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Monday, 03 December

23:24

Big Coal And Friends On Track To Shut Down Your Climate Activism "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

A major case opening today in a Queensland court could have profound implications for climate activists around the country. Julie Macken explains.

The term, climate crisis is now the most commonly used descriptor when discussing global warming. Extreme weather events, firestorms, heat waves, flooding rain, loss of ice, snow and species are rightly seen within the frame of an emergent climate crisis. But if we are really witnessing a climate crisis one with the potential to destroy our way of life and end our lives how should we respond as a community?

This is a question being tested in Australias classrooms and Parliament right now and later today, in fact. The Queensland Supreme Court will be asked to decide whether, despite this crisis, it is reasonable for a large corporation to dictate how the community should be allowed to use social media to try and prevent this crisis.

The background to the case is this. Aurizon, the rail freight company formerly owned by the Government of Queensland, has been targeted by a number of individuals and communities because it plays a key role in the coal industry managing the 2,670 km Central Queensland coal network. It is also critical to Indian mining company Adanis plans to ship coal from the proposed Carmichael mine to Abbott Point, as Adani plans to build a 200km line that will connect to Aurizons existing Goonyella and Newlands rail network.

Without Aurizon there is no Adani mine.

One of those groups protesting the proposed Adani mine, and Aurizons involvement in the expansion of the coal industry, is a small community group called FLAC Front Line Action on Coal. Unlike the large environmental NGOs, FLAC is still committed to supporting people who take direct action to prevent the expansion of the coal industry and they have had some serious successes of late.

So much so that Aurizon has taken the extraordinary action of getting interim orders against FLAC. Those orders include prohibiting FLAC from inciting anyone by Facebook, website, and Twitter to enter rail corridors across Aurizons network or interfering with any of the companys coal trains.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk shakes hands with Gautam Adani, Port of Townsville, 6 December 2016. (IMAGE: AAP)

On Tuesday the Supreme Court will be asked to make these inte...

22:23

Andrews statement about Royal Commission into Informants "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

...the Victorian public has a right to know that every part of the justice system acts fairly and lawfully at all times. Daniel Andrews - Premier Really Dan. Police forces cannot operate without information. That information often comes from informants. If I was providing information to the police right now,...

21:48

LPG gas cylinders made this truck into a mobile bomb "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Victoria's coroner has released this video. Makes you think.

19:06

Guams invasive bird-destroying snake less unique than thought "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The highly toxic brown tree snake, which has killed off most of the native birds on the Pacific island of Guam, was once thought to have its own distinctive venom. However, scientists have now proven that other snakes are armed with the same poison. In a recent study in the Journal of Molecular Evolution, biologists compared the venom of brown tree snakes (Boiga irregularis) to that of five other types of cat-eye snakes. The team extracted the molecular blueprint of each venom and analyzed the genetic components. The entire cat-eye snake family shares a particularly potent toxin called irditoxin, the researchers found. The dog-toothed cat snake (Boiga cynodon) is found primarily in Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore and the Philippines. Photo courtesy of Zleng, Flickr. This toxin that was thought to be unique to the brown tree snake is actually much more widely made, said Bryan Fry, a toxicologist at the University of Queensland in Australia and the studys senior author. From there, that allowed us to infer that this is what allowed the cat-eye snakes to be such an explosive group. The cat-eye snake evolved in Africa and underwent a rapid explosion in diversity. Several species now flourish across Southeast Asia, India and Australia, including the dog-toothed cat snake, the gold-ringed cat snake, the black mangrove snake, the black-headed cat snake and the common cat snake. This success is attributable to the snakes irditoxin, the researchers believe. Irditoxin is classified as a three-finger toxin (3FTx) protein, which originated over 100 million

19:00

Xi Jinping Visits Nations of Southeast Asia "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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The Chinese leaders one-week tour began on 15 November and included visits to Papua New Guinea, Brunei and the Philippines. These countries are situated in a region that has borne witness to clearly heightened tensions, on various fronts, between the two world powers, the USA and China.

The escalations are particularly noticeable on the backdrop of the slowdown in positive developments previously achieved on the Korean Peninsula. And although the inter-Korean dialogue continues (in guerilla warfare style), the two main players involved in the Korean issue (i.e. the United States and PRC) seemingly cannot find the answer to the question of what happens next.

It is difficult to envision positive developments in the northern part of a region engulfed in a power struggle between the USA and China, especially when tensions are escalating in its southern parts. A place, where the rivalry, between China and the US Australian tandem, to exert influence over the island states of the Pacific Ocean is becoming more noticeable.

An important step towards strengthening the position of Australia and the US in the region was the announcement that their joint military base is to be constructed in Papua New Guinea. The news came on the eve of Xi Jinpings arrival in its capital, Port Moresby.

The fact that the United States (together with Japan, Australia, and possibly India) started working on the planning stages of a project, meant to rival the New Silk Road, in recent months served as further proof of the worsening political climate in the region. Over the last few months, Western media outlets have not tired of reporting on the shortcomings of the Chinese initiative, which have allegedly become apparent in Malaysia and Pakistan.

Attempts are being made to pour new (trade and economic) wine into the old wineskins of the initiative to create the Asian NATO (with its core constituted by the USA, Japan, Australia and India). The wine is being used to try and win over the right, from China, to exert influence over the nations in the Indian and Pacific Oceans. Brunei and the Philippines are among such countries.

Evidence of acute tensions, engulfing the region, came in both subtle and open, back and forth verbal attacks,...

16:30

Young Australian climate activists interviewed "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

This 29 November 2018 video says about itself:

Thousands of students join climate protest

Australian students have gone on strike from school and have converged on urban and regional centres demanding the government take action on climate change.

From the World Socialist Web Site in Australia:

Australia: Newcastle participants in high school climate strike speak out

By our reporters

3 December 2018

Last Friday, around 2,000 high school students in Newcastle, a New South Wales port city 160 kilometres north of Sydney, took part in a national strike against the refusal of governments to address climate change.

Like rallies on the same day in Sydney, Melbourne and other areas, the Newcastle protest was attended by high school students of varying ages, along with parents and teachers.

In addition to expressing their anger over environmental destruction, students spoke out against war, social inequality and the turn to authoritarianism. Newcastle has been hard hit by decades of job cuts, and the closure of entire industries. As in other regional centres, youth face a future of insecure and casual work, unemployment and associated social problems.

Part of the Newcastle rally

Campaigners from the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (IYSSE) at Newcastle University distributed hundreds of statements at the protest, explaining that climate change is the product of a systemic crisis of the global capitalist system and calling for a turn to the working class.

The IYSSE stre...

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14:03

Sydney unit approvals dropping like a stone "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Approvals drop

Sydney apartment approvals were some 36 per cent lower than a year earlier in October, and are falling away fast. 

With new unit sales to mainland Chinese and other domestic investors now all but frozen up, the construction cycle at Sydney is rapidly coming to an end. 

The Grattan Institute and others have pointed out that with today's higher levels of population growth Sydney may revert to a dwelling undersupply position more quickly than was in the case in previous cycles. 

Sydney drove the weaker unit approvals result for October, but the trend softness is now spilling over to almost every other capital city...


...except for one: Hobart. 

Hobart has a chronically undersupplied housing market - flirting on the verge of a rental crisis - and detached house approvals in the Tasmanian capital have at least risen to the highest level across the data series. 

Even here, though, a lack of investor access to credit has stymied the supply response for apartments. 


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13:51

Home values -3.8pc so far in 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Home values slide in 2018

When I last appeared on the Business Insider podcast back in May I noted that Sydney houses seemed to be transacting at prices roughly 10 per cent lower than at their frenzied peak period of early 2017. 

I've no clue how my smattering of anecdotes translate into a hedonic home value market index, to be honest, but CoreLogic's monthly result does now show median house prices 9 per cent lower year-on-year for Sydney, and apartments in the harbour city down 5 per cent to a median value of of $721,265. 

At a macro level, that seems to make some sense. 

The weakest sub-regions in Sydney, perhaps unsurprisingly, included supply-responsive Ryde (-12 per cent), Sutherland (-11 per cent), Parramatta (-10 per cent), and the inner south-west (-9 per cent). 

And therein, the premium end of the market, which tends to be the most volatile, has driven the bulk of the price falls to date. 

In Melbourne house prices are down 7 per cent from a year earlier, with price changes elsewhere relatively modest (booming Hobart excepted).

Nationally home values over the year-to-date are down by -3.8 per cent. 

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13:21

Delegation to meet developer "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

cokeworks meeting

Part of the crowd at the Sunday meeting in Corrimal

ALMOST 100 residents attended a meeting to discuss the proposed residential development proposal for the former Corrimal coke works site on Sunday.

The developer has received approval from the Department of Planning to put the re-zoning plans back before council with no changes to the original demand for over 700 new homes on the site.  They have, however, been required to revise their flood and ecological studies, their traffic impact study and contamination remediation plan. They also have to complete an Aboriginal cultural heritage study, and conservation management and geomorphological plans.

Spokesperson for Corrimal Community Action Group are calling for a guarantee that the site will be decontaminated, that increased traffic issues are dealt with, environmental and flooding concerns addressed, plus safe pedestrian and cycleway access included before the re-zoning and development proceeds.

Corrimal Community Action Group spokesperson Anne Marett said a delegation will meet with the developer on Tuesday this week from 9.30am to 11.30am outside Corrimal Community Centre in Short Street.

The Corrimal Community Action Group will ta...

11:47

Conair Aviation (Canada) Avro RJ-85 C-GVFK "Bomber 165" Calls into Rockhampton Airport - Plus Yet More Photos of Aircraft and Helicopters in Support of Bushfire Fighting Efforts Over the Weekend "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Over this weekend, local and interstate firefighters continued to battle fierce bushfires in various parts of Central Queensland.  They were again supported by many fixed wing aircraft and helicopters which completed many water-drops over the region and were even credited with saving many buildings.


During the afternoon on Saturday 1 December, Conair Aviation (Canada) British Aerospace BAe 146 / Avro RJ-85 C-GVFK "Bomber 165" was noted arriving into Rockhampton Airport after flying up direct from RAAF Base Amberley.


In recent days, it has been operating out of Amberley assisting with water-drops over bushfires on Stradbroke Island.

C-GVFK didn't stay in CQ for long - it is photographed departing to its base at RAAF Base Richmond early on Sunday 2 December.



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11:43

RAAF Challenger 604 Bizjet A37-002 Calls into Mackay Airport - Plus More Alliance Airlines Fokker Jet Charters Transporting Interstate Firefighters "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

On Monday 3 December, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Canadair CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604 bizjet A37-002 was noted visiting Mackay Airport.  It looked to touch down from Canberra via the Gold Coast.

A RAAF Challenger at Mackay Airport  (File photo)

After almost an hour on the ground, A37-002 returned to the Gold Coast.

A37-002 was heard to be using the radio callsign of "Regent 64".

Meanwhile, as with the last few days, again on Monday 3 December, there were yet more charter flights in and out of Central Queensland Airports presumably transporting interstate firefighters in and out of the fire-zones.

Alliance Airlines Fokker F-70 VH-JFE was noted visiting Gladstone Airport.  It arrived from Wagga Wagga and Canberra as UTY566.  VH-JFE then continued to Rockhampton Airport as UTY567 before returning to Gladstone Airport as UTY991.  It then departed and returned to Canberra again as UTY567.

Fellow Alliance Airlines Fokker F-70 VH-QQX was also noted visiting Gladstone Airport but from Dubbo in New South Wales as UTY562.  It later returned to Dubbo but as UTY563.

Photo taken by 'AC'  

11:23

A QantasLink Dash-8 and More Alliance Airlines Fokker Jet Charter Flights Carry Interstate Firefighters in and out of CQ Airports "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

On Sunday 2 December, there were more charter flights in and out of Central Queensland Airports presumably transporting interstate firefighters in and out of the fire-zones.

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Early on Sunday, QantasLink Dash-8-Q300 VH-TQZ was noted visiting Rockhampton Airport.  It arrived from Armidale in New South Wales as QLK2294 before departing to Sydney as QLK2711.

File photo

Later, Alliance Airlines Fokker F-100 VH-XWR was noted visiting Bundaberg Airport.  It arrived from Sydney and RAAF Base Williamtown near Newcastle as UTY562.  VH-XWR later returned to Williamtown and Sydney as UTY563.

While fellow Alliance Airlines Fokker F-70 VH-QQX was also noted visiting Bundaberg Airport.  It arrived from Port Macquarie and Coffs Harbour in New South Wales as UTY566.  VH-QQX later returned to Coffs Harbour and Port Macquarie as UTY567.

Finally, late on Sunday 2 December, a nice corporate turboprop in the form of Austrek Aviation Beech B200 Super King Air VH-ZGD was noted arriving into Mackay Airport from its Toowoomba base via Archerfield.  It later departed to Gladstone Airport before returning to Archerfield.

Photo taken by Simon Coates 

10:22

Who do the police work for? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"


MANY people may be of the erroneous belief that the police work for them (the tax payers), or even are members of the 'public service'.

Why even the Victorian Government washed its hands of police, especially when it came to coughing up for compensation.

See article from The Age publication at:

Every state or territory may have its legal peculiarities with regards to its police force.

In Victoria the police have been corporatised since 2013, i.e. (officially) since the Victoria Police Act 2013, where every 'job' has a cost associated with it.

See the current Victoria Police Fees & Charges document within the pdf:

Apparently in Western Australia the police are not even a legal entity:


Let's take a look at a common example of a 'common law' criminal action of theft.

We've obtai...

08:02

Nuclear authorities planning for NUCLEAR PROCESSING at Kimba or Hawker dump site! "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

10,000 CSIRO barrels are stacked decaying within the Woomera Protected Area; & back in 2016 $29 million was budgeted for re-mediation.
CSIRO has been contacted numerous times by different folk seeking information about how that was progressing no answer has been the firm reply..

Well, Senator Rex Patrick recently released some documents he obtained under FOI, & within those we find, from an August 2017 DIIS facilitated meeting with very senior officers from CSIRO, ARPANSA, & Department of Defence :
CSIRO estimates they have 10,000 drums of radioactive waste stored at Woomera. Initial reports indicate these drums represent 80% LLW and 20% ILW. There is both chemical and radiological waste, often mixed together. They have been directed by ARPANSA to undertake measures to characterise, separate, process as appropriate, and repackage. [my caps] HOWEVER, IT IS NOT POSSIBLE TO UNDERTAKE SUCH MEASURES WITHIN THE BOUNDS OF THE CURRENT STORAGE FACILITY AT WOOMERA p17
. then on p18
Preparing any appropriate part of the CSIRO waste at Woomera for transport to the NRWMF once we have clarity on what that facility will deal with (eg. LLW processing, ILW storage)

So, at August 2017, we have the bosses of Federal agencies flagging the PROCESSING OF RADIOACTIVE WASTE...

05:46

Royal Commission into Victoria Police scandal welcome, but lawyers and experts call for immediate police accountability reforms "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Lawyers and advocates from across Victoria have welcomed the Andrews Government announcement of a Royal Commission into police misconduct, but say the Andrews Government should immediately establish an independent Police Corruption & Misconduct Division within IBAC.

The High Court of Australia today ruled that:

Victoria Police were guilty of reprehensible conduct...and were involved in sanctioning atrocious breaches of the sworn duty of every police officer to discharge all duties imposed on them faithfully and according to law..."

The Governments announcement today does not diminish its responsibility to act immediately to implement the recommendations of the IBAC Committee report to establish an independent police complaints unit within IBAC, said  Anthony Kelly from the Police Accountability Project. Implementation should happen now before the Commission gets underway.

In welcoming the Royal Commission, Jeremy King, Principal Lawyer with Robinson Gill lawyers, emphasised that Victorians deserve a police force they can trust.

The highest court of Australia has described the actions of Victoria Police as reprehensible. More than ever, Victoria needs strong police accountability mechanisms. This Government should not delay implementing the Parliamentary Committees recommendations to overhaul the police accountability system. IBAC must be strengthened and properly resourced in order to prevent police misconduct of this scale from happening again, said Jeremy King, Principal Lawyer of Robinson Gill.

In light of these High Court findings regarding the Gangland legal scandal,  the need for just this sort or empowered independent investigative body becomes even more clear, says Mr Kelly. Cabinet must act to implement this new division of IBAC immediately.

In September this year the Victorian Parliament published the  joint parliamentary report from a two year inquiry into the investigation and oversight of police misconduct and corruption, which  found serious problems with the existing internal investigative model.

The report made 69 detailed recommendations to strengthen Victorias police accountability system and address systemic misconduct and cultural issues within Victoria Police. This included creating a Police Corruption & Misconduct Division within IBAC.

Ruth Barson, a Director of Legal Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre, said that it is in the public interest to to have an independent investigative body so that police are not investigating police.

This case touches the highest levels of Victoria Police. While this is an extreme case its not an isolated example of police misconduct. To ensure we have a police force we can trust and have confidence in, Premier Andrews must commit to a r...

05:32

Asia markets rally on US-China trade detente "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Equities and renminbi climb, while oil jumps on Russia-Saudi Arabia co-operation

US, China reach 90-day ceasefire in their trade dispute

Donald Trump listens to Xi Jinping speak during their bilateral meeting at the G20 Summit on Saturday, in Buenos Aires AP

Equities rally on US-China trade detente Oil surges after Putin agrees to co-operate Renminbi jumps, dollar dips Analysts temper optimism Hot topic Asia-Pacific equities rallied, the Chinese renminbi rose and the dollar eased as markets reacted to the temporary truce in the US-China trade dispute struck by Donald Trump and Xi Jinping in Buenos Aires on Saturday.

The moves came after the US agreed to not increase tariffs on more than $200bn of Chinese goods from 10 per cent to 25 per cent in January, as had been planned. However, analysts were wary about how long the positive market response will last. Imposition of no new tariffs is not the same as retracing the existing tariffs that have come into play this year, said Kerry Craig, a JPMorgan Asset Management strategist.

The ideology behind the trade tensions is still about strategic positioning of the two economies, which means until issues around technology transfer and IP [intellectual property] are resolved, nerves will persist, Mr Craig added. According to ING economist Iris Pang, an escalation in trade tension was the key risk to China in 2019 and still seems like the most probable scenario.

This will hurt exporters, manufacturing and logistics services, therefore slowing economic growth directly, Ms Pang said.

Equities Equities rallied across Asia on the news of the US-China trade detente, and got an additional boost by a surge in oil prices after Russia signalled it would continue to co-operate with Saudi Arabia on managing production.

In China, the CSI 300 index of major stocks in Shenzhen and Shanghai climbed 2.7 per cent, while Hong Kongs Hang Seng index gained 1.9 per cent and the Hang Seng China Enterprises index of major Chinese stocks listed in the city was up 2.3 per cent.

The S&P/ASX 200 in Sydney was 1.5 per cent higher while Tokyos Topix added 1.4 per cent. Forex The dollar lost ground to its Asia-Pacific peers. The onshore Chinese renminbi exchange rate, which moves within a trading band of 2 per cent either side of a daily mid point set by the Peoples Bank of China, was up 0.4 per cent at Rmb6.9254 per dollar.

The offshore rate was 0.4 per cent higher at Rmb6.9210.

The Australian dollar, which is seen as exposed to regional trading volumes, gained 0.6 per cent to $0.7356 a...

04:07

Victoria Police ran a defence lawyer as an informant, while she was representing clients charged by police "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Keystone cops. 600 crims have now been notified that their convictions could be tainted. Big name crooks too. Unbelievable - if it had happened anywhere other than Victoria. Here's today's High Court judgement ordering that suppression orders be lifted. Gets to the meaty bits about half a dozen pages in....

00:19

Metal-Based Field Emission Air Channel Transistor (ACT) Could Keep Moore's Law Going 20 More Years "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

New Metal-Air Transistor Replaces Semiconductors

[Researchers] at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia, believe a metal-based field emission air channel transistor (ACT) they have developed could maintain transistor doubling for another two decades.

The team has developed a functional proof of concept and is currently working to improve stability and efficiency.

"Unlike conventional transistors that have to sit in silicon bulk, our device is a bottom-to-top fabrication approach starting with a substrate. This enables us to build fully 3D transistor networks, if we can define optimum air gaps," says Shruti Nirantar, lead author of a paper on the new transistor published this month in Nano Letters [DOI: 10.1021/acs.nanolett.8b02849] [DX]. "This means we can stop pursuing miniaturization, and instead focus on compact 3D architecture, allowing more transistors per unit volume."

[...] Looking further ahead, she points out that the theoretical speed of an ACT is in the terahertz range, some 10 thousand times as fast as the speed at which current semiconductor devices work.

The approach also has a number of compelling advantages over traditional silicon semiconductors including far fewer processing steps, simpler fabrication on any dielectric surface, and better resistance to radiation.

Narantir concludes:

"With [industry] help and sufficient research funding, there is the potential to develop commercial-grade field emission air-channel transistors within the next decadeand that's a generous timeline. With the right partners, this could happen more quickly."


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Sunday, 02 December

23:41

Wild At Heart "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"



Recently I returned to the film Wild At Heart, which has been a favourite since I first used a fake ID to buy tickets to see it at the cinema

I remembered an idea to use lines from the film in a song and added them to lyrics about how I met my partner, Jo:


Thinking back to when we met
years ago but I cant forget
a staring woman, I couldnt ignore her
you later told me you could see my aura

After that I kept seeing you in town
seemed like you were always around
you then confessed it was engineering
inventing ways so that you could be near me

It wasnt easy but you persisted
your thoughtful charm overcame my resistance
you opened my mind with the things you said
then found a way into my bed


This whole worlds wild at heart and weird on top
If youre truly wild at heart you wont turn away from your dreams
 

There we were talking in the dark
I touched your arm and I felt a spark
a fairy tale cliche but I do believe
then I knew you were the one for me

It was strange how I became bewitched
and it was like our roles then switched
I asked you to marry me you said get in line
youre here for a good time not a long time

This whole worlds wild at heart and weird on top
If youre truly wild at heart you wont turn away from your dreams
This whole worlds wild at heart and weird on top
If youre truly wild at heart dont run away from love

22:04

Last week Australias kids unleashed a political shock wave "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Contributed by Joe Montero

When on Friday 30 November, big numbers of Australias school kids didnt turn up for class and tens of thousands of them marched in the streets of 30 cities and regional centres, demanding the politicians act on climate change, it sent a shock wave through the corridors of power.

Life for the big polluters and those who cover for them has bee made that much more difficult.

The government is acutely aware of the implications of the young turning against it. This is why prime minister Scott Morrison came out and patronisingly spriuked that kids should be at school and not protesting. By doing this, of course, he inadvertently made sure the effect was the opposite to what he intended. The word got around, went down the wrong way, and made sure more took part than may otherwise have.

Although the strike was initiated by students at Castlemaine in Victoria, the organisational force was provided by the Australian Youth Climate Coalition, which has an incredible 150,000 members. Many more than any political party. But it was the school students from primary and secondary schools that did the work to pull it off.

Kids rally in Sydney

So many taking part suggests that this age group as a whole, cares deeply about the issue, and this is creating a new generation of activists.

Morrisons inept display took place, because the spread and strength of the passion coming from Australias school kids has caught him and his people by surprise, and because the crisis ridden government heading for an election, is increasingly reacting in panic mode, rather than a worked out strategy.

Kids walking out and protesting in such numbers has a longer term and more serious implication. They are the future and what they are doing is an indication of a seismic shift in generational political attitudes. a sign of what is coming.

Video from  7 News

Years of failure to address the question i...

21:30

A DOSE OF HADLEY 101! Father & son united in trouble as radio loudmouth Ray Hadleys errant cop son Daniel ratted out as repeat cocaine buyer "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

EXCLUSIVE: Former Police Officer of the Year, Daniel Hadley, has quit the NSW police force in disgrace in the wake of his sensational cocaine arrest following a sting by the force's internal anti-corruption squad. It comes as his alleged drug dealer has outed him as a "repeat cocaine buyer". All the while, his loudmouth 'tough-on-drugs' shock jock dad, Ray Hadley, has remained on the air. True Crime News Weekly takes a close look at the trajectory and troubles of father and son. [READ MORE]

18:06

Why is Scott Morrison protecting Hillsong Pastor Brian Houston? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

There are four videos in this article in Independent Australia on-line

 

Independent Australia

 

Why is Scott Morrison protecting Hillsong Pastor Brian Houston?

Prime Minister Scott Morrison (right) and his mentor, Pentecostal Hillsong Church Leader Brian Houston (Screenshots via YouTube)

The PM remains mute as his mentor, Pentecostal Pastor Brian Houston, is investigated for covering up child sexual abuse but demands Muslim leaders take responsibility for their communities criminal behaviour, writes Dr Jennifer Wilson.

IN HIS MAIDEN SPEECH, current Prime Minister Scott Morrison referred to evangelical Christian and Hillsong Church leader, Brian Houston, as his mentor.

The Prime Minister thanked Houston for his support and encouragement.

While Morrison no longer attends Hillsong, he does attend Horizon  another Pentecostal church that along with Hillsong is affiliated with Australian Christian Churches, the Australian branch of the.........

18:00

The criminalisation of abortion ends in Queensland: spotlight turns to SA and NSW "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Queensland women will finally have the freedom to decide what is right for their bodies with the Termination of Pregnancy Act 2018 coming into force today.

From today, abortion will no longer be a crime. Any person who is pregnant will now have control over determining whether an abortion is right for them up to 22 weeks pregnancy. Thereafter, two doctors will need to consider whether an abortion is appropriate.

Safe access zones around abortion clinics also become law today. Similar laws in Victoria and New South Wales have been critical in stopping the harassment and abuse of women trying to see their doctor at reproductive health clinics.

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. Its fantastic to see this become a reality in Queensland for the many women each year who need to consider an abortion. We congratulate the Queensland Government for driving this critical reform, said Walters

These vital reforms in Queensland bring into sharp focus just how outdated and harmful criminal abortion laws are in other parts of Australia, particularly New South Wales and South Australia, said Walters

South Australias criminal abortion laws will come under the spotlight next week, with a bill to reform the states outdated abortion laws being introduced into Parliament on Wednesday.

Its outrageous that in 2018, womens access to a safe medical procedure is still controlled by criminal laws in South Australia. It is time for South Australian politicians to demonstrate their respect for womens health and equality and support the decriminalisation of abortion, said Walters.

New South Wales has the most archaic laws in Australia abortion is criminalised by laws written 118 years ago. While the New South Wales Labor Party has committed to decriminalising abortion, the Government has been silent.

Every day, women in New South Wales and South Australia are treated as second class citizens when it comes to accessing healthcare because of the criminalisation of abortion. These laws are hopelessly out of step with modern community values, medical practice and common sense, said Walters. 

For interviews call:

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

 

16:57

UK: Ineffective flu vaccine contributed to 50,000 extra deaths last winter - ONS "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The flu vaccine's failure to protect against some of the key strains of the infection contributed to more than 50,000 "extra" deaths in England and Wales last winter, according to data from the Office of National Statistics. It was the worst winter on record for more than 40 years, with the 1975-76 season being the last time deaths climbed so high above the expected levels. The NHS was rocked by a record winter crisis in early 2018, with a massive rise in flu cases and sub-zero temperatures triggered by the Beast from the East storm, which added further to death rates. Despite protecting against the potentially serious "Aussie flu", officials said in January that the vaccine which had been widely used was not effective against some of the more prevalent strains of the virus affecting the UK. Comment: The flu vaccine is more likely to be an aggravator of the deaths.

16:11

Journey into Obsolescence: Australias Adani Carmichael Mining Project "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The Carmichael mine being pursued in the Galilee Basin in Central Queensland is a dinosaur before its creation.  On paper, it is hefty to be some five times the size of Sydney harbour, the largest in Australia and one

The post Journey into Obsolescence: Australias Adani Carmichael Mining Project appeared first on Global Research.

15:01

Australian Parliament Should Back Refugee Emergency Care Bill "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Expand Protesters holding banners march in Sydney to urge the Australian government to end the refugee crisis on Manus Island on November 4, 2017. 2017 PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images Australian members of parliament (MPs) have the chance before year's end to address one of most egregious impacts of Australia's harsh border policies by backing a bill to give [...]

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12:39

Not-A-Poll: Best State Premiers Of The Last 40 Years: Round 2 Results And Runoffs "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

For the past few months the mostly hopelessly socialist heathen who come here to admire the colour scheme have been involved in the selection of best state premiers of the last 40 years.  This month saw the runoff stage for those states that were not resolved in round 1 by absolute majority, and also the start of the consolation prize round for Coalition premiers.

We are not yet ready to proceed to the grand final stage because some young chap called Andrews was involved in a real election and I feared this could contaminate the vote.  The Victorian runoff will be in February to get a little distance from this result and meanwhile we can continue eliminating Coalition premiers.

In the meantime the winners of four of the remaining states and territories have been decided:

NSW Neville Wran 152 defeated Bob Carr 50
Queensland Wayne Goss 122 defeated Peter Beattie 73
Tasmania Jim Bacon 105 defeated Lara Giddings 84
ACT Katy Gallagher 119 defeated Jon Stanhope 52

These join Don Dunstan and Clare Martin in the final runoff series, which is scheduled to begin in March.

For Western Australia, Geoff Gallop and Carmen Lawrence tied on 97 votes apiece.  Normally I declare a tiebreaking procedure (which in the past has been firstly the leader on primaries at the last stage at which there wasn't a tie, and failing that the leader who was least recently in office wins).  However in this case I did not do this, so there is a runoff for Western Australia, and if there is a tie again the above will be applied.  The WA runoff will run for two months for sample size reasons, this being a quiet time of year.

As for the Coalition premiers and Chief Ministers, the following was the Round1 result for their runoff:

 
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12:20

150 celebrations explode expectations. Now what? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

THE OLD town recovered its mojo. For the best part of a week anyway. It was like 50 years ago, when you didnt know everyone...

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12:10

Former locals on loan hark back to headier times "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

THEY RETURNED, they remembered, they compared, they revelled and then they returned whence they came. Cunnamullas emigres were on brief loan during the four-day 150...

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12:05

Da boys on mobility scooters start something "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

LADS FEELING their oats tend to want flex with muscle cars, even if their L and P plates dont permit it. But a few in...

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Thursday, 29 November

09:05

Media Release: ADANI ELECTION CHALLENGE. "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Environmentalist Bob Brown says his foundation will take up the Adani gauntlet and organise a cavalcade of cars from Hobart to the Central Queensland mine site in time for the next federal election.

Todays announcement of a go-ahead for the mine, before final state and federal process is complete, is Adani responding to the Morrison government wanting an early go-ahead. This decision was made by billionaire Guatam Adani in India who has no idea of the Australian peoples loathing of his mine monster. Adani also has no concept of how negatively the Morrison stunt, of holding up a lump of coal in parliament, went down in the average Australian household, Brown said.

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