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Wednesday, 12 December


GOING TO HELL! Found guilty of hideous crimes this week but media banned from revealing truth about high-profile Australian criminal with mass following "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

ANALYSIS: One of Australia's highest profile individuals with a worldwide reputation and a mass following has this week been found guilty of committing awful, heinous crimes. While several overseas media publications are now reporting the news, the nation's local media is forbidden from revealing even the barest of details in what is one of the biggest outcomes in Australian criminal legal history. True Crime News Weekly's Melbourne correspondent, Gary Johnston, reports on this travesty of open justice in the digital age. [READ MORE]


Report highlights the need for better protection of protest rights in Australia "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The need to better protect protest rights in Australia has been highlighted in a major new report by the Human Rights Law Centre.

Launched today at NSW Parliament House, Say it loud: Protecting Protest in Australia, criticises recent attempts by governments to undermine protest rights and outlines ten principles to better protect our rights.

From winning the right to vote for women to saving the Franklin River, the power of protest has been vital in achieving positive change in Australia. Yet governments around Australia are increasingly trying to undermine our rights to gather together and speak out about the issues we care about. This has to stop, said Hugh de Kretser, Executive Director of the Human Rights Law Centre.

Against the backdrop of the remarkable student strikes across the country for action on climate change and rising community activism on issues from the Adani mine to changing the date of Australia Day, protest rights will be increasingly significant.

Our rights to protest and free speech will be under even great pressure as exploitation of our planet increases in the coming decade. This report shows governments how we should be protecting protest in a healthy democracy, said former Senator Bob Brown.

The report criticises governments in NSW, Tasmania and Western Australia for introducing or trying to introduce harsh and unnecessary anti-protest laws with severe penalties, excessive police powers and broad, vague offences. The laws prioritise vested business and government interests over peoples democratic rights.

While the Tasmanian laws were struck down by the High Court last year, the Hodgman Government has promised to try and resurrect them. NSW anti-protest laws, with penalties of up to 7 years jail for interfering with a mine, including coal seam gas sites, remain in force.

Protest rights are absolutely essential to a healthy democracy. When governments chip away at our protest rights, they erode our democracy. This report provides a blueprint for a democracy where protest rights are protected and promoted, said Mr de Kretser.

The report will be launched at NSW Parliament House at 12.30pm. Speaking at the launch will be:

  • Former Senator, Dr Bob Brown who has dedicated his career to protecting the environment and who, together with Jessica Hoyt, successfully challenged the Tasmania anti-protest laws.

  • Broadcaster and journalist Julie McCrossin, a life-long LGBTI rights advocate who attended countless demonstrations, was arrested many times and participated in the first Mardi Gras........


$9.1 million emergency funding to build new Cunnamulla sewerage plant "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

CHRISTMAS HAS come early for drought-stricken Paroo shire, with the state government delivering $9.1 million in emergency funding to build a new sewage treatment plant...

The post $9.1 million emergency funding to build new Cunnamulla sewerage plant appeared first on Warrego Watchman.


LifeFlight LearJet 45 VH-VVI "Ambulance 451" and Challenger 604 VH-URR "Ambulance 604" Pop into CQ Airports - Again! "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Late on Sunday 9 December, LifeFlight (Aeromed) LearJet 45 bizjet VH-VVI "Ambulance 451" was noted arriving into Mackay Airport from Townsville.  It later departed to Brisbane before later returning to Townsville in the wee small hours of Monday 10 December.

File photo

Meanwhile, as this post is being written, late on Monday 10 December, fellow LifeFlight (Aeromed) Bombardier CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604 bizjet VH-URR "Ambulance 604" is due to complete a flight from Brisbane to Emerald Airport.  It is due to then return to Brisbane in the wee small hours of Tuesday 11 December.

UPDATE!  VH-URR "Ambulance 604" was back in CQ in the wee small hours of Wednesday 12 December, calling into Rockhampton Airport, again from and back to Brisbane.


Aboriginal tent embassy removed "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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The Sandon Point Aboriginal Tent Embassy at Sandon Point Bulli. PHOTO: Green Left.

Work has started on the removal of structures from the Sandon Point Tent Embassy site at McCauleys Beach today.

Council has been asked to remove the structures from the site with the exception of the one known as The Pod by the Sandon Point Aboriginal Place Joint Management Agreement.

The removal of structures relates to environmental and cultural rehabilitation of the site.  For safety reasons, the occupant has been asked to leave site while these works take place.

While the work is underway, there will be representatives from the Illawarra Local Aboriginal Land Council and NSW Office of Environment and Heritage present.

This work follows the placing of non-permanent fencing around sections of the site earlier this month at the request of the Sandon Point Aboriginal Place Joint Management Agreement partner organisations to protect the area, and continues the work started in April to make changes at the site.

The agreement partners include the Illawarra Local Aboriginal Land Council and four local Aboriginal community organisations.

The Sandon Point site is a dedicated Aboriginal Place and one of very few in our State. Council continues to acknowledge the cultural significance of the Sandon Point McCauleys Beach Aboriginal Place and the...


3 Army MRH-90s into Rockhampton Airport - Plus 3 RAAF Super King Airs at Longreach Airport "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Tuesday 11 December was a very busy day for Australian Defence Force (ADF) helicopters and aircraft with multiple visits into various Central Queensland Airports.

At Rockhampton Airport, pair of Australian Army NH Industries MRH-90 Multi-Role Helicopters flew in from Townsville.  A40-009 as "Warhorse 243", followed a short time later as A40-035 as "Destrier 113".

A40-035 at Rockhampton Airport during a previous visit  (File photo)

The second MRH-90 A40-035 "Destrier 113" continued to Brisbane whereas the first, A40-009 "Warhorse 243" looked to suffer a maintenance issue and did not continue.

As a result, as the sun was setting, another Australian Army MRH-90 A40-028 as "Destrier 112" was noted arriving into Rockhampton Airport also from Townsville.

At the time of writing, both MRH-90s looks to be spending the night at Rocky.

UPDATE!  Repairs made, on Wednesday 12 December, A40-009 "Warhorse 243" departed Rockhampton Airport for Brisbane while A40-028 "Destrier 112" departed Rockhampton Airport for Townsville.

UPDATE!  Also on Wednesday 12 December, another Australian Army MRH-90 helicopter A40-013 passed through Rockhampton Airport, arriving from Brisbane and departing to Townsville as "Destrier 113".

Meanwhile, up at Mackay Airport, also on Tuesday 11 December, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Canadair CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604 bizjet A37-001 was noted calling in from Melbourne (Tullamarine) as "Wisdom 31".  After a couple of hours on the ground, it departed to the Toowoomba-Wellcamp Airport.

Finally, out at Longreach Airport, also on Tuesday 11 December, three RAAF Beech B350 Super King Air turboprop aircraft and an Australian Army helicopter were all noted visiting from different parts.

RAAF Super King Airs A32-348 as "Hudson 04", A32-372 as "Hudson 02" and A32-339 as "Hudson 08" were all noted arriving into Longreach Airport from RAAF Base East Sale in Victoria.  After taking on fuel, they each continued to Cairns.



Travelling a darling river "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

We came from Melbourne up over the Great Dividing Range to be atop the Barrier Range. Then onward to a river camp in the corner country of northwest New South Wales. The idea was to travel once more to the desert, starting at Broken Hill, then camp, explore, immerse ourselves and stay awhile, not just hop from roadside postcard photoshoot to national pretty park, not to blithely pass through.


Ex-Tropical Cyclone "Owen" forecast to reform in the Gulf of Carpentaria, Australia "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Ex-Tropical Cyclone "Owen" crossed the coast near Port Douglas at 03:00 local time Monday, December 10, 2018. The storm brought heavy rain and damaging wind gusts to the north tropical coast of Queensland. Meteorologists say it's looking like it the...... Read more

Study: Indonesias ambitious peat restoration initiative severely underfunded "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

JAKARTA High costs and a lack of funding stand in the way of Indonesia achieving its target for the restoration of degraded peatland across the country, a new study says. The government in 2016 embarked on a program to restore 20,000 square kilometers (7,720 square miles) of degraded peat forest by 2020. The cost for this undertaking, according to a recent study by researchers at the University of Queensland, Australia, will likely exceed $4.6 billion. To date, however, the Indonesian government has budgeted just $200 million for the initiative, according to the study, and the results are telling: only 2,000 square kilometers (772 square miles) of peatland, or 10 percent of the total, had been rewetted by the end of 2017. That funding includes 34 million Norwegian krone ($4.4 million) from the Norwegian government and $134.6 million from the U.S., U.K., Japan, Germany and the Netherlands. For its part, the Indonesian government initially allocated the equivalent of $60.5 million from its 2017 spending budget. The $200 million figure cited in the study, though, used the lowest cost projections available and did not account for the subsequent slashing of Indonesias contribution by half, as part of wider cost-cutting measures by the Ministry of Finance. A peat bog being drained in Kalimantan. The lack of oxygen due to wet conditions in peat bogs prevents the peat from breaking down. When peat bogs dry out they start to decompose and large quantities of stored carbon are released to the atmosphere. Photo credit: Rhett

Extremely heavy rain floods Queensland, Australia "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Ex-Tropical Cyclone "Nora" dumped extremely heavy rain on parts of Queensland over the past 24 - 48 hours, causing major floods and emergency evacuations. Many locations exceeded or even doubled their March average rainfall. Exceptional rainfall totals...... Read more

Leopards could reduce rabies by controlling stray dog numbers in India, study finds "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Leopards are among the most widespread of all big cats, with a historical range covering large parts of Africa and Asia. Though humans have whittled away about 80 percent of that area, the big cats still overlap with some of the worlds largest concentrations of people. That convergence can be a recipe for conflict, but a recent study finds that leopards in India could be helping to keep people in India safe from rabies-laden dog bites. While leopards often conflict with people over livestock like cattle and sheep and are frequently persecuted throughout their range, we show that these unique predators can also be beneficial to human societies, Christopher OBryan, an ecologist at the University of Queensland in Australia and co-lead author of the paper, said in a statement. Stray dogs in Mumbai. Photo  Steve Winter/National Geographic. Dog bites exact a heavy toll on people in India, leading to perhaps 20,000 deaths each year from rabies, according to the World Health Organization. OBryan and his colleagues were curious about whether Indian leopards (Panthera pardus fusca) had any influence on stray dog numbers in Sanjay Gandhi National Park, which sits in the midst of Mumbai. With more than 20 million people, Mumbai is the fourth-largest city by population in the world. The team mined past studies for clues about what leopards living in the city park ate, and discovered that stray dogs made up about 40 percent of their diets. Only about 41 leopards are thought to live in the parks vicinity. But according

Her Life's a Sprint, Legacy Long Running "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Wilma Rudolph outran poverty, polio, scarlet fever and the limits placed on black women by societal convention to win three gold medals in sprint events at the 1960 Olympics in Rome. By the time brain cancer caught Rudolph, leading to her death Saturday at age 54, she had achieved a stature that made her legend and her sport greater in the long run. The 20th of 22 children of a porter and a cleaning lady, Rudolph lost the use of her left leg after contracting polio and scarlet fever at age 4. Doctors told her parents she never would walk again without braces, but she refused to accept that prognosis and began to walk unassisted at age 9. It wasn't long before she was outrunning all the girls and boys in her neighborhood. At 16, already under the tutelage of Tennessee State University coach Ed Temple, Rudolph won a bronze medal on the 4 x 100-meter relay at the 1956 Olympics in Melbourne, Australia. Four years later, when she was the mother of a 2-year-old, Rudolph won the three golds despite running all three events with a sprained ankle. After being voted Associated Press female athlete of the year in 1960 and 1961 and the Sullivan Award as the nation's top amateur athlete in 1961, Rudolph retired at 21, a decision that reflects an era in which lack of financial incentives kept most Olympic careers short. She turned to a variety of humanitarian projects, including goodwill ambassador to West Africa, coaching at DePauw University and working for underprivileged children through the Wilma Rudolph Foundation.

Note: The remarkable woman once commented, "My doctors told me I would never walk again. My mother told me I would. I believed my mother."


Insect wipes out Qlds worst coral-cactus infestation at Eulo "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

A TINY insect has wiped out a coral cactus infestation at a property north of Eulo, which has been described as possibly the worst such...

The post Insect wipes out Qlds worst coral-cactus infestation at Eulo appeared first on Warrego Watchman.


Personal Year Number 2019 Numerology "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

What does your numerology chart 2019 mean for you? Find your numerology personal year number 2019? from psychic medium Ian Scott.

The post Personal Year Number 2019 Numerology appeared first on Thrive On News Spiritual Magazine.


Whooping cough outbreak at Cunnamulla "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

SEVERAL CASES of whooping cough reported at Cunnamulla in the past week have prompted calls for people to be alert to the symptoms to help...

The post Whooping cough outbreak at Cunnamulla appeared first on Warrego Watchman.


Joe Branigans award winning paper on the correct use of CBA and economic impact analysis "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Congratulations to my old friend and fellow Queensland economist Joe Branigan of SMART Infrastructure Facility for his award-winning paper on assessing the value of regional public infrastructure (see photo below). In his paper, published in the Australasian Journal of Regional Studies, Joe and his co-author Fariba Ramezani nicely explain the distinction between a cost-benefit analysis (CBA) and an economic impact analysis (EIA).


For instance, Joes paper has an excellent summary of the importance of CBA:

Importantly, CBA provides a solid, comparable framework for estimating the strengths and weaknesses of alternatives by comparing the potential changes in societys wealth due to the project with that of the relevant alternatives (which may include doing nothing, deferring or otherwise varying the project, or proceeding with an alternative project).

For this reason, economists tend to see CBA as having primacy over EIA, but alas economists are not usually the ultimate decision makers, and EIA is typically given a large weight by decision makers who may have regional economic development objectives in m...

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Tuesday, 11 December


Group Ticket Voting Wrecks 2018 Victorian Upper House Election "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The buttons have been pressed on the Victorian upper house election.  In the end, none of the results were all that close, and all regions have been declared.  If anyone can find a legal basis for challenging the results, they will now have to do so in court.  On that, it would be nice if professional preference harvesting could be deemed to be a bribery offence under Section 151 (3) (d) but I  suspect that it doesn't work like that, and that that section is aimed at bribery connected with how-to-vote cards.  I can only assume what has happened is all legal, but history should record it as another upper house election that was trashed by Group Ticket voting. 

The total seats won are as follows:

Labor 18, Liberal 10, National 1, Greens 1, Derryn Hinch Justice Party 3, Liberal Democrats 2, Transport Matters 1, Sustainable Australia 1, Shooters Fishers + Farmers 1, Animal Justice Party 1, Fiona Patten's Reason Party 1.

Labor should have a cushy time of it, being able to pass anything supported by all the DHJP MPs (assuming that they stay together as a party!) and having various routes for other legislation: left-wing through AJP, FPRP, Greens and maybe others; while also less green paths if needed on environmental matters through the Liberal Democrats and Shooters.  This is to be expected given the magnitude of their Lower House triumph, and it would be foolish to object to a party that won the Upper House so decisively having close to a working majority upstairs.  Nearly all Labor's Upper House wins came on raw quota, with just a couple where they needed a little hand up after polling most of what they needed to win.

Where the results of this election, as expected, go pearshape is in the results for the minor parties.  This election has doubled the representation for parties other than Labor, the Coalition and Greens from five seats to ten.  For the first time in Victoria we have seen parties able to preference-harvest their way to victory even from below 1% of the vote, "beating" parties with as much as fourteen and a half times their primary vote off the back of luck and backroom preference deals.

Below the line voting increased from 6.08% to 8.87%, but it had only minor impacts on the outcomes.  Compared to if all votes had been cast above the line for the same parties, there were only three changes.  The Liberals won in Northern Metro in a situation where the ABC calculator modelled them as losing by 1021 votes, a margin that even a trivial rate of below the line voting would have overturned.  In Eastern Victoria, a preference spiral involving the Aussie Battler Party (1.22%) fell over and the somewhat deserving Shooter...


Victorian Upper House 2018: Button Press Day "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"


I've decided to bring the Victorian upper house count to the top with a new thread for the day on which all the buttons are pressed, and also for any possible recount news.  My coverage of the count was here.  The schedule is for buttons to be pressed for each division from 2:10 pm at ten minute intervals, in alphabetical order by region name.  However, buttons are being pressed faster than scheduled.  Declarations are scheduled for 6:00 but it is possible that some division will be close enough (either at the end or at a key exclusion point) for a recount to be requested, or that some other issue requiring a recount might be identified.  In 2006 there were two recounts, one because of a 6,000 vote transcription error.

Provisional results will be posted as soon as they are available. I am now reviewing the preference distributions.  There may be some delays in posting analysis (if the distributions are up by then!) as I will be out between 3:45-4:45 but will be online for some of that time.

For all the analysis on the above thread and elsewhere there are some seats that are going to the button in significant doubt.  There are others where what is going to happen appears to be clear but it is possible that all the modelling thrown at these counts might still be wrong and something unexpected will happen.  I should note that at this stage we only have party totals, and do not know if there might be an unusually significant below-the-line vote for any otherwise irrelevant candidate (though there is no reason to think that there is.)

The ABC Calculator gives a model of the count based on the assumption that all votes are above the line.  However there has been an increase in below-the-line voting to 8.87% and this will mean that the calculator model will not always work.  I think the calculator will have the right winners in between four and six of the eight regions (probably five).

Once the results are in I intend to - sometime in the next few days - write a separate article highlighting the undemocratic nature of the result and the farcical extent to which this Upper House election has been corrupted by Group Ticket Voting [EDIT: This is done now - Group Ticket Voting Wrecks 2018 Victorian Upper House Election].  The previous Victorian parliament deserves strong condemnation for letting down Australian democracy by failing to remove Group Ticket Voting following the 2013 Senate election debacle.  However this thread is mainly just for the mechanics of what has occurred (feel free to whinge about the results in comments though!)

A big thankyou to David Jeisman whose help...


Aussie property prices deflate -1.9pc over the year "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Home prices fall in Q3

The ABS released its residential property price indexes this morning.

The indexes showed capital city prices down by -1.9 per cent over the year to September 2018.

Dragging back the data series all the way back to their inception in 2003 you can see that - with Melbourne prices down by -2.6 per cent in Q3 2018 - surprise package Hobart is set to take the mantle of strongest performer over the full history of the data series.

That may seem an unlikely outcome, but there is more interstate and international capital around these days - especially from China - and Hobart has been relatively affordable until recently. 

Asian tourism is firing in Tassie, and the lower dollar has helped to turn around the exporting economy. 

Indexed housing market price changes in Brisbane and Adelaide continue to track each other remarkably closely in recording modest price growth, and there was also solid growth in Canberra over the year to September (+3.7 per cent). 

A significant decline over the year was again recorded in deflationary Darwin at -4.5 per cent.

Looking at the chart from 2003 to 2018 by capital city the most striking observation is just how similar price growth has been, despite the divergence of the resources capitals through the mining boom years (I've posted a few charts here - you can click on them to expand). 

Looking at the long run figures the case for a raging property bubble isn't an especially strong one, with the weighted average capital city price index slightly more than doubling....


MACKAY Busker fined for his ill-fated charter to St Bees Island "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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The events of July 4-5 drew the attention of Mackay police, who breath tested Kay hours later, Mackay Magistrates Court was told on Monday.

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AirMed Australia Cessna 510 Citation Mustang Bizjet VH-NEQ Pops into Bundaberg Airport "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

On Friday 7 December, Cessna 510 Citation Mustang bizjet VH-NEQ was noted arriving into Bundaberg Airport from Melbourne (Avalon) and Griffith.  It was heard to be using the radio callsign of "Airmed 221".

VH-NEQ at Rockhampton Airport last year  (File photo)

After some time on the ground, VH-NEQ departed to Melbourne (Essendon) again as "Airmed 221".

The sleek little bizjet has recently has its operator details updated to AirMed Australia - a New South Wales (NSW) based organisation that has been providing patient transport services by air and by ground for over a decade.  They promote themselves as one of the few providers that have extensive air and ground assets positioned around NSW, thus enabling them to provide our customers with a true bed-to-bed service.

To find out more about AirMed, visit their website at:

Meanwhile, another familiar medical evacuation aircraft was back in CQ again this week with LifeFlight (Aeromed) Bombardier CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604 bizjet VH-URR "Ambulance 604" noted arriving into Roma Airport from Brisbane in the wee small hours of Wednesday 5 December.  It later returned to Brisbane.

Photo taken by Kayanne Hardsman 


Frank Houston Founder of Hillsong Sir Francis Rock Spider speaks from Hades "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Frank Houston Founder of Hillsong


I wrote this article in 2015 after the Australian Royal Commission into institutional child sex abuse.

I was thinking if it was possible Frank Houston, the founder of Hillsong in Sydney, Australia in 1977, a lifelong self-confessed secret child rapist, could possibly be in Heaven.

Thinking about what Jesus said would happen to those who harm little children, I decided Frank Houston is in Hades.

Rock spider is a Western Australian slang name for pedophiles. If you want to know why, then google Rock spider pedophile Urban Dictionary. The meaning is very dark.

Pedophiles are the lowest of the low in society, in jail and in Hades.


Blog article 2015



How physical activity in Australian schools can help prevent depression in young people "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Adolescence is a critical time for the development of mental health problems. In fact, depression is most likely to occur during adolescence and young adulthood. Its the leading cause of disability in young people worldwide.

At least onequarter of young people will experience an episode of depression before 19 years of age. By year 9, students who have experienced a mental disorder are on average two years behind in academic achievement compared to those without a mental disorder.

See more at:


How much of eating disorders is in our DNA and can we predict and prevent them? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Eating disorders are the third most common chronic illness in young women.
In recent years, researchers have made advances in detecting the genetic links, raising hopes for treatment and prevention.

Professor Tracey Wade is Matthew Flinders Distinguished Professor at Flinders University and associate investigator of the Australian Anorexia Nervosa Genetics Initiative (ANGI).
Elise Thompson spent six years living with anorexia.

Click on link for audio at:


Western NSW & Far West Health Libraries Blog "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The Librarian's Christmas Tree
A Merry Christmas and a happy 2019 to all our readers

Check out :
* Christmas in Australia

* 12 Days of Christmas in ER

* The most amazing Christmas links page from Aussie Educator.
Everything about Christmas you could possibly want : history, carols, games, quizzes, recipes and even card and gift making!!

Christmas trivia

* 12 people sustained burns in 2007 when trying on a new sweater with a cigarette in their mouth.* 5 People suffered 3rd degree burns in 2007 when trying to flame torch their Christmas pudding.

* Over 200 people are admitted to hospital each year after not removing all the pins from new shirts.

* In 2008, two people died eating Christmas decorations they thought were chocolates.

* Forget leaving beer and biscuits out for Santa this year, reindeer like to eat bananas.

* Statistics show you are more likely to be killed by a flying champagne cork than by a poisonous spider.

The ABS doesn't record official reindeer numbers, but we can repor...


Two new Australian hospital statistics reports: elective surgery and emergency department care [AIHW] "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has released 2 new reports:

1. Elective surgery waiting times 2017-18: Australian hospital statistics Elective surgery waiting times 201718: Australian hospital statistics focuses on information about public hospital elective surgery waiting lists between 1 July 2017 and 30 June 2018. It presents information on overall activity, what elective surgery was provided and how long people waited for elective surgery.

2. Emergency department care 2017-18: Australian hospital statisticsEmergency department care 201718: Australian hospital statistics presents information on care provided in public hospital emergency departments between 1 July 2017 and 30 June 2018. It includes information on overall activity, nationally agreed performance indicators on waiting times for care, time spent in the ED, and other waiting times statistics. It also includes comparative information for the previous 4 reporting periods.

Media release: Waiting times for emergency department and elective surgery on the rise.


The Obesity Epidemic in Australia "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The Senate Select Committee into the Obesity Epidemic in Australia was established on 16 May 2018. The committee is composed of 7 Senators and was tasked with inquiring into and reporting on the following terms of reference:

  • The prevalence of overweight and obesity among children in Australia and changes in these rates over time;
  • The causes of the rise in overweight and obesity in Australia;
  • The short and long-term harm to health associated with obesity, particularly in children in Australia;
  • The short and long-term economic burden of obesity, particularly related to obesity in children in Australia;
  • The effectiveness of existing policies and programs introduced by Australian governments to improve diets and prevent childhood obesity;
  • Evidence-based measures and interventions to prevent and reverse childhood obesity, including experiences from overseas jurisdictions;
  • The role of the food industry in contributing to poor diets and childhood obesity in Australia; and
  • any other related matters.

This report is comprised of 10 chapters:

  • Chapter 1 provides some background information around the prevalence of obesity, and defines some key terms;
  • Chapter 2 discusses the importance of language and the high degree of stigma attached to the term 'obesity';
  • Chapter 3 examines strategic policy directions which could help tackling obesity;
  • Chapter 4 discusses the issue of food labelling;
  • Chapter 5 focuses on the critical role of reformulation to improve the availability of healthier products;
  • Chapter 6 examines the benefits of introducing a tax on sugary drinks;
  • Chapter 7 focuses on the issues associated with the marketing and advertising of discretionary foods;
  • Chapter 8 discusses the importance of education campaigns;
  • Chapter 9 looks at the benefits of health care interventions; and
  • Chapter 10 discusses promising multi-strategy prevention programs

The Obesity epidemic in Australia (Final Report)


Flying blind 2: Australian researchers and digital health "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Australia has a wealth of health data resources, many of which are originally collected for other purposes such as administration or compliance. With appropriate access to these data and through data linkage, health researchers can generate new insights, uncover new trends and deepen our understanding of health and disease. In FB2, the aim is to understand how well these national data assets are used for research and where barriers may exist to more effective use.

This is the second of 3 reports by the Capital Markets Cooperative Research Centre on digital health in Australia.

Flying blind Vol. 2: Australian researchers and digital health

Flying blind Vol. 1: Australian consumers and digital health


Are you covered for an ambulance ride? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Many riders may not realise that if they are involved in a crash, they may not be covered for what could be a very long and expensive ambulance ride.


The good news for permanent Queensland and Tasmanian residents is that they are covered. Even if they travel interstate and crash. That includes all emergency pre-hospital ambulance treatment and transport Australia-wide.

If you crash outside the state and receive an invoice for ambulance treatment and transport, just send it to the Queensland or Tasmanian ambulance service with proof of residency for payment.

Interestingly, Queensland wont pay up if a Tasmanian makes a clam in that state!

Costly ambulance rideAmbulance ride

However, if you are not a resident of those states, the cheapest ambulance callout fee is $382 in NSW. Half the price is subsidised by the government for NSW residents.

Then it rises massively. NT is $790, ACT $959, Western Australia $967, South Australia $976 and Victoria a popular destination for interstate riders is a massive $1204.

Thats just for starters.

Depending on the length of the ambulance ride and the services required, it can cost thousands.

And you will still be liable for the cost even if someone else calls an ambulance for you and you refuse service.


Many riders erroneously believe they are covered by Medicare.

Others believe their private medical insurance will cover the ambulance ride, but that may not always be the case.

Have a look at the fine print in your insurance now before you head off interstate these Christmas holidays.

If not, you can pay a fairly small membership fee (usually under $100 for a family) to the ambulance service in your state. But that still wont cover you interstate.Ambulance ride

You can also upgrade your insurance to include ambulance cover, or you can opt for a specialist ambulance cover.

But again, make sure it covers you Australia-wide....


Increase in women imprisonment more than double the rate of men new stats reveal "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

New data shows that state and territory governments are imprisoning women at an alarmingly and rapidly increasing rate more than double the rate of men.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics released data last week that shows governments across Australia are now forcing more than 3,600 women into prisons. This marks an increase of 10 per cent from the previous year - more than double the rate of mens, which increased by four per cent.

Ruth Barson, a Director of Legal Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre, said the human and social toll of state and territory governments funneling thousands of women into prisons is devastating.

Most women behind bars are mothers and survivors of violence. They are being separated from their families and communities. We need a new approach to justice one that prioritises supporting people, rather than dumping them into the quicksand of the prison system, said Ms Barson.

This is the seventh consecutive year in which the number of people in prison has risen. NSW and Victoria have had the highest overall growth, while the Northern Territory Government continues to have the highest imprisonment rate in the country.

The data shows that around 43,000 individuals in Australia will be held behind bars. Ms Barson said the data paints a picture of governments mindlessly hurtling towards a mass-imprisonment crisis.

Our justice system is failing it is rife with unfairness and inequality. Women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with disabilities and people falling on tough times are hit hardest by politicians peddling punitive, lock-em-up laws, said Ms Barson.

Governments should be working towards reducing the number of people forced into prisons. There are straight forward reforms like raising the age of criminal responsibility at which children can be sent to prison, ending mandatory sentencing, and decriminalising minor offences like public drunkenness that governments could implement today that would make a huge difference, said Ms Barson.

The data also shows that one in every three people are in prison on remand being held without conviction while their charges are processed. This is an increase of seven per cent over a 12 month period. In Victoria, the number of people on remand increased by an astonishing 22 percent meaning there were almost an additional 500 people who had their liberty removed without being convicted.

Ms Barson said that fixing over the top bail laws is a key transformation needed to make our justice system fair and equitable.

Thousands of people in prison in Australia are there not because theyve been convicted, but....


Health risks due to high salt content in water, in a drought town "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Health expert warns residents are at risk from high sodium in water in drought-stricken NSW town of Walgett, ABC News, By Rachel Carbonell, National Regional Reporting Team, Jessie Davies and Danielle Bonica, 10 Dec 18,  Walgett has always been a river town, perched near the junction of the Barwon and the Namoi rivers.But with the drought biting hard, the water from those rivers isnt making it to this northern New South Wales town.

With nothing to pump from the local weir, Walgett is the latest town forced to go underground for water, a move that health experts say could have potentially serious health implications.

Many locals are worried the emergency supply of bore water is damaging their health.

Dharriwaa Elder, Thomas Morgan, said the water was no good for drinking.

Too much salt in it, he said. The kids, my grandkids, theyre starting to spit it out, they dont like it.

The foulest smell

Elder Rick Townsend lives near the water treatment plant.

I get the smell of it eve...


Jetstar Airways Airbus A320 VH-XJE Finally Calls into CQ at Mackay and Proserpine Airports "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

On Friday 7 December, Jetstar Airways Airbus A320 VH-XJE finally made its first visit into a Central Queensland Airport, arriving into Mackay Airport as JST886 from Brisbane.  It later returned to the capital as JST887.  VH-XJE then operated the JST830/833 evening service into Proserpine (Whitsunday Coast) Airport also from and back to Brisbane.

VH-XJE was registered to the airline and entered service in April 2018 when I photographed it above in Sydney in its first week of service.

VH-XJE has had an interesting history, previously operating in Australia also with Jetstar Airways but as VH-JQW.

The A320 initially rolled off the production line in 2005 and was due to be delivered to Jetstar Asia.  It wasnt taken up however, and ended up operating at in Turkey with Atlas International (Atlas Jet) as TC-OGO before then being sub-leased to Saudi Arabian Airlines in 2007.  After a short time operating in Saudi Arabia, the A320 was then delivered to Jetstar Airways, being delivered and later entering service in Australia in December 2007.

VH-JQW in hybrid Saudi Arabian Airlines colours  (File photo)

It was re-painted into Jetstar titles and colours at RAAF Base Richmond in early 2008 and was eventually withdrawn from service in Australia in June 2010.

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From Trainwreck to LA Babe in Three Hours "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The twist? No car and no housing expenses.

One day before stepping out onto the City of Angels glittery soil, we had no accommodation lined up and zero leads. But through the magic of Couchsurfing, a guy from Israel contacted us and said we could stay with him and his two mates in West Hollywood. Overwhelmed with relief, we gladly accepted this kind offer.

As soon as we were breathing LA air, we messaged Adi to inform him that we were on our way to his house. He was happy that we had arrived safely and only had one follow-up question for us to answer: Do you guys wanna go to a pool party?

Our tired but 21-year-old hearts skipped a beat. We couldnt wait to get sucked into whatever scene LA had to offer. We were here.

After putting down our bags in Adis humble Hollywood home, we grabbed our bikinis and headed out to some exotic location with an exclusive guest list. Prior to this, the only guest lists wed ever been on were the ones you stressfully sign yourself up to on the same night of the party in order to save yourself 15 precious dollars in the Stockholm club jungle.

We jumped into a messy van with a few guys we had known for approximately 15 minutes, and we were off. The car ride was spent getting to know each other, and Sofie and I were shocked to hear stories about their mandatory two-year military duty, how they had all turned into officers to serve their country and now, almost as young as us, had decided to leave their home to live a little.

Feeling as privileged as ever for having lived a life only for ourselves, we indulged in deep conversations and absorbed new knowledge from both ends. The van was heavy with information and contrasts of way of life when we arrived at the entrance of a sparkly hotel.

We jump out of the van only to face a crew of high heeled, beach-wave-haired, blonde babes I had only seen before with a TV screen separating our worlds. Once inside, I gave myself one of those up-and-down looks in the floor-to-ceiling mirror. I was wearing my favourite beige cotton t-shirt, denim shorts and my not-so-summery Dr. Martin boots, coupled with a ve...


In the grip of Melbourne: revisiting Monkey Grip "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Texts new edition of Helen Garners 1977 novel Monkey Grip is an opportunity to revisit the books influence on Melbourne. In addition to being widely considered a classic of Australian fiction, Monkey Grip is frequently referred to as an iconic Melbourne novel. Certainly, it is a novel absolutely grounded in and shaped by place. For Nora, the narrator and protagonist, it is the locus of the social encounter and emotional intensity on which the books narrative depends.


Experts launch public call for NSW abortion reform "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Doctors, lawyers, healthcare groups and domestic violence services joined community organisations today to deliver an open letter calling for the NSW Parliament to recognise the right to safe and legal abortion access in the state.

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, Australian College of Nursing, Public Health Association of Australia and Rape and Domestic Violence Services Australia are just some of the organisations that have signed on to the call for reform to the NSW abortion laws.

The signatories to the letter call the current NSW abortion laws archaic, cruel and degrading, and point to the distress, delay and financial burden they create, particularly for women in rural and remote areas.

The criminalisation of abortion leads to negative health outcomes for women and significantly reduces their autonomy over their reproductive health said Terry Slevin, CEO of Public Health Association of Australia.

We need to decriminalise abortion so that health professionals can provide patients with the best care possible, without fear of criminal prosecution. It's ridiculous that laws from 1900 are restricting the ability of doctors and nurses to provide care in 2018," she added.

These laws restrict doctors from providing a full range of reproductive health services and make it difficult for women to access the care they need. Modern healthcare best practice makes women feel safe and in control of their bodies. In contrast, these laws are harmful, outdated and put real constraints around womens reproductive choices, said Dr Deborah Bateson at Family Planning NSW

The action comes just a day after the South Australian parliament introduced legislation to decriminalise abortion.

Its ridiculous that in this day and age a woman in NSW is denied the legal right to make decisions about what is best for her health, her body and her family, said Renee Carr, Executive Director of Fair Agenda. This week South Australia has initiated the second reform of its abortion laws. Yet access to this healthcare in NSW is still limited by laws written in 1900.

NSW is the only state where abortion laws are stuck in an era when women were considered incapable of making decisions about their own bodies. Abortion is the only medical procedure that is criminalised. added Wendy McCarthy, Womens Electoral Lobby Decriminalisation Roundtable Chair.

NSW stands shamefully alone in failing to reform its abortion laws for over 100 years. Every day, women in NSW are treated as second class citizens when it comes to accessing healthcare because of the criminalisation of abortion, said Adrianne Walters, senior lawyer at the Human Rights Law Centre.

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Union leaders Setka and Reardon to sue Boral for malicious misrepresentation "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Contributed by Ben Wilson

Victorian Construction Forestry Mining Maritime and Energy Union (CFMMEU) leaders John Setka and Shaun Reardon, are suing major concrete maker Boral.

This is the company behind the charges that the two faced, and which were used in the federal governments vendetta to get at the union and its officials.  Government representatives made no secret of this, and claimed that charges showed that the accused were not fit to hold office in a union.

Forgotten was the little fact that the circumstances of the charges were suspect and the two had not appeared before a court and been found guilty yet. The intention was always trial by media and the hope that ther outcome before the court would be assured.

But in May, prosecutors dropped the case, because they could not present the evidence needed to secure a guilty verdict.

For Setka and Reardon, this was an immense relief.  It also proved how flimsy the case was all along. In the light of this setback, the federal government has been unusually quiet for a change.

A bonus from the defendants and the unions point of view, is that documents have come to light, which show that false statements were made. The accused also have good reason to want their names cleared.

 They were charged with blackmail over a heated exchange with representative of the company at a caf in April 2013. There was a dispute over health and safety with developer Grocon, and Boral had been asked not to supply concrete to the site in question. The threat bit is, that the company representatives held that they were threatened with industrial action if they didnt comply.

To most people this is a normal part of industrial relations negotiation. Both sides suggest something will happen, if the other does not go along with what is being put forward. Even this could not be substantiated. a key company document states in black and white, that the accused did not threaten.or otherwise make any unwarranted demand with menaces. This contradicts public statements made.

Setka and Reardon said in their statement, in initiating and maintaining criminal proceedings, the company representatives acted maliciously.

This case and a number of others of a similar nature have far reaching implications. They mark a turn towards less reliance on industrial law and more on the use of criminal law to impose government anti-union agenda and outlaw normal union activity.

Also revealed, is how far the federal government is prepared to go to manufacture trumped up charges against those it sees as its political enemies.

Successfully suing Boral will make it a bit harder to do this in the future.

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Saying He Or She Could Become Illegal Under Australias New Transgender Law "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Using the pronouns he or she in Australia could result in a prison sentence, under a radical transgender law being proposed by politicians.  Australians could be prosecuted under Tasmanias liberal transgender rights reform, which makes [...]

The post Saying He Or She Could Become Illegal Under Australias New Transgender Law appeared first on News Punch.


American migratory birds and climate change "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

This 2016 video from North America says about itself:

Where do Golden-winged and Cerulean Warblers go when they migrate? A collaboration between multiple universities is seeking to answer this question. Using light level geolocators, researchers are mapping the migration of these tiny songbirds. The goal is to share their findings to protect and manage habitat for these birds on their migratory route, wintering grounds, and breeding sites for full lifecycle conservation.

From Cornell University in the USA:

How will the winds of climate change affect migratory birds?

New study finds both positive and negative impacts possible

December 10, 2018

Under future climate scenarios, changing winds may make it harder for North American birds to migrate southward in the autumn, but make it easier for them to come back north in the spring. Researchers from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology came to this conclusion using data from 143 weather radar stations to estimate the altitude, density, and direction birds took during spring and autumn migrations over several years. They also extracted wind data from 28 different climate change projections in the most recent report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Their findings were published today in the journal Global Change Biology.

We combined these data to estimate how wind assistance is expected to change during this century under global climate change, explains lead author Frank La Sorte, a Cornell Lab of Ornithology scientist. This matters for migratory birds because they use more energy flying into headwinds. But they get a nice boost from tailwinds so they can conserve energy during flight.

La Sorte and co-authors project that winds from the south are expected to become stronger by the end of the century during both spring and fall migration periods. Winds from the west may be stronger during spring migration and slightly...


My book launch at Connor Court Christmas party, Wednesday 19 December at Boundary St, West End "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

My new book Beautiful One Day, Broke the Next covers Queenslands state finances over the last thirty years, during which time Queensland went from being the exemplar of sound public finance in Australia to a cautionary tale of the dangers of fiscal extravagance. In the book I discuss what went wrong, how much we really should worry about the $80+ billion of debt we are tracking toward, and what the state government should do to correct the course. While already available for purchase, the book will be officially launched next week on Wednesday evening 19 December during the Connor Court Christmas party at the Connor Court book room, upstairs at 146 Boundary St, West End, Brisbane, across the street from the well-known Avid Reader bookstore. You can book to attend via this link:

Connor Court Christmas Party and launch of Beautiful One Day, Broke the Next

Come and celebrate Connor Court Publishings Christmas Party as well as the launch of Gene Tunnys new book Beautiful One Day, Broke the Next.

The evening will include, wine and cheese, great speeches, a book launch, the big book raffle, as well as the opportunity to purchase last minute gifts from the book room.



The Old Sage and the Fire Within "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

In the forest of Qian, a sprinkle of snow announced the early winter. Ambling through his domain and picking herbs the old sage encountered three young men from the nearby []


Gentrifiying suburbs - actual examples (video interview) "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Gentrifying suburb examples

One trend that homebuyers and property investors look towards is landlocked blue chip areas where new dwelling supply is chronically limited.

An alternative approach is to look for properties with a high land value content in areas that are less than perfect today, but have the potential to gentrify significantly over the decade or two ahead.

Gabba upgrade

Here's one such example in Brisbane: Woolloongabba. 

The 'Gabba' will undergo some dramatic changes over the decade ahead, including a new Gabba precinct, new apartment developments, the $600 million South City Square regeneration, a cricket ground upgrade, the exciting Cross River Rail project linking into the City, and much more.

Here's the Gabba transport precinct today (OK, I took this photo a couple of weeks ago). 

It's not much to look at in 2018, admittedly, partly due to the ongoing demolition in preparation for the Cross River Rail. 

And now, here are the future Cross River Rail visuals...



One test To Diagnose Them All: Researchers Exploit Cancers Unique DNA Signature "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

All cancers have a similar DNA pattern that differs from that of non-cancer cells.


Abu Sina, The University of Queensland; Laura G. Carrascosa, The University of Queensland, and Matt Trau, The University of Queensland

Researchers have developed a test that could be used to diagnose all cancers. It is based on a unique DNA signature that appears to be common across cancer types.

The test has yet to be conducted on humans, and clinical trials are needed before we know for sure if it can be used in the clinic.

Each cancer type, whether it be breast or bowel cancer, has different genetic and other features. A test that detects one cancer may not work on another. Researchers have long been looking for a commonality among cancers to develop a diagnostic tool that could apply across all types.

Our research, published in the journal Nature Communications, has found that cancer DNA forms a unique structure when placed in water. The structure is the same in DNA from samples of breast, prostate and bowel cancers, as well as lymphoma. We used this discovery to develop a test that can identify the cancerous DNA in less than ten minutes.

How our test works

Current detection of cancer requires a tissue biopsy a surgical procedure to collect tissue from the patients tumour. Res...


Housing finance posts biggest bounce in 2 years, but... "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Housing finance bounce, but...

A bounce for housing finance seemed to be on the cards, as all those painfully slow mortgage applications finally grind through the arduous process. 

And so it proved, with owner-occupier approvals excluding refinancing up by nearly 5 per cent in October 2018.

I didn't think last month's plunge was too much to get excited about, and the same view applies to this month's bounce.

Yes, a seasonally adjusted $30 billion of housing finance in aggregate is apparently much more solid than $29.3 billion a month earlier. 

But smoothing the results on a trend basis simply puts the ABS figures back in line with the credit impulse, and implies modest further declines in housing prices in Sydney and Melbourne into 2019. 

Investment housing loans posted a small bounce, but it was still the weakest quarter for investment lending since 2013. 

At the state level home loan transactions in Western Australia now look set to rise, as New South Wales and Victoria ease. 



Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) (Cobham SAR Services Pty Ltd) Bombardier Challenger 604 Bizjet VH-XNE "Rescue 330" at Rockhampton Airport "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Making a unexpected visit to Rockhampton Airport during the afternoon on Thursday 6 December was Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) (Cobham SAR Services Pty Ltd) Bombardier CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604 bizjet VH-XNE "Rescue 330".


The classic Canberra Airport sighting of 1965 - UFO or Venus? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Barry Greenwood

I am continuing my examination of the scanned copies of material, arising from Boston, USA, researcher Barry Greenwood's recent visit to the archives of the J. Allen Hynek Center for UFO Studies in Chicago.

Classic 1965 case

One Australian case from 1965, which features time and time again in the UFO literature, happened on 15 July 1965, where a number of staff at the Canberra Airport reported watching an unidentified light in the sky during broad daylight.

In a series of blog posts dated 29 September 2011; 11 December 2011; 9 January 2013; and 15 December 2013, I reported on the information on this sighting gathered from a number of sources; both from Australian government files and newspapers.

Sydney Morning Herald article

Within Barry's CUFOS material I located items which I had not seen before. Firstly, there was a Sydney Morning Herald article dated 18 July 1965 and titled "I talk with the men who saw "that thing," by reporter Graham Gambie. I will quote from this article:

"Everyone I spoke to here said they were certain that flying saucers don't exist, but they would sleep a little more easily at night if someone could prove what "the thing" was."

"The officer-in-charge of Civil Aviation in Canberra, Mr A B Lindeman, said: 'I wish Mt Stromlo would tell us it was a planet. I don't like something in the back of my mind I can't understand.'"

"Dr D B E Westerlund of Mt Stromlo's observatory said that if the light was coming from the north-east it would almost certainly be the planet Venus."

"Mr Lindsay said: 'I've been in the job for two and a half years and I've never seen anything like it before...It wasn't Venus as has been suggested. I'm sure of that from the position..."



MACKAY A man has held up a supermarket with a fork "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

MACKAY December 10, 2018 at 09:26AM ,

A man has held up a supermarket with a fork

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Strike One: Its Time To Heat Things Up A Little On Climate Change Action "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Weve done a lot of talking about action on climate change. But governments still arent listening. A general strikle is a pretty simple way to make them take notice, writes Jonathan Sri.

Lets start with some hard truths. With a few notable exceptions, the Australian movement for action on climate change has struggled to achieve big tangible wins in recent years. Weve had a few isolated victories, but even if Labor wins the next federal election and the Liberal Partys position reverts closer to where it was under John Howard, the likely policy shifts arent going to come close to whats needed unless theres a strong push from civil society.

Here in Queensland, a Labor state government (where Labors left faction already controls more votes than the right faction) is still allowing the Adani coal mine to proceed, potentially opening the door to further new coal mines in the Galilee basin. If these mines go ahead, the burning of the coal they produce will lead to the flooding of coastal cities around the world, the desertification of thousands of hectares of farmland and forest, and more intense bushfires and cyclones.

In defiance of public opinion and basic common sense, the Queensland Labor government is prioritising the financial interests of the mining industry ahead of the safety and security of literally billions of people around the globe. The various forms of pressure that environmentalists have been applying to Labor (both through internal and external channels) dont appear to have had much impact.

So for those of us who dont want our grandchildren growing up in some kind of dystopian combination of Water World and Mad Max: Fury Road, what effective courses of action are left available to us?

Here in Queensland, anti-coal campaigners have used a variety of tactics to apply pressure on the political establishment, from peaceful public rallies to locking on to mining equipment. But even a rally of several thousand people isnt enough to counteract the undemocratic influence that mining lobbyists are exerting over senior Labor ministers.

While non-disruptive rallies and marches can help energise and inspire campaigners and draw attention to an issue, they do not directly challenge the underlying logic of capitalism, and are too easy for politicians to ignore. Even the protests against the Iraq War, which saw around six hundred thousand Australians take to the streets, didnt change John Howards mind (if the following Monday, all those people had refused to show up for work, it might have been another matter).

Lock-ons and other arrestable actions do directly hurt the profits of the target companies, but when only a very small proportion of the community are willing to risk arrest, such tactics cant easily be scaled up to have a big enough impact on....


Filipino and Australian communities observe Human Rights Day in Melbourne "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Contributed by Joe Montero

Members of the Filipino and Australian communities gathered in Melbournes west on sunday 9 December, to observe Human Rights Day and celebrate the heroic grassroots efforts of many, to turn around the ongoing attacks by government, mining companies and other corporations, which are making life more difficult and sometimes.

The event was held at the Seddon Scout Hall in Footscray.  

Guest speaker, former member of parliament for Northcote and First Nations leader, Lydia Thorpe, spoke about the worsening position of her people in Australia, under ever more reactionary government and the failure to progress on a proper reconciliation of past wrongs through a negotiated. Although some progress has been made in Victoria, there is still a battle to ensure that all First Nations are involved and the final result matches their aspirations.

Lydia also stressed the importance of all Australians being in involved, and all parts of Australian society having their concerns addressed in the treaty process and its outcome.

One thing was made clear, the First Nations of this country have not been defeated. They have survived, are here today and will keep on fighting until their rights has been won and future secured.

The Second gust speaker, Sister Patricia Fox, an Australian missionary, who has been in the Philippines for 27 years and has recently been expelled, under orders of President Duterte, for her human rights work.

She has been involved in advocating for the poor and is an elected member of the National Council of Kataparan (an alliance of human rights organisations)

Earlier this year, Sister Pat had taken part in a fact-finding mission to Mindanao, where many cases of serious human rights violations were witnessed. She spoke of the plight of farmers losing their land to mining companies and plantation owners, and the taking away of their right to grow food where they had always done so, about the increasing use of military action, incarceration and murder as means of imposing the political will of the Duterte administration. There is an increasing use of trumped up charges to convict and jail individuals seen as political opponents of serious charges, like attempted murder, kidnapping and terrorism. The Philippines is heading towards a new period of martial law.

Weeks before her detention, she had given public support for for striking Coca Cola workers fighting terrible wages and conditions.

Although the situations are very different in each country, there are nevertheless some worrying similarities. In both, the political elite has moved in the direction of degrading human rights, linked to policies designed to enrich the richest few at the...


PNG resource extraction law at stake "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The truth is that our country is at a crisis point. If we do not correct some very serious faults and failures in how we approach the extraction of resources such as minerals, gas and oil we will not only continue to fail to deliver progress to our people, we will put the very survival of our country at peril.

Editorial | The Sunday Bulletin | 2 December 2018

THIS week Papua New Guineas expanding resources industry will be showcased at a three-day PNG Mining and Petroleum Investment Conference.

Widely regarded as the nations premier international conference, will be held from 3 to 5 December 2018 at Sydneys Hilton Hotel in Australia.

We understand that speakers will include the PNG Prime Minister, Peter ONeill, along with a number of government ministers who will provide delegates with insights into the...

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Pendulum swings "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Forensic analysis

Back in my auditing days in London, as a trainee I had to do my tour of duty in the forensic accounting department. 

It's one of things that sounds a little bit exciting, and the people were great, but being involved in a fraud investigation I never found to be much fun.

Naturally, everyone is on edge - even people that have no reason to be - and the accounting concept of materiality doesn't apply in the same way.

Anything could prove to be material, so every transaction must be investigated on a painstaking, line-by-line basis.

Notably the process becomes almost as important as the result, and invariably the investigations drag on for months as ever further documentation and explanations are sought. 

Pendulum swings tighter

I've spoken before about the concept of the credit cycle as a pendulum, rarely stationary in an a neutral position, and instead typically swinging towards too loose or too tight. 

The AFR has reported more than once this week on the forensic analysis of mortgage applications, including borrowers with substantial 30 per cent deposits being refused a loan for having Netflix account membership, or for using Uber Eats. 

I've also come across high income earners with low debt turned being down for a loan because they'd previously signed up for a credit card to earn loyalty points. 

Here's how respected industry experts are reporting what they're seeing, and that one key word keeps coming up: forensic (...


Report on Darebin Climate Emergency Conference "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The last two days - 11-12 September - I attended the Darebin climate emergency conference in northern Melbourne suburb of Northcote. I was one of 350 people that registered and attended. Some good speeches and presentations, interesting panel discussions and useful one-on-one conversations. This was Darebin Council hosting and facilitating this conference as part of it's climate emergency


Queensland's Rainforest is Burning "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Rainforest burned - Pic by Craig Illingworth
The unprecedented burning of pristine rainforest around Eungella in the central Queensland hinterland is a stark warning of climate change-related environmental challenges that lie ahead. Rainforest has been reduced to ash in and around Eungella National Park, though the full extent of the damage is not yet known.

Rainforest burned - Pic by Craig Illingworth
Unlike eucalypt forest, rainforest is extremely susceptible to fire and the habitat will struggle to regenerate. This may be the first time in Australia that a substantial area of rainforest has evidently been impacted severely by wildfire. Alarm bells should be ringing loudly.



Lawyer X or Informer 3838, defence barrister Nicola Gobbo? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

(Image: Source supplied)

Crooked cops and lawyers are rife in the colony called Australia, where the judiciary supports their actions.

With the matter of 'Lawyer X' (or Informer 3838), in the public spotlight now, it seems that the bent barrister's actions were documented by the Fairfax publication in 2010, under the subtle headline;
Lawyer 'demanded $20m' in the following article:

The High Court of Australia lifted suppression orders to reveal the barrister, 'who cannot be identified' represented Mockbel and other underworld figures while informing against her clients between 2005-2009.

See also article from 8 Dec 2018 by of the headline:
Victoria Police's legal fight to keep Lawyer X gangland informer secret cost $4.52 million at:$4.5m/10596904


Students lead thousands in nationwide protests against Adani coal mine | SBS News "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Students lead thousands in nationwide protests against Adani coal mine | SBS News: Protesters marched the streets in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Cairns just a week after upwards of 15,000 school students demonstrated against government inaction on climate change.


Tingha Cemetery Burials and the AUS-KOORI Mailing List "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Back in November 2003 I added the following entry to correspondence referring to Tingha burials on the AUS-KOORI mailing list

"Tingha Cemetery Burials by Paul Mackett
Burials at the Tingha Cemetery, New South Wales are listed at the following site
Some or all of the following are recorded for each burial Section, Row, Lot, Surname, Christian Name, Age,  Burial Number, Date of Death. The date range is approximately
1886 to 1999.

There are 1537 burials recorded as follows

Section , My interpretation , Graves
Ang/SA , Anglican/Salvation Army , 340
Old Ang, Old Anglican , 155
Cath , Catholic , 108
Old Cath , Old Catholic , 70
Uniting , Uniting  , 47
New Gen , New General , 227
O Abor , Old Aboriginal , 171
N Abor ,  New Aboriginal , 90
Unsect ,  , 328
No Section ,  , 1

The document can be downloaded from the above site as a Word document."

As this URL no longer exists you can access the document here .

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Pun from my son "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Oscar asked to bottle the stout

As he was tipping the fermenter forward to get the last of it, I asked him to be wary of slime at the bottom and he replied with a pun: "I'll see those in gradients"!


Moon Phases 2019 Astrology And Spiritual Planner "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

New And Full Moon Phases 2019 Astrology and spiritual meanings designed for use as a personal metaphysical planner/calendar.

The post Moon Phases 2019 Astrology And Spiritual Planner appeared first on Thrive On News Spiritual Magazine.


Spending shifts to online "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Retail steady

Retail turnover increased by a seasonally adjusted 0.3 per cent to $27 billion in October 2018.

The household saving ratio has declined, as should happen with lower interest rates, and this in turn has been reflected in modest annual growth in retail turnover of 3.6 per cent. 

Department stores hurting

At this stage of the housing market cycle we should expect some migratory shifts towards south-east Queensland, and to some extent this was reflected in the monthly retail turnover figures for New South Wales (-0.4 per cent) and Queensland (+1.1 per cent).

Adverse weather did negatively impact the results for some New South Wales industries in October, with the annual growth in retail turnover now being championed by Victoria and Tasmania. 

Online spend

Not a remarkable set of numbers, overall, then.

The most interesting point was that online retail turnover contributed some 5.9 per cent of retail turnover this month, representing a rapid ascendancy from only 4.7 per cent a year earlier. 



The Weekend Quiz December 8-9, 2018 answers and discussion "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Here are the answers with discussion for yesterdays quiz. The information provided should help you work out why you missed a question or three! If you havent already done the Quiz from yesterday then have a go at it before you read the answers. I hope this helps you develop an understanding of modern monetary theory (MMT) and its application to macroeconomic thinking. Comments as usual welcome, especially if I have made an error.

Question 1:

An application of Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) tells us that the current proposals for a Green New Deal in the US and elsewhere will lead to crowding out of other investment.

The answer is True.

The current proposals for a Green New Deal will have significant implications for resource usage in the nations that pursue that policy framework.

In the US, there are estimates that these initiatives might absorb up to 14 per cent of the labour force.

At a time when unemployment is historically low, a shift of this magnitude will clearly require a squeeze being put on other sectors.

But this will be a real resource squeeze mediated through taxation and regulation.

The normal presentation of the crowding out hypothesis, which is a central plank in the mainstream economics attack on government fiscal intervention is more accurately called financial crowding out.

At the heart of this conception is the theory of loanable funds, which is a aggregate construction of the way financial markets are meant to work in mainstream macroeconomic thinking. The original conception was designed to explain how aggregate demand could never fall short of aggregate supply because interest rate adjustments would always bring investment and saving into equality.

In Mankiw, which is representative, we are taken back in time, to the theories that were prevalent before being destroyed by the intellectual advances provided in Keynes General Theory. Mankiw assumes that it is reasonable to represent the financial system as the market for loanable funds where all savers go to this market to deposit their savings, and all borrowers go to this market to get their loans. In this market, there is one interest rate, which is both the return to saving and the cost of borrowing.

This is back in the pre-Keynesian world of the loanable funds doctrine (first developed by Wicksell).

This doctrine was a central part of the so-called classical model where perfectly flexible prices delivered self-adjusting, market-clearing aggregate....


UFO photographs from a B-52 aircraft over Australia "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Barry Greenwood

Boston researcher Barry Greenwood recently returned from a two week visit to the archives of the J Allen Hynek Center for UFO Studies in Chicago, in the USA. Barry kindly forwarded copies of scans of documents relating to Australia, to both myself and also to Melbourne researcher Paul Dean. Paul and I are spending time looking through all of these documents to determine if there is previously unknown material in them. I wish to thank Barry for his untiring efforts in the preservation of these invaluable historical records.

B-52 aircraft case

Looking through the contents of one file folder I noticed an uncited Newsletter article, titled "Photographs taken of an unusual object over Australia." Handwritten above the typed text, were the words "Australia," "NL'" and "Spring 1965." I have never come across this sighting. A search via the Internet and also a search of the NICAP 1965 chronologies failed to find anything about this sighting.  So if any blog readers can add further details I would be most appreciative. The text of the article reads as follows:

"A very good friend in Sedalia informed me last November (1968) that his uncle had taken photographs of an unusual object during the spring of 1965. The observer was flying in a converted B-52 aircraft on an international aerial mapping project. The aircraft was flying over Australia. The aircraft was flying at a slow rate of speed and the bomb-bay doors and the side doors were open.

There were cameras mounted in the bomb-bay section to photograph the terrain below. The observer saw the object approach the B-52 from slightly behind. It appeared less than a mile away and started pacing the aircraft. It did so for about 2 minutes.

During this time the observer snapped 3 photographs with a small camera he had to hand. At least one other crew member saw the object also. The object disappeared at a high rate of speed.

My friend, mentioned above, saw the photographs about 4 years ago, just after they were taken.

On 4 inch by....


MACKAY Argument escalates to guilty plea for serious assault "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

MACKAY December 08, 2018 at 07:33AM ,

Argument escalates to guilty plea for serious assault

December 08, 2018 at 07:33AM ,

A DISPUTE between a landlord and his tenant escalated into shoving and eventually a charge of serious assault. Peter James Cameron was forced to

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MACKAY Text message to remind people to appear in court "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

MACKAY December 07, 2018 at 04:00PM ,

Text message to remind people to appear in court

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The pilot program started in the Mackay Magistrates Court in June 2016 and was evaluated by the University of Queensland. The results of the pilot,

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MACKAY PCYC bus driver granted work licence after drink driving "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

MACKAY December 07, 2018 at 11:52AM ,

PCYC bus driver granted work licence after drink driving

December 07, 2018 at 11:52AM ,

Kylie Renae James-Kippen fronted Mackay Magistrates Court on Wednesday. The 30-year-old woman from Beaconsfield pleaded guilty to driving a

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MACKAY Vehicle intercept leads to drug arrests, Mackay "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

MACKAY December 07, 2018 at 10:00AM ,

Vehicle intercept leads to drug arrests, Mackay

December 07, 2018 at 10:00AM ,

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MACKAY Court date text reminders for Queensland "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

MACKAY December 07, 2018 at 12:37PM ,

Court date text reminders for Queensland

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Rescuers Show Up To Help Injured Kangaroo And Realize He's HUGE "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Someone extraordinarily muscular just showed up outside a professional athlete's home in Australia. 

Credit: FFAR

A huge kangaroo was observed from the home of Brent Harvey, who used to play in the North Melbourne Football Club, also known as The Kangaroos. And this actual kangaroo needed some real help.

Credit: FFAR

"A large open wound could be seen on his arm," Manfred Zabinskas, cofounder of Five Freedoms Animal Rescue (FFAR), wrote. "Brents partner, Shayne, was concerned about her other Roo and called her family friend, Krysti (an experienced wildlife rescuer) for help."

Credit: FFAR

Zabinskas came to the scene after Krysti contacted him for help tranquilizing the enormous fellow no one would be able to get close to him otherwise. 

"There was no other way to safely capture such a big animal in such an open location," Zabinskas wrote. 

Tranquilizing the big guy who has come to be called Hugh Hefner after the testosterone-driven Playboy magnate proved to be quite a process.



How the RBA will effect the Aussie dollar "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Im not sure where hes going, but this week, Reserve Bank Deputy Governor Guy Debelle promised you hed go fast, go hard and not die wondering.

Thats not the sort of comment you want to hear from your local central banker.

But what does it even mean?

Debelle wants to print money, rescue the Australian government from going broke, and cut interest rates to zero.

Only if its needed, of course.

Which begs the obvious question.

What sort of financial crisis could Australia be facing that requires its central bankers to go fast, go hard and not die wondering?

I think I have the answer for you.

Ive just issued an alert to my UK readers about Australias coming economic crisis.

Itll be similar to Ireland and Cyprus crash in 2008.

But first, the good news.

Unlike many countries that had a crisis in 2008, Australia still has its own currency.

That means the exchange rate can absorb a huge amount of any crash.

This was denied to the likes of Portugal, Ireland, Italy, Greece and Spain. They were stuck in the euro. And the euro didnt go down much to help those countries recover.

Not only that, Europes central bank has a huge amount of rules about what it is allowed to do.

It cant favour some countries because this would come at the expense of others.

The Reserve Bank of Australia has no such restrictions.

It could go fast, go hard and not die wondering all day long. A bit like Zimbabwes central bank.

Put these two considerations together and you realise the opportunity.

The Aussie dollar is in for a crash if Australia gets into trouble.

So, all you need to do is get your money out of Aussie dollar-denominated assets.

Gold, foreign currencies and foreign stocks are a great example.

Its surprisingly easy to protect yourself from a local crisis.

But protect yourself from what exactly?

Australia is heaven.

Theres no doubt about it. My family visited a dozen countries looking for a home before deciding Australia is the place to be.

According to Credit Suisse Global Wealth Report for 2018, Australians are the wealthiest people in the world.

And not by a small margin.

The median Australian is more than five times as wealthy as the median German. And more than twice as wealthy as the median Briton. (Those are my former hom...

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Friday, 07 December


Are Gilets Jaunes the new guillotine? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"


Between my French origins and the opinions expressed within this little blog, I have taken more than a passing interest in the events happening in France, especially when its fuelled by passionate and restless wwoofers who come from there too! As you will or should know, I believe the real economy runs on energy, not money, and surplus energy in particular as a result, I have been following Tim Morgans Surplus Energy Economics blog for a while, which I would encourage you all to follow too. This is Tims latest gem, which proves that when you do the math.  the truth comes out!


This weekend, the authorities plan to field 89,000 police officers across France in response to anticipated further mass protests by the gilets jaunes. In the capital, the Eiffel Tower will be closed and armoured cars deployed, whilst restaurateurs and shopkeepers are being urged to close their businesses at one of the most important times of their trading year.

Though the government has climbed down on the original cause clbre  the rises in fuel taxes planned for next year there seems to be no reduction in the worst protests experienced in the country since the 1960s. Reports suggest that as many as 70% of French citizens support the protestors, and that the movement may be spreading to Belgium and the Netherlands.

For the outside observer, the most striking features of the protests in France have been the anger clearly on display, and the rapid broadening of the campaign from fuel prices to a wider range of issues including wages, the cost of living and taxation.

The disturbances in France should be seen in a larger context. In France itself, Emmanuel Macron was elected president only after voters had repudiated all established political parties. Italians have entrusted their government to an insurgent coalition which is on a clear collision-course with the European Union over budgetary matters. The British have voted to leave the EU, and Americans have elected to the White House a man dismissed by experts as a joke candidate throughout his campaign.

Obviously, something very important is going on why?

Does economics explain popular anger?

There are, essentially, two different ways in which the events in France and beyond can be interpreted, and how you look at them depends a great deal on how you see the economic situation.

If you subscribe to the conventional and consensus interpretation, economic issu...


Whatever it takes "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The GFC: 10 years on

Corker of a speech from the Reserve Bank's Debelle yesterday where he revisited the global financial crisis, how it appeared to play out in real time, and what lessons can be learned about liquidity and response measures.

Australia pulled through the global financial crisis in far better nick than most other advanced economies, explained Debelle, thanks to a combination of factors and policy responses.

This considered speech inevitably attracted a lot of airtime because it made reference to QE (quantitative easing) as an available policy tool. 

However, this is one of those times to read what the relatively sanguine speech actually said rather than how it gets interpreted across various media channels!

Whatever it takes (5 measures)

I often get asked what would happen if the economy and housing markets really turn to mush, which is a reasonable enough question to ask for those with a long-term horizon.

If you're interested this is a very useful speech to pick through, as many of the answers are touched upon, with the overriding message being that liquidity is vital.

It's important to note at the outset that the Reserve Bank still believes that the next move in the policy rate is up, whatever proves to be reported about this speech in the media. 



Devils & Details live in Sydney (listen) "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Live event podcast


The full Business Insider Australia Devils and Details Live show is out, with all of the panels compressed into two easy recordings. 

To listen to Part 1, Property and Portfolios, see here or click on the image below

The housing market panel kicks in at 20 minutes, but all of it is well worth listening to.

I have a bit of a yarn from 31 minutes in, and then again at 39:40.

Here I discuss the concept of the credit cycle as a pendulum, as well as how I'm helping my clients to reposition themselves for the significant proposed changes for property investors ahead. 

This section includes news and views from Joanne Masters, Cameron Kusher, Stephen Koukoulas, Con Michalakis, and more. 

What a terrific panel of guests to be on!


To listen to Part 2, The Reserve Bank's Challenge, and indicators, see here or click on the image below.

There's some classic trademark James Whelan commentary on what things are currently things...and conversely, of course what things are not things. 


Air Affairs Australia / Gojet Gates LearJet 35A and Beech B200 King Air Firescan Aircraft Head Home from Hervey Bay (Fraser Coast) Airport "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

On Monday 3 December, the two remaining Air Affairs Australia / Gojet operated Firescan aircraft were noted departing back to their 'home' at HMAS Albatross at Nowra in New South Wales after spending the last few days operating sorties from Hervey Bay (Fraser Coast) Airport.

LearJet 35A VH-LPJ "Firescan 124" arrives at Rockhampton Airport  (File photo)

Gates LearJet 35A VH-LPJ "Firescan 124" looked to depart early on Monday and was bound for Nowra before diverting to Tamworth.  It later returned to Central Queensland overflying parts back up towards Hervey Bay before it then returned to Tamworth.

Beech B200 King Air VH-LAB "Firescan 125" also departed Hervey Bay and completed a sortie around Central Queensland before it eventually headed to Nowra.

Meanwhile, on Tuesday 4 December, a different Air Affairs Australia / Gojet Firescan aircraft in the form of Gates LearJet 35A VH-LRX as "Firescan 122" was noted flying up from Nowra to the Sunshine Coast.  It then completed a sortie from and back to the Sunny Coast, flying over fire-zone in parts of the Wide Bay and Central Queensland.

Photo taken by Russell Prothero 


The Weekend Quiz December 8-9, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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

1. An application of Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) tells us that the current proposals for a Green New Deal in the US and elsewhere will lead to crowding out of other investment.

2. A rising government deficit will always allow the private domestic sector to increase its saving in nominal terms.

3. A lack of a close correspondence between the growth of bank reserves and the growth in the stock of money is evidence that credit creation is being tightly constrained.



Vanguard Aviation Cessna 525 CitationJet1 Bizjet VH-DAA Pops into Gladstone and Hamilton Island Airports - Plus More! "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

On Friday 7 December, Vanguard Aviation Cessna 525 CitationJet1 bizjet VH-DAA was noted visiting Gladstone Airport.  It arrived from its Archerfield base.

File photo

After a short time on the ground, VH-DAA continued to Hamilton Island Airport where it appears to be spending at least the night.

Meanwhile, the Queensland Police Service (Airwing) (State of Queensland) Cessna 560 Citation Ultra bizjet VH-PSU was back in CQ also on Friday 7 December, calling into Mackay Airport twice and Rockhampton Airport during another busy day of flying which started and finished at Cairns.

Finally, slightly smaller corporate turboprop aircraft noted visiting CQ Airport in the last couple of days included SOCATA TBM 700 N700BK which called into both Emerald and Moura Airports on Friday 7 December while flying from Alice Springs to its Archerfield base.  N700BK has been noted flying out to and back from Alice Springs quite a bit over the last couple of week.

While on Thursday 6 December, Cloncurry-based Pilatus PC-12/47E VH-MDH visited Rockhampton Airport, arriving from Devoncourt via Hughenden.  It then returned over the same route before later heading to Archerfield.

Photo taken by Lloyd Fox 


Silver Linings Aviation Cessna 680 Citation Sovereign Bizjet VH-ZEK Arrives at Hamilton Island Airport "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

On Wednesday 5 December, Silver Linings Aviation Cessna 680 Citation Sovereign bizjet VH-ZEK was noted arriving into Hamilton Island Airport from Bankstown.

File photo

At the time of writing, the sleek Citation appears to be staying on Hamo for at least the night.

Meanwhile, also on Wednesday 5 December, the Queensland Police Service (Airwing) (State of Queensland) Cessna 560 Citation Ultra bizjet VH-PSU was back in CQ, visiting Rockhampton Airport during a busy day of flying out of and back to Cairns.  It was due to also call into Mackay Airport but diverted for reasons unknown.


MACKAY Escape accused pleads guilty to 17 charges "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

MACKAY December 06, 2018 at 10:45PM ,

Escape accused pleads guilty to 17 charges

December 06, 2018 at 10:45PM ,

However, 14 other charges including arson levelled against Levi James Brown were struck out in Mackay Magistrates Court on Wednesday, when the

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Shire economics department salvages some Christmas cheer "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

IT WOULDNT be Christmas without the chamber of commerces annual shop-local draw. Thats how it was looking until Paroo shire councils economic development department stepped...

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Hawks follow up tight semi win to beat Lions in squash grand final "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

THE SQUASH finals were the closest fought in years as the Hawks replayed their minor semifinal against the Lions to carry the grand final 5-3....

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Countrys most-watchable rugby team for two games a year "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

THE MOST exciting rugby union team in Australia after the All Blacks conferred its annual honours on Saturday night. The Dingoes ended up playing just...

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Action Alert: Human Rights Day Refugee Rally to call for end to offshore crisis "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Action Alert: Human Rights Day Refugee Rally to call for end to offshore crisis Refugee supporters will rally on Human Rights Day, 6.30pm December 10 in the Bourke St Mall, calling to end offshore processing and bring the refugees here. The rally will also call on MPs to back the Phelps refugee bill when federal(...)


As Australian as meat pies and backyard cricket "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

IT WAS the biggest crowd the shire hall had seen since the towns 150 ball. The chairs covered about half an acre of polished hardwood...

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List of Sacred Heart highlights defies reduction "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

SACRED HEART principal Polly Crawford had intended to speak about five highlights of the year at the Catholic primary schools year-six graduation and awards. But,...

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Eagles, Killer Whales the ones to watch "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

THE TAMBO Eagles are leading the table with 19 points after eight rounds of the district cricket league, but the tally doesnt quite tell the...

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Lawn bowlers never forget their late greats "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

THE RAH-RAH crowd reckon rugby unions the game played in heaven. But its more likely to be lawn bowls. Thats the sport to which so many...

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NSW : OCEAN BEACH "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Well always be fond of NRMA Ocean Beach Holiday Park because it was the very first place we stayed after we handed in the keys to our house and hit the road. Located on the south end of the Central Coast, it sits on one of the most beautiful beaches in the area. Its also a really easy (as in, you couldnt get it any easier) drive from Sydney, hence its a po...


Railways bankroller shines both sides of the stumps "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

RAILWAYS lead sponsor Chris Thomas proved he was better than a mere sugar daddy in their seventh-round dance with Commercials in the district cricket league....

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Professor Stuart Rees Honoured With Inaugural Jerusalem (Al Quds) Peace Prize "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

He normally goes about his work very quietly, very humbly. And as the founder of the Sydney Peace Prize, hes normally in the background promoting other peoples work. But last week Emeritus Professor Stuart Rees couldnt help but be at the centre of attention after he was awarded the inaugural Jerusalem (Al Quds) Peace Prize, at a ceremony at state parliament in Victoria.

The award was in recognition of his Professor Rees persistent and courageous advocacy for the human rights of all Palestinians living in Gaza, the West Bank, Israel, the refugee camps and the Palestinian diaspora generally.

Professor Rees delivered the first Jerusalem (Al Quds) Peace Prize lecture as part of the ceremony, and his award was presented by former Foreign Minister and NSW State Premier the Hon Bob Carr on November 29, to coincide with the United Nations Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.

Nasser Mashni, chair of Australians for Palestine (AfP) and a Board Member of the Australia-Palestine Advocacy Network (APAN), said the choice of Professor Rees would help to highlight strong global support for a just outcome for Palestinians, felt by millions around the world.

For all his inspirational work on Palestine nothing reveals more about Stuart Rees humanity than his belief in a simple anecdote about a Palestinian refugee who wanted to discuss with Israeli students his right to return, only to be told you want to kick us out. No, the Palestinian replied, I simply want to live with you, Mr Mashni said.

Mr Mashni said Professor Rees numerous books, anthologies of poetry, and his willingness to write and speak publicly on social justice issues, have seen him described as one of the most humane voices in Australia today.

Those issues have driven his indomitable quest to find out what it really means to be human and to alert us all to our common humanity, said Mr Mashni.

Professor Rees said he felt very honoured to be recognised from amongst the many long-committed voices for Palestine in Australia.

This award comes at a time when Jerusalem is facing great challenges from influential global powers to its UN-protected international status, UN Security Council resolutions, international law and majority consensus. We cannot allow antagonistic voices to weaken the hopes of so many for a peaceful and sustainable solution, he said.

Jerusalems spiritual, cultural and legal character are under serious threat and only a concerted effort of advocacy and activism by people everywhere, can Palestinians possibly hope to see an end to their displacement, eviction and expulsion.

The Jerusalem (Al Quds) Peace Prize will now be awarded annually by Australians for Palestine and the Australia-Palestine Advocac...

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Thursday, 06 December


Grace appeals for help to save Great Australian Bight from oil deep sea oil drilling "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The following was sent to The Pen by contributor Ugly, and it is about 16 year old Grace Gardiners appeal to support the effort to stop deep sea oil drilling near Apollo Bay in Victoria. Grace is involved with Greenpeace, which has taken on protection of the  Great Australian Bight as one of its important environment protection projects. This is what she has to say.

 My name is Grace, Im 16 years old and last week I organised a flotilla a floating protest against deep sea oil drilling in my home of Apollo Bay, Victoria.

Thats me in the middle there, with my friends Eleni on the left and Hannah on the right

Apollo Bay is a small, beautiful town on the Great Ocean Road, located just by the sea. Ive lived here my whole life. When I was much younger, I was kayaking with a mate in the local harbour when a pod of three dolphins swam up beside us and jumped around for a while, so close I could reach out and touch them. It was the most exhilarating and beautiful experience from the ocean.

For us, the ocean is more than just a beautiful view. Its the lifeblood of our community, with tourism and fishing supporting so many families here in Apollo Bay.

But big oil companies are planning to drill for oil off our coast, risking our pristine environment and our way of life.

One thing I love about my community is that we come together to do incredible things like standing up to those greedy oil companies.

One little community can do big things! It got me thinking about what we could achieve if everyone in Australia said no to deep sea oil drilling.

But we need as many people on board as possible.

As a young person, I care deeply about climate change. My generation will have to deal with the consequences of the decisions being made by big fossil fuel companies trashing the environment. I may not be able to vote yet, but I know that Governments have a responsibility to do the right thing by the people they represent.

If enough people no matter their age are talking about protecting the Bight from oil drilling, our politicians will have to listen.

Apollo Bay has a population of just 1500 but on the day of our flotilla, 350 people were out there on the water and on land to protect the oceans we love from oil drilling despite the wind and rai...


Police okay Santa novelty helmet covers "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

If you want to get into the Christmas spirit with a novelty Santa helmet cover, most police will not play Scrooge and fine you for a non-compliant helmet.

However, there are points of safety to consider which could lead to fine, if not observed.

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Novelty helmet covers

Queensland and South Australia police say novelty helmet covers are legal:

Novelty helmet covers are not illegal, as long as the rider is wearing a motorcycle helmet that complies with Australian standards and is securely fastened. Riders will need to ensure that the novelty cover does not obscure their vision.

However, its worth noting that it could still be illegal if you are involved in a crash while wearing one.

ACT Police they would take action against the user of the helmet cover if it contributed to an incident or collision (for example, if the cover impeded the vision of a rider).

It is concerning to police that the manufacturers openly identify significant risks to the user of the product on their own website, they say.

VicPol at first simply replied: It is not illegal to put a hat over the helmet.

Several days later they updated their comment saying it is not possible to provide a blanket yes or no answer to your query, as it must be assessed on an individual basis.

They suggest the foll...


FlyPelican (Pelican Airlines) BAe J32s VH-NTL & VH-OTQ at Bundaberg Airport Plus Alliance Airlines and QantasLink Charters Take Firefighters Home Following Bushfire Crisis "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

A couple of nice first-time visitors to Central Queensland on Thursday 6 December with a pair of FlyPelican (Pelican Airlines) British Aerospace BAe Jetstream 3206 (Jetstream 32) turboprop aircraft VH-NTL and VH-OTQ both photographed on the ground at Bundaberg Airport operating closed charter flights to transport visiting interstate firefighters home to Northern New South Wales.  The firefighters have been in Central Queensland assisting local firefighters during the recent bushfire crisis.



Welcome Storms and Rain Late Tuesday - Bushfire Crisis Seemingly Over - Water-Bombing Aircraft and Helicopters Head Home! "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Welcome rain and storms passed through most of Queensland late on Tuesday 4 December and as a result, it would appear that the immediate bushfire crisis that was affecting parts of Central Queensland seems to have come to an end.  As a result, over the course of Wednesday 5 December, most of the visiting firefighting aircraft and helicopters, along with the many local and visiting firefighters, have begun to return to their home bases.

Alliance Airlines Fokker F-70 VH-NKQ was spotted visiting Mackay Airport.  It arrived from Brisbane as UTY561 and departed back there a short time later as UTY562.



Greek austerity a denial of basic human rights, penalty should be imprisonment "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

I have just finished reading a report published by the Transnational Institute (TNI), which is an international research and advocacy institute committed to building a just, democratic and sustainable world. The Report (published November 19, 2018) Democracy Not For Sale is harrowing, to say the least. We learn that in an advanced European nation with a glorious tradition and history an increasing number of people are being denial access to basic nutrition solely as a result of economic policy changes that have been imposed on it by outside agencies (European Commission, European Central Bank and the IMF). The Report shows how the food supply has been negatively impacted by the austerity programs; how food prices have been forced up at the same time as incomes have been forced down, and how collective and cooperative arrangements have been destroyed by privatisation and deregulation impositions. The Report concludes that the Greek State and the Eurozone Member States violated the Greek peoples right to food as a result of the austerity measures required by three Memorandums of Understanding (2010, 2012 and 2015). In other words, the austerity packages imposed on Greece contravened international human rights law. Not one person has gone to prison as a result of this deliberate and calculated violation of human rights.

You can have various levels of commitment to this:

1. Full Report 90 minutes reading time.

2. Executive Summary 5 minutes reading time.

I recommend the full report because it is a very comprehensive statement of what has gone wrong with the Eurozone from a grassroots perspective.

It does not present the usual critique that I make regularly at the macroeconomic and monetary level.

It deals with our conception of human rights and basic human dignity.

It forces one to ask questions such as:

How many officials in the Troika, who are comfortably ensconced in their well-appointed offices in Brussels, Frankfurt, and Washington, who regularly drink fine wines and eat sumptuously at official gatherings, conferences, talk fests, who jet around the world and Europe as if there was no tomorrow, have gone hungry as a result of the policies they forced on Greece?

It is a real question.

My answer: not one of them.

I have been to European Commission functions. I have seen the massive food and wine e...


Cheap Power: A Whole Lot Of Energy For A Whole Lot Of Nothing "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Despite the obvious disappointment of the Morrison Government, the nation can build an energy network reliant on renewables, while lowering prices. Martin Zavan explains.

Never letting the truth get in the way of a good yarn is an understandable approach when the Prime Minister is talking about his exploits on the footy field back in the day. But when hes being asked to lead a fossil fuel dependent nation through the transition to renewables, its not only dishonest, but dangerous.

Politicians demand proof, but many seem to have little to no desire to follow through and obtain the answers they claim to seek. It occurs too often to keep track of, but something happened in Question Time yesterday that made me take special note.

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten essentially asked the PM why he couldnt get behind what he called the most widely endorsed energy policy of recent years, the National Energy Guarantee. Not to mention it was the Libs own policy just a few months back.

Theres never been a national energy policy that has had more universal support than the National Energy Guarantee. And why wont the Prime Minister implement a National Energy Guarantee with his own energy targets? Shorten mischievously asked.

Morrison responded with his typical bluster, but lets pause for a moment to examine what he actually said, rather than the confected outrage that characterised his reply.

Labor have not demonstrated that their 45 percent emissions reduction target will not push up prices.

Labor have not, and they cannot, demonstrate that their reckless 45 percent economy-wrecking as the Business Council has said emissions reduction target of 45 percent will not increase power prices because of course it will increase power prices.

The comments may have fired up the frontbench but they were less eagerly embraced by those with even a passing appreciation for the facts.

Opposition leader Bill Shorten.

During the heated days of the NEG debate we at Greenpeace also wondered what effect this political compromise would have on power prices. We sought to find out, and commissioned the same people who the federal government turns to on such matt...


Brisbane's growth 3 minutes "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Changing face of Brisbane

Here's why you won't recognise Brisbane five years from now (watch the 3-minute video below).

Shared via Property Update and JLL.

A great city that's going places.

It will be exciting to see the Cross River Rail snaking its way through the gentrified Gabba precinct.

And those wharves are going to be a terrific boost for New Farm and Teneriffe too.


A Courageous Australian Passes Wendy Scurr "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Today Australians have lost a brave, patriotic lady, Mrs Wendy Scurr. We repost Mals article from The Great Australians: Wendy Scurr in 2016.

by Malcolm R Hughes (4 December, 2016)

This great Australian, Wendy Scurr, became an unplanned heroine during and after the Port Arthur Massacre in 1996.  For those who have not previously seen the purposely lost word heroine, the meaning is female hero.

Wendy is happily married to Graeme Scurr and they reside on the mainland of Australia. Why the mainland? Because they were driven out of their home state of Tasmania. Why driven out ? For doing the right thing. You know how it goes these days but Wendy was ahead of her time, having stuck up for the truth about Port Arthur 20 years ago.

The Port Arthur Massacre was a Federal and Tasmanian government-planned event whereby several people...


Adani update "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

A week ago, I was speaking at a Royal Society of NSW Forum on the topic Getting climate policy back on track when the news came through that Adani had announced a start to the Carmichael mine before Christmas, funded from the companys own reserves.  With Christmas now less than three weeks away, where do things stand?

Its evident that, as with previous construction starts, this one wont be on a large scale. Adani has just posted its first job opening for a year, on the portal it set up with great fanfare in mid-2017. Its for a Senior Mine Planning Engineer a newly changed and developed role reporting to the Head Mine Operations.  Given that Adani has announced a proposal thats radically different from the one they were running last year, you might have expected that a Senior Mine Planning Engineer would have been on the job for some time, heading a substantial team. Still, its likely that some kind of activity will take place, even if its only symbolic.

The big question is how Labor will respond, since its highly likely to be in office by the time any serious mining activity starts. So far the signs have been mixed. Queensland Premier Palaszczuk has said, correctly, that this is effectively a new proposal, and will need new approvals. On the other hand, Penny Wong has suggested that, once contracts are signed, the dreaded spectre of sovereign risk will mean that the government cannot intervene.  This is a bogus argument in the specific case of Adani, but the whole idea needs to be challenged. Governments routinely break their promises to voters, and corporations regularly renege on their commitments to governments, but, in the era of neoliberalism, promises made by governments to corporation have come to be held sacred.


Healing my spirit by helping others "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Corey Aden Tutt, an Indigenous man from NSW, shares his personal journey to healing through caring for animals.


MACKAY Bucasia labourer struck police officer on the backside "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

MACKAY December 06, 2018 at 06:26AM ,

Bucasia labourer struck police officer on the backside

December 06, 2018 at 06:26AM ,

Bucasia man Jye William Russell fronted Mackay Magistrates Court on Wednesday, pleading guilty to assaulting a police officer. The 20-year-old

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MACKAY Young father accused of Paget shooting "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

MACKAY December 06, 2018 at 06:03AM ,

Young father accused of Paget shooting

December 06, 2018 at 06:03AM ,

Jayden Nicholas Finney, 19, appeared briefly in Mackay Magistrates Court on Wednesday over videolink from prison. Finney faces 15 charges,

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MACKAY Escape accused pleads guilty to 17 charges, but 14 dropped "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

MACKAY December 05, 2018 at 06:03PM ,

Escape accused pleads guilty to 17 charges, but 14 dropped

December 05, 2018 at 06:03PM ,

However, 14 charges which were levelled against Levi James Brown were struck out in Mackay Magistrates Court on Wednesday, including arson,

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Informant 3838, GILLARD and Bernard MURPHY "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The Gillard proxy MTDA wasted no time in jumping on the Victoria Police Informant 3838 issue: Thank you for that comment - you've prompted me to write a fairly rare response to you. Gillard and Murphy weren't Wilson's defense (sic) lawyer. Gillard and Murphy were lawyers for the AWU. They...


Extradition to NSW for man charged over Lynette Dawsons alleged murder "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Lynette Joy Dawson. Police file photo.

Homicide Squad detectives have extradited a man to NSW and laid a charge over the disappearance of Northern Beaches wife and mother, Lynette Joy Dawson.

Lyn Dawson, a 33-year-old mother-of-two, went missing on or around Saturday 9 January 1982.

She was officially reported missing on 18 February 1982, and despite investigations at the time and over the years, she has never been located.

In 2015, detectives from the Homicide Squads Unsolved Homicide Unit established Strike Force Scriven to re-investigate the circumstances surrounding her disappearance and suspected murder.

Following extensive investigations, Strike Force Scriven detectives requested the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) review their brief of evidence in April 2018.

Earlier this week, the ODPP provided advice to police, and following further inquiries, detectives applied for an arrest warrant before travelling to Queensland.

A 70-year-old Coolum man was arrested by detectives from the Queensland Police Services Homicide Squad in the presence of Strive Force Scriven investigators at a home at Biggera Waters, Queensland, yesterday (Wednesday 5 December 2018).

The man appeared at Southport Magistrates Court on a NSW arrest warrant, where NSW Police detectives applied for and were granted his extradition to NSW.

Strike Force Scriven investigators escorted the man on a flight to Sydney today (Thursday 6 December 2018), before taking him to Surry Hills Police Station.

The man has been charged with murder and refused bail to appear at Central Local Court today.

The post Extradition to NSW for man charged over Lynette Dawsons alleged murder appeared first on Echonetdaily.

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Qld economy continues to disappoint "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Queenslands economic under-performance, which Ive been commenting on regularly (e.g. see Deloittes weird definition of strong employment growth), is a major part of the reason why Australias GDP growth for September quarter came in lower than expected yesterday. The ABS has estimated national economic growth in September quarter at 0.3% and through-the-year growth at 2.8%, in seasonally adjusted terms. Queenslands State Final Demand (SFD) fell by 0.4% in September quarter compared with growth of 0.3% across all states and territories (see the ABS summary). NSWs SFD increased at the strong rate of 1.1% while Victoria registered only 0.2% growth (see chart below).


My colleague Nick Behrens at his QEAS blog nicely summarised the disappointing September quarter National Accounts data for Queensland as follows:

Latest ABS data confirms Queensland...


Broad-billed and Terek Sandpipers, Sanderling and Ruddy Turnstone. at Noosa River mouth reported by Ian Starling on 05-12-2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

One Broad-billed and 2 Terek Sandpipers, 2 Ruddy Turnstone and 1 Sanderling seen along with a single Red Knot and Greater Sand Plover.


Embassy fenced by Council "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"


At the request of the Sandon Point Aboriginal Place Joint Management Agreement Partner organisations, Council staff have placed non-permanent fencing around sections of the Sandon Point Tent Embassy site at McCauleys Beach, Thirroul on Wednesday.

The Organisations have been working with the support of Council for the past 12 months to make important changes to the site. These include facilitating the long term protection and enhancement of the site through revegetation improvements, reducing erosion and damage from informal walking trails, and advancing long-term plans for the site to become a space for education and the celebration of Aboriginal culture.

The next stages of work will involve removing structures at the Aboriginal Tent Embassy site with the exception of the Pod.

The Organisations believe the site should be unoccupied as its current use is not consistent with its cultural significance and heritage.

The non-permanent fencing has been installed so that it does not negatively impact on any culturally-significant items or areas a...


The long run "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

We're all dead

Wow, some tremendous excitement about the recent sharp increase to 43,727 Melbourne stock listings (thanks for all the Tweets!).

Since you're interested, below is the split between houses and units, per SQM Research.

Stock levels are broadly about back to where they were three years ago, and this is mainly due to a surge in completions and slower sales.

New listings are way down in Sydney and Melbourne, which is not all that surprising given unemployment rates in these cities are about 4 per cent and 4 per cent respectively (meaning that are there are few forced sellers). 

Note that the population of Melbourne is increasing - up by a record high of +125,400 in FY2017 - so over time a higher number of listings is to be expected, given the larger overall stock of dwellings. 

One of the interesting things I noted from the Census is the remarkably low share of population in Melbourne living in an apartment, for a city that is now home to more than 5 million people. 

It's an idea I explored in a little more detail in my free workshop he...


Knocklofty - Hobart's Back Yard "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Residents of Hobart love walking through the tall trees of Knocklofty Reserve, visiting the Frog Ponds, spotting mopokes and wallabies, and admiring the wattle trees in bloom. But theres a lot more to Knocklofty than its natural beauty.

In the early days of European settlement, its boundaries reached much further, and its history is intertwined with the modern suburbs of Sandy Bay, South Hobart, West Hobart, North Hobart, Mount Stuart and Lenah Valley. Once a refuge for absconded convicts and a venue for fistfights and other dubious pastimes, Knocklofty yielded a bounty of timber, stone and brick that helped to build the Hobart of today.

Suzanne will be launching her new book, "Knocklofty - Hobart's Back Yard" on Monday 10th December,at the Forest Road end lookout on Knocklofty, at 6pm.

Locals are invited along to meet the author and hear some of her stories about Knocklofty and what it has meant to West Hobart residents over the years.

All welcome!

The book is also available from Fullers Bookshop.


MACKAY Woman arrested for using fraudulent ID to try withdraw cash "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

MACKAY December 05, 2018 at 08:52AM ,

Woman arrested for using fraudulent ID to try withdraw cash

December 05, 2018 at 08:52AM ,

Police will allege the 31-year-old South Mackay woman went to a financial institution in Mackay city with an identity document she claimed was hers.

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MACKAY Charges linked to identity crime, Mackay "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

MACKAY December 05, 2018 at 08:30AM ,

Charges linked to identity crime, Mackay

December 05, 2018 at 08:30AM ,

She will appear in the Mackay Magistrates Court on January 8 to have the charges heard. If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131

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TRUE OPINION: Police investigating police investigating police "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

TRUE OPINION: Recent scandals in Victoria have highlighted the need for reforms in the way complaints against police are looked at. True Crime News Weekly's Melbourne correspondent, Gary Johnston, explains why it's finally time for police accountability to go further than officers simply investigating their colleagues. [READ MORE]


Media Release: Making History in fight to protect takayna / Tarkine "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"


The campaign by Bob Brown Foundation and Patagonia for the ancient, wild and threatened takayna / Tarkine has made history in the past week. Today, Australian Greens Senators Peter Whish-Wilson and Nick McKim are tabling the largest petition ever presented to the Senate. The petition Support World Heritage protection for takayna / Tarkine received over 270 000 signatures from around the world.


The Future is Not for Sale "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

[ Saturday, 8 Dec; 11:00 am; ] Concerned members of our community who are angry at the news this week that ADANI will be proceeding are invited to join a march to give voice to your concern. The Reef, Queenslands Artesian Water, the climate, the traditional owners, the environment, our young people and the future are all losers if this proceeds. Meet at [...] full article 


Subjects of the imagination: on dropping the settler pen "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

In 1857, English journalist and author Frank Fowler visited the colony of NSW and wrote with much excitement that our fictionists have fallen upon the soil of Australia, like so many industrious diggers and though merely scratching and fossicking the surface have turned up much precious and malleable stuff. Fowlers brief nineteenth-century summation of the Australian literary landscape still resonates today.


Time for South Australian MPs to show that they respect womens health and equality "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

A bill tabled in the South Australian Parliament today would promote the right of all South Australians to control their bodies by removing abortion from the states criminal statute books.

Adrianne Walters, Senior Lawyer at the Human Rights Law Centre said:

"Every single one of us should have the freedom to control our bodies and decide what is right for our lives. It is time for South Australian politicians to demonstrate their respect for womens health and equality and support the decriminalisation of abortion."

"Its outrageous that in 2018, a woman seeking access to a safe medical procedure in South Australia still has the spectre of the criminal law hanging over her head. As the recent modernisation of Queenslands abortion laws show, South Australia is out-of-step with modern community values and medical practice," said Walters.

The Bill would also create 150 metre safe access zones around hospitals and the Pregnancy Advisory Centre, which would prohibit the intimidation and harassment of women trying to access reproductive health services. Safe access zones are in place in every other jurisdiction in Australia apart from Western Australia.

"Around Australia, sensible and proportionate safe access zones have been critical to stopping the harassment, intimidation and abuse of women seeking healthcare. No person should have to run a gauntlet of abuse to see their doctor," said Walters. 

(Photo credit: Sharise Birse)

For interviews call:

Michelle Bennett, Director of Communications, Human Rights Law Centre, 0419 100 519


The Australians Green Light For Misreporting And Pushback In The #metoo Era "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

As a journalist, there are few areas that require more serious investigation, and more careful reporting, than stories on sexual violence against women. Thats always been the rule, but not the case. But in the wake of the #metoo movement, youd think journalists would be paying special attention.

Someone should probably let Chip Le Grand and The Australian newspaper know, because last week, theyve perpetrated what could be one of the most inaccurate and irresponsible pieces of #metoo reporting weve seen so far this year.

For the uninitiated, Le Grand generally reports on sport. Somehow, he got assigned to #metoo.

In a retrospective piece noting that its not just the Liberals who are imploding its also the Greens (a fair point, actually) Le Grand turns his attention to the recent furore in NSW surrounding Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham, and the allegations that he sexually assaulted former Greens staffer Ella Buckland.

Except that thats not really what Le Grand reported. Instead, he characterised the alleged assault as nothing more than an unwanted peck on the neck. Well get to that shortly, because it was preceded by other significant errors.

How can an untested allegation of serious sexual assault become the daily fodder of a state political campaign? Le Grand asked. For the Greens, the origins can be found early in the #MeToo movement, when factional rivals of NSW Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham helped facilitate the airing of a seven-year-old sexual harassment complaint against him by Ella Buckland, a former Greens research assistant.

Former NSW Greens staffer, Ella Buckland, who alleges she was sexually assaulted by Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham in 2011. (IMAGE: Supplied)

Firstly, the complaint by Ms Buckland is not seven years old. The alleged assault is. The complaint was made early this year, in April 2018.

Secondly, I dont know the inner workings of the Greens any better than I know the inner workings of the Liberals. But I do know that Ella Buckland has stated publicly, multiple times, that no-one helped facilitate her complaint. She has noted that David Shoebridge a Greens NSW MP with no love lost for Buckingham referred her to Greens hierarchy after she approached him, having seen a public social media post Shoebridge wrote in support of other alleged vict...


Want To Know Why The Far Right Is Rising? Look To Canberra. "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Anyone confused about why the far right in Australia feels emboldened should probably tune into our federal parliament some time, writes Joshua Badge.

There have always been those who are made profoundly uneasy by ethnic and cultural diversity in this country, but as White Australia began to recede in the latter half of the 20th century those most intolerant of difference found themselves on the fringes of acceptable society.

The 1960s saw the rise of the Nationalist Socialist Party of Australia, but the explicit link to Nazism proved unpopular and the party dissolved before the end of the decade. Next came the Australian National Front which campaigned for warm relations with Britain and deporting non-white immigrants, but similarly fizzled out.

By the 1980s the militant National Action supplanted these groups. Notably, a splinter group of National Action engaged in a spate of assaults and firebombing which a judge memorably called a months-long terrorist campaign. With striking candour, ASIOs 89-90 annual report concluded that the only discernible threat of politically motivated violence comes from the racist right.

Abandoning White Australia meant deserting such illiberal groups, and the public traditionally shunned far-right activity of this kind. Politicians, for their part, refused to engage with them or appeal to their sensibilities. In recent years, however, this is proving not to be the case.

At the forefront of this movement was Reclaim Australia, a protest group which held nation-wide anti-Islam demonstrations around 2015, and loosely associated with hate groups. Other organisations such as Party for Freedom claimed fame by posing for anti-Islam photo stunts and bearing signs which read multiculturalism is genocide.

Extremist groups swiftly followed, such as the neo-Nazi Antipodean Resistance which hosts radicalisation camps where members pose in front of swastikas and pledge allegiance to Hitler. Another group, the United Patriots Front, claims solidarity with...


Adani self-financing coal mine is far from the end of the story "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Contributed from Queensland

Australia does not want Adani to operate a coal mine in Australia and the Australian and Queensland governments have an obligation to respect this. The longer they continue to deny this, the lower the standing these governments will have among Australians.

It looks like they are so mesmerised by Adanis checkbook, and too bound up with protecting a dirty industry, that they cannot see past this.

Adani is an old hand, experienced in the use of bribery to obtain sweet deals. There have been allegations and more, that this card has been used in Australia. So far, what has come out is the used of gifts to politicians and junkets to India for those whose favours have been sought. If there have been more substantial brown bags under the table type corruption, we dont know, except that it has happened in other places. It its happened here too, it will come out in time.

Whatever the details, Adani has such a bad name in Australia now, that he has not even been able to get finance from the banks, which fear, that being linked to this tycoon is bad for business.

Now it seems like the same governments are falling in backward to accommodate the project. Its not good enough. The whole operation must be stopped. Campaigners against Adani agree, and they are picking up their activity.

The Australian Conservation Foundation is launching a legal challenge over the allocation of water to the mine and the waiver of full environmental assessment, given by Environment Minister Melissa Price.

Video from The Australian Conservation Foundation

This will hold things up for a while. But this is only a small part of the campaign at this point. The greatest effort will continue to be to maintain a presence on the ground and to keep on building public opinion.

Being Labor, the Queensland government is a significant problem for the party nationally. Many, and this includes the partys own base, want it and its leader Bill Shorten to come out clearly and sate a position that supports the public sentiment to stop Adani.

What the Queenslan...


The Rescue Project "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The Rescue Project is a citizen storytelling project by UNSW and Landcare Australia, and it invites the public to tell their story of environmental rescue whether that be of a tract of bush, a farm, or indeed a native animal in 500 words. Its a powerful means to express our relationship with the natural world [...] full article 


Community still fighting gas expansion in Narrabri "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Pilliga protestors. Photo supplied.

Even though almost all of the 23,000 submissions in response to the the Santos Narrabri Project were against Pilliga CSG mining going ahead, locals a still fighting to have their voice heard.

Determined to forgive ahead, Santos are laying kilometres of new pipeline to get more gas from exploration wells, royalty free, to use at the Wilga Park power station and the The North West Alliance group want to draw attention to the current gas expansion happening in Narrabri and the Pilliga State forest.

For over 10 years gas form exploration wells has been generating income for the gas company, while not paying a cent in royalties to NSW. It has been estimated millions of dollars has been missed from going towards essential areas such as hospitals and schools, all because of a legal loophole being exploited.

Just recently Santos asked the NSW Coalition Government for an extra 1000 days to prove the viability of the Pilliga Gas resource, which was granted.

The Berejiklian government went against their own departments advice to exempt the royalties.

This exploration has continued to be an open ended invitation to conduct production under the guise of exploration.

Considering the current scandals plaguing the NSW Dept of Planning, with whistleblowers leaking information on controversial mining decisions and links to alleged corruption, the North West Alliance believes that this current expansion to the Narrabri Gas project should be put on hold until an ICAC can conduct a full investigation. The integrity of the whole system is under question.


Deficient Qld state public administration is a major theme of my new book "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Sadly, Queenslanders are getting accustomed to regular stories of failures of state public administration, with two major stories this week. We have learned about the $250 million digital hospitals program cost blow out and the results of the inquiry into the botched $4.4 billion procurement of the New Generation Rollingstock (NGR) trains. Yesterday the Courier-Mail reported:

AN INQUIRY into the State Governments botched delivery of new trains worth $4.4 billion could end in a lawsuit.

Commissioner, retired judge Michael Forde said yesterday that his four-month inquiry into the projects flaws found no evidence that successive ministers or top officials had been told the train design breached disability access legislation.

But he said the inquiry exposed a lack of consultation with the disability sector.

The design issues were not raised with Transport director-general Neil Scales until 2016 three years after the contract for 75 new trains was signed with a consortium led by manufacturer Bombardier.

Its pretty hopeless and rather incredible that senior public servants were unaware of the major issues involved in a multi-billion dollar procurement. They need to be accountable for either the lack of proper stakeholder consultation conducted by their department or for what may be a shell be right culture of dismissing and not conveying bad news up the chain of command. Im surprised there arent loud calls for mass sackings of senior Transport and Main Roads bureaucrats.

Queenslands sub-standard public administration is a major theme of my new book Beautiful One Day, Broke the Next, now available for pre-order from the Connor Court website. This is a state in which weve had a water crisis, health crisis, electricity crisis, health payroll debacle, fake Tahitian prince scandal, hospitals cost blow out, rail fail and the NGR procurement snafu, among other public administration stuff ups.

There is something deeply wrong with Queenslands public administration. Partly this is due to the lack of an upper house, which was abolished in the 1920s, although Im not necessarily advocating for one to be restored. We need to strengthen the role of parliamentary committees in overseeing government business and also we need to improve the quality of the state....

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Nautius Aviation Bell 412 Helicopter VH-ZVP in Westpac Lifesaving Colours Calls into CQ Airports - Plus Yet More Photos of Water-Bombing Aircraft and Helicopters "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

On Monday 3 December, Nautilus Aviation Bell Helicopter Textron Canada 412EP helicopter VH-ZVP was photographed at Mackay Airport.  It had earlier arrived from the Sunshine Coast via stops at Gladstone and Rockhampton Airports.

VH-ZVP still wears Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter titles having operated from their Sydney base over the previous few weeks.

VH-ZVP also has a water tank attached and appears to have joined the firefighting efforts in the region with it noted using the radio callsign of "Firebird 421".

Reports suggest that bushfires have sprung up around the Carmila area near to Mackay.  At one stage late on Monday 3 December, there were as many as five water-bombing helicopters noted on the ground at Mackay Airport whether they remained there is uncertain.

Meanwhile, the smaller fixed-wind water-bombing aircraft which have been operating from Finch Hatton in recent days appear to have moved South with all four aircraft - Rockhampton-based R-Mach Aviation Ayres S2R Turbine Thrush VH-NFF "Bomber 407" and PZL Warszawa-Okecie M-18B Dromader VH-MDR "Bomber 402", along with Emerald-based Central Highlands Aerial Services (CHAS) Thrush S2R-T660 aircraft VH-PMD "Bomber 434" and VH-KCS "Bomber 435 all noted arriving into Gladstone Airport during the afternoon and evening.

Also noted flying South towards Gladstone were Stirling Helicopters (Stirling Consolidated) / Eagle Copters Leasing Bell Helicopter Textron Canada 407 helicopter VH-IBF as "Firebird 423" and the visiting New South Wales Rural Fire Service (RFS) Aerospatiale AS.350B2 Squirrel helicopter VH-NFO "Firebird 200".

Photographed arriving back into Rockhampton Airport late on Monday 3 December was Touchdown Helicopters (Wollongong) OAS Parts (Bell) UH-1H Iroquois VH-OXI as "Helitack 229".


Melbourne listings surge out of the blocks "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Listings surge

It's an easier buying environment for property seekers in one sense right now, but it's also become considerably harder to get a mortgage. 

It may be a buyer's market, but many can't afford to buy what they thought they might be able to. 

Stock listings rose in November, as they are wont to do, but the increase in listings in Melbourne has been by far the most substantial, with total stock listings running all the way up to 43,727 from 33,070 a year earlier. 

The latest figures from SQM Research are charted below, and showed that the usual November increase was noticeably more marked in Melbourne (as always, you can click on the graphics to expand them): 

In Sydney there has also been a marked increase in listings in certain regions.

Here's one such postcode, via SQM's detailed figures - a looming glut that was flagged many moons ago, and one which is clearly reflected in the Ryde sub-region experiencing the greatest fall in prices from the market peak in early-to-mid 2017. 

At last there is some stock on the market in Hobart, with a 17 per cent monthly increase to 2,427 listings, but in spite of extraordinarily low vacancy rates in the Tasmanian capital prospective investors are still finding it hard to borrow.




There are now almost daily suicide attempts among refugees on Manus Island, and no medical facilities to cope with the crisis.   The small Pacific International Hospital (PIH) at the East Lorengau compound has only one room to treat emergency patients, so there is no place to care for in-patients, so they are returned unsupervised(...)


Margaret's Gardening Notes - December "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Dear gardening friends

More rain over night and my garden, overplanted as is my custom,  is a dense mass of green growth. I was half hoping for small plum and boysenberry crops this year but looks like bumper ones again. 
The front garden has been full of flowers - self-sown or perennial. I'm planting more salvias which are really sturdy and flower extravagantly. (I have a gorgeous purple salvia near my letter box if you are walking at the top of Goulburn St. It makes me happy!).

I'm off out to stake tomatoes and net the boysenberries.  I hope you are having fun in your gardens.
Here are Greg's notes for December in WeHo:

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DECEMBER Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4
Silverbeet - punnet, pot to ground, or direct seeding x x x x
Brussel Sprouts - punnet, pot to ground or direct seeding x x x
Kale - punnet, pot to ground or direct seeding
x x x


#SaveHakeem Urgent Action Call: STOP deportation to Bahrain of Australian refugee Hakeem Al Araibi in Thailand "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Hakeem Al-Araibi has been recognised as a refugee and granted permanent protection by the Australian government. Last week, while he was in Thailand, he was taken by the Thai authorities to an immigration detention centre and told he will not be sent back to Australia.

The Thai authorities informed him that due to an Interpol red notice, he would be deported to Bahrain instead.  Today there are reports in the media that the Interpol red notice has been lifted, yet there is no clear sign of guaranteed safety and protection for Hakeem Al-Araibi by Australian and Thai state authorities or International authorities in the UN or ICRC with a  protection mandate.

Im a refugee in Australia, Im scared of the Bahraini government They will kill me. I dont know whats going to happen there. My life will end if I go to Bahrain. Hakeem Al Araibi who has been detained in Thailand.   

This is a critical case as it sets a further precedent of abuse and torture across the world, and makes us refugees more insecure about travelling outside Australia.  It violates our right to freedom of movement, life, safety and protection. RISE has emailed UNHCR Thailand, UN-CAT, The Asia Pacific refugee rights network and our team has contacted UNHCR in Thailand by phone.

We urgently request our supporters to contact Thai and Australian authorities and International agencies listed below and ask them to intervene and stop the deportation of Hakeem Al-Araibi to danger and provide him with proper support and safeguards for safe travel back to Australia.

1. Contact Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs Marise Payne
Electorate office: (02) 9687 8755
Foreign Affairs:

2. Australian Ambassador to Thailand. Paul Stephens 
Phone : 02 344 6300 (Thailand) or 1300 555 135 (Aus)

*[Also contact your local Australian embassies]

3. Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) head office in Canberra
Contact numbers
Switchboard: +61 2 6261 1111
Fax: +61 2 6261 3111

4. UNHCR Australia
Phone: 1300 361 288 (within Australia)
+61 (0)2 9262 5377 (overseas).

5. OHCHR | Convention against Torture

6. UNHCR Thailand
Phone : +66 2288 2180
Email :
Facsimile: +66 2280 0555

We should stop refugees from being deported to any country where they are likely to face harm and persecution.



Craig Kelly issue is part of the battle for the Liberals future direction "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Contributed by Ben Wilson

I didnt think Id ever be saying that Malcolm Turnbulls made a good point.  But he has, by saying that the shifty game played by Scott Morrison to keep Craig Kelly on board, a capitulation to the reactionary faction and a weak response, to the threat to a threat to move to the backbench, if he is not preselected to stand for the Liberals.

Craig Kelly does not have the support of the local Liberal Party to be endorsed to stand for the safe seat of Hughes in Sydney. I thought this might have something to do with inner party democracy. It is now clear that such feely warmy stuff is not so precious, and expendable when it no longer suits.

Scott Morrison has changed the rule, using a provision for emergency powers, so that inconvenient decisions by the member of the party that threaten the position of a sitting member can now be overturned by the leader.

Turnbull tried to get the small l Liberals to resist, but it all came to nothing. In a sense, it might be because Turnbull himself as a prisoner and weak in the face of the same people, when he was leader and prime minister.

The main reason, however, is a sense of panic has set in. With Craig Kelly on the crossbench there would be no majority, and many of them might fall down the precipice of a sudden and unwinnable election. None of them want to go out looking for another job and  personal interest triumphed over principle. This is opportunism plain and simple.

Turnbull has no reason to be fond of Kelly, who played a prominant role in his downfall, and represents the faction of Abbott, Dutton and company. Now he can call out enemies with no threat to himself. This should not stop us from recognising the truth of what he says. It is foolish not to. After all, when he is hitting out as his enemies, he is damaging those who most of us would like to see the end of.

It is certain that this game of Morrisons will have repercussions in the Liberal Parry, not only because it strengthens the hand of the most odious section within it and will anger their opponents within. The shift to top down control over preselection is not only about one seat. A precedent has been set to make it easily apply it to other seats. This has created a new battleground that will soon play out.

The fight over the Kelly preselection is intimately tied up with the war over the future political direction of the Liberal Party,  being fought from the grass roots up.

It is a sign of the disarray of a party in a political crisis, where every step it takes gets it deeper into a quagmire it finds impossible to escape. The Liberal Party is in terminal decline, at least in the sense of staying on as the government.

The point is that the longer it stays, the greater the dis...


Of radicals and rebels: a response to Why the Greens will continue to fail "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The switch from the Greens to the Victorian Socialists represents an encouraging materialist turn. But there remain reasons to be critical of the new party. In part, my scepticism stems from the same source as Tollers optimism: many people involved with the new political party are people who were convinced of the Greens a few years ago.


Gold traders await an early breakout "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Alright. So what the heck is going on with this market?

That was the question thrown at me when I arrived at a dinner party on Friday night.

Of course, most people might get a hello when they walk into a room and see their friends.

But not me or at least, not on that night.

I knew exactly what my mate was talking about. It wasnt the Aussie market. Even though that fell almost 1% on Friday.

Nope. He was talking about gold and its complete lack of price action.

Uh, you arent going to like to hear what I have to say.

Price doesnt match growing demand


Its one of the few assets where the underlying demand doesnt reflect the physical price.

I explained this just two weeks ago in the Daily Reckoning Australia. Here, the price of gold we see daily is really a result of price discovery coming from both the London Metals Bullion Association and the COMEX futures exchange.

You see, demand for the physical metal is up. But the price of gold has been falling since May.

In the three months prior to September this year, gold bar and coin investment rose 28% compared to the same period last year.

Same goes with central banks. Theyve bought 22% more in the September quarter than last year.

And yet, whats gold done?

Tumbled and then moved sideways.

As far back as June, I had been suggesting the gold price fall was part of a 10% correction. More to the point, I said it was a crucial component of a particular stage of a gold bull market.

Well, the fall played out as I predicted.

However, once the price of gold bottomed, it did, well, nothing.

Thats amongst a tetchy political backdrop increasing naval tensions in the South China Sea and the Federal Reserves continuous rate hiking. Gold has hardly moved.

If anything, the price of gold has dipped further as the US dollar has gone up.

To put it simply, normally, this sort of backdrop would boost gold.

Yet, the yellow metal is having a miserable time.

Just how much longer will it last?

Mr Squiggle attacks the charts

Alright, confession time.

Last week, as I was getting a Hard Money Trader video together for subscribers, I became a little obsessive over the gold charts.



Forgiveness and Acceptance "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

A Stuart Wilde article: Some people dont need redemption, they believe they are perfect. The rest of us need as much redemption and forgiveness...


Weird responses of righteous fury, against students who protested about about climate change "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The weirdest right-wing takes on the student climate protest , Australias free speech warriors took a righteous stand against children fighting for their future. Crikey, DEC 03, 2018   After years of apocalyptic headlines and government intransigence on climate change, the sight of thousands of high school students packing Sydneys Martin Place last Friday provided a jolt of much-needed hope for the future. Armed with loudspeakers, and some incredibly creative posters, the strike which also took place in Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Coffs Harbour, Bendigo and other city centres  represented part of a global surge of student-led climate change protests.

It also caused a surge of righteous fury among conservative politicians and commentators; a feeling that was not shared by most Australians who are more worried about climate change than ever, and increasingly are in favour of more renewable energy. Heres a selection of the responses from those who chose to take a stand against the children advocating for their future: (subscribers only)


South Australia now supplying electricity to Victoria, as wind power surges "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Victoria now relying on SA for power as wind production rises and coal plants close, Adelaide Now Daniel Wills, State Political Editor, The Advertiser December 3, 2018 Green-powered South Australia is now sending Victoria more electricity than it takes back as wind production surges, leading energy experts to warn that more storage is the key to keeping the local grid stable.............

Monday, 03 December


Fascist Vox gains foothold in Spains Andalusia regional election "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Contributed by Jim Hayes

Vox has gained 12 parliamentary seats in regional election in Andalusia on 2 December.  Andalusia is Spains southernmost region.

The result is attracting a great deal of attention, because this the first time that a Francoist party has made headway, since the end of the Franco dictatorship, which lasted from 1936 to 1975. It brings an ominous implication for the whole of Spain.

With 6.5 million residents, this is the most populous part of Spain. It is also the poorest and has the highest unemployment rate, not only of Spain, but in the whole of Europe.

Jubilation at Vox headquarters in the regional capital Sevillia.
Video from France 24


This is a traditional stronghold of the Socialist Party, which has been in government for 36 years. But its support base has been shrinking and it took a further hit at this election, resulting in the lowest vote for the party on record.

Traditional rivals, the Popular Party also took a hit, and this benefited Ciudadanos, which more than dounbled its seats to 21, and is the contender for the Popular Partys spot in the political spectrum. Indications are that a considerable part of the Socialist Party base did not even bother to vote. Only 56.5 percent of the electorate did.

Although the Socialist Party stillgained the most vots at 29 percent, and  holds the largest number of seats, 33 in the 109 seat parliament, it is 14 less than before  and not enough to form the new government. To have a chance of doing so, it will have to form an alliance with the anti-austerity party Podemos, which increased its seats from 15 to 17. This is still short of a majority, forming of a government will require some sort of deal with one of the other parties.

The alternative is a Popular Party and Cuidadanos led government, which brings Vox into the coalition or some other form of agreement.

In answer to the dilemma, the Socialists hav appealed to the Popular Party and Ciudadanos not to sell their souls to the fascists and help build a wall against the threat they pose. Podemos has made a similar call. The Popular party and Cuidadanos are signalling that they do indeed want to bringing Vox although this does come with a measure of hesitation. The risk is being branded as pro-fascist, and this could lead to new divisions within and loss of more of the support base.

Behind this situation, is the falling standing of traditional politics and political parties. A large part of the population is looking for alternatives. Driving this, is the failure of govern...


Journalist John Pilger organises film festival "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

This 29 November 2018 video from Australia says about itself:

Video featuring The Power of the Documentary on ABC News

Power of the Documentary is a film festival curated by John Pilger and in association with the Museum of Contemporary Art, featuring 26 different documentaries.

Video Credit: ABC News Weekend Breakfast, Journalist Miram Corowa.

By Richard Phillips in Australia:

Well-paid journalists have become gormless cyphers of the propaganda of war

John Pilger discusses his The Power of Documentary film festival

3 December 2018

Veteran investigative journalist, documentary filmmaker and author, John Pilger, is currently hosting a special film festival in Australia. Entitled The Power of the Documentary: Breaking the Silence, the festival is on at Riverside Theatres in the western-Sydney suburb of Parramatta and at the Museum of Contemporary Art at Circular Quay in central Sydney. It will run until December 9.

Curated by Pilger, the festival is screening 26 films, including a number of his own documentaries, several significant works by Australian filmmakers and three foundational films from the US and Britain.

Pilger, who has made 62 documentaries since 1970, is one of a handful of journalists internationally who vigorously defends WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. On June 17, he addressed a rally in Sydney organised by the Socialist Equality Party (Australia) to demand Assanges immediate release.

Some of the early Pilger films to be screened include: The Quiet Mutiny, his first documentary for British television; The Outsiders, which features interviews with war correspondents, such as Wilfred Burchett and Martha Gellhorn, and other individuals in 1983; and The Last Dream: Other Peoples Wars (1988), about the history of...


Australian gov't orders royal commission into police misconduct scandal "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The Victorian government has called a royal commission into a police misconduct scandal that has potentially jeopardised at least 22 convictions including that of underworld figure Tony Mokbel. Some of the most notorious criminals in Australia received letters on Monday telling them that their lawyer had acted as a police informant in what the high court has described as an "atrocious" case of police misconduct that undermined the integrity of the justice system. Mokbel, who was jailed for 22 years in 2012 for drug trafficking, is among those who could be making a bid for freedom following revelations their lawyer was passing information on to Victoria police between 2005 and 2009, in breach of client confidentiality. Victoria police and the lawyer involved have been trying for three years to prevent the disclosure of the informant's identity to their underworld clients, with police arguing in court that if the information were disclosed "the risk of death [to the lawyer] would...


Woman Pulls Porcupine Quills From Ravens Face "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

It is rare for any wild animal to let a human get close to it, let alone touch it. However, when a young raven was attacked by a porcupine, the bird seemed to understand the only way he would survive was if he let a human intervene. Gertie Cleary says she spotted the young raven []

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