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Monday, 25 January

20:16 The FBI Assembling Death Squads As They Bring In 200 Vehicles to Oregon "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

In a shocking development, the FBI has brought in over 200 vehicles to Burns, Oregon. To those that know their history, it appears that Burns, Oregon will soon become the next Waco.  If I had family (i.e. women, children and the elderly), I would have them leave the Burns, Oregon area as there is ready to be a good old fashion military battleground.

Ammon Bundy was to meet with the FBI to discuss the present situation. The FBI was a no-show. Would the FBI rather have the Oregon situation turn out like Waco with a Godless result in which hundreds of Constitutional supporting Americans are murdered at the hands of their own government?

The Bundy forces are being incorrectly characterized as being anti-government. They are not! They are pro-constitution. The Bundy forces are in the community visiting ranches and correcting the abuses of the BLM and the EPA. It is the Obama administration that is anti-government. The Obama administration is anti-Constitution. The Constitution is the supreme law of the land. Anyone who opposes the use of unconstitutional tactics against the American people is anti-government. The Obama administration is anti-constitution and as such are anti-government, legitimate government.

Fox an...


: Last chance for Japan Cherry Blossom Tour "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

This week is the last opportunity to book for Lydia Scuglia’s personally escorted Cherry Blossom Tour to Japan for 2016. This is a once in a lifetime experience travelling with a small pampered group of happy friendly travelling companions with your every need met by Lydia and special local guides in Japan. Inquire today to [...]

18:02 Katter on Sunday Night: Australia – Stand up and vote your MP’s out "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

We have re-published this again for those who missed the first edition.


KAP Federal Leader and Member for Kennedy Bob Katter MP following the airing of Channel 7’s Sunday Night program, July 5th, has urged Australians to vote their politicians out at the next election if they don’t stand up for Australian farmers.

“Vote out your MPs and Senators.  They are just a bunch of donkeys going down to Canberra and holding up their hands.

“Even the best ones, you only get a couple of squawks out of it.

“Following the program last night our office has been inundated with callers from around Australia.

“There is no solution here outside of a political solution.  

“Australians need to tell their members of Parliament if you don’t take a stand and vote in the Parliament to stop this – we will vote you out” “They might say ‘oh no, the ALP might get in’ or ‘oh no, the LNP might get in’.  That is irrelevant – all you (Member of Parliament) need to worry about is that you will be out.

The Sunday Night program featured a number of farmers who have been foreclosed on by the banks including Jim and Kim Whelan from Charters Towers, Mr Katter’s home town in the electorate of Kennedy.  The program also focused on the increasing Chinese Investment, much of which is not registered and the recently signed Australia-China Free Trade Agreement which allows Chinese workers into Australia.

“Don’t think we are not coming on strong.  We have 8 cross benchers in the......


Echonetdaily: Environment minister’s cousin protests at Santos’ Pilliga site "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Environment minister Greg Hunt's cousin Jen Hunt in a tree sit at Santos' Leewood site, pleading with him to halt Santos' CSG processing plant there.

Environment minister Greg Hunt’s cousin Jen Hunt in a tree sit at Santos’ Leewood site, pleading with him to halt Santos’ CSG processing plant there. Photo Facebook

Federal environment minister Greg Hunt’s first cousin has taken the extraordinary action of suspending herself 12 metres in the air to block access to construction vehicles and interrupt work at Santos’ controversial Leewood coal seam gas wastewater plant in the Pilliga, north-west NSW.

Jen Hunt is a 51-year-old retired social worker, a mother of two and stepmother of six. She is the latest of a series of people who have taken peaceful direct action and risked arrest to stop the controversial project over the last two months.

Ms Hunt says she wants to send a message to her cousin about the need to protect the Great Artesian Basin. So she suspended herself on a platform hanging from a tree in an effot to halt Santos’ construction work.

She was joined today by 20 supporters including two ‘climate angels’ from Lismore who are part of an international theatrical movement for peaceful climate action. In the past two weeks...


North Coast Voices: The only way Tony Abbott will leave the Australian Parliament is if the voters of Warringah kick him out "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Apparently desperate to hang on to his seat, parliamentary salary and entitlements, as well as intent on regaining the prime ministerial position he now recalls he ‘left’ rather than was sacked from – far-right politician Anthony John “Tony” Abbott is renominating in the Warringah electorate as a candidate in the 2016 federal general election.


2RRR: Voices in Harmony "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Tuesday 26th January

6 – 6:30pm Voices in Harmony
This week’s program comes with an ‘Australian Made’ stamp! Patricia & Maree will feature choirs, quartets & duets singing songs that’ll spark your Aussie spirit and help celebrate our National Day! And the girls are always looking for local choirs to feature on the program so give them a call!


The Witches Kitchen: Midsummer Planting and My New Beans "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

washing machine beans

We bought a second hand washing machine a little while ago, just by chance from a couple who had retired to Lennox Head leaving a family home with a great big garden to move into a beach house with a tiny garden. They were doing spectacular things in a tiny space and we talked gardens over tea for so long we nearly forgot why we came.  As we were leaving we were offered a packet of bean seeds, a variety that had been passed down to this great grandfather from his grandfather, passed down through at least six generations and who knows before that.

They are really long, flat beans with a dark reddish brown seed, so sweet that two-year-old Teo comes out to “help” me pick.  He’s not tall enough to reach them but he knows he will be able to raid them straight out of the basket (and that’s called “helping” in Grandma’s garden). They are stringless and delicious lightly steamed too, and they’ve survived the run of 40°C  days this last week (104°F for friends in USA).  My new favourite beans.  Washing machine beans.

My established garden all survived the heat wave – tomatoes and cucumbers, beans and snake beans, pumpkins and squash, zucchini and tromboncino, eggplants and capsicums, basil and spring onions, leeks and Molokhia, rocket and carrots, and all the perennial and semi-perennials.  But anything I had planted in the last few weeks that hadn’t had time to get roots down deep and wide enough suffered despite all my Frizzle Weather strategies. I had planted out some well advanced beetroot seedli...


: Australia Day 2016 We Celebrated! "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Locals honoured for Good Deeds Local citizens have been honoured and awarded for many and varied good services to society at Australia Day commemorations around TWT Territory yesterday. Citizens of the Year were named and awarded at ceremonies in Hunters Hill and Ryde plus Young Citizens of the Year and other awards as well as [...]


: Anzac Project was a winner "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Restoration project of Hunters Hill’s trophy cannon won the Council’s Event of the Year award. The cannon was officially unveiled by the NSW Governor and Mayor at Hunters Hill’s Anzac Eve service.


: Sydney’s best loved Book Fair returns to Chatswood "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Lifeline Harbour to Hawkesbury will hold their 2016 Chatswood Book Fair this weekend January 30-31 in The Civic Pavilion, The Concourse located at 409 Victoria Avenue, Chatswood. The Fair will be open both Saturday and Sunday from 8am to 5pm with all money raised to go directly to Lifeline in assisting the community with much [...]


: AUSTRALIA DAY HONOURS 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Christine Jensen’s compassionate life   CAPTION: Huntley’s Point’s Christine Jensen is a strong advocate for families and is pictured holding a beloved family photo. TWT on-the-spot PHOTO. A Huntley’s Point grandmother has been awarded an Australia Day OAM for a life of devotion to women and families – at home and abroad – through one [...]


: Tram Madness Slaughters Sydney Heritage Trees "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

BY OUR CHIEF CIVIC ROUNDSMAN In a blatant act of vandalism the State Government is killing hundreds of heritage trees in Sydney and suburbs to waste billions of dollars on replacing bus services with yesteryears tram tracks. When other cities around the worlld are introducing electric environmentally friendly new generation forms of mass transport. See [...]


: Dominello welcomes new doctors in Ryde "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Ryde MP Victor Dominello has welcomed 10 medical graduates who are commencing their one-year internship at Ryde Hospital. “It’s a privilege to speak with the interns who will be at Ryde Hospital as they begin their journey as doctors,” Mr Dominello said. “The first days of an internship is a key milestone in the life [...]


: Glowing tribute to Ryde RSL Veteran "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Owen Bennett Farewelled Ryde RSL veteran member Owen Bennett was farewelled at his packed funeral service at Northern Suburbs Memorial Gardens and Crematorium last Friday. Service was conducted by Father Paul Monkerud of Ryde-Gladesville Catholic Parish with RSL tribute conducted by Ryde RSL President Bernie Cox. Owen is pictured above when he was awarded Life [...]


: Dance & Performing Arts "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Quality teaching at Vanborough Vanborough School of Dancing students Andrea Yamine (above)and Tina Hazell (below) preparing for their performances in the School’s end-of-year Recital in 2015. Vanborough School of Dancing offers students and their parents high quality teaching by professional teachers with internationally-recognised teaching qualifications in a caring and helpful environment. The tuition offered is [...]


: From Bad to Worse! "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Last Tuesday’s Extraordinary Meeting of Macquarie Community College was told that the College will record it biggest loss of all time estimated at $576,500 in 2015 following the last two years of $457,000 and $329,600 losses. This is despite each year the annual meetings have been assured by chairman Sue Murray that next year will [...]


Jims-Life-Log: Riverina Reconnoitre "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Reconnoitre, a verb meaning to inspect, observe, or survey in order to gain information.

Well, maybe that isn’t exactly correct as to what we were doing over the weekend just gone, but both of the words in the title start with ‘R’ and the general idea is there, so it’s close enough!

We live in the southern Riverina, and as it was school holidays, and I didn’t have to work on the Friday the wife, Miss 10, and myself travelled to town of Young about 3 hours drive north and spent the weekend there.


Today Young is known as the Cherry Capital of Australia (hence the big sign [above] located in the railway station precinct). Young owes it original existence to that yellow precious metal, Gold, which was reported to have been found there in 1860. At the time it was known as Lambing Flat because it was a place were lambing took place before the discovery of gold. The town grew quickly in the next few years and with it the trappings and facilities of civilisation arrived – the newspaper, Post Office, court house, National School, the first race meeting (which seemed to benefit the bushranger Frank Gardiner more than anyone else), the hospital, Cobb and Co coach service, and telegraph line, along with a number of churches and a flour mill. Eventually the railway, that most excellent of transportation modes, arrived.



Alliance Française de Geelong: Films français à Geelong "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Several French films will be screened on the first Sunday of the month at Village Cinemas in Geelong.

On Sunday February 7, we are screening The Ultimate Accessory (100% Cachemire)

Our Autumn Season begins on March 6:

Sunday March 6: The Bélier Family (La famille Bélier)

Sunday April 3: Before the Winter Chill (Avant l’hiver)

Sunday May 1: Quantam Love (Une rencontre)

We hope to see you there!


Alliance Française de Geelong: Term 1 Classes "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

The new class flyers are now available on our Classes page.

A bientôt !


Echonetdaily: Thus Spake Mungo: Mr Turnbull goes to Washington "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

By Mungo MacCallum

Malcolm Turnbull’s ritual pilgrimage to his great and powerful friend went very much according to plan.

Some worried that the handshakes were not quite as effusive that they might have been, but there was no doubting the mutual protestations of undying loyalty.

Our Prime Minister acclaimed America as powerful, effective, a leader in every sphere; he was every bit as compliant and indeed subservient as even his sternest critic (Greg Sheridan, The Australian’s Yankophile foreign editor) expected and demanded.

There had been the merest whisper that Turnbull might be (shock, horror) a touch bolshie – he might display as modicum of independence. After all, his Defence Minister Marise Payne had actually knocked back, in the politest possible way, a suggestion by her American counterpart Ash Carter that Australia might actually increase its grounds forces in Iraq and Syria.

But it turned out that there was no problem at all: Carter, Barack Obama and indeed everyone anyone who could get a word in assured Turnbull that all was well; Australia was doing just as required by the alliance (well, hegemony actually, but we don’t call it that) and was in fact contributing to the cause second only to the United States itself – what could be fairer than that?

It turned out that the Carter request had not been a personal plea, but more in the nature of a form letter to whom it may concern. The Pentagon was keen for everyone, but more particularly the Europeans and the Middle Eastern nations, to lift their game – be in it, you slackers. The exhortation was not aimed at Canberra — heaven forbid. In the circumstances it might have been more tactful to have said so earlier, but no real harm done. The relationship, the partnership as we call it for reasons of diplomacy, was as sound as ever.

And of course, when Liberal Prime Ministers have been involved, it was ever thus. From the days when Rob...


2RRR: There Goes That Song Again "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Tuesday 26th January
2 – 4pm There Goes That Song Again
ItâŹ"s Australia Day, so of course we have an Australia Day Special, featuring Australian artists popular in the 1940s, 50s and 60s.


2RRR: Sonic Stew "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Monday 25th January

7 – 8pm Sonic Stew

Sonic Stew takes a step back to 1995 to check out what was rocking in a post-grunge, brit-pop world.


Echonetdaily: Tweed Hospital ‘under siege’ from ice patients "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Staff and medics at The Tweed Hospital are under siege from people under the influence of ice with hundreds of assaults taking place in there past year, according to the state nurses union.

The hospital at times resembles a battlefield with the violence, and riot police were recently called there to restrain a drug-affected man who had broken the hospital’s safe room window with his head.

The news comes as the coalition government defends last week’s revelation that Tweed Hospital was one of seven hospitals statewide at which infants were given to the wrong mothers for breastfeeding, exposing them to serious health risks.

NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) is calling on the state government to increase staff security at the hospital after more than 2,000 incidents of aggression at the hospital in the past year.

Sheila O’Meara told the ABC this morning that violent episodes usually start in the emergency department and continue in the wards, and that up to five members were off on workers compensation due to attacks.

Ms O’Meara said the union was pushing for protocols to be changed so contracted hospital security staff were able to help restrain drug-affected for violent patients.

NSW Labor says the Baird government has been too slow in responding to the scourge of ice and failed to provide enough treatment beds for ice (methamphetamine) affected patients.

But Tweed MP Geoff Provest says he was assured during a visit on Friday to the hospital that efforts to curb violence there was being improved, ‘bearing in mind’ annual emergency-unit admissions a year of 48,000 was double the average for north coast hospitals.

The Labor Opposition said it will offer its bipartisan support to ‘any sensible proposal’ to respond to the violence when parliament resumes next month.

Labor’s health spokesman Walt Secord said the issue of violence and ice, particularly in rural and coastal areas. was urgent with....


Echonetdaily: Byron youth homelessness not a ‘gypsy lifestyle’ "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Photo Rudiger Wasser. For more visit

Homeless youth in Byron shire do not ‘choose’ a ‘gypsy’ lifestyle, argues Byron Bay youth worker Nicqui Yazdi. Photo Rudiger Wasser. For more visit

A long-time Byron shire youth worker has accused the writer of an article on homeless youth camps in Byron Bay of glossing over the ‘shameful’ truth.

The article Life in Byron’s Squatter Camps appeared in last week’s Byron Shire Echo and Echonetdaily.

It quoted a local former homeless resident Terry as saying, the squatters could be divided into two groups: ‘ones who choose that lifestyle, and ones who can’t genuinely find a place.’

A second commenter, Charlie, suggested, ‘Some are [drugs] them recreationally and for spiritual reasons, like taking magic mushrooms. They’re not just getting out of their heads. They’re making a connection with the infinite.’

But youth worker Niqui Yazdi said the article, by Bay FM journalist Anna James, ‘does Byron’s homeless no good whatsoever. It is flowery and fluffy and makes no point at all’.

‘Homelessness is not a “gypsy” lifestyle. There are no gyspy kids in Byron,’ Ms Yazdi wrote in a letter to the editor published today, ‘but there are a shitload of seriously impoverished young people, w...


Echonetdaily: Dire plight of Byron’s homeless "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

I’m writing in response to the article published in  Echonetdaily: Life in Byron’s Squatter Camps, by Anna James.

I was alerted to this article by one of Byron’s local youth, who wanted to know my opinion on the article.

I struggle to understand the point of this article and how anyone thought it was even important enough to publish. Contrary to what this article says, I would say that very few of those who are homeless and under 25 would be on any kind of ‘spiritual journey’, most have had either long-term issues with family, drugs, alcohol, or mental illness and if they didn’t start out that way, then often these things end up a part of their homeless ‘journey’, as yes, lots of them find their way into little groups, often more so because they feel safer like this, but then, as a group, it also sometimes encourages drug and alcohol-misuse. Homelessness is not a ‘gypsy’ lifestyle, and in fact, I’ve never heard anyone refer to them as the ‘gypsy kids’, including themselves.

Over the years, I’ve seen terrible situations with Byron’s homeless, of all ages, but particularly those who are young and those who are elderly. I’ve seen 14-year-olds, who, even though they are homeless, still try to struggle with going to school, in fact, I’ve personally known many kids who did everything in their power to try to keep learning, some even attending the BCC school at the YAC, yet living in the bush close by. The young people that find their way into learning programs at the YAC are the lucky ones, but even then, there’s only so much that can be done for them, and even trying to get any young people into housing or emergency housing, is so hard, with so many restrictions and so few options, that for most, there are no options. And if they have a drug addiction, or...


Echonetdaily: Why is RMS stalling on koala highway FOI? "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Last week Bob Higgins, project manager of the Pacific Highway Upgrade told us via the ABC that the peer review process was the reason for the delay in releasing the Ballina Koala Plan.

All very well, but the material requested by Friends of the Koala under freedom of information was significantly more than the Plan. Amongst other things we asked for the Biolink/Ecosure baseline koala study, the Australian Museum’s genetic study, minutes of the expert panel’s meetings and correspondence between the various parties involved with these studies.

Mr Higgins also said that the Ballina Koala Plan ‘should be completed in the coming weeks’. We assume then that peer review of the baseline studies was completed months ago. Correspondence and minutes of course fall outside peer review.

Following three months of argy-bargy from RMS regarding what we could expect them to release to us, Friends of the Koala instructed EDO on December 8, 2015 to ask for any material not subject to third party consultation, with the rest to come in mid-January 2016. RMS denied that request.

A RMS spokesperson told The Echo that the Plan will be released publicly ‘after it has been submitted [to federal environment minister, Greg Hunt] and the project team will meet with key stakeholders, including Friends of the Koala to brief them on the outcomes’.

Our question is when is ‘after’? Is it the same day as submission? The following day? A week? A month? After briefing? Perhaps after Greg Hunt’s determination?

Come on Bob, Friends of the Koala has shared its data and samples with RMS’s consultants, at least give us the baseline reports and the expert panel minutes. What is there to fear?

Lorraine Vass, president, Friends of the Koala, Inc.

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Echonetdaily: New York travel ban lifted after storm "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

People work on digging out their cars following the recent snow storm in Brooklyn, New York. Photo EPA/Justin Lane

People work on digging out their cars following the recent snow storm in Brooklyn, New York. Photo EPA/Justin Lane

New York [RAW]

A travel ban for the New York area has been lifted but Washington is still at a standstill after a blizzard paralysed the northeastern United States, killing at least 19 people.

The storm was the second-biggest in New York history with 68 centimetres of snow in Central Park by midnight on Saturday, just shy of the record 68.33cm set in 2006, the National Weather Service said.

Thirteen people were killed in weather-related car crashes in Arkansas, North Carolina, Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee and Virginia on Saturday.

One person died in Maryland and three in New York while shovelling snow. Two died of hypothermia in Virginia, officials said.

By early on Sunday the storm had moved off the coast, with remnants trailing over parts of Long Island and Cape Cod.

Much of the northeast was expected to see a mix of sun and clouds on Sunday with temperatures just above freezing.

Washington streets were...


Echonetdaily: Thai co-operation vital on terror: Keenan "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Australian Minister of Justice Michael Keenan (L) talks to Thai Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister General Prawit Wongsuwan (R) during a meeting at the Ministry of Defence in Bangkok on January 22. Photo EPA/Narong Sangnak

Australian Minister of Justice Michael Keenan (L) talks to Thai Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister General Prawit Wongsuwan (R) during a meeting at the Ministry of Defence in Bangkok on January 22. Photo EPA/Narong Sangnak

Ron Corben, AAP

The Asia Pacific faces a long-term threat posed by terrorist networks supporting Islamic State, the ‘menace stalking the region’, Australian justice minister Michael Keenan said.

Mr Keenan, in Thailand for talks with local government ministers and police officials, said stepping up regional co-operation was ‘vitally important’ to meet the increasing security challenges.

‘We know we’ve got a big regional challenge – that’s been brought home to us with the [January 14] attacks in Jakarta over the past fortnight,’ he said in an interview with AAP.

The attack in the central business district of the Indonesian capital left eight people dead – including the four attackers – and 20 wounded.



Echonetdaily: Cinema Review : Goosebumps "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

By John campbell

Unless you’re lucky enough to have a reviewer’s comp, paying to see a flick on the big screen (which is the way filmmakers always want their work to be seen) is a bit of a wallet-gouge (especially when you factor in a couple of mandatory choc-tops). Understandably, you become selective in your visits to the cinema, waiting for Judi or Meryl, gorgeous George or jokey Johnny, or, if you’re into the cult of the director, Quentin, the Coens or some unpronounceable Euro or Korean master. Meaning that a lot of unpretentious but clever and highly entertaining movies pass you by until you catch them on late-night, slug-out, free-to-air TV. This is one such semi-precious gem that you might enjoy in the dim and distant future…

Teenaged Zach (Dylan Minnette) has just moved to a daggy town in Delaware where he will attend the high school at which his recently widowed mum has been appointed deputy principal. Next door, behind a high-picketed fence, cute Hannah lives with her bad-tempered, mysterious dad (Jack Black), who happens to be the reclusive horror author, RL Stine.

Inadvertently, Zach opens a book in their library and scary creatures come alive from the pages. It’s a neat idea that trades on kids’ love of fantasy. Following a standard, easily comprehended intro of who/what/where, director Rob Letterman plays his first fright card with the sudden appearance of an eye-catching and remarkably life-like Abominable Snowman. Letterman, however, is cluey enough to appreciate that it’s the ventriloquist’s dummy, the pointy-hatted gnomes and the bad-trip clowns that send the iciest shivers down the spine. Pretty soon, all of Stine’s creations are free...


Echonetdaily: UK knew of Guantanamo torture: ex-spy "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Prisoners kneel under the watchful eyes of Military Police at Camp X-Ray, Guantanamo Bay, in January 2002. DoD photo by Petty Officer 1st class Shane T McCoy, US Navy.

Prisoners kneel under the watchful eyes of Military Police at Camp X-Ray, Guantanamo Bay, in January 2002. DoD photo by Petty Officer 1st class Shane T McCoy, US Navy.

London [RAW]

A former senior British intelligence officer wants to give evidence that the country’s security services knew about the torture of inmates at the US prison camp in Guantanamo Bay, a newspaper reported.

The former officer is seeking permission to present evidence to a forthcoming parliamentary inquiry that British officials saw detainees being tortured in December 2002, the Sunday Times said, quoting senior security sources.

Details of torture were disclosed during meetings held at the London headquarters of Britain’s MI5 in 2002 and the evidence is believed to include claims that British officials witnessed inmates being chained, hooded, waterboarded and subjected to mental abuse by CIA officials, the report said.



Echonetdaily: Palmer out on his ear: poll "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Palmer United Party leader Clive Palmer in full voice during Question Time in October 2015. AAP Image/Mick Tsikas

Palmer United Party leader Clive Palmer in full voice during Question Time in October 2015. AAP Image/Mick Tsikas

Brisbane [AAP]

A new poll suggests Clive Palmer shouldn’t bother trying to keep his Sunshine Coast seat.

A new Galaxy poll published in The Courier-Mail shows voters in his seat of Fairfax are ready to dump him, amid anger over the axing of 237 jobs at his nickel refinery.

Mr Palmer’s primary support is sitting at just two per cent – down from 26.5 per cent when he narrowly won the federal seat on preferences at the 2013 election.

The poll shows 83 per cent of voters are dissatisfied with his performance and just 7 per cent believe he’s doing a satisfactory job.

Galaxy polled 506 Fairfax voters on January 21, six days after Mr Palmer’s company Queensland Nickel sacked 237 workers at its Yabulu refinery near Townsville.

He’s since had to defend more than $20 million in donations the company made to bankroll his Palmer United Party, and the company is now in voluntary administration as wor...


Echonetdaily: Tweed Hospital welcomes trainee doctors "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


The intern group with Tweed MP Geoff Provest. Photo supplied.

The intern group with Tweed MP Geoff Provest. Photo supplied.

Tweed Hospital has 18 new trainee doctors walking its corridors.

The 18 medical graduates began their internships at the hospital last Monday and were welcomed by Tweed MP Geoff Provest, on Friday on a visit there to meet them.

The MP wished them well ‘as they begin of their journey as doctors’.

Mr Provest said NSW was the only state to offer two-year employment contracts to medical graduates undertaking their internship.

with Dr GeneOver the two years, the junior doctors rotate through a network which includes metropolitan, rural and regional hospitals training in medicine, surgery and emergency treatment.

He said t...


Echonetdaily: Qld domestic violence order breaches rise "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Queensland crisis service DV Connect also runs a hotline for men.

Queensland crisis service DV Connect also runs a hotline for men.

Alexandra Patrikios, AAP

Court orders to protect victims of domestic violence in Queensland were breached almost as many times as police applied for them in 2015.

Statistics obtained by AAP show police made a total of 19,708 applications for domestic violence protection orders last year.

But in the same period, there were almost as many breaches of orders sought by police and private applicants granted by the courts – a total of 19,405 contraventions.

Since January 2013, the number of both applications and violations of protection orders has climbed steadily by thousands each year.

DV Connect chief executive Di Mangan concedes the figures raise the question of what else can be done to protect victims of family violence.

‘Many women are protected by those orders,’ she told AAP.

‘But some men won’t take notice of those orders because their sense of entitlement won’t abide by any law.’

If anything, she said the data drives hom...


Echonetdaily: Republic ‘inevitable’, FitzSimons says "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Peter FitzSimons pushes for a republic on his Twitter page.

Peter FitzSimons pushes for a republic on his Twitter page.

Canberra [AAP & other sources]

The head of the Australian Republican Movement believes there is widespread support for a republic, calling on prime minister Malcolm Turnbull to ‘seize this moment’.

‘We could actually do this now,’ Peter FitzSimons told ABC TV on Monday.

It comes after seven out of eight state and territory leaders signed a declaration calling for an Australian head of state.

Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said in a supporting statement, ‘I firmly believe Australia is ready to have an Australian as our head of state. We lead the world in so many areas, it’s about time our country is led by one of our own.’

Chief Minister of the Northern Territory Adam Giles said, ‘There is a lot to be said for tradition, but there is even more to be said for progress.

‘Isn’t it time we said to Indigenous Australians “we’re proud of you” in the Constitution? Isn’t it time we said to Territorians “yes, you live in your own State”?

‘Isn’t it time we say to our children “yes, you could be President of Australia when you grow up?”’

The petition in favour of a republic is at...


Echonetdaily: Shark patrols to continue until Easter "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

North coast aerial shark patrols, which were due to finish after Australia Day, will now continue up until Easter, according to parliamentary secretary for the north coast, Chris Gulaptis.

The patrols will, however, only be conducted over the weekends.

But shark ‘eco-barriers’ (new generation shark nets) that were meant to be in place at two Ballina beaches soon have been delayed by a month.

‘Recent aerial surveillance programs conducted in our region have shown to be an enormous success, helping alert authorities and the general public when a shark is posing danger to swimmers or surfers,’ Mr Gulaptis said.

‘Having that extra eye in the sky over our beaches during this time will give swimmers and surfers extra confidence when hitting the water,’ he added.

Surveillance flights will continue from Byron Bay to Evans Head, as well as in areas further south.

Mr Gulaptis said a delay in the completion to the eco-barriers had contributed to the extension of the flights.

‘The eco-nets have been specifically made – it’s not a one-size fits all, clearly – and every beach is different,’ he told ABC.

The nets will cover Lighthouse Beach at Ballina and Lennox Head.

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Echonetdaily: Byron Bay girl killed in Thai motorbike accident "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Sonya Davis (pictured) was killed in a motorbike accident in Thailand on January 18. The family have started a crowdfunding campaign to return her remains to Australia. Photo contributed

Sonya Davis (pictured) was killed in a motorbike accident in Thailand on January 18. The family have started a crowdfunding campaign to return her remains to Australia. Photo contributed

Christine Willmott

The enjoyment of a holiday in rural Thailand was tragically cut short for a Byron Bay family of four when their youngest child Sonya, aged five, was involved in a motorcycle accident on January 18.

George and Somepong Davis and their children, Justin, six, and Sonya, five, had been experiencing Thai village life while staying on Somepong’s parents’ farm in Northern Thailand.

On the morning of the day they were due to fly back to Australia, Sonya accompanied her Thai grandmother to the local market on the family motorbike when they were struck by a car travelling at speed from behind. Sonya’s grandma died on impact.

Sonya survived the crash but was critically injured and was put on life support. She died five days later on January 22.

Her mother, father and older brother, Justin are utterly devastated. Somepong’s grief is doubled, having lost both her mother and daughter in the tragic accident.

Sonya was a sparky,...



Jo Rittey finally gets to Industry Beans in Rose Street, Fitzroy and wonders why she hasn't been there before.



The NORTHSIDER: REVIEW | MJR TOM "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

With a new menu, Taco Wednesdays, F.A.T.W (Forget About The Week) Fridays and a keeping-it-local Australia Day BBQ, why aren't you already down at Mjr Tom in Collingwood?

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Echonetdaily: ARENA considers another round of large-scale solar funding "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Big solar build-out at an AGL site. Photo AGL

Big solar build-out at an AGL site. Photo AGL

Giles Parkinson, RenewEconomy

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency may make another $100 million of grants available in a new round of funding for large-scale solar projects in Australia following the overwhelming response to its latest program.

ARENA has made $100 million available and attracted 77 large-scale project proposals across Australia, before narrowing that list down to 22 projects totalling some 767MW of capacity.

The $100 million it will make available is designed to be sufficient to get some 200MW of capacity under way. The Clean Energy Finance Corporation is making a further $250 million of finance available, which might increase the capacity and the number of projects being built.

Now, it appears, ARENA is already considering a further round of a similar scope.

The Coalition government, ironically, has yet to withdraw legislation seeking to fold up the operations of ARENA, but environment minister Greg Hunt flagged the likely second round in an interview on Thursday after officiating at the opening of the 102MW solar plant at Nyngan, and the 53MW solar plant in Broken Hill.

‘We’ve got projects such as this, and then the new hundred million dollar round, and they (ARENA) have also been talking about a further equivalent round, simply because the uptake of demand is enormous,’ Hunt said.

A spokesperson for ARENA confirmed that discussions had taken place, although it was too early to talk about the scope...


AWPA Sydney News: 1) Tekwie laments PNG border weakness "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

2) Papua churches say fundamentalists are a threat
1) Tekwie laments PNG border weakness
Updated at 6:47 am today


Echonetdaily: Cr Longland joins Nats faction to foil Tweed mayor "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

It was revealed in the Tweed Shire Council meeting last week the mayor had been threatened for raising concerns over claims for councillor expenses which would see her delegation for approval of expenses removed.

In a pay back, the mayor had this delegation removed last week in a surprise amendment presented by Cr Longland to the payment of expenses policy supported by his three cohorts.

Following the mayor raising concerns of claimed expenses it was considered significant enough to reconsider the practices of the existing policy and seek advice from the Office of Local Government who also raised subsequent issues with the application of parts of the policy.

To ensure a thorough review of the policy was undertaken, an independent firm was engaged and included their facilitating a workshop with councillors in December.

Advice of the Office of Local Government and independent review resulted in a revised payment of expenses policy and amendments agreed to by councillors at the workshop, this presented to councillors in their business papers for last week’s meeting.

It was clearly evident at this meeting the mayor and deputy mayor had not been privy to the significant number of further changes to the revised policy until it was tabled on the night by Cr Longland but it did not matter as he had the numbers.

While guidelines are in place for such policies to be developed it is the role of each organisation to put practices in place that enhance public confidence, accountability and transparency, particularly when we see such outrageous rorting of the system in government.

The mayor is to be commended on her due diligence, conscience and consideration of proper accountability, however it is now unfortunate those qualities have been removed from the process simply for speaking up.

Lindy Smith, Tweed Heads


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Echonetdaily: Bluesfest koala claims not supported by science "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

We note with alarm that there have been claims by Dr Phillips that ’…of 20 surveyed koalas initially found close to the site of the northern NSW festival in 2010, none were alive today’. He said ’the noise from the festival, which stressed the animals and forced them to move, was the main cause of the deaths.’

Phillips also said ’subsequent studies showed reports to council demonstrated the initial population had almost been wiped out’.

Dr Phillips further stated, of the seven koalas tracked with radio collars, that three who were close to where the amplified music occurred had moved outside of their usual home range.

Dr Phillips continued that two koalas died after the event. He says that their cause of death couldn’t be established, but that he thought it was caused by the music.

Management of Bluesfest are concerned by these statements, and feel the public has a right to know all the details so that they may form their own opinion. We say that there is no data that Dr Phillips can provide scientifically that backs up his statement. Artists who headlined Bluesfest 2010 and who’s music reportedly stressed koalas include Jack Johnson, Crowded House, Jessica Mauboy, John Butler, Xavier Rudd, Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club & The Gipsy Kings.

Dr Phillips group, Biolink did a study commissioned by Bluesfest in late 2009/early 2010 (the first full study done on the Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm site) and submitted a scientific report which states the following;

  • 11 koalas were captured and collared. Further koalas were sighted but not captured, and so details were not logged for future information of those koalas, and identification could not be determined.
  • We note that this was the first ever koala study done on the land of this nature and that a high number of the koalas were found at the time of capture to be diseased. One previous study occurred a number of years prior to Bluesfest’s......


James O'Brien: Wide Brown Land "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

I love a sunburnt country,
A land of sweeping plains,
Of ragged mountain ranges,
Of droughts and flooding rains.
I love her far horizons,
I love her jewel-sea,
Her beauty and her terror –
The wide brown land for me!

– Dorothea Mackellar

Here are some photographs I took today of the sculpture “Wide Brown Land” by Marcus Tatton, Chris Viney and Futago at the National Arboretum in Canberra.

What a wonderful piece of public art.

Wide Brown Land sculpture by Marcus Tatton, Chris Viney and Futago Wide Brown Land sculpture by Marcus Tatton, Chris Viney and Futago Wide Brown Land sculpture by Marcus Tatton, Chris Viney and Futago
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01:47 Make America Great Again! | Donald J Trump for President "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

For our USA readers that have had enough of being controlled by government, here is the link to assist Donald Trump across the line on election day –


North Coast Voices: Port of Yamba Expansion Deconstructed*: Des Euen is running out of timetable very fast "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

This was Clarence Valley Mayor Richie Williamson in February 2011, on his own initiative, endorsing the heavy industrialisation of the Port of Yamba:
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This was the Mayor in March a year later when approached by a journalist from The Daily Examiner:

Clarence Valley Mayor Richie Williamson was succinct in his opposition to the proposal.
"In the words of Darryl Kerrigan (in The Castle), 'tell 'em they're dreaming' - it's not going to happen," he said.


North Coast Voices: On an official visit to Italy in May 2015 Australian Attorney-General George Brandis secretly met with Royal Commission witness Cardinal George Pell in Rome and still refuses to explain himself "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

No wonder Labor’s Shadow Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus QC MP decided to take Attorney-General Senator George Brandis QC to court in order to see his official diary containing the weekly agenda between 18 September 2013 and 12 May 2014 – appears it’s not just about an alleged lack of consultation over environmental legal agency and arts funding cuts.

The following also suggests more than one motive may lie behind the Attorney-General currently using taxpayer funds to appeal the Administrative Appeals Tribunal decision in the Federal Court, in order to continue to block Dreyfus from seeing his ministerial diary.

This is a snapshot of a 4 May 2015...

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Sunday, 24 January


matthew schiavello: photos and words: matthewschiavello: ‘Melbourne now #81: underneath it all,... "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"


‘Melbourne now #81: underneath it all, underneath all of the different colours that flesh comes in, we are all the same’


Something from 2013


19:37 Fluoride is killing our kids in the north "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Letters to editor

Dear Sir,

water-tapI keep reading about the benefits of fluoride in water supplies and how it is supposed to be good for teeth. It is unusual that I often read this in the Cairns Post and the Courier Mail that are both Murdoch newspapers.  I wonder why they push fluoride and vaccines? It is easy to find scientific publications that say fluoride is killing us slowly and causing a lot of medical problems.  I have had a first hand experience with the problems related to toxic fluoride being added to drinking water. In 2004 when Mareeba had fluoride in the water, we had to send our son to primary school. He had been home schooled or on school of the air for most of his life on a cattle property and was drinking rainwater.

When he went to school in town he had to drink town water.

After being at school for about a year, we noticed his teeth were becoming quite motley with patches of white like staining and he complained of soreness. I asked a dentist what could be causing this and he said straight away, fluorosis!

He asked if we were giving him fluoride tablets which no sane parent would ever do. Of course we were not doing that.

Then I contacted the local council who told me the amount of the dose of fluoride going into the water, and when I checked it up it was quite high compared to other places like Townsville that I checked.

I also found out the fluoride the councils use is a very toxic by-product of aluminium production and comes from the refinery at Gladstone. It is not naturally occurring fluoride.

We then sent him to school with rainwater bottles and told him not to drink the tap water and put him on a course of anti-oxidant supplements.  A few months later the symptoms disappeared and his health improved.

His sister attended the same......


89.3 FM 2GLF: Pleasure Point Wharf Upgrade Proposed "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Liverpool council is seeking feedback from residents on a proposal to upgrade the wharf at Pleasure Point.


89.3 FM 2GLF: Training Update – Become a presenter or enhance your skills "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

The first training course of 2016 will begin on Monday 1st February 2016 at 7pm it will be held at The Hilda Davis Centre, 185 Bigge Street Liverpool. Apply now to secure your place.


Alive 90.5: Hills Mobile Chemical Pick-up "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Do you have unwanted household chemicals from the home, car or garage that need removing? The Hills Council is trialling a new service and will pick up solvents and household cleaners, car batteries, oils, fuel, paint, pesticides, poisons, pool chemicals (More...)


Westender – West End 4101: Making a splash for #SwimfortheReef "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

The Swim for the Reef held on Saturday 23 January was an ‘anything goes’ affair when it came to swimming styles, costumes, and floatation devices. Teams with names like Turterly Awesome, the Wobbegongs, and Deep C Divas, made up of approximately 100 swimmers in all, swam laps of Musgrave Park Pool from midday to midnight. Local swimmers were […]

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Alive 90.5: SYDNEY HILLS LUNAR FESTIVAL "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

This FREE community event and will be held on Saturday 13 February 2016, from 3pm to 9pm at the North Rocks Park and Don Moore Community Centre. There will be face-painting, balloon twisting, craft, a pop-up library, photo booth, traditional (More...)


Natural Newstead: Travelling north "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

The Rainbow Bee-eaters have left their breeding grounds and starting to gather in preparation for the annual trip north. At this time of year you’re likely to come across small flocks in the bush, hawking for insects from high perches. They are family groups, often comprising a number of pairs of adults and juveniles – the products of a successful summer nesting effort. While not always, the groups tend to be seen heading in a roughly northerly direction. By autumn many of these birds will have traversed the continent to arrive in northern Australia or even New Guinea. The stragglers are gone from the Newstead area by the end of February. Safe travels!


Rainbow Bee-eater (adult), Mia Mia Road, 21st January 2016.


Adult and juvenile.


This juvenile was chasing insects on the ground


Juvenile Rainbowbirds are much duller than the adults and lack tail streamers.



The Vociferous Journalist: PM Turnbull asked to lobby US Congress re: TPP "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

The US Ambassador to Australia has asked Prime Minister Turnbull to lobby members of Congress in support of Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) legislation to be considered by Congress later this year. Dr Patricia Ranald, Coordinator of the Australian Fair Trade and Investment Network says if this surprising advice is followed, the PM will face an uphill battle to convince members of Congress to support the TPP.  



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AWPA Sydney News: 1) U.S. Ambassador discusses human rights with church leaders in Papua "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

2) National scene: Freeport  contributes to RI: US Ambassado
3) Islands in focus: Papua  Police probe cop’s alleged  suicide -


cityhippyfarmgirl: loving…shared local food and kindness "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Loving… shared local food and kindness. Wonderful and kind people, bringing shared and much appreciated food. A jar full of honey, an armload of fragrant basil, green tomato chutney, a bucket of red tomatoes, garlic, garlic garlic, a bowl of blackberries … Continue reading


pocitsoq: Bilingual contact, January 1788 "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Whura - 'begone'

Whura – ‘begone’


My interest in naval pennants was piqued when I noticed that there was a naval pennant that has been used when a boat was trying to communicate ‘I am stopped’. I was further interested that this pennant resembled St Andrew’s cross, which is located in the corner of the Australian flag.

Another of the crosses in the same corner of the Australian flag is St Patrick’s cross. St Patrick’s prayer acknowledges Christ in the mouth ‘of friend and stranger’. In naval signal pennant language, St Patrick’s cross aims to communicate ‘I need help’.

I reflected further on the Australian flag. It is a ship’s flag. It is based on the blue ensign, which is the blue cloth with the Union Jack in the corner.

The use of the blue ensign was extended by the Colonial Defence Act of 1865, which allowed ‘all vessels belonging to, or permanently in, the service of the Colonies” to use this ensign, ‘with the Seal or Badge of the Colony in the Fly thereof’.

My view of this flag has changed significantly, recognizing this blend of four crosses on a flag of a vessel of the British Empire. It now reminds me of the threshold between life and death on the vast ocean beneath the vast sky, and people trying to communicate urgency, power and weakness without access to words.  The proliferation of Australian flags has become a way for me to secure and sustain an awareness of people who are in danger at sea.

Both Watkin Tench and Newton Fowell, of the First Fleet, made note of a common word in the days leading up to the 26...

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Saturday, 23 January


All in the Name of Liberty: King St from the Martin Luther King mural "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Almost finished

A little painting I started today, the first for the year, next, cars and people and bits of trees, and, oh, possibly a blue sky - pink's good underneath tho


Arts Open: Meet the Makers: Ben Quilty: After Afghanistan 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

Thanks for enjoying another article from Arts Open Arts Open: Meet the Makers.

Arts Open are proud to be teaming up with the Castlemaine Art Gallery this March

Ben Quilty: After Afghanistan is an extraordinary Australian War Memorial Touring Exhibition by one of the nation’s most incisive artists, and is of great relevance to all Australians. The exhibition officially opens at Castlemaine Art Gallery on Friday 15 January 2016.

The exhibition itself was the result of the Archibald Prize-winning artist’s three-week tour across Afghanistan in October 2011. Engaged as an Official War Artist, his purpose was to record and interpret the experiences of Australians deployed as part of Operation Slipper in Kabul, Kandahar, and Tarin Kot in Afghanistan and at Al Minhad Airbase in the United Arab Emirates. In fulfilling his brief, Quilty spoke with many Australian servicemen and women, gaining an insight into their experiences whilst serving in the region, and ultimately leaving with an overwhelming need to tell their stories.

Quilty recently spoke on ANZAC Day 2015 and paid tribute not only to those who did not return from Afghanistan and their grieving families, but also to “the young men and women who live amongst us who have paid so dearly and will quietly wear the thick cloak of trauma for many years to come, after Afghanistan.”

The exhibition is a must see as Quilty is arguably one of Australia’s greatest living painters, and this exhibition, with its intense and emotional subject matter is particularly important to Castlemaine, a town with a history of young men and women serving their country far from home.

The exhibition has been very well received across the country with over 70,000 visitors attending the works when on display most recently in Darwin. Dr Brendan Nelson, Director of the Australian War Memorial believes Quilty should be considered one of Aust...


Arts Open: Meet the Makers: Roger McKindley on ABC Open "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

Thanks for enjoying another article from Arts Open Arts Open: Meet the Makers.

Broken & discarded objects: Roger McKindley

Roger McKindley lives on the banks of the Loddon River in Newstead, in a small cottage lit by candlelight. No power needed. By day he turns salvaged scraps into sculpture. He works with the found objects of stone, wood, bone, iron and glass. He salvages these from the local tip or collects them on his travels. Sometimes people drop things in. He then arranges and rearranges them into sculptural pieces.

At the age of 15 Roger began his career as an apprentice landscape gardener in the Castlemaine Botanical Gardens. Through his work he discovered his love for playing with the formations created when building stonewalls. He could see patterns and objects. From here on in he realised he could create and play with anything.

And so it began, his crazy beautiful passion.

Roger: Broken & discarded objects from ABC Open Central Victoria on Vimeo.

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Arts Open: Meet the Makers: David Frazer in Conversation "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

Thanks for enjoying another article from Arts Open Arts Open: Meet the Makers.

Artist to Artist is a series of conversations between participating artists about their work and life as an artist in the Mount Alexander region.

Dean Smith talks to David Frazer

Dean Smith, ceramist talks with David Frazer, printmaker about his background, his time in China and his personal connection to the arts.

DEAN SMITH – Where did you grow up? How did it shape you into becoming an artist?

DAVID FRAZER – I grew up in my primary school years in a little country Victorian town called Murtoa, which is wheat country in the Wimmera. It had a big impact on me and sort of became the setting for my art. I loved the melancholy of the flat landscape. I used to sit on the roof of our house a lot or up a tree and dream of flying away to somewhere more exciting (and to be someone more exciting).

DS – Did you chose your art subject/muse or did it choose you?

DF – I chose it. It took me a while to find my subject. I wasn’t compelled to make art but I did want to communicate something somehow to people. I tried music and show biz but that didn’t work so I got back into art. It was a career choice really. My attempts at show biz though had given me a subject. I struck upon the narrative of yearning for love and success and of failed ambition. I really wanted to write songs so I looked at art in that way. Luckily I had by then discovered printmaking, which was a medium much better suited to narrative and story telling.

DS – Your paintings often depict old houses, caravans or streetscapes, rendered very neatly and precisely, what is it that attracts you to this subject?

DF – I like making art of crappy s***, stuff that’s modest and landscapes th...


Arts Open: Meet the Makers: Debra Goldsmith talks to Eliza Tree "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

Thanks for enjoying another article from Arts Open Arts Open: Meet the Makers.

Artist to Artist is a series of conversations between participating artists about their work and life as an artist in the Mount Alexander region.

Debra Goldsmith talks to Eliza Tree

Debra Goldsmith, painter talks with Eliza Tree, painter about how the early exploration of Central Victoria inspire her to create her visual narratives.


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Friday, 22 January


James O'Brien: Maudeville at Lismore Regional Art Gallery "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Not long after arriving in Sydney in the mid 1990s, I remember being blown away by the elaborate wigs of drag queen, Maude Boate. In contrast to the permed and blow dried wigs of so many drag queens, Maude had cartoon-like headgear made of plastic.

Maude was a regular performer at the legendary, sadly missed Albury Hotel. Working alongside Maude at The Albury, was barman, Tim Chappell, one of the Academy Award winning costume designers for “Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert”. Apparently that’s how some of the Maude Boate designed headgear and dresses ended up in the movie. The other connection between Maude and Tim was that both came from my hometown, Lismore. I remember discovering that about Tim about the time he won the Academy Award. But it wasn’t until a few years later I discovered Maude Boate was in fact, Michael Gates, also from my hometown.

“When I was growing up in Lismore, drag was completely unacceptable”, Michael says on a short video that’s playing as part of “Maudeville” an exhibition currently at the Lismore Regional Art Gallery. Being of a similar age, I knew exactly what he meant. And yet, at the same time as Jim Brigginshaw, the editor of the local newspaper, The Northern Star was writing inflammatory anti-gay editorials, people like Mike Bray and Vera Bourne (the mother of a schoolmate) were hosting Gaywaves on the local community radio station, 2NCR-FM, Mike ran a gay restaurant called “Double Dutch” and the local social group, Tropical Fruits was just starting out.

Thirty five years later, Tropical Fruits is now a multi-day festival (with a pool party and street parade) that attracts a lot of visitors from elsewhere (the actor Alan Cumming was the star celebrity guest this year), and there’s an exhibition at the local art gallery paying tribute to the work of a man who achieved a great deal through his drag persona. Design-wise, Maude Boate continues t...

07:00 New age of road surveillance snares innocent drivers in Queensland "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

big-brotherWhile far northern motorists have been discussing and complaining about a greatly increased traffic police presence on highways, the former Queensland LNP Government ensured the game was sewn up, with no escape.

Contractors with roadside cameras and cameras fitted to all highway patrol cars are busily recording your every move sending images of your vehicle and in some cases its occupants to a massive data bank held by the Main Roads Department and police.

The cameras record the registration number, speed, time, date and direction of a vehicle whenever it passes a camera.

Well that’s probably not such a bad thing, some motorists reckon, “why I don’t have anything to hide”, said a Cairns truck driver.

It does seem rather innocuous, and after all motorists have been exposed to mobile radar speed devices for many years.

The new age of surveillance by Big Brother has been in full swing since the former state government abolished car registration stickers, to save a measly few million dollars when the Treasury is raking in more than six million dollars a week in traffic fines.



Cairns News recently interviewed a Townsville builder who had a very disturbing story to tell about state government surveillance that he got caught up in October last year.

He was completely unaware that he had been on “police radar” for some weeks.

The consequences of this roadside spying could have cost him his livelihood,   yet he broke no laws in pursuit of his occupation.

We will call the builder Mike.

His story:

Mike,42, is a normal hard-working ‘chippie’...

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Thursday, 21 January


Gippsland FM: The 44th Golden Guitars Country Music Awards Live "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

This Saturday January 23rd 2016 at 6:30pm. Tune into 104.7 Gippsland FM to listen to the awards show.

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Wednesday, 20 January


Arts Open: Meet the Makers: Writers workshop with Arnold Zable "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

Thanks for enjoying another article from Arts Open Arts Open: Meet the Makers.

GET WRITING: A Workshop for Early and Emerging Writers with Disability by acclaimed Author Arnold Zable.

COURSE OUTLINE: First there is the story, or idea for a story, whether imagined or from real life. Then there is the critical question—what is the best way to tell it? As fiction or non-fiction? Novel or memoir, short story or book? As a writer who has published in all these genres over the past 30 years, Arnold Zable will take you through the processes by which to arrive at this decision and answer your basic questions about writing, basic techniques, and how to get going.
Arnold Zable is an award-winning writer, novelist and human rights advocate. His books, both fiction and non-fiction, include Jewels and Ashes, Cafe Scheherazade, The Fig Tree, Scraps of Heaven, Sea of Many Returns, and Violin Lessons. He has a doctorate from the School of Creative Arts, Melbourne University, and has conducted numerous lectures and workshops on creative writing and human rights issues, in Australia and internationally. His new book The Fighter will be published in May.

Date:  Monday 14 March 2016 – 1:00pm to 4:00pm
With:  Arnold Zable
Rating:  Early/ Emerging

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