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Thursday, 25 February


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Here & Now #146 Stuff happens "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Here & Now 146 picS Sorrensen

Rock Valley. Thursday, 7.15am

You never know what life has in store for you.

This is a truth, but you live as if it weren’t. You trundle on, like a Subaru through an early morning fog, assuming the road ahead is clear. Roads should be. But try telling a wallaby that.

You assume that you will drive to work, labour dutifully, drive home, cook a meal of spinach and pumpkin (which you buy from the supermarket near work), watch a movie with your girl, sleep, and then drive to work again tomorrow.

This is life. You act like you know what will happen.

Silly you.

Sometimes, things just happen from out of the blue and knock you for six. There you go: two cliches that I have mixed – just because I can. I don’t normally do that, because I’m careful about the way my sentences hang. A well-hung sentence is a joy to me (like baked pumpkin topped with organic brie and the lot draped in steamed spinach). But I don’t care now.

Living 35 kilometres out of Lismore through rolling waves of ridges and valleys, I drive carefully when the curtains of mist are pulled. Like a sensible driver, I reduce my speed and turn my fog lights on. So, I guess the wallaby saw me coming.

Fat use that is. Now, if the wallaby had fog lights, that would be helpful…

I wonder if the wallaby knows that the widening gap between those two lights – behind which is a man who assumes he will reach Lismore, do his work, buy his dinner ingredients, return home, cook, eat alone, watch a movie (tonight, The Matrix), barely sleep, and then drive to work the next day – heralds danger, and sig...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": North Coast Voices: WA Parliament votes the state back into colonial era "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

United Nations press release, 15 February 2016:

UN human rights experts urge Western Australia’s Parliament not to pass proposed anti-protest law

GENEVA (15 February 2016) – Three United Nations human rights experts have urged the State Parliament of Western Australia not to adopt new legislation which would result in criminalising lawful protests and silencing environmentalists and human rights defenders.

Members of the regional parliament have indicated that the Bill aims at preventing protestors from locking themselves onto equipment, trees, and other objects with innovative methods in order to frustrate or delay development sites. The anti-protest Bill is scheduled to be debated on Tuesday 16 February. 

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Wednesday, 24 February


"IndyWatch Feed Melbourne": MLUG - Melbourne Linux Users Group: start "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

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


"IndyWatch Feed Geelong": Barwon Blog: Making tracks: One Eye Gully "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Gold seekers from all over the world flocked to Ballarat after the August, 1851 discoveries of John Dunlop and James Regan at Poverty Point and as the numbers of diggers increased, the township of Ballarat was established. Initially, the Ballarat diggings were a rough collection of huts and canvas tents spread out along the creeks and gullies of the Yarrowee River, but as more and more people arrived - not just single men roughing it, but whole families including women and children - the tents gave way to timber buildings and then as mining practices moved on from shallow alluvial workings to more established deep lead mining, permanent, brick buildings were erected.
The early township grew up in a haphazard fashion around the sites where the miners pitched their tents and along the routes of the original bullock tracks. As a result, the Ballarat CBD as it exists today, was not the centre of town during the early years of the gold rush. Instead, East Ballarat near Golden Point and the Eureka Lead became the focus of activity. Businesses lined the old tracks which became the first roads.

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The North Grant Hotel (1859), located on the south east corner of Peel and
Main Street (now Bridge Street), built mid-1850s. Image held by the State
Library of Victor...


Sunshine Coast Birdlife Australia Blog: Doonan Creek Restoration Day "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Doonan Creek Restoration Day

Thursday 17 March 2016
8 – 11.30am
Doonan Creek Environmental Reserve
219 Doonan Bridge Road, Verrierdale (at the reserve sign – see map)

Join us in restoring this endangered wetland habitat by planting fruiting trees for our visiting hinterland birds.

The planting session will be followed by a demonstration in habitat pile construction and you will learn about their purpose and the animals they attract.

Free event. Morning tea and equipment for planting is provided. Water will be available to refill your water bottles.

Sturdy enclosed footwear, gloves and protective clothing must be worn (i.e. hat, sunglasses/eye protection, sunscreen and long sleeves).

RSVP by 14 March 2016

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"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": The Thousands: Sydney: Mei Saraswati, 'Devotions' "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

I wrote the line “Mei Saraswati is a jewel in the crown of West Coast Australian music”. Then I had to revise it to say she is the crown. Now you can get both versions, and a third shiny object - her Devotions EP.

Devotions is another instance of Mei dropping a thing of beauty straight into our laps. No Instagrammed process photos, no courting of blogs; the antithesis of all this. This is real devotion.

The five tracks span Mei’s repertoire of aesthetics - soul, RnB, electronica, loops - with her recognisable melange of intimate samples and produced beats, all woven through with her aurally edible voice.

Lyrical inspiration comes directly from Bahai writings, a nice reminder amongst all contemporary evidence to the contrary that religion can produce something beautiful. And full credit: it’s quite a feat to make “wherefore hast thou turned away and contented thyself with that which is less good?” into a mellifluous offering.

Sonic inspiration comes from the swamplands Perth used to be. It’s a 101 of how to use birds, frogs and water samples without sounding like a cassette covered in pastel psychedelics with puffy-eyed dolphins on the loose in crystal spheres.

Mei has been known to get nude, or at least wild during her performances; where heaving waves of euphoria pulse through the audience mid-gig. On this EP we can see the track ‘Fruits’ being dropped as a reflective pause on the dance floor. Eyes close, people sway, a sensual connection if not with the divine at least with the image of landscapes resurrected or re-sunk into their pre-invasion or even primordial forms. It's a real banger, if by banging we can mean gently rubbing your temples as you lounge in a bathrobe surrounded by ferns contemplating the divine.


Planet Erland: crossconnectmag: Fredrik RättzénThe ephemeral, mysterious art... "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"


Fredrik Rättzén

The ephemeral, mysterious art of Fredrik Rättzén sometimes descends into the darkness, then shimmers with hope. Proficient in both painting and digital illustration, Fredrik works as an editorial illustrator as well as a creator of detailed, intimate portraits in oils and acrylics. The atmosphere in his pieces ranges from tense and oppressive to bright and serene. Fredrik lives and works in Kristianstad, Sweden.

Keep up with Fredrik on his Tumblr and Instagram

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Birdline Central & Southern Queensland: Eastern Whipbird at Kingaroy reported by Angus Oliver on 24-02-2016 "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Heard calling from close by in late afternoon, unusual as it was in open farmland with only a small area of roadside shrubs and long grass. Has been heard occasionally over the past few weeks however has not been sighted yet.

Birdline Central & Southern Queensland: Musk Duck at Picnic Grounds/BBQ area Kobble Creek reported by Marie Tarrant on 24-02-2016 "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

The Musk Duck is still on Lake Samsonvale and best viewed from the picnic grounds. It seems to favour the island between the picnic grounds and the cemetery so a scope is best.


On The Convict Trail: Hamilton Council Chambers "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

The Hamilton Council Chambers consist of a couple of buildings, one which was constructed in the period 1833 to 1835 and the main, central building around 1879. The earlier building is the old police building and is on the right hand side of the main council chamber.

Following many letters and petitions about the increasing number of robberies in the district, Lieutenant Governor Arthur approved the appointment of a police magistrate and supporting constables in 1833. In 1835, Colonial Architect John Lee Archer arrived to inspect the new police office and to which he arranged the addition of two more rooms. There was also a spacious loft for the storage of stolen property. By 1837, the police magistrate, Mr Torlese had a formidable staff consisting of a clerk, district constable, two divisional constables, eleven petty constables and...


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": James O'Brien: Can Of Tuna "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

For the last couple of weeks or so I’ve had a can of tuna sitting prominently on my desk at work. I picked it up on the way to work one morning as a “freebie” from people handing them out on the street. Given my Scandinavian interests, the idea of tasting some tuna from Finland definitely appealed. But, as I usually buy my lunch, it’s just been sitting there doing nothing much at all until today.

Today, I picked up some bread rolls and some tomatoes, and had firmly decided I was going to have it for lunch today. Imagine my surprise when I opened the can, only to discover there was no tuna inside at all. In fact, it was just a can full of water, along with some advertising for John West.

As revealed on Mumbrella

The whole thing was in fact a huge marketing stunt by the John West brand to spruik the fact that 95% of its tuna is now sustainably sourced, to help stop tuna stocks dying out.

“Ripped off!”, I told my colleagues, “…and I was so looking forward to it”. Thankfully, one of my colleagues came to my rescue with a can of ACTUAL tuna.

tuna Finnish Tuna
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Central Queensland Plane Spotting: Redcliffe Aero Club Fly-away to Hervey Bay (Fraser Coast) Airport - Plus a Bizjet Last Week! "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

The Redcliffe Aero Club held a fly-away to Hervey Bay (Fraser Coast) Airport on Sunday 21 February.  At least four of the club's aircraft were noted participating including Piper PA-28-181 Archer VH-FRF, along with Cessna 172s VH-RAQ, VH-IVW and VH-YRE.

Meanwhile, as reported on our Facebook page, last Thursday 18 February, Business Aviation Solutions Bombardier CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604 bizjet VH- BLM called into Hervey Bay briefly from the Gold Coast.  It returned there shortly after.


Central Queensland Plane Spotting: QGAir Rescue (State of Queensland) Agusta AW139 Helicopter VH-ESZ Ferries North via Gladstone and Mackay Airports "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Presumably after a period of maintenance, Queensland Government (QGAir) Rescue (State of Queensland) Agusta AW139 helicopter VH-ESZ has taken to the air and ferried North from Archerfield to Cairns via Gladstone and Mackay Airports on Wednesday 24 February.

VH-ESZ at Mackay last year  (File photo taken by 'AC'  ©)

It will be interesting to see if another QGAir Rescue helicopter ferries South in the coming days as a part of the 'rotational system' the service utilised to ensure the even distribution of flying hours on each of the QGAir Rescue helicopters.  This system avoids the need to have multiple helicopters offline for simultaneous scheduled maintenance.

Finally, it has been interesting to note that QGAir Rescue Bell 412EP VH-ESB has called into Bowen, Mackay and Proserpine Hospital heli-pad in recent weeks while operating out of Townsville as "Rescue 521".


Central Queensland Plane Spotting: Light Jets Australia Cessna 525 Citation CJ1 Bizjet VH-TFW Back at CQ Airports "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Light Jets Australia Cessna 525 Citation CJ1 bizjet VH-TFW has again popped into Central Queensland, touching down at Biloela / Thangool Airport on Monday 22 February from its Archerfield base.

VH-TFW at Rocky on a previous visit  (File photo taken by Paul Tyler  ©)

On Wednesday 24 February, VH-TFW flew up from Bilo to Rockhampton early in the morning, and at the time of writing, remains parked on the Rocky General Aviation (GA) Apron.


Central Queensland Plane Spotting: RAAF Airbus A330-203 / KC-30A (MRTT) A39-001 Missed Approaches at Rockhampton Airport "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

It was interesting to note that Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Airbus A330-203 / KC-30A (MRTT) A39-001 performed missed approaches at Rockhampton late on Sunday 21 February and then again mid-afternoon on Monday 22 February.

A39-001 on a previous visit to Rocky  (File photo taken by 'IAD'  ©)

On both occasions it looked to fly up from and then return to RAAF Base Amberley.  On Monday it flew as "Dragon 17", while on Monday it flew as "Dragon 20".


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...


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": The Thousands: Sydney: Doughnut Time "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

When I was a kid my prized possession and only friend was the VHS of Wayne’s World I’d taped off channel ten. I lived / breathed WW and dreamed of some awesome far country where Guns ‘n’ Roses guys hung out all day in doughnut stores and did the foxy lady to unsuspecting blonde models.

Now I’m a grown-ass man and Mike Myers makes me go De Niro face, but I know watching that video one thousand times must’ve done something Clockwork Orangey to my subconscious, because a doughnut store just sprung up around the corner from my house and coming back from buying bagels and detergent I was suddenly in a queue and buying things I did not need.

Doughnut Time is the newest contender in the cut-throat King Street food safari. The idea is refreshingly simple; no funny business, no kitsch gimmicks, not even much customer interaction, just what the sign says, doughnuts, now get outta here! It is a vivid-turquoise, un-enterable hole-in-the-wall with just a display window and a dutch door. It’s easy breezy and unapologetically primed to corner the emergency doughnut market.

Demure, these things are not. As you come in close you see each one is thick and adventurous and, for an age where a single bought meal is often ‘shared’ with many, they’re totally photogenic. Some look like candy bejewelled underwater creatures. Some look like undulating, cinnamon IED’s. They have tradish ideas like glazed and jam, cool less-common options like nutella-pumped and oreo-encrusted, and then hardcore shit like Ferrero Rocher and Splice (as in the ice cream). The webpage boasts a whole back catalogue of psychotic designs that each day could be randomly rotated onto shelves, including a purple hard-shelled blueberry crumble, an over-powdered-sugared Pablo Escobar, a legit bacon one and something called a Karl Stefanovic(?).

Delicious though, these things are. They’re fresh, spongy and heaps sweet and im...


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": AWPA Sydney News: 1) Indonesian police hound Catholic human rights priest over ‘treason’ "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

2) Boundaries of West Papua completed This Year
3) Special Autonomy Fund and Authority Issue Trigger Conflict of Papua and Central Government
4) 49 Children Suffer Dengue in Merauke

5) Nine Die of Malaria in Yahukimo Regency
6) President Jokowi to Keep His Promise to Papuan Women Traders
7) Regulation on West Papua Province DOBs Being Drafted 
8) Fund Sharing Not Improving Public Welfare in Papua


Motorbike Writer: Victory Judge retains muscular aggression "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Victory Judge

Will the Victory Octane replace the Judge and Gunner as the company’s most aggressive muscle cruiser?

The Octane is the company’s first water-cooled model with a 1200cc engine to compete against the Harley-Davidson V-Rod.

While the high-revving sporty machine is an aggressive muscle cruiser, there is still plenty of bare-knuckle appeal about the Judge and the Gunner.


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": The Thousands: Sydney: No Refunds #7 with Nathan Roche and Community Centre "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

This week No Refunds pulls out another pearler with the return of charismatic warbler Nathan Roche and the unveiling of Community Centre, a new solo jaunt from Jay Cruikshank of the Rangoons. This one's a corker!

Entry is zero dollars and there's really cheap food and booze. There really needn't be anymore coercing, this is an alarmingly generous event for people who enjoy music and drinking on a Thursday.


"IndyWatch Feed Melbourne": darkly wise, rudely great: My Sister is a Superhero: OUT TODAY "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Bamm! Thwack! Shazammm!

My Sister is a Superhero is released today. It's my third children's picture book with illustrator Peter Carvanas, and I'm thrilled to see it out in the world, cape rippling in the breeze.

A couple of early reviews are in:
This is a rhyming fun filled frolic from the creators of My Nanna is a Ninja and My Pop is a Pirate. Another wacky celebration of diverse personalities infused with familial love and an ending that will warm your heart.
Carnavas’ delightful ink pen and watercolour pictures conjure four active sisters (the quirkiest being a superhero) from Young’s rich and smooth poetry – combining to produce a double shot of humour. Each sister is accompanied by her own animal ‘sidekick.’ It’s impossible to read this book without a smile on your face and a chuckle in your chest. 
- The Children's Book Council of Australia 
This picture book for young readers is the third book in what has proved to be a much-loved series celebrating the diversity of family. [...] Damon Young...writes this fun-to-read book in rhyming verse with lots of alliteration...which is excellent for reading aloud to children from 3 years and up. [...] The watercolour illustratio...


"IndyWatch Feed Geelong": Bellarine Bayside: Clean Up Australia Day on the Northern Bellarine "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Help us to clean up our little piece of Australia

Bellarine Bayside is holding three separate Clean Up Australia Day activities in Portarlington, St Leonards and Indented Head on Wednesday 2 March 2016 from 2 – 4pm. Meet our staff in St Leonards on the left hand side of the pier, at Half Moon Bay opposite the Ozone wreck in Indented Head or outside the Bellarine Bayside depot in Portarlington. Come along and help our staff and the community clean up the Northern Bellarine foreshore for us all to enjoy!

If you can’t make it Wednesday, then you can join the Woofers and Walkers Clean Up Australia Day, Sunday 6 March 2016 on the Portarlington foreshore at the end of Fairfax St.

Clean up Australia Day


"IndyWatch Feed Cvic": Castlemaine Art Gallery: Join Our Team "IndyWatch Feed Vic"


We are looking for a Relief Receptionist/Administrator to join our team!

What is the Role?

Relief Reception/Administration

Castlemaine Art Gallery & Historical Museum is currently seeking a professional and enthusiastic Receptionist/Administrator to be part its team. In our Reception area our visitors expect friendly, professional and knowledgeable staff. The successful candidate will be focused on delivering the best possible service and work effectively and harmoniously as part of a team.

This casual position is a relief position to cover staff on leave as well as weekend work.

Reporting to the Director the key responsibilities of the role include:

  • Welcoming visitors on arrival
  • Providing assistance to visitors at any point during their visit
  • Maintain registers and databases for membership sign up and renewal accurately
  • Cashiering and reporting
  • General administrative duties with attention to detail
  • Professional and welcoming telephone manner to internal and external customers as well as conveying accurate messages
  • Project a professional image at all times

To be successful in the role you will possess:

  • Previous experience in a front of house role in an Art Gallery or similar retail environment
  • Strong customer service skills
  • Excellent personal presentation with a high level of communication skills
  • Energy and passion for excellent customer service
  • Proficient computer skills and point of sale
  • A willingness to help and work effectively within a team
  • Current RSA and RCG certificates (or ability to attain)
  • Ability to work across a seven day roster essential

If you believe you have the skills set to cover this casual relief role, please submit your application covering the outlined s...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Sustainable Living Armidale: UNE Seminar — Population and consumption: the death of nature and the failure of science "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

[ Wednesday, 2 Mar; 12:00 pm; ] This is a seminar about people; their environment, their future, and whether they will have either. Some in the audience will find my words confronting. I make no apologies. There is no time for apologies. Nor do we have choices. We act now, decisively, and with pain or we will be hated by our children's [...] full article »


"IndyWatch Feed Melbourne": Steven Rhall | Blog: Gesture from Steven Rhall on Vimeo.*Ok, it’s sideways... "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Gesture from Steven Rhall on Vimeo.

*Ok, it’s sideways because this was made to be displayed on a vertical monitor*. The scene here depicts the gesture of activating two lights beneath the bridge which sits alongside the Maribyrnong River in West Melbourne / Footscray. A performance I’ve undertaken on four occasions, lighting the space beneath this bridge is a re-activation, an acknowledgement of the Birrarung (Yarra River) which (from my research) formally met with the Maribyrnong River prior to being rediverted in the early 1900’s. Through this work, I am questioning the idea of a River and it’s existence beyond it’s physical form – that it still flows here (even physically as a shallow stream) and that the spirit of the Birrarung has not left this site. Activating this space acknowledges this spirit and celebrates the Birrarung that has had it’s range of challenges since European contact.


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

Nathan Roche has been living in Europe for the past couple of years, a real shame for those who relished seeing him play regularly and even more of a bummer for those who nourish an unquenchable thirst for his use of Sydney puns and local. You remember him right? Camperdown & Out, Wentworth Avenue Breeze Out, Angie and author of a myriad self published novels? Of course you do.

We wrote about it ALL: here, here, here, here and here.

He's back in Australia for a bit to renew his visa and in his distinctive brand of casual genius is playing shows in Melbourne, Adelaide and Sydney and has bloody called it the 'VISA Renewal Tour'. We asked Nathan to make a playlist for us to commemorate and like the man himself it's a rambling, confusing, loveable mix imbued with addictive narrative.

~ Googles how to say 'Enjoy' in French ~

prendre plaisir!

Pierre Paul Ou Jacques - 'Je Suis Turc'

“I am Turk” is what it means in English. But do we ever know what anything
really means? Especially if it came out of the 60s. I know this one sounds good, the drums are wild, that little rollin' piano - look at it go! Its just wh...


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": The Thousands: Sydney: A DIY hologram projector for your phone "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Holograms are cool. They were cool in Star Wars and they're cool as a silly thing to do on a Saturday night. It's true they may be lacking in practical applications but we promise you'll still be astonished when your useless experiment is complete.

Tip: If you're feeling really ambitious you could use increase the dimensions and use more sophisticated materials like perspex, glass, ect to make a massive projector (or at least an iPad-sized one).

You will need:


Transparent sticky tape
A stanley knife
A cutting board
Cuttable, transparent plastic (we used a clear plastic folder, CD covers will also work)
A ruler
Graph paper

Step 1


Draw a rhombus (1cm x 3.5cm x 6cm) and cut it out.


Step 2


Place your rhombus underneath the clear plastic and carefully trace around the paper with your stanley knife. Do it lightly at first then go over your first cut again to complete it.

Step 3



"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": Timber and Steel: Liam Gerner Announces Summer/Autumn Tour "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Image Courtesy of Liam Gerner Melbourne based singer-songwriter Liam Gerner has just returned to Australia after a successful tour of New Zealand at the start of this year and is hitting the road. This is Gerner’s first Australian tour since he supported Paolo Nutini last April and will see him sharing sounds new and old. […]


Western NSW & Far West Health Libraries Blog: Research pinpoints devastating impacts of fetal alcohol syndrome "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Research reveals the tragic results of alcohol use in pregnancy.Children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders are affected by a range of problems, including anxiety, depression, aggression, delinquency and diminished learning capacity a new review of evidence reveals.
Published today in the journal Pediatrics, the research is the first to comprehensively describe behaviours in children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) observed by teachers and parents using an empirically based assessment system.


Western NSW & Far West Health Libraries Blog: Home based health care can be safer and cheaper than hospital care: report "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Treating patients in their homes can be a safer and significantly cheaper alternative to hospital care, a report has found, potentially saving state and federal governments tens of millions of dollars annually.
The paper by the University of Western Sydney's Centre for Health Research found home-based health care improved patient satisfaction and quality of life while reducing hospital readmission rates.
In some cases it was also associated with a 20 per cent lower mortality rate.

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"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": Larktalk's Blog: H2O and the Paddington Reservoir Gardens "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

These award winning Paddington Reservoir Gardens still have a freshness about them. It was last used as a water reservoir in 1899 and after various uses was transformed in 2009, where the framework of the reservoirs was retained and various contemporary elements added. The sunken lawns, gardens and plaza areas are a haven in the blistering and humid heat of this summer. There are numerous vantage and entry points and spaces where people can both have some privacy or be in groups. The current exhibition, H2O Water Bar,  is a tasting bar with a difference. It draws on its former use with a playful approach to bars and water by artist, Janet Laurence.



"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": Timber and Steel: Brisbane Folk Club Announces March Lineup "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Image Courtesy of Brisbane Folk Club After the massive success of the first three Brisbane Folk Clubs since December the monthly night is streaming ahead with the announcement of their March lineup. Appearing at The Foundry in Brisbane on Wednesday 2nd March will be Adelaide folk-stompers The Timbers (as part of the Timber and Steel […]


"IndyWatch Feed Capricornia": The unholy Liberal/ Greens/ National/ Xenophon cartel … has issu ed the cross-bench with a death warrant – senator Day "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Senate voting proposal avoids telling voters they will be disenfranchised

Another Greens initiative

· The proposed new Senate voting method will ‘wipe out’ minor parties

· but ALP points out cheating re donations to political parties is untouched

· but cheating to get false enrolments onto the Electoral Roll is untouched

· but cheating by multiple voting (18,770 at last election) is untouched

· but Electoral Rolls still in a shambles, as stated by the National Audit Office

Yesterday’s “Matter of Public Importance” (MPI) debate on the government’s new Senate voting method proposal yielded the truth about it and some quotable quotes, according to elections-monitoring group, Australians for Honest Election (AFHE), which warns that all of the big problems in our electoral systems have been ignored while this minor side-issue of Senate voting methods is being pushed forwards.

Senator Bob Day, Family First Party – voting changes a “…death warrant….”

The topic of the MPI was “The rushed changes to voting laws that will extinguish Senate diversity

ALP Senator Dastyari said, This is an electoral gerrymander masquerading as reform. Let’s be honest about the result – only 3 parties in the Senate and Xenophon. This is the behaviour of a bunch of schoolyard bullies … Hypocrisy of the Greens … The government wants a more compliant Senate. It’s not about openness and transparency. The introduction of optional preferential voting will result in massive exhaustion of votes.

Senator Leyonhjelm pointed out the unfairness, “Many Au.........


"IndyWatch Feed Capricornia": Paris Vigilante Groups Attack Rioting Muslims – Oslo Police say they have lost the city to Islam "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Desperate Parisians Form Vigilante Groups To Protect Themselves From Muslim Violence


Even Merkel Knows It Was A Mistake, But It May Be Too Late!

From the Charlie Hebdo shooting to the chemical factory attack, Muslim immigrants are wreaking havoc in yet another country they were invited in to call home.

As Paris suffers one Muslim terrorist act after another the French government, in spite if a massive increase in security forces, seems helpless to stem the tide of violence against its citizens. Vigilante forces are now rising up on the streets of the city to take care of the problem themselves.

France, Germany, Belgium, England, Switzerland, Norway, Denmark, the list of countries with escalating Muslim immigrant problems is growing fast. As tempers rise and the threat of Islamic violence becomes a reality, more and more citizens are taking up arms to solve the problem their politicians have created for them.

“We Will Not Stop Until Our Families Are Safe In Our Homes!”

With a population of roughly 65 million, France is home to one of the largest and fastest growing Muslim populations in Europe. While the French government is prohibited from tracking citizens religion, estimates indicate that about 5 million Muslims, or 7.5% of the population are of Muslim descent . . . and the numbers are growing.


What happens next? Millions of immigrants, the vast majority of which are Muslim, are flooding the streets of Europe causing rampant chaos and crime.

At the same time, sp...


Motorbike Writer: Motorcycle museum grows with family "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Panorama Motorcycle Museum grows with family

While some motorcycle museums are closing down and selling off, there is one small, but significant, family museum that continues to build on their collection and keep their doors open in the name of a family tradition.

The Panorama Motorcycle Museum 60km southwest of Brisbane includes mainly pre-war American and British bikes that grew gradually over several decades as pig farmer Ron Jurgensen returned from the weekly pig sales with old bikes and junk.



"IndyWatch Feed Goulburn": Shepparton Interfaith Network: 12 Interfaith Prayers for Peace "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

All people are seeking peace – for one reason or another. Peace in how we relate one to another, peace between adherents of religions, peace between nations, Peace on Earth. These fervent desires, wishes and aspirations rise in every heart. As Gandhi told, “Be the change you want to see in the world”. In this ... Read more...


"IndyWatch Feed Capricornia": Vitamin D deficiency widespread causing cancers "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

medical-001The Australian open cut mining industry will soon face an avalanche of medical claims stemming from their policies of forcing workers to cover up their bodies almost 100 per cent to lock out healthy sunlight.

The slip, slop, slap sunburn cream campaign has caused many different health problems according to several scientific studies. By blocking healthy sunlight, necessary for life, sunscreen has caused skin cancers, blood disorders and melanoma.


UVB filters, or cinnamates, such as cinoxate, octocrylene and octyl methoxycinnamate (OMC) work by absorbing UVB light, deflecting radiation from the skin.

However, they are common skin irritants and a study published in the New Scientist found cinnamates can cause some cells to die prematurely.

The Norwegian Radiation Protection Authority tested mouse skin and found that half the cells died after contact with a weak dose of OMC, while shining a lamp on the impregnated cells, to simulate sunshine, made the chemical twice as toxic.

No tests have been undertaken on human skin, but these results imply OMC could be toxic, especially if left on the skin for long periods of time.
Vitamin D Deficiency Widespread A clinical review paper published in the British Medical Journal is warning the public that widespread vitamin D deficiency is resurrecting the once-

obsolete disease called rickets.

According to Professor Simon Pearce and Dr. Tim Cheetham, authors of the paper, people are getting far too little sunlight exposure, w...


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": AWPA Sydney News: Media release- Concern for human rights activists in West Papua "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Australia West Papua Association (Sydney)

Media release -24 February 2016

Concern for human rights activists in West Papua

AWPA  has written to Foreign Minister Julie Bishop concerning the intimidation of West Papuan representatives from the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) and other activists who attended the opening of an office in the town of Wamena in the Papuan highlands on the 15 February.

The Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister, Luhut Pandjaitan has also told the ULMWP to leave the country as it could pose a threat to the country’s territorial integrity. The Jayawijaya Resort Police have questioned a number of activists who attended the opening.  The security forces are trying to tarnish the ULMWP representatives as separatists, which raise grave concerns for their security as human rights defenders, and peaceful activists are regularly arrested because of accusations that they are so-called separatists....


Motorbike Writer: Fonzie Triumph TR5 fails to sell? "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Fonzie's Triumph TR5 fails to sellThe famous Fonzie Triumph motorcycle seems to have failed to sell, yet again, after being offered for sale on eBay.

The item is no longer listed for sale and emails to the seller have not been returned, but it seems it may have failed to reach its reserve price.

The seller was asking US$100,000 (about A$140,000) for the bike ridden by Henry Winkler who played Arthur Fonzarelli (Fonzie or the Fonze) in the Happy Days TV series from 1974-84.

Fonzie's Triumph Trophy TR5

Fonzie’s Triumph Trophy TR5

It was passed in at auction in 2014, but had previously been sold at a Bonhams auction in 2011 for US$87,500 (about A$173,000).

The 1949 Triumph Trophy TR5 Scrambler Custom is one of several bikes the Fonze used in the hit 1970s series set in the 1950s.

The early Fonzie bikes were actually Harleys. There was a Knucklehead, Panhead and possibly a Spor...


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": 2RRR: Pop Heads Hour of Power "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Friday 26 February
3 – 4pm Pop Heads Hour of Power
– this week –
The Glittering Stars of Glam Rock!


"IndyWatch Feed Melbourne": News: Sustainable Breakfast Series 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Sustainable Breakfast Series 2016

The Sustainable Breakfast Series is in its third fabulous year on-air from Tuesday-Friday, 15-18 March, 7am-8:30am. Join us at Friends of the Earth Food Co-op for four days of live broadcasts, free breakfast and live music. Hear from 3CR breakfast presenters with campaigners, commentators and innovators talking about the most important challenge of our time: how to achieve environmental sustainability with social justice.



"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": The Thousands: Sydney: Keep Sydney Open rally "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Most of our photo galleries are reliant on a thriving nightlife with beaming crowds, so what better subject matter than the cause fighting for our right to document Sydney's nightlife. Keep Sydney Open was joined by more supporters than we have subscribers on Sunday.

A peaceful, fun testament to the throngs of people willing to fight for their right to make their own moral code after dark. There were punny placards, inspiring speeches and performances from Royal Headache, Art vs Science and Future Classic DJs, reminding us all the joy to be had from music and community and that wanting to go out and experience these two things is not a shameful thing. Philippa was there to capture the vibe. Go Sydney!


"IndyWatch Feed Cvic": Edgar's Mission Farm Sanctuary: You can’t fight city hall … "IndyWatch Feed Vic"


You might not be able to fight city hall but a baby deer can triumph in the Supreme Court! And today, just that happened. Only hours ago, justice finally prevailed for Rudolph, a young sambar deer who was rescued by Andrew Foots of Mansfield. But it has taken more than two long months for common sense and kindness to win out. Late last year, and only days after Andrew had saved Rudolph from the forest, he was seized by gaming officers and the distraught Foots family was advised the deer would be killed. Not wishing a death sentence for the hapless doe-eyed baby, the Foots family set about saving their beloved friend. In contacting Edgar’s Mission, a chain of events was set in motion that saw the cost-neutral offer of lifelong sanctuary for Rudolph at Jirrahlinga Koala and Wildlife Sanctuary, run by 2004 Senior Australian of the Year Tehree Gordon, repeatedly denied. It seemed not even an official pardon by Premier Daniel Andrews was going to save poor Rudolph. Instead, not only did the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR) officers waste significant taxpayer dollars and the time and energy of many, but poor Rudolph has been deprived of critical bonding time with the people with whom he will spend the rest of his life.

We sincerely thank everyone who took the time to write letters, sign petitions and support a fighting fund for Rudolph—your efforts were not in vain. And to all those who worked tirelessly to save Rudolph when it seemed getting answers out of Minister Pulford’s office proved harder than getting blood out of a stone, or rather a compassionate resolution out of the DEDJTR, our sincere and heartfelt thanks. In particular:...


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": Timber and Steel: Devil on the Rooftop Announce Sydney Shows "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Image Courtesy of Devil on the Rooftop Devil on the Rooftop is the brand new project from local Sydney legends Jess Randall (The Crooked Fiddle Band), Morgan Haselden (Mimosa) and Elsen Price. Mashing together music from a diverse range of folk genres including gypsy, celtic, jazz and bluegrass, Devil on the Rooftop (previously known as […]


"IndyWatch Feed Capricornia": Warmth supports Life – cold kills "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

by Viv Forbes, science writer

In January 2016, a fierce blizzard in Texas left snow drifts up to 4m deep and killed 35,000 dairy cows and 12,000 beef cattle. Cold kills and there is no food in snow.

There is abundant food in steamy equatorial regions but only a few hardy species survive precariously in the dry, icy climate of the frigid zones.

The great animal migrations seek to escape the hungry winters by following the warmth or chasing the new pasture from spring storms.

Reindeer follow the sun – they spend the summer grazing on the rich pastures of the treeless tundra, but when the snow starts they head south for the protection of the forests. Moose also migrate to lower land in winter – staying ahead of the descending snowline.

Snow geese are not silly – they follow the sun towards the equator as winter approaches and then fly back when the summer sun melts the snow and energises the dormant pastures.

Bears have a climate-smart winter strategy – they find a cosy cave and hibernate, conserving their body warmth and reducing their energy needs to what can be sustained by their carbon-rich fat reserves.

Most humans are also sun-worshippers (apart from the jet set who travel in air-conditioned comfort to over-heated lodges so they can cavort briefly in the snow confident that someone else has produced the food, coffee and warmth they will soon return to).

Holidaying humans tend to follow the sun towards the equator. They do not head for Archangel or Antarctica in winter – they head for the Bahamas, Bali, Cairns, sunny Spain or the Black Sea. Being “Sent to Siberia” was a punishment not a reward.

Farmers fear early frosts but welcome early spring rain.

The geological record is also very clear on the matter of global temperatures – cold is the killer. The mammoths were not killed by a heat wave – they were snap frozen in ice. About 100 species of mega-fauna also disappeare...


"IndyWatch Feed Cvic": Natural Newstead: Spotted Harriers over Strangways "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

This is an exciting new sighting for our property at Strangways – a pair of Spotted Harriers, seen swooping together with legs dropped just above the canopy this morning.

By the time I’d grabbed the camera, one had disappeared, and I only managed a few hasty and not very good shots of the other. But enough to confirm what they were. I’ve included a distant shot to show the distinctive upper plumage.

This may be the pair sighted on the Mooloort Plains in past years (although more recently?).

spottedharrier1 spottedharrier2


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Lithium-ion battery ban on passenger jets "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Montreal [AAP]

The UN aviation agency has prohibited shipments of lithium-ion batteries as cargo on passenger aircraft, following concerns by pilots and plane-makers that they are a fire risk.

Lithium metal batteries, which are used in watches, have already been banned on passenger planes globally. Lithium metal batteries are not rechargeable while lithium-ion batteries, used in mobile phones and laptops, can be recharged.

The International Civil Aviation Organisation’s 36-state governing council said the prohibition would be in effect as of April 1, and would be maintained until a new fire-resistant packaging standard is designed to transport the batteries.

Lithium-ion batteries can still be transported on cargo planes.

The new packaging standard is expected by 2018, ICAO council president Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu said in a statement on Monday.

The ban would be mandatory for ICAO member states.

Pilots and aircraft manufacturers are concerned that existing standards are not strong enough to contain lithium battery fires.

A 2015 working paper by an organisation representing plane-makers like Boeing Co found current firefighting systems on airliners could not “suppress or extinguish a fire involving significant quantities of lithium batteries”.

But one dangerous goods expert familiar with ICAO’s thinking questioned whether a ban on lithium-ion batteries would really make passenger planes safer. He said instances of such battery fires usually involved deliberate mislabelling by shippers.

“When the industry banned the shipment of lithium-metal batteries, we saw instances of them being passed off as lithium ion batteries,” said the expert, who was not authorised to speak publicly. &#822...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Qld cops search for body near Casino "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Gregory John Dufty was last seen in Ashmore on the Gold Coast in July last year. Photo: Queensland Police Service

Gregory John Dufty was last seen in Ashmore on the Gold Coast in July last year. Photo: Queensland Police Service


Police will continue combing a remote property southeast of Casino in their search for the body of missing father Greg Dufty.

The 37-year-old was last seen last July on the Gold Coast and police allege he was killed by a group of men over a drug debt.

Police believe Mr Dufty’s body is somewhere on a 162-hectare property about 30km southeast of Casino, near the Royal Camp State Forest.

The search began on Tuesday and a large tarpaulin could be seen draped over one part of the property.

The development came a day after New Zealander Clinton Stockman appeared in court charged with being an accessory to Mr Dufty’s murder.

Police allege Stockman, 28, helped the three men accused of killing Mr Dufty dispose of his body.

Another New Zealand national, Aaron Crawford, has been charged with murder along with Lionel Patea and Liam Bliss.

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"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Air pollution from home products a risk "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

London [PAA]

Exposure to pollution from household products is putting lives at risk, experts have warned.

Items used frequently around homes such as air fresheners, candles and cleaning products are heightening people’s risk of developing a number of health problems, a new report states.

Being exposed to personal care products, mould or mildew, fires or wood-burning stoves and poorly maintained gas heaters and boilers could be leading to a number of health problems, according to the report by Britain’s Royal College of Physicians and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health.

While it is commonly understood that smoking causes indoor air pollution, the experts also outlined a number of other items linked to potential health impacts including asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, respiratory problems and effects on the heart and cancer.

Indoor air pollution may have caused or contributed to 99,000 deaths in just one year across Europe, the report states.

‘Being indoors can offer some protection against outdoor air pollution, but it can also expose us to other air pollution sources’, the authors wrote.

‘There is now good awareness of the risks from badly maintained gas appliances, radioactive radon gas and second-hand tobacco smoke, but indoors we can also be exposed to NO2 from gas cooking and solvents that slowly seep from plastics, paints and furnishings.

‘The lemon and pine scents that we use to make our homes smell fresh can react chemically to generate air pollutants, and ozone-based air fresheners can also cause indoor air pollution.’

Other items that are exposing people to potentially harmful pollutants include joss sticks, cookers, boilers, open fires and portable gas or paraffin heaters.

Meanwhile the building itself and the materials it is made from are also potential sources of chemical pollutants.

The aut...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Tough new smoking laws for Qld "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Brisbane [AAP]

Queensland will have some of the toughest smoking laws in Australia from September.

Parliament has passed laws to ban smoking at bus and taxi stops, outdoor pedestrian malls, and in or near childcare facilities and kids’ sporting events and skate parks.

Residents in the state’s aged-care facilities will also be banned from smoking in their rooms for the first time, and will only be allowed to light up in designated areas.

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"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Seas rising faster than anytime in 2,800 years "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Washington [AP]

Sea levels on earth are rising several times faster than they have in the past 2800 years and are accelerating because of man-made global warming, according to new studies.

An international team of scientists dug into two dozen locations across the globe to chart gently rising and falling seas over centuries and millennia.

Until the 1880s and the world’s industrialisation, the fastest seas rose was about 3 to 4 centimetres a century, plus or minus a bit. During that time global sea level really didn’t get much higher or lower than 7.5cm above or below the 2000-year average.

But in the 20th century the world’s seas rose 14cm. Since 1993 the rate has soared to 30cm per century.

And two different studies published on Monday in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, said that by 2100 the world’s oceans will rise between 28cm to 131cm, depending on how much heat-trapping gas earth’s industries and vehicles expel.

‘There’s no question that the 20th century is the fastest’, said Rutgers earth and planetary sciences professor Bob Kopp, lead author of the study that looked back at sea levels over the past three millennia.

‘It’s because of the temperature increase in the 20th century which has been driven by fossil fuel use.’

To figure out past sea levels and rates of rise and fall, scientists engaged in a ‘geological detective story’, said study co-author Ben Horton, a Rutgers marine scientist. They went around the world looking at salt marshes and other coastal locations and used different clues to figure out what the sea level was at different times.

On top of that they checked their figures by easy markers such as the rise of lead with the start of the industrial age and isotopes only seen in the atomic age.

When Kopp and colleagues charted the sea level rise over the ce...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Doctor behind chemo bungle to face inquiry "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Dr John Grygiel

Dr John Grygiel

Sydney [AAP]

A Sydney doctor who under-dosed chemotherapy drugs to cancer patients over a three-year period is set to face an inquiry by NSW Health.

Dr John Grygiel, an oncologist at St Vincent’s Hospital, gave incorrect doses of the chemotherapy drug carboplatin to 70 head and neck cancer patients from 2012 to 2015, the ABC’s 7.30 program found.

NSW Health has launched an inquiry to be led by chief executive of the Cancer Institute of NSW, Professor David Currow, according to the ABC.

Dr Grygiel took leave on Friday, which will last until his planned retirement next month, Health Minister Jillian Skinner has said.

‘He will not return to the hospital’, she said.

‘This has been a distressing time for Dr Grygiel’s patients and their families.’

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"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": Timber and Steel: Listen to the New Sahara Beck Single “Here It Comes” "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Image Courtesy of Sahara Beck Brisbane based singer-songwriter Sahara Beck has just released her latest single “Here It Comes”, revealing a brand new sound thanks to co-producer Jeff Lovejoy. “The song talks to the pressure, vulnerability and anxiety many of us feel dealing with day-to-day life,” Sahara Beck explains. “Looking a universal theme from a […]


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Koala fence costs too high for some Ballina councillors "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

A Ballina shire councillor wants state or federal governments to fun fences along local roads to protect koalas. Some other councillors think the costs are too great. (File pic)

A Ballina shire councillor wants state or federal governments to fun fences along local roads to protect koalas. Some other councillors think the costs are too great. (File pic)

A number of Ballina Shire councillors will tomorrow attempt to overturn a decision that could result in the council paying more than a million dollars to fence local roads to prevent koala deaths.

At its last meeting, a majority of councillors backed a notice of motion from Cr Jeff Johnson to approach the state and federal governments for funding to construct fences along local roads to protect koalas.

As part of the motion, the council will now liaise with the Friends of the Koala group to identify the priority roll out of fences, and staff will investigate the costs of installing fences, and whether matching funds from the council might be necessary to make them a reality.

But a rescission motion lodged by Crs Paul Worth, Robyn Hordern and Sue Meehan wants the ‘matching funds’ aspect of the motion deleted.

‘Council is not in position to fund and maintain a network of fences if matching funding is provided by the State or Federal Governments,’ the councillors said in their rescission motion.

‘This work would be expensive and no funding for t...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Crowdfunding helps group buy NZ beach "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Abel Tasman Beach, New Zealand.

Abel Tasman Beach, New Zealand.

Auckland [AAP]

New Zealanders now own a pristine Abel Tasman beach after a successful crowdfunding campaign raised more than $NZ2 million to keep it in public hands.

Organisers announced on Wednesday their tender bid had been accepted at 10.57pm local time the previous night.

‘Congratulations everyone, we did it’, a post on the campaign’s Givealittle page said.

A pristine piece of beach and bush had been delivered into the hands of everyone to enjoy forever, it said.

Overjoyed organiser Duane Major appeared on TV3’s Paul Henry show on Wednesday morning to reveal the deal.

‘My heart is beating and I’ve got goosebumps and I’m just so thankful for all those people,’ he said.

‘I always thought we could do it. I did not appreciate the crazy, freakish nature of this campaign.’

He said $NZ2,278,179.09 ($A2.11 million) had been pledged to support the bid.

Conservation Minister Maggie Barry said the government had made a ‘modest contribution’ from the Nature Heritage Fund to help secure the purchase.

‘It’s an outstanding outcome,’ she told the Paul Henry show.

‘I love the idea that the people of New Zealand h...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Decriminalise drug use, families tell govt "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Tony Trimingham

Tony Trimingham

Canberra [AAP]

A father who lost his son to a heroin overdose is calling for the decriminalisation of drug use, urging the Turnbull government to focus on policies that keep drug users alive rather than throw them in jail.

Tony Trimingham, founder of Family Drug Support Australia, is calling for a new approach to drug policy that, while not necessarily popular with voters, will save lives.

In recommendations to be handed to Rural Health Minister Fiona Nash on Wednesday, he says government should focus on harm reduction strategies like injecting centres, drug consumption rooms, prescription heroin and pill testing at music festivals.

“I don’t think they’re ready to go there,” Mr Trimingham told AAP.

“But it’s only a matter of time.”

Mr Trimingham’s son Damien died from a heroin overdose in 1997, prompting him to establish a 24-hour advice line, as well as courses and support groups for families of drug users.

Supporting drug use is the last thing families want, but criminalising it just adds further stress to users and their families, he said.

Mr Trimingham says heroin use appears to be on the rise with his advice line receiving a spike in calls.

Calls about ice had doubled in the past two years, but he believes recent focus on the drug has been overblown by government, media and some police.

“We know the drug that causes far more problems, far more stress is alcohol – it’s 10 times the damage caused by ice.”



"IndyWatch Feed Melbourne": Will Type For Food: Brewing demystified "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Honest definitions of brewing terms

Yeast - weird shit.

Bacteria - more weird shit.

Wild yeast - fucking weird shit.

Starter - weird shit, fucking.

Pellicle - weird shit done by weird shit.

Krausen - Ew! Gross! Just disgusting, man!

Esters - farts done by weird shit.

Carbonation - what the weird shit shits beneath all that weird shit.

Trub - weird shit, asleep, in more weird shit shit.

Secondary Fermentation - Weird Shit 2: Electric Boogaloo.

Beer/wine/cider/mead - what's left over after the weird shit gets the shits and shits off. Yum!


"IndyWatch Feed Melbourne": Castan Centre for Human Rights Law: Government seeks to ramp up terror laws yet again "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

By Adam Fletcher

Australia’s ever-expanding anti-terror laws were in the spotlight again last week when the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security (JCIS) tabled its report on the Counter-Terrorism Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2015. It recommended the Bill be passed, subject to a long list of amendments (20 in all).

The report gives us an opportunity to compare the approach of two different parliamentary committees, as the JCIS report follows the report of the Joint Committee on Human Rights (JCHR) on the same Bill from December last year. The JCHR’s was an initial report, and contained a lot of questions about human rights compatibility for the Attorney-General (the JCHR will issue a final report on the Bill after it has finished corresponding with the A-G).

Concerns about children’s rightsButtons-AnkleMonitor

One of the Bill’s major measures is the extension of control orders to 14 and 15 year-olds (currently they can only be imposed on adults and children aged 16+). This expansion comes despite the former Independent National Security Legislation Monitor’s finding that control orders are ineffective and should be scrapped.

The JCIS’ first recommendation was that, when considering placing these harsh restricti...


Tasmanian Times: Fighting Tasmanian Fire Service website incompetence is harder than fighting the fires ... "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Background information:  This article refers to a previous post HERE For those who came in late: Ivo Edwards (armchair critic) said in comment 16 … • ABC Science: Tassie fires linked to human-induced climate change, study finds • David Bowman, Professor, Environmental Change Biology, UTAS in The Conversation: Aboriginal fire management – part of the solution to destructive bushfires As destructive bushfires become more common there is increasing political discussion how we manage them sustainably. Inevitably these debates raise questions of the past ecological effects of Aboriginal fire usage. There are two well-known narratives about Aboriginal fire use. One, popularised by Tim Flannery, stresses the ecologically disruptive impact of Aboriginal fire use. This storyline argues that the megafauna extinctions that immediately followed human colonisation in the ice age resulted in a ramping up of fire activity. This then led to the spread of flammable vegetation which now fuels bushfires. Another, promoted by Bill Gammage, suggests that the biodiverse landscapes that were colonised by the British were the direct product of skilful and sustained fire usage. Such broad-brush accounts give the impression that the specific details of Aboriginal fire usage are well-known and can be generalised across the entire continent. Sadly this is not the case. So rapid was the socio-ecological disruption of southern Australia that researchers have had to rely on historical sources, such as colonial texts and images, and tree rings, pollen and charcoal in lake sediments, to piece together how Aboriginal people burned the land. Such records are open to interpretation and there remains vigorous debate about the degree to which Aboriginal people shaped landscapes. … However, there are key differences. Aboriginal people burn country by travelling on foot, meaning that they had much greater situational awareness of likely fire behaviour and impacts. Also, give...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Greens introduce legislation to ban plastic bags "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Legislation to ban plastic bags has been introduced into NSW Parliament. (file pic)

Legislation to ban plastic bags has been introduced into NSW Parliament. (file pic)

Legislation to ban single use plastic bags has been introduced into both houses of NSW Parliament.

Ballina Greens MP Tamara Smith and Greens Environment spokesperson Dr Mehreen Faruqi yesterday introduced the bills in an effort to reduce the impact of plastic bags on the environment, including the marine environment.

Ms Smith said it was time to take action against the ‘wasteful use of plastic bags’

Tamara Smith. Photo Tree Faerie.

Tamara Smith. Photo Tree Faerie.

‘Tens of thousands of marine ani...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Two mothers launch book with a mission "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Bangalow couple Natalie Winter and Roz Hopkins with 12-month-old Dexie

Bangalow couple Natalie Winter and Roz Hopkins with 12-month-old Dexie

Marriage equality. It’s the topic of the moment.

Inspired by progress in the rest of the world, and galvanised by the lack of it in Australia, publisher Roz Hopkins and designer Natalie Winter wrote Mummy and Mumma Get Married, a story about a little girl who plans a big surprise wedding for her mummies.

Hopkins and Winter, who are joint owners of Byron Bay independent publishing company Captain Honey, life partners and mums, joined forces with Melbourne-based illustrator Cara King to create the picture book.

They had the ambitious idea of getting the book into every primary school in Australia, and with this in mind launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise money for the initial print run. The campaign was a big success, and they exceeded their target by $2,500. ‘This significant book fills a critical gap in children’s publishing, providing the only known picture book in Australia to specially address same-sex families,’ they say.

The book is accompanied by teacher’s notes and ­activities prepared by ­primary school teacher and former Pearson book editor, Karen Becker. See more at


"IndyWatch Feed Cvic": Natural Newstead: A top-notch remnant "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Of course I’m biased, but ‘good habitat = good birds’.


Grey Box/Yellow Gum remnant at Joyce’s Creek, 22nd February 2016

One of the absolute best patches of remnant vegetation in the district is on Plaistow at Joyce’s Creek. What makes it so special?

Firstly there is a super-structure of veteran trees – largely Yellow Gum and Grey Box, some of which must be 300 years old or more. Secondly there is a diverse shrub layer, added through some successful direct seeding work over a decade ago. Thirdly, and most importantly perhaps, is that the remnant has been carefully managed. For example, fallen branches and leaf litter has been allowed to accumulate, providing a rich assortment of microhabitats for invertebrates. This in turn now supports a rich array of reptiles and birds, such as the Brown Treecreeper pictured below.


Brown Treecreeper, Joyce’s Creek, 22nd February 2016



"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: New top cop for north coast beat "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Byron Inspector Greg Jago, Sergeant Brad Stewart of Tweed/Byron Licensing and Supt Starling. (Picture Jeff Dawson)

Byron Inspector Greg Jago, Sergeant Brad Stewart of Tweed/Byron Licensing and Supt Starling. (Picture Jeff Dawson)

Tweed Byron Local Area Command turned on the tea and the scones for the media in a meet-and-greet at the Tweed Heads police station last Tuesday with their new Local Area Commander Superintendent Wayne Starling, who was named NSW Police Leader of the Year in 2012 and awarded the Australian Police Medal in 2014 when the Lake Illawarra commander. Pictured above, from left, are Byron Inspector Greg Jago, Sergeant Brad Stewart of Tweed/Byron Licensing and Supt Starling. Photo Jeff Dawson



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"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: COREM powers up a fundraiser at Mullumbimby "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Shearwater student Zara Pitman Blackley with the fundraising ‘barometer’. Photo Jeff Dawson

Shearwater student Zara Pitman Blackley with the fundraising ‘barometer’. Photo Jeff Dawson

Community-Owned Renewable Energy Mullumbimby (COREM) is kicking off their first fundraising film night for the year with Black Hole, the independent documentary about the coalmine blockade in Leard State Forest.

‘This is a must-see film for us all which is motivating COREMs’ dedication to running Mullumbimby on 100 per cent renewable energy,’ says the group.

The film is screening this Friday February 26 at the Mullumbimby Drill Hall Theatre. At 6.30pm Jarmbi Githabul will open with a welcome to country, followed by mayor Simon Richardson, who will be speaking and facilitating a Q&A with guest speaker Muz Drechsler, the camp leader at the Leard State Forest Blockade. Black Hole will screen at 8pm, and food and refreshments are available from 6.30pm.

Proceeds from the evening will go to the Drill Hall PV system. The event is the start of COREM’s Solar Solution for Mullumbimby and the Planet crowdfunding campaign –

Climate change

Shearwater student Zara Pitman Blackley, pictured above, is undertaking her school’s 20 hours of...


"IndyWatch Feed Melbourne": The NORTHSIDER: DAVID BOWIE: A LIFE "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Chameleon, trailblazer and musical genius are a few of the platitudes being used to sum up the life and career of David Bowie, and he represented all of them through a career that spanned close to 60 years.

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Tasmanian Times: 5000 extra troops and 12 new subs ... "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Malcolm Turbull stars as Brigadier-General Jack D. Ripper in Dr Strangelove 2 … “The madness of this is breathtaking. Since 2003 a series of governments have been using the Defence Force in Afghanistan and in the Middle East to supposedly make us more safe. However both campaigns have been disastrous with the result that politicians now think we need an even bigger Defence Force to keep us safe from their first attempt at keeping us safe. I can only assume Cabinet had a movie night recently, downed a few beers and watched Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb.” … • Mike Bolan in Comments: Interesting that they cannot find enough money to support our health service, that they seek severe cuts to pensions, that they argue that 800,000 job seekers must try harder to get one of 120,000 jobs, their irrationality knows no bounds! Where is the $1 trillion coming from? What’s the plan? Get drummed out of government then grab a cushy consultancy for the US defence industry?


Motorbike Writer: Were you born with riding in your genes? "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Riders are born not made

If you love the thrills of motorcycling and the adventure of riding far and wide, it’s probably because you were born with it in your genes.

The reason is all very scientific and explained in the long-titled paper “Population Migration and the Variation of Dopamine D4 Receptor (DRD4) Allele Frequencies Around the Globe” published in 1999 by four UC Irvine scientists.

The paper studied the migration patterns and gene pool distribution of pre-historic human beings.



Tasmanian Times: The Re-making of a Town ... "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Sentiment in the Rubble It’s hard not to be distracted by old houses, sand-stoned crumbling bridge-foundations and isolated headstones in and around Triabunna.  A cursory interest in these icons of the past in the small coastal hamlet, reveals its deep place in Tasmanian history; so easy to overlook with its present industriousness of modernity that has discovered this unique township. Yesterday it was log-trucks growling to the woodchip mill, now a memory and a promise of an exciting chapter in entrepreneurial things to come …

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"IndyWatch Feed Seq": Autonomous Action Radio: Terror on Nauru "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

These reports come from trusted sources. And have also been reported by Julian Burnside.

22 February 2016. 1.12 am. Nauru. Women’s tent.

The guards blacked out the women’s tent by cutting the power.
Then fourteen male guards and one female guard entered the tent. Women screamed in terror.

1. Two women in the single women’s tent were strip searched. They were screaming . One had a phone in her bra. A total of five people in the women’s tent had phones taken. Communications with the camp have been cut.

2. A woman has been on a hunger strike for 18 days. When she heard the piercing screams, she suffered a heart attack. With no ECG machine available, it is impossible to reliably diagnose or treat cardiac emergencies. She spent some time in IHMS and was sent back to the camp.

3. A young woman was recently arrested for taking a piece of fruit from the dining room and at the time was seen dragged by her hair and beaten by Nauruan Police, leaving visible injuries. Terrified by the 1:12 am raid, she slashed her wrists and her body. She too was treated by IHMS and sent back to camp.

Most of the women have serious histories of trauma and are suffering post traumatic stress syndrome.

This event would have been extremely triggering.

The woman who had a heart attack is severely depressed, she won’t leave her room for fear of being killed by the guards.

Her weight is dangerously low as is her blood pressure. She is reported to be barely able to lift her head off the pillow.

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"IndyWatch Feed": True story: I sew my own pads. "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

[Content note: this post discusses menstruation and sanitary products.]

I switched to a menstrual cup a few years ago and never looked back. I’m not the most ardent environmentalist in the world but packaging waste makes me feel anxious, and knowing how many plastic wrappers I was sending into landfill didn’t sit well with me. Another bonus to switching to a reusable menstrual product: saving money. I love saving money, because it means I can spend it on other things that I might not have otherwise had the money for.

When my shoulder and back pain got really bad a year ago, it was harder to use the cup; panic would overtake me as I squatted in the shower unable to extract it. It was going to stay inside me forever. And ever. This immovable cup would cause a back up of uterine lining and I would one day squirt blood out of my eyes like that horned lizard from The X Files. Or I could ask Nick to help me. Both options were terrifying.

In my transition to reusable menstrual products I came across cloth pads and dismissed them largely because it seemed like a hassle to clean them. I wasn’t a hippie, just a poor lefty feminist, and cloth pads were at the bridge before you got to moon paintings. After realising I couldn’t continue with the cup due to my shoulder I remembered cloth pads and did a bunch of research.

There are lots of positives about using cloth pads: cheaper, reduced rubbish, sewing/ buying your own customised pads is fun, tailored pads to suit your body shape, cloth feels nicer than plastic, no adhesive/ plastic rashes,  you’ve always got a stash handy, plus more and more. Some people say their cramping and period length are reduced but no studies conclusively prove this, nor have I experienced this. At the end of the day, if you find something that works for you, then that’s all that matters....


"IndyWatch Feed": Jugglers Art Space Inc: The Brighter Side - Raising Money For Women's Legal Service "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

The Brighter Side – A Solo Exhibition by Sarah Sculley
EXHIBITION Launch – Friday 19th February

The Brighter Side is a colourful, emotional and intimate exhibition. It is honest in its exploration of both the light and dark inside all of us, depicting the contrast between internal self-talk and the external self that is shown to the world. The series embodies both empowering and destructive thoughts and pairs those thoughts with dramatic figures, colour and stroke.

As part of her exhibition Sarah Sculley held a SILENT AUCTION. With one of her artworks (see image above) she generated significant awareness & fundraising for an organisation she is passionate about supporting. See details below-:

Women’s Legal Service is a specialist community legal centre providing free legal and social work services to Queensland women. They assist women in the areas of family law, child support, domestic violence and child protection, as well as providing community legal education. Women’s Legal Service is a feminist organisation that has been developed and operated by women for women since 1984. Their mission is to advocate to achieve justice for women.

Women’s Legal Service is committed to the creation of a society in which every woman:
• Is safe from violence
• Is able to tell her story, have it heard and respected
• Receives a fair and just outcome from legal and social welfare systems.

Women’s Legal Service experiences a high level of demand. In the last year, they provided over 3,000 advices to Queensland women. The work of Women’s Legal Service is made possible by over 100 volunteer lawyers, support workers and pro bono counsel, as well as our administration, marketing,...


Central Queensland Plane Spotting: Vistajet Bombardier Global 6000 Bizjet 9H-IGH Departs Mackay Airport "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

9H-IGH parked on the Mackay Airport apron earlier in the week

On Friday 19 February, the beautiful Vistajet Bombardier BD-700-1A10 Global 6000 bizjet 9H-IGH departed Mackay Airport for Cairns.  Local aviator Kevin P was at the right place at the right time to capture some photos on his phone as it departed from Mackay's Runway 32.



"IndyWatch Feed": Everyone's Blog Posts - Redlands Creative Alliance: Girt by Sea Sculpture Festival & Competition "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

We welcome artists both emerging and established to celebrate the natural beauty of Redland Bay and the Bay Islands by entering their existing or new works in the

    ‘Girt  by Sea Sculpture Festival'.

The Festival consists of two divisions, one being an acquisition program of  five separate acquisitions of  $7,000 each totalling $35,000, held between June 3-10.


The other section offering prizes of ‘Best Exhibit’, runner up and peoples choice with $20,000 on offer, held between August 5-14.


Conditions of entry and entry forms see attached, further information can be found on


Closing date for the $35,000 acquisition section is 15 May 2016, and closing date for the ‘Best Exhibit’ is 15th July 2016.


The ‘Girt By Sea’ Sculpture Festival is being held in conjunction with the 4 Islands Festival of the Southern Moreton Bay Islands.

Attached is the Conditions, Entry Form and further information on prizes.

Please reply by email for questions

Sculpture Competition Conditions.docx

Sculpture Entry Form.pdf

Girl By Sea poster.pdf...


"IndyWatch Feed Seq": Zedlines: Bats' disease immunity could 'help' humans - And more 11am Zedlines... "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

A unique immune-system capability in bats which lets them carry but not be affected by fatal diseases could provide clues to help protect people, according to the CSIRO. (Image source: Creative Commons)

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Threatened Japanese stingrays killed in shark nets off Gold Coast

Two threatened Japanese stingrays have been killed in shark nets off Miami on the Gold Coast.

Sea Shepherd spokesperson Natalie Banks says the rays were bitten by sharks most likely after they had been entangled.

The environmental and animal rights activist group have called on the Queensland Government to be more transparent about the by-catch in the nets.

Hospital records show baby Asha burned accidentally


"IndyWatch Feed Seq": Zedlines: ”Bureaucratic bungle” causes Brisbane refugee to miss out being a candidate for local council elections and more 10am Zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

”Bureaucratic bungle” causes Brisbane refugee to miss out being a candidate for local council elections, demand for mental health support for police officers is growing and hundreds of asylum seekers break through Hungary’s border fence. (Image source WikiCommons)

Scarborough Sailor in record attempt to sail the globe the hard way

Newport Cruising Yacht Club Commodore, Bill Hatfield, is halfway through his attempt to become the oldest man to sail around the world West-about, which is believed to be the most difficult direction to sail.

Mr Hatfield who is 77 years old has lived on his boat Katherine Anne at the Scarborough Marina for two years.


"IndyWatch Feed Seq": Zedlines: Baby Asha's lawyers blocked from communicating with parents and more 9AM Zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Baby Asha's lawyers are unable to speak to her parents.

Baby Asha’s lawyers blocked from communicating with parents

Lawyers working with the parents of asylum seeker baby Asha say they were blocked from speaking with her parents for three days by the Federal Government’s Border Force unit.

The Human Rights Law Centre were only granted access to the family after they went public about the situation.

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"IndyWatch Feed Seq": Zedlines: Ride-sharing app Uber banned in Northern Territory and more 8am Zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Barrett Centre shutdown raises concerns among psychiatrists, ride-sharing app Uber banned in Northern Territory and Syrian ceasefire to commence over the weekend. (Image source flickr)

New party announce candidates for Brisbane City Council election

People Decide, a new political party, has announced its candidates for the upcoming Brisbane City Council elections.

They will have three candidates running in the local council election to be held on the 19th of March one of which is Karel Boele, who will be vying for the Lord Mayor title.

Leon Lechner a local entrepreneur, will be a candidate for the redivided Gabba electorate, and Gary Graborenko a software developer will be running for the new electorate of Coorparoo.

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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

Monday, 22 February


Tasmanian Times: Lapoinya: The Blog ... "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

FRIDAY February 19 ... • Letter from Lapoinya #7 THURSDAY February 18 ... • Ruth Groom: Letter from Lapoinya #6 • Stewart Hoyt, Convenor for Forests of Lapoinya Action Group (FLAG). There is Still Time to Save Lapoinya. Stop Clear-felling Native Forests Rally on the Parliament Lawns Saturday 21 February 2016 12 Noon • Jenny Weber, Campaign Manager, Bob Brown Foundation ( ): FILM NIGHTS ... MONDAY, TUESDAY February 15, 16 ... Letter from Lapoinya #5 Protesting has been placed on the back-burner at Lapoinya due to increased threat of fires in the area in the last few days. … THE WEEKEND February 13, 14 ... • Letter from Lapoinya #4 … A fully loaded log truck from coupe Lapoinya was documented crossing the single lane wooden bridge on Lapoinya road contrary to the goodwill agreement made between Forestry Tasmania and the local community… THURSDAY February 11 ... • Stewart Hoyt: Forestry Tasmania, Forest Operations Hobart and Murchison District Office  To Whom It May Concern, Re: Safe Operating Procedures in FD053a,  Lapoinya Watch the video, below ... WEDNESDAY, February 10 ... Wednesday saw no peaceful community action in the Lapoinya coupe. Pictures speak a thousand words, take a look at this youtube video (see below) and see why a community of forest guardians and respectful peaceful protesters decided to delay actions until guarantees could be given that forestry workers and contractors would adhere to Work, Health and Safety regulations ... TUESDAY, February 9 ... On Monday night new arrivals received their “Peaceful Community Protest” training.  All participants learned about the basic principles of peaceful protest including why non-violence is quintessentially important, consensus decision making, and all agreed to abide by the following agreements ... MONDAY, February 8 ... Letter from Lapoinya (Mon 8th Feb) The peace of the forest is broken; instea...


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

Tasmania Talks with Brian Carlton, 17 February 2016, 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]’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. • 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...

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