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Friday, 15 September


Creative Rebellion "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Date and Time: 
Saturday, October 28, 2017 -
3:00pm to 10:00pm

Join us and participate in a festival of creativity on Sat 28 October.

As part of Jura's 40th anniversary celebrations we would like to host a celebration of creative rebellion on Saturday 28 October. Were calling for proposals from musicians (acoustic), poets, actors, comedians, jugglers, video-makers, artists, DIYers, vegan cupcake bakers, and anyone else with creative talents, to be part of this participatory celebration.

The act of creating or performing something for our own pleasure and the enjoyment of our community can be a profound act of rebellion against the consumerism and commodification prevalent in contemporary society. We know that Juras community of supporters is full of talented people. We are seeking people to fill a 10 or 20 minute slot with something creative that can be shared with others. Why not join us on 28th October and share your creative spirit with like-minded people?

The festival is planned to run from the afternoon into the evening, with a presentation by Melbourne poet TTO as the anchor event in the evening. The purpose of inviting proposals is for programming. Apart from TTO, the program will depend on proposals received.

To get involved please email your proposal to with these details:

  •     Your name & contact and names of any co-collaborators
  •     Type of creative activity (eg music, poetry, talk, video, workshop, etc)
  •     Time required generally a 10 minute or 20 minute slot, but we're flexible
  •     Any preferences you have for a timeslot between 1pm and 6pm
  •     Any special equipment / set-up you need, and if you can provide it yourself
  •     Any other details that may be relevant


Energy and economics: @albericie Vs @chriskkenny Twitter battle @Qldaah #auspol "IndyWatch Feed National"

After Emma Alberici questioned Malcolm Turnbulls commitment to liberalism, Chris Kenny lept to the defence of the PM. So we now have a Liberal PM who's whacking a tax on banks, interfering in energy mkt & now using taxpayer $ to prop up commercial media Emma Alberici (@albericie) September 13, 2017 The green left []

Author information

David Marler

David Marler

Queensland reporter at No Fibs

David is a full time carer for his son and in quiet times contributes to NoFibs. More at:


Andrew Bolt picks up a #GoldKenny award @Qldaah #auspol #qldpol "IndyWatch Feed National"

Andrew Bolt breaks Godwins Law in marriage equality campaign. The Mike Carlton inspired Gold Kenny award for this week has gone to Andrew Bolt for his column claiming that Labor will implement a gay gestapo.  Labor will pay a gay gestapo to hound you once its made gay marriage law, whatever the result of next months plebiscite: LABOR []

Author information

David Marler

David Marler

Queensland reporter at No Fibs

David is a full time carer for his son and in quiet times contributes to NoFibs. More at:


How Far Away is the Tipping Point To World Sanity "IndyWatch Feed"

Note the curvature and the word flat has been blocked from this post

By Dee McLachlan

With the new website up, I reflected on why we keep chipping away. Why stay committed?

For a very long time humanity has been ruled by a small war-mongering elite, that have used violence and deception, including a debt based money system to controlling governments. They have also been using earths precious resources for created wars and they seem to have no regard for the planet, or its people. Please correct me if Im way off the mark.

So when will this madness end?

Mary Maxwell wrote an important article about two weeks ago. In Call To Action she concludes:

The hour grows late. We are making a huge mistake in tolerating the cabal, the evil ones, or whatever you want to call them.

Well if you read alternative sites, many declare that more and more people are waking up and that the world is undergoing a Paradigm Shift (towards a better world). For several years I had thought so, but sadly, I am not so sure. I do think a percentage of the population has had a huge awakening especially in the last decade (including myself) through accessing information through the internet.

But, for another percentage, it has had a devastating dumbing down effect. This is partly due to media control, and now how Facebook and Google algorithms serve up more of the same information.



Gay Greens and GetUp to call the gay marriage shots "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

from Larry Pickering, the last surviving iconic commentator, journalist and cartoonist 

Its got me stuffed. Australians hardly ever pass changes in the law by ballot. They have on only 8 of 44 occasions, and although this survey is not a referendum, or even a plebiscite, the survey if successful, will lead to fully gazetted legislation. So why are 70 per cent of citizens going to vote yes? But is it really 70 per cent? Or is it really about the question the pollster asked?

More likely it is the question, a highly biased question designed to evoke only a YES answer: Do you agree with marriage equality?

That question will almost always get a yes, and the GGGGLL will ride a wave of confidence all the way to where they want it to finish and where they want it to finish they dare not tell you.

I read the question on the survey paper and it asks if you want the Marriage Act changed to accommodate gay marriage. That is not what will happen if a yes vote gets up. 

In fact the Marriage Act will be abolished completely and a new gender neutral Act will be drafted by the Gay Greens in the Senate, an Act that will please only the wind chime and bong manufacturers in the inner suburbs of Sydney and Melbourne, Byron Bay a...


$3.6 Billion in Injury Payouts Is Not Enough Reason to Debate Immunisation "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Has Minister Jill Hennessy (L) seen the light? while Dr John Piesse (R) wonders why he can no longer provide Inform consent

by Dee McLachlan

Following allegations that Dr John Piesse had helped families avoid compulsory childhood vaccinations, his practice in Mitcham was raided last week by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and police officers last week. I wonder on what legal grounds?

Was Dr Piesse just following the (Hippocratic) Oath he gave when becoming a doctor? Ill ask him next time I speak to him, whether he said, help the sick according to my ability and judgment, but never with a view to injury

Then yesterday the Medical Board of Australia suspended Dr John Piesses registration making it illegal for him to treat patients.

The Herald Sun quoted Minister for Health Jill Hennessy:

The fate of Dr Piesse should stand as an example to rogue clinicians who tout lies about vaccination. This decision is long overdue It is completely irresponsible for clinicians entrusted with the health of our community to ignore the science and encourage parents not to immunise their children.

There is no debate around immunisation. The science is clear: vaccinations save lives,

Vaccination may save lives, but the real question in this debate is: Do vaccination cause injury?

Vaccine Injury

Why has $3.6 billion been paid out for injury in the US, if there is no debate?



Roundup 15 Sept "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The media watchdog. The cost, supply and use of power across the states. Check out the Coal Tracker especially Units Planned and Under Construction. China 583, India 217, Indonesia 145, Turkey 71, Vietnam 84, Japan 43, Australia 0. To a total exceeding 1500. Numbers subject to change.

Ideas at the Centre for Independent Studies. Fiddling the numbers for spending on education, Australias most expensive building (guess which state).

Books and Art. The fine art of business. Education. Accuracy in Academia, Berkeley faculty vs free speech. The university that has proudly proclaimed itself to be the birthplace of the Free Speech Movement may also become its graveyard.

Libertyworks. Further erosion of free speech and Finkels defective economics. Culture. Intellectual Takeout: Odds and ends of interest.

For nerds. How George Orwell become the prophet of our times. A Roundup from the past. Still of interest, see the piece on multiculturalism and the one on global warming.


Equality demands all or nothing on marriage question "IndyWatch Feed"

MARRIAGE is like bankruptcy, childhood, insanity or being under sentence, and that is why I will be answering Yes in the absurd, unnecessary and costly statistical survey asking people whether they think people of the same sex should be able to marry. It is also why people of religious convictions whose religion holds that marriage is to be only between a man and a woman should do the same.

Let me explain. Being married, bankrupt, a child, insane or under sentence affects a persons legal status. The status makes them legally different from other people with different legal rights and obligations.

True, marriage is voluntary, whereas childhood, insanity and being under sentence are not. Bankruptcy often is not, though it can be.

But the important point is that changes in status happen through operation of law and events. The law should apply equally to all.

True, ministers of religion almost automatically get the power to solemnise marriages, but only if their religious denomination is recognised by the Marriage Act and they are on a register kept under the Act, and when they solemnise a marriage they must do so in accordance with the minimum requirements of the Act even if they add extra bits from their religion.

So all house-of-worship marriages in Australia are done by operation of law, not religion.

A minister may refuse to solemnise a marriage or make it conditional on the parties complying with religious tests (such as not being divorced), but it is always open to people who are refused a religious ceremony to have their marriage solemnised by a civil celebrant.

In France, the legal and religious are sensibly separated. You have to have a civil ceremony before a state official, however brief, before the law recognises you as married. After that you can have whatever religious ceremony you like.

When a person changes status from unmarried to married, a whole lot of legal rights and duties change, too those with respect to each other and those with respect to the couple and the world at large.

Many on the No side, such a Tony Abbott, have argued that there is no need for same-sex couples to get married because all the discriminatory legal provisions against unmarried couples (whether of the same or different sexes) have been removed.

These are things like access to a partners superannuation, their estate upon death, their financial support upon splitting up and so on. Lets call them couple right.

But the Abbott argument is not true. For a start, couple rights are creat...



Maybe Angry Train Guy should leave the laps to the octogenarians?

The post DONT WORRY ABOUT ME, ITS ALL GOING SWIMMINGLY appeared first on The Westsider.


Act Three: The Imminent Stockley Verdict "IndyWatch Feed National"

The post Act Three: The Imminent Stockley Verdict appeared first on It's Going Down.

Those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it

The tension mounting in the city is all too familiar, with politicians calling for peace, the federal courthouse scheduled to be closed tomorrow, and the Missouri National Guard on standby. Governor Greitens has been afoot, meeting with area clergy and holding a press conference this evening, echoing stagnant calls for peace and saying what the city needs now is love and compassion. Where was the love and compassion when Anthony Lamar Smith was murdered in cold blood by a foot soldier of the state? And why is it always after the state murders that its time for love and compassion and peace?

Ultimately, the question is who wants their peace anywaywhen their peace means acting as an occupying force, rolling like a gang, and murdering people at will? An oft-argued critique over the years of the SLMPD is the lack of accountability of the policethat theyve been answering to the state, not the city, for decades and that they only internally audit their shootings and murders. Some of this has changed, with the Circuit Attorneys office now reviewing all police shootings and with the control of the police department returning to the city from the state in 2013. And yes, the Board of Alders did pass a bill to establish a Civilian Oversight Board in 2015, an effort that activists have been working tirelessly at for years. But has anyone heard anything meaningful come of this board that is supposed to investigate complaints against officers, that has no actual power and can only make recommendations? Anyone, anyone, Bueller? No? Moving on.

You can put lipstick on a pig, but its still a pig

How can it be expected that an institution that has its roots in slave patrols ever be anything but? Lets step back in time, shall we?

A few years after Missouri officially became a territory, St. Louis formed its first quasi-steady police patrol, naming it the constabulary. It had four members drawn from a pool of all able-bodied white men over the age of 18. Another way of looking at this is the state saw white people as the potential watchmen of people of color. Constables were expected to serve for four months and then wer...


London Grenfell Tower disaster inquiry, false start "IndyWatch Feed National"

This 14 September 2017 video from London, England is called Grenfell Tower inquiry opens.

By Will Stone in Britain:

Judge snubs Grenfell survivors

Friday 15th September 2017

Inquiry chief walks out on residents lawyer in cold and clinical launch of fire probe

GRENFELL Tower survivors were left with little hope of justice yesterday after they were disrespectfully snubbed at the launch of the inquiry into the devastating inferno.

Inquiry chairman Sir Martin Moore-Bick promised the packed gathering at Grand Connaught Rooms in Holborn, central London, that the probe can and will provide answers.

However the retired judge, who was once accused of social cleansing during a previous case, rejected calls for survivors to serve on the panel, claiming to do so would risk undermining my impartiality.

And he snubbed a request for lawyer Michael Mansfield QC to speak on behalf of the survivors he represents.

The barrister, who also represented the Hillsborough families, asked: Sir, before depar...


Multi-Storied 13 September 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Miles Franklin award winner Sofie Laguna talks about her new novel The Choke; Writer Sophie Cunningham explores the art of writing celebrity profiles; Beth Driscoll from the University Of Melbourne talks about the impact of Amazon on the Australian publishing and book retail sector.


With presenter Elizabeth McCarthy.


Gowdy: H.C.s Crimes are Much Worse Than Anyone Imagined "IndyWatch Feed National"

This actually answers the hard question.  Why are we not seeing real prosecutions?   Criminal activity and high crimes have taken place in broad daylight over many years no less.

In fact the Clintons set up Corruption inc in order to accommodate the whole political class for the purpose of accepting illegal bribes.  The idea was simple.  if everyone is on board then no one is able to blow the whistle.  This system would have drawn in almost every elected official top lobbyists and top civil servants as well.

Then they actually lost the cooked political war and we are seeing the desperate actions to destroy evidence and to obfuscate. 

Soon enough Trump will have a dossier on the high crimes of all these fine folks.  When that essentially includes everyone, both Democrat and Republican, it may be necessary to have a large retirement party just before the mid terms and 2020 to allow a whole new set of electors to come on board.



A Forgotten Sphinx and Faked Cartouche: Changing the Course of Ancient Egyptian History? "IndyWatch Feed National"

This is interesting. I had never heard of a possible additional sphinx here.   It could be possible and again the whole complex demands extensive mapping with remote sensing tools along with serious imaging work.
In the meantime no one is able to confirm something  on the ground.
As i have posted, this is the most single important ancient site out there and it deserves complete excavation along with restoration..
A Forgotten Sphinx and Faked Cartouche: Changing the Course of Ancient Egyptian History?
29 August, 2017 - 18:58 Malcolm Hutton

When Gerry Cannon invited me to co-author his forthcoming book, The Giza Plateau Secrets and a Second Sphinx Revealed, Im sure that neither of us could have foreseen the most explosive revelation in our subsequent hunt for answers from our discoveries.

An Unexplored Mound

Gerry already leaned towards a time frame for the building of the three large pyramids as well as the Sphinx as being many thousands of years older than many of us have been led to believe. He also discove...


Why are they selling? "IndyWatch Feed"

Two sides to a trade

There are two sides to a trade.

If you are buying an investment someone is selling it.

Ask yourself, then, a simple question: why are they selling?

It might be for personal reasons.

They could be selling some shares before financial year end to reduced a tax liability, for example. 

Or it might be for another genuine reason.

In the property markets, vendors often sell an apartment because they want to trade up and move into a house. 

Or, maybe, they don't like the investment as much as you think you do, and that's why they selling. 

Group think

Group think can be dangerous.

When everyone is piling into an asset class or certain investment, this may not be a great sign for future returns.

Try to become a contrary thinker. 

This is not necessarily a skill you are born with, but it can certainly become a learned habit over time.

Question everything - not to the point of inaction, or sleepless nights - but don't simply blindly trust widely held beliefs.

Try to think of counter-arguments your investment decision, or list potentially dissenting views.

Think of some worst case scenarios, and what you would do or feel if they played out.

Asymmetric information

Could the seller know more than you?




3 amazing day trips from Lisbon "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

I have said it over and over again I love Lisbon, Portugal. I love everything about it and I hope that we will return one day to see it again. There are so many reasons why we love Lisbon, the people, the food and the amazing scenery but until our last trip, we had not really even been out of the city much. This time we decided that we needed to some day trips from Lisbon to somewhere we have not been in the area which was Evora and we needed to revisit Sintra. Both of the places we visited were spectacular (we had visited Sintra on our previous trip and loved it) and to add another to our list we asked our friend Marta to tell us about the amazing Cascais another of the day trips from Lisbon where we hope to visit next time.  So here are our 3 amazing day trips from Lisbon and the best part is if you dont have a car they are all day trips from Lisbon by train! We hope you get to see them all!

Day trips from Lisbon Sintra

Sintra is an amazing UNESCO town that has so much to see in one spot and is roughly a 40-minute train ride from Lisbon. We have visited it on two occasions now and I dont think it is enough at all. We spent the whole time out there looking at our favourite thingcastles. You see Sintra was the town where the Royals built their palaces and went during the summer months It is here that they build some of the most amazing places. If it was not the Royals out there it was the rich that liked to follow them and they didnt mind building something amazing either. Here we talk about some of our favourite Sintra day trips places and what you should not miss on your Sintra tour.

Quinta da Regaleira

day trips from Lisbon

This amazing mansion sits in one of the largest, most stunning gardens we have ever seen and was number one on our Sintra tour last time we visited. The Regaleira Palace and its gardens are home to so many intriguing places like a gorgeous chapel, grottos that go behind small water features and guard towers that look like they are straight out of a fairy tale covered in moss. You can have a look inside the mansion to see how the people who lived here really did have the finest things in the la...



Part 45: Australias irrelevant Crimes against humanity. High Court case 15/2017: Barnaby Joyce. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Below is the text of an emailed public submission to the High Court In the matter of questions referred to the Court of Disputed Returns pursuant to section 376 of the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 (Cth) concerning The Hon. Barnaby Joyce MP

NOTE: The short link URL for this posting is:

Case No. C15/2017

 [My email to the High Court to be re-submitted as a formal document, with appropriate evidence, for consideration by the High Court.]

Re: MP dual citizenship hearings before the High Court as a Court of Disputed Returns.

A naturalized Australian citizen born in the United Kingdom of 17th May 1948, I am not eligible to stand for Parliament as I am officially a British Overseas Citizen under British nationality laws, policies and principles. On 20th May 1992, I married a 3rd generation Australian citizen, Leonie Jean Whitford. On 25th February 1997, our son Daniel Thane Medlicott was born in Adelaide. Approximately 6 years ago, my son Daniel used a certified copy of my birth certificate and applied for a British passport. Once the appropriate fees and security checks were completed, Daniel was issued with a British passport and subsequently toured Europe and Britain using that passport.

At this point in time, neither Daniel nor myself are eligible to stand for the Federal Parliament. The fact that the Australian Electorate Commission failed to verify the eligibility of candidates for previous federal elections, including the last election, which was held on 2nd July 2017, does not validate candidates who, by birth and right of heritage, do not qualify for election to the Federal Parliament. It would be Manifest Ostensible Bias for the High Court to validate the election of sitting Members, e.g. Barnaby Joyce, whilst people of British heritage, e.g. my son Daniel and myself, across Australia cannot stand as a candidate for the Federal Parliament until such time as we decide to formally revoke our British citizenship, pay the appropriate fees and due process of law occurs in Britain and the British Government achieves Functus Officio on the application to have British citizenship cancelled.

 Williams & Ors v Spautz is a July 1992 High Court decision that made it quite clear that when an abuse of process occurs, the Court has both a responsibility to protect its powers and to ensure justice is done by issuing a stay of proceedings. At paragraph 15 of the majority decision the High Court stated:  As Lord Morris of Borth-y-Gest observed in Connelly v. D.P.P. (7) (1964) AC, at p 1301. (A) court which is endowed with a particular...


Wilson Security: Working hand-in-hand with and protected by Government "IndyWatch Feed"

Wilson Security: Working hand-in-hand with and protected by GovernmentApparently, writing WILSON: Human Rights Abusers in chalk on a glass window is seen by the courts as 'offensive defacement' and will cost you $500. read now...


The Weekend Quiz September 16-17, 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Welcome to The Weekend Quiz. The quiz tests whether you have been paying attention or not to the blogs I post. See how you go with the following questions. Your results are only known to you and no records are retained.

1. When a sovereign government issues debt to match its fiscal deficit the debt adds to the financial wealth of the non-government sector.

2. Ignoring any reserve requirements that might be imposed, if the central bank pays a positive interest rate on overnight reserves held by the commercial banks then it may still have to conduct open market operations as a means of ensuring that levels of bank reserves are consistent with its policy target rate of interest.

3. If participation rates are constant, percentage unemployment will not change as long as employment growth matches the pace of growth in the working age population (people above 15 years of age).



Venezaustraliaesque "IndyWatch Feed"

Thank you John Comnenus for the title.

Under the existing s.232, the legal duty of a councillor was perfectly satisfactorily defined as being to represent the interests of the residents and ratepayers. The new clause redefines that duty as to uphold and represent accurately the policies and decisions of the governing body. In other words, the current NSW Liberal government has just removed the right to free speech from any elected local government representative who does not agree with a majority decision of their council.

This flowed from an Act passed by the NSW Parliament in 2016.

Its clearly a good thing that Australians have the right to freedom of speech and expression.

Oh wait.

Follow I Am Spartacus on Twitter at @Ey_am_Spartacus


WALKING FISH: AFRO CATCHES "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

No stranger to Eastside Radio after guesting many times on programs like Vibez Brasil and The Vinyl Frontier, Alex Barry has an insatiable record collecting habit. Part of the Afrobrasiliana DJ collective where hes known as Walking Fish   when not playing records or trawling for more, Barry is immersed in the world of filmmaking. Below he tells us about combining both loves on a recent trip with a National Geographic film crew to Benin in West Africa, and shares five of his best catches. No doubt youll hear him spinning a few of them at Global Rhythms Festival on Sunday September 24th.

Alex Barry Walking Fish Afrobrasiliana

In 2016 I spent four months in Benin filming a documentary series about a medical charity. It was full on work that left me virtually no time to hunt for records, but I did manage to take two whole days off and undertake a whirlwind guided tour of the small handful of collectors and shops still selling vinyl in Benin. My guide was a Ghanaian guy called Augustin, who I am eternally indebted to. I would have been lost without him. I came home with about seventy LPs and thirty 45s. I love every single record, but here are 5 of the best.

Fela and Afrika 70 ALBUM: Sorrow Tears and Blood LABEL - Kalakuta Records 1977, Nigeria

Fela and Afrika 70   Sorrow Tears and Blood (Kalakuta Records, 1977 Nigeria)
Finding original Fela records in good condition in Africa is tough. European and American collectors have been cleaning out the continent for decades. I was lucky enough to be introduced to a collector who had the motherlode. Big Joe in Porto Novo hosted me in his home for a very long and hot, and rather overwhelming, day and night of manic digging. He had thousands and thousands of records. It was about 40 degrees. Local moonshine and pure joints were passed around on a seemingly endless rotation. It was hard to focus. After several hours I had selected about thirty LPs and ten 45s. There were some gems in there like William Onyeabor, Lijadu Sisters, African Brothers International, but no Fela. We negotiated a price for the lot and celebr...


Correspondence with industry: Australian Property Council "IndyWatch Feed National"

Dear Ms Smith,

I am researching the impact of the national roll out of the cashless debit card on the private rental market. The reason I am concerned that a national roll out of income management in this form will impact on the private rental market is because the Conditions of Use clearly state that it can not be used to pay private rent or mortgage without special arrangements made by the card holder with Centrelink and Indue.

I am concerned that the initial trial areas are in locations that do not reflect conditions across the country in that I suspect that most working age welfare recipients in the existing trial areas of Ceduna and East Kimberly may be housed predominantly if not exclusively in public housing. At this stage this is just an assumption on my part as I am, at this time, seeking data that would either confirm or dispute this.

I am curious to know if the Property Council has this kind of information specifically, the proportion of the private rental market in Ceduna and the East Kimberly that house working-age income support recipients (i.e. cashless debit card trial participants) as I am keen to get an idea of how generalisable the experiences underpinning of the Final Report from Orima to the rest of the country?

While not commenting on potential impacts on the housing market, the Australian Banking Association did make a strong case in their submission to the Forrest Review that denying certain purchases while allowing a card to function like a normal bank card is technically unfeasible and it is not clear to me how the government has managed to get around the technical impracticalities identified by the ABA.

The ABA submission has since been removed from public view but is available at

The Indue Conditions of Use are online at

Final Report from Orima Research Cashless Debit Card Trial Evaluation


Rosie Wiliams



State government purchase of ailing timber mill should complete transition out of native forests "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Andrews government purchase of the ailing Heyfield timber mill should now complete the transition out of native forests into plantations, environment group Friends of the Earth has said.  

The purchase of the mill gives the government an opportunity to decisively act to protect forests and prevent the extinction of endangered wildlife. The next step is to urgently complete the transition of the logging industry out of native forests and into plantations and create the Great Forest National Park, said Friends of the Earth campaigner Ed Hill.


Recent logging within the proposed Great Forest National Park - Chris Taylor


Egret flaps, Ibises stand out, Neon Bee shines "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Oops, toes too long, twigs too tiny, Intermediate Egret fights for balance in the Town Common today.

But casting shadow of its head on inside of wing is a nice touch.

Sharing fast-dropping small pool with the egrets, Australian White Ibis stands shadowed in shallows.


Sawmill Purchase Means Time For Excuses Is Over "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Friday, 15 September 2017 - 3:03pm

Andrews Government must protect forests and create the Great Forest National Park.

Following todays announcement that the Andrews Government has finalised purchase of the Heyfield native forest sawmill, apparently resolving long-running uncertainty, Premier Andrews must now act decisively to protect forests.

The Andrews Government was elected on a platform of delivering outcomes for forests, workers, industry and wildlife. The Wilderness Society has been repeatedly informed that uncertainty over the Heyfield sawmill was preventing action on protecting forests, said Amelia Young, Victorian Campaigns Manager with The Wilderness Society.

Now that the Heyfield sawmill sale has been finalised, Premier Andrews must immediately commence a process to create new national parks in this term of office.

The government is on the record saying the Great Forest National Park will be created this term of office. Now, the Victorian community needs to see good government action to deliver.

The Andrews Government must also take urgent action and place an immediate moratorium on logging in special forestsso that spectacular forests are not destroyed before they have a chance to be permanently protected.

The government has indulged industry and union interests while important forests are unprotected and being logged, pushing wildlife closer to extinction and costing sustainable jobs. Now, its time to even the ledger and protect important forests in the Central Highlands and East Gippsland.

The Great Forest National Park, in the Yarra Valley and Gippsland area, will provide a sanctuary for critically endangered wildlifeincluding the Leadbeaters Possum, which is facing extinction, and the Greater Glider, which was added to the states endangered animal list earlier this year.  Logging threatens these and other forest-dependent wildlife. The Andrews Government can and must do more to help these species by removing logging from the forests where they live.

Years have been wasted with industry and union in denial about wood realities, which bit hard earlier this year. Credible conservation outcomes are long overdue, Amelia Young said.

More information

For further comment, please contact Amelia Young, Victorian Campaigns Manager, on 0404 074 577.


Ten million tonnes of fish wasted every year despite declining fish stocks "IndyWatch Feed"

Industrial fishing fleets dump nearly 10 million tonnes of good fish back into the ocean every year, according to new research. The study by researchers with the Sea Around Us Indian Ocean at the University of Western Australia, and the Sea Around Us, an initiative at the University of British Columbia, reveals that almost []


New Gumshoe Website Check Back In A Few Hours "IndyWatch Feed National"

This is to alert subscribers and followers that the new website will be up and running in a few hours. Dont use this post link (as it wont exist) so CHECK BACK on in a FEW HOURS. Thank you for your patience and support.  


Won Ton Noodle House ~ Dixon House Food Court - Chinatown "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

We've been revisiting the older school Cantonese stalls in Chinatown's food courts, because you just never know how long they will be around. This time we visit Won Ton Noodle House in Dixon House Food Court. A key feature of Won Ton Noodle House is the ever-smiling bob haired auntie at the front counter who has been there longer than we can remember. She is the hardest working front person in


Gallery: Unity, the Equality Campaign concert at The Enmore Theatre "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Unity: Marriage Equality Concert

A huge line-up of Australian music legends came together at the Enmore Theatre to show the love and raise funds for Marriage Equality. Sarah Blasko, Holly Throsby, Jack Colwell, Andy Bull, Mojo Juju, Lonelyspeck, The Jezabels, Killing Heidi and Frenzhal Rhomb provided live music for the event that showed support for the LGBTQIA community in the spirit of saying yes to equality.

All photos by Mikki Gomez, 12.09.17.




Exciting News Chocoholics: Scientists Have Created a New Type of Chocolate! "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

It is believed that white chocolate was first invented in Switzerland in the 1930s. While some dont believe that it is real chocolate, as it doesnt contain the cocoa beans, Americans have embraced this third type of chocolate with all of its uses.

Since this time, we have seen many different variations of our favorite chocolates with the addition of nuts, caramels, fruit and so much more, however, everything came back to the same three basic types of chocolate: dark, milk and white.

Source: Confectioners News


Now, 80 years later, Switzerland has done it again, unveiling a brand-new type of chocolate Ruby Chocolate!

Chocolatier Barry Callebaut explained that the new chocolate is the result of several years of research and testing, looking for a solution to the shift in the declining chocolate market. The recent shift towards healthier living has hit the industry hard, however, the chocolatiers believe that ruby chocolate answers the desire for new, healthy options. Made from the Ruby cocoa bean, the product doesnt contain any flavoring or coloring. Its distinct pink coloring and fresh berry-fruitiness are all natural!

Source: The Telegraph


Furthermore, the companys chief innovation and quality officer, Peter Boone, says that the chocolate appeals to the ever-growing niche of luxury products. The naturally smooth, berry flavor of the bean creates a chocolate that isnt bitter, milky or sweet. It is definitely its own, unique taste experience.  Revealed at an exclusive launch event in Shanghai, China on September 5th, the chocolate has already been tested by a number of global research agencies in the UK, US, China, and Japan.

Boone stated, Barry Callebaut has established itself as a pioneer and innovator in chocolate and cocoa, globally. Consumer research in very different markets confirms that Ruby chocolate not only satisfies a new consumer need found among Millennials Hedonistic Indulgence but also high purchase intent at different price points. Were looking forward to working with our partners on introducing this innovative breakthrough to the market and making the new Ruby chocolate category available to chocolate manufacturers and consumer around the wor...


Spring Update 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Were in a wild and windy start to spring. 25 degrees one day and snow flurries the next. Spring bursts through with every new bud, leaf and flower. Wheres mayhem at the Sydney airport, with planes unable to land. Up here in the gardens, the gardens have weathered conditions without any giant tree falls so far.

Hot sun followed by strong winds strip moisture from plants and soil alike.We do observe some petals turning brown at the edges and falling off quickly.  Is it sun damage, or wind?

Did the bees and other pollinators get into them or were they, like planes in Sydney been grounded?  Well look for signs of pollination in the coming weeks.

Blue mountains community gardens katoombaToday the breezes are mild, blossom flowers dance in our sharp bright sunlight. A perfect backdrop! Sarah fills up watering cans to haul up to the northern gardens, to replenish them after hot and dry conditions.
Blue mountains community gardens katoomba

Lets give the garlic a drink!

Getting water to plants at the north end of the garden has always been a hard slog here. Jeds working on putting in a small structure to collect water, so eventually, gardeners wont have to do the hard yards anymore.
Blue mountains community gardens katoomba

Spring blows in new flows of people to the gardens. Today, Tanya, works with Blue Mountains City Council, stopped by to say hello to garden volunteers. Shes pictured here with Fred and Sarah at the tea shed. Tanyas joined Landcare for the Blue Mountains working with Eric Mahoney. Tanya worked with community gardens in Hornsby before moving to the mountains. We hear theres a lovely community garden there. Perhaps worth a visit one day.



Thank Folk Its Friday 15th September "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

This Week in Folk All the News From The Week That Was Bush music legends The Bushwackers released their new single Waltzing Australia featuring guest vocals from Sara Storer and John Williamson. Details here The Mullum Music Festival has announced the Mullum Music Festival Opening Night Gala lineup including Mama Kin, Harry James []


Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed"

1.00 AUD = 0.0003 BTC
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Burns Chronicles (1 of 9) The Unredacted Informant Articles archived in opposition to U.S. District Court Judge Anna Browns Order to Gary Hunt "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Burns Chronicles No 40
Allen Varner (Wolf)


Gary Hunt
Outpost of Freedom
November 15, 2016

When I wrote What is Brandon Curtiss?, I had nothing but gratitude for Wolf.  He had stepped up when I was faced with Brandon Curtiss and his goons.  His involvement allowed me to continue packing in order to leave Burns.  The above picture was taken during this event.

There were some unanswered questions from an earlier incident.  When the shootout occurred at Camp Lone Star, back on August 29, 2014, Varner was with Kevin KC Massey and John Foerster, on the Texas Border near Brownsville, when a Border Patrol (BP) Agent fired in the direction of Foerster.  (See The Arrest of K. C. Massey.)  Now questions arose as to Foersters role, but Varner appeared to be without sin.  Varner, however, was the first to offer his pistol, in his belt under his shirt, to the BP agent, which led to Massey then turning his pistol over to BP.  In hindsight, there were other questionable actions by Varner, though unrelated to the topic at hand.

Varner was quite cooperative in my interview with him and provided some information that only he had, which indicated that much of what BP did, out of sight of Massey, was not consistent with the testimony they offered in court.  This could be interpreted as an attempt to ingratiate himself to Massey and myself.

According to Massey, Varner left Camp Lone Star within a couple of days of the shooting.  He did not return until two days before Masseys arrest.  Was he there to report when Massey was going to spend the night in the motel room?  Only someone at Camp Lone Star would have that information.  At that critical time, Varner was at Camp Lone Star.

Now, often people have suspicion that someone could be an informant.  I may have reason to believe someone is an informant.  However, I will not write that someone is an informant unless I can prove that someone is an informant.  So, ironically, the person that helped me while I was in Burns is, well, an informant.

Lets get to the heart of the matter.  To do so, I will be referring to FBI documents that I have obtained.  They are marked, at the botto...


North Korea fires another missile over Japan; launch came from Pyongyang; landed in Pacific Ocean "IndyWatch Feed National"

ABC News Australia

North Korea fires another missile over Japan; launch came from Pyongyang; landed in Pacific Ocean

15 September 2017

North Korea has ratcheted up the tension in its nuclear stand-off with the US, firing a ballistic missile which flew over Japan before landing in the Pacific Ocean, 2,000 kilometres to the east of the country.

Key points:

  • The missile was launched from the Sunan district of the North Korean capital, Pyongyang
  • It landed in the ocean east of Japans north island of Hokkaido
  • Japanese Government told people to take shelter

These repeated provocations on the part of North Korea are not permissible and we protest in the strongest words, Japan Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said.

The missile was launched at 6:57am Japan time (7:57am AEST) and splashed down at 7:16 am (8:16am AEST), some 2,000 kilometres east of the northern islands Cape Erimo, Mr Suga said.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson urged China and Russia to take direct action against North Korea in response to its latest missile launch.

China and Russia must indicate their intolerance for these reckless missile launches by taking direct actions of their own, Mr Tillerson said in a statement.

He said China supplied North Korea with most of its oil and Russia is the largest employer of North Korean forced labour.


Climate inaction has cost Australia 'thousands of jobs and billions of dollars' "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Taking action on climate change presents a huge opportunity to make society wealthier, healthier, and happier; but a failure by Australian politicians to lead on climate is costing the country, said experts at a recent event in Sydney.


When the Bankers Tremble at Artificial Intelligence "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Get used to hearing about machine learning and artificial intelligence. Theyre going to seep into everything.

Heres one example

Agricultural heavyweight Deere & Company is going to pay US$305 million to buy a tech company called Blue River Technology.

Apparently, Blue River has successfully applied machine learning to spraying equipment.

This means herbicides can be used in a more targeted way. One benefit is the reduced input costs for the farmer. Smart machines will help make decisions about every plant.

Blue River Tech happens to be based in Sunnyvale, California. House prices are skyrocketing there. If you think Sydney or Melbourne is going crazy, a place in Sunnyvale just sold for US$800,000 over the listing price.

Its nothing particularly flash, either.

But that whole part of California is so drenched in tech money that anything remotely near the offices and schools is pure gold for whoever owns the land.

And theres people out there who think the US economy is teetering.

Madness. The place is booming.

Anyway, more on machine learning

Artificial intelligence is coming to your workplace

The John Deere brand isnt alone investing in this space. Companies like Monsanto are teaching machines how to farm, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Apparently, computers helped choose corn plants growing in the US this year. These are the best strains in terms of yield and sturdiness. Algorthims are also analysing US weather data to anticipate crop threats.

Another handy tool is computers that can identify plant diseases early on, before they spread to the rest of a crop.

Its early days yet, but surely this can only get better.

Theres plenty happening right here in Australia, too. The Australian Financial Review says banks and law firms could save a fortune if they can teach algorithms to plough through all the paperwork they need to do.

Having said this, you have to stay wary of this kind of thing, too. A while back, investors were going nuts for companies involved in the cloud.

I cant help but feel that, very soon, every CEO will feel compelled to introduce some sort of AI strategy for their company, or will start spruiking it to give the share price a boost.

Investors will duly bid up the shares, probably u...


Stroke: No Postcode Untouched "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

This report from the Stroke Foundation demonstrates the cities and towns where stroke is having its biggest impact, where the need for stroke survivor support is most urgent and where the future stroke hotspots are located. It contains federal electorate breakdowns of key information including the number of strokes, the number of stroke survivors living in the community and the leading risk factors for preventable stroke.

By looking at the No Postcode Untouched website you can see that the Electorates of Parkes and Calare have over 5800 people living with stroke. In 2017, 429 people in Calare and 421 in Parkes suffered a stroke.

Download the report: No Postcode Untouched: Stroke in Australia 2017.


WA Considers Separating from the Rest of Australia "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim Western Australia has long debated whether to withdraw from federation, and the issue is once again on the agenda. At the WA Liberal party state conference on September 3, members voted in favour of a motion to investigate whether to secede from the rest of the country. The non-binding

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Join Global Hobos Writing Workshops in Japan "IndyWatch Feed National"

Are you a wannabe travel writer or an aspiring journalist with itchy feet? Do you want to spend a month in the Land of the Rising Sun learning a language, studying with media industry pros and getting real-world writing experience?

Were on the hunt for a team of hobos who want to live, work and study in Tokyo one of the worlds coolest capitals. Over the course of four weeks, youll be living and breathing all of Tokyos quirks, attending daily writing workshops taught by passionate young people from the media industry and studying Japanese with a top language school. In your spare time, youll will be writing their butts off, preparing two pieces to be pitched and published online and putting together a comprehensive city guidebook in teams.

The course has been expertly designed to be a bridge between studying and entering the workforce as a freelance writer, starting a publication or transforming your own blog into a workable commodity. If youre a high-school leaver, its the perfect mini escape before you hit the books again next year. If youre...


IRMAGEDDON: Who Geoengineered Superstorm Irma and Why? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Geoengineers Expose the Globalist Agenda by Manufacturing Hurricane Irma

(State of the Nation) Make no mistake about it: Hurricane Irma was quite deliberately geoengineered as a highly destructive and deadly superstorm just as Hurricane Harvey was.

The NWO globalist cabal has ordered the geoengineers to fabricate this frankenstorm as a direct threat to President Donald J. Trump and his administration.

Even if Palm Beach does not take a direct hit from IRMA, Trump has been sufficiently threatened and warned by the shadow government.  His vacation home Le Chateau des Palmiers on the island of St. Martin now sits in the middle of a full-blown disaster area.

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In which the pond has a light Friday snack with simplistic Sharri ... "IndyWatch Feed"

On a Friday the pond has taken to light snacking on a Sharri ... a nutrient-free treat before the crocodile steaks lumber into view on a lizard Oz Saturday ...

The pond is a firm believer in "The truth doesn't matter anymore ...Max Markson", and there's nothing like a Sharri for a dose of that alternative reality ...

Of course it would be better if the hagiographic scribbler wasn't quite so dumb, but the pond long ago learned that we can't have everything ...

Typically eloquent?

It's true that she didn't call Sharri a lickspittle idling shyster, a kulak parasite, a bourgeois traitor to the proletariat, a capitalist running dog, a tool to the Bonapartist Chairman Rupert, and a Trotsky fascist hyena (more insults here), but "crap" has a melodious sound to it ... though no doubt stern devotees of Anglo-Saxon culture and western civilisation might argue for the more basic "shit", which has a long and honourable Iberian Celtic heritage (well, as the pond noted not so long ago, that's Belloc's preferred term, none of that Judeo-Christian crap for him)...

Middle English shitten, probably from Old English -sciten (as in besciten, covered with excrement), past participle of *sctan, to defecate; see skei- in Indo-European roots (here)


Join Global Hobos Writing Workshops in Bali "IndyWatch Feed"

Are you a wannabe travel writer or an aspiring journalist with itchy feet? Do you want to spend a month on an island paradise in Indonesia learning a language, studying with media industry pros and getting real-world writing experience?

Travel to the hip Balinese surf town of Canggu with Global Hobo. Over the course of four weeks, a team of word-savvy hobos will be given intensive writing and blogging tutelage focused on travel and digital media, as well as cross-cultural training with a local language school. In their free time, hobos will be exploring every nook and cranny of southern Bali so they can put together a comprehensive online destination guide in teams. Theyll also be producing two pieces to be pitched and published online either for Global Hobo or elsewhere  which will be heavily workshopped over the course of the program.

If youre a high-school leaver, this program is the perfect mini exchange to squeeze in before you hit the books again next year. If youre already in the throes of university and studying something like journalism or communications, you may even be eligible for a full subjects credit. And if youre not studying and youre just on the hunt for a sweet project that combines travel and writing, this is the ultimate opportunity to get some real-world industry experience.



Intelligence sharing a threat to democracy: privacy and human rights organisations launch international campaign "IndyWatch Feed"

The Australian Government must ensure transparency of its intelligence sharing with other countries to safeguard Australian citizens' private information, a coalition of privacy and human rights organisations said with the launch of a new campaign.

An international coalition of 30+ organisations led by Privacy International (PI) have written to national intelligence oversight bodies in over 40 countries, including Australia, seeking information on the intelligence sharing activities of their governments.

Countries, including Australia, may be using secret intelligence sharing arrangements to circumvent international and domestic rules on direct surveillance. These arrangements can also lead to the exchange of information that can facilitate human rights abuses, particularly in countries with poor human rights records or weak rule of law.

National intelligence oversight bodies hold intelligence agencies accountable to the public by exercising scrutiny over the legality, propriety, effectiveness, and efficiency of the intelligence activities of their governments. Recently it was revealed that intelligence from the Pine Gap base in Alice Springs is being used by the US in its deadly, covert drone strike program that has caused significant civilian casualties overseas.

Specifically, organisations are seeking more information about whether these national oversight bodies:

  • Are informed about the intelligence sharing activities of their governments;
  • Can independently oversee the intelligence sharing activities of their governments;
  • Can access all relevant information about the intelligence sharing activities of their governments;
  • Can review decisions by their governments to share intelligence and/or conduct independent investigations into the intelligence sharing activities of their governments; and
  • Cooperate with other oversight bodies to supervise the intelligence sharing activities of their governments.

A deadline of 31 October 2017 has been given for each national oversight body to respond. PI has created an interactive map, which illustrates the countries included in the campaign and the national intelligence oversight bodies that have been contacted in each country. The map will be updated when responses are received.

PI has also provided national oversight bodies with a briefing highlighting the international human rights implications of intelligence sharing arrangements betwe...


APSI Spring Sessions 2017 at Perisher "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The 16th & 17th of September will see the Australian Professional Snowsport Instructors (APSI) Spring Sessions happen at Perisher.

It will be two days of awesome clinics planned with some of Australias top trainers.

For further info & to book in, call the APSI on (02) 6456 1255 or visit their website here

On Sunday, the team from Wilderness Sports will have a demo tent full of new gear for you to try out, including Alpine Touring, 75mm telemark and NTN.

They will also have the new EVA snowshoes by Crescent Moon and available to try out.




ALBUM REVIEW: Daniel Romano Modern Pressure "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Shapeshifting songwriter Daniel Romano has covered wide stylistic ground, from his post-hardcore band Attack in Black through to his run of top-notch solo albums that take in classic country, folk and psychedelic variations of the aforementioned. Now with Modern Pressure hes consolidated his sound, corralling all those Americana variations into his consistently best album to Continue reading


For Malcolm Bligh Turnbull, life is attack, attack, attack "IndyWatch Feed"

In the mid-1970s, Malcolm Turnbull, then 21, told future radio broadcaster David Dale that he wanted to be Prime Minister by the time he was 40. For which party? asked Dale. It doesnt matter, responded Malcolm. And therein lies the real problem with Turnbull.  He isnt in the job because of a driving passion for

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There's a pattern here... "IndyWatch Feed National"

Breitbart Editor: Trans Activism a Plot Against Dumb People 

Two of the editors of Breitbart, Neil Munro and Alex Marlow, had a rather bizarre conversation on the Breitbart Daily radio show about transgenderism. They think that activism for trans equality is really about clever people making society too difficult to navigate for dumb people.

 Munro claimed the push for transgender rights is a preposterous effort by a small bunch of clever, ambitious, selfish people to rewrite the basic rules of society and that the effort is deeply damaging to ordinary and low-IQ people who suddenly find themselves without any social rules, without any voice in how people should behave in such a jungle where then only the strongest and cleverest can prosper"
Munro continued, Thats the goal in the end, to mess up society, to mess up tradition and practice roles for the advantage of the clever and few. Its a really rotten, rotten thing.

Flat Earth Society Is Not A JokeIts Real And Its Growing 

Flat Earthers dont have a very clear idea why NASA would want to convince the globeor rather, worldof a lie. Its not about money, said Bob Knodel. They want complete mind control. They want to create two classes: the ultra rich and servants. At that point they wouldve taken over the world, and enslaved the population, and controlled everything.


The Postal Survey: What are you so scared of? "IndyWatch Feed"

By John Haly The debate The starter gun has officially legally fired on the governments campaign for the alternative postal survey formerly known as the plebiscite. The all too predictable debate surrounding the question of Marriage Equality in Australia has finally begun in earnest. Initial salvos have already been shot across the bow by the

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What is going on in academia? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

But what is going on?

In the last 24 odd hours, the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University offered a visiting fellowship to Chelsea Manning:

the former military intelligence analyst who spent seven years in prison for leaking classified government secrets.

Chelsea Manning, formerly known as Bradley Manning, was convict and jailed under the US Espionage Act after leaking a quarter of a million documents.  Manning was sentenced to 35 years, but was released after around 5 years following a sentance commutation by President Obama.

Any other convicted criminals to be offered academic fellowships?  What is Manning expected to teach or advance knowledge in?

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Watch the New Mitch Power Video Do It Till I Die "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Image Courtesy of Mitch Power Back at the start of August Melbourne based alt-country singer-songwriter Mitch Power released his live album That Live and Lonesome Sound. The album was recorded at the Amelia Shaw in Melbourne and was produced and engineered by Damian Cafarella and Lachlan Bryan. Mitch Power has been touring pretty solidly throughout []


Breakfasters - 11 - 15 September 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Nilaja Sun came in to talk about her new show Pike St, a new theatre work about the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy in New York, now showing at Arts Centre Melbourne. Anne Edmonds talked about her new show on ABC The Edge Of The Bush, and Lachlan Carter reviewed the CSIRO Australian Bird Guide. They also talked about words and sayings that you hate to hear, and the worst people to sit next to on public transport and planes. With Sarah Smith, Jeff Sparrow, and Geraldine Hickey.


'Baseless attacks' by NBN Co cronies see resignations at Internet Australia "IndyWatch Feed"

'Baseless attacks' by NBN Co cronies see resignations at Internet AustraliaOutgoing Internet Australia chair Anne Hurley has grown tired of defending herself and Internet Australia against baseless attacks from people with questionable agendas. Laurie Patton, who is also stepping down, reports. read now...


Not disabled enough "IndyWatch Feed National"

I live with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME), commonly referred to as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Far more of a handicap than commonly thought, it is a devastating invisible burden we know very little about. ME is an umbrella term simplifying a host of smaller conditions and symptoms. Coming wave after wave, they adversely affect the bodys systems, severely cutting ones ability to think, sleep, concentrate, work, exercise, filter toxins and fight infection.


LIGHT PAINTING night photography workshop "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

New LIGHT PAINTING night photography workshop has only a few spots left.
Sat Sept 23rd 6-11pm in Byron Bay.

$59.50 includes all lighting equipment & expert tuition, BYO camera (with BULB setting), remote shutter release, tripod & head torch.

Lets venture out into the darkness of a New Moon, star gaze and light up the landscape with a new array of specialized light painting tools that my amazing assistants and I will expertly handle and demonstrate for you to enjoy and creatively photograph with long exposures. All details in the link above. Photo Credit : The amazing Stewart Dodd.

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New law for Centrelink to punish people for being unemployed "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The administration of the penal colony called Australia can even use brute force against the tax slaves of this country.

What the people in government do, is import (more) slave labour who take jobs from Australians.

The Aussies that are 'forced' out of work, in order to apply for welfare, must do so with a company called Centrelink.

They are then being punished for being unemployed, a 'welfare problem' the people in government created in the first place.

Centrelink (together with a host of Job Network Agencies) has been 'punishing' people for being unemployed for quite some time, whereas now it's going to be 'legal'.

See article from 12 Sep 2017 by of the headline:

The Jobless Did Not Ask For This!

Who is responsible for jobs? Should we punish the jobless? Is welfare a right or a privilege? These are the questions the Government is too gutless to ask. By accepting the Governments answers to these issues without question, it may be shaping a future we havent asked for. The Jobless didnt ask for this!

The term welfare is often touted as synonymous with the word problem. The question we are not asked is, Is welfare a problem?

The Government is asking us to argue vehemently over answers to a question they are too gutless to ask. We should ask the Government questions.

Welfare Reform is a complex issue. However, the wider narrative has a huge impact on how we address reform in this space.
Welfare Reform

The Welfare Reform Bill currently before the house, is focused on using punishment as a blunt force to solve the welfare problem. The Government is quite brazen in no longer hiding punishment as a measure.

One system of punishment is a demerit point system. Another is drug testing. Therefore, the Government has predetermined, that the jobless do the wrong thing.

The Liberal National Coalition have successfully chipped away at society, along with the opposition in some respects. That is, to create a sub-human welfare class who society appears comfortable to punish.

Punishment sits well with a large section of society. This is due to continuous stigma aimed at the jobless. In the words of Erving Goffman, we have actively inflicted upon the jobless a spoiled identity.

The Labor opposition opposes these measures. However, since the late 1980...


Blazes burning on in New South Wales and more zedlines... "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

New South Wales is still feeling the heat, with 70 bushfires still burning and 20 out of control. Photo from Flickr.

Residents have been warned to prepare their homes and have a fire plan until the situation resolves.

Dry weather and high winds have caused higher fire dangers but conditions are expected to improve on the weekend, allowing firefighters to start controlled burn offs, before declining again on Monday.

Children lacking swimming skills at risk

Ahead of the Surf Life Saving Queensland annual Coast Safe report, the organisation is addressing the decline in school-aged children with basic swimming skills as the greatest challenge.


Birthday Boy Gives Guests Biggest Gift by Cancelling Party at Last Minute "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

plans 2

The guests of a man who was set to celebrate his birthday tonight are quietly rejoicing after he sent out a group Facebook message announcing hed cancelled the party.

A party always sounds like a great idea when its a few weeks away but, inevitably, on the day it finally rolls around, I never feel like going, one would-be guest admitted. Im looking forward to heading straight home after work for a quiet night on the couch with a case or two.

Another guest described the birthday boy cancelling as the best-case scenario for everyone involved.

Its a universally acknowledged law that its a dick move to cancel on someone elses birthday but this is a game-changer, he said. This legend has not only been thoughtful enough to invite us all to his party so we could impress people with talk of our cool Friday-night plans, but then to take the extra step of cancelling at the last minute so we dont actually have to follow through its just next level, he said.

In his message cancelling the event, the birthday boy explained that hed only organised the party in the first place because he felt obliged and hed decided to call it off after realising he was getting too old for this shit.



Violence Against Women Is The Greatest Hurdle To Genuine Equality "IndyWatch Feed National"

Gender equality cannot be achieved until woman and girls everywhere are freed from sexual violence, writes Olivia Wells.

At a higher rate than ever, 1 in 3 women and girls in Australia will experience sexual violence. Numbers are higher in young women and higher still in our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population.

Anecdotal evidence demonstrates a major portion goes unreported and its prevalence has been unbroken and intensified through the decades. It is an intergenerational issue.

Working with families and communities I see the damage it causes every day. It is difficult to describe its crushing impacts on children, on women and men, on families on entire communities day after day, year after year.

Eliminating sexual violence is unlikely until we genuinely, as a whole community, address how we respond to it. I remember the speech by UN Goodwill Ambassador and actor Emma Watson to the UN. Parts of the HeforShe campaign she championed, imperfect as it was, are integral to how we respond to violence against women.

Emma Watson. (IMAGE: Marco Bond, Flickr)Emma Watson. (IMAGE: Marco Bond, Flickr)

HeforShe urges boys and men to take up the cause of feminism and advocate for womens rights. Its language inspired a global movement of young and old in what many felt was one of the first campaigns to invite boys and men to participate in the fight for gender equality.

Watson raised important truths about the state of gender equality, and the disempowerment felt to change its trajectory. That is, no country in the world can boast gender equality and conversations around it have become preoccupied with semantics. Despite its achievements as a movement, feminism is a word that many women and men no longer use nor identify with.

Anti-feminists have dubbed those who identify with the word as aggressive and man-hating and those who write or campaign in its name are often described as too divisive or impassioned to be effective. Because of this, the effort to achieve gender equality has been hijacked and used to attack those who speak in favour of it.

True gender equality, globally, may not be inevitable. In the age of Trump, the reproductive rights of women are consistently challenged and in the USA, just this year, severely compromised. Many ultra-conservative leaders and the policies they enact, sanction sexual violence.

People in the western world who describe themselves as neo masculinists actively advocate for the legalisation of rape on private property, within a marriage or to any woman without the protection of a man. One such person, pro-rape American blogger Daryush Valizadeh, perpe...


Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Speaking Notes at the Young Communist League Ruth First Memorial Games by SACP Central Committee Member & Former National Secretary, Buti Manamela
27 August 2017

Had she been alive, Ruth First would have been 93 years old in 2017. As a struggle veteran, a senior citizen, a mother, a communist, a gender activist, a promoter of youth development - what would Ruth First make of South Africa today?

Would she be proud of the South African society that we have created? Would she understand the modern day struggles of this middle-income developing country? What would she think of the situation of the most vulnerable in our society - children, youth and women. As the former National Secretary of the Young Communist League, what advice would Ruth First give to us?

Unfortunately, we cannot get direct answers to these questions because a bomb by apartheid assassins murdered our comrade. They took away her life but her voice still lives on. It still speaks to us. We can indeed know what Ruth First would think about South Africa today because of her writings, the causes that she fought for, the positions she adopted on key issues and the information that we attained from comrades who worked closely with her.

For those who are not familiar with Ruth First, allow me to present a short biography of our struggle icon.

Ruth First was born into the politically conscious home of Jewish immigrant parents, Julius and Matilda First, in Johannesburg in 1925. Her father was a founder member of the Communist Party of South Africa (CPSA), later known as the South African Communist Party (SACP). Her home was regularly visited by political activists of all races who discussed and debated the apartheid State. This left an immutable political impression on the young Ruth in shaping her ideas on race, class and gender.

She graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Studies in 1946. Her studies deepened her insight into the nature of political societies in general, and the political system in South Africa in particular.

Spurred by her political vision of a just society, she helped found the Federation of Progressive...


National: climate freeloaders "IndyWatch Feed"

Climate change is the greatest threat humanity has ever faced. Globally, it promises famine, disease, death, and war. Within New Zealand, it promises to destroy our agricultural industry and drown our coastal communities. Labour and the Greens are taking this threat seriously, promising to set a target of carbon neutrality by 2050 to push us down the pathway towards a greener economy. National, OTOH, doesn't care:

Both Labour and Greens, likely coalition partners, have committed to a carbon-neutral country by 2050 - but National won't commit to one of its own - and the party doesn't think it's possible within the next century.

"It certainly won't happen by 2050, it might happen by 2100," he said in the Young Voters' Debate hosted by 1 News.


"We don't have a stated policy goal of carbon neutrality. Our goal is to meet our international commitments, take climate change seriously, invest in the stuff that actually makes a difference which is the science around agricultural emissions reductions," Mr Bishop said.

"This might not be a popular view, but whether or not New Zealand becomes carbon neutral by 2050, will not stop hurricanes and sea level rise in New Zealand. We are 0.16 percent of global emissions."

And yet National somehow expect other, poorer, countries to make sacrifices that they are unwilling to make, to save their dirty farmer cronies from being driven off the land. Faced with the biggest crisis the world has ever seen, National's policy is simply to freeload off the efforts of others, while doing nothing ourselves, so that their cronies can make money for a little while longer.

That's not the kiwi way. We can and must do better than National's pathetic inaction.


The opportunity cost of the Melbourne Grand Prix "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Last Sunday, my wife Nancy and I had a great weekend in Mooloolaba, where I took part in the Ironman 70.3 event, along with a thousand or so other competitors from around Australia and the world as well as hundreds of spectators. As Nancy said, even though the Sunshine Coast isnt far from Brisbane, wed never get around to going if there werent an event like this, but the beautiful setting makes us keen to return.

While I was there, a friend mentioned that the Melbourne Ironman event had been cancelled because the date of the Grand Prix had changed, producing a clash. That got my mind away from transition times and back to economic policy.

The Grand Prix is subsidised to the tune of $60 million a year, a payment justified by the supposed benefits of tourism, estimated at 35 000 interstate and international visitors. Every serious economic analysis Ive seen suggests that the net benefits are nothing like $60 million.

But, although Im always banging on about opportunity cost, this particular example hadnt occurred to me. In addition to the subsidy cost, the Grand Prix costs Melbourne events that would otherwise attract visitors without any subsidy**. The last Melbourne Ironman attracted over 2000 entrants, of whom a large share would have been visitors with accompanying family. Its probably not the only event lost to Melbourne because of the Grand Prix. Add to that the potential visitors who choose an alternative destination to avoid the noise and congestion of the race, and youve cancelled much of the tourism benefit attributed to the Grand Prix.

* There are also nebulous benefits said to be gained from global TV viewers, who are supposed to be attracted to Melbourne by hours spent on the couch watching fast cars doing laps of Albert Park, interspersed with a promo clips/coffee break opportunities. Im dubious.

** Various tourist bodies are listed as event partners for Ironman, but as far as I can tell, the monetary value of their support is trivial.


Samsung wont partner with Korindo following outrage over forest destruction in Indonesia "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Samsung wont partner with Korindo following outrage over forest destruction in Indonesia
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Lack of Treatment Leads to Reoffending "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Victorian prisoner population has been on the rapid increase since the late 1990s. In July 1998, there were 2,876 adult prisoners in the states correctional facilities, whereas in July this year, there was 7,152 inmates, according to Corrections Victoria figures. This marks a 148 percent increase over a 19-year period. And over recent years, this

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Greens: taxpayers should fund international expansions of media organisations...and more zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Image credit: Wikimedia The Greens have accused the Turnbull government of double standards, saying Australian taxpayers should subsidise the expansion of multinational media companies by extending a new fund for regional media outlets to the New York Times, Buzzfeed, and The Guardian.

As part of the media ownership reforms, a $60 million fund has been promised to boost independent and regional publishers and young rural journalists.

Currently, the program is restricted for Australian run outlets with a turnover of between $300 thousand and $30 million a year.

Greens senator Sarah Hanson Young says that journalists investing in Australian journalism, regardless of the country the outlet is from, deserve backing as much as anyone else.

School urges community to vote no in SSM survey


Breaking down the Inner West Council results "IndyWatch Feed"

Ive been paying quite a bit of attention to the Inner West Council results. Its my former council area, but its also one of the most interesting councils. The Labor, Liberal and Greens parties all feature prominently, along with a wide variety of independents.

Ive also written a piece for the Parramatta Sun about the Parramatta and Cumberland council results which Ill share here when its posted.

The overall result in Inner West is not quite clear. Labor and Greens have each won at least five seats, along with progressive independent Pauline Lockie and two Liberals. Two other seats are in play.

Conservative independent Vic Macri is 171 votes ahead of progressive independent Victoria Pye in Marrickville ward. Second Labor candidate Linda Kelly, Liberal candidate Stephen Meates and independent John Stamolis are only separated by 54 votes one of them will be knocked out first, and their preferences will decide the race between the other two.

Labor in the inner west has a history of forming governing alliances with the Liberal Party and conservative independents like Vic Macri. The Greens, meanwhile, have a better relationship with a string of independents who contested four of the five wards, and cooperated with each other in a variety of ways.

If Stamolis and Pye win their seats, theres a plausible path to a working majority for the Greens and the independents they have been able to cooperate with. If Macri, Kelly or Meates win, that wont be the case, and Labor will have the option to work with the Liberals, and possibly Macri. If Macri and Kelly both win, its plausible that Labor could form an alliance with the two independents and without the Liberals, but that will be hard to pull off. Of course, its also possible that Labor and the Greens would cooperate and share the mayoralty between the two bigger parties, as they have done recently in Leichhardt.

Ive been looking at the swings at a ward level, and its very interesting.

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Man goes wild at Lismore soup kitchen "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A 28-year-old Goonellabah man will appear in the Lismore Local Court today after allegedly threatening and assaulting people at the Five Loaves Soup Kitchen in Lismore yesterday.

Police said the man attended the food van at the Lismore Transit Centre about 6.15pm while holding a glass bottle.

He has approached people and tried to start fights, and then started abusing volunteers.

Police allege he also punched a person in the face twice, and chased other people while turning over crates of food.

After the man was arrested, police say he kicked a senior constable in the thigh back at the police station.

The man was charged with Affray, Assault Police and Resist Police. He was bail refused and will appear in Lismore Local Court today.




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A bribe predicated on a fantasy "IndyWatch Feed"

When Murray McCully wanted to bribe a pair of corrupt Saudi businessmen, he got it past Cabinet by telling them that the money would prevent a lawsuit. He then told the New Zealand public during a TV interview that he had been advised by MFAT that there was a real threat of such a suit. Naturally, he lied: MFAT never gave him any such advice:

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade did not provide legal advice to the government on the risk of being sued by a disgruntled Saudi Arabian businessman, documents reveal.

The admission that no legal advice on the lawsuit threat ever existed directly contradicts comments in 2015 by then-Foreign Minister Murray McCully that the ministry had taken advice on the issue.

McCully lied to the public and he lied to Cabinet in order to corruptly spend millions of dollars of our money. If he was still a Minister, he should be sacked. Sadly, his retirement means he will escape any accountability for this. But at least he's out of politics for good.


Artists pay homage to calderas natural beauty "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Jennifer Porter, Receding flood 2017, oil on canvas, 81x54cm

Jennifer Porter, Receding flood 2017, oil on canvas, 81x54cm


Greg Mulheran, Lost & lonely 2017, linoprint with watercolour, pen and ink, 60x45cm

Andrew_Wadsworth_will_open_his_hem162833Works by six artists passionate about preserving the Tweeds rich natural beauty will be on show next week as part of Caldera Art 2017 exhibition at the Tweed Regional Gallery.

This unique biodiversity within the regions shield volcano (caldera) inspired the works, on exhibition from 22 September till 3 December.

Gallery director Susi Muddiman said the varied interpretations of Kim Godfrey, Janet Hauser, Heidi Ledwell, Greg Mulheran, Greg Newland and Jennifer Porter all seek to gene...


Mackay Remembers Royal Navy Corsair Plane Crash "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Barely a month after the official Japanese surrender ended World War II, some Mackay residents witnessed the unusual spectacle of a war plane crashing into the sea and exploding into flames.

The crash occurred on 11 September 1945, when a Royal Navy (Great Britain) Chance Vought F4U Corsair crashed in the sea near Flat Top after the pilot had bailed out.

The Corsair was one of a flight of four Corsairs which had taken off from a Royal Navy aircraft carrier cruising off the coast and they while they were on a goodwill visit to Mackay.

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North Coast shark nets evade scientific scrutiny "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A Mobula Ray caught in a shark net off Shelly Beach. Photo contributed

A Mobula Ray caught in a shark net off Shelly Beach. Photo contributed

An environmental group has accused the Federal Environment minister of invoking a rarely-used national interest exemption when shark nets were installed on the north coast last year.

And the group says Josh Frydenberg has once again ignored science by his decision not to include shark culling programs in a list of priority nominations he wants his scientific committee to assess for their impact on threatened species.

Humane Society International head of campaigns Nicola Beynon said her group had nominated shark nets and drumlines for listing as a Key Threatening Process (KTP) under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (the EPBC Act).

But when Mr Frydenberg announced his final list of things to be examined by the committee, shark nets and drumlines were not included.

Lethal shark nets and drumlines are killing threatened species in significant numbers warranting urgent scientific assessment, Ms Beynon said.

There have been 23 critically endangered grey nurse sharks killed in NSW nets in the last five years alone.
This is not the first time the Minister has allowed shark nets to evade proper scientific scrutiny. Last year the Minister invoked a rarely used national interest exemption so that the installation of lethal shark nets on the NSW North Coast did not have to undergo usual environmental impact assessment processes. Humane Society International considered that an abuse of the exemption.

Now, with the enormous public controversy and concern over the impact of lethal shark nets and drumlines, it would have been appropriate for the Minister to respond by referring them to the Threatened Species Scientific Committee for priority scientific assessment..

The NSW Shark Meshing Program is already recognised as a Key Threatening Process under NSW threatened species laws for its impact on the critically endangered grey nurse shark. The criteria for listing a key threat under Commonwealth law is very similar and would include consideration of the impact of culling programs in both NSW and Queensland.

Shark culling programs in Q...


Civil Society Calls for Agroecology not GMOs at FAO Meeting in KL "IndyWatch Feed National"

Following is the final statement made by civil society organisations at the recent FAO meeting in Kuala Lumpur:

FAO Regional Conference on Agricultural Biotechnologies in Sustainable Food Systems and Nutrition in Asia-Pacific

13 September 2017

Civil Society Statement

 If we see biotech as part of a small farmer's 'toolbox', then we must ask what it is we are 'fixing':

  • Ensuring resilience in the face of climate change
  • Ensuring smallholders livelihoods are maintained & promoted
  • Ensuring everyone has access to nutritious and culturally-appropriate food produced in ethical and ecologically sound ways, and their right to democratically determine their own food and agriculture systems.

The focus of our discussion here was proposed to be on sustainable food systems for small farmers not high yield to generate more money from small pieces of land. And yet the meeting has presented many solutions that are still in the lab, and products with very initial results. The current supply of food already exceeds demand but there are serious issues around good governance and equitable distribution of food. Merely securing a high yield of a few select crops does not solve the problem of hunger nor secure livelihoods for smallholders, and leads to high levels of post-harvest spoilage and food waste.

There has been a lot of discussion about what we mean by biotechnology, and yet the majority of the focus of the conference has been on GMO products. It is malicious and deceptive to refer to GM crops as "biotech crops".

Those technologies that manipulate DNA artificially increase corporate control over seeds, diminish rich, diverse diets of local communities, promote monoculture, increase biosafety risks to health and environment, and need high investment and complicated regulatory frameworks which many countries lack. We ask those from the private sector who are calling for international acceptance of their products once approved in one country whether they are prepared to accept global liability for their products once disseminated?

Wed like to remind the group that 80% of the worlds food is produced by small farmers and farmer autonomy is critical to maintaining current and future food security and food sovereignty for everyone. We reject solutions that increase the cost of production for farmers due to the high cost of inputs from transnational corporations. We respect farmers as true in-situ innovators and not as passive consumers of the biote...



Watch the New Angus and Julia Stone Video Chateau "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Image Courtesy of Angus & Julia Stone Angus & Julia Stone have just dropped the latest video from their new album Snow, the dreamy Chateau. The video is set in Mexico City and features Australian actors Courtney Eaton and Dacre Montgomery. Check out the video for Chateau below: The upcoming tour from Angus & Julia []


Baw Baw Food Security Coalition "IndyWatch Feed"

"Food security is an individual or communitys ability to access healthy, affordable and appropriate food.  Food insecurity can therefore be defined as having limited or irregular access to safe and secure nutritional food from a non-emergency source.

Food insecurity has been prioritised in the Central West Gippsland region in 2007. Subsequently, research and food system mapping was undertaken, which showed that the individuals found to be most affected by food insecurity in Central West Gippsland include the people on low incomes, older people, young people and people living in isolated areas.  The result of this research was a Food Security Recommendation Report which was published in 2012 and provided guidance on the types of interventions that the CWGPCP and its partners could implement in order to tackle food insecurity.  The Baw Baw Food Security Coalition was then developed to lead this work in the Baw Baw Shire."

Read more about the history and impact of the Baw Baw Food Security Coalition.

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Sustainable and futuristic home designs on show "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Nina Bishops passive solar home.

Four sustainable and cleverly-designed homes and gardens around the northern rivers will be open to the public this weekend as part of Sustainable House Day.

Sustainable House Day, a national event that showcases sustainable building materials, household goods and practices that can be used in everyday home and lifestyle, was established in 2001.

This year, two events celebrate the event in the northern rivers, the open homes day on Sunday, 17 September, and the Living for the Future Home Expo tomorrow (Saturday, 16 September) at the Seagulls Club in Tweed Heads West.

As part of this annual open-home showcase, the four open-day homeowners will share their stories and tips to create sustainable homes that are comfortable to live in, cheaper to run and better for the environment.

Sustainable House Day co-ordinator Andia Cally said the event was invaluable for anyone looking for practical, sustainable solutions and information on what works, what doesnt, and how to transition toward greener living.

Included in this years showcase is Michael Leungs six-star energy rated family home, SkyFarm, recently featured in Sanctuary magazine: Michael Leung and his company Balanced Earth won this years Energy Efficient Building Award at the Master Builder Awards in NSW for another hempcrete-designed home in Possum Creek.

Leung and his partners used a blend of recycled timber, natural paints and finishes, and hempcrete rendered with non-toxic lime and clay to create a breathable, termite resistant, non-toxic home in Mullumbimby that has great thermal properties and is brimming with character, Ms Cally said.

Also in Mullumbimby, Andrew Wadsworth will open his hemp house at Tallowwoods Estate. Designed by Jaye Irving from Barefoot Sustainable Design, the three-bedroom house features the best of passive solar design and sustainable building materials made by local hemp builder Xylosinuous.

Also on display will be the recently added studio and permaculture gardens.

Over on Brushbox Drive in Mullumbimby, Nina Bishop will be ho...


Ali Alizadehs Last Days of Jeanne dArc "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Ali Alizadeh, The Last Days of Jeanne dArc (Giramondo 2017)

jeanne.jpgI have a number of St Joans in my head.

Joan of Arc was one of the array of saints who populated my Catholic childhood. She did stand out from the crowd, but I dont remember being much impressed that she was a cross-dressing, gender-bending, sword-wielding, authority-defying young woman  her armour was no odder than the flowing robes of many male saints, her defiance of authority was mild compared to Jesus, and even her death was no more terrible than, say, St Laurence roasted on a spit or St Maria Goretti stabbed 14 times when she rejected a young mans sexual advances.



FixedIt: What if women arent the problem? "IndyWatch Feed National"

From Yahoo UK: In women only, low interest in sex was linked to having three or more partners in the past year, having children under five in the household, and not sharing a partners sexual preferences.

Women whose general interests differed from those of their partners also experienced a lack of sex drive.

Hey, what if women arent the problem here?


Asylum seekers face detention in PNG and more zedlines... "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Asylum seekers in Manus Island detention centre may face indefinite detention in Papua New Guinea. Photo from Flickr.

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton said approximately 200 men, who have been found "not to be refugees", will be moved to an alternative detention centre.

This comes after the PNG Supreme Court ruled to close the detention centre, stating it is against the countrys constitution.

The detention centre is due to close on October 31st.

Chermside building fire

Residents of a Chermside building were forced to evacuate overnight due to a fire in one of its units.

Flames first broke out on Thursday afternoon and were extinguished.


Aust Catholic Church lags on child safety "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Catholic Church in Australia lags behind other countries when it comes to safeguarding children. Photo: Shutterstock

The Catholic Church in Australia lags behind other countries when it comes to safeguarding children. Photo: Shutterstock

The Australian Catholic Church lags behind rather than leads other countries in protecting children from sexual abuse, research into the global tragedy of immense proportions has found.

The Australian church has been pushed into acting and still has much to do to catch up to the likes of Ireland, the United Kingdom and the United States, the researchers say.

It has lagged significantly behind other comparable countries in developing policies and protocols to safeguard children and vulnerable adults, the study of child sexual abuse in the Catholic Church worldwide has found.

While many steps have been taken to address the problems associated with abuse, the Australian Catholic bishops have not, despite proclamations to the contrary, been in the lead in implementing child protection measures, the report by Melbournes RMIT University said.

Any suggestion that the Catholic Church in Australia has led the way in child protection is not sustainable in face of the initiatives in other countries nor has there been much accountability or evaluation in Australia.

The researchers said there would most likely have been minimal movement on the part of the official church if not for the work of the child abuse royal commission, state inquiries, the media and the determination of abuse survivors themselves supported by their families and advocacy groups.

The report, released on Wednesday, said the Australian Catholic Church has not imitated the preventative measures of other countries.

These include regular audits, putting safeguarding mechanisms in every parish, better monitoring and training mechanisms and initiatives such as hotlines or helplines.

Report authors Professor Des Cahill and Dr Peter Wilkinson, both ordained Catholic priests who resigned from the ministry in the 1970s, noted there has been a substantial decline in clergy child abuse worldwide since the 1980s.

They warned this did not apply in developing countries where the veil of secrecy has not been lift...


LOA Today 09.14.17 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Were up to Chapter 4: How Can I Get There from Here? This chapter answers one of the most common questions asked by new practitioners of the Law of Attraction: Why is it taking me so long to get what I want? It has nothing to do with not wanting it enough, not being intelligent enough, not being worthy, or ...

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Damaging Damages: Rebel Wilsons Defamation Case "IndyWatch Feed"

There is very little to be gained pondering whether celebrity journalism should be protected with the zeal that some of its advocates do. A person with the dirt-directed fanaticism of a Piers Morgan is not to be treasured and his court losses in defamation actions have, at times, warranted jubilation. But nor do the victors

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Aussie space centre captures Cassinis end "IndyWatch Feed National"

Dusk at the south polar vortex on Saturn's moon Titan. Image from the Cassini probe

Dusk at the south polar vortex on Saturns moon Titan. Image from the Cassini probe

Canberras deep space station is on a countdown to begin beaming live footage of the final hours of NASAs Cassini spacecraft before it burns up in Saturns atmosphere.

The Deep Space Communication Complex will train its massive antenna dishes on the NASA spacecraft from about 1.15pm (AEST) on Friday, for the final hours of its 20-year mission to study the ringed planet and its nearby moons.

Live data will be streamed for the first time from Cassini via Canberra to the world in the early evening before the bus-sized spacecraft uses its last drops of fuel to manoeuvre directly into Saturns atmosphere and begins its expected disintegration.

Travelling at more than 110,000km/h, scientists expect it will only take minutes for Cassini to break apart and melt at about 10pm.

The Canberra space complex was given the key role of transmitting Cassinis final images of Saturn because the planet will be hovering above Australia on Friday.

Other space stations in Madrid and California will also help monitor Cassini.

The $US3.26 billion ($A4.06 billion) mission has given scientists vital information about two of Saturns moons, Titan and Enceladus, as well as the planet itself and its icy rings.

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Alternative detention for men on Manus "IndyWatch Feed National"

Hundreds of detainees on Manus Island could soon be moved to alternative detention options as existing compounds are demolished.

A March 21, 2014 file image of Asylum seekers staring at media from behind a fence at the Manus Island detention centre, Papua New Guinea. AAP Image/Eoin Blackwell.

A March 21, 2014 file image of Asylum seekers staring at media from behind a fence at the Manus Island detention centre, Papua New Guinea. AAP Image/Eoin Blackwell.

Roughly 800 men remain on the island six weeks out from the closure of its immigration detention centre, with several buildings already dismantled.

About 100 men have applied to return to their country of origin, while talks are still under way to determine how to handle 200 others found not be refugees.

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton says they could be moved to alternative places of detention away from the regional centre, given they have no lawful claim to be in Papua New Guinea.

There is capacity at an East Lorengau transit centre to accommodate about 400 people.

We will work with the PNG government in helping them provide the services to those people, Mr Dutton told parliament on Thursday.

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Feds give $2m for new flood-proof Byrrill Creek bridge "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Byrryll Creek bridge south of Uki has been reopened to traffic, after council salvaged much its frame for a temporary repair. Photo Tweed Shire Council

Byrryll Creek bridge south of Uki was reopened to traffic after the March floods which washed it away, but council salvaged much its frame for temporary repair. Photo Tweed Shire Council

Tweed Shire Council has welcomed more than $2 million in federal funding to help build a new bridge across Byrrill Creek  to replace one damaged in the march flood.

The new bridge will replace a temporary one-lane timber bridge washed away by this years big flood which council staff managed to salvage in part and rebuild.

Tweed mayor Katie Milne welcomed the news saying council had wanted to replace the timber bridge for many years, and now with the federal funding contributing half the cost of $4.35 million, we can get on with providing this upgraded link for the community.

The announcement was made yesterday by Nationals Senator John Williams and involved funding from the Australian governments Bridges Renewal Program.

The timber bridge fording Byrrill Creek at Terragon was washed away in the 30 March floods. Not only did the bridge lose its deck, but parts of the abutments also went downstream.

Within weeks, council purchased additional bridge girders and recovered sufficient quantities of the washed-away bridge to build a temporary one-lane structure to restore access for the residents of Byrrill Creek and Cedar Creek roads.

Council then applied for funding under Round Three of the Bridges Renewal Program, knowing the temporary bridge also would be prone to flooding and a more permanent solution was needed for the residents who use this bridge every day, Cr Milne said.

The new concrete bridge will be two metres higher and will be designed to allow floods to go over the deck without damaging the structure.

It will be built downstream of the existing timber bridge and construction will start around 2019.

The bridge will be 40-metres long, have an 8.2-metre-wide deck (two standard-width traffic lanes plus shoulders) and traffic barriers on either side.

The alignment of both approaches to the bridge will be improved.



Transactivists attack feminists at meeting in London "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Charlie Rae covers the dark side of transactivism once again in this story of violence.

On September 13th, a feminist meeting was supposed to take place at New Cross Learning. The meeting was called What is gender? and was led, in part, by a transwoman, Miranda Yardley. When transactivists learned about this talk, a group called Action for Trans Health London created an event on Facebook to attack the free speech of feminists, and physically attack feminists themselves. This was allegedly organized by Goldsmith Student Union President Eva Crossan Jory who has not responded to The Fifth Column for comment.

In footage that was uploaded today to youtube, you can witness first-hand the unprovoked attack on a 60 year old grandmother and Humanist Maria Mac. She was punched by young, male transactivists. Notice how transactivists chant when TERFs attack, we fight back, but are clearly the ones doing the attacking. They believe in self defense from non existent threats, but not that attacking people unprovoked is this same threat they invented to oppose. This is Orwellian doublethink: the acceptance of or mental capacity to accept contrary opinions or beliefs at the same time, especially as a result of political indoctrination.

This violent rhetoric coming from transactivists is not new, but they vehemently position themselves as victims when transactivists calls for violence against women are rampant.



MACKAY News Headlines for Mackay & the Whitsundays, 15th September 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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MACKAY $100k haul of stolen cars, property and weapons uncovered in raid "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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$100k haul of stolen cars, property and weapons uncovered in raid

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Police will allege the break-and-enters had occurred for a number of months. The man is due to appear in the Mackay Magistrates Court on Friday

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MACKAY Ice addict blamed domestic violence on sex games "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Ice addict blamed domestic violence on sex games

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But he had a different story when facing Mackay Magistrates Court, pleading guilty to contravening a domestic violence order earlier this year.

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MACKAY Ice addict, burglar released from prison on probation "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Ice addict, burglar released from prison on probation

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Byron snake catcher racks up 10,000 serpents "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


George Ellis has relocated thousands of deadly eastern brown snakes, many of them from Byron Bays CBD. Photo

By Rod Stevens

When George Ellis rescued a carpet python from the road and tucked it inside his jacket in 1996, he never imagined he would wrangle thousands of highly venomous reptiles and respond to 10,000 phone calls for assistance.

This Tuesday marked the 10,000th call out milestone for the 65-year-old Byron Bay based snake catcher, who saved a family of Guinea Pigs from being a carpet pythons lunch at Bottlebrush Crescent, Suffolk Park.

But Mr Ellis would never have relocated a reptile if he didnt visit renowned snake catcher Russ Maslen for advice after capturing his first carpet python, only to learn he had retired.

Concerned about who would serve the community and help out elderly people with snake issues, after training and mentoring from Mr Maslen, Mr Ellis responded to his first call out on November 8, 1996.

His task, to relocate the worlds second most venomous snake, an eastern brown, from a property at McAuleys Lane, Mullumbimby.

I still remember that call, there were three brown snakes there, Mr Ellis said.

Since that baptism of fire, for almost 21 years, Mr Ellis has relocated more than 10,000 snakes from around the Byron shire.

Often when I am called out I find there are two snakes that need to be relocated, he said.

Delving into his records reveals Mr Ellis has caught various species of snakes that measure a total of almost 15km in length, on more than 6,000 days, including almost 4,000 eastern brown snakes.

All of the snakes Mr Ellis catches are relocated locally, in a safe spot, close to where they were caught.

With its restaurants and cafes attracting a favoured food for eastern browns, rodents, Byron Bays CBD is a hot spot for the deadly serpents.

The busiest area for brown snakes is the Byron Bay CBD and in descending order Jonson, Marvell, Lawson, Fletcher and Middleton streets and Gillmore Crescent, Mr Ellis said.

The Byron Bay CBD and the greater Byron area has more than twice a...


Another liberal MP sucked in by the nuclear lobby "IndyWatch Feed"

Liberal MP stands by nuclear energy option

As the federal government considers a clean energy target, one of its MPs is looking to nuclear power as a long-term solution. Nuclear technology sits hand in hand with concerns about North Korea but one federal MP believes theres also room for it in the energy debate.

Assistant minister Jane Prentice on Thursday again flagged support for nuclear power as a long-term solution.

It is clean and I think there are opportunities, she told reporters in Canberra.

I think the new nuclear technology is much safer than the old one and I think it should be on the discussion paper if were serious about long-term clean energy.

The government is weighing up a clean energy target, the only recommendation it is yet to address from Chief Scientist Alan Finkels review of the national electricity market.

Of course, our problem at the moment is short-term power and making it affordable, making it sustainable and reliable, Ms Prentice said.

I always believe that you need a longer ter...


Massive jump in solar energy roll-out means scarcity fears unfounded: council "IndyWatch Feed"

Official estimates of the risk of an electricity shortfall this summer are exaggerated because much more solar energy as much as six times current large-scale capacity is ready to be built, the Australian Solar Council says.


Australian government aims to get rid of Renewable Energy Target "IndyWatch Feed"

No RET changes in overhaul
The government is aiming to exclude the renewable energy target from its looming overhaul of the nations power supply. .. (subscribers only)


FixedIt: Trent Thorburn did not have sex with Tiahleigh Palmer "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Trent Thorburns sexual abuse of Tiahleigh Palmer and her subsequent alleged murder have been widely covered in the Australian press.

Tiahleigh was 12 years old when her 18 year old foster brother committed the crime of incest against her, for which he pled guilty yesterday. He also pled guilty to perjury and pervert the course of justice and was sentenced to four years jail.

The Guardian reported that Tiahleigh Palmers foster brother confessed to having sex with the 12-year-old.

The Brisbane Times reported he was sentenced after confessing to having sex with the 12-year-old.

The ABC reported Thorburn had sex with Queensland schoolgirl Tiahleigh Palmer before her alleged murder.

The Australian reported Thorburn had also admitted his sexual relationship with Tiahleigh in a Facebook Messenger conversation with his cousin.

The Courier Mail reported Trent Thorburn was 18 when he became sexually involved with his young foster sister.

Yahoo 7 reported hed had a sexual encounter with 12-year-old Tiahleigh.

Other variations of this reporting happened in The Daily Mail, The Queensland Times, News Mail,...


A Lesson on Bodies From a Sex Show in Amsterdam "IndyWatch Feed National"

In a dimly-lit basement under the streets of Amsterdam, I sat, surrounded by people I barely knew, watching a woman pull an impossibly long string out from her vagina. I clutched my vodka cranberry tightly in my hand, fighting the urge to look away. What seemed like an age later, all the string was out, and the woman bowed and strutted off the stage. I clapped along with the crowd and sighed a breath of relief. Maybe this wouldnt be so bad.

Ive always had a slightly awkward relationship with my body, with bodies in general. Its not that Im majorly unhappy with the way I look. Im just not super comfortable exposing myself to people. Blame my conservative upbringing, my problem with intimacy or just the Western attitude towards public nudity (strip down in public as an adult and youre doomed to forever wear the label of attention-seeker, hippie or slut).

The same extends to other peoples bodies: theyre great, Im sure, but ask me to look at them and Ill turn into a blushing, uncomfortable mess. So when a sex show, of all things, was suggested as a (non-officially sanctioned) group activity to mark the final nights of our tour through Europe, I was a little concerned.

There was a significant amount of umming and ahhing, but eventually, FOMO won out against the potential embarrassment. Cut to two nights later, and I sat in a room bathed in purple light, heart thumping in time with the royalty-free EDM track playing in the background, waiting for the show to start. I had been lucky enough to score a front-row seat, with my boyfriend on one side and a rich stockbroker in his mid-30s on the other. The room definitely wasnt spacious enough to fit a group of 25 people, so we were jammed in, shoulder-to-shoulder.

Problems with intimacy and physical contact? Dont worry about it.

Soon enough, the lights went out, the music was turned up and string-vagina lady, clad in purple leather, strutted onto stage, a wicker box of props under her arm like an erotic magician. And in a way, she was. The ability to write legibly on a mans bare chest with a Sharpie held in their nether regions has to be some kind of witchcraft.

By the end of the first performance, my heart had stopped pounding, and I was actually having a decent time. The next half an hour was a blur of impressive pole tricks, impossibly high stilettos, and a surprising amount of banana consumption.

Finally, a couple was announced. Apparently, the sex part of the sex show was about to begin....


Marriage equality: Understanding the arguments of the 'No' case "IndyWatch Feed"

Marriage equality: Understanding the arguments of the 'No' caseThe arguments of the 'No' are all exceedingly weak, says John Haly apart, perhaps, for one... read now...


Strong jobs figures for Qld, although much of recent increase was in part-time employment "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The August jobs figures released yesterday by the ABS confirmed the Queensland economy is clearly on an upswing and jobs growth is currently strong, with through-the-year growth in employment at 3.7% compared with a national rate of 2.6% (chart 1). The unemployment rate is trending downwards, and is now at 6.0% compared with the national average of 5.6%. My feeling is the upswing is fairly broad-based, but with tourism and health, aged and disability care services being stand-out sectors.


A large fall in the seasonally-adjusted Queensland unemployment rate in August to 5.7% (from 6.2%) suggests the trend unemployment rate will continue to fall in September. This would be welcome news for the Government when the next set of figures are released in mid-October, as I expect the Government will then be in an election campaign. The Premier wont waste much time before she calls an election after footy season has finished. Note the NRL Grand Final is on Sunday 1 October, and an early November election is highly likely.

So far, the Government can point to over 115,000 additional jobs since the last election (Chart 2).



Im Going to Strip You Naked and Whip You Like the Slave You Are: Man Sends Racist Messages Before Killing Innocent Black Man "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Source: The Root

An innocent black man was shot in the face and killed on Labor Day after attempting to keep an angry, racist white man from entering his home and confronting his roommate, according to reports from local law enforcement in Fort Worth, Texas.

Sammie Jones, 28, answered a knock on his door to find 38-year-old Kevin Ashley Parnell standing there angry and looking for Jones roommate, Jordan Briggs, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

An arrest warrant affidavit says that Parnell, who is white, was angry that his stepdaughter had been arrested for prostitution, and he blamed Briggs for it, but police say that Briggs denies having anything to do with the stepdaughters arrest.

According to the Star-Telegram, Parnell allegedly sent several racist messages to Briggs via Facebook, calling him the n-word, threatening to hang him and saying, Im going to strip you naked and whip you like the slave you are.

Briggs told police that a couple of hours later, Parnell showed up in a white pickup truck at the home that Briggs shared with Jones and began banging on the door.

Briggs told the Star-Telegram that he warned his roommate not to answer the door, then went to the back of the house and hid himself.

Briggs said he then heard Parnell ask for him, and Jones telling Parnell that Briggs was not there. It was then that Parnell went on a racist tirade against blacks.

Jones reportedly apologized and attempted to calm Parnell down. Briggs told investigators that Parnell then said, You know what kind of gun this is, boy? It is a Glock 40.

This was followed by the sound of a gunshot that both Briggs and a neighbor reported hearing. The neighbor also reported seeing a white man with a gun walking to a pickup truck and speeding off....


Recommendation Sought "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Draftsperson recommendation sought.

We are planning a small extension (moving the bathroom), kitchen renovation (internal wall removal), and a deck.  

We know what we want to do but are looking for a draftsman who can draw up plans for Moreland City Council. 

Please email us:


Newlands Friends of the Forest "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Newlands Friends of the Forest @ the Preston Market this Saturday 9-3.

Come to the Preston market this Saturday and visit our stall where we will there for you and your family to find out more about Greater Gliders, Leadbeaters Possums,  our wonderful forests and what we all can do to protect them.

It will be fun - we have been busy making little Greater Gliders (because the real size wouldn't fit) and little Leadbeater Possums to put up on a really tall tree.

We are thrilled that Artist Sue Matayas has been working hard to make all of the art work that we have used for the....


Thank You: An Open Letter To Hritier Lumumba "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Projects inability to grasp the message Hritier Lumumba is trying to deliver has not gone unnoticed, anymore than the courage of the man himself. Yassir Morsi pens an open letter.

Thank you.

I do not know you. But I am urged to tell you. I saw your interview on Channel Tens The Project. It drove me to grimace, caused me to look away, made me pause, draw courage, and look again.

I guess, my double take works as a metaphor to further explain the root of my gratitude. Its so easy to look away when racism confronts us. Especially for those who think it is largely a thing of a past Australia. So, thank you for giving a face, a name, a body and a pain to say: look again.

It was more than your words. It was a tone that caught me. A defiant and brave vulnerability came through saying what you said. Especially, towards the end, especially about how we must say it and say it out loud.

But I write too for I suspect many suffer in the silence you wish to break. Although as a non-black person of colour my experience is not yours. Yet, I have chosen silence more often than not. I write this for as a writer I know no other way than to commit to paper my double take.

I could be wrong, so forgive me if I am, but I also write because you might be in the usual place of self-doubt right now. For racism always hit backs the moment you say its name. You might be where many anti-racists live when they put their face to its cause. It is a space where we search for internal strength with question marks. It combines well wishes from friends and the hateful comment of others. A place where fingers point at you. Your character, your mental health, your supposed motives become their debate.

They keep asking: Are you sure? Are you sure its not you thats the problem? Like when Waleed Aly asked you: Isnt it (Collingwood) just an organisation that doesnt know how to deal with this?

From Nicky Winmar to Eddie McGuire, if Collingwood does not know how to address this then it is, as you say, an indictment. It is proof. How many times does it have to happen to the same club?

I felt Aly was putting you on the spot, as many others do. We must prove racism is, prove its experience as if its some rare bird. We always hear about it but cannot see it. To ask whether you had considered the clubs difficulties is the sad state of where we are at.

This country does not stare at racism long enough. We always talk about racism without talking about it. Its an excellent way to hide it. Hiding it through saying everything but nothing of what it is. Like a TV with white noise, the conversation is always on, but nothing is showing.



In which the pond once again attends nattering "Ned" acting as medium for a war criminal ... "IndyWatch Feed"

It's been a Trabant sort of week at the pond - thanks to FrankD for the image link - and while in Berlin and heading off to Checkpoint Charlie, who could resist being tempted by Berlin's infamous Trabi Museum ...

Well as a student in the school of Uncle Ebenezer Balfour of Shaws - by golly the pond loves its parritch - the pond flinched and blinked - the current tariff is five euros - and besides, it was possible to spot for free devotees at the wheel of classic examples still trundling around the streets ...

The pond reckons it could sell one of those Trabants to Nick X.

The pond's got nothing against sluts - a label it was rather proud of in its day - but there's really no excuse for being such a stupid and cheap slut, and if Nick X thinks he's helped fix the media's problems in Australia for a $60 mill fob off, he's even sillier than the pond thought he was ...

Before the dirty and pathetically useless deal, the pond thought he was merely a parochial lawyer out of his depth in the big league.

Now he's a clear step below Pauline Hanson, who at least got what she wanted and scored the chance to sink the slipper into the ABC in a fine way ...

Fair and balanced? Wasn't that Fox News until they decided it was too silly and too obviously wrong, and adopted their new slogan?



Support after suicide group starting in Lismore "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A support after suicide group will be starting up in Lismore from late September to mid-December. Photo supplied.

A support after suicide group will be starting up in Lismore from late September to mid-December. Photo supplied.

Lifelines Northern Rivers centre will be offering a Support After Suicide group in Lismore from late September to mid-December this year. They are encouraging people of adult age who have experienced the loss of someone close to them through suicide to contact Lifelines Lismore office if they are interested in being part of such a group. Anybody interested in joining will have an opportunity to discuss their situation and get more information about the group during an individual conversation with the group facilitator before the start of the program.

The aim of the group is to help people bereaved by suicide to work through their grief, to manage their emotions and to better cope with everyday life by sharing, listening and giving mutual support in an understanding, safe and confidential environment. Complex feelings that may emerge following the sudden and traumatic suicide of someone close to you can include sadness, guilt, fear, relief, confusion, rejection and isolation; it is often felt that only someone who has gone through a similar experience can fully understand the depth of emotions felt by family and friends.

The group will be led by a trained facilitator with significant experience in working with groups of this kind, additionally the group will also be supported by another trained counsellor. The group will meet on Saturday mornings at Lifelines Conway St. Counselling Centre in Lismore.

These workshops have received financial support from Lismore City Councils Community Grants Program.

 For further information call Jan Fedley on 6622 4133 or email

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Breakers smash Wonthaggi 4-1 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

An action shot of the womens match between Drouin Dragons and Leongatha Knights. Photo: Margie Matheson

Kathy Zacharopoulos from the Leongatha Knights sends the ball forward in her teams Womens semi-final win against Drouin at Newhaven on Sunday. Photo: Susan Carmody.

A HARD fought seniors game for the Breakers as a determined Wonthaggi put the heat on as it surged forward at Phillip Island.
The first goal went to the Breakers following several chances that went just wide.
Wonthaggi then converted to level the scores after Matt Lowe blasted on past the Breakers defence and keeper.
The Breakers then showed everyone why they are undefeated and began to dominate with their strong passing game, opening up the Wonthaggi defence to put another two goals in the back of the net before half time.
During the second half, the game got a bit heated and several yellow cards were given, followed by a second yellow to Alex Hambert which seen him sent from the field with 15 minutes remaining. Final results 4-1.

Phillip Island Breakers were under pressure from the start as Inverloch took control.
However as Inverloch struggled to find the net, the Breakers made a counter attack to open the score.
The score was then levelled as Eddie snuck one past the Island keeper.
Not to be outdone, the Breakers young guns lifted a gear and Cameron Boulton slammed a second goal in before half time.
The second half was a different story with the Breakers getting their passing game going, Inverloch tired and the youth dominated with a convincing 4-1 win.

The Leongatha Lady Knights travelled to Phillip Island to play the Drouin Dragons in the first semi-final, playing for a spot in the Soccer Grand Final.
It was a strong, competitive match showing determination from both sides.
Composed passing from the talented Tammy to Hayleigh to Kathy, gav...


Traffic lights already stopping traffic "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

PUTTING up a set of traffic lights at Wonthaggis most difficult intersection isnt as easy as it might seem.
Over the weekend, preliminary works were stepped up a notch with a major power upgrade going on, associated with the traffic lights.
New, taller high voltage poles and lines were being erected while traffic was carefully guided through the works area, helping to maintain traffic flow while also safeguarding workers.
The works went ahead for most of the weekend but will have to be scaled back significantly when Wonthaggi hosts the first grand final of the new-look West Gippsland competition this Saturday.
The $3.765 million project is expected to see lights controlling the intersection by mid-to-late next year, which does seem an awful long time to wait.

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Philippa Martyr: Potential Greatness Day 15 September 2017 "IndyWatch Feed"

Its here at last. The Turnbull government has had exactly as long as the Abbott government did to deliver its promised Potential Greatness.

14 September 2015 seems like a long time ago, doesnt it?  There I was in London, waking up surprisingly unsurprised to learn that Tony Abbott had been rolled as Prime Minister. Who knew that Malcolm Turnbull could be such a sneaky, underhanded, white-anting, all-mouth-and-no-trousers narcissist? I asked rhetorically.

But in the wake of the defenestration, a lot of people said publicly that they didnt think Turnbull was that bad. They spoke highly of his sex appeal, his suits, his business acumen, and his ability to poll. Above all, we were told, he is really One of Us on some Key Issues. Hes just waiting to make his move.

Thus the myth of Malcolm Turnbull, Closet Libertarian, was born. And what a persistent myth it was, to the point where heretics those silly people who believe that past behaviour is the best predictor of future behaviour were branded del-cons and Abbottistas. Del-cons were little better than Pauline Hanson voters; crusty and barnacled dead weights holding back the agile and innovative Turnbull Coalition Team (or TURNCOAT for short).

We saw some shameful public discourse from people who should have known better: Miranda Devine, Janet Albrechtsen, Nikki Savva, and our own Doomlord (most of whom are now humming a little tune and looking fixedly in the other direction). No matter how many times we said that Abbott had let us down, and that we didnt want him back as Prime Minister, we were told over and over again that we did. We were also told that Malcolm was the way of the future, so put up and shut up.

Yet aside from his personality issues, Malcolm Turnbull came to the role of Prime Minister on a very obvious record of under-achievement. He was beclowned by Godwin Grech, took away our lightbulbs, never laid a hand on Stephen Conroy or Greg Combet during the NBN debacle, bedded the ABC like Don Juan, and generally signalled in capital letters that he was a leftist inner-city trendy to his (non-existent) core.

Anyone who pointed this out was told to shush. Malcolm was different now. He was One of Us. He alone could save the Liberal Party from electoral annihilation. Turnbulls subsequent fingernail parliamentary majority was frantically apologised away by his now over-invested cheer squad, who told us that Abbotts leadership would have led to human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together, and mass hysteria.

The TURNCOAT government has certainly produ...


Byron Bay FC V Lismore Thistles "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Byron Bay FC V Lismore Thistles. Photo supplied.

Byron Bay FC V Lismore Thistles. Photo supplied.

The Northern Hotel Rams Reserves reserved their place in next Saturdays Football Far North Coast Grand Finals with a thumping 4-0 win over Lismore Thistles at the Rec Grounds on the weekend.

Despite completely outclassing the young Lismore crew from the opening whistle, it took the Rams until the last minutes of the first half to find the net. After countless runs on the Thistles goal, a neat side foot cross from Herick Schuenemann to WIll Ennis and an unstoppable finish from the Golden Boot finally broke the drought.

Fifteen minutes into the second set, Toms do Prado Coelho finished a sweet flanking combination with a curling, long range strike into the top right corner to give the Rams a2-0 lead. With 15 to go, Jono Pierce made a flanking run and drove another long ball from out wide that skimmed the inside of the far post, rolled back across goal and  finally turned into the net to make it 3-0. With three minutes on the clock Pierce snapped a cross to his brother Nolan on the penalty spot. Nlans shot was deflected by the keeper onto the feet of Sam Owens who buried goal four for the Rams.

The win sends the Reserve Grade Rams into their fifth consecutive Grand Final, joining the Prems and the Byron Second Division in triple header.

With Oakes Oval being renovated, this years Grand Finals will be held at Lismore Workers Richars Oval Next door to Lismore Square. The Seconds meet Lennox Head at 11am, the Reserves take on Rovers at 3pm and the Premiers do battle with fiery neighbours Bangalow Bluedogs at 5pm.

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There is conflict of interest in the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Contributed from Queensland

The revelation that three out of the six board members of the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (Naif) are tied to mining. Australian governments have a long tradition of appointing corporate representatives onto bodies dealing with the concerned industry.

The exposure by Joshua Robertson   in the Australian edition of the Guardian (13 September 2017), raises the existence of conflict of interest. No argument. There certainly appears to be, when Naif is there to hand out up to $5 billion.

One example is Balla Balla Infrastructure Group (BBIG), which reportedly sought a  loan to help with its $6 billion Pilbara iron ore venture. Naif chair, Sharon Warburton, happens to be a director of this company. She is also a director of Fortescue Metals, which also mines iron ore in the Pilbara.

Another Naif director is Justin Mannolini. He is a partner in law firm Gilbert and Tobin, which has been working for BBIG to secure an agreement with the Western Australian government. He is also chair of Jindalee Resources, another Pilbara company. The third is Karla Way-McPhail. Her businesses provide services to the mining industry.

These three individuals play key roles in determining who gets access to taxpayer funded money. By any definition, there is a clear-cut conflict of interest. They should stand down or be removed. This is especially so, when it is claimed that Naif is an independent body.

Nor is it reasonable to pass this off as an accident. Appointments like this are not made so lightly. One justification that could be put forward is that these people bring knowledge of the industry. Perhaps. But this can be accessed if they are appointed as advisors. They should never be given the power to give money to ventures that they have a personal interests in.

Making it all the worse, is the lack of transparency over who makes specific Naif decisions. Warburton is reported as saying that directors had significant experience in deciding whether their personal circumstances give rise to an actual, apparent or potential conflict of interest, and that it is appropriate for them to be the ones to decide when to or when not to stand aside form specific cases.

At this point, there is no move by the government to change anything. Given this, Naifis poised  to blow out to a new headache for Turnbull to deal with.  More so, with an application coming in from Adani, asking assistance for the Carmichael venture in Queenslands Galilee Basin.

In May, there was the revelation that there is a connection between possible co...


Baking Company Ordered To Pay $60,000 To Mom Fired While On Maternity Leave "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Ashley Ruiz-Lopez with her children. Source:

In Vineland, New Jersey, the Office of the Attorney General has ordered the contract bakery Omni Baking Company to pay $60,000 to defendant Ashley Ruiz-Lopez. Omni violated state law by firing Ruiz-Lopez while she was on maternity leave.

Ruiz-Lopez had worked as a receptionist at Omni Baking Company since June 2014. Despite giving clear notification and communication regarding her planned start and end dates, the company fired her while she was on leave.

The totality of the circumstances, including her submission of medical certificates showing her expected recovery dates, repeated visits to the office, repeated attempts to reach (the HR manager), and the nature of her leave, was sufficient to trigger Respondents legal responsibility to engage in the interactive process, said Division of Civil Rights director Craig T. Sashihara in a release.

Omni facilities. Source: Omni Baking Company

Ruiz-Lopez submitted a claim for temporary disability benefits when she started leave at the end of January 2016. She also submitted paperwork that including a doctors note stating her due date of Feb. 27th, and expected return date in mid-April.

According to Ruiz-Lopez, she made multiple attempts in person and over the phone to contact the companys human resource department but never received an answer. The bakery fired her o...


FTs coming of age? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Extract from an article by John Lawrence published in the Mercury Tuesday, 16 June 2015 John Lawrence in Comments HERE: Claire (#6) its not a lease. Its worse than that. Its a forestry right pursuant to the Forestry Rights Registration Act 1990. The Cayman Islanders get the right to use 29,000 hectares of land for 99 years. They dont pay rent. The upfront fee gives them the rights to the existing timber plus use of the land rent free for 99 years. Gordon at #2 is wrong, I think, they will pay rates.  When youre paying $2k per hectare for a right to use land for 99 years rent free you are, in effect, paying about $1,500 per hectare for the land. Think of it as prepaying rent for 99 years.  In $ terms a 99 year right is not much different to a freehold interest. That leaves $500 per hectare for the trees, average age over 10 years, which would have had an establishment cost of $3k per hectare plus the holding and maintenance costs since then. Guy Barnett argues its a good deal. Actually FT or STT or whatever its now called doesnt own the land so only $15 million (or 25%) of the sale price belongs to it. Thats $15 million for a crop that probably cost $100 million to establish. Guy wont tell you exactly. The original cost has been lost in the system.The remaining 75% is for the disposal of an interest in crown land. If it ends up being left in STT its a defacto subsidy. The government has disposed of a non STT asset, in this case a 99 year interest in Crown land, and will put the proceeds , or most of it back into STT. Thats a subsidy. And a 99 year forestry right is for all intents and purpose the disposal of freehold crown land. Only the sanctimonious would argue otherwise. Guy Barnett: Plantations sale a huge winner for health, jobs and the economy Mercury: Big blue as Tasmanias pulpwood forestry plantations sell for $60m A DEAL to sell Tasmanias 29,000ha of pulpwood plantations for $60.7 million has been described as a strong outcome by the State Government and a fire sale and rip-off by opponents. Questions have also been raised about the company, which Parliament heard had been registered only two months ago and had a parent company listed in the Cayman Islands. The long-awaited deal was announced via a Facebook post by Resources Minister Guy Barnett, who was criticised by the ALP and Greens for not fronting the media to answer questions Labor: Government spinning hard on dud timber deal Guy Barnett: Government invests in health while Labor wants more forest subsidies YESTERDAY on Tasmanian Times ... Vica Bayley Media Release: Plantation fire sale a short-sighted subsidy for Hodgmans native forest logging


1) Fallout from Indonesian officials confronting media "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

1) Fallout from Indonesian officials confronting media
2) 2017 Pacific Forum summit quieter
3) A wrap up of the 48th Pacific Island Forum Leaders meeting
4) More of the same: human rights in West Papua, July-September 2017
5) Papuas last Dutch pastors

1) Fallout from Indonesian officials confronting media
From Dateline Pacific, 3:03 pm on 14 September 2017...


Hollows As Homes "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Local Landcare Coordinator Jason Richardson has been visiting schools in the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area to promote the role of tree hollows as habitat.

Did you know that it takes around 300 years for nature to provide a home for an owl? Its even longer for possums.

There are no animals that are able to create tree hollows, such as the woodpecker in North America, so hollow creation is a slow process that relies on fungus to eat away at the tree.

In urban and agricultural areas throughout Australia, hollow-bearing trees are in decline.

In New South Wales, species that rely on tree hollows for shelter and nesting include at least 46 mammals, 81 birds, 31 reptiles and 16 frogs.

Forty of these species are listed as threatened with extinction in New South Wales and the loss of hollows has been listed as a key threatening process.

As part of Landcares visits primary school students learned how contested hollows can be, particularly in urban settings where hollows can be considered a public risk.

Jason spoke of his experience observing ringneck parrots intimidate grass parrots from returning to their nest.

The children were fascinated to handle the skull of a grass parrot chick.

The students then had an opportunity to assess school grounds and the surrounding area for hollows and observe local bird life using binoculars.


ABS view on including 16 and 17 year olds in the Marriage Law Postal Survey "IndyWatch Feed"

Request to Australian Bureau of Statistics by Chris Gentle. Annotated by Chris Gentle on September 15, 2017.
Partially successful.
Still waiting for Treasury to return information from their delegated FOI request.


Day to Day Politics: Scotts on top of everything. "IndyWatch Feed"

Friday 15 September 2017 1 One of the more bewildering aspects of Mondays IPOS Poll was the overwhelming endorsement of Scott Morrison. One would have thought that the economy was chugging along at a remarkable rate. Respected writer Alan Austin took exception to this assumption and has written an excellent piece titled Think Scott Morrison is

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What can Australia do to help with elections in PNG? "IndyWatch Feed"

For decades Australia has been at the centre of international efforts to improve elections in Papua New Guinea. Australia has spent almost US$60 million since 2002. Despite this, the 2017 elections were blighted by a frightening pack of problems. Given PNGs electoral woes it is tempting to conclude aid hasnt helped. Tempting, but mistaken. Elections may not be good in PNG but good is not the right yardstick for aid success in this area. The appropriate yardstick is vis--vis a counterfactual of no international help. As I described in my first post, Papua New Guineas domestic political economy produces forces that are at odds with well-run elections. As I discuss in this paper, international engagement has served as a countervailing force against these. Because of this, it is very likely that elections in PNG would be worse still without Australian involvement.

This doesnt mean that Australian efforts cant be improved though. Here are some suggestions. Because this is a blog post they are, by necessity, broad. I hope many others will offer a lot more in coming months; for now, treat these ideas as a start.

First up, recognise the road to the next elections starts today. Improving them will be an ongoing effort. It will require engagement, pressure and assistance, every year from now to 2022. The chart below shows my estimates of Australian aid spending devoted to elections in PNG since 2002 (data and sources here). As you can see, the post-2012 effort was inconsistent and less than previous elections. This isnt the aid programs fault. In between aid cuts and the death of AusAID, it was a tumultuous time. Even so, theres still a lesson from 2017: improving elections requires substantial, sustained engagement. It requires staff devoted to the task and it requires the steady accumulation of contextual knowledge.

Estimated Australian aid for elections 2002-2017


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