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Saturday, 16 January


Zedlines: ANU investigates claims of essay farm access and more 11am Zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Australian National University is investigating claims that students are purchasing assignments from company Assignment King.

Brisbane's EatSafe marks fifth year 

Brisbane City Council has released its list of 2015 food prosecutions, marking the fifth year of its EatSafe inspection program.

The CBD’s Beijing House received the largest fine, with $42,000 worth of penalties relating to selling unsuitable food and hygiene complaints.


Zedlines: Upcoming heatwave warned as a serious threat to human life and more 10am Zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

The AMA says heatwaves are the most deadly natural phenomenon in Australia, claiming around 500 lives annually. Picture source: Flikr

State heatwave a serious threat to lives

Queensland medical professionals are warning there is serious threat to human life following a heatwave in the state this week.

As some areas in the state are expected to reach 43 degrees, doctors are saying people should be concerned by the extreme temperatures, and to take the warnings seriously.


Zedlines: Visa workers exploited and underpaid in Queensland and more 9am Zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Queensland labour-hire company Maroochy Sunshine is facing charges over allegedly exploiting more than 20 Vanuatuan workers.

Produce workers allegedly exploited, incorrectly paid

Queensland labour-hire company Maroochy Sunshine is facing legal action for allegedly exploiting 22 Vanuatuan workers hired under the 416 Visa program.

Maroochy Sunshine is being accused of paying workers less than legally required and not paying 13 people at all.


Zedlines: Brisbane 7-Eleven owner accused of short-changing workers and more 8am Zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

A Brisbane owner of two inner-city 7-Eleven stores is being accused of cheating workers out of penalty rates, among other allegations. Picture source: Wiki Commons

Alleged wage corrpution for Brisbane 7-Eleven

A Brisbane 7-Eleven operator faces court action after failing to pay correct wages for 21 employees.

Jason Yuan, who owns two of the inner-city convenience stores, has had legal action brought against him by the Fair Work Ombudsman after investigations revealed he underpaid staff more than $31,000 in just 12 months.

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Thursday, 14 January


Echonetdaily: Zionists given a free pass "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Hans Lovejoy, editor of the Byron Shire Echo, posted on Facebook today that a local Israeli business owner is calling him an antisemite for publishing letters critical of Israel and is contemplating boycotting The Echo. No doubt the letters referred to include ones by Gareth Smith and Bassam and Anne Shomali.

Welcome to the club, Hans, of those who refuse to be bowed by the Zionist lobby – whose main work is to whitewash the crimes of the state of Israel and are labelled ‘antisemites’ for this reason. It’s clear there are many Zionists living and working in the northern rivers region. These Zionist fanatics equate criticism of Israel with criticism of Jews, forgetting that the severest critics of Zionism are Jews themselves, as they have seen the best libertarian and radical traditions of Judaism perverted by Zionism and watched Israel descend into Jewish fascism.

For too long, these local Zionists have been given a free pass, largely due to the a-political, apathetic and downright naive attitude of most folk living the sun-kissed life in the rainbow region. However, due to the courageous, decades-long resistance of Palestinians, due to the brave Israelis who speak out against apartheid Israel, due to social media like Facebook and to the efforts of independent media like The Echo, this veil of ignorance is being rent asunder. And Zionists don’t like what the rest of the world can witness, minus their hasbara. They will do their damnedest to stop the flow of information, using their power to prevent the truth from being known, even if it’s in the form of a letter to the editor.

It’s bizarre that the Zionist interlocutor should compared Hans to Rupert Murdoch – an arch-Zionist himself. Or want to boycott The Echo. It’s bizarre, because, more and more, it’s Zionist Israel that’s being boycotted via the very successful global, civil society Boycott, Disinvestments and Sanctions movement (BDS). Whether it’s the United M...


Echonetdaily: Woodburn teacher charged with child sexual assault "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A teacher has been charged over the alleged sexual assault of a teenage girl between 1995 and 1997 in the northern rivers.

Officers attached to Richmond Local Area Command launched an investigation regarding the alleged sexual assault of a then 15-year-old girl at a school on the north coast in August 2014.

Investigators established Strike Force Urumbilum as inquiries continued and yesterday (Wednesday 13 January 2016), executed a search warrant at a premises in Woodburn.

A number of items were seized from the home that will now undergo forensic examination.

A 55-year-old man was arrested at the property and taken to Ballina Police Station where he was later charged with aggravated sexual assault and three counts of carnal knowledge by teacher.

He was refused bail and is due to appear before Ballina Local Court today (Thursday 14 January 2016).

Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page:


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Echonetdaily: Giant coal mine looms large in Richmond poll campaign "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Farmer Tony Clift points past bright yellow canola crops towards the location of the coal mining site near Gunnedah, Shenhua Watermark, a subsidiary of state-owned China Shenhua Energy, the world’s biggest coal mining company, spent 167 million Australian dollars (more than $170 million) to buy 43 farms covering 36,300 acres. Gunnedah's former mayor says sellers told him Shenhua paid several times market value. Clift's family has plowed the rich black soil of Australia’s Liverpool Plains for six generations. The thought of selling never crossed his mind - until the Chinese company came to town. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith)

Farmer Tony Clift points past bright yellow canola crops towards the location of the coal mining site near Gunnedah, Shenhua Watermark, a subsidiary of state-owned China Shenhua Energy, the world’s biggest coal mining company, spent 167 million Australian dollars (more than $170 million) to buy 43 farms covering 36,300 acres. Gunnedah’s former mayor says sellers told him Shenhua paid several times market value. Clift’s family has plowed the rich black soil of Australia’s Liverpool Plains for six generations. The thought of selling never crossed his mind – until the Chinese company came to town. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith)

Luis Feliu

The controversial giant Chinese-owned coal mine on the Liverpool Plains in northern NSW, approved last year by the federal government, has become the opening salvo for the election campaign for Richmond expected to be held later this year.

The surprise announcement this week that federal National Party president Larry Anthony, a former MP fo...


Byron Bay Blog: Beats & Eats #1 "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Enjoy a summer of ‘Beats & Eats’. A series of lazy Saturday afternoons turn into evenings that will have you wining and dining with best friends old and new, chilling in the sunny grounds of the Secret Garden & dancing in the gazebo under the night stars.


Come indulge yourself to the best of Byron’s cuisine, enjoy a cheeky local beverage or two, & soak up the finest ambient sounds & musical talent going around, includinG Nick Cunnigham, Manoa, Mapstone, Vinnie Laduce…..

Food and drinks by Harvest, Hungry Like The Wolf, Crusta Woodfired, Cafe On The Way, Stone And Wood, Batlow Cider, Byron Popcycles.

Beats & Eats #1
Saturday, January 16, 3:00Pm – 11:00Pm
Secret Garden, 121 Jonson St Byron Bay

Learn more at

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Echonetdaily: RMS accused of cover-up over highway-route secrecy "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Save Ballina Koalas spopkesperson and Ballina Shire councillor Jeff Johnson.

Save Ballina Koalas spopkesperson and Ballina Shire councillor Jeff Johnson.

Roads and Maritime Services NSW (RMS) has been accused of sitting on studies of a koala colony in the path of the Broadwater section of the Pacific Highway, with protection groups suggesting the authority is massaging the figures.

And the Ballina Environment Society is suggesting the reason RMS is sticking to the more expensive and environmentally damaging route is that it may have already approved some key tenders.

Save Ballina’s Koalas campaigners say they are ‘frustrated with repeated delays’ in releasing the latest study results.

Campaign co-sponsor Friends of the Koala applied for information about the study under freedom of information legislation in August last year but RMS requested modification of the application in October and then delayed the release of documents until 7 December 7.

Campaign spokesperson and Ballina councillor Jeff Johnson said that Woolgoolga2Ballina Project Manager, Bob Higgins had ‘promised Ballina Council that the koala studies and planning for the controversial Section 10 (Broadwater to Coolgardie) would be transparent.’

‘What we’ve got instead is a closed door and information being kept from the public,’ Cr Johnson said.

Echonetdaily understands the documentation that RMS is willing to release will be after it has finalised and circulated the Ballina Koala Plan, which is expected to be in late January.

RMS ‘not acting in good faith’

Cr Johnson has accused...


Echonetdaily: New vessel a boost for boating safety on north coast "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Point Danger Marine Rescue's latest offshore rescue vessel. Photo supplied

Point Danger Marine Rescue’s latest offshore rescue vessel. Photo supplied

A new $277,000 vessel for the Point Danger Marine Rescue fleet will be officially commissioned today in a ceremony involving local, state and federal government representatives.

The rescue organisation has hailed the new 7.5m rigid-hull inflatable boat named Point Danger 20, as a major boost to boating safety on north coast waterways.

Head of Marine Rescue NSW, commissioner Stacey Tannos, said the ‘state-of-the-art vessel, which is able to travel up to 15 nautical miles offshore, further strengthens Marine Rescue’s strategic search and rescue safety net covering the NSW coastline’.

’It is the latest of 65 new and refurbished vessels delivered to date, at a cost of almost $15 million, under our landmark fleet modernisation program,’ commissioner Tannos said.

‘Providing safe, modern and reliable vessels is the greatest investment we can make in the safety of our volunteers and the boaters we assist.’

The new vessel was delivered by low-loader truck recently.

The new vessel was delivered by low-loader truck recently.

The boat was built  by......


Echonetdaily: Con man duped Aust oil company: court "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Supplied mugshot obtained Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016 of Australian Dalton Hallgren, 45, at Yellowstone County Detention Facility. The alleged conman is accused of duping Australian oil and gas explorer Central Petroleum Ltd into hiring him as its chief executive and cheating the company out of more than $US567,000. Photo Yellowstone County Detention Facility

Dalton Hallgren, 45, at Yellowstone County Detention Facility. The alleged conman is accused of duping Australian oil and gas explorer Central Petroleum Ltd into hiring him as its chief executive and cheating the company out of more than $US567,000. Photo Yellowstone County Detention Facility.

Los Angeles, AAP – An alleged conman is locked up in a Montana jail accused of duping Australian oil and gas explorer Central Petroleum Ltd into hiring him as its chief executive and cheating the company out of more than $US567,000.

US prosecutors announced Dalton Hallgren, 45, was arrested in Germany on January 8 and extradited to Billings, Montana, to face five counts of wire fraud, two counts of criminal monetary transactions, and one count of aggravated identity theft.

He entered not guilty pleas to the charges during an appearance in the US federal court in Billings on Monday.

‘From in or about November 2011 through in or about February 2013 the defendant, Dalton Allan Hallgren, in the district of Montana and elsewhere, devised and intended to devise a scheme to defraud and to obtain money and property by means of materially false and fraudulent p...


Echonetdaily: No US apology after Iran frees sailors "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A handout TV grab made available by the official website of Iranian state television (IRIB) on 13 January 2016 shows American military personnel on their boat after they were captured by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), at an undisclosed location in Iran, 12 January 2016.

A handout TV grab made available by the official website of Iranian state television (IRIB) on 13 January 2016 shows American military personnel on their boat after they were captured by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), at an undisclosed location in Iran, 12 January 2016.

Washington, RAW – Iran has released 10 US sailors after holding them overnight, bringing a swift end to an incident that had rattled nerves days ahead of the expected implementation of a landmark nuclear accord between Tehran and world powers.

Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) said it had freed the sailors on Wednesday after determining they had entered Iranian territorial waters by mistake.

The sailors had been detained aboard two US Navy patrol boats in the Gulf on Tuesday.

‘Our technical investigations showed the two US Navy boats entered Iranian territorial waters inadvertently,’ the IRGC said in a statement carried by state television.

‘They were released in international waters after they apologised.’

IRGC Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi had earlier said that the two US Navy boats entered Iranian territorial waters due to a broken navigation system.

US vice president...

09:11 Massacre hoaxes blown wide open – US Government should stand condemned "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Gun confiscation v people control

The best expose ever done of the US Government using actors to portray shooting massacres such as Sandy Hook that the evidence so abundantly shows was a tragic hoax designed to remove guns from law abiding US citizens and naturally Australia by default. No children were shot and aggrieved parents were played by actors.



This is some very detailed work,
which I think, at the very least
should cause people to question
the official reality of the "Sandy
Hook shooting". I think this
YouTuber does an excellent job
of tearing this case apart.

I’m not obsessed with this case,
as I’ve become appropriately
numbed by the proliferation of
false flag mass-shootings during
the Obama Administration. These
dozens of "tragedies", these naked,
agenda-driven, made-for-TV set
pieces are invariably followed by
hand-wringing broadcasts touting
gun control, at a time whe...



Echonetdaily: Qld terror accused set to face court "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Agim Kruezi

Agim Kruezi

Brisbane, AAP  – A southeast Queensland man charged with terror-related offences is set to face a Brisbane court.

Agim Kruezi, 23, is facing seven charges over allegations he stockpiled weapons in preparation for a terrorist act in Australia, was preparing for incursions into war-torn Syria, and recruited people to join that fight.

His case is due to be mentioned in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on Thursday morning.

Kruezi was arrested along with 32-year-old Omar Succarieh during counter-terrorism raids in Brisbane and Logan in September 2014.

Succarieh, a former Islamic Centre bookstore owner, is also on remand after he was last month committed to stand trial in the Supreme Court.

He is facing three charges over allegations he helped arrange for Kruezi to join the fight in Syria and sent money to aid the Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist group.

A date has not yet been set for his trial.

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Echonetdaily: US well ahead on drug law reform "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

As the NSW Greens’ drugs and harm minimisation spokesperson, I will in the coming days embark on a self-funded fact-finding trip to the United States, in part to meet with leading drug law reform experts, advocates and campaigners.

Numerous states in the US, both progressive and conservative, have been leading drug law reform efforts for some years now. Some have even regulated the use of cannabis.

They have framed policy not to treat drug users as criminals, but rather to look at the issue from health and social perspectives, in order to reduce harm and save lives.

Some American jurisdictions allow pill-testing at music festivals and concerts, so I will be investigating the successes and processes involved with those programs.

There is a real mood for change in Australia now, and it’s imperative we look at where reform efforts are happening around the world to determine the best way forward at home.

I look forward to meeting with representatives from established groups such as the Drug Policy Alliance, and also activists and campaigners on the ground about their work.

I will also meet with relevant groups and individuals in California and Oregon.

Dr Mehreen Faruqi, Greens NSW MP

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Echonetdaily: Patten backs Abbott over Rhodes dispute "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Oxford University chancellor Chris Patten. AAP Image/Alan Porritt

Oxford University chancellor Chris Patten. AAP Image/Alan Porritt

London, RAW – The chancellor of Oxford University has joined Tony Abbott in warning against rewriting history, in his first public comments on a student campaign to remove a statue of 19th century colonialist Cecil Rhodes from one of the university’s colleges.

Inspired by protests at the University of Cape Town in South Africa, which led to its statue of Rhodes being removed last April, the ‘Rhodes Must Fall in Oxford’ campaign says the statue at Oriel College in England celebrates a brutal racist.

Former Australian prime minister Abbott, himself an ex-Rhodes scholar, waded into the Oxford dispute in an email to British newspaper The Independent in December.

‘The students of Oriel should be clear-eyed about Rhodes’ faults and failings but proud of his achievements,’ Abbott wrote.

‘The university should remember that its mission is not to reflect fashion but to seek truth, and that means striving to understand before rushing to judge.’

The dispute is one of a growing number of university controversies over issues of history and identity, often pitting freedom of speech arguments against demands for symbols deemed offensive by some students to be removed.

In the United States, southern campuses have been rocked by arguments over the confederate flag, while at Yale a row erupted when an academic pushed back against suggestions that students should self-censor Halloween costumes...


Echonetdaily: Andrews again pushing for ground troops in Syria "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Former Defence minister Kevin Andrews. (AAP Image/Lukas Coch)

Former Defence minister Kevin Andrews. (AAP Image/Lukas Coch)

Canberra, AAP – Former defence minister Kevin Andrews is again calling for Australia to do more in trying to combat Islamic State militants in the Middle East.

Responding to news Australia was approached late last year by the US for more military help but declined to increase its contribution, Mr Andrews reiterated his push for ground troops.

‘If the Americans have made a reasonable request of us, then we should be giving it the most favourable consideration,’ he told ABC radio on Thursday.

Despite the request, defence minister Marise Payne remained firm on Australia’s existing level of assistance.

‘Australia has considered the request … in light of the substantial contributions we are already making to train Iraqi security forces and to the air campaign,’ a spokesman told AAP in a statement.

The government had advised US Defense Secretary Ash Carter that Australia’s existing contributions would continue, the statement said.

Mr Andrews said Ms Payne has information before her that he doesn’t anymore.

‘It’s quite clear from the advice I received, and I was aware of what the American military personnel and defence leaders were suggesting, and that was for months they were suggesting that we needed forces on the ground in order to defeat ISIL,’ he said.

The former minister defended h...


Echonetdaily: UK record lotto winners call Australia "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

British Lotto winners David and Carol Martin, both 54, from Hawick in the Scottish Borders celebrate their A$68 million win at the Dalmahoy Hotel near Edinburgh, Scotland, 13 January 2016. A equal-share winner has yet to come forward. EPA/Robert Perry

British Lotto winners David and Carol Martin, both 54, from Hawick in the Scottish Borders celebrate their A$68 million win at the Dalmahoy Hotel near Edinburgh, Scotland, 13 January 2016. A equal-share winner has yet to come forward. EPA/Robert Perry

London, PAA – When David and Carol Martin won STG33 million ($A68.2 million) in the UK lottery the first person they called to share the news was their 26-year-old daughter, Lisa, who lives in Australia.

Lisa was initially worried her parents had phoned to pass on bad news.

‘Then we told her we’ve just won $68 million in Australian dollars,’ Mr Martin said on Wednesday.

‘She couldn’t believe it and thought we were pulling her leg.’

The family have not been together for more than a year but now the Martins have offered to pay Lisa’s plane fare home and they hope to be reunited at the weekend.

David and Carol, both 54, from Hawick in the Scottish Borders, are celebrating after winning half of the UK’s biggest-ever Lotto jackpot in Saturday’s draw.

The couple’s win has catapulted them to the top of the Lotto rich list.

They admitted the massive sum ‘will certa...


Echonetdaily: Unemployment expected to rise to 5.9% "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Melbourne, AAP – The jobs market is expected to have weakened in December, after enjoying the best two months of employment growth in almost 28 years.

The number of Australians with a job is forecast to have fallen by 5,000 in December, and the unemployment rate is expected to have risen to 5.9 per cent, according to an AAP survey of 12 economists.

In November, jobs growth was 71,400, after a 56,000 rise in October, the strongest two-month period of employment growth since the 1980s.

That sent the unemployment rate to its lowest level in almost two years, to 5.8 per cent in November.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics will release its December employment report on Thursday.

JP Morgan chief economist Stephen Walters said the November figures were exaggerated by the ABS survey methods but added that the employment market is still strong.

‘Recent labour force surveys have looked too good to be true,’ Mr Walters said.

‘Although we have become increasingly optimistic on the labour market outlook, given the upbeat signals from job ads, business surveys and government welfare data, the official data still appear too firm relative to gross domestic product growth.’

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Echonetdaily: Live Music Roundup – Thursday 14 January, 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

DJ Helmy at the Byron Brewery on Friday

DJ Helmy at the Byron Brewery on Friday

At the Helm

Firstly: DJ Helmy’s sound is of rhythm. No, not that ‘doof doof’ shit getting around these days by button-pushing DJs. We’re talking drums, an organic flavour of soulful rhythms on turntables. Think classic, timeless songs and new must-have grooves, not non-stop ‘doof doof’ loops. Think reggae, hip-hop, funk, rock, retro, jazz, blues, roots, swing, soul!

Think 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, Noughtys, New! Think live music venues, beergardens, chilled lounges, hip bars, head nodding conversations, laughter, singalongs. Think people connecting on a real level, not horny youth out on the prowl at nightclubs. Again, think soul!

Emerging from earlier years spent as a drummer for rock bands and a hand percussion tutor, DJ Helmy’s style of seamlessly mixing genres of known and lesser-known tracks from around the globe over the past 60-ish years, coupled with tight and colourful arrays of scratching, assures crowds that skilled vinyl DJs are still alive and kicking. DJ Helmy is known to most as Triple J favourite; Illy’s tour scratch DJ and backup/hype MC, co-founder and DJ of Beats Working (Obese Records), as well as having deejayed for iconic Melbourne names including Lotek, Elf Tranzporter, Candice Monique, MoneyKat, Syntax, Jamima Jones plus many more. Friday at the Byron Brewery at 8pm. Free entry.


Echonetdaily: Gromsearch finals done and dusted "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Liam O'Brien. Photo Ethan Smith / Surfing NSW.

Liam O’Brien. Photo Ethan Smith / Surfing NSW.

The Rip Curl GromSearch presented by POSCA National Final saw six new national champions crowned today after a variety of hotly contested finals in punchy two-foot waves at North Narrabeen Beach.

Liam O’Brien’s (Benowa) lightening fast turns proved to be a lethal weapon in the 16-and-Under Boys final. The natural-footer threw down a solid combination of turns to net himself a 16.50 heat total (out of a possible 20 points), which propelled him ahead of Mikey McDonagh (Lennox Head) who finished in the runner-up spot.

Mikey McDonagh. Photo Ethan Smith / Surfing NSW.

Mikey McDonagh. Photo Ethan Smith / Surfing NSW.

McDonagh fought tooth-and-nail until the final seconds of the heat – even posting a near-perfect 9.33 scoring wave – but was unable to find an elusive 7.18 wave score to steal O’Brien’s lead.

Sophia Fulton (Cabarita) continued to build on her earlier performances when she took on Kirra-Belle Olsson (Avoca) in the 16-and-under Girls final.



Echonetdaily: Downsized plates can help you eat less "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Food-BalancedDiet-shutterstock_SMALL-28738102SYDNEY [AAP] Eating healthier is a good start to being a better sport. One way to getter a better dietary intake is to reduce the amount you eat. Using smaller plates may help lose any extra kilos gained over the festive season, say researchers.

Varying the size of our plate has a considerable effect on the amount of food we eat, according to a Deakin University meta-analysis of 56 studies involving 3,507 participants. But that’s only if we serve up the food ourselves or if the supplied portion has been varied in line with the plate size.

The study was published in the inaugural issue of the Journal of the Association for Consumer Research.

It found that a doubling of plate size increased the amount self-served or the amount consumed by 41 per cent.

But the plate size had no effect on the amount consumed if the dishes contained the same portion size.

Plate size was found to have a stronger effect when participants were unaware they were taking part in a food study.

Professor Chris Dubelaar said one reason people are eating more is because portions, plates and packages are larger.

‘Continual use of smaller plate sizes may be both habit forming and good for our health’, he said.

The post Downsized pl......


Echonetdaily: Labor and its carbon scheme myth "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

History, according to Napoleon Bonaparte, is a myth that we decide to agree upon.

Paul Spooner’s letter last week, which uses the localisation agenda to bash the Greens, is a good example of how myths become accepted history.

According to Paul and other green Labor luminaries like Greg Combet and Julia Gillard (irony intended), when the Greens voted against Labor’s carbon pollution reduction scheme (CPRS) in 2009 they established themselves as environmental vandals.

But we might read the history of this period in a different light. The Greens sunk the CPRS because Labor – in their effort to appease Australia’s big carbon polluters – had diluted Ross Garnaut’s scheme to such an extent that it was environmentally useless. The fear was that it would only lock in failure.

The Gillard government’s subsequent legislation – which finally put a price on carbon in 2012 – was far from perfect. But it was much stronger than the earlier CPRS legislation which was a thinly veiled blueprint for business as usual.

Importantly, the package of measures whose centerpiece was a ‘carbon tax’ was legislated at the insistence of the Greens. They made it a condition for supporting the minority Labor government who had, prior to the 2010 election, decided that climate action was just too hard.

Only in Labor mythology did the Greens set environmental protection ‘back a decade’ when they voted against the CPRS in 2009.

Dave Lisle, Mullumbimby

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Echonetdaily: Here & Now #140 Sun and water "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Here & Now 140 picS Sorrensen

My place. Tuesday, 8.30am

Why don’t you have a tap at the sink?’ Granddaughter asks, watching the stainless steel bucket fill from a hot water tap in the breezeway. The tin roof pops in the morning heat. Startled, she looks up.

‘What’s that?’ she asks.

So many questions.

Summer is here. Finally.

It’s only early and already the sun is a fierce monster, hanging over the eastern ridge, drooling UV, the dappled shade caused by the iron barks barely muting the sun’s leery aggression.

Ah, the Australian summer. Barbecues and beer, beer and beach. Celebration of an Australian lifestyle that delivers a smug but fragile nationalism, liver degeneration and melanoma. As summer burns towards Australia day, the beer coolers are decorated with the Australian flag, people lie baking on Australian flag beach towels, and the meat industry is using Australia’s penchant for war as a marketing tool. (Come on, 15 years of war-making is a penchant.)

Patriotism is on the rise. This makes politicians and merchandisers happy, but makes me nervous. I don’t think it’s healthy for Granddaughter.

I am not, of course, at the beach. I’m at home.

‘The sun makes the metal on the roof hot and it expands. That makes the creaky noise.’

My shack under the cliffs is a shady retreat from the debilitations of propaganda, merchandising and oi oi oi. Apart from the rise and fall of the cicada chorus, the popping roof and a distant brushcutter engaged in the constant war against grass, all is quiet on the western...


North Coast Voices: The weirdness that was the Abbott Government continues in the Turnbull Government "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

New Zealand offers to take 150 asylum seekers off Australia’s hands each year from 2014-15. 

The Abbott & Turnbull Governments could have saved anywhere between $35M and $60M a year on the back of this offer, but what did these two coalition federal governments do?

They said “No!”.

The Guardian, 11 January 2016:

In a deal brokered between prime ministers Key and Julia Gillard in 2013, New Zealand agreed to accept 150 refugees from Australia’s offshore processing centres each year from 2014-15.

The quota remains in New Zealand’s forward planning...

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Natural Newstead: Bird on a wire reprised "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

A bird … barbed wire … a ‘not so unusual’ combination on this blog!

Moments later one of the parents arrived with food for this youngster … alas I was too slow to record the event.


Welcome Swallow (juvenile), Green Gully, 11th January 2016.








you said it…: Dear Facebook "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Reblogged from The Melodramatic Confessions of Carla Louise

Originally posted on December 31, 2015

Dear Facebook,                                                                                                    

I love you. I really do. When I lived eight hours away from my family and twelve hours away from my friends, you made it so easy (and affordable) to keep in contact with everyone.

However, recently, I’ve realised that you are letting me down – and other women – on a continual basis.


Well, according to your Community Standards, Facebook is designed to “keep you safe”. (Yes, I know we all need to be realistic in regards to “safe”. If you post a naked photo, it’s the internet, it’ll never come down. If you criticise your boss, and he or she sees it, they may fire you. “Safe” is a relative term; but please, bear with me.) We can report people and their content can be removed and disabled if we are being threatened, harassed and abused – among other things (like hate speeches and symbols).

Supposedly, according to your standards, you work to “encourage respectful behaviour”.

However, when I reported a man’s threatening, abusive and racist behaviour (on behalf of another woman), your review came back saying you found that his comments didn’t violate the community standards you say you uphold.

Don’t believe me?

I took screenshots.



jacksjottings: Elvis Lives. "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Elvis The King and an other Elvis.

Elvis The King and another Elvis.

The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll Lives.

Pauline checks them out.

Pauline checks them out.

 The Elvis songs are still popular and the Rock ‘an’ Roll music will live forever. Where did the term Rock ‘an’ Roll originate, I don’t think it had anything to do with ships on the ocean. It was more rocking and rolling around in bed.

Elvis with those gyrating hips would suggest that too.

This is a tribute to the King.

This is a tribute to the King.

 That is probably why parents got up tight about Rock ‘n’ Roll in the 50s. The young innocently accepted it without question as good fun.



89.3 FM 2GLF: 2016/17 Programming Applications "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

As part our regular programming process, everyone must submit a new program application form to secure a program within the 2016-17 Program schedule.


89.3 FM 2GLF: Australia Day 2016 OB "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

2GLF will be at the Liverpool Australia Celebrations again. We are welcoming all volunteers to come and help us out on the day.


Mountain Journal: Helping trees flee climate change "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

This article from the Canadian based magazine called The Walrus got me thinking. We know that climate science predicts that some species will migrate ‘uphill’ to try and find the climatic conditions they can flourish in as the temperature warms. This could see some sub alpine and alpine species becoming extinct as they face stiff competition from new species moving into their traditional range and with Australia only having mountains of low elevation, some species could simply be pushed off the top of the ranges.

There are various research projects looking at how climate change is likely to impact on native species in the Alps. The best chance we have to save alpine species in the wild is to reduce future warming through meaningful mitigation efforts (ie we need to stop polluting the atmosphere with greenhouse gases). But what about the warming that has already happened, and the future warming we are locked into as a result of previous carbon which has been released into the atmosphere? How much ‘room’ do we have for species that are already existing towards the top of their range, with limited space to migrate upwards?

This story from Canada raises the notion of ‘assisted migration’ for vegetation.

Some key points from the story:

  • A study by the United States Forest Service into the whitebark pine predicts that 97% of it’s current distribution will be too hot for the species after 2100, le...


Noosa Community Radio 101.3FM: Jazz Plus playlist "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Hello, this is Al Hensley. Wayne Carlson and I alternate with one another week about presenting the Jazz Plus program heard every Wednesday at 2PM. Each week I post the program’s playlist in case you’d like to track down any of the new releases or classic sides featured. To see what I played this week click here

The following tracks were played on Jazz Plus” on 30 December 2015.
  1. ROBERT GLASPER ‘Canvas’ Canvas
  2. JAN GARBAREK & THE SWR BIG BAND ‘Resume Variations’ Hommage A Eberhard Weber
  3. BRAD MEHLDAU TRIO ‘Airegin’ Where Do You Start
  4. JOHN SURMAN ‘No Finesse’ Brewster’s Rooster
  5. CECILE MCLORIN SALVANT ‘Le Font Cachet Sur Tes Genoux’ WomanChild
  6. HOUSTON PERSON ‘I’m Afraid The Masquerade Is Over’ Something Personal
  7. PEREZ/PATITUCCI/BLADE ‘African Wave’ Children Of The Light
  8. KRISTIN BERARDI ‘Brad’ Where Or When
  9. TORE BRUNBORG ‘Liquefied’ Slow Snow
  10. ART FARMER ‘Recorda Me’ Soul Eyes
  11. DIANA KRALL ‘This Can’t Be Love’ Stepping Out
  12. MICHAEL WOLLNY TRIO ‘De Desconfort’ Nachtfahrten
  13. MIKE LEDONNE ‘Hadley Joe’ AwwlRIGHT!
  14. RALPH TOWNER ‘Beneath An Evening Sky’ Works
  15. GEORGIE FAME ‘Jumpin’ With Symphony Sid’ The Blues And Me
  16. GEORGE CABLES ‘Daydream’ In Good Company
  17. COUNT BASIE ‘Blues For Little Jazz’ Kansas City 6


: This Week "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Screening, Paris is BurningMy Neighbour Totoro, Bahasa classes, and Anarka-fem night.

Tuesday Screening: Paris is Burning


A chronicle of New York’s drag scene in the 1980s, focusing on balls, voguing and the ambitions and dreams of those who gave the era its warmth and vitality.

Wednesday: Learning Bahasa


Free and open workshop for all levels by people who have lived in Indonesia.

Thursday:  Anarcha-fem Night


Autonomous night for women and non-binary folk.
Starts from 5pm, free entry, with...


The Vociferous Journalist: New research shows family violence knowledge lacking "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

A new paper has been published examining the current knowledge on the impact of domestic and family violence on parenting. Lisa Hooker, the primary author of the paper, has spoken about what she examined and what it revealed about domestic and family violence in Australia. You can read the paper online here.


andypaine: My top 10 songs of 2015 "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

It was a funny year for me and new music. For various reasons I went to less shows than I have the last few years, and a lot of my favourite musical discoveries were old albums that were new to me. So when it came to making this list I was a bit worried I wouldn’t have 10 new songs from 2015 that I had really loved. So it was nice in the end to realise that actually I had too many songs and would have to whittle down my shortlist. Here are the ten I came up with:


Royal Headache – Carolina

A few times over the last couple of years I’ve run into Royal Headache’s lead singer Shogun. At some point the conversation would turn to his band and he would tell me that he had broken up the band because there were “too many dickheads” at shows. “You look out at the audience,” he told me, “and it’s all the people you hated at high school.”

The hidden darkside of alternative rockstardom. But despite Shogun’s warnings, this year Royal Headache returned with their first album in four years and launched it, of all places, at the Sydney Opera House. The album, of course, is amazing.


mewithoutYou -Red Cow

mewithoutYou are a band that I have appreciated for a dec...


Great Ocean Road Coast Blog: Free breakfast at Moggs "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Dog’s Breakfast Friday 22 January 2016 8-10am

Bring your furry friends down to Moggs Creek Beach (near the river mouth) on Friday 22 January 2016 between 8-10am for a free breakfast for dogs and owners.

The morning, funded by BirdLife Australia in partnership with the Great Ocean Road Coast Committee (GORCC), Parks Victoria and Friends of the Hooded Plover Surf Coast (FHPSC) aims to raise awareness about the threatened Hooded Plover and the importance of giving these beach-nesting birds some space, especially if you have a canine companion.


There’ll be smiles all round at the upcoming BirdLife Australia Dog’s Breakfast.

Free give-aways will be on offer throughout the morning for dogs and their owners.

BirdLife Australia Beach-nesting Birds Education Officer Meghan Cullen said the breakfast is a great way for organisations to engage and educate local beachgoers about the impact humans and dogs have on the Hooded Plovers.

“This free event aims to create awareness around the vulnerability of Hooded Plovers and the impacts dogs and people have on their survival,” she said.

GORCC Conservation Supervisor Georgie Beale said the breakfast was a fantastic opportunity for dog owners to learn about native wildlife whilst in a relaxed social atmosphere.

Moggs Creek Dog Breakfast Jan 16.jpg



Great Ocean Road Coast Blog: Hoodies hatch! Babies at Pt Impossible "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Three vulnerable Hooded Plover chicks have hatched at Point Impossible over the weekend, making them the first chicks to hatch on the Great Ocean Road Coast Committee (GORCC) managed land this year.

GORCC Conservation Supervisor Georgie Beale urges beachgoers to take extra caution this summer to help give the hoodie chicks the best chance of survival.


A Hooded Plover nesting at Point Roadknight.


“Humans and dogs pose a major threat to the survival of Hooded Plover chicks as hoodie parents and chicks can become too frightened to feed.

“It is important beachgoers obey all signs and fences in breeding areas and walk close to the water’s edge.

“We also advise dog owners to keep dogs out of breeding zones or on leashes at all times to help give the hoodies the best chance of survival,” she said.

Chicks are vulnerable for the first five weeks until they reach flying age as they are unable to escape predators and threats.


Huts built by volunteers and land managers help provide shelter for nesting Hooded Plovers at Eastern View*.

Two more nests are located at Point Roadknight, both with three eggs, all due to hatch in the middle of January.

Unfortunately foxes attacked the nest at Moggs Creek and all three eggs were lost.

Fences and signs have been placed in known hoodie breeding zones to help keep people and dogs away from nests.

Without active management...


Black Mark: Ballet sculptures in Melbourne "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

In December I was walking passed the Arts Centre in Melbourne when I noticed some new sculptures being installed at the top end of lawn. Actually I first recognised the small spider-like crane of  J.K. Fansham Pty Ltd, that I last saw installing Louise Paramor’s Ursa Major, before I saw the sculpture.


David Maughan, Les Belle Hélène, 2015

Les Belle Hélène by David Maughan was being installed on the lawn of the Arts Centre Melbourne. The title is a reference to La Belle Hélène an operetta by Jacques Offenbach. The sculpture depicts two female ballet dancers both en pointe, one in an arabesque balancing on one leg while the other with her arms spread is fully extended on both feet. The sculpture is a gift to the Australian Ballet and the semi-classical bronze figures match the tradition of classical ballet.

Melbourne sculptor David Maughan has done many sexy sculptures of slim ballerinas. David’s wife, Helen Choules was a dancer. This explain both the obvious sexual interest in and the technical accuracy of the female figures in Maughan’s sculptures (the nipples on Maughan’s dancers are aways outstanding).


Unknown, Dancer, College of the Arts grounds

I now wonder if Maughan isn’t responsible for another ballet sculpture in Melbourne, the bronze figure of the dancer at the front of the VCA. I’m n...


Larktalk's Blog: Eye-catching things in Melbourne 2 "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

So there’s more intriguing sites and food and places to discover, no matter how many times you visit Melbourne. Here are soem more edgy places to visit when you go there.

PAM store in 252 Swanston Street, City ...


darkly wise, rudely great: Man on the run "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Late last year I was photographed by Wayne Taylor for the Netherlands' Filosofie magazine.

They've a special issue on sport and fitness, and interviewed me about the Dutch edition of How to Think About Exercise. This shot, which I'm chuffed about, was one of the final photographs.

Two short videos, on jogging and pride, will also be available soon.



From our friends down at Kiki Riki Bar and Latin Street Food on Smith Street, this Mezcal Mule is the perfect summer drink. Fresh, yet smoky, sweet, yet sour, it has all bases covered.

The post SUMMER COCKTAIL MAGIC appeared first on The NORTHSIDER.


AWPA Sydney News: 1) CPJ. Indonesia denies media visa for France 24 reporter "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

2) Indonesia Urged to Lift Ban on French Journalist After Papua Documentary

Committee to Protect Journalists
1) CPJ. Indonesia denies media visa for France 24 reporter

Sunday, 10 January


North Coast Voices: ISIS called and heard this response: sorry, I have a life "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Sky News reporting on ISIS response to increased air strikes, 27 December 2915:

The Islamic State group has released a new message purportedly from its reclusive leader, claiming his self-styled "caliphate" is doing well despite an unprecedented alliance against it.
In the 24-minute audio posted on Saturday, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi says air strikes by the international coalition only increase his group's determination and resolve.
He also mocks a recently announced Saudi-led Islamic alliance against "terrorism" and warns Israel that "we are getting closer to you" every day.
To Israeli Jews, he says that they "will hide behind trees and stones" from the IS.
Al-Baghdadi urges Muslims world over to join the fight, saying it is their Islamic duty to rise up everywhere.
The authenticity of the audio could not be independently confirmed but it was posted...

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