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Sunday, 28 February


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": North Coast Voices: Is Rupert Murdoch about to gobble up ten Queensland and two NSW regional newspapers? "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

It probably comes as no surprise to readers of APN News & Media’s The Daily Examiner that newspapers in the Northern Rivers are battling and Rupert Murdoch may be poised to swallow whole  APN’s print stable Australian Regional Media.

If News Corp does purchase ARM that would leave only three Northern Rivers newspapers not in Murdoch’s control.

Echo NetDaily, 26 February 2016:

The owner of The Northern Star and other local newspapers including Byron Shire News, Tweed Daily News Lismore Echo and Ballina Advocate has put them on the market, saying they are dragging the company down....


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": All in the Name of Liberty: portraits "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

A funny day which began with running into Graeme and taking him along to Buzzzbar

A guy who was at the recrd crate yesterday

Ian of Camperdown with a couple of feathers in his cap



"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": North Coast Voices: Two Malcolms that the Liberal-Nationals Coalition not so secretly despise "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The then Leader of the Opposition and MP for Wannon John Malcolm Fraser resoundingly won government for the Liberal-Nationals Coalition in 1975 and became the twenty-second Prime Minister of Australia.

At the time the general public considered him little more than a haughty silvertail and, by the time he retired from politics in 1983 even he was aware that his party considered his time in office as a wasted opportunity.

Thirty-three years later and the same Liberal Party supplied another perceived silvertail, MP for Wentworth Malcolm Bligh Turnbull, as Australia’s twenty-ninth prime minister.

This time the Liberal-Nationals Coalition desperately want their second Malcolm to waste the opportunity to drive new policy and instead urge him to pursue the far-right ideological agenda of his predecessor in office, Tony Abbott.

That Malcolm Mark Two is as equally despised as Malcolm Mark One can be inferred by this gif which is doing the rounds at the moment on the NSW North Coast………


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Saturday, 27 February


"IndyWatch Feed Melbourne": matthew schiavello: photos and words: Seminal works #31 070116A mixed media piece that didn’t... "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Seminal works #31 070116

A mixed media piece that didn’t make the cut for my solo March show.

This piece has Ink, watercolour plastic and semen.

“This series, ‘Seminal and non-Seminal works’, through the manipulation of translucent materials, uses Bricolage to explore several themes including: how items to hand can be used in the creation of beauty; and, how the experience each viewer has with each piece of work can be affected by the emotional meaning they have attached to, or imbued in the items used.”
Matthew Schiavello, 2016

I will post a reminder about the opening in a few days. If you are in Melbourne, Keep Friday the 4th of March free, from 6.30pm-8.30pm  ;-)


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": James O'Brien: People with Cameras "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

“There are so many photographers here I don’t know where to look”, was not the phrase you would expect from a bride-to-be in Sydney’s Hyde Park this afternoon. It was then her official wedding photographer looked behind, and realised he, not she, was the centre of attention. Unwittingly, they found themselves in the midst of a 400-person gathering called “People With Cameras”, where the photographic theme was “Photographers in their element. Black and white”.

“How did you go with the theme?”, I asked a bloke who I had corresponded with on social media over a number of years, but have never actually met. “Too hard. We went to the pub”, he told me. “So did we”, I admitted, “but only because we thought it was a good way of exploring the theme. Photographers in their element.” We weren’t the only ones either, as the pub we entered, “The Windsor On Park” also contained a lot of other photographers who clearly had similar thoughts.

“Why didn’t they just say the theme was ‘take some great photographs’ and come back later?”, I asked the three other “random” guys in my group. There was a young guy from the UK who had only recently become interested in photography, a young guy from Sydney’s North Shore, and a similarly aged guy to me who had driven up from Melbourne. Yes, really. He told us he was a truck driver by profession, and so driving nine hours to come to a photographic event in Sydney was nothing out of the ordinary for him. He took the photograph of me stuffing my mouth with an ice-cream, by the way. All three of them were excellent photographers, and when they pulled out their cameras declaring their favourite shots (we had to choose just one for our group), I felt somewhat inadequate. I take ok photos....


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": AWPA Sydney News: 1) Indonesia’s West Papua crimes laid bare in award-winning documentary "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

2) Police Question Customary Activists over Pro-independence Office Launch

3) Hundreds of Merbau Logs Seized by Papua Forestry Office
4) Islands in focus: Jayapura  supports plastic bag policy 
5) Women District Chief Wants Pig Statue
6) Indonesian Military Finds Boundary Markers of Indonesia – PNG Border
7) Police Seize Thousands of Pig-Nosed Turtles in Timika
8) Quote Increase Offered as Solution to Overcome Scarcity of Fuel in Central Highlands
9) Papua’s Unsafe Reputation Hurts Tourism


1) Indonesia’s West Papua crimes laid bare in award-winning documentary



Motorbike Writer: Connect with riders off the phone grid "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Beartooth creates a wireless so you can connect with other riders when you are out of phone range

Beartooth creates a wireless so you can connect with your riding mates when you are all out of phone range

Adventure riders who lose smartphone connectivity in the bush can now connect with their riding mates and track their position with a new device called Beartooth.



"IndyWatch Feed Cvic": The Iron Road: PTV's new university shuttles "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

via Public Transport Victoria
With the University semester starting, PTV have announced a raft of improvements to Melbourne's bus network to better serve University staff and students. Before we look at the specific routes, it's worth touching on why they are necessary.

Most of the campuses in question were placed where they are because the land was cheap at the time, and because good road access was all that seemed necessary in the car-dependent 1950s-70s (although RMIT Bundoora never existed until 1992). Unfortunately, we are now paying the price for this poor planning, because we need to provide the extremely high-quality public transport that a large University demands, and they are often a long way from a railhead.



Tasfintalk: Forestry Tasmania's death throes "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Unless Forestry Tasmania discovers gold it will be out of pocket when it knocks over the Mutual Valley coupe adjacent to the Blue Derby mountain bike trail.

The bike trail has recently been funded by governments to the tune of $3.4 million. The whole point of the trail is to attract tourists and help fill the employment gap left by the unprofitable forest industry.

Yet here we have FT, on its last legs in its current configuration, undermining the very industry chosen and funded by public policy makers to fill the void.

Not short of opponents FT is taking on the tourism industry as well.

The Mutual Valley coupe is larger than the contentious Lapoinya coupe with a harvest area at 66 hectares compared to 49 hectares.

There’s not much timber. The yield is well down, 150 tonnes per hectare (co...


Tasmanian Times: What happened when I applied to re-join the Tasmanian Liberal Party ... "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

A broad church? … So it was time to act. I visited the Liberal Party State Director, Mr Sam McQuestin in his office at Salamanca Place and ran my plans past him. Firstly, he said I would need to submit a new application for membership, which “may take a few weeks”. I submitted it the next day but I should have known better! What was estimated to take a few weeks ended up taking three months. I was asked to “show cause” in writing for the State Executive to review, which I did within days but was then told the they would not meet again until 30 January 2016! Given the imperative to start campaigning over Christmas I requested that it be dealt with “out of session” as soon as possible (haven’t they heard of email?).  Repeated requests were ignored and then in late January the Liberal Party unexpectedly advertised for Candidates in Denison with applications closing a fortnight later on 4 February. I would have had no time then to complete a comprehensive application, given half the time available to the other applicants but just to make sure, the Liberal Party State Executive advised me on 1 February that my membership application had been rejected. …


"IndyWatch Feed Melbourne": Black Mark: Submerged @ Gallery Smith "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

The underwater views of a lily pond are fantastic, new world’s waiting to be discovered like alien planets. They are Catherine Nelson’s Submerged at Gallery Smith in North Melbourne.


Catherine Nelson, Unstill Life #02, 2016 (courtesy of Gallery Smith)

In the neo-baroque spirals of her underwater flower arrangements fish replace the insects and lizards that inhabit the baroque bouquets of Dutch still life paintings. The spectacle of dramatic point of view, often looking up to the surface of the water, exist to astonish the viewer.

Of course they aren’t real but then neither were the baroque paintings of flowers. Catherine Nelson’s artfully digitally manipulates photographs, assembled from cutting and pasting many photographs, the way that you might assemble a flower arrangement cutting and placing the flowers. Nelson has extensive experience working in visual effects photography for films including 300, Moulin Rouge and Harry Potter.

Time is compressed in Nelson’s underwater worlds: everything is budding, flowering and decaying simultaneously.

The baroque never died, its demise was contrived for the purposes of progress in art history. Now the baroque has returned with Nelson’s photographs and there are many examples of other Australian neo-baroque artists including Juan Davila, Vincent Fantauzzo, William Eicholtz, Bill Henson, eX de Medici, Sam Leech, and Sophia Hewson.

For more on the Neo-Baroque as an international trend read Angela Ndalianis Neo-Baroque Aesthetics and Contemporary Entertainment (MIT Press 2004) and Gregg Lambert The Return of the Baroque in Modern Culture (Conti...


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": All in the Name of Liberty: Victoria Park Bus Stop "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Under the fig trees in Victoria Park, at the start of Parramatta Road, waiting to meet up with Robert Smith a couple of days ago

Customers and dogs and a cement truck outside Buzzzbar in Newtown where I have a show with Ben Cahill, Celia Curtis and Geoffrey Goodes opening on thursday (March 3  2016)


"IndyWatch Feed Capricornia": Australian Digger writes outstanding letter of concern to Senator Payne "IndyWatch Feed Qld"


Dear Senator Payne,

I am a seventy year old, Vietnam Veteran with a long standing involvement within the defence industry.  Thus, I believe I can present some credible views as to the  release of the new “White Paper”.  These views, questions and concerns, are common topics of conversation amongst members of an extensive network of ex service personnel: though non service people are increasingly joining our ranks, mostly revealing their deep concerns at the direction this country is being driven.

Senator,  in order to save time and a lengthy diatribe, I shall present the views, questions and concerns in dot point. Hopefully, you shall endeavour to respond, rather than directing this email to be dispensed with by programmed office sycophants.

  • Seventy one years ago, Australians freely gave their lives to prevent a most fearful enemy into this country.  Government of those days, clearly recognised the threat and countered it with the only means at its disposal. Our current Government, is obviously failing to realise the terrible internal threat to this nations security, and in obvious fear of the horror it has itself created, continues to allow the flood of Islamic pseudo refugees into this country, providing food, shelter and funding, all at the expense of needy Australians.  The problems in the ME have all been orchestrated to create an invading army of pseudo refugees. A most brilliant strategy by Islam. Their awareness of the western weakness of blind benevolence, and using this weakness against us, rather leaves our western Governments in the shadows.  Senator, what is the accurate current number of Muslims in this country, and what are the projected figures, extrapolated out to say, ten years???  ......


Launceston City Park Radio: Friends of FM – March 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Tas"


TasAGMUlysses Convention – Feb 29– Mar 6

City Park Radio will bring you all the action from the Ulysses Convention each morning in Breakfast at 7.45am

Tuesday Mar 1 – Ron Camplin will present the Long Lunch program from York Park.

Thursday Mar 3 –  Dan Stephens will join in the fun on Drive .

Saturday Mar 5 – City Park Radio will bring you the official welcome from Royal Park at 11am.

TVWFTamar Valley Writers Festival – Mar 18-20

Tasmania’s biggest writers festival is on again. For three days in the Northern Tasmania will be immersed in the world of words .

There is a series of free marquee sessions in the heart of Beaconsfield, and in a series of ticketed events, there will be at least 50 of Australia’s finest writers

City Park Radio will be assisting and will record a selection of events for later broadcast …  but first up, don’t miss our live broadcast from the festival Sunday 20th March 3-5pm



"IndyWatch Feed Cvic": Natural Newstead: The gathering "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

I’ve been out to Spring Hill on recent evenings, the area just west of Mia Mia Track, in the hope of seeing some early Swift Parrots arriving. Grey Box is starting to flower well, so hopefully this will encourage the ‘swifties’ to linger this autumn. While I’ve dipped out with Swift Parrots I have witnessed a wonderful gathering of Rainbow Bee-eaters, perhaps fifty birds in total, hawking from perches between the gullies and ridge-lines.


Rainbow Bee-eaters, Spring Hill, 25th February 2016





This idyll was momentarily disturbed on Thursday evening – a Square-tailed Kite appeared suddenly over the canopy above me, sending rainbowbirds and honeyeaters scattering in all directions. Soon, like the Rainbow Bee-eaters, the kite will hea...


Tasmanian Times: Politicising the Tasmanian bushfires "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Tasmania’s wilderness fires are an environmental disaster, a foreshadowing of climate change conditions – and a point of political contention. EARLIER on Tasmanian Times ...


Motorbike Writer: Honda recalls Forza scooter over brakes "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Honda Forza scooter

The Thai-made Honda NSS300 Forza Scooter has been recalled over a brake fluid leak issue.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission safety recall notice says that due to a manufacturing defect, one of the securing nuts on the rear brake hose flange may not be tightened to the correct specification.

“If the bolt comes loose, brake fluid may be allowed to leak out causing the rear brake to become inoperable, posing an accident hazard to the rider and other road users.”

Models affected are numbered MLHNF04U1D5000001 – MLHNF04U3D5000064.

Owners should contact their Honda dealer for an inspection and free repair, if necessary.




"IndyWatch Feed Capricornia": Major parties panic, change voting rules as intelligent electors join forces with disenchanted voters "IndyWatch Feed Qld"


People and the party faithful now are awakening they are being controlled by the major parties who are feeling this serious trend.

With battle lines being drawn in the Senate the major parties are experiencing their power base being dismantled by independent senators out of their control that has forced desperate action for survival at the coming election. Again they shift the goal posts by changing the rules to allow themselves preferential treatment on the senate ballot paper.

Liberal and Labor become allies when their decades of government dictatorship become threatened by the people.

The cross benchers represent people in parliament not party rooms engaging the agendas of big business.

Attracting detrimental comments from the threatened party room machines who control the stream of  intimidating press releases from their spin doctors and fiction story tellers, the cross bench threat to the parties needs to be removed.

“If you play by their rules, you lose”

“Your rules apply on polling day, and they lose”

 Make the most of it.

Will you vote with the SHEEPLE or the PEOPLE ?




"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": James O'Brien: Remembering The Man "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

When you read a book you always think you know the “voice” of the narrator. You think you know their cadence, their intonation. By projecting aspects of your own life, and the voices in your head, you think you KNOW them. But it wasn’t until I saw the documentary, “Remembering The Man” on Thursday night, as part of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Film Festival, that I actually got to hear Tim Conigrave’s voice for the first time.

It’s over twenty years since I first read the book, “Holding The Man”, his memoir about his relationship with John Caleo (who he met at school), and their subsequent deaths in the mid-1990s from HIV/AIDS. Along the way, there’s also been a play, a feature length movie, and now a documentary about their lives and their relationship.

What’s different about the documentary is you actually get to hear Tim’s voice. At the centre of the film is an oral history made in the month’s before his death. Thus, Tim is not only the focus for the documentary, but also the narrator, similar to the way in which the voice of Peggy Guggeheim, the art collector is used in Peggy Guggenheim, Art Addict, which I saw a few months ago.

As someone who has spent most of his life consciously aware of “the voice”, I found it fascinating to hear Tim speak. To my ears, he had a lovely voice. An “actor’s voice”, in some ways. In the pieces of audio selected, he spoke clearly, in “proper sentences”, and with some confidence. He also spoke with honesty and with humour. “That’s enough, isn’t it?”, he said at one point (or words to that effect) to the person recording his story.

Over th...


Motorbike Writer: Test your bike movie trivia and win earplugs "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Pinlock motorcycle earplugs

Pinlock motorcycle earplugs

You could win a set of Pinlock earplugs and save your hearing, just by testing your knowledge of some of the most iconic movies featuring motorcycles.

To win, just complete our weekly motorbike trivia quiz at the end of this article. First to 10 correct answers wins!

To prove your score, take a screen shot of your result and email it to us, post it on the Motorbike Writer Facebook page or simply leave it in the comments section below. First in wins!


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Byron Bay Blog: 4th Byron Spirit Festival awakens Mullumbimby April 15 – 17, 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Some festivals are designed to get you out of it. At Byron Spirit Festival we get you into it! The program is created to get you into your heart, your consciousness, your body, your mind and your immediate and broader community. It’s a big task. With our first state grant received, and the success of the inaugural Hampton Spirit Festival in New York last year, we’re excitedly preparing an absolute feast of depth experiences for our anniversary.

Now in its fourth incarnation, this local and international event embraces Yoga, Music, Dance, Tantra, Healing, Indigenous insight, along with guided meditations, sound baths, gourmet organic food, and unforgettable celebrations so all can commune and awaken in the most connective means available.

Byron Spirit Festival, the mob that first brought you Nahko and Medicine for the People, is known for breaking new musical acts that connect to heart and spirit. This year’s exceptional line up includes Lulucruza from Colombia/Argentina, Elijah Ray (USA), the inimitable Srikalogy (USA), the Kirtaniyas (USA), the return of world songstress Peia (USA), Vijay Krsna, Wild Marmalade and more.

The Yoga stream features new and returning master teachers such as Louisa Sear, Dena Kingsberg, Daniel Aaron (Bali), Beth Borowsky, Clive Sheridan, Delamay Devi et al. Different genres are well represented, and all levels of practitioners are welcome.

Our indigenous cultural component will be lead by Eshua Bolton, Uncle Magpie and Jarmbi Githabul so that all festival attendees will be tuned in to this land we walk upon.

The worldwide boom in conscious Dance is reflected in the international line up of dance leaders this year. No experience or particular level of fitness is required to experience the bliss of full body expression.

Tigress Yoga, Somatic Sex Education and other cutting edge practices make up our popular Tantra stream featuring experts from Australia and beyond.

Ly de...


"IndyWatch Feed Melbourne": ART and ARCHITECTURE, mainly: Justin Art House Museum: modern art, private collection in Melbourne "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Melbourne architect Charles Justin and wife Leah have been avid collectors of edgy, contemp­orary art and for the past 40 years they have collected a large body of work which was unveiled at the Glen Eira City Gallery in 2014. This Glen Eira exhibition was set up to provide an insight into the family’s broad collection-theme: perceptions of space in contemporary practice, geometric abstraction, architectural and fractal patterning, urban spaces and the virtual.

As described in an interview with Gina Fairley in ArtsHub, the family now want to extend that passion by sharing their 250+ art objects with the public. Opening an art-focused home to the public is not new to Europe or America. Think of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, Frick Collection in New York, Sir John Soane Museum in London and the Sammlung Hoffmannn House Museum in Berlin.

In Australia we certainly have witnessed the slow rise of the private museum in Australia, galleries such as the White Rabbit Gallery and Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation in Sydney, TarraWarra and Heide Museums of Modern Art in Victoria, and now the famous Museum of New and Old Art in Hobart. But a new kind of private museum is developing here, situated in a private home and crossing the boundaries between house and museum.

The idea was inspired by the Lyon Housemuseum in Cotham Rd Kew. In 2000 Corbett Lyon and Yueji Lyon built on their interest in co......


Tasmanian Times: Why Australia should not become a republic "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

… This is a brief sketch of why Australia should not ‘become a ‘republic’, but stick to the familiar concept of a constitutional democracy, retaining the office of Governor-General as Head of State. A central part of this case is the need for an independent umpire to resolve constitutional crises in a timely and decisive way, instead of months of uncertainty dragging matters through the courts and inflaming tensions. The system is not perfect but at least the risks are well understood.  …


Tasmanian Times: The Evil Empire Has The World In A Death Grip "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

In my archives there is a column or two that introduces the reader to John Perkins’ important book, Confessions of an Economic Hit Man. An EHM is an operative who sells the leadership of a developing country on an economic plan or massive development project. The Hit Man convinces a country’s government that borrowing large sums of money from US financial institutions in order to finance the project will raise the country’s living standards. The borrower is assured that the project will increase Gross Domestic Product and tax revenues and that these increases will allow the loan to be repaid.


Tasmanian Times: Letters to my grandchildren (6) "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

A great man once said to me “do unto others as you would have done unto yourself,” a quote widely known as “the Golden Rule”.  I believe he may have extracted that rule from the Bible as I am led to believe he went through a period in his life during which he was quite religious.

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Friday, 26 February


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Bellingen area: The hills around Bellingen could burn for a year... "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

NSW Forestry Corporation will log, bulldoze and burn Tarkeeth State Forest. “Residents have been told by Forestry Corporation that waste vegetation would be bulldozed into windrows and burnt over a period of a year or more...Imagine the smoke pollution right across the Valley." (source)

Study indicates 'biomass burning' may play larger role in climate change than previously realized. "Based on aircraft observations, satellite data and models, the findings indicate 'biomass burning' may need to be addressed with future regulations. Following closely after COP21, the results could suggest a need to look at other sources of greenhouse gas emissions, in addition to industrial activities and fossil fuel combustion in industrialized nations." (source)

Smoke - "Globally around 340,000 deaths per year are thought to be attributable to the additional pollution from landscape fires. Ending deforestation by burning would have m...


"IndyWatch Feed": The Water-Rat Gazette: Kurilpa Poetry Cup Rules of Engagement 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

The Kurilpa Performance Poetry Cup 2016 Rules of Engagement. 1. Sign on from 1.45 pm. First on, first up. Cup Heats start 2.30pm. 2. Props and musical instruments are ok and you can have assistants or performing aquatic mammals to … Continue reading


"IndyWatch Feed Seq": Autonomous Action Radio: Broadspectrum: out-of-date food/mouldy tents "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Broadspectrum holds the contracts for both of Australia’s offshore detention facilities, on Nauru Island and Manus Island.

Recently they changed their name from Tran field due to the controversy over offshore processing.

It just announced it had tripled its profits, having just posted a statutory profit of $25 million.

Yet men women and children live in mouldy tents on Nauru and the men at Manus are served out-of-date food.




"IndyWatch Feed": Cheeseburger Gothic: The Cairo Beta is available "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

For those very special people who signed up early.

I'll be more active around here now that I'm done.

I'm planning two weeks in Beta, three weeks in pro-edit, a week's production and then it gets released.

The draft came in at just under 40 000 words. I still plan to release this volume for free. Partly to drive subscription sign ups, partly because everyone has waited too long for it.

The next book is tentively titled Stalin's Hammer: Paris.

Hard core AoT fans will be happy to know that as yet unseen original series characters and ships will be returning for that.

The final installment will be Stalin's Hammer: Moscow.


"IndyWatch Feed Geelong": Barwon Blog: Making tracks - through the slough of despond "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

...and so the journey continued. With the longest part of the trip behind them and keen to reach the fabled gold fields of Ballarat, the aspiring diggers faced what was probably the most difficult part of their journey - Scott's Marsh (or Scott's Swamp as it was also known), a low-lying area at the foot of Mt Buninyong.

At the outbreak of the gold rush this land formed part of the 16,000 acre cattle then sheep run held by the squatter Andrew Scott and his wife Celia along with other Scott family members which became the Mt Boninyong Estate.
An 1862 view of the Mt Boninyong Estate. Image held by the Victorian State Library
Today, over 175 years later, the property is still owned by the Scott family and features one of the district's more stately homes. The elegant structure which stands today however, was not even a consideration as the first of the diggers headed to the Mount in 1851. It was not built until 1884, instead, the original Scotts made do - initially at least - with a bark slab hut.


"IndyWatch Feed Seq": the independent: Team Quirk tricking and conning voters: Harding "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

NEWS   Labor’s pick for the city’s top job has labelled Lord Mayor Graham Quirk’s use of "pseudo" city council branding in political advertising as a dishonest ploy to trick and con voters. And Rod Harding (pictured) challenged Team Quirk and the LNP to stand on their own records and plans rather than "try and cheat to win votes". "For a political party like the LNP to use the


"IndyWatch Feed Seq": Sunshine Coast Environment Council: Clean Up Australia Day 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

cleanup2016Now in its 26th year, Clean Up Australia Day is still going strong with more than 27.2 million hours devoted towards the environment and over 288,650 tonnes of rubbish collected over the years. What started in 1989 as a community event bringing 40,000 Sydney-siders together to clean the harbour has become a worldwide movement with an estimated 40 million people from 130 countries taking part annually in Clean Up the World.

Australia is leading the way with community-led environmental action, and while we can proudly claim Earth Hour and Clean Up the World movements as our own, we must keep up the hard work! We removed over 3,000 tonnes of rubbish in Queensland alone last year, and the number of volunteers increased by a third from 2014 to 2015… Let’s increase it by 50% this year!

Many of our member groups take part in Clean Up Australia Day each and every year and 2016 is no exception. The support from volunteers at each clean up site is invaluable and we hope to see many of you on the 6th of March working together to keep our beaches, parks and waterways clean, healthy and beautiful.



Western NSW & Far West Health Libraries Blog: Review of volatile substance use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Edith Cowan University's Australian Indigenous Alcohol and Other Drugs Knowledge Centre have released a comprehensive review of volatile substance use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Volatile substance use (VSU) is an issue of concern to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous Australians. In locations where it is occurring, it impacts considerably on families and broader communities. An increasing number of reviews, reports and inquiries have been conducted over the past three decades, highlighting VSU as a critical issue. In decades past, the lack of progress in implementing recommendations contained in these reports created much frustration and despair in communities. In recent years, however, there has been significant progress, particularly in remote Indigenous communities, though there is still work to be done.


Western NSW & Far West Health Libraries Blog: 2016 Closing The Gap Report "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The 2016 Closing the Gap report shows, as in previous years, that there have been mixed levels of success in meeting the targets set by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG)in 2008.

The target to halve the gap in child mortality by 2018 is on track. Over the longer term, Indigenous child death rates declined by 33% and the gap narrowed (by 34%) between 1998 and 2014. Immunisation rates for Indigenous children are high – by the age of five a higher percentage of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children are immunised compared with other Australian children.

While total Indigenous mortality rates have declined over the longer term, particularly from circulatory diseases (such as heart disease and stroke) the target to close the gap in life expectancy is not on track, based on data since the 2006 baseline.

In remote areas, 85% of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander four-year-olds were enrolled in preschool in 2013. In December 2015, COAG renewed the early childhood education target, aiming for 95% of all Indigenous four-year-olds enrolled in early childhood education by 2025.

There is mixed progress on the target to halve the gap in reading and numeracy for Indigenous students by 2018. Across the 8 areas (reading and numeracy for Years 3, 5, 7 and 9), the proportion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students achieving national minimum standards is on track in 4 of these 8 areas.

In May 2014, COAG agreed to a new target to close the gap in school atte...


Western NSW & Far West Health Libraries Blog: 25 years of health expenditure in Australia 1989-90 to 2013-14 (AIHW) "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

25 years of health expenditure in Australia 1989-90 to 2013-14 reveals that health expenditure grew from $50.3 billion in 1989-90 to $154.6 billion in 2013-14 in real terms (adjusted for inflation).

Over the period, health expenditure grew much faster than inflation, the population and population ageing. Health expenditure increased from 6.5% of gross domestic product in 1989-90 to 9.7% of gross domestic product in 2013-14.


Western NSW & Far West Health Libraries Blog: Wellbeing works "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

A unique exhibition has opened in Smithton, promoting the benefits of art as therapy for positive mental health.

The ‘Rural Art Roadshow: Promoting Positive Mental Health in Rural Communities’ was launched at Time Out on Emmett on Tuesday night.

The roadshow forms part of the University of Tasmania’s (UTAS) 125th anniversary celebrations, and is a collaboration between MI Fellowship and the UTAS Centre for Rural Health. Managing the project is Centre for Rural Health’s Heather Bridgman. “The project came about with the recognition that particularly in rural communities there’s a lot of stigma and not a lot of access to mental health support services,” Dr Bridgman said.

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Western NSW & Far West Health Libraries Blog: Healthy Communities: Potentially preventable hospitalisations in 2013–14. "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The National Health Performance Authority (NHPA) has released the report Healthy Communities: Potentially preventable hospitalisations in 2013–14.

The report finds:

* Nationally there were 600,267 hospitalisations for the 22 conditions for which hospitalisation is considered potentially preventable, representing 6% of the 9.7 million hospital admissions in 2013–14. Hospitalisations from both public and private hospitals are included.

* Potentially preventable hospitalisations accounted for nearly 2.4 million bed days – equivalent to 8% of all public and private hospital bed days in 2013–14.

* The age-standardised rate of potentially preventable hospitalisations was almost three times higher in some PHN areas compared to others, ranging from 1,702 hospitalisations per 100,000 people in Northern Sydney PHN to 4,891 per 100,000 in Northern Territory PHN.

* Across more than 300 local areas (SA3s) the age-standardised rates of potentially preventable hospitalisations were nine times higher in some areas compared to others, ranging from 1,406 per 100,000 people in Pennant Hills-Epping (NSW) to 12,705 hospitalisations per 100,000 in Barkly (NT).

This report is accompanied by an interactive tool allowing users to explore the data in depth for their area and compare with other local communities.


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