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Friday, 12 February


"IndyWatch Feed Melbourne": Black Mark: Wurm Haus & clinamen "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Jess Johnson, Wurm Haus and Céleste Boursier-Mougenot, clinamen demonstrate two different ways of using imagination and making art. Imagination could be the invention of another world or to imagine another use of existing items in this world to create new beauty. Art as the creation or art as a creative uses.

Both are currently on the third floor the NGV International.


Jess Johnson, Ixian Gate, 2015 video still (courtesy of Darren Knight Gallery)

Wurm Haus is an exhibition a series of drawings and a virtual reality experience, based on the drawings, The Ixian Gate. Johnson’s imagination created both the drawings and 3D VR Oculus Rift VR experience of the planet Ix from Frank Herbert’s sci-fi novel, Dune.

The VR experience is a five minute magic carpet ride through impressive huge spaces. Five people at a time go through the same experience, each with headphone and headset; the gallery attendant explaining the procedure and wiping down each set of headsets and headphones between each group. The psychedelic intensity of detailed patterns mixed with classical architecture, great multicoloured worms, bat masks, flesh toned figures doing acrobatics.

Clinamen by the French artist and composer, Céleste Boursier-Mougenot is a very different kind of art. White ceramic bowls floating in the round blue pool of water with a current running down the middle driving the bowls around in two loops. Bell-like chimes from the ceramic bowls ring out when two bowls bump. There is a variety of tones created when different sized bowls bumped. Chance encounters in a random univers...


Central Queensland Plane Spotting: Altitude Flight Operations (Newcastle) Piper PA-31 VH-MZI - And a Few Other Lighties - Call into Bundaberg Airport "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

An interesting visitor into Bundaberg Airport on Thursday 11 February was Altitude Flight Operations of Newcastle in New South Wales Piper PA-31-350 VH-MZI.

Andrew Young /

It was noted calling in from Cessnock and later returned there via Coffs Harbour.

It is interesting to note that VH-MZI was once operated by Tasmanian Regular Passenger Transport (RPT) operator Tasair.

A couple of other light General Aviation (GA) visitors into Bundaberg Airport this week included Brisbane-based SOCATA TB-20 Trinidad VH-IPF which visited from Archerfield on Wednesday 10 February and Thursday 11 February.

File photo taken by Kayanne Hardsman  ©

Meanwhile, locally based Beech V35A...


Central Queensland Plane Spotting: RAAF Lockheed SP-2H Neptune A89-277 to move from Mareeba to Queensland Air Museum on the Sunshine Coast "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

The Queensland Air Museum (QAM) has secured Lockheed SP-2H Neptune A89-277 from the Beck collection in Mareeba, Far North Queensland. The aircraft has been part of the Sid Beck collection since 1978.

A team of 14 QAM volunteers arrived in Mareeba this week and work is being done to split it into four pieces to be transported back to Museum at Caloundra on the Sunshine Coast.



Infinity in Hand: If you’re wondering at my silence over the gravitational wave detection announcement, it’s only... "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

If you’re wondering at my silence over the gravitational wave detection announcement, it’s only...


"IndyWatch Feed Melbourne": Will Type For Food: Du schmeckst so gut "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Here, with apologies to my vast German audience, is my German verse epic in preparation for Valentine's Day entitled "Du bist mein Lieblingsessen."

Du bist mein Lieblingsessen

Du bist mein Lieblingsessen.
Meinen Obstsalat und Haferbrei
Und (doch, ich habe nicht vergessen!)
Mein Toast mit Butter und ein Ei.

Mein Frühstück, meine Hauptmahlzeit,
Meinen Kaffee, Meinen Porter,
Mein Scheschisches Himmelreich,
Und jetzt, meine Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte.

Du schmeckst so gut, mein erst, mein Wurst,
Mein Tomate rot, mein Milch und Brot,
Meinen Hunger, meinen Durst
Du bist, immer und so immer fort.


UPDATE! - It has come to my attention that I may have made even more lamentable errors in this than I thought I had originally. I will leave the poem up in its current state but it may require a lot more revision before I take it out in company again. 


Dr Kevin Bonham: Can Required Multiple Preferencing Solve The Senate Reform Mess? "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Senate reform has been a major focus of this site since the farcical outcomes of the 2013 Senate election.  The massive gaming of the Senate system by preference-harvesting micro-parties resulted in candidates being elected from very low primary votes, in a candidate being elected because of confusion about party names, in one state's election having to be cancelled and rerun because of the loss of a relatively small number of votes, and countless other absurd things.  Nearly two and a half years after that election, and almost two years after the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters delivered a unanimous report in favour of an alternative, we were, until very recently, still to see any serious commitment to fixing the disaster from either major party.

The JSCEM proposal was to scrap group ticket voting and instead allow voters to distribute their own preferences above or below the line, although if they did so below the line a minimum of six numbers would be required.  Voters could continue to just vote 1 above the line, but if they did so then once all candidates from their chosen party were elected or excluded, their vote would exhaust from the count.  This is very similar to the system used in the NSW Upper House.

The JSCEM proposal has come under a number of attacks, claiming it would unfairly exclude minor parties (wrong), that it would advantage the Coalition (wrong and wrong again), that...


Tasmanian Times: Bad News Trainwreck For Good News Will "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

ABC936 Morning Show, Leon Compton, 12 February 2016 It has been a challenging past month for the state - there has been fire, of course, across large swathes of the Tasmanian landscape - in fact, even today, our firies and firies from interstate are still helping deal with the issues. There is the power crisis. There are cuts to the CSIRO that could, according to the scientists we have been speaking to, have an enormous impact for Tasmania’s scientific community and reputation. Now Tasmania’s oysters are being killed by disease. You would have heard on the Country Hour yesterday, Neil Stump, suggesting that as many as 70 per cent of the crop at the moment might be facing a wipeout. Tasmania’s Premier is Will Hodgman and he joins us this morning. Let’s start with the CSIRO. In Estimates yesterday, the organisation confirmed that as many as 200 jobs in Tasmania could be affected by their move away from climate science. What are you doing about it? … Will Hodgman: No, I haven’t. I have made contact with him by phone, including by leaving a message on his phone. My minister has done the same thing. I mean, federal parliament is sitting, we have been in contact in writing as well and there has been departmental engagement at a State and Commonwealth level to understand the ramifications of this decision so there can be no suggestion Leon that we are not taking this up with our federal colleagues. But, as I say, it is in fact an operational decision taken by the CSIRO which we will be taking up with them as well. Leon Compton: Okay. But people might be surprised that you haven’t yet spoken to Christopher Pyne, the Science Minister. Have you had a response to the letters that you have been writing or the message that you have left with his office? Will Hodgman: I haven’t personally. …


"IndyWatch Feed Capricornia": Answer religion question in August census or your town will soon be overrun with Islamics "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Want a mosque next door?

Muslims occupy street outside Lakemba mosque in Sydney, 2013. (ABC file image)

If you don’t want a mosque built next to your place, we suggest you fill in the question asking about your religion in the August census. Do not leave it blank, because the nation’s 450,000 Muslims won’t miss their opportunity. At the very least insert ‘Christian.’


"IndyWatch Feed Capricornia": Australia’s ‘dangerous allies’ ready their forces for war with Russia, China; will we follow along? "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

The USA and UK—Australia’s “dangerous allies” in the words of the late Malcolm Fraser—have suddenly escalated their preparations for a showdown with Russia and China. The question is: will Australia go along with this insanity?
Two top national security officials of the Obama Administration have just declared war, in effect, against Russia. Director of National Intelligence Gen. James Clapper and Defence Secretary Ashton Carter have both issued high-profile statements during the past fortnight, focusing on Russia as the “mortal enemy” of the United States.
In a 31 January interview with WTOP radio in Washington, DC, Clapper ranked the threat from Russia far above the threat coming from the Islamic State. He termed Russia’s recent advances in its nuclear weapons a “mortal threat” to the United States, whereas ISIS poses no such threat, and listed the greatest threats to the United States as a newly aggressive Russia, a belligerent nuclear-armed North Korea, Iran’s proxy warfare capabilities, and Chinese espionage.
Such explicit targeting of nation-states as declared “enemies” of the United States has not been heard in Washington since George W. Bush’s “Axis of Evil” rant in his January 2002 State of the Union address. What’s more, Gen. Clapper’s remarks, delivered in preparation for his release of the annual Worldwide Threat Assessment in upcoming Congressional testimony, comes at a time when the United States is directly engaged in combat in the Iraq-Syria theatre, where Russian military forces are also engaged. While the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Secretary of State John Kerry are attempting to engage with Russia in a peace initiative and, at minimum, “deconfliction” negotiations to avert direct military clashes, Clapper is pushing confrontation.


"IndyWatch Feed Capricornia": Patriots at Oregon standoff about to surrender after FBI shoots a rancher with hands up "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Oregon rancher was shot NINE TIMES, appears stolen 9mm planted on him after the fact

Another day, another horror coming out of our legal authorities in this country.

As previously reported, Oregon rancher Robert “LaVoy” Finicum was killed in a FBI/OSP operation where it was claimed he “went for” a 9mm in his waist pocket.

Afterwards the FBI spokesman refused to say how many times Finicum was shot, only stating it was in the “single digits”.

Yeah, well, now it’s come out that Finicum was shot NINE TIMES. No wonder they didn’t want to admit how many times he was shot. One more digit and it isn’t single digits anymore. Guess that’s why the FBI tried to paint a pretty face on it with the “single digits” talk.

The whole thing looks like a tot...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": The Witches Kitchen: Second Prize for a Biological Garbage Disposal Unit "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

wormbedsIn Autumn 2000 I wrote an article for Organic Gardener magazine about worm towers. For years I thought the idea had sunk without a trace. When our daughter moved to a little flat in Brisbane we helped her build a garden with them. It worked so well that it crossed my mind occasionally, I wonder why that idea never caught on?  Maybe I should write about it again in Witches Kitchen.  Then a couple of years ago a worm farmer popped up at our Farmer’s Market selling worm towers and I was so excited to see the concept in production with someone else. In the last little while I keep seeing examples of them everywhere.

This is the article as it was originally published (complete with my dodgily drawn bmp image).  It worked brilliantly, built just like this, for our daughter’s little garden at a Brisbane unit block.


Remember those electric garbage disposal units that they used to put in sinks in the Dark Ages of ecological awareness?  They were obscene – noisy, dangerous, and wasteful – but they did have their attractions.  There are moments when you could almost be forgiven for thinking they weren’t such a bad idea.

Like when you come home after dark and the kitchen scrap bucket is chock-a-block and moving, and there are a couple of container gardens in the fridge.  Or when the neighbour’s dog decides to excavate last week’s spaghetti from your compost pile.  Or when the health inspector spots a very fat brown rat heading in the direction of the compost bins.

Compost is wonderful stuff, but, especially in urban situations, it has its drawbacks. It takes so much work to...


"IndyWatch Feed Melbourne": Will Type For Food: Self-Valentine poem "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

"It can be a challenge to wake up on Valentine's Day on your own." 
This weekend two women are doing away with finding love and focusing on self-love. Valentine's Day: Life coach says do away with finding love and instead romance yourself - ABC

A self-Valentine poem

My and myself went out on a date.
He looked in my eyes and he said that "I'm great!" 
I caught at his hand and I whispered "You too!"
So right then I got married to me (as you do).
The wedding was perfect but at the reception
I caught me making love to a mirror's reflection -
We broke up that day. I was sad. He was hot.
And who am I now I'm the man that I'm not?


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": FBi Radio: Valentines for Everyone: Not What You Think "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"


My name is Olivia Pirie-Griffiths and I’m the new member of the team who brings you the Not What You Think podcast. I’m stoked to be involved. We’ve got a few odd n’ interesting things to jump into in the coming season, but first up this week we’re talking getting older as a lesbian in Australia. How who you love affects how you get to age.

If you’ve listened to us before, you might know we’ve covered everything, from pirates to bacteria to living with your hair. But three of our episodes have been about love: Viv McGregor (ACON & the (NSFW) Claude Initiative) talking about the ethics of loving more than one person, Emma Daniels (Dear Pluto) talking about getting gentle while you date and, this weekend, Teresa Savage (55 Uppitty) telling you about being a lesbian over 55, and being happy about it.

So today I’m going to drop some love talk.

What is love… actually?

On a day like Feb 14, you’ve got to wonder: is there a difference between what love is and how we treat it?

It’s a trickster of a thing, this kind of chat, as everyone views love from their own avenues of perception. It might be a smell, a warmth, it might be a feeling in your big toe for all anyone knows.

Alain de Botton in The Book of Life talks about love as an adaptation of social and cultural perspectives that have changed dramatically over time....


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": AWPA Sydney News: 1) Regional Heads Must Not Rely on Provincial Assistance, says Legislator "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

2) Minister Speaks Like an Imperialist, says Legislator
3) Papua Trade and Industry Office to Build Re-Measuring Post at Border Area
4) Sport: West Papua Warriors eye USA 
1) Regional Heads Must Not Rely on Provincial Assistance, says Legislator
1 hair ago Victor Mambor


"IndyWatch Feed Melbourne": News: Show us your love as we turn 40 - Subscribe! "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Subscriber Drive February 15-21, 2016

Celebrate our 40th birthday by subscribing during Subscriber Drive, February 15-21. 3CR have been broadcasting since 1976 and we still remain true to the aims declared on our very first broadcast on July 3rd that year ‘to enable individuals and/or groups, representing a wide range of community interests and concerns to have regular communications with the Melbourne community.” 



"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": FBi Radio: Hot Chip talk bangers, Kylie and Opera House seating with Claire Knight "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"


  • Hot Chip :: Interview on Lunch with Claire Knight


“It’s not a banger. It’s a soft banger… Like a limp thud. Like a sausage hitting a wall.”

DFA legends Hot Chip visited Sydney recently for a bit of basic maintenance: haircuts, visits to the Botanical Gardens – and playing a sold-out show at the Sydney Opera House.

Amid this busy schedule, Owen and Felix stopped by FBi for a lunchtime chat with Claire Knight, covering everything from gangster rap to the Kylie Minogue controversy and a detailed discussion of what exactly constitutes a banger.



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Motorbike Writer: Buell returning to small-scale production "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Erik Buell

Erik Buell

Erik Buell Racing (EBR) is expected to return to low-volume production as early as March, after having recently completed protracted business restructuring that began last April when they closed their doors.

Australian EBR importers Urban Moto Imports has confirmed that the innovative manufacturer will begin making bikes soon and that Erik is keen to recommence business with UMI.




"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": : REISSUE NEWS: Blaze Foley – Duct Tape Messiah "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

This Record Store Day eliterecords releases Duct Tape Messiah by exceptional Texan Folk artist Blaze Foley for the first time ever on vinyl. The soundtrack to the 2011 documentary film about the turbulent life of Townes Van Zandts companion and close friend literally spans Blaze’s whole musical life. It includes rare archival tracks never released … Continue reading


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": 2RRR: Country Roads "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Sunday 14 February
8 – 9am Country Roads
Ronnieboy will be having a chat to Peter Denahy.


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": Timber and Steel: Thank Folk It’s Friday – 12th February "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

This Week in Folk All the News From The Week That Was – The Lumineers announced details of their new album Cleopatra which is due this April. Details here – Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings Machine will perform together with Willie Watson and Haas Kowert Tice at Dream A Highway in Melbourne this month. Details […]


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": Bulga Milbrodale Progress Association: Rumour: Shenhua wants money back "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Very strong rumour Shenhua have met with NSW Government and requested their money back …Gov offered fraction of what was requested

 An interested Tweet from Tony Windsor. You can see the whole conversation on Tony’s page:


"IndyWatch Feed Geelong": Ocean Grove Voice: Surf brings out the smiles "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

VOLUNTEERS will hit the waves this Sunday when the Ocean Grove Disabled Surfers Association (DSA) holds its second session for the year.
The group held its first surfing event on 31 January, which included 48 participants, 41 carers and 196 volunteers.
DSA committee member Ian Boyd, who’s been with the organisation since 2009, said exactly half the volunteers were new.
“They can see they make a difference,” he said.
The sessions cater for a range of abilities – from those who need ventilation to those who don’t need any help at all.
Ian is keen to get as many volunteers as possible to help “put smiles on dials”.
“The smiles are as much on the faces of the volunteers as the participants,” he said.
Registration starts at Ocean Grove Main Beach at 8.30am, while surfing starts at 9am. Rotary Ocean Grove will put on a free barbecue for volunteers.
For information phone 0408 253 206 or search DSA Ocean Grove on Facebook.

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"IndyWatch Feed Cvic": Lot19 Arts: CASTLEMAINE IDYLL "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

sun 20th march 2-9pm

register to sing, more info to follow…

live band, live dancers, famous judges, what could possibly go wrong?


Castlemaine idyll


"IndyWatch Feed Cvic": Lot19 Arts: ARTS OPEN fri 11th -20th march "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

lot19 hosts the official opening fri 11th march from 6pm. live music, art, food available by growing abundance, papas bar open

arts open poster


A5 group show, opening fri 11th 6pm

cobalt collective textile collective exhibition, opening fri 11th 6pm

lot19 open studios, come and meet the artists… there are 28 artists in studios at lot19

CASTLEMAINE IDYLL official closing party sun 20th march 2-8pm $20/10/5. live band, live dancers, famous judges, register to sing

Castlemaine idyll



"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": FBi Radio: The Jezabels’ Hayley Mary on femininity, magic & Synthia [Album of the Week] "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"


  • Hayley Mary :: Interview with Sam Baran


“Music is magic and art is magic, and sometimes the spells work. I feel like ‘Synthia’ was like creating a little bit of a spell for us all.”

Unfortunate news came this week when The Jezabels announced the cancellation of their planned world tour due to the illness of keyboardist, Heather Shannon. While the tour was meant to coincide with the release of their third album, Synthia, the band decided to go ahead and release the record anyway – and we’re bloody glad they did.

While we’re holding the record up as our album of the week, The Jezabels’ lead singer Hayley Mary caught up with us on the phone about the band’s movements in the absence of a tour and the strong feminist themes behind the synth-heavy tracks of Synthia. Listen above.


Synthia is out today.


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"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": Timber and Steel: Hussy Hicks Announces New Album and Tour Dates "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Image Courtesy of Hussy Hicks Gold Coast based folk and alt-country duo Hussy Hicks have been making plenty noise on the local scene recently and they’ve announced plans to release their brand new album Lucky Joe’s Wine (and other tales from Dog River) today. The album was recorded in Alabama by Hall of Fame legend […]


"IndyWatch Feed Cvic": The Network: In the light of Justin Trudeau and Bernie Sanders - Australia needs a review of what worked well in the latter half of the 20th Century "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Australia in the 21st Century needs to look back at its recent past - say from World War 2 forward - to what policies have succeeded, how they emerged, where are they now and 
how we can re-introduce those fallen by the way, and re-fashion those that we have kept
but could work more inclusively and equitably.  

Australia is a nation who likes to keep up with the Joneses - particularly the North American Joneses.  Here is some of that flavour from Canada and

Why grumpy Bernie Sanders is like sunny Justin Trudeau: Walkom

Canada’s prime minister and the would-be U.S. presidential contender 



"IndyWatch Feed Geelong": Ocean Grove Voice: East Geelong has it all "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

WHY drive into Geelong when you’ve got East Geelong?
A quick spin down the highway from Ocean Grove and you’re there – it’s unique, it’s relaxed and it’s so, so close.
Sitting between Newcomb, Geelong and the bay is the beautiful leafy suburb of East Geelong – coffee shops, hair salons, gift shops, tech, food, fashion, household goods, art supplies and professional services – in fact everything you could ever need is available in this fashionably chic, fast appreciating area – and everyone is so incredibly friendly.
It may be on the edge of a big city yet it feels like a country town.
It’s all too easy to drive straight through this gorgeous little retail precinct on your way in from the coast, but why don’t you try something a little different? Pull over and go for a casual stroll down Ormond Street and around the corner into Garden Street – you are bound to discover numerous hidden gems.
The following are just a few of the shops well worth making your own:
GOOSE lifestyle concept store was established in 1996 and showcases a huge range of fashion, gifts and ‘homewares with personality’ which stand out from the crowd.
44 Frame Factory is a locally owned and operated business that has been providing the area with custom framing services and a wide range of art materials for over 20 years.
Create On Ormond specialises in invitation design and scrapbooking supplies – offering a wide variety of stationary and craft products to accent the glamorous, fun and luxurious nature of your ceremony – it is a true paper enthusiast’s one-stop destination for inspiration and supplies.
Margaret Helman Wigs is a specialist wig supply, fitting and styling store that operates under the banner ‘Wigs that don’t look like wigs!’ – a hairdresser for more than 35 years, Margaret developed a passion for wigs and helping others, following her experience as a cancer survivor.


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": All in the Name of Liberty: Face - A pastel by Nadine Stransen "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

This is a pastel Nadine gave me last year 

Rest in Peace, you are sorely missed


"IndyWatch Feed Geelong": Ocean Grove Voice: Costa’s all class "IndyWatch Feed Vic"


GARDENING Australia’s Costa Georgiadis visited Surfside Primary School last Friday, much to the delight of students, who created “worm hats” for the occasion.
“They are the best worm hats I’ve ever seen!” Costa told hundreds of excited students at a special assembly.
“I’ve never seen worm hats so that’s probably why they are so good.”
Earlier that morning the school captains “were pumped” to show their kitchen garden to Costa, who was quite impressed.
“It’s not just some kumbaya garden with a few herbs to show the kids – this is the Real McCoy!
“And they were showing me around with a real understanding of it.”
The ABC presenter and environmentalist praised the work of the Ocean Grove Rotary Club and other community groups in creating the garden.
“It’s an amazing garden with a great connection to local groups,” he said.
“All the fruit trees are at a point where they are creating viable produce.”
Costa took questions at the assembly on everything from seaweed, maggots and compost, to how to grow carrots worthy of “Bugs Bunny”.
The school is one of four Costa toured that day, as part of Geelong Council’s Sustainable Living Festival.

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Media Releases - Bob Brown Foundation: TWWHA Damage: Lessons are to be learned "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Media Release 11 Feb 2016

‘Premier Will Hodgman reacted far too slowly to the damaging Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area fires and should now have a plan to defend the area from late-summer flare-ups,’ environmentalist Bob Brown said today.

‘In any other state where fires caused global headlines, the Premier, who is also in ultimate command, would have been on or near the area in following days. It took Will Hodgman a month to get there,’ Brown said.

Releasing photos including of the destruction of Devils Gullet near Lake McKenzie, Brown said that ‘one of Tasmania’s most dramatic lookouts has been incinerated.’

‘We applaud Tasmania’s fire fighters. However, the government has to learn from this. There have been three major lessons in preparedness.

  1. The immediate threat is not over. Twenty-six fires are still going and the government agency says that ‘much was still required to make the (Lake McKenzie) fire edge safe’.
  2. Preparation for future wildfires needs an immediate response factor.
  3. Climate Change is a serious factor: this needs to be acknowledged and remedied by government action.

Photographs attached taken by Rob Blakers on 9 Feb 2016

Devils Gullet near Lake McKenzie. Photo: Rob Blakers


Photo: Rob Blakers




"IndyWatch Feed Goulburn": Shepparton Interfaith Network: Yorta Yorta going forward: Shepparton Apology Breakfast, 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

There is commitment, action and support of the indigenous communities of Shepparton and the Goulburn Murray. Local businesses, local government, the Shepparton Interfaith Network and the Shepparton Regional Reconciliation Group are active supporters and participate in the Shepparton Regional Reconciliation Group. In this article, we consider recent national reports, activities and the Commemoration of the ... Read more...


"IndyWatch Feed Geelong": Ocean Grove Voice: Learning the lay of the land "IndyWatch Feed Vic"


SURFSIDE Primary School’s Djarreeyn Learning Area is beginning to take shape, as the parents behind the project continue their efforts.
One of the parents, Nicole Garnaut, said the Indigenous learning area will include a range of native plants used by Aboriginals as herbs or medicine.
“We want the kids to be able to walk though and identify those plants and learn what they were used for,” she said.
“We’ve put together a book of the design of the garden, all of the plants and their Indigenous uses.”
Earlier this month, Nicole completed the project’s newest addition – a mosaic “fire pit”.
“Because they can’t have fire in school,” she said.
Her group is busy getting the area ready for 200 plants, which Bellarine Landcare will provide on National Tree Day in June.
“We are looking for donations of cement mix, horse, cow and chicken manure, and worm juice or castings,” Nicole said.
The project began as an alternative for students not participating in religious education.
“We proposed Indigenous studies as something they could do instead,” Nicole said.
The group began work on the Djarreeyn Learning Area early last year, after consulting local Wathaurong elder Uncle Dave Tournier.
Nicole and fellow parent Abbey Roe completed a mural for the project last September.
Surfside Primary students left paint handprints on the mural as school concluded last year, which the school’s Preps and other new students added to yesterday.

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"IndyWatch Feed Capricornia": Fight for the Reef: Christensen attempts to silence concerns of local community and destroy Reef reliant tourism industry jobs in Mackay / Whitsundays "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Members of the local community have expressed concern with the bully boy tactics of LNP Member of Parliament George Christensen trying to deny local community groups the opportunity to discuss their concerns with the Prime Minister.

The Prime Minister will be visiting Mackay next Monday to hear the concerns of locals and it is extraordinary that the local Member of Parliament would deny people the opportunity to attend the event.

Imogen Zethoven, the Great Barrier Reef campaign director for the Australian Marine Conservation Society said that by advocating dredging in the Reef’s waters, Mr Christensen is dividing the community and choosing to back the dying coal industry rather than the growing tourism industry.

“The Great Barrier Reef is this region’s greatest asset. Groups like AMCS, Whitsunday Residents Against Dumping and others have fought tirelessly to protect the Reef from dredging and dumping in the Reef’s waters.

“We’ve sought to stand up to the massive coal mining industry, who export profits, shed jobs and threaten the future of the Reef.

“The Reef could soon face a coral bleaching event, and Mr Christensen is more determined to shut down local concerns than address the issues to the local economy.

“Banning local people who want to protect their local assets and jobs from meeting with the Prime Minister is offensive but unfortunately to be expected from Mr Christensen.

“Seeking to ban people because you disagree with them is not how democracy is supposed to work. If Mr Christensen can’t accept a diversity of views, and it is pretty clear that he can’t, he should seek to resign his position representing the views of the community.

“Mr Christensen has consistently put the interests of Adani over the interests of the tourism industry or the Reef it relies on.

“We will be writing to Malcolm Turnbull to express our concerns at the arrogant attitude of the local member and his refusal to...


"IndyWatch Feed Geelong": Ocean Grove Voice: Tickled pink "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

OCEAN Grove Memorial Reserve will be awash with pink on Saturday.
The cricket club is staging a Pink Stumps Day to raise money for the McGrath Foundation, which places breast care nurses in communities throughout the country.
The feature game, the A Grade clash between neighbours Ocean Grove and Wallington, starts at 1.30pm and the club will be hosting an afternoon tea at the clubrooms at 2.30pm. Tickets are $20 and includes sparking wine on arrival, nibbles and afternoon tea. Raffles, prizes and silent auctions will be held throughout the afternoon.
After the game, local musician and Ocean Grove Cricket Club player Sam Hanson will perform.
Pink stumps will be used for the game and the Grubbers’ players will wear pink caps.
For more information, contact Fiona on 0458 435 461 for tickets or email
You can also check out

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Motorbike Writer: Judge dismisses helmet camera fine "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Max Lichenbaum - judge

Max Lichenbaum

A controversial case in which a rider was fined almost $300 for having a GoPro action camera on his helmet has been dismissed by a Melbourne Country Court judge.

It was the sixth time rider Max Lichenbaum had appeared before the court over the 2014 fine in what has been described as a farcical process and a waste of the court’s time on such a trivial matter.

After deliberating the case over night, Judge John Jordan simply said: “I set aside the magistrate’s verdict and dismiss the charge.”


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Meerschaum Vale man charged with receiving stolen goods "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

A man has been charged with receiving stolen goods after a police raid at Meerschaum Vale yesterday.

Following an investigation into a large number of break and enters in the Nimbin area, about 10am (Thursday, February 11), detectives from Richmond Local Area Command raided a property on Wardell Road.

During the raid, police seized a large amount of property suspected of being stolen, as well as a small amount of cannabis and five cannabis plants.

A 45-year-old man was arrested and taken to Lismore Police Station where he was charged with three counts of receiving.

He was granted conditional bail to appear at Lismore Local Court on April 4.


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"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Man charged with attempted machete murder – Goonellabah "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

A 46-year-old man has been charged with attempted murder after allegedly attacking two people with a machete at a home in Goonellabah last Sunday.

Police say that around 10pm on Sunday, a 51-year-old man and a 47-year-old woman were at home on Kruseana Avenue, Goonellabah, when the power in their home was switched off.

They both walked outside where they were allegedly attacked by a man armed with a machete.

During the altercation, the 51-year-old man was struck on the head and face with the weapon, causing deep lacerations.

The woman was then allegedly struck on her left arm and left wrist, also causing deep lacerations.

The armed attacker then fled the scene.

Police say that around 7.25am on Monday, a 46-year-old man was found with serious wounds in the grounds of a cemetery in Arakoon, north of Port Macquarie.

He was taken to Port Macquarie Base Hospital for treatment to the wounds, which were believed to be self-inflicted.

At 7.10pm on Tuesday, police attended the hospital and placed the man under arrest.

About 4.30pm on Wednesday investigators from Richmond Local Area Command spoke to the manat the hospital.

He was subsequently charged with two counts of attempted murder and two counts of malicious wounding with intent.

Police allege he is known to the victims.

A bedside bail court hearing was conducted with the man refused bail.

He is due to appear at Lismore Local Court on 8 March.

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"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Thousands living in cars, vans because housing unaffordable "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Greens state MP and former Byron mayor Jan Barham.

Greens state MP and former Byron mayor Jan Barham.

Chris Dobney

The far north coast is in a social housing crisis and the state government must commit to increased social housing as a priority, Greens MLC and Byron Shire resident Jan Barham said today.

Ms Barham was responding to news that 71,000 low-income renter households in regional NSW are in housing stress, paying more than 30 per cent of their income on household costs.

She says that for many, this means foregoing other essential goods and services to keep a roof over their head.

The alternative is sleeping in cars or caravans, especially in places such as Byron Shire, where a 2014 Anglicare survey showed just 3.7 per cent of dwellings were considered affordable for a low-income household.

‘It’s unacceptable that in this region we have people living in caravans and cars because of the huge shortage of social and affordable housing,’ Ms Barham said.

‘These circumstances impact on people’s wellbeing as housing stress equates to emotional stress. More must be done with planning rules to support those who are vulnerable in this current housing crisis,’ she added.

In 2014 Ms Barham sat on an upper house committee that examined the state of social and affordable housing in...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Tweed mayor alleges developer defamed her "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Tweed mayor Katie Milne has been removed from her mayoral role overseeing councillor expense claims after she tried to 'enhance accountability'.

Tweed mayor Katie Milne is suing billionaire developer Bob Ell for defamation.

A defamation action by Tweed mayor Katie Milne against the Tweed’s biggest developer was heard over several days in the Supreme Court in Sydney this week.

Billionaire developer Bob Ell, the owner of the Leda group behind the massive township developments of Kings Forest and Cobaki, is alleged to have made the defamatory remarks about Cr Milne published in the Gold Coast Bulletin soon after he won his defamation case against her.

The Supreme Court found in 2014 that Cr Milne had defamed Mr Ell in an email she sent alleging he had a scandalous association with a murdered Sydney hitman.

The developer was then awarded $15,000 damages, but the court costs for that protracted action, believed to be tens of thousands of dollars, are currently subject to further legal assessment and review by the court.

Echonetdaily was told the Greens mayor this week was cross-examined for more than seven hours by Mr Ell’s barrister.



"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": 2RRR: Thematics "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Saturday 13 February
10pm – 12am Thematics
Today on Thematics we will be featuring a Sickness Special.


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": 2RRR: Radio Active "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Saturday 13th February

8 – 10pm Radio Active

Sydney band Slow culture are in the studio


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Einstein’s gravitational waves detected "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The LIGO’s representation of black holes interacting:

The LIGO’s representation of black holes interacting:

Will Dunham & Scott Malone, RAW

Scientists say they have for the first time detected gravitational waves, ripples in space and time hypothesised by physicist Albert Einstein a century ago, in a landmark discovery that opens a new window for studying the cosmos.

The researchers on Thursday said they detected gravitational waves coming from two black holes – extraordinarily dense objects whose existence also was foreseen by Einstein – that orbited one another, spiralled inward and smashed together.

They said the waves were the product of a collision between two black holes 30 times as massive as the Sun, located 1.3 billion light years from Earth.

The scientific milestone, announced at a news conference in Washington, was achieved using a pair of giant laser detectors in the United States, located in Louisiana and Washington state, capping a long quest to confirm the existence of these waves.

The announcement was made in Washington by scientists from the California Institute of Technology, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the LIGO Scientific Collaboration.

Like light, gravity travels in waves, but instead of radiation, it is space itself that is rippling. Detecting the gravitational waves required measuring 4km laser beams to a precision 10,000 times smaller than.......


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Indonesia frees up foreign investment "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Indonesia’s trade minister Tom Lembong. Photo from

Indonesia’s trade minister Tom Lembong. Photo from

John Chalmers & Kanupriya Kapoor [RAW]

Indonesia has opened dozens of sectors to foreign investors in what President Joko Widodo has described as a ‘Big Bang’ liberalisation of its economy, Southeast Asia’s largest.

President Joko Widodo’s administration loosened foreign investment restrictions on Thursday, on everything from restaurants and agriculture to health facilities and movie theatres.

‘Today’s revisions represent our largest opening to international investment in 10 years,’ Trade Minister Tom Lembong told Reuters.

‘More international investment will bring more capital, more world-class expertise, more technologies to Indonesia. Domestic players must seize those opportunities.’

Twenty-nine sectors including restaurants and the movie industry were removed from the ‘negative investment list’ (DNI) altogether, meaning that foreigners can operate in those areas without restrictions.

The negative investment list sets out which parts of Indonesia’s economy are partially or fully closed to foreign investors, who in recent years have complained of rising economic protectionism and nationalism as they look to expand into the market of more than 250 million people.

Widodo told Reuters in an interview o...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Delhi to limit car use to clean up air "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Delhi traffic at night. Photo Bernard Oh

Delhi traffic at night. Photo Bernard Oh

New Delhi [RAW]

The Delhi government is planning another round of tough measures to restrict the use of private cars and clean up toxic air in the Indian metropolis, the world’s most polluted city.

From April 15, for two weeks, cars will only be allowed on the road on alternate days, going by whether their number plates are odd or even, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Thursday.

‘We are seriously considering if we can do this for 15 days every month,’ Kejriwal said. ‘We can’t do this on a permanent basis until we get better public transport.’

The rule hits most of the 2.6 million cars that ply the traffic-choked roads of Delhi and its surrounding areas.

That figure accounts for roughly a third of all the 8.5 million vehicles on the streets, from motorbikes to autorickshaws.

Kejriwal said his plans had overwhelming public support and were necessary to rein in the rising levels of air pollution that regularly cloak the city in smog.

Doctors say Delh...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Joyce sees similarities with PM Turnbull "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Newly elected Nationals leader Barnaby Joyce and newly elected deputy leader Fiona Nash at a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra on Thursday. AAP Image/Mick Tsikas

Newly elected Nationals leader Barnaby Joyce and newly elected deputy leader Fiona Nash at a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra on Thursday. AAP Image/Mick Tsikas

Canberra [AAP]

They have their obvious differences, but new Nationals leader Barnaby Joyce insists there is no gulf between himself and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

Joyce, elected unopposed to replace the retiring Warren Truss, believes ‘in a funny way’ there’s a real similarity, given they both made their ‘own way in the world’.

‘That means that both Malcolm and myself see the world through the prism of practicality and making sure we’re not tied to any philosophy but tied to a desire to do the very best for the nation,’ he told ABC radio on Friday.

Mr Joyce acknowledged there would be times when the coalition partners did not agree on every issue.

‘We’re a business partnership, not a marriage,’ he said.

The inco...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Chinese thought Robert meet was official "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Australian Minister for Human Services Stuart Robert during Question Time at Parliament House on Monday. AAP Image/Lukas Coch

Australian Minister for Human Services Stuart Robert during Question Time at Parliament House on Monday. AAP Image/Lukas Coch

Karlis Saluat & Paul Osborne, AAP

The prime minister has been accused of sacrificing his own ministerial standards, as it emerged Chinese officials believed they were meeting MP Stuart Robert in an official capacity when he helped a friend sign a mining deal in Beijing.

The opposition insists Mr Robert must go, arguing he breached the code of conduct by helping businessman and Liberal Party donor Paul Marks secure a mining deal with the Chinese in August 2014 when he was assistant minister for defence.

As Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Thursday again faced demands to sack Mr Robert, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade confirmed Chinese officials thought the now human services minister was acting in an official capacity at the signing ceremony in Beijing.

‘It’s plain that the company and the Chinese government thought they were dealing with Mr Robert in his ministerial capacity,’ Labor Senator Penny Wong put to senior DFAT official Graham Fletcher during a Senate hear...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Koala success story "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

On Sunday 7 February at 1pm a momentous event occurred at Black Rocks off the access road to the sports field. An 18-month-old female koala juvenile (named Lucia) found just before Christmas 2015 with conjunctivitis and taken into care at Currumbin Wildlife Hospital was released, fully recovered, back to the tree where she was found. She is the only sick Black Rocks koala to be treated and released. Several people were there to witness the event including carers from Friends of the Koala and volunteers from Threatened Species Conservation Society Inc.

Why was this such an important event? Lucia is the first female koala at the Black Rocks area that was captured sick but found without cysts in the reproductive area. Black Rocks/Pottsville wetlands is critical to the survival of Tweed Coast koalas. Up to 98 per cent female koalas with chlamydia develop ovarian cysts (which are inoperable) and are euthanased if captured. Lucia was in the ‘lucky’ two per cent without ovarian cysts and was captured in time for treatment. Her future is very important because she has great breeding potential in an area that is desperately needing to build up numbers, especially after the Christmas 2014 fire that severely damaged over 200ha of koala habitat. According to renowned koala expert Dr Steve Phillips 30-60 per cent of local koalas may have perished as a result of that fire.

In the last two years a total of four koalas have been captured at Black Rocks with chlamydia and euthanised. Others have been sighted (such as Lucia’s mother) with symptoms of chlamydia but were not captured and may have died painfully.

What causes chlamydia? In normal populations chlamydia acts as an inbuilt control mechanism limiting the population so trees are not overbrowsed, ensuring only the strongest and fittest survive. However according to Dr Steve Phillips noise and human disturbance causes aversive response up to 725m away. Koalas have long been regarded as...

"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Qld sailors rally against foreign labour "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Australian maritime workers being removed from the MV Portland. Photo MUA Facebook page.

Australian maritime workers being removed from the MV Portland. Photo MUA Facebook page.

Brisbane [AAP]

Sailors are expected to hold a rally in Brisbane in another bid to keep their jobs on board bulk carrier ships.

The Maritime Union of Australia claims large businesses, such as mining giant Rio Tinto, are sacking Australian seafarers and replacing them with cheap foreign labour.

Workers from several unions will take part in a rally outside Rio Tinto’s Brisbane office at midday on Friday.

It comes after five Australian crew members who refused to leave a bulk carrier ship docked in Newcastle were forcibly removed by NSW police earlier last week.

Officers escorted foreign crew on board the CSL Melbourne before removing the five local workers, the MUA said at the time.

The Australian workers had refused to disembark the vessel for nearly a week following CSL’s decision to send the ship to Singapore for international routes using foreign workers.

The MUA claims a loophole is allowing foreign workers to...


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": Timber and Steel: Details of the New Hootenany Sundays at Miss Peaches "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Image Courtesy of Miss Peaches Sydney soul food kitchen and bar Miss Peaches recently launched a brand new bluesgrass, folk and country night, Hootenanny. Held each Sunday from 8pm, Hootenanny is already getting a reputation as the perfect way to close out the weekend. Hootenanny has already featured the likes of Green Mohair Suits and […]


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Successful koala release at Black Rocks sports fields "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Lucia, the 18-month-old koala from Black Rocks that was successfully rehabilitated and returned last week.

Lucia, the 18-month-old koala from Black Rocks that was successfully rehabilitated and returned last week.

Chris Dobney

Last week was a rare bright moment for the besieged koalas of Tweed’s Black Rocks sports fields.

Lucia, an 18-month-old female juvenile koala, was released back into her home range surrounding the sports fields after eight weeks in care.

Lucia was first spotted in poor condition by local resident and koala campaigner Dave Norris, who assisted Friends of the Koala’s Sue Johnson with her rescue.

She was found to be suffering from chlamydia-related conjunctivitis, or red-eye.

She was treated for conjunctivitis in both eyes at the Currumbin Wildlife Hospital and returned to Friends of the Koala’s Care Centre in East Lismore three weeks ago to complete her recuperation.

Now that Lucia has been treated, cleared of her disease and released, her breeding life is in front of her.

Friends of the Koala’s President, Lorraine Vass said, ‘The Tweed Coast Koala Study 2015 released in December notes “some stability” in koala activity in the Black Rocks and Pottsville Koala Activity Precincts and increased connectivity between them, which augurs well for future recovery.

‘To a l...


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": Light+Shade: OK Go sets the video clip bar even higher "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

OK Go is an American band arguably known more for its music videos than its music, and the group’s latest effort on the video clip front will do nothing to change that. The single Upside Down And Inside Out inspired the guys to physically act out the tune’s title by taking parabolic flights to produce weightlessness. Visually,…Read more OK Go sets the video clip bar even higher


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Pottsville student’s work hung in Art Gallery of NSW "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

operation-artPottsville Beach Public School student Taylah Hampson is one of 50 young artists whose work has been chosen for this year’s prestigious ‘Operation Art’ touring exhibition on display at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

The work by 11-year-old Taylah, entitled ‘Same and Different’ was selected from more than 850 entrants across NSW and will be on display at the state gallery from Thursday, 18 February to Sunday, 13 March.

After the tour, the artworks will become part of The Children’s Hospital at Westmead’s permanent art collection, brightening up the walls for patients, their families and staff.

Operation Art co-ordinator, Lisa van den Dolder, said that children’s art can be a powerful tool in aiding recovery and that the 50 selected artworks display an array of talent.

‘Research shows that bright, colourful, optimistic artwork can play a vital role in the healing process, giving children an outlet or distraction during long hospital stays and this year the students have really captured this concept,’ she said.

‘As you walk around the exhibition, you will be overwhelmed with colour, positivity and creativity; it becomes quite clear how these artworks can help improve a child’s mood.’

The Operation Art 2016 exhibition will also tour major regional galleries in NSW throughout the year.

The exhibitions are supported by Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation.

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"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Byron’s pro-development ‘Gang of 5’ selling us out "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Thank you Byron shire Cr Duncan Dey for your letter re the CBA fiasco in council regarding costs of future coastal (mis)management, aka the Belongil saga.

What we’ve had in Byron shire for far too long now, is a short sighted majority on council who have failed to listen to the needs and concerns of our community, nor consider expert advice, while pandering to a small handful of business operatives, developers and dune-dwellers.

I noted the other evening that Auburn Council had been sacked, primarily because of the property developers and real estate agents in their midst. Corruption!

Likewise on Byron Shire Council, we have one real estate agent together with four business and pro-development councillors who have hijacked community interests in favour of short term, inappropriate and damaging development together with these so called ‘protection works’ at Belongil. Deadly!

Our shire is being destroyed – our towns, our lands and our unique culture.

With the prospect of increased building heights, poorly designed land development, consequent flash flooding and beach loss, a downturn in business opportunities, a breakdown of basic infrastructure, loss of biodiversity, flora and fauna and a polarised disgruntled community, the sooner we see the back of this rampaging ‘bloc of 5’ the better.

We definitely need visionaries in place, or at least people who can think beyond the term of their elected office and the interests of their backers, and for the greater good. Report card on current council – definitely an epic fail!

Jan Hackett, Sunrise Beach

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"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Latest ‘cannabis eradication’ program claims success "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Police claim $1.5 million worth of marijuana was seized from properties in the Brunswick Valley this week. Photo NSW Police Media

Police claim $1.5 million worth of marijuana was seized from properties in the Brunswick Valley this week. Photo NSW Police Media

Chris Dobney

Police have claimed they netted $1.5 million worth of ‘bush’ marijuana in raids on the north coast this week, particularly in the Brunswick Valley.

Ironically, in a week that saw a medical cannabis legislation introduced into federal parliament, here in NSW police continued to trumpet the success of their ‘cannabis eradication program’, the commencement of which prompted the formation of the Byron Shire Echo nearly 30 years ago.

During the operation a total of 759 plants were seized, which police estimate had a total potential street value of $1,518,000.

Cannabis activists dispute the logic of police valuations, which they say value every plant at $2000, regardless of its mature size and whether it is male or female.

But the figures given out each year are the only way the police have in justifying the program’s continued funding.

Ironically, far from ‘eradicating’ cannabis, the annual valuations just seem to continue to rise.

Strike Force Hyperion, as it was named this year, saw the dog squad, polair, local officers and bussed-in police from around the state descend on Main Arm, Skyline Road, Palmwoods, Mullumbimby and the Koonyum Ranges.

In 30 years, community attitudes to marijuana use have shifted dramatically, while police tactics towards (often sm...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Bayside DA and sewerage treatment "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The ‘Mills Estate’ DA for 50 allotments and a residual lot at Bayside Brunswick raises what could be serious concerns for any DA dependent on the collection system to the Vallances Road STP.

Commissioned in 2011 at a cost of approx $30 million, it lifted Clause 45 ‘Sewerage Moratorium’.  However, Alan Dickens (Byron Shire Echo 10 February) is suggesting that approx five years later the plant  has been showing signs of being hydraulically overloaded in wet weather conditions.

As a former member of the Brunswick Valley Wastewater Steering Committee  we were constantly frustrated by the fact that replacement of the collection system was not part of the brief for the new STP.  We were well aware then of the infiltration problems.

The problem was not solved when the STP came online. Instead, bigger pumps were installed to feed into the STP. They have the effect of pushing influent, which in high rainfall events includes water that has infiltrated into the collection system, into the plant.  The plant can’t cope.

Evidence of this is the spreading of bio solids under the guise of soil enrichment onto the land adjoining the STP. The odour gives it away because the bio solids have not been given the time required to be adequately treated. Correctly treated, bio solids do not give off an offensive odour.

There is no data on Byron Shire Council’s website that Alan Dickens has asked for. Instead what is on the web is data collected for EPA licensing and some maintenance information.  This is not the data that would give the critical information about what is happening at Vallances Road STP.  To refute Mr Dicken’s claim, then daily inflow and rainfall data needs to be made available on the website and in a form that is readily understood.

The aforementioned problem will be aggravated with DAs such as the Mills Estate.  From memory, I cannot recall the committee visioning the rezoning of this G...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Cinema Review – Sisters "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Amy Poehler and Tina Fey first came together in Baby Mama (2008), a funny, intelligent movie about the difficult life choices that women are corralled into making when motherhood and career are in conflict.

Their comic skills complemented each other beautifully, to the extent that in this their roles are seamlessly interchanged; Angie (Poehler) is the staid, daggy one, whereas her sister Kate (Fey) is an out-there gal with a long history of lascivious deeds.

For Angie, who has never had things go her way, and Kate, bringing up a teenage, resentful daughter on her own, there has always been the fall-back of home and hearth in Orlando (Fla).

When their parents (James Brolin and Dianne Wiest) decide to sell the property, Angie and Kate are outraged – to them it symbolises the loss of their youth.

Suddenly – and uncomfortably – aware of entering their forties, the girls decide to throw one last party in the house before the deal is sealed with a pair of trendoids from New York.

It is the party that is the centrepiece of the film and, as you’d expect, as many gags fly as hit the ground with a thud.

One of the things that you can’t help respecting about it, however, is the straightforward acknowledgement that grown-ups from all walks of life take drugs.

Director Jason Moore (whose ebullient style was evident in 2012’s Pitch Perfect) does not encourage substance abuse, but neither does he pretend that, contrary to the two-faced deniers in the domain of media commentary, it is not an e...


"IndyWatch Feed Melbourne": The NORTHSIDER: BAND PROFILE: SPLIT SECONDS "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Offering an unusual and dynamic sound that strays around the realm of pop and indie rock, local band Split Seconds promise a much heavier presence on Melbourne’s music scene in 2016, with a new album due out in late March/early April.

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"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Cinema Review – Dirty Grandpa "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

At 72, Robert De Niro can be seen as a man unwilling to meekly allow his date of birth to determine his pursuits.

A lot of people have a sense of identity that is inextricably linked with their life’s work and, in the case of actors, there is also the possibility that they are seduced into believing they are the character they’re playing.

I can think of no other reason that De Niro, who surely can’t need the money, would be involved in a movie as abysmal as this.

For a man of such stature it is undignified – the best thing about it was the air-con in the cinema.

Recently widowed, Dick Kelly (De Niro) embarks on a road trip to Florida with his soon-to-be-wedded grandson, Jason (Zac Efron – who might never be taken seriously).

After forty years of being faithful to his wife, Dick (the name gives you some idea of the witless nature of the script) is as horny as anything – he’d root a rattlesnake if he could hold it still long enough.

They meet a couple of girls on the way, one of whom takes a shine to Dick while the other hits it off with Jason during a series of misadventures with a screwball dope dealer, a pair of bent yokel cops and a crew of bad-ass n—–s (‘You can say nigger when we let you’).

If you’re unable to figure that Jason will renege on the stifling marriage that awaits him in favour of the sweetie who has won his heart… well, I guess you don’t get out to the flicks much.

The dialogue is heavily sprayed with the f-word (...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Look out AFL, here come the Byron girls! "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Byron Junior AFL Girls Imogyn, Charlie and TJ. Photo Tree Faerie.

Byron Junior AFL Girls Imogyn, Charlie and TJ. Photo Tree Faerie.

The Byron Magpies Junior AFL Club will field its first all-girls teams this year.

The Club is calling on girls in Byron Bay to join their club and become a part of Australia’s fastest-growing female sport. 

AFL Northern Rivers began their girls competition in 2015 with four clubs entering the league. 

After seeing so many sisters having a kick on the sidelines while their brothers played, the Byron club has decided to field two girls teams this year, in the under-9s and under-13 age groups. 



"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Who will you vote for? "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

sport-equipment-shutterstock_116262151The Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) is calling on the nation’s sports fans to vote for their favourite athlete and team as part of its annual awards ceremony, the AIS Sport Performance Awards.

A public vote will determine the ABC Sports Personality of the Year and the Destination NSW Team of the Year for 2015, with the winners to be announced at a gala ceremony at Star City in Sydney on 24 February.

The AIS Sport Performance Awards – or ASPAs – are a celebration of the nation’s sporting achievements and will see winners crowned in a number of categories including: male athlete; female athlete; para-performance; and emerging athlete of the year.

AIS director Matt Favier said the people’s choice awards were a great way to get the nation’s fervent sports fans involved in the action.s

‘It was an extraordinary year for Australian sport in 2015 with so many triumphs in the international arena at world championships and some stunning feats in our domestic competitions,’ said Favier. ‘This year promises to be even more exciting, with many of our athletes focused on the Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games.

‘Sport inspires so much debate and is a great talking point; people are passionate about the teams they support and athletes they admire. I urge all Australian fans to become a selector for a day, cast your vote and help us choose Australia’s favourite team and personality for 2015.’

Voting h...


Tasmanian Times: NATION: ‘The only grave threat I found was to the credibility of the Liberal government’ "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Heydon Royal Commission Secret Volumes No threat to the power and authority of the Australian State - Lambie … The Liberal government made a fuss about Labor politicians viewing these secret volumes. They were treating the Australian public like mugs! The Liberals were caught out trying to cover-up their lie. The Royal Commissioner had already made the secret volumes available to all of Australia’s Premiers, including Labor’s state leaders and their staff weeks earlier!” said Senator Lambie. “After reading the two slim secret volumes in about a hour, I was left with the feeling that taxpayers had been ripped off after paying out $80M for them. The last secret volumes I’d read were from the Defence Abuse Review Taskforce (DART). Unlike Heydon’s two slim secret volumes – the 33 secret defence abuse files were thick, heavy ring bound folders; about 10 cm thick – and it took myself, and a staff member 5 hrs. each, just to skim those top secret files. … • Pat Synge in Comments: It’s strange to find myself in agreement with Jacqui Lambie: but there you go. Even without reading the Heydon report it’s obvious that union corruption exists as it does in politics and business. We didn’t need to spend 10s of millions to find that out. I don’t think federal politicians have much of an appetite for an ICAC. Too much has been swept under the carpet over the years - not to mention deposited in overseas accounts.


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": AWPA Sydney News: 1) KNPB Denies Gun-Wielding Man its Member "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

2) Three Inmates Escape from Wamena Prison 
3) YAPKEMA Introduces Local Meeuwodide Coffee to Global Market
4) Indigenous Papuans Should Decided Freeport’s Future, says Legislator 
1) KNPB Denies Gun-Wielding Man its Member
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"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": FBi Radio: Podcast :: Not What You Think – Season 3 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

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Not What You Think covers the important stuff that doesn’t fit in the news cycle. You know: that low key stuff that isn’t on our radar.

The small, important stuff.

We’re back with a 2016, summer season of the quiet stories. This season we’ve got what happens when you get older, two-hindered and twenty thousand motorcyclists and a golden age of comics. And none of these are likely to be stories you’ve heard before.

10:30am Saturdays, starting February 13th on 94.5fm.

Or you can hear them on our podcast a day early — yes, just like that Serial thing. Subscribe with Tunes or subscribe with Android (just click) search inside your favourite podcast app for “Not What You Think”, or give that app this here web address:
Don’t like podcasts? We’ve got all the episodes so far here to listen to, down the page.

You can also find out about pirates, queer sex ethics, bacteria computers and more in our Season 1 and Season 2 archives. Want to shoot us an idea for an episode? Email Zacha or Samira: we’d love to know.



Motorbike Writer: Earmold improves in-ear earphones "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Earmold Sports Monitors Earmold improves in-ear monitors

Earmold Sports Monitors

Earmold’s personally moulded earplugs and associated earphones have long been the popular choice among Australian motorcycle riders to save their hearing, listen to music, make/receive phone calls and get GPS instructions.

Now they have moved ahead with two new models that feature better quality sound, improved phone integration, more controls and even a Bluetooth wireless version.


Tasmanian Times: ‘There’s no heroes here’: the price paid by foreign correspondents "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

… I’ll never know if Tor died as a result of his trauma from Iraq or a simple accident, but I do know that for those few of us who tried to cover and tell the stories of these wars that we saw this coming. We saw the hate our governments, the US, Australia and the UK, were creating. As British Air Marshall “Bomber” Harris said when asked by the BBC why he had carpet bombed German civilians in the final years of World War II: “They sowed the wind, and now, they are going to reap the whirlwind.” The same can be said now in relation to our actions leading to the Islamic extremism we now face and have to live with. What can I say? We tried to tell you. Some of us died trying.


"IndyWatch Feed Cvic": Natural Newstead: The garden in February "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Our home garden in central Victoria, like many other I’m sure at this time of year, is an oasis for the local bird life. The daily procession of birds is a constant source of joy and illumination.

Here is a selection from earlier in the week.


Grey Shrike-thrush, Wyndham St Newstead, 10th February 2016


Male Superb Fairy-wren in partial eclipse







"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Byron Bay Blog: Bluesfest Playing Schedule Times and Stages Revealed "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The 27th Annual Bluesfest held over Easter (Thu 24 March–Mon 28 March 2016) at its own event site just outside of Byron Bay, releases the long awaited playing schedule containing performance stages and times for the five major stages of Bluesfest–Mojo, Crossroads, Jambalaya, Delta and the Juke Joint.

Featuring a lineup that Tonedeaf—one of Australia’s leading music blogs, recently described as “the finest lineup of 2016 so far” it has become clear that Bluesfest is the only place to be this Easter, and festival goers can now prepare their festival itinerary down to the minute.

The big news coming out of the playing schedule announcement is that most festival headliners are doing full 90 minute sets and not scaled back festival performances. This includes D’Angelo, The National, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Tom Jones, Brian Wilson performing Pet Sounds, Jackson Browne, City and Colour, The Mick Fleetwood Blues Band, Melissa Etheridge, The Cat Empire and Jason Isbell to name a few.

A number of artists are even performing a solid 120 minute set at Bluesfest including D’Angelo at his second performance on Saturday 26th March, Tedeschi Trucks Band on Thursday 24th March, Joe Bonamassa on Saturday 26th March and UB40 featuring Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue on Sunday 27th March.

Further substantiating that Bluesfest is the only place to be at Easter, there are a mighty amount of artists performing exclusively at Bluesfest in 2016 including The National; UB40 featuring Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue; Joe Bonamassa; Graham Nash; The Original Blues Brothers Band; Janiva Magness; Con Brio; Kaleo; The Word; Lukas Nelson & The Promise of the Real and Fantastic Negrito.

View the playing schedule here.

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Thursday, 11 February


"IndyWatch Feed": The Water-Rat Gazette: JEFF USHER TO PLAY KURILPA POETS 28th February "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

February Mystery Musician revealed! Jeff Usher, Giant of Jazz  to play Kurilpa! The Kurilpa Poets are indeed honoured to present as our Mystery Musician for February 28th non-other than the legendary Brisbane based jazz pianist, Jeff Usher. Jeff Usher has … Continue reading


Central Queensland Plane Spotting: Nice Pair of Bizjets at Hamilton Island Airport Wednesday - Embraer EMB-135BJ Legacy VH-VLT & Citation VII VH-DHN "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Noted arriving into Hamilton Island Airport on Wednesday 10 February was Marcplan Charter Embraer EMB-135BJ Legacy bizjet VH-VLT.  It looked to call in from Sydney.

File photo taken by Col  ©

VH-VLT was later noted departing back towards the South.

Meanwhile, shortly after dark on Wednesday 10 February, Business Aviation Solutions Cessna 650 Citation VII bizjet VH-DHN also called into Hamilton Island Airport.  It arrived from and later departed back to its Gold Coast base.


"IndyWatch Feed": Cheeseburger Gothic: You win this time, Zuckerberg. (Shakes fist) "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

I'd been putting off a return to Facebook for a long time, but I'd known for at least a year I'd have to slink back there with my tail between my legs. It's the advertising. Increasingly online ads are served up by either the Book of Face, or el Goog, or nobody.

Building a mailing list, I had no choice. Facebook's creepy omniscience makes it too powerful to ignore. It is the stalker at all our windows.

Still, I can try to control things. I've set up an offical JB Books page where I wont be posting cat videos or personal info. It's all about the merch.

Go like the page. They tell me that's important.

I've been testing out the advertising back end, which is insanely powerful, but which has a bit of a learning curve. It's chewed up a couple of mornings now, putting me behind schedule with Cairo. I've got the Page working as I want now, however, and can get back to the book, which is two chapters from done.


"IndyWatch Feed Seq": The Vociferous Journalist: Housing body calls for urgent reform "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

National housing policy body National Shelter has called for urgent action on affordable and liveable housing through the upcoming Federal Budget. National Shelter Executive Officer Adrian Pisarski says a lack of affordable rental supply is creating increasing inequity and disadvantage in Australia.


"IndyWatch Feed": The Thousands: Brisbane: Emma Mulholland contemplates embroidery, pop music and Grayson Perry "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Last week we sent comedian Hannah Gadsby into the depths of Grayson Perry: My Pretty Little Art Career, and she did a top job of trying to cram the indefinable qualities of Grayson into a nutshell. We continue our excavation this week with fashion designer Emma Mulholland and her musings on what the show meant to her.

Emma’s no stranger to explosive colour and intricate embroidery, her collections often share the hues and craftsmanship of 70s and 80s Aussie surf wear (think, intelligent Hot Tuna) and she’s also incredibly adept at capturing social obsessions in punchy visual motifs, so we thought we’d garner some of her savvy thoughts. Aided by her freshly minted journalist sister Sarah and a halo of pastel pink hair that seemingly melts into the tapestry, Emma gets into how breezy the show is to appreciate from a non-art perspective. She also included a Grayson inspired playlist of Brit tracks you can use as an exhibition meandering soundtrack, absolutely fabulous!

I’ve heard bits and pieces about Grayson Perry over the years but the exhibition and broadness of his work came as quite a shock to me. I had no real idea of the scale and intricate detail of his work. Suddenly, my humble hand embroidered denim jacket is pretty much unnoticeable against the size of the digital embroideries and tapestries around me. It’s something you really cannot fathom from just looking at photos of them, it’s mind boggling and oh so pretty.
I love going to the MCA, It’s one of the places you go in Sydney and think ‘why don’t I come here more often, I should come here at least once a month’ (even just for the gift shop) and then you forget about it until something else gets you there. Today I’m there with my freshly graduated sist.......


"IndyWatch Feed Seq": Zedlines: Students face huge upfront costs - and more 11am Zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Students face huge upfront costs because their course is less than five years old.

Students left facing huge costs

Changes to education loan schemes have left some local students facing upfront costs for tens of thousands of dollars.

Students at the Australian Institute of Advanced Studies in Mt Gravatt may have to pay $21,000 upfront to complete an Advanced Diploma of Engineering.


"IndyWatch Feed Seq": Zedlines: Graziers lose access to national parks - and more 10am Zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Proposed changes to the Queensland Nature Conservation Act could see state graziers lose access to national park land.

Greyhound live baiting around for 10 years

Queensland greyhound trainer Tom Noble has admitted to live baiting, but said “everyone was doing it” 10 years ago.

Noble pleaded guilty to 15 counts of serious animal cruelty in Ipswich Magistrates Court on Wednesday.


"IndyWatch Feed Seq": Zedlines: Bureaucratic bungle over mining operations - and more 9am Zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Eight years’ worth of approvals for sensitive marine gas and oil operations are now invalid after a bureaucratic error.

Demolition of houses put on hold

The State Government has temporarily stopped the demolition of three inner Brisbane houses.

Heritage Protection Minister Steven Miles said he has lodged a stop work order in response to local concerns.


Tasmanian Times: Some suggestions for bushfire control authorities in Tasmania (and elsewhere) "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Summary: This article details some criticism of the Tasmanian Fire Services website, explains widespread frustration at the direction and focus of bushfire control in Tasmania, and suggests some operational changes.  It pleads for a comprehensive overhaul of the understanding of threats to Australia’s security, whereby bushfires are our enemy more than far-away terrorists, and where bushfire initiation could easily be employed as an act of terrorism, with consequences as disastrous as the 9/11 Twin Towers attack in the US, with no chance of apprehending any perpetrators.  It is argued that the defence and security forces should be involved in bushfire control and that their enormous budget for new submarines and fighter aircraft should be significantly diverted to fire-fighting aircraft purchase. … … The fire-fighting crews are likewise all deserving of Australia Day medals.  Couldn’t the insurance companies and the government contribute more though by improved resource prioritising?  (e.g. for the cost of the farcical fox eradication program poisoning for imaginary foxes, we could have purchased 2 very useful sky cranes, just for Tasmania!) … … … 4. The terrorism angle: Surely no-one in Australia could argue that bushfires are not more terrifying than far away nasty people with IED’s and AK47’s.  Every summer all country-based people, in nearly all States, are on edge, for 2 – 3 months, waiting nervously for the next extreme day with high temperatures and strong winds. … • Robert LePage in Comments: In regard to the expense of new Submarines when the “old” ones are still usable I would like to add that the order for F35 aircraft is a nonsense. They are yet to work properly, have so far not proved to be any better than existing aircraft and are going to be inferior to aircraft from China and Russia their most likely adversaries. The cost is horrendous and there is still no end to the delays...


Tasmanian Times: Basslink: A short summary of risks ... UPDATES ... "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

THURSDAY, February 11… • Bryan Green in Comments: Tasmanians urged to conserve power as energy crisis deepens • Tasmania Power Crisis:  Premier to push for second Basslink undersea cable FRIDAY, January 29 ... Without warning, Tasmania’s power link to the Mainland suddenly ruptured in December 2015, just as it was being called upon to shore up power supplies. This event has sent shockwaves through the Tasmanian administration. … Tasmania generates approximately 90 percent of its power demand (in average rainfall conditions) thus requiring us to import the remaining 10 percent – so this need can be seen as a necessity in the absence of the state lifting its renewable capacity. By exporting high value peaking power and importing low value base load this gap could theoretically be made up at a profit and with a net greenhouse emissions reduction. Environmental arguments went both ways, but the Tasmanian Greens and the broader environmental movement generally disapproved the project fearing that it would result in a net transfer of coal-fired power from the mainland to Tasmania, thus breaching our valued reputation as an all-renewable electricity island. As it turned out this is, in fact, what has transpired. During the ten years since the project was officially started up in 2006 the net power transfer has been from north to south by a strong margin … • Anne Cadwallader in Comments: Chris, which large industrial consumer is likely (as you write) to pack up and go?  That does, as you indicate, seem to be a massive game changer. Hydro industrialization was a major part of our state’s development, but can’t last forever.  But if we once again become awash with electricity, surely it positions us well for a low carbon world?  I never minded the idea of being Australia’s national park (a lot better than being its disused quarry, as W.A. is rapidly becoming).  But being Australia’s hydro power battery pack sounds w...


Tasmanian Times: Biomass for future renewable energy UPDATES "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

The recent unprecedented events including the failure of Basslink and low rainfall has been challenging, and the Government is determined to ensure Tasmania’s future energy needs are catered for. One option that the government is actively considering is biomass – residues from value-added forestry operations sourced from timber production areas and used as a renewable energy source. • Pete Godfrey in Comments: Here are some figures for a 20 Megawatt woodchip burning biomass plant in the US: Fuel 1 Bone dry tonne per Megawatt hour. So it needs 20 BDT of woodchips per hour to output 20 Megawatts. According to Paul Harriss he is considering putting in a 90 Megawatt generator so it would use around 90 BDT per hour of fuel. That is 788,400 tonnes of woodchips per annum, remembering that this is Bone Dry woodchips so that is equivalent to 1.5768 Million tonnes of green wood. The cost of the fuel in the US varies between $15 and $60 per tonne depending on distance but for an 80 kilometre carting distance it is around $38 per tonne. So the fuel for Mr Harriss plant would cost $59,918,400 if it was carted a similar distance. I am sure that the fuel would be carted much further than 80 kilometres in Tasmania ... so a lot more. So we have $38 per tonne of fuel to produce 1 Megawatt/Hour of power, not taking into account the cost of the power station the input cost is going to be around 3.8 cents a Kilowatt Hour for fuel. Doesn’t sound like it would stack up. Someone has to make a profit, someone has to maintain the plant, pay wages etc. I have to agree here with Jack Lumber ... it is a dud. • Luigi in Comments: Hello?  Hello?  Anyone home? Here we are up to our neck in alligators.  We’ve got no water in the dams and floods in the streets.  The state is on fire.  Some idiot scrapped the Bell Bay power station.  Bass Link is broken. No electricity.  And nobody’s home. Except for Paul!! Where would we be now if Paul didn’t have t...

Wednesday, 10 February


Tasmanian Times: NATION, Philip Ruddock: Appointing a cigarette company CEO to champion health ... "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

In appointing the flawed, deeply compromised, former Attorney General, counter-terror warrior, Philip Ruddock as his government’s special envoy for human rights to the UN, Malcolm Turnbull has achieved a gesture worthy of Tony Abbott’s appointment of himself as Minister for Women. • The Drum, ABC: Four Australians with better human rights credentials than Philip Ruddock The choice of Philip Ruddock to represent Australia internationally on human rights issues makes as much sense as appointing a cigarette company CEO to champion health … • Elizabeth Farrelly, SMH: The breathtaking irony of Philip Ruddock’s UN human rights appointment • Andrew Wilkie in Comments: Sending kids to Nauru is a crime ... ICC at The Hague notified of latest outrage

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