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Monday, 20 February

22:41

Aust on target to eliminate hep C by 2026 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The new treatment is administered as a course of pills that is consumed for three months. Image by Rodrigo Senna https://www.flickr.com/photos/negativz/

The new treatment is administered as a course of pills that is consumed for three months. Image by Rodrigo Senna https://www.flickr.com/photos/negativz/

Australia is on target to eliminate hepatitis C within 10 years due to the rapid uptake of a curative antiviral treatment program since its listing on the pharmaceutical benefits scheme (PBS) a year ago.

A Kirby Institute report released on Tuesday supports predictions made by doctors last year that the infectious disease would be eliminated as a major public health threat by 2026.

The report shows more than 30,000 patients out of the 230,000 Australians living with chronic hep C were treated with the direct-acting antiviral (DAA) drugs in 2016.

Professor Greg Dore, head of the Kirby Institutes Viral Hepatitis Clinical Research Program, says its been a great start which has given Australia a unique opportunity to become the first country to eliminate a major infectious disease through treatment intervention.

Providing Australians living with hep C ongoing access to effective, well-tolerated medications will help curb transmission of the virus, reduce rates of liver disease, and eliminate hep C as a major public health issue within a decade, Prof Dore said.

The report also highlights an encouraging increase in the proportion of patients being treated by general practitioners.

As we move forward treatment really needs to be provided where the people are, in rural areas and in community settings, because the liver clinics already have their hands very full, said the CEO of Hepatitis NSW Stuart Loveday.

The new treatment is administered as a course of pills that is consumed for three months and has a 90 per cent cure rate.

If left untreated hep C can damage the liver, causing liver scarring that can lead to liver failure or cancer.

Currently 20 per cent of Australians living with the disease remain undiagnosed.

Mr Loveday says the report is pleasing but more work needs to be done to eliminate hep C.

This includes increasing treatment for marginalised people, including those who are incarcerated, indigenous Australians, and people who inject drugs.

The reports release coincided with the avai...

22:36

NSW Labor push for medicinal cannabis "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

NSW Labor is pushing for the decriminalisation of cannabis. (file pic)

NSW Labor is pushing for the decriminalisation of cannabis. (file pic)

The NSW opposition will push to decriminalise medicinal cannabis for people with conditions including cancer, HIV and multiple sclerosis.

The bill, which Labor hopes to introduce into parliament this week, would allow medically certified sufferers and their carers to carry small amounts of cannabis up to 15 grams.

Labor leader Luke Foley says it would mean people with serious or terminal conditions could ease their pain without being treated like criminals.

This is about restoring dignity to those people seeking temporary relief from the pain and suffering of their affliction, he said on Tuesday.

Seeking respite from relentless and unwavering illness should not be a criminal offence. It should be met with sympathy and support.

People eligible for medicinal cannabis would need certification from NSW Health and photo ID to carry the drug.

Labor said its legislation was based on a 2013 NSW parliamentary inquiry which recommended that people with AIDS and the terminally ill be able to carry and use up to 15g of dry cannabis.

The OFarrell government knocked back the proposal, saying the potency and safety of products could not be guaranteed.

Conditions included in Labors medical cannabis bill:

* HIV

* Motor neurone disease

* Multiple sclerosis

* Stiff person syndrome (rare neurological disorder)

* Cancer-associated pain

* Neuropathic pain

* Chemotherapy patients with severe, treatment-resistant nausea and vomiting

The post NSW Labor push for medicinal cannabis appeared first on Echonetdaily.

22:32

Caltex Australia Petroleum cops $400,000 penalty for petrol spill "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Caltex has been fined $400,000 for a petrol spill.

Caltex has been fined $400,000 for a petrol spill.

Caltex Australia Petroleum Pty Ltd has been convicted and ordered to pay $850,000 by the NSW Land and Environment Court for a 2013 incident where 150,000 litres of unleaded petrol gushed into a bund at their Banksmeadow fuel terminal in the Port Botany Industrial Estate.

Caltex was ordered to pay a $400,000 Environmental Service Order, a record penalty for a single prosecution brought by the NSW EPA, as well as $450,000 in EPA legal costs.

EPA Chair and CEO Barry Buffier said he was pleased with the result for a serious incident that was entirely preventable.

Caltex procedures resulted in 150,000 litres of highly flammable fuel flooding in to a bunded area which could have caused significant environmental and community impact, Mr Buffier said.

Fortunately that did not happen in this instance but that does not lessen the significance of the incident.

It is the role of companies within our community to ensure that they are operating in an environmentally safe and responsible manner, and in this instance that was unfortunately not the case.

Had Caltex applied their own required processes, then checks would have been in place to prevent an incident as serious as this from occurring.

The 2013 incident occurred when a hose disengaged during a transfer of petrol from a storage tank, creating a fountain of fuel that spilled into the bund and doused two onsite contractors who were taken to hospital. A firefighter was also taken to hospital after attending the scene.

Workers from a neighbouring industrial premises were also evacuated and local roads were closed due to the potential risk of fire or explosion from the highly flammable material.

Caltex was convicted of the offence and ordered to: Pay a $400,000 Environmental Service order towards two environmental initiatives in Botany Bay: The Bayside Councils Bushcare and bushland management project and the Department of Primary Industrys project to enhance local recreational fishing opportunities; Pay the EPAs legal costs of $450,000; and place publication notices detailing the offence in the Australian Financial Review, Sydney Morning Herald, Southern Courier and Caltexs next Annual Report.

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22:27

Greens call for an end to the Catholic Churchs diplomatic protection "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

NSW Greens MP David Shoebridge.

NSW Greens MP David Shoebridge.

For too long Australia has allowed the Catholic Church to protect sex offenders, and any information the Church holds on its own illegal activity, through its formal diplomatic recognition of the Vatican.

It is the only religious body to be given these extraordinary protections.

The Greens are calling on this diplomatic status to be formally withdrawn so that its diplomatic immunity ceases and the Catholic Church is equal before the law.

Diplomatic immunity has hindered the Royal Commission from obtaining crucial church documents concerning repeated instances of child sexual abuse and it protects any senior church official from being extradited from Rome to stand trial for criminal offences.

Greens MP and Justice Spokesperson David Shoebridge said the Catholic Churchs protection was a historical artefact that should have been addressed decades ago.

For too long Australia has let the Vatican avoid scrutiny, avoid providing crucial evidence it has on systemic instances of child sexual abuse and avoid holding its senior officials accountable, Mr Shoebridge said.

If the Vatican didnt have diplomatic protection, the Royal Commission could have subpoenaed the Vaticans Australian office and demanded that every email, file and other relevant document was handed over.

If the Church didnt comply then the Australian Federal Police would have the power to ensure the Royal Commissions investigators could obtain the documents directly for the Church.

Instead we are meant to be satisfied with a polite request being stubbornly refused, senior officials being immune from prosecution and an organisation not able to be caught.

Can you imagine if Australia decided to grant Sunni Islam, or Scientology or the Anglican Church the same level of immunity as the Catholic Church?

Until we remove diplomatic immunity from the Church and its senior officials we will continue to fail to achieve justice for people who weve already failed once.

It is well and truly time past the time that we make the Catholic Church equal before the law and equal, at last, with its victims....

22:27

Manus Island detainees class action to begin soon "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Contributed from New South Wales Prominent law firm Slater and Gordon is backing refugees, to take the federal government on over detention at Manus Island...

The post Manus Island detainees class action to begin soon appeared first on The Pen.

21:46

The Recent Heat Wave in Oklahoma is a Symptom of a Larger Global Warming Trend "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The increasing number and frequency of heat waves experienced around the globe over the past year are adding to the growing body of evidence that global warming is a real danger to human civilization. In 2016 alone, major heat waves, many of them deadly record-breakers, were experienced in Africa, India, the Middle East, and the United States. New South Wales in Australia is currently suffering through more record-breaking temperatures, seeing spikes of 47C (117F), 12C above normal for this time of year.

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19:35

Physicists Send Particles of Light Into the Past, Proving Time Travel is Possible? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Arjun Walia, Collective-Evolution
Waking Times Media

Scientists from the University of Queensland, Australia, have used single particles of light (photons) to simulate quantum particles travelling through time. They showed that one photon can pass through a wormhole and then interact with its older self. Their findings were published in Nature Communications. 

The source of this time travel conundrum comes from what are called closed timelike curves (CTC). CTCs are used to simulate extremely powerful gravitational fields, like the ones produced by a spinning black hole, and could, theoretically (based on Einsteins theory of general relativity), warp the fabric of existence so that spacetime bends back on itself thus creating a CTC, almost like a path that could be used to travel back in time.

According to Scientific American, many physicists find CTCs abhorrent, because any macroscopic object traveling through one would inevitably create paradoxes where cause and effect break down. Others disagree with this assessment, however; in 1991, physicist David Deutsch showed that these paradoxes (created by CTCs) could be avoided at the quantum scale because of the weird behaviour of these fundamental particles that make up what we call matter.

Its well known that at the quantum scale, these particles do not follow the rules that govern classical mechanics, but behave in strange and unexpected ways that really shouldnt even be possible.

Welcome to the world of Quantum physics, where pioneering Physicist Niels Bohr once said, if quantum mechanics hasnt profoundly shocked you, you havent understood it yet.

We choose to examine a phenomenon which is impossible, absolutely impossible, to explain in any classical way, and which has in it the heart of quantum mechanics. In reality, it contains the only mystery.  Richard Feynman, a Nobel laureate of the twentieth century (Radin, Dean. Entangled...

19:30

Teen Challenge: a revelation "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Teen Challenge Tasmanias defence of their funding application to State Government - revealed after nearly a year under wraps - rings hollow. The irony is that until now, there was at least some grudging respect for the evangelistic organisation because of their claims that they were self-reliant for funding.  That respect has been demolished

19:18

Gangsters and guns in Tokyo: Sydney Pollack on directing Robert Mitchum in The Yakuza, 1974 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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Robert Mitchum hated being a movie star. Being famous meant nothing to him. After all, as he often pointed out, one of the biggest stars in the world was Rin Tin...

16:44

There are people who want to make gene editing a human right "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Cool story!


Biohackers push back as the scientific establishment charts a course through the ethics of genetic interference.

16:11

Fires, storms and now snow? More extreme weather hits New South Wales, Australia "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The alpine regions of New South Wales and Victoria have been hit by a dusting of snow in summer, following heatwaves and wild storms. Between five and 10 centimetres of snow fell on Victoria's Mount Buller overnight, as temperatures dipped to - 0.8degress just after midnight. In New South Wales - which last week grappled with catastrophic bushfire conditions and then severe storms - a light dusting of white sprinkled snow-cams on the summit of Mt Kosciusko today.

15:44

Canada's biggest child porn case ends with conviction on 15 charges "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Brian Way officially became Canadas most prolific and infamous child pornographer on Tuesday. The 43-year-old Torontonian, who has been behind bars for four years on charges of possessing, publishing and selling videos of naked, pre-pubescent and pubescent boys, received a clear verdict from Ontario Superior Court Judge Julie Thorburn: guilty. From a nondescript warehouse on the Queensway, Way sold thousands of videos and images to customers around the world. When Toronto Police raided his offices in 2011 and gathered 187,000 images and more than 8,000 videos, it triggered the largest child pornography bust in Canadian history and one of the largest anywhere, involving police in 90 countries. Before the so-called Project Spade bust was over, police arrested and charged hundreds of Ways customers internationally - including doctors, lawyers, coaches, teachers and priests. The global tentacles of Ways child pornography business are striking. More than a hundred arrests were made in Canada, plus 76 in the U.S. and 350 in other countries. The resulting police investigations led to the rescue of more than 400 children at risk who were featured in the images and videos, police say. The scandal also triggered a political upheaval and changes to child pornography laws in Germany, after a high-profile politician was publicly identified as a customer of Azovfilms.com.

Note: Watch an excellent segment by Australia's "60-Minutes" team "Spies, Lords and Predators" on a pedophile ring in the UK which leads to the highest levels of government. A second suppressed documentary, "Conspiracy of Silence," goes even deeper into this topic in the US. For more, see concise summaries of deeply revealing sexual abuse scandal news articles from reliable major media sources.

14:40

Moonlight Movies at Corrimal "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

MOONLIGHT Movies returns to Corrimal on Saturday March 4 with a free screening of Minions.

The final Moonlight Movie for the 2016/17 season will be held at Robert Ziems Park, Corrimal. The event is presented in partnership with Corrimal Chamber of Commerce. The Cougars Rugby League Club will be operating a canteen.

Minions is the prequel to the Despicable Me franchise and follows the story of the small, yellow creatures who have existed since the beginning of time and who exist only to serve historys most despicable masters.  After serving a great many masters over the centuries and a disastrous end to their service to Napoleon, the Minions go in search of a new master. Gates open 6pm

Wollongong City Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery OAM said the free Moonlight Movies are always popular with families. Moonlight Movies are an opportunity for families to gather in the open to experience a movie with family and friends, he said. Its a lovely way to spend a summer Saturday evening and Id encourage everyone to join in the fun of this free event.

Rachel Foster, Community Relations & Marketing Manager, for CareSouth said: CareSouth is again thrilled to be partnering with Council to present the Free Moonlight Movies.  This is a great family event to make the most of these long hot summer evenings and have a relaxed night out with the family.  CareSouth staff will be on hand with some fun activities for the kids.  Bring your picnic and blanket along and well see you there.

Movie-goers should bring their own picnic blanket, beanbag or low rise chairs only.  Light refreshments and food will be available to purchase. You can also bring your own picnic or snacks. Both events are alcohol and glass free. Security guards will be onsite.

For more information you can contact Councils Customer Service on (02) 4227 7111 or visit our website.


12:39

Deer Jet (China) Gulfstream G550 Bizjet B-8108 Departs Hamilton Island Airport - Plus RAAF B737BBJ A36-001 Visits! "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Early on Monday 20 February, Deer Jet (China) Gulfstream Aerospace G-V-SP (G550) bizjet B-8108 departed Hamilton Island Airport.  The Gulfstream departed Hamo for Cairns and Honolulu, Hawaii.  It had arrived from Honolulu and Cairns last Friday 17 February.

Ryan Hales / http://flightaware.com/

Meanwhile, also noted visiting Hamilton Island Airport for a very short time on Monday 20 February was Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Boeing B737-7DT(BBJ) A36-001 which called in from the South on what looked to be a training flight as "Consort 58".  It departed a little later for airwork at Cairns and then Townsville where it also landed for a short time.  A36-001 was then noted returning to the South.

12:04

Walnut orb-weaver spider, European Spider of the Year "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

This video is called Spider ID: Walnut Orb-Weaver.

The walnut orb-weaver spider has been named European Spider of the Year 2017.

Deutsche Welle radio in Germany writes about it:

Germanys arachnologists put their focus on this cute creature: Many of us have likely met the walnut orb-weaver spider at some point around the garden or house. It loves to dwell in old masonry or in the bark of old trees or dead wood. Its cobwebs are large and beautiful: up to 50 inches in diameter.

12:01

SWOP Presents "Brothers of the Night" "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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SWOP Presents "Brothers of the Night" at the 2017 Queer Screen - Mardi Gras Film Festival, Saturday 25 February, 2017 at 9.15pm Events Cinemas George Street, Sydney.

 

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11:19

Luca Brasi, Camp Cope and more are playing a free underage fest in Sydney "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Were all for any music event that gets awesome live music in front of the people who need it most, so the idea of having bands like Luca Brasi and Camp Cope teaming up for a free gig in April for the oft-ignored teenage crowd is definitely a great one.

Between most gigs either being for adults only or being a pretty big investment for someone living off those rubbish starting wages, its nice to see ShoreShocked putting together a great lineup like this one, which also includes some other genuinely great acts in The Hard Aches, Mere Women, Morning TV and Allan Smithy, with more to be announced.

Its interesting to note, too, that the lineup promotes a pretty great message for the next generation of concert-goers, as Luca Brasi have spoken out against violence at gigs, and Camp Cope have been trying to stamp out sexual assault at live music events with their #ItTakesOne campaign and Laneway Festival collaborations.

Its not the first or last time well see Luca Brasi and Camp Cope working together, with the latters lead singer Georgia Maq appearing on the formers recent single Count Me Out, below.

All up, its a great lineup, a great message, and a great price bloody well done, ShoreShocked. It all kicks off on April 1 at St Leonards Park North, Sydney, so head to the FB page for more info, and if youve got any underage mates or family with an appreciation for great live music, send em right this way.

10:02

Unbelievable: Sydney school permits Muslim students to refuse handshakes with women "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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Lets try this experiment in Saudi Arabia, shall we? Christian students refuse to pray to Allah because it is not part of their culture.
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08:32

Music for a Warming World - enjoy it this week! "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"


CLIMATE TALKS - This Week

 (At the IMAS Building, Castray Esplanade, Hobart)

Tues 21st Feb: Climate change - how bad is it, how to fix it and what will it cost?
Prof Eelco Rohling (ANU)
6.00 - 7.30 pm (no charge)

Thurs 23rd Feb: Dangerous Climate Change: An Artistic Response (incl. show preview).
Prof Christine Parker (Uni Melb) and Dr Simon Kerr
1.00 - 2.00 pm (no charge)

The Simon Kerr Perspective

Simon Kerr - Guitars, Vocals, Stomp
Kylie Morrigan - 5 String Violin, Vocals
Scott Lewis - Piano, Keys,Vocals
Christine Parker - Laptop and visuals

 

MUSIC FOR A WARMING WORLD - Performances this week

Fri 24th Feb: Clarence Uniting Church, York St, Bellerive
7.30 - 9.00 pm (tickets at door)

Sat 25th Feb: Brookfield Margate, 1640 Channel Hwy, Margate
7.30 - 9.00 pm (tickets at door)

Sun 26t...

08:00

NDIS & CDC Transition Workshops 2 & 3 March "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

ECCV is partnering with Disability Services Consulting to provide a one and a half day workshop for organisations working in Aged Care (CHSP & CDC) and the NDIS, or considering becoming NDIS providers.

The workshop is aimed at program coordinators and managers of ethno-specific and multicultural service providers who previously received HACC funding.

Topics covered will include: context of NDIS & CDC, engaging organisations, customers and external stakeholders, adapting systems, staffing, services and marketing. The cost is $50 for two staff to attend.

Register at: https://www.trybooking.com/259310.

07:54

Interview: Berlin-via-Lebanon experimental artist Rabih Beaini "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Rabih Beaini

When it comes to electronic music, Lebanese-born, Berlin-based electronic producer Rabih Beaini is innovative, curious and forward thinking.

He puts out cutting edge analogue techno experiments, composes exploratory soundtracks, and releases music by avant-garde beatmakers on his label Morphine Records. Beaini has produced LPs for the late pioneering American composer Pauline Oliveros, French mechanical-orchestra creator Pierre Bastien, and the explosive Indonesian duo Senyawa, just to name a few.

Now he is here in Sydney to play the Most ii The Singularity, an experimental noise opera currently touring the country with Polands Mikolaj Trazska, Remont Pomp, The Useless Assembly and Lismore locals Tralala Blip. The Ears Have Ears team caught up with Rabih to see what we can expect from this exciting tour.

 

You started out making techno in the 90s in Lebanon what started you down the path of becoming a producer?

To be exact, I started DJing in Lebanon in the 90s, but wasnt until I got to Italy that I started producing music. After participating in private courses for music production and studio engineering, this is what got me into the actual production process. It was exciting to discover more about studio recording and DAW at the time.

 

Relocating to Venice for a time in 1996, you founded Morphine Records, home to releases from Pauline Oliveros, Sote, Hieroglyphic Being, Container and more. What made you start your own label?

While playing gigs and making music in north Italy in the early 2000s, I felt there was a real lack of more forward-thinking labels in the dance music scene, and I decided to start my own. Initially the label was more focusing on a raw and diverse house and techno sound, it slowly opened into a wider spectrum and special projects.

 

Recently you soundtracked Vincent Moon and Priscilla Telmons short film Cosmogonia. What drew you to that particular work?

We started a live project me and Vincent Moon last year, expanding what he calls Live Cinema, where he mixes films he shot and I process the sounds from the films and add my own. Cosmogonia was a similar collaboration with him an...

07:18

NDIS & CDC Transition Workshops 2 & 3 March "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

ECCV is partnering with Disability Services Consulting to provide a one and a half day workshop for organisations working in Aged Care (CHSP & CDC) and the NDIS, or considering becoming NDIS providers.

The workshop is aimed at program coordinators and managers of ethno-specific and multicultural service providers who previously received HACC funding.

Topics covered will include: context of NDIS & CDC, engaging organisations, customers and external stakeholders, adapting systems, staffing, services and marketing. The cost is $50 for two staff to attend.

Register at: https://www.trybooking.com/259310.

07:07

First brandings of 2017 underway at Isis Down Station, Queensland "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Sometimes it's so good to step back from what surrounds you and think about the marvellous country we're all part of. Thanks to Jeff of FNQ for this terrific photo of the cattle trucks waiting to load up. First brandings of 2017 underway at #CPC Isis Downs Stn Qld. #Greatqualitybeef...

06:11

no-fuss chicken broth "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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Were on day eight of a lingering cold that has seen us go through five boxes of tissues. The freezer has been raided for meals because cooking was the last thing on my mind and its safe to say that patience is most definitely wearing thin. A 3am ambulance trip to hospital with a croupy Percy last week undid me; Im tired and unmotivated and hoping that some semblance of energy comes back soon!

But then this morning we felt it autumn. Cool and crisp and a glimpse of the new season which is always inspiring.

Indeed, its the perfect time of year to make chicken broth and keep a supply in the freezer for when sniffles strike. I know theres lots of talk about broth out there and its safe to say that theres just as many recipes. But it really is such comfort food and I reach for it whenever Im feeling tired, run-down, a little on-edge or when Im in need of a pick-me-up. This week Ive sipped it every day and have added it to all manner of meals; spaghetti bolognaise, stir-fry vegies and pumpkin soup.

So whats the easiest, most efficient and no-fuss way to make broth? A slow cooker straight after youve eaten a roast.

This is a weekly habit for me now and I consider it second nature. Basically, while the chook is in the oven I add all of the broth ingredients to the slow cooker; two onions, two carrots, celery leaves and wilting stalks, a few cloves of garlic, peppercorns, two bay leaves, a generous dash of apple cider vinegar and fresh flat-leaf parsley if I have it on hand. Its also good to note that I leave the vegies unpeeled (I just give them a good wash before adding them to the pot).

Once the chicken is cooked I remove all the...

05:50

Will the nuclear waste of Sydneys dead HIFAR nuclear reactor be sent to South Australia? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

nuke-reactor-deadTim Bickmore , Fight to stop Nuclear Waste Dump in South Australia February 18  There is also another elephant in the room which is yet to rate a mention. At Lucas heights there are 2 reactors OPAL & HIFAR. OPAL is the working reactor, whilst HIFAR is the old one now undergoing de-commissioning which includes dealing with more radioactive waste. Is the HIFAR waste...

05:31

Australian Prudential Regulation Authority warns on financial danger from climate change "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

climate-changeClimate change could threaten entire financial system, APRA warns, ABC News, 17 Feb 17, By Stephen Long Climate change could threaten the stability of the entire financial system, the prudential regulator has warned, as it prepares to apply climate change stress tests to the nations financial institutions.

In its first major speech on climate change, the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority chastised companies for a lack of action on the risks it poses.

While climate risks have been broadly recognised, they have often been seen as a future problem or a non-financial problem, APRA executive board member Geoff Summerhayes told an Insurance Council conference in Sydney.

Many of these risks are foreseeable, material and actionable now.

The speech comes as the Government and the Opposition bicker about renewable energy targets amid dismay among industry leaders about a lack of certainty on climate change policy.

The Climate Institutes CEO John Connor described the speech as a huge development.

APRA has never gone out there like this before, he said.

Its an antidote to the hyper partisan political culture war on climate policy; our regulators moved to the front foot in managing climate risks.

The Climate Institute and the Investor Group on Climate Change wrote jointly to the Council of Financial Regulators two years calling for regulatory action on the financial risks from climate...

04:31

Gallery: FBi Click Presents Lady Leshurr at Oxford Art Factory "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

FBi Presents Lady Leshurr at OAF | Photography Tim da-Rin | www.timdarin.com | @timdarin

The one and only Lady Leshurr played her first show in Sydney to a sold-out crowd at Oxford Art Factory. Flanked by two fiery dancers, the UK lyricist delivered sass and energy in spades.

 

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03:59

ECCV strongly supports Victorian Governments newly launched multicultural policy statement "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria (ECCV) has come out in strong support of the Victorian Governments multicultural policy statement that was launched on Sunday 19 February.

ECCV Chairperson, Eddie Micallef, said ECCV congratulated and applauded the Andrews Government on the release of the Victorian. And proud of it campaign, that focuses on belonging and employment.

Victoria is a leader in multiculturalism and its great to see a strong policy that respects and encourages people of diverse cultural and religious backgrounds, Mr Micallef said.

ECCV agrees that it is time for all people to come together and have robust intercultural dialogues about what binds us rather than what divides us."

Victorian. And proud of it - is based on five multicultural values statements: We have one law for all; Discrimination is never acceptable; Everyone is free to be themselves; A fair go for all; Its up to all of us to play our part for a Victoria we can be proud of and these are all core values ECCV supports.

ECCV is pleased to see the new Victorian multicultural policy statement building on the issues we raised at our recent State Conference on The Next Generation of Multicultural Victoria about respect and the right of all people to belong, Mr Micallef said.

The role of the earlier waves of migrants is important in contributing to Victorias values, and these migrants have made an invaluable and ongoing contribution to our vibrant multicultural society.

Its important to remember that Victorians from culturally diverse backgrounds develop a strong sense of belonging through the expression of their heritage, language and culture as well as through connecting with other Victorians.

The Government is also to be commended for implementing a television and print campaign with stories of real Victorians from culturally diverse backgrounds which highlight how each of them is a Victorian and proud of it.

Through the Victorian. And Proud of it campaign Premier Andrews announced $15million to assist new arrivals find employment and $4 million for a Multicultural Sports Fund. 

03:14

Mainstream macroeconomics exudes denial while purporting to be progressive "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis recently published an Economic Policy Paper (February 7, 2017) The Great Recession: A Macroeconomic Earthquake by Lawrence J. Christiano (who is both at Northwestern University in Chicago and the Federal Reserve), which shows us that the mainstream profession has learned very little from their failures that were exposed by the GFC. This is a paper that exudes denial while purporting to advocated awareness and progression. There is a long way to go before economics turns the corner I am afraid.

Christiano set out to answer three questions about the GFC:

Why it happened, endured and wasnt foreseen. And how its changing theory.

I dont think he gets very far in answering the crucial questions and his response to how mainstream macroeconomics is meeting its failures is downright depressing.

He is correct in his assessment that the:

The Great Recession struck individuals, the aggregate economy and the economics profession like an earthquake, and its aftershocks are still being felt. Job losses and housing foreclosures devastated many families. National economies were deeply damaged and have yet to fully recover. And economistswho failed to predict either the crisis or the recessionhave been struggling to understand why they didnt grasp the fragility of the financial system and the duration of the recession.

We dont have to document the extent of the economic failure. It has been huge. The US economy took 14 quarters (3.5 years) before its production had returned to the December-quarter 2007 peak and is still only 10 per cent above that peak after 35 quarters. A very slow and drawn out recovery that is not over yet.

The labour market effects have been significant. Please read my blog US labour market deteriorating the losses from GFC will be long-lived for more discussion on this point.

So, we agree on those points.

But the reason that economistswho failed to predict either the crisis or the recessionhave been struggling to understand why goes to the core failings of mainstream economic theory. It is simply not a framework that is applicable to real world dynamics.

It is irrepairable despite what we Christiano thinks (see below).

He uses terms Conventional wisdom and the Conventional view and emerging consensus, which are all hallmarks of language of Groupthink.

The ruling elite present themselves as the r...

03:14

Norway: Deported Record Number of Islamics And Crime Dropped Dramatically! "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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One country has finally learned that have a flow of Muslim immigrants creates problems. No, not just problems, horrific crimes.

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03:12

University of Wollongong (UOW) Promoting False Claims about Vaccines "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

17 February 2017

Here is my open letter to the Executive-Dean of the Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health at the University of Wollongong (UOW):

Dear Professor Alison Jones,

In May 2016 you stated in a newspaper article to the Australian public that the link between vaccines and autism has been discredited (Kylar Loussikian, The Australian, 11 May 2016). This statement is false and the former head of the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) and member of the Institute of Medicine (IOM), Dr. Bernadine Healy, stated in 2008 that this question has not been answered. On the 15 February 2017 Robert F Kennedy, along with other lawyers, scientists and parent/researchers, provided evidence that of the hundreds of studies that have investigated the link between vaccines and autism, 240 of them have found a link between neurodevelopmental disorders and vaccines and 81 studies found a link between vaccines and autism. They found zero (0) studies that showed that vaccines containing mercury, in the doses that are still present in childrens vaccines   Infanrix-hexa (Austin et al, 2010), whooping cough vaccines and flu vaccines to be safe. Whilst government regulators are claiming that mercury in the form of thimerosal has been removed from all vaccines this is not the case. Mercury is still present in the manufacturing process for many vaccines and specifically multi-dose vials of flu vaccines and this is why it was still listed in the Australian Immunisation Handbook (ed. 9) until 2013.

Whilst the CDC has used 19 selected studies to claim that vaccines do not cause autism, all of these studies were found to be scientifically flawed and many of these studies (funded and designed by CDC researchers) even described links between vaccines and neurological problems. Further, they were epidemiological studies and did not represent the diverse body of evidence clinical, biological, animal and ecological evidence that is needed to prove that there is no causal link between vaccines and autism or vaccines and serious neurological and autoimmune damage in children or adults. The issue of vaccine safety is not just related to the issue of thimerosal in vaccines. To prove safety the government regulator is required to test the combined schedule of vaccines (the combination of chemical ingredients in all vaccines injected into children)...

03:11

MEDIA RELEASE | Federal Court Injunction Granted To Stop Immigration Seizing Mobile Phones "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Refugee Action Coalition MEDIA RELEASE Federal Court Injunction Granted To Stop Immigration Seizing Mobile Phones   A out-of-hours special Federal Court today (Sunday, 19 Feb)  hearing has granted an injunction to prevent Serco and Border from seizing mobile phones from detainees in onshore immigration detention, just hours before the order was to come into effect.(...)

02:51

Butterflies Everywhere "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Butterflies everywhere you look! The Caper Whites are on the move in their thousands! It would be very interesting to see just how far they go. We live in South East Queensland, and we heard a report they could go down as far as Victoria. Not sure how far North they travel. People may not be aware with the shear numbers of Caper White Butterflies that there are other Butterfly species also migrating with them, like the Meadow Argus and Australian Painted Lady.

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02:13

Still failing trans people "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Back in October 2014, there was public outcry when Queensland tabloid the Courier-Mail ran the lurid headlines Monster chef and the she male and Ladybody and the butcher when covering the case of Mayang Prasetyo, a transgender woman who was murdered by her partner.

01:19

NEWS: Rich Davies & The Low Road Announce East Coast Tour "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Rich Davies & The Low Road are heading out on tour through March and April, taking in regional and metropolitan venues in NSW, QLD and VIC. Hes touring his new album Ghosts which shines a light on human stories and social struggle, traversing foot-stomping epics to sombre ballads. Think Springsteen meets The Pogues, glorious and visceral folk Continue reading

00:50

Culture Guide January 20 26: Cries for attention, Koori Gras, and cups of EqualiTEA "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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00:28

Bland Brisbane "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Image Source: Wikimedia Commons/ Aleem Yousaf A former Brisbane based street artist has described Brisbane as bland and oppressive toward those who use graffiti as a medium.

 

Internationally renowned artist, Anthony Lister has said Brisbane runs the risk of becoming even more bland if areas arent set up for aspiring artists to apply and practice their skills.

Mr Listers comments come after Brisbanes Graffiti task force charged 115 suspected vandals with 5260 offences last year.

Over 20 permanent murals will be finalised over the next month as part of the Brisbane Street Art Festival, with only one on a Council owned property on Coronation Drive. 

 

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23:16

FIRE WEATHER to TORCH Europe and US world becomes giant tinderbox ready to IGNITE "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"


The world is set for blazing fires of epic proportion which are anticipated to strike Portugal, Spain, France, Greece, Turkey and other tourist hotspots around the world, a new study has revealed.
Cities in southern Australia and western North America are also in the firing line. 
Researchers from the University of Idaho, South Dakota State University and the University of Tasmania forecast increasingly dangerous fire weather, as the globe witnesses and alarming increase of devastating fires. 

23:07

Burns hand up for top cop job "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

An August 2016 photo of NSW Police Force Deputy Commissioner Catherine Burn leaving the inquest into the Lindt cafe siege in Sydney. AAP Image/Dan Himbrechts

An August 2016 photo of NSW Police Force Deputy Commissioner Catherine Burn leaving the inquest into the Lindt cafe siege in Sydney. AAP Image/Dan Himbrechts

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Deputy NSW Police Commissioner Catherine Burn has confirmed she is putting her hand up to be the states next police chief, saying shes been vindicated over a police bugging scandal.

I feel I have an obligation and a duty of care to the police force and the community of NSW to apply for the position of commissioner, she told News Corp Australia.

She said she had been vindicated over the police bugging scandal and should not be punished for mistakes made 18 years ago during an internal affairs operation.

A NSW Ombudsmans report found Ms Burn engaged in unlawful conduct when she was supervising the management of an informant who breached bail conditions.

She was also found to have engaged in unreasonable conduct by pursuing an investigation despite allegations being inaccurate or misrepresented.

Crucially, the Ombudsman report found that I never acted illegally, I never acted unethically, I never did anything that was deliberate or intentionally wrong and I never had malice against anyone, Ms Burn told News Corp.

Her confirmation that she is up to replace outgoing Commissioner Andrew Scipione comes after former deputy commissioner and rival Nick Kaldas said he was considering applying too.

Mr Kaldas also had adverse findings made against him in the Ombudsmans report over alleged accessing of material and alleged false evidence.

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22:22

Tom Murphy: Growth has an Expiration Date "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

While searching for Tom Murphys latest post over at do the math (and he hasnt posted anything new in months now, after promising to write an article on Nickel Iron batteries which I assume he must be testing) I found the following video on youtube. probably not much new for most people here, but he has a talent for explaining things very clearly, and its definitely worth sharing.


22:15

Nafeez Ahmed: Our Systems Are Failing "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

IF you are not familiar with Chris Martensons immensely valuable work, then start here.

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nafeezThe most fascinating thing for me is how so much of what we take for granted becomes questionable as a result of the breakdown were seeing. When we begin questioning the exponential growth model then we begin questioning the value system driving our material production/consumption. Its not that it hasnt produced amazing knowledge of our environment and our place in the universe. Its not that there havent been a huge amount of amazing technological developments, like the internet which has enabled people to be interconnected in ways that they never were able to before. In a way has paved the way for us to be able to think globally in a way that centuries ago would have never happened.

Its not that everything about this paradigm is bad. Its just that it has very clearly outlasted its usefulness and is now fundamentally responsible for escalating the biophysical rupture that we see happening and manifesting in so many different ways. What that tells me is that we have to grow up as a species. Its an evolutionary moment.

When we apply systems theory to this, when we apply our knowledge of complex adaptive systems and the history of evolution, it does seem to me that it is absolutely clea...

22:00

Album of the Week Bone by 20th Century Dog "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Bone by 20th Century Dog is Eastside Radios Album of the Week. 

This long awaited follow up to the bands debut 2004 release Mad Stream, delivers a much needed hit of lively Afro-Beat, Jazz, and Funk tunes recorded live at Sydneys own Venue 505. Led by the bands founder and bassist Cameron Undy, their hiatus was spent developing the release and exploring new soundscapes. The result is a release that effortlessly moves between etherial and groove, a-tonal improvisation and feel good over the course of 10 tracks. Speaking of the latter, two perfect examples are that of the releases introduction Sun Rock and its title track. 

The former offers listeners the chance to ease into the groups sonic journey, designed in almost a jam like manner with only a hit of organisation in the synchronised phrasing of Jeremy Roses saxophone line and Greg Coffins treble piano. Bone lives in stark contrast, opening after a raucous crowd conclude cheering the final moments of another piece, the frantic and disjointed ensemble begin. The level of syncopation throughout this piece would challenge the best, let alone the audience. The piece also introduces some psychedelic distortion played by Ben Hauptmann on the guitar for good measure. The truly thrilling break in this particular release is when drummer Jamie Cameron challenges the percussion skills of both Ben Kidson and Simon Barker, sending the audience once again into hysterics throughout as the trio playfully dare each other to play harder and push further.

With so much to soak up one might need a pallet cleanser, and just as a perfume sales assistant would offer their customer a cup of coffee beans to smell, 20th Century Dog offer tracks like Anagram. One of the more reserved pieces as well as being the second shortest track, the group shift their focus from rhythm to melody. Coffins piano work becomes very repetitive, Cameron, Barker and Kidson are almost non-existent bar some faint and sparse shakers, and Roses melody lines now feature more meandering and sustained composition. Listeners are really spoilt for choice when sampling from this outstanding release. All of this and more was recorded and experience first by their dedicated audience at the bands home venue 505 over two nights. Now those who were unlucky enough to not have been able to catch either of those performances can take home a piece of such a magical moment in time performed by some of Australias best.

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22:00

Qld sugar dispute highlights constraints on minority government "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The current commercial dispute between Wilmar and Queensland Sugar Limited has highlighted the constraints on the Queensland Governments ability to prosecute sound economic policy from its position as a minority government. Wilmar is the Singaporean-based company that bought CSR Sugar in 2010, mills 60 percent of Australias exported sugar, and now intends to market sugar as well. This has brought it into conflict with Queensland Sugar Limited, which has traditionally been the single desk marketer of sugar. Wilmar and QSL cannot agree on revenue-sharing arrangements between the miller and cane growers. An agreement is needed because cane growers, whose cane is milled by Wilmar, are expected to opt for QSL to market their sugar rather than Wilmar, a choice which is guaranteed by Queenslands Real Choice in Marketing law.

The Real Choice in Marketing law was passed by the Queensland Parliament, but opposed by the Government, in late 2015. The Government lacked the numbers to defeat the Katters Australian Party bill which was supported by the LNP and Billy Gordon. The Government does not have the numbers in the Parliament to overturn the law, and instead the policy agenda is being set by the Opposition, which has announced it may legislate to intervene in the dispute and force arbitration:

Qld LNP calls for end to sugar dispute

Being part owners of QSL, cane growers will receive much higher revenue if QSL is the marketer of the sugar produced from their cane rather than Wilmar (see this ABC News report). The Opposition is getting the politics of the dispute right, as it is backing local cane growers against the foreign-owned Wilmar. However, its policy position is dubious from an economic perspective. While the sugar mills effectively have local monopsony power, the right way to deal with that is not to re-regulate the sugar industry, but to rely upon existing laws against the abuse of market power.

The Real Choice in Marketing law has been denounced as anti-competitive and as a deterrent to foreign investment and structural adjustment by both the Queensland Productivity Commission in a Regulatory Impact Assessment and the Australian Productivity Commission in a draft report on agricultural industry regulation. The Australian PC rejected the Real Choice in Marketing Law noting (on p. 420):

The Commission agrees that reregulation of the sugar industry is an...

20:47

Forum on the ACCESS STI Database "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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20:30

NATION: Turnbull follows Trumps lead in politics of personal abuse and campaign of lies "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The PHON preference deal is unlikely to shore up a WA Liberal rout. It may even cost Liberal votes. The PMs main aim is to woo Pauline. Never in our political history has a PM so completely abandoned what he stood for prior to taking office. Malcolm Turnbull sheds his earlier progressive political identity as if it were a trendy leather jacket Peta Credlin attacks the scare campaign. She helpfully confesses on Sky the claim was groundless: It wasnt a carbon tax, as you know but we made it a carbon tax. We made it a fight about the hip pocket and not about the environment. That was brutal retail politics Guy Rundle, Crikey: Trumps most infamous presser ... so far

19:00

Independent Artist of the Week: Ainsley Farrell "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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Singer-songwriter Ainsley Farrell will captivate you immediately with her blues-infused folk. Originally from California, she now resides in Sydney and has successfully won us over with her powerful vocals.

In 2015, Farrell released her debut album Air & Sea, a collection of songs exploring her strange dreams and personal heartbreak. Drawing inspiration from the likes of Aretha Franklin, Bessie Smith and Big Mama Thornton, its no wonder her sound contains such a natural vintage authenticity.

This year shes back with a new track, Lady Long Hair, and it might just be her best yet. The strength of Farrells voice drifts effortlessly above soft percussion, simple bright guitars and stunning harmonies (thanks to fellow Sydneysider, Georgia Mulligan). Although strong, theres a lyrical sensitivity that makes things feel that little bit lighter. Its rather refreshing.

Ainsley Farrell is heading back into the studio in March to record a new EP, set for release mid 2017. Until then, you can catch her supporting Katy Steele at Newtown Social Club on February 25, and playing Secret Garden Bar in Enmore details below.

 

WHO: Ainsley Farrell, Brendon Moon, Slow Ships
WHERE: Secret Garden Bar, Enmore
WHEN: Sunday February 26, 5pm
HOW MUCH: Free! More info here

 


Tune into Up For It every Monday morning to meet your new independent artist of the week!

 

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18:56

Sunday palate cleanser: Trial By Jury "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

G&S, at the Opera Australia at the Melbourne Arts Centre in 2005,

14:55

Kilometres of Cooloola coastline covered by dead fish in Australia "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

No-one seems to know the cause of a mass fish kill along kilometres of the Cooloola Coast. Thousands of dead fish were reported to Department of Environment and Heritage Protection between Teewah and Double Island Point. And thousands more have been reported to The Gympie Times as lining the tide line along more than 1km at Rainbow Beach. Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service rangers from Rainbow Beach had also noted dead fish during their beach patrols, an EHP representative said on Friday. The representative said the department had received two reports so far through its pollution hotline, involving large numbers of fish between Teewah and DIP.

14:08

I Got Naked in a State Art Gallery "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Dude, Im freaking out! I gasped.

Arm-in-arm with my friend Ayla, I waddled into the disrobing area, conveniently located in the main fucking foyer of the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

Dont touch the art unless it touches you, said the exhibitionist, before instructing the audience of 100 to strip.

Everyone stood motionless, grappling with their clothes as if theyd never undressed, anxiously awaiting the first tit-slip. Soon enough, a silent Fuck it resounded around the room, and the audience bared all. We became submerged in a sea of penis and pussy.

I didnt realise how small men are when theyre not erect! was one of Aylas first realisations.

Around us flopped a couple elephant trunks, a few landing strips (outnumbered by a large amount of bush), numerous flaps, endless tan lines, fields of flab, sprinkles of wrinkles, sagging bosoms and a sundry of smiles. All age groups were present, and nobody was perfect not even close which made us feel comfortable in our bodies and unashamed of our so-called flaws.

Immediately, we realised it was a highly de-sexualised environment. There was not a single erection in sight much to our disappointment.

As we entered the exhibition space, naked dancers began performing amongst the assortments of sculptures and paintings to the riveting reverberations of classical music. They slowly folded into each other like pieces of origami to form living statues throughout the crowd, showing how truly beautiful the human body is in all its glory and diversity. At times, the dancers slapped and bit at each others limbs, as if to satirise the situation and assert that nudity is no biggie.

Ayla and I trudged on with cheeky grins and raised chins, allowing our bits-and-bobs to flop around freely, rewarming to the natural state we were born in.

Suddenly, the walls became narrower inside the exhibition, and shit got awkward. Im just going to squeeze past you now! we whimpered to strangers, pivoting to the side with outstretched arms, fearing we would brush against a titty or pee-pee.

Strolling past Picassos Nude Woman in a Red Armchair, we were reminded how such works were condemned as erotic and sinful, blinding early 2...

13:46

Tsim Booky : Australians angry at Greek cab driver "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

While thousands of tax drivers protested in Melbourne the government plans to buyback tax licenses, one cabbie decided it was a good time to prank two Australian television networks. The cab driver of Greek origin told the TV reporters that his name was Tsim Booky. And so he was presented []

11:35

Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Lockheed AP-3C Orion A9-659 at Longreach Airport "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

On Saturday 18 February, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Lockheed AP-3C Orion A9-659 was noted completing airwork at Longreach Airport.  It possibly flew North from RAAF Base Edinburgh in South Australia and was heard to be using the radio callsign "Striker 06".



The "Striker" callsign suggests that it was from 10 Squadron which is based at Edinburgh.

A9-659 continued on to Townsville where local plane spotter Leroy captured these great images above as it was on final approach.

A9-659 was then believed to have departed Townsville for Darwin.

Of interest, also on Saturday 18 February, fellow RAAF Lockheed AP-3C Orion A9-660 which was flying as "Striker 60" was also noted arriving into Townsville from the South but is not believed to have completed airwork while on the way!

All photos taken by Leroy  

10:57

Pacific Golden plover at Wellington Point reported by Ken Doy on 18-02-2017 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Single bird sighted the far side of King Island at the mornings low tide .

Grey Plover at Wellington Point reported by Ken Doy on 18-02-2017 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Single tagged bird seen to the far end of King Island on the mornings low tide.

10:25

Shady deals: How Pauline Hanson left a Gold Coast buyer with legal costs @Qldaah #qldpol #auspol "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Pauline and Adam Hanson have been trying to offload their Gold Coast property at Biggera Waters since 2008. Larry Schlesinger from the Australian Financial Review reported in 2016 that Pauline Hanson and her son Adam were once again attempting to sell their Gold Coast property. According to CoreLogic records, she tried to flog it in August []

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David is a full time carer for his son and in quiet times contributes to the Fifth Estate. He believes that the role of citizen journalists is to question and collate mainstream media stories through social media and blogging.

09:22

Not-A-Poll Results: Best And Worst Tasmanian Ministers "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

For amusement and interest, in the last couple of months I have been running two reader Not-A-Polls in the sidebar concerning Tasmania's current Liberal ministry.  As the usual disclaimer goes, these not-a-polls are completely unscientific and represent only the opinions of those site readers (or random ring-ins) who may have chosen to participate.  Polldaddy has more advanced protections against multiple voting than the native polls on the Blogger site that I used to use, but I suspect they could be routed around if anyone was truly determined.  Also, this kind of exercise is especially prone to a word-of-mouth stack, where someone tells a bunch of their friends who would not normally read this site to vote on it.

Indeed there seemed to be something of that sort going on in the final week when there were sudden large gains for both Will Hodgman as best and Guy Barnett as worst.

Anyway, the following are the results for the Best Minister poll (in order), the Worst Minister poll (in reverse order) and a final ranking based on net scores (best minus worst) with position difference (best minus worst, 9 points for best on each scale to 1 for worst) used as a tiebreaker.  Had I used position difference to rank the results with net scores as the tiebreaker, the final order would have been the same.


So the final ranking with some comments (in order):

1. Jeremy Rockliff
(Deputy Premier, Minister for Education and Training, Primary Industries and Water, and Racing)

Rockliff has won the not-a-poll by a solid margin after leading all the way with both the highest Best rating and the lowest Worst rating.  His moderate leanings and support for same-sex marriage doubtless endear him to this site's (on average) left-leaning reader base, but it's not just that. Rockliff is widely seen as a quiet achiever who gets on with the job without causing his government problems.

2. Vanessa Goodwin
(Attorney-General, Minister for Corrections, Minister for Justice, Minister for the Arts, Leader of Government Business in the Legislative Council)

The sole Legislative Councillor in Cabinet, Goodwin probably also gets brownie points from this site's readers for being seen as at the socially moderate end of the spectrum....

08:07

Rainbow Chan - The Cardigans "Lovefool" Cover "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Download track for FREE here - http://get.siloarts.net/track/lovefool-the-cardigans-cover A cover of The Cardigans' "Lovefool" by Sydney musician, Rainbow Chan. Filmed by e c h o (soundcloud.com/thedreamecho) rainbowchan.com.au rainbowchan.bandcamp.com soundcloud.com/rainbowchanmusic

07:09

2017 Annual Show of Begonias for a Burst of Colour "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Queensland Begonia Slideshow Date Venue Event 4 MAR Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens Auditorium Annual Begonia Show Begonias for a Burst of Colour is the theme for the begonia display of 2017. The show is a One Day Affair from 9am to 4pm and the Admission fee is $4. This is the largest and only []

06:25

Queensland parliament must seize opportunity to ensure safe and legal access to abortion services "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Queensland MPs must urgently support abortion law reform to make Queensland law relevant to current clinical practice and community values, the Human Rights Law Centre said today.

The comment came after a Queensland parliamentary committee tabled a report that failed to make a recommendation on one of two abortion law reform bills currently before the parliament. The Health (Abortion Law Reform) Amendment Bill 2016 would put gestational limits on womens right to choose an abortion after 24 weeks, create safe access zones around abortion clinics and provide for doctors and medical staff to conscientiously object to performing abortions. 

Emily Howie, Director of Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre, said that the failure of the Committee to make a decision jeopardises an important opportunity for the Queensland Parliament to reform archaic laws. Fortunately parliament retains the ultimate power in this, and the opportunity remains for them to do the right thing and reform the law.

The laws in Queensland criminalizing abortion are over 100 years old and are hopelessly out of step with community values and clinical practice. Every day these laws stay on the books is another day of Queensland providing second rate access to a basic womens health service, said Ms Howie.

It is incredibly disappointing that the Committee has failed to make any recommendation in relation to this bill and that it scuttled the related bill that would decriminalize abortion in Queensland, said Ms Howie.

In 2016 the Committee recommended that the Abortion Law Reform (Womans Rights to Choose) Amendment Bill 2016 not be passed.

Both Bills were introduced by independent MP Rob Pyne and are scheduled to be debated as cognate bills on 1 March 2017.

We thank Mr Pyne for his leadership in bringing these reproductive rights issues to the fore. Now it is up to the Queensland government to throw its support behind reform, either through supporting Mr Pynes bills or by putting forward its own. One thing is clear, its unacceptable for Queensland MPs to do nothing. Retaining the status quo means keeping nineteenth century laws that carry a risk of prosecution for women and doctors involved in abortions, said Ms Howie.

The current law leaves women and doctors in a precarious legal position, despite abortions being performed every week in Queensland and across Australia. How long do women need to wait for their basic medical needs to be met without risking a criminal prosecution? added Ms Howie.

The Bill, read together with the Abortion Law Reform (Womans Rights to Choose) Amendment Bill 2016, would:

  • remove all abortion offences from the Queensland Criminal Code;
  • regulate abortions performed after 24 weeks gest...

05:25

Melbourne dance festival sees disappointing amount of overdoses "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The Melbourne leg of the Electric Parade Music Festival saw a large number of punters hospitalised last night, with many being suspected of overdosing on the synthetic party drug GHB.

As ABC News reports, the event, which took place at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl in Melbournes CBD last night, saw 25 people treated afterwards, with a fleet of ambulances taking 22 individuals to the Alfred, Royal Melbourne and St Vincents hospitals, many of whom are in critical condition.

Furthermore, 40 arrests were made at the festival, while close to 30 individuals were given diversions with a further two people given cautions for cannabis.

Being held as part of Melbournes annual White Night celebrations, the event sparked comments from paramedics who said they were disappointed with the disproportionately large amount of overdoses.

As The New Daily reports, Ambulance Victoria State Health Commander Paul Holman said that the event was awash with drugs. Weve transported 22 people from that event alone, and were now up to 30-plus from that event and across the city, all with GHB overdoses, all critically ill, he said.

The Electric Parade Music Festival moves on to Sydney tonight.

05:11

Daniel Andrews response to crime - a multiculti spending spree and 'digital strategy' to counter Jihadis "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

What a spectacular example of what not to do. Dan, the crooks and gangs are laughing at you. The feel good brigade will smile and tell you how terrific you are. People who want to be a part of multiculti Victoria are already. The crooks and terrorists will go to...

02:50

Tennis ball-sized hail rips through Sydney, Australia "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

A line of severe thunderstorms hit Sydney and the New South Wales coast on Friday and Saturday, February 18, 2017 with tennis ball-sized hail and a massive number of lightning strikes. The storms toppled trees and power lines and damaged numerous cars and houses....... Read more

01:26

Stuart Wilde Q&A Part 3: Relationships "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Republished Stuart Wilde Question and answer sessions Part 3 Are There Really Soulmates? Q: Ive been in a number of unhealthy relationships that have left me drained and []

01:11

Coalition push for taxpayers to fund coal power "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Contributed from Victoria This should be a major scandal. The federal government is moving to finance the building of new coal mines. Talk about corporate...

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01:04

Australia's new normal as city temperatures hit 47C people shelter from the deadly heat "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

In Sydney's baking suburbs, fans have sold out and fears about the effects of climate change are mountingNahid is resting on a bench outside a Target clothing store, her groceries beside her. A cheery, middle-aged woman with a soft Egyptian accent, she is eating a cone of bubblegum ice-cream as though it contains the secret of life. When I ask her if she's enjoying her ice-cream, it takes her 30 seconds to stop laughing.On the weekend I was sick! Sick from the heat! It was like a [...]

00:23

The End of the Oilocene "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The Oilocene, if that term ever catches on, will have only lasted 150 years. Which must be the quickest blink in terms of geological eras This article was lifted from feasta.org but unfortunately I cant give writing credits as I could not find the authors name anywhere. The data showing well be quickly out of viable oil is stacking up at an increasing rate.

Steven Kopits from Douglas-Westwood (whose work I published here three years ago almost to the day) said the productivity of new capital spending has fallen by a factor of five since 2000. The vast majority of public oil and gas companies require oil prices of over $100 to achieve positive free cash flow under current capex and dividend programs. Nearly half of the industry needs more than $120, he said.

And if you dont finish reading this admittedly long article, do not exit this blog without first taking THIS on board.:

What people do not realise is that it takes oil to extract, refine, produce and deliver oil to the end user. The Hills Group calculates that in 2012, the average energy required by the oil production chain had risen so much that it was then equal to the energy contained in the oil delivered to the economy. In other words In 2012 the oil industry production chain in total used 50% of all the energy contained in the oil delivered to the consumer. This is trending rapidly to reach 100% early in the next decade.

So there you go as I posted earlier this year, do we have five years left.?

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End of the Oilocene: The Demise of the Global Oil Industry and of the Global Economic System as we know it.

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00:09

Anna Bligh has been appointed to do a job for the banks "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Contributed by Joe Montero That former Queensland Labor premier has been appointed CEO of the Australian Bankers Association should not surprise anyone. Is not unusual...

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Saturday, 18 February

21:05

FixedIt: Alcohol doesnt cause rape, but it is often used as a weapon "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

A 14 year old girl, brutally raped by two adults, is not a drunk teenager. She is the victim of a horrific crime in which alcohol was used as a weapon to incapacitate her.

SMH, who frankly should (and do) know better, used this headline above a story of an adult man and his female partner who plied her with alcohol before raping her twice.

After being so terribly brutalised, this child, her family, her friends, and anyone who ever knew her, should not have to see her so maligned in a headline. Nor should anyone else.

20:31

Man critically injured by shark on the Great Barrier Reef, Australia "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

A man has been critically injured in a shark attack in Australia while spear fishing on the Great Barrier Reef. The 26-year-old was repeatedly bitten on his left leg by what his friends thought was either a bull or tiger shark. The attack occurred while the man was diving near Hinchinbrook Island, off the Queensland coast. Following the attack the man's friends took him by boat to the mainland town of Cardwell where paramedics stemmed the bleeding and stabilised his condition. He was then flown by helicopter to Cairns Base Hospital, some 90 miles to the north.

20:30

The Great Coal Skulduggery ... "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Coal, Coal, Coal, thats the elated squeal from the federal Liberals at the moment!  Its almost as intense as the hallowing eureka cry for gold back in the 1850s when everyone lived for the dream of finding an Eldorado. These are dangerous times for the future of our planet as more coal mining means more of the same C02 output. This is exactly what the worlds climate doesnt need!

20:05

One for the Men: On Prostitution and Thankfulness "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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19:00

Blindsided ... "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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00:09

Noisy protest about noisy coal mines Newcastle, Mon, 20-Feb-2017 12:00 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Media Alert

Noisy protest about noisy coal mines

What: A protest against noise pollution impacts from open cut coal mines. At a certain point in the demonstration, participants will attempt to be as loud as a coal mine, using BYO noise-making devices, and a mine noise recording played over the PA.

Where: 117 Bull St, Newcastle (outside the Environment Protection Agency office)

When: 12pm, Monday 20th February. Over by 1pm.

Why: The protest will call on the NSW Environment Minister, Gabrielle Upton, to reject the EPAs proposal to weaken noise pollution rules for NSW coal mines. The protest will call for regulations to be strengthened instead.

Speakers:
Bev Smiles, Wollar resident,
Peter Brown, Muswellbrook resident,
AnneMaree McLaughlin, Bulga resident
Steve Phillips, Lock The Gate

 

The NSW Environment Minister, Gabrielle Upton, is currently poised to approve new Industrial Noise Guidelines, which will replace the Industrial Noise Policy that currently regulates noise pollution emissions from coal mines and other large industrial projects.

The proposed changes will weaken already inadequate protections for rural residents. As well as downgrading the status of the regulations from hard and fast policy to weaker guidelines, the draft new regulations will increase the allowable daytime noise limits from 35 to 40 dB, effectively exposing more rural residents to more harmful noise pollution.

Peter Brown, a resident of Muswellbrook shire, said, My wife and I literally cannot sleep in our own house, because of noise pollution from the nearest mine. We are forced to leave our home every night and travel into town, just so we can get enough sleep to get on with our lives. Thats not fair. Noise pollution rules are too weak. They need to be strengthened, not watered down.

Bev Smiles, resident of Wollar and convenor of the Hunter Communities Network, said, 90% of my neighbours have been forced to leave the community since open cut mining started here 10 years ago. Our village has been decimated by noise pollution from the mine.

When peoples lives are being ruined, when they are forced to leave their homes just to get enough sleep to function, then its obvious the existing noise pollution rules arent good enough. Rural residents need stron...

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