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Sunday, 17 June


June 17 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

1788 - The name "Sydney" was used for the first time in some new settlement in some strange, far off land where the dregs of society were, not 10 Downing St, although that sounded just as promising as Canberra....
The original name/s for Sydney are Djubuguli (Bennelong Point) and Cadi (all of Sydney Cove).

1804 - Some 300 Aboriginal people threw spears at armed Hawkesbury River settlers, who opened fire and returned to Richmond Hill with stolen goods they have retrieved. A military detachment at Windsor shot two Aboriginal people.

1826 - One bloke who does a bit of haunting is Frederick Fisher - he was done a nasty mischief on this day and his ghost has been seen, celebrated and interviewed at length ever since.

1836 - Michael Maloney was hanged at Sydney for burglary from the house of Richard Hamlyn at Goulburn.

1836 - James Hare was hanged at Sydney for burglary from the house of Richard Hamlyn at Goulburn.

1843 - Continuing the grisly theme and today saw The Wairau Massacre take place, the first deadly fight between the Maori and Europeans since the since the Treaty of Waitangi was signed.

1843 - Gov George Gipps ordered the removal from office of Justice John Walpole Willis, resident Judge in the Port Phillip District, after powerful interests in Melbourne petitioned for his recall.

1867 - One of our greatest writers, Henry Lawson, was birthed on the gold fields.

1890 - The Mansfield Railway Line (Vic) was extended a whopping 4.5 kms from Molesworth to Cathkin.

1891 The Labor party first entered the New South Wales Legislative Assembly with 35 members elected.

1893 Prospector Paddy Hannan filed a Reward Claim, announcing the discovery of gold at Kalgoorlie, Western Australia.

1906 - The highly celebrated (go on, admit you raise a glass to it every day!) Prahran to Malvern steam bus service, reputedly the first Victorian use of self propelled vehicles for public passenger traffic, was abandoned.

1911 - Suffrage in Britain
A week before the Coronation of King George V and Queen Mary, Margaret Fisher led Australian and New Zealand women in a London demonstration. Some 40,000 marched in support of a Bill granting women the right to vote. The British government did not enact the suffrage law until 1919.

1912 - William Frederick Ball was hanged at Armidale Gaol for the murder of Louisa Ball at Bingara.

1926 - The coastline of NSW was gently handwashed, rinsed and hung out to drip dry when the effects of a tsunami were felt courtesy of an earthquake in our unofficial 7th state, NZ.

1940 - The Captains Flat Railway Branch Line (NSW) was opened for train business from Bungendore Junction to Captains Flat......

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Saturday, 16 June


Pope Francis: Church Has Moral Duty To Protect Pedophiles Who Confess "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Pope Francis has ordered Catholic priests not to break the seal of confession when dealing with child rapists and pedophiles.   Priests should go to jail than abide by a new law introduced in Australia designed [...]

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The RBA as firm and policymaker "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Here is the Financial Times:

Australia has created 1m jobs over five years and its economy is growing at a healthy 3.1 per cent a year, but for workers the lucky country has lost some of its shine. Wages growth is stuck near record lows and household debt is among the highest in the developed world.

Average wages grew 2.1 per cent in the year to the end of March, below the 3.5 to 4 per cent levels that Australians enjoyed during a decade-long commodities boom that ended in 2013.

This is causing concern at the Reserve Bank of Australia, which has warned that weak household income growth and high debt posed a risk to the economy. The crisis is really in wage growth, Philip Lowe, the RBA governor, cautioned last year as he implored workers to demand higher wages to stimulate the economy.

A few comments:

1. Australia has now gone 27 years without a recession, despite wild swings in the markets for its key commodity exports (iron, coal, food, etc.)  So much for the theory that good monetary policy cannot smooth out the business cycle.  So much for the theory that housing bubbles cause economic instability.  So much for the theory that decade after decade of massive current account deficits are a problem. The naysayers have been telling me you just wait since I began blogging in early 2009.  Im still waiting, and the Australian expansion keeps rolling along.

2.  The RBA is confused.  It is concerned about slow nominal wage growth, but it is the RBA itself that determines Aussie nominal wage growth.  If it wants wages to grow faster, then it should raise the Australian NGDP growth rate.

The consequences of low wage growth are not restricted to workers. Mr Lowe, RBA governor, has warned of a cascade effect whereby it contributes to weak inflation, which keeps interest rates at record low levels a trend that pushes up asset valuations and social inequality.

Weak wage growth also damps spending by households and restricts income tax collection by the government, which is betting on a rapid recovery of wages growth to 3.25 per cent by 2019-20 to meet its pledge to return the budget to surplus.

Nope, low wage growth, low inflation, low interest rates and slow spending are all caused by slow NGDP growth, aka tight money.

It also poses a risk to industrial peace. Last month, Australia stopped printing money for the first time in 107 years due to a strike at Note Printing Australia, a wholly owned subsidiary of the RBA. Workers are demanding a pay rise of at least 3.5 per cent and have rej...


Expect China and Russia To Continue To Undermine Democracies "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Riga, Latvia: Bob Posners name is perfect for who he is: a mild, middle-aged British public servant, not given to grand statements or dramatic claims.

He comes across as the sort of chap whod say things like anything for a quiet life.

But suddenly its not that quiet.

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Posner is the director of the UK Electoral Commissions finance and regulation section. His job is to make sure, using the principle of follow the money, that elections and referendums are run lawfully.

Usually this is just going over receipts and rapping the knuckles of anyone loose in their funding declarations.

By Nick Miller
Sydney Morning Herald

But now there are a significant number of major investigations and inquiries on our books, he says. Just last week they opened another new investigation into a major campaigner in the Brexit referendum.

It does seem different and it does seem a concern, he says.

I find myself talking to my counterparts in a number of other countries about their issues. I find myself talking to security services in the UK and elsewhere, in the US in particular.

That doesnt seem normal to me. That seems very different to when I started my job four years ago. Theres been a change of some sort.

When fake news meets marketing

Earlier this year British Prime Minister Theresa May said she was deeply concerned by Russias attempts to weaponise information.

The Kremlin is seeking to undermine the international rules-based system, she said.



Blessed Are The Cheesemakers "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

It was a beautiful day in Sydney, and so absolutely awesome to hang out with two of my oldest friends (forty years), Sue and Paul, as Paul and (newer friend, fifteen years) Kerry sold their cheese at the Kurrajong Kitchen Cheese Lovers Festival 2018 at Centennial Park. Paul and Kerry run Nimbin Valley Dairy Are you really from Nimbin?


North Coast Voices "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Guardian, 15 June 2018:

An advertising executive and commentator is refusing to delete a social media post mocking the Queensland opposition frontbencher Jarrod Bleijie, despite being referred to the powerful ethics committee.

Bleijie had at the time been arguing against a motion to speed up debate on the Labor governments vegetation management laws so parliament could adjourn at its new family friendly time and avoid sitting into the night.

After seeing the tweet, Bleijie complained to the speaker, Curtis Pitt, who referred Madigan to the ethics committee, because under parliamentary rules vision from the floor of the house cant be used for satire or ridicule.

Pitt said his office also attempted to have the Twitter post removed.

Madigan previously refused to remove the tweet when contacted by the clerk of parliament, and on Friday again tweeted she would be leaving the post up.


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World Cup 2018: France beat Australia 2-1 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Paul Pogba scored a late goal to earn France a hard-fought 2-1 win against Australia as technology played a major part in their opening World Cup Group C game on Saturday. Midfielder Pogba, who was criticised after recent below-par performances, found the back of the net with a lob after a fine one-two with second-half []

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Corrupt companies will be able to sue whistleblowers under proposed changes to defamation laws "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Proposed new defamation laws would allow corrupt companies such as the banks to sue whistleblowers and social media users. If the laws had been in force a few years ago it would mean we would never of had the Banking Royal Commission as most of the whistleblowers who sparked the Royal Commission would have been []


FIFA World Cup 2018: Can You Hit a Home Run at the Soccer Field "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


A couple of days ago, the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia was opened by a match between Russia and Saudi Arabia national teams that many anticipated. At the grand opening of this event, Russias president Vladimir Putin announced that:

I congratulate the whole big, strong, multi-national football family from all over the world and welcome to the beginning of the planets main football tournament.

Even though soccer, or football as they call it in Europe, lies far beyond the boundaries of day-to-day politics, its hardly a secret to all those who have been following political events closely that it has been dominating the world of sports for quite some time. Its no wonder than that the world cup that has just opened attracts so much attention, as Russia and the Western world are engaged in the most intense and bitter geopolitical struggle since the collapse of the Soviet Union. However, what is even more intriguing, Russia appears to be winning.

Long before the grand opening of the 2018 World Cup, the deputies of the European Parliament announced their intention to declare a diplomatic boycott of this massive event. British authorities were first to officially announce the boycott of the FIFA World Cup, with a number of other countries joining them, including Iceland and Australia.

However, on the day Vladimir Putin made his greeting speech, most of the Western media sources had to acknowledge that the whole idea of a boycott was nothing but a big failure.

The 2018 FIFA World Cup is the largest event that Russia hosts since the end of Soviet days, back when the United States and other countries chose to boycott of the Russia Olympics in 1980 because of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, Reuters notes.

Its rather symbolic that the new anti-Russian hysteria was launched after the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics that was the largest sports-related PR victory for Vladimir Putin until those very days. The Atlantic Council...


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Theresa May wants Britons to give thanks for the presence of Muslims "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

If Theresa May thinks this video will unite Britons she is off her freakin' nut! I do not give thanks for the Muslim negative contribution to the world at all. It's a nett value subtractor. "The end of the holy month of Ramadan is a time for Muslims to come...


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Pennies from heaven? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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With the opening of the new childrens hospital there has been interest in the origins of the first one, Princess Margaret. One popular retelling of the tale is:

In 1897, a young girl entered Charles Moores department store. She was drawn to an unusual moneybox into which she put three pennies. When Mr Moore asked her what she would like in return for her money, she asked to give it to the childrens hospital. Moore said there was no such hospital and the girl replied, Then why not have one? Moore responded, We certainly will, and we will start it with your pennies.

When Charles Moore told this story in 1909 at the opening of the hospital there wouldnt have been a dry eye in the room. And since Moore himself related the tale, it must be true. Mustnt it? Well, no, so let Dodgy Perth debunk it. But first, why is the moneybox always described as unusual?

The following section contains racially charged language and an image some may find offensive.

Moore said the moneybox was a negro one, where a coin placed into the hand would be thrown into the box. These were sometimes called jolly negro moneyboxes or, worse, greedy n****r boxes and were popular around the turn of the 20th century. Casual racism like this was the norm in the Perth of a century ago, so we shouldnt read too much into Moores story, or the fact that this box apparently stood on the hospitals front counter for years. However, to...


From Bauple to Burpengary The Game & The Big Year "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Barking Owl - Sheepstation Creek

BirdLife Australia Sunshine Coast, our local birding group, has for some time been running a game on its Facebook page organised by its leader, Ken Cross. One objective is to encourage people to photograph as many species as possible in a calendar year in the Sunshine Coast region. The area extends north to Inskip Point and Bauple; south to Bribie Island; and west to Kilcoy, the Conondale Range, the Amamoor area and Muna Creek-Miva. An outlier to the south, Sheepstation Creek Conservation Reserve near Burpengary, is also included.

I thought it would be fun to join in for the 2018 game, and it's proved quite a challenge. A bit like a big jigsaw puzzle, with all the bits slowly falling into place. A few weeks ago, what I dubbed The Game morphed into a Big Year for me, so I'm keen to see how many species in the region I can photograph this year. As of today (16/4/2018) I'm up to 279, and while it might be nice to hit 300, another 21 is a tall order, especially since I'm away for much of the second half of the year. I've seen but not managed to photograph another 4 species (King Quail, Stubble Quail, Eastern Ground Parrot, White-throated Nightjar). I've seen a total of 344 species in the Sunshine Coast region since time immemorial.


VIDEO: D-DAY for Socceroos video chat with PM before facing formidable France "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Socceroos kick off their 2018 FIFA World Cup campaign against European heavyweights France on Saturday night at 8pm AEST. With two friendly wins under their [more]

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The Weekend Quiz June 16-17, 2018 answers and discussion "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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

Question 1:

An external surplus is a necessary but not sufficient condition for a nation that wishes to grow during a period of fiscal surpluses and private domestic deleveraging.

The answer is True.

This is a question about the relative magnitude of the sectoral balances the government fiscal balance, the external balance and the private domestic balance. The balances taken together always add to zero because they are derived as an accounting identity from the national accounts. The balances reflect the underlying economic behaviour in each sector which is interdependent given this is a macroeconomic system we are considering.

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

From the sources perspective we write:

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

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

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

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

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

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

(2) GNP = C + I + G + (X M) + FNI

To render this approach....


Economics in Two Lessons, Chapter 12 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Thanks to everyone who commented on the first eleven chapters of my book-in-progress, Economics in Two Lessons.

Heres a draft of>Chapter 12 on Predistribution

Comments, criticism and praise are welcome.

Earlier draft chapters are available. These arent final versions, as I am now editing the entire manuscript, but you can read them to see where the book is coming from.>Table of Contents>Introduction;.>Chapter 1: What is opportunity cost?>Chapter 2: Markets, opportunity cost and equilibrium>Chapter 3:Time, information and uncertainty>Chapter 4:Lesson 1: Applications.>Chapter 5: Lesson 1 and economic policy.


Assanges Ecuadorian Cave "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

For over two months Julian Assange had no internet access and no contact with anyone besides his lawyer. Fifteen days is prohibited by the UN as prolonged solitary confinement under the Mandela Rules. His situation now appears unchanged except that he was visited last Thursday by two officials from Australias High Commission. It has not Continue reading "Assanges Ecuadorian Cave"

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Domestic Violence Initiative Fails to Identify Those At-Risk "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A recent report has concluded that a key initiative designed to combat domestic violence is failing complainants. The report by the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR) suggests that the Domestic Violence Safety Assessment Tool (DVSAT), is a very poor instrument measuring the risk of repeat domestic violence victimisation, often performing little better

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Need for an Independent Commission of Inquiry into Australias Nuclear Waste Management FOE Submission "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Friends of the Earth , Contact: Jim Green B.Med.Sci.(Hons.) PhD National Nuclear Campaigner Australia SUBMISSION TO SENATE STANDING COMMITTEES ON ECONOMICS Selection process for a national radioactive waste management facility in South Australia Friends of the Earth Australia No. 86)

(Ed note. This copy of this submission does not include the copious references which are provided on the original at the Senate website. )


  1. Introduction
  2. The financial compensation offered to applicants for the acquisition of land under the nominations of land guidelines
  3. How the need for broad community support has played and will continue to play a part in the process
  4. How any need for Indigenous support has played and will continue to play a part in the process
  5. Whether and/or how the Governments community benefit program payments affect broad community and Indigenous community sentiment
  6. Whether wider (Eyre Peninsular or state-wide) community views should be taken into consideration and, if so, how this is occurring or should be occurring
  7. Any Other Related Matters Alleged Need for a Dump and Store
  8. Any Other Related Matters Long-lived Intermediate-level Waste
  9. Any Other Related Matters Need for an Independent Commission of Inquiry
  10. Introduction

Friends of the Earth Australia (FoE) welcomes the opportunity to provide a submission to thi...


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Areas Of The World More Vulnerable To Collapse "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

ANOTHER great post from SRSrocco..  this one should be of particular interest to Australians though, because we are in a more vulnerable region. and while Australia may look not too bad on those charts, its only because our relatively small population means we consume way less than most of the other nations of the Asia Pacific region


Certain areas of the world are more vulnerable to economic and societal collapse.  While most analysts gauge the strength or weakness of an economy based on its outstanding debt or debt to GDP ratio, there is another factor that is a much better indicator.  To understand which areas and regions of the world that will suffer a larger degree of collapse than others, we need to look at their energy dynamics.

For example, while the United States is still the largest oil consumer on the planet, it is no longer the number one oil importer.  China surpassed the United States by importing a record 8.9 million barrels per day (mbd) in 2017.  This data came from the recently released BP 2018 Statistical Review.  Each year, BP publishes a report that lists each countries energy production and consumption figures.

BP also lists the total oil production and consumption for each area (regions and continents).  I took BPs figures and calculated the Net Oil Exports for each area.  As we can see, the Middle East has the highest amount of net oil exports with 22.3 million barrels per day in 2017:

The figures in the chart above are shown in thousand barrels per day.  Russia and CIS (Commonwealth Independent States) came in second with 10 mbd of net oil exports followed by Africa with 4 mbd and Central and South America with 388,000 barrels per day.  The areas with the negative figures are net oil importers.

The area in the world with the largest net oil imports was the Asia-Pacific region at 26.6 mbd followed by Europe with 11.4 mbd and North America (Canada, USA & Mexico) at 4.1 mbd.

Now, that we understand the energy dynamics shown in the chart above, the basic rule of thumb is that the areas in the world that are more vulnerable to collapse are those with the highest amount of net oil imports.  Of course, it is true t...


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Market Talk- June 15, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


Markets always seem to be waiting for something and even today it appears they were concerned about the BOJ and then later the US/China Trade Talks. The result for cash was that the market felt that the BOJ offered a helping hand after it today downplayed its previous view on inflation. The subsequent bounce in the Nikkei (+0.5%) was one of the few markets that managed a positive return today. The other core market to benefit off of today events was the Australian ASX (+1.25%), but that too saw currency declines -0.4%. Shanghai and the Hang Seng
both lost around -0.6% as concerns escalate over the Trade Talks. SENSEX did well just to close unchanged as most of the afternoon session was spent in negative territory. However, the markets was probably helped by the continued decline in the INR, this evening closing with a 68 handle.

Europe was generally weaker across the board with the UKs FTSE (1.7%) being hit hardest. The UK continues to battle with BREXIT plans and so we are seeing the currency also under pressure and also market concerns surrounding US trade. Core Europe were also lower with DAX and CAC off around -0.6% the pair, whilst peripherals (IBEX, FTSE MIB) closed a little over 1% lower. The markets are still concerned about the ECBs possible tapering from QE from September. We did hear Draghi state that the door could remain open but these moves appear a little more concerning.

US core were waiting for more information about US/China trade tariffs and so were trading lower in the uncertainty. By the close all core had recovered much of the intraday declines closing just 80 points off on the DOW. Earlier in the session the DOW was down almost 300 points but had recovered by the close. Eventually, we heard the US put a Trade number of $50bn of charges on trade and later we hear China stated a $32bn number. The result of todays trading really blends into the previous rally and is having a negligible impact. It may be too early to make such a claim but the market consensus is that somehow these guys will work things out. US stocks still looking in good shape with gains of around 5% over the past month for NASDAQ and the broader S+P.

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Embers and Death at the Victoria Park Hotel: The Anguish for Lost Buildings "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

We came across a skeleton of a building bristling with warnings: Asbestos, Stay Out; Danger, Do Not Enter. The sense was that entering this site of history in Townsville, North Queensland, would kill you. And damn well it would have, sending you keeling over in fumes, damning you even if, on entering, you had hoped

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Mon Abri MkII update "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Its been busy here for the past month or so since we started coming out of the ground As I type, the masonry work is as good as finished, weather permitting will be so next Monday. So on a rainy weekend and I have to say weve been so lucky weather-wise Ive decided to update you all on the progress.

I started with 24 pallets of blocks, and it looks like well have almost three left over, even after the numerous broken ones found beneath the plastic wrap around the pallets. Beats me how everything is plastic wrapped now, even concrete blocks

Mark the Irish block layer has done a wonderful job.. he may be six years younger than me, but us old farts can sure work when the pressures on!

Having fitted the electrics on top of the first course, it occurred to me that dropping


Marking blocks for cutting

concrete from a great height onto the plastic conduit spanning almost 400mm between the block webs might not be a good idea, so I filled the bottom course by hand to support all that hard work. Didnt want to...


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Tex at the Record Crate "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Tex last night at the Crate. They're a two-piece from the 'Gong playing some Hendrix licks and their own material, up in town last night with their manager Liam -  the players names are lost in the the haze

They look like kids to us old reprobates.

Robert(with Nev behind) puts on his best patronising tone - "Now children,..."

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nankeen kestrel, masked lapwing at Etna Creek Road, north of Rockhampton reported by Andrew McDougall on 09-06-2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

At least 22 nankeen kestrels In approximately 6 hectares hovering and striking. In the same paddock at least 60 masked lapwings in 3 loose groups. Recorded here due to unusually high numbers.


The Next Stage of the Global Resource Arms Race Is Here "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

In 1904, Sir Halford John Mackinder, a British geographer and academic, presented a paper to the Royal Geographical Society.

The Geographical Pivot of History is a remarkable paper for two reasons.

For starters, it gave birth to the modern science of geopolitics.

More importantly, it may have played a central role in dooming the world to two global wars.

How could one paper have so much influence on modern history?

Read on to find out

Mackinders outlook was a theoretical expression of what would become British foreign policy. He believed that geography played a key role in attaining global power. And he used this belief to make sense of history and world politics.

Mackinders research led him to divide the world into three parts. You can see this illustrated in the map that Mackinder created at the time:

Source: The Geographical Pivot of History

For Mackinder, global power centred on what he called the Heartland. The pivot area marked on the map shows this. Its basically the Eurasian landmass, with Russia dominating the whole area.

The second part of Mackinders division is an inner crescent of flashpoints bordering the Heartland Europe, the Middle East, the subcontinent and East Asia. This is where geopolitical flashpoints were always likely as competing nations wrestled for control of the key areas.

Finally, Mackinder had a third and outer crescent consisting of peripheral continents in geopolitical analysis, including Africa, the Americas and Australasia.

Mackinders basic premise was that whoever controlled Eastern Europe could control the Heartland too.

Any dominating position in the natural seat of power would provide control of huge reserves of raw materials and men enough to dominate the entire world.

Such an idea would always be a worry

When the victors write history

At the time, Britain was the worlds dominant superpower, courtesy of their naval power. They also used this to contain and disrupt regional players across Eurasia.

The primary British foreign policy objective was to prevent any foreign countries uniting and rivalling it for power or arms.

As the British saw it, the biggest threat was the emergence of a ma...


The Oil Hunt That Almost Killed Off Whales "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

I know not all that may be coming, but be it what it will, Ill go into laughing.

Herman Melvilles Moby Dick

Its a story about the existence of a higher power. About good and evil. About self-examination. And about even social status. Herman Melvilles literary classic Moby Dick is many things.

Its also a tale of a bloke seeking vengeance on a whale that bit half his leg off.

But you wont catch us sympathising with the half-legged and neurotic protagonist Captain Ahab.

Our allegiance has always lied with Moby Dick, historys most famous sperm whale and chief antagonist.

With good reason, we might add.

You see, the 1800s were a time when whale hunting was considered big business. So big, in fact, that, for a brief period, it accounted for a whopping fifth of the US economy.

In truth, the whaling industry completely transformed the north-eastern United States into one of the richest places on Earth.

Ships numbering in their hundreds would set out from ports across this vast region known as New England, stretching from Maine to Connecticut. They crossed the globe, seeking out and bringing home with them prized whale oil in vast quantities.

It may be hard to imagine now but whale oil was central to life in the 1800s. In an era long predating electricity, whale oil was prized for its use in oil lamps. It was a key component in candles that not only emitted no smoke, but which released no smell.

Yet its importance extended far beyond lighting alone. Not only was it also used to make household necessities like soaps and margarine, it made for an excellent lubricator at a time when the use of machinery was growing.

Of course, obtaining whale oil meant having to actually kill whales, which was much easier said than done.

Prior to Americas arrival on the scene, whaling techniques had been primitive and dangerous.

The British, for one, would hunt for whales by jettisoning smaller boats from ships. Scores of men would row out towing harpoons attached to ropes, sniping at whales like javelin throwers until they surrendered.

Victorious, these hardened men would drag the whales back to ships, tying them to hulls. From there, the whale was stripped of its skin and blubber, which was then boiled to make whale oil.

As you can imagine, this was quite an ordeal. And a deadly one at that.

However, by the 18th century, American seafarers had joined in on the great whale hunt in earnest, leading to a boom in whale oil supply.

New England became ground zero...


Recycling, another corporate scam in Australia "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

This is another example of how Australian 'consumers' are getting defrauded of their cash, by paying for services that never existed.

All that matters is that you pay for your unlawfully issued fine.


Winter morning antics "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Its been fun watching the gatherings of Sulphur-crested Cockatoos in recent weeks they are such spectacularly beautiful birds!

Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Wyndham Street Newstead, 16th June 2018


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Glacial improvement "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Tightening, slowly

I took a look here at the employment growth figures during the week, which broadly showed that the unemployment rate in Australia is back down to where it was in 2013. 

The number of unemployed persons dropped sharply in the month of May, down by 26,800 to 714,600, taking the unemployment rate down from 5.6 per cent to 5.4 per cent. 

So that's the good news. 

The state making the most substantial inroads lately has been Victoria, with the number of unemployed persons down to 174,400 from 208,500 a year earlier.

Very good news!

The unemployment rate in Victoria has declined accordingly to 5.1 per cent, down from 6.1 per cent a year ago.

So that's getting quite close to the 4.9 per cent of New South Wales. 

Like Sydney before it, Melbourne is enjoying the fruits of its construction boom.

Some progress, then, but overall there are still more than 700,000 out of work, and there remains plenty of slack in the labour force nationally. 

A look at the trend chart for unemployed persons underscores this point.

In October 2014 the two most populous states had a combined 442,900 unemployed persons, a figure that's since fallen by about 60,000 or 14 per cent. 


Dark Precedents: Matteo Salvini, the MV Tampa and Refugees "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

In August 2001, Australias dour Prime Minister John Howard demonstrated to the world what his countrys elite soldiers could do. Desperate, close to starvation and having been rescued at sea from the Palapa I in the Indian Ocean, refugees and asylum seekers on the Norwegian vessel, the MV Tampa, were greeted by the crack troops of the Special Air Services.

A bitter, politicised standoff ensued.  The Norwegian vessel had initially made its way to the Indonesian port of Merak, but then turned towards the Australian territory of Christmas Island.  Howard, being the political animal he was, had to concoct a crisis to distract.  The politics of fear had a better convertibility rate than the politics of hope.

Australian authorities rebuked and threatened the container ships captain, claiming that if Rinnan refused to change course from entering Australias territorial sea, he would be liable to prosecution for people smuggling.  The vessel was refused docking at Christmas Island.  As was remarked a few years later by Mary Crock in the Pacific Rim Law and Policy Journal, The stand taken by Australia in August 2001 set a precedent that, if followed by other refugee receiving countries, could only worsen the already deplorable problems facing asylum seekers in the world today.

And so it has transpired. Italys response to the migrant rescue ship, MV Aquarius, eerily evoked the Tampa and its captains plight.  The charity ship, carrying some 629 African refugees, found all Italian ports closed to it under the express orders of Matteo Salvini, who has debuted in stormy fashion as Italys new deputy prime minister and minister for the interior.

Salvini had, at first instance, pressed Malta to accept the human cargo, but only got an offer of assistance with air evacuations.  The good God, he bitterly surmised, put Malta closer to Africa than Sicily.  The result was initial diplomatic inertia, followed by growing humanitarian crisis, and a Spanish offer to accept the vessel.

The situation clearly, as it did in the case of the Tampa, was calculated for maximum political bruising.  One of Salvinis many political hats is federal secretary of the populist Lega party, which capitalised, along with the Five Star Movement, on the shambles of Prime Minister Giuseppe Contes failure to form a government in May.  The nature of that calculation was made clearer by the uneventful rescue of 937 refugees off the Libyan coast who were taken to Catania in Sicily by the Italian warship, the Diciotti on Tuesday. Little fuss arose from that engagement.



Donald Trump alienates Americas allies, raising the question Should Australia get its own nuclear weapon? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The irony of the North Korean denuclearisation deal could be that everybody else decides to go nuclear. If it fails and Kim remains in power and countries doubt our commitment, then whats to stop Japan or South Korea or Australia going nuclear?

Trump triggers talk of Australia going nuclear, SMH, By Peter Hartcher 16 June 2018 

Should Australia develop its own nuclear weapons? It seems an outlandishly radical thought for such a safe country to consider. But a former adviser to Malcolm Turnbull and Julie Bishop thinks its an idea whose time is fast approaching.

In his book Why Australia Slept, launched this week, Peter Hendy says that Australia needs to consider nuclear weapons because if we could financially afford them, [they] would secure an even more independent foreign policy for the country.

Hendy, a former Liberal federal MP, former head of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and now a consultant, is not the first to raise this delicate subject. The way things are going he wont be the last.

Three former deputy secretaries of Australias Defence Department strategists Hugh White, Paul Dibb and Richard Brabin-Smith have mooted the idea in the past year. Till these most recent months, its been something of a taboo topic in respectable circles.

One big reason? Australia already has the protection of the United States nuclear umbrella. Under this system, the US pledges that if anyone should launch a nuclear strike on one of its allies, Washington would retaliate against the aggressor....


Philip Fels: a farming family saddened at community disruption, due to unwise Barndioota nuclear waste dump site selection "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Philip Fels   Selection process for a national radioactive waste management facility in South Australia Submission 84

To the Senate standing committee on Economics, Regarding the proposed nuclear waste facility at Barndioota near Hawker S.A.

As a family which has lived and worked the land very near to the proposed nuclear waste facility for more than 130 yrs we are very strongly against this facility going ahead for some of the reasons which we will try and point out in the text following.

The site in question shouldnt have been allowed to be nominated by a person or persons with out any consultation with people whom this may directly effect considering they have only owned the property for a short time and have never lived or worked on the property or are ever likely to.

The land in question is one of the most unstable areas in Australia and we have earth tremors weekly if not daily and the Wilkatana Fault runs right up through this area.

As the soil structure is very porous and their is no granite bedrock in this area seepage or leakage into the local underground water table and then ultimately Lake Torrens is a very real risk.

As well as sustainably farming Merino Sheep and beef cattle for a very long time we also have a successful tourism business which we have been running on the property for 50 yrs which we fear will be severely impacted.

Our biggest worry of this process is the detrimental effect it...


Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) agreement with IAEA on enhanced protection for uranium workers "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

IAEA and Australias Regulatory Body Strengthen Cooperation to Enhance Radiation Protection of Uranium Mining and Processing Workers  

The IAEA and the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) have agreed on a cooperation agreement outlining plans for joint work to strengthen radiation protection of workers in the uranium mining and processing industries.

This cooperation will address potential harm that could be caused by the higher concentrations of...



World is on track to exceed 1.5C of warming leaked UN draft report "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Guardian 15th June 2018 The world is on track to exceed 1.5C of warming unless countries rapidly implement far-reaching actions to reduce carbon emissions, according to a draft UN report leaked to Reuters. The final draft report from the UNs intergovernmental panel on climate change (IPCC) was due for publication in
October. It is the guiding scientific document for what countries must do to combat climate change.

Human-induced warming would exceed 1.5C by about 2040 if emissions continued at their present rate, the report found, but countries could keep warming below that level if they made rapid and far reaching changes.

Under the 2015 Paris climate agreement, almost 200 countries signed up to limit global temperature rises to well below 2C above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5C. Climate scientist and Climate Analytics director Bill Hare said the draft report showed with greater clarity how much faster countries needed to move towards decarbonisation under various temperature situations and that the impacts of climate change greatly increased between 1.5C and 2C of warming.

Necessary actions include making the transition to renewable energy, powering the transport sector with zero carbon electricity, improving agricultural management and stopping deforestation.


June 16 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

1806 - Some convicts decided on a change of scenery so they lifted the brig 'Venus' from Port Dalrymple (in Tassie) and sailed off into the sunset and over the ditch to NZ.

1801 - Lieut William Paterson founded a settlement on the Hunter River. Alas! He forgot the first rule in real estate - location, location, location, and thus it was kicked to the kerb (abandoned to you fancy-pants readers) in 1802.

1806 - Sydney's very first girl's school was opened by Mrs Williams while many parents breathed a sigh of relief and stopped eyeing off the latest line of chastity belts.
An early St Trinian's....?

1807 - The first Russian ship in Australian waters, the trading sloop Neva, 370 tons, popped into Sydney to share a bottle of voddy with the colonials. While anchored in Neutral Bay, Lieutenant Leonid Hagemeister collected Aboriginal weapons, which were sent to St. Petersburg

1828 - John Curtis was hanged at Sydney for the theft of a cow from the herd of William Wentworth, at Bringelly.

1828 - James (or Joseph) Johnson (also called Philip Macauley, Phillip Gawley) was hanged at Sydney for highway robbery and assault of George Tills outside Liverpool.

1857 - Beginning the looong tradition of pollies wasting time & money by "looking into it" Member of the Victorian Legislative Assembly, Sir Charles Gavan Duffy, headed a select committee established to inquire into federation of the Australia's colonies.

1869 Explorer Charles Sturt dropped off the perch.

1879 - Proving that scratching about in the dirt isn't just a fun hobby prospectors John Atherton and James Robson tripped over tin deposits on the tablelands inland from Cairns, Queensland.

1884 - The Bendigo Railway Line (Vic) was opened from the glorious Castlemaine Station (Maldon Junction) to equally delicious Maldon Station.

1885 - Not to be outdone by Benders transport improvements, Ballarat saw the launch of the Golden City steamer on Lake Wendouree.

1887 - Queen's College at Uni of Melbourne (named for the Jubilee of Queen Vicky's reign), was founded by the Reverend William Quick (Founders Day) on the piece of land granted by the Victorian Government to the Methodist Church.

1888 - Melbourne Footy Club were trying to spread the love of the game in Banana Bender country where they played a match against QLD at the Exhibition Ground.
Melbourne 6.16 defeated Queensland 3.5 (Attendance: 5,000)

1903 - The Lake Condah Mission Aboriginals formed an unbeatable football team in 1902, the Darlot Creek Wanderers which the Hamilton Spectator reported on this day having won by 52 points against Condah.

1906 The town of Roma, Queensland became the first town in Australia to be lit and po...

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Accelerating Sea Level Rise is Being Driven by Rapidly Increasing Melt From Greenland and Antarctica robertscribbler "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

From 1993 to the present day, global sea level rise has accelerated by 50 percent. And the primary cause, according to recent research, is that land glaciers such as the massive ice sheets of Greenland and Antarctica are melting far faster than they have in the past. (Assessment of factors involved in the presently increasing []

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June 15 Energy News geoharvey "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Opinion: NRDC, 19 Other Groups Challenge EUs Mistaken Climate Decision EU policymakers agreed on a new Renewable Energy Directive that failed to fix Europes broken bioenergy policies. The decision to continue to label the indiscriminate burning of wood as carbon neutral undercuts the EUs climate targets. [Natural Resources Defense Council] Nuclear Power []

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Solar and wind could provide 60% of UK power without jeopardising reliability, study finds | Solar Power Portal Renewable Energy Tariff UK "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews" Solar and wind could provide 60% of UK power without jeopardising reliability, study finds Liam Stoker Solar could play a pivotal role in a future energy system without jeopardising security of supply, a new report has revealed. The report, produced by consultancy Vivid Economics in partnership with Imperial College academic Marko Aunedi, has analysed []

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Sunny days ahead in Mayo with investment in community solar RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A Mens Shed group, sporting clubs and a local radio station are among organisations in Mayo benefitting from the Turnbull Governments $5 million Solar Communities Program.

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1) Benny Wenda offers heartfelt thanks for West Papua Desk opening "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

1) Benny Wenda offers heartfelt thanks for West Papua Desk opening
2) Indonesia Must Diversify Its Staple Food to Ensure Food Security for All: UN
3) Indonesia set to provide electricity to PNG border
4) Detection An Issue At Border 


1) Benny Wenda offers heartfelt thanks for West Papua Desk opening
JUNE 14, 2018
Publishing a statement on his website today, ULMWP Chairperson Benny Wenda thanked the organisers and people of Aotearoa New Zealand for their hard work in launching the ...


Ecuador looking for 'non-traumatic' way out for WikiLeaks' Assange "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Ecuador is negotiating with authorities in the United Kingdom, where Assange has been granted political asylum in Ecuador's London embassy since 2012. Ecuador is exploring possible ways to resolve the situation of Australian activist and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange that are "not traumatic," Foreign Minister Jose Valencia said on Wednesday. Valencia said Ecuador is negotiating with authorities in the United Kingdom, where Assange has been granted political asylum in Ecuador's London embassy since 2012, but with increasing restrictions.


Slower Tropical Cyclones Bring More Mayhem "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Tropical cyclones are moving more slowly. As temperatures rise, the pace at which a hurricane storms across a landscape has slowed perceptibly in the last 70 years. But the slowdown means each hurricane has more time to do more damage and deliver more flooding.

Tropical cyclones over land have slowed down 20% in the Atlantic, 30% in the northwestern Pacific and 19% in the Australian region, said James Kossin, of the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administrations national centres for environmental information.

These trends are almost certainly increasing local rainfall totals and freshwater flooding, which is associated with a very high mortality risk.

He reports in the journal Nature that thanks to atmospheric warming as a consequence of the profligate combustion of fossil fuels in the last century, the summer tropical circulation has slowed and, along with it, hurricane and typhoon speeds. Overall, since 1940, cyclone movements have slowed by 10%; over some land areas, they have slowed much more.

But as the temperature goes up, the capacity of the atmosphere to hold moisture increases by at least 7% with each degree Centigrade. That means a tropical cyclone a whirling system of terrifying winds bearing huge quantities of water has both more water, and more time to drop it over land.

Harveys warning

And Dr Kossin cites the example of Hurricane Harvey which in 2017 dumped more than 1.25 metres of water on Houston, Texas and the surrounding countryside in just five days. Devastating floods displaced 30,000 people, and 89 died. Economic losses were assessed at more than $126bn.

This shift in what researchers call the translation speed is new and is only the latest study in a procession of alarming findings about the response of the winds in a warming world.

Researchers have already established that hurricanes are gaining in ferocity that is, becoming more intense  at a faster rate than they did decades ago. They have warned that windstorms capacity to damage the worlds economy is on the increase directly because of global warming and consequent climate change, and they have identified a trend in hurricane geography: the storms are moving further north, in the northern hemisphere..........


Discovery: New type of photosynthesis "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The discovery changes our understanding of the basic mechanism of photosynthesis and should rewrite the textbooks. It will also tailor the way we hunt for alien life and provide insights into how we could engineer more efficient crops that take advantage of longer wavelengths of light. The discovery, published today in Science, was led by Imperial College London, supported by the BBSRC, and involved groups from the ANU in Canberra, the CNRS in Paris and Saclay and the CNR in Milan. The vast majority of life on Earth uses visible red light in the process of photosynthesis, but the new type uses near-infrared light instead. It was detected in a wide range of cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) when they grow in near-infrared light, found in shaded conditions like bacterial mats in Yellowstone and in beach rock in Australia. As scientists have now discovered, it also occurs in a cupboard fitted with infrared LEDs in Imperial College London.


Weekly Cryptocurrency Price Analysis: Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, EOS and IOTA "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Undoubtedly, sellers are in charge and it"s solely because of this that the cryptocurrency market cap is down $25 billion in the last four days or so. But, this is coming at the expense of other coins because Bitcoin controls []

The post Weekly Cryptocurrency Price Analysis: Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, EOS and IOTA appeared first on The Global Mail.


Australia: Experts Say Tax Office on Warpath Against Crypto Investors "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Crypto investors in Australia should expect scrutiny from the tax authority, experts say


Outrage Over Anti-Vaccination Billboard In Perth, Australia "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The  State Government is seeking to have an anti-vaccination billboard pulled down in Perth, after doctors complained it was posing a public health risk. The billboard has sparked outrage among Australian doctors and authorities who [...]

The post Outrage Over Anti-Vaccination Billboard In Perth, Australia appeared first on Your News Wire.


PERTH Man fined for stealing almost $200000 from Redcliffe business "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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Man fined for stealing almost $200000 from Redcliffe business .

June 15, 2018 at 05:07PM .

The man has been charged with three counts of stealing as a servant and one count of forge and utter. He will appear in Perth Magistrates Court today .



PERTH Redcliffe branch manager charged with stealing "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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Redcliffe branch manager charged with stealing .

June 15, 2018 at 05:07PM .

three counts of stealing as a servant and one count of forge and utter with intent to defraud and was due to appear in Perth Magistrates Court today. .



PERTH Man jailed for Mandurah assault "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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Man jailed for Mandurah assault .

June 15, 2018 at 04:11PM .

who faces charges over the same incident, appeared in Mandurah Magistrates Court today also. He will appear in Perth Magistrates Court on July 6 .



STUDY: Left-wing Aussies are anxious about expressing political views online "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

STUDY: Left-wing Aussies are anxious about expressing political views online: According to new research, almost half of Australians are worried about what their friends, family and colleagues will think of them if they express their political views on social media. This is an important contribution to understanding the changing nature of the Australian public sphere and the way citizens moderate their behaviour in different media settings.

The finding is contained in the latest Digital News Report: Australia 2018, released by the University of Canberra yesterday.


Mobile App Developers in India Are Always Fighting Losing Battles "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Without timely access to path-breaking technologies, app developers in India can never be on an equal footing with developers in the first world.


President Trump goes outside the White House wire to explain North Korea deal "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Reporter: "You're defending now Kim Jong Un's human rights records. How can you do that?" .@POTUS: "You know why? Because I don't want to see a nuclear weapon destroy you and your family." Fox News (@FoxNews) June 15, 2018 hfg


Rule of law under the Australian Government "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

As stated by the Attorney-General's Department, under the jurisdiction of the Australian Government:

"laws are publicly made and the community is able to participate in the law-making process"

See also the book: YOUR WILL BE DONE by Arthur A Chresby


Anti-vaccination billboard sparks outrage amongst Australian doctors "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A new anti-vaccination billboard in Perth has sparked outrage amongst Australian doctors and caused a dispute to flare on social media. The ad poses the controversial question "Do you know what's in a vaccine?" The billboard was met with fierce criticism from Australian doctors and the authorities, which vowed to pull it down, as social media users argued about whether this could violate freedom of speech. Placed on a street corner, the billboard provided a link to an American anti-vaccination group called 'Learn The Risk.' It defines its mission as one of raising people's awareness of "the dangers of pharmaceutical products, including vaccines." However, the message wasn't received so well by the Australian Medical Association. As soon as the billboard was spotted, the Association insisted on having it pulled down by the local authorities. Their outrage was reinforced by Health Minister Roger Cook, who in turn branded the billboard "nasty and devious" and warned that its "misleading" nature could seriously endanger people's lives. Cook vowed to pull all the necessary strings to have it removed as soon as possible and said he was considering toughening laws to fight against this sort of "misinformation."



The American Resistance has many faces and this is just one of them .......(21) "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

This is a political cartoon by Rob Rodgers, who until 15 June 2018 was employed by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - ciruculation 317,439 - a subsidiary of Block Communication Inc.

On that day he was apparently sacked for being critical of US President Donald J. Trump.


The World Cup on one leg on the Gaza border "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Even though Frances first encounter with its Australian rival wont be held at the World Cup till tomorrow, Frenchman Antoine Griezmann scored two goals yesterday. But not in any Russian stadium about 750 meters away from the barbed wire between Israel and Gaza.

The real blonde-haired Griezmann was represented by his number 7 blue shirt, worn by the 25-year-old Rami Jendia, who played for a Gaza sport club in a simulation match of the World Cup, held at Malaka, the base camp for the Great March of Return protests in Gaza. In the simulation, 14 amputee players played who had lost a leg from Israeli fire either from the weekly marches that began March 31, or from three wars on Gaza over the past decade.

Jendia, the goal scorer. Photo by Mohammed Asad.

Soccer players in Gaza on one leg. Photo by Mohammed Asad.

The simulation-team players wore T-shirts from several countries participating in the World Championships. They were not able to buy only French and Australian jerseys because they are not available in sport equipment stores in the blockaded Strip.

The short game lasted only one-sixth the length of a real match, due to the stress on the players who were forced to jump on one foot all the match time. It kicked off after 13 hours of continuous fasting of the last day of the Holy Ramadan month.

Hamza Sersawi, 23, who symbolized the Manchester Citys superstar Leroy Sane, preferred to play as a goalkeeper, despite suffering paralysis on his left side of body and unable to repel his opponents balls.

There are people on this planet who love life and love sport, and not being forced to be killed or wired to deprive their freedom, Sersawi, who represented his countrys 2012 athletics national team, told ...


Australias Citizenship Minister: We dont want to repeat what happened in Europe, migrants should learn English "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Australias Citizenship Minister has warned European-style ghettos will form unless migrants are forced to learn English.  Parts of Paris, Berlin and Brussels have become no-go zones for police as poorer suburbs in major European cities become a haven for Muslim terrorists and violent extremism. Citizenship Minister Alan Tudge is correct about the danger of no-go []


Cat urgently needing a home! "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

My neighbours basically forced one of their cats onto me saying she didnt get along with their dogs. Poor girl had been neglected for a while and although I would take her, I already have 4 cats, and don't have the space or money for a fifth. Angel paws is ignoring my requests for help and my money is running out so I am wondering if I will have to take her to city council :(

She is an older girl named Coco. She is very slow to trust, due to her past neglect but when she feels comfortable, she becomes so affectionate. She will play a little bit with some toys and she acts like a kitten again when she is really into it.

She is desexed but that is all I know about her. Age, vaccination history, worming history, and whether or not she is microchipped are all unknown.

She would be perfect for someone who wants a companion to cuddle with. She likes sleeping during the day in a warm corner and will watch outside the window at night.

If you or anyone you know of wants an older, chill cat, please contact me ASAP!

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The Apollo Dinner X The Byron at Byron "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

We are excited to announce a rustic culinary collaboration between The Apollo Restaurant Sydney and The Byron at Byron Join Chef Jonathan Barthelmess from The Apollo Sydney and Our Executive Chef Matthew Kemp and his team for a fabulous evening of Mediterranean share-style feast with a fusion of Byron Bay magic.

Enjoy a four-course affair of rustic Mediterranean dishes with wines from St Hugos and a Brookies Gin on arrival, with the view of the chefs cooking the lamb on the fire!

Find out more at The Byron at Byron.

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Note that this Monday 18 June 2018, we will be meeting in room 013.01.003, Emily McPherson building The big white building on the southwest corner of Russell and Victoria. Enter via Franklin St (ie. the Victoria St side). All are welcome!


Do You Know Whats In a Vaccine? Australia Moves To Remove Anti-Vaccine Billboard "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

An anti-vaccine billboard is now displayed over a heavily trafficked corner in Perth, causing a slew of controversy in the area. Residents are upset that the owner of the billboard accepted money from the American...

The post Do You Know Whats In a Vaccine? Australia Moves To Remove Anti-Vaccine Billboard appeared first on Vaxxter.


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

End of the week

Had an awesome at the 2018 Wealth Retreat at Gold Coast, with many new connections made and ideas discussed.

Find the must read articles of the week here at Property Update (or click the image below). 

Have a great weekend!


A cloudy day at Joyces Creek "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A visit to the Joyces Creek arm of Cairn Curran on Monday was a bit of a desperate attempt to satisfy the bird photography addiction (aggravated by the acquisition of upgraded lens and camera) on a cloudy and unpromising day. While I was delighted to see a party of five male and one female Flame Robins, they were a bit reluctant to pose for the paparazzi, as were the many Black -fronted Dotterels.Red-kneed Dotterel (Erythrogonys cinctus) on the shoreline was more accommodating, but still a little coy.

Red-kneed Dotterel (Erythrogonys cinctus)

Red-kneed Dotterel

A group of five Yellow-billed Spoonbills (Platalea flavipes) perched in an old dead River Red Gum were considerably more obliging. A little bit of light breaking through the sombre clouds at the right moment was even better.

Yellow-billed Spoonbill (Platalea flavipes)

Yellow-billed Spoonbill looking rather cool.

Yellow-billed Spoonbill (Platalea flavipes)

And perhaps tiring of the fool with the big lens

Yellow-billed Spoonbill (Platalea flavipes)

Time to move on

As I wended my way back to the car, the Flame Robins were still shy, but a Superb Fairy-wren (Malurus cyaneus) clad in formal attire was happy to pose on a suitably corroded picket.

Superb Fairy-wren (Malurus cyaneus)

Superb Fairy-wren



Australian Army 'Foxtrot' Chinook A15-303 and MRH-90 A40-041 Call into Rockhampton Airport as "Chainsaw" "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

On Thursday 14 June, a nice surprise arrival into Rockhampton Airport as a pair of Australian Army helicopters called in from the Shoalwater Bay Training Area (SWBTA).  They were heard to fly in formation under the callsign "Chainsaw". 

The helicopters were identified as Australian Army Boeing CH-47F 'Foxtrot' Chinook A15-303 and Australian Army NH Industries MRH-90 Multi-Role Helicopter A40-041.



Many Photos as Australian Army Boeing CH-47F 'Foxtrot' Chinook Helicopter A15-306 Completes Sling-Lift from Bowen Airport "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

As we have reported below, elements of the Australian Army and the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) have been completing training drills around Bowen, including amphibious landings on the nearby Bowen beachfront, all as a part of the RAN's Exercise Sea Explorer 2018.  The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) Canberra-class landing helicopter dock (LHD) ship aptly named HMAS Canberra (III) remains in waters off Bowen and is the centre-piece of the Exercise.

And on Wednesday 6 June, local plane spotter James K was back at Bowen Airport as Australian Army Boeing CH-47F 'Foxtrot' Chinook helicopter A15-306 completed was appeared to be a sling-load of supplies out to HMAS Canberra.


Just as Parents Figured, Autism Has Relation to Infection "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

(L) Teresa Conrick, and (R) the lovely Meghan Conrick

[This was published June 13, 2018 at]

By Teresa Conrick

For years now, parents of children on the autism spectrum have been on the internet and social media sharing their stories.  Many, like me, have had horror stories of their child being sick too often and then abrupt and bizarre behaviors would appear. Strep throat was often a trigger for us.

The strep infection triggers a misdirected immune response causing inflammation within the basal ganglia, a portion of the brain responsible for speech, involu...


No better time for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to be in business "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The number of Indigenous businesses is growing by about 23% per year which is almost four times higher growth than businesses owned by non-Indigenous Australians.


Rebel without good cause for $600,000 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

SOCIAL media has been such a game changer that NSW is to have a look at how the 2005 uniform defamation law is coping. But some things remain constant: humans like to be liked, like to be respected and like to be trusted. It is in our evolved genes. So we should be careful.

Whether the respect or trust is deserved is another matter. And deserved or not, humans will fight for it. Indeed, men (they were nearly all men) if insulted used to duel for honour with swords and pistols injuring or killing themselves so often that law-makers and policy-makers encouraged and then insisted that honour be settled in the courts and not the dueling field.

As the press became more popular, publication became more widespread, so the damages for loss of reputation became higher. The law became more complicated and costs went up.

Newspapers and later broadcasters staked their reputations on reliability and veracity. It meant, of course, that anyone defamed by them could argue thay had suffered great reputational loss because the publishers had urged everyone to rely on them.

As Tom Bathurst said in the defamtion action this week against broadcaster Alan Jones the damages had to be enough to convince Mr Joness devoted followers, who write to him and hang on every word that he says, to convince them that his charges are baseless.

Before the internet, Newspapers and broadcasters usually took great care to avoid defamation actions, and they still do. Editors and sub-editors were trained to spot defamation dangers.

Newspapers and broadcasters had a monopoly on the widespread publication of news and information. You needed an expensive press or broadcast licence to be in the game.

Then came the internet. It did not take much to publish material. Then came Google and it took even less. Then came social media and suddenly anyone could be a publisher to a lot of people at virtually no cost. They could also be republishers of other peoples material.

The new publishers arose around the time the 2005 defamation law was taking shape.

These new publishers have little or no understanding of defamation law. They know nothing of the old legal adage: you publish at your peril.

Rather, in Australia, they were imbued with inapplicable US concepts of freedom of speech.

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Anna Taylor: Lucas Heights is the appropriate place, with the technology and expertise, for temporary storage of nuclear wastes "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Anna Taylor Submission to Senate on Selection process for a national radioactive waste management facility in South Australia Submission No 82

Introduction I live on the Eyre Peninsula and have deep concerns about this plan, including site selection, community consent, and the consultation process which lacks transparency and is fundamentally flawed. I do not support this current plan and welcome this opportunity to formally convey my concerns and opposition to the inquiry.

The Government has stated that it will not impose such a facility on an unwilling community. Myself and many locals believe the storage of intermediate level nuclear waste will affect tourism and primary industries. The issue continues to cause deep division and stress in the affected communities. Many Traditional Owners do not want cultural heritage sites and their spiritual connection to country put at risk.

After 70 years of the nuclear industry the federal government has no plans for a permanent solution of the long-lived intermediate-level waste. Interim aboveground storage in SA could stretch to 100 years or more, this is not acceptable. The current project has not considered the full range of options to best advance responsible radioactive waste management in Australia

The federal government has not made a clear or compelling case that we need a national nuclear waste dump in SA. Australia must take responsibility for this waste; we must minimize future waste production and have a transparent approach to the future safety of intermediate level waste.


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Canstruct, the Nauru detention management company, has declared a threat level 3 (probable) at the RPC 1 and 3 in the aftermath of todays suicide. RPC 1 is the detention administrative centre and also houses the IHMS clinic, where the brother and the mother of the deceased Iranian man, Farhad (not his real name) were(...)


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Tragic news from Nauru, that a 26 year-old Iranian asylum seekers has been found dead, believed to have suicide, this morning. He was found dead in his familys tent in the RPC 3 around 9.00am, Sydney time. His death comes only three weeks since a Rohingya refugee died on Manus Island. It brings the tragic(...)

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Kimba farmers Darren and Kellie Hunt deplore the Australian governments flawed process for selection of nuclear waste dump site "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


We are farmers in the Buckleboo district of Kimba, where we live with our three young children. We are both active members of the Kimba community and have been dismayed at the ongoing division and stress this proposal had caused amongst community members.

We feel the process that has brought us to this situation has been flawed and unfair, and we thank the Senate for their willingness to consider this issue.

Concerns we have include the lack of definition of what constitutes Broad Community Support, the use of financial incentive to coerce the community and the lack of consideration given to the potential implications to our agricultural industry.

a) The financial compensation offered to applicants for the acquisition of land under the Nominations of Land Guidelines;

Clearly, the landholders who have volunteered their land are the only persons to directly and personally benefit from this proposal. We understand that they will receive 4 time the value of their land for the section that is acquired, however it has not been made clear exactly how this value will be determined. Also, we understand that the nominators are receiving compensation for access to their land during the site evaluation phase, however information on the value of these payments have been kept from the public. If this process is to be fair and transparent as the Department have insisted it is, we believe that this information should be available to the community.



Threat level raised on Nauru after asylum seeker death "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Canstruct, the Nauru detention management company, has declared a threat level 3 (probable) at the RPC 1 and RPC 3 in the aftermath of todays suicide.

RPC 1 is the detention administrative centre and also houses the IHMS clinic, where the brother and the mother of the deceased Iranian man, Farhad (not his real name) were taken this morning.

RPC 3 is the detention centre where around 250 people including children live in mouldy tents. Farhads body was found in a tent in RPC 3.

One man was arrested at the gate of RPC 3 this morning when a large crown gathered waiting for news of Farhads death.

The Nauru government has said that they are waiting for a doctor to come from Australia to perform an autopsy to confirm the cause of death.

But we already know that Peter Dutton and offshore detention is responsible for Farhads death, said Ian Rintoul, spokesperson from the Refugee Action Coalition.

Farhads death has added to the growing crisis on Nauru.

People are already angry that the Afghan man dying of lung cancer is being prevented from spending his last months in Australia.

Yesterday (Thursday 14 June) afternoon, a two-year-old Iranian girl was urgently medivacced from Nauru to Port Moresby because medical neglect has allowed an infection to spread and put her life at risk.

Mental illness and medical neglect is deliberate government policy. Peter Dutton is quite willing to let people die and pretend that the Nauru government is responsible, said Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for the Refugee Action Coalition.

Detention on Nauru has become a life sentence. It is time to call a halt to offshore detention, and bring them here.

[Photos of police at RPC 1 gate, this afternoon, at right and below.]

For more information contact Ian Rintoul 0417 275 713




Wakka Wakka People #3 and #4 ILUA Meeting "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The ILUA area roughly includes Mundubbera, Gayndah, Murgon, Goomeri, Cherbourg, Kingaroy, Nanango and Yarraman.

Apical ancestors are listed as

Jenny and David Carlo (parents of Princess Carlo)
Minnie Bly (mother of Thomas Simpson), Ethel and Bill Button
Maggie Hart (mother of Crabbie Chapman and Henry Hart)
Mother of Willie Boy Pickering
Maggie West
Emily of Degilbo, mother of Annie.
King Billy and Maria of Boondooma (parents of Tommy Dodd of Taabinga)
Kitty (mother of Jack Bulong)
Kitty of Boonara
John Bond
Stockman Bligh and Aggie Bligh
Tommy (aka Boondoon) and Maggie (parents of Willie Bone), Billy McKenzie (father of Chlorine McKenzie), Chlorine McKenzie
Kitty (mother of Jenny Lind), Jenny Lind and Mick Buck
Kate/Katie/Kitty Law
Boubijan Cobbo

Appeared in the Koori Mail of June 13, 2018


Barkandji People Proposed IULA "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Barkandji People Proposed ILUA

Proposed ILUA area roughly centred on Menindee and includes Broken Hill, Wilcannia, Ivanhoe and Mildura.

The apical ancestors are listed as follows
Manfred Mary / Mary Johnson / Mary Brodie
Manfred Tommy
Louisa Brown
Cuthero Jack Brown
Susan Webster also known as Annie Webster
Bill Webster
Harry Whyman
Kate Whyman
Louisa McLean
Alec McLean
Sarah Cabbage
Harry Mitchell
Daniel McGregor
Lucy Benson
Jack Doctor Benson
Jack Tyler
Taylor Matjulum Gibson
Tottie Gibson
Cate Newton / Maggie Tyler
Albert Bates
Fanny Bates
Yancannia Kitty
Judy Quayle
Nancy Watts
Topsie Crowe
Alec Bridge
Olive Barton
Margaret Payne
Kitty Knight
Jacky Knight
Matilda Murray
Paddy Black
Hero Black
Tall Boy Keegan
Kitty Keegan
Fanny Buugali Williams

Appeared in the Koori Mail of June 13, 2018

Some items of interest are

Aboriginal Cultural Heritage of the Menindee Lakes Area
Part 1 Aboriginal Ties to the Land
Sarah Martin 2001

Corner Talk - An Annales Influernced Narrative from the Corner Country of NSW
Sarah Martin 2004

Humpy, House and Tin Shed
Aboriginal Settlement History on the Darling River
Paul Memmott, Published I B Fell Research Centre, University of Sydney, 1991

Menindee Mission Station 1933 1949 and Carowra Tank Aboriginal School
Beverley and Don Elphick 2000

The Tin Camp - A Study of Contemporary Aboriginal Architecture in North Western NSW
Stephanie Diana Smith
Master of Architecture Thesis, University of Queensland, 1996

Aboriginal Cultural Association with Mutawintji National Park
Dr Jeremy Beckett, Dr Luise Hercus, Dr Sarah Martin
edited by Claire Colyer 2008


Lithuanian speakers in Cairns "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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Leaked Microsoft Documents Describe Plans for Surface Tablets, Xbox, "Andromeda", and HoloLens "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Leaked documents have provided details about Microsoft's upcoming Surface tablets, the next-generation Xbox, a two-screen handheld device, and the next HoloLens:

Andromeda, Microsoft's mythical pocketable, two-screen, hand-held device that's supposed to carve out a whole new market for itself, is due for release in 2018. The documents also say that, after Andromeda, Microsoft OEMs will produce their own comparable products, just as they've done with Surface Pro.

The big question for Andromeda is the same as it has always been: why? To define a new hardware form factor, as appears to be the intent, its design needs to be particularly suitable for something. Surface Pro, for example, has appealed particularly to groups such as students (taking notes with OneNote) and artists, thanks to its form factor and multimodal input support. To succeed, Andromeda needs to offer similar appealit needs to enable something that's widely useful and ill-suited to existing hardware. But presently, there are few ideas of just what that role might be.

Original Submission

Read more of this story at SoylentNews.


MACKAY Drug arrests Mackay District "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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Honorary membership for Allen "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

By Justin Flynn

Allen Cover was presented with honorary membership for the rest of his life at Ocean Grove Golf Club.

The soon-to-be 99-year-old Mr Cover won the Baker & Blair Trophy at Sorrento in 1935 and donated the trophy to the local golf club around 10 years ago.

Mr Cover still plays and golf club president Peter Cullen presented him with his membership.

I know his family is very proud of him and I know we at the club are very proud of him, Mr Cullen said.

To honour Allen, we want to make him an honorary member for the rest of his life.

Mr Cover was grateful.

Life is full of surprises and this one of the most pleasant surprises, he said.

I love this club, but today I think I love it even more.

I want to commend the committee for nurturing the young golfers. Were seeing the benefits of wisdom being applied to our young golfers.

This is one game where you can go on and on on. My boots are never going to be hung up.

The post Honorary membership for Allen appeared first on Ocean Grove Voice.


Mentor the key for OAM "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

By Justin Flynn

Find a mentor thats the advice Wallingtons Peter Tanner would give to anyone who asks.

Mr Tanner, from Wallington, was awarded an Order of Australia at the recent Queens Birthday honours and said the value of a good mentor couldnt be understated.

Go and find a mentor someone who lights the flame and fans it, he told the Voice.

Mr Tanner and the Reach Foundation helped countless children and young adults for a decade.

Alongside late Melbourne Football Club champion Jim Stynes, he chaired the Reach Foundation and learned a lot about himself.

Reach empowered young people from all walks of life, not necessarily those from low socio economic backgrounds, he said.

They learnt that they had a voice, to use that voice and that they were loved.

The best job I had at Reach was that I was chief giver of hugs.

Now 67, Mr Tanner came from a housing commission area of Thomson and went into the navy.

I had this macho life and then Reach taught me to open up, he said.

Mr Tanner has given a decade of his life to not-for-profit organisations and now manages a successful recruitment business, Tanner Menzies.

Ive been really humbled by the amount of people I havent heard from for a long time saying thank you for helping me in my career, he said.

Its all taught me a lot about my fellow man.


The post Mentor the key for OAM appeared first on Ocean Grove Voice.


Australia - Liverpool Plains Shire Council will investigate adding fluoride to its regional water supply "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

iverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) will consider fluoridation of the local water supply.
Council has resolved to begin an investigation process, which will involve extensive community consultation. 
It comes after NSW Health contacted the council urging it to consider fluoridation of the regional water supply and offering its support to do so, including the provision of design consultants for fluoride systems and a 100 per cent capital cost subsidy. .............


He said, she said "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Theres been another kerfuffle about gender-neutral language. Although its mostly anecdotal outrage, the main issue seems to be whether, as is claimed by traditionalists, the masculine third person pronoun should be used in cases where no gender is specified. For example, If a student writes an essay, he should not be marked down for his choice of pronoun.

People have had fun with some extreme cases, like since Man is a mammal, he suckles his young.  But I think the problem can be posed with much more standard sentences. Lets take sentences of the general form

If you ask a [worker of occupation X], [pronoun] will say the biggest problem with the job is

The traditionalist claim is that, in all cases, the appropriate pronoun is he.  Think about that for a moment, and then Ill give some examples.

If you ask a plumber, he will say the biggest problem with the job is

If you ask a secretary, he will say the biggest problem with the job is

If you ask a doctor, he will say the biggest problem with the job is

If you ask a nurse, he will say the biggest problem with the job is

If you ask an economist, he will say the biggest problem with the job is

You get the idea, I hope. The sentences with stereotypically male occupations sound natural and elicit the image of a male worker. But, contrary to the traditional claim, the sentences with stereotypically female occupations are jarring, and produce an element of confusion.

Thats true even when the stereotypes are inaccurate and outdated. Nearly half of all doctors, and a majority of younger doctors are women, but the doctor sentence  doesnt strike me as odd. The assumption that doctors are men is sufficiently ingrained that it can still form the basis of a puzzle that fools many.



Writing politics in a burning world "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

For many writers, especially liberals, thinking and writing about politics isnt a precursor to changing the world, it is an alternative to doing so. Thats particularly the case since writing and reading are individualistic, middle-class pursuits deeply marked by the cultural logic of capitalism.


Coriander Spiritual Meaning "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Coriander spiritual meaning is steeped in history and as old as magic itself. Many claim it has supernatural powers to cure the ill and revive the exhausted

The post Coriander Spiritual Meaning appeared first on Thrive On News Spiritual Magazine.


Trio Not Guilty of Breaking Anti-Protest Laws "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

By Ugur Nedim and Zeb Holmes Mudgee Local Court magistrate David Day has dismissed the proceedings against two women and a man who were arrested and charged last year while protesting against the expansion of the Wilpinjong coal mine, near the town of Wollar where they live. Bev Smiles, Bruce Hughes and Stephanie Luce, known as

The post Trio Not Guilty of Breaking Anti-Protest Laws appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.


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Australian National Maritime Museum


The Weekend Quiz June 16-17, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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

1. An external surplus is a necessary but not sufficient condition for a nation that wishes to grow during a period of fiscal surpluses and private domestic deleveraging.

2. When a nation's fiscal deficit is declining it tells us that the government has fallen into an austerity mindset.

3. The only way a nation can reduce its public debt ratio (short of defaulting) is for the government to start running primary fiscal surpluses (that is, when spending net of interest payments is less than taxation revenue).



More paintings from the studio "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A few more paintings that will most likely be in the Wayside Exhibition. I've still got some more to take shots of, and then I'll start looking through the drawings I have here

When I have some time I'll find links to the original posts when I was doing these pieces


Carpark next door

Green Bananas



Sukkar on negative gearing "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Assistant Minister Sukkar discussing our research report, as reported in The Australian today.

Assistant Minister Sukkar also took to 2GB to add a bit more texture - you can listen in here.


Palaszczuk Government one step closer to protecting human rights in Queensland law "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Queensland Governments budget, which was handed down this week, features $2.3 million of funding over four years for the states Anti-Discrimination Commission to help it administer the Human Rights Act that the Government will soon be introducing.

Lee Carnie, a Lawyer at the Human Rights Law Centre, said it was great to see the Queensland Government moving to protect peoples civil and political rights in the law.

"A Human Rights Act will better protect Queenslanders human rights in law. It will require the government to think about peoples rights when making laws and policies and delivering services like housing, aged care and disability services. It will give people a way to hold the government to account if it crosses the line and breaches rights. It will make Queensland a better and fairer state," Lee Carnie said.

The Palaszczuk Government committed in 2016 to introduce a Human Rights Act and this morning Deputy Premier Jackie Trad confirmed the legislation will be unveiled in the coming months.

It is understood the legislation will be modelled on Victorias Charter of Human Rights. Lee Carnie said Queensland should learn from the Victorian experience and ensure that people have a simple and accessible mechanism to enforce their rights.

"To be effective, its vital that a Queensland Human Rights Act enables people to take action when their rights are being violated. Its good to have your human rights articulated, but what people actually need is an ability to enforce them," said Lee Carnie.

Queensland will become the third Australian jurisdiction to protect human rights in law - the Australian Capital Territory adopted its Human Rights Act in 2004 and Victoria adopted its Charter of Human Rights in 2006.

Lee Carnie said it was time to also properly protect human rights at a national level.

"Given the importance of 'the fair go' in our culture, its really surprising that Australia is the only western democracy that doesnt have a charter or bill of rights. An Australian Charter of Human Rights will better protect our fundamental values in our laws. It will help to ensure that everyone gets a fair go," said Lee Carnie.

You can support the national campaign for an Australian Charter of Human Rights by donating to the Human Rights Law Centre here.

For interviews or further information please call:

Tom Clarke, Director of Campaigns, Human Rights Law Centre, 0422 545 763


We Dont Give Up On Those We Love "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Edgars Mission -_-26

We dont give up on those we love. We fight like hell until there is nothing left to give. This is how we should love each other. Kiana Azizian

To which we wish to add, And then we dust ourselves off and fight some more. This is what all gentle, emotional and intelligent beings like Hip Hop Bob deserve. Its been another intense week of rehabilitation for our beloved Hip Hop, who underwent surgery to relieve pressure on her spinal cord and although progress, as can be expected, is still slow, Hip Hop is most certainly taking some steps (metaphorically speaking of course) to recovery.

Two hourly rehab sessions in which Hip Hop is carefully lifted whilst scratch foot exercises are performed on each hind limb are beginning to bring back some movement to her legs. We can now feel her placing pressure on our hands as this exercise is performed and every now and again a twitch of the hoof or a lift of the leg of her own accord has us feeling this may just be one obstacle our beloved girl can overcome.

Edgars Mission -_-25

Combined with ongoing veterinary outpatient consults by the ever kind and knowledgeable Sabine, therapeutic laser therapy and of course, her very own iPad playing an endless stream of Hip Hops favourite shows, we, along with our Five Dollar Friday community are truly leaving no stone unturned for this brave and resilient girl.

If you too would like to be a part of Team Edgar and right now, Team Hip Hop, please consider joining our Five Dollar Friday Community today. For just the price of a soy latte each week you can truly change lives. Find out more at


Dee Madigan referred to Qld Ethics Committee over Jarrod Bleijie ridicule @qldaah #qldpol "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

NSW resident and non member of the Queensland parliament, Dee Madigan, has been referred to the states ethics committee for ridiculing Jarrod Bleijie MP. Author and Gruen panelist, Dee Madigan, has been referred to Queenslands parliamentary ethics committee for ridiculing in a Tweet the Liberal National Party (LNP) member for the state seat of Kawana, Jarrod Bleijie. Last month, this blogger made a Graphics Interchange Format (GIF) of a scene in the Queensland Parliament in which Mr Bleijie tore up papers and threw them on the floor during debate on changes to the states vegetative management act. Mr Bleijie had been unhappy that the hours of parliament had been extended to []

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Pushing Huawei Out: Australia, the Solomon Islands and the Internet "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Be wary of the Chinese technological behemoth, goes the current cry from many circles in Australias parliament.  Cybersecurity issues are at stake, and the eyes of Beijing are getting beadier by the day.

The seedy involvement of Australia in the Solomon Islands, ostensibly to block the influence of a Chinese companys investment venture, is simply testament to the old issues surrounding empire: If your interests are threatened, you are bound to flex some muscle, snort a bit, and, provided its not too costly, get your way.  Not that Canberras muscle is necessarily taut or formidable in any way.

The inspiration behind Canberras intervention was an initial contract between Huawei and the Solomon Islands involving the Chinese giant in a major role building the high-speed telecommunications cable between Sydney and Honiara. Even more disconcerting might be the prospects that it would work, supplying a cable that would enable the Chinese to peer into the Australias own fallible network.

What made this particular flexing odd was the spectacle of an Australian prime minister congratulating himself in securing tax payer funding for the building of a 4,000 kilometre internet cable even as the domestic National Broadband Network stutters and groans.  Another juicy point is that Huawei was banned from applying for tendering for the NBN in 2012.

As the worlds second largest maker of telecommunications equipment was told, there is no role for Huawei in Australias NBN. The then Attorney-General Nicola Roxon explained that the move was consistent with the governments practice for ensuring the security and resilience of Australias critical infrastructure more broadly.  Better an incompetent local provider of appropriate values than a reliable foreign entity.

The move against Huawei has largely centered on fears voiced by the intelligence community in various states that Beijing might be getting a number up on their competitors.  In February this year, the FBI Director Chris Wray expressed the US governments concern about the risks of allowing any company or entity that is beholden to foreign governments that dont share our values to gain positions of power inside our telecommunications networks.  Doing so would enable them to maliciously modify or steal information and provide the capacity to conduct undetected espionage.

Such comments tend to suggest envy; the US intelligence community chiefs know all too we...


Police sell firearms on black-market "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Victoria is in a midst of a crime epidemic, a crime epidemic committed by Victoria Police.

The organisation is home to many criminal offences (more so than the general population - per capita) where the focus of this post is on the selling of confiscated or handed in firearms to Victoria Police.

The real figures are much higher, where only this information, as reported by the Fairfax media, is allowed to be in the public domain: 

Do you know why there is no government policy to weed out criminals in Australia's police force?
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Broccoli Lattes Are The Latest Healthy Coffee Trend "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A new way of processing broccoli could help you get your servings of vegetables, while dealing with the wastage of unsightly food. Were talking dried, ground to fine powder, and stirred into your coffee. If it sounds gross, well, it might be. According to the drinks Australian creators, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and Hort []


The Biggest Event of Your Investing Lifetime "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The good news in the mining sector just keeps rolling in

Today, management at BHP Billiton Ltd [ASX:BHP] announced that theyve given the go-ahead to the $4.5 billion South Flank iron ore mine in Western Australia.

Thats a fair chunk of capital spending in anyones book.

Its also going to lead to 2,500 construction jobs and 600 operational roles.

The project will produce for 25 years, replacing an ageing mine thats come to the end of its economic life.

One wonders what the world will look like when South Flank shuts down in 2043. You would think its safe to assume theres going to be a lot more middle-class Chinese citizens.

That number could be as large as 500 million by 2026, according to fund manager Charlie Aitken. The Australian reported today on the presentation he gave this week to the Livewire Live conference in Sydney.

Hes quoted as saying that the rise of Asias middle class is the biggest opportunity in our investing lifetime.

I agree wholeheartedly.

The only mystery is why so many people think the world is going to collapse at the same time that all this is playing out

Aitken mentioned something Ive often wondered myselfand thats just how high meat and dairy prices are going to go as the Chinese adopt a more Western diet.

If you think lamb is expensive now, just wait until we Australians are competing with this monstrous Chinese market.

Maybe become a farmer while you can. This development certainly has the potential to send agricultural land values soaring.

But the easier play on China for investors could be to hold its giant tech firms like Alibaba Group Holding Ltd [NYSE:BABA] and Tencent Holdings Ltd [HK:0700]. This is where technology and population growth collide, according to Aitken.

Adjacent to this huge Chinese expansion is oil demand. China is not only consuming large amounts of gasoline, diesel and jet fuel, its also building up a huge petrochemical industry. This provides the feedstock for plastics, fertilisers and beauty products.

As you know, demand for oil goes up alongside a rising consumer base.

Its also partly why the International Energy Agency (IEA) expects demand for crude oil to grow by 1.4 million barrels a day in 2019. Thats on par with this year.

The signs are good.

There was actually a surprise this week when it became apparent that US crude stockpiles fell.

An analyst cited in the Wall Street Journal put it down to soaring US oil demand (I keep emphasising that its a hot economy in the US...


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A second car gets a new life and finds a new home "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Once again the Year 11 Manual Arts Students at Blaxland High School, under the guidance of automotive teacher, Shaun Halden have restored a car which would have otherwise be destined for the scrap heap and donated it to a refugee. The old Volvo known as Goldie which was donated by Rose Wilesmith of Warrimoo, was handed over to BMRSG on 8 June and will now be owned by refugee Hadi, who will use it to get to his work and also to the metal fabrication course he attends at Ultimo TAFE three nights a week.


Another asylum seeker dies on Nauru "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

In tragic news from Nauru, a 26-year-old Iranian asylum seekers has been found dead, believed to have suicided, this morning.

He was found dead in his familys tent in the RPC 3 compound around 9.00am, Sydney time.

His death comes only three weeks since a Rohingya refugee died on Manus Island.

It brings the tragic toll of deaths in offshore detention to 12.

In late April the younger brother of the dead man made a plea for help for his mother, Fazileh (

Like the others, the death of this young man lies at the feet of Peter Dutton, said Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for the Refugee Action Coalition, There have been so many warnings, but the toll mounts day by day; the neglect continues. So many cases of medical neglect.

Peter Dutton must bring all the asylum seekers and refugees to Australia. The US deal is a farce that is now excluding Iranians and Somalis. Dutton has nowhere to settle the people who have been dumped on Nauru, and are now dying of despair.

News of the mans death has shattered the asylum seekers and refugees Nauru. He was a well known, well liked, athletic young man who did everything he could for his brother and mother.

For more information contact Ian Rintoul 0417 275 713

The post Another asylum seeker dies on Nauru appeared first on Refugee Action Coalition.


Leon Ashton lays bare Australian govt hypocrisy, double-talk, lies , in its process for selecting nuclear waste dump site "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

I am not against having a LLW facility in Australia. I am against the way in which DIIS have gone about finding a quick fix for something that will affect all South Australians for centuries to come.  It should not be up to a small council area to overrule our Prohibition Act 2000, if we are to vote for something of such national importance. I would have thought that after having had something like 35 attempts over some 25 years to find a suitable location, that DIIS would have been able to involve public consultation a lot more honestly
It is a fine line between informing a community and bribing a community. And to what end ,? I strongly suggest that before any community has to endure what Hawker, Quorn and Kimba twice now is going thru, that a much higher percentage of community support be obtained. IE 80 -85% and this would include all traditional custodians and neighbours.
My problem is a complete lack of trust with DIIS in the way in which they have treated ordinary people from Quorn, Hawker and Kimba (both the first and the second time around). The proven flawed survey results, the terrible anguish that has been placed on the traditional custodians of this land, the countless unpaid hours of research to try to establish the actual volumes of legacy low-level waste at hospitals around the country compared to the volumes of intermediate level waste to be temporarily stored at the chosen site.


Why is nuclear industry puppet Matt Canavan not considering Leonora , Western Australia, as nuclear waste dump? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Nuclear site selection process questioned Kathrine Catanzariti  14 June 18 


Researchers find new process to create malaria vaccines "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Scientists from Australia said they have discovered a novel process used by the human immune system to kill and clear malaria. According to findings from a new study published in medical journal BMC Medicine, the discovery could help develop highly effective vaccines for malaria. Malaria is caused by parasites that are transmitted to people through []

The post Researchers find new process to create malaria vaccines appeared first on Newtelegraph.


Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists not optimistic about the future of USA- North Korea nuclear negotiations "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Now, its time to deliver

A Bulletin editorial  The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists favors all dialogue aimed at reducing nuclear risks, and it therefore supports US President Donald Trumps decision to engage with North Korean Chairman Kim Jong-un in Singapore.

But media pomp and video symbolism cannot substitute for arms control substance. The high-level goals listed in the joint statement Trump and Kim issued after their meeting are extremely vague, but concrete steps are required, if the nuclear risk that North Korea poses to the United States and the international community is to be reduced. The vagueness of the joint statement creates a distinct possibility that it will quickly evaporate, with regrettableand possibly catastrophicresults for the region and the world.

The Bulletin is deeply concerned the United States has already committed to cease large-scale military exercises in Northeast Asia without, apparently, first consulting its South Korean allies. This move is part of a d...


USA Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says that USA- North Korea talks will take place next week "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Latest: Trumps claim of no nuke threat seen as dubious WASHINGTON (AP) 14 June 18,  The Latest on the summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says hes confident that U.S. talks with North Korea will resume sometime in the next week.

Pompeo says he doesnt know the exact timing. Speaking in Seoul, he says he expects it to happen fairly quickly after he and the North Koreans return to their nations. Pompeo returns late Thursday to the U.S.

He says President Donald Trump is in the lead but that I will be the person who takes the role of driving this process forward.

He says much more work has been done by the U.S. and North Korean that couldnt be encapsulated in the Trump-Kim Jong Un statement. So he says teams will now work to make more progress on those items..



Russia suspends nuclear waste transport due to safety fears with World Cup visitors "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

World Cup puts break on nuclear transport  A load of containers with spent nuclear fuel from Andreeva Bay on the Kola Peninsula will have to wait because of a general ban on transport of dangerous goods in Russia during the Football World Cup.  ...


Graham Readfern exposes the climate denial group The Australian Environment Foundation "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Inside the AEF, the climate denial group hosting Tony Abbott as guest speaker, Guardian 15 June 18 

The Australian Environment Foundation has secured a former prime minister to speak. But what does it actually do?

Securing a former prime minister to speak at your organisation is no doubt a coup for many groups.

Singapores Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy recently got Kevin Rudd. Australias Nelson Mandela Day committee has snaffled Julia Gillard for their next annual lecture.

What about our most recent former PM, Tony Abbott?

Next month, Abbott will deliver the 2018 Bob Carter Commemorative Lecture to the Australian Environment Foundation (AEF), where...


Why Are Nations Throwing Cash At Nuclear White Elephants? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Jeremy Leggett: Why Are Nations Throwing Cash At Nuclear White Elephants?, 14 June 18 

In recent weeks we have seen evidence on the one hand of the fast advance of renewable energy, and on the other the incredible resilience of the energy-incumbency defence against that advance, including big oil and nuclear.

Celebrations of the fast growth of renewables I will leave to the inestimable REN21 report, published on 4 June. All clean-energy advocates should spend some time immersed in it, arming themselves with bullish ammunition. The point I want to make in this column is about the residual strength of the incumbency rearguard action.

In the last week of May and the first week of June the UK, US, and Canadian governments all tried to bail out uneconomic or stranded fossil fuel and nuclear projects with many billions in public funds. I have dubbed it The Week of the White Elephants.

First, the Canadian government bailed out a stranded Kinder Morgan oil pipeline system for US$3.5 bn. They hope to sell this, the Trans Mountain pipeline, in due course. Analysts doubt they can, so economically unattractive and risky is the proposition. In the interim, protestors have labelled Canadian PM J...


Event 27 June The Need for Leadership to Address White Supremacy in the NGO Sector "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

  Pro Bono Australia  Luke Michael, 14 June 18 

Charities and not for profits need to show leadership to address the issue of white supremacy in the NGO sector, a prominent Aboriginal writer and activist believes.

Nayuka Gorrie is a Kurnai/Gunai, Gunditjmara, Wiradjuri and Yorta Yorta writer and activist who spoke on a panel at the Victorian Council of Social Service (VCOSS) 2018 Summit on Wednesday.

She was joined by Victorian ombudsman Deborah Glass OAM, Will Stracke from the Victorian Trades Hall Council, Reason Party leader Fiona Patten, and Centre for Social Impact CEO Kristy Muir.

The panel discussed the shifting nature of leadership and the role of citizens to shape their own prosperous and inclusive society.

One of the topics discussed was the need for greater diversity in leadership, particularly around race and gender.

Stracke admitted during the panel discussion that leadership in the trade union movement was too white.

One of our values that we say is diversity is our strength and solidarity is our power, Stracke said.

And thats about the diversity of our movement and our movement is very diverse but I think we as a union movement [still] need more voices.

Weve very white in terms of our leadership and we need to get better at that.

Leadership needs to be much more representative of...


AEMO sees rooftop solar trebling in 10 years, batteries rising 10-fold RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

AEMO sees rooftop solar and battery storage uptake surging in WA, but grid to remain stable even as fossil fuel plants retire. EV forecasts vary widely.

via AEMO sees rooftop solar trebling in 10 years, batteries rising 10-fold RenewEconomy


Weak NEG puts pressure on farmers, truckers, factories to cut emissions RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A weak NEG will let the electricity sector off lightly, and put pressure on emissions reductions on to truckers, farmers and factories. Heres what needs to be done.

via Weak NEG puts pressure on farmers, truckers, factories to cut emissions RenewEconomy


Energy retailer greed backfires, as consumers switch to solar, batteries RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Consumers now trust energy retailers less than they do banks and insurers, thanks to soaring prices and confusing bills, so they are taking matters into their own hands, and looking to solar and storage.

via Energy retailer greed backfires, as consumers switch to solar, batteries RenewEconomy


Who should control household rooftop solar and batteries? RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

AEMO and networks lobby release paper arguing for orchestration of rooftop solar and battery storage as Australia leads the world on distributed generation. But who gets to hold the baton?

via Who should control household rooftop solar and batteries? RenewEconomy


Tasmanians Mourn Death Of Longtime LGBTIQ Ally Mary Binks "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Tasmanias LGBTIQ community is mourning the death of one of its greatest allies and supporters, former Mayor of Devonport, Mary Binks OAM, who died on Tuesday at age 84. Mary Binks was horrified by the pain and trauma experienced by young LGBTIQ people on Tasmanias North West Coast during the bitter debate around the decriminalisation ...

The post Tasmanians Mourn Death Of Longtime LGBTIQ Ally Mary Binks appeared first on QNews Magazine.


June 14 Energy News "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


Science and Technology:

Sea levels will rise and all coastal countries could be seriously threatened by flooding if nothing is done to stop the massive melt of sea ice in Antarctica, according to nine award-winning scientists who have studied the continent for many years. In the journal Nature, they outline two scenarios, one promising, one bleak, for what could happen by 2070. [CNN]

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Antarctica is shedding ice at an accelerating rate, according to a report in the journal Nature. Satellites monitoring the state of the White Continent indicate some 200 billion tonnes a year are now being lost to the ocean as a result of melting. This is pushing up global sea levels by 0.6 mm annually, three times as fast as it was in 2012. [BBC]


Scotlands Climate Change Secretary announced that the country had met its statutory annual

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State-based renewable schemes critical especially under NEG RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Renewables policy pioneer, Simon Corbell, details why state schemes like VRET are critical including to counter stifling impact of NEG on solar and wind investment.

via State-based renewable schemes critical especially under NEG RenewEconomy


More solar farms prepare to connect as solar pipeline leaps to 35GW RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Another three new solar farms ready to begin production as list of projects in the pipeline jumps to a breath-taking 35GW.

via More solar farms prepare to connect as solar pipeline leaps to 35GW RenewEconomy


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Construction underway at Australias largest, possibly cheapest wind farm RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Construction underway at Goldwinds 530MW Stockyard Hill Wind Farm in Victoria, one of Australias biggest and cheapest wind projects.

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Redefining an already well established and well-respected sound is a risky thing to do. Cheap
Fakes have done it with nothing but absolute authenticity and sophistication. Their new album
Deep Space is one that has inspired audiences to fall in love with their music all over again.
Deep Space magically weaves seductive brass lines through intricate melodies and infectious
grooves. Infused with elements of Ska, Funk and something that can only be described as
late-night Cactus-Jazz. The band have thrown in some Latino and Americano zest. Then, to
complete the album, they gave it a psychedelic squeeze before pouring it into an 8 track vinyl
pressing. Now taking this long-awaited album to the nation, Cheap Fakes will tour extensively in
2018 to bring their new aural heart-breaker to their fans Australia wide.


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Job Opening: Seniors Project Officer, Elder Abuse Prevention in CALD Communities Project "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

This position is to implement the state-wide initiative funded by the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services to provide culturally diverse seniors with information on elder abuse and access to social participation grants. This position will continue the work of a three-year project, funded from 2015-18.

The project objective is to develop and implement a state-wide community awareness raising program on Elder Abuse Prevention in partnership with Senior Rights Victoria to meet the needs of clients from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Employment type: 0.6 EFT (3 days per week) 45.6 per fortnight

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Applications close 5pm, 2 July 2018


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People Spot Wild Kangaroo In Ocean Then Realize She's In Trouble "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A wild kangaroo hopping along the coast of Queensland, Australia, got a surprise. 

The kangaroo had been exploring just behind a seawall in the town of Sandgate on Thursday morning when suddenly there was less ground to hop on and less, and still less. 

The tide was rising and soon the little kangaroo was knee-deep in water. And then she was neck-deep. 

Credit: Queensland Fire & Emergency

Thankfully, people spotted her. She was peeking over the wall, looking totally at a loss. 

"What's that Skippy?" Queensland Fire and Emergency Services wrote on Twitter. "The tides on the up and youre stuck behind Sandgates seawall, needing our crews to save the day?"

A couple firefighters teamed up with a policeman to help hoist the kangaroo up out of the water by her arms. 

Credit: Queensland Fire & Emergency

Rescuers were sure to snap a few photos of their wild citizen in need as she hung out beside them, drying off on dry land. 

Credit: Queensland Fire & Emergency

This isn't the first time Australians have jumped at the chance to save their unique wildlife from trouble. In April, another kangaroo stuck in mud got a nice helping hand from a couple of teenagers who happened to be bicycling by.

Its a pretty patriotic thing to do,"  one of the teenagers ...


Lennox Head Community gets hands on "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The kids were enjoying the good weather and getting involved at the Lennox Head tree planting this year. Photo supplied.

Coinciding with World Environment Day the annual Lennox Head Community Tree Planting Day had around 150 people come along to plant trees on the Lennox headland.

This popular community event continues its goal of reinstating the Lennox headland back to the way it was in the 1880s and, through the planting of littoral rainforest species, creating a lasting natural legacy for generations to come. A large area has been planted since the events inception in 2003, but there is still a lot more work to be done, said Elise Ross from GeoLINK who organise the event with Ballina Shire Council.

Enjoying the good weather around 150 people got involved at the Lennox Head tree planting this year. Photo supplied.

Now in its 16th year around 90 children from from Lennox Head Public Schooland Xavier Catholic College joined in the planting of around 1,000 trees.

The kids were entertained with tree planting and presentations from Jali (Local Aboriginal Land Council) representative and Dr Robert Kooyman from Rainforest Rescue with a side show of a passing procession of whales, finished Elise.

The post...


Campus KKK and Nazis: You Do Call Wagga Wagga Racist "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Students from Charles Sturt University have been accused of participating in a racist and grotesque event held at the Black Swan Hotel in Wagga Wagga on Thursday evening, which included five individuals dressing up as members of the Ku Klux Klan and a sixth member dressing up in blackface as a cotton picker.

The photo was posted on Instagram and Facebook, accompanied by the caption Very very politically incorrect. Cotton prices are unreal though so its a great time to be pickin.

A Facebook post organising the unofficial university event has also surfaced. It reads:

Calling all Motts, Notts and those in between,

As exams have just commenced we are already looking forward to the end of them and thus, the idea of the muddy duck [aka The Black Swan]two dayer has been born. It will consist of Thursday night- politically incorrect themed session kicking off at 7.30pm. Tippo will be providing the usual quality drink specials. So grab a kit that would legally get you in shit and hood right in.

The post ends by wishing student Goodluck in their upcoming exams.

The Black Swan has responded with an apology stating that the pub was made aware of a (sic) incident unbeknownst to staff.

To all that message. Thank you very much for your message.We were unaware of this behaviour happening out the back of the pub, however we have immediately dealt with this.

We have zero tolerance and do not condone this sort of behaviour.



Members of the public were quick to push back arguing that the pub should have been aware and that based on the photos, the individual appeared to have been served alcohol.

In a second photo also believed to involve Charles Sturt University students, three individuals can be seen dressed as...


Our World Cup star "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

By Justin Flynn

Star Ocean Grove junior Agnes Emma-Nnopu is off to the FIBA under 17 basketball World Cup.

Emma-Nnopu, 17, a former Bellarine Storm junior, was selected as part of a 12-player Australian roster to compete at junior basketballs pinnacle event in Minsk, Belarus from 21 to 29 July.

The selection adds another feat to an already impressive resume for Emma-Nnopu having won a gold medal at the Under 16 Asian championships with the national team, gold and bronze medals at the Australian under 18 championships with Victoria Country and earning a scholarship to the Australian Institute of Sport in the past 18 months.

The former Our Lady Star of the Sea Primary School student is currently at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra.

When the Australian team was announced I was so excited and honoured, Emma-Nnopu told the Voice.

The trials leading up had been quite stressful as I was injured and the talent that was on the court was outstanding but to be able to be selected to go and represent my country at a world championships still leaves me speechless.

Emma-Nnopu returned to Geelong on Friday night to play for the Centre of Excellence against the Supercats.

It is a bit strange to come back to my home town and play against people I used to play with rather than for them, as these are some of the people Id say helped get me where I am today, she said.

But it is a great feeling being able to come back to where youre from and see those who got you where you are now.

Despite the distance between Canberra and Ocean Grove, Emma-Nnopu said life at the elite training academy was good.

I do miss ocean Grove and my family but I really love it in Canberra its so quiet and peaceful, she said.

Life at the AIS has been great so far, its such an elite environment that just motivates you to get better every day. The girls that I live with and train with are more than teammates, they are my family, we push each other hard at training but when it comes to it everyone is there for you.

Emma-Nnopu has high hopes of progressing further with her basketball career.

I just love the sport and would like to take it as far as possible, she said.

I am currently in Year 11 and after completing Year 12 I want to head to the States to play college basketball. After that I just want to keep implementing my name in the sport and hopefully one day have the chance to represent my country as an Opal.


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Scientists Just Discovered That Dolphins Have Their Own Unique Names "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Many people already realize that dolphins are extremely intelligent animals with close and complex social relationships but scientists just discovered another fascinating behavior that shows how similar to human beings these creatures  are.

Scientists from the Dolphin Alliance Project were listening to the particular whistles made by bottlenose dolphins in Shark Bay, Australia, when they started to notice a pattern.

Credit: Shutterstock

Researchers have been studying these dolphins for decades. They already knew that young male dolphins have a distinct whistle they use to introduce themselves to groups and they believed that once the dolphins got older and bonded with a few other guy friends, this distinctive whistle that was the individual's name fell away.

Using underwater microphones, scientists recorded the whistles, separated them out and found something they didn't expect.

Credit: Shutterstock

Even though the male bottlenose dolphins were adults, scientists could still hear the signature whistles of 17 individuals. So the male dolphins who incidentally have also been seen giving each other friendly slaps with their flippers, almost like high fives were still using their individual names, even after they'd become part of a closely bonded social group.

Among chatty individuals in the animal kingdom like elephants, certain kinds of parrots, bats and apes it is normal to use a similar call to build friendships.

"With male bottlenose dolph...


Forest destruction coming your way: Lismore public meeting "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Logging Dieback the Premiers Department does not want to see. Photo NEFA

Proposed changes to the NSW logging rules will remove protections for most threatened species, open up protected old-growth forest for logging, allow intensified logging, establish a clear-felling zone, and reduce buffers on headwater streams.

Tens of thousands of hectares of our precious public forests are already suffering from ecosystem collapse, being converted into seas of lantana overtopped by dead and dying trees. Their biodiversity and timber values are being destroyed, NEFA spokesperson Dailan Pugh said.

The dieback is so severe that five State Forests* around Woodenbong are considered impractical to manage for commercial purposes. There are many others similarly degraded.

We need to stop the Forestry Corporation from perpetuating their degradation and begin rehabilitating these valuable public assets before it is too late.

Get informed

The North East Forest Alliance, North Coast Environment Council and local groups have been hosting a series of public meetings to inform the community about the NSW and Commonwealth governments proposals to change the rules governing logging of public lands to remove protections.

With a new Regional Forest Agreement and Wood Supply Agreements the governments are intending to lock up our public forests for loggers for another 20 years, and they are proposing to slash environmental protections to increase logging volumes, Mr Pugh said.

This is the last chance that the community has to have a say in the management of our public forests for the next 20 years.

We have so far hosted successful public meetings at Port Macquarie, Bellingen, Kyogle, Murwillumbah, Nimbin and Coffs Harbour. On Thursday night in Coffs Harbour 100 people were shocked to hear what the NSW and Commonwealth governments have...


Our World Cup star "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

By Justin Flynn

Star Ocean Grove junior Agnes Emma-Nnopu is off to the FIBA under 17 basketball World Cup.

Emma-Nnopu, 17, a former Bellarine Storm junior, was selected as part of a 12-player Australian roster to compete at junior basketballs pinnacle event in Minsk, Belarus from 21 to 29 July.

The selection adds another feat to an already impressive resume for Emma-Nnopu having won a gold medal at the Under 16 Asian championships with the national team, gold and bronze medals at the Australian under 18 championships with Victoria Country and earning a scholarship to the Australian Institute of Sport in the past 18 months.

The former Our Lady Star of the Sea Primary School student is currently at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra.

When the Australian team was announced I was so excited and honoured, Emma-Nnopu told the Voice.

The trials leading up had been quite stressful as I was injured and the talent that was on the court was outstanding but to be able to be selected to go and represent my country at a world championships still leaves me speechless.

Emma-Nnopu returned to Geelong on Friday night to play for the Centre of Excellence against the Supercats.

It is a bit strange to come back to my home town and play against people I used to play with rather than for them, as these are some of the people Id say helped get me where I am today, she said.

But it is a great feeling being able to come back to where youre from and see those who got you where you are now.

Despite the distance between Canberra and Ocean Grove, Emma-Nnopu said life at the elite training academy was good.

I do miss ocean Grove and my family but I really love it in Canberra its so quiet and peaceful, she said.

Life at the AIS has been great so far, its such an elite environment that just motivates you to get better every day. The girls that I live with and train with are more than teammates, they are my family, we push each other hard at training but when it comes to it everyone is there for you.

Emma-Nnopu has high hopes of progressing further with her basketball career.

I just love the sport and would like to take it as far as possible, she said.

I am currently in Year 11 and after completing Year 12 I want to head to the States to play college basketball. After that I just want to keep implementing my name in the sport and hopefully one day have the chance to represent my country as an Opal.

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ADF invites Taliban & other Afghanis to invent and submit rumours about our troops "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Yesterday we heard from former SASR trooper John Anon who wrote: Right now the Chief of Defence Force is doing immense damage to our troops deployed in Afghanistan. Australian taxpayers are paying for ads in the Afghani press encouraging Afghanis to dob in Australian troops for war crimes. How idiotic...


Local guest houses under threat from proposed short-term letting laws "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Local guest houses could go the way of the dinosaur if the State Governments short-term holiday letting bill passes without amendment, guest house operators say.

The operators are meeting with local Greens MP Tamara Smith at the Cavanbah Centre this morning to talk about the proposed changes, which are expected to be debated in State Parliament next week.

The key element of the bill for the owners of local guest houses and other licensed accommodation providers is that property owners living locally or externally will be allowed to let their houses and apartments on Airbnb and other platforms with very few restrictions.

While Byron Council can apply for the power to limit property owners who live outside the Shire from letting their properties for more than 180 days a year, many expect this will have little or no practical impact on short-term holiday letting in the area.

Victoria McEwen, the spokesperson for the accommodation operators, said youth hostels, apartments and larger hotels would all be affected by the legislation, but that small to medium sized guesthouses that would be the worst hit.

If this Bill is passed we will almost certainly witness the extinction of some of these compliant operators within months because many cannot compete, said Mrs McEwen, who is a guesthouse owner/operator.

We pay significantly higher commercial rates, developer contributions for roads, fire safety and food safety audits, provide disability access, car parking contributions, not to mention the initial upfront costs to lodge a Development Application with Byron Shire Council which is in the tens of thousands of dollars, and often more.

Registered operators have spent many years complying with government and Council standards, and yet we are all competing against residential properties who dont have to meet any of these standards or have any of these extra costs.

The operators are calling on the government to allow regional councils to to restrict people renting out their houses or rooms to as little as 30 nights a year.

They are also calling on the State Government to require all accommodation providers, including Airbnb hosts, to obtain a Development Application.

At the moment, we have an unbalanced industry with a different rule book for different operators, Mrs McEwen said.

Tamara Smith said the Greens would be pushing for similar amendments to the legislation, with greater powers for councils to set a maximum letting day limit according to the needs of their community.

The one-size-fits-all approach ignores the unique challenges of short term holiday letting presents to certain communities like ours, she said.

This is another example of...


Resources curse PNG communities future "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Michael Main | East Asia Forum | 15 June 2018

Two recent reports on the massive ExxonMobil-led PNG LNG project have brought renewed attention to the undesirable economic and social impacts of Papua New Guineas largest-ever resource extraction enterprise. This research shows that PNG LNG has hurt, rather than grown, PNGs economy and that it has inflamed violence and tensions in the PNG highlands region. Papua New Guineas so-called resource curse has hit local communities the hardest.

Violent conflict in the PNG highlands, certainly among the Huli landowners of Hela Province where PNG LNG is based, has been an almost constant feature since before first contact with colonial forces in the 1930s. Levels of violence have fluctuated markedly in response to hi...


HIV Research Pioneer Professor David Cooper Remembered As Global Hero "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Hundreds have gathered to remember immunologist Professor David Cooper as a pioneer and global hero in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Credited with diagnosing some of the first cases of HIV in Australia, Professor Cooper passed away at age 69 in Sydney in March. Professor Cooper was appointed the inaugural director of the Kirby Institute ...

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The Superjesus "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Superjesus



Twenty years on from their platinum-selling album Sumo hitting number two on the ARIA Chart (and with a few ARIA Awards in the trophy cabinet), The Superjesus are back with an anniversary edition of their celebrated 1998 debut, set for release on August 17. As well as seeing the original album reissued on vinyl, the CD edition of Sumo 20 th Anniversary features bonus material sourced from triple js Live At The Wireless archive, as well as a never before heard studio recording: a Superjesus cover of Kylie Minogues Confide In Me. Supported by Triple M and New World Artists, The Superjesus will be hitting the road with an EPIC stack of gig dates in the second half of 2018 fans had better get ready to get Down Again to the sounds of Adelaides finest 90s alternative rock band!

Initially known as Hells Kitchen, The Superjesus received national radio play with their debut 1996 EP Eight Step Rail and became a festival favourite at Big Day Out throughout the 90s. Inducted into the South Australian Music Hall of Fame in 2017, The Superjesus have much to celebrate and celebrate they will with this extra-special edition of Sumo. Reflecting on the life-changing record, frontwoman Sarah McLeod says, (When Sumo came out)everything went big time. It was terrifying and exciting all at once. We worked so hard on that album To be sitting here talking about it 20 years later, knowing that it was an important part of Australian music history and affected so many people
along the wayit feels like an incredible achievement. We had no blueprint of how we wanted to sound of course we had our influences, but it was the combination of those influences that made us become The Superjesus.


Self Defence. Possessing any object specifically for the purpose of self-defence, lethal or non-lethal, is a criminal offence in Australia. "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Possessing any object specifically for the purpose of self-defence, lethal or non-lethal, is a criminal offence in Australia. There are many women, raped and/or murdered, who would have been liable to prosecution had they been carrying anything that might have saved them.

Home Invasions & Assaults 2018

MAY 31 2018 - 2:47PM
Teens arrested over Tahmoor home invasion.

Teen arrested over two 'frightening' attacks on women in Sydney's west


Shearwater students swarm Bitou Bush site "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A group of 50 students from year 9 at Shearwater School cleared the last patch of Bitou Bush, at the Byron Shire Chemical Free Landcare site at the south end of New Brighton Beach. Photo supplied.

Like grasshoppers, a group of 50 students from year 9, Shearwater School, swarmed into the last patch of Bitou Bush, at the Byron Shire Chemical Free Landcare (BSCFL) site, south end of New Brighton Beach.

Geared up with gloves and loppers, they spent last Tuesday morning enthusiastically removing the plant from the dunes, leaving behind only chopped branches for mulch. BSCFL has been caring for this crownland under Byron Shire Council management since late 2016 when the group was invited to work on a little over a quarter hectare of dune that was densely covered by Bitou Bush, a weed of national significance.
We had a dead line for June 30 and we are so pleased it is done there was no need to spray, explained Nadia de Souza Pietramale, project coordinator, adding that the volunteers are committed to protect land from contamination by pesticides, a common tool used to control environmental weeds in all ecosystems, including sensitive wetlands and creek lines.  

Volunteers a the site were under pressure to finish the work by June 30, the date set by Rous County Council who enforce the Biosecurity Act. This act determines a containment zone in which all Bitou Bush must be removed north of Cape Byron to the Queensland border by the set date.

Ellen White, the project mentor, spoke with the students about the history of this coastal area, and explained how this plant became a problem after sandmining when it was used as a sand stabiliser on the dunes. Nadia also identified Bitou Bush and native plants for the students and showed them the simple crowning technique for the removal of the Bitou Bush. 

Thank you for chemical free bush regenerators Brigid Prain and Judy Patterson and Thiago Barbosa, from Syntropic farming, that came to assi...


New Programme Helps Skilled Migrants Obtain Appropriate Work "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Since the end of the second world war in 1945, about 7 million people from overseas have settled in Australia, around 18,000 of which are refugees. Many highly skilled workers struggle with language barriers and cultural differences, which can impede their ability to gain employment in their area of expertise. But one organisation has run

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Wanna see a greenie political candidate take a direct hit of pepper spray to the dial? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Levi Tilleman is a greenie "clean energy entrepreneur" standing for congress. His main apparent claim to fame is "Worked for Obama". Levi, AKA The Village Idiot reckons guns are bad. He reckons pepper spray is better. To prove his point, the clown sits down for a huge squirt of the...


Wilsons Creek residents opposing Telstra tower "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Wilsons Creek Hall was brimming with the 70 strong crowd who came to find out about the proposed Telstra tower currently being considered for the valley. Photo Mike Stavro.

A crowd of over 70 concerned Wilson Creek residents packed the local hall on Wednesday night to hear about and form opposition to Telstras plans for a 35 meter microwave tower in the bottom of the valley located at the exchange.

Several residences will be located in close proximity to the tower and as such will be subjected to levels of microwave radiation scientifically proven to cause biological effects the meeting was told.

Geological stability of the site came into question as according to locals sink holes are known to appear in the road in front of the site after heavy rain.

Being an environmentally sensitive area the meeting heard from a recent report to UNESCO which detailed the decline and disappearance of birds, insects and animals in the vicinity of the Mt Nardi transmitters with the introduction of 3 and 4G.

Telstra has given no indication to residents that it has public liability insurance for damage or injury caused by electromagnetic radiation. The meeting was told that it is known insurers wont provide it.

A Development Application is currently on exhibition (DA 102018.233.1).

Residents have asked for and received  a two week extension to the exhibition period which now closes on July 4.

Many locals consider this to be one of the few habitable areas of the shire remaining for people to avoid microwave radiation, those present were urged to make strident opposition.

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LGBTIQ Rights Activist Arrested For Protest In Russia As World Cup Begins "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

British LGBTIQ rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has been arrested and charged by Russian police after holding a one-man protest near the Kremlin during the FIFA World Cup. The 66-year-old attempted to hold a peaceful one-man protest to draw attention to human rights abuses reportedly committed against gay men in the Russian region of Chechnya. In ...

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Community groups say no to TPP-11 at Farrer Place, Sydney, 12.30 pm today "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Media release, Friday June 15, 2018:
Unions, aid and development groups, health, environment and other activists are protesting at Farrer Place today outside the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties public hearing on the controversial TPP-11 trade deal being held at 1 Bligh St Sydney.
This inquiry and a Senate Inquiry will report on the deal before Parliament considers the implementing legislation in September. The government lacks a majority in the Senate and these groups are calling on the ALP, Greens, Centre Alliance and other cross-benchers to block the implementing legislation.
AFTINET Convener Dr Patricia Ranald said: The TPP-11 without the US is still a bad deal because it would increase corporate rights at the expense of peoples rights. It still includes special rights for global companies to bypass national courts and sue governments in unfair international tribunals over health, environmental and industrial laws. 
Andrew Dettmer, National President of the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union said: The TPP-11 is bad for workers because it has very weak commitments to labour rights that are not enforceable and does not even ban the products of child and slave labour. It would allow more temporary migrant workers who are vulnerable to exploitation, without first testing whether local workers are available.
Lucy Manne, Head of Campaigns, Action Aid Australia said: In low income countries, the TPP-11 would put pressure on sectors like the garment industry that are dominated by women, meaning that women could face lower wages and an erosion of their rights at work. The deal could also drive the privatisation of services, like healthcare and education, that are essential for achieving gender equality.
Michael Whaites, Lead Organiser, NSW Nurses and Midwives Association said: The TPP-11 is bad for health services because it entrenches medicine monopolies and delays the availability of cheaper medicines. It also restricts future governments from introducing new regulation to address changing health needs and from reversing failed privatisations, like hospital privatisations. 
Jonathan Moyla...


US DoJ Inspector General report into FBI Clinton email investigation - shocking FBI bias "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

This text exchange is between FBI agent Peter Strzok (who was directly in charge of the Hillary email investigation - known inside the FBI as the 'Midyear Investigation') and FBI special legal counsel Lisa Page who also worked on the Clinton write-off. US DoJ Inspector General report into FBI, Clinton...


Kingscliffs Lions Park is set for a makeover "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The refurbishment plans for Lions Park, Kingscliff. Image supplied.

The Kingscliffs Lions Park is set for a makeover, to improve the functionality of the park while also improving accessibility and recreation facilities for residents and visitors.

The park the foreshore area immediately south of the Cudgen Headland Surf Life Saving Club is a much-loved gathering space for many. The refurbishment is designed to complement its current use around markets, surf events and community get-togethers.

Unfortunately, two of the old Norfolk Pines in the park are in a state of serious decline resulting from previous root and trunk damage and will need to be removed.

There is no likelihood of the trees recovering and they are presenting a risk of failure and possible injury, said Councils manager of recreation services, Stewart Brawley.

These trees were originally planted by the Lions Club in the 1960s, and at the Lions Clubs request, they will be replaced with the same species.

The work is the next component of the Kingscliff Foreshore Revitalisation Project (KFRP), which included the establishment of Rowan Robinson Park, a seawall to protect from erosion and a major upgrade of the Kingscliff Beach Holiday Park.

The old shelters will be replaced in a central location allowing for a larger, clear open space to accommodate these activities, with a second family barbeque facility installed at the southern end of the park.

The plan was completed in consultation with the main park stakeholders/users the surf club, the market operators and the Kingscliff Lions Club and also Councils Community Development Office Ageing and Disability.

While we would like to complete the full scope of works in the draft plan in one go, the extent of w...


June 15 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

1795 -  Captain William Paterson tattled to the Home Office in London that there were now 400 settlers, with their families, on land extending 30 miles along both banks of the Hawkesbury River

1795 - Collins referred to the hostilities at the Hawkesbury as an open war between the settlers and the Darug, who carried off the ripe corn in blankets and nets. William Rowe and his son were killed at Richmond Hill. Within a few weeks five people have been killed and several wounded, Colonel Paterson advises London.
Paterson, who had led expeditions against the Hottentots at the Cape of Good Hope, despatched 60 New South Wales Corps troops from Parramatta to the Hawkesbury River. They were ordered to destroy as many as they could meet of the wood tribe (Be-dia-gal); and in the hope of striking terror, to erect gibbets in different places, whereon the bodies of all they might kill were to be hung.
In Sydney, Pemulwuy, or some of his party wounded a convict near the Brickfield Village huts.

1798 - The Norfolk, a sloop built on Norfolk Island, arrived at Port Jackson.
This may not excite you but the convicts were simply overjoyed!

1804 - The Sullivan Cove settlement wasn't happy with it's title so it changed into something more comfortable, Hobart Town.

1821 - Alexander McDonald of the Field of Mars received permission to cut 10,000 feet of cedar and employ David Anderson, William Davis, free, James Perry, T of L, and William Clarke, prisoner.

1838 - Bryant Flannigan was hanged at Sydney for the murder of John Nagle, "Big Mary" Nagle and Patrick Riley at Bunbejong, near Mudgee.

1838 - Daniel Maloney was hanged at Sydney for the murder of Thomas Mahoney at Hassan's Walls.

1838 - Dennis Haberlin (Haverden) was hanged at Sydney for robbery at the house of John and Sarah Rawles and the attempted rape of Sarah Rawles, at Woodford Bay, Longueville.

1838 - Thomas Ribbands was hanged at Sydney for putting in fear and burglary from the house of Ann Jones, at Taree. Ann's husband John had been stabbed to death by one of their servants, Edward Tufts, earlier that year.

1839 - NSW was getting too big for it's boots so it pushed the boundaries out to include "portions of NZ that The Crown might acquire". So shove over and give us room to stick our aching feet in your hot springs.

1843 - The first elections for the NSW Legislative Council were held.

1845 - The Mitchell River, in QLD discovered explorer Ludwig Leichhardt.

1862 - 150 years ago saw the largest gold robbery in Oz history when that gang of naughty lads Frank Gardiner, Ben Hall, Johnny Gilbert and Dan Charters held up the Lachlan Gold Escort at Eugowra Rocks.

1874 - Brisvegas's first 'permanent'...

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Earliest Human Presence in North America Dated to the Last Glacial Maximum: New Radiocarbon Dates from Bluefish Caves, Canada "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Earliest Human Presence in North America Dated to the Last Glacial Maximum: New Radiocarbon Dates from Bluefish Caves, Canada: Abstract

The timing of the first entry of humans into North America is still hotly debated within the scientific community. Excavations conducted at Bluefish Caves (Yukon Territory) from 1977 to 1987 yielded a series of radiocarbon dates that led archaeologists to propose that the initial dispersal of human groups into Eastern Beringia (Alaska and the Yukon Territory) occurred during the Last Glacial Maximum (LGM). This hypothesis proved highly controversial in the absence of other sites of similar age and concerns about the stratigraphy and anthropogenic signature of the bone assemblages that yielded the dates. The weight of the available archaeological evidence suggests that the first peopling of North America occurred ca. 14,000 cal BP (calibrated years Before Present), i.e., well after the LGM. // Lauriane Bourgeon, Ariane Burke, Thomas Higham Published: January 6, 2017


Hontas Farmer | July 4th 2014 06:01 AM // Bering strait theory, and the Out of Africa model scientific method, not dogma. | Science 2.0 - In truth the Out of Africa theory has just as much support as General Relativity and the Bering strait migration has as much support as the law of mass energy equivalence. However many non-scientist question even the notion that the genus Homo evolved in Africa, then spread out to the rest of the world as Homo Erectus. That is to say they even reject the multiregional hypothesis and seem to insist that it is scientific to claim that they evolved or originated right in America, Australia, Asia, or Europe, without any African input even a million years + back.

Furthermore, they assert, that all evidence to support their ideas is suppressed by a worldwide conspiracy, or that evidence is interpreted to support the recent african origin of modern humans no matter what. (Which is really rich since a large gathering of scientist would not even agree on what to have for lunch much less what lies to tell if they were to tell them.)


Drift towards trade war is the result of economic and political crisis "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Contributed by Joe Montero

As the world moves towards trade war, International Monetary Fund (IMF) officials are ringing that warning bell.

Last Monday in Berlin, its Managing Director Christine Legarde, warned that the clouds on the horizon are getting darker by the day.

The biggest and darkest cloud that we see is the deterioration in confidence that is prompted by [the] attempt to challenge the way in which trade has been conducted, in which relationships have been handled and the way in which multilateral organisations have been operating.

Legardes comments were prompted by the mess at the end of the G7 gathering in Quebec (Canada), which resulted in U.S. President Donald Trump attacking the Canadian leader and imposing tariffs on steel and aluminium on Canada, Mexico and the European Union. All three have announced retaliatory measures.

China has been threatened with tariffs on exported goods to the tune of $50 billion and has responded with a similar threat of US goods.

World Trade Organisation (WTO) Director Roberto Azvedo has weighed in, to say that rising tensions risk a major economic impact, undermining the strongest sustainable period of trade growth since the financial crisis.

Of course, both officials represent key global organisations that played important roles in building the global regime that preceded more recent developments. The call was to institute what was referred to as free trade, but what it was mostly about was the complete deregulation and liberalisation of investment.

The result was a massive rise in the monopolisation of the global and many national economies, as the big global banks and other financial institutions became undisputed masters of everything.

We have to go back to the 1960s, when the post-war boom had started to run out of steam. The rate of return on investments was falling, especially in the United States. A global debt crisis had become obvious. The gold standard went in 1968, to be replaced by the American dollar and soon joined with a flexible exchange rate regime.

These things are mentioned, because they are the backdrop to the regime that was subsequently put in place. The liberalisation of finance was a response to a developing crisis, through providing new opportunities for investment, and therefore, new avenues for profit. There was much talk about creating a level playing field, but the truth was that the regime favoured the biggest players, at the expense of everyone else.

Like water seeking the point of least resistance to move along, investment seeks the route to the highest return. The problem had been that the return on existing investments was falling.

Everything was justified under the banner o...


Womens football takes off in Nyora "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Members of Nyoras first ever womens footy team, pictured with Trent from the teams major sponsor TSM Plumbing, were presented with their guernseys last week.

IF youve never considered playing womens footy, now might be the perfect time to start.
Nyora Football Club is seeking more players for its first ever womens team, which is off to a very successful start in AFL Gippslands Womens Development League of seven teams.
With three wins and one loss four rounds into the season, Nyoras side is performing well, and Nyora Football Netball Club president Gavin Doig says current numbers are looking good.
But he says the club is determined to do as much as it can to encourage participation and develop womens footy in the region.
Were averaging 20 to 24 women, whereas some of the other teams are only getting around 15, so weve got pretty good numbers. But we dont want to rest on our laurels. We want more and more people to come and enjoy it. Wed like to develop it and really champion womens footy within our region, Gavin said.
Theres much to be gained from being part of the team, says Gavin, even beyond the obvious health and fitness benefits.
Its also about community and comradery: getting together with like-minded women and playing a sport thats traditionally been male-dominated.
Theres a really good feeling and a positivity among the players that comes from doing something unique and brand new. Not all clubs are celebrating that but I think its important that we do.
Gavin says any women who want to try playing footy but dont know where or how to start should come down to a training session at Nyora and see what its all about.
The more the merrier. Well welcome anyone. You dont need experience. Thats the beauty of it. You dont need to have ever played before. We have some women in the team whove been playing for 10 years and others whove never played before.
You can be any shape or size. Theres a role for everyone. And theres no pressure on having to perform. As a club, were just happy if people are enjoying it and having a go.
If youre interested in trying out womens footy, contact Nyoras womens coach Brett Kelly on 0447 802 700.

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Tweed Shire Council recognised for its leadership "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Receiving the Highly Commended award at the recent 2018 Local Government Excellence Awards from the General Manager of Tamworth Regional Council, Paul Bennett (right) were Tweed Shire Councils Director Engineering, David Oxenham (left) and General Manager, Troy Green. Photo supplied.

Tweed Shire Council has been recognised for its leadership in responding to the 2017 March flood event at the 2018 Local Government Excellence Awards in Sydney.

Recognising the leadership role that Tweed Shire Council played in responding to the 2017 March flood event, ex-Cyclone Debbie, they have been awarded a Highly Commended award in the Special Project category.

Recognising the leadership role of Tweed Councils Councils Critical Incident Response Group in responding to the 2017 March flood event, Ex-Cyclone Debbie, they have been awarded a Highly Commended award in the Special Project category.

In the Highly Commended award in the Special Project category (population 60,000 and above) they were up against 16 other council projects from across the state.

Tweed Shire Councils leadership in responding to the immediate flooding, the clean-up, repairing the damage left in Debbies wake and preparing for future events has been well-planned, executed and innovative, said one of the judges.

Many of the initiatives and learning arising out of the Tweed emergency could be implemented by other local government authorities in emergency situations.

The Critical Incident Response Group managed the emergency response for Council, implemented business continuity plans for the inundated main depot staff and provided numerous additional services to support community residents and businesses at a time when many felt overwhelmed. The group itself operated from two offices, in Tweed Heads and Murwillumbah, using video conferencing technology, which was essential for a number of days as many roads were cut by floodwaters or impassable due to damage.



How Singapore, Astana and St. Petersburg view a new world order "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Key economic forums in cities across Eurasia point the way to new power structures rising to challenge Western dominance Ahead of the crucial Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in Qingdao this coming weekend, three other recent events have offered clues on how the new world order is coming about. The Astana Economic Forum in Kazakhstan centered on how mega-partnerships are changing world trade. Participants included the president of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) Jin Liqun; Andrew Belyaninov from the Eurasian Development Bank; former Italian Prime Minister and president of the EU Commission Romano Prodi; deputy director-general of the WTO Alan Wolff; and Glenn Diesen from the University of Western Sydney. Diesen, a Norwegian who studied in Holland and teaches in Australia, is the author of a must-read book, Russia's Geoeconomic Strategy for a Greater Eurasia, in which he analyzes in excruciating detail how Moscow is planning "to manage the continent from the heartland by enhancing collective autonomy and influence, and thus evict US hegemony directed from the periphery." In parallel, as Diesen argues, Moscow aims "to ensure the sustainability of an integrated Eurasia by establishing a balance of power or 'balance of dependence' to prevent the continent from being dominated by one power, with China being the most plausible candidate." In a nutshell; this New Great Game installment revolves around "Russia's strategy to enhance its bargaining power with the West by pivoting to the East."


Clinton Foundation fave Julie Bishop says Australia "absolutely" should giveaway more $$$$ foreign aid "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

"Absolutely". Julie Bishop on whether Australian taxpayers should be forced to handover more money so she can give it to people in other countries. Julie Bishop must be preparing for life after the Liberal Party. Absolutely.


11 great stops Barcelona hop on hop off bus "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Barcelona is a big city with many attractions to visit. The Barcelona hop on hop off bus is an amazing way to see the city. Hop on hop off Barcelona bus tickets can be purchased when boarding the bus. You will receive a Barcelona Tourist Map. The Barcelona tourist map will help you plan the best stops for the day. You cant miss the Barcelona city tour bus as they are red in colour.

You may even see some things to do in Barcelona at night.  The hop on hop off Barcelona bus gives you the choice of two great routes.  The East/Green Route and West/Orange Route. These two routes cover the main highlights of the city. The Barcelona bus turistic as its known in Spanish has over 35 stops. This allows you easy access to most Barcelona attractions. There are many things to do in Barcelona with a family. Travelling on the bus makes it easier than using Barcelona public transport.


Highlights of the Barcelona hop on hop off bus.


Barcelonetta is an amazing area that was reshaped for the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. No visit to Barcelona is complete without a visit to the beach. The beach area of Barcelonetta is characterized by the bay like swimming areas that have been developed and kilometres of white sand. A wide boulevard for walking and bike riding allows you to stroll along the Mediterranean coast enjoying the Barcelona sunshine. For many, the sun and beach are big Barcelona attractions. The Barcelona Bus Turistic stops at the beach for you.

Passeig Colomb:

statue of Columbus in Barcelona


This stop on the Barcelona hop on hop off bus is located at the port end of The famous La Rambla. From here you will see the statue of Christopher Columbus with him pointing to the new world. Spain and Columbus were instrumental in discovering new world lands ( for those touring Spain, Seville Cathedral contains the Columbus Tomb). This stop allows you access to the port where you can take a cruise and see the sights of Barcelona from the water.

You can also visit Maritime Museum...


Tom Heneghan Update: Hillary Assassinated Stevens "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Hillary Assassinated Stevens! Boom! Heneghan Update!

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 18:46

Source: Before Its News

Tom Heneghan just put out shocking news in his latest briefing with Stew Heneghan is very worried Trump is being blackmailed to do an interview with Mueller! Dont do it! ARREST them all!

Hillary Clinton had Ambassador Chris Stevens Assassinated! It wasnt just her failing to send a rescue team that killed Ambassador Stevens and the other brave men, it was an absolute assassination of Chris Stevens! She gave his exact location to the terrorists because Stevens was going to veto the Turkish arms deal that made the Clinton foundation a lot of money! This can now be proven! Why is she still walking around! Arrest her and begin military tribunals! She spied on America her entire career. She worked with Jonathan Pollard the biggest spy in history who killed dozens of CIA agents while at the Rose Law firm! Nobody even mentions this little tidbit.

Also covered is new information about Rod Rosenstein. His real reason for going to Canada was to cover his butt and make sure all documents from British Intelligence concerning their spying on Donald Trump and the American people were shredded! QAnon mentioned this trip to a 5 Eyes country in one of their updates! Canada is one of the 5 Eyes countries that cooperates on all manner of spying. The 5 Eyes countries are the US, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand. They have a spying alliance.



WSJ Picks Five Blockchain Firms in Their List of Tech Companies to Watch this Year "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Wall Street Journal has made a list of 25 technology firms to watch this year. It features a total of five different blockchain companies, as well those dedicated to researching cyber security and artificial intelligence.

Blockchain Companies Dominate Wall Street Journal List

In case you didnt realise, NewsBTC is all about Bitcoin and blockchain. For that reason, were only going to discuss the WSJ picks that relate to those sectors. You can find the full list of the companies over at the Wall Street Journals website though.


Blockstream Corp.

The WSJs highest ranked blockchain or cryptocurrency firm was Blockstream Corp. This Montreal start-up was founded in 2014 by a team including Dr. Adam Back, Matt Corallo, and Alexander Fowler. It currently employees a total of 50 staff.

Blockstream Corp. are currently working on the Bitcoin network, trying to develop technology to facilitate micropayments. Theyre also looking to create a cryptocurrency data feed with the Intercontinental Exchange.



A company that we recently reported about here at NewsBTC also made the WSJ list. R3 are their number six pick. Last week, there were rumours circulating that they were operating at a loss. However, the company itself deny these reports.

R3 are developing a blockchain-based platform dedicated to facilitating secure transactions between companies and financial institutions. Theyre based in New York and were founded in 2015.


Digital Asset Holdings LLC

Another blockchain company that has clearly impressed the staff at the Wall Street Journal is Digital Asset Holdings LLC. Like R3, this New York-based firm has been working on making transactions between financial institutions quick and secure. Theyre also working closely with Australias bi...


Eastwood St Andrews celebrates the beautiful game and its 60th anniversary "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

AN EASTWOOD football club conceived in 1958 in the middle of the Indian Ocean is celebrating its 60th Anniversary on Saturday. St Andrews was the [more]

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Inside the AEF, the climate denial group hosting Tony Abbott as guest speaker "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Australian Environment Foundation has secured a former prime minister to speak. But what does it actually do?Securing a former prime minister to speak at your organisation is no doubt a coup for many groups.Singapore's Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy recently got Kevin Rudd. Australia's Nelson Mandela Day committee has snaffled Julia Gillard for their next annual lecture. Continue reading...


Back to Eastwood Day for Eastwood St Andrews AFC "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Saturday 16th June is the annual Back to Eastwood Day for local soccer club Eastwood St Andrews AFC. The club invites all past and present [more]

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Australian High Court rules man can sue Google for defamation over search results "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

An Australian man who alleges Google defamed him on Wednesday won a court battle to sue the search engine giant. Milorad "Michael" Trkulja was shot in the back in 2004 in a restaurant in Melbourne, Australia's second largest city. The Australian High Court unanimously ruled in favor of Trkulja, supporting his allegation that a Google search of his name could indicate to an ordinary person he was "somehow associated with the Melbourne criminal underworld." Trkulja had successfully argued in the Victoria state Supreme Court in 2012 that Google defamed him by publishing photos of him linked to hardened criminals of Melbourne's underworld.


The Kurilpa Poetry Cup, Sunday 24th June, featuring JDUB & Jeff Usher "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The KURILPA POETS present THE KURILPA POETRY CUP Sunday, June 24th, 2pm The Croquet Club, 91 Cordelia Street * and also appearing FEATURE POET JDUB & Musical Blues legend JEFF USHER Unsuspected Artist Philip Guston And so the esteemed, if Continue reading


JBs World: Villers-Bretonneux and Ypres Battlefields commemorations "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

ONE HUNDRED YEARS on and Villers-Bretonneux in France and Ypres in Belgium still remember and honour the Aussies who served and the many who died in [more]

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Media Release: Tarkine Conservationists Welcome Prime Minister to Burnie "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Both Bob Brown Foundation and Save the Tarkine are calling on the Prime Minister to find the courage to stand up to Braddon Candidate Brett Whiteley and Premier Hodgman, and renew his commitment to World Heritage protection of the Tarkine. Conservationists held banners calling for protection of the Tarkine and greet Prime Minister Turnbull as he arrived at Burnie-Wynyard Airport this morning.



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Wednesday, 13 June


Democracy dies in darkness "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

On watering down firearm laws Mr Browne, spokesperson for Gun Control Australia stated: The Premier didnt bother telling the Tasmanian community he intended on watering down gun laws because according to him, it was one of 200 policies not published on the Liberal Partys website. Is he seriously suggesting he was unaware of the communitys deep concern for tight gun laws? This is secrecy and manipulation at worst, or a completely out of touch Premier, at best As Tasmanians, we get to live in one of the best democratic systems in the world. However, democracy, in these days of darkness, is fragile. We are watching major democratic institutions start to crumble. Tasmania can be a shining light to the world as a place of equality, health and happiness but only if it is a functional democracy Examiner: What the Liberals promised during Tasmanias election in 2018 Sophie Underwood, PMAT, FAN: Chinese celebrate Cambria Green before Council deliberations what do they know? Revelations the Chinese backers of a mega-development on Tasmanias idyllic East Coast celebrated its progress three days before a Glamorgan-Spring Bay Council (GSBC) meeting approved a request to change the planning scheme raises serious questions about the processes of the Council. It has also been revealed, that despite its massive scale, councilors only had knowledge of the request four days before the meeting


The human footprint ... Its bad on all accounts ... "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Regardless of what ethnic background we come from there is one consistent belief amongst us all, and that is there are too many of us on the planet now.  Human over-population, dwindling natural resources and increasing climate change impacts are marginalising all living things on Earth. So how long will it be before this unsustainable lifestyle we have created finally collapses ?

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Tuesday, 12 June


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

Part 1: The breeding of French bulldogs at the start of the 20th century LEntente Cordiale. (Sir) John Lavery (1856-1941). This portrait is believed to be of Violet Manners, Marchioness of Granby and later Duchess of Rutland, with her English-bred, rose or drop-eared bulldog. The painting was purchased by the Manchester Art Gallery from Thomas Agnew and Sons at their Independent British Art Exhibition of 1906. The Entente Cordiale was an agreement signed on the 8th April 1904 between Britain and France in an effort to improve Anglo-French relations. (Illustration courtesy of the Manchester Art Gallery)


Tasmanian Budget 2018: Winners and losers "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Its a post-election budget for a second-term Government with few surprises. Health is a winner, but anyone looking for a rental property is out of luck


Liberals silly complaint ... "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A story in todays (Wednesdays) Mercury covering Braddon Liberal candidate Brett Whiteleys complaints about global retailer Patagonias film on the Tarkine went without comment from the Bob Brown Foundation. However, in reply, Bob Brown says the Liberals Whiteley is a product of last century thinking who doesnt know the Tarkine and has his facts wrong


Shared statement from peak bodies relating to short stay accommodation "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

In the absence of comprehensive data every decision made is guess work.  We need a robust evidence base underlying policy and resourcing responses and time has run out on waiting for it, said TasCOSS CEO, Kym Goodes


Ombudsman agrees to new Centrelink investigation "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Independent Member for Denison, Andrew Wilkie, will call on the Federal Government to shut down the disastrous Centrelink robo-debt program once and for all, after the Commonwealth Ombudsman agreed to his request to investigate it again in light of revelations from a whistleblower EARLIER on Tasmanian Times ...


Hodgman's Tarkine "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Bob Brown says the difference between his and Premier Hodgmans helicopters over the Tarkine is that the Premiers helicopters drop napalm.

He is in the job-losing business of firebombing forests after he logs them whereas I am in the job-gaining business of protecting the forests and their wildlife. I offer him an easy bargain - give the Tarkine World Heritage status and I will stay grounded.


Last Dance ... "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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Monday, 11 June


Green Policy ... "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

During the live election results coverage from the Hobart tally room at the last Tasmanian election, Greens Senator Nick McKim said that, the poor result of Green votes was more or less expected and due to the fact that the Greens had no major environmental issues in progress at the moment


Barnaby ... "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Dear God, I am a true believer and regularly attend Your house where I pray for the furtherance of Your wishes for humanity and put $5 into the collection box. I also strongly believe in family values, have a beautiful wife who has always supported me and four children


Abbotts desire for a 90d tilt to the right stumbles along "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Some might remember when Alan Jones was gulled by call to his radio program claiming Australia had taken a 5d tilt to the left. The call was a practical joke but Jones fell for it and railed against it until he was told it was a joke


Christine Milne AO "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Fellow environmentalist and former Greens politician, Bob Brown, has congratulated Christine Milne on her award as Officer of the Order of Australia.

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