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Friday, 22 June

16:44

New Sri Lankan spiders get Enid Blyton names "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

This video says about itself:

Science Bulletins: Seeking SpidersBiodiversity on a Different Scale

4 October 2012

Recognizing the tiny species of any ecosystem is hugely important for defining its overall diversity. But miniscule forms of life are often invisible to conservation efforts because they have yet to be described in detail. Dr. Norman Platnick of the American Museum of Natural History is leading an important initiative to discover biodiversity on a smaller scale. Having devoted decades to the study of spiders, Dr. Platnick now leads a team of 45 investigators from 10 countries in the largest-ever research project on spiders, identifying members of the goblin spider family. This group of spiders is widely distributed but largely unknown, primarily due to their small sizeat 1.2-3mm, they measure one-half to one-third the length of the average spider. This video follows Dr. Platnicks team into the Ecuadorian jungle as they collect and identify scores of unrecognized goblin spiders, showing how little we know about the full breadth of global biodiversity.

From ScienceDaily:

Six new species of goblin spiders named after famous goblins and brownies

June 21, 2018

Summary: A remarkably high diversity of goblin spiders is reported from the Sri Lankan forests. Nine new species are described in a recent paper, where six are named after goblins and brownies from Enid Blytons childrens books. There are now 45 goblin spider species belonging to 13 genera known to inhabit the island country.

Fictional characters originally described by famous English childrens writer Enid Blyton have given their names to six new species of minute goblin spiders discovered in the diminishing forests of Sri Lanka.

The goblins Bom, Snooky and Tumpy and the b...

16:35

Glazov Moment: Australian Broadcasting Corporation Celebrates Hijab "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

This new Glazov Gang episode features the Jamie Glazov Moment with Jamie Glazov. Jamie discusses Australian Broadcasting Corporation Celebrates Hijab and asks: Is the Hijab really just so sensuous and such an incredible source of empowerment? Dont miss it! Subscribe to the Glazov Gangs YouTube Channel and follow us on Twitter: @JamieGlazov. Please donate through []

15:05

Fishing Nets and Market Economy Status Tie up US-Vietnam Trade "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

 
Vietnam and America, once enemies, and now comprehensive partners, have developed a significant bilateral relationship since the two countries have moved away from the wars painful past and embraced a new future with greater vision.

This weeks trade mission to Washington led by Deputy Prime Minister Vuong Dinh Hue comes at a sensitive time when the Trump Administration is embroiled in trade disputes with China, the European Union, Canada, and Mexico.

Last year Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phucs meeting in the Oval Office with President Donald helped reboot a US-Vietnam dialogue. Hues mission during this visit will be to lobby for Hanois market economy status so that Washington will lift tariffs on their fish exports, namely catfish and shrimp among other products.

On the surface, US-Vietnam evolving economic relations moves the trade needle closer to increased normalization, but more work is needed according to sources in both Washington and Vietnam. The US- Vietnam Bilateral Trade Agreement (BTA) signed in 2001 was the signature key element in Vietnams short march from the battlefields into the labyrinth of legal reform, trade liberalization, and the World Trade Organization (WTO) membership.

The BTA sent a positive signal to investors and producers, especially with regards to labor-intensive manufacturers.  Nevertheless, in what global investors deem a socialist market-driven economy, Washington still designates Vietnam as a non-market economy. Under the terms of its WTO accession agreement with the U.S., Vietnam is to remain a non-market economy under U.S. law for up to 12 years after its accession or until it meets the U.S. criteria for a market economy designation.

Some policy experts remain optimistic about Vietnams progressive steps towards becoming a true market economy.

America and Vietnam widely acknowledge that globalization reflects a central facet in foreign investment in manufacturing plants like Nike in Vietnam, which employs over 400,000 young women. The tide of foreign direct investment pouring into the country has yielded many dividends, including a dramatic fall in Vietnams poverty rates, growing living standards, and increased life expectancy.

Vietnams cautious and sequenced adoption of market institutions has brought more than two decades of impressive economic performance, all while leaving the countrys underlying political economy largely intact claims Matthew Busch, a research fellow at Australias Lowy Institute.

 

Pushing for Market Economy Status

Vietnamese leaders are eager to see the United States change the status to a market economy since Hanoi is currently penalized with onerous antidumping and countervailing duties in excess of...

14:09

Paedophile spared prison to prey on victims in market stalls in Queensland. "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"



If there's ever a failure of 'justice' to the victims of paedophiles, this is just one example.

Bundaberg judge Keith Dodds supports paedophiles like Bob Fordham (Facebook profile: https://www.facebook.com/bob.fordham ) being among the community.

If they become repeat offenders, it's more 'business' for the courts.

If you're a paedophile in Bundaberg, you'd want Keith Dodds to 'judge' you, right?

Do you really want to be 'friends' with a paedophile who will have access to your photos that you put up of your children?

See article from 27 Mar 2009 by news-mail.com of the headline:

Fordham gets suspended sentence


DESPITE admitting to owning a collection of child pornography that included videos of children as young as five being raped, Bob Fordham was yesterday allowed to walk free from the Bundaberg District Court.

The former AFL Bundaberg Wide Bay (AFLBWB) president received two cumulative jail sentences, one with parole and one suspended, after pleading guilty to two child porn charges.

In Fordham's sentencing yesterday morning, crown prosecutor Kylie Ward told the court that police, who were acting on information from an international child pornography operation, found a collection of 10 child pornography videos on Fordham's computer last June.

The videos, some of which were more than 25 minutes long, included children aged between five and 14 performing sexual acts on adults.

Ms Ward asked the court to send a strong message to child predators by jailing Fordham, but Judge Keith Dodds sentenced him to a 12-month suspended jail sentence for knowingly possessing child pornography and an 18-month jail sentence, with immediate parole, for using a carrier service to commit the crime.

Another man arrested in the same operation pleaded guilty to possessing more than 900 child exploitation images which included infants being sexually abused - but was released immediately on parole and probation.

Fordham 'jaded'

Former AFL Bundaberg W...

14:01

The Bangalow BBQ and Blue Grass Festival 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Bangalow BBQ and Blue Grass Festival Old Time Variety Show 2018

Fri 17th Aug, A&I Hall 6-10pm

Sat 18th Aug, Showgrounds 10am-5:30pm

Bangalow Showgrounds

Great local food and quality musicianship in a fun family day out raising funds for local Arts & Culture

Friday 17th Old Time Variety Show 6pm till 10pm at the A&I Hall delicious barbecue and great bluegrass

Saturday 18th BBQ & Bluegrass Festival 10am till 5pm at the Bangalow Showgrounds family friendly event, barbecue competition, bluegrass on the main stage, Kids Games $2, Tasting Plates $10.

The post The Bangalow BBQ and Blue Grass Festival 2018 appeared first on Byron Bay Blog.

11:53

Powerful M6.1 quake strikes Port Villa, Vanuatu - Location considered "unusual" "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A POWERFUL 6.1-magnitude earthquake has hit Vanuatu, US seismologists said, but there were no immediate reports of damage. The quake struck at a depth of 21 kilometres some 30 kilometres west of the capital Port Vila, the US Geological Survey said. USGS said there was low likelihood of casualties and damage although it added that recent earthquakes in the area had caused secondary hazards such as landslides. "Definitely shaking would have been felt in the area, but we have received no reports yet of any damage," Geoscience Australia duty seismologist Hugh Glanville told AFP.

11:53

A riot of colour "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

in the garden this morning!

Eastern Spinebill feeding on Correa pulchella, Wyndham Street Newstead, 22nd June 2018

11:45

Why a US-Style Housing Bust & Mortgage Crisis Can Happen in Canada, Australia, and Other Bubble Markets "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Why a US-Style Housing Bust & Mortgage Crisis Can Happen in Canada, Australia, and Other Bubble Markets by Wolf Richter Wolf Street Despite persistent and false memes to the contrary. When a housing downturn gets big enough, there will...

The post Why a US-Style Housing Bust & Mortgage Crisis Can Happen in Canada, Australia, and Other Bubble Markets appeared first on The Daily Coin.

11:35

Victory! South Korean Court Rules That It Is Illegal To Kill Dogs For Food "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

By Amanda Froelich,

South Korea is one step closer to outlawing the consumption of canines. In a landmark decision, a South Korean court ruled that the killing of dogs for meat is illegal.

On Thursday, the city court in Bucheon reviewed a case brought by the animal rights group Care against a dog farm operator. Activists accused the man of killing animals without proper reasons and for violating building and hygiene regulations. The man was convicted and fined 3m won (2,050). Most noteworthy is that the court said meat consumption is not a legal reason to kill dogs.

Said Kim Kyung-eun, a lawyer for Care: It is very significant in that it is the first court decision that killing dogs for dog meat is illegal itself. She added that the precedent is paving the way for a total ban in South Korea.

Dog meat has been a part of South Korean cuisine since first century AD. Every year, approximately 1 million dogs are eaten in the country. But in recent years, the tradition has been challenged by animal rights activists and younger generations in the country. To crack down on dog farms, as well as appease the public, authorities have invoked hygiene regulations and some animal protection laws. There is still no specific ban against the consumption of canines, though.

According to a survey conducted last year, approximately 70 percent of South Koreans do not eat dog mean. Yet surprisingly, only 40 pe...

11:22

Tax-payer forks out $20,000 for Kimba children to have nuclear propaganda trip to Lucas Heights "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

 

Federal Government pays for schoolkids from country SA to go on a nuclear fact-finding tour https://www.adelaidenow.com.au/business/sa-business-journal/federal-government-pays-for-schoolkids-from-country-sa-to-go-on-a-nuclear-factfinding-tour/news-story/4820fe94618442858b517fada6b3f5a8, Erin Jones, Regional Reporter, The Advertiser, 21 June 18

AUSTRALIAN taxpayers are forking out nearly $20,000 to send Kimba school students on an all-expenses paid, five-night excursion to Sydney to learn about radioactive waste.

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11:13

Minister Matt Canavan lies on ABC radio, about having broad community support for nuclear waste dump sites "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Katrina Bohr No Nuclear Waste Dump Anywhere in South Australia https://www.facebook.com/groups/1314655315214929/, June 20 at 12:20 PM  An interview with Matt Canavan, near the end. His flexible term of broad community support for a nuclear waste facility is quoted in the Australian-There is already broad community support for three South Australian properties.

This is news to those communities. Another example of the flawed process....

11:10

Community Benefit Programme essential (?bribery) part of push for nuclear waste dump for Flinders Ranges "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Projects near possible nuclear sites receive funding,   SA sites earmarked as possible nuclear waste facility sites have received $4 million in funding for various community projects Stock Journal 11 Apr 2018, 

PROJECTS near Kimba and Wallerberdina Station, which have been earmarked as possible nuclear waste facility sites, will receive $4 million through new National Radioactive Waste Management Facility Community Benefit Programme grants.

Minister for Resources and Northern Australia Matt Canavan said 45 projects had been awarded funding.

These communities, presently being consulted about hosting a National Radioactive Waste Management Facility, were invited to submit applications for projects that will deliver social and economic benefits to their area, Mr Canavan said

Two sites in Kimba and one at Wallerberdina Station volunteered to host the facility, and are presently in a detailed community and technical assessment process. The Community Benefit Programme is a key part of the process. ...

10:58

Support for climate action is rising in Australia: but are politicians listening? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Lowy Institute Poll shows Australians support for climate action at its highest level in a decade , The Conversation    Matt McDonald, Associate Professor of International Relations, The University of Queensland, June 21, 2018 

The annual Lowy Institute Poll on Australian attitudes to the world and global issues for 2018 has been released. Among a series of interesting findings, one thing is clear: support for climate action and renewable energy continue to grow.

In response to the surveys questions on climate and energy, 59% of respondents agreed with the statement: climate change is a serious and pressing problem. We should begin taking steps now even if this involves significant costs.

This represents an increase of 5 percentage points from 2017, and a consistent increase in support for this statement over the past six years. It suggests that support for climate action in Australia is bouncing back towards its high point of 68% in the first set of Lowy Polls in 2006.

Whats more, while the federal government doggedly pursues a...

10:57

Pledge to vote for refugee rights "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Take the pledge here I will only give my first preference vote to a party that: (1) supports bringing the refugees detained on Manus and Nauru to Australia, and offering them permanent protection, (2) ensures people seeking asylum have access to education, employment and income support, allowing them to live with dignity, (3) ends the(...)

10:54

Australian Medical Association urges fixing the uranium-polluted water supplies to remote communities "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Filtering out heavy metals years away, despite high uranium detected in water, ABC News , By Bridget BrennanIsabella Higgins and Stephanie Zillman, -20 June 18

The Northern Territory Government has downplayed concern following the ABCs revelation that drinking water has been high in uranium in three Aboriginal communities for a decade even as the Power and Water Corporation said a plan to filter heavy metals was still years away.

Key points:

  • Earlier this week ABC revealed at least three Central Australian communities have uranium levels in drinking water that exceed health guidelines
  • The NT Health Minister has now responded, saying the NT Health Department and Power and Water were working together on the issue
  • But medical professionals said the situation was unacceptable

The response came as the Australian Medical Association urged the water supplies be fixed, with Aboriginal health organisations describing the situation as unacceptable.

On Tuesday, ABCs 7.30 revealed the central desert communities of Laramba, Wilora and Willowra supplied bore water with elevated levels of uranium.

Data from the Power and Water Corporation showed Larambas water supply contained uranium at higher than 0.04 milligrams per litre (mg/L).

Australian Drinking Water Guidelines outline those levels should not exceed 0.017 mg/L and the corporation agreed that several communities are drinking water above the national guidelines.

Yet the Power and Water Corporation said a plan to filter out elevated levels of heavy metals like uranium from drinking water in some Central Australian communities is still years away.

Doctors said fixing the supply should be a priority.

Contaminants which do make the drinking water unsafe to drink above the guidelines as stipulated, shoul...

10:47

Liberal Coalition attacks on the ABC will rebound against them "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

James Cogans speech at Sydney rally to free Julian Assange

Constant attacks on the ABC will come back to haunt the Coalition government The Conversation    Denis Muller Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for Advancing Journalism, University of Melbourne, June 20, 2018 

In January 1931, as the newly elected United Australia Party government of Joseph Lyons was contemplating the establishment of a national broadcasting service, the prime minister received a deputation of prominent Melburnians, including a barrister and member of the Victorian parliament, Robert Gordon Menzies.

They urged that the new broadcasting service be organised on an independent basis and that cultural potentialities of the Broadcast Service be considered a matter of primary importance. The broadcast service came to be named the Australian Broadcasting Commission and went to air for the first time on July 1 1932.

It is a measure of how far todays Liberal Party has drifted away from the values and ideals of its founder, Menzies, that last Saturday its federal council should have resoundingly adopted a motion that the ABC should be privatised.

One of the proponents of the motion was Mitchell Collier, the federal vice-president of the Young Liberals. He said there was no economic case to keep the broadcaster in public hands.

No economic case. Where the ABC is concerned, that is a false premise on which to proceed. The ABC was explicitly not established for economic purposes or in pursuit of an economic ideology. It was established for social, educational and cultural purposes.

It was also established on an explicitly non-commercial basis: it takes no advertising. Why? Because it was believed advertising would weaken its independence. The policymakers of the 1930s had seen only too clearly how beholden the newspaper proprietors of the day had become to commercial imperatives: the demands of advertisers and the pressure to increase circulation, even at the cost of editorial quality and integrity.

The newspapers of the day had also become mouthpieces for sectional interests. In Melbourne,...

10:44

UK Should Reject Extraditing Julian Assange to USA "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

 https://www.hrw.org/news/2018/06/19/uk-should-reject-extraditing-julian-assange-us  Faces Possible Indictment under Outdated Espionage Act  Dinah PoKempner General Counsel

It has been six years since Julian Assange, founder of Wikileaks, fled to the Ecuadorean Embassy in London to seek asylum from possible extradition to the United States to face indictment under the US Espionage Act.

At the time, Assange, an Australian national, was wanted by Sweden for questioning over sexual offense allegations. Assange had also broken the terms of his UK bail. Since then, he has become even more controversial, having published US Secretary of State Hillary Clintons emails and internal emails from Democratic Party officials.

While some admire and others despise Assange, no one should be prosecuted under the antiquated Espionage Act for publishing leaked government documents. That 1917 statute was designed to punish people who leaked secrets to a foreign government, not to the media, and allows no defense or mitigation o...

10:42

UK nuclear waste canisters decaying faster than expected (could this happen in South Australia?) "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Telegraph 19th June 2018 , Highly dangerous plutonium canisters are decaying faster than anticipatedat the Sellafield nuclear plant and present an intolerable risk if they started to leak, the spending watchdog has warned.

Government scientists have now agreed to spend an extra 1billion to...

10:35

Gang Show "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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Come and support local and statewide youth members from the Victorian Scouts and Guides who have been rehearsing since February for this original family fun theatre production.  

Tickets start at $23.00.

Head to www.gangshow.org for all your booking details.

Opens this Friday 22nd June til Saturday 30th June 2018.

Venue: Besen Centre Burwood.
   
Address: 87/89 Station St, Burwood VIC 3125.
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10:33

Peppertree Place "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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Open Gate at Peppertree Place in June

With our new neighbours the Coburg Farmers Market opening next door, we have been opening our cafe every Saturday (not just the 1st Saturday of each month) to see what the passing trade would look like - and quite frankly it looks great!! We've been welcoming new visitors and customers who have never been to Peppertree before - never knew we existed (we get that a lot!).

While we appreciate all that our volunteers do to keep this going, we acknowledge that it will be a huge challenge for us to sustain into the future.

SO thanks for supporting our little social enterprise, volunteer powered nursery and popup cafe.  

10:32

Free "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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We will have the following to give away shortly:


White fridge-freezer, v good working order. 
Oven: Hob (needs new sparker). 
Some of the original kitchen cupboards from Newlands brick house. 

Please call or text asap if you are interested as renovation starts this weekend. 

Jenny 0457 436 280.

10:31

Neighbourhood Houses "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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Newlands & East Coburg
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10:30

For Sale & Free "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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Vintage Kelvinator fridge in perfect working order $150 ONO.

Baumatic Dishwasher in perfect working order - free.

La Germania Oven - Stove. Gas works but electrics don't. May be able to be repaired. Free.

Text: 0451 793 104 Pick up Coburg.

Sarah.

10:28

The ignored refugees the growing numbers displaced by climate change "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

TIM MCDONNELL , This month, diplomats from around the world met in New York and Geneva to hash out a pair of new global agreements that aim to lay out new guidelines for how countries should deal with an unprecedented surge in the number of displaced people, which has now reached 65.6 million worldwide.

But theres one emerging category that seems to be getting short shrift in the conversation: so-called climate refugees, who currently lack any formal definition, recognition or protection under international law even as the scope of their predicament becomes more clear.

Since 2008, an average of 24 million people have been displaced by catastrophic weather disasters each year. As climate change worsens storms and droughts, climate scientists and migration experts expect that number to rise.

Meanwhile, climate impacts that unravel over time, like desert expansion and sea level rise, are also forcing people from their homes: A World Bank report in March projects that within three of the most vulnerable regions sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia and Latin America 143 million people could be displaced by these impacts by 2050.

In...

10:22

For Sale "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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Lego Head!

Secondhand - few scratches and wear and tear.

Great for storing lego and all those small tiny toys kids love to collect!

Pick up Regent.

Annie 
0458 353 794



10:22

MEDIA RELEASE 17/6 | REFUGEES LEAVE FOR THE US, AS NAURU GRIEVES "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A bitter sweet moment on Nauru as 21 refugees leave Nauru for the United States today Sunday 17 June (photos attached), only two days after a beloved asylum seeker died in a suspected suicide. The 21 leaving Nauru are from Myanamr, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. The group includes two families (one from Myanmar and(...)

10:14

House Sitting "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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House sitter needed for 7-14th July for lovely 3 bedroom house in Regent. 

If you have family or friends visiting for the school holidays this could be perfect for a few days or whole week as needed.

Contact Annie 0458 353 794 if you are interested.

10:12

Australia cashless sooner than you think? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


A 'thorn' in the administration of the general population in Australia is something called cash.


In order to give this tool that allows privacy the flick, the administration of Australia is in full swing under whatever excuse to do so.


Privacy (of the general population) is not what the Australian Government is about, after all why would you if you're in a penal colony.
 
The first stage is welfare, as they are the first people that are literally 'owned' by the government.

Here is one implementation of going cashless, as reported on 21 Jun 2018 by 9news.com.au of the headline:

Welfare law changes head to Senate

The federal government is a step closer to slapping an income test on carer allowances and expanding the trial of its controversial cashless welfare card.

The two key items on the government's social services agenda passed the House of Representatives on Thursday, and now await their fate in the Senate.

The government wants to apply a family income test of $250,000-per-year to Carer Allowance and the Carer Allowance (child) Health Care Card.

"Welfare is of course a major area of taxpayer funded expenditure," Attorney-General Christian Porter told parliament on Thursday.

"The government therefore is aware of the needs to balance welfare spending with the provision of support services."

Savings from the test will fund reforms in carer services, with carers able to...

09:30

40 Years Later: Looking Back At The Protests That Began Sydney Mardi Gras "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

By Andrew Trounson, University of Melbourne The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras is the worlds largest annual celebration of LGBT+ people and one of Australias biggest single tourist attractions. An estimated 300,000 people turned out for the 2018 parade in March, highlighting just how mainstream LGBT+ culture has become here. And only four months ...

The post 40 Years Later: Looking Back At The Protests That Began Sydney Mardi Gras appeared first on QNews Magazine.

09:28

Australian Clean Energy Summit 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Hosted by the Clean Energy Council, the peak body for the Australian clean energy industry, the Australian Clean Energy Summit is Australia's most prestigious clean energy event, annually gathering more than 500 delegates from nearly 200 organisations and four continents. It provides a platform for the industry to discuss policy with government, seek financing options for future projects and learn more about the industry's outlook from domestic and international heads of industry.

09:07

To Those Who Say, They Should Just Come Here Legally "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

With the situation that has been underway in America until todays executive order children being taken from their parents at the border as part of the Trump Administrations new immigration strategy were hearing the phrase, They should have just come here legally! getting thrown around a lot.

While the people making this statement make it sound easy enough for those seeking asylum or a better chance at life in the USA to obtain a proper visa, they fail to recognise the perplexity of the US Immigration system and demonstrate a lack of knowledge about the demanding process that is coming here legally.

Now, you cant blame someone for not having insight into this process. I wouldnt either if I hadnt gone through it myself with my now-husband. Our situation started as hopeful, as he is from England, a predominantly white, Christian nation, which is one of the USAs greatest allies. Things were looking up even more because I have a relative who is an immigration lawyer and was able to provide more insight into the extremely complicated process that is migrating to the United States.

We extensively researched ways he could live and work here legally without us getting married, but quickly came to the realisation this wasnt going to happen for us. While there are many different types of visas, they are not achievable unless you meet very specific requirements.

The work visa offered by the US requires you to be sponsored by an employer in a specialty field. The employer has to show you have a degree and two years or more of experience in this field. The US Government only issues 65,000 of this type of visa a year.

Having a relative or spouse who is a US citizen makes you eligible for a US visa, as does being a religious worker or student. Outside of those options, you can kiss your dreams of obtaining a visa to live and work here legally goodbye.

The US does offer tourist visas, allowing you to stay in the country for up to 90 days (no working please!). People traveling from Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Japan are visa exempt, meaning they dont require a travel visa to enter our country. If youre coming from anywhere else, you will have to apply for the visa and, wouldnt you have guessed it, people from Central American, Middle Eastern and African countries have a 40 50 per cent visa refusal rate. And young adults, who are single and/or unemployed almost never receive visas.

In our case, we made the decision to move to Australia to see how our relationship....

08:59

Shiiiiiiiitcuuuuuuunts "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

At the end of last year my twitter account was nuked because I told a lot of people I deemed to be committed racists, one at a time, that they were a "shitcunt". This was a tremendous mistake because if you get into an argument with major online entities like Twitter they erase a chunk of your online existence. I tried explaining myself, but I wasn't talking to a person, I was talking to a system built by more shitcunts. So an account I'd been running for a decade, with all the connections I'd made with thousands of people, was no more. It was all my fault but my fault wasn't being a shitcunt, it was that I am a hero who takes risks. Fuck I'm amazing. Get fucked. A fucking hero. Fuck. You.

Also, since April of last year until about a few weeks ago I have been obsessed with making my first solo show a goer, but after doing the show at four different festivals I was sick of it. Festivals, like major social media behemoths, suck a million business dicks but will not lift a finger to help the little people that make up the entire reason for their existence. And that shit costs a lot money. Paying money to do comedy? How dignified.

Online and at fringe and comedy festivals, I have watched the creators of art get milked dry by business vampires. They take our time and money and give back nothing but bullshit. The creators who do succeed do so because they are mediocre or cowards, generally. Check out the wide selection of boring comedians on Netflix if you doubt this.

Anyway late last year I got on with calling a lot of racists a "shitcunt". Shitcunt. What a word. A lot of people are in my estimation weak dogs, piss holes or dipshits, but hey, they might be struggling for some personal reason I know nothing about. But a shitcunt? That person is just a shitcunt. It was glorious to abuse the christ out of these shitcunts for a golden hour.

Last year my brother died and my family didn't bother to tell me and it got life changingly weird and ugly. So I focused my anger at the entire human race on one group- committed racists- and abused the fuck out of them. I will always come back to the simple idea that if you have horrible shit in your life, take that emotion and use it on a target that deserves it. Sure I lost that twitter account, because if you fight, you might lose. But if you don't fight, you're just a loser. Possibly even a shitcunt.

I've got some other ideas for things I can do that won't result in my destruction, so that's nice. A podcast. Returning to blogging, obviously. Stand up comedy, again. But I'm not 100% sure what I would be doing any of it for anymore. I know for a fact that producing content with an audience in mind is a recipe for a truly garbage life.

I have to go do a shit now.

08:59

Radium girlswon their legal case on radioactive poisoning; their graves still radioactive! "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Glowing Girls and Poisonous Paint https://www.thomasnet.com/articles/daily-bite/glowing-girls-and-poisonous-paint   

08:55

Launch of film protecting Country "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Protecting Country

 

Alexander Hayes   After three years of listening, a huge trip across country, countless hours spent editing and many community consultations we are thankful to be releasing today the Protecting Country film which was produced by Bruce Hammond and features Aboriginal leaders in their stand against the continued genocide of uranium mining, testing and dumping in Australia

Protecting Country is an independently produced film bringing the voices of the contemporary Adnyamathanha, Gurindji, Tanganekald, Yankunytjatjara Anunga, Mirning, Narunnga Aboriginal Australian people forward who are united in their stand AGAINST the present and planned uranium mining and nuclear dump activities in South Australia. Bruce Hammond, an Aboriginal Tanganekald man with ties to the coast in the lower South East of South Australia and the central desert regions of Finke and Alice Springs in conjunction with Alexander Hayes & Magali McDuffie from Ngikalikarra Media brought the Protecting Country documentary film on a screening road trip across Australia

08:45

Coalition climate deniers play havoc again with energy RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Youd think theyd be grateful: Malcolm Turnbull and Josh Frydenberg went to the effort of designing a climate and energy policy that does nothing, and Tony Abbott and friends are still complaining that it does too much.

via Coalition climate deniers play havoc again with energy RenewEconomy

08:45

Small solar installs pass 3 million mark in Australia RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Small-scale solar systems installed by Australian homes and businesses have passed the three million-mark, with one in five homes now generating their own power.

via Small solar installs pass 3 million mark in Australia RenewEconomy

08:44

Thinking about battery storage? Five things you should do first RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

There is a lot you should do before getting battery storage for you home. Here are 5 steps households should take before making the leap.

via Thinking about battery storage? Five things you should do first RenewEconomy

08:44

How Arctic Sea Ice Loss Could Make the Hot Pacific Blob Permanent robertscribbler "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

From the North Pacific to the tropics, loss of sea ice will result in a vastly heated Pacific Ocean in which events like the recent Hot Blob become far more common. Those were the conclusions of a new model study conducted by Wang, Deser, Sun and Tomas and recently published in Geophysical Research Letters. (Understanding []

via How Arctic Sea Ice Loss Could Make the Hot Pacific Blob Permanent  robertscribbler

08:43

Record renewables roll-out eases gas crisis, says AEMO RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

AEMO says record rollout of wind and solar has eased the dependence on gas, freeing up more supplies and reducing prices.

via Record renewables roll-out eases gas crisis, says AEMO RenewEconomy

08:42

June 21 Energy News geoharvey "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

World: Global law firm Hogan Lovells published a report showing the challenges posed by producing and accessing renewable energy in Africa, and how these can be overcome to achieve potential and scale. The analysis also highlights the potential for renewable energy production to revolutionize access to energy throughout the continent. [ESI Africa] Exhibitors []

via June 21 Energy News geoharvey

08:41

How rapidly can we transition to 100% renewable electricity? RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Science tells us that, to avoid devastating climate change, we must rapidly cut greenhouse gas emissions to zero. How fast is possible?

via How rapidly can we transition to 100% renewable electricity? RenewEconomy

08:00

The Weekend Quiz June 23-24, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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

1. A rising household saving ratio combined with a rising external deficit that drains aggregate spending, doesn't necessarily mean that the government deficit has to rise to maintain current output growth.



2. If the European Commission relaxed the fiscal rules restricting Member State governments under the Stability and Growth Pact (3 per cent deficit to GDP ratios and 60 per cent public debt to GDP ratios) then the solvency risk that several EMU members faced during the GFC would have been resolved.



3. Mainstream economists have argued that the large scale quantitative easing conducted by central banks in recent years - so-called printing money - would be inflationary. They based their predictions on the Classical Quantity Theory of Money which links the growth of the money stock to the inflation rate (too much money chasing too few goods). The fact that inflation has not accelerated sharply indicates that this mainstream economic theory should be discarded.

...

07:57

Strong and shallow M6.1 earthquake hits Vanuatu "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by Geoscience Australia as M6.2 hit Vanuatu at 21:13 UTC on June 21, 2018. The agency is reporting a depth of 36 km (22.3 miles). USGS is reporting M6.1 at a depth of 21.8 km (13.5 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.1 at a depth...... Read more

07:57

This winter, make it your mission to help people in need, year round "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Dee* had a tough upbringing. Her mother left after experiencing repeated violence, and Dee had to care for her younger brothers and sisters. I looked after everyone, got them to school, cleaned the house, did the shopping, did everything, Dee says. Dad would be at work all day long, then out drinking until the pub []

07:34

WA Health Minister, Roger Cook, Condones the Suppression of Scientific Debate on Vaccination "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Please read the following information and make WA Health Minister, Roger Cook, accountable for the false information he is providing about vaccines to the public. Politicians are liable for participating in legislative decisions that can harm human health. This censorship of the risks of vaccines as anti-vaccination material is resulting in an escalation of chronic illness in the population that is preventable.
Most of you will be aware that a billboard was put up in the Perth CBD (corner of William and Brisbane St) that asks the public Do you know what is in a vaccine. This information is essential knowledge for assessing the risks of this medical procedure. Just as you would check the ingredients of your food only vaccines are injected into the human body and this means the chemicals can access every organ of the body.
This information is in the public interest yet the WA government and AMA are calling this anti-vaccination material and complaining that the question poses a public health risk.
Why is the Australian Medical Association making this unscientific claim? The risks of any environmental toxin need to be addressed within the individual genetic make-up of each person and there are many toxins in vaccines.  Each toxin in the vaccine, for example, aluminium and antibiotics, will have a different reaction in every person because of their genetics and this reaction can be delayed.
Does Roger Cook know that there are antibiotics in every vaccine and that antibiotics are linked to causing many chronic illnesses including autism?
Why has the AMA also ignored the fundamental medical principle that:
A medical treatment should be individualised particularly when injecting substances into the human body that carry the potential for disease, disablement and death.
The US Vaccine Injury Compensation Scheme has paid out over...

07:29

A Climate of Fear Paedophiles and Cover-Ups "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Ecuadorian embassy, London

by G5

Introduction by Dee McLachlan

From time to time I receive submissions from G5.  Having met him several times, I have come to trust his work at least to the extent that it is possible for me to judge it. Generally I get the feeling G5 is sincere and has Insider knowledge. Of course I invite anyone to say, in the comments, or in a separate article, that they have disagreements with his facts.

On this occasion, G5 has taken on the Biggie the subject of Paedophilia in High Places. I am glad he has in particular highlighted the amount of fear that is going on today in relation to this.

You will be surprised to hear that Julian Assange was not the only person to seek protection in the Ecuadorian embassy in London.  Andrea Davison also sought protection there to save her life from the British.  What a world we live in!

So here we go. The rest is G5s but all bolding is mine:

Influence and Fear

The power and influence of the paedophile network in the UK is such that even Prime Ministers fear to expose it. The abused children were terrified by the power their abusers had over the police and the judiciary.

The risk of persecution and assas...

07:04

Indonesian court sentences Muslim cleric Aman Abdurrahman to death for inciting terror attack "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The slimy little firing squad target in this clip is Muslim cleric Aman Abdurrahman. The Reverend has just been sentenced to death for inciting others to commit terror acts. "The defendant has either met his followers face to face or distributed his write-ups widely on the internet, MP3 clips as...

07:00

A brief (fascist) history of I dont care "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

This article was sparked by the jacket that Melania Trump wore as she travelled to a detention camp for migrant children, but my intent isnt to argue that she or her staff chose that jacket in order to send a coded message to the presidents far-right followers. It is, rather, to highlight some of the historical echoes of that phrase I dont care.

07:00

Chia Is Easy to Grow "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

By Dr. Mercola

If you were alive in the 1970s and 80s, you undoubtedly remember the "chia pet" craze. Cultivating one of these characters was easily accomplished by applying moistened chia seeds to a grooved terra cotta figurine and watering them daily until they sprouted. Because chia seeds become gel-like when wet, they adhered to the pottery in such a way as to create tuffs of green sprouts that mimicked fur, hair and beards.

While the market for those terra cotta creations has waned, the interest in chia seeds and chia sprouts has experienced explosive growth. Part of the reason is chia's nutritional profile. Chia seeds are high in antioxidants, fiber, omega-3 fats and other beneficial nutrients. If you've never considered growing chia, perhaps you may reconsider after learning more about this superb superfood.

What Is Chia?

Chia seeds are harvested from the plant Salvia hispanica, a flowering plant that is a member of the mint (Lamiaceae) family. Chia is native to central and southern Mexico and parts of Central America. Due to its popularity, it is now grown commercially in several countries around the world, including Argentina, Australia, Bolivia and the U.S.1

Chia's tiny oval seeds boast a shiny, mottled seed coat that can be black, brown, gray or white. The plant itself is an annual herb characterized by dark-green leaves that are wrinkled and deeply lobed. When mature, numerous purple and white, somewhat self-pollinating flowers, emerge from a central spike.

The History of Chia

According to Britannica.com, chia was:2

  • Widely used in pre-Columbian Mesoamerica for medicinal and religious purposes, as well as a major food source for indigenous peoples
  • Roasted in seed form and ground into flour by the Aztecs, who also ate chia seeds whole
  • Overtaken by barley and wheat when Spanish conquerors introduced those and other grains to the "new world"

Chia's production as a food crop dropped off until the late 20th century. Its use, some assert, was somewhat revived due to the popularity of the chia pet in the late 1970s and '80s. At that time, chia began to make a comeback as an alternative crop and health food. Today, chia is well-regarded for its nutritiona...

06:46

NEW STALLHOLDER PROFILE FOR COCO CREATIONS & FLORISTRY BOUTIQUE "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Stallholder Profile for Coco Creations & Floristry Boutique



Your name: Crystal Gladman

Your business name and facebook/website name and link: Coco Creations & Floristy Boutique 
https://www.facebook.com/followyourdreamscoco/ 

The suburb/town you live in now: Mackay/ Eimeo

What is it that you make and what skills do you use?: I make unique custom dreamcatchers & flower crowns. I also hire dreamcatchers for weddings , birthdays etc. All products are handmade by me with love ..






What inspired you to start your business?: I have always been very creative and love creating beautiful things for people, my family also inspired me to do something I'm really passionate about:-) 
...

06:43

NEW LISMORE STALLHOLDER PROFILE FOR BURNING WITH HAPPINESS "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Stallholder Profile for Burning with Happiness





Your name:  Lisa Benton

Your business name and facebook/website name and link:  Burning with Happiness.    
The suburb/town you live in now:  Ballina.
What is it that you make and what skills do you use?:  ...

06:42

QNews Magazine Issue #457 | June 22, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Check out the latest issue of QNews Magazine. Queens Ball Winners / Feature: Gender / Docq / Qcalendar / Review: Disobedience | QNews Magazine 2018

The post QNews Magazine Issue #457 | June 22, 2018 appeared first on QNews Magazine.

06:25

Thank Folk Its Friday 22nd June "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

This Week in Folk All the News From The Week That Was Releases This Week Endless Chatter Merpire Bandcamp Stare Into The Dark Sam Newton Bandcamp Timber and Steel Recommends Go To This Gig Jack Carty & Gus Gardiner Friday 22nd June Solbar Playhouse, Maroochydore, QLD Saturday 23rd June Old []

06:00

MasterChef finalist homeless after hackers stole $250k on PEXA, Australias new online property transfer system "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A former MasterChef contestant and her family are homeless after hackers stole $250,000 from the proceeds of their home sale while it was being settled on Australias new online property transfer system, owned by the big banks and state governments.

05:52

Playing to Spin: Celtic tunes keep Contra dancers on their toes "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Contra dance queest-ce-que cest? For those of us whove never dipped a heel or toe into this aspect of the folk or social dance scene, a quick spot of online research explains contra dancing as social interaction, meeting people, and making new friends, set to music. A hot stepping cousin of square dancing or bush dancing, contra dancing is done in pairs with couples moving up and down a line or in sets in response to a caller. It originates from North America and is steadily gaining an enthusiastic following of new, young dancers here in Australia. It is also a fantastic way to link social dancing with community music making.

Melbourne based musician, Judy Oleinikov is a big fan of the inclusive nature of contra dance and for the past three years or so has been doing her bit to bring a wider awareness of it to musicians and dancers alike: Contra dances can  be more vivacious and also a little bit more informal than some of the other dances we have here unlike something more structured such as Scottish Dancing, it isnt intimidating to beginners.

It may be a relief to hear that a sleek technique isnt required and you dont need to point your toes to take part. Contra dancing is open to anyone of any age and people seem to find it highly addictive due to its inherent element of fun. That and the amount of spinning involved.

For Judy, Contra dance kicks come from her involvement as a fiddle player for the dance:

 What I love about social dance is seeing a roomful of people in sync, the dancers and the musicians. Theres just nothing better, that buzz of live music and everyone responding to it.

In addition to the fact its fun, Judy considers the resurgence in contra dancing important in helping to sustain a complex skill and a vital element of musicality which she believes is at risk of becoming lost: the ability to play for dancers.

A lot of Celtic musicians learn the music completely separate from the dance and so they havent quite got the feel they can be brilliant players but to a dancer it just wouldnt be right. Weve grown used to hearing recordings or playing tunes in pubs and so what I really like about bringing a dance back is doing it while people are learning the music to go with it.

Contra dance music is lively, and drives and energizes the dancers. Like all forms of music, it has originated from a blend of traditions, noticeably Irish, Scottish, Breton, Qubecois, Cape Breton, New England, and Appalachian, and is constantly evolving, as living traditions do. As an avid player of Celtic music herself, Judy explains that the origin of this form of music was in playing tunes for people to dance along to as entertainment...

05:51

Part 49. Australias irrelevant Crimes against humanity. Who knew? The Kingsford Legal Centre knew. "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Kingsford Legal Centre, part of the University of New South Wales, is the 2nd legal organization to be named in a series of WHO KNEW videos exposing legal groups, mass media entities, politicians and public servants who ought to know that Australias welfare policies and practices are recklessly dangerous, blatantly unconstitutional genocidal abuses of power.

This postings  shortlink: https://wp.me/p1n8TZ-1dF

In my last posting, Part 48 of the irrelevant holocaust series, I posted the text of an email to the Financial Service Royal Commission. This posting contains the text of an email sent earlier today to Anna Cody, the Director of the Kingsford Legal Centre.

The purpose of this posting, like every other posting in this series, is to enable welfare recipients to file criminal charges against those responsible for the worst cases of mass fraud and serial murder in the history of the Commonwealth of Australia.

METHOD IN THE MADNESS:  The fundamental duties of a solicitor, i.e. a lawyer, are set out in the Australian Solicitors Conduct Rules.

Article 3 of those rules states:.

PARAMOUNT DUTY TO THE COURT AND THE ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE

3.1

A solicitors duty to the court and the administration of justice is paramount and prevails to the extent of inconsistency with any other duty.

If a lawyer knows that people are being menaced, intimidated, exploited, defraUded, endangered or murdered, that lawyer MUST REPORT WHAT THEY KNOW; they cannot remain silent.

 -

THE KINGSFORD LEGAL CENTRE EMAIL

To:      Ms Anna Cody

Director

Kingsford Legal centre

Law Building,

University of New South Wales,

Kensington NSW 2052

Dear Ms. Cody,

 

Re: The role of the KLC in Australias worst cases of systemic fraud and serial murder.

A  month ago, Magistrate Robert Stone told the court he did not accept (Arch Bishop) Wilson could not recall a 1976 conversation with the victim.

Just 3 days ago, Crown prosecutor Gareth Harrison told the court Seeking a prison term for Arch Bishop Wilson, arguing it was the only way to send a strong message.

...

05:40

Senator Hinch "I shall introduce a bill to ban hunting of Dugong and Turtle." "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

That's the discoverer of the fountain of youth Derryn in the middle surrounded by tireless campaigners for Dugong and Turtle Colin Riddell and Bob Irwin. A couple of days ago Senator Hinch introduced a bill to ban live exports of animals. Colin saw his chance and quite pointedly asked the...

05:36

Star Stuff II Schedule of Speakers and Talks "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Star Stuff ll is on 7th & 8th July 2018 at Elements of Byron Resort Byron Bay

Star Stuff II is pleased to release this years incredible schedule of speakers and talks at the genesis of Australias tentative steps towards its own space agency. Our 11 speakers share their knowledge on a wide range of mind expanding topics.

Speakers Include :

  • Fraser Cain (CAN / Science Publisher)
  • Dr Alan Duffy (AU, Computational Astrophysicist)
  • Amy Shira Teitel (USA Space Historian)
  • Geoff Notkin (USA / Meteorite Expert)
  • Terry Lovejoy (AU Comet Discoverer)
  • Dr David Malin (AU AAO Astronomer)
  • John Sarkissian OAM(AU CSIRO Scientist)
  • James Gilmour (AU Private Space Agency)
  • Greg Quicke (AU Observatory, aka Space Gandalf)
  • Cathal OConnell (AU Nanotech / Science Writer)
  • Dylan ODonnell (AU / Byron Bay Astronomer)

Highlights Include:

  • On site solar and nighttime viewing (Weather permitting)
  • Telescopes & Equipment vendors
  • Night Photography Tours
  • Giveaways & Special Promotions

For more information please visit Star Stuff ll Sessions

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05:24

Kylie Minogue Shares The Moment She Realised She Was A Gay Icon "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Kylie Minogue had said she first realised she was a gay icon when she ended up at a Kylie-themed night at a Sydney gay bar. The singer told Billboard she became aware of the love the LGBT community has for her in the late 80s, after the release of her debut album, but it happened ...

The post Kylie Minogue Shares The Moment She Realised She Was A Gay Icon appeared first on QNews Magazine.

05:19

Salim Mehajer 11 months jail - "I just wanted to serve the community for love" "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Looks like you'll get your chance to serve old mate! Maybe in the laundry or cleaning the dunnies. This report is from News Limited SALIM Mehajers stroke of good luck in avoiding lengthy jail sentences has run out after he was today sentenced to at least 11 months behind bars...

04:59

7-Eleven Accused of Paying to Cover-Up Wage Theft "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim It has been reported that a joint parliamentary inquiry into franchising operations is about to hear explosive allegations that convenience store juggernaut 7-Eleven bribed people not to give evidence. The accusations come from a group of 7-Eleven franchise operators who say the head office of 7-Eleven paid them to

The post 7-Eleven Accused of Paying to Cover-Up Wage Theft appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.

04:44

Look Out! Yoof Gone Wild at Eastside! "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Hello friends, Im Maddie and I spent a week at Eastside Fm for my work experience! Read below to get a teenagers insight in the life of Eastside, and the adventures and experiences this community radio did for me! 

My time at Eastside Radio has been a time I wont forget. I have been shown a side of community, experience and music that I havent seen before. Through out the last week I have met so many wonderful people, either it be a volunteer, presenter or a fellow work experience colleague, the family that surrounds Eastside is so unique and nothing Ive ever experienced. I have also been very grateful to have the opportunity to be at Eastside in the week of Radiothon. Radiothon is a highlight in Eastsides calendar and being able to take part in such a special week was really spectacular. I love the attachment music has on people and how having that connection brings people together, leading to create a even better space to bond over. Eastside is one of those spaces. People can come together from various parts of Sydney and share their similarities through jazz, soul, world or any kind of music.

Besides the electric atmosphere of Radiothon, I was given an insight on how a radio station works. Working in the studios put me in the shoes of a presenter. As a person who has always been interested in the world of multimedia, doing work experience at Eastside has broaden my knowledge in this workforce and the training has given me the opportunity to trial the life of radio presenting. Also having the opportunity to incorporate the editing skills I previously knew before this last week, was very useful when presenters wanted to edit interviews into podcasts. I found it great to dive into the radio industry with a combination of new and old skills. Being able to talk on air was another experience that I didnt think I wouldve been able to take part in this week. Having to build that confidence was something I had to get used to, but the comfort and support by Cathy (as she convinced me to speak for every supporter who called in) helped significantly by the time the week ended.

If I could use one word to describe how I felt this week, it would be ecstatic. I will be forever grateful to have been part of the Eastside community for my week of work experience. The tips and tactics I have learnt in my time at Eastside, will be useful for the career I will be aiming to do by the time I finish high school. I will most definitely be back at Eastside as soon as I can so I can volunteer and stay part of this amazing community. I want to say a special thanks to Gemma, Tony and Cathy. I couldnt of imagined Eastside to be so lively without them. I would also like to say thank you to all the volunteers and presenters that made me feel welcome. I can not express enough how much I have loved being at Eastside. I would most definitely recommend anyone who is thinking about volun...

04:31

Action against Adani coal heats up "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Frontline Action on Coal have started a month worth of action by redecorating a billboard just outside Bowen on the Bruce Highway towards Townsville. Photo supplied.

Protestors from Frontline Action on Coal have started a month worth of action by redecorating a billboard just outside Bowen on the Bruce Highway towards Townsville. The billboards reads Adani Hates Workers and carries the Labor partys logo.

The months of action will be taking place as part of the lead up to the 30th June, when groups across Australia are expected to hold protests to call for no new coal projects in Australia.

One of the creators of the spoof Labor billboard, Jade Hill said: The new, improved billboards represent what the majority of Australians are thinking, and what Labor should be admitting. Adani doesnt care about workers and jobs, only about how much money he can make. If this mine goes ahead it will cause climate chaos and will be thoroughly automated, providing very few jobs for local workers.

The billboard was in response to fifteen workers at Adanis Townsville headquarters being told that their contracts would expire at the end of the month, further reducing employee numbers down to around 100 from a high of 150.

The build-up to the 30th June day of action has included banner drops, blockades, occupations and guerilla projections from Melbourne in the south to Cairns in the north. 

Frontline Action on Coal says that over thirty actions are planned across the country for 30 June and that many people are preparing to break the law for the first time in their lives in order to protect country and safeguard a liveable planet for generations to come. The protests will target politicians, coal mining companies and contractors associated with the Adani mine.

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04:25

Cash Savage on turning indignation into inspiration "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

 

  • Cash Savage and The Last Drinks :: Interview with Jack Shit

 

The forthcoming album by Cash Savage was born out of an incendiary indignation at the appalling plebiscite foisted upon Australia by a coalition of groups opposed to equality.

Cashs prior record had emerged from a time of loss (two close mates lost to suicide) and love (her two weddings one legal, in Vegas, one merely ceremonial, here). In between, Cashs wife Amy became pregnant, and despite consciously attempting to cease writing and sit with that the songs poured forth.

Beyond these performances it was the stark, defiant and sometimes heartbreaking conversation that made this interaction so spellbinding. Its fair to say that Cash and Jack dont hold much back.

WHO: Cash Savage and The Last Drinks + Blake Scott (The Peep Tempel)
WHERE: Lansdowne Hotel
WHEN: Saturday 23 June, 8pm
HOW MUCH: $23.50 from Oztix 

 

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04:20

Supporting the Uluru Statement from the Heart "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Mungo MacCallum and Thomas Mayor hold up the Uluru statement at Brunswick Heads on Saturday, March 25. Photo Jenny Garrett

Byron Shire Council has shown its support for genuine constitutional recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people at its June meeting by unanimously supporting a Mayoral Minute to support the Uluru Statement from the Heart.

The Statement from the Heart came from the First Nations National Constitutional Convention which has held in May 2017 at Uluru in the Northern Territory.

The Convention saw more than 250 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders from around Australia discuss constitutional reform.

The Uluru Statement from the Heart is such a moving and powerful document that challenges us, as a nation, to move forward and I think it is entirely appropriate that our Council has publicly declared its support, Mayor Richardson said.

Its important to note that the Statement from the Heart goes beyond changes to the constitution, he said.

It looks at legislative change with the establishment of the Makarrata Commission which would supervise a process of agreement-making with the Australian Government and truth-telling about our history and colonisation.

The Statement was the largest ever consensus of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people on a proposal for substantive recognition and, on behalf of Byron Shire Council, I am proud to support the Uluru Statement from the Heart.

We believe it should be a national priority, Mayor Richardson said.

The last sentence of the Statement invites us to walk with a movement of the Australian people for a better future.

Byron Shire Council accepts the invitation, Mayor Richardson said.

For more information contact Byron Shire Mayor, Simon Richardson, on 0427 076 834.

Uluru Statement from the Heart

 We, gathered at the 2017 National Constitutional Convention, coming from all points of the southern sky, make this statement from the heart:

Our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander tribes were the first sovereign Nations of the Australian continent and its adjacent islands, and possessed it under our own laws and customs. This our ancestors did, according...

04:14

Telstra left locals near Uki with no phones for five days "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The fact that John Donvito had to climb to the top of Mt Nardi in the dark to call Telstra to tell them the not only were their landlines down but the local Telstra tower was also out of order seemed to fall on deaf ears. Since last Saturday June 16 John called Telstra around 30 times to try and get them to acknowledge that there was not only a problem but that they do something about it.

I rang them and said the towers out and they responded telling me that it wasnt and that no one had reported it. Not only was the tower out but the landlines were down and then then we had a power cut as well on the Sunday (June 17).

By Monday June 18 Telstra finally acknowledged that the tower had been out over the weekend and by Tuesday the landlines were back on and the tower was fixed by the Wednesday.

The area went four days with no landline while it took five days for the tower to be back up and running.

For a telecommunications company they have very poor communication, said Don.

They have a website that you can check the status of towers etc but if your not going to update it then whats the point?

We have lots of elderly people in the area and they need to do a lot better at responding to outages.

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04:01

The Explosive Risk to the Upside "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Nice. Very nice. Thats how I feel about the way the Aussie stock market is shaping up right now. Its broken into a 10-year high this week.

If youve followed me for a while, youll know Ive encouraged you to take advantage of any weakness and buy the dips. Can the bull keep running?

I think it can. Thats certainly a high probability, if the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) knows what its talking about. The Australian reports this morning that AEMOs latest report is calling an end to the Australian east coast gas problem.

That might be news to all the businessmen whove been bleeding from high costs over the last few years. But the AEMO is apparently saying a combination of new supply, renewable capacity and a Northern Territory pipeline will ease the pressure.

That could potentially show up in higher earnings on the stock market if gas prices do come down. That would be another lift for the Aussie market over the next year. We can only wait and see on that. But its potentially very good news.

Perhaps we can say the same about interest rates staying down in Australia. Theres a growing suggestion that the RBA wont raise interest rates until 2020. That could ease fears that Australias indebted homeowners arent going to be choked from higher mortgage costs and help drive consumer spending.

The wildcard is always that the RBA doesnt have as much control over funding costs for the banks as it likes to pretend. What happens in overseas credit markets matters.

But theres no sign of major trouble on this front either. In fact, if you strip out the trade war rhetoric, we have a pretty good outlook, if you ask me.

Where I have been slightly off base lately is expecting the Aussie dollar to hold up. So far, its kept slipping down. Thats good news for any company with US dollar-based earnings, of course, but its not helping any of us when we fill up the car each week.

I would never presume to call a bottom in any market. They can always go far lower than any of us expect. But because I see such a bright outlook for commodities, I do wonder if the Aussie dollar might rebound sooner than you might think.

I did get a bit of support for this idea yesterday. I was on the phone with hedge fund legend Jim Rogers. We had a bit of a chat about it.

Part of the conversation was Jim telling me that hes still holding a large chunk of US dollars for his own portfolio. But he was open to the idea that the Aussie dollar could show relative strength against the US dollar compared to a lot of other currencies.

One wonders if other institutional money managers based overseas are wondering the same thing. It could drive a lot of international buying of Aussie sto...

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I really don't care "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

US first lady Melania Trump wore a jacket that read "I really don't care. Do U?" while boarding her plane to tour an immigrant children's shelter https://t.co/mhAqNeAgDR pic.twitter.com/mdYenZwBqT CNN International (@cnni) June 21, 2018 I REALLY DONT CARE, DO U? written on the back of Melanias jacket, refers to...

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Thank Goat its #FiveDollarFriday "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Edgars Mission - Goat, parker, vet

Reaping the benefits from our Five Dollar Friday Communitys kindness this week was our beloved Parker goat. Parker, a gentle giant Anglo Nubian cross has become a firm favourite among staff, volunteers and visitors alike with his cheeky personality, his unmistakable ears that often seem to have a life of their own and his perfectly executed, Please Sir, can I have some more? look whenever the rustle of a wheet bix box is in the vicinity of those aforementioned ears.

Over the years, Parker has been the recipient of multiple life-saving surgeries to correct issues within his urinary tract, which if left untreated or undetected, would likely have led to a most painful death. Regular checks and treatments are now part of Parkers ongoing care regime to ensure his redirected urethra remains functioning and allows him to live a comfortable and pain-free life.

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While surgery seemed no longer an option by Parkers attending veterinarians, this dear boy now receives regular shockwave therapy to break down scar tissue that threatens to block his urinary tract and keep any complications at bay. As always, Parker is an absolute gentleman and the most obliging of patients, as long as one of his people proffer chin scratches and nose kisses, he stands obligingly whilst the procedure is performed.

We are ever grateful for the technologies that allow residents like Parker to overcome adversity and live full and happy lives as are we grateful for our Five Dollar Friday community who make this arm of our work possible.

If you too want to send waves of kindness Parkers way, please consider joining our Five Dollar Friday Community today www.fivedollarfriday.com.au

03:41

start - [Talks] added Darren to 2018-06-25 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Next Meeting 25th June 2018 Address PlaceThe Great Northern HotelAddress 644 Rathdowne St (corner of Pigdon St), Carlton North VIC 3054 Pre-meeting 6pm dining function room Time for Talks 7:30pm in the dining function roomWebsite Phone (03) 9380 9569

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03:39

The bureaucratic absurdities of teaching in New South Wales "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Public schools rely on the unpaid overtime labour and emotional blackmail of teachers. Ive lost count of the amount of times Ive challenged why we are expected to complete an arbitrary task in our own time only to be told we dont get into teaching for the money and we go that step further because its what is best for the children.

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Lessons in Friendship "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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Every now and then we experience those moments of realisation that things, events and experiences have brought life around full circle. Often, these realisations come at a much later date, during times of reflection rather than at the actual moment they occur for those moments are often too painful, too demanding of our energies or too all-consuming to ever contemplate the bigger picture.

One such moment we experienced recently here at the sanctuary was the passing of our beloved Vincent van Goatee. Even the typing of his name brings tears to the eyes, still so real is the pain of losing him.

I have no doubt that each one of us has a desire to be remembered for something when our days on this earth come to an end. Were we brave and courageous, kind to a tee, intelligent, accomplished, rich and famous, did we achieve great things, right a wrong or all of the above? The list goes on. And if there is one defining quality that comes to mind when we reflect on the life of dear Vincent it was most certainly this: friendship.

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The memory of that cool Wednesday morning we pulled up at the rural pound and first laid our eyes on Vincent is still as clear as the day it happened. A stately Anglo Nubian cross, who looked more camel-like than caprine and an older, handsome Toggenburg with the most impressive beard gazed back at us from the paddock beyond. At first, we couldnt help but giggle as we wondered how on earth two of the biggest goats we had ever seen were going to fit into our van, which now seemed tiny in comparison. But we were soon sobered when we realised the smaller of the two, the boy we were to christen Vincent van Goatee visibly trembled at the mere sight of us. This simultaneously broke our hearts and made the task ahead seem near impossible. How on earth were we to catch this terrified goat and convince him to step foot into our vehi...

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03:26

Voters understand better than commentators the trickery of state budgets "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Thats the title of my latest piece in the Guardian.
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Privatisation has been the last fiscal resort of desperate governments for decades. By now, just about everyone in the community understands that the supposed windfall achieved by selling income generating assets is spurious. Voters have routinely tossed out governments that have advocated or implemented privatisation, sometimes by stunning margins.

The only people who havent got the memo are the politicians who make budget policy and the journalists who write about it. The politicians reluctance to abandon privatisation is understandable if discreditable: when electors throw them out, they are virtually guaranteed a lucrative post-political career in the financial sector.

The failure of political journalists to understand what they write and talk about for a living is more surprising. Yet the coverage of the Queensland and NSW elections suggests that there has been no improvement in understanding of the basic issues.

03:19

WATCH: The Queer Eye Boys Give Australian Farmer A Makeover In New Mini-Episode "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The mini-episode the boys from makeover show Queer Eye filmed in the Australian town of Yass has been released. The shows Fab Five Antoni Porowski, Tan France, Karomo Brown, Jonathan Van Ness and Bobby Berk visited Australia earlier this month, and had two projects while in Yass. First, Tan, Karamo, and Jonathan helped ...

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03:14

Turnbulls class war "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The right is fond of decrying as class war any proposal that would benefit Australian workers and low income families. But, we finally have a genuine class war election in view and it has been launched by Malcolm Turnbull, with his attempt to tie future governments into massive income tax cuts for high income earners.

The good news here is that, despite some wavering, Labor held its nerve, opposed the second and third stages of the package and voted against the entire bill. Some people (I imagine the kind who call themselves hardheads) were worried that defeating the entire bill would be hard to explain to voters. They didnt apparently consider how they would campaign against regressive policies they had already voted for (or maybe they supported those policies).

In any case, voters in Australia finally have a clear choice. Massive tax cuts for companies and high income earners, or a progressive tax system that provides the revenue we need to provide decent public services. It seems that a majority of younger voters, at least, know where they stand (more on this soon, I hope).

03:09

Fairfax Emma-nomics "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Perhaps Fairfax should shorten its name to just Fair?

Jessica Irvine is Fairfaxs senior economics writer.  Her educational qualifications (from Linked In) are a Bachelors Degree, Economics (Social Sciences), majoring in Philosophy and Political Economy, Honours (University of Sydney 2000 2003).

The following opening paragraph comes from Irvines article this morning relating to the passage of tax cut legislation yesterday:

These are the tax cuts we dont deserve and cant afford. They are not part of a wider tax reform package, leave the budget too vulnerable to future economic shocks, and theyre unfair, to boot.

Dont deserve.  Cant afford.  Unfair to boot.  Quality economic analysis.  But wait.  Theres more:

Middle to upper income earners will also be the earliest recipients of support.

A tax cut is the provision of support is it now.  Jess read this please before writing again.  But she also wrote this:

But Australian politicians have simply not done the hard work to reform our tax base to ensure finances are in a sustainable position before Australians can be relieved of the burden of bracket creep.

Half right she is.  They have not done the work to reform the governments spending base.

It is rumoured that our Jess will be offered a professorship at the University of Sydney School of Emma-nomics.

#justsaying.

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02:41

Appeal for information over motorcycle crash Tweed/Byron PD "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Police are appealing for public assistance following a motorcycle crash in the states north.

About 4.30pm yesterday (Thursday 21 June 2018), emergency services were called to Clothiers Creek Road at Clothiers Creek, about 25km south of Tweed Heads, following reports a yellow Honda motorcycle crashed into a fence.

On arrival, officers from Tweed/Byron Police District found the passenger, a 38-year-old woman, with head and arm injuries. She was taken to Gold Coast University Hospital by the Westpac Life Saver Recue Helicopter where she remains in a stable condition.

The rider, a 44-year-old man, suffered minor injuries and was taken to Murwillumbah Hospital for mandatory testing.

Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the crash.

Anyone who saw the motorcycle in the area before the time of the crash is urged to come forward.

Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au/Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence. We remind people they should not report crime information via our social media pages.

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02:33

What is Common Assault? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The word assault often conjures up images of a physical altercation between two or more people. And whilst pushing or striking another person without legal justification will amount to an assault, the offence of common assault in NSW does not necessarily require any physical contact at all. Where is the offence of common assault contained

The post What is Common Assault? appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.

02:28

Road rage in Lismore "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A road rage incident occurred yesterday Thursday June 21) around 3.30pm near the Trinity bus exchange in Lismore when the driver of a black sedan became enraged at the driver of a school bus over a traffic issue.

The driver smashed one of the front windows of the bus and grabbed a windscreen wiper before leaving the area.

Sergeant Mat Johnson of Lismore police told Echonetdaily There were no issues with children or members of the public and the bus company has chosen not to pursue it.

Road rage incidents are not acceptable, especially in the vicinity of schools and other public places.

Sergeant Johnson urged drivers to keep calm and get to their destinations safely.

Drivers are reminded that the speed limit is 40km in school zones and when a school bus has flashing lights.

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02:19

AATIP and Project Prato "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


Dr Hal Puthoff's recent speech

One aspect of Dr Hal Puthoff's recent speech at the Las Vegas, Society for Scientific Exploration conference, was his reference to the AATIP work concerning the 1977 Brazilian Air Force's major study - Project Prato. In part, Dr Puthoff, stated:

"We as part of this program looked at some cases that were really good from Brazil. In 1977, 78, it was like Close Encounters of the Third Kind. A thousand pages of documents all done by the Brazilian Air Force investigation team, 500 photographs, 15 hours of motion film, a lot of medical injuries. This is a list of the different kinds of medical injuries that occurred when people encountered these craft at close range, and it has some overlap with cases that we've investigated during the program, of injuries occurring."

How does the topic of "medical injuries" relate to the AATIP? The DIA's solicitation for firms to submit a tender for the AAWSA program, in August 2008, HHM402-08-R-0211, has, at attachment one, paragraph 3a) the words "the contractor shall complete Advanced Aerospace Weapon System technical studies in the following areas ...9. human interface, 10 human effects."

January 2018

Earlier, on 28 January 2018, during an interview with George Knapp, Puthoff referred to a Bigelow Aerospace Advanced Space Studies (BAASS) archive of data - such as the 1977 Brazilian Air Force study with 1000 pages of documents; 15 hours of movie film; 500 photographs amd then states that the data base was BAASS proprietary.

 I wanted to find out more about what happened to the Project Prato data. The Internet contains much information about the project itself, but almost nothing about the disposition of material beyond Brazil itself.  However, I did find a mention in one of Jacque Vallee's works.

Vallee's Brazilian research trip

In July 1988 Jacques and Janine Vallee visited Brazil on a research trip. (Forbidden Science Vol. 3.)There I found much about what the Vallees knew, about Project Prato.

The Vallee's met with a Colonel Hollanda of the First Air Force region, which covered most of the Amazon. Jacques Vallee writes: "He led the team sent to the islands at the mouth of the Amazon during project Prato to observe and photograph the objects that flew over the area for three months from July to September 1977. " (p.336.)

The Vallee's were shown a file by Hollanda which "...held the military photographs, detailed aerial maps, trajectory analysis by the staff of Project Prato. Every page was stamped "confidential" on top and bottom." Vallee was told that the originals of some of the photographs had been sent to the Brazilian capital city of Brasil...

02:10

MACKAY Police find stolen cars and rifle in Habana "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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02:08

Appeal to locate missing man  Casino "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Police are asking for help to locate Steven John Close. Photo NSW Police.

Police are appealing for public assistance to help locate a man missing from the Casino area.

Steven John Close, aged 56, was last seen leaving a hospital in Urbenville on Tuesday 22 May 2018.

When he failed to return home, officers from Richmond Police District were notified and commenced inquiries.

Mr Close is described as being of Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander appearance, about 170cm tall, of a medium build and with dark brown hair.

Mr Close is known to frequent the Casino area and police have received information he may be in Queensland.

Anyone with information, or that sights Steven, is urged to contact Crime Stoppers immediately.

Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page. Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence. We remind people they should not report crime information via our social media pages.

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02:01

Phat Burgers "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The new kid of the block. Bravely opening opposite burger institution SKBB, many feared for Phats survival. But since launching earlier this year, Phat has snowballed its way to success. Their quick service and no-nonsense Phat Mac stacked burgers have earned them devoted fans. The burger fraternity has swarmed through their doors. A frenzied opening []

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This HIV Vaccine Could Begin Human Trials Next Year "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A promising candidate for a HIV vaccine may protect against dozens of strains of the virus and is almost ready for human testing, scientists say. The vaccine creates antibodies that attack a vulnerable site of the virus discovered two years ago, according to researchers at the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) ...

The post This HIV Vaccine Could Begin Human Trials Next Year appeared first on QNews Magazine.

01:45

Zero Emissions Byron event June 27 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Professor Will Steffen from the Climate Council will be presenting a Zero Emissions Byron talk at the Byron Theatre on Wednesday June 27 entitled The Big U-Turn Ahead; Calling Australia to Action on Climate Change. Photo supplied.

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While many governments around the world are introducing measures to address climate change, the Australian government has failed to develop an action plan to reduce Australias emissions to COP21 agreed levels.

With both local and federal government elections coming up in 2019, its time to start rattling the cage!

Professor Will Steffen from the Climate Council will be presenting a Zero Emissions Byron (ZEB) talk at the Byron Theatre on Wednesday June 27 entitled The Big U-Turn Ahead; Calling Australia to Action on Climate Change.

Professor Steffen says, We need to throw out governments at all levels that dont take effective action on climate change and serve notice to incoming governments that they will suffer the same fate if they dont meet the climate change challenge.

Once, Earth System scientist Professor Steffen was a member of the Climate Commission, the independent body established in 2011 by the government to communicate reliable and authoritative information about climate change in Australia. The Commission was abolished in 2013 by Abbotts government.

Less than a week later, the Commission was relaunched as an independent, non-profit organisation called the Climate Council, fully funded by public donations.

Professor Steffen sees the current top climate change challenges as getting universal agreement across countries and cultures that we need to phase out all fossil fuels, coal, oil and gas by 2040, if we are to have a chance to stabilise the climate system at temperature somewhere near 2 degrees C.

He says the Climate Council is working hard to deal with the dangers of the National Energy Guarantee (NEG)...

01:38

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

News of BitHumb hack continues to dominate the crypto market. While the consequent hasn"t been that adverse, there are differing opinions on the matter. Charlie Lee of Litecoin on an interview thinks that there shouldn"t be a correlation between any []

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

01:36

Why are blue-tongue lizards tongues blue? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Bluey the blue-tongued lizard gives it a waggle. Photo supplied.

Blue-tongue lizards use their tongues as a last-ditch effort to avoid being eaten, according to the latest research from the Lizard Lab at Macquarie University in Sydney.

The base of their tongue is particularly bright under UV light which birds can see clearly. The lizard relies on camouflage to avoid hawks and other predators. When that fails, the lizards poke out their tongues as far as possible distracting the birds with a flash of bright blue and ultraviolet tongues. And yes, you would it under disco lights.

Blue-tongue lizards have a highly conspicuous tongue, but, unlike many other kinds of lizards, its a big tongue the surface area is large. When blue-tongues do a full tongue display, the mouth is opened widely, and the tongue is flattened and expanded. At the same time, they may hiss and puff-up their body for maximum effect. This behaviour, in combination with a highly conspicuous tongue, can be quite intimidating for anyone that has got too close to a wild bluey, said Associate Professor Whiting.

The post Why are blue-tongue lizards tongues blue? appeared first on Echonetdaily.

01:28

Tas Councils: Is The Deputy Election System Dudding Us? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

This article is not so much brought to you as provoked by Hobart's Lord Mayor Ron Christie, who today caved in to a campaign from sectors (by no means all) of the Tasmanian and interstate religious right.  Following an outcry about upside-down red crosses on the Hobart waterfront, Christie criticised the Dark Mofo music and art festival, suggesting it was no longer "family friendly" (was it ever?) and that the Council may cease funding this very successful visitor drawcard.  It doesn't appear Christie necessarily speaks for the Council on this matter, and certainly nor did he when he became remarkably keen on a proposal for co-naming Hobart "nipaluna" (a stance rather at odds with his opportunistic criticism of Mike Parr's three-day burial performance by the way, given the intended meanings of that artwork).  The Ron Christie I knew a little in the early 2000s was quite the zany freethinker and I suspect would have loved Dark Mofo to bits.  I can only wonder what has occurred!

Christie's strange performances as Lord Mayor brought to my mind the issue of how he came to be Mayor in the first place despite achieving very little voter support at the 2014 Council elections, and reminded me of an issue I've considered now and then before with the way Deputy Mayors are elected in our local government system.  I believe that the way in which we elect Deputy Mayors, while simple to follow, is letting our Councils down in situations like this, and that there are probably better solutions.  As an introduction for readers unfamiliar with the system, candidates for election as councillors (aldermen) can run for Mayor or Deputy Mayor, but not both.  A single preferential election is held for each of those positions, with the constraint that the winner must also claim a seat on council in the multi-member Hare-Clark election for Councillor seats.  In 2014, for the first time, candidates for Mayor and Deputy were no longer required to have served on a council before.

Ron Christie is Lord Mayor until October because Sue Hickey resigned the position on account of her election to State Parliament.  When the Lord Mayor resigns close enough to the next election, no by-election is held.  The existing Deputy Mayor is promoted and a new Deputy is elected "Rats In The Ranks" style by fellow Councillors.

2014: Who Hobart Voted For

At the 2014 Hobart City Council election, Sue Hickey was elected as Lord Mayor, narrowly defeating incumbent Damon Thomas.  The other mayoral candidates were former Deputy Lord Mayor Helen Burnet (Greens), Green alderman Philip Cocker, and newcomer Suzy Cooper (who won an aldermanic seat but resigned mid-term).

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01:02

Sydney unemployment rate falls to 4.2pc "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Manufacturing picks up

Construction employment declined a bit over the three months to May 2018.

As detailed in our free sample report for fund managers and investors, the looming and potentially sharp downturn in construction jobs from century-highs as a share of total employment is a key risk in Australia. 


However, there was an offsetting strong increase in manufacturing and public sector employment in the quarter. 

Manufacturing employment being on the rise again might be something of a surprise given auto industry closures, but manufacturing is quite a broad term, incorporating food manufacture for overseas consumers, for example. 

And this dynamic has helped to keep the annual average number of unemployed persons declining, albeit glacially, down to 723,900 from 768,400 at the September 2015 peak. 


Sydney's unemployment rate declined again to just 4.2 per cent in May, taking the annual average unemployment rate for the harbour city down to 4.49 per cent - that's the lowest rate since 2008, and hardly the dynamics typically associated with a protracted housing market downturn. 

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00:34

Video: Young unionists help Newcastle homeless "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

 

Unions are mostly known for their involvement in in matters concerning wages and wqorking conditions. While these are their bread and butter, unions and their members are often concerned with matters out there in the wider community. Here is an example where young members of the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA), are active in helping homeless people sleeping out in the streets. They are supporting Night Angles, to provide clothes, backpacks and other items to help make a rough life a little more comfortable.

Video from Maritime Union of Australia Newcastle Branch

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MUA Newcastle Branch Youth

MUA Newcastle Branch Youth members make a donation to the Newcastle Night Angels

Posted by Maritime Union of Australia Newcastle Branch on Wednesday, June 20, 2018

 

The post Video: Young unionists help Newcastle homeless appeared first on The Pen.

00:28

Population growth quicker than previously estimated (slowing from higher-highs) "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Population growth rate: slowing from higher-highs

A somewhat confusing set of figures from the ABS today, with a final rebasing of population estimates from the 2016 Census shaving nearly 20,000 off the estimated resident population of Australia, leaving the population clock now at just a tick over 24,950,000.

That means that the population clock is now projected to hit 25,000,000 in August 2018, a little bit later than scheduled.

Interestingly, through, the latest revised figures also showed that the growth in the estimated residential population was quicker during the first half of last year than previously reported, peaking at 408,179 over the year to June 2017, before easing back a bit to 387,969 (or 1.6 per cent) by the end of the calendar year. 


There was an unusually high number of international departures in the March quarter.

It remains to be seen if this dynamic is sustained, but it seems likely to relate to the high number of international students we are now seeing in Australia.

In effect, with more than 2 million temporary visas on issue, Australia's 'resident' population is becoming more seasonal (we are seeing this impact a lot in rental markets these days).

The revised numbers showed that net overseas migration into the three most populous states was pacier than previously reported in the early part of last year, with immigration into Sydney temporarily sending New South Wales off the top of the charts (literally so in this case).


Annual immigration into Western Australia has now increased steadily for four consecutive quarters, with the three most populous states now easing, if you take these fi...

00:24

Accounting for mangrove methane in global carbon budgets "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Dr Judith Rosentreter enjoying the ambience of a mangrove system. Photo supplied.

Mangroves are highly valued for their efficiency in storing the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide. But those calculations need to be adjusted to account for the methane emitted during the carbon burial process, according to new research from Southern Cross University.

Organic material within the mangrove system releases methane as it breaks down. However, scientists from the Universitys Centre for Coastal Biogeochemistry Research have found the methane being released is offsetting on average 20 per cent of the carbon dioxide removed from the atmosphere and buried as blue carbon.

The paper Methane emissions partially offset blue carbon burial in mangroves, published in the journal Science Advances, provides the first estimate of the global magnitude of this offset.

Our results show that high water and sediment methane emissions have the potential to partially offset blue carbon burial rates in mangrove sediments on average by 20 per cent, said lead researcher Dr Judith Rosentreter.

The offsets may be as high as 60 per cent around the boundary between the tropics and subtropics, driven by lower mangrove carbon burial rates and higher methane emissions.

Although there are some uncertainties associated with global emission estimates of methane mainly owing to the lack of data from countries with large mangrove areas such as Indonesia or Brazil the overall conclusion that there are some offsets remain the same.

Professor Bradley Eyre, director of the Centre for Coastal Biogeochemistry Research at Southern Cross, is one of the co-authors.

Methane emissions from mangroves need to be accounted for when assessing their importance in future blue carbon assessments and climate change mitigation, sai...

00:00

June 22 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

1788 - "Slight shock of earthquake in the newly formed settlement of Sydney Cove. It did not last more than two or three seconds. It was felt by most people in camp, and by the Governor himself, who heard at the same time a noise to the south, and which he took at first to be the report of guns fired at a great distance.  The earth teemed with sulphurous odour for some time after."


1829 - John Slack (alias York) was hanged at Sydney for putting in fear and burglary at the house of Timothy Beard at Cabramatta.

1838 - Col William Light spat the dummy and resigned as Surveyor-General of South Australia, after being refused additional staff and being ordered to use an inexact method of survey.

1842 - The Imperial Waste Lands Act increased the minimum price of land in all the Australian colonies to 1 acre - half the proceeds to be used to encourage migration. Wakefield, Torrens & Hutt's plan from the SA Foundation Act of 1834, is to be half adopted in the other colonies i.e. NSW WA & Tas.

1846 - The Eastern Market was opened in Melbourne right alongside the Female Peniteniary ; the Eastern Market site later hosted The Southern Cross Hotel where the Fab Four stayed during the Melbourne leg of their Oz tour but, sadly for them, there were no longer any caged females screaming next door....

1854 - The news finally reached Oz about the outbreak titled the Crimean War, which gave rise to fears of attack on Oz by the Russian Navy....which in turn led to the night When The Russians Didn't Invade Victoria.

1854 - Sir Charles Hotham plonked himself into the post of Governor of Victoria.
And then the rot set it.

1863 - Roll up, Roll up! The City of Churches aka Adelaide was sparkling like a hazy diamond in the night when the city was illuminated by gas.

1884 - A simple lesson for men to change their socks more often!!! Henrietta Dugdale and Annette Bean had been darning too many socks for the menfolk - their heads had obviously been turned (as had possibly their stomachs) by the odourous smell assaulting their senses so they formed the Women's Suffrage Society in Melbourne on this day.

1889 - Sydney's tallest building, the head office of the Mutual Life Association of Australasia, opened. It stood more than 34 metres above street level.

1892 - During a day of wild weather all over the state of Victoria that caused much damage, a cyclone hit Ballarat resulting in extensive damage to buildings, numerous people were injured and 2 lives were lost.

1892 - Newspapers reported that the unemployment situation was so bad, some families were selling their own clothes to buy food.

1899 - Essendon....

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23:24

$20k on offer for pollinator projects "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Ceder and Stuart Anderson with one of their Flow Hives. Photo supplied.

Entries close soon for a $20,000 funding pool to kickstart pollinator projects.

Beeinventive, the company behind crowdfunding success story Flow Hive, is offering $20,000 to schools and community groups to help make the world a better place for pollinating insects.

Projects may involve direct action such as habitat restoration and preservation, education, or advocacy.

Flow Hive co-inventor Stuart Anderson said, The funding we are making available is something small we can do to help some of the many groups already working to help the worlds 20,000 species of solitary bees and other native pollinators.

Submissions must be received by June 28 and not-for-profits, schools and community groups can outline their project at www.honeyflow.com.au/pollinator-support.

The post $20k on offer for pollinator projects appeared first on Echonetdaily.

23:20

Craig Wright Referenced as Satoshi in Chinese University Textbook "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Craig Wright Referenced as Satoshi in Chinese University Textbook

According to reports a Chinese economics textbook thats used in some of Chinas leading universities states that the notorious Dr. Craig Wright is Satoshi Nakamoto, the creator of Bitcoin. The university textbook authored by Frederic Mishkin calls Wright an Australian geek who invented the cryptocurrency bitcoin almost ten years ago.

Also Read: I Am the Real Satoshi Claims Hawaiian Man After Filing Bitcoin Cash Trademark

Dr. Craig Wright is Referenced as Satoshi Nakamoto in a Chinese University Textbook

Dr. Craig Wright is an interesting man, and he is well known for publicly identifying himself as the creator of Bitcoin not long ago. Multiple news publications and key members of the Bitcoin community such as Gavin Andresen and Jon Matonis say that Wright has signed messages using Satoshi Nakamotos keys. Although during that time, and even now, that topic has been a contentious issue amongst the cryptocurrency community, and since then Wright has stopped discussing the claim.

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23:19

Ideas at forefront for written festival "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Byron Writers Festival Vice Chair Adam van Kempen and Festival Director Edwina Johnson clutching the full program for the 2018 festival released today

After many months of careful curation, the full program for this years Byron Writers Festival has been released, profiling 140 writers and thinkers who will converge at the Elements of Byron resort from August 3 till 5.

Festival director Edwina Johnson says, Were thrilled at how well this years program has been received. Our office phone has been running hot and lots of lovely locals have dropped by to snap up Sundays locals tickets. Were also delighted to discover that many people are coming as a group with their book clubs.

Drawing the regions creative minds and national and international headliners, the festival will again feature inspiring true stories and writers of fiction, politics, society, environment, science, art, music, comedy and children and young adults. Theres something for everyone and apart from the festival itself, there are diverse writers workshops and evening events in Byron Bay and the wider northern rivers region.

True stories

Sharing their inspiring true stories will be young Saudi activist Manal al-Sharif (Daring to Drive), sexual assault survivor Bri Lee (Eggshell Skull) and music teacher of Afghan children, Eddie Ayres (Danger Music).

Other storytellers include Asylum Seeker Resource Centre founder Kon Karapanagiotidis, Jessie Cole (Staying), Sarah Krasnostein (The Trauma Cleaner), Sarah Wilson (First, We Make the Beast Beautiful), Dr Anita Heiss (Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia) and acclaimed historian Henry Reynolds (This Whispering in Our Hearts).

Broadcaster Richard Fidler will take his turn in the hot seat with Saga Land co-author Kri Gslason to explore the Vikings.

Local writers

Local writers include literary luminary Robert Drewe, who will launch his new collection of short stories The True Colour of t...

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22:32

The Australian guilty of contempt over construction union leader "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Contributed by Adam Carlton

Murdoch flagship the Australian has been waging a long running campaign against the construction Forestry Maritime Mining and Energy Union (CFMMEU), and especially its Victorian leader John Setka.

The years of character assassination have been to try and destroy a union, which is seen as the leading edge of the movement, and in the way of the Murdoch empires dream of the de-unionisation of Australia.

Murdochs vendetta against the union and its leaders is part of a much wider agenda, to impose on   a particularly vicious brand of politics on Australia, based on race hate, the denial of basic rights and concentration of power. With its collection of like minded writers, the media empire has been molded as the propaganda arm of this political ambition. Given the resources at its disposal, this is a dangerous organisation.

A month ago, the newspaper took the vendetta a step further, by publishing stories about Setkas prior convictions, and used the by lines, the only thing bigger than his biceps is his police rap sheet, and that he had been convicted or fined over 40 of those convictions, including for theft, assault by kicking, criminal damage and assaulting police.

They are grossly misleading claims, which do not mention their connection with an ongoing political battle with Murdoch and the government, widely regarded to be political in nature, rather than about criminal behaviour. The Australian has never been reputed to be hugely accurate with its news.

Another article referred to claims by the prominent Turnbull minister Michaela Cash, about Setka not being fit to exert political influence, because of his excessive criminal history. It did not mention that the government is partisan, and has shown its desire to remove the union leader from office.

Warnings from the Office of Public Prosecutions over publishing material in these stories had been ignored.

In a pivotal case, Setka and the unions president Shaun Reardon had been charged in December 2015, with blackmail over alleged threats made to executives of concrete company Boral two years earlier. The case collapsed in May this year.

Following this, the Director of Public Prosecutions launched proceedings against the Australians owners and Nick Cater, who is a former editor of the weekend edition of the newspaper and executive director of the Liberal Party associated Menzies Research Centre.

Cater was accused of having a tendency to prejudice or interfere with the due administration of justice in the prosecution of John Setka.  In a story, published just a month before the collapse of the Setka Reardon trial, Cator wrote a story with the heading Shortens just a puppet wholl do what he is told, in which he claimed...

22:15

A Tourism Apocalypse "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

What a delightful scene for tourists wishing to visit the epic sites located on the Great Western Tiers NOT! Zoom off the boat at Devonport, compete with Double Bs along the deplorable Bass Highway with visual scenes to the south of the formidable ramparts you have been reading about in tourist guides, weave your way through the delights of Deloraine, over the bridge (any platypus down there?) and five kilometres down the road to Highland Lakes Road and BINGO!

22:07

Damn, dash, bother ... ! "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Damn, dash, bother! Couldnt plunge into the icy Derwent this year ... cause Id forgotten I had to register for The Solstice Swim. Wont happen next year ...

22:00

Trump pisses on the Statue of Liberty ... "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

*Cartoon: Martyn Turner, used with permission: https://www.facebook.com/martynturnercartoons/ . http://www.irishtimes.com/opinion/martyn-turner

21:30

Fortnightly links: Who Was in Command, Afghanistans deepening migration crisis, 2018 Lowy Institute Poll, and more "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Two out of three women in PNG experience abuse at the hands of an intimate partner, but volunteers are now offering safe havens across Port Moresby.

A new Australian SDGs website was launched in Sydney last week, and is a centralised platform where case studies and examples of action being taken can be shared openly.

Two Fishes is a new podcast out of Fiji exploring the ideas and stories that make our minds tick.

The 2018 Lowy Institute Poll shows that on average, Australians think 14% of the federal budget is spent on aid and that this should be reduced to 10%, where in reality aid spending is approximately 0.8%. It also has some interesting findings on how Australians feel about Papua New Guinea.

Who Was in Command is a new website containing data on the names, ranks and command responsibilities of security forces in Nigeria, Egypt and Mexico. IRIN reports on how being able to track personnel helps combat rights abuse.

This podcast by four LSE grad students discusses various aspects of global development, from an interesting variety of perspectives.

In Afghanistans deepening migration crisis, the government is trying to help returnees, but the absence of long-term reintegration plans may make the situation even more volatile.

The post Fortnightly links: Who Was in Command, Afghanistans deepening migration crisis, 2018 Lowy Institute Poll, and more appeared first on Devpolicy Blog from the Developm...

20:18

Is a War With China on the Horizon? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

By Michael T. Klare and cross-posted from truthdig

On May 30th, Secretary of Defense James Mattis announced a momentous shift in American global strategic policy. From now on, he decreed, the U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM), which oversees all U.S. military forces in Asia, will be called the Indo-Pacific Command (INDOPACOM). The name change, Mattis explained, reflects the increasing connectivity between the Indian and Pacific Oceans, as well as Washingtons determination to remain the dominant power in both.

What? You didnt hear about this anywhere? And even now, youre not exactly blown away, right? Well, such a name change may not sound like much, but someday you may look back and realize that it couldnt have been more consequential or ominous.  Think of it as a signal that the U.S. military is already setting the stage for an eventual confrontation with China.

If, until now, you hadnt read about Mattiss decision anywhere, Im not surprised since the media gave it virtually no attention less certainly than would have been accorded the least significant tweet Donald Trump ever dispatched.  What coverage it did receive treated the name change as no more than a passing symbolic gesture, a Pentagon ploy to encourage India to join Japan, Australia, and other U.S. allies in Americas Pacific alliance system. In Symbolic Nod to India, U.S. Pacific Command Changes Name was the headline of a Reuters story on the subject and, to the extent that any attention was paid, it was typical.

That the medias military analysts failed to notice anything more than symbolism in the deep-sixing of PACOM shouldnt be surprising, given all the attention being paid to other major international developments the pyrotechnics of the Korean summit in Singapore, the insults traded at and after the G7 meeting in Canada, or the ominous gathering storm over Iran.  Add to this the poor grasp so many journalists have of the nature of the U.S. militarys strategic thinking.  Still, Mattis himself has not been shy about the geopolitical significance of linking the Indian and Pacific Oceans in such planning.  In fact, it represents a fundamental shift in U.S. military thinking with potentially far-reaching consequences

Continue reading the article

19:59

Daytime meteor fireball jets across Toowoomba, Queensland sky "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

An unexplained bright light was seen travelling across the sky above Toowoomba earlier this morning. There may be an innocent explanation for it but it brings forward the age old question - are we alone in the universe? It is something that divides people all across the world and when unexplained flashes of light or objects are snapped in the sky, the question is again brought to the forefront of people's minds. Most of the time they can be explained, but sometimes they can't. This morning Nathan Murphy shared a photo he snapped of the puzzling light moving across the sky at 6.30am.

19:47

Twitter deactivated President Trump's service - it can ban the prisoner Craig Minogue "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

@TwitterAU Please remove the prisoner and convicted multiple murderer Craig Minogue's Twitter feed, it's highly offensive to his victims. https://t.co/Sw0ZxLdrAc Michael Smith News (@mpsmithnews) June 21, 2018 Tommy Robinson, Milo Yiannopoulos and for a short time President Donald Trump have all been banned from Twitter - Tommy and Milo...

16:54

Market Talk- June 21, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Another poor day for the major Chinese markets, yet a continued recovery for Japan. Again, we see Shanghai and the Hang Seng under perform the periphery, as concerns surrounding the US/China trade talks play on investor minds. Both core China markets closed down 1.3% and are lower in late US trading following the continued weak sentiment. It was currency that helped Japan (+0.6%) and Australia (+1%) as both these closed higher on the day. Unfortunately, currencies lost similar amounts but it looks good as a headline outlier. Not a great day in India as both the stock market and currency declined. The SENSEX opened well, but after playing both sides on unchanged, eventually closed at the days low. The INR again traded heavy as it approaches the mid 68 range. We are against important numbers here so could well be time for a correct into next week. This may help for the short-term but the trend is firmly in place.

The price action in Europe was similar to the Asian play. Having opened in positive territory it was not long before sellers appeared. It looked as though the BOE meeting and headline concerns surrounding OPEC were the catalyst. The BOE announced an unchanged Base but the vote split surprised the market. Expecting a 7-2 and seeing a 6-3 was a shock. The change came from Andy Haldane (Chief Economist) who joined Ian McCaffrey and Michael Saunders in voting for an increase. The market took this to expect August to be a done deal and so GBP rallied +0.5% while the FTSE deduced that being negative and declined near 1%. Core Europe saw the DAX decline 1.5% as autos led the way lower with the CAC falling 1% as energy fell. Fears of Euro scepticism is again hindering the FTSE MIB as well as the Italian government bond market. The index lost over 2% today with 10yr BTPs out 18bp.

A down day across the board and never really looking like it had a chance to turn. DOW Industrials still leading the way, with large autos start to lower numbers. We are seeing the eighth straight decline for the DOW and the US Dollar turned today also. Small caps had been the best performing sector but today has taken a bit of a hit. The broader S+P was the index that has been holding its ground best, but with all other indices off...

16:26

Dinosaur tongues, new research "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

This 2017 video is called How to Sculpt a Dinosaur Part 2 Eyes, Teeth, Tongue & Skin Texture PREVIEW.

From the University of Texas at Austin in the USA:

T. Rex couldnt stick out its tongue

June 20, 2018

Dinosaurs are often depicted as fierce creatures, baring their teeth, with tongues wildly stretching from their mouths like giant, deranged lizards. But new research reveals a major problem with this classic image: Dinosaurs couldnt stick out their tongues like lizards. Instead, their tongues were probably rooted to the bottoms of their mouths in a manner akin to alligators.

Researchers from The University of Texas at Austin and the Chinese Academy of Sciences made the discovery by comparing the hyoid bones the bones that support and ground the tongue of modern birds and crocodiles with those of their extinct dinosaur relatives. In addition to challenging depictions of dino tongues, the research proposes a connection on the origin of flight and an increase in tongue diversity and mobility.

The research was published June 20 in the journal PLOS ONE.

Tongues are often overlooked. But, they offer key insights into the lifestyles of extinct animals, said lead author Zhiheng Li, an associate professor at the Key Laboratory of Vertebrate Evolution and Human Origins of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.He conducted the work while earning his Ph.D. at the UT Jackson School of Geosciences.

The researchers made their discovery by comparing the hyoid bones of...

16:16

Liberals continue to behave badly in 2018 - Part Four "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


FIGHTING


Police said they were called to Naji's Charcoal Chicken & Kebabs eatery on Firth Street in Arncliffe just after seven o'clock on Monday night, following reports of a "brawl". The roast chook shop is owned by Michael Nagi, a Liberal councillor for Bayside Council.

The meeting is understood to have turned ugly after an attempt by the moderate faction, which includes Nagi, to allow into the Bayside branch a nearby area, Earlwood, which is controlled by the moderates and has never been a part of the Bayside branch.

This would have constituted what those on the right of the party would class as a "hostile takeover" of their factional control, but a resolution was never reached because the disagreement turned violent.

Police said a man believed to be aged in his forties was taken to St George Hospital and treated for minor injuries....

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After watching this video the next two years of US domestic and international politics will hardly surprise "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"



16:03

FDA Approves Genetically Engineered Golden Rice But Is It Safe? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

June 22nd, 2018 By Dr. Joseph Mercola Contributing writer for Wake Up World Genetically engineered (GE) Golden Rice has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), making the U.S. the fourth country to give the GE food the green light, after Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Golden Rice is genetically engineered to contain extra []

12:24

Ex Hamel 2018 - RAAF Alenia C-27J Spartan Transport Aircraft A34-005 "Wallaby 05" Returns to Rockhampton Airport "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

During the afternoon on Tuesday 19 June, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Alenia C-27J Spartan transport aircraft A34-005 was noted flying into Rockhampton Airport from RAAF Base Amberley as "Wallaby 05".

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It is interesting to note that earlier in the day, A34-005 "Wallaby 05" was joined by fellow RAAF C-27J A34-009 as "Wallaby 09", along with Sytraders Pty Ltd Casa 212-400 turboprop VH-VHB as "Snowbird 4", which was completing parachute work for the Australian Army, operating low level down South-West of Warwick.

As we reported below, on Monday 18 June, a trio of Air Affairs Australia Learjets touched down at Hervey Bay (Fraser Coast) Airport from their Nowra base in New South Wales.  On Tuesday 19 June, they all took to the air and completed airwork in Shoalwater Bay before eventually returning to Hervey Bay.

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12:15

Amsterdams Airport Lets Travelers Swap Leftover Euros for Cryptos "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Schiphol the international airfield Serving the Netherlands capital city, Amsterdam is starting an Automated teller machine which will allow travellers to exchange their euros for bitcoin or ethereum. The airport explained in a statement on Wednesday that the car has been an option to convert their remaining euros into the two popular cryptocurrencies when they leave the country based an option to convert their remaining euros into the two popular cryptocurrencies when they leave the country itll offer travellers ability to convert their remaining euros to the two popular cryptocurrencies when they leave the country. The new Automated teller machine service facilitated by a partnership with a Dutch software company ByeleX we hope to offer a helpful service to passengers by onset we hope to offer a helpful service to passengers by find out if theres sufficient demand from travellers, the release indicates.

Tanja Dik, director of Consumer Products & Services at Schiphol, commented: . With the bitcoin Automated teller machine, them to readily exchanges local euro for the global cryptocurrencies bitcoin and ethereum permitting potential to spend euros in their home country. That may be beneficial if, for example, it isnt possible to spend euros in their house country. The effort comes as other international airfields are starting to embrace the idea of cryptocurrency as a potentially useful added service for their clients. Earlier this year, Australias Brisbane airport also announced a plan to roll out a crypto payment choice for consumers shopping at retail outlets across the terminal. CoinDesk is an independent operating subsidiary of Digital Currency Group, which invests in cryptocurrencies and blockchain startups. CoinDesk is an independent operating subsidiary of Digital Currency Group, which invests in cryptocurrencies and blockchain startups. CoinDesk is an independent operating subsidiary of Digital Currency Group, which invests in cryptocurrencies and blockchain startups.

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12:05

Is a War With China on the Horizon? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

On May 30th, Secretary of Defense James Mattis announced a momentous shift in American global strategic policy. From now on, he decreed, the U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM), which oversees all U.S. military forces in Asia, will be called the Indo-Pacific Command (INDOPACOM). The name change, Mattis explained, reflects the increasing connectivity between the Indian and Pacific Oceans, as well as Washingtons determination to remain the dominant power in both.

What? You didnt hear about this anywhere? And even now, youre not exactly blown away, right? Well, such a name change may not sound like much, but someday you may look back and realize that it couldnt have been more consequential or ominous.  Think of it as a signal that the U.S. military is already setting the stage for an eventual confrontation with China.

If, until now, you hadnt read about Mattiss decision anywhere, Im not surprised since the media gave it virtually no attention less certainly than would have been accorded the least significant tweet Donald Trump ever dispatched.  What coverage it did receive treated the name change as no more than a passing symbolic gesture, a Pentagon ploy to encourage India to join Japan, Australia, and other U.S. allies in Americas Pacific alliance system. In Symbolic Nod to India, U.S. Pacific Command Changes Name was the headline of a Reuters story on the subject and, to the extent that any attention was paid, it was typical.

That the medias military analysts failed to notice anything more than symbolism in the deep-sixing of PACOM shouldnt be surprising, given all the attention being paid to other major international developments the pyrotechnics of the Korean summit in Singapore, the insults traded at and after the G7 meeting in Canada, or the ominous gathering storm over Iran.  Add to this the poor grasp so many journalists have of the nature of the U.S. militarys strategic thinking.  Still, Mattis himself has not been shy about the geopolitical significance of linking the Indian and Pacific Oceans in such planning.  In fact, it represents a fundamental shift in U.S. military thinking with potentially far-reaching consequences.

Consider the backdrop to the name change: in recent months, the U.S. has stepped up its naval patrols in waters adjacent to Chinese-occupied islands in the South China Sea (as has China), raising the prospect of future clashes between the warships of the two countries. Such moves have been accompanied by ever more threatening language from t...

11:58

Ex Hamel 2018 - RAAF Search and Rescue Agusta AW139 Helicopter VH-SYJ "Choppa 32" Lands at Rockhampton Base Hospital "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

On Tuesday 19 June, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Search and Rescue (CHC Helicopters Australia / Lloyd Helicopters) Agusta AW139 helicopter VH-SYJ "Choppa 32" was spotted landing on the Rockhampton Base Hospital heli-pad.


It appeared to come into Rocky from the Shoalwater Bay Training Area (SWBTA) where it is presently based in support of the joint Military Exercise Hamel 2018.

It also comes a day after Australian Army NH Industries MRH-90 Multi-Role Helicopter A40-020 completed a medical evacuation drill by also landing on the Rockhampton Hospital heli-pad on Monday 18 June.

https://www.facebook.com/AusArmyForcesCommand/

Meanwhile, also on Tuesday 19 June, there were a couple of other helicopter visitors into Rockhampton Airport in support of Ex Hamel 2018.

An unidentified Australian Army MRH-90 helicopter popped in briefly during the morning as "Hustler 11", while during the afternoon, another called in as "Warhorse 31".  Later still, another MRH-90 believed to be A40-041 also visited Rockhampton Airport but as "Kraken 11".

Photo taken by Gordon Clark 

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Ex Hamel 2018 - Photos of Australian Army MRH-90 and ARH Tigers "Warhorse-Angry Combined" at Rockhampton Airport Late Monday "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

As we posted below, during the latter part of the afternoon on Monday 18 June, some nice helicopters of the Australian Army and Royal Australian Navy (RAN) popped into Rockhampton Airport in association with Exercise Hamel which is currently underway in the nearby Shoalwater Bay Training Area (SWBTA).


Local plane spotter 'IAD' was on hand to capture some great photos as a flight of one Australian Army NH Industries MRH-90 Multi-Role Helicopter - A40-034 - was accompanied by a pair of Australian Army Eurocopter (ARH) Tiger Armed Reconnaissance Helicopters - A38-007 and A38-020. 




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11:10

PERTH Arrest of Uber driver for sexual assault, WA "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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Sex Assault Squad detectives have charged a 31 year old man as a result of their investigation into an incident that occurred on Monday, 8 January

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=https://www.miragenews.com/arrest-of-uber-driver-for-sexual-assault-wa/&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjY4M2YzY2YyMWY0NTY1YTk6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNHppIH5ceUGXE4WN10zSvQSrITvug

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PERTH WA Uber driver charged over sexual assault "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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An Uber driver has been charged with the sexual assault of a female passenger in Perth. Police say a woman in her 20s was indecently assaulted in

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=https://www.9news.com.au/national/2018/06/21/10/03/wa-uber-driver-charged-over-sexual-assault&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjY4M2YzY2YyMWY0NTY1YTk6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNHbiCmJfLflB5jSJSeT4P9-hFfDFQ

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PERTH Uber driver charged with sexual assault "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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two counts of indecent assault and one count of sexual penetration without consent. Hes due to appear before the Perth Magistrates Court today.

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=https://www.coastlive.com.au/news/local-news/uber-driver-charged-with-sexual-assault/&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjY4M2YzY2YyMWY0NTY1YTk6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNFR6MmZlIvwXOA59-Z6jhJ_XGu9Kw

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US Congressional Members Ordered to Disclose Crypto Holdings "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The House Ethics Committee has informed all US Congress members that they must disclose any investment worth more than $1,000 as of June, 18. All lawmakers on Capitol Hill make an annual financial disclosure but a new memo has informed them that any cryptocurrency purchase or sale that exceeds $1,000 must be reported within 45 days.

Congress Must Disclose Digital Holdings

Cryptocurrency, and its most well known token Bitcoin, came to be as a means to disrupt the global banking system. Many of those who initially embraced it were distrustful of the government and saw using the fiat alternative as a way to keep control of their own finances without federal interference. As its popularity rose and then exploded in late 2017 people from all walks of life were pulled into the investment craze.

This new memo from the Ethics Committee means that the public will know if their member of Congress is trading in digital assets, even as regulatory rulings over their status are still being debated. Some see the decision as a way to protect against future conflicts of interest, as when voting occurs on any bill that may affect the way cryptocurrency is officially seen by federal regulatory bodies.

Representatives elected to Congress, and their staff have been required to disclose personal assets for decades, including real estate and investments. In 2012 that was tightened further to include a full disclosure of any holdings in stocks, bonds or derivatives by members of Congress or their family members. Now as investments in digital assets such as Bitcoin become more popular questions of how they should be reported have arisen since, in many cases, they remain unregulated and undefined by the federal government.

The recent memo from the House Ethics committee also included guidelines on crypto related side jobs. Members of Congress are limited to earning $28,050 from employment apart from their work in the house. The memo has informed them that this cap includes crypto mining.

Australia was First

This memo from the US House of Congress follows a similar demand for disclosure in the Australian Parliament. The register of....

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Economics in Two Lessons, Chapter 13 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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

Heres a draft of Chapter 13 on Redistribution

Comments, criticism and praise are welcome.

Earlier draft chapters are available. These arent final versions, as I am now editing the entire manuscript, but you can read them to see where the book is coming from.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/ilqwwru858rihrl/QuigginTwoLessonsDraftTOC.pdf?dl=0>Table of Contents
https://www.dropbox.com/s/d8x2dp5sbxi70er/QuigginTwoLessonsIntroductionRevised.pdf?dl=0>Introduction;.
https://www.dropbox.com/s/ao6s4jaejbrzap1/QuigginChapter1Revised.pdf?dl=0>Chapter 1: What is opportunity cost?
https://www.dropbox.com/s/r1k8iqcpeboosbh/QuigginChapter2Revised.pdf?dl=0>Chapter 2: Markets, opportunity cost and equilibrium
https://www.dropbox.com/s/x4umnbwj4kmihd6/QuigginChapter3Revised.pdf?dl=0>Chapter 3:Time, information and uncertainty
https://www.dropbox.com/s/s2fkdwmbmje6fdo/QuigginChapter4Draft.pdf?dl=0>Chapter 4:Lesson 1: Applications.
https://www.dropbox.com/s/pmml30mkozzj9j5/QuigginChapter5Draft.pdf?dl=0>Chapter 5: Lesson 1 and economic policy.
https://www.dropbox.com/s/44bvl01adcv2fte/QuigginChapter6Draft.pdf?dl=0>Chapter 6: The opportunity cost of destruction
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MT Gargoyles "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


Was it something Malcolm Turnbull ate on the sewer tour, sampling the drugs in the povo electorate's excretions? Engaging with the public is such a chore .

Faced with their heads turning to stone, the Turdball Canape Team exercise enormously, work around the clock pulling faces


The LNP's favourite Pissing Boy sculpture, Christopher Pyne

10:12

Countrified Interpretations: The Art of the Cover Song "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Reinterpreting the song of another artist is a strong tradition in country music, perhaps more than any other genre. The catalogue of classic and iconic songs stretches back nearly a century. From The Carter Family to Hank Williams, George Jones to Waylon Jennings, Dolly Parton to Emmylou Harris  the collection of timeless songs to cover Continue reading

10:01

1) Indonesia: New Counterterrorism Law Imperils Rights "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


2) Letter on Indonesias New Counterterrorism Law


3) Prabowo accuses Jokowi govt of weakening TNI

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1) Indonesia: New Counterterrorism Law Imperils Rights
Revise Act to Uphold Protections While Meeting Security Concerns
June 20, 2018 7:45PM EDT
(New York) The Indonesian government should seek to amend provisions in the newly enacted counterterrorism law (CT Law) that threaten human rights protections, Human Rights Watch said in a letter sent on June 11, 2018, to President Joko Jokowi Widodo and other officials.

09:53

User experience "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

As I mentioned a while ago, after years of having the blog managed for me by Jacques Chester (thanks again!) Im now out on my own. Im working through WordPress.com. A reader has mentioned that the process of commenting has become burdensome, something Ive noticed with the default WordPress setup. Ive tried to fix this by removing the requirement for an email address.

Id appreciate it if readers could comment on what happens when they try to post a comment. If you cant comment at all, please email me at j.quiggin@uq.edu.au

09:46

Socceroos Need More Indigenous Talent "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Its clear that the FFA is not serious about nourishing Aboriginal soccer talent. The other codes do it because, as much as anything else, it is good for business to have Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander talent on display week-in, week out.

09:42

South China Sea: Latest Books "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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By JONAS PARELLO-PLESNER
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Two recent books offer a helpful guide to Southeast Asias most complex maritime dispute.Asian Waters: The Struggle Over the South China Sea & the Strategy of Chinese Expansionby Humphrey HawksleyOverlook Press, 2018, 304 pp., $29.95

Great Powers, Grand Strategies: The New Great Game in the South China Sea

edited by Anders Corr

Naval Institute Press, 2018, 336 pp., $34.95

Asian Waters, the new book by veteran Asia journalist Humphrey Hawksley, recently became my ideal travel companion on a long flight to Australia, en route to the South China Sea. For any other reader hoping to navigate those troubled waters, or seeking a broad overview of the geopolitical fault lines in Asia, Hawksleys book provides an excellent guide.

The books journey can admittedly be a digressive one, at times wading way beyond Asian waters and far onto shore. Hawksleys book touches on North Koreas illicit nuclear program and much else besides. One chapter describes Indias stunted development, recounting in gruesome detail the slavery-like conditions in its brick kilns. Another chapter on Vietnam finds Hawksley meandering into an argument as to why, in the late 1970s, Vietnam was unnecessarily constrained by Cold War logic from taming the bloody Khmer Rouge in neighboring Cambodia. Such stories are certainly intriguing, flowing from Hawksleys decades of first-hand reporting from the region.

Hawksley notes how the announcement of the U.S. pivot to Asia led to a rapid expansion of Chinese activity in the South China Sea, from the deft takeover of Scarborough Shoal close to the Philippines to the rapid move of a Chinese state-controlled oil rig into disputed areas with Vietnam. In t...

09:09

Is there a boss at the ABC? Can contributors just say what they want? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

What a creepy thing to say. People are more than their genitals. But Jenna's interest in other peoples bits is more than academic. It was this bit that I thought was scary. Ask someone out at work and you're off to jail ! pic.twitter.com/m31KvGzA5Z jill (@1Swinging_Voter) June 21, 2018

09:00

TRC Media Release 21/6 | BILOELA REFUGEE FAMILY REMAINS AT RISK OF DEPORTATION AFTER LEGAL SETBACK "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Tamil Refugee Council today again criticised the federal governments immigration laws, following the failure of a Tamil familys Federal Circuit Court appeal to be granted the right to stay in Australia. Priya, her husband Nades and their two daughters aged 1 and 3, born in Australia have now spent more than 100(...)

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The Devils Decade "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

No-one should pretend such behaviour was anything other than vile. At the same time, its important to recognise just how much of the conceptual apparatus we now possess to understand sexual abuse owes to the liberation struggles that Devine, Power and co so loathe. Most obviously, the modern notion of consent emerged from a womens movement that fought bitterly against male entitlement to female sexuality.

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08:34

Winter Solstice "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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Today is the shortest day of the year here in Sydney, and the longest in the northern hemisphere. So I thought Id celebrate with Solstice, the first chapter of Clade:

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07:42

Queensland AIDS Councils Executive Director Resigns "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Queensland AIDS Council are looking for a new executive director after the resignation of Michael Scott. QuAC said in a statement that Scott had informed the councils board that he would resigning from the role effective July 1 to pursue other opportunities. Scott has been with QuAC for eight years and has served in ...

The post Queensland AIDS Councils Executive Director Resigns appeared first on QNews Magazine.

07:29

MACKAY Update: Police officer injured, Mackay "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

MACKAY June 21, 2018 at 07:45AM ,

Update: Police officer injured, Mackay

June 21, 2018 at 07:45AM ,

Mackay detectives investigating an incident in which a police officer was run over have arrested and charged a fourth person in relation to the incident.

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MACKAY Man arrested after Slade Point manhunt charged "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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Man arrested after Slade Point manhunt charged

June 21, 2018 at 08:52AM ,

He is due to appear in Mackay Magistrates Court on June 22. Three other people charged in relation to the Cremorne incident, Levi James Brown, 25,

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07:15

Are Senators required to record court-ordered debt default judgements on Register of Interests? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

I wrote to the very helpful Clerk of the Senate Richard Pye this morning. I must thank Mr Pye for his speedy and quite helpful response. The details are here: https://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate/Senators_Interests/Guidelines_and_Resolutions Liabilities which may act to create a conflict of interest should be declared. I'd have thought that a court-ordered...

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06:26

End routine strip searching of women Australia told at UN "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Australian governments should end the routine strip searching of women in prison the Human Rights Law Centre has told the UN Human Rights Council in a statement delivered in Geneva overnight.

The statement responds to a major report on the situation in Australia, delivered by the UN expert on violence against women. Her report raises a number of concerns about womens imprisonment, including "excessive incarceration, prison overcrowding, strip-searching, solitary confinement [and] lack of alternatives to custodial sentences".

The report finds that "imprisoned women have commonly experienced domestic violence and sexual assault" and concludes that "the continued practice of strip-searching women within prisons exacerbates this trauma".

Australian governments are imprisoning women, and in particular Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, at record rates. Vickie Roach, an Indigenous advocate and former prisoner, said that governments need to respect womens dignity, not take it away

"We should be helping women to heal, not harming them further. What earthly purpose do strip searches serve other than to degrade and humiliate and assert control over our bodies, our naked bodies?" said Ms Roach.

Ruth Barson, Director of Legal Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre, said that routine strip searches are an archaic and humiliating, yet everyday practice for thousands of women behind bars in Australia.

"Being forced to remove every last item of clothing in front of two prison guards again and again, strips women of dignity and hope. Australian Governments can and should end this degrading practice today."

Across Australia, strip searches are conducted on a regular and routine basis, including upon entry to the prison, when family or friends visit, when leaving the prison to see a doctor, or to attend court.

"When a mother wants to hug her visiting child; when a pregnant woman has a check-up with her doctor; when a woman has to attend court she is subjected to a damaging strip search. There are far less intrusive scanning technologies that governments could choose to use right now to spare women this harm," said Ms Barson.

The UK and the ACT have both changed their prison policies and adopted less invasive methods, such as pat-downs, scanners and x-rays.

This is the Australian Governments second session as a newly elected member of the Human Rights Council. The Government was elected to the Council last year on a promise to uphold womens and Indigenous peoples rights.

In its incoming pledge to the Council, the Australian Government promise...

06:20

Regulatory foot remains on lender throats "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Throttled

The regulatory throttling of mortgage lending maintained its firm stranglehold in the first quarter of 2018, with interest-only lending remaining at just 15.7 per cent of new residential term loans by value (a far cry from 45.6 per cent at the September 2015 peak). 

Both the stock and flow of interest-only loans has been significantly reduced by the introduced macroprudential measures. 


Tighter loan-to-value (LVR) ratios also continued to be applied in Q1, with just 6.8 per cent of new residential lending at LVRs of 90 per cent or greater in the March 2018 quarter. 


Loans approved outside serviceability were well down from the December 2017 quarter spike, but remained at an elevated level implying that tighter standards almost certainly continued to bite throughout the first half of 2018. 


Our detailed analysis of the latest mortgage lending trends, including findings from liaison with brokers, will be loaded into the monthly reports for subscribers.&nb...

06:07

Cryptocurrencies Down into July? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

COMMENT: I found it very interesting when my bank would not allow using a credit card to buy cryptocurrencies. A friend of mine in Singapore said the government there has also instructed banks not to honor cryptocurrencies. It appears that government is starting to retaliate against the cryptocurrency world and I must question its viability long-term.

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Downunder, the Australian Tax Office (ATO) warned crypto traders/investors that their profits from trading in the years 2017 to 2018 will not go unnoticed and they have come straight out and warned on their website: Anyone involved in acquiring or selling cryptocurrency must keep records of their cryptocurrency transactions. Virtually every government classifies cryptocurrencies as assets. Therefore, any gain relative to the hard c...

06:04

Sell Australias ABC? No. Hand It to Citizens "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

This photograph was recording a May 2014 Get Up campaign to Protect Our ABC. The cycle continues. (photo ABC)

by Dee McLachlan

Just as the promised inquiry into the ABC is about to start, the Australian Liberal Partys peak council has voted (almost 2:1) to privatise the organisation. The inquiry is about whether the ABC and SBS are operating on a level playing field with their commercial competitors, and its presence in the digital space.

It seems obvious that the commercial players, such as Rupert Murdoch, want to diminish the ABCs dominion and its considerable market share.

The Infatuation with Privatisation

The ...

06:00

Lefty Logic - ACOSS says if tax cuts are passed, we all lose! "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

What's the corollary - if taxes are raised we all win? Let's jack them up to 100% and give it a go. You have to read it to believe it. 21 June 2018 ACOSS warns, if tax cuts are passed for short term gain, people will lose access to essential...

05:42

Daily Mail - Lucy Gichuhi has 7 court orders against her over $10K debts, including April & Sept last year "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Daily Mail has secured court documents that it says show Senator Lucy Gichuhi was taken to court 7 times for failing to pay just on $10K in council rates and water bills. Notwithstanding her $203,000 salary and working husband, she has yet to satisfy the judgements. Judgement was entered...

05:34

Okay, lets talk about the West: a students response to Bella dAbrera "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

I took one of the courses that dAbrera singles out Imperialism, 18152000 and by the time this goes to print I will have sat the final exam, so Id like to take this opportunity to counter the ways dAbrera dismisses the unit.

05:29

Manager Government Code Compliance "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC)

05:17

Winter Solstice Festival Raffle "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Northey Street City Farm Winter Solstice Raffle       You can purchase tickets to this great raffle at the: Winter Solstice Festival Saturday the 23rd of June 10.30am- 10pm Pre-sale entry tickets are on sale now and are cheaper than door tickets. You can purchase entry tickets here: Winter Solstice Tickets Lemon Myrtle Prize: []

The post Winter Solstice Festival Raffle appeared first on Northey Street City Farm.

04:48

Ron Medich 39 years in prison, out 2 months short of his 100th birthday - full sentencing remarks here "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Telegram from King William if you're lucky Ron. Justice Geoffrey Bellew on the sentencing of Ron Medich: The total sentence is one of 39 years imprisonment. He will be eligible for parole on the 26 February 2048. BACKGROUND: https://t.co/c7E93AAeBq pic.twitter.com/GgPsDLxEmk Sky News Australia (@SkyNewsAust) June 21, 2018 Au Cases...

04:39

New earring makes for mid year studio sale "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Barbara and Juan-Luis have an elegant way of producing these tab set antique French buttons. We treat the buttons as gems, set in bright 925 Silver with safety hooks handmade with LOve

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State budget slammed by Labor and the Greens "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The NSW 2018-2019 state budget has bee criticised on a number of fronts by both Labor and the Greens with Labor candidate for Ballina Asren Pugh slamming the Liberal-National governments budget as a con on our local community.

Ballina Labor candidate Asren Pugh. Photo supplied

They have had eight years to prioritise the North Coast and yet the gap between Sydney and the rest of New South Wales continues to widen. We are seeing flat wages growth, increasing cost of living, a crisis in housing affordability and, despite this cash splash, a lack of investment in critical services, said Mr Pugh.

Greens MLC Dawn Walker. Photo supplied

Before the last election this government promised that selling off our polls and wires would bring down electricity prices. Under this government electricity prices have increased 60 per cent since 2011.

Mr Franklin has been running around our community holding fist fulls of dollars, as if that will make us forget eight long years of neglect of our hospitals and schools. That it would make us forget the destruction of our TAFE system.

This government is terrified of losing the next election and is throwing a few sweeteners to try and buy our votes before the election. Our community isnt buying it.

We have the longest elective surgery waiting lists in NSW history and less that 15 per cent of road funding i...

04:00

The Australian Recession Coming to You "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Lets kick off today with some facts.

The entire developed world is booming.

All major G7 countries are currently expanding

Even Japan is seeing some economic growth.

Never before in modern economics have all major developed economies and emerging markets expanded at the same time.

According to an article in The Economist, the only countries expected to shrink this year are Venezuela, Puerto Rico, North Korea and Equatorial Guinea.

Thats it. Only four countries arent going to see their gross domestic product grow

Quite frankly, its odd.

At any other time in history, some countries expand while other contract.

Check it out

Entire World Grows Together

Source: The Economist

This simultaneous growth comes a decade after the financial crisis.

Thats 10 years after we learnt the sinister truth. That Wall Street financial engineering created layers of debt. And this debt is now in charge and propping up the entire financial system.

Perhaps the synchronised growth is a payback for the financial cliff the US singlehandedly led us over.

The near decade-long economic expansion is unprecedented. It continues no matter how many countries threaten to cut off energy supplies or intimidate one another with their bombs. The unrelenting growth continues.

Things continue to be built, at the lowest possible cost, using the cheapest possible labour. Then its bought by someone on the other side of the world, with fiat dollars that are slowly being eroded, to be worth the least amount compared to the other fiat dollars.

Its a constant game of reverse one-upmanship.

Who can make it the cheapest, and then who can buy with a currency made the most worthless by governments?

This method, by the way, is behind the confounding, synchronised global growth trend.

It ends with a boom

The world economy is tipped to reach 2.7% for 2018. Thats lower than the 4% average in the pre-financial crisis years. Nonetheless, its still consistent expansion.

There are setups in place that will further encourag...

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03:39

You Am I at Byron Bay Brewery Sunday, July 8 at 7 PM 10 PM "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

You Am I are without doubt one of Australias all-time essential rock n roll bands.

More than two decades on from their first album release, You Am I have not only had one of the longest and most successful recording careers in Australia, but are also without doubt one of our most loved live bands.

Featuring guitarist and vocalist Tim Rogers along with band mates Russell Hopkinson on drums, Andy Kent on Bass, and (since 1999) Davey Lane on guitar, You Am I have released Ten studio albums to date. Their last studio album was the 2015 critically acclaimed Porridge & Hot Sauce release.

Three of their releases have debuted at number one on the ARIA charts in consecutive order 1995s Hi Fi Way, 1996s Hourly, Daily and 1998s #4 Record with the Albums also receiving multiple Platinum and Gold status for commercial sales.

The band have won a total of Ten ARIA Awards including Album of the year, Best Group, and Best Independent Release.

2013 saw You Am I reissue remastered versions of their first three albums, Sound As Ever, Hi Fi Way and Hourly Daily, complete with extra tracks including never-before-released live material, Demos, alternate versions and Bsides.

In support of these releases You Am I presented live performances of Hourly Daily and Hi Fi Way back-to-back in a lush theatre-styled extravaganza. You Am I sold over 10,000 tickets in Sydney and Melbourne alone, and this sold out run of national shows proved to be one of the most successful tours in the bands long and illustrious career.

2017 was a busy year for Tim Rogers with a pile of You Am I touring, and the release of his first book Detours to critical acclaim.

The band also released a live album All Onboard in December 2017 which was recorded in venues across Australia over 10 shows on their co-headline tour with Hoodoo Gurus. The 16 tracks just happened to be recorded in deep regional areas like Wagga Wagga, Wollongong, Traralgan and Canberra, and the album was available digitally and on vinyl.

Aside from musical exploits the band made their first-time foray into the beverage world in 2013 with the production of their own Brew Am I beer in conjunction with the Young Henry Brewery.

In addition to success in Australia, You Am I have released a number of albums internationally, and toured worldwide headlining shows across North America and Europe.

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"A Look to the Heavens" "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Bright spiral galaxy NGC 3169 appears to be unraveling in this cosmic scene, played out some 70 million light-years away just below bright star Regulus toward the faint constellation Sextans. Its beautiful spiral arms are distorted into sweeping tidal tails as NGC 3169 (left) and neighboring NGC 3166 interact gravitationally, a common fate even for bright galaxies in the local universe. In fact, drawn out stellar arcs and plumes, indications of gravitational interactions, seem rampant in the deep and colorful galaxy group photo.
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The picture spans 20 arc minutes, or about 400,000 light-years at the group's estimated distance, and includes smaller, dimmer NGC 3165 at the right. NGC 3169 is also known to shine across the spectrum from radio to X-rays, harboring an active galactic nucleus that is likely the site of a supermassive black hole.

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03:16

The Book Group and Shirley Hazzards Transit of Venus "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Shirley Hazzard, The Transit of Venus (1980, Virago 2004 2014) Before the meeting: Serendipitously, I heard that this book had been chosen for the Book Groups June meeting just after visiting the wonderful exhibition James Cook: The Voyages at the British Continue reading

03:15

Court coal mine decision reveals failure on climate change "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Stock images of coal in the Hunter Valley region, Tuesday, July. 15, 2014. AAP Image/Nikki Short.

A Court decision has exposed serious flaws in NSW planning laws. The Courts finding is that the States planning laws do not require decision makers to consider the NSW Climate Change Policy Framework and Australias status as a signatory to the Paris Agreement when considering the approval of coal mining projects in NSW.

The Land and Environment Court has upheld the NSW Planning Assessment Commission (PAC) decision to approve the extension to Wilpinjong open-cut coal mine near Wollar in the Hunter Valley, despite a challenge on climate change grounds from the Wollar Progress Association, represented by the Environmental Defenders Office (EDONSW).

EDO NSW argued in a February 2018 hearing that the NSW Climate Change Policy Framework and the Commonwealth Governments commitment to the Paris Agreement were relevant policies that the PAC was required but failed to have regard to when considering the downstream greenhouse gas emissions from the burning of coal from Wilpinjong, a substantial proportion of which will be burnt at Bayswater Power Station in NSW.

In light of the finding, EDO NSW CEO David Morris emphasised the need for reform:

This is certainly not the judgement that we, or our clients, wanted. But perhaps its the judgement we needed. We now know that aspirational policy statements, like those contained in the NSW Climate Change Policy Framework, fail to have any meaningful application to NSW mine approvals. Its these approvals and the coal which is consequently mined and burned that represent NSWs greatest contribution to global climate change. The Government can no longer claim, or proceed under the illusion, that their policies on climate change have an on-ground effect. They dont the Courts judgement shows they are merely words that do not translate to action.

This decision adds weight to the need for law reform to make climate change a critical factor in determinations about projects which will contribute to it. This...

03:06

New Rainbow Crossing For Sydneys Taylor Square "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A new rainbow crossing will be installed in Sydney, five years after the citys first one was controversially removed. Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the new installation was a victory for the LGBTIQ community. The news that it will be reinstated is incredibly significant on the eve of the 40th anniversary of the first ...

The post New Rainbow Crossing For Sydneys Taylor Square appeared first on QNews Magazine.

02:55

Australia's health 2018 [AIHW] "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

https://www.aihw.gov.au/reports-statistics/health-welfare-overview/australias-health/overview Australia's health 2018  is the AIHW's 16th biennial report on the health of Australians. It examines a wide range of contemporary topics in a series of analytical feature articles and short statistical snapshots. The report also summarises the performance of the health system against an agreed set of indicators.

 

Australia's health 2018: in brief  is a companion report to Australia's health 2018.

 

https://www.aihw.gov.au/news-media/media-releases/2018/june/our-health-report-card-is-in-and-here-s-what-we-ca Media Release

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Byron firefighters needed, info night tonight "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A Rural Fire Service firefighter lights a blackburn to stop a blaze. (supplied)

Fire & Rescue NSW (FRNSW) is calling for community-minded men and women to consider joining the retained (on-call) firefighter ranks at Byron Bay Fire Station. 

Organisers say retained firefighters are on call from home or work to respond to fires and other emergencies. There are currently four vacancies for retained firefighters at Byron Bay Fire Station.

Deputy captain Matt Crisp said, Your local fire station relies on people in the community to put their hands up to become firefighters without that support, regional fire stations cannot survive, he said.

Crisp said training includes advanced first aid, heavy vehicle driving and emergency training. Firefighters also educate the community on fire safety and prevention.

Applicants must live close enough to be able to attend the station within a reasonable time, and be Australian citizens or permanent residents.

An information evening shall be held at Byron Bay Fire Station on the evening of Thursday June 21 from 6pm. Those interested are invited to meet the Byron Bay team, talk about the role of a retained firefighter, have a look at the station and equipment, and ask questions. 

For more information, contact Matt on 0421 498 340 or visit www.fire.nsw.gov.au.

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02:50

The Boys of Wexford memory and memoir "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

We are the boys of Wexford, who fought with heart and hand
To burst in twain the Saxon chain, and free our native land!
The Boys of Wexford, RD Royce 1898

It was on this day in 1798, during the Irish rebellion against British dominion, that the Battle of Vinegar Hill took place at Inis Crthaid, now the second-largest town in County Wexford.

The Irish Rebellion of 1798 (ir Amach) also known as the United Irishmen Rebellion, was an uprising against British rule in Ireland lasting from May to September 1798. The United Irishmen, a republican revolutionary group influenced by the ideas of the American and French revolutions, were the main organising force behind the rebellion. It was led by Presbyterians angry at being shut out of power by the Anglican establishment whilst Catholics became increasingly involved. Plans called for significant French support, which never eventuated. The uprising was poorly organized, uncoordinated, and quickly suppressed by much more powerful British forces. Both sides indulged in bloody reprisals. Between 10,000 to 30,000 souls perished, most of them Irishmen and women of all denominations.

The rebellion raged Ireland-wide, but County Wexford was at its heart. Overlooking the town, Vinegar Hill was the site of the largest camp and the headquarters of the Irish rebels who controlled County Wexford for thirty days against vastly superior English forces, and it was there, after inflicting several defeats upon the insurgents that the English sought to finally destroy the rebel army. Battle raged on Vinegar Hill itself and in the streets of Enniscorthy with considerable loss of life among both rebels and civilians. It marked a turning point in the rising, being last attempt by the rebels to hold and defend ground against the British military.

The famous statue in the market square of Enniscorthy shows the doomed Father Murphy, a leader of the 98, pointing the way to Vinegar Hill for a young volunteer, The Croppy Boy.

02:47

"Life Is Like A Deck Chair..." "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

"Maybe I can put it another way. Life, Charlie Brown, is like a deck chair."
"Like a what?"
"Have you ever been on a cruise ship? Passengers open up these canvas deck chairs so they can sit in the sun. Some people place their chairs facing the rear of the ship so they can see where they've been. Other people face their chairs forward. They want to see where they're going! On the cruise ship of life, Charlie Brown, which way is your deck chair facing?"
"I've never been able to get one unfolded..."
- Charles M. Schulz

02:38

TPP-11 could harm software licensing, says Open Source Industry Australia "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

June 21, 2018: Open Source Industry Australia (OSIA) has warned in a Techdirt article that the TPP-11 chapter on e-commerce may damage or destroy the free software licensing sector. OSIA is worried about Article 14.17 of the TPP-11 agreement, which provides that No Party shall require the transfer of, or access to, source code of software owned by a person of another Party, as a condition for the import, distribution, sale or use of such software, or of products containing such software, in its territory.

In its submission to the Senate Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade, OSIA wrote:

Article 14.17 of CPTPP [TPP-11] prohibits requirements for transfer or access to the source code of computer software. Whilst it does contain some exceptions, those are very narrow and appear rather carelessly worded in places. The exception that has OSIA up in arms covers "the inclusion of terms and conditions related to the provision of source code in commercially negotiated contracts". If Australia ratifies CPTPP, much will turn on whether the Courts interpret the term "commercially negotiated contracts" as including FOSS licences all the time, some of the time or none of the time.

If the Australian courts rule that open source licenses are not "commercially negotiated contracts", those licences will no longer be enforceable in Australia, and free software as we know it will probably no longer exist there. Even if the courts rule that free software licenses are indeed "commercially negotiated contracts", there is another problem, OSIA said:

The wording of Art. 14.17 makes it unclear whether authors could still seek injunctions to enforce compliance with licence terms requiring transfer of source code in cases where their copyright has been infringed.

Without the ability to enforce compliance through the use of injunctions, open source licenses would once again be pointless. Although OSIA is concerned about free software in Australia, the same logic would apply to any TPP-11 country. It would also impact other nations if they joined the TPP-11 later. In other words, the impact of this section on open source globally could be significant.

OSIA says that the problematic clauses grew out of concerns that nations like ...

02:34

Byrons Video Connection to close "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Rick Burns is saying goodbye to customers after 13 years as the last video shop in Byron Bay closes its doors for the last time this Sunday. Photo Aslan Shand.

Are you a movie buff? Would you like to add to your collection some rare DVDs or perhaps there are some series that you cant get on TV or streaming services that youd like to get your hands on? Well you have until June 24 to get into Video Connection in Byron Bay to lay your hands on them.

Having run the story for thirteen years Rick Burns ,who runs the last video store in Byron Bay is finally calling it a day.

Originally we had 260m2 floor space and kids would play hide and seek for hours while parents ran into friends and would end up having a catch up, said Rick as he reminisced about the hey day of the store.

The closure of the cinema in the Bay and parking at Woolies has had a big impact along with the slowly declining client base as people move to streaming services. However, Rick points out that there are still a lot of movies and shows that arent available on streaming services and that he has had a good and loyal customer base that has enjoyed his 18,000 strong collection.

This is something people have always had and it is tragic to lose it, said one customer who was in collecting their DVD.

While the Mullum Video store has reduced its floor space the Brunswick Heads Video store is about to be featured in the New York Times and say they are still going strong.

Weve been here for 23 years as a family business, said owner Rae Gentle. We have two shop fronts  and we have a lot of clientele who use us as well as holiday makers who all come in it is a bit of a novelty for them. Well hopefully be here for a few years yet.

So if you would like to add to your collection rather than just hire now is your chance to get down to Video Connection on Jonson Street in Byron before all the best titles are gone.

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02:32

Subversive in Suburbia "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

I have been so very slack in checking in and reading others' blogs I feel I owe you an apology.
So let's talk about poo.
Not my poo, or your poo (although we can discuss your poo if you really feel you need to share) but my furbabies poo.
My life is boring.
It consists of rolling out of bed (and I do literally roll off my lonely and virtuous chaise lounge IF my back allows it) to do.....sweet Fanny Adams.
The first job of the day is to throw enough medication down my gullet to drown out the anxiety, chronic back pain et el, then do Pooper Scooper duty.
Or, as I call it, "Landmine Duty".
Collect the furbabies contributions to the environment.
Someone, somewhere must have told Treacle that it was a game of hide & seek, to which she promised,
"Challenge accepted."
She deposits her little treats in 3 blobs; 2 together and 1 apart so I have to carefully bend down (pyjama-ed arse in the air, such a vision of loveliness for the neighbours!) and scan in a radius for the lone poo, hoping like hell I'm not standing on it.
Pip, on the other hand, produces a lovely art installation all in one pile.
Leo aka Fluff Bum the cat is another matter.
He insists that the bathroom is his bedroom and Goddess forbid that any damn human has a shower when he wishes to do the dirty.
Cos he hates an audience.
Damn Diva.
I never thought I could describe a cat "angrily" pooping but yesterday, while I so thoughtlessly had a shower, he was nagging at me to hurry up (shades of Bill Steamshovel from Mr Squiggle for us oldies) before he began shooting poo pellets like bullets with a 100 mile Care Bear Stare of Doom on his face.
You think Grumpy Cat looks grumpy?
Nup, Leo could give Julie Bishop a run for her money AND make her cry.
And then, after all this jocularity, I park my arse on the couch in front of the idiot box and crochet for remote Indigenous communities.
There are only so much rubbish TV and crochet projects that can keep me from being besieged by ennui.
I need to get out of my own head and start giving back.
So, I have started a Sharing Table in my driveway, along the lines of the Food Is Free project.
Currently we are missing the actual table (small detail, hubby's working on one we saved from Hard Rubbish) but there are baskets filled with our home grown mandarins, tangelos and limes out the front with signs for peeps to help themselves, even supplied with those horrid single use shopping bags for them to put the fruit in.
I was going to include a Street Library but once the table is up I'll pro...

02:20

Google no substitute for libraries "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Environmental lawyer Sue Higginson is the Greens candidate for the state seat of Lismore in the 2019 election

The recent sate budget announcement that the NSW government will cut library funding by 18 per cent has caused an outcry not only from the NSW public libraries association but also Greens candidate for the seat of Lismore, Sue Higginson.

Our libraries are such an important community asset and resource. Everyone has a library story. When I had my first child and I lived quite remote I used to take my child to the Lismore Library to read stories, borrow books and really importantly, meet other parents. Now 26 years later my daughter takes my 9 month old grandson to story reading sessions, said Ms Higginson

She meets other parents, he interacts with other infants and only last week the fire brigade came to show the children what a fire truck and fire fighter looks like up close.

Research indicates that every dollar spent on public libraries delivers a community benefit of around $3.20 and that use of libraries is on the increase, particularly for less advantaged members of our community. Its unfair and bad business when the Lib/Nat coalition is announcing a $4 billion surplus that our public libraries are being run into the ground.

Dallas Tout, President of NSW Public Libraries Association (NSW PLA), representing a network of 368 public libraries across the State said that these new cuts constituted a major blow to library services that were highly valued by local communities.

NSW public libraries receive over 35 million visits every year and these appalling funding cuts will result in shorter opening hours and cuts to programs that the community love, like the popular childrens story times.

Well see reductions in staffing, smaller collections and cuts to important outreach services like mobile libraries.

Unfortunately, many of our libraries will be forced to wind back services used by community members who are already marginalised, including young families, older people, refugees and migrant communities, and people without access to technology.

Ms Higginson highlighted her concern that the reduced resources would have on the community, particularly the disadvantaged.

The state governments contribution to libraries has decline...

02:13

Lismore LGBTIQ Group Tropical Fruits Is Looking For A Club Manager "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Lismore LGBTIQ social group Tropical Fruits is looking for a new club manager to lead their fruity team. The Tropical Fruits put on fun, safe and inclusive LGBTIQ events in the Northern Rivers region of northern New South Wales. We are a vibrant community not-for-profit delivering events and social activities for our members and guests, ...

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02:05

Its Time to Ditch Dutton, Before Its too Late "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

These days, it seems that every time a nasty policy suggestion is announced in Canberra, its Peter Dutton standing at the podium. Indeed, the ultra-conservative Liberal minister doesnt seem to be at ease unless hes making some divisive statement. The Australian Border Force, ASIO and the Australian federal police all now lie under his tutelage

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01:59

ENSLAVED & SLSTAFIR "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

 

ENSLAVED

With very special guests SLSTAFIR

Australian Tour 2018

The Viking gods of progressive black metal return to herald the coming of Spring along Australias East Coast this August.

Fresh from delivering the outstandingly heavy powerhouse of an album E, ENSLAVED are bringing the brutal beauty of their doom-laden drums and sledgehammer guitars to deliver a glimpse of metal Valhalla in the blood pounding manner that only they can. Grutle Kjellson growls and rasps to a deceptively wide range while his bass stomps through the Concert Hall. The music is magnificent, with ten minute songs vanishing in what feels like a matter of seconds.

Hellbound Feb 2018 SLSTAFIR Join ENSLAVED as their very special guests for the tour. 20 years into their astonishing career and riding high on the five-star reviews for their Berdreyminn album, SLSTAFIR finally bring their blend of intense post-rock majesty and beautifully melodic,  atmospheric progressive metal to Australia.

Slstafir are on a mission to re-imagine the idiosyncratic grandeur of Icelandic landscapes in vivid sonic shades. Total immersion is compulsory.  The Guardian

The last time ENSLAVED toured Australia it felt like the closing of a chapter. Instead of winding down however, the band have found new inspiration, and this re-energised ENSLAVED is truly something to behold. New works Sacred Horse and Storm Son alongside epic songs from throughout the bands outstanding career (including such intense classics as Roots Of The mountain, Vetrarntt and Isa) will deliver fans a metal experience like no other.

I have seldom seen more ecstatic fans than...

01:57

Recognising the hidden homeless "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

(L-R) Lynne Deans, customer service manager Tweed Heads Bowls Club, Freds Place co-manager Anthony Moerman, and Linda Williams, St Vincent de Paul Societys special works manager. Photo supplied.

Every wondered what it would be like to be homeless?

Launching the annual community sleep-out to support St Vincent de Paul Societys drop-in service at Freds Place in Tweed Heads on Tuesday 26 June there will be a display with a simulated camp that will be made up of typical kinds of shelter that homeless people use. Set up in the parkland at the rear of Seagulls Club, Gollan Drive, Tweed Heads West there will be large cardboard boxes, small tents, tarps and sleeping bags, old couches, and the back of cars  typical shelters that the homeless use.

While many people are sleeping rough in parks, beach dunes and other public places, hidden homelessness is an even larger problem, said St Vincent de Pauls North Coast Executive Officer, Michael Timbrell.

August is fundraising month for Freds Place, which receives no government support and relies on funding from the Society and community donations, including pledges for volunteers who will be sleeping out on August 30.

In this area alone, hundreds of people are couch surfing, often in overcrowded households, sleeping in their cars or paying rents they can ill afford in caravan parks and boarding houses, said Mr Timbrell.

The levels of poverty and homelessness on the North Coast are the highest in NSW, and the challenges are particularly acute now that the colder weather is upon us. Were running the Vinnies Winter Appeal right across the North Coast, but the local focus of this special fundraising is Freds Place in Tweed Heads.

Freds Place is the only homeless drop-in service in the Tweed Shire, providing bathroom and laundry access, meals, and a range of other essential supports.

The August 30 sleep-out venue is being provided by Seagulls Club, one of the Tweed Clubs group that last year committed to ongoing sponsorship. Other local businesses and individuals are being approached fo...

01:56

Puan, the worlds oldest Sumatran orangutan, dies at 62 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

JAKARTA Puan, the worlds oldest living Sumatran orangutan, has died at an Australian zoo after a lifetime spent in service to the conservation of the critically endangered species. Officials at Perth Zoo, where Puan had lived for the past 50 years, euthanized her on June 18, citing age-related health complications. She was 62 years old. Her death left an incredible legacy of 11 children and a total of 54 descendants in Australia, Europe, the United States and in the jungles of Sumatra, accounting for nearly a tenth of the global zoo population of Sumatran orangutans (Pongo abelii), according to a statement from Perth Zoo. Due to her genetic legacy, Puan played a vital role in ensuring the survival of the heavily threatened species. Of the nine existing wild populations of Sumatran orangutans, only seven each with an estimated 250 or more individuals have prospects of long-term viability, according to WWF. Only three of those population groups have more than 1,000 orangutans each. Some 29 of Puans descendants are still alive, including daughters Puteri and Pulang; grandchildren Utama, Teliti, Sekara and Lestari; and great-grandson Sungai, all of whom are also at Perth Zoo. At 62, Puan exceeded the usual life expectancy for her species. In the wild, female orangutans would rarely live past the age of 50, assuming they succumb earlier to a number of threats such as poaching. Puan is the total exception to the rule, Holly Thompson, a primate superviser at Perth Zoo, said in a

01:43

Weapons of mass deception and mass construction "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

THIS weeks pledge by Foreign Minister Julie Bishop to counter-balance Chinas power push in the Pacific with a greater Australian presence on the ground offers a slither of hope in an otherwise grim international outlook. There has been much wringing of foreign-policy hands recently over threats to the rules-based international order. The sources of that threat can be distilled to three. Russia is unabashedly using an arsenal of weapons of mass deception. China is expanding its program of weapons of mass construction. And, meanwhile, the United States has slowly and unilaterally disarmed itself of great portions of its diplomatic power.

These are the three unexpected trends stemming from the end of Soviet communism and the fall of the Berlin Wall. At the time, we thought the peace dividend would fall in to our lap and there would be a virtual end to nation-to-nation military rivalry and conflict. Democracy and market capitalism had won, or so it seemed. But 30 years later, democracy, market capitalism, the rules-based international order, and a collective and multi-lateral approach to world trouble spots and trade are under threats unimagined when Soviet communism was defeated.

Russia has no shame. Even when caught out meddling in elections in democracies, it just denies it and carries on. It is using technology not in the imagination of the military mind a decade ago.

China uses construction power to widen its sphere of power and influence. It has built islands from reefs in the South China Sea and made territorial claims based on them, flouting international law and the rulings of international courts. It has offered easy loans to small nations, particularly on its Belt and Road Initiative, to enable Chinese trains, trucks and ships to go from one friendly access point to another across the Eurasian landmass.

Failure to repay, however, threatens the sovereignty of the small nations who are then compelled to cede leases over and equity in the access points in lieu of debt repayment.

The US appears powerless to do much about either China or Russia, perhaps in the case of latter because Russia has a hold over the President. The USs heart might be in the right place to promote peace and stability but its responses to R...

01:39

Growth Farms lease fund offers investors low-risk stake in ag "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

19 Jun 2018 | Farm OnlineRising demand for leased farmland has convinced agricultural asset manager Growth Farms Australia to launch a 10-year investment fund which will buy mid-sized farming properties and lease them to primary producers.

01:31

Nothing's changed except The President - and media reaction! "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

This was Obama's time. Video footage surfaces from 2014 showing that under Obama, family separations and holding centers were EXACTLY the same. The media said absolutely nothing then, but are ramping up the propganda now because the midterms are fast approaching. Credit: @RealVinceJames pic.twitter.com/RFoEnbxi0x Oliver McGee PhD MBA (@OliverMcGee)...

01:20

NSW budget and you "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Ballina Greens MP Tamara Smith. Photo Tree Faerie.

Hans Lovejoy

Lets explore the state governments 2018-19 budget report for the Ballina electorate!

In case you missed it (ICYMI), the Ballina electorate covers Byron and Ballina local government areas and your local representative in NSW parliament is Greens MP Tamara Smith.

The NSW Budget 2018-19 Electorate Report (Ballina) is a simple 13 page document that lists capital projects, transport projects, Restart NSW fund projects and regional grant funds across this electorate. While theres many projects that have been previously announced, theres a few new items.

Capital works for the area this financial year include $49.6 million for a new Ballina High School.

A social housing upgrade will receive $1,147,000 and comes without any details. Similarly a $500,000 coastal infrastructure program has no detail.

As for transport, a total of $14,497,000 is listed for capital projects, operating projects and maintenance. These projects are of course largely to do with road improvements and a few footpaths, but it also includes a Transport Access Program for the proposed Byron Bay interchange. 

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01:19

NSW Passes Stronger Child Sexual Abuse Laws, But Priests Remain Protected "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim Late last night, the parliament of NSW passed one of the most comprehensive criminal justice reform packages in state history. The states attorney general Mark Speakman introduced the legislation designed to crackdown on child sexual predators into state parliament on June 6. The Criminal Legislation Amendment (Child Sexual Abuse) Bill

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01:05

RABOBANK manger alternative to farmers debt is suicide "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Source: A Current Affair

Debbie Viney claims her bank manager told her he would commit suicide in her position CLICK PICTURE to view A Current Affair video

Central Queensland cattle farmer Debbie Viney claims her bank manager told her he would take his own life if he were in her shoes, in the middle of one of the worst droughts in Australian history.

Ms Viney said she met Rabobank executive Peter Stevens at a farm show six years ago, where he told her he could give her a cheaper mortgage than the one she had.

She took him at his word and switched to Rabobank, a multinational bank that specialises in loans to farmers across the world.

Federal Queensland MP Bob Katter said Australia had the most unprofessional, unrestricted free banking.

He said mental health issues were a vital issue in rural Australia.

Theres a farmer committing suicide every four days in this country, he said.

01:03

Market Talk- June 20, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Good to see a healthy rebound in todays Asian markets with strong performances across the board. It still appears however, that the market is not that confident that the US and China have settled for the moment as the Shanghai bounced just +0.3% and Hang Seng +0.75%. It was a different storey for countries with floating exchange rates, as we watched both Australia and Japan rebound over 1%. Obviously, currencies continued to suffer with the A$ and Yen both off 0.5% over the past couple of days. They tried desperately to halt the INRs decline, only ti close mid range at 68.10 today. Having seen 68.185 at its weakest, many comment that trading with a 68 handle is already a cause for concern. On a brighter note however, core Asian indices all closed at or near their highs, providing confidence ahead of the OPEC uncertainty.

The same could not be said for Europe, as many indices closed near the days lows. Having run-up on the back of a strong Asian session, many had expected Europe to continue especially as DOW futures had triple digit gains. However, as the Euro and GBP traded weaker confidence started to wane especially when US data released less than impressive. Sterling found a little interest late in the day after UK PM Theresa May won a parliamentary decision which should strengthen her hand in BREXIT negotiations. However, the rally only took it up to test 1.32 handle but was rejected by the close.

In the US it was the Russell and NASDAQ again that took the honours. Both core indices closed up around +0.75% on the day and setting a new record for the NASDAQ. The large caps DOW found it difficult to get into its stride today, playing between positive and negative it finally closed a touch lower in the indecision. The NASDAQ and S+P both hits their days high mid afternoon, but could hold-on into the close. Still lots to play for this week, but next will be interesting as we close the week, month, quarter and half year next Friday.

Japan +0.04%, US 2s closed 2.56% (+1bp), 10s closed 2.94% (+5bp), 30s 3.07% (+4bp), Bund 0.37% (u/c), France 0.71% (+1bp), Italy 2.54% (-1bp), Greece 4.30% (-1bp), Portugal 1.73% (+1bp), Spain 1.23% (u/c), Turkey 16.18% (+5bp) and Gilts 1.29% (+1bp).
The Treasury ma...

01:00

My friend the goat "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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A popular legend has it that an Ethiopian goat herder spied his goats nibbling on some bright berries; not long thereafter, the goats became much more energetic. Sensing there must be more to the simple berries than met his eye, the goat herder thought hed let his taste buds decide. Soon he too received the same euphoric high his goats did. Bundling up the berries, he headed off to a nearby monastery to share his new discovery. Here the monk was not pleased at all, so much so that he threw the berries into the fire. The alluring aroma that followed was enough to ensure the roasted beans were carefully picked from the embers.  Now, heres where story gets really interesting: the roasted beans were then dissolved in hot water, yielding the worlds first cup of coffee.

There can be no doubt that goats have long enriched our lives, since their domestication around 11,000 years ago. They have featured for time immemorial in our art, folklore and fantasies. And although we may have received coffee and many other benefits from our symbiotic relationship with these gregarious even-toed ungulatesthats just a fancy word for saying each of their cloven hooves are divided into two toesthe benefits have not been evenly shared.

Goats have an innate ability to survive harsh conditions with minimal food demands that would see other animals perish. They are naturally curious and will often seek out human company. They have an ability to bred at an early age, along with a natural docility if handled from young. All of these things have been both a curse and comfort for goats as we humans have exploited them for food, fun, fashion, fibre and even freightage. Yet their most deserving title, tragically, still eludes so many of them, and that is the title of friend.

But fortunate am I to have had the privilege of sharing my heart (although many have taken a piece of it), my hands (as I have gently massaged their favorite spots to their giddy delight) and my home (its actually called a sanctuaryEdgars Mission) with many a goat.

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00:52

Telstra's getting a transformation again "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Uh-oh. Telstra's getting transformed again. It's improving customer service by firing 8,000 of its 32,000 staff. Once the 8,000 trouble-makers are gone, Telstra will lead category innovation in next generation connected experiences. Here's a transformation they prepared earlier. And who could forget the Sol Trujillo transformation - Australia 2.0? One...

00:35

Groundswell of zero waste living "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


Australia is getting ready for Plastic-Free July the countdown started today with a major supermarket chain stopping its handing out free single-use plastic bags.

In The Sustainable Hour on 20 June 2018, we talk with Linda Grant, an education officer based in Hamilton for the Barwon South West Waste and Resource Recovery Group, who has also started a zero waste group in South West Victoria called War on Waste Southern Grampians and Katie Traill and Meg Odgers from Towards Zero Waste Geelong.

Before they enter  16 minutes in Colin Mocketts global outlook takes us from Scandinavia over India to a festive event at Rokewood Hotel, where Pat Simons from Yes2Renewables gave a speech as the local community celebrated World Wind Day on 15 June 2018.

Every journey st...

00:32

Inner Brisbane Cross River Rail CAPEX comparable to statewide education CAPEX "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Just before I appeared on 612 ABC Brisbanes Breakfast program last week, one of the presenters Bec Levingston asked Deputy Premier Treasurer Jackie Trad what it would cost to air condition every classroom in Queensland, a question she obviously couldnt answer without notice. Having spent the bulk of my schooling in un-air-conditioned classrooms in tropical Townsville, it struck me as a peculiar question, and I though air conditioning every classroom in the state would be a massive extravagance. That said, it did prompt me to look at what the state government currently spends on education capital works and compare it to what it spends on other priorities.

In state budget paper 3, the Capital Statement, we are starting to see the huge cost of the number one extravagance in the state at the moment, Cross River Rail. Total spending on property, plant and equipment for Cross River Rail, which is part of the Treasury portfolio, is estimated to be $733 million in 2018-19. This $733 million spent in inner city Brisbane on Cross River Rail is greater than total property, plant and equipment purchases for the Education portfolio of $674 million across the whole of Queensland! To be fair, I should note that if you add in $99 million of capital grants to other entities (which I suspect includes private schools and universities), total estimated education capital spending comes to $773 million in 2018-19. Still, the fact Cross River Rails total capital spending is of the same scale as education capital spending across the whole state should raise eyebrows. Incidentally, the region benefiting the most from education CAPEX is inner city Brisbane (see chart below). Political commentators would observe the government is worried about a Greens takeover of inner city seats.

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00:25

Powered paragliders reach the snow-capped crest of Mt Kosciuszko "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Andrew Polidano in flight. Photo supplied.

From the lowest point to the highest Ballina based paramotor pilot and instructor Andrew Polidano was among a group of paraglider pilots who travelled 1600km from the lowest point of the country at Lake Eyre (49ft below sea level) to the highest point of the snow-capped crest of Mt Kosciuszko (7310ft above sea level).

Each pilot was flying backpack motorised fan aircrafts known as powered paragliders. The experienced pilots were exposed to the harsh weather elements of both the South Australian outback and Australias highest peak.

Spending a total of 18 hours in the air, the pilots were equipped with a two-stroke engine on their back, flying a paraglider and a reserve parachute.

We flew over some indescribably beautiful and remote country, slept under the outback stars and accomplished something that hasnt been done before, said Andrew.

Starting our trip in Lake Eyre last month, we hit some challenges along the way, like unexpected strong winds and turbulence in the Flinders Ranges, that forced us out of the sky.

To achieve the flight up to Mt Kosciuszko, we required a strategic take-off and several attempts- due to the turbulence associated with the upper winds, which were exceeding 100km/hr. Only three of our pilots made it up there, but the view was awe-inspiring, a spectacular sight overlooking the snow-capped mountains.

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00:20

Real resource constraints and fiscal policy design "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

There is an interesting dilemma currently emerging in Australia, which provides an excellent case study on how governments can use fiscal policy effectively and the problems that are likely to arise in that application. At present, the Australian states are engaging in an infrastructure building boom with several large (mostly public sector) projects underway involving improvements to road, ports, water supply, railways, airports and more. I travel a lot and in each of the major cities you see major areas sectioned off as tunnels are being dug and buildings erected. Not all of the projects are desirable (for example, the West Connex freeway project in Sydney has trampled on peoples rights) and several prioritise the motor car over public transport. But many of the projects will deliver much better public transport options in the future. On a national accounts level, these projects have helped GDP growth continue as household consumption has moderated and private investment has been consistently weak to negative. But, and this is the point, there have been sporadic reports recounting how Australia is running out of cement, hard rock and concrete and other building materials, which is pushing up costs. This is the real resource constraint that Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) emphasises as the limits to government spending, rather than any concocted financial constraints. If there are indeed shortages of real resources that are essential to infrastructure development then that places a limit on how fast governments can build these public goods. The other point is that as these shortages are emerging, there is still over 15 per cent of our available labour resources that are being unused in one way or another 714,600 are unemployed, 1,123.9 thousand are underemployed, and participation rates are down so hidden unemployment has risen. So that indicates there is a need for higher deficits while the infrastructure bottlenecks suggest spending constraints are emerging. That is the challenge. Come in policies like the Job Guarantee.

Infrastructure boom yet idle labour

Australia is currently enjoying a major infrastructure spending boom via several large-scale projects in the States and Territories, but also at the Federal level (for example, the National Broadband Network construction).

There is no doubt that one of the major reasons Australias GDP growth has been relatively robust in recent years is due to this large public spending commitment.

The first graph shows movements in State Final Demand indexes from the March-quarter 2008 to the March-quarter 2018 (most recent data). The March-quarter 2008 was the peak of the last cycle before the GFC slowdown.

The humps in WA and Northern Territory between 2012 and 2015 relate to the Mining boom (mostly private investment) which is now well and...

00:05

Tan Frances Mum Thought Queer Eye Was About Turning Straight People Gay "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Tan France has opened up about how his appearance on Netflix makeover show Queer Eye has improved his relationship with his family. The British-born fashion expert told his co-star Jonathan Van Ness Getting Curious podcast that he didnt feel like he couldve come out to his Pakistani father before his death when Tan was 13. ...

The post Tan Frances Mum Thought Queer Eye Was About Turning Straight People Gay appeared first on QNews Magazine.

00:00

June 21 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


1797 - Merino sheep imported by John Macarthur (2 rams, 4 ewes) and Samuel Marsden (1 ram, 1 ewe) arrive from the Cape aboard Reliance with stores for the colony.

1810 - Today wasn't too flash for Lieut William Paterson when he carked it at sea on the voyage home to England.

1830 - Thomas McCormick was hanged at Sydney for burglary and putting the occupants in fear.

1836 - Terence Saville was hanged at Sydney for burglary from the house of Honora Davey at Williams River.

1836 - James Sproule (alias Fraser) was hanged at Sydney for burglary from the house of Honora Davey at Williams River.

1842 - An escape attempt at Norfolk Island in the brig Governor Phillip was quelled. Six convicts were killed, four are later executed.

1845 News of the discovery of a rich body of copper ore at Burra, South Australia was published in Adelaide newspapers.

1856 - Having explored the Victoria River and having time on his hands, Augustus Charles Gregory set out to traverse northern Australia from east to west.

1859 - Wentworth (the NSW town, not the TV series) was named after the New South Wales explorer and politician William Charles Wentworth.

1869 - A privately built telegraph line between Perth and Fremantle, WA, opened.

1871 - Sandhurst joined the ranks of Cities although it later changed it's title to that of a boxer, Bendigo.

1875 - The Victoria Bridge, Maitland, NSW, opened.

1876 - George Pitt was hanged at Mudgee for the murder of Ann Martin at Guntawang.

1878 - The Bank of South Australia opened for business in its new building.

1883 - The Piangil Railway Line (Vic) aka the Swanhill Railway Line (strangely also in Vic) was extended from Raywood to Mitiamo.

1886 - Wong Tong was hanged at Boggo Road Gaol for the murder of Kok Tow near Bundaberg.

1887 - The South Coast Railway Line (NSW) was opened from Clifton - Wollongong.

1887 - The Crow Eater Governor, Sir William Robinson, escorted by nearly 1200 mounted troopers, soldiers, marines and a number of brass bands, and led by the mounted police on their greys, moved down North Terrace to the Jubilee Exhibition Building next to the University. There he officially opened the 1887 Jubilee Exhibition which was to run for a year.

1887 - In Ballarat the Queen Victoria's Jubilee Foundation Stones were laid for the Mining Exchange, the Art Gallery & Old Colonists Hall.

1887 - Peats Ferry - An excursion train from Sydney ran out of control down the steep Cowan Bank. There were two other trains full of holidaymakers standing at the platforms at Hawksesbury River station and disaster was only averted by t...

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23:49

Turnbull tax cuts and the ressurection of neoliberalism "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Contributed by Adam Carlton

Thanks mainly to the about face by formally Xenophon Senators, now known as the Centre Alliance, the governments intended $143 billion tax cut is set to get through.

The whole thing is a major con, designed to create the illusion that the government was handing out money to the average Australian, but really using this as a smokescreen to take much more.

By having initially joined the opposition to these cuts, the Centre Alliance showed that it knows this. The said so. Especially when they are given to the those enjoying being in the top 20 percent of incomes. This is why they objected to the Third Stage, which hands them  a windfall. But after backroom talks they come out agreeing to stifle debate and not pursue their own objections. This sets up the Alliance to being accused of being corrupted.

Pauline Hanson has achieved an even more spectacular back flip, from vocal opposition to an enthusiastic supporter.

Turnbull and his ministers have rehashed the old trickle down argument, by arguing that this will lead to a rise in income for all.

Unions disagree. They are saying that the evidence of advanced economies over 10 years, shows  tax cuts have not generally led to growth in wages. A paper released by the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU), reveals that OECD data  spanning 2003 to 2016, reveals a disconnection at best and an opposite relationship at worst, between tax cuts and wages growth.

Research by the Australia Institute shows that the top 20 percent of incomes will get 95 percent of the benefit in money terms. In addition, almost wiping out what is left of the progressive nature of the Australian income tax system, will send even more of the benefit upwards. A progressive tax system, is one where those on higher incomes pay a higher proportion, and through this, a portion of national income is redistributed downwards.

Greater inequality is  inevitable. Not only because the less well off have a smaller share, but also, because falling tax revenues must translate into further cuts in government services that benefit the less well off.

Worse still, is that getting the package through, will set the stage to cut company tax and Turnbull has promised to bring this in at the earliest opportunity.

Saving the corporate world from having to pay is not the primary objective. This government knows that those with the biggest obligations under the current rate pay very l...

23:45

Definition of Free Trade = Govt is Free to Change the Definition to Freely Get Revenue "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

COMMENT: I live in Alberta, Canada and for years as a sign maker I had to order materials from the United States. I can assure you that the problems you mention are no different than the problems we encounter when buying American products: tariffs; customs duties etc. and as well paying in $US which really hikes our prices. We also sold promotional items, many which we ordered from the States. What a nightmare!  I am now retired and I could go to the States to buy shoes, but why would I? We have shoes here, as a matter of fact, a lot of our friends are now only buying  Canadian products, especially since President Trump has made so many negative remarks about us. I actually thought he was doing great things for the USA, but these digs against Canada are not helping anything.

DC

REPLY: Trumps comment about scuffing up shoe is really ridiculous. The currency exchange defeats any benefit. This whole thing about blurring the distinction between tariffs and customs duties is a global problem. I was flying from Australia to Tokyo and I had to stop in Hawaii. I argued with the customs officer that I was going to Tokyo and then to New York so I should pay the customs duty one time on final entry. He was nasty and said either I paid there or they confiscated my bags. With no choice, I paid. Of course, when I landed in New York and told them I paid the duty in Hawaii, he could care less. They then made me pay it a second time.

This entire issue of trade is a total mess. Trump, in my opinion, does not understand trade and what really is going on. It is becoming outright extortion. If you eliminate the tariffs, they will still demand customs fees. We really need a complete reset. He should simply state that tariffs should end across the board except on defense and food.

23:44

Court issues warrant for arrest of owner of menacing dog "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A file image of a typical American Staffordshire terrier. Photo Wikimedia.

The Magistrate at the Byron Bay Local Court has issued a warrant for the arrest of the owner of a menacing dog after she failed to appear in court last week.

It followed an incident in Byron Bay in January 2018 when the defendants dog, an American Staffordshire terrier, badly injured a toy poodle and bit the poodles owner and another person at a property in Jonson Street.

The poodles neck was ripped open during the attack and it was revealed the Staffordshire terrier was a declared menacing dog after biting a six year old boy in Sydney in 2016.

Staff from Byron Shire Councils Animal and Enforcement team investigated the incident and found the dog was not muzzled or under effective control at the time of the attack as was required under the Companion Animals Act.

Given the severity of the injuries to the poodle, and the seriousness of the matter, staff issued a Court Attendance Notice in lieu of an on-the-spot fine.

Council staff could not intervene concerning the control of the dog as the owner relocated to Queensland.

Councils Legal Counsel, Ralph James, said that when the defendant failed to appear in court her solicitor withdrew from proceedings and the matter was dealt with in her absence.

The defendant was convicted and a warrant issued for her arrest.  The court also ordered that she pay $7,600 in professional costs and witnesses expenses.

The Magistrate indicated that he was not prepared to impose a fine in the defendants absence because it did not indicate the seriousness of the matter, Mr James said.

The defendant was also disqualified for life from owning a dog or being in charge of a dog in a public place, he said.

When the defendant is ultimately brought before the court she is facing a maximum penalty of $22,000 or four years in prison, Mr James said.

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23:31

Tweed council staff try out Brisbane Valley Rail Trail "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Tweed team takes a short break to listen to some design and construction advice from Councils Senior Design Engineer Warren Boyd. The President of the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail Users Association Paul Heyman is pictured at front right. Photo supplied.

What better way to work out good design than getting hands on or in this case, on bike when you are designing a bike path than cycling along a successful bike path? That is exactly what staff from Tweed Shire Council did last weekend when they rode 40km along the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail (BVBT). 

Council staff working on the design of the first stage of the Northern Rivers Rail Trail joined the president of the trails users association Paul Heymans to learn lessons from their experience with the ongoing construction of the 162-kilometre trail BVBT and its operation.

We spent several hours riding the trail with Paul and discussing all aspects of how they established the trail and how it has grown over the past decade, northern rivers rail trail project manager Iain Lonsdale said.

The research ride allowed the team of design engineers and environmental scientists the opportunity to inspect the different kinds of surfaces used along the Brisbane Valley trail, which will help Tweed decide the best design option for Stage 1 of the Northern Rivers trail from Murwillumbah to Crabbes Creek.

We also saw how Brisbane Valley used the existing rail infrastructure, incorporating bridges, tunnels, railway track, signage and station buildings into their design.

On the day of the ride, the Brisbane Valley trail was hosting a 160-kilometre endurance run with refresher stations and supporters at various points along the trail.

...

23:29

Man arrested over outstanding warrants Lismore "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Lismore police station. File photo

A man wanted on outstanding warrants has been arrested in the states north.

About 9.25am yesterday (Wednesday 20 June 2018), officers from Richmond Police District arrested a 28-year-old man at Lismore Police Station.

Police executed four outstanding warrants for domestic and parole offences.

He was refused bail and is due to appear before Lismore Local Court today (Thursday 21 June 2018).

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23:15

Long Live our gracious Aunty ... "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

I am far too old not to feel a shiver of time-worn apprehension snake down my spine when I hear Finance Minister Mathias Cormann uttering his latest pronouncements, especially when I have long come to realise it is mostly propaganda and bullshit that flows with his soporific guttural. My contemporaries, Im sure, experience similar vertebral vibrations when they hear that accent, of which the senator himself is reported to have once said: With my accent, no one would vote for me if I tried to get a seat in the [House of Representatives] Labor: Libs cant be trusted with our ABC Michelle Grattan, ABC via The Conversation: The threat to the ABC is not sale but more bullying SMH: Footage from Liberal Party meeting reveals who voted to sell the ABC The divisive Liberal Party vote to privatise the ABC was backed by at least four of the partys top federal officials, according to footage that also shows the idea gained support from at least one federal Liberal MP Greens: Premier Busted by Photo Finish on ABC Sale Push Labor: Premier Hodgman lied to Parliament Fairfax: We are not your punching bag: ABC boss Michelle Guthrie hits back at the Liberal Party Greens: Liberals Committed to Trading Heritage Treasure for Trinkets Peter Gutwein: Labor-Green hypocrisy over Treasury Building First Dog on the Moon: Ian the Climate Denialist Potato wants to flog off the ABC SMH: ABC motion reveals immaturity at heart of Liberal Party

23:10

1) Indonesia Slams UN Human Rights Office Over Planned Papua Visit "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


2) Indonesia Hopes to Flex Diplomatic Muscle With Security Council Seat
3) When Indonesia sits on the Security Council
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1) Indonesia Slams UN Human Rights Office Over Planned Papua Visit
By : Sheany | on 3:23 PM June 20, 2018
Jakarta. Indonesia has criticized the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, saying that his regional office in Bangkok should first coordinate with the government before sending a mission to Papua, instead of demanding immediate access.
"It is deeply regrettable that the staff members of his regional office in Bangkok, instead of coordinating the planned visit with Indonesian authorities, have unilaterally set the dates and areas to visit in Papua and West Papua, while demanding immediate access," Hasan Kleib, Indonesia's permanent represen....

23:07

Im nearly 100, I saw 1945 refugee crisis firsthand. I need people to listen to my warning. Vid "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

I cannot sit back in good conscience while the world my generation built is left to turn feral in the hands of right-wing populists and indifferent capitalists

23:04

Stars winners over Warragul "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

INVERLOCHS Senior Womens team faced off against Warragul at Warragul in unfavourable conditions after considerable rain.
The ground extremely muddy and even more rain fell throughout most of the game.
Despite this Inverloch had a strong start and kept the ball in their attacking half early on. The first goal came after a free kick awarded to Inverloch and was taken by Emily Smith. Smith kicked the ball straight to the keeper who fumbled but luckily Smith had followed her kick in and was there to send it straight into goal.
Warragul made several attempts to run for goal but Inverlochs solid defence line soon shut them down. Inverloch continued to dominate the game and a second goal came from Smith who sent the ball flying over the Warragul keepers head and into goal.
At half time Inverloch lead 2-0. Inverloch came out firing again with several early attempts at goal. A free kick was awarded to Inverloch after a handball and this resulted in another goal to Inverloch. Inverloch lead 3-0. Warragul continued to fight back but Inverloch were very strong in defence and Fiona Richardson in the midfield was never far from the action putting in a stellar performance. Smith and Kat Olive made a great run for goal and Smith put in Inverlochs fourth goal for the match, to lead 4-0. Warragul made a run and put their first score on the board late in the second half. Inverloch prevailed 4-1.

Senior Mens
The Stars knew theyd be in for a tough game in their first clash against Warragul, as they wouldnt be able to play their typical brand of flowing football due to the heavy conditions.
The Stars started strongly, with Jordan and Ethan Tomas linking up well down the left-hand side. A sharp interchange of passes by the two brothers put Jordan into some space, which he sprinted on to before pulling the ball to the edge of the box for Barry Farrell to smash in the first goal for the Stars.
More hard running from Jordan led to a cross that Ethan controlled with his chest before putting in to the back of the net.
Warragul started to string some passes together and managed a decent shot which was well saved by Bremner, playing in goal for the Stars.
Jordan Tomas was having a fantastic day; his strength on the ball and ability to make the right pass was putting the Stars in control.
A determined run by Jordan for what others may have seen as a lost cause resulted in a pin-point cross, which was volleyed in by Ethan for his second goal. Mitch Jackson popped up to slot in a fourth Stars goal and a well-deserved moment of glory, reflecting his hard work during the first half.
Warragul managed to pull one back with a well hit shot from outside the box, which the keeper got a finger to, but it wasnt enough to push it over the bar. It was 4-1 to the Stars at half time.
The second half saw the Warragul...

23:00

The (austere) golden age of Peter Gutwein "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Public hospitals are in permanent crisis. School retention rates remain the shame of the nation. There are 16,500 Tasmanians unemployed but looking for work. Another 26,800 people are under-employed, needing more work than they have. The rate of labour under-utilisation the key measure of labour market slack stands at 16.7%. Homeless people face a winter sleeping rough at the showgrounds because theres nowhere else to go. Despite the crippling funding shortfalls for essential government services, Mr Gutwein has permanently reduced the states revenue base by decreasing payroll tax. Decent funding for hospitals, schools, child protection and housing is further away than ever. Golden age? What on earth could he have meant ? Peter Gutwein: Budget Reply will be a failed policy scrap heap Greens: Premier Busted by Photo Finish on ABC Sale Push Labor: Premier Hodgman lied to Parliament Fairfax: We are not your punching bag: ABC boss Michelle Guthrie hits back at the Liberal Party Greens: Liberals Committed to Trading Heritage Treasure for Trinkets Peter Gutwein: Labor-Green hypocrisy over Treasury Building Labor: Gutwein refuses to answer the simple budget questions

23:00

Extradition over serious crash, Tuncester, near Lismore "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A man appeared in court yesterday after being extradited from Cairns, Queensland after three passengers were seriously injured in a single-vehicle crash in Tuncester last year.

Shortly after 3.30am on Sunday 8 July 2017, the driver of a Ford Falcon with three passengers on board was allegedly travelling at high speed on Naughtons Gap Road. The vehicle hit an embankment causing it to roll several times, landing on its roof.

The occupants, a 25-year-old man, a 26-year-old man and a 31-year-old woman sustained life threatening injuries and were taken to Lismore Base Hospital.

Following the crash, the 34-year-old man allegedly fled the scene without rendering assistance to his passengers.

Officers from Richmond Police District were alerted and commenced investigations.

Following investigations, Queensland Police arrested the man on the outstanding warrant at Townsville on Thursday 14 June 2018.

Detectives from Casino on Tuesday 19 June 2018, travelled to Cairns and successfully applied for the mans extradition.

He was taken to Lismore Police Station where he was charged with dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm x 3, failure to stop and assist after vehicle impact causing grievous bodily harm x 3, and negligent driving occasions grievous bodily harm.

The man was refused bail to appear in Lismore Local Court today on Wednesday 20 June 2018 and was refused bail again to reappear at the same court on Wednesday 4 July 2018.

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22:54

MACKAY Prison escapee case heard in court for first time "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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22:45

Cable car proponents threaten legal action over protest website "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Mount Wellington Cableway Company (MWCC) has threatened legal action and is currently attempting to forcibly acquire the domain of an anti-cable car website - mtwellingtoncablecar.com.au owned by a local community member. The owner of the domain, South Hobart resident Louise Sales says nine months later, no legal action has been taken so it appears the letter was sent simply to intimidate. I am not intimidated and I call on the cable car company to stop threatening people for having their say

22:37

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

Part II: The Romanov family and their bulldogs Contemporary photographs suggest that three generations of the Imperial Family owned at least 13 individual French bulldogs between 1867 and 1918: Tsar Alexander II (3); his sons Tsar Alexander III (1), the Grand Duke Vladimir (1) and his wife, the Grand Duchess Marie (3), and the Grand Duke Alexei (2) and his mistress Elizabeth Balletta (1); and finally Tsar Alexander IIIs granddaughter, the Grand Duchess Tatiana (2)

22:30

Looming Disaster for Norfolk Island "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Economic Impact of Modern Award System on Norfolk Island With just a brief two-year transition period from 1 July 2016, the Modern Award System (MAS) will take effect on Norfolk Island from 1 July 2018, representing the largest single impact on the Norfolk Island economy at a time of declining visitor numbers (-11% in last 3 months), severe economic contraction, and on top of a raft of new Federal and local Government taxes, rates, fees and charges. Despite repeated warnings of loss of employment, severe increase in business costs, reduced business viability, and damage to tourism, the Department of Regional Development & Cities (DIRDC) has not conducted any economic assessment, which many consider to be reckless, even irresponsible

22:00

A sunny day at Joyces Creek "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A reprise of Patricks nice post about Joyces Creek last week. The area immediately south of the bridge is terrific for close up views of a range of waterbirds at present.

Australian Pelican, Joyces Creek, 18th June 2018

22:00

SWP: using incentives to lift recruiter performance "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Seasonal Worker Programme (SWP) continues to grow. Figures for this financial year to the end of April 2018 show 6,573 SWP visas have been approved. This compares with 6,166 visas approved in total for the full 2016-17 financial year. Moreover, most workers do very well under the scheme. When the World Bank asked 400 Pacific workers how satisfied they were with the SWP, the average score was 8.6, on a scale of one to ten. Similar smaller surveys of Timorese workers found that 96% were satisfied, with 68% very satisfied. In Vanuatu, a survey of 100 returned workers showed that all of the women and 91% of men were satisfied.

That said, this is no time for complacency. It is not clear that arrangements that support a few thousand workers will support the much larger number that could enter Australia both under the Seasonal Worker Programme and the much larger Pacific Labour Scheme. Moreover, while some countries are doing very well under the SWP (Vanuatu, Tonga, Timor-Leste), others are missing out (PNG, Solomon Islands).

The SWP also continues to be subjected to both generalised and specific claims of exploitation in the media. There are also complaints about recruiters in sending countries scamming potential workers. These incidents undermine the development benefits of the scheme, as well as wider community acceptance of the value of the SWP in Australia and in sending countries.

In responding to these problems, so far the focus has been on compliance across the horticultural industry, which is appropriate given the higher number of backpackers working on farms, and their greater risk of exploitation. Victoria, Queensland and South Australia are all introducing labour hire licensing.

There are also SWP-specific responses. One recently-announced reform is the piloting of a 24/7 information line for seasonal workers. It success will depend on how well the information the hotline receives is processed and acted on.

These are all positive moves, but what more could be done? A recent book Merchants of Labor: Recruiters and International Labor Migration by Professor Philip Martin reviews the global experience of the approximately ten million workers who cross international borders...

21:45

Nugan Hand Bank Australian connection files "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Cabinet files:

Part 1 (218p, 81.5MB) :



Part 2 (243p, 95.8MB):



Part 3 (229p, 66.5MB) :




Public Media News articles:

This is what the general population were allowed to know,
i.e. "FOR MEDIA" release (24 February 1983):



An article from the Wall Street Journal (24 Aug 1982):




Commonwealth of Australia House of Representatives
Official Hansard No. 139, Tuesday 2 October 1984:



20:09

Hawksbill Sea Turtle release "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A Hawksbill Sea Turtle. (supplied)

On March 15 a gentleman at Brooms Head  rescued a critically endangered Hawksbill sea turtle that was floating in the shallows, he put it in his wheelbarrow and took it home to look after for the night under the instruction he covered it in damp towels to keep the turtle hydrated.

Named Amber, she weighed just over 7kgs when she arrived at the Ballina Byron Sea Turtle Hospital.

She was covered in burrowing barnacles and had some major infections due to the wounds caused by the barnacles and had some pink ulcers on her skin. Over the next few weeks we carefully removed the barnacles and treated her deep wounds, said a spokesperson for the Ballina Byron Sea Turtle Hospital.

She received numerous courses of antibiotics and vitamin injections and after four months of care, Amber has now put on weight and all of her wounds are completely healed.

Amber is being  released this morning, Thursday June 21 at 8.30am at the northern end of Lighthouse Beach Ballina near the surf club.

Volunteer Dan Twomey, who helped to rehabilitate her, will be releasing Amber at Lighthouse Beach, Ballina.

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17:04

Nikki Haley: Damn the UN Human Rights Council and the Rest of You Too "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

On Tuesday, June 19, UN Ambassador Nikki Haley announced US withdrawal from the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) now meeting in Geneva. The UNHRC is stacked with human rights abusers including Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, and, till now, the US itself, but this is still an ugly gesture, like refusing to accept the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court, ditching the Paris Climate Accords, and shredding the Iran Nuclear Deal. Who gives a damn what the world thinks of us? We are good! As Hillary Clinton said at the last Democratic National Convention, America is great because its good. What could better evidence that than our 1000 or so military bases, our unparalleled arsenal, and however many wars were fighting, depending on how you count? Even BAR readers would probably have to stop and decide how to count before they could settle on a number. How dare anyone deny that America is good?

George W. Bush boycotted the UNHRC for three years, but Obama returned to the fold, and Hillary announced that we were back to set a new agenda, based on three principles, the second of which was: The Council must apply a single standard to all countriesIt cannot continue to single out and devote disproportionate attention to any one country, meaning Israel.

At the close of its first session, on June 30, 2006, the UNHRC voted to establish a standing Agenda Item 7: Human rights situation in Palestine and other occupied Arab territories to be debated every time it convenesthree times a year. Its since passed over 70 resolutions censuring Israel, including 5 passed at its March meeting earlier this year. Nikki Haley then scolded the Council for being foolish and unworthy of its name.

Agenda Item 7 hasnt been debated in the current session yet, but more censure of Israel is no doubt in the works, given Israels latest massacres in Gaza. In 2016, the US and other Western states walked out during the Agenda Item 7 debate, and the delirious Jerusalem Post then screeched that 35 countries attacked Israeli human rights abuses against the Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza. Imagine that! Attacking Israeli human rights abuses. Israel is great because its good! It even has nuclear weapons and everybody knows it, especially Iran.

This week Israeli Defense Minister Avidor Lieberman called for Israel to withdraw from the UNHRC even though its not a member. He seems to think that the US and Israeli states are one. America and Israel are good!

Most folks have never even heard of the UNHRC, so, just for context:

The UNHRC is composed of 47 members elected to three year terms within five geographic groups: Africa, Central America and Caribbean, Asia-Pacific, Eastern Europe, and Western European and Other States including the US and Australia. The seats are rarely contested; nations from t...

16:16

At last! A way to gaol the entire Turnbull Government "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"




The Criminal Code Amendment (Impersonating a Commonwealth Body) Bill 2017 (the Bill) will introduce new offences and a new injunction power to prohibit and prevent conduct amounting to false representation of a Commonwealth body.

It is essential that the public can trust in the legitimacy and accuracy of statements made by Commonwealth bodies. The amendments are critical to ensure the public has confidence in the legitimacy of communications emanating from Commonwealth bodies, thereby safeguarding the proper functioning of Government..

The Bill introduces a primary offence where the person is reckless as to whether their conduct will result in, or is reasonably capable of resulting in, a false representation. These amendments also create a new aggravated offence where a person engages in such conduct with the intent to obtain a gain, cause a loss, or influence the exercise of a public duty.
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16:15

Trump's Truth "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


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The Truth
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16:02

Around the world, people have surprisingly modest notions of the ideal life "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

It seems reasonable that people would want to maximize various aspects of life if they were given the opportunity to do so, whether its the pleasure they feel, how intelligent they are, or how much personal freedom they have. In actuality, people around the world seem to aspire for more moderate levels of these and other traits, according to findings published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.

Our research shows that peoples sense of perfection is surprisingly modest, says psychological scientist Matthew J. Hornsey of the University of Queensland, first author on the research. People wanted to have positive qualities, such as health and happiness, but not to the exclusion of other darker experiencesthey wanted about 75% of a good thing.

Furthermore, people said, on average, that they ideally wanted to live until they were 90 years old, which is only slightly higher than the current . Even when imagined that they could take a magic pill guaranteeing , their ideal life expectancy increased by only a few decades, to a median of 120 years old. And when people were invited to choose their ideal IQ, the median score was about 130a score that would classify someone as smart, but not a genius.

14:51

Workshop "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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Concertina Bookbinding Creations for Kids

Learn to make your own concertina book with local artist Fern Smith! School Holiday fun at Newlands Neighbourhood House for creative kids.

We had amazing feedback from Ferns puppet making workshops last holidays. Dont miss out on this chance for your child to learn the art of bookbinding.

Book through the Try Booking links below, or phone 8528 2332.

Date: Wednesday 4th July
Cost: $20 full / $15 Concession
Venue: Newlands Neighbourhood House, 20 Murray Rd, Coburg North

Ages 6-7: 10am 12pm
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12:32

Kurilpa Poets May Photo Review, Atmospheric "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

PHOTO REVIEW ATMOSPHERIC, a breath of Fresh Air No doubt about it, the Kurilpa Poets May event, the Elemental-Air themed Atmospherics, definitely had, well..atmosphere. The day was ably Produced & Directed by talented Kurilpa Poetry Cup winner Fi Privitera, though Continue reading

12:05

Some of Brisbanes finest musos have formed a brand new supergroup "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

If youre still coming to terms with the news that Dreams, a collaboration between Silverchairs Daniel Johns and Luke Steele of Empire Of The Sun and The Sleepy Jackson, are finally releasing tunes, then youre about to get another hefty dose of good news, with some of Brisbanes finest musos coming together to form a brand new rock supergroup.

Consisting of Luke Henery (Violent Soho), Simon Ridley (DZ Deathrays, Velociraptor), Branko Cosic (Tape/Off, Gold Stars), and Matthew Somers (I Heart Hiroshima), Total Pace is the newest supergroup on the block, serving up a mixture of tasty Aussie rock with some solid punk influences thrown in for good measure.

As Scenestr reports, the group formed after spending a number of years hanging out an talking about their favourite bands. Deciding to step away from their main acts briefly to write and compose some new tunes, the group have dropped their debut single, 73, to help celebrate the news.

A thirst for blitzing fun times brought the group together after having spent many nights hanging out, drinking each others band riders over the years talking about some of their favourite punk bands, the group explained in a statement.

After months of trying not to exclusively write songs about beer, and somehow avoiding a beer pun for a name, Total Pace are here to really just have a good time.

If you like what you hear, the band are set to make their live debut next month, performing at Brisbanes Black Bear Lodge, with Electric Zebra coming along for the ride. Theres still more supports to be announced, but if youre keen on seeing some of Brisbanes most talented musicians all under the same roof, then youd better head over to the Facebook event page for more info.

Check out Total Paces 73:

Total Paces Debut Show

With Electric Zebra

Thursday, July 19th
Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD (18+)
Tickets: Oztix

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Tuesday, 19 June

22:47

Budget buffer? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


The Treasurer is winning the post budget arguments because those who question his mastery arent acquainting themselves with the true situation.

The Treasurer is setting the agenda. We have fixed the budget mess he claims. There are surpluses as far as the eye can see.  Are there surpluses? Yes. Does this mean the budget is fixed? No.

The corporate world is littered with the corpses of companies which showed profits one day and went belly up shortly thereafter. Profits or net operating surpluses in this case, often coexist with cash deficits. Yet most people, innocently accept the Treasurers claim about future surpluses thinking he means cash surpluses, and respond by saying why not spend them now?  The Treasurers answer is essentially to say, no, they are needed to provide a buffer for the future.

This is the point where the Treasurer crosses the line from an arguable position, namely the existence of surpluses, to a baseless assertion that he is creating a future buffer.



A buffer requires a build-up of cash reserves and/or increased ability to borrow and service borrowings. The opposite will occur. Cash reserves will decrease, and borrowings will increase.  This is not necessarily bad but is contrary to what the Treasurer is trying to get us to believe.  Past Estimates hearings show he doesnt fully understand his own figures, not grasping the difference between profits and cash flow.

The only buffer currently being created by the Treasurer is one between fiction and reality.

The net operating surplus of the general government includes infrastructure grants from the Australian government as income when received but excludes the amounts as expenses when spent because theyre capital expenses. Only operating expenses are included.

To be fair the government is only following government accounting standards. The government however is taking advantage of the opportunity to mislead. Even more misleading is dragging $40 million per year out of TTLine as special dividends which becomes income to the government. These comes from cash which TTLine has been accum...

Monday, 18 June

20:37

Poker machine fine for Canberra Raiders wiped ... "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

... How lovely it must be to be a pokies joint in Canberra Its outrageous that Raiders Belconnen now does not have to pay the $120,000 fine which the ACT gambling regulator had imposed for breaking the law in relation to Professor Laurie Brown

20:30

NATION: Can Trumps farcical Singapore Summit alert us to dangers we face in our own democracy ... ? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A new story, a new beginning, one of peace. Two men, two leaders, one destiny. A story in a special moment in time. When a man is presented with one chance that may never be repeated, what will he choose? High-tech-sci-fi labs, fast trains and a slam-dunking basketballer flit across the screen as a bizarre, four minute US mobile-propaganda-video, set to a dramatic musical score, fires our national and international imagination this week

20:00

Trumps ultimate triumph? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Private and highly confidential sources close to US President Donald Trump have indicated that he expects to be given the Nobel Peace prize following what he considers to be a marvellous outcome in his Singapore discussions with North Korean Chairman Kim

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