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Monday, 15 February


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Bellingen area: The Control of Fire by Birds "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Early humans are seen as inventors of fire technology. Now birds of prey such as the the Brown Falcon (Falco berigora) and the Black Kite (Milvus migrans) join the list of those propagating fires deliberately in the Australian savanna woodlands.

Many birds benefit from anthropogenic fires or lightning fires, but narratives of ornithogenic fires have for a long time survived in legends and ceremony in many places around the world.

"Fire provides the opportunity for pyrophilic behaviour by some birds. Brown Falcons, Falco berigora, perch at the fire-front waiting for grasshoppers, frogs, snakes, lizards and small mammals.

Local Aboriginal people believe that Black Kites set fires by carrying burning sticks to new locations and drop them into dry grass on unburnt grounds...I have seen a hawk pick up a smouldering stick in its claws and drop it in a fresh patch of dry grass half a mile away, then wait with its mates for the mad exodus of scorched and frightened rodents and reptiles.

“When that area was burnt out the process was repeated elsewhere. We call these fires Jarulan.”

There is an extensive body of recorded material – some over 100 years old – of Aboriginal myths and legends relating to bird...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": North Coast Voices: What has happened in Malcolm Bligh Turnbull's first 154 days as Australia's Prime Minister? "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

On 14 September 2015 Liberal MP for Wentworth and former Communications Minister Malcolm Bligh Turnbull became the 29th Prime Minister of Australia, after defeating then sitting prime minister Tony Abbott in a party room poll by 55 to 44 votes.

By 21 September Turnbull had announced his new "21st Century" ministry, removing Joe Hockey, Eric Abetz, Ian Macfarlane, Kevin Andrews and Bruce Billson from the ministry in the process.

Just 154 days later and we find that his handpicked…….

Minister for Defence Materiel and Science & Special Minister of State Mal Brough had to first stand aside in December 2015 then resign, due to an Australian Federal Police investigation into alleg...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": North Coast Voices: Nationals MP for Cowper Luke Hartsuyker dumped as Minister for Vocational Education and Skills "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Luke Hartsuyker (left) at the beginning of his brief 4.5 month stint as a full minister

Lost his bid to become Deputy-Leader of the Nationals to Fiona Nash and now swiftly given the boot from the front bench by his own prime minister – Luke Hartsuyker must either have fought an unforgivably bloody leadership battle behind the scenes, been a spectacularly underperforming Minister for Vocational Education and Ski...

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Sunday, 14 February


Infinity in Hand: Sometimes I wish I could project thoughts and feelings directly into other people’s minds. The... "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Sometimes I wish I could project thoughts and feelings directly into other people’s minds. The...


Dr Kevin Bonham: Poll Roundup: Return Of The February Wobbles "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

2PP Aggregate: 52.8 to Coalition (-0.5 so far this week, lowest since early November)
Coalition would comfortably win election "held now", but could lose some seats
Article will be updated following poll(s) later this week

Last week, the Coalition government under Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull was forced to reshuffle its ministry.  This became necessary following the loss of Human Services minister Stuart Robert to concerns regarding an "unofficial" trip to China, the delayed resignation from the ministry of Mal Brough (under police investigation) and the announced retirements at the next election of Warren Truss and Andrew Robb.  While hardly the worst week a sitting government has endured, it's not something they'd want to repeat. The loss of three ministers to scandals since Mr Turnbull took over hardly helps create an image of post-coup stability, let alone the mirage of "good government".  Admittedly, none of them were major figures.

The four polls in the last week have all suggested the government has come down a little from the cloud that it started the year on.  This week's Ipsos has only 52:48 to the Coalition, down from 56:44 in November.  ReachTEL has 54:46, down from 55:45 a few weeks ago; Morgan is down from 54 to 52.5 by last-election preferences, and Essential is stable at 51 but off marginally worse primaries.

The Ipsos figure is by "overall preference flow" (treating Greens and Others as a single block).  At the last election, Green votes were 41% of all non-major-party votes but in this Ipsos they are 60% of the non-major vote.  On this basis the last-election preference flow of Ipsos' figures with Greens and Others subdivided would be about a point lower than their calculation, so there's a case for treating the Ipsos as 51:49 (if you really believe 15% for the Greens, at least).  I am going to explor...


Central Queensland Plane Spotting: A Trio of Beaut Bizjets in CQ Part 3 - Bombardier Challenger 604 Touches Down at Hamilton Island Airport "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

The final beaut bizjet to visit Central Queensland on Saturday 13 February was 75 Express Inc. Bombardier CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604 N75KH, which touched down at Hamilton Island Airport from (possibly) the Gold Coast.



Central Queensland Plane Spotting: A Couple of Plane Spotting Photos from Gladstone Airport on Saturday "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Local plane spotter Anthony S popped out to Gladstone Airport again on Saturday 13 February and managed to capture some great photos of the weekly Virgin Australia Embraer E-190 jet service from and back to Brisbane.

On this occasion, VH-ZPO operated the VOZ1709/1712 service.



The Idiot Tax: REIT Quarterly Blows Smokey Spruik "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

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"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": : ALBUM REVIEW: Sal Kimber & The Rollin’ Wheel – Southern Light "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Sal Kimber has taken the expansive, soulful route through country and pop music on her new album. With a strong backing band sparkling and shimmering with keyboards and some fine guitar playing it is certainly a warm, breezy and welcoming record that steers clear of the Nashville clichés and instead rides the more commercial currents … Continue reading


"IndyWatch Feed Capricornia": STOP PRESS: US Speaker says not enough support for TPP "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

The United States Congress has left egg all over the Liberal and Labor parties’ faces. Insufficient support in Congress for TPP to pass

Speaker Ryan: Not enough votes for TPP ‘trade’ deal | 11 Feb 2016 | House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, said Thursday that the landmark Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal corporate takeover doesn’t have enough votes to pass Congress right now. "I don’t think the votes are there right now because of the concerns about what’s in the TPP," Ryan told reporters at his weekly press conference…Even with Republican help, the president will face opposition from Democrats. Both Democratic presidential candidates oppose the trade [sic] deal, as does Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts.

– CLG News


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": : NEWS: Pauline Andrès Announces New Single And Album "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Berlin-based Pauline Andrès came up on our radar with her last LP All The Ghosts (2014) and now she’s backed that up with a new album The Heart Breaks, out on April 15th. Andrès trades in a sultry and dark gothic Americana that thrives on smokey atmosphere and subject matter that gets under the skin … Continue reading


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": : VIDEO: Henry Wagons – Santa Fe "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Henry Wagons just released his solo album After What I Did Last Night… last week and he’s backed that up with a clip for one of the album’s strongest tracks in ‘Santa Fe’. The song is an interesting one for Wagons. It takes a leaf out of The War On Drugs’ songbook with its atmospheric, … Continue reading


Bundaberg Orpheus Singers "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Invite you to 

The Celts are Coming

A Ceilidh with Singing, Dancing and Piping

Sunday 13th March at 2pm

Shalom College Performing Arts Centre



"IndyWatch Feed Cvic": Friends of the Box-Ironbark Forests: Trees ain’t trees "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Where did the idea get about that our trees all ‘look the same’?

The problem has been around for a long time: in 1770 Captain Cook wrote about the NSW coast: ‘the woods do not produce any variety of trees.’ In 1836 Darwin claimed that ‘the extreme uniformity of the vegetation’ was ‘the most remarkable feature of the vegetation’ he observed in Australia. And in 1939 the poet AD Hope talked of the ‘drab green and desolate grey’ of our vegetation. And he compounded the insult by suggesting that the Australian people were just as monotonous…

Maybe these very worthy experts weren’t looking hard enough?

Our new exhibition of photos in Castlemaine is set to have a go at overturning the still widespread notion that our trees are monotonously uniform. Trees of the Mount Alexander Region mounted by the Friends of the Box-Ironbark Forests will run at Togs Place café from 26 February till 31 March 2016. The exhibition aims to highlight the amazing variety to be seen in our local indigenous trees: even those of the same genus—for example, eucalypts—can exhibit a wild variety of shape and colour, as well as hosting an extraordinary diversity of wildlife.

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One of the exhibition photos by Patrick Kavanagh (Nankeen Kestrel, Moolort Plains). Tree hollows are vital for the survival of much of our wildlife, so even dead trees can be important features of the land. This photo shows one of three fledglings rai...


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": 89.7 Eastside FM: Inner Body Art & ‘All My Love’- Arts Monday "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

th_e89d91f1ffd7c28c17704e28aba3fa89_2171Director, Denny Lawrence and Artist, Amaya Lang are my guests today. Denny Lawrence is the director of ‘All My Love’ that uncovers the untold love story between two of Australia’s most famous writers, Henry Lawson and Mary Gilmore. At the end of the 19th Century, Mary Gilmore was introduced to the young Henry Lawson. As their friendship developed, Mary found herself caught in the midst of an intense relationship between Henry and his formidable mother, the suffragette, Louisa Lawson. This fascinating tale of a forbidden relationship is based on excerpts from the couple’s surviving letters.

th_e89d91f1ffd7c28c17704e28aba3fa89_1812All My Love: 16th – 20th February 2016

Riverside Theatres, Parramatta

More info / Bookings: and 8839 3399



Refugee Action Collective (Vic): 6:30pm Mon 15 Feb | RAC meeting including discussion of campaign to ‘let them stay’ "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

RAC meeting including discussion of campaign to ‘let them stay’ When: 6:30-8pm Monday 15th February Where: ANMF Building, 540 Elizabeth St, Melbourne This week’s RAC meeting will be discussing the campaign to ‘Let Them Stay’ including the stand off at Lady Cliento Children’s Hospital in Brisbane to stop baby Asha being re-detained, and building for(...)


On The Convict Trail: Accountant's House, Port Arthur "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

This house was built in 1843 to house the medical officers responsible for the outlying probation stations. Later, the officer in charge of the commissariat stores, otherwise known as the accountant lived in the cottage.

At the time that the cottage was offered for sale in 1889, the cottage was being used as a school. It was purchased by Mr A Blackwood who just managed to save the house in the 1895 bushfires. However, great damage was done to the cottage and mu...


"IndyWatch Feed Cvic": Friends of the Box-Ironbark Forests: Some positive news for FOBIF "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Memberships and donations are rolling in

FOBIF wishes to thank all its members for the generous donations they have made both last financial year and this current year. In fact the donations received have totalled fifty percent of the membership payments.

Your generosity will enable FOBIF to continue with its projects to help keep the biodiversity of the Box-Ironbark Forests healthy and safe into the future.

If you haven’t yet paid your membership, forms are available here.

Certificate of Appreciation

Lisa Chesters, Federal Member for Bendigo, presented a certificate of appreciation to FOBIF in recognition of our contribution to strengthening community and supporting the volunteer sector as part of International Volunteer Day December 2015.  These are fine words and well deserved – and it was appreciated by the FOBIF Committee on behalf of our members.  Well done everyone!

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"IndyWatch Feed Cvic": Friends of the Box-Ironbark Forests: Booking needed for the first FOBIF walk "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

As explained in an earlier post, this year’s first FOBIF walk will take place on 20 March and will be a combined FOBIF/Connecting Country event. The walk on private property in Sandon (near Newstead) will be led by Andrew Skeoch (Listening Earth) and Tanya Loos (Connecting Country). Have a look at our walks page to find out more.

The walk will be part of the Feather Five Festival which will take place during the weekend of 19-20 March (click here for media release). More about the festival can also be found by clicking on the poster below and at the Connecting Country website.

You will need to book for this first walk as places are limited (booking closes 17th March 2016).  Book online at As with other FOBIF walks there is no charge and we will meet at 9.30 at Continuing Education in Templeton Street. Parking is limited at the property so buses will be used to transport walkers to the starting point. The use of this booking system is a one-off as future FOBIF walks will not need to limit the number of walkers.



Living and Loving Hobart:: Telling our Culture through Food "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

NOMA My Perfect Storm

What does it mean to tell the story of a place and a time through food?

Tasmania, with our burgeoning food industry, is all arms and legs, prepubescent, growing faster than our intellect. We’re caught in a space between what's hip somewhere else and what we want to be, and the seasonal and locavore instincts of our island home. Tasmania’s palate has risen out of an Aboriginal history that saved starving white settlers and has evolved with the stories of migration, yet we’re only scratching the surface of what it means to translate a cultural identity to a plate.


Birdline Central & Southern Queensland: Black-backed Bittern at Dowse Lagoon (Sandgate) reported by Ged Tranter on 13-02-2016 "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Unobstructed views from 5 metres as it flushed from long grasses in front of me this afternoon, on the NE bank. Flew off in the direction of the Brighton St hide without calling. First site record.


"IndyWatch Feed Cvic": Castlemaine Field Naturalists Club: Geology Excursion to be Rescheduled "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Professor Julian Hollis’s talk to the CFNC last Friday (12 Feb 2016) had a large audience fascinated by the geological finds that he has made at the Upper Coliban Reservior over recent years.  Unfortunately, the planned excursion for the next day to this location had to be canceled due to the Total Fire Ban rating.

However, Julian has kindly offered to lead this same excursion on another day, which I am sure will be very popular.  I know I am looking forward to it.   The CFNC committee will discuss possible new dates for this excursion at their next meeting.   Further details to follow soon.

The AGM was also held on the same evening.  Thank you to the 2015 CFNC commitee for all of their efforts, and congratulations (and thanks in advance) to those elected for 2016:  Nigel Harland (president), George Broadway (secretary, for the 19th consecutive year!), Geoff Harris (Treasurer), Richard Piesse, Geraldine Harris and Peter Turner.  Chris Timewell (me) was elected Webmaster. Further assistance on the committee is always welcomed.

A call-out was also made for urgent assistance on the club newsletter, and in particular someone who could source and manage the incoming articles.  Special thanks was made to Noel Young for his all-composing role on the newsletter for the past 8 years.  At least in the short term, Noel is available to continue with the ‘type-setting’ of the newsletter (I hope this is the correct term).


"IndyWatch Feed Cvic": Castlemaine Field Naturalists Club: Autumn 2016 SEANA Camp "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

New CFNC committee member Peter Turner has made us aware of the upcoming camp of SEANA on the Bellarine Peninsula.  (SEANA is the South East Australian Naturalists Association).

This camp runs from 8 to 11 April, and is being hosted by the Geelong Field Naturalists Club.  Camping is at Queenscliff and excursions are planned to Mud Islands, Popes Eye and other coastal locations.  All members of field naturalists club are welcome to come along.  It looks like an interesting mix of marine and terrestrial natural history activities and talks.

Further details are available in the attachment (CLICK HERE).


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": Radio 2RDJ FM 88.1: Vale Colin Richardson "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

It is with sadness that we let you know that Colin Richardson, a long-standing and valued member of the Radio 2RDJ family, and a member of out Board of Directors, passed away this morning at 9.20 am in Concord Hospital.  He was 79.

He was admitted to hospital on New Year’s day following a fall.  Until quite recently it was hoped that he would come out of there into some level of assisted living facility but ultimately his heart could not compensate for his other health issues.

Colin is survived by his brother, Ken Richardson.


Central Queensland Plane Spotting: A Trio of Beaut Bizjets in CQ Part 2 - Marcplan Charter Gulfstream G-IV VH-MBP Comes and Gos at Hamilton Island Airport "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Another nice locally based bizjet that appears to have called into Hamilton Island Airport both on Saturday 13 February and again on Sunday 14 February was Marcplan Charter Gulfstream G-IV-X (G450) VH-MBP.

It appears that on Saturday, VH-MBP flew into Hamilton Island Airport from Melbourne (Essendon) and Sydney.  It later returned to Sydney.  Then on Sunday, VH-MBP again touched down at Hamo again from Sydney.

Sincere thanks to Kevin P for sharing this great photo!

Photo taken by Kevin Patroni  ©


Central Queensland Plane Spotting: A Trio of Beaut Bizjets in CQ Part 1 - Vistajet Bombardier Global 6000 9H-IGH at Hamilton Island and Mackay Airports "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

On Saturday 13 February three fantastic bizjets - two from overseas and one locally based - all called into Hamilton Island Airport.  Perhaps the nicest (in my opinion) was Vistajet Bombardier BD-700-1A10 Global 6000 bizjet 9H-IGH which touched down at Hamo from Townsville after earlier arriving from Malé International Airport in the Maldives.



Central Queensland Plane Spotting: RAAF Boeing C-17A Globemaster III A41-212 Missed Approach at Rockhampton Airport Friday "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

On Friday 12 February, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Boeing C-17A Globemaster III A41-212 was noted operating yet another training flight from RAAF Base Amberley.  On this occasion, it noted flying at low level up the Central Queensland coast before local plane spotter Kayanne H captured a quick photo of the Globemaster climbing out after conducting a missed approach at Rockhampton Airport.

Meanwhile, late on Thursday 11 February, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Beech B350 Super King Air turboprop A32-426 was noted conducting airwork at Longreach Airport before returning North to Townsville as "Dingo 16".

Thanks Kayanne!

Photo taken by Kayanne Hardsman  ©


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": the bowerbird girl: Smell the sea and feel the sky "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

I was in SUCH a shitty mood yesterday.

A huge week at work; 9.15pm Friday night the earliest finish for the week. Sadface indeed. I was exhausted. And CRANKY. Oh boy was I cranky. As I said to a friend last night, I don’t handle exhaustion very well and it’s time best spent in isolation. So the very last thing I felt like doing was traipsing to Bondi for a workshop where I’d have to be civil. And get out of my comfort zone. And speak in a language other than growls and/or grunts. But, as it cost me $75, reluctantly, slowly, wearily, I made the trek.

I think you can guess how it turned out. It was excellent, of course. Within 5 minutes I couldn’t believe I contemplated not going. A camera and the sea? OF COURSE they were just the tonic to revive my weary self. (Cue ‘derrrrrr’s).

Once the workshop wrapped (more on that next post) I stuffed my camera bag into an inconspicuous calico bag, chucked my towel and thongs on top and (a little nervously) took little red for another swim. Oh my, this love affair continues. Hit the video link to get a soundtrack for the watery little collection below. There are so many versions of this beautiful Van Morrison song but I’m a big Glen Hansard fan (see him live if you get the chance, he is magic). He sings with such abandon, such heart, and with his old sea dog beard don’t you think he fits these pics?

And I wanna rock your gypsy soul
Just like way back in the days of old
And magnificently we will float ...


Central Queensland Plane Spotting: Queensland Government Airwing (State of Queensland) Raytheon Hawker 850XP Bizjet VH-SGY at Mackay Airport "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

As we reported on our Facebook page, the Queensland Government Airwing (State of Queensland) Raytheon Hawker 850XP bizjet VH-SGY was noted arriving into Mackay Airport late on Tuesday 9 February from Brisbane.

File photo taken by 'AC'  ©

As I write this post, it appears that after spending the night, VH-SGY will depart Mackay early in the afternoon of Wednesday 10 February back to Brisbane.

Meanwhile, another Queensland Government aircraft - Queensland Police Service (Airwing) (State of Queensland) Cessna 560 Citation Ultra bizjet VH-PSU - is expected to call into Mackay Airport also on Wednesday 10 February during what appears to be another busy day of flying up and down the Queensland coast on prisoner transfer flights.


Central Queensland Plane Spotting: Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Boeing B737-7DT(BBJ) A36-001 at Bundaberg Airport "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Late on Tuesday 9 February, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Boeing B737-7DT(BBJ) A36-001 looked to land briefly at Bundaberg Airport while on what appeared to be a training flight.

File photo taken by Micah S  ©

It departed a short time later heading South.  It was noted be flying as "Envoy 28".


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": 89.3 FM 2GLF: Are Community Radio Listeners More Tech Savvy & Smarter than Average? "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Listeners are demanding more than an old fashion radio transistor, they are wanting to listen to content at a time that suits them.


Tasmanian Times: Visit Tasmania ... "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

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"IndyWatch Feed Melbourne": Streams & Desolations: My New Instagram Profile! "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Just a little bit of housekeeping news, I have created an Instagram profile that will be just for my art and writing-related images. You can find it under the username on Instagram. Any new followers are much appreciated! Are you on Instagram? Tell me your user name and the sorts of photos you share […]


"IndyWatch Feed Cvic": Edgar's Mission Farm Sanctuary: Valentine’s Day: Animal Magnetism "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Valentines Day

Sometimes, when you meet someone, you just click. Love, friendship and bonds that last a lifetime aren’t formed on a whim, soul mates warm together like two magnets pulled by an invisible force. We meet new face after new face, sometimes we want to nurture a budding companionship, other times we just want to back away slowly.

Farmed animals share our desires to have someone by their side. Many of Edgar’s Mission’s residents have found their special somebody, here are a few of their stories.

Valentines Day 

Lombard and Jewell

Lombard was rescued as an adult and so is flighty around people, he prefers to keep a safe distance – safe meaning the furthest side of the furthest corner of the paddock. That was until he met Jewell. Jewell was born with a congenital hoof disorder and needs a lot of care and medical attention to ensure they’re clean and trimmed comfortably.

While Jewell is having her pedicures, Lombard is always right by her side. Sheep are prey animals and instinctively run away when humans are in their flight zone, but amazingly Lombard stays close to the ewe he loves, selflessly denying his instincts to flee and bravely standing in the face of his greatest fear.

Valentines Day

Leo and Imogen

Leo once ruled the roost in Chicken Village, that was until age got the better of him and plucky younger roosters strutted into town and...


Practising Simplicity: 7/52 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

"A portrait of my youngest children, once a week, every week, in 2016."

Poet: ice-cream on the steps of the little shop that I used to walk to as a buy milk and bread and a bubble-o-bill (ISO100, f2.8, 1/640)

Percy: he stood by himself this week and when he can, will walk his way around furniture and adoring hands (ISO100, f2.8, 1/125).


Infinity in Hand: "Roses are red Violets are blue Ideas are green And colourless too" "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

“Roses are red Violets are blue Ideas are green And colourless too” - A...


"IndyWatch Feed Gippsland": Friends of Tarra-Bulga National Park: Healthy Park Walks "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Healthy Park Walks are back for 2016 and the first one is this Wednesday February 17th.
There is no better way to get active than to get out and enjoy the great outdoors in the beautiful surrounds of Tarra-Bulga National Park. Experienced guides will lead the way for a leisurely paced walk that will give you time to enjoy the wildlife and the stunning rainforest surrounds. For further details and to register visit…/tarra-bulga-park-w…/

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Tarra Bulga National Park Heart Foundation walks 2016

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Tasmanian Times: STATE: 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: Yes, look, [the CSIRO job cuts in Tasmania are] a horrible scenario that we are taking up very actively with the federal government. I have been in contact with Minister Pyne as has my minister, Matthew Groom, by phone and in writing. I am seeking an urgent meeting with Dr Marshall to understand the likely ramifications of what is an operational decision. It is not one made by the federal government in a political context. But certainly we will resist any move that has such a devastating impact on Tasmania’s scientific and research capacity, particularly those people who are employed at CSIRO, and one that diminishes Tasmania’s reputation as a hub for these sorts of endeavours. Leon Compton: Okay. It is a potentially enormously significant decision. You said in a release earlier in the week you have written to Mr. Pyne. Have you actually spoken to the Science Minister, one-on-one? Will Hodgman: Yes, I have made direct contact with Minister Pyne by phone, as has Minister Groom. Leon Compton: Okay....


Tasmanian Times: Locking away our civil rights "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

I RECENTLY read an article about former Australian Greens leader Bob Brown being arrested for protesting the logging of Lapoinya, near Wynyard in the North-West ( TT HERE and HERE and HERE, the arrest ). • Cassy O"Connor in Comments: A retired anaesthetist, two nurses and a local builder arrested under draconian Liberal anti-protest laws at Lapoinya are exactly the kind of Tasmanians who Minister Harriss pledged would not be targeted when the Bill was before Parliament in 2014. These Tasmanians are hardly the ‘extremist protesters’ repeatedly referred to by Paul Harriss during debate on the Bill.  It is becoming increasingly clear that Mr Harriss is the extremist. When Parliament resumes in March, the Greens will be tabling a Bill to repeal the legislation that would be better described as the ‘Protection from Mum and Dad Protesters Act’. The Liberals’ extreme anti-protest law is turning ordinary Tasmanians in to criminals and threatening the democratic right of every Tasmanian to take part in peaceful protest … • Sign the Civil Liberties Australia (Tas) PETITION against the protest law HERE


"IndyWatch Feed Cvic": Ben's Blog: Valentines Day – Official History "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Dead love

Catholic Martyrologies and Hagiographies list no less than 11 Saint Valentines, but it is one Saint Valentius of Narnia (l kid you not) that has come to symbolize ‘Romantic Love’, quite possibly due to the reason for his gruesome execution in Rome, way back in the year 269 -on the 14th February coincidentally.

Whilst delivering his weekly sermon to the good people of Narnia,
a town in Umbria, Valentius couldn’t help slipping the word Jesus into his homilies from time to time,(Yes, the very same J.C. who has since become a household word) a bad habit to get into, as it turns out. The mere mention of this word made the local judge, one Autuaro Asterius, prick up his ears. (if you will pardon the expression)
Valentius was put under house arrest – in the judge’s own house –as was the custom of the day. Yet again, the excitable Valentius couldn’t help blurting out that word. Now Artie explained patiently to young Vali(they were on a first name basis by now) that he was under strict instructions from ‘The-Powers-That-Be’ to have him beaten to death with a blunt instrument –publically, ( there was no television in those days) if he some much as whispered that word. But being the kindly old sock that he was, he gave young Vali one last chance to redeem himself. The judge had a beautiful daughter who was as blind as a bat. If Vali could restore her sight he would be spared the gruesome death that awaited him. Vali duly laid his hands on the girl’s eyes and spoke that word several times, (soto voce, of course) the girl opened her eyes and for the fist time in her life she saw the world in all its radiant beauty. A Miracle!
Young Vali had ticked the first box on the Application for Sainthood. Judge Arty not only revoked Vali’s imminent de...


"IndyWatch Feed Gippsland": Mountain Journal: Monaro dieback brings science and Aboriginal knowledge together "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Mountain Journal has previously written about the die back of eucalypts that has been occurring on the Monaro tablelands on the eastern side of the Snowy Mountains.

The dieback has affected a massive area, leaving a sea of “dead, standing trees” across the tablelands.

No one is, as yet, certain about the causes. It has been suggested that climate change is an underlying cause because background warming may have helped the spread of the weevils and stress on the ribbon gum trees that have died.

This piece from Bill Brown of the ABC quotes traditional owners:

Aboriginal custodians say a massive 2,000 square kilometres of eucalyptus viminalis, known as Manna Gum or Ribbon Gum, that has died on the Monaro Plains in New South Wales is the result of a lack of traditional burning practices.

Aileen Blackburn, a Ngarigo traditional custodian, points to a lack of traditional low-intensity burning as practised by Aboriginal people for thousands of years until European settlement.

“That would be one of the contributing factors and it would be a big contributing factor,” she said.

According to the story, the NSW Government recently announced funding of $499,460 over a 10-year period for Greening Australia and the CSIRO to work on a recovery strategy.

The project will involve seed collection and planting trials in a search for resilient species as well as traditional Aboriginal burning trials on Travelling Stock Reserves to evaluate the outcomes upon remnant species.

Greening Australia project co-ordinator Nicki Taws said it was hoped the traditional burning trials would result in stimu...


"IndyWatch Feed Cvic": Natural Newstead: Where have you sprung from? "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

After a brief appearance in the Spring, White-browed Woodswallows didn’t hang around to breed locally this season. Such a shame as they are striking looking birds. These seasonal migrants usually travel in flocks of between 20 and sometimes up to a thousand birds, frequently in the company of Masked Woodswallows.

It was a pleasant surprise to come across a pair in the Mia Mia earlier in the week, presumably on their way back north. This species often feeds on blossom, generally eucalypts. I can recall, many years back, seeing ironbark trees in north-east Victoria festooned with hungry White-browed Woodswallows sipping nectar from trees laden with flowers. I can’t remember seeing them using mistletoe flowers as this female was doing, but am sure it’s not an uncommon occurrence. I’d be interested in hearing of any local observations of this species that have been made over summer.


White-browed Woodswallows, Mia Mia Track, 11th February 2016


The female feeding on mistletoe



"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": AWPA Sydney News: 1) Call for Media to Advocate on West Papua Issue "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

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2) New Vanuatu PM good choice, says think tank

1) Call for Media to Advocate on West Papua Issue



"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": cityhippyfarmgirl: Keeping it real "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

It was the array of vegetables quietly lying in their own individual plastic that finally broke it for me. I felt deflated, defeated and pretty bloody miserable to be honest. Moving cities was always going to have its pockets of … Continue reading


"IndyWatch Feed Capricornia": Gender neutrality, gender bending, gays and dykes dominate Victoria education curriculum "IndyWatch Feed Qld"


Safe Schools Coalition: sexual deviants in the classroom funded by Labor senator Penny Wong

Kids as young as 11 in danger from ALP/Green homosexual agenda coming soon to a state school near you. Parents completely in the dark!

  • Natasha Bita
  • The Australian
  • February 13, 2016

A taxpayer-funded sexuality program that instructs 11-year-olds to role-play gay teenagers has been accused of crossing the line between education and advocacy in the classroom.

The controversial Safe Schools Coalition program, which teaches high school students in years 7 and 8 about sexual diversity and inclusion, is pitting religious groups against gay rights advocates.

Ostensibly an anti-bullying program, it takes a politically correct approach to sex education. Teachers are told it is “heterosexist’’ to refer to students as “girls and boys”. Prepubescent children are taught the meaning of terms such as “queer’’, “pansexual’’, “sister girl’’ and “trans guy’’.

Nearly 500 of Australia’s schools are using the program and Victoria has ordered all government schools to sign on by 2019.

The program’s teaching guide, All of Us, includes a role-playing lesson plan in which kids as young as 11 are told to imagine they are 16 and going out with “someone they are really into’’.

Half the students pretend they are with someone of the same sex; the others have a partner of the opposite sex. Students have to answer 10 questions including: “When you go out with a group of friends to the movies, would you feel c...

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"IndyWatch Feed Capricornia": GetUp is a tool of world currency manipulator George Soros "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

GetUp exposed: George Soros’ tentacles reach into Australia

The left-wingl activist group, GetUp claims it is “an independent grass-roots community advocacy organisation.”

GetUp’s founders David Madden and Jeremey Heimans are heavily involved in a number of similar US and global left-wing activist groups, each of which is tied to the shadowy billionaire, George Soros.

GetUp was inspired by, and modelled on similar US groups, such as and Win Back Respect. Madden and Heniman were co-founders of Win Back Respect. According to public records published on, when they were drawing expenses from the group in 2004, the major donor that year, with a contribution of $150,000 was George Soros.

Madden and Heimans are also involved with another Soros-financed left-wing activist group, Public records reveal that between January 2003 and December 2004, Soros contributed $2,500,999 to

Madden and Heimans are co-founders of the global activist group,, an organization that the Canadian Minister John Baird in 2008 labelled as “shadowy foreign organization tied to billionaire activist George Soros.”

Madden and Heimans can hardly claim that GetUp is non-partisan when its original board members included Australian Workers Union secretary Bill Shorten, Australian Fabian Society secretary Evan Thornley, green activist Cate Faehrmann, and left-wing trade union researcher and “community organiser” Amanda Tattersall. The largest donor to GetUp in 2010 with a donation of $1.1 million is the CFMEU.

GetUp’s benefactor, George Soros (above) is clearly partisan. Of the $3....


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...


"IndyWatch Feed Seq": Westender – West End 4101: COMMUNITY FIGHTS OVER-DEVELOPMENT "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Professor Phil Heywood, Planning Spokesperson for Kurilpa Futures, says residents should have more say on development and planning issues. Members of Kurilpa Futures protested against the loss of three pre 1911 house in Jones Street, Highgate Hill and became caught up in fiasco that demonstrates the sad reality of Brisbane City Council’s City Plan 2014. […]

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"IndyWatch Feed Seq": Westender – West End 4101: Q&A Session for local candidates "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Local community organisation Kurilpa Futures Campaign has organised a pre-election Q&A session for next Wednesday night, where candidates for The Gabba Ward and Lord Mayor of Brisbane will be speaking about development in our area. Attending are: Gabba Ward Candidates: Sean Jacobs (LNP), Nicole Lessio (ALP), Jonathan Sri (Greens), Karel Boele (People Decide); Lord Mayoral […]

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Friday, 12 February


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. • John Biggs in Comments: #8 Actually it’s even worse Pete. The resignation of Stuart Robert makes the total of state or federal parliamentarians who have been forced to resign from their party or the executive (government or parliamentary) following allegations of misconduct now totals 25 since May 2013. Twenty two are from the Coalition, three are from the Labor Party, none are from the Greens. With Shorten suddenly showing some guts over tax reform, and with education, I’m not so sure the Turnbull govt will be a shoo-in next election even if he...


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. • Isla MacGregor in Comments: Thank you John for this severe reality check and the truth behind the so-called war on terror.  I am really saddened at the annual death toll of journalists in the course of their work in conflict zones around the world.  Not enough recognition given to them for their efforts to get the truth out to the world. My heartfelt sympathies to all their family, friends and associates.

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