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Friday, 23 September



SEPTEMBER 19, 2016 MADDCOLDSONOFKUFA by Jonathan Azaziah Weekend massacre executed against Syrian troops atop Deir Ezzor’s Thardeh Mountain now looks like some kind of a murderous colonialist get-together as Australia, the UK and Denmark have all admitted their role in the unspeakable atrocity. Their statements on the crime read just about identically, with each respective […]


Sea Shepherd Reveals a New Weapon in the War Against Japan’s Whaling "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

by Daniel Flitton / The Age


It is a custom-made warship without guns, pimped out with bigger engines and a long-distance fuel tank.

Anti-whaling activists Sea Shepherd have a brand new, $12 million custom-built ship they boast will for the first time match the speed and endurance of Japan’s whaling fleet.

And with Japan’s defiance of an international court ruling about to be in the spotlight at a global summit next month, the activists plan to sail the new vessel to Australia, before launching south in a bid to disrupt the summer whale hunt near Antarctica.

“Our biggest challenge in our campaigns in the past has been that the Japanese whaling vessels have rammed us with their superior size, and they have outrun us with their superior speed,” Sea Shepherd’s Peter Hammarstedt told Fairfax Media.

“So this is a vessel that they cannot catch.”

Christened Ocean Warrior, it is the first brand new ship Sea Shepherd has built, allowing the activist group to specify engine size and other features for its controversial high-seas protests.

All its other ships have been refitted older vessels, the Bob Barker once a Norwegian whaling ship, built in 1950, the Steve Urwin a former fisheries vessel operating from Scotland, built in 1975.

Ironically, for an environmental group that only serves vegan meals aboard, the design of Ocean Warrior is based on a popular supply ship for off-shore oil rigs.

Cargo space has been converted to fuel tanks to give the ship longer range.

Japan killed 333 minke whales last summer – the first hunt after a 2014 ruling in the International Court of Justice that declared the so-called “scientific whaling” to be illegal.

But Japan has since exempted itself from the court’s jurisdiction and drawn up new guidelines for whaling, effectively doubling the size of the hunting grounds in the Southern Ocean and the activist group was not able to track the whalers last summer.

The Japanese institute for whale research has also run a website to promote whale recipes.

Australia joined with 95 countries earlier this month to condemn Japan’s resumption of whaling, and the issue is expected to dominate a meeting of the International Whaling Commission in Slovenia in October.

Sea Shepherd won’t yet disclose the top speed of Ocean Warrior but said it comfortably topped 30 knots in recent...


Droudis Trial, Part 1: Don’t Pick Your Nose on the Platform "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

by Mary W Maxwell On September 7, 2016, I started to attend the murder trial of Amirah Droudis in Sydney. What has the title of this article got to do with that? The first few days focused on “tracking” the accused, and her late partner, Man Haron Monis. The authorities want to know where they […]


Our silence supports this.................. "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Fifty-one pages of February-March 2016 incidents reports from the Nauru Regional Processing Centre created and funded by the Australian Government with the implied consent of the Australian people.


Quote of the Week "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

For my part, I’ve never met a national politician as ill informed, as deceptive, as evasive and as vacuous as Trump. He’s not normal. 
[Journalist Nicholas Kristof writing in The New York Times, 15 September 2016]


36,400 BC: The Historical time of the Zep Tepi Theory "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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Snowstorms and Raging Wildfires in the Same Region on the Same Day: Welcome to Geoengineering! "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


September 24th, 2016 By Dane Wigington Guest writer for Wake Up World Climate engineers are increasingly desperate to hide the accelerating planetary meltdown with short term chemically nucleated cool-downs. Engineered cool-downs have been a major component of the climate engineering assault for many decades. The chemical cool-downs create the headlines the power structure needs to ...Continue Reading - Snowstorms and Raging Wildfires in the Same Region on the Same Day: Welcome to Geoengineering!


Turmeric Produces ‘Remarkable’ Recovery in Alzheimer’s Patients "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


September 24th, 2016 By Sayer Ji Contributing writer for Wake Up World Turmeric has been used in India for over 5,000 years, which is likely why still today both rural and urban populations have some of the lowest prevalence rates of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) in the world. A recent study on patients with AD found ...Continue Reading - Turmeric Produces 'Remarkable' Recovery in Alzheimer's Patients


Federal 2PP Aggregate Methods (45th Parliament) "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

This is the methods post for the 45th Parliament edition of the aggregate (sometimes nicknamed "Aggedor") that I post in the sidebar of this site, and which will form the basis for Poll Roundup posts and, later, my attempts to forecast the next election.

The aggregate is mostly a weighted average of two-party preferred polling derived from all recent polls of sufficient standard.  The 2PP figure assigned to each poll is multiplied by various weightings based on the poll's recency, accuracy and other issues, and the sum of the multiplied poll scores is divided by the sum of the weightings.

The aggregate is designed to be transparently checkable in theory and to use basic mathematics only.  However, it is not entirely codified in advance.  Decisions will be made on issues of pollster weighting and house effects, and possibly other matters, and will be updated to this page at the bottom when made.

Pollsters Included:

Polls by the following pollsters are included when available: Galaxy, Newspoll, ReachTEL, Ipsos, Essential, Morgan.  Other pollsters may be added subject to their completion of three polls of national 2PP voting intention by the same methods, and adequate methods documentation, and previously active polls may be reincluded.  Even if a poll is by an included pollster, the poll is not included if it is an "internal poll" (defined as a poll commissioned by a political party, union, business or lobby group).  Polls that are known to include aggregations of other polls are rejected.

2PP calculations:

For every poll, a 2PP is calculated from the primaries, using last-election preferences.  For instance,

Coalition 2PP = Coalition Primary + .181*Green Primary + .508*Others Primary - 0.13


Coalition 2PP = Coalition Primary + .181*Green Primary + .398*NXT Primary + .505*One Nation Primary + .529* Others Primary - 0.13

(The formula used depends on whether the poll publishes breakdowns for NXT and One Nation or not.  The -0.13 is an adjustment for the impact of three-cornered Liberal/National contests).

If the poll does not release a last-election 2PP then the above figure alone is used, rounded to one decimal place.  This also applies when the pollster was using figures from the election before last (eg polls using 2013 preferences in July-August 2016), and I reserve the right to apply it if a pollster's 2PP calculations are persistently suspicious (in which case I will log it on this page).

If the poll releases a last-election 2PP but the primaries have a greater level of detail, then the above figure alone (rounded to one decimal place) is used, provided that it rounds to the same 2PP.  If it doesn't then the closest figure that so...


Scientists Find Fruit In Australia Capable Of Killing Cancer, Mainstream Media Stays Silent "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

‘Already, 1 in 2 people is expected to develop cancer in their lifetimes. That’s 50% of all humans on Earth. If a potential cure was found, one would expect to see it broadcasted on every mainstream media site, correct? Unfortunately, that’s not the world we live in. Regardless, this recent discovery is worth knowing about […]



Exercise Wallaby 2016 - RSAF C-130H Hercules '733' Arrives at Rockhampton Airport - Plus Airborne Action Resumes over the Weekend! "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

On Friday 23 September, Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) Lockheed C-130H Hercules '733' touched down at Rockhampton Airport as "Singa 9682" from Darwin.  I believe that this Herc could be staying and operating out of Rocky in support of the Singapore Armed Force's Exercise Wallaby 2016.

File photo

Meanwhile, local plane spotter Ben O, who absolutely loves his military aircraft spotting, has kindly allowed us to share some of his great photos and a video of the RSAF Boeing F-15SG 'Shikra' Strike Eagles and Boeing CH-47SD Chinook helicopters captured at Rockhampton Airport during the previous week.



Recently Vaccinated Kids Are Spreading Whooping Cough Everywhere "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Sick children in bed wearing medical masks because of infection with influenza virus.

“Recently Vaccinated Kids Are Spreading Pertussis Everywhere”

by Barbara Loe Fisher
The Vaccine Reaction

There was fuss in the media last month about a little study of 26 vaccinated Florida pre-schoolers, who got sick with B. Read More


Plane forced to make emergency landing after cabin fills with smoke in Australia "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Video footage shows the cabin crew and passengers on a Jetstar flight panic as smoke appears. One air hostess appears to be looking out the windows and another is on the phone trying to contact someone. Passengers can be seen looking around as hazy spoke appears during an emergency landing. At one point the overhead lights can be seen flickering on and off. The flight from Sydney to Cairns in Australia, which departed at 3.40pm on Thursday, had to be diverted to Brisbane. According to a statement on the airline's website, flight JQ956, encountered an issue with one of it's engines. The Sydney Morning Herald reported that passengers heard a scraping noise as the aircraft began to fill with smoke. A Jetstar spokesperson told the Herald: "The captain decided to shut down one of the engines as a precaution and divert the aircraft to Brisbane."


Cocaine Filled Greeting Cards Shut Down Brisbane Police Station "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

In Brisbane, Australia, two greeting cards managed to shut down an entire police station. The building was evacuated and a 50 meter exclusion zone was set up. Anthrax, a potent biological weapon, was suspected to be inside the greeting cards.

When an unidentified Australian man looked through his mail, he was surprised with two greeting cards. He was surprised once again upon discovering that one of the cards contained roughly 2g of white powder. Believing the powder to be dangerous, he placed both cards in a plastic bag for transport. The anonymous man drove straight to Boondall Police Station in north Brisbane.

Bringing a potential chemical weapon to a police department went as well as one could have expected. The police responded aptly. Boondall Police Station was flagged with do-not-cross tape while Queensland Fire and Emergency Service were dispatched. The building was completely evacuated by 8pm.

Forensics teams were then seen sweeping the building in bright yellow Hazmat suits and gas masks. According to ABC, Queensland Fire and Emergency Service conducted a dip-test on the suspicious powder; preliminary results indicate that the man received 2g of cocaine. Due to the very nature of the test, the dip-test is a very inconclusive test. Since the man unexpectedly received powder in the mail, investigators wanted a more in-depth analysis. The powder was then sent to the John Tonge Centre for further testing.

The presence of cocaine did, however, give the Boondall Police Station staff an opportunity to get back to work. By 10pm, the building was back to being operational.

Both birthday cards and the illegal contents within them were mailed from an address in the UK. Queensland Police are working with British law enforcement to track down the sender. There are major consequences for mailing controlled substances but the anthrax scare makes the investigation more intense.

DailyMail points out that “In 2008, a live batch of anthrax was accidentally sent to Australia in a bungle by the US military.”

The post Cocaine Filled Greeting Cards Shut Down Brisbane Police Station appeared first on Deep Dot Web.

from Deep Dot Web


Janice, Ruth and Cath drop over to scheme up numerous goodies "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

We love it when the whole family is involved, mother and two daughters spark off each other and Barbara works through the generations of treasures. One existing commission of Cath’s is further amended, a bold raw Amber necklace for Ruth.  Two versions of a great recycled necklace with Coral and Turquoise has been designed for Janice.

A gem ‘bricolage’ set of earrings designed for Cath.


Many © Bh commissions come with little extra requests "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

So many clients who follow us, earnestly watch what we do for others and this leads to small requests – “Barbara, you know that extended block bail you did for ( X ), would that work for this baroque Pearl I love but have never been able to wear”?



The studio finishes the first of two © Bh ‘in-line’ commissioned necklaces today "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


Here is the design worked up with material scanned at same size – no names at this stage, oxidised Silver and 18ct yellow Gold with bayonet clasp. Recycling these rare and sentimental elements from more than one lifetime, is becoming a speciality of Barbara’s.


Hillary Clinton, lower corporate taxes and TPP "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

This video from the USA says about itself:

Clintons Want Lower Corporate Tax Rates… And TPP

22 September 2016

Hillary Clinton’s agenda on corporate taxes may not be super progressive. Or any progressive. Bill Clinton has tipped their hand. Cenk Uygur, host of The Young Turks, breaks it down.

“Bill Clinton suggested a proposed major trade deal between the U.S. and 11 Pacific Rim nations was in the nation’s foreign policy interests, but he stopped short of endorsing the plan.

The Trans Pacific Partnership is a major priority for the Obama administration, but is opposed by Clinton’s candidate spouse.

“The geopolitical reasons for it from America’s point of view are pretty clear,” the former president said of the TPP in an interview with CNBC. “It’s designed to make sure that the future of the Asia-Pacific region economically is not totally dominated by China.”

But he said Hillary Clinton has been “pretty clear” about her desire to see some additional provisions to ensure tough enforcement of currency manipulation and provide additional economic safeguards for Americans who may suffer from lowering barriers for foreign goods to enter the U.S.

According to edited video posted online by the network, Clinton said the TPP doesn’t “have anything to do with NAFTA,” the North American trade deal which was negotiated before he took office, but which he championed after taking office. Because Mexico and Canada are also party to TPP, the Obama administration has argued it is effectively a renegotiation of NAFTA and addresses many criticisms of it.”

Read more here.

First, Ms Clinton was for TPP before she was against it. Will there now, or after the November presidential election, be another flip-flop, being for...


Thank Folk It’s Friday – 23rd September "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

This Week in Folk All the News From The Week That Was Releases This Week Shine A Light: Field Recordings From The Great American Railroad – Billy Bragg and Joe Henry iTunes Young As The Morning Old As The Sea – Passenger iTunes Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig Folk By The […]


Don’t worry, it’s only emotion – Dzogchen Rinpoche "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A SENIOR Buddhist lama is coming to Brisbane to teach local people how to stop taking their emotions so seriously. His Eminence the 7th Dzogchen Rinpoche says emotions are actually neither good nor bad, it is the way we react to them that causes us problems. Dzogchen Rinpoche will be in Brisbane on 30th September […]

The post Don’t worry, it’s only emotion – Dzogchen Rinpoche appeared first on Westender - West End 4101.


Aussie Rapper Ivan Ooze Just Dropped A Single With Ghostface Killah "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Aussie Rapper Ivan Ooze Just Dropped A Single With Ghostface Killah

Witty lad Ben Townsend, better known as super-fast flowing Melbourne MC Ivan Ooze, has unleashed a new single ‘Bills’, proudly features Wu Tang Clan member and original rap God Ghostface Killah.

2016 marked a hectic year for Ivan Ooze with the successful release of first single ‘Hooligans’ from March release 93 KFC Rotisserie slingshotting the Aussie grown rapper onto the stage as the direct support to Wu Tang Clan.

Seizing the opportunity, Ooze and his team put on a performance that took the legends by surprise, and over the course of the tour he and Ghostface cultivated this catchy collaboration to form the lead single for Ivan’s new EP.

In celebration of the success that can take some musicians a lifetime to build, he’ll will be embarking on a 7 date national tour, and dropping his now Wu-affiliated EP before the end of the year.

Ivan Ooze 2016 ‘Bills’ Tour Dates

Tickets on sale Tuesday, 27th September

Friday, 11th November
Mojos, Perth
Tickets: Official Website

Saturday, 12th November
Jive, Adelaide
Tickets: Official Website

Friday, 18th November*
Howler, Melbourne
Tickets: Official Website

Saturday, 19th November
The Plot, Sydney
Tickets: The Plot

Saturday, 19th November*
Plan B Small Club, Sydney
Tickets: Official Website

Friday, 25th November*
The Brightside, Brisbane
Tickets: Official Website


You Can Spend The Night In A Record Store Thanks To Airbnb "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

You Can Spend The Night In A Record Store Thanks To Airbnb

Do you love music and NYC? Well, what if we said you could spend a night in arguably New York’s coolest borough, Brooklyn, where you’d have unlimited access to music and a HiFi system, whilst enjoying a personalised minibar? Oh and did we mention it was FREE?!

Well. Airbnb, the popular accomodation booking service is giving two music lovers an opportunity of a lifetime by registering iconic Brooklyn record store Rough Trade on the company’s website as a room you can legitimately spend the night in.

Partnering with Sonos, two very, very lucky people will get the opportunity to spend the night in the ‘Sonos Listening Room’ and will be showered in music treats such as a selection of out-of-print music zines, a personally customised playlist made by the employees of Rough Trade, and are even allowed encouraged to invite their mates to come down and party in the store (although they have to leave by 2am).

While it’s great to see the ways in which record stores are adapting to a 21st Century market, keeping them financially in the green – we’d love to see this kind of creativity coming out of Aussie record stores too.

Melbourne based store Polyester Records have taken the first steps with their in store live performances, but perhaps we’re still a few years away before we are able to give music lovers an experience like this.


This 12 black dots optical illusion is driving everyone crazy "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Why This 12-Dot Illusion Is Bending Everyone’s Brain?

A new optical illusion is breaking the internet. Twelve black dots are the focus of this optical illusion, as people are unable to understand as to why they are not able to see all the dots at once.

(Image credits : The verge)

Will Kerslake, a game developer, took to Twitter on Sunday to post a confusing picture of intersecting grey lines over a white background. The image was retweeted over 30,000 times as people tried to understand how it worked.

The optical illusion came to prominence in the past few days after it was posted to Facebook this weekend by Japanese psychology professor Akiyoshi Kitaoka.

However, the origin of this tricky image is a scientific paper published in the journal Perception in 2000.

In the picture, there are actually twelve dots at each intersection. However, your brain will not let you see them all at the same time. As a result, each time you move your eyes, a dot disappears and another appears.

“They think, ‘It’s an existential crisis,'” says Derek Arnold, a vision scientist at the University of Queensland in Australia. “How can I ever know what the truth is?” But, he adds, scientists who study the visual system know that perception doesn’t always equal reality.

French scientist Jacques Ninio said the illusion has to do with humans having sketchy peripheral vision.

“When the white disks in a scintillating grid are reduced in size, and outlined in black, they tend to disappear. One sees only a few of them at a time, in clusters which move erratically on the page,” Mr Ninio explained.

“Where they are not seen, the grey alleys seem to be continuous, generating grey crossings that are not actually present.

“Some black sparkling can be seen at those crossings where no disk is seen. The illusion also works in reverse contrast.”

So, when you are focusing on a single black dot in the centre of your field of view, your brain paints in what it believes is most likely going on around it.

And, it assumes that there will simply be more grey lines on a white background, missing out the intermittent black dots, which is why there are no black dots.

Source: The Verge

The post This 12 black dots optical illusion is driving everyone crazy appeared first on TechWorm.


9 Electronic Masterpieces You Need To Hear, With BUOY "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

9 Electronic Masterpieces You Need To Hear, With BUOY

BUOY is one of the most promising electronic talents in Australia right now, having dazzled us from early on with last year’s Immersion EP, but truly demanding everyone’s attention with the stark but stunning single ‘Clouds And Rain’.

She’s since released her second EP Break, winning us over completely and utterly, and is launching it in Melbourne tonight at Boney. As one of our favourite emerging acts in the country with an electronic bent, we asked her for some recommendations on other electronic artists that have inspired her own work.

Break is available to listen to below, and fits snugly in with BUOY’s selections of 9 works of electronic perfection that demand the attention of your eardrums.

CORIN – ‘Vexations’

This is sooo so stunning. I love the harmony and rhythm she builds using only synthesisers – the coolest sounds. Wow. I am way too excited have CORIN supporting me when I launch my EP in Melbourne this Friday, I cannot wait to see her live show.

Nearly Oratorio – ‘Occlude’

Beautifully timbred layers and vocals in this. The harmony gets through to me, I love when the bass comes in.

Radiohead – ‘Daydreaming’

When this came out back in May, I took myself to lay under the big trees in the park to listen. It was a windy day and the wind was blowing all the autumn leaves off the trees. It was a moment in time. Such a beautiful masterpiece created without any drums

Sampha – ‘Timmy’s Prayer’

Rhythm section in this is wholesome as and I am in love Sampha’s voice.

I’lls – ‘Speak Low’

This one has been melting me since its release. Simon Lam from Nearly Oratorio is the also the vocalist here. Incredible. He is an amazing audio engineer as well; he mixed my ‘Break’ EP.

Christopher Port – ‘Even’

Beautiful build and mastered rhythms by Christopher Port. He is so good at this. His live show is mind blowing. He will also be supporting me this Friday in Melbourne, and worked on some production of my ‘Break’ EP. Such an honour working with and knowing such a skilled person.



1) Govt renews vows to solve rights abuse cases in Papua "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

2) RI, NZ look beyond dairy, palm oil for new business
3) 124 State Defense members introduced to nationalism

1) Govt renews vows to solve rights abuse cases in Papua
Marguerite Afra Sapiie The Jakarta Post
Jakarta | Fri, September 23 2016 | 09:26 am
Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Wiranto has admitted that the authorities faced numerous obstacles in resolving human rights abuse cases in Papua.
"The obstacles include a lack of evidence to prove some of the allegations. We also see, in several cases, a lack of witnesses to testify, since the cases occurred years ago," Wiranto told journalists on Thursday.
Nevertheless, he reiterated that the government remained committed to settling rights abuse cases, claiming law enforcers had made some progress by intensifying investigation efforts to deal with gross violations in Papua, so that the cases could be immediately prosecuted at the Attorney General's Office.
Similarly, Papua Police chief Insp. Gen. Paulus Waterpauw said there were some difficult cases that the force was currently trying to settle, including the incident during the third Papuan People's Congress in 2011, when action by police and military officials to disperse the crowd allegedly resulted in the death of at least three Papuans.
Aside from th...


Premier Jay Weatherill’s not really honest pro nuclear article "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Weatherill glow23 Sept 16 In today’s Advertiser, Jay Weatherill writes about the Finland nuclear waste project.( Jay Weatherill: South Australia can learn valuable lessons from nuclear waste facility at Eurajoki, Finland)

Weatherill’s article completely ignores the negative side of the project –  over time, over budget, possibly too small even for Finland’s requirements. Meanwhile he spouts deceptive nonsense about it being so similar to the South Australian plan. He implies that it is already functioning, which is not true. He praises the supposed “transparency” and “community consultation”, which is also incorrect. (See When haste makes risky waste: Public involvement in radioactive and nuclear waste management in Sweden and Finland




Far from fixing climate chenge, the nuclear industry causes it! "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

How Nuclear Power Causes Global Warming, The Progressive,   September 21, 2016  Harvey Wasserman

Supporters of nuclear power like to argue that nukes are the key to combatting climate change. Here’s why they are dead wrong.

climate-change-lieEvery nuclear generating station spews about two-thirds of the energy it burns inside its reactor core into the environment. Only one-third is converted into electricity. Another tenth of that is lost in transmission. According to the Union of Concerned Scientists:

Nuclear fission is the most water intensive method of the principal thermoelectric generation options in terms of the amount of water withdrawn from sources. In 2008, nuclear power plants withdrew eight times as much freshwater as natural gas plants per unit of energy produced, and up to 11 percent more than the average coal plant.

Every day, large reactors like the two at Diablo Canyon, California, individually dump about 1.25 billion gallons of water into the ocean at temperatures up to 20 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than the natural environment.

Diablo’s “once-through cooling system” takes water out of the ocean and dumps it back superheated, irradiated and laden with toxic chemicals. Many U.S. reactors use cooling towers which emit huge quantities of steam and water vapor that also directly warm the atmosphere.

These emissions are often chemically treated to prevent algae and other growth that could clog the towers. Those chemicals can then be carried downwind, along with radiation from the reactors. In addition, hundreds of thousands of birds die annually by flying into the reactor domes and towers.

The Union of Concerned Scientists states:

The temperature increase in the bodies of water can have serious adverse effects on aquatic life. Warm water holds less oxygen than cold water, thus discharge from once-through cooling systems can cr.......


Near Tokyo, 6.4 earthquake hits Japan "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

exclamation-flag-japan6.4 quake hits Japan southeast of Tokyo, 23 Sep, 2016  A powerful 6.4-magnitude earthquake rocked Japan some 230km southeast of the country’s capital, Tokyo, at a depth of 10km on Thursday night, the US Geological Survey (USGS) reported on its website.

Japan’s Meteorological Agency reported that the earthquake “has caused no damage to Japan,” while adding that “slight sea-level changes in coastal regions” may be observed.

No immediate tsunami warning has been issued.

Small tremors were reportedly felt in nine Japanese prefectures, including in Fukushima and Tokyo……..


Maralinga: art exhibition raises the question- what has changed in pro nuclear activities? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

see-this.wayArt exhibition to mark 60th anniversary of nuclear testing in Maralinga asks what has changed ABC Central Victoria  By Larissa Romensky , 22 Sept 16,  A national touring exhibition of artwork marks 60 years after the British government exploded an atomic bomb in South Australia’s outback.

On September 27, 1956 the British government conducted its first atomic test at Maralinga.

In total, seven nuclear bomb blasts were detonated between 1956 and 1967 in the southern part of the Great Victoria Desert in South Australia followed by more than 600 “minor tests”.

These were not the first nuclear tests to be conducted in Australia, but the term Maralinga, an Aboriginal word for thunder, became the name associated with this chapter in Australian history.

Black Mist Burnt Country, is a national touring exhibition that revisits the events and its location through the work of more than 30 Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists.

Curator JD Mittman said the title refers to the “mysterious” black mist that hovered over the country after the first test at Emu Field in South Australia in 1953 that “badly” affected Aboriginal families at Wallatinna.

“[Yankunytjatjara man] Yami Lester testified that people got very sick, some died, and he lost his eyesight,” Mr Mittman said.

Burnt country was in reference to the enormous heat generated by an atomic bomb blast, 1,000 times hotter than the sun.

“The blast melts the ground to glass, also called Trinitide, after the Trinity test ," he said.

Inspired by Jonathan Kumintjarra Brown

Jonathan Kumintjara Brown was a member of the stolen generation and later in life connected with his family in South Australia and found out about the atomic testing of his traditional land.

Mr Mittman said the exhibition was originally inspired by the artist's work entitled Marilinga before the atomic test.

"The question that came to mind immediately was: if there's a work that depicts the country before the atomic tests then surely there must be work that is also about the period after or during the tests," he said.

The work in the exhibition spans seven decades from across the globe from the first atomic test in Hiroshima to the present day, from both private and public collections........


Premier Weatherill accompanied to Finland by pro nuclear advocates "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

nuke-spruikersSmDan Monceaux‎ to Nuclear Fuel Cycle Watch South Australia, 22 Sept 16 On his current delegation to Finland, Premier Weatherill has been accompanied by Bill Muirhead (Agent-General for South Australia), Madeleine Richardson (CE of CARA) and John Mansfield (chair of the Nuclear Fuel Cycle Consultation and Response Agency (CARA) advisory board).

Muirhead is an advertising man with a political bend who has been busy promoting SA as a destination for defence and mining investment since his appointment as Agent-General in 2007.


Top global scientists warn of ‘real, serious, immediate’ climate threat "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

climate SOS375 top scientists warn of ‘real, serious, immediate’ climate threat  21 September 2016 by John Abraham

Yesterday, 375 of the world’s top scientists, including 30 Nobel Prize winners, published an open letter regarding climate change. In the letter, the scientists report that the evidence is clear: humans are causing climate change. We are now observing climate change and its affect across the globe. The seas are rising, the oceans are warming, the lower atmosphere is warming, the land is warming, ice is melting, rainfall patterns are changing and the ocean is becoming more acidic.

These facts are incontrovertible. No reputable scientist disputes them. It is the truth.

Despite these facts, the letter reports that the US presidential campaign has seen claims that the earth isn’t warming, or it is only a natural warming, or that climate changeis a hoax. These claims are false. The claims are made by politicians or real estate developers with no scientific experience. These people who deny the reality of climate change are not scientists. 

These claims aren’t new. We see them every election cycle. In fact, for the Republican Party, they are a virtual litmus test for electability. It is terribly sad that the party of Lincoln (the president who initiated the National Academy of Sciences) has been rebuked by the National Academy today. It is sad that the party of Teddy Roosevelt, who created the National Park System, is acting in a way antithetical to his legacy. It is also sad that the party of Nixon, who created the Environmental Protection Agency, now is trying to eliminate that very organization.

What is perhaps most sad is that the party of “fiscal conservatism” is leading us on a path that will result in higher economic and social costs for all of us. What we don’t know is what the future will bring. Will the warming be gradual or sudden? Will ocean rise increase at a faster rate or not? Will we continue to see major ice shelfcollapse? Increased droughts and heat waves? Will we be able to adapt?

A rational decision maker would take action to manage the risks from climate change. This threat is to our health, our communities, and our economies. A changing climate with warming seas and an acidifying ocean will cause real economic losses for our generation and for the future.

In the letter, the scientists venture deeper into politics than scientists are generally willing to tread. They describe the...


How to take awesome photos of your bike "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

How to take awesome photos of your bike

Taking photos of your bike isn’t brain surgery, but if you want your bike photos to have a wow factor, you need to pay attention to detail.

You can take better photos and make people jealous of your bike by following these simple tips.

Get the right gear

Just like you can’t have the best rides with random bikes, you shouldn’t expect to take stunning pix with any kind of camera. While you can certainly take rather good quality photos with today’s smart phones, we do recommend using semi-professional gear if you want to add a professional finish to your pictures.

You need to pay attention to two things. First, you should invest in a good DSLR camera. Some of the Australia’s leading vendors are offering amazing discounts on cameras and accessories; those can be found on The second key thing to focus on is the lens size. You don’t want anything fewer than 50mm, as this starts to create issues with the quality of detail.

Create the right backdrop

After you’ve sorted out the gear, it’s time to pay attention to where you are taking the snapshots. Even if you use (and occasionally, especially) a blurred background effect, you want to ensure a few things are in order. Focus on the following points:

  • Use contrasting colours – If your bike is red, you don’t want the background to be red or a similar colour. The more contrast you have with the background, the more the bike will stand out.
  • Keep it simple –Bikes often have unique details you want to highlight and therefore, try to keep the bike at the centre of attention. Avoid backdrops that are too detailed or complex. A brick wall can be a good idea, but a metal railing might not.
  • Use natural light – Bikes are made for the road and natural light gives bike photos the best possible light. Dawn is a bit more colourful time to dawn.

Clean up your bike

Before you start taking the photos, take care of your bike! You don’t want it to be all muddy and dirty for your prime photographs. A quick rinse, and perhaps even a wax in the case of motorcycles, is often enough to give your bike the best look.

Select the right angles

How to take awesome photos of your bike

(Photo: Freedom.Motorbike)

Great photography depends largely on the angles you choose for your photos. While most people tend to photograph bikes either directly from the side or slightly from the front, don’t be afraid to think outside of the box. Here are a few angle suggestions to keep in mind:

  • Go up or down – Instead of taking photos on the same level as the bike, consider either going down on the ground or stepping up into the heights. You can lie down on the ground for impressive photos or add an interesting angle by stepping on top of ladders for high-up photos.
  • Focus on a detail – You shouldn’t just take photos showcasing your whole bike. Focus on a specific detail instead. For example, you could take a snap next to the wheels or the handlebars.

Refine your image



Japan’s 20 year, costly, nuclear reprocessing experiment to be scrapped "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Monju fast-breederCostly Japanese prototype nuclear reactor shuts down By Jack Loughran, September 21, 2016

The Monju nuclear reactor in Japan, which has operated for less than a year in more than two decades at a cost of 1tn yen (£7.6bn), is set to be scrapped. The prototype fast-breeder reactor was designed to burn plutonium from spent fuel at conventional reactors to create more fuel than it consumes.

The process is appealing to a country whose limited resources force it to rely on imports for virtually all its oil and gas needs.

But Tokyo believes it would be difficult to gain public support to spend several hundred billion yen to upgrade the Monju facility, which has been plagued by accidents, missteps and falsification of documents.

There is also a strong anti-nuclear sentiment in Japan in reaction to the 2011 Fukushima atomic disaster, and calls to decommission Monju have been growing in the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, with scant results from using around 20 billion yen of public money a year for maintenance alone.

Science Minister Hirokazu Matsuno, Trade Minister Hiroshige Seko and others had decided to shift policy away from developing Monju, a fast-breeder nuclear reactor in the west of the country, the government said.

They had also agreed to keep the nuclear fuel cycle intact and would set up a committee to decide a policy for future fast-breeder development by the end of the year.

A formal decision to decommission Monju is likely to be made by the end of the year, government officials said.

The decision would have no impact on Japan’s nuclear recycling policy as Tokyo would continue to co-develop a fast-breeder demonstration reactor that has been proposed in France, while research will continue at another experimental fast-breeder reactor, Joyo, which was a predecessor of Monju.

“The move will not have an impact on nuclear fuel balance or nuclear fuel cycle technology development or Japan’s international cooperation,” said Tomoko Murakami, nuclear energy manager at the country’s Institute of Energy Economics.

Before the Fukushima disaster, Japan had planned to build a commercial fast-breeder before 2050, but according to the International Energy Agency that project may be delayed, given the difficulties at Monju.

The fallout from the Fukushima disaster is continuing. Specialised robots have been developed to retrieve some of the radioactive material from the ill-fated plant but they have been repeatedly unable to complete their task because the high levels of radiation destroys their circuitry.


Some timely comments on theSouth Australian govt’s “Your Say” nuclear site "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

text-your-sayLeon Ashton 21 Sep 2016

The government has the last say on the decision so as most people before me have said, no matter how many people are against it, the whole nuclear consultation process is a farce. The Know Nuclear displays tell half truths and make nuclear storage sound incredibly safe without adding any of the negatives. For a state which is struggling economically there seems to have been a helluva lot of money already spent in the name of nuclear. I don’t trust the government. We only need to look at the bungled RAH project and our useless desalination project to realize how inept the state government is. If SA becomes the world nuclear dumping ground, it will be the WORST decision an Australian government has ever made.

Steve Charles 20 Sep 2016

The article in today’s Australian demonstrates that the consultation process is a farce. Weatherill decided long ago that he wanted to turn SA into the world’s nuclear waste dump, and the “consultation” that has been going on is all for show. We are all being led by the nose to a conclusion that he wants, and the taxpayer pays for it all. Weatherill should be treated with the contempt he deserves.
It would be a disaster for SA to have a nuclear waste dump here.

Kay Dl 18 Sep 2016

Jay Weatherill will never get consent to go ahead from the South Austrlain public, to consent to a nuclear waste dump in South Australia. We know better despite what the media is reporting about the statistics. He must lose his position as Premier if the rest of the Labour Party has any sense.

Peter Lazic > Kay Dl 18 Sep 2016

I agree, but hot to get him kicked out before he takes the next step down the path of a nuclear waste dump.

Steve Charles > Kay Dl 20 Sep 2016

The decision was made long ago. We are all being led like lambs to the slaughter. Weatherill must be stopped.

Steve Ingham 13 Sep 2016

Looks as though ourgov has lost interest in this discussion board. Ourgov’s rep last commented on 15 Aug. Maybe we are being very dull and boring. Any suggestions on how to spice this board up a bit.

Mary-Ann Lovejoy > Steve Ingham 16 Sep 2016

They were too busy at the Royal Show, handing out pretty “Nuclear” balloons to little children. True! I’ve had several reports from unhappy grandparents and parents, who thought it was an outrageous piece of propaganda on the government’s behalf. Every day, it seems that more people are being made aware, and they are not happy about this proposal.



“Your Say” Has Jay Weatherill the right to spend #millions promoting nuclear waste dump? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

text-your-sayPeter Lazic 16 Sept 16 What consent does Jay Weatherill have to spend $600 million dollars of taxpayer money to plan a nuclear waste dump, when the proposed dump may never get approved. This and the money spent to date on the Royal Commission, the road show, now TV advertisements, etc, is obscene and immoral

Noel Wauchope > Peter Lazic 16 Sep 2016

Especially as the SA Law says:

13—No public money to be used to encourage or finance construction or
operation of nuclear waste storage facility Nuclear Waste Storage Facility (Prohibition) Act 2000

and the link


RIP YouTube "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


Everywhere the truth turns, the censor follows.

The mainstream media failed us so we turned to the internet, and now that is also failing us.


No it doesn’t look exactly like that, but pretty close.


Of course censorship means no discussion allowed.

An of course the more you censor (according to their ideology) the more tools they give you for censorship. Censoring gives ‘hero points’ which eventually allows you to brown nose your way to the top of YouTube hierarchy and  development  teams which is ironic given that this process will be the death of YouTube, and the final prize will be ushering in a dystopian world.



But why just censor videos when you can censor comments too?


Don’t believe me?


And because that might be memory holed:

What this means is legions of Social justice warriors and other useful idiots will on mass censor out anything that is inconvenient to their illogical, self contradictory world view.

The new cultural marxists will be ‘triggered’ (aka have a tantrum) and demand that their ‘safe space’  (aka playpen) is disturbed and demand censorship.

We are allowing insane brainwashed children to dictate what can be seen and discussed in this world, think about the consequences of that.

Often the only defense for a non violent activist against brutality, is the ability to share video proof on the internet, and now the second largest website in the world (which hosted much of this content) is about to allow third party censorship.

On a related video of how to blur out parts of a video, you begin to see the venom of the actual YouTube Community.

Because the comments will be censored in the future, here they are for posterity:


ufailowell1 day ago
I’m beginning my YouTube Heroes career by flagging this video

99batran8 hours ago
I kinda need this video so.


Curator Special Projects "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Australian National Maritime Museum


Fresh edge to local cuisine "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

THE Driftwood Cafe has established itself as the place to be for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Nestled in the heart of Ocean Grove’s main street, the team at the Driftwood never fail to deliver.
With a philosophy of using fresh, local, free range, seasonal and organic produce, where possible, the Driftwood prides itself on it’s quality. With a few dedicated fruit and vegetable growers bringing in bags of fresh produce every week and some occasional gardeners with an over supply, they are happy to use products grown in the local area.
The Driftwood has always taken great care to ensure the products they use and impact they have upon the environment is as responsible as possible. With a real community focus, supporting local schools, events and other local groups has meant the Driftwood Cafe has cemented a welcome place within Ocean Grove.
After two renovations to expand the space last year, the Driftwood now offers areas that can be used for private functions from elaborate sit down meals to canape parties or early morning breakfast meetings. Now offering a range of outside catering options, the Driftwood seems to offer something for everyone.
Fridays nights have really taken off with the ’Five Bites for $5’ tapas nights which have been a huge success. Cafe owner Ty Simons has been delighted with their success and says “from a month-long trial to a weekly event, we will keep tapas going until the madness of summer starts”.
Ty adds: “The fun part is trying to come up with different tempting bites every week”.
With the warmer weather almost here, the team at the Driftwood are looking forward to opening all the doors, retiring the fireplace for the season, opening The Atrium roof and gearing up for another busy summer.

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Madge Digest #146 August 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

1) Watch MADGE bake a birthday cake for our regulators, FSANZ, would you eat it?
2) Threat to bans on growing GM  and labelling.
3) MADGE out and about
4) GM canola planting falls in Australia 
5) GM Golden rice and Nobel Laureate's Red Faces
6) New GM soy causes neighbouring plants to die
7) Would you trust a scientific body that takes money from GM companies?
8) Farming our future - an inspiration


1) Watch MADGE bake a cake for our regulators, FSANZ's birthday

Birthday cake for FSANZ, our food regulator from Fran Murrell on Vimeo.

Food Standards Australia New Zealand is celebrating their 25th Birthday. If you want to let them know how the foods/ingredients/crops they approve affect your health please add your story to this facebook page .Or email us

Lawyers are holding seminars for the food industry telling them how to get around labelling requirements. If you are heartily sick of this deception you may want to buy direct from farmers or from trusted shops. See item 3 and 8 for ideas.

Deep Winter Agrarians Gathering 2016 from Fran Murrell on Vimeo.


2) Threats to bans on growing GM crops and labelling. 

If you disagree with this, you may like to put in a quick submission on their Inquiry into Regulation in Agriculture. It appears they forget people eat what farmers grow and many of us do not want to eat GM, pesticides and many other dubious substances. Even though our GM laws are so full of loopholes that almost nothing is labelled, their existence means they can be improved. Removing all ability to label is a huge backward step.

MADGE put in a submission to the Inquiry. We are appearing at their hearings next week. Perhaps you could come along too and/or register to present your own submission? It's very easy to do here. If we do not speak they will only hear from the big end of the food industry.

3) MADGE out and about.



Future Energy and Finance "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

You're invited to attend the inaugural Future Energy and Finance Australia on Monday the 7th of November in Melbourne.


Madge Digest #145 March 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

1) The weight of a chicken breast does not mean it is safe to eat

The inside story on how GM food is approved. Links at the end on how to #EatGMOfree.

2) Join us and GM-Free Australia at this free event Monday 4th April.

Celebrate, network and cross-pollinate with people stopping GMO and creating the local food, seed and community networks that nourish us. Food, skits, GM-Free sing-along plus how to #EatGMfree giveaways and Prize Draw.
When : 7-9pm on Monday 4th April 2016
Where : Friends of the Earth Food Co-op, 312 Smith St, Collingwood 3070
RSVP: Jessica 0407307231 or

3) Open letter to stop climate disasters in the Pacific being used to introduce GM and hybrid seeds. 

If you are a member of a group that would like to sign on to this letter please contact

4) What MADGE has been up to:
We have been quoted in the:
Huffington Post - “GMOs: What Are They, The Risks And Where Do We Find Them?"

Australian Financial Review - "GM Awareness Needs to be High on Food Shopping List"
According to a spokesperson from the Federal Department of Health, it is up to individuals to take responsibility for what they eat. Perhaps we could if it was fully labelled!

ABC - "Australian Food Regulator Deliberating Over New GM Techniques"
In a related story, they also published a useful piece on GMOs and the policies of the big supermarket chains. However, MADGE feels they are let off lightly. Many companies are using the FSANZ definition of GMOs, which still means the food contains unlabelled ingredients from GM plants.
MADGE joined with the GM-Free Australia Alliance to run a 3-day stall at the Sustainable Living Festival in Melbourne. We ran a workshop, it was lovely meeting others who care for the planet and a GMO-free future. Welcome to everyone who signed up to receive this digest. 

We were interviewed for 3CR’s sustainable breakfast series.
We sent two media releases:
1 - Farmers and eaters betra...


The Weekend Quiz – September 24-25, 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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

1. A nation, whose national government runs a balanced fiscal position over the economic cycle (peak to peak) must accept, that after all the spending adjustments are exhausted, its private domestic sector will be increasingly indebted if the nation is running an external deficit over that cycle.

2. A nation that manages its currency via a currency board always has to have sufficient foreign reserves to match the outstanding central bank liabilities (reserves and cash outstanding). Under this arrangement it can always guarantee 100 per cent convertibility but has to endure deflationary tendencies unless it runs external surpluses.

3. Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) demonstrates that mass unemployment can arise from workers demanding too high a nominal wage in relation to the inflation rate.


Wise in hindsight "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

My article on the failure of for-profit competition in human services included a hook to the recently published Productivity Commission report recommending more of the same. I haven’t had time to go through the report in detail, but I was struck by reports that the PC mentioned the FEE-HELP fiasco in the VET sector as an example of the way not to go about things.

It’s good to see some recognition of this but what matters here is foresight, not hindsight. So, I thought I’d check back to see what the PC was saying a couple of years ago, when the disaster was obvious, but was still being denied by those in charge of it. Here’s a quote from their submission to the Harper Competition review

The Commission’s study into the vocational education and training (VET) workforce (2011f) found that there had been a rising trend to harness market forces in the allocation of VET services, with principles such as user pays and user choice increasingly underpinning VET policy. The Commission suggested that, as the VET sector becomes increasingly competitive, a move towards greater managerial independence for public providers would give them the autonomy and flexibility they need to respond.
The Commission (2011f) also noted that opening up of the VET sector had not been a complete success, with some stakeholders raising concerns about quality assurance, monitoring and enforcement (especially in the international student sector).

Going back to the 2011 report, there is indeed a box referring to problems with international students, which drew a lot of attention at the time. But there’s nothing to suggest any awareness of the broader problems, which were already apparent*, let alone any capacity to predict them using the PC’s analytical framework.

* I wrote a report for the National Council on Vocational Education Research in 2012, making many of these points, and drawing on several years of evidence from Victoria. I was roundly derided for my pains by the private provider lobby.


Maynard James Keenan Has Something To Say To Australians "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Maynard James Keenan Has Something To Say To Australians

You may have heard that Maynard James Keenan is bringing his Puscifer project back to Australia for the Money $hot – Round Under Tour this January, which will include a performance at Hobart’s MONA FOMA.

Best known as the frontman for Tool and A Perfect Circle, Maynard James Keenan’s Puscifer project dates back to 1995, back when it was a non-musical comedy concept.

Finally releasing the trip-hop heavy “V” Is For Vagina in 2007, Keenan’s Puscifer continued to impress audiences, with a descent into the theatrical aspect of rock following a debut of live shows in Las Vegas in 2009.

With the Australian tour just months away, Keenan has taken time out from his busy schedule of fielding questions about when the new Tool album is coming to address his Australian fans… in character and in a very bizarre fashion of course.

Puscifer’s Money $hot – Round Under Tour Dates

Friday, 20th January 2017
Mona Foma, Hobart, Tas

Saturday, 22nd January 2017
Plenary, Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre, Vic or 132 849

Monday, 23rd January 2017
Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide, SA or 136 100

Wednesday, 25th January 2017
Darling Harbour Theatre, Sydney, NSW or 132 849

Thursday, 26th January 2017
Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, QLD or 132 849

Sunday, 29th January 2017
Vector Arena, Auckland, New Zealand or 0800 111 999


I Would Like To Correct an Error I Made "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

So this NBC thing about microwave weapons that were reported on that were going to be used on American citizens actually was written in 2006- and is NOT recent. However, with that in consideration- Aaron Alexis and his shipyard rampage where he carved “ELF” on his gun- which stands for “electro low frequency”- which are EXACTLY what these “non-leathal” weapons are- occurred in 2013. And we were all lead as a nation to believe that these weapons were some kind of a conspiracy theory. So with that said- how can anyone rule out that our government drove this man into becoming a mass killer? That they didn’t use their toys and cause the deaths of so many innocent people? And really- is this what they consider NON-LETHAL?


Wonthaggi’s ‘Little Shop’ a big success "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

littleshopweb7HOW do they do it? In one year, the Wonthaggi Theatrical Group has put on four quality productions; the latest being a fantastic new boutique musical in their new home up at the WTG Playhouse, on the State Coal Mine site in Wonthaggi.

“Little Shop of Horrors” by award-winning local director Karen Milkins-Hendry, which opened on Thursday night this week, is the first production to be staged in the facility which is already shaping up as a second theatre in the town.

Years of work has gone into developing the venue, not only as a rehearsal base and for construction of production elements for WTG shows, but also as the location for performances as well.

For Karen, it was a nostalgic trip back 25 years to when she played the lead in Leongatha Lyric’s production but there was nothing old fashioned about this sparkling new look at the cult piece by Ashman and Menken.

Karen has assembled a wonderful cast for this ground-breaking show, musical director Ben Stein has a superb band and all other elements of the production are up to Wonthaggi’s very high standards… and all put together in a matter of weeks after the curtains closed on “The Diary of Anne Frank”, and not all that long ago, “Evita”.

It has been a big year for the group.

The role of Seymour was made for Will Hanley, who is at his very best in this, playing opposite good friend Kerryn Moren, displaying her sweet, wonderfully controlled voice as Audrey. Their duet “Suddenly Seymour” is a highlight.

The trio of singers; Jade Dalton, Meg Watson-Jinnette and Alana Reid weave their web of 60s style girl-band music through the scenes, Jake Nelson lends his great character work to Mr Mushnik the florist and Chris Jobe is suitably devilish as the dentist.

And it’s a treat in itself to hear the incredible voice of Elly Poletti coming across through Audrey II.

All in all it’s a spectacular show but as good as the cast and band is, the show is almost stolen by the puppet work and their absolutely inspired local construction.

There are a lot of distractions over the next two weekends, what with footy finals, long weekends and all the rest but don’t miss this one, not only a chance to see a great show but also the Wonthaggi Theatrical Group’s new space up at the State Coal Mine site off Cape Paterson Road, Wonthaggi (near Mitre 10).

Performance dates are: Friday, September 23 8pm, Saturday 24th 8pm, Sunday 25th 2pm, Sunday 25th 7.30pm, Wednesday 28th 8pm, Thursday 29th 8pm, Friday 30th 8pm, Saturday, October 1 at 8pm, Sunday 2nd 2pm.

Tickets online at


Mighty Duke’s Church of Calypso "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

They band who shops together, stays together.

Mighty Duke and the Lords is a band with a dress code.

The Melbourne party masters have hit WA for a weekend of white-suit-clad tropical calypso adventures.

Mighty, Duke and several lords breezed into Breakfast with Caitlin.

Play Mighty Duke & The Lords


Flyying Colours talk Mindfullness and the ‘S’ word with Nicholas Watts "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


  • Flyying Colours :: Interview with Nicholas Watts


“We’re pretty much a travelling comedy group who play music very seriously for 40 minutes of an evening.”

After launching their single ‘Mellow’ at Newtown Social Club, all four members of Melbourne psychedelic/shoegaze outfit Flyying Colours joined Nicholas Watts for a chat about their new album Mindfullness and the international power of music.

On the record’s title:

“It’s kind of representative of where we were at going into the record, trying to take each song and be natural with it. Having it spelled with the two “l’s” it was also a lot about us coming to a point where our minds were full – and we had to just do what we were doing organically and not really thinking what we could do with the songs too much.”

On the fan base they have acquired overseas:

“It just backs up that concept that music is the international language of the world. It doesn’t matter if they don’t understand what our lyrics are specifically saying, but if they can get behind the sound, it’s incredible. It’s really cool.”

On being labelled the ‘s’ word:

“That’s not all that we are. ‘Shoegaze’ is a very wide umbrella, a lot of things can come under it. I could play two shoegaze songs back to back and it would be tough to convince someone that they were the same very specific genre. I’m cool with it.”

Listen to the full interview above – including ‘Reason’ by local band Egoism.


The post Flyying Colours talk Mindfullness and the ‘S’ word with Nicholas Watts appeared first on FBi Radio.


Beans- one of the easiest vegetables to grow. "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


Beans are easy to grow and are one of the most prolific warm season vegetables you can grow.

There is no comparison between a fleshly picked organic bean and a shop bought bean.

So be warned, after growing your first crop you may never be able to buy beans again!

There are many different varieties and if you buy open pollinate or heritage varieties then you can easily save your own seed from year to year.

Beans are a Legume and they have a symbiotic relationship with a bacterium that converts atmospheric nitrogen into nitrogen available to the bean plant which means they do not require a lot of fertilising and the soil after a legume crop has a higher nitrogen level then before it was growing there.

Annual Bean species.
Green Beans (Phaseolus Vulgaris)
Runner Beans (phaseolus coccineus)
Lima Bean (Phaseolus lunatus)
Snake Bean (vigna unguiculata var sesquipedalis)

All annual beans are suitable for pot culture

Types of Beans
1. Dwarf or Bush
• 60 cm high
• Plant 15 – 20 cm apart
• Rows should be 60 cm apart – ensures good air circulation. Prevents fungal diseases. Enables access to both sides for harvesting

My favourite varieties

• Green bean – Hawkesbury wonder, Gourmets delight etc
• Butter bean – Yellow
• Borlotti – speckled – grown for the dried beans seed rather than the pod.
• Lazy Wife – Heritage

2. Climbing Beans

Need a structure to climb on:
• Fence
• Tepee of Bamboo
• Mesh

Climbing beans are great use of vertical space increasing production without taking up much room.

My favourite varieties.

• Purple King
• Snake Beans

Scarlet Runner – 7 year beans-This is a perennial and needs to be in a more permanent position with other perennial vegetables.


Three ways of using beans.

1. Pick young bean pods and eat whole either raw, lightly steamed or quickly stir fried.
2. Pod mature slightly with the bean seed increasing in size – shell seeds from pod and eat.
3. Pods left to mature and dry out to produce hard seed – store and used as dried seed beans.

When and where to Grow your beans.

• On the East coast the best growing time is late spring, summer and autumn – with your first seeds going in around the October long weekend. In the Highlands I find I need to wait until the beginning of December to put my first seeds in as it takes this long for the soil to be warm enough for germination.

• In coastal region, if the summer is particularly hot and dry – there can be problems with pod formation and white fly but if it is too wet and humid then there are problems with powdery mildew.

• Beans must have 6 to 8 hours of sunlight.

Bed Preparation.

Soil based.

• Must be well drained mound
• Beans prefer a PH of 6.5 – 7, so add a little lime to adjust if needed.
• Being legumes your soil doesn’t require the amount of fertiliser of many other crops. In particular don’t add large amounts of high nitrogen manures such as poultry, as this will encourage excessive leaf growth at the expense of flowers.
• The addition of lower level nutrient manures such as cow and sheep with a little blood and bone with potash is preferable.
• Cultivate thoroughly and mound up rows to increase drainage
• To prevent weed germination mulch with sugar cane mulch to a depth of 100mm but just ve...


SEX CLASS ROLLBACK: Students, parents shocked by graphic lessons "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


Adult behaviours such as those described, should not be relevant to the lives of these underage girls Ali High

A PRINCIPAL has taken action after 15-year-olds were asked in a lesson to analyse graphic sexual scenarios described by one parent as “bordering on pornographic”.

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Hip Fracture Care Standard "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care in collaboration with the Health Quality & Safety Commission New Zealand has released the Hip Fracture Care Clinical Care Standard<<a href=""> />. In Australia, an estimated 19,000 people over the age of 50 are hospitalised with a hip fracture each year, often after falls.

The Hip Fracture Care Clinical Care Standard<<a href=""> /> aims to ensure that a patient with a hip fracture receives optimal treatment from presentation to hospital through to the completion of treatment in hospital.
Fact sheets and other resources are also available.


Murri Rugby League Carnival kicks off in Redcliffe "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

THE 2016 Murri Rugby League Carnival is off to a flying start at Dolphin Oval, Redcliffe, Queensland. This year’s carnival featured 21 open men’s teams, nine open women’s teams and a boys’ under 15 competition. The final day of the carnival will be tomorrow, Saturday, September 24. For more action check out the Koori Mail’s Facebook page


Valerie Ransone - some further insights "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


Some interesting individuals come and go in the field of UAP research. One of these, is an American woman named Valerie Jean Ransone. She moved in high circles in the USA in the 1970's and 1980's, and was associated, among others, with US astronaut Gordon Cooper.

I first wrote about her in a post in 2011; after my former co-blogger, Pauline Wilson, mentioned Ransone's name in connection with Dr Christopher (Kit) Green. After finding additional information, I provided an update. Later, after locating Ransone in Hawaii; and several unsuccessful attempts to engage her in dialogue, I published a 'final post.'

Since Novermber 2012, as various individuals have read my posts about Ransone, I have been provided with additional snippets of information by some people; while others have merely been curious, as to whether or not, Ransone ever contacted me.

A timeline

For such enquirers, I now provide a timeline of information, together with a source.

1950 - Ransone born in the Chicago area of the USA. (Vallee, 2009, 'Forbidden Science Volume Two,' diary entry dated 9 July 1981.)

Image courtesy of Amazon Books

1971 - Studied journalism at NorthWestern University. (Vallee, 2009, diary entry 9 July 1978.)

1971-1976 - PR person for an energy information group - meets Wes Thomas (Vallee, 2009, 9 July 1978.)

1976 - Thomas introduces Ransone to Dr Puharich. (Vallee, 2009, 9 July 1978.)

June 1976 - Ransone in Hong Kong. ( Viewed in 2011, but currently not available.

March/April 1977 - Ransone and Puharich met Bob Beck. (Vallee, 2009, 19 May 1978.)

May 1978 - Kit Green visits Ransone in Houston. (Vallee, 2009, 19 May 1978.)

9 July 1978 - Thomas says he has known Ransone for years. (Vallee, 2009, 9 July 1978.)

11 June 1978 - Ransone establishes a company 'to disseminate messages she believes to be of extraterrestrial origin.' Center for Advanced Technology - 'reportedly financed by Security Around the Globe, an industrial protection and private detective firm.' (Vallee, 2009, 11 June 1978.)

8 August 1978 - Ransone organising 'Signs of the Spirit' conference - Washington - December 1978. Ransone aims to '...


A History of the World in 100 Objects "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

On  Arts Wednesday 21 September 2016, Sylvia’s guest was Dr Michael Pickering, curator of A History of the World in 100 Objects at the Australian National Museum in Canberra.  Listen to the conversation below:

That was Part 1 of the conversation and here is Part 2:

Now for Part 3:


Lewis Chessmen

Lewis Chessmen

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Since HoaxteadResearch Would Never Let Me Post There- I Will Answer Their Question Here "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Hoaxtead mob: Get your stories straight

Since they would never allow my comment- I’ll explain why I BELIEVE the Sandy Hook shooting was probably bullshit. It was when our FBI released their murder statistics the next year- and reported that NO ONE HAD BEEN MURDERED IN THAT COUNTY. Funny that they would FORGET about everyone who had died and publish such an error- ESP. CONSIDERING EVERYTHING- you know?

And why is it this group in the UK is so vested in all of this? The only answer is the obvious one- they are government players doing their best to spin the narrative.


Incumbents erect another barrier to solar, storage and shared energy "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Consumer advocates stunned by energy rule-maker that vetoes a proposal that could encourage local generation and storage, and save more than a billion dollar. They accuse the rule-maker of being stubborn and out of touch, and not for the first time.


Everything You Need To Catch At Listen Out 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Everything You Need To Catch At Listen Out 2016

Listen Out is just about to kick off for another year, with Melbourne and Perth this weekend, and Sydney and Brisbane to follow.

As always, there’s a great lineup of varied acts, led by the likes of local electronic champs RÜFÜS and French house maestro Tchami – but there are plenty of other gems nestled amongst the lineups.

From some very annoying last-minute news, to the up-and-comers who demand your attention, here’s our list of must-sees for Listen Out 2016.

Firstly: Stormzy Is Out

While he would have been on this list, in a very last-minute move, grime artist Stormzy has cancelled his anticipated Listen Out appearances, together with the rest of his gigs for the year. Festival organisers have said they’re doing what they can to tee up a consolation for punters, but it’ll be cold comfort for grime fans who are probably still smarting from another recent Aussie cancellation from Skepta.

Stormzy has provided an apology to fans, if not much of an explanation:


Get Down Early

We can definitely recommend Sui Zhen’s opening DJ sets, as she’s a great act with killer taste in music, but if there’s one act that you need to get down early for, it’s the Melbourne addition of talented multi-instrumental producer Alice Ivy. She deservedly won her way onto the bill through triple j Unearthed, but it was her recent sets at BIGSOUND that really placed her firmly on her radar.

Sydney’s Unearthed act Wallace is also one to firmly keep an eye on, as is the Brissy catch of Midas.Gold, so there’s plenty of incentive to head down as gates open.

Do Not Miss Tash Sultana

From busking and streaming from her home studio to massive international recognition, Tash has had one hell of a breakout year. Coming off a sold-out national tour and overseas shows, it’s bonkers that you’ll be able to catch her so early on in the arvo.

Willow Beats Are Back

The wonky electronic duo have re-emerged with new music after a long time away, and that time off is sure to make for a great set. The Pilerats signing’s appearance at Splendour In The Grass last year drew a good crowd full of some very enthusiastic dancers, and we’re sure this time around will be no different.

Anderson .Paak Are Quasi-Headlining

While the later sets from the likes of RÜFÜS and Tchami are going to be plenty of fun, there’s no doubting that Anderson .Paak & the Free Nationals could potentially steal the show before they’ve even had a chance to take the stage.

A recent collaboration with Mac Miller has raised their profile significantly, and we reckon...


Apple aims to buy McLaren Technology Group, Financial Times report claims "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A report in the Financial Times claims that Apple is negotiating a possible purchase of McLaren Technology Group.


Some kind of anthropocene: The Island Will Sink "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

It’s interesting that at this point in time there are calls being made to name the era we’re living in as the Anthropocene – the impact of humans is now observable in the fossil record, in our plastics and chicken bones. The period of The Island Will Sink is the ‘Praeteranthropocene’ – ‘human beings are no longer capable of remedying the negative impact they’ve made on the planet’.


Out on the range … "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


While out on duty earlier this week, a local animal control ranger was contacted in regards to a ewe who was experiencing a difficult birth. Sadly, the ewe did not make it, but a newborn lamb did. The bleak future that was on offer for this little babe was something this kind-hearted ranger refused to accept. Not long thereafter, “Ranger”, as he has been named, with his still-wet umbilical cord, was surrendered into our care and life-enhancing colostrum was delivered to his sweet little lips. And, reciprocating our kindness, Ranger was only too quick to offer us sweet kisses of appreciation.

So when next time you are out on the range, be like our dear Ranger and ensure kindness for animals is firmly on your horizon.



US Attack in Syria Opens Disturbing and Unpredictable Scenarios "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Syria (SCF) – We have been seeing in Syria in recent days more and more direct involvement in the conflict by Turkey, Israel, and the United States. Air raids, bombing and ground troops, albeit in limited numbers, reveal dissatisfaction and evident frustration by these nations hostile to Damascus.

The most recent example, more useful in emphasizing the disappointment that reigns in Washington, concerns the dynamics that accompanied the signing of the cease-fire between Kerry and Lavrov.

With Aleppo besieged and terrorists trapped, the United States and its allies have been forced to apply for a temporary solution to the conflict in order to halt hostilities.

In spite of the previous failure of the ceasefire, Russia, Damascus and Tehran have preferred to negotiate while continuing their military action. Had they refused to negotiate, they would have been painted by the Western media and international institutions as the reason for the intensification of the conflict. This would have easily opened the door to a greater involvement by Washington’s regional allies on account of Moscow’s refusal to negotiate.

Russian diplomacy has managed to transform a position of military strength, but of apparent diplomatic weakness, into an overall win. Washington was forced to request that the final terms of the agreement be kept secret. Moscow of course calls for transparency and has demanded that the agreement be made public.

The fact that the United States is opposed highlights Washington’s ambiguity concerning the fight against terrorism in Syria. The only hypothetical point of agreement made public covers a future joint coordination to hit Al Nusra Front and Daesh; although the day after the meeting between Kerry and Lavrov, US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter promptly denied the agreement, confirming that the US and Russia have different goals in Syria.

The meaning behind this statement leaves little doubt. Washington is unable — or, worse, does not want — to give up on the terrorists it supports in Syria against Assad, and has no intention of abandoning the idea of changing the government of Syria or tearing the country apart.

As evidence of US involvement in Syria on the side of the terrorists, a few days ago an important event occurred in Al-Rai in northern Syria in a town located on the border with Turkey and recently occupied by Ankara with the help of Islamist FSA/l Nusra troops.

A dozen American special forces soldiers present in the Syrian town alongside «moderate rebels» were forced to flee as a result of explicit threats to their lives from their theoretical «allies». A complete short-circuit. The worldview of FSA/Al Nusra does not allow it to fight alongside those whom they clearly define as «infidels» (in reality those who finance and arm them.)

The idea that the whole thing was staged, or a media stunt to distance the most radical elements from US troops, was blown away by the news coming from Deir ez-Zor a few hours later.

In Syria on September 17 at 5 pm local time, 2 Danish F-16s, along with 2 Australian or American A-10s and a British Reaper drone, attacked and struck four times positions of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in Deir ez-Zor, killing 62 soldiers and injuring more than 100, also causing considerable material damage. Shortly afterwards, Daesh advanced on the locations attacked in Jabal Al Tahrdah that had previously surrounded the government positions (the town of Deir ez-Zor has been under siege by ISIS for four years).

The immediate response of Moscow and Damascus was to declare Washington a supporter of Daesh terrorists, while sources in the US State Department offered that it was a mistake, there supposedly having never been any intention to deliberately target the SAA.

Whatever reading one gives to this incident, the US was at th...


Airbourne On Rock & Roll, Triple J & Being Big In Europe "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Airbourne On Rock & Roll, Triple J & Being Big In Europe

“We haven’t forgotten about Australia, obviously, we love to play here, but unfortunately because it’s so big over there, there’s millions more people over there, by the time we play a festival season over there and do our headline tour, it’s months and months and all of a sudden the year’s gone,” says Airbourne guitarist David Roads.

As Dave admits, nowadays Warrnambool-bred rockers Airbourne spend the majority of their time overseas and the lion’s share of that is spent in Europe, where the band’s quintessentially Aussie brand of rock and roll sees them billed at the top of festival lineups and playing in front of “anything from 70 to 100,000 people” by Dave’s estimate.

“Germany is the first big country that took us on board in Europe,” Dave recounts. “Then we sort of blew up in France. It’s sort of big all over the place there. Most of mainland Europe we do well in and we’ve even grown in eastern Europe.”

“We’re now starting to go to places like Serbia, Lithuania, Croatia, and Russia. We never used to go that far east, but we’re starting to do that now.” Back home things are admittedly quieter, but Airbourne are grateful for the reception the European crowds give them.

“We’ve had a few ups and downs throughout our career,” says Dave. “Our career was nearly doomed from the start, before we released our first album. Capitol Records got bought out by Virgin Records and just about every band on the label got dropped.”

“There were bands on tour that lost all their tour support and I think we were on tour with Dallas Crane, we’d just finished recording our first album, and then that happened and we thought that would really damage us but we had our lawyers fight for our album and we got it back.”

“We went back to America, showcased it as SXSW, and that’s when Roadrunner picked us up. We stayed with the Americans and being signed to Roadrunner made it easier to go to America a lot and that made it easier to make the jump over to Europe. That’s how we got our foot in the door in the Northern Hemisphere.”

Airbourne haven’t just got their foot in the doors, they’ve obliterated the door with battering ram force and proceeded mercilessly crush everything underfoot. The band’s manager, Gregg Donovan, who also takes care of Grinspoon and Josh Pyke, mused on the situation back in 2007.

“We’re doing really well with one of our acts, Airbourne, who we can’t get arrested in Sydney – we’re lucky to sell out the Annandale – but yet these kids from Warrnambool are selling 30,000 tickets in two weeks in the UK,” he told ABC News.

“They’re doing unbelievable business. They’ve been breaking all over the place, and that’s been really difficult.” Whilst the band’s American label proved the key to breaking into Europe, back home the gatekeeper, everyone seems to agree, is national youth broadcaster triple j.

Back in January 2014, Cherry Bar owner...


Mexican doco: Watching them die "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Date and Time: 
Monday, September 26, 2016 -
6:30pm to 9:30pm

In conjunction with Ojos De Perro, the makers of the film, an international screening on Mon 26th September of the Mexican documentary "Watching Them Die: The Mexican Army and The Disappeared 43" will be happening at Jura.

It's about the killing and disappearance of 43 students in Ayotzinapa Guerrero (and other thousands of Mexicans through the years) by the Mexican army.

The government has protected the culprits and masked the truth, the journalists are trying to spread their independent work in Mexico and the world.

Doors open at 6:30pm with the screening to start at 7:00pm.



Big W.A. blackout can’t be blamed on renewables, doesn’t make headlines "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The failure of a gas generator in Western Australia affected more people for a longer period than an outage in South Australia last year. So where were the Murdoch headlines?


Worse than the Bourbons "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

I have a couple of pieces in The Guardian. The first, which came out a few days ago, points out the consistent failure of market competition and for-profit firms to deliver human services effectively and equitably. The second gives the mainstream economic analysis of the problem, in terms of market failure and the mixed economy, developed 40 to 50 years ago, and ignored by the policy class of today, which takes the assumptions of market liberalism (aka neoliberalism) for granted. My summary:

The problem is that the political class, along with much of the economics profession, have done worse than the Bourbons, of whom Talleyrand observed “they have learned nothing, and forgotten nothing”. … Our leaders, and the economists who advise them, have not only shown themselves incapable of learning from experience, they have forgotten much that we once knew.


No, cutting your car's carbon emissions won't cost you more "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The news that Australia is considering emissions standards for light vehicles has been met with scepticism and concern that buying a new car could become more costly. ClimateWorks' Scott Ferraro addresses five key worries.


Bluesfest Is Officially Australia’s Best Regional Event "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Bluesfest Is Officially Australia’s Best Regional Event

Byron Bay Bluesfest 2016 — which featured a string of big names including Kendrick Lamar, The National, Brian Wilson, Tom Jones, and D’Angelo — has been named Australia’s Best Regional Event at the prestigious Australian Event Awards.

“Bluesfest is proud to once again receive the award Best Regional Event at the Australian Event Awards,” said Bluesfest founder Peter Noble. “This is the second time we have received this honour.”

“There are great events occurring all over regional Australia however, it is clear that the Byron area is the regional arts as well as the festival capital of Australia. Event presenters in the region bring tens of millions of dollars, hundreds of jobs and real culture to our area.”

“Festivals create a sense of community. They say Byron is a brand, it is festivals here like Bluesfest, that have had a huge impact on how the Byron brand is recognised as an arts capital around the world.”

“I call on our civic leaders, state member, councillors and mayor to adopt the slogan, ‘Byron – the regional arts capital of Australia’, to create greater awareness and wealth in our community, AND because, surely it is time this occurred.”

“The creative industries have made such a special contribution to our area. It is time we fully acknowledged that and show the support they so richly deserve. Thank you.” Bluesfest was selected from hundreds of entries across the country.

The next instalment of Bluesfest will take place, as always, over the Easter long weekend next year at the Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm in Byron Bay, with a lineup featuring Zac Brown Band, Mary J. Blige, Patti Smith, The Lumineers, and more

Bluesfest 2017

Mary J Blige
Corinne Bailey Rae
Michael Kiwanuka
Nako and Medicine For The People
The Suffers


Zac Brown Band

Patti Smith And Her Band Perform Horses

The Lumineers

Buddy Guy (Exclusive)

Bonnie Raitt
Mavis Staples (Exclusive)
Billy Bragg

Jethro Tull
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
Gregory Porter
Snarky Puppy

St. Paul & The Broken Bones
Beth Hart (Exclusive)

Laura Mvula
Roy Ayers

Booker T Presents The Stax Records Revue

Andrew Bird

Rickie Lee Jones
Joan Osborne

Turin Brakes
The Strumbellas

Jake Shimabukuro

Nikki Hill
Irish Mythen

Thursday 13th, April – Monday, 17th April 2017
Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm NSW
Tickets: Bluesfest


MELBOURNE SNAP | CARLY "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Melbourne Snap lets us meet residents of our city as they go about their business. Our photographers capture their portraits and whatever they want to share with our readers. You might be next!

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Flyying Colours Craft Chaos Into Something Irresistible On ‘Mindfullness’ "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Flyying Colours Craft Chaos Into Something Irresistible On ‘Mindfullness’

As far as debut singles went in 2013, Flyying Colours’ was close to ideal. Infectious in the play it again and again kind of way, ‘Wavygravy’ suggested the Melbourne quartet were a rare treat: sans growing pains or that adolescent awkwardness you get when your limbs feel too long for your body, they seemed fully formed right from the get-go.

The kaleidoscopic video (more lo-fi visual art collage than ordinary performance clip), the stripy t-shirts and floppy hair all fit together perfectly. And then there was their sound — airy, boy-girl vocals, pulsating bassline, tumbling drum fills, and, with guitars for days, an unashamed wall of sound. While later singles such as ‘Running Late’ were more jangly than gazey, it’s hard not to think Flyying Colours would have fit right at home in an March 1991 edition of the NME. “Move over Ride, watch out MBV!”, a typically over the top headline might have bellowed.

Listening to Mindfullness, in which the group continues its crusade against good spelling (yes, that’s two ‘L’s they’ve used), those hyperbolic, hypothetical music editors might have had a point. This debut offers 10 songs that are dynamic, at times ethereal, and often thrilling, including a few moments memorable enough to worm their way into your mind long after the first listen.

Take opening track and single ‘It’s Tomorrow Now’. More Swervedriver than Slowdive with its grunge-like guitar grind, it’s an aggressive whirl of a song that builds to a cacophonous crash of wah wah guitar and tumbling drums. If it weren’t for the fade out, you might almost hear an exhausted band falling in a heap at the end of the recording.

The shameless pop of ‘1987’ plays as a less morbid, more rapidfire take on Joy Division’s ‘Disorder’, while ‘Long Holiday’, with widescreen synth wails and jangly Byrds-like guitar lines, is so poised it seems to strut as it slides from verse to chorus.

At half-time things move to a slower, more beautiful place via the dreamy, otherworldly ‘Mellow’ and slow burning ‘ROYGBIV’. Save for the jammy ‘Sun, Hail and Rain’, the album remains content to stay there. This reprieve from the addictive rush of songs like ‘It’s Tomorrow Now’ and ‘1987’ is not unwarranted nor unwelcome, but the album is certainly at it’s most captivating when it’s moving at pace.

Like many shoegaze records, the lyrics here often feel more ornamental than pivotal; they hang in the background, and at times it’s as if they exist solely as something to attach to front-pair Brodie Brümmer and Gemma O’Connor’s saccharine vocal melodies. Their voices often work in tandem, melting together and serving as counterpoints to the chiming guitar lines that usually provide each song’s main hook. Brümmer takes production reins with the band’s manager, musician Marty Brown, and whether that decision was financial, logistical or artistic, it pays dividends.

For their efforts, Mindfullness sounds sonically focused, honest, and plays as a satisfying culmination of a journey that began for listeners with 2013’s ‘Wavygravy’, and for the band, well before that. It also leaves plenty of room for exploration when the time comes for album number two.

Brümmer has said that the jokey album title is meant to reflect his pre-occupied state o...


Gulf War Syndrome: Documents Prove UK and US Military Personnel were Injected with Untested Vaccines "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


Dr. Garth L. Nicolson, the President, Chief Scientific Officer and Research Professor of Molecular Pathology at the Institute for Molecular Medicine in Huntington Beach, California, lecturing on the connection between military vaccines and Gulf War Syndrome.

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OUTintheOPEN Festival is coming… "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Click HERE for a full programme of events…



We Went To Sizzler And Were Amazed By Their Taste In Music "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

We Went To Sizzler And Were Amazed By Their Taste In Music

If it felt like the Australian music industry was particularly lethargic a couple of Fridays ago, it’s because we were all in the midst of recovering from our collective BIGSOUND hangover, which loomed over Brisbane like the proverbial spectre of communism over Europe.

If one were to take a cruise through Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley and the surrounding areas, they would’ve seen prominent members of the Australian music community sporting thick sunglasses and hunched over like the cover of Atlas Shrugged, humbly awaiting airport-bound cabs.

We’re not proud to say it, but the crew at Tone Deaf were no different. We work hard to deliver you the latest goings-on in the local and international music scenes, but we like to party just as hard… maybe even a little bit harder.

So when the harsh light of Friday finally came around and we at Team Tone Deaf herded our tenderised carcasses into the lounge of a Fortitude Valley hotel, there was very little on our minds besides getting out our daily newsletter and chowing down on endless piles of food.

The restorative properties of greasy food in great abundance when one is in the midst of what the Germans refer to as a ‘katzenjammer’ are well documented, and before anyone could say “Kill me please” we were in a GoGet bound for Sizzler.

For those not old enough to remember, Sizzler was a chain of family-friendly buffet restaurants popular in the ’90s, famous for their all you can eat salad bar option, which allowed patrons to take as many trips as their stomachs would allow to the buffet area.

Whilst Sizzler restaurants, along with equally notable rival Smorgies, have largely disappeared from most Australian cities, they remain quite popular (or at the very least in business) in Queensland.

Their Gold Coast location in particular commands nightclub-like queues (we know, we saw them after last year’s BIGSOUND). According to the Sizzler website, there are 21 Sizzler restaurants in Australia.

After arriving at the Annerley Sizzler and taking a few photos for social media cred, we huddled into the near-empty restaurant and set up camp at a window adjacent settling of tables, taking a moment to enjoy the atmosphere before we grabbed our plates.


Pictured: Our editor Brandon and intern Steph outside the Annerley Sizzler

After two trips to the buffet and a dozen trips to the self-serve desert bar (give or take a couple), Team Tone Deaf was well on its way to recovery and in the midst of digesting some six or seven thousand calories per staff member.

Believe it or not, the food was actually great. The buffet was restocked regularly during our stay, the cheesy bread was a revelation, and the dessert bar turned into an altar at which we all worshipped the wonder of chocolate mousse and soft-serve ice cream… with sprinkles.

But as satisfying as the meal was, what we were really t...


Healthy Communities: Hospitalisations for mental health conditions and intentional self-harm in 2013-14 (AIHW) "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews" Healthy Communities: Hospitalisations for mental health conditions and intentional self-harm in 2013-14 presents local-level information on population rates of hospitalisations for mental health conditions and intentional self-harm in 2013-14. This information is summarised in profiles for each of Australia's 31 Primary Health Network areas at the end of the report.

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Australian Burden of Disease Study: impact and causes of illness and death in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 2011 (AIHW) "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has released the latest 3 reports from the Australian Burden of Disease Study 2011:

Australian Burden of Disease Study: impact and causes of illness and death in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 2011

* This report provides estimates of the non-fatal and fatal burden of disease for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population; as well as estimates of the gap in disease burden between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.
* The disease groups causing the most burden among Indigenous Australians in 2011 were mental and substance use disorders, injuries, cardiovascular diseases, cancer and respiratory diseases.
* Indigenous Australians experienced a burden of disease that was 2.3 times the rate of non-Indigenous Australians.
* Over one third of the overall disease burden experienced by Indigenous Australians could be prevented by removing exposure to risk factors such as tobacco and alcohol use, high body mass, physical inactivity and high blood pressure.
* This report is accompanied by a media release and a summary report.
Download the report: Australian Burden of Disease Study: impact and causes of illness and death in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 2011.

Australian Burden of Disease Study 2011: methods and supplementary material

* This document provides a detailed description of the methods used to derive the fatal and non-fatal burden of disease (using the disability-adjusted life years, years lived with disability and years of life lost measures) for the Australian and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations for 2011 and 2003, as well as estimates of how much of the burden can be attributed to various risk factors.
* The report is targeted at researchers and epidemiologists, and those seeking to further understand results provided in the Australian Burden of Disease Study 2011.

Download the report: Australian Burden of Disease Study 2011: methods and supplementary material


Glebe Point Road "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The view from the Record Crate just before dark. The cow suit person was a bit too far away to draw much of, the girl in front was handing out promos for the Thai restaurant


Byron to host forum to tackle the ‘Ice’ scourge "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A forum is being held to tackle the scourge of crystal methamphetamine. (file pic)

A forum is being held to tackle the scourge of crystal methamphetamine. (file pic)

A community forum is being organised in Byron Bay to highlight the dangers of methamphetamine, commonly known as ‘ice’.

The ‘Breaking the ICE Byron Community Forum, is being hosted by the BUDDI Community Drug Action Team, and will be held at the Byron Services Club on 13 October from 5.30 to 9pm.

The forum is part of a national awareness campaign to educate communities on how to combat the issues caused by ice in their local areas.

The key message is ‘see the person, not the drug’.

Comedian Mandy Nolan will be MC and there will be a range of guest speakers including Annie Bleeker from the Alcohol & Drug Foundation (formerly Australian Drug Foundation) and Matt Noffs, author of best-selling book Breaking the ICE.

Mr Noffs is the third generation of the Noffs family to be working in drug rehabilitation and drug law reform. His grandfather was Ted Noffs, the founder of Sydney’s Wayside Chapel and the Noffs Foundation.

Other speakers include Mitch Dobbie, the manager Tweed/Byron Drug & Alcohol Northern NSW Local Health District, Sam Booker senior project officer with the North Coast Primary Health Network and Dr Blake Eddington the senior emergency doctor for the Byron Hospital.

The Welcome to Country will be presented by Delta Kay.

The Breaking the ICE Byron Community Forum is a free event that hopes to inform the Byron community about local treatment options and resources and where to go for assistance.

The evening will show a number of documentary films and slide-shows, along with various guest speakers, a panel session and Q & A. Representatives from local health, mental health, alcohol and drug services, will be present and resources will be available.


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Ducati revives Supersport, adds Scramblers "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

2016 Ducati 1299 Panigale S Anniversario - supersport

SuperSport spy photo from World Ducati Week

Ducati has confirmed it will revive the iconic Supersport as an everyday ride with the unveiling of a Supersport and Supersport S at the 2016 INTERMOT motorcycle show in Germany in October.

There may also be several new models of Scrambler unveiled at the show as the company has lodged plans for six new Scrambler models with the California Air Resources Board ( CARB) for approval.

Scrambler model names submitted are CR, CT/T DS, DS/T and T which don’t provide many clues although T could mean touring and DS could mean dual sport. They bikes are about 10kg heavier, so they could have bigger engines, most likely 1200cc.

Ducati Scrambler 1200 spyshot from Inmoto

Ducati Scrambler 1200 spyshot from Inmoto

There is also talk of an entry level 939 Multistrada and a 1299 Panigale being unveiled in Cologne or Milan.

Meanwhile, the new Ducati Supersport will be powered by the 939cc, liquid-cooled, L-twin from the Hypermotard which was 113hp of power and 97.9Nm of torque.

Product manager Paolo Quattrino says the bike is built around the chassis of the Monster.





Guidelines for Multimorbidity "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A third of all Australians have multimorbidity (co-occurrence of 2+ chronic conditions), and a substantial proportion have complex multimorbidity (3+ body systems each affected by at least one chronic condition. However, most care guidelines have been developed for single conditions.

The UK National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has released a guideline covering care for people with multimorbidity (multiple long-term conditions.

Designed to optimise care by reducing treatment burden (polypharmacy and multiple appointments) and unplanned care, the aim of this guideline is to improve quality of life by promoting shared decisions based on what is important to each person in terms of treatments, health priorities, lifestyle and goals. The guideline sets out which people are most likely to benefit from an approach to care that takes account of multimorbidity, how they can be identified and what the care involves.

Access the full guideline on multimorbidity.


Minister admits to misleading parliament over Crown land "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

NSW primary industries minister Niall Blair has admitted to misleading parliament over the Crown lands management. Photo

NSW primary industries minister Niall Blair has admitted to misleading parliament over the Crown lands management. Photo

In a rare and embarrassing back down for the NSW government, the Minister for Lands has apologised to Parliament for providing incorrect information on Crown Land leases that have commenced since 2012.

During debate this week on the Auditor General’s recent scathing report into the sale and leasing of Crown Land, the minister, Niall Blair (Nationals), advised the House that no lease had been directly negotiated by Crown Land since 2012.

It turns out there were 19 – involving leases to airports as well as transactions tied up with the privatisation of Newcastle Port and the NSW electricity generators.

The report reflects also longtime concerns by campaigners against the takeover of public foreshore Crown land at Brunswick Heads by a government-appointed trust which runs three public holiday parks in the town.

Byron Shire Council recently renewed operating licences for the holiday parks amid a public outcry over the encroachments of public foreshore land.

The Opposition says that Crown Lands was clearly dysfunctional and now in crisis mode.

Shadow lands minister Mick Veitch said Crown Lands’ staff numbers have been slashed by the Baird government, and a lot of corporate knowledge has walked out the door since 2011.

‘The Auditor General’s report said that the Crown Lands agency did not know what was occurring on Crown Land,’ Mr Veitch said.

‘The minister’s false response actually affirms that Auditor General’s grave concerns for the management of public land in NSW.

‘Savage job cuts by the Coalition means that Crown Lands is no longer aware of many transactions are taking place on public land.

‘It has now provided incorrect information to the minister on leases – and the minister has admitted to misleading Parliament.

‘While the minister was quick to blame public servants – the real reason behind the dysfunctionality of Crown Lands are job cuts which have left many Crown Lands offices with a skeletal staff.

‘Without staff, you simply can’t know what is going on across land that comprises 42 per cent of NSW’.

Hansard transcription

(Hansard: 20 September 2016, Auditor-General’s Report)
The Hon. NIALL BLAIR (Minister for Primary Industries, and Minister for Lands and Water) (14:52 :25): By leave: On 15 September 2016 I participated in debate, under Standing Order 57, along with a number of other members, on the Auditor-General’s report into the sale and lease of Crown land. When speaking about direct negotiations since 2012, I advised the House that no new areas of Crown land were allocated by direct negotiation for commercial use by lease during this period. I have since been advised by the Department of Industry—Lands that, in fact, 19 commercial leases have been approved for direct negotiation with new tenants by the department since 2012. I apologise to the House for this regrettable error, which was contained in draft speech notes prepared by the department but not corrected prior to the debate. As soon as I was advis...


Lynch coup for Grubbers "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

By Mark Heenan

OCEAN Grove Football Netball Club has embraced the appointment of former Geelong Cats AFL player Paul Lynch as its new senior football coach.
Lynch, who turns 43 next month, was announced the new Grubber coach for the 2017 season on Thursday 22 September.
Club president Tony Potter said the Lynch signing was a coup for Ocean Grove.
“The club could not be happier with the direction we have gone,” Potter said.
“He (Lynch) will hopefully drive Ocean Grove Football Club to premiership success and to the position we want to be in.
“We want to put our club in a position not necessarily to be playing in the Geelong Football League, but to be at least in a position to play GFL football and that will only benefit the community.”
Lynch who lives on the Surf Coast and played 62 AFL games with Geelong from 1993 to 2000, coached Colac to its first ever GFL premiership in 2014.
He led Lara to a GFL flag in 2002 and Birregurra to premiership success in the Colac District Football League in 2011.

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Charlie makes the cut for surfing adventure "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

By Justin Flynn

A 12-HOUR road trip up to Sydney is not all that bad when a major surf comp awaits at the other end.
Young Ocean Grove surfer Charlie Mahoney is off to Whale Beach, on Sydney’s northern beaches, to compete in the 11th annual Hurley Barton Lynch’s Blast Off this week.
The 12-year-old Our Lady Star of the Sea Year 6 student was chosen to surf in the unique under-14 surfing festival – that attracts the largest field of any kids’ surfing event in the world, and is by far the biggest grom surfing event in Australia – with the focus firmly on fun and self-improvement.
Charlie commenced his trip up to Sydney by car today with a stopover in Albury with his dad and brother. The heats start on Monday.
“I hope to make it to the semi-finals,” Charlie said.
“I enjoy surfing because it makes me feel relaxed when I’m out on the water.”
Charlie had his appendix out only four weeks ago and is still building up his strength to compete.
He combines surfing with surf life saving at Ocean Grove Surf Life Saving Club and plays football for the Collendina Cobras.
He enjoys surf life saving and wants to be a volunteer life saver when he’s old enough.
“It’s not something I’d do forever, but it would be good to help the community when I’m a teenager,” he said.
There a few things Charlie wants to work on with his surfing including reading the waves better, but “meeting people and having fun” are his priorities at the moment as well as improving in general.
More than 360 groms will hit the beach for the Blast Off and they will get the opportunity to meet event founder Barton Lynch as well as the likes of legends Layne Beachley, Tom Carroll, Rabbit Bartholomew, Terry Richardson, Damien Hardman, Ozzie Wright, Richie Lovett, and upcoming surfers like Cooper Chapman.

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Camp Cope Just Blew Everyone Away With Their Like A Version Cover "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Camp Cope Just Blew Everyone Away With Their Like A Version Cover

Camp Cope hit up the triple j studios this morning to tear through a rendition of their sterling single ‘Lost: Season One’ before absolutely blowing our minds with a powerful, heartfelt cover of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’s timeless tune ‘Maps’.

The Melbourne trio stayed faithful to the original arrangement of the track, though they certainly beefed it up with the addition of Kelly-Dawn Hellmrich’s bass. But what really sends this cover into the stratosphere is Georgia Maq’s incredible voice.

The band completed a national tour earlier this month, following on from a very busy 12 months, which included sending their debut album into the ARIA charts, launching their own zine, and headlining a fundraiser to help women in music.

We recently ran through a few of our favourite Like A Version covers of the year so far, including Sarah Blasko’s incredible David Bowie cover, Guy Sebastian linking up with Paces, and Hey Geronimo mashing up Courtney Barnett and Regurgitator.

Check out our list of the best triple j Like A Version covers of 2016 so far!


Brexit and bigotry (crosspost from CT) "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Following my previous post, I’d like to add a bit more to the debate about Brexit and migration. On this issue, a common defence of the Leave campaign is that the central concern was about the need to cut the number of migrants to the UK so as to reduce competition for jobs. The plausibility of this defence has been undercut by recent negotiations, widely reported in the Australian press, but largely ignored by British media.

Prior to the Brexit vote, and constrained by freedom of movement within the EU, the Cameron government sought to address these concerns by imposing stringent restrictions on non-EU migrants, notably including Australians. Unsurprisingly, Australians weren’t happy about this, and the Australian government voiced these concerns.

But, given the validation of concerns about migration by the Brexit votes, and renewed pledges to cut net migration, you might have expected Australia to get short shrift from the new government. Not a bit of it. On the contrary it seems pretty clear that the hoped-for cut in EU migration will allow more room for Australians (someone has to do all those jobs, after all). Boris Johnson has been explicit about this, but what really matters are the favorable noises coming from Home Secretary Amber Rudd, whose portfolio covers migration.

The underlying idea, again made explicit by Johnson, is a restoration of free movement within the ‘white Commonwealth’ (Australia, New Zealand, Canada and Britain). This would take British migration policy back to the line advocated by Enoch Powell in the 1960s, and arguably further back than that.

It’s easy enough to point out the racism* implicit in Johnson’s position. But, as I said in my previous post, that has to be the starting point, not the end point. It’s necessary to respond to the particular form of racism present here, and show that it’s untenable. The assumption underlying Johnson’s position is that it’s possible to operate a large scale migration program in a way that avoids explicit discrimination, but ensures that only “people like us” get in.

One illustration of the problem, put very neatly by one of my Twitter commenters, is that Johnson might be surprised at the range of colours young Australians come in these days (unlike the largely Anglo-Celtic society he apparently visited as a youth). The same is true of New Zealand and, I think, of Canada. Free migration to the UK will bring in plenty of the people that the Brexiteers want to keep out.

On the other side of the coin, there’s the irony that the Polish government (along with the rest of the Visegrad group) is simultaneously ready to fight to the end for the principle of free movement within the EU and to resist demands that Poland should take its share of refugees from Syria. This kind of hypocrisy is, if not the norm, at least very common among supporters of discriminatory immigration policies: they are keen to keep others out of their own patch, but resentful of any constraints on their own freedom of movement. That makes sense from a viewpoint of racial/tribal superiority, but it’s hard to see any other basis for it.

The contradictions inherent in racism and tribalism mean that it can’t be sustained for long as a basis for policy, as it will need to do if Brexit is to work. But that doesn’t mean it can’t do an awful lot of damage in the meantime.

* Writing this, I realised that someone would be bound to raise the point that, as white Christians, Poles could not be the subject of racism or religious bigotry. Anyone thinking...


Kev Carmody headlines 2017 Yabun Festival "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Renowned Aboriginal troubadour, Kev Carmody, will headline the 15th annual Yabun Festival in Sydney on January 26, 2017. Other artists who will perform at Yabun Festival in 2017 include Red Ochre and Deadly Award winning country music artist Warren H Williams (joined by emerging artist Dani Young), Aboriginal rock ‘n’ roll icon Vic Simms, Sydney based blues artist Marlene Cummins, soul music performer and former The X-Factor star Rochelle Pitt, National Indigenous Music Award winning hip hop artist Philly, and popular reggae/dub band Oka.

Kev Carmody grew up in the Western Darling Downs area of Southern Queensland, his initial inspirations coming from the rural and oral traditions of his Irish and Aboriginal grandparents. Kev released his first album ‘Pillars of Society’ in 1988 and is among the most esteemed Australian singer songwriters and Aboriginal musicians. In 2009, Kev was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame.

“The music of Kev Carmody has impacted countless people over the past four decades, Indigenous and non-Indigenous alike, he is one of our most treasured and significant Australian artists and we are absolutely thrilled to have Kev as our headliner for the 2017 Yabun Festival,” said Yabun Festival Producer, Miah Wright.

Established in 2001, Yabun (meaning ‘music to a beat’ in Gadigal language) is one of the nation’s largest annual Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural gatherings, and Sydney’s biggest Aboriginal music event. Held each year on January 26 at Victoria Park in Camperdown, Yabun Festival is a free event that features live music, a bustling stalls market, panel discussions and community forums on Aboriginal issues, a wide range of children’s activities including art, sport and culture workshops, and traditional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural performances staged at the Corroboree Ground. In 2016, over 20 000 people attended Yabun.

“As well as featuring some real legends of Aboriginal music, Yabun will be showcasing plenty of emerging talent in 2017, and the Corroboree Ground will once again bring traditional Aboriginal culture to the heart of Sydney, Yabun welcomes all people to join us for this one of a kind celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures,” said Ms Wright.

Former Yabun Festival headline performers have included Bart Willoughby, Archie Roach, Dan Sultan and Jessica Mauboy. The 2017 Yabun Festival will take place at Victoria Park in Camperdown, Sydney, on January 26, beginning at 10:00am and finishing at 6:00pm. Yabun Festival is supported by Australia Council, City Of Sydney, Arts NSW, Destination NSW, NSW Aboriginal Land Council, and the Department of Aboriginal Affairs.


Indigenous rangers to pass down knowledge to combat bushfires and more Zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Indigenous rangers in North Stradbroke Island are passing down their traditional knowledge down to the Queensland Parks and Wildfire Service in an effort to better manage bushfires. Image source: wikimedia

Indigenous rangers to pass down traditional knowledge

North Stradbroke Island Indigenous rangers will pass down traditional knowledge on the management of bushfires to the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service.

The skills of the Quandamooka rangers are set to be utilised in a partnership with Redland City Council.

Joint management coordinator of the Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation, Darren Burns, spoke to the ABC, saying fires in North Stradbroke are a severe problem.


Ireland Begins Arresting Top Bankers "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

From Ireland is following in Iceland’s footsteps by jailing its top bankers responsible for the 2008 financial crash.  Following from last year’s mass incarceration of...

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Friday 9am Bulletin "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has received a ceremonial welcome to the Pentagon after arriving in Washington DC.

A 22 year old woman from Salisbury North was arrested this morning after a stabbing in Para Hills last night.

Federal Education Minister Simon Birmingham will meet with state education ministers in Adelaide today after slamming Labor’s Gonski funding model.

The safety inspection company prosecuted over the death of a young girl, who was flung from a ride at the Royal Adelaide Show in 2014, are able to argue the given charges before the South Australian Industrial Court.

Senior Liberal Christopher Pynne has claimed that Australians have been ‘nervous’ about Islamic terrorism long before Pauline Hanson’s return to politics.

A South Australian woman will open a safe house in Regional South Australia, contributing to the fight against domestic violence.

Free mental health services in Adelaide’s inner south are in doubt as the community team are forced to relocate further south.

A South Australian woman will open a safe house to help stop domestic violence.

In Sport…

South Australian BMX rider Sam Willoughby has no movement from his chest down, after a training accident in the United States.

The AFL preliminary final weekend begins tonight at the MCG with the Geelong Cats taking on the Sydney Swans, the game begins at 7:50PM local time.

Not-for-profit organisation Disability Recreation Sports SA will attempt to break a wheelchair basketball world record in a fundraising campaign.

News Reader: Jake Bell. Sports Reader: Teagan Short. Producer: Georgia Roberts. Web Editor: Jake Bell. Journalists: Chloe Holmes, Georgia Roberts, Jake Bell, Teagan Short.


Federal Labor MP requests unemployed to fix backpacker gap and more Zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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Federal Labor MP requests unemployed to fill backpacker gap

Federal Labor MP Brian Mitchell is requesting for unemployed Australians to fill the backpacker gap by working on Tasmanian farms.

This comes after the confusion over the Government’s planned backpacker tax.


Turnbull’s addresses almost empty United Nations "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Contributed by Jim Hayes Australia’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull addressed the United Nations. Just as well the room was nearly empty. He focused on the...

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Australia’s Port of Melbourne sold for $7.3bn to investors "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


The Port of Melbourne has been sold for $7.3 billion to Chinese and Australian sovereign wealth funds and other investors. It is Australia’s biggest container and cargo port where 3,000 ships dock annually.

This is one of the biggest privatization deals in Australian history, falling short of the sale of the electricity grid company Transgrid for $10.3 billion last November.

The Port of Melbourne was sold at a higher price than the Australian government had expected.

“The lease, worth in excess of $9.7 billion, reflects strong bidder interest and the port’s value, as the biggest container and cargo port in the country,” the government said.

The takeover may be seen as a sign that investors are seeking safe havens in times of turbulence on the markets.

“Equity markets are starting to realize that they’re going to live in an environment where returns are going to be lower for longer, and they’re looking for secure investments,” Australia’s Treasurer Tim Pallas told Reuters.

According to Pallas, China Investment Corp will get a fifth of the port. A similar share will go to Australia’s sovereign wealth fund, The Future Fund, and Canada’s Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System.

The sale comes weeks after Australia stopped the Chinese buying a majority stake in the state-owned power network Ausgrid. At the time, China’s commerce ministry said the rejection “seriously impacts the willingness of Chinese companies to invest in Australia.”


“The Port of Melbourne has been sold for $7.3 billion to Chinese and Australian sovereign wealth funds and other investors.”

chinese eh?

“This is one of the biggest privatization deals in Australian history”

selling the farm!

“According to Pallas, China Investment Corp will get a fifth of the port. A similar share will go to Australia’s sovereign wealth fund, The Future Fund, and Canada’s Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System.”



Filed under: Australia, Canada, China, World News


Does Lismore have its own Uluru? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Bundjalung elder Mickey Ryan in the area of the plateau where rockwalls are located. (Darren Coyne)

Bundjalung elder Mickey Ryan in the area of the plateau where rockwalls are located. (Darren Coyne)

By Darren Coyne

Archeologists investigating ancient stonewalls and other sites on the North Lismore Plateau believe the area could be as culturally significant as Uluru.

Led by Bundjalung elder Mickey Ryan, the archeologists from Tocomwall Pty Ltd visited the plateau yesterday as part of a survey of the area’s cultural landscape.

Mr Ryan has been leading the fight to stop a 1500 dwelling development proposed by the Lismore City Council and local landowners.

The council has rezoned the plateau for residential development and has said that development applications would be lodged before the end of the year.

A section of the rockwalls which archeologists believe pre-date European contact. (Darren Coyne)

A section of the rockwalls which archeologists believe pre-date European contact. (Darren Coyne)

But Scott Franks, managing director of Tocomwall, an Aboriginal cultural heritage consultancy firm that provides archeological, ecological and cultural heritage services across Australia, yesterday told Echonetdaily that such a development would be desecration.

‘I believe it’s as significant as Uluru. I’ve never seen anything like this and I grew up with my old people walking the country. I’ve been in the army and all over Australia and I’ve never seen anything like it … especially not in New South Wales,’ Mr Franks said.

‘I believe it’s highly significant and the council should be turning their minds to ways to protect this. If this area is cleaned up and managed properly, and the right protocols are put in place with the right knowledge holders, I think it could be an unbelievable teaching area for archeology, and also for tourism.’

‘The council needs to get with it and understand what they’ve got here but it seems they haven’t got a clue.’

Tocomwall’s senior archeologist Jakub Czastka, who trained at the Institute of Archeology in London, said the site should be properly surveyed and protected.

‘What I’ve seen up there in terms of the wall alignments and the features most certainly do not conform to European or post-contact practice,’ he said.

Mr Czastka dismissed a previous theory that the stonewalls could have been Chinese market gardens.

‘They are located at the top of a slope and there is no soil build-up behind the walls. If they were gardens they would have been built further down the slope to contain soil,’ he said.

‘The only interpretation you can put on those stone alignments, even though we saw only a small section of them, is tha...


Quality concerns as solar module prices hit rock bottom "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

As module makers search for a "market of last resort," Australia's reputation as a dumping ground for sub-standard modules could be a cause for concern.


Solar can power African homes for $56 per year, says IRENA "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Solar's increasing affordability is making it a popular energy source in many parts of Africa, finds IRENA.


Friday 8am Bulletin "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Federal Education Minister Simon Birmingham will meet with state education ministers in Adelaide today after slamming Labor’s Gonski funding model.

The safety inspection company prosecuted over the death of a young girl, who was flung from a ride at the Royal Adelaide Show in 2014, are able to argue the given charges before the South Australian Industrial Court.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has received a ceremonial welcome to the Pentagon after arriving in Washington DC.

Free mental health services in Adelaide’s inner south are in doubt as the community team are forced to relocate further south.

Senior Liberal Christopher Pynne has claimed that Australians have been ‘nervous’ about Islamic terrorism long before Pauline Hanson’s return to politics.

A South Australian woman will open a safe house to help stop domestic violence.

In Sport…

South Australian BMX rider Sam Willoughby has no movement from his chest down, after a training accident in the United States.

Members of Australia’s Paralympics team have started to arrive home after the event held its closing ceremony last weekend.

The AFL preliminary final weekend begins tonight at the MCG with the Geelong Cats taking on the Sydney Swans, the game begins at 7:50PM local time.

News Reader: Jake Bell. Sports Reader: Teagan Short. Producer: Georgia Roberts. Web Editor: Jake Bell. Journalists: Chloe Holmes, Georgia Roberts, Jake Bell, Teagan Short.


Tesla software update 8.0 revamps interface, enhances owner experience & safety for all vehicles "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Software update 8.0 kicks off a significant over-the-air overhaul of the Tesla touchscreen and introduces the biggest UI revamp since the launch of Model S.


Paper terrorism’ case leads to charge against Freeman on the Land member "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

45-year-old Alberta man charged with intimidation of a peace officer

By Mack Lamoureux, Wallis Snowdon, CBC News Posted: Sep 21, 2016 Police say Allen Boisjoli conducted a campaign of 'paper terrorism' against the justice system and a peace officer after he received a speeding ticket.

Police say Allen Boisjoli conducted a campaign of ‘paper terrorism’ against the justice system and a peace officer after he received a speeding ticket.

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Widespread flooding continues to ravage New South Wales, Australia "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Floodwater continues to ravage Australia's New South Wales and meteorologists warn more rain is on the way. Since the flooding started three weeks ago, there have been 81 flood rescues and 1 811 calls for assistance to the SES. Widespread overnight rainfall of...... Read more »


Secrecy surrounding drug discovery – Professor Matthew Todd "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The secrecy that surrounds the pharmaceutical industry’s discoveries of new medicines can often mean that some diseases are not prioritised and unclear areas of science are deemed too risky. Researchers say having an open source drug discovery system could lead to quicker and cheaper therapies and deliver the drugs we actually need. Senior Lecturer in Organic Chemistry at the University of Sydney, Professor Matthew Todd, joined Ian Newton to discuss.

Producer: Johanna White

Image: Nexium by Rennett Stowe (CC)


Bigger than Brown Mountain! "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Friday, September 23, 2016

Our Supreme Court case against VicForests did not settle at court-ordered mediation on 24th August. EEG and our team of excellent lawyers were planning to be back in the Melbourne Supreme Court again on October 26th to again argue the case.

BUT the Court adjourned our case due to ongoing DELWP investigations and VicForests disclosing new documents this week. We will be heading off to the Melbourne Supreme Court on 5th December now - for an 8 day trial. We will be arguing that VicForests failed to identify and protect threatened plants and animals at logging coupes in the Kuark forests. This is going to be an important case for threatened species protection in Victoria.

EEG and our lawyers are set to go, but we do need your help - in a big way.
A very generous supporter has offered us a matching dollar for dollar donation of up to $10,000. But she needs to know we have public support. That means if we can raise $10,000 from our members and followers, it will actually give us $20,000 to help our case! Good deal?
As donations to EEG are tax-deductible you can also claim them back when you do your tax.

The case will raise legal questions that we hope will provide findings with wider ramifications than just in the disputed areas, as with the Brown Mountain findings. Those findings resulted in VicForests carrying out (limited) pre-logging surveys that it never had done in the past.
The values in dispute this time are:

  • Yellow-bellied Gliders
  • Long-footed Potoroo,
  • A new species of fish
  • Two new species of crayfish
  • Rainforest
  • Black fellows hemp
  • Slender Tree Fern
  • Large Brown Tree-frog

We will be presenting the case for threatened wildlife, rainforest, and the need for pre-logging surveys in the Kuark (Koo-ark) forest. We believe VicForests failed to identify protected plants and animals in areas of rich, wet forests it planned to clearfell. We also argue that after these values were identified, in many cases by volunteer citizen scientists from GECO and FFRC, the response was in some cases inadequate and contrary to VicForests legal obligations.
Of course, we believe we have good evidence or we’d not be taking this on, but we need your help to make sure we have the best possible chance of winning.
As the case is listed for an eight day hearing, that will mean more than a week of intense legal dispute between their barristers and ours. The Honourable Justice Emerton will preside over this case. The public is welcome to sit in and view proceedings at any time.



It Is and It Isn't "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Duchamp: not merely taking the piss
I've an essay with Aeon magazine, written with Graham Priest: "It Is and It Isn't".

We argue that the best way to understand Duchamp's famous readymade 'Fountain" is as a dialetheia: a true contradiction.

A sample:
In 1917 a pivotal event occurred for art and philosophy: Marcel Duchamp unveiled his artwork Fountain in Alfred Stieglitz’s New York studio. This was simply a porcelain urinal, signed ‘R. Mutt’. 
Fountain was notorious, even for avant-garde artists. It has become one of the most discussed works of art of the 20th century. The Society of Independent Artists rejected it, though every artist who paid the exhibition fee was supposed to have their work shown. For almost a century, it has remained a difficult artwork. The philosopher John Passmore summed up Fountain as: ‘a piece of mischief at the expense of the art world’, though many have taken it very seriously. 
No doubt there was some tomfoolery involved – Duchamp did not choose a urinal randomly. Yet there is more to Fountain than nose-thumbing. What makes this artwork so striking is its philosophical contribution. 
Commentators often highlight the influence of Fountain on conceptual art, and this most ‘aggressive’ readymade, as Robert Hughes put it, has certainly had an enduring legacy. In 2004, it was voted the most important 20th-century work by hundreds of art experts. From Andy Warhol to Joseph Beuys to Tracey Emin, this urinal inspired artists to reconsider the traditional artwork. Instead of paintings and sculptures, art was suddenly Brillo boxes, an unmade bed, or a light-bulb plugged into a lemon: ordinary objects, some readymade, removed from their original contexts and placed on display in art galleries. The art critic Roberta Smith sums it up this way: ‘[Duchamp] reduced the creative act to a stunningly rudimentary level: to the single, intellectual, largely random decision to name this or that object or activity “art”.’ As we will see, Duchamp’s choice was not random at all, but Smith’s description points to the broader shock that Duchamp’s work prompted: if this can be art, then anything can. 
Since then, scholars have discussed Fountain to demonstrate a shift away from aesthetics to thought. As the philosopher Noël Carroll notes, it’s possible to enjoy thinking about Duchamp’s work without actually looking at it, which cannot be said for Henri Matisse’s vivid paintings or Barbara Hepworth’s dignified stone sculptures. 
These traditional ideas, as we will see, are all important to Fountain. But they do not go far enough. They treat Fountain as art, but of a mocking sort: a kind of intellectual heckling that nudged artists to taunt and scoff more academically at their own field. Our explanation of the artwork’s power is much more controversial: we believe that Fountain is art only insofar as it is not art. It is what it...


It’s official: Byron shire a foodie’s paradise "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Left to right: Jane Laverty, Byron Shire Council; Frank Boyle and Andrea Boyle – Byron Bay Farmers Markets; Palisa Anderson and Amy Chanta, Jarern Chai Asian Grocer and Boon Café, Haymarket Sydney (who have their farm in Byron Bay); and Mark LaBrooy and Magdala Roze, Three Blue Ducks. Photo supplied

Left to right: Jane Laverty, Byron Shire Council; Frank Boyle and Andrea Boyle – Byron Bay Farmers Markets; Palisa Anderson and Amy Chanta, Jarern Chai Asian Grocer and Boon Café, Haymarket, Sydney (who have their farm in Byron Bay); and Mark LaBrooy and Magdala Roze, Three Blue Ducks. Photo supplied

Byron Bay and the hinterland has won the trophy for outstanding region in recent awards by a prestigious food magazine.

The recent delicious magazine awards honoured the region with several awards.

On hand to collect the trophy was Byron Shire Council’s economic and tourism co-ordinator Jane Laverty.

Ms Laverty said the award caught her completely by surprise.

‘We didn’t nominate. The award came as a result of some of Australia’s most renowned chefs and food industry leaders recognising our industry maturity and passion for food.

‘The combination of our incredible climate and fertile soils has seen our agricultural, valued added producers and the creativity in our restaurants grab the national stage.

‘Where we live is simply magical and it was great to share in the recognition with leading local producers and upcoming chefs,’ she said.

Byron also saw a gold medal win for Salumi Australia Bottarga and Josh Lewis from Fleet in Brunswick Heads being declared winner of the Unearth Next Gen Chef.

Byron Bay Farmers Market was also a finalist.

New local farmer to Byron Palisa Anderson took out the award for outstanding food store, Jarern Chai Asian Grocer and Boon Café Haymarket, where the farm produce is directly supplied to.

Now in its 11th year, the delicious Produce Awards continue to champion the best Australian produce and the people behind it, thanks to a passionate network of food industry experts who nominate outstanding produce and producers from all over Australia.

Ms Laverty said the prestigious national award will allow the area to continue to build the Byron food advantage and help leverage stronger ties to the upcoming 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.

‘Byron has outstanding produce and is a leading Australian foodie region from the farm gate to the restaurant plate.

‘Our shire is truly centre stage and the award is a tribute to industry network group Northern Rivers Food on their hard work.

‘We have a lot to be proud of,’ Ms Laverty said.



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NSW homes evacuated as floodwaters rise "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The SES ferries sheep to safety in the Lachlan region. Photo SES Lachlan Region Facebook page

The SES ferries sheep to safety in the Lachlan region. Photo SES Lachlan Region Facebook page

Sydney [AAP]

At least a hundred homes have been evacuated in the NSW central west and a major freight corridor has been blocked off as floodwaters continue to rise in the region.

Around 170 people in the Ungarie area were forced to leave their properties on Thursday following heavy rainfall and water flowing into the Humbug Creek, and the failure of the town’s sewerage system, according to the State Emergency Service.

The Bureau of Meteorology has warned moderate flooding is already occurring at Forbes Iron Bridge and Cottons Weir, and says major flooding in line with the destructive 1990 floods is expected on Sunday.

Murray Brown, whose property sits near the Lachlan River, told AAP about two-thirds of his land was already underwater.

‘We left our cows in an area just thinking ‘There’s enough feed there for a month, that’ll get us through’,’ Mr Brown told AAP.

‘But here we are three weeks later and the water’s still rising.’

He is now preparing to swim a mob of 60 cattle to higher ground to ride out the rest of the flood period.

Farther south, the Newell Highway has been closed in both directions between West Wyalong and Forbes and will not reopen for several weeks. Diversions are in place but add more than three hours travel time, authorities have warned.

‘The problems that will arise with freight are obvious, but it’s also school holidays,’ Roads Minister Duncan Gay told reporters in Sydney on Thursday.

He has urged travellers who can steer clear of the area to do so.

Meanwhile, Emergency Services Minister David Elliott has again pleaded for residents in affected areas not to enter floodwaters.

Five rescues have taken place in the past 24 hours, and the number of rescues undertaken since the flooding began nearly three weeks ago has topped 80.

‘When you consider that a flood rescue requires four SES officers to retrieve, that means that we’re unnecessarily putting lives at risk,’ he said on Thursday.

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Disease rate higher for Indigenous people "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Photo from the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO)

Photo from the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO)

Belinda Tasker

Sydney [AAP]

Indigenous Australians are more than twice as likely than non-Indigenous people to suffer from diseases, most of which are preventable, a report shows.

The latest snapshot of indigenous health by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare shows while there have been improvements, there remains a wide gap in terms of illnesses and deaths suffered by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders compared with non-indigenous people.

Chronic diseases made up the bulk of diseases among Indigenous Australians, with mental and substance use disorders topping the list followed by injuries, cardiovascular disease, cancer, and respiratory disease.

Overall, indigenous Australians were 2.3 times more likely to have a disease than other Australians, and six times more likely to have diabetes.

AIHW spokesperson Dr Fadwa Al-Yaman said a significant portion of the diseases were preventable.

‘By reducing risk factors such as tobacco and alcohol use, high body mass, physical inactivity and poor diet, over one third of the overall burden for Indigenous Australians could be avoided,’ Dr Al-Yaman said.

Dietary factors contributed to ten per cent of the diseases among indigenous people, while tobacco use was behind two-fifths of cancer, cardiovascular disease and respiratory disease cases.

The report, which was based on data collected in 2011, noted there had been slight improvements in terms of diseases, particularly cardiovascular problems, among Indigenous people since 2003.

However while fewer Indigenous people were dying from diseases, it appeared many were living longer with them.

There were higher rates of diseases among Indigenous people in the Northern Territory and Western Australia compared to those in NSW and Queensland.

Those living in remote and very remote areas were also more likely to have a disease.


* 64 per cent of the total diseases affecting Indigenous Australians are chronic diseases

* Those chronic diseases are:

– 19% mental and substance use disorders

– 15% injuries (including suicide)

– 12% cardiovascular diseases

– 9% cancer

– 8% respiratory diseases

* Males are most likely to have cardiovascular disease

* Females have more blood and metabolic disorders...


Schools funding on ministerial agenda "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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Canberra [AAP]

The nation’s education ministers will grapple with how school funding should be divvied up when they meet on Friday.

Ahead of the Adelaide meeting federal education minister Simon Birmingham released figures he claims show how existing arrangements are a ‘corruption’ of the Gonski funding model.

He wants the states and territories ultimately to sign up to a new arrangement that will tie funding to evidence-based school improvement initiatives.

This includes measures such as testing where Year 1 students are up to with reading and maths and putting in minimum literacy and numeracy requirements for Year 12 school leavers.

He’s also determined that any new agreement will include a guarantee from the states and territories that they’ll maintain the real level of per-student funding.

A new funding deal needs to be in place by the start of the 2018 school year.

State and territory leaders and the prime minister are expected to finalise the deal at their first COAG meeting in 2017, likely to be in March or April.

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Finally The Russians Have Caught On That Negotiation With Washington Is Pointless "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Finally The Russians Have Caught On That Negotiation With Washington Is Pointless

If the dumbshit Western peoples and the corrupt EU, UK, Canadian, Japanese, and Australian political puppets don’t wake up ASAP, war will be upon us, a war that cannot be won.

The criminal neoconservatives must immediately be removed from power in Washington before the insane fools start World War 3. The CIA and the Pentagon must be put under tight constraints. And Donald Trump needs a massive trustworthy security guard. The European governments need to immediately disband the NATO alliance. Life on the planet is at stake.
No more provocations from Washington. Period. The insanity must stop. Now.

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On the Thermodynamic Black Hole….. "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

I recently heard Dmitry Orlov speaking to Jim Kunstler regarding the Dunbar Number in which he came up with the term ‘Thermodynamic Trap’. As the ERoEI of every energy source known to humanity starts collapsing over the energy cliff, I thought it was more like a thermodynamic black hole, sucking all the energy into itself at an accelerating pace… and if you ever needed proof of this blackhole, then Alice Friedemann’s latest book, “When the trucks stop running” should do the trick.


Alice Friedemann

Chris Martenson interviewed Alice in August 2016 about the future of the trucking industry in the face of Peak Oil, especially now the giant Bakken shale oil field in the US has peaked, joining the conventional oil sources. This podcast is available for download here.trucks_stop_running

Alice sees no solutions through running trucks with alternative energy sources or fuels. I see an increasing number of stories about electric trucks, but none of them make any sense because the weight of the batteries needed to move such large vehicles, especially the long haul variety, is so great it hardly leaves space for freight.

A semi trailer hauling 40 tonnes 1000km needs 1000L of liquid fuel to achieve the task. That’s 10,000kWh of electric energy equivalent. Just going by the Tesla Wall data sheet, a 6.4kWh battery pack weighs in at 97kg. So at this rate, 10,000kWh would weigh 150 tonnes….. so even to reduce the weight of the battery bank down to the 40 tonne carrying capacity of the truck, efficiency would have to be improved four fold, and you still wouldn’t have space for freight..

There are not enough materials on the entire planet to make enough battery storage to replace oil, except for Sodium Sulfur batteries, a technology I had never heard of before. A quick Google found this…..:

The active materials in a Na/S battery are molten sulfur as the positive electrode and molten sodium as the negative. The electrodes are separated by a solid ceramic, sodium alumina, which also serves as the electrolyte. This ceramic allows only positively charged sodium-ions to pass through. During discharge electrons are stripped off the sodium metal (one negatively charged electron for every sodium atom) leading to formation of the sodium-ions that then move through the electrolyte to the positive electrode compartment. The electrons that are stripped off the sodium metal move through the circuit and then back into the battery at the positive electrode, where they are taken up by the molten sulfur to form polysulfide. The positively charged sodium-ions moving into the positive electrode compartment balance the electron charge flow. During charge this process is reversed. The battery must be kept hot (typically > 300 ºC) to facilitate the process (i.e., independent heaters are part of the battery system). In gener...


President of Nauru mentions West Papua at UN "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


H.E. Mr. Baron Divavesi Waqa, President

21 September 2016 

UN Photo / Download
Statement Summary: 
BARON DIVAVESI WAQA, President of Nauru, said the world was at a crossroads.  The seventy-first 
session of the General Assembly would decide which path to choose, with the Samoa Pathway, 
the 2030 Agenda, the Paris climate agreement, the Addis Ababa Action Agenda and the Sendai 
Framework serving as road maps.  Translating words into action would require directing resources 
where it mattered, but some international funding mechanisms excluded small countries like Nauru 
or proved impossible to access.  Private investment was unreliable and rarely available for basic 


Friday 7am Bulletin "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Federal Education Minister Simon Birmingham will meet with state education ministers in Adelaide today after slamming Labor’s Gonski funding model.

Free mental health services in Adelaide’s inner south are in doubt as the community team are forced to relocate further south.

The safety inspection company prosecuted over the death of a young girl, who was flung from a ride at the Royal Adelaide Show in 2014, are able to argue the given charges before the South Australian Industrial Court.

A Jetstar Airbus A-320 was diverted during a flight from Sydney to Cairns, after a “technical issue” prompted the pilot to shut down one engine.

A South Australian woman will open a safe house to help stop domestic violence.

In Sport…

Members of Australia’s Paralympics team have started to arrive home after the event held its closing ceremony last weekend.

South Australian BMX rider Sam Willoughby has no movement from his chest down, after a training accident in the United States.

News Reader: Jake Bell. Sports Reader: Teagan Short. Producer: Georgia Roberts. Web Editor: Jake Bell. Journalists: Chloe Holmes, Georgia Roberts, Jake Bell, Teagan Short.


A free trade agreement with Great Britain enslaves us as an “economic colony” "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Bob-Katter-006When Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull met British Prime Minister Theresa May two weeks ago he hoped to secure a “strong” free trade agreement between Australia and Britain. KAP Member for Kennedy believes Australia will only end up worse off and “political interference” is not required to take advantage of #Brexit trade opportunities.

Mr Katter said, “We are the weakest trading nation on earth and we should despise free trade deals. Free trade deals are the ceding of our sovereignty.

“Free trade deals have proved disastrous for Australia. Every single report that’s come out indicates Australia comes off second best.

“Our leaders are so mind numbingly stupid they actually think that a free trade deal wins them votes in Australia. When Prime Minister Abbott stood up and signed a free trade deal with China, he was gone within five or six weeks. Hardly the stuff of winning the hearts and minds.

“The British have made their statement with #Brexit. We as a nation have to grow up and cease to be an economic colony.

“I think the UK offers splendid opportunities for our beef our sugar and to a lesser extent our dairy products.

“Effectively sugar was not allowed into the EU. I will be seeking discussion with Queensland Sugar Limited to move aggressively to capture this market. The deal should not be with government, the deal is with purchasers of sugar in Great Britain, and the soft drink manufactures, the supermarket retailers, the confectionary manufactures. We don’t need political interference.

“Britain joining the EU saw around 25 per cent of Australia’s beef exports vanish overnight, collapsing our beef market to the point where I missed the sale day in Julia Creek where a competitor of mine bought 1000 cows for a dollar a head, they’d been $70 the year before. That was the damage of Britain going into the EU, whilst the benefits won’t be as great with them coming out; it is still wonderful news for the consumers of Great Britain. They’ll get their sugar at half the price they’ve been paying and their beef with a very formidable drop in price indeed.”




Katter: Over the next 20 years most of Australia’s farmland will be foreign owned

07 September 2016 KAP Member for Kennedy would like to remind people that the last disclosure of foreign ownership released by the Government in 2013 showed 12.4 per cent foreign ownership of all agricultural land.

Mr Katter said, “The 2013 report said 12.4 per cent so we’ve had an increase to 13.6. Over the next 20 years most of Australia’s farmland will be foreign owned. Nearly a 1.2 per cent increase in two years.”

Mr Katter does not think the findings of the report tell a story of modesty as some elements of the Government are trying to frame it, “30 per cent of NTs farmland is foreign owned, 22 per cent of Tassie – that’s extraordinary!

“Forget about your grandkids getting on to the land, that can’t happen, they can’t compete. In most of these countries buying into Australia, they can borrow money at 2.5 to 3.5 per cent. In Australia, it is impossible to borrow money for agriculture for less than 8 per cent, which gives our competitors a massive advantage.”

Mr Katter thinks it is irrelevant if the UK, US or China own more of Australia, “Ted Theodore’s Government took all the land off our British Landlords and Masters and parcelled...


Nationals’ push to wind back daylight saving ridiculed "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Nationals MP for Tweed, Geoff Provest.

Nationals MP for Tweed, Geoff Provest.

Tweed MP Geoff Provest is backing a push by a National Party colleague to wind back daylight saving by a month saying the last month is ‘a pain and drags on too long’.

Nationals MLC Trevor Khan yesterday unveiled plans for a bill to be debated in coming weeks in state parliament to cut back on daylight saving time (DST) because he says it’s an unfair burden on people in the state’s west.

Daylight saving runs from the first Sunday of October to the first in April, but under the plan backed by the National MPs it would be wound back to end in March.

But the plan has been lambasted by the opposition in parliament and described as ‘a thought bubble gone too far’.

Mr Khan claimed that for people living on the western border of NSW ‘the sun gets up up to 50 minutes later in the day than in the eastern seaboard’ and that ending it earlier would mean they were ‘less likely to be getting up in the dark, kids are less likely to be riding the bus in darkness’.

He said it was a common complaint by country MPs who had ‘generally stopped arguing about daylight savings in general but that last month is grinding a lot of people down’.

Mr Khan’s plans were lambasted and met with shouts of derision from the opposition benches, according to a Fairfax Media report.

Shadow treasurer Ryan Park said ’this idea is a thought bubble gone too far… there’s been no thought about the impacts that changing daylight saving times would have on the state’s economy’.

Mr Provest issued a press release backing the move, saying he was ’hopeful’ daylight saving would end earlier if the bill was successful.

‘While the issue of daylight saving always provokes a passionate debate – some people love it and some want it gone completely – most people agree that the last month is a pain, it simply drags on for too long’, Mr Provest said.

He said the bill ‘essentially reverses the extension to daylight saving which was pushed through Parliament with little consultation in 2007’.

‘I’ve been working on this legislation with my Nationals colleagues from country NSW, particularly the new Parliamentary Secretary for Northern NSW, Adam Marshall, who has also been a passionate advocate for change,’ he said.

‘The majority of residents in Tweed don’t have a problem with daylight saving as such, but become frustrated with the confusion caused by the different time zone in Queensland for much of the year.

‘The consequences are not only social but are also economic, impacting on business, and disrupting family life in this cross-border community,’ Mr Provest said.

‘I think it’s a good comprise [sic]. We’ll still have five months of daylight saving but the final and most troublesome month will be removed.’

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How Black Athletes Could Create a Watershed in Activist History "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

There’s the potential at this juncture for bold black athletes to blend many identity issues and address concerns about Mother Earth simultaneously.

— Organizer for the 2016 Facing Race national conference, which will take place November 10-12 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Let’s think about fighting the good fight really well ringing the public bell from an entirely new angle.

In the 60s, when I was writing for Nat Fleischer, the Ring Magazine publisher and eventual inductee into the Boxing Hall of Fame, the old man told me about how Heavyweight Champion of the world Jack Johnson managed to secure a shot at the title in an age when white heavyweight champions routinely avoided the stiff competition offered up by “Negroes” of the day. Johnson had his way with racist champ Tommy Burns once he caught up with him in Australia — having followed him throughout England, Ireland and France — but he wouldn’t have had a chance in hell at winning that championship belt if he had not shamed him into defending his title, brazenly belittling Burns in public. Calling a spade a spade, as it were.

Boastful, arrogant and in-the-face of whites who cruelly ruled the roost and supported the racist professional pugilistic scene in North America, Jack Johnson forced himself into a position where he could be successful, and achieve the legendary status that he eventually did. He even went so far as to intermingle sexually with white women in the journalistic spotlight*, something that was totally verboten in the early 1900s, and for a long time afterwards. In fact, his proactive profile of snubbing traditional societal mores and refusing to play the expected role of a black athlete risked death by lynching.

*Johnson did get slapped with a year and one-day prison sentence for violating the Mann Act in 1912, the authorities having to torture and twist legal parameters to do so.

He wasn’t a Joe Louis or a Floyd Patterson toeing the proper line. And he certainly wasn’t cut of the same cloth as the best black fighters of his time, “Good Negroes” like West Indian Peter Jackson (“shadow” champion during the reign of John L. Sullivan, the first heavyweight champion) and Canadian George “Old Chocolate” Godfrey; they both knew their place, and didn’t push any envelopes. Harry Wills (“shadow” champion during the reign of Jack Dempsey), most boxing experts agree, would have humiliated the racist Manassa Mauler champ in much the same fashion that Johnson humiliated Burns in 1908. And that was true for a number of polite blacks who were denied championship fights, strong legitimate contenders. But they didn’t make any waves outside the ring, like Johnson did (with a smirk), and they so didn’t secure the opportunities they sought.

You might — understandably — ask why I’m going off on all of this boxing history. Well, I could cite counterparts to the history above, as you may know, by drawing from other sports realms too, spotlighting what happened to black jockeys around the same time, and many other sports figures.. The thing is, ALL black athletes today should understand the point that Nat Fleischer made to me shortly before his death. That is, that the blacks who toed the line as per the parameters set by the whites of their times got nowhere. That the breakthrough for Johnson, who became the first Black Heavyweight Champion of the World, becoming a model for Muhammad Ali, was possible only because he took a grand risk.

Colin Kaepernick’s...


10% Of Global Wilderness Has Disappeared Since The 1990s "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


10% of our wilderness has disappeared in the last 25 years. The bad news? We won’t be able to get that back.

By Alexis Henning

A new study undertaken by the School of Geography Planning and Environmental Management at the University of Queensland, Australia, has found that the world has about 10% of its wilderness only in the past 25 years.

James Watson, an associate professor with the study, stated that “without any policies to protect [most of]these areas, they are falling victim to widespread development. We probably only have one or two decades to turn this around”.

Central Africa and the Amazon saw the heaviest wilderness decline. Of the 1.27 million square miles of global wilderness lost since 1990, the Amazon accounted for about 1/3 of it. 14% of the wilderness lost was from Central Africa. Today, there are only 11.6 million square miles of wilderness left, which is about 20% of the Earth’s total land mass.

BEFORE [Liana Joseph]

BEFORE [Liana Joseph]

AFTER [Liana Joseph]

AFTER [Liana Joseph]

Co-author of the study, Oscar Venter, states:

“The amount of wilderness loss in just two decades is staggering.”

Venter is an associate professor of ecosystem science and management at the University of Northern British Colombia.  “We need to recognize that the wilderness areas, which we’ve foolishly considered to be de-facto protected due to their remoteness, is actually being dramatically lost around the world”.


DNA reveals possible link to mysterious branch of humanity "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A group of humans migrating out of Africa some 40,000 to 70,000 years ago mingled with an as-yet unknown branch of humanity, researchers say. Modern humans originated about 150,000 to 200,000 years ago in Africa. However, scientists have long debated when and how the modern human lineage spread out of Africa to nearly every corner of the globe. Nearly everyone outside Africa descended from an exodus that occurred between 40,000 and 70,000 years ago, but recent archaeological findings and climate models suggest that migrations of modern humans from Africa began at least 100,000 years ago. One way to find out whether, in the past, modern humans dispersed from Africa in one wave or many — and to see if they intermingled with any other human lineages along the way — is to examine the genomes of present-day modern humans. "We're interested in understanding how our species has come to be how it is through the lens of ancient DNA," said Swapan Mallick, bioinformatics director at Harvard Medical School in Boston and lead author of one of the three studies appearing in the Sept. 22 issue of the journal Nature. Previous human genetic databases often sampled a relatively narrow range of populations, which could skew results or miss key details about the migrations of modern humans out of Africa. Now, three studies have collected new, high-quality data from 787 human genomes from more than 280 geographically diverse populations around the world, including typically understudied and rapidly disappearing groups. Among the understudied groups researchers looked at are African populations, which have considerable genetic, linguistic and cultural diversity. They also examined genomes from Australia, where previous research uncovered some of the earliest archaeological and fossil evidence of modern humans outside Africa.


1) Solomon Islands Repeats Call for Independent Assessment of West Papua "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

2) Solomon Islands` minister reiterates respect for Indonesian territory

3) Indonesia, PNG to strengthen cooperation for welfare of region

4) Sport: West Papua Warriors to take on PNGs best

Thursday, 22 September 2016 11:03 AM

1) Solomon Islands Repeats Call for Independent Assessment of West Papua

The Solomon Islands representative in Geneva, Switzerland, has repeated calls for Indonesia to allow a UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression to visit West Papua and Papua Provinces.



Open Letter from Mayor Peter Coad to Huon Valley Ratepayers and Residents ... "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Minister for Local Government’s likely decision to recommend to the Governor to dismiss the Huon Valley Council councillors (pursuant to section 226(2) of the Local Government Act 1993) is a course of action that I fully support. I believe dismissal of council would, as the situation stands, be in the best interests of the people of the Huon Valley. I withdrew from the mediation process, ordered by Minister Peter Gutwein, because Heart of the Huon councillors and the general manager have demonstrated no genuine commitment to that process. A clear demonstration of that lack of commitment on the part of most councillors was the decision, at the August 31 ordinary meeting of council, to prevent me, as mayor, from being an ex officio member on council committees. … • Rosalie Woodruff: Huon Valley Ratepayers Shouldn’t Foot Gutwein’s Bill


Harley-Davidson sues to protect logo "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Harley-Davidson bar-and-shield logo

Harley-Davidson bar-and-shield logo

Harley-Davidson is suing international fashion company Forever 21 for allegedly selling jackets with a rip-off of their bar-and-shield logo.

The famous orange and black logo is one of the most recognised in the world and the colours and design have long been trademarked by the American motorcycle manufacturer.

It’s not only one of the world’s most recognised logos, but also one of the most copied and Harley is very protective of its brand.

Harley also sued online retailer Gear Launch and associated companies a month ago for unlawful use of their logo and has previously sued other companies such as American fashion giant Urban Outfitters. This new action serves as a warning of its constant international vigilance over its copyright.

There are so any rip-off Harley products in the world, Harley retains a group of lawyers who actively search for and prosecute offenders.


Harley-Davidson bar-and-shield logo Forever 21 jackets



Sunshine and gold "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Finding the nest of the Eastern Yellow Robin is always a delightful experience. Earlier in the week a rare burst of sunshine drew me to the Rise and Shine in search of this beautiful robin.

This species makes an exquisite nest – stands of grass, moss and fine bark are delicately woven to form the bowl which is then decorated with strips of bark that hang from the outer rim. The Rise and Shine is a great place to observe Eastern Yellow Robins – a series of drainage lines through the reserve are especially favoured.


Eastern Yellow Robin, Rise and Shine, 20th September 2016


The partially constructed nest



Eastern Yellow Robin on nest, Rise and Shine, 20th September 2016









Did you notice the leg-band on the first image?

Other birds seen and heard: Sacred Kingfisher (an early arrival), Horsfield’s Bronze-cuckoo, White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike, Collared Sparrowhawk, Dusky Woodswallow, Fan-tailed Cuckoo, Laughing Kookaburra and suite of the usual honeyeaters.



Bartering on Refugees: The Costa Rica Solution "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

We will also participate in a US-led program to re-settle Central American refugees currently in a resettlement centre in Costa Rica. Malcolm Turnbull, Australian PM, Sep 21, 2016 It used to be claimed that you could not let the former…


Happy Equinox! "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Happy equinox everyone. For us in the southern hemisphere, it is ostara, the spring equinox, celebration of babies of every species (and rabbits and eggs). Celebration that life renews over and over, generation begatting generation into not just the 7th generation but forever. A good moment to reflect that this is sacred and our sacred duty to protect.


What's in a name? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

What do Michael Nicholas Felson formerly known as Nikytas Nicholas Petroulias and United Land Councils Pty Limited have in common?

They have both used this address in New Zealand - 1173 Motueka Valley Highway, Motueka 7196, New Zealand - as their residential or business address.

1173 Motueka Valley Highway, Motueka, New Zealand

What do these individuals have in common besides the name "Nicholas" and why are people asking that question?

Nicholas Peterson and Michael Nicholas Felson, formerly Nikytas Nicholas Petroulias.

Perhaps a North Coast Voices reader has the answer to this particular little mystery and will enlighten us all. 


The SUWA Show (September 2016) : Rigaer94 + "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

On this month’s edition of Floating Anarchy on The SUWA Show (5.30pm /// Friday, September 23 /// 855AM /// streaming live on 3CR), Dr Cam and I have a yarn with uber-special-lovely-Berlin-squatter-guests Lukas, Patrick & Rizo all about Rigaer94, squatting … Continue reading


Singing fish: Fish recorded singing dawn chorus on reefs just like birds "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The ocean might seem like a quiet place, but listen carefully and you might just hear the sounds of the fish choir. Most of this underwater music comes from soloist fish, repeating the same calls over and over. But when the calls of different fish overlap, they form a chorus. Robert McCauley and colleagues at Curtin University in Perth, Australia, recorded vocal fish in the coastal waters off Port Headland in Western Australia over an 18-month period, and identified seven distinct fish choruses, happening at dawn and at dusk. You can listen to three of them here:


The day White Privilege made me ‘dead on the inside’ "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The demography of this nation is not reflected in our parliaments, which remain the citadels of White Privilege, bastions unleashing vice like assimilation. The racists of my generation are the parliamentarians of today. They may disguise themselves as ‘progressives’ but they perpetuate racism. Those who control the Australia we live in carry on with a […]


The Connection Between Jacob Wetterling and JonBenet Ramsey "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Two cases- both freezing cold- suddenly solved within a month of each other. Hmmmm

I couldn’t understand why they are suddenly “solving” these cases- but now I understand. The common denominator in BOTH of these cases is that the REAL perps are connected to this government sanctioned MKUltra program (as Monarch isn’t real- but is used commonly by many) and child sex trafficking. THIS is why they are suddenly focusing on these cases- because my father was DEFINITELY involved- and although I do not know much about the JonBenet Ramsey case- this assertion that she was murdered by a NINE YEAR OLD BOY- who was not only able to murder her but COMPLETELY COVER IT UP is SO ABSURD it defies reality, I am pretty sure that Timothy Holmseth is probably onto something.

But it is THIS they are trying to cover up- and not very well I might add.

“Timothy Charles Holmseth, an author and journalist from East Grand Forks, Minnesota, received a threatening telephone message today from an unidentified caller after publishing a story that links the JonBenet Ramsey murder to a CIA behavioral engineering program called Project Monarch”


Don’t get caught up on a name. No- the name Monarch ISN’T real. It is a name that has been used because it makes people think of butterflies. It was used the SAME WAY Stranger Things on Netflix is being used. They are trying to normalize it and make it seem cool- because who WOULDN’T want to be like Nine? What they have been doing- AND STILL ARE- is VERY real, but the name Monarch is most definitely not.

And the only job police are doing with this is covering it up- unless of course you believe this socially awkward adult- who doesn’t possess the cognitive abilities NOW- AS AN ADULT- to pull this off was a GENIUS murderer at the age of NINE.

And far as MKUltra- we can’t forget Sarah Kershaw- who was investigating it and it’s connections to secret microwave weapons that our media has just said in the past month or so that not only do they exist- but that they are going to be used on US citizens to show the rest of the world THAT THEY ARE SAFE!


Turning tide: Young adults switching off social media apps say their lives have improved "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Our love of social media seems to have grown and grown in the past decade, but recent studies show the tide may be turning for some platforms, with young people in particular ditching Facebook. One study claims that more than 11 million teenagers left Facebook between 2011 and 2014. It's been argued that they are swapping public platforms such as Twitter and Instagram for more private messaging apps like WhatsApp and Snapchat. We asked the Guardian's younger readers whether they have quit social media and why, as well as what apps they are ditching. Almost all reported a greater sense of happiness after going offline. Here, we share some of their experiences. Daisy, 23, Manchester: 'I feel less anxious and less like a failure' After a romance ended with a guy I really liked, I kept trying to avoid Facebook so I wouldn't have to see him. It was after this that I gradually switched off from it, but before that I'd been wanting to quit for a while. Facebook made me feel anxious, depressed and like a failure. When I went online it seemed like everyone was in Australia or Thailand, and if they weren't travelling they were getting engaged or landing great jobs. I felt like everyone was living the dream and I was still at home with my parents, with debt from my student loan hanging over me. I also felt that if I wasn't tagging myself at restaurants or uploading photos from nights out, people would assume I wasn't living. I remember a friend from uni said to me once, "Yeah, but you're still going out having fun, I've seen on Facebook." I tried to present myself as always having a great time. If my status didn't get more than five likes, I'd delete it.


The United Nations clearly recognises that Coalition prime ministers may have changed but the Australian Government continues to be a bad international citizen "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


Australian Prime Minister John Anthony "Tony" Abbott
69th Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, 25 September 2014
Speaking to a near empty hall


Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Bligh Turnbull
71st Session of United Nations General Assembly in New York, 22 September 2016
Speaking to a near empty hall


South Australian motorists are wondering why their NSW cousins have a workable Fuel Check and they do not "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

One of North Coast Voices South Australian readers alerted us to this.


ABC News, 24 December 2015:

Motorists will soon have access to the same petrol price information as retailers, under a deal brokered by the competition watchdog.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has reached agreement with petrol price information service Informed Sources and four major petrol retailers to make almost real-time data available to motorists.

Currently, the retailers have exclusive access to information about petrol price moves within 15-30 minutes of when they occur through Informed Sources.

Under the deal, Informed Sources will make the same information available to consumers for free and to third parties on commercial terms.

The ACCC's chairman Rod Sims told ABC News that this will facilitate improved competition amongst petrol retailers.

"Consumers will have the information to shop and get the best deal, that will improve competition on the ground," he argued.

"Secondly, ourselves and motoring organisations and others will be able to see exactly what's going on, who's leading prices up, who's leading prices down."

See: Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC), Petrol price information sharing proceedings resolved




An Interview With Dr. Andrew Wakefield: Why We Need Safe Vaccines Immediately — and How to Make it Happen "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


September 23rd, 2016 By Carolanne Wright Contributing writer for Wake Up World The question of vaccination has polarized parents across the U.S. and beyond for years. In one arena, parents feel itâŹ"s an absolute necessity to have children vaccinated, for the benefit of public good in stopping preventable diseases. These parents typically support the idea of mandatory vaccinations ......


Our Perception of Leadership Needs to Change If We Are To Change The World "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


September 23rd, 2016 By Tim Bryant Guest writer for Wake Up World âŹSPoor leaders push us towards the goal. Great leaders guide us along the journey.⏠⏠Simon Sinek When we think of world leaders, what often comes to mind? According to Forbes, the top ten qualities of good leaders are honesty, delegation, communication, confidence, ...Continue Reading - Our Perception of Leadership Needs to Change If We Are To Change The World


Neurosurgeon Reveals Radiation from Wi-Fi, Smart Meters and Cell Phones Cause the Blood-Brain Barrier to Leak "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


September 23rd, 2016 By Marco Torres Guest writer for Wake Up World Dr. Leif Salford is a Neurosurgeon at Sweden’s Lund University Hospital, and a Professor and Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery at Lund University. Since 1988 Dr. Salford and his colleagues have conducted many studies on radio frequency radiation and its effects on the ...Continue Reading - Neurosurgeon Reveals Radiation from Wi-Fi, Smart Meters and Cell Phones Cause the Blood-Brain Barrier to Leak


The School System: The Incarceration of Children "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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Vic police suspended for leaking info "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

There are plenty more actions of police corruption that the corporate media has not reported.

One example is one that occurs every day in the so called (kangaroo) courts of Australia.

For one the police swear an oath to a false entity namely the Queen of Australia.

As of 2013 Victoria Police was made a corporation with a CEO, arising from the Victoria Police Act 2013.

Is the corporate media protecting the names of criminals in Victoria Police?

Normally the corporate media publishes the names of (alleged) criminals in society.

When you are taken to court for an alleged criminal offence, you do not know (the legal name of the person) who takes you to court in the case of police, whereas your name is published in the court list.

As an example the name of an officer is published as P. Smith, which is NOT a legal name.

See article from from 22 September 2016 of the headline:

Vic police suspended for leaking info

Four serving police officers and a former officer are being investigated in Victoria over drug use and the leaking of police information to criminals.
Search warrants were executed at five Melbourne properties on August 17 and the five were all interviewed and released as part of an ongoing investigation, Victoria Police say.

"The arrests and searches relate to a protracted investigation into the improper release of police information to people not entitled to be in possession of such information, including criminals," a police spokesman said.

The investigation is also looking at drug use.

The four police officers, a female senior constable and three male detective senior constables, have been suspended with pay pending the outcome of the criminal investigation.

Police would not comment any further, saying it would be inappropriate "as the investigation is ongoing".


US airstrikes on Syrian troops were ‘intentional,’ lasted nearly 1 hour – Assad to AP "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Syrian President Bashar Assad says that US airstrikes which killed 62 Syrian government troops were “intentional†and they lasted for an hour. He added that the US “does not have the will†to join Russia in fighting terrorists in Syria. Article contains video interview of Bashar al-Assad on this matter. (Article first published on RT on 22 Sep, 2016 11:18 at

Speaking to the Associated Press in Damascus, the Syrian leader denied that the airstrikes carried out by the US near Deir ez-Zor on September 17 were an accident. Sixty-two Syrian soldiers were killed and over 100 were injured, according to the Syrian military. Assad said they were “intentionally†targeted.

“It was not an accident by one airplane; it was four airplanes which kept attacking the position of the Syrian troops for nearly one hour or maybe a little bit more than one hour,†Assad told AP, adding they were attacking a large area that “constituted of many hills†adjacent to where the Syrian troops were stationed.

Assad also questioned how IS was able to launch an attack so quickly after the airstrike.

“The IS troops attacked at the very same time as the American strike. How could they know that America was going to attack that position in order to gather their militants right away and attack it one hour after the strike. It was definitely intentional and not unintentional,†he added.

The Pentagon said the airstrikes on Syrian troops were an accident and that they were aimed at Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) terrorists.

Assad also claimed that the US is not interested in fighting terrorists in Syria, saying that Washington “lacks the will†to join Russia in trying to eliminate extremist groups.

“When you have many external factors that you don't control, it's going to drag on and no one in this world can tell you when,†he answered a question about when the war might end.

He also said that the conflict is likely to drag on because the US, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Qatar keep supporting those opposed to Assad’s rule.

The Syrian president dismissed US claims that Russian or Syrian planes were responsible for a fatal attack on an aid convoy which killed 21 people September 19. He said the American accusations have “no credibility†and they are “just lies.â€

“I would say whatever the American officials said about the conflict in Syria has no credibility. Whatever they say is just lies.â€

When pressed about what happened to the aid convoys, Assad said they were passing through rebel-held areas and these “terrorists†were responsible for their security. 

“We don’t have any idea about what happened. The only thing we saw was videos of burnt-out, destroyed trucks and nothing else,†Assad said.

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Scientists Find Fruit In Australia Capable Of Killing Cancer, Mainstream Media Stays Silent "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


“The compound works by three ways essentially: it kills the tumour cells directly, it cuts off the blood supply and it also activates the body’s own immune system to clean up the mess that’s left behind.”

Via TrueActivist



Already, 1 in 2 people is expected to develop cancer in their lifetimes. That’s 50% of all humans on Earth. If a potential cure was found, one would expect to see it broadcasted on every mainstream media site, correct? Unfortunately, that’s not the world we live in. Regardless, this recent discovery is worth knowing about and passing along to others.

According to ABC News, an eight-year-long study led by Dr. Glen Boyle, from the QIMR Berghofer medical research institute in Brisbane, has confirmed that a compound in a rare berry which grows exclusively in Australia is capable of killing tumors. The flushed berry, also known as the Hylandia dockrillii, has a unique compound called EBC-46 that kills head and neck tumors as well as melanomas. In approximately 75% of the cases, says Dr. Boyle, the cancer cells did NOT come back.

He explains:

“There’s a compound in the seed – it’s a very, very complicated process to purify this compound and why it’s there in the first place, we don’t know. The compound works by three ways essentially: it kills the tumour cells directly, it cuts off the blood supply and it also activates the body’s own immune system to clean up the mess that’s left behind.” 

Scientists are astounded by how fast the compound in the flushed berry works, as well as the lack of side effects caused by the treatment. In trials, the drug took effect within five minutes and tumors disappeared within days.



ACT Elections: Sustainable Australia Candidates in all five electorates "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

All five ACT electorates to be contested by Sustainable Australia. Sustainable Australia’s first state/territory campaign will see the party contest all five ACT electorates, represented by a diverse range of candidates from an Indigenous Elder to a 20 year old ANU science student.

Sustainable Australia (ACT) president John Haydon is representing the party in Kurrajong, and says he's delighted to have all five electorates covered in the party's first non-federal campaign.

Mr Haydon says, "Our campaign will focus on three key points: Save Canberra from overdevelopment; Lower rates; and Protect our trees."

"We will provide for proper community consultation in all development applications across the ACT.

"By slowing population growth, we relieve the ACT of the need to build and/or retro-fit so much budget-breaking complex infrastructure - like ever more trams, hospitals and schools. This budget relief will achieve lower rates than would otherwise be the case.

"And by saving Canberra from ever more sprawl and infill overdevelopment we are the only party with a sustainable plan to protect our trees and green space."

Ngunnawal Elder Violet Sheridan is standing for the party in the seat of Yerrabi, covering Gungahlin.

Ms Sheridan says, "It is important to provide better education opportunities for Aboriginal youth and all young Australians, as well as housing affordability for first home buyers and renters. I'm also passionate about protecting the ACT's Aboriginal and European heritage from overdevelopment."

The party's Ginninderra candidate Martin Tye obtained a Bachelor of Applied Science in Geography from the University of Canberra, and also has an extensive background in small business, running successful retail outlets for over 30 years.

"My extensive campaigning around Belconnen has told me that many voters are tired of the same old political choices, and want something different. Most voters want a common sense party from the political centre, and support our aim for an economically, environmentally and socially sustainable ACT," said Mr Tye.

Mr Tye's son Oliver is also running for the party, in Kurrajong in which his university sits.

"I'm loving studying science at ANU but would go to part-time study if I had the privilege of representing younger voters in the ACT Legislative Assembly," said Mr (Oliver) Tye.

Full details on the campaign can be found at our website:

Policy Platform - Sustainable Australia

Sustainable Australia | Policies

Established in 2010 from the political centre, we aim to secure an economically, environmentally and socially sustainable Australia.

To meet our aims, we have developed a comprehensive policy platform, detailed below.

This includes 10 policy priorities:

  1. Secure jobs in a more diverse economy, underpinned by small business
  2. Environmental restoration with a renewable energy revolution and better protection of biodiversity
  3. ...


Where is the CCTV Footage for the 125 Murdered at the Pentagon? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

CCTV of Jill Meagher (L), then  Adrian Bayley (R) By Dee McLachlan Four years ago today (22nd September, 2012), Gillian “Jill” Meagher, a 29 year old Irish woman, was raped and murdered while walking home from a pub in Brunswick, in Melbourne. After she failed to come home, her husband, Tom, reported her as missing, and it soon became a homicide […]


‘Pink, yellow and Red  #17’16/08/15 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

‘Pink, yellow and Red  #17’



‘Ancient humans left Africa once’ "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Human migration out of Africa, picture by P.D. deMenocal and C. Stringer/Nature 2016

From Science News:

Going global

Previous studies have used fossil, archaeological and genetic data to time humans’ colonization of the world (times shown above). New genetic studies may change that map; they suggest small numbers of people left Africa 120,000 years ago, but left little trace in the DNA of present-day people. Most non-Africans inherited their DNA from people who left Africa between about 70,000 and 50,000 years ago, new studies suggest. But a climate study indicates that was the worst possible time for an out-of-Africa migration and suggests people may have left earlier, between 80,000 and 100,000 years ago.

This video says about itself:

Predicted spread of humans around the world | Science News

21 September 2016

Earth wobbles on its axis, causing major climate shifts. Some of those shifts turned the Arabian Peninsula into lush grassland that ancient humans could have traversed as they migrated out of Africa. Researchers at the University of Hawaii at Manoa simulated climate conditions over the last 125,000 years and predicted how those changes would have allowed humans to spread around the globe (increasing intensity of red shows greater predicted migration).

Credit: Tobias Friedrich

The Science News article continues:

Single exodus from Africa gave rise to today’s non-Africans

Genetic data point to a date less than 72,000 years ago but climate scientists disagree

By Tina Hesman Saey

3:28pm, September 21, 2016

One wave of ancient human migrants out of Africa gave rise to all non-Africans alive today, three separate genetic studies conclude.

Those human explorers left Africa about 50,000 to 72,000 years ago, mixed with Neandertals and spread across the world, researchers report online September 21 in Nature. The studies present data from genetically diverse and previously unrepresented populations. Together they offer a detailed picture of deep human history and may settle some long-standing debates, but there is still room to quibble. All non-Africans stem from one major founding population, the studies agree, but earlier human migrations are also recorded in present-day people’s DNA, one study finds. And a fourth study in the same issue of Nature, this one focusing on ancient climate, also makes the case for an earlier exodus.

Scientists have long debated when anatomically m...


Why Is Environmental Damage Of War Considered A Taboo Subject? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

By Diane Mantzaris While Australia’s so called progressive left has been hollering about the environmental damage caused to our planet and lamenting the impact of...


Beware — Someone is dropping Malware-infected USB Sticks into People's Letterbox "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Hey! Wait! Wait! Wait! Don't plug in that USB stick into your laptop. It could infect your computer with malware and viruses. Australia's Victoria Police Force has issued a warning regarding unmarked USB flash drives containing harmful malware being dropped inside random people's letterboxes in the Melbourne suburb of Pakenham. It seems to one of the latest tactics of cyber criminals to


John Mulvaney reshaped Australia - Bob Brown "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Media Release 22 September 2016


Professor John Mulvaney was a unique historian and archaeologist who gave Australia a new, more truthful insight into its ancient human history and who helped save some of the most remarkable places in the nation, Bob Brown said in Tasmania today.

"He brought a new truth to ancient history and was also eager to save the beauty of the nation, from its Franklin River gorge country in Tasmania to mature European trees facing demolition to make way for the National Museum in Canberra.

"John Mulvaney brought much-needed gravitas and authority to the campaign to save from logging Tasmania's Recherche Bay peninsula where French scientists and the Palawa people met up in 1793. He weighed into saving the Franklin River in Tasmania and the Daintree rainforest in northern Queensland, and was ready to bring his globally-celebrated scientific knowledge to bear in many other environmental campaigns," Brown said.

"In unfinished business, John wanted the million Aboriginal stone carvings on Western Australia's Burrup Peninsula near Karratha - one of the world's greatest ancient art sites - protected from the expansions of the offshore gas processing industry and given the World Heritage status they deserve. This was opposed by Premier Colin Barnett.

"John Mulvaney was a warm-hearted, generous and inordinately wise Australian," Brown said.

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Strengthening Parks Victoria [1]: it’s the money, stupid "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

What can be done to strengthen Parks Victoria? Currently Parks is running a community engagement campaign designed to elicit new ideas about how our parks system can run better.

You can find details about the campaign, and how you can participate here .

This sign was found by FOBIF members buried under debris: the spider tells the story. We propped it against a tree. Understaffing and poor resources means basic Parks infrastructure and maintenance are neglected.

This sign was found by FOBIF members buried under debris: the spider tells the story. We propped it against a tree. Understaffing and poor resources means basic Parks infrastructure and maintenance are neglected.











The campaign is backed by a discussion paper, Strengthening Parks Victoria, which is full of good ideas and info about our Parks System. We learn, for example, how Parks can improve people’s health, how they can protect biodiversity, how they’re vital in maintaining our water supply, and how they can increase the community’s understanding and appreciation of nature. None of this is new.

Almost the only thing missing from the document, in fact, is the information that our Parks are seriously under resourced. This puts a double question mark after most of the excellent aspirations in the document.

The entire exercise has a feel good quality: lots of photos of happy people and healthy animals doing their thing, under the benign eye of a well paid ranger. This can have a slightly cloying effect on the reader, as we pointed out in our post on the PV Annual report this year. This document, as readers will remember, essentially told us that the world was crashing around Parks Victoria’s ears, but that God was in His Heaven, and All was Well: although savage budget cuts had gutted PV’s ‘core operations’, a new era of ‘excellence’ was dawning.

For a grimmer account of the state of our park system, we recommend the March edition of Parkwatch magazine, available online here: The gist of this is something readers of this site will be familiar with: Parks need more money.


Strengthening Parks Vic [2]: have your say! "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

For this reason, we believe it would be good if a lot of people responded to this consultation process.

It doesn't look much: a pile of lawn clippings dumped in the Castlemaine Diggings NHP: dumping of garden rubbish is actually worse than more unsightly junk like computers and the like, because it has the capacity to spread weeds into bushland. The answer is more active education, and better supervision. Both cost money.

It doesn’t look much: a pile of lawn clippings dumped in the Castlemaine Diggings NHP at Glenluce: dumping of garden rubbish is actually worse than more unsightly junk like computers and the like, because it has the capacity to spread weeds into bushland. The answer is more active education, and better supervision. Both cost money.

You don’t have to take a lot of time about it. Click here  and tell Parks what you think: or, by clicking on the heart icon on the feedback page, you can just give a vote to one of the opinions already on there. By doing so, you’re also talking to the State Government, and this is the real nub of the matter. We are told that the State has some money from the sale of the Port of Melbourne. Let’s put some pressure on the government to spend some of this on the proper management of our most precious resource: the environment.

If you want to be more ambitious in your response, you can download and fill in the workbook supplied by the project.

Responses are due by noon on October 7.


Strengthening Parks Vic [3]: we hope this phrase isn’t sinister "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The consultation project will culminate with the production of a final report, which will focus on:

  1. A community vision for parks
  2. Legislative and policy reform
  3. A modern business in government.

We haven’t been able to find out what the last of these means: but we hope it doesn’t prefigure yet another effort to turn this public service enterprise into a profit making business. We know that the parks system already generates $1.5 billion a year to the Victorian economy. We can do without projects to commercialise public assets via tourism infrastructure projects inside our parks.


Victoria’s parks burning: an intriguing statistic "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Some of the info revealed in the Parks Victoria discussion paper is predictable. Some is quite disturbing: for example, we learn that Parks Victoria administers 18% of Victoria—but contributes 50% of the planned burning target. This is an eloquent reminder that our parks bear the brunt of systematic burning, even though authorities repeatedly talk about how fuel reduction should be ‘tenure blind’—that is, that it should be concentrated where it is needed, whether on private or public land.


Mystery of the Sentient Black Goo "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

davids_finger1‘BLACK GOO’ is an intelligent nano-tech ‘sentient’ liquid rumoured to have been the real cause of the Falklands War & the reason behind the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster of 2010—so the story goes.… Read More


Exercise Wallaby 2016 - Emergency Landing for RSAF Boeing CH-47SD Chinook Helicopter '88192' at Rockhampton Airport "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

On Thursday 22 September, Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) Boeing CH-47SD Chinook helicopter - serial 88192 - made an emergency landing at Rockhampton Airport following a suspected engine failure.

The Chinook - using the radio callsign "Cyclops" - was returning from the Shoalwater Bay Training Area (SWBTA) as part of the Singapore Armed Force's Exercise Wallaby 2016.

It landed without incident and taxied to a parking spot beside Rockhampton Airport's cross-Runway 04/22.  The Chinook had earlier departed the nearby 'Warriors Camp' for Shoalwater Bay.

Meanwhile, as mentioned on our Facebook page, there have been some issues with the brakes on the RSAF Boeing F-15SG 'Shikra' Strike Eagles.  On Tuesday 20 September, it was believed that two of the F-15s had 'hot brakes' after landing back at Rockhampton Airport after completing sorties to Shoalwater Bay.  One of the F-15s - serial '8310' - is shown below receiving attention from local Aviation Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) Services.



Herbal lore "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

We have a special treat for this Sunday’s working bee at the Newstead Community garden which starts at 10am and goes through until about 2.30pm Thornhill Lane Biodynamics skincare owner and skincare product maker Stefania Netcu will be with us from midday for about an hour. Thanks to Gen for inviting her and organising it. … Continue reading Herbal lore


Dam scam: $3m in federal funds awarded to Qld LNP connected consortium – @qldaah #auspol #qldpol "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

High ranking Qld LNP members awarded millions for feasability study Table of contents Jump to comments section. The dam scam. Barnaby Joyce, dam builder. The river people. . The dam scam Company run by Queensland LNP members among consortium awarded $3m in federal funds. ABC investigative journalist, Mark Willacy, has revealed a controversial allotment of […]

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A Nice Triple Treat of Bizjets Call into Hamilton Island Airport Thursday "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

On Thursday 22 September, there was a nice triple treat of bizjets to call into Hamilton Island Airport, including a nice American registered Gulfstream.

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Gulfstream Aerospace G-V-SP (G550) N919PE was noted arriving from Cairns and looked to be spending the night.

MWP Racing Bombardier CL-600-2A12 Challenger 601 VH-MXK made its second visit to CQ calling into Hamilton Island Airport from the Gold Coast.  It departed back there a bit later in the day.

And Brenzil Dassault Falcon 7X VH-CRW touched down at Hamo once again from its Brisbane base.  It too looked to be staying.

Meanwhile, after touching down at Hamilton Island Airport earlier in the week, GSA Industries Bombardier CL-600-2B16 Challenger 601 VH-NSB departed on Wednesday 21 September to the Gold Coast and Melbourne (Essendon).

And as mentioned below, on Tuesday 20 September, Shortstop Jet Charter British Aerospace BAe-125-1000B VH-LMP touched down at Hamo from Essendon and later departed to Sydney.

Finally, also on Thursday 22 September, LifeFlight (ex Careflight Queensland) (Aeromed) LearJet 45 bizjet VH-VVI "Ambulance 451" has yet again visited CQ, calling into Rockhampton Airport from Brisbane.  At the time of writing, it is currently flying to Blackall and will later fly to Longreach before returning to Brisbane.


Is Australia’s Refugee Policy Really Everything Turnbull Made it Out to Be? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

For human rights groups who have been campaigning against the Australian immigration policy, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s words of self-praise are a little hard to digest.

Malcolm Turnbull. Credit: Reuters/Files

Malcolm Turnbull. Credit: Reuters/Files

Canberra: In a small reception room, a stack of bilingual flyers in Vietnamese and English urged enrolment in the voters’ rolls before the October 15 legislative assembly elections in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT). Another pamphlet talked about a programme funded by the local government for volunteers to help students with their homework to cope with the burden of an unfamiliar school curriculum.

The Canberra-based Migrant and Refugee Resettlement Services of the ACT (MARSS) are a typical example of Australia’s extensive network of organisations, working with the government and equipped with dedicated social workers, to integrate refugees and asylum seekers into Australian society.

While their resettlement programme is considered to be a global model, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull supported a more controversial template when he spoke on Wednesday, August 21, in New York at the leaders’ summit on refugees.

“Strong borders are not just about security. They are crucial to ensuring social harmony and public support for migration domestically…,” Turnbull said at the invitation-only summit convened by US President Barack Obama.

He asserted that “strong borders” enable Australia to provide support to refugees. “Australia is a prime example. Securing our borders has increased public confidence and enabled Australia to have one of the world’s most generous humanitarian regimes,” he added.

Turnbull told the summit that Australia would increase its annual intake by over 35% to 18,750 refugees, up from 13,750, with another $130 million for next three years to resettlement services.

Former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott had previously announced before that his country would increase refugee intake to 18,750 refugees in 2018-19, but had not indicated that this level would be maintained. Turnbull said in his speech this increase would be permanent.

He added that strong borders were necessary for Australia to commit to welcoming 12,000 additional Syrian and Iraqi refugees.

Australian opposition leader Bill Shorten accused Turnbull of rehashing Abott’s figures. “Malcolm Turnbull has flown to New York to reannounce Tony Abbott’s policies,” Shorten said, as per an ABC report.

He accused Turnbull of not dealing with the “elephant in the room” – the continuing “indefinite” detention of refugees in offshore facilities.



KTM recalls dirt bikes over brakes "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

2017 KTM 250SX

2017 KTM 250SX

KTM Australia has recalled most of their 2017 dirt bikes over hand brake cylinders with defective machining.

A day later, Husqvarna issued the same recall for the same brake issue.

The recall notice says the fault could lead to “early wear of the sealing cup in the hand brake cylinder, thus leading to impaired braking performance”.

“Impaired braking performance poses a potential accident hazard,” the notice says.

It advises owner to have their bike inspected by an authorised KTM and Husqvarna dealers “without delay”.

The 2017 KTM models affected are (specific VINs only – click here for the full list): 250 SX-F, 350 SX-F , 450 XC-F, 150 XC-W, 250 XC-W, 300 XC-W, 250 EXC, 300 EXC Six Days, 300 EXC, 250 EXC-F Six Days, 250 EXC-F, 350 EXC-F Six Days, 350 EXC-F, 450 EXC-F Six Days, 450 EXC-F, 500 EXC-F.

The 2017 Husqvarna models (specific VINs only – click here for the full list) are: TC 125, TC 250, FC 350, FC 450, TX 125, TX 300, TE 250, TE 300, FE 250, FE 350 , FE 450 and FE 500


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Bite the Poisoned Apple "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

CANCER is the latest in the CIA’s arsenal of weapons for covertly disposing of troublesome individuals who have outlived their usefulness.… Read More


Is there a case for a basic income guarantee – Part 3 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

This is Part 3 in the mini-series discussing the relative merits of the basic income guarantee proposal and the Job Guarantee proposal. While there is a lot of literature out there on the merits of introducing a basic income guarantee very rarely will you read a detailed account of the macroeconomic implications of such a scheme. It is inescapable that the basic income proposal lacks what I call an inflation anchor. That is, to provide an adequate stipend and generate full employment (ensure there are enough jobs for all who want to work), the basic income guarantee is inherently inflationary and sets in place destructive macroeconomic dynamics which make it unsustainable. To suppress the inherent inflationary bias of the proposal, the stipend has to be so low that the recipients are freed from work but not poverty. The Job Guarantee, by way of contrast, is designed to provide an explicit inflation anchor and allows the government to continuously maintain full employment and provide a decent wage to those who from time to time will be in the Job Guarantee pool. It does not rely on poverty wages or unemployment to maintain price stability. That alone is a fundamental advantage of the Job Guarantee over the basic income guarantee – it is sustainable.

The basic income proposal lacks any coherent inflation control

The basic income proposal addresses income insecurity directly by providing a guaranteed stipend to individuals. It is in the class of policy interventions that Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) authors have referred to as ‘generalised expansion’, in the sense that the government stimulus provided by the stipend will indiscriminantly compete for resources at market prices.

The higher the stipend, the greater the stimulus and the greater is the degree of competition for the real resources for sale at market prices.

We should note that the basic income proponents that adopt neo-liberal stances with respect to government fiscal capacity and fail to understand the nature of the unemployment that motivates their advocacy of the basic income, generally prefer a low stipend – to ease the burden on government spending and reduce the taxation burden on those who ‘pay’ for the scheme (in their logic).

But clearly there are basic income proponents who are motivated by notions of individual freedom and advocate higher stipends. These advocates tend not to even get bogged down in discussions about the causes of unemployment or whether the government is financially constrained.

They may also operate within a functional finance paradigm (consistent with MMT) and thus understand that a currency-issuing government faces no financial constraint.

Their overwhelming motivation begins with a philosophical view that individuals should not have to engage in paid work to elicit support from the income generating capacity of the society. This is a statement of liberty. They bristle if they are called neo-liberals and rightly so.

However, whether the basic income proposals emerge from a neo-liberal frame or not is moot in one important sense. Whatever the motivation for a basic income guarantee the fact remains that the concept lacks any coherent inflation control.

The more neo-liberal oriented proposals that advocate modest stipends with a fiscally-neutral environment would have a relatively small impact on aggregate spending and employment, and even with some redistribution of working hours; high levels of labour underutilisation are likely to persist.

At those stipends, the basic income proposal would not enhance the rights of the most disadvantaged nor provides work for those who desire it (see Cowling, Mitchell and Watts, 2003).

Adrian Little (1998: 131) points out that while the basic income might enable individuals to exist without work:

… it does not provide any firm...


U.K. Rap Veteran Akala Is Celebrating A Decade Of Hip Hop With An Aussie Tour "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

U.K. Rap Veteran Akala Is Celebrating A Decade Of Hip Hop With An Aussie Tour

MOBO Awardwinning UK hip hop artist Akala is heading to Australia and NZ for a series of intimate shows, in celebration of a decade’s worth of work in music.

In addition to having five albums under his belt, the writer and poet has had a lot to celebrate throughout his ten years, from touring the U.K. with Nas and Damian Marley and supporting the likes of M.I.A., Christina Aguilera, and The Verve’s Richard Ashcroft, to appearances at every major festival on the U.K. circuit.

Thoughtful and outspoken, Akala has given a series of lectures on racial issues, and recently spoke to U.S. hip hop channel Vlad TV about racism in the U.K. and the U.K.’s role in slavery, continuing his commitment to social activism and thought-provoking art.

Interestingly, his song ‘The Edge’ was featured on the soundtrack for video game NBA 2K10, while his older sister and fellow rapper Ms. Dynamite was featured on the soundtrack for FIFA 2003.

Playing some of our favourite intimate venues in the country, we can’t think of a better evening for any fans of conscious lyricism delivered via sharp London flows.


Thursday Dec 8th – The Foundry, Brisbane QLD
Saturday Dec 10th – Newtown Social Club, Sydney NSW
Sunday Dec 11th – Nortcote Social Club, Melbourne VIC
Thursday Dec 15th – Whammy Bar, Auckland NZ
Friday Dec 16th – Edinburgh Castle, Adelaide SA
Sunday Dec 18th – Rosemount Hotel, Perth WA

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Video: Hillary versus Trump "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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Relationships Australia Victoria "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Relationships Australia Victoria (RAV) is a major sponsor of the 2016 ECCV Statewide Conference “The Next Generation of Multicultural Victoria: Intergenerational Perspectives,” which is being held in Ballarat on Friday 11 November, 2016.

RAV is a leading provider of family and relationship support services. With 12 centres across the state and additional outreach locations, RAV offers a diverse range of services including counselling, therapeutic case management, family violence, group work and dispute resolution services.

RAV's core expertise is in supporting individuals, families and communities affected by social and wellbeing issues such as family violence, mental health difficulties and high conflict family law disputes.

ECCV 2016 Statewide Conference - "The Next Generation of Multicultural Victoria: Intergenerational Perspectives" - Ballarat Friday 11 November, 2016. 

Details: here

For more information about Relationships Australia Victoria call 1300 364 277 or visit


Double J Unveil Big Plans For The 25th Anniversary Of ‘Nevermind’ "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Double J Unveil Big Plans For The 25th Anniversary Of ‘Nevermind’

Saturday, September 24th marks 25 years since Nirvana’s Nevermind was released, and Double J are celebrating.

Nevermind is undoubtedly one of the most popular, critically revered, and influential albums of all time. Heralding the start of the grunge explosion that dominated most of the ’90s, Nirvana’s sophomore album still continues to sell well and inspire countless musicians around the world.

To celebrate, Double J are holding a big series of commemorative events. Kicking off on Saturday at noon with the ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ documentary, the Double J crew will be looking at the album’s famous single, the impact it had on Australian and international music, and pop culture in general. Then, at 4pm, Double J will be replaying Nirvana’s famous concert from Melbourne’s Palais Theatre from their one and only visit to our fair country.

Between the events, Double J will be playing the best music of 1991 from all of the other important albums to have been released that year, including Pearl Jam’s Ten, Yothu Yindi’s Tribal Voice, Clouds’ Penny Century, and Public Enemy’s The Enemy Strikes Back. To cap it all off, Caz Tran will be playing the entirety of the album itself at 10am on Sunday morning, interspersed with rare archival interviews from the band.

Be sure to be listening to Double J on Saturday and Sunday when they go through one of the most comprehensive tributes to Nevermind that you’ll ever see.


Safety experts want lower speed limits "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Safety experts want lower speed limits Oxley Highway

Experts at the recent Australasian Road Safety Conference in Canberra have unanimously declared that lower speed limits are the best answer for reducing the road toll.

Delegate Judith Kuerschner says the “simplistic solution” of lowering speed limits is pertinent given the current NSW Government move to reduce speed limits on the Oxley Highway.


The road safety campaigner says that when the conference panel of “experts” from the opening plenary was asked “what is the one thing we could do tomorrow that would have an immediate impact on reducing the road toll?” the unanimous, “and unfortunate”, answer was to lower speed limits.

“This, not only raises revenue for the govt but limits insurance payouts (less speed = less damage WHEN you crash),” she says.

“The expectation from governments and ‘experts’ is that everyone will crash because people will, inevitably, make mistakes. Their aim, as a quick-fix, low-cost, high-revenue solution is to lower speed limits (without care for the increased risk of fatigue or distraction related crashes).

“A longer term, however, potentially more costly, solution is to invest in competency based driver/rider training and ongoing post licence training updates to equip people with the skills to avoid crashes, correct their mistakes when they do make them and minimise risk to themselves and others on the road.

“There are many nations who make this investment, Australia chooses not to be one of them because our governments don’t have the fiscal management skills of a three-year-old and need the money generated from fines to provide basic services (of which road maintenance is not particularly considered one).”

Judith began her road safety campaign after witnessing her husband being killed by a driver turning in front of him without indicating. She was also an Australian Motoring Enthusiast Party candidate at the last election.

Judith Küerschner experts

Judith Kuerschner

Despite her concern about the speed-focus of road safety exerts at the conference, she says the new Director of Road Safety Programs at Austroads, David Bobberman, was a breath of fresh air.

“He was openly encouraging delegates to put forward new ideas for Austroads to follow up on, not just re-hash the same old, same old, which is what the speed and enforcement argument is,” she says.

“The fact that over 100 people have died on the road above the projections for a 30% decrease by 2020 must surely speak to the fact that what we are currently doing to reduce the toll isn...


My Body My Right presents 'Barely Legal' with Bad Bitch Choir, Mezko, Marcus Whale, and more "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

You could spend fifteen bucks on half a movie ticket or you could use it for this excellent event. My Body My Right is a group that promotes and supports appeals for safe spaces around our state's abortion clinics. In another bid for this being potentially the least caring NSW government we've ever had, it's 2016 and our state leaders still view abortion as a crime. Thank goodness for the actions of people like My Body My Right, not only are they doing more then Baird to protect and support women, they're also hosting a bloody great gig.

Donate that aforementioned fifteen beans and be rewarded by sets from Marcus Whale, Del Lumanta, Mezko, Luen Jacobs, Legs 11.11, Wyldstyle and the joyous group of gals that make up the Bad Bitch Choir. There's also talks, a raffle, cheap drinks and a chance to be demonstrative about your alliance with reproductive rights. If you can't get there, at least sign the petition for sanctioned safe spaces here.


Thursday 4 pm Bulletin "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

H &L Australia server containing sensitive client details has been hacked by Ukrainian cyber criminals.

The SES warns a dam in Waitpinga on the Fleurieu Peninsula is at risk of bursting.

ANZ Bank has settled their dispute with Indian billionaires Pankaj and Radhika Oswal over the sale of Australian fertiliser business Burrup Holdings.

A draft Productivity Commission report into government services has left Labour and the Coalition grinding their teeth.

Tasmanian Labor MP Brian Mitchell has called on Australians to work on farms in order to fill the unemployment gap created from confusion over backpacker tax.

Adelaide golf enthusiast Michael Smith has embarked on a golfing marathon in the Riverland, in an attempt to break the world record for the number of holes played over five days.

Producer: Marianne Close, Newsreader: Samantha Smith, Web Editor: Milly Schultz-Boylen, Journalists: Marianne Close, Samantha Smith, Milly Schultz-Boylen.


Jazz Made In Australia- 26 September 2016- Memory of Elements+ Gould & Nock "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Memory of Elements is a Perth based band which seems to be a cooperative without one particular leader with compositions being contributed by all members who are all leaders in their own right. They are Jamie Oehlers, saxophones; Carl Mackey, saxophones; Tom O’Halloran, piano; Simon Jeans, guitar; Pete Jeavons, double bass; and Ben Vanderwal, drums. However, on this, their second release the compositions are by Tom O’Halloran except for one written by Paul Grabowsky.

Tom is known mostly for his trio albums and tours the trio regularly. He has worked with many name jazz players both here and overseas, but has also worked with rock and pop artists. Tom O’Halloran leads the jazz piano dept. at WAAPA that’s the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts and is also a composer of Contemporary Classical music.


Tom O’Halloran

Saxophonist Jamie Oehlers is considered one of Australia’s most outstanding jazz musicians and I would think that any follower of Australian jazz would be well aware of his music by now.

Carl Mackey is another extremely talented saxophonist  and leader of his own groups. He is also, like the others, an educator.

Another recording I will focus on this week is the latest in the Monash Sessions series. The two guest musicians invited to play with, and teach the students of the Sir Zelman Cohen School of Music at Monash University in Victoria are, Tony Gould and Mike Nock– veteran pianists, composers and educators.


Tony Gould


Mike Nock

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The Griswolds Appeared On US TV & It Was Ridiculously Awkward "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Griswolds Appeared On US TV & It Was Ridiculously Awkward

If we needed any more proof that The Griswolds are killing it overseas right now, one need look no further than their performance on America’s Today show this morning.

However, it seems as though the hosts of Today aren’t too educated when it comes to the topic of Australian indie rock bands or famous ’80s comedies, considering they had no idea what the name of the band on their own show was and had to ask the group where their name comes from.

Co-host Hoda Kotb started the group’s introduction by asking “What is your name again, the name of your band?” Upon being told that they were in fact called The Griswolds, she investigated further, asking why they picked that name.

“Fans of the National Lampoon series,” responded frontman Christopher Whitehall. “Which tells you a lot about their wasted youth,” joked Kotb, before the group jumped into an amazing performance of new single ‘Out Of My Head’.

If the host having no clue about who they are wasn’t enough, they then sat down for an interview with the two hosts of the Today show and radio host Elvis Duran and were forced to sit through painfully awkward ‘Down Under’ jokes.

The Sydney four-piece have spent quite a large chunk of their time in the States recently, with a small tour of intimate shows finishing up soon. Considering the high viewership that Today has, there’s no doubt that The Griswolds have just won themselves a large portion of new fans.


Happy 7th Birthday to Us! "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

a basket full of goodness from mansfield farmers market

It is REALLY exciting to be able to celebrate 7 years of the Mansfield Farmers’ Market – it means so much more than simply “making it through” 7 years.  Over that time:

  • the number of regular stallholders has grown
  • some of our producers have expanded on gone on to bigger and better things (yay)
  • producers have won awards for their products
  • Mansfield Shire based stallholders has grown from 25% to over 60%
  • our location has changed
  • our shoppers have kept on coming back every month

We really want to thank YOU the customer for supporting our market.  Our stallholders turn up every month regardless of the weather because this is their business.  They have grown animals, baked bread and cakes, picked fruit and vegetables, planted trees and seedlings, milked cows and goats – the list goes on.  They then pack their vans and cars and turn up at markets all over the state to sell their products.  They can only do this if people turn up to buy it.  Even when it is wet and cold.  Thank-you.

A huge well done to Thomas and Gabi from Boonderoo Bread – for not only turning up to our very first market but for continuing to do so EVERY month since!  Thank-you.

We have some brand new stallholders with us this month – Greta Valley Free Range Eggs and Eildon Trout Farm, as well as returning stallholders Tin Shed Cider, Tolpuddle Cheese and L’Amour de la Crepes.

Whilst September is a very exciting month because it is our birthday, our October market also deserves a mention.  October 22nd falls within the local Spring Arts festival and our market LOVES to take part.  This year we will be welcoming the Mansfield Arts Council with a number of art related stalls at the Western end of our market.  There will be entertainment from Bush Poets.  Some music from the Mansfield Steiner School orchestra and the Geelong Grammar Timbertop students.  October is also the month for our Gorgeous Gumboots exhibition – grab an old boot / shoe / pair of thongs and decorate it along the theme of “Food”.  We have had some fantastic exhibits in past year and this is always a bit of fun.

Locally in the “world of food” a number of our producers have been successful in the recent Australian Fine Food Awards.  Gold medals were awarded to Stephen’s Fine Foods (Christmas puddings), Long Lane Capers (capers and caperberries) and High Country Farm (garlic).  Silver medals went to Rushnot Garlic and Delatite Special Occasions (fruit pudding).  This is a fabulous achievement for both the producers individually but also for our local area.  Well done!

September Stallholders (correct as at 22/9/2016)

  1. Aintree Almonds
  2. Boonderoo Farm – Bread & pies
  3. Delatite Special Occasions
  4. Gary’s veggies
  5. Greg’s Seedlings
  6. Greta Valley Free Range Eggs...


pulled in all directions "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

My quiet ways of late have nothing to do with writer’s block and everything to do with disappearing time.

Recently, there have been so many days where I’ve thrown my hands in the air and closed the laptop, essentially giving up. Trying to work with an eighteen-month-old in tow is impossible and so I’ve resorted to only writing when he’s sleeping (which is rarely…why oh why don’t my children sleep during the day?!) or when he’s with a doting grandmother. Still, I feel right now that I’m literally pulled in various directions, trying my best to keep up, watching the unread emails and the to-do list grow. It can be anxiety-inducing but in those moments of overwhelm I come back to my truth – breathe, be present, it will be ok.

Thankfully, Term 3 is just about done and we’re creeping to the finish line. Slow mornings with nowhere to be are just around the corner…I have grand plans for PJ days, library visits, book reading and beach walking. There’s a birthday to celebrate, too; Che turns nine and now, more than ever, I’m conscious of holding on to this last year before he hits double digits. I see glimpses of the teenager he will become; attitude, yes, but also a fabulous vocabulary, an insatiable appetite for books and a passion for acting. He wants to be on the stage, this boy, and I have no doubt that he’ll make it there. As he teeters on the cusp of 10 and takes a few more steps into the world away from me, I’m learning new ways of mothering – parenting the first born is always a new experience, no matter their age.


These past few weeks have been to-ing and fro-ing between winter and spring; rain and cool and warmth and blossoms. On the sunny spring days it’s glorious; wisteria in abundance, blue skies and just enough warmth to conjure days at the beach – not too far away. On each and every clear day there are two or three loads of washing on the line and I feel such a sense of accomplishment when the spaghetti bolognese stains are sun-bleached and impossible to find. I’m moving through the house doing my best to freshen up the space – flannelette has been swapped for cotton and I’ve gathered the woollens together to pack away with lavender; best keep those moths at bay.



Common Blackbird at Moorhen Flats reported by Elliot Leach on 22-09-2016 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

There seems to have been some 'fallout' from yesterdays storm with four new species for the Moorhen Flats list found this morning. The highlight was a Common Blackbird that flew in to pishing :) Other nice new birds included White-throated Gerygone, Black-faced Monarch and Rufous Fantail. (This is the first Brisbane Record for a Common Blackbird on ebird. Anyone know of any others?)


Black Bittern, Black Falcon at The Narrows Road, Rundle Ranges State Forest reported by Ted and Alex Wnorowski on 20-09-2016 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Munduran Creek a few kilometers before reaching The Narrows is a fantastic spot for finding Black Bitterns. We stopped at the side of the road at the place where the Creek started to look like a river. We walked along the creek and flushed two pairs of Black Bitters within 500 m (23.39.22.S 151.02.54.E). We also observed Black Falcon catching a fat Peaceful Dove neara small farm dam at the entrace to State Forest (23.42..23 S; 151.02.11E) along The Narrows Rd.

Squatter Pigeon, Australian Bustard at Mattson Rd, Rundle Ranges, Gladstone area reported by Ted and Alex Wnorowski on 20-09-2016 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A single Squatter was sunbathing at the midle of the road. On the nearby paddoxck (50 m from the road) a male Australian Bustard was standing under a small tree.


Angus Stone Leads New Aussie Boutique Festival’s Debut Lineup "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Angus Stone Leads New Aussie Boutique Festival’s Debut Lineup

Grow Your Own, Australia’s newest boutique coastal festival is set to debut in Froster, NSW this summer with a stellar lineup featuring Dope Lemon, Jack River, The Ruiins, Jake Meadows, James Bennett, Galleri, Los Skallywags, and Vanilla Gorilla.

Dope Lemon is the newest project from acclaimed Australian singer-songwriter Angus Stone, best known as one half of the project he shares with his sister, Angus & Julia Stone, whose list of accolades includes ARIAs and topping the Hottest 100.

Besides an opportunity for punters to enjoy great music in a scenic location, Forster’s Grow Your Own festival is a celebration of the talent coming out of regional Australia, with seven of the eight acts having grown up in the Great Lakes area.

The event is the brainchild of former locals Holly Rankin and Lee McConnell. “I have always been so excited by the amount of creative talent coming out of my hometown. As well as bands and visual artists, we are seeing local labels finding national success,” said Holly.

“Along with this, more and more young people are moving to, and visiting the coast seeking a life more connected to farming and produce. Lee and I wanted to create a festival that celebrates all of this and Forster is more than ready for a large scale music event.”

“It’s pretty cool to have so much creative talent come out of the Forster area,” added Lee. “With Grow Your Own not only can we celebrate this and have fun together but also inspire the youth and those who are hiding there talents to go have a crack.”

Grown Your Own 2016

Dope Lemon
Jack River
The Ruiins
Jake Meadows
James Bennett
Los Scallywaggs
Vanilla Gorilla

Friday, 23rd December 2016
Club Forster’s Backyard, Forster NSW
Tickets: Forster’s Grow Your Own


The Grumpy Donuts shop is opening this weekend "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Elise and Scott at Grumpy Donuts have been tinkering and testing down in their donut laboratory, a place I like to imagine as some kind of sugar-glazed Large Hadron Collider. After a couple of years teaching themselves the art of what makes a good donut, they are ready to share their treats via their new shop in Camperdown, opening this Saturday the 24th.

These two donut connoisseurs gained their inspiration after taking on the noble task of travelling the world in search of fine sweets and pastries. Especially taken by honest and understated vendors in NYC, the pair returned and decided that Sydney needed a bit of a fresh sugar kick.

The cute little space sits on the corner of Pyrmont Bridge Road and Chester Street, just around the corner from Waywards Brewing Co where they held an event last night to celebrate their imminent opening.

Festivities kicked off with some cheeky little fried chicken sliders, Waywards’ usual array of ales and the choice of a Sour Raspberry Lemonade donut themed beer (actually delicious).

It was all about the donuts though, which arrived to rapturous applause. The Coffee and Almond offering is a striking mix of sweet and savoury while the Buttered Toast is mostly just sweet – delish.

Grumpy Donuts are pretty to look at, soft and satisfying to the touch and completely indulgent – everything a good donut should be. And, the first 200 customers who head down to the flagship's opening get free donuts.


Backpacker Tax Statement by Senator Lambie "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

JLN Independent Tasmanian Senator Jacqui Lambie has issued a statement on the Backpacker tax matter following an article by Phil Pyke the business development manager for Fruit Growers Tasmania in local media which reveals the Liberal Federal Government has ignored the crisis since May 2015.

“With regard to the Backpacker Tax Crisis – the facts speak clearly. The Liberal government has known about the emerging jobs and investment crisis for 16 months, since May 2015.

Already under the leadership of the Liberal and National parties the Backpacker Tax Crisis has caused tens – possibly hundreds of millions of dollars of damage to Tasmania’s farming and tourism industries – because of political arrogance, stupidity and inaction.

The facts also show that Tasmanian Liberal senators have either:

  1. No influence in Canberra and are dangerously incompetent or
  2. Are part of a deliberate Liberal plan to destroy the tourism, berry, fruit and vegetable industries in Tasmania.

They have sat back, made lame excuse after lame excuse and watched – while Tasmanian farmers have been slowly strangled of seasonal workers and are forced to risk their families’ life savings. Tasmanian farmers and tourism operators are lucky that an independent fair-minded crossbench holds the balance of power in the Senate.

If the government held a majority in the Senate, all Tasmanians in the Agricultural and Tourism industries, especially those who visited Canberra last week, now know there’d be no hope of scraping this unfair, stupid and damaging backpacker tax.

However the hope has come – because its clear that this Senate Crossbench will not pass any Backpacker tax law, which threatens the viability of so many hardworking Australian farming families.

Its one thing for the Prime Minister Turnbull and his deputy Barnaby Joyce to talk about being agile and smart and say their government will create jobs and growth. However, it takes a special kind of foolish political hypocrite to utter those words – while actually doing the opposite.

Every day the Backpacker tax issue drags on – more international damage is caused to brand Tasmania. And the solution to all this madness and hurt is so simple. All the PM has to do is call a press conference and say, There won’t be any Backpacker tax. It is scrapped.” said Senator Lambie.

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Just Reinvest Youth Forum "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Youth Ambassadors of Just Reinvest NSW in partnership with the Kingsford Legal Centre are holding a Just Reinvest Youth Forum on Thursday 6 October, at 6.30pm in G02 Theatre, Central Lecture Block, UNSW.

We cannot afford to lose another generation of Aboriginal children to the criminal justice system.
Right now, over half of the children in NSW jails are Aboriginal. In 2014 it cost us $293,200 to lock up one child for one year. Imagine what that money could be spent on in communities.
The recently aired ABC Four Corners ‘Backing Bourke’ episode gave us insight into the importance of a justice reinvestment approach in the Bourke community to curb youth crime and reduce incarceration.


Sarah Hopkins, Chair of Just Reinvest NSW

Kaleesha Morris, KLC, Youth Ambassador, Just Reinvest NSW

Kobie Duncan, Youth Ambassador, Just Reinvest NSW

Trei Stewart, Youth Ambassador, Just Reinvest NSW

Keenan Mundine, Arbias, Youth Ambassador, Just Reinvest NSW

Come and learn more about Justice Reinvestment and what you can do to help!

Please RSVP by Friday 1 October 2016 by emailing your name to:





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Ouzo Mezze Bar "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

I do not envy anyone opening a restaurant on Crown Street. As it stands, Surry Hills’ flagship strip is bloated with successful eateries paying exorbitant rents, or empty shopfronts who couldn’t manage. Words cannot describe my despair when even my local fruit and veg shop on the Cleveland Street end abruptly closed down.

I’d walked past Ouzo Mezzo bar - a new Greek joint between Cleveland and Devonshire - a few times in its setup stage and first weeks of opening. It had all looked a bit static and sterile but curiosity eventually won me over.

Next up was Fasolakia, green beans in fresh tomato sauce, Htapodi Krasato, pan seared octopus in red wine and Ortikia, char grilled marinated quails. The green beans are fairly tasty but had lost any kind of texture a long time ago, the quail had been spared some of its juiciness but was mostly a tight bony miss and the octopus… The octopus was fried mercilessly until its little tentacles had completely turned up on the hotplate as it cried no more! No more! Beat it with a stick over a rock, soak it in milk, boil it with wine corks - do whatever you have to do to tenderise it, just don’t serve this delicate creature if it feels so rubbery its gonna bounce back up if you drop it.

Dessert was skipped and the bill came out. It wasn’t so horrifying but when did this idea of putting ridiculous corkage per bottle become a thing? $12 a bottle is not ok, especially when its not indicated on the menu. Just don’t bother having the option.

Good and average, Surry Hills has plenty of places to eat. If you’re going to dive in and give it a crack on the main drag, you need something outstanding, or if not that, just something memorable, cheap and fun. The neighbourhood is crying out for some more local haunts, some charming family businesses. If you’re going to go down the traditional, no frills route, make it count with personality and point of difference. Keep our shopfronts full.


Energy market rule-maker says no to real reform – again "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Decision by AEMC will push more local generators and prosumers to reduce their use of the grid, to look at private wires and microgrids, and potentially to disconnect.


Ready, willin’ and able: generosity and solidarity prove key components of Williamstown singing group "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Leaving Melbourne via the Westgate Bridge on a Wednesday evening, clouds of steam cluster and dissipate into the darkening sky. It’s fair to assume these plumes are output from the factories and refineries dotting the coast like pins in a board from Port Melbourne to Geelong. It’s also possible that part of the component entering the atmosphere is a heady mix of CO2 and endorphins being exhaled by the Willin Wimmin of Williamstown, having their weekly sing.

10583998_1446634612280983_6251822852438359669_nWillin Wimmin past and present were reunited last month to celebrate 25 years of giving voice to women, and spreading the joy of singing and community to audiences in the west and beyond. By their reckoning, this amounts to roughly 1000 rehearsals, more than 200 performances, over 300 songs and 250 women who have been involved since the inception of the singing group.

Worthy of a knees up, by anyone’s standard. The room was filled with friends, partners and family, everyone brought their own dinner, there was support with sound and lighting from their mates at the Newport Community Choir: it was a community event in every sense of the word.

The group sprung from the John Bolton Theatre School which was based in Williamstown, back in 1991. John employed Bronwen Barton as his music teacher who, with John’s partner and a few friends started singing together. The seeds for Willin Wimmin were sown and interest quickly caught on among the community. The singers were not only Willin Wimmin, they were feisty women with a will and the current members continue to embrace this identity: They set out as sisters doing it for themselves, collaborating as a cooperative and proudly eschewing the committee way of doing things until more recently.

The increasing requirements of funding bodies and venues requiring insurance over the years created a gradual push to become incorporated and adopt a more formal arrangement. Willin Wimmin eventually (reluctantly) bowed to the external pressure, formed a management committee and became incorporated last year.

Back at the start, Bronwen was a great vocal coach whose philosophy that anyone can sing set the value of inclusivity which has underpinned the group ever since. There have never been auditions and the women make it clear that no singing experience or knowledge of music is necessary. A good sense of humour, the will to embrace and celebrate cultural diversity and a shared belief in supporting, and welcoming one another is what counts. Willin Wimmin sing with heart and choose their material from an eclectic selection of genres including world, folk, choral and contemporary.

Julie Merritt has sung with Willin Wimmin for 18 of its 25 years, joining when the youngest of her three children was around 12 months old. The social side of belonging to the group drew her in; she felt a sense of belonging and like she’d found her tribe.

A strong social justice theme runs throughout the choir, and Willin Wimmin have sung on demonstrations and rallies, at sport, art, health and women’s issues events. They’ve trodden the boards at a variety of venues, too: Deakin Edge Theatre, Melbourne Recital Centre, the NGV as well as Fairlea Women’s Prison and Maribyrnong Immigration Detention Centre, to name but a few.

Willin Wimmin have been helped along their journey by the commitment from their leaders:

“We have been fortunate with our directors – they have each been fabulous, feisty, fearless, sometimes fearsome.  Each of them brought unique gifts and talents with warmth, patience and fun.  Without them, there is...



Premiere: Tom Stephens’ Debut Album Draws You In Like An Old Friend "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Premiere: Tom Stephens’ Debut Album Draws You In Like An Old Friend

Hailing from Sydney, Tom Stephens has been making the rounds for a couple of years now, bringing his genuine indie rock styling to audiences all over. Now, he’s releasing his debut album What Lies In The Difference.

Following on from the release of his sophomore EP Embers back in 2014, Stephens’ debut album is a loose, flowing journey into his psyche, backed with humble guitar and a smooth, inviting vocals.

Taking clear inspiration from artists like Wilco and AA Bondy, Stephens’ record feels like a close friend telling you a story that you share genuine interest in. Each track creates a mood which grows on you, beckoning you in, before leaving you with a sense of prevailing calm.

Tom will be taking his live show on the road to launch the album, kicking off in October – dates below.

What Lies In The Difference Album Launch Tour

Saturday, October 15th
(With Georgia Mulligan & Egoism)
Oxford Circus, Sydney (Free)

Saturday, October 16th
(With The Luke Brennan Trip & Forever Son)
The Old Bar, Melbourne


Over 700 Million People Taking Steps to Avoid NSA Surveillance "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

There's a new international survey on Internet security and trust, of "23,376 Internet users in 24 countries," including "Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Egypt, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Poland, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden, Tunisia, Turkey and the United States." Amongst the findings, 60% of Internet users have heard of Edward Snowden, and 39% of those "have taken steps to protect their online privacy and security as a result of his revelations."

The press is mostly spinning this as evidence that Snowden has not had an effect: "merely 39%," "only 39%," and so on. (Note that these articles are completely misunderstanding the data. It's not 39% of people who are taking steps to protect their privacy post-Snowden, it's 39% of the 60% of Internet users -- which is not everybody -- who have heard of him. So it's much less than 39%.)

Even so, I disagree with the "Edward Snowden Revelations Not Having Much Impact on Internet Users" headline. He's having an enormous impact. I ran the actual numbers country by country, combining data on Internet penetration with data from this survey. Multiplying everything out, I calculate that 706 million people have changed their behavior on the Internet because of what the NSA and GCHQ are doing. (For example, 17% of Indonesians use the Internet, 64% of them have heard of Snowden and 62% of them have taken steps to protect their privacy, which equals 17 million people out of its total 250-million population.)

Note that the countries in this survey only cover 4.7 billion out of a total 7 billion world population. Taking the conservative estimates that 20% of the remaining population uses the Internet, 40% of them have heard of Snowden, and 25% of those have done something about it, that's an additional 46 million people around the world.

It's probably true that most of those people took steps that didn't make any appreciable difference against an NSA level of surveillance, and probably not even against the even more pervasive corporate variety of surveillance. It's probably even true that some of those people didn't take steps at all, and just wish they did or wish they knew what to do. But it is absolutely extraordinary that 750 million people are disturbed enough about their online privacy that they will represent to a survey taker that they did something about it.

Name another news story that has caused over ten percent of the world's population to change their behavior in the past year? Cory Doctorow is right: we have reached "peak indifference to surveillance." From now on, this issue is going to matter more and more, and policymakers around the world need to start paying attention.

Related: a recent Pew Rese...


Premiere: Rockhampton Singer Weathered Brings The Gorgeous Scenery On ‘Stay’ "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Premiere: Rockhampton Singer Weathered Brings The Gorgeous Scenery On ‘Stay’

Queensland act Weathered has just released the perfect scenic clip for his newest single ‘Stay’.

Pulled from his recently released Lunar EP, the Rockhampton singer shows off his tender nature on a track that has a definite chilled, late-night vibe. The tune is paired with a video consisting of gorgeous beach shots that perfectly mesh with the serene, tranquil soundtrack.

You can check out the video below, and check out Weathered’s Lunar EP via iTunes.


SWOP Annual General Meeting 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Our Annual General Meeting will be held on Tuesday 18th October, 2016 at 6.00pm on the Ground Level of 414 Elizabeth St, Surry Hills (ACON Café in the ACON Building).


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Hickey Hardware "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The true story goes that Hickey Hardware designer Jules Weston and her bestie Storm found $600 on the floor in a pub and took it as a magical sign to go to Bali together and look into production processes for a long-held dream of Jules', making the perfect comfort clothes. That's exactly what she's delivered in her first collection for Spring/Summer 'UPTOWN'.

Think comfy kimonos and loose, tailored pants with names like 'Uptown Parading Pants', 'Party Up Pants' in 'Bouganvillea Batik'. Hickey Hardware uses uni-sex, ballsy prints and as Jules describes it; “they're PJs disguised as outside clothes, to free up your body so your mind can be at its best”. As well as the comfort-above-all-else manifesto, the flamboyance of Prince is another inspiration. The fabric designs began emerging while Jules worked as a tour manager (not for Prince, though she did cry over her shrine when that particular angel left the earth), which started a desire to send some of her own creativity into the world.

Being true legends rather than a first-world lame-os, Hickey works hand in hand with Indonesian garment sewer Mience Mandag and her family, who create the garments from Jules's designs and prints. She's turned her luck into our luck - these clothes will be worn as a symbol of pride, just like the other kind of hickey.


8 Great Aussie Bands You Haven’t Heard, With Holy Balm "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

8 Great Aussie Bands You Haven’t Heard, With Holy Balm

Holy Balm have had a great year so far, releasing their single ‘Fashion’ in May to significant acclaim and love from the music community, and following it up with their excellent new album Activity.

Now that the “wonky house” act are firmly on our radar, we thought we’d ask them to shed some light on the next wave of emerging Aussie talent we should be keeping our eyes on – and they certainly came through for us here, with eight new acts that definitely demand some attention.

You can give their selections a spin below, along with Holy Balm’s new record. If you like what you hear, you can catch them finishing off their album tour in Sydney this Saturday at the Newtown Social Club, and in Canberra the following night, dates below.

Activity by Holy Balm

LA Suffocated

Sydney based group that create a tense thumping space to move or generally go deep & zone out! Distorted and shrill vocals create tension amongst the drum machines & sequences – they never fail to create a hypnotic soundtrack live. Always want them to play longer sets.

Nicky Crane

James Vinciguerra’s solo work – exploratory, textured songwriting nodding across a few electronic music eras, cultural references & approaches. Pieces feel realised whilst creating even more curiosity with every release. Deep knowledge of rhythm and dynamic is his composition & touch.

Ela Stiles

New directions of Stiles’ solo work always keeps us guessing – there is always an interesting treatment of vocals and rhythm, and risk taking with form, durations & song structure. Bringing in flavours of folk, pop, experimental & even outsider sounds, abstract narratives take you somewhere else.

Video Ezy

Sydney / Melbourne duo, who are always moving towards a space synth cinematic paradise. Live – they really riff of each other and create a contemplative semi-instrumental space for listeners.

Enderie Nuatal

Originally Brisbane – now Sydney artist that has a curious approach to music making with others as ‘Cured Pink’ and solo as Enderie. Big sounds – samples of synth and vocals and drums, become a big, sweaty conversation. Sometime hard edge, always percussive – electric!...


Anatomy of the Pentagon's assault on the Syrian ceasefire - and the war against Russia "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Events in Syria over this last week have thoroughly shattered the Russian-US ceasefire agreement reached in Vienna on September 9th between US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov. Last Saturday the US led coalition comprised of US, Australian and UK fighter jets (2 F-16's and 2 A-10's) delivered four airstrikes on Syrian Arab Army troops near the ISIS besieged Syrian airbase in Deir ez-Zor, for the first time killing Syrian soldiers (estimates of 62-83 dead and up to 120 injured). Within 7 minutes after the Syrian troops occupying the high ground overlooking the nearby airbase were attacked, Islamic State militants were opportunistically able to launch an assault and successfully seized control of that strategic high ground. Several hours later the Syrian Arab Army eventually was able to push back to retake its lost position. But Saturday's rapidly unfolding events of the airstrike followed so closely by the on-the-ground terrorist attack unquestionably points to air to ground coordination between US and ISIS that strongly indicates the US led airstrike was premeditated and designed to completely undermine the already tenuous ceasefire. This incident alone decisively kills any prospect for peace that would finally end the five and a half year war that's killed more than 300,000 Syrian people and displaced over 11 million more. The second critical incident that placed the final nail in the peace prospect coffin was Monday's attack on a UN and Syrian Red Crescent Society convoy delivering much needed humanitarian aid to residents of Syria's second largest city Aleppo, still largely occupied by ISIS and al-Nusra Front forces but for months under siege by the advancing Syrian army. The US immediately began blaming both Russia and Syria as an "act of revenge" for Saturday's airstrike that the US feebly claims was an accident. A closer analysis of these two very much related, highly disturbing acts of violence speaks volumes on just how low the imperialistic US Empire is willing to stoop to sabotage peace in the war ravaged nation that's killed or displaced more than half the Syrian population.


WEX Urban Farm Project Coordinator – Position Vacant "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


Position:          Work Experience Project Coordinator

Award:           Northey Street City Farm (NSCF) Staff Agreement – Category: project part time

Hours:            32 hours per week (4 days), normally Tues. to Fri. 7:30 am to 4:00 pm

Pay rate:         NSCF Award Agreement Level 3, $24.23 per hour, excluding entitlements as defined in the NSCF Award Agreement.

Contract Position: Project Based Part-time – approx. 6 month contract.

Responsible to: Farming Team Manager


The WEX Project Coordinator should be an enterprising individual with excellent communication and people management skills, with a sound understanding of small scale construction techniques and permaculture in practice. The project involves constructing a shade house, raised garden beds and a honey processing shed, as well as other farming tasks.

For full position description CLICK HERE


Transgender children in the media: telling responsible stories "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Transgender children have been the focus of considerable media attention in Australia over the past two years. Two examples this year are episodes of Australian Story and 60 Minutes, where viewers shared in the journeys of Georgie, Emma and Izzie, three transgender teenagers. The episodes highlight how the media can either contribute to or inhibit the …

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Woy Woy RAAF Airfield WW2 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Woy Woy Aerodrome
During the early years of the Second World War an aerodrome was constructed on the Woy Woy peninsula by the Australian Army for the RAAF.
Originally the airfield was designated as a dispersal airfield for the Schofields air base at Quakers Hill in Sydney, in the event of an enemy attack aircraft from this base could be deployed to the Woy Woy strip.
The Schofields air base was home to the Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm for the duration of the war, the aircrews and aircraft were from visiting British aircraft carriers that rotated in and out during the war years.
As the threat of invasion diminished at the end of 1942 the airfield was relegated to become an Emergency Landing Ground, part of a network of coastal airfields that ran along the coast.
The airfield at Woy Woy was originally designed to accommodate 8 medium sized bombers that were housed in "hideouts" at various locations around the main runway.
A typical bush hideout consisted of a U shaped soil wall and suspended camouflage nets above the bays.
For camouflage purposes the taxiways leading to the runway would utilise existing local streets, some new streets were constructed for this purpose, other roads had the telegraph poles removed to accommodate the wingspan of a large aircraft.
Fuel dumps , anti aircraft positions and slit trenches were also planned for the area, earlier maps show plans for a second intersecting runway crossing the main strip from east to west.
The main runway ran north to south from McMasters Avenue to roughly Oxford Street and alongside Trafalgar Avenue
The strip was built in early 1942 by the Australian Army engineers firstly by bulldozing the area then laying down a base of crushed local sandstone , the main landing strip was then topped with a red gravel.
Early documents hint that at least 4 of the proposed hideouts had been completed by the time it was inspected by the army camoufluer at the end of 1942, locals have also reported the existence of slit trenches dug in the area of McMasters Avenue at the time.

RAAF plan for Woy Woy airfield

Wartime use
During the war the strip was used by aircraft travelling up and down the eastern seaboard for stop overs refuelling and emergency repairs.
Locals recall large Americam bombers regularly landing at Woy Woy which would attract the local ladies much to the delight of the American aircrews , one such crew was so taken by the local hospitality that 3 of the men deserted the aircraft and stayed in town for several weeks at at house in Umina before being rouded up by the military Police, evidently they had sold their uniforms to the locals !
Locals also recall many aircraft sto...


The Centre for Multicultural Youth (CMY) "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Centre for Multicultural Youth (CMY) is a major sponsor of the ECCV 2016 Statewide Conference The Next Generation of Multicultural Victoria: Intergenerational Perspectives, being held in Ballarat, on Friday 11 November 2016.

CNY is a Victorian not-for-profit organisation supporting young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds to build better lives in Australia.

Since 1988, CMY has worked to ensure that young people have every opportunity to succeed in Australia. CMY was the first organisation in Australia to work exclusively with migrant and refugee young people and through a combination of specialist support services, training and consultancy, knowledge sharing and advocacy, we are working to remove the barriers these young people face as they make Australia their home.

Young people can encounter significant barriers as they try to settle in Australia. Alongside the challenges of growing up, they are figuring out how things are done and adjusting to unfamiliar cultural, academic and social expectations.

Their sense of wellbeing and belonging can be considerably diminished by factors such as racism and discrimination. These barriers are often compounded and magnified by services and systems that are ill equipped to provide the specialist support needed.

Despite these complex issues, we know that young people have the enterprise, resilience and optimism to contribute to the continued prosperity of Australia. By engaging them as experts in their own lives and focusing on their strengths, they can be empowered to adapt and thrive.


ECCV 2016 Statewide Conference "The Next Generation of Multicultural Victoria: Intergenerational Perspectives".



To find out more about the Centre For Multicultural Youth visit their website at:


Michael Gudinski Once Tried To Split Up The Go-Betweens "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Michael Gudinski Once Tried To Split Up The Go-Betweens

The Go-Betweens are one of Australia’s most revered bands, having given us iconic releases like Before Hollywood and of course, the immortal 16 Lovers Lane and its timeless singles ‘Streets of Your Town’ and ‘Was There Anything I Could Do?’

But whilst the late ’80s yielded the Brisbane group’s most defining work, it was also when Australian music industry icon Michael Gudisnki, the chief of the Go-Betweens’s label, Mushroom, thought it was time to intervene and split the group.

As The Music reports, in Grant & I: Inside And Outside The Go-Betweens, the new memoir from Go-Betweens member Robert Forster, the guitarist recounts how his idea to give the band a flamboyant, eye-catching frontman didn’t sit well with their label.

According to Forster, some of the tactics he employed to become a Bowie-like flamboyant showman included dyeing his hair grey and wearing a dress on stage, something Forster did during the band’s tour supporting alt-rock legends REM.

“The dress had made one appearance after Perth, in Sydney,” Forster writes, via The Music. “There Michael Gudinski took Grant aside after the show. ‘You run the group, right?’ ‘Yeah,’ said Grant. ‘Get rid of the guy in the dress.'”

McLennan stood behind his bandmate and when the band hit Los Angeles for a subsequent show, Forster donned the frock once again. According to the guitarist, the band’s American label’s reaction was “one of shock and displeasure”.

“Grant was signed after the band’s break-up to the White Label, a boutique branch of Mushroom Records,” Forster writes of their eventual organic split. “He now had the platform to make hits, and could count on the confidence of Michael Gudinski. I was out of the way…”

Nowadays, Gudinski would much rather get rid of Australia’s scalpers. The Mushroom boss recently issued a statement in which he condemned the practice of buying up tickets and reselling them at exorbitant prices on resell websites.


We Bid A Fond Farewell To Aussie Rock Mainstays Jericco Ahead Of Their Final Show "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

We Bid A Fond Farewell To Aussie Rock Mainstays Jericco Ahead Of Their Final Show

Jericco have been absolute stalwarts of Melbourne’s always-burning rock scene for the better half of a decade, but have announced that after a solid seven year run of pumping out some of Australia’s best melody and noise, they’re now calling it a day.

Having been fans of these guys for years now, we’re sad to see them go – and we’re certainly not the only ones, with fans traveling from interstate to catch their upcoming farewell show in November at the ideal hometown surrounds of the iconic Corner Hotel.

As the band bring this chapter of their lives to a close, we’ve had a chat with founding member Roy Amar about their achievements, the amazing times they’ve had, and the tough decision to leave Jericco behind.

Let’s get the big one out of the way: why have you decided to call it a day?

Unfortunately life got in the way. Our singer has recently moved to Canada, which makes rehearsals and gigs pretty challenging. Our drummer is a very busy man and runs a large venue in Melbourne whilst pursuing a career in tour managing and teching. I’ve dedicated a lot of time recently to starting my own artist development and management company, which launched the same month that I became a father to an incredible little boy.

But without the excuses… There came a time when we thought that the band had reached its peak, and we would rather quit than stick around trying to relive the glory days. It was an extremely tough decision, but one that we’re confident with. Doesn’t make it any less sad though.

What are some of the highlights from the past seven years?

When I’m looking back at it all, everything was amazing. (laughs) Some of the festivals that we played in the early days were incredible. I remember the first one we played when we opened at Come Together Festival in Sydney at Luna Park. I think it was 2010, and that gig was so much fun as our band had never played on a stage that huge before. We absolutely killed it and left such an awesome impression that the promoter got us back on the lineup the year after in a later time slot where we played to a full house!

Pyramid Rock Festival over the new year was also an incredible experience. Meeting, chatting and partying with all those amazing acts backstage was not only so much fun but incredibly motivating… I just want to do it all over again! (laughs)

Touring with Karnivool, Mammal and Dead Letter Circus were also huge times for the band. We were on cloud nine, everything was easy and it just worked itself out. Wow, those were the days! Bands like Jericco, Twelve Foot Ninja, Circles and MM9 all cutting our teeth playing shows together, supporting huge bands that we looked up to – and my god the partying. I’m s0 happy that we took a camera everywhere, I have tons of crazy footage and the best pictures ever!

Selling out our first show at The Excelsior Hotel in Sydney, that place and that gig were amazing! Being interviewed on Triple J with John Safran and Father Bob is also something I’ll always remember.

Charting with our debut record and also our second was damn exciting, too. We were constantly getting updates from our publicist, and at the same time thinking to ourselves, “who the fark is buying this album we wrote?” (laughs)

Packing out the Prince Bandroom for our l...


Video: Wikileaks Confirms Hillary Sold Weapons To ISIS "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, has announced that Hillary Clinton and her State Department were actively arming Islamic jihadists, which includes the Islamic State...

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Dustyesky "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

They are hairy, they sing in Russian, and they love vodka.

Mullum’s 26 strong mighty Russian man choir has bought the house down wherever they perform. Whether it be their packed shows at Woodford folk festival, Mullum Circus Festival, Falls Festival Arts Village & Bello Winter Music, the lovable mob has stunned audiences with their emotive, sometimes humourous, but always heartfelt renditions of Russian songs. 

Led by choir master Andrew Swain, and a vodka or two, the lads are excited to bring their songs of love, loss and life’s trials and tribulations back to where it all began – the Mullum Music Festival later this year. 

Join Dustyesky and special guests at the Mullumbimby Ex-Services Club for an unforgettable evening of entertainment!

October 15th19:30–22:30Tix at the door (Adult-$15 | Youth: $10 | Child: $5 | Under 5yrs FREE!)

Photo Credit Anna Swain

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Summer starts early for Grove Nippers "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

By Mark Heenan

THE summer of surf life saving has arrived early for new Ocean Grove SLSC junior activities manager Gavin Mahoney and incoming surf sport co-ordinator Shane Bird.
Mahoney, the former club surf sport co-ordinator, assumes the top Nippers post from the outgoing Scott McNaughton, while Bird has taken on his new role like a duck to water.
Bird said ‘four winter pool’ sessions at Bellarine Aquatic and Sports Centre in Ocean Grove had commenced prior to club’s first beach training run in mid-September.
“It is evolving the whole time and this is the earliest we have started,” Bird said.
“The big reason behind getting everyone down here on Sunday 18 September before school holidays started was to get those connections started as maybe people haven’t seen each other for six months.
“The idea was to try and get people down for the holidays.”
Mahoney said the fickle ocean conditions gave new club Nippers an ideal introduction to the beach.
“It was an introduction to the beach to get them ready for the beach,” he said.
“It is different swimming in the pool … what happens at the beach is there are tides and changes of sand and rips.
“It got them back on their board and helped with their techniques on the beach.”
Up to 60 enthusiastic club Nippers ranging from under-8s to under-13s got their first official taste of pre-season beach training at Ocean Grove Main Beach on 18 September.
Conditions had everything – it was wet, it rained and it was windy, while the higher tide made the surf challenging for the Nippers.
Bird said it was important to get the ‘right mix’ between fun and competition.
“It is trying to get that balance right,” Bird said.
“You don’t want an environment that is just about fun – because you do drop away the higher end kids.
“Or if it is just intense you drop away the lower end – our role is to find that balance.”
Last season saw a dramatic increase in Ocean Grove SLSC Nippers participation rates with up to 100 youngsters taking part in beach training each Sunday in summer.
During the peak holiday period junior numbers swelled to hundreds with the club’s busy Surf Ed program.
Ocean Grove SLSC finished equal second overall on points at the 2016 Victorian Lifesaving Championships, which included more than 30 clubs competing state-wide.
The club’s Nippers will compete in the first state junior carnival on Sunday 4 December in South Melbourne – a bay carnival event.
Both Mahoney and Bird have children who compete in Nippers at Ocean Grove SLSC.

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Two Thousand Film Club: Evil Angels "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Oh Meryl. That accent. That bowl cut. THAT “a dingo ate my baby!” quote…* It was only time before we decided to revisit Evil Angels in our seasonal Film Club gathering at Golden Age Cinema (having recently taken a look at Oz classics Young Einstein, Dogs in Space, and Monkey Grip). Also known as A Cry in the Dark, Evil Angels (way better title, but a horrific thing to google image search) is Fred Schepsi's brill biopic about the disappearance of baby Azaria Chamberlain near Uluru one August night in 1980, and the legal aftermath. Mez stars as mother Lindy Chamberlain opposite Sam Neil, facing an extreme media circus (that still haunts her).

*It's actually “the dingo's got my baby” but we're not sticklers, Elaine Benes.


How to lengthen motorcycle chain life "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Motul Chain

Your motorcycle chain is a vital ingredient in making your bike smooth, quiet and efficient, so to prolong its life, it’s important to perform regular checks and maintenance.

French motorcycle lubricant company Motul, distributed in Australia by Link International, sent us a check list and technical details for lubricating your chain.

We’ve integrated their comments with our own experiences to provide you with a thorough guide to maintaining your motorcycle chain which will ensure a longer life.


Motul Chain

Check tension

You should check your chain every 500-1000km for correct tension, adequate lubrication, and signs of wear such as blunt sprockets and scoured links.


You may want to check your chain more frequently if you’ve been doing stunts (clutch wheelies will put a lot of strain on a chain!), riding on dirt roads, doing track days, or riding in the rain.

In fact, you should regrease your chain after every extended journey in the rain which tends to wash a lot of the lubrication off the chain.


Motul Chain

Clean chain with degreaser

Before greasing the chain, you should remove any heavy grime. Over time, oil, dust and worn materials form pasty clumps which are abrasive and shorten the life of the chain.

We’ve used all sorts of spray-on degreasers to clean chains. Obviously Motul recommends their Chain Clean.

You’ll need to get the back wheel off the ground, either by the centre stand, paddock stand or some other arrangement.

Place a piece of cardbo...


POLE FANATICISM "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Although many Melburnians are naturally active, with cycling trails, parks and pathways scattered around the city, others – especially you 9-to-5’ers with minimal leisure time – prefer a structured workout every once in a while.

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Reclaiming memories of motherhood "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

IF you became a mother between 1945 and 2015 and had your first child while living in Ocean Grove, local historian Dr Carla Pascoe wants to hear from you.
Dr Pascoe is seeking participants who would like to be interviewed about their experiences of early motherhood.
A lot of things have changed about raising children and becoming a mother since the 1950s. We no longer ban expectant fathers from labour wards in case they become a nuisance during childbirth. We don’t tell breastfeeding mothers to drink plenty of stout to increase their milk supply. We don’t put whiskey in a baby’s bottle to help them sleep longer. And we don’t expect new mothers to know everything about looking after a baby by instinct.
There have also been a lot of social and economic changes to Australian motherhood since the end of WWII. The median age at which women have their first child has risen from 23 to 30 years of age. Technology has given Australians more control over whether they have children and when they have children. More women are combining motherhood with paid work than ever before. And Australian families have become much more diverse – we now have more single parents, divorced parents, same sex parents, step parents and unmarried parents.
But what about the experience of becoming a mother for the first time? Has this changed over the past 70 years? The truth is, we know very little about whether the feelings, perspectives and everyday experiences of new mothers have changed.
We do know that the lives of mothers in the early 21st century seem to be more complicated as they often juggle work and mothering in a difficult balance. We also know that there is more parenting advice available than ever before and that some new mothers find this
confusing. There are more women diagnosed as suffering from perinatal depression or anxiety.
But does this mean that women find it harder to become a mother now than they did in the mid-20th century? Or rather that we are more comfortable talking about the challenges of motherhood than we were in the past?
Dr Pascoe of the University of Melbourne is exploring these questions in her research project. She is carrying out interviews with women who became mothers between 1945 and 2015 in three different Victorian locations: Fitzroy, Malvern and Ocean Grove.
Carla is also collecting other historical sources relating to motherhood, including letters and diaries that talk about experiences of motherhood or old family photos of mothers and children.
If you would like to be involved or to find out more about the project, contact Carla at or on 8344 1520.

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Airbourne’s ‘Breakin’ Outta Hell’ is “No Ballads, No Bull***t” "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Airbourne’s ‘Breakin’ Outta Hell’ is “No Ballads, No Bull***t”

“Put on the single, or the album, and it’s fuck the boss and fuck all the tax I owe,” frontman Joel O’Keeffe bluntly intones on the Victorian rockers’ fourth record. “I’m going out, I’m getting pissed and I’m going to listen to some hard rock ‘n’ roll. No ballads, no bullshit. I’m breakin’ outta hell!”

There’s certainly no bullshit when it comes to the album’s production; Breakin’ Outta Hell is the first Airbourne record put together on the band’s home soil, with the quartet also re-enlisting the legendary ear of American producer Bob Marlette (Alice Cooper, Sebastian Bach), who first propelled the group to massive international success with their debut effort Runnin’ Wild back in 2007.

That signature rawness definitely punches its way through Breakin’ Outta Hell – and with a resounding maturity – but the record isn’t a perfect one. While its initial drive carries the record through a strong start, the band’s creativity and unstoppable force does occasionally falter.

From the get-go, it’s clear just how tight the band is, with Ryan O’Keeffe’s sharp drumming and his brother’s adrenaline-fuelled screams driving the title track. The lead solo halfway through is also a complete face-melter, and sure to be a favourite during Airbourne’s Aussie summer tour next year.

The transition into the much slower ‘Rivalry’ is the best one on the record; low, dirty riffing allows the deliciously guttural quality of Joel’s vocals to resonate, and the layered yet never-cluttered sound is testament to Marlette’s production. However, while ‘Get Back Up’ has a stadium rock vibe reminiscent of AC/DC’s ‘Shook Me All Night Long’, ironically the band steps off the pace just a little here, limping towards the finish line and into the next tune.

‘Thin The Blood’, thankfully, is the absolute standout, and the four-piece really crank it up with a frantic, country rock-infused sound. A particularly bass-driven track, the mimicking nature of the vocals and guitar, combined with Joel’s gut-busting solo, renders it a must-play at their upcoming shows.

Airbourne also leave no holds barred on the next two tracks, elevated with a sexual energy that would again undeniably explode in a live setting. Justin Street’s dirty bass groove continues to permeate the record, a real strong point for the Warrnambool boys. In fact, the whole group really keep up the intensity in a sea of unapologetic lyrics, slightly syncopated rhythms and Joel’s dynamic vocal delivery, ranging from screams to growls and downright whispers.

It’s from here though that the album loses a little of its juice, unfortunately – although the next few songs would still make for solid additions dispersed throughout the rockers’ live show.

‘Never Been Rocked Like This’ and ‘Do Me Like You Do Yourself’ move quite a way from the record’s intense beginnings, but although the intensity dips noticeably, the latter demonstrates rhythmic flair from David Roads, as well as one of the best lead solos on the record.

The exception to the lull is ‘When I Drink I Go Crazy’, with some unexpected key changes adding a refreshing change in sound, and the band bring it home strongly with echoes of “All for one...


Rivals go head to head "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

By Justin Flynn

CROSS-town rivals Ocean Grove and Collendina have drawn each other in round one of the new Bellarine Peninsula Cricket Association season.
The season kicks off with a one-day clash on 8 October when the Cobras host Ocean Grove at the Snake Pit. The two teams will meet each other for a second time in round four on 12 and 19 November at Menzies Memorial Oval.
Collendina finished runners-up last season while a late season flurry wasn’t enough to get the Grubbers into the finals.
Wallington has withdrawn its A Grade team from the competition, leaving A Grade with just nine teams and a bye.
Collendina’s bye is in round three on 29 October and 5 November. The Cobras requested their bye to co-incide with the Bellarine Relay for Life, which will be held at Collendina Recreation Reserve on 5 November.
The Cobras also have another bye on January 7, which could prove pivotal. Any team that has two byes, automatically gets average winning points for that round. Given the timing of the second bye so close to the Christmas/New Year break, a guaranteed six points would have everyone at the Snake Pit smiling.
Ocean Grove’s bye comes in round nine, a two-day clash on 28 January and 4 February.
The Grubbers won’t have to wait long for their other big clash for the season – the Battle of the Bridge against Barwon Heads, which will be in round two on 15 and 22 October. It will also be the first ever A Grade clash at Menzies Memorial Oval at Shell Road.
Ocean Grove will meet reigning premiers Anglesea in round three while Collendina will play the Roos in round eight.

Round 1, 8 October v Collendina (away).
Round 2, 15 and 22 October v Barwon Heads (home).
Round 3, 29 October and 5 November v Anglesea (away).
Round 4, 12 and 19 November v Collendina (home).
Round 5, 26 November and 3 December v Barrabool (away).
Round 6, 10 and 17 December v Queenscliff (home).
Round 7, 7 January v Drysdale (home).
Round 8, 14 and 21 January v Drysdale (away).
Round 9, 28 January and 4 February bye.
Round 10, 11 and 18 February v Jan Juc (away).
Round 11, 25 February and 4 March v Portarlington (home).

Round 1, 8 October v Ocean Grove (home).
Round 2, 15 and 22 October v Drysdale (away).
Round 3, 29 October and 5 November bye.
Round 4, 12 and 19 November v Ocean Grove (away).
Round 5, 26 November and 3 December v Portarlington (home).
Round 6, 10 and 17 December v Barwon Heads (home).
Round 7, 7 January bye.
Round 8, 14 and 21 January v Anglesea (away).
Round 9, 28 January and 4 February v Jan Juc (home).
Round 10, 11 and 18 February v Barrabool (home).
Round 11, 25 February and 4 March v Queenscliff (away).
Semi-finals, 11 and 12 March.
Grand final, 18 and 19 March, reserve day 25 March.

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Does South Australia’s wind output rule the NEM? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Our analysis suggests that wind exported from South Australia is pushing down prices across the National Electricity Market by a much as 10 per cent.


Triple M Are About To Take On Triple J "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Triple M Are About To Take On Triple J

Triple M looks set to take on triple j’s status as Australia’s premier nationally branded broadcaster, with Southern Cross Austereo reportedly planning a new overhaul cum expansion that will see Triple M absorbing some 30 regional Austereo stations.

According to Noise11, a statement to Austereo shareholders indicated Triple M will expand next year as “30 of our regional stations currently under LocalWorks radio network will be brought into the Triple M family”.

The LocalWorks stations affected by the change include MIX 94.5 Perth, MIX 106.3 Canberra, 105.7 The River Albury, 107.7 2GO Gosford, KOFM Newcastle, 92.5 Gold Coast, SEAFM Mackay, HEART 107.3 Hobart, and stations in Rockhampton, Coffs Harbour, and others.

On the surface it seems as though Austereo is simply taking its scattered brands and placing them under the one banner, but the move will in fact make Triple M the first nationally branded commercial broadcaster in capital cities and regional areas.

Typically, major networks — your KIIS FMs and Novas — only brand within major markets, so you’ll hear Nova in Melbourne but if you venture out towards regional Victoria, your premier local station is something completely different.

As Noise11 notes, the move also pits Triple M against triple j, who’ve been particularly successful at sapping listeners in the 25-39 demographic from its commercial counterparts. triple j is of course a non-commercial, government-funded radio network.

Despite the absence of advertising revenue, triple j has been very successful in gaining a considerable market share, regularly rivalling that of commercial stations such as Triple M and Nova in the capital city markets and remaining very popular in regional Australia.

It’s not clear when the change will take place, but as Noise11 writes, Southern Cross Austereo are hoping the move will bolster the Triple M brand, give it a boost in ratings surveys, and return advertising revenue to the radio sector.

As readers may be aware, there is some bad blood between the stations, at least on one end, with Triple M previously hitting out at triple j for what they perceive as the national youth broadcaster’s “elitism” and for focusing on music that is “on trend right now”.

Speaking during the launch of Triple M’s digital radio station in 2014, Triple M Network head Mike Fitzpatrick said, “Unlike our Taxpayer-funded ‘youth network’, Triple M Modern Rock Digital isn’t elitist. We don’t care about ‘cool’ music or ‘on trend right now’ styles. If it’s a great song, we’ll play it.”


Get on Ya Bikes for NSW Bike Week 2016! "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

[ Sunday, 25 Sep; 11:00 am; ] The chilliest days are behind us, the sun is shining, and the cycleway is calling. What better time to to dust off the helmet, pump up the tyres, throw some lube on the ol’ chain and get pedalling! Join us for the Pedal To Piney starting at 11am Sunday 25 September from Curtis Park. This is [...] full article »


Armidale International Day of Peace "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

[ Saturday, 24 Sep; 5:00 pm; ] You are invited to Dinner, Entertainment and Guest Speakers. Everyone Welcome! Venue: Armidale Town Hall Time: 5pm for 5.30pm Cost: $7 or $20 family Contact: Peter Ducat {mobile prefix oh for}28 669 866 / Jan Golding {local landline prefix}2 3181/ Hans Schaefer{mobile prefix oh for}50284 007/ Nina Sithakern{mobile prefix oh for}23 395 543 Visit: full article »


Wildflower and Art Weekend a success! "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The annual ANGAIR Wildflower and Art Weekend was greeted with a glorious spring day to welcome locals and visitors to the event.

This year featured a hands-on amphibian, reptile and insect experience by Roaming Reptiles, which was greatly received by children and adults alike.

Other great activities on the day included:

  • Spectacular displays of indigenous flowers
  • Guided wildflower walks and bus tours
  • Indigenous plants for sale
  • Book and craft stalls
  • Children’s activities
  • Land mangers stalls and information
  • The Fire Game

Check out all the photos from the weekend below!


GORCC’s Hilary Bouma talks to passerby’s at the GORCC stall.


GORCC’s Georgie Beale and the Otways Indigenous Nursery stall holders.


ANGAIR volunteers John Wade and Sally White help keep the ANGAIR plants hydrated during the sunny spring day.


GORCC’s Pete Crowcroft (Right) with ANGAIR volunteers.


GORCC’s Conservation Supervisor Georgie Beale with Friends of the Hooded Plovers Surf Coast Regional Coordinator Sue Guiness at the Hooded Plover stall.


Rare and local orchids were a delight for all to see.


A stunning display of local wildflowers did not disappoint.


‘Gotcha’ the crocodile watches on in his enclosure at the Roaming Reptiles stall.


Reptiles come in all shapes and sizes with one of the smallest members of the Roaming Reptiles crew saying hello!



Vodeo: Dakota pipline has been stopped "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

From: teleSUR English Construction of the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline has come to a halt, after weeks of ongoing protest, led by an unprecedented alignment...

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Forty-nine per cent of Australians support a ban on Muslim immigration, survey finds "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A NEW survey has found almost half of Australians support a ban on Muslim immigration.

The Essential poll asked more than 1000 respondents whether they would support or oppose Pauline Hanson’s proposed ban on Muslim immigration.… Read More


CANCELLED: Building on the success of the last AURG working bee "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

[ Sunday, 25 Sep; 8:30 am; ] This event has been cancelled — site too wet We had a very good roll up and got a lot done last working bee and that there was interest in following up again. This working bee will be another weeding day as part of our Restoration and Rehabilitation of the Creeklands downstream of where Centennial Ave would intersect [...] full article »


Sugar Mountain Announce The Date For Their 2017 Festival "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Sugar Mountain Announce The Date For Their 2017 Festival

The iconic Sugar Mountain festival is set to return for its 2017 edition, and festival organisers have today announced that the boutique festival’s seventh outing will be held on Saturday January 21, at Melbourne’s Victorian College of Arts.

While the festival lineup is yet to be announced, announcers promise that this year’s bill is set to include “world premieres, exclusive collaborations, food and drink offerings to die for and more”, so that should get you pretty understandably excited.

With the “summit of music and art” always managing to bring some of the most eclectic lineups to ever grace Australia, we’ll undoubtedly be in for another huge day when the lineup drops in the coming weeks. Stay tuned.

Sugar Mountain 2017

Saturday, January 21 – Melbourne’s Victorian College Of The Arts.


Launch of Community Solar Power Bulk-Buy for the City of Light "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The bulk-buy program was officially launched by Kevin Anderson, NSW Parliamentary Member for Tamworth, who spoke about how significant solar power was becoming for the region — especially given the recent news of another utility-scale solarfarm at the White Rock project near Glen Innes. The community bulk-buy is being coordinated by Farming the Sun, Australia’s most [...] full article »


Zac Brown Band Announce 2017 Bluesfest Sideshows "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Zac Brown Band Announce 2017 Bluesfest Sideshows

Already one of the big draws on the Byron Bay Bluesfest 2017 lineup, three-time Grammy Award winners Zac Brown Band have now unveiled two very special all ages sideshows set to take place in Melbourne and Sydney next April.

The band were last in the country two years for their debut Australian tour, which received rave reviews from critics and fans alike. The band will be looking to capitalise on that momentum when they return next year.

They’ll be hot on the heels of their latest platinum-certified album Jekyll + Hyde, their fourth consecutive Number 1 debut on the Billboard 200 chart and another addition to their quickly expanding discography.

Zac Brown Band have had Number 1 singles, collaborated with the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Elton John, Bonnie Raitt, and Foo Fighters, and now they’ve set their sights on Australia where they’ll delight crowds once again.

Zac Brown Band Australian Tour Dates

Tickets on sale 10am local time Tuesday, 27th September

Wednesday, 19th April 2016
Margaret Court Arena, Melbourne (All Ages)
Tickets: Ticketek | 132 849

Friday, 21st April 2016
ICC Sydney Theatre, Sydney (All Ages)
Tickets: Ticketek | 132 849


Mojgan Shamsalipoor released from immigration detention and more Zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

An Iranian woman whose refugee application was denied has been freed from immigration detention after two years. Mojgan Shamsalipoor has been granted a three-month bridging visa, and will be able to live with her husband. source: Facebook/FreeMojgan

Mojgan Shamsalipoor released from immigration detention

An Iranian woman whose refugee application was denied has been freed from immigration detention after two years.

Mojgan Shamsalipoor has been granted a three-month bridging visa, and will be able to live with her husband.

Yeronga State high School deputy principal Jessica Walker, who led the Free Mojgan movement in Brisbane, says the future is still uncertain for the twenty-two year old.


Senator James Ashby: Why not? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Senator James Ashby: Why not?Is Ashbygate assassin James Ashby on the way to become a One Nation senator? Sydney bureau chief Ross Jones sees just four obstacles in his way. read now...


We can reduce carbon emissions while growing GDP "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Is it possible to have economic growth at the same time as a country is transitioning to a new climate economy? There’s a debate about whether growth can drive, or even coexist with, climate stabilization. On the other side of the coin, it’s also a discussion of whether climate stabilisation can drive growth. The debates on growth and resources are complex, [...] full article »


No, cutting your car’s carbon emissions won’t cost you more "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Research shows that the introduction of emission standards for light vehicles has considerable benefits for motorists and Australia more broadly.


Patti Smith Expands 2017 Australian ‘Horses’ Tour "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Patti Smith Expands 2017 Australian ‘Horses’ Tour

It was just this week that the legendary Patti Smith announced she would embark on a headline tour of Australia to accompany her eagerly anticipated performance at Byron Bay Bluesfest 2017, and already the icon has been forced to add new dates to the tour.

It’s been eight years since punk rock icon, bestselling author, and acclaimed poet Smith graced Australian stages, so it’s no surprise that demand for the tour has been overwhelming. Smith has now announced additional dates for both Melbourne and Sydney.

The Godmother of Punk and two members of the original Patti Smith Group — Lenny Kaye and Jay Dee Daugherty — as well as bassist / keyboardist Tony Shanahan and Jack Petruzzelli will perform Smith’s landmark album, Horses, in its entirety.

It’s been 41 years since Horses exploded like a bombshell on the music scene, with its game-changing combination of vivid, poetic lyricism and ferocious proto-punk power. Seeing Smith and her band perform the album live is an experience not to be missed.

Patti Smith Australian Tour Dates

Sunday, 9th April 2017
State Theatre, Sydney

Monday, 10th April 2017 – NEW SHOW
State Theatre, Sydney

Sunday, 16th April 2017
Hamer Hall, Melbourne

Monday, 17th April 2017 – NEW SHOW
Hamer Hall, Melbourne

Also appearing at Byron Bay Bluesfest


A new energy gold mine: storage from solar and pumped hydro "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A proposal for a massive solar plant paired with pumped hydro storage in an old gold mine has taken a big step forward.


Is the Census still the best way to inform policy? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

This is my second submission to the Inquiry into the 2106 Census. I am supplying a second submission in case there are technical issues which lead to my first submission being rejected by the Committee and to situate the failure of the 2016 census within the wider discourse on policy making in the digital age.

I have carried out extensive research on the history of the census in Australia including previous Parliamentary inquiries, relevant legislation, freedom of information requests and current and historical newspaper articles going back some 45 years. I have also undertaken my own survey of attitudes and actions taken by the general public toward the 2016 census (the ‘#CensusFail Survey‘).

My background is in citizen journalism and open data. I have both a degree in social research and more recently, I have acquired database design and programming skills which were built using Commonwealth public data for the purpose of financial and political transparency.

It is through my in-depth knowledge gained through the experience linking public open data sets to investigate inequalities, influence and corruption in government decision making that I gained insights into the governance issues which apply to linking the census data with multiple administrative datasets across agencies and portfolios.

I have recently participated in the drafting of Australia’s first National Action Plan for Open Government (due for publication in 2016) where I contributed the views of stakeholders from the Indigenous, health and social services sectors in improved engagement with data custodians.

It was solely due to my participation in that consultation that the Integrating Authority dealing with data from these sectors, the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare was included as an agency in the Open Government Partnership.

This consultation is underway at this time at

My main input to that consultation was in advising government on ways and means to efficiently link datasets across jurisdictions for the purpose of improving data available for policy making in the social and health sectors – hence my interest and expertise in writing about data linkage with the census.

In summary, my original #CensusFail Submission argues:

  • The government has never had any legislative right to combine data from the census with administrative or law enforcement datasets.
  • The manner in which the government undertook the decision to de-anonymise census data for linkage with administrative datasets was inadequate and inappropriate.
  • At no time has the ABS attempted to educate the public about the uses to which 2016 census data will be put.
  • The oversight mechanisms originally in place to govern cross portfolio data integration projects have been removed in favour of less transparent and legally inappropriate mechanisms.

It is the proposition of that submission that the above considerations have impacted significantly on the data quality of the 2016 Census and that this is directly relevant to the Inquiry’s Terms of Reference: a, b, e & f.

The #CensusFail Submission can be read at

Given the arguments and evidence provided in The #CensusFail Submission it is likely that there are significant problems in the data quality and participation rates for the 2016 census.

These issues are directly related to the int...


What is seven times Zero? A highly-charged electric motorbike gathering "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Kramer experiment - flying through the air on sweet winding roads on our Zeros, and our 100% electric motorbike trip.


Bring Me The Horizon Cancel Remainder Of Their 2016 Australian Tour "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Bring Me The Horizon Cancel Remainder Of Their 2016 Australian Tour

Bring Me The Horizon have announced the cancellation of the remainder of their current Australian tour due to illness. The band are “fully committed” to returning to Australia in “early 2017” to complete their shows in Melbourne and Adelaide.

The band was forced to cancel an Adelaide performance earlier in the week due to frontman Oli Sykes’s viral throat infection, which has now been diagnosed as acute laryngitis. Doctors have advised Sykes to rest, meaning he cannot perform.

In addition to Tuesday’s cancelled Adelaide performance, the postponement affects Bring Me The Horizon’s two Melbourne performances at Margaret Court Arena (Thursday, 22nd September and Friday, 23rd September).

Ticket holders are advised to retain their tickets and await the announcement of new dates, details for which are to be announced shortly. Alternatively, fans can obtain a full refund from the point of purchase.

Bring Me The Horizon Australian Tour Dates

Tuesday, 20th September 2016 — CANCELLED
AEC Theatre, Adelaide

Thursday, 22nd September 2016 – CANCELLED
Margaret Court Arena, Melbourne

Friday, 23d September 2016 – CANCELLED
Margaret Court Arena, Melbourne


B-Town Warriors- ‘People of the Red Sunset’ "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Desert Pea Media came to Bourke and worked with a group of young Indigenous people enrolled at Bourke High School. The project came about through a partnership between Desert Pea Media, Bourke High School and Outback Division of General Practice.




Straight out of Bourke where the Darling River’s deep
Where the Wonkamurra, Paakantji, Nyaampa, Murrawarri meet
Connected to my country, red dirt through my black feet
Can’t track me – no guns but the sun packin heat.

I tell you it’s hard/ that violence leaving scars
Leavin’ bruises, broken families, broken homes and broken hearts
Smoking dope and getting drunk, skippin school and stealin cars
That type of yarn will get you nowhere but behind bars

I’m sick of this misery, my culture like a mystery
Massacre, stolen generation up in my history
Listen to this, with boomerang and clapsticks
You can hear it rockin from up Northy down to the Rizz

Kids pickin up bumpers lah! Drinkin, killin’ your liver brah
Better switch this up, better go to school,
Ya foolish think this cool or wha?
Better raise them voices up. Better make better choices ya
Better respect, better keep in check, myself, my song, my culture HAH


We from a place where the warm wind blows,
my place, my home, my spirit
We the people of the red sunset
we connect like the flows in the river.


Better learn about myself – help my family’s mental health
Better check if you alright, better make sure that you sleep at night
Better keep that dream alive, exercise and eatin’ right
Now’s the time to show our pride and take this yarn Australia wide.

Change it back to what it meant to be I’ll take back my identity
I’ll maintain my integrity. I’m black in the 21st Century
Yep there’s still room for improvement, work with us to start a movement
Bourke about to change the game and break the chain through this here music.

If you fair dinkum prove it bred, you better shake your leg
If you for real sis, hands up if you feel this.
If you on track, you better learn your lingo, bringin it back.
Learn the facts, learn your language, yep be proud be black

We livin’ black and white – get rid of that stereotype
Never give up, don’t quit, the truth is you can be anything you like
Yep you gotta grab that mic, gotta keep that fire alight
Gotta keep on dreaming keep your chin up, keep on shining bright.

About the Project

Desert Pea Media projects involve a dialogue-based storytelling process that encouraged participants to analyse ‘the real’, ‘the ideal’ and ‘the bridge’. In simple terms this means critically thinking about how to create positive change for individuals, for each other and for our communities.

This information was then disseminated into a narrative structure by local young people and Desert Pea Media staff – Toby Finlayson and Michael Graham (aka MC Boomalli), then the lyrics were co-written and recorded. We then shot a music video over two days all over Bourke and surrounding areas.

This project featured the expert musical direction and production of acclaimed musician and and songwriter Carlo Santone (Skin, Blue King Brown, Nattali Rize) who has since worked with us on a number of projects. Also featuring session Yidaki from Indigenous musician Fred Leone.

Further mentoring support came from previous DPM project participant Michael Graham (MC Boomalli), Kamileroi man who is now one of the head project facilitators for DPM.

The song is a celebration of survival, resilience, culture and pride and is...


Coal consultant warns thermal coal use could plummet – but dodges questions "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Wood Mackenzie estimates seaborne thermal coal use would have to fall by 40 per cent by 2035 to meet the 2° target.


New report shows shale gas risks unique Channel Country rivers that Qld Government promised to protect "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Western Rivers Alliance is calling on the Queensland Government to make good on its election promise to protect the unique rivers of the Channel Country.


Do we really need the Booker? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

It was going to happen sooner or later. The shortlist for the Man Booker Prize has thrown into relief fears that were tentatively voiced in 2014, when, in the name of globalism, the competition was first opened to American authors: that a US-UK hegemony would cast its shadow over the literary world, sidelining smaller Commonwealth voices and severely curtailing any purchase on diversity.


earthcore launch party melbourne lineup announced! "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

We simply cannot wait to unleash the vibe at our Melbourne earthcore launch party next week on grand final holiday eve!

Join us for our 2nd psychedelic warehouse party of 2016. Doors 8pm, arrive early for happy hour and good times!

Aminos Kh
Rhys Gibson
Zac Depetro

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earthcore launch party sydney lineup announced! "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

We simply cannot wait to unleash the vibe at our Sydney launch party next week over the long weekend!

Full lineup including a special Swarm techno room announced!

Main Room
Loose Canon
Professor Purn
Zac Slade

Swarm Techno Room
Geoff Da Cheff
Vektor [LIVE]
Vic Zee

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Gonski school funding to be reviewed and more Zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Federal Government is planning to overhaul the Gonski school funding to replace the current 27 separate agreements with a simpler model. Image: Pixabay

Gonski school funding to be reviewed
The Federal Government is planning to overhaul the Gonski school funding to replace the current 27 separate agreements with a simpler model.

The Commonwealth has released modeling that shows there are discrepancies between different school systems, which will be addressed when Federal Education Minister Simon Birmingham meets with state and territory counterparts in Adelaide on Friday to begin redistributing funding beyond 2017.


The Vines Announce 2016 East Coast Tour "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Vines Announce 2016 East Coast Tour

The Vines are one of those bands that’s always coming back even though they never really went away. They recently unveiled the first taste of their forthcoming seventh full-length effort and they now embarking on a tour to celebrate.

The band have announced a rapid-fire, three-date excursion along the East Coast of Australia to celebrate the release of ‘In Miracle Land’. They’ll be hitting up Sydney’s Oxford Art Factory, Melbourne’s Corner Hotel, and Valley Fiesta in Brisbane.

‘In Miracle Land’ is the first taste of new music we’ve heard from The Vines since they released their 2014 album Wicked Nature. It was unveiled back in April alongside a string of a solo tour dates from Vines frontman Craig Nicholls.

The band’s new album is said to be dropping some time this year and was recorded at Sydney’s Hercules Studio and produced by Nicholls himself. If ‘In Miracle Land’ is anything to go by, it’s a return to the band’s classic mix of Kinks-esque pop melodies and grunge-like aggression.

The Vines National Tour Dates

26th October 2016
Oxford Art Factory, Sydney

27th October 2016
Corner Hotel, Melbourne

29th October 2016
Valley Fiesta, Brisbane


Australia locked in for more ambitious climate, renewable policies "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Australia commits to ratifying Paris climate deal, which will come into force by the end of the year - a speed of action almost unprecedented on the international stage. But that means Malcolm Turnbull will have to match words with action. But how?


SK!N…its not what you think "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

SK!N is renowned for redefining the experience of theatre and challenging our perceptions of performance.

We spoke to Director and Designer Govin Ruben and Co-creator and Creative Producer, Terence Fernandez to discuss their approach to theatre-making.

They’ve been recognised by Malaysian critics for redefining the experience of theatre. Listen in to hear more…


Producer/ Presenter: Jennie Lenman
Image: via Google Images


Thursday 9am Bulletin "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A man has been taken into custody after a stand-off with police at the Marion Motel.

The Institute of Health and Welfare has released figures revealing that Adelaide has the highest mental health hospitalisation rates in Australia.

Legislation for a relationship register will be introduced in South Australian Parliament today.

A new DNA study has backed claims that indigenous Australians are the longest standing ancient civilisation to date.

A blueprint outlining a 20 year upgrade plan for the University of Adelaide’s North Terrace campus will be revealed today.

A two million dollar laser light show for tourists has caused controversy in Central Australia.

In Sport…

South Australian Matt Eagles has signed a contract with Brisbane Lions after winning the second series of reality TV show The Recruit.

The women’s AFL league are seeking an increase on all pay levels.

In soccer, the FFA cup saw Melbourne City beat Western Sydney Wanderers in a FOUR to ONE victory last night at AAMI Park.

News Reader: Jake Bell. Sports Reader: Teagan Short. Producer: Georgia Roberts. Web Editor: Jake Bell. Journalists: Chloe Holmes, Georgia Roberts, Jake Bell, Teagan Short.


Neil Gaiman’s How The Marquis Got His Coat Back "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Neil Gaiman, How The Marquis Got His Coat Back (Hodder Headline 2015)

1472235320.jpgI don’t really understand how this book came into being. Its 58 half-sized pages contain just one short story, hardly a book at all.

My copy, a gift from a friend who knows I’m a Neil Gaiman fan, has a Children’s Bookshop sticker on the inside cover, which suggests the book was published with reluctant teenaged (‘young adult’) readers in mind: a book this size isn’t too daunting, but at the same time the content isn’t babyish.

Another possibility is that someone thought that this story issued as a stand-alone would act as a promo for the 2014 anthology in which it first appeared – Rogues, edited by George R R Martin and Gardner Dozois. If so, it seems not to have worked too well, as I saw that door-stopper on the Gleebooks bargain counter this week.

‘Beg for mercy,’ said the Elephant.
That one was easy. ‘Mercy!’ said the Marquis. ‘I beg! I plead! Show me mercy – the finest of all gifts. It befits you, mighty Elephant, as lord of your own demesne, to be merciful to one who is not even fit to wipe the dust from your excellent toes …’
‘Did you know,’ said the Elephant, ‘that everything you say sounds sarcastic?’
‘I didn’t. I apologise. I meant every single word of it.’
‘Scream,’ said the Elephant.
The Marquis de Carabas screamed very loudly and very long. It is hard to scream when your throat has been recently cut, but he screamed as hard and piteously as he could.
‘You even scream sarcastically,’ said the Elephant.

Neil Gaiman always writes as if he can’t get over his luck at earning a living by making stuff up.

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Livin’ at ‘Leven (Updated) "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Livin at Leven

You asked for it, so we are delivering! That’s right folks, back by your extremely popular request is our live streaming from Edgar’s Mission. Join us on our Facebook page at 11.00am, Australian Eastern Standard Time, everyday this week as we go live to show you just some of the baaing, mooing, bok boking and oinking from around the farm. See our live streams below:

Wednesday 21st September 2016

Tuesday 20th September 2016

Monday 19th September 2016


Coburg Farmers Market "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Coburg Farmers' Market is held every Saturday from 8am-1pm in the grounds of the Coburg North Primary School.


The real reason our extraordinary low rate of Newstart is dangerous "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

This article is by Peter Martin the economics editor with The Age. We have reproduced it because it makes a valuable contribution to what is...

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What If They Don’t Like Me? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

When I was getting ready for my first solo overseas trip, I acted fearless. Friends and family were worried I wasn’t taking my trip seriously, that I wasn’t planning enough, and that I was underprepared. I wasn’t taking precautions to prevent getting robbed, or getting lost, or running out of money. In truth, I kind of liked the idea of getting caught up in a difficult situation and working my way out of it. But it wasn’t that I was fearless – in fact, I was very afraid – but my fears are different.

My fears aren’t things that I can neatly map out and rationalise away. And for that reason, they are not so easily solved. The main worry, the one that almost made me cancel my trip half a dozen times, exists all in my head. I am worried about meeting new people, and, more specifically, I’m worried that these new people won’t like me.

I’m a social person. I can chat and banter, and I love the deep connections that can be made. The problem is I get stuck on the idea that I’m bad at it. Making conversation with strangers and people I don’t know very well is a battle between wanting to speak my mind and worrying what they’ll think of me. Small talk is easy enough, but anything deeper than that leads to a mental wall and an abrupt end to the conversation. At home this is easy to avoid – you can just stick with your friends and avoid everyone else at all costs. Often, there’s very rarely the need to venture too far out of your comfort zone. This is not an option while travelling. Unless you are willing to be alone for the entire duration of a solo trip, then making connections is vital, and, for me, the fear of not making those connections was terrifying.

I know that I’m not the only one who thinks like this. I’ve talked to other friends with travel plans who worry about the same thing, and I’ve seen how easy it is for people to get caught up in their groups of friends and never approach new people. Being in another country is intimidating: all the comforts of home are gone and it’s easy to feel like the people around you are just better. They seem more confident, more capable, and you sometimes worry that you aren’t worth their time. Why would they talk to you when they could talk to someone better?

This is the core of the social fear that almost stopped me from travelling. It’s not a rational feeling, but that doesn’t make it any easier to ignore. It’s easy to justify to yourself that it doesn’t matter what these people think – you are only going to know them for a few days at most and then will move on and probably never see them again. You can try to convince yourself that this time will be different, that this time you will just be yourself and not try to hide your weird quirks and lame puns and the fact that your laugh sounds like a dying dog. But rational thoughts don’t work on irrational anxiety –  it’s like trying to fight a fire by talking to it.

Thoughts like this were spinning around my head as I stepped into a hostel for my first night overseas. I was exhausted, smelled like aeroplane food and feet, and I was sweating more than I ever thought possible. I was sure all this would mean no one would want to talk to me, so I was prepared for a busy evening of resting in my bunk alone and hiding away from my social fears. I was wrong though. Despite all my insecurities, I ended up, almost accidentally, being drawn into conversation with the travellers I shared a room with. It wasn’t perfect, not like that scene in the movie when the geek gets invited to the party, but it wasn’t nearly as difficult as I’d built it up in my head. When I found myself laughing and joking over cocktails with people who had been co...


Tasmanian triple act War Veteran urges Diggers to make a Senate Submission regarding experiences with Department of Vet. Affairs "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Click below to view a YouTube, which shows Senator Lambie talking to Tasmanian War Veteran Marcus Saltmarsh who is calling on fellow Veterans to take the opportunity of a special Senate Inquiry into DVA and make an official written submission – or ask to personally appear and make an oral statement to the Senate committee.


JLN Independent Tasmanian Senator Jacqui Lambie during the last sitting of Parliament spoke with Tasmanian war Veteran Marcus Saltmarsh (and Frank Davies – assistance dog) about the need for Veterans and their families to make official submissions to the Senate Committee which is investigating the causes of Veterans’ suicides and their treatment by the Government’s Department of Veterans Affairs.

Senator Lambie and Mr Saltmarsh urge all Veterans and their family members who want to make an official submission to visit the following federal government website:

Senator Lambie’s YouTube conversation with Tasmanian Veteran Marcus Saltmarsh is as follows:

DVA Senate Inquiry – Veteran’s call for Submissions

Jacqui: So Marcus tell me why it’s important that veterans and their families put in submissions for the special inquiry into Veterans Affairs.

Marcus: Well Jacqui, most Australians and veterans would be aware that there are problems in the Departments of Veterans of Affairs, the only way the problems can be fixed and the Department of Veterans Affairs can be remediated is if veterans and their families become active participants and lodge a submission.

Jacqui: So Marcus you have been through the Veterans Affairs system, what’s wrong with Veterans Affairs, why do we need an inquiry?

Marcus: The inquiry into the Department of Veterans Affairs is needed for many reasons, the fundamental issues at the Department of Veterans Affairs are many and diverse the claims system is over complicated, veterans are unable to access the appropriate level of care, there’s legislation that has been passed previously that is so complicated that barely a person in the Department of Veterans Affairs can even explain it. The um, There is no greater indicator that there is problems in Veterans Affairs than the tragic fact that 44 veterans have committed suicide alone this year.

Jacqui: Well Marcus you have served in three different conflicts you’ve done Iraq, Afghanistan and East Timor so does that mean you get less than a digger that’s served in one conflict?

Marcus: Yes, because I served in East Timor, Iraq and Afghanistan I receive less compensation than somebody who has served in one conflict under one act and this is a topic I look very forward to speaking about in great detail during the special senate committee.

Jacqui: So because you’re under three different acts does...


Call to ban gas mining in Qld channel country "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Queensland's channel country viewed from the air. Photo Australian Geographic

Queensland’s channel country viewed from the air. Photo Australian Geographic


Conservationists have analysed research from the United States to highlight the risks of unconventional gas mining and demand the Queensland government better protect the channel country.

The report, released by the Western Rivers Alliance (WRA) on Thursday, takes particular aim at shale gas, which is extracted from layers of shale rocks.

It singled out well failures, high water demand, water and soil contamination and earthquakes as geological risks.

University of NSW Professor Richard Kingsford said the volume of water needed for gas mining in the country’s driest region was concerning.

‘The magnificent and intact channel country of the Lake Eyre Basin rivers would inevitably be affected if gas fields became established and interrupted the natural movement of water flows with extensive road and pipeline networks,’ he said.

Research on chemical pollution from fracking in Pennsylvania found failure rates in newly drilled shale gas wells was as high as 8.9 per cent over three years.

The report cites work from Professor Tony Ingraffea, who claims that 60 per cent of wells will fail over 20 years and eventually 100 per cent will fail.

It said scientists did not know enough about the health risks of groundwater pollution because of the ‘rapid expansion of unconventional oil and gas development’.

WRA coordinator Sarah Moles said the CSG industry in Queensland’s Surat Basin had caused a decline in wellbeing and social capital, with few locals benefiting from jobs.

‘The bottom line is that channel country communities have very little to gain from this industry – but a great deal to lose,’ she said.

In 2014, the former LNP government repealed Labor’s 2005 Wild Rivers laws which banned strip mining, intensive agriculture and in-stream dams in Cape York and provided protections for the channel country.

The LNP ruled out open-cut mining and capped water expansion in the latter region, with oil and gas development to instead be controlled under conditions in other environmental legislation.

The WRA called on Labor to fulfil an election promise to shield the region with legal protections.

Environment minister Dr Steven Miles and mines minister Dr Anthony Lynham have been contacted for comment.



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A letter to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Published here is an actual letter sent to us by a distraught citizen of this country who had tried to get a new passport, but...

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Thursday 8am Bulletin "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A man has been taken into custody after a stand-off with police at the Marion Motel.

Northern Territory Coroner Greg Cavanagh says the level of domestic violence in Aboriginal communities is ‘out of control’.

A blueprint outlining a 20 year upgrade plan for the University of Adelaide’s North Terrace campus will be revealed today.

A two million dollar laser light show for tourists has caused controversy in central Australia.

A new DNA study has backed claims that indigenous Australians are the longest standing ancient civilisation to date.

An art exhibition will commence its national tour of artworks marking 60 years since British government exploded an atomic bomb in South Australia’s outback.

In Sport…

South Australian Matt Eagles has signed a contract with Brisbane Lions after winning the second series of reality TV show The Recruit.

Western Bulldogs player Jack Macrae says he will happily cope with less love in the AFL for a Western Bulldog premiership.

In soccer, the FFA cup saw Melbourne City beat Western Sydney Wanderers in a 4-1 victory last night at AAMI Park.

News Reader: Jake Bell. Sports Reader: Teagan Short. Producer: Georgia Roberts. Web Editor: Jake Bell. Journalists: Chloe Holmes, Georgia Roberts, Jake Bell, Teagan Short.


Four men arrested with a kilo of cocaine "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Police allegedly found crystal methamphetamine during raids yesterday. (file pic)

Police allegedly found crystal methamphetamine during raids yesterday. (file pic)

Police have seized a kilogram of cocaine, as well as MDMA and cannabis, while arresting four men after executing search warrants across the northern rivers region. 

Strike Force Cloak was established by officers attached to Richmond Local Area Command Drug Unit to investigate the alleged supply of prohibited drugs in the Ballina area.

Police allege the syndicate was involved in the distribution and sale of commercial quantities of ice (methylamphetamine’) and other drugs including MDMA, cannabis and cocaine.

About 12.30pm on Wednesday, officers raided a premises on Hayman Street, West Ballina.

Police allege they seized one kilogram of cocaine.

Search warrants were also executed at five other properties: Cypress Court, Byron Bay; Alfred Street, Woodburn; Melaleuca Court, Caniaba: Southern Cross Drive, Ballina; and a caravan park in West Ballina.

Four men, aged 49, 43, 28 and 21, were all arrested and taken to Ballina Police Station.

Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page:


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Storm warning Fury over West Papuan flag "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Article in September issue of Islands Business magazine


Danger USB! Oz police warn of malware in the letterbox "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Danger USB! Oz police warn that criminals are more desperate than ever

Residents in a suburb of Melbourne, Australia, have been blighted by a plague of malicious USB sticks.


Australia’s longest running organic market celebrates another year "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Four marketeers Jairo, Russell, Sasha and Carol, are ready to party at next week's organic market on Tuesday at the Lismore showgrounds. Photo Tree Faerie.

Four marketeers Jairo, Russell, Sasha and Carol, are ready to party at next week’s organic market on Tuesday at the Lismore showgrounds. Photo Tree Faerie.

The organic market at the Lismore Showgrounds is believed to be the longest running in Australia and next week stallholders will be celebrating its 17th birthday.

The market has been running since 1999, it is uniquely run by the market stallholders who not only supply the freshest vegetables you are likely to find anywhere, you can also get growing tips as you do your shopping.

The market is committed to providing local organic produce, reducing the  carbon footprint, travelling an average of 20kms rather than at least 1,000kms you often get with supermarket produce.

Next Tuesday, September 27, the market will run from 7.30am and extend an hour until noon. There will be music by Black Train, circus fun for the kids, a children’s art exhibition, chef demonstrations and food tastings of organic seasonal produce, and a basket weaving workshop.

There will also be lots of extra stalls with local artisans, potters, jewellery makers and gourmet food producers including Russell who will be cooking up his famous South Indian specialties.

This along with all the regular good stuff including Ali’s coffee and cakes and the best range of organic produce in the local area picked fresh for the day will make for a great anniversary celebration.

The market is under cover and is held each Tuesday, starting 7.30am and  finishing around 11am, rain or shine at the Lismore Showgrounds (near Alexander Parade entrance).

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Cosmopolitanism For Pauline Hanson: A Nation’s Panacea? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Professor Stuart Rees believes an inclusive way forward for the global community lies in the notion of cosmopolitanism.

Enthusiasm about cosmopolitanism is the most appropriate response to Pauline Hanson’s recent speech forecasting that Australia was in danger of being overrun by Muslims.

It’s not only Senator Hanson who likes to polarize. Politicians and media commentators think it’s appropriate to foment fear, about terrorism, about asylum seekers, about the growing economic and military power of China and concerning the consequences of same sex marriage. There are alternative perspectives.


Understanding or Divisiveness ?

Values and vision inherent in cosmopolitanism can provide an antidote to divisiveness.

Being cosmopolitan presupposes a sense of identity and a shared morality through belonging to the world, not to a particular religion, race or political creed. The language of cosmopolitanism shows struggles for understanding to be more constructive than constantly asking who is our enemy, what side are you on ?

Cosmopolitanism refutes the authoritarianism of the classic political assertion, ‘If you’re not with us, you’re against us.’

A sense of status and identity may derive from fear and by labelling citizens as worthy or unworthy, as lifters or leaners, as contributors or non-contributors to project Australia. Treasurer Scott Morrison summed up his economic wisdom by referring to the taxed and the not taxed. His predecessor Joe Hockey disparaged people who received welfare benefits. They were individuals, he said, who assumed they were entitled, but he ignored wealthy beneficiaries of governments’ subsidies and financial support.

Even the popular ABC television programme Q&A shows a penchant for divisiveness, as though this is a priority media role, the way to entertain. The five-person format that must have one on the left and one on the right, appears to contribute to a search for controversy rather than understanding. Chairperson Tony Jones’ adopted role as the controversial cross examiner needs divisiveness and can leave some panel members stranded like shags on a rock, unable to present their own views, perhaps wondering why they were invited to appear.

To be fair, and to return to cosmopolitanism, subjects such as the social determinants of health, as described by Boyer Lecturer Professor Michael Marmot, or the relevance of Shakespeare to the present day, have also been the focus of Q&A evenings. When that happened, audiences seemed engrossed and joyful, grateful for contributions to their understanding of inequalities in health, and of the timeless value of the bard.

Cosmopolitanism can be fun, health promoting, culture building and non-divisive, and it is far more constructive than the alternatives.


Above the Nation State

French philosopher Derrida describes cosmopolitanism as being above the nation state, beyond a preoccupation with borders, and at least raising questions about the merits of sovereignty.

In a world faced with climate change, with the world-wide spread of epidemics and with the massive movement of refugees, there’s a chance to envision relationships which embrace inclusiveness, which emphasize tolerance plus a determination to learn from and never repeat the abuses of a violent colonial past. In this respect, Indigenous Labor MP Linda Burney’s maiden speech in the House of Representatives gave us hopeful, healing, light-on-the-hill reminiscences which need to be embraced and repeated.

Centre pieces in cosmopolitanism include commitments to hospitality coupled to visions of generosity which cut through the mind set which speaks of the need for more weapons to defend borders, more resources to build walls. Even the electronic paraphernalia used to protect gated communities symbolizes a need for people to...


Byron Bay Bluesfest 2017’s Huge Second Lineup Has Landed "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Byron Bay Bluesfest 2017’s Huge Second Lineup Has Landed

After launching its annual multi-round lineup announcements with an absolutely explosive roster of acts back in August, the second lineup for Byron Bay Bluesfest 2017 has now arrived and it’s packing just as much horsepower.

Folks heading down to the iconic Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm this Easter will now be treated to performances from the one and only R&B legend Mary J Blige, as well as Corinne Bailey Rae, Michael Kiwanuka, Nahko and Medicine For The People, and more.

Of course, this is just the second round announcement and there are many still to come in the upcoming months. Organisers are once again promising a “five day Easter extravaganza” delivering 12 hours of music daily across multiple stages.

“We have had some truly amazing artists play Bluesfest… and to continue in that vein, we proudly announce Mary J. Blige as the headliner of our R&B/Soul flavoured second announcement,” said Bluesfest founder and chief Peter Noble.

“Yes, ‘the MOST successful R&B female artist of the past 25 years’ (Billboard) is coming. With over 50 million albums and 25 million singles sold, 32 Grammy nominations, with nine wins, the greatest female soul singer of our time is coming.”

“We hope you like this announcement and we have loads more announcements coming,” added Noble. “So, what are you waiting for, grab yourself a ticket to one of the Greatest Shows on Earth while you still can get them. We are already way past half sold out. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.”

Bluesfest 2017

Mary J Blige
Corinne Bailey Rae
Michael Kiwanuka
Nako and Medicine For The People
The Suffers


Zac Brown Band

Patti Smith And Her Band Perform Horses

The Lumineers

Buddy Guy (Exclusive)

Bonnie Raitt
Mavis Staples (Exclusive)
Billy Bragg

Jethro Tull
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
Gregory Porter
Snarky Puppy

St. Paul & The Broken Bones
Beth Hart (Exclusive)

Laura Mvula
Roy Ayers

Booker T Presents The Stax Records Revue

Andrew Bird

Rickie Lee Jones
Joan Osborne

Turin Brakes
The Strumbellas

Jake Shimabukuro

Nikki Hill
Irish Mythen

Thursday 13th, April – Monday, 17th April 2017
Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm NSW
Tickets: Bluesfest




Mary J. Blige and Corinne Bailey Rae headline the second in a series of artist announcements!

Today, the 28th Annual Bluesfest, that will rock Byron Bay and its beautiful surrounds over Easter in 2017, adds more superb artists to its growing line up.

Bluesfest 2017 will be held over the five day Easter long weekend from Thursday 13th to Monday 17th of April at its home on the Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm, just outside of Byron Bay.

Today’s artist announcement shows that Bluesfest is on track to once again deliver a festival that enchants music lovers of all ages.

Bluesfest is building on the powerful line up of female musicians already announced, adding the supreme and Grammy award winning Mary J. Blige and Corinne Bailey Rae to the bill.

Returning to Bluesfest is rising star Michael Kiwanuka, as well as music collective Nahko and Medicine for the People. First time performances by the awe-inspiring R&B musician Gallant and Houston’s award-winning 10-piece The Suffers will have Bluesfest audiences wanting more.

Bluesfest is known to festival fans for presenting spectacular artist releases over several months, delivering up to 12 hours of music daily over the five days, across multiple undercover stages, as well as offering an abundance of food and market stalls, several bars, parking and camping on site.

The multi award-winning Bluesfest reports that ticket sales for 2017 have been ‘through the roof’, since the first announcement a few weeks ago and is urging its audience to purchase their tickets now, before further significant price rises occur and certain ticket types sell out.

With many more announcements on the agenda, Bluesfest Byron Bay will be the only place to be next Easter.

With so many more to come!


Peter Noble OAM, Festival Director of Bluesfest, comments on the 2017 Bluesfest round two artist release:

“We have had some truly amazing artists play Bluesfest…and to continue in that vein, we proudly announce Mary J. Blige as the headliner of our R&B/Soul flavoured second announcement.

Yes, “the MOST successful R&B female artist of the past 25 years” (Billboard) is coming. With over 50 million albums and 25 million singles sold, 32 Grammy nominations, with nine wins, the greatest female soul singer of our time is coming. Her performances are the stuff of legend. To say I am chuffed she is coming to Bluesfest, is an absolute understatement.

They are not going to be able to keep Gallant under wraps for much longer…. his set at the Coachella festival 2016, was described as ” the weekend’s finest moment ” by Billboard. If EVER you have had the opportunity to see a unique artist bound for superstardom, this is it. The Guardian magazine review of Gallant simply...



Last month, Yarra’s community legal centre, the Fitzroy Legal Service, moved to its new location at the Fitzroy Town Hall.


Wednesday, 21 September


Cop Who Leaked Video of Fellow Officers Beating Innocent Man Now Faces 7 Years in Prison "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A Gold Coast police officer who leaked the CCTV video footage showing police brutally beating an innocent man is now facing seven long years behind bars.

Sergeant Rick Flori is being threatened with seven years in prison after the leaked video surveillance footage was released, which clearly showed his fellow officers beating a young chef named Noa Begic.

Begic was handcuffed in the Surfers Paradise Police Station basement during the entire ordeal. There was simply no way the officers could get away with claiming self-defense on this one… at least not once the video was released. That’s why they hoped it never would be.

Officers for the Gold Coast, Australia Police Department had expected Sergeant Flori to be like the rest of them and cover up the police brutality. But instead, Flori took a stand – and now they are trying to lock him up for it.

Flori leaked the footage to the Brisbane Courier-Mail. For this “crime” he was charged with “misconduct in public office”.

The footage he revealed was taken in 2012, and it clearly shows police officers slamming Begic’s face into the concrete floor. They then shove him in the back of a van and punch him over and over while he is cuffed and being held down.

Watch the video below and see for yourself…

Almost as disturbing is the routine way that the video shows Begic’s blood being washed away by a senior-sergeant after the incident is over.

Flori’s leak did get two of these officers in a little bit of trouble, but he is still being penalized. The officer who washed the blood away quick before he could be disciplined. The officer who did the bulk of the punching was given a suspended dismissal – a slap on the wrist though. The other two officers involved were not punished at all.

According to Sydney Criminal Lawyers, Flori is accused of “inappropriately obtain[ing]” the confidential surveillance footage.

The victim, Begic, ended up being charged with being a “public nuisance” and “obstructing police”.

Right now, Flori is still facing serious charges and lengthy prison time. If you believe he should walk free then help us SPREAD THE WORD and demand it!

(Article by Jackson Marciana; image via Australia Supports Sgt Rick Flori / Facebook)


Mental health rates worse in rural and regional Australia "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

mental-health-unitCANBERRA – [AAP]

The more remote the area, the higher the rate of hospitalisations for mental illness.

That’s the finding of a new government report which reveals overnight hospitalisations for mental illness were almost six-times greater in some local areas compared with others in 2013/14.

Within major cities, rates were similar regardless of socio-economic factors but they began to increase with remoteness – hospitalisations in remote areas were 1,096 per 100,000 people compared with 856 in a high socio-economic area in a major city.

The most common reason was drug and alcohol use with more than 38,000 overnight hospitalisations, followed by schizophrenia and delusional disorders at 36,000, according to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare report on Thursday.

Highest rate on north coast

The ACT had the lowest rate of overnight hospitalisations for mental health conditions overall while the NSW north coast had the highest.

For drug and alcohol hospitalisations, northwestern Melbourne had the lowest while western Queensland had the highest.

Country South Australia had the highest rate for depressive episodes while Central Queensland/Sunshine Coast had the highest rate for intentional self-harm.

Lack of community programs

The report says reasons for the variation between areas could be because of differences in the availability of community-based programs and support, differences in the availability of hospital beds, different hospital admission policies or differences in the prevalence of mental health conditions.

Overall, there were more than 213,000 overnight hospitalisations for mental illness in 2013/14, representing five per cent of all overnight admissions.

The number of nights spent in hospital for mental illness was three million, representing 14 per cent of all nights Australians spent in hospital.

Readers seeking support and information about suicide prevention can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or the Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467.

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The Facts of the Matter "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

I was thinking how ironic it is that Trump is running with this ” Make America Great Again” because a change IS upon us- but it extends WAY beyond national borders. What we are about to see is making MANKIND great again.

Flat out- you will do what we have been COMMANDED to do- and LOVE- or you will be claimed by the Darkness that our prestigious elite have so willingly opened the door too. Love WAS NEVER A FUCKING SUGGESTION- it was a COMMANDMENT- and so you will do what you have been COMMANDED to do- or you will suffer the MOST SEVEREST OF CONSEQUENCES.

You can bitch- you can argue- you can do whatever it is you need to do to keep yourself from doing what you have been COMMANDED to do- and that is LOVE- but in the end- despite your complaints- despite your protests- despite your manipulations of reality- YOU WILL BE FUCKING CLAIMED. That is just the way it IS- it is how things ARE- and if you don’t like it- tough fucking shit.

This time around it isn’t about love and retribution. This time around it is about WRATH and RETRIBUTION. We have always been warned- and the fact that some have completely disregarded this is completely inconsequential. You do what you have been COMMANDED to do- or you will be claimed. Period.



Suburban exorcisms in modern-day Australia "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

In churches, community halls and even living rooms, Satan and his army of fallen angels - or demons - are on the warpath. Or so exorcists would have us believe. They say it's a supernatural battle between God and the Devil... all taking place within the body of a human. "It's very real and people do get demonized and sometimes fully possessed," Pastor Maurice Chapman told The Feed. "They can't sleep at night. They have nightmares. Many feel actual physical attacks. There are scratches." Pastor Chapman specialises in one-on one exorcisms. On the day he was interviewed, he was dealing with a particularly stubborn demon in Dermott, who had been undergoing deliverance for a week. "I had depression and a bit of anxiety, but I had a lot of tiredness and memory loss and stuff and I said well you know, I'll give it a go and see what the Lord has to offer for me.


Thursday 7am Bulletin "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A man currently engaging in a stand-off with police is holed up in the Marion Motel.

Northern Territory Coroner Greg Cavanagh says the level of domestic violence in Aboriginal communities is out of control.

A blueprint outlining a 20 year upgrade plan for the University of Adelaide’s North Terrace campus will be revealed today.

It has been revealed that 25 percent of Australians have completed the new online census, as tomorrow’s deadline approaches.

A two million dollar laser light show for tourists has caused controversy in central Australia.

An art exhibition will commence its national tour of artworks marking 60 years since British government exploded an atomic bomb in South Australia’s outback.

In Sport…

In soccer, the FFA cup saw Melbourne City beat Western Sydney Wanderers in a 4-1 victory last night at AAMI Park.

Western Bulldogs player Jack Macrae says he will happily cope with less love in the AFL for a Western Bulldog premiership.

News Reader: Jake Bell. Sports Reader: Teagan Short. Producer: Georgia Roberts. Web Editor: Jake Bell. Journalists: Chloe Holmes, Georgia Roberts, Jake Bell, Teagan Short.


National default super could save $1.5 billion "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Turnbull government is considering a radical shake-up of Australia's superannuation system that would pit banks and industry funds against each other for the right to manage the deposits of every new entrant for at least two years.

The shift, detailed in an issues paper released by the Productivity Commission on Tuesday, would centralise the decision about which default fund new employees were placed into, taking it out of the hands of employers and making it the result of a national tender.

Calculations by the Grattan Institute suggest it could slice $1.5 billion per year from the fees charged by default funds and put downward pressure on the fees charged by other funds.

Treasurer Scott Morrison has asked the Commission to examine the idea of a formal competitive process, commended by the Murray financial system inquiry as likely to reduce the costs for funds and compliance costs for employers.

In Chile, which has had the scheme since 2010, the firm that won the first national tender charged fees 20 per cent lower than the previous average. The firm that won the second tender, in 2012, charged fees 43 per cent lower. The firm that won the third, in 2014, charged fees 65 per cent lower.

The Commission says existing default fund members would not be required to switch, but would have to be offered the same low fees as new default fund members if they chose to switch.

It says one model would be for the government to choose a single default fund for all new employees for two years, another would be for it to choose more than one fund and assign employees either randomly or on the basis of characteristics such as age.

Grattan Institute productivity growth program director Jim Minifie said his work suggested a national tender could eventually wipe $750 million off administration fees and up to another $800 million off management fees.

Big corporations already run tenders for default funds and get much better fees.

"Let me give you an example. One of the big mining companies put out for tender a very significant amount of employee super, and a retail fund won that it for an investment fee of 0.45 percentage points. That was well below the 0.61 points it charged on the retail market for an identical investment product."

A spokeswoman of the Association of Superannuation Funds said it was considering the issues paper and would be making a submission to the inquiry. David Whiteley, chief executive of Industry Super Australia was opposed to the change, saying it was "hard to justify redesigning a system that has not as yet been given the opportunity to operate".

The Fair Work Commission had been tasked with selecting shortlists of funds from which employers under each award could choose but had not begun the task because Government had not reappointed the required expert panel.

The Commission's paper says the simplest way of constructing a tender would be to conduct a reverse auction awarding the work to the firm offering to charge the lowest fee, as happens in Chile. However, that carried with it the risks that funds would offer "overly conservative investment strategies and poor-quality services in order to lower costs".

These could be overcome by stipulating asset allocation ranges or requiring that funds disclose their true costs as a condition of participating in the tender.

Dr Minifie said a refinement might be to publish the performance of each member's fund on their e-tax form alongside the performance of the winning default funds, inviting them to tick a box in order to switch.



The true cost of our insanely low Newstart allowance: "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

You'd be forgiven for thinking that money matters to everyone except those who don't have it.

Last week, after months of anguish, the government gave ground on its plan to to wind back the super tax concessions directed to the wealthiest 4 per cent of the population. It didn't want them to suffer too much.

This week, at the National Press Club, Social Services Minister Christian Porter dismissed suggestions that it needed to lift the Newstart unemployment benefit of just $264.35 per week.

"The fact that people who find it challenging to subsist on Newstart do so for short periods of time might actually speak to the fact that that's one of the design points of the system," he said. The low rate was "working okay because the encouragement is there to move off those payments quickly".

As it happens, there's nothing "designed" about the rate of $264.35 per week. If there was, it would stay constant relative to other payments instead of drifting lower. A decade ago Newstart was 20 per cent of full-time average earnings. This week, it'll be just 17 per cent; and that's after Thursday's increase. Newstart climbs each March and September in line with a more miserly formula than the pension and most rates of pay. This week's increase is just 55¢ per week. That's right: 55¢, taking the weekly rate from $263.80 to $264.35.

By contrast $271 is the minimum amount per night Porter has charged, on top of his wage, for travelling away from home according to the most recent set of records. At times he has charged up to $438 per night. Living is expensive.

For almost everyone, it's more expensive than $264.35 per week, which is why, on request, Centrelink will dole out the allowance weekly rather than fortnightly. There are people who can't wait.

Even those who can wait suffer, in ways that are more serious than generally imagined.

The latest set of Boyer Lectures on ABC radio are eye-opening. Michael Marmot, an Australian who lives in London, is perhaps the world's leading expert on what kills us: not just the immediate things such as cancer and heart disease, but the mental and physical conditions that bring them about.

"How can an older person lead a life of dignity, take their place in public without shame, if they cannot buy presents for their grandchildren?" Marmot asks. How can families with children live without stress if they can't buy them new clothes or entertain their friends?

In the Whitehall study, his most famous, Marmot examined the lives and deaths of 17,530 British civil servants. There is nothing particularly remarkable about civil servants, he explains in his lectures. They are "neither the richest nor the poorest in society".

Yet those public servants on the lowest rate of pay, with the least control over how they spent their days, were extraordinarily more likely to die in any given year than those at the top. Even when he controlled for risk factors (comparing non-smokers to non-smokers and so on), those at the bottom were twice as likely to die as those at the top.

Even those on step 2, just one rung below the top, were far more likely to die of all causes than those at the very top. His explanation is stress. Hormones such as cortisol can kill, through all sorts of mechanisms. People who don't know how they will make it through the week are loaded with them.

In their new book Scarcity: why having too little means so much, economist Sendhil Mullainathan and psychologist Eldar...


Govt using ‘secret’ assessment tool to ram through mine approval "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Wambo coalmine. Photo Newcastle Herald

Wambo coalmine. Photo Newcastle Herald

A leading NSW conservation group says the Baird government has hit a new low with revelations it is using a ‘secret’ planning assessment tool that has never been made public to assess biodiversity impacts of a major new coal mine near Singleton in the Hunter Valley.

The United Wambo Open Cut Coal Mine Project will destroy 464 hectares of bushland, half of which is Central Hunter Valley Eucalypt Forest, a federally listed endangered ecosystem that is home to Koala, Spotted-tailed quoll, and other threatened species.

‘It is utterly scandalous that the Baird government is using a policy that only public servants and mining companies have seen to assess the biodiversity impacts of a massively destructive project,’ Nature Conservation Council CEO Kate Smolski said.

‘We can have no faith that biodiversity values of the Hunter are being properly considered when the public does not even know what criteria is being used to assess the impacts of this project.

‘Where is the commitment to transparency and openness? Where is the commitment to good governance? Where is the commitment to preventing extinctions of our unique wildlife? The planning system in NSW has hit a new low.’

The application, which has been developed in close consultation with the Planning Department, proposes using rehabilitated mine site to meet 56% of its biodiversity offset required for the Central Hunter Valley Eucalypt Forest.

‘That is an extraordinary overuse of mine rehab given that scientists have raised serious concerns about the ability to rehabilitate degraded mine lands. It doesn’t even meet the NSW Government’s poor offsets policy for mines,’ Ms Smolski said.

‘This proposal has been developed in close consultation with the Department of Planning and OEH. These departments have collaborated in the development of a proposal that plainly breaches the government’s own standards and threatens to make endangered species locally extinct.

‘The significant uncertainty around the biodiversity assessment and offsetting rules that apply to the project means this project should not proceed until the Upper Hunter Strategic Assessment is finalised and made publicly available.

‘We demand that the government use only laws that have been subject to public scrutiny and comment to assess any development proposals in NSW.’


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Ballina MP calls for retention of Safe Schools program "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Tamara Smith. Photo Tree Faerie.

Tamara Smith. Photo Tree Faerie.

Ballina MP and NSW Greens spokesperson for education Tamara Smith yesterday spoke out in support of the NSW Safe Schools program, which is under threat.

‘It is astonishing that we have people petitioning NSW parliament, saying that they do not want schools to be safe for all students that attend them. Surely everyone would agree that our schools should be safe, supportive and inclusive for all young people,’ said Ms Smith.

A petition to stop the Safe Schools program from being taught in NSW schools is due to be debated in the NSW parliament tomorrow.

‘Since the petition was tabled many representatives of the Australian Chinese community and other multicultural groups have come out loud and proud in support of the Safe Schools program. We know that there’s broad support from all sections of our community who want our young people to feel supported and included at school,’ said Ms Smith.

‘Safe Schools helps to prevent discrimination and isolation. It creates a safe space for students no matter what their sexuality is, no matter what their gender identity is, no matter what kind of family they come from.

‘If the plebiscite on marriage equality goes ahead, young people will need all the support they can get to counter the negative views that are likely to be expressed about gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex  and questioning Australians during the national debate.

‘Conservative attacks on Safe Schools continue to be based on scare tactics and misleading information about what the program involves. This is a program developed by educators, with the best interests of students as the focus,’ said Ms Smith.



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Business owner fined over Bilambil mower driver’s death "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A lawn mowing and property maintenance business owner has been fined $160,000 over the death of a worker at a property at Bilambil Heights in 2012.

The worker was fatally crushed when the tractor he was driving rolled over while he was slashing overgrown grass and vegetation on a slope at the residential property.

A SafeWork NSW investigation found that the tractor’s Roll-Over Protective Structure (ROPS) was tied down with a piece of ‘ockey’ strap in the incorrect position and that the seat belt buckle had been removed for repairs.

The investigation also found that the tractor had rolled over at the property before but no workers were injured because the ROPS were in the correct position.

SafeWork NSW charged the owner of the business, Gregory Dunn, with a breach of section 32/19(1) of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 for failing to ensure the health and safety of the worker.

SafeWork alleged Mr Dunn failed to ensure that the tractor was properly maintained and safe, including that there were no obstructions that would prevent or impede workers from raising the ROPS and that the seatbelt was operational.

SafeWork also alleged Mr Dunn failed to provide safety documents which would have identified possible hazards; and failed to provide training, information and instruction to the worker.

Mr Dunn was found guilty in the District Court and fined $160,000.

Executive Director of SafeWork NSW, Peter Dunphy said the fine was significant for a small business owner but justified given the reckless approach to safety.

‘Mr Dunn knew that the tractor had rolled over at the premises before,’ Mr Dunphy said

‘Despite this he made the worker slash the grass on the slope with the ROPS in the incorrect position and the seatbelt buckle removed.

‘This decision sends strong a message that if you take a cavalier approach to safety, SafeWork NSW will pursue you to the full extent of the law.’

SafeWork NSW advises that tractors, and related implements and attachments, must be maintained and guarded in line with industry standards and manufacturers’ requirements.

Most tractors must also be fitted with ROPS and workers must be properly inducted, trained and supervised, especially inexperienced and young operators.

Further information on tractor safety is available at The NSW Department of Primary Industries also runs courses on safe tractor operation and maintenance.

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1) Indonesia, Fiji discuss development cooperation in Pacific region "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

2) Indonesian Backing Sought For Council

3) Island focus: Ryamizard appoints 124 state defence recruits 
4) UN opens new office space in Honiara

1) Indonesia, Fiji discuss development cooperation in Pacific region



Closing of the Guard ... ? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

I am not inclined toward conspiracy theories but a letter received in the post today (dated 24 August 2016, a month to cross the Tasman?) from Grant Broadcasters’ legal counsel now has me wondering — and my question is, Why?


The forest and the trees … Eucalypts of the Mount Alexander Region "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

To understand the forest you first have to know the trees.

This Saturday, 24 September, the new Friends of the Box-Ironbark Forests publication, Eucalypts of the Mount Alexander Region, will be launched at 10.30am in the Castlemaine Library foyer.


This 90 page guide by Bernard Slattery, Ern Perkins and Bronwyn Silver aims to help the beginner train the eye to see the differences between eucalypts – and to appreciate how spectacular they sometimes are. It presents the commonest species of the Mount Alexander Region, generously illustrated, and clearly described in plain language. Though firmly based on one local area (the forests and reserves around the town of Castlemaine), it describes species common to the whole Box-Ironbark region, and would be useful to any enthusiast in that region, from Ararat to Chiltern.

The publication of this book has been made possible by a generous grant from the Worrowing Fund through the Norman Wettenhall Foundation. Other supporters have been the Castlemaine Field Naturalists’ Club and Connecting Country.

The book’s cost is $10 and people buying it at the launch will receive a selection of free tree-related bookmarks and a FOBIF fungi poster. Proceedings will start at 10.30 in the Castlemaine library foyer. Refreshments will be served.

I’ve had a sneak preview of the book – it’s a fabulous publication and a significant contribution to further developing our sense of place and appreciation of nature in central Victoria. I feel extremely honoured to have been asked to launch the guide.


Outrage grows over Oxley speed clamp "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Oxley Highway outrage

Bikes at Gingers Creek on the Oxley Highway

Rider and local community outrage is growing over the reduction of speeds on the famed Oxley Highway motorcycle and tourism route.

In less than two days, a petition organised by local rider Ken Healey against the speed reductions has attracted almost 4000 signatures.


Meanwhile, local business people are organising meetings with the Roads and Maritime Services, Motorcycle Council of NSW chairman Chris CJ Burns is planning to meet with the Minister Duncan Gay and local TV and newspaper media have publicised the issue and its affect on business and tourism.

So far, the speed limit reductions are only in three areas east of the ranges, but there are plans over the coming 12 months to reduce the speed on the mountains from 100km/h to 70km/h and the 110km/h section to Walcha down to 100km/h among others. (See the full list at the end of this article.)

CJ says it all not only affect the region’s tourism potential, but also business with increased travel times for goods/services and locals.

Veteran motorcycle journalist Mick Matheson, who produced the tourism video below describes the speed changes as “ridiculous because it’s hard to exceed the limit anyway, so what’s the point?”

“It will only succeed in annoying people who can safely maintain a higher average without danger,” he says.

“The police will only be able to enforce it where it’s safe (ie, straight) enough to exceed the new slow limits, so there’s no road safety benefit.

“It looks to me like another case of either revenue raising or trying to get motorcycles off that piece of road. They’ll end up with another situation like the Old Pacific Highway, where even a diesel ute driver has to constantly watch the speedo. Stupid.”

Local rider and businessman Craig Windsor says outrage is growing among the business community and is organising a meeting between local businesses affected by the changes and RMS representatives.

Motorbike Writer has also contacted several tourist operators and business people in the region who have expressed outrage with the changes, especially the fact that they were not consulted.

Toni Heaney of the popular riders’ cafe, the Walcha Royal Hotel, says they are “very concerned”.

Oxley Highway outrage

Brad Keable and Toni Heaney of the Royal Cafe, Walcha

“It came to light over a...


Treasury dumps wellbeing framework & defines principal objectives around Budget, productivity and globalisation "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Of the many outstanding contributions that former Treasury Secretary Ken Henry made to public policy in Australia, one of my favourites was the wellbeing framework. This framework established Treasury’s goal as improving the wellbeing of Australians, and identified five elements of wellbeing: the level of consumption possibilities, their distribution, the degree of risk borne by individuals and society, the degree of complexity we face in our choices, and the level of freedom and opportunity we enjoy. I liked the framework because it made it clear that Treasury should consider a range of factors, in addition to the impacts on the Budget and the economy, when assessing or developing policy proposals, including social and environmental impacts. This is good economics, as social and environmental impacts should ideally be considered in any cost-benefit analysis of policy measures or projects.

So it is somewhat of a shame that Treasury is abandoning the wellbeing framework according to an article by David Uren in today’s Australian:

Treasury has abandoned the “wellbeing framework” that ­guided its strategy under secretaries Ken Henry and Martin Parkinson, and which looked beyond managing the economy to envir­onmental and social sustainability, and is instead giving top priority to fixing the budget.

Current secretary John Fraser has released a four-year corporate plan that identifies the budget, lifting productivity and securing the benefits of globalisation as his department’s principal objectives. “I wanted to focus on the things where we can have an influence,’’ he told The Australian…

…The new plan, which is focused on the economic policy issues that Treasury directly controls, contrasts with the more expansive vision which Ken Henry introduced to the department he led from 2001 to 2011. Dr Henry described wellbeing as “a grassroots statement of our mission, encompassing market, non-market, material and intangible components”.

While it is unfortunate that the wellbeing framework has been dumped, at least the Treasury under John Fraser continues to focus on important objectives related to the Budget and productivity, and it is excellent that the Treasury Secretary has identified securing the benefits of globalisation as a principal objective.

It is becoming increasingly clear that many people in advanced economies are either missing out on or are unaware of the benefits of globalisation. While there have been job losses and business closures associated with globalisation, overwhelmingly there have been net benefits to Australians, through news jobs and business opportunities, and through lower prices in real terms for a wide range of products, including clothes, furniture, and cars. Alas, many people do not appreciate these gains and there is a growing backlash against free trade and globalisation, which is manifesting itself in support for political extremists and demagogues.

I was recently alerted to some interesting research by MIT economist David Autor and others regarding the relationship between trade exposure and political polarisation in the US. From the abstract of the working paper:

Has rising trade integration between the U.S. and China contributed to the polarization of U.S. politics? Analyzing outcomes from the 2002 and 2010 congressional elections, we detect an ideological realignment that is centered in trade-exposed local labor markets and that commences prior to the divisive 2016 U.S. presidential election. Exploiting the exogenous component of rising trade with China and classify......


Russian Military: US Coalition Predator Drone Spotted at Time & Place of Syria UN Aid Convoy Attack "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

21st Century Wire says…

Despite proclamations by US official, details of the attack on the UN Aid Convoy yesterday are still sketchy. With no evidence to hand John Kerry and “unnamed” US officials claim that ‘they know’ the Russian attacked the UN aid convoy passing through a ‘rebel’ terrorist-held highway while travelling out of West Aleppo and heading southwest towards al-Foua and Kefraya villages. From the onset, both Russian and Syrian military stated they were not involved in this incident, but US maintain they are the guilty parties. 


John Kerry blaming Russia for mysterious attack on UN Convoy.

The US insistence to blame Russia for attacking this UN Aid Convoy appears to be a desperate deflect-and-divert public relations move to mask the fact the Washington destroyed its own ceasefire agreement on Saturday when it massacred over 70 Syrian Army soldiers and wounding another 100, in a sustained one hour-long attack involving multiple aircraft from the US, UK, Australia and Denmark. Because of that US-led airstrike, ISIS was allowed to advance immediately forward towards taking the key strategic city of Deir al-Zour. In spite of the unlikely coincidence, Washington claimed this was all just “a mistake.”

In addition, US Coalition and Gulf-backed ‘rebel’ terrorists had already broke the Russia-US ceasefire multiple times, and are also on record boasting earlier in the week how terrorist-held East Aleppo militants would refuse any UN aid convoy that crossed their sights.

Did the US and its “rebel” forces on the ground orchestrate another false flag event designed to avoid condemnation of Saturday’s massacre?

“Our western colleages are putting their best efforts to hype up the situation and ‘blur’ the tragedy in Deir ez-Zor and to distract the international community from Al-Nusra’s advance on Aleppo and thus cover the US incompetence in distinguishing between the ‘moderate’ opposition and terrorists in Syria.” – Russian spokeperson.

Now, new evidence suggests that the US Coalition may be misleading the world about their true intentions… 


The Russian Defense Ministry says that a US coalition drone was in the vicinity of a humanitarian convoy when it was attacked outside Aleppo. According to the Russian military, the unmanned aircraft was a Predator drone.

On the evening of September 19, in that specific region, a drone belonging to the international condition, which had taken off from the Incirlik air base in Turkey, was flying at a height of 3,600 meters and traveling...

Russian Military: US Coalition Predator Drone Spotted at Time & Place of Syria UN Aid Convoy Attack "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

By 21wire


21st Century Wire says…

Despite proclamations by US official, details of the attack on the UN Aid Convoy yesterday are still sketchy. With no evidence to hand John Kerry and “unnamed” US officials claim that ‘they know’ the Russian attacked the UN aid convoy passing through a ‘rebel’ terrorist-held highway while travelling out of West Aleppo and heading southwest towards al-Foua and Kefraya villages. From the onset, both Russian and Syrian military stated they were not involved in this incident, but US maintain they are the guilty parties.

John Kerry blaming Russia for mysterious attack on UN Convoy.

The US insistence to blame Russia for attacking this UN Aid Convoy appears to be a desperate deflect-and-divert public relations move to mask the fact the Washington destroyed its own ceasefire agreement on Saturday when it massacred over 70 Syrian Army soldiers and wounding another 100, in a sustained one hour-long attack involving multiple aircraft from the US, UK, Australia and Denmark. Because of that US-led airstrike, ISIS was allowed to advance immediately forward towards taking the key strategic city of Deir al-Zour. In spite of the unlikely coincidence, Washington claimed this was all just “a mistake.”

In addition, US Coalition and Gulf-backed ‘rebel’ terrorists had already broke the Russia-US ceasefire multiple times, and are also on record boasting earlier in the week how terrorist-held East Aleppo militants would refuse any UN aid convoy that crossed their sights.

Did the US and its “rebel” forces on the ground orchestrate another false flag event designed to avoid condemnation of Saturday’s massacre?

“Our western colleages are putting their best efforts to hype up the situation and ‘blur’ the tragedy in Deir ez-Zor and to distract the international community from Al-Nusra’s advance on Aleppo and thus cover the US incompetence in distinguishing between the ‘moderate’ opposition and terrorists in Syria.” – Russian spokeperson.

Now, new evidence suggests that the US Coalition may be misleading the world about their true intentions…


The Russian Defense Ministry says that a US coalition drone was in the vicinity of a humanitarian convoy when it was attacked outside Aleppo. According to the Russian military, the unmanned aircraft was a Predator drone.

On the evening of September 19, in that specific region, a drone belonging to the international condition, which had taken off from the Incirlik air base in Turkey, was flying at a height of 3,600 meters and traveling at around 200 kilometers per hour,” said Russian....

Russian Military: US Coalition Predator Drone Spotted at Time & Place of Syria Aid Convoy Attack "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

By 21wire


21st Century Wire says…

Despite proclamations by US official, details of the attack on the UN Aid Convoy yesterday are still sketchy. With no evidence to hand John Kerry and “unnamed” US officials claim that ‘they know’ the Russian attacked the UN aid convoy passing through a ‘rebel’ terrorist-held highway while travelling out of West Aleppo and heading southwest towards al-Foua and Kefraya villages. From the onset, both Russian and Syrian military stated they were not involved in this incident, but US maintain they are the guilty parties.

John Kerry blaming Russia for mysterious attack on UN Convoy.

The US insistence to blame Russia for attacking this UN Aid Convoy appears to be a desperate deflect-and-divert public relations move to mask the fact the Washington destroyed its own ceasefire agreement on Saturday when it massacred over 70 Syrian Army soldiers and wounding another 100, in a sustained one hour-long attack involving multiple aircraft from the US, UK, Australia and Denmark. Because of that US-led airstrike, ISIS was allowed to advance immediately forward towards taking the key strategic city of Deir al-Zour. In spite of the unlikely coincidence, Washington claimed this was all just “a mistake.”

In addition, US Coalition and Gulf-backed ‘rebel’ terrorists had already broke the Russia-US ceasefire multiple times, and are also on record boasting earlier in the week how terrorist-held East Aleppo militants would refuse any UN aid convoy that crossed their sights.

Did the US and its “rebel” forces on the ground orchestrate another false flag event designed to avoid condemnation of Saturday’s massacre?

“Our western colleages are putting their best efforts to hype up the situation and ‘blur’ the tragedy in Deir ez-Zor and to distract the international community from Al-Nusra’s advance on Aleppo and thus cover the US incompetence in distinguishing between the ‘moderate’ opposition and terrorists in Syria.” – Russian spokeperson.

Now, new evidence suggests that the US Coalition may be misleading the world about their true intentions…


The Russian Defense Ministry says that a US coalition drone was in the vicinity of a humanitarian convoy when it was attacked outside Aleppo. According to the Russian military, the unmanned aircraft was a Predator drone.

On the evening of September 19, in that specific region, a drone belonging to the international condition, which had taken off from the Incirlik air base in Turkey, was flying at a height of 3,600 meters and traveling at around 200 kilometers per hour,” said Russian Defens...


DNA study confirms indigenous Australians most ancient civilization "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Claims that Indigenous Australians are the most ancient continuous civilisation on Earth have been backed by the first extensive study of their DNA, which dates their origins to more than 50,000 years ago. Scientists were able to trace the remarkable journey made by intrepid ancient humans by sifting through clues left in the DNA of modern populations in Australia and Papua New Guinea. The analysis shows that their ancestors were probably the first humans to cross an ocean, and reveals evidence of prehistoric liaisons with an unknown hominin cousin. Prof Eske Willerslev, an evolutionary geneticist who led the work at the University of Copenhagen, said: "This story has been missing for a long time in science. Now we know their relatives are the guys who were the first real human explorers. Our ancestors were sitting being kind of scared of the world while they set out on this exceptional journey across Asia and across the sea." The findings appear in one of four major human origins papers published in Nature this week, which together give an unprecedented insight into how humans first migrated out of the African continent, splintered into distinct populations and spread across the globe. Willerslev's findings, based on a new population analysis of 83 Indigenous Australians and 25 Papuans, shows that these groups can trace their origins back to the very first arrivals on the continent about 50,000 years ago and that they remained almost entirely isolated until around 4,000 years ago. "They are probably the oldest group in the world that you can link to one particular place," said Willerslev. En route to Australia, early humans would have encountered a motley assortment of other roving hominin species, including an unknown human relative who has now been shown to have contributed around 4% to the Indigenous Australian genome. Previously, scientists have discovered that prehistoric couplings have left all non-Africans today carrying 1-6% of Neanderthal DNA.


Sea Ice Record Retreat Has Antarctic Experts Worried For Wildlife, Climate "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

icebreaker-ship-antarctic-sea-iceSource: Australian Broadcasting Corp. Scientists fear a sharp reduction in Antarctic sea ice in recent weeks will impact marine life and climate systems. Key points Antarctic sea ice retreating earlier than usual Instability of ice affecting access to research stations Impacts expected on marine life, climate, research New daily records have been set for measuring


Syria fights NATO colonialism: Australia, UK, Denmark confirm roles in brutal Deir Ezzor massacre "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Weekend massacre executed against Syrian troops atop Deir Ezzor’s Thardeh Mountain now looks like some kind of a murderous colonialist get-together as Australia, the UK and Denmark have all admitted their role in the unspeakable atrocity. Their statements on the crime read just about identically, with each respective Imperialist stain on humanity claiming that they, like the American regime, didn’t “intend” to hit the SAA, that they “regret” what took place and that they offer their “sincere condolences” to the families of the innocent souls whom they had butchered. The reason why this, also like Washington’s bullshit, does not hold even the weight of a termite, is because these are some of the bloodiest regimes to ever grace the stage of geopolitics. The Australian settler regime wiped out hundreds of thousands of Aboriginal people and played a key role in the overthrow of Indonesian revolutionary Sukarno as well as the Suharto coup regime’s aggression against Eastern Timor. Denmark, for its part, once ran a hideous colonialist empire, with colonies of theft and mass murder in Africa, India and notably, the Caribbean, where the Jewish-dominated Danish West India Trading Company ran cruel schemes of slave-trading and sugar-thieving. And Britain? Does one really need to enumerate how many countries that the London ZOG colonized, raped and ruined at the height of its colonialist dominance?

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Poll: Half of Australians Want to Ban Muslim Immigration "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Nationalist demonstrators protest at a 'Reclaim Australia' rally against Islamic extremism in Sydney on July 19, 2015.


Rainbow Chan, 'Spacings' "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Some things take time. Usually, it’s the best things. A proper bolognese, saving for a big holiday, making a paper mache statue of a family member or friend, or making an incredible pop album. Rainbow Chan has been working on Spacings for a long time. The work that she has put in to give her the expertise to make a pop album as good as this? Years before that. A proper, proper bolognese.

Spacings, the debut LP for the Sydney artist, is an extraordinarily cohesive work. Rainbow Chan’s music came to life years ago in the twee basket, and as stunning and forward-thinking as it was, listening to Spacings is like a slap in the face with an excellent, synthesised fish. She’s quite obviously done with making anything less than top grade, intelligent-as-fuck pop music. The aesthetic is even incredibly polished, Chan collaborating very wisely when she does. Single after single off the album, and their accompanying videos - 'Nest', 'Work', 'Pearled Into'- have been released into the jungle with so much confidence and sass, it’s hard to know when you’re allowed to talk. Watching a live Rainbow Chan show is like this too, except you’ll feel the physical captivation, and there will be more flashing lights. There aren’t too many pop artists around at the moment who take control both on and off the stage like this, and boy, is it a treat and a necessity. I don’t want to see any more sidechained button-pushers. I don’t want to see four boys on stage playing guitars. Ever. I want to see Rainbow Chan.

Rainbow’s other projects are numerous - a techno side dish called Chunyin, visual and performance art exploring Chinese culture, identity and commodity, lecturing in music, and a whole bunch more - yet Rainbow Chan the pop artist feels like the OG. Through it’s sharpness, it’s incredible versatility and it’s pop intelligence, Spacings feels like the kind of thing Rainbow was thinking of doing without knowing it at the age of ten. Things like this take a while, let’s not forget.


Ink Blot won’t stand still! "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


Trying to get Ink Blot, a tiny two-day-old lamb, to stand still is about as hard as finding enough hours in the day to catch up on housework. Curious and cute, hungry and happy, this little lamb simply won’t stand still for a minute. And why should she, because there is just so much to explore in her new-found world of kindness. She was delivered into our care only hours after her birth: she had been found cold and alone in a paddock, where she would have surely perished if not for the kind heart who came upon her. A plucky Suffolk-cross lamb, with a personality at odds with her diminutive size, she took no time to nestle into our hearts—however, sadly, not so to settle down to pose for a photograph.


So with apologies for the not-so-crash-hot photos, we would like to introduce you to little Ink Blot. Although we must admit our first thoughts were to christen her Patch due to the splodge of color that claims her left eye and ear, but that was far too predictable, just as is the fate of so many weak and vulnerable lambs such as she—around 15 million fatally succumbing to the ravages of hypothermia in the first 48 hours of life each year. So creative we became and Ink Blot she was named, and creative we remain in determining ways to create a kinder world for innocent lambs; and on that score, we take our lead from Ink Blot—we will not stand still.

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The Australian Guide to the Diagnosis of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Funded by the Commonwealth Department of Health, The Australian Guide to the Diagnosis of FASD was produced by researchers Professor Elizabeth Elliott from the University of Sydney and Professor Carol Bower from Telethon Kids Institute Perth with input from colleagues nationally.

The Australian Guide to the diagnosis of FASD.

About the guide, forms, resources and information sheets.


DNA Creative Arts program "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


Edgar’s Mission rockin’ Your DNA Creative Arts program – ‘Animal Lovers’ in Ringwood yesterday. These guys and gals were awesome!!

If you would like Edgar’s Mission Founder and Director, Pam Ahern, to deliver a thought provoking presentation to your workplace, school or community group, please email or phone 0408 397 301. We are based in Lancefield, Central Victoria.

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