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Sunday, 12 February


Rights or resilience? For many resilience has become a trap "IndyWatch Feed National"

There are gross inequalities and injustices, narratives of misery and disadvantage, where the narrative is ongoing because inalienable rights are not worked to or short-changed by governments and state institutions. Instead the affected are sold resilience. But resilience alone does not guarantee expectations. Resilience has been the buzz word for quite some time and instead []


Lisa Harrison & Dani Arnold McKenney: Crossing Time Lines "IndyWatch Feed National"


Lisa Harrison:
Dani Arnold McKenney: http://removingtheshackles.blogspot.c...

Taking place over time zones from Australia to Europe, and bouncing to the east and west coasts of the US, this was the show that couldn't be constrained by time or space.

Lisa Harrison and Dani Arnold McKenny will be familiar to many of you as we share much of the same audience. For the last few years we have enjoyed listening to them thread through the current happenings on every level of our multi-dimensional reality. They do it all in their unique style of casual conversation, allowing the audience to pop in with their thoughts and questions. ...


Look Straight Ahead With Jim West "IndyWatch Feed National"

Jim West is known for his original research published June 2000 in The Townsend Letter for Doctors and Patients, where he introduced the pesticide/polio paradigm and unearthed relevant research arcana. Read More


Eat It - 12 February 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

We started today's show by mentioning a couple of upcoming events you might like to check out...

Scott Pickett and Adam D'Sylva are cooking at the upcoming St Anthony's Primary School Twilight Fair, rockstar farmer Joel Salatin is in Australia to speak at the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance's talk at Jonai Farms, and there is an excellent lineup for the #CookForSyria event in early March at The Point.

Melbourne food icon Guy Grossi and his son Carlo popped into our East Brunswick container to talk about his recent appointment - annointment? - as this year's King of Moomba. We also chatted about tomato season, and the upcoming Melbourne Tomato Festival that has moved to a bigger location this year.

We spoke to John at the Vic Market.

To finish today's show, the team behind Smith & Daughters Shannon Martinez and Mo Wyse came in to speak about their excellent new cookbook (which just happens to be vegan). It's 2017; we're cool with veganism, yeah? 


Bushfire at Broken Head "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Broken Head bushfire as seen from Lake Ainsworth on February 12. Photo Dylan O'Donnell

The Broken Head bushfire as seen from Lake Ainsworth on February 12. Photo Dylan ODonnell

A bushfire has been reported at Broken Head, near Byron Bay Road, at around 5.30pm today (Sunday).

The Rural Fire Service reports that around 26 hectares has been burnt and that the fire is currently being brought under control.

No further information is currently available.

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1) Extension of Concentrate Export Permit Affects Papua`s Growth "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

2) Guide to visiting Raja Ampat for first-timers
SATURDAY, 11 FEBRUARY, 2017 | 17:56 WIB
1) Extension of Concentrate Export Permit Affects Papua`s Growth  

TEMPO.COJayapura - Head of Bank Indonesia (BI) of Jayapura chapter Joko Supratikto said the extension of concentrate export permit for PT Freeport Indonesia (PTFI) that has not been finished will impact economic growth in Papua because mining sector remains the dominant sector in the province.
"Papuas economic growth very much depends on mining. In 2016, the growth was 9.21 percent and most of it was because of the mining sector, which grew by 13.15 percent. So it will give an impact, Joko said in Jayapura on Saturday.


Have you seen Joel Noonan? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Have you seen Joel Noonan, who went missing from Tweed Heads on Friday (February 10)? Photo Police Media

Have you seen Joel Noonan, who went missing from Tweed Heads on Friday (February 10)? Photo Police Media

Police are appealing for public assistance to locate a teenage boy reported missing from the Tweed Heads area.

Joel Noonan, aged 17, was reported missing to police on Saturday (February 11) after he failed to return home from school the previous day.

Police say Joel had packed some belongings and may have travelled away from the area.

His family along with police, hold serious concerns for his welfare as he may suffer from a medical condition.

Officers from Tweed/Byron Local Area Command are conducting inquiries.

He is described as being of Caucasian appearance, 175cm tall, about 65kg and with brown hair.

Anyone with information on Joels whereabouts is urged to contact police or Crime Stoppers immediately.

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: I

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Music Photography and a Love Story Arts Monday "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Sydney music photographer, Rod Hunt, and Director, Monica Zanetti, are my guests today.

RodHuntjpgMusic photographer, Rod Hunt has photographed many high profile artists and covered Australian and international music festivals. His impressive body of work has also been featured in most of the key music publications. Rods upcoming exhibition, Portraits, Pits & Punks draws on his extensive catalogue of work for his first major solo show.

Nick Cave-Rod Hunt 2009

Nick Cave-Rod Hunt 2009



Rod Hunt: Portraits, Pits & Punks

16 -26 February 2017

Chrissie Cotter Gallery Pidcock Street, Camperdown


EAEDA hero hi resEllie, Abbie & Ellies Dead Aunt written by Monica Zanetti is a touching look into the heart of a teenager as she struggles with her sexuality and her simple wish to ask a girl to the formal. This play explores the awkwardness of first love and the disapproval faced from parents.


 29 March 9 April 2017

Depot Theatre 142 Addison Rd, Marrickville

Info / Tickets

I look forward to your company 10.30am 12.00pm



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Au nom du peuple "IndyWatch Feed"

Marine le Pens first campaign ad. If you are deaf to what she is saying, you are deaf to the most important issue of our times.

Via Andrew Bolt.


Casino man arrested following police pursuit "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Police have charged a man after a pursuit in Casino on Thursday (February 9).

Officers spotted a wanted man in a silver Holden Commodore while patrolling West Street, Casino, at about 10.30pm.

When the driver failed to respond to police indications to stop, a pursuit ensued.

It was terminated due to the mans dangerous driving but, a short time later, police found the Commodore abandoned on Arthur Street.

A 25-year-old man was arrested in a house nearby and taken to Casino Police Station, where he was charged with not stopping during a police pursuit, car theft, unlicensed driving and resisting arrest.

The man was refused bail to appear at Lismore Local Court on Friday (February 10).


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#Heatwave makes Australia hottest place on planet with catastrophic #bushfire conditions reports @takvera "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australia is currently the hottest place on the planet with the heatwave in SE Australia according to the Climate Reanalyzer site for Saturday 11 February. And last year (2016) was the hottest year on the planet in recorded history, following two previous years which also set the record. As heat temperature records tumbled in south []

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John Englart

Citizen journalist at No Fibs

John Englart has always had a strong social and environmental focus and over the past 10 years climate change science, climate policy and climate protest have become an increasingly important and primary focus of his work as a citizen journalist.


Yandina Creek Wetland to be Restored and Protected "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Scott, Anna & Sam Dwan at the wetland this week
It's wonderful to report that finally, following a 3-year battle, the 200ha Yandina Creek Wetland is to restored. What follows is the full text of an article prepared for publication in today's edition of The Weekend Australian. Thanks to various organisations, especially BirdLife Australia, that lent their support to the campaign, along with the efforts of many individuals, especially the indomitable Judith Hoyle.

An internationally significant wetland on Queensland's Sunshine Coast that was destroyedwhengovernment authorities dismissed it as unimportant is to be restored in a movewhich paves the way nationally for a fresh...


SnitchHunt testing event! "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A couple of months ago I attended an event at Melbourne Uni run by privacy advocates from both Sydney and Melbourne. SnitchHunt is game created by privacy expert Gabor Szathmari of CryptoParty Sydney to teach people about the data that is collected from us each time we call, email, text or browse the web.

The event generated a couple of media stories and having spent years educating my son via games before he began studying university courses at twelve, I was very impressed with Gabors game. I was interested to hear that he could not keep the game up throug...


Could a Tweet From an Unstable US President Send Australia to War With China? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Copyright Des Pensible 2017

This week in the Australian parliament Senator Ludlum of the Greens raised the question of whether a tweet from president Trump could send us into war with our biggest trading partner China.  While the question seems at first absurd and possibly even a satire, its not. Its a very serious question that deserves debate within Australia as it could have very severe consequences to not only our Australian economy but every Australians future.

The USA is in a very politically unstable position at the moment with many US citizens unhappy with some of the new presidents seemingly impulsive executive orders.  One such order is the banning Muslims from seven countries from entering the USA without asking advice from his government departments as to what sort of problems this might cause to US citizens traveling abroad or anyone travelling to the USA for  business or even a holiday.

This presidential order and tweets caused chaos at international airports and led to thousands of protesters at airports all over the USA. Even some of the international governments friendly to the USA criticised this action and some of the Muslim majority governments whose citizens were banned have reciprocated by banning US citizens. Fortunately for all the travelers affected, a US Federal Judge blocked the Presidents order until it could be examined in a court of law.

President Trump has also been co...


Gippsland Lakes Fishing Club Inc. "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Minutes of the Annual General Meeting  GLFC --8/2/2017

Guests :nil
Apologies: Don Henry, Owen Bennett
Previous Minutes:  motion from Geoff Hudson and seconded by Barry Bills that the minutes be accepted.         Carried
Business Arising: Nil

Treasurers report: a financial report for the 2016 year was presented by Alby McDonald

 Motion from Peter Edgley and Seconded by Geoff Hudson that the report be accepted.    Carried

Secretary Report:  the secretary gave a brief report on the activities and achievements of the club during 2016
General Business:  Junior Membersfollowing much discussion a motion was put by Barry Bills and seconded by Neil Barrett that the definition of a Junior member be a member under 16 years of age, as per our constitution, that no annual fee is required and members between the ages of 16 and 18 years be considered senior members but the Annual fee be only $20. All members below the age of 18 years must have a parent or an appointed Guardian present if they wish to attend any club fishing trips or event. No club keys to be given to any member under the age of 18 years.

The chair was vacated by Kevin Minter and Barry Bills offered to conduct the elections.
Barry paid tribute to the resigning Executive.

Elected members as follows:
President:   Frank Milito                                                
Vice President:   Danialle Milito                 
Secretary:       Kerry Edgley                        &...


NEW MUSIC: Aldous Harding Horizon "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Aldous Harding blew many peoples minds with her debut, self-titled  LP three years ago. Since then shes been keeping busy with plenty of live shows and more recently, completing the recording of its follow-up, Party. It was recorded by PJ Harveys right-hand man John Parish and the first single is the dramatic Horizon. Its a Continue reading


Mr Harbourside Mansion attacks 'social climber' Bill Shorten "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Mr Harbourside Mansion attacks 'social climber' Bill ShortenTess Lawrence reckons Malcolm Turnbull's "know your place" speech was terrific. read now...


Renewable energy meets the arts "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

For more than 40 years the Footscray Community Arts Centre has been the premier community-engaged, contemporary arts space for Melbournes west. In 2016, the centre collaborated with The Peoples Solar to deliver an initiative that incorporated crowd-funding and private and government partnerships, resulting in the installation of a suite of renewable energy infrastructure at the centre. To find out more Des Lawrence spoke with Morgan Brady, Development Coordinator, at the Footscray Community Arts Centre.

Flickr image: Pasco Olivier  (CC BY 2.0)

Peoples Powerwall: Solar + Tesla battery storage crowd-funded for Melbourne community centre

The Peoples Solar crowd-funding site for the Footscray Community Arts Centre



Baloney about electricity prices "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

You really did have to laugh at how the entirely left panel on Insiders (how is possible that Andrew Probyn is now on the ABC aka taxpayer payroll is this some kind of joke?) stumbled their way through the explanation of the load shedding that occurred in South Australia last week.  (According to shadow minister, Mark Butler, just a hiccup.)

If you read the Guardian, Fairfax or listened to the ABC in the past few days, all their commentators were praying for load shedding to occur in Sydney so they could all go See, nothing to do with renewables. Sadly, for them, load shedding was avoided so that argument is dead for the moment.

You did have to laugh when LaTingle immediately lept to the point that it had nothing to do with renewables but then had to backtrack well, it is complicated (a point made by fellow green traveller, Lenore Taylor, who laughably thinks she is quite the expert on this stuff.)

And what about the suggestion that it was all AEMOs fault because it didnt switch on the gas power plant at Pelican Point?  Excuse me, AEMO doesnt run electricity generation and PP didnt bid in because it couldnt supply (an entirely sensible rule).  And it is not just a matter of switching it on it takes several hours and there needs to be feeder stock as well.

But the answer of the panel was clear: the supply was not forthcoming because they could make heaps of money by not supplying but pushing up the price.  You know it makes sense PP didnt bid because it couldnt supply, but the price was bid up and the plant made money by not supplying.  That must be the entire explanation.

And heres a point that the greenies fed Barrie: there have been more peaks in wholesale electricity prices in Queensland than SA this year therefore nothing to do with renewables.  Of course, this is just spin.

The peaks generally last a very short time and the key is average electricity prices.  Here are the figures for 2017:

South Australia         $105.05/MWh

Queensland                 $93.56/MWh

NSW                              $73.48/MWh

Victoria                         $47.14/MWh

Now if you think last week was bad, just wait until next summer when Hazelwood is shut down taking 20 per cent of baseload from Vict...


Firearms Inspections By Police in your Home. Your Rights. Their Authority. "IndyWatch Feed National"

I don't know about you, but my experience with police officers coming into my house for the purpose of inspecting my firearms & their safe keeping has been a mixed bag. First & foremost the police know very little to nothing at all about any firearms other than service issue. This can be a big problem & it has cost me money & time trying to prove the police wrong & me right!
 Secondly the police come into my house thinking that I am guilty of breaking the law until proven innocent, this is blatantly obvious from their attitude towards me. They check out my house as best they can without going through cupboards & draws just looking for anything that may be used against me. NEVER leave a police officer alone in your house, they must be under observation at all times, & I recommend that you video their visit, especially when they are checking your safe keeping & your firearms. If you do not have a video camera, use a sound recorder. You do not have to hold this device in your hands so it is visible, you can set up the video camera or the recorder in the room where your gun safe is before the police arrive. Simply turn on before admitting them into your house.



In which Peta aims for gold, as it's clean dinkum Aussie coal not just for the world, but for us, oi, oi, oi ... "IndyWatch Feed"

The Terrorists have noticed it's hot today, as it was yesterday, and as a measure of the seriousness they even stripped a bikini-clad girl out of the digital splash and replaced her with a thermometer ...

It then fell to Peta to accept the pond challenge for the day ... to write a piece about energy which scrupulously avoided mentioning climate change and climate science and the whole damn irritating, annoying useless thing ... and then let the reptiles make it a premium effort, well worth some cash in the paw, or cash in the reptile till ...

Ah, that demonic windmill is a heartening sign ... why, in their other splash for the piece, the reptiles had favoured some sort of rainbow ... as if energy was some sort of Christ-figure energising the sky ...

And so to the Peta challenge ... with the pond calling in a panel of judges to see if this day she would score the "clean dinkum Aussie coal" gold medal award, oi, oi, oi ...


Anybody for a Pizzagate Truth Commission? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Me get em by Mary W Maxwell, LLB There is no question in my mind that the persons who have been doing terrible things to the human race need to be stopped. I myself would not care how that gets accomplished by punishment, by pensioning them off, by welcoming them back into the fold []


W&J resist industry push for amended Native Title Act to secure Carmichael mine proposal "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

MEDIA RELEASE  12 February 2017

Traditional Owners resist industry push for amended Native Title Act to secure Carmichael mine proposal
Seek court order Monday to strike out Adanis fake land use agreement

Members of the Wangan and Jagalingou (W&J) Traditional Owners Council will on Monday ask the Federal Court to knock out Adanis claim that it has the consent of the W&J Traditional Owners for its proposed Carmichael mine, calling it is a sham agreement which Adani engineered through rent-a-crowds, dishonest tactics and attempts to exclude their voices.

The W&J Council say any attempt by the Federal government to do the bidding of Adani and the mining industry to engineer an amendment to Native Title laws, will be vigorously challenged by them and other Traditional Owner groups and supporters.

Spokesperson for W&J Traditional Owner Council, Mr. Adrian Burragubba, says, The document Adani is trying to pass off as an Indigenous Land Use Agreement with our people is illegitimate. We launched action last year to defeat this dodgy deal and  we are now taking decisive action in the Federal Court to have this fake agreement struck out. [Details of the legal action are set out below.]

We have already put evidence before the National Native Title Tribunal to prove that Adani does not have an agreement with the W&J Traditional Owners for its mine of mass destruction, which will destroy our ancestral homelands and waters, the cultural landscape and our heritage.

Adanis proposed land use agreement has always been a sham. Three times we have rejected any deal with the Indian mining conglomerate. Now Adani are on the back foot and have run crying to the Queensland Resources Council and the Federal Attorney General, asking them to do their bidding by pushing through an Adani amendment to the Native Title Act.

New chief of the Queensland Resources Council, former Federal Resources Minister Ian MacFarlane, boasted at a Townsville business breakfast last week that he has spoken to his good mates in Canberra about amending native title laws, in the wake of the Noongar decision in the Federal Court. This is just additional proof that the Turnbull government is in bed with the...


Video: Bernie Sanders reads out Coretta Kings letter "IndyWatch Feed National"

From The People for Bernie Sanders Bernie Sanders reads out the 13 March 1986 letter from Coretta Scott King, the widow of Martin Luther King,  where...

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The circling of the elites "IndyWatch Feed"

Sunday morning so thought I would look at the paper and there we have this column by PVO on Political discourse coarsened by reactionary war against elites. Its not every reactionary who becomes the wave of the future, but there is this possibility in DJT. It is a bit old timey, but let me take you back to what I still think makes a lot of sense:

The circulation of elite is a theory of regime change described by Italian social scientist Vilfredo Pareto (18481923). Changes of regime, revolutions, and so on occur not when rulers are overthrown from below, but when one elite replaces another.

There will always be leaders in every society and they will come from a variety of directions and use different means to hold on when challenged. But this is the essence of what PVO has to say:

A book by American professor Tom Nichols titled The Death of Expertise: The Campaign Against Established Knowledge and Why It Matters, explores how and why modern society has embraced such a lowbrow approach. [My bolding]

Let me take my own area of expertise, economics. You can certainly accuse me of campaigning against modern textbook theory which, so far as I can see, has brought our economies very low although making some people very rich. Go back to the first civilisations and you will see this everywhere you go. There are some few who are very rich and there are others who are not. The thing about our societies in the West is that those who are not do very very well by historical standards. But if your expertise is founded on the belief that increased aggregate demand and higher public spending are good for growth and employment, then your expertise, in my view, is junk science.

And the fact is, there is a lot of that kind of stuff around at the moment, with agw as large a danger to our communal wealth and well being as I have ever seen. So what does PVO say about that?

Climate change scientists might be the specialists when it comes to assessing global warming, and Ill defer to their judgment rather than embrace the conspiracy theories of polemicists who dispute the evidence. But when climate scientists seek to influence policy mechanisms for addressing climate change, they move outside their area of expertise. Scientists recommending how best to structure tax or energy trading systems is akin to me offering medical advice: buyer beware. [My bolding again]

Those lowbrow polemicists attacking our elites who indulge in various...


James Ashby vs Cory Bernardi: Rat vs Rat "IndyWatch Feed"

James Ashby vs Cory Bernardi: Rat vs RatHow will James Ashby go about subverting and undermining Cory Bernardi, asks Ross Jones. read now...


Policing In Australia By Consent for the last 200 years? News to me!!! "IndyWatch Feed National"

Policing by consent is about the general public consenting to allow the police to work in their communities within certain guidelines. IF a majority of the general public should at any time decide that what the police are doing is not wholly beneficial to the public, then they the public can demand that the police make changes. That is how I understand it. So why is the Australian public allowing the police to "step over this line" without any complaint?! Wake up people, the right & the power is yours to wield!

Policing By Consent.
To prevent crime and disorder, as an alternative to their repression by military force and severity of legal punishment.
To recognise always that the power of the police to fulfill their functions and duties is dependent on public approval of their existence, actions and behaviour and on their ability to secure and maintain public respect.
To recognise always that to secure and maintain the respect and approval of the public means also the securing of the willing co-operation of the public in the task of securing observance of laws.
To recognise always that the extent to which the co-operation of the public can be secured diminishes proportionately the necessity of the use of physical force and compulsion for achieving police objectives.
To seek and preserve public favour, not by pandering to public opinion; but by constantly demonstrating absolutely impartial service to law, in complete independence of policy, and without...


Alternative facts and transparency "IndyWatch Feed"

Would you believe that I am a 25 year old self-made millionaire and spend my life travelling around the world only if I can fly in an Etihad A380 equipped with The Residence three room suite (only plebs travel First Class apparently!). I also have bankers beating a path to my door to lend me money for my latest development proposal after all anything I touch turns to a platinum - plated investment opportunity.

Youre right, the statements above are overblown and you could make the claim they are alternative facts (aka completely made up fantasies). The bio listed here is far more accurate, although the alternative facts I have presented sound far more appealing than getting on the bus most mornings to go to work. Rest assured that if I need to borrow money from a bank, I am the one approaching them, cap in hand and demonstrating that they have a better than equal chance of getting their money back one day. For some funny reason, banks seem to want you to prove that you are who you are and, more importantly, have the capacity to repay your debts. In case youre interested, my credit card limit precludes me from even dreaming about Etihads The Residence class travel.

Kellyanne Conway must live in that rarefied space where banks dont look for evidence of a capacity to repay, airlines happily allow you to travel at the pointy end and the facts are variable dependent on the message you want to give, regardless of the consequences. Conway is the councillor to President Trump who defended some overblown claims by Trumps Press Secretary (Sean Spicer) by commenting that Spicers defence of the claim that more people attended the Trump inauguration than anyone elses were merely alternative facts.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer gathered the press to deliver a five-minute statement Saturday in which he issued multiple falsehoods, declaring erroneously the number of people who used the D.C. metro on Friday, that there was a change in security measures this year and that "this was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period, both in person and around the globe."


Op Brief by RFS "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

From: Operational Brief
Sent: Saturday, 11 February 2017 12:16 PM
To: All Staff
Subject: Operational Brief - Dangerous fire conditions Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 February 2017

Please find attached and below an important Operational Brief regarding firefighter safety this weekend.

Please ensure this information is distributed to members as soon as possible.

Districts are asked to ensure this information is shared via briefings and regular radio broadcasts.

Operational Brief
Dangerous fire conditions

Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 February 2017

Dangerous fire conditions are forecast across a large area of NSW this weekend.

This Operational Brief contains important information that all members, particularly brigade officers, should familiarise themselves with and share with other members.

Extreme heatwave conditions are bein...


Storm watcher "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

With gathering storm clouds last evening the raptors were alert and watchful. This Brown Falcon was spotted at a high perch on my way out to Picnic Point.


Brown Falcon, Moolort Plains, 10th February 2017


Liberal Party makes deal with One Nation in West Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Joe Montero For the coming 11 march election in West Australia, the Liberal party has just  stitched up a deal that gives One...

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Did you know the EU has a tariff wall? "IndyWatch Feed"

I suppose I am being baited by LIQs reference to J.-B. Say but the world is as it is. The point really about free trade is that the country that does not enter into it is depriving itself of the possibilities of a higher standard of living. So it is nice to see such concern for the future economic prosperity of the US but since Keynes at least, the issue has not been wealth creation as such but jobs. As Say so rightly pointed out:

A country, in one way or other, direct or indirect, always consumes the values it produces, and can consume nothing more. If it cannot exchange its products with its neighbors, it is compelled to produce values of such kinds only as it can consume at home. This is the utmost effect of prohibitions; both parties are worse provided, and neither is at all the richer.

But its not a jobs thing in and of itself. And the US is a very large country so that the division of labour is widely extended. If they want to make their own fridges and cars, well thats their own business. The EU, for example, I might note has tariffs, just not between its member states. This refers to the EU: What is the Common Customs Tariff?:

Since the completion of the internal market, goods can circulate freely between Member States. The Common Customs Tariff (CCT) therefore applies to the import of goods across the external borders of the EU.

The tariff is common to all EU members, but the rates of duty differ from one kind of import to another depending on what they are and where they come from. The rates depend on the economic sensitivity of products.

The tariff is therefore the name given to the combination of the nomenclature (or classification of goods) and the duty rates which apply to each class of goods. In addition the tariff contains all other Community legislation that has an effect on the level of customs duty payable on a particular import, for example country of origin.

The tariff is a concept, a collection of laws as opposed to a single codified law in itself. There is however a kind of working tariff, called TARIC, which is not actually a piece of legislation.

Through the tariff, the Community applies the principle that domestic producers should be able to compete fairly and equally on the internal market with manufacturers exporting from other countries.

If you want to worry about economic policies under Trump, I have a number of my own but these are hardly the central reason he ended up president. The 1930s were defaced by the...


Government shows contempt for millennials, no wonder they're not optimistic "IndyWatch Feed National"

From wanting to raise the Newstart eligibility age from 22 to 25, to inaction on climate change, the government gambles that young people can't hurt itThis week came the news that Australia's millennial generation are the least optimistic in the world. Fortunately the study was done prior to this week's events in the federal parliament, because any young person observing what the government did would quickly find themselves even more despondent.The big legislative move this week was the [...]


Khaled Sharrouf: Australia's anti-terrorism law strips first ISIS fighter of citizenship "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Islamic State terrorist Khaled Sharrouf, whose little son shocked the world by holding up the severed head of a soldier in a picture, has become the first Australian to be stripped of citizenship under the country's anti-terrorism laws, a report says. A spokeswoman for Australian Immigration Minister Peter Dutton told AAP that a person had been stripped of their Australian citizenship, while declining to name the individual, but the Australian newspaper has identified him as 35-year-old dual-national Sharrouf. Under a 2015 law, Australia may strip dual nationals of their citizenship if they have carried out terrorist acts or been members of a banned organization. Sharrouf, the son of Lebanese immigrants, went to fight for Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) in Syria in 2013, a year after being released from prison for taking part in a terrorist plot. In 2014, horrifying photographs emerged on Twitter showing Sharrouf and his 7-year-old son holding up the chopped off heads of Syrian soldiers, with the caption "That's my boy!" In 2015, unconfirmed reports emerged claiming that Sharrouf had been killed in a drone strike in Mosul in northern Iraq, but he is still the subject of an active arrest warrant. Last year, Sharrouf's widow, Tara Nettleton, a mother-of-five who was living in Raqqa with four of her children and one grandchild, died in Syria, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.


In which the pond dallies with Fisher of men, hater Devine and a booing Bolter for a Sunday meditation ... "IndyWatch Feed"

Now the pond is always up, on a meditative Sunday for a little reflection and insight ... especially when it comes from a man wearing a frock ...

After all of the Fisher of men's (some women too) lashings and mortifications and moanings and wailings about how the church and its minions suffered under the weight of current controversies - how they delight in their cilices - the pond couldn't help but notice this contribution to the discussion ...

Oh look and there's a Pellist too. He can join in the discussion at the very end, but for the moment please allow the pond to muse about the sexual revolution ...

So everyone was at sea about identities, expectations and boundaries ... so pedophilia, molestation and sexual assault?

The pond has heard this one before ... it's a favourite excuse, this unnatural and unwholesome co-joining of the 1960s and the Second Vatican Council, and not a mention of the bizarre sexual codes of the Catholic church, which saw unhealthy relationships in Cardinal Newman's day (how much better if they'd been able to express their love physically?) and which to this day sees the likes of Opus Dei devote time to practices which they'd deplore in devotees of SM ...

How much better if they could just enjoy it like anyone with a taste for leather and pain ...


Melodifestivalen 2017 : Deltvling 2 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Half an hour or so after watching Heat 2 of Melodifestivalen, the annual contest which selects Swedens song for the Eurovision Song Contest, I still have the melody of one of the songs stuck in my head. The song, A Million Years by Mariette is really very good: its memorable, and was performed well. Its Continue reading Melodifestivalen 2017 : Deltvling 2


The Gippsland Coast in 2100 revisited "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

About four years ago I wrote a fairly detailed paper looking at a range of scenarios for the Gippsland coast and sea level rise. I added a postscript in May 2014 outlining possible abrupt changes if any volcanic activity under the Antarctic ice occurred. The paper considered both the possibilities of subsidence due to the lowering of the Gippsland basin aquifer and the various effects of climate change sea level rise, increased severity and frequency of storms and storm surges. The worst case scenarios predicted were an outcome of business as usual. This state of affairs continues with big coal still the main influence in politics and with Exxon and others still removing oil and gas offshore in the Gippsland basin.

Whilst it is still early days so far none of the predictions have materialised. There has been no measurable subsidence anywhere on the coast and sea level rise continues at a rate of about the world average 3.5mm per annum hardly discernible in the short to medium term. Nor have any of the storms and floods predicted occurred, or as far as I am aware, any severe erosion along the coast. As well as this the totals in the tables are substantial overestimates due to an error in my method of calculations with regards the rate of change of sea level rise and they may be one third or more too high. On the other hand it is possible that at some specific locations the rate of subsidence I have used is an underestimate. The purpose of the different scenarios is to give you a rough idea of the future, not to say what exactly will happen or when.

There are a number of problems with applying all these variables to our coast. Will the changes be abrupt or gradual? Will the rate of doubling of the amount of sea level rise be fast about every ten to twenty years or slow with the latter meaning the sea level rise will be just discernible over a lifetime and manageable in human terms? There are also other factors which may influence outcomes the unknown unknowns. It is also unlikely that any subsidence will be general or uniform but may be severe in specific localities. Where it may occur is critical and combined with sea level rise subsidence at or near Golden Beach, for instance, would threaten the Gippsland Lakes system.

As well sea level rise varies substantially around the earth and the figures we use are global averages. The oceans slosh around the earth and they have measurably warmed round our coast. Whilst it easy to come to a conclusion...


Indonesia approves Freeport, Amman contract conversion "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Indonesia approves Freeport, Amman contract conversion

Jakarta | Sat, February 11, 2017 | 07:27 am
Viriya P. Singgih and Grace D. Amianti


GUILTY PLEASURES Cabaret and Burlesque Festival "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Cabaret and Burlesque Festival
Fingal St, Brunswick Heads
May 12-14 2017

Guilty Pleasures Cabaret and Burlesque Festival is a not-for-profit Incorporated Association located in Byron Bays beautiful vintage neighbour, Brunswick Heads.

Simple daytime pleasures of sand and surf give way to three outrageous nights of seaside speakeasy fun.

Our festival celebrates and embraces a diverse range of cabaret genres, including:

  • dark cabaret and theatre cabaret
  • retro and modern burlesque
  • physical theatre
  • vaudeville
  • performance art
  • circus
  • comedy
  • spoken word
  • jazz and torch singers
  • and much more

For further information visit and join the Facebook Page.

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New ShoesNew Doors "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Im not entirely sure how it happened. Maybe I turned my head? Blinked longer than I should have, and there she went. Grew up and went right out the door with a backpack on her back. Shiny black shoes on Continue reading


Forestry Tasmania: Illegal roading in the Tarkine "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Jenny Weber of the Bob Brown Foundation and Scott Jordan of Save the Tarkine have released a Media Release charging that Forestry Tasmania has carried out illegal roading in a Wedge-Tailed Eagle breeding exclusion zone in the Tarkine ... Watch ... on the Save The Tarkine Facebook page Andrea Dawkins: Protect the Tarkine for NW Jobs and Environment Todays news that Forestry roading in the Trowutta Blackwood forests directly threatens nesting habitat for the Wedge-tailed eagle is alarming.  All practices must be stopped immediately and a full investigation undertaken Brown: Tasmanian Premier should uphold all laws of this state ... Environmentalist Bob Brown has responded to comments by Tasmanias Premier and Forestry Tasmania regarding logging operations in Tasmanias Tarkine. The Premier should be upholding all the laws of this state, including forest practice laws, Bob Brown said. The Forest Practices Authority, as the policing authority on logging, shouldnt be secretly licensing its mates to breach its own published prohibitions. Who from the FPA inspected the nest in November and why did he/she not make their findings public? Bob Brown said. It doesnt pass the pub test, Bob Brown said New Forestry Tasmania report reveals Government legislation threatens FSC A report released late Friday by Forestry Tasmania (FT) reveals that the Tasmanian Governments plan to start logging in 357,000 hectares of protected old growth and rainforest reserves will derail attempts to secure Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification of logging operations on public land. The report has highlighted that a critical assessment of environmental values needed to secure FTs FSC certification will be made invalid and need to be reviewed and revised if the Government proceeds with its reckless decision to strip protection from important forest areas that are currently part of the Tasmanian Reserve Estate Cassy OConnor: Liberals Will Wear Blame if FT Fails in FSC Bid Cassy OConnor: Barnett Exposed by his own Agency on Tarkine Logging


Exit right, Cory Bernardi "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

by Don Aitken

I have not met Senator Bernardi, but Ive read  some of his writing. From what I have read in the media and on line, it might surprise some people to learn that in fact he is a published author. His seven books include two for children, the rest being about politics, collections of his own opinion pieces, and a book that did well in the review sections, The Conservative Revolution. Thus far the talk has all been about how his defection from the Liberal Party is another destabilising factor for Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. Since Bernardi is unlikely to vote for anything that Labor or the Greens would put up, theres no likely loss of support for the Government on the floor of the Senate. There may be trouble in the next South Australian elections, and more widely, if Senator Bernardi manages to arouse people like him around the country to form another party of the Right. The Australian Conservatives movement he set up is said (by Wikipedia) to have 50,000 members. We will have to wait to see.

Senator Corey Bernardi of South Australia believes the two- party system of government is finished

Senator Corey Bernardi of South Australia believes the two- party system of government is finished

I think his departure is important because it demonstrates further the weakness in the current alignments in Australian politics, about which I have written a few times. All political...


Geoengineering Watch Global Alert News, February 11, 2017 "IndyWatch Feed National"
The relentless courage and dedication of the VAXXED group continues to expand the wave of vaccine danger awareness. More and more populations around the globe are going hungry, how is it that the grocery shelves in the US are always completely stocked? Where is all this food coming from? Dementia and Alzheimers mortality rates have gone exponential. The chemically engineered winter storms in the US continue in spite of record shattering high temperatures. The Arctic pushes 60 degrees above normal while being battered by a category 4 equivalant cyclone. Australia is suffering in a heat wave that experts have called horrifying. Locusts are devouring the food crops in Bolivias heartland, an official state of emergency has been declared. And there is Fukushima, every time it seems it cant get any worse, it does. Nearly 500 whales have beached themselves in New Zealand, is this heartbreaking tragedy the result of US/NATO/fossil fuel industry seismic activities in the region?
For many, the darker the horizon grows, the deeper their denial manifests. Each of us must struggle against such a tendency. We are not helpless, we are not without a voice, but we must choose to fully utilize it, no matter how ominous the gathering storm appears to be.




Australia in 'suspended reality' between rising China & hegemonic US "IndyWatch Feed National"

The suspended reality across the Pacific took hold as the Australian Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop, conversed with her Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi, in a state of mild delusion. Assuming the air of a clairvoyant, Bishop insisted that she knew that the United States would not repudiate its own free trade agreement with Australia. Knowledge, however, soon changed to disbelief. "I can't believe it," she is reported to have said. "I don't take it credibly." Surely, the United States would not withdraw from the Australian-US free trade agreement, its own brainchild and inspiration. The trade balance favoured the US in any case. The paternal figure would eventually make sense, and step back from the precipice of madness. Observers should have immediately noted the perverse scenario. Australia had been shown up by the agreement to be distinctly outplayed and outdone in its trade with the US. (Some states simply have a freer regime than others.)


From New World Order To Hazy Global Disorder "IndyWatch Feed"

The Donald Trump administration and the Brexit severance of ties between the United Kingdom and the European Union have, in a matter of a little over a half year, changed the world from a post-Cold War new world order based on American supremacy to a global disorder of altered alliances on a multipolar geo-political chessboard. In many respects, the new global disorder has also placed in jeopardy various post-World War II contrivances, including NATO, the Organization of American States (OAS), and the Australia-New Zealand-United States (ANZUS) alliance.



Scientific Breakthrough: Alzheimers Ultrasound Therapy Fully Restores Memory Function in Mice "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Carolanne Wright Contributing writer for Wake Up World Scientists in Brisbane, Australia, have discovered a non-invasive ultrasound technology that fully restores memory function in 75 percent of Alzheimers test animals. Affecting close to 50 million people worldwide, dementia of which Alzheimer"s disease is the most common form is expected to impact 135 []


Sapporo Snow Festival 2017. "IndyWatch Feed National"


Final Fantasy snow sculpture.

Spoon & Tamago has the story, and more photos. If you click over to Sapporo Snow Festival, you can see the winners and runner up. Macao took the big prize, with Latvia second. You can also see the entries from Australia, Finland, Hawaii, Singapore, Poland, Korea, Indonesia, U.S., and Thailand.


Channel 7s War of Law against female staff. Amber Harrison, Amy Taeuber and Talitha Cummins "IndyWatch Feed National"

Seven West Media are using the big stick of the law to bully, harass and intimidate former female staff members into silence about what really happens at Seven West Media and also defame them with allegations that are nothing but lies by Sevens management. But the women, Amber Harrison, Amy Taeuber and Talitha Cummins are standing []


Fitch Ratings Inc: The Trump Administration Poses Risks to Global Sovereigns "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

According to the Australian Dept. Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) the United States ranks as Number 1 in the Top 20 countries with direct investment in Australia [ABS catalogue 5352.0, May 2016 & UNCTADstat database, October 2016].

In 2015 Australia direct investment in the U.S. was led by manufacturing, and the finance/insurance sectors and U.S. direct investment in Australia is led by the nonbank holding, mining, finance/ insurance companies, and manufacturing sectors. [Office of the United States Trade Representative: Executive Office of the President, 2017]

So international credit rating agency, Fitch Ratings Incs media release of 10 February 2017 may raise some concerns:

Fitch Ratings-London-10 February 2017: The Trump Administration represents a risk to international economic conditions and global sovereign credit fundamentals, Fitch Ratings says. US policy predictability has diminished, with established international communication channels and relationship norms being set aside and raising the prospect of sudden, unanticipated changes in US policies with potential global implications.

The primary risks to sovereign credits include the possibility of disruptive changes to trade relations, diminished international capital flows, limits on migration that affect remittances and confrontational exchanges between policymakers that contribute to heightened or prolonged currency and other financial market volatility. The materialisation of these risks would provide an unfavourable backdrop for economic growth, putting pressure on public finances that may have rating implicat...


The Noongar People of West Australia may just have saved the southern section of The Great Barrier Reef from degradation by the foreign-owned Adani Group "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

In the beginning

February 2016 statement:

We are a group of Noongar people from the South West region of Western Australia seeking funding to support our legal costs to oppose the 6 Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA) settlements with the South West Land & Sea Council (SWALSC) and the State Government.

Our group was founded in December 2014 to oppose the 6 ILUA settlements and to campaign against the authorization meetings held from 31 January 2015 to 28 March 2015.

With an estimated 35,000 Noongar people in the south west region. We believe that the ILUA settlements discriminate against our people. The Noongar people are required to surrender all land in return for small pockets of land set aside under the deal. We are required to surrender our traditional ownership and native title rights, to have the power and civil right to negotiate for any royalties forthcoming. Through this ILUA, we are also required to surrender ('relinquish') all rights to challenge against 'negligence' under 'duty of care' within civil law legal obligations, any hurt, suffering and pain from the enactment of the native title act and all other acts.

The Noongar people and Non-Aboriginal people will have no say about land developments and the clearance of large areas of bushlands, thus preventing our say into any further destructions of 'natural resources' (food, fauna and habitat) for our native wildlife and surrounding environment within the South West lands. Additionally, to this we will have no say about corporate control via mining development entities and prevention of the devastating impact on the environment, they withhold. These are just a few of the 'unfair treatment' and blatant disregard of civil rights requirements of this ILUA settlement..

Saturday, 11 February


Auditor Generals report means Feb 14 wont be roses for WestConnex "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Federal Auditor Generals Audit of WestConnex is due to be tabled this Tuesday, probably at around 2pm.

Once it is released, what should opponents or supporters of WestConnex be looking for?

The first thing to remember is that some things will be off limits. This is not a full audit of WestConnex.

The audit is of the Commonwealths decision to commit $3.5 billion in loans and grants to the project and the focus will be on the process by which that decision was made, including the information the decision relied on.

This is where things ought to get delicate for what is now the Berejiklian government, but also for the Federal Government.

If the Auditor Generals office have done their job properly, then we can expect them to identify the following issues, which are already known:

  • All of the claimed benefits of WestConnex depend upon it making significant and enduring reductions in congestion
  • There is no publicly provided evidence that WestConnex will make significant or enduring reductions in congestion
  • Projects similar to WestConnex have not made significant enduring reductions in congestion
  • The claimed cost of WestConnex has several significant acknowledged exemptions, such as network extensions and land acquisitions
  • The claimed cost of WestConnex has several significant unacknowledged exemptions, such the Hill Road Ramps
  • WestConnex has numerous acknowledged and unacknowledged risks, but there isnt any contingency included in the estimated cost
  • Major changes to the project have not been reflected in an increase in forecast cost
  • Recent toll road projects similar to WestConnex have typically experienced significant cost overruns
  • Toll-road projects similar to WestConnex have typically failed to justify the investment in them.
  • A prudent evaluation of WestConnex would have demanded evidence that WestConnex was somehow different to other recent failed toll-road projects
  • The evaluation of WestConnex was based on an unquestioning acceptance of the claims made for the project
  • On the information published by the State of NSW, the decision should have been to not invest

In addition to the above known knowns, there are a number of known unknowns which we can hope the Audit will shed light on:

  • what is the size of the viability gap? (The business case acknowledges the existence of a viability gap, a shortfall between revenue and cost, but it does not acknowledge the size)
  • why has the estimated net present cost of Operating Expenses gone down from $1.465 billion in the 2013 bus...


A Couple of Bizjets Pop into Longreach Airport - LifeFlight LearJet 45 VH-CXJ and Citation VH-MOR "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

On Monday 6 February, LifeFlight (Aeromed) LearJet 45 bizjet VH-CXJ was noted calling into Longreach Airport from Townsville as "Ambulance 452".

It departed to Rockhampton Airport a little while later.

Then from Rocky, VH-CXJ flew into Charleville and then the Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport before later returning to Townsville.

Meanwhile, on Saturday 4 February, Brisbane-based Cessna 525A CitationJet2 bizjet VH-MOR popped into Longreach Airport from Archerfield.

After around an hour on the ground it returned to Archerfield.

Finally, back on Friday 3 February AirServices Australia / Aero Pearl flight calibration Hawker Beechcraft B300 Super King Air VH-FIZ "ADA4" called into Longreach Airport from Alice Springs.  It later continued to Brisbane.

VH-FIZ seems to be returning from operating around Perth after flying into West Australia from Brisbane in mid-January.

File photo taken by 'IAD'  


Queensland Galaxy Says Game On For PHON Balance Of Power "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Queensland Galaxy: Labor 31 LNP 33 PHON 23 Green 8 KAP 3 Other 2

A Queensland state poll by Galaxy, published in the Courier-Mail, tells a story that should have both major parties quite concerned.  If this poll is correct and typical, it is 1998 all over again and a bit more.  Perhaps the current One Nation polling bubble will burst before an election that is possibly still most of a year away.  If it doesn't, then a weakened minority government facing an unpopular opposition presents a dream scenario for Australia's number one nineties nostalgia party to break through at state level and obtain some serious power there.  Whether it would manage to remain remotely united this time if it did, nobody knows. 

 The high One Nation vote should be considered no surprise following polls showing the party at 16% in Western Australia, 16.3% in NSW and 9.4% in Victoria.  Queensland always was the party's strongest state.  It's possible even that the figure is an underestimate, but I am not that convinced that One Nation voters are all that shy anymore.

Sample size issues aside (and I haven't seen the sample size for this poll yet) there is one big reason to treat this poll with unusual caution.  It comes during a lousy news cycle for the government following the resignation of Transport Minister Stirling Hinchcliffe in response to a damning report on the failings of Queensland Rail.  I would expect that event to be deflating Labor's primary vote, and everything I say below should be taken with that caveat.

Other results of the poll show Annastacia Palaszczuk's lead as preferred premier over Tim Nicholls down from 46-28 to 39-27.  It can be inferred from this that the One Nation surge is producing an increasing neither-of-the-above reaction.  However, the Courier-Mail goes too far in taking the 34% uncommitted vote on the preferred-premier metric as "an unofficial vote for Senator Hanson as preferred premier" and the headline "Poll points to Pauline as people's pick" is silly.  A bedrock uncommitted figure of 15% was seen in the early days of Palaszczuk's premiership and Tim Nicholls is still a relatively unknown quantity as Opposition Leader.  Therefore to credit more than 15% to any One Nation figure - or even that much in my view - would not be justified.

Indeed, while the Courier-Mail claims Premier Palaszczuk's popularity has "nosedived", it is making the usual irritating mistake of confusing preferred leader scores with actual measures of leader popularity.  Palaszczuk's net satisfaction is down only from +5 (44-39) to +4 (41-37), a probably meaningless change, and the leader really struggling on that measure is Tim Nicholls, who is....


The Q Society @ Victoria University : February 10, 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

[Update (February 12, 2017) : After being the subject of numerous complaints, VIC Uni has finally copped to having hosted The Q Society on Friday. It will be interesting to see what the response is from this point ] On Continue reading


Beating blood cancers in Sale with lanterns and a twilight market "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

After bad weather thwarted attempts to hold Light the Night in November and December, the event in Sale is set for take three on Saturday 25 February.
Supporters of the Leukaemia Foundation will light up Lake Guthridge with their illuminated lanterns following some twilight family activities in the Sale Botanic Gardens.
It all kicks off at 4pm with live music from Shannon, more than 40 market stalls, food and fun for the kids.  Then at 7.30, Danny O'Brien MP will send participants on a stroll around the lake with their illuminated lanterns.
Organiser Rebecca Cole hopes many people will come together on the 25th to help more Australians beat blood cancers.
"Every $100 raised from the event will cover the costs of giving one family immediate emotional support after the shock of diagnosis and one hour of life-changing blood cancer research," Mrs Cole said.
The event has the support of the Sale Medical Centre and other local businesses.  Participants can support the Leukaemia Foundation by buying lanterns.
"I am asking the community to support the event to let hope shine," said Mrs Cole.
"Lanterns will be available for $20 each. The gold lantern represents a special person, a white lantern reflects a persons own blood cancer journey, and the blue lantern represents the spirit of Australian mateship."
People are encouraged to register to walk atLight the Night Sale.
Information is also available on theLight the Night SaleFacebook event page.


Plains evening "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Some nice birds on the plains last evening hopefully a cool change will allow a little more activity in the coming week on the part of the photographer at least!


Black Kite, Newstead, 10th February 2017


Australian Bustard at Bruce Hwy, Rockhampton South at 23.34.58S; 150.34.57E reported by Ted and Alex Wnorowski on 09-02-2017 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

We observed a female Australian Bustard thrown on a power line by a very strong wind gust. It happened just few kms south of Rockhampton on Bruce Hwy. It fell down but picked itself up looking dazed. In meantime black kites, crows and magpies appeared and started to attack it without any mercy. She stayed on the ground for about 10 min and then flew away.

Common Sandpiper at Gladstone, Albert St Ash Ponds (restricted access) reported by Ted Wnorowski on 11-02-2017 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

A single Common Sandpiper was observed roosting on the ash pond causeway ( end of Albert St behind STP). It is probably the same bird that was reported from nearby the Wiggins Island Coal Terminal ponds. It was present there for nearly two months until the ponds completely dry out.


Hanson tackles Section 18c Racial Discrimination Act in the senate "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Hansard November 24, 2016

Pauline Hanson addresses the racial Discrimination Act

Senator HANSON (Queensland) (10:48): I have listened to some comments in this chamber today and all I hear about is racism. Let me make my point very clear. When I first came into parliament I stood on the ground of equality for all Australiansequality regardless of race, colour or creed. Also, what I have tried to make quite clear is that, yes, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people were the first peoples of this land here. Yes, Australia was colonised and people came here. Since then, many migrants from around the world have sought to make Australia their home. They have come here to join us and to be one of us, and I welcome that. My first husband was actually Polish. He was a migrant after the Second World War who came to Australia for a new life with his mother.

I have had involvement with people of all different cultural backgrounds. The manager of my shopmy fish and chip shopwas also a refugee from Laos. I had the highest regard for her and we worked very well together. I had properties that I actually rented out to an Aboriginal lady and her child. My children grew up in the same street with Aboriginal children. My association will all different cultures has been one that I have cherished. My parents were people that welcomed anyone into their homes, and that is how I was taught. I have respect for so many different cultures and the people. Respect is earned by the person, not purely based on who they are or their race. It must be earned.



Nominations close for WA state election "IndyWatch Feed"

Nominations closed yesterday for the Western Australian state election, to be held four weeks from today.

415 candidates have nominated for the lower house. Labor, Liberal and the Greens have each nominated a full team of 59 candidates. The Micro Business Party (no I hadnt heard of them either) have nominated candidates in 46 seats, with the Australian Christians running in 45. One Nation have 35 candidates nominated.

There are 31 independents, and Julie Mathesons party is running twenty candidates.

Interestingly the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers are running nineteen candidates. The Shooters have traditionally been an upper house-only party, although they broke that trend when they ran in (and won) the Orange state by-election in New South Wales last year.


Trophy hunters overstate contribution of big game hunting to African economies: Report "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A new report released by the Humane Society International (HSI) finds that trophy hunters are grossly overstating the economic benefits of big game hunting in Africa. HSI timed the release of the report to coincide with the start of Safari Club Internationals (SCI) annual convention in Las Vegas, Nevada on February 1. US-based SCI, one of the worlds largest trophy hunting advocacy organizations, released a report in 2015 that claimed trophy hunting-related tourism contributes $426 million annually to the economies of eight African countries and creates more than 53,400 full- and part-time jobs. But the HSI report, prepared by Melbourne, Australia-based consultancy Economists At Large, found that SCI had grossly overstated the contribution of big game hunting to eight African economies and that overall tourism in Africa dwarfs trophy hunting as a source of revenue, according to a statement. In the eight countries studied for both reports Botswana, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe tourism is responsible for 2.8 to 5.1 percent of GDP, according to the HSI report. Trophy hunting is responsible for less than $132 million not $426 million, as SCI's report claimed of the $17 billion spent on tourism in those countries every year, or just 0.78 percent of total tourism spending, the HSI reports author, economist Cameron Murray, adds. Thats an estimated 0.03 percent of GDP for those eight countries. In terms of the wider tourism economy, which relies heavily on wildlife resources, trophy hunting is relatively insignificant, Murray


Bushfire in Wollemi "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

A bushfire in the Wollemi National Park was reported yesterday,  Saturday 11-Feb-2017 16:25. It is located on the Commission Road about 15 km west of Bulga and Milbrodale.


This is a dangerous situation because a southerly cool change will be passing through the Hunter about midday on Sunday.

The link to the NSW Rural Fire Services is

Links to this post, Facebook , Twitter .

Here is the latest update:

Little Burrendoo Creek
LOCATION: Approx 15km west of Bulga, east of the Commission Rd, Wollemi NP
STATUS: Being controlled
TYPE: Bush Fire
SIZE: 0 ha
UPDATED: 12 Feb 2017 08:29


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Video: Republicans facing revolt in their own constituences "IndyWatch Feed National"

From CNN Town hall meetings in republican heartlands are opposing the scrapping of Obama Affordable Health Act.  

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The Blues Shack Fundraiser for the Walking Wounded "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Fundraiser for the Walking Wounded
The Soul Shakers
Camel Tones
Milan Hendrik EXP (Duo)

Finger food BYO
Tickets $20 (Kids under 14 Free)

18 February at 6:0011:30
Crabbes Creek Hall

Join the Facebook Event

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HSBCs Paul Bloxham on the economic outlook and President Trump "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Last Thursday, Paul Bloxham, HSBC Chief Economist for Australia and NZ, gave an excellent briefing on the economic outlook at a lunchtime event organised by the French Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FACCI), and hosted by Clayton Utz at their Brisbane CBD offices. Bloxham is highly optimistic about Australias (and Queenslands) growth prospects due largely to:

  • our close ties to China and other Asian economies, which will continue to grow and buy our resources and send us ever-increasing numbers of tourists (see chart below), and
  • the rebound in commodity prices, turning what was a headwind in recent years into a tailwind, encouraging the re-activation of mines and an expansion of output and employment in the resources sector, with positive flow-on impacts to the rest of the economyand a large increase in State Government royalties revenue and Commonwealth company tax revenue which could avert a loss of Australias AAA credit rating.


As you would expect, Bloxham qualified his observations by noting the huge amount of uncertainly arising from the US and possibly from elections in Europe later this year. Bloxham speculated on what Trumps policies might mean for Australia, noting there could be one benefit from a US-China trade war, as we could then export more agricultural products to China. I would note that, of course, we may also suffer if the US buys fewer products from China and then this flows through to their demand for our resources. Also, Bloxham sug...


Event: Jamaica Jump Up Saturday February 25 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

PBS 106.7FMs ska, rocksteady and early reggae party Jamaica Jump-Up is back after a summer break with a massive line-up for a very special, one-off fundraiser for the Alpha Boys School in Kingston, Jamaica.

Featuring live performances from none other than the Melbourne Ska Orchestra, The Ska Vendors and The Moonhops! Yes, THREE huge live sets from some of Melbournes most celebrated ska/rocksteady outfits.

Plus, selections by our own Mohair Slim (Blue Juice, PBS 106.7FM), Jesse I (Babylon Burning, PBS 106.7FM)Rick Howe (Riddim Yard, PBS 106.7FM)with guest selectors Systa BB (The Good, The Dub, The Global, 3RRR 102.7FM) and Fabulous Fez.

Stick Mareebo and Queen Jigzie will be joining forces to bring all the good vibes and take us through proceedings as MCs for the evening.

The Alpha Boys School has been providing schooling and vocational skills to underprivileged and troubled youth in Kingston for over a 130 years.  Alpha is best known for having been the training ground for many important musicians and singers of ska, rocksteady, reggae, dancehall and jazz including Don Drummond, Dizzy Moore, Owen Gray, Johnny Osbourne, Desmond Dekker, Rico Rodriguez, Yellowman, Horsemouth Wallace, Eddie Tan Tan Thornton and dozens more.

As this an event very close to the hearts of musicians in the extended Jamaica Jump-Up family, ALL PROFITS from ticket sales will be donated to the school plus there will be rare merch and vinyl available for purchase at an auction on the night.

As usual, the party will take place at our home turf The Gasometer Hotel, 9pm-3am.

For this very sp...


Work of BMRSG Employment "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

This is the first of a series of articles on the huge range of support work undertaken by BMRSG volunteers. Part 1 Employment. This is a major problem for those asylum seekers living in the community. This story has a great outcome.


The Weekend Quiz February 11-12, 2017 answers and discussion "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Here are the answers with discussion for this Weekends Quiz. The information provided should help you work out why you missed a question or three! If you havent already done the Quiz from yesterday then have a go at it before you read the answers. I hope this helps you develop an understanding of modern monetary theory (MMT) and its application to macroeconomic thinking. Comments as usual welcome, especially if I have made an error.

Question 1:

National accounting rules dictate that a national government surplus equals a non-government deficit (and vice-versa). If a national government successfully achieves a fiscal surplus through an austerity program then the private domestic sector must be spending more than it is earning.

The answer is False.

The point is that the non-government sector is not equivalent to the private domestic sector and to fully assess what is going on we have to include the impact of the external sector.

This is a question about the sectoral balances the government fiscal balance, the external balance and the private domestic balance that have to always add to zero because they are derived as an accounting identity from the national accounts. The balances reflect the underlying economic behaviour in each sector which is interdependent given this is a macroeconomic system we are considering.

To refresh your memory the sectoral balances are derived as follows. The basic income-expenditure model in macroeconomics can be viewed in (at least) two ways: (a) from the perspective of the sources of spending; and (b) from the perspective of the uses of the income produced. Bringing these two perspectives (of the same thing) together generates the sectoral balances.

From the sources perspective we write:

GDP = C + I + G + (X M)

which says that total national income (GDP) is the sum of total final consumption spending (C), total private investment (I), total government spending (G) and net exports (X M).

Expression (1) tells us that total income in the economy per period will be exactly equal to total spending from all sources of expenditure.

We also have to acknowledge that financial balances of the sectors are impacted by net government taxes (T) which includes all taxes and transfer and interest payments (the latter are not counted independently in the expenditure Expression (1)).

Further, as noted above the trade account is only one aspect of the financial flows between the domestic economy and the external sector. we have to include net external income flows (FNI).

Adding in the net external income....


Little Bittern at Parklakes Wetlands, Bli Bli reported by Paul Jensen on 11-02-2017 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

In middle lagoon in its old haunt. Hasn't been reported in 19 months. Probably left because wetlands was drained for reshaping and replanting


From New World Order To Hazy Global Disorder "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Donald Trump administration and the Brexit severance of ties between the United Kingdom and the European Union have, in a matter of a little over a half year, changed the world from a post-Cold War new world order based on American supremacy to a global disorder of altered alliances on a multipolar geo-political chessboard. In many respects, the new global disorder has also placed in jeopardy various post-World War II contrivances, including NATO, the Organization of American States (OAS), and the Australia-New Zealand-United States (ANZUS) alliance.

Mind-blowing Experiment: Reality Doesnt Exist if You Are Not Looking at It "IndyWatch Feed National"

According to a well-known theory in quantum physics, a particles behavior changes depending on whether there is an observer or not. 

by Anna LeMind

It basically suggests that reality is a kind of illusion and exists only when we are looking at it. Numerous quantum experiments were conducted in the past and showed that this indeed might be the case.

Now, physicists at the Australian National University have found further evidence for the illusory nature of reality.

Read Entire Article


Julie Bishop's friends in Iran show their gratitude on 38th anniversary of the Islamic overthrow "IndyWatch Feed National"

Iran celebrated the 38th anniversary of revolution ,chanting "Death To America" & threatening to @POTUS Ad (@CodeAud) February 11, 2017 And it takes a lady chess player to show our Foreign Minister what respect for our way of life and courage look like. America's Female Chess Champion Boycotts...


Holocaust study: medical cartel is destroying America "IndyWatch Feed National"



Buckle up.

Ive been telling you about this for years.

by Jon Rappoport

February 10, 2017

*** A message to quack busters who attack natural health behind a phony mask of scientific skepticism: put your own house in orderthats where the real quacks and shameless killers are. Read More


What is this thing called Legal Observing? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

And why do you wear those pink vests? Legal Observers, or Human Rights Monitors as they are sometimes called, have become a common sight at large scale protest events throughout the western world over the past decade or so and the chances are you have seem MALS Legal Observers in the pink hi-vis vests at []


Is FORCED vaccination on the horizon in the medical police state known as California? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Welcome-to-California-VaccineImage: Is FORCED vaccination on the horizon in the medical police state known as California?

(Natural News) The great state of California is facing another serious threat to health freedom from vaccine pimp Senator Richard Pan, who is right now pushing a new piece of legislation he claims to have authored, that has the potential to make vaccines a mandatory medical procedure for all children in the Golden State this time with noexceptions or opt-out protections whatsoever. Read More


Diversity is a positive for East Gippsland youth "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

We invited East Gippsland Shire youth ambassador Brodee Turner to reflect on life in Gippsland.  Brodee sees the region's cultural and natural diversity as an asset.
I'm writing this piece in my mother's spare room at 10:30 at night, snug with cheap K-Mart track suit pants and a bottle of Sarsfield Estate CS Merlot, while listening to mid 2000s alternative rap... and I'm loving it!
So what, you may ask, is a customer from the great isles of K-Mart to talk about today?  I'm glad you asked.
Diversity, and I'm not talking about the different types of shampoo products you can purchase.  No, I'm talking about a bunch of people from all sides of the globe with different religious beliefs, racial backgrounds and preferred hairstyles. And guess what, they're all right here directly in the heart of Gippsland, a place of community, of business and of innovation.
All around me I see communities as strong as the links between a chain, never being broken, even through fire and flood. I see one family fall over and ten families pick them back up.  From this strength comes thriving businesses which create jobs and economic stability, sending ripples across our community.  Through this I see innovation from not just the community as a whole but also from our youth, youth which have a voice ten times more powerful than a Nokia phone being dropped on a fragile surface.
One of my many beliefs is that to make others happy you first have to be happy yourself.  So in order to accept diversity which Gippsland in recent years has begun to accomplish, you need to make the community a better place.  One of the ways they have begun tackling this dilemma is opportunities for youth to have a voice in the community just as any adult may have, and from that we're beginning to see acceptance.
Those of you who know me, know of my love for cultural diversity.  And what better place is there for me than right here in Gippsland - a place where you can enjoy a European style coffee at one of the thousands of coffee shops we have to offer with an American crepe breakfast.  Then walk yourself into a traditional Asian lunch, fit with an Australian Merino wool scarf, and then race yourself into a hot fiery Mexican dinner while singing a song from Denmark. And that's only day one of the many days to come, each with a different experience to the last.
So where, you may ask, past all the cultural diversity and experiences does Gippsland sit.  What, when boiled down to the basics, does it really have to offer? Well if you've ever been here then you need only look.
It's the soft breez...


The World is Not Flat art exhibition "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The World is Not Flat is an art exhibition brought to Adelaide by Adelaide Festival Centre and China Cultural Centre in Sydney.
Tara Nash had a chat with the curator of the exhibition Chen Lin about the exhibition. She then spoke with Director of China Cultural Centre, Mrs Li Zhao, about the partnership Adelaide Festival Centre has with China Cultural Centre in Sydney.

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Devonshire Street Lightrail Construction "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

I smiled when I saw the mural was still there, standing in the midst of the construction zone. Though I have no idea if thats a good or a bad thing, in terms of preservation, it gave me a smile to see it standing there nonetheless. Seemingly further back from where it used to be, Continue reading Devonshire Street Lightrail Construction


Native Title Authorisation Meeting "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Native Title Authorisation Meeting

The claim area is described as
"The area is located north of the NSW/Queensland border, extending in the east to Lalaguli and in the north to Nindigully on the Moonie River. The area then extends west to meet Yuwaalaraay country between the Moonie and the Narran Rivers to the Bririe, a tributary of The Big Warrambool River, and includes the towns of Thallon, Dareel and Talwood."

The apical ancestors are described as

Beeswing and his daughter Lucy Long
Kitty, mother of Charles, Jack and Alice Dennison
Kitty (Dunn)
Mary Ann mother of William Arnold
Mary Ann and Murray parents of George and Ada Murray
Reuben Bartman
George Bennett and Mary Moodie
Charles Cubby and Lucy Ann
Harry Denham
Maude Dixon/Hill
Billy Edwards
Jonathan Flick and Mary Ann
Charlie Hippi
Eliza Kirk
Walter/William Marley
James McGowan father of Aggie, Annie and Kate McGowan
Mary McGrady
Phoebe Munday
William Hilbert Saunders
Lennie Jane Smith/Rodwell
William Trapman (Troughtman)
Whalen Johnny
William (Billy) Wightman
Sarah Witon aka Witson/Wilson/Murphy
Eliza Weatherall

Appeared in the Koori Mail of February 8, 2017


In which prattling Polonius feuds with Cory and furious Frank Furedi provides some bonus follies ... "IndyWatch Feed"

And still the memes keep coming, this one thanks to the Harvard book store, as the paper tiger ducks a fight with Xi, and hesitates at more court action, while spawning a twitter frenzy, and the mystery of the dossier deepens ...

And meanwhile furious Frank flops into the reptiles of Oz commentary section hoping for more of the same, European style ...

Meanwhile, prattling Polonius was buried deep within the reptile digital bowels. Will he surface in due course? No matter, the pond was not to be denied its history fix ...

But the pond also likes to do segues and pivots, and what better place to pivot from than the senseless sounds of a Furedi fury?

Here's the closing bit of his latest attempt to flog his book ...

Now Furedi himself is an interesting case.



Australias third world electricity network "IndyWatch Feed"

Thanks to a crazy love of inefficient wind farms, Australias electricity network is now approaching that of Pakistan. There many households own backup diesel generators for the times the network blacks out or there is load shedding. But at least mains electricity in Pakistan is cheap (about 8 Australian cents per kilowatt hour). Here Australians pay a high fixed cost plus around 30 cents per kilowatt hour. Expensive and unreliable power. Just what we need to power the economy.

And what are many Australians doing? Going out and buying diesel generators quite an inefficient form of electricity generation.


The Government should declare include coal and nuclear as renewable energy (since they are in fact renewable and plentiful).

And yesterday the Secretary of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Martin Parkinson, ordered that thermostats in government buildings be set to 26 degrees Celsius to reduce the load on the electricity network.


Given the threat of rolling blackouts across NSW and the ACT tomorrow, the NSW and ACT Public Services
are setting thermostats to 26 degrees.

I believe we also have an obligation to assist and would ask that you seek to ensure that
all buildings In which you or your portfolio agencies operate participate in this action.

I will ensure that all PM&C facilities participate and ask you to make sure that your portfolios are also responding appropriately.

We will be sending a notice to all PM&C staff in the morning explaining our action you might like to consider doing the same.

Thank you


Surely further evidence of our third world electricity network?


FOBIF is successful in funding bid in the Victorian Landcare Grants Program "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

FOBIF has been successful in our application to the North Central Catchment Management Authority (NCCMA) for a Maintenance/ Start Up Grant through the Victorian Landcare Grants Program for $500. This money will go towards paying for public liability insurance for our group so we can continue to host our activities safely.

Local Landcare groups have shared in more than $204,000 to carry out environmental projects that improve biodiversity and land health across the catchment through this program.

This year, about 20 local groups project grant applications in the  region were successful. Each year the quality of applicants is impressive, and this year was no exception, North Central CMA Regional Landcare Coordinator Tess Grieves said.

Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily DAmbrosio congratulated the local groups on their projects. The Victorian Landcare program is an investment in our future and its fantastic to see these local groups receiving grants to support their important environmental projects, she said.

Thanks to Tess and the team at the NCCMA for their work in making this successful application possible.



Veterans raise more than $200,000 for Dakota pipeline protest "IndyWatch Feed National"

The following is from New York based writer for The Independent Rachael Revesz. This is a story the military veterans who has just raised another...

The post Veterans raise more than $200,000 for Dakota pipeline protest appeared first on The Pen.


King of the castle "IndyWatch Feed"

Smiling as the shit comes down
You can tell a man from what he has to say
Everything gets turned around
And I will risk my neck again, again

- Crowded House Four seasons in one day
In theory, Parliament is the forum for the great debates on where the nation is headed. In practice, debates on where the nation is headed are had behind closed doors; what is put on show is bad drama badly acted, in Australia's best-subsidised and best-equipped theatre, where it is reviewed by the Australian media's last contingent of professional paid drama critics.

Legislation and policy lags public debate by its very nature, where deliberations about good ideas, measurements of political forces alive in the community beyond Canberra, and how new initiatives fit with wider strategies like the budget or the PR imperatives of the incumbent government. It's complex and best described by people far from Canberra who focus on one aspect of it. I am so being fair and broadly accurate when I say those who cover politics up close, day after year after parliamentary term, do an important job very, very badly.

Press gallery journalists know nothing about policy and governance - some of the more conscientious ones will do a quick Google search on the topic at hand, as though they don't realise we all have Google. What value is there in consuming traditional media once you've had to do your own googling? What time is there? Does anyone wonder why traditional media is going out of business? Have they really chosen the best journalists available to cover federal politics?

But let's not have your standard rant about the press gallery, and what buffoons they mostly are. Instead, let's go to source materials and work outward from there.

This brings us to Wednesday's wide-ranging debate in parliament, ostensibly a motion on Centrelink payments. The motion itself is on pages 59-60 of this transcript; Shorten's much-vaunted speech is at pp. 60-61, with Turnbull's response at 61-63.

Shorten's speech was not the wonkish affair some on social media have pretended, as though Turnbull had mugged him on the way home from the library. It begins with the epithet "Mr Harbourside Mansion"; Shorten is trying to make the case Turnbull is out of touch, but he hasn't made the case adequately or directly and starting the speech with that phrase was arse-about - you build up to a notion like that, so the killer phrase becomes embedded and unshakeable rather than just another cliche. Just a personal attack, the sort of political news that washes off most people. It practically invited Turnbull to turn it aroun...


This Dolphin Was Stolen From The Ocean And Forced To Live In A Filthy Tank "IndyWatch Feed National"

Credit: Australia for Dolphins

A dolphin has been trapped in a filthy tank for over two years after being stolen from the ocean and her family in an annual dolphin hunt. The dolphins name is Angel and she is currently being kept in captivity in a museum in Japan. The Taiji Whale Museum is known for keeping dolphins that have been caught in Taijis annual hunt and is just around the corner from the Cove where this takes place.

The dolphin, who is believed to be an albino dolphin, swims around with her eyes closed most of the time, which reports have suggested is due to the excessive amount of chlorine in her tank, according to a report by The Dodo. Visitors to the museum have even commented on the overpowering smell of chlorine as visitors walk through the buildings. Despite the amount of harmful chemicals being used, the tank is filthy, with photos and video footage showing Angel swimming around in brown, murky water with her eyes tightly shut.

Angel shares the tank with five other dolphins who were also snatched away from their mothers when they were young, during the dolphin hunt. Angel has gone from a life of freedom in the ocean with her mother, to one of cruelty in captivity where she has nothing to do all day but swim around in circles. The tank that Angel is kept in also has a plastic tube running through it which is a walkway for visitors to the museum. The tube, which allows visitors to walk through the tank, has made Angels home even smaller, with less space for her to move around in. In the wild, Angel may have swum around 100 kilometers (62 miles) each day, but now all she can do is swim in circles in the cramped tank, trying not to hit the edges and hurt herself.

Graham Henry, the campaign coordinator for Sea Shepherd said, Angel and the dolphins in the same tank are in some of the worst conditions Ive ever seen for captive dolphins. Young dolphins that are deemed pretty enough are captured during the annual hunt whilst the remaining dolphins that did not make the cut into captivity are killed for their meat. From there they can be sold for over $100,000. The young dolphins are already seriously troubled when they are br...


Anti-Islam Q Society dinner blockaded in Melbourne "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Contributed by Adam Carlton The protest outside the venue of a fundraising dinner for the extreme Q society has brought this shadowy organisation to some...

The post Anti-Islam Q Society dinner blockaded in Melbourne appeared first on The Pen.


Crazy Trump "IndyWatch Feed"

I really do fear for an outbreak of beggar thy neighbour policies that so damaged the world during the Great Depression. The return of outright protectionism not even disguised now is clear, with Crazy Trump leading the way with his extreme protectionism and crony capitalism. Milton Friedman, Jean-Baptiste Say, Adam Smith, Ludwig von Mises, Friedrich Hayek, James Buchanan and many other conservative, free market and libertarian economists would be rolling in their graves at the populist trends in society and capture of the White House by a group of thugs.

Trump is following the lead of many tyrants with mercantilist tendencies providing a greater opportunity to pilfer the peoples wealth. Trump has much in common with Jean-Baptiste Colbert and perhaps even more Nicolas Fouquet who as Louis XIVs finance minister seemed incapable of distinguishing his personal finances from the States finances.

Im afraid the Trump supporters here at the Cat are Trumps useful fools. You like him because he is seems to be opposed to climate change policies, but neglect the much greater danger he poses in every other area of human activity. Even on climate change policy I would not believe a word uttered by this contemptible and crazy man. It really is the case that the asylum is being run by the inmates.

Ill leave it for Jean Baptiste Say to have the final words, as his warns of the dangers of protectionism in his A Treatise on Political Economy:

The subject [is]the nature of the injury that a community suffers by difficulties thrown in
the way of the introduction of foreign commodities. The mischief occasioned to the country that produces the prohibited article is of the same kind and description; it is prevented from turning its capital and industry to the best account. But it is not to be supposed that the foreign nation can by this means be utterly ruined and stripped of all resource, as Napoleon seemed to imagine, when he excluded the products of Britain from the markets of the continent. To say nothing of the impossibility of effecting a complete and actual blockade of a whole country, opposed as it must be by the universal motive of self-interest, the utmost effect of it can only be to drive its production into a different channel. A nation is always competent to the purchase and consumption of the whole of its own products, for products are always bought with other products. Do you think it possible to prevent England from producing value to the amount of a million, by preventing her export of woollens to that amount? You are much mistaken if you do. England will employ the same capital and the same manual labor in the preparation of ardent spirits, by the distillation of grain or other domestic products, that were before occupied in the manufacture of woollens for the French market, and she will then no l...


Native Title Authorisation Meeting "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Native Title Authorisation Meeting

The claim area roughly covers Brisbane City and suburbs generally encloses an adjoining area defined by Ipswich, Coominya, Hampton, Toowoomba, north of Warwick, Boonah and Beaudesert. The proposed application has two options.

The apical ancestors are defined as

Janie/Janey Billie/Billy (mother of Harry Thompson and Daisy Moreton (nee Thompson))
Billy Turner (father of Amy Turner)
Jackey Harvey (father of Emily Harvey the social mother of Robert Anderson snr)
Thomas Duggandan/Anderson (social father of Robert Anderson snr)
Topsy of Ipswich (mother of Jimmy Edwards jnr)
Ted Myer/Meyers/Myers (father of Elsie Richards)
Molly Myers (nee Crow) (mother of Elsie Richards)

Appeared on the Koori Mail of February 8, 2017

Some items of interest

Charlie Moreton F/B, born 1871 Stradbroke Island, parents Charlie Moreton and Sarah Moreton (Sandy) married Daisy Thompson

Jackey Arvey (?Harvey) F/B, aged about 75 years, died 26.12.1901 from consumption. Belonged to the Yackara tribe.

An Emily Harvey (Wanjin) aged 38 years native of Laidley was at Deebing Creek circa 1902

Elsie Richards, born Ipswich, died 28. 9.1961 Palm Island, parents Ted Byer (Myer) and Molly Crow, married to Arthur Richards       


Free multi-million dollar Wi-Fi service is now available in Melbournes CBD "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Melbourne city-goers are now able to access fast, free Wifi with unlimited data at Wi-Fi hotspots across the CBD.   Melbourne Citi Free Wi-Fi and Melbourne Metro Free Wi-Fi (available from selected Melbourne train stations) are currently available in Bourke Street, Russell Street, Swanston Street, Elizabeth Street and Flinders Street Station.   Its a win-win. []


The 37th St Kilda Festival "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

  Here in St Kilda we spend a lot of time brooding about our suburbs future: what will become of the Gatwick, when will the Epsy reopen, what will the Live Nation run Palais be like, could the GH have been saved? There are many questions, and few answers.   If all of St Kilda []


Signature Dish "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

  Signature Dish is a section that explores the districts best dishes. We champion those culinary heavy hitters and uncover hidden gems by asking local restaurants to serve up their most popular dish.   This month Clucked   Fried Chicken isnt something synonymous with healthy eating. But rebranding a seemingly steadfast image is commonplace []


Rococco "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Mantis Kane   A few months back you might have witnessed the scene pictured. A crane winching a large object over Acland Streets rooftops. Youd be forgiven for thinking it was a brazen daylight heist, the kind of clumsy old-school robbery of black & white movies, planned by intimidating men with anchor tattoos and []


St Kilda Legal Service What did 2016 look like? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

  2017 marks 44 years of operation for St Kilda Legal Service (the Service). It was established to service the needs of the local communitys particularly disadvantaged groups needing assistance. At its core ,our Service is a grassroots organisation which was created to empower people to access justice.   What began in 1973 as a []


There would be a particularly nervous class of Australian investors right now - perhaps even Mr. Harbourside Mansion himself "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Guardian, 11 February 2017:

The founders of Mossack Fonseca, the law firm at the centre of the Panama Papers scandal, were arrested in Panama City on Thursday as the countrys attorney general launched a probe into their alleged connections with Brazils sprawling Lava Jato corruption scandal.

Juergen Mossack and his colleague Ramon Fonseca, a former adviser to Panamas president Juan Carlos Varela, were taken into custody and transferred to police cells in the capital overnight for further questioning on Friday, their defence attorney Elas Solano was quoted telling reporters.

Panamanian prosecutors raided the offices of Mossack Fonseca on Thursday. In a press conference on Kenia Porcell, Panamas attorney general, said she had information that identified Mossack Fonseca allegedly as a criminal organisation that is dedicated to hiding money assets from suspicious origins. 

She said the firms Brazilian representative had allegedly been instructed to conceal documents and to remove evidence of illegal activities related to the Lava Jato case.

Put simply, the money comes from bribes, circulated via certain corporate entities to return bleached or washed to Panama, said Porcell. She explained charges had been formulated against four individuals, including the Mossack Fonseca partners. 


Melbourne Ports Labor MP Michael Danby talks about Fitzroy St "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

More than three years ago I was raising alarms about the decline of once vibrant Fitzroy St in St Kilda. Eventually after six months and many Facebook posts and Tweets The Age awoke to the story. My Jaccuse poster appeared on the shattered windows of our much loved, slightly weird Chronicle bookshop, which was left []


Resolution of backpacker tax welcomed by hospitality industry "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Carlita Warren   The resolution of the backpacker tax will provide much needed certainty to tourism and hospitality operators heading into the busiest trading period of the year, according to peak industry body Restaurant & Catering Australia (R&CA).   From January 1, 2017, a tax rate of 15 per cent will apply to working holiday []


Coal Barons "IndyWatch Feed"

Australia's planet-roaster government has recognized that coal is now so uneconomic that the way to get new coal mines started is to subsidize them.

In other words, the coal barons have taken control of the country with their denialist lies, and now like a virus will direct the country's machinery to enriching them while endangering everyone else.

Hundreds of microphones "IndyWatch Feed National"

A city in Australia has placed hundreds of microphones in public places to record people's conversations.

There are also microphones in taxis in Canberra, and buses in San Francisco. No matter what supposed justification there is, the danger of listening to people is more important. We must get rid of them.


Hot, hot, hot "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


White-naped Honeyeaters, Newstead, 10th February 2017


Bra making: I must, I must, I must increase my bra sewing and fitting skills. "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

One of my goals this year was to sew my own bras. Finding a bra is soul destroying for many people, and its been hell for me because I need a large band and cup. Bras for my size are nearly impossible to find, and the one or two that I can find cost anywhere from $90-150. As a result I have been wearing the incorrect size for years.

Aside: do you know how much it bothers me when people trot out the n% of women are not wearing the correct bra size!!!??!! Theres a reason: Bra sizing is not standardised, you cant just assume you are the same size across all brands. Even if you fit into and use the sizing chart, theres no guarantee the damn bra will fit! Another reason: bodies are different. Fat and breast tissue are distributed in all matter of different ways across all the bodies in the world.

This vintage ad for Charmode Cordtex bras illustrates sizing from small cups to large. Notice the longer frame for the largest size? That doesn't really work for larger stomachs and will ride up under the bust! Plus notice the style gets decidedly less lacy and delicate as the style increases. Some things never change...

This vintage ad for Charmode Cordtex bras illustrates sizing from small cups to large. Notice the longer frame for the largest size? That doesnt really work for larger stomachs and will ride up under the bust hence the straps to attach to a girdle! Plus notice these bras get less lacy and delicate as the style increases. Some things never change


So, last year I decided the only thing to do would be to sew my own bras. Aside from the major challenge of learning bra construction, finding a pattern to fit me has proven to be incredibly challenging. If I thought ready-to-wear bras were hard to find bra patterns in my size are non-existent. Remember what I said about bra sizing? It applies to bra patterns as well. I decided to go with the Pin Up Girls Classic pattern, because Beverly Johnsons Sewing Bras: Construction and Fit class use this pattern (her one). I bought two of her bra kits and a couple of underwires, then upon figuring out that the...


Captain Crabbe and the Gnomes "All abound for Sydney Town!" LP 1976 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

This is another album provided by the Victorian Bush Folkie. Thanks again.

What a strange name for a folk group. It is also intriguing that the album graphics do not include any details of the individual performers. Surely some of our blog visitors will be able to provide some details on the who, what and why of this group.

February 2017 - Tony Suttor has come to our rescue with some details. These three were the original team of "minstrels"at "Old Sydney Town" but only the two "garden gnomes", Eric Thompson (pictured with guitar) and David Hodgson, were still there when Tony Suttor joined Old Sydney Town in 1976. The dog Patch belonged to Eric. "Captain Crabbe" and the horse remain unidentified. David composed the last three listed instrumentals. In thew 1980s the duo perfromed at the Argyle Tavern in The Rock. Sydney. Many thanks Tony.

This album was definitely recorded and produced in Australia but I notice that, with two exceptions, the tracks are as much at home in the British Isles as in Australia. The major exception, Little Fishy a.k.a. Little Fish, is strongly Australian but this is the first time that I have heard anyone sing it other than as a lullaby. The second exception is Sydney Town and I have no idea as to its origin.

Anyway, that is of little concern because the group performs very well both instrumentally and vocally. The vinyl was obviously in good condition and the tracks required very little editing. There is a good mix of songs and instrumentals.

Please note that the track Lusty Young Blacksmith has extensive sexual innuendo and the track Ho Boy Hey Boy is sexually explicit and very politically improper in respect of the female gender. You have been warned - in no way do I endorse the content..

1. Bonnie Dundee - instrumental
2. 10,000 miles
3. Sydney Town
4. Maggie May
5. Botany Bay
6. Drunken sailor
7. Little fishy
8. Molly Malone
9. Foggy foggy dew (English traditional - not Irish rebellion)
10. Molly McInstry instrumental
11. Billy O'Donnell O'Day
12. The keel row instrumental
13. Wild Rover
14. Lusty young blacksmith
15. Black velvet band
16. Four Mary's
17. Patsy Fagan
18. Ho boy hey....


Whales are Dying Why? "IndyWatch Feed National"

by Dee McLachlan It just happens I am writing a movie action script on whales at the moment.  So I am alarmed to see that 416 pilot whales beached themselves overnight at Farewell Spit in Golden Bay at the top of the South Island, New Zealand. More than 70% have died, with locals desperately trying []


Good news and bad news in child protection "IndyWatch Feed"

Following up previous accounts of the shortcomings of Australian child protection dealing with the systemic problems here and here and the particular situation in South Australia which was revealed in an inquiry last year.

Readers may recall that the central concern is the extreme unwillingness of child protection authorities to remove children from their natural parents to a safer place or to adoption even when they are suffering serious and persisting abuse in the family.

The bad news is from South Australia following the report last year. Given that the report only recommended more resources to do much the same things it is not surprising that The Fresh Start is just a new department and more people but no sign of a move in the direction of adoption.

1 November 2016. The new Department for Child Protection opens today signalling a fresh start for child protection in South Australia. The department was created in response to recommendations in the Child Protection Systems Royal Commission. The life they deserve that was presented to the state government in August this year.

While a lot of this work has been occurring behind the scenes over recent months to ensure staff, the agencies that support child protection and the whole community are involved in the process.

Work already underway across child protection includes the new Choose to Care campaign to encourage an increase in foster cares; strong relationship with non-government organisations and other key partners; innovative parenting programs; and as well as child well-being practitioners working with schools to continue to grow partnerships with the education sector.

And there is a Media Centre! The Media and Digital unit, within the Media and Communications Directorate keeps the community engaged through the media with the latest news on initiatives, developments and events focusing on child protection.

The message on adoption is that it will be expensive for prospective parents, time consuming, and there will not be many placements anyway.

The good news comes from New South Wales where it seems that the Sammut report has been read and digested with the result that there is a move in the US direction of increase...


Tony Abbott's car boot this morning - like so many other RFS volunteers heading to station "IndyWatch Feed National"

This photo of Tony Abbott's boot was taken earlier today. He was loading his Rural Fire Service gear and heading to his station, "Like so many other volunteers". Thank you for your service Tony. Values These are the values, as enunciated by Sir Robert Menzies in 1954 when founding the...


Sustainable Living Festival 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Mark your calendars! The Macedon Ranges Sustainable Living Festival is coming up on Saturday the 4th of March! This years festival will run in conjunction with the Woodend Community Farmers Market, with a full program of inspiring exhibitors, free workshops, guest speakers, film screenings, kids activities, and lots of high quality local and regional produce. It promises to be a great day out for the whole family!

The MRSLF is seeking some keen community superstars to join our team of festival volunteers on the day. Youll have the opportunity to meet great people and get behind-the-scenes experience in one of the regions most engaging and popular events. If you can spare a couple of hours on festival day, wed love to hear from you! Call Sharon on 0487 444 090, or email

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Trentham Produce Exchange "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Congratulations Trentham Produce Exchange for 3 years of exchanging. The swap is part of the Trentham Farmers Market held every 3rd Saturday of the month and anyone can join in. Organiser Glenda Holmes  said:

We have swapped a vast array of goodies from backyard gardens - fruit, vegies & herbs, interesting bottled preserves, eggs, cut flowers, potted plants, seeds, worm juice and manure!  It has been an exciting and successful three years.

Not only have we shared delicious local produce, weve formed new friendships, helped nurture a stronger community and contributed to reducing our carbon footprint.  We all know that its the best thing to know where the food we eat comes from and the more local the better!  Our swap table has also become a talking post where interesting conversations happen, and gardening tips and recipe ideas are shared.

We helped Trentham set up their first swap 18/1/14


When $5.3 Million of New Debt Per Hour Isnt Enough for Australia "IndyWatch Feed"

Apparently tacking on an extra $5.3 million in debt every hour isnt sufficient. At least not according to RBA governor Philip Lowe.

The post When $5.3 Million of New Debt Per Hour Isnt Enough for Australia appeared first on The Daily Reckoning Australia.


Hard facts unmask the fiction behind Coalition's 'coal comeback' | Lenore Taylor "IndyWatch Feed"

There's a long list of blame and shame for Australia's threadbare climate and energy policy, but Turnbull's party takes the cakeWatching politics builds a high tolerance for hypocrisy and humbug, but even I am aghast at the Coalition's antics this week fondling a lump of coal in parliament while accusing the opposition of an ideological approach to energy and negligence in policy planning.Seriously. There's a long list of blame and shame for Australia's threadbare climate and [...]


Free multi-million dollar Wi-Fi service is now available in Melbournes CBD "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Free multi-million dollar Wi-Fi service is now available in Melbournes CBD  Offering users free, fast, unlimited data Melbourne city-goers are now able to access fast, free Wifi with unlimited data at Wi-Fi hotspots across the CBD.   Melbourne Citi Free Wi-Fi and Melbourne Metro Free Wi-Fi (available from selected Melbourne train stations) are currently available []

The post Free multi-million dollar Wi-Fi service is now available in Melbournes CBD appeared first on The NORTHSIDER.


This weeks game of pass the coal, punch Bill Shorten has a deeper meaning "IndyWatch Feed"

Weekly column for The New Daily.Filed under: Politics Tagged: Bill Shorten, class war, leadership, Malcolm Turnbull, Peter Dutton, politics of envy, Scott Morrison


No answers blowin in the wind "IndyWatch Feed"

The Financial Review recognises that wind has broken Australias electricity system, and quotes Grattan advice that we need a new system, (redolent of Brechts channeling of East German politicians that it would be easier to dissolve the people and elect another).
Entranced by the Chief Scientists pearls of wisdom the AFR also tells us that he is to seek the solutions in an upcoming trip to Ireland and Denmark.  And they publicise the latest silver bullet, a new battery invented in South Australia that will take the world by storm and solve all our problems its just that it needs (for the time being you understand) a subsidy to cover 50 per cent of its costs.
I have a more well-grounded analysis published in Quadrant, here.
It concludes
There is only one solution. We must unwind the subsidies and regulatory interventions that have created the problems. Governments spend or impose regulatory costs like the renewable subsidies that amount to about $5 billion a year (a calculation the Finkel report deigned not to make).  These are poisoning the economy as well as costing each household $500 per year.  We need politicians to announce that all subsidies to energy will be removed immediately and that there will no longer be any favouring of particular power sources. Only then will we see the supply system convalescing and recovering so that it once again provides the cheapest electricity in the world and all that entails for living standards.
The moochers and con men will scream sovereign risk just as the car manufacturers did when the tariff reforms were contemplated.  Others will say it is just not possible to change since the forces of darkness are so well entrenched.  Perhaps so but the future of the economy is therefore bleak.
My more lengthy piece critiquing the ridiculous Finkel draft report is here.
And I address it in a wider context in my forthcoming book CLIMATE CHANGE: Treaties and Policies in the Trump Era, which is to be published later this month by the redoubtable Connor Court.


In which the pond realises that the bromancer might be the biggest threat of all ... at least if silliness is a factor ... "IndyWatch Feed"

For a nanosecond, the pond thought that the bromancer might have been making an astute point about the immensely silly Frank Furedi lurking below him ...

Or the blather about provincial and deeply unrealistic mindsets might have been about fellow reptiles suddenly gripped by a delusional euphoria on the basis of a single speech ...

The Catholic Boys' Daily is on the march and on the warpath ... fire with fire, blowtorch to the meringue ...

But the pond is loyal, and the bromancer will always deliver the goods ... 

There's some classic Trumpist rhetoric in that flourish ...

Absolve Trump and crank the chat up to eleven by talking of the most fantastic ignorance, in a way that only the fantastically ignorant could manage ... huugge ...



1) Freeport Boss Denies Assaulting Lawmaker "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

2) Hanura Urges Govt to Suspend Freeports Operation  
3) Freeport says Indonesia export restrictions remain, no new permit
4) Indonesia, Australia ties intact despite military kerfuffle
1) Freeport Boss Denies Assaulting Lawmaker
By : Eko Prasetyo | on 7:04 PM February 10, 2017
Jakarta. Freeport Indonesia director Chappy Hakim has denied assaulting a lawmaker after a hearing with the House of Representatives' Commission VII.
According to reports, the former Air Force chief of staff had assaulted Commission VII member Mukhtar Tompo after a hearing with several representatives of mining companies, including Freeport, to discuss the government's mining policies.
"There was no beating, unlike what has been reported in the media. Mukhtar also said I never assaulted him," Chappy said in a written statement released on Thursday evening (09/02).
Chappy claimed after the hearing Mukhtar had approached h...


Okay Hoaxtead- Ill Play "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Spiny Norman- I havent seen your three questions on either YouTube NOR Facebook- but since you are OBVIOUSLY AWARE I am watching Hoaxtead Research- why havent you just asked them on there?

While you are at it- why dont you answer MY THREE QUESTIONS as well? Because it seems to me that your three questions are nothing more than a pathetic attempt to avoid mine.

Just saying

Oh, and of course my three are- since we have irrefutable proof that the UK covered up massive child abuse in the 80s

1). What exactly were the allegations?

2). Who exactly were involved in the allegations?


3). If these claims were so bogus- why was so much time, money, and effort spent to cover them up and hide them?


Hyperbaric oxygen therapy increased the effects of hyperthermic chemosensitisation to carboplatin. "IndyWatch Feed National"

PMID:  Int J Hyperthermia. 2015 ;31(6):643-8. Epub 2015 Jul 9. PMID: 26156211 Abstract Title:  Efficacy of hyperbaric oxygen therapy combined with mild hyperthermia for improving the anti-tumour effects of carboplatin. Abstract:  PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBO) on the enhancement of hyperthermic chemosensitisation to carboplatin at mild temperatures in experimental tumours.METHODS: SCCVII carcinoma in C3H/He mice was used to assess tumour growth delay. The mice received intraperitoneal injections of carboplatin. For HBO treatment, the mice were exposed to HBO at 2.0 atmospheres of absolute oxygen for 60min. For mild hyperthermia (HT), treatment at 41.5C for 30min was performed. The tumour tissue pO2 levels were measured with a digital pO2 monitor during and immediately after treatment.RESULTS: The average time taken to reach a threefold relative tumour size was significantly longer after treatment with carboplatin combined with mild HT and HBO than after treatment with carboplatin and mild HT. The relative sizes of the tumours after the combined treatment were smallest when the treatment sequence was carboplatin, mild HT, and HBO. The tumour tissue pO2 values were significantly higher immediately after mild HT followed by HBO than immediately after HBO followed by mild HT. The tumour tissue pO2 levels during mild HT and HBO generally increased, although the patterns of the increases varied.CONCLUSION: The administration of HBO increased the effects of hyperthermic chemosensitisation to carboplatin at mild temperatures on experimental tumours, particularly when given in the sequence of carboplatin, mild HT, and HBO, a finding that supports previous clinical outcomes for a novel combined therapy using carboplatin plus HT and HBO.

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You should all know by now that our Surf Art Market brought to you by SurfStitch is a true celebration of all things Surf Culture. From fashion to food, industry experts to one of a kind artisans who cant wait to show you their unique creative ideas.

But the common denominator among all of us here, is our love for the sea. So todays EDM is all about the surfboards, the shapers, the surf accessories and the surf saviours who we havent had a chance to mention yet in our regular newsletters. Lets meet them shall we?


There are 17 surfboard shapers at the Surf Art Markets, including

Dead Kooks

Dead Kooks Surfboards has evolved over the past 9-10 years from a backyard hobby making boards to a full-time job working with world champions and a string of worlds top surfers. Drawing inspiration from shapes of old, the boards that Eden Saul makes are anything but retro. Everything is designed, shaped and further refined with performance in mind, tackling everything from 12ft gliders, paddle guns for Jaws to refined modern logs, fish, singles and shorties.

Joel Fitzgerald

Joel has a deep appreciation for the organic slowed down life and takes care in all he does. He is a soul surfer fused with big wave charger, known amongst his respected peers and fellow shapers as an innovator and talented surfboard craftsman. Each board is hand crafted by Joel for your enjoyment.


McTavish Surfboards is a high quality surfboard manufacturer based in Byron Bay, Australia. The brand was founded by Bob McTavish in 1962, with boards bearing the McTavish name in production ever since. Bobs loveable larrikin personality and his contributions to surf design and culture form the basis of what McTavish is all about design excellence, excitement, fun and adventure.

Morning of the Earth

Simon Jones of Morning of the Earth Surfboards handcrafts and shapes the finest seventies inspired retro surfboards in his backyard right here in the hills of Byron. Combining retro plan shapes, fin templates, & rocker with contemporary bottom shapes & rail configurations Simon produces beautiful classic shapes that you will love to surf.

Hannah Magnall

Hannah is a l...


Federal Hotels 1993 submission to extend pokies to the Burbs. Federals own Social Study report "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Fascinating. A look into the way business is done in Tasmania ... and a warning from The Mercury. Mind you this was 1993 ... Read for yourself ... Federal Groups Social and Economic Impact Study Report from 2014, here


Triumphing over Reality: China, Australia and Free Trade "IndyWatch Feed National"

The suspended reality across the Pacific took hold as the Australian Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop, conversed with her Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi, in a state of mild delusion. Assuming the air of a clairvoyant, Bishop insisted that she knew that


The Impending Kidnapping of the Two Hoaxtead Children "IndyWatch Feed National"

Just so I get this out in a timely matter- as Hoaxtead is ONCE AGAIN suggesting that the two Hampstead children are going to be kidnapped- OPENLY STATING that Angela Power- Disney is going to be behind it.

Of course from everything I have seen personally- they are working in conjunction with their idiot shills- and Angela Power- Disney is ONE OF THEM.

They are DESPERATE to shut down talk of this elite pedophile ring any way they can- so I would NOT IN ANY WAY put kidnapping those children and blaming it on others past them.

After all- if they have shown anything is that they dont give a fuck about these- or ANY OTHER children


Hell Hath No Fury Like the Climate Scorned "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Hottest February day in NSW as extraordinary heatwave moves across Australia The heatwave moving across the sub continent is expected to intensify over the weekend, elevating the threat of potentially catastrophic fire conditions, authorities warned. New South Wales could face its hottest February day on record, with temperatures reaching 47C in western parts of the []


Iran has been Implacable in the Rejection of Washingtons Destructive Role in Syria "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Professor Tim Anderson is a distinguished author and senior lecturer of political economy at the University of Sydney, Australia.  In an interview with, he answers questions about the Syrian crisis, the Astana peace talks as well as the role


China's 'One Belt One Road' is a New Geopolitical Paradigm "IndyWatch Feed National"

The ascension of Donald Trump to the US Presidency has introduced an additional element of uncertainty to the conduct of world affairs. Judging from Mr Trump's rhetoric, and some of his initial executive orders, such as withdrawing the US from the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), the proverbial cat has been set among the geopolitical pigeons. The Australian government appears to have been completely unprepared for the Trump Presidency, and even less so by his decision to scrap American participation in the TPP. The political response has been one of denial, insisting that the TPP could proceed, and even more extraordinarily, suggesting that China and Indonesia could take the place of the departed Americans. This displays a degree of naivety that is a matter of concern. Even more concerning is that according to Opposition Trade spokesman Jason Clare following two FOI requests, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade had not been asked to model alternative scenarios in the event the TPP fell over for whatever reason.


Washington faces Donald Trumps shock and awe tactics "IndyWatch Feed"

Today in The Australian
With the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit decisively rejecting the Trump administrations application for its executive order on immigration to be reinstated, the question of whether the checks and balances Americas system of government imposes on the new administration will remain effective has moved to the centre of the political debate.


Extreme heatwave in Australia, catastrophic fire weather "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

A huge pocket of hot air is causing extreme heatwave conditions across eastern Australia, causing authorities to prepare for temporary suspension of power to selected areas of New South Wales late Friday, February 10, 2017. Rare Catastrophic fire weather conditions...... Read more

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