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Sunday, 19 November


Gina Hogan A Christmas Belle "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Sunday 19th Nov, 2.00pm 3.30pm, Heyfield War Memorial Hall

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Thursday, 16 November


Should I stay, or should I go: is U.S. facing a climate scientist brain drain? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Fire races through Klamath National Forest in 2014. This years Northern California wildfires burned through thousands of acres, leaving death and destruction in their wake. The fierceness of the flames is being tied to climate change, and the study of that link by U.S. climate scientists is vital to understanding destructive wildfires in the American West. Photo by Kari Greer / U.S. Forest Service via Flickr CC BY 2.0 via Flickr U.S. climate researchers, facing an uncertain future under a presidential administration known for its hostility to science, had a potential way out: answer a few questions on a website run by the French government, draw up a project proposal, and then maybe get offered a position at a French university, supported by enough cash for the duration of a stay there. The scientists spouse, could come too, and work if they pleased. A lucrative and attractive deal that has yielded a strong response. After President Trump pulled out of the Paris Climate Agreement in June, Frances Emmanuel Macron responded with a clarion call to Make Our Planet Great Again. He aimed part of that message directly at U.S. climate scientists with a sales pitch inviting them to avoid draconian U.S. budget cuts and hostile Trumpian rhetoric by seeking haven in France. This wasnt hype: the French government was serious and has since set aside 30 million euros to facilitate the immigrants. The program closed several months ago having netted a couple of hundred applications, with hundreds more researchers requesting additional

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Wednesday, 15 November


The Warrior Within "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

I have always been a firm believer in being kind to everyone you meet, because everyone has a story. Things happen in our lives that help shape us: mould us gently, or sometimes not-so gently, into the person we are today.

I have a story. It has affected me in ways big and small every single day since it happened eight years ago, and I will probably think about it for the rest of my life. It has taken me a long time to speak up and share it. I have been scared of judgement, embarrassment, vulnerability and pity, but those things no longer worry me. I am strong, I am brave and if I can help even one woman, then it has been worth it.

Three days after my 13th birthday, I stood in front of the fire at my family home, gasping for air as the man who had been married to my mum for 10 years relentlessly beat me with a piece of wood. He beat me until I was in so much shock that I physically could not scream and could not move. He moved on to beating the other side of my body before the adrenaline kicked in and I realised I needed to run away.

I bolted to the kitchen, a dead end. My eight-year-old brother and four-year-old sister watched on as their father stood with his hands clasped around the neck of their eldest sibling, with no sign of letting go. I screamed, genuinely scared for what might come next, and they screamed too, in utter disbelief and terror, when all of a sudden he let me go. He threw me to the ground, got in his car and drove away.

What came next was a blur of interviews with police, forensics in white suits taking photographic evidence of my legs that were black from my hip to my knees on both sides, tears and fear. The boys at my school asked why my body was covered in bruises and I would lie, telling them that I fell down the stairs, covering up the abuse I had been subject to only days earlier by a man I had trusted. I was urged to press charges, to make him pay for what he had done, but I was too scared of the repercussions.

Instead of dealing with what had happened to me in a healthy and productive way, I let it eat away at me like an angry cancer. I hated him, I hated myself, I hated what he had done to me and I hated how I felt. I convinced myself it was my fault. If I didnt have an attitude, perhaps it wouldnt have happened. If I hadnt provoked him, it wouldnt have happened.

I started to believe that I was to blame and that I was unworthy of being treated with kindness and respect. My self-esteem crumbled and every relationship I had with men suffered.



Jonathan R Wain Chairman Dilworth School and Brisbane barrister part one why Im no longer friends with Jonathan Wain Jonathan R Wain was dishonest, deceptive and disloyal to me "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Jonathan R Wain a student at Dilworth School, Auckland New Zealand in the early 1970s- now a Brisbane barrister. Pictured as I knew Jonathan in the 1970s before he was corrupted and lost his Christian character

Chairman Dilworth School

Jonathan R Wain, Chairman

Dilworth Old Boy


I knew Jonathan R Wain, Chairman of Dilworth School and Brisbane barrister in the 1970s in Te Atatu in Auckland, New Zealand. I write with sadness what Im about to write, because 20 years ago Jonathan Wain behaviour led me to terminate an extremely close friendship. I have no regrets in cutting my friendship and ties with Jonathan. In 1997, I decided he is capricious, dishonest, unfaithful, an adulterer and not honest with money.

I have had no contact with Jonathan since 1997, except briefly at my son Josephs wedding 3.5 years ago, and cannot speak for his character, honesty or loyalty to friends since 1997.

In 1989, Jonathan Wain was my best man at my first wedding and soon after I was Jonathans best man at his wedding to Kaylene, his long-time wife.

I met Jonathan R Wain in 1974 at Rutherford High School in Te Atatu, Auckland, New Zealand. I was only at the oppressive, bland, boring Rutherford High School for one year. The best thing about Rutherford High School was leaving i...


PERTH Three charged over $33m drug bust in WA "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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Three charged over $33m drug bust in WA .

November 15, 2017 at 07:00PM .

Two of the men, aged 23 and 27, appeared in Perth Magistrates Court on Tuesday and had their cases adjourned until next week. Another 27-year-old .


Filed under: Uncategorized Tagged: australia, crime, perth


America's economic problems demand a radical solution. "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Our cities are failing. People are hurting... If we dont attack this problem in a radically different way, its going to overwhelm us.
Charles Marohn

In this podcast episode, Chuck breaks down Strong Towns' core insight about the American growth model what's wrong with it and why it's bankrupting our country then talks about how this movement responds to that problem in a thoughtful, non-partisan manner. There are no simple answers.

Success for our country will not come from the federal government or the corporate sector and trickle down to our communities. Rather, when we focus on the struggles of real people and make small, incremental investments over a period of time to improve them, that's when we'll see broad prosperity in our nation. That's when we'll be building Strong Towns.

Listen to the episode

Together, we can revolutionize our approach to growth and development. We can make our places stronger than they've ever been. Join the movement that's changing the world.

Become a member of Strong Towns

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Exercise increases the size of the hippocampus in humans "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Aerobic exercise can improve memory function and maintain brain health as we age, a new Australian-led study has found. In a first of its kind international collaboration, researchers from Australia's National Institute of Complementary Medicine at Western Sydney University and the Division of Psychology and Mental Health at the University of Manchester in the UK examined the effects of aerobic exercise on a region of the brain called the hippocampus, which is critical for memory and other brain functions. Brain health decreases with age, with the average brain shrinking by approximately five per cent per decade after the age of 40. Studies in mice and rats have consistently shown that physical exercise increases the size of the hippocampus but until now evidence in humans has been inconsistent.


The Press Council was asked to investigate media hostage reporting hostage taking in Papua "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A google translate. Be-aware google translate can be a bit erratic.
Original bahasa link at

The Press Council was asked to investigate media hostage reporting hostage taking in Papua
Rabu, 15 November 2017 19:58
Papua No. 1 News Portal | Jubi,

Ilustrasi - Dok. Jubi

Jayapura, Jubi - Around 80 civil society organizations and individuals actively engaged in labor movements, farmers, students, students, intellectuals, youth, religious groups, journalists, freedom of expression activists, public lawyers, literacy activists and art community urged the Press Council to investigate alleged violations of ethics by a number of mass media and journalists in the news about the recent conflicts in Papua.

Civil Society Organizations and Individuals who joined the Gema Demokrasi (GEDOR) through the release received editorial Jubi, Wednesday (15/11/2017) said since the circulation of information took place around 1,300 villagers Kimbely and Banti Village by armed groups (KKB) Mimika Police Chief AKBP Victor Dean Mackbon interviewed by journalist on November 9, 2017, has clarified that there is actually no hostage against the villagers of Kimbely and Banti.

"We see that a number of major media such as television, online / digital, and print still often declare the event is a hostage," said Ade Wahyudin of LBH Press in the press release.

He continued, the hostage phrase used by some of the media against the above events is excessive and can lead to new conflicts. The....


STARLESS "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


For those willing to cross thresholds.



Why are politicians are so cheap to buy? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

That politicians can be bought by rich people, businesses, and lobbyists is no secret. What is surprising is how cheap they are. Sometimes it seems like all you need to do is give them a vacation or even just an expensive meal with plenty of alcohol to get them to do your bidding. The latest example of this are the charges brought against Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara who seem to be not only cheap to buy but extremely brazen about the fact that they are for sale.

The Australian casino owner James Packer and the Hollywood producer Arnon Milchan probably never imagined they would be running a free drinks delivery service for the Israeli prime minister and his wife.

But when Sara Netanyahu called an assistant of the two men to say the drinks had run out, it was the signal for Packer and Milchan to renew the supplies of champagne, courtesy of their own wallets and a private driver, according to alleged testimony in an investigation into sleaze claims against Benjamin Netanyahu.

The claims, widely reported in the Israeli media on Tuesday, are the latest leaks from a police investigation into the Netanyahus. If true, they would illustrate how brazen the couple were in demanding favours.

According to the reports, first carried by Israels Channel 2 and Channel 10 on Monday night, Hadas Klein, an assistant to both Packer and Milchan, has given evidence describing how the Netanyahus would routinely call demanding cigars, champagne and even that the bill be paid for a building inspector.

While the Israeli prime minister has repeatedly denied the items represented anything more than goodwill between friends, the leak suggests that the Netanyahus always initiated the favours.

The article goes on to list other items demanded by the Netanyahus.

The Netanyahus have already been criticized for living the high life and charging it to the taxpayers. They are true grifters. What keeps their abuses from getting too much coverage in the US and the UK is the Israel lobby that works behind the scenes in both countries to keep the coverage of that country positive. Jonathan Cook says that the recent resignation of a UK Minister Priti Patel over secret meetings with Israeli officials including Netanyahu has shone some light on the workings of the lobby and the power it wields over the Conservative party.

The honorary president of Conservative Friends of Israel, Lord Polak has recruited four-fifths of Conservative....


1) Komnas HAM want police to take caution when dealing with Papuan separatists "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

2) Brimob Officer Shot Dead in Papua; Police Pursuit Shooter
3) British Ambassador Moazzam Malik to Visit West Papua

4) Police Adopt 'Delicate' Approach to Avoid Casualties in Papua: Spokesman
5) Papua police face difficulty seeking release of 1,300 villager hostages
6) Gunmen Kill Elite Police Officer in Papua
1) Komnas HAM want police to take caution when dealing with Papuan separatists
Gemma Holliani Cahya The Jakarta Post
Jakarta | Wed, November 15, 2017 | 03:55 pm



One of the Funniest Shows in Modern Capitalism "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

One of the Funniest Shows in Modern Capitalism
by Bill Bonner

"On Monday, Caracas rolled out the red carpet - literally. In one of the funniest shows in modern capitalism, bondholders were invited to a special meeting in the Venezuelan capital. A few turned up. They wanted to know what to expect. The country is going broke - fast. Oil output is at a 28-year lowcash is disappearingchaos is spreading. When would Venezuela default on its bonds? The meeting lasted 30 minutes. No questions were allowed. And then, less than 24 hours later, investors got their answer: today!

Rendezvous with glory: Hold on Were back in good ol Baltimore. Theres nothing quite like it. Thank God. Every place has its own character, its own style, and its own life...


Of borrowers & buffers "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Panel beater

I've been busy at the 1,600-strong UBS European Conference 2017, held at the Landmark London in Marylebone, and have learned a tremendous amount from a range of experts, while the Rt Hon David Davis MP also aimed to reassure the City about the forthcoming Brexit. 

I was thrilled to partake in a panel presentation on consumer indebtedness in Anglo-Saxon countries.

On the panel with me were the Chief US Economist of UBS, and the legendary one-time Sydneysider James Aitken, who's been over in the Smoke for some 18 years now. 

Completing the panel was Mathias Drehmann from the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) in Basel, which was a tremendous privilege for me. 

The BIS and Drehmann have produced some terrific research papers over the past decade and more, some of which continue to be discussed regularly in Australian financial circles today. Drehmann's extensive work has shown how the impacts of new mortgage borrowing are often felt 4 to 5 years after the loans are initially taken out.

Exceptionally different here...

It was especially enlightening for me to spend some time later chatting with the personable Drehmann, who originally hails from Stuttgart, a city where I studied in the Oberstufe back in the 1990s. 


Yawny Tawny ignores Aussie mozzie "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Deep in the heart of Mozzieland sits the Tawny Frogmouth. Unmoving, as usual.

But wait. Things are stirring. Pesky Brown-backed Honeyeaters want the Tawny gone.

Which brings what counts as frenzy from Tawny. Sleepy eye opens. Head turns. Nothing to see here. Back to snooze.

Mozzies? Let them join crowd and cloud around photographer.


GMOs Are Not The Answer To Citrus Greening Disease "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

What are five things you think of when you imagine Florida? More than likely, beyond alligators and sun, you probably think of citrus. Whether you live in or visit Florida, theres often a place where you can get locally grown citrus in season: grapefruits, tangerines, tangelos, honeybells and so many more varieties. But, the citrus industry has been in a rapid decline over the last 15 years, vastly in part due to diseases such as Huanglongbing (HLB) or citrus greening as well as Citrus Canker and Citrus Tristeza virus. Each of these reduce crop production sizes.

The article below claims that genetically engineering citrus is faster than conventional methods in fending off HLB, but as Center For Food Safety has pointed out, testing of disease prevention through GE techniques have been attempted since the 90s with minimal success, in large part due to the complexities of the diseases:

engineering plants with toxins that provide resistance to one pathogen sometimes results promotion of a different disease as a result of poorly understood interactions between plant defenses and the specific pathogens In the long run, even if some of the GE experiments do eventually result in commercial plantings, solutions to the current diseases of citrus that involve adding one or a few genes to a trees genome are unlikely to provide more than fleeting relief to an industry plagued by one new epidemic after another.

Non-GE solutions are actively being sought out from groups such as Florida Organic growers and UF as well. Matts Organics has been producing delicious organic juices since the...


Homeland Security to Release Chemicals into the Air to Simulate a Biological Terror Attack "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

By Jay Syrmopoulos

A planned simulation of a chemical and biological attack has people questioning the impact of the drill on human and environmental health.

Newkirk, OK The Department of Homeland Security plans to conduct chemical and biological testing near the border between Kansas and Oklahoma in January and February, and again in June and July, to determine how much protection people would receive from being inside a house or an apartment in the event of a biological terrorist attack, according to a statement on the Homeland Security website.

The DHS press release notes:

The study is part of the Departments ongoing commitment to preparedness and the shared responsibility of protecting the nations critical infrastructure. The purpose of this study is to gather data that enhances our predictive capabilities in the event of a biological agent attack.  Specifically, this work will help in predicting the extent to which an intentional release of a biological agent may penetrate single family and multi-family structures. These tests will release inert chemicals and biological materials that will be used to measure the amount of material that penetrates the buildings under varied conditions.

   SEE: Australia Thunderstorm Asthma Symptoms Persist: Looks Like Biowarfar...


Germany reveals the total amount of its arms sales to Saudi Arabia and Egypt "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The German government has revealed that the total value of its arms sales to Saudi Arabia and Egypt in the third quarter of 2017 has quintupled in comparison to the same period last year. The news provoked a wave of outrage from the opposition. While Egypt and Saudi Arabia are engaged in a long-running bombing campaign in war-torn Yemen, Riyadh and Cairo appear to be among the top clients of the German arms industry. The money spent is also on the rise. The numbers have been disclosed in the Economy Ministry's answer to an information request filed by Left Party MP Stefan Liebich. According to the data, Egypt has taken first place with some 300 million ($352.5 million), skyrocketing from 45 million in the same period last year. Riyadh is also showing quite an appetite for German arms, importing 148 million ($173.9 million) worth of military equipment, going up from 41 million.


JFK files reveal CIA blocked access to Jim Angleton's files, obscuring CIA crimes and possible assassination info "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The CIA delayed responding to requests for information about its longtime counter-espionage chief, James Angleton, as it tried to minimize the disclosure of his activities related to Soviet defectors and the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, newly released documents show. "Don't answer his initial request any sooner than necessary," said a May 31, 1979, internal CIA memo about a Freedom of Information Act request from author David Martin, who is now a CBS News correspondent. "When we do, deny release of any of the information, maintaining it is still classified and involves protection of sources and methods." Martin was seeking information about the agency's handling of Yuri Nosenko, a former KGB agent who defected to the United States in 1964. Angleton and some of his colleagues in the CIA and FBI considered Nosenko a possible double agent. The CIA memo was one of dozens about Angleton included in the 13,213 files released last week by the National Archives. They show the concerns and frustrations about the work Angleton did during his CIA tenure and the difficulty investigators had in getting access to his files at the agency. Angleton was the agency's main conduit of information to the Warren Commission, the seven-member panel appointed by President Lyndon Johnson to investigate the assassination. Angleton did not tell the commission about the CIA's involvement in attempts to overthrow or kill Cuban communist dictator Fidel Castro, which factored into later conspiracy theories.


Unicorn Riot to Premier Black Snake Killaz: A #NoDAPL Story "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

for Earth First! Newswire

Minneapolis, MN Unicorn Riot premieres its first full-length documentary Black Snake Killaz: a #NoDAPL story on November 17th, 2017.

November 14th, 2017: Unicorn Riot will hold a theatrical premiere of the non-commercial creative commons documentary film Black Snake Killaz: a #NoDAPL story on November 17th, 2017 at The Parkway Theater 4814 Chicago Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55417. Doors will open 6:30 PM and the film will start at 7:30 PM. The premiere will be followed by a question and answer session with members of Unicorn Riot.

An after-party at The Red Sea, 320 Cedar Ave., Minneapolis, MN begins at 11:00 PM and lasts until bar close. Performances by various artists, include Minneapolis Punk Folk Ungrateful Little String Band, followed by Indigenous hip-hop artist Alas, and DJ MTHERRSA.

On November 18, 2017, Black Snake Killaz: a #NoDAPL Story will be made available online, for free, at

Black Snake Killaz: a #NoDAPL story (120 mins) chronicles the resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline from April 2016 through March 2017. The film highlights actions taken by water protectors to stop the construction of the oil pipeline and investigates actions taken by law enforcement, military, and corporate mercenaries to quell the months-long protest. Black Snake Killaz timelines the historical events
that unfolded in Standing Rock and brings you a raw front line experience of direct actions. Although the Dakota Access Pipeline was completed, the impact of the resistance movement will be long-lasting.
The importance of the water protectors story grows as fossil fuel extraction projects continue to impact some of the most vulnerable communities throughout the world.

Black Snake Killaz: a #NoDAPL story is one of the many stories that has emerged from the #NoDAPL movement. Unicorn Riot offers Black Snake Killaz: a #NoDAPL story as a public resource to provide a concise...


Mysterious Murder in Mali "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Friendly Reminder That Jeff Bezos is Trying to Take Over the Universe (Jimmy)

Caitlin Johnstone writes on Medium, The richest man in the world did not purchase the Washington Post because he believed newspapers were about to enjoy a lucrative resurgence, and he certainly didnt purchase it to ensure the production of high quality journalism. He bought it so that hed have a trusted mouthpiece through which to lie to you about what is happening in the world in a way that will benefit his empire.

Hannity to Moore: Clear Up Allegations, Or Get Out (Dan)

Arguably TVs most culturally conservative voice has lost patience with Roy Moore. Will the controversial Senate candidate dropout after even more women have come forward claiming sexual advances at a young age?

Australias Citizen Crisis (Reader Steve)

Australias immigration policies are mirroring Trumps in the US. In some ways, theyre worse. Australias constitution prevents foreign nationals, as well as those with dual citizenship, from holding elected office  unless they renounce their former citizenship. The provision was largely ignored until recently, with an uptick of diverse backgrounds in Australias elected leaders.

The J20 Investigation (Dan)

Trumps inauguration day featured many skirmishes between the DC police and anti-fascist protestors organized under the J20 banner. The investigation has been growing some time, including with the DOJs now-infamous move of requesting IP addresses that visited the J20 website. Now theres another strike against the protesters: the group investigating police actions has a history of siding with the police.

Freelance Journalist Arrested During Riot Still Facing Serious Charges (Chris)

The trial of Alexei Wood begins today in DC. The defendant, a photojournalist who took pictures of anti-inaugural demonstrations in January, is accused of several felonies, incl...


Mystery Alabama Boom Rattles Twitter Theorists, NASA Unsure of Origin "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

mystery boom

Witnesses across Alabama reported a mysterious boom that rocked their counties on Tuesday evening. NASA said the origin of the blast remains unclear as social media went awash with conspiracy theories and even devoted a song to the unexplained event.

The sound blast could have been generated by a bolide, large supersonic aircraft or a ground explosion but wasnt caused by a Leonid meteor, NASA said, as cited by meteorologist James Spann from the American Meteorological Society (AMS). The unknown event was reported by the National Weather Service in Birmingham, as well as St. Clair and Blount Counties.

Alabama residents flocked to Twitter, with many saying the event even shook their homes. The boom was detected on a seismograph in Cleburne County, according to meteorologists from the local TV stations.



Roy Moore caught up in Hollywood Weinstein Hysteria "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Roy Moore is the first DC fish to be caught in the shrieking net of Hollywood Weinstein Hysteria. It didn't take long to get the answer to the question-what's with the Hollywood Weinstein hysteria all of a sudden? Why are the Powers That Be throwing scrubby ol' Harvey and other Hollywood icons under the bus after all these years? Many of Harvey's string of accusers were compensated with a lot more than a coke- dusted hundred dolla bill. They enjoyed starring roles and a lucrative career. Some were tragically abused and derailed. Either way, their stories ironically provide the toolkit to commit political rape. For the Globalists there's a lot more at stake than some pop culture propaganda and box office ticket sales. Their pimped out entertainment icons are expendable. The epic money and power grab of a One World Government is all that matters now. Roy Moore is in the throes of the outrage-boomerang.


Video: Brisbane musicians rework Nick Cave classic to demand he cancel Israel show "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Phil Mansour passed along this video with the note, Brisbane musicians rework Nick Caves classic ballad The Ship Song calling on him to cancel his upcoming shows in #Apartheid #Israel and respect the Palestinian picket line. #BDS


There Probably Isnt A Special Counsel Coming For Hillary, Comey Or Uranium One "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd sent a letter to the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee Monday, indicating that career prosecutors at the Department of Justice would review controversies arising from the Clinton Foundation and former FBI Director James Comeys handling of the Clinton email investigation.

The letter prompted speculation that DOJ was assembling a predicate for a criminal investigation and the appointment of a special counsel. President Donald Trump himself has publicly encouraged the attorney general to pursue a criminal probe of matters relating to the Clinton Foundation, amplifying speculation that his longtime ally would acquiesce to the pressure in a bid to revive his strained relationship with the president.

The text of the letter doesnt quite bear that reading.

As a preliminary matter, the letter was sent to House Judiciary one day before Sessions was scheduled to testify before the panel. Committee Republicans have twice sent letters to Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein urging an investigation of a barrage of Clinton shenanigans as well as Comeys alleged politicization of Bureau investigations relating to the Clintons. Those letters, dated July 27 and Sept. 26, both appear to have gone unanswered. Therefore, it is not unusual that the Justice Department would send its response to the Committee the day before Sessions was slated to appear, as DOJs silence on the request would otherwise have been a point of conflict.

The letter itself reveals little. It reiterates the Departments commitment to provide timely and accurate informationin a non-political matter, before informing Committee Republicans that Sessions had referred their concerns to senior career prosecutors, who would consider the matter and then make a recommendation to DOJ leadership as to how they should proceed.

Consistent with DOJ policy, the letter does not confirm the existence of an investigation, nor does it promise an investigation is forthcoming. Rather, it is simply a courteous disposition of a request...


Australia is Banning Software Patents and Shelston IP is Complaining as Usual "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Because Shelston IP does not care what actual software developers want

Happy Birthday Sydney Harbour Bridge

Summary: The Australian Productivity Commission, which defies copyright and patent bullies, is finally having policies put in place that better serve the interests of Australians, but the legal industry is unhappy (as expected)

THE decision to more officially ban software patents in Australia is not news. We wrote quite a few articles about that earlier in the year. As Kluwer Patent Blog put it this morning: The purpose of the Bill is to implement the Governments response to the Productivity Commissions recommendations on Australias IP Arrangements.

The article neglects to say that Australia is cracking down on software patents (software is not being mentioned at all by the author) and instead says that Australias Government introduces draft legislation to abolish innovation patents (which sounds rather misleading, as can often be expected from sites such as Kluwer Patent Blog). To quote:

The Productivity Commission recommended that Australia abolish the innovation patents regime, the principal reasons being that such patents have a lower inventive step than that of a standard patent and inhibited rather than assisted innovation from small business enterprises. The Government has agreed with this conclusion, noting that neither small business enterprises nor the Australian community at large benefited from it.

Part 4 of the draft Bill contains amendments to commence the abolition of the innovation patent system by preventing the filing of new applications, subject to certain exceptions. For example, existing rights before the commencement of the abolishing Act will remain unaffected, including the right to file divisional applications and convert standard patent applications to innovation patent applications where the patent date and priority date for each claim are before the abolishing Acts commencement date.



CIAs Wikileaks Narrative Dominates Coverage of Trump Jr. Correspondence "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The CIA contends WikiLeaks is not a media organization but rather a non-state hostile intelligence service often abetted by state actors like Russia. Response by the U.S. press to a report from The Atlantic on correspondence between WikiLeaks and Donald Trump Jr. wholly adopted the CIAs narrative, even though the public still lacks proof of such cooperation.

Moreover, although The Atlantic report merely shows communications between a Trump campaign official and WikiLeaks, it was treated as significant confirmation of Russian collusion.

Former CIA director Leon Panetta appeared on CNN and said the correspondence was another additional piece of evidence related to the activities of either [Trump] family members or members of his campaign working with the Russians in one way or another. Panetta maintained there was no question WikiLeaks was a cutout for the Russian government.

The basic message that should have gone out to all campaign individuals is do not interact with the Russians, Panetta added, when asked what the Trump campaign should have done when contacted by WikiLeaks. Do not interact with a foreign adversary that could very well come in and try to influence this election.

Watch Panettas CNN interview:

This is yet another level interest by the campaign in foreign assistance and not just any foreign assistance but foreign assistance tied to the Kremlin, Democratic Representative Adam Schiff, a ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, said on CNN.

When host Wolf Blitzer asked Schiff to be precise on the relationship between the Kremlin and WikiLeaks, Schiff answered:

Well, the Kremlin, well, was certainly using WikiLeaks to publish these documents. I think it gave them a certain level of deniability that the more direct cutouts like Guccifer 2.0 or DCLeaks that could be traced right back to the Kremlin would ultimately not provide them. But nonetheless, WikiLeaks is a sophisticated actor.

I fully believe that they knew exactly where they were getting this information about and were more than happy to coordinate with the Russians. I dont think that this is an issue so much of theyre being useful idiots as opposed to witting participants. There is a division of opinion, I think, among members about just how witting or useful they were. Nonetheless, the fact of the matter was this was clearly one of the outlets the Russians were using for publication.

Tony Blinken, a former deputy secretary of state under President Barack Obama, also appeared on CNN....


10 Compelling Reasons Why the Vegas Shooting Has Disappeared from Headlines "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Amidst numerous unanswered question, the Las Vegas mass-shooting has curiously faded from the headlines. Is this a deliberate silence?


Australian Constitution gives us the right to bear arms "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Australian Constitution, a 116 year old law, that has made its way into the hands of the herd population and literally immortalised itself in pop culture ever since the dual citizenship saga hit the mainstream media.

Ever since then any serf may reckon they're a "Constitutional Lawyer" where the worst part about it is that they have a voice on social media that can lead other members of the herd population off a cliff, as depicted below.

A 'luser' (pronounced loser, with reference to a loser user) by the name of Lyn Bennetts stated;

"Australia's Constution also gives us the right to bear arms, it doesn't matter if you like it or not it is our right"

WHILE referring to ... wait for it .... the
"2nd Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America"

as shown in the screen capture below:

Now, for the record, we ain't no "Constitutional Lawyer" (LOL, PMSL, etc, etc),
but can someone PLEASE tell us where does it say that the serfs have to right to firearms in the
Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act 1900 ??? !!! ???

The document is available for your perusal below:


CIA Narrative on WikiLeaks Dominates Media Coverage of Trump Jr. Correspondence "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

(SP The CIA contends WikiLeaks is not a media organization but rather a non-state hostile intelligence service often abetted by state actors like Russia. Response by the U.S. press to a report from The Atlantic on correspondence between WikiLeaks and Donald Trump Jr. wholly adopted the CIAs narrative, even though the public still lacks proof of such cooperation.

Moreover, although The Atlantic report merely shows communications between a Trump campaign official and WikiLeaks, it was treated as significant confirmation of Russian collusion.

Former CIA director Leon Panetta appeared on CNN and said the correspondence was another additional piece of evidence related to the activities of either [Trump] family members or members of his campaign working with the Russians in one way or another. Panetta maintained there was no question WikiLeaks was a cutout for the Russian government.

The basic message that should have gone out to all campaign individuals is do not interact with the Russians, Panetta added, when asked what the Trump campaign should have done when contacted by WikiLeaks. Do not interact with a foreign adversary that could very well come in and try to influence this election.

This is yet another level interest by the campaign in foreign assistance and not just any foreign assistance but foreign assistance tied to the Kremlin, Democratic Representative Adam Schiff, a ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, said on CNN.

When host Wolf Blitzer asked Schiff to be precise on the relationship between the Kremlin and WikiLeaks, Schiff answered, Well, the Kremlin, well, was certainly using WikiLeaks to publish these documents. I think it gave them a certain level of deniability that the more direct cutouts like Guccifer 2.0 or DCLeaks that could be traced right back to the Kremlin would ultimately not provide them. But nonetheless, WikiLeaks is a sophisticated actor.

I fully believe that they knew exactly where they were getting this information about and were more than happy to coordinate with the Russians. I dont think that this is an issue so much of theyre being useful idiots as opposed to witting participants. There is a division of opinion, I think, among members about just how witting or useful they were. Nonetheless, the fact of the matter was this was clearly one of the outlets the Russians were using for publication.

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Lawmakers urge EU probe in Malta after journalist killed "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


STRASBOURG (Reuters) European Union lawmakers adopted a resolution on Wednesday calling on the EU executive to investigate Maltas adherence to the rule of law and European values following the murder of a campaigning journalist.

The non-binding resolution, backed by most parties and adopted during a plenary session in Strasbourg, also voiced the legislatures serious concerns about the police independence and over international money-laundering on the island.


MEPs barrage of criticism against Malta met with caution by European Commission

Malta compared to cocaine-and-guns bonanza Narcos by one MEP

Mr Timmermans knees at a candlelight vigil for Ms Caruana Galizia held in Brussels. Photo: Reuters

Mr Timmermans knees at a candlelight vigil for Ms Caruana Galizia held in Brussels. Photo: Reuters

Updated 7pm

A barrage of criticism about Malta was met with some cautionary words by European Commission first vice-president Frans Timmermans today, who urged MEPs to not play judge and jury when assessing the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia.

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Daphne Caruana Galizia

Speaking at the end of a European Parliament debate about the rule of law in Malta, Mr Timmermans acknowledged concerns raised by MEPs but felt some were jumping the gun.

Let the investigation run its full course, he said, telling MEPs that their questions would be answered. What is not on is to start with a conclusion and look for facts to support that conclusion.

He also twice called on the Maltese government to join a planned European Public Prosecutors Office, saying doing so would be a strong signal of intent..........


Fix Host IP is blocked because of many connection errors on MySQL/MariaDB "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

I am trying to login to my mysql/mysqld server using the following Unix command: $ mysql -u foo -h -p dbnmame But greeted with the following error on screen: ERROR 1129 (HY000): Host '' is blocked because of many connection errors; unblock with 'mysqladmin flush-hosts' How do I fix this problem on a Linux or Unix-like system?


The problem of dual citizenship for Australian federal politicians is not a new one so why has this current batch made such a hash of the solution? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Australian Electoral Commission nomination form advice re Sec 44 of the Australian Constitution

This is former Liberal MP Alex Somlyay - elected 1990 and retired 2013 - as reported in the Sunshine Coast Daily on 19 July 2017:

Alex Somlyay, who represented Fairfax for 23 years from 1990 to 2013, is the son of Hungarian refugees who arrived in Australia after World War Two as stateless persons.
Mr Somlyay says Ms Waters' predicament in an unintended consequence that needed to be fixed..
Mr Somlyay is particularly attuned to Mr Waters' forced resignation because of events that played out which could have threatened his own parliamentary career.
His parents became Australian citizens and Mr Somlyay was born in Australia.
But the fall of the Iron Curtin saw Hungary again become an independent country which immediately gave citizenship to the diaspora that fled as refugees and their children.


#StopAdani from above: Seeing is conserving "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Paul Hoelen, Ken Peters-Dodd, and Paul Nimbahly

Aerial landscape photographers and traditional land owners join forces to #StopAdani

As new coal mines are opened up in Queensland, a collaboration of one of the best landscape photographers in this part of the world with a traditional land owner is using their gifts and abilities for conservation of the endangered landscapes in Australia.

Here is the interview Paul Hoelen, Ken Peters-Dodd, and Paul Nimbahly gave today in The Sustainable Hour on 94.7 The Pulse about the crowdfunding campaign they have started, Pit to Point Project:

Ken Peters-Dodd is a traditional owner whose country the project is on.
Paul Nimbahly is director of the Permarescue Research Academy Ltd,
Paul Hoelen is an award winning photographer...


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Biden: Hero Who Stopped Texas Church Shooter Was Wrong To Have A Gun "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

During a question and answer session on NBCs Today show, former vice president and rumored presidential 2020 contender Joe Biden said the hero who stopped the Texas church shooter earlier this month should not have been allowed to carry an AR-15.

With the tragedy that just happened in Texas, how do you justify the Democratic view on gun control when the shooter was stopped by a man who was legally licensed to carry a gun? a young woman in the audience asked Biden.

Well first of all, the kind of gun being carried he shouldnt be carrying, Biden said. I wrote the last serious gun control law . . and it outlawed assault weapons and outlawed weapons with magazines that held a whole lotta bullets so you could kill a lot of people a whole lot more quickly.

Assault weapon is a nonsense term not usable in legislation, since it could apply to any object used to attack another person. An assault rifle generally means a select-fire or automatic rifle with an intermediate cartridge designed for military use. The AR-15 is not an assault rifle, most clearly because it is semiautomatic. Civilians are already banned from owning automatic weapons.

The Texas man who stopped the shooter from killing more people used an AR-15 to confront the alleged murderer, who wore a ballistic vest and was armed with tactical gear and a rifle of equal firepower.

If I had run out of the house with a pistol and faced a bulletproof vest and kevlar and helmets, it might have been futile, Stephen Willeford told CRTV in an interview last week. I ran out with an AR-15 and thats what he was shooting the place up with.

Biden apparently doesnt think guns are useful for self-defense and protecting others, even though police and soldiers cant stop bad guys without guns, and neither can private citizens. Public records are replete with instances of private citizens enjoying protection against evil when armed.

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Poll Roundup: Citizenship Chaos Sends Government To New Term Low "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

2PP Aggregate: 54.2 to Labor (+1 point in a week) - highest reading of term
Labor would win election "held now" with a large margin
Government has lost majority (for now) with two MPs recontesting their seats in by-elections

This week we've seen a highly unusual event in Australian political history: a federal government has lost its majority partway through a term.  This last happened in 1931.  The one-term Scullin government began its term with a robust 46 seats out of 75, but a by-election loss and defections to the opposition UAP and the Lang Labor split saw it whittled down to 35, following which it collapsed before the year was out.  What has happened to the Turnbull government, so far, is much less dramatic - two of its seats are vacant pending by-elections, and the government will recover majority status if Barnaby Joyce is returned, although it would then lose it again if John Alexander is defeated.

However, as the Section 44 eligibility issues continue to unfold (with the tabling of required evidence by December 1 expected to be the next step), we could well see more by-elections early next year in some much more difficult government seats.  The prospect of the government slipping into permanent minority, or perhaps even losing enough seats that it can no longer govern, is a real one.  There may also be by-elections in Labor and crossbench seats, but no incumbent government has gained a seat from an opposition in a federal by-election since 1920 so there would not be too much optimism regarding chances of gaining seats there.  My legally unqualified view, incidentally, is that the "hesitators" (those who filed to renounce UK citizenship too late for the process to complete by the close of nominations) are in trouble.  The references in previous cases to the taking of all reasonable steps as sufficient refer to a context in which a member cannot reasonably renounce an overseas citizenship, not one in which a candidate was needlessly slow about it.

For the time being, the government faces two very unpleasant sitting weeks in which, by vice of it holding the Speakership, it has a floor minority (73-74) compared to the combined forces of Labor and the crossbench.  That is, assuming Bob Katter shows up!  The non-Coalition forces won't be able to suspend standing orders, but they will have extensive control over other operations of the House and should be able to use that to inflict pain.  As noted in my New England preview, it's not likely Barnaby Joyce will spring back into parliament on the Monday after the by-election, and the 17-candidate circus announced for his seat won't help expedite matters there.

I may have a Bennelong preview later, but that sea...


Pembroke By-Election: Live And/Or Post-Count "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

CALLED: Reliable scrutineering reports on Sunday that Siejka (ALP) will win easily with Walker narrowly beating Chipman for 2nd.


Analysis: Still awaiting margins for the two scenarios. As Brad Stansfield has said on Twitter, it's a bit much to be saying first that the Liberals' attack on Chipman wouldn't work at all, then after the result that it worked too well. But if working means getting near winning, it was only a pyrrhic success. It seems that far from generate a sympathy vote for Chipman, the tactic actually worked in driving votes away from him and to Walker, but at the cost of driving Chipman preferences (in droves as predicted by Pete Lawler on Twitter last night) and possibly primaries to Siejka. The Liberals needed to make the final two to have any on-paper chance, but did they cause enough voters to switch their preference from Chipman ahead of Siejka to the other way around to the extent that they caused Siejka rather than Chipman to win ? 

The result has major impacts as the left (4 ALP and four left-leaning indies) will gain an outright majority.  A White Labor government will start with a workable upper chamber while a returned Hodgman government will have great difficulty doing much.

Reports from scrutineering - Chipman prefs did not break to Walker and Siejka is going to win! TEC figures have Chipman missing second by just 200 votes - the remaining votes to be added will change little there.  However, Chipman was too far back to win from 2nd and would have fallen about 1000 short.  Having Chipman out first will pad Siejka's margin, it is going to be a solid win.

I have managed to get online with much difficulty.  Currently Willink, Di Falco and James have been provisionally excluded.  Chipman got a massive boost off James and can still catch Walker if his share of Harvey prefs is 27 points higher. That seems unlikely, but if he could get very close there are also nearly 400 outstanding votes.  

Walker's share required hasn't changed much - he still needs 58% off Harvey and Chipman assuming he stays second and ignoring exhaust.



Not-A-Poll: Best Prime Minister Of The Last 45 Years: Round 3 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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"The Honourable Leader of the Opposition, Sir Billy Snedden, has broken his promise: the promise he made to me before the election. He promised not to tell any lies about me, if I didn't tell the truth about him."*

A month ago I started a multi-round Not-A-Poll to determine this site's visitors' choice for the title of Best Prime Minister of the Last 45 Years.  The idea is that each month the Prime Minister in last place is eliminated and the rest continue until someone gets over 50% and wins.  There are rules permitting multiple exclusions in certain cases, to speed up the process a bit.  Each round runs for a month, so you can vote for different candidates from round to round if you want to. Multiple voting is in theory banned and adjustments may be made if I detect it, but there will probably be a lot of low-level multiple voting I can't detect or prevent. Comments about the merits of the contestants are welcome.

The winner of each round gets their photo and a quote at the top of the article, except in the final round when photos of both candidates will go on top.

Round 2 Results 



New England By-Election: Prospects And Polls "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Seat: New England (Nat vs Ind 8.5%, Nat vs ALP 16.5%)

By-Election 2 Dec 2017
Incumbent: Barnaby Joyce (Nat)
Main opponents likely to include Rob Taber (IND) and ALP candidate
Former incumbent and 2016 opponent Tony Windsor (IND) not contesting
Outlook: High chance of comfortable Nat retain

With the date of the New England by-election set it's time for a general prospects and polls post that I will update through the campaign as opportunities arise.  I may be pretty slack about this as Queensland will be a higher priority and I have a lot of other stuff on at the moment.  I won't be doing live coverage on the night because of previously booked air travel, but there will be a postcount thread if it is needed.

Circumstances and history

The New England by-election follows the disqualification from office of incumbent Deputy Prime Minister and National Party leader Barnaby Joyce, who was found to be in breach of Section 44 of the Constitution because he was a dual citizen of New Zealand by descent, despite having been born in the electorate of New England.

New England has had a mostly conservative history.  It was last won by Labor (then spelled Labour, see comments) in 1910 and Labor has not been competitive in it since the 1980s.  Beyond that, in the last 104 years the rule of conservative parties was interrupted only by the 2001-2013 tenure of independent Tony Windsor, and also briefly by the 1922 expulsion of the sitting member from the Country Party.  Windsor himself was considered fairly conservative until he backed Labor to form government in 2010.  

In the 2013 election, Barnaby Joyce contested New England to shift from the Senate to the House of Representatives and Windsor did not stand. Windsor contested in 2016 and a close contest was generally expected but a mutually vicious campaign did not go well for him and in the end Joyce won convincingly.

The contest is of special interest because the government will lose its majority if it loses the seat.  (It has not, contra to what you may read in many papers and hear ad nauseum from Labor, lost it yet.)

Typical swings in government by-elections



Section 44 Strikes, But The Government Hasn't Lost Its Majority Yet "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Many news sites have now claimed that, in light of today's dramatic Section 44 disqualification of Barnaby Joyce from Parliament by the High Court, the beleagured Turnbull government has now lost its majority.

This is an exciting claim, but it isn't actually correct.

Pending the holding of a by-election for the seat of New England, the government will, when the House of Representatives next sits, hold 75/149 seats, with one vacant.  74 seats will be held by other MPs.  75 is larger than 74.  75 is larger than half of 149.  75 divided by 149 is 0.5033557... .  It is more than 0.500000.

The government's new and very temporary position is no different mathematically to that of the Cook Liberal government in 1913, which won 38/75 seats.  The Cook government is widely referred to as having had a one-seat majority.

Its previous position (76/150) is no different to that of the Menzies government in 1961, which held 61/120 seats with voting rights.  The Menzies government is widely referred to as having had a two-seat majority.

Certain Australian state governments have held one-seat majorities in parliaments with odd numbers of members.  In my own state, an example is the Nielsen/Lowe government from 1976-1979, which held 18 seats out of 35.  Such governments are invariably considered to have been majority governments.  The Goss government in Queensland lost a majority of one when one of its members was disqualified, and failed to regain it (and as a result lost office) at the subsequent by-election. The  Beattie government in Queensland and current Weatherill government in South Australia both gained a majority of one at by-elections.

Should New England be lost at the by-election, the government will hold 75/150 seats, which is exactly half the parliament, and is not a majority.  At that point the government will have lost its majority.

Various conventions are used for calculating the majority.  One, which I think is the better one, calculates it as the number of government MPs minus the number of other MPs.  On this convention, the Turnbull government has had a two-seat majority until now.  The Abbott government had a 30-seat majority.

The other, which seems to have taken over in Australia since the last election, calculates it as the number of government MPs minus half the parliament.

75/149 is a majority whichever way it is sliced.  On the latter reading, it is a half-seat majority, which is one of the reasons why the latter reading is a silly.

What the vacating of New England does is takes away the government's "floor majority", on the assumption that the Speaker will vote to maintain the status quo.  However, it is only a convention that the Speaker votes that way, and...


Volvox design studio "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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Volvox is a popular name. Add to the list of non-Chlorophyte uses Atelier Volvox (Volvox Workshop), a design studio in Switzerland. They seem to sell mainly accents and small furniture, such as Brderchen:


Brderchen by Sophie Liechti. The function of a Mute Servant is to accept clothes and keep them ready for the next use. But who wants a servant in the bedroom? With a little brother you invite a friend, a little deer, who brings in a room the clarity of design and the magic of a fairy tale. Bruderchen is made by hand from solid walnut or ash. Two end pieces made of brass serve as a place to hang hangers.

Please forgive my Google translation. 640 Swiss Francs (about the same in dollars) seems a bit steep to me, but what do I know; Im still sitting in my Pong. Not everything is that expensivethe Kerzenstnder is only 39 Francs:


Kerzenstnder by Lea Gerber, Sophie Liechti.

Okay, I thought that was for the set. Its just the smallest one. The whole set would run you 137 Francs. So Atelier Volvox is not for plebs like me. Nice stuff, though. They do need a better picture of Volvox for their logo; maybe Ill offer them one.

So for the record, heres the list to date:


Snail's pace "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Australian crawl

Ah, mate.

Wages grew by just +0.48 per cent in the September 2017 quarter, to be +2.01 per cent higher over the year.

Superficially this looks like a bit of an improvement, and at least it can be said that wages are growing a bit ahead of the rate of inflation. Just. 

And including bonuses the annual increase was a slightly more upbeat +0.7 per cent for the quarter, and +2.2 per cent for the year. 

However, the result this quarter was pumped up by the minimum wage increase, and you can see in the chart below that a number of industries (such as accommodation & food) how this inflated the quarterly numbers. 

Over the year the industries with the most robust wage price growth included healthcare & social assistance (+2.7 per cent), arts & recreation services (+2.7 per cent), and education & training (+2.4 per cent).

On the other hand wages growth in the mining sector (+1.2 per cent) remains very low, as it does in professional, scientific, & tech services (+1.5 per cent). 

Annual wage price growth in the private sector remains super-low at just +1.86 per cent, with wage price growth in the public sector some way higher at +2.37 per cent. 

The public se...


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One of Australias greatest rock bands who are completing a world tour with their second concert in Sydney this Friday Midnight Oil





Australia where I live our greatest rock band ACDC otherwise known as Acca Dacca



No birds today "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

but there was 10 mm of beautiful, drenching rain!

You could hear the bush sighing with relief.

A brief visit to Demo Track found Red-anther Wallaby-grass Rytidosperma pallidum in great shape. Also known as Silver-top Wallaby-grass and revised from Chionochloa pallida and Joycea pallida this local native species is great habitat for Painted Button-quail.

Red-anther Wallaby-grass, Demo Track, 15th November 2017


Living samples of planet's oldest life forms found in Australia "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Living specimens of stromatolites - the oldest evidence of life on Earth - have been found deep within a remote, protected World Heritage Area in Tasmania, Australia. Stromatolites date back some 3.7 billion years and are regarded as a crucial piece of the puzzle that make up Earth's geological history - thanks to their layers of cyanobacteria, which comprise biofilm. These trap sediment and minerals from the water and cement them in place. The stromatolite layers then painstakingly build up overtime to form rock structures.


This Is How To Respond To A Question You Dont Know The Answer To "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Sometimes, I dont know or Let me get back to you just doesnt cut it.

No matter what your job or level, your work life is always throwing questions at you. Some of them are easy to answer with a confident yes, no, or a well-reasoned explanation. Others arent. Most of the time its no big deal when you dont have a solid answer right away. But sometimes a question can really stump you, and defaulting to I dont know or Ill get back to you, can risk diminishing your credibilityespecially if those are your go-to responses every single time youre put on the spot at work.

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The Honest Ads Act: "Fundamental Rights," Real and Imagined "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

There's a right to speak. There's a right to listen or not listen to what someone says. There's a right to ask who's saying it, and to condition one's belief or non-belief on the answer. But that answer may be "none of your business," and there's no right to forcibly dictate otherwise.


India Keeps Options Open at US-led "Quad" Roadshow "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

On the eve of the East Asia Summit now under way in the Philippines, diplomats from the United States, Japan, Australia and India met in Manila on Sunday to discuss the issues of security and stability of the Asia-Pacific region.


Anyone happen to know the hourly rate at Cairns City Tattoo? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Want to get a tattoo while I'm in Cairns but want to make sure it's not going to be too expensive. I tried sending them a Facebook message but they didn't respond and I'd rather not book an appointment without knowing. Thanks in advance!

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Manus Island and spiritual warfare "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Things are not going to change for the better without some sort of national repentance and the casting off of our hideous idols.

lead lead Victorian Parliamentary Secretary for Multicultural Affairs and Asia Engagement, Mr Hong Lim, meeting Malcolm Fraser in 1981 to discuss Cambodian and Vietnamese refugees arriving in Australia. He praised Mr Fraser for his humanity.As I write a horrifying humanitarian disaster, entirely made by successive Australian governments, is looming on Manus Island.

As a child I came into political awareness in the 1970s. The Fraser governments open armed response to the plight of Vietnamese boat people with the full support of the ALP is etched in my experience as a defining feature of who we then aspired to be as a people.

We were leaving the white Australia policy permanently behind. We were strongly adhering to our UNHCR obligations and had a profoundly humane and compassionate immigration policy towards boat arrival asylum seekers.

Growing up in cosmopolitan Melbourne, we were a people open to the world and most of my best friends were and remain from migrant families. What happened to those cosmopolitan, human rights upholding, warm and welcoming values? What changed to make us a people fearfully protective of our (apparently threatened) national sovereignty?

What changed?

In all the analysis of what has changed and how we should respond to this deep shift backwards towards the politics of prejudicial fear and a disregards for our UNHCR obligations, I have not seen anything written about spiritual warfare.

But I think this is central.

Spiritual warfare is the ongoing battle for communally assumed first loyalties public worship. What our highest collective object of worth is, is our god. Crudely put, our god is now the economy, stupid. Well, its not the economy actually, its the pursuit of personal wealth what the New Testament calls Mammon. The post-war boom came to an end when Nixon dropped the gold standard and sent the 1970s into a global economic tail spin. But....


Love Our Streets West Hobart "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Great news - from November 2017 to April 2018 the City of Hobart is working with the community in West Hobart, designing creative activities to enhance walkability and bring the streetscape to life with colour and fun.  All community members are invited to join in to design and implement this project.

The project is designed to show people driving through our suburb to realise that - hey!  there are people living here!

We can share our ideas online about what we and our friends could do to activate the street, or look for other people to join in a project, or suggest something that the Council could coordinate.  Just go to  the Council's Your Say Hobart webpage.   Log in (or register if you haven't been in there before) and then go to the LoveOurStreetsWestHobart page.

Community-based activity is important to increase walking in local areas. When residents feel socially connected to their neighbours and part of a strong community they are more likely to walk and spend time in their street.
With the community activating West Hobart, through events, activity and art, the traffic travelling along the streets should slow down.
Even the everyday way that front yards are used can contribute to street activation. Simple ideas could include planting a vegetable plot in your front yard, or having dinner on your front verandah (and perhaps inviting the neighbours!).

Rossmoyne Street in Thornbury (Victoria) is a great example. The community hosted a scarecrow competition in their street which helped to slow down traffic - and the residents got to know each better!

The first idea to hit the streets is a Sea of Sunflowers.  Packets of sunflower seeds are being distributed to residents - just sow them in your front yard!  Soon we will see splashes of colour all along our streets.

The first community gathering is a Fence Weaving party.  On 30 November, at West Hobart's Train Park between 3:30-5.30pm, be there and join in the fun!


Soviet Union of America - Rt debate on growing media suppression in US "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

We live in increasingly 'interesting' times. US Journalists and government employees are afraid to criticise their government's outrageously authoritarian move against one media outlet, because they are afraid of being harassed themselves. According to the US Department of Justice, RT is an agent of a foreign, even hostile, power. All the while, the United States Department Of Justice refuses to explain why this is the case or even cite what laws RT may have broken. But something else is in play: critics warn RT is a test case for a wider campaign of media suppression. The UK is following suit, with parliamentarians attacking journalists who write against its illegal foreign wars, because they are afraid of being pursued one day for war crimes. Julian Assange has rightly described Australia as being governed by Washington, so we Australians had better look out and stand up and defend RT and anyone who writes a different point of view.

CrossTalking with Lee Stranahan, Rocky Anderson and Marcus Papadopoulos.

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Humanity In Crisis, Part 8: Missing Shoals, and the Blob "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Huge Herring catches are unloaded from a fishing boat in Rockland. New England, 2015. Conservation groups are worried that huge catches change the entire food chain in those areas

By Dee McLachlan

My late Dad was a keen fisherman and, as a nine-year old, Id be dragged out of bed at 4.00 am, to then walk in the dark to some distant rocky point. Then, at dawn, lines would be cast out. Within an hour, enough fish had been caught for almost the entire holiday. You couldnt catch too much, as you had to carry it all back.

It only took about a decade for all that to change. In my twenties and thirties, when holidaying at the same place on that southern coast in S...


Indonesian policeman shot dead near US-owned mine "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Indonesian policeman shot dead near US-owned mine

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Jayapura (Indonesia) (AFP) - An Indonesian policeman was shot dead and another was seriously wounded near a giant US-owned copper and gold mine Wednesday, authorities said, the latest in a string of shootings in restive Papua province.



PERTH Major drug bust: More than 30 kilos of ice found in Perth raids "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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Major drug bust: More than 30 kilos of ice found in Perth raids .

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Both men were refused bail and appeared in the Perth Magistrates Court on Tuesday. They are due to face court again next week. A 27-year-old man .


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PERTH Perth prison escapee faces court "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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Perth prison escapee faces court .

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Sedman appeared via video link in Perth Magistrates Court on Wednesday and insisted on having his five charges read out to him. He had his case .


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PERTH Prison escapee: Perth man, three other charged over Fremantle van escape "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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Prison escapee: Perth man, three other charged over Fremantle van escape .

November 15, 2017 at 11:01AM .

who facing charges of forcibly rescuing offenders, assaulting a public officer and making threats to kill has appeared in the Perth Magistrates Court. .


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PERTH Fremantle: police charge four people over alleged violent prisoner escape "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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Fremantle: police charge four people over alleged violent prisoner escape .

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The four charged people will appear in Perth Magistrates Court today. The 33-year-old prisoner faces charges of forcibly rescuing a sentence offender, .


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GARAGE SALES FOR DAYS "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Garage sale signs are soooo 2016

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MACKAY Bike wedged under car, on fire: Sarina womans wrong turn "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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Federal radioactive waste in South Australia : three sites, two years, one message "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

  This week marks two years since the federal government announced its six shortlisted sites across Australia for the development of a National nuclear waste dump. Three of those sites were in South Australia and today both the Flinders Ranges and the Kimba agricultural region remain under threat.

The planned National Radioactive Waste Management Facility (NRWMF) project has been met with contest and concern from community members and state and national environment groups.

The waste issue is also set to be highlighted in the March state election with all SA politicians and hopefuls facing calls to explicitly back existing state legislation that makes any such dump illegal. Conservation SA was pleased to see an article in yesterdays Australian newspaper disclosing Premier Jay Weatherills support for the Flinders Ranges community in their campaign against a radioactive waste dump in a letter to Prime Minister Turnbull urging him to respect Aboriginal opposition to the planned dump.

Regina McKenzie, Adnyamathanha Traditional Owner who lives next door to the Barndioota site and is a member of the Flinders Local Action Group (FLAG) said The Liberal governments plan is impacting the mental health and well being of the people in the Flinders Ranges and Kimba communities. We are happy that Premier Weatherill has opened his ears to us and is urging Malcolm Turnbull to do the same. For two years we have said no and we continue to say no.

Kimba farmer Peter Woolford, chair of No Radioactive Waste on Agricultur...


Calls for Great Forest National Park refreshed as poll shows forest protection a vote decider "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

More than 30 environment, recreation and scientific groups have renewed their call for the creation of the Great Forest National Park, as Labors favoured issues of renters rights and cost of housing prove less popular with voters in the upcoming Northcote by-election.

Read coverage in The Guardian here.


Strong protest at Bonn Climate Summit against push for nuclear power "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Special Report: Revolt at Trumps Pro-Coal, Pro-Nuclear & Pro-Gas Panel Rocks U.N. Climate Summit NOVEMBER 14, 2017, Democracy Now! was there when activists and Democratic lawmakers at the U.N. climate summit in Bonn, Germany, staged a full-fledged revolt Monday when the Trump administration made its official debut at this years conference with a forum pushing coal, gas and nuclear power. The presentation was entitled The Role of Cleaner and More Efficient Fossil Fuels and Nuclear Power in Climate Mitigation. The panel was the only official appearance by the U.S. delegation during this years U.N. climate summit. Of the four corporate representatives pushing nuclear, gas and coal, Lenka Kollar of NuScale Power and Amos Hochstein of Tellurian told Amy Goodman that they disagreed with Trumps decision to pull the U.S. out of the climate agreement.

Transcript    This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.

AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now!democracynow.orgThe War and Peace Report. Were broadcasting live from the U.N. climate summit here in Bonn, Germany. Close to 200 countries are gathered. The U.S. says that it is pulling out of the climate accord. Well, on Monday night, activists and Democratic lawmakers staged a full-fledged revolt as the Trump administration made its official debut at this years COP at a forum pushing coal, gas and nuclear power. The presentation was entitled The Role of Cleaner and More Efficient Fossil Fuels and Nuclear Power in Climate Mitigation. It included speakers from coal company Peabody Energy, the nuclear engineering firm NuScale Power and a gas exporter. The panel was the only official appearance by the U.S. delegation during this years U.N. climate summit.

Well, Democracy Now! was there Monday night as the U.S. delegation made its official debut. It didnt go too well. At least, it didnt begin well, with a White House consultant telling Democracy Now! we could not film him.....


Pacific Islanders call on Australia and other nations, as climate change submerges islands "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Pacific Island nations urge world leaders to act as islands expected to sink

AUSTRALIAS tropical island neighbours may exist today, but their leaders have urged us to help them from sinking., Matt Young@MattYoung  14 Nov 17 
A LARGE swath of Pacific Island nations are slowly being eaten away until residents will be forced to evacuate and the islands eventually sink into the sea and its coming sooner than we think.

This modern-day Atlantis is thanks to sea levels across small island nations that have seen a dramatic rise over the past few decades, a rate of up to 3-4 times larger than the global average. Tuvalu, in the western Pacific Ocean, will reportedly be uninhabitable by 2050, while its island neighbour Kiribati, is expected to be fully submerged by 2100.

The Maldives, which has the lowest elevation in the world and a population of 427,000, may also have sunk by the end of the century.

It has led experts including Professor Tim Flannery, climate change expert and Professor at La Trobe University to believe we are on a trajectory that will see those nations compromised.

Five reef islands in the Solomon Islands have already been lost forever while a further six have been completely eroded. Last year, the island of Nuatambu had already lost half o...


To understand growth of nuclear weapons industry FOLLOW THE MONEY "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Whos Really Driving Nuclear-Weapons Production? Follow the money. The Nation  By William D. Hartung [This piece has been updated and adapted from William D. Hartungs Nuclear Politics inSleepwalking to Armageddon: The Threat of Nuclear Annihilation, edited by Helen Caldicott and just published by the New Press.] 14 Nov 17

..The techniques that the arms lobby and its allies in government used more than half a century ago to promote sky-high nuclear weapons spending continue to be wielded to this day. The twenty-first-century arms complex employs tools of influence that Kennedy and his compatriots would have found familiar indeedincluding millions of dollars in campaign contributions that flow to members of Congress and the continual employmentof 700 to 1,000 lobbyists to influence them. At certain moments, in other words, there have been nearly two...


NSW, Australia: Shopping Centre Intervention in Solidarity with Refugees on Manus Island "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Received on 15.11.17:

November 13th: People in So-Called Armidale, NSW, staged interventions in the towns commercial hubs during peak afternoon shopping hours, using a megaphone to project statements and extracts of articles from Iranian refugee, Behrouz Boochani, who has been detained on Manus Island since 2014.

While hundreds of men are facing starvation, thirst and threats of violence on Manus Island, the interventions disrupted the everyday monotony and insulation of our daily routines. These actions aimed to amplify the voices of refugees that are silenced, distorted and disregarded in our society.

 In solidarity with refugees in their fight for total freedom.


Australian Aboriginal concerns will now be addressed in Scotland discussions on destination of reprocessed nuclear wastes "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Herald 13th Nov 2017, ABORIGINES challenging proposals to dump nuclear waste from northern Scotland to a sacred Australian site have won a breakthrough meeting with
government officials about their concerns.

Wallerberdina, 280 miles north of Adelaide, has been identified as a potential location for Australias
first nuclear waste dump as part of a deal that returns spent fuel processed at the nuclear facility currently being decommissioned in Dounreay, Caithness, to its country of origin.

This is despite claims that it is a priceless heritage site rich in archaeological treasures including
burial mounds, fossilised bones and stone tools. Some have claimed the
impact would be similar to building a waste dump at the heart of the

Campaigners who have appealed to the Scottish Government to halt
the plans to ship nuclear waste processed at Dounreay in Caithness to
Australia, have now been told that their concerns should be addressed
before any final decision is taken.

The Dounreay Waste Substitution Policy, agreed in 2012, sees waste from Australia, Belgium, Germany and Italy processed at the Scottish facility to make it safe for storage after being
returned to its country of origin. Campaigners have complained that the
intended South Australian destination forms part of an Aboriginal heritage
site rich in burial mounds, fossilised bones and stone tools.


Gay marriage bill introduced to parliament "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Attorney-general George Brandis. AAP Image/Lukas Coch

Attorney-general George Brandis. AAP Image/Lukas Coch


Same-sex marriage is on track to be legalised before Christmas after draft laws were introduced to the Senate.

Liberal Dean Smiths private senators bill hit parliament on Wednesday after the Australian Bureau of Statistics announced a 61.6 per cent yes vote in support of changing the Marriage Act.Attorney-General George Brandis expects the Senate to deal with the bill by the end of the next sitting week on November 30, with debate to get under way on Thursday.

Senator Brandis said he will move amendments to extend exemption for religious ministers to civil celebrants and ensure people can legally have any view on same-sex marriage.

There should be strong protections for religious freedoms and freedoms of conscience, Senator Brandis told parliament.

Liberal senator James Paterson foreshadowed his own private bill earlier in the week which sought to extend religious protections to allow businesses that provide services to weddings the right to refuse service to gay couples.

But on Wednesday, Senator Paterson conceded the Smith bill had majority support.

He released a statement vowing to work with parliament on amendments to ensure the strongest possible protections of freedom would be in the final legislation.At last, same sex couples will be able to get married, as I have long advocated, Senator Paterson said.

Senator Smiths bill, which had cross-party support, will allow religious ministers to refuse to marry a couple.

This bill gives effect to the view that all Australians should have equal access to Australias marriage laws, Senator Smith said.

Extending marriage to same-sex couples will strengthen and not diminish marriage in Australia.

Labor senate leader Penny Wong, who was overcome with emotion when the survey results were announced, it was time for parliament to act.

I believe the Australian people voted to remove discrimination and I trust the bill will reflect that, Senator Wong said.

Greens leader Richard Di Natale warned opponents against amendments which would have discriminatory impacts.

Think very, very carefully about entrenching dis...


Crate Digging with Archie Hamilton & Mantra Collective "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Direct from Fuse London, producer & DJ Archie Hamilton has quickly been dubbed one of the scenes most sought-after young artists.

An avid music maker and curator, Hamilton has garnered support from the highest echelons of house and techno as a DJ, producer and label boss. Heading up his own imprints Moscow Records, Moss Co. and Arkityp, hes been responsible for pushing a recent slew of alternative sounds onto dancefloors across the globe. Since the driving rhythms of his own tracks Mind Blank and Troublemaker propelled him into the limelight, Hamilton has found himself making the cut for Resident Advisors Top 100 DJs list.

Taking advantage of Hamiltons ear for interesting sounds, we asked the London-baed tastemaker to take us through his top five vinyl faves ahead of his extended three hour set this Saturday. Get acquainted with his mixed bag, below.


Casey Tucker Whatever Comes to Mind [For Those That Knoe 2017]

Paddy, arpy bliss with a catchy bassline and distorted perc. Eurghhhhhh

Circulation Green (Mix1) [Circulation 1998]

Simple, effective melodies and pads and that phasing shaker! Ive got everything Circulation have done. Even if they arent all tracks Id play, I just love the production.


Disk Energy [Whiteloops 2016]

Nice clubby edit of Estelle Montenegro Energy. Positive, rolling and groovy. I could listen to the loop on repeat and not get bored!


Terry Francis Loving you [Pagan, 2001]

King Terry! Amazing groove, with layers of percussion and stabs that build and build without getting busy. Lush pads and out of nowhere that amazing vocal!



The Same-Sex Marriage Bill Has Already Been Introduced To Parliament "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Liberal Senator Dean Smiths same-sex marriage bill has been introduced to the parliament, with the support of a group of cross-party senators. The private members bill was introduced to the Senate on Wednesday just hours after the Australian Bureau of Statistics announced 61.6 per cent of Australians had voted yes in the same-sex marriage postal ...

The post The Same-Sex Marriage Bill Has Already Been Introduced To Parliament appeared first on QNEWS.


WATCH: Penny Wongs Reaction To The Yes Vote Will Make You Cry "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Senator Penny Wongs tears of joy following the announcement of the same-sex marriage postal survey result has gone viral. The Australian Bureau of Statistics announced on Wednesday 61.6% of Australians had voted to allow same-sex couples to wed. TV cameras were watching a group of senators in a committee room at Parliament House in Canberra ...

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New film Atomic Homefront reveals dangerous radioactive waste problem at St Louis, USA "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Atomic Homefront: St. Louis Residents Fire Back at EPA Over Local Nuclear Waste The film, which premieres at the Doc NYC festival, follows a group of moms-turned-activists as they confront government agencies and corporations over the illegal dumping of radioactive waste in their neighborhood.

A group of concerned St. Louis residents confront representatives from the Army Corps and EPA over the safety of their neighborhood, in light of nuclear waste being dumped in a nearby landfill, in an exclusive clip from the HBO documentary Atomic Homefront.

The film, which is set to premiere at the Doc NYC festival on Wednesday (Nov. 15) before opening in New York on Friday (Nov. 17) and airing on HBO early next year, follows a group of moms-turned-activists in the St. Louis area as they take on the government and corporations over the illegal dumping of nuclear waste in their community in a desperate bid to protect their families from the toxic effects of radioactive waste.

In the clip, the residents of Bridgeton, Missouri, gather at a meeting with representatives from the Army Corps of Engineers and EPA and the residents, many of whom are moms, grow frustrated at the officials inability to explain the risk facing their community and suggestion that their neighborhood is a safe living area. The residents are afraid that radioactive particles could become airborne once an uncontrolled, subsurface fire reaches the nuclear waste.


Australian World Heritage sites at special climate change risk- International Union for Conservation of Nature(IUCN) "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

From the Everglades to Kilimanjaro, climate change is destroying world wonders
Number of natural world heritage sites at serious risk from global warming has doubled in three years, says the IUCN, including the Great Barrier Reef and spectacular karst caves in Europe,
Guardian, Damian Carrington 14 Nov 17, From the Everglades in the US to the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, climate change is destroying the many of the greatest wonders of the natural world.

A new report on Monday from the International Union for Conservation of Nature(IUCN) reveals that the number of natural world heritage sites being damaged and at risk from global warming has almost doubled to 62 in the past three years.

Those at high risk include iconic places from the Galapagos Islands to the central Amazon and less well known but equally vibrant and unique sites such as the karst caves of Hungary and Slovakia and the...



DATE                     Thursday 16th November

TIME                      9.30am

LOCATION           Supreme Court of WA

David Malcolm Justice Centre
28 Barrack StreetPERTH WA 6000

 The Supreme Court of WA will commence proceedings to review the environmental approval for the Yeelirrie Uranium mine proposal, brought by the Conservation Council of Western Australia and Traditional Owners.



Love Wins; Hate And Dutton And Shelton And Abbott And Bernardi Et Al Lose "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The marriage survey result showed that Australia is better than our politicians give us credit for, writes Ben Eltham.

The crowd gathered at the rally outside Melbournes State Library was predominantly young, but not completely. There were many families and clearly many straight people wanting to show their support. Inevitably, there was a babadook.

On the train in to the city this morning, I stood next to a middle-aged mother and her two daughters wearing rainbow ribbons. It was clear that this was a moment of great emotional importance to them as a family.


The mood was nervous but expectant. On Swanston Street, I watched two young lesbians embrace excitedly, arm in arm, as they ran into the throng. I ran into respected arts journalist Richard Watts. Watts has a long commitment to queer campaigning. I didnt expect to be this nervous, he told me. The shame is that even if we win, it wont mean anything legally, unlike in Ireland.

Marriage is a very old custom, but in many ways a modern construction. As many have pointed out, the current law dates back only to 2004, when a cynical John Howard amended the Marriage Act to mandate heterosexuality, and to outlaw same sex marriages overseas. It was an act of political opportunism that has set the tone for the way both major parties have treated the issue ever since.

At the Melbourne rally, a glitchy link made statistician David Kalischs comments largely unintelligible. When the decision came through there was an initial pause, then a tremendous rush of emotion as people cheered and clapped.

ABS Chief Statistician David Kalisch announces the results of the marriage equality postal plebiscite in Canberra on November 15.ABS Chief Statistician David Kalisch announces the results of the marriage equality postal plebiscite in Canberra on November 15.

There were tears, too: lots of them, particularly from some of the older people present, some who perhaps remembered a different Australia, one where open displays of same-sex affection were greeted with violence rather than celebration.

And, of course, there were selfies. So love wins, deadpanned one young man to his boyfriend, as they took a selfie together. It was a remark that seemed to sum up the bittersweet nature of the moment.

The marriage equality campaign has been....


How climate change could lead to more wars in the 21st century "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

How climate change could lead to more wars in the 21st century, Vox,  A new book offers a dark picture of humanitys future.    by  Nov 14, 2017, My belief is that we will see a renaissance of violent conflict in the 21st century, and that many of these conflicts will spring from climate change.

Thats what Harald Welzer, author of Climate Wars: Why People Will Be Killed in the 21st Century, told me in a recent interview. A professor at the University of Flensburg in Germany, Welzer studies the cultural and political implications of climate change. His book, first published in 2012, was rereleased in paperback in October.

After a new report by the Environmental Justice Foundation warning that climate change is likely to cause the largest refugee crisis in human history, I reached out to Welzer to discuss his book, which is a foreboding look at humanitys future in a world shaped, increasingly, by climate change.

Twentieth-century wars were fought over land, religion, and economics. But Welzer argues that the wars of the 21st century will be fought over something quite different: climate change, and the shortages of water and food that will come from it.

Ideology will always be a surface-level justification for conflict, he told me. But if you look deeply at the source of future conflicts, I think youll see a basic resource conflict at the bottom of it all.

Our full conversation, lightly edited for clarity, follows.



Climate Change and Water Woes Drove ISIS Recruiting in Iraq "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Climate Change and Water Woes Drove ISIS Recruiting in Iraq Battered by shifting resources, desperate farmers were driven into terror recruiters clutches. Can it happen again?,  National Geographic, It was a few weeks after the rains failed in the winter of 2009 that residents of Shirqat first noticed the strange bearded men.

Circling like vultures among the stalls of the towns fertilizer market in Iraqs northern Salahaddin governorate, theyd arrow in on the most shabbily dressed farmers, and tempt them with promises of easy riches. Join us, and youll never have to worry about feeding your family, Saleh Mohammed Al-Jabouri, a local tribal sheikh, remembers one recruiter saying.

With every flood or bout of extreme heat or cold, the jihadists would reappear, often supplementing their sales pitches with gifts. When a particularly vicious drought struck in 2010, the fifth in seven years, they doled out food baskets. When fierce winds eviscerated hundreds of eggplant fields near Kirkuk in the spring of 2012, they distributed cash. As farming communities limped from one debilitating crisis to another, the recruitersall members of what soon became the Islamic Statebegan to see a return on their investment.

Two agricultural laborers in Azwai, a blink-and-youll-miss-it farming community just south of Shirqat, ran off to join the jihadists in December 2013. Seven more from outlying villages followed a month later. By the time the Islamic State (also known as ISIS) seized this swath of Iraqalong with most of the countrys west and northin a brutal summer-long blitzkrieg in 2014, few locals were surprised to see dozens of former fertilizer market regulars among its ranks.

We said just wait until the next harvest, life will get better, life will become easier, Jabouri said. But things just werent...


USA Senate considers danger of unstable President having ability to launch nuclear strike "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The president is so unstable: Senator questions Trumps capability to launch nuclear strike  For the first time since 1976, US Congress is questioning the US presidents authority to launch a nuclear strike. By Riley Morgan, 15 Nov 17 

Senator Chris Murphy made a damning assessment of US President Donald Trump on Tuesday as Congress discussed if the countrys leader should have the authority to launch a nuclear attack.

Mr Trump has recently been taunting North Korea and vowed to unleash fire and fury like the world has never seen on the rogue nation if its nuclear armament program was not pulled back.

While the hearing was not about Mr Trump specifically, Connecticut Democrat Chris Murphy appeared to refer to the 45th president as unstable and volatile when discussing concerns over his ability to launch a missile attack.

We are concerned that the president is so unstable, is so volatile, has a decision-making process that is so quixotic that he might order a nuclear...


Australia business leaders Michael Myer and Geoff Manchester oppose Adanis coal mine project "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

THEY know how to make a million and these two successful Australian businessman say claims about Adanis coal mine are delusional. 14 Nov 17

OPPOSITION to Adanis coal mine continues to build as two prominent Australian business leaders come out against the project.

Entrepreneur and philanthropist Michael Myer of the prominent Myer retailing family, and Intrepid Travel founder and chief executive officer Geoff Manchester, have both decided to speak out against the $16.5 billion project in Queenslands Galilee Basin.

The two men share similar concerns but were not aware of the others views before going public.

The mine itself is an outrage, Mr Myer told

Its a stranded asset and the proponent (Gautam) Adani is basically doing a very good job at conning our politicians at all levels of government.

But he said the fact that governments were subsidising the project was also concerning. Federal, state and local governments have all agreed to, or are considering, providing the project with financial assistance.

Mr Myer said the economics of the project did not stack up and the leading supporters of the project were politicians, not those in the business world.

The whole line that this is good for Queensland jobs is farcical and delusional, Mr Myer said.

It doesnt stack up economically and as time goes on the economics get even worse.

While the governments have continued to spruik the 10,000 jobs that will be created, Adanis own expert has admitted the figure will be closer to 1400 once jobs lost in other areas are taken into consideration.

Mr Myer believes the 10,000 number is mythical and the real number will likely be even less than 1400 as many operations can now be automated.

These jobs could also come at the expense of others.

At risk is Australias lucrative tourism industry with many concerned about the impacts of climate change on the Great Barrier Reef.

Tourism operators are very concerned about this because weve already seen some negative impact on the Great Barrier Reef from bleaching in the last couple of years, Intrepid CEO Geoff Manchester said.

Weve already had seen some local tourism operators i...


Tribal Community Deserves Real Answers as to Why Officer was Trigger Happy in Death of Bad River Teen "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


Published November 15, 2017

Shortly before noon, one week ago, 14-year-old Jason Ike Pero, a tribal citizen of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Tribe, was shot and killed by Brock Mrdjenovich, an Ashland County sheriffs deputy, who has been an officer for about a year.

The incident became one more tragedy for an American Indian family. The incident became one more time an officer killed an American Indian.

The number of American Indians killed by police has more than doubled between 2015 and 2016. Sadly, the Center of Juvenile and Criminal Justice reports on a per capita basis, American Indians are more likely to be killed by police than any other racial/ethnic group in the United States.

In the immediate days after the killing Peros family demanded answers from law enforcement about the death of their son and grandson.

Levi Rickert

On Saturday, the Wisconsin Department of Jusitce provided an updated the day the family was hosting ceremonies to bury their dead teen. Not surprsing, the report provided a very one-sided account about what happened on last Wednesday morning.

A portion of the report reads:

Pero approached Deputy Mrdjenovich with a large butcher knife and he refused numerous commands to drop the weapon. On two occasions, Pero lunged at the deputy while the deputy was attempting to retreat. Deputy Mrdjenovich fired his service weapon at Pero, striking him twice. Life-saving measures were initiated however, Pero was pronounced dead at Memorial Medical Center in Ashland. DCI has determined Jason Pero was the same person that called 911 reporting a man with a knife, giving his own physical description. Initial information indicates that Pero had been despondent over the few days leading up to the incident and evidence from a search warrant executed on Peros bedroom supports that information. 

Some eyewitnesses are reportedly disputing Pero had a knife. So...


Last Green Drinks for 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Green Drinks Friday 24th November 5.00 til 6.30 pm

Cairns and Far North Environment Centre 

27-29 Greenslopes St North Cairns 

Join us for the last Green Drinks of 2017! Networking and socialising for our environment Bringing together a lively mix of people in the environment/conservation/sustainability realm of FNQ from local conservation groups to NGOs, academia, government and business.


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Your Silence On Manus And Nauru Is Your Complicity "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

What Australia has done to people seeking asylum is the responsibility of all Australians, writes Lauren Bull.

If you dont exercise your democracy, youll lose it. Its as simple as that. What is happening on Manus right now is the direct result of decades of silent acquiescence, of politicians being emboldened by a public who dont hold them to account, and of the normalisation of cruelty.

We have known about the realities of mandatory detention for decades. We have seen how mandatory detention unfairly punishes people, causes deterioration in peoples mental and physical health and in some cases, results in death.

Shop-Sparkke_Banner_300x250(GB)We knew so intensely that offshore processing was brutal that for a brief period a decade ago, these centres were actually closed.

But we have normalised cruelty. We have normalised it to a point where it has become a given that both of our major political parties and most of the minor ones would not even think to stand up and demand policy change. They ignore hundreds of investigations, inquiries, testimonies, photos and videos which clearly show that Australia has contributed to the illness and death of thousands of people since the 1990s.

Despite knowing all of this, Australians continue to vote for politicians who uphold these systems. And after they are voted in, Australians click their tongues over articles about what happens on Manus or Nauru, maybe share one on Facebook or Twitter, and then go about their day.

The Nauru files a cache of 2,000 documents containing accounts of horrific conditions should have brought masses of people to the streets. Every single death in offshore detention should have brought masses of people to the streets.......


Financial peril for Adanis Carmichael mine company "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Profits of Adanis Carmichael mine company tumble, leaving it in financial peril

Owner of Carmichael project cant walk away from mine without descending further into distress, says energy expert, Guardian, Michael Slezak, 14 Nov 17, Profits of Adani Enterprises the company in Adani Groups complex structure that owns the proposed Carmichael coalmine  have collapsed almost 50% year-on-year, according to a half-yearly report released this week which does not mention the mine.

The results further show the company is in financial distress, according to Tim Buckley from the Institute of Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, who says they also reveal the company cant walk away from the unviable Carmichael project without descending further into financial distress.

The Carmichael coalmine, which would be the largest ever built in Australia, has struggled to find financing for either the mine itself or the associated infrastructure such as the rail line that would transport coal to an export terminal on the Great Barrier Reef.

Every major Australian bank has said it will not be involved in the project, and the company has been seeking subsidised government finance from the Australian government and possibly also from China.

If they tried to exit the project now, they would either have to write it off or find someone willing to buy it, said Buckley.

If the project was written off or sold for significantly less than its current book value...


15 November REneweconomy news "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

  • WA wind, solar industry in turmoil as green fund cements govt monopoly
    Synergys new green fund will cement its near monopoly powers, and put up to $1bn of wind and solar developments at risk, industry warns.


Moonee Ponds (Melbourne): Husk Collective "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Statement from Husk Collective, active since August 2017.


Originally published by

Note: Enough is Enough is not organizing any of  these events, we are publishing this text for people across the US and Europe to be able to see what is going on and for documentation only.

Moonee Ponds (Melbourne): Husk Collective

We acknowledge that we are occupying land rightfully belonging to the Wurundjeri-willam of the Woiwurrung language and belief group. we pay respects to Elders past and present and would like to express gratitude for the knowledge that has been shared with us. this land is stolen. sovereignty never ceded.

We continue to benefit from colonisation and genocide which are ongoing to this day. we also acknowledge the combined effects of colonisation, racism, patriarchy and the western binary gender system.

We take our lead from the struggles and resistance of Koorie people and invite everyone to join us to work towards undermining colonisation through learning, listening and contributing to the resistance.



Australian Government oppressing the people with regards to technology "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

It seems that the administration of the colony called Australia really hate their (tax) slave population where the sheeple are not allowed new technology that is available elsewhere.

Why would there be such an oppressive policy against the convict population?

It's not as if they are going to build a computer controlled rocket and blow up parliament house in the nation's capital, as it already has a fence (with other high tech surveillance) around it to keep the herd out.

Apparently a policy exists, where the serfs have no access to it(?), with regards to restricting new technology being imported into Australia.

We're not talking about the latest and greatest Android slab (phone) which is a great self sponsored government / corporate surveillance tool, as they're all for that, it's about the 'other' technology that is available to other inhabitants of even less fortunate nations than the people of Australia.

See article from 11 Nov 2017 by of the headline:

How Australians are beating tech restrictions, importing the best gadgets not available Down Under

Liam, 20 months old, tries an Amazon Echo device with his parents. The device is one of many Australians cannot buy locally. Picture: Ian CurrieSource:News Corp Australia

PLANES cross the Pacific Ocean every single day, and the world has never seemed smaller or easier to access. 

Despite this, some of the best technological creations still dont reach as far as Australia, and many dont arrive in stores for months after their worldwide release.

These failures to launch affect everything from smartphones to computers, cameras to virtual reality gaming equipment, with notable holdouts including Google Glass, Amazon Echo smart speakers, and the much-hyped Essential smartphone that can still only be ordered in the United States and Canada.



Unmasking The Reality Behind The Racism "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Racism is not really a thing, at least not in the sense that its an actual thing. It is a problem though. Douglas Ross explains.

You terrorist. You little monkey.

Surely if Sam Dastyari were six foot five and had spent the past six months in an aggressive workout routine, arming himself to the bone for a new role in what could be a potential new Wolverine series, those dickheads last week might have refrained from using the word little.

Common sense would have prevailed in that case.

Shop-Sparkke_Banner_300x250But he hasnt been working out as much as Hugh Jackman. Hes a mild mannered and average heighted politician. The blokes dressed up in their everyday-Australian Toll uniform took advantage of that and implied a threat of physical violence in their bigoted catcalls.

There is no excuse for the actions of the men who accosted Sam Dastyari in a Melbourne pub. Their attitudes are depressing and if they lose their jobs over the incident I doubt few would rush to their defence. We all can feel that sick feeling Sam must have felt in the bottom of his stomach the first moment he realised an antagonistic voice was directed at him.

It is an awful feeling that nobody should have the displeasure of ever experiencing.

However, there is a reason for that misdirected, ignorant, angry, inexcusable and just face-palm inducing confrontational behaviour. In fact, there are several lives worth of reasons that culminated in an alcohol-fuelled series of racist taunts by a group of men to an Iranian-born Australian.

To state a philosophical argument that is going to make many groan and rustle up a host of perfectly valid arguments against me: racism isnt, by reasoning, real. It cant be. It doesnt exist. Dont quote that on its own; youre not allowed. To continue my point: it is not to say that the realities that stem from the irreality of prejudice arent real. The results of a bigoted mind are as real as each new day but the place from which they stem is a misnomer. It cannot be real.

Racism is a cover for something else, or usually a host of something elses. It has to be. An overdue electricity bill. A hungry family. A job lost because you were late to work once. An addiction to gambling. An over-reliance on alcohol. A mother who left when...


Kristina Keneally's naive apologia for Islam should be in every Bennelong letterbox "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Kristina Kenneally is a pleasant woman. She was great fronting Basketball Australia and often good on Sky News. She's a polished spokesperson who dresses well and has a reliable repertoire of social-justice-warrior lines. But she's also easily led and given to helping dangerous people like Eddie Obeid, Joe Tripodi, Ian...


MAINfm is looking for a Station Manager (paid) "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


MainFm is a community Radio Station based in Castlemaine. We were recently awarded Australias most outstanding small station by the CBAA.

The position is a paid part time role (3 days per week) 6 Month Contract.

The station is seeking to recruit a person with experience in voluntary based community organisations.  Knowledge and experience in radio or the media is desirable but not essential.

Employment beyond the initial six months is subject to further funding.

Copies of the Position Description and the Information Pack are available from the secretary via email:

Applications must be lodged with the secretary by the COB Friday, December 1, 2017.


Click here for a Position Description.  Station Mgr PD v2 Nov 2017


THREE CONVERSATIONS "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

tom carment






Tune in this Arts Thursday 16th November for three great conversations with Maisy Stapleton, showcasing the diversity of the arts in Sydney.

First up is a chat with artist Tom Carment, whose exhibition New Paintings. Old Habits at the King Street Gallery on William takes a new look at still life, along with the plein air landscapes for which he is well known.

Tom is a wonderful story-teller! Find out how a typewriter became a still life study and other stories around Toms works.

womerah street...


Middle East Who is Who? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

QUESTION: Mr. Armstrong; I am confused. On the one hand, you said the Saudis could be sued for 911 and that they have been funding ISIS with the USA. Then Iran is supposed to be a terrorist state. Who is who?



ANSWER: It is confusing. Bin Laden was Suni, not a Shia, and he considered Shia Muslims were in the same class as heretics, America, and Israel. He believed these were the true enemies of Islam. So there have been terrorists on both sides of the religious issue. They are not one group compared to another. I was merely explaining the major religious battle. Each side has its extremes just as do the Jews and Christians. Bin Laden subscribed to the Athari school of Islamic theology which believes in the STRICT interpretation of the Quran. That would be the same as the Born-Again Christians and the Hasidic Jews who also subscribe to the strict interpretation of the Bible be it New or Old Testament respectfully.

The USA was funding ISIS because they wanted to support Qatar trying to get a pipeline through Syria to compete with Russia. That is why Russia went into Syria. It was the Obama Administration that was giving the blessing to terrorism to overthrow Syria.


The thin end of the wedge on anti-discrimination law? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The latest attempt to derail equal marriage was a proposal by a group of conservatives to remove anti-discrimination provision to allow a wide range of discrimination against same-sex married couples. The leading proponent of the proposal was James Paterson who, like so many Liberal MPs, is a former staffer at the Institute of Public Affairs.

Press coverage duly noted that Paterson had answered Yes in the postal survey and described him as a supporter of individual liberty, but didnt as far as I can tell ask the obvious question: is Patersons position on discrimination specific to this issue, or does he support a general right to discriminate on racial, religious and other grounds?

The public record isnt very clear on this. Insofar as hes said anything about anti-discrimination law, Paterson has been opposed. This is consistent with the orthodox propertarian position that employers, business and landlords should be free from any interference from government. However, so far, he has only made this point explicit in relation to equal marriage and racist speech (Section 18C). So, it would be good to have a clear statement as to whether the current bill is intended as the thin end of the wedge, or whether he sees equal marriage as a special case.


7 Horrifying Visions From Near Death Experiences In Hell "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Throughout all of mankind and humanity, people have searched for an answer for why we are here, what was supposed to be doing, and what happens after we die. While this mystery has yet to be solved, some people have some interesting stories as to what they experienced in near death.

Ah, death; its been the scariest thing to think of since we are children. We all wonder what happens when we die. It really might come down to what religion you practice or believe in when it comes to where you think youre going after death. Science has even studied this on multiple different occasions, and while researchers believe they have proved consciousness moves on after death, people are still far from being comforted especially after thee stories. While I typically write about the more comforting aspects of spirituality, in the spirit of Halloween, youll surely enjoy these visions of hell after death.

When it comes down to it, everyone probably envisions the same basis. After death, you are greeted by either a man with a red face and some eerily tall gates entering the land of despair, or youre met with a wise man dressed in a white robe with a long white beard in front of a pretty ornamented gate made of pure gold.Which one you go through is determined by the character you displayed in your life good or bad?

People these days are having a much harder time believing in the karmic justice of being a bad person following you into the afterlife. However, many people have experienced near-death phenomenon in which they actually went to hell and made it back to the physical world. Even well-known atheists were met with powerful realms of darkness, repentance, and eternal torment unless they were to preach the name of God. What do you think? Check out the stories below.

1. Matthew Botsford, Gun Shot Victim

everything changed on one March night in 1992. Matthew and two sales associates were in Atlanta on business. They had just left a restaurant and had gone outside to catch a taxi, when suddenly Matthew and the others never saw it coming. Behind them, several men were arguing when three of them pulled out guns and started shooting. One of Matthews friends took a bullet to the head and died instantly. The other was unharmed. Matthew was also shot in the head, and he too died.



L'Agora ~ French - Baie des Citrons, Noumea "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Our 2017 Noumea feeding frenzy starts at L'Agora in Baie des Citrons.   We've been to Noumea so many times our stomachs start rumbling when we see waves breaking on the outer reef as our plane descends. We've prepared by not eating on the plane, it's always best to land hungry. We planned to hit Amadeus for our first feed of the trip, but dang it had closed down, a real shame


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November verse 7 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

As one of my neighbours said, The mean-spirited b***d didnt get his moral victory.

But its November so Ive got to rhyme. Sorry, its not an Onegin stanza today, but once I had my first two lines I was committed (though I expect Im not the only one to have them).

November verse 7: Yes, Today
To the tune of Lennon & McCartneys Yesterday
Yes, today.
Three-fifths of us voted yes today.
can marry cos of yes, today.

things are less grim than they used to be.
Rainbow flags are flying fresh and free.
Oh yes today came certainly.

Such a nasty fight
such a blight
such hell to pay.
Then this massive vote.
I wont gloat,
but its OK.

Yes, today.
Same-sex marriage is now on the way.
People arent as bad as pundits say.
Oh tears of joy for yes, today.

Filed under: LoSoRhyMo ...


How Accurate Was The Same-Sex Marriage Polling? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The abrogation of responsibility and waste of resources that was the Marriage Law Postal Survey has now concluded with a Yes vote of 61.6%, based on a very high turnout of 79.5%.  Every Australian poll on same-sex marriage in the last ten years has shown more voters supporting same-sex marriage than opposed, with the exception of a single fledgling ReachTEL in 2011, so this has been seen initially as another good result for Australian polls.  In contrast, non-polling "big-data" approaches based on social media analytics failed completely, with the EqualityPulse site mostly favouring the No vote until after the polls had closed and a Griffith University study bombing embarrassingly.  (Be wary of anyone who claims their methods predicted Trump would win - most who predicted him to win did so because they wrongly expected him to win the popular vote.)

This is being taken as another strong result for Australian polling, but the reality is not so snazzy, and more consistent with experience elsewhere.  Below are all the final poll results by each pollster that I could find.  (Some pollsters conducted several polls, typically finding little variation through the survey period.) The polls vary in methods - some asked about results based on those who had voted, some asked about the votes of those who intended to vote and some just asked a basic question about support or opposition to same-sex marriage.  One (Ipsos) appears to have asked about voting intention among those certain to vote only.  In many cases, inadequate public documentation means that it is not entirely clear what the pollster did.

The polls that allowed responses other than Yes and No allowed a range of non-responses.  Morgan seems to have included panelists who didn't respond to the survey invitation at all in this category.  Essential allowed respondents to say they preferred not to say how they had voted.

I've included two different ReachTELs that were reported at around the same time.  I've excluded Coalition for Marriage internal polling because no evidence has been provided concerning the pollster involved or the methods used (other than sample size) and hence I cannot even say for sure that their results were based on polls at all.

Here's the table:


Marlon Williams Announces New Album and May Tour with The Weather Station "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Image Courtesy of Marlon Williams New Zealand born, Melbourne based singer-songwriter Marlon Williams is set to take on the world again with a huge international tour planned for 2018. The tour is set to coincide with Williams just-announced new album Make Way For Love, due for release on 16th February. The album was recorded with []


Not Every Tragedy Has a Political Solution "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

(FEE)  It only took a few hours after the news of the Texas massacre for the New York Times to start its gun-control incantations again. Republicans leaders in Congress do nothing, the paper writes. Or, really, so far theyve done the same thing they have always done: offered thoughts and prayers.

But here is a truth. Not every tragedy has a political solution.

The shooter in Texas was possessed by an evil longing to cause mass death, and his weapon of choice was a gun. It appears that his desire to kill even more was thwarted by a gun in the hands of Stephen Willeford and Johnnie Langendorff, both heroes who risked their lives to stop the bloodshed.

More gun control would very likely have done nothing to stop the killer but might have prevented law-abiding citizens from coming to their neighbors aid. No one who pushes gun control can credibly promise otherwise.

One indisputable result will be the monopolization of weaponry in the hands of the police unions and public-sector security officials. But recent events such as the Las Vegas shooting should give no one confidence that this would be a step toward safety. What we saw, in this case, was typical: the people charged with preventing violence and protecting the public were hamstrung by their own caution, guidelines, and chains of command.

Those who advocate gun control are reluctant to admit what they are really pushing: gun monopolization by the state.

Its Not Guns

These tragedies are made worse by the inevitable politicization that starts the instant that the news hits. Everyone wants to know: what was the race of victims? The religion of the victims? Was this a hate crime, as if killings on this scale could ever happen in absence of hate? Most of all: what is the race and religion of the killer?

People wait with bated breath to hear the answers. A white man killing black people, a Muslim killing Christians, a Nazi slaughtering Jews? The reverse in each case?

As we saw in the case of the New York killer (who used a weapon that no one can control), the answers to these question truly do matter. Its all about which party, which tribe, which narrative, will be...


Cottage gets support by the carload "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Ocean Grove Evening VIEW Club has supported The Cottage By The Sea in Queenscliff during Anti Poverty Week.
Members were asked to donate foodstuff and clothing from a list of essentials provided by the management.
As usual the response from members was outstanding. Chris Waite, Marian Coppins and Jill Gillett were able to deliver a large carload of items.
The women were then taken on a tour of The Cottage By The Sea and were able to give a short presentation at the VIEW dinner meeting the following week.
The support given to children of struggling families is a reminder of Ocean Grove Evening VIEWs commitment to the community.

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Teagans on track for state team "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Wallington Primary School student Teagan Zurawel has been selected for the School Sport Victoria track and field team.
Teagan was selected after a process that began in May. The team comprises students from all over the state.
Teagan will compete in the annual School Sports Australia Track and Field Championships, which will help make up the Pacific School Games.
The event will be held in Adelaide from 1 to 7 December.

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Flappers poppy tour of duty "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Ocean Groves very own celebrity chook Flapper paid her respects to our fallen Diggers in the lead-up to Remembrance Day. Flapper wandered around a garden bed full of poppies as the nation stopped at 11am on 11 November to mark the occasion.

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Sharks and sovereignty "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

On 4 September, workers in Dili were busy erecting a series of congratulatory billboards one featured a stock photo of Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop to celebrate the conclusion of maritime boundary negotiations with Australia in The Hague. Later that day, feted leader Xanana Gusmo was paraded through the streets as he returned home from his role as head negotiator.


Milo Yiannopoulos And How The Media Boosts Fascists And Bags Its Opponents "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

In Australia, people who oppose fascism are considered extreme by mainstream media. But the people who promote it theyre funny and quirky and bankable. Michael Brull explains.

How does the media deal with supporters and opponents of fascism? You would expect and hope that people who support fascists and neo-Nazis would be stigmatised and marginalised by the biggest and most prominent outlets of the corporate media.

Shop-Sparkke_Banner_300x250(GB)Contrarily, one might think that opponents of fascists would be given a balanced reception. As some of them engage in violent confrontations with fascists, their tactics might be subjected to critical scrutiny, but their opposition to fascists would be regarded with something approximating sympathy.

At times when fascists were resurgent, one might expect these trends to be particularly strengthened. That is, if fascists were gaining strength, responsible media might highlight opposition to fascists, whilst generally denying a larger platform to fascists. If they were allowed to present their views to the public, it would be balanced with harsh questioning, and voices to expose their hateful agendas.

This is what one would hope for. But Australia is a different type of country.


Media on the pro-fascist: Milo

So let us consider this question through the prism of Milo Yiannopoulos, the former writer at Breitbart.

Milo is known for being casually outrageous in the nasty things he says about women, Muslims, black people, trans people and other minority groups. At college lectures he has singled out trans people for ridicule, and encouraged the audience to Purge the Illegals (that is, report them to the government so that they can be deported).

He says feminism is cancer, birth control makes women ugly, and theyd be happier in the kitchen.

In a speech about why he hates Islam, he said, If you give them an inch, theyll take a mile, and rape everything inside it. He went on to quote Andrew Bolts criticisms of the Australian Grand Mufti.

In October, Buzzfeed published an important expos on Milo and Breitbart. It showed that Milo used as passwords references to Nazi landmarks, such as Kristallnacht, the Knight of Long Knives, and also the year 1290, when Jews were expell...


Brisbane Landmarks To Light Up As The Yes Parties Continue "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Brisbane landmarks will be lit up in rainbow on Wednesday night as the city celebrates the successful marriage equality result. Brisbane City councillor Vicki Howard announced on Facebook that the Story Bridge and City Hall would both be illuminated in rainbow lights. On Wednesday morning, a crowd of hundreds of people gathered in Brisbane, one ...

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Last Bee "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The last working bee for spring (ahem..) will be on this Sunday from 10am for a couple of hours or so. If you havent been able to attend any bees yet, heres your last chance. And the last chance of frost seems to be over too, so its a great time to plant Come Continue reading Last Bee


Lang survives to claim the Mullum Show smash-up derby "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Nathan was behind of wheel of the Toyota number 69 (in yellow) that went on to be the last survivor and winner of the 2017 smash-up derby. Photo

Nathan was behind of wheel of the Toyota number 69 (in yellow) that went on to be the last survivor and winner of the 2017 smash-up derby. Photo

Nathan Lang from Chincogan Mechanical has won this years Mullumbimby Show smash-up derby in a turn-of-the-century Toyota Camry.

It is the third year that Nathan has had a go at winning the event, and he was up against at least nine other cars on Sunday afternoon at the Mullumbimby Showground arena.

Nathan put his success down to being hungrier than his opponents on the day,
he said.

I just wanted to win, I wanted the $600 prizemoney, he said.

Nathan was driving a Toyota Camry that was at least 17 years old. He had it delivered from the wreckers and to make it compliant took out all the glass and other bits and pieces from inside the cabin.

The fuel tank also had to be moved to inside the cabin.

The other major rule is that cars must travel in reverse for the derby.

Otherwise anyone with a car licence can enter, he said.

Winning wasnt about having a strategy to dodge or attack, but just adapting to what was in front of you.

I did a bit of everything, whatever I had to get through, he said.

He came out of the event with the blue ribbon, but no bumps and bruises.

It was exciting, awesome, and he will definitely be back next year to defend his title, he said.

Have a go if you are up for it. .Just do it. It is  a lot of fun, he said.


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Origami books continued "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

We are having some technical issues with the sign in for Kerrie, so I will pop up the photos from our November meeting and an update in the meantime and when we have resolved the glitch Kerrie can add her own inimitable, effervescent style!

Firstly Kerrie tutored us in another of her wonderful mini books, we should all be able to have our own mini bookshelves after the past few months.

Origami Bookmaking...


Big yes vote in Corangamite "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Corangamite voters returned a 71.6 per cent yes vote to the same-sex marriage survey.
That figure was well above the national average of 61.6 per cent.
Federal Corangamite MP Sarah Henderson welcomed the result.
This is a decisive result, she said in a statement.
I look forward to supporting a Private Members Bill to change the Marriage Act to allow same-sex couples to marry, which I expect will be introduced into the House of Representatives in the next sitting week.
It is imperative that the Bill includes strong protections for religious institutions. As the definition of civil marriage changes, religious freedom is paramount. Religious institutions must be able to continue to adhere to their beliefs.
That said, the Bill must not allow discrimination against same-sex couples including in relation to the provision of commercial services.

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beautiful + simple gifts for kids "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


A smaller, more manageable quantity of toys invites deeper play and engagement. An avalanche of toys invites emotional disconnect and a sense of overwhelm.

Simplicity Parenting

Ten years of motherhood has taught me a lot about toys, mostly that less is more and quality is absolutely essential.

I think the most inspiring message regarding toys and play comes from the book Simplicity Parenting. Author Kim John Payne explains that the key to successful play is no clutter. Ultimately, when you decrease the amount of toys your child has you increase their attention and capacity for deep play.

Time and time again, after clearing out and re-organising, Ive seen this very thing happen before my eyes. Its incredibly affirming and reinforces one of my very favourite quotes: If you want your children to turn out well, spend twice as much time with them, and half as much money.

Im not going to say that Ive created an idyllic, simple play space for my children. Theres been many regretful purchases and countless frustrated moments where Ive cursed at the miscellaneous blocks and cards and puzzle pieces that have wound up under the couch without a home. However, I have figured out through trial and error the very best way to buy toys that will last and be enjoyed by multiple siblings.

Create small collections of themed toys.

Vehicles, Nature Play, Home Play, Dress-Ups and Outdoor Play. The beauty of this system is that everything has a place (important!), it makes cleaning up easier (very important!) and when family and friends as for gift suggestions, you can eas...


Heres How Queenslanders Voted For Marriage Equality "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

As Queenslands LGBTI community celebrates todays resounding Yes vote for marriage equality, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has called on federal parliament to immediately enshrine the publics wishes in law. Nationally, 61.6% voted Yes to the question: Should the law be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry? while 38.4% voted No. In Queensland, 1,487,060 (60.7%) voted ...

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Best way to see some wildlife near Cairns? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Hi again Cairns!

I'll be traveling in mid Feb to Cairns and would love to see some wildlife in their natural setting if possible. I'm guessing this may be a day trip drive to a bit more rural area or something like that. It would be fun to see animals unique to your area like kangaroos, koalas, etc.

Can you recommend a place we'd be likely to run into some animals hanging out and enjoying their day?


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Grizzly Bear Announced Headline Australian Tour "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Image Courtesy of Grizzly Bear Weve known that US nu-folk quartet Grizzly Bear would be returning to our shores next year for the last couple of months after their name started appearing on the lineups of Golden Plains and the Melbourne Zoo Twilights. And now we can confirm that the band have added Sydney, Brisbane []


Premiere: CLYPSO frees herself on new single Save Me "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Fusing tribal drums with introspective lyrics, Save Me is the latest from Sydney producer and vocalist CLYPSO. Exploring internal worlds and saving yourself from yourself, hear it first on FBi Radio.

Departing slightly from the hyperactivity of tracks like Higher and YOLO, Save Me harnesses CLYPSOs signature afrobeat sound and looks inward, delving into the former Indie Artist of the Weeks innermost workings. Written after coming out of a pretty emotionally rough patch, CLYPSO found herself escaping a self-imposed mental funk through music.

Letting us in on how the track came about, CLYPSO got started on Save Me in a pretty unlikely setting warming up before she was to take to the stage at a wedding.


I found myself alone in this beautiful hall with a grand piano. I really liked the timbre of the low notes of the piano and how it echoed so I started playing a bass line and chords and just enjoyed how it sounded in the space.


Although I started writing the song on the piano, I really wanted to have a very oceanic feel to it: the sensation of tumbling in the waves, the ebb and flow, the ying and yang, the light and the dark. So I took that recording from my phone back to my little bedroom studio, incorporated tribal drum beats, strings and the kalimba to communicate the vastness and the movement.


Premiered on Arvos with Alex Pye, Save Me by CLYPSO is out now. Dive in below.



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Herbs and Spices with Ian Herbie Hemphill "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

On Arts Wednesday 15 November 2017, Sylvias guest was herb and spice guru, Ian Hemphill, aka Herbie. Listen to the 3 parts of the conversation below:

Here is Part 1, where they look at the historical passage of spices into Europe:

Here is Part 2 where they talk about peppercorns and coriander:

And now for Part 3 where the subject is cardamon and turmeric. The conversation concludes with a buyer beware note of caution:


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How we win things and stuff "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The results are in and over 4 million Australians can now walk into the sea until the water is over their heads, you know, like concepts. They are complaining about feeling brutalised. Boohoo. Call the underwater waaaahmbulance.

It's important to consider people's feelings before you dismiss them, it's much more enjoyable that way. When people feel sad about imaginary oppression you are handed a rare chance to switch off your empathy and indulge in some intense laughter. God it's great.

Turns out a majority of Australians don't feel crushed by the idea of gay marriage. But there's nothing inevitable about winning struggles like this. It comes down to volunteers working their arses off for years.

Governments don't make these changes, businesses, institutions and obviously churches don't, people do. Unelected leaders, out there working for your freedom. Not mine obviously, I'm male white and hetero, I would struggle to find a use for more freedom.

Please, no more freedom for me, take a day to enjoy and reflect and then find a way to free First Nations people and refugees, because this is a light in the darkness, but it's still very dark.  And this post has turned out very dark. Jesus.  



The Cactus Channel Stay A While "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

This week"s feature album comes from Melbourne band The Cactus Channel with Stay A While. 

This is the bands third album, and a departure from their signature soul-funk instrumental roots. Stepping up to the mic is the bands own Lewis Coleman, adding a new dimension of silvery vocals. Marking a decisive turning point, their music has evolved into something wilder, a little darker and heavier. The inclusion of vocal melodies and dreamy soundtracks are embellished with electrifying wig-outs and woozy meditations.

This new sound has been cooking for a while now, with their boundary-splintering EP alongside Ball Park Music singer Sam Cromack release earlier this year, following a 7 single collaboration with Nick Murphy (known as Chet Faker).

To support Stay A While the band has release a music video for Storefront and is embarking on a national tour beginning 24th November at the Foundry in Brisbane.
Catch them in Sydney on December 1st at the Factory Floor! Tickets from

Highlight Tracks: Storefront, Leech, And Then They Rubbed Their Tired Eyes.
Tune into Breakfast and Youth Jukebox on 2RRR 88.5FM all week long to hear these songs and more.


Top 5 Countries Where Australians Get into Trouble with the Law "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Australians like to travel nearly 9 million of us take overseas trips every year whether for business, family or pleasure. For most of us, the trip goes as planned and we arrive back home safely on Australian soil. But for others, it can be a very different story. Each year, the Department of Foreign

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Australian real wages growth flat the ripoff of workers continues "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Today (November 15, 2017), the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) released the Wage Price Index, Australia for the September-quarter 2017. Private sector wages growth was marginally higher in the September-quarter at 1.86 per cent (annualised) after six consecutive quarters of record low growth. However, with the annual inflation rate running at 1.83 per cent, real wages barely moved. This follows two-quarters of real wage cuts. With real wages growth lagging badly behind productivity growth, the wage share in national income is now around record low levels. This represents a major rip-off for workers. The flat wages trend is also intensifying the pre-crisis dynamics, which saw private sector credit rather than real wages drive growth in consumption spending. Further, the forward estimates for fiscal outcomes provided by the Australian government are now not achievable, given the flat wages growth. There is no way the tax receipts will rise in line with the projections, which assumed much stronger wages and employment growth than will occur under current austerity-type fiscal settings.

Nominal wage and price inflation and real wage trends in Australia

The ABS Media Release (November 15, 2017) said:

The seasonally adjusted Wage Price Index (WPI) rose 0.5 per cent in the September quarter 2017 and 2.0 per cent over the year

The WPI, seasonally adjusted, has recorded quarterly wages growth in the range of 0.4 to 0.6 per cent for the last 13 quarters (from the June quarter 2014).

Seasonally adjusted, private sector wages rose 1.9 per cent

This result continues a sequence of quarters where wages growth has been just on or slightly below the annual inflation, meaning real wages have been static at best.

The wage series used in this blog is the quarterly ABS Wage Price Index published by the ABS. The Non-farm labour productivity per hour series is derived from the quarterly National Accounts.

Productivity data available via the RBA Table H2 Labour Costs and Productivity.

Please read my blog Inflation benign in Australia with plenty of scope for fiscal expansion for more discussion on the various measures of inflation that the RBA uses CPI, weighted median and the trimmed mean The latter two aim to strip volatility out of the raw CPI series and give a better measure of underlying inflation.



20 Nov 2017 Rubbish clean-up in roadside vegetation "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Three or so times a year, the club has committed to cleaning up the rubbish that has accumulated in a high quality native woodland.  This is located along a ~2km signposted section of the Pyrenees Hwy roadside reserve to the west of Castlemaine (i.e., on the road to Newstead; near the golf course).  The next Clean-up will be on Monday 20th November, and again we are seeking members and other interested volunteers to join the effort.  You might even get to hear or see a Scarlet Honeyeater!

If you are interested in helping out, meet at the corner of Pyrenees Hwy and Willy Milly Road (next to Tait Decorative Iron) at 9am on Monday 20 Nov.  Wear sturdy footwear and bring gloves. Garbage bags and reflective vests will be provided.  It is usually all finished by 11am.

Please Note: Rules prohibit anyone under 16 years from working on the roadside.
Thanks to Geoff and Geraldine Harris for coordinating this regular activity.


Music gets back to real rock roots "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The John Butler Trio, one of Australias most recognised and accomplished roots rock bands, will be bringing their incredible live show to the beautiful surrounds of Leura Park Estate in what promises to be the ultimate afternoon of tunes and chill among the vines.
They will be joined by NSWs Kim Churchill and divine duo Mama Kin Spender.
The John Butler Trio has sold out a myriad of performances over the years in Australia and have gone on to take their music worldwide. John Butler has an impressive one million album sales to his name, has been the number one most played artist on Australian radio and has numerous ARIA awards to write home about.
Those familiar with Kim Churchills radio smash Window to The Sky, which reached number 42 in Triple Js Hottest 100 in 2014, will recognise signature elements in these new recordings: intricate guitar work, intuitive vocal melodies and a wonderful feeling of space and warmth. New single Second Hand Car is immediately identifiable as Kim Churchills with its retro keys, propulsive guitar line and rousing chant-a-long chorus.
I just want to write music to entertain and to move people and to be the soundtrack to their lives, he says. I want to become a figure in the world that helps people see that its all OK, and the world is what it is the best and worst parts of it.
Mama Kin Spender is a lightning bolt moment between two long-time friends, co-writers and mischief-makers: ARIA-nominated Mama Kin and producer Tommy Spender. Its a stripped back duo of brooding guitars, primal drums and howling harmonies, illuminated by a chorus of singers arranged by Virginia Bott (Brighter Later, First Chorus Band of Singers).
Mama Kin Spenders songs rattle, roll and tremble, from block party to heart-rending ballad.
With a sound that is as raw as it is joyful, Mama Kin Spender will challenge you to raise your voice in defiance of the status quo.
The events will be held on Sunday 18 March next year, at Leura Park Estate, Curlewis.
Tickets are available at and more information at

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BEST OF THE WEB: Questioning gender fluidity has become the new blasphemy "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The capitulation of the establishment to the politics of transgenderism has been astonishing. I'm struggling to remember any other time when a new and contested ideology has been so uncritically embraced by the powers-that-be. We have a Tory government pushing a Gender Recognition Act that would allow anyone to change his or her gender without so much as popping a hormone pill. An established Church which yesterday issued guidelines to its schools encouraging them to let kids 'explore gender identity'. Police forces exchanging helmets for caps because 'gender-based headgear' is disrespectful to trans people. And of course a university system - the nurturer of future leaders - in which women's colleges are throwing themselves open to people who were born male, students are told to use gender-neutral pronouns, and anyone who says 'Men cannot become women' can expect to be hounded off campus. From the stuffy Tories to the armed wing of the state to the actual Church of England, one by one the core institutions of the nation have accepted an idea that we really should have more debate about, no? Namely that gender is fluid. And that children should be allowed to decide if they're male or female. And that men who transition into women are actual women - full-on, legally recognisable, going-into-women's-changing-rooms women - rather than transwomen, as they were respectfully referred to for many years. Anyone who claims that trans politics is edgy is kidding themselves: it is one of the most established, protected ways of thinking of our time.


Ocean Grove silent in remembrance "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Ocean Grovers paid their respects to our fallen Diggers on 11 November.
A Remembrance Day service was held at Ocean Grove Park.
Pastor Phillip Christian spoke and the service was represented by Ocean Grove Scout Group.
Volunteers helped sell poppies in the lead up to the day.
A committed group of volunteers manned three stations in Ocean Grove and one in Barwon Heads for the Ocean Grove Barwon Heads RSL Sub-branch.
Sub-branch president Graham Fisher acknowledged the phenomenal commitment shown by the members and volunteers who time and time again, make the Poppy Appeal such a success.
Year in, year out, our community rallies together to support the Poppy Appeal in the lead up to Remembrance Day. I would like to thank the local community from the very outset who support our sub-branch and wear their poppy with pride, he said.

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Some Things to Think About When Choosing Your First Handgun "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Some Things to Think About When Choosing Your First Handgun | guns | Preparedness\Survival Special Interests

Whenever I write about firearms, there are lots of technical questions. And because Im no expert, I often turn to you, the readers, to help answer them. A member of our community volunteered to write a series to help folks who are choosing their first handgun. There are a lot of things to think about when making that decision, so for the next month, Monday will be Gun-Day here at The Organic Prepper blog.

Please offer a warm thank you to Steve Candidus for the first post in this excellent guest series. ~ Daisy

Some Things to Think About When Choosing Your First Handgun

by Steve Candidus

This article is specifically for anyone that might be considering acquiring their first handgun but is unfamiliar with the myriad types and offerings. This should be a good basic guide to get you started. You can always further your knowledge over time and in future articles posted here on The Organic Prepper.

First of all, a handgun is very much a personal weapon. What is best for one person might not be best for another. Although you might choose the same handgun that someone else has you should do so for the same reasons that they did rather than just because they did.

A quick handgun glossary

Some of the things that you will need to consider when choosing a firearm are:

  • Intended Use: The first thing you need to consider is the purpose that you intend the handgun. Do you want one for day-to-day or occasional concealed carry or do you intend it strictly for home defense?
  • Revolvers Versus Semi-Automatics: Do you want a revolver or a semi-automatic? A revolver, sometimes called a wheel gun, has a cylinder typically holding five or six rounds. They are not called bullets, that is what comes out of the end of the bar...


Exams, emails and the social season "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The weather has become warm, with some beautiful clear days. Ive been busy helping my daughter, who is undertaking her Year 12 exams, so I havent been out and about very much.
Fortunately Ive received some great emails from Voice readers to compensate for the many things I have missed.
Ive had a bad tawny fortnight. Ive been watching a familiar family of tawny frogmouths, and photographed the two beautiful fluffy chicks that hatched about a month ago.
The weekend before the Melbourne Cup the family left the nest, and I couldnt find them anywhere.
On Melbourne Cup Day I had a good search of the area and was dismayed to find the mangled body of a deceased chick (boo hoo).
I few days later I saw the family of three, so one of the chicks was still going strong. Speaking of tawnies I received two lovely emails from Voice readers Suze and Susan, with a photos of the tawny frogmouth families that they have seen around the Bellarine. Thanks so much for the emails.
I also had a goshawk day last weekend. I managed to have a close encounter with a brown goshawk, which I have long dreamed about.
Then when I drove home, and lo and behold there was a collared sparrowhawk (CSH) in the gum tree outside my next door neighbours house. The CSH allowed me to get quite close, which was amazing.
I recognised this bird from a few months ago, when it was on the next door neigbours TV aerial, as it has several white patches of feathers on its back. I thanked it very much for allowing me to take a half decent photo, and Im sure it wont be hurrying back.
The brown goshawk and CSH look very similar, but as you can see from the photos the CSH has a smaller head, round eyes rather than squinted eyes, a very long middle talon, and a square shaped tail compared to the goshawks rounded tail feathers.
Its funny but I also recognised another CSH that I saw in Wallington last week, as it the same bird that I spotted day before, when I saw it fly over the Bellarine Highway.
This bird was missing about four of the primary flight feathers on the left wing and also some tail feathers on the left side. This bird looks like its gone 10 rounds with Mike Tyson, but its still flying well despite the shabby feathers.
Speaking of Wallington the gorgeous scarlet honeyeaters are still hanging around near the school and Tom even saw a pair of scarlet honeyeaters at the Oakdene Estate, proving that scarlet honeyeaters have very fine location tastes.
I received a lovely email from Voice readers Alan and Astrid, who noticed a pair of hooded plovers on the beach at 6W, and were worried that the hoodies might be attacked by the many dogs in that area.
Its timely to remind people that it is hooded plover breeding season, so please take note of the signs on the beach that ask that dogs be kept on leads in areas where the hoodies breed.


The Byrds Legacy: Friday at 9pm on Retropopic "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

This Friday, 17th November on RETROPOPIC 9pm 10pm: 

The Byrds Legacy; Tune into the final program featuring author Johnny Rogan as Retropopics central guest. This time the focus is on the characters of his new book Requiem For The Timeless Volume 2 which is already highly acclaimed as another masterpiece. To wet your appetite before reading the book, the focus tonight is on the question as to whether The Byrds will ever fly again under their captain Roger McGuinn, as well as vignettes on Gram Parsons, Kevin Kelley, Skip Battin, Clarence White, Gene Clark and Michael Clarke.

Book your slot by tuning in to 88.5FM on Friday at 2100 Sydney time or if youre not local stream into the program via




AWU seeks documents showing collusion between government and supposedly independent agency "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Contributed from New South Wales

The recent Federal Police raid on the Sydney and Melbourne offices of the Australian Workers Union (AWU), is regarded by opponents of the Turnbull government, to be a politically driven assault on the union and activist group GetUp, which also experienced a raid on its offices.

The raid took place to find evidence that the union donated to GetUp in the past.  The idea is that if a donation by an affiliate of the Labor Party is found, it is evidence that there is a connection between GetUp and the Labor Party, which must be disclosed under law. If established, this means that GetUp has unlawfully failed sign up with and inform the  Registered Organisation Commission.

Critics point out that this is stretching too far and would apply to any organisation that is dependent on public donations.

It is no secret that GetUp has been a thorn in the governments side, through its connection with community campaigns that run counter to its policies. Many of these campaigns have been successful.

From the governments side, there is a clear incentive to silence the group and there is an increasing tendency to use policing methods, as a means of clamping down on alternative opinion and hold back community action that is not approved of.

That the raids were set up as as media stunt. Reporters were there before the police and it was immediately clear that there was a connection with the office of the Employment Minister, Michaelia Cash. A senior media advisor resigned after admitting he had contacted the media.

The union has subsequently applied to the Federal Court for the release of all correspondence, between the Registered Organisation Commission and the ministers office , suggesting that  there is an improper relationship with the body set up at the start of this year.

AWU National Secretary Daniel Walton said there are deep Liberal Party connections. And we know the ROC was established by the Turnbull Government specifically as an attack dog on unions and Labor politicians who had served in unions, He suggests.

Adding to the case of political collusion is the seconding to the Registered Organisation Commission, by the Fair Work Ombudsmans office, a former staffer of Liberal Party Senator Nick Minchin.



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Lismores orgasmic reaction to the Yes vote "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

... and the answer is YES. Kate Willock, in the suit, and Chris Minkov celebrate, and have set the date for their wedding next year..(photo Paul Connelly)

and the answer is YES. Kate Willock, in the suit, and Chris Minkov celebrate, and have set the date for their wedding next year..(photo Paul Connelly)

By Darren Coyne, with AAP

It started low and built up to a crescendo Yes, Yes, Yes YES!!!.

Sounds like an orgasm, former Lismore mayor Jenny Dowell quipped to the 300-strong crowd gathered in the quadrangle of the new Lismore Regional Gallery for the official announcement of the marriage equality vote.

And when the offical number came through 61.6 per cent the crowd erupted with satisfaction, relief, and cheers.

This is a start, Ms Dowell said. We have a strong yes vote now it is up to our parliament to do what they said they would do which is honour this survey result.

They have the power to bring in marriage equality before Christmas. We will hold them to it because there are people in this community who have been waiting years and years.

Lismore shows its heart following the Yes vote. (supplied)

Lismore shows its heart following the Yes vote. (supplied)

Wont Lismore go wild when we have our first same sex marriage?.

Yes, roared the crowd.

Across the nation, a majority yes vote was recorded in 133 of the 150 federal electorates.

Every state and territory recorded a majority Yes result. NSW had the lowest result at 57.8 per cent.

In the Page electorate, 59.7 per cent voted yes, while 40.3 per cent voted no.

In the Richmond electorate, 67.9 per cent voted yes and 32.1 per cent voted no.

Both electorates voted above the state average of 57.8 per ce...


A non profit system for mountain huts? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

One of my key addictions in life is to the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. Wonderful mountains, fantastic snow, endless terrain, cool towns. And one of the best backcountry hut networks on the planet.

10th Mountain Huts is a non profit that owns and rents out backcountry cabins to skiers, hikers and mountain bikers (they also rent out a number of privately owned cabins). Most are fairly similar: they are based on a log construction and built on two levels, and they have everything you need for multiday trips: a kitchen with gas burners and all the gear you need to cook, a wood fired stove with large basin for melting snow, a small solar PV system for basic lighting, and even a small library (and mattresses sheer luxury!). It means you can do multi day trips without the need for tents, stoves and fuel, and cooking gear. Many of the huts are above 11,000 feet asl, in mind blowingly gorgeous locations. And because you need to book them, youre guaranteed of getting a bed.

Which, of course, gets me thinking about our hut system here in Australia. Im not suggesting we set up a similar network. But as a non profit, 10th Mountain fills an interesting gap in the network of backcountry huts that tend to exist in mountain environments.

The European Alps have a huge number of public and private lodges and refuges. Climbers and hikers who have visited New Zealand/ Aotearoa will know that country has an extensive network of huts run through the Department of Conservation. Here in Australia we have a mix of huts in the mountains:

  • Historical ones, associated with cattle grazing families, the hydroelectric schemes, hunters/ trappers, etc. These are often still maintained by the original families or groups who established them
  • Refuges, put in exposed or dangerous spots, often after people have died in blizzard conditions and sometimes managed by community organisations
  • There are also a scattering of private huts often owned by groups, such as the Rovers lodge on the Bogong High Plains, some of which are open to the public

In recent years, we have seen the first developments of private huts in backcountry/ wild areas by for profit companies (the private system of huts that are dotted along the Overland Track in Tasmania being a prominent example). The Victorian government is currently considering allowing a similar network on the route between Falls Creek and Mt Hotham.



Have a say about dogs on beaches "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Barwon Coast, in partnership with other organisations including Victoria Police and City of Greater Geelong, are launching a new campaign called ShareOurShores.
The campaign aims to bring the community together with all organisations involved in dogs on beaches.
ShareOurShores promotes the respect, responsibilities and rights that are important in minimising conflict between different beach users and dogs.
ShareOurShores will be launched in Ocean Grove at two identical campaign launch events, the first on Saturday 18 November and the second on Monday 20 November.
A panel of experts will discuss the pros and cons involved in dogs on beaches and provide information on the current dog controls that are in place.
Barwon Coast is very concerned about risks to human and wildlife safety created by dogs on beaches. We are also worried about the impact dogs can have on the general amenity of our coastal reserves, Barwon Coast general manager Gary McPike said.
Some locals have admitted to us that they are frightened to visit the beach with small children for fear of a dog attack.
Many locals and visitors have expressed concerns about dogs on beaches directly to Barwon Coast and we are aware that it is a very prominent topic on local social media forums, he said.
Sergeant Shane Connolly of Victoria Police said: Unlawful behaviour by dog owners is of concern to the Bellarine police members as it poses a threat to public safety. We welcome our involvement in the ShareOurShores Campaign launch as it will enable us to speak with the community about antisocial behaviour and dog owners not adhering to dog control laws.
Barwon Coast is charged with the management of 13km of coastal crown land from the east of Ocean Grove to the western end of Thirteenth Beach.
Barwon Coast sets dog control orders that dictate the where, when and how people walking dogs may use the coastal reserves.
Dog Control Orders are enforced by officers from the City of Greater Geelong.
Everyone, dog owner or not, who has an interest in dogs on beaches is encouraged to attend the launch. Tickets are free and can be booked online at or call 5254 1118.

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Australia says YES to same-sex marriage "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

61.6 % per cent of participants in the same-sex marriage postal vote have voted in favour of allowing same-sex couples to marry (image:wiki).

The Australian Bureau of Statistics published the results at 9am local time with the final count being 7.8 million supporting the move and 4.9 million against the move.

Statistician David Kalisch says it shows how important this issue is to many Australians.

18 and 19 year old voters had the strongest participation with around 78 per cent participation in the postal survey.

Brisbane brain researcher awarded Strmgren Medal


Food Glorious Food and What To Do "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

For many years I have been studying nutrition and playing around with food to see what works and what doesnt. There is so much conflicting research on what is healthy []


Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit Announce Bluesfest Sideshow Dates with Deer Tick "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Image Courtesy of Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit The kings of contemporary Americana music, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, have already been announced as one of the most highly anticipated acts on next years Bluesfest lineup and now theyve announced sideshows in Sydney and Melbourne while theyre in the country. Jason Isbell and []


Entries open for swim fest "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Back again after last years successful inaugural event, registrations for the Ocean Grove Surf Lifesaving Club Swim Festival are now open.
Not only a huge fund-raiser for Ocean Grove Surf Life Saving Club, this event has a swim for everyone, whether youre just starting out or an open water superstar.
With a quality souvenir towel available to all registrants (while stocks last) there is no reason why you wouldnt want to add this swim to your open water calendar.
The swim is on 28 January next year at the Ocean Grove Surf Beach. Events are 400m Novice, 1.2km Classic and 2.5km Enduro.
To register your spot in the event and to receive further information, go to

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Australia: Yes' Vote to Marriage Equality "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Expand Marchers hold signs and banners as they participate in a marriage equality march in central Sydney, Australia on October 21, 2017. 2017 Reuters (Sydney, November 15, 2017) The Australian government should introduce marriage equality legislation without delay, following results of the national postal survey in favor of marriage equality, Human [...]


Russia, China and others boycott U.S. meeting at U.N. on Venezuela "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Contributed by Jim Hayes

Russia, China, Egypt and Bolivia have boycotted a United States instigated United Nations Security Council meeting, to discuss the political situation in Venezuela.

The representatives of these nations told reporters that the Security Council does not have the right to interfere in the internal affairs of a sovereign nation.

Russian U.N. Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia said: The issue is about meddling with the internal domestic affairs of Venezuela.

The boycott has signalled that any proposal for intervention is not going to get past the Security Council and if the United States wishes to continue it will have to do so without a United Nations mandate.

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley countered by telling those who did attend the meeting:  The fact that the (Venezuelan) government would go so far as to try and get people not to show up to a meeting is guilt. And thats unfortunate. No evidence was provided to back up the claim that this had occurred.

Not everyone who attended agreed with the United States position. For example, Uruguays Deputy U.N. Ambassador Luis Bermudez said his country did not believe the situation in Venezuela was a threat to international peace and security.

Venezuelas U.N. Ambassador Rafael Dario Ramirez told reporters that the meeting is a hostile and clearly interfering act of the United States that undermines the principle of sovereignty of a member state of the U.N.We condemn this act of political manipulation.

The Latin American country is suffering from a harsh economic crisis, which its government claims has been severely aggravated by a combination of economic pressure form the United States, systematic sabotage committed by its allies in Venezuela and the sharp fall in the price of oil, a commodity that the country has been over dependent on for a long time.

Opponents are accusing he Maduro Venezuelan government of using systemic violence to clamp down on opposition an...


How the NSW North Coast voted in the national same-sex marriage postal survey "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Across Australia 12,691,234 registered voters responded to the Australian Marriage Law Postal  Survey with 61.6% of respondents answering YES and 38.4% answering NO to the question Should the law be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry?

In NSW, 81.3% (2,147,973) of eligible females and 77.5% (1,947,546) of eligible males responded to the survey.

By NSW North Coast federal electorate:

Richmond 67.9% of survey respondents answered YES and 32.1% answered NO
Page -  59.7% of survey respondents answered YES and 40.3% answered NO
Cowper 60% of survey respondents answered YES and 40% answered NO

For a full breakdown of survey results go to


Australians say Yes to marriage equality "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Australians have overwhelmingly voted Yes to the question of whether LGBTI Australians can marry the person they love. 61.6% of people who voted in the marriage equality postal survey voted Yes. 133 out of 150 electorates voted Yes.

Anna Brown, Director of Legal Advocacy with the Human Rights Law Centre and Co-Chair of the Equality Campaign, said it was incredible to see such strong support for marriage equality and a fair go for all LGBTI Australians right across the nation.

The nation has put its heart into winning this survey. LGBTI Australians, their friends and families will be celebrating. All Australians should have the same opportunities for love, commitment and happiness. All Australians should be able to marry the person they love. This result confirms that the majority of Australians absolutely agree, said Ms Brown.

12.7 million Australians returned their surveys in the optional postal survey, representing 79.5 per cent of voters.

Lee Carnie, lawyer with the Human Rights Law Centre, said it was incredible to see such a high level of turnout right across the nation.

Australians have responded to the postal survey in numbers that are overwhelming and with efforts that are both touching and beautiful. This result shows how important this issue is to Australians and the urgency with which we expect Parliament to pass a fair bill to ensure all Australians are treated equally.

The journey to marriage equality will not end with todays announcement of the survey result; legislation will still need to be passed by Parliament.

The country and the world will be watching our Parliament closely. Todays strong Yes result should put an end to politicians in Canberra playing games with the lives and dignity of same-sex couples across Australia. It is an opportunity to pass marriage equality to bring great happiness to so many Australians and it takes from no one, said Lee Carnie.

Australians have done their job, now it's time for the politicians to do theirs and vote through a fair bill that delivers marriage equality this week. This is about everyday Australians our families, friends, neighbours, colleagues and teammates who should very soon enjoy the same status and dignity as every other Australian. Achieving marriage equality will be a unifying moment for the nation. Lets get on with it, said Anna Brown.

For media inquiries and interviews:

Michelle Bennett, HRLCs Director of Communications: 0419 100 519


Queensland Celebrates As Australians Vote For Same-Sex Marriage "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

YES! Thats the resounding response from Australians in the same-sex marriage postal survey, the results of which were announced on Wednesday morning by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) to high emotion and jubilation around the country. A crowd of hundreds gathered in Brisbane in Queens Park to hear that 61.6% of the country had ...

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Yes! By Over 60 Per Cent! There Goes $122 Million And Three Months Of Our Lives, But At Least Its Done "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The people have spoken. Marriage equality in Australia is long overdue. Chris Graham reports.

The marriage equality postal vote has delivered a stunning victory for same-sex attracted couples around the nation, with the Australian Bureau of Statistics announcing the results a short time ago.

Marriage-equality-graphicYes votes 61.6% (7,817,247); No votes  38.4% (4,873,987).

Every vote and territory in Australia voted in favour of marriage equality, and the participation rate nationally was 79.5% a high result for a non-compulsory vote. All age groups had high participation rate turnouts.

The ACT delivered by far the highest Yes vote, with 74%. NSW delivered the lowest, with 57.8%.

Thus, attempts by ultra-conservative and religious groups in Australia led by political pundits such as Tony Abbott, Cory Bernardi, Eric Abetz and the Australian Christian Lobbys Lyle Shelton to divert debate to issues like gender education and political correctness did not confuse the Australian public.

The result has weakened further an already flailing Turnbull Government, which has been down in the polls for the majority of the year.

The marriage equality postal vote was conceived by Liberal minister Peter Dutton, in an attempt to delay or weaken the push for same-sex marriage.

It has failed, and spectacularly so.

It was a high-stakes, $122 million gamble for Dutton. If Australians voted no, or even if the result was close, Dutton would have been a hero of the extreme right, and strengthened his run for the Prime Ministers job in the process.

Instead, Australians have delivered a stunning rebuke to Dutton, and Malcolm Turnbulls government.

What Dutton has also done has polarized even further a nation of voters with deep antipathy towards a government which, since July 2, 2016, has lurched from disaster to disaster, and everything in between.

ABS Chief Statistician David Kalisch announces the results of the marriage equality postal plebiscite in Canberra on November 15.ABS Chief Statistician David Kalisch announces the results of the marriage equality postal plebiscite in Canberra on November 15.

Duttons play helped add an additional 90,000 voters to the electoral roll, all of whom joined prior to the plebiscite, presumably to vote on marriage equality.

Based on the result, the majority, obviously, wanted it.



Overwhelming Yes vote in marriage equality survey "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Australian Bureau of Statistics has announced the result of the national marriage equality postal vote survey.

Australian Statistician David Kalisch made the announcement in Canberra this morning at 10am AESDT.

Yes responses were 61.6 per cent of clear responses (7,817,247 votes).

No responses were 38.4 per cent of clear responses (4,873,987 votes).

Just 0.2 per cent were unclear (36,686 votes).

Every state and territory recorded a majority Yes result.

All were over 60 per cent, except NSW with the lowest result 57.8 per cent.

The highest was the ACT with 74 per cent.

Some 64.9 per cent of Victorians voted and 60.7 per cent of Queenslanders voted Yes.

A majority Yes outcome was recorded in 133 of the countrys 150 commonwealth electorates. A majority No outcome was recorded in only 17 electorates.

Some 59.7 per cent of respondents in the seat of Page was 57.9 per cent. Participation was 71.3 per cent.

Participation in the survey was over 70 per cent in almost all but four commonwealth electorates. Of those, it was over 60 per cent in three and over 50 per cent in the remaining one.

There was a response rate of 79.5 per cent or more than 12.7 million people.

More than 70 per cent of each age group voted.

 Local reaction & pictures

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Salvos sell land well below market value "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Aslan Shand

The Australian Salvation Army has defended its decision to sell a 50- acre property in the Mullumbimby hinterland well below market price.

The land was donated to the Salvation Army around five years ago and was sold in October without being put on the open market.

The purchase price of around $280,000 reflects known issues such as access rights. Yet according to the valuer-generals valuation, the propertys market value is $360,000.

A neighbouring lot of 100 acres, which has its access rights resolved, was recently sold for approximately $650,000.

Public interest

Other properties that are currently on the market in the vicinity are two approximately five-acre properties, with houses, listed between $900,000 and $1.7 million.

I think theres a public interest element, in particular related to how charities manage their funds, said Mr von der Heyde, who contacted The Echo regarding the sale.

They didnt advertise it or, it seems, even try to figure out what the market value was.

This appears to be extraordinarily poor financial management. Part of the reason it sticks in my throat is that Ive given the Salvos regular donations for 20 years, imagining that they would manage donations well.

Having contacted the Salvation Army prior to the conclusion of the sale, Mr von der Heyde says he was assured by general consul of the Salvation Army Malcolm Roberts that, I have been charged with looking into this matter and will respond to you as quickly as possible.

Mr von der Heyde then heard nothing more from the Salvation Army on the matter, despite further enquires, and the sale was concluded in October.

Mr Roberts told The Echo: We have properties all over Australia. We are not property developers. This piece of land would not have been suitable for us to use.

We dont believe that it has been sold for under its value. We believe that its been sold for fair value.

Though Mr Roberts assured The Echo that more than one valuation was done on the property, he was not prepared to supply copies of the valuations for verification.

Mr Roberts said that owing...


The Libertines, The Avalanches and more announce Sydney City Limits sideshows "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Sydney City Limits is set to touch down next February, with the brains behind Splendour and Falls delivering a lineup that boasts some of the worlds most sought-after live acts.

The Libertines are set to round off their first ever tour of Australia with both Pete and Carl (yep, we cant believe it took that long either) with headline shows in Melbourne and Brisbane. Sampling visionaries and damn Aussie icons, The Avalanches and Seattles emo-indie luminaries Car Seat Headrest will also extend their Aussie stay for headline shows.

Newbies, The Head and the Heart and Sigrid will also bring their chops to Aussie audiences.

Check out all the dates and ticket details below:


PRE-SALES: 9am Fri 17 Nov 8am local time Mon 20 Nov (local time)

GENERAL SALES: 9am Mon 20 Nov (local time)


The Libertines:

Wed 28 Feb Forum, Melbourne

Thu 01 Mar Tivoli, Brisbane


The Avalanches:

Wed 07 Mar Tivoli, Brisbane


Car Seat Headrest:

Sun 25 Feb Rosemount Hotel, Perth

Wed 28 Feb Croxton Bandroom, Melbourne

Thu 01 Mar Triffid, Brisbane



Fri 23 Feb The Triffid, Brisbane

Wed 28 Feb Corner Hotel, Melbourne


The Head and the Heart:

Thu 01 Mar Corner Hotel, Melbourne


CIA Narrative On WikiLeaks Dominates Coverage Of Trump Jr. Correspondence "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The CIA contends WikiLeaks is not a media organization but rather a non-state hostile intelligence service often abetted by state actors like Russia. Response by the U.S. press to a report from The Atlantic on correspondence between WikiLeaks and Donald Trump Jr. wholly adopted the CIAs narrative, even though the public still lacks proof of such cooperation.

Moreover, although The Atlantic report merely shows communications between a Trump campaign official and WikiLeaks, it was treated as significant confirmation of Russian collusion.

Former CIA director Leon Panetta appeared on CNN and said the correspondence was another additional piece of evidence related to the activities of either [Trump] family members or members of his campaign working with the Russians in one way or another. Panetta maintained there was no question WikiLeaks was a cutout for the Russian government.

The basic message that should have gone out to all campaign individuals is do not interact with the Russians, Panetta added, when asked what the Trump campaign should have done when contacted by WikiLeaks. Do not interact with a foreign adversary that could very well come in and try to influence this election.

This is yet another level interest by the campaign in foreign assistance and not just any foreign assistance but foreign assistance tied to the Kremlin, Democratic Representative Adam Schiff, a ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, said on CNN.

When host Wolf Blitzer asked Schiff to be precise on the relationship between the Kremlin and WikiLeaks, Schiff answered, Well, the Kremlin, well, was certainly using WikiLeaks to publish these documents. I think it gave them a certain level of deniability that the more direct cutouts like Guccifer 2.0 or DCLeaks that could be traced right back to the Kremlin would ultimately not provide them. But nonetheless, WikiLeaks is a sophisticated actor.

I fully believe that they knew exactly where they were getting this information about and were more than happy to coordinate with the Russians. I dont think that this is an issue so much of theyre being useful idiots as opposed to witting participants. There is a division of opinion, I think, among members about just how witting or useful they were. Nonetheless, the fact of the matter was this was clearly one of the outlets the Russians were using for publication.

Tony Blinken, a former deputy secretary of state under President Barack Obama, also appeared on CNN and stated, WikiLeaks was basically a cutout. That is, everything that was exfiltrated from the DNC to the Clinton campaign was apparently passed on to WikiLeaks and WikiLeaks put it out. So this...


Trump Appointee Resigns After ProPublica Report "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A senior official in charge of a federal loan guarantee program resigned after ProPublica reported his prior role in obtaining a guarantee under the same program as part of a deal that failed.

The official, Gavin Clarkson, stepped down Monday as deputy assistant secretary for policy and economic development in the Interior Departments Bureau of Indian Affairs. He was appointed in June and his position did not require Senate confirmation.

At the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Clarkson supervised a program that provides loan guarantees to Indian businesses. As ProPublica reported, in his previous role as a businessman and academic, he had arranged financing and a $20 million guarantee, under the same program, for a loan that helped an Indian tribe buy a Wall Street brokerage.

The loan did not appear to meet the departments guidelines for a guarantee but one was approved anyway. The brokerage ultimately went bankrupt and the loan was defaulted on. The department is still fighting that liability in court. (Even though the loan went sour, Clarkson and his company were paid $327,500, according to a filing in a related lawsuit.)

The transaction was criticized by the Interior Departments internal watchdog in two separate reports this year. In a report this March, the inspector general found that the loan guarantee Clarkson arranged departed from guidelines and raised several red flags that made it particularly risky. The IG didnt find any criminal violations, and a related grand jury investigation did not return any indictments.

In a second report, which was released yesterday, the IG said the loan program lacked adequate controls.

Clarkson faced pressure to resign because he hadnt disclosed his role in the scandal, according to a department official.

A department spokeswoman declined to comment, and Clarkson didnt answer requests for comment.


Naked people terrorize Missouri town, synthetic drug flakka suspected "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Several people went on a rampage in a small Missouri town that included barking like dogs, yelling, breaking into buildings and showering naked in soda water. The incident is being blamed on a synthetic drug that often causes extreme behavior.

Police believe the man-made drug Flakka was the cause of the behavior, which left the town of Sullivan in eastern Missouri reeling and searching for answers, the Kansas City Star reported.

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Two people were arrested in relation to the incident, while several were treated at the hospital. The drugs recovered have not yet been tested, but police think the users mixed methamphetamine with flakka.

We had multiple incidents this past weekend of people on some kind of substance acting out of their minds, Police Lieutenant Patrick Johnson said, according to the Sullivan Independent NewsBarking like dogs, running up and down the street entering peoples homes, breaking into a business, yelling outside of local businesses.

One business owner described a theft that took place during the incident.

My dad came in Saturday morning ready to open the place (up) and noticed that the doors by the machine area were opened up and came in and noticed one of our cash registers was knocked over on the floor, Alec Ockrassa, the general manager of Sullivan Bowl, told...


Celebrities Share The Love As Australia Votes Yes "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Local and international celebrities have congratulated Australia for todays announcement of a yes vote in the same-sex marriage postal survey. On Wednesday morning, the Australian Bureau of Statistics announced the yes vote had prevailed in the survey with more than 61% of the vote. National treasure Magda Szubanski, who campaigned tirelessly for the yes vote, ...

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Same-sex marriage postal survey results to be announced "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Yes vote, is on track to win the same-sex marriage vote today(Image:wiki).

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull expects the yes vote to triumph when the results are announced this morning.

The announcement will be made by the Australian Bureau of Statistics in Canberra at 10 am Australian Eastern standard time and 9 am Brisbane time.

Electronic Database to Reveal Political Donations

Details of donations to political parties will be revealed to voters via a new real-time electronic disclosure system.


Yoga "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


Clare Fleming & Reconnect Yoga invite you to a chanting spring-clean!

Our 3-week course will cover the Ganapati-Prarthana chant.
Ganapati (Ganesha) is honored as the remover of obstacles, the destroyer of fatigue, and he is thought to be an embodiment of wisdom and the leader of an army of demigods.
The Ganapati-prrthan is a chant seeking benefaction from Ganapati (Ganesha), the elephant God.  The chant is usually used at the start of a new project or any endeavor, to seek unhindered accomplishment. It comes from the Taittirirya-samhit (
In these sessions, we will focus on some variations in approach to this chant.
The sessions will be a combination of Sat and Sunday afternoon.
Week 1, Sat 18th Nov - 4-5pm (1hour)
Week 2, Sun 26th Nov - 2-3:30pm (1.5hrs)
Week 3, Sat 2nd Dec - 4-5:30 pm (1.5hours)
Presenter: Clare Fleming


What are the Penalties for Steroids in NSW? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Before 2014, the possession of drugs classified as anabolic steroids was primarily regulated by the Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Act 1966, which dealt with the substances in much the same way as other prescription drugs. However in 2014, the NSW government reclassified the drugs as narcotics which brought the penalties in line with drugs like

The post What are the Penalties for Steroids in NSW? appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.


Dog Is So Obsessed With Her New Rescue Turkey "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Minnow the dogs first feathery love was Chickpea, a tiny rescue chicken whom Abbie Hubbard brought home earlier this year.

He would sleep in Minnows tail, Abbie Hubbard, deputy director at the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria, told The Dodo. They were really cute together.

Credit: Abbie Hubbard

Hubbard initially believed that Chickpea was a female. But as Chickpea started to crow, Hubbard discovered that she was a he.

Hubbard lives in a townhouse in suburban Virginia, and the local county doesnt allow residents to keep roosters. So Hubbard made the difficult decision to rehome Chickpea at Burgundy Farm Country Day School, which has a small sanctuary for rescued farm animals.

Credit: Abbie Hubbard

Giving Chickpea up was such a hard thing it felt like ripping my heart out, Hubbard said. On the other hand, hes so happy there. I visit him every week, and I get pictures from the caretakers on a daily basis. Hes living the best life ever, but I was totally missing him.

Hubbard wasnt the only one to miss Chickpea Minnow did as well. So when Hubbard got a call from a fellow rescuer, asking if shed be interested in fostering a turkey named Blossom, Hubbard answered with an enthusiastic yes.

Credit: Abbie Hubbard

Blossom had been rescued from a factory farm in West Virginia. When she was about 5 weeks old, farm workers went to move Blossom and other turkeys to a grow house, a facility that holds the turkeys while they fatten up in preparation fo...


ALP, Greens, NXT respond to latest TPP-11 news "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

November 15, 2017: TPP-11 talks have been salvaged for now. The unpopular trade agreement has been rebranded the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). It still contains special rights for foreign investors to sue governments (ISDS), and controversial clauses have been suspended rather than deleted. The deal would restrict future governments from re-regulating essential services, and result in more vulnerable temporary migrant workers.

Below is a summary of responses from the ALP the Greens and NXT.

Labors Jason Clare MP, Shadow Minister for Trade and Investment, said the delay in finalising a deal is an opportunity for the Turnbull government to fix flaws in the TPP. He called for investor dispute settlement clauses (ISDS) to be renegotiated), and reiterated Labors recent calls for the Productivity Commission to conduct independent economic modelling of the deal.

On the issue of vulnerable temporary workers and  labour market testing, he said: In the TPP Turnbull waived labour market testing for six countries - Canada, Peru, Mexico, Brunei, Malaysia and Vietnam Turnbull should put Australian workers first and reinstate labour market testing in the CPTPP for those countries.

Greens Trade spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said Australians have been let down by the Turnbull government as it attempts to resurrect the fraught TPP.

"While Canada and New Zealand's Prime Ministers have stood up for their local communities and economies Malcolm Turnbull was prepared to trade away our democratic rights, letting multinational corporations power to sue our governments and taxpayers. The insidious ISDS clauses are threat to community action and progressive government and policy reform.  These anti-people, anti-environment clauses will allow big corporations to weaken our environmental, labour and cultural rules and protections. The Turnbull Government must stop trading away our democratic and cultural assets and instead get on with reforming the treaty negotiation process, so Australians can have confidence these deals are being done in their interests.

NXT spokesperson, Nick Xenophon, said:


Vaccination papers, please: Cops harass mom at bus stop and grill her on son's immunization status "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A particularly disturbing video was submitted to the Free Thought Project this week showing the Orwellian implications of state-mandated vaccination laws. Porsha Rasheed was simply walking her six-year-old son to the bus stop last week when she was approached by a Claremont police officer and a representative of the school district and harassed in an attempt to find out the vaccination status of her child. Rasheed, who appears to be well-informed of her rights, did the right thing and filmed the interaction and also refused to answer their questions. However, it does not take away from the sheer ominous nature of this type of activity. On June 30, 2015, California governor Jerry Brown signed SB 277 effectively stripping the personal and religious belief exemptions for parents who choose not to vaccinate their children. The law went into effect in 2016 and required that all children entering daycare, kindergarten, or 7th grade to be vaccinated unless they have a medical exemption. Now, it appears that the enforcers of this recently enacted law are going to extreme lengths to do their job of forcing compliance-up to and including staking out parents as they drop their kids off at the bus stop. In true Stasi-esque fashion, the officer and the school official approached Rasheed and demanded she show them her papers.


The peoples paid parking resistance movement gathers in solidarity "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Russian mens choir Dustyesky lifted spirits on a damp Saturday for the No Paid Parking Rally. Photo Jeff Dawson

Russian mens choir Dustyesky lifted spirits on a damp Saturday for the No Paid Parking Rally. Photo Jeff Dawson

Despite the cold and rainy weather, round 300 Brunswick Heads residents and business owners rallied on Saturday to send a message to councillors they dont want paid parking. 

It follows a 4,500-signature petition against paid parking, which was handed to Council on October 20.

Led by both the towns chamber of commerce and progress association, protesters instead propose a combination of reducing time restrictions and stepping up enforcement, are the recommendations of Councils commissioned traffic report.

Resident Vivienne Pearson said, It was a sea of red, including caps that were handed out bearing slogans like Hands off Bruns and No to Paid Parking. Even visitors, who didnt know about the rally, eagerly donned the caps and lent their ears and voices in support.

There were 11 speakers, including comedian Mandy Nolan and councillor Alan Hunter, along with local residents and business owners.

Cr Hunter said, The community in Brunswick is so much dependent on small businesses. There are no superstores here and we want it to stay that way. So Im with you guys.

Ms Pearson said, I have worked in marketing-related fields and I have worked in research. The telephone and online surveys are a key part of the councils consultation and should belong firmly in the research camp. Sadly they arent. The survey more closely resembles a marketing exercise than true consultation.

Its a sentiment shared by Kim Rosen from the Brunswick Heads Visitor Centre and Chamber of Commerce. The consultation process has been a farce, she says. The survey showed significant bias, a concern which was confirmed by a statistician.

Dismissive mayor

She added, Every element of the consultation has r...


Marriage survey results liveblog "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

10:34am The result was reasonably consistent across the country. The AEC classifies seats into four regional types. The vote was best in the inner metro, and worst in outer metro.

State Yes vote Turnout
Inner Metropolitan 65.68 81.17
Outer Metropolitan 58.46 79.32
Provincial 62.84 79.60
Rural 59.89 77.97

10:34am And heres the same info as a table:

State Yes vote Turnout
ACT 74.04 82.44
NSW 57.75 79.46
NT 60.57 58.37
QLD 60.74 77.92
SA 62.45....


Detectives in Kansas City Release Man who Answered Interrogation Questions by Passing Gas "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A Kansas City man facing potential federal drug and weapons charges flexed his Fifth Amendment right to remain silent during a police interrogation by passing passing gas instead of answering questions.

A detective interrogating 24-year-old Sean A. Sykes Jr. decided to cut him loose after holding him for possession with intent to sell cocaine, possession of marijuana and two handguns.

One of the stolen guns was a .357 Magnum found inside Sykes vehicle.

During the interrogation, Sykes denied knowing anything about the guns or drugs he was accused of possessing.

The detective questioning Sykes noted in his report that when he asked for his address Sykes leaned to one side of his chair and release a loud fart before answering.

A federal detectives questioning Sean Sykes Jr. on gun and drugs charges ended his interrogation after Sykes continued to break wind violently instead of incriminating himself by answering his questions.

According to the Kansas City Star, Sykes continued to be flatulent and the detective ended the interview prematurely.

Mr. Sykes continued to be flatulent and I ended the interview, the detective noted in his report.

Sykes was in a car that police searched on September 1 where they found a backpack containing the drugs.

After being taken into custody, Sykes farts managed to bring the interrogation, and charges against him, to a halt.

Charges related to the September 1 drugs and weapons charges were never filed.

However, Sykes luck apparently ran out when he was pulled over by police on November 5.

Kansas City police officers searched Sykes vehicle again and reportedly found crack cocaine, marijuana and a stolen handgun.

After being caught for the second time, Sykes is now being held in custody on possession charges.

The detectives report surfaced when Mr. Sykes made an initial court appearance on Monday, November 6.

He remains in custody pending a future hearing where his bond amount will be determined.

Hes currently charged with being a felon in possession of three firearms and possession with intent to sell cocaine.

According to the...


TPP 11 critical analysis from experts and Fairfax media "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Conversation features critical analysis from Pat Ranald, Deborah Gleeson,  Belinda Townsend  and others  about what has and hasnt changed in the TPP11 after the ministerial meetings last week. See also Peter Martin's article in Fairfax media.




Aust to help lead aid efforts for Rohingya "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

More than 600,000 Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar have fled to Bangladesh, following military atrocities that the United Nations has dubbed a text book case of ethnic cleansing.

Myanmars army has released a report denying all allegations of mass rape and killings by security forces.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull held private talks with Myanmars de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi on the margins of the East Asia Summit in Manila.

Later during an address to assembled leaders he expressed concerns for the welfare of victims of the violence.

Its understood he told leaders he welcomed Ms Suu Kyis efforts to resolve the crisis and heaped praise on Indonesias diplomacy efforts.

A Nobel Peace Prize winner, Ms Suu Kyi has come under fire from the international community over her handling of the crisis.Myanmar is predominately Buddhist and Rohingya people do not have citizenship and the government considers them as illegal migrants from Bangladesh.

The country is making a rocky transition to a civilian government after 49 years of military rule.

The Turnbull government last week announced a four week fundraising campaign for aid agencies responding to the humanitarian crisis.

The government will match public donation of up to $5 million to the Australian Red Cross and the United Nations refugee arm.

The government has pledged $30 million in emergency funds since September.Australias military is continuing defence cooperation with Myanmar despite the United Kingdom and United States issuing a ban.

Military assistance is worth almost $400,000 and involves training in humanitarian assistance, disaster relief, peace keeping and English classes.

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NZ to give $NZ3m to Manus, Nauru refugees "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Jacinda Ardern, the new prime minister of New Zealand.

Jacinda Ardern, the new prime minister of New Zealand.

New Zealand will spend $NZ3 million ($A2.7 million) to provide essential services for refugees and asylum seekers on Manus Island and Nauru while still putting pressure on Australia to accept an offer to resettle 150 people.

NZ Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern revealed the spend after a second conversation in two days with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull over Canberras handling of the issue.

Meetings have also been held by officials from both sides and the Kiwis will begin work to expedite processing if and when the offer is taken up.

That is more progress than New Zealand has seen on the offer, first made by former prime minister John Key four years ago, in some time, Ms Ardern said.

But its still expected to take around five months to process and resettle any refugees sent to New Zealand and there remains a need to care for those on the islands in the interim, she said.

We intend to work with Papua New Guinea and other agencies like the International Red Cross to financially support them with any additional needs that they may need to be met while those refugees remain on the island, she announced in Manila late on Tuesday night (local time).

Australia is aware of that spend and Ms Ardern said she imagined they would be pleased rather than embarrassed to see New Zealand stepping in to assist with a resolution.

Meanwhile New Zealands offer has strong support from within the parliament.

The Senate passed a motion on Tuesday afternoon calling on Mr Turnbull to accept New Zealands offer.

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has also urged Mr Turnbull to reconsider.

Ms Ardern has spoken to Mr Shorten about the offer, most recently in passing several weeks ago.

Ive seen public statements from him so Ive seen his position on it but obviously were working with the Australian government on the issue, she said.

The offer was first made to Labor prime minister Julia Gillard, who rejected it.

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Keating warns of China-US relationship "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Former prime minister Paul Keating. AAP Image/POOL/Mick Tsikas

Former prime minister Paul Keating. AAP Image/POOL/Mick Tsikas

Paul Keating warns Australias greatest challenge will be determined by how the relationship between China and the United States plays out over the next 20 years.

For Australia, there is no bigger threat than a breakdown of co-operation between the US and China, the former prime minister told the annual Committee for Economic Development of Australia dinner in Sydney on Tuesday.

We must do all we can to resist such an impasse, he said referring to escalation in tension between the two superpowers.

America is still and will remain our security alliance partner, the worlds predominant military power and a great democracy.

He told diners Australia had an overwhelming interest in making sure the two powerful states co-exist harmoniously.

Mr Keating said he believed the recent meeting between US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping to have been encouraging.

During this meeting Mr Trump referred to President Xi Jinping as a great friend and said the Chinese people should be proud to have him as their leader.

Despite the appearance of a growing bromance, Mr Keating said there was no real evidence of progress on the key issues of the USs massive trade imbalance or North Koreas nuclear program.

He said Australia had no interest in publicly or privately encouraging the US or China down the path of crude economic nationalism.

Mr Keating said in government he had been committed to market reforms but always alongside the economic and social imperatives of inclusion and justice.

However the US lacked this balance.

We can see in America today what the loss of these balances means, watching the extremes of income and wealth rip at the fabric of American society.

As time has passed we can see how superior Australias model under Labor has been.

However Mr Keating added despite Australias prosperity he had a growing concern for income distribution is becoming more unequal and our wealth distribution much more so.

The post...


Vaccine could give hope to cancer patients "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Australian researchers are working on a revolutionary vaccine to help people in their fight against breast and gastric cancer.

The vaccine, developed by Melbourne-based biopharmaceutical company Imugene, is designed to treat patients with higher-than-normal levels of the HER2 protein which can cause cancer to become more aggressive.

Imugenes chief scientific officer Ursula Wiedermann said the vaccine helps stimulate a patients immune system to fight the cancer and could in future be used in combination with chemotherapy, radiation and other treatments.

Repeated doses of the vaccine would continue to be given to patients to help keep cancer at bay.

Its like tetanus, you need a booster vaccine to keep the memory of the immune system activated, Prof Wiedermann told News Corp.

The HER-vaxx is currently being trialled among gastric cancer patients in Asia.

The HER2 protein, also known as human epidermal growth factor receptor 2, helps cells grow and divide.

But when too much of the protein is produced in the body it can cause cancer to grow faster and spread.

About one in five people have HER2-positive breast cancer.

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Mulching program could kill Brunswick Heads cypress pines "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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

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

The Trust managing the Terrace Reserve Holiday Park in Brunswick Heads have again been accused of attempting to kill off protected trees to increase their commercial camping activities.

On November 8, resident Patricia Warren told The Echo that mulch had been dumped around the vulnerable trees, which is at odds with the advice of Byron Shire Councils ecology report and that of a local native nursery.

In reply, the CEO of the government-owned NSW Crown Holiday Parks Trust (NSWCHPT), Steve Edmonds, told The Echo that since gaining advice from their arborist on the mulching, they have since ceased works.

Mark Dunphy of Firewheel Rainforest Nursery told The Echo, These cypress trees grow in sand and are not used to being mulched. Its definitely not a good thing and could well kill them.

Additionally, a spokesperson from the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) confirmed with The Echo OEH received the notification on the matter from Byron Shire Council and is investigating.

The Echo asked NSWCHPT if there is a report that supports mulching and whether seedlings have been planted as compensation for the removal of two Coastal Cypress Pines.

NSWCHPT CEO Steve Edmonds replied, The Terrace Reserves vegetation management plan recommends that to maximise the lifespan of existing trees, mulch should be applied to the critical root zone of the Coastal Cypress Pines as this would decrease competition from grasses and maintain soil moisture and fertility.

This vegetation management plan was prepared by environmental consultants in 2011 and was referred to in the parks plan of management, which was adopted in 2014.

This vegetation management plan is the document which has been adopted to provide guidance in managing the Coastal Cypress Pines at Terrace Reserve amongst other vegetation within...


Market Talk- November 14, 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

All core markets finished lower in Asia today, with the possible exception of the Nikkei that closed almost unchanged. The Hang Seng closed small down but was Shanghai that lost -0.5% which after the data was actually not that bad! Today we saw Industrial Production, Retail Sales and Investment Spending and it was the talk for the day as it appears the government crack-down on debt is well underway. Industrial Production fell 0.1% short of expectations at 6.2%, Retail Sales at 10% and Investment from 9.2% down to just 5.6 in October. However, even given todays data releases China will comfortably meet the governments 6.5% projections. The Resources decline hindered the Australian ASX with a near 1% fall on the day. The SENSEX did open better but was pulled lower by all other markets. Eventually, after a brief attempt to rally mid-afternoon, the index closed on its days low -0.3%.

Early talk was of the declining price of cable, trading around 1.3050 (-0.5%) at one stage after UK inflation data was released. A 3% print is not matching the scare that the BOE warned may print, but I guess it saves on the price of a postage stamp! Sterling did recover towards the end of the day after rumours that BREXIT offers may require approval but also US tax delays could hinder dollar strength. The Euro traded well all day after German GDP rose 0.8% , well above the 0.6% forecast. This figure however did not help Europes core equity indices however, as both DAX and CAC saw declines of around -0.4%. FTSE finished almost unchanged whilst Spains IBEX closed the weaker of the bunch down -0.6%.

GE was again the headline conversation for US markets with an 8% decline yet again today. The days lows were hit early and the remainder a result prices actually recovered. It did look scary at one stage mid morning but the worst was over. There is still uncertainty surrounding tax proposals and its this lack of clarity that markets fear. The Producer Prices were a welcome sign and again this encourages more curve flattening.

2s closed 1.69% (+1bp), 10s 2.38% (-3bp), 30s 2.83% (-4bp), Bunds 0.39% (-2bp), France 0.75% (-3bp), Italy 1.81% (-1bp), Greece 5% (+2bp), Turkey 11.98% (u/c), Portugal 1.95% (-1bp)...



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JUMPING JUNIPER, ITS GIN CLUB "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Mill House has set up Gin Club and believe me, this is a club you want to neb part of.

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Supporting survivors of childhood sexual abuse "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Hearfelt house in Wollongbar, Lismore. Photo supplied.

Hearfelt house in Wollongbar, Lismore. Photo supplied.

Supporting a survivor of childhood sexual abuse as a partner, friend, non-offending parent, sibling, work colleague, family member or adult child of a survivor can often leave people feeling helpless in knowing what is going on and how to support them, said Heidi Tornow, program development coordinator for Heartfelt House near Lismore.

Eyes Wide Open is a seminar aimed at helping the people in a relationship with an adult survivor of childhood sexual abuse, from a partner or work colleague to family members, to both understand and help the person they love and care for.

Children feel deeply betrayed when a trusted adult sexually abuses them. Their sense of safety is shattered and they often feel intense shame and guilt and that it was their fault that the abuse took place, said Heidi.

This can and often does continue into adulthood, affecting their capacity to have fulfilling relationships and friendships. Many decide to rather live in isolation than admitting to someone they care about, what has happened to them.

People who are in the immediate environment of a survivor truly care about their partner/ friend/ sibling/ adult daughter or son but feel often helpless in knowing what is going on and how to support them.

The seminar aims to creating understanding of the myths around child sexual abuse, grooming, coping strategies and potential ways  to support survivors in empowering ways.

Seminars are run twice a year and there are four places left for the upcoming seminar this Saturday, November 18. Bookings are essential and can be made on 6628 8940.

Adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse are invited to contact Heartfelt House to apply for participation in its 18-week group program Taking the First Steps. For more information you can look them up online ...


Man charged over Pacific Motorway double fatality "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The driver of a vehicle that crashed, killing two passengers, in the Tweed earlier this year has now been charged.

About 4.20pm on Sunday, August 13, police were called to the Pacific Motorway, Cudgera Creek, following reports a silver Toyota Camry had left the roadway and collided with a cement bridge and landed in a culvert.

Officers from Tweed/Byron Local Area Command and NSW Ambulance paramedics attended; however, two women, aged 64 and 46, both died at the scene.

A 47-year-old man and a 14-year-old boy were treated at the scene and airlifted to Gold Coast University Hospital with non life threatening injuries.

Police from the Richmond Crash Investigation Unit commenced an investigation resulting in a 47-year-old man attending Tweed Heads Police Station yesterday (Tuesday, November 14).

He was charged with dangerous driving occasioning death and negligent driving occasioning death.

He was refused bail and put before Tweed Heads Local Court where he was granted bail.

His next court appearance is scheduled for January 17.



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Byron Council seeks to resolve Broken Head parking issue "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Beachgoers parking along the sides of Seven Mile Beach Road hindered emergency services' access to an injured man on Sunday (September 24). Photo Ian Cohen

Beachgoers parking along the sides of Seven Mile Beach Road hindered emergency services access to an injured man on Sunday, September 24. Photo Ian Cohen

The issue between residents along Seven Mile Beach Road, Broken Head, who want limited to no parking, and those wanting access to the beaches was tabled at Councils November 2 meeting.

Director infrastructure services Phil Holloway told councillors that they have been working with residents for some time on the issue and the current signs were replaced after the signs were vandalised.

It happens nearly on a weekly basis, he said. We had meetings with RMS, police and residents and have developed an action plan. Putting rocks along the road deters parking, he said, which is needed in case of an emergency.

While he said the signage replacement was originally a direction from the local traffic committee (LTC), Mr Holloway did admit that We werent using the LTC as a sounding board for every range of issue that could occur on that road.

Meanwhile, mayor Simon Richardson told the chamber he congratulates staff for coming to an outcome. 

Its one of the most biodiverse regions in the state, he said. The dust on the road has serious impacts residents have asked for it to be a closed road. The risk of bushfire is high. Staff are in a bind.

Yet the mayor did acknowledge that, We havent communicated before acting.

This [issue] hasnt gone out in the public its been a response to the residents. They are a persistent group.

Cr Sarah Ndiayes motion was eventually supported, which asks staff to provide a report on the current issues facing the Seven Mile Beach community and the Broken Head nature reserve and indicative costings and consi...


Local preschools receive infrastructure grants "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Byron Bay Preschool. Photo Byron4Kids

Byron Bay Preschool. Photo Byron4Kids

Byron Bay, Lismore and Goonellabah preschools will benefit from recent NSW government infrastructure grants.

Parliamentary secretary for northern NSW Ben Franklin (Nationals) said the Start Strong grants will go towards constructing a new building at Byron Bay Preschool, a new room at Goonellabah Preschool and a purpose built flood resilient structure at Lismore Preschool.

He said, The north coasts future doctors, teachers and lawyers are being shaped in our preschools as we speak, so it really is an investment in the future of our community. 

The government press release claims that the grants build on their recent announcement that preschool fees in NSW have reduced by an average of 25 per cent, following an historic investment of $330 million to ensure more children have access to 600 hours of quality, affordable early childhood education. 

But local NSW MP Tamara Smith (Greens) told The Echo, The Start Strong funding is purely for infrastructure, so there is no evidence it will reduce fees.

NSW spends the lowest amount per child as a percentage of state expenditure; NSW has the lowest proportion of spending in the country at 0.4 per cent.

Parents in NSW have to pay more than any other state to access preschool services, so its no wonder we also have the lowest participation rate and lowest attendance rate in preschool for children in the year before starting school.

The government is aiming for 15 hours per week at preschool in the year before school, when most children are aged four, but many other countries have free, full-time early childhood education for two years before school so NSW is a mile behind.

We have a lot of ground to make up, and providing infrastructure grants alone will not address the extent to which our children need to catch up to their peers in other states and other countries.



Twitter colludes with Dems, leaks Trump Jr./Wikileaks DMs - Trump Jr. responds by releasing the whole exchange, proving there's nothing to it "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Twitter continues to show its liberal left teeth, undermining its own terms and privacy in an effort to derail Trump's presidency. The Atlantic published private messages between Wikileaks and Trump Jr. under the headline and excerpt... "The Secret Correspondence Between Donald Trump Jr. and WikiLeaks" The transparency organization asked the president's son for his cooperation - in sharing its work, in contesting the results of the election, and in arranging for Julian Assange to be Australia's ambassador to the United States. The Atlantic notes that, "The messages, obtained by The Atlantic, were also turned over by Trump Jr.'s lawyers to congressional investigators."


Another False Flag Shooting In California-The Official Narrative Is Already Changing "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Another False Flag Shooting In California-The Official Narrative Is Already Changing

Question:  Psst, How do you know the Californial school shooting is a false flag?
  Answer: Because the story keeps changing and now we know there is only one shooter when it was clearly reported it was two shooters.

My heart goes out to the people of Corning, California, the victims and their families for yet another horrific event involving mass murder.

After the Vegas Massacre, I predicted we were going to see false flag events involving (1) malls, (2) churces and (3) schools. Since that prediction just over a week a go, we have had mass murder events perpetrated at two of the three venues.

After the false flag in Sutherland Springs, TX., Paul Preston of Agenda 21 Radio accurately predicted that the next event would be at a California school. Unfortunately, Paul was correct.

The Common Sense Show is calling on authorities across the nation to recognize that our nation is at war with domestic terrorists. Every school, mall and church needs to be guarded by people who are armed. 

We know that the Vegas Massacre was carried out by more than one shooter. We know that the Texas church shooting was carried out by more than one shooter. We know that the recent California school shooting was carried out by 2 men. However, in each case the federal authorities are attempting to control the narrative and falsely report that the presence of one shooter for each of the evvents. Why? Because two or more shooters implies a conspiracy. A conspiracy would be tied to a motive and the true motives behind these events must remain hidden for the events to have their desired effect. What effect would that be? These events are being inspired and executed by forces formed by George Soros. The purpose is to create so much chaos, that the UN, as Fox News reported, would be allowed to police America in this time of national chaos.

If we ever allow this to happen, this would be the death blow to this country and its citizes.

Please note below from this first report from the scene of this afternoons shooting that 2 men were involved.

The Changing News Accounts...


November 14 Energy News geoharvey "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Opinion: Repair or Renovate? Puerto Rico Faces Stark Power Grid Options It has been 68 days since Hurricane Irma took down much of Puerto Ricos aging power grid and 54 days since Maria took the rest, leaving nearly all 3.4 million residents without electricity. Experts say the island is in desperate need of []

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US Senate Hearing on Restricting US Presidents Ability to Launch a Nuclear First Strike (Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017) "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Like Markey, an Irish-American US Senator from Massachusetts, but who then became US President: John Fitzgerald Kennedy. Massachusetts Senator Markey Welcomes Senate Hearing on Presidential Authority to Order the Use of Nuclear Weapons Thursday, November 9, 2017. Has introduced legislation to limit U.S. presidents ability to conduct a nuclear first strike without prior authorization from []

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The Gary Null Show 11.14.17 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Today is November 14th and like always The Gary Null Show is here to inform you on the best news in health, healing, the environment and all things political around the world. On this episode Gary has elizabeth on the phone to answer all of your health questions you have been emailing in to Gary also has a commentary from ...

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Nuclear Cattle: Film on Fukushima farmers hits cinema screens "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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A documentary film on the struggles of cattle farmers in the wake of the Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant disaster in 2011 has been released across the country.
Nuclear Cattle, directed by Tamotsu Matsubara, 58, focuses on the farmers response after the government ordered them to slaughter livestock exposed to radiation due to the disaster.
Matsubara spent about five years making the film, repeatedly returning to affected areas in Fukushima Prefecture from June 2011 onward, capturing the thoughts of the cattle farmers.
People whose voices arent normally heard often ring the truest, Matsubara says, referring to the people he met.
As a consequence of the disaster, the farmers have been unable to sell cattle exposed to radiation, and are also losing money on food for the animals. Yet in some cases, they continue to keep the cows.
Among those featured in the film is

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US Atomic Veterans Who Helped Out During Fukushima Lawsuit Against TEPCO For Radiation Exposure (USS Ronald Reagan) "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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On the afternoon of March 12, the day following the earthquake, Plaintiffs arrived off the coasts of Fukushima Prefecture aboard the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Ronald Reagan and other vessels to provide humanitarian aid. Plaintiffs allege that TEPCO promulgated false information regarding the extent of the damage to the FNPP, misleading the public, Japanese officials, and the U.S. military. They allege that TEPCOs management publicly announced that there was no danger to those participating in Operation Tomodachi, despite knowing that there was a risk of radiation exposure. Plaintiffs claim that they and U.S. military officials were unaware of the extent of the radiation leak and that they would not have been deployed as close to the FNPP had TEPCO been forthcoming about the damage. They further allege that the U.S. military would not ordinarily discover such radiation absent sufficient warning. On March 14, two days after their

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Sun shines on cycle challenge "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

First across the line in what was a challenging training ride for these experienced riders were, from left, Dwaine Weston of Traralgon, Jason Strickland Traralgon, Clem Fries Phillip Island, Ben Challis ex-Leongatha now Narre Warren, David Gafa Traralgon and Matt Vanint Melbourne. m734617

There was plenty to do at the 7th annual Bass Coast Cycle Challenge in Inverloch last Sunday with a number of running distances also offered for adults and children. m724617

Among the drivers in the billy cart racing at the Bass Coast Cycle Challenge were Emma, Simon and Erin. m844617

There was time to take in the coastal scenery for these two riders participating in the Bass Coast Cycle Challenge. m744617


EU to stop radiation check on Fukushima rice etc. "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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The European Commission shows that once more it does not give a damn about the health of the European, this time by lifting the restrictions and controls on the Fukushima products, rice, some fishes and seafood!!!


The problem is it might not even be clearly labelled  from Fukushima, and most of people in Europe are still quite ignorant of internal radiation thru contaminated produce.
The EU allows Chernobyl area berries and mushrooms to be labeled as organic. Fukushima rice should fit right in .
The European Union has decided to lift import control on some agricultural produce and seafood from Japanese prefectures affected by the 2011 Fukushima nuclear accident.
Currently, food products from 13 Japanese prefectures remain under control even after gradual easing by the EU. These products cannot enter EU nations without a radiation safety certificate to prove the

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Golf tournament a golden vein for local charity "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Anthony Magarry from Lismore City Council, a member of the Local Government Charity Golf Day organising committee, and Our Kids fundraising coordinator Rebekka Battista with the new AccuVein AV400, which helps medical professionals find veins easier and administer needles to children more efficiently. Photo supplied.

Anthony Magarry from Lismore City Council, a member of the Local Government Charity Golf Day organising committee, and Our Kids fundraising coordinator Rebekka Battista with the new AccuVein AV400, which helps medical professionals find veins easier and administer needles to children more efficiently. Photo supplied.

For thirty-five years the annual Local Government Charity Golf Day has been raising money for charity and this year they exceeded their target by $2,000 and raised a whopping $11,000. The money has been donated to Our Kids, enabling the charity to purchase three pieces of life-saving equipment for the emergency and paediatric departments at Lismore Base Hospital.

The golf day was attended by more than 145 golfers and this years target was to raise $9000 to purchase an AccuVein AV400 that digitally displays a map of the vasculature on the surface of the skin in real time, making administering needles to children more efficient and reduces discomfort.

This piece of equipment will help the medical team diagnose and treat our children and babies much better, Our Kids fundraising coordinator Rebekka Battista said.

This is will have such a big impact to our families in the region.

Rebekka explained that the extra $2000 would go toward purchasing other important items for mums and bubs in the Special Care Nursery at Lismore Base Hospital.

Two feeding armchairs are much needed in the new Special Care Nursery feeding room, Rebekka said.

This is where mums take the bub out of the humidicrib or cot and spend time with their little ones in privacy to give skin-to- skin treatment and breastfeed. At present there is no such chair, only an office chair, which has been uncomfortable for our mums who have just given birth.



A Climate Friendly Gippsland Business Black Rainbow Printing "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Charley Daniel, proprietor of Black Rainbow Printing, has been an environmental activist for most of his life. A natural part of his activism leading by example was the establishment of his printing business in 1987. Originally located in Gelantipy the business is now located just north of Bairnsdale at Mount Lookout. It is little known that in 2008 Black Rainbow was acknowledged as one of the top environmentally responsible printers in the worldwide Heidelberg International Eco Printing Awards.

The business is climate friendly for a number of reasons starting with the impressive array of solar panels which powers all of Black Rainbows operations. Associated with this is the use of 100% recycled paper in all the operations as part of the protection of native forests. Charley was amongst those small group of heroes tirelessly advocating for the preservation of native forests long before climate change was even recognised. He is well aware of the value of these forests as a carbon store and through his management and protection of 100 acres of native forest in East Gippsland. As a carbon sink the business is carbon negative that is it sequests more carbon than it produces.

A selection from the long list of other climate friendly credentials on his website includes: Australias first green printers, still setting international benchmarks for environmentally responsible printing; specialising in the use of recycled, alternative fibre and reclaimed papers and environmentally responsible stocks; Thoroughly research(ing) the origin of paper and the authenticity of manufacturers environmental claims; Fully recycle 100% of all paper waste in our paper recovery program; Reduce, re-use, recycle in all aspects of our business operations and lobbying paper manufacturers (1980s) to supply responsible stocks resulting in first Australian availability.

Of his recent extra activities Charley is the retiring secretary of the Gippsland Environment Group. On a personal note he has done a number of small printing jobs for me pamphlets, posters, How to Vote and Business Cards for my political candidacy (mostly as a climate independent) in various elections over the last few years. In this he has been competitive and generous in his time and labour.



Time is Running Out #StopAdani #Qldvotes #COP23 jpratt27 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Climate scientists warn time is running out to prevent global environmental collapse By Michael Edwards Time is running out to prevent a global environmental collapse thats the stark warning 15,364 of the worlds leading climate scientists have sent out. Key points: 15,364 scientists from 180 countries out their names to the BioScience journal []

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Mass Shooters are Disproportionately US Veterans "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Editorial Are veterans of the U.S. military disproportionately likely to be mass killers in the United States? Asking such a question is difficult, first because of concerns of profiling, discrimination, etc., and second, because its hard to answer.

Its important to answer because its important for us to know whether military training is contributing to this epidemic, a fact that (one must rush to say) would not somehow eliminate the roles played by gender, guns, mental illness, domestic violence, a violent culture, the mass media, economic inequality, or anything else.

Looking at this list of mass shootings in the United States, one notices the following:

  • ninety-eight percent of the shootings were done by male shooters;
  • the vast majority had mental health problems;
  • the racial breakdown looks roughly equivalent to that in the population as a whole;
  • the creators of the list have not bothered to create a thorough record of which shooters had been in the military.

Beginning to sort out an answer, one quickly discovers that many mass-killings by veterans have been excluded from this list. World War II veteran Howard Barton Unruh killed 13 people in 1949 in New Jersey, but that was too early to make it onto this list. Persian Gulf veteran Timothy McVeigh killed 168 in Oklahoma City in 1995 but didnt use guns. Persian Gulf veteran Robert Flores shot his three nursing professors in Tucson, Arizona, in 2002, but only killings of four or more have been included. The same restriction keeps out U.S. Marine Corps veteran Radcliffe Haughtons killing of three women in Wisconsin in 2012. Even the D.C. sniper, Persian Gulf veteran John Allen Muhammad, who killed 17 in the Washington, D.C., area in 2002, with a partner, and using guns, is not included perhaps because he didnt kill all of his victims at once.

Proceeding with this list nonetheless, we should be able to determine what percentage of the shooters on the list are veterans, and then compare that to the general population. But how exactly do we do that? It would be crazy to look at figures for the general population as opposed to those for men only, because the percentages of men and of women who are veterans are very different. And even looking at men only, the percentage who are veterans in the U.S. population varies dramatically by age group. Almost all of the shooters are men, and almost all of them are between ages 18 and 59. Above age 59, the percentage of men in the general population who are veterans leaps up dramatically. Between 18 and 59 by averaging the percentages for each age year about 1...


Study Shows: One Natural Practice Prevents SIDS in Over 60% of Cases. Yet No Country is Following These Guidelines "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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SIDs or sudden infant death syndrome is a devastating tragedy in the family: a perfectly healthy baby dying unexpectedly; and no scientist has so far being able to find a reason why. There are many theories that are being discussed, immunizations being one of them, but no conclusive answer has been discovered so far.

While the scientific community is looking for answers, SIDs continues to be the leading cause of deaths of children below the age of one; and every year, about 2,000 babies in the U.S. die from SIDS. In most cases, SIDS happens between the ages of two and four months.

What if many of these cases can be easily prevented?

A new study published in Pediatrics looked at over 2,200 SIDs cases and found out that it can be prevented in over half of the cases by doing what nature intended us to do breastfeeding.

Study: Reduce the Risk of SIDs by 64%

Scientists at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, examined 2,267 SIDs cases, along with 6,837 healthy babies, and found that SIDs can be prevented by breastfeeding alone.

By breastfeeding the baby for just two to four months, you may cut the risk of SIDs by 40%; for four to six months by 60%; and longer than 6 months by 64%.

The study also found that the amount of breastfeeding is irrelevant. Breast feeding can be supplemented by formula when needed, but researchers do encourage mothers to breastfeed exclusively for six months if possible.

Unfortunately, the United States has one of the lowest breastfeeding rates in the world, while New Zealand, the home of this study, has one of the highest.

But whether high or low rates, there is another guideline that not a single country in the world is following.

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Not a Single Country in The World Follows The WHO Guideline

The WHO confirms how important it is to breastfeed exclusively for the first six months, and with food supplementation for at least two years, and calls it a natural vac...


Talk Nation Radio: War Stories "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The late Eduardo Galeanos forthcoming book, Hunter of Stories, has five or ten sentences on each page each page a tiny story, their combination engaging and powerful. Galeano includes the story of a war resister who chose to die rather than kill, and that of an Iraqi who foretold and pre-grieved the 2003 looting of the National Museum, also the story of former drone pilot Brandon Bryant who quit after killing a child and being lied to that the child had been a dog, not to mention the story of the World War I Christmas truces. These are all true stories, some new and some familiar, all well documented elsewhere, but Galeano doesnt bother with the documentation here. He simply tells the stories extremely simply, he tells the stories. He inspires me to offer the following, and to search for more. If you have ideas for the very best incidents to recount that fit into the following pattern, please let me know. The stories here are meant, not to depict every aspect of war or peace, much less to cover the entire history of war and peace. Theres no need to send me the full list of thousands and millions of stories not included here. The stories below are meant to encourage questioning of war-thinking. Send me the best anecdotes that further that project please.

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MACKAY Drunken pie run lands man in court "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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1) NZ's Peters asked to help end Papua standoff "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

2) Unidentified gunmen attack Freeport car, injure one
4) Food Allotment for Papua Hostages Blocked by Armed Group: Police
5) Police Use Persuasive Approach to Face Armed Groups in Papua


1) NZ's Peters asked to help end Papua standoff

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New Zealand Foreign Minister Winston Peters is being asked to appeal to Jakarta to peacefully negotiate an end a stand off in Papua.


Jail Time and Debt Recovery using the powers vested in Senator Ryan, then Special Minister of State "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

It appears from the statements issued by a Senator Scott Ryan, then Special Minister of State, and Antony Green, the ABC guru on election matters, and Senator George Brandis, the Attorney-General, that they all consider those who fail the dual nationality test are liable to repay their salary and entitlements. This is hardly surprising since that is the law ! ABC: Citizenship saga: Why disqualified MPs and senators wont have to repay their salaries But how is it fair when taxpayers are forced to repay welfare debts all the time? That is a fair point. With eight MPs ensnared in the crisis, and possibly more to come, the government could in theory claim back millions of dollars in salaries


Australias same-sex marriage postal survey: 61.6% YES, 38.4% no live "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Read here Andrew Wilkie: Community says YES to same-sex marriage While the LGBTI community should never have been subjected to this costly and divisive postal vote in the first place, Im delighted that a yes vote has been returned, Mr Wilkie said. This is a win for those whove worked tirelessly to end the discrimination in the Marriage Act. Its also a win for the thousands of same-sex couples who just want to have the same rights as everyone else. But the fight isnt over. Malcolm Turnbull must reject the disgusting bill being circulated by some conservative members of the Liberal Party, which would entrench new forms of discrimination and bigotry in Australian law Rodney Croome: Love wins the day as Tasmanians and Australians vote for equality


Do they do the "perp walk" in Israel? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

"The Australian casino owner James Packer and the Hollywood producer Arnon Milchan probably never imagined they would be running a free drinks delivery service for the Israeli prime minister and his wife. But when Sara Netanyahu called an assistant of...


A piece of Byron history set for renewal "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Business partners Phil Taylor and Parkway Drives Ben Gordon. Photo Jeff Dawson

Business partners Phil Taylor and Parkway Drives Ben Gordon. Photo Jeff Dawson

Ben Gordons latest project outside touring and recording with metalcore band Parkway Drive will soon be unveiled along Bangalow Rd.

Hes in the process of renovating Macs Milk Bar and hopes to be open by the beginning of December.

Ben says, When I initially saw that the building was for sale, my first thought was that it would be a real shame if a foreign investor or Sydney developer type ended up buying it and ripping it down or turning it into something the community didnt want.

Its an old iconic building that has been there for a long time so I felt compelled to try to protect it. I remember walking there after school and buying two-cent lollies in the early 90s.


We looked into the history of the building and found out that it has been a general store since 1947. It was built by Andy and June Blair for their son, who returned home from World War II.

Its had several different names in that time, such as Walls Store, Greys Store and it wasnt until the mid- 80s that it was named Macs Milk Bar. 

Weve tried to honour the building as much as possible by bringing it back to its original form using recycled materials from that same era, as well as putting a lot of thought and effort into small details.

Its been even more rewarding having my dad there to add his old-school touch, as he has been building and renovating houses in Byron for the last 50 years.

Main goals

Our main goals are to support locals, both customers and suppliers/producers, and to also be as environmentally conscious as possible. Everything from using recycled materials for the fit-out, to being solar powered, to having as little plastic as possible and also offering customer incentives for making an effort too.



The Quest for Security: Is it rational? has it actually made us safer? At what cost? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Download address to the Royal Society of Tasmania, by Saul Eslake, Independent Economist, and Vice-Chancellors Fellow, University of Tasmania, Government House, Hobart, 14th November 2017  


Major Projects Legislation will fast-track the cable car, skyscrapers and resorts in reserves "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Tasmanian Conservation Trust puts the Liberal and Labor parties on notice about the dangers of the State Governments Draft Land Use Planning and Approvals Amendment (Major Projects) Bill 2017(Major Projects Legislation), which will soon be tabled in the state parliament. The Major Projects Legislation is unacceptable and, if the state government insists on introducing it, the Legislative Council should refuse it, said TCT Director Peter McGlone


Antisemitism bill hearing reflects disagreement in Jewish community over dual loyalty "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

On November 7, the House Judiciary Committee held hearings over the Anti-Semitism Awareness Act, a bill that would broaden the definition of antisemitism to include criticism of Israel. If passed, the legislation would instruct the Department of Education to consider the State Departments definition of antisemitism when investigating educational institutions for discrimination under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act. The House Judiciary Committee heard testimonies in support of the bill from individuals representing institutions such as the Simon Wiesenthal Center and the Anti-Defamation League. Those who argued against the bill were Jewish Studies professors and representatives of advocacy groups.

During the question and answer portion of the hearing, an exchange between Rabbi Abraham Cooper of the Simon Wiesenthal Center and Dr. Barry Trachtenberg, the Chair of Jewish History at Wake Forest University, was revealing and rooted in American Jewish history. Trachtenberg argued that the State Departments definition of antisemitism was deeply flawed because it defines all accusations of American Jewish dual-loyalty as inherently antisemitic. By these standards, the ideas of Theodor Herzl could be defined as antisemitic. Herzl argued that because Jews represent one people, it is useless for them to be loyal to any other state but the proposed Jewish State. Rabbi Cooper seemed to misunderstand the argument, reflexively accusing Trachtenberg of providing cannon fodder for antisemites.

It is noteworthy that, in many ways, the exchange between Cooper and Trachtenberg mirrored the first time an American Jewish organization broached the topic of dual-loyalty after the establishment of Israel. The year 1949 marked United Jewish Appeals ingathering of the exiles campaign. This Zionist philanthropic effort aimed at supplying the new state of Israel with American Jewish immigrants. In response to these calls from American Zionists and Israeli leaders, the American Council for Judaism, a group of anti-Zionist German-American Reform Jews, stated that these calls could bring up the question of dual-loyalty among antisemites. In response, virtually every major American Jewish organization, acting through an umbrella organization called the National Community Relations Advisory Committee, accused the ACJ of fueling antisemitism. Virtually every major English and Yiddish language periodical in the American Jewish press ran the NCRAC condemnation of the ACJ. By 1950, the ACJ found itself blacklisted.

Why, after six years of relative tolerance of similar ACJ members statements, did American Jewish organizations react in such a way? I argue that during the height of the McCarthy era of American politics, the dual-loyalty charge took on added sensitivity for American Jews. Beyond the accusati...


Idiot Voters and Trolling the Internet: Russia, Social Media Giants and US Elections "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The program usually pokes fun, riddles and irks a fourth estate that has long given up the chase for verity.  Media Watch, after years of weather beaten but reliable service, remains Australias only real source of genuine critical comment about journalistic practice and its poorer practices. Over the years, it has exposed fictions, unearthed myths and lampooned incompetence.

Not, however, on this occasion. The November 13 program seemed to swallow the gruel on Russian interference in the US elections of 2016 with an un-ironic, unflinching insistence. Political figures from Congress and testimony from the Senate Judiciary Committee.  And, most of all, the US voter was made to look the fool.

Paul Barry, the host, explained that Russians were spreading dirt on Hillary Clinton, using stolen Democratic Party emails, which Russian intelligence offered to the Trump campaign in 2016.  Nothing is mentioned about any internal Democratic grievance, or dimension, that would have also fed this, not to mention the compromising accuracy of those emails.

What this program persistently emphasises is dirt more appropriately gold dust, be it to elector or Trump supporter that placed Clinton in a poor light.  Barry runs segments featuring a concerned Representative Adam Schiff, who claims to now know as a result of the guilty plea by Trump campaign foreign policy advisor, George Papadopoulos, that the Russians approached the Trump campaign as early as April of 2016, to inform them that they were in possession of dirt on Hillary Clinton in the form of thousands of stolen emails.

It soon becomes clear that Barry, and, in fact, the individuals he cites, consider the means of obtaining such material more significant than what it discloses.  Why, after all, bother about the awe inspiring deficiencies of the Democratic campaign, with its tarnished leader?

It then follows that what was also used in the US election was a grand binge of misinformation, which the US voter, scented ignoramus, is supposedly incapable of discerning.  In the two months up to polling day, Barry advances, Russian Twitter accounts put out 1.4 million tweets that were viewed 288 million times.  What influence, albeit unmeasured and ungauged!

Facebook, claims the grave Barry, also featured, with the company admitting to the Senate that between 2015 and 2017 one single Russian troll factory put out 80,000 Facebook posts that reached 126 million Americans.

Barry does, at the very least, note the minute portion of Russian sponsored ads on Facebook some 0.004 percent, though he goes on to claim, without any verifiable basis, that this was enough to stitch the election, given that Trump won the presidency by a handful of votes......


Hurts so good "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Good times roll

"You've never had it so good", in terms of Australian business conditions at least, suggests the National Australia Bank. 

Business conditions soared from +14 to +21 in October, the highest ever reading according to NAB's Business Survey. 

Trading conditions and profitability were positively through the roof.

"An extremely strong result" reported NAB's Alan Oster.


Why support Strong Towns? 6 members give their answers. "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

There are so many ways to apply Strong Towns principles and we see our members putting them into action across the country every day. Our members sit on city councils, they make planning decisions for their towns, they step up on behalf of their neighborhoods... In short, our members are involved in building strong towns at every level.

Join the movement

Here's why six members say they joined the movement and why they continue to support us today:

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Planners and engineers say they value Strong Towns' commitment to questioning the status quo and inspiring leaders in the field.

"I work as a planner, and I believe planners should always be in the habit of observing, questioning, and finding truth, in an arena often dominated by politics and ideology. Strong Towns keeps me observing and questioning."  ~ Chuen Ng, Lancaster, CA

"In my professional work, making cities more walkable, Strong Towns is a consistently excellent resource.  From the Black Friday parking lot photos, to No New Roads, the Growth Ponzi Scheme and the Curbside Chat.  It is helpful to have access to the resources, helpful to point other people to those resources, helpful to see what is happening across the country, and helpful to have such consistently excellent thought leadership." ~ Heyden Walker, Austin, TX



Humanitarian Crisis Escalates at Australias Refugee Detention Centre in Papua New Guinea "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

(GV)  A fully blown humanitarian crisis is unfolding in Papua New Guinea at the recently decommissioned Manus Island Regional Processing Centre, the much-criticised detention facility where for years Australia sent asylum seekers who had arrived to its shores by boat.

The centre was officially shut down at the end of October; in April 2016 the Papua New Guinea Supreme Court had ordered its closure after finding that the detention of asylum seekers there was illegal.

However, 600 asylum seekers have refused to be relocated to other facilities, citing fear of violence and distrust of authorities, and the same court has rejected an application to restore services such as electricity, health, food and water.

There are growing concerns for their safety:

There have been many incidents of violence against detainees including shots being fired into the camp, allegedly by members of the Papua New Guinea military.

The refugees have no reason to trust the Australian government

As explained in earlier Global Voices posts about the issue, Australias controversial policy deals with asylum seekers who arrive by boat by:

[] housing them in offshore detention centres on either Nauru or Papua New Guineas Manus Island, and turning those headed to Australia back. Those who are detained and their asylum claims accepted...


Activists Barricade #Perth Border Force Office in Solidarity With #Refugees on #Manus "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Today members of the Refugee Rights Action Network and Whistleblowers Activist Citizens Alliance Western Australia (WACA WA) have barricaded the doors to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection in Perth in solidarity with the men on Manus who have barricaded themselves inside the detention centre on Lombrum Naval Base in PNG.


Image: Perth earlier today. Image by Refugee Rights Action Network WA Facebook page.

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Activists Barricade Perth Border Force Office in Solidarity With Refugees on Manus

Australia. Today members of the Refugee Rights Action Network and Whistl...


Brian Houston of Hillsong will come out if Australia votes yes for gay marriage "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


Huff Post

What Time Will The Marriage Equality Survey Result Be Announced?

When, how and what will be announced on Wednesday.



The Revolutionary University: Remembering Communiqu from an Absent Future AB "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Recently, Antifas presence on campusmilitantly battling fascistic speakers and influenceshas given rise to key questions. How can we continue to radicalize the university? How can we turn it into an engine for revolutionary experimentation and coordination on a mass scale?


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The Revolutionary University: Remembering Communiqu from an Absent Future AB

Recently, Antifas presence on campusmilitantly battling fascistic speakers and influenceshas given rise to key questions. How can we continue to radicalize the university? How can we turn it into an engine for revolutionary experimentation and coordination on a mass scale?

To answer these questions, one of the most important things we can do is to retrieve from...


This seems like a big deal "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The folks at Big Science are again putting humanity on blast. Twenty-five years ago, they issued a dire warning, one that hasnt resulted in sustained, meaningful results:

Twenty-five years ago, the Union of Concerned Scientists and more than 1700 independent scientists, including the majority of living Nobel laureates in the sciences, penned the 1992 World Scientists Warning to Humanity (see supplemental file S1). These concerned professionals called on humankind to curtail environmental destruction and cautioned that a great change in our stewardship of the Earth and the life on it is required, if vast human misery is to be avoided.

On the twenty-fifth anniversary of their call, we look back at their warning and evaluate the human response by exploring available time-series data. Since 1992, with the exception of stabilizing the stratospheric ozone layer, humanity has failed to make sufficient progress in generally solving these foreseen environmental challenges, and alarmingly, most of them are getting far worse.

Is it too much to ask our beloved leaders to respond to this in a meaningful way? Lets say the media actually does this. In this dream scenario, they could really hold their feet to the fire be tenacious, refuse to accept non-answers, point out conflicts of interest, refute illogic, etc. It seems pretty important:

To prevent widespread misery and catastrophic biodiversity loss, humanity must practice a more environmentally sustainable alternative to business as usual. This prescription was well articulated by the worlds leading scientists 25 years ago, but in most respects, we have not heeded their warning. Soon it will be too late to shift course away from our failing trajectory, and time is running out. We must recognize, in our day-to-day lives and in our governing institutions, that Earth with all its life is our only home.

None of this should be news to readers of this site. But the paper appears to be exceptionally noteworthy:

We have been overwhelmed with the support for our article and thank the more than 15,000 signatories from all ends of the Earth (see supplemental file S2 for list of signatories). As far as we know, this is the most scientists to ever co-sign and formally support a published journal article.

Worth pondering is what to do when legal means of halting our death march continue to fail. Sure there are small victories here and there for example, the article notes the decline in the manufacturing pf ozone depleting substances. B...


Open Letter to the Director of United States Department of State "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Submitted to Operation Disclosure

To: Director of United States Department of State Seattle Passport Agency 2nd letter November 8, 2017 first letter dated October 21, 2017 and attached.


Notice to the agent is notice to the Principal and so forth. I do lawful not legal and this is my best effort.

A reply to a communiqu from your department dated 10/31/2017 a trick or treat response that does not provide due process.

Take heed. It is on the record in Federal District Court Portland, Oregon that I am an American State National an Oregonian. A non US citizen. Un-rebutted on the record stands as fact.

Thank you for the return of my birth certificate. I was born on Nevada, currently an Oregonian, being denied a non US citizens passport. I deny there is any evidence to justify withholding my passport... Whoever issues passports; assumes the obligation to abide by governing law, not quote a Nationality act dated 14 years after my birth on Nevada. Your word art is expos facto. I was a US citizen during my hitch in the U.S. Navy. 3 years, 11 months and 28 days. I loved it. That was a temporary situation. I also applied for and obtained a US citizen type passport and used it for many years. In Europe and all over the Americas, it has expired. I even answered up in court to RONALD CHARLES VROOMAN are you a citizen of the US?.. Yes your Honor.

What about my right to expatriate?

I discovered the fraud and I am taking all the bastards to court. The Portland court cannot provide an Article III court. I moved my cases to district court DC. A minion or robot of yours sent to me an unsigned letter addressed to me and I received it. I have rebutted it. One cannot un-ring the bell.
The U.S. citizens [citizens of the District of Columbia] residing in one of the states of the union, are classified as property of franchises of the federal government as an individual entity Wheeling Steel Corp. v Fox, 298 U.S.193, 80 L. ED 1143 , 56 S.CT. 773

You will comply with your Constitutional oath and provide me with a passport as an Oregonian, a born national state man with bloodlines from the Revolution, as a direct descendant from a Father and Son they fought for New York. Bloodline landed on America 1664; from the several states.
You may also state your evidence of due cause to deny me due process. I deny you have any such evidence.

You have 21 days from the date of this letter to respond with a passport. With full faith and credit. This is an enumerated responsibility.

Should you choose to ignore my lawful demand? I will obtain your name and make you a defendant in....


Duterte berates Canadas Trudeau at end of Philippines summit "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

MANILA (Reuters) Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte attacked Canadas Justin Trudeau at the end of a summit of Asian and Western nations for raising questions about his war on drugs, a topic skirted by other leaders, including U.S. President Donald Trump.

At the traditional news conference by the host nation at the end of the summit on Tuesday, Duterte was asked how he had responded to the Canadian prime minister raising the issue of human rights and extra-judicial killings in his anti-drugs drive.

I said I will not explain. It is a personal and official insult, the Philippines president said in the course of a rambling answer, although he did not refer to Trudeau by name.

I only answer to the Filipino. I will not answer to any other bullshit, especially foreigners. Lay off.

Earlier in the day, Trudeau told a news conference that during his meeting with Duterte the president was receptive to my comments and it was throughout a very cordial and positive exchange.

Human rights activists had been hoping that leaders at the summit, including Trump, would raise the issue of the thousands of users and small-time pushers killed in the campaign that was launched by Duterte after he took office in mid-2016.

His government says the police act in self-defense during drug-busts, but critics say executions are taking place with no accountability.

There was no pressure from Trump on the drugs war when he met Duterte on Monday and the U.S. president later said the two had a great relationship.

A joint statement after the meeting only said the two sides underscored that human rights and the dignity of human life are essential, and agreed to continue mainstreaming the human rights agenda in their national programs.

Duterte cursed Trumps predecessor, Barack Obama, last year for raising concerns about the war on drugs and he subsequently declared that he was breaking ties with the United States, a close ally of the Philippines since World War Two. The relationship appears to have got back on track after the bonhomie between him and Trump.

Trudeau also said that he raised the issue of the exodus of Rohingya during a meeting with Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi, another sensitive topic bypassed by most other leaders, although he did not mention the Muslim minority by name.

This is a tremendous concern to Canada and to many, many countries around the world, he said.


The government in mostly-Buddhist Myanmar regards the Rohingya as illegal immigrants from Bangladesh and does not recognize the term.




So what is Saudi Arabia on about???

Why she they withdraw.they beat ISIS out of there fair and squareso whats the problem?????

Russia has never promised the US and Israel a withdrawal of Iranian forces from Syria, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov announced on November 14. He added that the presence of Iranian forces in the country is legitimate.

Thus, the Israeli media reports about some Russian-Israeli-US deal on the issue appeared to be fake news as it had been expected.

Lavrov directly denied reports that the once again announced US-Russian ceasefire agreement in southern Syria included a Russian commitment to ensure that Iranian-backed forces would be withdrawn from Syria.

The minister stated that the Iranian presence in Syria is legitimate and added that the United States posed the biggest threat in Syria.

If you look at who is the greatest danger, its just the wards of the United States, various foreign terrorists, militants who are attached to those groups of armed opposition that the US supports, Lavrov said.

Earlier, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the Israeli side has informed the Russians and the Americans that Israeli forces will continue to take action in Syria according to its interests despite any ceasefire. Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman also promised to destroy the alleged Iranian military base, which is under construction in Syria. However, its clear that Tel Aviv will not get a Russian support in its efforts to limit the Shia influence in the country.

The video below was originally released on March 28, 2017. However, it still provides a comprehensive answer why the Syrian-Iranian-Russian alliance remains strong.



Novice Surfer Masters a pro Move: Punching a Shark to Escape "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A novice surfer mastered a pros move on the first try: He punched a shark on the nose to escape its jaws.

The attack Monday afternoon off the Australian coast left Charlie Fry with superficial puncture wounds on his right shoulder and upper arm.

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How a Failed Drug War Will Defeat Trumps Afghanistan Adventure "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

After nine months of confusion, chaos, and cascading tweets, Donald Trumps White House has finally made one thing crystal clear: the U.S. is staying in Afghanistan to fight and so they insist win. The killers need to know they have nowhere to hide, that no place is beyond the reach of American might, said the president in August, trumpeting his virtual declaration of war on the Taliban. Overturning Barack Obamas planned (and stalled) drawdown in Afghanistan, Secretary of Defense James Mattis announced that the Pentagon would send 4,000 more soldiers to fight there, bringing American troop strength to nearly 15,000.

In October, as that new mini-escalation was ramping up, the CIA leaked to the New York Times news of a complementary covert surge with lethal drone strikes and highly experienced Agency paramilitary teams being dispatched to hunt and kill Taliban guerrillas, both ordinary fighters and top officials. This is unforgiving, relentless, intoned CIA Director Mike Pompeo, promising a wave of extrajudicial killings reminiscent of the Agencys notorious Phoenix Program during the Vietnam War. CIA paramilitary officers, reported the Times, will lead Special Forces operatives, both Afghan and American, in expanded counterterrorism operations that, in the past, have been accused of indiscriminately killing Afghan civilians. In short, its game on in Afghanistan.

After 16 years of continuous war in that country, the obvious question is: Does this new campaign have any realistic chance of success, no less victory? To answer that, another question must be asked: How has the Taliban managed to expand in recent years despite intensive U.S. operations and a massive air campaign, as well as the endless and endlessly expensive training of Afghan security forces? After all, the Afghan War is not only the longest in U.S. history, but also one of the largest, peaking at 101,000 American troops in country during President Obamas surge of 2010-2011.


Thinking About the Taliban



Indonesian Instagrammer Faces Prison Time for Meme "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

(HRW)  Dyann Kemala Arrizzqis Instagram feed is filled with her travel photos, demonstrations of her prowess at traditional Balinese dance poses, and wry memes. But now the content of her Instagram feed may get her sent to an Indonesian prison.

Thats because police in Jakarta arrested her last week for posting an Instagram meme in September that purportedly violates the defamation article of Indonesias Internet Law and the Criminal Code, which allows for prosecution under criteria including ruining ones good name. The meme in question was a photoshopped picture of Setya Novanto, the speaker of Indonesias House of Representatives and chairman of the powerful Golkar party, showing him in a hospital bed hooked up to a respirator and heart monitor.

The Novanto meme is one of several that have circulated on social media in Indonesia that publicly ridicule the speakers reaction to corruption allegations leveled against him involving a massive graft case concerning US$175 million of lost state revenues. Suggesting that Novanto was unfit to be the target of the corruption probe, Golkar circulated a photo of him in a hospital bed suffering from apparent heart and kidney problems. That initial image has now sparked a host of copycat memes mocking the speaker.

Although a Jakarta court dismissed the corruption charges against Novanto last month, he has continued to respond to these memes by reporting a total of 68 Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter account holders for criminal defamation, including Arrizzqi. If convicted, she faces a maximum penalty of four years in prison. Police have yet to file charges against other individuals who Novanto has reported.



Longest sauropod dinosaur trackway discovery "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

This video says about itself:

3 September 2012

Huge sauropods footprints from the late Jurassic plus tridactyls trackways Plagne, French Jura150 millions years ago!

From CNRS in France:

Worlds longest sauropod dinosaur trackway brought to light

November 13, 2017

In 2009, the worlds largest dinosaur tracks were discovered in the French village of Plagne, in the Jura Mountains. Since then, a series of excavations at the site has uncovered other tracks, sprawling over more than 150 meters. They form the longest sauropod trackway ever to be found. Having compiled and analyzed the collected data, which is published in Geobios, scientists from the Laboratoire de Gologie de Lyon (CNRS / ENS de Lyon / Claude Bernard Lyon 1 University), the Laboratoire Magmas et Volcans (CNRS / Universit Clermont Auvergne / Universit Jean Monnet / IRD), and the Pterosaur Beach Museum conclude these tracks were left 150 million years ago by a dinosaur at least 35 m long and weighing no less than 35 t.

In 2009, when sauropod tracks were discovered in the French village of Plagne near Lyon the news went round the world. After two members of the Oyonnax Naturalists Society spotted them, scientists from the Paloenvironnements et Palobiosphre research unit (CNRS / Claude Bernard Lyon 1 University) confirmed these tracks were the longest in the world. Between 2010 and 2012, researchers from the Laboratoire de Gologie de Lyon supervised digs at the site, a meadow covering three hectares. Their work unearthed many more dinosaur footprints and trackways. It turns out the prints found in 2009 are part of a 110-step trackway that extends over 155 m a world record for sauropods, which were the largest of t...


Srimonti Sarkar, an Evolutionary Cell Biologist Fascinated With a Peculiar Microorganism "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Cell biologists like Sarkar are fascinated by Giardia, not only because it is pathogenic but also because of the toolkit it uses to go through life.

Srimonti Sarkar

Srimonti Sarkar.

Animals such as mice, monkeys and humans are commonly termed by scientists as higher organisms, owing to their apparent complexity when compared to the lower micro-organisms like bacteria, viruses and protozoa. This is one of Srimonti Sarkars biggest pet peeves. I dont like the term higher; we use it only because those are the systems we are more familiar with, said the evolutionary cell biologist at Bose Institute in Kolkata. Her annoyance is unsurprising.

Giardia  fears and fascination

The small size of microbes makes them anything but inferior. The fact that they are are able to do so many life processes with so little frames, answers the questions behind most of the worlds cell biology research. For example, why does Giardia lamblia, Sarkars organisms of choice, have two nuclei?

Giardia infection is one of the leading causes of protozoa-caused diarrhoea in the world, even more than an amoeba. At any given time, 200 million individuals on Earth are infected, said Sarkar. But cell biologists like Sarkar are fascinated by Giardia, not only because it is pathogenic but also because of the toolkit it uses to go through life. This protozoan is made of just one cell (humans have trillions) and it lacks c...


Anyone else in Cairns having problems with Optus NBN internet? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Hey fellow Cairns dwellers, I currently live in Westcourt and Im just wondering if anyone else is having problems with Optus NBN as well like I am. Currently, I keep getting network dropouts that happen at least 5 times a day and last for at least 2 hours. This has been going on for a good couple of months and I had similar problems when I had NBN first installed just last year. My network is also Fiber To The Premisise so there shouldnt be any node or copper problems causing it. Im so tempted to just cancel my contract but thats going to cost me $500 dollars. So anyway, anyone else having problems with Optus NBN in cairns?

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On 15 November 2017 the far-right of both Coalition parties are going to attempt to scuttle genuine marriage equality in Australia "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Liberal senator James Patersons private members bill to protect religious freedoms would enshrine exceptionalism discriminating against gays. Gays would be allowed to marry, but anyone and everyone who wanted to deny them service would be legally allowed to do so. We dont tolerate such discrimination based on race or ethnicity. [Professor of Politics, University of Western Australia, Peter van Onselen writing in The Australian, 13 November 2017]

It comes as no surprise that this bill is being sponsored by that chinless wonder, former Institute of Public Affairs member and Liberal Senator for Victoria James William Paterson (pictured left).

The Australian, 13 November 2017:

A conservative-backed same-sex marriage bill enshrining wide-reaching shield laws for celebrants, businesses, educators, charities and parents opposed to gay marriage will be taken to the Coalition partyroom in a looming showdown over freedom of speech and religious protections....


International Criminal Court: cause and effect? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

As detailed in previous reporting, the Office has found that the information available provides a reasonable basis to believe that crimes under articles 7 and 8 of the Statute have been committed in the situation in Afghanistan, including crimes against humanity of murder under article 7(1)(a), and imprisonment or other severe deprivation of physical liberty under article 7(1)(e); murder under article 8(2)(c)(i); cruel treatment under article 8(2)(c)(i); outrages upon personal dignity under article 8(2)(c)(ii); the passing of sentences and carrying out of executions without previous judgement pronounced by a regularly constituted court under article 8(2)(c)(iv); intentionally directing attacks against the civilian population or against individual civilians under article 8(2)(e)(i); intentionally directing attacks against personnel, material, units or vehicles involved in a humanitarian assistance under article 8(2)(e)(iii); intentionally directing attacks against buildings dedicated to education, cultural objects, places of worship and similar institutions under article 8(2)(e)(iv); and treacherously killing or wounding a combatant adversary under article 8(2)(e)(ix). [International Criminal Court (ICC), The Office of the Prosecutor, Report on Preliminary Examination Activities (2015), p27]

It is hard not to suspect a link between the International Criminal Court and Austraiian Defence Force investigations, given that the preliminary ICC investigation would have begun sometime between 2013 to 2015 and the Australian Government would have been aware that it might become one of the nations under formal criminal investigation.


On 30 October 2017 the Presidency of the International Criminal Court (IC...


Anatomy of a CIA Assassination: The Chase "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Who killed President John F. Kennedys mistress, and why?

In searching for the answers to this mystery, author Peter Janney came upon what seem to be the jagged fragments of an even bigger picture.

Previously, we posted excerpts from Janneys remarkable book on the murder of Kennedys mistress, Mary Pinchot Meyer Marys Mosaic: The CIA Conspiracy to Murder John F. Kennedy, Mary Pinchot Meyer, and Their Vision for World Peace: Third Edition (Skyhorse Publishing, 2016). The excerpts were from Chapter 2, which we broke up into three parts, here, here, and here.

We now present the first of two more excerpts, taken from Chapter 12 (but with added subheading).

In this installment, Janney describes the amazing things he hears during his search for the killer, and his frustrating attempts to substantiate these stories. They are fascinating though unproven.

But the essential parts of the story are proven fact.

And, by the way, the assassination of Kennedy the crime of the century seems connected to Meyers murder.

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We do it better


With New England blanketed by a winter blizzard in early 2004, I found myself stranded in Santa Monica, California, when my return flight to Boston was canceled. Rescheduling at a local travel agency, I ran into Hollywood actor Peter Graves.

Graves, readers may recall, was one of the stars of the 1966 television series Mission Impossible. The show was a fictionalized chronicle of an ultra secret team of American government agents known as the Impossible Missions Force. Peter Graves played the part of Jim Phelps, the team leader who began each episode selecting a cadre of skilled contract agents to accomplish the assigned clandestine mission.

Each week a new episode followed the exploits of the elite Impossible Missions Force as it employed the latest technological gadgets and state-of-the-art disguises in an effort to sabotage unfriendly governments, dictators, crime syndicates any enemy of American hegemony. The organization that master...


How The Free Market Promotes Tolerance, Diversity, And Inclusion Far Better Than Socialism Does "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

It may be said with confidence that ones personal values guide his political opinions. We all carry within ourselves a certain code of ethics that reinforces how we interpret the issues of the day. Indeed, studies have shown that liberals and conservatives weigh the importance of moral concerns differently, and that this manifests in their policy preferences.

When one thinks left-wing moral priorities, things like compassion and equality are probably the more enduring values. Yet tolerance, diversity, and inclusion seem to be the values du jour for modern liberalism today.

Coinciding with the ascension of these values has been the rise of socialism within the Democratic Party. It is no coincidence that the tolerance, diversity, and inclusion crowd, colloquially known as Social Justice Warriors, hailed the socialist Bernie Sanders as a political messiah. Arguably, if it hadnt been for Democratic National Committee bias, Sanders might have earned the partys 2016 presidential nomination. The social justice value system, and the socialism that goes with it, are the face of todays Democratic Party.

Much has been written about the utter hypocrisy of tolerant liberals refusing to allow conservative voices to be heard, and of how the Left promotes a diversity of superficial features over a diversity of thought and ideas. However, less has been written about the hypocrisy of socialism being promoted as the economic manifestation of tolerance, diversity, and inclusion. When looked at honestly, it becomes clear that the free market better promotes these three values.

How Markets Promote Tolerance

Lets first start with tolerance. Tolerance may be the most cherished value of the modern liberal. By this framework, everything is relative and therefore equal in worth and validity (unless its at all conservative or Christian). This postmodern outlook has yielded absurd claims of cultural and moral relativism. The connection between tolerance and postmodernism has been recognized for some timeas G.K. Chesteron said, Tolerance is the virtue of the man without convictions.

Despite such criticism, a level of tolerance is good in society, especially when there are countless types of people. So which economic model better promotes tolerance, socialism or the free market?

To answer this question, the most sensible approach may be to look at how capitalist societies treat their socialist minority, and how socialist societies treat their capitalist minority. After all, what is tolerance if not the treatment of those outside the status quo?

To start with, lets look at how a capitalist society treats a socialist minority. The best case study for this is likely Israel. Israel has a capitalist, free-marke...


Deutsche Nazi's in Ukraine "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Kampf gegen prorussische Separatisten

Deutsche heuern bei rechtsextremem ukrainischen Bataillon an

Das ukrainische Regiment Asow wirbt mit Flyern auf Neonazi-Veranstaltungen um neue Mitglieder - offenbar erfolgreich: Immer mehr Sldner schlieen sich an, um "Europa vor dem Aussterben" zu bewahren.


Annual General Meeting 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Members of Blue Mountains Refugee Support Group gathered on Saturday 11 November for the 2017 Annual General Meeting. Chairman Hal Ginges congratulated members and their Committee for a busy and productive year, with highlights such as financial help for asylum seekers in their visa applications, and $130,000 distributed during the year to refugee families and Villawood detainees. Hal Ginges thanked two of the founding members of BMRSG who are standing down from their long term positions on the committee and taking up new roles.


Bell Primary School Fete "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


Bell Primary Fete this Saturday, November 18th 10 - 3.

Also a Voting venue for Northcote by-election.  

There will be early coffee and Democracy Sausages!


RAAF Boeing C-17A Globemaster III A41-212 Completed a Missed Approach at Rockhampton Airport - Plus RAAF Search and Rescue Bell 412EP Helicopter VH-VAA Departs "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Late on Monday 13 November, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Boeing C-17A Globemaster III A41-212 was noted completing airwork at Rockhampton Airport.  It flew North to Rocky from RAAF Base Amberley, completed a missed approach, then returned back South to Amberley.  A41-212 was noted flying as "Stallion 44".

Meanwhile, also on Monday 13 November, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Search and Rescue (SAR) Bell 412EP helicopter VH-VAA departed Rockhampton Airport for Clermont Aerodrome, Hughenden and Cloncurry.

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VH-VAA is owned by Lloyd Helicopters and operated by CHC Helicopters Australia for the RAAF and has been noted using the RAAF Support radio callsign of "Choppa 82" while looking to complete duties in support of the Australian Army's Exercise Diamond Run which has just wrapped up in the Shoalwater Bay Training Area (SWBTA).

UPDATE!  On Tuesday 14 November, VH-VAA was noted continuing from Cloncurry to Burketown, Macarthur River Mine then RAAF Base Tindal at Katherine.

Photos taken by 'IAD' and Kayanne Hardsman 


Australia should accept New Zealand offer to resettle refugees: UNHCR "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


SYDNEY (Reuters) The U.N. refugee agency on Tuesday urged Australia to accept New Zealands offer to resettle 150 refugees from an abandoned Australian-run detention center in Papua New Guinea, as about 450 men remain barricaded inside without food or water.

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An undated image released November 13, 2017 shows detainees staging a protest inside the compound at the Manus Island detention centre in Papua New Guinea. Refugee Action Coalition/Handout via REUTERS

The asylum seekers have been holed up inside the center for the past two weeks defying attempts by Australia and Papua New Guinea to close the facility, saying they fear for their safety if moved to transit centers.

With many detainees complaining of illness bought about by the unsanitary conditions in the camp, the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) urged Australia to allow 150 of them to resettle in New Zealand.

We urge Australia to reconsider this and take up the offer, Nai Jit Lam, deputy regional representative at the UNHCR told Reuters.

Most of the asylum seekers are from Afghanistan, Iran, Myanmar, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Syria.

Australias sovereign borders immigration policy, under which it refuses to allow asylum seekers arriving by boat to reach its shores, has been heavily criticized by the United Nations and human rights groups but has bipartisan political support in Australia.

Australia says allowing asylum seekers arriving by boat to reach its shores would only encourage people smugglers in Asia and see more people risk their lives trying to sail to Australia.

Two motions introduced in Australias parliament by the Labor and Green parties, and passed in the upper house on Tuesday, call on Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to approve the New Zealand proposal.

This is a foul and bloody stain on Australias national conscience, Greens senator Nick McKim t...


Explainer: Marriage equality in Australia "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

All Australians should have the same opportunities for love, commitment and happiness.

The Human Rights Law Centre has been working with the Equality Campaign and LGBTI community organisations to campaign for a Yes vote in the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey. We believe marriage equality is a human rights issue which is about fairness and equality of for all Australians.

What will happen if its a Yes result?

If the result is Yes, the Coalition Government has promised to facilitate a vote on a private members bill by the end of 2017.

What private members bills are there?

There are currently two private members bills set to be tabled if theres a Yes result on 15 November 2017.

  1. Consensus Bill

    In August 2017, Liberal Senator Dean Smith released the Marriage Amendment (Definition and Religious Freedoms) Bill 2017, which reflects the outcomes from a consensus cross-party Senate report released in early 2017. The report provides a pathway on how amendments to the Marriage Act could allow same-sex couples to marry while balancing freedom from discrimination and freedom of religion.
  2. Paterson Bill

    On 13 November 2017, Liberal Senator James Paterson released the Marriage Amendment (Definition and Protection of Freedoms) Bill 2017, which extends exemptions beyond the Senate report.

Consensus Bill

Who supports the Consensus Bill?

The Consensus Bill has cross-party support if there is a Yes result. Its supported by key members of the Liberal Backbench, Labor, and the Greens.

It is also supported by many LGBTI community organisations and supporters of marriage equality as a pathway forward to achieving marriage equality before the end of the year.

The primary concern raised about the Consensus Bill is that it allows existing civil celebrants to reclassify as religious marriage celebrants (within 90 days of the legislation coming into effect) and refuse to perform same-sex marriages, even if they do not have a formal role as a minister of religion. It has also been suggested the Bill could be improved by removing the specific exemption for religious organisations providing marriage related go...


OnlyMelbourne Newsletter #568 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Read Online Newsletter | #568 | What's On this WeekWelcome to Newsletter | #568 What's On this Week in marvellous Melbourne Tuesday 14th November 2017 to Monday 20th November 2017 Djerriwarrh Festival - Melton Saturday, November 18 - Melton Recreation Reserve Street Parade, The Lions Club Carnival, International food bazaar, Sustainable Lane, Get Active Expo, Pet Expo, Buskers Tree, Market Stall Village and more.. Djerriwarrh Community Festival 2017 Sidesault at The Melba .nobrtable br { display: none } A festival of experimental circus showcasing emerging and established circus artists. Festival program Nonstop Time In Space Circus 15 - 18 November Party Ghost Poached Eggs and Asparagus 15 - 18 November Relax: Everythings F****d The Syndicate Sideshow 15 - 18 November View Sidesault Program | Book Tickets International Week of the Italian Cuisine .nobrtable br { display: none } Zia Teresa Restaurant in Lygon Street serves a special Calabrian menu with 'rustica' dishes usually reserved for family. Italian Cuisine | Zia Teresa Restaurant | Bookings Johnston Street Fiesta .nobrtable br { display: none } BIENVENIDOS! Hispanic-Latin American Festival will be held on Saturday & Sunday November 18th and 19th on Johnston Street Fitzroy. Johnston Street Fiesta 2017 Whitehorse Art Show 2017 .nobrtable br { display: none } The Rotary Club of Box Hill is proud to present the 53rd Whitehorse Art Show in the Box Hill Town Hall. 16 - 19 November 2017 | Whitehorse Art Show 2017 Mind Body Spirit Festival .nobrtable br { display: none } Australias largest health, wellbeing and natural therapies event at Melbourne Exhibition Centre. Mind Body Spirit Festival 2017 Eureka Climb 2017 .nobrtable br { display: none } Get set for Australias biggest tower climb and raise money for the events charity partners Whitelion and Interplast. Eureka Climb | Eureka Tower JDRF One Walk .nobrtable br { display: none } JDRF One Walk on Sunday 19th November at Alexandra Gardens is the worlds biggest type 1 diabetes fundraising event. JDRF One Walk Archibald Prize Exhibition .nobrtable br { display: none } The prestigious Archibald Prize Exhibition now showing at Geelong Gallery until 10 December 2017. Archibald Prize Exhibition 2017 | Geelong Gallery | Tickets Online The Book of Mormon | Final Days .nobrtable br { display: none } Winner of nine Tony Awards, the best musical of this century ends on 22 November 2017. The Book of Mormon | Book Online Now Launch Weekend | The District Docklands .nobrtable br { display: none } Melbourne is invited to a new look Harbour Town shopping centre with a sneak peek, open weekend including FREE entertainment, activities and entry into some of Melbournes top attractions. Launch Weekend | The District Docklands Night Noodle Markets |...


Automation and full employment back to the 1960s "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

On August 19, 1964, the then US President Lyndon B. Johnson established the National Commission on Technology, Automation, and Economic Progress. He established the Commission in response to growing concern during the deep 1960-61 recession that the unemployment had been created by the pace of technological change. Ring a bell! He wanted to an inquiry to explore this issue and come up with recommendations on how to deal with the possibility that automation was wiping out jobs and the future would be bleak. Before the Commission had reported, the Federal government had reversed its fiscal austerity and the resulting stimulus had driven the unemployment back down to relatively low levels. The Commission noted that unemployment was largely the result of inadequate total spending and that the Government had the tools at its disposal to eliminate it. They considered that there would be workers (low-skill etc) who would suffer more displacement from technology than those with more skill etc, but that ultimately even those workers would be able to get jobs if the public deficit was large enough. In this regard, they eschewed pointless training programs that did not provide immediate access to jobs. Instead, they recommended (among other things) the introduction of a Job Guarantee (Public Service Employment) financed by the Federal government but administered at all levels of government. It would pay the Federal minimum wage and be available on demand. This is the preferred Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) approach and rejects solutions that rely on the provision of a basic income guarantee to resolve the problems created by unemployment.

The following graph sets the scene and shows the official US unemployment rate from January 1948 to December 1967.

When Johnson took over as President after Kennedys assassination on November 22, 1963, the unemployment rate was at the elevated level of 5.7 per cent as the US economy was still struggling to shake off the major recession that began in April 1960 and lasted for 10 months (the trough being recorded in February 1961).

Interestingly, the recession was provoked by the central bank hiking interest rates in 1959, but the real damage came when the Federa...


UK Against Fluoridation "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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Here is another Iconic classic natural health video from world experts ...I have been simultaneously listening to natural health videos from experts in the field for decades from sunrise to sunset (thats over 50,000)hours)on my outdoor speakers while concurrently working on my organic biodynamic permaculture farm Nunzio Castiglione Whittlesea Victoria Australia....I am interested in making some documentary films on natural health to upload on youtube but i do not have time since i am busy from sunrise to sunset working on my organic farm if you are an overseas visitor to australia I can offer complementary board and food in return for producing some outstanding youtube uploads and cultural exchange I have been on my organic farm since 1950 so i have a lot of knowledge in this field Published on Jul 10, 2017
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Dr. David Kennedy discusses what you're not being told about the use of fluoride in water and as a preventive dental measure. Find out what's being talked about and more importantly, what's not being talked about when it comes to fluoride and your health!


PSA- Bloody good second hand/antiques store in Charters Towers "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Charters Towers is usually pretty dull to me but on the weekend I headed out and found the greatest second hand/antiques store! It's found between the old Natives' Hall and ANZ bank on ?Deane Street- has stuff like vintage working cameras, old gas lights and antique furniture and books. Go out and have a squiz. Also old Mossman hall is open to drives all you have to do is ask the owners near the reception sign, it's hauntingly cool- just don't be disrespectful and ruin it for everyone. Any more cool stuff in Charters Towers we can share?

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Biggest little town too big "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Vyvyan Stott, Mullumbimby. 

The biggest little town in Australia is now, officially, too big. The alternative dream is getting squeezed out by the white-shoe brigade, on Goldcoastifictions long march south.

Mullum is infiltrated by individuals who drive with headlamps glaring in broad daylight; who have insurance on their insurance; who sit in their parked car with the motor running for half an hour while they push buttons on the microwave phone.

We have serious over-population locally (and nationally) but little willpower to deal with it.

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Singtel Group first in Asia ex-Japan to have carbon reduction targets approved by Science Based Targets initiative "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Singapore, 13 November 2017 - The Singtel Group today announced that it is the first company in Asia ex-Japan to have its carbon reduction targets approved by the Science Based Targets initiative. A collaboration between CDP, World Resources Institute, World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and the United Nations Global Compact, the initiative recognises organisations aligned with the COP21 Paris Agreement to keep the rise in global temperature below 2C. The Singtel Group is aiming to cut absolute Scope 1 and 2 direct and indirect greenhouse gas emissions across its own Singapore and Australian operations by 42% from its 2015 base-year by 2030. It will also work with suppliers to reduce Scope 3 third-party emissions by 30% over the same period. Mr Andrew Buay, Singtel's Vice President of Group Sustainability said, "Climate change is a global issue which requires all of us to take action and work towards a low-carbon economy. We are committed to minimising our environmental impact and building operational resilience. The Group's science-based targets represent an aggressive reduction, especially when factoring in the expected increase in electricity consumption by our Singapore and Australian businesses. This comes as we continue to expand our networks to accommodate the explosion in data usage by customers and as more enterprise customers outsource their ICT operations to us." "While we are still reviewing ways in which we can achieve these aggressive goals, whether it is looking at operational efficiencies, new technologies or purchasing renewable energy, we will work hard towards our targets," he added. Mr Alexander Liedke, Manager of Sustainable Business & Markets at WWF and member of the Science Based Targets initiative steering committee said, "We congratulate Singtel on being the first Asian company outside of Japan to have their industry-leading science-based targets approved. This validation by our team sends a powerful message to their industry peers and the business community in Asia and beyond. Setting science-based targets is a clear way of future-proofing growth in the transition to a low-carbon economy." The Singtel Group has anchored its environmental sustainability strategy around four pillars to achieve the smallest environmental footprint. These are climate change and carbon reduction, sustainable supply chain management, product stewardship and stakeholder engagement. As part of the Group's environmental roadmap, it has set carbon reduction goals aligned with science-based targets methodology. This is also in preparation for the new reporting recommendations made by the international Task Force for Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) on climate change risks. The Group was one of the first companies globally in June 2017 to endorse the TCFD recommendations when it was first released. The Group's efforts to improve reporting transparency, reduce carbon emissions and mitigate the business risks of climate change have...


MACKAY Crossbows and car thefts: Man pleads guilty from jail "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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Crossbows and car thefts: Man pleads guilty from jail

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Graham, who has no address listed with Mackay Courthouse, fronted Magistrate Scott Luxton in Mackay Magistrates Court on Monday, via videolink

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MACKAY Woman abuses boy and hits his mum over wayward ball "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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Woman abuses boy and hits his mum over wayward ball

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Kate Alicia Perry?, 37, fronted Mackay Magistrates Court pleading guilty to public nuisance. A boy accidentally hit her with a ball, so she abused him

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The Non-Existent Bolshevik Revolution "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

This Sunday, November 17 at 5pm:

Did the events of October 1917 in Russia realise the dream of communism or was it simply a transfer of power from one government to another by other means?

Come to a presentation given by Owen Gager, one-time founding member of the Spartacist League in Australia about the events in Russia in 1917 with a particular emphasis from February to October.

Hear Owen Gager explain the betrayal of the Russian workers by the Bolshevik Party as the revelation of their real aim; the capture of State power. If you've ever wondered how the Dictatorship of the Proletariat became the Dictatorship of the Party became the Dictatorship of the Dictator? You'll wonder no more after listening to this informative and insightful presentation.

Light refreshments will be available.

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Brisbane financial planner jailed for fraud after swindling almost $10m from elderly retirees "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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Brisbane financial planner jailed for fraud after swindling almost $10m from elderly retirees

14 November 2017


A former Brisbane financial planner has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for swindling millions of dollars in savings from elderly retirees.

Brad Thomas Sherwin, 62, has been sentenced in the District Court in Brisbane, after pleading guilty in September to fraud charges linked to a $60 million investment collapse.

The businessman faced 24 charges relating to the misuse of almost $10 million from 39 clients.

He received an additional 12 months in prison for breaching his duties as a director.

He will be eligible for parole after four years, on November 14, 2021.

Sherwin was the principal of Sherwin Financial Planners and director of associated companies, including property lending business Wickham Securities.


Nigel Jeffares speaks to the media outside the District Court in Brisbane on November 14, 2017.


He gave advice and helped clients set up self-managed super funds before the businesses collapsed in late 2012 and 2013.

On 26 occasions, Sherwin made transactions using his clients investment money, without the...


Student sexually abused by school teacher gets apology from NSW Education Department, 40 years later "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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Student sexually abused by school teacher gets apology from NSW Education Department, 40 years later

14 November 2017


A former school student who was sexually abused says he now has the apology he has been waiting for, after more than 40 years.

The New South Wales Department of Education was moved to apologise to the man, now in his 50s, after hearing of his grief through the ABC.

Robbie Gambley was just 15 years old when he was groomed by his science teacher, then coerced into living with him.

Mr Gambley said he was humiliated on a daily basis, with the teacher forcing him to ride on the front of his bicycle to school.

Once at school, the teacher monopolised the student, making him take recess and lunch breaks in the teachers office with him.

He would touch me every single day [in a sexual way], Mr Gambley said.

I had to leave my port outside the teachers private office. It was there for everyone to see.

Nobody ever asked if I was okay

Mr Gambley said at no stage did anyone question the actions of the sexual predator.

Bonalbo at the time was a population of 500 people. It was there for all to see.



Launch of Vic's renewable energy auctions, "a lesson" for the feds "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Launch of Vic's renewable energy auctions,
Media Release: Nov 14 2017: Launch of Vic's renewable energy auctions, "a lesson" for the feds
Victoria is leading the country with the launch of Australia's largest renewable energy auction scheme, a plan that will drive jobs, investment and drought-proof income across the state. 
The announcement comes as federal energy policy descends into farce with Josh Frydenberg pitching an eight-page thought bubble based on dodgy modelling, the so-called 'National Energy Guarantee' or NEG.


Hillsong Founder the pedophile Frank Houston and boy victim WNZ1, the first known Wellington New Zealand boy victim "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Brian Houston: I'm sorry the victims feel sad, very hurt and alone. I'll remember them in my prayers. Sorry I can't help the victims more.

Pastor Brian Houston the head of Hillsong Global Church. Heartless. Refuses to help the boy sexual  abuse victims of his father Pastor Frank Houston the founder of Hillsong Global Church in any way. Hid and sheltered his secret lifelong pedophile father Frank Houston for five years from 1999 to 2004 from the NSW Police and in doing this deprived the boy victims of Justice. Facing looming pedophile protection charges  Brian Houston: Im sorry the victims feel sad, very hurt and alone. Ill remember them in my prayers. Sorry I cant help the victims more.


Art and female agency in The Lady of Shalott "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Generally, women in the Victorian era were unable to make decisions for themselves or move freely in public places. The Lady is doomed to a life of imprisonment if she stays within the tower, and likewise doomed to death if she leaves. Because her free will has been taken from her, the Ladys only activity is to weave. The origin and nature of the curse on her are mysterious, but its effects are not.


As Eighth Lawmaker Falls, Australias Citizenship Crisis Deepens "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull reviews an honour guard during an anti-terror demonstration of Australian and Philippine soldiers at Camp Aguinaldo, on the sidelines of the Association of South East Asian Nations Summit, in Quezon City, metro Manila, Philippines, November 13, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Dondi Tawatao

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull reviews an honour guard during an anti-terror demonstration of Australian and Philippine soldier...


1) Vanuatu PM raises climate migration and West Papua during audience with Pope Francis "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

3) Governor: If you ask for independence, negotiate with the state
4) Indonesia to train PNG police in preparation for Apec summit

1) Vanuatu PM raises climate migration and West Papua during audience with Pope Francis
6:34 pm GMT+12, 13/11/2017, Holy See (Vatican City State)

Pacific Leaders have raised their concerns about climate migration during their audience with Pope Francis in Rome on Saturday.
Vanuatu Prime Minister, Charlot Salwai said climate migration is now a reality for Pacific countries greatly impacted by climate change.


Customers savage Ben & Jerry's for bizarre blog claiming choosing certain flavors 'might mean you are racist' "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Virtue signalling officially jumps the shark: Customers savage Ben & Jerry's for bizarre blog claiming choosing certain flavors 'might mean you are racist' | 13 Nov 2017 | Conservative ice cream fans want Ben & Jerry's to 'stick to selling ice cream,' following a bizarre tweet and blog post which suggested customers might be racist for choosing certain flavors. The Vermont-based ice cream company posted a tweet asking its followers, 'What is implicit bias, and how does it shape our actions? The answer might surprise you.' The tweet linked to a company blog post titled, 'Scoop Shop Sociology,' discussing the idea of implicit bias -- the theory that people make unconscious associations with or stereotype groups.


Australias First Cyborg Rights Case: An Interview with Biohacker Meow-Meow "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Back in June, a Sydney man made headlines when he had the chip from an Opal card inserted just below the skin in his left hand, so he could travel the local transport network without having to fumble around for his card. The man is well-known biohacker Meow-Ludo Disco Gamma Meow-Meow. His experimental transport card

The post Australias First Cyborg Rights Case: An Interview with Biohacker Meow-Meow appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.


Malcolm Turnbull Rejects Discriminatory Same-Sex Marriage Bill "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has poured cold water on a conservative push for same-sex marriage legislation that would allow discrimination against same-sex weddings by commercial businesses. A same-sex marriage bill unveiled by Liberal Senator James Paterson has been criticised by lawyers, LGBTI advocates and Attorney General George Brandis, for allowing discrimination against same-sex weddings on ...

The post Malcolm Turnbull Rejects Discriminatory Same-Sex Marriage Bill appeared first on QNEWS.


Mullum Festival Cup Exchange "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Ever felt dismayed by the large number of disposable cups used at festivals?

Stone & Wood and Mullum Music Festival will be eliminating single-use cups from the festival with the launch of their Cup Exchange.

Sarah Blomkamp from the local brewery said that they had devoted a crazy amount of time to finding a viable alternative. Were just stoked to be able to trial it at the festival and hopefully be able to integrate this solution at more events in the future, she said.

The cups should never end up in landfill. Drinkers will be able to purchase their cup with their first drink. The cup can then be taken home to be used again and again or returned for a refund. For those drinkers wishing to have another beer they can exchange it for a fresh cup for no extra cost. All cups will be removed offsite and commercially washed to Australian Food Safety standards. The cups will then be returned to Stone & Wood to be used for future events.

Stone & Wood hope that the Mullum Festival trial will be successful, leading to every Stone & Wood event nationally eventually using these cups.

The cups do not need to be recycled in commercial recycling centres because they are all 100 per cent recycled back at cup manufacturer and supplier Globelet.

Globelet cups are made of polypropylene #5, which is BPA free, tough and durable and made to withstand high heats ensuring the cups will last 100s of washes or years of events.

And for those who want to be assured that every detail has been considered, the waste water produced by the Globelet washing procedure is non-polluting as it uses a washing solution that is environmentally friendly and created by ECOSTORE.


To add nail-biting drama the cups arrived just two days before the Festival here is Stone & Wood Green Coast in the 420ml schooner cups.



Byron Bay YAC Street Food Truck Party "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Byron Bay food truck party is back on Sunday November 19th 3 9pm at the YAC.

Join us for a delicious feast of world food from the best foodies and mobile chefs around + live tunes!
Come chill out, relax and indulge!

Vegans, vegetarians and allergy friendly food always available.

Nothing but good vibes. FREE entry!

Join the Facebook Event.

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Forestry Tasmania's demise in detail "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Forestry Tasmanias slide from its peak in 2004 has seen it lose $1 billion. Almost half have been cash losses. The rest have resulted from the loss in value of the trees entrusted to it. FT entered commercial arrangements with customers, particularly major customer Gunns, which effectively forfeited its commercial advantages as a monopoly supplier. As a consequence it fortunes closely tracked those of the industry particularly Gunns, and since the latters demise has only survived courtesy of government patronage.

After numerous inquiries, reports and years of procrastination, the government appointed Treasury Secretary to the Board in May 2015 to act as de facto Voluntary Administrator to see if FT could be resuscitated. An interim report was presented to government on 29th September 2016.His tenure lasted until February 2017, FT was restructured as much as its political masters would allow before being handed back for directors to run under the new name of Sustainable Timbers Tasmania (STT).

The following is a more detailed report on FTs demise following the period of administration. It covers the events leading to insolvency, the actions taken and the prospects for the future.


The 2016/17 year

The plantation sale

The superannuation transfer



Carbon Engineering, Bill Gates, And Long-Shot Answers To Climate Change "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


Carbon-dioxide removal could be a trillion-dollar enterprise, because it not only slows the rise in CO2 but reverses it. Photo-Illustration by Thomas Albdorf for The New Yorker

If you read the caption to the photo above, and then the first sentence of the story it headlines, you could come away with the thrilling sense that there is an entrepreneurial opportunity associated with climate change. There is something reassuring about the fact that Bill Gates has made some bets in this realm. Pasted below is also the last paragraph of the story. We recommend reading the whole long-form reporting that goes in between:

Can Carbon-Dioxide Removal Save the World?

CO2 could soon reach levels that, i...


digital2 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

We are the remote support group for Frontline Action on Coal that allows people to support FLAC from where ever they may be.

Technology and social media is really difficult in remote QLD on the  frontline. Remote support can really amplify the work being done on the ground

FLAC digital is an incubator for remote NVDA activism and using encryption. We are are great team to learn new skills. We aim to:

  • Build our numbers of social media people to allow us to swarm our actions and events.
  • To provide a platform for training, mentoring and skillsharing.
  • Supporting new people and teach beginners using tech.
  • An incubator for more secure collaboration processes and tools.
  • To stay true to FLACs founding vision of decentralised leadership, consensus and open participation

Social Media

Our biggest focus is managing our Facebook, Twitter and other platforms. Some of the tasks include:

  • Being on call to help when actions are happening. Support the ground team in getting the action out there. Making memes, blog posts, making sure tweets have the right messaging etc
  • Trolls love us. Help us moderate our social media discussions to keep everything civil.
  • Join our social media roster so we have consistent content being published.
  • Share our social and encourage others to engage with our content

You will need to have good english and good common sense as you will be representing the whole group. You will need install the communications tools we use.



The Syrian War "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

QUESTION: Mr. Armstrong, I greatly appreciate everything you do. I was moved when you ended your WEC in Orlando explaining that you see this as we are all in this together. You really make an effort to pass along sound advice without strings attached to solicit money. A very admirable effort I wish others would follow.

My question is this. At the 2015 WEC when Russia invaded Syria on the precise day of your model, you said this would be an important event moving forward. The entire refugee crisis began from that date and now they seem to be winning the war against these jihadists. Now the tensions are rising between Saudi and Iran. Is this part-II of the Middle East crisis? You said back in 2015 that the mere fact Russia entered Syria on the very day of your model signaled this will be the region we should watch. So will this escalate now?

ANSWER: Yes. I wrote in the 2015 War Cycle: It is extremely disconcerting that on the very day of the peak on the Economic Confidence Model, September 30, 2015 (2015.75), Russia began bombing forces trained and funded by the United States to overturn the Syrian government of Assad. In 639 AD, Muawiyah I (b. 602680 AD; r. 661680 AD) was appointed Governor of Syria as it fell to the Muslim Conquest. We are now in the 26th 51.6-year wave from that event which is a major turning point.

The focus is turning to Idlib, which is a city in northwestern Syria. It is the capital of the Idlib Governorate, which is about 59 kilometers southwest of Aleppo. Because the Syrian government wants to evacuate all jihadists to Idlib, this will present a problem to Turkey which it borders. The Syrian state has offered to give the jihadists safe conduct and let them go to Idlib. For about one to one and a half years, jihadist terrorists from all parts of Syria are being transported to Idlib.The majority of these militant fighters appear to belong to the al-Nusra Front. These terrorists are well armed and have between 30,000 a...


Rural women and girls deserve gender equality too "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

By Caitlin McInnis

The 62nd session of Commission on the Status of Women will take place in March 2018. The Australian government will be present at the session and recently took submissions from experts and the public as to what it should prioritise and advocate for when attending the session. The Castan Centres Acting Director Tania Penovic made a submission together with Angela Gibbs highlighting five main areas that the government should focus on.

Established to promote gender equality and the empowerment of women, the Commission helps to shape global standards on gender equality. The main theme for the 2018 session will be the furtherance of gender equality for rural women and girls. The session will also review the agreed upon conclusions from the 47th session of the Commission which focused on the participation in and access of women to the media.

According to Gibbs and Penovic, the government needs to consider the positive role women-only or women-focussed spaces or centres play in the empowerment of rural women and girls. Places such as Babarra Womens Centre, located in remote northern Australia, are run for and by local women and provide activities, employment and training opportunities through the establishment and operation of appropriate small business enterprises.

A major factor identified by Gibbs and Penovic in achieving gender equality is ensuring rural women and girls have access to quality education. Education ensures women and girls are economically empowered and contributes to better health and well being outcomes. Unfortunately, in rural areas accessing quality education is difficult. Gibbs and Penovic point out that studies have shown that where a family cannot support all children attending school due to workload or the cost of schooling, it is usually the girl child who is forced to drop out of school.

Access to health services is another big issue facing rural women and girls. The Convention of the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) requires state parties to ensure that rural women have access to adequate healthcare facilities. However, in 2012, more than half of Australias rural maternity units had closed over the previous 15 years due to safety concerns, cost and workforce shortages.

On top of health, food security is a significant issue for rural women and girls. Statistics from UN Women show that rural women currently represent 43% of the agricultural labour force, however, they are less able to access land, credit, agricultural inputsand obtain lower prices for their crops.

Finally, Gibbs and Penovics submission lo...


Aussie Model Jesinta Franklin Backs Marriage Equality In Passionate Essay "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Australian model Jesinta Franklin has backed marriage equality and compared the reform to interracial marriage in a passionate essay. In the essay published by Vogue Australia, Jesinta Franklin pointed out that only a generation ago her own marriage to Indigenous AFL player Lance Buddy Franklin could have been opposed or prevented by racial discrimination. There ...

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Bushfire north of Rawson in steep terrain "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Fire crews are fighting an eight-hectare bushfire in steep terrain north of Rawson in Baw Baw's north east.


Synthetic drugs send users on 'rampage' through Missouri town "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Several people went on a rampage in a small Missouri town that included barking like dogs, yelling, breaking into buildings and showering naked in soda water. The incident is being blamed on a synthetic drug that often causes extreme behavior. Police believe the man-made drug Flakka was the cause of the behavior, which left the town of Sullivan in eastern Missouri reeling and searching for answers, the Kansas City Star reported. Two people were arrested in relation to the incident, while several were treated at the hospital. The drugs recovered have not yet been tested, but police think the users mixed methamphetamine with flakka.


The Land That Time Forgot: Lamia "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Hes back at it!

RTRFMs local music know-it-all ROSS CHISHOLMs been on holiday

He was off trawling the record stores of Melbourne for a few weeks heading home with 17 extra kilos worth of music.

Hes back on home turf and hes taking us to The Land that Time Forgot.

Play Hes back! The Land That time Forgot



An English Teacher Explains 5 Reasons Todays Students Cant Write "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

(IT) One of the interesting things about working at Intellectual Takeout is hearing the personal experiences of readers regarding issues we raise and discuss in our articles. A more recent example of this is the individual who wrote that he had gone back to college as a middle-age student seeking greater career advancement. While there, a teacher pulled him aside and accused him of plagiarism on a written assignment. The reason? His grammar was far better than that of his younger college classmates.

Unfortunately, that teachers accusation, although misguided, is somewhat understandable. Only one-fourth of Americas high school seniors are proficient in writing, a fact which causes many headaches for todays college instructors, as was recently noted by Justin Parmenter in The Washington Post:

I reached out to postsecondary writing instructors across North Carolina to investigate trends in their students writing. The common refrain in their responses was that student writing skills had diminished over the past 15 years and that it appeared that writing had not been a priority in their students previous classes.

Many of these instructors spoke of their students inability to write in complete sentences with proper grammar and punctuation, to structure their writing effectively, and to provide support for their views. They told me students often didnt know how to research or how to paraphrase the words of others in their writing. Unable to make up the necessary ground in four years, these students are then entering the job market with subpar writing skills.

So whats behind these poor writing skills which seem to prevail across the board in American schools? Parmenter, himself a celebrated English teacher, lists five reasons for the decline in writing.

1. Over-emphasis on Testing Standardized appears to have exploded in the past decade, largely due to standards brought on through No Child Left Behind and Race to the Top. Parmenter believes increased testing is a primary reason writing scores have declined over the same time period.



U.S. Mass Shooters Are Disproportionately Veterans "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

By David Swanson, November 13, 2017, Lets Try Democracy.

Are veterans of the U.S. military disproportionately likely to be mass killers in the United States? Asking such a question is difficult, first because of concerns of profiling, discrimination, etc., and second, because its hard to answer.

Its important to answer because its important for us to know whether military training is contributing to this epidemic, a fact that (one must rush to say) would not somehow eliminate the roles played by gender, guns, mental illness, domestic violence, a violent culture, the mass media, economic inequality, or anything else.

Looking at this list of mass shootings in the United States, one notices the following:

  • ninety-eight percent of the shootings were done by male shooters;
  • the vast majority had mental health problems;
  • the racial breakdown looks roughly equivalent to that in the population as a whole;
  • the creators of the list have not bothered to create a thorough record of which shooters had been in the military.

Beginning to sort out an answer, one quickly discovers that many mass-killings by veterans have been excluded from this list. World War II veteran Howard Barton Unruh killed 13 people in 1949 in New Jersey, but that was too early to make it onto this list. Persian Gulf veteran Timothy McVeigh killed 168 in Oklahoma City in 1995 but didnt use guns. Persian Gulf veteran Robert Flores shot his three nursing professors in Tucson, Arizona, in 2002, but only killings of four or more have been included. The same restriction keeps out U.S. Marine Corps veteran Radcliffe Haughtons killing of three women in Wisconsin in 2012. Even the D.C. sniper, Persian Gulf veteran John Allen Muhammad, who killed 17 in the Washington, D.C., area in 2002, with a partner, and using guns, is not included perhaps because he didnt kill all of his victims at once.

Proceeding with this list nonetheless, we should be able to determine what percentage of the shooters on the list are veterans, and then compare that to the general population. But how exactly do we do that? It would be crazy t...


Watching the cops "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

It is hard to believe that the rates of incarceration of Aboriginal people are actually higher than the rates of incarceration of African Americans in the USA (2,346 per 100,000 in Australia, 1,408 per 100,000 in the US). The problems that flow from over policing are much better understood in the US, a country we like to think of as much more regressive in the quality of its policing. But Aboriginal communities and their allies can take lessons from the US in how to tackle over-policing.


Meet our everyday heroes giving hope to wildlife "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

WIRES has a phenomenal success rate in rescuing native animals in need in New South Wales.

There are so many people who contribute to this success, from concerned members of the public, to our amazing volunteer rescuers and carers, to our staff, donors and supporters. To us, these people are everyday heroes.

The spring and summer months are some of the busiest times of year for the WIRES rescue office and our branch volunteers. During August WIRES received more than 9,000 calls and during September this rose to nearly 15,000.

One of these calls resulted in an amazing reunion between a Brushtail possum and her young offspring at an apartment in Sydney.

Rebecca and her childrenWhen Rebecca from Dee Why moved her barbeque cover and it seemed much heavier than normal, she instinctively knew that an animal had taken up residence inside. When a large possum darted out underneath and leapt to the safety of a nearby tree, Rebecca could see that it had panicked and left its young one trapped in the cover.

As Rebecca was located on the first floor and did not have direct access to the trees opposite her balcony, she did not know how she could reunite the young one with its mother.

I called WIRES, and two rescuers came out. One of them reached in and gently removed the baby possum, explained Rebecca.

She went downstairs to the people below us, and they let her put a ladder against a tree which allowed her to put the baby fairly high up in the tree.
What happened next surprised everyone.

The baby climbed up the tree in the direction of the mother possum, she said.

The mum kept jumping away but then she realised it was her baby and came back.

The baby jumped onto a twig that nearly broke and the mum caught her just in time, said Rebecca, whose daughters were watching the whole scene with fascination.

It was really gorgeous. When they were reunited, the mother grabbed the baby and cuddled it and then put it on her back, she said.

NatalieWIRES volunteer rescuer and carer Natalie attended the call. Natalie and her mother, also a WIRES volunteer, have rescued scores o...


WATCH: This Lesbian Horror Movie Could Be Up For An Oscar "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A lesbian horror film has been submitted for consideration for Best Foreign Film at the 2018 Academy Awards. The film, Thelma, is being released in some countries this month and was submitted by Norwegian film bosses into the Oscars category a few months ago. Directed by Joachim Trier, it tells the story of a shy ...

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U.S. Mass Shooters Are Disproportionately Veterans "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Are veterans of the U.S. military disproportionately likely to be mass killers in the United States? Asking such a question is difficult, first because of concerns of profiling, discrimination, etc., and second, because it's hard to answer.


WATCH: Australian Man Opens Up About Battle Against HIV Stigma "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

An Australian man has opened up about his experiences after his HIV diagnosis in the latest instalment of a short film series calling on people to unite against HIV stigma. In the Talking About Stigma film series by Queensland Positive People, Australians living with HIV share their stories of stigma, vulnerability and resilience, to call ...

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Tosen Stardom makes history at Flemington "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Emirates Stakes winner Tosen Stardom parades in the mounting yard before a stunning victory in the feature race at Flemington last Saturday.

OTHER than the win by Wollomai in the 1875 Melbourne Cup, for Captain John Cleeland of Phillip Island, local connections had arguably their biggest victory in horseracing last Saturday when Tosen Stardom won the feature race at Flemington, the $2 million Emirates Stakes.
Tosen Stardom rocketed out of the field with a stirring turn of speed in one of the performances of the spring to claim the prize.
But part owner Terry Ginnane, manager of Landmark in Leongatha, had to admit it didnt look good most of the way down the famous Flemington straight.
Darren thought he had a good chance. He said he was much better suited at the distance, the weights, hed drawn a good barrier and there was more speed in the race. So we were hopeful for sure.
There was no speed on in the race the previous week and he really didnt get a crack at them.
And it looked like another hard-luck story shaping up on Saturday.
He couldnt get out and even when he did get out I thought hed never make up that ground on them but he just flew. It was a huge thrill.
Hes now won two Group Ones, been second in two and third in another which is more than enough to prove up his breeding. Hes by Deep Impact (Japan) so hes certainly gone up a notch there as well.
He probably doesnt have to do a lot more but he wouldnt be going to stud in Australia next season so there might be a few more runs in him.
Terry had the honour, in the absence of another locally connected owner, Mick Johnston, to lead the horse back in to the mounting yard and together with the other owners, trainer Darren Weir and stable staff; celebrated long and hard on Saturday night.
But it was back to reality on Monday.
Were in at work today and its been pretty busy catching up, said Terry, as the warm weather sees a boost in cattle numbers.
Its looking good out there but a nice shower of rain later in the week would be nice too.
Going by Terrys run of luck at the moment, you can probably bet on it!

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Nam Viet and Bakersville Hot Bread Shops - Vietnamese ~ Five Dock "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Our obsessive hunt for banh mi across Sydney takes us to some very original hot bread stores in Five Dock, Nam Viet and Bakersville. Five Dock is one of those cross through suburbs, somewhere you never really think of as a destination to eat at. We've found some gems here, from Dosa Hub to the excellent Caminiti Butchery. Now we are back for the pork rolls. This mural at the back of



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The suburb/town you live in now: Craignish (Hervey bay)

What is it that you make and what skills do you use?: I make baby and toddler clothing, quilts, wraps. I have been sewing since high school and worked in fashion industry. 



Its time we restored Rydes Argyle Centre site "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

TOP RYDES Argyle Centre should be immediately restored as a new arts centre, Clr Roy Maggio said last Friday. In an exclusive interview with The Weekly Times, Clr Maggio revealed an upcoming motion to have the Art Deco style Argyle Centre and the neighbouring and vacant Ryde City Bowling Club cleaned out and refitted for []


REMEMBRANCE DAY "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

We Did Remember Them . . . at RYDE Left at Meadowbank Memorial Park on Remembrance Day Saturday November 11 and at CONCORD Hospital last Friday, below left, when wreaths were laid by Captain Tony Rayner RAN, Anne Lewis of Department of Veteran Affairs and  Strathfield MP Jodi McKay.     BELOW at Macquarie Park []


Buenos Dias, Your Honor "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

(L) Chief Judge Juan Torruella  (C) Cesar Baruja, MD   (R) Prof Jim Fetzer    

by Mary W Maxwell 

Something so strange has happened in my life this week that me poor old brain has no place to process it. Viz, the federal judge in Boston (not OToole but one of the three who will hear Jahars appeal in the Marathon case), has permitted me and two others to be amici.

Thats pronounced Ah Mickey!.  Emotionally at least, it gives me some sort of standing in this world. I have gone from being a housewife to being an amicus curiae, a friend of the court. Of course I was always a fri...


Game of bridge challenges your power of thinking "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

To The POINT with CAROL SHELDRAKE LOOKING TO brush up your bridge playing skills, or move on from beginner lessons or just keen to get back into the game after a few years off? Hunters Hill Bridge Club is running a series of Improvers lessons commencing on Thursday November 16 from 1.30pm to 3.30pm. The []


REMEMBRANCE DAY "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

We Did Remeber Them Remembrance Day FEATURE PAGE


Outrageous DA for Tennyson Road "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Dear Sir, Mr Thomas (TWT 8 November 2017) quite rightly expresses his concern at the outrageous development proposal for Tennyson Road, Gladesville. The impact would be severe on the neighbouring residents, it is entirely out of keeping with the area, and would heavily increase the traffic burden. In fact, Ryde Council rejected the original proposal []



But Seeks Return at By-election! JOHN ALEXANDER has resigned as MP for Bennelong but will seek re-election at the subsequent by-election expected in late December. Speaker of the House of Representatives Tony Smith MP says he received the resignation notice from John Alexander last Saturday afternoon stating possible dual citizenship and was considering dates for []


Five Elements Concert to blend Japanese with European music "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Two TWT readers can win double passes to a Five Elements concert with world renowned Japanese bamboo flute master Riley Lee and the Enigma Quartet (pictured) on Sunday November 26 at the Independent Theatre North Sydney at 2.30pm. Lee is Australias pre-eminent shakuhachi (Japanese flute) player and has joined forces with the Enigma Quartet to []


Hunters Hill to hold public meeting on secret Gladesville Village talks "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

EXCLUSIVE BY OUR CIVIC COUNCIL ROUNDSMAN  SECRET TALKS are being held by the State Government about the redevelopment of the Gladesville Village Shopping Centre but information about who is talking to whom about what is being withheld from the community, Hunters Hill Council was informed on Monday night. The Council confirmed that talks in commercial []


Olivia promised more inclusive playgrounds "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

PLAYGROUNDS for children of all abilities like Livvis Place in Ryde will be a feature of the future, Lane Cove MP Anthony Roberts said last Wednesday. Mr Roberts made his prediction at Livvis Place where he promised state government funding to councils to retro-fit all existing parks within five years. I want all []


BATTLE OF BENNELONG "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

JA resignation triggers by election FORMER Bennelong MP John Alexander resigned on the weekend in the fallout over the dual citizenship affair but vowed to recontest the seat hes held for the Liberal Party since 2010. Mr Alexander issued a statement that he is a proud Australian and hell seek preselection. I have always believed []


Fire at Moe marijuana house "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Police are investigating after a marijuana crop was discovered following a house fire in Moe on the weekend.


Reed-warbling "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Ive been trying for years to get some decent images of Australian Reed-warblers, especially that iconic shot of one perched sideways on the stem of a reed. It remains an ongoing project.

This bird was spotted singing in a small patch of Common Reed on the east side of the Joyces Creek bridge. It was so focused on calling that it pretty much ignored me as I approached slowly and managed this sequence.

Also, interesting to note is the psyllid damage on the River Red-gum leaves in the background on a couple of the images. Many of the local eucalypts are suffering at the moment. This post on the FOBIF site is an excellent summary of some of the issues.

Australian Reed-warbler, Cairn Curran, 12th November 2017


How Hunters Hill saved France "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

By Hunters Hill historian GREGORY TURNER ON AUSTRALIA Day in 2o16, The Weekly Times received Hunters Hills Community Event Of The Year award for our role in the restoration and dedication of the World War One German Howitzer that proudly rests outside the Town Hall. The Howitzer was captured by Australian soldiers on the Western []

Your Chamber of Commerce Meets "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

EPPING: Chamber inquiries President Tony Hackett 9869-8900; 0418 413 226 or secretary Betty Ockerlander 8876-5888. EASTWOOD: Meet second Monday each month. Next meeting December 11. Inquiries president Vic Tagg 0412 369 510 or secretary Steve Colquhoun 9874-0221. GLADESVILLE: Meet third Tuesday each month. Next meeting November 21. Inquiries secretary Maria Zappia o401 158 307 or []


Probus walkers enjoy scenic tracks around Cabarita peninsula "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Walkers are one subgroup in the North Epping Probus Club. Pictured are several members enjoying one of many walking tracks around Sydneys bush, harbour and coastline in the inner western suburb of Cabarita. There are many other groups with a variety of activities within the Club. North Epping Probus meet on the third Monday []


Resident cops a $183 fine, demerit points for parking in his own road "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The City of Ryde is exploiting over development by fining local families for parking across footpaths in overcowded streets, an angry resident told The Weekly Times. The fines are for parking across footpaths often on the curbside of roads and such fines have netted other councils considerable revenue, particularly in and around Waverly []

Gladesville Unders & Overs "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

JILL Forster (left) and skip Evelyn Malcolm recently captured Gladesville Womens Bowling Clubs annual Unders & Overs title with 23 points. They defeated Robyn Birchenough and Elaine Meagher (22pts) and Kath Ruser and Faye Bosward (18 1/2 points).


Gladesville Christmas Festival "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

2017 TWT Teen Queen Quest Open Today with Fab Prizes to Win! Great prizes including $1,000 cash prizemoney can be won in this years TWT  Gladesville Christmas Festival Teen Queen Quest. 2017 TWT Teen Queen will officially open the Gladesville Christmas Festival on Saturday December 2 at Gladesville Shopping Village and star in special events []


FYI: Australia's Plebiscite on Same-Sex Marriage "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Same-sex marriage, Australian politics, religion and state


Fair Australia Prize 2017: the shortlists "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

We are pleased to announce that the shortlisted writers and artists for the 2017 Fair Australia Prize.


Sydney: Refugee solidarity protestors clash with police outside Liberal Party dinner "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

11 Nov Former prime minister Tony Abbotts sister, Sydney councillor Christine Forster, had her favourite jacket ripped as she tried to enter a Liberal Party fundraiser surrounded by hundreds of Manus Island detention protesters.

Riot police formed a human chain to shield guests arriving for a Liberal Party fundraiser from several hundred Manus Island protesters who had formed outside the Friday night event which was also attended by Tony Abbott and Immigration Minister Peter Dutton.

Cr Forster had to be helped through the crowds by police and had her jacket torn in the crossfire.

Basically a melee broke out, it was a riot, she said.

It was an extraordinary situation, it was very unpleasant, it was dangerous for everybody, it was an aggressive, awful, scary situation.

Im a local City of Sydney councillor and I dont want to ever have this kind of stuff happening in my electorate.

Cr Forster said people should able to walk into an event unmolested, unassaulted and unattacked.

It was shocking to me and it was dangerous. People were trying to punch us, people ripped the jacket off my back If you want to make your political protest, anyone can make a political protest anywhere in Australia, but you dont do it like that.

It was a very unpleasant, unnecessary, dangerous situation that those people put everybody in, she said.

It was a situation that I have never been in and I would never choose to be in ever again. Its my favourite jacket and its shredded sadly and it was shredded off me from behind.

It was a very volatile and extraordinarily surprising situation to me.

The protesters were calling for the Immigration Minster to restore services to the now-closed Manus Island detention centre and bring the remaining asylum seekers to Australia.

The Australian Government had officially closed the detention centre o...


Australian govt using aid money to promote their mining industry "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Bruce Davis, left, and Fred Hess signing a memorandum of understanding at Frieda River last week. Looking on are East Sepik Province Governor Allan Bird, Ambunti-Drekkir MP Johnson Wapunai, Vice Mines Minister Bari Palme, womens mentor, Fredah Wantum along with women from Paupe village and PanAust employees

Approval processes for any Frieda river mine have not yet been completed but the Australian government is already spending aid money to help ensure the mine does go ahead.

PANAUST, the beneficiary of this aid subsidy, is, of course, an Australian company

Long-term plan for women at Frieda River

PANAUST and the Australian government are working together to empower women through the Frieda River copper-gold project under a new initiative called the Papua New...


Lady Gagas New Album Will Be ARTPOPs Little Sister "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Lady Gagas polarising album ARTPOP just turned four years old. And DJ White Shadow, who co-produced standout tracks like Sexxx Dreams, Manicure, Do What U Want, Swine and Applause, as well as much of the Born This Way album and this years standalone single The Cure, says hes back in the studio with the singer. ...

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Jacqui Lambie to resign from Senate - says she'll contest next election "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

.@JacquiLambie: I regret to inform the chamber of my resignation. I love my father, I don't blame him for this. Sky News Australia (@SkyNewsAust) November 14, 2017 Jacqui Lambie in her own words, "Senator for Tasmania. Advocate for Australian war veterans and injured soldiers. Looking after Tasmania's...


The Ex-Worker #59: Surviving a Grand Jury "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The post The Ex-Worker #59: Surviving a Grand Jury appeared first on It's Going Down.

What it means to resist a grand jury; stories from those who have; how to support North Carolina grand jury resistance.
In this episode, we share the first-person stories of three comrades on the frontlines of grand jury resistance. As the state escalates repression through a new grand jury investigation in North Carolina against longtime anarchist Katie Yow, this episode offers perspectives from those who have successfully fought a grand jury summons. Tune in to demystify the process of how and why to resist testifying at a grand jury. For more information on her case and to support Katie, check out and to learn more about resources available for those resisting and their supporters, check out

For more information on how to stay strong during state repression, see our article How to Survive a Felony Trial.

To hear more about North Carolina Grand Jury Resistance and other cases of ongoing state repression, listen to this episode of The Hotwire.

Notes and Links

  • Table of Contents:
    • Introduction: Grand Jury Resisters Past and Present {00:00}
    • What is a Grand Jury {01:17}
    • A Knock on the Door {4:51}
    • Breathing Fire {19:35}
    • Facing the State {24:19}
    • Life on the Run {35:11}
    • Trees and MirrorsSurviving Solitary {38:31}
    • Release {45:53}
    • Back from the Underground {50:47}
    • Conclusion: We Can Survive This {54:45}
    • Support NC Grand Jury Resister Katie Yow {56:16}
    • Statement from Katie Yow {57:17}
  • On November 21, at 8 pm Eastern Time, we will broadcast our third live video presentation, in...


CompuServes forums, which still exist, are finally shutting down "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Before there was a World Wide Web, a sizable chunk of all meaningful conversation between computer users happened in the forums at CompuServe, which was the dominant online service until AOL came along. There was a CompuServe forum for everything from PC hardware to comic books, the signal-to-noise ratio was generally high, and if you

Before there was a World Wide Web, a sizable chunk of all meaningful conversation between computer users happened in the forums at CompuServe, which was the dominant online service until AOL came along. There was a CompuServe forum for everything from PC hardware to comic books, the signal-to-noise ratio was generally high, and if you had a question chances were that a fellow member would answer itjust to be helpful.

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Kristina Keneally on Tripodi, Obeid - and the possibility the Labor Party might draft her to Canberra "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

I spoke to Kristina Keneally in August 2011 and asked her about Tripodi/Obeid - and the possibility she might be drafted to Canberra.


Self sufficiency, comes at a price "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

IF you are one of my vegan friends, turn away, dont read this..  this morning, our two wethers met their fate and will be in our freezer next week.

I originally bought them 14 months ago with two young ewes, which have now both lambed, thanks to 20171104_184005Matt my neighbor who kindly allowed me to have them serviced by his ram. Its a cooperative thing, all his Wilties are now on our orchard, gorging on luscious grass now going ballistic. Weve had copious rain, and yesterday, today, and tomorrow, its hotter here than in Brisbane. and the grass loves it! Normal Tasmanian weather will resume tomorrow afternoon!

As I have mentioned here before, our farms land capability, as it is officially known, is class 4 which is perfect for pastures, and therefore grazing animals. We are also lucky that our pastures have actually been improved by previous owners, and its great animal fattening land. We are not exactly making the most of it yet, because fully one third of our property is yet to have more animals eating our grass.. most likely, Matts cows will be put to the test soon!



Arts Wednesday 15 November 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Sydney By Design continues this week at 10:40 am with Part 4. Ed introduces guest, Nicole Sullivan, from Green Star Solutions, continuing the conversation about buildings and sustainability.

My special guest at 11:00 am is Ian Hemphill, aka Herbie. Our conversation traverses the world of herbs and spices, from their history to their uses, with other aspects in between!

Music this week is mostly about you guessed it herbs and spices!

I look forward to your company!


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Law Council Slams Perilous New Same-Sex Marriage Bill "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The countrys peak legal body, the Law Council of Australia, has criticised the same-sex marriage bill proposed by Liberal Senator James Paterson as an extraordinary and perilous weakening of Australias anti-discrimination laws. On Monday, Senator Paterson unveiled a bill to legalise same-sex marriages but also allow a range of service providers to discriminate against same-sex ...

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Hobart plumbs lowest vacancies on record "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Hobart stretched to break point

Hobart notched the lowest vacancy rate on record for any capital city at just 0.3 per cent in October 2017. 

With just 75 listings meeting the criteria for an a vacancy, not surprisingly rents have been taking off.

And while there's talk of land releases, there's no imminent sign of matters improving for tenants.

Meanwhile the previously stagnant Adelaide market is beginning to look at a bit tight, with the vacancy rate declining to just 1.4 per cent in October. 

The resources capital cities look to have turned the corner now.

In Perth the vacancy rate of 4.1 per cent was well down from 4.9 per cent a year earlier, while Darwin (2.5 per cent) also saw a much tighter result than a year ago (3.2 per cent). 

Even Brisbane has entered a bit of a downtrend despite its inner city apartment glut, although there does tend to be a seasonal spike over the Christmas period. 

Overall the national vacancy rate of 2.1 per cent or 67,781 vacancies was lower than a year earlier at 2.3 per cent or 74,368 vacancies, with dwelling starts now set to decline and strong population growth having absorbed most of the increase in rental stock to date. 

Rental price growth remains quite modest at the national level. 



On blogging networks "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

As many readers know, I run a group blog, The Asexual Agenda (TAA). Other readers might be aware that Im on this blogging network called Freethought Blogs (FTB). Still other readers may be aware of other blogging networks like The Orbit, or Skepchick. Have you ever wondered how these blog networks are organized?

This is something that interests me, as a group blog admin. But perhaps nobody else is interested, because I hardly ever see anyone else talk about it. Or perhaps people dont talk about it because the information is too sensitive. You dont want to give away information that is potentially embarrassing to other people on the network. Many blogging networks may even have formal rules against disclosing certain information. I myself am limited in what I can say. But theres some stuff that is public knowledge, at least in principle, so Ill talk about that.

TAA is a dictatorship, with a few democratic processes. We follow a formal voting procedure for important decisions, namely blogger additions, and blogger ejections. But there are also a bunch of decisions that you wouldnt even know were decisions, and things that dont lend themselves very well to voting. For example, how do we make decisions on web design? How do we set the direction of the network? What if the network needs to make a public statement about something? When do we call a vote for something? How is the vote conducted? The value of a dictatorship is that we dont need to prepare for every possible decision. Theres an easy answer to any question that will ever come upthe dictator decides.

FTB is more of an anarchy. People just argue until there appears to be a consensus. The person who determines whether theres a consensus, is whoever has the power and initiative to act. Sometimes there is no clear consensus. And sometimes when there is a clear consensus, nobody has the power and initiative to act. So things end up moving very slowly. Im not really a fan of this structure, and Im guessing that the people who left FTB to form The Orbit were not fans either.

According to public statements, The Orbit is a democratic and collectivist organization. I dont really know what that means, but it sounds complicated. Im guessing there are lots of different kinds of organizational structures for blogging networks. Were not comparing notes, so there arent any standard practices.

As I already mentioned, the most important decisions in a blogging network are who to add, and who to eject. Adding bloggers is important because of blogger attrition. Sometimes you have some bloggers who write and write forever, like me. But most b...


ALBUM REVIEW: Dusty Ravens Low Down Jimmy "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

It may seem a tad peculiar that a band from the Inner West of Sydney could breathe genuine spirit and authenticity into Mexican-infused country music but Dusty Ravens have done just that on their second album. Low Down Jimmy is the sound of desert dust, desperate souls, sin and salvation  all bathed in mood-heavy instrumentation. Continue reading


Contribute to our 2018 State Election campaign "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

The SA state election will be held in March 2018, and in the lead-up we have the opportunity to run a high-impact campaign for both our sector, and for all low income and disadvantaged South Australians.


INTERVIEW: Frazey Ford "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

THE IMPORTANCE OF LETTING GO Frazey Ford made her name as a member of folk group The Be Good Tanyas but now shes approaching her third album as a solo artist. Ahead of her November Australian tour she talked with Chris Familton about songwriting, life outside music and her new single covering DAngelo. On her Continue reading


80 Million Year Old Dinosaur Era Shark Found off Portuguese Coast "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Source: Truth Theory | by Fattima Mahdi

A mysterious 'dinosaur' shark was captured off the Portuguese coast by a fisherman and has been dubbed as a "living fossil" by scientists. The species dates back 80 million years and makes it one of the very few creatures from the dinosaur ages that is still around.

The discovery adds to the list of very few sharks recently found in Australia, New Zealand and Japan. This deep sea creature usually lies at a depth of 390 and 4,200 feet below the surface, which is one one of the main reasons it was not discovered before the 19th century.

The prehistoric fish is 1.5 metres in length and was caught off the resort of Portimao at a depth of 700 metres. With a long and slim body, the shark resembles a snake and bears 300 teeth. Judging by remains which have been previously found, the species has been swimming in the sea for a very long time.

Researchers were in the area working on a project when the beast was found. They are now studying the frilled shark and hope to learn more about the elusive species. This rare find means that there is plenty they can learn about how animals coexist in the depths of the ocean.

Image credit: SIC Noticias


ABC Media Watch Beggars Belief "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

(photo ABC)

by Dee McLachlan

Last night, on Monday as usual, ABCs Media Watch program rattled out another establishment piece this time about Russias interference in the US election.

Hello, Im Paul Barry, welcome to Media Watch.

And what exactly were the Russians doing that Americans failed to see? Tonight, in a special program, were going to look at how Facebook and Twitter allowed their platforms to be used by Russia to swing the US presidential election and divide America.

You can view, and read about the program here (Media Watch, 13 November, 2017).

I posted a comment on Media Watch about two hours ago (when it said 0 comments or no comments yet moderated). Later, I noticed that there were a total of NINE comments.

I have published all below. It seems the ABC is failing dismally to convince its viewers of its honesty...


Andrew Swift Announces New Album Call Out For The Cavalry Plus Exclusive Stream of Reckless Desires "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Image Courtesy of Andrew Swift Melbourne based alt-country singer-songwriter Andrew Swift has just announced plans to release his new album Call Out For The Cavalry, due for release on the 2nd March next year. The album follows on from Andrew Swifts eponymous 2015 release and was produced by sought after producer Matt Fell. Swift has []


Judges and people agree on best bike "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

For the first time the peoples choice and the judges choice of best in show have been the same at the Laverda Concours in Brisbane.

Winner is Garth Allison with his 1980 Honda CX500 who said it was a labour of love.

Like the judges and visitors, We also thought it was the best in show and featured it on our Facebook page on Sunday. Check out this gallery of detailed photos.

Laverda Concours winner best in show by judges and people's choice winner is Garth Allison with his 1980 Honda CX500 Laverda Concours winner best in show by judges and people's choice winner is Garth Allison with his 1980 Honda CX500 Laverda Concours winner best in show by judges and people's choice winner is Garth Allison with his 1980 Honda CX500 ...


Why big projects like the Adani coal [Frieda river] mine wont transform regional Queensland [PNG] "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

PHOTO: Most of the jobs in regional Queenslands mega projects are only temporary.

Australia is finally waking up to the fact mega resource projects [like the proposed Frieda river mine] do not bring lasting benefits for rural people; in fact they weaken social and economic resilience.

When will PNG wake up and realise what we need is a sustainable long-term vision and a focus on skills and enterprise training

Small business and community must be restored to centre stage in development strategy.

The priority should be investment that generates small business growth, local income, new skills and communities.



Someone told me "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The leader of One Nation in Queensland, Steve Dickson, has been forced to apologise over comments he made about the Safe Schools program in which he asserted that 10 year old girls were being taught, as part of the curriculum, how to masturbate and how to use strap-on dildos. His apology was for using the

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The Hanging: Not Niwe, Not Nieuw, Not Neu "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Newell Harry, Circle/s in the Round, 2010, neon, 135 x 175 x 5 cm.
Courtesy the artist and Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney.  Document Photography, 2017.

It almost feels like a visit to a small scale museum of natural history, thats if the museum was also staging gut-wrenching irony.

This month, 4a Centre for Contemporary Asian Art is rethinking Australian history by digging straight to the roots of European settlement. Not Niwe, Not Nieuw, Not Neu sees artists from Australia and New Zealand come together to reclaim ideas of Indigenous heritage, ecology and land by reviewing history as it were recorded post European settlement.

Entering the building, Newell Harry greets you with a whole lot of colour and text as he examines the crossover between power and language through art. Featuring glowing neon words and targets on the wall, the piece feels oddly disparate upon first inspection. What Newell wants you to think about is, that with little to no instruction, youre forced to assume meaning and to assign it without consent or permission. More importantly, is this act right or wrong? Has this lands history been recorded as such? 

This more or less gives you a tangible premise for the show. Newells work pushes you in to a space of critical thinking, which is to be affirmed by subtle tos and fros of commentary woven through the other artworks that await you. Theres taxidermy sparrows, paintings of Captain Cook, sacred objects of Maori heritage, and printed images of botanists at work are reflected onto mirrors. The key is to pick apart the elements of the work that might disrupt the initial image at play.




Swell results for local Groms "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Barwon Heads surfers dominated the Ocean Grove stop of the Woolworths Surf Groms.
In the small tricky conditions Zeph Lamperd and Ellie Harrison claimed the under-14 boys and girls titles.
Lamperd was dominant in the final throwing down massive power turns on his way to a 14.86 heat total.
Its awesome to win here at Ocean Grove. All that time surfing here when it has been windy has paid off, he said.
Lamperd and Harrison will now receive an all-expenses paid trip to the Surfing Australia High Performance Center for their efforts.
I have never been to the HPC before, but I have heard its epic. I am looking forward to surfing in some warm water and learning from the coaches up there, Lamperd said.
Placing in second in the under-14 boys final was Willis Droomer (of Jan Juc) who finished on 12.14 points. Asher Lens (Aireys Inlet) and Charlie Mahoney (Ocean Grove) finished in third and fourth respectively.
Ellie Harrison used her superior wave knowledge at the break to take out top honors in the under-14 girls, locking in a heat total of 11.40 points.
Every time I have got second at this event, so its nice to finally win, Harrison said.
The waves werent very good, but it was a fun event. I cant wait to get up to the HPC again and go on their massive skate ramp.
Jazz Wylie (Jan Juc) placed in second on 10.40 points. Mia Huppatz (Jan Juc) and Elise Franzose (Point Lonsdale) finished in third fourth.
Other winners throughout the event included Willis Droomer (Jan Juc) who impressed judges with his aerial game in the under-12 boys division, Isla Huppatz (Jan Juc) in the under-12 girls, Remy Filer (Jan Juc) in the under-10 boys, Ruby Trew (Seaforth, NSW) in the under-10 girls and Teal Lamperd (Barwon Heads) in the under-8 mixed.
Lucas Hickson (Rye) and Sarsha Pancic (Bairgowrie) were awarded the Woolworths Fresh Wave Award for being the best-and-fairest surfers of the event. They walked away with a $250 Woolworths voucher each.

Under 14 Boys
1st: Zeph Lamperd, 14.86.
2nd: Willis Droomer, 12.14.
3rd: Asher Lens, 9.30.
4th: Charlie Mahoney 7.96.

Under 14 Girls
1st: Ellie Harrison, 11.40.
2nd: Jazz Wylie, 10.40.
3rd: Mia Huppatz, 8.04.
4th: Elise Franzose 6.93.

Under 12 Boys
1st: Willis Droomer, 15.67.
2nd: Lucas Hickson, 13.24.
3rd: Issak Brown, 9.70.
4th: Oliver Lens, 8.07.

Under 12 Girls
1st: Isla Huppatz, 6.30.
2nd:, Sarsha Pancic, 5.67.
3rd: Sonia Seuren, 5.46.
4th: Eva Bassed, 4.73.

Under 10 Boys
1st: Remy Filer, 13.90.
2nd: Phoenix Visscher, 11.50.
3rd: Brodie Scott, 6.30.
4th: Jack Lin...


PROJECT UPDATES NOVEMBER 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

We are steaming along toward the end of 2017 and crafty items have been arriving in abundance to support our three current projects.

Handmade Plush Toy Drive Project

backpack toy drive image

With just days to go until the deadline for our  Handmade Plush Toy Drive supporting Backpacks for Refugee Kids at Christmas, Brisbane it looks like we will surpass our initial goal of 150 teddies for children from asylum seeker and refugee backgrounds living in the community!

Here are some more of the teddies and toys we have received in the last month from The Holy Cross Wooloowin Craft Group, Griffith University Lions...


Heartfelt thanks to no-fuss heroes "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

By Justin Flynn

When two young Ocean Grovers saw a boy walking in the middle of the street, they knew they had to do something.
Harry Cornish, who has autism, had fled the family holiday home in search of the beach and was walking in the middle of the road, unaware of the danger that was unfolding.
Harrys mother, Mancell, had turned her back for the split second and thats all Harry needed to make his own way out of the house and in search of the beach. Mancell was frantically searching for him.
Thats when Sam McGlynn and Andrew Schoch saw him walk down the middle of Field Street.
At first I thought his parents might have been there close behind or just in front, Sam said.
I knew something was up. He wasnt listening so we guided him to the side of the footpath to make sure he was safe, Andrew chimed in.
The boys stayed with Harry until Mancell found them. A grateful Mancell thanked the boys many times.
She was very worried, she said thank you quite a bit, Sam said.
Mancell put in a call to the Voice to try and find the boys who helped Harry. They were found on social media.
They are so humble I showed him (Andrew) the story and he said yeahwe helped him, Monica Schoch said.
It was totally unprompted. They knew something was wrong.
Sam and Andrew played under-13 and under-15 cricket for Ocean Grove and volunteer their time on Friday evenings to help with the under-11s. Its something they do to put back into the club and community.
When the Voice caught up with Sam and Andrew, they were not seeking recognition or glory.
It was just something we did out of instinct, Andrew said.
We really didnt want any fuss.

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Out of Range play Mullum Music Fest "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Out of Range won this years Play Mullum Songwriting Competition. Photo supplied.

Out of Range won this years Play Mullum Songwriting Competition. Photo supplied.

This years theme was celebration and the group nailed it with their song Do What You Do, which they recorded recently for their first EP.

Described as a genre-fluid music style, the band are influenced by swing, balkan, boogie boogie, pirate and cabaret styles, all tied together in an upbeat joyous package.

We aim to bring fun and joy to our music, even if we are singing about serious subject matters, so when we saw the criteria for this years contest was celebration, it seemed perfect for us, says Tirza Abb, vocalist and guitarist.

As a local band, she says, its even more exciting that we competed nationally and won and now we get to be part of the festival. We are ready to come down from the hills and partake in some serious swaying, swaggering, swinging and swooning, so come and join us at the Bowlo on Saturday 1.151.45pm!

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Gays would be worse off under Paterson bill: Law Council "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The draft Marriage Amendment (Definition and Protection of Freedoms) Bill 2017 to legalise same-sex marriage, released by Senator James Paterson yesterday, represents an extraordinary and perilous winding back of Australias anti-discrimination laws under the cover of marriage equality, according to the Law Council of Australia.

President, Fiona McLeod SC, said while the Paterson Bill acknowledges concerns of those holding traditional views of marriage, it goes well beyond the issue of marriage in a number of crucial respects.

Australias anti-discrimination laws were amended in 2013 to enact important protections for LGBTI people in recognition of the unacceptable levels of discrimination. This Bill will encroach on many of these protections in an extraordinary and perilous way.

For example, the Bill would allow people to refuse to provide goods and services on the grounds of belief, thought and conscience taking us well beyond religious beliefs into unchartered waters.

You could potentially see a situation where a hire car company could leave their customers stranded on the way to a marriage ceremony simply because the driver held a thought or belief against it. This is even if the belief had nothing to do with religion, Ms McLeod said.

Ms McLeod said freedom from discrimination is a fundamental human right. Discrimination on personal attributes, including sexual orientation, is contrary to the Sex Discrimination Act 1984 and our international obligations.

The right to freedom of religion also appears in international law. While the freedom to have religious beliefs is also protected unconditionally, the manifestation or expression of those beliefs or religion may be subject to limitation where it impacts upon other fundamental rights.

Ms McLeod said the Marriage Amendment (Definition and Religious Freedoms) Bill 2017, endorsed by five government members including Senator Dean Smith, already extended existing protections for freedom of religious expression in the context of marriage and was a reasonable compromise.

The Smith Bill supports the protection of religious freedoms in two key ways. It permits ministers of religion and religious marriage celebrants to refuse to solemnise a marriage and it allows bodies established for religious purposes to refuse to provide goods or services for the purposes of the solemnisation of a marriage, Ms McLeod said.

While the Law Council does not endorse every detail of the Smith Bill it represents a better balance from a human rights perspective....


Zero G - 13 November 2017 Episode 1159 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

ZERO-G #1159

Title: Supervising the Supers

Podcast Title:  Murder on the Poddient Express 1159

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Historical Radio with Rob Jan & Megan McKeough. This week: delving into ethics, power and responsibility with LIAM BURKE; and we hop aboard for MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS.

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Security Threat Groups: The Industry of Gangs "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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This following essay is written by anarchist prisoner, Sean Swain, and was originally released on the Final Straw Radio show. For more info about how to support Sean, go here.

In Ohio prisons, pretty much everyone is in a gang whether theyre in a gang or not. If youre an Ohio prisoner and youre not in a gang, prison administrators will put you in one. And if theres no gang for you, theyll just create a new one.

The reason is, its a federal bloc grant swindle. Heres how it works:

The U.S. Department of Justice keeps a kind of database on what it calls Security Threat Groups, or STGs, not to be confused with STDs, or sexually transmitted diseases. The Department of Justice does not monitor chlamydia or gonorrhea. Yet. At least, as far as I know.

What it does monitor, Security Threat Groups, includes groups like the Bloods, the Crips, the Gangsta Disciples, the Aryan Brotherhood. Those are the larger, more-recognizable so-called Security Threat Groups.

So, to keep a handle on these groups, the U.S. Department of Justice gives what it calls bloc grant funding to states. States like Ohio that participate in the STG-monitoring program maintain a database that it shares with the Department of Justice, keeping files on gang members and their activities. For each gang member the state monitors, the Department of Justice allots a certain amount of funds.
The more gang members, the more money the state prison system gets.

Back in the 1990s, you had a handful of gangs or Security Threat Groups. Each of those gangs had a handful of pretty visible members. There as an investigator at each prison whose job was principally something else, who kept files on these gangs.

Since then, with the availability of federal bloc grants, we now have seemingly hundreds of security threat groups, some of them having only two or three members, all registered in the computer database. We have seemingly tens of thousands of gang members filling the Ohio prisons. And we have not one but two investigators employed full-time at every Ohio prison, with their salaries covered by bloc grant funds; their offices expenses covered by bloc grant funds; their computer hardware for conducting their w...


New owner of Valleys landmark buildings to be unveiled by Christmas and more Zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

New owners of Fortitude Valleys landmark buildings will be revealed by Christmas, with several expressions of interest for the Waltons building on Mcwhirters on Wickham street.

Vacant land is also of keen interest for potential new owners, with a 3.5 hectare L-shaped block adjacent the Fortitude Valley train station receiving interest from both investors domestic and abroad.

The properties owned by the Lee family have been put on the market to allow for major development in the area.


Queensland farmers call for government reform to natural disaster

The Queensland Farmers Federation is calling on the government to implement policy and funding reforms to support farmers before and after natural disasters.


Manus Island: Those For Whom We Cannot Grieve "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

As a nation, overcoming our fear of the other and exposing our own vulnerabilities is the key to ending the crisis on Manus Island, writes Elise Addlem.

The 600 men trapped between the Manus Island detention centre and the unknown that comes next are people defined negatively as individuals. They are not defined, as they once were, as a member of a country, as a father, a son, a partner, a friend. Now, they have been hollowed out of all of these individualising, humanising factors.

Their individuality has been replaced by their collective status as the other, as an us and them. This other that permeates Australian political discussion is boat people, a term which does a masterful job of at of once denying individuals and their lived experiences, and binding them together into a collective they never asked for.

Shop-Sparkke_Banner_300x250(GB)The current Australian government, and those which came before it, have been successful in moving refugees who arrive to Australia by boat not only physically out of sight, but out of the space in the human mind that is vulnerable to the suffering of others.

What I want to ask, then, is how do we give back humanness to those that have systematically been stripped of it?

Here Judith Butler is helpful. In her recent work, Precarious Life, Butler considers what counts as human and what counts as a grievable life. What we find in the language used to discuss those seeking asylum in Australia today, all the way back to the Howard era, is a refusal to acknowledge that these people are humans just like you and I. That in our human condition and the vulnerability that comes along with it, we are all human beings worthy of empathy.

The use of terms such as boat people, queue jumpers, as well as racially or ethnically based labels serve to push refugees out of this space of shared humanity. Of grievability.

However, Butler says that it is too simplistic to argue that the dehumanisation or derealisation at the level of public and political discussion gives rise to a physical violence enacted against people. The inverse likewise does not get at the complexity of the matter. Perhaps we can say that the ordering is not important, but that way we the dehumanise refugees in Australia (and much of the so-called West) forms a justificatory loop is such a way that it becomes seemingly self-perpetuating.



Naked People Terrorize Missouri Town, Synthetic Drug Flakka Suspected "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


Several people went on a rampage in a small Missouri town that included barking like dogs, yelling, breaking into buildings and showering naked in soda water. The incident is being blamed on a synthetic drug that often causes extreme behavior.

Police believe the man-made drug Flakka was the cause of the behavior, which left the town of Sullivan in eastern Missouri reeling and searching for answers, the Kansas City Star reported.

Two people were arrested in relation to the incident, while several were treated at the hospital. The drugs recovered have not yet been tested, but police think the users mixed methamphetamine with flakka.

We had multiple incidents this past weekend of people on some kind of substance acting out of their minds, Police Lieutenant Patrick Johnson said, according to the Sullivan Independent NewsBarking like dogs, running up and down the street entering peoples homes, breaking into a business, yelling outside of local businesses.

One business owner described a theft that took place during the incident.

My dad came in Saturday morning ready to open the place (up) and noticed that the doors by the machine area were opened up and came in and noticed one of our cash registers was knocked over on the floor, Alec Ockrassa, the general manager of Sullivan Bowl, told KSDK. The thieves took more than a thousand dollars from the register, Ockrassa said.

Flakka, which is also known as alpha-PVP, has a similar chemical makeup to drugs known as bath salts, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. It is typically sold in a white or pink crystalline form, and emits a foul smell.

Users consume the synthetic drug by either eating, snorting, injecting or vaporizing it in an electronic cigarette device, according to the institute.

Flakka also featured in several incidents last year in Florida, Tennessee, Kentucky and Ohio, according to the Star. It caused everything from overdose-related deaths to a slew of emergen...


Locals get on board to ensure beach wheelchair access "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The beach-wheelchair bought by local designer and dress maker. Photo supplied.

The beach-wheelchair bought by local designer and dress maker. Photo supplied.

The location and inaccessibility of the beach wheelchair at Byron Bay have meant that potential users have struggled to gain access to it since its relocation from Pacific Apartments in Byron Bay.

About six months ago I saw someone in a wheelchair and asked if I could assist, said Louden a local resident who had worked as a lifeguard in the lifeguard service at Byron from 2010 to 2015. 

When I worked as a lifeguard the beach access wheelchair was located at the Pacific Apartments and they were great, you would just give them a ring and they would say to send them up for the key. So I took it upon myself and made the phone call. I was told it had been moved and to contact council. I rang council and they said they made a few phone calls and then said they had misplaced it.

A few days ago I saw a pamphlet for the wheelchair advertising it for beach access. So I rang the council again. The council switchboard told me to ring Pacific Apartments, they said to call Clarks Beach Cafe who then told me to call Clarks Caravan Park. They said they didnt know where it was so I called council back. This was at midday. At 4pm council called me back and advised me that it had been moved to the council depot as an interim measure.

Second beach wheelchair for Byron

Local designer and dressmaker, Trish Ware, who purchased the second beach-wheelchair. Photo supplied. ...


Building nice homes for people "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"



Inaugural music award now open in memory of late Carol Lloyd "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

In memory of Australias first Rock Chick, Carol Lloyd, Queensland Music Festival (QMF) are giving female singer-songwriters the chance to win a $15,000 prize, which will assist in funding for recording an album and allow the winner to connect with some of Queenslands most respected artists. Regarded by singer-songwriter Katie Noonan as Australias mother figure []

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Riders take scenic route "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

ONE of the most spectacular rides in Victoria was held in Inverloch on Sunday, November 12.

Hundreds of cyclists and their friends and families from all over Australia were in Inverloch for the 2017 Bass Coast Cycle Challenge (BCCC) and family festival.
The BCCC teamed up with the Inverloch Lions Family Festival once again which had all sorts of fun activities on offer such as a bike decorating competition for kids, face painting and billy cart races.

There were four different ride distance options available on the day including a 121km, 85km, 53km and a 40 km ride.

For those who arent cycling fans, a 10km, five km and 1.8km run took place.
The weather conditions were perfect for the scenic run and ride.

On the road: cyclists from across the region and beyond united for the Bass Coast Cycle Challenge held in Inverloch on Sunday.

Dylan Rielly from Wonthaggi participated in the 40km Bass Coast Cycle Challenge ride and placed fourth with a time of 1.41.34 on Saturday

John and Kate Mulvany from Koonwarra participated in the 40km Bass Coast Cycle Challenge ride on Satu...


New research highlights effect of family violence on children "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Childrens voices are crucial in informing father-focused interventions that hold perpetrators of domestic and family violence accountable for their role as a parent. Thats according to CQUniversity researcher Dr Silke Meyer who was commenting in the lead-up to White Ribbon Day (marked on 25 November to combat violence against women). Australian research suggests that, by []

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Former locals win business award "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

FORMER Leongatha residents Lisa and Kurt Gowers showcased how hard work pays after winning the professional services category in the Hobsons Bay Business Excellence Award.

They opened Lavanya Spa Retreat in Williamstown more than five years ago. They started out in a single room in 2012 and have since expanded to a large day spa with seven staff offering a range of services from massage, organic facials and body scrubs to wraps, seasonal specials and group packages,

To enter the awards, they had to submit a 35 page application. It was later revealed their application was judged the most impressive.

They were then shortlisted as finalists, and they announcement they had won occurred at a gala dinner attended by 400 businesses.

Kurt said the win came as a pleasant shock.

It was a big surprise. The award was great recognition for all the hard work that we put in. To be recognised with an award like this gives us confidence we are on the right track and must be doing something right. We love what we are doing and like to think that this is reflected through our business, he said.

Kurt said the award has already done wonders for the business, creating more awareness across Hobsons Bay.

Weve had a lot of people say they didnt know we were here, so it has broaden our range of reach and given us more business. It has been great to get that kind of awareness out there, he said.

Kurt and Lisa both grew up in Leongatha, attending the local primary and secondary schools.

We are regularly visited by many Leongatha locals, which we absolutely love to see, Kurt said.




Achievement: from left, former Leongatha locals Lisa and Kurt Gowers recently won a Hobsons Bay Business Excellence Award in the professional services category for their business Lavanya Spa Retreat. They are pictured with staff member Skye Hawkins.


Roads, health boosts in mayors sights "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

BASS Coast Shire Council is ready to roll into a massive 2018, with projects in the pipeline.

In a show of unity, councillors re-elected mayor Cr Pamela Rothfield and deputy mayor Cr Brett Tessari for a second term to maintain balance and continuity.

Cr Rothfield said she was delighted to continue her role and to go in to the new term with knowledge.

You network and establish connections in the first year, and its wonderful to be able to build on that, she said.

As a council, we will be able to hit the ground running, and I feel confident in facing challenges like advocacy in this state election year.

During 2018, Cr Rothfield said council would work with VicRoads to upgrade roads, work to secure better medical facilities both in Wonthaggi and on Phillip Island, and work on recreational projects like the Phillip Island aquatic centre.

These may not all be achieved in 2018, but we will certainly continue to advocate for these projects, she said.

Coastal erosion is also a challenge council will be looking to face and is particularly important to tackle given the environment is the economy.

Cr Rothfield said she was proud of the community engagement that took place this year, which led to the council plan and the business case for the Phillip Island car ferry. Car ferry consultations will continue through the holidays with residents and tourists.

On top of this, Cr Rothfield was thrilled with the funding received by Wonthaggi Secondary College and the Cape Paterson Surf Life Saving Club.

Cr Tessari said seeing the council vote as a collective would continue to instil confidence in the residents.

Cr Rothfield and I have a rapport, and it would take time to start again with a new mayor. We have an advantage because we can continue as normal, and Cr Rothfield is fantastic in the role, he said.

He said he was thrilled with the open communication achieved between council and the community during 2017, as well as the announcement of the Wonthaggi education precinct.

Heading into 2018, he is looking forward to the completion of Jetty Triangle a plan to beautify Cowes town centre and foreshore as well as the development of the North East Wonthaggi precinct, which gives a clear vision of future expansion in Wonthaggi.

Cr Michael Whelan nominated Cr Rothfield to be mayor.

Giving people a go is not always in the best interest of the shire. We can continue to be a cohesive council, he said.

Cr Stephen Fullarton nominated Cr Tessari to be deputy mayor.

Cr Tessari has done a wonderful job in (Cr Rothfields) absence. This shows councils unity. In differ...


Sales awards for Landmark Harcourts "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

LANDMARK Harcourts Leongatha office has cleaned up two quarterly awards for sales following an awards ceremony at the Brighton International last week.

Barry Redmond, business owner and sales consultant took out the top spot, a Titanium Award, for the best sales in the state for most property sold (dollar value) across the Landmark Harcourts group. This awards places Barry at the top for the July to September quarter ahead of 400 other sales consultants in the state.

And nationally, Barry ranked number three in the rural sales category and number four for all categories for sales.

Mr Redmond said experience covering over 40 years and a lot of hard work is behind the success.

I thank all my clients for their loyalty over 40 years and it couldnt have come without their support and friendship, he said.

Barry wasnt the only person to take out an award with his daughter Kellie Thomas collecting a silver achievement award and a gold pin for her sales achievements in residential and lifestyle properties.

Having only commenced two years ago as a sales consultant, Kellie is off to a very strong start.



Sales achievements: Kellie Thomas, left, and Barry Redmond, right both picked up sales awards at a recent industry function for Landmark Harcourts across its Victorian locations.


Paella warms up Cup party "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

THE air was cold outside but not for the lucky guests inside at Meeniyans Paella Party at Trulli Pizzeria on Melbourne Cup day.

Inside these punters had the right idea, enjoying canaps and paella and a glass of Aperol Spritz as they watched the races on the big screen. There was even a bus to pick them up and drop them home.

Wearing suitable race attire inside, it was warm and cosy and for some a glimpse of sunshine had them venturing outside in the garden, even just briefly.

Trullis owners said it was a great experiment and were pleased how the day went and hoping it will catch on bigger and better if held again next year.

Friends party: enjoying each others company at Trulli Pizzerias Paella Party on Cup day were, from left, Zoe Sargant, Caron Bordonaro, Elyse Chapman, and Elise Neal, all from the Leongatha/Koonwarra area.

Sunny at times: Brad and Caron Bordonaro and George Broady of Korumburra venture outside for some brief sunshine at Meeniyans Paella Party.

Cup day: settling back at the Paella Party were Robbie...


School dollars roll in "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

TWO schools will receive funding from the State Government for vital maintenance.

Wonthaggi Primary School will receive nearly $110,000 to undertake structural works in the main administration building, and Foster Secondary College will get $1.3 million to replace the roof of the gym, music centre and surrounding walkways.

Foster Secondary College assistant principal Dean Duursma said the school started applying for funding to fix the leaking rooves around two years ago.

He said the roof leaked so badly in the boys change rooms it was posing a health a safety risk to students and teachers.

We are extremely appreciative for the funding. It took a long time before we could get it going, but it is underway now, he said.

The funding will also pay for new carpet in the music room, which was water damaged.

The school received emergency maintenance funding of around $120,000 for the administration building around two years ago, also to replace the roof.

Mr Duursma said the school was shared with the whole community and he was hopeful the new roof would last another 30 years.

The support from the State Government was appreciated at a time when the Federal Government seems to be devaluing state schools, he said.

It is important we have a world class facility.

Wonthaggi Primary principal Mark Chandler said the school was excited to get an opportunity to make some improvements to a building that was at least a century old.

He said the money would be used to complete maintenance works on the schools red brick building, which houses administration and some junior classrooms.

The money was tagged to a condition report undertaken by the school maintenance program around 18 months ago, he said.

It means we can reallocate some of our budget to other areas that will go towards improving the learning outcomes for the students rather than maintaining buildings.

Eastern Victoria Region MLC Harriet Shing said, These important upgrades will ensure that more school communities throughout Gippsland get the support and funding they need and will help more students to get the most out of their education.


New roof: Foster Secondary College business manager Colleen Smith and students Kurtis Storr and Ril...


Top quality silage tipped "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

SILAGE quality this year is said to be a lot better than last season, but there is loss of it in some areas.

Its hard to say which areas are producing more silage, PJ and NJ McNaughton Agricultural Contractors owner Phil McNaughton said.

The quality of the silage is really good compared to last year, however we are producing a little bit less.

The contractors have been collecting four to six bales per acre; thats 12 bales to a hectare.

Silage contractors always have a challenging relationship with the weather, as it plays such a decisive role in the process.

Mr McNaughton and his team were working in Korumburra last week and Leongatha the weeks before.

They started in Leongatha earlier because the red soil was a little bit drier and they have started on the later country in Korumburra where it is becoming drier now.

We started in Leongatha areas earlier a few weeks ago and the quality was quite good. Now were on to Korumburra and surrounding areas a lot later but its still fine quality, he said.

Its certainly still positive. Its all dependent on the weather and this week is looking good. Hopefully the worst of the weather is pretty much over.

Plastic wise, PJ and NJ McNaughton Agricultural Contractors have used green, clear, yellow, pink and blue and black is available.


Taking shape: the silage season is in full swing in South Gippsland and contractor Phil McNaughton of Kardellas PJ and NJ McNaughton Agricultural Contractors, is happy with the quality of the silage this season so far.


If Australia Says Yes This Is How Our MPs Will Vote "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

If Australia returns a majority Yes vote tomorrow and tells Parliament it wants same-sex marriage to be legalised it will be up to our politicians to sort it out. So the ABC asked all MPs how they would vote if, as expected, Australia says Yes. The list below details all the responses the ABC received ...

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RSL seeks Vietnam veterans "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

THE South Gippsland Shire and the Leongatha RSL are working together to honour those from the area who served in Vietnam.

Currently the list has approximately 150 of veterans who live in South Gippsland and includes Wonthaggi.

Following a request from Richard Lester of Leongatha, Cr Maxine Kiel has taken on board the role of researching and documenting the names of local veterans who were either born in the region or who have come to live most of their lives in this area.

This is a long overdue project and I look forward to working with various organisations to complete a comprehensive list of our Vietnam veterans, Ms Kiel said.

Ive found there are a lot from Korumburra, Foster and Toora and not as many from Leongatha and Mirboo North.

If you are a Vietnam veteran and would like to be named on the Shire of Woorayl Honour Board being prepared, please contact Maxine on for further information or inclusion.

The Leongatha RSL officially opened the Leongatha RSL Business Hub on Saturday.

The hub is located just down the road from the Leongatha RSL on Bellingham Street in Leongatha.

A key note address was given by RSL Active convenor Harry Moffitt.

Harry is a serving soldier from the SAS Regiment with 25 years of service to his country and 11 overseas operational tours.

RSL Active is RSLs next effort to engage with young veterans, he said.

Were hoping RSL Active can provide support for that next generation.

RSL Active offers a myriad of events and activities, aimed at creating social networks, enhancing support circles, and improving mental and physical health outcomes.

The new RSL Hub is open to veterans, veterans families and veterans partners as a safe place to relax, socialise, connect or use a computer on Thursdays and Fridays.


Great respect: from left, Leongatha RSL volunteer Noel Laing, guest speaker veteran Harry Moffitt, South Gippsland Shire Council Cr Meg Edwards, Leongatha RSL secretary Ken Wanklyn and councils deputy mayor Maxine Kiel at the new Leongatha RSL Veterans Business Hub grand opening and forum on young ex-service members on Saturday.


Leongatha remembers fallen heroes "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A PATRIOTIC crowd gathered at the Leongatha Cenotaph at 11am on Saturday to acknowledge Remembrance Day.

SAS Sgt Harry Moffitt spoke after a minute of silence.

As a proud infantry young veteran, it is my obligation to urge other young veterans to step forward and carry out the remembrance of those who have gone before us, he said.

Sgt Moffitt is a serving soldier from the SAS Regiment with 25 years of service.

Ex-servicemen and women, members of South Gippsland Shire Council and members of the public, including Leongatha Primary School students, gathered to lay wreaths and remember those who sacrificed their lives.

World War Two veteran Tom Parsons of Leongatha laid a wreath he had been sent from the Thurrock Branch Legion in England in memory of the fallen Commonwealth Forces who gave their lives for Australians freedom.

Paying respects: from left, Ed and Bev Hanley from Leongatha, South Gippsland Shire Council Cr Meg Edwards and former mayor Nigel Hutchinson-Brooks outside Leongathas memorial hall on Remembrance Day on Saturday.


Prowler stalks Koonwarra "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

KOONWARRA residents continue to remain on high alert, with a prowler still knocking on doors late at night.

Reports of the prowler have prompted police to patrol the streets several nights a week in the hope of catching the offender.

Worried residents are installing security cameras around their homes in a bid to catch the snooper.

The perpetrator has been knocking on doors late at night and fleeing before occupants have a chance to identify them.

The Star issued a warning to the public on its Facebook page last week and that post reached more than 8600 people.

Senior Constable Nathan Grist of Leongatha Police said a tall, skinny male had been appearing on peoples back doors.

When they go and investigate, hes gone, he said.

S/C Grist believed the prowler had been frequenting properties in and around Kangaroo Rise, and had been moving through bush adjoining those properties.

If people hear or see anything, do not hesitate in calling triple zero at the time so that way we can strike while the iron is hot rather than chasing ghosts, he said.

S/C Grist did not believe the prowler could commit more serious offences.

Koonwarra resident Denis Hawkins experienced a stranger wandering around his Swan Road property around 10.30pm recently.

It sounded like there was someone lightly knocking on the door, he said.

I had heard about the prowler before this happened and I believe there is somebody hanging around.

I thought there was someone at the door and so I got up and had a look but didnt see anyone.

Ive got cameras that cover all around the house, however at the time I was in the middle of replacing them so they were actually turned off.

Mr Hawkins has sensor lights around his property and the front light turned on when he heard the knocking.

Some of the locals are frightened and have started installing cameras on their properties in Koonwarra, he said.

I dont want people to have to live in fear. People just need to be a bit more vigilant if there is a prowler around.

The Star has heard reports of a person recently entering a home in Koonwarra on, or near Kookaburra Drive, in the middle of the night.

The prowler activity is not only confined to Koonwarra, with Alana Anson of Wonthaggi also experiencing late night door knocking at her Merrin Crescent home.

I recently had someone knock on my door on a Monday at 3am, she said.

I woke up to the sound of the person knocking and when I was sitting on my bed they were still knocking so I....


Homes may go "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

THREE Korumburra homes or one business shed could potentially be demolished by South Gippsland Shire Council and replaced with a community hub.

Korumburra residents had the opportunity to speak up about the Korumburra Community Hub plan at a pop in information session hosted by council in the Korumburra Meeting Room last Thursday.

Councils manager of planning Paul Stampton said three potential locations for the hub require land to be bought and the financial value of each option was within 20 percent of each proposal.

Three locations have been identified as the potential site of the hub.

Option one is the former kindergarten site and surrounds in Victoria Street which is comprised of a private dwelling and a commercial shed.

Option two is 22 to 28 Victoria Street which comprises four separately owned lots between and including 22 and 28 Victoria Street.

Three of the lots contain privately owned dwellings zoned commercial one, while 28 Victoria Street is council owned and contains the former council childcare centre.

Obviously we feel for the landowners personally but we spent a considerable amount of time speaking with each property owner, Mr Stampton said.

Option three is the Korumburra railway station yard.

Korumburra resident David Jackson said, My favourite is option three; it is the perfect spot for it because it has the view.

The houses in option two have got to be at least 80 years old. Theyre beautiful homes that will be taken away.

Option one is a good spot but the access is poor and dangerous. Its no good.

Mr Jacksons wife Maryanne likes option one because its close to their home but shes worried about the trees that will be chopped down.

The railway station option will make better use of the land compared to whats there because at the moment its a waste, she said.

FixedIt: Children cannot engage in sex acts "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Morning Bulletin reported on a man held on over 200 charges of rape, making child pornography and possessing child exploitation material, many of those charges related to children under 12.

Whatever the outcome of the court case, children under 12 cannot be engaged in sex acts. Sex requires consent, children under 12 cannot legally or morally give consent so it is not sex. Rape and sex are not the same thing and they can not be used interchangeably in headlines.

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

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

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

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

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

That word choice is the key. Sex is a choice made by every person involved. Rape and abuse are a choice made only by the perpetrator. The victim has no choice.



Service station excitement builds "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

THE new Evans Petroleum Westside service station in Leongatha should be open for business by mid December.

The project was setback due to wet weather throughout winter.

Its been a bit of a hit or miss with the weather, Evans Petroleum managing director Stuart Evans said.

We closed the site down at the end of February, and then there was a bit of time lag between the demolishing so its taken a little bit longer than anticipated, mainly due to weather though.

Mr Evans was hoping the project would have been finished by Melbourne Cup weekend and is now anticipating it will be finished before Christmas.

Leongatha building company Considine and Johnston, along with local sub contractors, have been undertaking the works.

Its important to hire local contractors to keep the money in the town, keep the locals employed and also because at times they are customers of ours and its reciprocal trade, Mr Evans said.

Considine and Johnsons project manager Gary Bullen said he appreciates Mr Evans giving locals a go at a project like this in town.

The new site is specifically designed to suit trucks. The shop will be a lot larger and there will be a greater product range inside.

Four 50,000 litre tanks have been installed, giving the service station a greater fuel storage capacity than previously offered.

We needed to do it for a while. The original site was well past its used by date and it was looking pretty shabby, Mr Evans said.

Getting there: Considine and Johnsons project manager Gary Bullen and Evans Petroleum managing director Stuart Evans are excited about the opening of Evans Petroleums new Westside service station in Leongatha in mid December.


New school building worth the wait at Burra "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

ITS the beginning of a new chapter for Korumburra Secondary College with students finally settling into the new building.

The building accommodates subjects such as art, food technology, wood and metal work.

Inside has been designed with a central open space for shared learning, with individual classrooms that can be isolated for private lessons surrounding.

The kids have managed it really well. Theyve just been fantastic in terms of how theyve transferred into there, Korumburra Secondary College principal Abigail Graham said.

Theyre finding it an awesome learning space.

This was the first stage of the schools $5.6 million redevelopment and the next step has just begun.

The old technology wing building has been knocked down and will be replaced with new basketball courts over summer.

Great outcome: from left, Tina Telfer, Emma Honan, Jacob Douglas, Beau Connell, Jayden Howlett-Bell and Ethan Hoult are all thrilled to be learning in the new building at Korumburra Secondary College.


Art to feed the hungry "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

ST LAURENCE Primary School, Leongatha students have started collecting canned goods to donate to people in need over the Christmas period.

The school is hoping to collect around 500 cans before November 20 when each class will create a mural using the donated cans.

All cans will be donated to St Vinnies, but first the students will construct the best mural they can in the school yard using the cans.

You can drop off cans to the St Laurence Primary School office or The Star office.

Great cause: from left, St Laurence Primary School students Lydia, Brad, Amy, Braydi, Angeline and Darcy are looking forward to receiving dozens of cans from the community to donate to St Vinnies after they use the cans to create murals on November 20.


Annie selection down to the wire "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

SOME 116 people turned up for Leongatha Lyric Theatres Annie auditions that started on Friday evening and went all weekend through till about 5.30pm on Sunday.

As for the title role of Anni,e 26 young girls auditioned and now there is a nervous wait this week with the selection down to the last four.

Lyric was pleased to see a further 51 young children try out for the orphan roles and while some 39 adults attended, the group is still looking for more men to get involved in this show.

Contact production manager Ann Hemming by email if you require any further information. Any interested men can also find out more about what roles are still available.


Nervous wait: Leongatha Lyric Theatre ran auditions for its 2018 Annie musical on the weekend and some of the Annie hopefuls included, back, from left, Lillyca White, Phoebe Collins, Jessica Geyer and Shontelle OConnor, and front, Cecily De Gooyer, already cast Sandy the Dog, Remmi Hemming and Taya Cameron.


Newhaven Colleges new $10M Senior centre nears completion "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

EMERGING from the dust and ready to soar in 2018 is the latest addition to Newhaven College, the awe-inspiring $10 million Senior School, Science, Art and Technology centre, due for completion this year.

The state of the art learning centre exudes style, commands an elevated position and is a credit to the Melbourne architect firm, Hayball Architects.

Funded with the assistance of a Federal Government $1.4 million grant for the Senior School, the science, art and technology wing was fully funded by the college.

The wing will feature five science labs including an outdoor lab, multi-media centre, makers room, three art spaces, dark room, textiles area, offices and toilet facilities.

The Senior School will offer spacious common rooms, including lounge space, outdoor social and study seating and tables, standing desks, brand new personal lockers, meeting rooms, specialist room and impressive lecture theatrette that opens to extra outdoor learning space.

The 85 Year 12 students will enjoy their final year of school with a dedicated common/lunch room equipped with microwaves, tea and coffee making facilities and outdoor study/social areas.

Teachers are well catered for with a spacious staff room, kitchenette, meeting room, break out areas and special areas for VCE teachers, and offices for heads of staff.

Builders and contractors have been putting the finishing touches to the state of the centre that, according to college principal Gea Lovell, should be complete by mid way through this month.

The Senior School will be finished mid-December and up and running for years 10, 11 and 12 students to start their 2018 school year.

While disruption to students at Boys Home Road has been kept to a minimum, Mrs Lovell said they have already started the final move from the Boys Home Road school.

We have moved the library over and as of November 20, all removable and workable screens and computers will be moved. Most of the honour boards and plaques have been brought over and hung, she said.

The Values Tree, a landmark of the Boys Home Road school, has been re-established with a newly planted Morton Bay fig tree that in time will provide a beautiful shady haven for the many generations to come.

Mrs Lovell said she believed in retaining the history of the college and has made every effort to ensure the history of the original school at Boys Home Road in Newhaven lives on at the current college site.

The rest of the move will occur once the Junior Presentation evening has been held in the first week of December and the staff will move in the week of December 8.

Overseeing every part of the build from endless site meetings, trips to Melb...


Bill Shorten getting a bit ahead of himself with Kristina Keneally "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The next Member for Bennelong, @KKeneally Bill Shorten (@billshortenmp) November 13, 2017 This took me 5 min to pull out of my files. Why do federal MPs need 21 days? #section44 Kristina Keneally (@KKeneally) November 8, 2017


Sarah leads call to hook into fishing fun "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

SARAH Van Stokrom has always enjoyed the outdoors, from fishing to camping, and is now sharing her passion with the rest of Victoria.

The Inverloch woman is the state coordinator of Fishcare Victoria, a program that encourages responsible fishing and stewardship of the states fresh and salt waterways.

The community operated, not for profit group is funded by fishing licence revenue, through the Recreational Fishing Licence trust fund.

Ms Van Stokrom manages volunteer members of six groups across the state and is keen to establish a new group servicing South Gippsland and the Latrobe Valley.

We are addressing sustainability and we want people to fish responsibly, but its about breaking down that stigma that fishing is hard to get into it, she said.

You can keep fishing as simple or as technical as you like. Its an intergenerational activity and we want to get kids interested in fishing and their parents too.

Volunteers deliver fishing clinics and workshops to children about caring for the environment, present at community events, talking with anglers, marketing and working with students on projects.

Fishcare members will be at the upcoming Yarram Agricultural Show, spreading the word about fishing.

When the kids catch a fish for the first time, theyre so excited and thats very rewarding, Ms Van Stokrom said.

Fishcare aims to teach people about the impacts of litter and pest plants and animals on the environment, how to handle fish when they are caught, and promote the use of environmentally sustainable tackle such as non-lead sinkers and circle hooks that are easier to remove than conventional hooks.

Its generating that change in behaviour to the younger generations to ensure they treat the environment with respect, Ms Van Stokrom said.

She works with a state committee and her role takes her across Victoria, from south west Victoria to Ballarat, and Melbourne to East Gippsland.

Anyone interested in joining a new group in South Gippsland and Latrobe Valley can contact Ms Van Stokrom on 0437 672 242.

We want to get younger adults who are interested in fishing as well as the older group, she said.

Ms Van Stokrom flagged the prospect of a monthly family fishing day at Inverloch and Anderson Inlet, with a barbecue.

Training is provided to volunteers, covering such skills as fishing rules, running a workshop, first aid training and a Working with Children check.

We are trying to get funding for an underwater activity to create an underwater environment in a pool for children to identify rubber fish and see plastic bags and hooks and the threat to the environment, M...


MEDIA RELEASE: World Heritage report launches at Bonn COP23, finds significant concern for the Great Barrier Reef "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Australias national treasure is facing a very high level of threat from climate change and there is real concern that its condition is deteriorating, a new report warns.

The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) launched their second World Heritage Outlook report into the condition and trend of World Heritage sites at the COP23 Climate Talks in Bonn overnight.

The report found that the 2016 and 2017 coral bleaching events have been unprecedented in severity and impacts. It found Cyclone Debbie was the tenth severe cyclone to hit the Reef since 2005. It expressed critical concern for corals, reef fish and seabirds.

The Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) said time is critical if we are to save our Reef.

The future survival of the Great Barrier Reef depends on a rapid switch from polluting coal to clean renewable energy, said Fight For Our Reef Campaign Director Imogen Zethoven.

The report is a wake up call for all Australian politicians. Immediate action is required before its too late for our global icon.

The upcoming Queensland election will be a real test on whether our leaders are willing to listen to voters concerns on climate change, and act to save our precious Reef.

The overwhelming majority of Australians are appalled that $1 billion dollars in taxpayer money could be used to give a leg up to a harmful coal mine. AMCS welcomed the Premiers election promise to veto the Adani loan last week, but now all eyes are on Queensland LNP leader Tim Nicholls to do the same.

For the sake of the thousands of livelihoods and families who rely on the Reef, we have to rule out Adanis monstrous coal mine. But we cant stop there. Tim Nicholls must reverse his support for a new coal fired power station and deliver at least 50% renewable energy by 2030.

64,000 Australia jobs depend on the health of the Great Barrier Reef, contributing $6.4 billion to the Australian economy.

Media enquiries:

Imogen Zethoven, AMCS Reef Campaigner on 0431 565 495 or

Sam Wright, Climate Media Centre on 0450 806 368 or


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Stolen car set alight "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

POLICE are seeking the publics help after a stolen car was set alight at West Creek near Wonthaggi on Sunday morning.

The gold Holden Commodore was stolen from Lilydale on Saturday and was found ablaze at 12.30am Sunday on West Creek Road.

CFA attended and extinguished the blaze. Surrounding grass was burnt. Bass Coast Criminal Investigation Unit is investigating.

Anyone with information can contact Detective Senior Constable Peter Johnston on 5671 4100 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Gold no more: this Holden Commodore was gold before being stolen and set alight at West Creek on Sunday.


Prestigious role for Inverlochs Ken Lay "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

INVERLOCHS Ken Lay AO APM is the 14th Lieutenant-Governor of Victoria.

He was sworn in to the role last Thursday by Her Excellency the Honourable Linda Dessau AC, Governor of Victoria, at a ceremony at Government House, Melbourne.

Mr Lay has a distinguished career in public service, including as Chief Commissioner of Victoria Police from 2011 to 2015.

His professional achievements include establishing the Family Violence Command within Victoria Police, alongside his chairmanship of the Council of Australian Governments Advisory Panel on Reducing Violence Against Women and the Prime Ministers National Ice Taskforce.

This is a wonderful honour that I never thought possible. It has made both me and my family very proud, Mr Lay said.

I am looking forward to supporting Governor Linda Dessau in whatever way I can. She is a wonderful Victorian who has made a difference in so many different ways.

There have been some extraordinary men and women who have previously held the role as Victorias Lieutenant Governor. I feel very, very humble to now join that group of people.

The Governor appoints the Lieutenant-Governor under section 6A(2) of the Constitution Act 1975 on the advice of the Premier.

The Lieutenant-Governor assumes the administration of Victoria if:

  • there is a temporary vacancy in the office of the Governor;
  • the Governor of Victoria has assumed the administration of the Commonwealth in the absence of the Governor General;
  • the Governor is not in Victoria or is unable or unwilling to fulfil the role, for example due to illness.

Mr Lay replaces the Honourable Marilyn Warren AC, who has been Lieutenant-Governor of Victoria since April 2006 and has recently retired as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Victoria the first woman to hold that office.

Premier Daniel Andrews said, Ken Lay is a highly respected and valued community leader in Victoria, with a deep commitment to improving peoples lives.

I know hell be an excellent Lieutenant-Governor and I look forward to continuing our positive working relationship as he takes on this new role.

State honour: Ken Lay AO APM is sworn in as Lieutenant-Governor of Victoria last Thursday with wife Chris Lay (left) and Governor of Victoria Linda Dessau AC. Photo by...


Video: Massive rally in Barcelona demands freedom for political prisoners "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


In a massive show of force, Catalans take to the streets of Barcelona on 11 November and demanded the release of arrested and detained political leaders, who are regarded as prisoners. Spanish police say that about 750,000 took part. Others suggest that the real figure was more than a million were there in a city of 1.7 million inhabitants. This suggest that the independence movement remains strong and may even cause an upset in the December election forced by the government in Madrid.

Video from Catalans for Yes


Massive crowd in Barcelona demanding the release of Catalan political prisoners. Wow.

Posted by Catalans for Yes on Saturday, November 11, 2017


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Shape shires future "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council will begin consultation for Amendment C90 to the South Gippsland Planning Scheme this week.

The amendment will improve the Planning Schemes guidance of development and land use over the next 20 to 30 years. The function, size and services of the South Gippslands settlements plus the capacity of the environment to sustain development have been taken into account.

The changes are based on the recommendations of the South Gippsland Housing and Settlement Strategy 2013.

People will have the opportunity to learn more about the amendment at the public sessions being held this November and December.

Councils strategic planning officer Fiona Mottram said it was vital people considered the scheme and had their say. Amendment C90 includes Settlement Framework Plans and Restructure Plans which determine where settlement growth would be encouraged or limited, she said.

Community feedback is vital for this process so that we understand the implications these changes to the planning scheme may have for some owners.

We encourage community members to get in contact with us if they require any more information and highly suggest they attend a one on one meeting at the upcoming public sessions.

For more information about Amendment C90, the public sessions and how to make a submission please visit To book an appointment at one of the public sessions please contact the strategic planning team on 5662 9200 or email with your preferred session, time and contact details.

Planning ahead: from left, South Gippsland Shire Councils Vicki Bradley and Fiona Mottram at Jumbunna, urge people to influence development over the next 20 to 30 years.


Herbicide hoo-ha "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

AUTHORITIES have been urged to stop using herbicides with the chemical glyphosate to kill roadside weeds.

Brown roadsides have been appearing on many South Gippsland roads as VicRoads sprays grass to reduce fire risk and maintenance during the spring growing season.

Many studies have linked glyphosate forumlations to hormone disruption, non-hodgkin lymphoma, chromosomal damage and foetal abnormalities, said Richard Nankin, an organic farmer from Allambee South.

He said while all the data refers to glyphosate, added ingredients can make herbicides far more toxic.

There has been a total failure of the regulators to assess the safety of the formula now on the shelves. We have to stop using it, he said.

In 2016, Jessica Harrison of Wonthaggi successfully petitioned Bass Coast Shire Council to introduce a pilot program using alternatives to Roundup near playgrounds, parks and schools in the shire.

Soon the use of glyphosate formulations in home gardens, agriculture and public spaces will be a thing of the past, she said.

Like asbestos, DDT and tobacco, the herbicide owners and retailers will fight like hell to defend their safety, but there is no going back.

A body of evidence now shows the harm caused by the use of glyphosate formulations. Councils should heed warnings from insurers and look at their duty of care for the community and council workers dealing with this herbicide on a daily basis.

VicRoads has reassured the public they are not of risk of harm from chemicals used to spray roadside grass.

A VicRoads spokesperson told The Star the authority uses the herbicide Weed Master Duo on roadsides.

As long as it used correctly, is not harmful to humans and animals, the spokesperson said.

South Gippsland Shire Council uses Raze Herbicide, a group M herbicide for roadside spraying.

This product is not classified as hazardous according to the criteria of Safe Work Australia, a council spokesperson said.

Both herbicides contain glyphosate. While the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) said glyphosate was probably carcinogenic to humans, the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority has concluded the use of glyphosate in Australia does not pose a cancer risk to humans.

Michael Flegg, VicRoads Eastern Region Alliance program manager, said regular management of weeds and vegetation helps to reduce fire risk and maintain safe sight distances for drivers.

Spraying also reduces the amount of mowing VicRoads needs to undertake on roadsides.

Among the roads being mown in South Gippsland now are: Inverloch-Venus B...


MP calls for roads fix "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

GIPPSLAND South MLA Danny OBrien has again called on the State Government to increase funding to road maintenance in South Gippsland.

Speaking in Parliament on November 2, Mr OBrien asked the Minister for Roads Luke Donnellan what works were scheduled on major roads in the Gippsland South electorate over this summer.

I drive our roads every day and I am as frustrated as many of my constituents with the state they are in, Mr OBrien said.

Whether it be Hyland Highway, Strzelecki Highway or particularly the South Gippsland Highway, they are all in need of additional maintenance work.

Driving on the South Gippsland Highway at the moment is quite an exercise with potholes, pavement break up and unevenness a particular issue.

It seems to be worse at the moment and Im calling on the government to make major repairs over the summer period.

Mr OBrien said he had been campaigning for more roads funding for some time especially after the government cut the road maintenance budget by 19 percent on coming to office.

Our roads are in a poor state and we need to do more to fix them. Daniel Andrews is spending billions on level crossing removals in Melbourne but country Victoria is getting crumbs, he said.

My constituents are frustrated at seeing millions of dollars spent on safety barriers when the road surface itself is in such a poor state of repair.

I urge the government to get on with the job of repairing our roads this summer and directing more funds to the roads program over coming years.

The State Government was contacted for comment....


Casino man threatens to kill Lismore security guards "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A 22-year-old Casino man has been released on bail despite assaulting two security guards and threatening to kill them at a Lismore pub on Sunday
(November 12).

Police allege that the man reacted after being asked to leave the pub.

They say he grabbed hold of a handrail and made threats to kill the guards.

When he was ejected the man continued to try to get back inside.

He punched one of the security guard in the face, causing a cheek fracture. He then punched a second security guard in the face before fleeing the scene.

Police arrested the man in Browns car park.

During a search he was found to be in possession of cocaine.

He has been charged with two counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, possessing a prohibited drug and failing to leave licenced premises when required.

He was released on conditional bail and will appear in Lismore Local Court in January.

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The Suburban Series VOL 2 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Suburban Series  a music community-oriented event that has been on everyones lips since its first installment in August

But if you want something REALLY tasty on your tongue get ready for the announcement of your next five SAUCY, MOUTH-WATERING, MOREISH bands! Boasting a hugely successful introduction to the Brisbane music scene with a mega lineup and crowd turn-out to match, The Suburban Series promises that Volume 2 will prove just as rowdy.

Adhering to the series mission to showcase talent from not only Brisbane but surrounding cities and states, BREIZERS will be making their way up from that place down the road called Sydney to perform alongside some of BIGSOUNDs favourites WHALEHOUSE and Mary Handsomee, as well as the legends from Twinfolds and Gold Coast rockers Hot Reno

With 2017 rumbling to a close, the 23rd of December insists on making it into your top priorities for end of year celebrations. What better finale to this years local music froth-fests than five power-house bands under the one roof for an easy $10? AND what better way then with your extended family (the Brisbane music community!) celebrating a few hours at The Zoo with some Eggnog*?!

The Suburban Series is continuing to grow, and with it is the Brisbane independent music scene. Dont miss your chance to be a part of it. Saturday 23rd December, The Zoo, 8pm.


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Response to Planning for Sustainable Animal Industries Draft Planning Provisions "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance (AFSA) has submitted a response to the Victorian Government's Planning for Sustainable Animal Industries Draft Planning Provisions. View the submission here.

The Victorian Government's current proposals will do serious damage to the regenerative and small-scale livestock farmers of Victoria. See AFSA's media release regarding the proposed changes here.

AFSA's Response to Planning for Sustainable Animal Industries Draft Planning Provisions

Summary of AFSA's recommendations:

  • Recommendation 1: That the Government continue to allow low-risk, low impact grazing animals as an allowable use in the UGZ.
  • Recommendation 2: That the trigger to judge a pastured pig farm a Section 2 use (streamlined process) be set at more than 25 SPU/Ha, subject to meeting minimum standards.
  • Recommendation 3: That the trigger to judge a pastured poultry farm a Section 2 use (streamlined process) be set at more than 450 birds/Ha, subject to meeting minimum standards.
  • Recommendation 4: Treat all pastured livestock systems with supplemental feeding the same in the land use definitions and graduated controls, subject to meeting minimum standards.
  • Recommendation 5: That all pastured livestock are defined under Grazing Animal Production, but that the term be changed to Pastured Animal Production. We further recomm...


Pick up koala feed trees to plant for free "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

This koala is being cared for by Friends of the Koala (FoK). Photo supplied.

This koala is being cared for by Friends of the Koala (FoK). Photo supplied.

Are you interested in planting koala food trees to help support the local koala population? If you know a place where planting koala food trees would help create a koala corridor or help support a local koala population then you can head down to Mullum Creek Native Nursery over the next two weeks and pickup some free koala food and habitat trees.

Koalas are doing it tough at the moment, said Brad Green from Mullum Creek Native Nursery.

Land clearing and loss of key koala habitat threaten their existence. Now is a chance to help the koalas.

In the last five years Mullum Creek Native Nursery has supplied over 125,000 koala food trees to Byron and Tweed Shire Councils (Koala Connections project) and the RMS road upgrade project south of Wardell. We have also just recently donated over 1200 koala trees to the amazing volunteer group Friends of the Koala in Lismore. But more needs to be done.

Mullum Creek Native Nursery is giving away thousands of free koala food and habitat trees to anyone in the public interested in saving the koalas. Swamp Mahogany, Tallowwood and Forest Red Gum are the main food species required for koalas. Other species that help facilitate and stimulate koala feeding include Grey Gum, Paperbarks, Brushbox, Wattles, Sheoaks, Red Mahogany and Flooded Gum. All these species are to be given away free.

Planting koala and wildlife corridors and preserving what habitat is left, helps not only koalas moving around between isolated pockets of habitat, but also other wildlife. Planting trees also helps the planet. So come down to Mullum Creek Native Nursery over the next two weeks and pickup some free koala food and habitat trees while stocks last, Brad said.

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Monday, 13 November


An open Letter to Attorney General Brandis "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The following is the text of an open letter to Australias Attorney General, from Close Pine Gap.  It supports a group of Australian Christians facing up to 7 years jail, for entering the Pine Gap American military base near Alice Springs. Those who have signed see the arrests and charges an attack on the fundamental rights of all Australians. If you wish to sign the letter, you can do so through this link.

We seek your urgent intervention to protect the right to freedom of speech, expression, political communication and of religion for six Australian citizens who face up to seven years in jail for a peaceful protest in which they were praying and playing musical instruments.

In September 2016, several hundred Australians of diverse ages, professions and creeds gathered in Alice Springs to mark the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Pine Gap Agreement.

As part of the peaceful protests near the facility, five Christians prayed and played a musical lament, regarding the role of Pine Gap in war-fighting in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, and Syria. They were arrested.

The peaceful and symbolic ceremonies conducted by Margaret Pestorius, Tim Webb, Franz Dowling, Andrew Paine, Jim Dowling, as well as Paul Christie (arrested in a separate incident), were intended to bear witness to the death and suffering of civilians as a result of United States military operations, including drone assassinations, facilitated by surveillance conducted at Pine Gap.

Since their peaceful protests, more evidence has emerged detailing the role of Pine Gap in the activities that concerned the Peace Pilgrims. It implicates Australia in extrajudicial drone assassinations in countries with which we are not at war, in nuclear weapons targeting and in illegal mass surveillance.

Three months after the protest, you authorised the prosecution of these concerned citizens for unlawful entry under the Defence Special Undertakings Act 1952 (Cth).

That legislation was drafted at the height of the Cold War to secure areas for British nuclear testing, and it permits prosecutions to be held in secret, and for records of hearings to be destroyed, imposing penalties of up to $42,000 and 7 years in jail.

This prosecution occurs as Australia prepares to serve on the UN Human Rights Council and when UN Rapporteurs have criticised policies, laws and actions of your government that undermine freedom of expression, freedom of assembly and the right to protest. These are fundamental civil rights, and they are profoundly important when governments are engaged in the sort of conduct which Pine Gap facilitates.

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All we want is freedom and not another prison camp "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The article below was written by Manus Island refugee and journalist Behrouz Boochani and published on 13 November 2017 (The Guardian). It discribes the inhumane conditions in which the inmates in the detention camp have been living, the impact that it has had on them and the reason why they are refusing to leave sand go the accommodation units in Hillside Haus and West Lorengau.

Manus prison has reached a historic landmark. Its a culmination of years of premeditated violence and affliction. For more than 10 days hundreds of refugees have been refusing to leave the prison camp and, as a result, the situation has morphed into a large-scale humanitarian crisis. If things deteriorate further, we will witness a disaster beyond imagination.

For many who are watching from Australia or other parts of the world, particular questions have arisen, including: why are the refugees refusing to leave the camp? From the perspective of someone who has lived in this prison for more than four years and who has been critically analysing the politics of offshore processing throughout this time, I am certain that there is a misconception of the main reason behind our resistance a misinterpretation of the principle driving the stand taken by the refugees. This mistake has both been made by people who are actively supporting the refugees and by individuals who have been indifferent toward the events in Manus and Nauru prisons all these years. And it also pertains to those who have supported the governments political strategy.

The misreading of the issue is reflected in government officials and the Australian prime minister attacking senator Nick McKim, refugee advocates, the Papua New Guinea immigration minister and a few incarcerated refugees, saying that they are encouraging and motivating the other refugees to remain in the prison camp. First, the PNG minister responded by explicitly stating that a few individuals who were leaders inside the prison were forcing the refugees to stay inside the detention camp.

These kinds of accusations are facile and unacceptable. It comes across as a form of degradation because it strips the refugees of agency, reducing them to children who cannot make decisions on their own. It represents them as humans who lack a decent understanding of what is unfolding around them. It degrades their dignity by assuming that the refugees cannot assess the situation.

On the other side, the refugee supporters announce that the alternative accommodation units in Lorengau, Hillside Haus and West Lorengau, are not ready yet. They also claim that Lorengau is not safe to accommodate the refugees and that the new camps do not provide medical facilities and are unsuitable for housing refugees......


Mullum High student wins Indonesian scholarship "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Clare Fisher from Mullumbimby High School is looking forward to her immersion trip to Indonesia. Photo Jeff Dawson.

Clare Fisher from Mullumbimby High School is looking forward to her immersion trip to Indonesia. Photo Jeff Dawson.

Heading to Yogyakarta in Indonesia for New Year, local Mullumbimby High School student Clare Fisher will be participating in a two week intensive language course with two other winners of the Australia Indonesia Association (AIA) scholarships.

Ive always been passionate about language, and have been studying Indonesian in school for three years now. I was extremely excited about this opportunity, said Clare enthusiastically.

Being our closest neighbouring country, I am fascinated by the rich heritage and history of the archipelago. Similarly, the language itself is fascinating; stemming from Malay, used as a lingua franca, it became the official language of the relatively new country of Indonesia. Many Indonesians learn three or four languages; quite a difference from Australian schools.

The AIA has awarded scholarships to three outstanding scholars of secondary Indonesian language studies in NSW with the support of corporate sponsor, Blackmores.

The scholarship covers an intensive language course in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, return air travel and related costs and a two week homestay program with an Indonesian family. The course is delivered through the AIA Victorias IndoAustay program.

Our winners are visionaries, said Miriam Tulevski from the AIA Education Committee.

Bahasa Indonesia is spoken by over 230 million people globally yet only 116 non-native NSW students sit for Bahasa Indonesia in the HSC.

This will be the fifth group of students that the AIA has provided with scholarships to travel to Indonesia to learn Bahasa. The program aims to accelerate understanding and language competency for students committed to the study of Bahasa Indonesia and eleven students have now received the scholarship.

Blackmores is proud to sponsor this cross-cultural exchange and we have long reco...


Jury In Sen. Menendez Corruption Trial Say They Are Deadlocked "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Two hours into deliberation, the jury deciding Sen. Bob Menendez and his co-defendants fate has announced they are deadlocked.

The Democratic senator and his deep-pocketed benefactor are on trial for a combined 18 counts of bribery and fraud. Prosecutors say Menendez took bribes from Salomon Melgen, a wealthy eye-doctor based in Florida in the form of campaign contributions, luxury vacations, and trips aboard a private jet. In exchange, the New Jersey senator allegedly lobbied top government officials to get visas for his married friends mistresses and even attempted to make a criminal investigation into Melgens fraudulent billing practices go away. Melgen was convicted of Medicare fraud earlier this year for robbing the agency out of up to $105 million.

On the first day of deliberations last week, a juror asked Judge William Walls: What is a senator? The judge declined to answer the question. On Thursday afternoon, a juror was dismissed to go on a vacation in the Bahamas. On her way out the door, Evelyn Arroyo Maultsby told multiple media outlets that the jury was leaning towards acquitting Menendez and that she thought the trial would result in a hung jury.

Maultsby also complained that she thought the other jurors were trying to run out the clock on her and that her fellow jurors tried to prevent her from getting a note to the judge. Walls dismissed Maultsbys claims: Every juror has the right to communicate at any and all times with regard to deliberations, he said. All you need to do is to step outside the door. The guards are there, and hes on hand to take whatever message you want to give to me in writing.

On Monday, Walls ordered the jurors to start afresh in their deliberations after several jurors admitted they had read media coverage about the dismissed juror.

You are starting fresh, he said, according to CNN. Forget about what happened last week. This is the jury.

Several hours into deliberations on Monday,....


Ballina Council wins engineering excellence award "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Ballina Shire Council's Coastal Pathway has won the IPWEA's excellence award for environmental enhancement. Photo BSC

Ballina Shire Councils Coastal Pathway has won the IPWEAs excellence award for environmental enhancement. Photo BSC

Ballina Shire Council entered the NSW Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia (IPWEA) excellence awards in November, and came away winners!

The council received the environmental enhancement category for its Coastal Pathways project, which connects Ballina and Lennox Head

The judges were particularly impressed by the balance achieved in providing infrastructure that is very popular and well used, as well as sensitively mitigating environmental impacts and recognising the important cultural heritage of the location.

Ballina's award-winning new Marine Rescue Tower. Photo BSC

Ballinas award-winning new Marine Rescue Tower. Photo BSCllin

The council also received a special award for the Marine Rescue Tower. In making this award, the judges recognised the functionality of the new tower, the unique design solution that was achieved and the innovation in the refurbishment of the associated public amenities.

Im delighted that two important projects to the Ballina Shire community have been recognised. These awards are particularly competitive, with 91 nominations received. These awards are a testament to the vision and strategic planning of successive elected Councils and they also recognise the professional skills of the team members that worked on these projects. said John Truman, Group Manager Civil Services.

IPWEA is an association that supports the delivery of public works and services with many of its members working for local councils, government agencies and consultants. For more information on the awards, visit www....


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Liberals ponder future after poll dive "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Acting PM Julie Bishop insists there's light at the end of the tunnel in the citizenship saga. AAP Image/Lukas Coch

Acting PM Julie Bishop insists theres light at the end of the tunnel in the citizenship saga. AAP Image/Lukas Coch


Acting prime minister Julie Bishop says a drop in the polls for the government is not surprising, but insists theres light at the end of the tunnel in the citizenship saga.

With the coalition slipping further in the Newspoll behind Labor 45-55 per cent Malcolm Turnbulls lead as preferred prime minister over Labors Bill Shorten dropped five points to 36 per cent.

The gap between the two leaders has narrowed to just two percentage points compared to eight points two weeks ago and 17 points at the end of August.

It is the closest Mr Shorten has ever been to regaining the lead he enjoyed over Tony Abbott as preferred prime minister.

The poll, published on Monday, also shows voters prefer Julie Bishop over Mr Turnbull 40-27 per cent as Liberal leader.

But coalition supporters still prefer Mr Turnbull.

The polls are not surprising, Ms Bishop told reporters on the Queensland state election campaign trail.

Ms Bishop said a motion had been negotiated with Labor to force all senators to reveal family history and citizenship details by December 1.

A similar motion will go to the lower house on November 27.

As well, the government is fighting by-elections in the seats of New England and Bennelong, triggered by citizenship doubts over former deputy prime minister Barnaby Joyce and Liberal MP John Alexander.

What we have now is a plan to resolve this issue, then we can continue to govern for the Australian people, Ms Bishop said.

Turnbull supporter Christopher Pyne noted an election was not due until July 2019.

Polls come and go and people should remain unfazed by them, he told ABC radio.

Cabinet colleague Mathias Cormann, who agreed the m...


New Moore accuser steps forward "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

As is often the case, it takes just one person to publicly come forward with their story about being abused by powerful people to open the floodgates because other people, realizing that they are not alone, feel emboldened to tell their own stories. It seems like a day doesnt pass without someone new coming forward to say that former president George H. W. Bush is a disgusting lecher who groped her. And another woman Beverly Young Nelson has now come forward to accuse Alabama senate candidate Roy Moore of assaulting her, both sexually and otherwise, when she was just 16, after he had offered her a ride home from her job as a waitress.

She said Moore, then in his 30s, was a regular at the restaurant and often complimented her on her looks and would sometimes touch her long hair as she walked past his seat at the counter. One day, Moore offered Nelson a ride home after her shift ended at 10 pm.

Nelson accepted the offer and said that he drove around to the back of the restaurant and assaulted her in his car in a dark corner of the parking lot.

Instead of driving to the street, he stopped the car and he parked his car in between the dumpster in the back of the restaurant where there were no lines. The area was dark and it was deserted. I was alarmed and I immediately asked him what he was doing, Nelson recounted in a press conference with her attorney on Monday afternoon.

Instead of answering my question, Mr. Moore reached over and began groping me, putting his hands on my breasts. I tried to open my car door to leave but he reached over and locked it so I could not get out, Nelson continued. I tried to fight him off and yelled at him to stop, but instead of stopping he started squeezing my neck attempting to force my head onto his crotch.

Nelson said she feared Moore was going to try to rape her and she began crying as he assaulted her.

I was not going to allow him to force me to have sex with him, Nelson said. I was terrified. I thought he was going to rape me. At some point, he gave up and he looked at me and he told me, Youre just a child, and he said, I am the District Attorney and if you tell anyone about this, no one will ever believe you.'

Nelson recounted that after this she either fell out of the car or he pushed her out, driving away as she lay on the ground of the parking lot.

The passenger door was still open as he burned rubber pulling away as he left me laying there on the cold concrete, she said.

At a press confer...


Duterte meets Turnbull "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has assured Malcolm Turnbull he was concerned about Chinas military expansion in the South China Sea a day after saying the conflict was better left untouched.

The previous Philippines government brought a case against China in the international courts over the countrys vast claims to the waters, but Mr Duterte has been far less strident.

The South China Sea is better left untouched. Nobody can afford to go to war, he said on Sunday.

The formal meeting was the first between Mr Turnbull and Mr Duterte. Philippines Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and Foreign Minister Alan Peter Cayeta...


Tweed Council focuses on exercise for the over 50s "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

 Tweed Dragon Boat Club members Geoff Holdsworth, Deb Sirach and Colleen Drysdale are using the new John Follent Park exercise equipment for their cross-training. Photo TSC

Tweed Dragon Boat Club members Geoff Holdsworth, Deb Sirach and Colleen Drysdale are using the new John Follent Park exercise equipment for their cross-training. Photo TSC

Tweed Shire Council has announced a range of new exercise programs for the over 50s .

And new equipment installed in a Tweed Heads park this week is aimed at providing incidental exercise for all, with a special nod to the older age-group.

The age-friendly outdoor exercise equipment has been unveiled in John Follent Park in Tweed Heads, which the council says is in further response to the areas ageing population and its recreation needs.

The exercise pods are a free and social exercise option available to everyone, serving a diverse range of users and contributing to the overall health of the community. Nestled in a cluster of trees, users can enjoy beautiful views of the Tweed River while exercising.

To launch the equipment, Council and Northern NSW Local Health District will offer two four-week Come and Try programs for over 50s.

The first program will begin on 25 November and will be held each Saturday to show residents how to effectively use the equipment. It will be held at 8.30am to 10am on the first Saturday, then 8.30am to 9.30am for subsequent sessions.

A second program will begin on Saturday 3 February.

The programs will be free and will be run by a qualified exercise professional, Councils Recreation Planner, Jodie Hewett, said.

Topics at the program will include exercising safely, warming up, how to use each piece of equipment, information on balance training, core stability and resistance training.

The state-of-the-art exercise pods replaced outdated equipment in the park, following consultation with the community.

John Follent Park was chosen as the best site because of the high proportion of older residents in the surrounding area, its beautiful setting and the number of people who walk, cycle and run through the park.

Approximately 70 per cent o...


Candidate Profile Frank Jordan #qldvotes "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

I have lived in West End for thirty years. I am known locally as the butterfly man. I have co-authored a book on butterflies. In one of my gardens over a 20 year period I had 43 species of butterfly come and lay eggs on the host plants I grew especially to attract them. I []

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The Welcome Wagon Announce New Album Light Up the Stairs "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Image Courtesy of The Welcome Wagon New York based gospel-folk duo The Welcome Wagon have just released their new album Light Up the Stairs, following a successful Kickstarter campaign The Welcome Wagon make some of the sweetest Christen folk music going, heavily influenced by their label mate and producer Sufjan Stevens. In fact Light Up []


Redheads "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

There has been much interest in birding circles lately concerning sightings of Scarlet Honeyeaters around Victoria in locations well outside their usual range. In our general area this stunning small bird has been seen in Yea and Seymour, but we are not as yet aware of any reports of the bird around the Flowerdale and []


One Nations loss of Fraser Anning is part of an ongoing sickness "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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Pauline Hansons leadership style  has certainly contributed to the departure of a growing list of departures of One Nations members of parliament. A party moulded around her personal image and wish, is bound to rankle with those feeling they are being denied a legitimate voice.

But on its own, this too easy an explanation for the depth of the troubles that are enveloping One Nation. There is  something more fundamentally wrong that cannot be explained away by focusing on the personalities.

Those of us who have insisted that at the most basic, the problem is the divide between what One Nation claims to be and what it does, is being proved right by the unfolding of events.

The latest incident is the defection of the new Senator Fraser Anning on his first day in office. He had just come in to replace Malcolm Roberts, who had lost his seat over the dual citizenship fiasco. But on his first day, Anning walked away from One Nation and became an independent.

Anning says he had been a long time personal friend of Hansons, but this came undone at a single meeting last week, which he suggests, went to hell in a handbasket. He says he was expelled from the party. Hanson denies it and insists Anning abandoned the party. Whichever claim is the truth, there was an argument was over who has the right to hire the members staff. Anning had included several who had worked for Roberts, but did not have the approval of Hanson or her chief advisor James Ashby, and he was smacked down for the impertinence.

Hansons dynastic style is not limited to this particular incident. There is a history of it and it has been becoming increasingly pronounced since the last federal election, as the duo consolidate their top down control, over all decision making and how the partys finances are spent.

This ties back to the assertion of the divide between the discrepancy between what the party claims to represent and what it does.

One Nation was born out of a reaction of perceived betrayal of the interests of ordinary people by traditional politicians. The revolt was most marked in National Party stronghold in Queensland and New South Wales,  which had gone backwards economically and residents resented the decline of services, lack of employment opportunities and left behind the rest of Australia. These areas are among the poorest in the nation. People who live in them believed that the new party would make a difference. Many of the original One Nation activists had played important roles in battles against privatisation of government services and other aspects of ne...


Turnbull bonds with Trump during Asia jaunt "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

United States President Donald Trump and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull bond at the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) forum in Manila, Philippines, Monday, November 13, 2017. (AAP Image/Mick Tsikas)

United States President Donald Trump and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull bond at the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) forum in Manila, Philippines, Monday, November 13, 2017. (AAP Image/Mick Tsikas)


Malcolm Turnbull had a half-hour rendezvous with Donald Trump at his presidential hotel suite in Manila on the last evening of his six day Asia tour.

Both leaders have been in the Philippines capital since Sunday for the East Asia summit which wraps up on Thursday.

Mr Turnbull and Mr Trump bonded with some one-on-one time, without officials in the room on Monday night in a meeting that went for more than 30 minutes.

They had been due to catch up at a formal bilateral meeting earlier on Monday, however at the last minute the schedule shifted and the pair had a three-way chat with Japans Shinzo Abe.

Its unclear whether Mr Turnbull, at the evening meeting with Mr Trump, raised the prospects of speeding up the US refugee resettlement deal.

The stand-off with hundreds of refugees at the mothballed Manus Island detention centre continues.

Mr Trump reluctantly agreed to resettle up to 1,250 refugees but only 54 have gone to America so far.

New Zealands Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern had been hoping for a second conversation with Mr Turnbull, following her trip to Sydney a week ago, to express her grave concerns about the ongoing Manus Island saga and reiterate her countrys offer to take 150 refugees.

Its understood, thats unlikely to happen.

On Tuesday, Mr Turnbull is expected to meet with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on the sidelines of the summit.

Mr Turnbull will also get together with leaders from the 15 other countries negotiating a China-led Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership fre...


Honeyeaters "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

I enjoy all the bird song that I hear in my yard. However, seeing and photographing the birds is much more problematic. Sometimes you can get lucky and the other morning while I was watching out the window I saw that the callistemons were flowering again.  It had been so dry that the first flowers hadn't lasted very long but some good rain showers had brought the flowers out again. It looked like a flock of little birds were enjoying them and they were all dancing up in the top of the trees. It was very early so the light was perfect!
First here are the callistemon trees and flowers.

There were little birds up in the top of the trees and definitely enjoying the feast! There were more creamy-white flowers and more birds up there but it was the wrong angle for me to get photos so I tried for the ones that came down the tree among the branches. The birds were White Cheeked Honeyeaters - and they are tiny!The book says 16-19cms


EXTRACT: Christine Milne, An Activist Life ... "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

This is an incredibly important extract from legendary activist Christine Milnes first campaign ... against the Wesley Vale Pulp Mill ... Before the Wesley Vale campaign I was a well-respected local mother and teacher. Afterwards I was an independent member of the Tasmanian Parliament, either fair game for every abuse hurled from a passing car or held up as Boadicea of the Bush. Before, politics was something I encountered through campaigns and mostly at arms length; afterwards politics framed my day-to-day existence and my challenge was to fundamentally change it Wesley Vale was the first national environmental campaign to go beyond wilderness protection out there and to address pollution at home, by telling the story of ordinary people fighting for their precious place, their clean air, clean water and uncontaminated soils, and their right to be heard. But it was something more. The Wesley Vale campaign was started to save a community from the environmental impacts of a pulp mill (which converts native forests to woodchips and into pulp for making paper), but it rapidly morphed into a campaign to restore democracy and give the people a voice. That was its power. John Biggs in Comments: This book is inspirational, as was the conversation between Christine and James Boyce at its launch. The distant view one had of Christine as a senator is rounded out with much personal detail and knowledge of her perspective of things Bob Hawkins in Comments: That Christine Milne is no longer in mainstream politics is to the cost of every Australian. In her period as a Greens MP she ranked among a mere handful MPs of all colours who were across all the issues rather than just those in their own portfolios. She was eternally fluent, and factually precise, in all her utterances. Her ability to finish a sentence was probably matched only by JWH. Meanwhile, for the moment, we are saying goodbye to Jacqui Lambie. She isnt an ex-solicitor; she isnt an ex-barrister; she isnt an ex-accountant; she isnt an ex-union leader; she isnt, to my knowledge, an ex-used-car seller; she isnt, to my knowledge, an ex-journalist; she isnt to my knowledge an ex-real-estate seller; and she isnt, I believe, a racist bigot. What she is, is an ex-soldier; and she is, I understand, the offspring of a working-class family. In her short time in parliament, she has worked her butt off to promote the causes she believes in


Kraken comic "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

There are few regrets after Burning Seed but the habit of hugging people at the event is sorely missed afterwards.

I find myself wrapping arms around people and then registering their surprised look.


Surprising Study Suggests Gluten Sensitivity Isnt Caused By Gluten At All "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

After eating foods that contain gluten, do you tend to experience itching, irritability, bloating, or general discomfort? If so, youve likely assumed you are allergic to the protein found in a variety of grains. But according to a new study, gluten isnt the actual culprit. Rather, a sugar chain called fructans is to blame.

Approximately 1 percent of the population has celiac disease an autoimmune disorder that makes them react badly after consuming gluten proteins in wheat. An additional 12 percent feel bad after eating wheat-based foods, such as bread and pasta. This occurs, despite them not having celiac disorder. Since gluten became a buzzword, researchers have been stumped by the phenomena. But now, new research published in the journal Gastroenterology offers clarity on the topic.

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Fructans are a type of sugar chain found in wheat, barley, and rye in addition to onions, garlic, chickpeas, cabbage, and artichoke. To test if those who have sensitivities to gluten are actually allergic to fructans, researchers from the University of Oslo in Norway and Monash University in Australia recruited 59 non-celiac adults following gluten-free diets to participate in an experiment.

First, they gave the volunteers three types of cereal bars containing gluten, fructans or neither. The participants ate one of these every day for seven days, waiting one week in between trying new bars. Because the bars are identical, the participants have no idea which ones consumed fructans, gluten or neither.

It turns out, the fructan bar triggered 15 percent more bloating and a 13 percent increase gastrointestinal distress compared to the control bar. The gluten bar had no effect. The findings are similar to those of a 2013 study, in which non-celiacs who ate gluten-free to relieve gut issues found no difference in symptoms when they ate identical meals that either lacked gluten or were full of it.



Bangalow Designers Market 9 December, 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Bangalow Designers Market are passionate about promoting design in the Byron Shire community. We hope to showcase innovation in local fashion, arts and crafts, food and music.

Showcasing the best of the local area. Designer goods, local food and coffee.

Bangalow Designers Market Sat 9 Dec 2017| Bangalow Public School | Byron St| Bangalow NSW | 8am 3pm.

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Interview with Steve Austin on Qld election issues incl. LNPs fiscal principles & Greens promises "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Yesterday, on Steve Austins 612 ABC Brisbane Mornings radio show, I had another enjoyable chat with Steve and some of his listeners regarding a range of state election issues. These included John Quiggins critique of the LNPs fiscal principles, the Greens election promises, and infrastructure spending, among others. We began the discussion by returning to an issue raised in a previous interview, the controversial development of the new public service tower of power, 1 William St. You can listen to the interview from 1:37:49 at:

Steve Austins 612 ABC Brisbane wireless program Mornings, Mon 13 Nov 2017

I was grateful that one listener asked me for one example of a government program I would cut to save money. The first one that came to my mind was Tourism and Events Queensland (TEQ), which is an unnecessary agency, given we have a national tourism body, Tourism Australia. Also, both TEQ and Tourism Australia are less relevant in the age of social media, as our attractions, such as the Reef, rainforests, and beaches, are constantly advertised all around the world via Facebook and Instagram. I would note that, in its 2015 Industry Assistance Review, the Queensland Competition Authority also questioned the effectiveness of Tourism and Events Queensland, which receives over $100 million in funding annually. My previous posts referring to the Queensland Governments tourism promotion efforts via TEQ include:

QCA finds multiple policy failures associated with billions in industry assistance in Qld

Tourism & Events Qld deserved funding cut no turnaround in share of international visitors

I mentioned on air yesterday that I have no doubt the Queensland Treasury has a hit list of ineffective programs that it will propose cutting to a new incoming government. I am pretty sure TEQ would be on that list.



Fiction, or Gaming ... ? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Sometimes a view of the future can only be presented in the form of fiction, even though it represents a viable hypothesis of where events are leading. It is, in effect, strategic gaming. It was certainly the case with Stefan Possonys great book, Waking Up The Giant (1974), which discussed how a US president takes office during the Cold War


WikiLeaks asked Donald Trump Jr. to appoint Julian Assange as an Australian ambassador "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

It turns out Donald Trump Jr. and WikiLeaks direct-messaged each other more than a few times over the last year. According to a new report from the Atlantic, WikiLeaks first DMd the presidents son in September 2016, and Don Jr. even responded a few times. The messages reportedly continued until last June. Of the many

It turns out Donald Trump Jr. and WikiLeaks direct-messaged each other more than a few times over the last year. According to a new report from the Atlantic, WikiLeaks first DMd the presidents son in September 2016, and Don Jr. even responded a few times. The messages reportedly continued until last June.

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