IndyWatch Australian News All Topics Summary Archiver

Go Back:30 Days | 7 Days | 2 Days | 1 Day

IndyWatch Australian News All Topics Summary Today.

Go Forward:1 Day | 2 Days | 7 Days | 30 Days

IndyWatch Australian News All Topics Summary was generated at Australian News IndyWatch.

Wednesday, 02 March


EcoWatch: Democrats Slam GOP Candidates on Climate Change: ‘Do Your Job’ "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"


The Democratic Party released a video on Sunday slamming the ...


Fire Earth: FIRE-EARTH Science Team: Announcement 301 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

CJ Members Announcement 301 FIRE-EARTH Science Team’s Announcement 301 will be broadcast on Ch-11 starting Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at 18:15UTC. Filed under: News Alert Tagged: Announcement 301, Ch-11, CJ Members, FIRE-EARTH Science Team


EcoWatch: 16 School Lunch Programs Making a Difference "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"


More than 31 million children in the U.S. consume most of their daily caloric intake at ...


EcoWatch: Vast Gap Seen in Climate Adaption Spending Across 10 of the World’s Biggest Cities "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"


The amount of money going towards adapting to climate change in 10 of the world’s biggest cities has...

01:33 Voting Donald Trump? Well Obama is Gay So I Guess a Pedophile Should Be Next "IndyWatch Feed National"

Okay- it isn’t that he preaches hatred and directly quotes Mussolini when he isn’t preaching the ideals of Hitler and then refuses to denounce the KKK as a hate group. It isn’t that he encourages his crowds to hurt protesters and calls them up on stage when they do, nor that other countries are either mocking us- or preparing themselves to deal with us if we elect him. It isn’t that he has driven four companies into bankruptcy and has been the only one coming out smelling like a rose, or that he is threatening to shut down our media and build walls around us. No- the main reason why Trump should not be our president is because he hangs with pedophiles like billionaire Jeffery Epstein and has been a frequent flyer to Epstein’s island which is some sort of child trafficking paradise, along with a bunch of other elites. He has actually defended his friend saying that he is a “great guy” and that he throws great parties- but we have all heard about Epstein’s “parties” and so it leaves all of us to wonder what exactly happened at these parties “the Donald” has such a fond remembrance of. I mean, coming from a man who- on public television- told the world that if his daughter wasn’t his daughter- he would date her. And then there are those strange pictures with him and his daughter when she was a child. He has displayed a complete lack of respect for women in general, and as they say- birds of a feather flock together- so, as a presidential contender- I think we, as a public, need to know of those he keeps around him considering that one of his best is a convicted billionaire pedophile. We also need to figure out just what he was doing at these parties as a MANY time guest on the island owned by Jeffery Epstein. He AND Bill Clinton- which denounces any chance that Bill and Donald- (and perhaps even Hillary) – aren’t working in cahoots with each other- being partners in crime as it were. This is next in line for our programmed America and it is like every...


EcoWatch: Presidential Candidates and Renewable Energy: Where Do They Stand? "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"


Renewable energy is a particularly hot issue in this year’s presidential ...


EcoWatch: World’s Largest Floating Solar Farm to Provide 10 Million People With Clean Drinking Water "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"


The Thames Water floating solar farm will be the largest floating solar farm in...


Antony Loewenstein: German radio station Bayerischer Rundfunk on privatised immigration "IndyWatch Feed National"

During my recent period in Berlin, Germany, as a Visiting Researcher at WZB Social Science Centre, I was interviewed by Bayerischer Rundfunk (Bavarian Broadcasting) about Europe and Germany’s moves towards outsourcing its refugee “problem” to private corporations. My interview begins at 36.17.

Other people on the show are social scientist Manuela Bojadzijev, political scientist Sandro Mezzadra, author Merle Kröger, artist Kader Attia and two postcolonial activists. The journalist is Anne Fromm.


Wake Up World: Reaching the Shores of Enlightenment Through Acceptance and Forgiveness "IndyWatch Feed National"

2nd March 2016 By Paul Lenda Guest Writer for Wake Up World Enlightenment is a seemingly-elusive experience and state of existence that many feel few attain at any given point in the timeline of human history. However, there are those that do and it seems that more and more individuals are experiencing the enlightenment of their ...Continue Reading - Reaching the Shores of Enlightenment Through Acceptance and Forgiveness


Wake Up World: U.S. Marine Veteran Uses Homeopathy, Cell Salts and Flower Essences for Self-Healing "IndyWatch Feed National"

2nd March 2016 By Lance Schuttler Guest Writer for Wake Up World Homeopathy, cell salts and flower essences⏌ for a Marine veteran? Yes, that is correct. As second in command of an Infantry Company of 260 marines during the Iraq war in Fallujah in late 2004, Stan Deland has witnessed and endured some very dramatic experiences. ...Continue Reading - U.S. Marine Veteran Uses Homeopathy, Cell Salts and Flower Essences for Self-Healing


EcoWatch: 5 Years Later Fukushima Still Spilling Toxic Nuclear Waste Into Sea, Top Execs Face Criminal Charges "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"


Five years after the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl, three former executives of ...


Catallaxy Files: Super Wednesday "IndyWatch Feed"

As it will appear to us who live just this side of the dateline – Tuesday in the US is already Wednesday here. This is the lay of the land:

Finds Ally in Delegate Selection System…
Small Biz Owners Say Donald Top Choice…
VIDEO: Reporter Grabs Secret Service Agent Throat at Trump Rally…
ICE Union On Gang of Eight: ‘It’s as if criminals wrote it themselves’…
Rubio Doesn’t Realize Energy Policy He Supports Already Been Enacted…
INGRAHAM: The GOP Establishment Suicide…
Republican Senator Believes More Candidates Will Enter…

And for those who are wondering what Hillary is up to:

Clinton Rape Accuser Thanks Lady Gaga For ‘Overwhelming Performance’…
WASH POST LEAD TUES: Hillary prepares to take on Trump in general election…
NYT PAGE ONE: Plan to Defeat Him…


North Coast Voices: Think you're paying too much for your domestic gas supply in Australia? You're right! "IndyWatch Feed"

Who is too blame for the situation set out below?

It is not just the rapacious gas industry we should be  pointing a finger at – it’s also the pro-mining Abbott & Turnbull federal governments and successive state governments which have failed to rein in these environmental and social vandals.

The Sydney Morning Herald, 8 February 2016:

After all the heartache, trenchant opposition from local communities and a towering $1.8 billion in write-downs, AGL has jettisoned its coal seam gas program. Santos will likely to follow suit and walk away from its controversial Pilliga project.

It makes no sense after all. Like Gloucester, Pilliga gas is high-cost to produce and environmentally high-risk to extract.

Unsurprisingly, the exit of AGL has lent fresh oxygen to t...


North Coast Voices: The Member for Fairfax voices our worst fear......... "IndyWatch Feed"

In the House of Representatives last week Queensland MP Clive Palmer voiced the fear of many – that Malcolm Bligh Turnbull will win this Coalition Government a second term, then swiftly be deposed and replaced as prime minister for the following three years by former prime minister John Anthony “Tony” Abbott:

Mr PALMER (Fairfax) (14:21): My question is to the Prime Minister. As Australia's third-oldest Prime Minister, if you are still Prime Minister after the election, will you serve a full term in parliament or will you retire to your unit in New York and do a switcheroo with the member for Warringah, sustaining yourself with innovation and growth opportunities your investments have provided for the people of the Cayman Islands? It has never been a more exciting time to be a Cayman Islander! Are you a seat warmer? [Hansard, 25 February 2016]


Earth First! Newswire: Protests Continue as Whitehaven Coal Destroys Habitat "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

from Front Line Action

zoomed-150x150Protests continued in North West NSW yesterday morning, with one man stopping stopping coal trains near Willow Tree. Three more are locked to bulldozers in the Whitehaven Coal Maules Creek mine, delaying clearing of the Leard State Forest, on Gomeroi/Gamilaraay Country.

This follows similar protests on Saturday, where three people were arrested halting Whitehaven’s operations (Media Release 27 Feb 2016). These actions follow allegations that Whitehaven have illegally cleared forest during extreme heat, in breach of their Biodiversity Management Plan (BMP) (Media Release 26 Feb 2016).

23 year old jazz saxophonist Reuben Legge, is one of the people locked to a bulldozer. “Whitehaven is brutally destroying a forest which has supported life on this planet for thousands of years, and unless we act together all our natural places will be lost” he says.

On Friday the Environmental Defenders Office, on behalf of their client South East Forest Rescue (SEFR), wrote to Whiteh...


new illuminati: Electromagnetic Free Energy Motor: Magnet Transduced Generator and Magnetic Inducer Engine "IndyWatch Feed National"

800x600 Normal 0 false false false EN-AU X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 ...

Go Back:30 Days | 7 Days | 2 Days | 1 Day

IndyWatch Australian News All Topics Summary Today.

Go Forward:1 Day | 2 Days | 7 Days | 30 Days

Tuesday, 01 March


Earth First! Newswire: Fifty Pheasants Liberated from Game Farm in OR "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

from It’s Going Down

clement-mericOn the night of February 28th, in an act of love, 50 ringnecked pheasants were liberated from the Estacada Game Farm in Beavercreek, Oregon. These birds would have otherwise been sold to sport hunting outfitters and killed for entertainment. The pheasants thrashed through the air in all directions as they made their way to freedom in the surrounding fields and meadows.

This action is dedicated to the memory of Clément Méric, an anti-fascist vegan who was murdered by neo-nazi skinheads in Paris, France in 2013. We will never forget, we will never forgive.


Corporate Australia: Fresh modelling narrows the search area for Planet Nine by 50 per cent "IndyWatch Feed National"

This artistic rendering provided by California Institute of Technology shows the distant view from Planet Nine back towards the sun. Picture: Infrared Processing and Analysis Center
US ASTRONOMERS announced last month they may have found a ninth planet beyond Neptune, but conceded they had no idea where on an estimated 10,000-20,000-year orbit it might be.
But this week a French science quartet said they have narrowed the search area.

By studying data from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft orbiting Saturn, the seventh planet from the Sun, they could exclude two zones, the team wrote in the journal Astronomy and Astrophysics.

Their work confirmed that a ninth planet might exist in the far reaches of our Solar System, co-author Jacques Laskar of the Paris Observatory said, “but not just anywhere”.

Based on mathematical modelling, the French scientists calculated what influence a ninth planet — travelling along the orbit speculated by the American scientists — would have on the movement of other planets as it passed nearby.

They then looked at how the known planets actually behaved.

The planet is thought to circle the Sun in a lopsided, highly elongated, oval loop.

At its most distant from the Sun, the planet would be too far too away for any effect on other planets to ever be detectable, thus limiting astronomers to a searchable zone...


The Watchers » Latest articles: Powerful blizzard hits northern Japan "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Northern Japan has been hit by one of the worst winter storms of the season on Monday, February 29, 2015. JMA warned another blizzard, the worst in years, was expected to hit Hokkaido early Tuesday, March 1. Hokkaido Shimbun reported on Monday one person was found...... Read more »


The Watchers » Latest articles: Another rapid beach erosion event at Inskip Point, Australia "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Months after a major 'sinkhole' swallowed a campsite near popular Rainbow Beach in Queensland, Australia, another rapid beach erosion event occurred in the same area on March 1, 2016. According to Queensland Parks and Wildlife, the activity started at the...... Read more »


News from Survival International: India: Tribe set to resume David & Goliath battle with mining corporation "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

The Dongria unanimously rejected the mining project and have vowed to protect the Niyamgiri hills
The Dongria unanimously rejected the mining project and have vowed to protect the Niyamgiri hills
© Bikash Khemka/Survival

A tribe in eastern India are facing a new threat from mining on their ancestral land, despite having won a major “David & Goliath” legal battle in 2014.

The Dongria Kondh were originally threatened by international mining corporation Vedanta Resources, who tried to open a bauxite mine in their sacred Niyamgiri hills, but were prevented by the Indian Supreme Court, which ruled that the Dongria should decide whether to allow the mine to go ahead.

The tribe unanimously rejected Vedanta’s plans to mine their hills during a historic referendum in which all twelve villages that were consulted voted against the mine.

Now, however, the Odisha state is trying to re-open the issue, petitioning for the right to hold another referendum for the Dongria to pave the way for a large-scale mining operation, this time by state-run Odisha Mining Corporation.

British-owned Vedanta opened a bauxite refinery close to the Dongria’s h...


The Watchers » Latest articles: Dazzling meteor lights up skies over Scotland "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A dazzling meteor lit up skies over Scotland at 18:49 UTC on February 29, 2016, turning night into day for several seconds. The white light, seen across Perthshire, Aberdeenshire and the Highlands, was followed by a rumbling sound that lasted about 10 seconds,...... Read more »


The Watchers » Latest articles: Sudden stratospheric warming to bring a snap of cold weather over UK "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Meteorologists from the UK Met Office have predicted a sudden stratospheric warming (SSW) will occur in early March 2016. The phenomena could affect the surface weather, increasing the risk of prolonged wintry conditions over parts of northern Europe and the UK. The...... Read more »


The Tally Room: JSCEM Senate reform inquiry – video highlights "IndyWatch Feed"

I watched some parts of today’s JSCEM inquiry, and cut together a few short clips of interesting parts of the day. I thought I would post them on Youtube and here – if you have a section which you think was particularly interesting, let me know in comments and I’ll cut it and upload it.

Firstly, this 42 second interaction between Antony Green and Stephen Conroy about whether voters actively choose to vote above the line, or are ‘herded’ into it by a voting system that makes it much much harder to vote below-the-line. This is related to my blog post on informal rates amongst below-the-line voters.

Go below the fold for three more videos.

And here is a longer 5-minute clip which includes the above, as well as more interesting discussions which are revealing about the real issues at the core of Senate reform.

Here is the five-minute introductory statement from the original public psephologist, Malcolm Mackerras, in which he is strongly critical of the proposed changes, as well as previous changes in 1984. He also makes some off-topic criticisms of Malcolm Turnbull...


A.E.Brain: Sometimes you win... "IndyWatch Feed National"

With such a document, I can apply for a correction of my UK birth certificate under the UK Gender Recognition Act (Overseas Track).

I've been waitimg (and agitating and lobbying, and informing, and educating, and persuading) for ten years. I can wait another 6 months.


(We) can do better: Endangered southern brown bandicoot at risk as proposed habitat corridors deemed 'not cost-effective' - Article by Sara Phillips (ABC) "IndyWatch Feed National"

Introduction by editor: This article reflects interviews with Frankston natural scientist, Hans Brunner, who has spent decades of his life trying to save the southern brown bandicoot, as many of those who know Hans are aware. Here the ABC takes up Hans's argument about the $20m promised by the State Government to be spent protecting bandicoot habitat that was threatened by Peninsula Link was never used as promised for a fox-proof fence. "Peninsula Link dutifully spent $20 million of taxpayers' money on the underpass, and handed over $1.6 million to Parks Victoria for the fence. But Parks Victoria never built the fence. At the completion of the freeway in 2013, and with only a single bandicoot hair detected two years prior, Parks Victoria chose to direct the money intended for the fence to bandicoot programs near Cranbourne..." in an area now allocated for a projected housing development. This is totally outrageous by Parks Victoria and by the government with which it is too closely aligned. Surely the current Parks Victoria Board should be sacked. Planning documents from 2011 show wide reserves with predator-proof fencing. But a 2012 revision made them a dotted line — an option if Federal Minister for the Environment Greg Hunt required it. Mr Hunt failed to do so. His dereliction with regard to this unique creature in the world, the southern brown bandicoot, seems to be his support for by Melbourne's [over]development. A Dubai conference recently named Greg Hunt 'the best environment minister in the world' seems a reflection of extreme cynicism or a calculated insult to the Australian public. Good on the ABC for promoting this investigation. A......


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Mandy Nolan’s SoapBox – Say Cheese "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Say Cheese

Nothing ruffles the feathers of a conventional meat-eating family more than when one of your kids decides to be vegan. And it’s not just the issue of separate meal preparation, or the death by salad. It’s the constant bombardment of vegan propaganda.

While  sipping on her soy latte and observing me make sandwiches my darling food activist pipes up: ‘Did you know that cheese is as addictive as illicit drugs?’ This strange piece of anti-lactose rhetoric is ludicrous. ‘Really?’ I say. Well wrap me in Alfoil and call me a cheese wheel!

This may come as a shock to cheese detractors everywhere, but the internet is not a credible source of information about the harmful effects of cheese consumption. So in defence of cheese I consider my rather cheesy argument… I will accept that cheese blocks your arteries, creates more mucus and that ethically and environmentally perhaps the use of animals for food is questionable and in the long term not sustainable. If we want to cut down on our carbon footprint then we should all be eating carrot sticks and kale. I know that. I accept that.

But we are not talking food ethics her...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Keeping it Real – the Music of Richard Clapton "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Rock historians have described Richard Clapton as ‘one of the most important Australian songwriters of the 1970s’. And while it’s true, it probably underestimates the maturation and ever-changing direction of Clapton’s songwriting over generations, seeing him being inducted into the Aria Hall of Fame in 1999.


Richard Clapton – ‘one of the most important Australian songwriters of the 1970s’.

Clapton is modest about the accolades.

‘It’s obviously very gratifying when people describe me that way, and I would think that as far as the songwriting goes it’s probably because contrary to popular belief I kind of only just wanted to write songs that were going to mean something to people’s lives rather than getting into the pop culture.’

With Countdown back in the limelight with the new TV series Clapton reflects on his relationship with the iconic pop show.

‘I was railroaded into being on Countdown – it was Festival records, they wanted me to be on Countdown a lot – I don’t think the producers really wanted me on Countdown either!’

So with the last 18 months seeing the rock stories of the 1970s and 1980s...


Renew Economy: Rooftop solar providing 7.4% of demand in south-east Queensland "IndyWatch Feed"

Energex says rooftop solar now accounting for 7.4 per cent of all demand, with more than 40% of households having solar in some areas.


Renew Economy: What we’re reading: Scrutiny for ex energy ministers, defence mans up on climate "IndyWatch Feed"

Greens proposes scrutiny and new rules for ex energy ministers; defence department mans up on climate change; and UK nuclear disaster punted for another year.


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Hinterland Way speed limit "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

I wonder if the motorists that use the old Pacific Highway (now renamed Hinterland Way) on a day to day basis are aware that there is a group of people intending to lobby the council to have the speed limit reduced from 80 kph to 50- 60kph once the RMS hands it over to the council.

For a road that was once 100kph prior to the construction of the new highway to then be cut to 50- 60kph after 95 per cent of the traffic is gone is a bit like throwing the baby out with the bath water.

I don’t see a problem with one or two 60 kph sections say at the Macadamia Castle & or the Newrybar service road/ Broken Head Rd (school). The only achievement that I can see in reducing the speed limit on the Hinterland Way would be one of revenue in the way of speeding fines.

Geoff Martin, Newrybar


The post Hinterland Way speed limit appeared first on Echonetdaily.


Renew Economy: Have solar households really sold out on their environmental goals? "IndyWatch Feed"

Network chief says solar households using grid more than others, and appear to have forgotten their "green" aspirations. But does the data really support that? And why are networks so determined to alienate consumers looking to solar and storage and other technologies?


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Sean’s On The Balcony "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

by Vivienne Pearson

Who wouldn’t visit Byron Bay as often as they could? For chef Sean Connolly, that’s going to be around twice a month. He’ll be flying in from places as diverse as Auckland, Sydney and Adelaide as he flits around his growing restaurant empire.

Sean first visited Byron Bay nearly 30 years ago. ‘I had a camper van and long curly hair,’ he laughs. He was left with the overwhelming impression of Byron being a place ‘famous for being hospitable.’

Sean is now on the giving rather than receiving end of the hospitality divide – this week he is officially launching his newest restaurant venture: The Balcony Bar & Oyster Co. He bought the restaurant in October, along with business partner, restaurateur Fraser Short. Since then, they have gradually worked to improve the kitchen and change the menu to ensure all was up to speed before any official launch. ‘We’re now locked and loaded,’ he says, giving strong credit to local chef Glenn Mason, who Sean sees as ‘an extension of me and my recipes.’

The new menu is an extension of various facets of Sean’s culinary experience. His personal favourite is the lamb shoulder, which, along with his signature dish Duck Fat Fish & Chips (and his still distinctive accent), hark back to his Yorkshire upbringing. He knows that these meals aren’t to everyone’s taste, so has created more of a seafood focus than some of his other restaurants. Further vegetarian dishes are being developed, using the ‘great and inspiring local producers’.

Sean has a growing taste for raw foods and juices, finding these helpful in balancing the less-healthy eating that can come with a hectic lifestyle. He may have lost his long curly hair and camper van, but Sean clearly has a bit...


Renew Economy: Another big industrial trims demand as Tasmania energy crisis deepens "IndyWatch Feed"

Big industrial users slash demand by more than 110MW as Tasmania turns to gas and diesel to address the lost link to mainland and declining dam levels.


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Sticky Wicket Bar "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Story and photos by Lesley Hannaford and Cristina Sharratt

You would have noticed the changing face of Cocomangas in recent weeks as it evolved into The Sticky Wicket Bar.

I’m sure many of you would have darkened the door of Cocomangas over the years. It was a Byron institution and one of the few places in town run successfully by the same owners, Sue and Gary, for more than 20 years.

Changing lifestyles and their English/Canadian backgrounds led them to the idea of the North American-style sports bar with a nod to the British local pub – something a little different for Byron Bay.

A place where everyone is welcome to have a drink, eat great food or catch up on national and international sport on a choice of 13 screens. Whatever you follow, chances are they’ll be showing it. If it isn’t, let them know and they’ll put it on. When I went it was Manchester United, ice-cold wine and three really good fish tacos – heaven.

And don’t think the food and drink take second place to the action. The American-influenced menu delivers fresh food made daily by head chef Tom Gower – perfect accompaniments to their impressive range of tap and bottled beers, wine and cocktails.

Cricket-stump beer taps are a fun touch and the beer menu is unique with Melbourne craft brewers Cricketers Arms and Asahi Black on tap. The legendary Cocomangas Jam Jar cocktails are still available and only $10 during happy h.........


No Right Turn: FFS Labour "IndyWatch Feed"

Andrew Little, currently waging a campaign over access to melanoma treatments, has been meeting with Big Pharma:

Drug company lobbyists were hosted at a special dinner by Labour leader Andrew Little, months before Labour announced its stance to override Pharmac and fund melanoma drug Keytruda.

Labour confirmed the dinner took place, understood to have been in Labour's parliamentary offices, in September.

Organised by Pharma lobbying group Medicines NZ, the dinner also included representatives from Keytruda makers Merck Sharp and Dohme, Pfizer, Roche, Healthcare Logistics and Sanofi.

Little said he recalled a dinner, but was unsure of the timing.

Labour's bid to emulate National and second-guess Pharmac's cost-benefit analysis of which drugs to fund was looking pretty dubious already. Now it just looks like corporate shilling. And that's why you should never meet with the pharmaceutical industry under any circumstances: because they're tainted, and they taint you by association.


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Sustainable Living Armidale: March Forum: Clark’s Gully mining development application "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

[ Thursday, 3 Mar; 7:00 pm; ] Arthur Bain is a founding member of ‘Save our Macleay River’ (SOMR) group and will join us via Skype to speak about how SOMR started and impacts of Hillgrove antimony/gold mining downstream. Tim Collins is our second speaker to talk about potential impacts of the Clark’s Gully development application on the threatened Eucalyptus magnificata (Northern blue [...] full article »


Renew Economy: Soaring electricity costs take toll on new clean energy retailer "IndyWatch Feed"

New retailer GO Energy says rapid growth and high electricity prices force it to scale down business and postpone investment in Redback Technologies.


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Sustainable Living Armidale: Working Bee to plant Eucalyptus, Tea Trees and Snow Grass near Niagara Street bridge "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

[ Sunday, 13 Mar; 8:30 am; ] Small Community Grants Funding has been approved and Bruce Whan and Gordon Bell have been busy preparing further sites for planting. Our volunteers planted 440 trees, shrubs and grasses at our February working bee. The working bee will involve planting of Eucalypts, Tea Trees and Snow Grass. This will be promoted as a Community Day so [...] full article »


"IndyWatch Feed Goulburn": The Star: University dreams become reality "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

FISH Creek resident Adeline Collins’ academic dreams will become a reality, thanks to one of Australia’s leading scholarship programs.
The Toora and Foster Community Bank Scholarship is awarded to first time tertiary students whose financial circumstances might mean a university degree is out of their reach.
Ms Collins said she was thrilled to be able to start university with the financial security a scholarship provided.
“I can’t wait to get started and work towards my goal of Bachelor of Education and Bachelor of Science at Monash,” she said.
Robert Liley, chairman of the Toora and Foster branch of Bendigo Community Bank, said he was thrilled to offer Adeline the chance to further her education.
He was also pleased to announce Fiona Saliakos has qualified for her second year of funding too. Fiona is studying Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science at Deakin University and doing really well.
“The board was happy to be able to help both Adeline and Fiona with their tertiary education. It is pleasing to think our community bank can help young people reach their goals in education and perhaps even one day come back into our community and help make a difference,” Mr Liley said.
“This is another way our community bank company commits to building stronger communities.
“Adeline and Fiona are very deserving recipients of our scholarships and the board wishes them well on their journey to reach their career goals.”
The Toora and Foster Community Bank Scholarship is part of the Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Scholarship Program, with more than 40 community bank branches and other partners taking part from across Australia.


"IndyWatch Feed Goulburn": The Star: Young ambassadors’ big business brekkie "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

LEONGATHA Secondary College’s Beacon Ambassadors pulled out all the stops to host a networking breakfast with local business owners on Friday.
The four Year 10 students took the opportunity to speak with local entrepreneurs over toast and cereal at the campus as their first major project for the year.
“To become Beacon Ambassadors we attended an interview and spoke with coordinators about what the role entails. They then selected the students they thought would be best for the job,” Beacon Ambassador Evie Dekker said.
“This is probably our biggest event of the year. We went around town and invited business owners to join us for breakfast and talk about their experiences.”
Ambassador Hannah Box said, “It has been a very successful morning. We had more businesses come than we expected and it has been a good opportunity to speak with them.”
Jenny Goss and Kate Lafferty are coordinating the program which is now in its fifth year at Leongatha.
“We have four ambassadors this year who are doing Leongatha Secondary College very proud,” Ms Lafferty said.
Evie Decker, Hannah Box, Mark Beattie and Ruby Martin were chosen to represent the school and will also be responsible for organising the Polish Program and mock job interviews later in the school year.
“It was pretty nerve wracking going up to business people and striking up a conversation but it is more comfortable now,” Ruby said.
Mark agreed the program has helped him attain new social and networking skills.
“I have had the opportunity to speak to business people who are in the line of work I would like to go into. It has been great getting firsthand information from them,” he said.


"IndyWatch Feed Goulburn": The Star: Dry cleaners folds "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

LEONGATHA’S Best Dry Cleaners officially closed its doors last Wednesday after a confusing couple of weeks.
The Peart Street business has long served the town of Leongatha which will now rely on dry cleaners from other towns to send for dry cleaning.
While the shop was set to shut last week, clients found the facility locked up and vacant when they went to retrieve their garments in the weeks prior.
Wonthaggi’s John Betts said he had curtains at Best Dry Cleaners which were supposed to be ready for pickup on Tuesday, February 16, however when he attended the business the doors were shut.
“I tried to contact the operators and I did not get a response,” Mr Betts said.
“There were a number of people outside who wanted to get their things. It worries me that people have got our goods. They should have told us they could not do it in the first place.”
Mr Betts was later contacted on Tuesday, February 23 with a last minute opportunity to collect his goods before the business closed its doors for good.
“I was very relieved. I was concerned that I may not have had my things returned to me,” he said.
Inverloch resident Liz Blain was also concerned about her garments when she attended the shop earlier on Monday, February 15.
“I rang both of the business’ phone numbers and they were disconnected. I later attended the business and found there were people inside,” she said.
“When I asked them about the disconnected phones and lack of communication, they acted like they knew nothing about it.”
Business owner Narelle Stephenson said she did all she could to get in touch with clients before the store’s closure.
“I have now rung all customers twice over the last couple of weeks and left messages. However we do still have some things that need to be picked up,” Ms Stephenson said yesterday (Monday).
The Star received a report of one customer who went to collect pants that were not ready for a funeral on...


"IndyWatch Feed Goulburn": The Star: Our farmers are first class "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

TWO South Gippsland farming families are among the best farmers in Victoria, after being named finalists in The 2015 Farmer of the Year competition run by The Weekly Times.
Toby, Lyn and Nick Leppin and his partner Sarah of Bena were finalists in the dairy farmer of the year category, while Phil, Brad and Irene Gale of Waratah Bay were finalists in the beef farmer of the year section.
The Gales run a self replacing herd of 600 breeders, and also trade 300 to 400 head of cattle a year.
In May 2015, the Gales won the JBS Producer of the Year. They aim to produce cattle that suit the JBS Swift Great Southern Farm Assurance brand.
“To ensure this happens, we need to supply adequate nutrition throughout all stages of the animal’s life, regardless of the seasonal conditions,” Irene said.
“We also use low stress animal handling techniques which maximises carcass performance.”
Irene said the family appreciated farmers being recognised for their achievements.
“It is always great to see the hard work of anyone pay off,” she said.
The Leppins pay attention to measurements – soil nutrients, pasture consumption, milk production and cost of production – to get the most from their land.
“You can’t manage it if you don’t measure it and that’s just not peculiar to farming,” Toby said.
The family runs Aussie Reds due to their lower incidence of mastitis and better fertility.
The Leppins choose to artificially inseminate cows to improve calving rates to avoid bringing new stock on to the property.
The winners will be announced in tomorrow’s Weekly Times.


"IndyWatch Feed Goulburn": The Star: Bigger farms pay dividends "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

DAIRY farms around South Gippsland are becoming larger as many of the region’s smaller farms are consolidated into single enterprises.
“For quite a while now there has been a trend of consolidation of smaller farms into much larger enterprises,” Burra Foods milk supply officer Reno Tomaino said.
He said consolidation has varying impacts on the industry, depending on a number of factors.
“For example, dairy farms with less than 130 cows are becoming less viable due to continually increasing overhead costs,” he said.
“Consolidation becomes a viable option as it generally means lower production costs.”
Mr Tomaino said consolidation of farms with more than 250 cows can have the opposite impact on production costs.
“But it can mean there are increased employment opportunities, as larger farms tend to have higher labour units per cows milked,” he said.
Large scale dairy farmer Les Bland from Welshpool said he started with 100 acres and has since grown the business.
Formerly known as Bland Dairies, the family business now milks 3000 cows, produces 26 million litres of milk and employs around 20 staff across four farms in the Foster area.
Mr Bland said he was lucky to get his start, however even with 100 acres, he was twice refused finance.
“It was just persistence that finally enabled us to take the next step,” he said.
Since then, Mr Bland and the rest of his family have worked together to build and enhance the business.
“The final step was for the four children to step up into the management of the properties. We have four normal farms now,” he said.
Mr Bland said without big farms getting bigger, a lot of farms would be unable to produce sufficient quantities of milk to remain viable.
He said he does not think large scale operations are inhibitive for the industry, rather a way to move the industry forward.
“What is detrimental to the industry is the incapacity of the system to...


"IndyWatch Feed Goulburn": The Star: Rebate calls for ROPS "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

THE Victorian Farmers Federation is calling on the State Government to support a rebate on fitting roll-over protection devices (ROPS) to quad bikes.
“If WorkSafe is going to move towards ‘effectively’ mandating ROPS on quad bikes, then we need a rebate on the $700 cost, especially when we’ve got many farmers running several quad bikes,” VFF president Peter Tuohey said.
The VFF’s call for a rebate follows Worksafe Victoria’s announcement it deemed ROPS devices “an appropriate means of reducing risks when quad bikes are used in the workplace”.
WorkSafe has told the VFF it’s developing a risk assessment tool farmers, as employers, will need to use in determining if a ROPS needs to be fitted to a quad bike or other action needs to be taken.
“If there’s a risk of rollover, then Worksafe is saying farmers will need to reduce the risk by choosing a safer vehicle or fitting a ROPS,” Mr Tuohey said.
“It’s basically coming down to if you think the quad can roll over then you’ll have to fit a ROPS or buy another vehicle, like a two-seater.”
Mr Tuohey said WorkSafe would not be rolling out the new assessment tool overnight or racing out to prosecute people.
“We’ll be negotiating with WorkSafe on how they develop this new assessment tool, what they deem to be an ‘appropriate’ ROPS and encouraging the State Government to provide a rebate for farmers to fit ROPS,” he said.
The VFF’s current policy is to support the voluntary fitting of ROPS on quad bikes.
“However if the government and WorkSafe want to ‘effectively’ mandate ROPS then it needs to work with the VFF and others on developing a rebate to cover the $700 cost of fitting these devices,” Mr Tuohey said.
Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford said the safety of employees must always come first.
“For farmers, their employees are often their loved ones, so safety must always be the number one priority,” she said.
From 2001 to 2015 there have been 42 f...


"IndyWatch Feed Goulburn": The Star: A class above the rest "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

BEN Perry might be only a 16 year old but he is well established as an A Grade cricketer in the Leongatha and District Cricket Association playing for Koonwarra Leongatha RSL.
He was the club’s youngest ever debutante to play in its A Grade Division Two side at 14 years of age and if Koonwarra Leongatha RSL make it through to the season grand final, at 16 years of age Perry will have played 50 A Grade matches.
It is believed at the club the milestone is a district record.
President of Koonwarra Leongatha RSL Nigel Grimes said, “Ben lives, breathes and eats cricket.
“He’ll play all day in the sun and at the end of the match when the rest of us retire to the shade, he’s in the nets with his mates.”
In Year 10 at the Leongatha Secondary College Ben says any subject involving sport is likely to be his strongest but he also has an interest in mathematics.
He has not made up his mind what field he wants to move into at the end of his secondary schooling but says he is interested in being a ground curator and is enrolled in a horticulture subject at school this year.
Like most children, especially boys growing up in Australia, cricket is introduced by way of the television and for Ben it was no different; his cricket was inspired by watching it played on television.
As a young boy his favourite cricketer was Ricky Ponting, even his first bat was a Ricky Ponting.
Having a hero like Ricky Ponting is a good start for a young and aspiring cricketer.
Nerrena Under 12s used to train at the Leongatha Primary School before its relocation and so began his association with his first cricket club.
“You wouldn’t have picked me out from the crowd; I was just another person playing cricket.”
He must have stood out from the crowd to some degree because he played for the Under 14s LDCA representative side in Country Week.
He made 180 runs that week which made him the second highest run maker at the tournament...


"IndyWatch Feed Goulburn": The Star: Good cattle make the difference "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

THE Powlett River Downs Campdraft is a ‘must attend’ on a serious campdrafter’s calendar.
President of the Campdraft Association Gippsland and judge Allan Mitchell said it is one of 13 drafts on the GCA calendar and is renowned for the beautiful venue and the quality of the cattle.
Campdrafting always supports worthy causes in raising money for local charities.
Last year funds raised were used to purchase a palliative care bed for the Bass Coast.
Kieran Gilliland from Won Wron said the cattle at Powlett Creek Downs are always fantastic and this year was no different.
He said, “The cattle are trackable and honest and it is only rider error if you can’t get around the course with cattle like these.
“It also makes such a difference to the way things flow when you have quality cattle,” he said.
Cattle were supplied by the Jelbart family 600, the McLeod sisters 120, Mark Garnham 100 and from the owner of Powlett River Downs, Allan Mitchell.
Catering was provided by the Dalyston Football Netball Club.


"IndyWatch Feed Capricornia": Woolworths survey is a scam – do not reply "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Customer Satisfaction Survey! Win 50$,


You have been selected by Woolworths Online Department to take part in our quick and easy reward survey. In return we will credit $50 to your account – Just for your time!
To access the form : Click here and Complete the form

Helping us better understand how our members feel, benefits everyone.

With the information collected we can decide to direct a number of changes to

improve and expand our services.

The information you provide us is allnon-sensitive and anonymous.

No part of it is handed down to any thirdparty groups.

It will be stored in our secure database for maximum of 3 days

while we process the esults of this nationwide survey.

No virus found in this message.
Checked by AVG –
Version: 2016.0.7442 / Virus Database: 4537/11722 – Release Date: 02/29/16


"IndyWatch Feed Goulburn": The Star: Superclinic turnout disappoints "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A TURNOUT of 10 boys and girls following a three week promotion of its Friday evening Superclinic was a heartbreaking outcome for the MDU Football Netball Club.
Flyers were displayed in supermarkets and sent out to schools, there was a radio interview and newspaper coverage of the event and it all comes at considerable cost.
In the end perhaps that cost is to club morale and the shockwaves extend out to other clubs in the region where the same struggle to attract players to the grass roots, their junior teams, is being faced.
It is a significant issue for the community as the junior teams are the future of the clubs.
If clubs aren’t supported in their endeavours to attract boys and girls to play football and netball then their future looks uncertain.
Few would argue that local football and netball clubs aren’t close to the heart and soul of their respective communities; places where people come together and feel their identity in a strong and tangible way.
MDU Football Netball Club is a magnificent organisation, second to none.
President Andrew Mackie said, “The club has done its best” in response to the disappointing turnout to the drive to attract Under 10, 12 and 14 players.
Andy Horvath the club secretary pointed the finger at nearby Leongatha’s fielding of two teams at each junior level.
“We’re blindsided,” Mr Horvath said.
Leongatha plays in the premier Gippsland League which makes it a more attractive club to play football for; the stakes are higher and recruiting is easier.
Chelsea Capel AFL Gippsland football development manager was at the Superclinic; AFL Gippsland had provided equipment, to support the activities.
She said, “AFL Gippsland can’t put restrictions on clubs fielding more than one side.
“Our role is promoting junior football. Hopefully the children who are here tonight will talk to their friends and that will help to bring more in.
“MDU is a proactive club a...


"IndyWatch Feed Goulburn": The Star: Timmins takes silver in nationals "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

LEONGATHA Cycling Club’s Austin Timmins’ was the silver medalist in the M17 team pursuit at the National Titles on the weekend.
Timmins participated at the titles held in Tasmania in the Victorian Junior team.
The club has had several Juniors come along to training on Wednesday night over the past few weeks and Friday night saw Caleb Murphy line up for his first race night; a big learning curve for him.
This Friday the club will run the Senior track titles and earlier at 3pm is expecting some members to be on hand for the Koonwarra section of The Great Southern Koonwarra Rail Trail opening.
As usual members have been busy racing at other venues: Harrison McLean grabbed a win at the Sunday morning criteriums at Warragul and Bernadette Fitzgerald was part of the Gippsland Girls team racing in the State cycling road series in East Gippsland.
Thomas McFarlane is putting in some impressive training behind the motor pacer on Wednesday night training in preparation for his ride in the Bendigo Maddison over the March long weekend and many of the road riders are getting ready for a road season start in mid April.
The great weather is also seeing a number of girls/women getting out on the bike with the club moving to try and get a regular girls riding group out and about.
Friday night saw a good roll up of Junior track riders and helped the club run the club track titles for this group.
First racing for the night last week was the one lap time trial.
In the Senior field the best time went to Steve Allen 32.18 followed by Rob Waddell 35.90 and Graham Hans at 36.00.
In the Juniors Oliver McLean was feeling the pressure from Thomas Fitzgerald from the previous week and responded well with a new personal best and quickest time of 34.93 even with a poor start.
Next was Thomas at 37.08, down on his best due to some dental work the previous day.
Kaleb Jans was in third place at 39.00.
The Senior scratch...


No Right Turn: A strapped chicken "IndyWatch Feed"

The first periodic review of intelligence and security agencies submitted its report yesterday. But while its been sold to the public as an "independent" review, it turns out that John Key has been ordering them to make certain findings:

Mr Key said he expected that the report would be made public next week after the committee had discussed it.

But he said he had met the reviewers during the process and asked that their recommendations be acceptable to both major political parties.

"One of the instructions we gave the reviewers was to try to come up with some recommendations that not only worked but could meet common ground," Mr Key said at his post-Cabinet press conference today.

(Note: the reviews terms of reference make no mention of such an instruction, so he's definitely talking about an instruction delivered once the review was underway).

While it seems like a fairly benign example, it fatally compromises the review's independence, and invites the question of what other "instructions" he has given them. And it certainly ends the pretense that this is any sort of outside look at the spies. Instead, its a pair of insiders, with findings potentially dictated to them by the Prime Minister - a total strapped chicken.


Indian Country Headline News: 'Ours Is the Land' Highlights Tohono O’odham Fight Against Proposed Mine "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

On February 19, the Tohono O’odham Student Association at the University of Arizona hosted a screening of the documentary “Ours Is The Land,” focusing on a proposed open-pit cop...

The Watchers » Latest articles: Night sky guide for March 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

There will be, at least, two special celestial events during March 2016 - total solar eclipse at 01:58 UTC on March 9 and penumbral lunar eclipse at 11:48 UTC on March 23. March Equinox, the first day of spring (vernal equinox) in the northern hemisphere and the...... Read more »



Earth First! Newswire: Animal Liberator Kevin Olliff Sentenced: Only Three More Months in Prison! "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"



In August of 2013, Kevin Johnson (aka Kevin Olliff) and Tyler Lang were arrested and charged with possession of burglary tools while driving in rural Illinois, and each served time in state custody. The next summer, they were both indicted under the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act — federal charges related to the same allegations as the state charges — for allegedly releasing thousands of mink from a fur farm and painting “Liberation is Love” on the side of a barn on the farm. Kevin and Tyler both accepted non-cooperating plea agreements in which they plead guilty to conspiracy under the AETA.

This morning, after spending over a year in state custody and then more than another year in federal custody awaiting sentencing, Kevin finally had his federal sentencing hearing. Kevin was sentenced to 36 months, with credit for time served (both state and federal time) — which means that Kevin is expected to be out of prison in about three more months! Following that, he will be on three years of supervised released.

Leading up to this point has been a long road for Kevin, already having served time in multiple facilities, dealing with many sentencing delays, and being away from family and friends. Now that his sentencing has happened, Kevin is able to prepare for what lays ahead with a few more months in prison followed by supervised release and recreating life outside of the walls of prison. And now is also the time that we need to prepare to support Kevin through this process. Please continue to support Kevin through letters and donations, which are still critically needed to h.....

13:09 Three problems with the way we think about nuclear power "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Three problems with the way we think about nuclear power by Olav Muurlink , Senior Lecturer, organisational behaviour, management, CQUniversity Australia Disclosure statement: Olav Muurlink previously received funding from the British government and British Nuclear Fuels Limited for work that lead in part to this article. He is chair of […]

The post Three problems with the way we think about nuclear power appeared first on


No Right Turn: A poor way to detect benefit fraud "IndyWatch Feed"

Like most welfare systems, the UK encourages the public to provide tip-offs about benefit fraud. But it turns out that more than 85% of these "tip-offs" are false:

More than 85% of fraud allegations made by the public over the last five years were false, according to figures obtained by the Observer.

A freedom of information request to the Department for Work and Pensions discloses that between 2010 and 2015 the government closed 1,041,219 alleged cases of benefit fraud put forward by the public. Insufficient or no evidence of fraud was discovered in 887,468 of these. In 2015 alone, of the 153,038 cases closed by the DWP’s Fraud and Error Service, 132,772 led to no action.

People can use an online form on the DWP website to anonymously report suspects, listing their eye colour, piercings, scars, tattoos and other details they deem relevant. Suspicions can also be logged through the DWP benefit fraud hotline.

So what about New Zealand? WINZ also encourages the public to make anonymous allegations, but while they publish statistics on data-matching and prosecutions, there's nothing on the success rate of allegations from the public. I wonder why?


Renew Economy: Warren Buffett: solar and wind may erode economics of incumbent utilities "IndyWatch Feed"

In his annual investor letter, Buffett addresses the new set of risks faced by electric utilities.


Renew Economy: Leonardo DiCaprio uses Oscars speech to call for climate action "IndyWatch Feed"

Leonardo DiCaprio had a message for Oscar viewers Sunday night: climate change is real, and we need to act on it now.


Renew Economy: Coal use falls further as China plans massive layoffs "IndyWatch Feed"

China on Monday reported that its coal consumption dropped 3.7 percent between 2014 and 2015 as the country grapples with a struggling economy and urban air pollution.


Head Space: Constitutional Pattycake "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Developed From Comments: What Is This ‘Constitution’ Of Which You Speak? [Excerpt] Is the USC/BoR/amendments/case law edifice worthy of our efforts? “Is the Constitution/BoR worth killing over, or is it the ideals supposedly protected by that document that are worthy of taking others’ lives?” US constitutional law along with ‘the good stuff’, includes statements such as: […]


Catallaxy Files: Governments Creating Jobs "IndyWatch Feed"

Yesterday I was at a function where a senior state government minister was speaking.

I could comment on many dimensions of the speech, but what got me was the claim that the government this minister was representing had created X hundred thousand jobs during that government’s tenure.

That governments make such ludicrous claims is one thing. That they are seldom held to account for it is another.

Government’s do not create jobs. The private sector creates jobs. At best, Governments can get credit for not getting in the way of job creation or creating the conditions for job creation. At best. But this is far from governments creating jobs.

Governments take resources from one part of the economy and redeploy to another part of the economy. They take resources most commonly through taxation but occastionally through expropriation of private property.

Governments then take those resources and either reallocate to other citizens or they create public goods/public services. Yes, they may be “creating” jobs when they employ public servants or build infrastructure or those who receive transfers spend, but they are destroying jobs when they take resources from other people by force, such resouces which themselves could and do create employment.

To claim that Governments create jobs is utter nonsence. But if it was true, why then do we have unemployment at all? Why can’t government create sufficient jobs to clear the market such that anyone who wants a job can have one?


"IndyWatch Feed Goulburn": Goulburn Valley Community Legal Centre: Employment Opportunity "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Generalist Lawyer

Full Time – Negotiable for 0.6 EFT to 1.0 EFT

This is a temporary position to fill in for Maternity Leave – until 20th January 2017

Are you a mature and dynamic lawyer, passionate about social justice and want to work in one of Victoria’s most culturally vibrant and beautiful regional areas?

The Shepparton based Goulburn Valley Community Legal Centre delivers a range of legal assistance services (casework, education and policy) across the Goulburn Valley. GVCLC is a division of the Bendigo based Loddon Campaspe Community Legal Centre and a program of ARC Justice.

ARC Justice is a leading and innovative advocacy and rights organisation that delivers client focused services that empower disadvantaged and vulnerable people in rural and regional Victoria. We elevate justice as an issue in public discourse and advocate for systemic change that upholds human rights.  We are a leader that strengthens the sector, pursuing best practice and innovation through collaboration and being an Employer of Choice.

Goulburn Valley Community Legal Centre is seeking a highly motivated lawyer to deliver community legal services in the Goulburn Valley, based in our Shepparton Office.

In addition to possessing the qualifications necessary to practicing law in Victoria, applicants must have a desire to pursue a career in public interest and community law and have an unrestricted drivers license.

The position is paid under the SCHADS Award, Social and Community Services employees, up to $60,000 PA, pro rata, level and pay point dependent on experience.

Applicants are asked to address both the essential and desirable Key Selection Criteria, in the Position Description. Applicants who do not address all the selection.........


ANTaR: PM failing his own test while not meeting with national representative body for First Peoples "IndyWatch Feed National"


National advocacy organisation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rights – ANTaR, today called on the Prime Minister to meet with the National Congress of Australia's First Peoples as a matter of urgency or risk failing his own test. 

PDF icon web_-_pm_failing_his_own_test_while_not_meeting_with_national_representative_body_for_first_peoples.pdf
Issues:  R...


Papua New Guinea Mine Watch: EU and SPC peddling dangerous misinformation "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

cardno eu spc

The European Union and SPC have published a new report [see below] claiming the money to be made from experimental seabed mining in PNG far outweighs the costs. Unfortunately the expensive report:

  1. Fails to put a monetary value on many of the potential environmental costs
  2. Fails to deal with the fact billions of dollars in mining revenues have already FAILED to improve the lives of ordinary people in PNG
  3. Fails to acknowledge the past failure of PNG authorities to manage land based mining and its terrible social and environmental impacts
  4. Assumes, totally against the evidence, that any environmental damage will be fixed by the mining company

The Report has been written by Cardno, an Australian firm who also work for the Mining Industry, including Newcrest and Harmony Gold in PNG, and AusAID!

Good to see no potential conflicts of interest there!

Cardno seabed mining report [4.4 MB]

Cost benefit analysis of deep sea mining in Pacific released

SPC-EU Deep Sea Minerals Project | 29 February 2016

Various scenarios for mining deep sea minerals in the waters of three Pacific Island countries are assessed in a cost benefit analysis report commissioned by the Pacific Community (SPC) and the European Union.

The report aims to assist Pacific Island countries with their decision making concerning deep sea minerals and provide information about the potential magnitude of the impacts of...


No Right Turn: MMP defeats zero-hours contracts "IndyWatch Feed"

Last year, after a popular campaign by unions targeting employers, National introduced legislation supposedly banning zero-hours contracts. Except it didn't ban them - rather, it enshrined them in law. Several parties voted for the bill on the basis that this would be fixed at select committee, but National refused to. And now its had its inevitable result, with the government's support partners withdrawing support:

The Government's plans to clamp down on zero hour contracts and extend paid parental leave hang in the balance after its support partners told Workplace Relations Minister Michael Woodhouse they won't support it unless serious changes are made.

The Employment Standards Bill is due back before parliament this week – and needs to be passed in the next few weeks so the extension to 18 weeks paid parental leave can come into force on April 1, as promised.

Unions and opposition parties last year put pressure on Mr Woodhouse to scrap the so called zero hour contracts.

And while Mr Woodhouse had promised to abolish the worst parts of those contracts, there are two main sticking points on the bill that mean that as it stands the Government doesn't have the numbers to pass it.

National thought they could finesse their way out of this with spin and bullshit, by announcing a "ban" which was nothing of the sort. I guess they hadn't counted on their support partners holding them to their word. Its a reminder of the value of MMP; if National had had an artificial majority under FPP, they wouldn't have felt the need to even legislate, let alone be able to be forc...


Independent Australia: Malcolm Turnbull's true colours revealed: Middle class rabble-rouser "IndyWatch Feed"

Malcolm Turnbull's true colours revealed: Middle class rabble-rouserTurnbull might be talking about tax, but his real agenda is about stirring up fear in the middle class to save his electoral skin. Prof Carl Rhodes says that's a shame. read now...


Aboriginal Genealogy Australia: Wongkumara People Native Title Claim Meeting "IndyWatch Feed National"

Wongkumara People Native Title Claim Meeting

Currently the Claim Group is described as any of the biological descendants of:
(i) the full-blood Aboriginal parents of Charlotte;
(ii) Maggie and Tommy:
(iii) Polly of Coopers Creek;
(iv) Charlie Nockatunga;
(v) any other ancestor who is determined by Wongkumara People to have been
Wongkumara in accordance with traditional law and custom who identifies as
Wongkumara and is accepted as Wongkumara by the Wongkumara People in
accordance with traditional law and custom.

It is proposed to amend the description to provide that the persons who may exercise

the Native Title rights and interests, subject to and in accordance with the traditional
laws acknowledged and traditional customs observed by them, are the Wongkumara
People and that the Wongkumara People are the descendants of one or more of the
following people:
a) Charlotte (mother of Jack, Queenie and May Hines, Rosie Jones and Willy Dutton;
b) Siblings Polly (mother of Albert Ebsworth Sam and Tommy Burgamar) and Charlie Nockatunga;
c) Maggie and Tommy (parents of Nellie Flash and Angelina);
d) Kutji (mother of George Dutton);
e) Tarella and her children Elizabeth and Harry (Fred) Hartnett;
f) Norman Harding;
g) Siblings Nellie (mother of Lucy Harding) and Judy (mother of Donald David Gillis);
h) Jenny (mother of Alf Barlow); and
i) Neddie and Nancy (grandparents of Jimmy Sedeek);
j) And such other person or persons who might from time to time be recognised
by the Wongkumara People as a Wongkumara ancestor.



political geometry: Divine Hopoate Tactics "IndyWatch Feed"

Would George Pell query his God ?

Maybe in retrospect, but God doesn't like gossip and he appointed me, so shut up and read the documents he provided.

Hypothetically speaking of course, if I in the 70s had seen a priest offering pastoral guidance to a 14 year old in his bed I would have applauded his vocation for children, you know there was a desperate shortage of men with a calling for the priesthood... Of course I see things differently nowadays

Does Pope Frank agree, Who knows?


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Bruns housing estate ‘swallows up’ protected coastal habitat "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

An aerial photograph taken in 1958 showing the shire's refuse tip on the northern boundary of the proposed subdivision and the planned site for the local bowling club.

An aerial photograph taken in 1958 showing the shire’s refuse tip on the northern boundary of the proposed subdivision and the planned site for the local bowling club.

Luis Feliu

Foreshore-protection campaigners are outraged that the developer of a site proposed for subdivision of more than 80 houses at Bayside near Brunswick Heads wants to acquire a slice of public Crown land zoned for coastal habitat.

The Mills estate proposal, which has recently come off public exhibition, seeks to incorporate the Crown land into around a third of its subdivision plan for the 6.6-hectare site.

Critics say the land has already been encroached on for commercial activities (a nursery) and that agreeing to including it within the development site sends a ‘very wrong’ signal that landowners could be be rewarded for inappropriate clearing or encroachment of protected crown land.

And a report by a local historian says the the crown coastal habitat along Simpsons Creek is likely to be toxic with leachate from an old tip site (now the sports fields), just north of the proposed estate and the site is highly likely to contain major indigenous artifacts a...


Papua New Guinea Mine Watch: Russia uses guns to access Fiji’s seabed minerals and fisheries "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

“The Russians… want to get access to the region’s resources, such as seabed mining and fishing”

Mr Bainimarama visited Moscow in June 2013 and discussed bilateral relations and Fiji’s defense needs with his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev

Mr Bainimarama with his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev

Russian deal a shot-in-the arm for Fiji

Venkat Raman | Indian NewsLink | 29/02/2016

Fiji’s decision to purchase military weapons from the Russian Federation and the recent delivery of equipment in 25 containers not only demonstrated the Pacific country’s right to self-determination but also stupefied New Zealand and Australia, among others.

International media was awash with varying interpretations to the latest development in this otherwise peaceful region. The Opposition in Fiji cried foul and said that arms had come into the country illegally and that there was no discussion about any military purchases, but none of these would impact on the thinking of the government led by Prime Minister Voreqe (Frank) Bainimarama.

Pact in Moscow

According to information made available to us, the seal to the deal was made when Mr Bainimarama visited Moscow in June 2013 and discussed bilateral relations and Fiji’s defense needs with his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

Radio Tarana s...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Naked bike riders throw cares and clothes to the wind "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Naked with pride: Sherrie, Mij and Malcolm cycle through outfit options on Byron Bay station platform. Photo Jeff 'Nevernude' Dawson

Naked with pride: Sherrie, Malcolm and Mij cycle through outfit options on Byron Bay station platform. Photo Jeff ‘Nevernude’ Dawson

Byron Bay railway station sees some action once a year at least, when the proud members of the World Naked Bike Ride clan gather to get into their uniforms for the annual streaking cycle through the town.

Pictured (l to to r) are eager punters gathering to practice getting naked in public – and for the press: Sherrie Yeomans (Lennox Head), Mijimberi (Lismore) and Malcolm Buchanan (Mt Tambourine).

Sherrie has two teenage children who she says mostly cycle everywhere.

‘It’s so important that they are safe on the road,’ she says, in explanation of what has motivated her to join her first ride this year.

She also lost a friend who was killed in a bike accident.

Sherrie says she is not nervous – she often gets her gear off and is a fan of the north coast’s fabulous clothing optional beaches.

Malcolm wants to ‘bring awareness to the issue of safety of people on the roads,’ and adds that for him the ride is also ‘a way of celebrating the human body in all its diverse forms’.



Senator Jacqui Lambie - PUTTING TASMANIA FIRST: Senate votes to back Lambie’s call for an investigation into claims of assault, torture and international human rights abuses during SAS training. "IndyWatch Feed"

JLN Independent Tasmanian Senator Jacqui Lambie has welcomed a Senate vote which ensures her motion calling for an independent Senate Committee investigation of the way that SAS treat soldiers on Resistance to Interrogation training courses or exercises.

“ I’m very humbled that the Senate voted to support my motion (see here) 34 votes to 27.  The last time I felt this way, was after the Senate voted to pass my Private Members Bill which linked Australian soldiers’ pay rises to the pay rises of our Politicians.

It’s a shame that the Turnbull government have chosen to ignore that Senate vote – and pass the legislation through the lower house and make it law.  However this time it will be very difficult for the Government to ignore the will of the Senate,” said Senator Lambie.

“There are some very serious allegations about Resistance to Interrogation Training (RTI) conducted by our military that must be independently examined by a Senate Committee.  This successful vote for my motion means the government will have to co-operate and produce secret documents under special circumstances to ensure that international human rights laws have not been broken.

And that the well-being of RTI course participants has been made a number one priority.  I want to make sure that the Australian Army hasn’t covered up serious abuse, assaults and /or crimes for over a decade – and then used secrecy provisions to hide the misconduct or breach of international conventions,” said Senator Lambie.

The post...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Byron Central Hospital complete but staffing issues continue "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Aerial view of the new Byron Central Hospital. Photo NSW Health

Aerial view of the new Byron Central Hospital. Photo NSW Health

Chris Dobney

Construction of Byron shire’s new hospital has finished almost a month ahead of schedule, with new equipment, including a CT scanner, arriving in the past week.

Acting Northern NSW Local Health District CEO Annette Symes says the hospital is set to open ‘a few weeks early’ with 32 out of a total of 43 possible beds to be commissioned in the first instance.

She said that current estimates based on Byron Bay and Mullumbimby hospitals’ requirements, on average 21 beds would be needed ‘but we have capacity to flex up to 32 beds if that’s required.’

Ms Symes said the ‘commissioning phase’ will take approximately 10 weeks, with an earlier estimated opening date of mid May.

She told ABC radio this morning that new furnishings and important equipment were yet to be delivered and staff would need to undergo orientation before the doors open to patients.

Ms Symes said ‘the majority’ of the two hospitals’ existing staff, including ‘all of the nursing staff’ will be transferring to Byron Central Hospital.

She added management was ‘working through the process’ of ‘supporting’ staff ‘who ‘may not have a job there’.

‘Every permanent staff member will have a permanent position within the local health district,’ Ms Symes said.

But Health Services Union (HSU) northern NSW organiser Jonathan Milman disputes that statement.

‘That’s not correct at all,’.........


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Tree falls on picnic table as kids play at Murwillumbah "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The rotted tree just missed smashing into equipment used by children in the upgraded park. Photo Gary Bagnall

The rotted tree just missed smashing into equipment used by children in the upgraded park. Photo Gary Bagnall

A tree affected by rot which crashed onto a picnic table at Murwillumbah’s new playground at Knox Park on Saturday could have killed several children, according to Tweed shire’s deputy mayor Gary Bagnall.

The tree, extensively rotted at its base, crashed to the ground while families were nearby.

Cr Bagnall said he was told one child had just left the table it landed on and it was lucky no-one was hurt in the incident.

Tweed Shire Council work crews yesterday cleaned up the debris in the adventure playground at the park, which last year underwent a major facelift as part of a staged $1.2 million upgrade to revitalise the precinct popular with youth and families.

Council managers say ‘nature took its course’ but will have arborists look at trees in the playground as a result after Cr Bagnall raised concerns.

The deputy mayor said it was important for an assessment of all trees in the park to be carried out to avoid similar incidents in future.



Senator Jacqui Lambie - PUTTING TASMANIA FIRST: $94B extra for budget repair in JLN Tax Reform Package "IndyWatch Feed"

JLN Independent Tasmanian Senator Jacqui Lambie has delivered a speech in the Senate yesterday which details $94B of new tax revenue raised by 3 simple new taxes.

“My network, the JLN, has proposed 3 simple tax reform policies – (costed by the Australia Institute) – that don’t take from Australia’s poorest, and ensures that our top earners contribute their fair share.

In ten years these 3 taxes would raise an extra $94B for Budget repair.  They are:

  1. A Super-Rich Death Tax, which would raise $5 Billion a year and would only affect 0.8% of the Australian population.
  1. Capping the Capital Gains Tax exemption to houses worth less than $2 million would raise $3 billion a year.  56% of the revenue raised by capping Capital Gains Tax on homes would come from Australia’s top 10% earners.
  2. An FTT between 0.1% and 0.01% on each of the high-frequency share trades by Australian companies which rort our financial markets using supercomputers – will raise more than $1.4 Billion a year.

Mr President, there’s 3 simple taxes Death, Capital Gains and Financial Transactions that don’t take from Australia’s poorest – make the rich pay a fair share, and will raise an extra $9.4 B a year or $94B in ten years. Slow and steady wins the race!” said Senator Lambie.

The post $94B extra for budget repair in JLN Tax Reform Package appeared first on Senator Jacqui Lambie - PUTTING TASMANIA FIRST.


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Byron Bay Blog: Tablao Flamenco, Mullumbimby March 4 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Following a sell out season at the Adelaide Fringe Festival, Flamenqueando Productions brings it’s award winning show “Tablao Flamenco” to Mullumbimby for one night only.

Raw and powerful, intimate and evocative. One strong and honest voice, one emotive guitar, three powerful and raw flamenco dancers. Five profoundly passionate and experienced performers who will immerse you in traditional Tablao with a contemporary and captivating twist.

Featuring Naike Ponce from Spain, who has recently released her debut album with multiple grammy award winner ‘El Paquete’; Aria award nominated guitarist and leader of celebrated contemporary flamenco ensemble Bandaluzia, Damian Wright and award winning flamenco dancers Rosalie Cocchiaro, Jessica Statham and Chachy Peñalver bursting with emotion and explosive rhythms of pure dance, music and intensity.

“a dazzling display with pin-point rhythm, feet and hands alike, and stunning, elegant braceo”
– The Advertiser 2016

“Tablao was an intense journey of emotion filled flamenco dance that gave the performers as much satisfaction as the audience”
– 2016

Friday 4th March: Tablao Flamenco “explosive, capitvating, intoxicating” (RipItUp 2015), Australia/Spain @ The Drill Hall, Mullumbimby, 8pm, $25/$20 conc.

Tix through:



Prosper Australia: Property big short is long on price "IndyWatch Feed"

A letter in today’s Australian Financial Review by Dr Philipp Hoflin, a member of Lazard Asset Management’s equities team soberly expresses the discomfort among sharemarket investors about the Giant Australian Land Bubble. Property big short is long on price In reference to the piece by Christopher Joye (‘‘Don’t believe the big short’’, February 26), I […]


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Google self-driving car hits bus in US "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A Google self-driving car.

A Google self-driving car.

Los Angeles [AAP]

Google has taken ‘some responsibility’ after one of its self-driving cars struck a public bus in a minor crash earlier this month.

The Mountain View, California-based internet search leader and tech firm said on Monday that it updated its software after the crash to avoid future incidents.

In a February 23 report filed with California regulators, Google said the crash happened in Mountain View on February 14 when a self-driving Lexus RX450h tried to get around some sandbags in a wide lane.

Google said the car was travelling at less than 3km/h per hour, while the bus was moving at about 24km/h per hour.

The car and test driver ‘believed the bus would slow or allow the Google (autonomous vehicle) to continue’, it said.

But three seconds later, as the Google car in autonomous mode re-entered the centre of the lane, it struck the side of the bus, damaging a front fender, front wheel and a driver-side sensor. No one was injured.

‘We clearly bear some responsibility, because if our car hadn’t moved, there wouldn’t have been a collision. That said, our test driver believed the bus was going to slow o...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Qld group rejects nuclear dump plan "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Brisbane [AAP]

Representatives from a tiny Queensland town have travelled to Canberra to voice concerns about being on a shortlist for nuclear waste dump sites.

Oman Ama, west of Warwick, was in November named as one of six potential dump sites identified by the federal government, which began a four-month consultation period.

Resources Minister John Frydenberg promised residents any concerns would be taken into account prior to a final decision.

Members of the group Friends of Oman Ama will meet with two of Mr Frydenberg’s advisors on Tuesday, believing their questions about the process have not been adequately answered.

‘There’s some real damage happening – in family, friends, there’s division in the community’, spokesman Mark Russell told AAP.

‘The degree of harm and hurt is only going to be exacerbated as this process goes on.’

Mr Russell said the government was yet to clarify how it would measure “community acceptance”.

‘We have no way of identifying where the goalposts are,’ he said.

‘It’s a very murky area, but it’s a key part of the process – because (the minister) is pinning his approach on this to the consultation factor.’

Oman Ama is a potential site because one land holder expressed an interest to an offer of “four times” the retail value of his property, Mr Russell said.

He said residents were not concerned about the owner’s decision, but the way in which the government had begun the process based on one landowner’s interest.

Other property owners were worried about the financial impact and had spoken to bank managers, real estate agents and insurance brokers, Mr Russell added.

‘They have been told if you get a radioactive waste management facility in your area, your land values are most likely to depreciate’, he said.

The preferred site is e...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Pell backing off complete denials: Fosters "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Rome [AAP]

Anthony and Chrissie Foster, whose daughters Emma and Katie were sexually assaulted by a Catholic priest, say Cardinal George Pell has shifted ground from completely denying knowledge of pedophile activity when he served in Ballarat.

They are in Rome to watch the former top-ranked Australian Catholic give evidence at the Quirinale Hotel via videolink to the child abuse royal commission sitting in Sydney.

The Melbourne couple have seen Cardinal Pell give evidence at previous commission hearings and are keen to see him grilled over his knowledge of child abuse by priests in Victoria.

The commission has allowed the cardinal to give evidence by videolink from Rome because he is deemed to be too ill to travel to Australia.

In his first sitting on Sunday night, the cardinal, who is now the Vatican’s finance chief, admitted the church made ‘enormous mistakes’ in handling clergy child abuse and said he was not there to ‘defend the indefensible’.

The Fosters, whose daughters were victims of pedophile priest Kevin O’Donnell at their Melbourne school between 1988 and 1993, perceived a softening in the cardinal’s approach, saying previously he would have just completely denied knowledge of pedophile priest activity.

Cardinal Pell told the commission he had heard rumours of abuse and inappropriate behaviour by priests and brothers in the Ballarat diocese in the 1970s, but that he did not know about actual offences or receive direct complaints, and had no power to act even if he had wanted to.

‘I must, say in those days, if a priest denied such activity, I was very strongly inclined to accept the denial’, he said.

Mr Foster noted that the cardinal admitted that other people knew of such activity and he had heard rumours of such activity.

‘That’s a chink we haven’t seen before, previously there’s been a complete denial’, Mr Foster sa...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Man injured by cow "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A Pumpenbill man has been airlifted to Gold Coast University Hospital after being attacked by a cow yesterday morning (Tuesday, February 29).

Around 9am, the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter was called to attend 69-year-old man, who was being treated by road ambulance crews on a rural property.

The helicopter’s medical team assisted in stabilising the man before he was airlifted to hospital suffering multiple limb and pelvic trauma.


The post Man injured by cow appeared first on Echonetdaily.


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Federal watchdog body for animal welfare urged "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Canberra [AAP]

International animal advocates are calling for a federal watchdog for animal welfare, using the recent live baiting greyhound scandal and puppy farms as proof not enough is being done.

World Animal Protection has released a report calling for political parties to commit to creating an independent office of animal welfare, arguing Australia’s ‘patchwork’ of laws are failing animals.

The lack of national standards was also putting farming and its 200 million animals at risk, it said.

‘The system as it stands is not good enough’, head of campaigns Nicola Beynon said on Tuesday.

The report, Advance Australian Animal Welfare, uses the frequency of animal welfare incidents, including live baiting in the greyhound racing industry, to argue for the national body.

Australia’s live export trade and puppy farms also receive regular public criticism, it said.

‘Although data on animal welfare incidents is currently not collected nationally … combined reports from government, animal protection groups and media suggest such incidents are frequent’, the report states.

Australian standards fall short of other countries, allowing battery-caged hens and body mutilations without pain relief, the report said.


The post Federal watchdog body for animal welfare urged appeared first on Echonetdaily.


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Suicide bombing kills 40 at Iraq funeral "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Victims of bombing attacks are treated at the Imam Ali Hospital in Sadr City, Baghdad, Iraq, on Monday. In Iraq, the death toll from devastating back-to-back market bombings carried out by the Islamic State group the previous day in eastern Baghdad climbed to at least 70 on Monday, officials said. Several of the critically wounded died overnight while over 100 people remain in hospital, two police officials said. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)

Victims of bombing attacks are treated at the Imam Ali Hospital in Sadr City, Baghdad, Iraq, on Monday. In Iraq, the death toll from devastating back-to-back market bombings carried out by the Islamic State group the previous day in eastern Baghdad climbed to at least 70 on Monday, officials said. Several of the critically wounded died overnight while over 100 people remain in hospital, two police officials said. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)

Baghdad [AAP]

A suicide bomber has blown himself up at a funeral for the relative of a Shi’ite Muslim militia commander in Iraq’s, killing at least 40 people in an attack claimed by Islamic State.

Monday’s bombing in Muqdadiya, in the eastern province of Diyala, killed six local commanders of the Hashid Shaabi umbrella group of Shi’ite militias who were attending the funeral ceremony, security officials and police said.

A further 58 peop...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: NT govt upset over Labor’s fracking stance "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Darwin [AAP]

The Northern Territory’s chief minister has slammed the opposition for its ‘moronic’ approach to the economy, as an oil and gas company announced Labor’s fracking moratorium would cost the jobs of 140 workers.

Pangaea Resources on Monday said it would suspend its 2016 drilling program because of the current low oil price and uncertainty over whether Labor’s moratorium on fracking would become official NT government policy if it wins the August 27 election.

As a result, 140 people would lose their jobs, Pangaea said.

‘I am outraged, this is jobs being lost, people being sacked today because of a moronic economic approach by the leader of the opposition who clearly doesn’t understand the economy in the NT’, Chief Minister Adam Giles told reporters.

He accused Opposition Leader Michael Gunner of political opportunism and Labor of hypocrisy, saying the former government had issued mining and gas leases or applications for leases over 95 per cent of the NT.

He said a review of fracking in the NT found the practice could continue as long as the regulatory framework was strengthened.

Mr Gunner said stakeholders had made clear to him that the barrel price would affect prices for at least the next two years.

‘There’s no doubt industry does not like the moratorium, but we believe we’ve got to take the time to make the right decision for Territorians and the right decisions for jobs both in oil and gas, pastoralism, fishing, tourism, farming and so on,’ he said.

He said Labor would review the fracking review, but couldn’t say how long it would take before certainty was returned to stakeholders.


The post NT govt upset over Labor’s fracking stance appeared first on Echonetdaily.


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Spotlight wins top Academy Award "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Steve Golin, Blye Pagon Faust, Nicole Rocklin, and Michael Sugar hold up their Oscar for Best Picture for 'Spotlight' in the press room during the 88th annual Academy Awards ceremony at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California, USA, on Sunday. The Oscars are presented for outstanding individual or collective efforts in 24 categories in filmmaking. EPA/Paul Buck

Steve Golin, Blye Pagon Faust, Nicole Rocklin, and Michael Sugar hold up their Oscar for Best Picture for ‘Spotlight’ in the press room during the 88th annual Academy Awards ceremony at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California, USA, on Sunday. The Oscars are presented for outstanding individual or collective efforts in 24 categories in filmmaking. EPA/Paul Buck

Los Angeles [AP]

In an underdog win for a movie about an underdog profession, the newspaper drama Spotlight won the best picture at an Academy Awards riven by protest and electrified by an unflinching Chris Rock.

Tom McCarthy’s film about the Boston Globe‘s investigative reporting on sexual abuse by Catholic priests won over the favoured frontier epic The Revenant. McCarthy’s well-crafted procedural, led by a strong ensemble cast, had lagged in the lead-up to the Oscars.

But Spotlight – an ode to the h...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Another paid parking joke "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

I read on the council’s receipt for my upgrade to paid parking that I have been deprived of 10 days of parking between the August 13 2015 (the purchase date of last year’s sticker, which was my date of renewal this year according to the ancient rules) and the new expiry date of August 2, 2016 (as shown on the receipt of the upgraded purchase of this year rules). Then I received a letter from the council starting as follows : ‘If you have since (or prior to) the date of this letter upgraded to the new pay parking exemption, then please disregard the following.’

‘The following’ is a full, squeezed page reminding me of all the things I should do or not if I did not pay  the upgrade. I did.

It is a good joke to write to someone to tell her/him not to read the long sent letter addressed to her/his name. I would find it fun if I had not the impression that the council is ready to do anything to gather some money, even putting up parking machines accepting only the coins that you do not have and obliging you to go begging from nearby shopkeepers for change which is just a disturbance for them.

Now I offer an idea free of charge for the Council : what about sending a letter only for those who did not pay after a certain time? It would economise on paper (trees), stamps, printer’s ink and manpower. For such a sensitive, ecology-minded council, it would save some money and it would not oblige it to abuse any already trapped customer! Could make money for real fun!

Françoise Teclemariam, Suffolk Park


The post Another paid parking joke appeared first on Echonetdaily.


Independent Australia: The strange case of the developer mayor, the kid's charity and the bottle of Grange "IndyWatch Feed"

The strange case of the developer mayor, the kid's charity and the bottle of GrangeWhy did Gold Coast developer Mayor Tom Tate's register of interests show him accepting a bottle of Grange Hermitage from the Starlight Foundation? Managing editor David Donovan investigates. read now...


Indian Country Headline News: Tribes and Researchers Study Climate Using Science and Traditional Knowledge "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

The snowpack in the Sierra Nevada was at its lowest in 500 years during 2015, and that is bad news for tribes farther south of the mountain range that straddles California and N...

The Watchers » Latest articles: Heavy flooding in the state of Sarawak, Malaysia "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The Malaysian state of Sarawak on the Borneo Island suffered a third wave of flooding this year since another round of heavy rainfalls began on February 27, 2016. In total 631 people were evacuated at the peak of flooding. Luckily, no deaths or injuries occurred....... Read more »


loon pond: In which the pond keeps waiting for Godot, or is that Paul 'Krispy Kreme Kid' Sheehan, and does its duty with the Caterists ...while thinking only of Queen, country and Ming the Merciless ... "IndyWatch Feed"

And some cynical pond readers were wondering why Malware shed a tear on NITV ...

Well it certainly wasn't a tear about NITV funding, which sees it endlessly recycling old shows, while buried on an SBS multi-channel, on a broadcaster itself already reduced to dire, dismal programming and a totally useless online app, thanks to being led down a cul-de-sac by a Liberal-stacked board ...

But wait, we haven't finished with Mad 'furious node' Mal just yet ...

And some people wonder why the pond's favourite cartoonists are the two Davids, with more David Pope here and more David Rowe here ...

As for the Academy Awards, this year it returned to the old wisdom that the best director didn't direct the best film, and the best film didn't have the best director, and the saf...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Thus spake Mungo: Abbott’s orcs win the day "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Mungo MacCallum

Andrew Bolt, Alan Jones and their armies of orcs have won.

For months, years even, they inveighed against Malcolm Turnbull, vowing to destroy him, swearing mighty oaths that he must never become prime minister.

They formed barricades around their hero, Tony Abbott, assuring their devotees that his reign would endure forever – the hordes of the moderates and their reviled leader were vanquished, destroyed, razed from the surface of the earth.

And even when he was treacherously, sacrilegiously, overthrown by his own fallen angels and the Antichrist was installed, Tony Abbott remained, in the eyes of his followers, immortal: not only would his works and memory endure forever, but he would eventually be resurrected. He was their rex quondam futurus – their once and future king.

And so it has come to pass. Malcolm Turnbull as we knew him has all but vanished; in a political sense, it could be said that he has been destroyed. Instead, we have a sort of Abbott avatar – smoother, more articulate, even more plausible, but still undeniably the essence of the previous prime minister. Not only have just about all the old Abbott policies been retained, but new ones – the sort that might have sprung, fully formed, from the head of the precursor – have emerged.

The chairmanship of the ultra-sensitive Intelligence and Security Committee has been gifted to the right-wing warrior Andrew Nicolic. Nicolic is an ex-military man, and nothing wrong with that, but he is hardly the leader needed to head what is supposed to be a bi-partisan group balancing national security with domestic concerns.

Nicolic is on record as saying that in the age of terrorism (now, and presumably for a long time to come) human rights are simply not relevant. He lambasted the ASIO head, Duncan Lewis, for daring to advise Nicolic’s predecessor, Dan Tehan (now promoted to the ministry) over policy matters. Unsurprisingly, Labor re...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": North Coast Voices: Clarence Valley Council administration spat the dummy and is now hiding behind closed doors "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

It is often said, only partly in jest, that the form of local government Clarence Valley Council General Manager Scott Greensill favours has no elected representatives and a population of silent, almost invisible ratepayers and residents.

Since Greensill became the head of local government administration in the valley in 2011, a number of council policies have been created which in whole or part limit the ability of local people to seek explanations from council or to follow through on complaints they have lodged.

One of the most recent was Clarence Valley Council Unreasonable complainant conduct (21 July 2015):

Unreasonable complainant conduct (UCC) is any behaviour by a current or former complainant which, because of its nature or frequency raises substantial health, safety, resource or equity issues for our organisation, our staff, other service users and complainants or the complainant himself/herself. UCC can be divided into...


Wake Up World: Are Cardinal Pell and the Catholic Church Incompetent or Complicit? Shunned Child Abuse Whistleblower Speaks Out "IndyWatch Feed National"

1st March 2016 By Amanda Prosser Guest Writer for Wake Up World With regard to protecting Children against abuse, the Catholic Church ⏠which includes Cardinal Pell ⏠runs a school administration system within Australia that appears to have been set up to fail. Strong words, I know, but please understand that I speak from first-hand experience as ...Continue Reading - Are Cardinal Pell and the Catholic Church Incompetent or Complicit? Shunned Child Abuse Whistleblower Speaks Out


: Chiapas Communities Organize to Protect Sacred Lagoon from Tourist Highway "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The reeds and grasses are as tall as Sebastián Pérez Méndez, if not taller. The vegetation is so thick it’s hard to see the water in the Suyul Lagoon that he and other local Maya Tzotzil residents are working hard to protect. Pérez Méndez crosses the road to point out where aquatic plants serve as a natural filter for the water as it flows out the lagoon, located in the highlands of Chiapas, in southern Mexico.

“The water is under threat,” he said. Pérez Méndez is the top authority of the Candelariaejido, a tract of communally-held land in the municipality of San Cristóbal de las Casas. “We’re not going to allow it.”

Communities in Chiapas are organizing to protect the Suyul Lagoon and communal lands from a planned multi-lane highway between the city of San Cristóbal de las Casas and Palenque, where Mayan ruins are a popular tourist destination. Candelaria residents continue to take action locall.....


We All Live Downstream: Preventing another disastrous gas leak at Aliso Canyon "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

By Keith Nakatani — Oil & Gas Program Manager, California.

Invisible methane gas leaking into the atmosphere from a huge leak in the well at Aliso Canyon, photo courtesy of Earthworks. During the 16 weeks the leak was uncontrolled, it emitted greenhouse gases equivalent to the annual emissions of 450,000 cars. 

It’s not often that I’m pleased to see our lawmakers speed-up the legislative process, because it can mean special interests, such as oil and gas companies, are able to unduly wield influence behind closed doors.

With Senate Bill 380, however, Senator Fran Pavley (D-Agoura Hills), a staunch supporter of environmental protections, has acted quickly to try and prevent another disastrous natural gas leak at Aliso Canyon, thereby protecting the health of nearby residents and the environment. SB 380 will also buy time to fix the larger problem of weak and non-existent regulations that allowed this disaster to happen in the first place. On Monday, February 22, I testified in support of the bill at a hearing of the Assembly’s Utilities and Commerce Committee. You can watch my testimony (which begins at 36:50) or just take in the whole hearing, here.

During my testimony, I highlighted great reporting by Associated Press (AP) journalists Brian Melley a...


The Ecologist: Oil: $30-35 per barrel. Synthetic biology diesel: $3,180 to $7,949 per barrel. Game over? "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A synthetic biology plant producing the anti-malarial drug artemisinin has just shut down as it's much cheaper to use wormwood grown by African farmers, writes Almuth Ernsting. The technology is even further from making affordable diesel, with a production cost of $20-50 per litre. No wonder investors are losing patience - and confidence - in loss-making synbio companies.


Indian Country Headline News: Trump, the KKK and a Violent Clash in Anaheim "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Donald Trump looked to clarify a muddy weekend on Monday that centered around support being shown to the leading candid...


Earth First! Newswire: Prague: Police Vehicles Set on Fire "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Network of Revolutionary Cells take responsibility for incendiary attack in solidarity with imprisoned vegan anarchist Martin Ignačák (Czech Republic)

from 325

Martin, as a fighter against capitalism is facing attacks from those, who want to keep the continuity of capitalism exploitation. Imprisonment is one of those attacks. The other one then is refusing to give him the food he needs. Martin is vegan and he has good reasons for being so. He doesn’t want to eat bodies of unnecessarily killed animals. He also doesn’t want t...


Earth First! Newswire: With Some Tar Sands Oil Selling at a Loss, Why Is Production Still Rising? "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Credit: Ian Willms/Getty Images

The Syncrude tar sands site, on April 27, 2015 outside of Fort McMurray, Canada. Tar sands oil production in Canada is expected to increase by 9 percent in 2016, even though the oil currently sells for less than the cost of production. That’s because the wells can’t be shuttered without significant financial losses.

Like a supertanker unable to make quick turns, production from tar sands in the Canadian oil patch continues to increase despite prices so low producers have to sell their output at a loss.

The industry’s inability to cut production could have a profound impact on the climate as well as corporate bottom lines. Despite reductions in greenhouse gas emissions across Canada, continued tar sands oil pr...


Aboriginal News Group Newswire: Chhattisgarh: Report to UN special rapporteur on recent escalation of counter-insurgency violence � Signalfire "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Chhattisgarh: Report to UN special rapporteur on recent escalation of counter-insurgency violence � Signalfire: Sub: ​ Communication Regarding: Escalation of counter-insurgency violence on indigenous people in Bastar, Chhattisgarh, India and on human rights activists, lawyers and journalists who are working for the rights of the indigenous people in the abovementioned region.

Dear Madam,

This is to bring to your notice that indigenous activists and politicians, along with human rights defenders, lawyers and journalists are being attacked violently by various groups in the Indian state of Chhattisgarh, with the tacit and active encouragement of the state of these attacks. In addition, Chhattisgarh has seen a horrific state of affairs which equals to that of many militarised zones of the world due to the alleged base of guerrilla insurgents called the Naxalites – who are Maoists by political outlook and enterprise – in the state especially in a district named Bastar.

It is important to mention that Chhattisgarh is populated by more than a third by indigenous people, the adivasis, more than any other state in India. Despite this, it is greatly unaccountable to its own citizens. Even basic legal rights enshrined in the Constitution, such as the right of reservation (quotas) for public office are ​ routinely neglected​ alone specific regulations such as the Forest Rights Act and Panchayats Extension to Scheduled Areas Act, which have been instituted to grant Adivasis their rights over land and resources.In the ostensible pursuit of counter-terrorism against the Naxalites, the state’s authorities have forcibly expelled many Adivasis from their villages, denying both their right to land and self-determination.


Aboriginal News Group Newswire: UN rights chief attacks 'rising roar of xenophobia' | World | Worldbulletin News "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

UN rights chief attacks 'rising roar of xenophobia' | World | Worldbulletin News: "Conflicts in Syria, Iraq and elsewhere have unleased a toxic brew of malevolent forces, including the commission of sickening atrocities, and the emergence of human trafficking gangs," Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said.

"These are the circumstances that refugees are increasingly fleeing. The trauma they have suffered is appalling, (and) they deserve the international community's sympathy and compassion," he told the opening of the UN Human Rights Council's main annual session.

Instead, they were being met by "a rising roar of xenophobia," he said.

"To keep building higher walls against the flight of these desperate people is an act of cruelty and a delusion," he said.


Aboriginal News Group Newswire: Former Nazi Auschwitz SS medic Hubert Zafke too ill to stand trial on accessory to murder charges - CBS News "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Former Nazi Auschwitz SS medic Hubert Zafke too ill to stand trial on accessory to murder charges - CBS News: Prosecutors allege that Zafke's unit was involved in putting gas into gas chambers to kill Jews and others, screening blood and other samples from hospitalized women prisoners, and otherwise helping the camp run by treating SS guard personnel.

They say the unit was also involved in auxiliary guard duties.

Zafke's attorney insists his client was just a medic who did nothing criminal at Auschwitz.

The trial is one of several in recent years to arise from a shift in German legal thinking. Prosecutors have successfully argued that since Nazi death camps' entire purpose was to murder Jews and others, helping the camp run in any manner makes one an accessory to those murders.


EcoWatch: 8 Processed Foods You Can Easily Make at Home From Scratch "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"


Here are eight processed foods that you can easily make at...


EcoWatch: 2015 Was Record-Breaking Year for Investment in Renewable Energy "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"


Investment in renewable energy significantly overtook new fossil fuel investments, with...


The Diplomat » Pacific Money: After Brutal Dzud Winter, Mongolia Seeks Foreign Aid "IndyWatch Feed"

For the first time since 2010, Mongolia has suffered at the hands of another brutal dzud winter.


EcoWatch: China’s Coal Use and Carbon Emissions Fall as Renewables Have Record-Breaking Year "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"


China witnessed a historic fall in CO2 emissions in 2015 as its coal use fell for the...


: WATCH: ‘Globalising Aotearoa’ on the Nature of the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement and its Impact on Te Tiriti O Waitangi "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A short film discussing the nature of the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement and its impact on Te Tiriti o Waitangi, the treaty representing the bicultural relationship in Aotearoa New Zealand. Jane Kelsey, Hone Harawira, Marama Davidson and Margaret Mutu provide their insight on the matter and call on this generation to stand up for our rights.

For more on the threat of the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement, see:


Earth First! Newswire: France: Statement From the ZAD "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

from Zone A Défendre


Statement from occupants of the ZAD struggle against the airport and its world on February 27, 2016.


We here present a statement from the occupants of the ZAD, which we tried to create collectively. It was done through open discussions to enact proposals, and we reread it repeatedly in the weekly meeting of the occupants of the ZAD. The result is a voice that, although it certainly does not reflect all the opinions of everyone, is a voice that we created together.

Each week, month, and year that passes, we see the merchants’ empire colonizing the last areas that escaped the widespread privatization: seeds, carbon, soon retreats…

From endured massive exploitation, the planet is exhausted, and so are the people and all the other living beings. And it’s not those fashioned masquerades like the COP 21 that will change anything about it. For those whose profits will never be enough, our lives, our homes, and our imaginations are only markets to conquer.

But the economic war is not enough for them. Recently, the state of emergency, the enhanced surveillance of the people, the imprisonment of those that don’t fit into the mold, and the closure of borders all testify to the repression of the state empire.


03:11 Reporters Who Investigate MKUltra are Ending Up Murdered and Other Issues in the World "IndyWatch Feed National"

Sarah Kershaw was found asphyxiated due to strangulation at her apartment in Sosua. Psychotronic warfare was not legal against US citizens, but that all changed with the National Defense Authorization Act 2013- which Kershaw was reporting on. Funny that our government has repeatedly said that all MKUltra activities were stopped in the 70’s, but this is obviously just one more lie they have told the public, and they will stop at nothing to keep the truth from coming out- even murdering people to keep it silent.

Thousands of people have reported that they are being targeted with psychotronic warfare now- and it seems that the machines that they used on me and Fiona Barnett as children have changed in that they have become much smaller and portable now. Thus they are able to secretly use it on members of society without anyone knowing. So maybe Aaron Alexis- the 34 year old Navy Yard shooter- who killed 12 people and claimed he was attacked by extremely low frequency attacks which caused him to do it- might not be as “delusional” as our national media made him out to be. In fact- it gives a whole new perspective on ALL of our mass shootings.

Here is a list of a few of the patents- so that people can see that they do, in fact, exist…

USP# 6,488,617 (12/03/2002) A method and device for producing desired brain states.
USP# 6,239,705 (05/29/2001) Intra oral electronic tracking device
USP# 6,091,994 (07/18/2000) Pulsating manipulation of nervous systems.
USP# 6,052,336 (04/18/2000) Apparatus and method of broadcasting audible sound using ultrasonic sound as a carrier.
USP# 5,539,705 (07/23/1996) Ultrasonic speech translator and communication system for converting radio frequencies and audio signals to the human mind.
USP# 5,50...


Latest News: Former Tepco Executives Charged Over 2011 Fukushima Meltdown "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Indictment marks first criminal action to be taken since disaster, which forced evacuation of 160,000 residents


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": North Coast Voices: Will the Turnbull Government finally move against Abbott's boy? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

It has been over-long in coming and, probably wouldn’t be contemplated now by the political mates' club if this wasn’t a federal election year, but it finally looks as though another Tony Abbott appointee is about to leave the stage.

The Australian, 26 February 2016:

Fair Work Commission vice-president Michael Lawler could face unprecedented action to ­remove him from office within weeks after taking almost a year of sick leave on full pay of $435,000 a year.

Employment Minister Michaelia Cash said yesterday that she had received an independent report on February 15 into a complaint against Mr Lawler.

The report, written by barrister and former Federal Court judge Peter Heerey followed a four-month investigation.

The report deadline was ­extended by t...


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": Fig Jam and Lime Cordial: In My Kitchen, March 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

In my kitchen… …is my first successful attempt at decorative slashing on sourdough loaves… I used a new razor blade and baked the loaves in my enamel pots… I followed this wonderful instructional video posted by Bonnie of Alchemy Bread Co – always so kind of  professional bakers to share their knowledge… . . . . . . . . . […]


Wake Up World: 20 Major Water Contaminants on EPA’s Regulation List … Plus Tips for Cleaning Up Your Drinking Water "IndyWatch Feed National"

1st March 2016 By Mark W. Boutwell Guest Writer for Wake Up World The United States is considered one of the countries with the safest tap water in the world. There are approximately 155,000 public water systems in the U.S. that provides drinking water to 90% of Americans. The quality of public drinking water in the US is regulated ...Continue Reading - 20 Major Water Contaminants on EPAâŹ"s Regulation List ... Plus Tips for Cleaning Up Your Drinking Water


Wake Up World: Futuretime – Masterstroke of Suspended Animation "IndyWatch Feed National"

1st March 2016 By Zen Gardner Contributing Writer for Wake Up World There is no future. There is only now. Looking to the future is perhaps one of the greatest tools of trickery the matrix of deceit employs to keep mankind in suspended animation. Every time I hear someone say âŹSIf this persists weâŹ"re not going ...Continue Reading - Futuretime ⏠Masterstroke of Suspended Animation


"IndyWatch Feed Tas": Dr Kevin Bonham: Senate Reform: JSCEM Submission Take Two "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

I'm posting links here to my submissions to the warp-speed JSCEM inquiry into the Commonwealth Electoral Amendments Bill (see Senate Reform: It's Finally On! for more comments).  They are also available as a single document on the JSCEM page.

Main submission
Simulation - Half-Senate Elections
Simulation - Double Dissolutions (Note the corrections posted by Edward Boyce in comments).

After spending a lot of time looking at the Bill over the past week my view remains that it is a massive improvement on the broken Senate voting system we currently have.  However it appears to have significant flaws in the treatment of below-the-line votes and these should be either justified or remedied.

What has become apparent in the brief time available for debate about the current Bill is that by encouraging voters to fill more squares above the line (a minimum of six instead of a minimum of one) the Bill makes deciding what to do with below-the-line votes more difficult than in the original JSCEM model.  The original JSCEM model allowed a voter to just vote 1 above the line, or to direct preferences above the line, and it was very safe to conclude (based on the Victorian model) that the rate of below-the-line voting in that system (with a minimum of six boxes) would have been low.

However, because the new model will ask voters to fill in six squares above the line, if the voter is only asked to fill in six squares below the line, then be...

Monday, 29 February


"IndyWatch Feed Cvic": troublemag: SALON: March 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Ron ROBERTSON-SWANN, Maquette for Vault 1978, synthetic polymer paint on balsa wood, 19.8 x 41.5 x 25.7 cm, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne. Purchased with the assistance of the NGV Foundation, 2005 (2005.243) © Ron Robertson-Swann/Licensed by VISCOPY, Australia. Hard Edge: Abstract Sculpture 1960s – 70s, The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia (VIC), 13 February – July 2016
COVER: Ron ROBERTSON-SWANN, Maquette for Vault 1978, synthetic polymer paint on balsa wood, 19.8 x 41.5 x 25.7 cm, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne. Purchased with the assistance of the NGV Foundation, 2005 (2005.243) © Ron Robertson-Swann/Licensed by VISCOPY, Australia. Hard Edge: Abstract Sculpture 1960s – 70s, The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia (VIC), 13 February – July 2016 –


Press gallery reform: On and off the table "IndyWatch Feed"

I beg your pardon
I never promised you a rose garden
Along with the sunshine
There's gotta be a little rain some time ...

- Loretta Lynn (I never promised you a) Rose garden
About a year ago I wrote a thing on on the prospect of Malcolm Turnbull becoming Prime Minister. With my record of crap prognostications, nobody is more surprised at how well it stands up.

By contrast, experienced press gallery journalists are expressing befuddlement and bewilderment (but not bemusement) that Turnbull hasn't been as organised or as moderate as they had been led to believe. The whole idea of being in the press gallery, and taking up space there for a while, is that you can see the players and the plays up close. It isn't fair to say that nothing should surprise such people, but it is fair to note how regularly press gallery journalists express shock and outrage at things they should be able to foresee and explain.

Australia should have a broad-ranging debate about tax. It should be more than a narrow technocratic argument by economists or lawyers or tax boffins. It shouldn't be "pragmatic" speculation by (discredited) political insiders on what might be achievable given available time and resources. A broad-ranging debate must include questions about what we are paying for when we fund the government (and who we mean by "we"), and what trade-offs exist in raising money this way and not that.

We've had debates before. The sound and fury rarely translates to action, which discourages both public participation and careful coverage.

Malcolm Turnbull can't conduct wide-ranging debates. To be fair to him, conducting and concluding a public debate...


Catallaxy Files: The party of closed borders will win the election "IndyWatch Feed"

There is as much a message here for the Libs as there is for the Republicans in the United States. It is all that holds the Coalition even at 50-50. But here we are looking at the US which begins with what Glenn Reynolds wrote at Instapundit:

The GOP establishment has an almost-religious attachment to open immigration. It appears to be their only firm principle. It’s what led to Trump’s rise.

That is as neutral a comment as you are going to get. But if you are looking for what people in general think, there are the three top rated comments which might be your guide. First:

“It appears to be their only firm principle.”
GOP principles:
1. Have contempt for conservative voters.
2. Go after conservative members of Congress ruthlessly, but treat Democrats with respect.
3. Do whatever it takes to win the love of the main stream media.
4. Always believe in more government.
5. Immigration, immigration, immigration.


Get replaced by a foreigner brought in to do your job and see how you feel. You expect people to vote to give their jobs to cheaper immigrants?

And third:

I dislike Trump, and I distrust whatever his politics are. That said, I believe him on the immigration issue, which as we are seeing in Europe, is existential.

That’s it. Says it all. The party of closed borders will win the election but if it weren’t for Trump, no such party would exist.


"IndyWatch Feed Cvic": troublemag: Comics Face March 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


This comic first appeared in Trouble June 2011

Want more? See all of the Comics Face we’ve run to date.


"IndyWatch Feed Vic": "IndyWatch Feed Cvic": troublemag: Blah Blah Ma "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

by Jim Kempner

Jim learns the fate of artwork he entrusted to his Mother.


Want more? See all of the MoA Episodes we’ve run to date.

Or visit


Renew Economy: Big 3 battery storage offerings not rational, but can still slash bills "IndyWatch Feed"

New survey says of Big 3 energy retailer offerings shows battery storage still a "non-rational" economic investment. But who cares, given that customers can still obtain big savings on their electricity bills?


"IndyWatch Feed Qld": Central Queensland Plane Spotting: Quest Kodiak 100 Turbo-prop N150KQ Touches Down at Hamilton Island Airport "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

As the sun was setting on Monday 29 February, an interesting aircraft in the form of Quest Kodiak 100 N150KQ touched down at Hamilton Island Airport from Cairns.

The Quest Kodiak is a high-wing, unpressurized, single-engine turboprop-powered fixed tricycle landing gear aircraft built by Quest Aircraft, a Japanese owned aircraft manufacturer based in the United States of America.  The Kodiak is described as a utilitarian air vehicle capable of carrying 10 or more persons, using aluminium construction, short-field capability, and good useful load.  Large contributors to the Kodiak's STOL performance are a fixed, discontinuous leading edge on the outboard wing and the high performance Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-34 turboprop engine of 750 hp (559 kW).

Certainly a first for a Central Queensland Airport that I certainly know of!

Thanks to the fantastic FNQ Skies Blog for allowing us to use their great photos of N150KQ at Cairns Air...


Catallaxy Files: Is Bernie Sanders Amercia’s Version Of Gough Whitlam? "IndyWatch Feed"

1 2

Free college (university) education.

Single payer (government) healthcare.

Increased social security payments.

At least $18 trillion over 10 years – an increase of about one third on current Federal Outlays.



"IndyWatch Feed Qld": Central Queensland Plane Spotting: American Registered LearJet 36A Bizjet N82GG at Rockhampton Airport Again! "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Making another surprise visit at Rockhampton Airport on Saturday 27 February was American registered and privately operated LearJet 36A bizjet N82GG.

Local plane spotter Don W was at the right place at the right time and captured this great photo as it parked on the Rockhampton Airport General Aviation (GA) Apron.  It later departed to Sydney.

N82GG visited Rocky in October 2015 and it was noted that the LearJet has a camera on the forward-starboard side of the fuselage.  There are reports that the aircraft is operating aerial mapping sorties for Nearmap - the international provider of high resolution aerial imagery.

File photo

Thanks Don for capturing and sending through these great photos!

All photos taken by Don Williams  ©


Catallaxy Files: Land clearing and CO2 emission controls "IndyWatch Feed"

The Wilderness Society has placed an article in The Guardian  with media climate change worry wort Lenore Taylor about the Queensland Government relaxing the clearing of land.  Strictures against this were brought about by the collusion of first the Howard and later the Rudd Governments with the the Queensland government (and also Bob Carr’s NSW government).

The Commonwealth used state government regulations to prevent clearing of land to meet the Kyoto targets.  The absence of a “takings” clause in state government constitutions allowed the Commonwealth to steal land without the inconvenience of asking the High Court to dream up yet another excuse for not applying the “takings” clause of the constitution (s51(xxxi) which requires “just terms” if property is acquired.  The courts acquiesced in this calumny in the case concerning Peter Spencer  who was denied compensation for measures that, pursuant of greenhouse gas abatement, destroyed the value of his property.  Thousands of others made similar losses.

Some 100 million tonnes a year of CO2 were thereby “saved” which allowed Australian governments to bask in diplomatic plaudits at farmers’ expense and say it was meeting the Kyoto target as evidenced by a negligible rise in measured emissions.

Interestingly, the Canadian Government (which has no “takings” clause in its constitution), baulked at applying planning regulations in this way to its farmers even though the biens pensants of the world environment movement urged such action.  Canada reneged on its Kyoto commitments – without a means of shifting the cost on a voiceless minority it found the alternative costs were just too visible to the electorate.



"IndyWatch Feed Tas": Living and Loving Hobart:: Monsoon Thai Fusion "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Monsoon Thai Fusion
You don’t have to travel far for a good green curry with Hobart’s plethora of Thai restaurants. Our surging restaurant scene means you also don’t need to go far from your suburb to enjoy a meal out. Which is why I last ate in Battery Point circa 2003.

But I love Thai food and I love a good deal. Monsoon Thai Fusion is in the Entertainment Book so Boozy Friday Friend and I booked in.


Bill Mitchell – billy blog: Finland would be better off outside the Eurozone "IndyWatch Feed"

Towards the end of last year, I wrote a blog – Finland should exit the euro. I had been undertaking some detailed research on the plight of this relatively small Eurozone nation for a number of reasons. First, it had recently undergone a major industrial decline as Nokia/Microsoft missed market trends and went from world leader to irrelevance. Second, Finland was a vocal proponent of the view that Greece should be pillaried into oblivion by the Troika – to ‘take their medicine’ (more crippling austerity). Third, the data trends were unambiguously pointing to Finland descending into the Eurozone ‘basket case’ category itself as its own conservative government imposed harsh fiscal austerity on the tiny, beleagured nation. Two things are clearer than ever about the Eurozone. First, it is a dysfunctional mess and efforts to reform it so far have only made matters worse. Second, any single nation (and all together) would be unambigously better off exiting the mess and restoring their own currency sovereignty and letting their exchange rate take up some of the adjustment. The following text covers an article that I have written for a Finnish Report coming out in May 2016 to be published by the Left Forum Finland, which is a coalition formed by the political party Left Alliance, the People’s Educational Association (KSL) and the Yrjö Sirola Foundation.


The European Project – overextended and in the thralls of neo-liberal Groupthink

Thrall … slavery, bondage … a state of servitude or submission. (Merriam Webster online dictionary)

Groupthink … a pattern of thought characterized by self deception, forced manufacture of consent, and conformi...


"IndyWatch Feed Nsw": "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Man who stabbed another at Nimbin hostel ‘was on LSD’ "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Two men have been charged with drug-related offences, a third man was stabbed and a police officer was injured following an altercation at a Nimbin backpackers’ hostel on the weekend.

Between 4am and 5.30am Saturday (February 27), police were called to the hostel on Cullen Street following reports that a 20-year-old man had allegedly stabbed a 38-year-old man in the back a number of times.

The man then allegedly damaged a car and a number of rooms at the hostel.

When officers were called to the hostel, a 19-year-old man allegedly assaulted a 43-year-old woman before punching a female police officer in the nose and attempting to run from police.

He was found a short time later, lying naked on a vehicle and was arrested at the scene.

Police chased the 20-year-old on foot through a nearby paddock and say they ‘attempted to subdue him with OC spray,.’

A short scuffle ensued before the man was arrested.

Police were told the two men had earlier taken what they believed to be LSD.

Both were taken to Lismore police station where the 20-year-old Gold Coast man was charged with reckless wounding, malicious damage, assault police, resist arrest and affray.

The 19-year-old Gold Coast man was charged with assault, affray, malicious damage and indecent exposure.

Both men were granted conditional bail, to appear at Lismore Local Court on April 11.

The injured man, woman and police officer were taken to hospital for treatment.

Richmond Local Area Command crime manager, detective inspector Cameron Lindsay, warned members of the public to take care when taking unknown substances.

‘The incident on the weekend is a concern, and shows the violent effects illicit substances can have on those who take them,’ detective inspector Lindsay said.


The post Man who stabbed an........


"IndyWatch Feed Nsw": "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Still no clue to Natalie’s disappearance from Byron Bay "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"


Screen grab from a CCTV recording of Canadian national Natalie Perkins leaving a doctor’s appointment in Byron Bay on Monday, February 15. Image NSW Police Media

Police have released CCTV footage in an effort to find out if members of the public remembers seeing a Canadian woman who went missing from Byron Bay two weeks ago.

The image of  Natalie Perkins, 36 (pictured right), was recorded as she was leaving a doctor’s appointment on Fletcher Street, Byron Bay, about 4.10pm on Monday, February 15.

She has not been seen since.

The Canadian national is described as being of Caucasian appearance, about 170-175cm tall, with a medium build, with long blonde hair and blue eyes.

She was last seen wearing a blue, white and pink striped shirt, denim shorts, thongs, prescription glasses with black rims and carrying a grey coloured backpack.

An image of Natalie Perkins released by police at the time of her disappearance from Byron Bay on February 15, 2016.

An image of Natalie Perkins released by police at the time of her disappearance from Byron Bay on February 15, 2016.

Police are concerned for Natalie’s welfare as she suffers from a medical condition that requires med.......


"IndyWatch Feed Nsw": The Bulli Times: Roll up your sleeves for clean up "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"


Kirsten Hort from the Australia Seabird Rescue organisation joined Wollongong Lord Mayor David Bradbury and other members of the organisation to launch Clean Up Australia Day.

THE community is being asked to roll up their sleeves for the 26th anniversary of Clean Up Australia Day on Sunday March 6.

Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery launched the event with members of the Australia Seabird Rescue organisation today (Monday).

“Once again, we will be focussing on tidying-up our waterways, roadsides, parks, reserve beaches and bushlands,” Cr Bradbery said.

“Together we produce more than 300 million tonnes of plastic each year and nearly half of this is thrown away. Plastics in the ocean, in our waterways and our city is a pervasive problem that hurts or kills our wildlife and detracts from the beauty of our natural environment.

“Plastic from bottles has been found in a number of ocean going seabirds after they have eaten the plastic believing it to be food.

“In launching Clean Up Australia Day this year we are supported by members of the Australian Seabird Organisation which looks after sick, injured and orphaned seabirds and shorebirds. Much of this damage is caused by rubbish, particularly plastics, in the waterways or ocean.

“I’m calling on all community members to get behind this great initiative and join an existing site to help remove some of the rubbish from the city.”

There are 20 registration points throughout the city on Sunday where community members can join up. In addition there will be 40 schools taking part in the School Clean Up Australia Day on Friday.



"IndyWatch Feed Vic": "IndyWatch Feed Cvic": in the garden: Garden visitors and the darling buds of March "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

It’s almost March (yes, there’s that extra day that we stick in there to be accurate). Autumn is my favorite season. Gathering stores of produce, preserving the harvest, enjoying the sun’s warmth and soaking it up (usually) before, yes, … well that’s another story/season. Thanks to the hardy gardeners who’ve been keeping the water up, and […]


"IndyWatch Feed Vic": "IndyWatch Feed Cvic": troublemag: Darby Hudson: handy poems on the go "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"



Darby Hudson writes for a living. He writes for people and the buildings that the people are inside of. At the moment he is re-writing a university’s website in Melbourne. His dreams get more boring the older he gets – like last night: he went to the shops to buy milk. Truth is stranger than fiction. And dream.

See also


"IndyWatch Feed Nsw": "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": New England, Australia: Joyce v Windsor - a first poll "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

A very slow start to the new year for posting here.

Early in February in a post on my personal blog Placing Barnaby Joyce in his Northern NSW context, I mentioned the pressure on former independent member Tony Windsor to run against Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce in the seat of New England.

I also referred to the GetUp! email seeking member advice on whether to mount a campaign to persuade Mr Windsor to stand against Mr Joyce. Organised by Liverpool Plains' farmer and environmental activist Rosemary Nankivell.(Twitter @nocsg), the GetUp! move is just one element in a rolling and very active campaign against coal mining and coal seam gas that I have mentioned a number of times over the year.

One of the things that interested me was the extent of Mr Windsor's continuing su...


"IndyWatch Feed Vic": "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland": Mountain Journal: Bright Brewery goes solar "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Bright Brewery will be known by anyone who has driven through the town of the same name. It has recently launched its solar PV system. Brewery founder and owner Scott Brandon says “the environment is one of the biggest drivers of Bright’s economy, drawing many visitors here across the seasons for the spectacular scenery and alpine adventures, so it is imperative for us to do our part in sustaining it.”

The following comes from One Step Off the Grid, and the author is Sophie Vorrath.

A craft brewery in Victoria’s north east has taken what it describes as a first step on the path to carbon neutrality with the launch of a 50kW solar system that will supply all of the beer maker’s electricity needs.

The Bright Brewery, located in the country town of the same name, says it will save around $18,000 a year through the installation of the 192-panels PV system, which incorporates micro-inverters and system monitoring software by US-based company Enphase.

the 50kW system they designed would off-set all of Bright Brewery’s electricity requirements – according to Brandon, the brewhouse used around 6MWh in January, during which time the solar array produced over 7MWh of power.

The next step, Brandon said, would be to focus on the energy required to heat the brewery boiler, which is currently powered by natural gas and requires around 12MWh of power each month.

“Although solar was a relatively simple first step to reducing our carbon footprint, the next thing we have to tackle is gas,” said Brandon. “It’s a major component of all brewery operations like ours, and there’s no simple answer like rooftop solar.”




"IndyWatch Feed Vic": "IndyWatch Feed Cvic": troublemag: Andrez Bergen: Magpie "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Andrez Bergen / Magpie (writer)
Oi Oi Oi! Issue #7, published by Comicoz February 2016

Andrez Bergen is an Australian expat who’s lived in Tokyo these past fifteen years, working as a journalist, author, musician and artist. He makes music as Little Nobody and previously ran groundbreaking Melbourne record label IF? for over a decade, before setting up IF? Commix in 2013 in collusion with Matt Kyme.

On the side he’s authored five novels and published short stories with Crime Factory, Snubnose Press, Shotgun Honey, All Due Respect, and NoirCon. Bergen also occasionally works on adapting the English subtitles for anime features by Production I.G (creators of Ghost in the Shell) in Japan.

Sequentially, he’s published two graphic novels (Tobacco-Stained Mountain Goat and Bullet Gal: It’s Not You, It’s Me) as well as three comic book series (Bullet Gal, Trista & Holt, and Tales to Admonish). With all of these, aside from Tales to Admonish where he collaborated with Kyme, Bergen worked as artist as well as writer.

With Magpie, Bergen has returned to writing alone, while art, lettering and colours are being done by Frantz Kantor.

Frantz – a 3D concept artist, illustrator, lecturer and production designer based in Melbourne – is a veteran of the Australian comic book scene, having worked on zines in the industry’s early 80s days, such as the groundbreaking Inkspots. He created a nationwide scandal (of sorts) when he drew a caricature of newsreader Anne Fullwood naked for Australian Penthouse in May 1993.


"IndyWatch Feed Qld": Nuclear Free Queensland: Friends of Omanama Media Release "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Friends of Omanama Media release 29 February 2016   Six communities, one concern: Oman Ama delegates take radioactive waste dump opposition to Canberra   Representatives of the six regional communities being actively considered as possible sites for a national radioactive waste facility are taking their concerns to Canberra next week. They include Mark Russell and Annette Clement who have […]


"IndyWatch Feed Nsw": "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": FBi Radio: Art We Heart: Marian Tubbs "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Marian Tubbs selfie

Marian Tubbs is the queen of merging the URL and the IRL.

The rise of the internet and the ‘digital age’ has created a world in which we are saturated by signs and symbols on a daily basis. From emojis on our screens to those pesky pop-up ads on our browsers, the constant bombardment of visual stimulus has changed the way we see and read the world around us.

Marian Tubbs is a Sydney based assemblage-installation, video and internet artist. In her work, she uses our ability to visually investigate our online and offline environments to create new meaning. Her work combines digital painting and visuals from random locations: emojis floating next to waterfalls, everyday items encased in breakable glass, texts reading “Star Sign Truths” and “Raw Girls Taste Better”. Marian embraces the kitsch, cute, crass, worthless and even ugly in her assemblages. When these things come into play with each other, new metaphors are created. This forces us to think about the value of the original as well as our response to the new artwork.

Tubbs has a “total crush on value”. She believes that artists have an inherent means of creating value both financially and culturally. She is particularly interested in what is culturally valued and “fucking with it” – questioning what we do or don’t value and why. Frequently using everyday objects in her work, she selects items which hold deep emotional value due to their familiarity in daily life. She then encases these objects in glass, strews them on the floor or assembles them together, all in the rarified context of the gallery. This transforms the objects, thereby playing with their original significance and questioning their transformed value as they undergo the poetic process of bec...


"IndyWatch Feed Vic": "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne": St Kilda News: Love is in the air – Birdlife Australia Annual 2015 Survey "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

By Rev. Mfufu Zambezi-Raskladushkin Birdlife Australia – primary nation’s bird conservation organisation – conducted its second Aussie Backyard Bird Count in October. Participants had an opportunity to log their 20 minutes survey results in a smartphone app. According to Birdlife, more than 38,000 Australians spent National Bird Week in their backyards, schoolyards and national parks […]


Renew Economy: Electric vehicle numbers hit 1.3m as costs predicted to beat petrol cars "IndyWatch Feed"

Global electric vehicle numbers increased worldwide by almost 750,000 to around 1.3 million over the 2014-15 period.


"IndyWatch Feed Vic": "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne": St Kilda News: St Kilda Botanical Gardens Tour "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

By Dr Helen Topliss Botanical Gardens like our St Kilda Botanical Gardens in Blessington Street  have a long history going back to the seventeenth century when their primary aim was to serve medical research. With the discovery of new continents new plants were brought back to Europe where they were cultivated in botanical gardens. By […]


"IndyWatch Feed Vic": "IndyWatch Feed Geelong": Ocean Grove Voice: Missing plane crash victim believed found "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

THE fourth victim from last month’s light plane crash off Collendina is believed to have been found, according to water police.
Remains, believed to be human, were located at the wreckage area site last week, and although they are yet to be formally identified, they are believed to be those of Daniel Flinn, 55, of Mordialloc.
Donald Hateley, 68, Ian Chamberlain, 65, and Dianne Bradley, 63, were also killed when a light aircraft crashed into the sea on 29 January.
A report will be prepared for the coroner.

The post Missing plane crash victim believed found appeared first on Ocean Grove Voice.


"IndyWatch Feed Vic": "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne": St Kilda News: Adoption Day at Pet Stock South Melbourne "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

On Saturday 6th February PetRescue and PETstock, South Melbourne hosted a Foster Day for dogs requiring re-homing. The members of the Alaskan Malamute Rehoming Aid Australia (AMRAA) were the lucky recipients who got to bring their Foster candidates for the day of show-and-tell. Volunteers spent the day bringing canine candidates in and providing Port Phillip […]


"IndyWatch Feed Qld": "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia": Greens only support dams for animals, humans can perish "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Water is essential for all life, and happily it is abundant on our blue watery planet

by Viv Forbes, science writer

However, salty oceans cover 70% of Earth’s surface and contain 97% of Earth’s water. Salt water is great for ocean dwellers but not directly useful for most life on land. Another 2% of Earth’s water is tied up in ice caps, glaciers and permanent snow, leaving just 1% as land-based fresh water.

To sustain life on land, we need to conserve and make good use of this rare and elusive resource.

Luckily, our sun is a powerful nuclear-powered desalinisation plant. Every day, solar energy evaporates huge quantities of fresh water from the oceans. After a stop-off in the atmosphere, most of this water vapour is soon returned to earth as dew, rain, hail and snow – this is the great water cycle. Unfortunately about 70% of this precipitation falls directly back into the oceans and some is captured in frozen wastelands.

Much of the water that falls on land is collected in gullies, creeks and rivers and driven relentlessly by gravity back to the sea by the shortest possible route. Allowing this loss to happen is poor water management. The oceans are not short of water.

Some animals and plants have evolved techniques to maximise conservation of precious fresh water.

Some Australian frogs, on finding their water holes evaporating, will inflate their stomachs with water then bury themselves in a moist mud-walled cocoon to wait for the drought to break. Water buffalo and wild pigs make mud wallows to retain water in their private mud-baths, camels carry their own water supply and beavers build lots of dams.

Some plants have also evolved water saving techniques – bottle trees and desert cacti are filled with water, thirsty humans can even get a drink from the roots and trunks of some eucalypts and many plants produce drought/fire resistant seeds.

Every such natural water conservat...


"IndyWatch Feed Vic": "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne": St Kilda News: Local Wins Kite boarder Competition "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Round 6 of the Classic Holidays’ National Kiteboarding League (NKL) was held in Melbourne at St Kilda Beach and Barwon Heads from 5 – 7 February, 2016. St Kilda local, Ewan Jaspan took out the top spot in the men’s Freestyle, James Carew was the King of the Waves, and Katie Potter was the top […]


"IndyWatch Feed Vic": "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne": St Kilda News: Duds and Suds "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

By Mary McConville  Another iconic institution on the corner of Chapel St and Dandenong Rd has come to an end. First the Astor changed its personnel after some serious problems with its lease. Now Duds and Suds, the Laundromat, has come to the end of their lease. They moved out at the end of January, […]


"IndyWatch Feed Qld": "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia": Goldman Sachs caught out in $681m swindle, ends up in bank account of Malaysian Prime Minister "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

By John Aidan Byrne

February 13, 2016

Chairman of Goldman’s SE Asia Operations, Tim Leissner is a former work colleague of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull when he was employed by the merchant bank.

When contacted today, Mr Turnbull’s office declined to comment.

Modal Trigger

Tim Leissner and wife Kimora Lee Simmons Photo: AP

More On:

goldman sachs
Mystery Malaysian high roller at center of global laundering probe
Goldman parts ways with banker ensnared in Malaysia scandal
FBI gathers clues in massive Goldman Sachs money scandal

Goldman Sachs’ cozy relationship with the Malaysian government is coming back to haunt the firm and one of its regional chairmen.

The fallout from the widening scandal hitting the white-shoe investment bank involves Tim Leissner, the Singapore-based chairman of Goldman’s Southeast Asia operations, who has left that country and relocated to Los Angeles on a leave of absence from the firm.

A state fund — 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) — was set up with Leissner’s assistance,...


"IndyWatch Feed Vic": "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne": St Kilda News: World’s Greatest Shave "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

St Kilda locals are being asked to accept the hairy challenge of getting sponsored to shave or colour their hair to help people with blood cancer from the 10 -13th March. The World’s Greatest Shave is on again supporting the Leukaemia Foundation. It ia a fun way to lessen the impact of blood cancer in […]


"IndyWatch Feed Nsw": "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": Timber and Steel: Bellowhead Announce Live Album "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Image Courtesy of Bellowhead With the folk-big-band project Bellowhead winding down with a couple of farewell tours in the UK it looks like we’re getting one final release from the band. Bellowhead Live – The Farewell Tour is a live album featuring 29 tracks recorded in November 2015. The album will be released on the […]


"IndyWatch Feed Qld": "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia": Venezuela is out of food: here’s what an economic collapse really looks like "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

February 14, 2016

Socialist Government takes crops from farmers at whatever price it likes

When legal tender (cash) is abolished in Australia, the population will be completely at the mercy of ruling political party junta of the day

Australia on its present course of so-called treaties like the TPP and the China Free Trade agreement will in 10 years finish up just like these poor venezuelan people


By Daisy Luther Activist Post

Venezuela is out of food

After several years of long lines, rationing, and shortages, the socialist country does not have enough food to feed its population, and the opposition government has declared a “nutritional emergency.” This is just the most recent nail in the beleaguered country’s slow, painful economic collapse.

Many people expect an economic collapse to be shocking, instant, and dramatic but, really, it’s far more gradual than that. It looks like empty shelves, long lines, desperate government officials trying to cover their tushes, and hungry people. For the past two years, I’ve been following the situation in Venezuela as each shocking event has unfolded. Americans who feel that our country would be better served by a socialist government would be wise to take note of this timeline of the collapse.

A quick review: Why Venezuela Is Out of Food

In 2013, many began to suspect that the outlook for Venezuela was grim when prepping became illegal. The Attorney General of Venezuela, Luisa Ortega Díaz, called on prosecutors to target people who are “hoarding” basic staples with serious sanctions.

Shortly thereafte...


"IndyWatch Feed Vic": "IndyWatch Feed Geelong": Ocean Grove Voice: Geelong monster book fair "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

THE success of the Geelong West Rotary Club’s annual Monster Book Fair, usually held in August each year, has prompted the club to double the opportunity for the community to purchase from the biggest variety of secondhand books at the best prices possible, by scheduling two fairs this year.
The first book fair for the year will be held at Geelong West Town Hall, opening on Saturday 12 March and the continuing on Sunday and Monday 13 and 14 March.
“The book fair has become such a popular event and we have collected and sorted thousands and thousands of great books, in so many genres, and we want to give the community more opportunity to get their hands on the amazing book bargains – the club will have over 25,000 books for sale and all books will again be only $1 each,” club president Jim Marendaz said.
“You you can go home with an armful of books for little cost while, at the same time, helping our Rotary club to make a positive difference in our community,” Mr Marendaz said.
“All funds raised go towards supporting meaningful community projects such as supplying the Barwon Health Foundation with patient transfer vehicles for treatments such as dialysis and chemotherapy, as well as financial grants for Operation New Start – an innovative re-engagement program for young people aged 14 -17 who are at risk.”
The club has been sorting the books into the various categories and buyers can be assured that there are some exceptional bargains.
The Geelong West Rotary Club is grateful for the generous event support received from the City of Greater Geelong, Tuckers Funeral Service, Zippy Removals and Paul.
The sale is on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 March, from 9am to 5pm, and Monday 14 March 9am to 2pm
For details contact Theresa Best 0457 775 515, Stephen Yewdall 0427 211 273 or Jim Marendaz 0409 515 013.

The post...


"IndyWatch Feed Vic": "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne": St Kilda News: St Kilda Flat Living "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

You sleep in the fireplace, dine off your kitchen floor and walk through your bookcase… to open your clothespress.’1 The pros and cons of flat living have been hotly debated by Australians for a long time, but widely embraced in St Kilda where flats of all kinds abound. Seeking fast money, Melbourne property developers have […]


"IndyWatch Feed Qld": Motorbike Writer: How to join the world’s biggest electric rally "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Johammer electric motorcycle in last year's WAVE Trophy electric vehicle rally

Johammer electric motorcycle in last year’s WAVE Trophy rally

Electric motorcycles will again be a major part of the sixth annual World Advanced Vehicle Expedition Trophy, the world’s biggest rally for electric vehicles (EVs), and you could be there!

The WAVE Trophy rally will cover 1600km across three Central European countries from June 11, 2016.

This year the are two sponsored e-scooter rider places on offer from a major scooter manufacturer covering accommodation costs for eight days, access to all WAVE Trophy events and all entry fees.

If you’d like one of these spots, email event founder Louis Palmer explaining why you want to participate and what you can add to the event.



"IndyWatch Feed Qld": Motorbike Writer: Indian Motorcycle Red Wing boots coming "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Indian Red Wing Boots

Worthington, Spirit Lake and Connelly bots

Indian Motorcycle has partnered with Red Wing Shoes to create a three-model line-up of stylish riding boots for men and women.

The good news is that they will be coming Down Under, says Indian Motorcycle Australia and New Zealand Country Manager Peter Harvey.

“The Indian Red Wing boots are very cool and we are looking forward to releasing them over here,” he says.

“Our latest information is they will not be available until July of this year and we do not yet have any pricing.”

The new limited-edition Red Wing Shoes Collection boots will cost US$319 (about A$450) in the US.

The Worthington boot is named after the street in Springfield, Massachusetts, where Indian Motorcycle began full-scale production in 1902, the Spirit Lake boot is named after the factory in Iowa where Indian is now made and the Connelly women’s boot is named after Catherine Connelly of Owatonna, Minnesota, one of Indian’s earliest female riders and loyalists.

Even during the Depression, Catherine and her husband made periodic trips to Springfield to buy new Indian Motorcycles and they would ride them back to Owatonna.



"IndyWatch Feed Vic": "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne": Black Mark: Brunswick Studio Walk "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

I spent Sunday afternoon strolling, schmoozing and looking at artists studios in  Brunswick. It was a day funded with gold coin donations for food and drinks. An afternoon of saying: “Didn’t I see your work in an exhibition at x gallery, y years ago?”, so please forgive me if I don’t mention every artist that I chatted with.


Rooftop of Studio 23 A with Conrad Clark sculptures

The open studio event was organised by Charlotte Watson and Josh Simpson who are both at Studio 23A, a former cool-store housing warehouse before it was divided up into artist studios in 2002. Studio 23A is a very large upstairs space with a large outdoor space where they were holding a BBQ and exhibiting a few sculptures.

Starting at Studio 23A in Leslie Street and following a trail of yellow balloons to Tinning Street. Roughly the same route that I took on my recent psychogeographical walk. The narrow strip of land between the railway line and Sydney Road full of old factories and warehouses is the artistic centre of Brunswick, not just for the visual artists but street artists, musicians, dancers and circus arts.


Squishface Comic Studio

Squishface Studio is a one-room shop front comic studio with half a dozen table serving the artists that shar...


Drag0nista's Blog: A warning to Abbott supporters: if Turnbull falls, so might you "IndyWatch Feed"

The similarities between fallen leaders Tony Abbott and Kevin Rudd are becoming hard to ignore. And destabilisation rarely […]

IndyWatch Australian News All Topics Summary Archiver

Go Back:30 Days | 7 Days | 2 Days | 1 Day

IndyWatch Australian News All Topics Summary Today.

Go Forward:1 Day | 2 Days | 7 Days | 30 Days

IndyWatch Australian News All Topics Summary was generated at Australian News IndyWatch.

Resource generated at IndyWatch using aliasfeed and rawdog