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Wednesday, 03 February


Fire Earth: US, Belgian Energy Companies Accused of Criminal Negligence "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Southern California Gas Company & Belgian energy company Electrabel sued for criminal negligence California Attorney General has filed a lawsuit against SoCal Gas Co, the company responsible for a massive gas leak near Los Angeles. There are now 11 local, state and federal agencies that are either suing or investigating the company, owned by Sempra […]


The Ecologist: Turkey's war on Kurdish cities - clearing the way for 'urban regeneration'? "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Erdogan's horrific 'war on terror' in the Kurdish cities of Eastern Turkey may have a silver lining, writes Defne Kadıoğlu Polat - at least for property developers and ruling party insiders. Plans are already under way for 'urban renewal' projects that will see the valuable real estate cleansed of buildings and people by the war developed into luxury apartments and shopping malls.

22:08 - english: When Silicon Valley goes farming (with Monsanto) "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

David Friedberg is a lifelong vegetarian. He was president of his high school’s “Healing Our Planet Earth” club. He’s a major investor in a restaurant chain that serves only bowls of quinoa. The 35-year-old software designer is also an unapologetic advocate of Monsanto, which bought his start-up, The Climate Corporation, in 2013 for a cool $1 billion.


Fire Earth: ZIKV Update – Feb. 3, 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Zika virus acquired through sexual transmission —Texas Officials Health officials have confirmed that a person in Dallas County, Texas, contracted the Zika virus through sexual contact, the first such case reported in the continental United States. The patient in Texas was infected after having sex with their partner who had returned from Venezuela, according to reports. […]


Bill Mitchell – billy blog: The reality of Germany and the buffoons in Brussels intervenes … "IndyWatch Feed"

This week, I seem to have been focused on central banking this week, which is not my favourite topic, but is all the rage over the last several days given the decision of the Bank of Japan to use negative interest rates on any new bank reserves and then continue to pump reserves into the system via its so-called QQE policy (swapping public and corporate bonds for bank reserves), and then imposing a tax on the reserves so created. Crazy is just one euphemism which comes to mind. So still on that theme and remembering that the Bank of Japan explicitly stated that the combination of QQE and the tax on reserves (they call it a negative interest rate – same thing) was introduced to increase the inflation rate back up towards its target of 2 per cent per annum, I thought the following paper was interesting. The paper from the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St Louis (published July 2015) – Current Federal Reserve Policy Under the Lens of Economic History: A Review Essay – considers the unconventional monetary monetary policy interventions taken by the US Federal Reserve Bank between 2007 and 2009 and comes to the conclusion that “there is no work, to my knowledge, that establishes a link from QE to the ultimate goals of the Fed inflation and real economic activity”. Maybe the Bank of Japan and the ECB bosses should sent this researcher an E-mail and request his evidence. They don’t seem to have been able to escape from the straitjacket of their neo-liberal Groupthink.

The Federal Reserve Bank of St Louis Research Paper initially considers a brief history of central banking and makes the point that:

… the Bank of England … was a central bank, which had a symbiotic relationship with one of its key borrowers, the British Crown. The Crown, by granting the Bank monopoly respect to ci...


Anti Poverty Network SA: Anti-Poverty Network Summer School "IndyWatch Feed"

Join Anti-Poverty Network SA for the second of three interactive and stimulating afternoons of conversation and debate. Friday 5th February 12pm Clayton Wesley Uniting Church Corner of Portrush Rd. & The Parade, Adelaide, South Australia 5067 Over the course of summer there will be educationals on the history of welfare (and attacks on welfare recipients); how ... Read more


"IndyWatch Feed Capricornia": Beeuniversal: February 2016 and March 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Cover Artist: Charlotte's Photography Title: Kissing in the Rain Medium: Photography Contact: CharlottesphotographyCairns I'm a local photographer in Cairns and surrounding areas. I don't have a particular area of photography that I specialise in; instead I like to take on a bit of everything, from weddings and events, to everyday family portraits. I never […]

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"IndyWatch Feed Capricornia": Sandpit view of the Afghan war zone "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

From a Recon Marine in Afghanistan: From the Sand Pit

It’s freezing here. I’m sitting on hard cold dirt between rocks and shrubs at the base of the Hindu Kush Mountains, along the Dar’yoi Pamir River, watching a hole that leads to a tunnel that leads to a cave. Stake out, my friend, and no pizza delivery for thousands of miles.

I also glance at the area around my ass every ten to fifteen seconds to avoid another scorpion sting. I’ve actually given up battling the chiggers and sand fleas, but the scorpions give a jolt like a cattle prod. Hurts like a bastard. The antidote tastes like transmission fluid, but God bless the Marine Corps for the five vials of it in my pack. The one truth the Taliban cannot escape is that, believe it or not, they are human beings, which means they have to eat food and drink water. That requires couriers and that’s where an old bounty hunter like me comes in handy.

I track the couriers, locate the tunnel entrances and storage facilities, type the info into the hand held, and shoot the coordinates up to the satellite link that tells the air commanders where to drop the hardware. We bash some heads for a while, and then I track and record the new movement. It’s all about intelligence. We haven’t even brought in the snipers yet. These scurrying rats have no idea what they’re in for. We are but days away from cutting off supply lines and allowing the eradication to begin. But you know me; I’m a romantic. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: This country blows, man. It’s not even a country. There are no roads, there’s no infrastructure, there’s no government.



"IndyWatch Feed Capricornia": NQCC: Qld government approves Carmichael "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

In an expected but infuriating and unreasonable move, the Queensland government yesterday approved an environmental authority (EA) for Adani in relation to what is being referred to as ‘the $16 billion Carmichael Coal Mine and Rail Project’. The obvious flaw … Continue reading


Renew Economy: Recommendation to curtail Solar Bonus Scheme rejected by Qld govt "IndyWatch Feed"

Queensland govt rejects Productivity Commission recommendations to review 50% RET and cut short Solar Bonus Scheme, as measures to rein in soaring electricity prices.


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Sustainable Living Armidale: Lesser of Two Weevils Co-Op — Organic produce buying group "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Lesser of Two Weevils Co-Op is a buying group that has been operating in Armidale for the last 18 years. We co-ordinate the ordering of organic produce at wholesale prices both locally, from Bellingen and from United Organics in Brisbane. Members of the co-op take turns to order, bookkeep, host and sort a $35 [...] full article »


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Sustainable Living Armidale: Rocket’s Resources — Armidale’s resource recovery centre "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Armidale’s resource recovery centre is next to the Armidale and Region Waste Transfer Station along Long Swamp Road. Drop things off or just come in and have a browse. Open Monday to Friday 8am–5pm Open Saturday, Sunday 12pm–5pm Phone:{local land line prefix}29518 | Facebook Group | Email full article »


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Sustainable Living Armidale: Bimblebox: Art – Science – Nature is opening this Friday night at 6.00pm at NERAM "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

[ Friday, 5 Feb; 6:00 pm; ] Just a reminder that our new exhibition Bimblebox: Art – Science – Nature is opening this Friday night at 6.00pm at NERAM and the curator Beth Jackson will be presenting a tour of the exhibition on Saturday morning at 10.30am and it would be great if you could come along.   full article »


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Sustainable Living Armidale: Working bee to plant Eucalypts, Tea Trees and Snow Grass following approved community grant "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

[ Sunday, 14 Feb; 8:30 am; ] The AURG is holding a Working Bee on Sunday 14th February, 2016. Small Community Grants Funding has been approved and Bruce Whan and Gordon Bell have been busy preparing sites for planting. The working bee will involve planting of Eucalypts, Tea Trees and Snow Grass. Details of the working bee are as follows:- Time: 8.30 am Date: Sunday 14th February, [...] full article »


Renew Economy: Senate to inquire into carbon risk, despite Coalition objection "IndyWatch Feed"

Australia Senate over-rides objections from Coalition government and votes for an inquiry into carbon risks for Australian companies. The Parliamentary Budget Office, meanwhile, confirms that Coalition wants to dismantle ARENA.


Catallaxy Files: Is this presidential? "IndyWatch Feed"

At a campaign rally in Milford, NH yesterday. His greatest virtues are his vices and his vices his greatest virtues. He may still be the only one who can beat Hillary. Or he may be the only one who can make Hillary electable.


loon pond: Paul Kelly determined to push ahead with a dullard vote for parliamentarians avoiding what they were elected to do ... "IndyWatch Feed"

One of the more pointless duties of the pond is to watch the twisting, squirming, writhing contortions on the spit of sundry members of the conservative commentariat, intent on making prattling Polonius sound and look like a rapier wit.

There have been an abundance of headlines in recent times of this kind ...

These absurdities have at long last flushed an elephant from hiding so that the elephant may pontificate on the shape of the camel ...

Well the 'yes' vote will undoubtedly be honoured by some, and undoubtedly dishonoured by others, and the palpable dishonesty of the enterprise is apparent to all but an elephant with a very thick hide and a very ponderous, lumbering, elephantine way with wo...


Renew Economy: Victoria’s climate agenda: will Andrews Government deliver on its promise? "IndyWatch Feed"

Victoria needs to find new mechanisms to accelerate renewable energy investment and remove some of its most polluting coal generation.


Renew Economy: NSW gives nod to Yass Valley wind farm, at half the proposed capacity "IndyWatch Feed"

Epuron says it's unclear why NSW government has cut proposed capacity of Yass Valley wind project in half, but it will push ahead anyway.


Renew Economy: Renewable industry energised for a better year in 2016 "IndyWatch Feed"

The challenges and opportunities of 2016 are already in full swing for the renewable energy industry, and it’s a quantum leap from where we were this time last year.


No Right Turn: Priorities "IndyWatch Feed"

How little does the National government care about disarmament? Here's a graph of government press releases on the topic for the last twenty years. The difference is obvious:


[Source:; raw data here]

The dropoff in 2011 is when they disestablished the Minister and rolled the job into that of the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Who clearly cared a great deal about it and made it a priority.


"IndyWatch Feed Goulburn": The Shepparton Adviser: Dr Coates’ artistic vision for SAM to continue "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Dr Coates’ artistic vision for SAM to continue

DIRECTING ART’S FUTURE… Shepparton Art Museum (SAM) acting director, Dr Rebecca Coates will be taking on the role as director of the museum. Dr Coates is shown with the current installation at SAM, ‘Vessels of Life, 2015’ by artists Cythia Hardie, Naomi OTA, Eva Ponting and Lyn Thorpe. Photo: Emma Hillier.

HAVING been acting director of Shepparton Art Museum since August last year, Dr Rebecca Coates will continue providing her expertise and artistic vision, having been appointed director.
Dr Coates is eminently qualified for the role as an established curator, writer and lecturer, with over 20 years professional art museum and gallery experience in both Australia and overseas.
She has also curated numerous exhibitions and edited and contributed to exhibition publications.
Dr Coates says she is pleased to continue in the director position at SAM. “It’s a great institution, with a strong team of staff and supporters. SAM has presented a really interesting and dynamic series of contemporary and historic exhibitions over the last number of years.
“SAM is at an exciting point in its development. It’s known for its collection focus on ceramics, and has exciting plans for a new building. This is a significant opportunity to continue to work with the Greater Shepparton community to ensure SAM’s central place and role in this region. I look forward to continuing to work with the SAM staff and council at this dynamic point in SAM’s development.”


disaccords: Australia: Statement on the disruption of Melbourne Pride 2016 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Insurrection News


Today at the Melbourne ‘Pride’ March, on Boon Wurrung land, a group of queer and transgender activists staged a peaceful sit-in with the aim of disrupting the march. We drew attention to the ties of ‘Pride’ with environmentally destructive and socially unjust corporations as well as police and political parties that institutionalise oppressive systems.

Our group wanted to remind people that ‘Pride’ is not simply a celebration, but a protest fighting for liberation for everyone harmed by heteronormativity, cisnormativity, misogyny, ableism, racism and other forms of oppression.

Several onlookers – many of whom were drinking alcohol at the adjacent pub – violently assaulted us. They sprayed us with a hose, threw large buckets of dyed yellow water, threw glass bottles and some attempted to violently take a transgender flag. Victoria Police and some Pride attendees also assaulted a physically and visibly disabled…

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"IndyWatch Feed Goulburn": The Shepparton Adviser: Cricket for all abilities "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Cricket for all abilities

EVERYBODY WELCOME… From left, Shepparton Access support worker, Arlene McGregor, Shepparton Youth Club United Cricket Club club member, Chris Giblin, ConnectGV support worker, Jack O’Brien with participants of the All Abilities Cricket Initiative. Photo: Emma Hillier.

SPORT is a pastime enjoyed by many people in the community and to show how inclusive the game of cricket can be, an All Abilities cricket event will be held this weekend, with the hope to see an all abilities cricket team created locally.
Running on Saturday, February 6 from 5:30pm at Princess Park in Shepparton, the All Abilities Cricket Initiative GV Harmony Cup event has been brought about through a partnership between Shepparton Youth Club United Cricket Club and several disability support services around the Goulburn Valley including ConnectGV, Sheparton Access, Verney Road School as well as Shepparton Skin Clinic, Valley Sport and Rossignoli Real Estate.
Cricket Victoria community programs coordination, Aaron Wharton said,
“This is a local community driven event and a number of disability support services have come together for this gala event, to showcase the fact that cricket is a game for every person, regardless of ability or skill level.
“Cricket Victoria has a long-term commitment to being inclusive across the whole of Victoria cricket business.
“What we are hoping to get out of this event is to see a club take on an all abilities team moving forward.
“Cricket Victoria would like to thank the Shepparton...


"IndyWatch Feed Goulburn": The Shepparton Adviser: Councillor investigation outcome "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

GREATER Shepparton City Council, Cr Les Oroszvary and Cr Kevin Ryan have been determined not to have a case to answer with regards to alleged breaches of the Local Government Act and Councillor Code of Conduct by an independent investigation.
Former chief executive officer, Gavin Cator made a complaint in March last year against Cr Patterson, Cr Oroszvary and Cr Ryan for failing to provide and maintain a working environment that is safe and without risks to health under health and safety obligations.
The investigation into the councillors commenced in March and was completed towards the end of December.
Of the 19 allegations investigated, four were referred to the Councillor Conduct Panel.
At a special council meeting held last week, council considered the results of the investigation and passed a recommendation to note the advice from Maddocks Lawyers and make an application to a Councillor Conduct Panel under section 81B of the Local Government Act 1989 in relation to Cr Patterson only.


"IndyWatch Feed Goulburn": The Shepparton Adviser: City sees $2.5M economic boost "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Thousands flock to Shepparton for tennis carnival

MORE than 3,200 players and spectators travelled from across the globe to Shepparton to take part in the two week long Tennis Seniors Australia Australian Teams Carnival, which brought an estimated $2.5M economic boost to the region.
During the first week 800 players in 89 teams played at Shepparton Lawn Tennis Courts and at 28 temporary courts set up at Mooroopna Rec Reserve, with the second week seeing almost 400 players take to the courts at Shepparton Lawn Tennis Courts. Players came from all states of Australia as well as from Japan, Canada, Ireland, Thailand, America and the UK.
Greater Shepparton City Council team leader tourism and events, Anthony Nicolaci said, “Some visitors stayed up to 14 nights, most stayed at least seven nights, so it was a real boom for local industry including accommodation, hospitality, entertainment venues and retail.
“The city was sold out for four nights in a row during the second week, where there was no accommodation available up to an hour’s drive of Shepparton.
“January is generally a quiet month for events, so to have these key events is a real added bonus for Shepparton.
“This was the second time over 40 years this event was held regionally, so it’s a real coup for the region.
“We found the visitors really enjoyed the regional atmosphere and everybody said they were welcomed really well.”


"IndyWatch Feed Goulburn": The Shepparton Adviser: CBD through the eyes of a student "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

CBD through the eyes of a student

Potential seen to revitalise Shepparton’s centre

IT’S not only locals who see the potential for Shepparton’s CBD. Monash University student, Hilary Sleigh completed her final year of a Masters of Architecture last year, which saw a focus put on five areas that could help to revitalise Shepparton’s centre.
As part of an overarching investigation into the future of regional towns, Hilary chose to look at ways in which architecture could act as a mediator between socially, economically and racially different groups within Shepparton.
Hilary’s vision focused on how artistic impressions could help bring the community together in spaces dispersed across Shepparton’s CBD, with host structures including the Stewart Street car park, the Maude Street Mall, the Telstra communications tower, a vacant lot and the Monash Park underpass.
Hilary said, “I was drawn to Shepparton’s rich history and diverse community looking to channel the current assets of the town into its future potential.
“For me these sites stood out as areas with potential and the challenge during my studies became using an architectural intervention to transform them so that they might become a real asset and work towards the revitalisation of Shepparton’s centre.
“The first site in front of the Stewart Street car park would see a small building connected with the circulation tower. It would include a....


Renew Economy: General Electric goes all-in on LEDs: ‘The market is ready and our customers are ready’ "IndyWatch Feed"

In a landmark decision for lighting, General Electric says it will no longer manufacture compact fluorescent light bulbs for consumer applications.


"IndyWatch Feed Goulburn": The Shepparton Adviser: Residents dump proposed resource recovery sites "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Residents dump proposed resource recovery sites

DUMPING DISASTER… From left, Murchison residents, Douglas Costello and Peter Shearer at the Upper Mosquito Depression Rehabilitation site, which is only metres downhill of the proposed 133ha resource recovery precinct site on Punt Road. If allowed to go ahead, the precinct could create an environmental disaster in a flood event and cause issues due to its proximity to residential land along Channel Inlet Road. Photo: Emma Hillier.

LOCAL residents are declaring the proposed resource recovery sites close to Murchison, as part of Greater Shepparton City Council’s Draft Resource Recovery Precinct Feasibility and Site Selection Study, could lead to an environmental risk if either of the sites are chosen for a planned resource recovery precinct.
The draft study, which council is currently calling for community input on, will look into potential locations for a new biological waste and material recycling site including at Cosgrove Landfill (205 Quarry Road, Pine Lodge), adjacent to Cosgrove Landfill (sites 2A and 2B on Quarry Road and New Dookie Road), 2100 New Dookie Road, Cosgrove, the Polan Road former landfill (286 Polan Road, Dookie), as well as sites north of Murchison (1275 Punt Road, Dhurringile) and west of Murchison (5585 Bendigo-Murchison Road, Murchison).
Murchison residents, Peter Shearer and Douglas Costello are two locals with land on Channel Inlet Road, close to the proposed sites in Murchison, and say that if allowed to go ahead the introducti...


No Right Turn: Disarmed "IndyWatch Feed"

The Public Advisory Committee on Disarmament and Arms Control (PACDAC) is a stutory committee established by New Zealand's anti-nuclear law. It statutory functions include:

(a) to advise the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade on such aspects of disarmament and arms control matters as it thinks fit:
(b) to advise the Prime Minister on the implementation of this Act:
(c) to publish from time to time public reports in relation to disarmament and arms control matters and on the implementation of this Act...

But according to a recent OIA request lodged through FYI, the public OIA request site, it hasn't done any of those things for years:
With regard to the first two parts of your request, please find attached a copy of a 2009 letter from the then-outgoing acting Chair of PACDAC to then-Minister for Disarmament and Arms Control Georgina Te Heuheu outlining the range of recommendations made by PACDAC over the previous two years. This is the last written advice provided by PACDAC to the Minister and/or Prime Minister that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, as Secretariat to PACDAC, has been able to locate. We are aware however that the Acting Chairs of PACDAC have periodic conversations with relevant Ministers. These conversations are not documented on Ministry files.

With regard to part...


"IndyWatch Feed Goulburn": The Shepparton Adviser: Local discovers he was the first "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Local discovers he was the first

FIRST AUSTRALIAN BORN… Having just celebrated his 80th birthday, local resident, David Jafer discovered he was the first Albanian born boy in Australia in 1936. Photo: Emma Hillier.

CELEBRATING your 80th birthday is an achievement all on its own, but local resident, David Jafer has also found out he was the first Albanian boy born in Australia.
Born on January 17, 1936 in Queensland, David and his family moved to Shepparton in 1946 where they bought an orchard in Shepparton East. David went to Shepparton East Primary School and helped his dad on the orchard and now has four sons, one daughter and eight grandchildren.
Just before 1975, the local Albanian committee started looking into those who were Albanian and born in Australia and discovered that David was the first.
David said, “My dad moved to Australia in 1927, moved home for seven years and then came back to Australia in 1935.
“It was hard when we moved to Shepparton. I couldn’t speak English, but learned within a year of attending school.
“Learning I was the first Albanian born in Australia wasn’t a big deal to me. I just take it as it comes.”


"IndyWatch Feed Goulburn": The Shepparton Adviser: Birrell to lead C4GS into future "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Birrell to lead C4GS into future

NEW CEO FOR COMMITTEE… The Committee for Greater Shepparton has just appointed Sam Birrell as their new CEO. Photo: Emma Hillier.

“IT’S a fantastic honour to be appointed CEO of the Committee for Greater Shepparton,” Sam Birrell said last week, after being appointed to the role, which he will take up from March 1.
Having completed an Agricultural Science degree through Melbourne University at Dookie, before working in the local horticultural sector, Sam has more recently been employed by a multi-national irrigation business leading him to an understanding of the pressures facing the region.
Committee for Greater Shepparton chair, David McKenzie said, “Sam has a deep understanding of the local economy and community and is absolutely passionate about contributing to a positive future for our region.”
David said in a Federal election year, it is important that we work closely with all stakeholders to present a strategic articulation of the key areas where Government can make a difference to this region.
“There is plenty on the list including Murray Darling Basin outcomes, Shepparton Art Museum funding, CBD revitalisation funding and the much needed Shepparton bypass stage one.
“We have already put a lot of work into helping position several of these projects, and will ramp up our advocacy efforts over the next six months with Sam leading the way.”
Sam said, “Shepparton is a place with wonderful assets in its people, agricultural productivity, cultural life and amenities. It has however, the potential to re...


"IndyWatch Feed Goulburn": The Shepparton Adviser: Community Connect "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


FREE OPEN HOUSE CAFÉ will be held at the Uniting Church, Mooroopna, corner of Alexandra and O’Brien Streets, every Wednesday, commencing Wednesday, February 3 from 2pm to 4pm and continuing every Wednesday during school terms. All welcome. For further information phone Jeanette on 0421 809 939.

CRAFT AND PRODUCE MARKET will be held at the Queens Gardens on Sunday, February 7 from 9am to 1pm. For further information, contact Greg Barnes on 0438 569 611.

JUST DINNER will run on Saturday, February 13. A social evening for singles and couples, aged 45 to 70. All are most welcome to come along, meet others and enjoy dinner. Please phone Marg on 5825 1114 or Vicki on 0427 251 274 for venue and time.

ASSOCIATION OF INDEPENDENT RETIREES meets on the third Monday of each month at 9:45am at The Overlander Hotel, Benalla Road. The next meeting will be held on February 15, with guest speaker Federal Member for Murray, Dr Sharman Stone. The share group will meet at 9am. For further information, phone Bill on 5821 1854.

NORTHEAST HEALTH WANGARATTA FRIENDS OF THE HOSPITAL are holding their February cake stall on Wednesday, February 17 at the hospital café from 8:45am until sold out. All proceeds go toward urgently needed clinical equipment for the hospital. For more details, contact Nadia on (03) 5722 5069.


KYABRAM AL-ANON FAMILY group meetings are held Mondays from 10:30am to 12pm and Tuesdays from 4:30pm to 6:15pm. Alateen Group meets on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month from 6:15pm. Held at Salvation Army Hall, 24 Unitt Street, Kyabram. Enquiries 5853 1344 or 0407 522 496.

ARE YOU A SINGLE OR STAY AT HOME DAD? Would you like to meet new people and build close friendships for you and your children? Do you enjoy a beer and barbeque with the boys? If yes, show your...


"IndyWatch Feed Goulburn": The Shepparton Adviser: Put on your dancing shoes "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Put on your dancing shoes

GET ROCKING WITH COOL CATS… Cool Cat Rockers can help you have a rocking time, with their beginner dancing classes for people of all ages starting next week on Tuesday, February 9. Photo: Supplied.

THE Cool Cat Rockers can help teach you all you need to know to tear up the dance floor, with their beginner’s lessons kicking off from next week.
This year, beginner’s classes commence on Tuesday, February 9 from 7pm at Wesley Hall on Maude Street, Shepparton and even if you don’t have a partner the Cool Cats’ friendly social group of like-minded people will ensure a ‘rocking time’ will be had by all.
Kaye Rossignoli from Cool Cat Rockers said, “There is nothing more satisfying than taking to the dance floor and knowing exactly what to do. Rock ‘n’ Roll is a style that can be fun for all ages and is a great way to keep fit.
“We have the first of our big dances for the year coming up on Saturday, February 20 from 8pm until late, which will be held at the Shepparton High School Hall and feature top Melbourne band, Who Was That Cat. We encourage people to come along for an enjoyable and rocking night,” Kaye said.
For further information, contact Kaye on 5821 5465 or drop into Wesley Hall at 7pm from Tuesday, February 9.


Independent Australia: Political party donations — what we know and what we should know "IndyWatch Feed"

Political party donations — what we know and what we should knowWe don’t know much about donations to political parties in Australia, but what little has been revealed is disturbing. Alan Austin lifts the lid on the lurks, dodges and rorts. read now...


Indian Country Headline News: Actor Jared Leto Sides With Yellowstone Bison for World Wildlife Fund "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has enlisted the help of Academy-Award winning actor and activist Jared Leto to help promote an option under consideration to ship hundreds of buff...

The Watchers » Latest articles: Scientists venture to Antarctica to uncover origin of modern vertebrates "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

An international team of researchers led by paleontologists from the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, the University of Texas at Austin, Ohio University and the American Museum of Natural History are set to travel to Antarctica in search for evidence that some...... Read more »

The Watchers » Latest articles: Millions of people in urgent need of food as persistent drought continues, Ethiopia "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The worst drought in the last 30 years continues affecting Ethiopia and millions of people are currently in urgent need of food aid, General Ban Ki-moon, UN secretary announced on January 31, 2016. According to UN figures, at least 10.2 million people require food...... Read more »


Head Space: A Cold War asks for a higher level of political awareness … "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

In Search of Defenses against Mental Torture, Brainwashing and Thought Control Corresponding inner defenses develop automatically the moment we become aware that special political phenomena are a threat to our existence. Building up a country’s military and civilian morale becomes more compelling because of the tremendous mental pressures modern civilization imposes on humans. However, depending […]


(We) can do better: Fight immigration myths in 2016 - Article by Maria Fotopoulos "IndyWatch Feed National"

Malls and “destination†shopping are something I avoid, but I found myself in a retail center on January 2 to exchange a gift for another size. (My dislike for the mall world is such that if the transaction could have been handled online, I would have.) The relative tranquility in Los Angeles between the Christmas and New Year holiday due to significantly fewer people in town was gone by then, and the mall parking lot traffic lanes were filled by vehicles with nowhere to move – complete gridlock in a parking lot. Find original article here.

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No Right Turn: 28,000 unemployed under National "IndyWatch Feed"

The Labour Market Statistics were released today, showing that unemployment has dropped to 5.3%. But while its (finally) a move in the right direction, there are still 133,000 unemployed - 28,000 more than when National took office.

When I started this series, it was out of a sense that unemployment statistics were a basic bullshit check on National's promises of prosperity. Six years on, its clear that they simply haven't delivered. There are more people out of work now than there were then. Sure, there was a financial crisis - but that ended four years ago. There were two earthquakes - but we're meant to be well into the "rebuild". And meanwhile, high unemployment just continues to drag on and on and on, while all the government does is make excuses.

New Zealanders expect more and deserve more than that. We need a government which will actually get people back into decent, high-paying jobs. National won't do that. Time for somebody who will.


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Drug-driving acquittal in Lismore puts law in limbo "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The ministers pushing the controversial roadside drug-testing laws: NSW premier Mike Baird, left, police minister Troy Grant and roads minister Duncan Gay, right.

The ministers pushing the controversial roadside drug-testing laws: NSW premier Mike Baird, left, police minister Troy Grant and roads minister Duncan Gay, right.

Controversial roadside drug-testing laws in NSW have been left in legal limbo following the acquittal by a Lismore magistrate of a man who tested positive for cannabis he had smoked nine days before he was pulled over by police.

The decision by magistrate David Heilpern on Monday was seized on by the Greens, who have been campaigning against the contentious law, saying they want drivers to be tested for impairment levels rather than just the mere presence of cannabis in saliva.

MLC David Shoebridge said the judgement was significant and had thrown the government’s roadside drug-testing campaign into disarray.

The magistrate found Joseph Ross Carrall not guilty of driving with an illicit drug in his blood because he mistakenly believed that he would no longer test positive to the drug.

ABC North Coast reported that Mr Carrall was pulled over for random drug tests in May last year when the police officer testing him told told him he should wait at least a week after smoking cannabis bef...


Papua New Guinea Mine Watch: Axiom Mining nears Q1 nickel shipments and $10M funding deal "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Proactive Investors | 02.02.2016

Axiom Mining is expecting first shipments from Isabel in Q1 2016

Axiom Mining is expecting first shipments from Isabel in Q1 2016

Axiom Mining is edging closer to a milestone first shipment of nickel ore form the Isabel project in the Solomon Islands during Q1 2016 as a A$10 million financing facility and long-term offtake deal unfold.
Planning, design and development work at the project with an eye on this near-term export scenario has paralleled a due diligence process with global independent trading house Gunvor Singapore for financing and offtake continues.
This follows from an initial offtake agreement for 500,000 tonnes of nickel ore and A$5 million ore pre-payment facility executed with Gunvor in December 2015.
Other recent activities at Isabel have included several ecological surveys, environmental fieldwork and the completion of both a development strategy for a life-of-mine pit and a field component of social impact assessment.
Negotiations with key suppliers of marine services, vessels and heavy machinery are completed and they are on standby to move into production.
Ongoing infrastructure development includes camp upgrade, laboratory, roads, barge ramp and stockpile areas.
Preliminary work on San Jorge Island includes survey and en...


John Quiggin: Adani: the dog that caught the car "IndyWatch Feed"

Adani has finally received environmental approval from the Queensland government for its proposed Carmichael mine in the Galilee Basin. At this point, in a standard news story about a multi-billion project, we’d be reading about the domestic and global banks that were competing to be the lead financiers for the project, and those who would have to content with the crumbs. Along with that, there would stories about the partners and subcontractors who would get the lucrative work of construction.

Instead, we have a long list of banks and other funding sources that have announced that they won’t finance the project, or have pulled out of announced and existing finance arrangements. The list includes the Commonwealth (formerly a big lender to Adani), NAB, the Queensland Treasury, the State Bank of India, and global banks including Standard Chartered (another former big lender), Citigroup, JP Morgan Chase, Goldman Sachs, Deutsche Bank, Royal Bank of Scotland, HSBC, Barclays, BNP Paribas, Credit Agrilcole and Societe Generale. The US and Korean Export-Import banks have been touted as possible sources, but appear to have backed away. Even the Abbott-Turnbull $5 billion slush fund for Northern Australian boondoggles, seen when it was announced as a rescuer for Adani, now appears unlikely. At the recent Northern Australia Investment Forum, the fund was the centre of attention, but Adani apparently didn’t get a mention, unless it was implicit in Frydenberg’s claim that the government wouldn’t be investing in “white elephants”.

The situation with suppliers is just as bad. Adani sacked the engineering team from Worsley Parsons and the construction group from Posco (also a supposed equity partner) last year. A $2 billion announcement of work for Downer EDI seems to have vanished into thin air. And at Abbot Point, Adani, as owner, is engaged in a nasty brawl with Glencore, the current operator.

In summary, we app...


(We) can do better: Victorian Forests: 20 year legal exemption must go "IndyWatch Feed National"

Wednesday 3rd February marks the 19th anniversary of an agreement that has allowed the logging industry a legal exemption from Australia’s environment laws. Jill Redwood from Environment East Gippsland, where this exemption from commonwealth laws was first introduced says the Turnbull government is planning to instate another 20 years of this special treatment. When the agreement between the state and federal govt was signed, EGipp was promised a multi-million dollar economic boost – 400 new jobs – a bright future. There were 20 sawmills at the time – it’s now down to 5. It employs less than 0.05% of the regional workforce. The joint MR of 3rd Feb 1997 promised world class protection of old growth and biodiversity – both of which have declined rapidly in that time.

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"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Lismore mining for new ideas on quarry "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Blakebrook Quarry. Lismore City Council is looking for expressions of interest regarding its future operation. Photo contributed

Blakebrook Quarry. Lismore City Council is looking for expressions of interest regarding its future operation. Photo contributed

Lismore City Council is looking at ways to improve returns and reduce risk in its Northern Rivers Quarry & Asphalt business and is calling for expressions of interest as to how its operations could improve.

The multi-million dollar Blakebrook Quarry is owned and operated by the council with an annual turnover of around $12 million and a licence to extract 600,000 tonnes of aggregate per annum until 2039.

While the quarry is profitable, council says it is concerned about its ‘sustainability in the long term’ and is looking to the business sector to see whether the business can be improved, leased or sold.

Last year the council faced a $300,000 clean-up bill after it admitted supplied substandard asphalt from the quarry to neighbouring Richmond Valley Council.

Lismore now admits the old plant is no longer viable and is currently leasing an asphalt plant until August to maintain supplies.

Commercial Services Manager Phil Klepzig said that proposals ‘could range from the purchase of more efficient machinery right through to sale of the business.’

‘Basically we are asking people to come to us with ideas and we will put all options on the table. This is part of a greater push for Lismore City Council to become financially sustainable.

‘We need to look at all our operations and see where we can save money and improve ef......


"IndyWatch Feed Capricornia": Fight for the Reef: Great Barrier Reef: Fitzroy Delta to be spared from coal ports and dredging under protection plan "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Australian Marine Conservation Society has welcomed the Queensland Government’s announcement to fulfill their election promise and to seek public comment on a proposal to declare a fish habitat zone for the Fitzroy Delta and Keppel Bay Area.

Imogen Zethoven, the Great Barrier Reef campaign director said the government’s proposed fish habitat zone is welcome news as it will protect local fish nursery areas, support local recreational fishing and prevent port development, shipping and dredging from a beautiful part of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, home to the unique snub fin dolphin.

“We’ve seen plans for coal ports on Balaclava Island and Port Alma, and proposals for mid-Reef transshipping, millions of tonnes of dredging and hundreds more coal ships ploughing through the Reef. They were opposed by the majority of Australians.

“Local heroes and a grassroots effort around Australia have stood up to the previous state government and the coal industry arguing they need to protect the Reef, making it a massive issue at the last state election.

“This is the next step in ensuring that comes to pass with the state government announcing the second round of community consultation for the plan.

“It will ensure there is no repeat of the mistakes of Gladstone Harbour, where massive amounts of dredging and dumping caused an environmental disaster that caused serious harm to the local fishing industry.

“If adopted, this protection plan will ensure that people can come from around Australia and the world to experience the Great Barrier Reef in all it’s majesty.

“These types of regulations exist to protect the places we love and value in a variety of ways.

“The Fitzroy Delta is the Sistine Chapel of estuaries. It’s one of the biggest river systems in the world and it feeds the famous Keppel Islands and Great Barrier Reef. We welcome greater protection of this magnificent natural area from the coal industry.



"IndyWatch Feed Capricornia": Fight for the Reef: Adani’s latest approval reveals a disregard for the Great Barrier Reef "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) has today expressed deep concern about the Queensland Government’s environmental approval of Adani’s Carmichael coal mine, which will adversely impact the Great Barrier Reef.

Imogen Zethoven, the Great Barrier Reef Campaign Director said today that the decision demonstrated that the Queensland Government is putting the interests of the coal industry ahead of the interests of the Reef and a sustainable economy.

“The mining and burning of coal is the leading cause of global warming. It causes the waters of the Reef to warm and coral to be bleached. Global warming is the greatest threat faced by the Reef.

“The Queensland economy and the tourism industry rely on a healthy Reef. It provides 70,000 jobs and billions to the state’s economy.

“Approving this mine is madness. There’s hardly a profitable coal mine in Queensland. Workers are being laid off. The mines can’t pay for their rehabilitation bonds.

“Adani has failed to secure finance. Banks think this is a project that doesn’t offer viable returns.

“But it is the Reef that will be hardest hit. The Reef’s waters will be dredged, there will be hundreds more coal ships and damaging port infrastructure will be built along the coastline.

“Top coral scientists are saying quite clearly, you can have the Reef, or you can have coal but you can’t have both.

“Economically, environmentally, rationally or emotionally, there is no choice. The Reef should be here for future generations. And future generations power should come from renewable sources,” said Ms Zethoven.

The post Adani’s latest approval reveals a disregard for the Great Barrier Reef appeared first on Fight for the Reef.


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Protection urged for Tweed catchment ‘treasure’ "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Cobaki Lakes west of Tweed Heads is part of the Cobaki broadwater catchment which the Greens have called for protection under the international treaty for wetlands.

Cobaki Lakes west of Tweed Heads is part of the Cobaki broadwater catchment which the Greens have called for protection under the international treaty for wetlands.

Luis Feliu

The NSW Greens are calling on the Baird government to protect wetlands across the state, including international  protection for the Cobaki catchment in the Tweed, recognised as a world-class ecological and cultural site.

The Cobaki wetland area west of Tweed Heads has come under extreme pressure from major housing development surrounding it over recent years and faces even more impacts from the approved massive urban precinct of Cobaki estate for around 5,000 new homes.

The call for protection was made on World Wetlands Day this week which commemorates the signing of the Ramsar Convention, the international treaty for the conservation of wetlands.

Byron-shire based MLC, Jan Barham, said she would move a motion to the state parliament when it resumes later this month for the Cobaki Broadwater catchment to be nominated by the NSW government for protection under the convention.

’The Cobaki catchment is a world class ecological and cultural treasure that is deserving of...


Papua New Guinea Mine Watch: Nautilus Minerals gets seafloor mining tools for Solwara 1 project in Papua New Guinea "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

nautilus robots wet testing

The SPTs will undergo wet testing at Duqm Port in Oman.

Mining Technology | 2 February 2016

Nautilus Minerals has received three seafloor production tools (SPTs) from Soil Machine Dynamics’s (SMD) facility in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK, for its underwater Solwara 1 mining project in the territorial waters of Papua New Guinea (PNG).

The Solwara 1 joint venture consists of Nautilus with 85% and Eda Kopa (Solwara) with 15%.

The SPTs are set to undergo wet testing at Duqm Port in Oman and will be stored at United Engineering Services’ (UES) facilities in Duqm for preservation and maintenance.

Later on, they will be integrated on UES’s production support vessel (PSV), which is expected to occur in 2017.

Nautilus plans to use the SPTs to cut and extract copper and gold from the seafloor at the Solwara 1 JV’s project site in the Bismarck Sea, Papua New Guinea.

Seafloor production operations are planned to begin in the first quarter of 2018.

Nautilus Minerals CEO Mike Johnston said: “The Solwara 1 JV partners are delighted to have achieved this major milestone and we are looking forward to undertaking the extensive wet testing programme that we have planned.

“We look forward to continuing our relationship with SMD during the wet testing programme and into the production phase of the Solwara 1 project.”



"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Clinton beats back Sanders to take Iowa "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Hillary Clinton speaks as her husband Bill and her daughter Chelsea look on, during the Democratic Caucuses night campaign rally at Olmsted Center, Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, USA, on February 1. EPA/Craig Lassig

Hillary Clinton speaks as her husband Bill and her daughter Chelsea look on, during the Democratic Caucuses night campaign rally at Olmsted Center, Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, USA, on February 1. EPA/Craig Lassig

MANCHESTER –  [AP] Hillary Clinton narrowly won the Democratic caucuses in Iowa, outpacing a surprisingly strong challenge from Bernie Sanders to claim the first victory in the 2016 race for president.

The former secretary of state and first lady edged past the Vermont senator in a race the Iowa Democratic Party called the closest in its caucus history.

The party said on Tuesday it would not do any recount of the close results, and a spokesman for the Sanders campaign said it does not intend to challenge them.

Meanwhile, Republicans and Democrats descended on the tiny New England state of New Hampshire, which votes next Tuesday.

For the Republicans, Ted Cruz, a fiery, conservative Texas senator loathed by his own party’s leaders, swept to victory in Iowa over billionaire Donald Trump and Florida Senator Marco Rubio.



"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Byron council’s legal expenses plummet "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Hans Lovejoy

From more than $1 million in 2009/10 to $115,500.50 in 2013/14 – how and why did Byron Shire Council’s legal expenses decrease so dramatically?

Either there’s been a great performance from council’s legal team, the pressure on council to defend its planning policies has decreased or council is now not rejecting developments as much.

Regardless, legal expenses have been trending downwards, with costs in 2010/2011 totalled $734,912, in 2011/2012 $385,033 was reported and in 2012/2013, $216,269 was spent.

And in 2014/2015, the total provided to The Echo by council staff is $111,969.17

Council’s annual legal reports reveal that various subdivisions and DA refusals all contributed to the high legal costs during 2009 and 2010 under the previous council. A standout cost in 2009/10 was $369,068.31 in defending against Woolworths building in Mullumbimby.

Another long-running cost to council over the years were the ongoing court battles with Belongil resident John Vaughan, who had disputes over ‘protection works’ at his Manfred Street home.

Those costs, along with other challenges from Belongil residents, evaporated after the right-wing council majority recently erected a 105-metre rock wall with nearly a $1m of ratepayer funds next to his home.

The higher legal expenses were incurred while Greens Jan Barham was mayor; from 2004 to 2012, she served two terms as the popularly elected mayor of Byron Shire.

History of court wins

She told The Echo, ‘One of the main and overlooked issues is how and why council ends up in court – the reasons are important.’

‘Council has a history of defending and winning in court.

‘This has always been important for Byron Shire, as it represents an investment in the priority given to planning rules and environment protection policies.

‘Most often, decisions of council that are consistent with...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: High-level defence cover-up: Lambie "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Former Palmer United Party senator, and now independent, Jacqui Lambie. Photo Crikey

Former Palmer United Party senator, and now independent, Jacqui Lambie. Photo Crikey

CANBERRA –  [AAP]  Independent senator Jacqui Lambie has accused the Australian Defence Force top brass and politicians of abuse cover ups.

Senator Lambie launched the blistering attack under parliamentary privilege in the Senate adjournment debate overnight, while SAS trooper Evan Donaldson and former Army officer Marcus Saltmarsh watched on from the public gallery.

‘The cover up in this matter has been at a very high level, spectacular and absolutely deliberate,’ she told the chamber while describing Mr Saltmarsh’s case.

She said Mr Saltmarsh had been the ‘subject of extraordinary abuse of office by senior members of the Australian Army’.

The senate heard he should be awarded the immediate classification total permanent impairment for post traumatic stress disorder after being sent 28 autopsy photos of his best mate.

While serving in East Timor in 2000, Mr Saltmarsh’s rifle independently discharged accidentally killing Corporal Stuart Jones, Senator Lambie said.

A military court found he had no case to answer, she said.

Meanwhile, trooper Donaldson had been the victim of brutal sexual abuse and other assaults during secret training exercises run by the Defence Intelligence Organisation.

‘Evan was bashed, bound, bagged, blindfolded, stripped naked, placed in stress positions, deprived of sleep and food for 96 hours and during that time he was sexually assaulted and left bleeding,’ she said.



"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Culture Roundup – February 3, 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Ellen Briggs

Something Funny this Way Comes!

Things get funny at the Court House on Thursday when open mic comedy kicks off 2016 with Ellen Briggs as MC. Catch this marvellous mouthy Mullumbimby mama telling it how it is – and heading up a brand-new crop of comics on the talking stick. Thursday 4 February at 8pm. Free entry.

Rebellious Flower

The story is a bouquet of handpicked flowers from the garden of an unending celebration. Inspired on the life of Osho it’s a first feature film on the spiritual guru – Rajneesh Osho.
This film narrates life of Raja in his adolescence and youth and, moreover a rebellion in him; he is keen to unearth the answers beneath the surface of facts that are acceptable to others. It beautifully narrates the transition Raja goes through in the phase of enlightenment and sanctity.

His childhood mentor his maternal grandmother called as Nani by him, who nurtures his childhood and is a strong pillar in his learning phase, is very well depicted in the film. Rebellious Flower is an anecdote that takes on the path of beliefs that Raja resolves to walk on. In retrospect he surmises that existence is inevitably attained by purely accepting the simplicity of subconscious with the help of his mentors – Magga Baba, Paggal Baba and Masto Baba.

He embarks on a journey to understand the beauty that lies....


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Lady Gaga to perform Bowie tribute "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Lady Gaga at the British Fashion Awards 2015 in London. She will perform a tribute to David Bowie at the Grammy Awards later this month. Photo Jonathan Short/Invision/AP

Lady Gaga at the British Fashion Awards 2015 in London. She will perform a tribute to David Bowie at the Grammy Awards later this month. Photo Jonathan Short/Invision/AP

LOS ANGELES –  [RAW] Lady Gaga will lead what organisers called an ‘experiential tribute’ to late British singer David Bowie at the Grammy Awards this month.

The Recording Academy said Gaga would perform three or four of Bowie’s songs in a ‘multisensory testament’ to Bowie’s creativity as a musician whose work constantly evolved over five decades.

Bowie’s unexpected death at age 69 in January after a secret cancer diagnosis shocked fans around the world and came just two days after the release of a critically-acclaimed new album Blackstar.

Gaga, a six-time Grammy winner, is also known for reinventing herself many times since she rose to fame in 2008.

She had already been booked to perform at the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on February 15.

‘But when David passed – almost in a single moment – we knew we had to change direction,’ Grammy ceremony executive producer Ken Ehrlich said in a statement.



"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: High Court to rule on legality of Nauru detention "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Nauru Detention Centre. Photo AAP

Nauru Detention Centre. Photo AAP

CANBERRA –  [AAP] Scores of asylum seeker families might be sent back to Nauru if a High Court challenge against the legality of Australia’s involvement in the immigration detention centre there fails.

The court will hand down its ruling on Wednesday.

The test case focused on the plight of a Bangladeshi pregnant asylum seeker brought to Australia from Nauru because of serious health complications.

She is now facing return to the Pacific island with her one-year-old child.

The ruling will have implications for more than 267 people including 37 babies and 54 older children who were brought to Australia for medical treatment.

Of the 54 children, 36 are attending Australian schools.

The Commonwealth’s case in part hinged on a sudden decision last October by the Nauru government to allow asylum seekers to roam around the island at will.

That policy change means the woman, if returned, would not be detained, Commonwealth lawyers argued.

The federal government, with Labor’s support, retrospectively changed laws to shore up the Commonwealth’s ability to pay for the offshore facilities.

The Human Rights Law Centre ran the legal challenge and says the government shifted the goal...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": North Coast Voices: A profile of personal incomes in the Northern Rivers region is a lesson in the unequal distribution of wealth "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

On 28 January 2016 the Australian Bureau of Statistics released its Estimates of Personal Income for Small Areas, 2012-13.

These estimates show that for Australia, the median total personal income in 2012-13 for people lodging tax returns was $44,940. The top 10 per cent of earners received 33.7 per cent of the total income and the median age of an earner was 42 years of age. Also, 77.9 per cent of earners reported employee income as their main source of income.

In NSW the per cent of total income (from wages/investments) held by the top 1% of earners  is 10.5% - with the top 10% having 34.9% of total income.

In NSW the median total income from all sources for individuals was $44,780 (excluding government pensions/allowances), in Greater Sydney it was $47,281 and in the rest of NSW it was $40,702, both with the same exclusions.

In the Northern Rivers region the median total income from all sources for individuals was less than $...


Indian Country Headline News: Ho-Chunk Homeless Vets Project Beats Federal Effort "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

The federal government recently announced grants of about $6 million for supportive housing for homeless Native veteran...

Indian Country Headline News: Dreamcatcher Mural Honoring Sandy Hook Victims Covered Up "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

When Lindsay Fuori and Mairin Hayes painted a mural to honor the victims of the Sandy Hook shootings they had no idea it would be covered up two years later....

The Watchers » Latest articles: The underlying cause of the deadly 1964 Alaska tsunami revealed "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The USGS scientists in collaboration with their colleagues from Boise State University and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game finally managed to unravel the cause of a massive tsunami that destroyed Valdez, Seward and Whittier towns in Alaska in 1964. A series...... Read more »


EcoWatch: These 3 Women Attend Monsanto’s Annual Shareholder Meeting Demanding Answers "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"


Three generations of women attended Monsanto's shareholder meeting and presented multiple reasons why...


Independent Australia: Scott Morrison, the GST and the will of the people "IndyWatch Feed"

Scott Morrison, the GST and the will of the peopleDon't waste your time telling Scott Morrison his tax plans are unpopular, he couldn't care less what you think, writes David Tyler. read now...


loon pond: In which the pond joins Dame Slap in deploring the neo-puritan do gooders, Tasmanian Catholic archbishop naturally excluded ... "IndyWatch Feed"

At last a clear choice for the pond, and as it's between Paul Keating and conversational Jay Weatherill, is it a surprise that the pond would prefer Keating?

Back into your popinjay box, Jay, and go start your regressive tax conversation with the infinite void or with idle croweaters willing to listen to your tiresome attempts to be Liberal lite.

The pond has been to the United States and seen how it works, and it isn't a pretty picture ...

Meanwhile, the pond feels infinitely blessed, though strictly in a secular Murdochian way ...

How else to think of these piquant juxtapositions?



"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: SA doctor’s daughter murdered in UK "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Adelaide doctor's daughter India Chipchase has been murdered in Northampton, UK, where she was working as a barmaid. Photo Northampton Police

Adelaide doctor’s daughter India Chipchase has been murdered in Northampton, UK, where she was working as a barmaid. Photo Northampton Police

NORTHAMPTON – [PAA] A man accused of the strangling murder of the daughter of a respected Adelaide doctor has appeared in court in England.

Edward Tenniswood, 51, is charged with murdering 20-year-old India Chipchase in Northampton over the weekend.

He was remanded in custody following an appearance at the English town’s magistrate’s court.

Ms Chipchase, the girlfriend of Evaan Reihana, the son of former All Black Bruce Reihana, was last seen alive early on Saturday morning.

Her disappearance was reported later that day after she failed to turn up to her work as a barmaid at The Collingtree pub and restaurant.

An investigation into her disappearance led local police to Tenniswood’s home on Stanley Road, where her body was discovered on Sunday night.

A post-mortem examination carried out on Monday confirmed she died from pressure to the neck.

Her father, obstetric...


Papua New Guinea Mine Watch: Frieda River feasibility study delayed "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"


The National aka The Loggers Times | 2.02.2016

HIGHLANDS Pacific Ltd says the completion date of the Frieda River project feasibility study has been extended to next month.
Highlands Pacific, which owns 20 per cent interest in the project, said this was to allow for additional operating parameters and design options to be investigated to maximise project returns, given the depressed commodity prices and challenging funding conditions.
It said in its 2015 December quarter report that the current work programme was scheduled for completion at the end of March. 
It will be followed by an independent peer review to be conducted in April, providing the opportunity for an application to be submitted for a special mining lease by June 30 this year.
The majority 80 per cent stake is held by Chinese company Guangdong Rising Assets Management following its acquisition of PanAust last year
GRAM has left the PanAust team in place completing the feasibility study.
The costs of the feasibility study and associated work are being funded by PanAust (GRAM).
Meanwhile Highlands Pacific managing director John Gooding said the company continued to advance its projects during the December quarter, with strong production results...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Country halls star in new arts initiative "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Artists collaborating to reveal the history hiding in our local halls in the Arts Northern Rivers initiative If These Halls Could Talk. Photo Jeff Dawson

Artists collaborating to reveal the history hiding in our local halls as part of the Arts Northern Rivers initiative If These Halls Could Talk. Photo Jeff Dawson

Local artists gathered last Friday at the Ewingsdale Hall to kick off a two-year arts project entitled If These Halls Could Talk, which aims to celebrate country halls and the role they play in our communities.

The halls from across the region are located in Tumbulgum, Eureka, The Channon, Eatonsville, Broadwater Riley’s Hill, Bonalbo and Meerschaumvale.

Show and tell

Arts Northern Rivers creative team, in collaboration with the artists, will be creating a site-specific work inspired by the unique narrative of each hall.

Over the next two months, Arts Northern Rivers and the artists/artistic teams will be holding ‘show and tell’ events at each of the seven halls.

Anyone with stories, photos, memorabilia or a connection to the halls listed is encouraged to participate and attend the upcoming events.

Some of the artists and artistic teams teamed up with the halls include Opera Queensland, Northern Rivers Performing Arts (NORPA), Spaghetti Circus and Roundabout Theatre, Grayson Cooke, H.W. Collective, Craig Walsh...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Nene King tells court former friend fleeced her "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Former Australian Women's Weekly editor Nene King leaves the Melbourne County Court. Monday, Feb 1. 2016. She is expected to give evidence soon in the trial of Colin Hahne, a former friend who allegedly defrauded her while she was vulnerable. Photo AAP Image/ David Crosling

Former Australian Women’s Weekly editor Nene King leaves the Melbourne County Court. Monday, Feb 1. 2016. She is expected to give evidence soon in the trial of Colin Hahne, a former friend who allegedly defrauded her while she was vulnerable. Photo AAP Image/ David Crosling

MELBOURNE [AAP] Former magazine editor Nene King is expected to return to the witness stand when the trial of a man accused of fleecing her of more than $40,000 resumes on Wednesday.

Her former friend Colin Hahne is standing trial on 49 deception-related charges allegedly involving withdrawing thousands from her accounts and using her bank card to pay for hotel bookings in 2009 without her permission.

He has pleaded not guilty.

Ms King, Hahne and his partner Larry Sutcliffe lived together in Ms King’s Caulfield South home between 2007 and 2009, the County Court of Victoria has heard.

Ms King, a former editor of Woman’s Day and the Australian Women’s Weekly, said she ‘paid for everything’ while t...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: North Korea plans satellite launch "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

South Korean protesters stage a rally to oppose the possible deployment of the United States' advanced defence system THAAD, a Terminal High-Altitude Area Defence, on Korea Peninsula, near the presidential house in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, Feb. 1, 2016. North Korea may be preparing to launch a rocket or missile, according to the US. Photo AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon

South Korean protesters stage a rally to oppose the possible deployment of the United States’ advanced defence system THAAD, a Terminal High-Altitude Area Defence, on Korea Peninsula, near the presidential house in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, Feb. 1, 2016. North Korea may be preparing to launch a rocket or missile, according to the US. Photo AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon

SEOUL – [AAP] North Korea has told UN agencies it plans to launch a satellite as early as next week, a move that could advance the country’s long-range missile technology after its fourth nuclear test on January 6.

News of the planned launch between February 8 and February 25 drew fresh US calls for tougher UN sanctions already under discussion in response to North Korea’s nuclear test. State Department spokesman John Kirby said the United Nations needed to ‘send the North Koreans a swift, firm message...


Head Space: Global Biological Health Threat – Zika Virus Outbreak: Vector-Borne Genetically-Modified Diseases "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

ZIKA VIRUS (04): WHO DECLARES WORLDWIDE PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY OF INTERNATIONAL CONCERN (PHEIC) ******************** Published Date: 2016-02-01 20:24:23 Subject: PRO/AH/EDR> Zika virus (04): WHO declares worldwide PHEIC Archive Number: 20160201.3985366 Date: Mon 1 Feb 2016 Source: Source: WHO Media centre [edited] WHO Director-General summarizes the outcome of the Emergency Committee on Zika ———————————————————————- WHO statement […]


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Kayaker missing from Gold Coast canal "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Supplied image obtained Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016 of a 31-year-old kayaker reported missing after his kayak was located unattended at Broadbeach Waters. (AAP Image/Queensland Police) NO ARCHIVING, EDITORIAL USE ONLY

This 31-year-old man was reported missing after his kayak was located unattended at Broadbeach Waters. Photo Queensland Police

Police will resume the search for a man reported missing after the discovery of a distressed dog on a kayak floating on a Gold Coast canal yesterday (Tuesday February 2).

The 31-year-old kayaker set out for a paddle with his pet dog about 7am (AEST) at Broadbeach Waters.

A woman walking along the shore spotted the dog on the kayak on the canal about an hour later and alerted police.

The kayaker was reported missing and a major air and sea search launched along the canal.

There has been no sign of the man who suffers an unspecified medical condition.

Police suspended the search late Tuesday afternoon but will resume it at first light on Wednesday.

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Earth First! Newswire: The Winter Earth First! Newsletter is Out! Read, Print, Share "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

EF!N Brigid 2016 front_Page_01

This issue of Earth First! News includes updates and actions in defense of Mother Earth from October through December 2015, as well as a feature on the direct-actionistas in Canada shutting down pipelines, updated prisoner pages (including arrestees facing charges), and our current eco-action group directory.

Earth First! News is a great way to keep those without internet access—like prisoners and treesitters—in the loop of eco-resistance. Print copies for your local infoshop, school library, coffee spot; wherever would-be radicals might be seeking spiritual guidance.

Read online or download the pdf


EcoWatch: Recognizing the Rights of Nature and the Living Forest "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"


Rights of Nature is a revolutionary and evolutionary concept, at the heart of which lies a key to...


We All Live Downstream: The Mouse that Roared: A Small New England Town Stands Up to Toxic Dollar Stores "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Ashford Town Offices 17KW 5.15

By Susan Eastwood

Last week, our small town of Ashford, Connecticut held a Town Meeting to decide whether to sell a parcel of land to a developer who wanted to put up a Dollar General store. This old New England form of government, which lives on in some rural towns in CT, requires that the townspeople vote at a Town Meeting to approve the sale of Town owned land. The meeting was packed, instead of the usual 10-15 who show up at these meetings, there were over 100. Townspeople have their say at a Public Hearing and then a vote is taken.

Many viewpoints were expressed, with reasons pro and con, but it struck me that many people mentioned the cheap and toxic products sold by such a retailer. This is backed up by a recent report from the Campaign for Healthier Solutions and Healthy  They tested 164 products from the four major dollar type retailers, Dollar General, 99 Cents Only, Dollar Tree and Family Dollar and found that 133 or 81% of those items contained at least one hazardous chemical above levels of concern. These included PVC (vinyl), phthalates and heavy metals like lead and cadmium. Just under half (49%) of the items tested had two or more hazardous toxins at concerning levels. Children’s toys were an area of particular concern. They also found that 38%...


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The Ecologist: Time to crack down on car pollution - the silent killer with powerful friends "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Air pollution from vehicles is killing tens of thousands of people every year in the UK alone, write Jean Lambert, Molly Scott Cato & Keith Taylor, an outrage set into stark focus by VW's 'test cheating'. The EU's response? To relax tests and allow cars to be more polluting - with the full support of the UK government.


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News: Pres. Candidate Bernie Sanders Shares Stage with Native Organizer Tara Houska "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Last November, Honor's new National Campaigns Director, Tara Houska, spoke alongside presidential candidate Bernie Sanders at the introduction of #KeepItInTheGround legislation.

Regardless of where you fall on the political spectrum, this was an occasion in which some of the top U.S. leaders recognized the voice and importance of inclusivity of indigenous peoples. We fight for the seventh generation. #LoveWaterNotOil #IndigenousRising

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CHANGING TIMES: Freedom beckons for Pongky the orangutan after more than a decade in captivity "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Pongky's tiny dirty cage at the police officer's house

A Sumatran orangutan who was kept for more than a decade in a tiny cage, then was rescued, only to end up back behind bars in a zoo, is now at a rehabilitation centre and there is every chance he will be released into the wild.

Pongky, who is now about 14 years old, was kept in captivity by a high-ranking police officer in Sumatra’s Aceh province until he was discovered by a team from the Medan-based Orangutan Information Centre (OIC) in July 2013.

Pongky was locked in a small cage with no access to open space, very limited room to move, and only a single rope, on which he swung back and forth obsessively.

Pongky in his cage at police officer's house

The OIC reported the case to the authorities, and the Department of Natural Resources and Ecosystem Conservation (BKSDA) intervened and confiscated the primate from the police commissioner, but, instead of being taken to a rehabilitation centre, the primate was sent to Medan zoo.

Helen Buckland, the director of the UK-based charity, the Sumatran Orangutan Society (SOS), which co-founded the OIC, said: “When Pongky was confiscated, but then transferred to Medan zoo, he simply swapped one life behind bars for another. He should never have been sent to the zoo; he should have been given a second chance at a life in the wild.”



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DUCK POND: Dog Blog: Invasion Day Week "IndyWatch Feed"

Invasion Day came and went for another year. It might be an exercise in historical reflection, but it never seems to deliver. For example, considering last year, if given a chance, Phil would probably say his jousting days are done. The only memory I have this year is of the sound of lawn mowers – a more apt metaphor.

Now, Dexter’s plastic helmet has been discarded and the stitches removed from his ear. He did not suffer any further injury from bumping into almost every tree and obstacle in his path. The decision to take him our for the past three weeks was a risk. The lead was attached to his collar. The advice is that puts pressure on the trachea. Dexter did not seem to mind. Then, dogs cannot talk.

As an aside it is often the greatest dangers are those not expected. It may have been a celebration, but empty and broken beer bottles. How the dogs did not step on the broken glass in various shapes is amazing. There is no guarantee that I was able to find it all. I put it under some witches hats. The bottles were Houten beer.

The problem with Dexter’s ear was not due to an infection. That option was thoroughly checked out by the vets. I suspect the injury was incurred when I removed the harness.I was taking this variety of harness off with the lead attached, and Dexter in a hurry would pull away. Dog ears are susceptible to injury because they consist of a double layer of cartilage. The obvious thing to do is to unleash him and let him run around in the harness, and then take it off later.

The photos will be something to look back on. The music, “Pioneers”, is performed by Audionautix:



News: Honor the Earth announces 3 new team members! "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Honor the Earth is pleased to announce a step towards the future and expansion of our organization. In our goal to create awareness and support for Native environmental issues while developing resources for indigenous communities, Honor the Earth would like to welcome three new additions to our staff: 

02:20 My New Interview on the Richie Allen Show "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Richie Allen Show on featuring David Icke talking about his infamous 1991 interview with the late Sir Terry Wogan. Also, David Shurter, the author of “Rabbit Hole, A Satanic Ritual Abuse Survivors Story”, tells Richie that tens of thousands of children are murdered in satanic abuse orgies each year! Support the show by donating at


The Ecologist: 'Renewable energy highways' offer quick fix for US emissions "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Scientists say interstate energy 'highways' offer a simple approach to delivering low-cost electricity to where it’s needed throughout the US, writes Tim Radford. The best part? It's using clean, renewable energy sources, and it can be achieved in the near future using only existing, mature technologies.


Catallaxy Files: All comedy is critical "IndyWatch Feed"

Here is a story on John Cleese and the modern left. And I have to say that the title of the story, John Cleese is tired of campus political correctness, as well as the title of original story from which it is linked, We Can’t Have Comedy and Be Politically Correct at the Same Time (which is better since it does not restrict its compass to a university campus), doesn’t get you there. The title of the video “1984″ does get you there, which has the statement scrolled across the top, that “political correctness can lead to an Orwellian night[mare]“, making it very plain how serious he thinks this issue is. It tells you exactly what he really means, that if you forbid people to say certain things in the name of political correctness, then you are living on the edge of a totalitarian state. This is what he said, which you can see is transcribed directly from his own words in the video:

Cleese said that it’s one thing to be “mean” to “people who are not able to look after themselves very well,” but it was another to take it to “the point where any kind of criticism of any individual or group could be labeled cruel.”

Cleese added that “comedy is critical,” and if society starts telling people “we mustn’t criticize or offend them,” then humour goes out the window.

“With humour goes a sense of proportion,” Cleese said. “And then, as far as I’m concerned, you’re living in 1984.”

And the point, of course, is not restricted to humour but all statem...


EcoWatch: This One Policy Could Open Up Millions of Acres to New Offshore Oil Drilling "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"


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A team of student engineers from MIT won Best Overall Design in SpaceX's...


The Stringer: Seeing Flight as a Non-violent Option: One Way to Change the Discourse about the World’s 60 Million Refugees "IndyWatch Feed National"

In Brussels, more than 1,200 people protest against Europe’s unwillingness to do more about the refugee crisis in the Mediterranean, April 23rd, 2015. – Amnesty International. Today, one in every 122 humans living on the planet is a refugee, an internally displaced person, or an asylum-seeker. In 2014, conflict and persecution forced a staggering 42,500 persons per […]



Earth First! Newswire: “Fracked Gas is Environmental Racism” Balloon Banner Released at Bridgeport, CT, City Hall "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

from Capitalism vs. the Climate


Bridgeport, CT—PSEG expected to celebrate on Monday night as Bridgeport’s city council voted to endorse the company’s plan to replace its Bridgeport Harbor coal-fired power plant with a new fracked gas plant in 2021. Some environmentalists had even signed onto the agreement. To PSEG, it looked like local criticism would finally be silenced, that the company could maintain a “green” image while continuing to pollute one of Connecticut’s most vulnerable communities.

The corporate polluters must have been disappointed, then, when a group of Bridgeport residents and teachers, some of them members of Capitalism vs. the Climate, flooded a short public hearing preceding the city council session with a barrage of comments opposing the proposed fracked gas plant. As 10 year-old Jaysa Mellers spoke out against the proposal, with the words “no coal, no gas, go green!”, a Bridgeport-based member of Capitalism vs. the Climate released a banner tied to a bundle of balloons. The banner floated to t...


EcoWatch: Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton Make History in Virtual Tie in Iowa "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"


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Chesapeake Climate Action Network: THE video to watch: McAuliffe, Dominion, and 90 seconds of truth "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Time is running out to influence the most important decision that Governor Terry McAuliffe—and he alone—will make on climate change.

Which is why, right now, I want to ask you to watch this amazing new video—and take action. If you love our fragile planet: watch the video. If you love your neighbors in Virginia: watch the video.

The truth is, despite rising seas and extreme weather, mega-polluter Dominion Virginia Power is asking Governor McAuliffe to double down on harmful emissions—and let the company INCREASE total climate pollution in Virginia for decades to come. It’s outrageous.

So what can you do? You can do three things right now: Watch the video, sign the petition to Governor McAuliffe, and share it with your friends:

I think the good folks in this video—a student from the Shenandoah Valley, a teacher from Northern Virginia, a retiree from Hampton Roads, and others—explain what’s at stake better than anything I can write.

And their call is one I hope you’ll add your voice to: “Please do the right thing, Governor!” Stop Dominion from making climate change worse.

By this spring, Governor McAuliffe has to decide: Will he let Dominion increase total carbon pollution from power plants, despite the intent of new federal regulations to reduce such pollution? Or will he do the clear-cut RIGHT THING—and implement the Clean Power Plan with real solutions like solar, wind and greater efficiency?

Governor McAuliffe needs to hear — right now — from every Virginian who cares about clean air and a healthy...


Wake Up World: The Importance of Spiritual Hibernation "IndyWatch Feed National"

3rd February 2016 By Open Contributing Writer for Wake Up World It’s cold in England right now. The leaves are on the ground, the birds are flitting around the garden, feeding on last minute bugs, building fat for the winter. Nature knows how to work with the changing seasons. Sadly, humanity all-too-frequently does not! But ...Continue Reading - The Importance of Spiritual Hibernation


Wake Up World: Criticism – Why We Need It and How It Helps Us "IndyWatch Feed National"

3rd February 2016 By Jack Adam Weber Contributing Writer for Wake Up World Many take offense to advice when they don’t ask for it, including suggestions. Unsolicited advice can feel intrusive. It can threaten our personal space and privacy. There are also different degrees of criticism and advice, and the tone of delivery has lots ...Continue Reading - Criticism ⏠Why We Need It and How It Helps Us


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Gold Coast Airport’s lease over Crown wetland a sham "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

On the eve of Australia Day 2016, when our communities were gearing up to celebrate this day, the Deputy Prime Minister, Leader of the National Party approved the Gold Coast Airport (GCA) Instrument Landing System (ILS).

In the minister’s statement there is not a dot on the permanent and irreversible destruction of critical ecosystems of the lower Tweed River system and its adverse economic impacts to the Tweed and NSW Far North Coast region.

Nor is there any recognition of the significance of this area that meets Ramsar criteria and the Indigenous cultural heritage landscape, Murraba, of National significance.

Communities impacted by aircraft noise and toxic emissions is very real but has been treated with contempt – an un-Australian attack on the Tweed/Gold Coast communities.

At this same time Tourism Australia launched its ‘There’s Nothing Like Australia’ campaign in New York with Australia’s natural assets the stars of the campaign. But our governments are destroying these very same natural assets at a rapid rate.

The minister has parroted the same claims in the Major Development Plan (MDP) and public notices which were false/misleading and not supported by formal records indicating there has been no objective assessment, simply towing the same misinformation line and totally ignoring the many very serious concerns of the community.

Prior to Xmas there was much fan-fare by the Prime Minister announcing the nation would become one of innovation. The minister’s con continues stating the approval of the ILS ‘is appropriate for GCA to function as a world-class facility’.

However, the fact is the ILS is an antiquated radio system developed in the 1930s and in the near future will be obsolete. To be a nation of innovation and to develop aviation of the future the $10 million needs to be invested in 21st century satellite technology – not outdated systems of a past century for the future.

The minist...


Global Justice Ecology Project: Animal Defenders Confront CEO of Skanska USA at His Home "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

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The Ecologist: Science Museum must get out of bed with anti-science Big Fossil funders "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Why is BP sponsoring the Science Museum's 'Late' event? It's all part of creating 'scientific consent' for fossil fuels, writes Drew Pearce, in the face of scientific certainty about climate change and the need for drastic cuts in carbon emissions. That's why we gatecrashed their latest show last week.


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"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Tweed Valley Relay for Life making a difference "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

On behalf of the Tweed Valley Relay for Life 2016 committee, I would like to express our thanks to your paper in assisting us in helping to inform your readers of our 2016 Relay for Life event.

It is through your medium that we are able to provide the many residents of our shire with information about the Tweed Valley Relay, to be held at the Merv Edwards Field Wommin Bay Road Kingscliff starting at 4pm (DST) on 12 March 2016.

By the good works of our Relay teams, our supporters/sponsors, our wonderful Tweed Valley residents and volunteers, we can continue providing practical support and resources in the oncology ward at The Tweed Hospital, assisting nurses to support up to 200 patients and carers a week.

The Cancer Council will also be expanding this support into the Murwillumbah oncology unit within the next year.

Some of your readers may be surprised to learn that the Cancer Council is the only charity working across every aspect of every cancer. The Tweed Valley Relay for Life and Cancer Council strive to lead, empower and mobilise the community to make the biggest possible difference.

Cancer Council prevention programs such as Eat It To Beat It, Sun Sound and Sun Smart focus on changing lifestyle behaviour, through prevention and education campaigns. The success of past programs such as Sun Smart and Sun Sound prove this, however there is more work to be done to assist our community in fighting back in preventing cancer.

Did you know that there is a campaign called Lifestyle Behaviour Campaign – Men’s 40? A first in NSW and happening in our backyard! Men between 40 and 64 are twice as likely to be diagnosed with melanoma and three times as likely to die from it as women of similar age.

This is why in 2016 the Cancer Council are partnering with the Coolangatta Tweed Heads Golf Club to implement a lifestyle behaviour change program among men of that age demographic. If this proves successful then Can...


The Stringer: Racial discrimination in the rental market "IndyWatch Feed National"

Many years ago one of my colleagues decided to conduct an experiment in the Perth rental market. The purpose of the experiment was to examine the nature of racial discrimination in the market. So he commenced a ring around of the private rental properties advertised in the newspapers that weekend. His first enquiry was to […]


"IndyWatch Feed Cvic": Bendigo Community Farmers Market: Ghost Writer Schweiz . ch – Traditionell gut funktionierende Schweiz Verlag Lösung "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Mein Name ist Alexander, ich bin der Student des vierten Studienjahres der Humboldt Universität. Am Ende des zweiten Studienhalbjahres brauchte ich eine Semesterarbeit in der Literaturwissenschaft. das Werk sollte 50 Seite liegen. Außer der Lehre mache ich noch und für Schreiben meiner Semesterarbeit hatte ich keine Zeit. Ich habe meine Freundeum Beihilfegebeten und sie haben mir einen Kundendienstim Rahmendesfachwissenschaftlichen Schreibens angeboten. am Anfang habe ich eine Anzahl Misstrauen dazu, aber nach dem ersten Anruf wird meine meine Unsicherheit nicht mehr enttäuscht.

Aufsatz Schriftlich Hilfe

Der Kundendienst funktioniertim Bereich des fachwissenschaftlichen Schreibens bereits mehr als 5 Jahren und hilft den Studiker bei der Fertigung des fachwissenschaftlichen Arbeiten. Hier bietet man eine große Listevon Sortimente und extra Offerten an. Das Objektiv dieser Hilfsquelle ist 100% erstklassigen, einzigartigen und nicht kopierten Schrifte zu schaffen. Ich möchte sagen, dass die Unternehmung dem Ziel Tausendprozent entspricht. Meiner Semesterarbeit war greifbar, richtig und korrekt geschrieben, und alle meinen Instruktionen entsprach. Der Kundendienst hat eine gute Kenntnis in der Fertigung der akademischen Semesterarbeiten.

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Nach meiner ersten Kenntnis der Gruppenarbeit mit, beordere ich regelrecht meineakademischenWerke und bin dazu sehr glücklich. Ich habe keine Furcht für Studium, weil ich ständig für Hilfe bieten kann und sicher bin, dass ich 100% exzellenten und, was am wichtigsten ist, plagiatsfreien Fassungen bekommen wird. Dank diesem Service habe ich noch freier Zeit für Erholung und Job. Ich habe verschiedenartige Schrifte bestellt, und bekam allezeit nur schöneErgebnis. Bei gibt es eine Eventualität von kleinen Text oder......


American Indians in Children's Literature (AICL): Beverly Slapin's review of Paul Goble's CUSTER'S LAST BATTLE: RED HAWK'S ACCOUNT OF THE LITTLE BIG HORN "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Editor's Note: Beverly Slapin submitted this review essay of Paul Goble's Custer's Last Battle: Red Hawk's Account of the Battle of the Little Big Horn. Slapin uses quotation marks around the name "Red Hawk" because that is a fictional character. Slapin's review may not be used elsewhere without her written permission. All rights reserved. Copyright 2016. Slapin is currently the publisher/editor of De Colores: The Raza Experience in Books for Children.

Goble, Paul, Custer’s Last Battle: Red Hawk’s Account of the Battle of the Little Big Horn, with an introduction by Joe Medicine Crow. Wisdom Tales / World Wisdom, 2013.

Each year on June 25, Oglala Lakota families at Pine Ridge gather to celebrate the Lakota people’s victory at the Battle of the Greasy Grass, where, in 1876, as Oglala author and activist Debra White Plume says, “Custer wore an Arrow Shirt.”

“Warriors get ready,” the announcer calls. “Be safe, and thank your horse when you’re done.” The warriors, mostly teens, race off to find and...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": North Coast Voices: Abbott the hysterical historian "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

There’s no doubt about Tony Abbott – he’s the gift that keeps on giving

Matt Golding cartoon.
This is Tones the historian giving a definition of marriage though the ages.

Forget cultures which practice polyandry or polygamy. Ignore “walking marriage”, “fixed term marriage”, “ghost marriage”, “marriage to a deity”, “woman-woman marriage” and marriage involving a “two spirit” person.

No, it has definitely been lifetime monogamous marriage between one man and one woman since time immemorial, according to the MP for Warringah.

*Sound of  thousands...


"IndyWatch Feed Seq": Wild BNE: Nature Surveys 2015 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Location: Caboolture Region Environmental Education Centre, Burpengary, Moreton Bay Shire
Date: Wednesday 21st January 2015; 20:45-21:15
Habitat: Riverine forest
Weather: Warm and cloudy night, 25C, light breeze. Light showers (<1mm) during the day
Focus: Mammal survey

(*) Exotic

Northern Brown Bandicoot (Isoodon macrourus)

Total species: 1

Other interesting sightings:
Cane Toad (Rhinella marina) *

Location: Cabbage Tree Creek, McDowall, Brisbane
Date: Thursday 12th February 2015; 10:45-12:15
Habitat: Slow-flowing freshwater stream with deeper pools


new illuminati: The Sacred Harmony of Geometry "IndyWatch Feed National"

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The Stringer: The privatisation of Centrelink: a recipe for a bigger disaster than Centrelink already is "IndyWatch Feed National"

‘What I am basically saying is that welfare must become a good deal for investors, for private investors. We have to make it a good deal for the returns to be there, to attract the level of capital that will be necessary in addition to the significant injection of capital and resources that is already […]


"IndyWatch Feed Cvic": troublemag: Ben Quilty: Spoils of War "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

by Steve Proposch

It is tempting to label Ben Quilty’s latest works in After Afghanistan, at Castlemaine Art Gallery until 15 April 2016, ‘super’ expressionist. The subjects of these portraits are vulnerable, yet powerful. They leave you with no doubt that Quilty has fulfilled his role as Official War Artist admirably.

This exhibition is the result of the artist’s three-week tour across Afghanistan in October 2011. While Quilty’s 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, the artist soon discovered that his conversations and experiences with many Australian servicemen and women left him with an overwhelming desire to tell their stories.

Quilty’s tribute on ANZAC Day 2015 is an indicator of how personally this experience has affected the artist. He spoke 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 …”.

Ben Quilty, 'Captain S, after Afghanistan' painted in Robertson, New South Wales, 2012 oil on linen, 140 x 190 cm acquired under the official art scheme in 2012



"IndyWatch Feed Qld": Central Queensland Plane Spotting: Yulgibar Pastoral Company Take Delivery of Cessna 560 Citation Encore Bizjet VH-YUL via Longreach Airport "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

An interesting visitor noted calling into Longreach Airport for fuel on Tuesday 2 February was Cessna 560 Citation Encore bizjet VH-YUL.

Photo taken by Bernie Proctor  ©

VH-YUL was delivered to Australia on Monday 1 February, touching down at Darwin on completion of a flight from Brunei.  After calling into Longreach Airport, it departed to Bankstown Airport near Sydney where it was captured by local plane spotter Bernie P shortly after arrival.

The smart little Citation was recently registered to the Yulgibar Pastoral Company (of Montmorency, Victoria) and appears to be a replacement aircraft for their Cessna 550 Citation Bravo bizjet VH-FGK which was involved in an incident which saw it veer of the Runway at Lismore Airport last Friday 25 September.



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This comic first appeared in Trouble May 2011

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The Ecologist: My Spiritual Journey "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Satish Kumar, environment activist and editor-in-chief at Resurgence & Ecologist magazine, is giving a talk at Alternatives on 14 March about his personal journey both spiritual and physical.


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by Jim Kempner

Never look a gift horse in the eye.


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"IndyWatch Feed Vic": "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne": onlymelbourne: Melbourne Newsletter No.474 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

View Online What's On this Week | 2 - 8 February 2016 Dining Zhngguó xnnián kuàilè MelB Chinese New Year Chinese New Year Festival 2016 Expect fireworks, food and spectacular dragons to take over Melbourne as the city celebrates the arrival of the Year of the Monkey. When: 6 - 21 February, 2016 Where: Melbourne Links: Desktop | Smart Phone Chinese New Year at Federation Square Join a Chinese New Year celebration with live music, multicultural entertainment, food and light displays. When: 6 + 7 February | 10am – 9pm Where: Federation Square Links: Desktop | Smart Phone Golden Age Box Hill Chinese New Year Festival 2016 Featuring various Asian culinary delights, cultural displays, arts and crafts, merchandise and more. When: Saturday, February 6 (1pm) - Sunday, February 7 (1am) Where: Main St & Market St Malls, and along Whitehorse Road, Box Hill Links: Desktop | Smart Phone Chinese New Year’s Eve Countdown The New Year’s Eve countdown will start with lion dancing and drumming, before a broadcast of the China CCTV’s national New Year’s Eve gala program ‘Chun Wan’. When: February 7 - February 8, 11:00pm - 2:00am Where: Federation Square Stage Links: Desktop | Smart Phone The Yaks Barbecue Festival Melbourne Barbecue Festival Teams from around Australia battle it out in the Southern Hemisphere's first American-style cook-off. When: Saturday 6 February 2016 Where: Flemington Racecourse Links: Book Tix | Desktop | Smart Phone Women's Expo GO Festival 2016 GO Festival is a celebration of all Women! GO Festival is an opportunity for girls of all walks of life to enjoy a fun day out. When: February 6 & 7 2016 Where: Melbourne Showgrounds Links: Book Tix | Desktop | Smart Phone Stop Dreaming and Start Swimming Pool & Spa + Outdoor Living Expo 2016 Join the backyard revolution and update the outdoor living area for all year around entertainment. When: February 5 - 7, 2016 Where: Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre Links: Boo...


(We) can do better: I'm not against growth but.... "IndyWatch Feed National"

How do people in Australia see the massive disruptions in their environment and diminution of their quality of life brought about by population growth which is more than double the natural increase of the nation's population? This overheard conversation gives some insight.

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The Ecologist: Brussels biotech lobby's last push for 'GM 2.0' technologies to escape regulation "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Biotech corporations have invested billions in a range of new 'GM 2.0' technologies designed to redesign the world's germplasm and create new generations of super-GMOs, writes Nina Holland. And powerful investors have no intention of letting tedious EU regulations get in the way of the profits they are now poised to reap - no matter what the laws actually say.


"IndyWatch Feed Nsw": "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: Working on Relaxing "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"


So I am about to go on a holiday. Hawaii. For a whole two weeks. I haven’t gone away for that long for 18 years. I have had a week here and there, but not two weeks.

There was a week in a caravan at Evans Head that was so exhausting it left me in hospital with cardiac arythimia. It was possibly the shock of losing my showering thongs. But this is two weeks away. Two whole weeks without working. It seems dangerous.

What do people do when they are not working? Generally when I am kicking back at home I like to clean stuff. Like cupboards. Or under beds. What do you do when you don’t have to do anything? The whole two weeks thing feels a bit over-indulgent.

The only time I haven’t worked for that long I have generally given birth, and I don’t think you can call that a holiday. Pushing a person out a 10cm exit isn’t called ‘labour’ for no reason.

I’m not complaining. I love what I do and I realise that what I do is not typical work. There’s no digging or bending or lifting. There is however a lot of swearing, like someone who digs or bends or lifts.

Standing up and talking about myself hardly seems like a slog, but its a lot more time consuming than you’d think. There’s a lot of me to talk about. And I have to keep thinking of new stuff.

It’s exhausting finding more and more things wrong with me. You’d think there would be a bottomless pit, but I just don’t have that much insight. If I did, I guess I wouldn’t have anything wrong with me.

So that’s the paradox of the creative process. It’s not all fun fun fun. There’s also a lot of drive drive driving. When I became a comedian I never thought it would involve SO much road time. I th...


"IndyWatch Feed Vic": "IndyWatch Feed Cvic": Natural Newstead: What I saw in the forest "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The last day of January produced the goods – a short drive through the Muckleford bush was rewarded with some common and not so common sights. Dusky Woodswallows are busy looking after recently fledged youngsters and it seems to have been a productive season for Jacky Winters. I’ve seen ‘spotty’ juveniles in lots of places in recent weeks.

Lastly a small flock of White-throated Needletails appeared above me as I headed home. I’d seen a single bird in town the day before but this was the first multiple sighting for the summer. Unfortunately a dull sky and few gaps in the canopy made it difficult to capture more than some cursory shots.


Dusky Woodswallow (adult)


Dusky Woodswallow (juvenile), Mia Mia Road, 31st January 2016.


Dusky Woodswallows (adult at left, juvenile at right)





"IndyWatch Feed Nsw": "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Belongil resort opens "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Staff at Elements of Byron preparing for the arrival of the resort's first guests on Monday.

Staff at Elements of Byron preparing for the arrival of the resort’s first guests on Monday.

After almost six years of planning, design and development, the $100 million Elements of Byron resort opened its doors to the public on Monday.

The splashy opening was a lavish pool party for the Bay’s ‘A’ list, with champagne and a slap-up meal by executive chef Justin Dingle-Garciyya and his team.

There were also tours of the resort, a Welcome to Country and smoking ceremony, horses, a helicopter, drummers and fire twirlers, musicians all evening and to end the night, a DJ with dancing aplenty.

Located at the end of Bayshore Drive, the resort currently contains 94 villas, with a further 96 being built in stage two, say management.

New restaurants

There are restaurants Graze, Drift Bar, Osprey Spa, Barefoot Bar and a kiosk.

As part of the resort, there is a gymnasium and a ‘state-of-the-art conference wing catering to 450 delegates.’

Management say that over the next few months a private beach club looking out over Belongil Beach will open.

Management say the design pays homage to the resort landscape, ‘which encompasses almost two kilometres of bea...


"IndyWatch Feed Nsw": "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Stone and Wood wins Hottest 100 Aussie Craft Beer poll "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Voted Best Craft Beer - Stone & Wood's Pacific Ale.

Voted Best Craft Beer – Stone & Wood’s Pacific Ale.

Locally based Stone & Wood Brewing have won the Hottest 100 Aussie Craft Beer poll, an annual contest with drinkers voting on their top five beers.

Jasmin Daly from Stone & Wood Brewing said, ‘We are so stoked and humbled to have our Pacific Ale grab the top spot for 2015 and if it wasn’t for the support of our local community this wouldn’t have been possible

‘For us, we just want to brew good beer and we’re so lucky to have a passionate team that come to work everyone day inspired to make this happen. This recognition is a tribute to our team and a reflection of the incredible community we are lucky to be surrounded by.

‘Our Pacific Ale is inspired by our home on the edge of the Pacific Ocean and brewed using all Australian barley, wheat and Galaxy hops.’

The poll is put on by The Local Taphouse, Crafty Pint and Brewsnews.

The post Stone and Wood wins Hottest 100 Aussie Craft Beer poll appeared first on Echonetdaily.


"IndyWatch Feed Nsw": "IndyWatch Feed Sydney": AWPA Sydney News: 1) Freeport Asks Indonesia to Cut or Postpone $530m Smelter Bond: Mining Minister "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

2) 10 former Papuan separatists  request amnesty

3) Indonesia-New Zealand to cooperate to handle disadvantaged region

1) Freeport Asks Indonesia to Cut or Postpone $530m Smelter Bond: Mining Minister
By : Wilda Asmarini | on 12:49 PM February 02, 2016



Independent Australia: New oil and gas well investment stalls as prices nosedive "IndyWatch Feed"

New oil and gas well investment stalls as prices nosediveNosediving prices for oil and gas mean investment in new fields, including in Australia, is being held up until profits rebound read now...


ANTaR: ANTaR in call for action against violence "IndyWatch Feed National"

Koori Mail reports ANTaR's call for action on violence and the over-incarceration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.  


"IndyWatch Feed Qld": Motorbike Writer: Royal Enfield Himalayan built for Himalayas "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Royal Enfield CEO Siddhartha Lal on the new Himalayan

Royal Enfield CEO Siddhartha Lal on the new Himalayan

The new Royal Enfield Himalayan mid-sized adventure bike was purpose-built for the Himalayas, says CEO Siddhartha Lal who was involved in the testing in the famed Indian ranges and the UK.

I think it’s pretty important for the leadership to get their hands dirty,” he said at the world unveiling in New Delhi today (February 2, 2015).

The bike will be available in the Indian market from mid March, but the worldwide release schedule and price have not yet been revealed.Royal Enfield CEO Siddhartha Lal on the new Himalayan

The Himalayan is the first ground-up new model to be released by the now Indian-owned company which is more famed for its classic retro models.



Independent Australia: The Online Democracy Party: Political evolution in Australia "IndyWatch Feed"

The Online Democracy Party: Political evolution in AustraliaAnyone who is disillusioned with the current leadership in this country is looking for real viable alternatives that focus on the people first. Enter the Online Direct Democracy Party, writes Philip Ayton. read now...


"IndyWatch Feed Nsw": "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Common Ground North Coast: Double Barrel "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"


‘Double Barrel’ is one chapter of a global story. In places like Bali, Fiji, South Africa, even around our own coast, we are seeing the destructive force of development and greed. But, in just the same way, the project and the sustainable redevelopment of Lobitos will pave the way for similar projects around the world. Harold envisages an eco surf community, bringing income back to the struggling town. The Lobitos Project will set the benchmark, bringing acute environmental awareness to the community, including waste management systems, solar energy and, most importantly, an education in sustainability to the local area.

Straight off its global launch in Peru, Double Barrel Film is ready for a line up of worldwide premieres including the prestigious Santa Barbara International Film Festival in the USA.

Double Barrel is a travel and surf documentary that follows Australian journalist Angie Davis and Peruvian surf guide Harold Koechlin to northern Peru. Passionate about surfing and the environment, these like-minded friends share the story of the oil-dominated town Lobitos, with a goal to unite local and international surfing communities to protect the coastline that fringes the region. A story about travel, friendship, the ocean, and change, Double Barrel inspires us all to travel with a conscience and follow our dreams.

Double Barrel will screen its USA premiere at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival as part of a special documentary segment ‘Surfing South America’, alongside Chris Malloy’s ‘The Fisherman’s Son’, and Frank Sun’s ‘Thank You, Surf Again’.

World Premiere Dates:

February 4th, Fiesta Theatre 1, 10pm, Santa Barbara International Film Festival, USA
February 7th, Lobero Theatre, 11am, Santa Barbara Interna.......


"IndyWatch Feed Nsw": "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Fine dining pop-up "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

If you have a nice wine in your cellar, a partner who likes seafood, and you’re looking for a very different, top-quality dining experience, I have a good idea for you.

Joseph Griffin and Alexander Bonar, chef and sous chef for five years at Harvest, have combined to create a special monthly seafood event under the grapevines overlooking the Bay at Victoria’s at Ewingsdale.

With its protected situation, Tuscan aesthetic, whitewashed walls and view of Julian Rocks, Joe says it’s the nicest outdoor dining area in the Bay, and after lunch is finished you can stay for bocce or croquet.

Joe works with Bay Seafood and a range of local growers, so he can select the seafood and write the menu for the event the day before. With a maximum of forty guests, he has the luxury of being able to plan in advance to meet the dietary needs of each guest, even vegetarians.

The beautiful setting and limited numbers, away from the monetary and business environment of a restaurant, ‘allows me to concentrate solely on the food and the regional produce and show what we’re capable of’, he says.

‘It’s an outlet for us. Some of our guests have incredible cellars and they appreciate the chance to enjoy their wines in the right setting. We select appropriate glasses and serve your wine, so it’s a pop-up with a more formal style of service. There are no share plates, all the food is individually plated, and a lot of energy goes into creating the very special menus for you.’

The ‘Joe Chef’ team cure their own tuna, prepare their own special anchovies and even produce a special butter lightly flavoured with sea urchin. ‘Used subtly, in the right context, the results can be very special,’ says Joe. ‘Our staff find...........


"IndyWatch Feed Nsw": "IndyWatch Feed Sydney": Refugee Action Coalition: Fifty day hunger strike highlights deliberate visa delays "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Refugee advocates are increasingly concerned for the welfare of a Bengali asylum seeker in Wickham Point, Darwin, who has been on hunger strike for 52 days.

The 37-year-old asylum seeker who arrived in Australia on 15 June, 2013 has not had his claim for asylum processed in over 31 months.

After being transferred from Christmas Island to Wickham Point in August 2013, the Bengali man was told he would be granted a bridging visa, but nothing has happened since then.

The Bengali man has also been assaulted on 5 January by Serco guards when they transferred him from Shark to Sun Compound in an attempt to isolate his hunger strike protest.

He was returned to Shark compound on 7 January. An official complaint has been made regarding the assault.

The Bengali man’s hunger strike is a continuation of the hunger strike protests in Darwin of 18 Bangladeshis in December who had not been processed although some had been in detention for three years.

“There is no excuse for being detained for 31 months. The deliberate bureaucratic delays are a form of torture,” said Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for the Refugee Action Coalition. “This hunger strike exposes the government mindset that is behind the recent reports of record levels of long term detention in Australian detention centres.

“It is simply a lack of political will and the ruthless determination to make an example of asylum seekers who arrive by boat.”

For more information, contact Ian Rintoul 0417 275 713

The post Fifty day hunger strike highlights deliberate visa delays appeared first on Refugee Action Coalition.


"IndyWatch Feed Nsw": "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Common Ground North Coast: People to know – Rhoda Roberts "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Rhoda RobertsRhoda Roberts is one of the most inspirational women I am lucky enough to have met.

A creative powerhouse, Rhoda grew up in Lismore and attended Richmond River High and Lismore Heights Primary. With her family, as a teenager, she spent a few years in Sydney where she attended Canterbury Girls School. Her father was so homesick off country they returned back to their family home. Rhoda is a 2,000 generation Widjabul woman from the Bundjalung nation.

Along with her partner Steven Field,  she has three children Emily, Jack and Sarah. Rhoda was married for ten years to the late Bill Hunter who passed away with cancer.

Rhoda is one of four children; two brothers and a twin sister, although they were a household of children with Rhoda’s parents raising many cousin as an extended family.

Rhoda’s eldest child Emily is her twin sister’s biological daughter, although she has raised her from birth. Her sister was a hairdresser and had a massive car accident near Casino in the mid 70’s; she received severe brain damage when they were just 20 years old. When they were  40 she went missing. Her murder has not been solved as yet. Her body was discovered in the Whian Whian state forest close to their custodial lands of Nimbin six months after she went missing.

Rhoda graduated in the late 70’s as a registered Nurse and after being the resident nurse on Hayman Island she traveled to London to do another certificate in Accident and Emergency in the early 80’s at Westminster. She spent most of the 80’s travelling the world, volunteering and working in India on her way back. On returning she studied a diploma in the performing arts and was a co- founder of the successful Aboriginal National Theater Trust in the Late 80’s/early 90’s,  which also produced the First, Second...


"IndyWatch Feed Nsw": One Bend In The River: ROMAN CANDLE AT MIDNIGHT "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Whole tree burning with flames at baseAs I wandered outside on my way to bed a few nights ago, I noticed a speck of red light on a hilltop.

A star?  I’ve been tricked before by how bright they can be in the bush.  A red star?  Venus?  Wrong direction. Definitely not a car tail-light, on the top of a rocky ridge.

As I dithered, the single speck became two, one above the other.  Definitely a fire, probably caused by the lightning storm that played around us all evening, making the tv signal jump and flicker.  Still uncertain, I consulted the only other person awake at that time, my brother Andrew.  He at least has had some experience with fire fighting.coals at foot of burning tree

“Definitely a fire.  Definitely too wet to do any damage.”  The rain was still pouring down.  “Go to bed and look at it in the morning.”

Okay, useless consultation over.  That ridge is at the back of my Box  Gum woodland planting area, full of long summer grass and baby trees.  No way was I going to leave it until morning.long grass young trees weed in box gum planting

I shook Craig.  No result.  I called our neighbour Andrew and he was instantly awake and taking action.  “Yep.  I’ll go and have a look.  You stay by the phone.”

I finally man...


"IndyWatch Feed Nsw": "IndyWatch Feed Sydney": Blue Mountains Refugee Support Group: Work of BMRSG 2015 – 1 Successful programs at Fairfield High School "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

BMRSG supported 2 programs run by the Parents' Cafe at Fairfield High School, Healing Through Evan Yako’s Drumming and Preparation in a Work Skills Program


"IndyWatch Feed Vic": "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland": South Gippsland Sentinel-Times: Big day for ‘Dutchy’ "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

A BUMPER crowd is expected at the Korumburra Recreation Reserve this Sunday for the inaugural Dutchy’s Cup, to commemorate the memory of popular cricketer David ‘Dutchy’ Dutchman and promote awareness of mental health.
The family fun day will kick off at 11am with a 40-over one-day match played between a Wonthaggi Club XI and the Dutchy’s All Stars.
The All Stars will include some of Dutchy’s ex-teammates from Korumburra and beyond for the inaugural match and the side will wear newly-designed black and yellow uniforms – a reference to Dutchy’s love of the Richmond Tigers.
One of the organisers of the event, Shane Dole, said he was hoping to see 400 to 500 people at the ground.
“Weather-wise it’s going to be fantastic and a lot of people have put in a lot of effort, so it’d be great to see the region support the event for such a good cause,” he said.
“He’s touched a lot of people over the journey and a lot of clubs, for and against.
“There’s been other clubs in the association that have postponed social functions to be able attend the day – it’s a great touch.”
Stuart Dixon, Scott Checkley and Sean Donnelly will fly from interstate to play for Dutchy’s All Stars alongside Dole, Jason Wilson, Paul Matheson, Jeff Walsh, Matt Loader, Adam Pyman, Darren Scott, Dean Cuman and Adam Balfour.
Wonthaggi Club will have 18 players participating.
Club’s Rob Geyer said the side is looking forward to honouring their mate.
“Liam Sawyer is captain, Ash Sartori’s coming back from Queensland to play and we’re bringing Gav Bolding out of retirement,” he said.
“It’s mainly guys he was captain of, and couple he played a bit of rep cricket with. I’ll try hit a couple of crowd catches as there’s some money in it if you take a catch in the crowd.”
A guest speaker from Survivors of Suicide (SOS) will address players and spectators in the clubrooms during the break between innings, and kids will be entertained wi...


"IndyWatch Feed Nsw": "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": FBi Radio: The Hanging: Splitting Sides "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"


Srisurapon, “Wash”(detail), 2014, Pigment print on resin coated photo paper. Photo courtesy of the artist


Australia – home to endless beaches, daylight savings, the pavlova, gumnut babies, backyard BBQs and casual racism.

For many, it’s easy to forget that not every citizen of Australia is sitting out on the patio, breathing the humidity and watching the lightning crack over canefields. For the six artists featured in the Splitting Sides exhibition, experiencing day-to-day life in Australia can mean an ongoing battle with cultural identity in both social and political contexts.

Splitting Sides is a group exhibition co-curated by Andrew Christie and Brigitte Gerges, featuring six young emerging artists from diverse cultural backgrounds and perspectives who present personal approaches to this issue of cultural disparity.

The exhibition shows the work of Dominic Byrne, Frankine Chow, Navid Ghezelayagh, Martin James, Hanadi Saleh and Andrea Srisurapon. The diverse array of sculpture, performance and photography in Splitting Sides is increasingly loaded with every minute you spend in the gallery.

There are the multiple ‘books of success’ by Dominic Byrne for viewers to leaf through which feature the career trajectories of successful white Australian celebrities. Then there’s the installation by Martin James of stubby holders printed with controversial quotes from our mate Tony Abbott. And the photographic depiction of artist Andrea Srisurapon having yellow paint removed from her face by her mother while wearing a traditional Thai headdress.

Splitting Sides uses personal narratives to communicate a national issue. Through the...


"IndyWatch Feed Vic": "IndyWatch Feed Geelong": Great Ocean Road Coast Blog: Summer by the Sea success "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

More than 200 beachgoers took part in GORCC led and funded environmental education activities this summer as part of the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning and Parks Victoria 2016 Summer by the Sea (SBTS) program.

GORCC funded and hosted 20 local activities as part of the state-wide program,  offering an array of adventures ranging from stand-up paddle boarding to fossil hunting.

GORCC has seen a strong turn out for the free experiences, with the forest adventure walk at Queens Park and the Jan Juc bush food and fossil hunting were as the most popular activities this year.

Check out a gallery of images from the 2016 program below (click on the photos to view larger images).



Renew Economy: Tesla Energy in major Australian hiring push as Powerwall sales take off "IndyWatch Feed"

Tesla Energy has launched major recruitment drive in Australia to build scale to support soaring demand for its Powerwall battery.


"IndyWatch Feed Vic": "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne": News: Join us in celebrating 40 years of radical radio "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Happy Birthday 3CR

We're 40, Let's party! Here is a taster of our timeline of events and special broadcasts:
Jan 26: Invasion Day March and LIVE Broadcast
Feb 15 - 21: Subscriber Drive - Show Us Your Love
March 8: International Women's Day - 24 hours of women's programming
March 15 - 18: Sustainable Breakfast Series at Friends of the Earth Food Cooperative
March 18: Where the Heart Is outside broadcast
March 18 - April 23: If People Powered Radio Exhibition at Gertrude Contemporary



"IndyWatch Feed Nsw": "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": Timber and Steel: Watch the New Phia Video “Do You Ever?” "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Image Courtesy of Phia Melbourne based indie-folk singer-songwriter Phia has just released her quirky new video “Do You Ever?”. The track is taken from Phia’s upcoming debut album The Ocean of Everything which will be out later this year. Check out “Do You Ever?” below: Phia has a residency at Some Velvet Morning in Melbourne […]


"IndyWatch Feed Nsw": The Bulli Times: Coalcliff drilling "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

GEOTECHNICAL drilling Wwill be undertaken at Coalcliff and North Wollongong Beach this week.
The works will investigate the soil make up at both locations, and allow for future planning of seawall works at the sites.
The testing rig uses hydraulic percussion to drive a steel tube into the ground. The soil is collected in a continuous plastic liner and tests for soil strength is carried out at different depths.
Due to the size of the equipment, and the noise it can generate, there will be a perimeter around the machine while it’s in operation.
Provided the weather is suitable, there will be about six holes drilled on the grassed terrace in front of Coalcliff Surf Life Saving Club today (Tuesday February 2) between 8am-6pm.
On Wednesday February 3 the equipment will be moved to North Wollongong and up to eight holes will be dug in the vicinity of Galvin Park and the North Beach Bathers Pavilion. Works will take place between 7.30am-6pm.
“Collecting soil samples is a really important part of planning for the future works in these environmentally challenging sites and I’d like to thank the community for their patience as we carry out this work this week,’’ Wollongong City Council’s Infrastructure and Works Director Mike Hyde said.
“Our intention is to look at whether a specific type of seawall, where we use anchored Triton mattress seawalls, would work in these two locations. We have successfully used this type of seawall previously at Brighton Basin but these locations are particularly exposed to high tides, seas and swell. We need to assess whether it would work at Coalcliff and North Wollongong.’’
Council is currently carrying out remediation works at Coalcliff beach and a replacement seawall is part of a long term solution for this area. There is no immediate plan to carry out seawall works in North Wollongong.
For more information contact Council’s Customer Service on (02) 4227 7111 or visit...


"IndyWatch Feed Nsw": "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": 89.7 Eastside FM: Arts Wednesday 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Laila Ellmoos, historian with the City of Sydney joins me today at about 10:40am for Part 1 of a new series on Sydney and Water, introducing the series.

My special guest at 11:00 am is Bryce Peters, entomologist at UTS, talking about cockroaches, mosquitoes and flies: why do their numbers spike in summer? What are their roles in the ecosystem or does the world really need them? It is, surprisingly, a fascinating story!

Music will feature all manner of creepy crawlies: about them or by them!

I look forward to your company!




"IndyWatch Feed Qld": "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia": Islamic ignorance shown by Turnbull on the socialist talkfest on ABC "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Prime MinisterTurnbull’s flawed knowledge of Islam from Q & A SEPTEMBER 16, 2015

To refresh your minds, we have re-published this post from last December.


from Gil May


Islam is an ancient religion of great scholarship

Islam is not an ancient (belonging to the very distant past) religion it is a recent invention 1400 year ago.

PM Malcolm Turnbull airing his valuable knowledge about Islam


For heavens sake, Much of Our learning and culture came to us from the Moslems our whole system of numbers

The most commonly used system of numerals is the Hindu-Arabic numeral system.

Two Indian Mathematicians are credited with developing it.

The numeral system and zero concept developed by the Hindus in India, slowly spread to other surrounding countries due to their commercial and military activities with India, Arabs adopted and modified it, they did not invent it.

Before the rise of the Arab Empire, the Hindu–Arabic numeral system was already moving West and was mentioned in Syria in 662 AD by the Nestorian scholar...


"IndyWatch Feed Nsw": "IndyWatch Feed Sydney": : Your Chamber Meets "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

EPPING: Chamber inquiries President Tony Hackett 9869-8900; 0418 413 226 or secretary Betty Ockerlander 8876-5888. EASTWOOD: Meet second Monday each month. Next meeting February 8. Inquiries president Vic Tagg 0412 369 510 or secretary Steve Colquhoun 9874-0221. GLADESVILLE: Meet third Tuesday each month. Next meeting February 16, Inquiries President Yvonne Dornan 9817-3180; Reg Cain 0419 [...]


"IndyWatch Feed Qld": Motorbike Writer: 15 new Dowco motorcycle luggage items "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Dowco Willie & Max leather saddlebags

Wisconsin motorcycle luggage manufacturer Dowco has launched five new Willie & Max leather saddlebags and 10 complimentary accessory bags.

The 100% leather cruiser-style bags have a universal fit and function to integrate easily with most motorcycles.

Dowco claims they are easy to install if used with their universal hard-mount system.

Dowco Willie & Max leather saddlebags

They are Finished off with chrome quick-release buckles and hardware for ease of use.

The Willie & Max leather saddlebags range in price from US$345.99, while the accessory bags start at US$79.



Catallaxy Files: Hide your data "IndyWatch Feed"

Secret data and secret research methods are becoming a huge problem. Here is John Cochrane describing the problem:

Science demands transparency. Yet much research in economics and finance uses secret data. The journals publish results and conclusions, but the data and sometimes even the programs are not available for review or inspection. Replication, even just checking what the author(s) did given their data, is getting harder.

Quite often, when one digs in, empirical results are nowhere near as strong as the papers make them out to be.

Even when you can replicate the analysis journals are not interested in publishing the results. Many years ago as a naive PhD student I sent a short note to a (now ERA A* ranked) journal showing that a now very famous paper’s empirical results were very different when you applied the method described in the paper’s methodology section to the data supplied in the paper’s appendix. Despite the coefficient of interest being much smaller and now barely statistically significant the editors didn’t care, so long as the coefficient was still actually statistically significant at a conventionally accepted level.

I have formed the view that you have to check the data yourself, don’t take results at face value. If this is a problem in academia, it is even worse in government. Here is my paper on the FuelWatch fiasco. Here is my paper on Stimulusgate. Here is Jennifer Marohasy talking about the Australian Bureau of Meteorology. Here at the Cat I have been highlighting the fact that the data simply do no...


"IndyWatch Feed Vic": "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn": The Star: Safety boost for show "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

JUDGING by the crowds, this year’s Bass Coast Agricultural Show was one of the biggest and best yet.

It was also the safest, thanks to some much needed electrical safety upgrades carried out by Bass Coast Shire Council.

In the busy time leading up to this year’s show, members of the Bass Coast Agricultural Show Society worked closely with council’s infrastructure planning officers and local electrical contractor Alan Holford to plan and design the layout for new in ground electrical bollards.

The bollards and additional electrical safety boards have been strategically placed throughout the Wonthaggi Recreation Reserve to provide safe access to the many exhibits and amusements that were at this year’s show.

The new infrastructure minimises the need to run power leads across long distances from remote power boards to locations needed.

Society president Wayne Loughran was delighted with the support shown by council.

“Installation of the new power bollard just allows us to manage the risk so much better to ensure all show attendees, workers, volunteers, and the general public is as safe from electrical hazards as we can make it,” she said.

“The local agricultural society will also seek state body funding under the annual safety grants program to continue this excellent initiative of council to install additional bollards before next season show.”

Mayor Cr Jordan Crugnale said council was pleased to be able to work with the show society to improve safety.

“Other than being a much needed safety upgrade, the outcome was a great example of council working with local volunteers to achieve great community outcomes,” Cr Crugnale said.

The cost of the works was around $20,000 and was funded as part of council’s building renewal program.

The power bollards will be available to support the safety operations of any community events held at the Wonthaggi Recreation Reserve, including the Wonthaggi Power...


"IndyWatch Feed Vic": "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn": The Star: Wonthaggi pays tribute to volunteers "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"


THE Rotary Club of Wonthaggi commemorated citizens who have served the Bass Coast community, at Wonthaggi’s Australia Day celebration.

Citizens of the Year were Eric and Nola Thorpe, while Community Service awards were presented to Gwen and Ron Wiggins, and Diane and Alistair Stirton.

Foons Photographics, Wonthaggi, received the Business Excellence Award and Craig Marinus was honoured with the Community Arts Award.

The event was held at the Wonthaggi Union Community Arts Centre on Australia Day, with Australian songs performed superbly by Tom Green.

Rotary Club president Heather Earle said Australia’s greatest asset was its people.

“So it is very fitting that on this day of great celebration and enjoyment that we should take the time to acknowledge and thank those many people and organisations within our community who have contributed so well in making a real difference to the lives of others and to make this an even better community in which to live,” she said.

Guest speaker Margaret Ritchie, from the Wonthaggi Genealogy Group, spoke of her family link with the First Fleet and the challenges those men and women faced during the early settlement of the country.

Top citizens Eric and Nola Thorpe have served the community in many roles.

Mr Thorpe has been a member of Wonthaggi Woodcrafters for 24 years and is one of five life members. He and fellow woodcrafters have supported many individuals and community groups, including the Rotary Club of Wonthaggi.

Mrs Thorpe volunteers at the Wonthaggi Library and was among the members to push for a new library. She is a member of the West Gippsland Regional Library Corporation’s Community Advisory Committee and a member of the Fine Film Centre.

Mrs Thorpe is a founding member of Bass Coast Chorale, a member of the Committee for Birdlife Bass Coast and enjoys bird watching.

She serves the Wonthaggi Historical Society for two days a week........


Catallaxy Files: Who do you support for President? "IndyWatch Feed"

As in every American presidential election year, you can see who your own views line up with in comparison with the views of the candidates. To my surprise, I ended up with a virtual three-way tie at the top, with Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio and Donald Trump, each overlapping with my own preferences at more than 90%. I don’t know if this is because they all have the same official positions on everything so that everyone will record the same level of support for the three either high or low, or it was just my own matrix of preferences that made it come out that way. As for Hillary Clinton, she was at 15% and Bernie Sanders recorded 13%. I therefore seem to carry within me the diabolical split between right and left in American society. So far as the parties went:

Republicans 98%
Constitution Party 93%
Libertarians 74%
Democrats 30%

I can see the ordering clearly enough but it seems unlikely that it is 98-30, Republicans vs Democrats. On the other hand, having watched Obama for seven coming up eight years, perhaps that really is the way things now are. You can try it yourself right here.

AND WHO DID THEY SUPPORT IN IOWA? The first of the primaries of sorts:

*CRUZ 28% TRUMP 24% RUBIO 23%

Jeb Bush 3%.


Catallaxy Files: How not to promote your new book "IndyWatch Feed"

The AFR has an extract from a new book, Credlin & Co., How the Abbott Government Destroyed Itself. The book is written by Aaron Patrick who is the AFR’s deputy editor.

‘Credlin was Abbott’s enforcer, his disciplinarian, his counsellor, his brain, his mother. Her strength as a chief of staff was a sign of his weakness as a prime minister: she gave him the option of disengaging. Credlin allowed Abbott to be who he wanted to be: the good bloke, the philosopher, the weekend fire-fighter, the surfer, the orator, the man of action. If Abbott was a natural leader, it could have worked. But he lacked the most important attribute of all: judgement.’

Tony Abbott and his chief of staff, Peta Credlin, ran a brilliant campaign in opposition. But their approach led to disaster in government.

When Abbott became prime minister, he and Credlin ruthlessly controlled ministers, backbenchers, the public service and the media. They shut out voices that questioned Abbott’s way. Everything started to unravel.

Credlin & Co. is the story of a relationship that determined the fate of a government. It shows in stunning detail the disastrous consequences of power abused, and the broken people left in its wake.

Okay – sounds interesting. But how does the AFR plug the book? By running a very old and discredited story about the Australian ambassador to France threatening to resign.

Australia’s ambassador to France was so offended by a demand that his gay partner wait in a car instead of greeting Prime Minister Tony Abbott and chief of staff Peta Credlin on the ta...


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