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Sunday, 13 March


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

Due to popular demand etc etc(not a bad thing) - here are a cockatoo and water dragon to add to those I painted earlier


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": North Coast Voices: Australian federal election date must be getting closer - Border Protection has been trotted out to spin indefinite, arbitrary offshore detention of asylum seekers "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Given the level of public and parliamentary debate, it would be hard to be completely oblivious to human rights issues surrounding Australia's asylum seeker policies, however Secretary of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection Michael Pezzullo appears to have managed an Olympic-level feat of amnesia, denial and spin.

Dept. of Immigration and Border Protection, news release, 8 March 2016:

Immigration detention and children: separating fact from fiction

A message from Michael Pezzullo - Secretary of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection



"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": North Coast Voices: Fighting in Apple Inc's corner in court battle wth US Federal Bureau of Investigation are...... "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

In the matter of the search of an Apple iPhone seized during the execution of a search warrant on a Black Lexus IS300, California license plate 35kgd203 and the demand that Apple Inc. create new software to break its own privacy safeguards and potentially its encryption codes, the IT world steps in to help.

Apple Inc media release, Amicus Briefs in Support of Apple, 3 March 2015:

Amicus Briefs

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Saturday, 12 March


Central Queensland Plane Spotting: Alliance Airlines Fokker F-100s VH-XWS and VH-XWT Fly Charters Through Hamilton Island and Rockhampton Airports "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

A couple of interesting movements by a pair of Alliance Airlines Fokker F-100 jets on Saturday 12 March seeing them operating separate charter flights through Hamilton Island and Rockhampton Airports.

VH-XWS visits Hamilton Island in February  (

VH-XWS called into Hamilton Island Airport early on Saturday morning from Brisbane as UTY550 before departing to Ayres Rock in the 'Red Centre' as UTY551.

Of interest, VH-XWS was also noted flying into Mackay Airport on Friday 11 March, operating what looked to be a flight from and back to Brisbane on behalf of QantasLink as UTY6200/6201.

Then a little later on Saturday morning, VH-XWT called into Rockhampton Airport from Townsville as UTY3381.  It is believed that the Fokker may have brought players and officials of the Townsville Blackhawks Queensland Rugby League (QRL) team who are playing in Rocky on Saturday.

At the time of writing, VH-XWT is scheduled to depart Rockhampton back to Townsville later on Saturday 12 March.


Central Queensland Plane Spotting: Queensland Government Hawker 850XP Bizjet VH-SGY Before Dawn visit to Mackay Airport "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

The Queensland Government Airwing (State of Queensland) Raytheon Hawker 850XP bizjet VH-SGY has made yet another visit to Mackay Airport this time touching down before dawn on Saturday 12 March from Brisbane.

It is unclear if it brought any members of Parliament to the sugar city or if it was in fact being utilised on a medical / human organ retrieval flight as it sometimes does.

After a few hours on the ground, VH-SGY departed back to Brisbane.

File photo taken by 'AC'  ©


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": AWPA Sydney News: 1) TNI Continues to Press for Expanded Role in Internal Security "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

2) INDONESIA: Judicial and legal systems have failed to address torture



Central Queensland Plane Spotting: Australian Army MRH-90 Helicopter A40-035 Visits Rockhampton Airport Friday as "Checker 03" "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Calling into Rockhampton Airport from the South on Friday 11 March was Australian Army NH Industries MRH-90 Multi-Role Helicopter A40-035.

Local plane spotter Kayanne H popped out to Rocky Airport and captured some nice photos as it departed further North to Townsville.


Motorbike Writer: BMW offers discounts after sales record "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

BMW R nineT motorcycle sales

BMW R nineT

BMW Motorrad in Australia is offering free on-road costs and accessories on selected 2015 models to clear stock, even though the company has recorded its fifth consecutive sales record.

Example of their deals are the R nineT which now comes with a free custom rider seat and tail hump cover, valued at $1450, or an S 1000 XR with free Navigator 5 valued at $1200.

The parallel-twin F 700 GS and F 800 GS dual purpose machines are being offered with free on-road costs at $13,490 and $16,990 respectively.

BMW F 800 GS

BMW F 800 GS

BMW Motorrad Australia general manager Andreas Lundgren says the offers “provide great value for money and a great opportunity to get involved with our brand”.

It doesn’t look like many need coaxing to throw a leg over a Beemer.

In Australia, they were in eighth place overall and fifth in road bikes with a 20.4% growth to 3258 sales.



"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Byron Bay Blog: Byron Bay Record Fair 25 March "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

To coincide with Bluesfest, the Byron Bay Record Fair is on again.

Over 40,000 LPs will be available at the Byron Record Fair – from punk to pop, from reggae to rock, from hip hop to be-bop…’ The one thing doesn’t cater for however, is easy listening records. ‘If you‘re looking for Kamahl, it’s probably in the local op shop,’ says Matt.

The Byron Bay Record Fair is being held at The Ewingsdale Hall, near the Byron Bay Pacific Highway exit.

The hall will be open from 10am – 6pm, commencing on Good Friday and finishing on Easter Tuesday. Entry is free.

Join the Facebook event.

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"IndyWatch Feed Capricornia": Labor comes good with upgrade after KAP supports lock out laws "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Katter’s Australian Party have finally got the Government to listen after receiving news today that $25 million will be allocated to upgrade the Mount Isa to Townsville rail line. More to come…

RAIL line upgrades should be a focus to restore industry confidence and jobs growth in the North, Robbie Katter says.

The State Member for Mount Isa has called on infrastructure issues to be urgently addressed on the Mount Isa to Townsville rail line.

“We have to be mindful of the fact that in the last 12 months there have been at least 1000 fly-in-fly-out jobs out of Townsville lost in the North West,” he said.

“It’s in everyone’s best interests to get industry-enabling infrastructure, such as the rail line, back to a point where it is again accessible and working to its full capacity.”

“If it’s good for the North West, it’s good for Townsville.”

Mr Katter said patience was running out to improve transport corridors in the North.

“We’ve waited far too long for the State Government to recognise the critical need for significant investment in upgrading the Mount Isa to Townsville Rail Line,” Mr Katter said.

“There must be some movement on fixing this ageing line and now is the time for the State Government to step up and address these issues.”

“If the State Government wants the region to thrive into the future they need to recognise the pressures and inefficiencies on the rail line.”

“Productivity and safety cannot be compromised because of ageing infrastructure which has been neglected by successive governments.”

Mr Katter said State Government investment would bring confidence to the North.

“The mining indu...


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": 89.7 Eastside FM: Community Billboard 12th of March – 18th of March "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

City of Sydney

This weekly community billboard is proudly sponsored by the City of Sydney’s Plan for the

future – Sydney 2030 – making our city more green, global and connected

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"IndyWatch Feed Cvic": Natural Newstead: Ahh! "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

I’m not the only one enjoying the rain!


Crimson Rosella (adult), Newstead, 10th March 2016









Wangan & Jagalingou People: W & J PEOPLE AUTHORISATION MEETING: THE FACTS "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

WJ letterhead 1


This statement corrects the record in relation to a false and misleading media report in The Australian newspaper of 12 March 2016 by Michael McKenna on a forthcoming Authorisation meeting of the Wangan and Jagalingou People:

An Authorisation meeting relating to current dealings with Adani on the Carmichael coal mine has been called of the Wangan and Jagalingou Native Title Claim Group for 19 March, and was publicly advertised in the Courier Mail on Saturday 27 February and the Koori Mail on Wednesday 9 March.

The Wangan and Jagalingou People are the traditional owners of their ancestral lands in central Queensland, which are slated for the Carmichael mine. They have twice formally rejected an Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA) with Adani for Carmichael – in 2012 and 2014 – on the grounds that the mine, the biggest in Australian history, would destroy their ancestral homelands; irreversibly devastate their cultural heritage; and offer little in return for such a...


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": political geometry: Fist of Frydenberg "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Josh Frydenberg

That fist is coming down hard on 85 year old eco-terrorists


"IndyWatch Feed Cvic": Edgar's Mission Farm SanctuaryEdgar's Mission Farm Sanctuary: We named him Major Mitchell "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Major Mitchell

We named him Major Mitchell not because his colouring is that of his namesake cockatoo, the one with the soft textured salmon-pink and white-hued feathers. No, this fella is black. And we didn’t so name him because of any said resemblance to Lieutenant Colonel Sir Thomas Livingstone Mitchell, otherwise known as Major Mitchell, the famous surveyor and explorer of south-eastern Australia—although chances are the two managed to tread the same soil, albeit centuries apart. And therein lies a clue to the naming of our newest porcine pal.

Major Mitchell

The Shire of Mitchell is named after Major Mitchell as this famous and intrepid explorer passed through this undulating and well-treed countryside on at least one of his many adventurous forays throughout the state of Victoria. Infected by the same wanderlust was our Major Mitchell, who had taken to traversing the hills and dales of the Mitchell shire. However, his inquisitive antics wer...


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": Me fail? I fly!: Esme the critic "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

My mother, Esme, left school at 14 or 15 in the mid 1920s. She married my father when she was 19 and lived on a sugar-cane farm outside Innisfail in North Queensland for the next five decades. As her five children went off to boarding school and then spread out over Queensland and beyond, she wrote letters to each of us, weekly to start with and then less frequently but still with a shaming regularity. Mostly she kept us informed on one another’s doings and home-front developments. Occasionally she would comment on literary matters.

Here are some of her passing comments on the literary scene, which I find interesting in all sorts of ways:

17 December 1971: I’ve just finished reading Thomas Keneally’s The Fear & enjoyed it more than any book I’ve read for ages. So nice & clean & sort of old-fashioned.

7 March 1972: I’ve just read [Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s] Cancer Ward. It’s really absorbing but very frightening really. I’m sorry I’ve finished it really. … You’ll be pleased to hear A was reading [Germaine Greer’s] The Female Eunuch. I have to own that I burnt my copy. M & N said, ‘At least you could have passed it on to us.’ Perhaps I should have saved their money as curiosity will get the better of them I’m sure.

25 July 1972:I am reading a book of yours that MA found in her box. I’m not liking it as much as The Fear. It is [Thomas Keneally’s] Bring Larks & Heroes.

28 November 1972: ...


"IndyWatch Feed Melbourne": ART and ARCHITECTURE, mainly: Golden age of Dutch art and trade - the impact of Asia "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

The Dutch East India Company/VOC was the most powerful multi­national trade and shipping company in the world during the 1600s. At its peak, the VOC employed more than 40,000 Dutch, other European and Asian workers; owned a fleet of more than 100 ships; and maintained more than 600 stations in Asia, spanning from the Cape of Good Hope to Japan. First created to import spices from the Maluku Islands in Indonesia, the VOC soon established a lucrative trading network throughout Asia for costly textiles, lacquer, porcelain and spices.

The Dutch East India Company imported goods that reflected artistic interactions fostered by the company’s global networks. And they filled Dutch homes with fascinating Asian designs and materials that had not been seen before. Clever potters of Jingdezhen and Arita, the silversmiths of Batavia and the textile dyers of Surat and the Coromandel Coast altered the designs and shapes of their wares, specifically to cater to European markets.

Inspired by these exotic imports, Dutch potters, textile designers and jewellers soon created works of art we now perceive as distinctly Dutch. Asia in Amsterdam: Culture of Luxury in the Golden Age was an exhibit­ion shown at Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum until Jan 2016. Now it is at the Peabody Essex Museum/PEM in Salem Mass until Jun 2016. This exhibition of 170 fine Asian and Dutch works of art explores the impact that Asian luxuries had on Dutch art and life in the C17th, bringing new pers­p­ectives on the Dutch Golden Age and its relationship with Asia.

The Asia in Amsterdam exhibition features loans from more than 60 collections worldwide, including treasures from the British, Swedish and Dutch royal households, as well as from museums throughout Europe and the USA. It also presents the history behind this first global market and the impact they had on Dutch art and culture in the C17th. All of the Netherl.........


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": AWPA Sydney News: 1) In restive province, Papuans wonder whose side church is on "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

2) West Papuans Seeks Ghana’s Support to Break Away From Indonesia

3) Indonesia rights body urges  Obama to open secret US  files - 

1) In restive province, Papuans wonder whose side church is on



Motorbike Writer: Test your motorbike trivia and win a keyring "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Bico Keyring for fathers dayYou could win a Bico Bikeklipz motorcycle keyring for your motorcycle  in our weekly trivia quiz, but you better be quick.

Since we’ve been offering prizes in our weekly quiz, the pundits have got in early and scored perfect 10/10 results.

Go to the motorbike trivia quiz at the end of this article and have a go! (Previous winners can still have a go, but to share the love with others, they will be ineligible for the prize.)

As you answer each question in the quiz below, the right answer will be highlighted with green and the wrong answer in red.

We trust you not to use Google, Wikipedia or to phone a friend.

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



Tasmanian Times: Cheeeeeeeeeekyyyyyyyyyy!x "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

No pain, no gain in Cheek’s world … It is unlikely the State Government will be giving Cheek a medal any time soon. The Liberals have not forgiven Cheek for the party’s devastating defeat at the 2002 election, nor for the tell-all expose he wrote a few years later about his time in politics.Read all about it on TT HERE …


Tasmanian Times: What Nick Kyrgios could learn from Conor McGregor ... "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Saturday! Sport (Satire) Lleyton Hewitt’s retirement was the shortest in tennis history …


Tasmanian Times: The Saturday Paper’s Exclusives ... "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

• What’s next for Marriage Equality • The rich people who pay no tax • Bushfire prevention strategy questioned • Paul Bonjiorno: Raging Kennett turns bull again


Tasmanian Times: Letters to my grandchildren (7) "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Dear Chilliwops, Statistics show that women are under-represented in important positions in our society.  There are far fewer women in Government leadership positions (Cabinet Ministers for example), in the judiciary, as chief executive officers in business, as Ministers of religion and in every possible position of influence and power.


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": North Coast Voices: What Nationals MP for Page Kevin Hogan did not tell the Grafton Chamber of Commerce's February breakfast meeting when he was asked about foreign ownership of land and overseas workers "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

This was the incumbent Nationals MP for Page Kevin Hogan as reported in The Daily Examiner on 22 February 2016:

A member of the chamber executive, Mark Butler, asked Mr Hogan what the government was doing to combat countries like China buying up large tracts of Australian land and the prospect of those owners employing Australian workers……

Mr Hogan said the government, led by the Nationals, was fighting foreign ownership.

This included setting a minimum property sale of $15 million before the sale was brought to the Foreign Investment Review Board.

Mr Hogan said the limit in 2013 had been $250 million.

"Even then I think that's ($15 million) too high, but at least it's cumulative so, if they buy an $8 million and a $7 million property, they appear on the board's radar," he said.


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Friday, 11 March



"IndyWatch Feed": Cheeseburger Gothic: The calming sounds of rain in a cafe by the sea, in a barnyard as a blue whale drives a train in outer space. "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

I've long used an app called Coffitivity to recreate the muted buzz of a cafe in my office. It's weird, but it works. With a bit of well chosen music you could be anywhere. It helps keep the insects from crawling under my skin as I sit at home, day after day, watching the slow pulsing of the walls as they breathe.

But fuck Coffitivity. Now I haz Noizio!

Not just a cafe, but all sorts of cool ambient sounds. From whales to trains to outer fucking space. You can play them singly, or all together, which I don't recommend.

Best of all, and kind of oddly, because it's so damn good, the app is free.


"IndyWatch Feed Seq": Zedlines: Schools flock to sign on to Safe Schools, and more 11am Zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

32 more schools have joined the Safe Schools program since the federal government announced its investigation. Source: - Sam T

Miller denies "malicious" resignation ultimatum rumour

Former Queensland Police Minister Jo-Ann Miller has denied rumours that she had given the government an ultimatum she would leave the Labor Party if she is not returned to the cabinet within 48 hours.

Ms Miller described the story, which was originally published in the Queensland Times, as a “malicious rumour” that should be ignored.


"IndyWatch Feed Seq": Zedlines: Apple in court over privacy stance, and more 10am Zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

The US Justice Department is taking Apple to court in an attempt to unlock San Bernadino shooter's iPhone. Source: Wikicommons

State accused of revenue raising over liquor licenses

The State Government has been accused of revenue grabbing after collecting more than four-hundred-and-ten-thousand dollars in unpaid liquor licenses.

More than 25 per cent of licenses across Queensland missed the renewal deadline, with some venues claiming they had not received any notice

Restaurant and Catering Australia Chief Executive John Hart says there could have easily been more communication but the Government clearly wanted to raise the revenue instead.


"IndyWatch Feed Seq": Zedlines: Balkan leaders criticised for locking out refugees, and other 9am Zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Balkan leaders who have closed their borders have been criticised. Source:

Fixed term referendum expected to be close

The result of next weekend’s referendum on fixed terms for State Government is expected to be close with major parties supporting the four-year terms and minor parties against.

Katter MP Shane Knuth says four year fixed-terms is too long for a Parliament with no Upper House.

Mr Knuth says the referendum would be more likely to succeed if it was for fixed three-year terms instead.


"IndyWatch Feed": The Thousands: Brisbane: Concrete Jungle "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

If you love surprises and love Jungle Love this is for you. Jungle Love last year was one of the biggest independently run festivals in Brisbane. It’ll be on again in November, but in the meantime festival founder Lincoln Savage has put together a fundraising event in a secret location, with a secret lineup. All we know is it’s BYO (no glass), this Saturday, 8 DJs, close to the CBD, and will finish just before the sun comes up on Sunday.


"IndyWatch Feed": The Thousands: Brisbane: 'Her' screening at GoMA "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Her came out in 2013 and immediately gained a cult following. The story follows a heartbroken Theodore (Joaquin Pheonix) as he starts to form a relationship with “Samantha” (Scarlett Johansson) who is an operating system with it’s own personality. You might know her as Siri in your day to day life. Directed by Spike Jonze, it’s naturally a piece of art, challenging norms and shot in a hazy gold tone.


"IndyWatch Feed": The Thousands: Brisbane: Hot Chicks with Big Brains Issue #1 launch party "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Hot Chicks with Big Brains is a website that documents exactly that. This Saturday HCwBB is transcending the digital realm into a tangible paper form (wow!) and will be available on the night. There’ll be beats by Sezzo Snot and Hannah Makk (MKO Sun) plus free drinks and cheese up for grabs. Come celebrate Queensland’s Women’s Week in style.


"IndyWatch Feed": The Thousands: Brisbane: Stoogefest - Stop the lockout "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Surprising after the overwhelming success of the Sydney lockouts! Stoogefest is a retaliation against the newly approved lockout laws in Brisbane. Not just a huge party with two stages, there will be a panel discussion about the new laws that will be enforced next year, including an informative rant by Friendlyjordies.

You will be able to walk into the Brightside after 1am and can purchase drinks into the sweet early hours of the morning.


"IndyWatch Feed": Cheeseburger Gothic: BALLS After Dark.38 This content is not available in your country "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

In which Beeso and the Doc discuss the BS Report Report, confusion and delay, Welcome to Tairns, America is fukt, flagging interest, forgetting your Bad Dreems, harnessing rawness, fuck boomers, inside baseball, aggressive doo-wop, Munt Chucks, string theory, hip-hop: it's really difficult and let us tell you why at great length, mattress fetishists, the Roar and the cooked, S&M was NFG, shopping by label, Josh Freese finds yet another LA rock band to drum for, and another edition of our award-winning segment Keys To Understanding Kendrick.

In this week's ep we review new Frights, restrung Hilltops and '07-vintage Vasco Era. Next week: Wolfmother, Yuck and Portishead live in NYC. As always, this and next week's selections are on the BALLS Spotify playlist.- by Dr Yobbo


"IndyWatch Feed": The Thousands: Brisbane: The Goon Sax instore at Jet Black Cat Music "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Disclaimer: This isn’t some kind of sale or cheap casket wine party. It’s the celebration of local trio The Goon Sax who released their record ‘Up To Anything’ on March 11th. Free and all ages.


"IndyWatch Feed": The Thousands: Brisbane: Nodo Donuts "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Yeah, another one. Donut joints are everywhere these days and more keep on popping up, with vendors seemingly happy to sell them out of the tiniest and most bare bones spaces possible. Which is why Nodo in Newstead is so refreshing.

This place is straight up gorgeous. As soon as you walk up the stairs you’re greeted with a glistening “hello” emblazoned on polished concrete floors, then you look up and you’re surrounded by clean wooden lines, spatterings of gold and a generous helping of greenery. Attention to detail seems to have been paid to all aspects of this space – the donut trays are lined in custom made greaseproof paper, the takeaway coffee cups sport a striking watercolour design, and the specials board is a giant roll of butcher’s paper in a custom housing.

The actual donuts are similarly beautiful and out of the ordinary. One hundred percent gluten free and always baked not fried, they’re more like fancy circle cakes with a hole in the middle. They strive to be wholesome and healthier than the average donut, going so far as to describe themselves as “the world’s friendliest donut”. Frankly, this means close to nothing to me. If I’m going to eat a donut, health is pretty much the last concern on my mind. I’m about to eat dessert, not a fruit, you know? The thing is: these things are actually delicious. As soon as I bit into my Valrhona Chocolate donut I forgot all the health-wank and just had a damn good time. Enough of a good time to not notice that the other ingredient was apparently beetroot.

In addition to donuts, they also do shakes, waffles, individual cheesecakes, and really great coffee. Soon they’ll be adding a full brunch menu, which will give you more of an excuse to spend extended periods of time...


Tasmanian Times: STATE: Basslink under water? "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

FRIDAY, March 11 ... • Nick Clark, Mercury: Hydro Tasmania exceeded safe power transmission levels, Basslink says BASSLINK owners sought to restrict Hydro Tasmania’s electricity exports and enforce a “cooling off” protocol during the period of the carbon tax to ensure the undersea cable was operated safely and reliably. The news comes as Basslink prepares to cut the cable today and enable the cause of the fault to be pinpointed. After three outages in July 2012, Basslink parent company Cityspring Infrastructure Trust sought to enforce what it called a “dynamic protocol” on the service agreement between it and Hydro, which enable it to transmit at “certain elevated levels”. But the company said the outages came after Hydro transmitted electricity at levels above these in early July. Hydro and Cityspring then had a protracted dispute which was ultimately arbitrated by former Chief Justice of the High Court Murray Gleeson in 2014. Opposition leader Bryan Green told Parliament on Wednesday that there was increasing speculation that the $875m cable had been “fried” … TUESDAY March 8 ... Who exactly is Basslink Pty Ltd (BPL)? Given there’s a distinct possibility that its undersea cable problems will take a lot longer and be more costly to fix, is BPL in a position to weather the storm? • ABC: Groom’s energy statement derailed by no-confidence motion in Speaker • Peter in Comments: A rather scathing and sceptical Brian Carlton gives his impression of the latest Basslink Cable press release ... Listen HERE • Cassy O’Connor in Comments: After a three month break, the entire resources and energy of State Parliament on today’s return have been invested in a lengthy farce. • In Comments, CEPU: At lunch time today (Tues) about 400 Tasmanian CEPU members walked off the job at energy company TasNetworks, in response to aggressive bargaining tactics used by management. • In Comments ... Minister for Energy Matthew Groom’s Ministerial St...


Tasmanian Gothic: Cape Raoul - naturally Gothic "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

This is Cape Raoul. Some time about the turn of the last century. It's probably one of Tasmania's most photographed bits of coastline; not hard to see why! This is a much-reproduced Beattie photograph and this particular copy with caption appears in Tasmania's Strange Story, "issued under the Auspices of the Come to Tasmania Organisation by Leslie Norman, Sec." in 1928 "to attract a greater number of tourists for the season".

The photograph above is a typical view of Cape Raoul's unmistakable dolerite columns. Dolerite, according to J.R. Skemp, my favourite authority on things Tasmanian, formed from molten magma, which intruded into sedimentary sandstones in the Jurassic era.
"The cooling of the dolerite sometimes made it split into vertical sections which were exposed in lifted blocks, and produced what is called 'columnar' dolerite. Good examples of this columnar dolerite are the Organ Pipes on Mt Wellington, Cape Raoul on Tasman peninsula and the sides of the Cataract Gorge, Launceston." . . . he goes on to point out that it is this dolerite that makes the "Tasmanian landscape so different from that of the rest of Australia and give[s] it an added attraction for tourists. The nearest similar dolerite rocks are in South Africa and Antarctica."

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Thursday, 10 March


"IndyWatch Feed": The Thousands: Brisbane: A chat with Bridie from Oats "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Melbourne label Oats are all about providing upscale threads for a reasonable dime. Designer Bridie Davey hand-makes everything with with her mum – absolutely no sweat shops or brand shame (brand shame is asking your mate to hold your chain store shopping bag/ethical baggage for you until you get home. Yes, I have done this). She started out selling the clothes on Facebook boutiques like Penny Lane and released 'Collection One' late last year, which pays homage to 70s dance floor fashion with silk crop tops, bell bottom disco pants and linen jumpsuits. Their second collection 'Oats x 2' has more of a daytime vibe and is apparently a tribute to her pet rabbit.

We had a chat to her about art, insta, and what she hopes the future of the brand will look like.

I actually came across your brand in my instagram feed and was sucked in by all the pictures of art, as well as all the fabulous clothes of course. How do you think of art, and how does the brand relate to it?
I’ve always been interested in art. A lot of the images are pretty abstract, so I take a lot of inspiration from the colours and shapes. Jean Arp, Matisse and Ana Kras are my favourites at the moment. I really love modernist artists like that!

What do you like most about the clothes, and where are they designed to be worn?
They’re designed to be worn everyday and everywhere! As every garment is handmade by myself or my mother, we have a lot of flexibility with styles and are able to alter pieces to any body shape.

Do the clothes that make up Oats the label, match the vision you had when you started?
Yes, because I design and make everything, I am able to make it exactly as I envisioned. It started by making pieces for myself and my friends and quickly grew from there!

Who inspires you?
Definitely my friends who have ama...


"IndyWatch Feed": The Thousands: Brisbane: The Goon Sax, 'Up to Anything' "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

When I was about 16 I tried to shave off my monobrow with a scalpel. Not sure why I even had access to a scalpel. I think my mum used to steal medical supplies she thought could be useful around the house (don't ask). I was convinced my thick eyebrows were part of the reason girls weren't interested in me so I stood at the mirror and tried to shape them with a scalpel and soap. Needless to say, I didn't go the party that weekend.

This is the level of adolescent self-consciousness you mostly manage to repress as you get older. Turns out it takes an album like The Goon Sax's debut Up To Anything – written by self-aware, articulate teenagers from Brisbane – to remind you what being a teenager can actually be like.

Take bassist/guitarist James Harrison's lyrics on 'Telephone'. The song shuffles along with its head down for a while then in the second verse he sings: “Maybe one day I'll grow my hair out long and lose all the weight that I've put on. I never feel very comfortable with my body”. The band's press release talks about how these guys are all big Galaxie 500 fans (and yeah you can tell) but, jeez, even Dean Wareham (a guy who's known for literal lyrics) needed to cloak his social awkwardness in a tugboat metaphor or two.

This kind of frankness is especially refreshing to hear when you think about how straight-up mean a lot of pop music is (i.e. Bieber may've had a hit with 'Love Yourself' but the guy was being pejorative).

This said, it's not like Up to Anything feels like a long, mopey walk to the milk bar. Most of it bounces along with melodic jangle and wry, harmony-laced observation. Like on lead track 'Up To Anything' where Louis Forster sings about having a well-curated pile of books next to bed that he's startin...

Tuesday, 23 February


Dr Kevin Bonham: Poll Roundup: Return Of The February Wobbles "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

2PP Aggregate: 53.0 to Coalition (-0.3 this week, lowest since early November)
Coalition would comfortably win election "held now", but could lose some seats

Last week, the Coalition government under Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull was forced to reshuffle its ministry.  This became necessary following the loss of Human Services minister Stuart Robert to concerns regarding an "unofficial" trip to China, the delayed resignation from the ministry of Mal Brough (under police investigation) and the announced retirements at the next election of Warren Truss and Andrew Robb.  While hardly the worst week a sitting government has endured, it's not something they'd want to repeat. The loss of three ministers to scandals since Mr Turnbull took over hardly helps create an image of post-coup stability, let alone the mirage of "good government".  Admittedly, none of them were major figures.  A second problem for the government has been a perception of planlessness in the conversation it started about tax reform.

The four polls in the last week have all suggested the government has come down a little from the cloud that it started the year on.  This week's Ipsos has only 52:48 to the Coalition, down from 56:44 in November.  ReachTEL has 54:46, down from 55:45 a few weeks ago; Morgan is down from 54 to 52.5 by last-election preferences, and Essential is stable at 51 but off marginally worse primaries.

The Ipsos figure is by "overall preference flow" (treating Greens and Others as a single block).  At the last election, Green votes were 41% of all non-major-party votes but in this Ipsos they are 60% of the non-major vote.  On this basis the last-election preference flow of Ipsos' figures with Greens and Others subdivided would be about a point lower than their calculation, so there's a case for treating the Ipsos as 51:...


Dr Kevin Bonham: Can Required Multiple Preferencing Solve The Senate Reform Mess? "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Senate reform has been a major focus of this site since the farcical outcomes of the 2013 Senate election.  The massive gaming of the Senate system by preference-harvesting micro-parties resulted in candidates being elected from very low primary votes, in a candidate being elected because of confusion about party names, in one state's election having to be cancelled and rerun because of the loss of a relatively small number of votes, and countless other absurd things.  Nearly two and a half years after that election, and almost two years after the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters delivered a unanimous report in favour of an alternative, we were, until very recently, still to see any serious commitment to fixing the disaster from either major party.

The JSCEM proposal was to scrap group ticket voting and instead allow voters to distribute their own preferences above or below the line, although if they did so below the line a minimum of six numbers would be required.  Voters could continue to just vote 1 above the line, but if they did so then once all candidates from their chosen party were elected or excluded, their vote would exhaust from the count.  This is very similar to the system used in the NSW Upper House.

The JSCEM proposal has come under a number of attacks, claiming it would unfairly exclude minor parties (wrong), that it would advantage the Coalition (wrong and wrong again), that...

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