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Saturday, 19 March


"IndyWatch Feed Melbourne": The Gap Year and Beyond: Where do they hide? "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Camping at Halls Gap, in the Grampians, I got up early one morning to check out the locals birds. Walking across the road to some paddocks near a few houses I watched several deer resting after a nights feeding. Apparently there are 6 species of deer in the forests and associated farmland in Victoria and they number in the tens of thousands.  It seems incredible that I have only seen them a few times over the years. I spend so much time in the forests and yet I never see them. There is still so much to be aware of when walking around. As soon as the general campground started to wake up these two quietly wandered back up the slopes and into the forest.

Deer, Halls Gap, Grampians, Victoria

Deer, Halls Gap, Grampians, Victoria

Deer, Halls Gap, Grampians, Victoria


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"IndyWatch Feed Melbourne": Will Type For Food: Earth hour poems "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Brunswick party
Someone announces "It's Earth hour!"

Earth hour
We all practice being one
With darkness

In the dark
No-one can see
You're a Goth


We get to light candles
A small gesture to our own inherent

The conversation
Naturally enough
Towards suicide

Half the room gets to use
The torchlight function on
The iPhone 6

Confused guests pile in
To pitch black house
Earth hour.


Refugee Action Collective (Vic): 7pm March 21 | Fighting for LGBTI refugee rights: the case of Nima & Ashkan "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Fighting for LGBTI refugee rights: the case of Nima & Ashkan Amy Frew, Human Rights Legal Centre lawyer involved with Nima and Ashkan’s case will speak at 7pm, at the RAC meeting on Monday March 21, 540 Elizabeth St Melbourne - we will also play footage of Nima and Ashkan explaining their situation. *note meeting(...)


Refugee Action Collective (Vic): 6:30pm April 4 | What Will It Take To Let Them Stay? A RAC public forum "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

What will it take to Let Them Stay? RAC public forum: All welcome! When: 6:30pm Monday 4th April 2016 Where: Multicultural Hub, 506 Elizabeth St, Melbourne Speakers include: Adam Bandt MP - Australian Greens Katie Robertson – lawyer for asylum seeker babies born in Australia, Reza Yarahmadi – Refugee activist, 3CR presenter & Iranian Kurdish Refugee After the(...)


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": James O'Brien: Countdown To Easter "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

ICYMI – As we approach Easter, lots of Catholic Churches (and maybe others) cover up crucifixes, statues etc for the final week of Lent. St Mary’s Cathedral in Sydney is quite a sight at the moment, with probably hundreds of purple cloths. Even if you’re not a Christian or are actually an atheist, it’s really interesting to take a look.


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"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": James O'Brien: Redfern Biennale "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

“Would you like to suggest a word that makes you feel good, or makes you feel happy?” I was asked by a woman on Walker Street, Redfern today. She was one of the artists participating in the Redfern Biennale today. I didn’t look too closely at work, but she told me she was adding the different words people suggested to the artwork itself. After a moment of deep thought, I said “family”, as I was planning a Google Hangout with my family who lives in Lismore later this afternoon.

Until I received an invitation to attend from a friend I hadn’t realised the Redfern Biennale had been staged twice before.

The concept is simple:

We invite you to view readymades, sculpture, multi media, new media, painting, found object, anything and everything placed along Walker Street, Redfern between Cooper and Redfern Streets.

The Redfern Biennale, attracting the work of 50 practicing artists and Housing Commission artgroups, is an outdoor, eclectic, democratic free-for-all happening, that will just happen on the day.  There is no Council approval; we are just placing the work on the streets for seven hours, rain, hail or shine.

I love the slightly anarchic approach to say they had no council approval for this.

Here are some of the photographs I took as I walked around this afternoon of the works I really liked.

I though some of the works were very good; others not as good. But interesting, nonetheless. I also thought it was great to see well known Sydney arts figure, Damien Minton (formerly his own gallery, now at Watters) supporting this.

redfern3 ...


RISE: Refugees Survivours and Ex-detainees: Message for Ex-detainees, detainees and RISE members – 19/03/2016 "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

As ex-detainees and detainees, firstly we should remember we are one of the most vulnerable people in Australia who have experienced physical and psychological trauma as well as ongoing discrimination and deaths in mandatory detention in Australia.  We also need to be really careful of those who are exploiting us, trying to promote their causes by using our stories.

In recent times I have witnessed there are so many non- refugees collecting and publishing our stories to “humanise” our struggles. There are some underlying issues about many story telling platforms created by non-refugees and mostly white people.  One should question and thoroughly examine these issues and question those who control and transmit our stories.

As an ex-detainee I highly recommend:

Firstly: we as ex-detainees should not participate in any platform that is established by non- refugees. Any platform should be determined by us and run by us.

Secondly: we should not share our personal stories with those who are behind the oppression.

Thirdly: we should have a strong strategy to protect those ex-detainees who are seeking asylum not to jeopardise their protection status in Australia because our families are still back in the country facing persecution and also those who haven’t been granted permanent visas are at greater risk of deportation.


Finally – fellow ex-detainees and detainees, it is not only the governments; the refugee sector has polarised us and damaged us.   It is about their interest rather than our lives–what have we achieved last 20 years in Australia? NOTHING- because the refugee sector is headed by non-refugees last two decades.  Stop letting others to dominate our lives and tell us ‘how we should live and what we should do’. We ex-detainees and detainees should build strong solidarity within us and...


Tasmanian Times: Climate Change and other things ... "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

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Media Releases - Bob Brown Foundation: More than one hundred artists will visit Tasmania’s Tarkine to aid protection "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Media Release 19 March 2016


Tarkine in Motion is an environmental arts project by the Bob Brown Foundation. Over the Easter weekend, in March 2016, more than one hundred Australian artists will visit Tasmania’s Tarkine to explore and capture the place, contributing art, images and film to the Bob Brown Foundation’s campaign. Over four days, artists will immerse themselves in the landscape, supported by volunteers at seven base camps from the remote coastlines, to forests threatened by logging to rafting rivers with drones.

Bob Brown Foundation’s Campaign Manager Jenny Weber said, “This year Tarkine in Motion project is bigger in size and scale of the operation. From windswept coastlines on the coast to the largest temperate rainforests in Australia, we are excited that 120 artists will locate in several diverse locations through the Tarkine. Through the experience and expression of place by the artist, our Foundation can spread to the world the urgent plight of the Tarkine,” Jenny Weber said.

“The great body of work that will come from Tarkine in Motion will share with the people of our great cities what stands to be lost forever if we don't act to protect it. Artists are able to convey the Tarkine’s beauty, fragility and threats to a wider audience. Audiences will be exposed to the remarkable place through the remarkable effort of more than 100 artists in action,” Jenny Weber said.

“Fundraising for Tarkine in Motion is underway through the crowd-funding platform Pozible to fund the project. The Bob Brown Foundation is fundraising to support the artists and volunteers on location in the Tarkine. Costs include accommodation, transport, food and e...


Tasmanian Times: The death penalty ... "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

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

A mirror selfie I've been using up paint on late at night. Now it has finally cooled down a bit in Sydney up I better get cracking or it will be too cold to not wear a shirt


Dr Kevin Bonham: A New Species Of Strangeness In The West "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

It's a familiar polling story.  The long-serving government is looking rough around the edges and the Opposition has a moderate but handy polling lead.  The Premier is on the nose and has been rating badly for years, the Opposition Leader is well regarded and leads as preferred Premier.  There are rumours and rustlings, and finally a challenger indicates potential interest in the job, should his/her colleagues so desire it, and says that the current leader can't win the election.  We all know how this story ends.

Only in Western Australia, it's the Opposition Leader, not the Premier, who has been informally challenged - and even more strangely, the putative challenger isn't even in parliament.  In an extension of the Campbell Newman doctrine (in which a new leader can be drafted by the party from outside the parliament in order to take over), it is now possible for someone to raise an interest in the leadership when they:

* aren't in the parliament or serving in any current political role
* have no seat for which they are reasonably assured of preselection
* aren't being drafted by the party's current organisation or the parliamentary party, and whether anyone involved in the drafting is even a member of either isn't totally clear

The putative challenger, Stephen Smith, is, of course, a former Federal Minister.  Smith was well enough regarded as Foreign Minister and then Defense Minister in the Rudd-Gillard governments, but the former is a role in which even duds often shine.  At some points Smith was even talked about as a possible "nightwatchman" Prime Minister to resolve the Rudd/Gillard conflict.  At the moment, it looks like Smith's challenge is being emphatically shut down, but should Opposition polling worsen, he has his foot in the door for another go down the track.

Quality public polling in Western Australia has been scarce since I covered it in an article called...


"IndyWatch Feed Melbourne": OCCUPYMELBOURNE.NET: Fairfax media to sack 120 ‘journalists’ "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Fairfax media, one of the few large non Murdoch/Fox  controlled media companies in Australia, has announce the sacking of 120 ‘journalists’. Fairfax owns mastheads such as ‘The Age’ and the ‘Sydney Morning Herald’. There has been a perception in the public that online newspapers (and commercial media in general) resemble nothing more than an Facebook group, with most content simply shared without checking sources or copied and pasted with little thought. So it turns out that copying without thought can be done easily and cheaply by computers.


At least you will have more time for Facebook now.


The Idiot Tax: Your Fairfax Weekender "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Worried your favourite Fairfax columnists will be out of action this weekend due to industrial action? You're in luck. As a dirty scab I've offered to cross the picket lines and write a few columns...

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"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": AWPA Sydney News: 1) Indonesia stresses Papua development despite attacks "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

2) FMJPTP to Stage Coffee Drinking Protest Seeking Local Parliament’s Respond

3) Papua New Guinea resettling hundreds of West Papuan asylum seekers

4) SKP HAM Fear Paniai Case Will be Forgotten

 5) Minister’s Visit Should Meet the People’s Need



"IndyWatch Feed Melbourne": The Westsider: ONE FOR THE BOOKS "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Greg Simpson is a booklover who's living the dream

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Damn the Matrix: Explaining the energy cliff "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

While doing mindless tasks on the Fanny Farm, like dragging Macrocarpa branches around to clear the deck for the house building and stacking it on the back of the ute for removal, I tend to do a lot of thinking to keep the brain engaged…… and it occurred to me that very few people ‘get it’ when it comes to the predicament we here at DTM know as the Energy Cliff.

Now I expect nearly all my readers would know what I’m talking about, but likely have the same problem whenever trying to get people to understand what we are on about. So I came up with a metaphor that hopefully simplifies the concept for the masses.

I’m going to break some rules here, but the idea of this metaphor is not to come up with an accurate mathematical and/or physical model, rather a simple way to explain why we are fast running out of energy, even as we extract ever more oil and coal out of the ground.

It’s generally accepted that way back in the 1930’s the ERoEI of oil was 100:1; which means that for every unit of energy invested in finding, extracting, and refining this oil, 100 units were available to do work.  You know……. stuff like build the 20th Century!

This is where I start breaking rules.  I know that ERoEI is not an efficiency number, but I’m going to use it that way because in many ways it is like efficiency.  And for ease of using numbers, I’m going to say that that 1930’s oil had an energy efficiency of 100% – and yes, I know nothing has an efficiency of 100%.  Just bear with me….. this isn’t an exercise in maths and science, it’s a thought provoking process.

If you are unfamiliar with the energy efficiency calculations for a whole system, rather than a single part of that system, then the way it’s done is that you multiply th...


Damn the Matrix: Warming? What warming……? "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

February 2016 was the hottest month ever measured on Earth. The Earth broke a heat record for the 10th month in a row in February, and it was broken it by a record margin as well.

The heat was nothing short of amazing with Alaska averaging out at over 6 degrees C above normal. That is nothing less than stunning. The odds that this warmth is part of a natural cycle have been shown to be at least 1500:1. More likely several thousand to a million to one. This heat is the result of rising greenhouse gas levels and the strong El Nino in the Pacific. El Nino events are always warm years globally, but to beat the record by this much is certainly caused by greenhouse gas levels being the highest in millions of years.

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More from NOAA:

The combined average temperature over global land and ocean surfaces for February 2016 was the highest for February in the 137-year period of record, at 1.21°C (2.18°F) above the 20th century average of 12.1°C (53.9°F). This not only was the highest for February in the 1880–2016 record—surpassing the previous record set in 2015 by 0.33°C / 0.59°F—but it surpassed the all-time monthly record set just two months ago in December 2015 by 0.09°C (0.16°F). Overall, the six highest monthly temperature departures in the record have all occurred in the past six months. February 2016 also marks the 10th consecutive month a monthly global temperature record has been broken.

The average global temperature across land surfaces was 2.31°C (4.16°F) above the 20th century average of 3.2°C (37.8°F), the highest February temperature on record, surpassing the previous records set in 1998 and 2015 by 0.63°C (1.13°F) and surpassing the all-time single-month record set in March 2008......


Tasmanian Times: BASSLINK wrap: Libs secretly migrated own Internet services off Basslink. Will, Entura, Board ... "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

FRIDAY March 18 ... • Mercury: Hydro water assets badly managed and heads need to roll. TT MARCH 13: • What can you expect from from a Hydro Board with five business/finance backgrounds and a single, solitary engineer ... ? • Simon Warriner in Comments: re 33, about bloody time someone in parliament started talking about the board of hydro tas and resignations in the same conversation. As for Bryan Green, he is just as culpable as Matthew Groom. And they are as culpable as the slew of other members of both parties who have pimped the Friedmanite nonsense about monetising, corporatising, and ultimately, privitaising public assets and the goods that they provide over the last few decades. We need a new approach to managing our public affairs that puts the common good first and the wants of a greedy bunch of neo-liberal oligarchic greed merchants a very distant last. An approach that does not include the failed model of party politics that has brought us this unmitigated cluster fuck. • Luigi in Comments: I mention this not in criticism of the Hydro.  I think they have to conserve the water in Trevallyn Dam.  I mention it because the story is the first peep we’ve heard from Nikolic about The Crisis.  “Bass Liberal MHR Andrew Nikolic said he had put a proposal to the State Government for regular water releases from the Trevallyn Dam to assist silt raking when water storages permit.” Put a proposal to the State Government? For water releases? When water storages permit?  That’s it?  No mention of doing a bloody thing in Canberra to express our plight and seek support for additional generation capacity or for wind farms.  Zip.  Nothing.  What planet is he on? And it’s not just him.  Here’s an old story about the “Three Amigos”.  “Three Amigos are Tassie’s united force.”  Remember them? HERE Where are they now?  Have Nikolic, Whiteley and Hutchinson ridden off into the sunset?  Are the...


"IndyWatch Feed Melbourne": ART and ARCHITECTURE, mainly: London's newest old eatery: The Ivy "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Most readers of this blog know I love travelling every winter (July); I spend the time exploring and photographing churches, synagogues, concert halls, art galleries and other cultural edifices. I might spend one day per year admiring mountains and lakes, but one day of nature is enough!

My absolute passion is to examine café culture of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Examine The Blue Train in Paris; Ritz and Escoffier Les Deux Garcons, Cezanne and Zola's favourite brasserie in Aix-en-Provence; Lyons Tea Rooms The Four Cats Restaurant in Barcelona; and every other place I can inspect.

Now consider London. A small restaurant, The Ivy, was opened by Abel Giandellini in 1917 as an unlicensed Italian café in London. The restaur­ant expanded into the current West St premises in 1929 and was run by the same owner.

Giandellini selected both the location and the late closing time carefully. The Ivy was sited on a corner position in the heart of London's theatre land. And the closing time enabled clients of the nearby theatres to dine and drink after the shows finished. These were two very smart decisions. Over the decades, it has remained a favourite of acting stars and other celebrities. Customers enjoyed spotting stars at leisure eg Laurence Olivier, Vivien Leigh and Marlen...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Take the power back off electricity giants "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

At the Zero Emissions Byron project information night, Professor David Hood, QUT engineer, gave a fascinating insight into the current state of the climate.

The reality is very sobering seeing what changes are already locked in and the scenarios we could face.

The message was very clear – this February was globally the hottest month by a long shot, meanwhile Australia’s emissions are rising and we have no government leadership on this issue.

However, there were many inspiring stories of communities around the world taking action.

It is evident that we the people must lead if we ever hope to protect our world from the extremes of climate change.

The COREM (Community Owned Renewable Energy Mullumbimby) volunteers are working to transition our area to run on renewable energy and decarbonise our local electricity system.

COREM was born out of the Bentley blockade, and with that passion and creativity we are building a groundbreaking and inspirational model that other areas can follow, but it needs your support.

It is a grass roots campaign, so if many of us chip in a bit now, just five minutes of your time and any size donation will ensure Mullumbimby continues to lead the way in changing our local fossil fuel dominated electricity market.

Visit to see how your tax deductible donation will be used again and again in COREM’s revolving community energy fund.

So let’s wrest the control back from the electricity giants to democratise and decentralise our electricity system.

Think globally and act locally knowing a donation today really will make a difference.

Dave Rawlins, Mullumbimby

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"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": North Coast Voices: A look at those the Liberal-Nationals Coalition labels "eco-terrorists" "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

NSW Minister for Industry, Resources and Energy Anthony Roberts,  media release, 7 March 2016:

NEW LAWS PROTECT WORKERS AND COMMUNITIES FROM ILLEGAL PROTESTS The NSW Government today announced legislation will be introduced to the NSW Parliament to increase enforcement powers with respect to illegal protests. The Inclosed Lands, Crimes and Law Enforcement Amendment (Interference) Bill 2016 delivers on the NSW Government’s commitment to ensure that the right to peaceful protest is balanced with the need to ensure public safety, the safety of workers, the protection of communities and lawful business activity. Minister for Industry, Resources and Energy, Anthony Roberts, said the reforms enable Police to take a more proactive approach to managing and prosecuting illegal activity. “The NSW Government makes clear its support for the right to legal protests conducted in accordance with the Summary Offences Act 1988,” Mr Roberts said. “However unlawful activities put the safety of protesters and workers at risk and are costly for b...

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Friday, 18 March


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": Alive 90.5: Winston Hills Neighbourhood Watch Newsletter "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Here is the Winston Hills Neighbourhood Watch Newsletter for the December 2015: NHWNewsletterFeb2016


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": Alive 90.5: Sydney Symphony Orchestra with James Morrison "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Parramatta Park presents FREE Jazz and Symphony in the Park so gather your family and friends and head to The Crescent at Parramatta Park on Saturday 19th March 2016 for an unforgettable night of music and fun! Event Details Date Mar 19, 2016 (More...)


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": Alive 90.5: Seniors Rock "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": Alive 90.5: Street artists to transform Centenary Square "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

When: 14th March 2016 – 24th March 2016 Where: Parramatta Contact: Work Shop on or: Cost: Free Part of Parramatta’s Centenary Square will be transformed into an outdoor artists’ studio this month when the hoarding surrounding 8 Parramatta (More...)


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": Alive 90.5: Apply for a study in peace abroad! "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Castle Hill Rotary Club is urging young residents to apply for $100,000 peace scholarship to study at an overseas university. Rotary International has 100 scholarships available worldwide and successful applicants can embark on a three month professional development certificate in (More...)


Dr Kevin Bonham: Poll Roundup: How Far Will Turnbull Slide? "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

2PP Aggregate: 51.0 to Coalition (-0.3 in a week, -2 in three weeks)
Coalition would win election "held now" with much reduced majority

The downwards trend I've been tracking in the Coalition's aggregated federal polling has continued. It's not so much the case that the polls keep getting worse, but more that it was longer since they got a really good one.  In the last two weeks Essential (which has leant to Labor on the whole since Turnbull became PM) has put out a couple of 50:50s, and Newspoll (which in its new incarnation has also leant to Labor, though not by much) has followed up its shock 50:50 from a fortnight ago with more of the same.  Morgan had a very slight improvement for the government, up to 53:47 by last-election preferences, but this may be more evidence that its house effect is hanging around than anything in the government's favour.  Anyway with all these included my aggregate now falls to 51.0% to Coalition - more or less exactly where it was in the immediate aftermath of last September's removal of Tony Abbott.  Here's the smoothed tracking graph:

There's increasing talk of a July 2 double dissolution, which would mean the election is now less than four months away.  Normally, if you offered a new first-term government a 51:49 poll lead four months out from an election it would take that in a shot, since governments of any age in such a position have a very high...


"IndyWatch Feed Melbourne": matthew schiavello: photos and words: ‘Seminal works #30 090116′Dear Friends, This Sunday is the... "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

‘Seminal works #30 090116′

Dear Friends, This Sunday is the final opportunity to see the exhibition- “Seminal and non-seminal works”, at Balkon Art Incubator.

Date: Sunday 20th of March
Time: 10am - 1pm
Location: 635 Plenty Rd, Preston (Near Tyler st).

Some info about the show, from my artist statement:

“ Over the last two years Matthew has been exploring Bricolage through the manipulation of translucent materials. The works in this exhibition were created using this technique. Much of Matthew’s work is centered on finding beauty in spaces or items which are unwanted or discarded. The series ‘Seminal and non-seminal works’ sees Matthew making a shift from passive observer of beauty to active participant in its creation.

‘Seminal and non-Seminal works’ explores several themes. The themes are:

-how items ‘to hand’ can be used in the creation of beauty,

-the artist’s own personal exploration of how chosen materials are used to represent the joy of life (and its creation) and

-How the experience each viewer has with each piece of work can be affected by the emotional meaning they have attached or imbued in the items used.”

I do hope that you will be able to attend. Please feel free to pop in, say hello and bring your friends. Please feel free to also forward this invite those whom you think would be interested. It is important to note that these works are different to my usual abstract photographs and are mixed media works. Some aspects of the show may be confronting for some people. Please do not hesitate to contact me in need.

best regards,

matthew schiavello.


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": Alive 90.5: KidzFlicks Festival "IndyWatch Feed Nsw" Screening at Event Cinemas across Sydney for a week every March, Kidsflicks is the most significant Festival of child produced films in Australia. All entries are eligible for the prestigious Kidsflicks Awards where the Professional Australian film industry honours (More...)


"IndyWatch Feed Capricornia": Secretive cabal of GOP operatives, conservative leaders meet to deny Trump presidential nomination "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

News Updates from CLG
18 March 2016

Previous edition: U.S. watches as Fukushima nuclear plant continues to leak radiation

Secretive cabal of GOP operatives, conservative leaders meet to deny Trump presidential nomination –Koch-owned Republican Sen. Ben Sasse named as possible ‘late entry’ nominee| 17 March 2016 | A secretive group of Republican operatives and conservative leaders convened Thursday morning for more than three hours to discuss ways to unite the right against Donald Trump, with a presentation about the feasibility of mounting a third-party challenge as well as extensive deliberations about whether a coalition of anti-Trump forces could prevent the businessman from securing the party’s presidential nomination at the July convention in Cleveland…A bloc of participants argued that the best option may be working in upcoming primaries to boost Cruz and prevent Trump from securing a majority of delegates. A convention standoff would be the culmination of those efforts, the people said.

RNC member: ‘Political parties choose their nominee, not the general public’ | 16 March 2016 | Curly Haugland, a Republican National Committee member, says the nomination process is pretty straightforward: The party, not the voters, chooses the nominee. In an appearance on CNBC’s "Squawk Box" on Wednesday morning, Haugland, a North Dakotan and current member of the RNC’s Rules Committee, said that any assumption otherw...


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

Outside Buzzzbar cafe in Newtown

Car park gates at St Andrew's cathedral

Church doors in Newtown(at the bus stop)


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": 89.3 FM 2GLF: Programming Grid 2016-17 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Programming is changing on April 3rd..... get the inside scoop on the changes and new programs.


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": AWPA Sydney News: 1) Armed Rebels have no Place in Indonesia: Defense Minister "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

2) Allegations of Human Rights Abuse in West Papua Raised at the UN

3) Govt to resolve past human  rights cases

4) Komnas HAM demands thorough investigation into cases of violence in Papua

5) Lack of healthcare spurs fears of more deaths in Papua


"IndyWatch Feed Geelong": Ocean Grove Voice: Silver-tongued poets "IndyWatch Feed Vic"


LOCAL wordsmiths rejoiced as the Ocean Grove Poetry Appreciation Group celebrated its 25th birthday at the Uniting Church on 18 March.
In a special afternoon tea, the group honoured its two remaining original members (of six), Dorothy Cook and Margaret Duckworth.
Long-time Ocean Grove resident Margaret has had a wonderful 25 years at the club.
“We’re looking forward to the next 25,” she said.
Dorothy said poetry kept her alive and that being a part of the group helped her understand the beauty of words.
“It stretches you and keeps your brain and imagination active,” she said.
“We all speak the same language.”
The group consists of 17 members, who have studied everything from ancient Chinse poetry to local present-day poets.
Group member Ena Roach said there was “a palpable warmth” within the group.
“We all come from different backgrounds, so we can pool our knowledge and understanding,” she said.
Group members shared silver-themed poetry that afternoon, in recognition of the silver anniversary.
Ocean Grove Poetry Appreciation Group meets each Friday at the Ocean Grove Uniting Church (except school holidays).

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"IndyWatch Feed Geelong": Ocean Grove Voice: Ramsay visits Grove "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

LOCAL state politician Simon Ramsay stopped by Ocean Grove on 15 March to promote the Liberal Party’s “Costwatch” campaign.
The Member for Western Victoria spoke to shoppers at Market Place about campaign’s focus: the rising cost of living.
“We met single mothers, retirees and businesspeople, who all had different stories to tell about their costs of living,” he said.
“We want to work with residents … by formulating policies that will reduce costs and taxes going towards the next election.”
Mr Ramsay said the campaign was aimed at reducing “significant costs, including utilities, red tape, regulation and bureaucracy”.
Mr Ramsay spent the day introducing shoppers to fellow state politician, Michael Gidley, the Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Cost of Living.
They also visited Gateway Plaza in Leopold. For more information visit

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Motorbike Writer: Shark Leathers Faster two-piece road suit "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Review by Marty Thompson Shark Leathers


They say you only get what you pay for, but with the Shark Leathers Faster two-piece road suit, you get more because the price is outweighed by the quality.

During my riding and racing years, I have owned everything from the most recognised Dainese and Alpinestars leathers, to Joe Rocket, Frank Thomas, RST, R-jays, Mars and even Stagg leathers for those who remember them. (I still have my original Stagg leather jacket from the ’70s, which was burnt orange as was the flavour of the day).

I was also involved in importing and distributing leathers with Dave Mackay from Frank Thomas during the 1990s. (I still have my custom Frank Thomas race suit from 1995/6. I doubt I will ever fit into it again, but can’t seem to part with it.)


sunshinecoastbirds: Yandina Creek Wetland Update "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Yandina Creek Wetland this week looking towards Mt Coolum
This time last year, thousands of waterbirds of many species were frequenting the Yandina Creek Wetlands on Queensland's Sunshine Coast. Among them were more than 120 Latham's Snipe: a sufficiently large number of this species to afford the 200ha site the status of internationally significant, according to federal Government guidelines. Also present was a Pectoral Sandpiper - one of the rarer shorebird species visiting Australia.

During an inspection yesterday, not a single waterbird was present. As has been documented, the wetland was drained last July so the area could be redeveloped as sugar cane plantation when broken floodgates were replaced, preventing the daily flow of tidal water to the wetland. Following national publicity surrounding the fate of the area, state authorities intervened. The wetland began refilling last September when the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries...


Motorbike Writer: Honda undercuts importer on Grom "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Honda Australia has drastically undercut the independent importer of its Grom fun bike by a hefty $2000.

The overgrown pit bike was released in 2013 and became an instant hit in the US through aggressive marketing and the official stunt video shown above.

They now have a hipster Grom mod scene with some outlandish versions and Motorcycle USA magazine honoured it with their prestigious bike of the year award in 2014.

However, Honda Australia couldn’t see any need to import it, so independent Joe Stephens of Aussie Grom decided to get the import rights in September 2015.

Joe has since sold more than 50 at $5999 ride away with a three-year warranty.

However, Honda has now seen their error in not importing the Thai-made fun bike and is bringing them in mid-year at $3999 ride away as an introductory offer.

No doubt that price is designed to take business back from the independent importer. Presumably when he gives up, “Big Red” will increase the prices.


"IndyWatch Feed Geelong": Barwon Blog: Branching out: 'Narmbool' "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Whilst writing my previous post, I came across quite a bit of information about the Narmbool Run; enough that it required a post of its own, so I am taking a slight detour on the track to the goldfields before heading east to Darriwill, Steiglitz, Darra and beyond.
Today, 'Narmbool' is a 2,000 hectare (4,942 acre) working property capable of running up to 12,000 head of sheep. It has been owned by Sovereign Hill since 2000 and in addition to its grazing interests, provides educational programs aimed at students in the middle years of their schooling as well as a range of facilities suitable for conferences, retreats and weddings. Of course this hasn't always been the case and sheep haven't always been the pastoral focus.

The rolling hills of 'Narmbool' with Mt Buninyong in the distance and
Williamson's Creek running through, October, 2015
For many thousands of years before European settlement, 'Narmbool' formed part of the lands belonging to the Wathaurong people. As I have mentioned in previous posts, many of the roads we drive today in large part follow the bullock tracks established by the European pioneers as they spread out across the countryside in search of grazing land. They in turn however, often followed the tracks of the Wathaurong people and Mary Akers in her book about 'Narmbool' "Hold fast the Heritage (2010), suggests that this may well hav...


"IndyWatch Feed Capricornia": NQCC: Vote encourages ‘panic’ tree-clearing in Queensland "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Following is the text of a media release distributed by NQCC on 18 March: Panic and even illegal tree clearing may be the result of the Queensland Parliament’s delaying of an ALP Bill to limit tree-clearing throughout the State, according … Continue reading


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": Timber and Steel: Thank Folk It’s Friday – 18th March "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

This Week in Folk All the News From The Week That Was – Singer songwriter William Crighton released his new single “Priest” from his brand new, self titled album. Details here – St Patrick’s Day may have been yesterday but The Gaelic Club in Sydney is still celebrating with a session tonight, The Button Collective […]


"IndyWatch Feed Melbourne": matthew schiavello: photos and words: Acrylic and ink. Detail of cutlery set, messing about in the... "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Acrylic and ink. Detail of cutlery set, messing about in the studio. #instaart #acrylic #art #melbourne #study #studiowork #matthewschiavello #ink #style #interiorstyle


"IndyWatch Feed Geelong": Ocean Grove Voice: New ward for Bellarine "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

THE Bellarine could have its own ward by October, after the Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC) released recommendations for a council restructure.
The final report, released today, recommends four new wards for the City of Greater Geelong, with a total of 11 councillors.
Under the changes, the Bellarine Ward would have three councillors.
If the Victorian Government accepts the recommendations, the changes will take place in time for the next council general election in October.
Under the changes, Brownbill and Kardinia Wards, representing central and southern Geelong respectively, will have three councillors each.
Windermere Ward – in the north – will elect two councillors.
The VEC commenced the review in November 2015, holding two rounds of public submissions, a public hearing and a public information session.
The final report is available at

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"IndyWatch Feed Geelong": Ocean Grove Voice: Havoc blows in "IndyWatch Feed Vic"


STRONG winds wrought havoc in Ocean Grove and the Bellarine on 18 March, felling several trees and causing traffic hazards on major roads.
An SES crew removed broken branches from a tree in Tuckfield Street just after 2pm, closing one lane which caused minor delays.
The broken branches had not yet fallen on the road, but the crew removed them in a matter of minutes, preventing injury or further damage.
Bellarine SES Controller Dion Henderson said gusts of wind up to 90km/h kept his crews busy all afternoon across the Peninsula.
“It’s been constant – we’ve got two trucks out at the moment,” he said.
“It doesn’t take our crews long to remove the trees.”
SES crews also removed fallen trees in Mannerim, Marcus Hill, Wallington, Drysdale and Swan Bay.
Fallen trees created traffic hazards on roads including the Bellarine Highway, and Swan Bay and Murradoc Roads.

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Motorbike Writer: Tribute for Barry Sheene Festival of Speed "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Barry Sheene

Barry Sheene will be honoured at the ninth annual Festival of Speed

As riders throughout the country descend on Sydney this weekend for the Barry Sheene Festival of Speed, a long-term racing and industry identity talks about his relationship with the racer.

By Dale Schmidtchen

I found out that Barry had finally succumbed to his throat cancer while speaking to a sponsored rider on the phone.

This rider was too young to really appreciate what Barry was to our generation, as a rider and pioneer of rider’s rights and safety but I don’t mind admitting crying when I heard the news and having to hang up the call to carry on the conversation at a later time.

Barry’s loss was both personal and also hard hitting.

This survivor of all that life could offer, good and bad. A champion and larrikin. Larger than life. Gone. Forever. It was unbelievable.



"IndyWatch Feed Cvic": Natural Newstead: A sense of danger "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Birds, and other animals for that matter, are always on the alert to potential danger. Last weekend I had a very close encounter with a European Red Fox, nearby the waterhole I’ve been visiting in the Rise and Shine.

Foxes are extremely cunning, wary and dare I say it … beautiful animals. This fox appeared in my peripheral vision a few moments before it spotted me sitting quiet and motionless near the waterhole. I suspect it was treading a well-worn path in search of prey – this tiny water source has attracted a constant stream of ‘fox tucker’ since it was created by the last rain event. The fox was unperturbed, merely looking at this curious stranger, before trotting off on its rounds. Moments later the birds resumed their visits.


European Red Fox, Rise and Shine, 14th March 2016




Motorbike Writer: Best advice for riding in New Zealand "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Harley-Davidson Road King in New Zealand

The best word of advice I’ve received about riding in New Zealand is that if it’s wet on one coast, it doesn’t take long to ride across to the other side of the island and bask in sunshine!

I received that sage advice in 2015 while on the ferry from the North to South Island. When we arrived in Picton, we headed west because there was sunshine.

When it started to rain, we headed east and within a couple of hours we were in sunshine again.

However, you don’t have to wait hours for a change of weather and scenery if you are riding on the far north of the North Island.


"IndyWatch Feed Capricornia": This movement needed in Australia to restore Parliament to the people "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Soros planning 10-day anti-Trump protests

The same anti-Donald Trump protesters who scheduled violent demonstrations in Chicago are plotting their most ambitious plan yet.

George Soros will try to destabilize Donald Trump by paying insurgents to take over Capitol Building

Funded by billionaire liberal George Soros and big union thugs, they’re organizing a mob of thousands of radicals into “one of the largest civil disobedience actions” in American history.

Their goal: march across the East Coast in the thousands and spark a “fire that transforms the political climate in America” by taking over the U.S. Capitol Building.

The new left-wing group is calling itself Democracy Spring, is receiving help for their plan of “action on a historic scale” from the usual suspects. Leading the charge is noted liberal group, an organization funded by Soros that recently played a key role in shutting down the Trump rally at the University of Illinois.

They’re not alone. The country’s largest labor union, the AFL-CIO, has announced they’re “all in behind Democracy Spring.”

Also throwing their weight into the plan are over 115 labor unions, socialist groups, and other radical leftist organizations, some of which have also been implicated in disrupting Trump events.

Democracy Spring’s announced plan involves meeting up for a mass protest at the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia in early April, and then sending waves of protestors on a 10-day march into D.C.



"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": Timber and Steel: National Folk Festival Interview: Black Market Tune "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Image Courtesy of Black Market Tune Austro-Scottish trad band Black Market Tune return to Australia this month for The National Folk Festival after wowing croweds over the 2014/15 summer. We sat down with fiddle player and singer Paul Dangl to talk through the band’s influences and what Australian audiences can expect from the band this […]


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": Radio Blue Mountains 89.1: ANZAC Day activities on 25th April 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Dawn service at 6.30 am at Blackheath War Memorial

Mt Victoria War Memorial at 8.45 am (including wreath/book laying)

anzac dayThe March will assemble at the Sub-Branch Hall from 10 am and will commence at 10.25 am sharp.

Main service (including wreath/book laying) at 10.45 am at the rear of the Blackheath War Memorial in The Gardens.

You are invited to lay a wreath or book to be given to a local School at any of these Services.

No RSVP is required.

Breakfast will be served at the Ivanhoe Hotel from 7am to 8.30am for $12.50 per person.

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"IndyWatch Feed Gippsland": South Gippsland Sentinel-Times: Send’er down, Hughie! "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Korumburra had received 32ml by 9am this morning and another 4ml so far today (by 10.30am) with more on the way (see BOM map attached at 10.30am).

Should result in some good run-off for farmers and the local water supply.

Please go to our Facebook page and post your overnight and weekend rainfall figures. Thank you: Sentinel-Times Facebook

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"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": : NEWS: Heartbreaker Sessions Easter Special "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Heartbreaker Sessions returns to the bricked walls and sky-high shimmering stage of Freda’s for an Easter Special. Myself and Daz will be on the decks spinning classic and deep-cut country tunes all evening while The Sweet Jelly Rolls and Whiskey Jeff help kick off the long weekend with some fine live music. From 6PM and it’s … Continue reading


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": FBi Radio: Ten classic Brian Wilson/Beach Boys covers – Tune Up "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"


Brian Wilson, Beach Boys co-founder and resident musical genius, is soon to arrive in Australia once again. This time it’s for Bluesfest and festival sideshows, including two nights at the Sydney Opera House. At all appearances he will be celebrating 50 years since the Beach Boys’ massively influential Pet Sounds album was release and performing it for what he says are the final times.

‘CAROLINE NO’ – Rush and Gambell

Sydney’s Art Rush along with Andrew G created the best Australian covers album of 2015. A highlight was this reworking of a Pet Sounds classic.

‘PET SOUNDS’ – Architecture In Helsinki

Another Australian cover of the signature instrumental, beautifully done.


‘GOD ONLY KNOWS’ – The Flaming Lips

The FL’s do amazing covers and this is no exception. I wish they’d do a whole album of Beach Boys songs. Also superbly covered by Daniel Johnston.



"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": Timber and Steel: Watch Passenger, All Our Exes Live in Texas and Luke Thompson Perform “Caravan” "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Image Courtesy of Passenger We don’t often just post love videos but this is different. This is Passenger singing one of our favourite Passenger songs, “Caravan”, with recent tour mates and Timber and Steel favourites All Our Exes Live in Texas and Luke Thompson. Check it out below – stunning.Filed under: News, Video News Tagged: […]


Western NSW & Far West Health Libraries Blog: Patient safety tools and resources "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

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"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Man’s death ends siege in Lismore "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

A man who held police at bay for two days during a siege in East Lismore has died this morning.

A shot rang out just after 7.30am this morning and the 33-year-old man was found dead inside the house in Dalley Street shortly after.

Police had been called to the house about 4.30pm on Wednesday over concerns for the man’s welfare.

Several houses were evacuated and students from Lismore High School were given the day off  as police cordoned off the area around the house in Dalley Street.

A tense stand-off followed as police negotiators attempted to talk to the man, while members of the tactical response unit stood by.

Police have issued a statement saying the man’s death would now be the subject to an investigation, which would be subject to an independent review.

‘All information will be provided to the coroner who will determine the cause of death and make any findings about the events leading to the man’s death,’ police said.

Lismore High School has been closed for a second day as a result of the incident, which police said was not related to the siege.

Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page:

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"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Surfers say Ballina’s shark barrier a safety risk "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Work on a 650-metre-long shark barrier at Ballina’s Lighthouse Beach starts today, but local surfers say it puts their safety at risk as it cuts right through the middle of their surf zone.

The eco shark barrier at Western Australia's Coogee Beach is similar to the one being installed at Lighthouse Beach. Photo Eco Shark Barriers

The eco shark barrier at Western Australia’s Coogee Beach is similar to the one being installed at Lighthouse Beach. Photo Eco Shark Barriers

The barrier is part of the state government’s $16 million shark management plan for the area in response to a spate of shark attacks last year, including a fatal one.

It will make Lighthouse beach the only protected beach between Gold Coast and Newcastle.

Today’s work involves laying out the weighted baseline for the mesh barrier, but surfer representatives say it should be erected further out to sea.

Surfer spokesman Mark Furnidge told the ABC today that concerns about the barrier’s precise location had been ignored.

Mr Furnidge, who has been involved in talks with Ballina Shire Council and the Department of Primary Industries, says surfers are the key stakeholders the plan is trying to protect, yet the location of the barrier makes it a safety hazard for surfers.

He feared surfers could become entangled in the barrier or that it coul...


"IndyWatch Feed Cvic": in the garden: Perfect timing "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Lovely rain overnight, just perfect for a weekend weed and dig. A reminder it’s our first working bee for the year on Sunday. Join us at 10am for a couple of hours, or a little more. Bring gloves, hat, water, some lunch to share (cuppas provided). We’ll be finished by 2pm. Time to visit some local artists […]


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": Timber and Steel: Bon Iver Presents Cercle Announced for Vivid Festival 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Image Courtesy of Bon Iver After months of speculation it’s finally been confirmed that Bon Iver are returning to Australia for this year’s Vivid festival in Sydney. Vivid will see the world premiere of Bon Iver presents Cercle, an intimate retrospective of the bands work presented in the round. This is also the only Australian […]


Central Queensland Plane Spotting: Tigerair (Tiger Airways) Australia Airbus A320-200(WL) VH-XUH Visits Proserpine Airport with Melbourne Storm NRL Stickers "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

On Thursday 17 March, Tigerair (Tiger Airways) Australia Airbus A320-200(WL) VH-XUH was noted calling into Proserpine (Whitsunday Coast) Airport operating the TGW394/393 service from and back to Sydney.

Grahame Hutchison /

VH-XUH is the newest A320 in the Tigerair fleet and features blended winglets (known as sharklets).  
VH-XUH was also recently named after Melbourne Storm captain Cameron Smith to celebrate the extension of the airline’s sponsorship deal with the National Rugby League (NRL) club for five more years.  The low-cost carrier has been a Storm sponsor for the past three years.



"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Uighur militants a threat to Indon: China "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

An Indonesian anti-terrorism squad during a counter-terrorism exercise in Banda Aceh on February 23. Photo EPA/Hotli Simanjuntak

An Indonesian anti-terrorism squad during a counter-terrorism exercise in Banda Aceh on February 23. Photo EPA/Hotli Simanjuntak

Beijing [RAW

Ethnic Uighur militants from western China are increasing their presence in Indonesia, China’s Foreign Ministry said, after Indonesian security forces said they killed two Uighurs belonging to a militant network.

Indonesia has launched an aggressive, military-backed, security campaign in the jungles of Sulawesi island as it battles the threat from growing domestic support for the Islamic State militant group.

Indonesian police said the two men killed in a clash on Tuesday were from China’s Uighur Muslim minority who had joined Indonesia’s most high-profile backer of Islamic State, a militant called Santoso, in central Sulawesi.

Santoso, Indonesia’s most wanted man, has been on the run for more than three years.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said he had noted the reports about the shootout and was trying to find out more.



"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Much ado about banking… "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"


So why would a lawyer who spends his days working with banks decide by night to skylark as a thespian?

‘It’s unfinished business,’ says Swivel,  ‘when my parents died I decided I would try and explore the story telling thing and comedy generally and do something with micro finance and that’s 8 years ago…’

Mark Swivel’s one man show How Deep is Your Love tells his personal ‘love’ story of  learning microfinance in Bangladesh with the Nobel Prize winning Grameen Bank.  In the process he falls for ‘Habibunessa, Shaorica and Malika’ the women who borrow to start their business.  It’s the pure romance of ideology in action.

‘I’ve been trying to get a bit of arts into banking –once you get past the barrier that the show is about banking its fascinating – because  it’s the intersection of everyway you can possibly look at humans.’

It begs the question though, why is a middle class white man telling the story of poor black women? 

‘Cos I w...


Motorbike Writer: Global record attempt on Victory Cross Country "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Swiss rider Urs Pedraita hopes to set a new record for global navigation of the seven continents on a Victory Cross Country

Swiss rider Urs “Grizzly” Pedraita has set out on his Victory Cross Country from Daytona Bike Week (March 11, 2016)  to establish a new record for global navigation of the seven continents in less than 100 days.

He will be in Australia from April 5-10, starting in Sydney and heading to Darwin, down to Port Augusta, SA, and west to Mundrabilla, WA.

To prepare, Urs, also known as “Grizzly” because Urs means bear in German, rode for a month in various conditions including snow, mud and sand in six-hour stints and setting five alarm clocks to prevent him sleeping more than one hour at a time.

Urs already has a global circumnavigation record of 120 days, but hopes to reduce the seven-continents ride to 99 days by riding six-hour stints with one-hour sleeps.

Speaking through an interpreter last year at the Victory American Rally in Colorado Springs, he told Motorbike Writer the secret to setting the record is to never go into deep sleep and only sleeping an hour at a time.



"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Activists welcome SeaWorld whale move "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

A Killer Whale jumping at the Shamu-show in Sea World, Orlando, Florida. Photo Milan Boers

A Killer Whale jumping at the Shamu-show in Sea World, Orlando, Florida. Photo Milan Boers

Ramkumar Iyer, RAW

Bowing to years of pressure from animal rights activists, US theme park operator SeaWorld has said it will stop breeding killer whales and that those currently at its parks would be the last.

Orlando-based SeaWorld has faced sagging attendance along with criticism about its treatment of the captive marine mammals, and some activists had called for the end of public exhibition of killer whales, or orcas, altogether.

SeaWorld Entertainment Inc, which has parks in San Diego, Orlando and San Antonio, said in November it would replace its signature killer whale shows in San Diego with displays focused on conservation.

The company, whose shares rose as much as six per cent in morning trading, also said it would scrap plans for a $US100 million ($A132.5 million) project called Blue World that would have enlarged its 30-million-litre orca habitat at SeaWorld San Diego.

California regulators had approved the project, but only on the condition that the company cease...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Brain cell to stop over-eating identified "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Photo Pascal Terjan

Photo Pascal Terjan

Baltimore [PAA]

A brain cell that stops over-eating has been identified by scientists, paving the way to potential new anti-obesity treatments.

Tests showed that switching off the satiety neurons caused mice to eat more, and double their weight in three weeks.

When the cells’ function was restored, the mice reduced the amount they ate each day by about 25 per cent.

Scientists found the cells in a small brain region called the paraventricular nucleus, which was already known to send and receive signals related to appetite and food intake.

‘When the type of brain cell we discovered fires and sends off signals, our laboratory mice stop eating soon after,’ Dr Richard Huganir, director of the Department of Neuroscience at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, said.

‘The signals seem to tell the mice they’ve had enough.’

A particular enzyme, OGT, was found to play a key role in the process by stimulating synaptic connections between the cells.

When the gene for...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Cooper’s great ocean swim "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Cooper Berry

Cooper Berry

The Murray Rose Malabar Magic Ocean Swim 2016 was held recently in Sydney, and local Byron Bay Club swimmer 11-year-old Cooper Berry competed in his first-ever 250-metre Rainbow Dash swim which is part of the race event program in Malabar Bay.

Cooper and his mum Cyra travelled to Sydney to take part in the annual fundraising event that supports 16 Rainbow clubs across NSW, teaching children with disabilities to learn to swim.

Cooper is on the Autism Spectrum with Aspergers. He braved the inclement weather to take part in this event with 23 other Rainbow Club children from Sydney. More than 1,000 swimmers competed in the 1km and 2.4km races on Sunday.

Rainbow Club patrons Olympians Daniel Kowalski and Paralympian Louise Sauvage were swimming on the day in support and raising money for the non-profit charity.

The club has grossed more than $100,000 for this year’s Malabar Magic Ocean Swim, the highest fundraising for this event since its inception in 2009. 

For more information on Rainbow Club or to donate visit http://rainbow...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Lifesaver Sam’s big patrolling journey "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Sam Atkins plans to visit and patrol all 129 NSW club beaches.

Sam Atkins plans to visit and patrol all 129 NSW club beaches.

Story & photo Guy Knox

Sam Atkins from Brunswick Surf Life Saving Club is setting out to become the first life saver to patrol all the 129 state clubs in NSW.

Inspired by Andy Cross, who surfed all those beaches, Sam says his motivation comes from wanting to encourage surf life savers to patrol with neighbouring clubs to learn and gain experience from each other. He also wants to encourage junior life savers to take on committee roles within their own clubs.

To follow his journey check out his Instagram account: @patrol129beaches.

Guy Knox is from the Brunswick Surf Life Saving Club.

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"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Senate debate rages on, 20hrs and counting "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

‘Nearly 2am at Parliament House but despite the PJs, I'm not up to any monkey business; I'm going through the voting reform bill.’ From Senator Nick Xenophon’s Facebook page.

‘Nearly 2am at Parliament House but despite the PJs, I’m not up to any monkey business; I’m going through the voting reform bill.’ From Senator Nick Xenophon’s Facebook page.

Belinda Merhab, AAP

They’re turning up in pyjamas and arguing about who is more boring, but a vote on changes to the way Australians elect senators is still nowhere in sight.

It’s been a marathon 20-hour session so far and Labor’s filibustering on Senate voting reforms doesn’t look likely to let up any time soon as debate rages into the early hours of Friday morning.

At 5am, there were still 37 amendments from various parties to be considered.

Bring your pillows and mattresses, Labor warned on Thursday. It wasn’t an exaggeration.

Independent senator Nick Xenophon showed up in the chamber dressed in pyjamas, pillow in tow.

Labor made several attempts to call it quits for the day and resume debate later, but the government has ruled parliament will stay put until the bill is dealt with.



"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: NSW ICAC to come under further scrutiny "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Independent Commission Against Corruption Commissioner Megan Latham appears at a public hearing examining ICAC inspector David Levine's report regarding Operation Hale at state parliament in Sydney on Thursday, February 11. AAP Image/Dean Lewins

Independent Commission Against Corruption Commissioner Megan Latham appears at a public hearing examining ICAC inspector David Levine’s report regarding Operation Hale at state parliament in Sydney on Thursday, February 11. AAP Image/Dean Lewins

Stephanie Menezes, AAP

ICAC Commissioner Megan Latham will appear on Friday before a parliamentary inquiry looking into the investigation into crown prosecutor Margaret Cunneen, as pressure mounts against the NSW corruption watchdog.

In the past week, ICAC has been accused of abusing its powers, ruining a former SES commissioner’s life and using the media for its own self-promoting agenda.

The parliamentary committee is examining a scathing ICAC Inspector report which described the Cunneen investigation as ‘unreasonable’, ‘unjust and oppressive’.

Ms Latham claimed the report was fundamentally flawed, but Inspector David Levine defended his assessment on Monday.

He told...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Telstra boss apologises for massive outage "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Troubleshooting the phone system, by Solarbotics

Troubleshooting the phone system, by Solarbotics

Melbourne [AAP]

Telstra boss Andy Penn has publicly apologised for the telco’s latest massive outage that affected about eight million customers for up to four hours.

Scores of customers took to social media to vent their frustration about problems accessing Telstra’s mobile and data networks from about 6pm on Thursday.

Mr Penn told reporters in Melbourne on Friday he was ‘sincerely sorry to all our customers’ and said, as happened following a similar outage in February, customers would be offered another data-free day.

He said Telstra had ‘an issue in the network that caused a number of services to be disrupted at the same time and it was reconnecting that caused extreme congestion’ and thus delayed reconnection.

Most services were back up within two minutes and the network was fully operating after four hours.

‘It affected about 50 per cent of the calls and we have about 16 million customers on our network,’ he said.



"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": Fig Jam and Lime Cordial: Grayson Perry "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

I had the very best of intentions to write a long and detailed post about Grayson Perry’s My Pretty Little Art Career exhibition, currently showing at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Circular Quay. Then I changed my mind. It’s not possible to do Mr Perry justice in a blog post – you really need to get […]


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Bellingen Seed Savers: The Witches Kitchen : Sorry Cucamelons, you’ve gotta go "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Cucamelons (Melothria) Pic from Witches Kitchen

"There’s a very fine line between the permaculture ideal of a plant that is so hardy, it grows, survives, and self seeds and needs little management, and the permaculture nightmare of a plant that is so hardy, it grows, survives, and self seeds and can’t be managed."

Read post at Witches Kitchen


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Olley’s legacy embraces Lismore gallery "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

An artist's impression of the new Lismore Art Gallery.

An artist’s impression of the proposed Lismore Regional Gallery: the main gallery space would be named The Margaret Olley Gallery in honour of the Lismore woman who went on to become one of Australia’s greatest painters..

The Margaret Olley Arts Trust will present $500,000 to Lismore City Council this afternoon for the Lismore Quadrangle project, ensuring Olley’s legacy lives on in Lismore, the town of her birth.

The funds will go toward the $5.8 million Lismore Quadrangle development in Keen Street, which includes a redeveloped Lismore Regional Gallery, café and bookshop, public piazza, and new car parking.

Lismore Regional Gallery director Brett Adlington said the main gallery space would be named The Margaret Olley Gallery in honour of the Lismore woman who went on to become one of Australia’s greatest painters.

The executor of Margaret’s estate, art dealer Philip Bacon, said Trustees of The Margaret Olley Arts Trust were delighted to help a new Lismore Regional Gallery come to fruition.

‘This was a project very close to Margaret’s heart, going as it did to her love of, and belief in, the value of regional galleries to their communities, with of course the added attraction that Lismore was her birthplace’...



By Caitlin McArthur   Yarra City Council Mayor, Roberto Colanzi, sat down with Roads Minister Luke Donnellan last week to discuss ongoing concerns over the Chandler Highway upgrade.   Mayor Colanzi said the meeting focused on the impact the plans would have on existing residents, the failure to incorporate public transport into the revamp and […]



Tasmanian Times: The lack of political will and vision ... "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

… We are clever, we are resilient. We are islanders.  It is only the lack of political will and vision that holds us back as an island community. We are in the grip of an energy crisis overseen by an Energy Minister who seems – quiet literally – to be staggering around in the dark, intoxicated on diesel fumes. A Minister who, after axing Tasmania’s eminent Climate Council, released a shallow Energy Plan that makes only passing reference to renewables and energy efficiency, but devotes plenty of space to talk of burning forests for power. Minister Groom, it is a poor excuse for a Plan that clearly needs to be rewritten and it shouldn’t take a twelve month talkfest for that to happen. We were promised a Brighter Future, but there’s no guarantee the lights won’t go out, and business confidence has declined three months running.  … … Lapoinya and Mutual Valley are proof there is no money to be made in a loss making and destructive native forest industry.  Our old forests are worth more standing.  The alternative is more public subsidies, more environmental and social harm. …


Tasmanian Times: STATE: Government may end Federal Group’s monopoly on poker machines "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Federal Group would lose its monopoly on poker machines in pubs and clubs and a special high rollers casino licence would be created for MONA’s proposed development, under a Tasmanian Government draft policy. • Mercury: Small step in the right direction


Tasmanian Times: The Attorney-General, the Public Trustee and donations to the Tasmanian Liberals "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

The Tasmanian Government’s Public Trustee is a member of the Financial Services Council, an industry lobby group which donated almost $35,000 to the Tasmanian Liberal Party in the last two years. Is that appropriate? • COMMENT: The right to know & donations to the Tas Liberal Party by the Public Trustee’s lobby group • Luigi in Comments: It seems that Vanessa Goodwin and the CEO of the Public Trustee have taken a leaf out of Will Hodgman’s book on The Crisis: “Nothing to do with me”. As a fan of Cold War spy novels and movies I seem to recall that the Central Intelligence Agency acts on the precept of Plausible Deniability in its covert actions.  Here in Tasmania our government is working to perfect Implausible Deniability.  I suspect its practise will reach its zenith when Matthew Groom’s Crisis Investigation Alliance submits its report next year. Anyway, this is small beer.  Of greater concern to me would be to discover that the Tasmanian Minerals and Energy Council (whose members include Bell Bay Aluminium, Norske Skog, Nyrstar and South32 who own Temco) are donors to the Tasmanian Liberal (or Labor) Party at a time when our government is sitting down to decide who is getting blacked out. Someone knows, I’m sure.


Tasmanian Times: Tourism ... "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Some people just can’t wait to retire so they can go travelling. Perversely I plan never to retire so that I never have to travel, at least not under my own steam! Why pay for it? For me travel is travail. It’s hard work, often lonely, always grueling and frustrating, sometimes dangerous and in other time zones cruelly disorienting.


Tasmanian Times: Fairfax Media management says strike is ‘unlawful’ and will dock striking journalists "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Journalists across Fairfax Media newspapers, including The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, The Canberra Times, WA Today and Brisbane Times, walked off the job at around 2.30pm today, and are planning to strike until Monday.


Tasmanian Times: ‘Urgent Bruny Waste Problem Dismissed By Premier’ "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Premier Hodgman refused to promise action on the waste problem on Bruny Island before the Easter tourist rush, despite a letter from residents three weeks ago pleading him to respond. The Premier loves to tout Bruny Island as ‘the jewel in Tasmania’s tourism crown’. But there is a serious waste problem on Bruny Island. Bags of rubbish are being dumped, litter is clogging up the environment, and there is even human poo on the beach. … … Premier Hodgman appeared to miss the irony that his government’s drive to increase tourist numbers, without providing supportive facilities, is the source of the problem. The Liberals can’t have the party and not help clean up. • Guardian: Tasmania’s Bruny Island struggles with tourism boom as rubbish and ‘human poo’ pile up • Luigi in Comments: … I just hope there won’t be too much unfortunate fallout for Will.  Already I am warming to the phrase “the Loo-natic Right of the Liberal Party” and I fear that the name Hodgman may become an unfortunate colloquial casualty.  Happily, “point Percy at the Hodgman” won’t work, and “strangle a Hodgman” would not be appreciated as a joke on TT.  But Will will get naming rights on the edifice.  BISH - the Bruny Island Shit House - is already taken.  But the Wee Willie Memorial Dunny has a certain ring to it. … • John Day in Comments: This major problem for Bruny and Tasmania is now being reported in national and European newspapers and news websites. Complete failure by Councils, the Premier and Minister of Tourism. They live and act as if they are still in the 90s (I will write and mail you a response). They can spend and waste millions without reference, follow up and sensible outcomes. Why not on waste and toilets on Bruny, and other places.I bet there are enough toilets and waste bins at the football and cricket. What about the disheartened community members dealing and raising this issue. They would have to feel totally...


Tasmanian Times: The Critics ... "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Former Victorian Premier Jeff Kennett’s recent tirade against Malcolm Turnbull is merely the latest attempt to show the new PM is a lesser man than everyone hoped, but it may be the crudest in terms of projection - not the common form of imputing one’s own weakness to others - but the reverse form which sees oneself as a decisive leader rather than a bully.


Tasmanian Times: Letters to my grandchildren (8) "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Dear Chilliwops, “To keep the body in good health is a duty… otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear,” Buddha.


Tasmanian Times: News with a negative frame: a vaccination case study "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

On Wednesday 13 January 2016, The Australian newspaper published a news story by journalist Kylar Loussikian titled “Uni accepts thesis on vaccine ‘conspiracy’.” It provides an illuminating example of how to construct an article casting its subject in a negative light. It also happened to serve as a vehicle for a longstanding campaign of denigration.


Tasmanian Times: The Direct Help "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Many humanitarian institutions like Plan International (Australia) and World Vision (Australia) are working towards improving the lives of millions all over the world, especially, in developing countries. Their service is direct to people in terms of helping them manage their daily lives, also in times of wars, disasters, and calamities. It is a similar situation, to where doctors, nurses, and paramedics provide direct help to their patients. Think of a child: when a child cries, the first thing mother would try to know, does her child need milk?


"IndyWatch Feed Seq": Andrew Bartlett: Senate Voting Reform: Part 4 – How do you vote someone out if they don’t need votes to get in? "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

There are many problems with how the current Senate voting system has evolved, but perhaps the worst is that it subverts the most basic aspect of a democracy – the ability to vote somebody out if people think they’re doing a bad job. If you can get elected with barely any public support, you have no need to maintain or develop any public support. And if the public is opposed to what you are doing, they can’t mobilise people to stop voting for you, because people weren’t voting for you in the first place, and you don’t need their votes to get back in.

When I had the less than uplifting experience of being voted out of the Senate at the 2007 federal election, I received just 1.88% of all votes cast across Queensland. This might have been better than the Democrats managed in any other state, but it was still abysmal. I am pretty sure if I had gone around the state saying I still deserved to have a seat in the Senate I would have been told where to get off very quickly – and probably not overly politely. Despite making some major mistakes along the way, I believe the Democrats did a great deal that was positive for Australia and for politics, and it was a sad way for it all to end. But end it did, and it was very clear that this was the voters’ intention.

But at the moment we are experiencing a situation where parties with even lower levels of public support are suggesting they have a right to a seat in the Senate, no matter how invisible their policies and their membership – and how minimal their vote – may be. Whatever else people may have said about the Democrats, there is no doubt they were a real political party with a readily identifiable set of policies and a genuine membership base – something which cannot genuinely be said about a large number of the...

Thursday, 17 March


"IndyWatch Feed Gippsland": Warragul & Baw Baw Citizen: New Animators song unveiled at Tonicfest launch party "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

A mini gig held above a Warragul shop? Unexpected, and super cool. Click here to read.


"IndyWatch Feed Goulburn": Shepparton Interfaith Network: Converge on Shepparton: Walk for Reconciliation "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Converge on Shepparton is an event taking place on Saturday 19 March 2016. This is part of the Shepparton Festival. Converge on Shepparton will commence with a Walk for Reconciliation – a walk from Queens Gardens to Victoria Park Lake and opening the festival with a welcome to country and smoking ceremony. On Thursday 17 ... Read more...


"IndyWatch Feed Goulburn": Shepparton Interfaith Network: Closing the Gap: Awkward histories: place, history, kin "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

In observance of National Closing the Gap Day, we bring you an academic thesis on Yorta Yorta, a place where the gap was not closed: upon the loss of the Yorta Yorta Native Title claim in the High Court, the Yorta Yorta community (alongside environmental advocacy organisations) worked to lobby for the establishment of a ... Read more...

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