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Tuesday, 16 February


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: What’s the Japanese whaling fleet up to? "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Sea Shepherd calls on the Australian and New Zealand Governments to provide coordinates for Japanese whaling fleet

The Japanese whaling fleet has greatly expanded their area of illegal operations in the Southern Ocean. This makes finding them very difficult.

Sea Shepherd was expecting that Australia or New Zealand would uphold their obligations as responsible members of the International Whaling Commission, to send a ship to intercept the Japanese whaling fleet.

This does not seem to be something Australia or New Zealand are willing to do.

Therefore Sea Shepherd would like to request from Australia or New Zealand the exact coordinates of the Japanese whaling fleet so that Sea Shepherd can do the job that Australia and New Zealand refuse to do and that is to protect the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary from activities that are in violation of the rules of the IWC, in blatant disregard of the International Court of Justice and in contempt of the Australian Federal Court.

If Australia or New Zealand can kindly provide the coordinates, Sea Shepherd can stop the continuing illegal operations of the renegade outlaw Japanese whaling fleet.

Captain Paul Watson. Sea Shepherd founder

[Sea Shepherd Australia is a non-profit conservation organisation whose mission is to end the destruction of habitat and slaughter of wildlife in the world’s oceans in order to conserve and protect ecosystems and species. Sea Shepherd Australia uses innovative direct-action tactics to investigate, document, and take action when necessary to expose and confront illegal activities on the high seas. By safeguarding thebiodiversity of our delicately balanced oceanic ecosystems, Sea Shepherd Australia  works to ensure their survival for future generations. Visit for more information.]

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"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Thus Spake Mungo: Malcolm fiddles while tax burns "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

By Mungo MacCallum

So Malcolm Turnbull has undertaken yet another relaunch – a new, shiny (well, at least rather less shop-soiled) ministry, and, on the horizon, an exciting refurbished (well, at least hastily bogged up) tax plan.

And this is where the story – or at least the next exciting episode of it – really starts. Which, unfortunately, leads us all to ask: what the hell has our glorious leader been doing since last September? And the obvious answer is not very much – or, to put it more bluntly, three fifths of five eighths of bugger all, and precious little of that.

There have been high sounding homilies about change and innovation and an apparently endless and ultimately futile conversation about tax reform – a conversation in which only Turnbull, Scott Morrison and perhaps a few other privileged confidantes were allowed to take part.

It was all very appropriate, very much along the lines of consultation and sticking to the protocols Turnbull has laid down; it was even worthy – up to a point. But it was not exciting, nimble or agile and it was definitely not producing any tangible results.

And as a result, there was a need to fill the political vacuum, which was provided by a sudden exodus of ministerial resignations – voluntary or not. Warren Truss was the first to go, not unexpectedly, but harried along by both Turnbull and his own National Party. If a reshuffle was looming, then Truss had to be part of it – lingering for a another month or more could not be tolerated.

Then Andrew Robb decided that he too had served his time. Robb’s record of trade negotiations has, of course, been exemplary but whether the means have always justified the ends has been more problematical. The bilateral deals with Japan, South Korea and China may generally be accounted net plusses, but the Trans Pacific Partnership, an arrangement principally devised to limit the economic growth of China to the advantage of Americ...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": North Coast Voices: Twitter owned Liberal MP Dennis Jensen over climate change stance "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

This tweet exchange made me smile:

To be fair the Liberal Member for Tangney (WA), Dennis Geoffrey Jensen, left university with a credible BAppSc (RMIT) MSc (Melb) PhD (Monash) which qualified him in the field of biology/biotechnology, physics and material science and he did work as a research scientist for the CSIRO between 1995 to 1999.

He was on the Advisory Board of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Anti Matter/Matter Research however his register of members’ interests declarations do not make clear exactly when he began and when he vacated this non-paying position.

However, as he was employed as an air traffic controller for around three years before he managed to find science-related employment,...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": North Coast Voices: Next problem for Australian Prime Minister Turnbull - his pick as Treasurer "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

There is such a lack of talent on the government benches in Canberra that Malcolm Turnbull would have had few ministers to choose from, even if he didn’t owe Scott Morrison the treasury portfolio as exchange for his ‘support’ in the leadership challenge which saw Turnbull gain the prime ministership.

Even after three changes of portfolio, Morrison continues implementing his far-right Christian ideology which delights in screwing over the poor and vulnerable while rewarding god’s chosen - the rich.

As this report in The Sydney Morning Herald on 12 February 2016 indicates:

The most shocking thing in the Treasury analysis delivered to Scott Morrison on January 25 isn't the finding that a cut in income tax funded by a lift in the goods and services tax wouldn't boost the economy at all.

It's what Morrison asked the Treasury to model.

He asked it to model a lift in GST from 10 to 15 per cent and then ...

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Monday, 15 February


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": 89.7 Eastside FM: 2016 Kiama Jazz and Blues Festival "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The Kiama Jazz and Blues Festival, will take place between the 11th and the 13th of March for 2016. It will feature more than 80 gigs over 2 days and 3 nights in about 30 different venues in Kiama and it’s free!

Don Hopkins

Don Hopkins

About the festival

Kiama is situated in the Illawarra area of New South Wales Australia, 120 kilometres south of Sydney. Kiama is a picturesque and artistically inclined seaside town of about 20,000 people who embrace music of all types. The Kiama area includes Gerringong, Gerroa and Jamberoo.

The Kiama Jazz and Blues Club has been operating since 1974 and is run by a group of local volunteers who seek to add to the richness and diversity of the music available to Kiama.

How to Get there

Kiama is 1:45hours south of Sydney CBD (by car), about 2.5 hours north-west of Canberra, and an hour from the Southern Highlands. Kiama is on the beautiful South Coast of NSW just below Wollongong.

Its a pleasant and scenic 2.5hr train ride from Sydney Central. Most music venues are in walking distance from the train station. There are a few parking areas around the town (Leisure Centre, The Pavilion & Clubs), plus limited street parking.

What : Kiama Jazz and Blues Festival



Sunshine Coast Birdlife Australia Blog: Mid week Outing - Baroon Pocket Dam - South Side "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Sorry about the late notice but wednesday 17 feb  we have a mid week walk led by John Malings at Martin Williams Nature Walk, at the south end of Baroon Pocket Dam. Please meet in the car park at 8am.


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": 89.7 Eastside FM: Kamasi Washington @Metro Theatre on the 23rd of March "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Kamasi Washington will be performing @ the Metro Theatre in Sydney, on the 23rd of March for his World Tour. Striking out now on his own, after having been doing much of the arrangement for Kendrick Lamar’s last album To Pimp a Butterfly, Kamasi will perform in Melbourne first, then Sydney and finally in Byron Bay for the Bluesfest.

About Kamasi Washington 

At the age of 13, Kamasi Washington started a lifelong quest discovering the many wonders of music. One night, his father left his soprano saxophone lying on the piano. Kamasi, filled with curiosity for all the beauty he heard from the instrument, picked up his father’s horn. Even though he didn’t know anything about the saxophone – in fact, never even touched one – he played Wayne Shorter’s composition “Sleeping Dancer Sleep On,” his favorite song at the time.img_9994_mikepark

At the prestigious Hamilton High School Music Academy, within two years, Kamasi earned the lead tenor saxophone chair in the top jazz ensemble. At the same time, Kamasi joined the Multi School Jazz Band (MSJB) where he reunited with several childhood friends who were pursuing their passion for music. During his senior year of high school, Kamasi formed his first band, “The Young Jazz Giants,” with childhood friends including Ronald Bruner, Stephen Bruner and Cameron Graves. After high school, Kamasi received a full scholarship to study ethnomusicology at UCLA, where he explored many of the non-western musical cultures around the world. During the summer after his freshman year, Kamasi recorded his first album with “The Young Jazz Giants” to spread new sounds of jazz all around the country. In his second year at UCLA,...


"IndyWatch Feed Melbourne": The Gap Year and Beyond: Sun baking at Double Creek "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

On an early morning walk around the Double Creek Nature Walk, near Mallacoota, I came across several birds having a dust bath and soaking in some sun. I watched Eastern Yellow Robins dust bathing followed by a spot of sun baking. It was a prime spot amongst the thick forest and the Robins were moved along by a pair of Lewin’s Honeyeater who spent a bit more time at the baking spot. Normally Lewin’s are a little hard to get near and photograph but as I was slow moving and crouched down they were happy to ignore me and just get on with soaking up the rays.

I have seen several bird species at different locations sun baking: magpies actually lying on their backs in sand on the edge of a golf sand bunker – I thought they were dead until I walked up to have a closer look….not sure who got the bigger fright. I have seen pigeons with a wing in the air lying on the ground and then the Robins and Lewin’s honeyeater at Double Creek. It is not fully understood why birds do this: part of feather maintenance, drying off after a bath (though I watched these birds have a dust bath and not use water), irritating feather mites to help find and remove them, just enjoying the sun on a cool morning. Whatever the reason it was interesting to watch and photograph.

Lewin's Honeyeater Sun-baking, Double Creek Nature Walk, Mallacoota

Lewin’s Honeyeater Sun-baking, Double Creek Nature Walk, Mallacoota



Infinity in Hand: Bats have surrounded the house, fighting in the trees. The end is nigh… "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Bats have surrounded the house, fighting in the trees. The end is nigh…


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": AWPA Sydney News: UNHCR notes PNG progress on West Papuan refugees "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

UNHCR notes PNG progress on West Papuan refugees
Updated at 4:55 pm today
                        Cross border flow between Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. Photo: RNZ / Johnny Blades


Infinity in Hand: Scientists have discovered how to 'delete' unwanted memories "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Scientists have discovered how to 'delete' unwanted memories: acalc: Other interviewees include...


The Bulli Times: Corrimal robberies, man charged "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

POLICE have arrested and charged a man after four women – two in Corrimal – had their handbags snatched from their shoulders last week.
About 12pm last Monday (February 8), a 73-year-old woman who was using a walking frame for assistance, was approached by a man as she used a footpath crossing on Railway Parade, near Corrimal Railway Station.
The man attempted to remove the woman’s handbag from her walking frame, before she fell to the ground during a scuffle.
The man grabbed the handbag and ran towards a waiting vehicle with its engine running – believed to be a grey-coloured late model Holden Commodore SS or HSV utility – which was last seen driving west along Railway Parade.
The woman was treated at the scene by NSW Ambulance Paramedics and taken to Wollongong Hospital suffering shock.
Just after 2pm on Wednesday ( February 10), an 84-year-old woman was checking her mail box on Railway Parade, Corrimal, as she returned from shopping.
As she bent down, she felt someone pull her handbag away from her and saw a man running with it towards a late model grey-coloured utility parked nearby.
The man got into the utility and it was last seen driving east along Railway Parade towards Pioneer Road. The woman was not injured during the incident.
Around 3pm on Friday (February 12), a 44-year-old woman was walking through an underground shopping centre car-park in Warilla when she was approached by a man who grabbed her handbag from her shoulder and ran off.
A short time later, a 64-year-old woman was walking out of a pharmacy on George Street in Warilla, when she was approached by a man who ripped her handbag from her shoulder before getting into a grey ute and driving from the scene.
Wollongong and Lake Illawarra police commenced inquiries into the incidents and on Friday (February 12), they executed a search warrant inside a caravan at a trailer park in Barrack Point. As a result, they seized clothi...


Infinity in Hand: toriespinosa: sixpenceee: In spirit of Valentine’s day.... "IndyWatch Feed Qld"



In spirit of Valentine’s day.

(Source: Creepyism)

Even the goddamn dead nurse can get a date on Valentine’s Day bruh. 😑


Thrive On News Spiritual Awakening Magazine: What Is The Doves Spiritual Meaning "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

The signs symbology and spiritual meanings of doves or pigeon, learn to read the signs and spiritual messages of the dove with psychic medium Ian Scott.


Motorbike Writer: What are correct motorcycle tyre pressures "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Tyre pressures track day

One of the most commonly asked rider questions is “what tyre pressures should I run for [insert bike and tyre make here]?”.

British blogger Dan, who writes the popular Bike Track Days Hub, is here to answer that question:

Track day

Blogger Dan shows his style

Having the right pressure for your rider, bike and tyre combination is very important to getting the most out of your tyres both in terms of performance and longevity.

The trouble is there is no one magical pressure for one type of motorcycle or type of tyre, and as you’re about to find out there are times when you would even use different pressures for the same tyre on the same bike!

So to help you understand what actually goes into determining the best pressure for you, here’s a look at some of the things that affect tyre pressure.



"IndyWatch Feed Cvic": Friends of the Box-Ironbark Forests: Here we go again "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Like many other groups, FOBIF has been invited to make a submission to the fire planning process this year. The substance of our submission is as follows:

Our views on fire management have not changed since our 2015 submission, the substance of which we have reproduced below. Our overarching concerns are:
1. We are concerned about the conduct of large area burns [see below], and would like some detailed information about the proposed ecological and safety objectives in these operations [for example, what exactly is the ecological objective in burning Gough’s Range?]

Fryers Ridge Road, February 2016: the grey foliage is Long Leaved Box regrowth. Last year's roadside scalping has obliterated harmless groundcovers, but has led to proliferation of eucalypts which are likely to obscure sightlines within a few years. Better ways of controlling vegetation are available--and recommended.

Fryers Ridge Road, February 2016: the grey foliage is Long Leaved Box regrowth. Last year’s roadside scalping has obliterated harmless groundcovers, but has led to proliferation of eucalypts which are likely to obscure sightlines within a few years. Better ways of controlling vegetation are available–and recommended.

2. We understand that a new burn has been added, in the Fryers Ranges. We would like more information on this.
3. We are more concerned than ever about track works in bushland. We understand that these are partly designed to improve access and safety for fire...


"IndyWatch Feed Melbourne": Castan Centre for Human Rights Law: Do we need a new Human Rights Commissioner? Yes, but it’s complicated… "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Adam Fletcher

Tim Wilson has just announced his resignation as human rights commissioner to seek Liberal Party preselection for the federal seat of Goldstein. Wilson resigned from the party in 2013 to work at the Australian Human Rights Commission and is now heading back into the political fold.

So the question now is: does Australia still need a human rights commissioner? If so, should an incoming commissioner have the same “freedom” mandate as Wilson?

First, a little historical context. The role is provided for in the Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986, and Brian Burdekin was appointed to it upon the commission’s establishment in 1986. Next came more human rights luminaries – Chris Sidoti, Sev Ozdowski and Graeme Innes – who each simultaneously held the role of disability discrimination commissioner. In the years leading up to Wilson’s appointment, from 2009-2012, the commission president, Catherine Branson, held the title, but the role was widely considered to be redundant.

It therefore came as a surprise when the new Coalition government appointed a full-time human rights commissioner in 2013, especially as it was Wilson, who was a director of an organisation committed to the commission’s abolition – the Institute of Public Affairs.

Attorney-General Brandis...


Western NSW & Far West Health Libraries Blog: One study does not indicate the trend "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

A response to Gilbody et al : Computerised cognitive behaviour therapy (cCBT) as treatment for depression in primary care (REEACT trial): large scale pragmatic randomised controlled trial : BMJ2015;351:h5627

The reaction to the Gilbody paper has been swift. Following its publication, commentaries in the Guardian, the BMJ and New Scientist all cast doubt on the effectiveness of online treatments for depression. The Australian Doctor headline reads: “GP researchers slam online CBT programs for depression”. Gilbody suggests that the previously reported positive findings from online CBT are due to the studies having been undertaken by the developers, lack of adherence and poor engagement.

However, we believe the Gilbody paper, and the subsequent media publications give the wrong impression about online CBT.

Please read more at:


Western NSW & Far West Health Libraries Blog: Hospitalised injuries in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people: 2011-13 (AIHW) "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Hospitalised injuries in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people: 2011-13 provides information about hospitalised injuries among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people (0 to 24 years). The most common specific cause of injury among Indigenous children and young people was a fall (24%). Assault was the leading cause of hospitalisation for Indigenous people aged 15-17 and 18-24 years.

Media release: Indigenous children and young people more likely to be hospitalised due to injury

Download report: Hospitalised injuries in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people: 2011-13


"IndyWatch Feed Capricornia": Islamic school refuses to repay millions to Department of Education "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Malek Fahed Islamic school in Greenacre is under investigation

Malek Fahed Islamic school in Greenacre is under investigation Photo: Steven Siewert

The Malek Fahd Islamic School has accused the state government of breaching racial discrimination laws in ordering it to repay $8.5 million in taxpayer funding.

The school, which educates about 2500 Muslim students in Sydney’s south-west, is refusing to pay back the financial assistance it received between 2010 and 2011, three years after the NSW Minister for Education, Adrian Piccoli, declared that it had been unlawfully operating for profit.

In court documents, Malek Fahd said legislation introduced into NSW in October 2014 is contrary to the federal Racial Discrimination Act.

The legislation allowed the minister for education to declare that any financial assistance provided could be recovered as a debt if a school had operated for profit.

Last month, the school launched a cross-claim, arguing the minister doesn’t have the power to declare that it was operating for profit and recoup the funding. It has further argued that the NSW government still owes it state funding for the period from July 2012 to December 2013, approximately $1.2 million based on previous MySchool data.
The NSW government has asked the Supreme Court to force Malek Fahd to repay the $8.5 million it owes plus legal costs and interest at nine per cent.

Despite the litigation, the school is pushing ahead with rapid expansion plans for its third campus in Hoxton Park, on top of its multi-million dollar operations at Greenacre and Beaumont Hills.
The Greenacre campus received $17.5 million in f...


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": FBi Radio: GALLERY: FBi Presents Battles at Manning Bar "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Battles by Ben Hunt

Battles blew some minds at Manning Bar on Wednesday night for their St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival sideshow.


Photos by Ben Hunt | 10.2.16
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"IndyWatch Feed Capricornia": 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 Cvic": Bendigo Sustainability Group: Hazeldenes apply for Sustainability Award "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Hazedldenes are applying for a sustainability award.

They have installed solar PV and are looking at saving water with washing the chooks.

They also are engaging with community by looking after our environment. They had a group of employees clean up a section of the road for Clean Up Australia Day.

So more than just trying to save energy and water , they are actively engaging with the Community.


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": 89.7 Eastside FM: Bandaluzia @Venue505 with special guests from Spain! "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Bandaluzia will return to Sydney’s Venue 505 for two nights on the 18th and 19th of March, with special guests from Spain. The amazing Francesca “La Chikka” (flamenco dance), Andrej Vujicic (percussion) from acclaimed ensemble Puerto Flamenco and flamenco singer Olay Jimenez will be featuring for this two nights. Flamenco guitar player Damian Wright, Flamenco dancer Jessica Statham and James Hauptmann (Cajon) will also be featuring… It promises to be a great weekend at 505!


Bandaluzia is winning high praise for its unique australian interpretation of the powerful music and dance form…With their thrilling blend of passion and virtuosity”. Gabrielle Wilder – Sydney Morning Herald 

About the night

Bandaluzia will perform two sets, approximatively ,from 8:30pm to 11: 30pm but doors will open at 6pm so that you can enjoy dining and cocktails before the gig starts. Also come before the concert starts if you want to find some seating even if I’m sure you’ll be willing to dance during this flamenco night!

What : Bandaluzia and special Guests from Spain

Where  : Venue505, 280 Cleveland Street, Surry Hills



"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": 89.7 Eastside FM: Allen Stone @Factory Theatre on the 30th of March "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Blue-eyed soul master, Allen Stone is back to Australia and he’ll play @ The Factory Theatre on the 30th of March.
With 3 albums under his belt, singer/songwriter Allen Stone proves himself deeply devoted to making uncompromisingly soulful music that transcends all pop convention.


Drawing inspiration from musical heroes including Stevie Wonder, Stone gracefully blends everything from edgy soul-pop and earthy folk-rock to throwback R&B and Parliament-inspired funk.
He has performed on the likes of The Late Show with David Letterman, graced the pages of the New York Times, performed with Macklemore, and even landed a gig as the opening act for soul legend Al Green.
The Chewelah, Washington-bred 28-year-old’s 2011 album climbed to the top 10 on Billboard’s Heatseekers chart, along with entering the top five on iTunes’ R&B/Soul chart and gained acclaim from renowned rock critic Ann Powers.

Made in collaboration with Swedish soul singer/songwriter/phenom Magnus Tingsek, and producer Benny Cassette (Kanye West, Frank Ocean), Stone’s latest album Radius captures the warm energy of that creative connection and transports the listener to a higher and more exalted plane.

Allen’s star continues to rise. He’s one of the most breathtaking soul artists in the world today, emanating joy and astute soul sensibil...


"IndyWatch Feed Cvic": Bendigo Sustainability Group: Bendigo Foodshare nominate for a Sustainability Award "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

LOCAL organisation Foodshare is nominating for a Sustainability Award.

Foodshare collects food from organisations that have overproduction or excess and distribute it to local charities and schools as well as other agencies.


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": Refugee Action Coalition: Let them stay union model motion "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Pass this motion at a union or staff meeting:

Let Them Stay!

This meeting of ______________________ notes:
(i) that 267 asylum seekers, including 91 children (37 of whom are babies born in Australia; and 36 at school) are presently in Australia having been brought here by the immigration department from offshore detention centre of Manus Island and Nauru;
(ii) that they were brought for medical attention and mental health treatment that was not available on Nauru or Manus Island;
(iii) that they have spent around two years in detention and have not been processed;
(iv) that the detrimental effects of long term detention are well known for both children and adults;
(v) that Nauru and Manus Island are not safe for asylum seekers or refugees;
(vi) that five state and territory leaders, including Labor leaders in Victoria, Queensland and South Australia have called on the Turnbull government not to return the 267 to Nauru;
We further note that the Immigration Minister, Peter Dutton has stated that he expects this group of asylum seekers including the 91 children may soon be sent back to Nauru.

We therefore declare our complete opposition to any asylum seeker, or refugee, presently in Australia being sent to Nauru or Manus Island;
Accordingly we:
(i) call on the government not to send any asylum seeker or refugee to Manus Island or Nauru;
(ii) call on the state government to not cooperate with any attempt by the Federal government to return any of the 267 to Nauru;
(iii) will provide all appropriate moral, financial and material support for the campaign by community and refugee advocacy groups to prevent asylum seekers being returned to Manus Island and Nauru

The post Let them stay union model motion appeared first on Refugee Action C...


"IndyWatch Feed Geelong": 100 Words To Wanderlust: Where Ocean Ends, Hospitality Begins "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Dining al fresco is one glorious thing but to be pointblank riverfront with a bobbing ocean horizon calls for a little more “settling in”. As Queensland’s perfect balmy days seize diners,  warming their very souls and rendering everyone immovable, there is no choice but to lunch; long and lazy, here at Maroochydore’s Ocean Ended.

Owner Paul Holmes offers the very definition of hospitality, welcoming guests with wide-open arms, a compliment or two and the biggest smile on the Sunshine Coast. Formerly of Rickys in Noosa Heads where twilight breezes carried his jovial singing up Noosa river as he waited tables, his sparkle now lingers here on the mottled peaks of the Maroochy.

From freshly caught seafood from the very waters we’re looking at, to cider-glazed local pork with bacon marmalade and an impressive wine list, both menu and host have flair matched only by the holiday blue sky above.


Paul Holmes

OceanEnded ship



OceanEnded champagne

OceanEnded sunset



"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": FBi Radio: Le1f talks lunges, ‘jungle fever’ and pineapple hair with Charlotte Meldrum Hanna "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Le1F press shot

  • Le1f :: Interview on Arvos with Charlotte Meldrum Hanna

New York rapper Le1f is a ballet dancer turn rapper. You know, just one of those hum-drum, vanilla career paths every second person has.

How did he go from A to B to begin with and how did he do it all with such unique style? Le1f squeezed into the studio just in time to have a chat with Charlotte Meldrum Hanna ahead of his show at the Oxford Art Factory – the first time Sydney would experience his full live show including choreography and dance.

Being semi-isolated at a dance boarding school steered Le1f into experimental music. It was a gradual process, he says, and building confidence in a radically new style took time. From a classical music and ballet background, he is able to blend a deep understanding of musical form with the sexiness of rap lyrics and beat. You can appreciate this blend in his choreography too – he “loves to rap in a deep lunge”.

With themes of politics, gender and objectification featuring heavily in his songs, Le1f attracts attention with subversive performance and musical styles which hook the listener and then “engage them with the beat”.

He’s on the hunt for great restaurants in Sydney for this visit or the next, so...


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": 2RRR: Real World Gardener "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Wednesday 18th February

5 – 6pm Real World Gardener
Herb Expert Ian Hemphill will walk you through the many ways to use Chervill in your cooking in Spice It Up. Is Betel leaf something you can grow here in Vegetable Heroes? Continuing the series on “Garden Challenges” with impact damage and what you can do to help in Design Elements. There’s a new variety of Hibiscus for that tropical look in Plant Of The Week.


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": 2RRR: Midday Jazz Wednesdays "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Wednesday 17 February
12 – 2pm Midday Jazz
David Stevens will feature recordings of Machito (Frank Grillo), and his Afro-Cuban Orchestra, which Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker and Stan Kenton acknowledged as an influence on them. Also, in the new “Spotlight On Singers” segment, the focus today will be on the great Carmen McRae.


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": 89.7 Eastside FM: Interview with Nkandu Beltz on Dial Afrika Wed.17 Feb 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

NB_fierce-1140x440I was fortunate to secure an in depth recorded interview with Nkandu Beltz, and look forward to presenting it on my show this week Feb.17 at 9am. Please join me.

For more information about Nkandu Beltz’s book launch, ‘Fierce & Fabulous’, coming up on Friday Feb.19 click here.




Motorbike Writer: Moving slowly on lane splitting laws "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Lane filtering lane splitting

While Australia has largely embraced lane filtering over the past two years, the US has been moving slowly toward lane splitting.

In the latest move, Washington would allow motorcyclists to go around cars in slow-moving traffic under a proposal approved by the Senate.

They will trial a system until July 31, 2018, where motorcycles can use the left lane or shoulder to go around traffic at no faster than 25mph, and can’t be moving more than 10mph faster than the rest of traffic.


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": : A giveaway to celebrate the launch of my shiny new website! "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

With the start of the new year, it seemed like an appropriate time to do a complete website overhaul and (finally) make the leap onto WordPress (with a little nudge from the folks at Netergy).

For me, art isn’t something that should be exclusive and limited to the white walls of galleries, it’s about connection; to each other, to nature and to the greater expanse of Henosis (or the Universe, or whatever you would like to call it). It should be accessible.

So here I am, announcing the ‘launch’ of what I intend to be a platform for my work and life as an artist. I decided that I’d like to do more than show off a small selection of my work, I want to share my process with you – from inspiration and thoughts, to sketches and work in progress.

To celebrate, I’m having a giveaway! This time you have the chance to win a mini forest print in a reclaimed teak frame (pictured above), plus unframed prints will go out to five runners-up.

There are three ways to enter, so take your pick (or do all three to up your chances!):

  1. Sign up to my mailing list receive (occasional) updates and exhibition invites.
  2. Regram one of my images on Instagram, follow me @littlekareena and include the hashtag #kareenazerefos (make sure your account is public).
  3. Share one of my images on Facebook, ‘like’ my page and tag me @kareenazerefosart.


I’ll be drawing the winner and runners-up from a hat on the 5th of March.

Best of luck x

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"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": All in the Name of Liberty: Ghosts of bikes and cars "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

 A nice assembly of garbage bags and bins in front of the Uniting church on King St- it may have been Valentines day, but also a Sunday.

I drew a bunch of portraits of beautiful couples, but not many people got through onto these 2 pages

Happy Chef


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

Tuesday 16 February
2 – 4pm There Goes That Song Again
This week we continue with the third and final part of our “Johnnie Ray Three O’Clock Special”. We will cover his recordings in the 1960’s.


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": 2RRR: Midday Jazz Monday "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Monday 8 February
12 – 2pm Midday Jazz
Midday Jazz will again be somewhat mixed with tracks from Rick Fay’s Big 8, late 1940’s, Benny Goodman’s small groups, early Ella Fitzgerald and various groups recorded at the Blue Angel Jazz Club in the early 1970’s.


"IndyWatch Feed Melbourne": St Kilda News: St Kilda Festival has been sealed with a kiss "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

St Kilda Festival has been sealed with a kiss as local Elsternwick couple Elizabeth Henderson and Samuel Butcher said ‘I do’ in front of a huge crowd live on the Main Stage. As part of the festival’s Valentine’s Day celebration, the couple were wed by celebrant Kelly Rossi and presented a wedding cake by the […]


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Plan to cover council roofs with solar panels mooted "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Greens Senator Larissa Waters. Photo supplied

Greens Senator Larissa Waters. Photo supplied

A bold Greens plan that could see all council buildings and infrastructure around the country fitted with rooftop solar panels so councils can cut their power bills and save ratepayers money is being launched today.

The plan allows solar companies to install solar panels on council property in a mutal exchange to cut power costs.

Australian Greens deputy leader and climate change spokesperson, Qld Senator Larissa Waters, will discuss the plan at the Solar Citizens Political Forum at 11.30 am QUT Gardens Point today.

‘Council can offer up the roofs of its libraries, swimming pool buildings and bus depots, in exchange for cheaper power bills,’ Senator Waters said.

‘This is an example of the proactive, positive work forward-thinking local governments can do to be part of the solar-powered economy,’ she said.

Queensland Greens’ Brisbane lord-mayoral candidate, Ben Pennings, said the Greens’ ‘Shading Our Suburbs’ Plan would also invite tenders for new structures for solar panels that create shade.

‘For example, solar companies could build solar panel shade structures for car parks at council’s swimming pools to run the power-hungry pumps,’ Mr Pennings said.

‘It w...


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": Timber and Steel: Watch the New Fanny Lumsden Video “Land of Gold” "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Image Courtesy of Fanny Lumsden Late last week Timber and Steel favourite Fanny Lumsden released the second clip from her debut album Small Town Big Shot, the wonderful “Land of Gold”. The clip was directed by Anna Phillips (who also directed Lumsden’s first clip “Soapbox”) and was shot in Western NSW. “We really wanted to […]


"IndyWatch Feed Melbourne": MLUG - Melbourne Linux Users Group: start - [Next Meeting *MONDAY* 29th February] "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Address PlaceThe Dan O’Connell HotelAddress 225 Canning St, Carlton. Victoria. 3053 Pre-meeting 6pm front bar Time for Meeting 7:30pm in the function room out back ground level Parking Kay St has 4hr and finishes 6:30pmWebsite Phone (03) 9347 1502Email TOPIC: General geeky discussions on open source, system admin and programming. Feel free to volunteer for a talk on our mailing list.


"IndyWatch Feed Geelong": Ocean Grove Voice: Cobras book finals berth "IndyWatch Feed Vic"


IN-FORM Collendina booked a BPCA A Grade finals berth following an impressive 91-run away win over Barwon Heads.
Cobra co-coach Ben Ricardo said his team was building a strong foundation ahead of next month’s finals.
“Stoked to secure a finals’ spot and get some reward for our efforts this season,” Ricardo told the Voice.
“We really feel we are building nicely this season and are very keen to go deep in finals.”
Chasing 189 for victory on day two, the Cobras rolled Barwon Heads for only 97 from 55.4 overs.
Collendina gun all-rounder Andy Higgins made a stunning return in his first A Grade appearance this season and finished with figures of 2/23 from 13 overs.
Experienced new ball bowlers Charlie Lamb, who claimed 3/38 from 20 overs, and Jye Hearps, who took 3/32 from 22.4 overs, helped guided their side to victory.
“Charlie (Lamb), Jye (Hearps), Higgo (Andy Higgins) were all brilliant and Higgins’ spell just before the tea break really turned the game in our favour,” Ricardo said.
On day one, Collendina made a stunning recovery from 4/37 thanks to a vital innings from Nathan Walter (72).
Walter and James Rock (40) shared in a crucial 105-run fifth-wicket partnership stand to leave the visitors in a competitive position midway through day one.
Tailender Lamb hit 25 late in the innings as the Cobras were all out for 188 from 72.4 overs.
“To end up with 188 after a poor start was really pleasing,” he said.
Collendina now faces a perfect test to prepare for A Grade finals with a two-day game against ladder leader Portarlington at Portarlington on Saturday 20 February to end its regular season.
A TIMELY half-century from Collendina B Grade opener Cameron Kavailiunas (61) was not enough for the Cobras to score victory in their two-day game at home against Barwon Heads.
Collendina, which won toss and batted first, was bowled out for 164 from 56.4 overs on day one....


"IndyWatch Feed Geelong": Ocean Grove Voice: Ocean Grove nippers star at home "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

THE 1000 plus state wide competitors on Saturday February 14 at Life Saving Club Junior State Carnival saw Ocean Grove SLSC nippers perform exceptionally well.
The Ocean Grove nippers won events in every single age group.
On Sunday 14 February, at the Western/Surf Coast regional event Ocean Grove SLSC performed well.
Surf Life Saving Clubs from Point Lonsdale to Warrnambool competed at the Sunday based event which is seen as qualifier for the 2016 Victorian Junior Championships.
Ocean Grove SLSC were aiming to qualify for every single event in each age group, and were pleased that the nippers had worked so hard.
From Under 9 to Under 14s, both boys and girls, have qualified for all the events at the state championships which will be held in Warrnambool in early March.
The Under 12 Ocean Grove SLSC girls were a major highlight and qualified in everything including two board relay teams.
All Under 12 girls qualified for individual board race, beach relay team, the swim team, three belt and reel teams where Ocean Grove came first, second and third.
The Ocean Grove Under 10 boys also did well and qualified for everything and will be hard to beat at the Lorne based State nipper carnival on Sunday 28 February.
Ocean Grove SLSC head coach, Sonia Kinsey said the Under 14 boys were great performers across the two days of competition.
“The Under 14 boys have grown another leg in the last couple of months,” Kinsey said.
“They have grown, they are more confident and they are not as nervous on the starting line.”
The Ocean Grove SLSC nippers, parents and coaching team are pleased with how well the club perfomed.

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"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Rescue chopper launches exclusive Rescue Club "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Elaina Underhill, 2, is the first member of the Rescue Club. (supplied)

Elaina Underhill, 2, is the first member of the Rescue Club. (supplied)

Elaina Underhill is the inaugural member of a very exclusive club.

The two-year-old was flown to the Lady Cliento Hospital in Brisbane last year on the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter after being involved in a serious motor vehicle accident that resulted in the death of her sister Elle.

Elaina is the daughter of daughter of Richmond Local Area Command sergeant Steve Underhill and his wife Michelle.

Now that she is recovered, Elaina is helping the rescue helicopter service launch a new exclusive club for others that have also been transported by the chopper.

A spokesman said the helicopter service had flown more than 8,200 missions since it was launched in 1982.


The Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter is inviting past patients to join Elaina in registering to become part of the Rescue Club via its website

For a once off registration fee of $10 each member will receive a special Rescue Club badge, regular newsletters and special event invitations.

The spokesman aid the S...


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"IndyWatch Feed Geelong": Ocean Grove Voice: Combine team need win against Leopold "IndyWatch Feed Vic"


THE Under 17 combined Ocean Grove/Colledina team make the journey to Leopold to take on Leopold Peel in this must win two day clash.
They are level on points with Leopold making a win here even more important. Leopold won the toss and elected to bat and they got off to a fine start.
The first wicket didn’t fall until the score was on 105 and Leopold were heading for a mammoth total. Quick wickets were needed and a reduction in the Peel run rate a must.
The combines spinners and part timers didn’t disappoint. The wicket were shared and the wickets began to fall at regular intervals.
Cody Richardson, Fletcher Long and Sam Walsh all took one wicket apiece.
Craig Goodger was economical with 2/9 off 6 overs and Sam Harper cleaned up the tail also with the figures of 2/9.
Riley Kohler was the chief wicket taker with an innings defining 3/20 off 6 overs. The run rate had been reigned in and the score kept to a more manageable 10/187 off 49.3 overs.
The combine team ended day one on 0/6 with Logan Taylor and Sam Walsh, who are both in good form, eager to lead the run chase on day two.
Sam Walsh and Logan Taylor opened the run chase for the combine.
These two are in red hot form and today this form would be needed to get these runs. They didn’t disappoint.
Taylor made another ton, it’s just what he does, and Walsh was again reliable with a well made 65.
Ronan Healy chipped in with 11 and Fletcher Long made 18. The total was reached with ease. 2/205 was the final score.
The combine team now sit in third with one game to go but a loss next game could see the footy boots come out early.
THE under 13s head into this round ten two day clash sitting third on percentage alongside Leopold.
They take on fifth placed Ocean Grove Grubbers at the Shell Road Recreation Reserve. A gap of twelve points has formed between the top and bottom four which is...


"IndyWatch Feed Geelong": Ocean Grove Voice: Grubs juniors well placed for finals "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Compiled by Paul Madden

AS we come up to the end of the season leading into finals with one home-and-away round left, the juniors are well placed for finals appearances.
Both under-15 teams have continued with good wins and sees them consolidated top of the ladder and second respectively giving them both a home game semi-final. Similarly the under-13 Swans, after a big win, are now placed top of the ladder and a home final for them also.
Under 15 OG Red D’Arcy Division
OG Red won the toss and decided to bat first, scoring a respectable 9/206, with Charlie Walter and Flynn Hardiman both scoring 52 not out and supported by Taliesen Platt and Liam Mullen 28 and 24 respectively. Queenscliff were then sent in to have a hit but fell short scoring 126 with outstanding bowling by Nathan Scarpa taking 4/13 from his five overs and Brad Walder 2/9 from his three overs. A huge win for the boys which has cemented them in top spot and guaranteed them a home semi-final
Under 15 OG White McMahon Division
The OG White boys got up early to travel to Lara but it was worth it with the boys winning the toss and bowling first keeping Lara to a gettable 6/144 from 45 overs with Liam King 2/18 from six overs and Mitch Gawley Price 1/6 from five overs. Second week up early again to go and have a bat but the early morning rise had no effect on the boys as they piled on 4/232, with the reliable Louie Beale and Harry Tregenza 51 and 50 both retired, Will Owen getting 21 and Henry Walsh 16 retired. This was a must-win game and the boys consolidated their finals with second on the ladder
Under 13 OG Swans Norquay Division
OG Swans lost the toss and Drysdale decided to bat first scoring a respectable 5/125 from their 52 overs. The Ocean Grove boys then came out to bat and were switched right on from the start showing why they are top of the ladder making a huge 277. Nathan Down was unbeaten with 43 retired, supported by Hayden Ewart 31 retired a...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Obama urges Putin to stop Syria assault "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

A Russian air force technician attaches a bomb to a Russian ground attack jet at Hemeimeem air base in Syria. AP Photo/Vladimir Isachenkov

A Russian air force technician attaches a bomb to a Russian ground attack jet at Hemeimeem air base in Syria. AP Photo/Vladimir Isachenkov

Washington [AAP]

US President Barack Obama has urged Russia to stop bombing ‘moderate’ rebels in Syria in support of its ally Bashar al-Assad, a campaign seen in the West as a major obstacle to latest efforts to end the war.

Major powers agreed on Friday to a limited cessation of hostilities in Syria but the deal does not take effect until the end of this week and was not signed by any warring parties – the Damascus government and numerous rebel factions fighting it.

The Kremlin said President Vladimir Putin and Obama had agreed to intensify cooperation to implement the agreement on Syria struck in Munich.

After a phone call between Putin and Obama, confirmed by the White House on Sunday, the Kremlin said both gave a ‘positive valuation’ to the Munich meeting.

The Kremlin statement made clear Russia was committed to its campaign against Islamic State and ‘other terro...


"IndyWatch Feed Geelong": Ocean Grove Voice: Grove packed for state events "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

MORE than 1000 state elite junior lifesavers collectively took part in two huge days of Life Saving Victoria nipper competitions held across the weekend at Ocean Grove beach on Saturday.
Hundreds of Ocean Grove SLSC nipper competitors were among the 1200 plus junior state wide participants in the LSV Junior State Carnival.
Local and state wide nippers backed up at the LSV Western/Surf Coast Victorian junior event on Sunday, which was a qualifier for the 2016 Victorian Junior Championships.
OGSLSC president Steve Peatling said it proved why Ocean Grove was chosen as a successful location to host for back-to-back days of competitions.
“That was shown by numbers that attended how popular Ocean Grove based carnivals are,” Peatling said.
“Location wise, Ocean Grove is a fantastic location it is pretty central location for everybody. For a junior carnival like this, Ocean Grove is still a reasonably safe beach, I think that has got a lot to do why this beach is so popular when we run a carnival.”
Up to 200 local club volunteers helped out both days across the weekend, while more than 150 Ocean Grove SLSC nippers participated in two days of competition.

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"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Aftershocks rattle Christchurch "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Wellington [AAP]

Aftershocks have rattled Christchurch in the wake of a 5.7-magnitude quake that shook the city almost five years on from the devastating tremor that killed 185 people and caused widespread destruction.

A host of small shakes kept residents on edge through the night after Sunday’s shallow quake.

A cliff collapsed into the sea near Taylors Mistake, with five young lifesavers narrowly avoiding injury, stock fell from shelves and shoppers were forced to flee malls when the quake hit soon after 1pm, local time.

No serious injuries were reported and there were only minor issues with the city’s infrastructure.

Mayor Lianne Dalziel said the city was in a much better state than it was when the deadly 6.3-quake hit on February 22 in 2011 but it did nothing for the nerves.

‘It really is a real set-back psychologically for the city,’ she said.

Prime Minister John Key said the buildings in the city are much stronger than they were five years ago and by all accounts had come through the quake well.

Three schools – Christchurch Girls’ High School, Aranui High School and St Thomas of Canterbury – will be closed on Monday and the Ministry of Education said it was up to individual schools to decide if they opened.

GeoNet spokeswoman Anna Kaiser told AAP residents can expect a number of aftershocks in the coming days and scientists say there is a 50 per cent chance of another quake above 5.



"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Building of Ocean Shores sports field set to start "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

unnamedFamilies and sport lovers in north Byron shire will soon see a start to construction of the long-awaited sports field on Shara Boulevard.

Byron Shire Council yesterday announced it was ‘full  steam ahead’ for building the new facility, with a start set for later this month.

Mayor Simon Richardson welcomed the tender being awarded for the building of the North Ocean Shores Sports Field and said there would be some very happy residents in the north of Byron Shire.

‘The community has been waiting a long time for this project and we are on the way to delivering the new facility,’ Cr Richardson said.

‘It’s fully funded and will become a central hub for the many families who support healthy lifestyles and outdoor activities.

‘Site establishment has been completed and we’re looking forwarded to the kick-off later in the year,’ he said.

The tender has been awarded to Main Constructions Pty Ltd, a contractor experienced in the delivery of sporting fields and facilities.

Council’s director of infrastructure services, Phil Holloway said construction would start later this month and due for completion in August this year.

Mr Holloway said that subject to favourable weather, the amenities building, car park and associated infrastructure was planned to be completed by June, with the field being playable by August following the required turf establishment and maintenance period.

President of the Shores United Soccer Club, Marc Patten, said ‘this is fantastic news and eagerly awaited by our community’.

‘The announcement coincides with what will be a record turn out for the Shores United Soccer Club over the next year,’ Mr Patten said.

‘The new facility is greatly appreciated in a com...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Noise harder on children than adults "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Photo Travis Isaacs

Photo Travis Isaacs

Washington [AP]

From the cacophony of day care to the buzz of TV and electronic toys, noise is more distracting to a child’s brain than an adult’s, and new research shows it can hinder how youngsters learn.

In fact, one of the worst offenders when a child is trying to listen is other voices babbling in the background, researchers said on Saturday at a meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

‘What a child hears in a noisy environment is not what an adult hears,’ said Dr Lori Leibold of Boys Town National Research Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska.

That’s a quandary in our increasingly noisy lives because ‘young children learn language from hearing it,’ said Dr Rochelle Newman of the University of Maryland.

‘They have a greater need for understanding speech around them but at the same time they’re less equipped to deal with it.’

It’s not their ability to hear. For healthy children, the auditory system is pretty well developed by a few months of age.

Consider how hard it is to carry...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Vigil continues for Baby Asha in Brisbane "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Refugee activists protest outside the Lady Cilento Children's Hospital in Brisbane on Sunday. AAP Image/Dan Peled

Refugee activists protest outside the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital in Brisbane on Sunday. AAP Image/Dan Peled

Cleo Fraser, AAP

Protesters calling on authorities to let Baby Asha stay in Australia instead of being returned to detention on Nauru will again rally outside a Brisbane hospital.

The 12-month-old girl was brought to Brisbane’s Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital last month after suffering burns when boiling water was accidentally spilled on her while in detention on Nauru.

She has since recovered but doctors say they will keep her at the hospital until ‘a suitable home environment is identified’.

Asha, as well as her mother and father, are set to be sent back to Nauru once the child is discharged.

A vigil has been held in front of the hospital since the news that Asha was being treated there broke on Friday night.

During a second rally on Sunday protesters called for immigration minister Peter Dutton and prime minister Malcolm Turnbull to show Asha some love on Valentines Day and let her stay in th...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Green talks on drug decriminalisation "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The Australian Greens will continue a national drug decriminalisation tour this week, holding round table meetings on ending prosecutions for individual user.

Greens leader Richard Di Natale has long called for decriminalisation of drugs in Australia, under which the drugs would still be illegal to supply but no criminal charges would apply for users.

He told ABC radio on Monday drug use should be treated as a health issue, with police resources diverted to treatment services.

In August last year Mr Di Natale pointed to Portugal’s policy of not making personal possession of drugs a criminal offence: ‘And it’s a policy that fits in with what I learned as a doctor working in a drug and alcohol clinic.

‘The people I saw as patients had a lot in common. They struggled with physical drug dependence and with the other things that anchor us in our lives like family, friends, relationships, a job and a roof over our heads – they struggled to manage all of those things.

‘They often had mental illness – anxiety, depression or psychosis. Sometimes these illnesses were triggered by their drug use, sometimes they preceded it.

‘One thing that definitely doesn’t help them is getting caught up in the criminal justice system. For someone struggling just to get off drugs and keep a roof over their head, an encounter with the law is almost guaranteed to erase any progress they had made.

‘We wouldn’t arrest people for developing diabetes, but other patients struggling with a serious health issue could easily find themselv...


"IndyWatch Feed Geelong": Ocean Grove Voice: Grubbers snap four-game losing streak "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

THE Grubbers’ A Grade side snapped a four-game losing streak after a resounding 67-run win over Queenscliff.
Defending a competitive 194, Ocean Grove bowled out Queenscliff for 127.
Ocean Grove coach Paul Jubber, who took 3/14 from 10 overs, praised young fast bowling pair Lindon Guiffrida, who claimed 1/25 from 15 overs, and Rob Proctor.
Proctor who chimed in with 2/15 from eight overs, remained 21 not out with the bat on 6 February.
“Guiffrida and Proctor were outstanding with the new ball,” Jubber said. “We are delighted with the progress of our emerging players.”
The Coutas were in a comfortable position at 3/94, but lost their way and lost 7/33.
Despite Jubber conceding its focus is not playing finals in 2015/16 after Ocean Grove’s 3-0 start to season, he said it was important to nurture youth.
“To get games into our emerging players and for them to play is a positive and it is a bonus to win, which is a great result for the club,” Jubber said.
On day one, promising Grubber opener Jackson Kent (50) led the way with a half-century.
Kent is the leading Ocean Grove A Grade run scorer this season with his tally of 264 runs at 33, which included two half-centuries.
Ocean Grove batsman Issac Saunders is making the most of an A Grade promotion after his innings of 43, which included six boundaries and one six.
Queenscliff captain Tony Hanafin, who claimed 3/14 from nine overs, was his side’s most successful bowler on day one.
Ocean Grove, which has a 4-4 record after nine rounds, faces winless Wallington in a home two-day game on 20 February to wrap up the season.
IN B Grade, Ocean Grove almost pulled off an unlikely outright victory against Anglesea in their two-day game at Anglesea Recreation Reserve.
The Grubbers, who won the toss and batted first, declared at 4/309 from 58 overs on day one.
The Ocean Grove batting quartet of Rhys Sheather (78), Pat Kuipers (79), Corey Buxt...


"IndyWatch Feed Geelong": Ocean Grove Voice: Grant win for sports "IndyWatch Feed Vic"


BELLARINE MP Lisa Neville was at Shell Road Reserve last Friday to announce funding for new interchange benches and netting behind the goals.
“We worked with the clubs to find out what they wanted,” she told the Voice.
“Netting and the interchange benches were their first priority.”
Ms Neville said the Victorian Government made the $53,110 commitment after having already funded the ground’s new scoreboard.
“It’s just an added extra – to make sure this will be a state-of-the-art facility for decades to come,” she said.
Ms Neville joined councillor Jan Farrell, local sporting leaders and the Shell Road Pavilion Board of Management for the announcement.
Board president Phil Emery said the interchange boxes would take just days to build and will be ready for the start of the football season on 26 March.
“Nets are nice to have but coach’s boxes and interchange boxes are essential – you can’t play without them,” he said.
“If not for this funding games wouldn’t be able to proceed.”
He and board secretary Ian McTaggart agreed the facility was a “benchmark for Geelong”.
“We couldn’t have hoped for a better result for the dollars available,” Mr Emery said.
“They sought our input and our relationship with the council has been fantastic.”
Cr Farrell, who is the council’s Community Safety Portfolio holder, thanked the State Government for the funding.
“For me, stopping the balls from going out onto Shell Road is a great outcome,” she said.
The government funded the project through its $100 million Community Sports Infrastructure Fund.
Also at the announcement, were Surfside Waves Soccer Club president Andy Sattler and Ocean Grove director of netball Gill Hodgson.

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"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: New ministers swot up as PM tours north "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Prime minister Malcolm Turnbull addresses an Advance Cairns meeting on Sunday. AAP Image/Brian Cassey

Prime minister Malcolm Turnbull addresses an Advance Cairns meeting on Sunday. AAP Image/Brian Cassey

Canberra [AAP]

Members of Malcolm Turnbull’s new-look ministry will be swotting up on their portfolios as the prime minister undertakes a three-day north Australia tour.

The new team which includes more women, younger talent and promotions, will be sworn-in by the governor general on Thursday.

Education minister Simon Birmingham has thrown his support behind the changes, which have been forced by retirement, resignations and scandals but Labor says they add chaos just months from the crucial pre-election budget.

Labor will also this week continue to promote its plans in government to limit negative gearing to new properties and a cut in the capital gains tax discount to 25 per cent from 50 per cent.

The changes aim to ease housing affordability with additional supply, while providing a more level playing field for new home buyers.

But treasurer Scott Morrison has likened the proposals to Labor’s now defunct m...


"IndyWatch Feed Geelong": Ocean Grove Voice: Club Grove gears up for bowls finals "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Compiled by Matt Flapper

Pennant finals approaching
WITH the finals just around the corner for both midweek and Saturday pennant competitions, the next two weeks will determine the fate for all sides concerned.
In the Saturday competition, all eight teams are still a chance to feature in the top four.
Premier Division and defending champions have worked their way back into contention with a run of great form thus far in 2016. Currently in fourth position they face off with Lara and City Of Geelong to finish the home-and-away season.
Division Two is the only team that heads its leader board in the Division while the 5s, 7s, 9s and 10s are all third after 16 rounds. Division Three sit fourth which is a fantastic effort so far considering it earned promotion from Division Four last year. Sitting seventh but only one game out of fourth place the Division Eight team will need to secure the points in the remaining two matches to have any chance of securing that fourth spot.
With four opportunities to play finals in the midweek competition, defending premier Division One is on track to feature prominently at the business end, as is Division Two having enjoyed a great start to the year. Four wins on the trot and momentum building, the Twos have worked their way into fourth spot.
Division Three continues to dominate its division – currently on top – while some terrific performances from some of our newer bowlers and inexperienced skippers in Division Seven have them a big chance sitting fourth.
The final two weeks of the season will tell the story, but to have 12 teams with an opportunity to reach the play-off stages is a remarkable effort to date.

Classic stars from City of Geelong
WITH the final result of the 2016 R.T. Edgar Men’s Classic Fours in the balance until the final bowl of the tournament it was the City of Geelong foursome skipped by Brendan Umbers that would rise to the top of the leade...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Byron’s V-Day dances and rises for revolution "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Ilona Harker sings a song for 100 women who lost their lives at hands from their home as their names were shown in remembrance. Photo Tree Faerie.

Ilona Harker sings a song for 100 women who lost their lives at hands from their home as their names were shown in remembrance. Photo Tree Faerie.

Sunday dawned on over 200 women and girls – daughters, sisters, aunties, friends, nieces, mothers, lovers and others, along with small contingent of men, as part of the One Billion Rising for Revolution and the fourth annual flash mob dance to celebrate V-Day on Byron’s Main Beach.


"IndyWatch Feed Melbourne": darkly wise, rudely great: Australia's pathological indifference to refugees' suffering "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Drawing from a child imprisoned on Nauru
My most recent Canberra Times column is on Australia's treatment of asylum seekers.

In 'Australians' pathological indifference to refugees' suffering', I discuss the dubious ethics of our mandatory offshore detention regime. A sample:
Even if adult asylum seekers were guilty of serious legal or ethical transgressions – again, there is no evidence of this – this would be no argument for the punishment of children. Yet many Australians accept what amounts to institutional abuse. They might lament the situation, saying that it's a shame to imprison kids indefinitely; that alleged sexual assault of minors is a terrible thing; that it is hardly ideal these children are "among the most traumatised" Australian paediatricians have seen. But they still support the system itself, the efficacy of which is prefaced on suffering.
In this, my fellow citizens are supporting evils. They are vicious, in the original sense: demonstrating vices. 
These vices might include cruelty, understood as a pathological indifference to others' suffering. The medical qualifier is vital here, as human flourishing requir...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Man charged with thefts in Nimbin "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

A 45-year-old man will appear in court today after being charged with a series of break-ins around the Nimbin area.

Police executed a search warrant at a home on Gungas Road, Nimbin last Tuesday and located a large amount of property, which was believed to be stolen.

The 45-year-old male resident was arrested and charged with 19 offences, including property, drug, and firearm offences.

Following an extensive investigation, Lismore detectives have linked the alleged stolen property to alleged break-ins throughout the Nimbin area between May 2014 and December 2015.

The 45-year-old man was subsequently charged with 20 counts of break, enter and steal, three counts of steal from dwelling and larceny.

He has been granted strict conditional bail and is due to appear at Lismore Local Court on Monday 14 March 2016.


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"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Drone disabled and confiscated "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

We have in our possession the drone that was flying over our house in The Pocket today, Sunday, at approximate 08:50 hours.

This drone was flying in contravention to the laws set out by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority. We used our own means to capture this intrusive peeping-tom aerial device and don’t intend to return it.

All drone operators, please be on notice that we have the technology to disable, capture and detain drones.

Name withhold on request, Billinudgel

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"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Byron councillor’s smooth ways not helping "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Sol Ibrahim is using the tools of an inveterate politician.

Say anything and make it sound good and the masses will not ask to see the evidence, or in this case they could be fooled into thinking that Sol has a grasp on the intricate functions of a healthy wetland, (and exactly how much building Byron Bay can sustain and keep healthy) in providing habitat for rare species, flood water escape routes, acid sulphate soil handling, breeding grounds for fish, a way for water to flow out of the hills, and care for a specific and important biota.

If there is evidence to show that the West Byron Wetland is not intrinsically crucial to the health of Byron Bay – where is it?

There has been a comprehensive and thorough alternate map submitted of how West Byron can be developed without destroying the wetland (by John Sparks.)

That concept would require land owners to cooperate, and council to take the time to learn about the importance of wetlands, and work with the land owners to create a global example of intelligent design, to keep negotiating for the best possible thing, not a legally unchallengeable outcome, but the right one.

Sol, rather than complain of no forewarning of the scorecard, why not answer each concern publicly, you now do have the list!

Sol, who often states his good character by his work in an NGO managing child care, could do as well both politically and really by understanding the new paradigm, which is that the future of today’s children, and future generations really does matter and that health is essential to any economy.



"IndyWatch Feed Melbourne": The NORTHSIDER: WAKE UP AND SMELL THE COFFEE | PROUD MARY "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Jo Rittey has a soul-filling start to her day at Proud Mary's in Collingwood. Fat Freddy's Drop on the turntable, excellent coffee, and the feeling of goodness you get from being around people who love what they do.



"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": 89.7 Eastside FM: Album of the Week – ‘The Road to Love’ by Kenny Burrell "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

‘The Road to Love’ (High Note Records Inc.) by Kenny Burrell is Eastside Radio’s Album of the Week.

The legendary guitarist captures a moment in time live on stage showcasing his enduring talent and love for the instrument he has dedicated his life to mastering. The album is a perfect example of an artist effectively balancing the role of both frontman and band member. Burrell could have easily created yet another album that was centrally focused on himself and patrons would have just as willingly supported the project, but the experienced artist has made a conscious decision with this record to highlight his fellow band members equally. Each track has a minimum of two solos and traverses some of the most renowned standards to some freshly penned originals. Particularly outstanding tracks include Burrell’s finger work on the latin infused ‘Serenata’, and original ‘Brush Magic’ led by drummer Clayton Cameron.

The latter third of the album introduces the vocal stylings of Barbara Morrison, with who listener’s may be familiar with following her visit in 2002 to perform and record ‘Live Down Under’. Burrell introduces her as the vocalist who can sing anything and in her brief time on stage, they somehow manage to showcase that. To open and effortlessly transition into her set Morrison continues on with a bluesy performance of the album’s title track. She turns the crowd into a mad house audibly clapping and singing along to the performance as she wails and belts the blues out across the track. She then follows that performance on by kindly requesting to pay tribute to the one and only Billie Holiday with the Ballard ‘Crazy He Calls Me’. Many a performer might resist such a sudden change in dynamic and mood in favour of keeping the energy...


"IndyWatch Feed Cvic": Natural Newstead: Golden moments #1 "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Eastern Yellow Robins … dappled, golden morning light – a compelling combination.

These shots are of a pair seen in the Rise and Shine at the weekend. They are easily found in the alluvial drainage lines at any time of year.


Eastern Yellow Robin, Rise and Shine, 14th February 2016









"IndyWatch Feed Capricornia": Get fair dinkum, Carbon Dioxide has nothing to do with controlling climate "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

by Viv Forbes, science writer

If governments truly believe that man’s production of carbon dioxide causes dangerous global warming, they would ban the use of motor cars, motor trucks, tractors, motor homes, motor bikes, motor mowers, motor launches and petrol-driven chain saws. These all pump out the two dreaded greenhouse gases – carbon dioxide and water vapour. Horses, bullocks, wagons, bicycles, scythes, row-boats and axes are the true-green tools – all were good enough for our pioneers.

They would also close all coal, oil and gas-fired power stations, and cover the land and buildings with solar panels and windmills. (Smart people would also stock up on candles and fire-wood for those cold still nights and cloudy windless days.)

Fair dinkum climatists would also ban all tourism advertising. It just encourages people to jump into cars, buses, trains, aeroplanes and ships to go somewhere else, consume local resources, produce tonnes of CO2 and then come home again (passing in transit all the other people doing the same trips in reverse). We should surely be instructed to stay home and watch David Attenborough on battery-powered TV.

What about all the government-promoted fireworks displays, motor rallies, sport extravaganzas and never-ending world games and expos? These all require millions of people to go somewhere, consume things and then return home, producing heaps of carbon dioxide. With the modern magic of NBN, every Australian could have a ringside seat at every world circus without leaving the comfort of their own lounge chair.

And if governments were Fair Dinkum, they would have already nominated a region to pilot-test the costs/benefits of their true-green society. (I nominate Tasmania.)

Today’s politicians are not Fair Dinkum.

If they were Fair Dinkum, they would confess that carbon dioxide is innocent and all this has nothing to do with controlling climate, b...


"IndyWatch Feed Capricornia": Former FBI and National Security Intelligence officer warns WWIII is 18 days away "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

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New York, NY  USA

Russia has publicly warned Saudi Arabia, the US, and other countries, they risk “a new world war” if they act on plans to send troops into Syria. WW3: 18 days away.

A member of Russian State Duma (Parliament) publicly stated that “If any foreign troops enter Syria without permission from the Syrian government, Russia will consider that a declaration of war.”

 Russia issues warning to its citizens in Turkey: Leave right away

russian I am not certain if you are familiar with me, I am Hal Turner, a talk-radio host on WBCQ International Shortwave (7.490 MHz) and 95.1 FM in New York City, “SuperSta...


Motorbike Writer: Ural works on improving build quality "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Ural Ranger in Sage Green quality

Ural Ranger in Sage Green

Ural has no new models for 2016, but is working on improving the quality of its three models including new off-road engine mapping suitable for Australian conditions.

Ural Australia claim that the world’s only sidecar motorcycle factory still operating is now focussing on raising the quality control of parts and improving assembly procedures.

“Ural starter motors for example have long been a solid unit from Ukraine. With political unrest in that area, quality was at risk and a slightly smaller, stronger and faster spinning motor from Taiwan has been sourced,” they say in a statement.

“There are no new models this year as they concentrate on refining the current three models, and the changes to components fitted this year will improve their overall quality and function.”


Tasmanian Times: Scenery mining versus national park management "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Premier Will Hodgman and tourism advocate Luke Martin seem to think the damage caused by the current fires to the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area (TWWHA) is not that bad because the money-making bits like the Overland Track haven’t been burnt.  That pretty much sums up their attitude to our protected areas.  Other symptoms of that attitude include the priorities adopted by the state government when it comes to managing our parks, one example of this being track maintenance. EARLIER on Tasmanian Times by Kevin Kiernan ...


Tasmanian Times: Liberal election promises over state policies gutted ... "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Mayor and Councillors Glenorchy City Council Dear Mayor and Councillors I have become aware of your 15th February 2016 meeting and in particular the agenda Item no 12. “Changes to Planning Legislation and Development of Draft Provisions for Tasmanian Planning Scheme”. • The Gutwein inquiry and the concerned citizens


Tasmanian Times: Road Safety: Inaction by our local and state politicians and relevant authorities ...  (6) "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Is it Groundhog Day? As reported in the Mercury on 3 January 2014 under the headline, “New call for lower speed limits on state’s rural roads after rise in road toll,” Infrastructure Minister David O’Byrne in August 2013 backed away from a proposal to reduce the rural speed limit from 100km/h to 90km/h, saying it did not have public support. The new Infrastructure Minister Rene Hidding uses the same excuse. How did they test this public support? • Satire ...


Tasmanian Times: Turnbull’s new cabinet crew all at sea in perilous waters "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

“Ministers and assistant ministers are entrusted with the conduct of public business and must act in a manner that is consistent with the highest standards of integrity and propriety.” - Malcolm Turnbull Statement of Ministerial standards 20 November 2015. • The Saturday Paper: Stuart Robert and political donations


Tasmanian Times: Theoretical Malcolm "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

The latest controversy regarding Australia’s refugee crisis has been embodied by 267 men and women seeking refuge, 37 Australian born infants and one prime minister. Despite immense backlash from the Australian public and 4 of 6 state and territory premiers offering to house the refugees, they will continue to be “sent back to a life of physical and emotional trauma” (Daniel Andrews, Victoria State premier).


Tasmanian Times: Protecting the nation from going down the US path ... "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

… The Australian political process also has serious defects. We suffer from weak electoral funding laws, a dysfunctional Senate election system, the distorting role of lobbyists, a print media largely dominated by one owner and other flaws. But there have been no legal barriers to the reforms needed to protect the nation from going down the US path; in the absence of a bill of rights there was no protection of free speech upon which to hang a similar claim to privilege big money and devalue the votes of ordinary citizens. …


Tasmanian Times: Tasmania is still burning "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Hopefully, the other Australian states have politicians somewhat more astute and perceptive then those the majority of Tasmanians have elected. By reading Lyndall Rowley and observing the voluminous responses to her article, “Zero tolerance of fires in Australia” ( HERE ) it is obvious that the increase in bush fires in all Australian states is a genuine community concern.


Tasmanian Times: A positive note on population "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Population is a positive factor in development Human beings depend on other human beings to meet their basic needs and ensure the equitable distribution of resources. EARLIER on Tasmanian Times ...


Tasmanian Times: Vale Erika "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

… Her shareholder advocacy in opposing the development of the Jabiluka uranium mine was featured in ABC’s Australian Story ‘Taking care of business’ and the SBS Insight program on ethical shareholding. She spent the next decade campaigning for improved forestry practices in Tasmania as a Gunns Ethical Shareholder and fighting pulp mill development. She co-produced the documentary “Two Visions” on Tasmanian forestry with filmmaker David Warth. …


Tasmanian Times: The Gutwein inquiry and the concerned citizens ... "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Peter Gutwein has announced an investigation of the Local Government Act and the roles of Aldermen and General Managers ... An informal group of concerned citizens, ratepayers and residents convened a public meeting at the Tramshed Function Centre last Tuesday evening February 9 at 7 PM.



Source: Kangaroo Court of Australia

A stick of dynamite was thrown under the Australian legal and political fraternity on Friday (12/2/16) which will be felt for years to come when transcript was leaked of a phone call which shows criminal conduct by Crown Prosecutor Margaret Cunneen. As is common, the cover-up of the crime quite often becomes bigger than the original crime and that is the case here.

News Corp and a number of their journalists are up to their neck in the corruption paying Cunneen for stories and have been defending Margaret Cunneen and lambasting ICAC (Click here to read more). Then on Saturday the day after the leaks News Corp’s Hedley Thomas has attacked Margaret Cunneen with a major broadside in an article titled Victims blame Margaret Cunneen for not acting against Volkers“. The story relates to when Margaret Cunneen gave corrupt advice to make sure alleged paedophile Scott Volkers was not charged. (Click here to read more)

The leak has forced News Corp to change tactics and they are clearly gearing up to throw their paid informant crown prosecutor Margaret Cunneen under a bus to save their own skins.

While the scandal might centre on Cunneen and the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) the web of people dragged into the fight spreads...


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"IndyWatch Feed Capricornia": Peter Spencer appeal hearing: before Federal Court Tuesday, February 16 "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

This is the last train out of Hopesville for property rights

Peter Spencer

Peter Spencer

Peter Spencer has been granted a hearing to his interlocutory application by the appeals unit before Justice Griffiths, Tuesday, 16 February 2016 at 9.30am in the Federal Court of Australia  NSW Division 184 Phillip Street, Sydney.

During this last week, Peter had an accident and has broken a leg. He is now in  a wheelchair and also suffered a stomach rupture needing urgent attention. None of this will not deter this man from his mission to redeem land rights for all Australians.

In an interview with Harry Palmer of SOS-NEWS, Peter Spencer stated, “this hearing is so vital – we are trying to open this can of worms and we need to fill the court on Tuesday to reflect solidarity of the people to this government theft of THEIR LAND.”

“Nineteen years ago when the first Native Vegetation Laws passed from a Bill to a Law the Liberals and Nationals said they would revoke the laws as soon as they got in to power – that is if the people voted them in… 19 years later it is still law  LIARS – nothing was done!

“But with National Parks, Valuer Generals Act variations and new “Abandonment” rules, our rural zoning is shattered…..Land owners right across the country are being forced to give up to a 3rd of their land free to councils for subdivision from Rule Zone conversions. ...


Motorbike Writer: Motorcycle racer learns to ride on roads "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Racer Jake Dolan whiz

Jake Dolan

American and Australian racer Jake Dolan is like so many other bike racers – he doesn’t have a licence to ride a bike on the road! As our new performance bike road tester at Motorbike Writer we thought it a good idea he got his open licence so we sent him to the reputable Australia Motorcycle Academy:

jake Dolan racer and learner rider at AMA training

I only needed a restricted motorcycle licence to get on the track so I never bothered upgrading.

Also, I believed road riding was too dangerous. I thought there were too many bad drivers on the road and way too many hard obstacles on the sides of the road.

It doesn’t matter how good you are as a rider it’s the other idiots out there and the absence of a safe run-off area that make it dangerous.

However, I’m now more mature and trust myself to do the speed limit and not use the...


Motorbike Writer: Riders not ready for a pink Hello Kitty Scrambler "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Pin Hello Kitty Ducati Scrambler

It seems not.

The bike grabbed everyone’s attention in an international dealer build-off, but it hasn’t featured in the five finalists.

Pin Hello Kitty Ducati ScramblerPin Hello Kitty Ducati Scrambler

Dealers from five continents are competing in the Custom Rumble being judged by users on Instagram profile @customrumble.

They didn’t rate the pink Hello Kitty bike which was built almost as a dare by MotoCorsa of Portland, Oregon, the top-selling Ducati dealership in the US.



Motorbike Writer: Tougher, smarter 2016 Triumph Tiger Sport "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

2016 Triumph Tiger 1050 Sport

The new Triumph Tiger Sport is now tougher and smarter, but with a hefty $1150 price rise when it arrives in Australia in the middle of 2016.

The new 1050cc Tiger Sport will cost $17,150 (+ORC), but includes substantial upgrades to the engine, electronic rider aids and extra creature comforts.


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"IndyWatch Feed Seq": Wild BNE: Suburb Guide: Edens Landing "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Crested pigeons (Ocyphaps lophotes) are numerous throughout Edens Landing.

Featured areas: (1) Edens Parkland, (2) Nexus Forest Park,
(3) Suburban Edens Landing, and (4) the Water Tower hill.
Image courtesy of Google Maps.
Edens Landing, as it stands today, is a residential suburb along a ridge between Logan and Beenleigh that has existed for thirty years. For over a century prior to this however, it was a rural area used by German and English farmers to grow small crops of maize, potatoes and tobacco. One of the residents in the area during these early days of European settlement was Henry Eden, who pi...

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Living and Loving Hobart:: Room for a pony bar "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

A New Generation of Drinking
XXXX pots and $5 counter meals at the West End Hotel in Townsville. I should have been studying but who can turn down a couple of cleansing ales and a meal all for $10. I spent a lot of time in traditional Aussie pubs in those days. The counter would be studded with old timers in King-Gee shorts, drinking ponies and watching sport on the overhead TV.
Because of my misspent Uni years, I’m not intimidated by going into an old pub. I’ve spent plenty of time in them since, playing pool and listening to bands. But over the years live music and cheap eats have increasingly been replaced with pokies and play areas. Some pubs have kept pace with the changing times and offer great meals or an alternative space for alternatives. More and more higher end bars have emerged – craft beers, cocktails and gourmet pizza. The distance between the traditional pub and the d...

Saturday, 30 January


The Idiot Tax: American Express & NAB Velocity Points Doodah! "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

"The problem with being a slob is..." an introduction that could rip many ways. In this case it means starting blog posts, not finishing them, then having developments in the world render them...

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Living and Loving Hobart:: The Hub Korean Fusion BBQ "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

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Meat roast – Korean style, it’s come to Hobart. Better still, it’s just down the street in marvellous Moonah.
Biding their time, Hub Café owners, have refurbished, transforming part of the kitchen to restaurant space and installing electric barbecues at the new tables.


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