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Saturday, 03 November

11:00

Rosehill Garden Concert "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Saturday 3rd Nov, 10.00am Sunday 4th Nov, 4.00pm, Rosehill Farm
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Saturday, 20 October

15:30

Farmers Market Wayville "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Adelaide families now have the opportunity buy fresh food directly from producers from all over SA at the Adelaide Showground Farmers Market. The 20,000 strong crowd that turned up for the farmers market which formed the centrepiece of the 'Go Organic Festival' in September in 2005 encouraged the Royal Agricultural and Horticultural Society (RAHS) to back the foundation of a permanent farmers market by a not-for-profit community organisation. The market opened on October 1st 2006 with a massive crowd of 10,000 shoppers and runs each Sunday (apart from the weeks of the Royal Show) from 9am-1pm.

In the tradition of farmers markets, it is a food market at which both food producers and consumers can get a fair price for food produced in SA and support regional and sustainable land use. The market guarantees that you buy direct from the producer and is known for its strict adherence to the ethics of farmers markets which now number in their thousands worldwide as families seek to avoid overstored food from major retailers who pass on meagre prices to farmers. In Australia, the farmers market movement is represented by the Australian Farmers Market Association and SA's peak body, the SA Farmers Market Association, will soon be launched.

The Adelaide Showground location is superb, with a major bike trail, the Glenelg tram line, a major rail line, numerous bus routes all converging to make it one of the most accessible sites in Adelaide. Parking is also easy and cheap.

120 producers offer their extraordinarily diverse products (everything from oysters to almonds and bread to boysenberries!). It is accessed from the car parks at the Leader Street (southern) end of the Showgrounds.  

Becoming a member brings with it 10% discount on all purchases as well as a right to vote in the management of the market. Details and memberships are available at www.adelaidefarmersmarket.com.au.

The Food Forest is a foundation stallholder at the market and presents a wide range of foods, always including its signature specialty - organically certified pistachio nuts. We are there on alternate weeks (we run short courses on the other weekends).

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Monday, 15 October

19:40

Keeping Asia on Top of Global Growth "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The latest projections shave a bit off of expected Asian growth.

19:23

Can we buy our way out of the sixth extinction? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Money, its said, makes the world go round. The old adage appears to be true in conservation, too: A paper in Nature tracked $14.4 billion spent on conservation programs over a 12-year period around the world, and found that it was money well spent. All the money we have been spending on conservation has actually made a difference, says Anthony Waldron, lead author of the paper and research fellow at the National University of Singapore. To understand if spending was effectively making a difference in conservation, the authors compiled a dataset that took into account both species decline and conservation funding per capita in 109 countries. The researchers also looked at how development population growth, industrial expansion, and agriculture contributed to biodiversity loss. The model found that while development and GDP growth affected biodiversity negatively, money spent on conservation greatly reduced those impacts. In the 109 countries studied, all of them signatories to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, the researchers found a median average reduction of 29 percent of species loss per country as a result of the billions spent in the period from 1996 to 2008. If we hadnt spent the money, we would have lost a third more biodiversity than we did, Waldron tells wildlife.org. The researchers also found that nearly two-thirds of global biodiversity loss during that period was concentrated in just seven countries: Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, India, Australia and the United States (the latter

18:30

Refugee families ripped apart by Australian Government take their case to the United Nations "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

63 mothers, fathers and children permanently separated between Australia and indefinite offshore detention on Manus and Nauru have taken their case for family reunion to the United Nations Human Rights Committee.

The group includes:

  • five babies born in Australia whose fathers are indefinitely detained on Nauru;

  • a father detained on Manus Island for five years whose wife and children are living in Sydney and whose daughters are studying at University; and

  • husbands and wives, children and parents, and brothers and sisters, who remain permanently separated because they arrived and sought protection in Australia on different dates.

The complaint, made on behalf of the families by the Human Rights Law Centre and barristers Kylie Evans, John Maloney and Marion Isobel, is one of the largest UN actions ever brought against the Australian Government and comes during the Governments first year as a member of the UN Human Rights Council.

Daniel Webb, director of legal advocacy with the Human Rights Law Centre, said:

These families just want what every family in the world wants to be together with the people they love the most. But instead they are being needlessly ripped apart and go to bed every night with a massive knot in their stomach not knowing if or when they will ever see each other again, said Mr Webb.

Every one of these families has a heartbreaking separation moment - a moment when they realised our Government was permanently tearing them apart. One of the dads told me he felt like his entire body froze. He said he couldnt move or even breathe and just collapsed to the floor and had to be carried away.

Ripping apart these families is cruel, harmful and clearly illegal.

The UN case contains detailed evidence of the harm being caused to the families by their indefinite separation, particularly the harm being caused to the children who are separated from one of their parents.

The medical evidence is harrowing. Some of these kids are permanently grief-stricken in their minds every single day its like someone they love has died. Imagine being a child and growing up permanently grief stricken, hearing your mum crying in bed every night because she doesnt know if you will ever get to meet your dad. Its just brutal, said Mr Webb.

The families, who have been separated for up to five years, have made repeated requests to the Government to be reunited. Each time they are just ignored or told to go back to offshore detention.

Were talking about a handful of families. Instead of forcing people to choose between the c...

16:06

Netflix Animation Pushes Gross Pedophilia and Child Pornography "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

According to Vanity Fair, the child frequently masturbates with her favorite childhood toy, a stuffed worm. In 2008 an Australian man was convicted of possessing child pornography, fined $3,000 and required to enter a two-year good behaviour bond in relation to each offence. The pornographic content in the mans possession comprised of a series of cartoons []

15:10

North Coast Voices Update "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


Due to illness North Coast Voices will not be posting this week.

Hoping to be back by 22 October 2018.

Apologies to our regular readers.

14:51

Is America reaching its end phase ? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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Is America reaching its end phase ?

Empires dont last forever [1]. America empire may be now reaching its end phase.

1. Signs of American end phase.

American Congress is now in the hands of half-citizens (each congress member with dual citizenship has only half-loyalty to America) and is under tremendous pressure from lobbyists.

Congress and Supreme Court are fighting hard to take-over Presidential power: Supreme Court tries to incapacitate Executive power (as granted by the Constitution) on many cases then gives Congress the final says on those cases.

American politicians are now denouncing populism of their own President Donald Trump and of Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Orban[5] . They are

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13:25

Peter Normans Involvement in 1968 Black Power Salute "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

While competitive sport isnt of interest to me sometimes the politics surrounding the events is interesting. And strong statements are made. Recently American football players have been kneeling during the nation anthem. Adam Goodes in Australia performed a war dance during a game a few years ago.

On Tuesday October 16 a human rights summit in Melbourne will be held in the name of a man whos involvement in the 1968 Mexico City Olympics Black Power Salute protest.

His name is Peter Norman, the tribute below written by musician and family friend Les Thomas.

Black Power Salute statue in San Jose, California.

 

How many of my friends know the full story behind this statue?

I imagine many would know its a tribute to the famous Black Power Salute at the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City, easily one of the most iconic moments in sports history.

Tommie Smith stands at first place on the podium, and John Carlos stands on third. Who was on second? A lot fewer know the answer to that in the United States, but a growing number of people are now aware of the name of Australian silver medallist Peter Norman thanks to Matt Normans excellent documentary Salute that came out ten years ago, as well as more recent efforts to have Normans human rights, anti-racist and sporting contribution recognised in a statue of his own in his home town of Melbourne.

The reason why hes absent from the statue in San Jose, California, as I understand is that he wanted the spot kept clear so that others who wanted to stand in solidarity could do so. Thats how his self-described brother from another mother tells it beautifully in this speech that I encourage everyone to watch for a full sense of what happened

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13:16

A Marvelous Monotreme "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Newstead Landcare are delighted to have Dr Kath Handasyde from The University of Melbourne up to speak at our AGM this Thursday 18th October at Newstead Community Centre. The presentation on the ecology and behaviour of  ECHIDNAS will begin at 8pm and all are welcome. A gold coin donation will help cover costs.

Echidnas are one of two Australian monotreme species the egg-laying mammals. Echidnas are our most widely distributed mammals, occurring in all regions of Australia. They are classified as myrmecophages, feeding extensively on social insects, such as ants and termites. These are a rich and abundant food resource for which echidnas have clear adaptations, such as a long narrow snout, sticky tongue and powerful digging abilities. Echidnas are one of the relatively small number of Australian mammals that undergo hibernation. Come along and find out much more about these extraordinary animals.

Echidna by Patrick KavanaghEchidna photographed by Patrick Kavanagh of Strangways

12:50

Australian Army NH Industries MRH-90 Multi-Role Helicopter A40-020 "Pegasus 9" at Rockhampton Airport "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

On Monday 15 October, Australian Army NH Industries MRH-90 Multi-Role Helicopter A40-020 was noted landing at Rockhampton Airport from Townsville.  It was heard using the radio callsign of "Pegasus 9".



After taking on fuel, it departed to the Oakey Army Aviation Centre but a few miles out of Rocky, it was heard to return to Rockhampton Airport with a technical problem.

At the time of writing, A40-020 remains at Rockhampton Airport.

Later on Monday 15 October, fellow Australian Army MRH-90 A40-021 was noted also arriving into Rockhampton Airport from Townsville as "Warhorse 244" seemingly on a rescue mission to assist A40-020.

UPDATE!  A40-021 "Warhorse 244" has since departed Rockhampton Airport for Oakey.

Sincere thanks to local plane spotter Trevor H for taking the time to send through this information and photos!

All photos taken by Trevor Hardsman 

12:02

Tony Thomas is on fire! "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Call 000, call the fire brigade, no call Connor Court and order a copy or two of his latest book on growing up a generation or two ago in the Deep West. Order the other one as well!

He is on fire in The Spectator lately as well, in the current edition it is Marxist education in the schools. He encountered Marxism early when he was in the Young Pioneers and travelled to Sydney for a significant youth festival. The tireless cadres were at work and now we are where we are. Surprised?

Actually there was resistance, check out the archive of Quadrant. And the stirring (partial) success of Santamaria and colleagues versus the communists in the trade unions.

11:26

Japan raises concerns over Pacifics debt to China "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Japans foreign minister has raised concerns  about the high levels of debt accrued by some Pacific Island nations and said his country wants to help resolve the problem.

Foreign Minister Taro Kono made the comments on Monday while visiting New Zealand, where he met  his counterpart Winston Peters.

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Japans Foreign Minister Taro Kono, left, with his counterpart Winston Peters in Wellington on Monday.CREDIT:AP

Some observers have become alarmed at the growth in Chinese lending in the Pacific and worry that small countries such as Tonga and Vanuatu are becoming beholden to China because of their high debt levels.

Kono didnt mention China specifically in his comments. But he said the Pacific region was important in a strategic sense to both Japan and New Zealand.

Peters said New Zealand was also concerned about the loans and the ability of small island nations to repay them.

Were looking very seriously at that, saying What does it mean for us when those nations may forfeit the very asset value that theyve sought to develop, and have it owned by some other country? he said.

Peters said neither Japan nor New Zealand had gone so far as to offer to repay the loans directly.

We understand the problem, Peters added. Weve got our eyes wide open.

Konos visit to New Zealand was the first by a Japanese foreign minister in five years. It marks a warming relationship between the two nations over the past year since Jacinda Ardern became New Zealands prime minister.

Kono thanked New Zealand for deciding last month to deploy a maritime patrol plane to Japan as part of an effort to enforce UN sanctions against North Korea.

Australia, Canada and the US are also helping Japan monitor offshore ship-to- ship transfers of oil allegedly involving North Korean ships, which would violate UN sanctions imposed over the Norths nuclear and missile programs.

Regarding the situation in North Korea, we reaffirm our cooperation to achieve a complete, verifiable and irreversible disposal of all the weapons of mass destruction and the ballistic missiles of all ranges, Kono said through an interpreter.

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11:00

Exercise Wallaby 2018 - More Photos of Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) Lockheed C-130H Hercules '734' Operating at Rockhampton Airport as "Condor" "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Also on Sunday 14 October, the visiting Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) Lockheed C-130H Hercules transport aircraft '734' was photographed arriving into Rockhampton Airport from the Shoalwater Bay Training Area (SWBTA) after completing one of its many sorties in support of the Singapore Armed Force's Exercise Wallaby 2018.  It was heard to be using the radio callsign of "Condor".





10:53

NSW police officer convicted for sexually assaulting Defqon.1 patron "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A New South Wales police officer has been sentenced today for sexually assaulting a patron at Sydneys Defqon.1 festival last year.

While Defqon.1 attracted controversy recently following a handful of drug-related deaths, its an incident from last years festivities that has made headlines today.

As the Sydney Morning Herald reports, Constable Mitchell James Willey has been sentenced to a two-year community corrections order after pleading guilty to indecent assault.

The incident in question occurred in September of 2017 when Willey, who was off-duty at the time, approached a woman and grabbed her by the vagina. Several police officers were reportedly following Willey at the time, who was apprehended by a sergeant after the woman reportedly screamed dont touch me.

In the Penrith Local Court earlier today, magistrate Geoff Hiatt explained that he did not belief Constable Willey to be genuinely remorseful for his actions.

While Willeys lawyer Ben Clark claimed that the incident was a moment of absolute madness, prosecutor Kate Owens noted that the public has grown far too tired of such behaviour.

There is quite a vocal protest going on in this state and elsewhere, Owens explained. She was randomly attacked by this offender.

Women in particular should be able to attend these events and go about their day-to-day lives without fear of this kind of interference with their body.

While Mr Clark claimed that this is not #MeToo, and that his client is not being sentenced for being Harvey Weinstein, Constable Willey was nonetheless suspended for his actions, with his future in the NSW police force currently unclear.

Just last month, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian outlined her desire to shut down the Defqon.1 festival, citing a spate of drug-related deaths as the reasoning for her decision.

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 in a press conference.

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,...

10:42

Exercise Wallaby 2018 - Second Wave of Heavy Jet Charters into Rockhampton Airport Commence - New Royal Brunei Airlines Boeing B787-8 Dreamliner V8-DLE Calls In "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Late on a rainy and stormy Saturday 13 October, the second 'wave' of heavy jet charter flights in support of the Singapore Armed Force's Exercise Wallaby 2018 kicked off with new Royal Brunei Airlines Boeing B787-8 Dreamliner V8-DLE touching down direct from Singapore's Changi Airport as RBA4273.



As per usual, the Dreamliner touched down and parked on Gate 6 on the southern end of the parking apron.



10:41

Exercise Wallaby 2018 - New Royal Brunei Airlines Boeing B787-8 Dreamliner V8-DLE Back at Rockhampton Airport "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

After departing late the previous evening, during the afternoon on Sunday 14 October, Royal Brunei Airlines Boeing B787-8 Dreamliner V8-DLE was back at Rockhampton Airport, again touching down direct from Singapore's Changi Airport but this time as RBA4271.






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10:24

1)Is Indonesia Australias most important security partner? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


2) Dekai gradually recovers, actors allegedly take advantages of clash situation
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1) Is Indonesia Australias most important security partner?
15 Oct 2018|Evan Laksmana




In late August, Indonesia and Australia signed a new comprehensive strategic partnershipagreement during Prime Minister Scott Morrisons visit to Jakarta. The document provides a new long-term framework for the bilateral relationship as part of a broader Indo-Pacific vision. Defence cooperation is a central component of that vision.
The relationship between the Indonesian defence force (TNI) and the Australian defence force (ADF) has been on the upswing. In early September, the Indonesian navy participated in Exercise Kakadu, Australias largest maritime exercise involving 27 countries. And in 2016, the Indonesian army held a joint training exercise in Darwin as part of Exercise Wirra Jaya, which is now an an...

10:21

Evacuating Nauru: Mdecins Sans Frontires and Australias Refugee Dilemma "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

MSF, at least in its operating protocols, is meant to be solidly neutral and diligently impartial.  But neutrality tends to be compromised before the spectacle of suffering.  Bearing witness disturbs the mood and narrows objective distance.  On June 17, 2016, by way of example, the organisation stated that it could not accept funding from the EU or the Member States while at the same time treating the victims of their policies! Its that simple.  Central to this, as Katharine Weatherhead explained in an analysis of the organisations stance, is the ethic of refusal and tmoignage, the idea of being a witness to suffering.

Australias gulag mimicry a prison first, justice second mentality that governs boat arrivals has done wonders to challenge any stance of distance humanitarian organisations might purport to have.  To see the suffering such policies cause is to make converts of the stony hearted.  What matters in this instance the MSF condemnation of Australias innately brutal anti-refugee policy on Nauru is its certitude.

The Australian government has taken the high, icy road and left the UN Refugee Convention in shambolic ruin; it insists, repeatedly, that refugees are to be discriminated against on the basis of how they arrive to the country; it also suggests, with a hypnotically disabling insistence that keeping people in open air prisons indefinitely is far better than letting them drown.  (We, the message goes, stopped the boats and saved lives!)

MSF, which had been working on the island since November 2017 primarily providing free psychological and psychiatric services, was given its marching orders by Naurus authorities last week.  Visas for the organisations workers were cancelled to make it clear there was no intention of inviting us back, explained MSF Australia director Paul McPhun.

A disagreement about what MSF was charged with doing developed.  The original memorandum of understanding with the Nauru government...

10:12

Video: Remembering the West Gate Bridge collapse "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

 

Forty-eight years ago, today, a span of the West Gate Bridge collapsed, killing 35 and injuring 18.

The findings of a royal commission into the collapse, together with union efforts, paved the way for the strengthening of occupational health and safety laws in Australian workplaces.

Mourn the dead, fight like hell for the living. We will never forget the workers that were lost that day.

Video from Australian Unions

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West Gate Bridge Collapse

48 years ago today, a span of the West Gate Bridge collapsed, killing 35 and injuring 18. The findings of a royal commission into the collapse, together with union efforts, paved the way for the strengthening of occupational health and safety laws in Australian workplaces. Mourn the dead, fight like hell for the living. We will never forget the workers that were lost that day.

Posted by Australian Unions on Sunday, October 14, 2018

 

The post Video: Remembering the West Gate Bridge collapse appeared first on The Pen.

10:06

House share "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

I am a male working professional coming to Townsville in November and looking for a place to stay. Ideally in the North Ward area. I will be working in West End out of a friends office.

If anyone has a spare room or knows anyone then please let me know.

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09:37

Creatures show opens "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The FOBIF Creatures photographic exhibition hosted by Togs Place in Lyttleton Street opened last Friday. It will run till 29 November. There are 24 photos which have been selected from the 125 photos that were sent into FOBIF. Once again thanks to everyone who participated. The photos are online here. We would also like to thank the owners of Togs, Elissa and Jason, and the cafe staff, for their support in holding this exhibition. 

Some highlights include the endangered Swift Parrot by Debbie Worland, a group of perching Juvenile Scarlet Robins by Albert Wright and a Red Wattlebird bathing by Vivienne Hamilton. The rest show photos of local fauna including a macro shot of a Grasshopper Nymph by Patrick Kavanagh, a watchful Koala and a curious Yellow-footed Antichinus by Damian Kelly. We encourage everyone to go along and have a look at this impressive show by local photographers.

Dusky Woodswallows by Geoff Park

Yellow-footed Antechinus by Damian Kelly

Silvereye by Arlen Truscott

08:41

Desperate Chinese middle class take big risks to move money, and themselves, overseas "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Growing worries are pushing more wealthy mainlanders to seek property and long-stay visas overseas but for some, it has turned into a nightmare

South China Morning Post

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PUBLISHED : Sunday, 14 October, 2018, 10:02pm
UPDATED : Monday, 15 October, 2018, 10:39am
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08:33

Hobart mayoral candidate Anna Reynolds offers a practical and economic solar plan "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Climate right for solar plan: Reynolds, HOBART residents and businesses would be able to install solar energy systems with no upfront costs under an initiative proposed by mayoral candidate Anna Reynolds. HELEN KEMPTON, news.com.au   Sunday Tasmanian  OCTOBER 14, 2018

HOBART residents and businesses would be able to install solar energy systems with no upfront costs under an initiative proposed by mayoral candidate Anna Reynolds.

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08:28

Solar and storage for cost of a coffee a day promised in WA VPP offer RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Privately funded VPP project hopes to sign up 1000 homes and businesses in south-west WA to zero up-front cost deal for solar and battery storage. The post Solar and storage for cost of a coffee a day promised in WA VPP offer appeared first on RenewEconomy.

via Solar and storage for cost of a coffee a day promised in WA VPP offer RenewEconomy

08:26

Barnaby Joyce calls the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) wrong and ridiculous about coal "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Barnaby backs coal unless Australians want nuclear power supply, Northern Daily Leader, Chris Bath 15 Oct 18 

08:21

Toxic effects of Maralinga nuclear bomb testing continue "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Menzies immediately agreed to the proposal, without consulting any of his cabinet colleagues or the Australian parliament. Indeed, until weeks before the first test was carried out, only three government ministers knew about it.

The most devastating effects were suffered by two groups: Australian and British soldiers working on the tests themselves, and the Indigenous populations local to Emu Field and the later testing site of Maralinga.

One prominent member of the testing team, Sir Ernest Titterton, later said that if Indigenous people had a problem with the government, they should vote it out, ignoring that Indigenous Australians did not have full political rights until 1967.

an Australian defense ministry report was leaked to the press, warning that large amounts of plutonium left at Maralinga could potentially be a target of terrorists.

those wrongs have not been fully addressed. Health problems stemming from the tests continue for those still living, and while the veracity of Lester and other victims stories has been acknowledged, what exactly happened to them remains unclear, the details of the nuclear test still kept top secret.
To this day we dont know what Totem I did, those records are still classified by the British,
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08:14

NEW MUSIC: Ayleen OHanlon  Good As Gold "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

  Melbourne musician Ayleen OHanlon has a brand new single out now via the good folk at Blind Date Records. Good As Gold is a change-up for Ayleen, more country rock than her previous folk leanings. It works brilliantly too. Its tough and tender at the same time with an ebb and flow, a glorious Continue reading

08:10

As nuclear power declines worldwide, renewable energy races ahead "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Likening nuclear power to that of a living organism, however, Mycle Schneider, the lead author of the World Nuclear Industry Status Report, told World Finance the industry was like a dying species due to the obvious reduction in new nuclear project launches in recent years.

This is seen clearly in the International Energy Agencys (IEA) annual World Energy Investment report, updated in July, which found that nuclear investment is falling fast.

Nuclear power continues its decline as renewable alternatives steam ahead, World Finance,  Author: Courtney Goldsmith, October 15, 2018

Once thought of as the primary answer to the globes renewable energy requirements, nuclear energy is now viewed unfavourably in comparison to solar and wind alternatives.

Last year, the largest nuclear power builder in history went bankrupt. Japanese conglomerate Toshibas prolific subsidiary Westinghouse filed for bankruptcy after revealing billions of dollars of cost overruns on its US construction projects. At the start of 2018, Toshiba agreed to sell the business for $4.6bn

The high-profile sale followed the French Governments 5.3bn ($6.2bn) bailout of state-owned nuclear company Areva, which went technically bankrupt after a cumulative six-year
loss of $12.3bn.

These distress signals were noted in the 2017 World Nuclear Industry Status Report...

07:57

Busting Barry Brooks uninformed propaganda about Fukushima nuclear disaster "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Prof. Brook is probably, in my opinion, clearly very inadequate when he researches things such as nuclear industry. He claims academic privilege when he communicates his mere opinions related to a field he possesses no training or little training or qualifications in. He cant have it both ways. The privilege which springs from his actual qualifications may give him status in other things on campus. Away from the lecture theatre though, his opinions of the nature of nuclear industry have zero academic weight.Im an academic and therefore I am right does not wash with me

2003 saw Prof. Shimazaki speak at the first meeting of the governments Disaster Management Council. This council formed government disaster policy. He urged the council to study the Jogan earthquake of 869 and warned the Japanese Trench could generate earthquakes anywhere along Japans Pacific coast.

since 2008 TEPCO management had been busy suppressing THE SAME CONCLUSION of grave risk of 15 metre tsunamis hitting the Fukushima coast, made by TEPCOs own engineers using simulations and mathematics. 

Expert fore warning of the 2011 Tsunami Ignored and Suppressed by Nuclear Authorities. Nuclear Exhaust 12 Oct 18 

this post is in progress. Not finished.

I am again going to contrast the statements made by Barry Brook in regard to the tsunami defences at Fukushima Daiichi with the facts as presented by Mark Willacy. These facts are published in Willacys book, Fukushima Japans tsunami and the inside story of the nuclear meltdowns, Willacy, M., Pan Macmillan, copyright 2013, Mark Willacy.

An interest...

07:53

Never give up. Never, never, never give up. "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Michael Smith National Australia Bank BSB: 084855 Acct No: 537650476 Dear friends, Over the past 6 or 7 years we've gotten to know each other pretty well. I think you know that when I'm travelling OK I don't ask for your help. When I have enough to live, I let...

07:49

The science is clear: We have to start creating our low-carbon future today "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

There is no time left for fatalism, only action if the world is to cap global warming at 1.5 degrees Celsius, says Australia's chief scientist, Alan Finkel.

07:32

Chinas waning nuclear interest "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Nuclear power continues its decline as renewable alternatives steam ahead, World Finance,  Author: Courtney Goldsmith, October 15, 2018

Chinas waning nuclear interest
By a wide margin, China is currently the global leader in the construction of new nuclear plants....

07:32

Great Barrier Reef holiday "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Hey guys. Im from sydney and i really want to see the great barrier reef before it basically dies off from climate change. Im planning on going this summer or early autumn.

Ive heard that flying to cairns is the best option so ill do that. Otherwise, where is the best and most pure place to go diving in the reef?

Are there any other exceptionally beautiful places that i should go to?

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07:28

Additional risk of diabetes exceeds the increased risk of cancer caused by radiation exposure after the Fukushima disaster. Nuclear Exhaust "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

refer previous post. See original document at https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28957385 see also http://www.diabetesandenvironment.org/home/contam/radiation , Diabetes and the Environment Radiation for an accounting of diabetes rates in high fallout areas due to the Chernobyl accident. PLoS One. 2017 Sep 28;12(9):e0185259. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0185259. eCollection 2017. Additional risk of diabetes exceeds the increased risk of cancer caused by radiation []

via Additional risk of diabetes exceeds the increased risk of cancer caused by radiation exposure after the Fukushima disaster. Nuclear Exhaust

07:27

New Antarctic expedition runs on solar and plastic waste RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Liesbeth and Edwin ter Velde are heading to Antarctica in a vehicle named Solar Voyager made from plastic waste and powered by the sun. The post New Antarctic expedition runs on solar and plastic waste appeared first on RenewEconomy.

via New Antarctic expedition runs on solar and plastic waste RenewEconomy

07:11

New Evidence from Bourke "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Compelling new evidence released on 8th October 2018 from Bourke, NSW, demonstrates how the Maranguka Justice Reinvestment project, the largest of its kind in Australia, is builder safer, stronger communities.

The initiative, developed in 2013 when members of the Bourke Aboriginal community approached Just Reinvest NSW with an interest in adopting a community-led justice reinvestment approach. A community strategy for change was developed, Growing Our Kids Up Safe, Smart, Strong, and implementation commenced in 2015. The Project is directed and guided by the Bourke Tribal Council and a backbone team works with existing services to work collectively to develop and implement local solutions.

Newly released statistics demonstrate the following changes in Bourke between 2015 and 2017:

  • 18% reduction in the number of major offences reported
  • 34% reduction in the number of non-domestic violence related assaults reported
  • 39% reduction in the number of domestic violence related assaults reported
  • 39% reduction in the number of people proceeded against for drug offences.
  • 35% reduction in the number of people proceeded against for driving offences.

Sarah Hopkins, Chair of Just Reinvest NSW, has stated that Over previous decades, we have seen the imprisonment rates of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men, women and children increasing dramatically. The experience in Bourke demonstrates that the solutions to this national crisis lie in community-led initiatives like justice reinvestment that support communities to develop local solutions.

Re-offending has also decreased, with the following changes observed between 2014 and 2016:

  • 8% reduction in the overall rate of re-offending with a new offence within 12 months of release
  • 15% reduction in the rate of domestic violence re-offending among domestic violence offenders (aged 18-25)
  • 48% reduction in the rate of domestic violence re-offending among domestic violence offenders (aged 26 and over).

For children and young people (10-25 year olds) the following changes have occurred:

  • 14% reduction in the rate of re-offending with a new offence within 12 months of release (2014 t0 2016)
  • 12% reduction in the total number of young people proceeded against for offences from 2015 to 2017
  • 38% reduction in number of young people (up to 25 years) proceeded against for driving offences from 2015 to 2017
  • 43% reduction in number of young people proceeded against for breaches of Apprehended Violence Orders from 2015 to 2017
  • 43% reduction in number of young people proceeded....

07:00

Culture Guide 15 21 October: The Constellations, Exorcism, Liveworks & More! "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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06:58

2019 NSW Election Policy Platform "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Just Reinvest NSW has released its policy platform ahead of the 2019 NSW State Election. To read the full policy, click here. In summary, we are asking the NSW Government to:

Support community-led solutions to break the cycle of offending and build vibrant futures for children and young people through:

1. Allocating $5 million over 5 years from the corrections budget for three new community-led justice reinvestment initiatives across NSW.

2. Providing $5 million over 5 years from the corrections budget for the establishment of an independent NSW justice reinvestment body overseen by a board with Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander leadership.

Implement reforms to reduce the prison population and shift spending away from building prisons to building safer, stronger communities:

3. Commit to policy and legislative reforms to immediately reduce the prison population in NSW, including those proposed in the Just Reinvest NSW Policy Paper: Smarter Sentencing and Parole Law Reform, as well as adequate resourcing to ensure effective implementation of the sentencing and parole law reforms in the NSW Criminal Justice Reform Package.

4. Report annually on projected and actual costs and savings associated with the implementation of sentencing and parole law reforms and driver disqualification reforms in the NSW Criminal Justice Reform Package.

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06:43

Sailing into irrelevance "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The sails of the Sydney Opera House were being used as a billboard for a horse race a few days ago. Regardless of the value of the horse race, or the ethics about using a UNESCO listed landmark for promotion of gambling, there is a problem about the way it was done. According to The Guardian,

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06:40

What are the Penalties in the Childrens Court? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The age of criminal responsibility in New South Wales is 10 years, which means a person who is 10 years or older can be charged with a criminal offence and sent to court. Children are normally dealt with in the childrens court, rather than the local, district or supreme courts like adults. The sentencing options

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06:39

Recent Media Coverage "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The work of Just Reinvest NSW and the Maranguka Justice Reinvestment project has recently been reported in the following articles:

Unique community policing sees crime rates plunge in Bourke, The Guardian, 9th October 2018:

This article discussed the tangible outcomes being delivered by the Maranguka Justice Reinvestment project in Bourke. This includes the following observations sourced through BOCSAR NSW data:

  • A 72% reduction in the number of young people charged for driving without a license (236 more people now have their licence);
  • A 35% reduction in overall driving offences; and
  • A 39% reduction in domestic violence-related assaults.

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/oct/09/unique-community-policing-sees-rates-plunge-in-bourke

Brighter futures for Bourkes Aboriginal community and Bourke acts to keep Aboriginal young people out of prison, The Australian, 6th October 2018:

These pieces discussed the progress of Justice Reinvestment in Bourke, including its social and fiscal benefits, and potential to be scaled across other communities.

06:36

New Report Exposes The Extent Of Harm Done By Gay Conversion Therapy In Australia "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

More than a dozen LGBT survivors of harmful gay conversion therapy have shared their experiences in a new report that claims the dangerous practice remains a real problem in Australias religious communities. Gay conversion therapy describes the discredited practice of trying to change sexual orientation using psychological or spiritual means. The Preventing Harm, Promoting Justice: Responding to ...

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06:23

Australias death penalty abolition strategy welcomed, but more action needed to address complicity in deaths "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Human Rights Law Centre has welcomed the Australian Governments new strategy for the abolition of the death penalty, but warned that further action is needed to avoid the risk of another tragedy like the deaths of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran.

The strategy, released this morning in Canberra, outlines Australias whole of government approach to abolishing the death penalty.

We welcome the strategys unequivocal statement that Australia opposes the death penalty in all circumstances for all people. We are seeing around the world that in a time of populist politics established standards of basic decency can evaporate in an instant. Its vital to entrench our opposition to the death penalty in our laws, in our political culture, in our foreign policy and in our international reputation and identity, said Daniel Webb, director of legal advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre.

Disappointingly, the strategy excludes any consideration of Australias approach to police cooperation and information sharing in a death penalty context. Mr Webb said that omission meant that if the Bali Nine case happened again tomorrow, nothing would prevent the AFP from acting in exactly the same way and sharing information that ultimately facilitates executions.

It was a tip off from the Australian Federal Police that ultimately led to Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran being arrested in Indonesia where they were sentenced to death. If the same set of circumstances were to exist tomorrow, there is nothing to stop the AFP doing exactly the same thing, said Mr Webb.

We must not facilitate what we abhor. We are not executing people, and we are telling other countries not to execute people, but our AFP is still sharing intelligence and information that can lead to executions we are still a link in the causal chain in executions around the world, said Mr Webb.

Figures obtained by Fairfax media under freedom of information laws in 2017 showed that Australian Federal Police assisted in nearly 130 foreign crime investigations, involving more than 400 people since 2015, where a successful prosecution could potentially lead to a death sentence.

In 2016, the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade recommended that the Australian Government seek assurances from foreign law enforcement agencies that the death penalty will not be sought before sharing information.

The Human Rights Law Centres submission to the inquiry is here.

06:10

Moon landing impossible with 1960s technology "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

by Alex Bruce

The producer of the film A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Moon, Bart Sibrel joins Sean Kerrigan to discuss Fake News, the Apollo Moon missions, SpaceX and YouTubes double standard regarding censorship and demonetization.

Sibrel believes that Alex Jones, for example was taken down to confer him with Street Cred to his millions of fans, in order to be trotted out to promote a big lie later soon.

YouTube hates Sibrels truth-telling about the Lunar Landings and they demonetize his videos. Meanwhile, they allow incredible violence and other violations of purported Community Guidelines by big corporate accounts.

Different shadow angles and NASAs admission it has never had technology to protect astronauts from harm if passing through the dangerous Van Allen radiation belt enroute to the moon have cast serious doubt man has never been there

 

Sibrel easily demonstrates how the photographs of the Lunar surface are fake because the shadows are pointing in different directions. This would not be possible on the Moon, due to the Sun being the only light source and the light being unidirectional. This is to say nothing about NASAs recent admissions that they dont have the technology to protect Astronauts from the enormous radiation of the Van Allen Belts.

Sibrel continues his analysis of motion picture evidence and uses deductive reasoning to show how NASAs claims that they destroyed their hardware and telemetry data as a basis for why...

06:05

Australia Turning Really Authoritative? Is this How a Dark Age Begins? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The greed of governments in their pursuit of money is the single greatest threat to creating a Dark Age. With New Zealand imposing a $5,000 fine for just landing there and you refuse to hand over your pen and passwords to your phone for them to search, now we have Australia going really nuts to the point that they risk tech companies simply banning the sale of their products in the country. The Assistance and Access Bill 2018 in Australia will force Google, Apple, Facebook, and other technology groups to help Australian authorities decode certain forms of encrypted communications on their systems, or face fines of up to AU$10 million. The government says the legislation will help protect against terrorism, fraud and child abuse crimes, claiming it aims to ensure criminals have no place to hide.

The problem that arises that failure to pay taxes they also call criminal. Hence, the hunt for money is greatly aided by this type of legislation far more than any other pretend criminal activity. While the government has stopped short of demanding backdoor access to tech companies systems that would allow the government to tap into end-to-end encryption services such as WhatsApp, it does demand access to data at points where it is not encrypted.

Apple, FOR INSTANCE,  would not be made to create a backdoor for their iMessage where every users encryption key is different. But the government could request access to the single encryption key for its iCloud services. When you send a message to a friend, its encrypted as it travels between the two devices, and when it arrives, its decrypted for your friend to read, which is when the government should get to read it. The Australian government is cleverly demanding not a backdoor, but a side door to gain access to whatever people are sending.

Naturally, the cybersecurity minister claims this will only be allowed under strict guidelines, with companies subject to three levels of escalation: an interception agency requesting the company voluntarily assist; a Technical Assistance Notice whereby the companies are instructed to help; and a Technical...

06:00

Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

1.00 AUD = 0.00011 BTC
0.00010 BTC = 0.95 AUD
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05:35

Murwillumbahs house for the homeless reopens "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Murwillumbah Community Centre volunteers (from left) Gary Setchell, Judith Lindsay, Rodney Morrin, Fiona Mengersen and Mervyn Newell help out at the refreshment table at the official re-opening of Nullum House on Wednesday, October 11.

It has taken more than a year but Nullum House in Knox Park has finally reopened after being severely damaged in the 2017 flood.

Murwillumbahs Nullum House operates as a Social Inclusion Centre, providing a range of services to the homeless, lonely and struggling members of the community.

It floods even in small events and one of the options was to demolish the building and relocate the services.

But Tweed Shire Council with the backing of its tenant the not-for-profit Murwillumbah Community Centre Inc decided to gut and refurbish the building at a cost of $100,000 to make it more flood resilient and vandal resilient.

The new fitout will allow it to be hosed out and back in operation quickly after any future inundation.

The external blockwalls have been waterproofed to about one metre above ground level; steel security screens have been fitted and the eaves have been lined with Colorbond.

On the inside, a more open-plan has been adopted with fewer internal walls, tiles have replaced linoleum and a stainless steel kitchen and benches have replaced the previous timber cabinets.

Electrical circuits have been lifted above likely inundation levels.

Over the past 12 years, the services from Nullum House have grown and 24 staff and volunteers now provide lunch twice a week, shower and laundry facilities, counselling, art and music therapy, as well as connections to other support services.

Three evenings a week the Combined Churches run a soup kitchen at Nullum House.

For more information about Nullum House and the services provided there, dr...

05:09

POLITICAL SPIN ON AUSTRALIA'S CARBON EMISSIONS "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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05:01

AFTINET remains opposed to the TPP-11 but welcomes ALP Bill for fairer future trade deals "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

15 October 2018: AFTINET welcome the pledges for progressive changes to future trade policy in shadow Trade Minister Jason ClaresBill  announced today, as the TPP-11 implementing legislation is being debated by the Senate. However we remain opposed to theTPP-11 because it restricts the right of future governments to regulate in the public interest and contains:

We welcome the pledge that Labor will attempt to remove ISDS and  reinstate labour market testing for temporary workers in the TPP-11 if it wins government.  But in practice a future Labor government, having endorsed the implementation of the TPP-11 in opposition, would have less bargaining power to negotiate such changes with the other 10 governments once the deal is implemented, and changes will be difficult to achieve, said Dr Ranald.

We welcome the Bills provisions for future trade agreements to ban ISDS and ban the removal of labour market testing for temporary workers, and to include fully enforceable labour rights. We also welcome pledges previously made to improve the transparency of trade negotiations, to publish negotiating texts and final texts of future trade agreements before they are signed, and for independent assessment of their impacts. These are changes long advocated by many community organisations, said Dr Ranald.

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04:38

Leniency on motorcycle edge filtering rule "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Queensland is the only state that allows edge filtering on some roads and now riders have been granted further leniency when the speed limit is temporarily changed.

Lane filtering was introduced in 2015 under the former Liberal State Government, thanks to lobbying by the Motorcycle Riders Association of Queensland.

The rules included the unique allowance for riders to filter on the edge of roads marked as 90km/h or higher.

Edge filtering anomaly

However, in a ludicrous anomaly riders were banned from edge filtering if the variable electronic speed limit was reduced for congested traffic just when you need to filter!

The MRAQ has been lobbying to fix the edge filtering anomaly for the past 18 months.

Last month the Labor Government changed the rule to allow edge filtering even when the speed is dropped, unless it is in a tunnel or through roadworks.

The ACT recently made lane filtering permanent after a prolonged trial. It joins all other states with lane filtering laws, except Western Australia and the Northern Territory.

However, rules vary across all borders.

Filtering amendments

MRAQ president Chris Mearns Ride to Work Day RACQ plan defect unfair edge filteringMRAQ president Chris Mearns

MRAQ president Chris Mearns says they have also been lobbying for other changes to Queenslands lane filtering rules....

04:30

Labor Calls For Anti-Discrimination Protections For Gay Teachers At Religious Schools "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Federal Labor has announced it wants planned changes to Australian discrimination laws to go further to prevent religious schools from sacking teachers and staff on the basis of their sexuality, as well as students. On Saturday, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced that the federal government would move to scrap a rarely-used federal exemption allowing religious ...

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04:26

When can domestic undergraduates be charged full fees? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

This post is not related to any current policy issue. It is a summary created for another reason but might be useful for higher education administrators or policy people.

Full fees is a term used in Australia as an implied contrast with students who pay a student contribution, which is usually combined with a Commonwealth contribution to provide an overall funding rate for a Commonwealth supported student. Full means that there is no government subsidy and the student pays all the provider charges. Tuition fees for non-Commonwealth supported students are not regulated. There is more detail on this in chapter 7 of Mapping Australian higher education 2018.

About 7 per cent of domestic undergraduates in Australia are full-fee paying. The simple explanation for this is that domestic undergraduate students in public universities pay student contributions rather than full fees, while undergraduates in private universities and non-university higher education providers pay full fees. However, there are exceptions in both cases, sometimes at the level of the unit of study (subject) rather than the course.

In what follows, all statutory references are to the Higher Education Support Act 2003.

Generally, domestic undergraduates enrolled in a Table A university (more commonly known as a public university) must be enrolled as a Commonwealth supported student: section 36-30 (1). This creates an on-going entitlement for that course, unless one of the exceptions below becomes relevant: section 36-25(1).

Once a student is a Commonwealth supported student, he or she can be charged a student contribution but cannot be charged another tuition fee: section 169-15(1).

A domestic student is an Australian citizen, a New Zealand citizen, a permanent visa holder or a permanent humanitarian visa holder: Schedule 1, Dictionary.

But there are exceptions to the general entitlement of public university students to Commonwealth support:

When the student is a former international student: section 36-30(2)(d).

When the student has advised that they do not want to be a Commonwealth supported student: section 36-10(3).

When the unit of study does not contribute to the course of study they are enrolled in: section 36-10(1)(b).

When the higher education provider expects that the student will not und...

04:11

Long live the gender whisperers "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Part of what underlies this debate is that the Yes campaign for marriage equality in 2017, in its most formal organised form (under the banner The Equality Campaign), emphasised LGBTIQ equality in private family life, rather than broader public life. The campaign quite explicitly decided not to defend Safe Schools, gender diversity, or to confront the homophobia and transphobia stirred up by the No campaign.

04:00

Australian Mom Acts As Human Shield For Infant Daughter During Monster Hailstorm "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Via NY Post: An Aussie mom took a beating from a monster hailstorm during a desperate attempt to shield her infant daughter and she said shed do it again in a heartbeat. Fiona Simpson, 23, was driving home with her 4-month-old daughter and 78-year-old grandmother during the supercell thunderstorm that battered Queenslands South Burnett []

03:40

Peter Duttons Office Under Investigation "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) is investigating the Home Affairs Department over allegations it leaked material regarding Peter Duttons visa grants to two au pairs. The AFP was put on high alert about a month ago, when several emails were leaked which suggested that Mr Dutton went out of his way to prevent the deportation

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03:36

Birder in Residence "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Yesterday was a perfect morning to be out in the garden, and not just for birds. Thanks to Geoff Park for giving us heaps of information about our local birds, their habitat and how we can make our gardens more attractive to them. Our two minutes silence quieted eveyone, birds included! But in between we Continue reading Birder in Residence

03:32

Engine Block at Devils Leap Paluma "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Does anyone know the history of the engine Block caught between rocks at Devils leap crystal Creek? Saw it there again the other day, and it got me wondering how long it had been there, how it got there and whether there used to be more etc

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03:06

Work set to start on Ballina Mens Shed "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Ballina Community Mens Shed Team Leader Graham Eggins and Nationals Parliamentary Secretary for Northern NSW Ben Franklin with members of the Ballina Community Mens Shed.

Construction will begin shortly of a new, purpose-built Mens Shed at Ballina after the NSW government announced today it would put $150,000 in funding towards the facility.

Parliamentary Secretary for Northern NSW Ben Franklin (Nationals) said Mens Sheds were becoming a vital part of the community, which creates valuable opportunities for so many men in the region.

Although a Mens Shed already exists in Ballina, Mr Franklin said the new facility will mean members will have a bigger and safer space to carry out more activities.

When constructed the new facility will include a more flexible workshop, assembly spaces, storage and specialised woodwork and metalwork tools, Mr Franklin said.

But most importantly, the new facility will include a better kitchen space. We know that the conversations had over a tea or coffee are the most valuable part of the Mens Shed community.

Team Leader for the Ballina Community Mens Shed Graham Eggins said We are extremely grateful for this funding grant announced today and for Ben Franklins incredible ongoing support for the Shed.

It has been the turning point in the long and winding road towards securing the facility the community so desperately needs. Construction of a fully operative stage one can now commence, Mr Eggins said.

The projects completed by the Mens Shed are extraordinary, Mr Franklin said.

But it is the social aspect the mateship and comradery which makes this Mens Shed so special. It is a space where men can go and not have to worry about issues they are facing in their daily lives.

Mens Sheds like the one in Ballina are one of the most powerful tools in addressing health and wellbeing and helping men to be productive and valued members of our community, he said.

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03:01

Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham Threatened To Sue Teenager For Calling Him A Bully, Hypocrite "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Just over a year after publicly railing about politicians misusing defamation laws, Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham threatened to sue a teenager for posting comments critical of him in a closed Facebook group with less than 600 members. When the young woman offered to remove the post in exchange for Mr Buckingham agreeing to not sue, he told her it was not a negotiation and demanded she provide a contact email address so his lawyers could serve her with legal papers.

At the time, the young woman was sitting at the beside of her gravely ill mother in the Intensive Care Unit of a far north coast hospital.

And the comments which upset Mr Buckingham? He was accused of bullying, and being a massive fucking hypocrite.

Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham, pictured in August 2011. (IMAGE: Kate Ausburn, Flickr)

Mr Buckingham is coming under increasing scrutiny for his use of lawyers to threaten political colleagues, after launching legal action against four current/former Greens party members who commented on public allegations he sexually assaulted a Greens staffer, Ella Buckland, in 2011. The incident is the subject of an ongoing New Matilda investigation, although Mr Buckingham has strongly denied the assault occurred.

The young woman at the centre of the latest story Vanamali Hermans had met Mr Buckingham in 2014 while she was a Year 11 student on the NSW north coast. She joined the party soon after, but quickly became disillusioned. In December 2016, aged 18, Ms Hermans took to the closed NSW Greens Facebook group total membership less than 600 at the time to vent after being accused by Mr Buckingham of favouring other Greens politicians Facebook posts over his.

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03:00

Decade long stock market recovery "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

For many investors, the 200709 mortgage meltdown and financial panic are the benchmark for a worst possible outcome.

The Dow Jones industrial average fell 54% in the 17 months from 9 October 2007 9 March 2009.

Major investment firms including Lehman Bros, Bear Stearns, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and AIG either filed for bankruptcy or were rescued by government intervention after massive losses.

US unemployment soared from 4.4% in March 2007 to 10% in October 2009.

The Case-Shiller home price index crashed from 182.72 in January 2007 to 133.99 in February 2012, a 27% plunge.

Housing investors with only 10 or 20% equity were wiped out. Numerous hedge funds closed their doors or suspended redemptions. Investor losses were in the trillions of dollars.

The contagion spread to Europe and the Middle East.

Dubai World went bankrupt in November 2009 and a sovereign debt crisis raged in Europe from 20102015. It was the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression.

Decade long stock market recovery

The financial damage did not pass quickly.

From June 2009September 2018, the US experienced the weakest recovery in its history.

Yet the damage did end.

From March 2009September 2018, major stock indexes more than tripled. Unemployment fell from 10% in October 2009 to 3.8% in May 2018, the lowest level in 18 years.

The Case-Shiller home price index rallied to 204.44 in June 2018, a new all-time high.

Investors who did not sell at the bottom in March 2009 and held their positions had recouped their losses and made substantial profits besides by late 2018.

A bank CEO or investment maven like Warren Buffett could practically shrug the whole episode off.

Yet thats not how most investors navigated the meltdown.

Investors bailed out of the stock market in late 2008 or early 2009 to preserve what capital they had left.

They did not come back to the stock market until years later, if at all, missing out on much of the recovery rally.

Bank CEOs got a bonus while Average Joe was bankrupt

Homes were foreclosed, denying the previous owner any participation in the bounce back that started in 2013.

Worst of all was the psychological damage and loss of trust.

Investors who suffered heavy financial losses saw bank CEOs keep their jobs and make multimillion-dollar bonuses by 2016.

There were no arrests for fraud, no trials and no accountability among the....

02:42

Don't use blu tack in Townsville "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Random as post.

Used blu tack to hang up a poster and obviously with the heat it fell down. That's not the bad part, the rest of the blu tack is stuck onto the wall, I tried using the existent blu tack to roll it off with little luck, a magic sponge, eucalyptus oil, that all didn't work. So I ended up using a chisel which I pulled some of our feature wall paint off. Had to repaint it.

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02:26

Hospital site opponents get chance to meet minister "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Proposed site of new Tweed Hospital opposite Kingscliff Tafe on Cudgen Road. Photo Google Maps

Tweed MP Geoff Provest (Nationals) says Health Minister Brad Hazzard is prepared to meet with opponents of the site the government has selected for the new $534 million Tweed Hospital.

Despite previously saying the time for talk was over, Mr Hazard will meet with the Relocate group if a suitable time can be arranged in the next two weeks, while parliament is still sitting, Mr Provest told Echonetdaily.

He said he believed it was important for the group to be able to meet with the minister in order to fully understand the governments position on the new hospital site.

Misleading statements

I know there are a number of people unhappy with the chosen site, especially with the amount of misleading statements that have been put out in relation to it, which is why I think it is important for a representative from the group to meet with the minister, Mr Provest said.

We need to get on with the job of building this life saving hospital, which is why it is important to move forward as a community so that we can celebrate the new facility together.

Mr Provest said the offer was particularly aimed at the Relocate group who were in Sydney meeting with the opposition last week.

Although theres probably been well over 18 months of continuous consultation, including a community reference group, if they would like to put forward their thoughts if they feel strongly about it  I will try arrange it.

Tweed option too expensive

He said the offer did not extend to Tweed Mayor Katie Milne (Greens), who has advocated redeveloping the hospital at the existing site in Tweed Heads.

That would cost about 40 per cent more. You would have to reclaim about 50 homes plus the bowls club.

We need a site that can grow over the next 50 years, not one that his going to be constrained.

The redevelopment of the Lismore Base Hospital on the existing site has been a nightmare, he said.

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02:17

The Daily "Near You?" "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Thanks for stopping by!

02:10

Gold Coast nurse swap a haymaker for Quilpie graziers "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A WORK SWAP between a nurse from the Gold Coast and a colleague from Quilpie hospital has led to a truckload of hay for the...

01:59

Hillary on Monica & Bill "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Hillary Clinton: Bill's affair with Monica Lewinsky wasn't an abuse of power because 'she was an adult'https://t.co/ZHS00Chwfw pic.twitter.com/ozCMXmAg9g New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) October 14, 2018

01:46

Anti-Fake News Laws: Preventing Misinformation or Silencing Dissent? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim Fake news is a fairly recent concept that has accompanied the rise of social media. And concerns about the spread of false information have become more intense following allegations of the Russian use of misinformation to influence the 2016 US elections and Brexit vote in the UK. Ironically, the benefactor

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01:42

New Bourke goatworks to kick into gear next week "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

CHARLEVILLES Western Meat Exporters faces a gleaming new competitor. The 22-year-old plant, the first in Australia to specialise in goats, is about to be usurped...

01:29

Prince Harrys Invictus Games, Brought To You By Arms Dealers, Figuratively And Literally "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Its one thing to celebrate the human spirit in the face of great adversity. Its another thing altogether to let the weapons manufacturers who helped create the adversity sponsor the celebrations. Nick Deane explains.

The Invictus Games will be familiar to all who watch the ABC, their promoter and sponsor. The Games will be taking place in Sydney in October, the participants being injured service personnel from 18 countries.

It is highly inspiring to see the human spirit triumph over mutilations of the human body. Who can fail but be impressed by the fortitude of the participating athletes? As the Story of the Games tells us, they have faced life-changing injuries but have somehow found the motivation not to let those injuries define them.

From what we can see, they appear to be in comparatively good health both mentally and physically, despite the terrible wounds they have suffered. This is wonderful. And it is entirely fitting that sport plays a positive role in their rehabilitation.

Admirable also is the skill and dedication of those who brought them back to comparative health and the ability to rejoin society the surgeons and nurses, the technicians who create the equipment and prostheses, and the carers and family members who keep them in their current state of well-being. There is clearly a whole team of people behind each, individual participant.

This part of the story is displayed for the general public in a brilliant light. Under it, we see the heroism of the individuals who have had to face extraordinary misfortune and feel pride in their accomplishments. We are, however, discouraged from exploring the shadows this light casts, where lie aspects that would otherwise complete the picture.

Of the wounded, we only see those who have, to some extent, prevailed over their disabling wounds. Others, out of the bright light, couldnt find the necessary motivation, or are so damaged that seeing them would horrify us.

Are they out of sight, so as to be out of our minds? Besides, there are probably some who are literally out of their own minds, suffering Post Traumatic Stress. We dwell, almost exclusively, on the heroes. An obsession with success takes our eyes away from those who cant or wont recover.

There is a whiff of triumphalism in this (it is in the name of the games). Their spirit may be unconquered, but they have, without exception, been severely beaten. Giving them a special name does not alter that.

All the participants have encountered life-changing trauma that they must endure as long as they live. Telling them they are admirable because they have suffered in the service of their country is inadequate compensation even with the promise of life-long medical and financial support.......

01:28

Welcome to the minority "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Ruddock inquiry into religious freedom obviously hasnt turned out the way its advocates in the right wing of the LNP expected. Far from securing their rights to discriminate against gays,  church schools are almost certain to lose that right with respect to students, and will probably also lose it in relation to teachers. A recent opinion poll shows overwhelming opposition to discrimination, even stronger than the vote in favour of equal marriage last year.

The situation has now changed, and rethinking is needed, both on the right but on the left. Rather than looking to expand the powers of employers to sack people on religious grounds unrelated to their performance at work, those concerned with religious freedom should be concerned about the possibility that such powers will be used against them in the future. A comprehensive protection for workers against dismissal on the basis of grounds unrelated to their performance at work is what is needed here.

As regards the left, we shouldnt allow large, publicly funded institutions like church schools to practise discrimination. But we need to think more carefully about individuals with religious objections to gay marriage (for example, bakers who dont want to bake cakes with messages of support for gay marriage) in the same light as other religious minorities who seek protection for their beliefs: Jehovahs witnesses who object to blood transfusions, Muslim women who want to remain veiled, and so on. Most of these beliefs seem strange and objectionable to non-believers. But where they can be accommodated without doing any serious social damage, we should do so.

More broadly, as I suggested when the Ruddock review was announced, we should take the opportunity to push for a comprehensive Bill of Rights. Now that they are clearly in the minority on crucial issues, perhaps religious believers might see the merit in a supporting such a measure.

 

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01:18

Sydney Criminal Lawyers Weekly Rundown Articles from 8 to 14 October 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

In case youve missed any of them, heres a rundown of the past weeks articles: What is White Collar Crime? White collar crime spans a range of criminal offences and is becoming increasingly prevalent in todays digitised society. Click here to read the article The Cannabis Climate in Australia: An Interview With SA Cannabis Councils

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01:09

Madiba "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Madiba The Music showing now Madiba is Nelson Mandelas clan name, emerging in the aftermath of this passing as a sign of respect and affection. Madiba the Musical is a part biographic celebration of the life of Nelson Mandela, with sub-plots that widen the lens of apartheids toxic effect in South Africa beyond the []

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00:44

Quarter Of A Century Without A Recession. Shame About The Housing Affordability "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Modern Australia faces a heart-breaking paradox. We continued our world record growth streak in May with 26 recession free years. But many arent benefiting from it, writes Andrew Cairns.

At the heart of the problem is housing affordability. Most of the time Australia was racking up record growth, housing affordability was declining.

Our politicians are digging in over corporate tax cuts. If they aimed a little bigger they could solve our countrys housing crisis. Serious tax reforms can put us on the path to a future with more affordable housing a fairer future for everyone.

But tax reform is hard. Politicians and vested interests make it a fight between rich and poor.

The most frustrating thing is, this fight is a lie. Our tax system can be reformed to benefit all Australians if we invest in solving the housing crisis, we can all reap rewards of stronger communities, local economies, and healthier, happier people.

Sound like a pipe dream? Its not.

As the Australian dream of home ownership spiralled into a nightmare of debt, more people gave up on the dream and started renting. But todays rental market offers little relief. Our May Rental Affordability Index showed extreme pockets of rental stress across the nation.

The housing crisis is undermining Australias economy. Housing stress is making it hard for people to make ends meet theyre being forced to choose between paying rent and essentials, like groceries or medicine. Thats the reality of what housing stress means for people. Do you think those who go without food and healthcare are healthy productive workers? Can they benefit from our economic growth?

What can be done? All politicians need to be brave and aim bigger.

We need serious tax reform with bipartisan and long-term funding commitments to a national plan to build more affordable homes.

Politicians need to wind back capital gains tax exemptions and only apply negative gearing to new builds. After years of declining housing affordability and property stock concentrating in fewer and fewer hands in Australia, this will put us on the path to a fairer future a more affordable future.

We need to encourage innovation in financing not only to build more social and affordable housing but also to enable those of us who are disadvantaged to realise the Australian dream. Innovation like Community Sector Bankings recently launched Unpack For Good pilot, which allows community housing residents to purchase their own home. The program allows residents to co-own their home with their housing provider sharing ownership lowers the cost of purchasing the home for residents, meaning they can buy a home that would otherwise be unaffordable.

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00:33

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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You can also follow me on Twitter @JohnQuiggin, at my Facebook public page   and at my Economics in Two Lessons page

00:29

Australias Family Law System: Broken "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

(Adapted photo)

[Editors note: An exclusive report from journalist and broadcaster, Amanda Gearing.]

by Amanda Gearing

On Monday, October 22, 2018, six years after parliament decided to hold a Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, Australias new prime minister, Scott Morrison, is going to make an apology to the many victims.

However, even while he is speaking, there is a small army of children who even today are living with someone of whom they are terrified.

Ten years ago, a child of seven left a phone message on my answering machine, delivering a plea so heart-breakingly despe...

00:25

Gale force winds expected as wet weather continues "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Forecasters are warning that NSW will experience hazardous surf and high winds today. Photo Bennett/WSL

The Bureau of Meteorology predicts heavy surf and continued wet weather as a deepening coastal trough extending from south-east Queensland over the North Coast combines with a strong high pressure system over the Tasman Sea.

These systems are bringing strong to gale force winds to the Northern Rivers.

Very heavy surf, which may lead to localised damage and coastal erosion, is possible along the far north coast on Monday (October 15).

Conditions are expected to ease late Monday/early Tuesday as the trough moves slowly eastwards.

Beach conditions in these areas could be dangerous and people should stay well away from the surf and surf exposed areas.

Locations which may be affected include Tweed Heads, Hastings Point, Byron Bay, Ballina and Brunswick Heads.

Wet weather is expected to continue around the region, with rain falling in diminishing amounts over coming days.

Byron Bay is predicted to receive 20-40mm of rain today and a further 10-20mm tomorrow, Lismore and Ballina are expected to get 10-20mm today and 5-10mm tomorrow, while Tweed Heads can expect 20-40mm with 1-5mm tomorrow.

* For emergency help in floods and storms, ring your local SES Unit on 132 500. 

 

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23:35

Citizen Science Survey Camp Spring 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Goongerah Environment Centre (GECO), based in far east Gippsland is hosting a citizen science survey over the Melbourne Cup long weekend in November (November 3 6, 2018).

You will learn from the dedicated and passionate ecologists and activists at GECO whose citizen science campaign is saving forests from logging. Well be based in and around Goongerah, including surrounding high conservation value and old growth forests, and the iconic Kuark forest.

These camps are a great chance to learn about how special these forests are, while contributing to their protection.

GECO say:

This camp will visit forests on the lands of the Bidwell, Gunnai-Kurnai and Monaro people. We acknowledge their ongoing custodianship of these forests and pay respect to their elders past and present.

The camp is free of charge. But donations to cover costs are most appreciated.

Youll gain skills to put into practice and get involved in the GECO citizen science campaign.

We will also conduct nocturnal spotlighting in forests that are under imminent threat of logging. If our surveys are successful, theres a chance we can protect these forests and stop them being logged.

Youll gain skills in wildlife spotlighting, using GPS, remote fauna camera use, forest and rainforest survey techniques, and youll experience some of Victorias most spectacular old growth forests, that are still under threat from logging.

We suggest you arrive on Saturday during the day to be ready to start the program on Saturday evening.

We will have the GECO kitchen tent set up with communal gas burners, cooking pots and pans, bowls, cups and cutlery etc.

You need to supply your own breakfast and lunch, and snacks during the day.
Dinner will be provided for Saturday, Sunday and Monday nights at a cost of $20 per person for three nights. Meals will be Vegan and Gluten free.

The kitchen will be available to use each morning for breakfast, lunch will be eaten in the bush on field trips.

Families and children are welcome.

Full details available here.

23:30

Skegss, Cosmic Psychos, & more to play Sydneys Misfit Mad Minds Fest "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Some of the finest acts in Aussie rock are set to descend upon Sydney next month, when the Misfit Mad Minds Fest takes over The Lansdowne Hotel.

Kicking off on November 11th, the Misfit Mad Minds Festival is set to combine some of the most peculiar, uncanny, and all-round absurd minds in Australian music for a night that punters wont soon forget.

Headlined by Byron Bay rockers Skegss, punters are set to receive a stunning array of catchy tunes from the groups debut record, My Own Mess. Likewise, pub-rock veterans the Cosmic Psychos are set to showcase old favourites and new cuts from their latest album, Loudmouth Soup.

The lineup for the Misfit Mad Minds Festival

Revesby rockers Pist Idiots also join the bill, armed with their new EP Princes, while the shittest band in Newtown, Scabz, are set to prove theyre anything but when they take to the stage.

Of course, it doesnt end there though, with the likes of Buzzkull, Cloacas, Ute Root, Screech, and Crotch all set to make sure audiences are nice and sweaty before the headline acts take the stage.

A collaboration between Misfit, Space 44, and General Pants, the Misfit Mad Minds Fest is on track to be one of the loudest and most hectic events to take over The Lansdowne Hotel in some time. So if you like your Aussie rock turned up to eleven, be sure to score your ticket to one of the wildest days on the Sydney music calendar next month.

Check out Skegss Smogged Out:

Misfit Mad Minds Festival

Presented by Misfit, Space 44, and General Pants

Skegss
Cosmic Psychos
Pist Idiots
Scabz
Buzzkull
Cloacas
Ute Root
Screech
Crotch

Sunday, November 11th
The Lansdowne Hotel, Sydney, NSW

23:21

Eminem announces 2019 Australian tour "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Eminem has announced a 2019 tour in support of his latest album Kamikaze. It is the rappers first tour of Australia since 2014.

The Rapture tour will see him play a slew of arena dates, at Brisbanes QSAC, Sydneys ANZ Stadium, Melbournes MCG and Perths Optus Stadium.

Kamikaze dropped without warning and debuted at #1 in Australia, it was his ninth album to do so. The album was met with controversy and criticism for its use of homophobic language. Check out the tour dates below.

Watch: Eminem Fall

Eminem 2019 Australian Rapture Tour

Tickets on sale 2pm AEDT Monday, 22nd October

Wednesday, 20th February
QSAC, Brisbane
Tickets: Ticketek

Friday, 22nd February
ANZ Stadium, Sydney
Tickets: Ticketek

Sunday, 24th February
MCG, Melbourne
Tickets: Ticketek

Wednesday, 27th February
Optus Stadium, Perth
Tickets: Ticketek

23:17

Aussie kids call on PM to act on Nauru "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

 

A group of young Aussie kids appear in a new advertising campaign pleading with the Prime Minister to save more than 100 young children in desperate trouble on Nauru.

Doctors who have visited the children are saying they will start dying if the government doesnt save them and bring them to Australia.

The former head of mental services on Nauru called their treatment a form of torture.

The ad has been with the Prime Minister for 10 days, with a request to meet with these children and explain why Australia is persecuting innocent children.

The Prime Minister has not responded to their request for a meeting, although its makers say they are hopeful he understands the message.

President of the Australian Council of Churches, Bishop Philip Huggins, and filmmaker Richard Keddie (Ride Like A Girl, Hawke, Little Fish, Oddball) have helped these children express their fears on film.

The is appearing on social media with the support of a vast network of community groups.

The children in the ad care desperately about the atrocious treatment being handed out by Aussies to innocent children.

A spokespersons said, many of the kids in the ad have been supporting the Nauru children from afar for a number of years and are deeply distressed that children in our care can be tortured like this and perhaps left to die.

They cannot understand that Aussies could do this, and want the kids saved, brought to Australia, where they can heal and recover the enchantment of childhood.

They do not wish to play politics. They just understand the difference between right and wrong.

 

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22:21

Two Tweed police assaulted in three days "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Tweed police report that two members of their force have been assaulted in a three-day period since Thursday last week (October 11).

A man arrested on Saturday at Tweed Heads allegedly broke a police officers nose. In a separate incident on Thursday, a man threatened Tweed Hospital emergency staff and patients with a skateboard before kicking his arresting officer.

False name

At about 12.20pm on Saturday (October 13), police had cause to question a 25-year-old male from Bilambil they spotted sitting in a parked car in Church Lane, Murwillumbah, who provided a false name.

Further inquiries indicated the male had an outstanding arrest warrant.

Police removed him from the vehicle and as they were about to handcuff him he attempted to run.

When police grabbed hold of him, they say he resisted and wrestled with them violently before being eventually subdued and handcuffed.

During the incident the male hit a Senior Constable to the face causing a suspect broken nose.

He was taken to Tweed Heads Police Station where a search revealed a NSW drivers licence that did not belong to him.

He was charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm, assault police, resist police and goods in custody suspected of being stolen or unlawfully obtained.

He was refused bail to appear at the Tweed Heads Local Court on Sunday, October 14.

Aggressive man in Tweed ED

On Thursday (October) 11 a 43-year-old male from Bondi Beach entered the emergency department of the Tweed Heads Hospital around 3.40am demanding medical attention.

He allegedly became extremely aggressive towards staff, using offensive language in the presence of staff and other patients in the waiting area and demanding to be supplied with drugs.

He was carrying a skateboard and was pointing it towards hospital security and members of the public.

Police attended allegedly remained extremely aggressive and continued to use offensive language while being placed under arrest

At Tweed Heads Police Station the male allegedly kicked a Senior Constable to the leg.

He was charged with offensive conduct and assault police.

He has been refused bail to appear at Tweed Heads Local Court on December 3.

 

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22:20

1) Freeport Indonesia disregards Papua Manpower Offices Decree "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


2) The fight to keep the Witness K case secret
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1) Freeport Indonesia disregards Papua Manpower Offices Decree
Published 7 hours ago on 14 October 2018 
By pr9c6tr3_juben


                                           Illustration of ex PTFI workers demonstration  tempo.co

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22:00

QLD : Woodgate Beach "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Within an hour of arriving at NRMA Woodgate Beach Holiday Park, Id met three sets of grey nomads who had been visiting the park for over a decade. When I mentioned on instagram that we were at Woodgate Beach, I was flooded with DMs from people who fondly remembered childhood summers spent there.

Indeed, Woodgate Beach is imbued with a sense of yesteryear. Its charming, peaceful and incredibly picturesque. Located on the Fraser Coast, 40minutes from Bundaberg, its a very small town dotted with old holiday shacks and resident kangaroos.

If youre looking for a quiet getaway with few distractions, Woodgate Beach might be just the place for you. Its an easy drive from the Bruce Hwy and once you arrive you can rest and relax andthats about all.

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22:00

In sunlight and shadow "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

This gorgeous Eastern Yellow Robin enjoyed my company last week at the Reserve (where the Muckleford Creek joins with the Loddon River). The Newstead Landcare Group plantings are transforming this already beautiful area into a local biodiversity hotspot.

Eastern Yellow Robin, Loddon River @ Newstead, 10th October 2018

21:36

"WA Police Force can re-open investigations into all unsolved crimes if new information comes to light" "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

This is the Western Australia Police Force Annual Report for 2018. In his foreword the new Commissioner, Chris Dawson APM tells us My first action was to return the agency to being known as the Western Australia Police Force . This change aligns the agency with the Police Act 1892,...

21:23

Change The Rules nationwide rallies "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

 

Union leaders Karen Batt CPSU Victoria Sally McManus Michele ONeil Troy Gray ETU Electrical Trades Union of Australia, Victorian Branch and Lori-Anne Sharp Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation, launching new TV ads about the Change The Rules nationwide rallies.

Video from Australian Unions

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Union leaders Karen Batt CPSU Victoria Sally McManus Michele O'Neil Troy Gray ETU Electrical Trades Union of Australia, Victorian Branch and Lori-Anne Sharp Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation launching new TV ads about the Change The Rules nationwide rallies.

Posted by Australian Unions on Saturday, October 6, 2018

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21:11

Strip Former Governor-General Peter Hollingworth Of His $640,000 Pension, Demand Survivor Rights Groups "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A powerful coalition of survivor rights groups have joined forces to demand the Prime Minister change legislation to allow the stripping of government pensions from disgraced former officials, amid revelations former Governor-General Peter Hollingworth continues to collect a taxpayer-funded benefit worth well over half a million dollars a year.

Dr Hollingworth resigned from the Governor-Generals office in 2003 after it emerged he failed to take action against known paedophiles within the Anglican Church during his time as the Archbishop of Brisbane in the early 1990s. He was also adversely named in the recent Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, after being found to have mislead an earlier inquiry about paedophile priest, John Elliot.

Dr Hollingworth served less than two years as the head of state, but a decade-and-a-half on continues to be paid a substantial annual benefit. In 2016 alone, he was the beneficiary of $640,000, documents released through Freedom of Information reveal. $357,732 is paid as a salary, the remainder he receives to run a staff office, plus travel entitlements.

Under the current laws, a former Governor-General could be sentenced to a term of imprisonment, and still receive his or her pension.

The call also comes as the Morrison Government prepares to deliver a National Apology to Victims and Survivors of Institutional Child Sexual Abuse later this month, a key recommendation from the recent Royal Commission.

Scott Morrison is sworn in as the 30th Australian Prime Minister.

In an open letter to Prime Minister Scott Morrison published today, Bravehearts, the Blue Knot Foundation, Care Leavers Australasia Network, End Rape On Campus Australia*, Beyond Abuse and the Queensland Child Sexual Abuse Legislative Reform Council demand that he reform legislation so that a pension can be stripped if information comes to light which suggests it is not in the public interest.

We, the undersigned, ask the Prime Minister to immediately commit to introducing legislation to amend the Governor-General Act 1974 to include a Code of Conduct, and link ongoing payments to a Good Character/Good Conduct test plus a provision to cease payment of public money to a former Governor-General where that payment is deemed to no longer be in the p...

20:49

Our Port Arthur historic site day trip and tips "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

There are some places that will instil the fear in most people and the Port Arthur prison must have done that back in the day when it was a fully functioning convict prison. I can tell you that because even as it stands now in ruins on the tip of a little bay it still has the power to make you feel a slight shiver of fear.

Standing in the sun you could feel beautifully warm but as soon as the wind picked up it could cut you to the bone with its iciness. I can only imagine how much the Port Arthur convicts would love the beauty of this place but hate it at the same time.

Port Arthur Prison

The Main Prison at Port Arthur from the water

 

Port Arthur Australia is one of the countries top attractions

 

We arrived at 10.45 after making the trip from Hobart to Port Arthur with Gray Line. I made a beeline to get my first look at the Port Arthur Historic site after taking the girls to the toilet after we first arrived. We made our way quickly down to the oval to take some pictures before the Port Arthur Historical Site got too busy with visitors for the day. We then made our way back up to a small balcony just inside the entrance so we could join the free tour which started at 11.00.

The tour was conducted by an employee of the Port Arthur Historic Site and the knowledge he had was amazing. We were taken to the majority of the main buildings or a central point where ))) would tell us about what had gone on there. As you toured more of the Port Arthur historic site the harsh conditions that the Port Arthur convicts had were made more and more evident. From harsh working gangs that built so much of Tasmania to the brutal punishment of the separate prison where Port Arthur convicts were sent into solitary confinement.

The tour only goes for about 45 minutes and gives you a taste of what to expect as you tour the actua...

20:30

Independent Artist of the Week: Big Supermarket "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Artwork by Robert Rooney 

Big Supermarket are big by name, but definitely not by nature. A low-key lo-fi quartet scattered between the west and south east of our wide isle, BS stick to their guns by creating comforting music that might remove you from your current reality.

Pretty much non-existent on socials and spread between Melbourne and Perth, Big Supermarket keeps a low profile preferring to come together for occasional shows or recording sessions. Its actually quite refreshing to come across an act thats difficult to find or pin down both online and IRL. The band materialised after two members traded lyrics with their future band mates in Aus, while based in the Philippines distance clearly feeds the beast.

Given the scattered nature of the band, their music is surprisingly coherent. Their large 14-track debut LP, 1800, is a culmination of recordings from the past four years all driving guitars, swarming and swathing layers of cohesive noise, 80s-infused keys propelling homely nostalgia with lo-fi vocals adding grit and grunt.

Weve been repping SuperHwy this past little while an abrupt dose of speedy video game keys and crashing layers that create a fantasy vision of a psyched-out highway trip. You can hear it, and get info on shows and releases, through the bands label Hobbies Galore, or maybe just kick it old school, pre-interwebs, and keep an eye on the street, venues or via word of mouth. Either way, we dig the mystique.

1800 by Big Supermarket
Tune into Up For It every Monday morning to meet your new independent artist of the week!

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20:26

We need wage theft laws now "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A pre-election campaign to to raise the need for laws against wage theft in Victoria is being directed at Liberal Party leader Matthew Guy. There is a petition out now, and you can sign it via this Megaphone link.

Everyone deserves a ob they can count on. And no-one deserves to have their hard-earned wages stolen by their boss.

We want the Victorian government to add a clause to the Crimes Act (1958) which makes deliberate, dishonest wage theft a crime punishable by a term of imprisonment.

Daniel Andrews has committed to introduce wage theft laws. Now were calling on Matthew Guy to step up and protect young workers by making the same commitment.

Why is this important?

Right now, some businesses are exploiting young workers. Instead of contributing to our community, theyre stealing from vulnerable young people, and conditioning them for a life of exploitation.

I was one of those young workers. I worked for a year at a cafe in Camberwell, just outside of the Melbourne CBD. During my time there, I was classified as a part-time worker. That means I should have had regular shifts and access to paid annual and sick leave but instead I was treated as a casual, at the cafes beck and call, and had no access to paid leave.

Over $8000 in wages and $700 in superannuation were withheld from me by my boss in just a year and it took months of negotiations and a review of my full roster history to get the wages I claimed back paid to me.

Im just one of thousands. Wage theft is an epidemic. At least a fifth of young workers have reported that their hard-earned wages have been stolen from them in scams; they are paid for fewer hours than they work, are illegally denied correct pay, have their superannuation stolen or their accrued leave withheld.

All these forms of wage theft are against the law, but they still happen. Bosses know that theyll only receive fines or warnings if they get caught- and that theyre not likely to get caught.

A series of audits by Fair Work in 2016 revealed that almost 58% of hospitality businesses (cafes and restaurants) and 39% of retail businesses were stealing wages. Thats potentially hundreds of thousands of cases of wage theft! But only a fraction of these cases ever end up in court. It shows that the current legal system is stacked in favour of bad employers who choose to underpay workers to increase their profits.

 

 

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19:55

Times are changing "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Wages growth returning

Employment growth has continued at a rapid 2 per cent pace over the year to August 2018.

So fast, in fact, the Federal Budget seems set to be back in surplus imminently. 

Quite a shock.

The jobs data will likely be the most interesting news of the week ahead.

The market median forecast sees +15,000 new jobs created on a net basis, and a seasonally adjusted unemployment rate steady at 5.3 per cent.

TD has gone in with a 5.1 per cent forecast, while the high range forecast is for +30,000 jobs created.


Source: Bloomie

Punchy indeed.

Such a result would really set the cat among the pigeons. 

The unemployment rate in New South Wales already plunged to just 4.7 per cent in August, while in Victoria the rate dived to only 4.8 per cent.

The participation rate in New South Wales has been pushing out the highest ever levels, driven by pulsating trends in female employment. 

The labour force figures are due for release on Thursday morning.

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After a 'lost decade', UK wages growth is finally accelerating again, with the growth in regular pay excluding bonuses up to 2.9 per cent for the three months to July. 

The jobless rate in the UK is down to just 4 per cent - it h...

19:35

Three injured after kangaroo attacks family in Queensland "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A woman is seriously injured after trying to protect her husband from a six-foot kangaroo in Australia. Linda Smith, 64, suffered a collapsed lung, broken ribs, cuts and other internal injuries after the male kangaroo attacked her husband Jim on Saturday evening. The couple have been feeding kangaroos and wallabies from their home in Millmerran, about 125 miles west of Brisbane, Queensland, to help them survive the region's drought. Mrs Smith grabbed a broom to fight the six-foot kangaroo off her husband - who suffered cuts and bruises - but the animal knocked the broom out of her hand and turned on her. She said: "Jim was on the ground and the kangaroo just kept at him.

19:06

18:30

"IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Dr Tim Jones, senior lecturer in history at La Trobe University, said:

Preventing Harm, Promoting Justice calls for action by governments, the health sector and religious communities to better respond to people experiencing conflict between their gender identity or sexual orientation and their beliefs.

The report reveals the immense trauma and grief participants felt at the prospect of having to choose between their faith or their gender and sexuality, both intimate and important parts of themselves. The psychological and spiritual trauma experienced by our participants, at their loss of faith, or their struggle to be accepted by their communities, was devastating, added Dr Jones.

Anna Brown, director of legal advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre, said:

The report provides a roadmap for future reform, with recommendations directed at state and federal governments and the health sector.

We need stronger laws and support for survivors but also education about the harm caused by the cultural ideas and messaging prevalent within faith communities. We particularly urge governments across the country to respond to the acute vulnerability of children and young people in religious communities, said Ms Brown.

16:55

On Suicide and Stock Images "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

CW: This article contains stock images that depict disabled people in suicidal poses.


Stock images of disabled people have always been a bit of a joke.


There are the inspiration porn shots; disabled women, arms far-flung in an attitude of ecstasy, wheelchair implausibly positioned on a beach or in a boggy field.


The portraits of tragedy; gloomy, silhouetted images of wheelchairs in dark corners or sad seniors with their faces buried in their hands.


It's all a bit of a giggle really - especially when you take into consideration that most of the 'disabled' people posing aren't really disabled at all.  Hit the button that says 'images with same model' and you'll see what I mean.  Suddenly the model is running through the same field with a kite.  It's crip blackface - annoying, but slightly amusing.


Disabled people have laughed about this for a long time, in a resigned kind of way. 


I'm not laughing any more.


Today I wrote a Twitter thread with the intention of talking about the hilarious text descriptions assigned to stock art images. 


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16:55

SUNDAY SCREENING: Voices From the Gasfields (2015) "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

This is the film the UK & Australian Governments do not want you to see.

This moving documentary by international activist Ian R. Crane chronicles the accounts of families living under the degradation of the Unconventional hydrocarbon industry, aka Fracking. Their testimonies reveal the day to day pollution of water, air, light and noise. Due to the blind eye of the authorities, Fracking drillers have devastated local environment of Southern Queensland, and further afield and this could be coming to your town next. This film should be distributed and shown as widely as possible so we can learn and act. Watch:

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Run time: 1 hour
Directed and Produced by Ian R. Crane
Distributed independently (2015)

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16:25

Antifa: Simply Explained "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Are you confused about Antifa? Maybe you are always thinking about how to it explain it to those who have no clue? Or youre trying to perfect your response to people who just dont get it and keep asking stupid questions?

Read the explanation below, it will help you out. Written by a friend.

Red and Black Antifa Flag

I see an awful lot of talk against the whole idea of Antifa as a group, to which I chuckle to myself and quietly reply You deluded Muppets.

Kids, Antifa is not a group.

Its an ideology a practical, ethical political theory.

It literally stands for anti-fascism. It means that you oppose fascism in all its forms, by ANY MEANS NECESSARY.

That opposition takes many forms including, and leading up to, violence, like punching Nazis.

It can also take other forms emailing a conference centre or hotel and telling them that white supremacists are going to use their venue as a meeting place, identifying marchers at a white supremacist rally and emailing their employers to get them fired, turning up at a rally and staging a non-violent counter-demonstration, tearing down their posters, cleaning up their graffiti, DDOSing their websites, asking shops not to display their books or materials, etc.

If you have some modicum of social power, there are other things you can do defending working-class communities from evictions and police violence, setting up shelters when government cuts force official ones to close . . . as well as helping people, this also restricts fascists ability to draw on community frustrations for recruiting.

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16:18

Sleep and reading Australia bound "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Todays blog post is about sleep and reading. I am travelling from London to Sydney today via Hong Kong so I will not write anything more than a few lines. I will be back in writing mode on Tuesday I should think. For the next 24 hours I have a lot of reading to do. I also provide some advice for those who pack running shoes when travelling.

It has been a really busy, if not torrid speaking tour this time around lots of in and out of my least favourite airport London Heathrow and a lot of talk.

I now get a more measured period of writing.

Thomas Fazi and I met in Germany over the weekend just gone and are now fully working on our followup book to Reclaiming the State: A Progressive Vision of Sovereignty for a Post-Neoliberal World (Pluto Books, September 2017).

I will provide a rough guide to what we are up to soon I might have said when we know but it is more accurate to say when the approach is more fully articulated.

I think it will be a little of a surprise and as a clue we are going to provide a comprehensive critique of Western concepts of democracy and economy to allow us to break out of the usual frames that bind, even our thinking.

It might not work but it will be fun finding out.

More on that later.

Over the next 24 hours or so, if you are worried about comments that are held in the moderation queue it is because I am some kms in the sky and refuse to pay the ridiculous fees that airlines demand for wi-fi connection.

For those who pack running shoes when travelling

More important than learning or writing about Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) is finding good running routes when travelling.

Here are some of the routes I have been traversing over the last few weeks in New York City and then in Europe.

NYC Hudson River Park

I was staying in Jane Street, adjacient to the Hudson River. The choice of Hotel was deliberate because I had only one crossing before I was on the fabulous running track along the river.

You can go south for further than I run I went around 5 kms down and 5kms back. There are various piers that you can run out and around if you like.

Surface is excellent (paving mostly).

There are a lot of runners but it is not crowded.

Highly recommended.

The route in the map is not my turnaround point on the days I ran it I just couldnt fit it all on the screen and make it meaningful.

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15:16

Australian Politics 2018: Liberal and Nationals hard right agenda revealed "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


It appears the rigid hard-right core of the Liberal and National parties, whose face for public consumption is Prime Minister Scott Morrison, thought that Australian voters would find it acceptable that the only people that religious institutions of any denomination would not be able to discriminate against will be heterosexual individuals and those born with absent or ambiguous secondary sexual characteristics.

Everyone else would apparently be fair game for every rabid bigot across the land.

Gay, lesbian, bi-sexual or transgender citizens and their children are not to be afforded the full protection of human rights and anti-discrimination law in this New World Order.

It doesn't get any clearer than the main thrust of the twenty recommendations set out  below.

However, now the cat is out of the bag Morrison is backtracking slightly. Just hours after arguing schools should be run consistent with their religious principles and that no existing exemption should be repealed, Scott Morrison told Sky News that he was "not comfortable" with private schools expelling gay students on the basis of their sexuality. 

Rejecting new enrolment applications by gay students was something he was careful not to directly address.

It should be noted that "not comfortable' leaves a lot of wiggle room to look the other way as state and federal legislation is either amended or new Commonwealth legislation created which would allow this blatant di...

15:15

So who do you trust in the Australian media landscape in 2018? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


On 9 October 2018 Essential Research released the results of survey questions concerning trust in the media.

Once again public broadcasters, ABC and SBS, were the clear winners across all categories in which they were listed.

Q. How much trust do you have in what you read or hear in the following media?

Total a lot /some
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13:56

ACFCGN annual general meeting 16 October 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The AGM is your opportunity to learn more about our amazing national community garden movement. It also is an opportunity to play a formal role in ACFCGN by standing for a committee position.

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13:19

Hyde Cafe Bellingen black-bans people: Jenni Bienefelt the owner an Australian Christian Churches Christian black-banned me 4 years ago for writing about their cult "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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Jenni Bienefelt the owner of Hyde Cafe, Bellingen on left. Jenni Bienefelt of Hyde Cafe is a dysfunctional black banner, pretend Fake Christian, Cult member, and errant hypocrite. Attends Life House Church in Coffs Harbour, a Hillsong clone church.

 

Below is an article I wrote and published 4 years ago on this, my personal blog-site , the day Jenni Beinefelt owner of Hyde Cafe, Bellingen, where I live, black-banned me for explaining the errors and faults of the Christian cult the Australian Christian Churches group she is part of in Bellingen called House of Hope, formerly called Christian Life Centre located on Bellingens North Side.

I write against Hillsong and the Australian Christian Churches (ACC) almost every day.

My goal and mission is to destroy Hillsong.

So far Ive helped get Brian Houston Hillsong head pastor recommended by the Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse to be charged with pedophile protection crimes.

13:16

SALON October 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

October 2018 COVER: HOTHAM STREET LADIES, On Disappointment (detail) 2018. HOME made GOOD: Christmas at The Johnston Collection 2018 | 19, East Melbourne (VIC), 1 October 2018 5 February 2019 johnstoncollection.org hothamstreetladies.com
 

Paul E. MASON (b. 1947), Baudins Costal Profile Reliquary 2018, pewter, wood, resin, Kimberly coastal rocks, diorite, aluminium, gold leaf, 61x20x26cm. PAUL E MASON: LOOKING FOR BAUDIN 21st Century Reliquaries Encounter c.1800 Terra Australis, Ararat Gallery TAMA, Town Hall, Vincent Street, Ararat (VIC), 19 October 2018 20 January 2019 araratgallerytama.com.au
 

Unknown artist (Leipzig Germany) after Gustave MUTZEL (b. 1839, d. 1893), Australische fauna, 1894. Chromolithograph on paper. Art Gallery of Ballarat, gift of Ted and Gina Gregg, 2013. Animalia Australis, Ararat Gallery TAMA, Town Hall, Vincent Street, Ararat (VIC), 19 October 2018 20 January 2019 araratgallerytama.com.au
 

George BALDESSIN, Acrobat 1964, etching a...

13:09

Pastor Brian Houston head pastor of Hillsong Global Church. Pastor Brian Houston should be charged with pedophile protection crimes "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

 

Please listen to Johnny Cash singing Gods gonna cut you down.

 

Brian: waiting to be charged for pedophile protection crimes.

Pastor Brian Houston Head Pastor of Hillsong mega-church: waiting to be charged for pedophile protection crimes recommended by the Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

 

12:48

Half a Century in the Public Eye "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Kaldor Public Art Projects Celebrates
HALF A CENTURY IN THE PUBLIC EYE

Art Gallery of New South Wales
until 16 February 2020

Half a Century in the Public Eye, is an exhibition created by acclaimed British artist Michael Landy and presented as a collaboration between Kaldor Public Art Projects and the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW). The exhibition surveys the rich history of Kaldor Public Art Projects through original artworks, archival materials and re-presentations of past projects, from Christo and Jeanne-Claudes Wrapped Coast (1969), to Jeff Koons flower Puppy (1995), Marina Abramovis In Residence (2015) and Jonathan Jones barrangal dyara (skin and bones) (2016). The exhibition revisits each of the past Kaldor Public Art Projects and brings them together for the first time.

Kaldor Public Art Projects presented its first project in 1969 with Christo and Jeanne- Claudes iconic Wrapped Coast One Million Square Feet, Little Bay, Sydney, and has since presented 32 public art projects, which have transformed the cultural landscape of Australia.

The first organisation of its type anywhere in the world, Kaldor Public Art Projects has helped redefine the possibilities for public art in Australia and internationally, and has had a profound influence on the way that Australians see and experience contemporary art.

We have worked with the worlds leading artists to present new works which are anchored in the local context, challenging perceptions of familiar or forgotten public spaces, and transforming the way that Australian audiences experience art, said Mr John Kaldor, AO.

Kaldor Public Art Projects will also premiere a major artist project in the first half of 2019, presented free to the public in Sydney. Further details of activities celebrating the 50th anniversary of the organisation will be announced early in 2019.

 

 

 
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11:25

Grampians Peaks Trail (and always remember to pack your food away!) "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A rule to remember whenever youre camping in the Australian bush (or anywhere really) is to pack away and secure your food at night so that it doesnt attract animals.

Its a rule I was acutely reminded of during a recent trip hiking the Grampians Peaks Trail, leaving me with a large, chewed tear in the floor of my much loved Macpac Minaret tent.

Ive always thought packing my food away into plastic bags and keeping them in my tent was enough to deter animals. In my many years of camping around Australia Ive never had a problem.

But this trip, it was a problem.

At some stage during the first night at the Bugiga hikers camp, something chewed its way into my tent and got into my dinner bag, getting at one of my dried meals and a block of fancy Koko Black chocolate given to me for Fathers Day.

I must have been tired because I slept through it and didnt realise what had happened until I was packing up in the morning after breakfast and discovered the hole in my tent.

I was devastated. Ive written before how much I love my tent and how its served me well on many trips in fair weather and foul.

It felt like Id let a good friend down.

I patched up the hole on both sides with first aid strapping tape and thankfully the weather was good so I didnt need to worry about rain.

Once back in Melbourne I got the hole patched and, hopefully, its good to go for my next trip.

And for that next trip Ill be investing in some decent bags to stash my food in and putting those into my backpack which Ill also line with a big plastic bag.

Lesson learned.

Click to view slideshow.

Anyway, the Grampians Peaks Trail was okay. Nice scenery, interesting rock formations, easy to follow track. But it never felt particularly remote as the views included roads and the town of Halls Gap. There were also plenty of tourists and school groups doing day walks on the trails so it never felt like wilderness.

I started at Halls Gap, following the Grampians Peaks Trail signs up Stony Creek past Venus Baths and Splitters Falls into Wonderland. It was steady, but not challenging, climbing to get up onto the mountain range. Walking through the Grand...

11:06

Neo-Nazis March for Babies in Melbourne "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Above : Neo-Nazi security worker Stuart Von Moger follows hot on the heels of His Eminence, Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke. Heh. Following on from revelations concerning the neo-Nazi infiltration of the Young Nationals in NSW, a small contingent of local Continue reading

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10:43

Rusted off or how I learned to stop worrying and love the indie: @jansant comments #WentworthVotes #auspol "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

You could say Ive been pretty loud in the #WentworthVotes hashtag and youd be right. Heres why. In 2013 I was convinced (maybe easily) by a few Twitter accounts I banter with in #auspol to contribute to Margo Kingstons No Fibs Federal election coverage. A project/experiment with citizens reporting from the seats they lived in: or grassroots []

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Wayne Jansson

Chief reporter & photographer at No Fibs

Wayne Jansson is an Australian citizen journalist and photographer. He covered the seat of Indi during the 2013 federal election which saw Independent Cathy McGowan unseat Liberal Sophie Mirabella. His interests are politics and social justice.

10:06

Suspected OMCG associate arrested on firearms charges "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Sawn off air rifle. File photo

Officers from Taskforce Raptor were part of a raid on a Dum Dum property on Friday (October 12) that resulted in a man being detained on multiple firearm and drug charges.

The raid action part of a cross border operation into outlaw motor cycle gangs, with simultaneous raids being conducted in Queensland.

About 10.50am police executed a firearm prohibition order and a weapon prohibition order on the property.

During the search police allegedly located a quantity of what they describe as green vegetable matter which they claim is cannabis, together with a BB gun, a 12-gauge shotgun ammunition, a laser pointer, a set of handcuffs, a sawn-off air rifle, a number of seeds believed to be cannabis seeds, a spring-loaded flick knife and a black coloured plastic pistol capable of firing projectiles.

A 21-year-old male was arrested and taken to Tweed Heads Police Station where he was charged with multiple firearm and drug charges.

He was refused Bail and appeared at Tweed Heads Local Court on October 13, where he was released on conditional bail to appear at Tweed Heads Local Court on Monday (October 15).

 

 

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09:50

Real Summer Extremes "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

You know it is summer in Queensland when -----
First the gentle and non-threatening evidence! You draw the drapes and turn on the lights and there is an immediate pattering of insects on the window all sounding as if they are splattering their tiny bodies to approach your light. Modern buildings are all fully screened but the screen door into my family room must not be perfectly fitting any more. I have been finding quite large beetles caught between the screen and the inner glass door. I have simply opened the outer screen and brushed the beetle out on to the path. First the magpie found these additions to its breakfast but then blue-faced honeyeaters, 'leatherheads' and 'peewees' came along and some of them even stood outside the door and scolded me when they did not find a beetle to eat.
Temperatures have been variable with the BOM ( bureau of meteorology) predicting storms nearly every day,  But it did not happen until last Thursday, There was an article up on their web site explaining why summer storms were so hard to predict too early.  There was plenty of time for the warnings but no-one predicted how bad this one would be. This photo was taken out my back door - I  cracked it open a few inches and closed it again ASAP.  That hail was bouncing off the ground. I now see that lots of palm leaves were shredded - especially the leaves which are normally fan shaped.


Fortunately this hail did not last too long at my place and I missed the big winds but I was lucky! Water poured into the big shopping center food store just a few blocks away. I was told they worked all night to clean up and dry out . There are horror stories being reported from all around. The worst I have read is a young mother who was in a car - pulled off the road because the rain got too heavy and then the hail started and broke the back window - her baby daughter was in a car seat back there so she dived over the seat to cover the baby with her own body and ended up bloodied and bruised but protected her daughter.. Agricultural damage still has to be assessed but whole crops were wiped out. Houses have been damaged everywhere. My friends in Gympie think they are lucky because they just lost one window.
This kind of summer storm is not unheard of but I am glad they don't happen too often.

For more happenings from around the world visit Our World Tuesday.

09:36

Presidents report Spring 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

ACFCGN Spring 2018 President's report on declaring love on waste and the community garden survey...

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09:32

Papua sends medical team to Palu "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Papua sends medical team to Palu
Nethy Dharma Somba The Jakarta Post

Jayapura | Fri, October 12, 2018 | 09:32 am




Papua Deputy Governor Klemen Tinal helps put a uniform vest on a health worker. The province is sending a team of health workers to help victims and survivors in disaster-hit areas in Central Sulawesi. Comprising 14 personnel, the team will serve for 10 days. (The Jakarta Post/Nethy Dharma Somba)

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08:57

Open House 18 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Brisbane Open House Day 2018

Today, I wanted to stand near the point where the proclamation of the colony of Queensland was made.  I felt that the folks at St Johns Cathedral were throwing their doors open, and inviting us to see the Deanery (a.k.a. Adelaide House) where the proclamation was made

I wanted to stand on the balcony of that hilltop mansion

I wanted to look towards the river, and get a sense of the land below the balcony, sloping down to the riverside.

I wanted to sense people, crowds, boats.

I wanted to get a sense of where I have come from and where we, who live in this place called Queensland, have come from.

adelaide house plaque

I know that the view to the river is obstructed by towers of reflective glass.

I know that the slope has been cut away for Ann Street and Queen Street.

And even though they promoted the Deanery, they didnt promise it would be open.

But I was surprised by what I found there  barbed wire, a balcony in a state of collapse, locks.

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08:50

Useful plants for community gardens "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

As community gardeners we make biodiverse gardens combining food, exotic and native plants brought together into an assemblage that benefits us as well as the birds, bees and the myriad insect life that surrounds us. 

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08:47

Calmsley Hill City Farm, an early foray into urban farming education "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

An example of sustainability education and urban farming before they became popular, the story of Calmsley Hill City Farm is largely forgotten. At the time it was the locus of landcare education in the Sydney region and an early example of professional permaculture design.

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08:41

The uses of cardamom "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Cardamom is a tropical plant whose centre of diversity, the region of its natural occurrence, is India. This one I attacked with machete was growing quite vigorously in warm-temperate Sydney.

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08:06

Gothic Beauty "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Victorian notions of love, loss and spirituality

Bendigo Art Gallery
6 October 2018 10 February 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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07:37

STONE & WOODS BACKYARD INVITATIONAL, Everyones invited! "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Come and celebrate Stone & Woods tenth year in the beer industry at their inaugural Backyard Invitational Festival on 24 November.

By bringing together breweries and others, who they have come to consider good friends and family over the years, the event is an opportunity to explore and learn more about good beer, food and drink while raising funds through their inGrained Foundation.

They will be running a series of master classes and forums throughout the day, diving deep and creating discussion around food and drink themes that will be hosted by Ale of a Times Luke Robertson. Of course, it wouldnt be a Stone & Wood event without great live music and entertainment to soak up!

So whats different from any other beer festival? The event is about discovery and tasting a diverse range of things. The all inclusive price of $60 includes a tasting glass, free tastings from all the breweries and access to the forums and masters classes, with the profits going to inGrained Foundation.

Held in the closest capital city to their Northern Rivers birthplace, as well as being the location for their Brisbane brewery opening in 2019, they call Brisbane their backyard.

Venue: Stone & Wood Brisbane, 99 Bridge St, Fortitude Valley QLD
Date: Saturday 24th November, 2018
Time: 12:00 16:00
Ticket Price: $60+BF

Tickets will go on sale at the end of October and participating breweries, distilleries, food and drink purveyors, along with masterclass details will be announced in the coming weeks.

To not miss out, sign up: http://eepurl.com/dJO3t6

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06:43

Gold Coast To Host Eurovision 2019 Selection Event In Australian Shake-Up "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Australians will get to vote to choose our entry in the next Eurovision Song Contest at a special event held on the Gold Coast in February, SBS has announced. SBS and production partner Blink TV will host the national contest Eurovision Australia Decides to select the artist and the song well be sending to ...

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06:01

Fake news in The Australian? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

We expect fake news in the Sydney Morning Herald and we are not surprised by the headline last Monday Eliminate coal or lose the reef, says IPCC. Underneath we read that the report distils more than 6,000 scientific references. Elsewhere we read that the report is the work of thousands of scientists.

We expect better from The Australian but Primrose Riordan reported

The IPCC report was written by over 90 scientists and said global emissions of greenhouse gas pollution must reach zero by about 2050 in order to stop global warming at 1.5 degrees Celsius.

She is a political reporter but that is no excuse for being so badly informed about the organisation that is doing so much damage. Can anyone contact her and any other journalists who they can find to warn them to read the Laframboise story.

05:49

Ms GILLARD's backdated memo to Mr Blewitt is a forgery "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

On Thursday, 21 May 1992 Julia Gillard was in Melbourne. Her office was in Melbourne. Ms Gillard claims that on 21 May 1992 she provided important legal advice to her purported arms-length client Ralph Blewitt. This is the document through which Ms Gillard claims to have transmitted the advice to...

05:41

Forget coal wars, says Alan Finkel look at emission outcomes "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Chief scientist says Australia must use all available technologiesAustralia's chief scientist says the question facing the nation's energy future is not about renewables versus coal but how best to create a whole-of-economy emissions reduction strategy.In a prerecorded interview with Sky released on Sunday, Dr Alan Finkel responded to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's report, which warned that greenhouse gas pollution needs to reach zero by 2050 if the world is to have [...]

05:22

Bananas "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

If your community garden is in a warm climate with plenty of rain, a compact clump of bananas will provide your gardeners with a tasty treat.

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04:50

An Act to create Australia's housing hidden time bomb and other purposes "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

When the colonialists settled this land they were amazed at how cheaply dwellings could be built in order to house humans inside them, with the added benefits of setting up 'shop' in NSW where the added expense of housing animals (the four legged variety) was not necessary due to the climate.

A niche industry has evolved in the last few years, where if one is contemplating to enter it, it would be of great benefit to stay away from a specific product.

The product in question is a type of housing being built, that being a dwelling built for the 'not for keeps' market, i.e. renters.

The mainstream media bugles that there is a housing shortage, where humans need affordable housing.

Well, how did 'we' get to such an inhumane level?

Well you see the people in government decided that what would be good for the 'economy' is to initiate a migrant 'invasion' on the good people of the country.

Let's look at Melbourne as an example.

An importation of approx. 2,500 humans per week has created many problems for the good residents, problems created by those in government.

Since there is not enough housing, a bonanza was created for the banks where the newly imported humans would be debt slaves to the banks for the fiat currency the banks trade with, an action supported by the 'Australian Government'. 

Let's put aside those pesky and unruly African youths (who ain't gonna be no 'debt slave' - at least they got that right, as they'll steal stuff - well they got that one wrong) in Melbourne's south-east, as the policemen and women are there in the parks protecting the (Queen's) peace...
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04:38

Climate change influencing tree death in times of drought "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

In Australia, we know that climate change driven fire regimes are impacting on plant species in mountain environments.

Research published earlier this year in the journal Nature Climate Change describes a series of sudden and catastrophic ecosystem shifts that have occurred recently across Australia. These changes, caused by the combined stress of gradual climate change and extreme weather events, are overwhelming ecosystems natural resilience.

In the south east of the continent, in terms of massive fires (greater than 250,000 ha), Victoria experienced two such events in the 19th century and five in the 20th century. In less than two decades, we have already had three mega fires in the 21st century. This has led to fears that Alpine Ash could become extinct in many parts of the alps unless we intervene through more extensive wildfire suppression or artificial seeding. It appears that increased fire frequency is the key factor impacting on the likely survival of plant species like the alpine ash.

New research, covered in the Colorado-based High Country News, points to temperature rise as an issue for mountain species in sections of North America.

In New Mexico, pion and juniper trees have been dying in huge numbers and it appears that climate change is increasing the death rate.

During the drought of 2002 and 2003, pion died throughout the Southwest of the USA in historic numbers, more than 90% in some areas. As Cally Carswell wrote recently in High Country News, at first, the cause of the trees demise seemed obvious. The punishing drought badly weakened them, and when beetles bored through their bark, the trees couldnt muster enough sap to pitch them out. Once inside, the beetles mated, multiplied, dug tiny tunnels and spread a fungus that cut off the flow of water and nutrients, killing the tree.

But Dave Breshears, a University of Arizona professor and arid lands ecologist who had studied the woodlands for years, suspected that the truth was more complicated. During the 1950s drought, tree death seemed less extensive, even though that drought was longer and drier than the more recent one. What was different about this drought was temperature: It was a degree or two (Fahrenheit) hotter.

The pions died during what Breshears dubb...

04:19

New Zealand spinach, Warragul greens "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

It's one of those set-and-forget plants that serves multiple purposes in our community garden, not the least of which is a leafy green vegetable that enhances any cooked meal.

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04:19

ADVO (Apprehended Domestic Violence Order) and its effects on a husband "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A woman, particularly a genuine Christian woman, should consider the effects of an Interim ADVO (Apprehended Domestic Violence Order) and its effects on her husband.

A wife may have taken out an ADVO against her husband, by going to the Australian police for genuine reasons. Or she may have had advice from family lawyers that an ADVO would give her a significant advantage in a divorce property settlement and exaggerated incident(s) or made things up. There are many reasons women do these things.

When a husband is served an Interim ADVO by police, he is immediately isolated from his wife, children and immediate family. Most men dont react well. Many suicide. The rate of suicide amongst husbands in Australia who have lost their wives and families in this way is staggering and very sad.

Many ADVOS are taken out for fallacious (unfounded or made up) reasons. All a wife has to do is to go to police and exaggerate or even make up incidents or show bruises got from another source (not her husband,) but attribute them to her husband, and the police will issue an ADVO on the husband, without even hearing his side of the story. In this way, basic tenets of Western civilisation and law are ignored, like the presumption of innocence until a person is proven guilty. ADVOs in Australia are very flawed. ADVOS in Australia are greatly misused by women and family lawyers. Magistrates believe that 80 to 90 per cent of ADVOS are obtained on spurious(questionable) grounds, and are obtained for marital advantage in a divorce situation.

After an ADVO is issued, a husband is immediately placed in a position of isolation by his wife. He has lost his wife, his children and his family, in one hit. Wives should seriously consider the consequences on their husband, the man they love or once loved and the father of their little ones, before they go to police. lie and get out an ADVO for marital advantage.

An ADVO conviction gives the husband a criminal record, no matter how minor the charges.

The husband may have gone all his life with no criminal convictions and no criminal record, and in an instant the wife ruins his life, and he has a criminal record. Ethical, honourable and decent men find this extremely hard. And very demeaning.

If a woman, particularly a Christian woman has gone down this path over an incident(s) which are relatively minor, she should consider the consequences on her husband, particularly if she wishes to reconcile, and do everything in her power to soften and lessen the effects of the Interim ADVO at court so it can be dismissed.

There is a cooling off period between the issue of an Interim ADVO by police and the court hearing for the ADVO some months later. This is an opportunity for both parties to reconcile.

If the husband and wife re...

04:15

French sorrel "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

French sorrel is one of those perennial plants that yield something edible through the year. It's worth having a sizeable clump of the plant in the community garden, or establishing it as a border along the garden edge son there is plenty to share.

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04:10

Jerusalum artichoke "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Root crops like Jerusalum artichoke are a staple food that we can grow in our community garden. Before we dig them up to cook and eat, we can enjoy Jerusalum artichoke's bright yellow, sunflower-like bloom.

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04:07

Maldon Folk Festival video promo 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Maldon Folk Festival - what's happening around town

04:06

Black sapote chocolate pudding fruit "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

It is soft, black and gooey. It looks past its prime. It is all these things and it is delicious. I am talking about Black sapote, a tropical fruit that could find a place in the larger community garden in warmer climates.

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04:06

Maldon Folk Festival - An Introduction "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Maldon Folk Festival is an annual family-friendly folk festival in Maldon, Victoria (near Bendigo) - a long weekend of quality family entertainment to suit all age groups and tastes. The festival hosts an abundance of music, dance and theatre, such as Folk Irish Ceilidh bush gospel and blues music, dance, musical theatre, poetry, interactive workshops, song-writing competitions, and are complemented by various activities around the Maldon township. COME ALONG TO THE 2009 FESTIVAL. Visit the website below for more details or to book. maldonfolkfestival DOT com Maldon Folk Festival on MySpace: myspace DOT com/maldonfolkfestival Video produced by GoldfieldStories

04:02

Midyim berry an Australian bush food ready to eat "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Midyim berry, an Australian bush food eaten by Aboriginies.

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02:24

Film Festival examines key Aboriginal issues: Culture and Ecology "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Kimberley is a vast and rugged region 420,000km2 of unique landforms and species of wildlife, swathes of wilderness defined by rugged ranges, spectacular gorges, savannah, waterfalls, cave systems and a largely isolated coastline.

It is among the worlds most ecologically diverse areas and home to the highest percentage of Aboriginal people living on country in Australia all of which is threatened by the relentless expansion of mining, pastoralism and irrigated agriculture.

The Aboriginal custodians of this ancient land live on 200 communities and belong to 34 different language groups. Their survival is as tenuous as the pristine Kimberley coastline.

They have lived there for millennia, and the Kimberley is home to hundreds of thousands of rock art paintings and drawings. But pressure from industry is exposing the limits of Indigenous land rights, one of the key issues raised in the documentary film Undermined Tales from the Kimberley, which is screening at the Byron Bay Film festival.

Undermined, made by award-winning director Nicholas Wrathall (Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia) has something of The Bentley Effect about it: the success of People Power standing up to fracking in the Northern Rivers was paralleled by community resistance to the construction of an LNG plant at James Price Point.

It lovingly explores the country and the coast: the geology and colours are stunning, awe-inspiring; the landscape and history have a value that makes exploitation a short-term, destructive proposition.

But the barbarians are at the gate: Gina Rinehart and Kerry Stokes own huge cattle stations and people born on country now have to ask permission to camp there.

The film raises the question: what are the true costs of development in the vast and unspoiled Kimberley?

The politicians have branded the region the future economic powerhouse of Australia, but as one of the elders here asks: who benefits from this development, and where is the social justice?

Another example of the fragility of the Indigenous peoples grip on their country and culture presents itself in the life of one individual in the feature documentary ...

02:17

Song For A Weary Throat "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

By Marian Webb Song For A Weary Throat at the Fairfax Studio takes pride of place at the Melbourne International Arts Festival after its much-acclaimed premier at Theatreworks last year.  Directed by Kate Sulan, Rawcus Ensemble fifteen performers with and without disability join the Invenio Singers in a profoundly moving work of theatre. []

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02:14

Nothing says Arab party like a stray AK47 round "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Friendly Fire is a misnomer. Weapons are lethal. Once you pull the trigger there is no calling a round back. I Could never get my head around all this firing in the air nonsense. Not a great way to end the party #ididntmeantodothat pic.twitter.com/FEsaOW2lqs James Deegan MC (@jamesdeeganMC) October...

01:12

Lennox Head homes destroyed by fire "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Emergency services were called to Survey Street, Lennox Head, just after 1am this morning after reports of a house was well alight.

On arrival, police evacuated four people from the house and three people from a neighbouring property.

Police are investigating the cause of the fire which destroyed the two homes.

One of the residents a 28-year-old man was taken to hospital for minor smoke inhalation.Two police officers also suffered smoke inhalation; however, they did not require treatment.

As crews worked to extinguish the blaze, the fire spread to the neighbouring property. Two other homes sustained smoke and water damage.

The cause of the fire is undetermined.

Police from Richmond Police District are appealing for anyone with information to come forward.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report crime via NSW Police social media pages.

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00:52

Is the Financial Ponzi Scheme Coming to an End? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Is the crash going to be timed to disrupt Trump in the November elections.

And the latest X22 Report on the Federal Reserve (in comments yesterday).

00:33

Wentworth By-Election: Australias Climate Policy Paralysis Is Finally Becoming Electoral Poison "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The days of climate denial and inaction wining favour with voters are over. Someone probably needs to tell the Liberal Party, writes Neneh Darwin.

With the Wentworth by-election just days away, voters in the electorate have a unique opportunity to send a clear signal to the Federal government that inaction on climate change will have major political ramifications.

Current polling indicates the Liberal Party could be facing its first electoral loss in the seat in 60 years and climate change inaction is the number one issue in the minds of voters.

This week saw the release of the IPCC report showing that coal will need to be completely phased out by mid-century and a global transformation of all sectors of the economy is required to avoid dangerous global warming over 1.5 degrees.

Since the reports release the Federal government has been on the defensive and the Australian coal industry in denial.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has tried to deflect Australias responsibility stating that the IPCC does not provide recommendations to Australia. The Deputy prime minister Michael McCormack insisted that Australia should continue to exploit its coal reserves and fobbed of the IPCC emissions report as just some sort of report.

Such obfuscation will no longer wash with the Australian electorate. Australia is as much in the lens of the IPCC report as any other country. In fact the IPCCs core messages are even more crucial here as we remain the worlds biggest coal exporter. That means we are in pole position to help bring about the kind of transformation the IPCC is calling for.

Yet Australias current crop of politicians remain beholden to the coal industry and blindly insist on maintaining the status-quo. The writing is on the wall yet our political leaders are failing to pay attention. But at least some are starting to get it.

Former Liberal leader John Hewson has called on voters in his former electorate to use the election as a referendum on climate change and to vote against the Liberals. Hewson rightly says that it may take an election loss in its once secure Sydney seat to make the Liberal Party understand the magnitude and urgency of the clima...

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Saturday, 13 October

23:48

Sky companions "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Over the past fortnight the local skies have hosted healthy flocks of woodswallows. White-browed and Masked Woodswallows are migrants from northern Australia and return every year, although their numbers can fluctuate significantly. This year so far Id say numbers are about average, with most flocks in the order of 40-50 individuals, with White-browed Woodswallows outnumbering their beautiful masked companions about 10:1. At the Rise and Shine on Friday evening they were sharing the skies with a pair of Little Eagles.

White-browed Woodswallow in flight

23:00

Australia's climate idiocracy must end and there's no time to waste | Greg Jericho "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Liberal party's biggest con was the idea that reducing emissions could be done without pain and at little costThis week came the news from the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) that we are screwed. I wish I could be more optimistic. I wish I could hold out some hope that things are about to improve. But I look at actions by governments around the world, and the Abbott-Turnbull-Morrison governments, and I find the ability to retain a positive outlook smothered in the [...]

22:00

SOUTH AFRICA PART Part 5: Swellendam to West Coast National Park "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


Southern Black Korhaan

Following our stay at Honeywood Lodge (see here) we headed north-west to Paternoster on the coast north of Cape Town for a 3-night stay, in another nice lodging booked through Air Bnb. We travelled via Karoopoort and Ceres to take in the bottom end of the Karoo ecosystem. 
We failed to find Cinnamon-breasted Warbler in a couple of likely looking spots and did not have time to head further north to the main sites for this species. In the karoo and rocky outcrops we saw Karoo Prinia, White-backed Mousebird, Pale-winged Starling and Fairy Flycatcher. 


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21:58

Asking Gippsland Candidates the right Climate question "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Melbourne University energy hub senior adviser Simon Holmes Court has been asking politicians and would be politicians a simple question on climate change. Some time ago he asked Liberal candidate in the Mayo by-election Georgina Downer can you please let us know whether you accept the scientific consensus on anthropogenic global warming? More recently he has asked the same question of the Liberal candidate in the Wentworth by-election David Sharma, with, so far, no response. Simon has then publicised the response or non-response to his followers on twitter.

Following Simons example I decided to ask the same question to candidates in the five Gippsland electorates starting with Gippsland East. Although still 50 days from the election it soon became obvious that this was an exceedingly difficult task and that I should concentrate on Gippsland East. So far I have asked the question of the five known candidates in the electorate and all have responded.

The question obviously has two parts accepting the scientific consensus and that the warming is human caused. A spokesman for local member Tim Bull replied to my email but his answer was vague and ambiguous. Our local member accepts climate change but ignores the scientific consensus and claims incorrectly that the jury is still out on whether the warming is caused by humans.

The three candidates who have so far responded positively to the question are the Greens Deb Foskey and Independents George Neophytou  and Matt Stephenson. Their replies have been publicised on facebook and twitter through Gippsland2020. Amazingly the tweet on the latters reply was retweeted by Simon and received about 200 impressions (see above) not quite viral but a big response in local terms. Stephenson is a twitter novice and unfortunately has not been able to take advantage of this.

It has been drawn to my notice that the Baw Baw Sustainability Group will be having a...

21:25

Protective effects of Manuka honey on LPS-treated RAW 264.7 macrophages. "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

PMID:  Food Chem Toxicol. 2018 Sep 3 ;121:203-213. Epub 2018 Sep 3. PMID: 30189316 Abstract Title:  Protective effects of Manuka honey on LPS-treated RAW 264.7 macrophages. Part 1: Enhancement of cellular viability, regulation of cellular apoptosis and improvement of mitochondrial functionality. Abstract:  Manuka honey (MH) is a monofloral honey from Australia and New Zealand, well-known for its healthy properties, such as antioxidant, antimicrobial and wound healing capacities. The aim of this work was to assess the phenolic composition and the total antioxidant capacity (TAC) of MH, as well as its effects on cellular viability, proliferation, apoptosis and metabolism in lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-treated RAW 264.7 macrophages, highlighting the molecular mechanisms involved. Up to 18 compounds were identified in MH, with gallic acid and quercetin as the major ones; MH showed also remarkable TAC. In addition, MH was able to enhance cellular viability, decrease apoptosis, promote wound healing and attenuate inflammation in a dose-dependent manner, by reducing the expression of caspase 3, p-p38 and p-Erk1/2 proteins, in macrophages stressed with LPS. In addition, it improved mitochondrial respiration and glycolytic activities, stimulating the expression of p-AMPK, SIRT1 and PGC1, counteracting in this way the deleterious effects of LPS treatment. In conclusion, one of the possible mechanisms by which MH exerts its beneficial effects could be to its capacity to improve cellular viability, promote proliferation and enhance energetic metabolism, by modulating the expressionof several proteins involved in apoptosis, inflammation, metabolism and mitochondrial biogenesis.

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21:20

Mother battered by massive hailstones in heroic attempt to shield her baby "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A Queensland mother was left covered in large bruises and cuts after she used her body to shield her four-month-old baby from a brutal hailstorm. Fiona Simpson was driving to her home in Kingaroy, Queensland with her new baby and grandmother when an extreme storm hit on Thursday. She pulled over when driving conditions got bad, but had no idea just how bad things were going to get. Simpson soon heard a loud bang and turned around to see what had happened. "All this rain starts coming in, and the back window where my daughter was was just open ... it's gone," she told ABC. The large hailstones had smashed through the window. Simpson quickly jumped into the backseat and used her body to shelter her baby from the onslaught of large hailstones and rain. "I looked down and I could see she was screaming but I couldn't even hear her, that's how loud it was," she said.

08:32

Climate and nuclear news to 14 October Australia "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The world has 10 years to ward off global warming disaster.  The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its 2018 Report on Monday 8th October. By Tuesday, its news was all over the media.  By Wednesday, other news had to some extent taken over. By now, in Australia, were back to the important stuff horse racing and royal weddings.

However, climate change is still important, and indeed, urgent. Experts warn that the IPCC report may be understating the climate situation. And in particular the risk of catastrophic sea-level rise.

Again, however much the nuclear lobby might not want you to know this, the dangers of climate change and nuclear power are merging. Hurricane Michael has threatened nuclear power stations in Georgia and Florida. But theres precious little information on how that is going.

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Friday, 12 October

15:33

stressed me to the point I am struggling to sleep "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Debt amount: 
$2500
Date debt issued: 
Thursday, 16 August 2018
Period debt occurred: 
September 2015 to June 2016
Has your case been referred to a collection agency?: 
Yes
Payment Type: 
Youth Allowance
Appealing Debt?: 
Yes in process
Tell us about your debt and how has this affected you? e.g. anxiety levels, financial and accommodation stress: 

This debt has stressed me to the point I am struggling to sleep trying to sort it out and I have taken up extra shifts at work to try to get myself in a better financial situation to try to feel secure

How do you feel about the way the Government has handled this process?: 

I think th...

Thursday, 11 October

22:13

Music, dancing and quotes in tribute to bilby brother "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

BILBY SCIENTIST Peter McRaes Charleville friends found themselves all just about outnumbered at his memorial service in the town hall on 29 September. They included...

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