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Indian Country Headline News: Indigenous Rights Boosted In the Climate Change Negotiations "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

The Climate Change Summit at COP21 marked for the first time, in all the negotiating that has been going on for 21 year...

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The Verb: Pacific Leaders Draw Line in the Sand "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The Paris climate summit is breaking records and setting milestones like none before it. Speaking to a record number of world leaders and heads of governments, UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon reminded them of the importance of this meeting.

“Political momentum like this may not come again. You have the power to secure the well-being of this and succeeding generations. You have the moral and political responsibility for this world and succeeding generations. History is calling, I urge you to answer with courage and vision,” said Ban.

Of these 150 leaders present, the 22 countries and territories of the Pacific islands were represented by leaders from 11 countries. Why are these 11 small nations so important? They are some of the strongest voices calling for immediate and genuine action on climate change. The comments from Pacific leaders over the past week reveals the fact that they have a lot to lose at COP21, but also a lot to gain. If they manage to keep a consistent and cohesive stance, the Pacific nations could prevent the Association of Small Island States (AOSIS) from fracturing at the eleventh hour, as happened in Lima at last year’s conference.

There were numerous common themes in the speeches of leaders on Leaders Day, notably about the impacts on their islands already being felt. While leaders were at pains to point out that the Pacific is the world’s smallest contributor to climate change, they all highlighted what they were doing to contribute ‘their share’ through their national efforts. The Pacific stance in Paris is essentially a reiteration of the Suva Declaration produced at the Pacific Islands Development Forum, earlier this year. Pacific leaders are drawing lines in the sand over a few core issues.

Capping Warming at 1.5°C



The Verb: Cup-And-Trade Scheme Emerges in Paris "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

In a cunning diplomatic move, developing countries have installed a world-first Cup-And-Trade system at the COP21 Paris climate summit.

When delegates at the conference centre at Le Bourget buy a coffee, they must also purchase a plastic cup. These cups are refundable at any time, and the system was up until now a closed loop – a mechanism designed to highlight the importance of recycling.

But the system has been hijacked by a rogue group of nations made of of international pariah states such as Nepal, Costa Rica and The Philippines, in an effort to raise finance to adapt to climate change.

Why are they doing this? Why are the cups so valuable? What’s the end game of this group of nations threatening the stability of the world order?

One of the cups in question

One of the cups in question.

The idea is simple – The G77 has bought up all the plastic cups in the conference centre, and they now control the market. They are gradually reducing the number of cups in circulation, pushing up their value, and reaping the whirlwind profits.

“Now we’ll see who really wants coffee,” giggled Angolan minister Giza Gaspar Martins with glee.

It boils down to this: rich countries are refusing to pay for the damage they’ve caused to the climate by their hundreds of years of pollution. They’ve also refused to adequately assist poor countries develop their......


ACFCGN: The summer Sydney Community Garden Regional MeetUP — 2015 "IndyWatch Feed National"

IN WHAT IS PROBABLY Sydney's smallest community garden, visitors on Sunday got a big welcome.


Head Space: Wake up and smell the blood… "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

“Mosques are our barracks, minarets our bayonets, domes our helmets, the believers our soldiers.””There is no moderate Islam. Islam is Islam and that’s that” “Assimilation {of Muslims} is a crime against humanity…” These are the words of Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan (the leader of NATO’s so-called “moderate” Muslim country). What part of this can […]


Ronald's space: Part 13: Australia’s “irrelevant” Crimes against humanity:- Bastardizing the Briginshaw Principle "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Australia Parliament and several federal agencies, including the Federal Police and Centrelink, have been bastardizing the Briginshaw Principle for years.This principle based is upon: Briginshaw  v  Briginshaw  [1938] HCA 34; (1938) 60 CLR 336 (30 June 1938). The principle is based upon the legal concept that if there could be serious consequences for a person accused of a wrongful act, then EXTREME CAUTION should be applied and no decision made unless there was absolutely no doubt, i.e. ZERO DOUBT, that the right decision is being made.

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When it comes to unconstitutional actions like breaching and automatically deciding that if welfare recipients have been over-paid, then it is definitely THEIR FAULT because they must have done something wrong in order to get these over-payments. The idea that the system itself is extremely dysfunctional is simply not on their radar, because that would mean admitted having made a $5 Billion blunder and there is huge shortage of politicians and bureaucrats who would be prepared to do that.


Independent Australia: Santos CSG flaring on the Pilliga makes a mockery of 'total' fire ban "IndyWatch Feed"

Santos CSG flaring on the Pilliga makes a mockery of 'total' fire banDid you know that Santos and all gas companies are not only allowed to flare CSG well during total fire bans — but that they actually do flare them at these times, putting whole communities at risk. read now...


No Fibs: Aviation and shipping emissions shamed by #FossiloftheDay at #COP21 reports @takvera "IndyWatch Feed National"

There are many intricacies to negotiating a climate agreement covering greenhouse gas emissions. One of the areas easy to overlook is aviation and shipping sector emissions. Emissions from aviation and shipping are projected to grow, so it is important that they are considered in any climate agreement. Aviation is responsible for almost 5 percent of […]

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John Englart has always had a strong social and environmental focus and over the past 10 years climate change science, climate policy and climate protest have become an increasingly important and primary focus of his work as a citizen journalist.


MacroBusiness: ASX at the close "IndyWatch Feed"

Chris Weston, Chief Market Strategist at IG Markets The full implications of OPEC’s failure to cut production have been coming to bear on the oil price and energy stocks. The dramatic selloff in the energy sector seen in the S&P 500 overnight seems to have crystallised concern over the future of the energy market. Currently,

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(We) can do better: AWPC Wildlife Planning Officer says, "Don't cull roos; Plan wildlife corridors!" "IndyWatch Feed National"

“Avoid culling roos for development by planning wildlife corridors,†says Craig Thomson, AWPC’s new Wildlife Planning Officer. In the face of state planning avoidance of obligation towards wildlife, Mr Thomson and AWPC want to crowdfund the purchase of private land to preserve wildlife corridors from being fenced off by farmers or built over by suburbia. The situation is increasingly dire for kangaroos and koalas particularly. Please consider helping this initiative. Contact details at end of article.

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"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Mandy Nolan’s Soap Box: Year of the Yoni "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


A few years ago I had a vagina. It was fairly common. All women I knew had one. I was pretty happy with it, I think. Like most, mine was standard issue. It did the job nicely, thank you very much. I never really thought I needed the upgrade, but sometimes you don’t get a say in it.

Like a cosmic cootie coincidence, all at once we had our vaginas upgraded to the new, improved, more spiritual and endlessly more complex model: The Yoni. Who decided this should happen? It’s like I fell asleep with a regulation-issue vag and then suddenly woke up with some sort of spiritual vagina cave womb that now requires massage and worshipping and lots and lots of workshops to keep it happy.

It seems to be very labour intensive. From what I read in The Echo each week and spy on the web, I realise I could devote my entire work week to yoni worship and still not touch the sides. Yep, it’s all about the yoni. In fact, when one looks at word usage over time, it’s clear we are at peak yoni. And in some cases, peaking yoni (that’s if you know the special 15-minute regulation yoni massage). Yes, 2015 was the definitely the Year of the Yoni.

Personally I think the good old-fashioned vagina was a lot easier to manage. It didn’t require quite so much reverence, and it certainly didn’t get its own special pants-off yoga class. Our sexual partners were much more at ease dealing with a vagina. While at times confusing, perplexing and with some startup problems, most had worked their way into a basic level of proficiency.

Not so with the yoni. Yoni work takes mastery. To operate a yoni you need to be certified. It’s like sitting on a temple. Shoes off at the front door of my yoni, thank you very much. And by the way, y.....


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Boomerang at Blues "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Archie Roach at Boomerang Festival

Archie Roach at Boomerang Festival

This year the good people of Bluesfest are introducing something very new and very special – a festival within a festival – with the Boomerang Festival and celebration of first nations setting up a precinct onsite.

Boomerang director Rhoda Roberts shared her vision for the precinct.

‘The idea is to move it into Bluesfest so we can get to that broader audience. The music will be embedded across the stages, but it’s at the precinct where you will be able to get to know blackfellas with weaving workshops for adults and kids, lots of talks; you can come along and catch some great talks and panel discussions from boat people to the next voices in comedy, and then we are focusing on the dance ground like a mini-corroborate, lots of workshops that are interactive – the precinct is about cultural traditions. It was such a wonderful event at the first Boomerang, but being within Bluesfest profiles it to a larger audience so we can build our brand and then we become our own brand later down the track.’


Boomerang director Rhoda Roberts

Located between Jambalya and The Crossroads stages, this is not a separate ghetto stage. Boomerang is part and parcel of the whole environment offering patrons a new depth of programming with insights into living legends such as Archie Ro...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: The d’Arenberg Cube "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The d'Arenberg Cube

The d’Arenberg Cube

If you’ve ever visited D’Arenberg’s cellar door in McLaren Vale South Australia, you’ll be in for a surprise on your next visit. A five-storey glass Cube is under construction in the vineyards overlooking the 19th century homestead. With the top two floors turned askew, a folding origami entrance, seven interior bars and what will appear to be a fallen block in the carpark, the Cube will cater to a perceived demand for the wine industry to have more tourist ‘drawcards’.

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"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Caffeinated competition "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Barista Skills Under the Spotlight

Vivienne Pearson

Have you ever watched a fashion parade while muttering about how such an outlandish display has no connection to the real world of finding something to wear?

You may have similar thoughts when watching baristas create outlandish signature drinks during a coffee ­competition.

In the coffee world, competitions are big. Two weeks ago, you may have read in this humble section about a gold-medal-winning coffee roaster from our local area. Other competitions focus on baristas, with wired-for-sound competitors, on-the-spot judging and a live audience. Some comps have a very specific focus, such as latte art or the use of coffee in alcoholic drinks (seriously, it’s a thing). Others, such as the new Coffee Masters, demand multi-skilled competitors.

Do coffee competitions have any connection to your daily cup of coffee?

Like fashion shows, coffee competitions reward innovation and the pushing of boundaries within the industry. Though the specific outfits paraded on runways may never be worn by regular folk, the themes and trends that these outfits display do influence your local shop’s next-season collection. Similarly, though a specific signature drink made in a competition may never hit the menu of your local cafe, the ideas behind these creations do (pardon the pun) filter down to everyday coffee drinkers.



Aboriginal Genealogy Australia: Koa People Native Title Claim "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

The claim area is in the Winton Kynuna area of Queensland.

The Koa people are the descendants of the following people

Mary Ann Watson
Zoe Button
George Mitchell
Topsy Mitchell aka Katie of Cork Station
Nancy Chambers
Jack Chermside
Charley Riley
Jacob Chermside
Lois Tighe / Tye
Maria Creed
Timothy Creed
Valentine Mingo
Minnie Winton
Jack Watson
Tommy Watson
George Watson

Appeared in the Koori Mail dated June 3, 2015

Some notes of interest are

Bernard Smith Creed aged about 10 years, son of an unknown white man and Maria,
was baptised at Yarrabah on 12. 2.1905

Mavis Amethyst Creed, daughter of Bernard Smith Creed and May Burnett
was born at Yarrabah on 21. 5.1921

Bernard Euston Creed, daughter of Bernard Smith Creed and May Burnett
was born at Yarrabah on 13. 2.1924

William John Needham Creed, son of Timothy Creed and Eulie
was born at Yarrabah on 10. 7.1925

Valentine Mingo aged 18 years from Kynuna was exempt in 1908

Jacob Chermside, aged 32 years, parents Long Charlie and Maggie Churnside (Chermside)
married Mary Jaro at Barambah in 1924

Jacob Chermside and wife Mary and children Sheila, Rachel, Maisey and Charlie
were removed from Hawkwood to Cherbourg in 1933

Jacob Chermside, aged 32 years, parents Long Charlie and Maggie Churnside (Chermside)
married Mary Jaro at Barambah in 1924

Jacob Chermside and wife Mary and children Sheila, Rachel, Maisey and Charlie
were removed from Hawkwood to Cherbourg in 1933
Jack Chermside died 28. 1.1943 aged 87 years at Woorabinda

Lois Tighe was the mother of Mary Solomon who was born at Winton around 1879

Nancy Chambers aged 85 years was buried on 19. 7.1968 at Cherbourg

Livingstone Charles Chambers, son of Charles and Nancy Chambers...


Prosper Australia: Do you agree? How wrong can you be? "IndyWatch Feed"

goods and services should be made dearer by applying taxes to them business profits should be taxed my earnings should be taxed my earnings should be further reduced by mandatory provision for my health care my income should be further reduced by the cost of my education superannuation funds should be allowed to invest my retirement […]


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": The Witches Kitchen: Madagascar beans "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

madagascar beans

Roots and perennials planting days this week, and when I look back over my “Garden” posts,  I find this planting break is the skinniest of the year, every year.

Partly it is because one of my other lives is teaching vocational education teachers and early summer is end of term madness.  Partly it is because by now the zucchinis and squash and cucumbers have launched a takeover bid on the garden.  Every year I am left wondering why it is so impossible for me to remember that those cute baby seedlings that looked so innocent back in October when I decided to plant out so many of them are really triffids and will leave me with no room for successive plantings of anything.  And partly it is because this time of year is often very harsh gardening conditions in my part of the world – the end of a long hot dry windy spring with the real frizzle days just starting to bite and the water supplies running low.

This year though it has been glorious gardening weather. So far we’ve dodged the “Godzilla El Nino” at is causing starvation level drought through SE Asia, New Guinea and Pacific Island nations. There have been a couple of heat waves but mostly mild days and the tanks and dams are full enough to water.

So this week I’ve planted passionfruit vines and pawpaws and tam...


MacroBusiness: Capital Economics fluffs iron ore again "IndyWatch Feed"

From Bloomberg: The most expensive operations at the four largest suppliers are on the verge of making losses at rates below $40 a metric ton, said John Kovacs, senior commodities economist at Capital Economics in London, who estimates their break-even levels at $28 to $39, taking into account freight and other costs. While these producers

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No Right Turn: The obvious question "IndyWatch Feed"

The Intelligence and Security Committee met today to discuss the SIS's annual review, which led to the revelation that Kiwis were heading overseas to marry members of ISIS:

Young New Zealand women are heading to Iraq and Syria with fears they are joining the droves of Jihadi brides.

Security Intelligence Security director Rebecca Kitteridge revealed on Tuesday the numbers were on the rise and it was a big concern.

Why? To ask the obvious question, how are these women a threat to the security of New Zealand?

Because that's what the SIS exists for: to inform us of threats to our security. Which in law means:
(a) the protection of New Zealand from acts of espionage, sabotage, and subversion, whether or not they are directed from or intended to be committed within New Zealand:
(b) the identification of foreign capabilities, intentions, or activities within or relating to New Zealand that impact on New Zealand's international well-being or economic well-being:
(c) the protection of New Zealand from activities within or relating to New Zealand that—
(i) are influenced by any foreign organisation or any foreign person; and
(ii) are clandestine or deceptive, or threaten the safety of any person; and
(iii) impact adversely on New Zealand's international well-being or economic well-being:
(d) the prevention of any terrorist act and of any activity relating to the carrying out or facilitating of any terrorist act

It is diffic...


Renew Economy: Heartland Institute kicks journalists out of ‘public’ climate denial event in Paris "IndyWatch Feed"

Accredited journalists were kicked out of a sparsely attended climate denial conference hosted by the US oil-and tobacco-funded Heartland Institute today in Paris.


Renew Economy: David Crane steps down as NRG’s CEO amidst investor pressure "IndyWatch Feed"

NRG Energy's David Crane to step down as president and CEO, after driving a shift to customer empowerment and distributed energy.


Renew Economy: Phase-out fossil fuel subsidies, says IEA chief "IndyWatch Feed"

IEA chief Fatih Birol says current low oil and coal prices provides “fertile ground” for the phase-out of $500bn a year fossil fuel subsidies.


No Right Turn: A game of hide and seek "IndyWatch Feed"

Today, the Chief Ombudsman released her review of the OIA, Not a game of hide and seek. Its a long read, but here's some initial impressions:

  • The Ombudsman finds that Ministers are sending "mixed messages" about openness and transparency. The Prime Minister is directly to blame here, but the Ombudsman spends some time backing away from her comments criticising him. She did however recommend the PM, Ministers, Chief Executives issue clear and direct statements of their commitment to the OIA and expectations of compliance. While I look forward to that, I'll believe it when I see it.
  • As with every other review of the OIA, this one has found a clear need for leadership within the public sector to champion the Act and provide guidance on it. You'd think this would be the job of the State Services Commissioner, the guardian of our public service. But they don't want a bar of it, saying that "it is neither practical nor desirable for the Commission itself to assume responsibility" and "the State Services Commission is currently not resourced to carry out such a role nor has it been a high priority for us to provide this service to the system". They also opposed the Ombudsman's efforts to survey their staff about OIA practices, and prevented the survey from being publicised on the SSC's intranet. This, BTW, is the agency responsible for managing our participation in the Open Government Partnership - and this attitude perhaps explains why they're so crap at it.
  • The Ombudsman thinks MPs shouldn't be exempt from being charged from OIA requests. This is pitched as a matter of equality under the law, and to prevent them from huge, tim...


MacroBusiness: Garnaut: Budget “delusional” "IndyWatch Feed"

From the AFR comes Professor Ross Garnaut: “Realism about the budget will be shocking to most Australians. If we get the budget badly wrong, everything else will go badly wrong – ask Europe, ask Greece and Spain.” …Professor Garnaut said two former prime ministers and two treasurers were “damaged greatly” for failing to “come to grips” with the Treasury

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Renew Economy: How Australia can lead on climate in the final week at Paris "IndyWatch Feed"

With Julie Bishop at the helm, Australia has a final chance to shake its reputation as climate laggard and position our economy for low-carbon growth.


MacroBusiness: Bloxo sees “little excuse not to cut” for RBA "IndyWatch Feed"

From Bloxo: Commodity prices continue to slide. Iron ore prices have fallen to new decade-lows of under USD40 a tonne in recent days (Chart 1). Oil prices have sunk to six-year lows, following OPEC’s decision not to cut production. Brent oil is trading at USD41 a barrel while WTI is at USD38 a barrel. Base

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Renew Economy: Fossil fuel emissions slowed in 2015 – have we finally reached the peak? "IndyWatch Feed"

In the past, breaks or declines in emissions growth have been directly correlated with a downturn in global or regional economy. This time is different.


Renew Economy: South Australia to set path towards 100% renewable energy "IndyWatch Feed"

South Australia premier says 50% renewable energy target - set for 2025 - will be reached next year, and the government will now plan to reach as close to 100% renewables as it can. It says this involves risks, but also huge opportunities. He'd also like an electric vehicle manufacturer to set up in the state.


Corporate Australia: Dustin Martin, Neanderthals in Aussie football "IndyWatch Feed National"

Apparently according to the corporate media, Aussie footballers are 'heros' and 'stars' and should be looked up to (by the children of the cannon fodder)?

The ancient game of throwing a ball / Chrisitan's head / rock, has been on the scene for quite some time, even dating back to neanderthal times.

Well it looks like those 'neanderthal times' are alive and well within the 'culture' of Australian football (see illustration below of Dustin Martin).

The pissed Aussie bogan / moron / f^ckwit who calls himself a 'footballer' can get away with threats intimidation AND the all time favourite (of footballers) being derogatory towards women.

WHAT AUSSIE HEROS are the dumbass morons!!! !!! !!!

Absolutely pathetic!

But remember folks - You're AUSTRALIAN if you're not a 'footy fanatic'.

More like you're 'unAustralian' if you don't know the 'Australian Constitution'.


MacroBusiness: Have we finally reached peak emissions? "IndyWatch Feed"

Cross-posted from The Conversation: Despite robust global economic growth over the past two years, worldwide carbon emissions from fossil fuels grew very little in 2014, and might even fall this year. A report released today by the Global Carbon Project has found that fossil fuel emissions of carbon dioxide grew by only 0.6% in 2014,

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Renew Economy: Corporate PPAs on the rise, as business develops appetite for renewables "IndyWatch Feed"

Report says long-term power purchase agreements on rise among global corporates, providing a boon to renewables – even in Australia.


MacroBusiness: Obesity and diabetes rise across Australia "IndyWatch Feed"

By Leith van Onselen The ABS today released its National Health Survey for 2014-15, which revealed that rates of daily smoking have continued to drop, with 14.5% (2.6 million) of adults smoking in 2014-15 compared with 16.1% in 2011-12 and 22.4% in 2001. Smoking rates for young adults (18-44 years) have also decreased to 16.3%

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No Place For Sheep: On what Clementine did "IndyWatch Feed"

  I’ve read two opinion pieces today on how Clementine Ford handled the online aggression and threats against her by  naming and shaming the individual responsible, and publishing a compilation of the obscenities fired her way over a period of several months. There’s this one by Helen Razer in the Daily Review, and this one […]


Head Space: Pertinence: "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

FDR’s Pearl Harbor Infamy speech, as Obama would deliver it today pertinent |ˈpərtn-ənt| adjective relevant or applicable to a particular matter Yesterday December 7, 1941, a date which will live in infamy long be remembered, the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately tragically attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of […]


MacroBusiness: Fattened McGrath turkey thumped again "IndyWatch Feed"

Down another 6% today to $1.73. Down 18% from float issue price in two days. Falling faster than Sydney house prices!

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MacroBusiness: Parts industry lobbies for grey car imports "IndyWatch Feed"

By Leith van Onselen Following reports last week about how Aussies are paying so much more for used cars than their Kiwi counterparts, Australia’s $14 billion automotive after-market and parts industry has called on the Turnbull Government to allow imports of second hand cars, as exists in New Zealand. From The AFR: Stuart Charity, the

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MacroBusiness: Ex-millionaire’s factory boss gets RBA board seat "IndyWatch Feed"

We are rooted, from Bloomie: Allan Moss, a former chief executive officer of Macquarie Group Ltd., has been appointed to the Reserve Bank of Australia’s board, the government said Tuesday. Mr Moss, who ran Australia’s biggest investment bank for almost 15 years before stepping down in 2008, was appointed for a five-year term, Treasurer Scott

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MacroBusiness: China trade falls more slowly "IndyWatch Feed"

China’s November trade numbers are out and it’s OK news as exports fell -3.7% versus -2.9% expected and imports fell -5.6% versus -11.3% expected: The monstrous trade surplus fell back a little to $50.3 billion: Coulda been worse but still bad.

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Wild Idaho Rising Tide: Climate Justice Forum: Paris Protests, Vancouver Oil Terminal, & Syrian Pipelines 12-7-15 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The Monday, December 7, 2015 Climate Justice Forum radio program hosted by Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) discusses demonstrations, protest suppression, and dirty energy greenwashing at the United Nations COP21 climate talks in Paris, France, the proposed Tesoro-Savage oil train terminal in Vancouver, Washington, and upcoming hearings, and the connections between fossil fuel pipelines and Syrian conflicts and refugee exodus.  Broadcast on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow every Monday between 7:30 and 9:00 pm PST, live at 90.3 FM and online, the show covers continent-wide climate activism and community opposition to extreme energy projects, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.

Filed under: Climate Justice Forum


"IndyWatch Feed Cvic": Edgar's Mission Farm Sanctuary: Teach the children well "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Ivanhoe Gramar

On Friday November 30, Edgar’s Mission hosted a visit from 30 excited young ladies from Ivanhoe Grammar.  Learning lessons of kindness and compassion for all beings, the decision makers of tomorrow happily patted kid goats, squealed (quietly) with delight at meeting a perky pig and rejoiced in meeting orphan baby lambs.  “Kindness truly is a lesson best learned by feel” said Edgar’s Mission Founder and Director Pam Ahern, “and through meeting the many rescued animals here at the sanctuary, children learn first hand that regardless of what another looks like, all have the capacity to feel”.  With so many positive benefits coming from kindness, not only for those on the receiving end it is easy to understand why the Edgar’s Mission humane education program, “Joining the dots” is being to rounding embraced by educational institutions.

Ivanhoe Gramar 

If you know of a school who would like to visit Edgar’s Mission, or you would like us to visit your school please email, to arrange a session.

Ivanhoe Gramar...


MacroBusiness: Yuan falls, threatens breakdown "IndyWatch Feed"

It is all going to shit today for Australia’s productive economy. The yuan fixing is in and it is rapidly falling away towards new lows 6.41: Once this breaks down you can expect an immediate acceleration is everything mining GFC: commodity price falls miner falls US dollar rises emerging market currency falls high yield bond falls

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Independent Australia: Reward is better than punishment: A Work for the Dole alternative "IndyWatch Feed"

Reward is better than punishment: A Work for the Dole alternativeDespite its enormous cost, the Work for the Dole program simply doesn't produce the outcomes intended. Jade Manson suggests the "volunteer's bonus" — a far more positive alternative. read now...


Rising Tide North America: Seattle Residents Occupy BNSF Offices to Protest Oil Trains As Paris Climate Talks Continue, Activists Call for Concrete Action on Climate Change "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

RT seaSeattle Residents Occupy BNSF Offices to 
Protest Oil Trains As Paris Climate Talks Continue, 
Activists Call for Concrete Action on Climate Change

Afrin Sopariwala, Rising Tide Seattle, 
(408) 598-7656,

Today 43 residents of Seattle occupied the BNSF office in SoDo 
Seattle to speak out against the company's continued involvement in fossil fuel
extraction and transport. Activists brought a letter with three demands and
asked to speak with the CEO, Carl Ice. Activists were immediately asked to
leave and the police were called. A BNSF spokesperson said they could put
the activists on the phone with Vice President Mr Anderson, claiming that
they had no access to the CEO.

Raging Granny Cynthia Linet read the letter out loud over speaker phone and
Mr Anderson was not able to confirm that these demands could be upheld.
Activists continued to stay and occupy the space, singing and chanting. The
police arrived, and once they had their chain of command in place, they
said they would arrest those who remained. About 30 activists then exited
the building and 13 remained to get arrested. They were released after
being cited for criminal trespass.

“Communities of color here and worldwide are experiencing unprecedented
numbers of extreme fires, floods, hurricanes, and droughts and it’s only
getting worse,” said Jill Mangaliman, executive director of Got Green?. “We
cannot rely on fossil fuel companies an...


MacroBusiness: ATO hunts 32yrs of foreign buyer records "IndyWatch Feed"

By Leith van Onselen Anyone that still believes that the Australian Tax Office (ATO) is not serious about cracking-down on illegal foreign investment into Australian property needs to re-think their position. As revealed by Treasurer Scott Morrison last month, the ATO has been manned with 50 enforcement officers and has sophisticated systems and detailed data

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loon pond: In which the pond enjoys fundamentalism in all its Caterist hues ... "IndyWatch Feed"

Of all the Trumpish bears with very little brains that scribble for the reptiles of Oz, the Caterists are high up on the list of the clueless (yes, it's plural thanks to Ms Caterist).

The logic is always fundamentally flawed, as in this example today:

Well yes, actually, the pond is fundamentalist about fundamentalists, but where the Caterists got the notion there's not a murmur of complaint about ritual slaughter is one of those hair of the straw dog arguments that makes the Carterists so sublimely stupid.

There's very little to pick between fundamentalist Christians, the Roman Catholic Church, Orthodox Jews and fundamentalist Islamics when it comes to inciting homophobia ... and you don't have to read Sarah Schulman in Israel and pinkwashing - yes the pond likes to provide links - to get the v...


"IndyWatch Feed Goulburn": The Star: Sun bakes cookies "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

LEONGATHA Primary School students put their renewable energy ideas to the test on November 30, in a solar cook off.

Grade Six students have spent the term learning about renewable energy sources, and constructed their own cardboard and aluminium foil solar cookers to heat water and bake cookies.

Grade Six coordinator Tanya Starkey said the project gave students the chance to partake in an international renewable energy project.

“Our school, as well as Mirboo North, are collecting information to submit to the project which is based in Ecuador,” Ms Starkey said.

“The students learn about sustainability and different forms of energy. They are then given the task to construct a cooker which uses solar energy to heat water and bake cookies.”

Students spent the morning in the sunshine testing their cookers to see how hot they could heat 100mm of water by harnessing solar energy.

“Some of the students were very sceptical about it but I think they were pleasantly surprised,” Ms Starkey said.

Leongatha Primary College students will collect their solar cook off data and share it with schools from across the globe.

“This term we learned about different kinds of energy including tidal, solar and wind powered energies,” Grade Six student Harrison said.

“It is better for us to use renewable energies instead of coal because coal leaves a lot of waste and is bad for the environment. We do not need to dig into the ground to find tidal or solar power.”


MacroBusiness: Big iron crashes into abyss (updated) "IndyWatch Feed"

Big iron is crashing with BHP down -4.5% to a new post-GFC low. RIO is down -2.3% to a new post-GFC low but bizarrely FMG is up slightly despite now losing $1.10 on every tonne it ships (update: down -4.3% now): That the equity market has now knocked as much value off BHP as it

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"IndyWatch Feed Goulburn": The Star: Shape Korumburra’s future "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

THE public has until this Friday, December 11 to contribute to the future look of the heart of Korumburra.

South Gippsland Shire Council is now seeking the community’s input into a draft streetscape master plan for Korumburra’s main shopping area in Commercial and Bridge streets.

The plan has been on display for four weeks and final submissions must be received before 5pm this Friday.

Residents are invited to comment on three design options for the town’s main retail area that council’s director of development services Bryan Sword said were vital to the future prosperity and liveability of South Gippsland.

“With community input, we will be able to develop a practical streetscape design that can make a real difference to Korumburra and help the growth of the local economy,” he said.

“While this may take a number of years to implement in stages, it will enhance South Gippsland as a fantastic destination.” The draft Korumburra Streetscape Master Plan builds on the findings of the Korumburra Town Centre Framework Plan of October 2013.

This plan had strong community support for adjusting Commercial Street and the Bridge Street dog-leg to manage vehicle movements more safely by introducing a wider, single through-lane and creating buffered parking areas.

The draft master plan was influenced by four key Korumburra community groups and prepared by Hansen Partnership and Ratio Traffic Engineers on council’s behalf, in consultation with VicRoads.

“Completion of the final master plan is the next step in council’s long term commitment to improving the town centre.”

The plan will help council with funding applications and future budget allocation decisions....


Aboriginal News Group Newswire: Party for Freedom's Nick Folkes vows to ignore legal action and celebrate Cronulla riots anniversary "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Party for Freedom's Nick Folkes vows to ignore legal action and celebrate Cronulla riots anniversary: [] Party for Freedom chairman Nick Folkes has vowed to go ahead with a controversial commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the Cronulla riots, despite police and council legal efforts to prevent it.

Mr Folkes appeared in the NSW Supreme Court on Friday afternoon in a civil case instigated by the NSW Commissioner of Police who are seeking an injunction against a rally on December 12.

Sutherland Shire mayor Carmelo Pesce said the council was also seeking an injunction against the event.


"IndyWatch Feed Goulburn": The Star: Adventurous Christmas awaits "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


WONTHAGGI Motorcycles and Power Equipment is offering some fantastic deals to help you and your family enjoy an exciting Christmas.

At the top of the range is the Kawasaki Fun-Tastic family pack, valued at $500.

Upon purchase from the KLX range, buyers also receive Kawasaki merchandise, including bags, lunch boxes, sunglasses, towels and eskies.

This deal ends on December 31, so get in quick to make sure your Christmas Day is sorted.

Wonthaggi Motorcycles has plenty of KLX stock in store, which is the perfect range for the “motorcyclists in the making” with a multitude of ‘kid friendly’ features.

The standard KLX110 has an electric start so children don’t have to worry about a kick start until they are more advanced. The model is lower to the ground and it comes without a clutch.

It also comes equipped with multiple heat shields for extra safety.

Proving to be a very popular model, the KLX110 has sold fast over the last five years and are rarely available during the Christmas sales.

Now is the perfect time to find a fantastic deal for your aspiring motorcyclist.

Once the child is confident enough to step up to a big wheel model, they will be able to tackle the clutch. Big wheel models have higher ground clearance for next level riders, and though the throttle is restricted, it can be adjusted as they learn how to control it.

There’s a good range of children’s ATVs, which come with an attached lanyard for parents to help their children stay in control. If ATV gets too far from the parent, the lanyard activates the kill switch so safety is guaranteed. This can also be adjusted as the child begins to develop confidence.

The KLX180 is another step up and is a much bigger build and is ideal for those developing their skills for motocross and other bikes with more power.

All motorcycles in the KLX range are low maintenance. Just jump on and ride.

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"IndyWatch Feed Goulburn": The Star: Water dries up on coastal farms "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A HUGE turnout at a Tactics for Dry Times event at Inverloch last week reflected the serious concerns of many dairy farmers along the coastal strip.

Seventy farmers filled Warren and Kerrie Redmond’s Bass Highway farm shed on Monday, December 1 as they sought advice on how to tackle water shortages on their own farms.

It was by far the largest crowd of the three Tactics for Dry Times sessions, which had been previously held at Lardner and near Yarram.  

Tactics for Dry Times is a Dairy Australia/GippsDairy initiative that has been rolled out across Gippsland during November and December using dairy service levy funds.

The Redmond farm is seen as reasonably typical of the district, with a reduced silage harvest being followed by a swift drop-off in dam water supplies.

“The season for growing grass was okay. We just managed to get enough rain. We’ve been putting fertiliser on even up until last week,” Warren said.

“I started feeding silage on one of the farms last week and the others won’t be too far away. The main problem is water. We haven’t had any run-off into the dams in at least 14 months.”

A farm walk around the Redmond property highlighted the issues many farmers in the district are facing.

Dry or near empty dams dot the flat landscape, with little hope of solid rainfall to help fill them.

Tactics for Dry Times facilitator Matt Harms said there were no easy answers for local farmers.

“We have a situation in this area, unlike the other two dry times days we have had, in that we have both feed and water as crucial issues,” he said.

“On this particular farm, feed is not such a big problem, but stock water is and it’s a problem that started to develop in the middle of last year.

“The evaporation rate has been quite high, but there has been no run-off down here since the middle of winter 2014.”

GippsDairy projects and events co-ordinator Karen Romano said the water situati...


"IndyWatch Feed Goulburn": The Star: Farmers learn to manage drought "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

THE Southern Gippsland Agricultural Climate Resilience Project recently held a workshop on the drought resilience index, presented by soil scientist and agricultural consultant Graham Shepherd.

The index is a checklist farmers can run through to ensure their lands’ productivity remains satisfactory, even through periods of drought.

The event was held at the Outtrim Hall, followed by an on-farm session at Gordon and Sylvia Vagg’s property in Leongatha South and was attended by around 40 people.

Agricultural climate resilience officer Jill Vella said farmers could test their land for drought resistance, but being able to look at specific indicators and fill out the checklist was helpful.

“It could either prove you’re on the right track or you might have thought you were, but there could be another way to do it better,” she said.

“No one gets it right all the time and you can always pick up things here and there.”

Mr Shepherd said measuring drought could be a tenuous task, but could be easier when looked at from a soil and plant physiology perspective.

He has put together a methodology to assess the potential drought resistance of a farm looking at 18 specific indicators, both soil and plant, broken into various components which can be quantified.

“Once you do this and apply the appropriate reading, you come up with a nice assessment of the potential resistance for drought,” Mr Shepherd said.

The 18 key indicators include residual pastoral levels, soil structures, as well as calcium, magnesium, potassium, sodium, zinc and iron levels.

“Residual pastoral levels left after grazing are key because if we over graze, we severely affect the ability of the pasture to bounce back,” Mr Shepherd said.

“Iron levels determine the ability of pasture to bounce back coming out of drought, while organic carbon levels are also assessed. Soils with higher carbon have much greater capacity to hold and provide...


"IndyWatch Feed Goulburn": The Star: Green thumbs win national award "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

MIRBOO North Secondary College’s Landcare group received high accolades at a national conference in Sydney recently.

Landcare coordinator Allen Riseley represented the group in Sydney at the Banksia Sustainability Awards.

Mr Riseley nominated the hardworking team in two categories: the Environment Minister’s Award for a Cleaner Environment, and the Education and Sustainability award.

Having managed to attain a finalist position in both categories, Mr Riseley made the trip to Sydney for the award ceremony.

“We were announced as joint winner of the Environment Minister’s Award for a Cleaner Environment,” Mr Riseley said.

“The joint winner was a 7000 hectare eco hotel in the Blue Mountains owned by Emirates – a minnow and a whale really.”

Mr Riseley gave a four minute presentation about the Landcare group in front of 300 national delegates and environmental CEOs at the ceremony.

“In a nutshell, our school tree project at Mirboo North Secondary College involves mass population tree production. The lunchtime Enviro Team prepare seed trays with seeds from the South Gippsland Seed bank,” he said.

The project has seen native trees planted on rural properties around South Gippsland to protect native vegetation and absorb water in boggy areas.

“We produce only natives and have around 15 local species. The project has so many positive outcomes. It earns money for the school and the students get a say in how it is spent. After all they do all the hard work. The students really feel they are contributing to the community and environment,” Mr Riseley said.

“We have sold 30,000 trees over five years to around 40 properties within the shire. We have supplied trees to South Gippsland Water grants, to a $10,000 bequest for koala habitat and sold many privately. We are looking at selling trees at the Mirboo North market also.

“There was great interest in our Mirboo North Secondary tree project initiative a...


MacroBusiness: Heroic NAB survey holds on "IndyWatch Feed"

The NAB Survey is out for December is showing heroic but doomed resilience: The NAB Business Survey is showing encouraging resilience in the non-mining sector recovery, as business conditions hold-up at well above average levels . Business conditions remained at +10 index points in November, supported by strong trading conditions and profitability. In contrast, employment

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(We) can do better: Cartoonist Bruce Petty and Dr Jeremy Salt: Where news comes from: reporting on the Middle East "IndyWatch Feed National"

Video and transcript inside. Second in series. First one, on Bashar al-Assad, is here. Australian cartoonist, Bruce Petty, & Dr Jeremy Salt, Middle East scholar and former journalist discuss news reporting on the Middle-East: Do we live with false assumptions? Bruce Petty and Dr Salt knew each other when they both worked for Australian newspapers and Bruce asks Jeremy for his recollections about mistakes in reporting on the Middle East. Jeremy Salt is the author of The Unmaking of the Middle East. A History of Western Disorder in Arab Lands, (University of California Press, 2008). Until recently, Dr Salt was based in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration, Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey, where he ran courses in the history of the modern Middle East, in politics and in politics, propaganda and the media.

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"IndyWatch Feed Goulburn": The Star: City spurs local club "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

IN April of this year Korumburra City Soccer Club, Joined the Melbourne City FC / City clubs program. Since joining the Melbourne City Football Club clubs’ program back in April, the Korumburra City Soccer Club has been spurred on by some great events.

Korumburra City SC has taken part in Junior Clinics, played a Mini Roo half time game and will play a role on February 13 at the final Melbourne derby in front of a packed AAMI Park when Melbourne Victory plays the Melbourne City FC.

Korumburra City Soccer Club vice president Michael DuVe was also chosen to award the man of the match award when City hosted Glory on November 27.

DuVe and another club person Dave Hurst attended the Manchester City Trophy Tour earlier this year which included a talk by Mark Williams who was a goal keeper for Manchester in the 1980s.

Williams spoke about the community programs he was involved in at Manchester City with the less fortunate people who live in their community.

He talked about the impact and knowledge gained from the people who lived on the harsher side of reality.

Manchester City has learnt to be successful by involving everyone as part of the club community regardless of class or income.

That attitude, Mr Williams told his audience, rewarded the club.

It is partly the influence of this outward looking mentality and openness that has Melbourne City reaching out to country as well as metropolitan soccer clubs.

Korumburra City Soccer Club invites all people in our community to become involved with soccer in South Gippsland and also anyone who is looking to play or coach in 2016 come and join in with a club that shares City’s attitude towards the community.


Indian Country Headline News: WATCH: Coke Pulls 'Racist' Hipster Ad, Issues Apology "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

The Coca-Cola Company has a issued an apology for its new Christmas video showing young, jubilant white hipsters distributing Coke bottles to a community of indigenous peoples i...


"IndyWatch Feed Goulburn": The Star: Running into parkrun summer "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

SIXTY two runners including nine first timers enjoyed a gentle introduction to summer at Inverloch parkrun event number 66 on Saturday.

Personal bests were hard to come by in the humidity.

Tony O’Connell was paced by Glenn Sullivan to break the 20 minute mark, coming across the finish line in 19:54.

Tony spoke highly of the support on the course and said, “Every single parkrunner I passed encouraged me, it felt amazing.”

The Month for November parkrunner was awarded to Bill Barry who has been with Inverloch parkrun since the course was first tested 15 months ago and it is a pleasure to finally recognise his commitment.

He crossed the line in a blistering 19:45 at event number one and as of today has attended 47 parkruns, 38 of them at Inverloch.

In addition he has contributed nine volunteer stints.

Bill Barry consistently finishes in the top three and currently has an impressive PB of 18:26.

He is always encouraging of other runners and walkers and regularly contributes to our family event by attending with his daughter Paige.

The volunteer of the month was Mark Ryan.
Event number 66, December 5. 2015

Male placings
Bill Barry of South Coast Athletics was first over the line in 18:33 (11th time in 38 appearances).
Cade Whitbourn was second over the line in 19:32 and Tony O’Connellof TXR Runners was third over the line in 19:54.

Female placings
Sarah Lewis of South Coast Athletics was first (fifth overall) over the line in 19:58 (ninth time in nine appearances).
Georgia Burns of Little Athletics was second (eighth overall) in 22:15. Burns has been first to finish on 14 previous occasions.
Heather Lindsay was third in 24:32.

Today’s full results and a complete event history can be found on the Inverloch parkrun internet page.



"IndyWatch Feed Goulburn": The Star: Mirboo North basketballers shoot high "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

LAST Tuesday night the Mirboo North Junior Basketball Association held its grand final night for three of the six age



U10 Girls Black 7 defeated Orange 5 with Hayley Eden voted the MVP.

U10 Boys, Orange 13 defeated Green 10 with Jesse Chila voted MVP.

U12 Girls, Blue 18 defeated Pink 17 with Meg Harris voted MVP.

U12 Boys, Yellow 41 defeated Black 31 with Jack Couper voted MVP.

Thursday night on December 3 saw the older age groups contest the flags.

U17 Girls, Black 47 defeated Yellow 26 with Jamie Chila voted MVP.

U17 Boys, Green 50 defeated White 28 with Jayden Hohmann voted MVP

The association committee would like to express our sincere thanks to all the parents, coaches, players, scores, referees, top washers and co-ordinators for all the support they give this wonderful competition we have in Mirboo North.

Please keep a look out for our autumn season commencing in March.

Registrations will have to be completed online in February.

Also a very special Thank you to Pam Pincini and her crew which once again fed all our hungry basketball families on the night with her chaplaincy barbeque.

Premier: U10 Boys Orange, back row from left,Will Mc Donald, Sam Bradley, Jake Stothart, James Mc Donald and coach Shona Chila. Front row from left, Jesse Chila, Logan Anders and Isak Hose.

Premier: U10 Boys Orange, back row from left,Will Mc Donald, Sam Bradley, Jake Stothart, James Mc Donald and coach Shona Chila. Front row from left, Jesse Chila, Logan Anders and Isak Hose.


"IndyWatch Feed Goulburn": The Star: Inverloch turns it on "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

INVERLOCH turned on great surfing weather on Saturday for over 50 girls who participated in the Surfing for Girls program.

Blistering sunshine greeted the girls who were all there for a day out at the beach.

The Surfing for Girls program that has been running for 16 years and heads to seven locations across the state.
Lead coach Ruby Campbell was rapt with the turnout.
Campbell said, “It was awesome to see so many girls at the beach today!
“They were all having so much fun and enjoying the time in the ocean.”
The day included a water safety lesson, how to complete a board rescue and a surf lesson.
Each participant walked away from the day with a presenter’s t-shirt and prize pack and there were many spot prizes throughout the day.
The 2015 Surfing for Girls is presented by GHANDA and supported by HIF Australia, Cancer Council Sunscreen and VicHealth.
Program Dates: Saturday, November 28, Warrnambool; Sunday, November 29, Ocean Grove; Tuesday, December 1, Cape Conran; Thursday, December 3, Sandy Point; Friday, December 4, Female Elite Session at Phillip Island; Saturday, December 5, Inverloch; and Sunday, December 6, Phillip Island.
Participants will need to organise your own surfing equipment before the day but Surfing Victoria can provide details of hire companies in your region.  
For more information and to register online, head to

Summer fun: over 50 girls competed in the program at Inverloch learning great skills with summer heating up.



MacroBusiness: Big gas explodes. Time to buy? "IndyWatch Feed"

Big gas is getting absolutely smashed today. WPL is down -3% to a post-GFC low and OSH is -17%, STO is down -10% to a new post-GFC low, ORG is down -9% to a post-GFC low and LNG is down -16% to a post-GFC low (BHP is also down -5%): On the monthly chart we

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MacroBusiness: Consumer confidence bounces "IndyWatch Feed"

By Leith van Onselen The ANZ-Roy Morgan Research consumer confidence index bounced hard in the week ended 6 December, jumping by 3.5 points to 116.3, almost fully recovering the prior three week’s of falls (see next chart). Consumer confidence is now tracking above the long run average of around 113 points. The bounce was broad-based,

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"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Boomerang Festival returns in style "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Peter Noble (centre) and Rhoda Roberts (top right) with Boomerang Festival team (Dhinawan, Delta and Belle) at the crowd-funding event held at the Harvest Cafe last Friday night. Photos Tao Jones

Friends of Boomerang held a successful crowd funding launch on Friday night at Newrybar’s Harvest Cafe.

Boomerang Festival organiser Rhoda Roberts joined Bluesfest’s Peter Noble to thank all who attended the launch in which, according Rhoda, ‘we all shared something truly special’.

‘We feel very moved and honoured to be part of such an important, positive and landmark movement for our region, and ultimately, the country,’ Ms Roberts said.

The two also thanked Tristan, Jess ‘and the entire Harvest Café team’ as well as well-known indigenous locals Dhinawan, Delta and Belle who provided Welcome to Country and entertainment and shared insight into their culture and stories behind their traditional dances, which the entire audience was moved by.

‘The response has been overwhelmingly positive and we look forward to forging more friendships and working partnerships in this united journey toward authentic reconciliation in action with each of you,’ Ms Roberts said.

‘How exciting for our region to be leading the charge in positive change! We applaud all of you for recognising the importance of supporting our Indigenous arts, culture and heritage.’


The Watchers » Latest articles: The closest images ever of a distant Kuiper Belt object - 1994 JR1 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

There is a region of space filled with comets beyond the gas giant Neptune known as the Kuiper Belt. This expanse holds trillions of objects - remnants of the early Solar System - and NASA's New Horizons spacecraft recently took the closest images of one of them. Th... Read more »


MacroBusiness: Yuan to drag down Aussie "IndyWatch Feed"

From Fairfax: The fortunes of the yuan, China’s currency, will have more influence on the Australian dollar’s value next year even as metals prices stabilise, Societe Generale says. Global fixed income strategist Kit Juckes argues that China’s slowing growth means the yuan will depreciate against the US dollar, as its peg to the US currency

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No Right Turn: Lying Aussies "IndyWatch Feed"

Remember when John Key assured us that kiwis being detained in Australian gulags could safely return "home" to New Zealand and pursue their appeals against deportation from here? Turns out he was wrong - the Australians lied to his face:

New Zealand has asked for an urgent "please explain" after evidence that Australia could have breached crucial assurances it made about sending detainees across the Tasman.

Justice Minister Amy Adams has come out strongly this morning after an Australian lawyer released evidence that apparently undermines assurances personally given to Prime Minister John Key by his counterpart Malcolm Turnbull.

"That form on the face of it certainly raises some concerns, and we have gone back to them and said they need to explain, because we expect them to stand by the assurances they have made to us, and to New Zealanders," Ms Adams said.

And Labour leader Andrew Little says if the Australians have misled New Zealand, "that is a pretty nasty, conniving thing to go and do".

But its about the level the Australia-New Zealand relationship is at: we expect them to deal honestly with us, and they cheat and lie. And unfortunately, I expect there'll be nothing that can be done about it - regardless of what the politicians say, signing this onerous form (which also involves agreeing to pay the hyper-inflated costs of your own persecution) will be regarded by bureaucrats as conclusive evidence that the victims have waived their rights. So they'll meet their deportation targets, and these kiwis will have their lives ruined.

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"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Billinudgel identity honoured with bridge naming "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Lloyd Poynting's widow - Gloria Poynting about to cut the ribbon dedicating the bridge. Photo supplied.

Lloyd Poynting’s widow – Gloria Poynting about to cut the ribbon dedicating the bridge. Photo supplied.

Billinudgel’s landmark pedestrian bridge over the old and new Pacific Highway has been named after the late Lloyd Poynting, who ran the village’s general store for almost 50 years and was a founding member of the Billinudgel RSL Sub-branch.

The Lloyd Poynting Bridge was dedicated last Tuesday, on the 88th birthday of Lloyd’s wife Gloria Poynting.

Their son Robert told Echonetdaily he was pleased the bridge finally had a name and it had taken five years of  dealing with ‘red tape’ to achieve it.

He said he put in a submission to the Roads and Maritime Service in 2010 for the bridge to be named after his late father (1922 – 2004).

‘My father was a Billinudgel identity and a person I believe worthy of such recognition,’ Robert said in his submission.

The pedestrian bridge over the old and new highways is now called the Lloyd Poynting Bridge.

The pedestrian bridge over the old and new highways is now called the Lloyd Poynting Bridge.

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"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Day Of The Dead "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Sunday’s Day Of The Dead observance under the guidance of Death Walker, Zenith Virago gave the 80 or so participants a beautiful, supported, chance to reflect  on the inevitable destination of life.

Held next to the Crystal Castle’s Tibetan Stupa, people wrote messages of love and remembrance to departed love-ones they made offerings, reflected and celebrated.


MacroBusiness: Woodside bins Oil Search bid "IndyWatch Feed"

About time too, from the AFR: Woodside Petroleum will announce it has shelved its ambitions in relation to Oil Search as early as Tuesday. Sources said Woodside chairman Michael Chaney had written to Oil Search’s board, formally notifying them that the company is no longer interested in progressing a merger. …The PNG government is understood to have

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"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Smart drum-lines for sharks to be trialled at Ballina "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The state government will today begin trialling 'smart drum-lines' to catch and tag sharks off the Ballina coastline. (Pic: Wikipedia)

The state government will today begin trialling ‘smart drum-lines’ to catch and tag sharks off the Ballina coastline. (Pic: Wikipedia)

The state government is set to begin trials of ‘smart drum-lines’ off the coast of Ballina today in an effort to stop shark attacks in the area.

The lines use GPS buoys to send alerts when sharks have been hooked, so they can be tagged and released away from the shoreline.

Their introduction follows two fatal attacks and three maulings since September last year.

An eco-barrier is expected to be installed at Ballina’s Lighthouse Beach early in the new year.

Far North Coast Shark Action Group spokesperson Don Munro, recently told media he was in favour of drums lines as a short-term measure.

Mr Munro recently told a government inquiry that he had “never seen a community so shaken up and cautious about entering the ocean”.

Mr Munro said it was time for positive action to rebuild confidence for the tourism industry, adding that he had “friends in the industry” who felt a financial impact with each shark sighting.

Not everyone is happy with the introduction of drumlines.

Sea Shepherd Australia national shark campaign coordinator Natalie Banks said a scientific review had raised questions about the effectiveness of the lines to catch white, tiger or bull sharks.

‘Smart drum lines which have been used in Le Reunion, France have not been independently tested regarding t...


MacroBusiness: Ignore the super rent seekers "IndyWatch Feed"

By Leith van Onselen Fairfax’s Peter Martin has written a ripper article today urging the Government to ignore the super industry’s estimates of how much retirees need for a “comfortable retirement”, noting that they tend to be ridiculously generous: The latest scary figure, produced by the Association of Superannuation Funds [ASFA], is $58,784 per year.

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Pesticide Action Network: Tell the USDA to stop suppressing science "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A top USDA scientist — researching the impact of pesticides on bees — recently filed a whistleblower complaint against the agency, alleging it suppressed his findings. Tell USDA that is unacceptable. Act now

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"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Bishop heads climate talks "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Australian foreign minister Julie Bishop. (AFP Photo/Kena Betancur)

Australian foreign minister Julie Bishop. (AFP Photo/Kena Betancur)

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop used her few moments on the world stage at major climate talks in Paris to spruik the federal government’s new innovation package.

Despite being thousands of kilometres from Australia, Ms Bishop wrapped some domestic politics into her national statement to the United Nations climate change conference on Monday night (AEDT).

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Monday revealed the $1.1 billion innovation package to encourage entrepreneurship and promote science, maths and computing in schools.

‘Today in Australia the prime minister launched a new national innovation and science agenda to place innovation at the heart of our economy,’ she told delegates in Paris.

‘By supporting and rewarding creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship Australia will lead by example in the way we invest in and use technology.’

It would be technological breakthroughs that would ultimately be the “game changers” in dealing with climate change, she said.

Ms Bishop also announced $625,000 in funding out to 2017 to promote women from the Pacific region into leadership roles in climate action.

‘Australia believes that harnessing the talents and abilities of this and the next generation of female leaders is not only the right thing to do, it’s the smart thing to do,’ she said.

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MacroBusiness: Macro Morning (thar oil blows) "IndyWatch Feed"

 by Chris Becker A double whammy for commodity markets and the economies tied thereto with OPEC effectively abandoning its output targets, pushing off any resolution until June next year while iron ore crashes to a six year low. Its almost as if we’re in some kind of bear market in commodities??! US stocks slipped and

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MacroBusiness: Poor old Fortescue overpaid for its own bonds "IndyWatch Feed"

Remember this crowing a few weeks ago: Fortescue started taking advantage of this in September, when it bought back $US384 million of debt at a 20 per cent discount, meaning it only had to shell out $US305 million. The miner was at it again this week, buying back $US439 million of debt for $US338 million

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"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Refinery fears after Palmer court loss "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Clive Palmer's company has lost a bid to force a Chinese company to make payments. (file pic)

Clive Palmer’s company has lost a bid to force a Chinese company to make payments. (file pic)

Clive Palmer’s private company Mineralogy has lost its bid to force millions of dollars in “outstanding royalty payments” out of its estranged Chinese joint venture partner, casting doubt on the future of Queensland Nickel’s Yabulu refinery.

Mineralogy and CITIC Pacific remain embroiled in a dispute over royalties from the massive Sino Iron project in Western Australia, with Mr Palmer’s company claiming it is owed millions by the state-owned miner.

While that battle continues, Mineralogy has applied to the Supreme Court of WA, seeking an immediate payment of $48 million, saying it and five other entities including Mr Palmer’s Queensland Nickel Pty Ltd would suffer “irreparable harm” if the request was refused.

The company’s Yabulu refinery, which processes nickel laterite ore imported from New Caledonia, employs about 800 people.

On Monday, Justice Paul Tottle dismissed the application.

‘I am prepared to accept that there is a risk that QN may be placed into administration … the New Caledonian interests are not at risk to the extent that is contended by Mineralogy,’ Justice Tottle said.

He said there was some evidence to suggest National Australia Bank could give Queensland Nickel a loan, but “the avenues of finance that the bank was prepared to consider do not appear to have been pursued”.

A CITIC spokesman said outsi...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Positive drug results stand for Perth cops "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Methylamphetamine 'ice' crystals. Photo NSW Police

Methylamphetamine ‘ice’ crystals. Photo NSW Police

Three Perth police officers face the sack after their positive drug tests were confirmed.

The officers, two male and one female, were among 200 who were tested for drugs last week, with indicative results showing they had methylamphetamine and amphetamine in their systems.

The samples were sent to the ChemCentre for analysis, with Police Commissioner Karl O’Callaghan revealing the tests came after information was received about the trio.

He also said there was a “99.9 per cent” chance the officers, who had been stood down, would be fired if the analysis confirmed their drug use.

On Monday, a spokeswoman for Mr O’Callaghan said the analysis had been completed.

‘I am advised tests have confirmed the three officers tested positive to illicit substances,’ she said.

‘They will be subject to a loss of confidence process which is ultimately determined by the commissioner.’

The trio had reportedly attended the Stereosonic music festival the day before the tests.

Mr O’Callaghan also confirmed last week that one of the male officers had fatally shot a Staffordshire terrier dog named “Biggie” for behaving aggressively in Kinross last month, but had tested negative for illicit drugs the next day.


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Independent Australia: Desperate times "IndyWatch Feed"

Desperate timesIt's all rather fraught for Malcolm's high level emissions team. read now...


MacroBusiness: More converts to the anti-population ponzi push "IndyWatch Feed"

By Leith van Onselen Last week it was former Victorian planning minister (now opposition leader), Matthew Guy, questioning the merits of high immigration. And now, Herald-Sun columnist, Tom Elliott, has penned a well-argued piece calling for a marked reduction in Australia’s migrant intake, in the interests of improving residents’ living standards: SICK of being stuck

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"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Hockey set to be named US ambassador "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Former treasurer Joe Hockey. Photo AAP Image/Dan Himbrechts

Former treasurer Joe Hockey. Photo AAP Image/Dan Himbrechts

Former treasurer Joe Hockey will be named Australia’s ambassador to the United States on Tuesday.

Mr Hockey retired from parliament in September and a by-election was held in his seat of North Sydney at the weekend.

AAP understands the appointment will be announced via a media statement on Tuesday.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull told the ABC’s 730 program on Monday he would not comment on the appointment.

‘Joe is a great Australian and I look forward to him serving Australia in other capacities,’ Mr Turnbull said.

‘Any announcements will be made in a more formal and appropriate manner.’

The current ambassador, former Labor leader Kim Beazley, starts a new role with the Australian Institute of International Affairs in January.


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"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Kirkpatrick denies abusing fan in 1984 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Maggie Kirkpatrick in her role as The Freak in the long-running TV show Prisoner.

Maggie Kirkpatrick in her role as The Freak in the long-running TV show Prisoner.

A judge will rule on Prisoner star Maggie Kirkpatrick’s appeal against her conviction for indecently assaulting a young fan in 1984.

The NSW actor, 74, told the Victorian County Court on Monday she did not touch the 14-year-old girl who she invited to her then Melbourne home for dinner to give a disturbed person “a little home life”.

She said she had the girl over for dinner as “a kindness”, but that she put the girl in a taxi and sent her back to the psychiatric hospital where she was a patient after finding her stealing alcohol.

A Melbourne Magistrates Court heard previously that Kirkpatrick had taken the girl upstairs to a bedroom and indecently assaulted her.

In August, she was found guilty of two counts of indecent assault and one count of committing a gross act on a person under 16.

Judge Geoffrey Chettle will rule on the matter on Tuesday.

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"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: US rejects challenge to assault weapon ban "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The US Constitution's Second Amendment guarantees the right to bear arms, but there is a longstanding legal debate over its scope.
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The US Constitution’s Second Amendment guarantees the right to bear arms, but there is a longstanding legal debate over its scope.
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The US Supreme Court has rejected a challenge by gun-rights activists to a Chicago suburb’s ordinance banning assault weapons and large-capacity magazines.

The 2013 ordinance passed by the city of Highland Park, Illinois will remain in place.

By opting not to hear an appeal of a lower-court ruling that upheld the measure, the justices on Monday declined to take up what would have been a high-profile gun-rights case following a succession of mass shootings, including one last week in San Bernardino, California.

The Highland Park measure bans various semi-automatic weapons, including well-known guns such as the AR-15 and AK-47, in addition to magazines holding more than 10 rounds of bullets.

Two conservatives on the nine-member court, Clarence Thomas and Antonin Scalia, said the justices should have taken the case.

Thomas wrote a six-page dissent in which he said that, despite recent pro-gun rights rulings by the conservative-leaning high court, several lower courts “have upheld categorical bans on firearms that millions of Americans commonly own for lawful purposes”.

The US Constitution’s Second Amendment guarantees the right to bear arms, but there is a longstanding legal debate over its scope.

Semi-automatic rifles are popular, with the vast majority of...

Earth First! Newswire: Italy: “A Front-Runner in Earth’s Devastation Was Set on Fire” "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"


translated by act for freedom now


Image for illustrative purposes only, c/o



The driver’s side of a caterpillar track belonging to the company MARINI, a front runner in Earth’s devastation, was set on fire.

Solidarity with all those arrested and put under investigation following the revolt of 1st May in Milan.

Against anyone who dissociated themselves from the demo and regarded it as too noisy and incontrollable, and also against anyone who from Milan to Cremona, from Turin to Genoa dissociated themselves from acts of sabotage carried out on the “Italian soil”.

In spite of the events in Paris and the blatant intensifying of cops’ presence in the city, I acted and will act with the same tension, passion and fear that make me different from the masses.

An Anarchist’


Renew Economy: Paris, COP21: Ministers move in, as do the climate deniers "IndyWatch Feed"

Australia trots out the same spin at start of second week; how 1.5C target translates into 100% renewables for Australia, and quickly; is Australia's negotiating team playing short? CEFC in global green bank initiative; climate deniers at the Hotel California, and Saudi wins another fossil.


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Fossil fuel emissions may decline: report "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

On the way out: a coal mine and power station. Image

On the way out: a coal mine and power station. Image

The world’s carbon emissions from fossil fuels could decline this year for the first time during a period of strong economic growth, new research shows.

The latest report by the Global Carbon Project, co-authored by CSIRO scientist Pep Canadell, found emissions from fossil fuels could decline by 0.6 per cent in 2015.
It follows a 0.6 per cent increase last year and would break a decade-long phase of emissions growth.

Dr Canadell put it down to China’s decreased coal consumption, with the nation’s emissions growth slowing to 1.2 per cent in 2014.

Australia was responsible for more than one per cent of the world’s total carbon emissions from fossil fuels, placing the country 17th on the list of largest contributors.

Per person emissions in Australia remain high but are dropping in line with recent years, the report found.

Director of Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit, Richard Black, said the report suggested an “uncoupling” of economic and emissions growth.

‘Only a year ago people were assuming that economic growth and emissions growth were as inextricably coupled as Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin,’ he said.

‘Last year we saw signs that growth and emissions were uncoupling, and the new research suggests that’s set to continue and even accelerate.

‘The global projections for 2015 are estimates and could range from an increase of 0.5 per cent t...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Japan’s whaling plan on agenda "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Three dead minke whales lie on the deck of the Japanese whaling vessel Nisshin Maru in the Southern Ocean. (AP Photo/Tim Watters, Sea Shepherd Australia)

Three dead minke whales lie on the deck of the Japanese whaling vessel Nisshin Maru in the Southern Ocean. (AP Photo/Tim Watters, Sea Shepherd Australia)

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop expects to discuss Japan’s decision to start whaling again during a meeting with the Japanese environment minister in Paris.

Ms Bishop is holding a series of bilateral meetings on the sidelines of major United Nations climate talks in Paris.
She’ll meet with Japan’s Environment Minister Tamayo Marukawa on Tuesday (AEDT) and suspects the country’s resumption of whaling will be a pressing topic.

“Given that Australia has put out a public statement in opposition to the decision … I anticipate that that will be a matter of discussion between us,” she told reporters ahead of the bilateral meeting on Tuesday.

Ms Bishop and Environment Minister Greg Hunt on Monday issued a warning to Japan via the public statement, saying Australia was looking into possible legal action over the deeply disappointing decision.

Japan decided to commence whaling this summer despite advice to the contrary from the International Whaling Commission.

‘The science is clear: all information necessary for management and conservation of whales can be obtained through non-lethal methods,’ the joint statement said.

Ms Bishop is heading the Australian delegation in Paris for the second week of high-level negotiations at the UN summit, which is...


Papua New Guinea Mine Watch: Possible re-opening of Panguna mine "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A mined mind

“We are ready to engage with Bougainville Copper if they so wish, if they want to come back”

Radio New Zealand

The president of Bougainville says the ABG has been in discussions with Rio Tinto subsidiary, Bougainville Copper Limited, about a possible re-opening of the Panguna copper and gold mine. The Bougainville government is having consultations on a regular basis .

The autonomous Papua New Guinea region is set to hold a referendum on independence by 2020 but it has to have a viable economy before Port Moresby will agree to this.

The Bougainville president John Momis says returning to mining is the fastest way to achieve this viability and that is why they are talking with BCL, which operated Panguna before it was shut down by the civil war.

Mr Momis told Don Wiseman that Bougainville has plenty of other mineral deposits and it is not dependent on Panguna re-opening, but it remains the best option.

JOHN MOMIS: Of course Bougainville is endowed with rich natural resources. Under the new Bougainville Mining Law, which is quite unique, any investor must strictly adhere to the conditions of our Mining Law, and with Rio Tinto – we have taken away every right of Rio Tinto, except the right of first refusal. That’s all they have, and if they don’t meet our conditions then even they will not be allowed to come back. But we will also consider others. In fairness to Bougainville Copper [ a subsidiary of Rio Tinto ] if you shut...


Earth First! Newswire: In Defense of the Earth, Autonomous Indigenous Government Established in Peru "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

by Fionuala Cregan / Inter-Continental Cry

wampi-peruFor most Peruvians it was a Sunday like any other; but in the Wampis community of Soledad, it was a historic day. On November 29, the Wampis nation declared the formation of the first Autonomous Indigenous Government in Peru.

Spanning a 1.3 million hectare territory – a region the size of the State of Connecticut – the newly elected government brings together 100 Wampis communities representing some 10,613 people who continue to live a traditional subsistence way of life through hunting, fishing and small scale agriculture.

While the newly-formed government does not seek independence from Peru, its main role is to protect Wampis ancestral territory and promote a sustainable way of life that prioritizes well-being, food security and a healthy harmonious existence with the natural world.

This is no small task in today’s world; but it is nonetheless a necessary one, as Andres Noningo Sesen, Waimaku (Wampis Visionary), explains in a recent email to the New Internationalist. Due to the advance of mining and oil companies, illegal logging and palm oil plantations, the Wampis have found their livelihoods increasingly under threat.

We will still be Peruvian citizens but now we will have our own government responsible for our own territory. This will allow u...



Independent Australia: Possible 2015 carbon emissions decline provides boost for COP21 "IndyWatch Feed"

Possible 2015 carbon emissions decline provides boost for COP21With atmospheric CO2 at its highest levels in 800,000 years, news of a possible halt in emissions this year provides a boost for the UN climate talks concluding in Paris this week. read now...


"IndyWatch Feed Cvic": Natural Newstead: It depends on the angle "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Sacred Kingfisher is a bird of many subtly different hues and tones. These shots are of the same individual, keeping watch over its nest site on the Loddon. The tunnel has been used before – one of my Xmas traditions is attempting to photograph the adults as they feed the youngsters. I suspect the eggs are yet to hatch – the large, black cicada was gobbled up eagerly by the adult from its riverside perch.

Sacred Kingfisher nest, Loddon River @ Newstead, 11th December 2015. ...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Kingscliff’s foreshore facelift funded by feds "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Kingscliff is a growing tourist town.

Kingscliff’s CBD foreshore area is set for a major facelift with almost $10 million in federal funding announced toward a $21 million project to protect and revitalise the area and build a new central park.

Works under the project include the building of a permanent seawall to protect the Cudgen Headland Surf Life Saving Club, Kingscliff Beach Holiday Park and Kingscliff Beach Bowls Club from erosion caused by storm events and projected sea level rises.

Tweed Shire Council’s general manager Troy Green welcomed the $9.81 million funding for the foreshore upgrade under the Australian Government’s National Stronger Regions Fund (NSRF), saying it would enable council to forge ahead with a project that had been 10 years in the making.

‘The $21.2 million Kingscliff Foreshore Project will establish essential protection for infrastructure along a section of the coastline, redevelop and modernise the Kingscliff Beach Holiday Park and create a central park to become a real social hub for the town,’ Mr BGreen said.

‘Council has liaised closely with the public, particularly during an engagement campaign in 2011, to identify community priorities for the foreshore redevelopment and help design the central park. However, these visions could not be realised without a major injection of government funds, so we are thrilled by today’s news.’

Mr Green said the project would feature best-practice design to protect the natural environment, while protecting the foreshore buildings and seamlessly linking the be...


loon pond: In which UST leads to an agile, innovative, dull and tediously irrelevant domestic ... "IndyWatch Feed"

The good news is that Pope is back and more Pope here; the other good news is that Twitter has been down; and the further good news is that Malcolm Turnbull's HFC network is showing that it's not just turtles that know how to race hares ... so that the pond has been prepared this day at a pace a medieval monk working on an illustration for an illuminated manuscript would recognise.

Perhaps that explains the irritation.

Meanwhile, the nonsense flows on, unrefined and unchallenged.

LEIGH SALES: Many people in that sector and other sectors would tell you that the most critical thing for their business these days is a speedy internet. So why then do you continue to back a broadband network that relies on a decrepit copper network? 
MALCOLM TURNBULL: Why do - but that is just - with great respect, that is just completely wrong. I mean, I ... 
LEIGH SALES: It relies on copper to get from the node to the house and that copper network's old. MALCOLM TURNBULL: Yeah. But it doesn't matter whether it's old or young as long as it works. We are - under the approach we are taking to the NBN, we will get the network completed six to eight years sooner than it would be under Labor's proposed method and $30 billion cheaper or at less expense to the Government, which makes broadband more affordable. I mean, it is remarkable...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Lismore’s cultural future looks brighter with gallery boost "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


An artist’s impression of the proposed Lismore Regional Gallery, part of the Lismore Quadrangle project which the federal government has given a funding boost to. Image Lismore City Council

Lismore mayor Jenny Dowell has welcomed federal funding of $2.85 million for the Lismore Quadrangle project, which will see the long-awaited Lismore Regional Gallery become a reality.

Page MP Kevin Hogan yesterday said Lismore City Council would receive the money as one of five major projects in his electorate which have been funded with more than $12.6 million under the Australian government’s National Stronger Regions Fund.

The other projects are the upgrade of the Casino cattleyards ($3.5 million), the Ballina Marine Tower reconstruction ($850,000), roadworks for the Toonumbar Dam (about $1 million), and upgrades for the Harwood Mill and refinery ($4,150,000).

Mayor Dowell said the Lismore Quadrangle project, costing a total of $5.8 million, will include a relocated gallery in the old C Block building as well as a public piazza and new car parking.

She said council’s contribution would be funded by $120,000 from the Lismore Quadrangle Pledge Campaign, $300,000 from the sale of the existing building, $126,800 in other public donations, a $110,000 Arts NSW grant, and $500,000 donated by a private foundation.

Council will fund the remainder with borrowings of up to $1.9 million, and Friends of the Gallery will work to boost fundraising to help minimise council borrowings.

‘This is an absolutely momentous occasion – it was quite overwhelming to receive the news and o........


Catallaxy Files: Competition – a Better Name for the Innovation Package "IndyWatch Feed"

Let me start ….

  • Building the Agility Revolution
  • CPRS – Cliche and Politician Reduction Scheme
  • Stop the Bloats



Head Space: Technological Hazard – Explosion: Mumbai (Bombay), India "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Technological Hazard – Gas Explosion Asia – India | State of Maharashtra, Mumbai (Bombay), Kandivali area Location: 19°12’21.5″N 72°51’56.2″E Fatalities: 2 (estimated) Injured: unknown Missing: unknown Evacuees: unknown Damage Level: High ——————————————————————————– Fire destroys around 1,000 slum homes in Mumbai, 2 killed Dec 07, 2015 20:10 IST,  Hindustan Times, Mumbai (en) Two persons were killed and eleven others […]


Catallaxy Files: What She Said – Judith Sloan in the Oz "IndyWatch Feed"

In today’s OZ, Professor Judith wrote a wonderful review of the Government’s latest innovation package.  It was funny, pithy and unfortunately all too accurate.

Given fear of copyright infringements, I won’t cut and paste the whole article.  It is here for all to read themselves.  But here is the key line (at least IMO):

The much more sensible approach by the government would be to enact measures to make it easier for all businesses to operate. This involves getting government out of the way, removing the layers of regulations, making it easier and more affordable to hire and fire workers, and to lower the tax burden on all players.


Catallaxy Files: More holiday reading "IndyWatch Feed"

Books for Cats and classical liberals.

* A summary of Popper’s The Open Society and its Enemies, one of the great classical liberal books of the 20th century.
* Summaries of several other Popper books. Bear in mind that the climate caper could not have come about if Popper’s approach to science was the norm in the profession.
* Australiana, a collection with pieces on the history of various sports, special people, Australian science, reviews of books on intellectual movements, second thoughts after the Vietnam War etc.
* Jacques Barzun and Others, reminders of under-rated or forgotten people including the polymathic Jacques Barzun, the Australian poet and public intellectual James McAuley, Liam Hudson (humanistic psychologist), the outstanding literary scholar Rene Wellek, the partners in psychology and linguistics, Karl & Charlotte Buhler, the economists Peter Bauer and Bill Hutt.
* A collection of Hayek-related papers and more…

Topical in view of the agility statement.

* Making Science Pay, a collection of papers and book reviews on aspects of scientific productivity, both the production of knowledge and the delivery of economic returns from scientific research. The main theme is to challenge some widespread views about science and scientists, especially the effectiveness of Big Science driven by government funding.

The first paper dates from the time when the university system was being radically re-shaped by ignorant social engineers in the hope of greater administrative efficiency and better economic returns from teaching and research. That was a cruel joke and it would have been clearly perceived as such in the light of experience in the US reported by Jacques Barzun in The American University (1968).

My point was that t...


MacroBusiness: Malcolm fiddles while Australia burns "IndyWatch Feed"

Our Malcolm is doing the right thing, sort of. After years of political illegitimacy and stifled debate about policy reform, he is opening us up to new ideas. A breath of fresh air to lift the animal spirits, as it were. Yesterday’s innovation package was good if small but the cultural shift is important. The

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MacroBusiness: The slow death of Australian manufacturing "IndyWatch Feed"

By Leith van Onselen It has been well documented on this site that Australia’s manufacturing sector is dying a slow death. According to the annual national accounts, released last month, Australian manufacturing investment fell to the lowest level in history in the year to June 2015 at just 1.0% of GDP, with the real dollar

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Head Space: Nuclear Events: Potential Uncontrolled Radiation Release – Susquehanna Nuclear Power Plant, Pennsylvania "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

North America – USA | State of Pennsylvania, Berwick – Susquehanna Nuclear Power Plant Location: 41°05’20.0″N 76°08’56.0″W Present Operational Age: ~33 years Emergency Level: POT UNCNTRL RAD REL Current Event Notification Reports Nuclear Event in USA on Sunday, 06 December, 2015 at 03:50 [EST]. LOSS OF SECONDARY CONTAINMENT DIFFERENTIAL PRESSURE DUE TO ICING OF INTAKE […]


Head Space: Nuclear Event – Manual Reactor Trip: Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant – Unit 2, New York "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Technological Hazard (Nuclear Event) – Nuclear Reactor Shutdown North America – USA | State of New York,  Buchanan, Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant, Unit 2 Location: 41°16’11.0″N 73°57’08.0″W   Present Operational Age: ~40 years Damage Level: RPS ACTUATION – CRITICAL Injured: unknown Evacuees: unknown Nuclear Event in USA  on Saturday 05 December, 2015 at 17:31 [EST] […]


EcoWatch: Bernie Wins Readers’ Poll for TIME Person of the Year But Gets Snubbed as Trump Makes Shortlist "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"


Bernie Sanders was voted TIME's "Person of the Year" in a reader poll, garnering...


Geoengineering Watch: NATO General Expresses Alarm Over Atmospheric Aircraft Spraying "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

760We are living at a point in human history when the willful blindness of global populations is truly beyond comprehension. The open blatant  tyranny of governments around the globe has been (for the most part) ignored by the masses. Many have convinced themselves that if they continue to ignore reality long enough, dire threats will


Global Justice Ecology Project: WATCH: Historic Kayak Action demands Indigenous Peoples Rights in Paris Climate Accord "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Paris –  An all-Indigenous flotilla of kayaks took to the waters of Paris today, followed by a press conference  featuring Indigenous leaders from the Americas delivering strong messages: warnings of the worst consequences of climate change, and holistic... Read More

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The Ecologist: EU renews 70% 'solar tax' on Chinese PV "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The EU's decision to renew 'punitive' tariffs on imports of PV modules and cells from China will cost the EU's solar installers an extra £700 million, writes Oliver Tickell - just as the UK industry is reeling from 87% government cuts.


Earth First! Newswire: Protesters and Reporters Forcefully Ejected from COP21 “Solutions 21” Opening Event (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

from News Internationalist Magazine / Revolution News

Paris: Solutions 21, an exhibition of corporate “solutions” to climate change, began Friday December 4 at Le Grand Palais. Toxic Tour protesters disrupted the opening with a direct action to denounce the corporate sponsors of the event. They were forcibly removed by police. Police also attempted to censor journalists who were covering the protest. One journalist from New Internationalist Magazine was physically removed by police.

Many events and demonstrations had been planned for the UN Climate Conference in Paris but were cancelled after the Paris attacks. A protest on December 4 at the opening of Solutions 21 to denounce corporate influence on the climate talks was ejected and censored, silencing public dissent.

The action was supported by Corporate Europe Observatory, Les Amis de la Terre France, Attac France (Officiel), Climate Justice Action, JEDIs, Solidaire and Friends of the Earth France. Kandi Mossett from the Indigenous Environmental Network spoke at the event.

Protesters called the Solutions 21 event a “corporate greenwashing exercise” and denounced their re...


Fire Earth: FIRE-EARTH Alert – PPTTRRGG "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

– Correction – CJ Members Fire-Earth Alert: PPTTRRGG Details of the Alert ‘PPTTRRG2’ will be broadcast on FIRE-EARTH Ch3 on December 8, 2015 at the following times: 05:32 and 07:02UTC Filed under: News Alert Tagged: 8 December 2015, CJ Members, Fire-Earth Alert, PPTTRRG2


Earth First! Newswire: Announcing Black Seed Issue #4 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

from Black Seed

black_seed_4In This Issue:

  • The End of the World?
  • Activism and the Green Left
  • An Introduction to the Anthropecene
  • Interviews with Dominique & Knowing the Land is Resistance
  • The Aftermath of the Katrina Disaster
  • Anarcho-Primitivism and Green Platonism
  • Nihilist Animism
  • Reviews & More…

Editorial: Is the End of the World Upon us?

There are plenty of signs that would lead us to believe that this is the case. In this issue we focus on natural catastrophies, both the incredibly dangerous ways they’re minimized by government agencies and popular media, as well as our total lack of collective responsibility, demonstrated by our increasing consumption of finite resources. Our world has gone mad with profit-for-the-very-few and the political and social consequences of a world with as great a gap in income levels as there has ever been are dangerous. How will the next economic crash look compared to the 1930s? Will it take another war to end the next one? Can we survive such a war? Finally, is the end of the world visible in how we allow ourselves to be treated by the State? If Black Lives Matter has taught us anything it is that the human capacity to objectify and destroy other humans is as high today as it has ever been and that the rhetoric is even more sophisticated (and not) and even less forgiving. If the end of the world is a measurable event there is plenty of evidence that the meter for it is at a near h...


Fire Earth: Hazardous Air: Beijing Finally Issues a ‘Red Alert’ "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Smog must be serious! Beijing has issued its first ever “red alert”  as smog levels continue to build up. The red alert means schools must close and outdoor construction have to stop, probably for the next three days. The red alert, the highest available, which has not been used in the Chinese capital before, means […]


Head Space: Strong M7.2 Seismic Events/Aftershocks: Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Region, Tajikistan "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The earthquake occurred in Tajikistan , Region of Dushanbe. The nearest places are and Irkht. The maximum altitude nearby is 6,882m . Natural Hazard – Seismic Event  Asia –  Tajikistan | Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Region, Murghob Location: 105km W of Murghob, Tajikistan Magnitude: 7.2 Time:  2015-12-07 07:50:06 (UTC) Epicenter: 38°15’28.8″N 72°46’01.2″E Depth: 26.0 km (16.2 mi) Shallow […]



Catallaxy Files: Unbelievably dishonest "IndyWatch Feed"

The press is certainly unbelievable, and she is unbelievably good at getting the message across.


Antony Loewenstein: RT TV interview on making money from refugees and Disaster Capitalism "IndyWatch Feed National"

I was recently interviewed in London on RT TV’s program Going Underground and we discussed corporations making money from the refugee crisis and my book, Disaster Capitalism:


BC-ESP Seismograms: Magnitude 7.2 – 105km W of Murghob, Tajikistan – December 7, 2015 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

12_7click here for the USGS Tectonic Summary

Time:  2015-12-07 07:50:06 UTC
Location:  38.258°N   72.767°E
105km (65mi) W of Murghob, Tajikistan
Magnitude 7.2
Depth:  26.0 km


EcoWatch: Monsanto to Be Put on Trial for ‘Crimes Against Nature and Humanity’ "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"


“The time is long overdue for a global citizens’ tribunal to put Monsanto on trial ...


Earth First! Newswire: Secret Agreement Between Environmental Groups and Oil Companies Marks the End of an Era "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

by Dru Oja Jay / Medium

secret deal“For traditional conservationists, it was a little like finding out that Amnesty International had opened its own prison wing in Guantanamo.” That’s how Naomi Klein described the Nature Conservancy’s decision to allow oil drilling on land it was conserving to protect an endangered bird in 1999.

My, how things have changed!

Since then, Amnesty International-branded prisons — or at least their environmental equivalent — have become de rigeur among well-funded NGOs. That trend reached a kind of turning point last week, when the Financial Post revealed that four prominent Canadian Environmental groups sat in secret negotiations with oil companies for months, and — according to the report —...


EcoWatch: Josh Fox: ‘How To Let Go of the World’ to Premiere at Sundance "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"


I never thought my fight to protect my home near the Delaware River would ...


Aboriginal News Group Newswire: Coca-Cola's ad offending indigenous Mexicans - Tech Insider "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Coca-Cola's ad offending indigenous Mexicans - Tech Insider:

The ad shows a bunch of young, white, millennial-types showing up to the town of Totontepec in Oaxaca, Mexico, bearing the gift of soda.

It was pulled on December 1 from the official Coca-Cola YouTube channel, Mashable's Megan Specia reports, after "the country's Alliance for Food Health lodged an official complaint with the National Council to Prevent Discrimination (Conapred)."


Latest News: Clearcuts for Christmas? "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Pro-logging “rider” bill in Congress would allow clearcutting in our national forests


EcoWatch: Leonardo DiCaprio: Ready for 100% "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"


Something incredible is happening right now across the...


Aboriginal News Group Newswire: Report: 108 Palestinians slain by Israeli troops in 2 months "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Report: 108 Palestinians slain by Israeli troops in 2 months: OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– A report by the Palestine Network for Dialogue documented the murder of 72 Palestinians by the Israeli occupation troops during October and 36 others during November.


The Ecologist: Carlisle floods: bring back the trees, and the beavers! "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The key to reducing the risk of more floods like those in Carlisle is to realise that conventional 'flood defence' can never provide security against the ever more extreme weather events that global warming will bring. We must embrace natural solutions to holding back flood waters: more trees; and bring back the beavers!


Wake Up World: Victim Mentality? Empowerment Through Self-Awareness "IndyWatch Feed National"

8th December 2015 By Dee Bernstein Guest Writer for Wake Up World For the first half of my life I was a master manipulator, a weaver of grand stories, a long distance runner and avoider of truths and responsibilities, and a victim of the highest order.  It can be very difficult for a person to ...Continue Reading - Victim Mentality? Empowerment Through Self-Awareness


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Thus Spake Mungo: Turnbull wary of the Abbottistas "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Mungo MacCallum

As the pollies flee from Canberra in the hope (or fear) of embracing their far-flung families for the festive season, there will be many ready to celebrate. The turkey has been despatched and Santa Claus has delivered the pudding and the polls.

But some may pause to muse about the old yarn about the father who wanted to prove to his over-optimistic son that even at Christmas there can be let downs. So instead of leaving the boy a present to wake up in the morning, he left a load of horse manure. But the lad was, as they say, undeterred: ‘With all that shit,’ he enthused,’there must be a pony!’

Well, perhaps; but the reverse may still apply. Even with the very best show ponies, there will still be excrement. And so it has proved in what was supposed to be a euphoric couple of weeks.

The recalcitrant Abbottistas, of course, were always going to play the Grinch: they could and would grumble about everything, but they could basically be ignored. The public protestations of no wrecking, no sniping, no undermining quickly reverted to a litany of insinuations about the wimpishness of the messiah in refusing to follow their own gung-ho exhortations to cleanse the temple of ISIS. This was distracting and irritating, but predictable.

However, the last few days brought something a little more alarming down the chimney of the Turnbull’s waterfront mansion. One was the Ian Macfarlane dummy-spit; having been dumped from the industry ministry, the crusty banana bender made it clear that he was not ready to move on, but was determined to try again with a new club, the National Party. And he may not be the only one; there is a well-founded rumour that Scott Bucholz, who briefly served as Tony Abbott’s chief whip, is ready to join him.

Now it is easy to dismiss that as just another Queensland aberration; although the Libs and Nats have theoretically united as a single party in the...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Wool industry’s bloody image exposed "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The latest video exposé of abuse in the wool industry released by PETA US reveals shearers on a massive Australian farm a few weeks ago hurling sheep in the air, slamming them to the floor, kicking them, stamping on a sheep’s face and more.

In the aftermath of the release of the exposé, the wool industry is trying to clean up its bloody image by claiming that it’s spending big money on training and research.

But all this ‘training and research’ doesn’t seem to be achieving much: investigations of wool farms have revealed the same systemic abuse at shearing sheds around Australia.

The wool industry should stop treating sheep like punching bags – and fire the workers who engage in such cruelty.

And if it wants to spend money on something that would make a difference for sheep, it should install web cameras in areas where shearing and mulesing take place so that everyone could see how sheep are violently handled and have chunks of their flesh cut from their backsides without painkillers.

That isn’t likely to happen, of course, so I invite readers to visit to view our wool investigation footage and decide for themselves whether this cruel industry is one they want to support.

Jason Baker, campaign director, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Australia

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EcoWatch: Adrian Grenier’s New Entourage and Lonely Whale Foundation "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"


Actor, filmmaker and social advocate Adrian Grenier is best known for his role as...


"IndyWatch Feed Nsw": "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Transport on the NSW seaboard in days past "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

I would like to comment on a sentence in the article about relics from the Tweed’s 47 shipwrecks. It’s about the sentence ending: ‘the Tweed was almost entirely reliant on shipping to move goods and people along the coast of NSW’.

My maternal grandmother Edith Sophia White married Frederick Hamilton Dudgeon at Ennis on the Hastings River, inland from Port Macquarie in 1905.

Fred had a dairy farm below Chincogan on the Mullumbimby-Billinudgel road. It was a 100-acre farm with its own waterfall and small creek that ran all year round.

Following their marriage Edie and Fred Dudgeon travelled by ship to Byron Bay Jetty and travelled overland to the farm north of Mullumbimby. My grandma never saw her mother again after her wedding day.

In the early 1900s, shipping was the only means of transport for families from Sydney and the South Coast to the North Coast of NSW

The North Coast has always had three large rivers, the Tweed, the Richmond and the Clarence. Making overland travel impossible from the far north of NSW.

Early in the 20th century, ferries were used to transport cars and people across these large rivers.

I married in 1961 and we had to queue up at the Burns Point Ferry south of Ballina to cross the Richmond River and  drive onto a ferry to cross the river, to head south.

This was repeated at the Clarence River.

In 1964 the first road bridge was built over the Richmond River at Wardell, eliminating the Burns Point Ferry south of Ballina. My husband and I were guests of the opening of this bridge. I was 26 years old.

With the opening of the Harwood Bridge across the Clarence in 1966, the need for ferries on the Pacific Ocean no longer existed.

As a child in 1940s I remember visiting Byron Bay on the train from Mullumbimby and walking out onto the jetty over the ocean.

In the cyclone of 1947 most of the jetty was washed away. It was rebuilt in 1948, but in 195...


"IndyWatch Feed Nsw": "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Life was meant to get easier? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Life is so much easier since the days of my youth – a time when my father had survived ‘the war to end all wars’ but didn’t survive bankruptcy in the ‘Great Depression’.

Then there is my experience at high school. All through World War II, we dug up the treeless, bitumen covered school yard at lunch time to make slit trenches – all the while not knowing whether we would be invaded.

Now all seems so much easier. That is until I rang from my Telstra landline to check the price of a local call from a public phone. Twenty-seven minutes later I was told the answer, 50 cents. I had spoken to six people of interesting and different accents. Welcome to modern Australia.

It’s made me think about us older citizens trying to make our way in this fast-changing world.

I’m 88 years old. I’ve got a body full of stents. I’m described as ‘frail aged’. I buy postage stamps to stick on envelopes to pay my bills by cheque. I don’t have a mobile ‘phone. I don’t have a computer. I’ve tried, but haven’t been able to master them.

I know, I know. I should make a bigger effort. Instead I rely on smiles, frowns, gestures, voice tones and eye contact to aid my discourse.

I have good friends who recognise my age-driven inertia in our electronics saturated culture. They understand and do their best to keep me in touch.

Others, not so lucky, also electronically frail retreat to their lonely four walls and despair of a future deprived of life-affirming contact.

This is surely euthanasia by exclusion.

Ken (Stents) Nicholson, Kingscliff

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new illuminati: Who Turned Out the Lights? The Psychopathy of Greed "IndyWatch Feed National"

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"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Byron Bay Blog: Bangalow Designers’ Market – Sat 20 December "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

8am – 3pm, Bangalow Public School Grounds

Bangalow Designers’ Market is passionate about promoting design in the Byron Shire community – to showcase innovation in local fashion, arts and crafts, food and music. Here are a few of the region’s designers whose work will be on display;

Jane Postle Textile Artist


Specializing in the Japanese art of Shibori. She secures fabric using Shibori techniques and then dyes the fabric in an indigo vat. From these textiles she hand crafts a range of “unique and individual” homewares, clothing and accessories.



A Byron based bohemian clothing and accessories label. Inspired by worldwide travels and an endless longing for adventures, these pieces are perfect for the globetrotting gypsy in all of us. Learn more at

The Unexpected Guest


Make extraordinarily delicious breakfast products and homegoods with spirit.They are passionate about using authentic materials, light-hearted original design and giving the details the attention they deserve.This collection of handmade goods was created to celebrate the unplanned...


The Verb: Communicating Hope: Interview With Professor Sheila Jasanoff "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Many people feel overwhelmed about climate change. Graphs and statistics obscure the bigger picture that our atmosphere is becoming less hospitable to human life. Science is about impersonal observation, not a lived human experience. Sheila Jasanoff’s contribution to the climate change debate has been to provide the framework of ‘co-production’, which she describes as the simultaneous making of the natural and social worlds. Jasanoff’s framework allows us to think about the human and the social at four levels concerning climate change: communal, political, spatial and temporal.

Jasanoff is Pforzheimer Professor of Science and Technology Studies at the Harvard Kennedy School. Her work explores the role of science and technology in the law, politics, and policy of modern democracies. She sat down with The Verb after ‘Our Common Future Under Climate Change’ (CFCC15) in Paris.


How could scientists communicate more effectively in order to avoid contesting interpretations of their findings?

One place to begin: what often looks like contestation over facts, over a claim that is made about nature, if you look more closely, it turns out to be a contestation over some underlying values. People keep on piling more facts on top of each other but it turns out that what people really disagree on is something else. Right now there are decades and decades of research on so called technological controversies, and these are always both scientific and value-based or politically-based. The divisive issue can be about things like who has the responsibility for taking care of a problem or about the time scale on which y...


News from Survival International: Brazil: Authorities stand by as fires started by loggers threaten tribe "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Wildfires in Brazil are often started by loggers as a means of claiming territory and displacing tribes.
Wildfires in Brazil are often started by loggers as a means of claiming territory and displacing tribes.
© Survival International

Fires – almost certainly started by logging gangs – are raging across large areas of Maranhão state in Brazil. Despite global calls for action to protect the pre-Amazon forest and local uncontacted Awá tribespeople from being wiped out, so far the authorities have done very little to contain the blaze.

The fires were started approximately two weeks ago. Local Awá Indians have made repeated efforts to extinguish them, only to find more fires starting nearby. This pattern indicates conscious human efforts to set the forest alight, rather than natural dry season wildfires. Elsewhere in Brazil, loggers have been known to start fires to try and force indigenous people from the land.

This fire follows on from a similar incident in Arariboia last month, which was also extinguished long after it had started. It is believed that that fire was also started by loggers on the territory of a group of uncontacted Awá.

One Awá man said: “What will we do with no food and no forest? The fire is destroyin...


"IndyWatch Feed Cvic": troublemag: SALON December 2015 / January 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

MONTALBETTI+CAMPBELL, Andy Thomas 2002, type C photograph on polyester-based paper. Collection: National Portrait Gallery, Canberra. Commissioned with funds provided by the L Gordon Darling AC CMG 2002. Uncommon Australians: The Vision of Gordon and Marilyn Darling, a National Portrait Touring Exhibition, McClelland Gallery + Sculpture Park, 390 McClelland Drive, Langwarrin (VIC), 13 December 2015 to 21 February 2016.

COVER: MONTALBETTI+CAMPBELL, Andy Thomas 2002, type C photograph on polyester-based paper. Collection: National Portrait Gallery, Canberra. Commissioned with funds provided by the L Gordon Darling AC CMG 2002. Uncommon Australians: The Vision of Gordon and Marilyn Darling, a National Portrait Touring Exhibition, McClelland Gallery + Sculpture Park, 390 McClelland Drive, Langwarrin (VIC), 13 December 2015 to 21 February 2016 –

Kate Gorringe-Smith, Wings over water. The Flyway Print Exchange, Community Gallery, Immigration Museum, 400 Flinders Street Melbourne (VIC), 1 December 2015 – 28 February 2016.

Kate Gorringe-Smith, ‘Wings over water’. ‘The Flyway Print Exchange’, Community Gallery, Immigration Museum, 400 Flinders Street Melbourn...


"IndyWatch Feed Cvic": troublemag: Wood & Tradition: Joined at the Hip "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Gordon Dowell

Sitting on a shaving horse (aka The Pleasure Pony) and armed with a razor-sharp drawknife, Lachie Park is using the centuries-old method of green woodworking known as ‘bodging’ to produce two hundred wooden pegs. He is adamant that his pegs should be made from the ‘traditional’ English Oak (Quercus robur).

Lachie has managed to source his wood from a place close to home, using a tree garnered originally from Melbourne’s Royal Botanic Gardens, which he discovered lying in a Daylesford timber yard. The skill and knowledge to make the pegs, however, was learned many miles away while he was studying in The Scottish Borders in 2010.

Lachie’s two hundred pegs are the essential component used to bind a traditional post and beam barn, a feature of which is the complete absence of modern metallic fasteners. Lachie is using the English building method of scribe rule construction for his barn, which now dominates the skyline in his home town of Newstead in central Victoria.

The scribe rule tradition reached its zenith in the 16th and 17th centuries, through the provenance of log cabin construction. The pegs are tapped into the holes through both mortice and tenon, thus bringing the joint together. This process is known as ‘drawboring’. Lachie described the advantages of this method of building as: “… trees can be felled and framed up in one day, while the pegs allow the construction to be taken apart if required”.

Though the mind does boggle – considering the weight and size of this thing – at the thought of Lachie’s deconstructed barn becoming a ‘pop up’ in another location, it is an intriguing idea. These are not piddling sticks of lumber. The green timber posts are recently harvested Murray Pine (Callitris glaucaphylla) from Injune in Queensland measuring 250mm square, and the beams not much smaller. At 12 x 5 metres in area, 5.7 metres high, and weighing 10 tonnes minus t...


"IndyWatch Feed Cvic": Lot19 Arts: “A Road Trip, A Camera and A Cloud” "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

booklaunch sat 12th dec 2-5pm


“A Road Trip, A Camera and A Cloud”

book 4 book 3… is a beautiful coffee table photography book compiled by local photographer and community development facilitator, Deanna Neville. Deanna’s aim is to produce the book using Crowd Funding so she can further pursue her community photography projects. Called “Focus on Community, Deanna works with amazing people using photography, portraiture and story-telling to make books that help people experiencing life challenges and supporting them, and us, as a community, to heal.

booklaunch sat 12th dec 2-5pm

book 2


To see Deanna’s Crowd Funding Pozible Campaign, see below:


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ANTaR: Referendum Council Announced "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Professor Patrick Dodson and Mr Mark Leibler AC will be the Co-Chairs of the Referendum Council.

Professor Dodson and Mr Leibler were the Co-Chairs of the former Expert Panel on Constitutional Recognition of Indigenous Australians.

The other members of the Referendum Council are: Ms Pat Anderson AO; Professor Megan Davis; Mr Andrew Demetriou; Mr Murray Gleeson AC QC; Mr Mick Gooda; Ms Tanya Hosch; Professor Kristina Keneally; Ms Jane McAloon; Mr Michael Rose; Ms Natasha Stott Despoja AM; Mr Noel Pearson; Ms Amanda Vanstone; Ms Dalassa Yorkston and Dr Galarrwuy Yunupingu AM.

Read ANTaR's Statement here - Referendum Council an opportunity to drive a clearer process towards constitutional recognition


"IndyWatch Feed Qld": Central Queensland Plane Spotting: PNG Registered Pacific Helicopters Bell 212 P2-PAT Passes Through Bundaberg Airport Heading South - Plus Citation VH-NEQ Visited over the Weekend! "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

On Monday 7 December, Papua New Guinea (PNG) based Pacific Helicopters Bell 212 P2-PAT was heard to be flying South through Central Queensland - and it was believed to have landed at Bundaberg Airport for fuel.

P2-PAT passing through Cairns in March this year

I believe that P2-PAT was flying South to Redcliffe as it is from there where fellow Pacific Helicopters Bell 212 P2-PAN ferried back to PNG from last week.

Meanwhile, a couple of other interesting light General Aviation (GA) aircraft and a bizjet have also called into Bundaberg Airport over the last couple of days.  Skypac Aviation Cessna 510 Citation Mustang bizjet VH-NEQ I believe called into Bundy late on Saturday 5 December.  It was noted leaving Bundaberg on Sunday 6 December, returning South to Bankstown.

On the lighter side of GA movements, a pair of Basair Australia Piper PA-28-161 Warrior aircraft - VH-LXJ and VH-LXQ - were noted passing through Bundaberg Airport on Monday 7 December while on a flight from Archerfield to Longreach.  They were also due to call into Emerald Airport after Bundy.

And finally, locally-based CromAir Cessna 414A VH-CBT departed Bundaberg for Maryborough and Toowoomba on Sunday 6 December.  It later returned to Bundy from Toowoomba.



"IndyWatch Feed Qld": Central Queensland Plane Spotting: Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Airbus A330-203 / KC-30A (MRTT) A39-004 Missed Approach at Rockhampton Airport Sunday "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Captured making a rare but most welcome visit in the skies over Rockhampton on Sunday 6 December was Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Airbus A330-203 / KC-30A (MRTT) A39-004 which was captured by local plane spotter Kayanne H climbing out after completing a missed approach at Rockhampton Airport.


"IndyWatch Feed Qld": Central Queensland Plane Spotting: Sunshine-Coast Based Lancair Columbia 300 N189TC Calls into Hervey Bay Airport Sunday "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Information suggested that Sunshine Coast-based Lancair LC-40-550FG Columbia 300 N189TC called into Hervey Bay (Fraser Coast) Airport on Sunday 6 December.

N189TC on finals at Townsville last year  (File photo)

It was due to call in from the Sunshine Coast, and return to there later in the day.


"IndyWatch Feed Qld": Central Queensland Plane Spotting: Bond Helicopters Sikorsky S-92A Helicopter VH-NYZ Ferries Through Longreach and Emerald Airports to Caloundra "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

On Monday 7 December, Bond Helicopters Sikorsky S-92A helicopter VH-NYZ was noted passing through Longreach and Emerald Airports while on a ferry flight from Western Australia to Caloundra on the Sunshine Coast.

VH-NYZ at Adelaide Airport earlier this year

Heard flying under the callsign "Bond 07", the big Sikorsky is ferrying from Truscott/Mungalalu to Caloundra via Kununurra, Tennant Creek, Mount Isa, Longreach and Emerald.

I believe it will be stored at Caloundra along with fellow Bond Helicopters Sikorsky S-92A helicopter VH-NYW which ferried South in mid-October.

Photo taken by the Tony Haynes  ©


Ronald's space: Part 12: Australia’s “irrelevant” crimes against humanity. How HELLICAR could protect 1.1 million welfare recipients from becoming victims of the Waivergate scam. "IndyWatch Feed National"

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“Waivergate” is my name for Centrelink ripping off vulnerable, ill-informed welfare recipients who do not know their rights and are therefore “fair game.” As the news article “Top cops hunt welfare cheaters” reveals, Centrelink and federal police have 1.1 million people in their sights because they have been overpaid almost $5 BILLION.

  1. To believe that all of those people were in the wrong and that Centrelink with its poorly trained, overworked staff and a clapped out 30-year old computer system never made a single mistake is bunkum.
  2. Most of the over-payments were caused by Centrelink errors and do not have to be repaid.
  3. However, the top bureaucrats who run Centrelink are not keen to own up to the problems within their system. It is a case of no-one  wants to own up to problems that have resulted in over-paying Australia’s poorest people an extra $5 BILLION?
  4. The solution to the over-payments problem? Dead simple, just tell everyone that all of these  welfare recipients ripped you off, (this is called Deflection, also known as blame-the-victim), and then rip-off the welfare recipients to get it back by violating their civil rights, e.g. the presumption of innocence!...


: I’ve stood up for many, for once I’ll stand up for me – Aboriginal poverty & the vulnerable "IndyWatch Feed National"

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander poverty for the most part by the majority of people continues to be neglected and dismissed. But there are relentless hordes of carpetbaggers and rogues who snout the trough of monies that should be directed exclusively to addressing disadvantage. The exploitation of Aboriginal poverty, like any social justice cause, is […]


Catallaxy Files: Holiday reading "IndyWatch Feed"

A libertarian at the Atlas carnival in New York told me that the British-born novelist Nevil Shute was a great fan of free enterprise and entreprenneurs. Shute is best known as the author of A Town like Alice and On the Beach which were made into films. On the Beach is an “end of the world after nuclear war” story, set in Melbourne, as though that is the most remote part of the western world. Shute was an aeronautical engineer, born Nevil Shute Norway, and he wrote 24 novels in his spare time. He wrote an autobiography titled Slide Rule.

In 1924 he joined Vickers Ltd as chief calculator for the famous inventor (Sir) Barnes Wallis who was in charge of the design and construction of the rigid airship, R100. Norway’s account in his autobiography, Slide Rule, of the six-year trials and tribulations of the competitive construction of the airships R100 and R101 (built by the government), and the subsequent disastrous crash of R101 in France on its maiden flight to India, revealed his narrative gifts and some of his major preoccupations as a writer—the hubris of governments, bureaucratic paralysis, and the betrayal of individual common sense by large organizations. He began writing as an antidote to the stress of the R100 project.

During the Second World War he worked on secret weapons in the navy. After the war he settled in Australia and he died here in 1960. More bio from the Australian Dictionary of Biography.

The most common theme in Shute’s novels is the dignity of work, spanning all classes, whether an Eastern European bar “hostess” (Ruined City) or brilliant boffin (No Highway).

Another recurrent theme is the bridging of social barriers such as class (Lonely Road and Landfall), race (The Chequer...


Independent Australia: Dubai win for the Wallaroos "IndyWatch Feed"

Dubai win for the WallaroosThe relatively unsung Australian women’s rugby team won the Dubai Sevens world rugby tounament on the weekend, reports Lachlan Barker. read now...


"IndyWatch Feed Melbourne": The Greening of Gavin: Learning to Grow Mushrooms "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

After my dismal failure of growing white button mushrooms last year, I decided to seek some expert advice.  Expert advice on learning to grow mushrooms without too many issues. Luckily, my friend Amanda Woods had just started teaching a Grow Your Own Gourmet and Medicinal Mushrooms for Beginners at Goonawarra Neighbourhood House in Sunbury, Victoria. The  [Continue Reading …]

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Catallaxy Files: Terror’s war on us: where will it end? "IndyWatch Feed"

Barack Obama is calling for cool heads and has plenty of aphorisms in his address today on the Californian murders.  He hit out against those who have “gone down the dark path”, “freedom is more powerful than fear” and said we should not “give in to fear,” whilst also ruling out any escalation against islamic fascism because it might annoy local radicals and bring them to retaliate against Americans.

Referring to the Islamic State as embracing a “perverted form of Islam” he said very little other than confirming his image as totally lacking in the fibre required of an American president confronted by evil.  He thought it “entirely possible” that the murderers had become radicalised Islamicists!

Worryingly, the US murderer Syed Farook told his father of his sympathy with ISIS and wish to see Israel destroyed and a global caliphate.  His father appears not to have been quite so extreme and favoured letting events run their course as Israel would be destroyed in a couple of years! He did not, of course, report his son’s murderous musings to the police.  And why would he since poll after poll shows anywhere between 20 per cent and 40 per cent of Muslims have sympathy with radical attacks on civilians?

Israel is the sharpest focus for the Islamic fascists because the Jewish state’s success in the face of overwhelming odds is in sharp contrast to the failures of religious dominated Muslim states all over the world and especially in the Middle East.  Confronted by such success, the fascists must either destroy the successful or revise the religious views that define their self-perceptions.

Meanwhile in an unveiling of Houellebecq’s prophetic novel,...


Corporate Australia: Victoria Police urged to withhold evidence "IndyWatch Feed National"

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"IndyWatch Feed Qld": "IndyWatch Feed": Gabrielle Bryden's Blog: What day is it? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

It’s the school holidays #yay  What are you doing in the basket Molly? It is summer and things are heating up #sizzle Some like to slither in the sun #hiss There are frogs in space #eek and Sheba is very unimpressed #sigh ______________________________


"IndyWatch Feed Vic": Friends of the Helmeted Honeyeater: Breaking records - again! "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

In March this year we told you about the record breaking news - more birds than ever before, more breeding pairs than ever before...


In the 2013-14 breeding season (Aug'13-Feb'14), 36 Helmeted Honeyeater young were raised at Yellingbo. A bumper year!

In the 2014-15 breeding season (Aug'14-Feb'15):

  • in excess of 130 individual birds - a record number of birds since the start of the recovery program in 1989
  • 23 breeding territories - a record number
  • 46 fledglings - beating the 1995-96 record
  • 1 female had triplets for the 2nd year running (plus two additional clutches of 2 offspring each).
  • more birds than ever before are being observed
  • more breeding pairs and territories than ever before
  • more fledglings than ever before 
  • another female has just had triplets!
  • ... and the season still has a couple of months to go!
How good is that?

Would you like to be part of the volunteer team that monitors the Helmeted Honeyeater populations at Yellingbo? Contact us for further details.


"IndyWatch Feed Qld": Motorbike Writer | Motorbike Writer: Royal Enfield Classic 350 launched "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Royal Enfield Classic 350

Royal Enfield Classic 350

Royal Enfield has finally got some impetus with a strong dealer network and interesting learner-approved models arriving, including the Classic 350.

The dual-seat bike will be available in early 2016 at just $4990 (plus on-road costs) in white, blue or black with a two-year, unlimited kilometre warranty on parts and 10,000km and one-year warranty on labour.

With its classic looks, it should become a darling of the young hipster set, as well as a great second bike for more mature-aged riders.Royal Enfield Classic 350

It should also appeal to the many world travellers who have toured with companies such as Ferris Wheels Motorcycle Safaris (known as World on Wheels from January 2016).

They will be familiar with and have a certain affection and admiration for these tough little Indian-made bikes.

It’s based on the Classic 500 chassis and is powered by a lower-capacity bulletproof Thunderbird Twinspark with carburettion by Keihin.

Things are looking good for Royal Enfield in Australia with a 650cc Himalayan adventure bike coming and the brand in the hands of established importer.

Royal Enfield Himalayan

Royal Enfield Himalayan

Royal Enfield has been in....


"IndyWatch Feed Tas": Dr Kevin Bonham: North Sydney Votes Live Comments (and postcount if needed) "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

North Sydney (Lib 15.9% vs ALP)
Trent Zimmerman (Lib) vs Stephen Ruff (Ind) and Arthur Chesterfield-Evans (Green)
Assessment: CALLED: Zimmerman (Lib) will be elected after preferences. 
Estimated final margin 61:39 if Ruff finishes second, more otherwise.

This is a rather hastily posted North Sydney live comments thread (refresh now and then for new comments) as the count in progress has so far been a bit more interesting than expected, and after seven booths the contest for the seat was still alive!  If it's still alive at the end of the night that won't be a good result for the Liberals (and if they lose it will be a shocker) but let's see if it is or not.  My apologies for not doing more advance coverage of this one; I have simply been too busy with work.

Here are some important things about this count:

1. If the final 2PP contest is between Trent Zimmerman (Libs) and Arthur Chesterfield-Evans (Green) then Zimmerman will win easily.  The interest lies in a possible contest between Zimmerman and the independent Stephen Ruff, who after seven booths is second on primaries with 5% over the Greens (and hence likely to remain there).  I don't expect we'll get a Zimmerman/Ruff 2CP tonight.

2. Although Zimmerman is copping some very large swings in early booths, projecting him down to about a 45% primary based on booth matching, the early booths haven't quite been representative.  They've tended to be booths where Joe Hockey polled especially well.  The swing after seven booths wasn't uniform but was correlated to the Liberal primary vote so far.  My model based off the first seven booths had the projected swing dropping from 16.5% to about 14%, which would leave Zimmerman with about a 47% primary, an easy win.  Since I did that projection the AEC projection of the swing has come down to 14.6%...


Bill Mitchell - billy blog: US jobs recovery biased towards low-pay jobs "IndyWatch Feed"

Last Friday (December 4, 2015), the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released the latest – Employment Situation Summary – November 2015 – which showed that “Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 211,000 in November, and the unemployment rate was unchanged at 5.0 percent”. According to the press reports the data was above expectations and will probably help the US Federal Reserve Bank decide to increase the policy interest rate when it next meets on December 15 and 16. The revised data for September and October also indicated that the US economy had added (net) employment above what had originally been reported. On average, the US labour market has added 237,000 net jobs per month over the last 12 months. What I was curious about was whether these were predominantly low paid jobs or not. I found that the jobs lost in low-pay sectors in the downturn have more than being offset by jobs added in these sectors in the upturn. However, the massive number of jobs lost in above-average paying sectors have not yet been recovered in the upturn. In other words there is a bias in employment generation towards sectors that on average pay below average weekly earnings.

That question cannot be immediately answered from the summary report provided by the BLS and needs further analysis (and lots of data manipulation). But curiosity got the better of me late today and this is what I came up with. Effectively, since the recovery began in January 2009, there have been 13,712 thousand net jobs added to the US labour market. Of those net employment additions, 28 per cent have been what might be considered low-pay, where that is defined as less than 75 per cent of average weekly earnings.

I was also curious about what happened in the downturn with respect to the jobs lost in net terms and their pay characteristics (at a sectoral level)...


Aboriginal News Group Newswire: The Dawn of Mexico's Dirty War "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

The Dawn of Mexico's Dirty War: [] For many U.S. analysts, they suggested the troubling possibility that impoverished Mexicans were waking up to the oppressive bonds of a stultified one-party system that no longer offered hope for change.

In telling the tale of Lucio Caba�as's brief career as a guerrilla leader, declassified U.S. documents released under the Freedom of Information Act and held in the National Archives indicate that the United States perceived the popularity of the Guerrero rebels as a sign of the further disintegration of the legitimacy of the Mexican regime during the 1970's, following the Tlatelolco and Corpus Cristi massacres.

The documents also make clear that Echeverr�a used the hunt for the radical left to mollify a disgruntled army and bolster his standing with the right. They describe how given the choice between repression and negotiation, political stasis or change the regime predictably, inexorably chose violence to preserve the status quo.


"IndyWatch Feed Qld": "IndyWatch Feed Seq": Noosa Community Radio 101.3FM: Blue Monday playlist "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

G’day, I’m Al Hensley, host of the blues/soul/R&B music program Blue Monday. Each week I post the program’s playlist so you can find out more about the new releases and historic tracks featured. To see what was played this week click here

The following tracks were played on Al Hensley’s “Blue Monday” on 7 December 2015
  1. TOM WAITS ‘$29′ Blue Valentine
  2. TAB BENOIT ‘Golden Crown’ Fever For The Bayou
  3. IRENE SCRUGGS ‘The Voice Of The Blues’ I Can’t Be Satisfied Vol. 1- Country’
  4. SLY & THE FAMILY STONE ‘Thank You (Falettininme Be Mice Elf Again)’ Anthology
  5. JAZZ GILLUM ‘Woke Up Cold In Hand’ Take One More Chance With Me
  6. STEVE ILES ‘Shadow Cross My Heart’ Blues From The Fringe
  7. SUGARCANE COLLINS ‘Creole Belle’ Going Back To Clarksdale
  8. SNOOKY PRYOR ‘Bottle It Up And Go’ Too Cool To Move
  9. DIANA KRALL ‘Is You Is Or Is You Ain’t My Baby’ Only Trust Your Heart
  10. WILLIAM CLARKE ‘Trying So Hard’ Blowin’ Like Hell
  11. JOHNNY HEARTSMAN ‘Got To Find My Baby’ The Touch
  12. JONN DEL TORO RICHARDSON ‘I’m Her Man’ Tengo Blues
  13. REBIRTH BRASS BAND ‘AP Touro’ Rebirth Of New Orleans
  14. LUTHER ALLISON ‘Middle Of The Road’ Soul Fixin’ Man
  15. HADDA BROOKS ‘Stompin’ The Boogie’ Boogie Woogie Gals
  16. TINA DIXON w/THE GENE NERO SEXTET ‘Parrot Bar Boogie’ Boogie Woogie Gals
  17. ROBERT NIGHTHAWK ‘Black Angel Blues’ Ramblin’ Bob


"IndyWatch Feed Nsw": "IndyWatch Feed Sydney": : Xmas Carols on the Common "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

All roads lead to TWT Macquarie Park and North Ryde Rotary Carols Spectacular on the Common on Sunday December 20 with an exciting night of family entertainment assured. Performing on the night is Music Director & Chairperson Roseanna Gallo, John Smolders, Cheryn Vlazny, Nata Forte, Eleanor Taig, Stefan Sojka, J Dance Performing Studio Marsfield, Macquarie [...]


"IndyWatch Feed Nsw": "IndyWatch Feed Sydney": 2RRR: Bad Boy’s Theme Train "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Wednesday 9th December

11pm – 12am Bad Boy’s Theme Train
This week the Bad Boys Theme Train presents ACOUSTIC SONGS.  I serenaded a girl with an acoustic guitar once.  It all went great, until I played “You Are Beautiful” and she had me arrested for assault with a Blunt instrument.

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"IndyWatch Feed Tas": Tasmanian Times: A miscarriage of justice ... "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

… Council is making a decision at its 8th December 2015 meeting to introduce subdivision rights over various Rural Living Zones, including allowing for subdivision down to a minimum lot size of 10 Ha for the area now ubiquitously known as Chudleigh North. This step, regarding Chudleigh North RLZ is vehemently opposed. This would be completely absurd and unfair given there is substantial but unresolved objection to this specific RLZ proposal since 2013 … • Pete Godfrey in Comments: … It would be a shame to put in a rural subdivision overlooking Chudleigh. In theory in a democratic society if the residents don’t want it, then it should not go ahead. Unless of course a relative of a councillor owns the land then blood overrides all.


John Quiggin: The economist as Grinch "IndyWatch Feed"

The Economic Society of Australia has started running a panel in which economists are asked to give their views on policy questions. I wasn’t too happy with the last one, on penalty rates, where I thought the question was ill-posed, and the majority of responses (though by no means all of them) failed to address the basic microeconomics of the issue.

The latest is a more light-hearted one, asking for responses to the proposition

“Giving specific presents as holiday gifts is inefficient, because recipients could satisfy their preferences much better with cash.”

Rather than give an opinion, I took the argument to its logical conclusion, as follows

The obvious problem with this claim is that exchanging cash is also inefficient, especially when combined with the generally accepted norm that equals should give presents of equal value. This results in a costly exercise that nets out to zero. Anyone who accepts the stated proposition shoud be in favor of cancelling Xmas and relying on the existing intra-family tax-transfer system


"IndyWatch Feed Qld": "IndyWatch Feed Seq": Zedlines: Investigation launched into labour hire laws - and more 11am zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Companies are being accused of exploiting seasonal workers across the fruit and vegetable industry (Image source: Flickr)

Investigation launched into labour hire laws:

A series of investigations have been launched in North Queensland looking at labour hire laws.

With some companies being accused of exploiting seasonal workers across the fruit and vegetable industry.

Authorities are also working to deal with the policing of overcrowded share houses owned by employers.

Farmers are calling for changes in legislation surrounding new mining projects:


"IndyWatch Feed Nsw": "IndyWatch Feed Sydney": 2RRR: Real World Gardener "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Wednesday 9th December
5 – 6pm Real World Gardener
Herb specialist Ian Hemphill to talk about all types of Basil; thereâŹ"s more than you think, and weâŹ"re growing melons in Vegetable Heroes. Glenice Buck is a consulting arborist is talking preserving trees in the final on stewardship of trees  series in Design Elements; and the plant panel is talking about flowers that really do look like butterflies to add to your garden in Plant of the Week.

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Renew Economy: Bonds. Green Bonds: climate finance to the rescue "IndyWatch Feed"

Current financial contributions from developed countries like Australia have fallen short. A smart solution to bridging the gap is green climate bonds.


Renew Economy: COP21: Global Solar Council launches with call to end all trade barriers by 2020 "IndyWatch Feed"

The COP21 UN Climate Change Summit in Paris saw the launch today of the world’s first dedicated and unified body for the solar industry.


Forgotten Origin: The 290 Million Year Old Fossil Human Footprint – REALLY!?!? By Bruce Fenton "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Bruce Fenton

“There is a story going around, that up in the Robledo Mountains of southern New Mexico exists a mind bending fossilised impression. Why should this be of interest you wonder? The answer is, because it is seemingly the print of a human being wandering the area some 290 million years ago. I for one support a revised view of human origins, one that is very controversial, it is my publicly stated opinion that human beings, of one sort or another, go back further than currently believed and that Homo sapiens go back several hundred thousand years beyond the current consensus dating…..”




"IndyWatch Feed Qld": "IndyWatch Feed Seq": Zedlines: Pig head found in Mosque - and more 10am zedlines: "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

A pig head has been found in the bathroom of a mosque on a University campus in WA (Image Source: Flickr creative commons.)

CFMEU calls for funding for coal miners affected by black lung:

Union officials are calling for the creation of a fund for coal miners affected by black lung similar to the fund set for workers exposed to asbestos.

The CFMEU’s calls follow the confirmed diagnosis of three cases of black lung this year.

According to the Mine Inspectorate’s report 60 per cent of mines exposed operators to coal dust levels “equal to, or greater than” the adjusted regulatory exposure limit in 2014.


"IndyWatch Feed Qld": "IndyWatch Feed Seq": Zedlines: The Australian Defence Force takes responsibility for anti malarial drug side effects - and more 9am zedlines: "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The Australian Defence Force has, for the first time, taken responsibility for the side effects seen in soldiers who used anti-malarial drugs. (Image source: Flickr)

Calls for amnesty from family for Ashley Dyball:

The family of a Brisbane man who has returned from fighting in a Kurdish military campaign against the Islamic State has appealed for Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to grant their son amnesty.

Ashley Dyball was arrested in Germany this week while on break from fighting and was questioned for several hours by Australian Federal Police officers upon landing in Melbourne last night.

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"IndyWatch Feed Nsw": "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Greens conflicted over rail trails "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Dear Senator Nick McKim,

Congratulations on the official opening of the North East (Tasmania) Rail Trail today at Scottsdale Railway Station. We are touring cyclists from Queensland, and we are excited by this new opportunity to revisit your beautiful state, enjoy your wonderful wines and cuisine, and cycle the Rail Trail.

I appreciate the task of converting a disused railway line into a Rail Trail is thwart with obstacles. Many folk cling to the hope that the existing railway line will be revived despite the economic and practical impossibilities.

In our region, there is a similar proposal to convert the disused railway line that runs from Murwillumbah, to Byron Bay, Lismore and finally Casino into a Rail Trail. Sadly, there is no possibility that the train on this route will be reinstated. As you know, a Rail Trail offers safe and healthy alternative transport options while introducing a wonderful tourism attraction for the local businesses and the proposal has enjoyed widespread support.

One of the obstacles to the proposal for a Rail Trail, however, comes from the Greens candidates, Ms Tamara Smith and Ms Mehreen Faruqi who believe that the train will be reinstated.

It seems that there is a conflict in Greens’ policy between one state and another. It is hard to understand the resistance from Green candidates in our local area to the proposal for a Rail Trail when Rail Trails are proliferating in other states with full Green support, like your North East Rail Trail in Tasmania. It would be useful to our efforts if the benefits and advantages of Rail Trails was shared throughout the Greens membership Australia wide.

Sir, can I appeal for your assistance to overcome opposition to the Northern Rivers Rail Trail that is coming from the last quarter we would have expected?

Linda Carmody, Arie Hendriks, Coolangatta, Qld


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"IndyWatch Feed Qld": "IndyWatch Feed Seq": Zedlines: Marine life parks falling short - and more 8am zedlines: "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Jellyfish washed up on Australian beaches (Image source: Flickr creative commons.)

Corruption watchdog rules in mines favour:

Queensland’s corruption watchdog has found no evidence to support claims the former Newman government’s decision to reverse opposition to the Acland Mine expansion was due to political donations.

Anti-mining group, Lock the Gate Alliance lodged a complaint with Queensland’s Crime and Corruption Commission in August saying the LNP Government’s decision to approve the expansion was influenced by gifts and donations.

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"IndyWatch Feed Vic": "IndyWatch Feed Cvic": troublemag: Memento Park: An Audience with the Comrades "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Inga Walton

When your Socialist utopia crumbles under the weight of decades of anger and seething resentment on the part of the brutalised proletariat, what becomes of the visual representations of that oppression? Any despotic régime worthy of a body count needs suitable props to intimidate and subdue the sullen populace, inducing conformity with monuments celebrating Party apparatchiks and glorifying Communist ideals in the form of stoic patriots and obedient workers.

The Three Terrors: Stalin, Lenin and Mao, souvenir poster (concept by Ákos Réthly), 70 x 100 cm, © Memento Park, Budapest. Available from the Red Star Store

The Three Terrors: Stalin, Lenin and Mao, souvenir poster (concept by Ákos Réthly), 70 x 100 cm, © Memento Park, Budapest. Available from the Red Star Store.


These imposing ideological relics are amongst the first symbols of authority to be vandalised when their subjugated and embittered audience gets the opportunity; most are hastily removed, if not destroyed. Nonetheless, some institutions and private individuals have seen the value in retaining such totalitarian plinth-warmers. Grūtas Park (known as ‘Stalin’s World’) in Druskininkai, Lithuania, Fallen Monument Park (Muzeon Park of Arts) in Moscow, and the Museum of Socialist Art in Sofia, Bulgaria, all display examples of the apparatus of terror employed by the former Soviet states.

On a small bus careering along the narrow winding roads into the remote and semi-rural environs of South Buda we hea...


"IndyWatch Feed Qld": "IndyWatch Feed": Cheeseburger Gothic: Spectre "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

It"s been nearly ten years since the shock of the new that hit with Casino Royale. James Bond may have incurred a large debt to Jason Bourne for that reboot, but we were the ones who profited. Casino wasn"t the first Bond film released after the attacks of 9/11, but it was the first unmistakably post-9/11 Bond film. Pierce Brosnan"s valedictory turn in Die Another Day appeared in 2002 and while it had some elements of grit and realism – and "London Calling" by The Clash! – there were more than enough moments to remind us that Roger Moore"s disco Bond still haunted the series.

Daniel Craig returned Bond to Connery"s uglier and arguably more proletarian cinematic roots. Craig"s Bond had a dirty job to do and no amount of Chateau Lafite was going to wash away the grime and blood. Craig, who doesn"t seem to like the character very much, should nonetheless be credited for maintaining the hard, serrated edge as his arc of the narrative has played out. Quantum of Solace had a couple of wobbly moments, explicable because the writers" strike which affected production, and Skyfall was more impressive on first meeting than long acquaintance, but overall these last instalments of the never ending story have been among the best. (I"d argue they actually were the best - but that"s a subjective judgment.)

Spectre, which I"ve only seen once, with the kids at the beach last week, seems a fitting long goodbye, if indeed Daniel Craig is to leave the series after the next release. (He"s contracted for one more film). I"ll have to watch it again a few more times before I can definitively slot it into my hierarchy of Bonds. (Casino Royale at the top. License to Kill chained up in an iron box in the basement, feeding on cockroaches and howling at the phases o...


"IndyWatch Feed Qld": Motorbike Writer | Motorbike Writer: Ducati could be sold by VW "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Claudio and Troy with the Ducati Scrambler Flat Track Pro

Ducati boss Claudio Domenicali and Troy Bayliss with the Ducati Scrambler Flat Track Pro at the recent EICMA show

Ducati’s expansive phase of new models could be coming to an end and its MotoGP and WSBK campaigns placed in jeopardy as VW may be forced to sell the Italian motorcycle manufacturer.

The Volkswagen Group faces enormous costs in vehicle recalls, government fines and class-action lawsuits over its falsifying of emissions data for diesel and some petrol-powered vehicles.

The VW Group have now secured more than $21 billion in credit to pay these bills, but has had to assure the 13 European financial institutions involved that it will sell whatever it needs for collateral.

VW not only owns Ducati, but also Porsche, Audi, Bentley, Lamborghini, Bugatti and MAN trucks.

The latter is expected to be the first to go, while Audi and Porsche would be the last.

VW bought Ducati for US$1.12 billion in 2012, including $261 million in debt.

If Ducati is sold, it may curtail its expansionist model phase wth the company releasing a whopping nine new models for 2016.

Ducati Hyperstradas and Hypermotard

Ducati Hyperstradas and Hypermotard unveiled

It may also impact on their MotoGP and WSBK assau...


: Pigs head found in UWA Mosque – follow up "IndyWatch Feed National"

By now all of you would have read about the head of the pig that was left at the UWA Mosque toilets. The Stringer broke this news yesterday and most of the mainstream media has picked up and run with it. I have spent some time reading through the variety of news Facebook sites and […]


"IndyWatch Feed Qld": Birdline Central & Southern Queensland: White Winged Triller at Sandy Camp Road Wetlands reported by Ross and Natalie Sinclair on 05-12-2015 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Female feeding at nest in a tree in north east corner of papyrus pond. Male seen on this tree 2 wks ago. Spotless Crake with chick in small rusty pond opposite viewing seats Pink Australian Darter chicks begging nearby. .Sacred Kingfisher at nest hole in mud nest 15 feet up a tree.on bush trail near Port fence


"IndyWatch Feed Nsw": "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Aboriginal land claim granted over Kingscliff’s Lot 490 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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Tweed MP Geoff Provest, left, with TBLALC’s Lowena and Des Williams and aboriginal affairs minister Lesley Williams

Luis Feliu

An Aboriginal land claim has been granted over the beachfront crown reserve at Kingscliff known as Lot 490, putting an end to a longtime community campaign for the land to be kept as public open space for passive recreation.

The surprise state-government announcement is the latest twist to the contentious issue which for years has been a political football.

At one stage the 40-odd hectares of land just south of Kingscliff was planned to be developed into a tourist resort.

NSW lands minister Niall Blair allowed the claim under the Aboriginal Lands Rights Act 1983.

Tweed MP Geoff Provest said it will be up to the Tweed-Byron Local Aboriginal Land Council to decide on the future of the site.

The claim was granted over both lots within Lot 490, including the area proposed for tourism development.

Mr Provest said the department’s investigation of the issue ‘found the fact that the land had been vested in Government Property NSW did not affect the land being claimable under the Act as the date that the claim was lodged was prior to the land being vested’.

Two months ago, NSW Labor moved a motion in state parliament to create a regional park over Lot 490 as part of their support for the Save/Our Lot 490 group which was backed by federal Labor’s Richmond MP Justine Elliot.

But the move came under attack from NSW Greens MLC Jan Barham who said it was premature and should await the outcome of the land-rights.........


No Fibs: Corporate Greenwashing and conflict of interest at UN climate conference #COP21 reports @takvera "IndyWatch Feed National"

I was surprised at what I found of the extent of conflict of interest between the sponsors of the UN Climate Conference, the French State and the UNFCCC secretariat. On Thursday evening I left the UN climate conference at the Le Bourget centre straight after the Fossil of the Day ceremony at 6pm to attend […]

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"IndyWatch Feed Nsw": Practising Simplicity: I'm not a dance mum "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

This week is a big one. Three dance concerts, two drama performances and a school carols night. Throw in a teething baby, a partner away for work and a string of editorial deadline and, well, I'm taking it an hour at a time.

When Poet started ballet at the beginning of the year I naively went in thinking it would all be very low-key. Alas, the dance world is a serious one and I was not prepared - not in the slightest. When I turned up to her dress rehearsal a few weeks ago I got chatting to one mum who is a seasoned pro (her daughter is performing in seven dances this week). She wasn't at all phased by the fanfare - she's been doing it for years and no amount of dance related drama comes as a surprise. A quick glance around the hall and it was blatantly obvious that the round, plastic tubs from Kmart (you know the ones come in a multitude of colours?) are the best thing for carrying around concert essentials - hairspray (of the glitter variety), bobbypins, tights, lipstick, snacks. And if you're the mum? Grab a takeaway coffee on the way there and settle in for the day...the wait is a long one.

The thought of three concerts and just as many ballet buns (I've been watching youtube tutorials) is enough to send me into a tulle tizz this week. But it's all worth it when I see my little black cat (complete with sequined ears and a tail) on stage. I watched her perform during the dress rehearsal and she was elated...


"IndyWatch Feed Vic": RISE: Refugees Survivours and Ex-detainees: RISE supports call for UN to end contracts with G4S worth more than $22 million annually: "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

While Australia’s Manus island detention camp was subcontracted to G4S, asylum seeker Reza Barati was killed and other asylum seekers maimed after attacks were carried out by detention staff in 2014. To date no one has been convicted of these crimes.

In 2010, Angolan asylum seeker Jimmy Mubenga died in the hands of G4S during forced deportation from the UK in 2010. Sixty five racist jokes were found on the mobile phone of one of the G4S security guards who was restraining him when he died. (…/).

In Israel, 1,800 Palestinians, including 300 children are being administratively detained like asylum seekers and refugees in Australia. This detention system is also run by G4S.

UNHCR in Jordan has cancelled it’s contracts with G4S after protests initiated by the Palestinian BDS movement and RISE:Refugees, Survivors and Ex-detainees supports their call for the UN to end ALL contracts with G4S.

Information on BDS campaign to end UN contracts with G4S:…/jordan-branch-un-age…/15046



"IndyWatch Feed Nsw": "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Toxic tankers back on northern rivers roads "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Toxfree tankers loaded with AGL wastewater headed for the Pacific Highway. Photo Johanna Evans

Toxfree tankers loaded with AGL wastewater headed for the Pacific Highway. Photo Johanna Evans

Chris Dobney

AGL is again in trouble over the waste from its Gloucester Gas Project, with members of anti-gas groups accusing it of using convoys of trucks to transport potentially toxic flowback water via the Pacific Highway to Queensland for processing.

Nobody wants the waste in NSW and, with in excess of 110 wells planned for the first stage of the project alone, Kyogle Group Against Gas is calling on the company to come clean on what it plans to do with the toxic waste in the longer term.

In August, Echonetdaily revealed that AGL was using transport company Toxfree to haul the flowback water from its Gloucester wells in unmarked tankers, 600km north along the notoriously dangerous highway through Gasfield Free declared areas, to Toxfree’s Narangba treatment facility north of Brisbane.

The waste was then ‘treated’ so that it could be supplied on to UnityWater, the entity responsible for sewage and drinking water for the region.

UnityWater then discharged it via their sewer outlet at Burpengary, 1.2km from the mouth of the Caboolture River.

Transports resume

The truck movements stopped soon after Echonetdaily’s article appeared but according to a Gloucester resident they have recently recommenced.

In late September, a....


"IndyWatch Feed Nsw": "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Relics from some of Tweed’s 47 shipwrecks on display "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

A model of the Tyalgum, a ship that ran ashore on Duranbah Beach in 1939.

A model of the Tyalgum, a ship that ran ashore on Duranbah Beach in 1939.

A new exhibition at Murwillumbah’s Tweed Regional Museum reveals  treacherous tales of Tweed’s maritime past, including historic voyages that went wrong.

WRECKED! is one of the museum’s summer displays and features relics dating back to 1890, as well as intricate models of some of the 47 ships known to have been lost in or near Tweed Heads.

Tweed Regional Museum director Judy Kean said artefacts from the Alberta, the Fido and the Dellie, ships that were all wrecked in Tweed waters, were on display.

‘The Alberta was the largest vessel lost at Tweed Heads, running aground on the Sutherland Reef south of Fingal Lighthouse on 19 October 1890 on a voyage from Japan to Melbourne,’ Ms Kean said.

‘The second largest shipwreck, the Fido, ran onto a reef at night near Cook Island in July 1907 while the captain was having dinner.

‘My favourite story is of the Dellie, which ran ashore on Fingal Beach just north of the lighthouse in 1941,’ she said.

‘Its cargo of 5,000 cases of apples, which were being transported along with chocolate and newspapers, washed ashore and were eagerly collected by locals.’

The story of the Dellie was the subject of a recent ‘Tweed Tales Tall and True’ dramatization by radio station Gold FM. To read or listen, visit...


John Quiggin: Monday Message Board "IndyWatch Feed"

Another Monday Message Board. Post comments on any topic. Civil discussion and no coarse language please. Side discussions and idees fixes to the sandpits, please.

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