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Saturday, 08 December


Leo Sayer "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Friday 7th Dec, 7.30pm 11.00pm, West Gippsland Arts Centre

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Ross Wilson and Richard Clapton "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Saturday 24th Nov, 7.30pm 11.00pm, West Gippsland Arts Centre

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Sunday, 21 October


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

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

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

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


Auctions fizzle "IndyWatch Feed"

Auctions fizzle out for 2018

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

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

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

But still very muted activity levels overall.

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

ALP in the ascendancy

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

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


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

This is what a fake survivor advocate looks like

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

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


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

Saturday, October 20, 2018

About Federal Code....

Source: Paul Stramer | By Anna Von Reitz

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

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

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

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

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

Just stop.

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




Socialism kills "IndyWatch Feed"

Socialism is even more devastating to your life than smoking fantastically bad for your health and welfare, will ruin your income-earning potential, and cost you your freedom. It might even kill you just as it has done for so many others.

You might think socialism is cool and you might think its chic, but if you do, you are historically illiterate and ignorant to a fanastic extent. The evidence of its massive dangers is everywhere; there is no counter story. Socialism brings ruin.

And yet, even with all the evidence everywhere available, people do smoke, in the same way that people line up to become socialists and support political leaders who would lead them into slavery, economic ruin and for many into death if those whom they follow ever end up with their hands on the levers of power. With all the warnings in the world, and all the evidence at every turn, all too many, because they think they are too smart to need such warning, will trundle down these doom-ridden paths.

As with cigarettes, socialism is a habit often commenced in youth, an intellectual disease which poisons the mind, which try as one might, can becomes an addictive belief system impossible to shed until dragged down by the inevitable harm that it creates if by fate one happens to find their own community, the one in which they live, has become yet one more socialist entity. Living in a socialist state is the surest cure for this addiction, but by then it is too late.

With socialism, just as with cigarettes, there is no reason for anyone to be unaware of the harm it brings. We have known its folly since even before the first disastrous socialist experiments were tried, which began just over a century ago. We have seen the ruin of one economy after another, from Russia in 1917 to Venezuela today. Yet there are always some who think they can beat the odds, that they know best, that next time will be different.

Do not be a fool. Do not support anyone or any party who offers you socialism as the answer to any actual existing problem. We know already what will happen. A tiny handful will scramble to the top who will then oppress everyone else including you. Socialism creates poverty, misery and death. Socialism has never succeeded at any time in any place ever. The next time will be the same as all the other times.

If you call yourself a socialist, you are a fool. There are no exceptions.


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Saturday, 20 October


The poisoned chalice "IndyWatch Feed"

Beware of getting what you wish for!

All parties are desperate to win government but given the unreliable energy plans of all the main players and their inevitable impact on the cost and reliability of power the next Federal government is going to be extremely unpopular.

And if it is the Greens/CFMEU party it is also going to extremely damaging.

Then what?


Wentworth wrap-up Liberals destroyed in heartland "IndyWatch Feed"

Tonights election result was very clear. A massive swing against the Liberal Party has pushed the Morrison coalition government into a minority position, with Dave Sharma losing a seat held by the conservative major party since federation, despite a 17.7% margin built up by former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull.

There are many things to say about the causes, and i wont go into a lot of depth on this point. Clearly the departure of Malcolm Turnbull made it harder for the Liberal Party, and this was made worse by the manner of his leaving. The partys inability to reconcile its base with sensible policy on climate change made it much harder for them in a seat like Wentworth, and a strong independent like Kerryn Phelps was able to exploit this position.

In this post Im going to focus on the geography of the electorate, showing how the swings spread across the seat, and how a distinct geographic divide within the seat is much more obvious following this result.

Last week I blogged about the three Wentworths three distinct parts of this electorate I had identified which I believed would behave differently. Specifically, I thought the Liberal Party was more vulnerable to a swing in the city and beach areas than they were in the harbour area. And this has been proven right.

Kerryn Phelps won the two-candidate-preferred vote in every booth in the city and beach areas, while Sharma held on in every booth in the harbour area. While the Liberal Party suffered similar swings in the harbour as they did in the beach, they werent enough to lose booths in places like Double Bay, Vaucluse, Watsons Bay or Rose Bay.

This is very clear on this map. You can also toggle to see the anti-Liberal primary vote swing by booth.

You can also see this effect in the following table.

Voter group Phelps prim % LIB prim % ALP prim % LIB swing Phelps 2CP % Total votes
Beach 33.7 32.3 13.6


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

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


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

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


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

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


If You Missed Scott Morrisons Concession Speech "IndyWatch Feed"

Ok, I was watching Skys coverage of the election. We cut from the winners speech to the Liberal event because the Prime Minister was speaking. Just to be clear, thats still Scott Morrison Although it may be Peter Dutton by the time you read this Anyway, after telling us that the Liberals were

The post If You Missed Scott Morrisons Concession Speech appeared first on The AIM Network.


Kerryn Phelps Wins Wentworth Liberals Margin Wiped "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The seat of Wentworth by-election has been called by the ABC and Sky News as a victory to Kerryn Phelps. After Filing an AEC Complaint About Homophobic anonymous email, that read, Please DO NOT vote for her, just choose [Liberal candidate Dave Sharma] as your top choice only. The independent for Wentworth is now polling ...

The post Kerryn Phelps Wins Wentworth Liberals Margin Wiped appeared first on QNews Magazine.


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


by G5

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

AUD 500 Million

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Database integration "IndyWatch Feed"

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


Underutilisation falling... "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


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

Yes, it's a problem.

No, it's not been getting worse.

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

All publicly available information from the ABS:

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

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

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

C'est tout. 



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

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



Wentworth by-election live "IndyWatch Feed"

9:33 Im going to end this liveblog here. We now have primary vote figures from all ordinary booths, and are just missing the 2CP data from Bondi Beach. We will also be waiting for pre-poll and postals to be reported, presumably most of them coming over the next 24 hours. Phelps currently sits on 54.3% of the two-candidate-preferred count, leading by almost 4,000 votes. I will now start work on a wrap-up blog post, which will feature a map of the electorate.

8:43 Sorry for the limited commentary. To be honest there isnt much to report at the moment, but the trend is the same. The only booth to violate the divisions I used for the seat was Dover Heights (which anyone familiar with Wentworth would know should really be lumped in with Harbour, but I had left it in Beach for simplicity), where Sharma won. Once we have the final figures for the booths Ill put together a map and a subarea summary.

8:31 Peter Brent on Twitter has pointed out that this will probably end up as the fourth-highest swing against an incumbent party at a federal by-election ever. Two of the higher-ranked results were when a party leader quit and the seat was won by an independent: Mark Vaile in 2008 and Bob Hawke in 1992:

8:09 We now have fifteen booths reporting the two-candidate-preferred count and the trend is clear. Phelps is winning in the city end and beach end, while Sharma holds on in the harbour. This translates into a Phelps win since there are more voters in her areas. In aggregate, Phelps is on 61.1% in the beach area, 61.7% in the city area, but only 41.6% in the harbour.

7:51 Things are a bit quiet now because the trend has been pretty consistent. We have 24 booths reporting primary votes, and nine reporting 2CP figures. Sharma continues to hold on in the harbour and lose elsewhere. It seems very clear that Kerryn Phelps has won Wentworth.

7:40  Last week I wrote a post about the three Wentworths, and were seeing a clear trend of Phelps winning in the beachside suburbs and the cityside suburbs, and Sharma surviving big swings to hold on in the harbourside areas.

7:38 Phelps is on 57.6% after preferences in Clovelly North.

7:30 Sharma is still leading on the primary vote the harbourfront suburbs, in Bellevue Hill South, Double Bay East, Edgecliff and Vaucluse

7:28 Phelps is outpolling Sharma on primary votes across the beachside end of the seat: Bondi, Bondi Beach East and Bronte, but just behind in Bondi North.

7:27 ...


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

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

Question 1:

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

The answer is False.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Drought Relief Donations Missing "IndyWatch Feed National"



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

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The Monsanto Papers "IndyWatch Feed National"

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

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

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

Roundup Is Far From Harmless

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

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


Non-Hodgkin lymphoma4

Impairing your body's ability to produce fully functioning proteins5

Inhibiting the shikimate pathway (found in gut bacteria)

Interfering with the function of......


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

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


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

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

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

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


4x4 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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

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Minister Price is not right RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed"

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

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

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

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

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

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October 19 Energy News geoharvey "IndyWatch Feed"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Canadas nuclear waste nightmare "IndyWatch Feed"

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

When busin...


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

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

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KKKoalition signs own death warrant: Declares Hanson the White Queen "IndyWatch Feed"

KKKoalition signs own death warrant: Declares Hanson the White QueenWhatever the outcome in Wentworth, the Australian people have already cast judgment on the shambolic and unprincipled Liberal Government, writes contributing editor-at-large Tess Lawrence. read now...


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Drought Relief Donations Missing "IndyWatch Feed National"

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


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


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

We need everyone out on the streets.

Video from Australian Unions


Largest ever union rally: Let's make it happen

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

Posted by Australian Unions on Thursday, October 18, 2018

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Leaking for Change: ASIO, Jakarta, and Australias Jerusalem Problem "IndyWatch Feed"

Politics can, after a time, becomes a myopic exercise of expedient measures and desperate hope. Politics, raw and crude, is at its best at points where survival matters. Conversely, it can illustrate human vices in raw fashion, low points of idiocy and the disaster of folly. The Morrison government in Australia risks succumbing to another

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

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

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


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

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

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The NBN and the common good fending off the forces of privatisation "IndyWatch Feed"

The NBN and the common good fending off the forces of privatisationAustralia's National Broadband Network has been problematic for too long, our own Government interfering with the common good. read now...


Wentworth: Something right out of the classics! "IndyWatch Feed"

By George Theodoridis Its Thucydides all over again, isnt it? I mean, its so bloody obvious! Here, in this war we have the classic Thucydides Trap a phrase coined by Graham Tillett Allison Jr a professor and a national security officer in the US administration. A phenomenon that has become a game the sort that John Varoufakis

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

Sunday 28 October 2018 8.00pm

$59.90-64.90 + booking fee

Theatre, Lismore City Hall



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

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

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

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

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

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


Adult $64.90

Senior/Concession/Groups 10+ $59.90

Allocated seating (numbered tickets).

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


Duration | 115 minute


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


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


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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

Australia is at the end of the property cycle.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The global average was 18.2%.

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

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

The real winners of the property bubble

Its not just property itself thats the issue.

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


In other news: Environmental stories from around the web, October 19, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed"

Tropical forests Insect numbers plummet in Puerto Rico, alarming scientists (The Independent, Gizmodo, Nature, The Scientist). Cameroonian authorities have approved the countrys first combined marine-terrestrial national park (Rainforest Trust). The expansion of oil palm in Indonesia could be threatening subsistence farming for 150 million people, a new study has found (CIFOR Forests News). Two tropical countries, Ghana and Ecuador, are working together to develop their forestry sectors (Peace FM). Food giant Nestl says it will publish evidence of deforestation that it has gathered on its website (Swiss Info). A new report from Global Witness finds that logging, driven largely by demand from China, is wiping out forests on the Solomon Islands (Radio New Zealand). Given a choice between reducing emissions and halting deforestation, scientists agree that we need to do both (The Guardian). The Rakhine crisis in Myanmar leads the U.K. to pull funding from an effort to reform the countrys timber industry (Frontier Myanmar). Scientists could miss the warning signs of the extinction of some species because of the compounding effects of the wildlife trade and deforestation (Science Daily). A unique skin disease could be adding to the decline of giraffes in Africa (Business Daily Africa/The Conversation). Beef is off the menu on select flights by Virgin, in a test that the companys founder says could reduce its climate footprint (The Australian Financial Review). Investors are increasingly valuing zero deforestation (Brink). Agriculture giant Wilmar pledges to be deforestation-free by 2020 amid criticism (Eco-Business). Other news U.S. President Donald Trump


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

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

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

Key points:

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

Yara Murray-Atfield | ABC News | 19 October 2018

Australian-based and PNG-focused M...


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

MACKAY October 19, 2018 at 07:00PM ,

Drinking session ends in brazen theft of car and wallet

October 19, 2018 at 07:00PM ,

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The visit by Prince Harry and his new wife...


Scott steps up but all he can hit is fouls "IndyWatch Feed"

Scott Morrison might tell us he has stepped up to the plate to bring everyone together, but ever since he became PM, he has been pissing people off. His captains call to bring up his willingness to discuss moving our embassy to Jerusalem angered the Palestinians, the Indonesians, the Malaysians and the Australians who recognise

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

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


Wentworth election day open thread "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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

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


Kids Off Nauru. Why Isnt This A No-Brainer? "IndyWatch Feed"

Like many others, my heart skipped a beat this week when I heard that three Coalition MPs had broken ranks on offshore detention and were calling for children and their families detained on Nauru to be brought to Australia.  

The situation on Nauru is heartbreaking. Medicins Sans Frontieres, whose staff were very recently expelled from Nauru, describe the situation of asylum seekers and refugees on the island as beyond desperate.

As corroborated by MSF medical analysis, refugee patients exist in a vicious cycle of deep despair with many having lost the will to live.  Among them, at least 78 patients seen by MSF had suicidal ideations and/or engaged in self-harm or suicidal acts. Children as young as nine have told MSF staff that they would rather die than live in a state of hopelessness on Nauru. Among the most severely ill patients are those separated from their immediate family as a result of Australias immigration policy.

None of this comes as a surprise. Numerous organisations have found similar things. The Nauru papers documented it. Greg Lake, who was Director of Regional Processing at the time the Nauru and Manus centres were set up and would later become Director of the Nauru facility, explained the logic of deterrence.

Deterrence is all about constructing an environment thats worse than the thing people are fleeing from. So you have to make the situation in detention somehow worse than Syria under ISIS. And if you put it in that context, we cant kill people, but the next best thing you can do is take away peoples hope and dignity.

When he selected who would be sent to the offshore centres, Greg Lake recalls that

My instructions (from the Minister for Immigrations office) were to find families with children as young as possible (because we had to send a message to people smugglers that children, even young children, werent exempt). We couldnt transfer children under seven, as they couldnt be inoculated against Japanese Encephalitis or Malaria, so I had to choose children who looked young, to send a message to people smugglers.

Both major political parties argue that the offshore regime is necessary, that the people smuggling syndicates will rapidly redeploy the moment Australia signals it will welcome asylum seekers who arrive by boat. This is why the Prime Minister has opened the door to getting children and t...


Screen Themes: Venom vs Spider-Man 3 "IndyWatch Feed"

Screen Themes: Venom vs Spider-Man 3John Turnbull checks out a couple of lesser comic book movies, the much derided Venom and the worst film in the original spider-trilogy. read now...


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

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

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

Dear Chancellor Merkel,

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

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

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


Swiss cheesed! "IndyWatch Feed"

Swiss ousted as world's richest

If you were ever looking for evidence that money alone can't make you happy here it is: Credit Suisse confirmed that Australian adults are now the wealthiest in the world. 

While for obvious reasons Switzerland edged Australia into second place in terms of mean wealth per adult, the median wealth per Australian adult beat out all comers at US$191,453 this year. 

Switzerland's average wealth per adult of US$530,240 remained well ahead of Australia in second place at US$411,060 (still placing Australia well ahead of the United States, Japan, Canada, Norway, Singapore, New Zealand, France, Belgium, Netherlands, and the United Kingdom). 

1.32 million Australians had a net wealth of over US$1 million - in spite of a weaker currency than we had at the peak of the resources boom - while 1.6 million Aussies are within the world's richest 1 per cent of households. 

The number of millionaires in Australia is expected to increase by more than 40 per cent over the next five years. 

Resilient Australia: 'low inequality'

As everyone is so lightning fast to point out, property prices have played a significant part in Australian household wealth, although gross debt is only 19 per cent of assets. 

It's also common to suggest that Aussies have benefited unequally - which, of course, is always true.

Yet Credit Suisse reported a Gini coefficient of just 66 per cent, while only 6 per c...


A feast of gloom ... "IndyWatch Feed"

A feast of gloom and the pond felt a strange urge to plunge into it all, bask in the gloom, frolic and gambol in the gloom

But the pond also realised it had a duty to back slam a journalist, do a body slam, provoke cries of joy and delight and laughter and jeers. What could be more presidential in the week a journalist was gruesomely butchered?

Oh irony, oh Dame Slap, so beautifully juxtapositioned

Yes, there she was, off blathering about Milo and identity politics, while her hero the Donald was doing his wrestling moves and inciting violence and her conclusion?

Actually, if we're talking of a sinister race to the bottom, one day MAGA-hat-wearing, forelock tugging, quisling fellow travellers of the Donald will be seen as the scourge of civilised societies

But enough of the tiresome MAGA hat wearer, the pond had come to feast on gloom, and who better to feast on than nattering 'Ned'?

Yes, it would be one of those epic journeys into despondency, almost endless, quite unique (thanks ABC), with a sense that no one would eve...


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

Life is fragile, and transient.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

So life and cancer is a bit of a lottery.

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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Who you gonna call? "IndyWatch Feed"

Send for the PPT!

Halloween is still just around the corner, but Chinese stocks are looking more than a bit spooked right now. 

The index was whacked down to 4-year lows this week.

This has included heavy losses for the so-termed 'BATS' stocks (Alibaba, Tencent, and, um, those other ones...), despite Alibaba still recording enormous year-on-year sales growth.

Taking a longer-term technical perspective Chinese stocks have been in a two-decade uptrend.

Until now.

And when it comes to China this can only mean one thing.

It's time for some soothing messages...and to send for the Plunge Protection Team!


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

This Australian satiric video says about itself:

PAULINE HANSON Send Up Im a Very Caring Racist Skye Brooks

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

By Mike Head in Australia:

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

19 October 2018

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

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

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

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


Four years jail for police racism whistleblowing "IndyWatch Feed National"

This 14 April 2018 video from the USA says about itself:

How the FBI uses the Freedom of Information Act to track down whistleblowers

The FBI used a Freedom of Information Act request to track down a news organizations source. Late last month, the FBI arrested Terry James Albury, a longtime agent in its Minneapolis field office.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

A former FBI agent has been sentenced to 4 years imprisonment for leaking confidential documents to the press. During the trial he said that he wanted to focus attention on racism in the police service, but according to the court, that is no excuse.

39-year-old Terry James Albury leaked more than seventy documents to the press. Fifty of them were confidential. Eg, to a news site he gave a document describing how the FBI judges secret informants.

Ethnic profiling

According to his lawyers, the black man was acting according to his conscience because he felt that the FBI had profiled ethnically in the fight against terrorism. The lawyers therefore wanted him to get a suspended sentence only.

[Albury:] I wanted to do the right thing and never had the intention to endanger anyone.

National security



#ClimateStrikeAustralia: Students walk out of school "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

If you want to join us in striking, you could walk out of school, like us, in November and go and sit outside a politicians office with your own climate strike sign, writes Harriet and Milou, who inspired by the 15-year-old Swedish student Greta Thunberg and her #ClimateStrike which has spread in numerous European countries  now hope to see a similar youth movement rise on Australian grounds.

Hi everyone,

Our names are Milou and Harriet, and we are fourteen. We live in Castlemaine and are in Year 8 at school. And we care about our futures.

We have decided to go on strike from school to make our politicians do something about the climate emergency. Weve been inspired by Greta, a fifteen year old girl in Sweden, who has been striking from school in front of the Swedish parliament.

Climate change is one of the biggest problems facing the world and it isnt being addressed quickly enough. We are striking because in Australia, education is viewed as immensely important, and a key way to make a difference in the world. But just going to school isnt doing anything about climate change. And it doesnt seem that our politicians are doing anything, or at least not enough, about climate change either.

As people, we have a tendency to think only of the present impacts of our actions, and not the ones that follow after. We, the children and teenagers, are going to be living in this after and we dont like to look of the way this climate is heading. This has to change!

So, as our contribution to the changes we would like to see, we are organising a strike from school. We are temporarily sacrificing our education in order to save our futures.

If you feel the same way, find a way to join us. If you dont feel confident enough to come on strike, but still care, there are numerous other ways to help, like telling others about the climate emergency.

So, if you want to join us in striking, you could walk out of school, like us, in November and go and sit outside a politicians office with your own climate strike sign. The biggest day for walking out of school will be Friday 30th November, when we hope lots of kids will join us at the steps of Parliament House in Melbourne at midday.

Yours truly,

Harriet and Milou



Weekend reads "IndyWatch Feed"

For the must see articles of the week - click here.

Friday, 19 October


Dear Wentworth Voters: Heres 93 Things Our Government Did To Refugees "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Yesterday, we brought you a list of 123 things the Liberal Government did to tackle climate change. The list, compiled by Liam McLoughlin, was sparked by a ReachTel poll commissioned by Greenpeace Australia which found that for the voters of Wentworth former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbulls old seat tackling climate change was their number one priority. The second priority for voters was immigration. As Wentworth voters head to the polls today, heres a list (which reads like an International Criminal Court charge sheet) of what the Liberal Government has done to asylum seekers over the past five years, and in many cases is still doing.


Former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott*

  1. Appoints Scott Morrison as Minister for Immigration and Border Protection 18 September 2013
  2. Launches Operation Sovereign Borders, a military-led plan to turn back all asylum seeker boats 18 September 2013
  3. Instructs public servants and detention centre staff to call asylum seekers illegals  20 October 2013
  4. Separates a refugee mother from her newborn baby  10 November 2013
  5. Hides information from the Parliament and the people about the Governments treatment of asylum seekers  13 November 2013
  6. Gifts two navy patrol boats to the Sri Lankan Government to stop asylum seekers fleeing the Sri Lankan Government  17 November 2013
  7. Disbands the independent Immigration Health Advisory Group for asylum seekers  16 December 2013
  8. Directs...


Amy Friedman found "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Police have found Amy Friedman who was last seen on a fire trail, south of Brunswick Heads Surf Club, about 8am on Tuesday 16 October. Photo NSW police.

Amy Friedman has been found safe and well after being reported missing in Brunswick Heads about 4.45pm on Thursday 18 October 2018.

Amy was reportedly camping with friends and last seen on a fire trail, south of Brunswick Heads Surf Club, about 8am on Tuesday 16 October.

She was found safe and well this afternoon Friday, 19 October following a police and helicopter search of the area.

Police would like to thank the public and media for their assistance in sharing the post.

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

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

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

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

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

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

* In the......


South American marsupials climb higher than thought "IndyWatch Feed National"

This February 2018 video from Chile is called Monito del monte (Dromiciops gliroides).

From the Ecological Society of America:

South American marsupials discovered to reach new heights

For the first time, scientists catch on camera a tiny marsupial climbing higher than previously thought in the forest canopy

October 18, 2018

In the Andean forests along the border of Chile and Argentina, there have long been speculations that the mouse-sized marsupial monito del monte (Dromiciops gliroides) climbs to lofty heights in the trees. Yet, due to the lack of knowledge about the regions biodiversity in the forest canopies, no previous records exist documenting such arboreal habits for this creature.

Some tree-climbing researchers are changing that.

Javier Godoy-Ginao and colleagues set motion-sensing camera traps in the tree canopy to capture photographic evidence confirming the high-climbing theories surrounding this miniature mammal. The findings are published in a new study in the Ecological Society of Americas journal Ecosphere.

The monito del monte (Spanish for little monkey of the bush, although not a monkey at all) is a small, inarguably cute marsupial that is found solely in the temperate rainforests of Argentina and Chile. It eats mostly insects with some fruit and seeds and nuts, and it also hibernates, which is unusual for marsupials. Females can carry up to five young in a pouch, and a prehensile tail makes it adept at climbing. It is listed as Near Threatened by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

Researchers thought this marsupial may live in the canopy because of its mobility in the vegetation above the forest floor, called the understory. However, Godoy-Ginao writes, all previous studies on D. gliroides have been conducted from the ground, with no documentation of this species ability to climb trees, or how high they may reach. Following the clues from reported sightings, he and his colleagues found the mystery intriguing and decided it worth finding out first hand just how high they climb.

Along with Ivan Daz, professor in charge of t...


Facebook introduces a new device to monitor your movements in the privacy of your own home "IndyWatch Feed National"

You should know that Facebook and privacy do not mix, as your 'privacy' is against the company's prime objective.

In any event the global data sharing selling corporation has a product to enhance its communications surveillance capabilities.

If there is a time where your vote counts it is now, where you vote with your wallet, keeping your cash inside it, ensuring you do not support your family being monitored by one of the world's greatest fraudulent corporations.

Will you support the creep's peepers monitoring your family?


Construction worker drowns in water filled trench "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed from Western Australia

A man fell into a 4-metre trench at Perths Mosman Park yesterday and died. He was stuck and drowned in the water rising about half way up.

This was called an accident. But it begs the questions, why was the water there in the first place, and why immediate action to prevent an accident apparently not taken.  Is this a case of a safety n breach on the job?

One man did not get the opportunity to return home to his wife and kids. and it is not a once off.

It happens again and again around Australia, and in most cases, it is easily preventable.

In this case, it took eight hours to retrieve the body. Imagine the trauma to his workmates. They tried to get him out, as he screamed that his leg was stuck.When the water rose over his head, others at the scene passed him hose, to breathe through, as he went under water. In the end they couldnt save him.

A report is being prepared for the coroner. A report is being prepared for the coroner. This is all very good. But how many accidents, how many Worksafe investigations and coroners reports are needed, before something serious is done about preventable deaths in the workplace.

It is already known that many, if not most deaths at work occur because of unsafe conditions provided by the employer, or inadequate training. There are safety laws that spell out the minimum required. But when these are flouted, the penalty is no more than a slap on the wrist. An employer found guilty is fined. This is not much of a disincentive.

A major reduction in workplace deaths will only come about, if when they are found to be the result of negligence, whoever is responsible is convicted under an industrial manslaughter charge. This would mean the possibility of a prison sentence.

Safety should always come first.



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floating "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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


Orchestrated Transforms Ministry of Sound Dance Classics With Symphony Orchestra "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Ministry of Sounds Orchestrated rearranges, remixes and reimagines classic dance tracks with a live symphony orchestra and special guest vocalists for a night of pure celebration. The Strings of Life Tour this December sees guest vocalists Sam Sparro, Crystal Waters, Alison Limerick and DJ Groove Terminator join some of Australias finest orchestras to perform classic dance hits from ...

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We All Know Whats Happening at Campbelltown Arts Centre "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

We All Know Whats Happening, photos: Bryony Jackson

What do you get when you blend together a school musical, a history lesson and a political probe? We All Know Whats Happening is a new work by Samara Hersch and Lara Thoms focusing in on people that are too young to vote, as they confront power, political complacency, childrens rights and their ominous future.

Lara and Samara have collaborated with seven young people in response to Australias ongoing relationship with Nauru. Set against a backdrop of handmade costumes and colonialism, this is an absurd, true story about Leonardo da Vinci, seagull poo, the Pacific and children in detention.

We chatted to Lara Thoms to see what theyve got instore for us at the Sydney premier of the theatre piece at Campbelltown Art Centre.

Natasha Atkins: There are a lot of exciting elements in the show Leonardo da Vinci, children in detention, musical numbers but what is the essence of We All Know Whats Happening?

Lara Thoms: The essence is Australias ongoing colonial relationship with Nauru. In terms of the musical Australia convinced Nauru to invest the equivalent of several million dollars in the 90s in a musical about the Leonardo DaVinci falling in love with the Mona Lisa and lost their money. This is one of the more absurd examples of Australia placing itself in the middle of this tiny country with negative repercussions.

NA: What do you think live performance brings to tackling topics like colonialism and detention in Australia?

LT: This live performance is made with 7 young Australians who are in collaboration with 7 young people currently trapped on Nauru. A live performance demands attention in a way that video or online content doesnt. It asks you to sit in the dark with with these ideas and share this experience with those in the room. It is particularly visceral hearing young people talk about these issues affecting people their own age. Apparently 60% of Australians are unaware there are children in offshore detention.

NA: Utilising tropes of low budget theatre, used in We All Know Whats Happening, has been quite popular in main stream theatre, with shows like The Play that Goes Wrong having wide success. What is it about these quintessential low budget shows that makes them a com...


The Liberals Made Political Projections A Thing. Now Theyre Paying For It "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Only a fortnight ago, the state of NSW was embroiled in a grand moll hoo-hah over NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian caving into shock jock Alan Jones bullying, and directing the Sydney Opera House to project ads for a horse race onto the sails of the Opera House.

And now, having put projections well and truly onto the political landscape, the Liberals are having to pay for it in NSW and beyond.

With the Wentworth by-election soon to kick off, Greenpeace decided to do some polling of the seat to determine what really mattered to voters. As it turned out, tackling climate change was top of their list (40%).

But Greenpeace also decided to get a little creative with their own campaigning and so they went full guerilla projections on the side of Westfield Bondi Junction, one of the busiest spots in the Wentworth election.

Enjoy the fruits of Greenpeaces labour, with kind the assistance of the Liberal Party and its seemingly endless capacity to screw things up.

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Find out what youre made of at The Public Body .03 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Jon Rafman, Dream Journal 2016-2017, 2017, courtesy the artist and Sprth Magers. Photo: Zan Wimberley

The Public Body .03 at Artspace asks: what now, after all of our modern material interventions, are our bodies actually made of? The humanoid construct that calls themselves Sean Maroney was there.

We live in a wacky world of odd-ends entangled together. We have smart phones at the end of our hands like cyborgs which connect us to a million different types of selves: our linked-in selves, Instagram selves, Google-search-history selves and more. We ingest animals, which are digested by weird bacteria in our stomachs, and we pump ourselves full of antibiotics, vitamins, hormonal contraception, and vaccines. We are fuelled by caffeine, sugar, and almond milk. We get serotonin hits from bright screens and from online shopping. We are more than just a body and a mind we are an assemblage of desires, pharmaceuticals, and objects. This is the weirdness that confront us at The Public Body .03.


Patricia Piccinini, Eagle Egg Man (The Optimist) 2016, Eagle Egg Man (The  Philosopher) 2016, Eagle Egg Man (The Astronomer) 2016, courtesy the artist. Photo: Zan Wimberley


On the long wall opposite the entry, Patricia Piccininis Grotto (2018) hangs. This long wall brings the two sides of the gallery together. Piccininis work, of which there are numerous examples throughout, punctuates each room, touchstones of the uncannily familiar that keep us in touch with the corporeal body amid so many digital manifestation...


The Weekend Quiz October 20-21, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Welcome to The Weekend Quiz. This weeks quiz is the 500th edition. The quiz tests whether you have been paying attention or not to the blog posts that I post. See how you go with the following questions. Your results are only known to you and no records are retained.

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

2. Bank lending is capital-constrained rather than reserve constrained. If the central bank forced banks to maintain a reserve ratio of 100 per cent then lending would also be reserve constrained.

3. The fact that a sovereign government is never financially constrained means that they can always provide first-class health care even with rising dependency ratios associated with population ageing.



#BlockTheBill Media Release 19/10/2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

On behalf of our members and governing staff from over 30 of the refugee and eX-detainee communities in Australia, RISE urges the Australian public to say NO to the Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrisons plan to introduce legislation to ban asylum seekers who arrive by boat from ever being allowed into Australia. In November 2016, former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and current Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton attempted to table the Life ban of refugees and asylum seekers Bill in parliament but it faded away after significant public backlash. Due to the current public outrage on Kids in detention in offshore camps, the Morrison government is reviving this bill yet again, using refugees as political pawns.

Scott Morrisons proposal to impose a life ban on refugees and asylum seekers who have arrived since 2013 July, as well as future refugees who will be arriving to seek protection, will be tied up with the No Advantage Policy, which was crafted and designed under the Australian Labor government.

Australia has a history of racism and genocide. Far right-wing sentiments are reappearing fast. It is up to us to not repeat the abhorrent acts that Australia was built on. If the majority of the Senate go ahead with the decision to support Prime Minister Morrisons proposal banning refugees and asylum seekers, it will be further evidence of Australias shocking discrimination against people fleeing from war, torture, rape and persecution Ramesh Fernandez (RISE founder and eX-detainee)

People who have fled war, trauma and torture need long term security in order to restore their lives. The proposed legislation will be extremely harmful to refugees and asylum seekers. It adds major uncertainty to the lives of asylum seekers who have fled persecution and in turn exacerbates the trauma they have endured and continue to live through.

If New Zealand agrees to take about 150 refugees & Australia imposes life ban;

  1. What about those remaining in offshore torture camps?
  2. What is the fate of refugees and asylum seekers in Australia who arrived after July 2013? They may face deportation.
  3. What about those refugees who have gone to the USA?
  4. What about those refugees who were forcibly deported to danger?
  5. This bill impacts the reunion of families. Some of our members still have families in offshore detention centres. If this bill goes through, they will never be able to see their families again.
  6. What about children of asylum seeker parents who arrived...


Rescue chopper joins search for woman missing near Brunswick Heads "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Police are searching for Amy Friedman who was last seen on a fire trail, south of Brunswick Heads Surf Club, about 8am on Tuesday 16 October. Photo NSW police.

Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter has been called in to help with the search for a woman missing near Brunswick Heads since Tuesday (October 16).

Amy Friedman, aged 28, was last seen on a fire trail, south of Brunswick Heads Surf Club, at about 8am that day.

Officers from Tweed/Byron Police District were contacted about 4.45pm on Thursday 18 October 2018, when she failed to return to her campsite.

Police have been told Ms Friedman had been camping in the area with friends. Officers conducted a search for Ms Friedman; however, she was not located.

Her family and police hold serious concerns for her welfare as her disappearance is out of character.

Ms Friedman is described as being of South American appearance, about 170cm tall, with a medium build, brown hair and brown eyes.

Police, with assistance from the local community, are today (Friday 19 October 2018), continuing to search the area for Ms Friedman.

Anyone with information, or who sights Ms Friedman, is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report crime via NSW Police social media pages.

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I said Im in labour but no one listened "IndyWatch Feed National"

As a lead on the Birthing on Country Project, I have a chance to ensure no woman experiences what I endured.


Cher returned to Sydney in a tantalising downpour of glitter and joy "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

From turning back time in in the 80s whilst clad in leather to spearheading 60s mystic hippiedom, there arent many artists whove transcended multiple eras of pop music as effortlessly as Cher.

Returning to Sydney last night in a tantalising downpour of glitter and joy, Cher showcased her status as a bona fide pop queen with superb aplomb.

Throwing the audience into an immersive montage of her classic videos, imagery, outfits and moments, Cher drifted elegantly and powerfully on to her platform. It was her first time performing headline shows in Australia after 13 years the shows entirety was a reminder as to why it was worth the wait.

Opening up the show with the utmost anthem of empowerment, 2013s shimmery pop slapper Womans World, Cher thrusted with ease and groove, hitting each note with power, donning a bombastic orange wig, bejewelled corset, and an enormous headpiece.


My wig and I are thirsty pondered Cher, taking a graceful, break between songs as the crowd basked in her all-encompassing presence.


Splitting the show into separate acts, Cher took fans on a journey through her illustrious career, topping off the first act with fan favourites from the 90s including All Or Nothing and Strong Enough, amplified by the tight musicianship of her backing band and vivacious back up dancers Stomping on poignant beats, and drifting through atmospherics instrumentals.

Act 2 kicked off with Sonny and Chers 1967 hit The Beat Goes On a hallmark of the Cold War Americas eclecticism Cher took fans on a hallucinogenic trip back to simpler times of free love.

What is your Grandma doing tonight? exclaimed a well and truly primed Cher, showing no signs of slowing down before

Celebrating her recent appearance in summer box office smash Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, Cher treated fans to the ultimate ABBA sing-a-long, driving through generation-defining tracks, Fernando, SOS and more.......


LNP infighting simmers as polls show Wentworth slipping away "IndyWatch Feed"

LNP infighting simmers as polls show Wentworth slipping awayWith the Wentworth by-election only a day away, the LNP has been left in a fragile state and risks losing the seat, writes Tarric Brooker read now...


Urgent need for foster carers in Gippsland "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

THE NUMBER of Gippsland children and young people entering out of home care is on the rise which means there is an urgent need for more members of the community to become foster carers.

Childrens services provider OzChild is encouraging residents of Leongatha and surrounding areas to open their hearts and their homes to these children and young people.

Senior manager, carer recruitment and retention Sharon McRae said OzChilds intake team had seen an increase in the number of requests for the organisation to provide homes for at-risk children and young people in the Gippsland region.

Across Victoria there are over 10,000 children in OOHC and unfortunately it is increasing each year. And its sad to say the active numbers of fosters carers is decreasing, MsMcRae said.

There is a desperate need for more foster carers so we are reaching out to members of the local community to consider helping these children and young people.

While currently homes might be found for the children and young people with existing OzChild foster carers living outside of the Gippsland region, the organisation makes it a high priority to place children with carers where possible in their own community.

Until recently OzChild didnt offer foster care services in the Gippsland region. OzChild has always considered local solutions for the children they are asked to place, so in line with our strategic goals to extend our reach, we feel we are in a good position to do that by expanding our services into the Gippsland region,Ms McRae said.

It is important where ever possible to find foster carers in the local community. There is enough turmoil happening in the childrens lives without removing them from friends, their school and even extended family as well.

Ms McRae said people interested in becoming foster carers needed to be over 21, have secure accommodation and appropriate space in the home. They would then undergo assessment and screening.

We are looking for people who can provide respite, emergency, short term and long term foster care; their commitment is entirely up to them,Ms McRae said.

They are provided with full training and ongoing support from a dedicated team of case managers with the aim of safely reuniting children back to their families.

OzChild has been supporting Victorian children and families for over 167 years and has been delivering foster care in the Southern Metro region of Melbourne since 1979.



Wet weather prompts Big Scrub move "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Dr Tony Parkes, co-founder and President of Big Scrub Landcare.

Presented by Big Scrub Landcare in association with Rous County Council, the 20th annual Big Scrub Rainforest Day will be held on Sunday, October 21.

Unfortunately, owing to recent rain, the spiritual home of the Big Scrub day has been forsaken this year in favour of the more weatherproof surrounds of the Lismore Town Hall.

One of many attractions during the day will be the Rous County Council Marquee, which will feature numerous interactive workshops covering everything from native bees through to plant propagation and weed biosecurity.

The critical restoration work that continues to be undertaken in the Big Scrub Rainforest is a shining example of how we can all work together to conserve and enhance biodiversity in our region, Mr Rudd added.

Side by side with Big Scrub Landcare, landowners and other groups, we remain committed to delivering and supporting initiatives aimed at protecting and restoring this rainforest area, especially given the benefits to the regions water catchments, he said.

The Big Scrub Rainforest Day runs from 7am to 3pm. Visitors are asked for a gold coin donation at entry.

Further information about the Big Scrub Rainforest Day including the full program is available at or

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The Victorian Socialists fight for an alternative "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

An indication that something has gone awry for our rulers is the resurgence of interest in socialism, particularly among young people, that neoliberals worked so hard to make anathema. As with different leftist formations overseas, the Victorian Socialists are one attempt to respond to the world we now find ourselves in.


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

19th October 2018

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


Charity advocacy laws still need improvement "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Human Rights Law Centre welcomed changes recommended by a Parliamentary Committee into proposed national electoral laws, which are a further step towards rolling back proposed legislation that would have stifled vital public advocacy by charities.

"Charities have enormous expertise to contribute, drawn from the work they do, whether its running a homeless shelter, addressing family violence or protecting the environment. When you sideline charities from public discussion, you silence the voices of marginalised people, undermine good law making and harm our democracy," said Hugh de Kretser, Executive Director of the Human Rights Law Centre Executive Director.

In December 2017, the Turnbull Government introduced a badly flawed bill, purportedly to address foreign influence in elections that would have stifled public advocacy by charities and other community groups. There was an outpouring of opposition to the reforms from charities, community groups, business groups, academics and more.

In September 2018, the Government proposed changes to address concerns. The Parliamentary Committee tasked with reviewing those changes released a report on Monday that accepts many of HRLCs recommendations regarding lingering problems with the bill. The worst aspects of the original bill will be avoided if these recommendations are adopted.

However there is still room for improvement. Significant ambiguity in the definition of what counts as election expenditure remains, leaving charities and community groups uncertain as to how to comply. HRLC is also concerned that the Bill seeks to override State electoral laws, which in many cases are more transparent than at Federal level.   

The Human Rights Law Centres submission on the original bill is here and our explainer on the original bill is here.

The HRLCs submission on the September changes is here.

For interviews and media enquiries please call:

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


If the left could actually fulfil their promises they would never lose an election "IndyWatch Feed"

I guess with compulsory voting, no one will be discouraged from going out to vote no matter how pessimistic they might feel. So in Australia, I guess this cant hurt that much: Sharma will likely lose: Morrison.

I realise those who vote for a living, or have relos parked somewhere near some leaky fishing boat offshore, might see such an outcome as all right. Anyway, a wrap up from Maurice Newman about how things stand: Bob Hawke rebuff burdened Libs with a LINO. Heres part of what he wrote:

In the six weeks since his resignation, Turnbull has yet to offer Scott Morrison or his Wentworth successor, Dave Sharma, any formal electoral support. In fact, apart from a congratulatory tweet, he has yet to even publicly endorse Sharma.

According to Sharri Markson in The Daily Telegraph: Dissatisfied with the outcome of a new-look government getting on with the job, Turnbull is now trying to force the issue and facilitate the downfall of the Liberal government. There have been leaks designed to damage Morrison from Turnbulls closest confidants . . . .

This vindictiveness has become a family affair.

Son Alex Turnbull is encouraging voters to put their money on Labor in the lead-up to the by-election, re-tweeting a post by candidate Tim Murray instructing people to donate. As he sees it: My father fought the stupid and the stupid won.

And if the Turnbulls scorched-earth policy is not handicap enough, Sharma has been attacked by another LINO, former federal leader John Hewson. He wants electors of Wentworth to register a substantial protest vote against the government or any other candidates that dont understand the magnitude and urgency of the climate change challenge. Hewson is a global-warming activist and a renewable-energy investor, yet rather than speak from this platform, he artfully chooses to abuse his Liberal Party credentials to inflict maximum political pain on Sharma.

The Wentworth aspirant must wonder: with Liberals such as Hewson and the Turnbulls, who needs enemies?

I will just add that if the left could actually fulfil their promises, they would never lose an election. But they cant, so they eventually do lose, but until then they create serious havoc and harm.


The US Militarys Vision "IndyWatch Feed"

In March, the United States Special Operations Command, the section of the Defense Department supervising the US Special Forces, held a conference on the theme of Sovereignty in the Information Age. The conference brought together Special Forces officers with domestic police forces, including officials from the New York Police Department, and representatives from technology companies such as Microsoft.

This meeting of top military, police and corporate representatives went unreported and unpublicized at the time. However, the Atlantic Council recently published a 21-page document summarizing the orientation of the proceedings. It is authored by John T. Watts, a former Australian Army officer and consultant to the US Department of Defense and Department of Homeland Security.

The Atlantic Council, a think tank with close ties to the highest levels of the state, has been a key partner in the social media companies censorship of left-wing views. Most notably, Facebook acted on a tip from the Atlantic Council when it shut down the official event page for an anti-fascist demonstration in Washington on the anniversary of last years neo-Nazi riot in Charlottesville.

Confident that none of the thousands of journalists in Washington will question, or even report, what he writes, Watts lays out, from the standpoint of the repressive apparatus of the state and the financial oligarchy it defends, why censorship is necessary.

The central theme of the report is sovereignty, or the states ability to impose its will upon the population. This sovereignty, Watts writes, faces greater challenges now than it ever has in the past, due to the confluence between growing political opposition to the state and the internets ability to quickly spread political dissent.

Watts cites the precedent of the invention of the printing press, which helped overthrow the feudal world order. In the Atlantic Councils estimation, however, this was an overwhelmingly negative development, ushering in decades, and arguably centuries, of conflict and disruption and undermining the sovereignty of absolutist states. The invention of the internet is similarly creating conflict and disruption, Watts writes.

Trust in Western society, he warns, is experiencing a crisis. The 2018 Edelman Trust Barometer has tracked this erosion, showing a 30 percent drop in trust in government over the last year in the United States.

Watts notes that this collapse in support for the government cannot be explained merely by the rise of social media. This process began in the early 2000s, at the dawn of the social media age but before it had become mainstream. Left out are the major reasons for the collapse of popular support for government institutions: the stolen election of 2000, the Bush administrations lies about weapo...


The Poet: David Whyte, "Sweet Darkness" "IndyWatch Feed"

 "Sweet Darkness"

"When your eyes are tired the world is tired also.
When your vision has gone no part of the world can find you.
Time to go into the dark where the night has eyes
to recognize its own.
There you can be sure you are not beyond love.
The dark will be your womb tonight.
The night will give you a horizon
further than you can see.
You must learn one thing:
the world was made to be free in.
Give up all the other worlds
except the one to which you belong.
Sometimes it takes darkness and the sweet confinement of your aloneness
to learn anything or anyone that does not bring you alive
is too small for you."

- David Whyte,
"House of Belonging"


No "compensation" for those who want to destroy the planet "IndyWatch Feed"

The government is currently progressing legislation to ban offshore oil exploration. The oil industry doesn't like this, because its the first step towards putting them out of business. And now they're outrageously demanding "compensation" for the violation of their "property rights":

A body representing seismic testing companies is demanding more than $100 million in compensation for its members if the Government passes a ban on issuing new exploration permits.


IAGC members claim they have invested heavily gathering data on areas not covered by exploration permits. While this has led to claims that the business model is highly speculative, MinterEllison partner Rachel Devine, representing IAGC before the environment select committee, said the Government encouraged companies to seek data to make the block offer process competitive.

"They've spent money in reasonable expectation that the regime would be the way it is, it's been set up to entice them to come in and do these things for the benefit of the New Zealand government," Devine said, claiming that the legislation would strip the companies of property rights they had spent $104 million acquiring.

"Passing this bill will put New Zealand on a blacklist of countries with sovereign risk," she said.

Get that? If this law is passed, they might sulk and not "invest" here. Which is the point of the bill, because "investing" in destroying the planet isn't an "investment" we want anybody to make.

As for the idea of "compensation", its as odious as Britain's compensation of slaveowners when they abolished slavery, and as justifiable as the idea of compensating some Saudi wide-boy for banning live sheep exports. There should be no "compensation" for people whose business model is literally the destruction of the planet. Democracies are entitled to change their minds, and that's exactly what we're doing. If companies doing business here haven't factored that risk in, then they're simply fools. Our right to govern ourselves and set policy according to the will of the people is not subject to a foreign financial veto, and isn't actionable in any court. And again, if foreign companies don't like it, they can just fuck off. In fact, the quicker they do that, the safer the world will be.


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Trump will get what he wants from China "IndyWatch Feed"

Several years ago, I began warning readers that a global trade war was likely in the wake of the currency wars.

This forecast did not seem like a stretch.

It would simply be a replay of the sequence that prevailed from 19211939 as the original currency war started by Weimar Germany morphed into trade wars started by the United States and finally shooting wars started by Japan in Asia and Germany in Europe.

The existing currency war started in 2010 with Obamas National Export Initiative, which led directly to the cheapest US dollar in history by August 2011.

The currency war evolved into a trade war by January 2018. Unfortunately, a shooting war cannot be ruled out given current developments in North Korea and the South China Sea.

The reasons the currency war and trade war today are repeating the 19211939 sequence are not hard to discern.

Countries resort to currency wars when they face a global situation of too much debt and not enough growth.

Currency wars are a way to steal growth from trading partners by reducing the cost of exports.

The problem is that this tactic does not work because trade partners retaliate by reducing the value of their own currencies. This competitive devaluation goes back and forth for years. Everyone is worse off and no one wins.

Once leaders realise the currency wars are not working, they pivot to trade wars. The dynamic is the same.

One country imposes tariffs on imports from another country.

The idea is to reduce imports and the trade deficit, which improves growth. But the end result is the same as a currency war. Trade partners retaliate and everyone is worse off as global trade shrinks.

The currency wars and trade wars can exist side-by-side as they do today.

Eventually, both financial tactics fail and the original problem of debt and growth persists. At that point, shooting wars emerge. Shooting wars do solve the problem because the winning side increases production and the losing side has infrastructure destroyed that needs to be rebuilt after the war.

Yet the human cost is high.

The potential for shooting wars exists in North Korea, the South China Sea, Taiwan, Israel, Venezuela and elsewhere.

Lets hope things dont get that far this time.

How the mainstream got the trade war wrong

What most surprised me about the new trade war was not that it started, but that the mainstream financial media denied it was happening.

Its possible to date the trade war from January 2018, when Trump announced tariffs on solar panels and appli...


An Indigenous Drag Performer Will Be Crowned Miss First Nation 2018 This Weekend "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A group of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander drag performers will this weekend compete for the coveted title of Miss First Nation 2018. The drag competition, which has been running all week at the Imperial Hotel in Sydney, invites Indigenous drag performers from all over the country to showcase their talents. The pageant was first ...

The post An Indigenous Drag Performer Will Be Crowned Miss First Nation 2018 This Weekend appeared first on QNews Magazine.


Queensland Legalises Abortion, While NSW Continues Criminalisation "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim In whats being hailed as a historic vote, the Queensland parliament has resolved to repeal an antiquated section of the states criminal code that considers the termination of a pregnancy to be an offence against morality. The code was written more than 100 years ago, well before women had

The post Queensland Legalises Abortion, While NSW Continues Criminalisation appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.


Hope, fear and Flight: telling stories that matter "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Flight finishes in Melbourne on 21 October. But it is not the last time Australians will be presented with the lives, names, terrors and dreams of people seeking refuge. People like Aryan and Kabir, like Behrouz, like my family nearly 70 years ago.


Bring back man-sized Saladas, we can't handle man-sized Tissues. "IndyWatch Feed National"

I liked the world better when we had man-sized Saladas. Now we can't even handle man-sized Tissues to cry into. Kleenex is rebranding its 'mansize' tissues as 'extra large' after complaints of sexism (CNN)Kleenex is scrapping its range of "Mansize" tissues after 62 years, following complaints that the branding is...


Wentworth Mystery: The Baffling Case Of The Missing Malcolm "IndyWatch Feed"

So the Coalition dump Malcolm Turnbull as leader and he decides to quit Parliament leading to a by-election in his seat of Wentworth. This no problem because he has a margin of seventeen percent. Ok, take a couple of percent off because the new candidate isnt PM, another three or four for Mals personal following,

The post Wentworth Mystery: The Baffling Case Of The Missing Malcolm appeared first on The AIM Network.


Outrage at proposed NBN tower near school and pre-school: Durrumbul "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The proposed tower near Durrumbul will be similar in height and structure to the NBN tower in Coorabell. Photo supplied.

Update: Byron Shire Council is now saying that the NBN tower may not require a development application (DA) from council.

Councillors had been contacted by members of the Main Arm community and were asked to resolve at Councils most recent meeting on Thursday, October 19, for it to lodge a submission to Visionstream and NBN Co, opposing the installation.

The reasons provided to councillors were:

(a) proximity to Durrumbul Public School, Durrumbul Preschool and various residences;
(b) the likely later co-location of future services;
(c) disruption of visual amenity for much of the Main Arm valley.

While Mayor Simon Richardson was attempting to put the motion forward for council to make a submission to NBN opposing the tower, staff member Shannon Burt advised him it wasnt required. Ms Burt stated that the Council are currently working with NBN in the pre-consult stage and that a DA would be required.

It now appears that information was incorrect. Byron Shire Council will clarify if a DA is required on Monday.

Original story

A proposed 45m NBN tower within 500m of the local school, pre-school and residences has outraged the Main Arm community.

A letter from NBN to residents of Durrumbul, in Main Arm, states that they dont require council approval for a 45m tower that will dominate the local environment.

Within only a matter of days since the community resoundingly rejected a Telstra tower at Wilsons Creek, NBN are now proposing an even larger, more visually intrusive tower at Durrumbul, said local community member Anton Vanderbyl.

The 45m lattice type tower, that is 10m higher than the one put forward at Wilsons Creek, is proposed to be centrally located in the escarpment landscape within 500m from Durrumbul school and be visible from Mullumbimby.

Do NBN need approval?

In a recent letter NBN have informed residents that the proposed facility...


The Heartbreaking True Story Behind New Movie Boy Erased "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The highly-anticipated new film Boy Erased tells the story of a teenager pressured into dangerous gay conversion therapy by his religious parents in the US Bible belt. Jared Eamons, played by Lucas Hedges, is viscously outed to his parents, played by Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe, in a small American town. Fearing a loss of ...

The post The Heartbreaking True Story Behind New Movie Boy Erased appeared first on QNews Magazine.


The story behind the latest unemployment figures "IndyWatch Feed"

The government sent out the troops to spruik the latest jobs growth figures but, as always, they are not telling the whole story. The ABC headline proudly announced Unemployment rate drops to 5pc as full-time jobs boom rolls on. That is misleading in several ways. Despite the ABS suggesting that The trend data provide the

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