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Wednesday, 13 December

20:28

Lawyer Says U.S. Responsible for Dark History of Papua "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"



WEDNESDAY, 13 DECEMBER, 2017 | 08:06 WIB
Lawyer Says U.S. Responsible for Dark History of Papua

                                                   Tempo/Rezki Alvionitasari.
TEMPO.COJakarta - Human rights lawyer Veronica Koman said that the United States is also responsible for the dark history of Papua recorded in the U.S. declassified files. The United States knew about violations of the right to self-determination and war crimes in Papua, but it did nothing, she said. Veronica said that the U.S. failed to address the frauds in a referendum (Perpera) in 1969. Having brokered the New York Agreement on August 15, 1962, leading to the Pepera, the U.S. did not oversee its implementation. Based on the New York Agreement that wa...

20:25

Do you know why the left treats Republican voters like idiots? Because they are "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Two stories work for me.

First this: GOPe Spent $500,000 to Defeat Roy Moore and Campaigned Against Him Then Trashes Steve Bannon When He Loses!

And then this: MASSIVE DEMOCRAT TURNOUT In Alabama GOP Turnout 50% of 2016; Democrat Turnout 92% of 2016.

You know what it shows? It shows that Republicans are no smarter than the Swedes. The Democrats must laugh at the simpletons who have voted in someone whose values are at the far end of the Democrat extreme. The probability that Moore did any of what has been alleged is zero other than what should not matter in the slightest, that he dated young girls when he was in his thirties. To let this influence a vote towards the Party of Bill Clinton and Al Franken is grotesque.

Speaking of which, just when will Franken be leaving the Senate exactly?

20:10

Bridge Meeting Report "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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On Tuesday the 12 Dec a forum was convened by Moreland council, Pitt & Sherry engineers re discussion of the washed out Ronald St footbridge over Edgars Creek. The aim of the meeting was to give stakeholders an opportunity to express their views on a replacement structure and its potential alignment and allow council and contracted bridge engineers to report where they were at in terms of finding an adequate solution to the problem.

The sticking point to a resolution comes from Melbourne Water who will not allow the construction of a replacement structure that does not span the distance of a ten-year flood level mark. Using this as their brief the engineers highlighted three possible scenarios in which a solution may be achieved.

Option 1 - Reconstruct a bridge on the original alignment, the pros being that concrete paths are already in place from the previous structure, with the cons being to span the 10-year flood level the bridge may end up being up to 100 metres in length.

Option 2 - Involves constructing a bridge in the same area closer to the dog swimming area which is higher ground and easily spans the ten-year flood level, the pros to this seem to be a bridge span of half the size of option 1 and the cons are loss of vegetation, construction of new paths to link with the existing and a bridge that would seem to require a great deal of engineering as to safe grades as there is a considerable change in levels from one side of the creek to the other.
...

20:09

Archbishop Denis Hart Melbourne archbishop says hed rather go to jail than report child abuse heard in confession "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Guardian

Melbourne archbishop says hed rather go to jail than report child abuse heard in confession

Denis Hart says communication with God is of a higher order after child sex abuse inquiry calls for failure to report to become a criminal offence

Denis Hart
Archbishop Denis Hart says Catholic priests would rather be jailed than violate the sacramental seal. Photograph: Tracey Nearmy/AAP

The archbishop of the archdiocese of Melbourne, Denis Hart, said he would risk going to jail rather than report allegations of child sexual abuse raised during confession, and that the sacredness of communication with God during confession should be above the law.

He was responding to a report from the child sex abuse royal commission calling for reforms th...

19:26

Antifa Australia goes for the jugular (while I make some comments) "IndyWatch Feed National"

On the weekend The Australian published a lengthy article by Chip Le Grand on antifa in Australia. Below are some comments. Antifa Australia goes for the jugular Chip Le Grand The Australian December 9, 2017 The first rule of antifa Continue reading

19:24

To our Government and the Opposition: Get your act together and work for the PEOPLE of Australia "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

By Tina Clausen What is wrong with you? Your behaviour in Parliament is atrocious and unprofessional. You are like a bunch of squabbling children. Each trying to out yell, out do, out blame and desperate to get one-up on the other. I have never been more ashamed of our Australian politicians. You seem to have

The post To our Government and the Opposition: Get your act together and work for the PEOPLE of Australia appeared first on The AIM Network.

19:22

This Same-Sex Couple Are Set To Marry In Melbourne Next Week "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A same-sex couple from Melbourne will likely be the first in the country to legally marry following marriage equality coming into effect. Weddings were expected to begin from January 9 after same-sex couples had given their required one months notice. But Melbourne woman Stephanie Dyball will legally marry her partner Megan Stapleton next Thursday in ...

The post This Same-Sex Couple Are Set To Marry In Melbourne Next Week appeared first on QNEWS.

18:39

The Sins of the Fathers And the Cardinal? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

It has been decided this week by the Melbourne Magistrates Court that the committal hearing for Australia's most senior Catholic leader, Cardinal George Pell, who is accused of child sexual abuse crimes, will take place behind closed doors. True Crime News Weekly correspondent, Gary Johnston, casts his critical eye on what exactly "Big George" may be hiding and what kind of game his highly-priced lawyers are playing.

18:28

Ever considered putting CAFNEC in your Will? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

BEQUESTS & GIFTS

CAFNECs vital role 

Formed by concerned community groups in 1981, Cairns and Far North Environment Centre acts as conservation council for the region from Cardwell north to Torres Strait and from the east coast to the Gulf of Carpentaria. For more than 35 years member of the CAFNEC has worked to protect the rich natural environment of Far North Queensland. CAFNEC works to protect the environment by enhancing the capacity of local groups and community members to act for conservation. The sustained efforts of CAFNEC volunteers over the years have been inspirational, and the few paid workers are vital to CAFNECs success.

Benefits of secure funding

The environment of Far North Queensland needs a strong voice, and the people of FNQ who know, love and live in the region are the best ones to be that voice. Protecting the worlds largest living structure (the Great Barrier Reef) and the oldest continuously surviving rainforests (the Wet Tropics) as well as the other spectacular natural areas in the region is a huge challenge and needs resources.

A bequest to Cairns and Far North Environment Centre will support CAFNECs long term objectives and make a lasting contribution to the protection of the Far Norths natural heritage.

A bequest can be large or small, any gift will make a difference.

How to make a bequest

To make a bequest you must make or supplement your Will, as it is necessary for Wills to comply with a number of legal requirements. Your Will is a very important legal document and Cairns and Far North Environment Centre advise that you consult a solicitor or the Office of the Public Trust. 

Appropriate wording of your Will is crucial. For your bequest to be valid the organisations full name, i.e. Cairns and Far North Environment Centre Incorporated, must be used. If necessary your solicitor or trustee company can contact us to discuss your wishes or request further information. 

A clause may be inserted in your Will using the following words:
I GIVE (insert here the details of the bequest) free from all debts (secured and unsecured) payable in respect of my estate to the Cairns and Far North Environment Centre Incorporated  and I DECLARE that a receipt of the Secretary or Treasurer for the time being of the said Cairns and....

17:32

Dentistry - Admission Statistics and Selection Process "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Response by Charles Sturt University to James Brooke on December 13, 2017.
Awaiting classification.
  [1]Charles Sturt University     [2][IMG]   We can help you advance your career, James   Applications to study at Charles Sturt University (CS...

17:22

Goodbye from Whats Good "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

 

Ahead of their final Sunset show, hosts Sally Coleman and Erica Mallett look back on Whats Good:  on-air freestyles, hilarious interviews and silly on-air moments.

 

Two and a half years ago, we got this email from Caroline Gates:

 

Hi Sally & Erica
Im the Program Director at FBi Radio in Sydney. Just getting in touch as were currently hunting for a new hip hop specialist show. Im reaching out to a bunch of people and wanted to see if you might be interested in chatting about it?
Cheers,
Caroline

 

We had zero radio experience, and to this day, we arent 100% sure how this opportunity fell from the heavens into our laps, but in September 2015 we kicked off the first ever episode of Whats Good on FBi.

Since then its been an amazing journey and weve felt so privileged to be part of the FBi family. There have been plenty of highlights our first ever phone interview where we forgot to put the phone to air, B Wise dropping a freestyle over Dancing in the Moonlight, putting together shows with all-female, Indigenous or LGBTQI hip hop, Horrorshow performing live in the studio, dozens of great interviews and hundreds of very silly on-air moments.

 

 

But the most wonderful part of creating Whats Good has been the relationship that has blossomed with the hip hop community in Australia. Weve gone from an empty inbox to a constant stream of submissions. Sometimes were literally the first people to hear a song recorded a bedroom that day. Crews take it in turns to submit each others music, and more often than not FBi is the station that gives them their first ever airplay which feels great, because FBi is the station that gave us our first airplay: Joyride giving us a spin with our two minute Soundcloud demo at 10pm on a Monday night. The same time slot that we would go on to host.

Its been mind-blowing hearing the quality, quantity and diversity of hip hop coming out of this c...

17:00

Glitter Has Become a Global Hazard "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Dr. Mercola

Microplastic pollution is a critical issue affecting waterways and wildlife. Glitter is a form of microplastic that may harm marine life. A chain of 19 child care nurseries across southern England recently announced they were banning the use of glitter in their children's craft projects in an effort to reduce pollution.1

Discarded bottles, bags and straws break down in the ocean waters to microplastic pieces, 5 millimeters (mm) or smaller. These pieces are literally clouding the ocean waters with "plastic smog."2 Billions of pounds of plastic can also be found in convergences that now cover approximately 40 percent of the world's ocean surface.3

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, located just a few hundred miles north of Hawaii, is one of the most polluted gyres. The United Nations (U.N.) states that there are 51 trillion pieces of microplastic particles polluting the ocean.4 The U.N. describes this as 500 times more than there are stars in our galaxy. These are the pieces that currently exist in the ocean waters and not those making their way through fresh water lakes, waterways and sewer systems.

Glitter has been used for celebrations, decorations and even for revenge, as an Australian startup company promises to ship a glitter bomb to your enemy.5 The company uses glitter as it is so insidious youll be vacuuming it out of the carpet and picking it out of your clothes for months once it has been released. The idea was so popular they were overwhelmed with orders within 24 hours of opening for business.

Pieces of plastic have now reached the previously pristine waters of the Arctic Ocean, where damage to marine life and ocean waters continue to spread. Growing concern over the plight of the environment and human health has led some scientists to call for a ban on glitter.6

Glitter Is Not Just Annoying

CNN calls glitter "the ultimate supervillain of the craft and makeup world."....

16:55

Britain doesnt appear to be collapsing as a result of Brexit "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Do you remember back to May 2016, when the British Treasury, which is clearly full of mainstream macroeconomists who have little understanding of how the system actually operates released their Brexit predictions? The study (putting the best spin possible on what was a tawdry piece of propaganda) HM Treasury analysis: the immediate economic impact of leaving the EU was strategically released to have maximum impact on the vote, which would come just a month later. Fortunately, for Britain and its people, the attempt to provide misinformation failed. As time passes, while the British government and the EU dilly-dally about the divorce details, we are getting a better picture of what is happening post-Brexit as the market sorts what it can sort out. Much has been said about the destructive shifts in trade that will follow Brexit. But these scaremongers fail to grasp that Britain has been moving away from trade with the EU for some years now and that process will continue into the future. I come from a nation that was dealt a major trading shock at the other end of Britains ill-fated dalliance with Europe. It also made alternative plans and prospered as a result. The outcomes of Brexit will be in the hands of the domestic policies that follow. Stick to neoliberalism and there will be a disaster. But the opportunity is there for British Labour to recast itself and seize the scope for better public infrastructure, better services and stronger domestic demand. Then the nation will see why leaving the corporatist, austerity-biased failure that the EU has become was a stroke of genius.

The only good thing about the Treasury Report was that it was Printed on paper containing 75% recycled bre content minimum but even then it was a waste of real resources.

The aim of the Report was to quantify the impact of that adjustment over the immediate period of two years following a vote to leave. It was not about medium- or long-term impacts. It was about then and now.

The findings were based on mainstream economic and econometric models that continually fail to deliver plausible results. But that has never stopped the ideologues who hide behind them as if they constitute an intellectual authority.

The Treasury claimed to support analysis by the Bank of England and the IMF, which also predicted a recession following a vote to leave.

Madame Lagarde was quoted as saying that theres a range of possible scenarios which could possibly include a technical recession, which, of course, is not the same thing as a certain recession. But these characters are a...

16:30

How have you disappointed me, Malcolm Turnbull? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

How have you disappointed me, Malcolm Turnbull?It's best not to ask how you have disappointed Australia, Prime Minister, writes deputy editor Michelle Pini. read now...

16:29

Wayne Swan's speakers fees from China, Palestine and ors - any time left for Australia Wayne? "IndyWatch Feed National"

http://www.aph.gov.au//%7E/media/03%20Senators%20and%20Members/32%20Members/Register/45p/SZ/SwanW_45P.pdf

16:17

Andrew McDonalds Night Music "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Andrew McDonald, Night Music (Arcadia 2017)

nightmusic

As I was ruminating on Andrew McDonalds Night Music, I kept thinking of Chaucers phrase the life so short, the craft so long to learn the opening of The Parlement of Foules:

The lyf so short, the craft so long to lerne,
Thassay so hard, so sharp the conquerynge,
The dredful joye, that alwey slit so yerne

Chaucer is talking about love, but Im not alone in thinking they apply at least as well to art, specifically to poetry.

Andrew McDonald has quietly persisted with the craft for decades. Night Music is his third book in 40 years. His first, Absence in Strange Countries, was part of UQPs Paperback Poets series in the 1970s, the series that launched David Malouf as a poet. His second, The One True History, appeared in 1984 (and can now be bought for more that 50 from Amazon). Though his poetic voice hasnt been completely still since then poems have appeared in journals and end-of-year anthologies its been a long time between books.

So its fitting that the opening poem These words, can be read as marking a kind of re-entry, moving from a tentative impersonality to a moment of relief and the possibility of a meeting of minds:

...

16:12

December in nonfiction "IndyWatch Feed National"

These literary essays circle tightly around postpartum depression, but also explore themes including violence against women, art, writing and death. The strongest pieces are those that cut closest to the bone, making the reader witness to the authors frankness.

16:12

COOKIES & CREAM "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Vincent & Jules presents the relaunch party for their 2018 Cookies & Cream series at the zoo. The series focuses on all the obscure concoctions and derivatives of Brisbanes underground pop, rock, and indie scene. 

 

 


Chief Weapons
Chief Weapons are a 2 piece experimental/instrumental band from Brisbane, Australia. All loops and effect layers are created live. Enjoy.

Electric Suede
Evocative of the electric days of rock era, listeners are transported by hard driving riffs, high-speed chord rhythms and classic rock verve that will send 10K volts straight to your ear-holes. The trios brand of punk-infused, ass-kicking, pipe hitting rock n roll is reminiscent of a time where The Ramones, The MC5 and Led Zeppelin dominated, and rock was tinged with funk and groove.

Dopamine
Five-piece indie rock band from Brisbane, Australia. With a sound ranging from post punk to britpop.

T...

16:09

Bitcoin To Be or Not to Be? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

QUESTION: Hi Martin,
despite the Bitcoin fanboys arguing that Bitcoin is untouchable by governments, would you agree that once governments, in particular, the Chinese government, make it unlawful to own Bitcoins, the additional introduction of proceeds-of-crime legislation would make it extremely difficult, if not impossible, to use Bitcoins to acquire assets, and dealing a permanent blow to Bitcoins value? At some point, Bitcoin owners need to be able to interface with the real market to buy assets, and thats where the government can catch them and ask them to prove how an asset was acquired.

Will you be giving a forecast on Bitcoins price at some point?

Keep up the great work.
regards

AG

ANSWER: Bitcoin has replaced gold as the hot anti-establishment medium which has been gaining momentum. In light of India canceling their currency, there is a growing position against government currencies. This is certainly part of the entire shift from a Public to a Private Wave on the Economic Confidence Model. The overall confidence in government has been declining significantly on economic and political levels i.e. the election of Trump, BREXIT, and Merkel collapsing to 32.5%.

In a purely eco...

16:07

Ice Cream, Concrete, and Squats "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Gentrification is class war from above which must be answered with struggle from below. This requires accessible projects that can establish a broad and militant praxis.

16:00

Dastyari is just a symptom of the Sussex Street disease - "I have always put the pursuit of the Labor cause first" "IndyWatch Feed National"

Dastyari sums it up himself. "I have always put the pursuit of the Labor cause first". Not the truth. Not even his family. And certainly not Australia. But Dastyari is only a symptom of the Sussex Street disease. And it has taken hold of both parties. The disease is slowly...

15:59

PERTH Perth taxi drivers foot run over in violent Belmont car-jacking "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Perth taxi drivers foot run over in violent Belmont car-jacking .

December 13, 2017 at 10:07AM .

The 31-year-old Northam man was charged with several offences, including possession of a prohibited drug, breach of bail, failure to stop, stealing a motor vehicle and driving recklessly, dangerous driving occasioning bodily harm and robbery. He will appear in Perth Magistrates Court on Tuesday.

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/national/western-australia/perth-taxi-drivers-foot-run-over-in-violent-belmont-carjacking-20171213-h03n8d.html&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjY4M2YzY2YyMWY0NTY1YTk6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNHr0lhx9VvGQN1OuqVSnNGxAvtnDw

https://ifttt.com/myrecipes/personal/23688280 .

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Filed under: Uncategorized Tagged: australia, crime, perth

15:52

UN General Assembly Votes for Palestinians // J. B. Gerald "IndyWatch Feed National"

http://www.nightslantern.ca/ga7dec2017.htm UN General Assembly Votes for Palestinians by J. B. Gerald On December 6 the U.S. President declared Jerusalem the capital of Israel and announced the U.S. intention to move its embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv. It's also widely known that Israel's claim to all of Jerusalem isn't recognized by the international community or international law. The U.S. ally Great Britain announced it will maintain its embassy in Tel Aviv. Canada's prime minister announced Canada is keeping its embassy in Tel Aviv, however in its UN General Assembly votes December 7th Canada's maintained an obtuseness to Palestinian suffering, siding with with the U.S. and Israel. Since the United Nations Security Council has mandated that no unilateral changes can be made to the status of Jerusalem, the Security Council responded to the U.S. declaration by calling an emergency session December 8th. The U.S. and Israel's position was not favoured; other countries consider the declaration makes a peace process between Israel and Palestine impossible. All this is not suppressed news though it can be interpreted as prolonging a genocide warning for Palestinians in the Occupied Territories. What is unreported by NATO media is that following President Trump's announcement the UN's General Assembly on December 7th passed nine draft resolutions assuring some protection to the lives and rights of Palestinians, and with such large majorities in favour of Palestine that the world's nations have indicated an overwhelming opposition to the U.S. president's decision. The UN General Assembly may be the closest humankind is able to offer as the voice of humanity. Attempting to be more specific I'll try to order a very confusing press release from "UN Meeting Coverage and Press Releases," where on December 7th among the 38 resolutions and two decisions made by the General Assembly concerning decolonization, these dealt directly with Israel-Palestine. 1. Assistance to Palestine refugees, was adopted, 162 for and 1 (Israel) against, with 12 abstaining. This resolution expresses extreme concern for Palestinian refugees under occupation and the urgent need for reconstruction of Gaza. 2. Persons displaced as a result of the June 1967 and subsequent hostilities, was adopted, 158 in favour, 7 against (Canada, Israel, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, United States) with 10 abstentions. This draft resolution reaffirms the right of displaced persons to go back to their homes and former residences. 3. Operations of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East, was adopted, 162 for to 6 against (Canada, Israel, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Palau, United States) and 7 abstentions. The resolution's focus on funding was accompanied...

15:43

Study: RSPO certification prunes deforestation in Indonesia but not by much "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

New research demonstrates that sustainability certification through the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil does cut down on deforestation in Indonesias palm oil industry. But the new study, published online Monday by the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, also says that RSPO standards dont appear to be saving a very large area of forest. Even if were saying theres a significant effect on forests, the amount of forests protected is tiny, Kimberly Carlson, a land systems scientist at the University of Hawaii and the lead author of the study, said in an interview. A recently developed oil palm plantation in Indonesia. Photo courtesy of PNAS. Concerns about the amount of forest cleared for plantations have plagued the palm oil industry for decades. In part, that led to the inception of the RSPO in 2004, which was formed to address the environmental footprint, as well as issues such as land rights and the treatment of workers, in the production of the ubiquitous vegetable oil. But a lingering question has been whether RSPO certification standards diminish deforestation rates. Around 20 percent of the worlds production palm oil in 2015 was certified, and more than half of that comes from Indonesia, according to the RSPO website. To find some answers, Carlson and her colleagues analysis combined data on the boundaries of RSPO-certified and uncertified plantations with satellite imagery showing tree cover loss and fires in Sumatra and Kalimantan, the Indonesian part of the island of Borneo, from 2001 through 2015. During that period,

15:35

Swimmer drowns at Suffolk Park "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Despite the best efforts of first responders, a man couldnt be revived after getting into difficulty at Suffolk Park near Byron Bay on Wednesday (December 13).

The man, a 21-year-old from Brisbane, was pulled unconscious from the surf by a member of the public shortly before 12:30pm.

An off-duty firefighter who witnessed the incident, which occurred approximately 200 metres south of the caravan park, immediately commenced CPR.

Nearby lifeguards were informed of the situation and travelled to the scene to provide additional support.

Police and paramedics continued to perform emergency treatment but sadly all attempts to save the man were unsuccessful.

Officers from Tweed Byron Local Area Command have commenced investigations into the incident.

Conditions at Suffolk Park at the time the man got into distress were believed to be challenging with a powerful rip current making its presence felt.

Earlier on Wednesday lifeguards were tasked to respond to a swimmer who also got into difficulty but they were ultimately able to extricate themselves from the situation.

With todays tragic incident coming just days the before the official school holiday period kicks-off, lifeguards are using it as an opportunity to reiterate to the public the importance of swimming at a patrolled location.

This was an extremely difficult situation with the real tragedy being that beaches across the state, including Suffolk Park, will begin to be patrolled shortly, said ALS Northern Coordinator Scott McCartney.

I would like to acknowledge the efforts of everyone involved in trying to save the mans life. Their valiant efforts gave him a chance and our thoughts go out to his family and friends.

Investigations into the circumstances of the incident are continuing.

Tips on how to spot a rip current

Some signs include:
Deeper, dark-coloured water
Fewer breaking waves
A rippled surface surrounded by smooth waters
Anything floating out to sea or foamy, discoloured, sandy, water flowing out beyond the waves.
Rips dont always show all of these signs at once.

Rip current survival tips

Relax  stay calm and float to conserve your energy
Raise  raise your arm and attract attention from lifeguards or lifesavers
Rescue  the lifeguards or lifesavers will be on their way to help you

 

While floating, rip currents may flow in a circular pattern and return you to an adjacent sandbar

You may escape the rip current....

15:32

ANDREW GLIKSON. Parliament and the media cover up the looming climate crisis "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

By some coincidence, I listened to a podcast from Radio Ecoshock in which Andrew Glikson was interviewed on this very subject I lifted this article from John Menadues blog.
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Sometimes it is what is not mentioned, or little-mentioned, rather than widely discussed, which tells the story.

ANDREW GLIKSON__

Dr Andrew Glikson

The Section 44s citizenship issue and the marriage equality issue have recently dominated the Federal Parliament. However, with a few exceptions, the looming global warming crisis, to which Australia is contributing over four percent of global greenhouse gas emissions (including coal and gas exports), is hardly mentione...

15:19

United Nations Committee Against Torture issues interim measure advising Australia not to deport Tamil Asylum Seeker "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Press Release On 11 December 2017, the UN Committee Against Torture (CAT) advised the Australian Government that a Tamil man held in immigration detention in Australia and in danger of imminent deportation, should not be returned to Sri Lanka. Human rights law firm, Human Rights for All, filed a complaint to CAT in early December

The post United Nations Committee Against Torture issues interim measure advising Australia not to deport Tamil Asylum Seeker appeared first on The AIM Network.

15:11

Drag Queen Denied Entry To Mariah Careys Christmas Concert "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A London drag queen was left upset and embarrassed after she was allegedly denied entry to a Mariah Careys concert this week. Coral DeVille had tickets to attend Mariahs All I Want for Christmas is You concert at Londons O2 arena on Monday night, but alleged she was refused entry to the show by the ...

The post Drag Queen Denied Entry To Mariah Careys Christmas Concert appeared first on QNEWS.

15:09

Jen Cloher "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Collective Artists & Look Out Kid presents
 
JEN CLOHER ANNOUNCES AUSTRALIAN TOUR
 
Jen Cloher today announced that she will be commencing an Australian tour in March 2018.
 
The tour will celebrate the end of a landmark 12-months for Cloher, releasing her self-titled album to unprecedented acclaim and unleashing her live show to rapturous audiences all over the world.
 
These shows will likely be Clohers only run of Australian headline shows with a band in 2018 as demand will see them tour overseas throughout the year.
 
Its a rare thing for an artist on her 4th album, 15 years into her career, to break new ground with such withering force but Jen Clohers 2017 has left critics and fans alike reaching into their grab-bags for new superlatives. This was the year where Jen C...

15:08

Carols by Candlelight 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Greater Shepparton City Council proudly presents the return of our beloved local family tradition, Carols by Candlelight. On December 17, Sheppartons Queens Gardens will once again come alive with the merry sounds and joyful smiles of Christmas.   Carols by Candlelight is a loved annual tradition where many generations of families and friends gather to ... Read more...

15:07

A bushwalkers lament organising a walk in Tasmania "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Ah, the frustrations of being a solo hiker and trying to organise a bushwalk in Tasmania.

As much as I love Tassie, it still drives me nuts how difficult and expensive it is if you want to do some solo hiking in some of the less well known (ie not over run by tourists) wilderness areas.

Getting to the start of trails in areas like the South-West is impossible without a car. Theres no public transport or regular bushwalker service during the summer on season. Your only options are hiring a car or getting a lift from somewhere.

Hiring a car seems like a waste though as the car will be left parked for however long youre going to be walking for. There are some bushwalker tour companies but they only service the popular walks like the Overland Track.

I had thought I could catch a bus from Hobart south to a small town called Geeveston and then try one of the taxi services in the area. This is what I did when I did my Precipitous Bluff walk bus to Geeveston, lift to the start of the track, lift from my finish at Cockle Creek back to Geeveston, bus back to Hobart.

But when I called to enquire I learned the taxi service (sole driver) I used had retired and there was just one other left based in another nearby town Huonville.

After a bit of Googling, the Parks Tasmania website listed a bloke who provided transport for walkers but when I called him he said hed also stopped doing it. But he referred me to Par Avion, a tour company that flies tourists and walkers to Melaleuca, an airstrip and popular starting/finishing point for walks in the South-West.

Par Avion gave me the names and numbers of two people who offer transport to walkers (Dallas 0429 168 905 and Jemma 0447 250 979). I called them in November and their diaries were already starting to fill up with bushwalker trips. So I guess Im not the only one in this situation.

Unfortunately, because Im hiking solo, I have to cover the whole cost of the lift which is more than the cost of my flights to Tassie. Thankfully, Im in the fortunate position to be able to afford this. But wow, its a hefty hit.

Anyway, hopefully the weather gods will be kind to me and the walk will be worth it.

.....

14:54

Shepparton: Free Christmas Day Lunch "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Dont be alone at Christmas, come along and enjoy the Christmas Spirit with others at the McIntosh Centre at the Shepparton Showgrounds on Christmas Day. Dont be alone, come along and enjoy the Christmas spirit with the company of others. Event Details When: Mon, 25 Dec 2017 Monday 25th of December, 2017, at 11:00am ... Read more...

14:33

Hannukah Blessings "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Hanukkah 2017 begins in the evening of Tuesday, 12 December ad ends in the evening of Wednesday , 20 December. Here, we bring you the traditional Hannukah Blessings as the Menorah is lit during this Jewish festival.   Hanukkah Blessings Candles are added to the hanukkiyah (menorah) from right to left but are kindled from ... Read more...

14:26

Voluntary Assisted Dying Becomes Reality in Victoria "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Euthanasia Courtesy Nick Youngson CC BY-SA 3.0 http://nyphotographic.com/
"The Australian state of Victoria is the first in the country to have passed voluntary assisted dying [VAD] legislation. This historic decision by the Victorian parliament has been very controversial, with people divided over the question of euthanasia on ethical and/or religious grounds.

...The likelihood of VAD becoming law in other parts of the country is uncertain. There have been a number of unsuccessful attempts in recent years in other states to introduce comparable legislation, and the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) is going down a similar path to Victoria by establishing a multi-party parliamentary committee to look into end of life choices.

While any VAD laws that the ACT may pass could still be disallowed by the federal parliament, it seems that only one parliamentary member would be keen to do so: the former prime minister, Tony Abbott, is a conservative Catholic who campaigned vigorously against same sex marriage, and he has said that he hopes the Victorian laws will be overturned someday."

From my latest globalvoices.org post: Victoria Becomes the First Australian State to Pass Voluntary Assisted Dying Legislation

14:17

On birds and confinement wings "IndyWatch Feed National"

Boochanis dedication to his work as a reporter and a creator is fundamental to this unique project. It can never be forgotten that this film was made at risk of further violence. We may never have known the confinement wing Chauka existed if it wasnt for his tireless investigation, including waking friends to snatch an interview, asking painful questions and always always witnessing, listening, believing.

13:57

The First History Of Australian Pop: An Outsiders Guide is live "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

THE JOHN PAUL YOUNG RETROPOPIC INTERVIEW marks the first piece in THE HISTORY OF AUSTRALIAN POP: AN OUTSIDERS GUIDE and is available to listen to on MIXCLOUD:
https://www.mixcloud.com/FrenchSpurs1/retropopic-33-john-paul-young-his-musical-journey-with-vanda-young/

Exclusive interview with Australian legend John Paul Young to coincide with his November 2017 NSW tour. John talks openly about his time growing up in Scotland, early days In Australia, how he became a singer, the sixties, his important meeting with Simon Napier Bell, Countdown, Molly Meldrum and of course his relationship with the songwriting team Vanda & Young. Songwriting details on his hit Pasadena and, the most played Australian pop song internationally, Love Is In The Air, are included. Stream into RETROPOPIC at 2100 (Sydney time) every Friday evening for great pop and artist interviews.

13:56

9 ways politicians can ease cost of living pressures: SACOSS releases utilities affordability policy for state election "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

The South Australian Council of Social Service today released its telecommunications, energy and water policy for the SA State Election in March 2018. The peak welfare group is asking all parties to commit to 9 policies which will help those struggling most with cost of living pressures.

13:48

Watch the New Raised By Eagles Video Night Wheels "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Image Courtesy of Raised By Eagles Melbourne based alt-country band Raised By Eagles have just released the cracking new video for their single Night Wheels. The track is taken from their award winning and critically acclaimed 2017 album I Must Be Somewhere check out the video here: Raised By Eagles will be seeing in []

13:44

Paganism and Sacred Mysteries at Every Turn "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Here is an insightful little excerpt from season 2 of Penny Dreadful not a bad little supernatural tele series. Thoughts on religion, paganism, Blake and finding the good and sacred []

13:17

The World is Going Cryptocrazed "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

And the ASX 200 went up14 points yesterday. Big deal. Yawn.

If you want to know why punters, speculators and dreamers are pouring into the crypto market right now, just look at Litecoin and Ethereum.

These two have rocketed up 68% and 28% in the last 24 hours, as I write this morning.

These are two of the bigger coins on the market. So it didnt even take much imagination or research to buy them.

We had Ethereum in our original Secret $20 Bitcoin Blueprint. Its now doubled since October.

While the potential gains come this high and this fast, the number of accounts opening up all over the world is unlikely to slow down.

The Coinbase exchange is a proxy for industry user growth. Last year, it had under five million accounts. It now has over 13 million.

On 1 November, I jotted down in my notes that Reddits bitcoin forum had 380,000 readers.

It now has 530,000.

Why is this going to stop anytime soon?

The wisdom of the beauty contest

A knowledge of Asian culture and being under 35 is a huge help in this market.

Thats because most bitcoin trading is coming from Japan and South Korea right now.

Also consider something like this.

Tencents WeChat app dominates Chinas online economy. Theres an entire generation accustomed to using mobile and online as a way of transacting.

Why would cryptos feel anything but normal in this environment?

One problem for us in Australia, as usual, is that we are basically irrelevant to the market.

It doesnt mean we cant participate, but the main trend drivers are elsewhere.

US analyst Tom Lee is a credible voice here. Hes certainly been correct on the recent bitcoin rally.

Recently, he made the point that the baby boomer generation drove US stocks from 1982 until 1999.

The millennial generation across multiple countries could do the same thing with the crypto market.

Cryptos are intuitive for this generation to understand.

Theyre digital natives, as the lingo goes.

Companies will appeal to them in this way by issuing their own digital coins, rewarding users with loyalty tokens, and designing whole products around this ecosystem.

The flywheel is in motion here, and nothings going to stop it.

It reminds me of wh...

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13:00

In which the pond has a joyous reunion with nattering, fiscally responsible "Ned" ... "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"



The pond knows it's old, but that impression of a beached onion muncher, with sundry other tossers and barking seals gave the pond a moment's joy on its return ... (and more joyous Rowe here).

Uppers must always be followed by downers, and is there anything more down than a dose of nattering "Ned"?



If nattering "Ned" is Malware's coach, is it possible to get a new team? 

After all, this is the outfit that delivered an NBN which each new day produces new heartbreaks ...


So we're about to see the same sort of rot set in down under as has recently infected the United States?

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12:39

Anybody up for a jam? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Hello cool cats.

I'm travelling with mah lady and gonna be in Cairns for three weeks before going up to Bamaga.

I brought my lil four stringer box guitar with me and a little 1 watt amp and a couple pedals and stuff. It's good for the blues and it's straightforward to play most stuff on it.

I'm into hendrix, janis joplin, muddy waters but am really down to play anything with anybody. I'm still trying to figure out open cigar box style tunings and stuff..i also like playing jack Johnson, grateful dead, Dylan etc. More folk stuff ya dig?

Please hit me up if you want to play some music, maybe we can play at a jam night or get a little gig before I leave on the eighth of Jan.

seasons greetings one and all!

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12:38

Whacky zany funster Sky News editorial writers nail it again "IndyWatch Feed National"

The kids at the Sky News keyboard get it right again. Not the quote - the Freudian interpretation. PS - I have had hacker/security dramas for a couple of days. All appears well today.

12:36

Talking to the Media : Avoiding the Pitfalls: A Guide for Anarchists "IndyWatch Feed National"

Anarchists have appeared in the corporate media a lot this year, from the first breathless reports on resistance to the rise of the far right to recent appearances in the fashion pages. But not all visibility is good visibility. The Trump regime is looking to popularize an image of anarchists and other activists as a major threat to public order in order to legitimize further crackdowns; fascist organizations have worked hard to capitalize on a media profile of antifa as violent and mysterious in order to draw more people into their ranks. Corporate media outlets like the Wall Street Journal are notorious for catering to the reactionary politics of their owners, while even the most sympathetic media coverage can be useful to law enforcement agencies seeking information to use against activists.

Anarchists and others have long been critical of the function of the media itself. Yet its not always possible to avoid press coverage; in the information age, its spin or be spun. When we act effectively in pursuit of social change, media outlets will seek to represent us to the general publicand unless we can disrupt their narratives, most people will see us through their eyes.

Corporate media is not a neutral space in which we can present ideas the way we can in direct conversation with our coworkers and neighbors. It is a strategic terrain on which the authorities position themselves to legitimate the use of force. To step in front of the cameras is to enter a hostile territory controlled by a class that is determined to use our images against us. If we enable media outlets to depict us as violent, alien, or extremeno matter how strong the arguments we make in favor of our tactics or ideasthe ultimate result will be that the authorities are emboldened to step up their attacks on us.

When we engage with the media, we must not imagine that they will promote our ideas; we have to accomplish that on our own through our own channels. (At best, we can use media appearances to direct people to those channels, like the organization that insisted on only answering interviews in front of a banner displaying their website.) Rather, we are engaging in a subtle war of position in which we seek to prevent the authorities from alienating others from us and to undermine the narratives that legitimize their violence. We must always balance the possible gains...

12:25

Gold Coast Commonwealth Games To Feature Australias First Pride House "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Australias first ever Pride House will make its debut during the next years Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast. The Pride Houses are safe, inclusive venue for LGBTI people and friends to gather during major sporting events. The Gold Coast Pride House is organised by former AFL player and LGBTI advocate Matt Hall and Pride ...

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12:21

Kylie Minogue Teases Australian Tour For 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Kylie has said her long-awaited 14th studio album could be just a month away and told fans they can also expect an Australian tour. Ive been working all of this year on the album and its done and it will be released early next year, she told AAP. I hope to tour late next year ...

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12:16

Tim Farron: the cure for liberal tyranny is liberalism? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Tim Farron was, until recently, the leader of the British Liberal Democrats. He is a serious Christian as well as a serious liberal. But he is starting to think that things are going wrong. Seriously wrong.

He gave a speech last month in which he acknowledged that liberalism has become an orthodoxy:

Liberalism has apparently won. Even members of the Conservative and Labour parties call themselves liberals today. Lets be honest, you cant work in the media without being a liberal. Even most of the journalists who write for the right wing press are in truth liberals.

Despite my best efforts, the Liberal Democrats have not won. But irrespective of my efforts, Liberalism has.

The problem for Tim Farron is that the dominance of liberalism has led it to impose itself on society to the point that it is becoming difficult to be a serious Christian:
My observation is that for many years now our culture has considered that the absence of faith is the neutral position, and that the holding of a religious faith is eccentric. In other words, an absence of faith is the standard assumption around which we build our social structures, and if you have a faith we will consider you to be eccentric in the whacky and harmless sense so we will tolerate you, as long as you remain on the edges.

What appears now to be happening is that while the absence of faith is still thought to be the neutral position, holding a faith is only considered to be tolerably eccentric if it is merely cultural. But if your faith actually affects your world view in any way that puts it at odds with the mainstream, then your faith is considered to be malign and intolerable.

Tim Farron believes that modern liberalism is becoming a "respectable tyranny" and that,
my hypothesis today is that in this country and across the world, Liberalism will eat itself. Is eating itself. May already have eaten itself.

He notes too that liberal secularism leads to a narrow concept of human life, that it "reduces everyone down to either consumer or regulatory units...Weve been atomised."

What is his solution? He argues that liberals should go back in time, to the liberalism of J.S. Mill, in which there would be a pluralistic society in which different world views would be tolerated. He also argues that Christianity in particular should be tolerated as liberalism rests on certain philosophical beliefs drawn from Christianity (i.e. that liberalism puts itself at risk if it discards Christianity).

I don't think he grasps the problem adequately in making these arguments. There is a logic to the core beliefs of liberalism which s...

12:13

Open Letter to the City of Sydney Lord Mayor: Clover Moore breaches her Duty of Care to the Australian Public "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Open Letter

12 December 2017

To Lord Mayor Clover Moore and University of Wollongong (UOW) academics

Re The Censoring of an Academic Presentation on Vaccination from the City of Sydney events page on 20 November 2017

 Dear Lord Mayor Clover Moore,

I would like to say how disappointed I was that you attempted to censor the event where I was presenting my academic research. Our event was titled Lets talk about Vaccination (20 November 2017 in Sydney). Your comments amount to the removal of freedom of speech in a democratic country. This issue is about the risks of a medical intervention for healthy people not anti-vaccination.

In the media article (NewDaily 19.11.17) that attempted to censor this event I note that Rachael Dunlop is quoted. Are you aware that she has been the vice-president of the NSW committee of the Australian Skeptics lobby group and also a member of the Friends of Science in Medicine (FoSM) lobby group.  The Australian Skeptics and FoSM are lobby groups with links to corporations.

Rachael Dunlop has no publications in the history of infectious diseases or vaccination science or politics and she runs a blog (like many other Skeptic subscribers/members) that uses abuse and ridicule to present her arguments. It is titled The Skeptics Book of Pooh Pooh In 2009 she defaced a poster that I presented to health professionals at the Australian Health Promotion Association (AHPA) Conference in Perth with false information and published it on her Skeptics blog. Please see the original poster and the defaced poster attached.

Our  event on 20 November was describing the worldwide concerns about vaccine safety that are being debated in many countries (but not Australia) because our media is quoting people who are not qualified to speak on this health issue. A $5.5 million education campaign on immunisation by the Australian government amounts to a propaganda campaign if you censor the medical literature on the risks of vaccination as anti-vaccination.

My academic research is presenting the scientific arguments and evidence for the risks of this medical intervention and all the risks and benefits must be scrutinised by the public the main stakeholder in this policy befo...

12:08

Sam Slammed, But Not By A Federal Anti-Corruption Watchdog, Notably "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The former Labor Senator Sam Dastyari is far from the only federal politician to peddle influence for cash and favours. But hes one of countless who will never have to face the wrath of a federal anti-corruption watchdog. Ben Eltham wonders why.

Ive only met Sam Dastyari once.

I was at a bar in Canberra. It was the night of budget lockup a couple of years ago. Even before he arrived, his star qualities were in evidence. Sam Dastyari is coming! whispered a delighted Meghan Hopper, Victorian Labor right operative and former mayor of Moreland Council.

And soon enough, there he was: a tiny man with a beaming presence, radiating factional energy, glad-handing the Labor faithful, brimming with manic enthusiasm.

There is no doubting Dastyaris political ability. At just 34-years-old, he has enjoyed a meteoric rise through the New South Wales Labor Party, where he was one of the youngest ever general secretaries of the state party.

As a senator, Dastyari was tireless and mediagenic, even if most of his efforts seemed aimed at self-promotion, rather than policy responsibilities. He played starring roles on committees looking into corporate tax avoidance and the future of public-interest journalism.

Labor Senator Sam Dastyari.Labor Senator Sam Dastyari.

Unusually for a backroom boy, he seemed at home in the public spotlight and even appeared to exhibit a little bit of the common touch. Halal snack packs and viral videos of his children showed a self-deprecating side that was as disarming as it was calculated.

But, as James Jeffrey wryly observed yesterday, the problem with a meteoric rise is that eventually nature remembers which way meteorites travel.

Yesterday, it was over: the promising career, the lifetime of Labor politics, a future on the front bench or even in the top job.

Ive been guided by my Labor values, which tell me that I should leave if my ongoing presence detracts from the pursuit of Labors mission, he told reporters.

It is evident to me we are at that point, so I will spare the party any further distraction.

It wasnt the first time Dastyari has had to issue a heartfelt apology. His career has been clouded for more than a year ever since it emerged that he had accepted money from a political donor to pay a legal bill.

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12:07

Student Support Officer "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS)

12:00

Senator continues #TrumpToo call despite President's 'sexist smear' "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Senator continues #TrumpToo call despite President's 'sexist smear'"You cannot silence me or the millions of women who have gotten off the sidelines to speak out." read now...

11:58

Our Border Protection Spin Isnt Fooling The World, UN Docs Reveal "IndyWatch Feed National"

The international community is not fooled by Australias human rights offending immigration policies, writes Kellie Tranter.

In January this year, Treasurer and former immigration minister Scott Morrison told Australians: We are the envy of the world when it comes to strong border protection policies that protect the integrity of our immigration system.

Yet heavily redacted documents released under Freedom of Information laws relating to our bid for the United Nations Human Rights Council suggest that in diplomatic circles, the view is that our border protection policies create a reputational vulnerability resulting in a defensive position against the increasing pressure of the world.

Consecutive immigration ministers and prime ministers confidently assert that Australia has found the solution to border protection issues, and proudly spruik this glorious news to all those parts of the world struggling with similar issues.

Few take this seriously.

Federal Treasurer Scott Morrison.Federal Treasurer Scott Morrison.

In a cable dated 23 November 2016 titled UN: Ireland and our HRC candidacy strategy from Dublin it notes Public misunderstanding of our approaches on asylum seekers, indigenous issues and [redacted]is a potential vulnerability we will be continuing to seek ways to address.

Another cable dated 15 December 2016 and headed UN: Human Rights Council Membership: Why it matters Genevas take to Canberra from Geneva UN points out that Australias human rights record will come under more intense scrutiny as we campaign for a seat on the Council Over the last few years, our asylum seeker policies have been the focus of [redacted]civil society human rights criticism of Australia in Geneva [redacted]

Even the Permanent Representative of Djibouti, a country located in the Horn of Africa, raised concerns which are detailed in a cable dated 21 February 2017 UN: Australias Human Rights Council candidacy: Djibouti from New York.

It notes that the HOM called on the Permanent Representative of Djibouti on 13 February to discuss Australias candidacy for the HRC. [redacted]raised Australias offshore processing of asylum seekers. We provided a detailed briefing on the background to Australias policies [redacted]and a broader picture of Australias Immigration policy. [redacted]was satisfied with the response, but said we needed to make sure we had g......

11:54

Bodies of 1860 Queensland MP and his wife identified in mystery Ipswich tomb and more zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

An underground crypt beneath an unmarked grave at the Ipswich General Cemetery has been discovered to hold the bodies of one of Queenslands earliest politicians and his wife (Picture: Flickr).

The remains of West Moreton MP from 1860 Joseph Fleming, and his wife Phoebe were recently identified following research by cemetery staff, who teamed up with Ipswichs Friends of the Cemetery organisation.

A hole in the unmarked grave area of the cemetery first appeared in 1998, but was covered to prevent vandalism.

Project officer at Ipswich cemetery Ashley Ward says that the council are planning to restore the igloo shaped crypt and promote it as a tourist attraction.

Signage to be installed on M3 to protect koalas

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11:51

Womens rights groups slam WTOs pink herring Declaration on Womens Economic Empowerment "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

13 December 2017: Over 160 womens rights groups and allied organisations have urged WTO member governments not to agree to the proposed Joint Declaration on Trade and Womens Economic Empowerment, which they describe as a pink herring intended to mask the failures of the WTO and its role in deepening inequality and exploitation.

The letter notes that the neoliberal project involving austerity, privatisation, deregulation of finance, markets and corporations, and trade and investment liberalisation has had a devastating and discriminatory impact on women. It says that the WTOs commitment to trade liberalisation and deregulation continues to exacerbate gendered inequality by extending corporate power and control over womens lives and livelihoods. New WTO proposals on e-commerce and services provisions will hand more rights to corporations, not women.

The womens rights groups make several suggestions for genuine action on womens inequality instead, including agreeing to public stockholding of food for developing countries, ensuring intellectual property does not prevent access to medicines, and ensuring that trade agreements do not prevent domestic regulations on human rights or public interest laws.

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11:45

20 Favourite Antipodean Releases of 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

  2017 is pretty much done and dusted and its been another great year for Australian and New Zealand releases under the broad banner of Americana music. Our favourite album (and an EP) list takes in ethereal and eccentric folk music, raw alt-country, covers, spoken word and melancholic power pop highlighting the range in Continue reading

11:38

Too Many Police "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The front page of Sundays Herald Sun bore a message from on high for Victorias political caste, the Police Association have issued pre-election wish list. There is an election next year, and support or opposition from the coppers union will make or break political careers.

Oddly, the coverage in Melbournes press (and in particular in the Herald Sun who carried it as front page news) was not outrage at the sheer gumption of a union setting a price on an election, but rather a ringing endorsement.

There is a disturbingly close relationship between the Police Association, the Herald Sun, and the Liberal Party in Victoria. During the Simon Overland affair (2010-11) this relationship was blatant.

The Victoria Police Association was at war with the Police Commissioner. The parliamentary secretary for police (Liberal MP and former Police Officer Bill Tilley) and an advisor to the deputy Premier ran a campaign out of the deputy Premiers office to destabilize the Police Commissioner in favour of the Police Associations preferred replacement (Sir Ken Jones). The Herald Sun uncritically published their leaks and forcefully backed the Police Association position (for particular coverage of the medias role, see Media Watch, Look Both Ways Before Crossing the Line).

An investigation by the Office of Police Integrity (Full OPI report: Crossing the Line) rocked the Baillieu Liberal government. The Police Association had the last laugh when the Liberal Government abolished the Office of Police Integrity in favour of a new Independent Broad-based Anti-Corruption Commission, a commission that by its own assessment, was designed to be a toothless tiger.

The power of the Police Association has continued to grow since the Overland affair. At every election the Police Association issues a set of demands, the Liberal Party and the Herald Sun quickly attack Labor for failing to concede to these demands fast enough, and Labor hurries to offer more in an attempt to head off the prospect of Police Association retribution.

In 2010 the Police Association wanted 1500 new police; the Liberal Party jump...

11:36

ARTS THURSDAY 14 DECEMBER THE MAKING OF A PAINTER "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

THE MAKING OF A PAINTER

Meet Rachel Milne, a young artist whos just had her second sell-out show at the King Street Gallery on William.

Rachels painting captures details, moments and places in her life with the same energy that she exudes in her conversation. Daughter of an SAS Officer, she came to painting through instinct and a passion for the visual and followed some unusual paths to make art.

Join me, Maisy Stapleton, on Arts Thursday 14 December 2017 to meet Rachel and hear her amazing and often hilarious stories!

LISTEN AGAIN

The whole program can be heard again through the Arts Thursday page http://eastsidefm.org/arts/artsthursday/ by clicking on the date 14 December.

And watch out for individual podcasts at a later date.

Join Maisy Stapleton fortnightly from 10:30 to noon on Arts Thursday for conversations with leaders in the arts and regular coverage of Sydneys exciting arts events.

FIND OUT MORE:

Rachel Milne: http://www.rachelmilneartist.com/

King Street Gallery on William http://kingstreetgallery.com.au/

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11:15

More dubious behaviour from the SIS "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security has released their report into the Legality and propriety of warnings given by the New Zealand Security Intelligence Service. The report is a follow-on from an early inquiry into the SIS's actions in raiding and warning members of the NZ Fijian community, in the process smearing an innocent man. The Inspector-General at the time found that that practice was illegal. The new Inspector-General has followed up by investigating past "warnings" from the SIS, and given substantial recommendations on how to ensure that future warnings respect fundamental human rights and comply with s16 of the Intelligence and security Act.

Past practice seems to have been appalling, with SIS officers at one stage explicitly instructed to exploit people's misapprehensions about their role and connections with foreign intelligence services - in other words, to let people think they were a despotic secret police able to kidnap and torture, and that they would pas son information to enable foreign human rights abuses if cooperation was not forthcoming. The Inspector-General calls this a one-off, except that this is exactly what they did in the Fijian case, explicitly threatening to inform Fijian authorities, which "could result in problems for and harm to people in [that country]". In one warning, they even appear to have specifically referred to Fijian human rights abuses.

The Inspector-General has made it clear that this isn't acceptable, and this has been accepted by the SIS (largely because its also been nailed down very clearly in statute and Ministerial Policy Statements). But the IGIS has also made recommendations about procedural fairness in such interviews, around both their context (whether there are police present), and whether people are allowed to retain a written copy so that they know exactly what they are being warned about. The SIS has rejected these recommendations, putting its own operational convenience and petty secrecy above people's fundamental rights.

This is not acceptable. It also undermines the whole oversight regime. Again, if the spies can just ignore the Inspector-General, there's simply no point in having one. But bluntly, if there's not going to be oversight, we can't have spies. If the SIS behaves like this, they need to be defunded and eliminated. Because the cost of having a lawless, criminal agency is far worse than anything they might ever prevent.

11:11

EPA to review climate change assumptions, not curb scientists' research and viewpoints "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The Environmental Protection Agency will no longer prevent agency scientists from presenting their research, Administrator Scott Pruitt told lawmakers this week, though he said he will move forward with his plan to give more weight to anti-climate change research. Comment: Anti-climate change? Pruitt told the House Energy and Science Committee's panel on the environment he will launch his controversial "red team, blue team" initiative as soon as January. The controversial proposal will reignite a debate previously considered conclusive at EPA, namely the role humans and the emissions they generate play in climate change. "That's an ongoing review internally, and it's something we hope to do," Pruitt said on Thursday. "That would be a process where we would focus on objective, transparent real-time review of questions and answers around the issue of CO2."

10:59

Couple Who Proposed On Yes Day To Tie The Knot At Mardi Gras "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The gay couple who got engaged live on TV the day the postal survey result was announced have revealed they plan to wed on a float at next years Mardi Gras parade. James Brechney proposed to his partner of two and a half years, Stuart Henshall, at a Sydney rally that gathered to hear the ...

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10:59

AgForce extends an invitation to Brisbane Ministers to visit Queensland farms and more zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

AgForce has invited Palaszczuk Government Ministers to visit farms in Queensland to gain a better understanding of the importance of agriculture in society (Photo: Wikimedia Commons).

AgForce CEO Michael Guerin expressed how agriculture is one of the foundations of the states economy, providing tens of thousands of jobs in regional Queensland.

Mr Guerin stressed that agriculture is the fastest growing industry in the country and that the Government needs to recognise that.

Evidence that the the fourth ingredient in holy incense comes from a sea snail!

Southern Cross University researchers made a discovery, finding the controversial fourth ingredient in sacred incense comes from a sea snail.

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10:58

Four major Lismore decisions subject to rescission motions "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Lismore GM Gary Murphy is today considering four recision motions lodged after last nights meeting.

Four major items on last nights Lismore City Council agenda could return in the new year after four rescission motions were lodged following the meeting last night.

A majority of councillors had voted to proceed with a workshop for the Lismore Square Shopping Centre $9o million expansion; to proceed with negotiations over an Olympic Ski Jump facility; a special business rate variation; and an extra 20 races each year at the Lismore Greyhound Racing track.

But Greens councillors Vanessa Ekins and Adam Guise joined with Cr Eddie Lloyd in lodging the rescission motions against the ski jump, the shopping centre expansion and the greyhound racing.

The special business rate variation motion was for the council to apply to the NSW Independent Pricing & Regulator Tribunal (IPART) for a permanent Business Special Rate Variation (SRV) at a rate pegged level of $120,000 per annum, commencing 1 July 2018.

Crs Greg Bennet, Nancy Casson and Adam Guise have lodged a rescission motion to reverse the decision to proceed.

Meanwhile, the councils general manager Gary Murphy has the ultimate say in whether the rescission motions proceed,  having to consider their legality.

Its understood that all the motions are likely to be approved although there are legal questions regarding the greyhound races decision.

More to come. 

 

 

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10:46

Cigarette Company Launches Optimus Ice Crush "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

MethBlast

A cigarette company has described its new Optimus Ice Crush darts as smokes for a new generation at a product launch today.

The durry features the same NASA-developed technology as the brands popular Optimus Crush product, which contains a crushed mint pellet that releases a menthol-like taste from first to last drag.

A spokesperson said evolving the new line was a no-brainer.

Kids already love the icy-freshness of Optimus Crush, so adding a more exciting type of ice with Optimus Ice Crush was a logical next step, he said, adding that its perfect for those wanting to take the edge off and on at the same time.

Smokers praised the decision.

As a gentleman who enjoys both a ciggie and a shard, this superhero team-up works as well as Batman and Superman, one 14-year-old said.

Optimus Ice Crush will be sold in packs of one and are said to provide days of enjoyment.


10:37

A barbarous relic "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Thats what Keynes called the gold standard nearly a century ago, and he was right. I was reminded of this by the commentary on my latest piece on Bitcoin, published in the Conversation and also the ABC. I restated the points I made in my 2015 article on the massive and wasteful use of electricity in Bitcoin mining. The key points are that the cost of mining Bitcoins will inevitably rise until it is equal to the price for which Bitcoins can be sold, and that the great bulk of this cost is the electricity used to run specialised computer systems.

The responses included a great deal of huffing and puffing to the effect that I know nothing about cryptocurrency and shouldnt comment, but showed no understanding of the central point, let alone any attempt to refute it. The scale of Bitcoins electricity use (which was hard to observe directly when I wrote in 2015 is now so massive as to be undeniable.

The other response, standard in cases like this, is whataboutery, that is, attempts to point out other wasteful uses of electricity compared to which Bitcoin is allegedly insignificant. I addressed one of these in the article, responding so someone who claimed that the electricity used by Bitcoin (serving at most a few million people) is only one-third of that of the rest of the global financial system.

Some other whatabouts led me to some interesting thoughts. One, which I plan to look at further is the use of electricity in electronic equipment on standby. The other, pushed with some vigour by commenters is gold. So, is gold worse than Bitcoin

The first point to observe is that the fans of gold as an alternative to government-backed fiat money overlap pretty closely, in political terms, with the fans of digital cryptocurrencies. Both are typified by a mixture of libertarianism, anti-politics and conspiratorial thinking. The main difference is that gold bugs tend to be older and less technologically sophisticated than digital crypto fans.

Coming to the numbers, Wikipedia suggests that gold mining uses about 25 kWh of electricity per gram of gold produced. If I get the order of magnitude right, that corresponds to 25 GWh per tonne. Current annual production is about 3000 tonnes, so that gold mining uses about 75 TWh per year, compared to a widely cited estimate of 30Twh/year for Bitcoin. But the majority of gold is used for jewellery and industrial purposes, with only around 40 per cent being used for private investment (governments hold gold in reserves, but they have been net sellers for many years). Entirely coincidentally, 40 per cent of 75 is 30.

So, the barbarous relic a...

10:32

ALBUM REVIEW: Iron & Wine Beast Epic "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Sam Beam returns with his sixth album and it finds him returning to his earlier sound where the music is stripped back, relatively unadorned and existing in its own unhurried world. By recording live, with minimal overdubs, Beam has ensured the focus is on a clear and detailed presentation of the songs, his warm and Continue reading

10:25

Australian miner expecting ABG support after Panguna mediation win "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Local residents hold banners and placards during a protest at the former Bougainville Copper Limiteds Panguna mine. | Photo: Reuters

Radio New Zealand | 13 December 2017

Australian mining company RTG says Philip Miriori has been confirmed as the chairman of the Special Mining Lease Osikiang Landowners Association.

The association owns the land around the Panguna mine in Papua New Guineas Bougainville.

Bougainvilles Panguna Copper mine Photo: Supplied

RTG is one of two companies looking to re-open the copper mine and it has close links with Mr Miriori.

Theres been a dispute over who should lead the Osikiang group, with Mr Mirori facing a challenge from former chair, Lawrence Daveona.

RTG chairman Michael Carrick said mediation has resolved the dispute in Mr Mirioris favour.

Mr Carrick said this should lead to the Autonomous Bougainville Government, or ABG, backing RTGs Panguna development plan.

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10:15

Tasmanian election 2018 read the guide "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The Tasmanian election is due to be held by May 2018 and if the last three elections are any guide, the election will likely be held in March.

In addition to the South Australian guide posted on Monday, Ive now completed a similar guide for the five Tasmanian state electorates.

Here are the links to the five electorate guides:

If you find these guides useful, Id appreciate if you chose to become a regular donor or give a one-off donation.

10:08

Drawn "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

A ballot was held today for three Member's Bills, and the following bills were drawn:

  • KiwiFund Bill (Fletcher Tabuteau)
  • Education (National Education and Learning Priorities) Amendment Bill (Jan Tinetti)
  • Education (Protecting Teacher Title) Amendment Bill (Jenny Marcroft)
So, three government bills to replace the ones they pulled. Things worked out for them after all. Sadly not drawn: Angie Warren-Clark's Crimes (Offence of Blasphemous Libel) Amendment Bill, which would presumably repeal the archaic offence of blasphemous libel. Its good to see a Labour MP finally stepping up to push for this - it is long past time.

10:00

Poker machine apocalypse? LABORS POLICY ... "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

There seems little doubt the fate of poker machines post 2023 will be an issue that will get plenty of coverage during the upcoming State election campaign. Depite the government assuring the Joint Select Committee into Future Gaming Markets it would be open to recommendations based on evidence, Premier Stansfield and Chief Strategist McQuestin had their minds made up well before the Committee reported.  The government arranged for a Dorothy Dixer on the 11th of September to allow the Treasurer to set out the governments policy on gaming. If pokies are banned from communities it would have a devastating effect on pubs and clubs he told parliament Currently on average, only 20% of player losses remain with pubs and clubs via net commissions from Federal Groups Network Gaming. The rest flows out of town to Network Gaming. It is well beyond the wit of this writer to figure why the government is so willing to accept the dumb proposition that stopping the haemorrhaging of regional towns will have a devastating effect on those communities. Its going to be very difficult to convince an electorate growing weary of political lies Stephen Menadue, in Comments: Thanks John. As if we didnt already know that the flow on benefits to community would be great from getting rid of the pokies, the Government would have us believe that the increased employment and sporting group t-shirt funding would be of more benefit. A child waiting outside a Gaming Lounge for their mum or dad to finish inside paints a picture of exactly how many ways these machines are tearing apart families and values John Biggs in Comments: The relevance to this thread is that the Liberals and their mates are interested only in making money. The effects of pollution and poker machines on community health and welfare simply doesnt matter. We should be very angry indeed about that and ensure that we chuck the rotters out next election CWA: Its time to get pokies out of Tassies suburbs The CWA in Tasmania has added its voice to the statewide campaign to get pokies out of Tasmanias suburbs. Lindy Cleeland, state President CWA in Tas, said: The CWA stands for strong communities and our members know just how much stronger those communities can be with pokies gone from our local pubs and clubs. We urge everyone with a view on this issue to speak up and get that message to their local political representatives and the candidates for the 2018 election Andrea Dawkins, Greens gambling spokesperson: Will Hodgman and Rebecca White need to think long and hard about whether they intend to prioritise the lives and wellbeing of Tasmanians, or the coffers of Federal Group. Rebecca White, Labor Leader: Poker machines out of pubs and clubs in five years under Majority Labor Government A re-elected Majority Labor Government will act to remove poker machines from Tasmanian pubs and clu...

09:58

Hands Across the Ocean Against Fake Terrorism "IndyWatch Feed National"

12 killed, 48 injured on December 11, 2016 near a church in Berlin, by ISIS

by Mary W Maxwell, PhD, LLB

How can this be?  How can Western society not react to what has been going on for a quarter-century.  I am referring to fake terrorist acts, the almost routine psy-ops planned by democratic governments which usually involve the death of many people.

I choose the time period of a quarter-century in order to catch the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Centers basement, which killed 6 people. Or we could use 1996 bombing of the Murrah Federal building in Oklahoma City, which took 168 lives, many of them children. (They were in a day-care center no doubt thats the reason that building was picked for the psy-op.)

I myself did not get the message till 2005, so maybe I s...

09:57

Consultation lacking on Byron Bays Railway Park masterplan project "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

An image from the Byron Bay master plan, which shows a possible redevelopment of Railway Park. (supplied)

Plans for an informal amphitheatre in Railway Park in Byrons CBD, along with other improvements, will be tabled at this Thursdays Byron Shire Council meeting.

Along with additional seating, parking would be reduced in front of the railway station, while the childrens park would be removed and the existing toilets relocated to the north western entrance area.

Paved areas would also be created that promote gathering while maintaining tree health. 

BEC communicating with the community in Railway Park. Their eviction was originally slated for December 13. Photo supplied.

No consultation

Yet the notice of motion (NoM) to endorse the Railway Square Landscape Concept Plan by Greens mayor Simon Richardson has been overshadowed again with claims of improper process and lack of consultation.

Managers of the Byron Environment Centre (BEC) rotunda in the park are angry that the mayors NoM claims BEC consultation has also been undertaken.

And within the maps provided by the mayor in the agenda, it states that consultation is required for the possible relocation [of the BEC rotunda] within the park.

BEC members Nino MacDonald and John Lazarus told The Echo they met in good faith with council last Thursday but were not responded to with good faith in turn.

Before meeting with BEC, the council had already printed up Thursdays council agenda. It included a report on development in...

09:54

Guided walks to Kosciuszko "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The walk up Mt Kosciuszko is not challenging. It is a pleasant hike from the Charlottes Pass Road or a harder climb up from Thredbo village. Many people take the easy way out and catch the Kosciusko Express chairlift from Thredbo, which means you miss most of the elevation gain of the walk. From there its a wonderful stroll through alpine landscape to the summit. The very last bit of the walk passes through boulderfields. The views are incredible.

Thredbo is offering guided hikes every Saturday from 4/11/17 until 28/4/18. If you havent been out on the Main Range before, this is a good way to get familiar with the terrain.

Its about a 13 km trip. There is a fee for the guide. You can find details on the walk itself, the costs and book online here.

If you want to do the walk on your own, there is a good guide available here. There are a range of other guided hikes available over summer (details here). One interesting option is to go on the Kosciuszko Sunset Guided Hike: small groups watch the spectacular sunset, then with headlamps on, head back to Thredbo.


09:50

Lismore to proceed with Lismore Square expansion workshop "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Lismore council will push forward with a proposal to expand the Lismore Shopping Square.
Picture :visitlismore.com.au

The Lismore City Council has voted to proceed with a workshop in the new year to examine the proposed $90 million expansion of the Lismore Shopping Square, and also to develop a business case for a Regional Sports Hub that includes an Olympic Ski Jump Training Facility.

Cr Neil Marks had lodged a notice of motion for the Square expansion which apart from some minor changes was supported by a majority of the councillors.

Voting for the workshop were Lismore mayor Isaac Smith, Crs Darlene Cook, Greg Bennett, Nancy Casson, Neil Marks, Gianpeiro Battista and Bill Moorhouse. Against were Greens councillors Vanessa Ekins and Adam Guise. Cr Ellie Bird was absent.

The proposed workshop would consider the minimum footprint requirements for the expansion, the full impact the expansion would have on neighbouring Humbly Oval, and opportunities to mitigate the impact on the Lismore CBD.

Last nights vote prompted a response from Page MP Kevin Hogan who said it was a positive move.

Its time that councillors stop talking about fluffy things like rainbow crossings and start focusing on things that matter to our community like jobs, like Richmond Valley Council does, he said.

Almost 2000 signed my petition within a fortnight calling on the council to reverse its decision to knock back the proposed $90 million investment.

Meanwhile, a majority of councillors also threw their support behind a proposal to build an Olympic ski jump facility in Lismore as part of a regional sports hub.

Artists impression of the ski jump that was rejected by the Ballina Shire Council.

The council voted to work with the Office of Sport to develop a project proposal and business case for the Lismore Regional Sports Hub, involving a multi-sport precinct with indoor and outdoor facilities.

The Olympic Ski Jump Training Facility would be incorpo...

09:45

Letter to the Editor ... on Flinders Island ... "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Sir, I hope that the news from Flinders Island today is embraced by all Tasmanians. The island is now being run almost entirely by renewable energy, specifically wind and solar power, and I hope that this provides a feasible blueprint for the development of a feasible renewable energy policy by the next state government ABC: Flinders Island going for green with renewable energy hub, farewells dirty diesel

09:45

Talking to the Media: Avoiding the Pitfalls, a Guide for Anarchists "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The post Talking to the Media: Avoiding the Pitfalls, a Guide for Anarchists appeared first on It's Going Down.

Anarchists have appeared in the corporate media a lot this year, from the first breathless reports on resistance to the rise of the far right to recent appearances in the fashion pages. But not all visibility is good visibility. The Trump regime is looking to popularize an image of anarchists and other activists as a major threat to public order in order to legitimize further crackdowns; fascist organizations have worked hard to capitalize on a media profile of antifa as violent and mysterious in order to draw more people into their ranks. Corporate media outlets like the Wall Street Journal are notorious for catering to the reactionary politics of their owners, while even the most sympathetic media coverage can be useful to law enforcement agencies seeking information to use against activists.

Anarchists and others have long been critical of the function of the media itself. Yet its not always possible to avoid press coverage; in the information age, its spin or be spun. When we act effectively in pursuit of social change, media outlets will seek to represent us to the general publicand unless we can disrupt their narratives, most people will see us through their eyes.

Corporate media is not a neutral space in which we can present ideas the way we can in direct conversation with our coworkers and neighbors. It is a strategic terrain on which the authorities position themselves to legitimate the use of force. To step in front of the cameras is to enter a hostile territory controlled by a class that is determined to use our images against us. If we enable media outlets to depict us as violent, alien, or extremeno matter how strong the arguments we make in favor of our tactics or ideasthe ultimate result will be that the authorities are emboldened to step up their attacks on us.

When we engage with the media, we must not imagine that they will promote our ideas; we have to accomplish that on our own through our own channels. (At best, we can use media appearances to direct people to those channels, like the organization that insisted on only answering interviews in front of a banner displaying their website.) Rather, we are engaging in a subtle war of position in which we seek....

09:40

EHP GOVERNOR PETER NUMU SHOWING HIS TRUE COLOURS "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

by APO KEFAMO
Words cannot fully express the disgust that is now felt throughout EHP on the stupidity, immaturity and criminality of the new governor of Eastern Highlands Province, Peter Numu. His ascension to power was never though a honest and fair game, Mr Numu himself cannot deny this fact! He was the only candidate in the 2017 National election in EHP that extensively used deceit, bribery, sorcery and external forces to get to power. Most of us at the counting venue know about these facts and also know that the petition case filed against him is a very competitive one, thus passing through listing and pre-trial hearings last month at Waigani National Courts without a single challenge to its competency and is listed early in February next year for trial. Just as this court was reaching its peak, Numu led mobs, street drug bodies and opportunists into looting the shop of the fellow candidate, who is also the petitioner. What a way to be a governor!

Numu was always a serial liar even at his early stages of student leaderships. He lied to EHP that he burnt the Australian flag during his student presidency at UPNG. He lied to EHP that he stands against corruption, all the while feeding from the fountains of ONeils corrupt crony, Mr Joseph Tonde, who endorsed Numu under his party. After his victory, he ran back to daddy ONeill. Few weeks into office, Numu announced on Facebook that he will build 14 Mini markets all throughout EHP but sadly not a single soil is turned even at the point of writing. The only visible progresses of this Facebook projects were just thousands of likes and comments on Facebook. He was very good at lying to his people to excite their emotions and prey on their illiteracy.

He is single handedly responsible for the 7 unreported election related deaths in EHP during the counting time. This was a history for the province as the peace loving kol peles never encountered election related deaths in their entire election history. During the counting, Numus scrutinizers deliberately moved papers of other candidates into his box. After a quarrel in the counting venue, his scrutinizers went to their disgusting leader, who in turn took it up onto Facebook and twisted the whole story around. Instead of owing up, he posted that all the candidates are jealous of him because he is leading by margin (Dont be surprised when I tell you that thats the same excuse he is usin...

09:26

Anyone interested in meeting up and exploring together? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

I am a novice nature photographer and generally just enjoy being out in nature and collecting samples to microscope for tiny photography because I am nerdy like that.

I am looking for folks to explore with (on land or underwater)

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09:22

Independence challenges could derail any return to mining on Bougainville "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Image: Department of Defence.

While RTG Mining and BCL squabble over exploration rights, far more serious problems are brewing on Bougainville

Back to Bougainville

Declan Sullivan* | ASPI | 11 Dec 2017

Trouble is returning to the island of Bougainville and Australia must be prepared. With the 2019 independence referendum looming, Australia will be called on to help support the peace process, whatever the referendums outcome. Australia was a major participant in two past interventions on the island, and its strategic connections run deep. Australia must ensure that it is adequately prepared for the coming challenges in Bougainville.

The 2001 Bougainville Peace Agreement stipulated that a referendum on independe...

09:21

Nice to see you back "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Its nice to see the Powerful Owls back in their favourite haunts.

Theyve been missing since early winter and I had thought they might have moved on to quieter surrounds. I spotted the pair over the weekend and then a single bird a couple of days later. I cant be sure but the single bird looks a little different makes me wonder if it might be an immature individual thoughts welcome.

Powerful Owls, Loddon River @ Newstead, 9th December 2017

09:19

Member's Day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Today is a Member's Day, the second of the new Parliament - and finally, we're going to see something happen. Labour withdrew three of its member's bills yesterday in order to move David Seymour's End of Life Choice Bill up the Order Paper, and it looks likely to begin its first reading today. But first, there's some other business to plough through, in the form of the committee stage of Ruth Dyson's Rates Rebate (Retirement Village Residents) Amendment Bill, the rest of the second reading of Brett Hudson's Employment Relations (Allowing Higher Earners to Contract Out of Personal Grievance Provisions) Amendment Bill, and the rest of the first reading of Parmjeet Parmar's Newborn Enrolment with General Practice Bill. These will take up most of the day, but the debate on the End of Life Choices Bill should start before 9pm. Whether we'll see a vote will depend on how quickly the House gets through other business.

Due to Labour pulling its bills, there will be a ballot for three bills at noon today. There should also be a ballot for a further bill tomorrow. So, new bills for the House to play with!

09:18

Port Fairy Folk Festival Announces Women Out Loud 2018 Lineup "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Image Courtesy of Port Fairy Folk Festival As we get closer to next years Port Fairy Folk Festival the lineup continues to grow, with this years Women Out Loud 2018 concert announced. The Women Out Loud 2018 concert will take place on the 11th March and will be hosted by Sarah Carroll. The concert will []

09:17

NORTEC pulls the rug from under local startup businesses "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Adelaide Friday, Michael Brechbuhler, Jarrah Hustler and Natalia Sanchez from the Byron Bay incubator site are reeling at the news they have to move out in six weeks. Photo Aslan Shand.

More than a dozen local businesses have been left reeling after NORTEC abruptly terminated the leases of all the small businesses located at the three small-business incubator sites located in Byron Bay, Mullumbimby and Goonellabah with only six weeks to move. NORTEC has stated that The Byron Bay and Goonellabah sites will be sold. The Mullumbimby site is not owned by NORTEC.

They handed me the eviction notice in a folder that had creating opportunities and inspiring futures on the front, said Goonellabah business owner Mary-Anne Meginess.

I dont feel supported or inspired. This is not nurturing its disgusting.

The small businesses on the sites were supposed to be provided with reduced rent and regular business support yet none of the businesses feel they have received any business support.

NORTEC were supposed to supply business support as part of the incubator program, continued Mary-Anne,

After two years at the incubator I started paying for some of the business events that NOTEC put on and I finally got a mentor a month ago.

Mary-Anne was feeling inspired and excited about growing her business and had felt that with the mentor there was a real chance for this.

Im now just really angry and exhausted.

Jake May has given up his full time job only opening his doors two weeks ago. He now has six weeks to vacate the site. Photo Aslan Shand.

Just ope...

09:09

Bob Hawke Is A Martian and Merry Christmas, Mr Turnbull! "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

The trouble with most Prime Ministers is that you have to be a psychopath in order to make it into the Lodge. Lets not forget that even though psychopaths lack empathy, they can be superficially charming in order to achieve their goals. Characteristics of a psychopath include such things as a grandiose sense of self-worth

The post Bob Hawke Is A Martian and Merry Christmas, Mr Turnbull! appeared first on The AIM Network.

09:02

Nuclear power industry exists to provide the nuclear weapons industry theme for December 17 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Yes, theyre joined at the hip, and this is now becoming public news. The World Nuclear News spells it out proudly - A robust US nuclear energy sector is a key enabler of national security, helping the US military to meet specific defence priorities In Britain, this is revealed in the BEIS  Committee Brexit Inquiry.

The fact that the nuclear power industry supplies essential resources and personnel to the nuclear weapons industry explains why governments are so keen to subsidise this completely uneconomic method of providing electricity.

Of course, the fat cats and shareholders behind both industries are happy to sell nuclear anything to anybody.

We see Russia, especially,  doing financial lending acrobatics to sell both industries to dodgy Middle ...

09:01

Turnbull Appoints Anti-Charity Campaigner as Head of Charities Commission "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Australian charities and other not-for-profits have always played a key role in providing necessary services to some of societys most vulnerable and disadvantaged people. Indeed, prior to the second world war, charities, not government, provided the majority of social services in this country. The Productivity Commissions 2010 Contribution of the Not-for-Profit Sector report outlined there are

The post Turnbull Appoints Anti-Charity Campaigner as Head of Charities Commission appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.

09:00

Call for inclusion of Moreton and Stradbroke islands on World Heritage List and more Zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Traditional land owners of Moreton Bay are calling for Moreton and North Stradbroke islands to be added to UNESCOs World Heritage List. (Photo: Wikimedia)

Currently, 19 Australian sites are on the World Heritage List and if approved, Moreton and Straddie would be the sixth and seventh Queensland locations to be included.

It comes as the Butchulla people recognise 25 years since their home of Fraser Island was given World Heritage Listing in 1992.

Deb Frecklington takes role as Queenslands new Opposition Leader
Deb Frecklington will become the leader of the LNP in Queensland following the partys defeat at the November state election.

08:57

I thought we worked all this out during the Enlightenment? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

When President Trump announced that he would acknowledge Jerusalem as the capital of Israel he did it to appease the Christians in America. Or, more precisely, the big money Evangelical donors. This is not a good development. The real problem with the current meddling in the affairs of the middle-east is not so much that

The post I thought we worked all this out during the Enlightenment? appeared first on The AIM Network.

08:56

Cabinet sworn in, Adani loan vetoed "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Annastacia Palaszczuks new cabinet has been officially sworn in and the premier has already fulfilled a key election promise by vetoing a $1 billion loan to Indian mining giant Adani.

Three weeks since voters went to the polls on November 25, Ms Palaszczuk was on Tuesday sworn in as Premier and Trade Minister, while her Deputy Jackie Trad was also made Treasurer, as announced on the weekend.

Cameron Dick is the new State Development Minister and Kate Jones rounds out the group of senior economic ministers by adding Innovation to her Tourism and Commonwealth Games portfolios.

Soon after the ceremony to swear in her new team, Ms Palaszczuk wrote to the prime minister saying financial assistance should not be provided for the Adanis north Galilee Basin rail project.

The blocking of federal funds wont alter Adanis plans, a spokesman said in a statement.

Adani Australia will now fully consider and adjust to the constraints the veto of funding brings, the spokesman said.

Adani Australia is 100 per cent committed to Queensland, we have a strong regional Queensland presence. This will not change.

The contentious loan, for a rail line connecting the Carmichael coal mine to the Abbot Point coal terminal and related mining project were at the centre of the recent state campaign, and Ms Palaszczuk announced the veto at the end of its first week.

She initially claimed she was vetoing the loan to avoid conflict of interest claims against her partner Shaun Drabsch, who had done consultancy work for the company.

But she later claimed vetoing the loan had always been on the cards.

The post Cabinet sworn in, Adani loan vetoed appeared first on Echonetdaily.

08:55

AUSTRALIAS RADIOACTIVE WASTE: WHAT TO DO WITH IT? WHERE TO PUT IT? WHERE DOES IT COME FROM? WHY KEEP PRODUCING IT? "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

 by ENuFF(Everyone for a Nuclear Free Future SA) enuff.sa@gmail.com November 2017.In 2015 the SA Weatherill government established the SA NUCLEAR FUEL CYCLE ROYAL COMMISSION (RC). The following year, the government adopted 9 out of 12 of the RCs re...

08:51

Mind your own business, Joyce tells NZ "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Barnaby Joyce has warned New Zealand to mind its own business on border protection after its prime minister offered to take 150 refugees from Manus Island.

Jacinda Arderns offer has been repeatedly rejected by the Turnbull government over concerns it might provide a back door into Australia.

Asked whether New Zealand should back off, Australias deputy prime minister told Kiwi radio station Newstalk ZB: Its best if you stay away from another countrys business.

Because otherwise they will return the favour at a time they think is most opportune for them.

Mr Joyce, who was recently re-elected to his NSW seat of New England after being disqualified for holding New Zealand citizenship, said other countries must be allowed to sort out their own issues.

If youre going to talk to them at all, talk to them quietly and discreetly off the record, not by telephone and not by TV, he said.

The Nationals leader said a tough border protection policy was important to stop boat arrivals dying at sea.

Youve got to have control of your borders otherwise the people in your country will just not vote for you, he said.

The post Mind your own business, Joyce tells NZ appeared first on Echonetdaily.

08:49

Hows easily Trump could set off a nuclear war with North Korea "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Heres how one crazed Trump tweet could set off a nuclear war with North Korea: Arms control expert  HTTPS://WWW.RAWSTORY.COM/2017/12/HERES-HOW-ONE-CRAZED-TRUMP-TWEET-COULD-SET-OFF-A-NUCLEAR-WAR-WITH-NORTH-KOREA-ARMS-CONTROL-EXPERT/   BRAD REED 11 DEC 2017 

Jeffrey Lewis, an arms control expert and a scholar at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, has written a terrifying war game scenario for the Washington Post in which he shows how one particularly ill-timed and ill-tempered tweet from President Donald Trump could set off a chain of events that would end in a nuclear war with North Korea.

In Lewis scenario, the trouble begins when North Korea shoots down a commercial South Korean aircraft that had strayed into North Korean airspace that it mistook for an American bomber.

In response to this, South Korea orders a limited missile strike against North Koreas air defense battery to send a message aimed at deterring further attacks from Pyongyang.

Things quickly go haywire, however, Trump sends out an all-caps tweet in the wake of Seouls retaliatory strike that reads, LITTLE ROCKET MAN WONT BE AROUND MUCH LONGER!

This leads the North to believe that Trump is planning an imminent invasion and at that point, Pyongyang unloads its full nuclear arsenal at targets in Seoul, Tokyo, San Diego, Manhattan and, yes, Trumps Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.

It would be years before the U.S. government could provide an accounting of the toll, writes Lewis in his conclusion. The Pentagon would make almost no effort to tally the enormous numbers of civilians killed in North Korea by the massive conventional air campaign. But in the end, officials concluded, nearly 2 million Americans, South Koreans and Japanese had died in the completely avoidable nuclear war of 2019.

Read the entire piece at this link.


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08:49

Calls to abandon NSW shark nets "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The Berejiklian government should abandon its shark net program after a Senate inquiry found nets caused more harm than good to marine life, the NSW Greens say.

In a final report released on Tuesday, an upper house committee charged with examining shark mitigation and deterrent measures said it was impossible for lethal shark control measures to guarantee public safety.

The report found the measures implemented by some governments, including mesh nets and traditional drum lines in NSW and Queensland, provided beachgoers with a false sense of security.

NSW Greens marine spokesman Justin Field on Wednesday called on Primary Industries Minister Niall Blair to abandon the nets and redirect the resources to where they will be more effective.

The report shows that people are 100 times more likely to drown at the beach than to be killed by a shark in Australia. The risk is infinitesimally small, he said in a statement.

The millions (of dollars) currently going into the shark net program should be directed to observation towers for our lifeguards, and improving whole of beach and personal deterrent devices.

The post Calls to abandon NSW shark nets appeared first on Echonetdaily.

08:47

Queensland Premiers first act will be to veto Adani railway line loan "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Annastacia Palaszczuk to officially veto Adani railway loan after swearing in

Letter confirming veto will be sent to Malcolm Turnbull as Liberal National party elects new leadership team, Guardian, Amy Remeikis, 12 Dec 17, The Queensland premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, will move to officially veto any loan to the Indian mining company Adani from the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility, as soon as she and her new government are sworn into office.

After almost two weeks of vote-counting, Labor was declared the winner of the 25 November poll on Friday, returning to parliament with a majority for the first time under Palaszczuks leadership.

A letter confirming the Adani veto, which marked a turning point in Labors campaign, will be sent to the prime minister immediately after Queenslands governor swears in the new state government on Tuesday

The move to veto the Naif loan has frustrated the federal government, particularly the minister for resources and northern Australia, Matt Canavan, who last week told News Corp the Queensland government decision was motivated by xenophobia and racisim, comments Bill Shortens office labelled unhinged.

She further vowed to stop all direct taxpayer funds going to the mine and its associated infrastructure. https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/dec/12/annastacia-palaszczuk-to-officially-veto-adani-railway-loan-after-swearing-in


08:46

Trump to weaken nuclear rules , in order to sell nukes to Saudi Arabia "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Trump Considers Easing Nuclear Rules for Saudi Project https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-12-12/trump-is-said-to-consider-easing-nuclear-rules-for-saudi-project By Jennifer Jacobs,  Ari Natter,and Jennifer A Dlouhy  December 13, 2017,

  • Westinghouse is looking for new markets after bankruptcy
  • Past deals barred uranium enrichment for overseas projects

The Trump administration is encouraging Saudi Arabia to consider bids by Westinghouse Electric Co. and other U.S. companies to build nuclear reactors in that country and may allow the enrichment of uranium as part of that deal, according to three people familiar with the plans.

 Energy Secretary Rick Perry visited Saudi Arabia this month where the projects were discussed, according to two people. The people familiar asked not to be identified discussing the confidential negotiations.
Previous U.S. agreements have prohibited the enrichment and reprocessing of uranium, and that had scuttled negotiations to use U.S. technology in Saudi nuclear projects during the Obama administration. The administration is mulling easing that requirement now as a way to help Westinghouse and other companies win Saudi Arabian contracts, two people said.

A meeting to hammer out details of the nuclear cooperation agreement, known as a 123 Agreement for the section of the U.S. Atomic Energy Act that requires it, will be held at the White House Wednesday, two administration officials said.

A successful U.S. bid would help deliver on President Donald Trumps...

08:43

The Greens will not stop until this mine is stopped "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Plan to Stop Adani    Invest in renewables, not fossil fuels.  greens.org.au/qld/stopadani   youtu.be/oSdFiGI1xWc

Adani intends to build the largest coal mine in Australia. The Greens will not stop until this mine is stopped

Newsletter of 11 December 2017,

This Newsletter: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/wgar-news/eLZwzcOUwM4

Quick Facts  The Queensland Greens will:

    Veto the $1bn NAIF loan
    Scrap the $300m tax break from the Qld government
    Cancel Adanis licence to operate in Qld
    Cancel Adanis unlimited groundwater licence
    and more!

The Adani Coal Mine threatens the survival of the Great Barrier Reef, 
will drain the Great Artesian Basin 
and clear 28,000 soccer fields of land.

The Greens are the only party running in the Queensland election fighting to stop Adani.  
Global warming kills people. 
Labors Adani mine will trash the Reef and wreck our future 
and it will supercharge droughts, bushfires and extreme weather.  

The killer Adani coal mine would pump 7.7 billion tonnes of carbon pollution over its life, 
which is almost ten times Australias current annual pollution. 
One Nation, Labor the LNP support this deadly mine.

...

08:42

Any intergrity Turnbull ever had is now blown as he kowtows to the Right on energy "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Turnbull blows trumpet for right wing idiocy on energy http://reneweconomy.com.au/turnbull-blows-trumpet-for-right-wing-idiocy-on-energy-35004/

After more than two years at the helm, Turnbull has done nothing to change the policies laid out by his predecessor Tony Abbott, and has only added to uncertainty by canning the major recommendation of the Finkel Review and trying to force the likes of AGL to invest yet more money in their ageing coal fired generators.

In an appearance on ABC TVs Q&A program on Monday night, on the same day as a series of end-0...

08:40

Custodians in dark over dump "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

The Northern Land Council failed to consult traditional land owners when it rejected a nuclear waste dump, court documents allege. (subscribers only) 
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/indigenous/traditional-owners-not-consulted-as-nlc-abandoned-nuke-dump/news-story/94ff701569f80c179d2df820abed5874


08:39

Intensifying the Fukushima denial campaign "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Fukushima 311 Watchdogs

Not contented with its media strong censorship and its 2013 passed State Secrecy Law discouraging any possible whistleblower inside Japan , Japans government is now directing its Fukushima denial propaganda toward the international community, in preparation of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics venue and its numerous visitors to come, and also to encourage its Asian neighbor countries to lift their import restrictions and their radiation contamination tests, for them to buy anew Eastern Japans agricultural and marine products.

Its Ministry of Environment has added a new segment to its website on radioactive decontamination in Fukushima Prefecture to promote the understanding of progress in Fukushimas environmental recovery among people residing outside Japan.

The irony is that they have the balls to call one of their programs, the Fukushima Diairies. I think many of you remember that the Fukushima Diary Blog was one of the very few blogs informing us about the Fukushima

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08:38

13 Dec REneweconomy News "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

RenewEconomy
  • Turnbull blows trumpet for right wing idiocy on energy
    Malcolm Turnbull now appears perfectly comfortable parroting right wing nonsense about energy policy, branding high renewable policies as idiocy and defending the future of coal. That may be because mainstream media wont challenge him.
  • ...

08:35

Have you seen this man? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Scott Payne (pictured) was last seen at Coutts Crossing on November 29. Police are concerned for his welfare. Photo NSW Police

Police are appealing for public assistance to locate a man last seen leaving a Northern Rivers town two weeks ago.

Scott Payne, 34, left a home at Coutts Crossing, 20km south of Grafton, on Wednesday, November 29. Police believe Mr Payne could have been walking in the area.

His 4WD and personal items were found at Dalmorton, 60km west of Coutts Crossing, two days later (Friday, December 1), but there have been no sightings of Mr Payne since.

He is described as being of Caucasian appearance, 180cm to 185cm tall, with a thin build, brown hair and hazel eyes. Mr Payne has a full beard and moustache.

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

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08:25

Spike in unvaccinated pre-enrolment requests "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

From December 31, conscientious objectors to vaccination will no longer be able to enrol their children into preschools. Photo from International Business Times

Local preschools have been inundated with calls from the parents of unvaccinated children trying to enrol their kids in care before tough new vaccination rules come into effect on December 31.

Staff at a number of pre-schools say dozens of parents have been attempting to pre-enrol their children for 2019 and beyond, in a bid to avoid the new rules, which will mean they can no longer register as conscientious objectors to vaccination.

But the preschools have had to turn away almost all of these parents because of their enrolment policies or long waiting lists, leading, in some cases, to angry, emotional interactions with staff.

We have been inundated since the government made its announcement about the new policy, said one local preschool educator, who asked not to be named.

Theyre upset, angry, and desperately trying to get their children in.

Weve even had pregnant mums ringing up trying to get their unborn children in.

We have to say no because we cant do that. Its been very emotional. 

Since January 2014, childcare centres have been prevented from enrolling children who are considered unvaccinated by the NSW government unless their parents have registered as conscientious objectors, or the child has been granted a medical exemption.

However in September this year, the government amended the Public Health Act 2010, putting an end to conscientious objection for new enrolments. It effectively stops children from entering the preschool system if they have not been conventionally vaccinated.

The conscientious objection option remains open until December 31, allowing unvaccinated children who will reach prescho...

08:25

Fatigue: The Silent Killer on Our Roads "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim Charges of negligent driving occasioning death have been brought against a Sydney Uber driver, reminding motorists to check ourselves for fatigue while on the road this summer. The driver will face court in January after allegedly accelerating while a passenger was leaving his car, sending the man into the

The post Fatigue: The Silent Killer on Our Roads appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.

08:13

Bangalow needs parking study per the RMS requirements: MP "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Bangalow residents turned up on Saturday morning to object to Councils plans to introduce paid parking in the town. Photo Jeff Dawson

Local NSW Greens MP Tamara Smith has questioned Greens mayor Simon Richardson and his supportive councillors decision for paid parking in Bangalow.

At a rally held Saturday morning, the Chamber of Commerce said ignored studies and flawed surveys led to councillors decision to roll out paid parking.

Ms Smith told the rally via a letter, I am sorry that you have had to take to the streets in order to have your voice heard Well done for coming out to have your say and I am sorry that I cant be there with you.

I am urging Byron Shire Council to do a parking study for Bangalow, per the RMS requirements, which have nothing to do with revenue raising. In fact, revenue raising is not recognised by the NSW government as a valid reason for introducing paid parking. 

There are too many unknowns at this stage, the true impact of introducing paid parking in Bangalow is not clear, and the case to introduce it in the terms set down by RMS has not been made.

The precautionary principle seems very appropriate at this time if we are not sure of the impact, then lets not impact.

Exertion of will

Meanwhile, the towns chamber president Jo Millar told the gathering, This whole process is a classic example of the exertion of political will over the proper processes that we have a right to expect from our Council staff and our elected representatives.

In reply, Infrastructure Services director Phil Holloway told The Echo, Councils rationale for pay parking has always been, first and foremost, that it serves to improve parking turnover and access to local businesses.

Pay Parking schemes are a combinati...

08:12

Louis MMXVIII runs with the bulls "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Head for the Hills...District

SQM Research reported the usual slight November rise in vacancy rates, up to 2.2 per cent, for a national total of 70,795 vacancies. 

Despite the residential construction industry going like the clappers in 2017, the national figure is considerably lower than the 2.5 per cent or 78,629 vacancies seen in November last year, which helps to put some of the oversupply banter into a more balanced perspective. 

In fact, vacancy rates were lower year-on-year across all of the capital cities except for one - being Sydney, which increased to 2.1 per cent from 1.8 per cent a year earlier.

Around the traps

In the second largest city, Melbourne, the vacancy rate remains slightly lower than a year earlier, down from 2 per cent to 1.8 per cent.

Despite the record levels of building activity in Melbourne, thunderous population growth has threatened to overwhelm the new supply. 

The chart below shows the vacancy rates by capital city smoothed on a 6mMA basis, though not seasonally adjusted. 

Canberra and Hobart continue to have tight and very tight rental markets respectively - asking rents for houses in Hobart have shot nearly 21 per cent higher over the past three years.

Meanwhile Adelaide is very quietly drifting in that direction, with a vacancy rate of just 1.4 per cent in November.

Perth has by far the slackest rental market with a vacancy rate of 4.5 per cent, albeit well down from an alarming 5.2 per cent last year.

The rental market has been very weak in Perth since 2013, although median asking rents for houses in the Western Australian capital at last edged up by +0.8 per cent to be slightly higher on a rolling quarterly basis. 

08:07

The Cryptic Craze "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Shares of Bitcoin have shot up in recent weeks and have showed no signs of slowing down.

Everyone is talking about it, everyone is trying to buy it, and most of all, everyone is trying to understand it.

Cryptocurrency is this years buzzword, and it has everyone from wall street to mum and dad investors, excited, confused, angry and intrigued.

According to some websites, there are 1,335 different cryptocurrencies in existence and chief amongst them is the original, Bitcoin.

At the start of the year you could buy a Bitcoin for a thousand bucks, now you are looking at eighteen thousand plus.

In the last day alone it has gone from around AUD$15,660 to AUD$18,316*. This has all the hallmarks of a bubble.

What is it?

So, lets go back and try to understand what this technology is.

To hear Dr Pip Ryan, Lecturer the faculty of law UTS and Founding member of the UTS Blockchain Creative Cluster, tell it, it sounds simple.

Cryptographically, there is ledger that everybody is storing on a network and they are all agreeing to move certain values with electronic transactions

You get rid of the bank, you put it all onto a network and everybody agrees that there is going to be a certain value for each of these transactions.

All the many cryptocurrencies use a technology called blockchain and here is where it gets complicated a transparent network which makes the currencies very safe according to Dr Ryan.

What blockchain does is, it runs a series of cryptographic proofs every ten minutes on all prior transactions. And then the whole network can check and make sure that the network is doing what it is supposed to do, and there is no one misbehaving...

08:00

Chet Raymo, "Pigeons" "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

"Pigeons"
by Chet Raymo

"That old curmudgeon H. L. Mencken wrote: "The most common of all follies is to believe passionately in the palpably not true. It is the chief occupation of mankind." Admitting that no one - including this writer - is immune to self-delusion, still it is hard for anyone who respects empirical evidence to argue with Mencken.

Half of Americans believe in ghosts. Almost seventy percent believe in angels. More people believe in astrology than express interest in astronomy. Almost anything paranormal - ESP, UFOs, channeling, etc. - is deemed more interesting than science. Not to mention the eighty-three percent who believe in a God who hears and answers prayers. Why so much belief in a total absence of non-anecdotal evidence?

Back in the 1940s, the behavioral psychologist B. F. Skinner did a famous experiment with pigeons that he thought had some relevance to human credulity. He put birds in the kind of cages used for training animals by reinforcement - peck a bar, get some birdseed, that sort of thing. Except in this new experiment, the feed was provided at regular intervals regardless of what the pigeons did. And guess what? The pigeons fell into certain behaviors all by themselves - nodding or turning or pecking for food - although their behaviors had nothing to do with the reward being offered. Skinner wrote: "A few accidental connections between a ritual and favorable consequences suffice to set up and maintain the behavior in spite of many unreinforced instances. The experiment might be said to demonstrate a sort of superstition. The bird behaves as if there were a causal relation between its behavior and the presentation of food, although such a relation is lacking."

"There are many analogies to human behavior," said Skinner. He was not the first to comment on the human propensity to mist...

08:00

GETTING FESTIVE NORTHSIDE STYLES "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Check out these Northside cocktails and get a little festive.

The post GETTING FESTIVE NORTHSIDE STYLES appeared first on The NORTHSIDER.

08:00

December 13 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

First Day of Hanukkah in Australia 2017

Many Jewish Australians start observing Hanukkah on the evening before on the first day of Hanukkah, as many Jewish observances begin at sunset on the day before.Also known as Chanukah or Festival of Lights. Hanukkah is an eight-day Jewish observance that remembers the Jewish people's struggle for religious freedom.

1802 - Charles Robbins successfully dissuaded the French from making a claim on Van Diemen's land (now Tasmania). 
He told them about the Drop Bears.
Although hoisting the British flag near Nicholas Baudin's tents on King Island and firing a volley over the heads of the French expedition members couldn't have hurt...

1805 - The first land grants were made in Van Diemen's Land. They included 10 acres to Rev. Robert Knopwood.

1808 - Anthony Fenn Kemp resiged as Judge-Advocate of NSW; Foveaux reinstated Atkins.

1819 - Henry Rice lead an expedition from the Coal River settlement (Richmond, Tas) to St Patrick's Head and thence to Port Dalrymple.

1834 - The final issue of the Peoples Horn Boy newspaper (Hobart, Tas) was published.

1848 - The first 240 Government assisted immigrants rocked up at Moreton Bay, Qld, on the Artemisia.

1849 - The Adelaide was the second last ship to bring "exiles" to Australia. It arrived at Port Phillipwith 281 exiles on board, but was refused entry by the door bitch and sailed on to Port Jackson.

1850 - Cleveland in southeast Queensland was proclaimed a township.

1858 - The first balloon flight in Sydney, Australia, took to the skies with Capt William Dean at the helm.

1858 Mark this down in your diaries as a Red Letter Day!
The Carlton Brewery was birthed in Melbourne.

1870 - The Murray River ran a bit of a banker in South Oz...
After an extremely wet winter the river continued to rise until all the flat country along its banks was flooded drowning thousands of sheep and cattle. The Moorundie Police Station was destroyed and in Mannum rowboats could be taken in and out of the windows of the Bogan Hotel (now Mannum) and it was possible to step from the deck of the steamer Ariel on to the balcony of the hotel. The peak marked on a door at Walkers Mill showed the waters to be roughly fifteen feet above norma...

08:00

Sam Dastyari, Chinese Chequers and the sick body politic "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Sam Dastyari, Chinese Chequers and the sick body politicContributing editor-at-large Tess Lawrence is sick of the sick body politic and the contempt shown towards 'we, the people'. read now...

07:57

Significant projects delivered: retiring Byron GM "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Byron Shire Council general manager Ken Gainger. (supplied)

Road reconstruction, recycling, flood recovery and roundabouts were significant projects delivered in the last financial year, says Byron Shire Councils outgoing general manager Ken Gainger. 

Mr Gainger, who recently announced his resignation owing to health reasons, said the operations of the council go well beyond the traditional areas of rates, roads and rubbish.

In 2016/17 we completed ten major road reconstruction projects and resealed a total of 13.5km of road but we also made significant improvements in areas such as our recycling operations.

Byron Shire Council has a commitment to improving recycling, so to see that we collected 200kg of phones, batteries and light bulbs was fantastic, he said.

We opened the new North Ocean Shores sportsfield which is a great space for residents in the north of the shire.

Ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie had a severe impact on parts of our community the council lobbied hard for government support and was successful in its applications for natural disaster funding for the repair of council infrastructure and Disaster Recovery funding for affected residents and businesses.

We also developed the Rural Land Use Strategy, which has since been adopted by the council.

This is an important document that tries to find the balance between development and preserving our villages and districts and our rich and beautiful farmland.

Masterplans

He added that council staff worked with the community to develop town and village masterplans for Byron Bay, Bangalow and Mullumbimby, and council also hosted an Affordable Housing summit to shine the light on an increasing challenge in the region.

Our tourism industry is ever growing and we continue to grapple with how to provide infrastructure for around two million tourists, Mr Gainger said.

Pay parking is going some way to providing some revenue from tourists, but the council contin...

07:52

2-for-1 Donuts "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Retail Food Group (RFG) crashed again yesterday, down another 5 per cent to $3.08.

The shellacking continues...

07:43

"Stand Up While You Read This!" "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

"Stand Up While You Read This!"
By Olivia Judson

"Your chair is your enemy. It doesnt matter if you go running every morning, or youre a regular at the gym. If you spend most of the rest of the day sitting - in your car, your office chair, on your sofa at home - you are putting yourself at increased risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, a variety of cancers and an early death. In other words, irrespective of whether you exercise vigorously, sitting for long periods is bad for you.

That, at least, is the conclusion of several recent studies. Indeed, if you consider only healthy people who exercise regularly, those who sit the most during the rest of the day have larger waists and worse profiles of blood pressure and blood sugar than those who sit less. Among people who sit in front of the television for more than three hours each day, those who exercise are as fat as those who dont: sitting a lot appears to offset some of the benefits of jogging a lot.

So whats wrong with sitting? The answer seems to have two parts. The first is that sitting is one of the most passive things you can do. You burn more energy by chewing gum or fidgeting than you do sitting still in a chair. Compared to sitting, standing in one place is hard work. To stand, you have to tense your leg muscles, and engage the muscles of your back and shoulders; while standing, you often shift from leg to leg. All of this burns energy.

For many people, weight gain is a matter of slow creep - two pounds this year, three pounds next year. You can gain this much if, each day, you eat just 30 calories more than you burn. Thirty calories is hardly anything - its a couple of mouthfuls of banana, or a few potato chips. Thus, a little more time on your feet today and tomorrow can easily make the difference between remaining lean and getting fat.

You may think...

07:38

In which the pond returns for a surfeit of reptiles and a roll call at Dame Slap's school of pain ... "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


The pond has had any number of reptile ventures while travelling (and how strange it is to be in a world disconnected from the full to overflowing intertubes).

It turns out that even on a Friday night the desperate desire of the reptiles to bump up the circulation figures leaves copies of the rag littering the airport like the almost award winning ubiquitous Sydney bin chickens (it goes without saying that the Tamworth city bird, the magpie, won). Fairfax long ago gave away this painful, obvious, and pathetic ploy and yet the reptiles remain tragically desperate and needy ...and delusional ... because people value things by what they pay for them, and free is what you pay for a suburban rag tossed over the gate.

Never mind, as a result, the pond was able to spot an advertisement from Foxtel in the lizard Oz advising that extreme weather events had impacted services.

Where were the reptiles when this happened? Surely it's as astonishingly a weak excuse as the South Australians offered for interruption to power supply. Oh back then how the reptiles mocked talk of extreme weather events. Suggestions that power lines knocked over might struggle to deliver power produced gales of reptile laughter. The power must go through, irrespective of storm, hail, tempest or tornado ...

Et tu Foxtel?

Is it time for Foxtel to get a great big battery to ensure continuity of supply? Probably not, but it seems they're offering a gizmo for $99 to provide a Foxtel streaming service, in a desperate attempt to catch up with Chromecast and all the rest of them ... hmm, perhaps a great big battery will come in handy. Or an even bigger travel bag full of delusions of grandeur.

Oh there was also the HUN and the Terror littering the airports like bin chickens, featuring the likes of Mark Latham, but that's too low rent even for the pond. And on the pond's return, it was in time to discover that the Terrorists are still trying to sell the joys of pissing two billion plus against the wall...

...

07:28

Turnbull threatens environment and other not for profit organisations "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Contributed by Ugly

Environmental activist organisation Friends of the Earth has joined the campaign to defeat an attack on environment and other community groups by removing their charitable status. This will restrict their ability to raise funds.

On 7 December, the Turnbull government announced the appointment of Gary Johns, as the head of the Australian Charities and Non-Profits Commission, the body responsible for granting charitable status. This is a political appointment, for the purpose of applying the governments policy.

In doing this, it is falling in line with the long running campaign being waged by the Minerals Council, the peak body of the mining industry, fuelled by an obsession to restrict the effectiveness of of organisations defending the environment.  Members of the Council are major contributors to the Liberal and National parties that make up the Coalition in government and its no surprise that Turnbull and his team return the favour.

Gary Johns is one of the most public opponents of environmental organisations.

At a time when the threat of global warming and destruction of the environment, for example the Great Barrier Reef, have become more intense, the attack on these organisations takes on an even more sinister shape. Sustainability is far more important than digging holes in the ground and continuing to build the use of coal, oil and gas.

There is no doubt that the Minerals Council is being driven by the success of the campaigns against coal seam gas (fracking) and Adanis Carmichael coal mine.

However, the threat affects more than environmental organisations. The whole not for profit sector is under threat and this means that a whole range of valuable and necessary services are as well.

The Turnbull government wants to hurt them and Gary Johns is also a vigorous opponent of the whole not for profit sector.

Friends of the Earth has taken up this issue and insists that the work put in by thousands of volunteers must be respected and valued as important contributions to Australian society.

This offensive is meant to interfere with the important work of the not for profit sector, by damaging the organisations that are coordinating this work.

It is clear that pressure need to build until this is turned around and Gary Johns is removed form his present post.

Friends of the Earth are asking people to send emails though the following link.

 

 

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07:22

Meet the European Petrochemical Giant Trying to Profit from the Fracking of Pennsylvania "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

It seems that every week brings more bad news about the construction of Sunoco's Mariner East 2 pipeline. While Pennsylvania communities, water protectors and landowners fight to stop the project, a larger question remains: What is this massive, dangerous pipeline actually for? The one word answer might surprise you: plastics. The Mariner East 2 won't carry natural gas for heating your house or operating a stove. It will transport highly volatile liquids that will mostly be shipped [...]

07:11

GMO Dicamba Herbicide Spreading to Non-GMO Crops "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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Will new restrictions on dicamba spraying save US food crops?

by GMWatch.org

Excerpts:

There are new rules around the spraying of dicamba herbicide on GM dicamba-tolerant soybeans but experts say they wont do much to protect non-target plants from damage

A dicamba/glyphosate herbicide mix is being sprayed on Monsantos GM soybeans that are tolerant to both herbicides. The herbicide is drifting and volatilizing onto neighbouring non-target plants, including non-GM soybeans and a wide variety of food crops, garden plants and wild plants, resulting in massive damage to those crops and plants and even a decline in honey production.

In an attempt to reduce off-target spray damage next year, the US EPA has issued new tighter use restrictions that are displayed on the herbicide product labels. They tell farmers how, what, and when to spray.

In addition, a group of weed specialists has compiled a list of spraying guidelines for farmers growing the GM soybeans see the article below. These include lowering the height of the spraying booms to try to reduce drift; restricting the types of chemicals that can be added to the spray tank mix; and avoiding spraying during temperature inversions, which can cause dicamba volatilization and movement.

Will the new recommendations work in protecting non-target plants from damage?

Larry Steckel, University of Tennessee Extension weed specialist, is doubtful. He is quoted on Twitter as saying: We hear from the Captains at @MonsantoCo that we can easily fix this (off-target #dicamba movement) with increased training. I dont think we can. I will do my best, but I think we are fighting a losing battle.

In a powerpoint...

07:11

Gippsland Opinion and Politics on Climate Change "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A recent blog of mine pointed out that having an opinion on climate change is irrelevant as far as the eventual outcome is concerned. The point being that even if we dont do something about it its going to happen anyway. This also applies to the opinions of all climate denialists those that completely disregard, ignore or even fight against the science and the evidence.

On the other hand personal opinions have a very strong influence on politics. And whilst in the long run the opinions of the do nothings and dont knows does not matter politics is the battlefield on which we must fight the issue now. Vested interests and those fighting change have long recognised and used the fact that to influence public opinion is vitally important.

Recently Sustainability Victoria commissioned a highly reliable survey of the attitudes and opinions of Gippslanders on climate change. See here.  The results are interesting. The good news is that an overwhelming 94% of locals accept that climate change is happening and thought that it is at least partially caused by humans. A further 69% indicated that climate change requires urgent action now. They are concerned about the impact of climate change on bushfires (83%) drought and water supply (70%) and heatwaves (63%).

Unfortunately climate change is at the bottom of our list of priorities. The other bad news is there is a major disconnect between the recognition that climate change is happening and what is causing it.  Only 9% correctly think that current climate change is a direct result of human activity. A further 26% think that it is mainly caused by human activity and a whopping 48% think the causation is partly human and partly natural, 11% think it is mainly natural and 4% entirely natural.

These opinions probably arise from a number of misconceptions including confusing climate with weather.  But the failure to connect the dots indicates a widespread misunderstanding, or ignorance, of the role of the greenhouse effect. Accepting the cause is natural or that nature is even partly responsible removes much of the incentive for action.

Our political representatives, both state and federal across greater Gippsland are either Liberals or Nationals. Both these parties are reluctant to adopt climate mitigating policies and include a small numb...

07:10

Des Houghtons comments on Qld Governments daily interest bill of $10 million "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

In an opinion piece published Monday, the Courier-Mails Des Houghton rightly highlighted the huge challenge new Queensland Treasurer Jackie Trad faces in reining in spending, particularly given the significant burden placed on the budget by the interest on general government debt:

With state debt forecast to top $81 billion in two years Queenslanders will be paying in excess of $10 million a day.

In fact, Im told the daily interest rate bill may have already topped $10 million.

According to the latest Report on State Finances, in 2016-17, total Queensland Government interest expenses on borrowings were $3.637 billion. Note that this amount has fallen from its peak a few years ago as the Queensland Treasury Corporation has refinanced debt at lower interest rates (see chart below, noting the figures for 2017-18 and 2018-19 are Queensland Treasury forecasts). The total interest bill includes interest expenses by the general government sector and government-owned corporations. In daily terms, interest payments are indeed around $10 million. The daily interest bill would be even higher if the imputed interest on the governments superannuation liability were added on. This was an estimated $510 million in 2016-17, and would bring the daily interest bill up to $11.4 million.

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07:04

Korumburra shooters on target in NZ "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Charlie Cook won the junior skeet title.

Tim and Jack Stockdale had incredible success across the ditch.

Max Oakley was part of the gold medal winning team.

FOUR Korumburra Gun Club members and their families recently travelled to Canterbury Clay Target Club in Christchurch, New Zealand, to shoot the New Zealand skeet national titles.
Max Oakley, Tim Stockdale, Jack Stockdale and Charlie Cook all shot exceptionally well winning and placing in many events.
In the NZ Skeet Championship, the High Gun Overall winner was Jack Stockdale whose 100/100 gave him another national title, his fifth open national title.
In the same event Tim Stockdale shot 99/100 to take second place in A Grade and third went to Charlie Cook with 98/100.
In the NZ Skeet Doubles Championship, Charlie shot 93/100 to take second place in A Grade and Jack won the Junior title shooting 97/100.
In the NZ 28 Gauge Skeet Championship, Charlie finished first place shooting 49/50 to take the junior title.
The Glenn Trophy was contested between New Zealand and Australia. Australia won this competition by one target shooting a score of 242/250. Max Oakley from Korumburra Gun Club was selected to be part of this winning team that took gold.
Korumburra Gun Club President Trenton Tobias said that he is exceptionally proud of the members that attended the New Zea...

07:03

Santa boats in for Brunswick nippers "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Father Christmas dropped in on Brunswick Heads nippers lat Sunday to give them all and early Christmas present. Photo Aslan Shand.

Father Christmas left his reindeer at home last Sunday and caught the waves into Brunswick Surf Life Saving club on the surf lifesaving boat  to the excitement of all the little nippers who have been practicing their life saving skills hard for the last few months.

That was awesome! said one little nipper as he ran up to Santa hoping for a early present.

Father Christmas handed out lollies to all the kids as they celebrated the beginning of the Festive Season.

 

 

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07:02

Free "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Free armchair looking for a new home! In very good condition, just a couple of slight marks. Pick up from West Preston.

Cheers,
Anna.

akelseysugg@gmail.com



07:00

Byron Bay train ready to roll on solar "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Byron Bay Railroad Company Development director Jeremy Holmes takes a ride on the Shires latest transport. Photo Jeff Trains, Planes and Automobiles Dawson

The much-anticipated Byron Bay solar train will be officially launched this Saturday, December 16.

Everyone is welcome to the grand opening, commencing at 11am at The Sun Bistro on Bayshore Drive. Public train rides from the North Beach platform on Bayshore Drive will run from 12.30 till 5pm, with live music and celebrations throughout the afternoon at The Sun Bistro.

The train service will travel between the North Beach precinct, which includes the Byron Arts Estate and Sunrise Beach community, to the newly constructed station behind Simmos garage.

Byron Bay Railroad Company development director Jeremy Holmes said, We searched the country and found a dilapidated vintage train, restored it, and are now powering it with a 4.6-billion-year-old power source.

The project has been achieved with no funding or financial support from government at any level, say organisers.

The train seats 100 passengers and has room for luggage, bikes and surfboards. The 3km journey will cost $3 for adults with concessions for children.

The Byron Bay train will operate a limited service until January when the full schedule will commence. For more information visit www.byronbaytrain.com.au

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07:00

Thank you to our many volunteers! "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The work of Strong Towns would not be possible without help from numerous volunteers around the world. Our small staff can only do so much, and volunteers provide much needed assistance, guidance and insight on many aspects of the Strong Towns movement. Here are some folks we wanted to extend a special thanks to as we close out 2017:

Our Contributors

Alexander Dukes, Spencer Gardner, Nolan Gray, Daniel Herriges, Nate Hood, Sarah Kobos, Andrew Price, Sara Joy Proppe, and Johnny Sanphillippo

These dedicated Strong Towns members write regularly for our website, sharing their wisdom and ideas with our global audience and creating the content you love.

Our Guest Writers

These folks are too numerous to name but we want to thank every person who submitted their writing to our website this year and shared their voice with the Strong Towns audience. We also want to thank the outlets that let us republish their work on an occasional basis like Greater Greater Washington, City Observatory and The Urban Phoenix.

The Ask R. Moses Panel

This secret panel of engineers has bravely stepped up to answer questions submitted by Strong Towns readers regarding street design, parking, infrastructure, and more. We can't share their names but we really appreciate their input. (And if you're a Strong Towns member and engineer who is interested in joining the panel, please contact Rachel Quednau.)

This Year's Webcast Hosts

Michael Kovacs, Will Rugeley, Justin Weiss, Molly Rockamann, Kevin Shepherd, Matt Lewis, Am...

06:59

Tuesday assorted links "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

1. The Western elite from a Chinese perspective.

2. Podcast with NPR Planet Money.

3. Bershidsky on Bitcoin futures.

4. The timing of the agreement also coincides with speculation that India, Japan, the US and Australia will soon formally reconvene the dormant Quadrilateral grouping first initiated in 2007 as a counterbalance to Chinas rising dominance in Asia.  Link here.

5. What causes the anti-Flynn effect?

6. Why does India lack state capacity?

7. The real story behind South Korean industrial policy.

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06:49

House Sit "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Wanted.

Someone kind and reliable to mind our house and two gorgeous Tonkinese (Siamese/Burmese cross) cats CC and Milo.

We will be away from Dec 27 till Jan 5th, holidaying in NSW.

Lovely double fronted California bungalow in Thornbury (Merri Creek side).

Comfortable house with all mod cons including cooling, heating, wifi and a nice garden with a BBQ.
Close to cafes, trains and trams.   

Cats are low maintenance, but do need to be fed twice a day and brought in every night.

They are social cats who like a cuddle and a lap to sit on too if its available,  but the main thing is that they are not left out...

06:44

Eurasian mistle thrush turns up in New Brunswick, Canada; first record for North America "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

A "mega-rarity" bird blew into Miramichi over the weekend, and it's attracting bird lovers from across Eastern Canada and the U.S. who've never seen one in North America before. Peter Gadd said a European mistle thrush landed near a mountain ash tree on his lawn and has been drawing crowds ever since. "I saw a bird and thought, 'OK, that's a little different,'" said Gadd, who spotted the bird on Saturday. Gadd and his wife, Deana, have been active birders for more than four years. After spotting the bird and carefully studying its features, Gadd tried to find something similar in one of his several North American bird books. Nothing seemed to match.

06:43

Neither Mantis nor Flybut feisty enough "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

This is the time of the year that insectophiles like myself start closely examining the young leaves of eucalypt trees. The leaves are a mecca for insects like eucalyptus beetles, emperor gum moths and cup moths to eat, play and mate on. It was on one casual gum leaf observation trip I came across the []

06:43

Exhibition "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Hi all. 

After 7 years of living in Newlands I'm having my last exhibition before we leave for Tassie, this Friday 6-9pm at 24 Symons St, Preston. It would be lovely to see some local faces and to say goodbye.  
Here's a link to my FB event for more details. 



Cheers, Kat. 

06:38

MACKAY Mackay man may face upgraded manslaughter charge "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

MACKAY December 12, 2017 at 07:00PM ,

Mackay man may face upgraded manslaughter charge

December 12, 2017 at 07:00PM ,

Jeremy Aaron Brown, 22, faced Mackay Magistrates Court via videolink from prison, after bail was refused in late October. Brown has been charged with, but has not entered a plea to causing grievous bodily harm to 72-year-old Shirley Page on October 23 at Morley Street, South Mackay. Ms Page died

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MACKAY Did SA baker try to murder Mackay mum? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

MACKAY December 12, 2017 at 05:13AM ,

Did SA baker try to murder Mackay mum?

December 12, 2017 at 05:13AM ,

Almost two years later, a committal hearing has been held in Mackay Magistrates Court to decide whether theres enough evidence for charges to proceed in a higher court. Greatbatch faced court via videolink from prison on Monday before Magistrate Damien Dwyer, after he was unable to meet bail

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06:31

Supreme Court orders unions to stop blockading Melbourne port "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Yesterday (12 December 2017), Supreme Court Justice Michael McDonald ordered unions to lift the blockade at Webb Dock on Melbournes Waterfront. He said that the balance of convenience overwhelmingly proved that the strike action had been coordinated and encouraged by union officials.

This is extraordinary, because this is a decision made on hearsay and not the weight of evidence. It seems that the closest it came to using evidence, is the presence of union flags and memorabilia at the site. This is not much to go on.

Justice McDonald did add that there is a strong inference that the MUA has outsourced to other unions, coordinated by the Victorian Trades Hall Council, the task of maintaining an illegal picket, and that the conduct of the picket has been characterised by a high degree of organisation. This too seemed to be based on the acceptance of hearsay, rather than hard facts.

Suspicions that the federal government have weighed in behind the scenes, might prove to be justified. Justice McDonalds order coincides with the unveiling of a campaign nationally and in Victoria to attack the Labor opposition, while at the same time pressuring the Labor leadership to intervene against the unions and ensure that the community blockade,  which has stranded 1,000 shipping containers, is lifted.

The order names that Maritime Union of Australia (MUA), which had already received an injunction to go no closer than 100 metres of the site. This time the Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) and Trades Hall Council secretary, Luke Hilakari, were given the same order.

All were accused of outsourcing the dispute to a self-styled group of hard campaign activists coordinated by the Victorian Trades Council.

The concept of a community assembly has evolved as a means where community support can be materialised, through community involvement. Community activism exists around a multitude of causes, whether it be over specific government policies, a demand for a change, over an environmental issue such as the Adani mine, or reaction to what is considered an inappropriate local development project.

Community campaigns invariably gravitate towards restricting the operations of a business or a government department. This is one of the few weapons that community activity can use to be effective, particularly when there is only a small window of opportunity to act.

There is also a history of community activity being linked to industrial disputes. A stand out is the MUAs Patricks dispute of 1998, where even politicians joined community members of all walks, to stop the movement of containers on the same wharf. Community action was used through the whole period o...

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