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Sunday, 21 February

00:38

"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": North Coast Voices: Come down from your citadel Cardinal Pell and tell us what you knew "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"


Vatican Prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy Cardinal George Pell has always enjoyed due process in any Australian court case, state inquiry or royal commission concerning child sexual abuse at which he was a witness and, observation over time would lead an ordinary person to conclude that his various religious titles have afforded him what amounts to favoured treatment by both the police and legal profession.

Fair treatment was also afforded Pell in the 2002 internal Catholic Church inquiry into his past conduct as a seminarian in the early 1960s.
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00:03

"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": : Local councils still using weed killer glyphosate despite WHO warning it ‘probably causes cancer’ "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Local councils still using weed killer glyphosate despite WHO warning it ‘probably carcinogenic, said ABC News headlines on February 16th. It was great to see that long term public concerns regard the broad scale use of herbicides with Glyphosate as an active ingredient finally is reaching the general public.This pesticide is the main tool for weed control in use by Landcare, Dunecare, local Councils, National Parks and Wildlife Service NSW, Road Traffic Authority, farmers, etc On March last year the World Health Organization change the status of Glyphosate from 2B to 2A (probably carcinogenic). Please see the article below.

Local councils still using weed killer glyphosate despite WHO warning it ‘probably causes cancer’

The post Local councils still using weed killer glyphosate despite WHO warning it ‘probably causes cancer’ appeared first on Byron Shire Chemical Free Landcare.

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Saturday, 20 February

22:32

"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": 89.7 Eastside FM: Rafael Karlen awarded Churchill Fellowship "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Composer and saxophonist Rafael Karlen is one of Australia’s bright emerging performers and composers, and his passion for contemporary music is taking him international.

Brisbane based Rafael Karlen is one of 109 people across Australia who has been announced as a recipient of a Churchill Fellowship, awarded by the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, who are now celebrating their 50th Year.

Composer and saxophonist Rafael Karlen is one of Australia’s bright emerging performers and composers, and his passion for contemporary music is taking him international.

Brisbane based Rafael Karlen is one of 109 people across Australia who has been announced as a recipient of a Churchill Fellowship, awarded by the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, who are now celebrating their 50th Year.

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Rafael Karlen

As a Churchill Fellow, Rafael hopes to gain valuable insights through private study with many of Europe and America’s leading musicians in contemporary composition, ensemble direction and advanced saxophone performance by researching abroad.

Rafael will be travelling to America, Holland, Germany, England, Denmark and Norway, with the ultimate aim to research how some of the world’s leading ensembles, composers and performers work and to bring these insights back to the Australian cultural community.

My goal is to seek out people and ensembles that I admire and respect that are producing some of the most exciting music in the........

21:44

"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": 89.7 Eastside FM: The Blue Trees By Konstantin Dimopoulos "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The Blue Trees is an environmental art installation that draws attention to global deforestation by turning living, breathing trees bright blue, demanding we notice them before the planet’s old forests are gone for good.

It will take place from Friday the 4th of March to Friday the 11th of March.

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Using a biologically safe water-based colourant, artist Konstantin Dimopoulos will transform living trees in Pirrama Park in scenic Pyrmont to create The Blue Trees in Sydney for the first time.

The Blue Trees briefly transforms a familiar urban landscape, the local park into a surreal, unfamiliar, and even uncomfortable reminder of human impact on the environment.

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Konstantin Dimopoulos is an Egyptian born, New Zealand-raised, Melbourne-based artist who has created The Blue Trees in locations including outside St Paul’s Cathedral in London and around the USA. In 2015, The Blue Trees will feature at the Vancouver Biennale.

Of the project, he says:

“I have always known that art is and has always been an extended part of nature and that art can effect social change.
For that to happen, one has to move out of the art institutions and galleries and move outside among nature and people in their living spaces.”

The Blue Trees continues Art & About’s tradition of public artworks that are both eye-catching and thought provoking. When you share your selfie at The Blue Trees......

21:27

Media Releases - Bob Brown Foundation: Tasmanian Government shows disregard for Aboriginal community, globally significant cultural and natural values "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Media Release 20 Feb 2016

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4WD tracks on takayna/Tarkine coast documented during the past twelve months when a court injunction was in place to prevent access to these cultural significant areas. Photo: Chris Crerar

Bob Brown Foundation calls on the Tasmanian Premier and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Will Hodgman, to reverse the decision to open off-road vehicle tracks on takayna/Tarkine coast.

Bob Brown Foundation Campaign Manager Jenny Weber stated today, ‘It is internationally embarrassing that a Minister of the Government would support damaging off-road vehicle access to one of Australia’s richest examples of Aboriginal cultural heritage such as we saw today by Minister Adam Brooks.’

‘The thousands of years of indigenous history on the takayna/Tarkine coast is more important than a short generational history of people who have driven damaging vehicles across this vast landscape of wild country that has recognisable global significance. Worse still is the fact that despite a High Court injunction that forced closure of the tracks, there has been ongoing users on these tracks, breaking down fences, trashing middens and zero effort by the Tasmanian Government to bolster resources to police and prevent these acts of vandalism,’ Jenny Weber said.

‘Aboriginal heritage sites on the takayna/Tarkine coast are under-recognised, inadequately protected and repeatedly disrespected. Their values are degraded by a lack of funding, mismanagement, neglect and wilful abuse such as vehicular damage to middens, vandalism and theft. Rather than encouraging racist attitudes that purport recreational driving across middens sites and environmental desecration is acceptab...

21:26

Tasfintalk: Negative gearing "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

At last the public discussion on the subject of negative gearing seems making progress.

Matt Ellis writing as  Rational Radical sums up the arguments to perfection here. If you've got a few minutes it's a must read.

21:05

19:45

"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": : Privately owned chemical free bush regeneration project "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

By Don Drinkwater

During 1977,  I  purchased the land after 70 years of human occupation leaving a very visible  mark on what was once red cedar tree country. Red gold it was called by the  coastal  brokers, men who paid the red cedar tree getters next to nothing to mill them. Then in 1977, 2 red cedar trees remained.

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Following the century of the removal of the trees, it attempted to run as a dairy farm, a futile quest when the rain fall averaged out at 2 and a half metres a year. Hooved animals and fragile soils do not mix. I bought into bare and severely eroded hillsides, stripped of all native grasses, with sad skinny cows roaming the scarred slopes. Then, with  half an hour of rain, the creeks would be red with the soil run off. The resident tenants at the time had harvested what remained of the elk and stag horns and tree ferns.
 
In 1996  I returned to this  73 hectares of steep end of valley country.  Lantana had completely established itself over the severely eroded hill sides, giving the remaining soil a chance to recover after years of being completely exposed to the elements, including the hooves of overstocked and starving cattle. Wallabies had returned. In flower, pink, orange and white, the lantana looked beautiful.
 
So I had a challenge and needed to create my own working environment.  The encouragement was almost nil as the herbicide called Round-up was starting to appear on the market.
 
MY method of regeneration is simple. Hard labour and the ability to never get discouraged at the immensity of the task. I soon learnt, my best teacher, over seer, guide was nature itself.
i grew up in a no pesticide/herbicide environment.  Naysayers jeered my non herbicide approach with words like, you could spray that patch and it would be done for...

19:28

Refugee Action Collective (Vic): Send a solidarity message to the Brisbane doctors and hospital workers! "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

To send a solidarity message to the Brisbane doctors and hospital workers currently protecting baby Asha send an email to this address:  bretty@qcu.asn.au For up-to-date information about the unfolding situation with Baby Asha in Queensland, Mums4Refugees are comprehensively live tweeting from their handle here: https://twitter.com/Mums4Refugees

19:19

"IndyWatch Feed Melbourne": matthew schiavello: photos and words: Fitzroy Abstract #abstract #fitzroy #street #streetart... "IndyWatch Feed Vic"



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18:34

"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": : Australia women strip to protest against Glyphosate "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Australian women strip to protest against GlyphosateChemical Free Landcare volunteers and supporters strip naked to show their support for an end to the use of gylphosate. Photo ©Trevor Avedissian

A group of north coast women have put their bodies on the line, literally, in an effort to stop councils and government authorities spraying glyphosate in their weed reduction activities.

Glyphosate, which was invented and is widely marketed by multinational chemical company Monsanto under the name Roundup, was named a ‘probable carcinogen’ by the World Health Organisation in March this year.

This action, together with the forthcoming trial of Monsanto at the International Court of Justice next year has prompted the women to take a stand.

With ‘I am water’ written on their bodies, the women are bringing attention to the protection of the essential resource from ongoing pollution with herbicides in the region.

‘Our bodies are made of water and we are one and the same as the environment. If we pollute the water with pesticides, we pollute ourselves,’ said Pietramale, local bush regenerator and co-ordinator of Byron Shire Chemical Free Landcare Nadia de Sousa Pietramale.

‘While Monsanto will go on trial for crimes against humanity and nature, in Byron shire, glyphosate, a product developed by the company and an active ingredient of many herbicides, is still being poured into the environment where it ends up in our local rivers and catchments’ she added.

‘In Byron shire we see evidence of the latest herbicide use as the death of grasses along roadsides and drains. But the use of glyphosate doesn’t stop there. It’s the main tool used by Council staff and contractors in nearly all bush regeneration sites from the top of the catchment along creeks to the lowlands. It’s also used by other governmen.....

18:00

Motorbike Writer: Matt LeBlanc adds motorcycles to Top Gear "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Matt LeBlanc joins Top Gear

Former Friends star and motorcycle fan Matt LeBlanc is the new addition to the reformatted Top Gear in the wake of Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond leaving the BBC show.

Matt has long been a motorcycle fan and when asked by BBC Top Gear Magazine for his favourite drive, he said: “Going through the Alps on a motorcycle with my wife on the back on our honeymoon. We only crashed once, so all in all it was a great ride.”

Matt LeBlanc joins Top Gear

Matt has been a motorcycle fan since he was a kid and apparently his father, Paul, upset Matt when he gave away a $15,000 bike to a relative.

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17:31

"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": 89.3 FM 2GLF: Programming Update "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The Programming Committee has completed the first round of program allocations for the 2016/2017 Programming Grid. There are still a number of timeslots available for interested program makers.

17:31

Refugee Action Collective (Vic): 6:30pm 26 Feb | Vigil at MITA detention centre: closethecamps and letthemstay "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Vigil at MITA detention centre: closethecamps and letthemstay When: 6:30-9pm Friday 26th February Where: MITA, 120-150 Camp Rd, Broadmeadows VIC 3047 Join with us in a candelight vigil at MITA (Broadmeadows detention centre). Stand in solidarity with the Lady Cilento Hospital workers, the unionists, the churches and the refugees here and on Manus and Nauru and(...)

17:25

"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": The Witches Kitchen: Fending Off the Zucchini Glut "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

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There is a Marge Piercy poem that I think perfectly sums up zucchini called Attack of the Squash People.  I think of it every year around this time.  I learned some time ago to plant just a couple of zucchini seeds at a time, but then I discovered tromboncino.

Tromboncino substitutes for zucchini in pretty well any recipe. I like it a bit better – the texture is a bit firmer and it doesn’t have that edge of bitterness that larger zucchinis get.  But then, I like that bit of bitterness too, and bitterness in vegetables is often a sign of antioxidant phytochemicals that are very good for you.  Not always, alkaloids that do nasty things to your liver also taste bitter, which is probably why we omnivore humans have evolved to enjoy a bit of bitterness as adults, with full grown livers and a bit of education about what is safe to eat, but reject it as children.

Tromboncino fits better into my late summer garden. It is a rampant climber, like a very vigorous climbing cucumber in growth habits – a nifty trick that keeps it up off the ground conserving ground space and protecting it from mildew diseases.  It lasts a long time – I’ve had tromboncinos overwinter and bear right through into the next spring.  And if you think zucchini are prolific…

So this is my dilemma. A nice sequence of zucchini plants, so there is zucchini if I want it.  For rattatouille for instance, that I think needs that bitterness.  A nice range of tromboncino plants, so I can save seed without it being inbred.  A...

16:51

"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": AWPA Sydney News: 1) National scene: Luhut tells ULMWP to leave the country - "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

2) NZ film hopes to start West Papua conversation
3) PLN to Provide Electricity to Island’s Rural Residents
4) PT. Miyeda Papua Voew to Create 1000 Entrepreneurs by 2020
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14:24

"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": Blue Mountains Refugee Support Group: Vale Tony Sharpe "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Tony Sharpe has died. Tony was an exceptional man, full of life, warmth and energy. It was impossible not to like him. He gave generously of his time, money, energy to those in need; used his intelligence and ingenuity to achieve positive results for others. Had a huge capacity for work and was a brilliant

11:33

"IndyWatch Feed Capricornia": cairnsnews.org: Australian Vets slam General Morrison "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

1. In 2008, General David Morrison had urged the federal government NOT to recognise the 2nd D&E Platoon because ‘amending archives was high risk’ and ‘could open the floodgates to others to might want to correct the official records.’In other words, this bastard preferred the official records to remain false and inaccurate- and to hell with military integrity and the service histories of the men involved in such units.

This also explains why the Australian War Memorial refuses to release the 235 documents it holds concerning the 2nd D&E Platoon despite its own (and the government’s FOI policies).

How can anyone support the deliberate falsification of war records?

2. And it’s interesting to note that before he retired, General Morrison wanted the Army website ‘revamped’ and paid Deloitte Australia $2,600,000 to do it- and now, Deloitte is paying him $200,000 to advise it on because he is an ‘amazing role model and advocate for diversity and inclusion, gender equality and fairness.’

What a load of want!

Don Tate
Ex-4RAR; ex-2nd D&E Platoon; ex-9RAR;
Ex-1MIL Hospital

 

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11:13

"IndyWatch Feed Cvic": Natural Newstead: Rotunda Park #5 "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

To round off my series on Newstead’s Rotunda Park I thought I’d feature one of its signature species, the White-browed Babbler. At present there is a group of ~ ten birds resident in the Park – the shrubs near the memorial cairn providing ideal shelter and foraging habitat.

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White-browed Babbler, Rotunda Park Newstead, 17th February 2016

Ten years ago I was worried about the future for this species in the local area – numbers were dropping and I wasn’t seeing family groups in the same places as I’d grown used to finding them back in the mid-1980s. Their comical cousins, Grey-crowned Babblers, plunged to local extinction around this time and it seemed the ‘White-brows’ might go the same way. Happily their future seems more secure now. The key to their survival is good habitat – deep leaf litter for foraging and shrubs in which to make their roosting and breeding nests, is the key.

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09:57

"IndyWatch Feed Cvic": Edgar's Mission Farm Sanctuary: World Day of Social Justice: The tide of kindness "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Social Justice

Something is happening. Great minds are coming together in ever-increasing numbers and a groundswell is slowly but surely edging further into the social conscious. Never before has such mainstream narrative discussed and tussled with the rights and wrongs of our treatment of farmed animals. Never before have so many so loudly spoken out to stand with animals, and never before has the eye of scrutiny peered so severely at those who seek to push back against the wave compassion. But the battle is far from over.

Ghandi once said: “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” Yes, caring for the most vulnerable and showing kindness where once there was harm and ambivalence is selfless and just. But when thinking about Australia, we have to ask which animals? And with so much secrecy around the precise form and extent of animal cruelty, how can it be a true marker of society’s progress?

In the United States, animal cruelty laws are beginning to be taken seriously and ground-breaking sentences handed out. Back in Australia, our animal cruelty legislation is forcing perpetrators to explain their actions in court rooms, but unfortunately conviction is only leading to light punishments, if at all. Although the hardest pill to swallow isn’t the weak precedent for animal cruelty offenders, it’s the legal loopholes in Australia’s animal protection laws that, rather than protect animals from cruelty, protect individuals from persecution.

How could this be – that the very laws designed to protect animals actually work to sanction the cruelty they suffer? In a very simplistic sense, it can happen because we’re not doing enough to fight it.

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09:32

"IndyWatch Feed Melbourne": OCCUPYMELBOURNE.NET: How do you say “Howdy Partner” in Arabic? "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Haha, my life is complete : X- files producer and writer Chris Carter has – predictably- been  accused of Islamophobia, because, shock, horror, Muslim terrorists in episode 5 of the new X -files (Babylon) blow stuff up and  speak Arabic,omg, Who would have thunk ?. But it gets worse…ah…better, because “red neck music” is celebrated in this episode, along with Stetson hats. And then Mulder utters “we need something to trump all hate. “Trump” all hate. Let that sink in for a moment.

The X-files reboot  currently enjoys huge ratings success. With his episode Carter has done the unthinkable : far from turning the X-files into a space alien chasing nostalgia show , he has decided to do what the X-files did  at the height of it’s popularity : examine our worst fears (and then make fun of them). And currently human terrorism trumps that of monsters and aliens. Carter still has his finger on the pulse of society and doesn’t shy away from controversy either.

In this (badly written) article the writer accuses Chris Carter of doing  the very thing he wants to critique :inciting hatred.

http://www.hitfix.com/news/outrage-watch-last-nights-x-files-is-being-accused-of-the-very-thing-it-was-attempting-to-critique

The usual chestnuts :”killing infidels is not prescribed in the Koran (It is). Most Muslims don’t speak Arabic (a lot of the terrorists sure do). But it appears that the writer has completely misunderstood Carter’s intentions :Carter was not out to criticize Islamophobia, he came to criticize Islamic terrorism. On the Fox network of all places (which is why it was allowed to happen.)

Needless to say, the episode has garnered mostly bad reviews from the politically correct mainstream press.

But who car...

09:00

"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": FBi Radio: Diary of Death :: 20 Feb – 26 Feb 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

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A life-threatening list of recommended events happening in Sydney and surrounds this week. 

 

SATURDAY 20th FEB 

Mountain Sounds: Albert Hammond Jr (US), Alpine, Art Vs Science, The Delta Riggs, Green Buzzard, Harts, Hockey Dad, Holy Holy, I Know Leopard, Jack Beats (UK), The Jezabels, The Lazys, Motez, Nina Las Vegas, Odd Mob, Sea Legs, Set Mo, Slumberjack, Tropical Zombie, World Champion, Bass RQ, Bodega Collective, Catalyst, Elwood Myre, Goonz, Ivy, J-Ray, Jaket, Jimmi Walker, Man To Moon, The Moving Stills, Paperfox, Pear, Peekay, Savilian, SnilluM, Stay Sane, The Sea Gypsies, Tom Hogan, Twin Caverns, Voyage IV – Mount Penang Parklands – Nearly sold out
Leftfield (UK) – Calais Estate, Hunter Valley
Lunatics On Pogosticks, Hunch, Buddy Holiday, Mack The Knife – Brighton Up
The Gooch Palms, Wild Honey, Raave Tapes, Wavevom – Cambridge Hotel, Wollongong
The Tongue – Newtown Social – Club Album launch
Beastwars, Sumeru, Buffalo Trio – Frankie’s Pizza – FREE
Infinity Broke, Adam Gibson and the Ark-Ark Birds, Milkk –...

08:12

"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": AWPA Sydney News: 1) Papuan protesters want local control of Freeport mine "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

2) Government Urged to Send Teachers to Wamena, not Build Brimob Headquarters
3) Blog to Build Warehouse for 3,500 Tons of Rice in Merauke
4) Island in focus: Tolikara  defendants get two months  in jail 
5) Indonesia environment ministry detects 370-500 hotspots in Papua
6) Nabire: Akudiomi village government forbids forest and marine resource exploitation.
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08:10

"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Byron Bay Blog: Angus McDonald Local Exhibition First in a Decade "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The Northern Rivers community is warmly invited to White Noise, the first local exhibition in ten years by Australian artist Angus McDonald.

Since the Lennox Head based artist was awarded a Brett Whiteley Scholarship at the Julian Ashton Art School in Sydney twenty years ago he has exhibited across Australia and around the globe, from Europe and the UK, the United States and Japan. He has been a finalist in numerous National Art Prizes including Australia’s biggest portrait competition, the Archibald Prize, where he has been selected as a finalist on four occasions, most recently for his portrait of West Australian singer songwriter Abbe May in 2015.

White Noise is his 30th solo exhibition. “I guess becoming a dad again has brought me home!” mused Angus. “I’ve lived in this area for fifteen years so exhibiting locally is pretty special. Especially at an amazing state museum like the Tweed Regional Gallery. If you placed that gallery, complete with the Margaret Olley Art Centre, in the middle of New York or London it would be constantly busy. It’s a world class facility”.

The term “White Noise” refers to the background noises of our existence. “The noises of the in-between, the noises we never really get a chance to contemplate in busy lives” said McDonald. “The work explores moments of realization and loss. There is an ethereal quality to it. The two large figurative works were based on photographic shoots undertaken in my studio. My partner Beata modelled for Rise. For the other, I set up a single Pieta image carefully configured to approximate Michelangelo’s sculpture in St Peter’s. It’s a classical Christian image but I think of it as something more universal. It deals with loss and a senseless death occasioned by fearful violence and prejudice. This is a lesson we are as yet unable to learn as a race”.

McDonald encourages the local community to attend exhibitions as a way to “jump off the business of surviving for a while”. “To go....

08:04

Tasmanian Times: What Premier Will Hodgman should have said about the fires ... "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

I have this morning returned from visiting the site of recent fires at Lake Mackenzie. What I saw was heartbreaking: beautiful places unlike any other on Earth are now lost to the world. … To those in the tourist industry who continue to play the petty game of presenting environmentalists as your enemy, I say this: they are not. They are the best friends you have. Without them, without their courage, without their lives given to saving our wildlands, there would be no World Heritage Areas, and there would be no tourism industry in those places. It is a terrible slander to pretend otherwise, and we can no longer afford the lazy and poisonous politics of division on such issues if Tasmania is to have a prosperous future. …

08:00

Motorbike Writer: Meet the new Victory Octane muscle cruiser "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

2016 Victory Octane

Australians will be among the first in the world to see the new Victory Motorcycles Octane muscle cruiser in the metal when it is unveiled tonight (February 20, 2016) at the Sydney showroom.

The first Victory to feature a water-cooled engine will arrive in Australia in April/May at $18,995 ride away, but pre-orders are being taken now.

Four pre-production models have arrived in the country and they will be transported around Australia for public viewing with one in Melbourne on Tuesday night, another in Brisbane on Thursday and similar events at independent dealerships over the next month.

The Octane muscle cruiser will compete against the Harley-Davidson V-Rod ($27,995 Night Rod Special and $27,495 Muscle) and the new Ducati XDiavel ($27,490 and $32,490 for the S model) with forward controls and belt drive.

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07:15

"IndyWatch Feed Capricornia": cairnsnews.org: Invisible Member Billy Gordon decides to work for the southern end of Cook "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor,

I noticed our previously invisible member Billy Gordon has had a change of heart and now says he wants to do something for the people of Mareeba.

That is very noble of him, but wasn’t he elected a year ago? What has he been doing over the last 12 months?

Apart from attracting the attention of national newspapers over his photographic ability, has he done anything positive instead of voting with his beloved Labor Party on almost every motion in Parliament?

Relocating from Cairns to Mareeba will at least give him kudos for being the first Member for Cook in many years to live here. Maybe he just realised there are others in his electorate who don’t live on the Cape.

Seeing he has done very little for the southern end of Cook, do local people think he should pay back his government salary for the last 12 months?

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Queensland MP Billy Gordon votes himself out of office

He had a chance to get more state representation for people living outside of bigger cities but no he voted with the ALP to water down rural representation and give three more seats to Brisbane. By continually voting with the ALP he has helped himself to get voted out at the next election after the electoral commission changes the boundaries in the far north redistribution, expected in August.

I have been told that Atherton will be added to Mareeba again and their seat of Dalrymple will be abolished. It is not hard to work out who the Atherton people will vote for.

Mr Gordon might find himself running...

07:00

Motorbike Writer: Win biker jewellery in our motorcycle quiz "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Bico biker jewellery quiz

How would you like to tease your brain with our motorcycle quiz and also be in the running to win some biker jewellery from Australian company Bico?

This week you’ll need a good mix of motorcycle, racing and pop culture knowledge.

To win, just do our weekly motorbike trivia quiz below and share your score on Facebook by clicking on the button at the end of the quiz as proof.

Then find our post on the Motorbike Writer Facebook page to add your score or leave it in the comments section below.




06:00

Tasmanian Times: Waking in Fright In the Tasmanian Justice System "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

In the early evening of 29 May 2012, Registered Nurse G was travelling on the Bass Highway from Deloraine to Launceston to attend a training seminar. An SUV travelling in the opposite direction strayed across double white lines and the vehicles collided head-on. Her injuries were horrific – 14 fractures to the ribs, pelvis, wrist, femur, tibia, fibula, cervical and lumbar spine vertebrae, lung injury, severe brain injury, lacerations, and an eye injury. She remained in a state of post-traumatic amnesia for 96 days following the accident. …

06:00

"IndyWatch Feed Melbourne": ART and ARCHITECTURE, mainly: Jeanne Lanvin - who was France's star couturier in the Inter War era? "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Jeanne Lanvin (1867-1946) was born in Brittany. Her career began after her training as a very young apprentice at the House of Talbot, dressmaker and milliner. By 1890, this young woman had moved to Rue de Faubourge St Honore in Paris and opened her own millinery shop.

In 1895, Lanvin married Count Emilio di Pietro, an Italian nobleman, and two years later they had a daughter, Marguerite. The marriage didn’t last.. but the daughter’s influence did. Lanvin's second husband, whom she married in 1907, was Xavier Melet, a journalist at the newspaper Les Temps and later the French consul in Manchester.

Lanvin career was progressing nicely. She joined the Syndicat de la Couture in 1909, indicating her arrival as a fashion designer. While making her hats, she started to make dresses for a younger sister and daughter – clearly she believed there was basically no distinct­ion between dress designs for young girls and those for their mothers. The mother and daughter theme was an enduring one; even today the original 1923 Paul Iribe design of a mother and her daughter is the logo for the House of Lanvin.


Lee Miller in a Lanvin broad-rimmed hat.
Photo credit: Edward Steichen, Vogue, June 1928 


If her dresses were not cheap, it was not necessarily because her designs were complex. The materia...

05:46

Tasmanian Times: Road safety, government and the individual ... A different view "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Over the last few weeks Mark Temby has written several opinion pieces in the Tasmanian Times under the title ‘Road Safety: Inaction by our local and state politicians and relevant authorities’ ( HERE ).

05:37

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). • PLOS Medicine: The Health Consequences of Australian immigration policies • SMH: Australian doctors should boycott working in detention centres Working in immigration detention is contrary to the medical code of ethics.

05:35

Tasmanian Times: STATE: Paul Harriss disease spreads to WA ... HARRISS QUITS! Why? Gutwein opposed clearfelling ... "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

SATURDAY February 20 ... • Mercury: Tourism entrepreneur Graeme Wood has warning for Tassie politicians TOURISM entrepreneur Graeme Wood has revealed he was close to pulling the pin on a multimillion-dollar development at Triabunna because of what he calls political interference. In response to questions by TasWeekend, Mr Wood unleashed a tirade of abuse against Tasmanian politicians, warning them to keep their noses out of his development plans. “If they interfere too much, I’ll go away,” Mr Wood said. “I’ve got so many investment opportunities outside Tasmania.” His anger stems from the parliamentary inquiry set up by the State Government to investigate the sale of the former Gunns mill at Triabunna to Mr Wood and fellow environmentalist Jan Cameron. The inquiry committee concluded Mr Wood’s tourism plans should be supported. “I do not engage in political discussion in Tasmania any more,” Mr Wood said … A LITTLE HISTORY ... • Dec 11, 2002, Chris Johnson, The Examiner: While Opposition Leader Rene Hidding remains overseas, Mr Gutwein flagged his intention to push for a rethink of the party’s policy, which currently mirrors the Government’s approach to logging. The move is certain to put him at odds with his leader, who is due back tomorrow. It will also be seen as an attempt by Mr Gutwein to position himself for a leadership challenge. THURSDAY February 18 ... • WILL’s NEW-LOOK MINISTRY: Read what Will says in Comments ... • Sawmiller and ex-Greens Leader KIM BOOTH in Comments: … “Newly anointed Forest Minister Gutwein now must put his money where his mouth was. In 2013, when Peter Gutwein was trying to knife Rene Hidding, he called for an end to clear felling of native forest. Prior to the 2014 election, Gutwein brayed long and loud that the Liberals would remove the subsidies from Forestry Tasmania.” “Since then, the Liberals have plundered the public purse of over $50 million to prop up native forest logging, causing massi...

05:30

Tasmanian Times: Local councils still using weed killer glyphosate despite WHO warning it ‘probably causes cancer’ "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Councils across Australia are using the weed killer glyphosate in sensitive areas like playgrounds, despite a World Health Organisation (WHO) warning the chemical probably causes cancer.

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Friday, 19 February

19:59

"IndyWatch Feed Seq.art": The Water-Rat Gazette: Virtual Gallery feature Artist FERDINAND LEGER "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Presenting the VIRTUAL GALLERY’s first Feature artist for 2016 at the Kurilpa Poetry Cup Ferdinand Leger * Ferdinand Leger (1881-1955) was a French painter sculptor and film-maker whose personal take on Cubism was strongly infused with a sense of Classical … Continue reading

18:03

"IndyWatch Feed Seq.art": Fluidicthought: Friday Post "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

It’s all about that bay, bout that bay, bout that bay….

Bramble Bay

Bramble Bay

 

Moreton Bay

Moreton Bay

 

#TGIF Have a wonderful weekend.


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15:50

"IndyWatch Feed Goulburn": Australian Alps National Parks: Prescribed burns scheduled in Canberra "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

The ACT Parks and Conservation Service will conduct a number of prescribed burns in the coming months across Canberra to prepare for the upcoming fire season. Some of these Burns will be in the Namadgi National Park and may impact the Australian Alps Walking Track. For more information on this and other burns please go […]

15:42

"IndyWatch Feed Goulburn": Australian Alps National Parks: News from the Alps #53 "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Enjoy the latest edition of News from the Alps #53 (PDF | 2.8 MB) Explore other editions of News from the Alps here!

15:20

"IndyWatch Feed Seq": Northey Street City Farm: Permaculture Design Course One-off Sessions "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Our Permaculture Design Course (PDC) has a limited number of places for a few people to join in for one-off sessions. Here are the upcoming sessions:

27th Feb             9:00am – 4.30pm Understanding and Improving your Soil with Emma Brindal
Cost: $85/65

5th March           1:30 – 4:30pm Animals in Permaculture 1 with Richard Nielsen
Cost: $50/35

12th March         9:00am – 4.30pm The Cultivated Ecology – Permaculture Vegetable Gardening with Dick Copeman
Cost: $85/65

19th March         1:30 – 4:30pm Creating a Resilient Garden Ecology with Dick  Copeman
Cost: $50/35

2nd April            9:00am – 4.30pm Trees in Permaculture with Dick Copeman
Cost: $85/65

16th April           9:00am – 4.30pm Social Permaculture with Emma Brindal
Cost: $85/65

23rd April          9:00 – 12:00    Animals in Permaculture 2 with Richard Nielsen
Cost: $50/35

30th April          7.00am – 6.00pm...

12:06

"IndyWatch Feed Seq": Zedlines: 20,000 protest in Wisconsin against anti-Latino/immigrant laws, and more 11am Zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Up to 20,000 Latinos and immigrants have descended on Wisconsin's capital to protest laws they say are discriminatory. Source: Wikicommons

Wild storm hits Kenilworth

Kenilworth residents are cleaning up after a wild storm struck the Sunshine Coast Hinterland yesterday afternoon.

The storm tore through the town with little warning around 5pm bringing down trees and powerlines and damaging shops.

Further storms are predicted in the hinterland later today.

Palmer owes $26 million on private jet

11:30

"IndyWatch Feed Seq": Zedlines: Obama to be first president to visit Cuba in 88 years - and more 10am Zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Barack Obama will visit the island nation next month in a move to further strengthen the new ties formed between the former rivals. Image Source: WikiCommons

Lockyer Valley mayor in critical condition

Lockyer Valley mayor Steve Jones is in a critical condition after collapsing at a meeting with Ipswich mayor Paul Pisasale and Somerset mayor Graeme Lehmann.

The councillor is believed to have suffered a stroke and was treated by paramedics at the scene before being rushed to hospital.

He has been moved to the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane and Queensland Health has not revealed any further information on his condition.

QLD government attacks opposition chief of staff

10:20

"IndyWatch Feed Seq": Zedlines: Fraser Coast introduces harshest animal desexing laws - and more 9am Zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Fraser Coast has seen a significant reduction in impounded and euthanised cats since introducing and enforcing laws requiring owners to desex their cats. Image Source: WikiCommons

Fraser Coast implements strict pet neutering laws

The Fraser Coast Regional Council is introducing Queensland’s strictest laws for desexing household cats and dogs.

As of May first, all dogs and cats given away, sold or newly registered must be neutered or come with a voucher for the procedure.

Fraser Coast Deputy Mayor Robert Garland said four years ago the council impounded more than 2,000 pets and euthanised 700, which has been reduced to 1500 impounded and 300 euthanised due to enforcing cat desexing laws.

09:30

Tasmanian Times: STATE: Bad News Trainwreck for Good News Matthew "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Tasmania Talks with Brian Carlton, 17 February 2016, http://www.7ad.com.au/tasmania-talks COMPERE BRIAN CARLTON: ...we did contact the Premier’s office to see whether there was any formal response to the calls from the opposition leader, the Labor leader in this state Bryan Green, for the Energy Minister Matthew Groom to either resign or be sacked. During that commercial break we received a call from the Minister Matthew Groom, whom I have on the line now. Minister Groom are you calling to announce your resignation? ENERGY MINISTER MATT GROOM: Uh, certainly not Brian, certainly not. And again, unfortunately, what we’re seeing from Bryan Green is a, um, willingness to spend all his time throwing rocks and engaging in frankly political distraction for his own political purposes while the state is dealing with a very difficult circumstance, and I… CARLTON: Yes indeed it is. Why is he wrong though Matthew? Why is he wrong? … … CARLTON:  Okay…alright…here’s… [Groom continues speaking]...here’s a…sir? Sir? Mr Groom. A media release from your office dated 22 December 2015, two days after Basslink. Okay? GROOM:  Yeah, but that’s… CARLTON:  Hydro, Hydro [both speaking] no, please let me read: “Hydro continues to be in a position to meet Tasmania’s energy needs and that continues to be the case even without the Tamar Valley combined cycle unit.” Your words, your office, 22 December. … • Chris in Comments: Looks like this advice should have applied to government itself. http://www.business.tas.gov.au/preparing_for_disasters • Estelle Ross in Comments: The current feed-in-tariff for new installations of solar panels is 5.5c kWh plus GST which is a pittance and has had a deleterious effect on solar companies with an accompanying loss of jobs. In view of the power crisis,  the original feed-in tariff for solar power of 28.283c kWh should be immediately re-instated .This would boost uptake,  aid the power emergency, pl...

09:27

"IndyWatch Feed Seq": Zedlines: Baby Asha advocate blocked from seeing family - and more 8am Zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Protests and support for the doctors at Lady Cilento Hospital have been ongoing for weeks, with a rally continuing tonight. Image Source: Flickr Creative Commons

Baby Asha advocate blocked from access to family

The advocate for Asha, the baby daughter of refugees who doctors at the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital refuse to discharge amid safety concerns, has been denied access to the family.

Natasha Blucher, an advocacy coordinator from the Darwin Asylum Seeker Support and Advocacy Network, said a Serco guard working on orders from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection yesterday denied her access to the baby and her parents.

06:36

"IndyWatch Feed Seq": Westender – West End 4101: Kurilpa Futures grills the local candidates "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Just four weeks away from the Council elections, The Gabba Ward community continues to express dissatisfaction with the unprecedented amount of development applications currently in play and the lack of meaningful community consultation, reflected in back-to back pre-election events organised in West End. On Wednesday 17 February, 150 residents turned out on a hot mid-week […]

The post Kurilpa Futures grills the local candidates appeared first on Westender - West End 4101.

05:30

Tasmanian Times: Mantach affair would never have happened if Tasmanian Liberals had acted "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

• Mantach pleads guilty to 44 charges in Melbourne. • Hodgman Government and Liberal Party need to answer serious questions about Mantach’s past in Tasmania … Clearly there was a level of silence and secrecy around the Tasmanian matters - including a failure to disclose to the Australian Electoral Commission - and the Premier is yet to explain why it was not referred to police. “Additionally, the true reasons behind Mr Mantach’s departure were kept secret from rank and file Liberal members and fabricated in Liberal Party publications. “In light of this sorry trail of events, the claims of Will Hodgman and Eric Abetz that they knew nothing simply do not hold up.” … • Guardian: Former Liberal state director says he never tried to hide $1.5m party scam Damien Mantach told police no one in the Liberal party raised red flags about his false invoices as he used holes in its financial system to siphon off money

Thursday, 18 February

19:58

"IndyWatch Feed Seq": Wild BNE: Successful fish survey in the North Pine River. "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

A fish survey I conducted in the North Pine River last weekend was productive, with seven different species being found in a quiet stretch of water alongside Mungarra Reserve.

Common silverbiddy, Lawnton.
Most numerous were estuary glassfish (Ambassis marianus), a native species which studies suggest is just as good at controlling mosquito larvae as the introduced eastern mosquitofish (Gambusia holbrooki), also present.

Another mosquito predator occurring in smaller numbers was the Pacific blue-eye (Pseudomugil signifer); between these fish species and recent aerial spraying, not a single mosquito bothered me all afternoon.

The river at this location is close enough to the ocean to be tidal, but far enough upstream to have low salinity, with the riparian vegetation being comprised of regular trees and not salt-tolerant mangroves.
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16:09

"IndyWatch Feed Cvic": Edgar's Mission Farm Sanctuary: How you doing Charlie Brown? "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Charlie Brown

It’s a question we are asking our little buddy at each and every opportunity these days. You see, Charlie Brown’s surgery, which was scheduled for Monday, has been postponed until early next month due to his surgeon having to head overseas. In the meantime, your good wishes, our tender loving care and the company of Posy and Primrose are helping him bide his time.

For those unfamiliar with little Charlie Brown’s plight, the plucky male Dorper lamb was attacked by a large dog some time before being surrendered into our care. Seizing the tiny lamb with his teeth, the dog bore down violently and shook the terrified creature, not only puncturing holes in Charlie Brown’s delicate face and neck but crushing and damaging several of his vertebrae—a most awkward twist in the wee lamb’s neck the legacy. Ironically, this crushing blow to Charlie Brown has actually spared him his life because all his flock mates have since been killed, although not by the dog but by humans…

15:26

Community Music Victoria: Chocolate Lilies sing out and celebrate! "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

The Chocolate Lily is a hardy plant well suited to group plantings with a coping mechanism for surviving all weather conditions. Not dissimilar then, to Nerida Kirov’s community singing group of the same name which has just won an Australia Day award.

The award for Community Group of the year was given in recognition of the contribution made by the Chocolate Lilies to the fabric of the Nillumbik community for their  ‘can do attitude,  pitching in and sharing their talents freely to contribute to their community, as well as their work in helping hundreds of singers gain confidence, a sense of community and have fun.’

Nerida described the news they had won as ‘rather humbling and wonderful’…

‘it was a huge surprise and we are so grateful and blown out by the nomination.’

The Chocolate Lilies, led by Nerida from day one, has been empowering people from the area to come together and sing since its inception in 1993.

Over the past 22 years, a phenomenal bond has developed between members of the group. They have sung together In celebration and shared tears with each other through the tough times, The fires of 2009 caused devastation and loss to many and from within the Chocolate Lilies alone, people lost friends; people lost homes and partners.

Throughout that period, the Chocolate Lilies continued to reach out to those suffering grief and loss and to meet and sing, not only in Hurstbridge and Warrandyte but in Strathewen where 15% of the community perished.

Talk was not necessary; singing together was primal and healing and offered an esca...

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