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Monday, 14 March


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": North Coast Voices: Australian Federal Election 2016: another one for the FFS! file "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

An article in the Brisbane Times on 8 March 2016 clearly indicates that climate change denying right-wing nutters still rule the Liberal Party of Australia and they want to spend the Turnbull Government to spend taxpayer dollars chasing their delusions:

The NSW Liberals have formally called on the Turnbull government to conduct public debates about climate change - including whether the science is settled - in a stark reminder of the deep divisions within the party over the issue.

A motion passed at the party's state council calls on the government to "arrange and hold public debates/discussions" between scientists from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and "independent climate scientists".

The motion says the events should cover "the global warming/climate change debate"; "the claims by the IPCC"; and the statement "is all the science settled".

It proposes the first debate be held in Sydney, the second in Melbourne and "the others to take place one in each state"....


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": North Coast Voices: Who will the country be supporting in 2016 - Bill Shorten or Tony Abbott? "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

This is Leader of the Opposition and Labor MP for Maribyrnong, Bill Shorten.....

And this is the Janus-faced Australian Prime Minister and MP for Wentworth, Malcolm Anthony Abbott Turnbull.......


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"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": 89.7 Eastside FM: Italy’s Luca Gemma and ‘PLAYTHING’- Arts Monday "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

PLAYTHING hero-portrait - Cherrie Whalen-David & David Jeffrey - photo Clare HawleyItalian Musician, Luca Gemma, Writer, Simon Dodd, and Actor, Cherrie Whalen-David are my guests today. Simon Dodd is the writer of PLAYTHING – an absurdist one- act comedy that is a subtle mix of deep philosophical musings and toilet humour. Cherrie Whalen-David plays the female lead. The cast features some of Sydney’s most seasoned and emerging theatre actors.

PLAYTHING: 30 March – 16 April 2016

The Depot Theatre, 142 Addison Rd, Marrickville.

More info / Bookings: and

(Photo credit: Clare Hawley)


IMG_7709-654x404Italian musician, Luca Gemma, is currently touring Australia with his latest CD, Blue Songs – Luca’s first album performed entirely in English. Luca’s signature mash-up of rock, pop, soul and folk across voice, guitar, brass and electronic work has generated a committed following across Europe. Blue Songs is available now on iTunes.




"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": Fig Jam and Lime Cordial: The Week That Was… "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

It’s been a funny old week. They’ve been a couple of difficult moments, punctuated as always by lots of laughter. Let me share some of the good bits with you… . . . . . No matter what else is happening, I try to make a point of beginning each day with a mindful ten […]


Practising Simplicity: 11/52 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

"A portrait of my youngest children, once a week, every week, in 2016."

Poet: a few inches of hair cut off and she all of a sudden she looks a lot older (ISO320, f2.5, 1/320)

Percy: a little apprehensive when everyone started arriving at his party (ISO100, f2.8, 1/320)


"IndyWatch Feed Cvic": in the garden: A satisfying snip "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

You know how much better you feel after a good haircut? Well our fruit trees are also feeling quite unburdened after their annual summer prune. Thanks to Dawn, Lyn, Carolyn and Sarah we’ve snipped our apple, pear, peach, plum and nectarine trees. For an explanation on why we prune in summer, read this earlier post and there’s […]


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Common Ground North Coast: Join ‘The Bentley Effect’ to raise funds for the film production "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Groundwater, which is fresh water stored underneath the earths surface makes up 98% of the earth’s fresh water source and like farming land in the Northern Rivers, provides industry, ecosystems, plant, animal and human life with the necessary fresh water to sustain life.

Throughout Australia, coal seam gas exploration has and continues to threaten groundwater through the drilling of a vast network of wells, pipes, damns and treatment plants in the vicinity of groundwater reservoirs that communities rely on. Currently the Pilliga Forest blockade near Narrabri is protesting against CSG exploration that could impact 22% of Australia’s total groundwater supply, the Great Artesian Basin.

Thankfully in the Northern Rivers, the Bentley Blockade that took place in late 2014 held a peaceful resistance to Metgasco’s CSG exploration on our local land and stands as a prime example of community resilience in the face of corporate greed and environmental destruction.

This powerful action has rightly started a social movement and a local film producer Brendan Shoebridge captured it all on film. Currently in production, ‘The Bentley Effect’ is a film for the world to see. It is about people and communities standing up and winning the fight for the protection of our land and our water.

A week of fundraising actions for Groundwater Awareness Week 2016 has been initiated by Santos Organics. Further to this 10% of all sales at the Santos Organics Warehouse from Monday 14th through to Friday 18th March will be donated to ‘The Bentley Effect.’ To close of the week we invite you to join Brendan and Lock the Gate Alliance on Friday 18th March, 2pm-5pm at Santos Organics, 3/7 Brigantine St, Byron Industrial Estate. This will be a celebration and community update of the film and CSG exploration in Australia. You’ll...


"IndyWatch Feed Capricornia": Vaccine mafia driven by ‘insane’Health Minister Jill Hennesy and Lucy Turnbull "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Thursday, March 10, 2016 by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger


Jill Hennessy

An Australian Health Minister named Jill Hennessy has just uttered the most insanely stupid, anti-science quackery ever recorded on the subject of vaccines. As part of her imperial push to poison and cripple as many Australian children (including Aborigine children) as possible, she has publicly insisted that there are “no risks in vaccinating children.”

Australia is a vaccine police state run by pro-vaccine terrorists who threaten, intimidate and engage in the physical assault of people who speak out against the false narratives of so-called “vaccine safety.” Jill Hennessy empowers these vaccine terrorists when she utters such insanely stupid statements, and she puts the lives of tens of millions of children at risk.

Read more articles on the sheer stupidity of this Australian Health Minister at and

My own video commentary on Jill Hennessey — where I call her a dangerous child-murdering sociopath who needs to be removed from public office — is available.



"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Common Ground North Coast: Sugarshine Animal FARM Sanctuary "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

I’m intrigued: What makes a person care for societies’ unwanted animals, 24/7? I’m sitting with Kelly and Fox from Sugarshine Animal FARM Sanctuary at an outdoor table but it’s getting harder to concentrate because of an insistent nudge in my back. I turn around to face two smoky almond eyes belonging to a large white goat with alarmingly pointy horns.

‘Oh, that’s Rueben,’ Kelly says, ‘he wants a pat. He’s a big sook.’

Giving Reuben a pat seems like a good idea, so I oblige. Then off he wanders to a tree, stands on his hind legs, and stretches up lazily to nibble leaves from an overhanging branch.

Actually, I’m having a Dr Doolittle moment: upon entering the farm gate I was mobbed by animals. Then when walking down the hill to the shaded table for our interview, an elfin-faced dog named ‘Pencil’, a black Labrador, two sheep, a greyhound, a baby goat, plus roosters and hens, joined us as if part of the consultation.

Sugarshine cares for unwanted farm animals. Some, like male bobby goats and bobby calves of no use to the diary industry, are slaughtered following birth but are occasionally rescued. Pigs face a perilous future: pet “mini-pigs” become big and inconvenient, a sow without the required 12 nipples is “unproductive”, racing piglets short life as cute and funny entertainment expires.

‘I’ll never forget the expression on the mother cows face when our bobby calf was dragged away from her,’ says Kelly. ‘No doubt it was anguish. Farm animals don’t just stand in the paddock eating grass. They are cheeky and have moments of joy. They get grumpy and have bad days.’


"IndyWatch Feed Cvic": Friends of the Box-Ironbark Forests: New bird book "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

sarah lloydPeople might remember Sarah Lloyd who gave a very popular talk on slime moulds at last year’s FOBIF AGM. She has just published a new book, The Feathered Tribes of Van Diemen’s Land. It’s full of wonderful photos and so comprehensive it could used to identify most species. However it’s main intention is to “encourage an interest in the birds that surround us and an understanding of their habits and needs so that all landowners – whether of small backyards, extensive farms or beachfront properties – can help to ensure that Tasmania’s special birds will thrive.”

More about the book and where to buy it can be found here.



"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": AWPA Sydney News: 1) Prosecutors Seek Three Years for Official, Businessman in Papua Power Plant Bribery Case "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

2) ”Pray for West Papua” 

1) Prosecutors Seek Three Years for Official, Businessman in Papua Power Plant Bribery Case
By : Jakarta Globe | on 4:29 PM March 10, 2016


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": Refugee Action Coalition: Hazara asylum seeker being deported to danger "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

A 42-year-old Hazara asylum seeker is scheduled to be forcibly deported to Kabul from Darwin on Monday 14 March after appeals to the Minister for Immigration were rejected. The case once again highlights the deep flaws in the refugee determination process and the system of Ministerial discretion.

The Hazara man was first rejected at the Refugee Review Tribunal in March 2013. “There needs to be an appeal process that can deal with the fact that changed circumstances, in this case three years, can make a fundamental difference in any country’s situation, let alone in a country like Afghanistan,” said Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for the Refugee Action Coalition. “Afghanistan wasn’t safe in 2013. The situation is so obviously more dangerous in 2016.”

The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs Afghanistan information in February 2016 warns of “the extremely dangerous security situation and the very high threat of terrorist attack”; and that “the frequency of attacks in Kabul, including in the most heavily fortified areas of the capital, has increased significantly in 2015-16 and further attacks are be expected”. “Attacks”, it says, “can occur anywhere, anytime, particularly in Kabul, and the southern and eastern provinces.”

The Hazara asylum seeker will be the first forcible removal to Afghanistan since two Hazaras were forcibly deported in late 2014.

One of them, Zainullah Naseri, was removed in August 2014 on the basis of a December 2012 Refugee Review Tribunal decision. Following his return he was seized by the Taliban when attempting to travel to his home village along a road about which the Tribunal had stated that “the level of risk does not reach the threshold of a real chance”.

“The flaws that were obvious in the refugee determination process then have not been fixed. The dangers in Afghanistan are even greater now,” said Rintoul, “We urge the Minister to use his wide discretionary powers to reconsider this case and halt this...


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": James O'Brien: Heavy Artillery at White Rabbit "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

“What was your favourite work?”, I asked my friend Sue as we walked away from Sydney’s “White Rabbit Gallery” this afternoon. “It was definitely the video work”, she told me. I had to agree. It’s a beautiful work. Over the course of maybe twenty or thirty minutes, you sit there in a darkened room and watch an artist take delivery of some large stacks of clay, and proceeds to turn those stacks into a human sculpture. Along the way, you get to see the intimate way in which an artist can work with clay. At times, it was if the artist was giving the clay a full body massage. At times, it was as if the clay was an actual human being. One of the most compelling parts is when you watch the artist scoop their hands into the head of the sculpture, removing some clay, creating eyeballs and then putting them back inside. I thought the video was beautifully conceived and shot.

There re several other stand-out works in the current exhibition, “Heavy Artillery” including “The Tank Project”, 2011-2013 by He Xiangyu (a life-size “deflated” tank made from hand-knitted leather); “Armour of Triumph”, 2012 by Wang Lei (knitting); and “European Thousand-Armed Sculpture” (2013–2014) by Xu Zhen (in which massive classical sculptures align in the form of a Buddhist deity). Also memorable was “Guazi Moves Earth”, 2008 by Liu Chengrui (Guazi), a performance piece in which the artist crawls along the ground moving a pile of earth mouthful by mouthful because “not all art should be pretty.”




"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Common Ground North Coast: Balcony Bar and Oyster Co. "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

From up here I can’t understand why anyone in his or her right mind would want to spend their Summer holiday in Byron Bay. It’s busy – bloody busy – and every man and his dog is stuck in traffic, desperately seeking a parking space where you don’t have to pay. And that’s just the locals.

From up here I can see the furrowed faces of frustrated drivers stuck in the conga line of traffic as it snakes around the Jonson meets Lawson Street roundabout. There are beachgoers skipping and hopping between the cars and backpackers in boardies and bikinis looking for a bargain lunch. It’s a jungle down there.

Up here on my verandah perch, in the cool ocean breeze with a crisp glass and menu in hand, I resolve that I could quite happily take refuge for the rest of the afternoon.
Balcony Sean Connelly Sauce
Welcome to the Balcony Bar and Oyster Co. the latest drinking and eating establishment to take residence on the second story of Number 3 Lawson Street. I have been coming to this address for my fill of drinks and eats since our honeymoon when the restaurant was known as Mango Jam. Even back then it was the venue to visit for escaping the madding crowds, enjoying a sunset cocktail or two and playing tourist. There have been several ownership and name changes over the years, but to me this welcoming verandah remains a sanctuary, and the latest menu and whitewashed makeover are a breath of fresh sea air.

Balcony Bar and Oyster Co. Owners Fraser Short and Executive Chef Sean Connelly have transformed this heritage space into a bar and restaurant that is breezy and relaxed; where colonial ambience meets the seaside – with a bit of the Hamptons thrown in for good measure. The whitewashed walls inside and out provide a fresh backdrop for lush tropical plants, contr...


Motorbike Writer: Scala Bluetooth SmartPack communication "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Scala SmartPack

American Bluetooth communications company Cardo has integrated its new group communication technology into a small group with range of up to 1.6km, Smartphone remote operation and “unbreakable” communication.

Cardo introduced their auto-adaptive Dynamic Meshwork Communications (DMC) technology in the Scala Rider Packtalk which allows three to 10 riders to communicate without worrying that one rider will take a wrong turn, fall too far behind or scorch out too far in front and break the link.



Nuclear Free Queensland: Campaign Materials – Omanama Nuclear Dump Opposition "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Download and use these graphics as needed.  Click on the chosen graphic to open the large version, or right click the image and click “save link as” or “save target” (depending on browser):                        


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": Refugee Action Coalition: Out of control: Nauru police strip and hand cuff refugee worker "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

An Iranian Arab refugee was held naked and handcuffed for a night and a day at the Nauru police station after he was arrested last Thursday night (10 March).

The refugee, who also works for Connect, an Australian service provider for refugees on the island, was arrested after police were called to an argument between the refugee and a local shopkeeper.

Even though the shopkeeper declined to make any formal complaint, the police arrested the refugee.

At the police station, the Nauru police would not allow the man to make a phone call to call the Connect emergency number for assistance. Instead, he was handcuffed and placed in a cell.

After numerous pleas to police to remove the handcuffs, “to free my hands”, the police stripped the man of all his clothes, leaving him completely naked and handcuffed in the cell. “This is like Guantanamo”, the police said, “You might be a terrorist.”

He was kept naked and cuffed until he was released on Friday after a Connect manager attended the police station. No charge has been laid against the man, although he has been told he may have to appear at a court at an unspecified future date.

The arrest and brutalisation of the refugee on Thursday night is the latest example of the discriminatory policing of refugees on Nauru.

The incident also raises more questions about the complicity of Connect, the Australian-contracted service provider, with the discriminatory policing of refugees on the island. There have been previous incidents in which Connect has called the Nauruan police in regard to disputes over housing; one involving an Iranian female refugee who was held for several days. In another, a 44-year-old Iranian refugee was separated from his 8-year-old daughter and held by the police for almost two weeks after Connect called the police.

The arrest of the Connect worker on Thursday 10 March comes only days after Nauru police said there was nothing they could do about a mac...


One Bend In The River: WEEDS PART 1- THE BURNING QUESTION "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Farming, like nature, is messy.  It’s nice to see the smooth green grass of spring covering the hills and disguising the rocks.  The modern golf course look.   Unfortunately, that’s not necessarily what you need either for wildlife or for grazing stock.After the burn 2

Sheep love to have a variety of things to eat, including clovers, grasses, forbs and much else.  They will strip unprotected young trees down to their roots in a couple of days, although they’re not such avid browsers as goats.  They won’t thrive on dry, tough, stuff, though.  And any one of a number of plants that are nutritious as one stage, are poisonous at another.

kangaroos Box gum hillThe wildlife also need variety to thrive.  Earless dragons, for example, tend to do best where they can get between the grass tussocks, and aren’t hemmed in by a thick wall of dry herbage.   Many birds and insects that are really beneficial, such as the wasp that parasitizes destructive Christmas beetles, need plants that flower in different seasons to keep them going year-round.  Wombats…well, whatever grass  they want is usually on the other side of a fence, so they have to tunnel through it.

Anyway,  biodiversity is the name of the game for me.

Except that some plants don’t want to play that game.

African lovegrass (eragrostis curvula), for example, likes to spread into an impenetrable wall that you can throw yourself a...


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": 89.7 Eastside FM: Taj Mahal Catch Up! "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Taj Mahal knows his way around a conversation in a career that spans 7 decades and countless releases. We’re very lucky that he shows few signs of ageing and no signs of slowing down on stage. He recently caught up with David Barr from Tuesday Drive where David was able to reminisce about past performances having seen the great bluesman as well as enjoy several of his songs throughout the fairly relaxed catch up!




The post Taj Mahal Catch Up! appeared first on 89.7 Eastside FM.


"IndyWatch Feed Cvic": Natural Newstead: Sunday morning "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

After a very busy and enjoyable day yesterday running two bird photography workshops (more on that later), we managed to sneak out to both the Mia Mia and Rise and Shine this morning.

Beautiful autumnal weather was matched by some nice birds. Interestingly there are still Rainbow Bee-eaters about – we also got Black-chinned Honeyeater, Crested Bellbird and Scarlet Robin in the Mia Mia.


Female Hooded Robin, Mia Mia Track, 13th March 2016


Peaceful Dove, Rise and Shine


Wedge-tailed Eagle, Rise and Shine


"IndyWatch Feed Cvic": Edgar's Mission Farm SanctuaryEdgar's Mission Farm Sanctuary: Be Cruelty-Free Week: Food "IndyWatch Feed Vic"


Be Cruelty-Free Week is dedicated to spreading awareness of the cruel and unnecessary testing of cosmetics on our fine feathered, finned and furry friends. We’d humbly like to add there are so many other easy ways to live cruelty-free.

The domestication of farmed animals was a game-changer in the search for ever more and convenient protein sources. Agriculture has also changed dramatically over the past 50 years, the way that food makes its way to your plate is a far cry from farming of old. While some might call the intensification of food production as advancement, others would argue society cannot truly progress if it’s propped upon the toiling backs of the vulnerable. Factory farms are no place for the intelligent and curious animals they house, who want to live no less than your pet cat or dog, not to mention the horrors of the abattoir.

A great mind once asked: “If we could live happy and healthy lives without harming others… why wouldn’t we?” Today in Australia, in the midst of all this innovation and creativity, we have access to more types of food than you can poke a stick at. We have the Cruelty Free Shops in Melbourne and Sydney with an array of exciting products, cafes and restaurants are seeing the dema...


Birdline Central & Southern Queensland: Shining Flycatcher at Dohles Rocks reported by Andy Jensen on 13-03-2016 "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Female type Shining Flycatcher this am in the mangrove complex behind Dohles Rocks. At end of Korman Road, on claypan at end of track through trees - bird was at the far north eastern end of claypan by the large channel there


"IndyWatch Feed Melbourne": OCCUPYMELBOURNE.NET: Twitter censorship #TrumpRally "IndyWatch Feed Vic"


So Mark Dice explains how twitter is being manipulated to cover up the violent rent-a-mob that attempted to riot at Trumps Chicago rally.

Who is behind all of this? The same man that funneled 33 million into funding the Ferguson riots and the Asroturf BlackLivesMatter looting movement.

Yes that’s right George Soros, who does what ever he can to keep himself from trending on twitter.

One of the vehicles George Soros uses to hide behind is called the Open Societies Foundation (formerly Open Societies Institute) and its part of the censorship machine in Twitter.



Sunshine Coast Birdlife Australia Blog: November Outing to Lady Elliot Island "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Birdlife Australia member and Sunshine Coast birdlife regular, Jan England, has begun organising a trip to Lady Elliot Island, to occur in November.

The plan would be a group fly to the island for a multi-night stay from Hervey Bay.

This is an excellent location to enjoy a variety of nesting seabirds; Red-tailed Tropicbirds, terns, shearwaters plus non-nesting species such as terns and migratory waders. In addition to the birds there is excellent snorkelling. 

Please contact Jan via email   Jan England for more details.


Sunshine Coast Birdlife Australia Blog: Wednesday Outing – 16 March 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Wednesday Outing – 16 March 2016

Wappa Dam – Meet at 8am. Leader – Vince Lee

Rufous Night-heron [John Smith]

Wappa Dam has a reasonable variety of birds in and around the park. The dam holds a variety of waterbirds including Great Crested Grebes and occasionally Cotton Pygmy Geese. There have been records of vagrant species such as Musk Duck. Adjacent to some of the creeks entering the dam Black Bittern has been recorded. Nankeen Night-heron is often seen roosting in a large Fig tree adjacent to the toilet block.



"IndyWatch Feed Capricornia": Future of subsonic air travel "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

The Concorde used to fly from New York to London in 3.5 hours but after a nasty crash in 2000, after years of people living near airports complaining about the unbearable sonic booms, the Concorde and commercial supersonic travel became unprofitable and was retired in 2003.

The European commercial airliner consortium, Airbus recently patented a design that would fly from Paris to New York in an hour (Mach 4.5) by using rocketry to make for a nearly vertical ascent to about 95,000 feet (almost three times the altitude of a commercial airliner at the highest cruising altitudes) and then swivel its engine components to use ramjets, which would direct the sound waves horizontally, as the plane cruised at speeds over 2,500 mph (almost twice the speed of the old Concorde). It would then land using conventional turbojets.

The US has long been developing small hypersonic aircraft, which fly at speeds of Mach 5 to 15 but they’re small and unmanned, like the X-43A and doing secretive things…

Video: (8 mins):

The Future of Air Travel




Another helpless victim of Rajapaksa, a 'man of courage' according to Victorian MPs

Another helpless victim of Rajapaksa, a ‘man of courage’ according to Victorian MPs


 Hypocrisy, seasoned with heaped spoonfuls of duplicity and a splash of fake humility, has long been the chosen staple of the majority of politicians who enjoy the comfortable seats in our parliaments.

With few exceptions, these hollow, self-serving, conniving hypocrites play at amateur theatrics as they deceive, lie, conceal and misrepresent their way through a working day.

This week, the Federal government minister for elite and middle class women, Michaelia Cash, said in a television interview she was appalled at Cardinal George Pell’s lack of empathy for victims of child abuse during his grilling at the royal commission.

Firstly, we have here, of course, the hypocrisy of running a royal commission into child abuse while the government deliberately inflicts all kinds of abuse upon hundreds of child hostages it has captured on the high seas and imprisoned on Nauru in order to deter, illegally, other asylum-seekers from exercising their legal right to seek safety from...


Dorothy Johnston: The Light on the Water "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

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My review of Olga Lorenzo’s The Light on the Water was published in the Fairfax newspapers this weekend. As usual, when posting about a newspaper review, I’m not going to repeat the points I make about the novel, but, this time, add some information about the author’s life.

Olga Lorenzo was born in Cuba a month after the revolution that brought Fidel Castro to power. Her family left Havana for Miami when she was not quite three years old on one of the ‘Freedom Flights’.

‘It was terrible,’ Lorenzo says. ‘There were no refugee programs in place in Miami. We moved to what was called Little Havana, and everyone was speaking Spanish around me, so it wasn’t a cultural transition. The shock was that I had no toys, we had no clothes, there was no food, we had no furniture.’

When she was 22, Lorenzo moved to Australia and finished her undergraduate degree at Melbourne University, where she later went on to do a Masters and a PhD in creative writing. She currently teaches creative writing and has also worked as a journalist and sub-editor for the Melbourne Age.

Her first novel, The Rooms in My Mother’s House, published in 1996, though clearly fiction, draws large...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: No solar train on the horizon "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

In the Echo of March 9, Jeremy Holmes, Elements’ project manager, is reported as saying that the proposed train will be converted to ‘solar powered electric operation.’ This is a change from the term previously used by Elements and the one announced on Channel Ten news last year about a solar train for Byron Bay, which many people believe is coming.

So far, there are no solar trains on planet Earth!

As far as I can tell, Elements has given no information regarding details or dates of conversion.

Panels on top of a train are insufficient for moving it. Solar farms are needed to supply power for electric trams and trains.

I think a train is a great idea. Mr Holmes, let’s have a rubber-tyred, solar-powered train that fits Byron’s zero emissions goals, before it starts operating in Byron Bay.

Lee Cass, Byron Bay


The post No solar train on the horizon appeared first on Echonetdaily.


"IndyWatch Feed Cvic": Edgar's Mission Farm SanctuaryEdgar's Mission Farm Sanctuary: Ducking for cover! "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Ducking for cover

That’s just what Victorian Labour politicians are doing at the moment as calls are coming in thick and fast requesting the 2016 duck hunting season be cancelled. It’s not too late to speak up for Australia’s unique and native waterbirds, who for the other nine months of the year receive full legal protection from shooting.

Please take URGENT action today and speak up for the voiceless.

Right now the wheels are in motion as a combined effort by animal welfare groups is hopefully enough to sway decision-makers. To help us have the most impact we urge you to please call or emailed Ministers Pulford and Neville, to show them you are standing with ducks and the health of our shared wetlands.

Here are some points to consider mentioning:

Animal Cruelty

There are no requirements for shooters to have any level of training or accuracy testing. Without the competency to render a bird unconscious with the first shot, birds are wounded and terrified, if they do succeed in getting away most will die slowly from their injuries over days. This is estimated to be one in every four ducks shot.

Further, the wounding of ducks is inevitable due to the very nature of shotguns, whose pellets disperse in a cloud with only a few hitting the bird and increasing the likelihood of injuring non-target animals. Our politicians know this and so do shooters, yet such cruelty, which is in violation of our animal protection legisla...


Practising Simplicity: diamond in the rough "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Please excuse the cliche title - it's worth it, I promise.

Yesterday we celebrated Percy's 1st birthday with family and friends; a small gathering at my parent's house complete with butterfly cakes, homemade sausage rolls and a fruit platter. It was lovely - a gaggle of kids running around the garden, parents chatting, balloons popping. I even managed, for the first time in my birthday-party-organising career, to stay relatively level-headed. It was completely stress-free! A welcome relief considering the intensity of the past few weeks.

The next few weeks are brimming, too. Daniel and I have never had this much going on before (says the grateful freelancers) but right now we're in the midst of a professional downpour. It's fine until you factor in the whole finding a house scenario, packing, moving and day-to-day life with three children.

We're tired, too. And at the risk of rabbiting on about the weather, I'm going to say that this humidity/Indian summer/endless summer/climate-change-is-real summer has left us all fed-up and weary. Just look at my fringe! This...


Birdline Central & Southern Queensland: Glossy Black Cockatoos at Lamington National Park Road AND Duck Creek Road, 4275 reported by Duncan Fowler, Matt Kelly and O'Reillys Autumn Bird Week Crew on 08-03-2016 "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Luxurious sightings of a group of at least 4 Glossies found half way down main road after long periods of few sightings in the area. Young bird begging calls also heard. Group was seen 8 hours later in same area on return. Another group was also seen along Duck Creek Road (several miles away) about 3pm on another tour.


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": James O'Brien: Melodifestivalen 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

It was another early morning for me, up and out of bed to watch Melodifestivalen, the event which chooses the Swedish entry for the Eurovision Song Contest.

A decade ago, I would have read the results online, and then waited several weeks for the DVD release, before I actually got to see the event itself. A few years later, a few of us went through a phase of torrenting a video file (which tooks hours and hours). And then, SVT began to video stream the event. At first, it was a little scratchy, with lots of buffering. But this year and last, I’ve been able to watch the event without any problem at all. And thanks to Chromecast, it’s now on “the big screen” not just my laptop.

The other big change this year is that Australia was invited as one of the “international juries” which has an input into which song Sweden chooses. Ultimately though, it’s the public vote that wins in the Swedish voting system that, this year, will become the voting system for Eurovision also.

And this year they chose Frans. Yes, just the one name. As a child, he had a novelty hit record in Sweden, with a song about the legendary footballer and national hero, Zlatan Ibrahimovic. As a young man in his late teens, his song for Melodifestivalen was one of soppy, inoffensive ballads that will never set the world on fire. Nor will it sink without a trace. “Lagom”, as the Swedes might say.

To be honest, there was nothing in this year’s contest which set my world on fire. For a number of years, the son...


Damn the Matrix: Why I chose Nickel Iron Batteries…… "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

When I first started spruiking the long life capability of Nickel Iron batteries, I quoted an internet source that claimed these had actually lasted 100 years and were still going. Such claims are of course difficult to check, but then, out of the blue, this paper written by Peter J. DeMar from Battery Research and Testing Inc, Oswego, NY, USA turned up on my FaceBook page…..  never belittle FB for anything, it’s how you use it that matters, not how other people do…!

I put the above link to that paper on my last NiFe battery post, but then thought this was so significant, it needed airing properly here.

This all but forgotten technology has a very important place to occupy with users that desire very long life and the ability to suffer abuse in their battery systems, especially in a post collapse world where buying replacement batteries will be nigh impossible.

My son the scientist was so impressed with this, and as he will be in charge of looking after this system after I’m long gone, he googled how to make the Potassium Hydroxide electrolyte, and contacted me to say it was a piece of cake, and, that apple wood is among the best to make lye!

Read on…….


This paper is going to look at real life aged 80+ year old Nickel-Iron cells that are still functional and will explain the simple recovery techniques that were documented in an original Edison Alkaline Storage Battery brochure from the 1920’s. Some of the cells had been charged intermittently, many had sat off charge for many years, and some had sat off charge and all but empty, but all made very substantial recoveries, and when subjected to discharge testing that followed the guidelines of the IEEE 1115 they all were able to pass load tests at their ap...


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": 89.7 Eastside FM: Sydney and Water "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

During the course of February/March, Laila Ellmoos, historian with the City of Sydney, was Sylvia’s guest, presenting a 6-part series entitled Sydney and Water.

Listen to the 6 episodes here:

This is Episode 1, where Laila introduces the series.

This Episode 2 on Sydney’s sources of water in the early days of the colony.







Lachlan Swamp, Centennial Park

This is Episode 3 on Baths and Swimming Pools.



"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": AWPA Sydney News: 1) Images: West Papua in crisis "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

2) New airline launches in  Papua region with four  aircraft  

1) Images: West Papua in crisis

Rev Robert Stringer from Melbourne, Australia, talks about his recent visit to West Papua where he met a range of community and church leaders. Rev Stringer has a long involvement with the West Papuan community in Melbour...


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": cityhippyfarmgirl: Why pigs should always have blankets "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

It’s a bit old school I know. It also depends on what corner of the globe you sit in, as to what your blanket might be made of. Bacon, pastry or bread? Anyway you choose, it’s a thing and the … Continue reading


Motorbike Writer: US Army boots make great riding boots "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Wellco army riding boots

When we began riding in the 1970s, all our motorcycle riding gear came from the army disposal shop because the gear was strong, reliable, weatherproof, warm/cool and, best of all, cheap!

These days most people only wear riding gear made by specialist motorcycle outfitters. It’s also strong, reliable, weatherproof, warm/cool, but sometimes expensive.

It seems that some companies charge more simply because it’s dedicated to motorcycle riders.  

The same gear bought from an adventure or workwear store may turn out to be a lot cheaper.

When I rode in the Compass Expeditions Outback Tour a few years ago with Charley Boorman, I noticed that he wears adventure hiking shoes, even though he is sponsored by motorcycle apparel companies!

Charley Boorman in adventure shoes army riding boots army...


Tasmanian Times: What can you expect from a Hydro Board with five business/finance backgrounds ... "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

... and a single, solitary engineer ... ? Check out the Board HERE A retired energy industry insider who spent more than a decade working with Hydro Tasmania has blown the whistle in The Examiner on the extraordinary gambles taken by Hydro Tasmania, no doubt pushed by 2012/2013 Treasurer Lara Giddings, and now-Treasurer Peter Gutwein … • Luigi in Comments: The end result of Hydro becoming a money spinner - rather than the custodian of our power generation and energy security - is that all its dividends have been squandered on Hobart’s bloated bureaucracy and wasteful projects like a new parliament house, rather than being reinvested in new generation technology. South Australia now generates over 800MW of electricity with wind power.  If we had matched that, we would be self-sufficient WITHOUT any reliance on our now-depleted water resource. The Tamar Valley Station and 800MW of wind power would exceed our needs. • Vanessa Goodwin in Comments and below: Two years of Hodgman majority Liberal Government: A brighter future for Tasmania ...

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Saturday, 12 March


"IndyWatch Feed Seq": Sunshine Coast Environment Council: e-Bulletin March 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

The Sunshine Coast community banded together last Sunday, 6 March to take part in the annual Clean Up Australia Day’s nation-wide event. With 14 tonnes of rubbish removed from various registered site across the Sunshine Coast, it was clear that the 1,100 local volunteers involved had taken up the challenge to restore the Coast’s beaches and wilderness to their natural beauty. Over 100 local Clean Up sites were registered including clean up efforts by Coolum District Coast Care Group,...


"IndyWatch Feed Seq": Westender – West End 4101: Do we need another Entertainment Centre? "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Phil Heywood of the Kurilpa Futures Group questions the planning behind the planned establishment of a new, 15,000 seat Entertainment Centre in Brisbane. Kurilpa Futures acknowledges that this is an interesting idea and sympathises with the generally positive response which it has attracted from all sides of politics. We recognise that the proposed 15,000 seat […]

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"IndyWatch Feed Seq": Westender – West End 4101: Neil Murray returns to Brisbane March 19 "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

After successful shows throughout the country in 2015, Neil Murray can’t keep away from South East Queensland and will return in March to grace the stage at The Brisbane Multicultural Centre (BEMAC). One of the country’s finest and enduring song men, Neil Murray was a founding member of the Warumpi Band and is the writer […]

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"IndyWatch Feed Seq": Westender – West End 4101: New exhibition celebrates indigenous women "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

A new exhibition at State Library of Queensland will celebrate identity and image through larger than life portraits of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women. On Friday, Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy Leeanne Enoch launched Black Velvet: your label, a solo exhibition by inaugural kuril dhagun Artist in Residence Boneta-Marie Mabo. Black […]

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"IndyWatch Feed Seq": Westender – West End 4101: Keeping The Soul In West End "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Keep The Soul In West End is an idea that was started by local resident Bronwyn Fadden . A huge tin of blue paint was tipped onto the road from the bridge over Boundary Street and weeks later the graffitti appeared that said  “Dont Lose your soul WE ” Bronwyn thought it would make a […]

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Tasmanian Times: Forestry Managed Investment Schemes: $4 billion more reasons for a Royal Commission "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

The Senate Economics Committee has today released its report into the collapse of forestry MIS in Australia, detailing the rise and fall of a $4 billion Ponzi scheme. … Senator Whish-Wilson authored a Dissenting Report, and stated that “new tax-driven investors were required to keep up the charade, to keep cash flowing. The business model was fundamentally flawed. Forestry MIS was a Ponzi scheme.” … • The MIS Senate Inquiry report including the Greens dissenting report can be found HERE


Tasmanian Times: UTAS Inveresk campus plans unveiled "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

The University of Tasmania says relocating its Launceston and Burnie campuses will process an extra 12,000 students over the next decade. • Transforming lives. Transforming cities: Read for yourself the business plan HERE

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Friday, 11 March


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": James O'Brien: Back In Brisbane "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Every time I pay a visit to Brisbane, I invariably ask myself the question “should I return to live here?”

Having grown up in Lismore, and having family here, Brisbane was a fairly obvious choice for me for university during the 1980s.

The first three years I spent in Brisbane (1984-1986) were memorable. During the first year, my mum became quite ill, and later died, and so I spent most of that year travelling back and forwards between Brisbane and Lismore. During the second and third years I began to spend more time in Brisbane, made some life-long friendships, and (of course) there was the life changing experience of attending university.

During the fouth year, when I worked at Coles New World (Sunnybank, Fairfield and then night-packing at Toowoong), life was also memorable. But it was also the year where I began to wonder about my future. Working at Coles was never really “my thing”, and so after about eight or nine months I quit my job, and was briefly unemployed.

At the beginning of 1988, I saw a job advertised to work at 2WEB, Bourke, and after taking some advice, applied for it, obtained the job, and moved away. Though I’ve maintained links with Brisbane through family and work ever since, I’ve never really thought seriously about returning. But as I begin to think about the rest of my life, and in particular, my retirement years, I do wonder from time to time if my latter years will be in Sydney, or back home in either Lismore or Brisbane.

As I went for a morning walk around the city this week, these thoughts have gone through my mind. As well, as wondering what my life would have been like had I not chose to go for that job in Bourke. Would I still be living in Brisbane, doing something quite different with my life? There’s no answer to these questions, of course. But nice to contemplate.


Tuesday, 08 March


Tasmanian Times: AFL Tasmania chief Scott Wade quits after 16 years in job "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Scott Wade has resigned as chief executive of AFL Tasmania after 16 years in the job. • Robert Newitt in Comments: Many people in Tasmania are dismayed as to the position of Australian Rules Football in Tasmania, and they have good reason. Let me tell you a couple of things that I believe are true and factual about what has occurred …

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