leakages from the expenditure system) while the taps can be thought of as investment, government spending and exports (the so-called exogenous injections into the spending system). This analogy is valid because GDP will be unchanged as long as the flows into the bath are equal to the flows out of it which is tantamount to saying the the spending gap left by the leakages is always filled by the injections.



How Two Financial Giants Set the Gold Price "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

There are a few under-the-radar moves happening in the physical gold market.

Gold is in high demand right now.

All this buying yet once again, the physical gold market moves dont reflect whats happening with the gold price.

Given the tetchy geopolitical backdrop, the physical gold price should be rallying.

But it isnt.

Its still shuffling along the US$1,210 mark.

What gives?

Got gold yet?

Never has there been a more important time to become an owner of physical gold. Not the paper stuff. Not the ETFs.

A small part of your money, stored as a hunk of shiny yellow metal.


That is, the price of physical gold doesnt reflect the demand for the yellow metal.

As of June this year, central banks held a collective total of US$1.36 trillion worth of gold accounting for 10% of the world foreign exchange reserves.

Then, in the September quarter, bar and coin demand for individual investors people like you and me rose 28% compared to the same period the year before.

And Wall Street is coming back into gold by the looks of it.

Exchange traded funds in North America and Europe upped the tonnes under management in October, growing by 3.4%.

All these bumps in physical gold stores, yet the price isnt going anywhere.

Well, I know why.

Wading through technical muck

One of my pet peeves when explaining the gold price action is to blame it on whats happening in COMEX.

While not wrong, COMEX trading does tend to set the gold price in the short-term, it dawned on me that many people dont understand how the COMEX trades affect the gold price.

Its a gripe of mine because some analysts get stuck on using jargon-y terms they barely understand themselves.

COMEX exchange is one of the worlds biggest derivatives exchanges for metals. COMEX is the financial meeting point for speculators and professional traders alike.

This where the BIG money trades. The multi-million dollar gold trades moving in and out.

Here, you can bet on the direction of gold by either going long or short without actually owning the physical metal.

In other words, people can buy or sell a gold contract depending on whether they think the price will rise or fall.

The idea is that if you analyse the COMEX gold trades, outsiders feel like they get a glimpse of how the big mon...


Part 52H Australias irrelevant Crimes against Humanity. COPS INVESTIGATE MINISTER Page 1 banner heading of The Advertiser "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Chapman-gate is being investigated and Commissioner Grant Stevens is trying to keep a tight lid on the investigation.

Cops Probe


NOTE: The short link URL for this posting is:

See Part 52 of this Ronalds space posting, on the 19th October 2018, for the 1st Emcott Report complaint.

Below is the next installment of the Emcott Report Complaint to Commissioner Stevens



The highs and lows of podcasting "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

By this time next year the global number of podcasts may likely surpass the population of Queensland, and that's even taking into account the giant melon currently occupying the town of Chinchilla. There are podcasts about inanimate objects, Nicolas Cage, urban mythology, fountain pen addiction, and even podcasts about podcasts -- the latter being a kind of hellish inception far worse than one could ever begin to imagine.


Tanzania Loses Millions Of Dollars In Aid After Gay Crackdown Comments "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Denmark are withholding 65m krone ($AU13.5 million) in aid to Tanzania after unacceptable homophobic comments from a senior politician, a Danish minister has said. Late last month, Paul Makonda, commissioner for populous city Dar es Salaam, announced plans to form a taskforce to hunt down LGBTIQ people, urging the public to pass the names of ...

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Saffin declares support for rail trail "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Labor candidate for Lismore Janelle Saffin has come out in support of building a rail trail.

The Rail Trail Project is one that will be of benefit to the local communities right across the Lismore electorate, said Ms Saffin.

The wonderful group of volunteers who are working to make the Rail Trail a reality, need to know that all state candidates are backing them.

The statement is bound to cause controversy with a number of groups who are vocal about retaining the rail corridors for possible reinstatement of trains.

However, Ms Saffin has countered their objections saying The Rail Trail community is unequivocal in its support for the retention of the rail corridors to leave open all options for future transport development.

I stand with them on that and previously acted to stop our rail corridors being sold off. I secured thousands of signatures from the local community that successfully put pressure on the state government and helped this happen.

When I was first approached by the inaugural Rail Trail Team, I told them that I was in strong support as long as they backed in the retention of the rail corridor. They did then and they do now, she said.

The Rail Trail Project sits comfortably with the development of a Regional Integrated Public Transport Plan that we desperately need in our region and one that I have and shall continue to advocate strongly for.

At Labors recent NSW Country Conference, I was successful in gaining unanimous support for the Regional Integrated Public Transport Plan motion, put forward by our Lismore Labor Branch.

Ms Saffin concluded, As the Country Labor candidate for the state seat of Lismore, I have promoted both the Rail Trail Project and the Regional Integrated Public Transport Plan, to the Labor Leadership.

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Local environment provides the face of 2018 Black Gully Festival "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A stylised lizard is the face of this years Black Gully Festival an annual celebration that brings people together to enjoy music, art, the environment and our community. Designed by local artist Simon Mellor, this years logo makes a creative mark while representing many elements of what the Black Gully Festival is all about. Black [...] full article 


UNE Tamworth Practical Solutions for Reversing Climate Change "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

[ Tuesday, 20 Nov; 5:30 pm; ] Based on the book "Drawdown The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming" This event aims to educate and inspire individuals and businesses in practical ways we can reverse climate change locally. The night will consist of guest speakers and a Q & A section + light refreshments On Tuesday 20 November 2018 at [...] full article 


Latham's 8-Point Plan to stop overpopulation in Sydney "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Ex Labor leader, Mark Latham, recently joined Pauline Hanson's One Nation Party and will be running for the NSW legislative council at the next state election. Here is his 8-Point Plan to "save Sydney suffocating from overpopulation and overdevelopment."

Latham's 8-Point Plan

1. Our immigration program must be framed in the interest of the people who live here now. This is especially true of policies impacting on an over-crowded, increasingly dysfunctional city like Sydney.

2. Permanent immigration numbers should be slashed, bringing them closer to their 20th Century average of 70,000 per annum (down from 190,000 currently). Temporary visas must also be cut back.

3. NSW should not take any more special refugee intakes, given the mismanagement of Syrian refugee settlement by the Baird Government.

4. Sydneys planning laws must be overhauled to make the city more efficient and sustainable. An urban containment strategy is needed. For existing suburbs, One Nation supports development and density restrictions in under-serviced, over-crowded LGAs. The Government should publish a comprehensive report identifying these suburbs (most likely, most of the city).

5. The release of greenfields residential land also needs to be limited to prevent further urban sprawl. Priority should be given to the development of employment land in Sydney to reduce commuter-travelling times, especially in the citys outer suburbs.

6. The Greater Sydney Commission should be disbanded (at an annual cost saving of $18 million) as it has become a mouthpiece for Big Australia immigration and unlimited population growth in Sydney. Political appointments and unrealistic planning strategies have dominated the Commissions work.

7. The Greater Sydney Commissions excessive housing and population growth targets should also be abandoned. NSW Planning should be given the task of containing the citys growth to reasonable lifestyle, infrastructure and environmental limits. Local Councils, as the level of government closest to the people, also have a critical role to play in limiting densities and development in line with local infrastructure/service capacity. One Nation respects this vital local government urban planning role.

8. The State Government should scale back the responsibilities of the so-called W...


Mullum sculpture park creates a special sense of place "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Circulate by Ellen Ferrier and Bree Cribbin. Photo Aslan Shand.

Palm Park in Mullum is always a lovely spot to enjoy a moment of quiet reflection but over this weekend it has taken on a whole new atmosphere. It isnt just the palms and the goannas that you get to commune with  this weekend you can also enjoy the beautiful sculptures that are scattered throughout the park.

The inaugural Mullumbimby sculpture festival, Ingenuity, opened on Wednesday evening and is displaying the work of 26 local artists the are placed in the park from the Scout Hall (behind the post office) around to Federation Bridge.

During the first half of Thursday morning they had around 250 people who had strolled through the park admiring the artworks.

It has been absolutely fantastic, said curator Gabrielle Dalton.

There has been wonderful response from everyone who has come through and it is a fantastic way to really honour this park.

Germination by Jason Morning was the winner of the acquisition prize and will be found a permanent home in the Byron Shire. Photo Aslan Shand.

Acquisition prize

An anonymous donor has provided $5,000 for the acquisition of one of the sculptures that was won by Jason Morning. His sculpture Germination is now set to be placed on permanent display, in a position that is yet to be announced, somewhere in the shire.

The donor wants...


Final day to show us some love & win prizes (and we promise not to mention Subscriberthon for 350 more days) "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

This is it one final appeal to you, dear reader, to put your spare $$ where your love is and take out a subscription sometime in the next few hours. In return, youll go into the prize draw for all our mind-blowing prizes.


CRIME CULTURE: American Animals "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

CRIME CULTURE: The year was 2003 and a quartet of college idiots were about to set out to their university library in one of the dumbest heists ever planned. Gary Johnston give us his verdict on whether new doco-drama American Animals captures the spirit of their infamous criminal caper. [READ MORE]


Black Gully Festival is plastic water bottle free! #BYOBottle "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

[ Saturday, 17 Nov; 10:00 am; ] Single use, disposable plastic water bottles are one of the most visible environmental impacts of the music scene - hugely wasteful, toxic to us and our land and water, and completely unnecessary. Sustainable Living Armidale and Green Music Australia will help phase them out and we need your help! BYO Bottle Please help us spread the word We will supply [...] full article 


Book Launch: Locked On! "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

[ Friday, 7 Dec; 5:30 pm; ] Friday 7th December, 5.30 pm Readers Companion, 149 Beardy St Mall This event launches Marty Branagans illustrated novel Locked On! The Seventh and Most Illegal in the Hitchhikers Guide Trilogy. Its a fictionalised account of the Leard Forest blockade against coal mining on the Liverpool Plains, and the blockade against coal seam gas on farmland at Bentley, [...] full article 


Now is your last chance to go solar before RECs reduce again on 1 January 2019 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The uptake of solar power across Australia continues to be one of the shining lights for sustainability, particularly against the backdrop of drought, deepening climate change and losses to biodiversity. The financial benefits of going solar are as significant for most people as these environmental reasons. St Vincent de Pauls recent annual electricity report (see Sydney Morning [...] full article 


John Pilger Film Festival Opens Soon "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A film festival celebrating the work of documentarians and curated by one of the most internationally renowned of them all, John Pilger will open in Sydney at the end of the month.

The Power of the Documentary is a collaboration between the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) and the Riverside Theatres, Parramatta.

The festival presents 26 landmark documentaries selected by Pilger, including a retrospective of his own work.

At a time of information onslaught, much of it repetitive, said Pilger, the documentary remains a powerful way of making sense of the world, of connecting the past with the present and breaking the silence that is so often truth.

The programme runs from November 28 to December 9 and includes the long banned War Game by Peter Watkins, Edward Murrows Harvest of Shame and Peter Daviss Hearts and Minds.

Tickets are available here.

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Sydney Police Officer Pleads Guilty to Vile, Cowardly and Intolerable Threats "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim Senior Constable Sean Daniel Murphy, a 57-year-old officer with 30 years in the NSW Police Force and two awards for bravery to his name, has pleaded guilty to using a carriage service to menace, harass or offend after calling federal Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Youngs office and making threats towards

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02:20 crowdfunding film: Accelerate "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

This is what it would take to fund the transition to a new world. All of Australia could be converted to renewable energy for 7.7% of the money in the super funds in this country which is how we know 100% renewable energy is 100% doable. Thats one of the messages in the Accelerate film, the [...] full article 


Nature Conservation Council Top 20 NSW deforestation hotspots exposed "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A few hours ago, I was in NSW Parliament to launch a new report on deforestation in NSW. Weve exposed the top 20 deforestation hotspots in NSW. Shockingly, 17 of the 20 hotspots are home to koala habitat that is now at risk of land clearing under NSWs new deforestation laws. With fewer than 21,000 koalas [...] full article 


War Movies "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Hurt Locker. A man who doesn't like feeling extremely alive is trapped in a supermarket.

Zero Dark Thirty. Jessica Chastain is so driven a man's head explodes.

Saving Private Ryan. Every American is murdered on a beach.

American Sniper. An American sniper struggles to build a new life for himself in Iraq.

Fury. Brad Pitt absorbs five hand grenades with his balls and then you can see a flag and it's the Stars'n'Stripey.

12 strong. A war movie is terrible but people who want to join up won't notice.

Lone Survivor. The ex-serviceman who killed 13 college kids gave it five stars.


One year on from the Royal Commission, the NT youth justice system remains broken "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

To mark the anniversary of the release of the Royal Commission into Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territorys final report, the Change the Record Coalition including human rights organisations is calling on the NT Gunner Government to raise the age of criminal responsibility and get children out of harmful youth prisons.

Everyone wants their children to be safe and supported but the Gunner Government is putting children in danger by reopening Don Dale and continuing business as usual after the Royal Commission called for a profound shift from past practice, Co-Chair of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services, Cheryl Axleby said. Tear gassing children is a significant human rights violation and sees the NT Government mark the anniversary of the Royal Commission choosing to subject kids to further trauma and harm, said Ms Axleby.

The Gunner Government reported on 11th November that children who had been locked away in police cells were returned to Don Dale following an incident where tear gas was used against the children in Don Dale.

There's no time to wait: the NT Government can make changes right now to fix this broken system. It urgently needs to raise the minimum age it locks up children from 10 years old to 14, and fund Indigenous-led programs like Balunu, which will support our kids not to end up in the system in the first place, and to stay out of detention, said Rodney Dillon, Indigenous Rights Adviser with Amnesty International.

We need to see more action from the NT Government to get children out of prison, said Ms Axleby. Expediting measures like raising the age of criminal responsibility and appointing a Commissioner for Aboriginal Children and Young People will be a positive step to keep children out of dangerous prisons like Don Dale, she said.

The Gunner Government cannot just sit on its hands while children continue to suffer. Don Dale is a dangerous powder keg. Just in the last week children have been tear gassed and held in solitary confinement, said Shahleena Musk, Senior Lawyer with the Human Rights Law Centre. Punishment and confinement will not achieve the change we want, the future of youth justice is in supporting children to thrive, with their families and in their communities, she said.

Kids should be supported in the community, including through mental health supports, bail hostels, education and training programs. It is well and truly time for the Gunner Government to show us what progress has been made in this past year in line with the recommendations of the Royal Commission aimed at preventing children being funnelled into prison, said Ms Musk.

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Fighting breaks out in Sri Lankan parliament "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

I have written before about the Byzantine political intrigues in Sri Lanka that has led to political turmoil. A measure of how things have deteriorated can be seen by a fight that broke out in the Sri Lankan parliament when some members rushed at the Speaker.

The latest chaos followed the abrupt decision by the president Maithripala Sirisena (MS) on October 26 to dismiss the prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe (RW) and install the leader of the opposition party Mahinda Rajapaksa (MR) in his place. MR had been president and MS one of his cabinet members before MS and some of his supporters defected from MRs party, joined up with RWs party in a coalition, defeated MR in the next presidential election, dissolved parliament and called for new elections in which RWs party became the largest one, and then appointed RW as prime minister. Got that? That kind of shifting alliances is not uncommon in Sri Lankan politics.

The recent falling out between MS and RW has triggered the current state of confusion. RW has said that his dismissal was unconstitutional, but MS went ahead and appointed MR as prime minister and also appointed a cabinet. When it became clear that MR did not have the support of the majority in parliament, MS first suspended parliament, a move that was challenged, and then he brought it back into session to enable MR to show that he had majority support. When that support did not materialize, MS dissolved parliament and called for new elections but then the Supreme Court stepped in and said that he could not do that.

It appears that RWs party then brought a no-confidence vote against MR and it passed on Wednesday. MR addressed the parliament on Thursday and apparently the fight started when the Speaker called for a vote on whether to approve or reject MRs remarks. Parliament has been adjourned until Friday afternoon but it is hard to see how this impasse will be resolved.

It is truly a mess.


Mullum Music Festival opens up "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Lior was one of the great acts that opened the Mullum Music Festival last night. Photo Jeff Dawson.

The Mullum Music Festival has officially launched to a full house by a great range of performances last night at the Mullumbimby Civic Hall.

William Crighton performs at the Mullum Music Festival. Photo Jeff Dawson.

Winner of the Under 15 category, 11-year-old Murwillumbah schoolgirl Emmagen Rain wowed the audience with her performance and in the words of MC Mandy Nolan There are not many people who can do Adele well Emmagen did it better.

Emmagen is being mentored by William Crighton who also performed along with artists Hat Fitz & Cara, Geordie Lane, Husky GAwenda & Gideon Preiss, China Bowls and Dao of Dylan.


Koala extinction by-product of logging "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

An image from the media campaign that is blitzing the North Coast. Photo supplied.

Koala numbers have plummeted by 33 per cent over the last twenty years and experts are now warning that they are likely to be driven to extinction. In NSW the decline of koalas and other native wildlife is being driven by inadequate state laws regulating both private land clearing and logging.

The National Parks Association of NSW (NPA) is calling on the NSW government to abandon its draconian logging plans and chart an exit out of native forest logging, and for the federal government to rethink its commitment to signing new Regional Forest Agreements (RFAs), said Ms Alix Goodwin, NPA CEO.

Theyve based their call on the recent study by three University of Canberra academics for Forest & Wood Products Australia (FWPA) reported recently in the Sydney Morning Herald that showed a strong majority of people oppose native forest logging. 

The study found that urban and rural votes broadly share the same strong disapproval of logging putting the lie to claims that only urban dwellers care about the environment and that logging is unpopular even where the remnants of the industry persist, said Ms Goodwin. 

The results are in line with polling conducted in the NSW electorates of Lismore and Ballina in December 2017 that showed 90 per cent support for protecting forests for wildlife, water, carbon stores and recreation.

This is the latest piece of evidence that clearly demonstrates how far the NSW governments...


APRadio podcast 16-11-2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Australian Patriot Radio

Fellow Mushrooms

Harry and Mike Holt present their weekly OZ CHAT program, this week exposing the overkill of Australian Federal security agencies numbering 20 providing spooks under the bed to our 24 million people far exceeding anything like this in the USA. Victorian election and Bourke Street terrorist killings being dismissed AGAIN by politicians..We apologise for some of the audio being being of reduced quality due to internet connection problems.



Privatisation of Centrelink services is making matters even worse "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Contributed by Ben Wilson

It was bound to happen. Privatised outsourcing of customer information provision at Centrelink is giving incorrect information to people.

Not that this is a huge change. What is shows, is that instead of doing something about it, Scott Morrison and his lot, have tried to hide it by handing over the work to private companies.

The problem is not on only misinformation. A stack of other errors, are being made. Calls are being constantly transferred around and there are a lot of mistakes in the processing.

This comes from a Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU) survey of Human Services workers.

According to the survey, 85 per cent of respondents say private call providers are having a negative impact on service standards. They report the private call centre staff dont have the training they need, and clients are waiting longer to have their issues resolved, because they cant always be fixed by the private contractors. They say that Human Services workers often have to fix problems caused by the call centres.

Most scary is that private contractors are also working in the compliance area. Human Services staff suggest that appealing to against a decision is being made harder, when it is suggested that an application cannot be made without providing further evidence first. Although this is supposed to be against the guidelines, they are getting away with it.

A consequence is that staff are facing a rise in the number of angry people that they must face, and this is having a negative impact on the quality of the work environment. The use of sacually employed contractors is also creating job insecurity.


Photo from the CPSU: Centrelink staff are campaigning against the private call centres












But it is much worse for those who depend on Centrelink to get by. Too many are missing out on the already miserly income provided and are having uncalled for debts imposed on them, and this inevitably adds to the poverty problem in Australia.

Although the governments figures suggest that waiting times on phone calls are going down, this is misleading. There...


Byron Councillors make second push to end nude bathing at Tyagarah "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Paul Bibby

A group of Byron Shire councillors will attempt to reverse the recent decision to keep Tyagarah Beach clothes optional when the council has its full meeting next week.

The councillors, including Mayor Simon Richardson (Greens), have put forward two motions which, if passed, would put an end to nude bathing at Tyagarah.

Instead, a 12-month clothes optional trial would be introduced on a stretch of beach in Byron Bay.

The proposed recision motion continues the ongoing saga over Tyagarah Beach, which has seen a long-running battle between naturists and a group of residents who are concerned about the ongoing instances of anti-social and illegal behaviour there.

At the last full council meeting on October 19 a motion to keep Tyagarah clothes optional was narrowly passed by five votes to three.

The motion included a plan to install up to 20 cameras to record vehicle registration and personal behaviour in the Tyagarah reserve.

Cr Richardson and councillors Paul Spooner (Labor) and Jan Hackett (Labor) are now attempting to overturn that decision.

If they are successful in that first step, the councillors will put forward a second motion to outlaw nude bathing at Tyagarah, and to introduce a 12-month trial of nude bathing on a stretch of beach in Byron Bay from The Wreck to Beaumonts Beach House.

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Australian premiere of The Sky Piercer "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The North Face presents the Australian premiere of the film The Sky Piercer, with screenings happening in Sydney and Melbourne, which will include a Q&A with athletes Sam Smoothy and Fraser McDougall, alongside director Jase Hancox.

Anyone who has climbed in New Zealand/ Aotearoa will know what a daunting mountain Aoraki is. To plan to climb it and then ski it is taking things to another level.

The idea: 

The team hit the road with the objective to climb and ski the East Face of Aoraki Mt Cook, New Zealands highest mountain. They are being beaten down by the weather with the likelihood of meeting the objective looking less and less within the time allocated for the project. They embrace the Kiwi road trip with the hope of a weather window.

You can watch the trailer here.

There are two shows in Australia.

SYDNEY 28 Nov Find the Facebook event here.

MELBOURNE 29 Nov Find the Facebook event here.

You can read a Q&A with director Jase Hancox here.



Rewriting her story "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Edgars Mission - lamb, Lucille

Little Lucille Lamb managed to out fox a fox, but she couldnt out fox kindness. It was a kind heart who brought Lucille to Edgars Mission after a predator attack inflicted multiple wounds over her body, where infection had set in. Not long after her arrival, we realised it would take our very best efforts to pull her through.

Edgars Mission - lamb, Lucille-2

Lucille has undergone a procedure to debride the severely infected wound claiming a large portion of her hindquarters and x-rays have been taken to determine the extent of damage to her front leg. With a splint applied to straighten the limb, it is our hope Lucille will regain use of it once more and be able to run, skip and jump as all lambs should.

With her delicate long lashes and soul-searching eyes, Lucilles beauty, strength and resilience have well and truly captured not only our hearts but also our respect. As twice-daily bandage changes, laser therapy, medications and regular veterinary check-ups continue, we are utilising all we have in our arsenal to ensure Lucille has many more years of love, care and kindness ahead of her. Stay tuned as we continue to rewrite the chapters of Lucilles life. Her story has only just begun.


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Refugees pick Nauru over US "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

I know I said posts would be light today - and I know I have to knuckle down and get the DPP submission done - but some things just have to be shared. Forty of the 300 refugees who left Nauru to resettle in the US have contacted the island...


Launch of Overland editorial intern Magan Magans debut poetry collection! "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

6.30 pm Saturday 8 December VU at MetroWest, 138 Nicholson Street, Footscray Overland editorial intern Magan Magan is launching his first collection, published by Vulgar Press, in Footscray on 8 December.


Don't be dishonest - Left Testicle's sentence "stern but fair" "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Ex-Labor MP's sentence had to be 'stern' Margaret Scheikowski, Australian Associated Press November 15, 2018 1:53pm Former NSW minister Ian Macdonald's sentence for misconduct in public office was "stern" but not unreasonable nor plainly unjust, five Court of Criminal Appeal judges have been told. "This was a Minister of the...


Malcolm Turnbull to star at Australian Bar Association conference tonight "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The preeminent legal conference of 2018 rise2018 relevant/resilient/respected is a prestigious two-day conference to be held at the International Convention Centre Sydney. The conference boasts an impressive speaker line-up that will highlight and profile the excellence of the Australian legal profession with a focus on national and international legal...


Posts will be light today "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

I'll be offline (but checking comments from time to time) for most of today preparing a submission I've been asked to make to the DPP.


How Australias NRA-inspired gun lobby is trying to chip away at gun control laws, state by state "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


How Australias NRA-inspired gun lobby is trying to chip away at gun control laws, state by state

File 20181114 194500 wwi1je.jpg?ixlib=rb 1.1The SIFA gun lobby is running ads in Victoria targeting Labor in the hopes it can get more pro-gun independent MPs elected.
Dean Lewins/AAP

George Rennie, University of Melbourne

One of the more noticeable ad campaigns in the upcoming Victoria state election comes from a seemingly unlikely source. The Shooting Industry Foundation of Australia (SIFA) seeks to unwind Australias gun regulations, and knows that state governments are as good a place as any to start.

SIFA is a key part of Australias gun lobby, and uses the same tactics as its American equivalent, the National Rifle Association (NRA). Like the NRA, SIFA seeks to co-opt democratic norms to force change, even when it is directly at odds with overwhelming public opinion.

SIFAs Not Happy Dan television ad.

The NRA playbook

A common misconception about the NRA is that its a grass-roots organisation. This implies that policy comes from its many paid members,...


Diary of Death 16 23 November "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A life threatening list of imminent events happening in Sydney and surrounds, selected weekly by Jack Shit.

Jack Off with Jack Shit airs Saturday arvos between 3 and 5PM



Beau Wanzer (US), Ptwiggs, Lucy Cliche, WRX, Equalizer 24k, Low Flung, Debris Warehouse venue
Remi and Raiza Biza Lansdowne
Wreckless Eris (UK), Natalie de Silver Petersham Bowling Club
Mutants: B.I.N.T, Defeatist Sprawl, Passenger of Shit, DJ Portaloo Valve Bar 10PM til 3AM
The Nature Strip, Peabody Coogee Diggers EP launch and final gig before indefinite hiatus FREE
Culture: MCs Peter, Spvrrow, Johnny (from the burbs), Lauren, RBT; DJs Aldrin, Watermellow, Julian, Mike, Renee The Imperial, Rooty Hill
Jack Shit Palmer & Co 5 til 8PM FREE
Lume Etiquette, East Denistone, Plastic Jack Time and Tide Hotel, Dee Why
Wharves, Teenage Dads Chippo Hotel
Paces The Lair
Holy Holy, Clews, San Mei The Beery, Terrigal
Johnny Hunter Rad, Wollongong



  Mezko, Vowws (US/AUS) Gaelic Club
Wreckless Eris (UK); DJ Rusty Hopkinson Hardys Bay Club


Brexit: this is it? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Since the Brexit referendum was hailed by many as representative of a new force in global politics, its of interest even on the far side of the planet, and Ive watched the slow-motion train wreck with appalled fascination.

So, as far as I can tell, the Brexit deal Theresa May has come up with is pretty much the super-soft version. About the only immediate change it will produce is a return to blue passports in place of the EU burgundy, which, it appears, were always optional. And, it appears, the new passports will be printed in France.

All that assumes that the deal will go through. In this context, Ive been struck by a lot of commentary supporting the deal on the basis that a second referendum isnt feasible due to the timing requirements of the Referendums Act. Am I missing something here? Isnt Parliament supreme? And given that this issue has consumed British politics for the last two years or more, can there really be any significant ambiguity about the possible choices articulated by May today: her deal, no deal or no Brexit?

Feel free to comment on these or any other aspects of the issue.


Will robots bring us utopia? An end-of-year debate! "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

6 pm Friday 7 December The Toff in Town, 252 Swanston Street, Melbourne Overland and the National Union of Workers are hosting a lively end-of-year debate on the topic of automation and what it will mean for workers and labour.


Politics in the Pub wraps 2018 with activist panel "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Storyteller, educator, artist and activist Jenni Cargill-Strong.

A host of regional activists have been assembled for the final Politics in the Pub of 2018.

Organisers say, Well hear what they have achieved, but more importantly what they see as the challenges ahead and how we might address them.

Speakers include: enviro-community activist Annie Kia; activist, educator, academic and writer Aidan Ricketts; editor of The Echo Hans Lovejoy; passionate re-localiser Sasha Mainsbridge; storyteller, educator, artist and activist Jenni Cargill-Strong; writer, enviro-activist Dr Liz Elliott;  young enviro-activist Kate Montford and filmmaker and activist Michael Balson.

Organisers say, You dont have to go traipsing across the globe to find great political activists; theyre right here in our region. And weve got the evidence to prove it.

Just look at the success of rolling back CSG, pushing for energy democracy and alternatives to fossil fuels, agitation against waste and pollution, opposition to the anti-protest laws

The event takes place November 28, 6.30pm till 8.30, at the Court House Hotel, Mullumbimby.

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Nationals Matthew Fraser running for the third time for Richmond "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Matthew Fraser has bee preselected by the National Party to run against Labors Justine Elliot for the third time. Photo Twitter

Matthew Fraser has once again been preselected as the National Party candidate for Richmond to run against Labors Justine Elliot. This follows two previous attempts to win the seat in 2013 and 2016.

A small business owner, Mr Fraser says he is keen to restore strong representation to the region.

The people of Richmond deserve better than a career politician, they deserve someone with vision, ethics and a commitment to the community, he said. Returning Richmond back to the Nationals has been and is a long process; this election will be the toughest battle yet and the gloves are off. The Nationals have successfully represented this region for decades and I intend to give the people strong and effective representation.

Gloves off

Sitting member Justine Elliot has been quick to respond to the announcement of Mr Frasers preselection saying that there are three major reasons why Scott Morrisons National Party candidate for Richmond, Matthew Fraser, does not deserve your vote.

Ms Elliot says that Mr Fraser referred to members of the Richmond electorate as the great unwashed in a video he posted on Facebook 5 October 2018 and calls his comments a disrespectful and arrogant attack on our community [that] is unforgivable.

Supporting harsh aged pension cuts put forward in Tony Abbotts 2014 budget (Tweed Daily News14 May 2014) and support for reducing penalty rates in 2015 (Tweed Sun 27 August 2015) were also cited as reasons not to support Mr Frasers bid for the seat.

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Santos Organics on the lookout for not-for-profit organisations "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

With a sackful of cash, Santos Organics are asking the public to nominate a local not-for-profit organisation who are doing great things for the planet and people in our community.

Organisers say, Every week, many of the Santos Organics team salary sacrifice one per cent of their wage to help local not-for-profit organisations. 

The next Santos Organics team grant sees $13,650 in wages being more than matched by Santos Organics to total a whopping $30,000 soon to be donated to great causes!

To nominate your chosen environmental or social not-for-profit organisation, visit Nominations close 5pm November 16.

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Teachers for Refugees "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


To all Newlands Parents. 

I write to you as a parent and a teacher to tell you about a strike that is happening on Tuesday November 20 on Universal Children's Day. 

Teachers across Victoria will be walking off the job and heading into the city to primarily show our opposition to keeping young children locked up but also protesting about the horror and human rights abuse that is detention. 

The rally starts at 2.30 and the AEU have approved the action and the Department of Education have left it up to schools to manage independently. Every teacher that is striking will be taking a half day of unpaid leave.


For Sale "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


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1.9-2.9 meters suitable for cladding or chook shed.

$5-10 a sheet or make us an offer for the lot.

Steel Cargo Carrier - as is $50.00 130cm by 110cm.


1) Palm oil supplier to PepsiCo, Mars, and Hershey resumes deforesting in Indonesia "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

2) Trans-border link will unlock North Fly

1) Palm oil supplier to PepsiCo, Mars, and Hershey resumes deforesting in Indonesia
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Elderly man falls from roof at Blue Knob "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Westpac Rescue Helicopter was tasked with flying a 71 year old man to the Prince Alfred Hospital in Brisbane. Photo supplied.

A 71 year old man fell from a roof on a property at Blue Knob near Nimbin yesterday. The man was treated at the site for spinal injuries by emergency services. He was then flown by the Westpac Life  Saver Rescue Helicopter to the Prince Alfred Hospital in Brisbane for further treatment.

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137 personal bests at Wonthaggi Little Aths "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Finish of the Under 10 800 metres at Wonthaggi Little Athletics last Saturday.

LAST Saturday, the weather was kind to us at Wonthaggi Little Aths with the sun shining and only a light wind.
The athletes at the Wonthaggi Little Athletics Club were out in force, pushing themselves to run faster, throw further and jump longer or higher in the case of our athletes competing in the high jump.
A total of 85 athletes competed on Saturday with 59 athletes achieving 137 personal best scores between them; a great effort. Ten athletes scored 4 PBs out of 5 events.
They are: Jake Marotta: Jav, LJ, 60mH, 70m; Riley Rutland: Jav, LJ, 60mH, 70m; Oscar Shumack: Jav, LJ, 60mH, 70m; Hayden Purton: Sp, 60mH, 70m, HJ; Qiarshi Adams: Jav, LJ, 60mH, 70m; Mackenzie Wain: SP, HJ, 200m, 80mH; Aidan Smyth: TJ, 60mH, Disc, 70m; Lucy Thompson: SP, HJ, 60mH 70m; Rosinda Charlton: LJ, 60mH, 70m, 50m; and Ailish Flynn: Jav, LJ, 60mH, 70m.
Well done everyone! A reminder to parents that this months committee meeting will be held at the Wonthaggi Workmans Club on Tuesday, November 13 at 6pm. We look forward to seeing some new faces.

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River + summer = colour "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Sacred Kingfisher, Loddon River @ Newstead, 14th November 2018


612 ABC Brisbane radio interview on Qld having nations highest unemployment rate "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Yesterday I had an enjoyable chat with Steve Austin on his 612 ABC Brisbane Drive program about the latest ABS Labour Force estimates, which, as I reported in yesterdays post, revealed Queensland is the only state with an unemployment rate of 6% or more.  You can hear our discussion, in which I comment on various regulatory and policy settings, as well as the loss in the 2000s of Queenslands previous status as the low tax state, from 2:02:55:

Drive Thursday 15 November 2018

While Queenslands unemployment rate is typically higher than the national rate (see chart below), the current 1.1 percentage point difference between the rates is currently above the 40-year average of 0.4 percentage points. If the current difference were due solely to a surge in workforce participation related to strong jobs growth I wouldnt be concerned. Alas, it isnt. Queenslands rate of jobs growth is less than half the national average. The Queensland economy continues to under-perform.



Fields of Healing fest launch kids program "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Dirtgirl will make an appearance during the Fields of Healing festival kids program. Photo supplied.

The first Fields of Healing festival, to be held November 24 and 25 at North Byron Parklands, will welcome Indigenous elders, peacemakers, musicians, artists and more from all over the world. 

A kids program has been added to the bill, and will feature the gumboot-wearing, planet-loving Dirtgirl, who will be bringing her grubby fun and joy to the stage at 3pm on Saturday.

Organisers say there will also be natural and recycled craft activities operated by The Family Centre, Native American Dancing, Indigenous weaving and yoga, mindful meditation for kids and more. Kids 15 and under are free. For more info visit

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Grandparents day a hit at Hinterland Christian College "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Enjoying Grandparents Day at Hinterland Christian College. Photo supplied

Kym Thompson 

Sunday October 28 was National Grandparents Day in Australia, and to celebrate, Hinterland Christian College invited grandparents and grandfriends for morning tea and a time of fun activities.

It was a big hit students and grandparents enjoyed a memorable day as they made the most of morning tea together. Principal Karlene Grinham said the school was delighted with the response from families.

We have held Grandparents Day in the past, she said. Its great to see families taking such an interest in the next generation. I was thrilled that even the secondary school grandparents attended and we are keen to do it again in the future.

Our grandparents and grandfriends toured the classrooms, looked at childrens work, participated in activities and observed games in the classroom and playground.

The students thoroughly enjoyed hosting the event for their grandparents and the grandfriends relished the time spent together.

The event was a success owing to the efforts of the entire school years nine and ten Food Technology students baked homemade scones, years seven and eight prepared and served the food and drink. 

Kym Thompson teaches Kindergarten to grade 2.

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Spain moves to go completely renewable by 2050 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Contributed by Jim Hayes

The Spanish governments declared intention to completely switch over to renewable energy by 2050. Its aim is to slash 90 percent off carbon emissions and take a major step towards decarbonising the whole economy, and it is grabbing worldwide attention.

The plan includes installing at least 3,000 megawatts of wind and solar power each year for the next ten years.

The shift to renewables is not sudden. Spain has been a leader in this for some time. The strength of public opinion had been difficult for the pro mining conservative government to hold back the tide. Now that the Pedro Sanchez led Socialist Workers Party of Spain is in a minority government, it has a strong incentive to consolidate its position.

Holding barely more than a quarter of the parliamentary seats, it can only survive if the anti-austerity party Podemos (We Can) and the Catalan and Basque independence parties dont vote against it. The Socialists falied to enter into a left coalition, because an agreement could not be struck with Podemos. In its absence, they do not have a great deal of room to maneuver and faces a high prospect  of political instability, before facing the polls in 2020.

After  being thwarted in an attempt to bring a modest increase to the budget by the conservatives, still wed to cutting back spending, and by those on the other side, branding it as insufficient, the government needs a way out that will win it some political capital to consolidate political support.

This led to successful negotiations in October, which brought an agreement on raising the minimum wage by 22 percent,  raising pensions, increased funding for education and science, increasing disability benefits, more spending on housing and increased paternity leave. This agreement set the ground for progress on renewable energy.  Both the political circumstances and the push within the Socialist Party have created the political conditions for change.

Consequently, Spains efforts to meet commitment to the Paris Agreement has been lifted to a higher level.

Under the plan, there will be a ...


Blessed relief "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Relief as jobs fire

With the new articles getting more shrill by the day on tighter credit, it's becoming more important than ever to watch the facts closely with a clear head! 

Following on from yesterday's wage price index, there was a tremendously upbeat employment report today, with full-time jobs leaping by +42,300 in October 2018, described variously as a  'jobs boom' and 'beautiful set of data'.

Stepping away from the monthly noise, this takes annual employment growth back up to 2 per cent, or +308,100 (there are six charts to expand below). 

New South Wales again drove the gains in October, with quarterly employment growth for the state booming by +63,100, and annual growth soaring off the charts at +151,000, for a staggering +3.9 per cent annual gain. Wow.

There were also very solid gains for Victoria over the year at +93,100, while at the other end of the scale things have been looking rather messy for the Northern Territory over the past 18 months, with total employment trending ever lower. 

Unemployment rate lowest since 2011

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate held firm at 5 per cent, confirming that last month's surp...


Canaans Hong Kong Listing Plans in Limbo "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Canaan's Hong Kong Listing Plans in Limbo

Plans by bitcoin mining equipment manufacturer Canaan to list shares on the Hong Kong stock exchange are now uncertain, as the Chinese companys application for an initial public offering (IPO) expired on Nov. 14 exactly six months after it submitted the documents to the Asian bourse.

Also Read: Bitcoin ATMs Most Common Scam Payment Method in Australia

IPO Will Not Happen in 2018

Canaans $400 million IPO may not happen this year as there was no update from the stock exchange for a listing hearing, according to a report by Reuters, quoting sources familiar with the matter.Canaan's Hong Kong Listing Plans in Limbo The Hong Kong exchange has released a report on IPO applications, delistings and suspensions that shows that more than 200 applications have lapsed before they were finalized. The report does not identify any of the applicants by name.

Regulators in Hong Kong, including the stock exchange itself, have reportedly raised concerns about Cana...


MACKAY Menacing phone calls, texts land South Mackay miner in hot water "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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Longer fire seasons threaten to disrupt US-Australia firefighting cooperation "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

An arrangement that has worked well for decades is at risk of coming unstuckLonger bushfire seasons in Australia and the US threaten to disrupt the sharing of vital personnel and equipment between the two countries, fire experts and coordinators have revealed.At least 50 people have lost their lives in California's deadliest wildfires, which continue to rage. Fire authorities and scientists say climate change has made the conditions worse.I think there's no other plausible explanation than [...]


Australia: Jihad murderer withdraws his apology, says I ask Allah to grant victory to the believers "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Justice Peter Johnson said the letters also gave an insight into the 22-year-olds lack of rehabilitation and de-radicalisation. He seems to have shut the door to the path.' What Johnson should ponder is why exactly Atai would shut the door to deradicalization. If he did, he would find abundant incitement to violence in the Quran []


Australia: Muslim leader says Islam cannot be connected with any form of violent acts "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The religion of Islam cannot be connected with any form of violent acts. Unfortunately, Islamic jihadists around the world keep connecting them. ISIS may draw some of their justification from the religion of Islam. That does not make it a form of Islam. Odd statement. Who within Islam has the authority to determine what is []


Philoria Trip 2018 (4/4): The Phinal Philoria "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Richmond Range was our final stop as we had been continuing our way north towards the QLD/NSW border. Showering along the trip was a luxury, as only one camp-site provided showers, which were cold water only. Therefore we relied on local towns and Google to tell us where public showers were. We were particularly keen []


Yet other digital privacy betrayals "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The global situation......

The Guardian, 14 November 2018:

Google has been accused of breaking promises to patients, after the company announced it would be moving a healthcare-focused subsidiary, DeepMind Health, into the main arm of the organisation.

The restructure, critics argue, breaks a pledge DeepMind made when it started working with the NHS that data will never be connected to Google accounts or services. The change has also resulted in the dismantling of an independent review board, created to oversee the companys work with the healthcare sector, with Google arguing that the board was too focused on Britain to provide effective oversight for a newly global body.

Google says the restructure is necessary to allow DeepMinds flagship health app, Streams, to scale up globally. The app, which was created to help doctors and nurses monitor patients for AKI, a severe form of kidney injur...


Australias Trump Lite is overseas seeing what other trade opportunities he can wreck "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Australian, 13 November 2018, p.2:

Scott Morrison has mounted the strongest defence of any allied leader so far of Donald Trumps trade policies, denying that Washington has turned protectionist because of its imposition of tariffs on China.

The US wants to see greater trade and more open trade and they want to see it on better terms, the Prime Minister told The Australian in an interview in his Sydney office. It is yet to be established that the US is pursuing a protectionist policy. 

Mr Morrison said he did not agree with the protectionist interpretation of the administrations trade policy.

Mr Morrison leaves today on a trip to Singapore and Papua New Guinea for APEC and ASEAN-related summits, during which he will meet US Vice-President Mike Pence, Chinese President Xi Jinping, Japans Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and a range of regional leaders.



2018 Hobart City Council Count (With Some Coverage Of Other Councils) "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The number above appears at the top of my coverage to highlight the final informal vote rate for the Hobart City Council councillor count, as a result of absurdly strict formality requirements. Launceston (7.94%) and Clarence (7.24%) are not far behind.  

This level of informal vote as a result of absurd legislation is a farce, an insult to democracy, and a threat to the legitimacy of seats being decided by a handful of votes.  The informal rate was 100 times the final seat margin in Hobart.

I call on the state government and other parties in the Lower House to immediately and publicly commit to fixing this problem.  The current government did not create this problem, but the problem should have been fixed after the last election four years ago.

Coverage follows below.

Note added Saturday night: I will be mostly offline for the coming week (Nov 4-10) so comment clearance will be slow.

Introduction (from Tuesday)

Welcome to my live coverage thread for the Hobart City Council count, which will also have some comments on other councils when I find time to look at them.  My Hobart candidate guide and preview was here and has probably been viewed by about 20% of Hobart voters.  Updates will be added below the dotted lines; check back regularly through the week for comments.  These introductory comments will stay at the top, there are also some more detailed introductory comments at the bottom.

If you have a question about another Council after there are figures av...


Poll Roundup: Well That Wasn't Much Of A Honeymoon "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

2PP Aggregate: 54.8 to Labor (+0.8 since last week) by 2016 preferences
54.2 to Labor with One Nation adjustment
Labor would win election "held now" with a very large majority 

It's been a while since my last federal poll roundup.  At that time the Coalition's polling was recovering from the shock caused by the messy and (to the public) inexplicable coup that deposed Malcolm Turnbull as Prime Minister, and it was too soon to read anything into what we were seeing.  Because the Coalition's polling was in recovery mode but the new Prime Minister was still in a polling honeymoon period it was a matter of waiting for things to settle down to get a feeling for how competitive the Coalition really was.

On my aggregate, the recovery from a post-coup low of 43.9% peaked at 46.7% after seven weeks, and since then things have been getting worse rather than better.  Furthermore, since the defeat in Wentworth, they have been getting worse faster, at least if this week's shocker Newspoll is anything to go by.  The Coalition's current position is worse than at any time with Malcolm Turnbull as Prime Minister, and also worse than all but the worst few weeks under Tony Abbott.

We haven't had much national polling data since the last roundup article.  The government's last three Newspolls had 2PP votes of 47, 46 and 45.  By last-election preferences after considering the primary votes I aggregated these as 46, 45.4 and 44.3 (Newspoll adjusts for a shift in the preferencing behaviour of One Nation voters since the 2016 election).  Essential has returned 47, 47 and 46, which I converted to 47.2, 47.1 and 45.6, and there was a lone Ipsos at 45, which I entered as 45.1.

Since the change at the top, the average Newspoll 2PP for the government has been 45.3 while the average from Essential has been 46.3.  This is even though Newspoll's preferencing method should on average make Newspoll about 0.9 points better for the Coalition than Essential is.  It is pretty common for dramatic events to produce shifts in how the house effects of different polls relate to each other (for instance, when Turnbull first became Prime Minister, Morgan polls shifted from being Labor-friendly to Coalition-friendly compa...


Not-A-Poll: Best State Premiers Of The Past 40 Years: Round 2 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Two months ago I started a round of Best State Premier Not-A-Polls.  Winners from each state will eventually go through to an elimination-style final similar to my Best Prime Minister series.  Also the skew in this site's reader base (and that's probably not the only cause) led to Labor Premiers winning round 1 in every state, so I am starting a Best Non-Labor Premier/Chief Minister runoff as well.

As it has turned out six states have finished up with two-candidate runoffs.  The first named was the round 1 winner in every case except Queensland which was a tie.

NSW Neville Wran vs Bob Carr
Victoria Steve Bracks vs Daniel Andrews (postponed to January to reduce Vic election contamination)
Queensland Peter Beattie vs Wayne Goss
Western Australia Geoff Gallop vs Carmen Lawrence
Tasmania Jim Bacon vs Lara Giddings
ACT Katy Gallagher vs Jon Stanhope

All these runoffs will go for one month.  (Voting in the sidebar, closes 6 pm Nov 30.)

Two candidates win their states/territories and advance directly to the final by outright majority:

SA Don Dunstan
NT Clare Martin

Daniel Andrews is the only current Premier still in the contest.

It was possible for a candidate to win their state in the first round without winning an absolute majority (based on the threshhold rules).  For a while it looked like Gallagher would do this in the ACT, and Bacon was close in Tasmania but neither got there.

Qualifiers for Best Non-Labor Premier have been decided by first-past-the-post (I think this is actually better than having open-primary style runoffs in this case, though the final can only be an open runoff).  They are:

NSW Nick Greiner
Victoria Jeff Kennett
Queensland Joh Bjelke-Petersen
Western Australia Colin Barnett
South Australia Steven Marshall
Tasmania Will Hodgman
ACT Kate Carnell
NT Paul Everingham

Two current Premiers made this list.

Best Non-Labor Premier will be determined by multi-candidate runoff.  To progress to the next round a candidate must:

* Obtain at least 8% of the vote
* Be capable of winning from that position if it was a preferential election (this automatically excludes the candidate in last place).

Given the open-primary nature of the vote I think I know who's going to win, but we will see!

The first round of this will go for one month. .....


Exercise Wallaby 2018 - Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) Lockheed C-130H Hercules '735' Arrives into Rockhampton Airport "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

On Thursday 15 November, Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) Lockheed C-130H Hercules '735' arrived at Rockhampton Airport as "SAF9859" from Darwin where it arrived from Singapore the previous day.

Local plane spotter 'IAD' was able to capture a couple of photos as the Herc touched down and then was parked on the Northern part of the Rockhampton Airport parking apron, alongside the remaining three of the four RSAF Boeing CH-47D Chinook helicopters.


NSW : DARLINGTON BEACH "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

From the moment we drove through the gates at NRMA Darlington Beach Holiday Resort we loved it. Within hours of arriving we agreed that it was one of our favourite parks to date.

It has everything you could possibly want in a holiday park, located on 1...


Exercise Wallaby 2018 - Air New Zealand B777-200 ZK-OKE and Royal Brunei B787-8 Dreamliner V8-DLD Both at Rockhampton Airport on Final Heavy Jet Charter Flights "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The fourth and final 'wave' of heavy jet charter flights at Rockhampton Airport in support of the Singapore Armed Force's Exercise Wallaby 2018 started and finished in one night late on Wednesday 14 November and early on Thursday 15 November.

The only Air New Zealand operated charter flight for the Exercise touched down first with Boeing B777-200 ZK-OKE positioning from Auckland empty as ANZ6006.  It was then loaded with a full flight of personnel and their bags before it later departed Rockhampton Airport direct to Singapore's Changi Airport as ANZ1946.



Exercise Wallaby 2018 - Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) AS332M Super Puma Helicopters Begin to Depart Rockhampton Airport For Good "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Sadly, the Singapore Armed Force's Exercise Wallaby 2018 is rapidly coming to an end and on Tuesday 13 November, the remaining Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) helicopters deployed to Rockhampton Airport looked to complete their final flights and return to their home base at Oakey.

Local photographer Russell P popped out to Rockhampton Airport and was able to capture some photos as RSAF Aerospatiale / Eurocopter AS332M Super Puma helicopter '292' returned to Rcky from the Shoalwater Bay Training Area (SWBTA) as "Starling".



1) The ULMWP calls for an end to Indonesian military operations in West Papua "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

2) Border area Papuans press home independence call to APEC

1) The ULMWP calls for an end to Indonesian military operations in West Papua

The ongoing joint Indonesian military and p...


MACKAY Charge dropped: Million-dollar laundering case falls flat "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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MACKAY Menacing phone calls, texts land Mackay miner in court "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

MACKAY November 14, 2018 at 06:26AM ,

Menacing phone calls, texts land Mackay miner in court

November 14, 2018 at 06:26AM ,

BOMBARDING a woman with menacing phone calls and texts during a fiery feud between two families has not ended well for a miner from South

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UKE NIGHT the Best of 2018 Club Mullum THU 29 NOV from 6:30pm "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

In what will be the last UKE NIGHT for the year Miss Amber and Stukulele present the Best of 2018.

Come along to Sing n Strum 2 or 3 of your favourites from the 2018 songbooks.

Stu would like to thank everyone who has supported UKE NIGHT this year including Club Mullum: Luis and Luke, all the amazing guest singers and musicians, the awesome Monday night Mullum Uke Clubbers, the wonderful patrons who go the extra yard with a monthly donation and everyone who has come along on the last Thursday of the month to join in song as a peaceful loving, community.

Songbooks available via

Pictured is Stukulele with the multi talented Kate Gittins who has been a wonderful edition to the UKE NIGHT band this year.

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The truth will set us all free! "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Hi redditors i have a few questions i need answered My family and i are planning to move from Melbourne to Townsville (driving) and we would like to know a few things. Good areas to raise a family in? What is the crime like? Are outsiders (people not from townsville) looked down apon? We used to live in mackay QLD and everyone looked down at us. General feel of the town?

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LNP Senator Becomes A Woman OR Make Us A Cup Of Tea, Love! "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

I am going to declare my gender today, to be a woman, and then youll no longer be able to attack me. Barry OSullivan, LNP Senator for Queensland. Strangely, Ive never realised that being a woman somehow protected one from attack. I guess thats why Kelly ODwyer was reluctant to agree that domestic violence was

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Emma and the Book Group "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Jane Austen, Emma (1815) Before the meeting: Im not much of a rereader, so reading Emma for the second time for the Book Group is a bit of an event. Please indulge me in some autobiographical reflection. I first read Jane Austen Continue reading


Wetland gumboot gumshoeing turns up Wagtails "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Wetland wading paid off with surprise find of three Eastern Yellow Wagtails this week.

Donned gumboots to get closer to large shorebird (turned out to be Black-tailed Godwit)
and squelched upon unseen and startled wagtails.

Less often met in Townsville Common Conservation Park than around my old stomping ground, Ingham, the species wings down from Russia and northern Japan to escape northern freeze, fattens up for a few months and returns north to breed.


Nov 28 in Flinders and Kimba ClOSED meetings on nuclear waste dump plan "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Katrina Bohr  No Nuclear Waste Dump Anywhere in South Australia, 14 Nov 18
Is the National nuclear waste dump a transparent process?


Australian labour market treading water this month "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Today, the Australian Bureau of Statistics released the latest data Labour Force, Australia, October 2018 which show that the Australian labour market really was treading water despite the improvement in employment growth, from last months outcome where Australia endured zero growth. The moderate employment growth, however, trailed behind the growth in the labour force and unemployment rose a bit. Monthly hours worked remained on a flat trend. The labour market remains in a fairly weak state the growth in employment is not sufficient to match the growth in labour supply and the broader measures of labour underutilisation remain at persistently elevated levels. The Australian labour market remains a considerable distance from full employment. There is clear room for some serious policy expansion at present.

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

  • Employment increased 32,800 (0.03 per cent) full-time employment increased 42,300 and part-time employment decreased 9,500.
  • Unemployment increased 4,600 to 672,100.
  • The official unemployment rate remained steady at 5.0 per cent.
  • The participation rate increased by 0.1 points to 65.6 per cent, and remains well below its previous peak (December 2010) of 65.8 per cent.
  • Aggregate monthly hours worked increased 6.1 million hours (0.3 per cent).
  • The monthly broad underutilisation estimates for October 2018 show that underemployment was steady at 8.7 per cent (1,105.5 thousand). The total labour underutilisation rate (unemployment plus underemployment) was 13.3 per cent. There were a total of 1,777.5 thousand workers either unemployed or underemployed.

Employment increased by 32,800 in October 2018

Employment growth was stronger this month after a very weak growth figure in September.

Total employment rose by 32,800 (0.3 per cent) full-time employment increased 42,300 and part-time employment decreased 9,500.

The moderate employment growth, however, trailed behind the growth in the labour force and unemployment rose a bit.

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 October 2018 using seasonally adjusted data.

The zig-zag pattern where employment growth has regularly been around zero remains evident.



New Climate Council report links climate change with worsening droughts "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Deluge and Drought: Climate Council issues grim warning on looming water security crisis, ABC, 14 Nov 18

The Climate Council has released a new report linking climate change with worsening droughts, including the current one, extreme weather events such as bushfires and floods, and identifying water security as a source of grave concern.

The report, Deluge and Drought: Australias Water Security in a Changing Climate, stated that if the effects of climate change were left unchecked the results for the agriculture sector and beyond will be devastating.



The horror legacy of Britains nuclear bomb tests "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Britains nuclear bomb test legacy of early deaths and deformed children, Mirror, By
Susie Boniface 14 NOV 2018

The horrific story behind the UKs nuclear experiments have been told in full for the first time. After the horrors of the Second World War, it was deemed necessary for Britain to have a weapon that could unleash hell.

When atom bombs were dropped on Japan in 1945, LIFE magazine reported: Peoples bodies were terribly squeezed, then their internal organs ruptured.

Of the 22,000 scientists and servicemen who took part in radioactive experiments in Australia and the South Pacific, just a handful are alive.

Their families report cancers, rare medical problems, high rates of miscarriage and deformities, disability and death for their children and their grandchildren.

Now, the full story of Britains nuclear experiments has been told for the first time in a new Mirror website that details not only the scientific, military and political battles, but the human fallout.



Queensland Nationals MP Identifies As A Woman To Criticise Abortion "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Queensland Nationals senator Barry OSullivan has declared himself a woman to shield himself from criticism of his anti-abortion views. Senator OSullivan told the Senate on Wednesday he was tired of being attacked by grubs for his opposition to abortion, singling out the Greens. These people attack me for my religious [beliefs], using words like rosary ...

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Save Malaysia Stop Lynas (SMSL) group calls on Malaysian govt to shut down Lynas rare earth refinery "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Shut down Lynas plant immediately, Harapan govt urged, malaysia kini 12 Nov 2018, Anti-Lynas group Save Malaysia Stop Lynas (SMSL) has called on the Pakatan Harapan government to immediately shut down the Australian-owned Lynas rare earth refinery plant in Gebeng, Kuantan.

In a statement after a public meeting held by the Lynas Review Committee in Kuantan, SMSL said that the citizens have demanded the shutdown of Lynas, which was evident by the presence of about 600 people at the meeting.

SMSL, which has been campaigning against the operation of the plant since 2011, said that several court cases have been initiated to stop the then-Najib government from issuing Lynas Corporation the licence to operate and leave massive amounts of waste contaminated with radioactive materials.

These include thorium and uranium, and hazardous substances like arsenic, cadmium, chromium and lead as well as chemicals from its refinery plant using ore concentrates from its Australian mine.

SMSL legal adviser Hon Kai Ping claimed that Lynas had breached its licensing conditions in many ways and there has been no subsequent action from the regulators. ..

SMSL said Lynas water leached purification residue (WLP) waste has radioactivity of close to 8Bq/g, according to a 2014 UKM research findings, eight times higher than the regulatory exemption limit.

According to a Department of Environment document, over 450 kilo-tonne of WLP waste is now stored next to the refinery plant in dams lined only with thin HDPE (high-density polyethylene) plastic.

It said that Lynas has proposed to turn its wastes into various commercial products from building and road paving materials to a soil filler known as Condisoil.

It added that all of the proposed diluted products by Lynas, when released to the market, will almost certainly exceed the 1mSv/year cumulative dose limit, posing serious health and environmental risks to the whole country.

The toxic legacy of Bukit Merah was created from monazite from our domestic tin tailing

Pahang Department of Environment (DOE) director Rosli Zul said in his presentation that Lynas had indeed followed rules imposed by authorities since it began operations.


Hurricanes becoming more extreme due to climate change "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Climate change is making hurricanes even more destructive, research finds, Guardian, Oliver Milman @olliemilman 15 Nov 18   Hurricane rainfall could increase by a third and wind speeds boosted by up to 25 knots if global warming continues.  Climate change worsened the most destructive hurricanes of recent years, including Katrina, Irma and Maria, by intensifying rainfall by as much as 10%, new research has found.

High-resolution climate simulations of 15 tropical cyclones in the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans found that warming in the ocean and atmosphere increased rainfall by between 5% and 10%, although wind speeds remained largely unchanged.

This situation is set to worsen under future anticipated warming, however. Researchers found that if little is done to constrain greenhouse gas emissions and the world warms by 3C to 4C this century then hurricane rainfall could increase by a third, while wind speeds would be boosted by as much as 25 knots

The research, published in the journal Nature, used climate models to see how factors such as air and ocean temperatures have influenced hurricanes. Projections into the future were then made, based upon various levels of planetary warming.

The findings suggest that enormously destructive storms have already been bolstered by climate change and similar events in the future are on course to be cataclysmic.

In a world where temperatures were 3C warmer on average, Hurricane Katrina, which resulted in nearly 2,000 deaths when levees breached near New Orleans in 2005, wouldve been even worse, with around 25% more rainfall. Cyclone Yasi, which hit Australia in 2011, would have had around a third more rain, while the deluge during Gafilo, a huge storm that killed more than 300 people in Madagascar in 2004, would have been 40% more intense. .

Hurricanes, or cyclones as they are known in the Pacific region, draw their strength from warmth in the upper layers of the ocean, while their rainfall is influenced by the amount of moisture in the atmosphere. Climate change, driven by human activity, is creating more favorable conditi...


Gripping new book Chernobyl: History of a Tragedy "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A horror story: history of Chernobyl nuclear disaster wins Baillie Gifford prize, Guardian, 14 Nov 18
Ukrainian author Serhii Plokhy, who grew up downstream from the damaged reactor, wins 30,000 prize for Chernobyl: History of a Tragedy. 
A Harvard history professors haunting account of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster, which delves into the heartbreaking stories of heroism from the people who helped to prevent the whole of Europe from becoming uninhabitable, has won the 30,000 Baillie Gifford prize for non-fiction.

Serhii Plokhys Chernobyl: ...


Aboriginal Rights: Michael Anderson: No treaty or contract valid if the parties are at war "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Ghillar, Michael Anderson, Convenor of Sovereign Union of First Nations and Peoples in Australia, and Head of State of the Euahlayi Peoples Republic Under international law and domestic contractual lawno treaty or contract can be classified as legal if we are under the rules and disciplines of war. If our First Nations Peoples are not fully aware of these facts, then any contract entered into, treaty or otherwise, can be argued to be invalid.

Ghillar, Michael Anderson, Convener of the Sovereign Union, last surviving member of the founding four of the Aboriginal Embassy and Leader of the Euahlayi Nation said from Goodooga today:

The upcoming Sovereign Union Gathering of Nations sponsored by the Yorta Yorta Nation will focus on key rights that we have as First Nations Peoples of this continent. These rights are now supported by international laws and developing international customary legal norms, for example, as collated inHuman Rights at Your Fingertips published by the Federal Attorney-Generals department:

One international legal norm is the progressive recognition of redress for past wrongdoings perpetrated by ambitious French, Portuguese, English, Dutch, Spanish and German colonialists.

What is interesting, however, is understanding that the Pope in Rome was instrumental in instigating invasions of...


5 great gift ideas for Christmas 2019. "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"



A gift of experiences and memories is a truly unique gift to give a person. Something that wont soon be forgotten or tossed aside. Tinggly makes this even more adventurous by offering the recipient a range of choices they can choose from. Booking.coms recent customer survey found that Almost two thirds of travellers (60%) value experiences higher than material possessions. With this in mind you just need to go to and choose a package of your choice to give as a gift.

Tinggly have a whole range of experience collections including

  • The Bucket List 600+ experiences in over 100countries
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Tinggly really has something for everyone and you will find everything from getaways for 2 in capital cities to
exploring islands in Thailand. The person that you have gifted the voucher to or if you have received one yourself, they will then have a whole 2 years to apply for a travel experience out of hundreds of choices that theyll be given.
Once you have picked the experience you wish to do you can have the experience voucher delivered straight to your inbox or mailbox, it is completely up to you, you can choose what is convenient for you.

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Tello Drone

The Tello is a great introduction for a first-time drone users. The Tello is a small and inexpensive drone that is
easy to use. Coming at around the $160 AUD or 99USD it is an affordable Christmas present option. You will get a drone powered by DJI intelligence and DJI the market leader in drones worldwide. The Tello is controlled by a specially built
app on your phone that you can download. The Tello, much like it is much more expensive cou...


Grattan joins chorus debunking need for Coalitions coal underwriting plan RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Grattan Institute becomes latest body to voice concerns about what looks like a last-ditch attempt to support investments in coal generation. The post Grattan joins chorus debunking need for Coalitions coal underwriting plan appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Greens establish Senate Inquiry into fair dinkum power RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Senate votes to create Select Committee into Fair Dinkum Power, an inquiry proposed by Australian Greens to cut through federal Coalitions meaningless, misleading energy policy. The post Greens establish Senate Inquiry into fair dinkum power appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Solar panels exposed to fire pose negligible risk to health, environment: IEA RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Rooftop solar fire hazard analysis finds negligible risks for chemical contamination, and no cancer related health effects from PV exposed to fire. The post Solar panels exposed to fire pose negligible risk to health, environment: IEA appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Spain bans petrol cars, fracking, fossil fuel subsidies aims for 100% renewables RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Spain proposes new laws banning petrol vehicles, fracking, scraps fossil fuel subsidies and sets 2050 goal for 100% renewable power. The post Spain bans petrol cars, fracking, fossil fuel subsidies aims for 100% renewables appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Vestas wins largest project in Victorias Renewable Energy Auction with the first V150-4.2MW turbines in Australia RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The project is the largest of six successful bids underVictorias928 MW Renewable Energy Auction Scheme, and the second winning project backed by Vestas customised solutions. The post Vestas wins largest project in Victorias Renewable Energy Auction with the first V150-4.2MW turbines in Australia appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Energy Estate, MirusWind propose 4GW wind and solar project in NSW RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Energy Estate and MirusWind propose 4GW wind and solar project with storage in NSW the largest single renewable energy project in Australias main grid. The post Energy Estate, MirusWind propose 4GW wind and solar project in NSW appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Perserverence And Bravery: Charting Australias Long Path To Marriage Equality "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Thirteen years of tireless campaigning for marriage equality in Australia are documented in new book Yes Yes Yes: Australias Journey to Marriage Equality. The majority yes vote was announced on November 15 last year, and the same-sex marriage legislation was finally passed through the Australian parliament last December. Since then, 5420 same-sex marriages have been registered ...

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Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

1.00 AUD = 0.00013 BTC
0.00010 BTC = 0.75 AUD


Bitcoin ATMs Most Common Scam Payment Method in Australia "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has warned taxpayers to be on high alert for phone scammers demanding payment through bitcoin ATMs. It said payments via BTC cash machines have now overtaken iTunes vouchers as the most common method of scam payment reported to the tax authority.

Also Read: IMF: Central Banks Could Issue Digital Currency

Tax Month November Is Prime Time for Fraudsters

Around one million Australians are due to pay their taxes to the ATO on Nov. 21. In a statement on Wednesday, ATO assistant commissioner Kath Anderson said fraudsters are growing increasingly sophisticated. They hope to exploit vulnerable people, often using aggressive tactics to swindle people out of their money or personal information, she lamented.



Jeff Horn Isnt Happy About Those Anthony Mundine Transgender Tweets "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Queensland boxer Jeff Horn has disowned social media posts criticising Anthony Mundines views on homosexuality and threatened to dump his promoters for publishing them to his accounts without his permission. The boxers promoter Dean Lonergan told the Courier-Mail last weekend they would have gay and transgender people join women in carrying round cards at Horns ...

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Mullum Music Festival Community Program "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The 11th Annual Mullum Music Festival is here!

Please check out the Community Program hosted by Renew at Mullum Music Festival this year! Entry FREE for all festival pass holders or BY Gold coin donation. Visit

Running from Thursday 15th to Sunday 18th November 2018, Red Square Music is proud to unveil the 11th instalment of the diverse and magical four days that is the Mullum Music Festival. With Opening Night and Gold Pass Tickets sold out early and all remaining ticket allocations selling fast book now for your final opportunity to get tickets!

For full festival Info, programme, artist playlist and tickets go to:

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Canstruct: Nauru detention centre contractors profit from abuse "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

At the same time as children and their families are being medically evacuated from Nauru, its been reported today that Canstruct, a Queensland company, is set to make in the order of $150 million in earnings from the Australian Government for running the Nauru detention centre.

Keren Adams, Director of Legal Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre said it was appalling that a so-called family business was profiting from an intentionally abusive system.

"Its been five long years of misery and suffering for the men, women and children on Nauru. And now people are being evacuated after this prolonged cruel treatment. What kind of business looks at that abuse and sees an opportunity for profit?" said Ms Adams.

According to audited accounts lodged with Australias corporate regulator the company made a profit of $43 million dollars in the past seven months. While the exact figure is not known, the contract extension could potentially reach in excess of half a billion dollars, with the total contract expected to bring in $150 million in bottom line earnings when the contract expires in April 2019.

"The offshore detention centre on Nauru continues to be the site of horrific and ongoing violations, including illegal detention, sexual assault and child abuse. There is simply no ethical way for a company to run this centre," said Ms Adams.

Canstructs contract was due to end this this year however the contract has been renewed for six months even amidst mounting public pressure to end offshore detention. Canstruct was awarded the detention centre contract last year after Spanish company Ferrovial said it did not want to renew its deal with the Australian Government.

"Australias offshore detention is, by design, a regime of cruelty intended to breed hopelessness and despair. Canstruct say they are a family company. If that really is the case it surely recognises that the indefinite warehousing of men, women and children is not an acceptable business for any company," said Ms Adams.

For interviews call:

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


Marriage Equality Came Six Months Too Late For Veteran LGBTIQ Activist Peter de Waal "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Veteran LGBTIQ activist Peter de Waal has spoken of his disappointment in former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on the one year anniversary of the yes vote for marriage equality. The majority yes vote was announced on November 15 last year, and same-sex marriage finally passed through the Australian parliament last December. Since then, 5420 same-sex ...

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People See A Scared Little Animal Stuck At The Bottom Of A Mineshaft "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Manfred Zabinskas, cofounder of Five Freedoms Animal Rescue (FFAR), is rather accustomed to rescuing animals from strange situations

Just recently, Zabinskas went down into a mineshaft because a little face was peering up out of it. He managed to sedate and carry a kangaroo back onto solid ground.

Credit: FFAR

And so when another call came in earlier this month about an animal stuck at the bottom of another mineshaft, Zabinskas expected he would have to go it alone.

Thankfully, this time was a bit different. 

Credit: FFAR

When Zabinskas arrived at the mineshaft in Invermay, Victoria, Australia, he had help. And the small wallaby stuck down at the bottom needed all the help he could get. 

Six firemen and emergency services workers were there to help the little guy, who came to be named Louie.

Credit: FFAR

"A host of personnel from Creswick and Ballarat took charge of the incident and conducted the rescue of the animal with military precision," Zabinskas wrote on the FFAR...


Were impressed youve held out so long but its the second-last day of Subscriberthon 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Today is the second-last day to subscribe to Overland and be in the running for prizes so incredible that you must really look at the full list to appreciate their spectacularness!


ABS Considering Intersex And Trans-Specific Categories For 2021 Census "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Australian Bureau of Statistics is considering asking Australians if they are male, female, intersex or transgender on the next Census after receiving strong interest in collecting more specific information on sex and gender identity in the five-yearly national survey. In a report released on Wednesday, the ABS said it had received more than 450 ...

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Get to know your candidates "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Independent Member for Shepparton District, Suzanna SheedIndependent Member for Shepparton District, Suzanna Sheed

WITH the election just around the corner, The Adviser caught up with the candidates and asked them a list of questions to find out why the community should elect them.

Independent Member for Shepparton District, Suzanna Sheed


What do you think you could bring to the region if re-elected?

For the past four years, I have been your independent voice in the Victorian parliament. I have worked hard to build strong relationships with all levels of government and our region is now reaping the benefits. Never before have we enjoyed so much attention from the major parties. As an independent, I cant make election promises or funding commitments, but I can deliver results. Since taking a stand and electing an independent in 2014, our community has successfully secured more than $660M for critical health, education, rail and road infrastructure. These projects are all underway, but theres more to achieve and if re-elected, I will continue to advocate for the investment we deserve.


What are your main points that you would focus on if re-elected?

Its incredible to see how far our community has come in such a short amount of time; the redevelopment of our hospital has started, work is underway to deliver better educational opportunities and outcomes for our young people, and $356M of upgrades to the Shepparton train line to deliver faster, reliable and more frequent services have begun. Each of these projects are the building blocks of a strong and vibrant community and need to be funded to completion, but now they are underway we have the opportunity to do even more. As a community we have many and diverse needs. Among them, is the need for a mother-baby unit to better support our families when they are vulnerable. We need delivery of the second stage of our hospital and an integrated cancer centre to offer treatment services close to home. We need a fully funded Shepparton Bypass, a redeveloped sports stadium and first-class regional education precinct.



What do you think are the main issues facing the area right now?

Irrigated agriculture is at the heart of the Shepparton district community....


Residents celebrate big race "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

ALL THE EXCITEMENT OF THE MELBOURNE CUP From left, Kensington Gardens residents, Kaye Dobson, Judy Hanlon, Alice Morrison and emcee, Warwick Long at the special Melbourne Cup Day luncheon at Kensington Gardens last week. Photo: Supplied.ALL THE EXCITEMENT OF THE MELBOURNE CUP From left, Kensington Gardens residents, Kaye Dobson, Judy Hanlon, Alice Morrison and emcee, Warwick Long at the special Melbourne Cup Day luncheon at Kensington Gardens last week. Photo: Supplied.

RESIDENTS at Kensington Gardens got right into the spirit of the race that stops the nation on Tuesday last week, holding a special Melbourne Cup luncheon.

One hundred and ten participants came together to enjoy a range of activities including a fantastic fashions on the field event that was judged by Kate Long and the residents, with best dressed lady won by Judi Hanlon, best dressed man won by Colin Morris, best dressed couple won by Bev and Peter Schumacher and best hat of the day was worn by Lorrain Rivett.

The residents were also privileged to have Ross Patterson donate a painting he had done of a racing scene, which was unveiled at the luncheon.

Kensington Gardens Social Club president, Lorraine Morris said, It was fantastic. We all had a great day.

We enjoyed a champagne and chicken luncheon with salads and sweets made by the residents.

We had sweeps on every race and we had a couple of wins.

It was quite an enjoyable afternoon.


Payroll tax cut welcomed by regional business "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

THE Liberals pledge to cut the current payroll tax rate of 2.425 percent for qualifying businesses in regional Victoria to just 1.0 percent has been welcomed by businesses in the Shepparton district.

The new rate under a Liberal Government will be less than one-quarter of the standard 4.85 percent rate and is the lowest payroll tax rate in Australia.

Gouge Linen Services director, Rob Priestly has welcomed the commitment to cutting taxes for regional business, acknowledging that in an environment of skyrocketing costs such as energy prices, this will assist business to remain competitive.

A 1 percent payroll tax for regional Victoria is a fantastic initiative. It makes regional business more competitive and will drive regional development and job growth.

At a time of rising costs this would be a great assistance to our business.

Liberal Candidate for Shepparton, Cheryl Hammer said the Liberals comprehensive plan for decentralisation includes incentives for economic development in regional Victoria.

Thats why a Liberal Government will cut payroll tax in regional Victoria to just 1.0 percent for all businesses under the existing eligibility criteria for the concessional rate.

Our tax cut is expected to save around 4,000 businesses an average of $11,633 a year, many of these businesses are in our region and have applauded the tax relief policy, Cheryl said.

Around 4,000 regional businesses qualify for the concessional payroll tax rate. The qualifications include that at least 85 percent of the payroll must be comprised of Victorian wages associated with regional employees and that the employer is based in regional Victoria.


Chamber elects president and vice "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

LEADING THE WAY From left, Shepparton Chamber of Commerce and Industrys new vice president, John Anderson and re-elected president, Carl Hainsworth. Photo: David Lee.LEADING THE WAY From left, Shepparton Chamber of Commerce and Industrys new vice president, John Anderson and re-elected president, Carl Hainsworth. Photo: David Lee.

AT THE recent Shepparton Chamber of Commerce and Industry board meeting, Carl Hainsworth was officially re-elected as president of the chamber for another term. John Anderson was elected vice president and also Chair of the CBD Sub Committee having recently sold his pharmacy after almost 40 years of trading.

With over 40 years of experience in the business sector and three years on the chamber board, Carl Hainsworth said that officially being elected again as president for another term was an honour.

We have achieved a great deal in the last 12 months especially the decision from council to proceed with the partial opening of the mall. My decision to stay on as president is to oversee the implementation of the final design. I would also like to instigate through the chamber a few more programs aimed at youths that connect them with local business, which will help to show them the potentials available here in Shepparton, Carl said.

John Anderson brings much experience to the role, having been in business in retail for nearly 40 years and an active member of the local community.

John said, The chamber of commerce is moving into a new and exciting era with the great success of the iconic business awards, the planned CBD revitalisation and also construction of SAM to move Greater Shepparton forward.

We hope to continue our close relationship with council and also the other groups to help make Shepparton a prosperous destination.


Charges following thefts and burglaries in Cobram and Numurkah "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

COBRAM Crime Investigation Unit detectives have arrested two men and a teenager following a series of burglaries and thefts in the area.

It is alleged a number of burglaries and thefts took place at businesses as well as a residence across Cobram and Numurkah between October 19 and 26.

A 19-year-old man was charged with three counts of burglary and theft and has been bailed to appear at Cobram Magistrates Court on December 12.

A 27-year-old man has been charged with two counts of handle stolen goods, deal with proceeds of crime and commit indictable offence while on bail. He has been bailed to appear at Cobram Magistrates Court on November 14.

A 16-year-old boy has been charged with 18 offences, including theft, burglary, theft of motor vehicle and commit indictable offence while on bail. He was bailed to appear at a childrens court at a later date.


Community Connect "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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WITH INSPIRATION FROM THE MARYBOROUGH ROTARY CLUB, THE ROTARY CLUB OF MOOROOPNA is investigating ways to be involved in the say no to violence campaign. The club will host a workshop in association with Womens Health Goulburn Valley North East as part of our project on November 29 from 7pm at the Sir Ian McLennan Hall in Mooroopna. All welcome.


THE SENIOR CITIZENS XMAS CONCERT will be held on November 29 at the Senior Citizens Centre on Welsford Street from 1:30pm. Guest artist is Marke Kelly, a talented singer, with Paul Zito. Entry is $5 which includes afternoon tea. Everyone is welcome. Bookings can be made by calling 5821 4921 or 5821 9580.




ASSOCIATION OF INDEPENDENT RETIREES meets on the third Monday of each month at 9:45am at the Overlander Hotel, Benalla Road in Shepparton. Share group meets at 9am. For further information, phone Bill on 5821 1854.


VIEW CLUB is a ladies friendship group who help to support the Smith Family and meet on the first Friday of the month at the Terminus Hotel for lunch at 11:30am. For further information, phone Helen on 5821 7503.


NAGAMBIE LAKES COMMUNITY MARKET runs on the first Saturday of every month (except January) from 9am to 1pm. Lots of locally grown and made items, live music, food and drinks. Located in the main street of Nagambie on the banks of Lake Nagambie. Disabled access friendly. For further information, phone 0475 885 047.


SHEPPARTON MS PEER SUPPORT GROUP would like to welcome back all its members for the year, and also any new members who wish to join. Meetings and outings are held on the third Tuesday of the month from approximately 10am to 12:30pm. For further information, contact Ken Morelli on 0427 919 116 or Barry Flemming on 0411 468 489.


HEARTBEAT VICTORIA GOULBURN VALLEY meet on the first Monday of the month at the GV Health dining room from 6pm for a meal. Meeting and guest speaker starts at 7pm. For further information, contact Ian Powell on 0418 575 141.


EXTENDED HOURS at The Salvation Army Thrift Shop. Now open 9:30am to 4:30pm every Saturday. Come and see us for a friendly chat and find yourself some bargains at 3 Mill Street, Mo...


Local schools race to raise over $9,000 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

THREE-HUNDRED and fifty students from Mooroopna Park Primary School and Verney Road School helped to collectively raise $9,170.42 after taking part in fun runs which were organised to raise the funds for the schools.

Brad Robinson from Mooroopna Park Primary School and Matthew Gill from Verney Road Special School said the students commitment to the fun run was second-to-none.

Our students are so excited about the money theyve helped raise for school resources and they thoroughly enjoyed participating in the school fun run alongside their peers as they cheered each other on, Brad and Matthew said.


Letters to the Editor "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


Dear Editor,

I have spoken to many people locally who have had property damage, home invasions, vandalism etc. and called to report to police, where nobody has turned up and no reports were taken.

It appears that the real numbers are very skewed against what is happening on the ground.

I have noticed that the postcode 3629 was number one for crime via RACV reporting covering Coomboona/Mooroopna/Undera/Ardmona/Mooroopna North area etc.

Yours sincerely,

Ross Farrar




Dear Editor,

Some may criticise Bob Katter, but no one can deny that he puts his electorate and people before political ladder climbing. He has made a real difference to his electorate and given his constituents opportunities.

How amazing is it when the leader of such a small party from Queensland can secure funding for investment in not one but two irrigation schemes in northern Queensland.

Meanwhile, the Federal Government with our local member as one of its team is throwing $13B at destroying already well established, efficient and modern irrigation systems across southern NSW and northern Victoria.

Bob Katter continues to fight for his constituents and gives them hope, instead of prioritising personal or political gain, which is rampant within the major parties.

I wonder what it would take for governments to make genuine investment in our electorate?

At present we have a national party federal water minister who seems committed to destroying our region, and a state national party member who is not prepared to stick his neck out to protect us. Even our local Nationals Senate candidate refuses to oppose the recovery of additional water, despite its potential damage.

With state and federal elections on the horizon voters in the Murray Valley need to think very carefully about what makes a good representative and who will fight for what their constituents want.

It seems neither our National or Liberal representatives are able to influence their city-based colleagues, who are more interested in environmental votes than our sustainability. If they do not show substantial change in coming months, we need to send a clear message of discontent through the ballot box.

Yours sincerely,

Andrew Hateley






Alternative solutions to feel good this summer "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

MOTIVATIONAL, HEALTHY HELP Naturopath and registered nurse, Jodi Campbell is passionate about assisting you in achieving your goals. Photo: Katelyn Morse.MOTIVATIONAL, HEALTHY HELP Naturopath and registered nurse, Jodi Campbell is passionate about assisting you in achieving your goals. Photo: Katelyn Morse.

AT Verdure Naturopathy, Jodi Campbell prides herself on her passion to help others achieve their health goals.

As a registered nurse and naturopath, Jodi assesses all facets of her clients lifestyle and works exclusively to assist in reaching your health target, whatever that may be.

Currently, Jodi has the perfect program to help attain and maintain body self-confidence this summer. If you commence the new Reset Program now, the first six-week portion would be completed by Christmas and you should certainly feel the results.

You can sign up alone, or save money and sign up as a group. Health objectives are easier to maintain in a group as you can lift each other up and hold one another accountable. Its surely the easiest and most enjoyable way to achieve your health goal.

Jodi said, Our aim is to start with the simple things like food and lifestyle. We also want to acknowledge that every body is different and we want clients to be able to love and appreciate themselves.

Leading up to Christmas, now is a good time to start preparing to feel healthy. Visit Verdure Naturopathy at Shop 2/69 McLennan Street, Mooroopna, or give Jodi Campbell a call at 0408 356 044 to book an appointment.


Works start of Maude Street revitalisation "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

THE Maude Street amenities, plaza and bus interchange redevelopment works commenced lasts week with the demolition of the structures near the corner of Maude and Vaughan Streets.

The demolition will allow for the construction of new public toilet facilities. The new facilities will include toilets, an adult change room, breastfeeding and baby changing rooms. The works also include construction of the plaza area and a new eight bay bus interchange. These works have been programmed to run concurrently minimising the impact of road users in the area and will cost approximately $3M. Funding for the project is coming from the Australian Governments Building Better Regions fund, Public Safety Infrastructure fund, VicRoads, Public Transport Victoria and Greater Shepparton City Council. Works are due for completion in mid-2019.

Greater Shepparton City Council Director Infrastructure, Phil Hoare said, The construction of new public toilets including adult change and bicycle storage facilities and a plaza area will create a user-friendly space for shoppers within the precinct.

The plaza area will provide a great space for socialising and the new facilities will be user friendly and compliment the new bus interchange, it will greatly enhance the amenity and safety of the area for our community.

The new bus interchange will improve the functionality within the CBD and the area will be safer for pedestrians and traffic. The creation of an eight bay bus interchange will provide Shepparton with a central, user friendly public transport hub with direct access to the CBD, train station and other major destinations within Greater Shepparton. The bus interchange will operate on both sides of Maude Street for north and southbound traffic.

Later stages of the overall project include streetscaping of Maude Street from Vaughan to High Street and traffic signals to replace the roundabout at the intersection of Vaughan and Maude Streets. The overall project works will be staged over the next two financial years with completion likely to be in late 2020.


Amazon "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Amazon news out of New York is terrible. In the 90s we talked about the dead end work of McJobs, but this is much more fun.


Qld only state/territory with 6%+ unemployment rate "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Queensland economy continues to under-perform based on the latest ABS Labour Force estimates released this morning. The state unemployment rate is stuck at 6.2% (in trend terms) while the national rate fell to 5.1% in October from 5.2% in September (see facet plot below). Queensland has the highest unemployment rate among states and territories. Jobs growth is non-existent and both the trend and seasonally adjusted employment measures declined marginally in October. As Ive said many times before, our state government urgently needs to review all the regulatory and policy settings that could be holding back Queensland businesses from reaching their full potential.




Time running out to nominate for 2019 Australia Day awards "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

TIME is running out to nominate local residents for the 2019 Australia Day Awards.

Nominations are open for Citizen of the Year and Young Citizen of the Year (aged under 30) and Community Event of the Year for Arcadia, Dookie, Mooroopna, Murchison, Shepparton, Tatura and Toolamba.

Nominations are also sought for other categories including sports and education awards.

Greater Shepparton City Council Director Sustainable Development, Geraldine Christou encouraged residents to nominate friends, neighbours or colleagues who had volunteered their time to make a difference in their community.

We all know people who just get out there and make things happen, lend a hand when the chips are down or go above and beyond the call of duty when it comes to supporting other people or a cause for the community, Ms Christou said.

Councils Australia Day Awards are a fitting tribute for these quiet achievers, and I urge anyone who has ever thought someones contribution deserves some recognition to nominate them for the 2019 awards.

Greater Shepparton Young Citizen of the Year for 2018, Brooke McCluskey said, Being nominated for the Australia Day award was such an honour and made me feel really appreciated for my efforts within the community, I think its a great way to show some recognition for the hard work put into the community every day!

Nomination forms are available from councils Welsford Street office, online at, from Australia Day committee members or by contacting council on 5832 9700.

Nominations close for Murchison on November 23, 2018 and for the other towns on November 30, 2018.


Northern Victoria shows resiliency in dry conditions "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

THE regulated rivers, catchments and storages managed by Victorias largest rural water authority, Goulburn-Murray Water (GMW), are showing their resilience to the dry conditions gripping other parts of Australia, but the region is set to face a dry outlook for the remainder of spring and early summer.

GMW interim managing director, Bill Jaboor said the water reserves established over the last few seasons have contributed to water security for all entitlement holders, including those in the Goulburn Murray Irrigation District.

Our astute customers, primarily made up of the farmers who provide food and fibre for us all, are increasingly taking advantage of seasonal carryover and other water management options to make the most of the regions most precious resource, Mr Jaboor said.

With the volume of water available to use this season, GMW is currently well placed to meet the demands of our entitlement holders as they arise.


Together we can mural launch "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A COLLABORATIVE mural project undertaken by GOTAFE CUA20415 Certificate II Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) Cultural Arts students and 27 pre-school students, aged three and four years from Alexander Street Kindergarten in Mooroopna, was officially unveiled yesterday.

The architectural mural which celebrates the 2018 NAIDOC Theme, Because of her, we can, features the role of family and women, using animals indigenous to the Goulburn and Murray River region.

GOTAFE students involved were Victoria Webbe, Celine Jukes, Anna Williams, Delrae Lui. These students, along with staff were involved in developing art work relating to ATSI Identity, in particular, the role of women in Aboriginal culture, working with others and planning art site installation.


Ballot draw order revealed "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

CANDIDATES ORDER ON BALLOT Victorian Electoral Commission election office manager, Mick Bastian read out the ballot paper order for the upcoming election at the reveal last week. Photo: David Lee.CANDIDATES ORDER ON BALLOT Victorian Electoral Commission election office manager, Mick Bastian read out the ballot paper order for the upcoming election at the reveal last week. Photo: David Lee.

THE Shepparton Districts Ballot Draw Order was revealed as 1 Independent Candidate for Shepparton District, Suzanna Sheed, 2 The Nationals Candidate for Shepparton, Peter Schwarz, 3 Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party of Victoria Candidate, Murray Willaton, 4 Bill Heath, 5 The Greens Candidate for Shepparton, Kickee Freeman and 6 The Liberal Candidate for Shepparton, Cheryl Hammer.

The Northern Victoria Ballot Draw Order was revealed as 1 Voluntary Euthanasia Party (Victoria), 2 Derryn Hinchs Justice Party, 3 Australian Liberty Alliance, 4 Health Australia Party, 5 Sustainable Australia, 6 Animal Justice Party, 7 Australian Greens, 8 Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Vic, 9 Australian Labour Party, 10 Liberal Democrats, 11 Australian Country Party, 12 Hudson 4 NV, 13 Victorian Socialists, 14 Fiona Pattens Reason Party, 15 Liberal/The Nationals, 16 Aussie Battler Party, 17 Transport Matters and 18 Labour DLP.


Federal Reserve is raising interest rates "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

You are well aware that the Federal Reserve is raising interest rates.

This policy started in December 2015 with Janet Yellens lift-off from zero and has continued through seven more rate hikes in 2016, 2017 and 2018, with another hike expected this December.

The cumulative impact is to put the high end of the range for the fed funds rate at 2.5% by year-end.

More of the same is widely anticipated for 2019.

The endgame is a rate of 3.5% by early 2020. At that point, the Fed may pause to re-evaluate but may keep going.

The Fed calls this approach gradual, but its not.

Theres a huge difference between a 0.25% rate hike (thats the Feds tempo per hike) starting at 2% versus starting at 6%.

In both cases, the hike is 0.25%, but the impact on bond prices and economic activity is much greater when you start with the lower base.

There are highly technical reasons for this having to do with concepts called duration and convexity.

We dont need to dive into those.

Suffice it to say that hikes from a lower base are much more impactful.

In short, the Feds policy today is a body blow to an economy thats still recovering from the worst recession since the Great Depression.

Money for nothing

Other major central banks are either following in the Feds footsteps (Bank of England) or preparing to do so in the near future (European Central Bank).

Even the money-printing and stock-buying Bank of Japan has acknowledged the central banks game cant go on forever.

Leaving China to one side (its a political shell game leading to a historic credit crisis), the central banks are either raising rates or getting ready.

If this rate hiking were the only major monetary development in the world, that would create a challenging environment for investors in stocks, bonds, gold and real estate all interest-sensitive in different ways. But its not the only major development.

Behind the curtain, central banks are either slowing down the printing presses or actually burning money.

This marks the end of quantitative easing (QE) for the Bank of Japan and the ECB and the start of quantitative tightening (QT) in the case of the Bank of England and the Fed.

From 20082014, US critics of the Fed complained about rampant money printing under the banner of QE.

There was even a popular cartoon that showed Ben Bernanke on the outside of a helicopter with one hand on a strut and the other hand throwing money out of the helicopter with a wild-eyed look on his face.......


Skaters on film "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

LOCAL skaters showcased their talent in front of a camera at the Inverloch skate park on Saturday.
The YMCA hosted a clip comp.
Skaters had three hours to achieve the best clips with plenty of prizes up for grabs.
Participants could skate, BMX or scoot.
YMCA event coordinate Darren Marks said around 30 people took part, ranging in age. Most of the participants were local.
Events like this give our young people something to do. Its something a bit different and it gets them involved in skating, he said.
It keeps them off the street and off computer games.
The competition was held in conjunction with the Bass Coast Cycle Challenge.
We did something similar last year with the cycle challenge because theres a few more people around, Darren said.
Darren said there was a lot of a great young talent coming through at the skate park.
Some of the videos from the event can be viewed on Bass Coast Skate Parks Facebook page.
The YMCA is planning more events in the future to attract local skaters.
The skating culture is growing in Bass Coast, with Bass Coast Shire Councils skate strategy aiming to create and upgrade more skate parks in the region.

On film: Inverlochs Zeke Holden, Wonthaggis Angus McGillvray and Inverlochs Lloyd Edwards were at the clip comp at the Inverloch skate park on Saturday.


Help the Salvos spread hope this Christmas "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

WITH Christmas just over one month away, The Salvation Army is encouraging Shepparton locals to connect with their community, whether it is through participating in Christmas activities, giving a hand up to someone in need, or reaching out to the Salvos for help.

Christmas is one of the hardest times of year for Australians doing it tough, but Shepparton Salvation Army officer, Captain Karyn Wishart says just a small contribution can make a big difference in helping us to give hope where its needed most.

For just $29 you can provide food on the table and a present under the Christmas tree to help give hope to someone in need this Christmas, Captain Wishart said.

Research from The Salvation Army has revealed that 95 percent of all households who access the Salvos emergency services are living in poverty, with 74 percent experiencing food insecurity and 67 percent reporting that food affordability is their greatest daily challenge.

At Christmas, the Salvos will serve over 100,000 meals, distribute more than 500,000 gifts and toys and support more than 70,000 families in need. But we can only do this with the support of the Australian public, Captain Wishart says.

Christmas is the busiest time of year for the Salvos. Not only is The Salvation Army in Shepparton running its annual Christmas Cheer operation, to provide toys and food for those in need, it is also putting on a community carols event and preparing for special Christmas services.

The Salvation Army is inviting the public to gather to celebrate the hope and joy of Christmas at a special service at 10am on December 23, and on Christmas Day at 9am, at The Salvation Army Shepparton, 99 Nixon Street, Shepparton. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Shepparton locals are also invited to attend The Salvation Armys carols service at 5pm, on December 16, at The Salvation Army Shepparton, 99 Nixon Street.

Whether you are by yourself, or with friends and family, Christmas is a time that is best spent together. So, join us, so we can share the true spirit of Christmas, Captain Wishart said.

To give hope where its needed most this Christmas, donate to The Salvation Armys Christmas Appeal at or by calling 13 SALVOS (13 72 58). Donations can also be made in person at any Westpac branch or at Salvo Stores.


Volunteers thanked for magnificent reserve "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

LEONGATHAS proud sporting history starts with its exemplary sports hub.
The Leongatha Recreation Reserve has been well maintained by its committee of volunteers for many years and services an abundance of sport and community groups.
These clubs include the tennis, croquet, football, cricket, table tennis, golf, small bore, little athletics, umpires association, netball, basketball, swimming, cycling and the Historical Car Club.
The recreation reserve is home to South Gippsland SPLASH, which features an indoor pool and stadium.
On top of this, a skate park was developed in 2016 and continues to be well used. The recreation reserve is also the home of Leongathas Avenue of Honour.
The reserve is well used for its park and barbecue facility, and is frequented by walkers and joggers.
Major events have also been held at the reserve, including the Rotary Show N Shine, the circus and school sporting events.
The Leongatha Recreation Reserve is unique. According to Leongatha Recreation Reserve committee chair Mr Glenn Wright, theres only one other reserve like it in Victoria.
Its important for the community to have a facility like this and that it is kept in good repair. It reflects on the towns pride when people come in to visit and see our excellent facilities, he said.
The recreation reserve is in fantastic condition thanks to the hours put in by volunteers and the respective clubs.
Volunteers play a huge role in the upkeep of the recreation reserve. Mr Wright acknowledged the work of
Leongathas Kevin Thorn, who has taken on the role of curator and has done a magnificent job.
The committee is also grateful to South Gippsland Shire Council and the State Government for contributing to the facilitys maintenance.
We have been fortunate in the last few years to receive some government grants, Mr Wright said.
We coordinated with the shire to seal the roadway on the top end which has made a huge difference as well as some kerb and channel works. We spent around $1 million. The committee contributed $150,000, council contributed a similar amount and the rest was covered by government grants.
The recreation reserve is growing with the latest addition of Leongatha Football Netball Clubs outdoor netball courts.
Leongatha and District Netball Association also secured funding recently to bring its courts up to standard.
Mr Wright said the netball redevelopments would allow Leongatha to host more finals and championships.
Next on the committees list of improvements is to give the grandstand a revamp and improve the parking near the netball courts and velodrome.
The grandstand has a lot of historical significance but it still needs to be maintained. We will be applying for grants to give it a bit of a face lift, Mr Wright said.
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Saario recognised for commitment to volleyball "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


TOM Saario was recently awarded the Contribution to Refereeing Award for the 2018 Volleyball Victoria State League season.

Tom is a highly valued stalwart of Korumburra Volleyball Inc and a life member of Volleyball Victoria.

Contribution to Refereeing recognises an individuals outstanding dedication and contribution to refereeing within, and outside of, the State League competition.

Each State League morning, Tom would arrive pre-opening to check all nets for junior matches before travelling to Springers Leisure Centre to act as referee delegate and referee development officer; overseeing all of the referees at Springers Volleyball Centre.

Well deserved: Tom Saario (right) received the Contribution to Refereeing Award for the 2018 Volleyball Victoria State League season. He is pictured with fellow Volleyball Victoria life member and member of Morwell Volleyball Club Ian Burgess.


Holly bound for China "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

MEENIYANS Holly DeGaris will soon be heading off to China for the experience of a lifetime.
Pony Club Australia has been working in China for the last two years to develop the equestrian industry and education for young riders.
Pony Club Australia regularly sends Australian coaches to centres in China to train and accredit the coaches and examine riders for Pony Club certificates.
A Pony Club Australia coach has been stationed at the Gold Saddle Equestrian Club in Guilin, Guangxi province, for most of 2018.
A team of eight from Australia was selected to join the coach in China, Holly among them.
The Australian riders will ride in showjumping rounds and gymkhana games, demonstrate riding to Chinese students, and do sightseeing and cultural activities.
Holly is set to leave for China on November 20 and its looking forward to the experience.
The 16 year old has been riding since she was three years old and has been a member of the Meeniyan Pony Club for the past 10 years.
She decided to apply for the experience after hearing great reviews from a friend who had been part of the program in previous years.
I am looking forward to learning about pony clubs in China and what they do differently. Im also excited to learn about a new culture, she said.
My friend said it was amazing and I wanted to find out what it was all about. I am willing to give every opportunity a go.
This is the fourth group Pony Club Australia has sent to China.
Holly said she loves being part of the Meeniyan Pony Club and has always enjoyed horse riding.
You form a great connection with your horse, she said.
Its a great feeling, whether youre competing or just going for a ride down the road.
Her greatest achievements include competing in the National Pony Club Formal Gymkhana in Toowoomba last year and taking part in the State Tetrathlon.
Her goal is to make it to the national Tetrathlon team and compete internationally in 2020.
She is committed to her goal and trains extremely hard. She swims three times a week, runs three times a week, goes to gym three times a week, rides up to six times a week and practices shooting for at least 10 minutes each day.
Pony Club Australia is part of an active global community and has sent teams to compete in the Tetrathlon in the USA, Polocrosse in the UK, Mounted Games in the UK and showjumping in France.


Locals triumph in cycle challenge "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

TWO local cyclists raced across the line first in the Bass Coast Cycle Challenge.
Battling it out in the 121 kilometre race, both Cowes Jesse Riley and Leongathas Alex Dunbar crossed the line first with a time of three hours, 28 minutes and 31 seconds.
The cycle challenge has been running in Inverloch for eight years.
With 121, 85, 53 and 40 kilometre races, the challenges leave Inverloch and circles through Kongwak, the Glen Alvie hills, Almurta and Moyarra, taking cyclists through stunning scenery before ending back in Inverloch.
Between 600 and 700 cyclists took part this year; similar numbers to last year.
This year, the challenge was moved out of Inverlochs main street and onto Ramsay Boulevard.
We decided to move the challenge so we would have a beautiful park to use and there would be less impact on the main street, festival co-director Jess Bodiam said.
The Rainbow Park was used for childrens activities such as face painting, giant board games and the pimp my bike competition.
This competition was won by Inverlochs Anahla Cameron for her robot design.
Stalls from sponsors were also a point of interest.
A fun run was held early in the morning in conjunction with parkrun and a billy cart race took place.

Over the line: Leongathas Alex Dunbar and Cowes Jesse Riley were the first over the line in Bass Coast Cycle Challenges 121 kilometre race.


New homes for elderly a risk of homelessness "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

ELDERLY people who are struggling with homelessness in Shepparton will soon have a new place to call home thanks to $5.5M in Victorian Government funding.

Representing the Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing, Martin Foley, Member for Northern Victoria, Mark Gepp said the funding would support a $10M project being delivered by Wintringham Housing Ltd.

The project will result in 28 to 30 one-bedroom accessible homes being built in central Shepparton on a property adjoining other homes and support services currently managed by Wintringham.

The homes will be allocated to elderly homeless people or those at risk of homelessness, with priority being given to those who have experienced family violence. Construction is expected to start in 2020 with the first residents being housed in late 2021.

Additional funding has come from the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation and a philanthropic body.

Wintringham CEO and founder, Bryan Lipmann AM said, We are proud to already be serving the Shepparton community, and this project means we can extend our housing and support services for those in need even further. This is a powerful example of how government and community funds can be used in partnership to deliver much needed services.


McCormack fighting for farmers "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


YOUR LABOUR DLP CANDIDATE Labour Democratic Labour Party Candidate for Northern Victoria, Chris McCormack. Photo: Supplied.YOUR LABOUR DLP CANDIDATE Labour Democratic Labour Party Candidate for Northern Victoria, Chris McCormack. Photo: Supplied.

THE Democratic Labour Party (Labour DLP) is dismayed at the plight of food growers in Victoria as a result of destructive policies from successive governments which have led to the demise of farming and the flow-on effect of lost jobs in rural and regional Victorian communities.


Labour DLP Candidate for Northern Victoria, Chris McCormack said, In the year 2000, there were 12,896 registered dairy farms in Australia. Last year there were 5,789.

This decimation of the industry has been brought about by deregulation of the dairy industry and deregulation of water. The price of temporary water rose 900 percent between 2012-2015 and in some cases is now selling for over $300 per megalitre which is making farming unsustainable while water barons profiteer.

Labour DLP believes in giving farmers back useable and affordable water allocations by immediately ceasing all water buy-backs, reviewing all water acts and an immediate moratorium on the Murray Darling Basin Plan, with those adversely affected compensated.

So-called environmental flows, lacking any scientific basis, whereby up to 70 percent of water stored in reservoirs is sent out to sea is an absolute disgrace and must be reversed, Mr McCormack said.

Shepparton is among the top 20 highest youth unemployment hotspots in Australia, at 16.1 percent unemployment. Labour DLP believes in encouraging manufacturing and business in the regions through the abolition of payroll tax and industry-specific incentives, making power affordable and reliable and building new dams to drought proof Victoria. These are essential if Victorian jobs are to survive long-term.

Building new high efficiency, low emissions coal power stations, and encouraging co-operatives throug...


Local triathletes to tackle IRONMAN Western Australia "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

IRONWOMEN FOR A CAUSE From left, GV Health McGrath Foundation breast care nurse, Michelle Parish, KMD Creative logo designer, Kris Muir, triathlete due, Kylie Jones and Fiona Le Gassick, McDonalds owner operator, Tully Lyster and trainer, Anne Maclean. Photo: David Lee.IRONWOMEN FOR A CAUSE From left, GV Health McGrath Foundation breast care nurse, Michelle Parish, KMD Creative logo designer, Kris Muir, triathlete due, Kylie Jones and Fiona Le Gassick, McDonalds owner operator, Tully Lyster and trainer, Anne Maclean. Photo: David Lee.

LOCAL triathlete duo, Kylie Jones and Fiona Le Gassick are tackling the gruelling IRONMAN Western Australia in December in the name of the McGrath Foundation.

Kylie is a three times breast cancer survivor, having recently experienced her third diagnosis even after an earlier double mastectomy, and with Fionas daughter at risk of carrying the breast cancer gene, the two friends and training buddies have united in the support of the Pink Ribbon cause.

This will be both Fiona and Kylies third IRONMAN (3.8km swim, 180km ride and 42.2km run) but the first one they have competed in together.

Kylie and Fiona said, We wanted to financially support the McGrath Foundation as we believe breast care nurses make a world of difference to the lives of families experiencing breast cancer.

Under their team name, Pink Peaks IRONMAN, they hope to raise $5,000 for the McGrath Foundation to assist with continuing to provide breast care nurses for the Goulburn Valley.

To kick off their fundraising campaign local McDonalds licensees, Tully and Michelle Lyster have kindly donated $2,500 to the cause.

As a major fundraiser Pink Peaks IRONMAN will be hosting a trivia afternoon on Sunday, November 25 at 2pm at the Senior Citizens Centre. The event will be hosted by local trivia guru, Dean Waldo Walton, with tickets available via Eventbrite Pink Peaks IRONMAN McGrath Foundation Trivia Afternoon. Tickets are just $15 per person with tables of 10 encouraged.

To make a donat...


East Shepparton covered bowling green pledge "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

ELECTION PLEDGE From left, East Shepparton Bowls Club vice president, Dennis Galt, board member, Kevin Cox, Liberal Candidate for Shepparton, Cheryl Hammer, Nationals Leader, Peter Walsh, Nationals Candidate for Shepparton, Peter Schwarz and East Shepparton Bowls Club president, Chris Johnson at the recent announcement that if elected this month the Liberal Nationals Government would provide $600,000 towards a new covered bowling green at the club. Photo: Supplied.ELECTION PLEDGE From left, East Shepparton Bowls Club vice president, Dennis Galt, board member, Kevin Cox, Liberal Candidate for Shepparton, Cheryl Hammer, Nationals Leader, Peter Walsh, Nationals Candidate for Shepparton, Peter Schwarz and East Shepparton Bowls Club president, Chris Johnson at the recent announcement that if elected this month the Liberal Nationals Government would provide $600,000 towards a new covered bowling green at the club. Photo: Supplied.

A NEW covered bowling green for the East Shepparton Bowls Club could be on the cards if the Liberal Nationals Government is elected this month, pledging to provide $600,000 toward the $1.2M project.

The new undercover green will allow the 120 club members and bowlers from around the Shepparton electorate and wider area to play bowls all-year-round.

The club hosts many local and major tournaments such as the Victorian Open and the undercover green will ensure such events are not affected by inclement weather.

Shadow Minister for Regional Victoria and Decentralisation, Peter Walsh said, Sports clubs like East Shepparton Bowls Club are experiencing strong participation and are in desperate need of better facilities to make sure they can keep up with demand...


Restoring Tibets Independence: An Interview With TYCs Tsewang Dolma "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A Tibetan man set himself on fire on 4 November in a peaceful protest in the eastern Tibetan region of Ngawa. The death of 23-year-old Dorbe brings the total number of Tibetans that have self-immolated in order to draw attention to their nations plight to 154 since February 2009. Two days later, around 1,000 Tibetan and Uyghur demonstrators

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Will the NSW government decriminalise drugs? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The NSW government has announced a Special Commission of Inquiry into ice (crystal methamphetamine) with Nationals candidate for Lismore Austin Curtin making it clear that the government is putting all options on the table.

It is crucial the government understands every option to combat the evolving threat of this dangerous, illegal drug and to outline methods to help those who need it, said Mr Austin.

The War on Drugs has been recognised around the world as a failure with at least 26 countries decriminalising drug use and many shifting the emphasis away from a criminal issue to a health issue.

Expert advice

Given the Premier has promised that all options are on the table, finally, the government wont be able to ignore the experts who have been demonstrating for years that drugs policy saves lives when it is treated as a health issue, not a criminal one, said Sue Higginson, Greens candidate for Lismore.

As a lawyer I have seen first hand the enormous resources currently being wasted prosecuting individuals for drug use and diverting taxpayers money into a war on drugs which has failed dismally. Not only is the current approach not working, it is actively harming the people we are supposed to be helping, said Ms Higginson.

Tamara Smith, Member for Ballina agreed saying that she welcomed the inquiry but the NSW government needs to treat drug use as a health issue rather than a purely criminal one.

Resources are currently being wasted prosecuting individuals for drug use and diverting taxpayers money into a war on drugs which has failed dismally, said Ms Smith.

Labor candidate for Lismore Janelle Saffin has said Labor is committed to a broader drug summit modelled on the 1999 one, that brought in knowledge, research, experience and resulted in understanding and change.

A Daley government if elected in March 2019 will bring together patients, health workers, former addicts, parents, police, judges and experts to determine appropriate policy responses and services needed. We do know that we need more rehabilitation facilities and Labor has committed to six additional ones, with four being in rural and regional areas.  

The recent NSW Legislative Council Inquiry into the provision of rehabilitation services in rural, regional and remote areas in NSW found a dearth of services. 

We h...


The false economy of Melbourne's real estate market "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Melbourne's property prices have gone through the roof, as a result of many factors, where one of the most important ones which stands out is caused by the massive influx of migrants allowed to enter the country.

This post is not going to be of book size proportion or megabytes of text, explaining or touching the various other aspects that effect the good people of Australia with regards to something that is deliberately erroneously referred to as population 'growth' by the mainstream media, but rather migration influx or the indiscriminate dumping of humans into another country, as a result of corrupt governments screwing over the 'good' people of other countries that leads to people fleeing their native land.

At a current rate of 2,500 imports per week into Melbourne alone, the current infrastructure and tax enslaved general population is struggling to support the newcomers, despite what the 'authorities' will tell you.

For the purpose of this post, we'll just look at one very small problem created by the authorities with regards to the 'supply and demand' in the current rental market in Melbourne.

Let's have a look at the following gem of a house in a very dodgy Melbourne suburb, that is on the market for $350 per week.

As you can see from the above photo it seems that the renter must supply their own kitchen, for this is a room that looks like it had a kitchen in it, once upon a time.

When a house is built in Victoria before it can be inhabited by humans it must come with a certificate of occupancy which guarantees the premises contains facilities conducive to sustaining life, like heating, water, toilet, tiles to wet areas and also, you guessed it, a kitchen.

It seems that this place is not fit to sustain humans.



Australian Taxpayers Have Paid $1 Million to Scammers Through Bitcoin ATMs Since July "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has used official channels to warn taxpayers of scammers who are fooling people into paying their taxes through Bitcoin ATMs to their accounts.

As the deadline approaches on 21 November, the authority told the one million taxpayers, who will need to make a payment to the ATO, to be wary.

Australian Taxpayers on High Alert

Kath Anderson, assistant commissioner at the ATO, stated that increasingly sophisticated scammers look to exploit vulnerable people often using aggressive tactics to take their money or personal information.

The top five scammer signs include the threat of immediate arrest, unusual payment methods such as prepaid cards, the request of personal security information including tax file number, bank details or social media sites. The authority added that scammers often ask for money in order to process a refund or other payment.

November is a prime time for scammers as they know lots of people have tax bills to pay. Be wary if someone contacts you demanding payment of a tax debt you didnt know you owed [] Our advice is simple the ATO will never ask you to make a payment into an ATM or via gift or pre-paid cards such as iTunes and Visa cards, or direct credit to be paid to a personal bank account, Anderson said on the ATO website.

Since July 2018, Australians have reported over 28,000 scam attempts, totaling nearly $1 million paid to scammers, with payments through Bitcoin ATMs becoming their favorite means of payment, followed by iTunes vouchers. Anderson is also concerned about vulnerable personal information that is given away to scammers.

Since 1 July, weve seen almost 6,000 taxpayers give away their personal or financial information to scammers through things like phishing scams. Your identifying information like tax file numbers, bank account numbers or your date of birth are the keys to your identity, and can be used by scammers to break into your life if they are compromised. Scammers have been known to impersonate tax agents too its recommended that you hang up and call your agent direct on a number you have sourced independently.

A recent...


Prohibition Causes the Harm: An Interview With Families and Friends for Drug Law Reform "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Theres a rising awareness that the century-old system of drug prohibition is failing. Its evident in the global moves to legalise cannabis, the internationally-lauded Portuguese drug decriminalisation model and the widespread calls to start treating drug use as a health issue, not a criminal one. The close to fifty years of the war on drugs has seen

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Lismore candidates explain energy policy tonight "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

High electricity prices and the lack of federal government leadership on energy policy in the face of climate change has made energy policy something that will influence many peoples votes in the upcoming state elections. For voters in the seat of Lismore they have a chance to hear their candidates outline their policies on renewable energy and to discuss the regions transition away from reliance on fossil fuels this evening at 6.30pm at the Lismore City Bowls Club, Spinks Park.

Getting an idea of what candidates and their parties are proposing first hand can give voters a clearer insight into the candidates who are running in their local seat and Repower NSW have brought together Confirmed candidates and representatives including Sue Higginson (Greens), Janelle Saffin (ALP) and Susie Hearder (Animal Justice Party). National Party candidate Austen Curtin has also been invited. Other speakers will include Jacqui Mumford (Nature Conservation Council), and the event will be hosted by lawyer and comedian Mark Swivel.

Repower Northern Rivers spokesperson Jill Lyons today said the forum would be an exciting opportunity for members of the Northern Rivers community to be part of the debate around the regions future needs.

The Northern Rivers has long been a hotspot for renewable, and the Lismore area has the highest uptake of rooftop solar of any local government area in NSW, Ms Lyons said.

Weve also got Australias largest floating solar farm right here in East Lismore.

There is no doubt that voters in the state election will want to see candidates with progressive policies on renewable energy, and a genuine vision for the states transition to 100 per cent clean energy.

This is everyones chance to be part of the clean energy conversation.

 More details about the event are available on the Repower Northern Rivers facebook page

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Mullum Woolies temporarily closed owing to carpark safety concerns "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Paul Bibby

Woolworths at Mullumbimby was forced to close temporarily on Wednesday due to a safety issue in the carpark

A mysterious safety issue in the Mullumbimby Woolworths carpark forced the store to close for around two hours yesterday afternoon, much to the consternation of locals trying to do their grocery shopping.

The store was closed at around 4pm with engineers barricading up the entrance to the carpark and turning away customers trying to pull in.

The cause of the closure appears to have been a structural issue in the back corner of the carpark near the BWS bottle shop. This area had been taped off for a couple of days prior to the closure.

A Woolworths spokesperson said the store had taken the decision to temporarily close the Mullumbimby Woolworths supermarket  while we undertake some testing to ensure the structural integrity of the carpark.

We apologise for the inconvenience this is causing our customers, the spokesperson said.

The safety of our team and customers is of utmost importance.

The spokesperson said the store was expected to re-open later in he evening.

The brief closure created traffic chaos at the stores Station St entrance with cars having to pull out of the turning lane into moving traffic.

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Australia becoming more corrupt warns former judge "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Nick OMalley writes in the Sydney Morning Herald (14 November 2018), about the support of former judge, David Harper, for the creation of a national commission against corruption. In OMalleys considered view,  Australia is becoming more corrupt. In the wake of the rising number of publicly known incidences of corruption, the call for such a comission has widespread  support across Australia.

Australia is becoming more corrupt because successive federal governments have failed to create an effective national anti-corruption body similar to the NSW Independent Commission against Corruption, a leading jurist has argued.

Writing in support of a national anti-corruption body, David Harper, a former Court of Appeals justice at the Supreme Court of Victoria, noted that in 2012 Australia ranked seventh in Transparency Internationals global corruption index, but that today we were ranked 13th.

The lack of a federal anti-corruption agency remains a reason why we have never come close to being corruption-free, he has written in an opinion piece for the Herald.

Mr Harper writes that the lack of an effective federal anti-corruption watchdog had allowed corruption to flourish undetected and, in turn, allowed federal politicians to hide behind the myth that the federal sphere is free of corruption.

In NSW, Victoria, Western Australia and Queensland, extraordinarily serious instances of corruption have been unearthed by royal commissions or broad-based anti-corruption authorities, he writes.

A survey by the Victorian Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission (IBAC) found that 40 per cent of past, present and prospective suppliers to government agencies believed corruption in public sector procurement to be either a major or moderate problem.

Corruption in the states is certain to be replicated federally and if procurement in the states is a problem, federal procurement is necessarily fraught. In 2009, the Defence Department alone sought tenders for more than $45 billion. When money of this magnitude meets power and greed, as inevitably it will, corruption or attempts to corrupt are the result.

Mr Harpers piece was written in support of a briefing paper prepared by the Australia Institute, which is lobbying for a similar federal body, for federal crossbenchers, who last month announced their support for a federal anti-corruption body. Labor also supports the proposal. So far the government has opposed such a body, or discussed one with far more limited powers.

The paper finds that the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption remai...


The humanity and inhumanity of a call centre "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The 36pm Friday shift is known as one of the worst. Personally, I prefer it to Monday morning, maybe because I sympathise with people being leaving work, not getting to it. Anyway, Friday shifts are intense. Theyre busy. School has finished. People leave work early. Its the shift change for drivers. Trains are usually out somewhere. Its bloody awful for everyone.


EARTH MATTERS Monday 19th November "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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It's Not Just About Honey

The final Earth Matters session for this year will be held on Monday November 19 at 5.30 pm..
Laura Noble of Clarence Native Bees will be providing information on native bees - particularly the social stingless bee, Tetragonula carbonaria.  Her session will give advice on what people can do to be caring for the bees' survival.



The Bridge Projects and the Arts & Industry Festival "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

How to Build Bridges Symposium 10 am 6 pm Friday 23 November The Substation, 1 Market Street Newport The Bridge (the play) Wednesday 21Saturday 24 November The Substation, 1 Market Street Newport


Our numbers are up! "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

We are slowly working towards getting our signage needs sorted at the garden. The Give Us A Sign project, funded by Mount Alexander Shire Community Grants  aims to improve the experience for members and non members alike when they visit. Thanks to the generosity of Richard Flavell at Sandleford, we now have durable stainless steel Continue reading Our numbers are up!


Help Us Celebrate The First Anniversary Of The Yes Vote At Our Community Forum "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

One year on from the historic and overwhelming yes vote for marriage equality on November 15 last year, QNews Magazine is holding a community forum to celebrate the anniversary. At the event we want to explore the questions: Where is our community now? Where we are going? Where do others want to take us? In ...

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Sign our letter against the damaging RCEP trade deal "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

See AFTINETs latest leaflet here and send a message to the trade Minister here.

The  TPP-12 corporate agenda faced opposition in most TPP countries, especially the US, where there was bipartisan opposition leading to the US withdrawal in 2017. But the Japanese and  Australian governments led the push to resurrect the TPP-11 and are pushing to repeat the same  model in other trade agreements. Next in line is the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP). 

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Cant Help You, Im Not Qualified Attorney-General Porter "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The A-gs HQ

by Dee McLachlan

I wrote to all the Attorneys-General on 27 September, 2018, describing that This is utter madness that we cannot help these children NOW...


RCEP giant trade deal talks to continue in 2019 as civil society resistance grows "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

15 November 2018: CEP Ministers from 16 countries meeting in Singapore have confirmed in a statement that they will miss the deadline of finishing the agreement in 2018, and that talks will continue in 2019. the statement says that seven of twenty chapters of the agreement have been completed. 

The Regional comprehensive Economic Partnership talks between China, India, Japan, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand and the 10 ASEAN countries, covering half the worlds population, began in 2012 and have missed many deadlines.

The deal is bigger and more secretive than the TPP.

The delay follows ongoing disagreements over TPP-like proposals on foreign investor rights to sue governments (ISDS) and stronger monopolies on medicines from Japan and South Korea, which have been resisted by India and some ASEAN governments. There are also disagreements about tariffs, trade in services and other issues.

Pressure has also come from civil society groups in many of the member countries, which oppose ISDS and stronger medicine monopolies, which would delay the availability of cheaper medicines and other restrictions on government regulation in the public interest.

See AFTINETs latest leaflet here and send a message to the trade Minister here.


How to organise a call centre "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Im one of the delegates in my workplace I have been so for about a year. In that time, Im proud to say, weve successfully increased union membership from 30% to 96%. How did we do this? By taking up political questions in the workplace that are relevant to broader society such as marriage equality, refugees and the racist demonisation of the South Sudanese community, as well as agitating and campaigning around issues at our workplace to improve our working conditions.


From boobtube to Youtube "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

My kids watch a lot of Youtube, mostly videos of people playing video games

One thing that bothers me is the unregulated nature of the content, especially the ads they are forced to watch.

There is strict legislation surrounding the advertising (particularly at children) on television, yet it's quite shocking to see the branded content masquerading as user-generated material (like unboxing videos) and those commercials that play before videos too.

I was watching one the other day that basically told kids to pester parents for sugary cereal in the supermarket.

Another example is that advertising which has been banned from television is still available Youtube.

Like this Holden ute commercial that was deemed as showing unsafe driving.



Superb! "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

This Superb Fairy-wren has been parading around the front garden in recent days looking, well, superb!

Superb Fairy-wren, Wyndham Street Newstead, 11th November 2018


Dynamoto motorcycle stand is amazing "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The two-part Dynamoto motorcycle stand is an amazing invention designed, engineered and built in Australia to make your bike easy to clean, maintain and move around your garage.

This invention is the genius of Brisbane mechanical engineer Stuart Black and designer Stephen McGuiness. I interviewed them three years ago when they were looking for crowd-funding to get started.

They now have a thriving business with export sales to countries such as the USA and Taiwan.

Dynamoto front and rear stands cost $785, or you can just buy the rear for $540.Dynamoto Motorcycle Stand

However, the real beauty of this invention is that, with both stands, you can push the bike sideways. That makes it so easy to store your bike if you have limited garage space.

Ducati-Panigale-V4-Dynamoto Motorcycle Stand

Its all thanks to the use of Australian-designed and manufactured omni-directional Rotacaster wheels.

It may sound like a lot of money, but the versatile, elegant, quality product also shows off your bike. So you can spend hours in the garage with a beer just admiring it.

Dynamoto test...


Clinton Foundation donations tanking "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews" Money to Clintons' nonprofit tapers for third year in row Donations down 57.8% in 1 year by Frank E. Lockwood | November 11, 2018 Donations to the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation dropped sharply in 2017, the third-straight year of declining revenue. Contributions, which peaked during the foundation's...


Two charged after break, enter and assault at The Channon "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Two men will face court after allegedly breaking into a home and assaulting a man at The Channon near Lismore earlier this week.

About 4.45pm on Monday, 12 November 2018, a 41-year-old man answered the door of his home on Nimbin Road, The Channon, about 21km from Lismore, to three armed men.

The men allegedly assaulted the man before fleeing.

Officers from Richmond Police Area Command spoke with a number of witnesses and commenced inquiries.

On Tuesday, 13 November, police arrested two men, aged 49 and 19.

They were both charged with aggravated enter dwelling with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

The 49-year-old man was refused bail to appear at Lismore Local Court yesterday Wednesday, 14 November.

The younger man was granted conditional bail to appear at Lismore Local Court on Monday 26 November.

Inquiries are continuing.

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Study explores barriers that homeless people face "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

New research into the experience of local homeless people suggests that while some community members are kind and accepting, others have a lot to learn.

The academic undertaking the research, Rohena Duncombe, said the homeless people she interviewed spoke of a mixed experience in their interactions with the wider community.

It was really varied, said Ms Duncombe, a lecturer at Charles Sturt University.

Some [locals] seemed to appreciate what the [homeless] person been through, but others didnt really seem to understand the circumstances that led to homelessness at all.

Ms Duncombe said this lack of understanding was quite common within the broader Australian community.

If we asked the standard conservative person they would probably tend to think that people are homeless because theyre drinkers or because theyre just lazy, she said.

The fact is that in the vast majority of cases people are not homeless for those reasons. Theres a whole history and background, often going right back to childhood.

The interviews Ms Duncombe conducted locally are part of a project exploring the barriers homeless people face when attempting to access services, particularly healthcare.

Research has shown that while homeless people get sick more often and have shorter lives they use fewer primary health services than the rest of the population.

When they do seek medical attention, it is usually for an acute or more advanced condition that requires admission to hospital.

Part of the reason for this reluctance to seek help early, Ms Duncombe says, is that the entry points for health services tend not to be easily accessed by homeless people.

This difficulty in obtaining access may be because of a lack of knowledge about the available services, or because a homeless person feels alienated and isolated from the health system.

According to Ms Duncombe, this is where their treatment by the community comes into play. She says the experience of homelessness often exacerbates existing trauma, which in turn often results in mental health issues and substance use.

The good news, Ms Duncombe said, was that there were simple things locals could do to make homeless peoples lives easier.........


Report shows the scale of government handouts to the rich "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Contributed by Joe Montero

A report commissioned by Anglicare from Per Capita brings out some of the details to what most people already know, that is, that the richest part of Australian society receives much more government support than the poorest.

When the study, using Treasury data, ABS figures and the University of Melbournes HILDA survey, shows that major tax concessions to the top end cost taxpayers $135 billion a year, it comes as no surprise to anyone. It amounts to far more than the combined cost of Newstart, the age pension, family assistance payments and disability payments.

And governments have continually insisted that welfare payments are a burden on society and remained tight lipped on handouts to the best off.

It is even more telling when more than half of these handouts go to the richest fifth of Australian society. They get $68.5 billion a year.  Every person on a wage has to pay $37 a week to fund this.

This generosity comes through tax concessions. Compare this to the bottom 20 percent who get $6 billion.

The report however, only looks at benefits paid out in terms of households. While it does factor in, the ability of wealthier households engaged in business to use discounts existing in the taxation system to offset expenditures, by claiming them as household expenditures, it does not consider benefits going to corporations. If this is included, the benefit going to the top would show to be much bigger.

For example, Foxtel pocketed a $30 million handout last year and avoided paying $8.3 billion in tax for three years.  This is only one case. According to the Tax Office, 354 companies operating in Australia avoided paying income on $911 billion, and last year, said said that 36 percent of  companies pay no tax. This is not the complete picture either. WikiLeaks Paradise Papers disclosures, gave a good idea of the scale of the tax avoidance industry through transferring funds to tax free havens, and this includes Australia.

In the 2015-16 financial year,...


Death cross "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Crypto conniptions

It was getting boring for a few months there, but finally some price action to awaken the crypto crew from their slumber.

Overnight all cryptocurrencies got hosed, including Ethereum (-15 per cent) and a whole load of others I've never head of (also down about 15 per cent).

The famous death cross technical indicator flashes red when the short-term moving average crosses below the long-term moving average, and indicates the potential for a major sell-off. 

This hasn't happened to the flagship Bitcoin chart since 2014, but a death cross may be imminent. 



SOTT FOCUS: The crucifixion of Julian Assange "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Julian Assange's sanctuary in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London has been transformed into a little shop of horrors. He has been largely cut off from communicating with the outside world for the last seven months. His Ecuadorian citizenship, granted to him as an asylum seeker, is in the process of being revoked. His health is failing. He is being denied medical care. His efforts for legal redress have been crippled by the gag rules, including Ecuadorian orders that he cannot make public his conditions inside the embassy in fighting revocation of his Ecuadorian citizenship. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has refused to intercede on behalf of Assange, an Australian citizen, even though the new government in Ecuador, led by Lenn Moreno - who calls Assange an "inherited problem" and an impediment to better relations with Washington - is making the WikiLeaks founder's life in the embassy unbearable. Almost daily, the embassy is imposing harsher conditions for Assange, including...

SOTT FOCUS: The Crucifixion of Julian Assange "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Julian Assange's sanctuary in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London has been transformed into a little shop of horrors. He has been largely cut off from communicating with the outside world for the last seven months. His Ecuadorian citizenship, granted to him as an asylum seeker, is in the process of being revoked. His health is failing. He is being denied medical care. His efforts for legal redress have been crippled by the gag rules, including Ecuadorian orders that he cannot make public his conditions inside the embassy in fighting revocation of his Ecuadorian citizenship. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has refused to intercede on behalf of Assange, an Australian citizen, even though the new government in Ecuador, led by Lenn Moreno - who calls Assange an "inherited problem" and an impediment to better relations with Washington - is making the WikiLeaks founder's life in the embassy unbearable. Almost daily, the embassy is imposing harsher conditions for Assange, including...


Deadline Nears For Artist Submissions To Brisbanes 2019 MELT Festival "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Artists eager to get involved in next years MELT Festival have less than two weeks to submit their ideas and pitches for burlesque, theatre, cabaret, music, visual arts, forum, panel and conversation pieces. MELT is the Brisbane Powerhouses annual extravaganza of queer arts and culture, showcasing local and international actors, cabaret and circus performers, dancers, ...

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Cape Byron goes blue to get kids off Nauru "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Cape Byron students call for kids to be taken off Nauru. Photo supplied

Cape Byron Rudolf Steiner high school students have joined the campaign #KidsOffNauru to highlight the inhumane treatment of innocent children jailed by successive Australian governments.

A spokesperson said, Part of the movement is to make people and our government aware that we are unhappy with how the kids and families are locked in detention centres.

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Solar-garden project update "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Local community-owned renewable energy group COREM says its feeling buoyed and sunny, about the amazing potential of solar gardens for the Northern Rivers.

President Ella Rose Goninan told The Echo, COREM has just returned from the final day of the national Social Access Solar Garden research and design project funded by ARENA (Australian Renewable Energy Agency), held at UTS Sydney on Friday November 9, where they presented findings from their solar-garden modelling and heard the latest developments from other organisations. 

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Bangalows newest playground opens "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Kids enjoying the new playground at Bangalow Parklands. Photo Terry Bleakley

A new adventure playground has just opened at the Bangalow Parklands.

Its also known as The Weir, and Council staff say, The playground is designed to activate the imagination of children of all ages, utilising old sections of timber recycled from Bangalow bridges to create gangplanks, with large rocks, rainforest plantings, a forest of climbing poles and two slippery slides, all providing opportunities for play and creativity.

Council say the playground and a new carpark were funded by a $250,000 grant from the federal governments Building Better Regions program and the Byron Shire Council ($164,000).

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Rhett McLennan to coach Gippsland Power "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

ENGIE Gippsland Power has appointed Leongathas Rhett McLennan as the Under 18 TAC Cup Coach and Regional Coaching Director for 2019. It is a full-time role.
McLennan, who played a total of 306 games of football including three senior premierships, has been in coaching roles at major league country and metropolitan clubs for 14 years.
Following his retirement from senior football he has been involved at Gippsland Power for the past four years as an Under 18 assistant coach and the past two years coaching the Under 16 Gippsland Power Team.
This season he accepted the new position of Development Coach for the Gippsland Power Football Club as well as taking on roles with the Vic Country Under 16s and Under 18s.
McLennan, is excited about the opportunity to coach in the TAC Cup at the elite junior level.
Im really looking forward to the challenge, McLennan said this week.
Having been involved with Gippsland Power for several years now, McLennan knows what it takes to reach the highest level having done pre-seasons with both the Brisbane Football Club and the Carlton Football Club.
The role is not new to me as I have been here for four years and coached a lot of these boys in the Under 16 Gippsland Power team over the past two seasons, McLennan said.
Im really looking forward to the excitement of getting out there and working closely with the boys at training and helping them reach their goals and dreams.
McLennan, first introduction to the players and parents, as the new coach was at the player parent information day last Sunday, November 11 at Lowanna College, Newborough.

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Above or below? Aussie PM grilled on hot topic of the day: Proper placement of onions in sausage sandwiches "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Australians are fired up as tensions simmer across the country over one of the hottest topics to skewer public opinion: should the onions be placed above or below the sausage in a certain national delicacy? Wildly popular Australian hardware chain Bunnings, known for its charity fundraiser barbecues and its delicious 'snags' (a sausage sandwich), recently told staff to put onions under the sausages amid health and safety concerns over renegade loose onions escaping and causing patrons to slip. The debate has gotten so out of control, it has even entered the international political sphere.


Friends of Edgars Creek "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


Our final calendar event for the year is almost upon us.

This Sunday, 1-3PM at the gooseneck site we will be undertaking maintenance activities ie: removing and cycling bags and stakes, rubbish collection and hand weeding.

Forecast is for a cracking day, perhaps a little warm so please prepare accordingly - sunny and 26 degrees - this means sunscreen and hats are a must and plenty of water (a couple of litres to be safe!). And any help is better than no help so if you can only do 30 minutes, so be it. It is time that would not have otherwise be put in!

Site access is super easy for the Gooseneck. Park in the vicinity of the old Kodak bridge and wander across to the west bank of the creek (turn left once over the bridge); we are pretty hard to miss generally...

See you on the creek!



Writers, submit your short fiction to our future sex edition! "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Overland is seeking fiction submissions for a special online edition themed around future sex, to be edited by Michalia Arathimos. We are looking for stories that engage with what our changing sexualities look like, both now and in the future.


Stamp duty fever: the bad economics behind swapping stamp duty for land tax "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Bad economics: Swapping stamp duty for land tax

To paraphrase former prime minister Paul Keating, walk into any pet shop in the country and youll find the resident galah saying we should swap stamp duty for a land value tax.

Stamp duty fever: the bad economics behind swapping stamp duty for land tax

File 20181113 194494 19rdn8k.jpg?ixlib=rb 1.1Eliminating stamp duty would bring on more real estate transactions, but that might not be a good thing.

Cameron Murray, The University of Queensland

To paraphrase former prime minister Paul Keating, walk into any pet shop in the country and youll find the resident galah saying we should swap stamp duty for a land value tax.

Just about every economic think tank in the land thinks its about the best value tax change there is, among them the...


1) Poor medical care costs thousands of Papuans their lives "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

2) Indonesia: Bela Negara action plan and pandering to the military

1) Poor medical care costs thousands of Papuans their lives
Province suffers acute doctor shortage, governor blames 'greedy' staff and hospital managers for high rate of patient deaths

November 14, 2018

A health worker examines a patient at Kampung Harapan clinic, about 26 kilometers from Jayapura in Papua. (Photo by Benny Mawel/

Benjamin Lagowan will forever be haunted by the death of his cousin, who was misdiagnosed with an intestinal infection...



Australia: Muslims laugh as theyre found guilty of jihad plot to massacre non-Muslims on Christmas Day "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Why did they laugh? Because they have nothing but contempt for the Infidel court, and because they are secure in the knowledge that they were trying to do a great thing for Allah. Its not hard to kill a person with a machete. It just takes one slice to the neck. Thats per Quran 47:4, []


Australian woman finds needle in pear just after strawberry scare arrest "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

It was just on Sunday when a woman was arrested and charged with contaminating strawberries in Australia's Queensland. But it looks like the fruit saga is far from over as a needle was again spotted... this time in a pear. Clare Bonser, a make up artist with ABC News Breakfast, said she was driving on Tuesday as she casually "chomped on" her pear. For some lucky twist of fate, she happened to look down at the fruit before taking the next bite. That was when she spotted the menace and managed to just narrowly avoid being injured by the spiky item. "At first I just put it on the seat next to me and tried to process what I saw, then realised, 'Oh crumbs'," Bonser said.


Christine Assange Issues Call For All Journalists, Politicians, Medical Professionals And Activists To Stand Up For Julian Assange "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

For the past 6 years in the embassy, the UK government has refused his request for access to basic health needs: fresh air, exercise, sunshine for vitamin D and access to proper medical and dental care according to Christine Assange and Julian Assanges lawyer, Greg Barns. As a result, his health has seriously deteriorated; and his examining doctors warn these detention conditions are life-threatening. The slow and cruel assassination is taking place before our very eyes in the embassy in London, Christine expressed. Assanges doctor, Sean Love, has previously stated in an opinion piece that depriving him of medical care is cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment. Adding, It is time for Australia to intervene.


I Lost My Passport And Found My Calm In India "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The noise, the chaotic traffic that felt like a death-sentence every time I attempted to cross the road, the perpetually-burning incense: for me, India was a slap-in-the-face that was overwhelming and invigorating.

Women in saris of every colour you could think of were bent over sweeping rubble, glittering red and gold and turquoise and purple in the sunshine optimistically pushing its way through the smog. Men carried everything from buckets of water to couches, with huge bands strapped around their foreheads to help carry the load, and entire families managed to squeeze onto one motorbike. Once, I counted seven people.

It was my first trip on my own; no family, no friends, just me, my passport and my backpack. Id been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder the year before, so India was a surprising choice of places to venture on my own. Yet amongst this utter chaos that theoretically should have been sending me spiraling into a panic attack (I struggle going into my local supermarket on a busy day), the millions of people, the sounds of cars and bikes and markets and camels and oxen had me feeling paradoxically calm.

I was absolutely in love with this country.

Id met my tour group that afternoon; wed huddled awkwardly in the foyer, sharing stories of what wed done that day, contents of our first aid kits and souvenirs wed paid far too much for.  Our guide, Shiva, went through the itinerary for the trip, and we then left the frenetic energy of Delhi that evening and headed into the desert to Bikaner via train.

On the overnight train, we squeezed into tiny bunks three up each wall and I stumbled across my first problem for the trip. My bed was barely big enough for me, let alone my large backpack. Shiva, noticing my frustration asked what was wrong, noticed that yes, indeed, my pack was taking up an impractical amount of space and why didnt I just leave it under the bunks with the rest of the luggage?

It will be safe, he assured me, nodding wisely.

Well, if this man Ive known for roughly 12 hours says it will be safe on this rickety, creaking train, it must be safe, I reasoned.

Okay! I beamed, and with a joyous heave I squished my pack passport and all under the bunks.

Shiva was probably unaware that my passport was in there or else he may have provided me with less awful advice.



Bruiseberries "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A nightclub in Chengdu. The floor vibrates. My legs jiggle like jackhammers. The Chinese promoter Catherine dispenses more Jger like medication to us three outsiders. All wearing fluffy panda hats for some reason, were taking silly photos with others and I bow in front of groups of girls like in ancient times or do the kungfu respect stance with a fist into a straight palm. They giggle and mirror my movements. Im making out with a girl in a white T-shirt and she purposely bites my tongue. I push her away and say fuck off, curious about what kind of person she must be.

Catherines mind looks somewhere else. I want to find out more about her, if she does this almost every night and if shes fulfilled, what does she really hope for when shes lying in bed alone, whats the thing from her past holding her back. But when I touch her palm and yell into her ear, the deafening music slams my weakening voice and I realise this place sucks, only allowing surface hi-fives and empty laughter.

White T-shirt waves from a booth and the Jger is hitting me hard and, shit, why am I sitting with my arm around this girl now? My tongue is tentative. Her lips are wild fruits. Smudged mulberries on my cheek. Were walking off and her hand is numb and the elevator drops us to a bright lobby.

Taxis line the curb. Jumping in the front seat I tell the driver Shuangqiaolu and show him Shuangqiao Road station on the metro app. My place is only 15 minutes away. After 20 minutes, something doesnt feel right. I check the map on my phone and weve headed the complete opposite direction, out of the city. White T-shirt has overridden me and given her address.

What the fuck? I turn to the back seat. She doesnt respond.

After 45 minutes, were out of the taxi and shes arguing with the driver. The street is empty. Trees from a park across the road create pleasant, clean air a facade of a place where good things happen. She waves her phone, claiming she paid with the WeChat or AliPay app, I guess. But the driver dismisses it, motioning his hands fiercely and raising his voice.

I get between them, trying to mediate and find out the exact problem. She wont say anything to me, just keeps yelling in Mandarin. At this point I dont even know how much of my English she understands.

A policeman comes over, but the arguing doesnt stop. Seems like shes gonna hit the driver. She speed-walks away, up the street, receding into the distance, leaving me with the cop and taxi driver and I dont know what to...


Europes 3rd largest insurance company turns away from coal "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Generalis recent announcement about its improved coal exclusion policy puts an end to insuring new coal plants and mines while turning away new coal clients with more than 30% of their energy production or revenues coming from coal.

Generali follows Allianz, AXA and Zurich which all have announced restrictions on insuring coal. Now, Europes four biggest primary insurers have limited coverage for the coal industry, supporting the phase-out of the main driver of dangerous climate change and the cause of hundreds of thousands of premature deaths globally each year, including more than 22,900 in the EU. [1]

Greenpeace, Unfriend Coal and Re:Common have called on the remaining coal insurers around the world to also restrict and exclude coal investments and insurance.

Greenpeace Italy climate campaigner, Luca Iacoboni, noted that this new coal exclusion policy sends an an important signal today that coal is becoming uninsurable and the answer to this is an urgent energy transition to 100% renewable energy. This is not just a matter of securing the survival of our planet, but of the insurance industry as well. Moodys Investor Service has also warned that climate change has a net negative credit impact on the the re/insurance industry. Re/insurers like AIG, Chubb, Mapfre, Hannover Re-Talanx, Vienna Insurance Group and Uniqa, who are all still actively insuring coal must move away from this dirty fuel or face public scrutiny and economic losses.

Re:Common campaigner, Alessandro Runci, said that while Generalis new policy is another strong signal to the coal industry, Generali fails to mention when existing coal clients, like those in Central and Eastern Europe, will be dropped. In order to become real climate leaders and to address the air pollution problem exacerbated by their clients, they need to quit coal with no exceptions. That includes no life extension of plants in the form of retrofits beyond 2030 and no to retrofits that would even temporarily increase capacity of existing plants.

Lucie Pinson of the Unfriend Coal campaign observed that Generalis move shows that coal is increasingly becoming uninsurable. The majority of global insurance companies with the expertise to lead in assessing and underwriting new power plants have now committed to end or limit insurance for new coal projects. Recent climate disasters should remind industry laggards of the urgent need for action.

According to the European Environmental Agency, member countries incurred economic losses caused by weather and climate-related extremes up to approximately...

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Tuesday, 13 November


Public Housing Everybodys Business Special Broadcast Series "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Public Housing Everybody's Business broadcasts from Victorian Parliament

In order to ensure that Public Housing is a significant issue at the Victorian State election, Public Housing Everybodys Business will be holding a 10 day vigil from midday on Wednesday 14 November until midnight on election day, Saturday 24 November, on the steps of the Victorian Parliament.

Tune in to a series of programs broadcast live from the steps of parliament or join the broadcasts live at the vigil.

Anarchist World This Week:  Wednesday 14 and 21 November 10-11am

Talkback With Attitude:  Thursday 15 and 22 November 10 -11am.  Instead of taking calls our presenters will be taking live talkback so please join them for this important rally or text 0488 809 855.

Roominations:  Thursday 22 November 12 -1pm



Nightlife in the garden "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

With the warm nights, there is a lot of invertebrate activity in our bush at present. On a Silver Wattle (Acacia dealbata) a Praying Mantis nymph, all of 15mm long.

Praying Mantis nymph

Praying Mantis nymph

Nearby a slow moving ant allows the photographer a few shots. I dont know what species this one is.


Ant on a Golden Wattle (Acacia pycnantha)

Also on a Golden Wattle, a solo beetle.


Beetle #1

And a pair of beetles of a different species work towards the next generation on a Grey Box sucker.


Beetles #2

I found a few of these tiny and very cute weevils.



A katydid nymph, about 10mm long groomed itself as I took some photos. I think the miniscule claw about to scratch the head is so sweet.

Katydid nymph

Katydid nymph


Deep Trouble #8 Tim Errington "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

with Dr Mark Halloran

Or listen on iTunes, Spotify or Stitcher

In this episode we are in conversation with biologist Dr Tim Errington, Director of Metascience for the Center for Open Science (COS), which is dedicated to the replication of scientific research. First we discuss the Reproducibility Project: Psychology, which found that of the 97% of significant results published in high-ranking psychological science journals only 36% of the replications were significant. We discuss some of the post-hoc explanations provided by researchers to explain this failure of replication, as well as the funding incentive system within science which discourages reproduction of research. We follow on from this by discussing the Reproducibility Project: Cancer Biology, which aimed to reproduce medical studies that were published in top-tier journals such as Nature, Science and Cell. So far, 3 of the 5 studies they have attempted to reproduce had strikingly different results from the originals. We discuss this in terms of the extremely high failure rate of phase 2 clinical trials, and how these drugs may not make it into human trials if the pre-clinical trials were more statistically and methodologically robust. We also talk about the general statistical illiteracy in the field as well as the extreme pressure to find positive results in science which is dominated by a culture of publish or perish.

Like what you hear? Listen to all of the Deep Trouble interviews weve run to date.


Saturday, 10 November


JBs World: Remembrance Day 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

FOUR YEARS of World War 1 centenary commemorations concluded on Sunday with Armistice Day celebrations which heralded the end of the Great War that was supposed to be the war that ends [more]

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