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Wednesday, 19 September

14:27

UK house price update "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

UK house prices up 3.1 per cent

With London's average price up for a fourth consecutive month, the UK average house price increased by 3.1 per cent to 231,000 over the year to July 2018. 

London's housing market has faced down some headwinds, including stamp duty changes, a fall in EU migration, and the threat of Brexit. 

The UK average house price in July 2018 was 6,000 higher than in July 2017 and 2,000 higher than in the preceding month, reported the ONS:


Source: ONS

In England prices are comfortably at record highs with an average price of 249,000, but in the other countries, in real terms the recovery over the past decade has been comparatively very modest. 

The inflation rate surprised in jumping to a 6-month high of 2.7 per cent this month. 

14:18

INTERVIEW: Catherine Britt "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

THE ROCKY ROAD TO HARMONY A caravan snakes its way across the Nullarbor; singer-songwriter, husband, toddler and Rascal the dog ensconced within as dust billows into the late afternoon air and a burning sun casts a warm glow over their travels. Thats the scene as Catherine Britt heads out on another adventure, just one of Continue reading

13:37

ARCHITECTURAL ETHICS, TEXTILE ARTS 20th September 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

WHATS ON TODAYS PROGRAM:

Join Maisy Stapleton for stories acrosss the arts .

The third Arts Thursday segment on the Sydney Architecture Festival focuses on Ethics in an Age of Excess. This will be a preview of a panel discussion querying if architecture has lost its social purpose, and its focus on the public good during the current building boom and the construction of bigger and better buildings at what cost?

Tune in soon after 10:30 for a conversation with Shaun Carter principal architect of Carter Williamson, previous NSW Chapter President of the Institute of Architects and a member of the discussion panel.

Ethics in an Age of Excess will be held 2pm 3pm on Sunday 30th Sep 2018 at the Utzon Room, Sydney Opera House

Then meet designer, artist and creative maker Kathleen Berney. She is one of five textile and craft artists presenting a te...

13:30

Shopportunity "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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If anyone is planning to spend money at the ugg boot and sheepskin outlet on Sydney Rd near Harding St, I'd love it if you could get in touch - I have a $105 credit voucher that I'm unlikely to spend myself. They have a really good range. 


Cheers,...

13:11

School Holidays "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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School holidays music, fine and performing arts camp!

Enrolments are still open for our full and half day programs


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13:09

Wanted "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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If anyone has any spare plastic plant pots (6 inches or smaller) they want to get rid of, I'd love to come and grab them. 

slatham2@telstra.com 

13:04

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

Also on Wednesday 19 September, Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) Lockheed C-130H Hercules '735' arrived at Rockhampton Airport as "SAF9853" from Darwin where it arrived from Singapore the previous day.



Jason M from J.M Photography 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 two of the four RSAF Boeing CH-47D Chinook helicopters.

There reportedly be an RSAF Herc based at Rockhampton Airport during Exercise Wallaby 2018 - it is unclear at this stage whether '735' will be the one or whether it has simply brought equipment into Rocky for the Exercise.  At the time of writing '735' remains at Rockhampton Airport.

Of interest, the Herc is one of six C-130H aircraft which are flown by the RSAF's 122 Squadron "Condors" based at the Paya Lebar Air Base (PLAB) in Singapore.


The squadron goes by the motto of "Dependable".

Thanks Jason!

All photos taken by Jason Miller 

12:36

Exercise Wallaby 2018 - Six Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) AS332M Super Puma Helicopters Arrive at Rockhampton Airport as "Diamond" and "Ruby" "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

With the Singapore Armed Force's Exercise Wallaby 2018 'scheduled' to start today, on Wednesday 19 September, the final airborne participants in the Exercise made a spectacular arrival into Rockhampton Airport.





12:01

Antidepressants May Cause Antibiotic Resistance "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

From Medical Xpress: A key ingredient in common antidepressants such as Prozac could be causing antibiotic resistance, according to new University of Queensland research.

A study led by Dr Jianhua Guo from UQs Advanced Water Management Centre focused on fluoxetine, a prescription drug used to help people recover from depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder or eating disorders.

Dr Guo said while overuse and misuse of  is generally considered the major factor contributing to the creation of superbugs, researchers were often unaware that non-antibiotic pharmaceuticals could also cause .

It has previously been an invisible factor in the spread of antibiotic resistance, but we should consider this a warning.

Further work is required to investigate effects of  on antibiotic resistome in .

Antimicrobial  has become a major threat to public health globally with approximately 700,000 people a year dying from antimicrobial-resistant infections.

This is predicted to reach 10 million people by 2050 unless global action is taken now.

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11:54

MACKAY Mackay district court news "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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11:43

Exercise Wallaby 2018 - Four Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) Boeing CH-47D Chinook Helicopters Arrive into Rockhampton Airport "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

With the Singapore Armed Force's Military Exercise Wallaby 2018 expected to officially kick off later this week, on Tuesday 18 September, four Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) Boeing CH-47D Chinook helicopters were photographed arriving into Rockhampton Airport, flying direct from their new base at Oakey.


The CH-47D Chinook helicopters were identified wearing the serial numbers 88181, 88182, 88183 and 88188 which are four of five which deployed to the Oakey Army Aviation Centre in June this year following a deployment in the United States of America (USA).




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11:43

Marise Payne decides Muslims are right and Buddhists are wrong in Myanmar "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

No criticism of Islam. Complete adherence to the UN line. I've spent time near the region. The Islamists atrocities are appalling. No wonder the Burmese Buddhists react. But according to Australia's school ma'am foreign minister, it's all one way traffic.

11:24

Scott & Christian corrupt unionists get free passes - but tough on strawberries "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Sabotaging our strawberries is sabotaging our farmers. The Liberal-National Government will pass tough new laws to send a clear message to the cowards who commit these crimes. Read more here: https://t.co/t3gLE2wc2F pic.twitter.com/Y4vP0A9oMN Liberal Party (@LiberalAus) September 19, 2018

11:13

Economics curriculum is needed to work against selfishness and for altruism "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

It is Wednesday and so just some snippets. I have written about the behavioural impacts that studying mainstream economics, particularly the microeconomics component can have on students as they progress through their studies. I have observed sort of nice young people entering first-year and by later years, become arrogant, self-opinionated and delusional jerks. This phenomenon is particularly prominent if they go onto to do postgraduate level studies. It is well documented. The way mainstream economics is taught builds on anti-social attitudes that might already be present in students who choose to undertake this sort of training. The curriculum matters a lot. In that context, our next macroeconomics textbook (see below) will, in my view, actively work against any predisposition towards selfishness and against altruism, while still providing students with a first-class, technical education in how the monetary system operates.

There was an interesting 2005 study published in the academic journal Human Relations Personal value priorities of economists by a group of researchers mainly from Israeli-based universities.

The authors (Neil Gandal, Sonia Roccas, Lilach Sagiv and Amy Wrzesniewski) noted that:

Policy decisions in the public and private sectors are guided by complex specialized knowledge, often not easily understood by the public. Hence they depend to a large degree on the professionalism of decision-makers. Professionals decisions, however, are affected not only by the knowledge they hold: they also reflect their underlying beliefs, assumptions and goals. In other words, they reflect personal values.

When I was beginning my economic studies it was rammed down our throats that mainstream economics was value-free. One of the main textbooks at the time (Lipsey) was entitled Positive Economics, which was claimed to be objective, and, there was a distinction made between that and so-called normative economics, which apparently was where values were to be found.

It was obvious nonsense but consistent with the mainstream desire to masquerade as an ideologically free space.

Why would want to do that? Answer: because the values that were embedded in mainstream economic theory were pro-capital and anti-government.

The Israeli study notes that:

economists play a central role in forming and implementing policy, both in the public and private sectors. They hold key positions in governmental and other public institutions where they advise policy-makers in diverse areas such as international trade policy, fiscal policy, and regulatory policy it is....

11:10

Jobs ads on the rise again "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Job ads just off 6-year highs

Trend skilled job advertisements increased 0.6 per cent in August 2018 to 183,100, to be 4.5 per cent higher than a year earlier.

The index has been through a bit of a blip this year, but there was a second consecutive gain reported this month.

The index is 31 per cent above the October 2013 nadir, or 43,300 ads higher, and at a level consistent with an ongoing improvement in the labour force. 

The index thus sits just below the 6-year highs seen earlier in 2018. 


Sydney has been through a tremendous jobs boom, yet job ads still remain a couple of per cent higher year-on-year.

In fact some 57,900 of the skilled vacancies are located in Sydney, meaning more gains ahead for the harbour city,

Brisbane saw a 3 per cent increase over the year to August, up to 20,400 vacancies, but the index shows that this remains about 10 per cent lower than the headier mining boom days of 2010. 

Vacancies were up very strongly year-on-year in Tasmania (+17.7 per cent) and Western Australia (+13.4 per cent), but continue to fall in the Northern Territory to the detriment of Darwin. 

10:38

1) Governor of Indonesia's Papua seeks connection with PNG "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

2) Fonterra implicated in deforestation and human rights abuses
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1) Governor of Indonesia's Papua seeks connection with PNG

6:24 pm today 
Johnny Blades, RNZ Pacific

The Governor of Indonesia's Papua province says West Papuans should be able to connect more with people in neighbouring Papua New Guinea.




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10:23

Queensland Government To End States PrEP Trial Early "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Queenslands Health Department will close the states trial of HIV prevention medication PrEP 18 months earlier than planned. PrEP, which stands for pre-exposure prophylaxis, is a once-daily pill that has been found to dramatically reduce the risk of HIV transmission in HIV-negative people, in conjunction with other safe sex measures. The federal government finally listed ...

The post Queensland Government To End States PrEP Trial Early appeared first on QNews Magazine.

10:20

PM Morrison - a fine line separates celebrating achievement & being up yourself. "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

here is Prime Minister Scott Morrison's explanation for the "I Stopped These" trophy that @cochl snapped in his office today https://t.co/v4zmalxCas angus livingston (@anguslivingston) September 19, 2018 AAP is circulating this photo taken in the Prime Minister's office today. Thousands of men and women in uniform, public servants, diplomats...

10:00

Chinese Investment Group to Raise Funds for Japanese Stable Coin "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Grandshores Technology Group, a Hong Kong-based public blockchain investment company, is planning to raise $12.7 million through a digital token fund in an effort to finance a yen-backed cryptocurrency project.

More Stable Coins Into The Crypto Pot

Grandshores Technology was initially a contracting company that pivoted to the blockchain industry after being acquired by SHIS, a corporation owned by Singapore-based investor, Yongjie Yao, who is also in charge of the Xiongan Global Blockchain Innovation Fund.

Yao made his name in the technology industry through being a founding partner of the 10 billion-yuan Hangzhou Grandshores Fund, backed by both the Hangzhou government and famed Bitcoin investor, Li Xiaolai.

In order to gain funding, the company will be tapping qualified investors located outside of China to raise funds denominated in Tether, which is backed by USD. The funds will be used to help launch a Japanese yen-backed stable coin, which will operate similarly to Tether.

While speaking about Grandshores new investment, Yao explained that the blockchain industry is on track to disrupt the current financial system, and that there is a significant amount of potential for many small and undervalued projects.

Yao said that:

Blockchain will become the mainstream technology in the next three to five years. We are entering the next stage of blockchain evolution, a stage which is akin to when computer operating system was transiting from MS-DOS [disk operating system] to MS-Windows.

Yao also said that the fund is currently working with a mid-tier Japanese bank in order to provide the means for a yen-backed stable coin. He also expressed immense confidence in the demand for a yen-backed stable coin, mentioning that the fund wants to also launch stable coins denominated in the Hong Kong dollar and the Australian dollar.

The Rise of the Stable Coin

Stable coins have been......

09:35

Australian parliament salutes misogynist barbarians from Saudi Arabia "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

As our reader J says: A delegation from Saudi Arabia on a junket to Canberra. I wonder if Tanya and Penny called out real misogyny when this happened today. Or did they wave back? Meanwhile in The Senate: SENATE WONG Whether its on the basis of race, sexuality, religion,...

08:38

A Chat with Toby Paramor: Looking into the Heart of the Youth Travel Industry "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The inner workings of Toby Paramor, founder of Stoke Travel and a dear friend to all at Global Hobo, is a mystery to many. Does he really live on the couch of his office? What is the legal status of his presence in Spain? Is the logo of his company, featuring two people fucking in a tent, some sort of metacommentary on patriarchal notions of promiscuity?

Among the corporate hustle, Toby generously found the time to submit answers to what he described as a set of prying and, dare I say, kind of unexpectedly obtuse interview questions, which is fairly rich criticism seeing as he wrote them himself. 

In his own words and in what may end up an extract from his soon-to-be-ghostwritten memoirs here is some fascinating insight into a rather unconventional CEO.

Whilst all advice deters me from the potential manipulation of the powerful travel press gang well, fuck it. I hope you treat my generously candid responses kindly come publication.

It has been reported that not all of your staff are legally working in the EU, and in addition, suffer from a lack of decent legal protections and rights afforded. Is this a commonly rife practice in the travel industry, or are you renegade abusers?

Wow. Straight to the juggernaut. I have always said to my team that a collection of talented individuals without personal discipline will ultimately and inevitably fail. Character triumphs over talent. Performance equals character plus behaviour. In other words, if integrity is a central leadership tool and everyone in a team does exactly what they say they will do, well then, clarity, certainty, productivity and momentum are the results.

You have been historically accused of selling sex to sell your tours

*Interrupting* Well hang on a minute there. Firstly can I just say that my ex-wifes sister works tirelessly in Vietnam with the United Nations in the sex trafficking wing. (Do they call it that? A wing?) So I do have some knowledge of the industry and I can tell you that we dont traffic much, and if we do it isnt young girls and boys who were seemingly not otherwise dedicated to achieving higher grades at school. Where they should be.

The #metoo movement has exploded in recent months in your industry. What has been your strategy to navigate its turbid waters?

If I were given....

08:30

EDITORIAL: The National Party's Barnaby problem "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

EDITORIAL: The National Party's Barnaby problemIf the Liberal Party has a woman problem, the Barnaby Joyce sexual harassment saga reveals the National Party to have a woman disaster. Sydney bureau chief Ross Jones and managing editor Dave Donovan report. read now...

08:13

Foster carer without a home as fire destroys Yumba hostel "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A FORMER hostel burst into flames this morning Wednesday, within minutes of the owner locking up and leaving town on a day trip to Charleville....

08:08

City Slide at Melbourne Moto Expo "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Amateur riders will be able to slide their bike around the Melbourne Showgrounds Main Arena dirt track with Troy Bayliss and Jason Crump at the biannual Moto Expo in November 2018.

While Melbourne lines up for its third Moto Expo, Brisbane still hasnt had a return event since the first and last Moto Expo in 2014 run by Troy Bayliss Events.

Managing director Mark Petersen told us in June that Brisbane will no doubt have another stand alone show in the future but when the time is right for the industry.

City Slide

The Melbourne Moto Expo from 23-25 November 2018 will include a new flat-track event called Crumpys City Slide named after three-time Speedway World Champion Jason Crump.

Jason and Troy Bayliss confirm they will take part in the social event. Organisers stipulate it is not a race, nor a timed event.

Jason Crump and Troy Bayliss will race at Moto Expo - Australia Day slideJason Crump and Troy Bayliss

Only 200 fully licensed riders will be able to test their machine on the purpose-built gravel track.

Click here to book your spot in Crumpys City Slide.

Crumpys City Slide kickstarts at 4pm on Saturday 24 November. The on-track event runs to 8pm after the Moto Expo closes at 6pm.

A City Slide entertainment zone will host music, food and entertainment and include a fully licensed bar until 9pm.

Jason previously took part in on-track action during the 2014 Brisbane Moto Expo and has.

City Slide brings public participation to flat track, he says.

I am going to bring my slider and I know some of my mates are going to come and take part.

Entrants for the...

07:59

Australia wont get the nuclear bomb these are the reasons why not "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The real problem is developing a credible, effective nuclear capability is about much more than possessing the bomb itself. Equally critical would be working out how to control and protect the weapon prior to use, and finally, deliver it. Doing this is, perhaps surprisingly, just as difficult if not more so than developing the device itself.

lets look at what it would  cost.This is where the extent of the fantasy becomes apparent.

theres one other final, conclusive, and critical reason that not even our allies will assist an attempt to go nuclear. The truth is now they just dont view Australia as a stable, mature democracy any more.

The one, conclusive reason why Australia wont go nuclear, SMH, By Nicholas Stuart, 18 September 2018 Theres a massive, although subterranean, debate going on in the strategic community at the moment one with huge ramifications. Its whether Australia should possess its own nuclear deterrent.

The argument for is simple. Chinas rising; Americas declining. We cant rely on the US nuclear umbrella and need to have our own nuclear bomb. Even those on the so-called pro-Beijing side admit this is a real question that requires an answer, because it defines our entire strategic future. Unfortunately, everyone in the military communitys been weighing up the relative advantages of an independent, Australian bomb in an antiseptic, apolitical, environment. You know, how it could be done; how it might operate; and how much would it cost?

Its time to get real.

Could we do it? Physically, undoubtedly. We have the necessary raw materials and intellectual know-how. Enriching u...

07:54

2 Chinese nuclear power stations in direct path of Typhoon Mangkhut "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

RED ALERT: Typhoon Mangkhut to SMASH into TWO nuclear plants as MILLIONS evacuate in panic https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1018412/Typhoon-Mangkhut-Hong-Kong-China-nuclear-plants-red-alert-worst-storm

TYPHOON MANGKHUT the most powerful storm of the year is expected to directly hit two nuclear power plants later today with shocking 120mph winds, as officials issue a red alert warning.

By OLI SMITH  Sep 16, 2018 Typhoon Mangkhut has battered Hong Kong and southern China today, prompting 2.45 million to evacuate.

The typhoon is the worlds most powerful storm of the year, with winds as high as 170 miles per hour twice as powerful as Hurricane Florence which has struck the US east coast. At least 64 people have died in the wake of the typhoon in the Phillipines while so far two are reportedly dead in Hong Kong.

Officials have issued a red alert warning amid mounting fears over two nuclear power statio...

07:44

Brunswick Nuke Plant: STATE OF EMERGENCY flying cuttlefish picayune "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Duke Energys Brunswick nuclear plant, about 30 miles south of Wilmington, has declared a state of emergency as the 1,200-acre complex remains cut off by flood waters and and is inaccessible to outside personnel. Zero Hedge

via Brunswick Nuke Plant: STATE OF EMERGENCY flying cuttlefish picayune

07:14

Kerry OBrien in conversation with Mick ORegan "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

In his new memoir Walkley award winning ABC journalist, Kerry OBrien, reflects on social and political upheavals he has witnessed and the personalities who have made history.
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The post Kerry OBrien in conversation with Mick ORegan appeared first on Byron Bay Blog.

07:13

Oh dear! Coal-loving Angus Taylors electorate wants action on climate change "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

 

 

Energy ministers electorate backs higher emissions reduction target, poll shows

ReachTel poll of Angus Taylors voters finds 42.3% want Australia to cut emissions more deeply, Guardian, Katharine Murphy Political editor @murpharoo19 Sep 2018 More voters in the electorate of the new energy minister, Angus Taylor, support an emissions reduction target for electricity and a higher national target than the Paris commitment than oppose those positions.

07:10

Australian government wont be replacing renewable energy target Angus Taylor, (Minister For Fossil Fuel Energy) "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Angus Taylor confirms government wont be replacing renewable energy target Canberra Times, 18 Sept 18Energy Minister Angus Taylor has confirmed the Morrison government will not replace the renewable energy target after it peaks in 2020, officially creating a policy vacuum that opponents say will stifle clean energy investment and lead to higher prices.

In question time on Tuesday, Greens MP Adam Bandt challenged Mr Taylor to extend the target until 2022 to avoid a disastrous plunge in renewables investment when the current target ends.

The renewable energy target is going to wind down from 2020, it reaches its peak in 2020, and we wont be replacing that with anything, Mr Taylor said..

We will drive prices down, thats our policy, those opposite will drive them up, he said.

An annual index released on Tuesday put Australia in the bottom three ranking for environmental policy among wealthy nations.

The Center for Global Developments commitment to development index said the environment was one of Australias weaker policy fields &#8230...

07:05

Defence officials become military lobbyists "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Defence officials turn lobbyists, sometimes weeks after leaving government

Eight former defence figures, most high-ranking, are now lobbyists for military contractors, Guardian, Christopher Knaus,  @knausc, 18 Sep 2018 Senior defence officials and military figures are taking paid jobs with firms lobbying for arms manufacturers, sometimes within weeks of leaving their government posts.

Guardian Australia has identified eight former military officers or defence bureaucrats, most of whom were high-ranking, who have publicly registered themselves as lobbyists for firms that represent military contractors.

But many other defence lobbyists operate largely in secret, either because they work directly for military contractors, or because they simply refuse to put themselves on the lobbyist register, avoiding scrutiny for themselves and their clients without any real repercussion.

One recent example of a lobbyist who placed himself on the lobbyist register is Tyson Sara, a former assistant secretary in defences naval shipbuilding taskforce, whose role was described as leading the implementation of the Australian naval shipbuilding plan.

Sara left defence in March and soon after joined lobbying powerhouse Cmax Advisory as its chief operating officer and vice-president for strategy and...

07:01

12.5b litres of water for Adani coal project no environmental impact statement needed "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Adani plans to draw 12.5b litres of water and there will be no environmental impact statement, ABC By national environment, science and technology reporter Michael Slezak 18 Sept 18  Adanis plan to take 12.5 billion litres of water from a river in drought-stricken Queensland is a step closer to happening, according to environmental groups, after the Federal Government decided the project did not need a full environmental impact assessment.

Key points:

  • Federal Government decides Adani water plan does not need environmental impact statement
  • Mining giant wants to take 12.5 billion litres of water from Queensland river
  • Environmentalists say the move is appalling and dangerous
  • Adani says it will work with Government to complete the required assessment

To build and run its proposed Carmichael coal mine, Adani wants to extract water from the Suttor River in central Queensland for up to 60 years, expand a dam there, and build a 60-kilometre pipeline to transport the water to its mine.

Federal law requires that if coal mine...

07:00

Phthalate Exposure Threatens Human Survival "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

By Dr. Mercola

Infertility has become increasingly pervasive in recent decades. In Sperm Count Zero,1 GQ Magazine discusses this troubling fact, noting the situation has become so dire that within a generation we may lose the ability to reproduce entirely.

The article highlights research2,3 published last year, which found total sperm counts in North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand dropped by nearly 60 percent between 1973 and 2013. (South American, Asian and African men had no noticeable decline, although this discrepancy could be due to the smaller sample sizes obtained from those countries.)

The paper in question was a meta-analysis of 185 studies and the largest of its kind. In a nutshell, men in many areas of the world are producing less semen overall, and the semen they do produce contains fewer sperm. Whats worse, the researchers found no evidence to suggest this downward trend is leveling off. As noted by GQ:

Sperm counts went from 99 million sperm per milliliter of semen in 1973 to 47 million per milliliter in 2011, and the decline has been accelerating. Would 40 more years or fewer bring us all the way to zero?

Aside from the implications this has on the human species as a whole, reduction in sperm production is also a warning sign that mens health is in serious jeopardy, as poor semen quality has been linked to a number of other health issues, including a higher risk for diabetes, heart disease, cancer and early death. Researchers also warn that men are becoming increasingly less male overall.

Testosterone Levels Are Dropping Too

Along with sperm, mens testosterone levels have dropped in recent decades as well, and exposure to endocrine-disrupting chemicals in utero and beyond appears to be a driving factor.4 GQ reports:...

Catheters Are Spreading Superbugs "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

By Dr. Mercola

Today, many are so used to the idea an antibiotic can cure almost any infection, few consider the possibility this remedy may soon no longer be an option. Antibiotics have increased human life span by nearly a decade and certain conditions could simply not be treated without them.1

In many ways, modern medicine is built on a foundation of antibiotics. It is now severely threatened, however, by the emergence and phenomenal growth of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Prior to the development of antibiotics, half of the world's population died from infections.

The reality is antibiotic-resistant microbes have now become a major threat to public health worldwide. According to the British Office of National Statistics, for the first time life expectancy in the U.K. has dropped as the result of antibiotic resistance.2 This is a man-made epidemic triggered by the widespread misuse of antibiotics.3

In the U.S., resistant pathogens are conservatively estimated to cause at least 2 million infections annually and lead to 23,000 deaths each year. An estimated 25 to 60 percent of Klebsiella pneumoniae (K. pneumoniae) blood infections are now resistant to several strains of antibiotics.

The rise in resistance to multiple drugs has increased the use of carbapenems, a class of last-line antibiotics. Research from Australia now demonstrates multidrug-resistant Staphylococcus epidermidis (S. epidermidis), found on the skin of all humans, may be responsible for an alarming number of antibiotic-resistant sepsis infections.4

Mutated Common Bacteria Found

Sepsis is a massive immunological response to a bacterial infection in the blood. It often leads to organ failure or injury and is a medical emergency responsible for killing over 250,000 Americans each year.5 During the infection, the body releases chemicals to fight bacteria, which also trigger widespread inflammation.6

In severe cases, one or m...

06:48

Consumer group fights New Mexico nuclear waste project "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

  https://www.newsobserver.com/news/business/article218585655.htmlThe Associated Press, September 18, 2018, ROSWELL, N.M.

06:43

Global interdependence of civil and military nuclear technology "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

 

Andrew Feinstein: The Shadow World of the Global Arms Trade | Fall 2017 Wall Exchange

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questions arise over many well-documented military entanglements of nuclear power

the reliable provision of Russias defense capability is the main priority of the nuclear industry Rosatom

a host of other defense policy discussions are very clear that the UK nuclear submarine industrial base would not be sustainable, if a decision were taken to discontinue civil nuclear powerstatements from UK submarine industry sources note incentives to mask the costs of this military programme behind the related civilian industrial infrastructure. a programme of submarine-derived small modular reactors should be adopted in UK energy policy in order to relieve the Ministry of the burden of developing and retaining skills and capability on the military side. Rolls Royce

focused on facilitating mobility between the civil and defense nuclear workforce UK

In the USA, powerful imperatives hav...

06:38

New knowledge exchange products on alcohol use among Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Alcohol and Other Drugs Knowledge Centre have added a suite of online resources which are now available on the website. Based on the Review of harmful alcohol use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, there are 3 new resources available

06:34

Camping under the stars might just be the way to helping to rebuild happiness "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Camping is being lauded as way to help you feel better about yourself, get closer to your loved ones and create a sense of reconnection to the world.
 
In a world where the fear of missing out (FOMO) is contributing to anxiety, camping may have a special place in improving mental health by its ability to cut people off from technology.
Alistair Mitchell is one person who says drawing on his early childhood experiences of camping and getting back to nature helped his long road to recovery from mental illness.

For more details see: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-09-16/camping-for-mental-health/10238198

06:33

Mental Health Nursing Practice and Indigenous Australians: A Multi-Sited Ethnography "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

06:26

Lily awarded for her community work "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Lily Harrison. Photo Guilio Vidoni

Cape Byron Steiner School student Lily Harrison was among 25 students who received the prestigious John Lincoln Youth Community Award at Government House on September 14.

The award recognises outstanding service or engagement by young people with their local community, or to Australia in general. Governor of NSW the Hon David Hurley presented the awards, in a ceremony conducted by the Order of Australia Association (NSW) branch. The associations Greg Campbell said Lily was recognised for her extensive community work; just one of her enterprises is providing local homeless and vulnerable women with sanitary and hygiene items called Period Packs. These are distributed through outlets such as Liberation Larder.

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06:23

Indie author/teacher launches her 13th book "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Author Christina Larmer says being an indie author means she has complete control over the process of writing and producing a book. Photo supplied

Goonengerry-based writer Christina Larmer has launched her 13th book, Do Not Go Alone.

She describes it as a classic whodunnit, with plenty of dark humour and a heart-wrenching twist. It features a house full of revellers, a bloodied corpse and a cranky spirit who refuses to choof off until she works out who killed her and why.

Larmer says its now easier than ever to self-publish your own stories, and make a living from them.

Since I turned my back on the traditional path in 2011 and taught myself to DIY, self-publishing has become so much easier and more accessible to all, and I highly recommend it to anyone with a computer, a sense of creativity, and a good story to tell.

Larmer also teaches self-publishing and creative writing at the Byron Community College, Lismore ACE and the North Coast Community College in Alstonville/Ballina/Yamba.

For more info visit www.amazon.com/default/e/B006S9LC86.

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06:06

Not just a culture war: the Ramsay Centre and Sydney University "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The best that can be said about the Ramsay Centres proposal to sponsor an elite course in Western civilisation is that it has revived a flagging discussion about the intellectual and political considerations that shape the humanities curricula of Australian universities.

05:52

Sexual Harassment Rife in Australian Workplaces "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

New research by the Human Rights commission suggests that sexual harassment is on the rise in Australian workplaces. The study, the fourth of its kind since 2012, found that one in three people reported being sexually harassed in the workplace, up from 21 per cent in 2012. It also found that 71 percent reported being

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05:45

How 0.04% could break the Aussie economy "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

What a way to start the week.

Monday morning, all we could talk about was the doomsday 40% house price crash.

Cue panicked homeowners around the country.

Is this the property crash weve been talking about for a decade? Has our lending binge day of reckoning finally come?

Not today, at least.

However, Australia may be forced to face the repercussions of buying a house at any cost.

Heres why.

I guess it depends on whether youre the have or the have not.

If youre like me, and on the hunt for some bricks to call your own, a 40% price crash does sound exciting. Just think of all the properties that would suddenly fall into your price bracket!

The flip side to this is if youre one of the 69% of Aussies that do own a home mortgaged or not you dont want prices to drop.

No one wants to the see the value of their biggest asset lose almost half its worth.

However, Im here to pour some cold water on the idea of a 40% house price crash in this decade at least.

The house price value wipe-out as discussed by 60 Minutes on Sunday night selectively takes information produced by Data Analytics.

Since the segment aired on Sunday night, Data Analytics founder Martin North has come out and said that 60 Minutes cherry picked the information to suit the story.

North said that a 40% house price fall was a doomsday scenario. And furthermore, he put the probability of this happening down to 20%.

But at the same time, North painted a bleak economic picture of if the doomsday scenario played out.

If Aussie house prices dropped to almost half of todays value, North reckons wed also be looking at unemployment rates of 8.5-9% AND a cash rate from the Reserve Bank of Australia dropped to 0-0.50%.

Again, lets just point out that this is highly unlikely.

What 60 Minutes left out, North says, is that he shares the consensus view of house prices declining 10-15% Australia-wide over the next two to three years.

Nothing in the kitty

Rather than a house price collapse into 2020, the more moderate 10-15% house fall prediction can still cause massive problems for the Aussies and our economic growth.

For now, the economy is growing.

The most recent gross domestic product said our economy has an annual growth rate of 3.4%. Making the Aussie economy seem in rude good health.

The problem is, the people within the economy arent so flush.

Were...

05:44

Smiling 'Joker' Face In This Photo Isn't What It Seems To Be "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Apparently, a shift in perspective is all it takes to make one of the planet's most recognizable species look like something else entirely.

Recently, Calypso Star Charters, an Australian underwater tour guide company, shared this striking image on Instagram. At first glance, it appears to be some sort of smiling face likened to that of a jester or joker. Commenters on the post are having a field day:

"Honestly thought you were playing with filters," one wrote. "Very cool."

The truth behind the shot is actually quite simple to explain: It's a photo of the underbelly of a perfectly normal great white shark which has been flipped upside down.

Here's that same image with the orientation corrected:

The original photograph is awesome, to say the least showing the sheer power and beauty of these aquatic marvels. But when it comes to sharks, the importance of a proper perspective is crucial in another sense.

Unfortunately, sensationalized depictions in popular culture have given rise to negative stereotypes that sharks are creatures to be feared and demonized, when, in fact, the opposite is true: They are well-worth saving.

As the World Wildlife Fund points out, sharks play an essential role in keeping ocean ecosystems in balance, and are far less dangerous to humans than most people even realize.

(Oh, and sometimes they can actually be quite cute.)

In reality, sharks have much more to fear from humans than the other way around. In 2013, it was reported that an estimated 100 million sharks were killed each year a grim statistic which, just last year, led to the creation of an international pact aimed at protecting them from threats.

Indeed, a change of perspective can go a long way....

05:37

Ospreys rise above Parks and Wildlife burnout "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Look who's back on top of life after having nest and host tree burned down by Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service: Osprey pair rebuilding lives and nest in nearby tree in Townsville Town Common Conservation Park. She's toey, but staying close to new nest. He was eating fish on tree across road this morning. Last year's sole youngster may have departed. 



Meanwhile, new life down the road. Bush Stone-curlews with two eggs plonked in plain view close to entry gate. In turn, I've plonked bit of cover around them. Didn't expect thanks and, naturally, got none. 

05:15

Corrupt! ICAC finds NSW AOTY finalist Eman Sharobeem helped herself to $800K "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

ICAC finds former NGO principal officer corrupt Wednesday 19 September 2018 The NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) has found that Eman Sharobeem, the former principal officer of two non-government organisations (NGOs) established to assist immigrant womens health and non-English speaking womens housing needs, engaged in serious corrupt conduct by...

05:10

Paris Accord is a money-maker for south-west Pacific nations - not a security issue "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A couple of days ago the prime minister was on Paul Murray Live - you can watch the full interview by clicking here MURRAY: Agree. There was one topic above all that people want you to respond to and its the direct question of will you pull out of the...

04:50

Review: Le Dernier Appel (The Last Cry) "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

We are reminded of the body.
Body as individual
as social.
as political.
as grunt.
as gesture.
as site
as code.
as language.

This reminder is the result of an Australian-New Caledonian collaboration between Marrugeku and Carriageworks, Le Dernier Appel (The Last Cry), a unique dance performance that examines how: [c]olonisation has shaped us. To undo the past is impossible. Serge Aime Coulibaly (Director and Choreographer), Dalisa Pigram (Choreographer), and Rachael Swain (Dramaturg).

 

Specifically in response to the upcoming New Caledonian referendum on independence, the piece in its entirety is a gestural reflection on current political climates. The six performers Amrita Hepi, Miranda Wheen, Dalisa Pigram, Stanley Nalo, Yoan Ouchot, and Krilin Nguyen inhabit the space as bodies. Bodies with the weight of the past on their shoulders, they are representative of this history and the continuation of colonial practices across contexts.

Heavy with this cultural context the dancers move as if their bodies are not in their control, the dance is happening to them individually rather than as a collective. It starts with the smallest twitch, blink and youd miss it. Movement, gesture and repetition are unique to each dancer, speaking to the diversity of experiences and narratives. As time unravels slowly so do limbs as shoulders click, feet flex and chests heave to a momentum propelled by the musical score. The combination of electronic, techno, pop and ambient...

04:49

Tiwi Island Sistergirl Shaniqua Immortalised In Mural Ahead of Darwin Pride Festival "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A seven-storey tall portrait of Tiwi Island sistergirl and drag performer Shaniqu TiwiSista has been unveiled in Darwin ahead of the citys Pride Festival celebrations. Australian street artist Kaff-eine painted the mural on the building, and its one of several stunning artworks produced for the Darwin Street Art Festival this month. Shaniqu wrote on her ...

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04:44

If genocide isnt cause for decisive action, what is? Australian Government urged to act on Myanmar atrocities at UN "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Australian Government should immediately end its engagement with Myanmars military and impose sanctions on abusive military generals, the Human Rights Law Centre and the Australian Council for International Development said in a joint statement at the UN Human Rights Council overnight.

The statement comes as a major, 400-page report by an expert Independent Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar was presented to the Council. The Fact Finding Mission, which includes Australias former human rights commissioner Chris Sidoti, documented systematic rape, torture and murder by Myanmar security forces against the Rohingya population, and recommends that Myanmars top military generals be investigated for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.

The HRLC and ACFID statement, which was delivered by HRLC Director of Legal Advocacy Daniel Webb, said:

Our Government must immediately sever its ties with Myanmars military and impose targeted sanctions on abusive military generals. Because if genocide is not cause for decisive and principled action, then what on earth is?

In response to the expert report the Australian Government told the Council it condemns in the strongest terms the atrocities committed in Rakhine, Shan and Kachin states and indicated it will support a European Union led resolution to establish a dedicated body to consolidate evidence with a view to facilitating criminal proceedings.

While the HRLC and ACFID welcomed the Australian Governments support for a new accountability mechanism they called on the Government to follow all of the Fact Finding Missions recommendations, not just some.

Video: Daniel Webb giving his statement at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva

The Fact Finding Mission recommends ending operational support for the Myanmar military, which it describes as having contempt for human life. But while the US, the UK, and the EU have all taken steps to sever ties with the Myanmar military, the Australian Government last year spent close to $400,000 on defence cooperation in the country, Mr Webb told the Council.

The Fact Finding Mission also calls for targeted sanctions against those responsible. But again, while the US, Canada, and the EU have all imposed financial sanctions and travel restrictions on Myanmar military commanders, the Australian Government has refused to do so.

And while the Fact Finding Mission says that the victims of these atrocities deserve a future free of danger and insecurity, the Australian Government continues to imprison them indefinitely in remote, offshore, refugee detenti...

04:41

If You Dont Feel Like Doing Vigilante Justice, Do This "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

by Mary W Maxwell, LLB

Think about this. When the bad guys realize that someone has witnessed their crimes or possesses incriminating evidence of their crimes, they kill that person. You know, like they knock off whistle blowers left, right, and center.

Why do they do that? Its because THEY FEAR THE LAW.

I even recall Pres George W Bush going to Congress to seek new legislation that would make one of his crimes be no longer criminal. Talk about obvious fear of the law!

...

04:30

Acacia Quartet to perform at Hunters Hill Music Concert "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Three lucky TWT readers can win double passes to Hunters Hill Musics next concert this Sunday September 23 featuring the Acacia Quartet in Hunters Hill Town Hall, Alexandra Street, Hunters Hill at 2.30pm.

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04:22

Her name was Marielle Franco "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

I first heard about Marielle Franco in April this year. While visiting Rio de Janeiro in Brazil as a tourist with my family, I found myself in a bar late one night with an expat who had lived in the country for more than thirty years.

04:05

Kings Forest hospital site not shovel ready: Tweed MP "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

National Party member for Tweed, Geoff Provest.

Tweed MP Geoff Provest (Nationals) has cast doubt on claims by federal Richmond MP Justine Elliot (ALP) that Labors preferred site for the new Tweed Hospital is shovel ready.

In the latest of a series of increasingly heated statements from the two pollies, Mr Provest said the proposed Kings Forest site is still subject to state approval of a new Koala Plan of Management.

Koala activity

Mr Provest said the department of planning and environment (DoPE) was currently finalising its assessment of a revised Koala Plan of Management for Kings Forest. The proposal seeks to increase the amount of koala habitat to be removed from the site and change the koala offset and management obligations.

He added that over 2,000 public submissions have been received by the DoPE objecting to the proposal, highlighting the site is far from shovel-ready.

The department has asked the proponent to respond to the issues raised. Once the DoPE has finalised its assessment of the proposal, it will be referred to the Independent Planning Commission for determination. The Commission will hold a public before determining the proposal.

Mr Provest said it might interest Mrs Elliot to know that, in a bizarre twist, it is actually Kings Forest that would require further approval from the Commonwealth Environment Department under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 in order to build a hospital, due to a mapped area of high koala activity adjacent to the site proposed.

The frequency of the Labor Partys misleading claims regarding development and planning processes is far from coincidental, Mr Provest said.

Justine Elliot Labor Federal MP for Richmond. Photo supplied.

Agenda to delay construction

We are fully aware of the reasons why the Labor Party is pushing the Kings Forest site and frankly...

04:03

September 18 Energy News geoharvey "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Opinion: The Public Wants Renewable Energy and They Want It Now! Utility companies, like automakers, would like to party like its 1999 forever, but consumers are beginning to realize their future lies with zero emissions vehicles and renewable energy. The transition has begun. If the people will lead, their leaders will follow. Spread []

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04:00

Coleys Dramatic Cancer Cure, Part 4: A Failure and a Baby "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

 

by Mary W Maxwell, LLB

This article reprints Cases 27 and 28 from A Review of the Influence of Bacterial Infectionon Malignant Tumors in Man, by Helen Coley Nauts, George A A Fowler, and Frances Begatko. Abridged and with bolding added.

Case 27: F.H.F male, age 46, structural iron worker of Somerville, Massachusetts.

Case 27: F.H.F male, age 46, structural iron worker of Somerville, Massachusetts. Onset, without known cause: a pigmented mole in the scapular region began to swell early in June 1911. Five weeks later, or on July 14, 1911, Homans excised the growth with a two inch margin of normal skin. The patient was seen every two weeks thereafter and no recurrence was noted until October 22, when a small lump was seen on the outer aspect of the scar. Three days later the patient was admitted to Massachusetts General Hospital, and Cobb excised the recurrence. The patient was first seen by Dr Torr W. Harmer two weeks after this operation, at which time he had ano...

03:40

Snarky Puppy announce Bluesfest sideshows "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

New York based collective Snarky Puppy have just announced a slew of headline shows in support of their appearance at Bluesfest 2019 this April. The jazz-fusion pioneers will play a bunch of massive dates in Melbourne, Adelaide and Sydney. Its destined to be a spectacle you dont want to miss. Full tour dates and ticket information below.
Tickets to Bluesfests 30th anniversary celebrations are on sale now, so be sure to head along to their website to make sure you dont miss out on one of the biggest events on the Aussie musical calendar.

Watch: Snarky Puppy Lingus (We Like It Here)

Snarky Puppy Bluesfest 2019 Sideshows

Pre-sale begins 10am AEST Wednesday, 19th September

Tickets on sale to general public 10am AEST Friday, 21st September

Sunday, 21st April 2019
Enmore Theatre, Sydney (All Ages)
Tickets: Ticketek

Wednesday, 24th April 2019
HQ, Adelaide
Tickets: OzTix

Friday, 26th April 2019
The Forum, Melbourne
Tickets: Ticketmaster

03:29

After five years of indefinite detention, children on Nauru are now suicidal: UN hears "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Overnight the UN Human Rights Council heard about the unprecedented health crisis faced by people, including children, detained on Nauru for over five years.

Daniel Webb, Director of Legal Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre, who is in Geneva to address the Council, said that after five long years in offshore detention the 102 children being held on Nauru have now lost all hope.

As the Australian Government sits here on this Council, professing its commitment to human rights, it is indefinitely imprisoning 102 children in its offshore refugee camp on Nauru, Mr Webb told the Council.

These children and their families have now been detained for over five years imprisoned for fleeing the same atrocities our Government comes here and condemns.

And after five years of detention, these children have now lost hope. Some have stopped speaking. Some have stopped eating. A 10-year-old boy recently tried to kill himself, said Mr Webb.

The statement comes as increasing reports emerge of children self-harming and refusing food and water because of severe psychiatric disorders, including a rare illness known as Resignation Syndrome.

Even the Governments own medical advisors are now speaking out, warning that the situation on Nauru is untenable and that children will die, said Mr Webb.

Five years is absolutely huge in the life of a child. These kids should be free and full of curiosity and hope. Instead, they are growing up surrounded by suffering and despair. The situation is absolutely untenable.

After five long years, these children and their families deserve a future. And the Australian Government deserves to be held accountable by this Council for its cruelty, said Mr Webb.

Video: Daniel Webb giving his statement at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva

The criticism comes after the new United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, last week used her maiden speech to the Council to slam the Australian Governments offshore detention regime as an affront to the protection of human rights, and follows the UN Working Group on Arbitrary detention reporting the Australian Government to the Council for its illegal and indefinite detention of refugees.

The Australian Government comes here to the Human Rights Council and masquerades as standing for hum...

03:09

Greens Call For Release Of Religious Freedom Review Report "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Greens have demanded the federal government release the Ruddock religious freedom review panels long-awaited report. The religious freedom review, headed by Philip Ruddock, was announced last year to placate conservatives following the passage of same-sex marriage legislation in December. The review panel handed its report to the federal government on May 18 but it ...

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03:06

Funding secured for Bruns pines as Council staff acquiesce "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Some of the historic coastal cypress pines surviving in the Terrace reserve.

Hans Lovejoy and Chris Dobney

Ballina MP Tamara Smith (Greens) has welcomed $166,000 in funding to be used to save an endangered ecological community of coastal cypress pines at Brunswick Heads and three species of large forest owls that live in the area.

But she has accused Byron Council staff of being strong-armed into agreeing with developers demands over an approval to operate (ATO) request from the managers of the three holiday parks in the town and called on them to delay its approval of Terrace Reserve.

Ms Smith yesterday asked environment minister Gabrielle Upton at Question Time to preserve the coastal cypress pines in the southern end of the reserve and prevent damage to them from large vehicles and intensive year-round camping.

In response to the concerns I raised today and in May this year, funding has now been awarded under the state-wide Save Our Species program to secure threatened plants and animals in the wild in NSW, Ms Smith said in a statement yesterday.

The minister gave me her assurances in May that the coastal cypress pines EEC are protected under the requirements of the Biodiversity Conservation Act, but it is my fear that the current application for camping within the EEC by Reflections Holiday Park avoids these requirements, she added.

The coastal cypress pines in the Terrace Reserve, pictured, as well as much larger ones there have been heavily pruned, residents say, to make way for larger vehicles in the camping area. Photo supplied

Staff acquiesced

In this weeks Byron Shire Council agenda, senior staffer Shannon Burt and building certifier Stephen McCarthy made the remarkable claim that th...

03:04

Remembering The Black Mist "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Karen Wyld is an author and freelance writer of Martu descent, living on Kaurna country in South Australia Recently I viewed the Black Mist Burnt Country exhibition at the National Museum of Australia. Launched on 27 September 2016, to mark the 60th anniversary of nuclear bomb testing at Maralinga in South Australia, the exhibition has already covered a lot of ...

02:50

OPINION: Gender Diversity Is Now More Accepted, But Why Does The Pronoun They Still Divide? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

By Son Vivienne, RMIT University In recent months, there has been much heated discussion about the way gender-neutral pronouns (they, them, theirs) are being introduced as alternatives to the more conventional he and she in offices, schools and public institutions. Earlier this year, for instance, Qantas encouraged staff to adopt gender-inclusive language with customers, using ...

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02:48

PERTH Charges laid in Northam "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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Charges laid in Northam .

September 18, 2018 at 01:56PM .

at extortion by threats 1 x Having ready access to both weapons and illegal drugs. He will appear in Perth Magistrates Court on 24 October 2018.

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02:32

West Byron landowner takes Council to court "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The locals plan for 290 houses at West Byron. Image supplied

One of the developers behind the contentious and large-scale West Byron urban/commercial development on Ewingsdale Road is taking Council to court over a deemed refusal, despite it being yet to be determined by the government-appointed Joint Regional Planning Panel (JRPP). 

According to Council staff, property development management firm Site R&D Pty Ltd has asked that Councils deemed refusal be set aside and that the applicants development application (DA) be granted.

According to www.au.linkedin.com, the director of Site R&D Pty Ltd is Stuart Murray, who is based in Newcastle.

The Echo understands Site R&D is one of a group of locals who submitted their West Byron DA to the JRPP. A separate West Byron DA was submitted to the JRPP by QLD-based developer Villaworld and Sydney developer Terry Agnew. 

Senior legal counsel Ralph James told The Echo Council believes that development consent should be refused. Councils statement of facts and contentions was filed on September 11, 2018. The applicant is to file and serve its statement of facts and contentions in reply by October 24. The proceedings are listed for a conciliation conference under Section 34 of the Land and Environment Court Act 1979 on February 12, 2019. Mr James added, In the meantime, the proposal will go before the JRPP on October 8. If the JRPP refuses the proposal, the appeal is likely to continue as scheduled. If the JRPP grants consent, it will be a matter for the applicant as to the fate of the appeal.

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02:02

Statistics on NSW Drugs Busts Exaggerated "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR) has announced it has mistakenly double-counted a large number of drug busts over the past seven years an admission which many believe further bolsters the argument that the war on drugs is futile. BOCSAR director Dr Don Weatherburn admitted fault for the exaggerated data, which experts

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01:48

Byron mayor wants to move Australia Day ceremony "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Byron mayor Simon Richardson wants to move the date of the Shires Australia Day ceremony. Photo supplied.

Paul Bibby

Byron Council may be about to move its Australia Day ceremony back a day in order to acknowledge that January 26 marks the day the cultural decimation and denigration of the first Australians began.

In a development that may bring howls of protest from traditionalists, mayor Simon Richardson (Greens) will put a motion to Thursdays Council meeting proposing that the 2019 Australia Day event be moved to the evening of January 25.

The proposal also includes an attempt to change the day of Byrons Australia Day citizenship ceremony.

Cr Richardson told The Echo, The majority of our community feel desperately uneasy about celebrating Australia Day on a day that is associated with a lot of hurt and anger for Indigenous people.

Why would we, being a nation that prides itself on the values of a fair go, equality and mateship, willingly choose a date that is not fair, hurts our fellow Australian mates and suggests that some Australians are more equal than others?

I believe Byron has an opportunity to help the nation make the transition away from the historical problem of this date while still honouring the needs and values of those who enthusiastically wish to celebrate our successes as a nation

Should it adopt Cr Richardsons motion, Byron Shire Council would follow in the footsteps of other councils, such as Melbournes Darebin and Yarra councils, both of which voted to stop holding citizenship ceremonies on January 26.

In response, the federal government stripped those councils of their right to hold citizenship ceremonies, a punishment Byron Shire council could also receive if Scott Morrisons government were so minded.

Cr Richardson said he expected some opposition to his plan but that the change he was proposing was respectful and reasonable...

01:27

Community groups disappointed that Senate TPP-11 Report identifies serious flaws but endorses TPP-11 implementation "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Media Release - September 18, 2018     

We are deeply disappointed that the Labor majority report of the Senate Standing Committee on the TPP-11 has strongly criticized many aspects of the deal and recommended changes by a future government,  but has nevertheless endorsed its implementation, AFTINET Convener Dr Patricia Ranald said today.

This was not unexpected, given the decision of the ALP caucus majority last week to support the TPP-11, despite its inconsistency with ALP policy. In practice it would be difficult for a future Labor government, having endorsed the implementation of the deal in opposition, to negotiate such changes with the other 10 governments in the TPP-11 after implementation.

We welcome Centre Alliance committee member Senator Rex Patricks more consistent recommendation that, given its flaws, the TPP-11 should not be implemented until after such changes are negotiated, and note that the Greens and other crossbenchers also oppose its implementation.

Dr Ranald noted that the report identifies the following serious flaws in the TPP-11:

  • The inclusion in the TPP-11 of ISDS provisions which permit foreign corporations to bypass national courts and to sue governments in international tribunals over changes to domestic laws leave Australia vulnerable to lengthy legal disputes with foreign corporations. The report recommends that these provisions should be removed from the deal in future, and recommends against including ISDS provisions in other trade agreements.
  • The removal of labour market testing for temporary contractual service providers covering over 450 trades and professions from TPP-11 countries which would mean an increase in temporary migrant workers vulnerable to exploitation without first testing if local workers were available. The report recommends that these provisions should be removed from the deal in future, and recommends against including such provisions in other trade agreements
  • Insufficient information to stakeholders and parliament before the TPP-11 was signed
  • No independent analysis of the costs and benefits of the TPP-11

She added that the report also recommends a series of reforms advocated by AFTINET to the trade agreement process including release of draft negotiating texts, release o...

01:25

Featured Dish: The Cricketers "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Featured Dish: Crispy soft shell crab slider The Cricketers is an elegant pub and restaurant with a fireplace and an expansive courtyard, serving global bistro food. On Botanical Thursdays guests are served gin flights with a selection of tonics and garnishes, mixing and matching their own or with the help from the expert behind the bar. Its here we stumbled across []

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01:03

Parliamentary Inquiry Launched Into Historical Gay Hate Crimes In New South Wales "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A long-awaited New South Wales parliamentary inquiry has been announced to examine gay hate crimes in Sydney over four decades, including the murders of 88 gay and transgender people, 30 of which remain unsolved. A cross-party committee will look at crimes between 1970 and 2010 and investigate the NSW Police and criminal justice system response ...

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00:41

Top 10: Funkungfusion "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Recently I was tagged on Facebook for one of those things where you post favourite albums

The Ninja Tune record label has given inspiration for around two decades.

Music like Coldcut, who started the label, music from the periphery of bigbeat, triphop, downtempo and jazzier corners of turntablism.

Music like their Solid Steel radio show tagline (the broadest beats) a collage of soundtracks, soundbites and surprising breaks.

Funkungfusion must be someones idea of a term to encompass their variety of music.

Many of the producers on this sampler have great albums, but this one brings together a couple of rare gems.




I have many memories from taking over hi-fis at parties and playing these beats and pieces and seeing everyone moving with it.

Amon Tobins Sordid is one of his snappiest tracks built from Gene Krupa samples, and he has a few of those.

Thats a good song when youre mixing tracks because it can go around ten beats per minute faster or slower as required.

The jazz influence was big in the Ninja Tune roster and, while Cinematic Orchestra would define a serious-minded corner, Clifford Gilberto and Mr Scruff both found cartoonish interpretations.

Theres often a playful character to the music, like the latters song about singing fish baits an earworm.

DJ Foods The Crow has a sombre orchestral tone that seems like a coming of age for the moniker that was once an alternate for Coldcut to release breaks, but has been redefined by Kevin Foakes.

Likewise the DJ Food Re-Bake of The Herbalisers Mrs Chombee Takes The Plunge steers that track back into jazzier territory.

The music on Funkungfusion carried me from making mixtapes to making mix CDs, then the wonderful Ninja Tune Forum community led me into remixing and having a hands-on experience with music again.

Its great were still making Shinobi Cuts and the Let Us Play! ethos of Coldcut ha...

00:34

Youth violence sparks Mullumbimby meeting "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The disused railway tunnel near Mullum has become a party venue. Photo from 2014 by Eve Jeffery

Paul Bibby

A public meeting will be held in Mullumbimby next Tuesday (September 25) to discuss solutions to the ongoing issues of youth violence and antisocial behaviour in the Shires north.

Organised by Deb Pearse from Byron Youth Service (BYS), the meeting is a response to a number of incidents of violence and intimidation that have occurred between South Golden Beach and Mullumbimby in recent months.

In the most recent of these incidents, a teenager suffered serious facial injuries when he was struck by a rock at a party in a disused train tunnel in Billinudgel.

A 15-year-old has been charged with recklessly inflicting grievous bodily harm over the incident and will face court on September 24.

Ms Pearse said the meeting had been organised so that locals could discuss possible solutions to address such incidents.

Every couple of years, there seems to be this phenomenon somewhere in the Shire where theres a large group of boys who are totally off the grid, she said.

Some come from fragmented homes and are outside the school system.

It seems at the moment, thats happening in the north of the Shire.

Ms Pearse said one of the ideas she would be raising for discussion at the meeting was setting up a program to access and engage with this group.

I think it needs to be a program that addresses the desire of these kids to engage in risk-taking behaviour but does so in a way thats safe and doesnt have a negative impact on the...

00:09

Free Couch "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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Moon Festival in Eastwood this weekend "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Eastwood will celebrate the Mid Autumn Moon Festival this Saturday with festivities in the town on the Plaza, on Eastwood Oval and in Eastwood Uniting Church.

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23:56

Save the Date "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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Newlands Fringe is planned to rock our October.  Keep Friday, October 26 free, arrange a sitter, dust off your dancing shoes and join our Newlands Primary School Community in a night of fun.  Our very own DJ Eddy and Nancy Bangles will host an evening of dancing, performances, comedy and trivia. As always, the bar will be open!

It is set to be a night of laughter and merriment. Book a few tickets or organise a whole table. Dress theme is musical subcultures. Tickets on sale soon.......

23:52

Australia strawberry needle scare: Apple and banana fuel copycat fears "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


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Australian police say sewing needles have been found hidden in an apple and a banana, amid a nationwide scare that has tormented the strawberry industry. Read More

23:50

Aussie housing prices roll over in FY2018 (Chartfest) "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Aussie housing rollover

Aussie dwelling prices declined by 0.6 per cent over the year to June 2018 as the market grappled with tighter lending standards, together with a sweeping range of measures implemented to cool activity (from foreign buyer duties, to restrictions on investment and interest-only loans, reduced self-managed super fund lending for residential property, changes to deductibility of expenses, and more). 

Today I'll run through how some of the various capital city markets have been faring and why in half a dozen charts.

Stock value down

First up, the total value of dwelling stock was $6.93 trillion at the end of the 2018 financial year, only slightly up from $6.82 trillion a year earlier (click the charts to expand).


Between June 2017 and June 2018 the 8 capital city weighted average resi price index was down by 0.6 per cent. 


The 60 Minutes program garnered a lot of attention this week with its now-traditional 'looming housing crisis' expos, the segment somewhat unjustly taking each analyst in turn and clipping out everything but their doom case scenarios (at least three of the main contributors have since protested that in part their views were misrepresented...I'm shocked, lol).

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23:44

Syria or Southeast Asia: The West Lied, Lies, and Always Will "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Photo:  Andre Vltchek

Im sitting at the splendid building of the Singapore National Library, in a semi-dark room, microfilm inserted into a high-tech machine. Im watching and then filming and photographing several old Malaysian newspapers dating back from October 1965.

These reports were published right after the horrible 1965 military coup in Indonesia, which basically overthrew the progressive President Sukarno and liquidated then the third largest Communist party on Earth, PKI (Partai Komunis Indonesia). Between one and three million Indonesian people lost their lives in some of the most horrifying massacres of the 20th century. From a socialist (and soon to be Communist) country, Indonesia descended into the present pits of turbo-capitalist, as well as religious and extreme right-wing gaga.

The United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Holland and several other Western nations, directly sponsored the coup, while directing both the pro-Western treasonous factions in the military, as well as the religious leaders who stood, from the start, at the forefront of the genocide.

All this information is, of course, widely available in the de-classified archives of both the CIA and U.S. State Department. It can be accessed, analyzed and reproduced. I personally made a film about the events, and so have several other directors.

But it isnt part of the memory of humanity. In Southeast Asia, it is known only to a handful of intellectuals.

In Malaysia, Singapore or Thailand, the Indonesian post-1965 fascism is a taboo topic. It is simply not discussed. Progressive intellectuals here are, like in all other client states of the West, paid to be preoccupied with their sex orientation, with gender issues and personal freedoms, but definitely not with the essential matters (Western imperialism, neo-colonialism, the savage and grotesque forms of capitalism, the plunder of local natural resources and environment, as well as disinformation, plus the forcefully injected ignorance that is accompanied by mass amnesia) that have been shaping so extremely and so negatively this part of the world.

In Indonesia itself, the Communist Party is banned and the general public sees it as a culprit, not as a victim.

The West is laughing behind the back of its brainwashed victims. It is laughing all the way to the bank.

Lies are obviously paying off.

No other part....

23:42

Hong KongBased Blockchain Fund Makes Its Case for Yen-Backed Stablecoin "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Hong KongBased Blockchain Fund Makes Its Case for Yen-Backed Stablecoin

Grandshores Technology Group, a Hong Konglisted investment holding company, is seeking to raise around $12.7 million through a digital token fund, according to reports from the South China Morning Post (SCMP). Grandshores Technology plans to use the funding to launch a yen-backed stablecoin.

Chinese investor Yongjie Yao, who currently chairs Grandshores Technology, is also a founding partner at Hangzhou Grandshores Fund, which is backed by the local government of the city of Hangzhou and Chinese crypto billionaire Xiaolai Li.

Yao stated that the company plans to attract investment from qualified investors from outside China to raise funds via Tether, according to the SCMP report. The company will also invest in disruptive startups and other cryptocurrency projects across the globe that are challenging the status quo.

We are entering the next stage of blockchain evolution, a stage which is akin to when computer operating systems were transiting from MS-DOS [disk operating system] to MS-Windows.

The founding partners of Hangzhou Grandshores Fund are currently working with an unnamed, mid-tier Japanese bank to develop the yen-based stablecoin. Grandshores has plans to launch stablecoins pegged to the Hong Kong dollar and the Australian dollar in the future.

Yao remains confident regarding the demand for the coin when it launches. He believes the token could be ready by the end of 2018 or the first quarter of 2019.

We believe cryptocurrency traders and exchanges will be potential takers of this stablecoin, he added.

Stablecoins help tackle one of cryptos chief dilemmas volatility without compromising its core values. On a smaller scale, they also help investors trade seamlessly while transferring money between crypto exchanges.

Earlier this year, Binance Labs, OKEx and other notable investors funded a stablecoin project out of South Korea called Terra. Liechtensteins Union Bank AG also...

23:39

A Sorry History (so far) of Oz Climate Parties "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

It appears a new political party the Climate Democrats (CDs) has entered the considerable vacuum in Australian politics left by the Liberal Party abandoning climate science and common sense. But it is not an easy task to fill and will take time, and an enormous amount of energy and support, as the litany of previous attempts clearly illustrates.

By my reckoning this is the fifth attempt to create a single issue climate party in a little bit more than 10 years. The first was the Climate Change Coalition which disappeared in the Ruddslide followed by my own ineffectual attempts with the Global Warming Action Party Australia (my daughter joked that the acronym GWAPA sounded like a frog croaking). About 2010 the still unregistered Save the Planet Party (STP) started up in Victoria. Like other previous attempts the STP failed to garner much publicity and must be considered a left splinter of the Greens.

The Renewable Energy Party (REP) was formed in 2016 but unfortunately carried a fair amount of political baggage with its founder Peter Breen. I joined the REP on its successful registration previously I had been a member of the STP and was one of a number of candidates in the 2016 election who lost their deposits. Like the Climate Coalition before them they had been banking on instant success a most unrealistic proposition. After a long period of silence and inaction from the committee with one exception they all resigned, leaving a few individuals (including yours truly) trying to save something from the debacle. In this we were unsuccessful and the REP was deregistered earlier this year.

There is a need to avoid the political baggage of the past if possible. There is a need for appealing across the political spectrum and in particular occupying the centre and the centre-right. The single issue climate change party should be challenging in the seats where the Greens (the only party with credible climate policies) have little or no sway. It is in these seats in the main held by Nationals and Liberals that the cancer of climate denialism is to be found. It is in these safe seats that the sitting members need to be threatened and made marginal. The party should be built up from a sound base with as little as possible individual ambition and no unreali...

23:32

Hoards of Anonymous Figures React to a User-Controlled Character in an Interactive World by Universal Everything "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

UK design studio Universal Everything (previously) is in the midst of crafting an experimental open-world environment called Emergence, available in a preview film. In Emergence, the glowing yellow user-controlled character is surrounded by crowds of anonymous people who react to the characters movements. The scenes are set in a variety of abstracted but familiar environments like city streets and under water. Presumably, the viewer will be able to control the figure in a VR or immersive gallery setting. Universal Everything explains the experience on their Vimeo page:

Emergence is an open-world environment, expressing the primal feeling of maintaining your individual identity whilst being part of a crowd. As you immerse yourself in a crowd of thousands, shafts of light beckon you closer. As you touch the light, the environment its atmosphere, its gravity and the choreography of the crowd transform in powerful ways, continually challenging your perception.

Universal Everything was founded by Matt Pyke, who leads a variety of digital artists, animators, musicians, and developers in creating a wide variety of digital projects. Another notable project from the studio is a Sydney Opera Houses Living Mural collaboration, where digital murals from artists around the world were projected on to the Opera Houses iconic nesting rooflines. You can see more from Universal Everything on Vimeo and Instagram, and the studio also has a solo exhibition of their work on view until February 2019 at Borusan Contemporary in Istanbul. (via The Awesomer)

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MACKAY Mackay man distraught as footpath garden gets axe "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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23:04

Wet and wild for West Gippy netball finale "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

In the under 13s grand final, Inverloch-Kongwak lost to a strong Cora Lynn team. The runners-up are from left, Keeley Dennerley, Keely Phillips, Grace Burns, Marli Box, Jasmine Williams, Tayla Cann, Daphne Hodge, Abby Osborne, Amy Scott, Abby Dwyer, Claire Peterson (coach) and Siobhan Griffin (ast coach) and Sherri Box (manager). kg423818

In the Under 15 grand final, Phillip Island emerged as premiers by three goals from Korumburra-Bena. The winners are from left, back, Andrea Dempsey, Amelie Wragg, Jarah White, Sophie Gysberts, Gracie Dempsey, Sunday Brisbane, Jess Gysberts, Jules Morris, front, Nikki Williams, Bella Ross, Tayla Kleevan, Mikayla Morris and Mikayla Pedley. kg373818

Winners of the C Grade premiership Inverloch are from left, back, Ella Sadler, Rani Mann, Kelsie Buxton (coach), Tamara Crow, Claire Peterson, Libby Hutchinson, front, Harper Hawking (supporter), Bec Hawking, Alex Burke, Olivia Peterson, Cale Crowe (supporter), Alli Hayes, Julie Jackson, Rhianna Puppetti, Cindy Boyd and Tora Boyd (supporter). kg283818

23:00

WIN: Ultimate Party Pass from The Music & Booze Co "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Music & Booze Co are keeping the party going this Supporter Drive by running one FBi Radio Supporter and a mate ragged at approximately* one billion parties!

The ultimate Party Pass includes tickets for you + 1 to Festival of the Sun, Party in the Paddock, Mountain Sounds and Bad Friday, and a double pass to a show of your choosing at each of the Lansdowne, the Chippo and, if your legs are still working, Waywards at the Bank. Epic!

Become an FBi Radio Supporter or renew your support during our Sweet Fifteen Supporter Drive and you could literally be partying your face off and then have no face but it was totally worth it.

 

 

*very approximately.

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23:00

WIN: Yamaha Revstar Guitar & Amp from Turramurra Music "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

 

For too long, the lack of a sufficiently radical axe has kept you from your dreams of rockstardom. Sign up or renew your support during our Sweet Fifteen Supporter Drive and Turrumurra Music might change all that!

One supporter is coming away from the drive with a Black Yamaha RS502T Revstar Electric Guitar and a Vox MV40 amp! The Revstar features a solid body, beautiful design with aluminium tailpiece and iconic P-90 pickups. Its all thanks to Turramurra Music whove been servicing local musos gear needs since 1976.

Become an FBi Radio Supporter or renew your support during our Sweet Fifteen Supporter Drive and you could win this killer prize pack/lose your excuse for not having made it in the music industry!

 

 

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23:00

WIN: $1,000 Voucher from Airbnb "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Airbnb is offering one lucky FBi Radio Supporter a MASSIVE $1000 voucher  thats a whole lot of staying!

Airbnbs accommodation marketplace offers short term stays to stacks of lush holiday rentals, homes and experiences all over the world. Whether youre after a sweet crash pad after a gig in the city, a secluded treehouse in the mountains, or a room in the home of a lovely 60 y/o Dutch dude who enjoys breakfasting in his undies if its ok with you, Airbnb has you sorted!

Become an FBi Radio Supporter or renew your support during our Sweet Fifteen Supporter Drive and you could be eating Froot Loops with Jurgen! Or stay somewhere else, totally up to you its your thousand bucks

 

 

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23:00

WIN: 4 x VIP Tickets To Laneway Festival + Drinks "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The jewel in the travelling music fest crown, Laneway Festival, is back next year at Callan Park, Rozelle on Sunday 3 Feb!

Thanks to our our Sweet Fifteen Supporter Drive one lucky Supporter is going to cop 4 x VIP tickets + drinks on us! These tix arent available to the general public and they get you ~special access~ to the festival + exclusive perks (did someone say VIP bathrooms? ). 2019s lineup is STAKT with Gang of Youths, Courtney Barnett, Rex Orange County, Jorja Smith, Jon Hopkins, Cosmos Midnight and heaps more. Check the whole lineup here. 

Become an FBi Radio Supporter or renew your support during our Sweet Fifteen Supporter Drive and you could be weeing like a famous person at bloody Laneway! 

 

 

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23:00

WIN: One Year Unlimited Yoga Membership at Marrickville Yoga "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

For one FBi Radio supporter theres 1 year yoga membership from Marrickville Yoga up for grabs  thats unlimited classes, 7 days a week!

The Marrickville Yoga Centre has been a vibrant part of the Inner West community since 2007, offering classes in the Iyengar method to people of all skill levels, 7 days a week. Whether youre a beginner, intermediate or pretzel-grade yoga maker, Marrickville Yoga knows what you need.

Become an FBi Radio Supporter or renew your support during our Sweet Fifteen Supporter Drive and you could be resting your head on your own bum by the end of the year! 

 

 

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22:50

Emergency Declared At Brunswick Nuclear Power Plant In North Carolina All Personnel Blocked From Entering The Facility As Hot Shutdown Under Way Truth To Power "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has declared a state of emergency for both units of the Brunswick nuclear power facilities in North Carolina. An unusual event has occurred which is interfering with the ongoing hot shutdown of the nuclear power plants (a process which takes several weeks to complete). Full details of the event are []

via Emergency Declared At Brunswick Nuclear Power Plant In North Carolina All Personnel Blocked From Entering The Facility As Hot Shutdown Under Way Truth To Power

22:00

Push for freedom of Christianity is really a cover for the restriction of freedom "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Contributed from Victoria

In a recent interview, prime minister Scott Morrison flagged his intention to push ahead with new laws that would allow Christians to discriminate against the LGBTIQ community.

This is being presented as the free speech. Critics suggest that it is nothing of the sort, but on the contrary, a measure to silence those who are on the receiving end.

As important as this is, it is not only about the LGBTIQ community. The attack on it, fits in well with a broader attack, to deny the voice to all but the very small spectrum of opinion espoused by those demanding the change.

The call for religious protection is the spearhead for a number of extreme groups, to enter the Christian community. It is the lever that has been used to penetrate the Liberal Party and bully the much larger number of Christians who do not agree with them. Scott Morrison is contributing to this push.

He has also made it clear that he supports the integration of the state and religion, since his 2008 maiden speech in parliament. This is despite section 116 of the Australian Constitution, which clearly makes the separation.

Freedom of religion is not the objective. The push is to ensure the domination of Christianity is, and this means the restriction of other faiths.

The danger of this outlook is that it is based on the view that some should be more equal than others. It goes further. The real motive behind the push, is not primarily religious but political. It is to impose a particular viewpoint, using a myth of Christian civilisation, to promote extreme capitalism, backed up by a form of police state to deal with those who do not agree.

Evidence of this lies in the actions of many of the activists in this movement, who espouse suppression of what they call the control and destruction of the Christian way of life by a leftist elite said top be in control. This is reminiscent of the rise of the fascist movement in the 1920s. This way of thinking has entered the Liberal Party and government.

Thus, the purpose of the new laws is to undermine existing anti-discrimination law and protect the right to discriminate.

And this is within the context that the Sex Discrimination Act, the Age Discrimination Act and the Fair Work Act all co...

20:28

Canberra vacancy rate falls again "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Canberra tightens again

You expect a bit of chirp if you write about real estate.

Nobody can disagree that the financialisation of shelter is lamentable, and sometimes it's crazy how housing prices and auction clearance rates are reported like footie results.

However, this is only going to get worse.

It's inevitable because long-term migration to Australia is at a record high, yet the government supplies almost no new dwelling stock for the new renters. 

And if the prospective returns are poor, landlords won't invest - it's that simple. 

A policy decision was taken years ago that landlords would have to supply the rental stock, although there was a temporary flicker of activity during the financial crisis Rudd stimulus when the government actually built some public housing. 


A bit of chirp is one thing but strangely nothing generates more vitriol than discussion about land tax.

My view has occasionally been that excessively high land tax in the ACT will lead incumbent investors to sell, while new property investors will look elsewhere (they could literally hop over the border into 'Quangers' - and in fact this is happening, with investor loan finance in Canberra imploding). 

The counter-argument is that properties don't go anywhere and someone has to buy them - which is true, but of course it's the net flow of rentals versus renters that matters. 

Whatever, I'll...

20:09

Surry Hills Festival "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

If youre visiting Surry Hills (Sydney) for the Surry Hills Festival this weekend, take a look at Marlborough Street, and the terrific stories and photographs of Surry Hills and Valleys, a project Ive been involved with https://surryhillsandvalleys.com/. Awesome work by Karina Kreminski in pulling this together.

20:00

Energy minister's electorate backs higher emissions reduction target, poll shows "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

ReachTel poll of Angus Taylor's voters finds 42.3% want Australia to cut emissions more deeplyMore voters in the electorate of the new energy minister, Angus Taylor, support an emissions reduction target for electricity and a higher national target than the Paris commitment than oppose those positions.A ReachTel poll of 690 residents across the federal electorate of Hume, which reaches from Boorowa in the southern tablelands of New South Wales to Camden on Sydney's southern fringe, was [...]

17:00

Cochranes HPV Vaccine Review Not What Its Cracked Up To Be: Conflicts Of Interest Undermine It "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

By Catherine J. Frompovich

HPV vaccine safety: Cochrane launches urgent investigation into review after criticisms apparently materialized due to the dogged determination of independent vaccine information/data researchers who knew the factual science, not consensus science which now, unfortunately, is considered real science, but kept demanding review and retraction.

Ever since the formerly prestigiously regarded Cochrane Library or Cochrane Collaborative published what has become a highly controversial review of the HPV vaccine in the British Medical Journal (BMJ), there have been constant demands for recalling that review due to apparent obvious conflicts of interest and other apparent ethical concerns.

That HPV article saga is long-winded, plus rather long-lived, so I will direct readers to this article About the Cochrane HPV Controversy, which can explain it so I dont have to belabor readers with a long-winded version.

Another resource for that evidence-based medicine controversys history is The HPV Vaccine: A Critique of a Critique of a Meta-Analysis.

However, one intrepid independent vaccine data researcher, Elizabeth M. Hart of Adelaide, South Australia, kept insisting the BMJ retract or withdraw the article published, and periodically submitted reams of documentation as to why.

Apparently, the Cochrane Library started a second review:

According to...

16:16

State of Play Australia 2018: 11 per cent of the workforce is unemployed and 8 per cent underemployed "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


Roy Morgan, media release excerpt, 13  September 2018:

Australian employment has grown solidly over the past year however the faster rate of overall growth in the Australian workforce due to more Australians looking for work means unemployment has increased to a two-year high of 11% in August.

The latest data for the Roy Morgan employment series for August shows:

* 11,940,000 Australians were employed in August, up 255,000 over the past year;

* The workforce which comprises employed and unemployed Australians is now 13,416,000, up 407,000 on a year ago;

* 1,476,000 Australians were unemployed (11% of the workforce); an increase of 152,000 (up 0.8%) on a year ago and the highest level of unemployment for over two years since March 2016;
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16:15

The Morrison Government continues to internally haemorrhage "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


On the local scene since the day of winning preselection in 2012, the local, self-determined senior Liberal has been leaking damaging material to the media and having publicity stunts that are completely against federal policy initiatives. And more recently he approached friends asking me to nominate my retirement date and then he'd call off his people.  [Liberal MP for Gilmore Ann Sudmalis in House of Representatives Hansard, 17 September 2018, p.103]

As a Liberal Party candidate Ann Sudmalis was elected to the House of Representatives for Gilmore, New South Wales, in 2013 and 2016.

At 63 years of age with 5 years of parliamentary service behind her, it now appears the boys club has stack her home branch and attempting to squeeze her out as the Liberal Partys preferred candidate at the next federal election in 2019.

The NSW boys club's preferred candidate is former Australian Federal Police sergeant, sometime...

16:00

Daniel James: Five Wasted Years "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Share this Post Today is the fifth anniversary of the election of the Abbott government. Its a good government, getting better! Tony Abbott (@TonyAbbottMHR) September 7, 2018 Someone should tell Tony that hes no longer Prime Minister. Someone should also remind him that his 727 days in the countrys highest office were some of its most bizarre, chaotic and ...

15:03

Wetherspoon to ditch German beer before Brexit "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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Pub chain JD Wetherspoon is to sell more drinks from the UK and non-EU brewers in the run-up to Brexit.

Champagne and wheat beers produced in France and Germany will be replaced. Sparkling wines from the UK and Australia will be substituted for champagne, while more UK wheat beers will be sold.

The switch will affect all 880 Wetherspoon pubs from 9 July.

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14:18

What should Robert Wiblin ask Tyler Cowen? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Robert will be interviewing me later this week, as an installment of Conversations with Tyler, just as Patrick Collison once interviewed me a while back.  At least part of the interview will focus on my forthcoming book Stubborn Attachments: A Vision of a Society of Free, Prosperous, and Responsible Individuals.  (And we will do 2.5 hours, a Robert specialty!)  Here is part of Roberts bio:

I studied both genetics and economics at the Australian National University (ANU), graduated top of my class and was named Young Alumnus of the Year in 2015.

I worked as a research economist in various Australian Government agencies including the Treasury and Productivity Commission.

I then moved to Oxford in the UK to work at the Centre for Effective Altruism, first as Research Director and then Executive Director.

I then became Research Director for 80,000 Hours. In 2015 the project went through Y Combinator, and in 2016 we moved from Oxford to Berkeley, California in order to grow more quickly.

He is renowned for his thorough preparation and he runs a very good podcast of his own.  So what should he ask me?

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14:06

Persistence is a key ingredient to getting a degree "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Have you ever wondered how kooks like Ken Ham get teaching certification? He does have a degree in education from a real university, you know, unlike that other fraud, Kent Hovind. From his bio:

Kens bachelors degree in applied science (with an emphasis on environmental biology) was awarded by the Queensland Institute of Technology in Australia. He also holds a diploma of education from the University of Queensland (a graduate qualification necessary for Ken to begin his initial career as a science teacher in the public schools in Australia).

Heres a dirty little secret. Getting into or attending a university does not automatically make you smart or knowledgeable. It is possible to go through the motions, meet the minimal requirements, and not learn anything. And in some cases, even the minimal requirements may be waived, as some Australian universities are intent on demonstrating.

Students who leave high school with the lowest scores some close to zero are being offered places in teaching degrees at universities, a secret report has found.

It shows some prospective teaching students had an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) that was often as low as zero to 19 far below the Federal Governments official data.

These figures, which have never been publicly reported by universities, show that in NSW and the ACT in 2015, students who scored in the bottom 50 per cent of school leavers made up half of all those offered places in teaching degrees.

Im happy to undermine my own authority by telling you that having letters after your name doesnt make you brilliant. And conversely, lacking those letters doesnt make you stupid.

13:55

Andrew Katelaris "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


I went with mum and visited Andrew Katelaris out near Paterson to meet him and start discussing a suitable portrait of the polemicist pot doctor treating epilepsy with cannabis. This is just a quick sketch


Trees behind the carpark at the nursing home where dad lived the last couple of years of his life and where mum still has a few patients


Tree branches in Paterson before we got there

12:44

333 Meaning Metaphysical "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Tiple three 333 meaning, its mystical, magical, metaphysical significance and spiritual influences. Ever woken up at 3:33 am? Do you keep seeing the number 333?

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12:35

Nick Xenophon - from chasing attention to chasing ambulances "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Which reminds me of our favourite ambo-chasers - because too many times is never enough.

11:46

Brown songlark at North Wall Scarborough Marina, Scarborough, Qld. reported by Paul Turner on 17-09-2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

As reported on EBird by Stephen Murray on Saturday and Sunday. Along with the Horsfield's Bronze-cuckoo also reported by Stephen Murray on EBird on Sunday.

Shining Flycatcher at Theodolite Creek Woodgate Beach reported by Gavin OMeara on 18-09-2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Ad female seen feeding in mangroves on the edge of Theodolite Creek near boat ramp at 0830

Cotton Pygmy-goose at Kobble Creek BBQ area (nr Samsonvale Cemetery) reported by Tom Tarrant on 18-09-2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Single female, is the first sighting of this species (at this location by this observer) since 1994

11:44

Six Australian Army Blackhawk Helicopters Spotted Passing Back Through Rockhampton and Bundaberg Airports "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

During Sunday 16 September, the six Australian Army Sikorsky S-70A-9 Blackhawk helicopters that ventured North to Townsville for an exercise during August, were spotted passing back South through Rockhampton and Bundaberg Airports while heading home from Townsville.



Blackhawks A25-111 as "Kopis 111", A25-104 as "Kopis 104"and A25-109 as "Kopis 109" all flew IFR into Rocky from Townsville.



11:32

Video: Rockhampton farmer has go at politicians for supporting mining and not growing food "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

 

Central Queensland Grazier Mick Alexander asks the question. Why do our governments consistently give preferential access to our land and water resources to companies like Adani and not support the industry that we will always need to feed us?

Video from FarmersClimateAction 

The post Video: Rockhampton farmer has go at politicians for supporting mining and not growing food appeared first on The Pen.

11:27

Seven Myths About the Police "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

This text is adapted from Crimethincs text Seven Myths About the Police.

Police Everywhere Justice Nowhere_Anarchist_Media

1. The police are ordinary workers just like us; they should be our allies.

Unfortunately, theres a big gap between should be and are. The role of the police is to serve the interests of the ruling class; anyone who has not had a bad experience with them is likely privileged, submissive, or both. Todays police officers know exactly what theyre getting into when they join the forcepeople in uniform dont just get cats out of trees. Yes, most take the job because of economic pressure, but needing a paycheck is no excuse for evicting families, harassing young people of color, or pepper-spraying demonstrators. Those whose consciences can be bought are everyones potential enemies, not allies.

This fairy tale is more persuasive when it is couched in strategic terms: for example, Every revolution succeeds at the moment the armed forces refuse to make war on their fellows; therefore we should focus on seducing the police to our side. But the police are not just any workers; theyre the ones who chose to base their livelihoods upon defending the prevailing order, thus the least likely to be sympathetic to those who wish to change it. In this context, it makes more sense to oppose the police as such than to seek solidarity with them. As long as they serve their masters, they cannot be our allies; by denouncing the institution of police and demoralising individual officers, we encourage them to seek other livelihoods so we can one day find common cause with them.

2. Maybe there are some bad apples, but some police officers are good people. Perhaps some police officers have good intentions, but once again, insofar as they obey orders rather than their consciences, they cannot be trusted.

Theres something to be said for understanding the systematic nature of institutions, rather than attributing every injustice to the shortcomings of individuals. Remember the story of the man who, tormented by fleas, managed to catch one between his fingers? He scrutinised it for a long time before placing it back at the spot on his neck where had he caught it. His...

11:12

Social contagion? Fears of copycat spread in wake of multiple accounts of strawberries contaminated with needles in Australia "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Australian police are continuing their manhunt for the country's infamous strawberry saboteur as needle-contamination fears spread across the country, bringing the fruit industry to its knees. Police in Western Australia confirmed on Monday that they are investigating the first reported case of suspected needle contamination in the state. Previously, almost a dozen incidents were reported in six brands of strawberries across six states and territories. The crisis has spiraled since a man was hospitalized after swallowing a needle that was hidden inside a strawberry in Queensland over a week ago. Fears of a copycat fruit saboteur emerged on Monday after police reported that a woman was caught inserting a needle into a banana in a Queensland supermarket. However, police confirmed that the woman had mental health issues and said they were treating the act as an isolated incident, with no connection to any other food contamination investigations. It comes as New Zealand food distributors removed Australian strawberries from their shelves as a precaution, further adding to the devastation caused by the unidentified culprit.

11:04

Bad Cop No Donut "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

What police misconduct have we uncovered BCND?

A man was hospitalised after being shot in the shoulder by Perth police.

According to Western Australia police, a police car drove up behind a stolen vehicle in the driveway in Seville Grove, in Perths eastern suburbs.

Police say the car reversed into the police vehicle multiple times, causing damage, in an attempt to get past.

[The officer] discharged his firearm into the vehicle of interest, the round entered the front windscreen and struck the driver in the shoulder, Inspector Geoff Desanges said at a press conference.

NITV News understands the wounded mans two teenage children were home at the time and witnessed their father being shot by police.

First Nations Deaths in Custody Committee Chairperson, Mervyn Eades, told local media police discharging their guns should be a last resort.

The trauma thats gonna be impacted on the children is gonna be massive, he said.

We dont condone stealing cars, we dont condone committing crimes. But we will not condone the police using excessive force upon our people.

Police say the man is in stable condition with non-life threatening injuries.

A media statement by WA Police says officers on the scene administered first aid, and ambulance attended the scene transporting the man to Royal Perth Hospital.

An internal investigation is currently being carried out by the WA Police, with the officer who fired the gun remaining on active duty.


A Georgia police chief says an officer was justified in using a Taser to stun an 87-year-old woman after she didnt obey commands to drop a knife in her hand.

Martha Al-Bishara was charged with criminal trespass and obstructing an officer Friday, when police held her at gunpoint before bringing her to the ground with a jolt from the electrified prongs of a stun gun.

Relatives say Al-Bishara doesnt speak English and was merely out cutting dandelions with a kitchen knife near her home in Chatsworth, about 85 miles north of Atlanta.

An 87-year-old woman with a knife still has the ability to hurt an officer, Chatsworth Police Chief Josh Etheridge told the Daily Citizen-News of Dalton.

There was no anger, there was no malice in this, Etheridge say....

10:23

We're nominated in the Free Speech Coalition's free speech awards "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

We've been nominated in the inaugural Free Speech Coalition's free speech awards! The Australian Free Speech Coalition's mission is to defend and promote free speech in Australia. A vital part of a vibrantly healthy democracy is a free and independent media. The AFSC is delighted to offer this award acknowledging...

10:20

Deliver Macaroons to Smithfield "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Hello everyone.

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10:16

Cochrane HPV vaccine review severely compromised by conflicts of interest "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Independent
Adelaide, South Australia
17 September 2018

 

The recently published Cochrane HPV vaccine review[1] is severely compromised and cannot be trusted due to the conflicts of interest of authors on the original protocol and the final review document.

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10:13

Scott Morrison Says Laws Needed To Stop Future Threats To Religious Freedom "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has said preventative regulation and legislation is required to protect freedom of religion in Australia from future threats. In an interview on Sky News, Morrison said he was concerned about the trajectory of free speech and religious freedom in the last decade and new legislation was needed to protect from threats ...

The post Scott Morrison Says Laws Needed To Stop Future Threats To Religious Freedom appeared first on QNews Magazine.

09:58

This Week in Melbourne: What's On #612 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Read Online This Week: 18-24 September 2018Newsletter | #612 What's On this Week in marvellous Melbourne Tuesday 18th September 2018 to Monday 24th September 2018 Circus in Melbourne Spring School Holiday Guide Tesselaar Tulip Festival Melbourne Fringe Festival Friday Night Live MoMA at NGV: 130 Years of Art Body Worlds Vital Caulfield Cup Carnival Jurassic Creatures | Live Lavazza Italian Film Festival Melbourne Chinese Moon Festival Melbourne Fringe Festival Melbourne Yarn & Fibre Festival Moon Lantern Festival Oktoberfest Street Party Royal Melbourne Oktoberfest Royal Melbourne Show September Latin Festival Spiegel Et Luna | The Famous Spiegeltent St Kilda Art Crawl Sunshine Lantern Festival Yea Garden Expo Sport Richmond v Collingwood | AFL Preliminary Final Storm vs Sharks | NRL Preliminary Final Enjoy #Melbourne Royal Melbourne Show 22 September 2018 - 2 October 2018 | Melbourne Showgrounds Showcases excellence in agriculture, attracting close to 500,000 people over 11 spectacular days. 2018 marks 100 years since the first showbags. Royal Melbourne Show | Buy Tickets Circus Its that time of year when the circus hits town including three of our very favourite circus' playing: Silvers Grand Magic Circus, Circus Royale and Circus Oz. Silvers Circus | Burnley - 5 Sept - 10 Oct Circus Royale | Taylors Lakes - 19 Sept - 7 Oct Circus Oz - 11 - 21 October Spring School Holidays Saturday 22 September - Sunday 7 October 2018 Free guide includes over 300 activities and events to keep the kids entertained during the Spring School Holidays. --> School Holidays Guide <-- Royal Melbourne Oktoberfest Saturday 22 Sep 2018 | Royal Exhibition Building Royal Melbourne Oktoberfest boasts over 50 German beers, cider, wine, schnapps, oompah bands, folk dancing and an electric atmosphere. Royal Melbourne Oktoberfest | Buy Tickets Tesselaar Tulip Festival 2018 September 15 - October 14 | Tesselaar Tulip Farm Be amazed by the beauty of a million Tulips across 25 acres of farmland all set in the beautiful Dandenong Ranges. Special Events at the festival Mon 17th - Thu 20th September | Tulips In Wonderland Week Fri 21st - Sun 23rd September | Dutch Weekend Mon 24th - Thu 27th September | Children's Week 1 Fri 28th - Sun 30th September | Food Wine & Jazz Weekend Mon 1st - Thu 4th October | Children's Week 2 Fri 5th - Sun 7th October | Irish Weekend Mon 8th - Sun 14th October | Tulipmania Week --> Tesselaar Tulip Festival 2018...

09:46

1) Parents in Papua refuse vaccine drive "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"



2) Wings of Paradise: Drawing attention to rainforest destruction
3) Indonesian, Australian leaders` close ties key to productive cooperation: envoy
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09:43

Big pharma tax dodging, new report "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

This September 2017 video from the USA is called New Tax-Funded Cancer Drug Costs $475k Thanks To Big Pharma.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

Abbott, Johnson & Johnson, Merck and Pfizer: these largest pharmaceutical companies in the world report significant profits in countries with favorable tax policies, including the Netherlands. This is evident from new research by Oxfam Novib.

Due to profit shifting, many countries miss out on tax revenues, which are often needed to improve access to health care. On the basis of available figures, Oxfam estimates that the four major pill corporations are dodging an estimated 3.8 billion dollars in taxes in countries such as Australia, Denmark, France, Germany, the USA, Thailand, India and Ecuador.

Esm Berkhout, Oxfam Novibs tax expert, is clear: Drug corporations seem to be deceiving governments by...

09:22

The Weekly Times TWT 19th September 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Weekly Times - TWT - is a campaigning, crusading, truth-seeking, death defying, Aussie battler-aligned, one-eyed-Tiger-led news organisation dedicated to Sydney's north west. This flip book - or digital edition/replica - is the 19th September 2018 edition of TWT. TWT190918

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09:20

David Sharma - before he was the Liberal candidate for Wentworth "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Can't say he had no sense of humour! Can't say it was all that good - at least he was trying!

09:18

RUCKUS SLAM "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Ruckus Slam

Its Spring!
The weather is warming and you are ready to come out of hibernation. People are starting to smile again and you are ready for a good time. But where should you go? Beach? Markets? NO! Poetry Slam!
We all know that after winter you have a lot of pent up energy and if you try yelling or heckling at the markets youll just get escorted out. Let us escort you to a stage instead.
What is a poetry slam?
Open sign up with you, a mic, and a room of rowdy strangers. Poem/story/song lyrics/shopping list/ as long as its original, youre welcome to do it.
Audience judges the winner of the night.

PLUS a killer feature set from Ella Fence

Award winning Gold Coast songwriter/performer Ella Fence is a prolific artist in live music venues, in the
studio and on the stage. Ella has toured and performed in USA, Berlin, France, England (including Great
Escape Festival), Canada (Canadian Music Week), and Norway, as well nationally across Australia. 2018
sees Ella releasing new music, touring new destinations and performing at Commonwealth Games Festival
2018 supporting Kate Miller-Heidke and Regurgitator.

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09:14

Film Hotel Mumbai Exposes the Ideology "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Hotel Mumbai Film Dev Patel An Indian police commando stands guard in front of the Taj Mahal palace hotel in Mumbai on November 25, 2010 ahead of the second anniversary of the November 26, 2008 Mumbai attacks. A total of 166 people were killed and more than 300 others were injured when 10 heavily-armed Islamist militants stormed the city, attacking a number of sites, including the citys main railway station, two luxury hotels, a popular tourist restaurant and a Jewish center. (Photo: Punit Paranjpe / AFP / Getty)

Screening at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), the film Hotel Mumbai exposes the ideology behind terror attacks. Producer Anthony Maras, an American-Australian filmmaker, attended the premiere screening that I was also fortunate to attend. The film is based on the 2009 documentary Surviving Mumbai about the events that unfolded leading to the Mumbai terror attacks in 2008

The reviews for Hotel Mumbai, which is scheduled to be released publicly in 2019, are very positive. Reviewers speak of the human element and rightly so. Hotel Mumbai is very subtlety directed and produced, focusing on the victims and survivors of the horrendous terrorist attack referred to as the 9/11 of Mumbai. Nowhere in the film is there any mention of the country that th...

09:10

Progressive groups in Australia captured by neoliberal ideology "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS), which represents income support recipients, in conjunction with Jobs Australia (a peak body for the not-for-profit job services providers) released a report last week (September 14, 2018) Faces of Unemployment which was a welcome return to a focus on joblessness and the need to provide more jobs, rather than the lame faux-progressive retreat to UBI advocacy that has dominated the policy debate for the last few years. However, once you start reading the analysis you realise that these supposedly progressive organisations offer the same old neoliberal remedies to solving poverty and unemployment. They want: Compulsory, assisted job search, which is just coercion of jobless workers by Australias privatised job services industry that has an appalling record; 2. Wage subsidies in the private sector and Public sector wage subsidies which never produce effective sustainable outcomes of sufficient magnitude to be called a solution; and vocational training, which is the same old put workers on the training treadmill and shuffle the jobless queue. This reinforces the theme I focus on a lot that the progressive elements in our society have become captured by the neoliberal mainstream and cannot think outside that frame. There is actually no mention or analysis of public sector job creation programs in the entire ACOSS/JA Report. Sadly, groups like ACOSS have a major public voice and the Federal government sees their advocacy as non-threatening because the type of policies they advocate are mainstream neoliberal and just more of what the Government, itself, thinks are viable. The irony (or disgrace) is that if these policies were effective then the ACOSS/JA Report would not have had to be written. Just imagine what they could have written about the Faces of Unemployment if a Job Guarantee program effectively wiped unemployment out. It would become a very short story of workers moving between jobs.

I have commented several times on the parlous income support schemes in Australia that have rendered recipients in an increasing state of poverty as a deliberate ploy by government to create a desperate underclass.

We should also never forget that the unemployed (apart from those moving between jobs) are without jobs because the government has chosen not to use its fiscal capacity to cover the spending gap left my non-government spending decisions.

Mass unemployment is always a policy choice by governemnt. It can always ensure there is full employment by offering an unconditional job opportunity to anyone who desires to work but is currently unable to find a job elsewere.

I have previously considered the state of poverty among...

09:08

Obama VP Joe Biden - "Dregs of Society" support President Trump "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden assailed President Trumps supporters during a speech Saturday at the annual Human Rights Campaign dinner in Washington, lamenting that virulent people and the dregs of society still had a friend in the White House. Mr. Biden told an enthusiastic crowd of LGBTQ rights advocates...

09:00

Space-Based Missile Defense Can Be Done "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"




Interception is no small problem  but can be done with a kinetic weapon.  You would require multiple platforms packing an arsenal of tethered kinetic weapons with enough control to actually chase and intercept at extreme high speed.

Explosive effects would be limited to producing a focused cloud of material but not even that unless very close.

The speed is huge and any lateral movement by the target will allow evasion.  Such movement every thirty seconds or so would be ample.  Recall it still takes minutes to close the gap and the speed is such that adjustment becomes difficult as well.

At least our sensing tech will now be up to it.


Space-Based Missile Defense Can Be Done

https://nationalufocenter.com/

Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. writes, Some 35 years after Ronald Reagans famous Star Wars speech, the Pentagons R&D chief said that space-based missile defenses are technically feasible and reasonably affordable.


Hypersonic weapon (Raytheon concept)

Since Reagans day, technology has advanced enough that putting both sensors and shooters in space is not only possible but relatively easy, Undersecretary for Research & Engineering Mike Griffin said. Whats more, past estimates of the cost of space-based interceptors have been unrealistically, even naively high.

Specifically, Griffin told reporters here,


Michael Griffin

The US absolutely needs space-based sensors to detect low-flying hypersonic cruise missiles, a new threat thats much harder to spot from orbit than ICBMs; and We probably need space-based interceptors to shoot down high-flying ballistic missiles during the boost phase, the peri...

08:57

Intervention Orders and love. A zero sum game? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Young woman with the words 'Love shouldn't hurt'on her backAs family violence duty lawyers, we often hear people make excuses for those who have inflicted family violence on them. Some go so far as to resist taking out an Intervention Order or not supporting a police application for an Order.

These cases always stick in our heads. Two recent cases highlight the problem.

The first case concerned a young mother with infant children and a partner in jail. She wanted an Intervention Order to protect her and her children. But she also wanted her partner to be allowed to visit her upon his release as he had nowhere else to go. The Intervention Order application flagged serious concerns about his violent behaviour, and a risk assessment highlighted the dangers. However, she told us that his behaviour wasnt his fault. Despite knowing that she needed protection, she excused his behaviour and was prepared to compromise the Orders ability to protect her and her children.

The second matter involved a mother who had taken out an Intervention Order against an adult son who had assaulted her. Despite his violence, she still wanted him to come home. She told the court that she didnt think she needed an Order to protect her. And she didnt support the police application for an Order. Her excuses for his behaviour exposed her to further violence.

An Intervention Order doesnt necessarily mean that you no longer love the other person. It simply means that you are no longer willing to put yourself or your children at risk. It is not a zero sum game. You can love somebody against whom you have taken out an Intervention Order.

People and relationships are complex. There are many reasons why a victim will excuse or play down a perpetrators violence, not least of which may be the perpetrators controlling behaviour.

Unfortunately, however, when victims excuse their abusers behaviour, the abuser is less likely to take responsibility for their behaviour and address it.

Part of our role as family violence duty lawyers is to encourage victims to prioritise their safety, which sometimes means helping them to distinguish between their feelings and a clear and present danger.

Ultimately, the responsibility for addressing family violence rests with the perpetrator. And it is vital that we do not blame the vic...

08:55

Trot Guide September 2018 Update "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Its been a while eh over two years, in fact (see : #TrotGuide 2016, April 21, 2016). That said, while theres been some interesting developments on The Far Left : Down Under Edition, for the most part things are Continue reading

08:52

Saints earn flag the hard way "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Nyora players burst through the banner before Saturdays grand final. The Longwarry banner blew apart well before the Crows arrived on the field. S013818

Kall Rigby celebrates with club legend Geoff Glover. N073818

The celebrations begin for the Saints after their win against Longwarry. N033818

Star Nyora forward Ben Schultz didnt have too many opportunities due to the shocking weather. N063818

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08:29

MACKAY Assault charges following incident in city, Mackay "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

MACKAY September 17, 2018 at 10:00AM ,

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Arrest leads to string of charges, Dysart

September 17, 2018 at 09:26AM ,

He will appear in the Mackay Magistrates Court on Monday, October 1, charged with one count each of serious assault police, wilful damage, obstruct

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08:06

Wonthaggi gets a mall "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

WHAT would a more pedestrian-friendly Wonthaggi look like?
Youre about to find out when the lower end of McBride Avenue is closed off for two days.
Itll instead play host to a pop-up mall with live music and seating.
There will be a temporary stage installed, alongside tables, chairs and plants to create an inviting atmosphere.
Itll be spread over two days September 28 and 29 and include music from buskers and bands.
If its a day like today that would be ideal, co-organiser Peter McKenzie said last Thursday, when there was a glimpse of summer.
The projects part of the councils Woni Proud initiative, to recognise and reinforce Wonthaggis status as the Regional Centre of Bass Coast.
There were all sorts of ideas thrown on the table and then the consultants talked to the community to find out what they wanted, he said.
They chose a project at Apex Park and a pop-up mall. Its very exciting were all looking forward to it.
He said the mall will demonstrate how a pedestrian-friendly, car-free environment within the Wonthaggi town centre could function.
The event will run across the AFL Grand Final weekend, from 10am to 7pm on Friday, September 28 and 10am to 4pm on Saturday, September 29.

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07:54

Community Billboard 18th -25th September "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

This weekly community billboard is proudly sponsored by the City of Sydneys Plan for the future  Sydney 2030  making our city more green, global and connected

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07:40

Queensland Health "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Director Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health

07:32

The Soft, White Underbelly: Why Does Discussing Racism Trigger So Much Anger? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

There is a way forward to confront the legacy of a colonising nation. Burying our heads in the sand isnt it, writes Caitlin Prince.

Last week, a nine-year-old refused to stand for the national anthem to protest its lack of recognition of First Nations, and the country erupted in anger. High profile, fully grown adults publicly called her a brat and threatened to kick her up the backside.

In the same week, Mark Knights cartoon of Serena Williams was criticised internationally as racist, and Australian media doubled down to defend it. Welcome to PC world the Herald Sun published on its front page, while Knight accused the world of going crazy and suspended his Twitter account.

Meanwhile, two Aboriginal teenagers died in Perth running away from police, and communities pushed again for government action on the high rates of Aboriginal deaths in custody. Yeah how dare people suggest Australia is racist!

I cant imagine how it felt to be Aboriginal during this (not atypical) week. Although I dont have to imagine Celeste Liddle (@Utopiana), the Aboriginal writer and activist, tweeted:

Emotions run high when it comes to the topic of racism and First Nations people. The fact that a nine-year-old can elicit such a venomous rebuke from senators and media personalities is testament to that. In my experience though, it isnt only alt-right conservatives who have strong emotions about this topic. In the past eight years that Ive worked in remote Aboriginal communities, every non-Aboriginal person Ive worked with has experienced a strong reaction to the interface of Australias race relations.

Defensive anger is a common reaction to having your worldview challenged. Researcher Megan Boler believes its an attempt to protect not only ones beliefs but ones precarious sense of identity; a defence of ones investment in the values of the dominant culture.

The problem with growing up within the dominant culture is that its easy to be oblivious to anything outside of it. As Tim Soutphommasane, the outgoing Race Discrimination Commissioner, recently pointed out in...

07:15

Reader: National Solar Observatory Closed "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Submitted to Operation Disclosure | By Aussie Truthseeker

The governments would not want the masses to know about approaching Nibiru (planet X) if it was the cause of devastating earth changes on Earth. There are plenty of videos on youtube about a very large orb in the sky which has been visible and photographed for months but it is getting larger and apparently it is expected to cause massive devastation this month. Attempts have been made to conceal it but it is getting too difficult now. I know we'd all like to think that we are not all going to be wiped out as these predictions say, but I feel people should at least be able to view the evidence. Apparently the US Army family have made preparations and NASA no longer denies Nibiru's presence. Maybe that's what the emergency message was about?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w5yxjNtVVHE



Aussie Truthseeker

07:14

The Importance of Now "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A Stuart Wilde article - Some years ago I wrote out a process I called "minimal movement". It is a time management discipline where you brutally eliminate all actions that serve no purpose, and you allocate the least possible energy and effort to the tick-tock things you have to do.

06:59

Nice Biscuit "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Nice Biscuit
Digital Mountain Album Launch


Brisbane six piece psych-garage outfit Nice Biscuit announce a headline east coast tour this September in support of their debut album Digital Mountain.

Recorded in the rural setting of Boonah in South East Queensland with Alistar Richardson (Zeferelli, Clea and The Cairos), this debut record is a solid DIY endeavour from the Brisbane band.

Nice Biscuit have gained a reputation for a live show that you would not typically expect from a psych band. The twin femme fronted group contrasts heavy psychedelic instrumentals with double barrelled harmonies and disco inspired handmade costumes.

Nice Biscuit will bring their garage-glitz to The Zoo on Friday 21st September.

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06:57

APRadio podcast 18-09-2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Harry Palmer speaks on Port Arthur massacre new information to come How new Australians once laughed at themselves until political correctness was forced on us by the establishment that stiffled our freedom we enjoyed. Bob Katter divides the House of Reps in parliament over the TTP with his voting power since Turnbull spat the dummy. Harry and Mike z Chatcovers very explosive topics exposing again the establishment controls they violate our space with now.         Click HERE to listen

06:53

Hannah Gadsby Killed It At The Emmys Now People Want Her To Host "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Australian comedian Hannah Gadsby has stolen the show at the 2018 Emmy Awards. Gadsby is still riding the wave of the worldwide success of her acclaimed Netflix special Nanette, which covers Gadsbys experiences as a queer woman, homophobia, trauma, sexual violence, mental illness and more. And she took to the stage to present the Emmy ...

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06:52

PUNKFEST "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

PUNKFEST

Get ready to rattle them bones with Brisbane legends, The Skeletones as they shake the stage at The Zoo on Saturday, October 6th. Joining The Skeletones Shake Them Bones will be an all star cast of (__FAT__)Goldstool and The Glycereens.

Doors 6.00pm (Woodfire Pizza meal deal available till 8pm)

Appprox SET TIMES:

8:20 PM 8:50 PM : The Glycereens

9:10 PM 9:40 PM : Goldstool

10:00 PM 10:40 PM : FAT

11:00 PM 12:00 AM : The Skeletones

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06:51

Sesame Street Writer Opens Up About Bert And Ernies Relationship "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A former writer on childrens television favourite Sesame Street has cleared up years of speculation by claiming that the shows iconic duo Bert and Ernie were written as a gay couple. Mark Saltzman, who joined the show in 1984, told Queerty the two iconic characters reflected his own relationship with his partner at the time, ...

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06:42

Guillermo Gmez-Pea & La Pocha Nostra present Psycho-Magic Rituals Against Violence in collaboration with Public Act Theatre "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

WHEN:
September 30, 2018 @ 7:30 pm 10:00 pm
WHERE:
Byron Theatre 69 Jonson St Byron Bay NSW 2481 Australia
COST:
All tickets $28 | Ages 18+

Psycho-Magic Rituals Against Violence
Site Specific Performance Art

Proudly hosted by Public Act TheatreGuillermo Gmez-Pea and the internationally acclaimed La Pocha Nostra troupe will be presenting a highly customized and site specific performance for their return to Australia the first time performing here in 15 years!

La Pocha Nostrathe most influential performance troupe of the last 10 years, is known for its radical interactive performances dealing with issues that equate the human body with the political body and frontally deal with complex gender & ethnic identities, migration, and the politics of new technologies and language.

In urgent focus for La Pocha Nostras 2018 troupe performances are the virulent neo-nationalism and xenophobia emerging throughout the world. This new piece, set to be staged on 30th September in the Byron Theatre, offers a series of live art psycho-magic rituals to combat the culture of hate and provides performative strategies to rebuild across community.

The interactive live art imagery is accompanied by a solo spoken word sermon by Gmez-Pea. The transdisciplinary group devote their performances to erasing the borders between art & politics, practice & theory, and artist & spectator.

La Pocha Nostra
Guillermo Gmez-Pea, Balitronica Gmez, Saul Garcia-Lopez
(Mexico/USA/Canada)

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06:24

DMAS are set to perform on MTV Unplugged next month "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Sydney rockers DMAS are the next band to grace the MTV Unplugged stage, with the group recording their own special next month.

Earlier this year, it was announced that after almost 30 years, MTV Unplugged was finally going to make its Australian debut. With career-defining sets from acts such as Nirvana, Alice In Chains, and Lauryn Hill already in the archives, our Aussie artists clearly had some big shoes to fill.

However, stepping up to the plate for the debut episode of the new series was none other than local legends Gang Of Youths, who stripped back their epic sound to give us an incredibly unique performance.

Then, Amy Shark took to the stage, delivering stunning tracks from her debut album, along with a cover of the iconic 00s hit Teenage Dirtbag.

Now, DMAS are set to be the next group to perform on the iconic program.

Having released their second album, For Now, earlier this year, the Sydney trio have been kicking goals all over the place, selling out shows globally and turning themselves into one of Australias most beloved bands.

Were excited to be playing a special set for MTV Unplugged in Melbourne, the group explained. Its great to see Unplugged has launched in Australia were stoked to be a part of it.

Kicking off in just under a month, the group are set to take over St Kildas Memo Music Hall on October 11th, where they will perform a set full of classic bangers in a stripped back style. Considering how popular their acoustic Like A Version performance of Chers Believe was, you better believe this is going to be one to watch out for.

Theres currently no word as to when this performance will be hitting our screens, but you can be sure that well be giving you all the details when they come to light.

Check out DMAS cover of Chers Believe:

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06:16

Eight Manus refugees to the US; hundreds left in limbo; medical crisis continues "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Eight refugees, single men previously held on Manus Island, flew from Port Moresby today, Tuesday 18 September, to be resettled in the US.

The eight are single men, one Iranian, two Tamils, two Pakistanis, two Rohingyans and one Afghan.

The total number of refugees from Manus accepted by the US so far is just 130. Over 600 remain on Manus or in Port Moresby.

The Iranian refugee is the only Iranian from Manus Island that has been accepted by the United States this year. One Iranian refugee was also accepted from Nauru on 29 July.

But the two Iranians are the exception that proves the rule that the Trump travel ban remains in place; every other Iranian refugee on Manus and Nauru considered by the US this year has been rejected.

Todays flight coincides with the announcement that the US will cut its refugee intake for the next year to just 45,000; yet another indication that on top of the travel ban, the Trump administration has made the US a less welcoming place for refugees.

Meanwhile the 46-year-old Iraqi refugee who swallowed the razor blades last Friday is still in hospital waiting for treatment, despite suffering severe abdominal pain. Since Sunday, he has been shuttled back and forward between the PIH (Pacific International Hospital) and the Port Moresby general hospital, after he self-harmed by cutting his head in the bathroom of PIH.

PIH has no facility for acute mental health patients. He has now been sent back to PIH for an x-ray to try and locate the razor blades and nail-cutter that he swallowed.

The medical mistreatment of refugees and asylum seekers on Manus and Nauru is an inextricable element of offshore detention, that has to end, said Ian Rintoul from the Refugee Action Coalition.

By bringing the asylum seekers and refugees to Australia, the government could end the crisis on Manus and Nauru and channel the billions of dollars being used to maintain offshore detention to properly fund aged care.

For more information contact Ian Rintoul 0417 275 713

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06:16

Clean out the closet as Second Hand Saturday looms "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Garage sales will be proliferating across the northern rivers on Saturday. Photo supplied

Wondering where you can do a bit of guilt-free shopping for a fraction of the usual cost and stop waste going to landfill? It could be as close as next door or just down the road.

The biggest garage sale day of the year on the North Coast Second Hand Saturday  is coming up this Saturday, 22 September.

Coordinated by North East Waste, Second Hand Saturday is designed to keep household items out of landfill and provide a fun and easy way for people to reuse and recycle pre-loved goods.

On 22 September there will be more than 500 garage sales happening across the region in Lismore, Richmond Valley, Kyogle, Ballina, Byron, Clarence Valley and Tweed.

There will be a huge number of items for sale: from caravans and scooters to furniture and household goods, antiques, bric-a-brac, plants, collectables, curiosity items and lots more.

An optional leftovers day will also be held the following Saturday, 29 September, so you have double the chance to find a great second-hand bargain.

The event has grown in momentum as people embrace the need to live a more waste-wise lifestyle and continue to see the environmental and economical benefits of buying second-hand, Second Hand Saturday Co-ordinator Linda Tohver said.

Second-hand doesnt mean second best. There are often items you simply cant find on the shop shelves anymore, or you come across items that have had little use by their first owner and simply need to find a new home.

We love the community spirit that Second Hand Saturday inspires too. This years event has its first car boot sales registered, community markets joining in and clubs, schools and other groups registering to hold fundraising events.

Its wonderful to see so many people getting on board, she said.

While many Australians are striving to live a more waste-wise lifestyle, there are...

06:13

Interest boom in sustainable living "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

AROUND 1000 people visited Cape Patersons eco village The Cape on Sunday.
Five homes were opened to the public as part of Sustainable House Day.
Two stages amounting to 66 lots have already been completed and the lots are almost entirely sold.
Stage three is on the way, anticipated for summer.
The homes in the eco village have all been designed for comfort and to showcase the best practices for energy efficiency.
The eco village is the first of its kind in Australia. People journeyed from as far as northern New South Wales to participate in the open day.
Each homes energy bill is 20 percent of bills charged to conventional homes, with some zeroing their energy bills.
Designers and contractors were on hand throughout the day to answer questions.
Tad Hendry from Adapt Design Group designed and built his family home in The Cape.
The house has an 8.7 star rated home and features a combination of design choices to maximise efficiency.
The house works with the sun to naturally heat the house during winter, which has the opposite effect to cool the house over summer.
(The estate) is important on a range of levels. It helps to decrease energy bills and its a place we really need to be in on a global level. We need to start living more sustainably for the benefit of the planet, Mr Hendry said.
It also brings us back to the old values. It is a great community to live in and everyone knows their neighbours.
The reception (on the open day) was phenomenal. The scale of interest was incredible.
Experts in sustainable living also presented.
On top of this, people had the opportunity to try out electric bikes and electric cars.
The Cape director Brendan Condon said the electric vehicles were being promoted because the houses were designed with electric vehicles charging points and a solar public electric vehicle charging station would be installed in the estate.
Included in the estate is an innovative community garden.
It is a highly productive food garden fed by surplus rain water harvested from homes in stage one.
The garden is used by 30 gardeners and uses efficient wicking beds.
Another attractive feature of the estate is that it is 50 percent open space.
Interest in stage three of the estate can be registered at liveatthecape.com.au.

06:11

Community to honour Noah "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

IN a show of incredible community spirit, local businesses have rallied around the Noahs Gift Charity Ball.
The ball will honour the memory of Noah Jones, whose first birthday is on October 1. He died due to a cardiology condition, aged less than a month.
Parents Emma and Nathan of Cape Paterson organised the charity ball to give back to the cardiology ward at the Royal Childrens Hospital.
The event is set to be held on October 6 at Inverlochs RACV Resort with a something blue theme.
The tickets have already been completely sold out.
We wanted to do something for Noahs first birthday. It is something positive for us to look forward to; holidays and special occasions are difficult for families that suffer loss, Emma said.
This was a good way to honour his memory and give back to the Royal Childrens Hospital.
Initially, the Jones family aimed to raise $10,000. This has been achieved in ticket sales alone and the family is now hoping to donate around $30,000 to the hospital.
The tickets sold for $120 a head. Tickets provided entry, dinner, entertainment and a complementary drink, as well as inclusion in the door prizes.
What has been truly extraordinary is the support from the local businesses.
Around 70 businesses have sponsored the event, resulting in an amazing range of raffle and auction prizes.
The prizes have been sorted into five categories, guaranteed to suit everyone.
The categories are mans cave, female pamper hampers, for the home, mums and cubs, and food and entertainment.
There are 25 hampers in total, all exceeding $500 in value.
Also up for the grabs is a framed and signed 2010 Collingwood premiership jumper complete with a certificate of authenticity, and a framed and signed 2017 Richmond premiership jumper.
Mini fundraisers have also taken place at several local businesses already, with all proceeds to be donated to the hospital.
We were surprised by this incredible support; it is beyond what we expected, Emma said.
The night would not be possible without these sponsors and we have no words to express how grateful we are.
We wanted to do something special for our son and people have gone above and beyond to help us out, which has allowed us to give back to this great cause.
Although tickets to the event have sold out, people can still make a donation and have the opportunity to win a fabulous raffle prize.
There was such a big response to the event that we have decided to open up the raffle to the community and give everyone a chance to be involved, Emma said.
If you are interested in buying a raffle ticket, you can email Emma at emmalouise_jones@hotmail.com for more information.

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06:10

Matilda gives to hospital "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

MATILDA Abraham is a little girl with a big heart.
A Year 4 student at Newhaven College, Matilda recently raised $67.80 for the Bass Coast Health Ladies Auxiliary.
An enterprising young lady who was born at Wonthaggi Hospital, Matilda designed her own donation box and appealed to the public to support our local health service.
Last year Matilda donated funds to the Royal Melbourne Hospital but decided this year to donate to the Bass Coast Health Ladies Auxiliary, which is raising funds for a much needed ear, nose and throat microscope.
Matilda was thrilled by a surprise visit from Bass Coast Health Ladies Auxiliary members Barbara Hallett and Eileen Ridgley recently, who proudly presented Matilda with a certificate of appreciation and thanked her for her outstanding efforts.
When asked if she might like to join the auxiliary one day, Matilda smiled and said she will think about it.

Caring girl: Bass Coast Health Ladies Auxiliary members Barbara Hallet (left) and Eileen Ridgley (right) present Matilda Abraham with a Certificate of Appreciation for her fundraising efforts.

06:08

Green day a big hit at Inverloch Primary "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

ENGAGING with others and learning how to be more environmentally friendly were at the heart of Inverloch-Kongwak Primary Schools Green Day last Tuesday, September 11.
The multi age day program was put together by the Kids Matter Student Action Team and Green Team with a focus on teaching students the importance of being sustainable and environmentally conscious.
With the school awash with green clothes and costumes, students were treated to an array of activities and presentations.
One activity saw students split into teams and race to see who could sort rubbish into the correct bins first, while another presentation demonstrated what can and cant be flushed down the toilet.
The day also ran with support from ResourceSmart Schools, South Gippsland Water, Unwrapped Gippsland, and South Gippsland and Bass Coast shire councils who held various classes throughout the day.
Inverloch Primary School principal Brett Smith said the day was as much about socialising as it was learning about sustainability.
It being a multi age day involving both Inverloch and Kongwak means students really get to interact and engage with each other, Mr Smith said.
The day helps them learn about the environment and how to be green, but it also fosters a healthy community as well.
With over a dozen classes being run on different environmental topics, students were rotated around the school so they could experience everything the day had to offer.
A select group of students also ventured beyond the school grounds, helping clean up the streets and beaches of Inverloch.
Sustainability is something we try to highlight in our curriculum, Mr Smith said.
Its an incredibly important aspect of life so to be able to instill it in our kids now while also allowing them to have fun and develop friendships is a great thing.

Thinking environmental: back, from left, Sunny, Milla, Archie, Caitlin, Jay and Hamish join Shelley, Lily-Ann, Brock and Oscar brainstorming ideas for the betterment of the environment at Inverloch Primary School last Tuesday...

06:06

Aladdin musical weaves its magic "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

MORE than 800 people packed out the Korumburra Indoor Recreation Centre across two shows to take in Korumburra Primary Schools senior production of Aladdin on Thursday.
With students in grades 4 to 6 performing, onlookers were treated to a dazzling display of colour, dance and song as the stage was turned into Arabia.
Grade 6 student Alana Lopez Freeman was outstanding in her lead role as Princess Jasmine, as was her male counterpart Will Roberts as Aladdin.
The show has been planned meticulously over the course of the year, spearheaded by performing arts teacher Tanya Jackson with assistance from the entire Korumburra Primary School community.
Assistant principal Dan Wells said the two shows were a great success and well worth the months of hard work.
To see it all come together the way it did was just fantastic, Mr Wells said.
The students were so engaged throughout the whole process and were really excited to perform in front of their families and friends.
While Mr Wells said the performance had taught students a plethora of dancing, singing and acting skills, it also allowed for much personal growth.
Getting up on stage and performing in front of people is a really difficult thing to do, Mr Wells said.
For every student to get up there and give it a go shows how much confidence and self belief the production instills in them over the course of it all.
The senior performance of Aladdin follows the juniors rendition of Space and Beyond last week, which was also a huge success.

Getting into character: Alyssa, Lily and Grace fully embraced the Aladdin theme as they prepared to perform in front of family and friends at Korumburra Primary Schools production on Thursday.

06:04

Prospect of new councillor is real "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

RATEPAYERS in Leongatha and Mirboo North may have a new shire councillor after the state election in November.
South Gippsland Shire Cr Meg Edwards preselection as a Liberal candidate for Eastern Victoria Region in the Legislative Council will result in a councillor vacancy if shes elected.
The Victorian Electoral Commission said a countback will be held, based on candidates for Cr Edwards Tarwin Valley Ward at the 2016 election.
In a countback, votes for the vacating councillor from the last election are redistributed to unsuccessful candidates according to the voters preferences, a commission spokesperson said.
A candidate who receives more than 50 percent of the votes is declared elected. If no candidate receives more than 50 percent of the vote, the candidate with the least votes is excluded and their votes are also redistributed. This process continues until a candidate can be declared elected.
Unsuccessful candidates for the ward at the 2016 election included then incumbent councillors Jim Fawcett and Nigel Hutchinson-Brooks, who received 712 and 558 first preference votes respectively.
Another candidate, Graeme Winkler received 530 votes. They were the candidates to poll the most votes after current councillors Maxine Kiel, Don Hill and Edwards were elected.
The 2018 Victorian State election will be on 24 November 2018.

May leave council: Cr Meg Edwards will leave South Gippsland Shire Council if she is elected to State Parliament in November.

06:03

Community backs Bunurong Inverloch "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

AN incredible $12,500 was raised by the Bunurong Inverloch team in the 2018 Outback Air Race and donations are still rolling in.
Inverloch pilot Michael Malone thanked the local businesses and the community for supporting his team.
The money will be donated to the Victorian Royal Flying Doctor Service.
Mr Malone embarked on the trip of a lifetime with Western Australian pilots Margaret Halsmith and Dave Jones.
The Outback Air Race is a challenge for pilots to perfectly map out their flight plans.
The race left Brisbane on August 18 and finished in Broome on August 30.
Stops were made along the way. The race reflected who could best estimate their time of arrival at each stop, rather than the fastest.
Bunurong Inverloch ranked fifth in the last leg, but was in the middle of the pack for the overall results.
It was certainly challenging. It was a fantastic experience and we met a lot of great people, Mr Malone said.
Mr Malone enjoyed flying over the mines in Mt Isa and Katherine Gorge.
He also enjoyed making stops in different parts of the country. During the stop in Katherine, Bunurong Inverloch had to wait for F18s to take off before they could go, which was another interesting experience.
The name Bunurong Inverloch also sparked conversation with race pilots and many expressed interest in flying over and visiting Inverloch.
All teams were required to raise $6000 prior to the race, with proceeds going to the Royal Flying Doctor Service.
Collectively, well over $1.5 million was raised.
The support we received from friends, family and local businesses was absolutely fantastic. I had no idea we would get anywhere near $12,500, Mr Malone said.

Great achievement: Inverloch pilot Michael Malone in Broome after finishing the 2018 Outback Air Race recently.

06:01

Mattea makes strides in her recovery "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

EIGHT year old Mattea Riccardi of Leongatha played basketball recently. For most primary school children, this would be a normal achievement.
For Mattea though, it served as a special moment that marked her return to health following a car crash that nearly took her life in February this year.
Smiling uncontrollably as she took to the court, Mattea played the game that she loved with her trademark determination and grit, the same qualities that have helped her overcome a broken hip, a dislocated bone in her neck, a punctured lung, internal injuries, swelling on the brain and a slew of other injuries.
Her mum, Anna, who was driving the car as it was struck in the side by another vehicle, watched her daughter play in amazement.
When I saw her play basketball for the first time since the accident, I finally realised everything is going to be good, Ms Riccardi said.
It was a really special moment. Just seeing her play, the smile on her face, it was all just so amazing.
Anna was driving Mattea, her younger son Julian, 4, and her mother Nancy home from a basketball tournament in Warragul when the accident occurred.
Mattea and Julian were airlifted to the Royal Childrens Hospital in Melbourne, with Julian having also suffered a broken eye socket, which has since healed well.
Mattea was placed in an induced coma as doctors at the hospital worked to save her life.
Now, just six months later, Mattea is working on recapturing her life that they saved.
Shes doing incredible, Ms Riccardi said.
The bones in her neck have largely healed and her organs are functioning well. With her head, we just need to make sure she doesnt get hit and the screw in her hip still needs to be taken out, but a apart from that its like she is back to normal.
Normal for Mattea included returning to St Laurences Primary School in Leongatha, which she pleaded to go back to earlier than expected.
She only missed about a term and a half, Ms Riccardi said.
Initially the doctors wanted her to only go for an hour each day because of her head injuries, but Id bring her home and she would desperately want to go back. She was determined. When she did go back, she coped really well with it.
Ms Riccardi said the community support she and her family had received during their tumultuous ordeal was overwhelming.
To me, the community genuinely helped us heal, Ms Riccardi said.
We could feel the prayers and the positive energy. People were stopping me and asking me how we were doing and it meant a lot. The Leongatha Basketball Association was so helpful. It organised all kinds of fundraisers and set up donation stuff. We had thousands of kids from Maffra to Cranbourne in the basketball community who bought temporary tattoos of Matteas name.
Ms Riccardi said while its impossible to put into...

06:01

Australia Drought Sends Kangaroos invading Cities "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Kangaroos are invading the Capital of Australia as the drought has created a food shortage. The roos have been invading the cities and they like to feed precisely during Rush Hour. Here is one that decided to visit the sports match when the game was in motion.

It is quite a big threat down there thanks to a severe drought.

05:55

MP sweetens voters with poll promises "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

THE communities of Mirboo North and Foster can likely expect new fire stations if the Coalition wins the state election this year.
That is the word of The Nationals Gippsland South MLA Danny OBrien, who said the Liberals-Nationals have promised $2.1 million for a new Mirboo North station and are working on a pledge for Foster.
The MP continues to push for a commitment from both sides of politics for a new primary school at Foster and is also seeking funding for stage two of new works at Korumburra Secondary College.
Councils can expect more roads funding with the reintroduction of the Country Roads and Bridges Program which Mr OBrien said would give South Gippsland Shire Council an extra $1 million a year and reduce rates pressure.
He is hoping council would receive funding for new streetscapes in Leongathas Bair Street and Korumburras central business district from the Coalitions Regional Growth Fund, and police numbers could be increased.
Where there have been new police, none have been allocated to South Gippsland. That is certainly a concern, Mr OBrien said.
With the state election to be held on Saturday, November 24, Mr OBrien is hoping he will have at least one opponent. Labor is yet to announce a candidate but is tipped to do so.
Mr OBrien is just hoping the candidate is local given at the last election, Labor fielded the then personal assistant to the state secretary.

On the ground: Gippsland South MLA Danny OBrien in Leongatha recently. He is awaiting the announcement of Labors candidate for the seat, just two months out from the state election on November 24.

05:53

Korumburra business getting stronger "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

THE Korumburra Business Association has just broken the 100 member mark which is a great sign for business in the town.
South Gippsland Shire Council mayor Lorraine Brunt was in attendance at last Thursdays annual general meeting at the Burra Brewery and lauded the work that the association has been doing over the previous 12 months.
Being at this meeting last year and compared to this year feels very different, Cr Brunt said.
The Korumburra Business Association has gone from strength to strength and completely re-energised Commercial Street and the community.
Ms Brunt said new businesses like the Burra Brewery were encouraging to see and will inspire others to pursue their dream of owning their own business.
When the Korumburra Business Association and South Gippsland Shire Council work together as friends and not enemies things can really happen for the better, Cr Brunt said.
Some important changes have been made to the committee.
After eight years in the association, holding a range of significant roles including treasurer and most recently, vice president, Brian Hess stepped down to give others an opportunity in power.
Following suit was Adrian Hughes, who left the committee after two years of service.
Kate McDowell Murphy was unanimously voted in to replace the outgoing Mr Hess as the associations vice president while Gil Freeman and Paul Whelan also officially joined the committee.
Taking place at the recently opened Burra Brewery, Korumburra Business Association president Noelene Cosson proudly announced that the association had reached over 100 members fuelled by their partnership with the Prom Country Regional Tourism.
Key projects and areas that were attended to throughout the meeting included the Pick my Project competition and the Karmai worm project.
Secretary Shirley Arestia informed those in attendance to vote for the numerous projects Korumburra has entered in Pick my Project a state wide competition in which towns can earn grants from the state government. Ms Arestia highlighted the Southern Lights Winter Festival and asked attendees to go online and vote for the festival.
President Noelene Cosson also updated members on the latest from the Karmai work project, saying the latest plan is to create a mosaic near the train line.

05:51

Labor: no fracking forever "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A SUNNY day on a green hill in Moyarra surrounded by sheep set the backdrop for the State Governments promise to ban fracking forever in Victoria.
Victorian Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily DAmbrosio, Victorian Minister for Resources Tim Pallas and Labor candidate for Bass Jordan Crugnale were on hand to make the announcement.
It comes a week after Bass MLA Brian Paynter dismissed Labors claims a mistake he made in Parliament meant he supported lifting the fracking ban in Victoria.
At Moyarra, Mr Pallas said at the federal level the Liberal Party was resolutely committed to the idea of ending a fracking ban and seeking to put at risk the states agriculture industries.
Here we are two years into the guarantee through legislation that Victoria will forever be fracking free. We will not be fracking gas and putting at risk 190,000 agricultural jobs, he said.
Weve listened to farmers in Gippsland and across the state, who have made it clear they dont support fracking.
Our ban will protect the clean green reputation of Victorias agriculture sector and the 13 billion dollar industry.
Two years ago the State Government passed legislation banning this unconventional gas extraction process which involves injecting a combination of water, sand and chemicals deep into the earth, breaking up rock to allow gas or oil to flow to the surface.
Research indicates the process can contaminate water tables and drinking water, releasing dangerous compounds into the atmosphere affecting public health and the environment.
Also on the day, Prom Country Cheese owners Bronwyn and Burke Brandon were also made recipients of a $5000 energy audit grant from the government.
Ms Lily DAmbrosio said the grant would allow the business to rely on the production of more clean energy to run the farm and would provide greater energy security during power outages.
Upon receiving the energy audit grant, Mr Brandon said it gave him and his wife the confidence to make investment decisions on energy efficient operations, including an upgrade to their existing solar array.

Clean and green: from left, Victorian Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily DAmbrosio, Victorian Minister for Resources Tim Pallas, Labor candidate for Bass Jordan...

05:50

Daily aspirin usage may raise risk of serious bleeding "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Australian researchers have said taking a daily dose of Aspirin does not significantly reduce the risk of heart attacks or stroke. These were part of the findings of a new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. According to the study titled; Aspirin In Reducing Events In The Elderly (ASPREE), taking Aspirin daily []

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05:49

Fix life-risking road "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

MT ECCLES residents are still waiting for South Gippsland Shire Council to uphold a promise the former Woorayl Shire Council made in 1973 to seal a narrow, winding road at a rate of a mile a year.
More than 40 years on, the unsealed section of Canavans Road after rain is riddled with potholes, has soft edges and at intersections with side roads, becomes a rutted mess.
Unsuspecting motorists either damage their cars driving into the potholes or swerve to avoid them, risking becoming caught on damp roadsides or running down one of the many steep embankments. Locals have even been bogged on the roadside after pulling over to let passing traffic through.
Resident Charlie Tumino is frustrated after years of lobbying council and being given promises.
In the mean time, Canavans Road is becoming busier, with more people moving to the district leading to 26 houses between the end of the bitumen and the Grand Ridge Road intersection, Mr Price. He said more tourists using the road since the sealing of the Grand Ridge Road.
Its the safety of the visitors that most worries resident Len Price.
Theyre probably driving a bit faster than what the locals do and they hit the potholes, and sooner or later someone is going to go over the edge and its a long way down, he said.
If the locals see someone coming then they will stop but this road carries a fair bit of tourist traffic which is not accustomed to the road and the conditions.
There is a school bus route on this road and there is nowhere for anyone to go because of the potholes.
Many locals live on small acreages and commute to jobs via Canavans Road, at the same a school bus uses the road. B-double milk tankers, and livestock and stockfeed trucks also traverse the road.
The shire rates are going up and we get nothing for it, Mr Tumino said, with Mr Price adding he pays nearly $10,000 in rates a year.
Mr Price, who has damaged two tyres after hitting rocks on the corner of potholes, is calling on council to apply more material to the road surface in the short term, but ultimately he wants the entire length of Canavans Road sealed a distance he said is of approximately seven kilometres.
Council sealed a section of Canavans Road in 2000 but stopped short of its promised target of sealing to McKeans Road.
Canavans Road was graded last week, and further major drain maintenance is schedule for summer, with a major re-sheet next winter.
Councils director of infrastructure Anthony Seabrook said, There are also a couple of places where driveway runoff and cattle crossings are impacting on the road condition. These will be addressed by councils assets team.
Mr Seabrook said the road is generally graded twice a year in autumn and spring but there were no plans to seal the rest of Canavans Road at this stage.
He said there is no ris...

05:48

Ill wind blows at Bald Hills "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council may not accept there is nuisance noise generated by turbines at Bald Hills Wind Farm, despite an independent consultant confirming turbine noise is stressing neighbours and impacting their health.
Council CEO Tim Tamlin last Thursday told The Star the only party who can determine if there a nuisance noise was council, by law, as it has authority for enforcing wind farm planning permit conditions, including noise.
He said the consultant, James C. Smith and Associates, had just perceived there is some sort of nuisance at two of the properties (owned by wind farm neighbours), but that does not mean there is nuisance noise.
Its very subjective, Mr Tamlin said.
The CEOs view comes despite reports of wind farm neighbours suffering headaches and interrupted sleep, and not even being able to hold a conversation in their own homes without being disrupted by turbine noise.
The consultant was appointed by council at the order of the Supreme Court, after council environmental health officers claimed there was no nuisance noise at the wind farm after responding to complaints by wind farm neighbours.
Council was taken to the Supreme Court by the neighbours in a bid to force action that would mitigate the noise and improve their quality of life.
Council will determine its next move after receiving a response to the noise report from Bald Hills Wind Farm and the neighbours legal firm DST Legal of Melbourne.
The matter could be debated by councillors at the October council meeting.
Mr Tamlin said he felt the initial investigation by council officers was adequate.
Our staff went out there and did their report, and the wind might have been blowing differently. Its so subjective, he said.
Mr Smiths report cost council $33,600, with additional legal and sundry costs to be determined.
Council could face further costs if the court orders council to pay the neighbours legal fees.
Mr Tamlin said while council was obliged to follow State Government acts relating to wind farm compliance, he did not personally feel that spending tens of thousands of ratepayers dollars on the legal action and subsequent report was the best way to use that money.
Mr Tamlin said the consultants report showed an apparent disconnect between the Planning and Environment Act and the Public Health and Wellbeing Act.
He said while wind farm operators may comply with their obligations under the Planning and Environment Act, nuisance noise could still be perceived by neighbours an issue covered by the Public Health and Wellbeing Act.
I think the two pieces of the State Government legislation need to be looked at and in the future when a wind farm is approved in the planning scheme, the public health and wellbeing impacts should also be considered, Mr Tamlin said.
I would sugg...

05:45

Road carnage "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

FRIDAY mornings horror smash on the Bass Highway west of Inverloch involving three vehicles necessitated the jaws of life and investigations by the Major Collision Unit (MCU) from Melbourne.

Three motorists were airlifted to Melbourne with two of them sustaining life-threatening injuries, while two were taken to Wonthaggi Hospital with non life-threatening injuries. Both have since been discharged from Wonthaggi.

The incident occurred at about 10.45am involving a silver Hyundai, a grey Ford Everest and a blue Ford sedan.

According to acting Senior Sergeant Andrew Milbourne, Road Policing Advisor to the Bass Coast region, preliminary observations suggested the silver Hyundai rear-ended a Ford Everest waiting to turn right adjacent to the Goorabil cattle property entrance, catapulting it into the path of the oncoming blue Ford.

The driver and passengers of the Falcon are from Venus Bay, the female driver of the Hyundai is from Inverloch and the driver of the Ford Everest is from Drouin.

As of going to print there were no recorded fatalities; the female driver of the silver Hyundai is still critical, while the condition of the male driver of the Ford Falcon has improved.

Police road blocks were in place from Ullathornes Road to Kirrak Road, diverting Wonthaggi bound traffic via Cape Paterson. Witnesses reported that road blocks were removed at around 7pm that night.

It took about three hours for local SES and fire services to retrieve those involved from the wreckages.

Acting Sergeant at Inverloch, Kevin Lister, said on busy roads in particular people need to be very vigilant for cars turning off the highways into driveways.

If drivers of cars turning right can be on their side of the line and have their wheels pointing straight so as not to potentially impede on vehicles coming the other way, Sergeant Lister said.

Three car pile-up: there was carnage on the Bass Highway when three cars collided, closing the road for around seven hours.

05:22

Failure to host "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

I was stopped by immigration officials and asked questions like: why had I travelled to India in the past? Why had I stayed so long on my previous trip? What were the full names and professions of the friends Id be staying with? What was my job? How many books had I written? After about an hour of this, and despite having a valid visa and an onward ticket to Bangladesh, I was refused entry to India and ordered to book the first flight back to my port of origin.

05:16

Riding the crest of a wave "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Surfside Waves is the toast of the coast after winning the Mens Division 1 and Womens Division 2 premierships this weekend.

The womens side smashed Lara in the grand final at Myers Reserve yesterday, winning 5-nil in a dominant performance.

The mens Division 1 team was a goal down against Surf Coast but a goal just on the stroke of half time from captain Adrian Bond and then the winner in the second half by Andrew Stephenson gave the Waves the premiership.

For heaps of pics and the full report, make sure you get your copy of the Voice on 26 September.

 

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05:14

Alex on a high "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Key defender Alex Trezise was crowned the inaugural Ocean Grove Football Club womens football best and fairest winner at the club presentation night on Friday 14 September.

Trezise was a runaway winner with 99 votes to finish ahead of Ariane Lefevre (56 votes) and Candace Harrison-Smith (53) who rounded out the top three.

Trezise played all 16 games with the Grubbers in 2018.

Its an absolute honour to be the inaugural winner, Trezise told the Voice.

Im very fortunate to have been a part of the first ever womens team and Im incredibly thankful to the club, the coaching staff, and my teammates for giving me that opportunity.

Trezise is the partner of Ocean Grove senior backman Justin Carey, who finished third in the club mens best and fairest award.

IN other developments, Candace Harrison-Smith won the clubs most consistent player award, while the best clubperson award went to Bri Doolan.

Midfielder Luke Cartelli and star defender Kelsey Ollis took out the football and netball best and fairests. 

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04:31

Quick check-in "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Just to let you know - alive and well - very taxing days, hard work - we're up against a complex cover-up but it will be uncovered!

04:30

Dont Miss the Signs of Another Meltdown "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

If youve ever lived through a life-threatening emergency whether a car crash, train wreck or a steep fall (hopefully not) you have noticed that time seems to slow down.

You witness your personal jeopardy in slow motion. A memorable example of this is the film The Matrix, in which the hero, Neo, could dodge bullets since time moved in slow motion for him.

According to the best science, time does not actually slow down for those in jeopardy, nor do their perceptions slow down. What happens is that the stress and novelty of the experience causes the brain to create extra layers of memory, a saturation effect, compared with everyday experiences.

According to researcher David Eagleman, The more memory you have of an event, the longer you believe it took. So yes, time does seem to slow down in a crisis, but its a cognitive illusion.

That slowing down effect is important to bear in mind as we encounter the 20th anniversary of the Russia-LTCM financial crisis of September 1998 (28 September 1998) and the 10th anniversary of the Lehman-AIG financial crisis of September 2008 (15 September 2008).

For investors, those events were the financial equivalent of falling off a tall building or being strapped in during a plane crash. If you lived through them, youll recall some hours that seemed like days and days that seemed like weeks.

Of course, investors recall where they were and what they did during the absolute height of the panics.

Most investors may not be aware that these peak panic moments had actually been playing out for over 15 months in both cases. Investors who closely observed the early signs of trouble had ample time to get out of the way of the panic itself.

A financial crisis doesnt happen overnight

In fact, most investors were oblivious to the early warnings. That 15-month build-up was a real slow-motion event, not an illusion.

The September 1998 Russia-LTCM crisis began in June 1997, 15 months earlier, when Thailand devalued its currency and closed its capital account.

For several years, Thailand had maintained a fixed exchange rate to the US dollar.

Money poured into Thai real estate and resorts to earn high yields with an exchange rate guarantee. When some investors started to pull their money out, a run on the bank emerged.

Thailand could not make good on its US dollar guarantee and devalued, causing massive losses for US investors.

From there, the panic spread to Indonesia, Malaysia, South Korea and other nations. There was literally blood in the streets as some were killed in money riots.

Markets calmed down that winte...

04:24

Pulling together for drought relief continues "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Kimberlee Thompson and Suzy Webber, Gwydir Shires Social Services Manager. Photo supplied.

Locals are continuing to fundraise to support drought affected communities with Bangalow and Mullumbimby having a particular focus on the Gwydir Shire.

Kimberlee Thompson, a local community support worker from Mullumbimby, is now out in Bingara getting hands on to assist Suzy Webber, Gwydir Shires social services manager.

Suzy has a big job ahead of her as the drought doesnt seem to be breaking anytime soon, said Kimberlee.

Suzy is working with and regularly consulting with the school, community members, farmers and community services organisations to offer support throughout the Shire.

Cattle feed, powdered milk for calves, working dog food and money to buy essentials are just some of the things that have been sent out to the drought affected communities from Mullumbimby and Bangalow.

We are still collecting money so that we can buy the things theses communities need, said Jenelle Stanford from the Mullumbimby Chamber of Commerce.

We are currently raising money to send out horse feed for the working horses that are droving the cattle. When they eat the same feed as the cattle it gives them issues with their digestion and other problems with their liver and gums.

We will be organising some fund raising 

There are a range of donation tins at Mullumbimby shops including the Mullum Co-op who have been helping coordinate multiple truck loads of cattle feed being sent to farmers.

We should be really proud of our local Co-op company, said one local Marion Toms.

They have organised a massive series of feed drops into the drought stricken areas, even as far as Cobar-Pilliga. Local farmers who have donated feed from their paddocks include...

04:13

Spend Snowy cash on regional jobs: Saffin "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Labor candidate for the state seat of Lismore, Janelle Saffin. Tree Faerie

Labor candidate for the state seat of Lismore, Janelle Saffin, has challenged locals to come up with employment opportunities that could be funded by a $4 billion spending splurge in the regions by an incoming ALP state government.

Ms Saffins comments followed the announcement by NSW Labor leader Luke Foley that a $4.1 billion windfall from the sale of the Snowy Hydro scheme to the Commonwealth would be spent on transformative projects that will leave a lasting legacy in rural and regional NSW if the party wins government.

Once-in-a-lifetime opportunity

It is a once -in-a-lifetime opportunity to do a new thing for the prosperity of our towns and jobs for our people if projects are carefully chosen, Ms Saffin said.

We know that over the past five years as 324,000 jobs came online in Sydney we in regional NSW lost 17,000 jobs.

In his address to the annual NSW Country Labor Conference on Saturday Mr Foley said all proceeds from the sale would be spent in rural and regional NSW through the establishment of a Regional Job Fund. As well as looking for employment opportunities, the fund would promote decentralisation and new renewable energy supplies.

Ms Saffin said she would begin discussions with local stakeholders including mayors, chambers of commerce, TAFEs, farmers and the renewable energy industry to begin establishing priorities.

Transport plan

One such project is the Regional Integrated Transport Plan that I previously advanced and shall continue to promote as one of our regional priority needs.

We have the right priorities that will deliver real jobs, better health and hospitals, upgraded schools, rebuilding TAFE and transformation to a renewables future, Ms Saffin said.

Whatever state money we have been given (and some is being splashed about now) has been catch-up money at best or to improve chances at the coming election.

Of, course, that money is welcome and important, but in Tenterfield, Kyogle, Lismore and Murwillumbah, we need more.

The Regional Jobs Fund announcement has ope...

04:11

British India "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

British India

NIC THE POET TOUR 2018

 


Guitarist and founding member of British India, Nic Wilson has announced he will retire from music at the end of this year, finishing up with one final tour the Nic The Poet farewell tour spanning 24 dates thatll see the iconic Melbourne rockers kick off at The Basement in Canberra on November 2, before swinging through Albury, Perth, Margaret River, Freo, Bunbury, Townsville, Cairns, Bendigo, Geelong, Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Southport, Sunshine Coast, Adelaide, Shoalhaven and finishing up at Port Macquarie to play Westport Park on January 27, 2019.

 Formed at St Bedes college in Melbournes eastern suburbs, British India burst onto the scene in 2007. A love of music and a driving determination was the key ingredient that turned four budding musicians into a fierce garage band, who quickly gained a reputation for explosive live shows and the ability to write great pop songs.

A chance meeting with legendary producer Harry Vanda and future manager Glenn Goldsmith resulted in their debut album Guillotine being released independently in July 2007. Supported by triple J radio and relentless touring the album would go onto sell 20,000 copies and the band won the AIR award for best new Group in 2007.

 

Within 12 months British India released their 2nd album Thieves to great fanfare. The album debuted at No 5 and was nominate for 3 ARIA awards. By the end 2008 British India had become one of the biggest young rock bands in the country. They continued to assent, releasing Avalanche in 2010, yet another Top 10 debut.

The band turned a new corner in their career in 2012 signing with Liberation Records and Mushroom Music.

At Liberation, British India would release their most successful albums to date, Controller & Nothing Touches Me. They also scored their first Gold Record with the hit I Can Make You Love Me. In 2017 they released their 6th studio album Forgetting the Future again...

04:01

RuPauls Drag Race Just Made Herstory At This Years Emmys "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Drag juggernaut RuPauls Drag Race has won Best Reality Show at the 2018 Emmy Awards, its first win in the category. Thank you so much! RuPaul emoted, picking up tonights Emmy for best in genre. This is so lovely. To the Academy, this is so lovely; we are so happy to present this show and ...

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03:59

OPINION: Why Visibility Of LGBTIQ Pride Is More Urgent Than Ever "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

LGBTIQ Pride festivals are an opportunity to connect with the community, to stand visibly, collectively and to celebrate who we are with revelry. Theyre also contentious recent controversies include whether police should be permitted to march in London and Toronto, and the subsuming of the umbrella into Gay Pride. Indeed, celebrating who we are ...

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03:55

FixedIt: Children cant have sex and who is this headline about? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Sunraysia Daily reported that a man jailed for raping a then 13 year old girl has had his sentence (but not parole period) cut on appeal.

Not that you could tell from the headline.

Invisible perpetrators and the inaccurate and dangerous phrase child sex are both common themes in FixedIt, but this is one of the most blatant combinations of those two things Ive seen for a while.

Children cannot have sex. Sex requires consent, children cannot legally or morally give consent so it is not sex. Rape, sexual abuse and sex are not the same thing and they can not be used interchangeably in headlines.

Here are the reasons this matters, in every case, with every headline.

The victim impact statements from child abuse trials are harrowing, a testament to the lifelong injuries suffered by people who were sexually abused as children. They are the litany of drug addition, alcohol dependence, gambling problems, depression, crippling anxiety, relationship breakdowns, suicidal thoughts, shame, self-hatred, mistrust of others and long term emotional damage so common in survivors of child sexual abuse. Children who have been abused are also significantly more likely to suffer further abuse, both as children and as adults.

The effects of sexual abuse of children then lead to the cycle of horror where victims become unreliable witnesses to their own abuse.

When the media, as it so persistently does, labels sexual abuse of children as child sex, we are weakening the public understanding of the extent and effect of such abuse. This has serious effects. A study conducted for the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse found that juries who have a better understanding of the facts of child sexual abuse are less likely to make mistakes in their assessment of evidence given in court.

Children cannot have sex with adults. Sex requires consent and children, by definition, cannot give consent, so its not sex. Its rape, its child abuse, its sexual abuse, its any number of terms that accurately describe a crime. An act perpetrated on an innocent victim, someone who was unable to defend themselves from the violence done to them, and who suffers for years, possibly decades, from the trauma caused by an adults choice to commit that violence.

That word choice is the key. Sex i...

03:55

Security Specialist Wizsec Gives Insight on the Billion Dollar BTC Wallet "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Security Specialist Wizsec Gives Insight on the Billion Dollar BTC Wallet

The bitcoin security specialists Wizsec has recently explained to the public that the wallet that held more than 111,000 BTC did not derive from the Silk Road marketplace, and its also not one of the Mt Gox wallets. Further Wizsec detailed today that a recent article had quoted the organization by cherry-picking quotes which in turn created an editorial that has bolstered unneeded fear, uncertainty, and doubt (FUD).

Also Read: North Queensland is Becoming a Hub of BCH Accepting Businesses

With All the Hype Over the Last few Weeks, the 111,000 BTC Wallet Could Be Meaningless

Security Specialist Wizsec Gives Insight on the Billion Dollar BTC Wallet Bitcoin security specialists Wizsec.

Over the last few weeks, cryptocurrency enthusiasts have been discussing a large amount of BTC that has moved from an old wallet onto a few popular trading platforms. Many people including the person who ...

03:29

Byron volunteering expo hits the road "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Volunteers at the Rotunda in Railway Park, Byron Bay. Photo supplied

The annual Byron Shire Volunteering Exhibition, which showcases more than 50 local organisations that use volunteers in their work, will this year hit the road for the first time.

The exhibition will be on display for three weeks: starting at the Ocean Shores Shopping centre on Monday and Tuesday September 24-25; then moving to Mullumbimby at the Byron Shire Council Chambers on October 1-2; and ending up in Byron Bay at the Community Centre on October 8-9.

We are community-minded folks in this area: the Byron Shire has one of the highest rates of volunteering in the country.

The Byron Community Centre runs a volunteer referral service with more than 55 organisations, representing the diversity of our society.

There are volunteering opportunities in many areas of life, including wildlife, pets, conservation and environment, aged care and disability, youth services, community transport, homeless outreach, the arts and recreation.

Pippy Wardell, Byron Community Centres volunteer hub co-ordinator, told Echonetdaily, each year we refer more than 200 people to interesting volunteer jobs, with most of the volunteers say that volunteering has benefited them in many ways.

Cindy, a volunteer, says that volunteering has given me a sense of belonging in the community and I always looks forward to my days spent at her volunteer job.

Other people find that they gain new skills, confidence and beneficial community connections.

Engaging in volunteer work is a very satisfying and interesting pastime, says Pippy.

It creates community, introduces you to new adventures, gives you opportunities to learn new skills or utilise existing skills in a productive way for the community.

The exhibition showcases the wonderful work these organisations do for the community as well as listing the volunteer positions that are available at the different organisations.

Qualified volunteer staff will be onsite at the exhibition to sign people up and refer them to an organisation of their choice.

It is always exciting to do something different, come and check out the exhibition, you just might find something that really picques your interest, says Pippi.

The post...

02:59

STREET LEVEL BRINGING US TOURING ARTISTS BYRON BAY BREWERY SEPTEMBER 20TH "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

WHAT: Goozebumpz and Canadian act Super Glue

WHEN: 20 SEPTEMBER 2018

WHERE: Byron Bay Brewery

WEBSITE

$5 BEFORE 7PM, $10 AFTER

The Street Level crew are once again bringing high calibre touring acts to the Byron Bay Brewery. This Thursday, 20th, Aussie artist Goozebumpz and Canadian act Super Glue are set to perform as part of the biweekly event.

Goosebumpz is an electronic music producer and live act, with roots in the Australian outdoor dance party scene. Known for his eclectic assortment of original bass heavy, broken beat jams and party antics at festivals around the world, Goosebumpz continues to push the envelope sonically, blurring the lines between the mainstream and underground scene. Working alongside people such as Mac Miller, and remixing tracks from from Radio Head, Hermitude and K-Lab, this Aussie producer will make you lose it on the dance floor.

Goosebumpz will be supported by Canadian bass-heavy artist, Super Glue. Expect a mash of sounds from drum and bass, grime and bass heavy grooves. All the good stuff to get your Thursday night jumping.

Check out Street Level this Thursday, from 7pm, at Byron Bay Brewery.

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02:48

UNESCO Rings Warning Bell on Climate Change and the Great Barrier Reef: Time for Urgent Climate Action Now "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

UNESCO has sounded the alarm over the impact of climate change on World Heritage-listed coral reefs, including our own Great Barrier Reef, in a new report that stresses the importance of delivering on the Paris Agreement.

This comes hard on the heels of a warning issued by UN Secretary General Antnio Guterres on 10 September: If we do not change course by 2020, we risk missing the point where we can avoid runaway climate change, with disastrous consequences for people and all the natural systems that sustain us.

The UNESCO report, an update to the Impacts of Climate Change on World Heritage Coral Reefs, finds that if the world limited global average temperature to well below 2C above pre-industrial temperature, and achieved the target of 1.5C, then the worst impacts of climate change on these global treasures could be avoided.

Dr Scott Heron, of NOAAs Coral Reef Watch program and lead author of the report, said: The Great Barrier Reef and all other World Heritage-listed coral reefs are predicted to avoid the devastating bleaching and mortality from annual severe heat stress if Australia and the rest of the world take immediate and decisive action on climate change.

However, four World Heritage-listed coral reefs[1] are still predicted to experience twice-per-decade severe bleaching stress, even under the Paris Agreement scenario. This would lead to impacts not only on the ecosystems but also on the communities and industries that depend upon the goods and services provided by healthy vibrant reefs.

This updated assessment shows how urgent it is for Australia and the world to stabilise carbon emissions by the end of next year, and then continue to reduce emissions. This is essential to avoid the worst impacts of global warming on coral reefs, Dr Heron said.

Imogen Zethoven, Great Barrier Reef campaign director at the Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) said: The report offers some hope for most World Heritage-listed coral reefs, provided that Australia and other countries rapidly shift away from coal and other fossil fuels.

Local management efforts are essential to enhance reef resilience, but they cannot offset the impacts of climate disturbances. Climate change, mainly driven by mining and burning coal, is the biggest threat to the Reef but the government has walked away from dealing with it.

Since Tony Abbott became Prime Minister, Australias carbon pollution levels have been on the rise.

Prime Minister Morrison has said we will achieve our Paris commitments in a canter, however, even if this state...

02:03

CHILLING & SICKENING! Pedo pervert Jeremy Kewley uses fake name to perform child rape monologue at school just months after prison release, horrifying unsuspecting audience "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

EXCLUSIVE: The convicted celebrity paedophile, Jeremy Kewley, is attempting to resume his acting career just months after his release from prison, with the highly dangerous sex offender even travelling from town-to-town in regional Victoria to perform to unsuspecting audiences at festivals featuring youth theatre groups. Horrifyingly, it can now be revealed that one of Kewley's performances was delivered at a school and is said to have been a "chilling and sickening" monologue about the rape of a teenage girl. [READ MORE]

02:00

Sourcing Legally Produced Wood: A Guide for Businesses 2018 Edition "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

  • The international communitys response to illegal logging including updated information on demand-side laws and regulations such as the U.S. Lacey Act, the European Union Timber and the Australian Illegal Logging Prohibition Act
  • Descriptions of select Public Procurement Policies, Business Sourcing Policies, and Trade Association Legality Policies 
  • Updated CITES Timber Species list 
  • Updated Logging and/or Export Bans list
Source: 

01:40

Hassad merges its agricultural portfolio with Australian firm "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

17 Sep 2018 | Gulf TimesQatar's Hassad Foods continues the strategic repositioning of its Australian agricultural investments, securing an agreement to transfer its agricultural portfolio to Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets.

01:40

Foreign farm tax to drive agri REITs: Pitcher Partners "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

17 Sep 2018 | AFRUnder a proposal from Australia's federal government the 15 per cent concessional rate of withholding tax for foreign investors in agricultural land will be lifted to 30 per cent by July 1 next year.

01:40

Wilsons Creek Telstra tower recommended for refusal "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Locals from Wilsons Creek objecting to the installation of a Telstra tower in their area. Photo supplied.

Chris Dobney

Byron Shire Council staff have recommended that a controversial application from Telstra to build a 4G mobile phone tower on Wilsons Creek Road be refused.

Wilsons Creek residents have been running a strong campaign against the tower, including launching a nationwide class action against Telstra, citing safety issues around electromagnetic radiation (EMR).

The DA proposed a mobile phone telecommunications facility including a 35-metre-high monopole, six antennae and ancillary equipment.

In making its recommendation, Byron Council staff took into account the potential impact of EMR on wildlife as well as its planned location in an area of high biodiversity.

The proposal raised a significant level of objection from the community in terms of siting, environmental impacts, health and amenity impacts, electro magnetic radiation, visual impacts, proximity to power lines and surrounding residential properties, staff wrote in their recommendation.

It is considered that the development does not meet Councils planning controls or standards, having regards to the height provisions within Byron LEP 1988, and the objectives of the 7(c) Water Catchment Zone. Further having regards to the number of objections it is considered the proposed telecommunications tower is not in the public interest.

Byron councillors will make the final decision at their meeting on Thursday (September 20).

Members of the group Environment and Community Safe from Radiation will address councillors during public access.

But they still have a plan to continue with the court case if the decision goes against them.

The group told its supporters in a recent email that in the unlikely event the councillors approve the tower DA we ask that you please forward a copy of all corresponde...

01:17

LGBTIQ Young People To Showcase Art In Exhibition At Open Doors Youth Service "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The young people from Fortitude Valley-based Open Doors Youth Service are hosting an art exhibition to celebrate Pride Month in Brisbane. The organisations Odyssey Art Exhibition and Fundraiser will be held at Bettys Espresso and Bar in South Brisbane on Thursday (September 20) to raise money for Open Doors PRIDE Art Therapy Program. The PRIDE ...

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01:16

Continued Federal Government inaction on over-imprisonment recommendations is devastating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A chorus of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders, communities and organisations have called on the Federal Government to provide a formal response to the recommendations contained in the Australian Law Reform Commissions Pathways to Justice report.

In an open letter penned to the Prime Minister and the Minister for Indigenous Affairs, 35 leading community organisations and academics working in the justice reinvestment space have lamented the Federal Governments continued inaction on the reports key recommendation.

It has now been nearly six months since the ALRC report was tabled in Parliament, the letter states. However, to date the Federal Government has made no formal response. The open letter identifies that during the last six month period, more than 5,000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men, women and children have spent time in prisons around the country, causing a significant negative impact on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and communities around the country. The call for Federal Government action has been initiated by leading Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, human rights and community organisations working on the ground to achieve safer and stronger communities. Unfair justice systems are failing to build the safer, stronger communities all Australians want, the letter states.

We cannot let another generation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people lose their futures, their dignity, and, for some, their lives, because of inaction by Australian governments, the letter concludes.

The Pathways to Justice report was released following detailed consultation and research led by the Australian Law Reform Commission. It contains 35 recommendations to reduce the over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the criminal justice system and to address community safety. Specific recommendations made to the Federal Government include:

  • the establishment of a national justice reinvestment body and supporting justice reinvestment trials around the country; and
  • developing national criminal justice targets.

When announcing the inquiry in October 2016, then Attorney-General George Brandis QC labelled the over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in our prisons a national tragedy and stated that the ALRC inquiry would be a critical step for breaking through the disturbing statistics.

Every day here in Bourke we see the benefits that the Maranguka Justice Reinvestment initiative has for our community, and in particular our young people. Justice reinvestment enables us to make decisions about what we need in our community. In partnership with Just Reinvest NSW it creates collaboration, it builds our strength and confidence, causes better hea...

01:13

Two Die at Defqon 1, But NSW Government Still Refuses to Allow Pill Testing "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Tragically, this years music festival season has begun with two suspected drug-related deaths at a festival in southwestern Sydney. And this incident is all the more appalling as these deaths could have potentially been prevented if the NSW government was more forward-thinking. At around 9 pm on Saturday night, 23-year-old Joseph Pham from Edensor Park and

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00:41

Splendour awarded for helping homeless "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Splendour in the Grass has been awarded for its work in helping the homeless. (file pic)

Organisers of the popular music festival Splendour in the Grass were recognised for an innovative homelessness partnership at an awards presentation last week.

Ten awards were presented by the non-profit Momentum Collective to community sector volunteers, workers, clients and organisations.

Splendour in the Grass won Fundraiser of the Year for its work with local community groups to collect unwanted camping gear, donated by festival-goers, to be distributed to homeless people across northern NSW.

Momentum Collective CEO Karen Murphy said the partnership with Splendour in the Grass was an example of the extraordinary, innovative work in the community sector.

Our clients, volunteers and partners inspire us every day they dont expect awards or recognition but they deserve it because they make a practical, positive difference to our communities, Ms Murphy said.

Around 37,000 people across northern NSW are homeless and often have no other choice but to sleep rough.

While a tent and a sleeping bag is not a long-term solution, it can certainly provide warmth and comfort on a cold winters night and we commend Splendour in the Grass for their contribution to improving the lives of our most vulnerable people.

The Momentum Collective was previously known as Third Sector Australia (3SA), with the name change announced as part of last weeks awards ceremony.

For more than 30 years, our services have provided housing, employment, education, independence and security for people in northern NSW and Queensland, Ms Murphy said.

Our new name reflects our ongoing commitment to bringing positive momentum and change to peoples lives.

 

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00:40

Jamie Duries Amber Collection Blends Australian Nature with High-Quality Furniture "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

When it comes to TV horticulturalist, interior designer and eco-conscious warrior Jamie Duries latest foray into furniture, the phrase grass roots has multiple applications. Collaborating with established high-quality brand Natuzzi Italia, Jamie has designed the stunning Amber collection to reflect his values as an homage not only to his Australian heritage, but to the landscape ...

The post Jamie Duries Amber Collection Blends Australian Nature with High-Quality Furniture appeared first on QNews Magazine.

00:32

Sections of Alpine National Park to be closed for deer cull "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Parks Victoria have announced that sections of the Alpine National Park in north east Victoria will be closed between October 8 and 26 to allow for aerial hunting of deer.

It will include the entire Feathertop/ Razorback ridge from Diamantina hut and extending north of the Feathertop summit, and areas to the north west of Dead Timber Hill, into the Cobungra River valley, almost as far as Derrick hut. Check the attached map for full details.

Trail heads will be sign posted if the areas are closed.

00:31

Take a walk on the sculptural side in Bruns "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

This outdoor sculpture by Allen Horstmanhof (pictured) is coming to Brunswick Heads Nature Sculpture Walk this year. Photo supplied

By Prudence Clark

If you havent already cleared space in your diary for this years Brunswick Nature Sculpture Walk, (BNSW) then its about time you crossed out whatever youve got on and ensure you dont miss the biggest installation of outdoor sculptures Brunswick Heads has ever seen.

This free event opens with a bang on Friday, September 28, the BNSW will not only feature more than 40 artworks that integrate with the natural environs of Brunswick Heads, but will also be running a number of workshops and masterclasses. If that isnt a busy enough day for you, the official opening is at 6pm at the Brunswick Picture House, and you can continue the celebrations with The Cheeky Cabaret show on afterwards.

Over the weekend and on Monday, October 1, there will be guided walks around the sculptures, additional workshops and master classes, such as lantern-making, weaving and sandcastles, (all open to the public), as well as yoga, interactive performances, music and artist interviews.

A weaving Workshop with Anaheke Matua using Bangalow palm fronds will be one of many tak...

00:31

Caught in the Crosshairs of My Unshaven Armpits "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

I watch my mums mouth drop open in disgust. Oh my god.

Were dining at a fancy restaurant and Im dolled up to the nines, hair and makeup immaculate, black stilettos clicking underneath the table. Waiting for our meals, I raise my arms in a lazy stretch when I catch my mothers eye.

Her look is a combination of mortification and utter revulsion.

Surprise, Mum: I have pit hair.

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As many would see it, wedged in the small space between my arm and my torso, is a disgusting, uncivilised display of animalistic vulgarity, complete disregard for personal hygiene and a brazen confession of lesbianism.

Unfavourable assumptions are common when it comes to women with underarm hair. These reactions both intrigue and confuse me. I mean, I get it. Armpit hair on women is not something were used to seeing, and were often scared of the unfamiliar. In fact, it took me several years to overcome my internalised shame to get the point of even trialling a bit of pit fur.

A couple of friends in high school who braved the hirsute lifestyle originally planted the seed in my mind, at which point my position was one of, Good for you, not for me. I guess I didnt think it looked very good. I found it distracting, disconcerting, and felt mildly uncomfortable when I saw it. Of course, this was completely irrational. Why dont I have the same reaction to a mans sweaty, smelly and thicker pit hair? Why the double standard? If men can do it why cant women?

We can thank Gilette for popularizing the hairless underarm ideal in 1915 when they released the first women-specific razor, the ad for which contained a not-so-subtle directive for women of the day: The fastidious woman to-day must have immaculate underarms if she is to be unembarrassed. This type of advertising cultivated, and proceeded to profit from, the calculated confluence of female body hair and shame.

As a feminist and sociology student, I am hyper-aware of myself as a product of these market-driven social norms. I wanted to unlearn the conditioning Id been exposed to my entire life; reclaim a sense of control over my bodily choices. I figured that once I got used to it, then I could make a truly autonomous decision about whether I liked it or not.

So: I let it grow. Inspired by the increasing number of hairy-pitted women.....

00:28

Record permanent & long-term arrivals to Australia "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Record arrivals to Australia

Some 101,900 permanent and long-term arrivals into Australia in July 2018.

That's the third individual month where the figure has exceeded 100,000 - all of which were in the past 18 months - and it sends long-term permanent and long-term immigration to a new record high of +818,430 over the year to July.


Tighter lending standards and mortgage scrutiny may have cooled some of Australia's housing markets, but the underlying demand for housing hasn't cooled. 

In fact, it's either now rising to or at record highs.

Record tourism too

Tourism and higher education is also contributing to a booming headcount, with record high short-term arrivals over the year to July 2018.

In total some 9.1 million short-term arrivals graced Australian shores over the 12 months to July.

In seasonally adjusted terms a massive 126,000 visitors dropped by from China in July, which is the highest ever seasonally adjusted figure for Chinese visitors (in original or unadjusted terms there are more visitors over Lunar New Year). 

The China story is huge, but it's really an Asian visitors boom.


There was a record high for in...

00:22

The Laneway Festival 2019 lineup has arrived "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

St. Jeromes Laneway Festival has just dropped its massive 2019 lineup. This year will see the festival celebrate its 15th birthday, hitting up venues in Brisbane, Sydney, Adelaide, Melbourne and Fremantle in February 2019.

Spearheaded by Australian legends Gang Of Youths and Courtney Barnett, the lineup will also see a bunch of awesome, international acts like Jorja Smith, Rex Orange County and Mitski. Full lineup and ticket information below.

Watch: Ruby Fields Dinosaurs

Laneway has also released this awesome graph that breaks down their diverse lineup.

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Laneway Festival 2019 Lineup

Gang of Youths
Courtney Barnett
A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie (Laneway Festival Exclusive)
Baker Boy
Camp Cope
Charlie Collins (East Coast Exclusive)
Clairo
Cosmos Midnight
Crooked Colours (East Coast Exclusive)
Denzel Curry (East Coast Exclusive)
DJDS (Excluding Adelaide)
G Flip
Jon Hopkins
Jorja Smith (Laneway Festival Exclusive)
KIAN
Mansionair (Excluding Fremantle)
Masego
Methyl Ethel
Middle Kids
Mitski (East Coast Exclusive)
Parquet Courts
Ravyn Lenae
Rex Orange County
Ruby Fields (Excluding Fremantle)
Skegss
Smino
What So Not
Yellow Days (Excluding Adelaide)

Tickets and Dates

Visa pre-sale begins 9am Thursday, 20th September

Tickets on sale 9am Tuesday, 25th September

Saturday, 2nd February
Brisbane Showgrounds, Brisbane
Tickets: Official Website

Sunday, 3rd February
SCA and Callan Park, Sydney
Tickets: Official Website

Friday, 8th February
Harts Mill, Port Adelaide
Tickets: Official Website

Saturday...

00:15

Will Morrison stop any scenes like this? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Coming soon to an Australian city near you compliments of the ALP/Greens and the LNP. (Pic-Owen Guns)

00:00

Top 10: Medulla "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Recently I was tagged on Facebook for one of those things where you post favourite albums

Theres a lot to admire about Bjork and Ive chosen her and this album to represent a number of influences.

When I first saw Bjork she was squeezed between The Smashing Pumpkins and The Ramones at the 1994 Big Day Out.

It still seems like a weird spot for her and I wandered in and out of that set but it was clear something new was coming to the surface.

Her album Debut had some airplay on Triple J and it was my first introduction to Nellee Hoopers influence, since itd be a couple more years before I listened to Massive Attack and Sinead OConnor but also the trip-hop of Portishead.

Bjork worked with a number of interesting producers and managed to get a cohesive result, just look at how Army Of Me and Its Oh So Quiet both sit on the first side of the album Post.

These collaborations between artists and producers are a dialectic central to popular music and, in many ways, its a formula I enjoy hearing in singers like Madonna and Kylie Minogue too.

Many popular singers get dismissed as record label products but those that build a career seem to be able to maintain a firm grasp on their image and material.

Madonna has a reputation for being present throughout the recording process and it seems clear that Bjork occupies a role overseeing the realisation of her albums.

Ive picked Medulla because it seems Bjorks album where she enforced a strict artistic vision with both her collaborators and her audience.

The album is almost entirely a cappella and manages to fuse both her taste in Warp Records-style electronica (particularly Mark Bell) and composers like Arvo Part, whod she introduced me to musically.

The track Where is the Line demonstrates those influences, for example.

Her voice sounds incredible on this album, particularly intimate and the recording is faultless.

I also love this album for Triumph of a Heart and there are other themes which seem connected and optimistic.

Bjork has often been marginalised as weird but I adore her varied influences and abilities at realising challenging ideas in music.

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23:48

Yom Kippur "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Yom Kippur will be observed by the Jewish Community on Wednesday, 19 September. It is a day of fasting and atonement. Yom Kippur, which dates from biblical times, is referenced in three separate passages in the Torah. The Torah refers to Yom Kippur as Shabbat Shabbaton, a Sabbath of complete rest, while the Talmud denotes ... Read more...

23:12

Our new Constitution "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Somebody planted this very official looking sign in Belmore Park. These are all excellent rules and would make a much better Constitution than the load of old cods we have now.

22:56

Theres a whole new world out there "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Frogs have never been my forte. The variations in the colour and texture within a species can make identification difficult. And I never get to see them. Even the stealthiest approach to a dam turns the deafening frog chorus to silence. However with my new technique of using eye-shine to locate the critters at night []

22:35

Huperzine A provides robust and sustained protection against induced seizures. "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

PMID:  Front Pharmacol. 2016 ;7:357. Epub 2016 Oct 17. PMID: 27799911 Abstract Title:  Huperzine A Provides Robust and Sustained Protection against Induced Seizures inMutant Mice. Abstract:  loss-of-function mutations in the voltage-gated sodium channel (VGSC)(encoding Na1.1) are the main cause of Dravet syndrome (DS), a catastrophic early-life encephalopathy associated with prolonged and recurrent early-life febrile seizures (FSs), refractory afebrile epilepsy, cognitive and behavioral deficits, and a 15-20% mortality rate.mutations also lead to genetic epilepsy with febrile seizures plus (GEFS+), which is an inherited disorder characterized by early-life FSs and the development of a range of adult epilepsy subtypes. Current antiepileptic drugs often fail to protect against the severe seizures and behavioral and cognitive deficits found in patients withmutations. To address the need for more efficacious treatments for-derived epilepsies, we evaluated the therapeutic potential of Huperzine A, a naturally occurring reversible acetylcholinesterase inhibitor. In CF1 mice, Hup A (0.56 or 1 mg/kg) was found to confer protection against 6 Hz-, pentylenetetrazole (PTZ)-, and maximal electroshock (MES)-induced seizures. Robust protection against 6 Hz-, MES-, and hyperthermia-induced seizures was also achieved following Hup A administration in mouse models of DS () and GEFS+ (). Furthermore, Hup A-mediated seizure protection was sustained during 3 weeks of daily injections inmutants. Finally, we determined that muscarinic and GABAreceptors play a role in Hup A-mediated seizure protection. These findings indicate that Hup A might provide a novel therapeutic strategy for increasing seizure resistance in DS and GEFS+, and more broadly, in other forms of refractory epilepsy.

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22:32

Critical problems in the integrated power grid "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Recycling a comment from RobK in a previous thread on the renewable road to ruin. He reports a talk by an electrical engineer, Kate Summers of Pacific Hydro. She has excessive enthusiasm for renewable energy, especially hydro (which is cheating), but the most important take-home that I can understand is the massive spinning turbines are under huge mechanical stresses due to fluctuating voltage that is not being controlled properly in the integrated system. This will increase downtime and unscheduled outages and shorten their working lives.

Comments and further explanation are invited from qualified Cats, I took several pages of notes but will not take the time to listen again or attempt to improve on RobK and any others who are prepared to help.

Part of the problem that will appeal to students of catallaxies is her claim that the centralised control and monitoring in the integrated system fails compared with the decentralised controls in stand-alone systems.

Another vital take-home from the first or second question was the observation that among the 33 senior managers of the four regulatory agencies there are 3 with science or engineering qualifications.

Kate Summers Power system control or market control of a power system: Is there a fundamental loss of power system control?

On Wednesday 15th August 2018 I was happy to speak at University of Melbournes Climate and Energy College about a topic that I see as a very important one to the ongoing stability of the electricity grid (and hence to the continuation of the energy transition).

As I note during my presentation, it seems to me that we have moved from centralised planning but distributed control, to a market with decentralised planning but centralised control. This is apparent, for instance, in market provisions for ancillary services. I am not sure that we all understand the implications of this.

This is the commentary by RobK.

An interesting 60min presentation looking at an aspect of FCAS dealing with hunting of frequency control partially caused by poor integration of digital and rotory manchine control. Some interesting comments on the lack of engineering input to system design.

Presented by a power engineer with RE background. There are many other issues than mentioned here but interesting insights into the systems workings.

It seems worse than I expected.

At 6am Wind and Other were delivering 13% of t...

22:03

Former BLF assistant secretary Norm Wallace has passed away "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Contributed by Joe Montero

Norm Wallace passed away yesterday (17 September 2018). He was a well known and respected union figure, shaped by the 92 years of his life. His was a life lived well.

Norm lived through the Great Depression and World War Two. Events that shaped the way he saw the world and drove him to act against injustice and the exploitation of working men and women. His was a generation at learned from the school of hard knocks.

I first got to know the man, when I became a young official of the Builders Labourers Federation in Melbourne. This was a place where the demands of work were immense, and as a greenhorn trying to find his way, he was the one I could turn to for help. Norm was always there for you with his characteristic smile.

Norm Wallace was the kind of leader wo won people over through his capacity to see the good side of someone and show them friendship and trust. He was easy to get along with, and it won them over to him.

Norm the fighter was the other side. On seeing an injustice, he couldnt help but to take a stand against it.

These two sides of him, a compassion for people and a hatred of injustice, are what drove him and the reason why he became a union official.

Under the wing of the legendary Paddy Malone, he and Norm Gallagher had been recruited into the unions Committee of Management in the early 1950s. Before long, both became organisers. These early days were the time when the organisation was taken out of the control of gangsters and put back into the hands of its members. They did it in Victoria, while Joe Owens and Jack Mundy did it in Sydney.

Although the teams in each state were destined to fall out, they had much more in common than their differences.

Norm Wallace became the Assistant Secretary of the union. Through it all, he always remained true to his convictions.

The deregistration of the union and the subsequent lack of funds forced Norm into an early retirement. This did not stop him from being involved in the cause.

His greatest legacy is all those he mentored, and continue to put their shoulder to the wheel, not only in the union movement, but also out there in the broader community. He lives on through all of us.

Norm Wallace was one of those who passionately held that unions and their leaders should be concerned about more than the bread and butter issues of wages and working conditions and be concerned about the just causes of all sections of society. The wider political arena is also union business.

He may have left the room. But I for one am one of those who consider themselves lucky to have been inspired and influenced by him. He will be missed. Especially by his family. But also a...

21:48

PERTH Gang Crime Squad seizes drugs, cash after Lakelands raid "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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Gang Crime Squad seizes drugs, cash after Lakelands raid .

September 17, 2018 at 04:00PM .

this case the cash. He is set to reappear in the Perth Magistrates Court on September 28. A 25-year-old will be summonsed on drug-related matters.

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=https://thewest.com.au/news/crime/gang-crime-squad-seizes-drugs-cash-after-lakelands-raid-ng-b88963393z&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjY4M2YzY2YyMWY0NTY1YTk6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNFkDTRvfg5SmGND7W0Fm6UE6olZLg

https://ifttt.com/myrecipes/personal/23688280 .

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PERTH Gang Crime Squad seize drugs, weapons, cash from Lakelands home "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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Gang Crime Squad seize drugs, weapons, cash from Lakelands home .

September 17, 2018 at 04:00PM .

or unlawfully obtained property and failing to ensure safe keeping of ammunition. He will appear in the Perth Magistrates Court on September 28.

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=https://www.coastlive.com.au/news/local-news/gang-crime-squad-seize-drugs-weapons-cash-from-lakelands-home/&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjY4M2YzY2YyMWY0NTY1YTk6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNEh84PcniTe-W4UmUx1q4nkst18HQ

https://ifttt.com/myrecipes/personal/23688280 .

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21:05

Unusually large M5.7 earthquake hits Western Australia "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the Geoscience Australia as M5.7 hit near Frankland River, Western Australia at 04:56 UTC on September 16, 2018 (12:56 local time). The USGS registered it as M5.3 at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). The quake was initially...... Read more

20:35

Wikileaks docs reveal Assange bid for Russian visa "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Julian Assange had just pulled off one of the biggest scoops in journalistic history, splaying the innards of American diplomacy across the web. But technology firms were cutting ties to his website, WikiLeaks, cable news pundits were calling for his head and a Swedish sex crime case was threatening to put him behind bars. Caught in a vise, the silver-haired Australian wrote to the Russian Consulate in London. "I, Julian Assange, hereby grant full authority to my friend, Israel Shamir, to both drop off and collect my passport, in order to get a visa," said the letter, which was obtained exclusively by The Associated Press. The Nov. 30, 2010 missive is part of a much larger trove of WikiLeaks emails, chat logs, financial records, secretly recorded footage and other documents leaked to The Associated Press. The files provide both an intimate look at the radical transparency organization and an early hint of Assange's budding relationship with Moscow.

20:07

The Mueller investigation is sending people to jail for everything but collusion "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The belief that George Papadopoulos, Michael Cohen, and Paul Manafort would turn over evidence of collusion with Russia got ahead of reality. The anonymous government official who revealed a "resistance" inside the White House has heightened the sense of doom hanging over Donald Trump's presidency. A stream of disparaging claims from other White House insiders, the multiple criminal cases enveloping Trump's inner circle, and the ongoing special-counsel investigation into possible collusion with the Russian government have all also added to anticipation of Trump's imminent downfall. But the widespread perception that "the walls are closing in"; on a " "teetering" Trump presidency is getting ahead of reality. While figures eyed as central to the suspected Trump-Russia conspiracy-campaign volunteer George Papadopoulos, longtime fixer Michael Cohen, and campaign manager Paul Manafort - have been convicted of criminal activity, their cases have not bolstered the case for collusion as many liberals had hoped. Last week, Papadopoulos was sentenced to 14 days in prison for lying to the FBI about the timing of his contacts with a Maltese professor, Joseph Mifsud. According to Papadopoulos, Mifsud claimed to have connections to Russia and information that the Kremlin had obtained Hillary Clinton's stolen e-mails. In May 2016, Papadopoulos relayed vague details about his conversation with Mifsud to Australian diplomat Alexander Downer. According to press accounts, a tip from Downer about his encounter with Papadopoulos sparked the FBI's "Crossfire Hurricane" investigation into alleged Trump-Russia ties.

20:00

Steep emissions reductions targets won't drive up power bills, modelling shows "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Exclusive: Research finds claims emissions targets make electricity more expensive are misguidedEmissions reduction targets, even relatively ambitious ones, will not drive up power prices for Australian consumers, according to new research from the Australian Council of Social Service (Acoss) and the Brotherhood of St Laurence.While the Morrison government has abandoned the national energy guarantee because conservatives complain that emissions reduction policies drive up power prices, the [...]

18:32

I Was Asked to Discuss the Tactics of Discrediting the Pedophile Protection Squad Uses "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The targeting tactics this group uses to go after victims and their advocates are vast and know no boundaries. Their goal is to discredit anyone who stands against their child trafficking enterprise, to prevent anyone from listening to them, and hopefully to silence the whistleblowers permanently- esp by death.

Years ago I did a video with Pat Goodwin where we spoke about the targeting of authors on Amazon who spoke about this mess and detailed the methods that were used to discredit and silence people.

https://youtu.be/D9sBhbH7ol4

Their most used attack is something that is very common- lies and gossip. Their method even has a name- the Woo Woo tactic. Basically it works like this:

1. Start by making defamatory comments- always as an anonymous person, against the person you are attacking.

2. Always argue with a circular argument and never acknowledge anything that is stated about you personally but keep the focus on your target. Repeat your lies relentlessly and with as much venomous conviction that you can muster.

3. When your target starts to get angry or show any emotion, vigorously point it out- and use their emotion to show how unstable and mentally unbalanced they are.

4. At the same time, use their arguments against your lies to make yourself out to be the rational one and, in the process- how you are really the one being victimized by your target.

5. Do this on as many venues as you can and encourage your target to believe they are isolated, helpless to fight back, and totally alone in their defence.

6. Most importantly, convince your target that the only way out of these relentless attacks is self destruction. Suggest to them that silence- or suicide- are the only true methods of escape- but do this as covertly as possible- only hinting at it and never blatantly stating it except in cases where it can completely stay undetected.

These methods are commonly used online but are just as effective in the real world as well.

They seek out your friends, co-workers, and family to spread gossip and lies to them in order to turn them against you, saying whatever they can think of to achieve their objective. They realize the fundamental reality that gossip- the more salacious the better- generally spreads much faster than truth.

Their objective is to turn as many away from the victim as they can while encouraging the victim to feel as isolated and alone as they can.

In some cases- they enlist the very family members that were part of the victims abuse. This is not only true for Fiona Barnett and her uncle- but myself as well, as they (and they refers to Doug Mesner aka John Kilrush aka Satanic Temples founder Lucien Greaves and his follo...

17:55

North Queensland is Becoming a Hub of BCH Accepting Businesses "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The northern part of the Australian state, Queensland, is bustling with cryptocurrency energy. The region is extremely passionate towards one specific decentralized peer-to-peer electronic currency bitcoin cash (BCH). 

Also Read: Netherlands Largest Bank ING Group Fined $900M for Money Laundering

North Queensland Bitcoin Cash Merchant Adoption Expanded 52% Last Month

North Queensland is Becoming a Hub of BCH Accepting BusinessesOver the last few months, a few bitcoin cash proponents have been spreading a lot of BCH adoption in the North Queensland region in Australia. North Queensland is a very large area with its own distinctive regional character within the massive state of Queensland. Anyone who frequents the Reddit forum r/btc, have probably noticed many posts showing BCH adoption taking place in the region. 

North Queensland has its own Bitcoin Cash meetup, its home to the countrys first BCH-only automated teller machine, and right now the area has a lot of BCH accepting merchants. This week, using the mobile application...

17:51

Needled Strawberries: Food Terrorism Down Under "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

There is something peculiar doing the rounds in Australian food circles.  The land down under, considered something of a nirvana of fruit and vegetable production despite horrendous droughts and calamitous cyclones, is facing a new challenge: human agency, namely in the form of despoliation of strawberries.

The results have knocked Australias highly concentrated supermarket chains, with both Coles and Aldi withdrawing all their fruit with a nervousness that has not been seen in years.  A spate of incidents involving contamination, or pins stuck in the fruit, have manifested across a range of outlets.  Strawberry brands including Donnybrook Berries, Love Berry, Delightful Strawberries, Oasis brands, Berry Obsession, Berry Licious and Mals Black Label have made it onto the list of needled suppliers.  There have been possible copycat initiates doing the rounds.  This, exclaimed Strawberries Australia Inc. Queensland spokesman Ray Daniels, is food terrorism that is bringing an industry to its knees.

The game of food contamination, infection or, as Daniels deems it, food terrorism, is the sort of thing that multiplies in fear and emotion.  It targets the industry itself (the strawberry market is already frail before the effects of pest and blight), and ensures maximum publicity for the perpetrator.  Then there is the constant fear of a potential victim, the all stifling terror of legal action that might find a target in the form of a provider.  Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt has already boosted such feelings, ordering the Food Standards Australia New Zealand to investigate the matter.  This is a vicious crime, its designed to injure and possible worse, members of the population at large.

Out of 800,000 punnets of strawberries, notes Daniels, seven needles were found.  Youve got more chance of winning lotto than being affected.  Take your chance, and, as with all food production, hope for the best as you would hope for the arrival of a green goddess.

Others such as Anthony Kachenko of Hort Innovation Australia have also moved into a mode of reassurance, a salutary reminder that Australia remains in the stratosphere of food excellence despite such adventurous despoilers.  Sabotage it might be, but it was surely isolated, a nonsense that could be dealt with surgical accuracy. Australia prides itself on safe, healthy, nutritious produce and we have the utmost confidence in the produce that we grow both for the...

17:50

The Woes of Climate Change States "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

As Australias tattered yet new government, led by the increasingly oafish and amateurish Scott Morrison trundled into its post-climate phase, states which see their existence as dependent on the cutting of carbon emissions have been more than a touch concerned. Their reality remains divorced from the paper clip conspiracies of Canberra and the energy cliques obsessed with cutting prices.

Morrisons ascension to power was yet another, existentially imposed headache in the aftermath of US President Donald J. Trumps announcement that the United States would be making a dash from any obligations and aspirations associated with the Paris Climate Agreement. Pacific Island states were starting to write up their wills.

When the decision by Trump was made in the middle of last year, such states as Samoa and Fiji felt a shudder.  His decision, came the press release from an assortment of Pacific Island Civil Society Organisations, is a clear sign of his continued support of the fossil fuel industry which directly threatens the lives of communities living in the Pacific Islands.

The Australian response, ever mindful of the wishes of its obese cousin and all powerful defender, has reflected a certain bipolar conditioning on matters ecological and climactic.  Canberra takes the position, when convenient to its neighbours, that climate change is genuine, dangerous and in need of serious consideration.  When necessary, amnesia takes hold.

In the aftermath of Morrisons replacement of sitting Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Fijis Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama sent a salutary reminder to the new Australian leader couched in a disarming note of congratulation.  I look forward to working with you across a broad front, including the global campaign for action on climate change, the greatest threat facing Australia and all of your neighbours in the Pacific.

This, to a man who had coarsely brandished a lump of coal in the Australian parliament in February last year, supplied by the good offices of the Minerals Council of Australia. This is coal, he guffawed to his opponents, caressing the inert item in his hand with a fetishists resolve. Dont be afraid; dont be scared.

Morrison ought to be suffering jitters from such figures as Samoas Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele, who has made it clear how climate change laggards should be treated.  We all know the problem, we all know the solutions, he...

17:18

US cancels visas for Palestinian ambassadors family living in Washington "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

General news

US State Department revokes PLO ambassador family visas: envoy
WASHINGTON (Reuters) 16 Sept by Yara Bayoumy The United States revoked visas for the family of the Palestine Liberation Organization ambassador, the envoy said on Sunday, the latest development in the worsening relations between the Trump administration and Palestinian leadership. Ambassador Husam Zomlot, head of the PLO General Delegation to the United States, said his family, including his two young children, left the United States after being informed their visas would now expire when the diplomatic office is closed next month. The visas were originally set to expire in 2020. The Trump administration said last Monday the office in Washington would close. The State Department did not respond to a request for comment. Hanan Ashrawi, a member of the PLOs executive committee, criticized the Trump administration for being vindictive. As if the announcement that the US would close our office in Washington, DC was not enough, this vindictive action by the Trump administration is spiteful, Ashrawi said in a statement. The US has taken its attempts to pressure and blackmail the Palestinians to a new level. Zomlot said in an interview that two of his embassy employees met last week with State Department staff, who had requested the meeting. The State Department informed our colleagues, as part of the discussion on the closure, that the visas of my wife and children are dependent on the PLO delegation and as such will not be valid after the closure of the office and that if they wanted to stay they would have to change their immigration status, Zomlot said. He added: This goes against diplomatic norms. Children, spouses and family have nothing to do with political rows..
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-palestinians/u-s-state-department-revokes-plo-ambassador-family-visas-envoy-idUSKCN1LW0RE

Oktoberfest in the West Bank: Brewers turn beer making into resistance against occupation
ABC News (Australia) by Middle East Correspondent Eric Tlozek There are no Bavarian costumes or oompah bands at the Oktoberfest in Taybeh, in the West Bank. Instead, dancers in traditional Arab outfits clap and sway to the music of the oud, while Palestinians and foreigners taste the products of the village brewery. Because Taybeh is a Christian village, the beer is alcoholic and mood just as festive as the more famous German event. Some beer varieties....

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Prime Minister Shouty McShouty is just being his normal obnoxious self "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


There has been some advice offered to Australian Prime Minister and Liberal MP for Cook Scott Morrison by mainstream media.

Some journalists are suggesting that he should shout less.


Here are videos of his performance in the House of Representatives as Treasurer to demonstrate that he had little volume control even then :



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When a prime minster fails to grasp the basics of climate change policy..... "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


The Australian Prime Minister for Fossil Fuels and Liberal MP for Cook, Scott Morrison, has been repeatedly insisting since he came to office on 24 August 2018 that Australia is on target to meet its Paris Agreement greenhouse gas emissions targets.

Apparently he is telling journalists that the business-as-usual model gets us there in a canter.

Business-as-usual of course includes those cuts to climate change mitigation programs Morrison made as federal treasurer - including no further funding for the Abbott Government's Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF) which has so far failed to purchase enough abatement to outpace Australia's emissions growth.

Those agencies outside of Morrison's magic circle are quite frankly contradicting his prediction of success.......

The COAG Energy Security Councils Energy Security Board expects that Morrisons refusal to revive National Energy Guaranteelegislation will see the electricity sector fall short of the emissions reduction target of 26% below 2005 levels.

According to Dept. of Environment and Energy  ...

15:46

Justice Peter McClellan Criticizes Lack of Accountability of the Office of DPP "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Justice Peter McClellan

by Mary W Maxwell, LLB

Here at GumshoeNews there has been much coverage of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. And lately there has been coverage of Fiona Barnetts and Rachel Vaughans testimony to the ITNJ the International Tribunal for Natural Justice an ad hoc group of people who couldnt stand it anymore.

Both women told of their direct experience of extreme abuse as children and their witnessing of murders. Both told of their shocking inability to get help from the authorities. I have been developing the theme that such behaviour by persons in government office is plainly criminal.

I have also proposed, mainly with regard to the Martin Bryant case (he is in his 23rd year of imprisonment and is not allowed to speak) that a trial can be handled outrageously by a DPP a Director of Public Prosecutions. In Bryants case the DPP of Tasmania was Damien Bugg who was subsequent...

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Carine Hutsebaut: Satanic Evil Should Not Be Ignored "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

I must admit that even I, as a child psychologist, have found some of it very difficult to listen to in particular the anal cutting for sex at 30months of one of the Australian female witnesses Rachel Vaughn, the caged children who had never seen the light of day noted in hers or Fiona Barnetts testimony and the concept of foetuses being shocked in the womb from Jay Parker or Ronald Bernards testimony were all really gutting. How do we get around the problem of people just not wanting to hear this stuff?

Videos below.  Your strength today is a gift to all children in the morrow.

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13:57

2018 Freedman Classical Fellowship Concert "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

After a nation-wide search for the Australias best young classical musicians aged 30 and under, the three finalists violinist Courtenay Cleary, percussionist Thea Rossen and clarinettist Oliver Shermacher will compete live in concert for the title of 2018 Freedman Classical Fellow, and the career-changing $20,000 cash prize to undertake a proposed creative project. The winner will be announced by the panel of judges on the night.

Courtenay Cleary recently received her Bachelor of Music degree with first-class honours from the Royal Academy of Music in London where she studied with professor Maureen Smith. In 2017 Courtenay performed as a soloist for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and other distinguished guests at Westminster Abbey for the Royal Commonwealth Service. Courtenay is a core member of the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra and also plays casually with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra Victoria.

Thea  Rossen  is  a  percussionist,  creator  and  educator  based  in  Melbourne.  She  is  director  of  the  Ad  Lib  Collective,  an  ensemble  focused  on  concert  curation,  commissioning  new  Australian  works  and  community  engagement.  Her  work  with  the  group  has  recently  taken  her  to  a  residency  at  the  Banff  Centre  for  Arts  and  Creativity  in  Canada  where  she  developed  a  program  of  works  dealing  with the  issues  surrounding  climate change.

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13:17

The Tivoli In The Round is taking over Brisbane Festival "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Music fans are currently descending on the Queensland capital for the stunning Brisbane Festival, and theyre undoubtedly seeing some pretty amazing shows.

With numerous acts performing at a number of different venues, its iconic venue The Tivoli that is definitely the place to be.

With the likes of Polish Club, Sarah Blasko, and Gareth Liddiard performing intimate shows as part of The Tivoli In The Round, music fans are set to get an experience like no other at famed venue later this month.

Check out The Tivoli In The Round:

The Tivoli In The Round @ Brisbane Festival

Tuesday, September 25th
Polish Club @ Tivoli In The Round

Wednesday September 26th
Sarah Blasko @ Tivoli In The Round

Thursday, September 27th
Gareth Liddiard @ Tivoli In The Round

13:16

Blunt message to states from Canberra on recreational cannabis guest post from Stephen Thornton "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

I am delighted to publish this guest post from my good friend and colleague Dr Stephen Thornton. Views expressed in this guest post are Stephens, and should not necessarily be attributed to me as well. GT

Blunt message to states from Canberra on recreational cannabis

Last week an Australian Senate committee released its report on Senator David Leyonhjelms private members bill to allow any State or Territory Government to legalise and regulate cannabis. The committee, chaired by Queensland LNP Senator Ian Macdonald and including Queensland Labor Senator Murray Watt, was told that cannabis use is less harmful than alcohol use and tobacco use, and that otherwise law-abiding recreational cannabis users were cast as criminals, which increases pressure on the criminal justice system and supports organised and violent crime.

Although I did not make a submission to the inquiry, in 2016 I undertook a preliminary examination of the likely economic and social benefits of legalising recreational cannabis use in Queensland [see here], prompted by its legalisation in a number of US states, which as of January this year includes California, one of the worlds biggest economies. My report found similar benefits to that identified by Senator Leyonhjelm in terms of economic and social benefits to government and consumers, specifically:

  • The Queensland government could collect around $90 million/year in tax and fee revenue in the medium term with new jobs created and would realise significant savings in the budget in regard to decreased police, court and prison costs.
  • Consumers, once purchasing cannabis on the black market and at risk of being fined and imprisoned with the associated police record and social stigma limiting their future job prospects, would realise significant benefits by purchasing from licenced premises and also in terms of product safety. Importantly, they would also financially benefit from lower transaction costs and via a consumer surplus as the scheme matured and the price of cannabis decreased in a competitive environment.

Costly cannabis arrests in Queensland (offset to some extent by fines) are the highest in Australia and have been since 2001-02. Queensland police in 2015-16 arrested 25,307 persons of the nearly 80,000 arrests in Australia and nearly as many as NSW and Victoria in total despite having around one-third of their combined population......

13:15

Room Available "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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12:17

Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Boeing B737-7ES / E-7A Wedgetail A30-001 Missed Approach at Rockhampton Airport as "Mitchel 13" "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

On Thursday 13 September, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Boeing B737-7ES / E-7A Wedgetail Airborne Early Warning & Control (AEW&C) aircraft A30-001 was photographed by local plane spotter Kayanne H as it completed a missed approach at Rockhampton Airport.





A30-001 appeared to fly up to Rocky from the South and after it completed its airwork the Wedgetail returned back to the South.

A30-001 was heard to be using the radio callsign of "Mitchel 13".

Of interest and as we've noted during its other visits to CQ in recent weeks, A30-001 also still wears a sticker on the rear part of its fuselage commemorating the 100th year of the Royal Air Force (RAF) - United Kingdom - with the Wedgetail recently participating in Royal International Tattoo which...

12:12

How to be a decent grower "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Im not talking morality, though I guess there are plenty of garden morals, especially in a community garden. More like growing decent produce; a cauliflower that heads properly (still havent managed it), or a carrot that looks like the textbook one (ditto). I could go on, and on If youd like to grow a Continue reading How to be a decent grower

11:55

1) KNPB supports Kanaky for self-determination "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


2) Amnesty for prisoners of conscience is urgent
3) Vanuatu questions West Papua arrests at UN meeting
4) PNG and Indonesia cooperating on border development, says Pato
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11:49

China expands its control in South China Sea "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

As China consolidates its hold in South China Sea and wields its military, economic and diplomatic leverage, smaller countries see no credible option but to work with Beijing, even if that means furthering Chinese objectives. Manila, for example, seems willing to accede to Beijings demand for joint development of hydrocarbon resources in the Philippines own exclusive economic zone.

The plain fact is that U.S. inaction under successive administrations has allowed China to gain effective control over a strategic sea that is more than twice the size of the Gulf of Mexico and 50 percent bigger than the Mediterranean Sea. Australias Kevin Rudd, who is still fending off accusations that he was a slavish pro-China prime minister, has acknowledged that Chinese policy has not yet been challenged in the South China Sea by the United States to any significant extent.

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The U.S., even at the risk of fostering Philippine helplessness against Chinese expansionism, has refused to clarify whether its 1951 Mutual Defense Treaty with Manila would apply to an attack on Philippine troops or vessels in the South China Sea. This refusal stands in contrast to Washingtons commitment to the defense of the Japanese-administered but Chinese-claimed Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea. U.S. President Donald Trump, in his joint statement with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in April, said that Article 5 of the U.S.-Japan Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security covers the Senkaku Islands.

In the South China Sea, China has astounded the world with the speed and scale of its creation of artificial islands and military infrastructure. The first Chinese dredger arrived in the region in December 2013. Less than five years later, China has largely completed building most of its forward military bases. It is now ramping up its military assets in the South China Sea.

Yet China has incurred no international costs for pushing its borders far out into international waters. In fact, China stepped up the expansion of its frontiers after an international arbitration tribunal invalidated its expansive claims in the South China Sea through a 2016 ruling in a case instituted by the Philippines.

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China says it has sovereignty over all the South China Sea north of its nine dash line. On July 12, 2016, the Permanent Court of Arbitration  in The Hague said this claim by China was not valid. But China and the Philipp...

11:45

UNITY EARTH PRESENTS FIELDS OF HEALING: A JOURNEY OF AWAKENING "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

24-25 NOVEMBER 2018
NORTH BYRON PARKLANDS

A truly historic gathering will bring together line-up of renowned healers, musicians, artists and thought-leaders for a historic Convergence of Healing. The event is co-hosted with local Minyungbal Song Man Uncle Magpie, traditional custodian of the land where this unique global-gathering is taking place. UNITY EARTH is also working closely with neighbouring custodian Auntie Delta Kay of the Arakwal people and working in collaboration with the excellent Culture Aware initiative.

Outstanding international acts Kristin Hoffman, Premik Russel Tubbs and GRAMMY nominated Rocky Dawuni are headlining the event, as well as amazing local talent Aine Tyrell, Dane Kennedy, Paul Howorth and more. Indigenous Leaders from Mexico, North America and Greenland will join in this historic event. The two-day gathering is designed as both a gathering and a retreat offering an intimate experience capped at just 1500 people to ensure intimacy of attendees and delegates. These two life-affirming days on the beautiful North Byron Parklands will be a deep shared experience of healing, intercultural community and personal transformation with powerful music, soulful food, healing ceremonies and healing circles. The event is alcohol and drug free and is designed to be family friendly with special activities for children who come along.

It is a not for profit event. UNITY EARTH invites all who feel called, to come and gather for this powerful and historic event.

EARLY BIRD TICKETS are available until September 30th. Go to www.fieldsofhealing.com.au for more info and to book.

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11:32

Precarious private balance sheets driven by fiscal austerity is the problem "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The media has been giving a lot of attention in the last week to the 10-year anniversary of the Lehman Brothers crash which occurred on September 15, 2008 and marked the realisation, after months of denial, that there was a financial crisis underway. Lots of articles have been published recently about what we have learned from this historical episode. I thought that the Rolling Stone article by Matt Taibbi (September 13, 2018) Ten Years After the Crash, Weve Learned Nothing pretty much summed it up. We have learned very little. Commentators still construct the crisis as a sovereign debt problem and demand that governments reduce fiscal deficits to give them space to defend the economy in the next crisis. They are also noting that the balance sheets of the non-government sector components households and firms are looking rather precarious. They also tie that in with flat wages growth and a run down in household saving. But the link between the fiscal data and the non-government borrowing data is never made. So we are moving headlong into the next crisis with very little understanding of the relationship between government and non-government. And we are increasingly relying on private sector debt buildup to fund growth as governments retreat. Everything about that is wrong.

The recently published book Financial Exposure: Carl Levins Senate Investigations into Finance and Tax Abuse (Palgrave Macmillan) by Elise J. Bean is worth reading. Elise Bean was an investigative lawyer for the US Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations (PSI).

The book recounts the workings of the PSI.

We read that the PSI has:

faced down corrupt bankers, arrogant executives, and sleazy lawyers. Wed confronted tax dodgers of all stripes, from billionaires to multinationals. Wed interviewed crooks in prison, North Korean representatives, and tax have operatives. Wed protected whistleblowers, championed victims, and defended honest government employees battling abuses. Wed stood up to dirty tricks, assaults on PSIs bipartisanship, and attacks on our bosses.

Never was this environment more loaded than when they started looking into the financial services sector.

The chapter on Deconstructing the Financial Crisis is particularly interesting, given the current attention the decade-anniversary is receiving.

Elise Bean writes that the investigation was the longest, toughest inquiry the PSI under Carl Levin had ever undertaken.

The facts were tangled, the players powerful, and the stakes huge.

She credits the legislative action that led...

09:46

Legends of a medieval female pope may be true "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Medieval legends claim that Pope Joan was the first and only female pope. And now, an analysis of ancient silver coins suggests that the ordained woman may have actually lived. According to legends from the Middle Ages, a pope named John, or Johannes Anglicus, who reigned during the middle of the ninth century, was actually a woman, Pope Joan. For instance, a story from the 13th century written by a Dominican monk from Poland named Martin claimed that Pope Joan became pregnant and gave birth during a church procession. However, there is much debate over whether a pope named Johannes Anglicus existed, much less whether this pope was a man or woman. The doubt stems in part from the great deal of confusion over the identities of popes during the middle of the ninth century. For example, in the oldest surviving copy of the Liber Pontificalis, the official book of biographies of popes during the early Middle Ages, "Pope Benedict III is missing entirely," study author Michael Habicht, an archaeologist at Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia, told Live Science. Discovering whether Pope Joan existed may not only solve a religious and historical mystery, but also factor in to modern arguments over the role of women in the church. "The debate on female ordination in the church is still ongoing," Habicht said. Now, Habicht has suggested that symbols on medieval coins show that Pope Johannes Anglicus may have existed, and so, Pope Joan may have been real as well. "The coins really turned the tables in favor of a covered-up but true story," Habicht said.

09:44

Labor support for TPP does not help bring the change that Australia needs "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Contributed by Jim Hayes

It is a shame that this fallout occurs, when it is so important to build unity, not only for an end the Coalition government, but to present the Australian people with a clear cut alternative, to the corporate welfare state and misery for everyone else.

It is up to the supporters of the deal to prove that the TPP has something going for it. Theres been a stunning silence on this front. Perhaps, its because it is indefensible.

Some are talking of betrayal, after the caucus voted to agree to pass the enabling legislation.  Within its own base, Labors leadership is losing some credibility, in in terms of its sincerity.

Australian Manufacturing Workers Union national secretary Paul Bastian said the TPP would be a disaster for Australian workersIt beggars belief that the Labor caucus would sign off on ratifying the TPP given its against the partys own policy.

The Electrical Trades Union warned Labor it faced a real threat of losing the support of Australian workers ahead of the next election if it failed to reverse its support for the TPP.

In addition to making it easier to turn jobs over to lower paid foreign workers, the TPP will establish a system that will enable for private foreign corporations to sue the Australian government for any action it takes that has a negative impact on their capacity to trade, including funding and providing cheaper services through the public system. There is also concern that it would seriously limit capacity to protect the environment.

Labor has announced a policy to improve h...

09:38

Protected: The debut album from B Wise is a love letter to Western Sydney "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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08:58

Drunk on Homesickness "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Seven months into a student exchange in Europe, and Id only seen two Australians.

One was guy who had little interest in reminiscing about our favourite meat pie flavours. Mines bacon and cheese! I offered. He said he didnt care.

The other was a girl whom, upon hearing her Sydney accent, I became so overwhelmed with excitement at finding another Australian, I tried to high five her, accidentally catching her on the side of the head.  She wouldnt speak to me after that, which I couldnt blame her for.

I later realised these uncomfortable encounters all stemmed from my deep longing for Australia and all its uniqueness. Missing family, friends and my adorable Cavalier King Charles Spaniel was to be expected, but missing my country was a new feeling Id never had to experience.

So while searching for cheap pre-drinks from a supermarket in Prague, I found a bottle of Yellow Tail: a shitty bottle of Australian wine that Id never touch at home. I didnt even look at the price.

Seventeen minutes is all it took for me to drink the whole bottle. Walking with my group of exchange friends to our meeting point, I tripped over the cobbled roads as everyone encouraged me to chug it.

Oh what a fool I was.

Its a weird kind of power move to walk down a street openly sculling a bottle of wine. No paper bag. Nothing to hide (which became further evident when I tried to flash people passing by).

The wine hit hard possibly because I was emotional about home; possibly because I hadnt eaten much that day; possibly because I did pre-shots before pre-drinks.

With a beautiful Italian friend to my right and an adorable Finnish pal to my left, my hands were gripped tightly as they both talked in that light babyish voice people use to address drunk people. Feeling happy and floaty and obviously straight-up stupid, I suggested we get more drinks. The idea was shot down in a variety of languages all with the same premise of fuck no.

As a group of 12, I was easily passed around for shifts of, Okay, you take care of the drunkard now, which I did apologise for profoundly the next afternoon when I could function again.

When we started to fumble our way back home along the rickety pavers of Prague, my legs and arms were swinging in all directions to keep me from fal...

08:53

Australian Magpie "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Magpies are not uncommon in Aussies backyards but I have not had any in my yard since I moved up here nearly 15 years ago. However, not everyone likes these birds in their yard. They often become very aggressive during the breeding season and they are big birds with big strong beaks. This is the bird that has recently been visiting my yard - I think it is a male.

 More often it sees me coming with the camera and  takes off. I am hoping that it will get more used to me as time goes on.
 In my opinion these are some of the smartest birds around! I came to this opinion some years ago when living in New South Wales. My house was next door to my parent's house but about 300 meters down the hill. There were magpies nesting in a big tree behind their house. We found out later that some teens who lived close by had made a habit of throwing stones at the birds and their nest. I think this was what had initially made these birds so very aggressive. But not to Mum! She gardened close under their nest and when she saw the birds she talked softly to them.  They used to come to her back door and 'warble' to her until she came out with some crumbs. But not me!! I had only to open my door to walk up to her house and they would aggressively swoop down and threaten to  attack me. My solution was to borrow Mums floppy blue hat that she always wore out in the yard. It worked As long as I had her blue hat on my head those birds ignored me. Smart birds!!   Hopefully the one now visiting my yard will get as friendly as Mum's birds became.                             

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08:05

Holding Hands "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

After 35 years together, almost to the day, I love that he still holds my hand on the bus. 

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07:45

Burger not so lite "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

At some point in the last year or two a couple of discs at the base of my spine began to fuse together. It happens. I wanted to keep up my jujitsu training and, even more importantly, I didn't want to stop doing exercise altogether. There were days when that felt like a real possibility. As the discs grew together, they trapped a couple of nerves between them causing some exciting side effects that felt at times as though one side of my body was on fire.
Anyway this is a long, roundabout way of fessing up that I really stacked on the weight. It was only partly down to physical incapacity. I did a lot of comfort eating after my dad passed away, too. I think I probably wrote about this at end of last year, when the ladies were about to take off for a couple of weeks overseas and I had plans to get to the gym every day.
I managed that. And I lost about 4 kilos. Huzzah for me. But the disc issue never really went away, and I had a couple of months off the mat and out of the gym with illness and more injury at the start of the year.
The weight came crashing back.
It's currently sitting at just over 94 kg. And that is down 2 kg from my peak.
I feel like I'm getting it back under control, however. It's the same old secret formula, exercise more/eat less; especially baked goods and red wine.
The big difference however is my back. I've been using sort of torture rack that I bought online to stretch it out at least four or five times every day, and that's made a big difference. I also got some massage done directly over the affected discs a short while ago and that was amazing. It gave me about two weeks without any pain at all. So I'll definitely be doing that again.
Unfortunately I got the massage on the beach up at Noosa and I can't be driving back and forth to use those guys again.

But there is a spinal massage specialist in my local neighbourhood, so I'm gonna give them a try.
One of the odd problems I've had is that the back stretcher is so effective that after a couple of days of using it I feel fine... and I forget to use it.
You can see where that's going.
So now, I've made the back-stretching sessions part of my work day. When I finish a pomordoro sesh (I'm routinely working 50 minute intervals now), I do a three minute spinal reset.
It seems to work.
I'd happily recommended this thing below for anyone with the same problem as me-fusing of the lower discs. But I don't think it's much good for problems further up the column. It's called a True Back.

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06:48

Girl Who Refused to Sing Anthem Triggers Nationwide Debate "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim For many Australians, the ideals of freedom and democracy took another turn for the worse last week when a nine year old girl was threatened with suspension from school and criticised by politicians for daring to act in accordance with her convictions when it comes to the Australian national

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06:26

Child dies after being hit by car at Macleans Ridges "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Updated: 3.30pm: A young girl is has died in hospital after being struck by a car near Lismore.

At 10am Monday (September 17), emergency services were called to Cameron Road, McLeans Ridges, after an nine-year-old girl was struck by a southbound Hyundai station wagon.

A spokesperson for NSW Ambulance told Echonetdaily the car was travelling at around 70km/h when it hit the child.

She bounced off the bonnet and was thrown over the car and onto grass, the spokesperson said.

He added the child was bleeding from mouth, and suffered a traumatic cardiac arrest.

Her mother was giving her CPR when help arrived, the spokesperson said.

Five units and the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter were dispatched to the scene.

Emergency services treated the girl before she was taken to Lismore Base Hospital by road ambulance in a critical condition.

The male driver was also taken to Lismore Base Hospital for mandatory blood and urine tests, and to be treated for shock.

A crime scene has been established which is being examined by forensic police.

Officers from Richmond Police District are conducting inquiries into the incident.

Anyone with information about the incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or via or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au.

 

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06:12

Against brilliance "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

In a competitive, capitalist culture, the descriptor brilliant tends to refer to somebody who makes connections others have not, or perhaps to have made them faster, or first. It is to burn the brightest, to out-do, to dazzle to the point of disbelief. Brilliance, in this sense, is the fake currency of the elite humanities academy the fissile defence that protects against wrongdoing; the light that shines so brightly it cannot touch, nor recognise, shadow.

05:55

PERTH Burglary arrest stolen items to be claimed by owners, WA "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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Burglary arrest stolen items to be claimed by owners, WA .

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Possess a Prohibited Drug; and. Possess Drug Paraphernalia. He is next due to appear before the Perth Magistrates court on 28 September 2018.

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05:31

Friendship "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The plane touches down in Sydney. Its been a long time since Ive been on a plane. Its a little reminder of my old life; the one where the airport felt like a second home and I was constantly on the road. I see Laura. A week ago I was laying on a beach in Fremantle imagining this moment. Now here she is and I want to drink in all of her hilarity and wit and affection.

Its dark and we walk to a pub where people drink ciders on the concrete with their dogs. I get a pint of cider. Anxiety hits. The waves are too big. I think Im too anxious for this, I say. Laura gets it. We walk home.

Georgia arrives with her bleached peach hair, Doc Martens and contagious laughter. Wed booked her a flight for her birthday. Were all together. Its incredible. Im with two of my best friends and we all live in different states but its okay because right now were all in the very same place.

We eat delicious things from food trucks at the Marrickville Markets. I run into an old friend of my little brother. He talks about Zake. Grief sways me. We watch Planet Earth and order three pizzas and soft drink like were at a slumber party. We all squish into Lauras bed and sing along loudly to our favourite songs.

Ive been telling Georgia and Laura how alike they were long before they ever met. Theyre both so extroverted and confident and funny, the kind of people everyone wants to befriend and date and be. Theyre protagonists. I soak in all of their stories. I feel so lucky.

I walk through the Newtown graveyard with my mother and little sister Pixie. Mum tells us stories of her youth. I imagine her at my age as totally free in the world. Reading the books at the bookstore where she worked, writing poetry in her journal from park benches and having love affairs with all kinds of interesting people. It hurts me to think of what she faced from my father and stepfather after that, the challenge of raising my little brother in a world that didnt understand him and then losing him.

Shes changed since Zake died. Become softer somehow. More loving. My sister is pregnant with a little girl, at the same age I fell pregnant with Alba. Our mum jokes that she warns those who come to her for parenting advice that shes had two daughters drop out of school and become teenage parents and a son who committed suicide. We share a dark sense of humour. Im glad theyve left our hometown to move here. I never thought they would. They had a lot...

05:31

A small structured object follows a car - Dargo, Victoria, 1976 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Reading pleasure

I have recently had the pleasure of reading a great number of editions of the 'Australian UFO Bulletin' published by the Victorian UFO Research Society.

I picked up a few new pieces of information about the 1972 Frankston, Victoria,  Maurren Puddy case of which I had previously not been aware; some sightings I hadn't heard of before, and various other bits and pieces.

Car pace with small structured object

One of the sightings which intrigued me, was an example of a car pacing; but in this case, instead of a nocturnal light, the small object involved had some structure.  In the May 1976 edition of the 'Bulletin' there was detail about the sighting, investigated by Dan Haylock. The sighting took place at Dargo in Victoria. Dargo is a small Victorian town located 348 kilometers east of Melbourne, and is in the foothills of the Dargo Plains. Latitude 37deg 28mins south; longitude 147deg 13mins east.

Note the location of Melbourne and Bright

Note location of Bright and Dargo

The following is the text of the article fr...

04:45

Featured Dish: Dear Liza "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Featured Dish: Shroom Season Waffle Dear Liza, a caf and bar in the heart of St Kilda, is offering a simple yet mouth-watering solution by transforming one humble spud at a time. Crispy on the outside and light and fluffy inside, Dear Lizas potato waffles are gluten free and vegan, and satisfy the taste buds in the same way as a hash brown or []

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04:39

Sydney Criminal Lawyers Weekly Rundown Articles from 10 to 16 September 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

In case youve missed any of them, heres a rundown of the past weeks articles: Claims of a Sudanese Crime Wave: Political Point Scoring at its Worst The claim by certain politicians that Victoria is experiencing a Sudanese gang crime wave is unfounded. Click here to read the article Judges Must Explicitly Consider a Clean

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04:34

Officer Future Acts "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Federal Court of Australia National Native Title Tribunal

04:31

Senior Officer Future Acts "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Federal Court of Australia National Native Title Tribunal

04:25

Bruns parks should be an election issue: Pugh "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Labor candidate for Ballina, Asren Pugh (centre), wants voters to be given a say over the future of Brunswick Holiday Parks and southern Terrace Reserve. Photo supplied

Chris Dobney & Aslan Shand

Labor candidate for Ballina, Asren Pugh, wants voters to be given a say over the future of Brunswick Holiday Parks and southern Terrace Reserve.

And he has called on Byron Shire Council to make no long-term decisions about southern Terrace Reserve that would stop it being handed back to the community after the state election due in March next year.

Mr Pugh has been running a campaign and community petition to stop the privatisation of the Brunswick Holiday Parks and calling for southern Terrace Reserve to be handed back as community space.

This weeks Byron Shire council agenda includes a recommendation from council staff to approve a licence application from the state-owned holiday-park conglomerate Reflections, which would allow camping on southern Terrace Reserve and could potentially allow the destruction of an endangered ecological community of coastal cypress pines.

Mr Pugh is calling on councillors to reject the application.

If council approves this license at Thursdays meeting it could make it harder for a new Labor government to open this space back up to the community. Council can still approve the camping license for the other parts of Terrace Reserve to operate and reject the application to operate in this sensitive area.

We need to listen to the community and save our public green space in Brunswick Heads.

I am determined to make saving the precious public space in Brunswick Heads and stopping the privatisation of the parks an election issue, he said.

Heavy pruning of the historic cypress trees which drew the ire of locals as far back as 2014.

Campaigner...

04:16

Brad and Scott, The Gay Couple Who Went Viral On Yes Day, Have Wed In Brisbane "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A gay couple whose emotional reaction to the announcement of the yes result last November went viral have wed in Brisbane. Brad Harker and Scott DAmico (pictured) were among those gathered in Queens Park to hear the result announced on November 15. The couple became the local face of celebrations as photographs and footage spread ...

The post Brad and Scott, The Gay Couple Who Went Viral On Yes Day, Have Wed In Brisbane appeared first on QNews Magazine.

04:00

The Profitable Cracks in the Lithium World "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Holy moly. All eyes in the small cap mining space will be reading the latest announcement from Kidman Resources Limited [ASX:KDR] today. This could set a new tone for the lithium market for the next six months.

Kidman went into a trading halt last week and shocked everyone. Thats because it may lose the right to develop its Mt Holland lithium project in Western Australia over an obscure issue.

This is a nervy wait if you happen to hold any shares. But anyone in any other lithium play will be on their knees, praying it happens. It would make supply even more tight than it is right now. Theres no sympathy in the market.

What gives, anyway? Mining tenements in Western Australia come with minimum spending obligations. A WA state ruling has now recommended refusing Kidmans request for an exemption from this.

Kidman shares sold down as it prepares to fight ruling

Who cares?

Well, these tenements could be under threat from other companies who claim them because of issues with their former owner. As I write this, the stock is down 13% in the first hour of trading.

Kidmans joint venture partner in Mt Holland is Chilean firm SQM. Management there have already issued a statement, saying this may delay the project.

The decision now lies with the WA Minister for Mines and Petroleum, Bill Johnston, who can grant the exemption from his office, regardless of the advice hes now received from his bureaucrats.

Odds are on the minister finding a way for the project to go ahead. Theres a lot of capital spending and jobs at risk here. To cut off a major project over this seems insane.

For example, an investment decision is due before 2019 on Kidmans proposed WA lithium hydroxide refinery. This is part of WAs Lithium Valley idea the state is now trying to push.

This kerfuffle does highlight a major issue when it comes to lithium in general. Thats the assumption that all projected mines and projects will come into being and on time, on budget and with no setbacks.

Thats a dangerous assumption. Already weve seen South American expansion plans be brought into question over water rights and now this.

There are a lot of lithium projects staked out in various forms all over the world. But permits, environmental clearance, financing and competent staff dont just appear from nowhere.

Now, we have the situation where battery especially lithium stocks have sold down hard since late last year, based mostly over fears of an oversupply developing. That means cheaper values.

But is it worth the risk scooping....

03:52

EP 256: Regurgitator & TV Haze "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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Photos: Tracie Tee (R) Zo Damage (TVH)

Regurgitator

Recorded & mixed by Greg Jard
Recorded at The Tivoli, Brisbane, 25th August 2018

Brisbanes own Regurgitator formed in 1994 originally as a side project for members Quan Yeomans (guitar, vocals), Ben Ely (bass, vocals) and Martin Lee (drums). Quickly signing to Warner, the band released 2 EPs before their first full length Tu-Plang in 1996. Following up with Unit a year later, The Gurge solidified themselves as Australias premier alternative rock band.  

A slew of ARIAs, a new drummer (Front End Loaders Peter Kostic), a reality TV show, a best of and a whole heap of record sales followed. The band have released a total of 10 studio albums with their latest Headroxx released in August 2018 through Valve Records, a label run by longtime manager Paul Curtis...

03:52

ALBUM REVIEW: Ben Mastwyk Winning Streak "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Ben Mastwyk dials into an authentic country sound that honours both the heartfelt storytelling side of the tracks and the boot scootin, honky tonk dance-floor. Its a talent that few possess with many guilty parties falling into either serious introspection or ending up looking like cartoon cowboys. Mastwyk wrote most of these songs in the Continue reading

03:50

GT and Rupert Guinness with the latest sports stories, on Crossing the Line Tuesday 18 September "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

In a bit of a twist to our usual format, GT and sports journalist Rupert Guinness discuss the latest stories hitting the sports headlines this week, including Grand Final season, the Aussie and Irish wins at the World Rowing Championships, the blistering new marathon world record, and updates from the endurance cycling event Race to the Rock.

GT and Rupert will also be playing a selection of their favourite Aussie hits. Join them live at 3pm.

Something to add? Call 02 9331 3000 or Tweet @gearoidtowey with your questions and comments.

GT and Rupert Guinness

GT and Rupert Guinness fueling up for this weeks show!

 

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03:35

Adani on life support "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

I have a piece in The Guardian under the headline Adanis rail line cut shows project is on life support but still a threat to climate, starting with the observation

The recent announcement by Adani that it will halve the costs of its rail line to the proposed Carmichael coalmine by building a shorter, narrow-gauge line raises an obvious question: if such a massive cost-saving is feasible, why didnt Adani go that way in the first place?

I also address the broader question

If coal is doomed, why has the price recoverd

03:26

Sandpit "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A new sandpit for long side discussions, conspiracy theories, idees fixes and so on.

03:26

Monday Message Board "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Another Monday Message Board. Post comments on any topic. Civil discussion and no coarse language please. Side discussions and idees fixes to the sandpits, please.

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03:22

Nude Not Lewd rally a cold clothes option "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Jenni and Dazee wanted to send a strong message. Photo Tree Faerie.

A cool blustery day did little to dampen the determination of protestors at Tyagarah as almost 100 supporters visited the Nude Not Lewd beach rally throughout Sunday morning.

Though naturalists at heart, clothes were the days option for many as a chill wind blew along the beach, but their message was fiery hot.

Nude is not lewd.

Council is currently debating the future of clothes optional beaches in the Shire and naturists from the Byron area and beyond say they are fighting for their right to have clothes optional beaches. The protestors are adamant about everyone being able to enjoy the beach in a safe community environment.

Several speakers had their say during the morning and all agreed that there is sometimes an unpleasant element who are attracted to the nude beach, but working together, the community could address those issues.

A spokesperson for the Byron Naturists said that the main focus of the days rally is to keep the beach open.

Theres a small number of local residents who have been very vocal about trying to close the beach.

They have claimed that police statistics are up. That is true, but that is since the size of the [nude] beach has been reduced a lot of those statistics have been about people who have been naked outside of the signposted area. A lot of those statistics are also what they call bona fides they are doing daily patrols and they are asking people for ID.

So they are minor issues. What the police have said is that there havent been any major issues in the signposted area.

Photos Tree Faerie

03:19

Uniting Church of Australia To Endorse Same-Sex Marriages From Friday "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

By Robyn J. Whitaker, University of Divinity From Friday, September 21, the Uniting Church (UCA) will be the first of the three major Australian Christian denominations to endorse same-sex marriage, and thus the first to offer gay and lesbian Christians the option of a church ceremony. This move comes nine months after same-sex marriage was ...

The post Uniting Church of Australia To Endorse Same-Sex Marriages From Friday appeared first on QNews Magazine.

03:17

Britain May Ban Secret Facebook Groups "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

British Labour Party MP, Lucy Powell, has introduced a bill into parliament which seeks to outlaw secret online social media groups. The proposal The basis of the proposal is that these hidden groups are fertile ground for unchecked hate speech, bigotry and what has become known as fake news. The bill also seeks to ensure

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03:11

Sydney Contemporary, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A selection from this years Sydney Contemporary Australias Premier International Art Fair that ran from 13-16 September 2018.

The Field Patricia Piccinini.

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03:09

Trivia Extravaganza + Limbo! "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Done By Law fundraiser

Done By Law is the Federation of Community Legal Centres weekly radio show and it's time once again for their sell out amazingly awesome trivia night extravaganza! Brush up on that general knowledge AND do your daily core and stretching exercises because ... the hottest LIMBO is back in town! YES, once again the team are literally bending over backwards to raise funds for the station. Tickets this year will be $30 per person, byo dinner and drinks. Details and tickets here

02:55

Young snappers whip photo wins award "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The youngest ever overall winner of the annual Brunswick Heads Photo Competition, Sophia Dadon, is just nine.

With a photo of some young kids eating whipped ice-cream, nine-year-old Sophia Dadon will go down in history as the youngest overall winner of the annual Brunswick Heads Simple Pleasures Photo Competition.

Sophias photo Ice Cream Love was the 2018 overall winner.

Keeping in mind this years theme Loving Bruns Sophia snapped her young friends loving the whipped ice-cream from Bernardis on Mullumbimby Street.

In its 14th year, the competition winners were announced at a ceremony at the Bruns Bowlo on Sunday afternoon.

With the Tamara Smith MP, Peoples Choice and Instagram awards, judges chose 17 finalists and five winners from 135 print and almost 500 instagram entries.

From those entries a wonderful selection of photos are now for sale in the 2019 Simple Pleasure calendar.

For more information visit: www.brunswickheads.org.au.

 

02:55

Huge SA income boost of $288M if Newstart raised, says Deloitte "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Monday, 17 September 2018

Report shows raising Newstart & Youth Allowance will boost jobs, state taxes

South Australias total disposable income would increase by $288 million if the Federal Government raised Newstart, Youth Allowance and related payments by $75 per week.  This is according to a report by Deloitte Access Economics, released today by The Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS), with support from SACOSS and the state and and territory councils of social service.

 

02:38

Greenpeace takes legal action against Australian nuclear waste transport to Cherbourg, France. "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Actu.fr 13th Sept 2018 Australian nuclear waste in Cherbourg: court hearing between Greenpeace and Orano postponed Greenpeac...

02:28

Meet the bands playing the 2018 VB Hard Yards Tour "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

After being shortlisted, and surviving a public vote (with over 4,000 votes cast), Being Jane LanePaper Thin and Claws & Organs will hit the road this October on the VB Hard Yards Tour. Headlining each gig will be Alex Lahey in Melbourne, Tired Lion in Sydney, WAAX in Brisbane, and RAAVE TAPES in Newcastle.

VB Hard Yards aims to give the hard working bands of Australia a leg up, giving them a chance to play shows with new friends, in new places. The tour will see the bands play shows across the east coast of Australia with a bunch of massive local names.  Headlining each gig will be Alex Lahey in Melbourne, Tired Lion in Sydney, WAAX in Brisbane, and RAAVE TAPES in Newcastle.

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VB Hard Yards Tour 2018

Meet your VB Hard Yards winners for 2018 Being Jane Lane, Claws & Organs, and Paper Thin! Catch them in a city near you this October.

Tone Deaf

If youre keen to head along to a gig, register online before Sunday, September 23 for your chance to be there!

www.victoriabitter.com.au/hardyards

VB HARD YARDS TOUR 2018

Featuring Being Jane Lane, Paper Thin, Claws & Organs

October 3 Northcote Social Club, Melbourne 
w/ Alex Lahey

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02:04

Creatures photos "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The closing date for entries to the FOBIF Creatures project is 1 October so there is still time to send us your photos. The exhibition at TOGS cafe will open on 12 October and finish at the end of November. You can find all the project details here.

To have a look at the 69 photos in our Flickr Creatures album, click here.

Swift Parrot. Photo by Debbie Worland

02:02

Interim i.e Stranded, nuclear wastes meet opposition in USA "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The country doesnt need parking lot dumps for interim storage,

We as communities want it out of here. We want it to be in safe place where its never moved again. We think its lunacy to move it twice.

Waste Control Specialists has been lobbying federal officials to establish an interim high-level waste repository

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01:52

Nothing of environmental significance at Tweed Hospital site "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Artists impression of the new Tweed Hospital on the Kingscliff site.

NSW Health Infrastructure has repudiated claims by federal Richmond MP Justine Elliot (Labor) that the Kingscliff site for the new Tweed Hospital, announced by the state government, would need to be assessed by the federal environment department.

Last week, Ms Elliot, whose husband Craig is running for the state seat of Tweed against sitting member Geoff Provest (Nationals), ran a series of ads and issued a media release saying Mr Provests decision to impose a hospital on the protected Cudgen farmlands could be breaching Commonwealth law.

Justine Elliot Labor Federal MP for Richmond. Photo supplied.

Ms Elliot argued that the proposed Tweed Hospital site near Kingscliff may need to be referred to the Commonwealth Minister for the Environment under the Environment Protection Biodiversity and Conservation Act 1999.

Mr Provest responded by accusing Ms Elliot of disregarding state planning processes in order to assist with her husbands state election campaign.

Now the state body tasked with building the hospital, NSW Health Infrastructure, has announced that it, too, believes there is no requirement to refer the $534m new Tweed Hospital to the Commonwealth under the [act].

Detailed site investigations and advice from an independent environmental management expert has confirmed that there is no significant impact on any Matters of National Environmental Significance, a Health Infrastructure spokesperson told Echonetdaily.

The environmental area running along the northern boundary of the project site will be preserved outside of the development area to protect the environmental biodiversity and provide views and amenity for the hospital campus.

There is...

01:45

PERTH Morley: police charge man over alleged pork armed robbery "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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Morley: police charge man over alleged pork armed robbery .

September 17, 2018 at 08:41AM .

A 42-year-old Morley man has been charged after he allegedly used an axe in an armed robbery on Saturday morning. Police allege the man lit a fire

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=https://www.communitynews.com.au/eastern-reporter/news/morley-police-charge-man-alleged-pork-armed-robbery&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjY4M2YzY2YyMWY0NTY1YTk6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNGrJ5SlDQ9Iw_jaCigCyjpKlElFqg

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01:35

Super Typhoon Mangkhut To Strike Two China Nuke Plants flying cuttlefish picayune "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Two nuclear power plants are in the track of deadly Super Typhoon Mangkhut, which is projected hit mainland China as early as Sunday.

via Super Typhoon Mangkhut To Strike Two China Nuke Plants flying cuttlefish picayune

01:34

Hurricane hit Wilmington, NC also home to nuke fuel processing plant as well as nuke power plants flying cuttlefish picayune "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

located in Wilmington, NC Global Nuclear Fuel Americas is powered by three giants: GE Energy, Toshiba, and Hitachi. As part of the Global Nuclear Fuel joint venture formed in 2001, it combines the design, manufacturing, and marketing operations of its parent companies to manufacture light-water nuclear reactor fuel. It serves customers in Europe, Mexico, Taiwan, and the US. Global Nuclear Fuel Americas operates a plant in Wilmington, North Carolina. The company works with affiliate Global Nuclear Fuel Japan, and they both work with GE-Hitachi Nuclear Energy, which designs nuclear reactors.

via Hurricane hit Wilmington, NC also home to nuke fuel processing plant as well as nuke power plants flying cuttlefish picayune

01:16

Changing acceptance of nuclear to DEMAND for nuclear- Australian propagandist Ben Heard to join new global spin? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Australian pro nuclear propagandist Ben Heard has moved from chief of the fake environmental group Bright New World, to engineering consultancy firm Frazer-Nash.  We wondered why?  Well, here are some clues.
  World Nuclear News 14th Sept 2018 Consultants Frazer-Nash, in collaboration with Rolls-Royce, the National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL), EDF Energy, Jacobsen Analytics, Lancaster University, University of Bristol and University of York are set to deliver a nuclear safety and security research contract. Frazer-Nash said yesterday that, working on behalf of the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), the GBP3.6 million (USD4.7 million), two-year project, aims to deliver a step change in the UKs capability as the country moves toward an era of new nuclear build and new technologies.
http://www.world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/UK-companies-to-deliver-safety-and-security-resear
Nuclear lobby aims to change public view from acceptance of nuclear power to demand for nuclear power Mikhail Chudakov , deputy director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) told delegates at the World Nuclear Association Symposium 2018 held in London last week,  said the industry needs to change public acceptance of nuclear power to public demand .  WNN 1...

01:15

Australias ignorant new Energy Minister Angus Taylor attacks renewable energy "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Taylor launches extraordinary and ill-informed attack against wind and solar, REneweconomy, Giles Parkinson
 New energy minister Angus Taylor has launched a new and extraordinary attack against wind and solar, saying they cause de-industrialisation and claiming that Labors 45 per cent emissions reduction target would send a wrecking ball through the Australian economy.

The comments came in an interview on Sky News on Sunday night, and little more than a week after Taylor told radio stock jock Alan Jones that there was already too much wind and solar in the grid.

On Sunday, he went even further: Asked by Skys Chris Kenny what he thought of Labor leader Bill Shortens comment that Labor was still thinking about adopting some aspects of the National Energy Guarantee, now dumped by the Coalition government, Taylor trotted out all the usual diatribe about...

00:59

Adanis Carmichael coal project massively downsized, but still a climate threat "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Adanis rail line cut shows project is on life support but still a threat to climate, Guardian 

The short answer is this is the latest in a string of changes that have massively downsized both the Carmichael project and the bigger plans to develop the Galilee Basin. The longer answer is that, despite optimistic talk about a long-term future for coal, the writing is on the wall. The only way to make money out of coal is to do so quickly, before the present gradual decline turns into a collapse.

The original Adani proposal, put forward in 2010, was for a mine producing 60m tonnes of coal a year. The coal would be transported along a completely...

00:56

Top 10: Ritual de lo Habitual "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Recently I was tagged on Facebook for one of those things where you post favourite albums

Janes Addiction had come to my attention via Mountain Song on Rage and I still regret not accepting an invitation to see them perform at the Hordern Pavilion in 1991.

Ritual de lo Habitual blew my mind in terms of what could be done with a genre like rock, which had become a bit paint-by-numbers in the late 80s.

There were other bands successfully pushing boundaries in this area and this album sits amongst Faith No Mores The Real Thing, Red Hot Chilli Peppers Bloodsugarsexmagic and then the watershed of Nirvanas Nevermind but I think it deserves more attention.

One critic argues Janes Addiction revived interest in Led Zeppelin and Im not sure that ever went away, but I think this album paved a way for Soundgardens Badmotorfinger which is a more obvious heir.

Ritual de lo Habitual has a huge dynamic range and the track Three Days is particularly epic.

That track also exemplifies the beautifully understated bass playing of Eric Avery, which carries most of the song.

Both Flea and John Frusciante of the Chilli Peppers have acknowledged his influence.

As someone whod Been Caught Stealing it surprised me that a song about shoplifting could be so funky and those dogs happily barking in the opening also spoke to me.

I still get a huge rush of energy when I hear the opening chords.

00:51

Adani mine site to remain under native title until finance confirmed, Minister says "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

ABC News, By Josh Robertson 15 Sept 18 Traditional owners of Adanis proposed mine site will keep their native title rights unless the Indian corporation can prove it has finance in place for the multi-billion-dollar project, the Queensland Government says.

Key points:

  • Mines Minister Anthony Lynham said Adani must prove financing before native title is extinguished
  • The ALP voted to acknowledge the dispute with traditional owners at a recent state conference
  • The Government has been urged to rule out title extinguishment while court appeals are underway

It follows pressure within the Labor Party for the State Government to hold off sealing Adanis takeover of the Carmichael mine site, which would permanently wipe out a native title claim by the Wangan and Jagalingou (W&J) people.

Last month, the Federal Court upheld Adanis ILUA, but mine opponents in the W&J who unsuccessfully argued it was a sham agreement filed an appeal on Wednesday

W&J spokesman Adrian Burragubba has previously declared they would take their fight to the High Court.

The ABC asked Mr Lynham if the Government would insist on Adani reaching financial certainty before it extinguished native title rights on the mine site.

In a statement, the Minister repeated the wording of the Labor conference resolution.

The Government has maintained that Adani needs to prove they can reach financial close [certainty] before we finalise processes for this project, he said...

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00:49

Traditional Owners announce Adani court appeal "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Call on Qld Government to never extinguish their native title

Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners opposing Adanis Carmichael Mine have this week served notice of a Federal Court full bench appeal. (See ABC today: Adani mine site to remain under native title until finance confirmed, Minister says). The Traditional Owners strongly reject last months decision of a single Judge of the Federal Court and will seek to have the decision reversed and the Adani Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA) thrown out.

Mr Adrian Burragubba, a Traditional Owner of W&J country, and W&J Council spokesperson says: We will not abide a ruling that says its legal to have our ancient laws and culture, and our enduring rights in our lands and waters, merely voted away by a group of people who do not have the traditional authority to surrender our native title.

In a new development, the Queensland Government has confirmed that it will only act to take W&J native title for the Adani project when it has the financial capacity to complete it. This follows a resolution of the Queensland ALP state conference in early September 2018.

Mr Adrian Burragubba says, We are not conceding our rights under our laws and customs to this court decision. We are resolute in putting a stop to the pretense that the Adani ILUA amounts to the consent of the Traditional Owners of Wangan and Jagalingou country to the extinguishment of our native title.

Whilever we have this court case running in the higher courts, whether it takes many months or years, Adani has not achieved conclusive registration of its ILUA. The Government should refuse to act on it, and banks should refuse to finance the project.

Adani engineered this pretence, the Government chose not to side with us, and their lawyers and the Native Title services bureaucrats provided the paperwork for an act of betrayal. Nothing changes those facts for us. They refused to accept our original decisions and interfered in our business, he said.

Ms Linda Bobongie, Chairperson of the W&J Council says: The State ALP has gone some way in passing a resolution calling for financial cl...

00:37

Scott Morrisons lump of coal not enough: he needs a fairy tale on climate change "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Scott Morrison needs a plan to cut emissions but all he has is a fairytale

Finkel did conduct that review at the behest of Malcolm Turnbull and the states when the objective was to fix the problems that have cascaded through the energy market since Tony Abbott opposed Labors carbon price to win an election.

The chief scientist proposed a clean energy target as the fix. Abbott and the deep feelings brigade inside the Coalition didnt like it. It wouldnt fly, so Turnbull and the energy minister, Josh Frydenberg, retreated a...

00:30

Traditional Owners disturbed by allegations of illegal works by Adani "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Call on Qld Government to prosecute any unlawful activity by Adanis coal operation

Revelations yesterday that Adani Mining may have breached environmental laws while operating on Wangan and Jagalingou country has deeply disturbed Traditional Owners.

The Wangan and Jagalingou (W&J) Traditional Owners Council are calling on the Queensland Government to investigate and prosecute any illegal activity on their homelands.

Mr Adrian Burragubba, a traditional owner of W&J country and spokesperson for the Council says: The Queensland Government has licensed this unscrupulous corporation and now they must take responsibility for any destruction that is occuring on our country. They must investigate and prosecute Adani for any unlawful activity.

We are very concerned about the impacts on our cultural heritage and ancient story places from Adanis land clearing and other industrial disturbance. It is a grave matter for us that their works could do permanent damage to our sacred Doongmabulla springs.

We have been concerned about activity by Adani contractors on our country over some months now. We will be making our own investigations into what Adani have been doing there and will hold both the company and the Government to account.

Adani have been camped on our country hoping to one day build their mine. Starting work illegally only adds insult to the injury that they are there without our consent. We will continue to pursue them through the courts, and with our demands on the Government.

We have seen the report from the lawyers at the Environmental Defenders Office, and it appears that coal seam dewatering bores and other extensive groundwork is being done in breach of Adanis environmental license, and that Adani may have lied to the Queensland Government about it.

We have known all along that Adani cant be trusted with our country, to respect our rights, or be custodians of the environment. The Government can restore some faith by interrogating Adanis conduct and taking whatever action needed to safeguard our country and culture, he concluded.

Source of entire document...

00:13

Mohammeds Story: From War-Ravaged Afghanistan To The Floor Of A Greek Refugee Camp "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Australian Bianca Talevska recently volunteered at a refugee camp on the Greek Island of Lesvos. She met many people with uncertain futures. One of them in particular stood out.

Mohammed Sharife sits down to talk with me. The intense look in his eyes slowly fades to that of innocence and desperation. He is eager to tell his story, in the hope those reading can get even the slightest glimpse into his short life.

From the Parwan Provence of Afghanistan, Mohammed, aged 16, could be like any teenager. Yet, his place and time of birth set him considerably apart from boys his age in the west. The discrepancy in his age (he tells me he is 16, but has no birth certificate to prove it) means he has spent the last three months sleeping on an exercise mat on the floor of a refugee camp on the Greek Island of Lesvos.

They call this section: new arrivals. It is meant to be a temporary area of stay (one night) for those arriving via boat that day, but the sheltered area is filled beyond capacity with people like Mohammed who have spent up to three months calling it their home.

Due to Mohammeds unproven age, there is not enough space in section B, otherwise known as unaccompanied minors, so his only option is to sleep on the overcrowded floor of the new arrivals area. Barricaded with barbed wire and checkpoints at most gates, the camp looks more like a prison.

When I go out [of the gates]I get attacked. I dont feel safe, he says. Within days of arriving at camp, Mohammed had his only source of communication with his family, his mobile phone, stolen.

The situation in here is not suitable for me. He has not made contact with his Mother, who remains in Afghanistan, since arriving. My mother is very sick. We do not have the family or the money to take her to the hospital.

That family he refers to is his father. Five years ago, Mohammeds dad, a government employee, was killed by the Taliban. Just months earlier his 32-year old cousin was also brutally murdered by the extreme fundamentalist group. The reality of mortality has become far too common for children in Afghanistan. If the loss of his father and other family members wasnt traumatic enough, at the age of 14, Mohammed was taken hostage.

They [Taliban] come and find me. They know that my father worked for the police so they capture me. For three days they take me and keep me in a dark room and torture me. I escaped them. When I escaped I fell off a wall and hurt my stomach on a fence.

To this day, Mohammed visibly wears the scars of his upbringing.

They [doctors in Greece]tell me I need surgery, but they tell me I can only stay in the hospital for two days, then I must come back and sleep on the floor again. How can that be? I am in so much pain.

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00:04

NSW Premier Ends Music Festival Overdose Tragedies With Stern Drugs Are Bad Mmmkay Speech "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Drug overdoses will no longer be a problem at youth music festivals in NSW after a dramatic intervention by Premier Gladys Berejiklian overnight, following the deaths of two people at a Sydney music festival, and the hospitalisation of at least three more.

NSW police report that during the Defqon.1 music festival in western Sydney over the weekend attended by around 30,000 people as many as 700 festival goers also sought medical assistance.

A 21-year-old Victorian woman and a 23-year-old man from Edensor Park collapsed during the evening. They were airlifted to nearby Nepean Hospital, but died soon after.

Im absolutely aghast at whats occurred, I dont want any family to go through the tragedy that some families are waking up to this morning, its just horrible to think about, Ms Berejiklian told media on Sunday.

The Premier also said she would shut the festival down, thereby further eliminating the potential for drug overdoses amoung youth.

Ms Berejiklian said her government would not bow to pressure to introduce pill testing where festival goers can test party drugs without fear of police sanction after a landmark trial in Canberra earlier this yearat the Groovin The Moo festival saw zero deaths.

That trial saw 128 participants. A total of Eighty-five samples were tested by the STA-Safe Consortium, two of which were found to be deadly.

Ms Berejiklian said the government will not consider introducing pill testing, as it has a zero tolerance to drugs.

Anyone who advocates pill testing is giving the green light to drugs, that is absolutely unacceptable, there is no such thing as a safe drug, she said.

I want to send a strong message to every young person. You should not take drugs at these events or anywhere else, and last nights tragic consequences demonstrated this.

Ms Berejiklians zero tolerance stance is based on the tried and tested reality that if she tells young people not to do something, they will listen to her.

In other news scientists have confirmed that the Liberal Party of Australia is now so out of touch with community sentiment that it has actually travelled full circle, and is back in touch and just waiting for the rest of us to catch up.

Conversely, scientists have also confirmed that millennials are now actively waiting for enough old politicians to die off so that the community is dominated by people who actually care about their welfare, before seizing power and changing drug laws to reduce future deaths.

The post...

00:01

Raptor portraits "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Of all the birds, raptors are perhaps the most thrilling to observe from close range.

The Little Eagle, pictured below, allowed me to approach to within ten metres or so I think the closest Ive ever been to this magnificent bird. All of the shots are virtually full frame.

Black-shouldered Kite, Newstead, 8th September 2018

00:00

Implementation of torture prevention treaty must not be undermined by Government cynicism "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Australian Government should not be allowed to pick and choose what detention facilities can be scrutinised under the UN anti-torture treaty, the Human Rights Law Centre said in a submission to the Human Rights Commission.

Ruth Barson, a director of legal advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre, said that the independent oversight body not the Government should decide what places of detention should be the subject of inspections.

It would be very cynical of the government to commit to the anti-torture treaty, yet at the same time undermine it by keeping its deepest darkest places of misery hidden from scrutiny. Half-baked implementation of the treaty risks undermining the whole purpose of it, said Ms Barson.

The Australian Government ratified the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture (OPCAT) a mechanism to prevent cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment in places of detention in December last year. At the time, the Australian Government denied its obligations extended to Australias offshore facilities on Manus Island and Nauru.

The Australian Human Rights Commission is tasked with holding consultations and advising the Government on implementation. The HRLCs submission addresses how OPCAT should be fully and properly implemented and recommends the following basic principles be applied:

  • Australias offshore facilities on Manus Island and Nauru should be included and subject to independent inspections;

  • The decision of whether or not a facility constitutes a place of detention should be left to the independent inspector to determine;

  • There should be stand-alone legislation safeguarding the inspectors independence and containing whistle-blower protections; and

  • There should be a commitment to establish stakeholder working groups to consult with the government on proper implementation of OPCAT.

Ruth Barson said that the Australian Government should keep its promise and fully implement the anti-torture treaty and the principles that underpin it.

"The whole purpose of this treaty is to prevent abuse through transparency. It defeats that purpose if the Government can just deliberately shield politically inconvenient places of detention from public scrutiny, said Ms Barson.

The Human Rights Law Centre's submission can be found here.

For interviews call:

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

Sunday, 16 September

23:45

Castillo Copper Limited's Jackadgery Project: has spinning the truth already begun? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


On 15 September 2018 The Daily Examiner reported that:

Concerns  about the health of the Mann and Clarence rivers have been raised by community members following explorations by Castillo Copper at Cangai, near the historic copper mine.

Its the high grade of the finding that has some community members concerned, with the prospect of a mine opening in the area becoming more likely.

At a meeting attended by about 20 people, NSW Parliament Greens candidate for the Clarence Greg Clancy and John Edwards from the Clarence Valley Environment Centre explained their concerns with mining so close to the river.

After having trouble getting in contact with Castillo through its website, Mr Edwards took his inquiries about the exploration to the mining regulator.

I got an email from their managing dir...

23:42

Exposing the Deep State "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Youve heard the terms Deep State and Shadow Government. Jake Morphonioss  series goes into detail on what these entities are and how they function.

[Editors note: Thanks to Gumshoer Peter for forwarding this.]

23:34

Indecent assault in Byron Bay pub "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A 41-year-old man has been charged with indecent assault after an incident at the Great Northern Hotel in Byron Bay in the early hours of Sunday morning, September 16.

Police allege that at about 1.15am a man came up behind a woman while she was dancing with friends and pushed his penis in to her back .

Security detained the man until police arrived.

He was arrested and conveyed to the Byron Bay Police Station where he was refused bail. He appeared at Tweed Heads Local Court later in the day and was given conditional bail to appear at Byron Bay Local Court on September 20.

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23:22

Rotacyclists donate to Ride Against Drought "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

As soon as the Rotacyclists heard of the Rotary Ride Against Drought, the International Fellowship of Motorcycling Rotarians Australian Chapter (IFMRA) were keen to donate $500. 

Members have also been challenged to join the ride from Brisbanes Rocklea Showgrounds on 6 October 2018.

Click here for more details on how everyone can join the Ride Against Drought and help our farmers.Ride Against Drought Rotacyclists IFMR donate to Ride Against Drought Rotary

Humanitarian aid

Lionel Cansdale of the IFMRA says Rotary International is made up of 1.2 million ordinary folk.

Since 1905, Rotary has provided humanitarian aid through charitable donations, and hands-on service. 

Ordinary folk join their local Rotary club to meet a personal desire to selflessly help others both in their own community and further afield, Lionel says.

A Rotary club is a meeting place; an enabler for likeminded people drawn from all walks of life, to pool their skills and strengths. Importantly Rotary is non-religious and apolitical.

A personal benefit from Rotary involvement is the enjoyment of lifelong friendships and networking opportunities with people that share the same core values; best described as ethical, honest and helpful.

Lionel says Rotary isnt just about hard work and fundraising....

22:55

Papuan human rights context, Jokowi considered no different from Prabowo "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Papuan human rights context, Jokowi considered no different from Prabowo

Published 9 hours ago on 16 September 2018 By admin




Papuan students and youth are arrested by the police on Tuesday (4/9/2018) in a rally to support Vanuatu to bring up the issue of West Papua in the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF). Jubi / Doc.


Jayapura, Jubi  The current president of Indonesia Joko Widodo is considered to be no different from Prabowo i...

22:50

Thieves stoop to stealing grog from caravans "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Kingscliff Beach Holiday Park. Photo weekendnotes.com

Police are warning residents in the Tweed to be especially careful to lock cars, homes and caravans following a recent spate of thefts.

During the evening of the September 15-16 alcohol was stolen from fridges in two caravans in the Kingscliff Beach Holiday Park.

Police are asking campers to ensure all their property is safely secured.

Police will be reviewing all CCTV within the park to try and identify the offenders.

Meanwhile, a spokesperson said police have seen an increase in stealing from motor vehicles, stolen motor vehicles and break and enter offences in Banora Point and Tweed Heads South.

The entire community need to ensure nothing of valuable is left in their cars, and to ensure your motor vehicles are always locked when there is not and adult within three meters of the vehicle, the spokesperson said.

Dont give opportunistic thieves the chance to take your property.

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22:43

It's showtime "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Showtime for Brisbane

Queens's Wharf is a whole new look for the city of Brisbane.

Voil the original architectural showreel, courtesy of Star Group...



And now it's getting underway...



Exciting times for Brissie.

And not a winking kangaroo in sight.

Chartfest

Also an exhilarating week ahead, including an Aussie residential property prices Chartfest on Tuesday wherein I'll take a look in some detail at what has played across across the 8 capital cities over FY2018 by dwelling type. 

Fair warning for Tuesday: you can take any media report that mentions a 'record crash' in dwelling transactions and stuff it directly into the thunderbox.

Annoyingly this happens every quarter, of course, because the reported numbers are preliminary and thus incomplete (as anyone with a brain that analyses numbers would intuitively know). 

I have quite a significant international blog readership these days, so I'll try to add a bit of texture too, to explain why the different capital cities are behaving as they are. 

Stay tooned!

22:36

Rare earthquake, magnitude-5.6, rocks southwestern Australia "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A magnitude-5.6 earthquake has hit near the West Australian town of Walpole, about 430 kilometres south-east of Perth, with tremors felt as far away as Perth and Albany. The earthquake happened about 1:00pm (WST). Walls were cracked at two homesteads in the Lake Muir region, but there were no other initial reports of damage. The Bureau of Meteorology WA said there was no tsunami risk to Australia. It said the quake was centred near Lake Muir and forecasters working in its West Perth headquarters felt the building sway. Senior Geoscience Australia seismologist Phil Cummins said it was the second earthquake to hit the region in a week. "It occurred roughly between Walpole and Kojonup on the south coast, it was felt all the way from Albany up to Perth," he said. "It is quite a large earthquake, it is large enough to cause damage but it's unlikely to have done so because it occurred in a relatively remote area."

22:34

Liberty, freedom and civil rights? Do any of us understand these things anymore. "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Words like freedom, rights and liberty are values that the vast majority of people aspire to for themselves and others yet they remain poorly understood and as a result vulnerable to being manipulated.

When we think of the word liberty or libertarian, sadly many of us we quickly picture gun-toting rednecks from the [...]

22:30

Indias Gay Sex Ban, Now Repealed, Was Britains Anti-Gay Colonial Legacy "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

By Amy Bhatt, University of Maryland The Indian Supreme Court has legalized homosexuality, overturning a 157-year ban on consensual gay sex. In a nearly 500-page unanimous decision issued on Sept. 6, Indias highest court affirmed that whenever the constitutional courts come across a situation of transgression or dereliction in the sphere of fundamental rights which ...

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22:20

Australia Quake, Magnetic Antarctica, Penetrating Fields (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Australia Quake, Magnetic Antarctica, Penetrating Fields Video Suspicious Observers Video Source

The post Australia Quake, Magnetic Antarctica, Penetrating Fields (Video) appeared first on The Daily Coin.

21:00

Independent Artist of the Week: Perra Vida "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Photo by Anibal Tafur 

Formed in response to dire statistics for women in both punk rock and their home country generally, Perra Vida are resisting preconceptions and the patriarchy through their feminist punk, all the way from Lima, Peru.

Perra Vida arent here to mess around. After realising that there were practically no punk acts in their hometown which consisted of both women and men, the quartet decided it was time to change that. Not only that, but lyricist and singer Diana Matos wanted to use their music to highlight and address government corruption and the treatment of women in Peru, a country which has a history of femicide and violence towards women.

It was just April when a 22 year old woman was burned alive on a rush hour bus in Lima by her former male colleague wanting to crush her ego. Its unfathomable injustices like this that fuel Perra Vidas fury and inspire their writing.

In June they released their self-titled EP, a collection of relentless, authentic feminist punk that wastes no time in getting to the point, whether it be violence against women, corruption, drug abuse or organised religion. Tracks barely scrape the two-minute mark but leave nothing to be desired theyre visceral, punchy and primo examples of DIY dexterity.

Punk has long been a weapon of the marginalised and if Perra Vida manages to use that weapon to expose the horrors in their home country to people oceans away, then what better way to wield it.

 

EP by PERRA VIDA
Tune into Up For It every Monday morning to meet your new independent artist of the week!

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18:30

18.1 Million New Cancer Cases, 9.6 Million Cancer Deaths Expected in 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Submitted by Zombie Democracy Blog Welcome to NZ: We offer 2nd highest rates of cancer in the world! Cancer deaths to rise to 9.6 million worldwide in 2018 WHO 20 Countries with the Highest Cancer Rates in the World Ranked by estimated new cases per 100,000 people in 2018: Australia (468.0) New Zealand (438.1) Ireland (373.7) []

16:15

Will Dutton face the High Court? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


On 23 August 2018 sixty-nine members of the Turnbull Coalition Government voted down a Labor motion to refer the Minister for Home Affairs and MP for Dickson, Peter Dutton, to the Court of Disputed Returns.

Included in this sixty-nine was Peter Dutton himself and most of the forty-five MPs who a day later refused to support Dutton's second leadership bid, as well as some reported to now be keeping their options open concerning referral to the Court. 

It seems that another motion is being prepared and there is no guarantee that the vote would go Dutton's way in a Morrison Coalition Government

News.com.au, 15 September 2018:

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton has been dealt another legal blow as constitutional law expert Anne Twomey says her advice for his referral to the High Court is "stronger" than ever.

...

15:09

Darwin Photo Gallery "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Im back in Sydney after a couple of weeks in Darwin for work. It was an awesome time to be there, as the wet season hasnt arrived yet. However, there were a couple of days of high humidity combined with high temperatures. On two separate days, I arrived at work with a slightly damp shirt. When I wasnt at work,

14:18

New Campaign Aims To Educate Young Queenslanders About HIV Prevention "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A new social media campaign is in the works to help young LGBTIQ people in Queensland fill in the gaps in their knowledge of sexual health and better understand the risks of HIV. Fortitude Valley-based Open Doors Youth Service is working with researchers from the University of Queenslands School of Public Health to develop the ...

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14:00

Block School: Satoshis Vision "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

BLOCK SCHOOL

Here at NewsBTC we believe that education and knowledge is fundamental to the wider adoption of cryptocurrencies and growth of the blockchain industry. We will be expanding our education section by delving deeper into some of the machinations and technology behind the blocks. Our weekly articles aim to provide a greater understanding of how things work in the crypto ecosystem.

A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System

Following a number of attempts at a digital currency, the most successful being B-money, the enigmatic Satoshi Nakamoto began working on his whitepaper in 2008. In October of the same year it was published, titled Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System.

The nine page paper outlined the design and justification for a digital currency with the intention of doing what no other attempt could do before: create an anonymous, trustless, decentralized currency.

What is needed is an electronic payment system based on cryptographic proof instead of trust, allowing any two willing parties to transact directly with each other without the need for a trusted third party. Transactions that are computationally impractical to reverse would protect sellers from fraud, and routine escrow mechanisms could easily be implemented to protect buyers.

The proof-of-work protocol was developed from Dai Weis B-money in order to enforce a one CPU one vote policy as outlined by Nakamoto in his now famous paper. Unlike traditional money, Bitcoin was also designed to be a deflationary currency, meaning that there will only be a limited amount of them that will ever exist, specifically 21 million. The reward miners get for finding each new block decreases over time and is halved every 210,000 blocks, approximately every four years. It started off at 50 BTC and is currently 12.5 BTC.

Satoshi was not fond of the modern banking system, particularly fractional-reserve banking whereby a bank accepts deposits, makes loans or investments, but is required to hold reserves equal to only a fraction of its deposit liabilities.

According to Wikipedia, Nakamoto claimed to be a man living in Japan, born on 5 April 1975. The true identity remains a mystery however there has been se...

13:59

Dr Kerryn Phelps Confirms Bid For Malcolm Turnbulls Sydney Seat Of Wentworth "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

City of Sydney Councillor Kerryn Phelps has confirmed she will contest former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbulls seat of Wentworth as an independent. Professor Phelps, a former Australian Medical Association president and now GP in the electorate, was a high-profile backer of same-sex marriage and was heavily involved in the yes campaign during the postal survey ...

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13:57

A note on the International Brigades /// Simone Weil in Spain "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Back in April, it was announced that The Wire creator David Simon plans series based on Spanish civil war, one which will follow the adventures of the Abraham Lincoln and George Washington battalions and their contributions to the International Brigades. Continue reading

13:45

Rebecca Campbell: ET UFO Disclosure Soon? Why Seven Solar Observatories Closed? UPDATE 1 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Worth a full read.  Photos leaked. Disclosure inevitable?

6 More Solar Observatories Closed and This Could Be The Reason

It has become known that 6 more Solar Observatories (Australia, Chile, Spain, Hawaii (2), and Pennsylvania) have been shutdown: We note that all these solar/space cams down at the same time as the Solar Observatory in New Mexico.

UPDATE 1:

From various sources:

00 YouTube What the Observatories Saw that FBI is  Censoring

01 Hurricane Florence a cover up from tidal forces caused by large movements in outer space?

02 Fleet of UFOs over Indiana, USA?

03 Fleet of UFOs over St. Petersberg, Russia?

04 Russians interfering with US solar science

13:37

too much education fogs the mind up too much "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Three Australian women in 1961 ponder the question, Is education a waste of time for married women?

I like how even the woman arguing for the utility of education explains how modern women can get all their household chores done in the morning, leaving them free for the afternoon, until the children get home. She still has a few shackles to break, I think.

13:30

Coleys Dramatic Cancer Cures, Part 3: Obituary of Helen Coley Nauts "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Helen Coley Nauts tries unsuccessfully to sell her wares to Dr Lloyd Old of Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

by Mary W Maxwell, LLB

So far this series presented two dramatic cures by the use of Coleys toxins. One was in 1893 and the other in 1901. Many more will be presented, and one unsuccessful attempt by Coley..

Let me say where this series is headed. In one sense, its not headed anywhere the case histories have value on their own and they may open the possibility to a revival of that particular treatment.

In keeping with many of my themes at GumshoeNews, however, this series is also headed toward a claim that Coleys cure was suppressed, in order that more people would die of cancer. Indeed I think millions have died needlessly of cancer.

In my review of 18 cures for cancer, in Consider the Lilies (2013), I named two successful curers who I think knowingly participated in the suppression of their excellent work. One was Dr Thomas Glover whose cure was a serum; the other was Dr William Coley (1862-1936) whose cure came from bacterias production of toxins.

Coley and Glover may have been sent on a mission to find their cures by yet an earlier scientist whose name we do not know. That is to say, I do not necessarily accept the legend as to how Coley happened upon his cure. It may be true or apocryphal....

13:26

After Watching Dutchsinses New Video- Who was Obviously Threatened- I Feel Compelled to Comment "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

I used to call Dutchsinse the earthquake guy as he does a remarkable job of reporting earthquakes- but listening to what he had to say in his new video, it is a pretty good guess that he has been threatened.

This is the comment I left for him

In the End Times- which we are in now- it is said that Christians- those who serve our Father- will be martyred. Give to Caesar what is Caesars only refers to taxes. Those of us who fight to save our lives will lose them- those of us who follow- even in the face of death- will find life eternal. Trust me Dutch- it ISNT easy- we were never promised it would be- just that it would be worth it. I cant tell you what to do- but they are doing their best to kill me for simply trying to get my parents investigated for child trafficking. You just have to hold onto your faith and put aside your fear. Many of those of us with faith are going to die early because we are not meant to live through the days that are coming. Do what you are being lead to do until the end. Follow your heart. And know that we are all in our Fathers hand- no matter what the consequences are. Trust your faith- trust what God is calling you to do- and keep doing what you are- living the Word. That is all I can say.

Satanists, and more apt: Luciferians- have this mantra Do as thou whilst because they believe God either doesnt care or is powerless to do anything about it, so you can do whatever you want with no consequences if you are rich enough or powerful enough to thwart retribution,

However, God will NOT negate our free will- as it was his gift to us- although this gift is a double edged sword- as it is through inacting our free will that we open ourselves to judgement- despite the fact that society has been deluded into believing we are somehow above being judged.

I have often said that this life doesnt make a difference and yet it makes all the difference in the world as we ARE in a matrix- but it is a spiritual matrix and NOT a computer generated one.

Luciferians are under this misconception that this life is the only thing that matters, which is why they are so obsessed with living forever. Yet despite their obsession, not one of them has found the key for eternal life.

But they, as are the rest of us, are allowed to do what we want- using our free will however we wish. The reason for this is because we can only be judged by what we DO and NOT simply by what we think or feel.

Luciferians lie- just as their Master who they follow does. And their objective is to lead as many as they can into the same aybss that they themselves are headed for.

They believe they are gods- thus they...

12:49

Dog Found "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Untitled-2

FOUND LARGE BROWN AND BLACK DOG. 

Has anyone lost or know someone who has lost a large dog? We found him wandering around the Coburg basketball court. 

He has no collar. If you recognize him or have any info please call me on 0451 865 236. 

William.


...

12:25

Shannon Noll is facing drug possession charges in Sydney "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Shannon Noll is set to appear before the courts next month after being charged with drug possession last week.

As The Sydney Morning Herald reports, officers from the Sutherland Shire were conducting a search at the Caringbah Hotel on Thursday night when they allegedly found a bag of white powder on Shannon Noll.

About 8.15pm yesterday (Thursday 13 September 2018), officers from the Sutherland Shire Police Area Command, along with Public Transport & Public Safety Command and the Dog Unit, were conducting a drug operation at a licensed premises on Port Hacking Road at Caringbah, explained a spokesperson for NSW Police on Friday.

A 42-year-old man was arrested by police after allegedly being detected with white powder, believed to be cocaine.

At this stage, Shannon Noll is set to appear at the Sutherland Local Court on October 11th, where hell face charges of drug possession.

Of course, this isnt the first time that Shannon Noll has made headlines for a bit of rowdy behaviour.

Most notably, the Australian Idol runner-up had charges of assault dropped last year after he hit a member of security while trying to gain entrance to the Crazy Horse, a strip club in Adelaide, in January.

More recently, the singer ended up receiving widespread criticism for an onstage rant In July that was deemed foul-mouthed and misogynistic by many of his critics.

The incident in question occurred at the Duck Creek Races in New South Wales in July, and was spurned by a member of the crowd throwing a can at Nolls head while performing on stage.

Soon, the singer appealed for the audience member to come up onstage, calling them that fucker in a tie, and a fucking maggot.

Hey, who thinks he should come up, Noll asked the crowd at the time. Shame that prick, shame that motherfucker right there. Fucking private school stupid fuckhead motherfucker. Have some balls and get up here and...

12:20

Eminem Admits Homophobic Slur On New Track Went Too Far "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Rapper Eminem has suggested he regrets directing a homophobic slur at fellow rapper Tyler, the Creator on his latest album Kamikaze. Eminem surprise-released the album two weeks ago but the track Fall caused a backlash because he raps, Tyler create nothin, I see why you called yourself a faggot, bitch. Tyler hinted that he identifies ...

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11:25

Exchanges Round-Up: Aus Regulators Doubt Coinjar Volume, Paysend Partners With Bitstamp "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Exchanges Round-Up: Aus Regulators Doubt Coinjar Volume, Paysend Partners With Bitstamp

In recent news pertaining to cryptocurrency exchanges, Australias financial regulators have expressed skepticism regarding Coinjars purported trade volume, Paysend has partnered with Bitstamp to facilitate cryptocurrency purchases through its Global Account, and Seed Cx has announced a $15 million USD Series B funding round.

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Australian Regulators Skeptical of Purported Coinjar Volume

Exchanges Round-Up: Aus Regulators Doubt Coinjar Volume, Paysend Partners With BitstampIn a recent interview with Business Insider, Jordan Michaelides, Coinjar...

11:11

A Fair Trial Catch-22: The Problem With The Teachers Pet Podcast "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

One of the worlds hottest podcasts right now has helped shed light on the disappearance of a Sydney woman. But at what price of a fair trial, asks Hannah Marshall.

The best way to dispose of a body, if you live in the bush, is to put it in the bush, and thats what I think he did on the Friday night.

There is a problem with The Teachers Pet. The podcast and the slew of surrounding media could be so sensational and prejudicial that if he is prosecuted, Chris Dawson cant get a fair trial.

The podcast is a true crime story about a woman, Lyn Dawson, who disappeared from Sydneys northern beaches in 1982. Her body has never been found. The investigating journalist accuses her husband, former Newtown Jets player Chris Dawson, of murdering her. He denies it.  Two coronial inquests have recommended prosecution but none has ensued.

The picture painted of Chris Dawson is not good. Theres his affair with a schoolgirl, allegations of physical abuse, allegations of an attempt to hire a hitman, inconsistent statements, and two small daughters left without their mother.

The Teachers Pet is compelling and sad and reveals some great injustices; to the two daughters, the schoolgirl, and Lyns family as well as to Lyn Dawson herself.

But in its eagerness to seek justice for her probable murder it risks doing exactly the opposite. It could result in Chris Dawson avoiding facing a jury, or even avoiding a murder trial altogether, regardless of the strength of any evidence against him.

The obvious upside to this kind of investigative journalism is the chance that new, meaningful evidence could be found that will help get a conviction. But that has to be balanced very carefully against the risk involved in broadcasting information that is prejudicial and unlikely to be admissible as evidence in court.

To be fair, a lot of the information presented in The Teachers Pet is unproblematic. Written statements and evidence from the coronial inquests for example. But a lot of other parts of the podcast are prejudicial and prejudge Dawsons guilt. Here are just a couple of examples.

A new witness alleges that she saw Chris Dawson assault his wife twice, well before Lyn disappeared. The inference is that he is a violent person and therefore more likely to have killed his wife. Courts call this tendency evidence and treat it with extreme caution. It is only admitted in very particular circumstances. Whether this new testimony would be admitted into evidence is highly uncertain. But the podcast doesnt tell you that.

Then theres the treatment of a claim that Chris Dawson said he tried to hire a hitman to kill Lyn, but didnt go through with it. The allegation comes from Dawsons schoolgirl lover, and later...

11:06

Riding the crest of a wave "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Surfside Waves is the toast of the coast after winning the Mens Division 1 and Womens Division 2 premierships this weekend.

The womens side smashed Lara in the grand final at Myers Reserve yesterday, winning 5-nil in a dominant performance.

The mens Division 1 team was a goal down against Surf Coast but a goal just on the stroke of half time from captain Adrian Bond and then the winner in the second half by Tom Andrews gave the Waves the premiership.

For heaps of pics and the full report, make sure you get your copy of the Voice on 26 September.

 

The post Riding the crest of a wave appeared first on Ocean Grove Voice.

10:03

One For The Ladies: UNSWs Helpful Guide On How Not To Get Raped "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Heres some tips on how to stay safe, along with other stupid things men say to women after someone is sexually assaulted. Note to readers: this story contains a confession by writer Chris Graham, and another epiphany.

Remember Eurydice Dixon. How could anyone forget, right? And remember the backlash when, following Eurydices brutal rape and murder, Victorian Police issued a timely reminder to women in Melbourne to take greater care with their personal security? How could anyone forget that either, right?

Well, it seems the folks over at the University of NSW did, because on Friday afternoon, following reports of a sexual assault near the campus, an executive from UNSW sent all staff and students an email headed Safety and vigilance on campus. The message sought to provide women, well over to UNSW

Safety and Vigilance on Campus-1

Lets see if we can break down what UNSW is really communicating here.

Someone got raped last night, but it wasnt on our campus. That said, it was near our campus, and we really should say something, because if we dont and the next rape actually occurs on our campus, we can point to the email we sent to all our staff and students and say Its very sad but we did kinda warn you. That lessens our moral culpability, but most importantly it will also help us seriously mitigate any reputational damage the rapist and his victim might cause us. Thus, what were going to say is this: While we do what we can to make you safe, your personal safety is still your personal responsibility. Follow these helpful tips so you dont go and get yourself raped.

Or words to that affect. Because while that might not be how the email is intended to be read, its certainly open to interpretation to be read that way. And at this juncture, I should offer a confession. My spin on the UNSW email is obviously quite provocative, but its not what I thought yesterday.

On Friday afternoon, I was sitting in a caf with two female colleagues (plotting the downfall of a government), when one of them received the email, from a distressed UNSW staff member.

A discussion of mutual exasperation ensued, whereupon I entered it by saying words to the effect of, OK, I understand the frustration and anger of women at this, and Im not suggesting UNSW cant do more to make women feel safe, but is it really that unreasonable for UNSW to remind people about their safety? Where is the actual harm in the email?

Well heres the harm (and thanks to my colleagues for gently explaining it to me).

The problem with telling grown w...

09:14

Australia: Drug Overdoses Prompt Shut Down of Sydney Music Festival "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A 23-year-old man and a 21-year-old woman died on Saturday after collapsing at the Defqon. 1 festival, the police said. Two of the 13 hospitalised people remain in critical condition, while about 700 sought help on site.

The police has charged 10 people with drug supply offences, including two teenagers who allegedly carried 120 capsules to the festival, held at the Sydney International Regatta Centre.

Im absolutely aghast at what has occurred, I dont want any family to go through the tragedy that some families are waking up to this morning, its just horrible to think about, the premier of the Australian state of New South Wales, Gladys Berejiklian, said.

A 23-year-old man and a 21-year-old woman died on Saturday after collapsing at the Def...

08:53

Sunday, 16 September 2018 - 4:53pm "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

This week, I have been mostly reading comics:

08:15

08:01

One More Reason To Eliminate As Much Plastic As You Can From Your Daily Routines "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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A green sea turtle off the eastern coast of Australia. Researchers estimate that more than half of all sea turtles have ingested plastic debris. Credit Kathy Townsend

Thanks to Karen Weintraub for this stark reminder, one of countless examples, of why so many places, and some big companies and many individuals are doing their best to get plastic out of daily routines:

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07:29

Failing upwards "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Ive been busy finishing the manuscript of my book, and dealing with policy issues as they came up, so I havent paid a lot of attention to the Liberal leadership saga. One thing that strikes me is that Josh Frydenberg has had exceptionally favorable coverage, apparently on the basis that hes likable and popular. Thats fine, but if youre going to appoint someone as Treasurer, shouldnt a successful track record be a necessary (though not sufficient) condition? Morrison, for example, had a political success in stopping the boats (whatever the morality of the policy) and was generally seen as a successful Social Services minister (unlike his successor, who messed up the robodebt program). He didnt impress as Treasurer, but at least his previous career justified giving him a go. And while he looks underqualified as PM, the alternatives were even worse[1].

Frydenberg has essentially had one ministerial job, covering environment and energy (though with various titles and temporary add-ons like Northern Australia). In this capacity, his big contribution was the National Energy Guarantee. It was a terrible policy, made necessary by the failure of Turnbull and Frydenberg to face down the denialists in the government. Designed to be all things to all people, it ended up being nothing to nobody. Frydenbergs failure to secure agreement on the NEG was the proximate cause of Turnbulls downfall as PM, and the policy was promptly abandoned the moment Morrison took over. In what possible world is this a basis for promotion?

 

fn1. Bishop was ruled out on tribal grounds. Her weakness as Treasury spokesman years ago was also held against her, even though she wasnt obviously worse (in retrospect) than Morrison, and much better than Hockey. About Dutton, the less said the better. After that, its daylight.

07:06

Manus mental health crisis as refugee swallows razor blades "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Refugee advocates have called for urgent medical attention for a 46-year-old Iraqi refugee who has been hospitalised in Port Moresby after swallowing razor blades.

The refugee has swallowed a total of eight blades six last Friday morning, 14 September, and then two more after he was admitted to hospital.

On Saturday morning, 15 September, still in the hospital, he swallowed a pair of nail clippers.

He has had one scan to locate the blades and nail clippers, but there has been no more treatment. He is now passing blood.

Since being on Manus, the man has been sent to Port Moresby three times for treatment. This time, he has been in Port Moresby for 17 months, waiting for treatment for an intractable stomach ailment.

His case has highlighted the lack of medical or mental health care available for refugees in Manus or Port Moresby.

There are numerous cases of refugees waiting for months in the Granville Motel for treatment that they never get, said Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for the Refugee Action Coalition, who recently visited the Granville Motel and Pacific International Hospital in Port Moresby.

While the recent attention has been on Nauru, where legal action in Australia has forced the government to bring refugees to Australia for medical treatment, there are just as many cases in PNG. One man I saw has a letter indicating that IHMS has referred his case to Border Force in July 2017, and he is still waiting for urgently needed surgery that cannot be done in Port Moresby.

The Iraqi refugee decided to try and end his life to put an end to his suffering. The government has a duty of care to those they have illegally dumped on Manus Island. They cannot provide medical care; there is no third country to resettle them; they need to evacuate Manus and Port Moresby and bring them here.

For more information, contact Ian Rintoul 0417 275 713

The post Manus mental health crisis as refugee swallows razor blades appeared first on Refugee Action Coalition.

07:04

Two dead following suspected overdoses at Sydney dance festival "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Two people are confirmed to have died, with others being treated for drug-related issues, following the Sydney dance festival Defqon.1 yesterday.

Saturday afternoon saw the 2018 edition of the dance music festival Defqon.1 take place at the Sydney International Regatta Centre in Penrith.

Sadly, as the ABC reports, two festivalgoers have passed away following suspected overdoses at the festival, with three others in critical condition at a local hospital.

While police have reported that a further thirteen attendees are currently receiving treatment for treatment for drug-related issues, over 700 punters reportedly sought help from medical personnel at Defqon.1.

New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian has condemned the event, vowing to ban Defqon.1, and firmly stating that pill-testing is not the answer to the issue of drug use at festivals.

I never want to see this event held in Sydney or New South Wales ever again we will do everything we can to shut this down, she explained.

I understand there were some deaths in the past, but to have at least two on one night when every assurance was given to those attending that it was a safe event, she continued. Clearly it wasnt when so many people have succumbed.

Anyone who advocates pill-testing is giving the green light to drugs. There is no such thing as a safe drug and unfortunately when young people think there is, it has tragic consequences.

As the ABC notes, police charged ten people at the festival for drug offences, including two 17-year-old girls, and a 22-year-old man who was allegedly found in possession of 20 packets of GHB.

Organisers of the Defqon.1 festival released a statement earlier today, noting that they were deeply saddened by the tragic deaths of the festival patrons, and expressed their condolences at all those affected.

We are disappointed at the number of reported drug related incidents, we have a zero-tolerance policy in relation to drug use at the festival, they explained.

Festival organisers are working closely and cooperating with the authorities regarding the fatalities and the number of medical presentations made during the evening, a full investigation is currently underway.

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07:00

Dark Choco-Dipped Cherry Bites Recipe "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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Recipe by Pete Evans

Many people just cant end a meal without dessert. After all, a satisfying dessert refreshes your palate and gives your lunch or dinner a sweet ending.

Most people, however, would reach for a bowl of ice cream or a slice of cake to satiate their sweet tooth but why do so when there are healthier dessert options to choose from? Case in point: these delicious cherry bites from Australian celebrity chef Pete Evans, with whom I co-wrote The Fat for Fuel Ketogenic Cookbook.

This easy dessert recipe combines the freshness and tartness of cherries with the bitter taste of raw cacao chocolate and the mild sweetness of coconut flakes, giving you a deep burst of flavor in every bite.

 

Prep time: 15 minutes (plus 30 minutes chilling time)

Cook time: 15 minutes

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06:04

2016-18 Big Chill NASA Confirms Global Cooling? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

What I find really distasteful is how the media is so corrupt that all they want to do these days is to manipulate us into mindless drones. All we hear is Global Warming and they seem to be paid to push this just as they have done in Canada to tax each house $1,000+ to solve Global Warming? It should come as no surprise that the very same news source they have used for their Global Warming pitch has reported the greatest global two-year cooling event of the last century just occurred. Their data from February 2016 to February 2018 showed that the global average temperatures declined 0.56C. The last two-year decline was 1982-1984 with a drop of 0.47C, which took place during their favorite stint to justify global warming era. (see NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies (dataset accessed 2018-04-11 at https://data.giss.nasa.gov/gistemp/).

Then we have the Global Warming crowd trying to dismiss the Big Chill claiming it is really Global Warming causing an increase in volatility of temperatures. Here we go again with FAKE NEWS data. The global temperatures are by no means becoming more volatile and if you run the data through a standard measurement we use in markets to gauge volatility, you are immediately confronted with the monthly global average temperatures since 2000 is only about 65% of what it was from 1880 to 1999. They simply refuse to just accept that there are cycles to EVERYTHING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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04:30

Grassy Plains conference "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A conference for the community, professionals and all who share an interest in conservation of Melbournes Grassy Plains.

The conference will explore the three themes of Respect, Protect and Reconnect Melbournes Grassy Plains.

Friday 12th October (9am 5pm) and
Sat 13th October, 2018 (1pm-5pm, lunch 12pm-1pm)
At Wyndham Council Chambers,
45 Princes Highway, Werribee.

This is a free event thanks to our sponsors. 

Book your place.

Presented by the Grassy Plains Network: an alliance of community-based groups and organisations focused on seeking positive ways forward for the conservation of Melbournes Grassy Plains and ecosystems.  The Grassy Plains Network is working in partnership with Naturewest Inc

For further information email: grassyplainsnetwork@gmail.com or check the website.

 

04:23

The ECOSS Spring Fest Extravaganza! "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

ECOSS is about providing opportunities for people to express their sustainable ideas and creative skills through various programs and projects. It is located in the Upper Yarra catchment at Wesburn, near Warburton.

Each year it holds a Spring Fest as a fundraiser. This year it will happen on Saturday September 22, from 10am til 4pm.

Wake up and Bloom for Spring.  This years abundant festivities include The Great Ecological Race- wheelbarrow race between Middle years kids and their parents, MCd by the Fabulous and Fantastic Will Tait.

Welcome to Country with Aunty Kim Wandin- (Wandoon), local Wurundjeri Elder.

Multicultural performances from Chin Community Dancers, Aztec Dance, Sarita McHarg- Sitar Player and Singer,  Zaar Belly Dance, Tomi Muramatsu, Gustavos Drummers, Tuvaluan Dancers, MOOP Officers: Will Tait and Brendan Jones, Black Bug City,  Stage MCd by the charismatic and talented Simon Oats.

Tiny House talks and tours, Bio-dynamic Farm tour, Yarra Valley Bee Group Talks, ECOSS projects tour, and GRAND OPENING OF RELAB- (rehab for old items- up cycling and boutique craft centre!).

Eco Market with delicious local, healthy food and drinks!

Meet- Yarra Valley Bee Group, Kids Clay play in the Community Pottery Studio, LGBTQI+ rainbow flag painting, apple peeling and loads more activities underway.

STALLHOLDER APPLICATIONS ARE OPEN NOW- email: ecotopiastalls@ecoss.org.au

To enter the Great Ecological Race, email: eartheducation@ecoss.org.au

The Spring Fest is ECOSSs largest fundraising event in the year.  This is how we keep ECOSSs activites low cost and accessible for the whole community. ECOSS supports many Not for Profit groups throughout the year, and here is your chance to support ECOSS.  Please come along with generous limbs and help to make this the most successful fundraising event it can be!

 

For further information about ECOSS, its vision and its programs, check here.

04:12

Thank Folk Its Friday 14th September "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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