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Monday, 03 December


Big Coal And Friends On Track To Shut Down Your Climate Activism "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A major case opening today in a Queensland court could have profound implications for climate activists around the country. Julie Macken explains.

The term, climate crisis is now the most commonly used descriptor when discussing global warming. Extreme weather events, firestorms, heat waves, flooding rain, loss of ice, snow and species are rightly seen within the frame of an emergent climate crisis. But if we are really witnessing a climate crisis one with the potential to destroy our way of life and end our lives how should we respond as a community?

This is a question being tested in Australias classrooms and Parliament right now and later today, in fact. The Queensland Supreme Court will be asked to decide whether, despite this crisis, it is reasonable for a large corporation to dictate how the community should be allowed to use social media to try and prevent this crisis.

The background to the case is this. Aurizon, the rail freight company formerly owned by the Government of Queensland, has been targeted by a number of individuals and communities because it plays a key role in the coal industry managing the 2,670 km Central Queensland coal network. It is also critical to Indian mining company Adanis plans to ship coal from the proposed Carmichael mine to Abbott Point, as Adani plans to build a 200km line that will connect to Aurizons existing Goonyella and Newlands rail network.

Without Aurizon there is no Adani mine.

One of those groups protesting the proposed Adani mine, and Aurizons involvement in the expansion of the coal industry, is a small community group called FLAC Front Line Action on Coal. Unlike the large environmental NGOs, FLAC is still committed to supporting people who take direct action to prevent the expansion of the coal industry and they have had some serious successes of late.

So much so that Aurizon has taken the extraordinary action of getting interim orders against FLAC. Those orders include prohibiting FLAC from inciting anyone by Facebook, website, and Twitter to enter rail corridors across Aurizons network or interfering with any of the companys coal trains.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk shakes hands with Gautam Adani, Port of Townsville, 6 December 2016. (IMAGE: AAP)

On Tuesday the Supreme Court will be asked to make these inte...


Me-Ism Is Undoing The Left "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A feelpinion has no place in a contest of ideas, writes Joshua Dabelstein.

Old school lefties are feeling disenfranchised by the lefts new face. Identity politics, professional victimhood, and moralistic white-knighting, have become the young lefts M.O. The corruption of its own conceptions of liberty and solidarity are testament to the left having been co-opted by a misguided conflation of liberalism and leftism.

This conflation has resulted in a swathe of self-important self-proclaimed left-wing ninnies giving the rest of us a bad name by, well, taking their own feelings way too seriously, and confusing their feelings with having a real political philosophy.

We live in an age where feeling offended is empowering. The assertion of disempowerment is an easy and often great way to reclaim power. But if we arent careful of how, when, why and with whom we are doing this, we run the risk of becoming a complete laughing stock.

It is impossible to converse with someone who has a firmly held belief that his or her political philosophy stems from a more moral place. In reality, we all retroactively fit what we want to how we feel. As a recovering alcoholic, I couldnt empathise more with how easy it is to trick myself that what feels good and what is good are one and the same thing. Often our feelings and the way we articulate them in conversation are tailored by a pre-existing fixation.

Here is an example of how this plays out in the mind of, say, a young any-gendered feminist reactionary.

Women have always been second-class citizens (true). The subjugation of women by men is rife, constant, and everywhere (true). Men who think they are part of the solution are actually more often than not part of the problem (true). When that man I am doing a group assignment with just explained to me that I had misunderstood Isiah Berlins Two Concepts of Liberty he was mansplaining because he is a man, and the patriarchy or something, and how dare people treat me like that just because I am a woman.

There is a very real and subconsciously manipulative impetus to asserting a moral high-ground and victimhood. And of all the arguments that the left has with itself, it is the soft-lefts immature replacement of political philosophy with moralisms that has caused a rift the likes of which people like Jordan Peterson have been belched from.

There is however nothing more moral about being more offended. There is nothing righteous about self-righteousness. It took me twenty-seven years to learn that one.

Love him or hate him, Jordan Peterson will be in Australia soon. One of the biggest reasons he is popular is that he takes this Me-...


Andrews statement about Royal Commission into Informants "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

...the Victorian public has a right to know that every part of the justice system acts fairly and lawfully at all times. Daniel Andrews - Premier Really Dan. Police forces cannot operate without information. That information often comes from informants. If I was providing information to the police right now,...


UN Migration Pact - "Criticism of migration will be a criminal offence, media organisation will be shut down" "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

That's Marcel de Graaff speaking - a Member of the European Parliament. The United Nations Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration seeks to make immigration a universal human right. De Graaff said, I would like to say some words on the global compact on migration. On the 10th...


LPG gas cylinders made this truck into a mobile bomb "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Victoria's coroner has released this video. Makes you think.


Xi Jinping Visits Nations of Southeast Asia "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


The Chinese leaders one-week tour began on 15 November and included visits to Papua New Guinea, Brunei and the Philippines. These countries are situated in a region that has borne witness to clearly heightened tensions, on various fronts, between the two world powers, the USA and China.

The escalations are particularly noticeable on the backdrop of the slowdown in positive developments previously achieved on the Korean Peninsula. And although the inter-Korean dialogue continues (in guerilla warfare style), the two main players involved in the Korean issue (i.e. the United States and PRC) seemingly cannot find the answer to the question of what happens next.

It is difficult to envision positive developments in the northern part of a region engulfed in a power struggle between the USA and China, especially when tensions are escalating in its southern parts. A place, where the rivalry, between China and the US Australian tandem, to exert influence over the island states of the Pacific Ocean is becoming more noticeable.

An important step towards strengthening the position of Australia and the US in the region was the announcement that their joint military base is to be constructed in Papua New Guinea. The news came on the eve of Xi Jinpings arrival in its capital, Port Moresby.

The fact that the United States (together with Japan, Australia, and possibly India) started working on the planning stages of a project, meant to rival the New Silk Road, in recent months served as further proof of the worsening political climate in the region. Over the last few months, Western media outlets have not tired of reporting on the shortcomings of the Chinese initiative, which have allegedly become apparent in Malaysia and Pakistan.

Attempts are being made to pour new (trade and economic) wine into the old wineskins of the initiative to create the Asian NATO (with its core constituted by the USA, Japan, Australia and India). The wine is being used to try and win over the right, from China, to exert influence over the nations in the Indian and Pacific Oceans. Brunei and the Philippines are among such countries.

Evidence of acute tensions, engulfing the region, came in both subtle and open, back and forth verbal attacks,...


FOX: Minneapolis cop intended to kill holistic healer, Dr. Justine Damond, prosecutor say "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Last week, prosecutors announced they would be charging former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor with intentional second-degree murder for the death of holistic doctor, Justine Ruszczyk Damond in July of 2017. RELATED STORY: Unintended Holistic Doctor Death Series: Over 90 Dead At the time, Noor admitted to shooting the Australian woman multiple times but said it []

The post FOX: Minneapolis cop intended to kill holistic healer, Dr. Justine Damond, prosecutor say appeared first on Health Nut News.


Study Links HPV Vaccine to Historically High Infertility Rates "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Celeste McGovern, CMSRI
Waking Times

A plague is spreading silently across the globe. The young generation in America, the United Kingdom, France, Italy, Japan, Australia in virtually every western country is afflicted by rapidly increasing rates of infertility.

This spring, the United States reported its lowest birth rate in 30 years, despite an economic boom. Finlands birth rate plummeted to a low not seen in 150 years. Russian President Vladimir Putin recently introduced a string of reforms aimed at stemming the countrys deep demographic declines.  The government of Denmark introduced an ad campaign to encourage couples to Do it for Denmark and conceive on vacations, and Poland produced a campaign urging its citizens to breed like rabbits.

Something  or things are robbing young women and men of their capacity to procreate and public health admits it doesnt have a clue where to start to fix the emerging priority.

The population bomb we were all endlessly warned about by environmentalists failed to blow, and instead, demographers have been trying to raise the alarm about the population implosioncrisis unfolding across the West the graying of societies facing an unprecedented aging demographic in which th...


Australia: Muslims defy court order to demolish illegal religious compound, say theyre not bound by Australian law "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Mustapha Kara-Ali is basing his claim to be above Australian law on Australian law: The Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) Act 2012 stipulates that when it is carrying out religious activities that are related to the practice, study, teaching or propagation of its religious beliefs, or other activities ancillary to them Diwan Al []


Young Australian climate activists interviewed "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

This 29 November 2018 video says about itself:

Thousands of students join climate protest

Australian students have gone on strike from school and have converged on urban and regional centres demanding the government take action on climate change.

From the World Socialist Web Site in Australia:

Australia: Newcastle participants in high school climate strike speak out

By our reporters

3 December 2018

Last Friday, around 2,000 high school students in Newcastle, a New South Wales port city 160 kilometres north of Sydney, took part in a national strike against the refusal of governments to address climate change.

Like rallies on the same day in Sydney, Melbourne and other areas, the Newcastle protest was attended by high school students of varying ages, along with parents and teachers.

In addition to expressing their anger over environmental destruction, students spoke out against war, social inequality and the turn to authoritarianism. Newcastle has been hard hit by decades of job cuts, and the closure of entire industries. As in other regional centres, youth face a future of insecure and casual work, unemployment and associated social problems.

Part of the Newcastle rally

Campaigners from the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (IYSSE) at Newcastle University distributed hundreds of statements at the protest, explaining that climate change is the product of a systemic crisis of the global capitalist system and calling for a turn to the working class.

The IYSSE stre...



Guams invasive bird-destroying snake less unique than thought "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The highly toxic brown tree snake, which has killed off most of the native birds on the Pacific island of Guam, was once thought to have its own distinctive venom. However, scientists have now proven that other snakes are armed with the same poison. In a recent study in the Journal of Molecular Evolution, biologists compared the venom of brown tree snakes (Boiga irregularis) to that of five other types of cat-eye snakes. The team extracted the molecular blueprint of each venom and analyzed the genetic components. The entire cat-eye snake family shares a particularly potent toxin called irditoxin, the researchers found. The dog-toothed cat snake (Boiga cynodon) is found primarily in Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore and the Philippines. Photo courtesy of Zleng, Flickr. This toxin that was thought to be unique to the brown tree snake is actually much more widely made, said Bryan Fry, a toxicologist at the University of Queensland in Australia and the studys senior author. From there, that allowed us to infer that this is what allowed the cat-eye snakes to be such an explosive group. The cat-eye snake evolved in Africa and underwent a rapid explosion in diversity. Several species now flourish across Southeast Asia, India and Australia, including the dog-toothed cat snake, the gold-ringed cat snake, the black mangrove snake, the black-headed cat snake and the common cat snake. This success is attributable to the snakes irditoxin, the researchers believe. Irditoxin is classified as a three-finger toxin (3FTx) protein, which originated over 100 million


The Liberal Party of Australia continues a prolonged and very public evisceration of its own body "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Sydney Morning Herald, 2 December 2018:

Craig Kelly walked into the Engadine Gymnastics Club on Sunday night a man under pressure.

The embattled Liberal Party backbencher spotted a group of local politicians who had also been invited to hand out awards to excited children. The group included Lee Evans, a Liberal member of the NSW Parliament, and Carmelo Pesce, the Liberal mayor of the Sutherland Shire Council.

Kelly put out his hand to greet the mayor. Pesce put his hand behind his back.
"You're a f---ing prick!" Kelly shouted at Pesce. "Are you f---ing kidding me? You're not going to f---ing shake my hand?"

Pesce refused to speak but Kelly - who had spent much of Sunday trying to save his career - didn't take the hint: "What? Do you mean you're not going to f---ing shake my hand."


The Fire Next Time: "Climate is a driver of wildfire and of fire full stop" "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Image: Green Cross Australia

ABC News, 1 December 2018:

Both the bushfires and the heatwave ravaging parts of Queensland have been described as extraordinary and abnormal.

Bureau of Meteorology Queensland manager Bruce Gunn said records had tumbled in a week of widespread and protracted heatwave conditions, combined with catastrophic fire danger.

"On Wedn...


Gold in them thar hills "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Commodities strength in 2018

For all the gloomy reporting out there at the moment, the Reserve Bank of Australia reported today that its index of commodity prices increased by 19 per cent over the past year in Aussie dollar terms, in turn leading towards a windfall of revenues and tax receipts. 

The soaring result for the year to October was driven by a surge in iron ore, LNG, and coking coal prices, all of which are key commodities for Australia.

The value of exports from Australia has exploded since the turn of the century.

The hypocrisy is almost, but not quite, beyond belief - Labor presided over much of the greatest resources investment boom in 150 years - however, the rapidly disintegrating Coalition has made itself all but unelectable, so all the ALP really needs to do is set back, grab some popcorn, and enjoy the implosion. 

Getting away from the politics and back to the data at hand, the quarterly trend for mineral exploration spend has accordingly increased by a hearty 26 per cent over the year to September 2018. 

This has largely been driven by gold and base metals, which in essence means great news for Western Australia above and beyond all other states and territories. 


They Are ALSO Targeting My Sister with Their Directed Energy Weapons "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

My sister is experiencing the same torture I am- and it is causing her health to deterirate.

Her doctors have also told her that her parathyroid cancer was a result of her being exposed to high doses of radiation.

And all of her children are ALSO experiencing the same health problems, strongly suggesting they ALL were exposed to high doses of radiation.

When the Cuban and Chinese embassy workers got attacked- professionals believed they were attacked with sonic weapons- however they have now determined that they were attacked with microwave weapons.

The loud electrical buzzing they heard was from these directed energy weapons.

People who wish these weapons to remain secret claim what the sufferers are experiencing is tinnitus but tinnitus isnt location related.

As it is with my sister and myself- this attack is focused primarily in our house. If we leave our house- the symptoms disappear completely.

Tinnitus doesnt work that way.

The US government admitted they had these weapons in 2006 to Congress and that they were going to use them on American citizens to show the rest of the world they were safe.

Considering it is almost 2019 and these weapons still remain a secret, (except in Maine, Michigan, and Massachusetts where their are laws on the books forbidding their use on Americans), one must ask themselves how safe these weapons are.

And the argument is usually why would they choose you? but both my sister and I have tried to expose our family for their involvement in child trafficking and a myriad of other crimes that implicate a group of very powerful and rich group of individuals other than our family members- including members of our current government.

Besides- who do you think they were speaking about when our government said they were going to use these weapons on American citizens?

Which Americans were they talking about?

Not to mention attacking innocent Americans on American soil is against the law.

I am reporting this not because I have any misconceptions that they will stop with my sister and I but rather as a warning to others.

If they can do this to us- NO ONE is safe. Not you- not your children- not your grandchildren.

No one is safe.

And this practice is so wrong it defies words and needs to be stopped but it will take us all collectively to do so.

They need to be stopped. Future generations of our children deserve this.

We ALL deserve this.



Delegation to meet developer "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

cokeworks meeting

Part of the crowd at the Sunday meeting in Corrimal

ALMOST 100 residents attended a meeting to discuss the proposed residential development proposal for the former Corrimal coke works site on Sunday.

The developer has received approval from the Department of Planning to put the re-zoning plans back before council with no changes to the original demand for over 700 new homes on the site.  They have, however, been required to revise their flood and ecological studies, their traffic impact study and contamination remediation plan. They also have to complete an Aboriginal cultural heritage study, and conservation management and geomorphological plans.

Spokesperson for Corrimal Community Action Group are calling for a guarantee that the site will be decontaminated, that increased traffic issues are dealt with, environmental and flooding concerns addressed, plus safe pedestrian and cycleway access included before the re-zoning and development proceeds.

Corrimal Community Action Group spokesperson Anne Marett said a delegation will meet with the developer on Tuesday this week from 9.30am to 11.30am outside Corrimal Community Centre in Short Street.

The Corrimal Community Action Group will ta...


Sydney unit approvals dropping like a stone "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Approvals drop

Sydney apartment approvals were some 36 per cent lower than a year earlier in October, and are falling away fast. 

With new unit sales to mainland Chinese and other domestic investors now all but frozen up, the construction cycle at Sydney is rapidly coming to an end. 

The Grattan Institute and others have pointed out that with today's higher levels of population growth Sydney may revert to a dwelling undersupply position more quickly than was in the case in previous cycles. 

Sydney drove the weaker unit approvals result for October, but the trend softness is now spilling over to almost every other capital city...

...except for one: Hobart. 

Hobart has a chronically undersupplied housing market - flirting on the verge of a rental crisis - and detached house approvals in the Tasmanian capital have at least risen to the highest level across the data series. 

Even here, though, a lack of investor access to credit has stymied the supply response for apartments. 



Free "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


Free cloth nappies.
Very well used and a lot of the elastics are broken but we were still happy to use them.
Different kind of brands. 

Pick up in Preston. 


Needed "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


Does anyone know someone handy who could help repair this lovely salvaged lead light door? Its old and the timber is warping and the glass is insecure in places... Im worried its going to fall apart. Its not worth taking to a proper lead-light repairer because its so battered and rustic but it does a wonderful job as my studio/shed door and Id like to strengthen it a bit. or 0400 123 336.


For Sale "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


Beautiful Danish style extension table. Solid wood - it looks like silky oak with a teak veneer. 
The screws need a tighten - it has a squeaky wobble. Needs a bit of work.  
Aesthetically beautifully, though does show wear, including colour variation between main table and extension leafs. See photos. 
Size is great for a small house though with the extension you can still fit up to 8 people extended. 
Chairs not included. 
W: 91cm
Length extended: 151 cm

We are asking $70!

Text or call 0415 453 840



Conair Aviation (Canada) Avro RJ-85 C-GVFK "Bomber 165" Calls into Rockhampton Airport - Plus Yet More Photos of Aircraft and Helicopters in Support of Bushfire Fighting Efforts Over the Weekend "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Over this weekend, local and interstate firefighters continued to battle fierce bushfires in various parts of Central Queensland.  They were again supported by many fixed wing aircraft and helicopters which completed many water-drops over the region and were even credited with saving many buildings.

During the afternoon on Saturday 1 December, Conair Aviation (Canada) British Aerospace BAe 146 / Avro RJ-85 C-GVFK "Bomber 165" was noted arriving into Rockhampton Airport after flying up direct from RAAF Base Amberley.

In recent days, it has been operating out of Amberley assisting with water-drops over bushfires on Stradbroke Island.

C-GVFK didn't stay in CQ for long - it is photographed departing to its base at RAAF Base Richmond early on Sunday 2 December.



RAAF Challenger 604 Bizjet A37-002 Calls into Mackay Airport - Plus More Alliance Airlines Fokker Jet Charters Transporting Interstate Firefighters "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

On Monday 3 December, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Canadair CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604 bizjet A37-002 was noted visiting Mackay Airport.  It looked to touch down from Canberra via the Gold Coast.

A RAAF Challenger at Mackay Airport  (File photo)

After almost an hour on the ground, A37-002 returned to the Gold Coast.

A37-002 was heard to be using the radio callsign of "Regent 64".

Meanwhile, as with the last few days, again on Monday 3 December, there were yet more charter flights in and out of Central Queensland Airports presumably transporting interstate firefighters in and out of the fire-zones.

Alliance Airlines Fokker F-70 VH-JFE was noted visiting Gladstone Airport.  It arrived from Wagga Wagga and Canberra as UTY566.  VH-JFE then continued to Rockhampton Airport as UTY567 before returning to Gladstone Airport as UTY991.  It then departed and returned to Canberra again as UTY567.

Fellow Alliance Airlines Fokker F-70 VH-QQX was also noted visiting Gladstone Airport but from Dubbo in New South Wales as UTY562.  It later returned to Dubbo but as UTY563.

Photo taken by 'AC'  


Women's Circle "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


Thought of joining a women's circle?

I run a circle, monthly on Wednesday evenings in the area.  I both facilitate, lead reflections and meditations and hold space in the group as well as participate in the group. 

Each week we meet over a cup of tea, then we come together in a reflection/meditation, this is followed by intentional conversations (sharing around a topic for the ...


A QantasLink Dash-8 and More Alliance Airlines Fokker Jet Charter Flights Carry Interstate Firefighters in and out of CQ Airports "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

On Sunday 2 December, there were more charter flights in and out of Central Queensland Airports presumably transporting interstate firefighters in and out of the fire-zones.

Early on Sunday, QantasLink Dash-8-Q300 VH-TQZ was noted visiting Rockhampton Airport.  It arrived from Armidale in New South Wales as QLK2294 before departing to Sydney as QLK2711.

File photo

Later, Alliance Airlines Fokker F-100 VH-XWR was noted visiting Bundaberg Airport.  It arrived from Sydney and RAAF Base Williamtown near Newcastle as UTY562.  VH-XWR later returned to Williamtown and Sydney as UTY563.

While fellow Alliance Airlines Fokker F-70 VH-QQX was also noted visiting Bundaberg Airport.  It arrived from Port Macquarie and Coffs Harbour in New South Wales as UTY566.  VH-QQX later returned to Coffs Harbour and Port Macquarie as UTY567.

Finally, late on Sunday 2 December, a nice corporate turboprop in the form of Austrek Aviation Beech B200 Super King Air VH-ZGD was noted arriving into Mackay Airport from its Toowoomba base via Archerfield.  It later departed to Gladstone Airport before returning to Archerfield.

Photo taken by Simon Coates 


Why I am skipping school to protest for action on climate change "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Climate change is an issue with a ticking clock and the fact that adults and politicians are not doing enough is, simply put, repulsive, writes Aisheeya Huq, 16-year-old volunteer at the Australian Youth Climate Coalition.


Who do the police work for? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

MANY people may be of the erroneous belief that the police work for them (the tax payers), or even are members of the 'public service'.

Why even the Victorian Government washed its hands of police, especially when it came to coughing up for compensation.

See article from The Age publication at:

Every state or territory may have its legal peculiarities with regards to its police force.

In Victoria the police have been corporatised since 2013, i.e. (officially) since the Victoria Police Act 2013, where every 'job' has a cost associated with it.

See the current Victoria Police Fees & Charges document within the pdf:

Apparently in Western Australia the police are not even a legal entity:

Let's take a look at a common example of a 'common law' criminal action of theft.

We've obtai...


1) 233 Papuans Not Arrested but Protected from Angry Masses: Police "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

2) Activist calls for NZ rethink on West Papua after mass arrests
3) Solomons PM says his govt want nothing to do with West Papua

4) Lack of judges, Polishs tourist trial postponed
5) Australian among hundreds of Papuan activists arrested in Indonesia 

1) 233 Papuans Not Arrested but Protected from Angry Masses: Police
Papuan activists march as police keep watch during a rally to commemorate the West Papuan declaration of independence from Dutch colonial rule in Surabaya, December 1, 2018. REUTERS/Sigit Pamungkas


Pip Permaculture Podcast #16: The Microbiome "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

In this podcast Robyn Rosenfeldt chats with Nikki Wagner about our fascinating emerging understanding of the human microbiome. Nikki explains what the microbiome is and shares some easy ways to nurture your own.

The post Pip Permaculture Podcast #16: The Microbiome appeared first on Pip Magazine - Australian Permaculture.


FOBIF breakup reminder "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The FOBIF breakup for the year is on next Monday, 10 December beginning at 6pm. Further details can be found here. All FOBIF members and supporters are welcome.


The Dunoon Mens Shed "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Dunoon Mens Shed is a place for local men of all walks of life to come together every week in a social atmosphere that is supportive of mens health and wellbeing while giving them the opportunity to get their hands dirty with practical home or community.

Give generously at the gate and support their stall at the main shed to help them fund their work.


Family Court Orientation by Don Rufty "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Don Rufty provides a brilliant orientation lesson into the Family Court. (His Facebook page here)










IMF Euro hitman in denial of the reality that the monetary union has become "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The IMF hitman in Europe, one Poul Thomsem recently published a European Money and Finance Forum (SUERF) Policy Note (October 2018) A Financial Union for the Euro Area where he basically told us that any changes that the IMF will allow to occur in the Eurozone architecture will be minimal and will not stop Member States from being forced to undertake large pro-cyclical fiscal adjustments when the next shock or major downturn hits. The term large pro-cyclical fiscal adjustments means harsh fiscal austerity at the same time as the non-government sector spending in those Member States is collapsing. Fiscal policy thus reinforces the non-government spending withdrawal and worsens the outcome for employment, growth, income generation etc. Why? Because all member countries must respect the Stability and Growth Pact. End of story. Welcome to the Eurozone dystopia the world where governments must follow rules set by technocrats which are incapable of delivering sustained prosperity for all but clearly suit the top-end-of-town. He then waxed lyrical about a whole set of neoliberal financial market reforms that the IMF is proposing which will further diminish the capacity of the Member States. But, at that point, he just starts to dream. The Member States are already deeply suspicious of the financial reforms that have been introduced to date, ineffective as they are. They are not about to cede more power to Brussels and Frankfurt any time soon.

The beneficiaries

The following graph shows the Eurostat data (tessi180) for the quintile share ratio (the ratio of the top 20 per cent of the population with the highest income to the bottom 20 per cent).

The most recent data for all the countries shown is for 2016 and there are clearly wide inequalities in the distribution of income across these European (mostly Eurozone nations).

So in Lithuania the top 20 quintile receives 7.1 times the income compared to the income received by the bottom quintile.

In Iceland the difference is 3.3 times only.

The other point to note is that in most cases, income inequality has worsened over the period since 2005. Especially in the Eurozone countries.



Markets Cheer, Tentatively, After U.S.-China Trade Truce "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Asian markets jumped on Monday after President Trump and President Xi Jinping of China reached a deal to put their trade war on pause, a sign of exuberance tempered by the broad consensus that the fragile peace may not last long.

Image result for china stock markets, photos

Chinese shares led the rise, rising as high as 3 percent in morning trading, with the market in Hong Kong following closely. Investors in other markets were more restrained, sending shares up less than 2 percent in places like Japan, Australia and South Korea.

Futures contracts that try to predict the performance of the S&P 500 stock index were up more than 1 percent on Monday, suggesting Wall Street would also open with a bounce.

Other kinds of financial markets also responded to the truce, which was reached Saturday. Soybeans rose on commodities markets on the prospect that China would begin buying American-grown crops again. Chinas currency, the renminbi, strengthened against the United States dollar.

Image result for Soybeans, american farmers, photos


The truce, forged over a dinner in Buenos Aires between the leaders of the words two largest economies, merely postpones a reckoning over trade. Under the deal, the United States will postpone an increase in tariffs set for Jan. 1, and it sets a March 1 deadline for the two sides to reach a more extensive pact.

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Warren and Chris Ford in their soybean field

But the deal leaves in place American tariffs on $250 billion in Chinese goods as well as retaliatory measures enacted by Beijing. It remains unclear whether the two sides will be able to resolve thorny questions such as Chinas government support for sensitive industries, a group of policies that the Trump administration has criticized, and protections for American-created intellectual property.



Nuclear authorities planning for NUCLEAR PROCESSING at Kimba or Hawker dump site! "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

10,000 CSIRO barrels are stacked decaying within the Woomera Protected Area; & back in 2016 $29 million was budgeted for re-mediation.
CSIRO has been contacted numerous times by different folk seeking information about how that was progressing no answer has been the firm reply..

Well, Senator Rex Patrick recently released some documents he obtained under FOI, & within those we find, from an August 2017 DIIS facilitated meeting with very senior officers from CSIRO, ARPANSA, & Department of Defence :
CSIRO estimates they have 10,000 drums of radioactive waste stored at Woomera. Initial reports indicate these drums represent 80% LLW and 20% ILW. There is both chemical and radiological waste, often mixed together. They have been directed by ARPANSA to undertake measures to characterise, separate, process as appropriate, and repackage. [my caps] HOWEVER, IT IS NOT POSSIBLE TO UNDERTAKE SUCH MEASURES WITHIN THE BOUNDS OF THE CURRENT STORAGE FACILITY AT WOOMERA p17
. then on p18
Preparing any appropriate part of the CSIRO waste at Woomera for transport to the NRWMF once we have clarity on what that facility will deal with (eg. LLW processing, ILW storage)

So, at August 2017, we have the bosses of Federal agencies flagging the PROCESSING OF RADIOACTIVE WASTE...


Home values -3.8pc in 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Home values slide in 2018

When I last appeared on the Business Insider podcast back in May I noted that Sydney houses seemed to be transacting at prices roughly 10 per cent lower than their frenzied peak period of early 2017. 

I've no clue how my smattering of anecdotes translate into a hedonic home value market index, but CoreLogic's monthly result does now show median house prices 9 per cent lower year-on-year for Sydney, and apartments in the harbour city down 5 per cent to a median value of of $721,265. 

So that seems to make some sense. 

The weakest sub-regions in Sydney included Ryde (-12 per cent), Sutherland (-11 per cent), Parramatta (-10 per cent), and the inner south-west (-9 per cent). 

The premium end of the market, which tends to be the most volatile, has driven the bulk of the falls to date. 

In Melbourne house prices are down 6 per cent on the year, with price changes elsewhere relatively modest (booming Hobart excepted).

Nationally home values over the year-to-date are down by -3.8 per cent. 

Source: CoreLogic

The strongest performing regional markets over the past year have been Launceston and Geelong, with price growth of about 10 to 12 per cent. 



Government to access call logs and SMS "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

As part of the global nanny state agenda, governments want to access as much of your information as possible, from whatever sources under whatever pretexts.

Telecommunications infrastructure is owned by governments, where the data is able to be siphoned by whatever government agencies have been given access to it, despite the official resistance by whatever seemingly independent telecommunications corporations exist in that country.

The Indian government, under the label of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India, has written a "Do Not Disturb' app in order to apparently, help the slave population solve the spam problem in India, which in reality does not need an app as this can be stopped within the telecommunications corporations themselves.

Despite whatever Apple officially states with regards to its data policies, in this case being that an App producer cannot access a user's call logs and SMS,  it is a company that collects, forwards or uses the data provider's (i.e. you, the 'user') information, where it cannot be trusted given the track record it has with deceiving users on how 'their' data is/was used.

We do not support the use of Apple products.

We do not support the use of apps, as the closed and proprietary environment of the app does not allow the end user to see where their data is going.

See article from 30 Nov 2018 from of the headline:

Indias Do Not Disturb App is finally approved for iOS App Store

With spam callers increasingly becoming an issue all over the world, India set out to tackle the problem by implementing a Do Not Disturb app that could let users report spam numbers and register to a do not call registry so that Indian subscribers can see relief from constant telemarketing calls.

The TRAI DND app works by letting users report phone numbers that make spam calls or SMS, although it eventually depends upon the carriers to take any action on those numbers (which rarely happens).

Apple and TRAI were in battle earlier this year, with TRAI (Telecom Regulatory...


Coalition Delays Vote On Labors Bill Protecting LGBTIQ Students From Discrimination "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Coalition has blocked a vote on Labors bill to repeal discrimination exemptions affecting students at religious schools, likely delaying any action on the issue until 2019. Theres cross-party support for the changes to stop students from being discriminated against for being gay at religious schools, but the Government and the Opposition have been deadlocked ...

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Community Billboard 5th December 12th December "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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

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Save Kosci walk to finish next weekend "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Since November 3, a group has been walking the 560 km from Sydney to the summit of Mt Kosciuszko, to highlight the damage being caused by feral horses. The walk is nearing its end! Join the walkers on the final day 9th December (or the 8th depending on weather forecast) from Charlottes Pass or Thredbo to celebrate the end of the walk and add your voice to the call to reclaim Kosci from feral horses.

Check the Save Kosci website for confirmation of which day it will happen on.

To RSVP, or for further information, contact

Additionally, small groups of bushwalkers are expected to converge on Mt Kosciuszko from Thredbo, Kiandra, Hannels Spur and other directions, aiming to arrive with the main group walking up the Kosciuszko Road.

For background on the walk and why horses dont belong in the Australian Mountains, please check the website.




Interview with Darren Heinrich from Soul Ensemble "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Was the piano your first instrument and if so, how did your interest in the organ begin?

 Yes, the piano was where I started but once I heard Jimmy Smith play the Hammond I was hooked on the vibe of the organ and what is possible on it.

What is it about the Hammond organ that makes it so appealing to jazz/soul musicians given that its not the easiest instrument to lug around?

While the organ is an electric instrument, it adds a sound and feeling that is totally natural. Because the sound is created by moving parts, it is, pun intended, organic. This is why it blends so well with other instruments across many genres.

What are some of the attributes both musical and social you would need to be in a successful music ensemble?

I think a willingness to create something thats worth expressing is high on my list. This in turn is based upon steadily developing instrumental skills that prioritize the traditions of the given musical genre.

What are some of your top reminiscences or stand out moments in your professional musical life?

Being invited to perform and/or study with some of my musical heroes is something I still pinch myself about.

Who is your go-to singer/musician?

Organist Dr Lonnie Smith embodies everything I aspire to be.

What advice would you give potential students who might be keen to enroll in Soul Ensemble? 

If students have an interest in blues-based music and a desire to make the music feel good, then they will develop and have a lot of fun.

How much theory would they need?

 They only need a moderate amount of theory such as major, minor and pentatonic scales and basic 7th chords, as I will be teaching some theory of blues-based music to support their performances a...


Danby Claims Australia needs a Magnitsky Act for What Reason other than War? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Australian MP Michael Danby (outgoing) is to table the Australian Magnitski Act which is very strange. Things like this always seem to be presented by people who later do not stand for election. Nothing other than Browders narrative has considered. There appears to be an agenda here and it is building to what looks like a much needed war in order to relieve governments of the failure of Socialistic promises. Nobody seems willing to even look at the allegation of Browder for there was no way Putin would have killed Magnitsky when he would have been the BEST witness Putin would have had against the Western bankers.
On his Facebook page, Danby claims Australia needs a Magnitsky Act. Thats why Ill be introducing a Private Members Bill on Monday to ensure it happens.


Royal Commission into Victoria Police scandal welcome, but lawyers and experts call for immediate police accountability reforms "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Lawyers and advocates from across Victoria have welcomed the Andrews Government announcement of a Royal Commission into police misconduct, but say the Andrews Government should immediately establish an independent Police Corruption & Misconduct Division within IBAC.

The High Court of Australia today ruled that:

Victoria Police were guilty of reprehensible conduct...and were involved in sanctioning atrocious breaches of the sworn duty of every police officer to discharge all duties imposed on them faithfully and according to law..."

The Governments announcement today does not diminish its responsibility to act immediately to implement the recommendations of the IBAC Committee report to establish an independent police complaints unit within IBAC, said  Anthony Kelly from the Police Accountability Project. Implementation should happen now before the Commission gets underway.

In welcoming the Royal Commission, Jeremy King, Principal Lawyer with Robinson Gill lawyers, emphasised that Victorians deserve a police force they can trust.

The highest court of Australia has described the actions of Victoria Police as reprehensible. More than ever, Victoria needs strong police accountability mechanisms. This Government should not delay implementing the Parliamentary Committees recommendations to overhaul the police accountability system. IBAC must be strengthened and properly resourced in order to prevent police misconduct of this scale from happening again, said Jeremy King, Principal Lawyer of Robinson Gill.

In light of these High Court findings regarding the Gangland legal scandal,  the need for just this sort or empowered independent investigative body becomes even more clear, says Mr Kelly. Cabinet must act to implement this new division of IBAC immediately.

In September this year the Victorian Parliament published the  joint parliamentary report from a two year inquiry into the investigation and oversight of police misconduct and corruption, which  found serious problems with the existing internal investigative model.

The report made 69 detailed recommendations to strengthen Victorias police accountability system and address systemic misconduct and cultural issues within Victoria Police. This included creating a Police Corruption & Misconduct Division within IBAC.

Ruth Barson, a Director of Legal Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre, said that it is in the public interest to to have an independent investigative body so that police are not investigating police.

This case touches the highest levels of Victoria Police. While this is an extreme case its not an isolated example of police misconduct. To ensure we have a police force we can trust and have confidence in, Premier Andrews must commit to a r...


Asia markets rally on US-China trade detente "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Equities and renminbi climb, while oil jumps on Russia-Saudi Arabia co-operation

US, China reach 90-day ceasefire in their trade dispute

Donald Trump listens to Xi Jinping speak during their bilateral meeting at the G20 Summit on Saturday, in Buenos Aires AP

Equities rally on US-China trade detente Oil surges after Putin agrees to co-operate Renminbi jumps, dollar dips Analysts temper optimism Hot topic Asia-Pacific equities rallied, the Chinese renminbi rose and the dollar eased as markets reacted to the temporary truce in the US-China trade dispute struck by Donald Trump and Xi Jinping in Buenos Aires on Saturday.

The moves came after the US agreed to not increase tariffs on more than $200bn of Chinese goods from 10 per cent to 25 per cent in January, as had been planned. However, analysts were wary about how long the positive market response will last. Imposition of no new tariffs is not the same as retracing the existing tariffs that have come into play this year, said Kerry Craig, a JPMorgan Asset Management strategist.

The ideology behind the trade tensions is still about strategic positioning of the two economies, which means until issues around technology transfer and IP [intellectual property] are resolved, nerves will persist, Mr Craig added. According to ING economist Iris Pang, an escalation in trade tension was the key risk to China in 2019 and still seems like the most probable scenario.

This will hurt exporters, manufacturing and logistics services, therefore slowing economic growth directly, Ms Pang said.

Equities Equities rallied across Asia on the news of the US-China trade detente, and got an additional boost by a surge in oil prices after Russia signalled it would continue to co-operate with Saudi Arabia on managing production.

In China, the CSI 300 index of major stocks in Shenzhen and Shanghai climbed 2.7 per cent, while Hong Kongs Hang Seng index gained 1.9 per cent and the Hang Seng China Enterprises index of major Chinese stocks listed in the city was up 2.3 per cent.

The S&P/ASX 200 in Sydney was 1.5 per cent higher while Tokyos Topix added 1.4 per cent. Forex The dollar lost ground to its Asia-Pacific peers. The onshore Chinese renminbi exchange rate, which moves within a trading band of 2 per cent either side of a daily mid point set by the Peoples Bank of China, was up 0.4 per cent at Rmb6.9254 per dollar.

The offshore rate was 0.4 per cent higher at Rmb6.9210.

The Australian dollar, which is seen as exposed to regional trading volumes, gained 0.6 per cent to $0.7356 a...


Morrison Government stalls Bill to remove discrimination against LGBTQ students "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Today, the Morrison Government and the Centre Alliance voted to stop the Senate dealing with a private member's bill to remove discrimination against LGBTQ students in school. Last week, the Senate agreed to vote on the Sex Discrimination Amendment (Removing Discrimination Against Students) Bill 2018 this year, but the Government used procedural parliamentary rules to stall the vote.

Anna Brown, Co-Chair of the Equality Campaign and Director of Legal Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre, said the delay by the Australian Parliament is a blow to students and their parents seeking certainty ahead of the new year.

Its outrageous that our Government is stalling on this important vote. Parents and children deserve certainty for the new year. No kid should be feeling scared to walk through the school gates just because of who they are. Today's delay is a slap in the face to LGBTQ kids and their families," said Ms Brown.

"Today, the Australian Parliament had the opportunity to do the right thing. Instead they chose not to protect Australian kids. By voting to block the bill, they have voted to continue discrimination against LGBTQ students."

Ms Brown said that the parliament ignored a clear pathway to allow schools to protect LGBTQ students from discrimination.

"The Prime Minister made a clear promise in October, before the Wentworth election, to remove these outdated and discriminatory laws which allow schools to discriminate against students. There is a bipartisan commitment to protect students from being expelled because of who they are. Yet this important change is being put off for months," said Ms Brown.

The bill was due to be voted on one year after the Australian Parliament passed marriage equality.

"It has been less than a year since the Australian Parliament voted for marriage equality. Australians are entitled to ask whether the Government has learned from the lessons of the postal survey, by causing further delays for equality for LGBTQ students in schools," said Ms Brown.

For interview:

Michelle Bennett, Director of Communication: 0419 100 519


Does anyone live in the apartments where the old Hospital used to be? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

I just want to know if theres any strange shit that goes on? Idk but I dont think I could stay there knowing how much death was in that place.

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Heres The First Four Acts Competing To Represent Australia At Eurovision 2019 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The first four acts in the running to represent Australia at next years Eurovision Song Contest 2019 have been announced. Brisbane-born singer-songwriter Kate Miller-Heidke, Brisbane band Sheppard, operatic pop star Mark Vincent and electro-soul duo Electric Fields (pictured) will compete against six other acts in the inaugural Eurovision Australia Decides selection show on the ...

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FEVER 333 have announced their Download Sideshow "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

FEVER 333  have just announced a one-off Brisbane sideshow ahead of their appearance at Download festival. The trio, compromised of former letlive. frontman Jason Aalon Butler, ex-The Chariot guitarist Stephen Harrison and Aric Improta of Night Verses. They will be bringing their politically infused rap-rock gems to The Brightside stage.

FEVER 333 are set to release their debut record Strength In Numb333rs on January 18 2019.

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LGBTIQ Ally David Pocock Officially Weds After Vowing To Wait For Marriage Equality "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Rugby player and LGBTIQ ally David Pocock has officially married his long-time partner Emma on the weekend. The Wallabies star and his partner Emma held a commitment ceremony in 2010, but vowed they wouldnt officially marry until their gay friends were also able to. On Monday, Pocock posted three photos to social media from the ...

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Work Experience at Eastside Radio "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Hello! My name is Jemma and i will be doing work experience at Eastside Radio from the 3rd 7th. I wanted to do work experience here as I wanted to see what goes on behind the scenes at a radio station. Music has and always will be a passion of mine, through creating way too many playlists, buying too many vinyls and participating in multiple bands, which range from jazz, rock, folk, classical and more. Overall, I am excited to work here at Eastside Radio and gain experience which cannot be found within the pages of a textbook. 

The type of music that I like to listen to is alternate indie rock and I also love blaring out a bunch of 70s and 80s hits. On the other hand, when playing my main instrument (clarinet), Jazz is my favourite style. However, I do tend to come across some random tracks, which does not belong to any these genres, that tend to be my favourite song for a couple of weeks. 

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These songs are just a few of the quirky tracks that I love to have on loop throughout the day. More songs that I love to listen to are on my vinyls, which tends to make the music sound even better than it already is.

Other than listening to music, I love to play instruments, including clarinet and drums (the main ones) and a little bit of bass, piano and the new addition, ukulele. With the bass, piano and Uke, I have been attempting to teach myself, but have also had help from my friends who also play a bunch of different instruments.

Anyway, why would I come to Eastside Radio? For years and years the one question that haunts me is what do you want to do when you grow up?. instantly the...


Victoria Police ran a defence lawyer as an informant, while she was representing clients charged by police "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Keystone cops. 600 crims have now been notified that their convictions could be tainted. Big name crooks too. Unbelievable - if it had happened anywhere other than Victoria. Here's today's High Court judgement ordering that suppression orders be lifted. Gets to the meaty bits about half a dozen pages in....


MusicNSW is turning 20 so we made them a playlist "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

MusicNSWs Women in Electronic Music initiative / Photo: Nick McKinley     

FBi Radio s the heck outta MusicNSW, and Assistant Music Director Reg Harris has put together a ripper playlist of Sydney-centric jams to soundtrack your MusicNSW 20th birthday celebration BBQs!

For two decades MusicNSW has been empowering this states musicians and industry professionals to make valuable connections, upskill and get tf funded. Theyve also advocated tirelessly in the corridors of power for a strong, sustainable industry; efforts which are starting to bear fruit.

With a stakt new website fully loaded with info and resources, plus a string of exciting and progressive initiatives already on foot, MusicNSW is an agile force for good in challenging times truly the hero we need. Hit play on Regs Sydney Selects 2018 playlist below and head over to MusicNSWs site and become a member its free!


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Climate change and why nuclear power cant fix it "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

nuclear emits twice as much carbon as solar PV and six times as much as onshore wind.

Beyond Nuclear, 2 Dec 18 Nuclear power has no constructive role to play in climate change solutions. In fact, it is a hindrance.

Nuclear power does have a carbon footprint When nuclear power is said to have zero emissions, this refers only to the electricity generation phase and only to greenhouse gas emissions. There are emissions at this stage, especially heat and radioactivity. Certain emissions during reactor operations, such as carbon-14 in CO2 form and methane, are greenhouse gases.

However, there are plenty of carbon emissions involved in making a nuclear power plant a reality. Therefore, when discussing the carbon footprint of nuclear energy compared to other energy forms, the entire uranium fuel chain needs to be taken into account. In doing so, nuclear energy compares poorly to renewable energy and energy efficiency. Lifecycle emissions along the nuclear fuel chain occur through uranium mining and milling, transportation, plant construction, operation, reactor site decommissioning, and nuclear waste management.1

Life-cycle carbon emissions of a nuclear power plant When taking into account planning, permitting, construction, operation, refurbishing and decommi...


Total fire ban South Australia a dangerous place to put a nuclear waste dump? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Total fire bans declared for most of South Australia, The Advertiser, December 1, 2018  Total fire bans have been issued for most of South Australia on the first day of summer.

The Country Fire Services state operation centre is ready to react to any large fires today as the mercury soars to 30C across the state before a possible storm late in the afternoon.

A severe fire danger rating has declared for the following regions:

West Coast, Eastern Eyre Peninsula, Lower Eyre Peninsula, Flinders, Mid North, Yorke Peninsula, Riverland, Murraylands, Upper South East, Lower South East and Mount Lofty Ranges

The official bushfire season has also begun today for Kangaroo Island and will run until April.

When total fire bans are declared, well prepared and actively defended houses can offer safety during a fire.

But the Country Fire Service warns that if residents do not have a bushfire survival plan, leaving early before a fire start is the safest option.

CFS State Duty Commander Nick Stanley told ABC radio certain activities that could cause a fire risk are banned during the fire danger season..


UN Climate Conference now meeting, but climate change is probably now irreversible "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Portrait of a planet on the verge of climate catastrophe  As the UN sits down for its annual climate conference this week, many experts believe we have passed the point of no return, Guardian, by Robin McKie, 2 Dec 18

On Sunday morning hundreds of politicians, government officials and scientists will gather in the grandeur of the International Congress Centre in Katowice, Poland. It will be a familiar experience for many. For 24 years the annual UN climate conference has served up a reliable diet of rhetoric, backroom talks and dramatic last-minute deals aimed at halting global warming.

But this...


Presenting the Works of Acclaimed South African Photographer David Glodblatt! "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Opening 19 October, the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) will present a major retrospective of internationally-renowned South African photographer David Goldblatt, featuring 357 works spanning seven decades of his photographic career. As part of the Sydney International Art Series, this will be the largest presentation of his work to be seen in Australia!

Photographer David Goldblatt was one of the greatest photographers of our time, noted for his portrayal of South Africa during the rise and dismantling of Apartheid. With their intense human focus, his photographs offer powerful reflection and insight into South Africas turbulent history.

One of the 357 works of David

One of the 357 works of David

I suppose at best, I had hoped we might see ourselves revealed as it were, by a mirror held up to ourselves.David Goldblatt

This exhibition looks back across his career through key photographic series, as well as Goldblatts only Australian work exploring the asbestos mining industry in the West Australian ghost town of Wittenoom.

NSW Minister for the Arts, Don Harwin MLC said: This landmark exhibition for the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia offers a rare glimpse into the remarkable life and legacy of David Goldblatt. Throughout his career, his photos were the sobering display of racial divide in South African society, capturing everyday life throughout the traumatic decades of apartheid. The NSW Government is proud to support this exhibition as part of the Sydney International Art Series 2018-2019.

This exhibition, curated by MCA Chief Curator Rachel Kent in close collaboration with the artist, marks over seven decades of Gold...


Can you cancel your loan and keep your home? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Recently, a subscriber of Jim Rickards Strategic Intelligence Australia wrote in about the mortgage scandals he had been hearing about in the news.

To address that, I handed the reins over to my international contributor, Nick Hubble.

You see, Nick first started writing about fraudulent mortgages in Australia in 2012. Nick found that the more he dug, the bigger the problem was. As a result, he decided to do his thesis on the subject.

Nicks goal was to show the dark underbelly of Australias mortgage industry.

Come 2015 and three different thesis supervisors later, it was suggested to Nick that he should dump the subject. Because the idea that Australians had fraudulent loans was ridiculous. Surely our banks and brokers wouldnt behave in such a manner?

What Nick learnt over those years of research showed a hideous push for profits over people. Loans that were altered by brokers to get an applicant over the line.

And banks complete disregard for peoples ability to pay back the loans.

That was three years ago.

In the wake of the banking royal commission, it turned out Nick was right. He was on the trail of this three years earlier.

Today, Ill hand you over to Nick.

Im sure his findings will shock you just as much as they shocked me.

We havent seen the end of this, either.

Best wishes,

Shae Russell Signature


How to label the self "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Its true that, like Fiona Wright, for so many of the years I was unwell, I was too savage to love, and kept all of my appetites satiated. My obscene hunger dulled feeling and desire; there was simply no room in my ever-shrinking, increasingly androgynous female body.


Video: French protests increase Macron governments unpopularity "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Frances President Emmanuel Macron, is reeling as the fallout from street protests backed by public opinion undermines levy on diesel, because of its impact on prices when the cost of living is rising ,and opposition to the governments austerity policies is becoming more entrenched. He has now instructed the Prime Minister douard Philippe to begin talks with the protesters, known as the yellow vests.

There has also been a reaction against the manner on which police and paramilitaries have been deployed, using teargas, rubber bullets water cannon and charging into blockades.  More than 80 have been injured and 378 taken into custody. Vehicles were set on fire by protesters to form barricades and some buildings set alight. More than 500 roadblocks were set up around the country.

There had been talk of imposing a state of emergency, but it seems that this has been rules out for now.


Video from RT



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The reasons why France must close multiple nuclear reactors "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Backstory: Macron To Close Multiple Nuclear Reactors, But Why Now? November 30th, 2018 by Michael Barnard 

President Emmanuel Macron of France depressed nuclear executives globally in late November 2018, announcing the planned retirement of 14 of 58 reactors by 2035. This was still less than was promised in his election campaign, but represents a major internal political battle, as well as a major change of Frances circumstances.

This has been an emerging story for several years.



Striking school students are more likely to have successful careers "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

School strikers are going places but the dole queue isnt one of them,, By Clive Hamilton 2 December 2018 The resources minister, Matt Canavan, last week told students that the only thing theyd learn by skipping school to protest over inaction on climate change wou...


Michael West shows the obstacles to Adani actually starting the Carmichael coal project "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Desperate Adanis bid to kick-start Carmichael before election, Michael West, Dec 2, 2018 The press release does not say they are starting the mine. It says they are starting the mine imminently. They have been starting the Carmichael coal mine imminently for many years. We maintain the view that this mine will not proceed, but the Adani family does have a special new inducement to proceed, besides risk-free income routed to family-controlled entities in tax havens, and that inducement comes from India. Michael West reports.The bankers have long fled the scene, mine approvals risk remains, the thermal coal price has tanked, the Carmichael Coal project is more on the nose than ever as Queensland burns.

Yet, last Thursday, Adani chief executive Lucas Dow told the Bowen Basin Mining Club lunch in Mackay that Carmichael would proceed imminently. Adani would now finance the mine itself.

It remains the view of this observer that it wont happen and that Lucas Dow is jawboning, trying to get something going before the Federal Election next year. There is some urgency to this an urgency supported by other Galilee Basin coal players Gina Rinehart and Clive Palmer because a Labor government is less likely to look favourably upon Adanis aspirations to open up a new coal province.

Officially, Labor still supports the project proceeding, and some unions are in favour, but there is no hard-core coal lobby in the party, unlik...


Antarctica the Thwaites glacier is losing ice "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Portrait of a planet on the verge of climate catastrophe  As the UN sits down for its annual climate conference this week, many experts believe we have passed the point of no return, Guardian, by Robin McKie, 2 Dec 18  . Antarctica

It is hard to get a grip of the sheerscale of the Thwaites ...


New Farm Holiday Closures "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The New Farm Neighbourhood Centre and the Coffee Cart will be closed over some of the Christmas and New Year break.

Wishing you all a safe and happy holiday!


UKs nuclear dream becoming a nightmare "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

News Lens 22nd Nov 2018 ,The UKs so-called nuclear renaissance is once again in crisis. In
November, it was announced that Toshiba were pulling out of investing in the new Moorside nuclear power station after years of expensive planning, for which British citizens will be paying for years to come.

Meanwhile in Scotland (nuclear power is not being pursued and emissions are falling faster than elsewhere in the UK), 98 percent of final electricity demand was met by wind power alone in October.

Just as the atomic dream is rendered ever more clearly obsolete by renewables, UK Government nuclear
enthusiasm intensifies. The UK has one of the most ambitious nuclear new build agendas in the world. Th...


Alleged Child Sex Offender Faces Life Imprisonment if Convicted "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim A Sydney man is facing a maximum penalty of life imprisonment if convicted of sexually assaulting a child under the age of 10 years. 54-year old Kogarah resident Anthony Peter Sampieri is charged with 11 offences relating to the alleged sexual assault of a seven-year old girl in a

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Release of Federal Inquiry Report into community contamination from toxic chemicals "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

On Monday December 3rd a cross-party Parliamentary Inquiry will release its report into the Defence Departments management into PFAS contamination in and around Defence bases. To date 90 sites and communities in every single state and territory of Australia have been contaminated by this toxic and banned chemical which was used in firefighting foams and has leaked into the environment.
A seven-year study of 69,000 US residents by an independent panel of scientists concluded these body of chemicals were connected to developmental issues in infants and children, increased cancer risk, high cholesterol levels, hormone disruption and lowered immunity.

For years contaminated communities were kept in the dark about their homes being contaminated. For the last four years they have fought tirelessly for their own Government to take responsibility for compensation and clean-up of their polluted properties.

The Inquiry report will detail physical, emotional and financial toll living in a contaminated community has created along with listing recommendations.

Contaminated communities are tired of years of inaction and false claims.

To date, the Australian Government is a world leader in managing PFAS contamination.

Letter from the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet to Williamtown residents. March 2018

Fact  More than 170 countries have signed a treaty which ban PFAS related chemicals Australia refuses to.

Fact PFAS is not only still leaking off Defence bases, airports and industrial sites all around Australia in States such as Queensland its still in use at over 200 sites.

Fact  Defence and the Government continues to refuse to provide blood testing for residents at a number of contaminated sites. It will not release collated blood testing results from other sites.

Fact: Contaminated communities are told not to drink water or eat food from their properties but the Government is dismissive of the international research detailing the health risks of PFAS.

Fact  The Inquiry hearings saw both the Defence Department admit they would welcome a third party stepping in to better manage the PFAS contamination and the Federal Government unable to point to who was coordinating t...


Queensland AIDS Council Appoints Rebecca Reynolds As New CEO "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Queensland AIDS Council has announced the appointment of Rebecca Reynolds as their new Chief Executive Officer. Reynolds (pictured, second from left) was appointed Interim Executive Director of QuAC in August, and joined the organisation from the National LGBTI Health Alliance, the peak body in Australia for organisations and individuals working to improve health outcomes ...

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Changes to recycling to roll out this week "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Seven Northern Rivers councils are launching a new regional campaign called Recycle Right this week which will see some significant changes to recycling practises for everyone in the Shire.

One of the biggest changes, is that soft plastics can no longer be accepted for recycling in councils yellow bins. This includes all plastic bags, even if they have a recycling symbol, are degradable or compostable, as well as other soft plastics including cling wrap, chip packets and bread bags.

Byron Shire Councils Resource & Recovery Education Officer Lucy Wilson says that the reasons for the change are that there are limited markets for soft plastics at the moment. Ms Wilson says they also come loose in collection trucks and get caught in other recycling streams which causes contamination. We understand that this will be disappointing news for many people in our community who work hard to recycle as much as possible, she said.

While soft plastics need to stay out of Councils yellow recycling bins, the good news is that you can continue to collect and recycle your soft plastics through supermarket soft plastic recycling programs such as Redcycle. Collection bins which are located at participating Coles and Woolworths stores in Byron Bay, Mullumbimby and Ocean Shores.

Wilson says that Byron Shire Council, along with four other Councils from the Northern Rivers send recycling collected in the yellow bins to the Lismore Recycling & Recovery Centre where it is sorted, bailed and sold to local and international recycling markets.

Wed like the community to understand that the recycling industry is currently facing some challenges as result of Chinas National Sword Policy, which has placed much tighter restrictions on the levels of contamination they will accept in our recycling streams.

Unfortunately these changes are entirely out of c ouncils control and we are working hard to find new markets and recycle as much as we can, as we always have.

In order to ensure the contents in our yellow bins continues to be recycled, we are asking that people keep it simple and clean. Its really important our recyclables are clean so we can send them off for remanufacturing in Australia and overseas. mIts much better to have a clean and simple recycling stream that will be recycled, rather than sending it to landfill because its too contaminated.

Ms Wilson says the another change is that people can no longer recycle takeaway coffee cups or meat and biscuit trays.

The linings in takeaway coffee cups make them difficult to recycle and they are often dirty and will contaminate the rest of the recycling load.

Meat trays are made from more than one type of plastic and we cant recycle mixed plastics at this time.



NORPA: 2019 Tickets Now On Sale "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


Spring is a glorious time in the Northern Rivers flame trees and jacarandas, daylight savings, afternoon swims in the ocean. Its a time of new growth

Weve just announced our 2019 Season, including a re-imagining of our sell-out show Dreamland and the premiere of Fold: A Domestic Circus directed by NORPA Associate Artist Darcy Grant. Were looking for emerging artists to join us in the Indigenous Makers Studio, a new NORPA initiative, and this week we welcome Idiot Savant Theatre Company from Japan and Belloo Creative for our second INFORM workshop-lab in partnership with Critical Path.


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So Frenchy So Chic 2019 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Frances one-woman riot leads a program that spans genres and generations from the infectious dance-pop of Yelle to soulful electro-diva Clara Luciani and Cla Vincents breezy, jazz-infused club pop showcasing the depth and diversity of the French pop renaissance. So Frenchy So Chic has always surfed the zeitgeist and never more so than 2019, says founder Jean-Francois Ponthieux. France has become one of the worlds most vibrant contemporary music centres and women artists are at the forefront of that revolution.

Eight years after the immersive French pop garden party kicked off in Melbourne, the 2019 festival will launch in Adelaide on Friday 11 January, before travelling to Melbourne (Sunday 13 January) and Sydney (Saturday 19 January). The one-day festival is a chance to experience the most innovative riffs on classic traditions, from new twists on French chansons to the latest wines and culinary delights. So, whether you come with family or friends or both, dont miss the opportunity to share the joie.


Australia has been in love with Camille Dalmais since her 2006 Triple J Hottest 100 hit, Ta Douleur, from her Victoires de la Musique Award-winning album, Le Fil, which marked her arrival as a solo artist after a highly successful stint fronting seminal French band Nouvelle Vague. Like Le Fil (girl/string), her fifth album, 2017s OU (yes/hear), is a highly evocative play on words from a woman who uses words to create worlds and her body as an instrument. Recorded in a fourteenth-century monastery, OU is an emphatically life-affirming statement of confidence: in community, the present, the future.

Parisian pop experimentalist Camille sounds awed by language as a brilliant, living thing on her latest album, Pitchfork said of OU. Inspired by the psychedelia of motherhood, she doubles down on her sharp playfulness. Those who saw her 2011 Australian appearances will not forget live sets The Guardian has since hailed as extraordinary experiences. Triba...


Fake Queenslander Scott Morrison misses the bus on the bushfires "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Fake Queenslander Scott Morrison misses the bus on the bushfiresAs their State burns, Prime Minister Scott Morrison has counselled Queenslanders to obey bushfire warnings. read now...


Scott Morrison has himself to blame - read his glowing endorsement of "Empathy-Malcolm" "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

I published this on 31 August - it's only taken 3 months for the snake Turnbull to turn. Scott, you really are a dickhead. Scott Morrison piles it higher and deeper in this statement about Turnbull Friday, 31 August 2018 Of all the bullshit in this awful and frightening statement...


Big Scrub Landcare awarded $554k for forest conservation "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Justin Mallee and Di Brown from the NSW Office of Environment & Heritage with Dr Tony Parkes from Big Scrub Landcare. Photo supplied.

Under the NSW Governments Saving our Species Conservation Co-Funding Scheme, Big Scrub Landcare have been awarded $290,400 for a project to conserve and facilitate the recovery of critically endangered lowland subtropical rainforest and its many landscape-managed threatened species. 

Big Scrub Landcare and its sister organisation the Big Scrub Foundation are providing another $264,000 in cash co-funding, resulting in $554,400 being available for this vitally important conservation work over the next four years.

This landscape-scale project will continue Big Scrub Landcares long-term program to restore lowland subtropical rainforest that is listed as critically endangered under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. Forty-five flora species and thirty-four fauna species that occur in lowland subtropical rainforest are listed as threatened under the NSW Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016

Big Scrub Landcare President Dr Tony Parkes says that Big Scrub Landcare is delighted to be partnering with the Saving our Species program for this project. The Big Scrub Foundation is providing most of Big Scrub Landcares contribution to $264,000 to the project, he said.

This is a great project because it will provide continuity of funding over four years that will enable Big Scrub Landcare to continue to progress its vitally important work in rehabilitating and providing ongoing care of the remnants of critically endangered rainforest in the Big Scrub, which will enhance the habitat of the many threatened species in the remnants.

For more info about this project email or visit

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Make your vote count for trees "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The North East Forest Alliance has called the process used by the Commonwealth and State Governments to adopt new Regional Forest Agreements as a superficial sham simply intended to lock-up public native forests for private sawmillers at significant environment cost.

North East Forest Alliance spokesperson Dailan Pugh says there has been no attempt to assess or review environmental, industry or social data, instead they are relying on incomplete and out of date assessments undertaken 20 years ago.

The Governments chose to ignore the recommendation of their own reviewer for a contemporary review that included an assessment of the effects of climate change, he said.

By rejecting the recommendation of their own review and proceeding on incomplete and out of date assessments the National Party have once again proven that their intent is to lock up public resources for private companies irrespective of the environmental costs and community interests.

Mr Pugh says NEFA are disgusted that the Governments have not publicly released their new RFAs, so it is not possible to know what changes they have made. They are keeping us in the dark, he said. The only document they have released is their resource commitments which show they are increasing the cut of high quality logs in north-east NSW by at least 10,000 cubic metres to 230,000m3 per annum, at the same time they are fraudulently claiming a shortfall of 8,600m3 per annum to justify opening up protected old growth and rainforest for logging.

Due to their increased logging intensity they are intending to more than double the cut of small and low-quality logs from 320,000 tonnes per annum to 660,000 tonnes per annum.

The increased logging intensity and significant reductions in protections for most threatened species and streams is an environmental crime.

Mr Pugh says that out of more than 5,400 public submissions on the proposed new NSW RFAs, only 23 supported the RFAs. There is no social license to continue the degradation of our public native forests.

Plantations already provide 87% of our sawntimber needs, it is time to complete the transition to plantations and establish more plantations on cleared land, while we actively rehabilitate our public native forests to help them recover from past abuses and restore the full suite of benefits they can provide to the community.

Despite the rapidly escalating environmental costs, the National Party are hell-bent on ignoring climate change, increasing land clearing and increasing the degradation of our public native forests.

Mr Pugh says that with State elections in March, and Federal elections likely in May, its time to speak up and make your voice heard. It is time to make a difference and vote to stop this a...


Woman Commences Private Prosecution After Police Refuse to Charge her Alleged Attacker "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

By Ugur Nedim and Sonia Hickey A Queensland woman has decided to launch a private criminal prosecution against her former partner after police refused to charge him over an incident where he allegedly brought a can of petrol into their home, doused her with petrol and held a lighter at her feet. Dani (not her

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Why was it OK for Turnbull to intervene in Craig Kelly's preselection in 2016? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Shortly after knifing Tony Abbott, Malcolm Turnbull intervened in the preselection of Craig Kelly. Turnbull wanted to win his upcoming double-dissolution election - and he knew Kelly had electoral support with voters. Turnbull wanted to stop factional warlords corrupting the pre-selection process. But now the narcissist wants to see the...


Gippsland in flower "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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Mashas Legacy End Of Year Concert "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Mashas Legacy are proud to present their end of year concert for the first time at the iconic Bondi Pavilion Theatre at 8pm on 8 Dec 2018.

Featuring our unique stellar cast of musicians and dancers, we are happy to announce special guest singers renowned Diva Fay Sussman, Lebanese-Australian superstars Ghada Daher-Elmowy and Christopher Moussa will join us for this special concert event. Were also delighted to announce dancers Jrisi Jusakos and Jordan Galliott (Qld) for this show, plus special guest drummer Deva Permana.

Now celebrating its 8th year, Mashas Legacy is a unique intercultural performance ensemble featuring celebrated international performers from countries spanning the Middle-East, South America and beyond, all of who are proud to call Australia home. With pluralism as a central pillar of our strength, we are proud to include members from a broad range of backgrounds who co-collaborate to create extraordinary original music and movement pieces.

The ensemble features:

Elsen Price double bass Adem Yilmaz percussion Nicholas Southcott keyboards Mohammed Lelo-Qanun and Stuart Vandegraaff reeds plus more special guests to be announced.

The original music draws from our vast wealth of heritage and culture, as well as deep experience in mainstream artistic and commercial styles including jazz, European classical, flamenco, klezmer and Arabic music. The vocal repertoire also draws upon original arrangements of...


Monday Message Board "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Another Monday Message Board. Post comments on any topic. Civil discussion and no coarse language please. Side discussions and idees fixes to the sandpits, please.

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What is the city becoming? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

In just this last week we have had a heat wave.

We have had a stolen car, yet again, speeding down the road I drive to take my kids to daycare that crashed into another pregnant mother with her kids in the car. (this car has been left as a nice decoration on the side of the road too BTW).

We have had a lady find her dogs with stab wounds and the other beaten to death.

This morning, at my local shopping center (relatively "safe" suburb), there is a lady stuffing her bad full of deodorant cans and just walking out. She is a regular according to staff member.

Is not a good place for families anymore..

This was only 1 week. In what used to be average suburbs. Not Vincent. Not condon. But family suburban areas.

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Exclusive Screening of Green Book "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

During our 2018 Xmas Radiothon all new and renewing supporters will be invited to an exclusive preview screening at The Chauvel on the 16th of January 2019 of Green Book the true story of world-class African-American pianist Dr. Don Shirleys concert tour in the Deep South in 1962.

Award winning actors Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali star in Green Book, a film inspired by a true friendship. In need of a driver for his 1962 concert tour, world-class black pianist Dr. Don Shirley (Ali) recruits Tony Lip (Mortensen), a tough-talking Italian-American from the Bronx.

As this mismatched pair set out on their journey, they must rely on the Green Book to guide them to safe establishments in Americas segregated south but theyll need more than a book to understand each other. Winner of the Audience Award at Toronto International Film Festival, Mortenson and Ali make a winning double act in this humorous and heartwarming film.

What: Green Book Exclusive Advanced Screening for Eastside Supporters

When: Wednesday 16th January 

Where: Chauvel Cinema Paddington Town Hall

To Sign Up As A Supporter Click Here

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Indigenous Comic Con coming to Australia in 2019 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

All over the world geeks unite a couple times a year to meet guests from their favourite TV shows, movies, books, comics. These are called Comic Conventions. Australia has its own comic conventions all year round with Supanova and Oz Comic Con. But can you imagine what a convention would look like if all guests and if the convention itself ...



FFI News: December 18 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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Sydney Criminal Lawyers Weekly Rundown Articles from 26 November to 2 December 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

In case youve missed any of them, heres a rundown of the past weeks articles: Teacher Pleads Guilty to Persistent Sexual Abuse of Student The court heard the teacher exploited her teenage students caring nature, stole his innocence and left him ashamed and used. Click here to read the article Sydney Man Sentenced to Death

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MI6 Officials Said to be Lobbying Trump to Prevent Declassification of Russian Collusion Documents "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

In September, President Trump announced he would declassify pertinent documents relating to the Russian Collusion investigation. Four days later, he cancelled this order because two allies, believed to be England and Australia, had requested the documents remain classified. Recently, Trump

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NEW MUSIC: Philippe Bronchtein  Me And The Moon "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Phillipe Bronchtein recently released Me And The Moon, his first album under his own name but not his debut solo LP, hes previously recorded as Hip Hatchet. Bronchtein has lived all over the place, he was born in Montreal, raised in New Jersey, went to college in Vermont, and relocated to Portland, OR before settling Continue reading


Mountain Goat Valley Crawl (Free Entry) "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"



February the forgotten month shall be forgotten no more! The Mountain Goat Valley Crawl is back and better than ever, now announcing its largest and most adventurous bill to date. Transforming Brisvegas Fortitude Valley precinct into one massive multi-venue festival, Saturday 16 February, 2019 will be nothing shy of G.O.A.T. status.

Held across 10 of Brisbanes favourite venues, all located within two square blocks of each other, Australias next favourite artist is literally just around the corner. With a whopping 51 acts performing, fans are treated to a jam packed, choose-your-own-adventure style night of music discovery.

Now in its fourth year, The Mountain Goat Valley Crawl has consistently been admired for its attention to detail in terms of musical curation and taste-making, playing host to a number of now familiar faces like Mallrat, Polish ClubWAAXCarmouflage RoseBugs and so many more. This year is no different, attracting from artists all across the country, fans can expect an array of talent that is tipped by music lovers and industry nuts alike to be the next big thing.

Head bang to the sounds of Newy heroes RAAVE TAPES, swoon to the sounds of Melbournes IV League, mosh to pop-punkers Between You And Me, cool off to the sweet electronic sounds ofSan Mei  really, the possibilities are endless. In addition to the 50 acts on the line-up this year, The Mountain Goat Valley Crawl team have added a 51st. Enter local hip-hop collective Rap Kitchen.Theyll bring a smorgasbord of beats and bars to The Brightside beer garden on the night.

This year The Mountain Goat Valley Crawl also expands its community by partnering with what organisers are referring to as a bunch of good eggs AKA a selection of iconic Brisbane music and cultural entities. Theyll activate innovative spaces at a number of ven...


INTERVIEW: Matt Joe Gow (2018) "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

BEYOND THE BORDERS OF ALT-COUNTRY From alt-country to blues to soul, Matt Joe Gow covers all bases on his third album. Across his first two albums, Matt Joe Gow laid down some accomplished alt-country, the kind that showed a lifetime growing up on the songs of Whiskeytown, The Jayhawks and Wilco alongside his parents record Continue reading


Metal-Based Field Emission Air Channel Transistor (ACT) Could Keep Moore's Law Going 20 More Years "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

New Metal-Air Transistor Replaces Semiconductors

[Researchers] at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia, believe a metal-based field emission air channel transistor (ACT) they have developed could maintain transistor doubling for another two decades.

The team has developed a functional proof of concept and is currently working to improve stability and efficiency.

"Unlike conventional transistors that have to sit in silicon bulk, our device is a bottom-to-top fabrication approach starting with a substrate. This enables us to build fully 3D transistor networks, if we can define optimum air gaps," says Shruti Nirantar, lead author of a paper on the new transistor published this month in Nano Letters [DOI: 10.1021/acs.nanolett.8b02849] [DX]. "This means we can stop pursuing miniaturization, and instead focus on compact 3D architecture, allowing more transistors per unit volume."

[...] Looking further ahead, she points out that the theoretical speed of an ACT is in the terahertz range, some 10 thousand times as fast as the speed at which current semiconductor devices work.

The approach also has a number of compelling advantages over traditional silicon semiconductors including far fewer processing steps, simpler fabrication on any dielectric surface, and better resistance to radiation.

Narantir concludes:

"With [industry] help and sufficient research funding, there is the potential to develop commercial-grade field emission air-channel transistors within the next decadeand that's a generous timeline. With the right partners, this could happen more quickly."

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West Papua flag raised in Port Vila "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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The United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) in partnership with the Vanuatu West Papua Association and the South Moluccas association have joined in with West Papuans around the globe to commemorate the West Papua Day, celebrated annua...


Wild At Heart "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Recently I returned to the film Wild At Heart, which has been a favourite since I first used a fake ID to buy tickets to see it at the cinema

I remembered an idea to use lines from the film in a song and added them to lyrics about how I met my partner, Jo:

Thinking back to when we met
years ago but I cant forget
a staring woman, I couldnt ignore her
you later told me you could see my aura

After that I kept seeing you in town
seemed like you were always around
you then confessed it was engineering
inventing ways so that you could be near me

It wasnt easy but you persisted
your thoughtful charm overcame my resistance
you opened my mind with the things you said
then found a way into my bed

This whole worlds wild at heart and weird on top
If youre truly wild at heart you wont turn away from your dreams

There we were talking in the dark
I touched your arm and I felt a spark
a fairy tale cliche but I do believe
then I knew you were the one for me

It was strange how I became bewitched
and it was like our roles then switched
I asked you to marry me you said get in line
youre here for a good time not a long time

This whole worlds wild at heart and weird on top
If youre truly wild at heart you wont turn away from your dreams
This whole worlds wild at heart and weird on top
If youre truly wild at heart dont run away from love


No Double Life: Pope Francis Says Actively Gay Priests And Nuns Should Quit "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Gay people should not be admitted to the Catholic clergy and priests who are gay must be impeccably responsible or leave, Pope Francis has said. Francis says in a new book The Strength of Vocation, to be published in several languages this week, that homosexuality in the Church is something that I am concerned about, ...

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Senior Biosecurity Officer "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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Little Corellas "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The loud, screeching calls of flocks of corellas are a feature of the natural soundscape of the summer months around Newstead.

Increasingly its Little Corellas that are forming these flocks along with their larger relative, the Long-billed Corella. Little Corellas can be distinguished by their handsome crest and lack the extensive pink colouration around the face and neck.

Little Corellas, Loddon River @ Newstead, 2nd December 2018


Last week Australias kids unleashed a political shock wave "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Contributed by Joe Montero

When on Friday 30 November, big numbers of Australias school kids didnt turn up for class and tens of thousands of them marched in the streets of 30 cities and regional centres, demanding the politicians act on climate change, it sent a shock wave through the corridors of power.

Life for the big polluters and those who cover for them has bee made that much more difficult.

The government is acutely aware of the implications of the young turning against it. This is why prime minister Scott Morrison came out and patronisingly spriuked that kids should be at school and not protesting. By doing this, of course, he inadvertently made sure the effect was the opposite to what he intended. The word got around, went down the wrong way, and made sure more took part than may otherwise have.

Although the strike was initiated by students at Castlemaine in Victoria, the organisational force was provided by the Australian Youth Climate Coalition, which has an incredible 150,000 members. Many more than any political party. But it was the school students from primary and secondary schools that did the work to pull it off.

Kids rally in Sydney

So many taking part suggests that this age group as a whole, cares deeply about the issue, and this is creating a new generation of activists.

Morrisons inept display took place, because the spread and strength of the passion coming from Australias school kids has caught him and his people by surprise, and because the crisis ridden government heading for an election, is increasingly reacting in panic mode, rather than a worked out strategy.

Kids walking out and protesting in such numbers has a longer term and more serious implication. They are the future and what they are doing is an indication of a seismic shift in generational political attitudes. a sign of what is coming.

Video from  7 News

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Beetle larvae survive dry summer "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

This September 2018 video is about the hot dry summer in the Netherlands. Quite some larvae of cockchafer beetles and garden chafer beetles, hatched from spring 2018 eggs, managed to survive the difficult circumstances.

The video is by Silvia Hellingman from the Netherlands.


Solar Tuk Tuk to tour Byron "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The RMIT crew and their solar tuk tuk will visit Byron on Thursday. Photo supplied.

Loud, dirty, small and often fun, tuk tuks are used by millions of people around the world for their daily commute and for tourist joy rides.

What they are not known for is being part of a sustainable transport future, or the vehicle of choice for a long-distance expedition. Until now.

Created by engineering students and educational professionals at RMIT, the tuk tuk is on a journey around the world starting with a 3000km plus trip south to north of Australia, including Byron Bay. This is a world-first journey across the Australian continent by a solar electric tuk tuk. The crew then aim to complete a lap of planet earth, circumnavigating the globe powered by the sun.

The vehicle, a second-hand Thai-made vehicle from the Tuk Tuk Factory in Bangkok, Thailand, was upgraded including the addition of a photovoltaic solar system from the engineering team at RMIT University in Melbourne.

You wouldnt think of a tuk tuk as being part of a sustainable transport future or a vehicle of choice for a long distance expedition, says expedition leader, Julian OShea. Until now.

Locally the team will be hosted by Zero Emissions Byron. Our mission is to engage and inspire communities, businesses and individuals to take action for positive change and accelerate the move towards a sustainable, electric and low-carbon future, says Julian.

As well as travelling through Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra and Brisbane, we are stopping over in any solar-friendly neighbourhoods, such as Byron.

The Tuk Tuk is a standard vehicle that seats a driver and four passengers, it weighs 900kg, can get up to 50kph and gets about 300 km per charge.

Chair of Zero Emissions Byron Limited Vicki Brooke says they are organising a Solar Tour de Byron so the solar tuk-tuk can drive through the community, with local electric bikes and vehicles supporting its mission. The to...


537 Papuan arrested before and after Dec. 1 rallies in various cities "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

537 Papuan arrested before and after Dec. 1 rallies in various cities
Arnold Belau and Wahyoe Boediwardhana The Jakarta Post
The Jakarta Post/Jayapura/Surabaya | Sun, December 2, 2018 | 02:04 pm

Hundreds of Papuan Students Alliance (AMP) in Surabaya march to commemorate Dec. 1, a day they consider to be West Papua liberation day, on Saturday. (JP/Wahyoe Boediwardhana)

More than 500 Papuans in several cities were arrested following rallies on Dec. 1 to commemorate what some Papuans claim to be the birth of West Papua nation in 1961.
The lawyer of the arrested Papuans, Veronica Koman, said in a statement on Saturday that 537 people were arrested in Kupang in East Nusa Tenggara, Ternate in North Maluku, Manado in North Sulaw...


Cops seize 70kg of pot at Sleepy Hollow "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Carrying a few grams more than what could be claimed as being for personal use, a man who was stopped after driving erratically along the M1 Motorway near Tweed Heads, has been charged after police found 70kg of cannabis in the boot of his sedan.

Officers attached to Tweed/Byron Target Action Group (TAG) stopped the Holden Commodore at Sleepy Hollow, about 35km south of Tweed Heads, about 3.15pm on Friday (30 November 2018).

Police will allege the driver, a 27-year-old man from Mount Tamborine in Queensland, had been seen driving erratically speeding up then slowing down in northbound traffic.

When the vehicle was searched, 70kg of cannabis was found packed in four sports bags in the boot.

The drugs have an estimated potential street value of $600,000.

The man was arrested and taken to Tweed Heads Police Station where he was charged with supply a prohibited drug (commercial quantity), and deal with proceeds of crime.

He was refused bail before his appearance in Tweed Heads Local Court today (Saturday 1 December 2018), where he was once again refused bail to re-appear in the same court on Monday (3 December 2018).

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Man charged after dog dies in locked car "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The public are reminded to be aware of the heat and the leave pets at home over the summer months after a man was charged following investigations into the death of a German Shepherd in a car last week.

Emergency services were called to the Pacific Highway, Coffs Harbour, about 2pm on Wednesday (28 November 2018), after members of the public saw a deceased dog in an unattended Holden utility.

Officers from Coffs/Clarence Police District attended and commenced inquiries.

Its alleged the owner of the one-year-old German Shepherd left him in the vehicle for a number of hours while he attended a nearby licensed premises.

The vehicle was locked, and the dog allegedly had no access to water.

Following inquiries, a 45-year-old man was issued a Future Court Attendance Notice for commit an act of aggravated cruelty upon an animal.

The Queensland man is due to appear at Coffs Harbour Local Court on Monday 4 February 2019.

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Independent Artist of the Week: Rachel Maria Cox "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Photo by Diego Esquivel  

Singer-songwriter Rachel Maria Coxs powerful emo pop feels confessional, while still remaining dynamic and hopeful.

Newcastle-based artist and professional feelings-haver Rachel Maria Cox promotes a message of radical acceptance on their new single Time. The non-binary singer songwriter has spent the last few years building a name for themselves at home and abroad with their unique flavour of emo-pop. Rachel is also the founder of Sad Grrrls Club, an events agency and record label that aims to promote gender diversity in the music industry. In 2017, they released their debut album Untidy Lines. This year, RMC signed to Sydney label The Harbour Agency, just days before dropping Time.

On Time, Rachel sings candidly about their experience recovering from an eating disorder. I think all too often we can get caught up in should thoughts about our life I should be thinner or I should be able to just get over being dumped. Time is about getting rid of those ideas of what should be and accepting what is it can be really scary to try and accept that maybe youre just fine the way you are! Maybe its fine to weigh what you weigh and to look how you look and to cry all the time when youre feeling sad!

Check out Time below, and catch Rachel Maria Cox alongside La Dispute and Sports Bra on December 12th

WHO: Rachel Maria Cox, La Dispute, Sports Bra
WHERE: Factory Theatre, Marrickville
WHEN: 7pm, December 12th
HOW MUCH: $55.70 more details here


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Australian Parliament Should Back Refugee Emergency Care Bill "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Expand Protesters holding banners march in Sydney to urge the Australian government to end the refugee crisis on Manus Island on November 4, 2017. 2017 PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images Australian members of parliament (MPs) have the chance before year's end to address one of most egregious impacts of Australia's harsh border policies by backing a bill to give [...]


The Dept.of Youth sends a clear message to all those climate change deniers in the Morrison Coalition Government & those elsewhere in state governments and Australian industries "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

activism  is  like  the  immune  system  it rises  in  response  to  the  threat  [Aidan Ricketts by way of Jane Caro, Twitter, 1 December 2018]


2018 Xmas Radiothon "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"



Its been another jam-packed year here on Eastside Radio with many milestones achieved and still more planned for 2019.

We now broadcast more than 91 programs a week, the highest number of shows on any community radio station around the country! Our love of podcasting continues to grow as many shows select the best interviews from their programs and make them available for download.

We continue to provide opportunities for new volunteers, overseas and local interns and work experience kids to step into the world of media and kick start their career. Occasionally they remember us and share such special messages like:

Thank you genuinely for everything! I never would have dreamed to have a job in media and something radio related just by having a show here on Eastside. I also never thought that when I first turned up to volunteer three years ago, just how much it would change the course of my life; what I was passionate about, what I studied, and my future career endeavours. 

Thank you for providing me with the space and freedom to learn, express myself, and be creative on the air. I never would have gotten here without your initial belief in me.


Its been encouraging to see so many shows recognise as Finalists in the CBAA Awards such as Crossing the Line (Tuesday 3pm) and Mick Paddons National Features and Documentary Series Finding Voice. Special congratulations to Another World (Sunday 2pm), which won Best News and Current Affairs Program and to Siobhan Moran-McFarlane for all her hard work and determination. Were pretty proud that for all our unique music its one of our talk shows that won big in 2018!

And so, once again were teaming up with Barnardos Australia to make a difference to children in need this Xmas. For every new or renewing supporter of Eastside Radio well give a gift to one of the kids of Barnardos. You support us and we support them. Its that simple but important.

Weve still got plenty of tickets to Bluesfest, WOMADelaide, Monkey Baa Theatre, Event Cinemas and gifts from Australian Museum, Audio Technica, Woolys Wheels, Cozbar, The Owl House and The Coffee Roaster to name a few for many lucky supporters

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This track caught our ear this week as we trawled the internet to find some new and compelling music. Siobhan McCrudden is a Cardiff-based singer songwriter with a new album, Icarus Girl, coming out in a weeks time. Heres a taste of it with the single Following You, a dark smoky folk song that has Continue reading

Saturday, 01 December


Walking Together: Remembering William Cooper "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The William Cooper Legacy Project together with the Jewish Community Council of Victoria invite you to their Remembrance Walk at Flagstaff Gardens on evening of 6 December 2018. This will be followed by a smoking ceremony and Chanukiah lighting at Peppercorn Park, Alexandra Gardens.   Remembering William Cooper Recommitting To His Legacy! As members ... Read more...

Friday, 30 November


Not-A-Poll: Best State Premiers Of The Last 40 Years: Round 2 Results And Runoffs "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

For the past few months the mostly hopelessly socialist heathen who come here to admire the colour scheme have been involved in the selection of best state premiers of the last 40 years.  This month saw the runoff stage for those states that were not resolved in round 1 by absolute majority, and also the start of the consolation prize round for Coalition premiers.

We are not yet ready to proceed to the grand final stage because some young chap called Andrews was involved in a real election and I feared this could contaminate the vote.  The Victorian runoff will be in February to get a little distance from this result and meanwhile we can continue eliminating Coalition premiers.

In the meantime the winners of four of the remaining states and territories have been decided:

NSW Neville Wran 152 defeated Bob Carr 50
Queensland Wayne Goss 122 defeated Peter Beattie 73
Tasmania Jim Bacon 105 defeated Lara Giddings 84
ACT Katy Gallagher 119 defeated Jon Stanhope 52

These join Don Dunstan and Clare Martin in the final runoff series, which is scheduled to begin in March.

For Western Australia, Geoff Gallop and Carmen Lawrence tied on 97 votes apiece.  Normally I declare a tiebreaking procedure (which in the past has been firstly the leader on primaries at the last stage at which there wasn't a tie, and failing that the leader who was least recently in office wins).  However in this case I did not do this, so there is a runoff for Western Australia, and if there is a tie again the above will be applied.  The WA runoff will run for two months for sample size reasons, this being a quiet time of year.

As for the Coalition premiers and Chief Ministers, the following was the Round1 result for their runoff:



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