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Saturday, 15 December


MACKAY Drunk smashes in window as women and children cower inside "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

MACKAY December 15, 2018 at 07:33AM ,

Drunk smashes in window as women and children cower inside

December 15, 2018 at 07:33AM ,

He took after his partner, who fled to the home of a woman for help, Mackay Magistrates Court was told. Blackie faced the court on Thursday, pleading

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MACKAY Mackay men charged with taking of protected green turtle "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

MACKAY December 15, 2018 at 06:03AM ,

Mackay men charged with taking of protected green turtle

December 15, 2018 at 06:03AM ,

Jaffa Godfrey Ahwang and Patrick John Sabatino appeared in Mackay Magistrates Court alongside each other on Tuesday. The co-accused men

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Current State and Federal policies may rip New England apart beyond repair "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

My slow posting reflects my personal preoccupations. The problem is that while I have been preoccupied, issues have arisen, decisions are being made, that will adversely affect New England. In each case the adverse affects come from the simple fact that people don't recognise our existence. To illustrate this, I thought that I would simply list a few examples without great detail.

A few things to remember in considering the examples I will be citing:

  • The broader new England does have its own identity and geographic validity. But because we don't exist, no statistics are collected, we don't appear as an entity in policy making.
  • In economic and geographic terms, New England is being ripped apart by the growth of the South-east Queensland conurbation in the north, the growth of Sydney and Canberra with its spillover affects in the south. 
  • The definitions used for policy making and statistical terms, regional is an example, act to smash our attempts to create identity and to overcome long term structural decline. 
  • The longer this process goes on, the harder it is to recover.
Now for my brief points. I will give links later.

When you look at the Commonwealth Government's regional university initiative, it is concentrated in the outer metro rim and South Eastern NSW. There is almost nothing for New England.

When you look at the the NSW Government's regional development and tourism strategies, they have a bias towards Southern NSW.

When you consider the discussion on infrastructure, the focus is on metros or links between the metros. There is very little that will benefit New England

When you consider the new discussion on migration and decentralisation policy, not only is there little recognition of the history decentralisation policy, but the discussion focuses on growing the metro rim to abosrb more people. They talk about state based migration policies, but that won't help us because me have no state. The question of achieving better population balance within New England does not come up because New England does not exist.

While I have been absorbed on other things, the policy discussion has taken off in ways that will leave us worse off.        


Tournaments? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

I was wondering if anyone would be interest in a games torment. This would be including. Tekken 7 and dbz fighter on the ps4, smash ultimate and a card tournament either magic the gathering or yu-gi-oh. So far this is just an event that I'm planning. Just wondering if people would participate.

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Australian governments hypocritical performance at UN Climate Summit "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

New energy future: Minister touts Australia at climate summit, Brisbane Times, By...


World cup memories "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

I think my friend was a bit taken aback really, when she asked me what I did to just to zone out and relax. I thought for a second, then remembered my guilty pleasure: I watch old sports videos on youtube.

It is a bit odd, I know. And maybe even more unusual because I only vaguely follow the contemporary sports world, yet some nights I can for several hours watch videos of games, many of which I watched the first time around back in the 90s. But thinking about it more, I realised there are ways my worldview was affected by my boyhood love of (some would say obsession with) sports. With that in mind, I thought I would share a few of my favourite sporting memories, united by the fact they were from world cups in the late 90s (my peak sports-loving period).

The first goes back to when I was very young. I was nine years old when Sri Lanka came to Australia in 1995/96 for their first full tour of the country. Sri Lanka was young too as a nation it had been independent from its British colonial masters for less than half a century (it had been known as Sri Lanka for half that time again) but was still trying to work out its national identity and was in the middle of a bitter civil war. As a cricketing country it had played its first test in 1982 and in the time since then had won only a handful of games. Apparently the team were so poorly paid several of them couldnt afford rent in Colombo and lived at the family home of captain Arjuna Ranatunga.

They werent expected to beat the cricketing superstars of Australia and to be honest in the test series they didnt losing all three games resoundingly. The series really heated up though when the Sri Lankans were accused of ball-tampering; and when a couple of Australian umpires no-balled Sri Lankas promising young off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan for throwing. Muralis controversial action had been cleared by world crickets governing body, and the Sri Lankans saw this as an act of Australian arrogance to overrule it.

They seemed to take this as a rallying point when it came to the triangular one-day series with Australia and fellow cricketing giants (albeit in decline) West Indies. There the Sri Lankans played cricket with a  new self-belief; but also a startling tactical innovation that surprised their opponents.

Opening batsmen in cricket were traditionally of a slow and steady inclination, making sure to wear the shine off the new ball before starting any attack. Sri Lanka though saw an opportunity through rules that restricted fielding positions in the opening overs. They replaced their normal opening batsmen with middle-order batsman Sanath Jayasuriya and wicket-keeper Romesh Kaluwitharana.

Kaluwitharana was improbably tiny when he hunched over for his batting stance you could almost see the top of the wickets behind him. His bat seemed to be a...

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Friday, 14 December


Recycled Packaging "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Have you bought lots of pressies online?

Did you know all the Auspost packaging can be recycled for free buy Planet Ark in conjunction with Auspost.

Follow this link to find out more. 



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Ive got 5.5 pieces of fresh Sir Walter Buffalo turf if anyone needs (but over 2.5metre sq) to give away. Needs to go in ground ASAP. 

Can drop of in north Coburg today if anyone interested?

Jason 0411 987 264


1) Villagers flee fighting, hide in forest in Indonesia's Papua "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

2) Indonesian military to take over construction in Papua after brutal violence
1) Villagers flee fighting, hide in forest in Indonesia's Papua 

JAKARTA: At least 300 villagers are hiding in a forest in Indonesia's Papua province on Friday after they fled fighting between soldiers and separatists who killed a group of workers building a bridge in the area this month.
They are cold and hungry after 11 days in the forest, Pastor Benny Giay, the head of Papua's Gospel Tabernacle Church, told Reuters by telephone.


Tweet of the Week "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Quotes of the Week "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

If you want to know what caused those conditions, Ill give you an answer its called climate change, the Queensland premier told reporters. It is only the LNP who could watch Queensland burn and then blame the trees.  [Queensland Premier Anna Palaszczukquoted in The Guardian, 7 December 2018]

Last year, more Australians bought their seventh home than those who bought their first  [Journalist Timothy Swanston quoting an incorrect statment by Queensland Minister for Housing and Public Works Mick de Brenni, ABC News, 8 December 2018]

 Most people just consider Assange a spoilt-brat egomaniac with murky motives, a limelight habit and some profoundly questionable political affiliations.  [Journalist...


Melbourne post-Flannery - Praise to Climate Gods for the wisdom of desal plant "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Dont forget your jacket! (Old mate falls victim to the notorious Dudley Street underpass and Melbournes torrential downpour)... also dont drive through floodwater! @9NewsMelb @9NewsAUS #melbweather #vicfloods Tom Kelly (@tpwkelly) December 14, 2018 Degraves Street Subway or set of Titanic? (This vid sent to @9NewsMelb) @9NewsAUS #melbweather #vicfloods...


Brown-headed Honeyeater at Glendale, Central Queensland reported by Andrew McDougall on 10-12-2018 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

At least one bird seen and heard 9th and 10th December. Sighting coincided with mass flowering of Moreton Bay ash in area. This is a northern distribution record. First bird/s recorded at this site.


Cardinal Pell "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Not too many years ago, the West freed the queer boys and girls from continuous judicial assault.  That was good.  What we are seeing now is the various hideouts used by those once under threat been shaken out and we are seeing what they had been up to.
We discover aggressive homosexuality preys on vulnerable young men and boys of course. These victims often then go on to become perpetrators.  All this places the problem of mutual consent into a deep grey area twisted by the imbalance of power, just as sexual harassment does in the work place.
The Church will have to end the demand for celibacy and perhaps limit that to promotion candidates.  Considering the ample supply of divorced older men with a potential long lifespan, this may well solve itself.  The real problem is how to accommodate homosexuality at all except through legitimate celibacy, but that is exactly what has not worked.
We have not heard the details of this man's crimes, but perhaps that is as well. It will take little for our culture to slam the legal door back down on all this.  Instead we need to work with the natural community in order to resolve human sexuality safely..  .. .
Cardinal Pell, top advisor to Pope Francis, found guilty of historical sexual offenses

Gerard OConnell December 12, 2018

Australian Cardinal George Pell leaves the Melbourne Magistrates Court Oct. 6. (CNS photo/Mark Dadswell, Reuters) An Australian jury has found Cardinal George Pell, 77, guilty on five charges of historical child sexual offenses that go back decades, according to various media reports and confirmed by America. The 12-member jury gave their unanimous verdict in the County Court of the State of Victoria in Melbourne on Tuesday, Dec. 11.


Yes Campaign Group Australian Marriage Equality Wins Human Rights Award "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A year on from the historic yes vote, campaign group Australian Marriage Equality has received one of the countrys top human rights awards. The Human Rights Awards honour the contributions of advocates in government, law, the media, business, and organisations. The Australian Marriage Equality group received the Community Organisation Award at a ceremony in Sydney ...

The post Yes Campaign Group Australian Marriage Equality Wins Human Rights Award appeared first on QNews Magazine.


Our primary school future leaders recognised "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Some of our best and brightest future leaders from primary schools across TWT Territory have been recognised in the 6th Annual Primary Schools Leadership Awards.

The post Our primary school future leaders recognised appeared first on The Weekly Times.


Philip Ruddock Says Review Found Very Little Evidence Of Religious Discrimination "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The head of the religious freedom review, Philip Ruddock, has said the review panel found very little hard evidence of religious discrimination in Australia. Prime Minister Scott Morrison released the reviews long-awaited report and the governments response on Thursday. Ruddock told ABC Radio on Friday that the review panel had heard from a wide range ...

The post Philip Ruddock Says Review Found Very Little Evidence Of Religious Discrimination appeared first on QNews Magazine.


1) Post Papua Killings; TNI to Open Isolated Access "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

2) Media Release:  Cut military ties to Indonesia and demand justice for Justice for West Papuas murdered children.

3) Lawmakers want government to push UN to declare OPM a terrorist organisation

1) Post Papua Killings; TNI to Open Isolated Access

Reporter: Antara Editor: Ninis Chairunnisa Jumat, 14 Desember 2018 09:40 WIB 
TEMPO.COWamena - Indonesian Armed Forces (TNI) planned to take over the development project of Trans Papua in Yal and Yigi District, Nduga, following the shooting incident...


The Use of Solitary Confinement on Kids Must Be Banned "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Northern Territory passed legislation in May that prohibited the use of solitary confinement on children and young people. This followed revelations that teenagers were being held in prolonged isolation for up 23 hours a day at Don Dale youth detention centre. Following the national exposure of this practice in the NT which included being

The post The Use of Solitary Confinement on Kids Must Be Banned appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.


Sex and Gender Diverse Suicide Prevention: An Interview With SAGEs Dr Tracie OKeefe "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Tracie was a teenage intersex and trans woman growing up in 1960s northern England. It was a world she found hostile. Her family rejected her. The health professionals who were supposed to be helping were negligent. And things got so bleak that she attempted suicide several times. The thing is though, the life that Tracie

The post Sex and Gender Diverse Suicide Prevention: An Interview With SAGEs Dr Tracie OKeefe appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.


Government Limits Power of Courts to Impose Alternatives to Imprisonment "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Section 5(1) of the Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Act 1999 (the Act) makes clear that a court must not sentence an offender to imprisonment unless it is satisfied, having considered all possible alternatives, that no penalty other than imprisonment is appropriate. This is the statutory embodiment of the common law principle that prison is the last resort when it comes

The post Government Limits Power of Courts to Impose Alternatives to Imprisonment appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.


GAIAS LAMENTATION "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

John Dickson AKA Angry Train Guy shows us another side

The post GAIAS LAMENTATION appeared first on The Westsider.


Last chance to go solar before credits reduce on 1 Jan 19 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The 9th solar power bulk-buy block is currently open for residents, farms and businesses throughout the New England North West region. As at the time of writing, deposits for just over half of the block have been taken. Now is your last chance to purchase and install solar power before the renewable energy credits reduce again on 1 [...] full article 


West Papua liberation movement calls for UN support for independence referendum in 2019 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

West Papua liberation movement calls for UN support for independence referendum in 2019


Peter Boyle  December 14, 2018  Issue 1206 West Papua 

Rex Rumakiek, secretary of United Liberation Movement for West Papua. Photo: Peter Boyle.


Progress from the Start of Save Our Macleay River "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

In 2013, a group of consultants made several recommendations to Government about how to deal with the arsenic contaminated tailings from a processing facility at Urunga. One option presented was to truck 30,000M3 for storing and possibly processing to Hillgrove, on top of the escarpment in the upper Macleay catchment. Many people thought it was crazy [...] full article 


Another NRL Star Accused of Sexual Assault "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Just weeks after NRL star Jarryd Hayne was charged with aggravated sexual assault over an incident on Grand Final night, another NSW State of Origin player has found himself accused of the very same offence. 27-year old St George Dragons player Jack de Belin has been accused of sexually assaulting a 19-year old woman in

The post Another NRL Star Accused of Sexual Assault appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.


SCHOOLS OUT FOR SUMMER! Dean at major Sydney university sends bizarre Grinchy message ahead of Christmas break warning staff about hedonism "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

EXCLUSIVE: Perhaps angling for a starring role as a stingy professor in a b-grade 1980's college flick, a Dean at a major Sydney university has this week sent a bizarre and pompous departing message to his highly trained staff ahead of the Christmas and New Year holidays, warning them to behave themselves amidst the dangers of unbridled "hedonism". Our publisher, Serkan Ozturk, reports. [READ MORE]


Finished for a (private) client in Sydney and to be posted tonight "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Articulated long drop earrings Bh with handmade star wire chain and rub over settings, chisel set with her gems 18ct yellow gold


Thank Folk Its Friday 14th December "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

This Week in Folk All the News From The Week That Was Timber and Steel Recommends Go To This Gig Paul Kelly Making Gravy w/ Angus & Julia Stone, Alex Lahey Friday 14th December Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne, VIC Saturday 15th December The Domain, Sydney, NSW Friday 21st December []


ACT Leader To Urge Federal Labor To Ease Gay Blood Donor Restrictions "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr has said he will call for federal Labor to change the partys platform on restrictions preventing gay men to donate blood at the partys national Labor conference this weekend. Australia has a 12-month deferral period on donating blood for men who have sex with another man in the last 12 ...

The post ACT Leader To Urge Federal Labor To Ease Gay Blood Donor Restrictions appeared first on QNews Magazine.


Same-Sex Couples Rush To Wed Before Brazils Homophobe President Sworn In "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Anxious same-sex couples in Brazil are rushing to get married before the inauguration of right-wing president-elect Jair Bolsonaro, who has described himself as a proud homophobe. Bolsonaro has a long history of homophobic and misogynistic comments, including equating homosexuality to pedophilia and proclaiming he would rather his son die than be gay. As a result, ...

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Wim de Vos was cremated yesterday and his ashes await a big wake & celebration some time in May 2019 when everyone will come together "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

My Instagram text from 6 days ago:

Vale Wim de Vos 1947-2018. He left the stage today, oh Boy, the Red Orb was the first stage I saw him on. As a musician, an artist, a printmaker, an educator and a facilitator he assisted so many people to find their voice and to become stars in their own right. I know I will always hear him talking to me in his melodic manner, as so many others will also. Im told his was a lovely release.

Dells pic below:



Empress Of on how she went from Me to Us "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

  • Empress Of :: Interview with Tanya Ali on Arvos

Lorely Rodriguez aka Empress Of joined Tanya Ali on Arvos to chat all about, among other things, her collaboration and friendship with Dev Hynes (Blood Orange), and why pop is not a dirty word but an all-inclusive genre that deserves some damn respect.

Rodriguezs second album Us marked the beginning of a collaborative awakening for Rodriguez. Her first album Me was largely a solo venture arising out of self-imposed isolation writing and producing everything herself. By contrast, as the title suggests, Us sees Rodriguez gather some talented mates together around a newfound love of collaboration.

[On Me] I felt like I had to establish a sound and it was like okay cool I have established that I can produce, record and write everything I feel like I know who I am enough to where I can go in a room with another artist and still be myself

Rodriguez describes her process with close collaborator Dev Hynes aka Blood Orange as comfortable and conversational with their sessions often taking place outside the studio. Hynes vocal feature on opening track, Everything to Me was recorded in his hotel room in LA.

Listen back to the whole chat where Lorely and Tanya also get into the breadth of expression that oscillating between Spanish and English allows, the importance of Honduran culture to her art, and the inescapable politics of simply writing in Spanish as a woman of colour.




MACKAY Mackay man flags guilty plea over armed robbery at AM Bar "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

MACKAY December 14, 2018 at 07:00AM ,

Mackay man flags guilty plea over armed robbery at AM Bar

December 14, 2018 at 07:00AM ,

Terrence Knowles, 37, Luke Hayden Seymour, 24, and Aydon Trent Seaton, 25, had their cases raised in Mackay Magistrates Court on Thursday.

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MACKAY Mini mart robbery accused could be released on bail "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

MACKAY December 13, 2018 at 07:11AM ,

Mini mart robbery accused could be released on bail

December 13, 2018 at 07:11AM ,

Dylan Scott Kern McGregor, 21, appeared in Mackay Magistrates Court over videolink on Wednesday. He has been accused of holding-up Mullys

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Local artist in desperate search for missing painting "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Paul Bibby

Its the mysterious case of the missing Main Arm masterpiece.

As local artist Toni Clarke was driving down Main Arm Road with her carefully-wrapped graduation piece in the back of her ute last week, the rope securing the painting suddenly snapped.

Ms Clarke didnt notice the work was gone until she stopped for petrol in Mullumbimby soon after.

Devastated, I quickly drove all the way home to Palmwoods only minutes later but couldnt find it anywhere, Ms Clarke says.

Local artist Toni Clarkes graduation piece has mysteriously disappeared. Supplied

The sad part of it is that it was my graduation piece for my opening night at the Byron School of Art.

It has to be somewhere.

Ms Clarke has made full use of the bush telegraph and local Facebook pages to search for the painting, but to no avail.

The only clue she has is that the painting may have been picked from the side of the road by a lady in a white Toyota ute who was last seen heading in the direction of Uki.

Given that the painting had the price of $1600 written on the back, there are concerns someone may be hoping to sell it for some quick Christmas cash.

It means so much to me to find it, she says

So if anyone has any leads it would be so appreciated if you could contact me, she says.

Ms Clarke is happy for the painting to be returned anonymously without any questions being asked.

You could drop it off at the Main Arm shop, or the Byron School of Art or Sunshine Alley in Mullumbimby, she says.

If you have any information about the whereabouts of the painting please call Toni on 0498 971 468.

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New Religious Discrimination Laws Unlikely To Pass Before Federal Election "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Anja Hilkemeijer, University of Tasmania Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Attorney-General Christian Porter have released both the Ruddock Religious Freedom Review and the governments response. Given the panels recommendations were leaked to the media some time ago, the full report contains few surprises. But todays announcement ends months of speculation on how the government ...

The post New Religious Discrimination Laws Unlikely To Pass Before Federal Election appeared first on QNews Magazine.


2005 sculptured gold ring with Annettes family diamonds back to the studio "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


A very early carved ring by Barbara, Im surprised how many pieces (commissions) escaped without photo documentation. This is from 2005 and is listed in the commissions-the lot list. So reminds me of early Han Chinese carving, clouds & spirits working their magic. Settings checked and the usual clean . . .


Local incident a reminder of stranger danger "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

When a child tells a parent or carer that they just had some lollies in a car with a man they didnt know all sorts of fears come flooding in. This was the case for a father in Brunswick Heads a few weeks ago when his five year old son told him that after a day at the pirate park.

My husband was at the park with our five year old son and was also looking after another child. Our five year old went to the toilet and when he didnt come back he went to look for him and found him.

Our five year old didnt say anything immediately it wasnt until later that evening that he told us a man had approached him as he came out of the toilets and offered him sweets. The man told him they were in his car and took him to the car, he got in and apparently there were lots of sweets, said the childs mother.

While nothing untoward happened in this instance and the child had some lollies in the car and was told to go back to your family it is a clear reminder to all parents and carers to keep a vigilant eye on children in their care when you are in public places, near waterway or public toilets said detective inspector Matt Kehoe from the Tweed Byron Police District.

Police investigation

Police have taken statements from both the child and father with descriptions of the vehicle and man involved in the incident.

CCTV footage has been examined and the area has been canvassed but no useful information has been gained, said detective Kehoe.

The description of the male and vehicle havent been linked to any other matters. We believe this is an isolated incident and is not a trend in this area. It has been referred to the Tweed/Byron detectives for follow up.

Stranger danger

While the parents of the five year old had had stranger danger conversations with their son his mother said I would just remind parents to be really aware of your kids and where they are. Keep an eye out for them. And as a general person out and about dont be scared to speak up if you see somethgin strange going on.

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Councillors push for Tyagarah surf patrol "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The clothes-optional beach at Tyagarah remains in place. Photo Jeff Dawson.

Councillors have voted unanimously, says Cr Sarah Ndiaye, to urgently explore implementing a temporary extension of [Councils] contract with Surf Lifesaving Australia (SLSA) to include Tyagarah Beach in their patrol this summer.

The Echos Council reporter left just before the vote was taken at Thursdays meeting (December 13), but staff have confirmed the motion as supplied by Cr Ndiaye is correct.

Cr Ndiaye told Echonetdaily that if lifesavers patrolled the beach, It will help support visitors to feel safe, deter poor behaviour and encourage better water safety on what is quite a dangerous stretch of open beach.

Meanwhile, Council will continue to work towards instillation of cameras and explore the legalities around improving safety.

The motion as supplied by Cr Ndiaye says $10,000 will be immediately allocated towards Tyagarah Reserve CCTV cameras and related signage from unrestricted reserve funds.

Staffs report in the agenda advised councillors that Council was already $10,000 short in its budget deficit, owing to an drought relief urgency motion at the October 18 meeting.

But Cr Alan Hunter argued at the meeting that Councils funds were above its requirement to have at least $1m in cash reserves, and as such, he urged councillors to spend the money on cameras.

Councillors agreed that $15,000 will also be taken from the unrestricted reserve fund for the surf patrol.

While questions were raised at the meeting whether CCTV cameras would be immediately vandalised after installation, it emerged that Council had already committed to spending the money on the cameras and that discussions were yet to be held with stakeholders such as the NPWS and Police....


The world gets a giggle out of Byrons shiny new member "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The new sculpture on the Bayshore Drive roundabout has already become a public joke. Photo: Jeff Dawson

Paul Bibby

Disco Dong, Sea Side Shaft, Schlonghenge Whatever you want to call it, the new, undeniably-phallic sculpture rising proudly from Byrons Bayshore Dr roundabout has certainly captured the worlds imagination.

But it may not be the kind of attention Byron Council was hoping for when it commissioned the 12-metre, $52,000 installation for the gateway to the arts and industrial estate.

The finishing touches are still being made to the sculpture a depiction of the Byron lighthouse made from thousands of stainless steel birds but it has already become a source of hilarity, derision and in some cases outrage for locals and non-locals alike.

Artists impression of the new sculpture for the Bayshore Drive roundabout. Source Byron Shire Council

Goulburn has the big merino Coffs has the big bananaByron shire gets the big dick one local commented on the Byron Bay Community Board Facebook page.

Can you believe it, the giant bird-phallus has already hit the headlines in the Daily Mail, ENGLAND! said another.

Others have been less jocular about the towns latest artistic addition.

More than 520 people have already signed a petition on for the installation to be removed, and the numbers are continuing to climb fast.

I feel terrible for the person or persons who made the giant new sculpture, but it is an eyesore, and looks a little too close to being a males private organ rather than a lighthouse, even it its not quite fin...


PLAYLIST: Cowgirl In The Sand Vol. II (2018) "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

COWGIRL IN THE SAND, VOL. II (2018) Back in 2014 we put together a mixtape featuring many of our favourite female singers and songwriters. We had great feedback about it and so in this day and age of Spotify playlists we thought itd be a great idea to put together a second volume, this time Continue reading


$627,00 for Brunswick Picture House "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Celebrating the announcement of $627,000 grant to refurbish the Brunswick Picture House. Pete Castaldi, Brett Haylock, the Queen of Melbournes Cabaret Scene, the wickedly funny Dolly Diamond, NSW Minister for the Arts Don Harwin, Ben Franklin and Chris Chen. Photo Jeff Dolly Dawson.

The young but already iconic Brunswick Picture House received a huge $$627,00 boost from the Regional Arts NSW and other state government agencies for its long planned capital works program this morning.

After a passionate performance announcing the search for funding in July, Ben Franklin, the NSW Parliamentary Secretary for Renewable Energy and Northern NSW joined NSW Minister for the Arts Don Harwin this morning to deliver the good news to a beaming Chris Chen and Brett Haylock, producers of the Brunswick Picture House, at the venue in Brunswick Heads.

The 200 seat capacity not-for-profit theatre had received strong support from the community for its grant application. The producers, with a history of hosting cabaret worldwide, recently purchased and renovated the almost-forgotten historical building, and from 2016 have pursued a strategy of providing an international standard of performances across live music, cabaret, comedy, and circus, in addition to film for all ages curated by Pete Castaldi; programming that has been credited with revitalising not only its home village of Brunswick Heads but also the surrounding region.

The planned works include a new toilet block with the inclusion of a disabled toilet facility, new office and back stage areas, a new roof with a full solar array, long awaited new seats and air conditioning.

Everything we have planned in the renovations has been with the goal of increasing the comfort and experience of both our loving and loyal customers, and the stream of amazing local and international performers who pass through our doors, said Haylock.

Mr Franklin told the receptive crowd that the wonderful Brunswick Picture House was becoming very quickly the iconic venue in the entire Northern Rivers.

Arts Minister Don Harwin in turn praised the advocacy of Mr Franklin on behalf of regional arts and in the Picture House in particular. Saying that he grew up i...


Land Rights vs Native Title in NSW: An Interview With Professor Heidi Norman "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The NSW Aboriginal Land Rights Council (NSWALC) was established in 1977 as an independent lobby group to assist in the fight for Indigenous land rights. It formed at a meeting of 200 First Nations representatives held at the Black Theatre in Redfern. Over 1977 to 1981, the NSWALC submitted ten land claims with the NSW government. The

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Pensioner Imprisoned for Ongoing Drug Supply "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Ugur Nedim and Sonia Hickey A pensioner who sold crystal methamphetamine and heroin to his neighbours has been sentenced to a minimum term of three-and-a-half years in prison for drug supply. Mr Elefterios Terry Skoumbourdis is an unemployed cancer survivor who set up a drug business from his public housing unit in Wollongong, which

The post Pensioner Imprisoned for Ongoing Drug Supply appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.


Australian Amazon worker treated unfairly "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

This May 2018 video says about itself:

According to Business Insider, who spoke with numerous Amazon warehouse employees, conditions for workers are so bad, they pee in bottles out of fear of getting their pay docked for taking a break. The Resident discusses.

By Oscar Grenfell in Australia:

Australian Amazon worker alleges unfair dismissal

13 December 2018

A worker who was employed by a labour hire firm at Amazons Sydney warehouse has launched legal action alleging that he was unfairly dismissed for joining a trade union and asking management for a greater number of hours per week.

According to an article in the Guardian on Tuesday, the worker, named only as Raj, has initiated a general protections case in the Fair Work Commission, the federal industrial tribunal, demanding reinstatement. An initial hearing, held on November 29, did not resolve the dispute, and the case is likely to come before a federal court next year.

The allegations shed further light on the draconian regime that prevails in warehouses operated by the global retail giant around the world. It follows dozens of reports of workplace injuries and unfair terminations, along with onerous working conditions and poverty-level wages.

According to the Guardian, Raj worked as a forklift driver at Amazons Sydney facility after being hired by Adecco, the labour hire firm that provides the company with the bulk of its workforce.

Raj was reportedly the first employee at the Sydney warehouse to join the SDA [Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees Association]. Raj, and the union, claim that he was directed by management not to wear an SDA cap and lanyard during work hours....


NEW MUSIC: Savannah Conley  Same Old Eyes "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Savannah Conley has been getting a bit of attention of late, with her torch-song country soul sound. Shes got one of those voices that dances on melodies while searching the bottom of a whisky glass. Same Old Eyes, from her EP Twenty-Twenty, rides on a slow and lonely backbeat and shimmering guitars. Lovely stuff. If Continue reading


Mullum High explores tiny living "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Year seven students from Mullumbimby High School toured Humpy Co to learn about tiny living. Photo supplied.

Learning about tiny living year seven students from Mullumbimby High School recently visited the Humpy Display Village in the Bangalow Industrial Estate to explore the ideas behind Humpy Co.

Students toured the village and explored the range of Humpy dwellings on display as part of the unit they are currently studying at school. They got to learn how the pods are made from order to delivery, the wide range of uses they have, and how quick and easy a Humpy is to install a Humpy can be installed in under a day. The team also touched on the impact and advantages of businesses being environmentally conscious.

Owners of the business Travis Lowe, a qualified carpenter of 15 years along with his father Brian Lowe, a registered builder for over 40 years, were able to take the student through the process of design and erection of these backyard pods.

The beauty of a Humpy is that it comes flat-packed, so can be installed without the need to remove fence panels or hire cranes. They are environmentally friendly, do not require footings and when you need to move it, simply dismantle it and take it with you, said Travis.

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Thursday, 13 December


Civilization advances one coal-fired power station at a time "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A nice link from Peter in comments. And Australian coal exports will thrive for many decades to come. Pity the public service is the main beneficiary in Queensland.


Santa to visit Grove "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Santa will pay Ocean Grove a visit on Christmas Eve thanks to the CFA.

Santa, the fire truck and Santas helpers will be at the following locations at the following specified times:

Area 1

5pm Surf Beach (near the SLSC)

5.20pm Lake Avenue Reserve (corner Blue Waters Dve and Lake Ave)

5.40pm Belle Vue Drive (Normandy Cres and Belle Vue Dve)

6pm Goandra Drive (Yellow Gums Reserve)

6.20pm Ocean Grove Park (Hodgson St Park)

Area 2

5pm Ocean Grove Memorial Reserve (The Avenue)

5.20pm Surfside Primary School (John Dory Drive)

5.40pm Sunset Strip Milk Bar (Sunset Strip)

6pm Collendina Reserve (Minerva Close)

6.20pm Begola Wetlands (Roditis Dve end)

Area 3

5pm Woodlands Reserve (north, west end Woodlands Drive)

5.20pm Kingston Downs Dve Playground (north end)

5.40pm Oakdean Blvd playground (north, east end)

6pm Sea Views Manor

6.20pm Parkview Ave Reserve

Santa will spend approximately 15 minutes at each location then move on.

Leading up to Christmas look out for the signs posted at each location.

Ocean Grove CFA is reminding that fire restrictions have been in force from 26 November and there is no burning off without a permit.


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Sea sparkle spread "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Bellarine water-goers have been warned to steer clear of another sea sparkle bloom off the coast between Point Lonsdale and Torquay.

Noctiluca scintillans could cause severe reactions, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning regional commander Aaron van Winden warned.

Direct contact may cause allergic reactions such as skin rashes or itchiness, sore ears or nose, or if swallowed, gastroenteritis, nausea and vomiting, he said.

Wash immediately with fresh water if you do come in contact with sea sparkle and seek medical advice if experiencing illness after contact with affected water.

During daylight the masses of tiny organisms appear as a murky red, pink or orange sludge floating on the waters surface.

When present, blooms produce a spectacular glowing light at night, however, as a precaution, members of the public are advised to avoid direct contact with affected water, Mr van Winden said.

Sea sparkle is a common bioluminescent organism and during blooms can produce toxic levels of ammonia that can lead to fish deaths.

Affected water can become temporarily discoloured and have an unpleasant smell.

The bloom was currently one to two kilometres from the shore, Mr van Winden said.

The bloom does not appear to be impacting local beaches at this time, however we are monitoring the situation closely for any changes.

There have several sea sparkle blooms off the Surf Coast and Bellarine Peninsula over the past three months, including a trail several hundred metres long between Jan Juc and Torquay last month.

A department spokesperson was unable to say if the latest bloom was directly related to last months event.


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Twilight tranquillity "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Tranquillity@Twilight will be held in the popular time slot of 4pm to 9pm on Saturday 5 January.

Last years festival was a hit, attracting around 8000 people who enjoyed the live entertainment.

Next years festival is again at Ocean Grove Park and promises innovative entertainment and an eclectic mix of stalls and food to launch the Bellarine into the new year with fun and flair.

In keeping with the fairs traditional roots the 2019 event will feature a new tranquillity corner, with stalls covering all aspects of the mind, body and soul.

Leave the world behind as you explore this special corner of the fair, including reiki healing, relaxation massage, henna tattoos, tarot card readings, crystals, aromatherapy products, dream catchers, jewellery, original-design clothing and more.

Kids will love the new kids corner featuring the Krazy Koala puppet show, toy stalls, fairy dresses, a lucky dip, a lolly stall, face painting and hair braiding.

Amusement rides and free craft activities will round off the evening.

There will be more than 100 stalls and food vendors, including unique clothing and accessories, artwork, ceramics, pet products, handcrafts, handmade jewellery, candles, wind chimes and more.

A variety of international food selections will include: Tibetan, Turkish, Indian, Mexican, Asian street food, Chinese dumplings, seafood, vegetarian, Dutch buttons and Spanish churros. There will also be fresh smoothies, donuts and ice creams.

Adults can enjoy a quiet drink at the fair, from the licensed cashless bar.

Bring a chair or picnic rug to relax and watch the entertainment on stage featuring:

DJ Vince Peach spinning discs between the acts on the pavilion stage.

The Violas 4pm

The Band Who Knew Too Much 5pm

The Kite Machine 6.30 pm

The Gems 8pm

Vince Peach DJ 4.30pm, 6pm, 7.30 pm

Entry for a full evening of fun and entertainment is only $5 per person. Children under 16 admitted free.


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No restrictions for dry summer "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Bellarine Peninsula residents will face no extra water restrictions this summer, even under the worst climate conditions, Barwon Water announced.

Geelongs water storage levels heading into a dry summer were at 57 per cent last Monday, below 72 per cent the same time last year.

Barwon Water managing director Tracey Slatter urged residents to use water wisely this summer.

But she said Geelongs water supply was secure next year and for years to come, even in extremely dry weather.

Our modelling shows that water restrictions wont be needed in any of our service areas, even under the worst climate conditions, Ms Slatter said.

The decision follows Bureau of Meteorology predictions of a drier-than-usual summer, due to warmer-than-average temperatures and average rainfall over the next three months.

State Government and Barwon Water had invested in infrastructure, such as a Melbourne to Geelong pipeline, to shore up supply, Ms Slatter said.

Together with responsible water use, the investments helped keep local water supply stable, she said.

We encourage people to keep up the good work to make sure we continue to have plenty of water available.

Barwon Water would continue to restrict sprinkler and watering system use to between 6pm and 10am and enforce trigger nozzle requirements, Ms Slatter said.

Barwon Water recently released its Annual Water Outlook and was preparing a 50-year plan for water demand.

The authority reviews the plan every five years to respond to changes in climate, population growth and development.

Water demand was at its highest in the early 1980s, when Geelongs population was about half what it is today, according to Barwon Water historic data.

Since 1981-82 water demand has reduced by about 28 per cent.

This significant drop in water use is due, in part, to people adopting more water-wise behaviours during and beyond the drought of the early to mid-2000s, Ms Slatter said.

It shows the powerful impact of everyday conservation habits, like taking shorter showers and fixing leaks, in reducing our collective water use.


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Altered course for big run "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Participants competing in this summers RT Edgar Rip to River Classic can expect an altered course map to accommodate for a temporary exclusion zone at Ocean Grove main beach.

Ocean Grove SLSC president and Rip to River Classic race director David Pavia said an exclusion zone is due to two plover chicks nesting west of Ocean Grove main beach.

As at 9 December, there were two plover chicks nesting near 17W, west of Ocean Grove main beach, Mr Pavia told the Voice.

If all goes well and they are still there in late December, there will likely be course changes to accommodate them.

This will be confirmed very close to event day, after consultation with Barwon Coast and Birdlife Australia.

The 39th Rip to River Classic, which takes place on Saturday 29 December, is Ocean Grove Surf Life Saving Clubs biggest annual fundraiser.

Last summers Rip to River was moved from 6 January to 18 February after extreme heat forced the event to be postponed.

Mr Pavia is confident numbers will increase for the 29 December date to cater for holidaymakers flocking to region over the Christmas and New Year break.

Numbers were down last summer due to a re-scheduled date in February, he said.

In the history of the Rip to River, last summer was the first time the event was postponed, and hopefully we will have better luck this summer.

He said Ocean Grove SLSC required up to 150 club volunteers on the day to assist with course set up, logistics, medical first aid, patrollers on water stations and members helping with registrations and catering.

Start times are for a later 9am start for the 10km Walk which gets under way at Point Lonsdale beach, while the 5km Run begins at Ocean Grove main beach due to a low tide.

The 10km Classic Run commences at Point Lonsdale beach below the lighthouse at 9.30am, while the 1.4km Ripper Nipper run starts at Ocean Grove main beach at 9.30am.

Entries can be done online via up and up to 30 minutes before the event starts.

A registration day will be held between 4pm and 7pm on Friday 28 December at the Rip to River marquee near the patrol tower at Ocean Grove main beach for all events.

Adult entries are $50 while junior entries start from $20.

Event sponsor RT Edgar will provide showbags to participants.  

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Waiting times for elective surgery and ED treatment have fallen, local health district claims "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Paul Bibby

Waiting times for elective surgery and emergency department treatment have fallen at hospitals across the Northern Rivers over the past three months, according to the Northern NSW Local Health District.

But the NSW Shadow Health Minister Walt Secord claims that the hospitals are at breaking point, with more than 5,000 patients waiting for elective surgery.

In an ebullient media statement following the release of a new Bureau of Health Information report, the health district said that Lismore and Balina hospitals were among six norther coast facilities which had seen an improvement in the number of emergency department patients starting treatment on time.

There was a huge improvement in patients starting treatment on time [at Lismore hospital], up 15.9 percentage points to 75.8 per cent, the statement said.

68.4 per cent of patients left the ED within four hours, a significant improvement compared to 59.5 per cent last year.

At Ballina Hospital 82.1 per cent of patients started treatment on time, up nine percentage points on last year.

Nearly 81 per cent of patients left the Balina ED within four hours, the statement said, up from 73.5 per cent last year.

However, this was partly explained by a 5.1 per cent fall in the number of people presenting to the ED.

Tweed Hospital. Source:

There was a similar fall in presentations at Byron Central Hospital a surprising statistic given that the hospital is only in its second year of operation.

Tweed Hospital saw 80.8 per cent of patients treated on time, a 3.9 percentage point increase on last year.

Despite this decrease in patients, the percentage of people who started treatment on time and left within four hours has remained roughly the same as the same time last year at around 80 per cent.

The health district also spruiked the elective surgery performance at local hospitals, stating that 97.4 per cent of patients at Ballina hospital received their surgery on time this quarter, with 100 per cent of urgent procedures completed on time.

But Shadow NSW Health Minister Walt Secord took a very different view of the report.

He said it revealed that 5020 patients are currently waiting for elective surgery across the Northern NSW Local Health District, 51 on whom had been waiting for more than a year.

The nor...


Mullum football club gets some of the cash splash "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Mel Delaney, Sharon Shriven, Justine Elliot MP, Bronwyn Rixon. Photo supplied.

The Mullumbimby Brunswick Valley Football Club have been working hard to nurture their womens football teams and with over 100 female players they are excited about the recent $20,000 funding to provide female change rooms and showers.

Local Labor MP for Richmond Justine Elliot announced the funding saying, These extensions will benefit the strong female membership of the club as well as visiting teams, female officials, committee members and future players, and will contribute to a safe and inclusive environment for all female players.

The funding is allocated from the governments Stronger Communities Programme for small capital grants supporting projects that will contribute to the vibrancy and viability of our region.

The new facilities at Mullumbimby Brunswick Valley Football Club will also help drive female participation at all levels of the game, with a key focus on increasing female player participation, Justine said.

If anyone is interested in joining the Club for next years season please contact Sharon or 0435 057 463.

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Death of nine-month-old girl leads to woman being extradited and charged "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A woman has been charged after the body of a nine-month-old girl was located on a Queensland beach last month.

About 12.30am (Queensland time) on Monday 19 November 2018, emergency services were called to Staghorn Avenue and the Esplanade, Surfers Paradise, after a nine-month-old girl was found unresponsive.

Paramedics declared the child deceased at the scene.

Queensland Police Service launched an investigation and were assisted by NSW Police Force detectives.

Investigators spoke with the childs parents a 47-year-old man and a 23-year-old woman with the man being arrested that day.

Detectives from the Homicide Squad and Tweed/Byron Police District, with the assistance of specialist detectives from Queensland, established Strike Force Palua to investigate the girls death.

It will be alleged in court that the child died in NSW.

On Thursday 22 November 2018, the 47-year-old man was charged with murder. He remains before the courts.

Following further inquiries, a 23-year-old woman was arrested by detectives from Queensland Police Services Child Protection and Investigation Unit on the Gold Coast, Queensland, about 2pm yesterday (Thursday 13 December 2018).

The woman appeared at Southport Magistrates Court, where Strike force Palua investigators applied for and were granted her extradition to NSW.

She was escorted by police to Tweed Heads Police Station, where she was charged with fail to provide for child cause danger of death (DV).

The woman was refused bail and is due to appear at Byron Bay Local Court today (Friday 14 December 2018).

Investigations under Strike Force Palua are continuing.

Anyone with information that may assist Strike Force Palua detectives is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report crime via NSW Police social media pages.

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Ballina Council makes a move on pokies "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Pokies came under fire at the Ballina Shire Council meeting yesterday (Thursday) when the rental discount for Club Lennox came up for discussion. The Club is built on council-owned community land and currently receives a 50 per cent rental discount in recognition of the good community work they do.

What seemed to be a relatively routine matter of extending a rental discount for a club on community land turned into a debate on the social cost of poker machines, said Councillor Keith Williams.

Community sentiment

This reflects the strong community sentiment to reduce the number of pokies machines across the Ballina electorate. A survey conducted across the electorate earlier this year by the new owners of the Beach Hotel in Byron found that three-quarters of the people surveyed supported a cut back on poker machines while just 10 per cent opposed the move. 

Not council role

Councillors Smith, Meehan and Cadwallader spoke in opposition to the motion saying that the industry was already heavily regulated by the state and it was not Councils role to regulate the machines or tell The Club how to operate its business.

However, Councillor Williams highlighted that taking up the proposal was entirely at the Clubs discretion saying, We are offering a financial incentive for the club to consider the impact of poker machines on the community. If the option doesnt work for The Club, then they can continue with the current 50 per cent discount.

This recognises the great work Club Lennox already does in supporting a vibrant, welcoming community.

Councillors voted 64 in favour of the motion with Councillors Willis, Williams, McCarthy, J Johnson, Parry and Wright voting for and Smith, Cadwallader, E Johnston and Meehan voting against.

Council will receive a further report on poker machine harm minimisation strategies being undertaken by Councils next yea...


Meet a CCANer: Camila Thorndike "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Camila is the DC campaign director for the Chesapeake Climate Action Network, and has been at the heart of the movement behind what will soon become the strongest climate bill in the country. She coordinated and led the DC Climate Coalition, which is made of more than 110 environmental and justice advocacy organizations, faith groups, unions, consumer advocacy organizations, D.C. businesses, and more. Heres her story.

What woke you up to the climate crisis?

I was 15 when I first saw the climate hockey stick graph. I realized that this skyrocketing arrow of temperature would take place in my life time. All of the big milestones of life that I was looking forward to would be in the context of this big global crisis. It led to the question of whether or not to have kids which is still a big question for me where I would put down roots, what my family would do. My moms a farmer; will that be still viable in Oregon, where Im from, when temperatures get so extreme?  

Then I had the great fortune of visiting my extended family including a bunch of cousins in Australia after I graduated from high school. For my eighteenth birthday, they gave me this awesome gift of a day snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef. But I saw that the reef, even then, was starting to bleach out. That was one of the first realizations that all these forecasts of devastation were already starting, and at a very fast rate.

What impacts of climate change currently hit home to you?

The last two summers, my home in the Rogue Valley in southern Oregon has been suffocated by wildfire smoke. My mom started the first commercial organic cut-flower farm on the West Coast. I grew up there with my little sister. But now, my sister works with her, and they have to wear heavy-duty gas masks, with the level of smoke that sometimes makes southern Oregon look like Beijing. It was like that for eight weeks this summer.

Then the Paradise fires happened, following all the previous years fires in California. There was an illusion that if you live in a town or city that youre going to be safe, but thats been totally obliterated. Homes and entire cities have been burned to the ground. People escaped down these two-lane roads on foot, or in cars with their kids while the outsides...


Australias Chief Scientist gives the Clarence Valleys Daily Examiner a polite serve "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

This is what happens when a once proud 159 year-old newspaperis brought by Rupert Murdochs News Corpand begins to publish the political rot that Andrew Bolt spews forth.

The Daily Examiner, letter to the Editor, 11 December 2018, p.13:

Doing nothing on climate change not an option

On Tuesday, December 4 you published an opinion piece by Andrew Bolt titled, Less marching, more learning, which included a reference to me admitting that we could stop all Australias emissions junk every car, shut every power station, put a cork in every cow and the effect on the climate would still be virtually nothing.

Those are Andrew Bolts words, not mine, and they are a complete misrepresentation of my position....


Human Rights 2018: when forgetting is not a good thing "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Guardian, 11 December 2018:

As those who lived through two world wars die out, taking with them real memories of past atrocities, the world is back on a path to self-destruction, a leading authority on torture has warned.

Human rights are facing a worrying backlash from a global community that has failed to learn the lesson of the past.

Speaking exclusively to the Guardian, the United Nations special rapporteur on torture, Nils Melzer, said the global community had become complacent in the face of injustice because the world no longer understood why human rights should be protected or what the world would look like without them.

I dont think its a coincidence that 70 years after world war two, when the last witnesses of past atrocities are dying away, we start to see human rights being questioned on a broad scale, said...


Rafes Roundup 14 Dec "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Another addition, the Blackheath Philosophy Forum.

Feature article. The racism of the left on display in the Guardian.

In no particular order. Australian Institute for Progress, The Institute of Public Affairs IPA, the Centre for Independent Studies CIS, The Sydney Institute, Mannkal Economic Education Foundation, Quadrant On Line, The Australian Taxpayers Alliance, Tim Blair, Andrew Norton, the classical liberal in Carlton, Rite-ON admirable Queensland activists!, The Menzies Research Centre, Jim Rose Utopia You Are Standing in It. LibertyWorks.

Still building and looking at more specialised sites.

Overseas. Spiked, Cato Institute, Competitive Enterprise Institute, Dan Mitchell.

Climate. Viv Forbes Carbon Sense, Watts Up With That?, Jo Nova, The Global Warming Policy Forum, Global Coal Plant Tracker, Tony From Oz,

Education and Culture. Heterodox Academy. Accuracy in Academia, Intellectual Takeout, Institute for Humane Studies.

For Nerds. Rafes Rathouse,...


ABC radio interviews on Beautiful One Day, Broke the Next & Qld Govt MYFER "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Earlier today I spoke with Steve Austin on his 612 ABC Brisbane Drive program about the Queensland Governments Mid Year Fiscal and Economic Review and my recently published book Beautiful One Day, Broke the Next.

While the state government today reported a $677 million surge in royalty revenue this financial year owing to higher than expected coal prices, it still projected more-or-less the same trajectory of increasing state debt, which is on its way to over $83 billion in total by mid-2022. And the MYFER highlighted a substantial fiscal risk to future state budgets, the impending High Court decision in the Timber Creek case regarding native title compensation (see p. 16 of the MYFER).

You can listen to my views on MYFER as well as my responses to Steves questions regarding my new book from 2:02:10, but please note this audio will be taken down from the ABC site after its been up for a week:

Steve Austins 612 ABC Brisbane Drive program, Thursday 13 December 2018

Topics discussed included Sir Leo Hielschers fine fiscal legacy, how Queenslands fiscal situation deteriorated after Terry Mackenroth left the Treasury portfolio in the mid-2000s, how Queensland lost its once much vaunted position as the low tax state, and why we shouldnt be complacent about the debt. We discussed the fiscal trouble Queensland found itself in during the last financial crisis and how it would be a good insurance policy to pay down debt in case we face another one, with Steve noting predictions of a global recession and possible financial crisis in 2020.

This was the second ABC radio interview on the book I had this week. On Tuesday, I was lucky enough to speak with Pat Hession at ABC North Queensland, who broadcasts from the ABCs well-positioned site on Wickham St, Townsville, just a short walk from both Flinders St and the Strand:

Is Qlds government debt ever going to reduce in size



NEW MUSIC: Mike Powell Poison Diamond "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

This is a really nice slow-burn of a song. It slowly unfurls and reveals itself on the back of sparse guitar, distant organ and shuffling drums. Mike Powells voice is the clincher though, with just the right amount of grit and grain in his tone to convey the heavy emotion of the song. A plaintive Continue reading



Howl & Moan Records is a Byron Bay institution for musicians and record lovers alike. For the past few years, owner Mario Salvatore Fraietta has fostered the grassroots Northern Rivers band scene, supporting emerging artists across a wide variety of genres, creating a thriving hub around the record store.

At Falls Byron this year, ten local bands will reach an even larger national audience with Fraietta curating a dedicated Howl & Moan stage that will run throughout the festival. The Howl & Moan Records stage will feature the sounds of Byron Bay & the Northern Rivers today, bands performing will vary from Psychedelic rock & grunge to Extreme Metal, Hardcore Punk and experimental noise.

Howl & Moan headliners include Miniskirt, Stoker, Captain Squidlicker & the Sinking Ships and P.A.F.F. with additional performances by Hobo Magic, Pineapple Lazer, From Crisis to Collapse, Demi Casha, Masochist and Bedclub.

P.A.F.F. performing at Howl & Moan Records

Howl & Moan Records is honoured to have been granted the opportunity to curate a stage at a prominent national music festival and it is super exciting to invite those bands that have made our regular Tuesday night sessions a success! said Mario Fraietta.

Launched in March 2017, Howl & Moan Records has always set out to create a space that is more community than just a retail music store. Owner/Director Mario Fraietta had purchased the original store known as Good Dog Records and immediately set about changing the look and feel of the store to part caf/bar, part live music venue, or a vinyl collectors dream lounge room! You could be mistaken in thinking you were in a back laneway in Melbourne or Berlin or San Francisco rather than on a Byron Bay side street!

Influenced by the very same bars/cafes/record stores/live music venues that Mario had visited while travelling Australia & the much of the world over the course of his 20s & 30s, he always saw the connection with the...


Suspected spinal and limb injuries at Minyon Falls "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A 28 year old man was stretcher winched out of the Minyon Falls bush walking track this afternoon (Thursday December 13) around 1.15pm.

Emergency services and Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter attended after the 28 year old reportedly slipped onto rocks on the track at the at the bottom of the falls.

The man was treated by paramedics and the helicopters clinical team for suspected spinal and limb injuries at the scene before being winched out and flown to the Gold Coast University Hospital.

He is reported to be in a stable condition.

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The perfect match - ceramics and honey at Win's Creek Pottery and Meadery "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

More beautiful locally-made gift ideas for you: the lovely ceramics and honey (and ceramics holding honey!) from Win's Creek Pottery and Meadery near Canberra. Snap up ceramics and honey from this talented bunch!

Win's Creek Pottery bee impression ceramic mug

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The can't go wrong gift - a Crayon Chick rope necklace. Or bowl. Or wall hanging. "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Another great Australian-designed and handmade gift idea! Crayon Chick's Michelle Harvey creates beautiful rope necklaces, bowls, wall hangings, earrings and more in her Melbourne workshop. 

Crayon Chick Celtic knot rope necklace
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