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Sunday, 21 January


Farmers Market Wayville "IndyWatch Feed"

Adelaide families now have the opportunity buy fresh food directly from producers from all over SA at the Adelaide Showground Farmers Market. The 20,000 strong crowd that turned up for the farmers market which formed the centrepiece of the 'Go Organic Festival' in September in 2005 encouraged the Royal Agricultural and Horticultural Society (RAHS) to back the foundation of a permanent farmers market by a not-for-profit community organisation. The market opened on October 1st 2006 with a massive crowd of 10,000 shoppers and runs each Sunday (apart from the weeks of the Royal Show) from 9am-1pm.

In the tradition of farmers markets, it is a food market at which both food producers and consumers can get a fair price for food produced in SA and support regional and sustainable land use. The market guarantees that you buy direct from the producer and is known for its strict adherence to the ethics of farmers markets which now number in their thousands worldwide as families seek to avoid overstored food from major retailers who pass on meagre prices to farmers. In Australia, the farmers market movement is represented by the Australian Farmers Market Association and SA's peak body, the SA Farmers Market Association, will soon be launched.

The Adelaide Showground location is superb, with a major bike trail, the Glenelg tram line, a major rail line, numerous bus routes all converging to make it one of the most accessible sites in Adelaide. Parking is also easy and cheap.

120 producers offer their extraordinarily diverse products (everything from oysters to almonds and bread to boysenberries!). It is accessed from the car parks at the Leader Street (southern) end of the Showgrounds.  

Becoming a member brings with it 10% discount on all purchases as well as a right to vote in the management of the market. Details and memberships are available at

The Food Forest is a foundation stallholder at the market and presents a wide range of foods, always including its signature specialty - organically certified pistachio nuts. We are there on alternate weeks (we run short courses on the other weekends).

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Wednesday, 17 January


4 months' worth of rain in just 24 hours hit Perth, Western Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

Remnants of Tropical Cyclone "Joyce" brought record-breaking rain to parts of SW Western Australia on Monday, January 15 and Tuesday, January 16, 2018. The storm produced wind gusts up to 90 km/h (56 mph) and dumped more than 4 months' worth of rain in...... Read more



Locals and visitors enjoyed Byrons Hello Sunday Morning last Saturday "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Feather and Tommy Franklin at Byrons Hello Sunday Morning, last Saturday. Photo Jeff Dawson.

Byron Bays Hello Sunday Morning, held last Saturday at Apex park was a great success with about 500 people enjoying the morning.

Feather, Tommy Franklin and Sergio Naranjarte took part in the event that aims to raise awareness around excessive alcohol consumption.

The vibe was great, the community really got involved and no one was afraid to join in and dance, said one of the organisers Grace Enright.

Tommy helped set the tone as he is so infectious when he dances, you cant wipe the smile off your face when you watch him. It was great to see people of all ages and both men and women join in!

There are four more Hello Sunday Morning dance parties coming up, the next one is in Melbourne this Sunday and then the Sunday after they will be in Hobart and then Fremantle and ending the campaign in Sydney. 

Because Hello Sunday Morning offers digital support and we have a large network of people all over the world, having these physical events locally is a great way for us to spread awareness for our mission, to change Australias drinking culture, one Sunday at a time! Empowering people to find a great relationship with alcohol, whether that means cutting back or quitting altogether, finished grace.

For more information on Hello Sunday Morning look them up online here


In which the pond brings glorious news of Moorice ... "IndyWatch Feed"

Wednesday would usually be Miranda the Devine day, and realising that she's sorely missed on her holyday break, the good twittering folk at Palace Films sent her a 'hurry back soon' message a few days ago, as part of their astute business plan, incidentally setting off a Mark Wahlberg flame war.

Ah, the Devine, much missed ...

And now for some even better news.

The pond has long urged Moorice to return to his first love, climate science, which made him one of the most respected international figures in the field, apart perhaps from the Donald and faux Lord Monckton, and his assorted acolytes of the Dame Slap and Paul Sheehan kind (now there's a long forgotten expert climate scientist) ...

Moorice was too busy noting assorted pending catastrophes about to be inflicted on the world, but at last he has heeded the pond's call, and the reptiles frantically cleared some space so that they could remind the world that they were home to top-class climate science reporting ...

Now this is such a vital message that the pond wouldn't dream of interrupting Moorice's flow or arguing w...


The Nuts and Bolts of Demand Response "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Basically demand response is the act of responding to fluctuations in energy demand in relation to the supply of power over brief periods of time. Currently this is almost exclusively either related to disruption in the conventional power system where supply drops for some reason or there are extremely hot summer afternoons where power consumption soars when we all turn on our air-cons. The conventional power source is unable to supply this extra electricity causing or threatening black-outs in some areas. By paying a sufficient number of consumers to stop consuming power, supply and demand can be balanced and grid operations maintained without disruptions.

An example of this was recently carried out with our power supplier Powershop called Curb Your Power  and this is how it worked. Firstly we accepted an invitation from them to participate in their demand response program. They then contacted us by text about one hour previous to requiring us to reduce our energy consumption by at least one third between the hours of 3.30 to 5.30pm. Before 3.30pm I wandered around our unit turning off all the unnecessary power consumers including the major one the air con but left 2 ceiling fans running as it was quite warm. Other power consuming actions such as cooking and clothes washing were deferred. A few days later the retailer rewarded us, and all other participants, with $10 on our account and conducted a survey to find out how we responded.

It later transpired that there was a power outage in the Lindenow area stretching across to places north of Bairnsdale in this case over 1000 customers were blacked out although the cause of this is not known. However we were experiencing hot weather and both our fans and air con were in operation when the request to reduce power consumption was received.

The demand response (sometimes called negawatts) process is simple. Sign up to a demand response program with your retailer and supply contact details to them. Then reduce your power consumption by a significant amount at the time and for the duration they request. Assuming this was successful your account will later be credited.

Almost certainly this was a trial run for our retailer as well. The next step is a refinement of smart meters (plus some computer software?) to calculate exactly how much power was reduced so that participants can...


After-school and vacation care settles into new digs "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Are we art now? Enjoying the art at the Tweed Art Gallery. Photo supplied.

Mullumbimby after-school care (ASC) and vacation program are celebrating moving into a lovely, dedicated ASC space at Mullumbimby Primary School and have averted closure, which was looming late last year.

It is a lovely, fresh and clean room with elevated views so that you almost feel like you are in the trees, said program co-ordinator Jamie Wilson.

The new room means that students accessing ASC and holiday programs can enjoy the opportunity to relax in a space that is cool in summer and warm in winter a big difference from the previous space.

We are currently looking to increase our numbers for both ASC and the holiday program and have been developing a great program for the kids, continued Jamie.

Last year, they had the BANG performing arts weekly program that the kids absolutely loved, and this year they will be looking at the possibility of dance, performing arts and a kids comedy workshops.

We also have Bundjalung women come into the holiday program to do the basket weaving two to three times a year.

Busses from surrounding schools

Children from all the surrounding schools are welcome to take part in the program, and buses that run from most schools can drop children at the after-school program.

The kids are like one big happy family and they have access to all the school grounds and we have some fun sports programs as well.

Currently the program can take both immunised and non-immunised children.

The program has a year to build up the numbers of children using the program to ensure that the service can continue to operate out of Mullumbimby.



Vacancies down in 2017; but not everywhere... "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Seasonal vacancies

As usual vacancy rates were higher in the month of December at 2.5 per cent or 80,092 vacancies.

Despite the record high level of building, vacancies were considerably lower than a year earlier, when there were 89,721 vacancies according to SQM Research figures.

The year-on-year decrease reflects a combination of strong population growth and a very high volume of higher-density apartments still under construction, there being a lag in the completion of this dwelling type. 

Hobart has a record low vacancy rate for any capital city of an extremely tight 0.3 per cent, while Canberra (1.3 per cent) and Adelaide (1.5 per cent) remain tight rental markets. 

Asking rents have increased strongly in Hobart and Canberra accordingly over 2017. 

Perth and Darwin also seem to have turned a corner, with vacancy rates well down from a year earlier, while Melbourne's 2.1 per cent vacancy rate was also well down from 2.4 per cent in December 2016.

This downtrend wasn't the case everywhere however, with Sydney recording a multi-year high reading of 2.6 per cent in December, up from 2.3 per cent last year. 

The numbers can jag around a bit, but smoothing the figures on a 6mMA basis gives a sense of the relative condition of the rental market in each city and the prevailing trends. 

At the end of the 2017 financial year, New South Wales had a record 64,470 attached dwellings under construction, with the overdue flood of completions doubtless accounting for the jump in December. 



1) Social affairs ministry sends food to tackle measles, malnutrition in Asmat "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

2) Freeport Indonesia Pays First Dividend in Three Years
1) Social affairs ministry sends food to tackle measles, malnutrition in Asmat
Reporter: antara  1 hour ago

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The Ministry of Social Affairs has sent food to tackle the extraordinary outbreaks of measles and malnutrition in Asmat District, Papua.



Phil Dudman spoke on Pruning and Propogating Fruit Trees at The Fernmount Food Forest "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Twenty Bellingen Seedsavers had an excellent guest speaker experience when  Phil Dudman (writer and presenter from the Organic Garden and ABC Garden Show) visited the Fernmount Food Forest to speak on Fruit Tree Pruning and propagating and much more.

On the screen: A commercial fig tree farm with low pruned trees

The message most of us took away was to prune the main structure of fruit trees down to an easy pick level and that means with some trees, figs and mulberries for instance, down to waist high. What a great idea!



Solar train sees impressive passenger numbers "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Byron Bay Railroad Company Development director Jeremy Holmes takes a ride on the Shires latest transport. Photo Jeff Trains, Planes and Automobiles Dawson

The Byron Bay Railroad Company says it has clocked up its 10,000th passenger in just 19 days of operation.

Development director Jeremy Holmes said, We anticipated a slower start, even when factoring in summer trading..

The reaction from passengers has been so uplifting according to Holmes. It makes it all worthwhile to see the look on the faces of passengers, particularly the children, he said. And to see locals using the train to get from A to B is seriously rewarding for our team.

The train runs between the North Beach platform at the end of Bayshore Drive, and the Byron Beach platform in town, behind Simmos Caltex Service Station. The service runs  from 10am till 5pm daily, excluding Sundays. This timetable is set to expand, say organisers, when the remaining new drivers and passenger attendants receive their accreditation.

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Day to Day Politics: A president without precedence "IndyWatch Feed"

Wednesday 17 January 2018 He always sounds angry at someone, or indeed the world. He lies, often contradicts himself, is inarticulate, sometimes incoherent and most certainly never presidential. He is without precedence in the annals of American political history. Some say he is verifiably mad. I am also of that view. But then I too

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Bitcoin bursts "IndyWatch Feed"

About a month ago we were all getting bombarded by market geniuses offering to teach us about investing in Bitcoin. 

Now down more than 41 per cent in a month. 

From hodl to sodl.


Ruddock condemns Bahai Death Sentence in Yemen "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Hornsby Shire Mayor Philip Ruddock has joined the local Bahai community in expressing outrage over the death sentence of Hamed bin Haydara in Yemen. Mr [more]

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Red Alert Cory Bernardi: Colonel Pickerings joined your party! "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

TWT SPECIAL REPORT Rydes unpopular ex-mayor The Colonel Pickering is desperately trying to resurrect his political career after the Liberals kicked him out prior to [more]

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Someone will be killed soon, say locals "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

BY OUR MOTORING EDITOR Two serious car accidents in as many weeks has angered residents living near the intersection of Shepherd and Sewell Streets in [more]

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MACKAY Ford Mustang theft accused flags guilty pleas "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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AUSTRALIA DAY: January 26 YES or NO? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

THE WEEKLY TIMES SPECIAL INQUIRY Every January in recent times the matter of January 26 as Australia Day has been raised by various individuals and [more]

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Pool drowning is preventable "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Dear Sir, I write to you in my capacity as the CEO of Royal Life Saving Society Australia, to ask all readers to take [more]

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Collapse of Huawei-AT&T Deal a Double Blow to China "IndyWatch Feed"

The deal's collapse is a bad sign not only for Huawei, but China's global technology ambitions.


More or less income tax "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Dear Sir, Tax, Tax, Tax. No one wants to pay more tax, including me. Like most other people, I want and need the services I [more]

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The Unhealthiest State in America Has the Best Vaccination Rate: Offits Orwellian Logic Fails to Connect the Dots "IndyWatch Feed National"

By  the World Mercury Project Team


In a Daily Beast opinion piece on December 15, Paul Offitone of the vaccine industrys most strident ambassadorspuzzles over a seeming contradiction. How, Offit wonders, could the state of Mississippi, which has the worst overall health in the nation, have used standout efficiency to achieve over 99.4% vaccine coverage in kindergartners? Rather than seriously investigate this apparent enigma, Offit presents his ready-made answer and reveals his articles true purpose. According to Paul Offit, Mississippis high vaccination rates are due to the states 1979 decision to make the governmentrather than parentsthe primary vaccine decision-maker for children.

Reflecting on the Mississippi Supreme Courts 1979 elimination of that states religious exemption to vaccination, Offit applauds the Courts position, stating, If a parent harbors a religious belief that contradicts a basic tenant [sic] of modern medicinethe state has a right to protect the child from the irresponsible acts of the parent. Offitthough a parent himselftells readers that the state-determined duty to vaccinate supersedes other parental rights. In short, Offit appears to believe that coercion is the name of the game, openly admitting that he disapproves of the 47 states that still allow parents in the U.S. to take religious, moral or personal beliefs into account when making vaccine decisions on behalf of their children.



The worst health in the nation

According to the comprehensive state-by-state health rankings that Offit cites, Mississippi has remained squarely at the bottom of the nations overall health rankings for decades (Figure 1). The low ranking correlates, in part, with the states poverty statistics: one-third of Mississippis children live in poverty (the highest percentage of any state), and 87% of the states Medicaid enrollees are children. But from birth on, scattered health statistics suggest that Mississippis children and adolescents face other phys...


Claim: Aboriginals Torched the Australian Landscape Because of Sea Level Rise "IndyWatch Feed"

Guest essay by Eric Worrall Ship of Fools expedition leader Chris Turney shares more of his climate wisdom. Australias coastal living is at risk from sea level rise, but its happened before January 16, 2018 6.06am AEDT With global sea levels expected to rise by up to a metre by 2100 we can learn much


Nuclear-capable B-52 bombers join B-2s, B-1Bs on Guam amid tensions with North Korea "IndyWatch Feed National"

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U.S. Air Force B-52 bomber lands at Andersen Air Force Base on Guam on Tuesday. U.S. AIR FORCE photo



JAN 16, 2018

The U.S. Air Force announced Tuesday that it has deployed six of its powerful B-52 strategic bombers to Guam amid tensions with nuclear-armed North Korea.

The six planes, accompanied by 300 airmen, join three of the air forces B-2 stealth bombers that were also recently dispatched to the U.S. island territory, home to Andersen Air Force Base, a key American outpost in the Pacific.

The base is also currently hosting several B-1B heavy bombers. While both the B-52 and B-2 are capable of carrying nuclear payloads, the B-1B has been modified to carry conventional ordinance only.

The deployment, conducted in support of U.S. Pacific Commands (PACOM) Continuous Bomber Presence mission, according to a U.S. Pacific Air Forces statement, is likely to raise eyebrows in North Korea, which last year threatened to fire missiles near Guam.

The B-52s were last deployed to the region in July 2016, during which they conducted a variety of joint and bilateral training missions with the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, Air Self-Defense Force, South Korean Air Force and Royal Australian Air Force.

The move, widely seen as a show of American military muscle, was likely intended to reassure Asian allies nervous amid the North Korean nuclear crisis.

The B-52Hs return to the Pacific will provide U.S. PACOM and its regional allies and partners with a credible, strategic power projection platform, while bringing years of repeated operational experience, the U.S. Pacific Air Forces said in its statement.

This forward deployed presence demonstrates the U.S. continued commitment to allies and partners in the Indo-Pacific region, it added.

It was unclear how long the base, some 3,400 km from North Korea, would play host to all three bombers.

Overflights of the Korean Peninsula by heavy bombers such as the B-52, B-2 and B-1B have incensed Pyongyang. The North sees the flights by what it ca...


PC brigade protest season "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

AUSTRALIA DAY seems to increasingly bring out the would-be PC brigade protesting January 26 as our national celebration day. Previously known as Anniversary Day commemorating [more]

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Google Stumbles Back to China "IndyWatch Feed"

Google Maps and Google Translate have returned to China after the company withdrew from the Chinese market in 2010.


Prayer and Meditation for Wednesday, January 17, 2018 I come against you in the name of the Lord of hosts. With God All Things Are Possible "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Memorial of Saint Anthony, Abbot
Lectionary: 313

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Reading 1  1 SM 17:32-33, 37, 40-51

David spoke to Saul:
Let your majesty not lose courage.
I am at your service to go and fight this Philistine.
But Saul answered David,
You cannot go up against this Philistine and fight with him,
for you are only a youth, while he has been a warrior from his youth.David continued:
The LORD, who delivered me from the claws of the lion and the bear,
will also keep me safe from the clutches of this Philistine.
Saul answered David, Go! the LORD will be with you.

Then, staff in hand, David selected five smooth stones from the wadi
and put them in the pocket of his shepherds bag.
With his sling also ready to hand, he approached the Philistine.

With his shield bearer marching before him,
the Philistine also advanced closer and closer to David.
When he had sized David up,
and seen that he was youthful, and ruddy, and handsome in appearance,
the Philistine held David in contempt.
The Philistine said to David,
Am I a dog that you come against me with a staff?
Then the Philistine cursed David by his gods
and said to him, Come here to me,
and I will leave your flesh for the birds of the air
and the beasts of the field.
David answered him:
You come against me with sword and spear and scimitar,
but I come against you in the name of the LORD of hosts,
the God of the armies of Israel that you have insulted.
Today the LORD shall deliver you into my hand;
I will strike you down and cut off your head.
This very day I will leave your corpse
and the corpses of the Philistine army for the birds of the air
and the beasts of the field;
thus the whole land shall le...


Santiago, Chile: Noise Bombs Detonated in Solidarity with the Anarchist Comrades Detained in Villa Francia "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"


We are still the same, but more violent

On Saturday, January 6th, we went out to the street aimlessly.  Together with our partners in crime, remembering old and good  times. Every step of the way through this damn city we faced the imposed reality and inevitably our answer was vandalism. We
reclaim our lives whenever we mock authority. Everyone has their own way of seeing things, whether they agree with each other or  not, but even so, with us, disorder has always been where we meet, a point where emotions come to life. This is what we like,
what we want and what we look for, always with an idea behind it.

We placed three powerful noise bombs, inside a dumpster in a public square, under a car and inside a gym; setting off alarms and attracting the attention of the citizens and the despicable police. The streets of Santiago at night are ours when we decide to indulge in the luxury of vandalizing its symbols.

And so the days go by and we continue to plan and put into action new ways to cause disturbances with rocks, sound bombs, fireworks, graffiti etc.

Anarchy and Chaos are our expressions of Struggle and of Life....


The Healing Powers of Sweet Potatoes According To The Medical Medium "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

By Alanna Ketler

Have you heard of the Medical Medium? CE has covered this man and his miraculously simple approach to fighting and curing many of the so-called mystery illnesses that are plaguing humanity today. Anthony William is the man who channels a being known as Spirit, but to the public, this being is known as the Medical Medium. In depth, he explains what is causing these illnesses, what they actually are and how to treat them, without the use of any prescription medicine.

The Medical Medium has the answers and the treatments, he insists that a whole foods plant-based diet is the secret to treating the majority of the illnesses that we are suffering from today including the ones that doctors themselves are unable to diagnose and treat. Finally, there has been hope for hundreds if not thousands of people who have tried everything else or have been told that their illnesses are psychosomatic simply because the doctor does not know what the illness is in the first place or how to effectively treat it. All this can be treated by eliminating certain items from your diet and adding in an abundance of fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs thats it, and its worked for many. 

In one of his recent books, Medical Medium Life Changing Foods: Save Yourself and the Ones You Love with the Hidden Healing Powers of Fruits & Vegetables, you will find an index of a variety of fruits, vegetables, and herbs with an in depth explanation of each ones capacity to heal.

Each food listed comes with a set of conditions and symptoms that it can treat, how the food can support you emotionally, and the spiritual lesson that the food can offer you. The book also provides a simple, healthy, whole food, plant-based recipe that you can make with it.



Johnston Team Routs The Old Guard In Glenorchy Council Elections "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

In tonight's counting we've seen the sequel to the Kafkaesque demise of the previous Glenorchy City Council, and it's worth briefly explaining what has gone on, if only so that people understand what a provisional distribution is.

Kristie Johnston has been re-elected Mayor with 86.4% of the vote to 13.6% for sole opponent Steven King.  That election has been declared.  I cannot remember a larger win in a mayoral contest in Tasmania, but there has probably been one.  There have been larger wins in Legislative Council contests sometimes.

Matt Stevenson has been elected Deputy Mayor with 56.4% of the primary vote in a field of six.  That election too has been declared.  The runner-up, Simon Fraser on 13.8%, has finished ahead of two incumbent aldermen.  Incumbent Deputy, Harry Quick, has polled 9.6%, a 20-point swing against his 2014 result.  I am unsure if any incumbent deputy has ever polled such a low primary vote in such a contest in Tasmanian council voting. 

What is not finished yet is the aldermanic count.  The TEC has released a sample result based on the counting of 45% of the ballots counted.  Also, those ballots have yet to be checked by being entered again.  This is labelled as a "possible result" only, because if the breakup of the 55% of ballots not yet entered is different then the results may be a bit different.  When this process was introduced in 2014, we reliably saw that the candidates near the top of the winner lists always won, but the interim winners in the last few positions didn't always all make it.

In this case, there is a fair chance that we are looking at the final composition of the new Council, because Steven King currently wins the final place by 91.7 votes, and that is a lot to make up with 45% of the sample counted.  There also don't seem to be any obvious exclusion order tricks at the end.  But we do need to wait for the final button press to see if any of the defeated candidates can make a comeback on what remains.

The status of Quick in the count has also caused some confusion.  In the interim sample he is shown as "Remaining in the count".  However, if he remains in that position, he loses.  The term "remaining in the count" means the last candidate left without quota who isn't elected but doesn't have their preferences thrown either - 11th in a race for 10 seats in this case.

In the interim distribution, Kristie Johnston has a staggering 59% of the vote (6.6 quotas).  It may be that an aldermanic vote this high has been recorded on a Tasmanian council but I am not aware of such a case.  The nearest I know of is Terry Martin getting 53% in 1999...


The Exquisite Book Cover for Rebecca Roanhorse's TRAIL OF LIGHTNING "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Books by Native writers have given me moments where a phrase so perfectly reflects my experience, that I exclaim aloud, with joy, 'YES!' Illustrations can do that, too, and once in a great while, a book cover will have that effect.

Last week, Barnes and Noble did the cover reveal for Rebecca Roanhorse's Trail of Lightning. Rebecca is Ohkay Owingeh (the tribal nation my mom is from) and African American. When I saw the cover, my heart swelled. I wanted everyone in my Native networks to see it! The art is by Tommy Arnold.

So, I shared it widely and others did, too. It had the same kind of impact on Native people. Tiffany Midge, for example, said she wanted to make it into a poster. Tiffany is Hunkpapa Lakota. She's a writer, too. Look for her in #NotYourPrincess. Pernell Thomas is Navajo. On Twitter, he said:

This! This! This! Seeing a powerful Din woman on the cover of a book like this is so inspirational and life changing. I can't help but think how many young Din children will be empowered by this imagery. The k ntsaa!!! ahx'h

Trail of Lightning isn't a book for kids but I have no doubt that they'll see teens and parents reading it. And feel empowered. Some of you may be wondering why we're having this reaction. We all probably see the power that the lightning imparts, but some of us saw Maggie's mocs. Some of us saw the truck we (or someone in our family) drives on the reservation. But there are things that are not there that make the cover powerful in other ways.



Rise in perception of corruption in public service "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

In 2016-17 the Australian Public Service Commission (APS) finalised investigation of 1,720 code of conduct complaints which resulted in 1,494 breach findings. 

Sanctions were applied in the majority of breach cases by way of either official reprimand, reduction in salary or fines. Only 18.3 per cent of sanctions took the form of termination of employment and just 11.3 percent resulted in reduction in classification or reassignment of duties.

The most serious of these breaches by classification appeared to be:
287 breaches involving failure to behave honestly and with integrity;
126 breaches involving failure to use Commonwealth resources in a proper manner and for a proper purpose;
64 breaches involving improper use of: inside information, duties, status, power or authority;
50 breaches involving providing false or misleading information;
44 breaches involving conflict of interest; and
16 breaches involving failure to comply with all applicable...


Things you should know if you are logging on to a website using your Facebook account "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Facebook for developers

The Daily Telegraph, 5 January 2018:

Ian Cox of said: If youve ever pressed Login with Facebook on a website, youre giving Facebook permission to share sensitive data with the site you are visiting.

This includes, for example, your personal email address, where you live, where you work, details about your relationship, places you have recently been and who youre friends with.

In todays digital age, people are sharing just about everything on social media sites like Facebook. But most are unaware of just how much can be seen by brands, businesses and, in some cases, criminals.

The best way to stay protected online is to only share what you would be happy with the whole world seeing.


Tuesday, 16 January


How Michael Larson Exploited A Loophole To Win A Game Show Fortune "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

On Sunday, the Game Show Network (GSN) aired a special whose title referred to the scandal on the 1980s hit game show Press Your Luck. Promotions for the documentary even referred to the incident as the greatest scandal in game show history.

But compared to the quiz show controversies of the 1950sin which producers rigged outcomes by giving contestants answers prior to show tapingsthe Press Your Luck scandal qualifies as nothing of the sort.

On Press Your Luck, the contestant in question merely used knowledge of the game to increase his odds of winning. As with a blackjack expert at counting cards who takes a casino to the proverbial cleaners, his actions neither violated the law, nor any standards that would warrant the ignominy that the scandal moniker connotes.

Doing Game Show Homework

Press Your Luck, which premiered in September 1983, featured players taking turns at a game board filled with various cash amounts, prizes, and the dreaded Whammywhich, when landed upon, took away all a players money. Players answered questions to earn spins, which each gave a contestant one chance to control the game board. With each spin, contestants would either win the cash or prize they landed on, or, in the case of a Whammy, lose their winnings to that point.

When CBS, which broadcast Press Your Luck, first premiered the game, it only used a handful of computer-generated sequences to randomize the indicator on the game board that the contestant stopped to determine the prize he or she would receiveor, on an average of one in six spins, a Whammy. A technological marvel for its day, the boards computing power proved primitive by twenty-first-century standards. But at the time, CBS and Bill Carruthers, the shows creator, felt that the handful of sequences would represent a sufficiently complex and random pattern that contestants could not decipher it.

Unfortunately for them, however, Michael Larson, an Ohio ice-cream truck driver with a proclivity for get-rich quick schemes, took both the time and energy to do so. Armed with a video cassette recorder, he recorded episodes of the show, watching in slow-motion to discern the patterns, and even using the pause button to mimic the shows spins.

While learning the pattern of sequences, Larson discovered two other key facts: Two squares on the 18-square game board never contained a Whammyand, in the shows second round, always contained additional spins.

With these three pieces of information, Larson had the ability to turn Press Your Luck into a real-life ATM. By understanding the seemingly random, but in reality quite predictable, game board patterns, Larson could use every spin to win dollarsand additional spinsa...


How To Talk About The Gap In Your Work History "IndyWatch Feed National"

Sometimes, addressing it directly can be your best option.

Whether youre gearing up for a triumphant return to the workforce or grappling with the best way to explain a recent gap in your employment history, addressing time away from the professional world can be a daunting task. Given that a glaring hole on your resume will likely be a red flag to prospective employers, youll want to take steps to proactively answer questions they may have.

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Google Plans to Expand Huge Undersea Cables to Boost Cloud Business "IndyWatch Feed"

The search company hopes to lure customers from Amazon and Microsoft with new fiber-optic lines

A Google data center in Iowa.
A Google data center in Iowa. PHOTO: CONNIE ZHOU/GOOGLE/ZUMA PRESS

Jan. 16, 2018 5:30 a.m. ET

Google is expanding its sprawling network of undersea cables to plug into new regions around the world, in a bid to speed up its cloud-computing business and catch up to rivals Microsoft Corp. and Inc.

The search-engine operator has plans to build three new underwater fiber-optic cables lining ocean areas from the Pacific to the North Sea, extending its private data network to regions competitors havent touched with similar projects.

The cables, expected to be finished in 2019, are designed to speed the transfer of data and reroute users to servers around the globe if a region fails or gets overloaded.

Google said t...


Save University of New Englands habitat trees "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

[ Wednesday, 17 Jan; 1:00 pm; ] Dear All, The University of New England (UNE) is currently destroying some of its greatest assets. These are the hollow-bearing trees, habitat for gliders, parrots and koalas. Planning and implementation of tree removal has been kept secret. From 8 January 2018, contractors started removing the first of 78 trees from the UNE campus. During the week, it [...] full article 


WTF @ corner of Mulgrave & Severin? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

I go past the corner of Mulgrave & Severin on my way home from work. I frequently see a bunch of people sat on the corner, all with their phones out, frantically tapping on the screens - all whilst someone looks over their shoulders like a really important event is happening. There are women, kids, smart dressed guys etc, a wide selection of people. Any one know WTF?

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Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Airbus A330-200 / KC-30A Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) A39-002 Missed Approach at Rockhampton Airport "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

During the afternoon on Monday 15 January, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Airbus A330-200 / KC-30A Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) A39-002 was noted completing a missed approach at Rockhampton Airport.  It is the second time in a week that this particular KC-30 has flown into CQ airspace.

During the morning, it had flown North from RAAF Base Amberley and during the afternoon, it looked to call into Rocky from the North.  After completing the missed approach, A39-002 continued back to Amberley.  It was noted using...


#7SummerOfNazis : The True Blue Crew & Co. Go Hunting Blacks While Channel 7 Cheers "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

img via The Simpsons against the Liberals For those of you coming in late, on Sunday in Cheltenham the True Blue Crew (TBC) a racist street-gang based in Melton and Bendigo organised a meeting in order to discuss Continue reading


"The Wit Of Ashleigh Brilliant" "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

"An optimist thinks that this is the best possible world.
A pessimist fears that this is true."

"Never attribute to malice that which is adequately
explained by incompetence."

"My opinions may have changed, but not the fact that I am right."

"I almost had a psychic girlfriend but she left me before we met."

"A chicken and an egg are lying in bed. The chicken is smoking a cigarette
with a satisfied smile on its face and the egg is frowning and looking put out.
The egg mutters to no one in particular, I guess we answered THAT question."

Even if you are on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there."

- Ashleigh Brilliant


University of Wollongong Research shows Australias Vaccination Policies are Harming Human Health "IndyWatch Feed National"

Newsletter 187 University of Wollongong Research shows Australias Vaccination Policies are Harming Human Health

12 January 2018

The proof that vaccines have not been adequately tested for safety and efficacy is provided in my PhD thesis published by the University of Wollongong (UOW). Read More


OnlyMelbourne Newsletter #577 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Read Online Newsletter | #577 | Whats On this Week Welcome to Newsletter | #577 Whats On this Week in marvellous Melbourne Tuesday 16th January 2018 to Monday 22nd January 2018 Brickvention | LEGO Expo Brickvention brings together LEGO fans of all ages to view the amazing creations made out of LEGO. Brickvention | Royal Exhibition Building | Tickets (Online Only) Australian Open .nobrtable br { display: none } With the worlds top tennis players fighting it out for the first Grand Slam(r) title of the year, theres no better place to be. Australian Open | Rod Laver| Margaret Court | Tickets Eat Drink WaterTaxi to the Tennis .nobrtable br { display: none } Enjoy a meal at BearBrass and then enjoy a return trip with Melbourne Water Taxis along the Yarra to Melbourne Park. Tennis WaterTaxi | Book Online Clydesdale and Heavy Horse Festival .nobrtable br { display: none } Come and watch the different breeds on show in led, harness, working horse and ridden classes. Clydesdale and Heavy Horse Festival 2018 | National Equestrian Centre Melbourne Bridal and Honeymoon Expo .nobrtable br { display: none } Brides to-be, enjoy two sensational never before seen fashion parades showcasing Melbournes finest in bridal wear. Melbourne Bridal and Honeymoon Expo | Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre Freebies in January .nobrtable br { display: none } 7 genuine complimentary, no charge, gratis, costless freebies. 1. Screen Worlds - ACMI changing how we think about moving image. 2. NGV Triennial - exhibition of contemporary art. 3. Linden Postcard Show - art competition back for its 27th year. 4. NGV Kids Summer Festival - how we can play move and make. 5. Australian Music Vault - the story of Australian music. 6. Tai Chi and Qigong Class - Free classes at Fed Square. 7. CERES | Environmental Park - thriving vibrant free community. Dream Lover - The Bobby Darin Musical .nobrtable br { display: none } Starring David Campbell and a sensational cast including an 18-piece big band Dream Lover is a big show with a big score and a big heart.. Until 21 January: Dream Lover - The Bobby Darin Musical | State Theatre NGV Triennial Exhibition .nobrtable br { display: none } Featuring 60 artists from 30 countries, NGV Triennial surveys the worlds best art and design across cultures scales geographies and perspectives. Triennial | NGV International Exhibition: Inside Out .nobrtable br { display: none } Melbourne Museum opens its doors and storerooms for a behind the scenes view that has never been seen before...


PERTH Cannabis under Police guard goes missing "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Cannabis under Police guard goes missing .

January 16, 2018 at 11:07AM .

Internal Affairs Unit have both launched investigations over the theft. Organised Crime is also looking into a range of serious drug offences linked to the property. The two men charged in connection with the growing of cannabis were remanded in custody and will front Perth Magistrates Court today. .



Max Igan on The World You Dont Know "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"


"The illusion of freedom will continue for as long as it's profitable to continue the illusion. At the point where the illusion becomes too expensive to maintain, they will take down the scenery, move the tables and chairs out of the way, then they will pull back the curtains and you will see the brick wall at the back of the theater." - Frank Zappa

"Who controls the past controls the future, who controls the present controls the past." - George Orwell

When the tyrant has disposed of foreign enemies by conquest or treaty and there is nothing to fear from them, then he is always stirring up some war or other, in order that the people may require a leader. - Plato

"I would rather have questions that can't be answered than answers that can't be questioned. - Richard Feynman


#Australia: Hunger Strike starts Over Immigration Detention Visits Restrictions "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Over two hundred detainees at two detention centres, Villawood in Sydney and Maribyrnong in Melbourne, have declared a hunger strike in protest at visiting restrictions recently announced by Border Force. The detainees have been on hunger strike for more than 24 hours, since the morning of Monday 15 January.


Image: Villawood detention center in Sydney. Image by Insurrection News.

Originally published by Refugee Action Coalition Sydney.

Note: Enough is Enough is not organizing any of  these events, we are publishing this text for people across the US and Europe to be able to see what is going on and for documentation only.

Australia: Hunger Strike starts Over Immigration Detention Visits Restrictions

Over two hundred detainees at two detention centres, Villawood in Sydney and Maribyrnong in Melbourne, h...


Top bands battle to rock Ryde "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

WAVE your Australian flag to show your support for your favourite band as it battles it out with rivals at the City Of Rydes Ryde [more]

The post Top bands battle to rock Ryde appeared first on The Weekly Times.


Construction Sites from Cathedral St "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

I was down in Woolloomooloo today so I drew this drawing


The last post...for a while "IndyWatch Feed"

This blog was initiated by Pauline Wilson, an Adelaide based UFO researcher, in 2009. When Pauline's interests moved on to other things, I took over the blog. Since 2009 there have been 896 posts; some short, and some thousands of words in length. Total hits on the site have exceeded 750.000.

Over my 51 years of interest in the subject, I have taken a number of breaks from my research. My shortest break was six months, and the longest was four years. I find these breaks from research to be very useful. It is too easy to get bogged down with keeping up to date; reading books; blogging one's research; answering questions from people who wish to know what it was that they have just seen in the sky; and keeping across some 45 Australian Face Book pages dedicated to hundreds of well meaning, but in the end, inane discussions on the topic. Enough becomes enough at some stage.

Despite all the current excitement about the formerly secret US Department of Defence Pentagon UFO program, it is time for me to take another break. At the moment I do not know how long the break will be.

I thank all my blog readers for sharing the journey so far.

So, this blog will see no new posts until I return from my 'holiday' from UFO research.

Signing off for now.


Keith Basterfield.


How to research the UFO phenomenon and stay sane "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

People have asked me how I have kept my interest alive across a 50 year time span of research?  I thought about this again recently and came up with a few ideas which Id like to share with you.

Have some guiding principles

One of my main guiding principles has been, to simply 'follow the facts.' If a UAP case turns out to have a mundane explanation, then I say so! I believe that UAP investigators should weed out as many identified cases as possible, leaving only good quality unknowns to work with.

I have found this consistency of approach to be invaluable. It can however, lead to differences  of opinion with other UFO researchers who have a non-negotiable belief system.

One example of this, occurred after I appeared on an ABC television program, which discussed various medical issues. I suggested on the show that some UAP abductions have their roots in terms of 'sleep paralysis.' A well known Victorian UFO researcher took me to task for daring to suggest an alternative explanation to the 'Grays.' I had, after all, only based my opinion on personal research, while his views arose from armchair research. 

Another example, based on exhaustive research, was my suggestion that the 1988 Mundrabilla car encounter had an alternative non-extraterrestrial explanation. Some American researchers took a dim view of this suggestion, even though they had conducted no first hand investigations.

I have now undertaken over thirty cold case reviews of Australian events. Some of these reviews have suggested alternative, m...


On land, on water and in the air we celebrate a family day "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

AUSTRALIA Day will be celebrated on the water, in the air and at popular local parks in the City of Canada Bay, City of Parramatta, [more]

The post On land, on water and in the air we celebrate a family day appeared first on The Weekly Times.


Riot Turtle on #Lesvos and #Athens: Self-Organized Spaces Where People Can Live in Dignity "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Enough is Enough!

After almost 1 month on Lesvos and in Athens I returned to Germany yesterday. The difference between people living in free spaces like the Notara 26 squat in Athens and the people who are forced to live in the Moria refugee camp is unbelievable. Today human rights activist Arash Hampay was forced o leave Lesvos.

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No more full closures on Lions Rd "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

There will be no more full closures on the Lions Rd for bridgework, detours will be road-bike friendly, there will be a change in heavy vehicle traffic and Google will be asked to reroute through-traffic.

That is the pledge from Kyogle Council.

The popular motorcycle route on the Queensland/NSW border was closed all last year for bridgework.

The road opened again in December 2017, but there is now a dirt detour while the last three of seven wooden bridges are updated to modern two-lane concrete bridges.

Council spokesman Tony Lickiss says the 2km Gradys Creek Rd (or Low Rd) detour will only last until the end of March and then there will be no more full-road closures for bridgework.

While the detour is dirt, Tony says the surface has been graded and is suitable for road motorbikes and 2WD cars to traverse.

While the Low Road is gravel, it can accommodate most traffic, he says.

However it does have a number of causeways so it should be avoided during periods of wet weather.

While the road is safe for all bikes, it is understandable that some riders would prefer not to get gravel rash on their bike or dust on their chrome and in their engine where it is difficult to clean.

Heavy vehicle traffic

When the bridgework was announced in December 2016, Kyogle Council said it would help the local timber and cattle industry.

The original notice to resident in December 2016 stated:

Council received $2 million through the Australian Governments Bridge Renewal program to replace the timber bridges, five of which have load limits between 2 and 25 tonnes imposed on them. The load limits have impacted the timber, beef and tourism industries and increased emergency response times for emergency and essential services undertaking urgent call outs, maintenance and repairs.



3-month-old and 5-year-old girls rescued in sex trafficking crackdown "IndyWatch Feed National"

Two sisters, one 5 years old and the other 3 months old, were rescued in Denver by undercover agents during this year's FBI-led sting operation against sex traffickers, officials said. The alleged trafficker, a friend of the children's family, made a deal to sell them for sex for $600, the FBI said. The friend communicated with an undercover agent, the FBI said in announcing details of Operation Cross Country XI. 82 other juveniles were rescued during last week's nationwide sweep. Some 120 people were arrested. On October 13, the second day of the operation, a minor was rescued by the FBI in El Paso, Texas, when a 16-year-old female victim was advertised online for "entertainment," officials said. The girl was accompanied by a 21-year-old female who offered an undercover agent sexual intercourse with both her and the underage victim for $200. According to the FBI report, the woman as well as the driver, another female, who took the minor and 21-year-old to the undercover officer's location, were arrested. Among the recovered victims across the country was one from Russia. Local and state agencies were involved in the operation, as were police as far away as the Philippines and Thailand. The average age of the victims recovered from this year's operation is 15, the FBI said.

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


Letter From Birmingham Jail "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Canadians are, like, half-American, right?

Its Martin Luther King Jr. Day down South, which means theres also a flurry of white-washing. So I thought Id help out the counter-effort and present MLK Jr.s words in the raw. My source for the text is a mix of this and that, plus I should add that Wikipedia has more context (and a summary). Ill bold the passages that resonated with me.

Martin Luther King, Jr.
Birmingham City Jail
16 April 1963

My dear Fellow Clergymen:

While confined here in the Birmingham city jail, I came across your recent statement calling my present activities unwise and untimely. Seldom do I pause to answer criticism of my work and ideas. If I sought to answer all the criticisms that cross my desk, my secretaries would have little time for anything other than such correspondence in the course of the day, and I would have no time for constructive work. But since I feel that you are men of genuine good will and that your criticisms are sincerely set forth, I want to try to answer your statement in what I hope will be patient and reasonable terms.

I think I should indicate why I am here in Birmingham, since you have been influenced by the view which argues against outsiders coming in. I have the honor of serving as president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, an organization operating in every southern state, with headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia. We have some eighty five affiliated organizations across the South, and one of them is the Alabama Christian Movement for Human Rights. Frequently we share staff, educational and financial resources with our affiliates. Several months ago the affiliate here in Birmingham asked us to be on call to engage in a nonviolent direct action program if such were deemed necessary. We readily consented, and when the hour came we lived up to our promise. So I, along with several members of my staff, am here because I was invited here. I am here because I have organizational ties here.

But more basically, I am in Birmingham because injustice is here. Just as the prophets of the eighth century B.C. left their villages and carried their thus saith the Lord far beyond the boundaries of their home towns, and just as the Apostle Paul left his village of Tarsus and carried th...


Travelers, a thing I like. "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

There are some shows on the streamz that I have to take a sip at a time. Ozark, Breaking Bad, even Daredevil. There"s an intensity to them that precludes consuming the series in a long binge.

Travelers is the opposite. I have to stop myself watching back to back episodes so that I don"t rush through an entire season and find myself enraged that there"s no more to be had.

It"s on Netflix in Oz, so not everyone will have the chance to have seen it, but for me it"s one of those show that makes subscription TV worth the money. This is the sort of show that would have run on the Ten Network when it was cool. And they"d have destroyed it with ads and schedule changes and running a couple of eps out of order because that"s how they roll.

The premise is cool. Time travelers are sent back from a doomed future to change the past. But they can"t return in corporeal form, only their minds can make the journey - into the host bodies of people already living here in the 21st century. (Or simply The 21st, as it"s known in the show). The transfer overwrites the original mind, effectively killing the host. Travelers are thus inserted into hosts who are about to die before their time.

It"s a neat narrative ploy which unfolds into ever more complicated origami forms of story telling as the show goes on. Characters can be "killed" simply by overwrite. It"s a great screen writer trick.

Eric McCormack (Will, in Will and Grace) leads the ensemble cast of travelers in his team, and does a great job. I never watched W&G so I had no trouble imagining him into the role of a very straight FBI agent-his relationship with his wife after overwriting is a key driver of the series. The other cast members fill out a Joss Whedon-style "band of five" and every episode sees them even some new mission by The Director, to save the future.

It sounds dumb, and it is magnificently, compellingly, addictively dumb and enormous fun because of it. Season One was a good set up. Season Two is much stronger, with real character development inside the team, a solid meta-narrative setting up a worthy nemesis within the mythology of the series, and lots of splodey goodness.

There"s always lots of splodey goodness.

I only have a couple of eps left and I"m already feeling pre-emptive withdrawal.


Muddy: Napalm the Playground. "IndyWatch Feed"

Can a viable political force representing traditional conservative values, arise and survive on the right of the centre while the Liberal Party of Australia still theoretically occupies that space in the public consciousness?

I dont believe so, hence this post which argues that the greatest danger for new conservative political representation comes not from strangers, but from familiar faces.

Ill be using the example of Corey Bernardis Australian Conservatives, however any other vaguely conservative party, existing or yet to be born, would be applicable. The identity of the alternative is irrelevant. The central premise is that we who desire a change, must make that change happen. If we yearn for a phoenix, first we need ashes; ashes we need to create ourselves as voters.

My semi-regular refrain The Liberal Party is DEAD probably reads as flippant and tedious prattle. Beneath it, however, lie two beliefs:

(a) That the Liberal Party of Australia no longer has anything to offer those who believe in conservatism.

(b) That ignored yet tolerated due to sentimentality, or even slightly wounded, the Liberal Party will claw, scratch and spit at anything within reach until its very last spasm. It seeks only to continue existing, to consume the oxygen in its vicinity and deny the same to others.

I believe that such behavior (b) will make it difficult for a viable, conservative alternative to arise and thrive. Therefore the Liberal Party of Australia must be destroyed. Totally.

I have stated previously my hesitations about The Australian Conservatives. Here and now is not the place or time to expand upon those without digressing from the central premise of the post. So lets just say that hypothetically, I will switch my vote which I value now, more than ever to Bernardis party if they choose to stand candidates for the House of Representatives. It is certainly not going to the Liberals.

With the Liberal Party still swaggering around the Right playground, however, the Australian Conservatives will have competition with an established, well-resourced organisation that still pretends to be conservative for the sake of differentiating themselves from the Labor ferals over the fence in the Left playground.

The Liberals will brand themselves as reasonable, everyday, family conservatives, and the newcomers as radicals and reactionaries. To we, the already-convinced, this will appear ridiculous, but in the consciousness of the general public, which receives much of their information via the feral-left media, it wouldnt be a difficult branding task. You know us. Youve trusted us for decades. Who are these newcomers? Can you trust them? We dont.

Bernardis crew will flourish better and get away with growing pa...


Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Airbus A330-200 / KC-30A Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) A39-002 Pops into Rockhampton Airport "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The first visit by the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) in 2018 was to Rockhampton Airport on Tuesday 9 January with RAAF Airbus A330-200 / KC-30A Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) A39-002 popping into Rockhampton Airport.  It touched down from RAAF Base Amberley. 

After completing a crew change, A39-002 departed Rocky and returned to Amberley.  It was noted flying as Dragon 12.

Sincere thanks to local plane spotter Kayanne H who captured these photos from her front yard as the KC-30 departed.

All photos taken by Kayanne Hardsman 


Nurserys future secure "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

THE vision of long term Phillip Island resident Barb Martin to establish, preserve and defend Phillip Islands indigenous plant and wildlife habitat will live on.
Phillip Island Nature Parks recently announced it would continue the operations of the Barb Martin Bushbank, named in her honour.
Almost 20 years after the not for profit native plant nursery was established in 1998, the Bushbank committee identified that to remain viable and achieve the organisations goals, it needed to investigate alternatives to its existing operating model.
With a shared vision of conserving and enhancing the natural environment, as well as operating within the framework of a not for profit business model, the Phillip Island Nature Parks was a logical choice, so the committee unanimously agreed to approach the Nature Parks board with a proposal to manage the nursery, Anne Davie, Bushbank president said.
We were delighted when the board met just before Christmas and endorsed the transitioning of the management of the Bushbank to the Nature Parks.
The Bushbank will retain the Barb Martin name, and the Nature Parks will continue to promote and make available local, indigenous plants to local community conservation groups and the public.
The Nature Parks will work with a working group from the Bushbank to ensure all existing plant commitments are met, and there is a smooth transition between the two organisations.

Social times: volunteers at Phillip Islands Barb Martin Bushbank prepare native plants for revegetation works.


Firm prices the trend "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

There were approximately 1,050 export and 250 young cattle penned representing an increase of 540 head week on week.
The usual buying group was present but not all operating fully in a mostly firm market which was a little easier in places.
Quality improved with greater numbers of prime cattle on offer, while there was still plenty of variety.
Trade cattle sold from firm to slightly dearer on most sales. Grown steers and bullocks sold firm for a better quality selection. Heavy weight grown heifers sold firm. Heavy Friesian manufacturing steers eased 15c/kg of last weeks gain, while the crossbred portion held firm.
Heavy weight cows eased 1c to 4c, while the light and medium weight cows were between 7c and 14c/kg cheaper.
The better shaped heavy bulls eased 8c/kg, while the dairy lots averaged close to firm.
Vealers suited to butchers sold from 280c to 304c/kg. Yearling trade steers made between 266c and 294c/kg. Yearling heifers to the trade sold between 250c and 285c/kg.
Grown steers made from 260c and 278c/kg. Bullocks sold from 260c to 277c/kg. Heavy weight grown heifers made between 245c and 259c/kg. Heavy weight Friesian manufacturing steers sold between 222c and 237c with the crossbred portion between 237c and 266c/kg.
Most light and medium weight cows made from 157c to 214c/kg. Heavy weight cows sold from 195c to 233c/kg.
The better shaped heavy bulls made between 228c and 290c with the dairy portion between 210c and 248c/kg.



Around the Bay 16/01/2018 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Not to be outdone by his younger brother Sam from last week, Oli got the spinning rod and the soft plastics out and managed to catch himself a quality flathead this week. I think there will be plenty of competitions between the two brothers over the next few years.

By Craig Edmonds of Jims Bait and Tackle, San Remo

FOR the last two years on every Sunday I have sat down and written a fishing report, and then on a Monday I send it out to 100s of people via email and to the newspapers.
And except for a handful of customers, I dont really know who reads it, and it still surprises me, at this time of the year especially, that so many visitors come down from all regions of Melbourne and engage in a conversation with me in response to my report that they have somehow managed to get their hands on.
If you are coming down at any time, even if you do your tackle shopping somewhere else, please call in and say hi and we will help you out with the latest reports.
We try to make our reports more than just a list of points. They are stories about your experiences, with lots of pictures, and we thank everyone for all the comments we have had over the last few weeks regarding the way the reports are written.
We often get asked about whether they are genuine, because we dont mention names, but I can assure you the reports we do are all based on what we are told over the counter with most asking us not to mention names, which we respect.
However, while we try not to push too many agendas there is the odd occasion that I will write about something that creates a bit of conversation, and this week is one of those weeks.
A couple of weeks ago there was a very large blue marlin caught in Exmouth, in Western Australia, which is a record capture for that state.
This capture caused a lot of conversation from both sides of the fence with some of the social media conversation becoming heated at times.
Over this Christmas holiday period I dont remember ever having in the past so many people telling me about all the fish that are being caught that are either too big or too small.
Many of the conversations that are put up against catches, big or small, are of an ethical or moral, call it what you want, type of argument which is not a problem, but it is just that we have a thing called the law t...


VFF calls for illegal workers amnesty "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

THE Victorian Farmers Federation is hoping to establish a dedicated agriculture visa to ensure the horticultural industry has access to the labour it needs to remain sustainable.
VFF horticulture president Emma Germano, whose family grows vegetables in Mirboo North, said the whole purpose of the visa would be to get fruit and vegetables picked.
In the meantime, the VFF Horticulture Policy Council wants an amnesty on workers without working visas.
Because there is the perception a lot of people in the industry are without working rights, they are most open to being exploited by labour hire contractors or employers Ms Germano said.
The amnesty is a way of giving them protection under law and will help growers secure a legal labour force.
Both the amnesty and a standalone agriculture visa were backed by federal MPs and senators in December after the joint parliamentary committee inquiry into modern slavery.
Ms Germano said horticulture was far more labour intensive than other agricultural industries, but illegal workers were not a problem just specific to horticulture.
We will continue to lobby for labour policies and not just this issue, but we see (the amnesty) as a great place to start, she said.
From there we can build on it. We cant expect the industry to become compliant over night. There needs to be a pathway to compliance.
With some of the highest labour costs around the world, one of the issues challenging the Australian industry is remaining globally competitive.
Growers have to overcome the labour shortage, while absorbing costs in what can often be an uneven playing field.
Some growers would like to be compliant, but dont have access to a legal workforce, Ms Germano said.
We are reviewing all the labour options to find where there might be gaps to determine how industry and government can partner to make sure those gaps are filled.
Ms Germano said growers have to vet every worker that comes onto their property, which becomes impractical.
She said some larger farms could employ hundreds of people each day and the workforce could be constantly changing.
To have to vet all those people every single day of the week becomes really challenging, she said.
If the Australian Tax Office, the Fair Work Ombudsman and immigration struggle to do it, how do they expect growers to do it in an efficient manner?
The fact we have to do that shows the government knows there are people without working rights.
Ms Germano said the industry is trying to achieve a way forward, to ensure a vibrant, globally competitive and sustainable horticultural industry.
There is so much pressure on growers, if small farms are forced out of business, it could threaten the food security of Australia, she said.



When The Blues Slide Back To Town "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

When God made good musicians he sent them to church on Sundays. When he made really great ones, he sent them to the mouth of the Mississippi, to drink from the unholy waters of the delta blues. For even God could tell the devil was onto something there.



Melbourne Cup winner at Stony Creek "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

MELBOURNE Cup winning jockey Michelle Payne took to the Stony Creek track this week trialling her racehorse trainer and brother Patrick Paynes horses.
In 2015, Michelle was the first woman to win the Melbourne Cup and only the fifth woman to ride in the race that stops a nation with Stony Creek Racing Club CEO Sarah Wolf saying that it was great to have a Melbourne Cup winning jockey such as Michelle ride the track.
It was terrific to welcome Michelle down to Stony Creek for the time trials along with the other trainers and jockeys from across Victoria, she said
Around 50 horses travelled from across the state for the trials, which is a great reflection on the facilities and training opportunities Stony Creek can provide for country racing.
The popularity of these trials at Stony Creek was helped with the creation of the 900 metre trial race, the other trial lengths were 1000, 1100 and a 1600 metre trial.
It was great to hear the feedback from trainer Patrick Payne that he thought the track was in perfect condition, even after the full day of racing only the day before, and that he thought the trials at Stony Creek were a good training exercise.
We often hear from trainers and jockeys that one of the things they like about the Stony Creek course is the rise in the course over the back that makes a good challenge for the horses.

Race guest: Melbourne Cup winning jockey Michelle Payne caught up with committee member Ross Batten at the Stony Creek Racing Club recently.


NBN write-down now inevitable despite Turnbull Government denial "IndyWatch Feed"

NBN write-down now inevitable despite Turnbull Government denialFailed NBN faces write-down and the debacle will continue until our telecoms strategy is developed by technical experts and not politicians. read now...


Ideal conditions make for a fast Tarwin Marathon "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

ONCE a year, South Gippsland Yacht Club abandons its short course racing format and sends its sailors on an adventure to the upper reaches of Anderson Inlet in what is termed the Tarwin River Marathon.
In days past, boats would sail up the river to the Tarwin Lower Hotel.
This format still has its difficulties as the water is quite murky, making the unfamiliar channels and sandbars very hard to see. Most boats hit bottom at least once during the race.
In some years of light, fluky winds the marathon has taken up to seven hours.
On Sunday, there was a steady 15 knot breeze which enabled the quickest boats to make the return journey in just under one and a half hours and provide exciting sailing for all involved.
The catamarans in particular, relished the long, high speed reaching legs of the race.
The yacht club was again joined by several members of the Inverloch Windsurfing Club which adds to the diversity of craft in the event and provides for some friendly rivalry between the two clubs.
Thanks also to the Inverloch SES which helped out on the safety front with two crews in inflatable boats supporting the two yacht club rescue boats.
With a large number of yachts spread across such an expanse of water it was a reassuring addition to the support fleet and valuable practice for the SES crews.
In the end the first two places went to Impulse sailors with Toby Leppin just pipping Matt Kiely.
Toby and Matt each won a three-month gym membership at Broadbeach.
In third place was Jake Luratti who continued his good form in a borrowed Windrush catamaran
Jakes boat is still on its way back from Perth where he sailed it to second place in the Nacra 16 nationals.
Club sailing returns to normal this week with a social sail on Tuesday evening, junior training on Saturday from 10am and regular racing on Sunday.

Outstanding result: Matt Kiely leads David and Will Barker. He went on to take second place.


Rain forces players off the field "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

NO A1 games were played to completion this week due to heavy rainfall.
While Town and Kilcunda Bass abandoned their match from the beginning, the rest of the teams made an attempt at play.
Wonthaggi Workmens Club almost finished the game against OMK.
Batting first, a 78 run stint from Sam Huitema put the Workers on the path to victory. Ryan Thomas followed on with 60 runs.
OMK bowlers Peter Dell and Daniel Mock took out two wickets each, but the Workers pushed through and made 7/245.
OMK looked competitive with Mock and Jason Wilson making 51 and 56 runs respectively, but only made 5/160 when the game was abandoned.
Workers bowler Zane Macdermid kept the pressure on and took 4/42.
Korumburra and Glen Alvie called off their match after 11 overs.
Prior to abandoning the match, Korumburra batsmen Shane Dole and Matthew Houston had made 32 and 21 not out respectively.
Glen Alvie bowlers Daniel Diwell and Jordan Smith each took one wicket.
Inverloch made it halfway through the innings against Phillip Island before play was abandoned.
Brett Debono opened the innings well with 26 runs. Phillip Island bowlers Simon Kirton and Jona Watts took two wickets each.
Inverloch had accumulated 5/61 before they had to leave the field.
Two games were completed in A2.
In an upset, bottom of the ladder Foster rose up to defeat the Wonthaggi Miners.
Miners opening partnership Cameron Thomas and Blake Andrighetto had a strong start, making 45 and 54 runs respectively.
However, Foster bowlers Daniel OKeefe and Graeme Watkins kicked it into gear and took three wickets each, making sure no more damage could be done.
Miners were all out for 164.
A 60 run haul from Fosters Mitchell Jones drove the team home. Murray Lynch followed on with 42 runs.
Miners bowler Jonothan Rumbold tried to slow the opposition by taking 4/37, but Foster edged them out.
Foster won the day 8/166.
Koonwarra/LRSL also edged out MDU.
Batsman Troy Sinclair drove the team to victory with a 31 run haul.
Thomas Elliott was Koonwarra/LRSLs top bowler, taking 3/20.
MDU finished its innings 9/119.
Koonwarra/LRSLs Ben Perry followed suit, top scoring with 31 runs.
MDUS Craig Hoober caused havoc, claiming 4/17. However, Koonwarra/LRSL made it through with 7/122.
Imperials and Poowong Loch called off their match before play started.
Nerrena had the bye.


80 years of surf life saving "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

WONTHAGGI Life Saving Club celebrated its 80th anniversary over the weekend.
To mark the occasion, current and past members of the club enjoyed a dinner at the clubs hall on Saturday night.
Around 150 people came together to relive the past though memorabilia, enjoy live music and swap stories about the clubs history.
It was an excellent night. We all learned more about how our club was built and everyone had a great time, club president Mark Scott said.
Members from other clubs joined us, and we appreciated their support. It was a great way to round off a busy season.
On Sunday, the Club Championships were held. Club members from U6s to Masters competed in activities such as relays, flags, run and wade, board relays, and swim relays to determine the group champions.
The championships bought the Nippers program to an end, and the Bronze camp began afterwards.
Following the championships, a presentation and a barbecue were held.
The 80th helped draw back our old members who are interested in getting involved. Our push for new facilities has also helped, Mr Scott said.
Reports recently showed our facilities are borderline condemned, so theres work to be done. In February we will start our barbecue shelter (a community project with volunteers, Bass Coast Shire Council and local businesses).
Works are also planned to formalise the car park.

Get together: past and present members of the Wonthaggi Life Saving Club gathered at the beach to enjoy the Club Championships on Sunday. This rounded off the clubs 80th anniversary.


Aussie cricket coach visits "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

IN the wake of Australias Ashes victory, Australian cricket coach Darren Lehmann made the trip to Leongatha to celebrate with local cricketers.
Together with former local and AFL football great Stuart Wigney and current Hawthorn captain Jarryd Roughead, Lehmann took part ownership of Leongathas McCartins Hotel.
He travelled to Leongatha last Tuesday and Wednesday for his first visit to the establishment.
Its beautiful, and it was great to meet the local people, he said.
On Tuesday afternoon, Lehmann met with members of Town and Koonwarra/LRSL cricket clubs. These clubs are sponsored by McCartins Hotel.
Lehmann said the clubs approached Wigney and Roughead for sponsorship, and they were more than happy to support the local teams.
Its important to support clubs at a grassroots level; it helps to give everyone a chance to be involved, he said.
Lehmann is a big support of junior cricket, and believes the game needs to be kept fast and exciting to keep children interested and outdoors.
T20 and the Big Bash have helped with that; and it always helps when the Aussies win. We want them to follow our cricketers like Steve Smith, David Warner, and really develop an interest, he said.
Lehmann said he is also a fan of womens cricket, which he believes is getting bigger and better.
The coach said the support from all Australians during the Ashes series was second to none, and he had enjoyed celebrating the victory with local fans of the game.
Lehmann said he was feeling relaxed after the big win. As well as meeting local cricketers, he enjoyed a round of golf at Leongatha Golf Club on Wednesday morning.
If I get the chance, Id like to spend more time in Leongatha. When youre on the road almost 365 days a year, its a good place to relax. Its certainly somewhere Id like to come back to, he said.
Lehmann said he would also be following Town and Koonwarra/LRSL cricket clubs as they enter the business end of the 2017/18 season.

Co-ownership: former local and AFL football player Stuart Wigney and Australia cricket coach Darren Lehmann enjoyed a beer out front of McCartins Hotel on Tuesday. Wigney and Lehmann along with Hawthorn captain Jarryd Roughead took ownership of the business late last year.


Safe to swim "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

VICSWIM is helping children increase their confidence at the beach.
With the aim of keeping children safe in the ocean, the program teaches children how to be calm in a dangerous situation and how to read the current.
The program has been running at Anderson Inlet, Inverloch, since the start of January. The program will end at the end of this week.
In that time, children who had little confidence at the beach at the beginning of the program have developed the ability to swim out to buoys and sand bars with direction from their instructors.
We live in a coastal community, and it is important that children develop these skills to ensure they are safe at the beach, VICSWIM instructor Phoebe Finlay said.
As teenagers, they may want to hang out at the beach with their friends, and this program aims to make sure they feel completely safe. There have been too many drownings in the area, so these skills need to be taught.
The Inlet has a strong current, giving VICSWIM instructors the opportunity to talk to children about the conditions and how currents are similar to rips.
We teach them not to panic, and not to swim against the current and tire themselves out. We have a lot of fun as well, and the children love it, Phoebe said.
Theres been a lot of good development this year. Some of the children were quite timid to start off with because they are used to swimming in pools. Even in the first week they were doing things on Friday that they never would have attempted on Monday, like swimming out into deep water.
The program also had children running through scenarios, like what would happen if they ran into trouble on a boat.
In preparedness, the children practice putting on life jackets which they wear for the entirety of the program and how to stay warm when entering the cold ocean.
Phoebe said parents had been surprised and happy about the benefits of VICSWIM. Parents were offered the opportunity to join in the program, especially to support the younger swimmers.
Its all about survival and developing confidence. These skills will mean they can just go out and have fun at the beach, but know how to deal with any incidents that may happen, she said.
VICSWIM still run programs in pools in local locations like Korumburra, Mirboo North and Phillip Island.
The program will return next year, with registrations opening around October.


The Steel Syndicate "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


The Steele Syndicate is all about the groove. Steele McMahons Brisbane-based octet is raucous, punchy and fun, with a genre-bending sound that reimagines elements of old school funk, reggae, ska and indie rock.  The band packs a roaring four-piece horn section and a rhythm section to match, creating music from soulful, contemplative ballads to dance-inducing funk frenzies.

Since its formation in September 2015, The Steele Syndicate has entertained over 80,000 people at Sydneys City2Surf road run, played at the Sydney Opera House, Cairns Reef Hotel and Casino, Peregian Originals, NightQuarter and a host of Brisbanes best venues. The band is also breaking into the festival scene, appearing at the 2017 Gum Ball Music Festival, Newstead Roots Festival and headlining the Teneriffe Festival. Theyre a besuited instrument-hopping unit!

Packing the punch of its acclaimed live set into a record, The Steele Syndicate released its debut EP, Antipodes in August 2016. Since its release, the EP and lead single Where I Need To Be have received nationwide airplay on Triple J, local and community radio.

The Steele Syndicate has been back in the studio and is set to release a second EP in 2018.  With a number of national dates already in the calendar, the band looks forward to unleashing their evolved, energetic groove to new venues, new cities and new audiences in the months and years to come.


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Is Climate Change a Tool to Eliminate Democracy? "IndyWatch Feed National"

COMMENT: Your view on denying climate change is supporting the capitalist model. This shows you have no credibility.


REPLY: Climate is changing and it is part of the normal cycle not human-induced. You are actually correct that I support capitalism and freedom and am against authoritarianism and totalitarian systems. What you fail to understand is that climate change is an agenda to eliminate your freedom. The entire argument is to support a move toward an authoritarian state. You better wake up. This is not truly about the climate change, it is all about controlling society, eliminating democracy, and changing the entire economic model that changes society. There is far more st stake here than most people realize.

Here is a piece that appeared in the Weekend Australian.

Its a well-kept secret, but 95 per cent of the climate models we are told prove the link between human CO2 emissions and catastrophic global warming have been found, after nearly two decades of temperature stasis, to be in error. Its not surprising.

We have been subjected to...


Can Government Really Prevent War? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"


So much common sense from you. But, re the almost total corruption of government, could this be the ONLY practical solution?

That is:
1. Elect Politicians directly, at random, from the general, law abiding population for a fixed term with no possibility of re-election
2. Pay them well, with jobs/careers guaranteed and severe prison time for any corrupt activity

Of course, lots of other issues, all surmountable but these principles are sacrosanct.

Could it be any worse than the current appalling corrupt situation?


PS I understand this system was tried in ancient Greece and Italy around WW1. We might be better at the logistics now?

ANSWER: No there is no other choice. Thrasymachus (c 459-400BC) put it best: all forms of government become the same as they all act in their own self-interest. We really need a bureaucracy to run, but they MUST be accountable to elected people who are by NO MEANS career politicians. The European Project and the entire theory of federalizing Europe has been to supposedly prevent war by devolving everything to a single government. If there are no career politicians, then this will do far more to reduce the threat of war than any other step we can take toward securing our future.



Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed"

1.00 AUD = 0.00007 BTC
0.00010 BTC = 1.55 AUD


Couple Ties The Knot At Northern Territorys First Same-Sex Wedding "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A Darwin couple has made history with the Northern Territorys first same-sex wedding. Keith Edwards and Afham Janil had a low-key ceremony at the Darwin registry office on Monday, attended by a handful of friends. Keith told the NT News it was a relief to be able to marry his partner legally in Australia. It ...

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Gardner and Short top scorers in Big Bash League "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

JAN 16: Two Aboriginal cricketers DArcy Short and Ashleigh Gardner hold the records for the highest individual scores in the history of crickets Big Bash League (BBL). Northern Territorian Short blasted 122 not out off 69 balls including eight sixes and eight fours as he steered the Hobart Hurricanes to a last-ball BBL win over Brisbane at the Gabba on January 10. Sydneysider Gardner opened the Womens Big Bash League (WBBL) competition with 114 off just 52 balls for the Sydney Sixers against the Melbourne Stars at Wollongong on December 9. Short, 27, has since continued on his merry way, breaking another record when he scored a measured 59 for the Hurricanes against the Brisbane Heat at Hobarts Bellerive Oval on January 15. That took him to 465 runs for the BBL season from just seven matches, surpassing Shaun Marshs mark of 412 runs from nine matches set four seasons ago.


AFSAs Submission re: NSW Proposed Planning Reforms "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

View AFSA's Response to the Proposed State Environmental Planning Policy (Primary Production and Rural Development) and related planning reforms, submitted 15 January 2018 and prepared by Sarah de Wit, Katie Johnston, Tammi Jonas, Penny Kothe, Anthony Wilson & Courtney Young.

Summary of Recommendations

Recommendation 1: That the Government foster NSWs food security and strengthen its efforts to identify Food Sheds by consulting with shires and taking into consideration research by UTS and SPUN in relation to peri-urban planning.

Recommendation 2: Create more flexibility for the construction of dwellings built in support of the agricultural purposes on farms, while maintaining and strengthening guards against converting farms to purely residential, lifestyle properties.

Recommendation 3: Amend the interpretational inconsistency by classifying operations below the thresholds as extensive agriculture so that the definition for extensive agriculture can include pasture-based pig farms and poultry farms.

 Recommendation 4: That all shed based pig farms be included in the feedlot definition and that pastured pig farms be included in the extensive definition.

Recommendation 5: That the trigger to judge a pastured pig farm intensive be set at more than 25 SPU/Ha, subject to meeting minimum standards.

Recommendation 6: That all shed based poultry farms be included in the feedlot definition and that pastured poultry farms be included in the extensive definition.

Recommendation 7: That the trigger to judge a pastured poultry farm as intensive be set at more than 450 birds/Ha, subject to meeting minimum standards.

Recommendation 8: That all pastured livestock are defined under extensive agriculture, but that the term be changed to Pastured Animal Production.

Recommendation 9: That where feeding infrastructure is mobile, a setback from neighbouring dwellings, waterways or environmentally sensitive areas be set at no more than 20m.

Recommendation 10: To formulate...


Australia: Over 200 Detainees in Immigration Detention Commence Hunger Strike in Protest Against New Visit Restrictions "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


16.01.18: Over two hundred detainees at two detention centres, Villawood in Sydney and Maribyrnong in Melbourne, have declared a hunger strike in protest at visiting restrictions recently announced by Border Force. The detainees have been on hunger strike for more than 24 hours, since the morning of Monday 15 January.

Posters declaring the changes would apply after 22 January went up unannounced in the centres, last week. Detainees only found out about the policy when told by their visitors.

Under the restrictions, visitors will have to give five days notice of any visit, fill in a five-page form, with actual visits restricted to one on one. Visitors will also be required to have 100 points of ID when they attend the detention centre to visit.

The restrictions will hit families especially hard. Visiting minors will also now need identification.

These restrictions come on top of recent moves by Border Force to restrict what food can be brought into the detention centre and the attempt to ban mobile phones.

The moves, dressed up as security measures, have nothing to do with security and everything to do with moves to militarise the detention centres under th...


Loyas Death Was Premeditated Murder, Says Late Judges Friend Uday Gaware "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

At a public meeting, Gaware said many of Loyas friends, including judges, had had their suspicions when the CBI judge died of a sudden heart attack.

The story of Loyas death has assumed greater proportions in light of the recent historic press conference by four Supreme Court judges. Credit: The Caravan

New Delhi: Justice BH Loyas friend from law college, Uday Gaware, while speaking at a public meeting organised by the All India Peoples Forum, an association of different civil society and political groups, stunned everyone when he said that the judges death was premeditated murder.

The meeting, held at at New Delhis Indian Social Institute, was called Suspicious Death of Judge: Implications for Democracy. It was addressed by Caravan Magazines Niranjan Takle, the journalist who broke the story, the magazines political editor Hartosh Singh Bal, former judge of the Bombay high court BG Kolse Patil, senior advocate Indira Jaising and Gaware, who is a member of Latur bar association.

Speaking in front of a packed house, the speakers demanded a probe and raised concerns over whether the executive was trying to influence the judiciary in any way.

The series of events

Loya, who in official records...


Practical Dimensions of Interfaith Dialogue "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Interfaith dialogue should be relevant to the context of religious plurality that characterises todays world. It should address the problems, conflicts, and tensions that threaten the harmonious and peaceful coexistence, in an effort to prevent the exploitation of religious sentiments in exacerbating division. In this wise, there are many practical activities which may be taken ... Read more...



Arts Wednesday 17 January 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

At 10:45, Richard Major continues with Part 4 of Australian Birds and this week he talks about the Noisy Miner.

At 11:00 am I talk to Director of Carriageworks, Lisa Havilah, about the installation by German artist, Katharina Grosse, entitled, somewhat enigmatically, The Horse Trottted Another Couple of Metres, Then it Stopped. Hear about the logistics of installing this mammoth work!

Music this week relicts the installation and is all about colour.

I look forward to your company.

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MATT McMAHON IN TIME AND SPACE "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Matt McMahon is one of the very significant group of jazz musicians who have come to prominence since the turn of the century. A pianist, composer, arranger and musical director (as well as one of Eastside Radios longest standing presenters) he has been a winner of two of Australias most prestigious jazz awards: the National Jazz Piano Award in 1999 and the Freedman Jazz Fellowship in 2005. In January 2018, he celebrates the 20th anniversary of one of his most enduring musical collaborations, the Matt McMahon trio, in which he is joined by Johnathan Brown on bass and Simon Barker on drums. Eastsides Mick Paddon, presenter of Time and Space, spoke with Matt about the trio, his musical influences, what got him into playing jazz and also asked him to share five pieces of music which are important to him. His selections, containing some surprises which display the breadth of his musical interests, fill half an hour of the hour long programme going to air at 14.30 during Time and Space on Wednesday January 17th. The whole interview and the music will then be posted as a podcast on the Eastside Radio website

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Amnesty International Is Barking Up the Wrong (Pro-War) Tree "IndyWatch Feed"

I have received a letter from Margaret Huang, Amnesty Internationals executive director. She is fundraising on the basis of President Trumps chilling disregard for our cherished human rights and his exploitation of hatred, misogyny, racism and xenophobia, by which he has emboldened and empowered the most violent segments of our society.

Considering the hostility of Identity Politics toward Trump, one can understand why Ms. Huang frames her fundraiser in this way, but are the Trump deplorables the most empowered and violent segments of our society or is it the security agencies, the police, the neoconservatives, the presstitute media, and the Republican and Democratic parties?

John Kiriakou, Ray McGovern, Philip Giraldi, Edward Snowden, and others inform us that it is their former employers, the security agencies, that are empowered by unaccountability and violent by intent. Certainly the security agencies are emboldened by everything they have gotten away with, including their conspiracy to destroy President Trump with their orchestration known as Russiagate.

The violence that the US government has committed against humanity since the Clinton regime attacked Serbia was not committed by Trump deplorables. The violence that has destroyed in whole or part eight countries, murdering, maiming, and displacing millions of peoples, was committed by the Clinton, George W. Bush, and Obama regimes, their secretaries of state such as Hillary Clinton, their national security advisers, their military and security establishments, both parties in Congress. The murder of entire countries was endorsed by the presstitute media and the heads of state of Washingtons European, Canadian, Australian, and Japanese vassals. Trump and his deplorables have a long way to go to match this record of violence.

Whether she understands it or not, Ms. Huang with her letter is shifting the violence from where it belongs to where it does not. The consequence will be to increase violence and human rights violations.

The most dangerous source of violence that we face is nuclear Armageddon resulting from the neoconservative quest for US hegemony. Since the Clinton regime every US government has broken tension-easing agreements that previous administrations had achieved with Moscow. During the Obama regime the gratuitous aggressions and false accusations against Russia became extreme.

Why doesnt Amnesty International address the reckless and irresponsible acts of the US government that are violating the rights of people in numerous countries and pushing the world into nuclear war? Instead, there have been times when Amnesty International aligns with Washingtons propaganda against Washingtons victims.

By jumping on the military/security complexs get Trump movement, human rights and environmental organizatio...


We dont cross borders, they cross us: Sorong Samurai artists on Jack Off "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

  • Sorong Samurai artists :: Jack Off with Jack Shit


Listen to these extraordinary stories from some of the key artists featured in Homeground Festivals Sorong Samarai a production rooted in West Papuas perpetual quest for the self-determination, as promised by the UN and sabotaged by Indonesia.

Brothers Sam and Yosua Roem survived an incredibly perilous crossing with 43 other members of their community in a single wooden canoe. The journey was meant to take a single day but after being lost and marooned at sea it took them five. Somehow no lives were lost.

Ronny Kareni was sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy for an auspicious entry into Australia by plane, settling in Ballarat before starting his Masters of Diplomacy at the ANU in Canberra.

Airileke was born in Adelaide and lives in Cairns but has family in Gabagaba PNG.

We discuss what drove these courageous souls to take sometimes terrifying risks and how they are actively attempting to improve the lot of their people back home by building bridges internationally.

Then, after sharing these stories of vast (and ongoing) journeys we dont cross borders, they cross us all four unite for two live songs together: first via traditional drums alone; then with ukelele added for an ebullient celebration of Pacific heritage.


Listen back to the full episode here. For more sonic storytelling an...


Invasion Day Hawaii 17 January "IndyWatch Feed National"

While the people of Australia are debating the 26th of January as Invasion Day rather than Australia Day,

where a lesser known fact is that this is when Martial Law was officially installed on the land,

and another lesser known fact is that on the 28th of April 1770, the land of Australia became a 'possession' of the UK in the name of then Monarch King George III,

spare a  thought for the good people of Hawaii.

'Big Business' from the United States f_cked over the good people and the Queen of Hawaii on the 17th of January 1893, and installed military rule on the people of the islands.

Those rascal colonialists.


Become a Junior Ranger for the holidays "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Join in the fun with Parks Victorias Junior Ranger program this summer and discover the secrets of our National Parks and reserves with a real park ranger.
During these holidays, there are many activities being held on the Bellarine Peninsula and Surf Coast, such as Rockpool Rambles in Barwon Heads, Beachcombing sessions in Point Lonsdale, or the ever-popular Beach Treasures held across a host of different caravan parks in the region.
Parks Victorias Junior Ranger program aims to get children aged six to 12, and their families, exploring and appreciating the plants, animals and environments of our parks.Its designed to get kids outdoors, having fun and getting active, while learning about the amazing nature of our parks and reserves.
The Junior Ranger Program is an excellent way for kids to explore the natural environment and discover the diversity of species that exist right on our very doorstep, says program host and Seasonal Ranger Steve McGain.
Getting kids involved at a young age is particularly important because if we can get them engaged early, they will become the future caretakers of our wonderful national parks.
He says theres been an overwhelmingly positive response to the program this summer and he loves seeing the enthusiasm of these Junior Rangers.
Its truly inspiring to see the next generation so engaged and showing a genuine interest in all the creatures and habitats that we come across in our programs.
If you cant make it to one of these activities this summer, you can still be a Junior Ranger. Check out the Make and Do section of for fun ideas you can download and take with you to any park or reserve. 

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Has Jim Rickards Changed His Mind on Bitcoin? "IndyWatch Feed"

My readers know Im not a bitcoin proponent. I dont deny that its made some people a lot of money, but I believe bitcoin is a massive bubble right now.

Yet its been reported in some circles that Ive recently come out in favour of bitcoin.

Its not true.

Now, it is true that Ive stated my belief in blockchain technology, which is the technology behind bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.

Theres great promise here.

And despite what some critics may claim, Im not some technophobe who doesnt understand the technology underlying cryptos.

I know it very well. Ive been studying cryptos since before many of their current owners even heard of bitcoin. I actually worked with the intelligence community to counter ISISs use of cryptocurrencies to bypass the international money system.

And in my opinion, the hype has run far ahead of reality. This is reflected in bitcoins meteoric and unsustainable rise.

But again, I also believe blockchain technology is for real and has great potential. So just because Im not a bitcoin cheerleader, doesnt mean Im opposed to all blockchain-based cryptos.

Today, I want to talk a little more about how gold and blockchain technology could lead the world away from the dollar-based system

Despite everything you may hear in the mainstream media, gold is as relevant as ever.

Russia and China, for example, have been accumulating thousands of tonnes of physical gold bullion for the last 10 years. Thats not news, of course.

What is news is that both countries are starting to make moves towards the endgame of a gold-backed currency that completely bypasses the US dollar payments system.

These moves are both geopolitical and monetary.

In fact, they track the gold-based attack on the US dollar, which I devised for the Pentagon in its first-ever financial war game in 2009. That financial war game is described in detail in my 2011 book, Currency Wars.

It looks like the Russians and Chinese read my book!

According to Russian government officials attending a recent monetary conference in Moscow, Russia, China and their BRICS allies are moving towards their own gold trading system (bypassing London and New York).

From there, its a small step towards a new gold-backed digital currency using distributed ledger technology and military-grade encryption. Distributed ledger technology is another term for the blockchain technology I discussed above.

But unlike cryptocurrencies like bitcoin, this digital system is backed by gold....


Russias Plans for a Fire Escape Currency "IndyWatch Feed"

It may be a new year, but Russia has made no secret of its long-term dissatisfaction with US politics, the dollar and, by extension, US monetary hegemony in the world.

Russia has been under US/Western economic sanctions for over three years. Meanwhile, oil prices have been lower for longer, as the saying goes, due to global competition for market share from US fracking. The overall impact of these phenomena has been costly to the Russian economy.

Still, Russia has persevered through all manner of external economic roadblocks. The Russian view is sanguine, and that, as time passes, the dollar is in trouble, for a lengthy list of reasons.

Russias strategic intent is clear

To escape the constraints and political risks of a dollar-denominated world. In fact, Russian leaders are forming a new currency arrangement that will allow them to do exactly that.

My partner, Jim Rickards, and I call this new phenomenon Russias fire escape currency. Its coming down the line, and smart investors can profit from it.

First, though, you need to understand the Russian view of the dollar. At the highest levels of Russian governance, officials are deeply concerned with what they perceive as US political meddling and bullying, based on the dollar.

Western economic sanctions are part of this. The US and Western partners have blocked all manner of trade in goods and services with Russia, and extended the blockage to many Russian export items as well.

Plus, Russia chafes under restrictions on transferring funds via the international SWIFT system (Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication). There are many other issues related to the dollar, as wellfar too many to list here.

But its fair to say that Russian policymakers hold profound distrust and resentment towards how the US has, in their view, abused the status of the dollar as the predominant international reserve currency.

As far back as 2011, at a major conference in Russia, Vladimir Putin said,

They (USA) are living beyond their means and shifting a part of the weight of their problems to the world economy They (USA) are living like parasites off the global economy and their monopoly of the dollar.

Unsurprisingly, since 2011, Russia has pushed back against dollar-hegemony. Among other things, Russia has accumulated a large amount of gold.

In fact, in the past six years, Russia has more than doubled its official, publicly acknowledged state holdings of gold, as this chart makes clear



Who Wrote The Dead Sea Scrolls. Skeletons May Identify Authors "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Who wrote the Dead Sea Scrolls? That question may be one step or one skeleton closer to being answered after archaeologists announced last week that skeletons found in the cemetery of Qumran the city where the caves containing the scrolls are located date to the time they would have been written. []


Party Drugs: Whos Really Paying the Ultimate Price? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Party drugs like ecstasy, ketamine and cocaine find their way into the pockets of festival, concert and couch-session attendees, making them as common as a can of warm beer in an Aussie summer. Hipsters, uni-students and full-timers all enjoy the occasional line, but most rarely think about the history of the drug further than their dealers back pocket.

Unfortunately, though, the popularity of recreational drugs is mirrored by human rights abuse, health crises and social instability in their countries of origin.

More cocaine passes through Mexico than any other country in the world. Each year, roughly 8,000 deaths occur in the country as a by-product of the thriving drug trade.

What ends up as a neat white line on top of someones phone has often made a messy, sometimes bloody journey to get there. Illegal drugs are produced at the expense of fragile communities in a process that disregards human rights. The massive profit margins enjoyed by cartel head-honchos hugely overshadows those who work for them, meaning that substances such as cocaine and ecstasy are far from fair trade.

Fairtrade coffee, tea, tobacco, chocolate and clothing are all part of the status quo in fact, there are over 2,500 products on the Aussie market that sport the Fairtrade insignia.  More than one in five of us 11.2 percent, in fact adopt a vegetarian lifestyle to help minimise negative impacts on the environment and less-fortunate communities. So why do we lose our concern when it comes drugs? Is it because since we are already doing something that is generally considered wrong, so we forget about other moral standards?

Australians are no strangers to regular drug use, with almost 16 percent of people over the age of 14 admitting to using an illegal drug in the last year. Aside from marijuana, cocaine and ecstasy tie for second-most used illicit drugs. This love affair with recreational narcotics reflects many young peoples casual relationship with using, with most believing its no big deal.  We know that drugs are bad for us. But a lot of the substances that make their way into your system are seriously bad for a lot of other people too.

The United Nations has recently acknowledged that the production of illicit drugs is linked to rural poverty in developing countries. The intervention of state forces against narco-traffickers in countries like Mexico have been labelled a drug war, where an estimated over 120,000 people have perished between...


Piece by Piece, the Political Privatisation of Air India is Underway "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The incremental approach towards the divestment is obviously aimed at ensuring that non-controlling partial ownership doesnt fall into undesirable hands.

Credit: PTI

Air India is valued at around $10 billion (excluding land). Disinvesting halfway will likely fetch the government $5 billion (upwards of Rs 30,000 crore). Credit: PTI

The government has taken one more small step in coming to grips with one of the most difficult parts of giving a decent burial to the Indian public sector privatising Air India. It has allowed foreign airlines to own up to 49% of the national carrier. A year ago, it had announced its decision to strategically divest its stake in the carrier.

This puts Air India at par with other Indian carriers in which foreign airlines already have the liberty to own up to 49%. But the government has not gone the whole hog. Indians will still need to hold effective control over the company. Furthermore, the investment will have to come in via the approval and not automatic route.

Why an entity or a group with 49% stake in the company will be happy not to exercise control is not clear. The likely answer is that any investment coming in now will be with an eye on being ahead of other aspiring stakeholders while waiting for further relaxation of norms.

The one s...


British Army recruitment ads focus on women, the physically unfit, the "emotional", LGBTI and Muslims. Compare with China! "IndyWatch Feed National"

Meanwhile in China......... And thanks to Alan RM Jones for pointing out this letter to the editor:


PHOTOS: Reality TV Hunk Jordan Bruno Wins Mr Gay Pride Australia "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Former reality TV star Jordan Bruno has been crowned Mr Gay Pride Australia for 2018. Jordan found fame after appearing on Channel Seven series My Kitchen Rules, but after the show he became a high-profile advocate for marriage equality and launched a series of classes encouraging young people to cook. Very overwhelmed and humbled to ...

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How Anti-Fascists Won the Battles of Berkeley : 2017 in the Bay and Beyond: A Play-by-Play Analysis "IndyWatch Feed"

Black Bloc in Berkeley, August 27, 2017.

The perilous politics of militant anti-fascism defined 2017 for the anarchist movement in the United States. The story in the Bay Area mirrors that of the country at large. Its a narrative full of tragedies, setbacks, and repression, ultimately concluding with a fragile victory. Yet there was no guarantee it would turn out this way: only a few months ago, it seemed likely we would be starting 2018 amid the nightmare of a rapidly metastasizing fascist street movement. What can anti-fascists around the world learn from what happened in Berkeley? To answer this question, we have to back up and tell the story in full.

Fascists chose Berkeley, California as the center stage for their attempt to get a movement off the ground. The advantage shifted back and forth between fascists and anti-fascists as both sides maneuvered to draw more allies into the fight. Riding on the coattails of Trumps campaign and exploiting the blind spots of liberal free speech politics, fascists gained momentum until anti-fascists were able to use these victories against them, drawing together an unprecedented mobilization. As we begin a new year, anti-fascist networks in the Bay Area are stronger than ever. Participants in anti-fascist struggle enjoy a hard-earned legitimacy in the eyes of many activists and communities targeted by the far right. By contrast, the far-right movement that gained strength throughout 2016 and the first half of 2017 has imploded. For the time being, the popular mobilization they sought to manifest has been thwarted. The events in the Bay Area offer an instructive example of the threat posed by contemporary far-right coalition buildingand how we can defend our communities against it.

2016: A New Era Begins

Clashes escalate outside a Trump Rally in San Jose on June 2, 2016.

The clashes between far-right forces and anti-fascists that gripped Berkeley for much of 2017 were the climax of a sequence of events that began a year earlier. On February 27, 2016, Klansmen in the Southern California city of Anaheim stabbed three anti-racists who were protesting a Ku Klux Klan rally against illegal immigration and Muslims. The rhetoric of the Klan echoed the same vulgar nationalism that the Trump campaign was broadcasting. Under the banner of the alt-right, many white supremacist and fascist groups began to use the campaign as an umbrella under which to mobilize and recruit. They aimed to build an ideologically diverse social...


The Asia New Zealand Foundation and the OIA "IndyWatch Feed"

The Asia New Zealand Foundation is a charitable trust established by the government. All members of the trust are appointed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, and several key public servants are deemed ex officiio members. The trust exists to fulfil a government objective - strengthening relationships with Asia - and is accountable to Parliament for that mission under the Public Finance Act. Over 90% of its revenue comes from the government (and most of the rest is interest from past government endowments). And yet, it is apparently not subject to the Official Information Act. They're not explicitly scheduled, and as far as I can tell, do not fall into any of the categories in the various schedules. Weirdly, many of the organisations in schedule 4A of the Public Finance Act are subject to the OIA, though not according to any system that I can determine.

That said, you may be able to obtain information from the Secretary of MFAT, the CEO of NZTE, or the Secretary of Education by the roundabout way of s2(4A) OIA: because they're on the trust solely in connection with their official position, any information they hold about the Foundation from that source is thereby Official Information. And conveniently, the trust deed requires that they get sent board papers ahead of any meeting...

But obviously, you shouldn't have to do that. This is clearly a government body. It is spending our money. And it should be accountable to us, through the OIA.

The government could fix this - and all of the other weird little exceptions and exemptions - in an instant by adding it to the OIA schedule by Order in Council. The question is, will it? And if not, does anybody want to take a member's bill to fix it?



How a planned nuclear waste dump in the tiny SA town of Kimba impacts us all "IndyWatch Feed"

How a planned nuclear waste dump in the tiny SA town of Kimba impacts us allShould a remote farming community in South Australia be charged with the momentous decision of storing radioactive waste? read now...


Advocates Urge Labor To Scrap Religious Exemptions In Discrimination Law "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

LGBTI advocates have slammed federal Labor for supporting legal exemptions allowing LGBTI teachers to be sacked from religious schools on the basis of their sexuality. Religious schools are currently exempt from federal anti-discrimination law in relation to employment and provision of education in accordance with their beliefs. Similar exemptions also exist in most states and ...

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Hopium at its best.. "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

I have a lot of fun on Farcebook and you come across some really interesting people.  Because I wrote a long reply to a certain person who will remain nameless, I thought Id turn it into a post for you guys to read. I know youll have a laugh too..

It all started with someone posting this article about what Australia will look like in 2049. Why 2049 you ask?  You tell me.  anyway, you can guess already, I was hardly going to agree with anything it said..!

Initially, someone wrote The part of this alleged futuristic vision that infuriates me the most is the food aspect. They flippantly claim that households of the future will be fed nutrient-rich food from indoor greenhouses. Now take a close look at the artists impression of said greenhouse and tell me how much nutrient-rich food you can see growing in there. These people have never contemplated the land requirements of our nutrition.

It also completely neglects the plight of low-income people by painting a vision that only the richest few % might be able to afford. I guess everyone else will be working on degraded farmland growing food to make up for the nutritional deficiency left by the rich peoples indoor greenhouses

So far so good.  who could disagree? I replied TOTALLY agree without fossil fuels, it is IMPOSSIBLE to feed the world as we do now. Most land is marginal and only capable of grazing animals. Those futuristic visions can only happen with fossil fuels. In fact, this world we currently take for granted is 100% only here thanks to fossil fuels, and yet the masses are rising to abandon them, not realising their lives are literally at stake

And yet they must go.. because our lives are at stake.

Talk about a rock and a hard place.

Yes, civilisations conundrum again.

But then this guy came back with a link and: There is a group in the US called Ecology Action that has attempted to find the minimum possible land area to grow a nutritionally complete diet without fossil fuels (all hard yakka). Growing a fairly small set of ingredients for a simple (but balanced) vegan diet, coupled with their extremely labour-intensive (but very high-yielding) farming technique, they claim to deliver a full diet for one person on circa 400 square metres. This seems to assume a favourable climate and does not explicitly consider the sustainability of the irrigation applied.


Two exciting opportunities to join the Human Rights Law Centre "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

We currently have two roles available in the Human Rights Law Centre's (HRLC) Asylum Seeker and Refugee Rights Unit. 

The HRLCs Asylum Seeker and Refugee Rights Unit (ASRRU) was established in 2015 to deepen our work protecting and promoting the rights of refugees and people seeking asylum. The Unit is both responsive and agenda-setting, receiving requests for assistance as well as working with asylum seeker advocacy and casework organisations to address significant systemic human rights issues.

Senior Lawyer

We are seeking a highly motivated, dynamic, skilled and collaborative individual. This position will work alongside the Units Director and two Lawyers and will play a vital role in contributing to all aspects of the Units work. People who have a refugee background are encourage to apply. This position will be based in Melbourne. It is a full-time position for a 12 month fixed term.

The closing date for this position is Sunday 28 January 2018. Click here to download a recruitment pack.


This position will work alongside the Units Director, Lawyer and a new Senior Lawyer, and will play a vital role in supporting the ongoing work of the ASRRU.

We are seeking a highly motivated, dynamic and collaborative individual. This position is aimed at lawyers with 1-2 years post-admission legal practice experience. People who have a refugee background are encouraged to apply. This is a full-time position for a 12 month fixed term based in Melbourne.

The closing date for this position is Sunday 28 January 2018. Click here to download a recruitment pack.


FixedIt: he didnt resign because of sex, he resigned because of sexual harassment allegations "IndyWatch Feed National"

Once again, Yahoo is having trouble differentiating between consensual sex and non-consensual assault and harassment.

Trond Giske didnt resign because of sex claims. Six different women have alleged that he sexually harassed or assaulted them. Sex is not the same as sexual harassment.

Sex happens between people who can and do consent to everything they do with each other. If one person did not give consent it is not sex. It is abuse, assault, harassment or rape.

These women are not alleging that consensual activities took place. In fact they are saying the exact opposite.

Calling them sex claims implies the allegations involve a consensual act (sex) rather than a non-consensual act (in this case assault or harassment).

The allegations need to be tested in court but when the media is reporting them they need to report the facts. The facts here are that Giske was accused of sexual harassment, not sex.

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In which the pond does matership and merde, thanks to the Terrorists and a meretricious Marcus ... "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Daily Terror is notorious for its notoriously silly front pages and crusades, but that bit about Bennelong and Phillip as a two mates story in need of a history lesson sent the pond scuttling off to the ADB for its short piece about Bennelong ...

If that's what mateship does for you, then mateship is pretty fucked. 

It seems the first way to gain a mate is to capture and imprison them ... and then watch the miseries flow from that first unhappy coupling ...

Okay, that's enough history, and the words that leap out at the pond are "'much broken his spirit'. He reached Sydney in September, and thereafter references to him are scanty, though it is clear that he could no longer find contentment or full acceptance either among his countrymen or the white men..."

References were scanty? And now suddenly he's on the front page of the Terror as a dinkum mate with Phil , amidst Terrorist talk of the PC brigade?

Is this why reading the Terror produces a desire in the pond to vomit?

The reptiles were in a full-blown frenzy this day. 

It wasn't just the Terrorists, the lizards of Oz were on song too, what with the war on Xmas having been such a bummer last year ...



FixedIt: sexual assault allegations are not sex claims "IndyWatch Feed National"

Conductor Charles Dutoit has been accused of one count of rape and several sexual assaults against nine different women. This is not the same as sex.  Something Yahoo appears to have some trouble understanding.

Sex happens between people who can and do consent to everything they do with each other. If one person did not give consent it is not sex. It is abuse, assault, harassment or rape.

These women are not alleging that consensual activities took place. In fact they are saying the exact opposite.

Calling them sex claims implies the allegations involve a consensual act (sex) rather than a non-consensual act (assault, harassment or rape).

The allegations need to be tested in court but when the media is reporting them they need to report the facts and the facts here are that Dutoit is accused of rape and sexual harassment, not sex.

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Sky Blues maintain unbeaten run "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Sydney FC played out an entertaining 0-0 draw away to Adelaide United on the weekend, to continue their unbeaten streak to eleven games (including the [more]

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FixedIt: sexual abuse and harassment of a child is not sex messages "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Border Mail reported that a 42 year old man sent sexually explicit text messages to his partners 15 year old daughter that left her feeling disgusted and sick. Despite him asking her to not tell her mother, she did, and her mother called the police.

This was not sex messages. It was abuse and harassment. He was an adult in her home. He was in a relationship with her mother. She was a child. Nothing about this had anything to do with sex. Misnaming it as sex diminishes his responsibility for his crimes and the damage he did to an innocent child.

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Why the media is losing its mind over DACA "IndyWatch Feed National"

The MSM's attempt to slam the President over alleged language covers up the real matter that Democrats offered a bum solution for immigration reform For three days now, the MSM has been screaming bloody murder about an alleged (and denied) vulgarity spoken by President Trump in a closed-door meeting about immigration reform and DACA. We have covered this media meltdown extensively in pieces you can link to here and here. But now, let's have a look into what the REAL news about DACA is, and we might even understand why the MSM is having such a meltdown. On January 12th, the American radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh noted during his program that although there was not any detail about this known yet, the apparent issue was that President Trump was outraged over the Democrats trying to hand him a total nothing-burger deal about immigration. We have to remember that one of President Trump's wishes is to get the United States to adopt a "merit based" immigration position, where the US screens people who want to come to live in the USA in regards to what they can and will contribute to the well-being of this nation. This is not a strange or barbarous position to take on immigration. Canada does it. Australia does it, Germany, Hong Kong, Denmark, New Zealand and other nations in the world probably do it as well. In fact, the United States itself ran with such a system up until the year 1952. Such a vetting process may go far in reducing the chance that elements who get in to a given nation will then attack it and its people.



FixedIt: yet another invisible alleged perpetrator "IndyWatch Feed National"

My GC reported that a 34 year old man has been charged with multiple domestic violence offences, including enter dwelling with intent by break, wilful damage and grievous bodily harm.

But he does not appear in the headline.

Invisible perpetrators are a constant in FixedIt. It matters because headlines are supposed to be a short summary of the article and when the article is about violence men commit or are accused of committing, the headline is not telling the story, its erasing the story

If all the violent crimes committed by men were reported in the active voice with the perpetrators and their crime as the subject of every headline, it would be overwhelming. Because it is overwhelming.

But we are journalists and it is not our job to erase the truth so our audience is not made to feel uncomfortable. Our job is to describe what is happening in our society. And the sad truth is that around 90 percent of violent crimes are committed by men. Avoiding this fact doesnt make it less true but it does make it much more difficult to address the underlying cause.

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FixedIt: another invisible perpetrator allegedly stabs and assaults a woman "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Another invisible perpetrator. The Courier Mail reported that a 25 year old man has been charged with  one count each of grievous bodily harm, wounding, deprivation of liberty, and contravention of a domestic violence order. But he does not appear in the headline.

Invisible perpetrators are a constant in FixedIt. It matters because headlines are supposed to be a short summary of the article and when the article is about violence men commit or are accused of committing, the headline is not telling the story, its erasing the story

If all the violent crimes committed by men were reported in the active voice with the perpetrators and their crime as the subject of every headline, it would be overwhelming. Because it is overwhelming.

But we are journalists and it is not our job to erase the truth so our audience is not made to feel uncomfortable. Our job is to describe what is happening in our society. And the sad truth is that around 90 percent of violent crimes are committed by men. Avoiding this fact doesnt make it less true but it does make it much more difficult to address the underlying cause.

FixedIt is an ongoing project to push back against the medias constant erasure of violent men and blaming of innocent victims. If you would like to help fund it even $5 a month makes a big difference please consider becoming a Patron

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Wayward indigenous youth make life hell for Cairns residents and tourists "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

by staff writers

Police have had enough. Youthful black criminals some as young as 13 are stealing late model cars from  homes in Cairns  at the rate of five a week.

The latest victim had his hire car, a Mitsibushi ASX, as well as his wallet and credit cards stolen from a relatives Bentley Park residence.

The four teenagers in the stolen ASX then pulled up alongside a marked police car at Aeroglen, where officers were attending an accident. A stolen Nissan Micra had crashed into a police car after police deployed a tyre deflator. Four youths aged between 16 and 18 were detained by the dog squad.

Wayward black youths stole a Mitsubishi ASX then taunted police officers attending a crash site in Cairns involving another stolen car. Magistrates are too afraid of being labelled racist by the major media led by the ABC, should they take decisive action against these malcontents who are making life hell for Cairns residents.


The teenagers in the ASX openly taunted the officers, knowing they were unable to take any action, due to the Police Departments no-pursuit policy.



FixedIt: a violent man threatening to kick a 16yo is not turning his attention to her "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Morning Bulletin reported that a 26 year old man pleaded guilty to multiple charges in relation to two violent assaults on his partner.

A 16 year old girl tried to stop the second assault after he punched his partner, lifted her up out of a chair, pulled her shoulder back and bit it, let her go and as she attempted to run away, he tackled her to the ground and punched her in the back many times.

He told the teenage girl he would kick you in the c box.

Turn his attention? Like he looked at her? Offered her a cup of tea? He was in the middle of a violent assault, the second one she witnessed, and he threatened to kick her. This is minimising male violence to an astonishing degree and that has no place in reporting on mens violence against women.

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Show delights in Wonthaggi "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

THE bad weather mostly stayed away to make for an enjoyable Bass Coast Summer Agricultural Show on Saturday.

A large crowd gathered at the Wonthaggi Recreation Reserve to enjoy the competitions, displays, activities, and of course, sideshow alley.

Among the highlights this year was the dog scramble which was back after four years , the ute showcase, the Motocross stunt performers, the Harry Ferguson Tractor Club Display, and the local South Gippsland and Bass Coast Providores.

Organiser Rosemary Loughnan said the show was dependent on the weather, and this years conditions had brought out more people than last.

We had very good weather. A light shower came through at about 4.30pm but it was pretty well all done by then and it didnt affect us too much; it was much nicer than last year. We had no major incidents or accidents, and we were very happy with the outcome. Id say it was a very successful show, and we look forward to 2019, she said.

The equestrian events on Sunday were also a success. The show committee was pleased with the number of entries, and said the pony ring was a highlight as it gave children the opportunity to have a go.

Pavilion results:

P1 Garden and Farm Produce:

Best exhibit: Angus Hales.

Equal aggregate: Rhonda Street and Angus Hales

P2 Cut Flowers:

Best exhibit: Marie Jones.

Best dahlia: Marie Jones.

Aggregate: Joan Hales.

P3 Bowls Arrangements and Pot Plants:

Best exhibit floral: Rhonda Street.

Aggregate floral: Rhonda Street.

Best exhibit pot plants: Marg McCulley.

Aggregate: Carol Summerfield.

P4 Cookery:

Best exhibit: Rhonda Street.

Aggregate: Cathey Visscher

Best decorated cake: Rhonda Street.

P5 Jams and Preserves:

Best exhibit: Cathey Visscher.

Aggregate: Cathey Visscher.

P6 Knitting and Crochet:

Best exhibit: Jennifer Dodds.

Toys and Dolls best exhibit: Patricia Griggs.

Needlework best exhibit: Janice Coldebella.

Needlework aggregate: Patricia Griggs.

P7 Craft:

Best exhibit: Terry Donnelly.

Aggregate: Brenda Asquith

Art best exhibit: Judith Soerink.

Aggregate: Faye Seaton.

P8 Photography:

Best exhibit: Joan Hales.

Aggregate: Jennifer Conn.......


Music attracts crowd to Lyon Street "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

THE rain could not spoil a day of live entertainment at Leongathas Live On Lyon on Saturday.

The event has faced struggles, having been forced to cancel its original date at the start of December due to heavy rainfall. However, the support of the community won out and the event was successful.

Despite the weather, there was still plenty of people out having fun and enjoying music, organiser Jodie Clarkson said.

Eight musicians filled Lyon Street with their incredible music. When the rain became too heavy, major sponsor Bairs Otago Hotel allowed the event to be moved inside.

For children, there was face painting, glitter tattoos, jumping castles and show bags. The Leongatha Lions Club were on deck supplying a sausage sizzle.

Ms Clarkson said the event was all about attracting people to Leongathas central business district, and hoped it would become an annual event for the town.

She thanked the many local businesses who sponsored the day, as well as the volunteers. Year 9 students from Leongatha Secondary College offered their time to help out with the glitter tattoos.

She also thanked her daughter Sophie Clarkson, who was the talent scout for the musicians and found a few new performers to introduce to Leongatha.

Bright and colourful: from left, Charlie Bickel, Shelby Grayden, Indy Grayden, Madelyn Clark, Mia Bickel and Cooper Clark (back) brightened up the day at Live on Lyon with their face paint. They hail from Leongatha and Mill Park.


Great turn out to Burra swap meet "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A MASSIVE crowd turned out to the Korumburra swap meet on Sunday.

After battling through the summer heat last year, swap meet goers were blessed with perfect conditions at the Korumburra Showgrounds. The gates opened at 6am.

The event was organised by the South Gippsland branch of the Gippsland Historical Automobile Club. Treasurer Ian Nicholas said there was a certain increase in numbers over last year.

Its a great event for car enthusiasts all over Australia. Plenty of people travel here from interstate, he said.

This started out as an automotive event, but as the event started to grow larger we have started to see more general stuff here. We dont mind what people come here to sell, he said.

With more than 350 stallholders, there was something for everyone.

Mr Nicholas said among the highlights was a fantastic stall featuring interesting old farm machinery and gates.

The show cars on the oval were also a major drawcard.

Food was supplied by the Korumburra Lions and Rotary clubs, and the Leongatha Lions Club, with profits going back into the community.

The Korumburra Scouts also provided a barbecue for stallholders the night before the big day.

We fully support our local service clubs, Mr Nicholas said.

Bits and pieces: there were plenty of items to check out at the Korumburra swap meet on Sunday. Pictured is Outtrims Thelma Arnup (far left), Leongathas Gil Trease (second left) and Narre Warrens Sam Capes (far right) looking at a stall belonging to Hazel and Max Wise.


The Top Five Australian Crime Films "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Australian cinema has a long history of producing raw and brutal films. And none more so, than those that explore criminal conduct. It could even be said that the outlaw defines the zeitgeist of our colonial times. Perhaps part of the fascination stems from the fact that when the British stormed in to begin their

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Party time at Korumburra pool "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

ALTHOUGH the weather was dark and gloomy, the vibe was colourful and bright at the Korumburra Outdoor Swimming Pool on Saturday.

The pool hosted a Hawaiian Luau as part of its holiday program.

Although it mightve been too cold to hop in the pool, there was still plenty to do, including games like jumbo connect four, jenga, and naughts and crosses.

Party goers were encouraged to deck themselves out in colour for the luau, and there were lollies and prizes to be won.

The Korumburra pool crew loves to put on a party during summer. The next big event if Friday Night Dippers on January 19.

Running from 5pm until 8pm, the big inflatable will be set up in the pool and a barbecue.

Fun theme: Korumburras Piper Harding-Matuk and Benas Lily Lovell were in party mode at the Hawaiian Luau on Saturday.


Music fans unified at Tarwin Lower "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


MORE than 7500 heavy music lovers gathered in Tarwin Lower over the weekend for the fourth sold out Unify gathering festival which was once again a huge success.

Those lucky enough to attend were treated to two nights and three days of some of the best heavy bands in the world, including sets from Architects and Australias own Parkway Drive and the Amity Affliction.

Local band Mirrors opened the festival on the Friday afternoon and also received a great response.

Organisers said they were very pleased with the event overall and praised the behaviour and attitude of the audience who attended, many who had travelled from interstate and overseas to be there.

As in previous years, Unify gathering was held across the Tarwin Lower Recreation Reserve and pony club and involved a number of local community groups including the Tarwin Lower Football and Netball Club, Venus Bay and Tarwin Lower Mens Shed, the Tarwin Lower Community Health Centre and the Tarwin Lower and District Bowls Club.

Many local businesses, contractors and volunteers were also engaged to help make the event possible.

Wed really love to thank all the local community groups and volunteers for their amazing work and for helping make Unify such a special and unique event, co-director Rhett McLaren said.

Its the only event of its kind in the southern hemisphere and to be able to host it in the area we grew up in is a real honour.

In addition to the funds raised throughout the event, according to event survey data it is estimated that those in attendance spend $75 per person on average in the local area generating more than half a million dollars for the local economy.

Unify is committed to staying in South Gippsland and the organisers are excited to start planning for the 2019 event.

Sold out crowd: 7500 fans of heavy music came together over the weekend at Unify in Tarwin Lower to enjoy punk, hardcore, and metal bands from all over the world.


Major works continue at Newhaven College "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


SCHOOL may be out for students and teachers, but at Newhaven College there has been a flurry of activity.

There is just over two weeks to go until the new school year starts, and a massive amount of road and landscaping work is to be completed.

A large team of contractors has been working hard on major landscaping and the roads program that involves laying down lawns and tan bark, and creating gardens, an impressive new entrance to the school, new car parking areas and a bus loop.

These works are all designed to make traffic flow easier and safer for the school community for the new 2018 year.

For Dale Sartori, managing director of DAS Constructions, Wonthaggi it has been an extremely busy time at the college.

No sooner did Mr Sartoris company and many local contractors put the finishing touches to the new state of the art $10 million Senior School and science and arts learning centre at the end of school in December 2017, than it was straight into infrastructure works for the new $6.3 million new multi-purpose gymnasium.

DAS Constructions will be building the new gymnasium.

Talking to The Star at the college on Friday, Mr Sartori said he is excited to have built the new Senior School and learning centre, and is excited to continue working with the college on the next stage of the master plan.

It is great to be part of the growth at Newhaven College and we are thrilled to continue our work with the school and infrastructure works are now in progress for the gym, he said.

Mr Sartori said the gym should be completed around October or November this year.

It is another big project and it is great we can employ local workers and contractors, he said.

Some $1,750,000 Federal Government funding for the new double-court gymnasium was announced last year by Flinders MP Greg Hunt.

The funding, through the Capital Grants Program, will go towards the construction to encourage participation and further develop the next generation of Phillip Island athletes.

In announcing the funding Mr Hunt said, These funds will ensure students at Newhaven College have the infrastructure necessary to help them get the most out of their time at school.

Newhaven College principal Gea Lovell said the Federal Government funding had enabled the school to continue to implement its masterplan.

We are excited to see the construction of the multi-purpose indoor sports facility under way, which will allow students to participate in a range of sports in all conditions, she said.

Mrs Lovell said she has been flat out at the college making sure the major landscaping and road...


FixedIt: Tinder is not the problem. Rape is the problem. "IndyWatch Feed National"

If a man and a woman meet on Tinder and the man later is accused of violence against the women, you can guarantee Tinder will be the first word in the headline of any article about that accusation.

Channel 7 News is not the only one and wont be the last one.

If they had met at a church group or a book shop or over cabbages in Coles, it wouldnt even rate a mention at the bottom of the article.

But Tinder creates a frenzy because violence is the expected consequence for women who actively and confidently pursue sex. Nice girls wait passively for men to want them, they are the objects of desire. Bad girls feel desire and act on it. And we all know what happens to bad girls.

Its an insidious and persistent form of victim blaming. It implies Tinder is the problem, not the men who commit violence against women (in this case allegedly his case has not yet been tried).

Tinder has nothing to do with the choices men make. How two people met is irrelevant to the violence men choose to commit against women.

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Nerrena Hall is calling "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

MORE people are discovering the beauty of Nerrena.

Its tranquil countryside, pleasant community and proximity to the services, schools and jobs in Leongatha entice local town dwellers seeking a rural life, as well as newcomers to South Gippsland.

At the centre of this charming rural district on the way to Dumbalk is the Nerrena Hall, the hub of the community that is waiting to be discovered by people from beyond the district.

Shaded by oak trees and offering views across the lush countryside, the hall is perhaps a little known gem of the region.

The dedicated members of the hall committee have recently overseen the $16,000 renovation of the entryway and bathrooms, paid for by committee funds of $8000 and a community grant of $8000 from South Gippsland Shire Council.

The works complement other projects undertaken in recent years, including resurfacing of the timber floor, and the installation of air conditioners, blinds and a new kitchen.

The hall is pretty special. Its a great venue, its quiet and close to Leongatha, and can hold around 100 people, hall secretary Tina Allen said.

The hall committee is inviting the community to consider hiring the hall for functions such as weddings and other social gatherings, and note the hall comes complete with a stage and piano.

Weve had weddings here and people like it because there is a lot of room to park and theres a playground for the kids. Its good for wedding photos because its a pretty spot, Ms Allen said.

The Nerrena community gathers at the hall every Christmas for a festive celebration and for casserole nights during the cool winter evenings.

While the hall committee looks after the halls affairs, the Nerrena Cricket Club cares for the adjoining oval and is based in the former Nerrena State School overlooking the quaint playing field in a setting reminiscent of rural England.

There are a lot of lifestyle properties around, and a lot of people are wanting to get out of Melbourne and its a bit quieter in Nerrena, Ms Allen said.

Hall bookings can be made with Paul and Kerryl Battersby on 5664 9357.

What a spot: from left, Nerrena Hall secretary Tina Allen and daughter Sophie Allen invite more people to inspect the hall with a view to staging events there.


Champion of the arts "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

THE arts are a place for people to express themselves and connect with other people.

That is the view of Mary Sullivan, the newly appointed arts development officer of South Gippsland Shire Council.

In rural communities, there is an enormous emphasis on sport and sport plays a role in bringing people together and feeling connected, but not everyone feels connected to sport, so its great to provide this avenue for people in the arts as an alternative space for them to connect with, she said.

A creative community is a strong community, and there are great potential economic benefits to developing a strong arts culture in South Gippsland.

The Inverloch woman was appointed to implement councils Arts, Culture and Creative Industry Strategy 2017-2021.

People are so excited to have an advocate for arts in the community, she resident said, promising to work with communities to further enhance the regions artistic activities.

Ms Sullivans initial days have involved working with arts groups to determine what their ambitions are and to familiarize herself with what she has deemed as South Gippslands already thriving arts community.

Its amazing how much is already going on, she said.

Her early projects include expanding the arts activities at smaller community halls and attracting more music events to the shire. Having lived in Melbourne for more than 20 years, Ms Sullivan said she has an extensive network of artists and musicians to invite to exhibit and perform in South Gippsland.

Im starting a conversation with Mirboo North Scout Group to run a public art event and we will be involved with Creative Gippsland, she said.

There will also be an artist in residence program to get a town involved in hosting an artist from outside the area to work in the area for two weeks.

Ms Sullivan will begin the role fulltime after completing a project she was already involved with: The Edge of Us along the Waterline area from Corinella to Pioneer Bay.

As co-creative director of that two year project of Regional Arts Victoria, she helped connect the towns of Pioneer Bay, Corinella, Coronet Bay, Tenby Point and Grantville through arts activities.

This included the Luminous Streets event in April 2017, during which sculptures were installed around the towns.

Ms Sullivan also oversaw the rejuvenation of Inverlochs skate park, working with young people to transform the park into a colourful attraction within the heart of town.

With a masters degree in landscape architecture, she enjoys drawing and photography personally, and worked for 10 years as metal worker, including a three year stint with a sculptor....


FixedIt: A case is not accused of stabbing a woman "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Another invisible alleged perpetrator, this one in the Toowoomba Chronicle.

A 34 year old man was charged with entering a premises with intent to commit an indictable offence, wilful damage and causing grievous bodily harm after he allegedly forced his way into a womans home and stabbed her.

He does not get a mention in the headline. If all you read was the headline you wouldnt even know he existed.

Invisible perpetrators are a constant in FixedIt. It matters because headlines are supposed to be a short summary of the article and when the article is about violence men commit or are accused of committing, the headline is not telling the story, its erasing the story

If all the violent crimes committed by men were reported in the active voice with the perpetrators and their crime as the subject of every headline, it would be overwhelming. Because it is overwhelming.

But we are journalists and it is not our job to erase the truth so our audience is not made to feel uncomfortable. Our job is to describe what is happening in our society. And the sad truth is that around 90 percent of violent crimes are committed by men. Avoiding this fact doesnt make it less true but it does make it much more difficult to address the underlying cause.

FixedIt is an ongoing project to push back against the medias constant erasure of violent men and blaming of innocent victims. If you would like to help fund it even $5 a month makes a big difference please consider becoming a Patron

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Ph: 1800 737 732 

Suicide Call Back Service
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Ph: 1300 659 467

Kids Helpline
24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Phone: 1800 55 1800

MensLine Australia
24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Phone: 1300 78 99 78

Child Wise National Abuse Helpline
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