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Tuesday, 23 February


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Why not a tourist steam train for defunct rail line? "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

I would like to propose a much  better idea for the defunct railway line we have: why not open it up to the steam train enthusiasts with the idea of running  steam train trips along the line calling in at various art galleries, pottery places and other tourist stops on the way to perhaps Byron Bay?

This would be a huge tourist attraction and bring more money to the area than any bike trail will which only caters for a few fit people here.

This is mostly a retired area and would offer more advantages than just bike riding. The arts can be catered for and a day out for families. So many options especially as an attraction to bring more tourists to the area.

I know in Brisbane and in other areas where they run a ‘blues’ steam train trip and this is always sold out it is so popular, the train pulls into various stops where refreshments can be bought and people move around carriages to enjoy different blues music that is on offer in each carriage.

There is also a dinner train which is always popular. There is no limit to what it could be used for when you incorporate steam trains. The whole concept would be wonderful for the Tweed.

Terri Bradley, Tweed Heads West

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"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": North Coast Voices: ASYLUM SEEKERS: Australian Medical Association spoke out loudly to government when its President catalogued the horror that is Manus & Nauru "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

21 Feb 2016



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Monday, 22 February


Dr Kevin Bonham: Senate Reform: It's Finally On! "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Today the Treasurer, Scott Morrison, introduced the Commonwealth Electoral Amendment Bill 2016 (see explanatory memorandum) to Parliament.  This bill primarily reforms Senate voting to remove Group Ticket Voting and eliminate the broken preference-dealing system that led to many farcical outcomes at the 2013 election.  The defects of that system have been covered exhaustively on here before (click the "senate reform" tab) and I will not discuss them further here.  This article concerns the system in the new Bill, how it will work and whether it is any good.  I expect to update this article over coming days as news and comments come to hand.

The Bill was read in the parliament today and debate was immediately adjourned.  The Bill will now be scrutinised by the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters (JSCEM) with a reporting date of 2 March.  Possibly the JSCEM scrutiny will still result in minor changes.  After that it can be sent to the Senate, where barring anything unexpected it will pass with support from the Coalition, the Greens, Nick Xenophon and possibly others.  Labor's stance on the Bill is not clear at this stage.  The Australian Electoral Commission has said it will need three months to implement the changes, which in theory keeps a July double dissolution in play.

Proposed Changes: Above The Line

The core recommendation of the JSCEM inquiry into the 2013 count was to scrap Group Ticket Voting and replace it with optional preferential voting.  But whereas the original J...


Birdline Central & Southern Queensland: Bush Stone-curlew at Northern end Hornsby Rd, Bribie Island reported by Brian & Meg Johnson on 21-02-2016 "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

3 birds seen just off the verge in the bush on the eastern side of the road about 80 metres from the locked gate. These are the first we've seen in the past 10 years on Bribie.


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Bellingen area: The Shark Free Beaches of NSW "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The beach is without a doubt the playground for Australians. The formation of national identity is pinned on beach culture. "Australians are islanders and we've come to expect - almost as a kind of birthright, as much as a lifestyle - a certain kind of access to open beaches..." (source) From family holidays (if not in Bali) to national surf events and festivals it is the space to be in. On 2,000 kilometres of New South Wales coast, locals and visitors showcase their beach bodies, swim, surf, play sport and empty their dogs. It appears to be the place of equality. 'Our beach' turf is fiercely defended against 'the other' (Cronulla riots). Its is the only place of summer culture.

The beach as money-making machine
Urban beaches are manicured with fossil fuel and '...


Birdline Central & Southern Queensland: Eclectus Parrot at Awaba St, Wavell Heights reported by Andrew Stafford on 21-02-2016 "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Escapee (obviously) observed at dusk. iPhone photo in very poor light shows pale bill of male bird


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Bellingen area: Freshwater Ecosystems and Cattle "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

"Today it's simply socially unacceptable to let stock in rivers; people view it in the same way as it's unacceptable to smoke in restaurants"  Conservation group raises alarm over river protection, 22.02.2016  

Bellingen graffiti: Cattle standing in the Bellinger river


"IndyWatch Feed Melbourne": The Gap Year and Beyond: W marks the spot "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

A common sound heard on the edges of the Mallacoota township belong to a large solid bird called a Wonga Pigeon. It is a bird that prefers dense scrub and rainforest. It has distinctive markings – blue grey upper body, and spotted white belly. The markings on the chest help with camouflage, imitating shadows amongst the trees. To me it looks like a large W. It will try and stay still and hide when you walk to close but when it flushes it is a loud clatter of wings and a mad dash through the branches and away. When several flush at the same time it is loud and generally spooks everything else nearby. The one below I found on an early morning walk near my campsite. It was not overly concerned by my presence and for the first time I managed to get a few images of this species.

Wonga Pigeon, Shady Gully Reserve, Mallacotta

Wonga Pigeon, Shady Gully Reserve, Mallacoota


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Man charged over Brunswick Heads fail-to-stop accident "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

A 27-year-old man has been charged over a fail-to-stop accident at Brunswick Heads late last Friday night in which a 23-year-old man was struck by a four-wheel-drive ute after he walked into the middle of the town’s main road.

The pedestrian, who was accompanied by two other men at the time of the accident, remains in hospital with serious head injuries.

On Sunday, the driver of the ute attended Byron Bay police station where he was interviewed by police and released pending further inquiries.

Police said that this afternoon (Monday), the man returned to the station where he was arrested and charged with failing to stop and assist after a vehicle accident, cuasing grievous bodily harm.

He was conditionally bailed to face Byron Bay Local Court on 21 April.

The accident happened around 11.40pm on Friday when the 23-year-old man and his friends were walking along the northern shoulder of the Old Pacific Highway in Brunswick Heads, in a westerly direction .

When they were near the intersection with Newberry Parade, police say that for unknown reasons the 23-year-old walked into the middle of the road where he was struck by the eastbound ute.

Police say that after the collision, the ute did not stop and drove off at high speed towards Brunswick Heads.

Ambulance paramedics transported the injured man to Gold Coast Hospital where he is in a serious condition.

Crash Investigation Unit police are investigating.


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"IndyWatch Feed Capricornia": tyto tony: Rain! Just what every bird wants! "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Crimson Finch rejoices in today's drizzling answer to farmers' prayers. Imagine the joy if Ingham had got the 600mm it needs.


"IndyWatch Feed Melbourne": matthew schiavello: photos and words: ‘Secret communication #86′(22/02/16)Exploring hand gestures,... "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

‘Secret communication #86′


Exploring hand gestures, which can hold both widely known and secretly known meanings.


Central Queensland Plane Spotting: Whitsunday Air Services Takes Delivery of a Pair of DHC-2 Beaver Float Planes VH-OHU and VH-OHD "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

It was interesting to note that in late 2015, Whitsunday Air Services / Hamilton Island Air took delivery of a pair of De Havilland DHC-2 Beaver float planes from the United States of America (USA).

The first Beaver to break cover was VH-OHU (c/n 826) which was spotted wearing an attractive colour scheme for the 'One&Only' resort at Hayman Island.

VH-OHU has had an interesting history with the airframe first delivered to the US Army in 1955.  After a series of re-registrations and two accidents in 1987 and 1999, the Beaver has most recently been operating in Bear, Delaware as N88G, before being de-registered and exported to Australia in mid-2015.



"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": FBi Radio: Exclusive Mix: Lefto [Feb 2016] "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"


Top-notch track selector and music tastemaker Lefto has played nearly 600 shows on Belgian national radio and sharpened his digging ability at the now-famous Music Mania store in his hometown of Brussels.

To celebrate his involvement in this year’s Summer Dance 2016 party series, curated by our mates at Astral People, Lefto made us an exclusive mix that demonstrates his eclectic selections and is guaranteed to get sweat beading on your brow.


  • Lefto :: Exclusive mix



Mophono x Gaslamp Killer – Murder Man
Alan The Chemist – Jabroni ft. Migos & Mac Miller
Anderson Paak – Carry Me
Ammar Sheriyi – Wehyat Kalbi
Yussef Kamaal Trio – Strings of Light Driess
The Holy Disciple of Chicago III – I Know Him
Camille Doughty – Elijah Rock
Hiatus Kaiyote – Shaolin Monk Motherfunk
Sons of Kemet – Play Mass
Shye Ben Tzur, Jonny Greenwood and The Rajasthan Express – Julus
Soul of Hex – The Muth (Henry Wu remix)
Lay Far – Jump Higher ft. Mark de Clive-Lowe
General Ludd – Sunset Yellow
Kyle Hall – Dervenen
Tenderlonious – All Your Way


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Motorbike Writer: Moto Guzzi V7 II Stornello Limited Edition "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Moto Guzzi V7 II Stornello Limited Edition

Australia has been allocated only 10 of the Limited Edition Moto Guzzi V7 II Stornello scramblers arriving in May at $16,500 plus on-road costs.

The bike, unveiled at the EICMA motorcycle show in Milan in November 2015, features a high-mounted scrambler-style Arrow exhaust, aluminium mudguards, satin-finished aluminium side number plates, polished alloy wheels and Stornello graphics.

The production number of each motorcycle will be laser inscribed on the upper part of the headstock.


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": All in the Name of Liberty: Cockatoo, and Water Dragon, 2 new paintings "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

I just started these small animal portraits yesterday, there's more to do to them, but probably not much - I was hoping to make them the first shots with my spiffy new phone's camera, but my SIM doesn't fit it, ... tomorrow


sunshinecoastbirds: Previously Undisclosed Night Parrot Sighting "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

A previously unpublished report of a Night Parrot indicates that an extensive tract of spinifex country extending south-west of Winton in outback Queensland may be harbouring a greater population of this cryptic species than is thought.

Glenn Holmes, a highly respected field ornithologist, told me he saw a Night Parrot along the Winton-Jundah Road on May 21, 2012. This is 12 months before John Young filmed and photographed a Night Parrot (the first time the species had been photographed) at an undisclosed site. That site, on a cattle station, is thought to be in the same general region: huge, sparsely vegetated grazing properties in the vicinity of the Diamantina National Park.

Steve Murphy's netted Night Parrot: Pic by Rachel Barr


Living and Loving Hobart:: Syra "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Middl Eastern meets Tassie is what you’ll get at Syra, Salamanca Square’s newest restaurant.

Inspired by their many visits to Maha; Shane Delia’s restaurant in Melbourne and growing up eating middl Eastern food, the owners wanted to bring something new to Hobart.

They have taken what they see as the best elements of the food they ate as kids and modernised it, that’s where Tassie’s beautiful fresh produce comes into play.


"IndyWatch Feed Capricornia": NQCC: Have you say on the TPP "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Have your say on the Trans Pacific Partnership – an agreement that would enable multinational companies to sue Australia, in offshore Tribunals, for having environmental protection laws that restrict their capacity to earn profit in Australia. Make a brief submission to the … Continue reading


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": The Thousands: Sydney: Big Ego Books launch at Alaska Projects "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Raquel Caballero and Emily Hunt of Big Ego Books provided us with a tidy perspective on the trade fair hustle late last year. The article was memorable for their unabridged opinions and clear passion for unusual finds and made us hyperbolically declare them “..two of the sharpest wits in the book selling biz”. Well now we're pleased to announce their new IRL manifestation at Alaska Projects in the Cross.

Big Ego will continue selling gems from their online store, but now you have the added option of getting your paws all over the pages before you buy. Also, you know the visual merchandising is going to be on point, thanks to the ridiculously great themed tableaus from their site (there's one witchy-corker pictured above). The store will be launching alongside the latest group show, featuring work from Julia Bavyka, Angela Garrick, Joe Pol and Harrison Witsey. Two events for the price of one (to four) cheap beers– what a barg!


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": FBi Radio: Watch Collector perform ‘Shark Tooth Necklace’ live on Ears Have Ears "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Collector 768

Newcastle synth & electronics guru Collector aka Jason Campbell joined Ears Have Ears in the studio for an exclusive live set featuring three unreleased tracks from his upcoming LP, fused together with improvisation. Watch an excerpt from the performance below, featuring his new track ‘Shark Tooth Necklace’.

If live experimental music is your bag, keep an eye out for Ears Have Ears Live, a free monthly series of events held at FBi with a live audience that you’re invited to be a part of!

Video by Michael Thompson & Alexandra Koster.


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"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": FBi Radio: Track Premiere: Elusive ‘Ice Patternz’ [Alpha Pup Records] "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"


Los Angeles producer Elusive creates hip hop infused electronic music so lush it makes your skin tingle.

No stranger to the world of beatmaking, Elusive has spent the best part of two decades releasing music. Focusing primarily on underground hip hop in the ’90s and 2000s, you’ll find his production credits among the likes of Guilty Simpson, Killah Priest, Rapper Big Pooh, Shock G and more. In recent years though, Elusive has turned his attention to experimental electronica – working in richly textured layers of future-jazz and found sounds.

Having found a new home with LA heavyweights Alpha Pup Records, Elusive is set to release his second full-length record with the label – appropriately titled Textures. We’re excited to have a sneak peek here for you: a rippling, whispering journey of track entitled “Ice Patternz”. Premiered today on The Playlist with FBi’s music director Stephen Goodhew, you can stream the track below.


  • Elusive :: Ice Patternz


Textures by Elusive is out on Alpha Pup Records on February 26, 2016.


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"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": The Thousands: Sydney: Homeshake with Noire and Donny Love "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

We all love Mac Demarco's scallywag jangle but wouldn't it be more interesting if someone from his band sent that sound through a disco blender, poured the contents into a blow-up kiddie pool and splashed around in slow motion? Lucky Homeshake have done just that (so to speak). Supported for their final Sydney show by Noire and Donny Love.


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": The Thousands: Sydney: A mixtape by Homeshake "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

We all love Mac Demarco's scallywag jangle but wouldn't it be more interesting if someone from his band sent that sound through a disco blender, poured the contents into a blow-up kiddie pool and splashed around in slow motion? Lucky Homeshake have done just that (so to speak). They're touring the country at the moment and made us a mix to celebrate. It's as eclectic and great as we hoped it'd be.

Jagged Edge, 'Walked Right Outta Heaven'
This music video was all over Much Music when I was a kid and I didn’t think I liked it, but then one day Salina threw it on and I saw the light.  Sometimes she accuses me of stealing her music taste, which is fair.

Project Pablo, 'Sky Lounge'
Project Pablo is my neighbour. He lives next door to the people who live above us. I think 'sky lounge' is what they call his apartment.  We share internet. Really good guy.

Alexander O’Neal & Cherelle, 'Saturday Love'
All the days of the week are good but Saturday has got to be the most popular one.

Taeko Ohnuki, '幻惑'
There’s this other Taeko Ohnuki song that I’m certain is the happiest song ever written, it makes me feel amazing, but this is a different song that is great too.

Carly Simon, 'Why'
She’s heartbroken because their love hurts so much, but that bass line is definitely hot enough to take her mind off the pain for a few minutes.

LJ Reynolds, 'Trust In Me'
I trust him.

Joe ft. Mystikal 'Stutter'
fire emoji

Young Braised, 'Daydrift'
Last time he was in Montreal, Young Braised* came over for dinner. Salina made a fantastic spaghetti, he brought a salad, and we chatted all night, a really great lit...


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": 89.7 Eastside FM: A 200 Year Old Barber @ Sydney Opera House "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

A 200 Year Old Barber

The world’s most loved comedic opera, Rossini’s The Barber of Seville, celebrates its 200th anniversary on Saturday 20 February. To mark the occasion, Opera Australia has partnered with World’s Greatest Shave to donate a portion of ticket sales to the Leukaemia Foundation, in addition to offering a strictly limited 200 tickets for 200 cents youth discount. Opera AustraliaThe Barber of Seville


In 1816 Rossini premiered The Barber of Seville which would go on to become an international hit, with its instantly recognisable overture (that many have since heard courtesy of Bugs Bunny) and of course Figaro’s aria Largo al factotum which baritones around the world have sung as they have cut the hair of the people of Seville.

To celebrate 200 years of the show, for every ticket purchased to the Sydney Opera House season of The Barber of Seville via, Opera Australia will donate $18.16 to the Leukaemia Foundation. The season concludes on 22 March, 2016.

“We’re delighted that the world’s most famous Barber is giving us such a generous (and musical!) start to this year’s World’s Greatest Shave,” said Chris McMillan, General Manager from the Leukaemia Foundation. “We encourage all Australians to follow Figaro’s lead and register to shave or colour their hair ahead of shave weekend March 10-13.”



"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": 89.7 Eastside FM: Gang of Brothers @Soul of Sydney "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Sydney 5 piece funk powerhouse, Gang of Brothers will perform live on Sunday the 13th of March, from 2pm till late  @Soul Of Sydney. Other DJ’s will support for an afternoon of Feel-Good Funk, Soul, Disco, Afro-Beat, Old School party jams & beyond. : featuring Soul Of Sydney Dj’s & Friends, Dj Johnny Bones (Feat. Johnny Bones’ Afro), Dj Jon (from Eastside Radio!), Phil Toke (Soul Of Sydney, Spirit Of House), Drae Leighton, Dj Trey and Tony Chill!


After a truly blessed start to the year filled with sunshine & smiles they have decided to call on some friend to help us celebrate life for a very special live music installment SOUL OF SYDNEY this March. 

They are proud to be able to showcase one of Sydney’s premier funk and soul outfits in a very unique Sunday afternoon setting. Join us from 2pm March 13th and soak up unmistakeable infectious party sounds of Sydney (5 piece) FUNK powerhouse with Gang Of Brothers.


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": 89.7 Eastside FM: Eastside Radio Retrospective "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The Origins of Radio Eastern Sydney Co-operative Limited : A retrospect (4/1/16)
By Dr Neil Runcie, Founder and Foundation Chairman, of Radio Eastern Sydney Association and of Radio Eastern Sydney Co-operative Ltd. 
Professor Neil Runcie

Professor Neil Runcie

Q.  What were the origins of Radio Eastern Sydney?
To quote what I said to the Registrar of Co-operatives leading to our incorporation as a Co-operative on 11/6/1982:
“ Radio Eastern Sydney Association (RESA) was formed as a result of public meetings in September and October 1976. During 1977 the Association conducted five test transmissions; the fifth in conjunction with the Sydney Radio Foundation for the Print Handicapped, which was formed as a result of public meetings convened by RESA. During this sequence of tests, membership of the Association grew to about 240 members – including 33 community groups.”
Q. Why did you form a co-operative to run this community radio station? 
As with the two previous community  stations that I launched in Sydney, 2MBS and 2RPH, I formed a co-operative to run Radio Eastern Sydney for three basic reasons. Firstly, the democratic structure of co-operatives, of one person one vote, seemed superior, and less complex and cheaper  than company incorporation for a community venture. The Registrar of Co-operatives was experienced in handling self help community ve.........


"IndyWatch Feed Melbourne": Juice Rap News: JuiceRapNews Live in Berlin: 11 March 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Attention Berliners and all nearby EU Juice Rap News fam/fans:

Ken Oathcarn, General Baxter and Terrence Moonseed from Juice Rap News will be rocking the stage at the Berlin Congress Center on March 11!

(I know we said we wrapped up Juice Rap News… but after receiving a warm invitation from the Center of Investigative Journalism we decided to make one exception in order to be able to present some Juice at least once for our EU friends!)

Baxter 2  Ken Pic 2  Terrence 3

Verrrry honoured to have been invited to talk about JuiceMedia/RapNews at The Logan Symposium, which brings together some of the most badass peeps of our generation working in journalism, hacktivism, human/digital rights and unfucking-the-Internet – including Julian Assange (via Skype), Sarah Harrison, Seymour Hersch, Cage, Jacob Appelbaum (Tor), Jesselyn Raddack, Jérémie Zimmermann, Subgraph, and many others.

Amidst this madness I’ll be presenting some excerpts from the JRN live show with help from stellar Melbourne mc’s MANTRA and Grey Ghost as General Baxter and Terrence Moonseed. So, if you live in Europe and thought you had missed out on ever seeing live Juice, now’s your chance to catch this PLUS many other awesome speakers. (NB: This will not be our FULL show, as Hugo is not with us, but we’ll do our v...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Man, 66, arrested over alleged sexual offences against children in Nimbin "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

A 66-year-old man will appear in court today after he was arrested for alleged sexual offences of two children at Nimbin over the weekend.

Police say that on Saturday, a boy aged 8 and a girl aged 11, befriended a man earlier in the morning when they began playing with his dog.

Later that day the man allegedly indecently and sexually assaulted the children.

The children ran from the man and alerted their parents and the man left the area in his car.

Police attended and an investigation began. Around 5.20pm yesterday (Sunday), police attached to the Ballina Child Abuse Squad arrested the man in Uralba Street, Lismore.

He was taken to Lismore police station and charged with one count of aggravated sexual assault and one count of indecent assault.

The man was refused bail to appear in Lismore Local Court today (Monday).

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"IndyWatch Feed Melbourne": Castan Centre for Human Rights Law: Australia found to have breached the human rights of David Hicks "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Sarah Joseph, Monash University

The UN Human Rights Committee (UNHRC) released its reasons in Hicks v Australia on February 16, 2016, in which it found that Australia had breached David Hicks’ right to be free from arbitrary detention. While the decision represents a measure of vindication for Hicks in the face of ongoing hostile disdain from the Australian government, it was perhaps disappointing in its narrowness.

The UNHRC supervises and monitors implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (“ICCPR”), a global treaty that binds three-quarters of the world’s countries.

David Hicks’ complaint was submitted on September 10, 2010. The five-plus-year gap between submission and decision is unfortunate, but reflects the complexity of the case, as evinced by the original 100+ page submission from Hicks’ counsel.

However, the UNHRC did not address these complexities appropriately. While Hicks was successful in one of his claims regarding arbitrary detention, prohibited under Article 9(1) of the ICCPR, his many other claims deserved more thorough consideration than they received.

The basic facts

Hicks’ story is recounted briefly here. He was apprehended in Afghanistan in November 2001, very soon after the invasion of that country by the US in the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks, and was suspected of fighting on behalf of al-Qaeda, the Taliban, or both.

He was detained at the facility in Guantanamo Bay from January 2...


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": 89.7 Eastside FM: save our trees! "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"


since December last year when local resident Adnil Ramos came into the studio to talk about the impending loss of 700 significant trees in the Randwick area, Monday Drive has been following the drama surrounding these vintage arboreal guardians of our ecosystems. Unfortunately in January we lost 20 heritage trees along Maiden’s Row in Alison Road, as well as several trees and their huge singing green canopies along Wansey Road, and Anzac Parade, much to the distress of locals. Ostensibly sacrificed to the new light rail, it has since emerged that without Randwick Council’s consent or approval, the route was amended to the detriment of the trees to support development plans by the Randwick Racecouse for a hotel, entertainment centre and VIP car park. However, community outrage has steadily built with a series of events, including a memorial to the trees on what is now an avenue of wood chips. The recent rally on Valentine’s day attracted over 1000 people who called on Mike Baird to stop the carnage now. Here are two videos about the trees made by...


"IndyWatch Feed Capricornia": Katter moves to ensure Governments buy Aussie Made "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

22 February 2016: KAP Leader andFederal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter today moved legislation that will ensure Australian Government contracts are fulfilled with Australian goods and services.

The Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Amendment (Procuring Australian Goods and Services) Bill 2016 requires that contracts on behalf of Commonwealth entities be made up with goods and services produced from at least 75 per cent Australian labour or at least 75 per cent goods manufactured or produced in Australia.

Mr Katter said that the Bill would create jobs and remove Australians from welfare, as well as create billions of dollars in extra revenue and taxation. But more importantly, he said it would ensure the continuation of our technological, industrial and defence capabilities.

“In this place the people have a voice – but the only voice seems to be the few of us sitting on the cross benches.

“You take a survey in the electorate and 90% of people want something – but the people in this place do not serve their electorates, they serve their political party.

“The laughing stock of this country is the Government who has their Australian flags made in China.

“A Government who has the boots of their soldiers made in China.

“And we can no longer produce whitegoods in this country – a stove, a washing machine or a fridge.

“This is an interesting period in Australian history, in the last six months Australia made its last motor car.

“In the argument about whether Australia should make its own motor cars, they quoted the chief protagonist in the Brooklyn Bridge argument.

“They were looking at whether the English could build a better bridge – they knew if the English built the bridge they only got the bridge. But if the Americans built the bridge, they got the bridge and the money.

“What this bill does is creates jobs – let me be specific and talk about our ship...


Motorbike Writer: Dumb move to cut SMART rider training "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Road safety training

Challenging Gold Coast hinterland roads

The rider death toll on the Gold Coast hinterland has been steadily rising since the council-subsidised motorcycle roadcraft course was axed, leading to calls for it to be reinstated.

The Safe Motorcycle Advanced Rider Training courses was cancelled in 2012 despite winning the inaugural 2011 Australian Road Safety Awards.



"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": Timber and Steel: The Gum Ball Reveals Full Lineup "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Image Courtesy of Davidson Brothers The Gum Ball festival in the Hunter Valley, NSW holds a special place in our hearts. It is one of the country’s best boutique festivals, attracting an amazing lineup of artists to a beautiful, intimate setting. The first round of artists for the festival, including the likes of Jeff Lang, […]


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": : Yes, I do have some artwork available "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

I was represented by Libby Edwards Galleries in Melbourne for many years, until they recently closed the doors of their bricks and mortar space… so now, I am floating around solo as an unrepresented artist. I am often asked whether I have an online store (and I did have for quite sometime), but to be honest, I don’t really feel comfortable selling original pieces that way. I am often very attached to my works, so I’d prefer to talk directly if you are interested in welcoming a new piece into your life.

Here is a selection of original artworks and studies currently available, please email me for more information or to arrange a time to come view them at my studio in Sydney. I’ll keep this page updated as frequently as possible, though I often have studies and sketches in my studio that have not been photographed yet, or older pieces that I’ve been holding onto for sentimental reasons.

I do also have a small selection of works are still available through Curious Duke Gallery in London, The Stockroom in Melbourne, and Flower Pepper Gallery in Los Angeles. Limited edition prints are also available through Signed & Numbered in Melbourne and online, or at Lawrence St Makers.



"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Vandals hit Ocean Shores school 3 times in 3 weeks "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Windows were smashed in the support-unit classroom.

Windows were smashed in the support-unit classroom.

Three break-ins in three weeks at Ocean Shores Public School has shocked staff who say the vandalism of its disability-support units has had a big impact on 17 of the school’s most needy students.

Teachers were upset this morning when they discovered the school, in an isolated area at the end of Shara Boulevard, had again been targeted by vandals over the weekend, with windows smashed and graffiti daubed in many places.

Broken glass littered the support unit, where windows and furnishings had been broken, and students had to be relocated to another class without their normal facilities and equipment.

The support units are used extensively by the school’s 17 students with special needs (autism, physical and mental challenges).

Principal Chris Hauritz said  the break-ins and damage to the school’s support units three times this month was ‘making it tough for these kids’.

‘It is has a big impact on learning for some of our most needy students,’ Mr Hauritz told Echonetdaily.

‘These break and enters have targeted a classroom that caters for students from our school that have high-level disabilities.

‘Their learning has been disrupted by these incidents and th...


"IndyWatch Feed Capricornia": Greens leader backs decriminalisation of ice "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

When interviewed by 2GB presenter Ray Hadley in 2011 in the lead up to the NSW election, then state Greens senator Lee Rhiannon was asked did she support de-criminalising drugs?

Listen to the question and answer [HERE]

Today Greens are still pushing the decriminalise the drug ‘ice’.

At the national drug summit starting 2nd March, Greens Senator Richard Di Natale and Queensland Senator Larissa Waters [who spent $414000 taxpayer money to fit out her trendy Paddington office] will tell a national drug summit that ice addicts should be able to use the drug without facing police action.

Senator Waters claims diverting law enforcement resources to rehabilitation services would keep kids safe.



What do you think of the alternative vote to the duopoly parties?



"IndyWatch Feed Cvic": Natural Newstead: This is what 20% looks like "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Cain Curran Reservoir has just dropped below 20% of its capacity, conjuring up visions of drought once again in central Victoria. For much of the first ten years of this century it hovered around this mark, before drenching rains in 2010/11 transformed it into a magnificent wetland. With the water level so low it brings views of the Loddon River and its tributaries into stark relief.

I wonder what 2016 holds …


Australian Raven, Cain Curran 20th February 2016


Cairn Curran Reservoir at the confluence of Captain’s Gully and Joyce’s Creek




"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": AWPA Sydney News: 1) PUNKS FOR WEST PAPUA – THE DOCUMENTARY "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

2) ’Sounds like fun’: Aussie diplomats mocked reports of Indonesian rape and murder of Timorese
3) Police Maltreat a 23 Year Old Man in Manokwari




"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Bid fails to derail Tweed rail-trail funding "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Luis Feliu

A bid to look into how $275,000 earmarked to establish a rail trail from Murwillumbah to Crabbes Creek could benefit the town if redirected to showcasing its heritage values failed at Tweed Shire Council’s last meeting.

Mayor Katie Milne sought a report on how the ratepayer money could be better spent in beautifying Murwillumbah to attract more visitors there, rather than adding it to the $13 million in public funds she says has been allocated to the ambitious Rail trail project.

The move by Greens mayor, backed by deputy mayor Gary Bagnall, ‘noted’ the Tweed Coast Cycle Way already provided a tourist cycling attraction which, unlike the rail trail, improved community transport links.

Cr Milne listed various tourist attractions already benefiting the town, including Wollumbin/Mt Warning and the Tweed Regional Gallery and Margaret Olley Art Centre.

Coincidenrtally, at the same meeting on Thursday, general manager Troy Green’s recommendation to use $90,000 of ratepayer funds to instal public-artwork ‘gateway’ installations at entry points to Murwillumbah and Kingscliff was unanimously deferred so staff can hold further consultation with stakeholders such as the local tourism body.

Mr Green proposed that $60,000 be allocated for a public artwork at the roundabout at Alma Street, Murwillumbah, and $30,000 for one to be commissioned and installed at the Pacific Highway underpass on Wommin Bay Road, Kingscliff, which serves as a gateway to the Tweed coastal villages.

In her move, Cr Milne said the staff report could look at ’the benefits the $275,000 of ratepayer funds allocated to the Rail Trail could bring to the town if these funds were redirected to investing in beautifying and showcasing the heritage values of the town to entice visitors to stop, admire and shop in the town, and the benefits enhancing the aesthetic heritage values of the town would provide for a sense of pride of place fo...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Baird’s ‘war on trees’ comes to Lismore "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Valuable and endangered private forests such as this one at Whian Whian, the scene of protests in 2013, are being logged to supply unrealistic state government agreements with sawmills.

Scene of a 2013 protest against clearing of Big Scrub rainforest at Whian Whian. Such clearing could become commonplace if new, watered down legislation is introduced, environment campaigners fear. Photo Jeff Dawson

Chris Dobney

A community meeting in Lismore has called on the Baird government to ‘end its war on trees’ and to increase protection for local bushland, wildlife and the climate by strengthening nature protection laws.

Last Thursday’s meeting took place just hours before a walkout of all the state’s key conservation groups from negotiations over the NSW Coalition Government’s revised biodiversity legislation.

Locals heard that the Baird government’s plan to replace the Native Vegetation Act and the Threatened Species Conservation Act with a drastically watered-down Biodiversity Conservation Act would make it easier for developers and landholders to remove trees and clear native bushland across NSW.

Total Environment Centre’s water and urban campaigner Leigh Martin said, ‘Mr Baird’s new law will put landmark trees and bushland in our towns and suburb...


"IndyWatch Feed Gippsland": Mountain Journal: Managing development in the Kosciuszko alpine resorts "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

If you’re interested in the future of the alpine resorts in the NSW mountains and how they interact with the surrounding environment, you currently have an opportunity to comment on the management plan.

The Parks Service says:

The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is looking at better ways to measure and regulate the environmental carrying capacity of alpine resorts in Kosciuszko National Park. Currently, carrying capacity is addressed using ‘bed limits’.

This may lead to an amendment of the Kosciuszko National Park plan of management and changes to the way new development proposals are initiated and managed in the alpine resort areas of Thredbo, Charlotte Pass, Perisher Range and Selwyn. NPWS is seeking feedback on your initial ideas and concerns. Further opportunities to provide input will be provided later in the year.

The current plan of management recognises that opportunities should be available to modernise the resorts and improve visitor facilities while protecting environmental values. One way of achieving these twin objectives is to apply the concept of carrying capacity.

The ‘environmental carrying capacity’ of an area is the scale of human activity that can occur without degrading the environment beyond an acceptable level.

In this sense, the ‘environment’ includes biological, physical and social factors. For example, waterways, wildlife, habitats, landscapes, cultural heritage, sustainability outcomes (for waste, energy, recycling) and visitor experiences.

Currently, carrying capacity in alpine resorts is primarily addressed by the plan of management setting limits on the number of people that can stay overnight in each resort area – this is referred to as ‘bed limits’ or ‘bed numbers’. Other thresholds are set by other laws for specific issues such as threatened species management and pollution prevention.......


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": Timber and Steel: TinPan Orange Announce Fifth Studio Album Love Is A Dog "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Image Courtesy of TinPan Orange Melbourne based indie-folk trio TinPan Orange has been a firm Timber and Steel favourite since we first started writing so we’re pretty excited that they’ve just announced plans to release their fifth studio album. Titled Love Is A Dog, the album is due for release on the 8th April. The […]


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": Timber and Steel: Review: Boy & Bear at Hordern Pavilion "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Boy & Bear with Art of Sleeping and Montaigne Hordern Pavilion, Sydney, NSW Friday 12th February, 2016 We hurried on a Friday night to the Hordern Pavilion to catch the Sydney leg of Boy & Bear’s Limit of Love tour. Unfortunately, we missed support act Montaigne but the praise heaped upon her from The Art of Sleeping […]


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": Radio 2RDJ FM 88.1: Live Jazz Events in Sydney (this week) "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Submit your Jazz gigs to:

Monday, 22 February 2016

Cam Atkins Trio: Roseville Memorial Club, 64 Pacific Hwy, ROSEVILLE (7pm, 94196849)

Darren Heinrich’s ToneWheel with Guest David Theak: Foundry SixOneSix, 616 Harris St, ULTIMO (8.30pm, $5, book online)

Jazz Jam & Games Night: Venue 505...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Baby Asha released from Brisbane hospital "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Protesters outside the Lady Cilento Hospital in Brisbane. Photo Asylum Seeker Resource Centre Facebook page.

Protesters outside the Lady Cilento Hospital in Brisbane. Photo Asylum Seeker Resource Centre Facebook page.

Canberra/Brisbane [AAP & other sources]

The asylum-seeker baby at the centre of an immigration storm has been discharged from a Brisbane hospital.

‘She’s in community detention,’ Immigration Minister Peter Dutton told the Nine Network on Monday.

‘Obviously the support will be provided to the family and that’s been the case for 83 other people including women and children that have come to Australia for medical assistance or the family members of somebody who has.’

Baby Asha’s fate sparked a week of rallies outside Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital after doctors refused to release her, fearful she would be returned to detention on Nauru immediately.

Some asylum-seeker advocates still fear that the family will be deported to Nauru once public attention has died down.

Asylum Seeker Resources Centre CEO Kon Karapanagiotidis said on Sunday night ‘This movement won today because it’s yours, ours toget...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: CSIRO job cuts to harm Australia: report "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

CSIROreportCanberra [AAP]

Job cuts at the CSIRO will leave Australia ill-prepared to deal with climate change or meet its commitments under the Paris agreement, the Climate Council says.

The CSIRO recently announced it would halve the number of employees in climate science, with around 100 jobs to go from two main monitoring and modelling programs.

The council has looked into the local and international impact the change will have.

Its report, Flying Blind: Navigating Climate Change without the CSIRO, released on Monday, found the cuts would damage the country’s ability to plan for or respond to climate change.

It warns that government and businesses rely on climate change science to make billion-dollar decisions which could be put in jeopardy.

‘For example, the design of Brisbane Airport’s new runway, built on a low-lying coastal fringe, was informed by the latest sea-level science from the CSIRO,’ it says.

Crucial information about climate change in the Southern Hemisphere could be lost and farmers and firefighters will be particularly exposed if climate science capabilities are reduced.

‘Cutting climate science now, as the demand escalates for both...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Coal pollution concerns for Qld "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Site development at the Wiggens Island Coal Export Terminal (WICET) in Gladstone, Thursday, Queensland, in 2012. AAP Image/Dave Hunt

Site development at the Wiggens Island Coal Export Terminal (WICET) in Gladstone, Thursday, Queensland, in 2012. AAP Image/Dave Hunt

Brisbane [AAP]

Air pollution monitoring and its shortcomings in Queensland will be on the agenda at a Brisbane meeting of health experts, lawyers and community groups.

Environmental Justice Australia (EJA) has raised concerns about a lack of pollution monitoring in the entire central Queensland coalfields.

The region of more than one million square kilometres contained more than half of the country’s 20 most polluting coal mines, the group said.

‘Queensland’s current system of air pollution laws and regulations is failing to ensure healthy air,’ said Environmental Defenders Office Queensland lawyer Revel Pointon.

‘Having endorsed new national air pollution standards in December, Queensland Environment Minister Steven Miles has a responsibility to ensure these standards are met in the most polluted parts of the state.’

The meeting will he...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: At least ten dead in Fiji cyclone "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Tropical Cyclone Winston's destruction in Ba, Fiji. Photo EPA/Naziah Ali

Tropical Cyclone Winston’s destruction in Ba, Fiji. Photo EPA/Naziah Ali

Sydney [AAP]

One of the southern hemisphere’s most powerful cyclones on record has left at least ten people dead in Fiji, according to the nation’s broadcaster.

Category-5 Cyclone Winston swept through the tiny island nation on Saturday night, flattening homes and downing trees.

Unrelenting rain and downed powerlines hampered relief efforts on Sunday as officials assess the damage and Australian aid agencies offer assistance.

Virgin Australia has announced it will resume flights in and out of Nadi on Monday, while Jetstar and Fiji Airways have cancelled their scheduled flights.

The relief efforts come after the cyclone tore through with winds gusting to 325km/h and waves up to 12m high, cutting communication across much of the country of almost 900,000.

Entire villages have reportedly been destroyed and one elderly man was killed on Koro Island, northeast of Suva, when a roof fell on him.

Grave fears remain for others in low-lying river areas an...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Indian army deployed to quell protests "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Jat community protesters block National Highway 1 near Panipat, India, on February 21. Photo EPA/STR

Jat community protesters block National Highway 1 near Panipat, India, on February 21. Photo EPA/STR

New Delhi [RAW]

India has deployed thousands of troops to a northern state to quell protests that have severely hit water supplies to Delhi, forced factories to close and killed 10 people.

Rioting and looting in Haryana by the Jats, a rural caste, is symptomatic of increasingly fierce competition for government jobs and educational openings in India, whose growing population is set to overtake China’s within a decade.

The latest unrest threatens to undermine Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s promise of better days to come for Indians who elected him in 2014 with the largest majority in three decades.

As before, the 65-year-old leader ignored the protests – instead giving a speech on rural and urban development in the eastern state of Chattisgarh, unveiling a statue to a late Indian guru and praising a 104-year-old woman for backing his campaign for a clean India.

The federal government deployed 4,000 troops and 5,000 paramilitaries in a massive show of force, and ordered an end to the pr...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: China lifts pollution red alert level "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Pollution in Tiananmen Square, Beijing. Photo Michael David-Burchat

Pollution in Tiananmen Square, Beijing. Photo Michael David-Burchat

Beijing [RAW]

Beijing is to raise the thresholds for issuing its highest air pollution warnings, two months after acrid smog triggered the city’s first-ever ‘red alerts’.

In future, the highest alert will only be issued when the daily average air quality index (AQI) is forecast to exceed 500 for a day, 300 for two days in a row or 200 for four days, state news agency Xinhua reported on Sunday, citing Beijing’s environmental protection bureau.

At present, a red alert is issued when the AQI is forecast to exceed 200, a level the United States deems ‘very unhealthy’, for at least three days.

Schools were closed and outdoor construction work was suspended when thick smog prompted Beijing to issue its first red alert last December.

The new criteria take effect at the end of March and are designed to standardise pollution alerts across Beijing, the neighbouring port city of Tianjin and four cities in the s...



Seemingly always sunny, Addict Food and Coffee is a little corner of goodness down on Johnston Street.




Sammy J & Randy Feltface emerged late last year as what could be one of television’s great comedy duos.

The thrice AACTA nominated Sammy J & Randy in Ricketts Lane, which premiered on ABC’s iview in October last year, is the culmination of years upon years of blood, purple ball-sweat and Sammy J tears. Like Laurel & Hardy, Basil & Manuel, Rick & Vyvyan, Bernard & Manny or Stefanovic & Wilkinson - Sammy J & Randy are friends who hate in one another what audiences love.



Motorbike Writer: Royal Enfield concept stores coming "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

The world’s biggest Royal Enfield concept store will open soon in Australia with the concept rolling out across other dealers, say importers Urban Moto Imports.

UMI Asia Pacific Sales Manager Alan Elasmar says the stores will be high-quality and offer a range of premium apparel.

“Royal Enfield sees Australia as an exciting export market because they see significant growth,” he says.



Tasmanian Times: ‘We have a fire ...’ "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

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Tasmanian Times: Wilderness fortunes and Rural Public Health "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

On the 15th January 2016 a Public Health warning was issued for the town of Smithton to expect harmful levels of bushfire smoke. Dry lightning strikes on the 13th January caused over 30 bushfires in the western part of Tasmania, and the prevailing wind conditions pushed that smoke into the far northwest, towards a scattered population of 8000 people. … Residents of Circular Head needed to heed this more or less every day for at least a month, and counting. This is unworkable. People still have to go to work – and in a rural area, that means many are working outside, facing an environmental and occupational hazard. Students still need to attend school. People still need to go grocery shopping. Even with all windows and doors and vents closed, there were reports of indoor smoke detectors still going off. … • Karl Satire • Clive Stott in Comments thanks Dr Nic ... and provides a guide to surviving the smoke ...


Tasmanian Times: Burning a scratch across a vinyl recording "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

In an apparent bid to downplay the significance of the damage caused to the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area (TWWHA) by the current fires, Premier Will Hodgman, National Tourism Minister Senator Richard Colbeck, and also an advocate for tourism development whose sensitivity to criticism I wish to respect and hence will refer to merely by the pseudonym of Nuke Tartan, have all been dismissively suggesting that things are fine because only 1.2% of the WHA has been burnt. … It seems that the average adult human heart weighs about 300g, so if we assume a total body mass of about 80 kg the heart comes in at a bit under 0.4%.  I am not sure which additional organs these three researchers have also jettisoned in order to remove the additional 0.8% of their body mass necessary to reach the 1.2% they have apparently found it OK not to have, but I look forward to seeing this information in their explanatory scientific paper on the subject, perhaps in the next edition of Nature. … • Karl Satire


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. … • ABC: Tasmanian beekeepers prepare for massive losses after devastating bushfires Tasmania’s beekeeping industry is bracing for the fall-out from this summer’s unprecedented bushfires. More than 100,000 hectares has been destroyed by fires this summer, including 11,000 hectares of Tasmania’s World Heritage Wilderness Area. Summer is the busiest time of year for apiarists, but thousand of hives are still trapped on the fire ground and some honey producers are facing massive production losses. John Birchenough from Daybreak Apiaries, based at Wynyard in Tasmania’s north-west, has thousands of hives trapped. …


Tasmanian Times: The ANU graduates of 1975, Forestry Tasmania, Ta Ann Tasmania and Captain Rolley "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Andrew Wilkie spoke to and tabled my document, A Background to Forestry in Tasmania in Federal Parliament on 4 June 2015. As a result, Evan Rolley, CEO of Ta Ann Tasmania, was granted a Citizen’s Right of Reply by the House of Representatives Committee of Privileges and Members’ Interests. This reply has been incorporated in Hansard without the mention of my name. … I hereby request the right to defend my good name and reputation in this a matter of great public interest to all Tasmanians. In the interests of democracy and good governance I am most willing to explain and interpret the content of; Background to Forestry in Tasmania, by subjecting myself to examination before the Bar of Parliament by any Tasmanian Member with a detailed knowledge of the subject, thereby providing a real-time example of democracy at work. …


Tasmanian Times: STATE: CEDA Speech - Economic and Political Overview "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

… In relation to the FSC certification process, several points have been very clear for a long while, namely: • FSC is a complex process; • Forestry Tasmania does not expect to be granted FSC certification first go (as this would be unprecedented for an operation of FT’s complexity); and • the Audit Report is a progress report (rather than an absolute ‘yes’ or ‘no’). …


Tasmanian Times: NATION: How can I help you win today? The politics of fear and division "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

“How can I help you win today?” - Clay Nelson, US salesman and Morrison’s mentor. … Scott Morrison’s fended off the press before. His career is built on non-responses. As Sovereign Border Enforcer, Supreme Commander Brush-Off Morrison ruled any useful question out of order by militarising immigration, a tradition capably founded by Liberal PM John Winston Howard who in the Tampa crisis started the pernicious myth that refugees are our enemy. We have been at war with asylum seekers and ourselves ever since. … PM John Key, who seems to be in the country for some Mal-pal pyjama party says NZ will take 150 Manus and Nauru detainees every year but he’s over-ruled. “There’s an enormous case-load”, says Julie Bishop, adding a nifty bit of jargon on Sunday’s ABC Insiders where affable Barrie Cassidy’s soft questioning helps her get her enormous lie out. As Foreign Minister she must know what a whopper it is. Europeans facing millions of refugees, shake their heads in utter disbelief. … • Guardian: Malcolm Turnbull moves to overhaul Senate voting system before election • Dr Bonham: Senate Reform: It’s Finally On! (If you wish to comment, do so on Kevin Bonham’s website ...)


Tasmanian Times: Is Huon council GM playing for time? "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Huon Valley Guessing Games Huon Valley Council management is waging a delaying action against the revelation of information that The Mercury’s Jessica Howard has been seeking for months.

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"IndyWatch Feed": nancybrownstudio: Far North Queensland "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

I visited Cairns to facilitate a printmaking workshop for Art Educators on the Northern Peninsular at St Monica’s School. Before  the workshop we stepped into St Monica’s Cathedral which glows with some exceptionally detailed contemporary stained glass in very large detailed panels describing the diversity of creation.

The Flying Arts workshops covered some techniques for printing, drawing and movie editing that can be used in the classroom. The other tutors were Sue Loveday – drawing and Chris Bennie- editing movies.

I visited the Daintree while I was there, staying at Cape tribulation kayaking in the clear water, and walking through the old growth forest at night.



"IndyWatch Feed": Live Delay: Ep 152 – The Leftovers; Lovecraft "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

The Leftovers


Recorded by Branko Cosic
Mixed by Branko Cosic
Recorded at The Old Museum, Brisbane, December 4th 2015.

Making their mark all the way back in 1976 during the great Brisbane punk era, The Leftovers are cult heroes in the punk scene. Sticking true to the punk rock ethos, the leftovers were known for their raw, high energy DIY performances in self promoted hall shows that like most other bands at that time, attracted significant attention from the Queensland Police Service.

The Leftovers were invited to play during 4ZZZ’s 40th Birthday Celebrations, with Ed Wreckage reuniting the band with Graeme Hutchinson, John Downey and Ed’s son, Che Wreckage.



Recorded by Branko Cosic.
Mixed by Dave Arens
Recorded at The Triffid, Brisbane, December 13th 2015. 

Starting off in 2006, Lovecraft is comprised of a few veterans of the Brisbane music scene featuring members from lovs e blur, the black market, the sharks and the band from the first half of this show, The Leftovers. Their sound takes an influence from the dark swamplands of Deagon in north Brisbane where the band currently reside.



Tasfintalk: Negative gearing "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

At last the public discussion on the subject of negative gearing seems to be 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.


"IndyWatch Feed": The Water-Rat Gazette: A True History of the Kurilpa Cup "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Originally posted on Reverend Hellfire's Sunday Sermon:
Amongst the Reverend’s many pastoral duties is included his stewardship of the renowned Kurilpa Poetry Cup. Delving deep into the historical archives he has produced this learned dissertation for students of Poetry.…

Saturday, 20 February


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

2016 Victory Octane

Australians were the first in the world to see the new Victory Motorcycles Octane muscle cruiser in the metal when it was unveiled on 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 are being transported around Australia for public viewing with one in Melbourne on Tuesday night (Feb 23), another in Brisbane on Thursday (Feb 25) and similar events at independent dealerships over the next month. The bikes haven’t even been seen in public in their native US yet.

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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