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Sunday, 18 March


Tropical Cyclone "Marcus" hits Darwin as Category 2 system "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tropical Cyclone "Marcus" formed March 16, 2018 as the 8th named storm of the 2017/18 Australian region tropical cyclone season. Marcus passed over Darwin as a Category 2 system on the Australian tropical cyclone intensity scale with sustained winds near...... Read more


President Putin An Enigma that Leaves Western Politicians Envious and Baffled "IndyWatch Feed National"

Boris Johnson with a present From Russia with Love (by gumshoenews)

by Dee Mclachlan

The 2018 Russian presidential election will take place today 18 March 2018.

Vladimir Putin is sure to be elected, again. And the West is confused, and seething. Almost every politician in the UK, US, and Australia are Putin-bashing and calling him dangerous. It is obvious they are following a script.

G5 wrote to me the other day saying:

Russia has been a fi...


March 18 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed National"

1804 - Jervis Bay Aborigines visited Sydney.

1816 - Macquarie advises Lord Bathurst in London: It is my Intention, as soon as I shall have Ascertained What Tribes Committed the late Murders and Depredations, to send a strong Detachment of Troops to drive them to a Distance from the Settlements of the White Men.

1820 - Macquarie scribbled in his journal on this day;
"I returned early this morning to Parramatta, accompanied by Commodore Vassilieff, and Lieut. Aveenoff in my own Carriage, and by Capt. Schessmareff, Lieut. Hall, and Lieut. Ignatieff, of the Russian Squadron. After Breakfast I walked all over the Town of Parramatta with these Gentlemen. Colonel Erskine came up from Sydney to dine with us, and Lieut. King R. Navy also made one of our Dinner Party. Capt. Piper kindly lent me his Carriage for 3 of the Russian Officers."

1825 - Helping Or-stray-lia feel more like Old Blighty the Sydney Turf Club was hatched.

1833 - Joseph Coleman was Hanged at Old Banks, Paterson Plains for the attempted murder of Edward Cory.

1834 - In England, six English agricultural laborers , the so-called Tolpuddle Martyrs ,were sentenced to seven years of banishment to Australias New South Wales penal colony for their trade union activities.

1840 - Talk about bringing down the house...the Royal Hotel and theatre were destroyed by fire but, fear not! Tales continue to be woven on the same spot in the guise of Dymock's book store in George St, Sydney.

1844 - St Patricks Church, Church Hill, designed by JF Hilly and built by Andrew Ross & Co, was ready for use. The parish priest was John McEncroe, an Irishman, which further cemented the church in the Irish community.

1850 - A red Letter day in some people's diaries - the birth of James Toohey in Melb, founder of Toohey's Brewery.

1863 - Alexander Ross, Bushranger. Hanged at Darlinghurst for highway robbery and the attempted murder of Harry Stephens at Caloola, near Blayney.

1863 - Charles Ross, Bushranger. Hanged at Darlinghurst for highway robbery and the attempted murder of Harry Stephens at Caloola, near Blayney.

1867 - William Henry Scott was Hanged at Darlinghurst for the murder of Anne Ramsden (Scott) in Sussex St.

1877 - Constable Thomas Collins, Victoria Police, was on patrol in the Wangaratta area when he fell from his horse. He received internal injuries and died on the 23rd March 1877, at the Wangaratta Hospital.

1878 - The famous Queen Victoria Market was flung open for business in Melbourne; from whence one can acquire fresh fruit, vegies, meat, seafood and cheap souvenirs whilst walking all over the 9,000 dead bodies still interred down below.

1887 - Excitement squirrel gripped the pub...


In which the pond prattles with Polonius twice, which is a good thing, a very good thing ... "IndyWatch Feed"

The pond hadn't intended on having a two Polonius weekend, but these days the pond must take the crumbs the reptiles let drop from the paywall table and on the upside, Polonius for once is serving sunny side up, so where's the harm?

Besides, who would have thought that Polonius would join the Trumpists and go full Trumpian wild? And yet that's the exciting prospect  

Why is the pond surprised?

The lure of the dictator is always at hand amongst some

Ah glorious days, and a glorious speech, and now for Polonius's prattling Trumpian moment ...

Say what? A little seed of doubt in the age of Twitter?

Not really. 

You see the way that the forelock tuggers, and the dissemblers work is to introduce a few blemishes into the portrait, to provoke a sense of realism, but only so that the grander vista, the greater glory might be reveale...


Day to Day Politics: Why did he do it? "IndyWatch Feed"

Sunday 18 March 2018 I sit before my computer fingers poised, well two of them anyway, searching for a beginning and I cannot find one. By the time people are reading this the Batman by-election and the South Australian Election will be done and dusted. Or perhaps we will have to wait and see. Both

The post Day to Day Politics: Why did he do it? appeared first on The AIM Network.


Melodifestivalen 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Standing at the bus-stop yesterday and looking down at my phone (as seems to be the fashion these days), I felt a nudge. I looked up and saw the smiling face of a colleague. We both share a passionate interest in the Eurovision Song Contest, and she opened with the line, Is this the worst []


'Little tiger': Vietnam's cat meat trade exposed "IndyWatch Feed National"

A local cat rescuer, who wanted to be named only as Quyen, took the video in Ho Chi Minh City last month in a quest to raise awareness about the cruel trade. Known as "little tiger", cat meat is considered lucky and a source of strength and feline-like agility in the south-east Asian country. Some of the cats are wearing collars, suggesting they could have been snatched from loving homes before awaiting their fate of being killed, cooked and sold. One of the pictures shows the tragic animals being drowned in a cage which is submerged in water. Australian Michele Brown, the CEO of Fight Dog Meat charity, has now released the shocking pictures in a bid to raise awareness of the little-known cat meat trade.


Podcast IWD BNE Clusterfuck, Kurdish Women Unite, ACAB "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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International Womens Day in Brisbane by all reports was an absolute clusterfuck. It is disappointing that so much effort has been put into building up the event, but the organisers chose to ignore the feelings of a section of the community.

Women who do not recognise the existence of transgender women (trans exclusionary radical feminists) were welcomed and even invited to the event.

This caused conflict during the event which could have been avoided by ensuring all women were comfortable at the event.

Some chose to protest the event, some chose to try to find a peaceful resolution by mediating between the two groups.

There has been some unfortunate targeting of individuals since the event which I have been thinking about a lot and even since this show show recorded my thoughts have changed a bit.

Now thinking about it I think the clashes here are partly due to a difference in tactics. The main conflict has been between people who dont want TERFs involved but chose different actions on the day.

I read a beautiful statement from Kurdish women to the world.

Let us turn the 21st century into the era of womens freedom!

From the mountains of Kurdistan, in the lands where society developed with the leadership of women, we salute you with our great freedom, passion, ambition, and unbreakable struggle. From Rojavas neighborhoods to South Americas forests, from Europes streets to Africas plains, from the Middle Easts valleys to North Americas plazas, from Asias mountains to Australias plateaus; with our love which knows no borders and with our most revolutionary feelings, we embrace all women who intensify the struggle for freedom and equality.

And in Bad Cop No Donut the police have been pretty busy fucking things up this w...


Trees roll down streets, powerlines explode and roofs are ripped off buildings as Tropical Cyclone Marcus smashes Darwin, Australia (VIDEOS, PHOTOS) "IndyWatch Feed National"

Darwin has been battered by 130km/h winds as Tropical Cyclone Marcus sent trees flying through the streets and brought down powerlines, prompting the rescue of people from a sinking boat near the city. The eye of the category two storm has now moved past the city but emergency services say it's still not safe to go outside. Marcus is now headed towards the Timor Sea and is expected to hit Western Australia's Kimberley Coast on Sunday, bringing wind gusts of up to 150km/h. The storm brought down hundreds of powerlines and trees and damaged property across Darwin and also affected the city's drinking supply. Residents have been told to boil drinking water as a precaution until further notice. Meanwhile, water police were called out to rescue two people from two boats that collided after one of them slipped its moorings in Sangove Creek as the storm struck.


They still dont understand Trump "IndyWatch Feed"

Newt Gingrich: Trump (and his success) continues to baffle our countrys elites. Whats going on?

Its been nearly 14 months since President Trump took office, but the media and Washington establishment still dont understand our nations 45th president. They continue to criticize, distort, discredit and ignore his actions and accomplishments while making little to no effort to actually understand what hes doing and the way he operates.

This has been the elites pattern since Donald Trump first announced his bid for the White House. Its what prompted me last year to write my No. 1 New York Times bestselling book Understanding Trump, which was released in paperback this week.

When President Trump withdrew the U.S. from the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Paris Climate Agreement, the elites could not see how breaking with these bad agreements could possibly be good for Americans. After all, some of the Washington elites had helped draft these deals which in the minds of the liberal media meant these deals must be good.

When President Trump imposed direct trade measures on some foreign products including solar panels, steel, and aluminum to protect U.S. industries that were being undercut, the elites reflexively questioned his political-trade-foreign relations acumen. Seemingly none of them stopped to consider that President Trumps decades of success in international business may provide him with an informed opinion and worldview counter to their own. 

As we have seen President Trump make changes to his Cabinet and personal staff...


Terrorists Digital Messages Target of ASEAN, Australia, pact "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

(Bloomberg) Terrorists operating in Southeast Asia will be targeted in a pan-regional pact designed to enhance intelligence sharing and disrupt potential attackers ability to communicate through digital messaging.

Terrorism is a truly global threat, as digital as it is dangerous, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said on Saturday at the signing of a counter-terrorism memorandum of understanding at his countrys special summit with Association of Southeast Asian Nations leaders in Sydney. The use of social media and encrypted messaging applications is a challenge for us all, and one we must tackle together.

Image result for digital, messaging, photos

The nations committed to improve legislative and enforcement tools to combat the cross-border movement of extremists, including obtaining and using electronic communications evidence for prosecutions. They also pledged to increase legislative efforts to boost counter-terrorism financing and information-sharing between members.

Read more on whats next for ISIS

The move comes as concern in Southeast Asia grows about the influence of ISIS-inspired terrorists returning from the Middle East, with Indonesia and Philippines seen by some experts as vulnerable to further attacks. Australia,....


Around 31 grassfires sweep across Victoria, Australia "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Residents near raging fires west of Melbourne have been told it's not safe to leave their homes and to take shelter immediately. A warning has been issued by the Country Fire Authority said people should stay within their homes as it is 'not safe for you to leave'. Dramatic video footage shows massive flames and explosions emerging from a substation in Terang, while a grassfire burns out of control in Boorcan, 199km west of Melbourne. Nearby resident Brett Gasper told the Herald Sun the scene of the fire caused a 'red sky and smell of smoke' which was 'daunting'. A CFA spokesperson said people had been evacuated from nearby homes.


South Africas White Farmers Reportedly Being Murdered & Tortured Off Their Land "IndyWatch Feed National"

Violent attacks against South Africas white farmers are on the rise, according to Paul Toohey, a reporter from Australias Daily Telegraph, who traveled to the country. Last month, South Africas parliament voted to allow white-owned land expropriation without compensation. That followed South Africas new President Cyril Ramaphosas pledge to return the lands owned by white []


Human Rights Protests Surround ASEAN Summit in Sydney, Australia "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Demonstrators have rallied against Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi and Cambodias Hun Sen. The protests have overshadowed a regional agreement targeting terror groups use of encrypted platforms.

Members of the Rohingya community gather in Hyde park to protest against Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who is attending the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, ASEAN, special summit, in Sydney

Thousands of protesters took to the streets of Sydney on Saturday to protest Southeast Asian leaders gathering in the Australian city for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit.

We are here today in solidarity among the communities from Southeast Asia who are facing dictatorship and genocide, of course particularly in the Rohingya community, said Shawfikul Islam from the Australian Burmese Rohingya Organization.

Read more: Myanmars Rohingya: A history of forced exoduses

Banners carried by protesters showed images of Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi with a stylized moustache reminiscent of Nazi Germany dictator Adolf Hitler, calling for her to return the esteemed prize. She has had several awards revoked over the military campaign.

Suu Kyi has been accused by Western governments and human rights groups of doing nothing to stop the Burmese military from implementing a brutal crackdown against the Muslim-minority Rohingya in western Myanmar. Many have called it a campaign of ethnic cleansing.

Protesters rallying against Cambodia's Hun SenProtesters have.....


2018 South Australian Election Night Live "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"


From base of notional 25-19-3 seat distribution:
Apparent Liberal gain: King
Possible Labor gain: Mawson (in some doubt)
In doubt: Adelaide (Lib ahead), Newland (Lib ahead)
Outcome: Liberals have won, almost certainly in majority, most likely result 25-19-3 or 26-18-3.

Note: I will try to clear comments tonight but don't expect replies

Updates (Refresh for latest)

11:42: The ABC has turned off the projection, meaning that some seats that were projected as easy wins have dropped back into in-doubt status.  Of these Adelaide is the closest with a current real margin of just 67 votes.  Here in 2014, booth votes went 51.6% to Liberal but declaration votes went 54.5% to Liberal.  So while the seat can be projected to about 51-49 we have to wait and see if the pattern repeats.  Some doubt can also be entertained about Newland, where we have a 50.9-49.1 margin on booth votes, but in 2014, declaration votes were overall weaker for the Liberals than booth votes, and this time there will be a greater proportion of declaration votes that are prepolls.  Note that in each of these cases I am not necessarily matching exactly the same voting areas, which creates some further issues.

10:51: More serious doubt about Mawson now, dropping to 50.4% on the projection.

10:48: Heysen is clearly a Liberal win now whatever the exclusion order so that's 25 for the Liberals

10:30 Current upper house figures in quotas - Lib 3.79 ALP 3.53 SAB 2.32 GRN 0.68 CON 0.43.  Without much doubt that would be 4-4-2-1 if it stayed that way, but need to keep an eye on whether Labor drop back significantly below the Conservatives.

9:48 Labor's lead in Mawson has been chopped in half so that one is in doubt.  On the Liberal list, Adelaide with an actual count of 51.4% and a projected 50.6% hasn't been called into question but is worth keeping an eye on.

9:34 With the Liberal primary tracking towards 38% it is now reasonable to start asking why both major polls had the Liberals on only 34% (albeit in the ReachTEL case without redistributing undecided).  This is starting to look like a statistically significant failure.

9:32 Tom Kenyon has conceded Newland.

9:30 A quick look at the...


Dan Mitchell on death by spending and taxing "IndyWatch Feed"

A historical survey with special attention to some US states like New Jersey.

A couple of decades can make a huge difference in the political and economic life of a jurisdiction.
Two decades ago, Venezuela had not yet been subjected to the horror of Hugo Chavez and his destructive statism.
Three decades ago, the pro-market success story of Estonia was an enslaved part of the totalitarian Soviet Union.
Four decades ago, the Latin superstar of Chile was still in a hangover stage from a disastrous communist government.
Five decades ago, Ronald Reagan was a conservative governor of the now-notoriously left-wing state of California.

And heres something especially amazing from a bit more than five decades in the past. New Jersey used to have no state income tax and no state sales tax.


Australian personal investment portfolio profiles reveal a sjgnificant lack of diversification and a fondness for shares "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

This is indeed the wealthiest retired generation ever in Australian history. Self-funded or partly self-funded retirees appear to enjoy a significantly higher standard of living than those who rely on the Aged Pension  [Australian Centre for Australian Studies, August 2016]

According to the Australian Stock Exchange in 2017 there were over 11 million investors across the country.

Given the many words being written on the subject of share dividend imputation and franking credits here is a broad breakdown of the investment types these people hold.

Sources of income during retirement

In 201617, there were 3.6 million persons, aged 45 years and over, who reported that they were retired from the labour force. This group comprised 1.7 million men and 1.9 million women. Just over half of all retired persons were aged 70 years and over (56% of retired men and 52% of retired women).


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Saturday, 17 March


2018 Batman By-Election Live "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Note: I will try to clear comments tonight but don't expect replies

Summary: CALLED - Kearney (ALP) retains

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11:56 Ben Raue has essential reading on the pattern I pointed out earlier, with one of the more dramatic booth swing maps we will see - the Greens made good gains north of Bell Street in Labor heartland, but Labor made gains south of Bell Street in the areas where Labor was supposed to be demographically extinct.  Successful Labor campaign or Green self-sabotage?

11:50 We are converging inexorably on the 53-47 of the Lonergan seatpoll (which was taken before the Bhathal dossier story broke widely).  At present there is an error in the booth of Northcote West in which the 2PP figures have been reversed; after that we're on 53.00-47.00.

8:39 With Labor up to 52.7% projected 2PP with 53% counted (and with the Greens having done a big job on prepolls in the actual election too) it would be extraordinary for the Greens to come back, especially as they had no party-postal effort.  I'm assuming Kearney has won this and switching to South Australia from now on.

8:05 51.7% projected 2PP with 37% counted to 2PP.

7:50 The swing is bobbing back and forth so that the projection has come down to the 51s.  It looks like Kearney is winning but I don't think 51.4% projected 2PP should be called just yet off 30%.

7:42 Kearney tracking upwards now, towards the 53-47 of the dreaded Lonergan!  If this was a normal election-night seat we would have just about lost interest in it by now.

7:36 I'm looking to the booths coming in and I keep finding the Labor and Green primaries are relatively constant with last time.  The AEC now has a +0.7% swing to Labor, this might come down towards zero when more booths hit the 2PP, but big prepoll booths are going to be important later tonight if the battle is still close.  At the moment it seems Kearney is doing well.

7:24 And yep, while I was doing that Kearney took the projected 2PP lead.

7:22 Eight booths in for primaries and Labor is doing OK on primaries in these now (a +0.5 swing matching just the Labor and Green primaries) so it will be interesting to see what happens as a few more hit the 2PP.

7:12 Five booths in and I now have the swing based off primaries back to practically nothing (0.7% to Greens) which is about the same as the AEC's 2PP projected swing off three.  The pattern so far is that the swing is slightly to the Greens in the Labor...


Batman 2018 the map tells the story "IndyWatch Feed"

I love a good electoral map, that can tell a story about how a seats population votes in different ways and how the balance of those communities decides who wins an election. Batman has produced a fascinating map at recent elections, with the Greens dominating south of Bell Street while Labor rules the roost to the north.

The question at this election was whether the Greens could breach Bell Street and take more of the vote north of the road. The answer is: yes, they can. But they did so while losing support in their heartland, and the swing to Labor in the south was stronger than the Greens swing in the north.

The Greens gained swings in a majority of booths north of Bell Street, but most of the swings were small. The biggest swings took place at the northern fringe of the electorate in suburbs like Bundoora and Reservoir.

But they were dwarfed by Labor swings in the south swings of 7% in the Thornbury area, and swings of 8% and 11% in Northcote.

This map shows the swings to Labor or the Greens across Batman:

I feel like this swing map is one of the most illuminating electoral maps I have ever made, and can be interpreted in many ways to tell the story of this by-election: Labors shift to the left from Feeney to Kearney, the Greens concerted push into the north and efforts to court more conservative voters with their last-minute message on dividend imputation, and a more equalised vote, with less difference between the strongest Labor and Greens areas.

Labor defeated the Greens by just 1% in 2016, so this differential swing was enough to make a big difference at this by-election.

This by-election hasnt erased the gap between the north and the south. The Greens still won most booths south of Bell Street, and Labor won all but one booth north of this line.

To finish this post, here is the map showing the two-candidate-preferred vote for the winning party at each booth. You can compare this to the 2016 result here.


Further pieces of the puzzle that Malcolm Turnbull abused the law in covering-up crimes by Kerry Packer "IndyWatch Feed National"

Further pieces of the puzzle have been revealed of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbulls corrupt conduct in the 1980s trying to conceal the crimes of Kerry Packer from the Costigan Royal Commission and later from the CDPP. Putting the pieces together it now seems certain that the former and first Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions (1984-1989) []


Matt Damon is NOT moving to Australia "IndyWatch Feed"

Yesterday, our DCG reported that actor Matt Damon, 47, said hes moving to Australia because he finds living in America utterly intolerable (because of President Trump) and too dangerous (due to no gun control). In July 2016, Matt Damon had Continue reading


Australian minister wants to help oppressed White South African farmers by bringing them to a civilized country - Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australia's Home Affairs Minister is investigating how to bring white South African farmers to Australia on humanitarian grounds. White farmers facing violence in South Africa "deserve special attention" from Australia, Peter Dutton said. He said he had watched television footage and read articles that convinced him the farmers needed help, and had ordered his department to investigate how to bring the farmers to Australia. He had "hope" some of the farmers could be settled in Australia, declaring: "We have the potential to help some of these people that are being persecuted." Violence on South African farms is a racially charged political issue. Afriforum, a rights group that mainly represents the views of the white Afrikaner minority, says white farmers are murdered at four times the rate of other citizens, but these figures cannot be independently verified and have been challenged. Mr Dutton said he wanted to explore whether the farmers could access visas or humanitarian programs. "People do need help and they need help from a civilised country like ours," Mr Dutton told News Corp.


Changing places "IndyWatch Feed"

When Malcolm Turnbull, as PM, first faced Bill Shorten, as Opposition Leader, I correctly surmised that this would be a contest between a bold and innovative leader, unafraid to put forward controversial policies if they were right for the country, and a timid pragmatist, tied down by secret deals with factional warlords, and standing for nothing. I just didnt realise which was which.


Debate: Russia-UK poisoning row "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tired of the finger-pointing that the corporate media and the Australian government endorse as rational comment on the retired Russian spy poisoning affair? Worried that our leaders seem to think grandstanding on a pile of nuclear weapons is some kind of sport?
English language Press tv Iran conducts unusually frank and well-informed debates on international affairs all over the world, and this one is no exception. See how the non-Anglosphere perceives the UK poisoning affair. In this episode of The Debate, are James Jatras, a former US diplomat from Washington, and Jonathan Fryer, a writer and lecturer from London, to discuss London's claim about a Russian poisoning attack in the UK.

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Letter to the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists "IndyWatch Feed National"

March 16th: A group of eminent doctors and psychiatrists write to the President of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) in response to a press release issued by the Royal College.

Dr Kym Jenkins
Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists

cc Mr Andrew Peters
Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists

16 March 2018
Dear Dr Jenkins

Reply to the College

We refer to the press release issued by the RANZCP on March 6th 2018, relating to recent press reports in New Zealand regarding the risks of antidepressants. The College has stated that questioning the efficacy of psychiatric medication is stigmatising of people who have been prescribed them, and that drugs are only ever prescribed in partnership with the patient and after due consideration of the risks and benefits.

We believe there are difficulties with this view and that a more nuanced statement by the College would have been more helpful. The profession of psychiatry has an overarching duty to keep the community informed. The community is entitled to know that there is a large body of evidence that raises complex issues regarding the efficacy and the safety of psychotropic medications. The College statement appears to caution against open discussion of these issues, in part to avoid stigmatising those with mental health problems.

We are not aware of any evidence that informing the public would be stigmatising. We have not always been right about stigma. It was once held that the concept of mental illness as brain disorder was less stigmatising. In fact the reverse has been shown to be true: the brain disorder approach increases rather than decreases stigma.


SKRIPAL AFFAIR: The Chilly Climate Change of a New Cold War "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tony Kevin
21st Century Wire

Introduction by David Macilwain: Former Australian diplomat and recent author of Return to Moscow Tony Kevin, submitted the article below to a mainstream Australian newspaper on Friday, following discussions with the opinion editor. As he described it after detailed discussion with her of its proposed themes and conclusions before writing it, they said fine, it is an opinion piece, we have discretion to publish well-argued contrarian views. But then, in what he sees as chilling Orwellian censorship, the paper found a chemist who fact-checked the article and found it lacked a strong foundation.

Tony Kevin then sent the article to John Menadue for publication on his blog Pearls and Irritations to which he has contributed for many years, until recently when his pro-Russian views seem unacceptable even there. Menadue obligingly published my recent article calling for Australia to disengage from the US in Syria, but perhaps that was the limit; I also submitted an article for Pearls and Irritations yesterday, covering some similar ground to Tonys, but was declined on the basis that some of the language and claims seem a bit over the top and without hard evidence.

I think we could say that about HMG in the UK, though more convincingly some of their language and claims are extreme and highly disturbing, and lacking in any substantial evidence whatsoever. But as Tony says: This is the climate of renewed Cold War in which we now live. It is very worrying.

Skripal investigation. Salisbury, UK. (Photo: Twitter)

Article by Tony Kevin:

Skripal Affair: Western allies line up...


Possum defends babies against monitor lizard "IndyWatch Feed National"

This BBC video, recorded in Australia, says about itself:

16 March 2018

A Lace Monitor Lizard eyes a Possums nest as an easy meal but doesnt count on the female Possum fighting tooth and claw to defend her babies.


Mind the gap: Are we planning our major transport projects by a roulette wheel? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Ron Hoenig was standing up for Alexandria in parliament last week:

I call on the Government to reconsider its plans for the Sydney Metro. It has been almost two years since I first urged the Government to reassess its route and stations for the Sydney Metro Southwest project. I told the House then that the location of the Waterloo station was a mistake. It represented a missed opportunity to provide for the fastest growing and most densely populated urban renewal zone in Australia: Green Square east, between Zetland and Waterloo, near Danks Street. The New South Wales Government seems dead set on making yet another error with this project. Not only is the Waterloo stop in the wrong place, but the whole alignment through my electorate is wrong.

Sydney Metro does not service the rest of the urban renewal corridor that runs from Waterloo through Zetland and Rosebery. Those suburbs probably cannot be adequately serviced by light rail, but I commend the City of Sydney for setting aside reservations for such a project anyway. In any case, the Government has decided on a route and an alignment for the metro, and I am determined to make the most of it in the interests of Heffron residents. Today I met with a group of concerned and well-informed Alexandria residents who have put together a comprehensive written submission outlining their concerns with this project, namely the oversight of not locating a metro rail stop in Alexandria. I have previously made representations requesting that the Government consider a metro rail station at Alexandria, but they were rejected out of hand.

Alexandria is a rapidly growing suburb. It is at the fringe of the mammoth Green Square project and the Ashmore Estate project. Alexandria is smack bang in the middle of the global economic corridor from Sydneys central business district through to Sydney Airport and Port Botany. It is also in the heart of the City of Sydneys southern employment lands, a significant segment of industrial land still remaining in close proximity to the CBD. Put simply, Alexandria is one of the most important suburbs in the most economically significant precinct in the country, and this Government will not connect it to its city-shaping metro project. The Sydney Metro from Bankstown to Rouse Hill will feature 31 stations across a 66-kilometre route, with each station about two kilometres apart. Bizarrely, the longest stretch between stations is in my electorate, between Waterloo station and Sydenham.



Australias Dilemma: The Quad or its National Interest "IndyWatch Feed National"


In 2005 Japan raised the possibility of a separate grouping of four nations, Australia, India, Japan and the United States, as a potential counterweight to the growing power of China. It was an ill-considered notion then, and nothing has happened since then to make it a better idea. If anything, it is a worse idea now that was 12 years ago.

Notwithstanding the illogicality and counter-productive nature of the proposal we see the same four nations yet again raising the possibility of a Quad alliance. The one constant factor apart from the profound stupidity of the idea is that having an ambition to constrain China remains at the core. That Australia should even contemplate joining such an ad hoc alliance highlights the fundamental dilemma confronting Australias foreign policy.

On the one hand Australian foreign policy and defence commentators, strategists and politicians constantly reiterate that United States is the cornerstone or bedrock of Australias security strategy. The rhetoric surrounding this reached its apogee last year with Prime Minister Turnbull declaring that Australia and the United States were joined at the hip on defence and security issues.

On the other hand however, not only is Australia geographically located in the Asia-Pacific region, its trade and other relationships are increasingly integrated into what the Australian defence planners used to call Australias Near North.

The recently released trade statistics for the 2016-2017 calendar years are revealing. Of total exports of $291.4 billion, 71.8% went to the East Asia market (China, Hong Kong, South Korea, Japan and Taiwan). This compares with just under $19 billion for the whole of the European Union, and less than $17 billion for the whole of the Americas, from Canada to Patagonia. That latter figure was actually a decline of 5.9% over the previous year.

Conversely, trade with China rose 27.1%, Hong Kong 45.7%, Japan 17.4% and South Korea 15%.

In 2015 Australia signed both a free trade agreement with China, and also membership of the China initiated Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB).

In December 2017 however, Australia was participating in a meeting in India, the so-called Raisina Dialogue, attended by the next US ambassador to Australia, well known Sinophobe Admiral Harry Ha...


Batman By-election (VIC) and South Australian General Election, Saturday 17 March 2018 - tally room links "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

SA Electoral Commission - South Australian General Election

Virtual Tally Room here - after 6.30pm Sydney time.

ABC Election Coverage 2018 #SAvotes - ABC Radio ADELAIDE ...

Australian Electoral Commission - Batman By-election Victoria

Virtual Tally Room here - counting begins after 6pm.

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Why Pray? "IndyWatch Feed"

For some Christians prayer is simple. They ask God for that which their heart desires, trust God to answer with a yes, no or not yet, and then celebrate the yess. They pray for parking spots, for jobs, for good weather for church events, for the leadership of our nation, and for the success of Gods mission. I admire the  trust that God is good and is at work in our lives and our world, but am far less confident that the universe is as simple as this approach suggests.

When Jesus taught us to pray your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven he recognised that there are occasions in which Gods will is not done on earth as it is in heaven. God wills humankind to be generous and kind to one another, yet violence and neglect are two constants of the human experience. God wills the earth to be a place that is conducive to human flourishing, yet mudslides, earthquakes and storms destroy homes and take lives.

It is this clash between our lived experience and our hope that causes many Christians to end up at the opposite pole to the yes,no,wait Christians. They give up on prayer. They pray for justice for those who are oppressed and exploited, only to see the oppression continue. They pray for the healing of a friends sick child, only to watch life cruelly slip from the childs body. The thought that God would answer a prayer for a parking space becomes not only trivial but offensive. What kind of God would be concerned enough about the distance I have to walk to get to the shops, yet be indifferent to the suffering of the oppressed or the loss of a child? For these Christians prayer becomes an exercise in futility and a cause for doubt.

I have spent parts of my life in both camps. I suspect that both suffer from a common problem: the assumption that God operates, or could choose to operate, as the sole form of agency in the universe. Agency refers to the freedom to act in ways that impact what happens inside us and around us. The world in which we live is one filled with a myriad of agencies. Not only God but every human being, every living creature, every spiritual entity, and the forces of nature, all exercise agency of some kind. Sometimes agency has very localised and limited impacts, and at other times the impacts cascade around the universe. Sometimes the agency is exercised in a blind fashion. The forces of nature that produce earthquakes and mudslides do not consciously choose the direction in which they head. Sentient creatures like human beings often exercise choice without any awareness of the profound consequences that their actions may have. Other times agencies exercised with deliberate intent. We launch missiles in order to destroy targets; we speak harsh words in order to put people down an positive words in order to build them up.

In such a world, God is a very large and influential force of agency, but...


Batman/SA election night live "IndyWatch Feed"

Batman by-election results

Candidate Party Primary Primary % Swing 2PP votes 2PP % 2PP Swing
Yvonne Gentle Rise Up Australia 1895 2.56 2.56
Ged Kearney Labor 31226 42.22 8.01 39483 53.38 2.1
Alex Bhathal Greens 30470 41.19 5.57 34483 46.62 -2.1
Kevin Bailey Conservatives 4724 6.39 6.39
Tegan Burns...


Election Open Forum "IndyWatch Feed"

Discuss the South Australian state election and Batman by-election results here.


The Weekend Quiz March 17-18, 2018 answers and discussion "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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:

Start from a situation where both the external surplus and the fiscal surplus are equal to 2 per cent of GDP. If the fiscal balance stays constant and the external surplus rises to be 4 per cent of GDP then national income has to rise and the private domestic balance moves from 0 to 2 per cent of GDP.

The answer is True.

This question applies the sectoral balances approach.

To refresh your memory the balances are derived as follows. The basic income-expenditure model in macroeconomics can be viewed in (at least) two ways: (a) from the perspective of the sources of spending; and (b) from the perspective of the uses of the income produced. Bringing these two perspectives (of the same thing) together generates the sectoral balances.

From the sources perspective we write:

(1) GDP = C + I + G + (X M)

which says that total national income (GDP) is the sum of total final consumption spending (C), total private investment (I), total government spending (G) and net exports (X M).

Expression (1) tells us that total income in the economy per period will be exactly equal to total spending from all sources of expenditure.

We also have to acknowledge that financial balances of the sectors are impacted by net government taxes (T) which includes all tax revenue minus total transfer and interest payments (the latter are not counted independently in the expenditure Expression (1)).

Further, as noted above the trade account is only one aspect of the financial flows between the domestic economy and the external sector. we have to include net external income flows (FNI).

Adding in the net external income flows (FNI) to Expression (2) for GDP we get the familiar gross national product or gross national income measure (GNP):

(2) GNP = C + I + G + (X M) + FNI

To render this approach into the sectoral balances form, we subtract total net taxes (T) from both sides of Expression (3) to get:

(3) GNP T = C + I + G + (X M) + FNI T

Now we can collect the terms by arranging...


Q&A Critique & transcript for "A Big Australia" Monday 12 March, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Growth lobbyists outnumbered environment and democracy proponents three to two on Last Monday's Q and A on ABC 1, with Jane Fitzgerald (Property Council of Australia), Jonathan Daley (Grattan Institute) and Dr Jay Song (Immigration professional who arrived here two years ago) and Tony Jones (Compere) vs Tim Flannery (Population scientist and author of the famous Future Eaters) and Bob Carr, (journalist, environmentalist, and former Premier of New South Wales). The show started with a brilliant question from audience member, Matthew Bryan. He read it off his mobile phone, with a steely emotional intensity that only someone blinded by dollar values could have ignored, and all the growthists did, of course. Nonetheless since the ABC almost never invites representatives of the non-growth side, we could call this an improvement. Read on for a commentary on some of the highlights and lowlights of this historic confrontation between truth and lies and ignorance.

Most egregious in argument technique and substance was Dr Jay Song, described as an 'Immigration Expert'. Property Council of Australia's Jane Fitzgerald seemed to know enough to underplay the almost absolute power of the Property Council of Australia, which is on the way to running and ruining this country. Grattan Institute representative Jonathan Daley urbanely projected a dispassionate acceptance of growth as a given, and significant expertise in growth cliches.

Tim Flannery waved his hand like a man drowning at sea, yet often failed to get the attention of the moderator who seemed unaccountably fascinated by Dr Jay Song.

Water and the NBN

Flannery's suggestions for democratic decisions and common sense about Australia's vital resource poverty may have been overly sophisticated for the growthists and the commentator, who seemed unaware of the fact that we are 30% desert, 30% rangeland and only 4% truly fertile land. On the other hand, maybe they understand, but just didn't want to discuss anything real. Tony Jones actually implied that lack of water could be overcome by the rolling out of the NBN. Will we ever know if he was joking or serious?



Why Troye Sivan Politely Rejects The Term Gay Icon "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Australian pop heartthrob Troye Sivan says he isnt too interested in being labelled a gay icon. The 22-year-old opened up about his role as an LGBTIQ role model in an interview with Wonderland magazine, admitting that he recognises the limitations of representing such a broad community. I will never understand the struggles of a trans ...

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Time flies "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

What happened to yellow rubber duckies, floating with permanent optimism, tough board books with simple pictures, words and chewed spines, soft pink and white elephants and squidgy rattles, tiny stretchy baby suits that were too small too quickly, (stretch the clothes, not the baby laughed Mum) nursery rhyme nurseries with stick-on stories, musical mobiles, warm... Continue Reading


Blue Camo Legging Localish Surf Apparel "IndyWatch Feed National"

Localish offers wide range of surf apparel including surf leggings, womens surf t-shirts, mens surfing t shirts, mens surf apparel, womens surf apparel, mens sweatshirt hoodie, surf tank tops for men, surf tank tops for women, and many more.


Photos of ASEAN protests at Sydney at Town Hall and Rohingya Community rally in Hyde Park "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Photos of ASEAN protests at Sydney Town Hall and Rohingya Community rally in Hyde Park

Raising the issues the ASEAN leaders should be talking about

Town Hall Sydney 17 March

Rohingya Community in Hyde Park



Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed"

1.00 AUD = 0.00010 BTC
0.00010 BTC = 1.00 AUD


666 "IndyWatch Feed"

Despite the crash, Bitcoin has delivered an annual return of +666.8 per cent. 


Grace is on fire "IndyWatch Feed"

Grace Collier in The Weekend Australia is must and good reading. Today she is simply magnificent. Some tasters:

However, both the government and the opposition do a brilliant job of hiding or disguising any consistently meaningful contribution they may be making to our nation.

Lately one could be forgiven for imagining that our politicians sit around late at night, dreaming up the various ways they can smash us down by taking more of our own money off us with new taxes, or just generally making our lives harder with new regulation.

Our current crop of politicians seem on a constant, desperate hunt for any undiscovered enclaves of wealth so they can confiscate as much of it as they possibly can while demonising the people who created it.

When she is not dreaming up ways to destroy the superannuation system or attending high-level meetings about trolls on Twitter, the minister must spend her time thinking of ways to make life harder for small business owners.





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Stop Sniffer Dog Operations: An Interview With the Sniff Off Campaigns Xiaoran Shi "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The campaign against the warrantless use of sniffer dogs in public places by NSW police is moving North. The Sniff Off campaign, which is a collaboration between Greens MLC David Shoebridge and the NSW Young Greens, launched in Newcastle on Friday night. Figures obtained by the NSW Greens reveal that between 2014 and 2017 78

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Economics in Two Lessons, Chapter 5 "IndyWatch Feed"

Thanks to everyone who the first four chapters of my book, Economics in Two Lessons. Im continuing with policy applications of Lesson 1: Market prices reflect and determine opportunity costs faced by consumers and producers.
That will be followed by Lesson 2: Market prices dont reflect all the opportunity costs we face as a society.

Now heres the draft of Chapter 5. Again, I welcome comments, criticism and encouragement.

The book so far is available
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: What is opportunity cost?
Chapter 2: Markets, opportunity cost and equilibrium
Chapter 3:Time, information and uncertainty
draft of Chapter 4:Lesson 1: Applications.

Feel free to make further comments on these chapters if you wish.


The Story Behind Banksy "IndyWatch Feed"

The Story Behind Banksy

The subversive and secretive street artist turned the art world upside-down


Group of Montebello nuclear test veterans have no medical insurance, not entitled to gold card "IndyWatch Feed"

Montebello nuclear testing veterans exposed to radiation vent anger over gold card refusal By: Jacob Kagi 


Where are the Greens going? "IndyWatch Feed"

I havent had time to do a proper economic analysis of Labors proposals on dividend imputation credits. But you dont need an economic analysis to see that making an overt appeal to conservative voters on the issue, as Richard di Natale has just done, is a very bad move if the Greens party wants to present itself as a left alternative to Labor.

Perhaps this is poor judgement in the heat of a by-election campaign, the significance of which seems to me to be greatly over-rated by all.

Alternatively, perhaps it indicates that di Natale is taking the Greens in a different direction. The obvious choices are

(i) A soft liberal centrist party in the mould of the Australian Democrats under Don Chipp
(ii) A serious push to displace Labor as the main alternative to the LNP

I dont think theres a real constituency for (i) and, to the extent that there is, its very different from the existing Greens support base.

I also dont think (ii) has any chance of success. But, if it does, it will involve a lot of the kind of grubby compromises that are inevitably entailed in an attempt to put together an electoral majority. Labors shuffles on Adani and refugees are obvious examples, which have driven a lot of people to support the Greens. But now it looks as if the boot may be on the other foot.

A lower profile, but similar, example came up with the Senate inquiry into SA Tafe, which was a stunt by education minister Simon Birmingham intended to embarrass Labor ahead of todays state election. It backfired both procedurally (because the Labor majority on the committee refused to take its ostensible purpose seriously) and in policy terms, since the submissions (including mine) focused on the disastrous state of vocational education in Australia generally. Despite this, the Greens joined the LNP in a minority report which tried to defend the whole sorry process.


Paul Waldon a warning on safety tests of dry casks storing nuclear wastes "IndyWatch Feed"

Paul Waldon Fight To Stop Nuclear Waste Dump In Flinders Ranges SA, 16 Mar 18  A successful safety test is one that shows the limitations or structural integrity of a product, just like car crash tests. Dry-casks have only had one successful safety test, where a cask was compromised with a less than 10 meter drop. However this had approximately 6 tonne of water which is a shortfall of the weight of nuclear fuel, plutonium being 1.8x...


In Japan, the Mainichi newspaper succumbed to pressure, sanitising photo of nuclear wastes "IndyWatch Feed"

The Great Train Photo Robbery March 13, 2018


ANSTO and nuclear lobby gearing up for tax-payer funded nuclear propaganda "IndyWatch Feed"

The global nuclear lobby has smartened itself up a bit especially in Australia. When it comes to new nukes Generation IV -( those elusive super-expensive new gimmicks for which there is no market at all) the goal of propaganda is to give the industry a makeover a young, female-friendly, image.

ANSTO ever ready to spend our tax dollars on pro nuclear spin, is backing this new publicity tack in  a big way.


Japanese government is ordereed by court to pay new Fukushima damages "IndyWatch Feed"

Court orders Japan government to pay new Fukushima damages, 16 Mar 18, 

TOKYO (AFP) A Japanese court on Thursday (March 15) ordered the government to pay one million dollars in new damages over the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, ruling it should have predicted and avoided the meltdown.

The Kyoto district court ordered the government and power plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) to pay 110 million yen (S$1.3 million) in damages to 110 local residents who had t...


Fukushimas Diplomatic Fallout, 7 Years After the Nuclear Disaster "IndyWatch Feed"

Fukushima 311 Watchdogs

March 14, 2018
Japan faces questions from abroad about its handling of the lingering aftereffects of the triple disaster.
March 11 marked the seventh anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami disaster that devastated Japans northeast coastal regions in 2011. While the resulting accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant continues to cause a great deal of disruption within the country, it also poses ongoing challenges for Japans diplomacy.
The Japanese government recently came under pressure in a United Nations human rights forum over the adequacy of its support for people who fled the disaster zone and faced scrutiny about radiation levels in places where evacuees have returned. At the same time, Japanese diplomats have been waging a long battle to persuade other countries to ease import restrictions on food from the surrounding areas.
The Fukushima prefectural government says that the number of evacuees peaked at

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Journey to zero emissions electricity: BAU could deliver more than NEG RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed"

First of three-part series examining the evolution of Australias electricity system to 2050, and the role of policy-makers along the way.

via Journey to zero emissions electricity: BAU could deliver more than NEG RenewEconomy


Fukushima Flounder Promotion Event Cancelled in Thailand Due to Consumers Concerns "IndyWatch Feed"

Fukushima 311 Watchdogs

March 12, 2018
Event promoting Fukushima fish cancelled
An event in Thailand promoting flounder from Fukushima has been cancelled amid concerns from consumers.
The event was being held at a Japanese restaurant and scheduled to run through the end of the month. The export of flounder caught in waters off Fukushima was resumed on March 1st for the first time since the 2011 nuclear accident.
The Fukushima prefectural government says a consumer group raised concerns about the safety of the fish. The group said the fish were caught in contaminated waters and dangerous to eat.
The group also reportedly demanded the Thai government announce the name of a local restaurant that sold the fish.
Consumers took to social media to voice their concerns.
Organizers say they cancelled the event to avoid confusion.
Nearly 130 kilograms of flounder have been exported from Fukushima to Thailand but close to half remains untouched

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Space travel just got even more complicated. Radiation turns out to be even more dangerous "IndyWatch Feed"

Theres more harmful radiation in space than previously thought, UNH study says   MARCH 15, 2018

Space travel just got even more complicated.

University of New Hampshire researchers recently concluded theres at least 30 percent more dangerous radiation in our solar system than previously thought, which could pose a significant risk to both humans and satellites who venture there.

In their study, published Feb. 22 in the journal Space Weather, the researchers found that astronauts could experience radiation sickness or possibly more serious long-term health effects, including cancer and damage to the heart, brain, and central nervous system, said Nathan Schwadron, a space plasma physics professor at UNH and lead author of the study.

Both concerns are very serious, but what were seeing in deep space is that over time, radiation seems to be getting worse,...


New Kimberley charging stations powering our driving future RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed"

Electric vehicles can now travel across WAs Kimberley region, thanks to three new charging stations servicing the 900km stretch of Northern Highway between Kununurra and Derby.

via New Kimberley charging stations powering our driving future RenewEconomy


Carelessness "IndyWatch Feed"

UPDATE in the comments, Ubique writes of Trumps 81 achievements. But most of these are not achievements, and many are unrelated to who is in the White House. To be an achievement it has to be both (a) positive to the people of the United States and (b) directly the responsibility of Donald Trump. I go through the list below the original post. Maybe there are three genuine achievements in that list.


Oscar Wilde wrote in the Importance of Being Earnest

To lose one parent may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness.

So far Donald Trump has been President for only 421 days (1.15 years) and has seen so many of the people who started with him depart either through being sacked or resignation. These were the people brought in to drain the swamp.

It seems to me that rather than draining the swamp, Donald has become the swamp. Not only has he proven to be totally ineffectual as president, he has debased the office, shows no ability for self control and is the most unsuited person to be president in the history of the United States.

There is only one achievement to Trumps victory. He stopped Hillary Clinton being president. That is worthy achievement, no doubt, but his behaviour since being elected has been so bad that perhaps we would have been better with Clinton. To me they are as bad as each other and both entirely unsuited for the office.

But his inability to hire an effective staff and ensure their longevity is telling. Of his own appointees excluding James Comey and Sally Yates who were appointed by Obama  there have been 15 senior officials departing to date, with James Mattis and John Kelly likely to soon follow. Some of these officials Tillerson, Flynn, Scaramucci etc should never have been appointed. But all were appointed by Trump and he has to bear the responsibility for both their appointment and their early departure.

And the proof of Trumps extremely poor character is the fact that he has fired officials such as Tillerson by a tweet without the courtesy of a meeting or even a phone call.

Trump is the ultimate coward he is unable to confront those who he wishes to sack. I would like to see the Trump acolytes here at the Cat explain why it is reasonable to dismiss someone by a tweet.

Here is the list of those departures:



Ben Hillier from the Tamil Refugee Council condemning an early morning raid of Tamil refugee family "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Tamil Refugee Council has condemned an early morning raid in which a refugee family was given just ten minutes to gather belongings before being flown to Melbourne and detained at the Broadmeadows detention centre (MITA Melbourne Immigration Transit Accommodation). Priya, her husband Nadesalingam and their daughters 9-month-old Dharuniga and 2-year-old Kopiga, born []


In which the reptiles let Dame Slap out and the pond has a bad hair day ... "IndyWatch Feed"

The pond gets it it was hoping this weekend to head out on to fresh pastures, perhaps enjoy a little time with the Fox wars, thanks to the Beast here, or perhaps spend a little time at WaPo here ...

Despite all the doom and gloom from the economic pessimistas, the resilient U.S. economy continues moving ahead, Kudlow wrote on Dec. 7, 2007, in National Review, predicting that gloomy forecasters would wind up with egg on their faces. Kudlow, who previously derided as bubbleheads those who warned about a housing bubble, now wrote that very positive news in housing should cushion falling home sales and prices. Theres no recession coming. The pessimistas were wrong. Its not going to happen, wrote Kudlow. ... The Bush boom is alive and well. Its finishing up its sixth consecutive year with more to come. Yes, its still the greatest story never told.

...or at NYmag here ...

...The purest supply-siders, like Kudlow, go further and deeper in their commitment. Kudlow attributes every positive economic indicator to lower taxes, and every piece of negative news to higher taxes. While that sounds absurd, it is the consistent theme he has maintained throughout his career as a prognosticator. Its not even a complex form of kookery, if you recognize the pattern. Its a very simple and blunt kind of kookery. The passage of the Trump tax cuts follow from the partys tax cuts ber alles philosophy. In the face of widespread social and economic problems, the one legislative goal the party could agree upon was reducing taxes paid by business owners. The existence of relatively high deficits even at the peak of the macroeconomic cycle did not deter them; indeed, Republicans even moderates like Susan Collins insisted the tax cuts would not increase the deficit. The ons...


A fresh breeze: Young Australians and the Republic "IndyWatch Feed"

A fresh breeze: Young Australians and the RepublicThe stench of colonialism does not seem to bother young people as much as the rest of us, writes Jacinta Coelho. read now...

Facing the facts: Hundreds of thousands homeless and unemployed "IndyWatch Feed"

Facing the facts: Hundreds of thousands homeless and unemployedGerry Georgatos reveals the unemployment and homeless rates in Australia that we're not being told. read now...


Jesus Banned from Christian Easter Advertisement Too Offensive "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A church in Australia was told to remove the word Jesus from its signs ahead of Easter Sunday.

It was deemed too offensive.

The Daily Mail reported:

A church has been forced to remove the word Jesus from its signs ahead of Easter because it has been causing offence.

Elim Church on the Central Coast in New South Wales paid for digital signs to be displayed at Erina Fair shopping centre reading the greatness of His Power.

Pastor Martin Duffy told 2GB radio that shopping centre manager Lendlease objected to the signs and forced them to be changed to read Risen Christ instead of Jesus.

The phrase Jesus is alive is the core message of the Christian faith and what Easters really all about, he said.

Its a good message. I think theres a minority group out there that are constantly distorting the message of Jesus Christ. Its just going on and on.

Elim Church is a West Gosford evangelical church located north of Sydney.

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A Fortress Mentality "IndyWatch Feed"

If there is one particular action that is put in place by every person or agency that feels itself in need of security, power or protection, it is the almost automatic implementation of their Fortress Mentality. This organic reaction by entire dynasties, empires and individuals can be traced even in the architecture of construction of

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David Leyonhjelm guest post. Free trade in labour "IndyWatch Feed"

A country with a generous public health, education and welfare system, such as Australia, would be quickly swamped if it were to allow unrestricted free trade in labour. Tens of millions of people in other countries would love the opportunity to work in Australia, or benefit from our welfare system if work could not be found.

We are not alone in recognising this; there is no country in the world with a policy of complete free trade in labour. That said, we do have partial free trade in labour. There are no barriers preventing Australians from working in New Zealand, or New Zealanders working in Australia, for example. If there is a job that interests us, and the salary is acceptable, we are free to move and take the job. The same is true within the European Union; a citizen of a member country is free to take a job in any other EU country.

However, there is an important difference. New Zealanders in Australia are only eligible for the dole for six months and only if theyve lived here for a decade. In the EU, those who move to another country are eligible for that countrys welfare benefits, a level of generosity that has provoked considerable antagonism and was a major contributor to the success of the Brexit referendum in the UK.

Our labour free trade deal with New Zealand has served Australia well. Our sheep would never be shorn without Kiwi shearers and our mining industry during the boom would have needed thousands more 457 visa holders but for New Zealanders filling the many vacancies. Many Australians, particularly managers, have filled positions in New Zealand too.

Australia would benefit enormously from similar free labour agreements with other countries with which we have equivalent standards of living and liberal democratic institutions. Countries such as the Netherlands, Sweden, Ireland, Japan and the UK come to mind. Australians would appreciate the ability to live and work in these countries, opening up a wide range of job opportunities and the potential to learn new skills, while their citizens could enjoy the same in Australia. There is also potential for considerable industry integration due to easier movement of people back and forth.

Such agreements would not necessarily result in any permanent change in our population. While plenty of New Zealanders have moved to Australia during downturns in their country, quite a few returned when things improved. Equally, plenty of Australians have lived and worked in New Zealand for limited periods.

Bilateral free-migration agreements would also have no electoral impact because the people from these countries could not vote in our election. While we should offer a path to citizenship for those who want to make Australia their permanent home and who have integrated into Australian society, a bilateral free-migration agreement need not provide a...


New England Stories - Camp Victory and the Casino Boys "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Netherlands East Indies troops march Melbourne 1943

Over the first part of 2017 I wrote a series of posts on my history blog telling a little of the story of Camp Victory and the Casino Boys.

The story begins with the fall of the Netherlands to the Germans and then switches to the Netherlands East Indies where the Dutch Government in exile and the Netherlands East Indies are trying to strengthen local defences in the face of a looming Japanese threat. With the fall of the Netherlands, elements of the Netherlands East Indies (NEI) government and forces escape to Australia.

.In Australia a government in exile is created, the only official one ever created on Australian soil, and bases established. One, Camp Victory, was located outside Casino.

Among those who came to Camp Victory in 1945 were a group of young Dutchmen brought to Australia for pilot training. With the war winding down their training was constantly delayed.

As news of the Indonesian declaration of independence reached Australia , Indonesian soldiers serving as part of the NEI forces refused to continue service.

Now fighting to re-establish its control of the East Indies, the NIE gov...


2018 SA Election Late Polls And Other Comments "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

SA: Newspoll and ReachTEL 34-31 on primary votes to Liberal
No predicted winner - too close to call

On Saturday night I will be attempting to live-comment the SA state election and the federal Batman by-election at the same time starting from 6:30.  Really this shouldn't be too hard, since Batman is just one seat, so I hope it will be useful.  They will be on separate threads and I will be trying to give each about equal attention to start with, though if Batman can be called quickly I will wind it down and switch to focusing purely on South Australia.

A Few Quick Unpleasantries ...

Rant warning!

I have made an SA-election-related colour change to the boundary of my site, putting up SA-BEST colours as a personal protest against the Labor Party's decision to preference Cory Bernardi's Australian Conservatives third on their Upper House how-to-vote card (the Liberals of course are preferencing them second).  This should not be taken as an endorsement of SA-BEST as such (indeed I suggest South Australians vote how they like and ignore my foreign interference), but it is an endorsement of ripping the Labor upper-house how-to-vote card into tiny pieces of confetti and then posting it to SA ALP HQ with an appropriate message.

I am, as always, disgusted that a supposedly progressive party anywhere in Australia would preference the religious right in this manner.  It seems that some sections of Labor never learn and never stop playing these clueless whatever-it-takes games no matter how many times the religious minnows win them (Steven Fielding, Bob Day etc etc.)  The payoff is Conservatives preferences in Labor's marginal seat of Lee, and split tickets in Light and Newlands, but whether anyone minded to vote Conservative will be fooled by all this or even follow the card at all we will see.

Fortunately the Upper House preference recommendation is likely to be very weakly followed, based on experience of the 2016 Senate election (at which really only the Liberal Party had strong how-to-vote follow rates, and those parties that played these stupid hack games generally found nobody much followed their card). But for an even remotely progressive party - or even a centre party as SA Labor would probably claim to be - to endorse a religious right party like Bernardi's is wrong.

Righto, back to psephology ...

Final Polls

The Sky News ReachTEL has...


Comedian DeAnne Smith: Reject The Gender Binary And Scrawl Something In The Margins "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Canadian Deanne Smith is a chameleon. She spent most of 2017 playing with identity. By the end of the year she had accumulated an eclectic mix. With her show at the 2018 Brisbane Comedy Festival looming, shes no closer to any kind of resolution. DeAnne identifies as agender. Youve got to reject the predetermined categories ...

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Near Neighbours PNG: New Fault-lines in the Tropics "IndyWatch Feed"

By Denis Bright With its surging population growth, economic volatility and internal income divide, many of our neighbours in Papua-New Guinea (PNG) are having difficulty coping with the everyday challenges of globalization. Official economic growth rates are artificially elevated by the commercial export sectors in oil, natural gas, minerals, timber products as well as traditional

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How the Liberals directly control news media narratives "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

How the Liberals directly control news media narrativesIt is common knowledge that Melbourne's Herald Sun is a Liberal Party front, but now, after a social media gaffe, it's all out in the open. read now...


Exposing Some Distortions of WWII History "IndyWatch Feed National"

Nazi General Reinhard Gehlen and CIAs Gehlen Org recruits (photo ww2resource) Background Dresden

by G5

Once someone is a member of an Intel Community, they remain for life.

Intelligence Agency Internal Memos, Reports, and Files are usually fairly accurate. Particularly when it concerns Assets, Agents, and Operatives. And more so with regard to Trainee and new Field Operatives.

The politicising of released information, output, and activities, is a separate issue to what happens In House.



Victoria Is Not The Victim: Historic Queensland Defence Contract Showcases Australian Military-Industrial Propaganda "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Without national discussion or debate and no hard questions from media Australia is pitching to become a major arms exporter. Dr Lissa Johnson weighs in.

On Wednesday morning I watched a live broadcast of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announcing the Australian Governments deal to procure $5.2bn worth of tanks (combat reconnaissance vehicles) from German arms manufacturer Rheinmetall. It has been hailed as the largest defence contract in Australias history.

In front of a brand spanking new tank stood Turnbull, a Rheinmetall executive, Defence Minister Marise Payne and Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne. Together they sang the praises of their historic procurement project and Rheinmetalls state of the art combat vehicle.

Turnbull waxed lyrical about a robust, resilient and internationally competitive defence industry, exciting opportunities and leading edge capability. The arms executive talked about a world class Military Vehicle Centre of Excellence in Queensland. Turnbull described his ambition for Australia to become one of the top 10 defence exporters in the world.

The whole performance looked like a marketing event at a boat show, except the boat was a tank.

Turnbull proudly described the deal in the context of Australias plan to spend $200bn on new military equipment over the next decade. He said that the arms deal was good news for Australian steel, good news for jobs, good news for Queensland and good news for Australia (Victoria, which bid to host the contract, missed out).

Minister for Defence Industry The Hon Christopher Pyne MP, Minister for Defence Senator the Hon Marise Payne, Chief of Army, Lieutenant General Angus Campbell, AO, DSC and The Hon Malcolm Turnball, MP, Prime Minister of Australia inspect the Rheinmetall Boxer Combat Reconnaissance Vehicles (CRV). (IMAGE: Jay Cronan, Dept of Defence)

Turnbull and Pyne cited the Rheinmetall tanks superior lethality as a key selling point. The arms manufacturer likened it to a Swiss army knife.

As I watched the broadcast my stomach churned, making it difficult to digest my breakfast. I had a few thoughts. One was that even if this deal is good news for Queenslanders as hyped, the whole $200bn ar...


Super saturday election day thread "IndyWatch Feed"

Polls have now opened in the South Australian state election and the federal Batman by-election, and will be opening in the state by-election in Cottesloe within the next half-hour.

This post is mostly to provide a place to discuss todays events, but I did want to touch briefly on the two statewide polls released last night for South Australia.

Both have very similar numbers, with the Liberal Party leading on 34%, Labor on 31%, and SA Best on 16% (Reachtel) or 17% (Newspoll). We know that Newspoll has dialled down their numbers for SA Best to reflect the fact that they were running everywhere (the last poll had them on a statewide figure of 27% but only 21% if you exclude voters who cant vote for them), presumably Reachtel is similar.

A vote of 16-17% would be very good for a minor party, and will undoubtedly be enough to win some seats, but itll be a small bench and suggests that Nick Xenophon may struggle to win Hartley (as a local poll has emphasised).

Ill be running a liveblog here while also contributing to the Guardians liveblog. The main thing I plan to include here is a model matching the booths in Batman. Of course, expect some booth results maps late in the night (this time Im confident Ill get access to the data on the night).

Good luck voting!


Jo Nova on our carbon market "IndyWatch Feed"


The first years data is out Australias secret Emissions Trading Scheme is up and running, its small, inefficient, and pointless, but all the government needs to do is raise those caps, and the carbon trading monster octopus could wrap around on half our economy.

Australian carbon credits are for sale (called ACCUs), the price was $14-$18 and the total volume was probably around $7 million. This supposed tiny free market marvel could not even match the $11/ton price that Abbotts direct auctions achieved proving yet again how inefficient economy-wide incentive schemes on essential molecules are. If the caps were raised the price would rocket. (Remember Labors carbon price ended up being $5310 per ton.)

What do you mean, you didnt know Australia had a carbon credit market?

Obviously, you havent been spending your weekends reading the finer points of our legislative instruments. The legislation for this was voted on in the last sitting of Parliament before Christmas of 2015 while Turnbull was a new PM. There was no public debate, no parliamentary discussion and no news coverage of it til May the next year, and it was barely covered at all during the election which occurred the day after this market started. For some reason Turnbull didnt brag about his master success achieving what Rudd and Gillard failed to do. This is because he is a self effacing and humble man or maybe he knew his voters hated it, and he hoped to deceive them.


Tensions in Temotu as expiry of Aus miners licenses loom "IndyWatch Feed"

NASA picture of Nende, known also as Santa Cruz, in Solomon Islands Temotu province. Photo: NASA

Radio New Zealand | 15 March 2018 

Tensions are rising in Temotu as an Australian miners licences to prospect and operate in the Solomon Islands province approach their expiry date.

Pacific Bauxite secured a prospecting license in 2016 with the support of some local landowners and obtained a provincial business license, after a change in the local government, to begin working on Nende Island.

But it has met with stiff opposition from other landowning groups who accuse the company of operating illegally and are trying to take it to court.

Koroi Hawkins has more audio link 


APVMA announces site for its New Armidale national headquarters "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

On 12 March the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA)  named 102 Taylor Street and 91 Beardy Street as the site for the authoritys permanent office in Armidale. The site includes the former Armidale Club building and then extends at the back to Taylor Street.

The announcement was made on site by the Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, the Hon. David Littleproud MP, the Member for New England, the Hon. Barnaby Joyce MP, and APVMA Chief Executive Officer, Dr Chris Parker.

A purpose-built, two-storey office will be constructed by the Stirloch Group (Stirloch), a developer based in Queensland and Victoria that has considerable experience with large government developments.

This is a significant milestone in the APVMAs relocation from Canberra to Armidale, Dr Parker said.

The APVMA has made a long-term commitment to deliver agvet chemical regulation from regional Australia for the benefit of our clients and stakeholders. We have signed a 15-year lease with Stirloch, with possible extensions.

Our move to Armidale now has real momentum. We have 15 staff at the interim office at 246 Beardy Street, and that number will double by the end of March.

More staff will relocate from Canberra and more jobs will be advertised that I hope will attract local talent from Armidale and the surrounds to help us deliver robust regulation and top rate services to Australias agvet chemical industry.

The APVMA will have around 150 staff based at the permanent Armidale office once construction and fit-out is complete in mid-2019.


What Youre Not Being Told about Cryptos "IndyWatch Feed"

Ever willingly ingested tapeworms to help with weight loss?

Drank radioactive water for its health benefits?

We havent either.

But were not surprised to learn that, somewhere, someone in this world has.

Presumably, they were convinced enough that it would work to give it a try.

Turns out, radioactive water is a decidedly bad idea, and most effective in harming health. And while tapeworms can certainly help in keeping that waist trim, cutting off your nose to spite your face comes with its own set of problems.

But thats the power of belief for you.

Once faith sets in, it becomes unshakeable. At which point only time can reveal the full extent of our mistakes

In truth, there is often nothing spontaneous about the rise of certain beliefs. All you need is a captive audience and message to hammer them with.

Throughout history, theres a long line of events whose outcomes were directed by an invisible hand. Special interest groups that hoodwinked the public into advancing their plans.

So skilled is the invisible hand at manipulation, its motives often only become clear with the benefit of hindsight.

There is perhaps no better example of this than in the rise of central banks.

Controlling monetary policy, few doubt their importance in maintaining economic stability. And yet the stream of recessions is just as steady as it was prior to their arrival.

With the benefit of hindsight, we now know that commercial banks played a key role in the creation and global expansion of central banks.

The meeting of Americas wealthiest financiers at Jekyll Island in 1910 was the catalyst for the Federal Reserve Bank. There, they drafted the bill that would birth the Fed. That they met in complete secrecy is at least an admission of the conflict of interest at play.

In fact, there can be little doubt today that central banks exist primarily as a vehicle to spread and promote commercial banking interests. The belief that they are necessary to economic stability has been disproved with every passing crisis.

Again, we can only glean this with the benefit of hindsight. Without it, were at a loss to explain why the public believes we need central banks. Or, more to the point, why we believe commercial banks are in fact too big to fail.

Such is the power of acquired belief. Once ingrained, it blunts all rational thinking.

All of which is to say that many of us are blind to the manipulations were subjected to. We fail to recognise that widely-held beliefs are often the end product of much backroom scheming.

Its fo...


Victoria Urges Federal Government To Crack Down On Gay Conversion Therapy "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Victorian Government has urged the Turnbull Government to help states crack down on the dangerous and discredited practice of gay conversion therapy in Australia. The practice involves people suppressing or attempting to change their sexuality, and Victorian Mental Health Minister Martin Foley said the fact that it was difficult to track and regulate shouldnt ...

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Australias tens of thousands of homeless children "IndyWatch Feed National"

Homelessness is actually 300,000 high and not only 116,000 homeless as according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics. But what many of us have been barking about for years are both the number and the proportion of children aged 12 years and less who are homeless. Even according to the ABS figures there are 20,000 []


Australia the next Sweden Over run with hoodlum immigrants "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

This video shows how multiculturalism works with Islam followers in Sweden, the same people your elected politicians have and continue to allow into our country

Are you content with this situation you voted for???


St Barbara resolves Simberi dispute "IndyWatch Feed"

Simberi Gold Mine

Australian Mining | March 15, 2018

St Barbara has resumed full operations at the Simberi gold mine in Papua New Guinea following illegal industrial action at the site.

The Australian gold miner halted production at the site last week for safety reasons as management attempted to resolve the dispute.

In an ASX announcement, St Barbara reported that a contingent of the mines workforce initiated the industrial action. Around 40 per cent of the mines workforce remained at work during the stoppage, it added.

Mediation, led by representatives from the PNG Department of Labour and Industrial Relations, has since resolved the stoppage, with full operations resuming late yesterday.

The stoppage was primarily due to misunderstandings regarding leave provisions and other employment conditions, which have now been clarified, according to St Bar...


Same place, different faces "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

I have a habit of returning to the same places in the local landscape, often over successive days.  One of the narrow tracks running west off Mia Mia Track is a personal favourite that I tend to visit at least once every fortnight. Two excursions this week, the first on Thursday and again last night produced a very different set of birds.

Brown Thornbills were hiding during my first visit, but were the highlight under dull skies last night. Also of note were Buff-rumped Thornbill, White-eared Honeyeater, Scarlet Robin and a small flock of Rainbow Bee-eaters, none of which Id observed the day before. The diverse understorey of wattles (especially the Rough Wattle), peas and heath are a key reason for this sites avian richness.

Brown Thornbill, Mia Mia Track, 16th March 2018


Australian National Indigenous Languages Convention - a New England perspective "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A map of New England's Aboriginal languages. It is not complete. Yaygirr spoken at the mouth of the Clarence is missing, for example. 
The first  was held on the Gold Coast in February 2018. The convention focused particularly on the way digital technology might be used to support language survival and revival.

Key note speaker Craig Ritchie, CEO of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS), suggested Australia could follow in the footsteps of New Zealand, which introduced the Mori Language Act in 1987, thereby giving Mori official language status.

SBS reports (link above) that Craig Ritchie told the crowd that Australia needed to follow New Zealand's lead by bringing language into the public domain, making culture more visible in public spaces such as airports, and weaving simple greetings or words into news broadcasts or television programs.

Well know weve succeeded when theyre using Aboriginal language on Home and Away," he laughed.

While the role of technology was a major focus throughout the convention, there were counter views.

Armidale's Callum Clayton-Dixon, a founding member of the Anaiwan Language Revival Program, labelled himself a "cynic" when it comes to technology. In his view, while technology had proven useful to document language and raise awareness for programs, it shouldn't be relied upon as a teaching tool. He cited an example at a school in Armidale where he encouraged students learning Gamilaraay to download the language app: "they used it for a day, didn't touch it again".

"You dont revive a language with an app, you revive language with people," he said. If it's a choice between online versus on land, the focus should be learning on land, on country, "embedding language through cultural activities".

Federal Arts Minister Mitch Fifield says while technology wasn't the answer, it is an important part of the toolkit that we a government, we clearly recognise the erosion of language that needs to be addressed...Digital technology does have an incredible capacity to support the preservation and the teachin...


Live boutique seminar "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Coming up, a boutique seminar at my Brisbane CBD office, for which we've sold two-thirds of the tickets (it's only a small event, due to limited available space). 

Please book well in advance for this one, as it's only a relatively small space and if we have any tickets left over as the day approaches we'll have allocated them elsewhere. 

Good chance to meet the speakers (and stick around for a drink afterwards, of course).

Click the image to expand it for the event details - the price is $50 and it includes two free books.

Look forward to seeing you there!


Weekend reads - must see articles of the week "IndyWatch Feed"

This week Landguide ranked Property Update as the number 1 must read real estate blog.

Great one to subscribe to - see their must read articles of the week summary here.


Love, Simon Star Nick Robinson Says His Brother Came Out During Filming "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Actor Nick Robinson has revealed that while he was shooting new movie Love, Simon, his brother came out to him as gay. Robinson (pictured) plays 17-year old Simon Spier in the film, a high school student struggling with his sexuality until he meets someone online from his school whos going through the same thing. The ...

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Why a popular prime minister was toppled "IndyWatch Feed National"

When Prime Minister Kevin Rudd ordered the expulsion of an Israeli diplomat from Australia over the Dubai passports impropriety, Kevin Rudds days as prime minister would be numbered. The first two years of the Rudd/Gillard government were remarkable for their majority public support  and for overwhelming public support for Rudd as prime minister. They were []


Articulate US teenagers could finally force action on gun control "IndyWatch Feed"

Policy inertia and the NRA

Articulate US teenagers could finally force action on gun control


March 17 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

1808 Bishop Barker - the bloke not the beer glass - was pupped today. Fred Barker became the Anglican Bishop of Sydney and, in typical Aussie fashion, his tea-totalling ways were completely respected in the naming of the biggest glass of beer in the late 1800's.

1809 Bligh picked up his bat and ball and sailed, not for England as he'd promised those wiley NSW Corps, but for Hobart.

1826 Bushranger Matthew Brady, another naughty lad, was captured by John Batman near crystal ball tells me it'll all end in tears.

1843 Partying in style in Sydney during St Paddy's Day celebrations 2 Montgolfier balloons showed off gave an exhibition to wow the crowds.

1853 St Kilda road, Melbourne was the setting for many an armed hold up during the Victorian gold rush and today saw the last major robbery attempt...apart from the robbery real estate agents have been getting away with ever since.

1856 - The foundation stone of St Francis Xavier's Cathedral, Adelaide, was laid on this day.

1870 John Ross discovered and named the Alice Springs while exploring the route for the Australian Overland Telegraph Line.

1908 A.W. Canning, a forward thinking type of bloke, set out to equip a stock route between Halls Creek and Wiluna in Westralia. It is now known as The Canning Stock Route, perhaps named after the chap who sunk 52 wells by the time he finished in December 1909.

1910 Beating Harry Houdini by 1 day but being over-looked in the magician's smoke and mirrors, Fred Custance flew the first powered flight in a Bleriot monoplane in South Oz.

1942 Gen Douglas MacArthur rocked up to Oz and set up shop in Melbourne.
Ahh, the hardships people must endure in war time...

1943 General Douglas MacArthur more than slightly miffed the Aussies when he claimed that before he graced Aussie soil with his presence the govt was ready to hand the northern part of Australia to the Japanese.

1943 The Brisbane Courier Mail newspaper ran the article in which the Trade and Customs Minister announced in the Senate that unless more barley was grown the Aussie beer output of 7,200,000 gallons per month would have to be cut.
What, no green ale?!

1962 Today saw the grand opening/airing of CBN 8 Orange (CBN = Country Broadcasting New South Wales) a TV station that is now affiliated with Prime7.
Where they, no doubt, had a few sherberts in the green hue.

1967 And they most probably raised a glass or 3 at the official opening of the Honeysuckle Creek Space Tracking Station in Canberra on this day; this was the famous antenna that received, then relayed to the whole world, the TV images of Neil Armstrong taking a Sunday stroll on the Moon.



Offsets for emissions breaches prove Australia has a carbon market, Labor says "IndyWatch Feed National"

Industrial sites have spent millions on carbon credits under Direct Action's safeguard mechanism'Sixteen Australian industrial sites have breached government-imposed greenhouse gas emissions limits and had to buy millions of dollars in carbon credits to offset the infringement.The breaches came despite big emitters being granted generous carbon limits, in many cases above their highest previous pollution levels. Related: Emissions increases approved by regulator may wipe out $260m of [...]


DISGUSTING! GODFATHER OF BORDER SLEAZE! ABF chief Roman Quaedvlieg fired for giving job to god-daughter mistress "IndyWatch Feed National"

EXCLUSIVE: In an explosive political revelation where salacious and illicit misconduct meets with good old-fashioned corruption, True Crime News Weekly can now reveal that recently fired Australian Border Force chief, Roman Quaedvlieg, was conducting a clandestine sexual affair and giving out subsequent job favours to a young woman whose parents had named him her godfather. [READ MORE]


1) PM must address human rights crimes - West Papua Action Auckland "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

2) Maritime security discussed at ASEAN-Australia Summit

3) Asia Pacific Human Rights Will PM Turnbull and Julie Bishop raise the human rights situation


1) PM must address human rights crimes - West Papua Action Auckland 

West Papua Action Auckl...


In which the pond makes an urgent plea to the reptiles regarding prattling Polonius ... "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The pond is here to help, yet for a brief time yesterday, the reptiles had prattling Polonius's attempt to watch the media as their 'top of the digital page', 'top of the world ma' chief delight.

This was wrong on so many levels. First, it's not a media watch dog, it's an ABC obsessive-compulsive watch dog.

Second, it's outrageous to charge for it, because such is the preening vanity behind the obsessive scribbling that it turns up for free on the Sydney Institute pages on the very same day.

How is it possible to put up a gold bar and charge for something, when the supplier is offering it for free out the back door? Prohibition and Al Capone never operated like that

Here's a thought.

How about the reptiles demand that Polonius put an embargo on publication in the Sydney Institute, say of a week, so that the copy stays fresh in the lizard Oz, and turns up at the other location for archival purposes?

This sort of embargo is working a treat in other ways.

The pond generally ignores the Bolter, but if it wants to find out just how offensively racist he is, these days it's easiest to head off to Amanda Meade's Weekly Beast to get the most delectable pickings:

Hardly a week goes by without Andrew Bolt saying something outrageous and we often try to ignore him, but this week we thought it was worth noting his comments about the ABCs new radio host Sami Shah. 
Shah and co-host Jacinta Parsons replaced veteran Red Symonds on Melbourne Radios breakfast show this year and as expected the ratings have dropped for their first survey. Bolt blames it all on the ABCs political correctness and the replacement of a white man with a brown man. 


MACKAY Mackay supreme court list "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Six gold medals for South Coast athletes "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Alarna Gibson-Williamson competing in the high jump.

THIRTEEN South Coast athletes proudly representing their club returned with six gold medals from the State Championships held recently at Albert Park.
The Victorian Junior Track & Field Championships were held on February 23 to 25, followed by the Victorian Open Track & Field Championships on March 2 to 4.
The athletes performed exceptionally well, winning six gold medals, two silver medals and breaking three club records between them.
U14G: Tevuro Ihomana Montgomery: Javelin 1st 34.18m (club record), 80m Hurdles 2nd 13.14.
U15G: Alarna Gibson-Williamson: 90m Hurdles 1st 14.52, High Jump 1st 1.63m.
U15G: Georgia Burns: High Jump 4th 1.45m, 400m 11th 63.48, 800m 6th 2:28.92, 1500m 10th 5:27.65.
U15G: Charli Burns: Long Jump 8th 4.20m, Triple Jump 7th 9.17m.
U15B: Tyler Butcher: Triple Jump 1st 12.44m (club record).
U16G: Jasmine Woods: 100m 4th 12.84, Triple Jump 2nd 11.07m, Long Jump 6th 5.14m.
U16G: Meaghan Wilson: High Jump 1st 1.60m, Triple Jump 5th 9.50m, 90m Hurdles 6th 14.84.
U16G: Nicola Slade: Pole vault 6th 2.50m, High Jump 6th 1.45m, Long Jump 11th 4.44m.
U16B: Matthew Merrilees: High Jump 5th 1.74m, Hammer Throw 6th 27.91m, Discus 10th 30.02m.
U17G: Rachel Aitken: High Jump 4th 1.50m.
U17G: Piper Hastings: High Jump 7th 1.40m.
Open Women: Eleanor Patterson: High Jump 1st 1.86m.
Sarah Lewis: 800m 11th 2:18.53 (club record).

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Aboriginal land councils ramp up push for NT treaty promised 30 years ago - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) "IndyWatch Feed National"

Aboriginal land councils ramp up push for NT treaty promised 30 years ago - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation): "The 30-year anniversary of the Barunga Statement represents perhaps a unique opportunity to reset the process and ensure that Aboriginal people are leading front and centre when it comes to these kinds of things," Mr Morrison said.

He said an MOU would ensure Indigenous Territorians are driving the treaty agenda.

"We don't want to see governments and anyone else come up with ideas on behalf of Aboriginal people because we've seen the sorts of messes that unfold," he said.

Mr Morrison said the MOU should include formal recognition of past wrongs, and ultimately lead to a better future for Aboriginal people.

"I think there's a need for the levels of leadership in the Northern Territory and the Commonwealth to realise the deep injustices," he said.


Matt Damon reportedly moving to Australia to get away from President Trump "IndyWatch Feed"

Hey Matt, can you take some of your buddies with you? From Yahoo: Matt Damon and his family are reportedly moving to Australia to get away from Donald Trump. Page Six reported on Thursday that the actor has purchased a Continue reading


Top officials in Australia call for emergency visas for white farmers facing violent attacks in South Africa "IndyWatch Feed National"

A top Australian official has called for emergency visas for South Africa's white farmers, who are reportedly facing rising violence amid government calls for land expropriation in favor of black citizens. "If you look at the footage and read the stories, you hear the accounts, it's a horrific circumstance they face," said Australian Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton. "I think these people deserve special attention and we're certainly applying that special attention now."


The Clean Coal Calamity ... "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Australia should take note!  The abandonment of the Kemper clean-coal power plant in Mississippi has been declared. As a result of this flagship plants failure, it now seems unlikely that any large-scale clean-coal concept will ever be constructed in the US. Given that, then the desperate attempts to pursue the clean-coal fantasy in Australia should also cease before more fortunes are wasted on this fruitless cause


Griggs demands Macquarie Point be part of solution to housing crisis "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Richard Griggs, Independent Candidate for Legislative Council Seat of Hobart, has repeated his call for Macquarie Point to become part of the solution to the housing crisis in Hobart. On Wednesday, as part of the outcomes of the housing crisis summit, the Tasmanian Government identified 239 hectares of government owned land suitable for residential development. On Friday it emerged just 56 hectares of this was available in southern Tasmania and that some of this area is currently road. Hobart is where the worst of the housing crisis is so it is not good enough that such a small amount of land has been flagged in the south, Mr Griggs said


A Tarkine Park ... The Campaign Continues ... "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Most conservationists are still reeling from the disastrous result of the recent state election aware of what this means regarding threats towards Tasmanias natural environment. Yet the campaign for securing protection of the Tarkine region will unquestionably continue onward ... heres why


Video Friday: Dexterous Humanoid, Self-Driving Car Naps, and Passenger Drones "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Your weekly selection of awesome robot videos Image: Meltin via YouTube

Video Friday is your weekly selection of awesome robotics videos, collected by your Automaton bloggers. Well also be posting a weekly calendar of upcoming robotics events for the next few months; heres what we have so far (send us your events!):

US National Robotics Week  April 7-17, 2018  United States
Xconomy Robo Madness  April 12, 2018  Bedford, Mass., USA
NASA Swarmathon  April 17-19, 2018  Kennedy Space Center, Fla., USA
RoboSoft 2018  April 24-28, 2018  Livorno, Italy
ICARSC 2018  April 25-27, 2018  Torres Vedras, Portugal
NASA Robotic Mining Competition  May 14-18, 2018  Kennedy Space Center, Fla., USA
ICRA 2018  May 21-25, 2018  Brisbane, Australia
RSS 2018  June 26-30, 2018  Pittsburgh, Pa., USA
Ubiquitous Robots 2018  June 27-30, 2018  Honolulu, Hawaii
MARSS 2018  July 4-8, 2018  Nagoya, Japan
AIM 2018  July 9-12, 2018  Auckland, New Zealand

Let us know if you have suggestions for next week, and enjoy todays videos.

MELTANT- is a wire-driven teleoperated humanoid torso with very impressive dexterity:

If you thought the vision video is a bit much, the capabilities video is less singing and more interesting:

[ Meltin ]

Self-driving cars are really...


Shall We Discuss Saudi Nukes? "IndyWatch Feed National"

No, that wasn't click bait (above) but it's been very quiet in North Korea - crickets only - since the announcement that there would be talks between President Trump, President Moon and the dear, respected, fat kid with the bad haircut. Not a peep out of North Korea, which might mean almost anything from "the generals killed the Kim", to an internal struggle, to 'spring break'.

North Korean Foreign Minister arrived in Sweden. North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho arrived in Sweden on 15 March for a two-day visit. The government of Sweden said that talks with Swedish Foreign Minister Wallstrom will focus on Swedens consular responsibilities as the protecting power for the US, Canada and Australia. 

North Korea has made no comment on the visit or on the proposed meeting with the US President. North Korea also has not commented on a meeting with South Korean President Moon next month.

Foreign Minister Ris visit to Sweden is the first significant diplomatic action anywhere since 6 March. Swedens role as the protecting power for US interests is the basis for speculative news commentary that Ris visit is connected to Kim Jong Uns invitation for talks with the US.

Ok, NOW we can talk about the Saudis

This past week Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman provided the public with two Saudi senses of nuclear power. On 14 March, he approved a nuclear policy for Saudi Arabia to reduce the Kingdoms reliance on oil for power generation. The policy limits nuclear activity to peaceful purposes.

On 15 March, Prince Mohammed revealed the other Saudi sense of nuclear power. He told a press interviewer, "Saudi Arabia does not want to acquire any nuclear bomb, but without a doubt if Iran developed a nuclear bomb, we will follow suit as soon as possible." 

The nuclear power generation policy is a long-term energy policy. The warning ab...


Introducing March Mystery Muso TOM SMITH "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Songs of Tom Smith * It can be hard to have a Big Heart in this unfeeling, materialistic society, but our Mystery Musician for March has found a way to survive & thrive through the healing powers of Creativity Continue reading


Does 18 Make For A Shithole? "IndyWatch Feed National"

 Esplanade Park in Helsinki. Finland, is the happiest country in the world, according to the newest World Happiness Report. Credit Martti Kainulainen/Lehtikuva, via Associated Press

Esplanade Park in Helsinki. Finland, is the happiest country in the world, according to the newest World Happiness Report. Credit Martti Kainulainen/Lehtikuva, via Associated Press.

According to The World Happiness Report, Ustates has plummeted to 18th on the list. If you really want to be happy and feel secure, you need to go Nordic. Finland made the top of the list.

Finland was ranked number one on the World Happiness Report, compiled by the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network. The country was joined by other Scandinavian nationsNorway, Denmark, and Icelandin the top four, followed by Switzerland, the Netherlands, Canada, New Zealand, Sweden, and Australia.

All these nations are based on strong social welfare structures, and look, people are happy! Looks like that evil socialism has a lot going for it. Turns out that when people feel secure, they tend to be happier and much more laidback.

I think there really is a deep and very unsettling signal coming through that U.S. society is in many ways under profound stress, even though the economy by traditional measures is doing fine, Jeffrey D. Sachs, an editor of the report, told the New York Times. The trends are not good, and the comparative position of the U.S. relative to other high-income countries is nothing short of alarming.

The drop followed President Donald Trumps first year in office, during which the majority of Americans reported disapproval of the countrys top elected official, and hundreds of thousands protested his regressive policies on immigration, womens reproductive rights, and gun controlas well as widespread concerns that the president is blatantly profiting off his position in public office.

The past year also saw reports of Americas widening wealth gap, with the average upper middle-class household holding 75 times more wealth than low-income families.

While other countries have focused on social welfare of all their citizens, Ustates has been in the process of removing rights and the very last s...


The Human Rights War On Syria "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The perfidious role of human rights organizations in the war on Syria has been exposed again with the Amnesty International report on Syria for 2017/18, followed by an equally tendentious article in the Melbourne Age newspaper by Claire Mallinson, Amnestys national director for Australia. In the name of human rights these organizations have actually worsened the crisis in Syria. They have never dealt honestly with its primary cause, the determination of the US and its allies seven years ago to destroy the government in Damascus, as part of a bigger plan to destroy the Iran-Syria-Hezbollah strategic axis across the Middle East. Democracy, human rights and the best interests of the Syrian people were never on the agenda of these governments. They were cold-blooded and remorseless in what they wanted and the means by which they sought to get it.


Not only will they sell the rope used to hang them they will feel virtuous in making the sale "IndyWatch Feed"

I knew enough of these corporate CEO bureaucrats from my days in the Chamber of Commerce, many of whom are in reality no different from public servants. Unlike the genuine entrepreneurs who built their enterprises from the ground up, the ones who have taken over these large enterprises are often as left wing as a university professor in the humanities. This is Rita Panahi quoting Jordan Peterson on corporate virtue signalling.

People who are doing this at the corporate level will rapidly get their comeuppance  If youre operating within a capitalist environment like lets say the executives and management of Qantas, who are being paid disproportionately well, you dont also get to be a social radical. And you dont get to salve your conscience for receiving a pay cheque thats 300 times the pay cheque of the average worker by pretending youre a social revolutionary. Its an appalling sleight of hand.

In addition, you dont get to invite the radical leftists into your corporate utopia without opening the door to a major fifth column. If you are naive enough to think that the demand of the radicals for the transformation of your company is going to end with a few requests for language transformation then youre a complete bloody fool.

Its staggering to me to watch the corporate elite types kowtow to the radical Marxists. They do it to virtue signal or because theyre feeling guilty or maybe because theyre facing genuine pressure and dont want to stand up against it. But theyre playing a game that will punish them intensely.

In the early 1970s when it became absolutely untenable for anyone with any moral intellectual pretensions to be on the side of the Communists the same doctrine went underground and transmuted into this postmodern dogma that completely dominates the humanities and social science end of the university curriculum and increasingly plays a determinative role in the legislative process at every level of government in the West. Its the same old wolf in new sheeps clothing.


Rice Puts You At a Higher Risk For Diabetes Than Sugary Drinks, According to a Recent Study "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that approximately 9.4% of the American population had diabetes as of 2015, both diagnosed and undiagnosed. This disease occurs when the body is either unable to produce the insulin required to regulate your bodys blood sugar levels, or the production is insufficient.

High blood sugar levels have been associated with heart disease and stroke, nerve damage, kidney disease, dental problems, damage to your vision and more.

While there are some cases of diabetes that cannot be prevented, such as those linked with the genetic influence of a family history, experts have identified a number of risk factors that, when addressed, can help to decrease your chances of developing the disease. These include being overweight, physical inactivity and dietary choices.

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Weve all heard the warning at one time or another in our lives Avoid eating too much sugar or you will develop diabetes. While there is some truth to this claim, sugary foods arent the only items that we should be paying attention to. An often overlooked offender, carbohydrates are broken down into sugars such as fructose and glucose during the digestion process.

Not only do experts warn about the excessive consumption of carbohydrates, a study out of Harvard reveals that simple white rice may actually be one of the most dangerous foods in regard to your risk for developing diabetes.

The researchers analyzed data from over 350,000 participants across four different countries: The United States, Australia, China, and Japan. The data followed the participants for anywhere from 2 to 22 years, tracking both their food intake as well as their overall health and well-being. They revealed that those participants that ate a d...


Quote of the Week "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

With no clear international achievement to his name, his major accomplishment in foreign policy has been provoking significant global backlash almost across the board. [Journalist Andrew Hammond writing about US President Donald J. Trump in The Sydney Morning Herald, 14 March2018]


Tweet of the Week "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Chief Commissioner of police job description before becoming CEO of Victoria Police "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

One from the archives:

Ken Lay (photo above) was the first Chief Commissioner of Police to become a CEO of the business commonly referred to as Victoria Police, as per the new law enacted in 2013.

He was in office from 11th of November 2011 to 31 January 2015.

Here is the job description from 2011 for Commissioner of Police:


PERTH Bulgarians arrested in $51m WA meth bust "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Bulgarians arrested in $51m WA meth bust .

March 16, 2018 at 11:46AM .

He appeared in the Perth Magistrates Court charged with possessing methamphetamine with intent to sell/supply. On Tuesday organised crime squad officers executed a search warrant at a property in Armadale seizing 527 grams of methamphetamine, two hand guns and more than $50,000 cash. .



PERTH Nun-Chucks at Northam "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Nun-Chucks at Northam .

March 15, 2018 at 12:03PM .

Northam Police have released details of a disturbance at the Boulevard Shopping Centre involving a set of nun-chucks on Wednesday March 14. Police will allege that an argument between two people took place at a motor vehicle parked in the carpark, causing members of the public to intervene. .



PERTH Ex-Docker acquitted of unlawful wounding "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Ex-Docker acquitted of unlawful wounding .

March 14, 2018 at 01:56PM .

He was due to stand trial in Perth Magistrates Court but was acquitted after police prosecutors conceded there was no prospect of a conviction. Defence counsel Luka Margaretic described the complainant as opportunistic, pointing out they hadnt come forward until long after Yarran had been drafted to .


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