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Sunday, 21 October


There Are Some Upsides To A Minority Government. Bob Katter Isnt One Of Them "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

If you thought parliament was toxic and unstable before Malcolm Turnbull exited, you aint seen nothing yet. Chris Graham looks at a house divided, and one of the men who now holds considerable sway over it.

Counting in the Wentworth by-election hadnt even finished when, at 8:44pm last night, Bob Katter, the Queensland independent who now holds the balance of power in our federal parliament, began issuing threats.

Yes folks, the Australian Government is now partially at the mercy of a man who claims to be Aboriginal (with no Aboriginal heritage); who once swore there were almost no homosexuals living in North Queensland; who believes that its racist to refer to his heritage as Lebanese (its Lebanese); who thinks that man-made climate change is probably a hoax; who supported Fraser Annings white Australia speech; and who voted against marriage equality.

And thats just the basics. Katter unplugged is much more scary, as the media release he issued last night will show.

Before we get to it, some brief background: Since 1940, Australia has only ever had one other hung parliament Gillards in 2010. Labor won 72 seats, and so did the Coalition. Green Adam Bandt, and independents Tony Windsor, Andrew Wilkie and Rob Oakshott agreed to back Labor, giving them the required 76 seats to govern.

That period also happens to coincide with one of the most productive periods of legislation for an Australian government. The fact is, hung parliaments can be a good thing if sensible people hold the balance of power.

As it now stands, The Morrison Government holds 74 seats, but one of those is occupied by the Speaker of the House, Tony Smith. They also have Nationals MP Kevin Hogan, who left the government benches after the ousting of Turnbull but has guaranteed supply. So of the six cross bench MPs, the Coalition needs at least two of them. Katter will have almost certainly have to be one them.

Heres how that man opened his media statement last night.

I would hope that other cross benchers would see it the same way as I do any further instability in government by leadership or early elections will result in us having more Prime Ministers than Pakistan.

Obviously, we have had more Prime Ministers than Pakistan, both in the last decade, and in history (Scott Morrison is Australias 30th Prime Minister. Imran Khan is Pakistan...

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Saturday, 20 October


Gibt es eigentlich auch noch Hardware-Journalismus? ... "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Gibt es eigentlich auch noch Hardware-Journalismus? Also im Sinne von: Reviews von Hardware?

Ich finde irgendwie nur noch so Affiliate-Link-Reindrck-Textfarm-Output, der ein paar Features (hufig auch noch falsch) listet. Selbst bei Heise findet man nur noch Affiliate-Bullshit und Preisvergleich.

Nicht dass Forenbeitrge weiterhelfen, aber selbst da sind jetzt die Hlfte so "Ich habe das Board zum Reviewen kostenlos zur Verfgung gestellt gekriegt"-Bullshit, und dann ergtzt sich der Autor daran, wie schnell das Board geliefert kam und dass die Verpackung toll aussieht. What the fuck?

Update: Fr Notebooks fand ich bisher ganz gut, aber bei Desktops gibt es echt nur noch so Gamer-Schei. Ich stehe im Moment vor der Frage, welches Mainboard ich fr einen Ryzen 8-Core haben will. Und da gibt es in der Tat Reviews hier und da, aber kein einziger versucht mal mit RAM-Vollbestckung zu testen. Beim Rumklicken in den Kompatibilittslisten bei MSI bleibt dann berhaupt nur ein RAM-Hersteller brig, bei dem 64GB RAM mit Maximal-Taktung (nur noch 2933 bei Vollbestckung :-( ) zugesagt werden, und die haben dann CL17 und sind die Rechts-Unten-Modelle von Kingston, die leider auch preislich rechts unten sind. Aber 64GB RAM und viele Cores betrifft halt Gaming nicht, daher testet sowas niemand.


Australia: Imam says If you dont want a person to invade your privacy sexually, you dont put yourself out there "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Nassim Abdi, who is a cleric with the Australian Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jammah Association, says he doesnt justify abuse, but preaches that it is the womans fault if she puts herself out there and gets abused. He also says it is the mens fault for not following Sharia and allowing women to put themselves out []


Producers of Teen Sex Abuse Documentary An Open Secret Threaten to Sue Molestation Victim Over Criticism of Film (Exclusive) "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

This is what a fake survivor advocate looks like

And Hoffman is now attacking me with the same BS arguments Doug Mesner aka Satanic Temples founder Lucien Greaves and his crew are attacking me with.

Like with a 10 min video I made speaking about what happened with my nephew when I was 13 that they edited to 1 minute.


Anna Von Reitz -- About Federal Code, For the General Staff About Nathan Rothschild, The Paperwork Debate "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Saturday, October 20, 2018

About Federal Code....

Source: Paul Stramer | By Anna Von Reitz

The first thing every American has to know about Federal Code is that only about 10% of all the Federal Code--- only those General Session Laws posted in the Federal Register -- ever applied to us.

The rest is and always was just internal rules and rule-making for federal employees and dependents.

The second thing that every American needs to know is that the "Revised United States Statutes" that would have applied to us were never in fact adopted or "revised" because neither the Territorial Congress nor the Municipal Congress had authority to "revise" anything done by our actual Federal Congress prior to 1860. So the old "unrevised" Federal US Statutes-at-Large still stand.

The third thing every American needs to know is the organization that promoted and developed all the rest of the Federal Code structure from 1860 to 1999, went totally out of business when its bankruptcy settled November 7, 1999, and all those rules --- all fifty (50) "Titles" worth --- became "discretionary" -- that is, something that federal employees are taught as standards, but not obligatory.

The fourth thing that every American needs to know is that you look like complete idiots when you go around quoting these defunct federal rules and codes. Why? Because you are like Dutchmen lecturing Australian Aborigines about their own history, and they could care less.

Just stop.

These people are your employees and that is what you need to drum into their thick, thick, thick heads.




Auctions fizzle "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Auctions fizzle out for 2018

Very cagey auction activity in Sydney, with a preliminary clearance rate of only 44.5 per cent (more like somewhere in the thirties come final). 

The median auction price of a sold house was well down from a year earlier at $1,285,000, reflecting reduced borrowing capacity (mainly for investors rather than homebuyers). 

For units the median price of property sold at auction was up from $900,000 a year earlier to $940,250.  

But still very muted activity levels overall. 

Melbourne's clearance rate is also now well under 50 per cent. 

ALP in the ascendancy

With the Coalition roundly punished by the electorate in the Wentworth by-election for their machinations and tanking to a minority government in the process, property market participants will need to weigh up the potential impacts of changes to negative gearing legislation.

I'll post an online workshop on this very subject this week, so keep an eye out for that. 


Invictus Games opening ceremony under way after weather delay "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

"Invictus Games opening ceremony kicks off after delays from severe storm" Australian Army (@AustralianArmy) October 20, 2018


Lightning kills man in New South Wales, Australia "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A man has been killed by lightning at a racecourse in central western NSW as storms hit the state. Emergency services were called to Comobella Road at Guerie, near Dubbo, just after 2pm on Saturday following reports a man had been struck by lightning. Paramedics assessed the 53-year-old but he had died at the scene. "Unfortunately there wasn't much we could do," a NSW Ambulance spokeman told AAP. A report will be prepared for the coroner. The incident comes after the Bureau of Meteorology issued a warning for a severe thunderstorm that has pushed north from the ACT.


Hard to believe people could shoot and kill a standing elephant for "sport" "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The elephants almost made a match of it. NEW: Elephants charge at hunters after they shoot and kill a member of the herd in Namibia. Yashar Ali (@yashar) October 18, 2018


Kerryn Phelps Wins Wentworth By-Election, Wiping Out Liberal Partys Margin "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Independent candidate and longtime LGBTIQ rights campaigner Dr Kerryn Phelps has claimed victory in the Wentworth by-election, removing the Morrison governments majority in parliament. In a historic defeat for the Liberal Party, Phelps was declared winner on Saturday night with a a two-party preferred vote of 54.39 per cent, compared to Liberal candidate Dave Sharma ...

The post Kerryn Phelps Wins Wentworth By-Election, Wiping Out Liberal Partys Margin appeared first on QNews Magazine.


$A500 Million for Consultants, and Government Destructions of the Domestic Economy "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


by G5

Apart from the economic lunacy of the horrendous cost not only of construction, but maintenance of the disused desalination plants in Melbourne and Sydney Australian state governments have many dark secrets.

AUD 500 Million

It slipped in early December 2017 that The New South Wales Government in Australia is paying the four big accounting firms an admitted AUD 500 million a year for Consultancy Services. Nothing has since been questioned on the matter. There being more compelling issues for the news cycles of Australian mainstream media (MSM).

The Government has apparently Lost its Expert Capacities. An issue that raises many more questions than answers. Whatever happened to the suicidal Doctrine of Keynesianism?

Now, if these four firms are being paid to advise Government, but at the same time represent the largest corporations playing in Australia, would that not at sometime be a conflict of interest. Or is that also covered by that peculiar mental gymnastic of ...


Liberals Lose Wentworth: We Now Have A Hung Federal Parliament "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Morrison Government has lost the eastern Sydney seat of Wentworth an electorate that has been held by the Liberals virtually since the Second World War meaning it has also lost its majority in the House of Representatives.

In a stunning result, a short time ago ABC election analyst Antony Green declared Dr Kerryn Phelps a high-profile Independent and the former head of the Australian Medical Association the victor in the by-election.

With about almost 90 per cent of the vote counted, Phelps was predicted to secure 54 per cent of the two-party preferred vote, over the Liberals Dave Sharma.

Sharma has so far polled about 39 per cent of the primary vote, not enough to hold Phelps off once the count moves to preferences.

He went into the contest with a huge 17 per cent margin.

Significantly, early booths reported by the AEC were Vaucluse and East Double Bay both showed massive swings against the Liberals, averaging around 25 per cent. Both booths are traditionally the heartland of the Liberal Party vote.

Independent, Dr Kerryn Phelps, pictured earlier today from ABC TV news coverage.

Virtually all of those votes appear to have gone directly to Ms Phelps.

The Greens and Labor both suffered significant swings against their primary vote 6.2 per cent and 7.8 percent. Combined, thats a 14 per cent swing against them, and when you add in the 21.66 per cent swing against the Liberals, it accounts pretty neatly for Phelps vote (33.09 per cent of first preferences).

The Liberals ham-fisted campaigning in the weeks leading up to the poll clearly didnt help. The ill-conceived announceme...


LIVE Wentworth By-Election Coverage: Huge Swing Against Liberals, ABCs Green Calls It For Phelps "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

UPDATE 7:18pm: ABCs election analyst Antony Green has called the Wentworth by-election for Independent Kerryn Phelps.

UPDATE 7:13pm: With six of 41 booths in, Independent Kerry Helps appears to be headed for a stunning destruction of the Liberal Party, leading Dave Sharma on first preference, 1648 votes to 1531.

Commentators had tipped Phelps may win the seat, but no=one predicted she would actually outpoll the Liberals, with expectations she would pass Sharma on preferences.

Two of the booths that came in early Vaucluse and East Double Day showed swings of above 25 per cent against the Liberals, and theyre traditionally strong booths for the government.

UPDATE 7:04pm: ABC election analyst Antony Green is potentially only minutes away from calling the Wentworth by-election for Independent Dr Kerry Phelps.

Four booths have so far been counted all of them show a massive swing against the Liberals, in the vicinity of almost 30 percent.

UPDATE 6:55pm: A second booth is in. The Liberal vote is down 23.4 percent at the Vaucluse, one of the best booths for the Government. It puts Sharma at around 40 per cent across two booths, which would make it almost impossible for the Liberals to retain the seat.

6:44pm:  Less than 400 votes have been counted in todays Wentworth by-election, but already, a huge swing appears to be on against the Liberals.

A few minutes ago, the Australian Electoral Commission posted the results for the first booth East Double Bay. It showed a 27.31 per cent swing against the Liberals.

Those votes went to independent Kerry Phelps, who picked up 29.48 per cent of the booth. In terms of raw votes, Dave Sharma won 165; Phelps picked up 102. Labors Tim Murray picked up 30 votes.

If that sort of swing translates across the electorate -Turnbull won the seat in 2016 with as 17 per cent margin Dave Sharma will lose the seat for the Liberals.

Wentworth has been in Liberal hands almost exclusively since 1944. It was held briefly in the early 2000s by Peter King, a Liberal dis-endorsed to make way for future Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

Turnbull held the seat since 2004, only to leave politics entirely two m...


Database integration "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

For those who take a feed from my blog you will note some new posts that seem to date back to 2004 and 2005. I am currently integrating (slowly) my initial blog (which was in a different database) into the current database. It will take some time. You can ignore the posts.


Underutilisation falling... "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


Thanks for the thousand or so Tweets, messages, and pingbacks about record underutilisation and the like - a pleasure as always! 

Yes, it's a problem.

No, it's not been getting worse.

Volume measures - reported quarterly on an original basis - have consistently improved year-on-year since 2014...through 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018 year-to-date.

All publicly available information from the ABS:

Yes, there is more work to be done (literally so in this case!).

The Reserve Bank has noted the same patterns, but still believes that the unemployment rate is the key measure, and that's at the lowest level since 2012.

No, this won't be reported in left-leaning media, nor for that matter whichever 'recession' blogs you may care to mention.

C'est tout. 



Very low preliminary auction clearance rates this weekend, under 50 per cent for Melbourne, and just 44 per cent for Sydney.

It'll be a long, slow run into Christmas from here this year. 



More than a Garden "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Next week a couple of our members will facilitate some non-gardening activities as part of the Gardener in Residence Program. The community garden is the perfect setting, beyond the gardening, this time of the year. Interested in getting your body fit for gardening, and your mind relaxed? On Tuesday Erica will run a yoga and Continue reading More than a Garden


The Weekend Quiz October 20-21, 2018 answers and discussion "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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

Question 1:

The mainstream the Quantity Theory of Money claims that growth in the stock of money will be inflationary. The fact that the recent practice of large-scale quantitative easing (so-called printing money) in many nations has not generated any inflationary impulses is evidence that this Theory is flawed.

The answer is False.

The question requires you to: (a) understand the Quantity Theory of Money; and (b) understand the impact of quantitative easing in relation to Quantity Theory of Money.

The short reason the answer is false is that quantitative easing has not increased the aggregates that drive the alleged causality in the Quantity Theory of Money that is, the various estimates of the money supply.

The Quantity Theory of Money which in symbols is MV = PQ but means that the money stock times the turnover per period (V) is equal to the price level (P) times real output (Q). The mainstream assume that V is fixed (despite empirically it moving all over the place) and Q is always at full employment as a result of market adjustments.

Yes, in applying this theory they deny the existence of unemployment. The more reasonable mainstream economists admit that short-run deviations in the predictions of the Quantity Theory of Money can occur but in the long-run all the frictions causing unemployment will disappear and the theory will apply.

In general, the Monetarists (the most recent group to revive the Quantity Theory of Money) claim that with V and Q fixed, then changes in M cause changes in P which is the basic Monetarist claim that expanding the money supply is inflationary. They say that excess monetary growth creates a situation where too much money is chasing too few goods and the only adjustment that is possible is nominal (that is, inflation).

One of the contributions of Keynes was to show the Quantity Theory of Money could not be correct. He observed price level changes independent of monetary supply movements (and vice versa) which changed his own perception of the way the monetary system operated.

Further, with high rates of capacity and labour underutilisation at various times (including now) one can hardly seriously maintain the....


Drought Relief Donations Missing "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"



The media finally listened to the pleas for help from our rural areas after years of drought.

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The Monsanto Papers "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Australian documentary, "The Monsanto Papers," reveals the secret tactics used by global chemical giant Monsanto (now owned by Bayer AG1,2), to protect its bestselling herbicide, Roundup.

The film starts out with a quick history of Roundup and how its now-clearly absurd safety claims (such as "it's biodegradable," "safe enough to drink," and "safer than table salt") made it into the worlds' most widely used weed killer, used by farmers and private gardeners alike. Indeed, it was at one time known as "the world's most trusted herbicide," but those days are now long gone.

Between 1974 the year glyphosate entered the U.S. market and 2014, glyphosate use increased more than 250fold in the U.S. Today, an estimated 300 million pounds are applied on U.S. farmland annually. Globally, nearly 5 billion pounds (over 2 billion kilograms) of glyphosate are applied to some 70 types of farm crops each year.3

Roundup Is Far From Harmless

Mounting evidence suggests Roundup is far from harmless, and evidence unearthed during legal discovery shows Monsanto has been well aware of its product's toxic nature, and has been covering it up.

As previously discussed in many articles, glyphosate and glyphosate-based weed killer formulations such as Roundup have in recent years been linked to a wide variety of human health consequences, including:


Non-Hodgkin lymphoma4

Impairing your body's ability to produce fully functioning proteins5

Inhibiting the shikimate pathway (found in gut bacteria)

Interfering with the function of.........


Tim Flannery now sees nuclear power as useless, except for nuclear weapons "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Steve Dale Nuclear Fuel Cycle Watch South Australia, 20 Oct 18I note Tim Flannerys words in the transcript. Listen to the pod cast below from the 21 minute mark to see how his position regarding nuclear has evolved he talks about how solar and wind has become so cheap, so quickly, he talks about the Tesla battery, gearless wind turbines, how fantastic that South Australia is now coal free and that the only reason he can see why a country would fund nuclear these days is if they want to develop nuclear weapons...


Climate change denial this forms the Morrison governments biggest economic problem? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Morrison governments biggest economic problem? Climate change denial, The Conversation, Judith Brett,  Emeritus Professor of Politics, La Trobe University, October 19, 2018   . the heart of the problem, which is the inability of the Coalition to face the reality of climate change and its stubborn determination to live in a parallel universe of business as usual. It is climate change denial that is preventing the government from developing a coherent economic narrative. ..

Doubting the risks of climate change, opposing serious counter measures and believing in coals long-term future is an identity issue for many Coalition politicians.

As an identity issue, it is largely impervious to evidence, as we saw in government ministers hasty dismissal of the recent...


4x4 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Hey all, new to 4x4. Looking for places to go around townsville for a novice. Any ideas?

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Minister Price is not right RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

When the lights are on and the cameras are rolling, most government Ministers know that they must at least pretend to believe in and care about the impacts of climate change. The post Minister Price is not right appeared first on RenewEconomy.

via Minister Price is not right RenewEconomy


Microgrid funding to help Yackandandah reach 100% renewables RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Victorian government backs microgrid in Victorias north-east that will trial the use of solar, storage and smart controls at the grid edge. The post Microgrid funding to help Yackandandah reach 100% renewables appeared first on RenewEconomy.

via Microgrid funding to help Yackandandah reach 100% renewables RenewEconomy


Free rooftop solar for low-income households in NSW govt deal RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

NSW government trial will install 2.5kW of rooftop solar, free, for low-income households that forego their energy rebate. The post Free rooftop solar for low-income households in NSW govt deal appeared first on RenewEconomy.

via Free rooftop solar for low-income households in NSW govt deal RenewEconomy


October 19 Energy News geoharvey "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Opinion: Trumps Failure to Fight Climate Change is a Crime Against Humanity President Donald Trump, along with others who oppose action to address human-induced climate change, should be held accountable for climate crimes against humanity. Their policies deny the rights to life, health, and property to their own citizens and people worldwide. [CNN] []

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Genetic effects of nuclear testing in Australia in the 1950s and 60s "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

UK to probe poisonous genetic legacy of nuclear test guinea pigs SMH, By Nick Miller, 19 October 2018 London: The UK government is considering a new study into the health of the children of British veterans used as guinea pigs in its Australian and Pacific nuclear weapons tests, to test fears of a poisonous genetic legacy.

If a link can be found it may form the basis of a claim for compensation from the UK government, despite courts previously turning down such claims from the veterans themselves.

Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has told officials in the Ministry of Defence to look at the feasibility of a study into the health and well-being of the children of nuclear test veterans, an MOD spokesman said.

Decades ago, around 22,000 British military personnel witnessed nuclear weapons tests in South Australia, on the Montebello Islands off Western Australia, and on Kiribatis Christmas Island in the Pacific.

Some felt the heat of the explosion on their backs and were ordered to turn around and observe the mushroom cloud. One veteran told the BBC in February the tests bowled people over and left them on the ground screaming. He had watched another sun hanging in the sky, dresse...


Canadas nuclear waste nightmare "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

60,000 tons of dangerous radioactive waste sits on Great Lakes shores

THE EFFECTS OF A WORST-CASE SCENARIO FROM A NATURAL DISASTER TO TERRORISM COULD CAUSE UNTHINKABLE CONSEQUENCES FOR THE GREAT LAKES REGION.   Keith Matheny, Detroit Free Press Oct. 19, 2018  More than 60,000 tons of highly radioactive spent nuclear fuel is stored on the shores of four of the five Great Lakes in some cases, mere yards from the waterline in still-growing stockpiles.

Its actually the most dangerous waste produced by any industry in the history of the Earth, said Gordon Edwards, president of the nonprofit Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility.

The spent nuclear fuel is partly from 15 current or former U.S. nuclear power plants, including four in Michigan, that have generated it over the past 50 years or more. But most of the volume stored along the Great Lakes, more than 50,000 tons, comes from Canadian nuclear facilities, where nuclear power is far more prevalent.

It remains on the shorelines because theres still nowhere else to put it. The U.S. government broke a promise to provide the...


American town dreading the prospect of becoming known as the nuclear waste town "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

When businesses are considering locating in Zion or making real estate investments, the nuclear waste presents a negative perception of our community, Hill said. Plans call for the development of the lakefront, and we are unable to attract investments to that..

I speak for all the citizens of Zion when I say we do not want to be a storage facility for radioactive waste.

Failures of Congress Keep Nuclear Waste Scattered Across the US, Governments liability is $34 billion and growing as communities wait and wait some more,  Roll Call , Jeremy Dillon 15 Oct 18, In Zion, Illinois, 257 acres of prime lakefront property about 40 miles northwest of Chicago should be at the center of a redevelopment plan to revive a struggling community caught in the aftermath of a closed nuclear plant, says its mayor, Al Hill.  But after decades of federal inaction on a comprehensive strategy to move the nations high-level radioactive waste from some 121 sites across the country, Zion and its local officials are coming to the same stark realization as many other communities with shuttered or aging plants: The federal governments foot-dragging on nuclear waste policy may seem as long as the radioactive materials 10,000-year half-life.

Some 64 so-called dry cask storage units containing 2.2 million pounds of deadly spent nuclear fuel rods are stored on the site of what was the Zion Nuclear Power Station, the remnants from generating nuclear power since 1974. And theyve left Zion in a kind of purgatory, unable to move on from its nuclear past even as it must shoulder the public safety and health risks from the inability of Congress and multiple administrations to decide how to dispose of the radioactive waste.

When busin...


Second wave of big batteries about to join Australias main grid RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The second wave of big batteries two in Victoria and one in South Australia are going through the commissioning phase, and should be ready to join the main grid in time for the coming summer. The post Second wave of big batteries about to join Australias main grid appeared first on RenewEconomy.

via Second wave of big batteries about to join Australias main grid RenewEconomy


What was he thinking? Dave Sharma, "I see myself very much in the tradition of Malcolm Turnbull" "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The last 5 seconds or so of this interview. No Liberal Party member in their right mind would want to be cast in the Malcolm Turnbull tradition!


Vaccination Choice: The Reasons why Governments are Suppressing the Science "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Australian government and mainstream journalists are going to extreme lengths to prevent the public from receiving the science that supports the publics right to choice in vaccination, with credibility. This includes providing false and misleading information about my qualifications in public health and the framing of the scientific arguments as anti-vaccination or a conspiracy theory.

It is important to remember that vaccines are injected into the human body and, like all drugs, it is necessary to know what is injected and what the long-term health effects are. It is also important to know if governments are using objective science or biased science in the development of these policies.

This bias can be a result of the industry funding of vaccine science combined with the financial conflicts of interest of government representatives and the donations/lobbying of politicians by pharmaceutical companies.

My PhD research found that governments are promoting vaccines on 3 main myths:

  1. The myth that vaccines reduced the risk from infectious diseases by creating herd immunity
  2. The myth that vaccine adverse health outcomes are rare
  3. The myth that vaccines are not causing the exponential rise in autism or the 5-fold increase in chronic illness, neurological and autoimmune diseases that we are observing in all developed countries. This significant increase is in a direct linear dose-response relationship an important criteria  for demonstrating cause and effect of associations. This has occurred since liability was removed from the pharmaceutical companies in the US in 1986 for any harm caused from vaccines.

Here is a 30 minute video presentation of the scientific evidence in my PhD that demonstrates that there is no valid reason to mandate any vaccine in any population. The mandating of vaccines is a serious risk to public health and it is most likely destroying the genetic fabric of the population. This video has been made for a scientific conference on vaccination and it is titled Vaccination against Multiple Diseases: Is this in the best interests of public health?

Please note that the control of infectious diseases is a discipline of public health (social medicine). It was not included in the field of medicine for general practitioners until the 1990s. Prior to this it was not a medical issue. This is because Infectious diseases were controlled by political and economic decisions that changed our lifestyle and environment with....


Scientists Believe the Moon May Reveal Incredible Secrets of the Universe "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The question about how the universe came to be has long interested the scientific community, however, a team of scientists may have just unlocked some fascinating answers in an unlikely place it appears the moon may have something to tell us!

A team of astronomers used the Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) radio telescope, a low-frequency radio array designed to operate in the frequency range of 80-300 MHz. This allows scientists to detect the radio signals that are given off by hydrogen atoms, providing for an opportunity to study space including the sun, the Earths ionosphere, and the heliosphere, among other things.

Using this technology, they began to seek a better understanding of how the universe came to be. The team led by Dr. Benjamin McKinley was able to observe the moon specifically, picking up radio signals from outer space, specifically those given off by hydrogen atoms. This data provided an interesting insight into what they referred to as the infant Universe.

Before there were stars and galaxies, the Universe was pretty much just hydrogen, floating around in space, explained Dr. McKinley. Since there are no sources of the optical light visible to our eyes, this early stage of the Universe is known as the cosmic dark ages.

To help those who are unfamiliar with how the technology works, Dr. McKinley provided a simplified explanation. The waves that the telescope was able to pick up were similar to the radio waves that we use to listen to our favourite stations every time we get into the vehicle. In the same way that you can adjust the car radio, tuning into a wide selection of channels, converting the available radio waves to sound, these same waves coming from space can also be converted, providing us with a great deal of valuable information.

The radio telescope, the Murchison Widefield Array which is located in the Western Australian desert far away from earth-based FM radio stations, takes the radio signals from space and which we can then convert into images of the sky, Dr. McKinley described.

What we need to understand is that everything in space gives off similar waves, however, the items that are closer to us, the bright objects in space like those in our own Milky Way galaxy are louder due to their proximity, and so most studies stop there. However, the waves discovered, the team states, were weak signals from the early Universe, new insight into its history.

While this is a great discovery and a big step towards understanding the origin of the Universe, it is not witho...


Drought Relief Donations Missing "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The media finally listened to the pleas for help from our rural areas after years of drought. Australians coughed up the cash. But what happened to it? By General Maddox. Our rural brothers and sisters have been complaining about the drought conditions for over a decade. Conditions have worsened and finally the mainstream media decided []


Video: Join 23 October Melbourne rally and help change the rules "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


Its time to turn around record inequality and bring back the fair go.

We need everyone out on the streets.

Video from Australian Unions


Largest ever union rally: Let's make it happen

It's time to turn around record inequality and bring back the fair go.We need everyone out on the streets.

Posted by Australian Unions on Thursday, October 18, 2018

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Margaret Grace Thorsborne AO 1927-2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A life of outstanding service to country and community
With the passing of Margaret Thorsborne we mourn the loss not only of our (Wildlife Preservation) Societys patron and one of its longest-serving members, but also one of Queenslands most revered and beloved champions of our wildlife and natural heritage.
Margaret Thorsborne AO. Photo Rob Parsons.
Born on 3 June 1927, Margaret was the daughter of Constance (nee Keys) and Lionel Kemp-Pennefather, both of whom had given extraordinary service in the most horrific arenas of the first world war: her father with the AIF and her mother with the Australian Army Nursing Service. Their influence on Margaret imbued her with a great compassion for others, a respect for life in all its forms, and a deep love of nature and with this came an immense sense of responsibility. Seeing herself as a protector not a protestor Margaret was indefatigable in her defence of all wildlife species and their habitats, particularly those most vulnerable to human pressures. For Margaret our wetlands and waterways, islands and oceans, forests and woodlands, mangroves, estuaries, dunes and beaches were all a part of our backyard to be treated with sensitivity, understanding and the utmost care.
Margaret grew up in the Brisbane suburb of Toowong and, like her mother, trained as a nurse, later moving to Southport.  In later life she often described the Gold Coast that she knew at that time as one of the loveliest places on earth with its wealth of wildflowers, paperbark woodlands, lagoons and clear-running creeks flowing down from the mountains of the hinterland. In 1963 she married schoolteacher Arthur Thorsborne creating an enduring partnership that was to become famous in conservation circles.

Inspired by such figures as artist and conservationist Kathleen McArthur and naturalist David Fleay, Margaret and Arthur became active members of the newly-formed Wildlife Preservation Society of Queensland. She was soon involved in early state-wide campaigns to protect the reef and rainforests, in practical projects conserving local habitats and encouraging community enthusiasm for native flora. The Pine Ridge Conservation Park at Runaway Bay, which today still protects an area of mostly vanished wallum country, is....


Government May Remove Speed Camera Warning Signs "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim A report released on 18 October 2018 by the NSW Auditor-General, Margaret Crawford, has suggested that New South Wales remove signs that alert motorists to upcoming speed cameras, on the basis they reduce road safety. Ms Crawford says the signs which give speeding motorists an opportunity to slow

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Eireborne Presented by MPire Creative Pty Ltd "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Sunday 28 October 2018 8.00pm

$59.90-64.90 + booking fee

Theatre, Lismore City Hall



Australias hit new Irish rock show is taking off around Australia.

Eireborne is a tribute to Irelands contribution to the world of music and dance. More than an Irish dance show, Eireborne is a theatrical experience like nothing youve seen before.

The best Irish dancers in the world perform live with a band to a soundtrack comprised purely of the greatest Irish hits from artists such as U2, Van Morrison, Hozier, The Script, Ronan Keating, Enya and many more.

Eireborne showcases the extraordinary talent of music and dance that has come from a country of less than 5 million people.

At OHennessys pub, the barman, played by Adrian Espulso of X-Factor and Channel Tens I Will Survive fame, welcomes the audience to a traditional ceili night where his rocking band perform both traditional and modern world-wide hits. Dancers from international Irish shows such as Riverdance and Lord Of The Dance kick up their heels performing traditional and modern Irish dance as well as ballroom and tap dance. Youll meet the locals, be regaled with stories, clap your hands and sing along to the incredible list of Irish hits.

Fronting the dance ensemble is former Riverdance cast member, Peta Anderson . Along with co-directing the production, Petas choreography showcases her unique ability to fuse the styles of Irish dance with tap rhythms and beats. Peta was winner of Irish RTEs Dance Off , lead dancer in the Drama Desk Award nominated off-Broadway Irish production Noctu , and is a Capezio sponsored athlete.


Adult $64.90

Senior/Concession/Groups 10+ $59.90

Allocated seating (numbered tickets).

Please note there is a $3.30 booking fee per transaction (not per ticket) for all ticket purchases.


Duration | 115 minute


Our licensed bar will be open from 6pm, and also during and after the show. Drinks purchased from the bar are permitted inside the theatre. Sorry, no BYO.......


The Return of the Repressed: The First Reef War and its significance today "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


By Professor Iain McCalman, Co-Director of the Sydney Environment Institute 
Published 26 September 2018

Sydney Environment Institute's Iain McCalman, shares the story of how poet Judith Wrights small community coalition helped win the First Reef War, and reflects on what lessons we can learn from that victory, for todays fight for the Great Barrier Reef.
Aerial view of a Great Barrier Reef by Martin Maun. Sourced via Shutterstock, stock photo ID:300303536.
Between 1965 and 1975, the Australian poet Judith Wright led a successful popular political war to save the Great Barrier Reef from the Queensland State Governments campaign to mine eighty percent of it for oil, gas, fertilizer, and cement, in conjunction with an associated drive to create a sugarcane industry by levelling adjacent Reef rainforests. Two decades later, Wright ended the anniversary edition of her famous book, Coral Battlefield, with a chapter called Finale Without an Ending. She warned that politicians were fickle, and renewed attempts to mine the Reef region could resume any time.

Wright had fallen in love with the Great Barrier Reef in 1949, while holidaying on southernmost Lady Elliot Island. Shocked by the scars of guano mining, she was nevertheless stunned by the beauties of the islands fringing coral reefs. From this time coral reefs became her metaphor to describe how fearless individuals could, just like tiny coral polyps, create bastions of moral resistance in the very teeth of oceanic political forces.


A Woodsrunner's Diary: Any signatures from S.S.A.A. members??? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A Woodsrunner's Diary: Any signatures from S.S.A.A. members???:


Hypersensitivity reactions to human papillomavirus vaccine in Australian schoolgirls: retrospective cohort study. "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

PMID:  BMJ. 2008 Dec 2 ;337:a2642. Epub 2008 Dec 2. PMID: 19050332 Abstract Title:  Hypersensitivity reactions to human papillomavirus vaccine in Australian schoolgirls: retrospective cohort study. Abstract:  OBJECTIVE: To describe the outcomes of clinical evaluation, skin testing, and vaccine challenge in adolescent schoolgirls with suspected hypersensitivity to the quadrivalent human papillomavirus vaccine introduced in Australian schools in 2007.DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study.SETTING: Two tertiary paediatric allergy centres in Victoria and South Australia, Australia.PARTICIPANTS: 35 schoolgirls aged 12 to 18.9 years with suspected hypersensitivity reactions to the quadrivalent human papillomavirus vaccine.MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Clinical review and skin prick and intradermal testing with the quadrivalent vaccine and subsequent challenge with the vaccine.RESULTS: 35 schoolgirls with suspected hypersensitivity to the quadrivalent human papillomavirus vaccine were notified to the specialised immunisation services in 2007, after more than 380 000 doses had been administered in schools. Of these 35 schoolgirls, 25 agreed to further evaluation. Twenty three (92%) experienced reactions after the first dose. Thirteen (52%) experienced urticaria or angio-oedema, and of these, two experienced anaphylaxis. Thirteen had generalised rash, one with angio-oedema. The median time to reaction was 90 minutes. Nineteen (76%) underwent skin testing with the quadrivalent vaccine: all were skin prick test negative and one was intradermal test positive. Eighteen (72%) were subsequently challenged with the quadrivalent vaccine and three (12%) elected to receive the bivalent vaccine. Seventeen tolerated the challenge and one reported limited urticaria four hours after the vaccine had been administered. Only three of the 25 schoolgirls were found to have probable hypersensitivity to the quadrivalent vaccine.CONCLUSION: True hypersensitivity to the quadrivalent human papillomavirus vaccine in Australian schoolgirls was uncommon and most tolerated subsequent doses.

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Australias riches are a giant punt on property "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

How you think about inequality could lead to the most important financial decision you ever make.

The key asset class thats driving inequality around the world is about to pull the rug out from under our nations extraordinary levels of wealth.

Australia is at the end of the property cycle.

Its property bubble is popping right now, in my view.

And the wealth statistics suggest this will be downright catastrophic, because property and its satellite industries form an enormously bloated share of our economy and wealth.

From 2010 to 2013, Credit Suisse calculated Australians to be the wealthiest people in the world.

Thats on a median basis, meaning the middle Australian in terms of wealth was compared to others around the world.

The average Australian came in second because we have fewer billionaires than Switzerland.

Thanks to exchange rate moves, weve been coming second to Switzerland on both the median and average measure ever since.

But its the concentration of wealth thats the key. Not in terms of inequality, but in terms of where that wealth comes from.

Credit Suisse explains: The composition of household wealth in Australia is heavily skewed towards non-financial assets, which average US$303,200 and form 60% of gross assets. The high level of real assets partly reflects a large endowment of land and natural resources relative to population, but also results from high property prices in the largest cities.

In other words, as The Sydney Morning Herald put it, Most of that rise has been in the value of assets, mainly the family home, after a property boom centred on Sydney and Melbourne.

This explains why the Productivity Commission found that income inequality hasnt really worsened in recent decades, but wealth inequality has.

According to research from management consulting firm Capgemini, rich Aussies had 30.8% of their wealth invested in property in 2015.

The global average was 18.2%.

Legg Mason, an asset management firm, estimated that Aussies invest 11% more in real estate than other investors: Property accounts for about 27% of Australian investors portfolios, but only 16% of the portfolios of global investors.

Of Australias 200 wealthiest people, the number who list property as their sole source of wealth has doubled since 2011.

The real winners of the property bubble

Its not just property itself thats the issue.

Other large chunks of the Australian economy are dependent on rising house prices too........


Australian company pushing to open Papua New Guineas first coal-fired power plant "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

PHOTO: A new 60 megawatt power station would have the ability to burn coal as well as use renewable biomass. (ABC News: Peter Giafis)

An Australian company is pushing ahead with plans to open a coal-fired power plant and coal mine in Papua New Guinea, despite the recent call from the worlds most authoritative climate science body to completely cut greenhouse emissions by 2050.

Key points:

  • Mayur Resources plans to open a power plant and possible coal mine in PNG
  • A new power facility is expected in just over two years, the Energy Minister says
  • Activists say the move would be counter to PNGs commitments under the Paris accords

Yara Murray-Atfield | ABC News | 19 October 2018

Australian-based and PNG-focused M...


MACKAY Drinking session ends in brazen theft of car and wallet "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

MACKAY October 19, 2018 at 07:00PM ,

Drinking session ends in brazen theft of car and wallet

October 19, 2018 at 07:00PM ,

for the night, Greenway made off with his wallet and Toyota Camry while he was on parole for supplying drugs, Mackay Magistrates Court was told.

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Satin Flycatcher at Alligator Creek, Rossmoya reported by Andrew McDougall on 14-10-2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

One male, first I have seen at this location. Leaden flycatchers and the other usuals present also.


Vanquishing the Republic: Harry and Meghan in Australia "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The establishment of a republic means insurrectionary war, it means the desolation of a thousand households.  When the question shall arise, it will be determined by balls from cannon and from musket, by grape and shrapnel, by bayonet and by the sword.

Sir Alfred Stephen, NSW Legislative Council, June 16, 1887

The republic has tended to be a dormant idea in Australian politics for decades.  The Peoples Advocate, a Sydney-based publication, was unduly optimistic in its June 17, 1854 note which spoke of, The independence of the Australian colonies being more than an abstract idea.  It is certainly approaching as it is the dawn of tomorrows sun.  Occasional flashes of republican sentiment can be found in the historical record, but these have been, in the main, suppressed in favour of a monarchy housed in residences ten thousand miles away.

In 1999, the Republic idea was essentially buried by vote, a feat not without some genius on the part of the then Prime Minister, John Howard. Sensing that more than a few Australians were keen to detach the British dominion from its monarchical moorings, Howard first initiated a peoples convention which, he sensed, would botch up any prospect of advancing a decent model to vote upon.  The Republican grouping, distant and smug, was (and here, history is instructive) led by the now deposed Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

Pro-monarchist groups such as Australians for Constitutional Monarchy pursue a line not merely paradoxical but absurd.  The British Crown is raised to the level of sacrosanct mother, protector, and unifier. How this squares with sovereignty is a baffling exercise of self-delusion, but one happily embraced by such individuals as Gregory R. Copley, President of the International Strategic Studies Association based in Washington, D.C.

As the globe is fractured by bursts of populist dissatisfaction, suggested Copley at the Annual Conference of Australians for Constitutional Monarchy held at the New South Wales Parliament earlier this month, monarchy was indispensable. It is an appropriate time, then to ask where Australia would be today, without the enduring presence of the Crown our most visible icon of sovereignty and unity in Australian life.  In a paean to monarchical systems of government, Copley goes dew-eyed at the fate of monarchies in the 20th century, whose collapse was the precursor of todays global framework. This unfortunate turn of events left a global strategic framework which was inherently fragile.

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Not happy': Australia must act on climate, says former Kiribati leader "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Anote Tong, allegedly insulted by Australian minister, says inaction means Canberra risks losing its status in Pacific regionAnote Tong has had quite a week. The former president of Kiribati has been in Australia to advocate for more robust action on climate change, which threatens to wipe out his Pacific home within a matter of decades as sea levels rise.But on Wednesday he got caught up in controversy when reports emerged that Australia's environment minister, Melissa Price, allegedly [...]


Wentworth election day open thread "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Polls have just opened in the federal by-election in the seat of Wentworth in the eastern suburbs of Sydney. Ill be back at 6pm to cover the results, but until then enjoy this open thread.

You may like to read my guide to todays by-election.


Merkel: A Time To Heal? Open Letter from Elias Davidsson "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Canadas Prime Minister Justin Trudeau paid their respects at the site of the Berlin terror attack (Photo by H. Hanschle)

Open Letter to Mrs. Chancellor Angela Merkel From German citizen Elias Davidsson

Dear Chancellor Merkel,

I am writing to you regarding the fake terrorist attack that took place at a Christmas market in Berlin on 19 December 2016.

As we both know, you were forced by dark forces that reside outside Germany to authorize and cover up this act of public deception. I guess that this decision was hard on you.

The facts of this particular case are meanwhile seeping into public awareness. More and more citizens suspect that the official account on the Berlin attacks are contrived and that your government is covering up the facts. Such suspicions do not only undermine your credibility and that of your government, but also of the civilian institutions who participated in this act of deception, including the medical profession, firefighters, emergency workers and the police. When such institutions cannot anymore be trusted, the very rule of law is under threat. I doubt that this is your intention....


Live each day with gratitude to the Lord of Heaven, like its the last. "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Life is fragile, and transient.

I know three people who are battling serious cancer. A friend aged in his 50s, who has been through a lot in his life, has lymphatic cancer, a lady aged 44 has ovarian cancer and Pastor Danny Guglielmucci, an ACC (Australian Christian Churches) pastor has lymphoma.

I read on Dannys tweet stream that he has just had his sixth chemotherapy treatment.

My friend aged in his 50s is currently having chemotherapy followed by bone marrow replacement surgery. a last ditch effort.

The lady I know is in stage 4 of her cancer and is in palliative care, meaning the doctors have said they cant treat her any more.

Robbie Gale, a Bellingen resident and Christian, survived leukaemia about 15 years ago. Hes run the City to Surf in about 65 minutes every year since he got better about 12 years ago.

My father Rev Reuben Donald Elley known as Rev Don Elley, an eminent New Zealand Presbyterian clergy, survived lymphatic cancer in his 70s, and lived another 15 years. He did chemotherapy and lost all his hair.

Cancer is either a genetic disease, degenerative (aging) disease, or caused by smoking, excessive alcohol, unhealthy foods (colon cancer) or causes like chemicals.

Robbie Gale thinks he contracted cancer by being exposed to an Agent Orange factory next door to where he grew up in New Plymouth, New Zealand. Hes almost certainly correct.

My mother had chronic lymphatic leukaemia from her 60s and is still alive aged 87. Thats a blood condition that can ease in old age. Mum has outlived the cancer. Mum and dad used to spray their vegetable garden with chemicals all their adult live.

So life and cancer is a bit of a lottery.

My friend in his 50s has always been very fit and healthy, not smoking etc.

The lady aged 44 has always been healthy and has ovarian cancer from genetic causes.

So we never know whats around the corner for us, and we should live each day with gratitude to the Lord of Heaven, like its the last.


Wentworth byelection a referendum on climate change and refugees "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Greens praise progressive Kerryn Phelps ahead of Wentworth byelection, Guardian,  and  Fri 19 Oct 2018  Exclusive: Richard Di Natale says the independent candidates positions on climate change and refugees are a welcome change. The Greens leader, Richard Di Natale, has urged supporters in Wentworth to take note of Kerryn Phelps progressive positions on climate change and refugees when they cast their ballots on Saturday, in a clear signal to preference the high-profile independent ahead of Labor.

Di Natale told Guardian Australia the government was clearly at risk of losing Malcolm Turnbulls former seat, and Labor was running dead in the contest, so in that context people can vote Green and choose Kerryn over yet another Liberal backbencher.

The Greens leader urged rusted-on supporters to vote for the partys candidate, Dominic WY Kanak, and then take note of Kerryns progressive views on refugees and climate change, which are a welcome change from both the major parties.

The Wentworth byelection has become a referendum on climate change and refugees and is a unique opportunity to send a message to the Liberals who dont deserve to govern, he said. .


Macrophagic myofasciitis associated with vaccine-derived aluminium. "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

PMID:  Med J Aust. 2005 Aug 1 ;183(3):145-6. PMID: 16053418 Abstract Title:  Macrophagic myofasciitis associated with vaccine-derived aluminium. Abstract:  Macrophagic myofasciitis is characterised by sheets of macrophages in striated muscle, a few lymphocytes and inconspicuous muscle fibre damage. It is due to aluminium contained in vaccines, and is localised to the inoculation site. We report the first Australian case, detected incidentally when investigating a raised serum creatine kinase level.

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Hoodie update "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

These photos are now a week old The Hooded Robin nest Ive been carefully observing in the Rise and Shine.

The two eggs are now two tiny nestlings fingers crossed for a good result.

Hooded Robin (female) sitting, Rise and Shine, 24th October 2018


Australian right-wing government embraces white supremacism "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

This Australian satiric video says about itself:

PAULINE HANSON Send Up Im a Very Caring Racist Skye Brooks

The Racist, Sexist Lying Hypocritical Bigot Mix By Skye Brooks. Performed 1999, The Comedy Club, North Melbourne.

By Mike Head in Australia:

Australian government backs far-right OK to be white motion in Senate

19 October 2018

Last Monday, Liberal-National Coalition senators voted unanimously for a resolution by Senator Pauline Hanson, the leader of the anti-immigrant One Nation Party, promoting a notorious white supremacist slogan. In a revealing political stand, they openly joined far-right senators in backing Hansons it is okay to be white motion, which was only narrowly defeated, by 28 votes to 31.

The vote caused widespread outrage, and attracted international media attention, because it so nakedly aligned the government with the type of far-right and fascistic elements emerging in Europe and the United States. With a crucial by-election in the Sydney electorate of Wentworth this Saturday, there was also evident nervousness that the line-up with Hanson could cost the Liberal Party votes.

Recently-installed Prime Minister Scott Morrison publicly back-tracked the next day, saying the Senate vote was regrettable. Cabinet ministers blamed an inexplicable administrative error. At the suggestion of the opposition Labor Party, the Senate vote was placed back on the notice paper so that Coalition senators could reverse their vote on Tuesday.

Whatever the short-term tactical calculations behind the about-face, the fact that the government embraced the slogan, long championed by alt-right and neo-Nazi gro...


Oh Yes We Do Have Strategic Voting In Australia (Sometimes) "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

On Wednesday Alex Turnbull, who has been campaigning for voters to evict the Liberal Party from his father's former seat of Wentworth, switched his support from Labor to independent Kerryn Phelps on strategic grounds.  Amusingly, Turnbull jnr justified his support by reference to a popular American text called "Gaming the Vote" by William Poundstone, and posted a colourful excerpt explaining how the squeezing out of a centrist candidate who finishes in third places can lead to "unpalatable, Wizard-or-Lizard dilemmas".  After Clinton-vs-Trump, or even the utter farce that has been the present term of Australian parliament, wizards and lizards are both sounding pretty good at the moment.

The idea here is very simple: if Kerryn Phelps makes the final two she is more likely to beat Dave Sharma (Lib) on preferences from Labor (which will include some votes originally for the Greens and minor candidates), than Tim Murray (Labor) is to beat Sharma on Phelps' preferences should he make the final two.  Phelps is (mostly) seen as the more centrist candidate in an electorate that has never elected a Labor MP.  There will be voters who want to send a protest vote against the Liberals for disposing of that other Turnbull or whatever other reason, but who cannot bring themselves to vote Labor.

And yet, I have seen a few politically active people on Twitter claim (and persist in claiming after being refuted) that strategic voting is a non-issue in a preferential system, that we don't ever have it in this country and never need to, and that all a voter need ever do is put the candidates in order of preference and the system will process that as best for that voter as it can.

Now, normally it doesn't bother me if people who seem to be smart enough to know better insist on damaging their own voting power.  Also I have no interest in promoting a Phelps vote myself and I'm not sure I'd put her above either major party's candidate if I had the fortune to be a Wentworth voter.  But above all else, this goes to the question of our electoral system, what it is good for, what are its strengths and weaknesses, is it prone to gaming, and does it sometimes leave voters with difficult strategic choices that they do not have the information needed to make.  These questions need answers and the fact is that an incentive for strategic voting is a real, if rare, thing in our House of Reps system.

Here are some examples of strategic voting scenarios in Australian single-seat elections with preferencing (either compulsory or optional, the same points apply in each case).  The extent to which strategic voting actually occurred in each case is not that relevant; the point is that there was clear room for using it if voters were concerned with a specific outcome.

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floating "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Im cool back jellyfish floating on the coral sea weightless drifting problems shifting away with scant clouds swaying with the jazz scat of almost waves sun through blood orange eyelids warming in the no-where to go flow


Wentworth is Adani coal mine test poll - Bob Brown "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

19th October 2018

The Wentworth by-election has become a litmus test on whether politicians heed the strong public sentiment against the Adani coal mine, former Greens leader Bob Brown said today.


Community Lunch Change of Venue "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Community Lunch will be held at Camp Reserve Club Rooms during Term 4. We will be retunring to the Town Hall once the kitchen renovations are complete.

Community Lunch, Camp Reserve Club Rooms: Tuesday 16th Oct to Tuesday 18th December.

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Thursday, 18 October


Creatures "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Friends of the Box-Ironbark Forest is currently holding a Creatures photo exhibition at Togs Place, 58 Lyttleton Street, Castlemaine.

The 24 photos show a small percentage of the many creatures that inhabit our Box-Ironbark Forests. They have been selected from 125 photos that were sent in by 23 local photographers to Friends of the Box-Ironbark Forests. You can see all these photos in a FOBIF Flickr album

Over half of the exhibition photos are birds and include the endangered Swift Parrot, a group of perching Juvenile Scarlet Robins and a Red Wattlebird bathing. The rest show photos of local fauna including a macro shot of a Grasshopper Nymph, a watchful Koala and a curious Yellow-footed Antechinus.

Silvereye by Arlen Truscott

Friends of the Box-Ironbark Forests has been conducting art and photography exhibitions since 1999. They have all had the same purpose: to honour the native forests of the region, continuing the long tradition of artistic involvement with these forests. Photographers in this exhibition are all local residents.

This Creatures exhibition aims to give viewers an appreciation of the amazing variety and unique qualities of fauna to be found in our local bushlands.



FREE SHOW Little Brother "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

FREE SHOW w/ Little Brother (Trophy Eyes) & Special Guests

In light of Aus Music Month, well be collecting donations to contribute to Support Act who help industry professionals who are facing hardship due to illness, injury or some other crisis that impacts their ability to work in music.

Wear your fave Aus music tee to help us celebrate it!

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