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Friday, 02 March


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Thursday 1st Mar, 8.00pm 11.45pm, The Bridge Hotel Castlemaine

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Friday, 16 February


Webs under water: The really bizarre lives of intertidal spiders "IndyWatch Feed National"

Spiders are one of the most ubiquitous creatures on Earth, found on every continent except Antarctica. Whether in underground caves in the Amazon or the icy climes of Mount Everest, there is a species of spider that has moved into practically every land habitat. But some arachnids are determined to not even let the oceans stand in their way and scientists have just discovered a new one. A spider named for the late reggae legend Bob Marley is the newest member of the 15 known species of so-called intertidal spiders. These weird spiders inhabit the intertidal zone: a stretch of land that is submerged during high tide and exposed during low. Scientists from Australias Queensland Museum and the Zoological Museum at the University of Hamburg, Germany, first found Bob Marleys spider (Desis bobmarleyi) in 2009 and described it last December. A male Bob Marleys spider (Desis bobmarleyi), discovered in Port Douglas in Queensland, Australia. Photo by Robert Raven The connection to Bob Marley was first through his song high tide [or] low tide as these spiders live in the high tide low tide zone, said Barbara Baehr, a research scientist from the Queensland Museum and the lead author of the paper. The mix of land and sea in the intertidal zone supports a wildly diverse set of habitats. For instance, Baehr found Bob Marleys spider on brain corals in shallow reefs on the rocky Queensland coast. But another intertidal species, Desis formidablis, or the formidable spider, lives under boulders

Thursday, 15 February


According to the Center for Missing and Exploited Children- A Child Disappears Every 27 Seconds and Yet No One Will Admit There is a Problem "IndyWatch Feed National"

Society is more apt to claim victims as liars rather than admit something evil is going on. Almost 800,000 children go missing a year but people just want to look away. Why? Because it makes them feel more comfortable.

We dont want to admit our system is so evil. But even our CPS has admitted to losing over 80,000 children.

But the population would rather call these facts lies as they did in the 80s when parents started speaking about their children being raped and abused in their childrens day cares. We let ourselves be convinced all those parents were crazy liars- being duped by a satanic panic rather than believing what was being said.

Even though it was happening not only in the US but also in the UK and Australia- at a time when the internet did not exist. It makes little sense.

Turning away is to be okay and accept evil. Tell yourselves whatever you need to feel comfortable- but this is the truth.

And in the end we will all be held accountable.


Sweet 16, as Queensland jobs growth surges "IndyWatch Feed"

16 on the bounce

Yet another month of employment growth, this time up a seasonally adjusted +16,000 to 12,453,500, to make it 16 gains in a row, which is a record for the Australian economy. 

Annual employment growth remained very strong at +403,000 or +3.35 per cent, but this month there was a wild swing towards part-time work, which stripped the positive sheen off the result. 

By far and away the most jobs were added in Queensland in the month at +19,700, although this month's gains were of the part-time vintage. 

Queensland's economy added +118,000 jobs over the past year, which represents a huge rate of statewide employment growth at +5 per cent, with +91,600 of those being full-time positions.

The participation rate was down a notch in January, but the trend has been up to around the highest level in 7 years, with Queensland being one of the states to see a marked lift in recent times. 

Unemployment rate flattening...


Taoist Cosmic Healing: Energetic Medicine for Health & Spirit "IndyWatch Feed National"


The word Tao means way, or path. In Chinese thought, Tao includes both meanings. On the cosmic level, the Tao means the war of Nature, the subtle laws and forces animating the patterns of change in the universe. On the human level, Tao is the path or war of life that we must follow in order to discover the universal laws and to live in accord with them. Then we can live our lives in balance and harmony with Nature, with ourselves, and with society.

Those who seek to incorporate the cosmic laws into the microcosm of their own lives are called Taoists. I have studied the Tao under many great masters. Through my studies I discovered that out of all the methods in the Tao, ranging from meditation, Chinese Medicine and Chi Kung to the martial arts, successful practice all comes down to one thing: understanding Chi. Out of this understanding, I have created a straightforward and systematic approach to working with Chi that I have named Universal Tao.

What is Chi?

Chi is the force that moves everything in the universe. Chi is energy. In humans, it is our life force energy, that which enables us to see and hear, to walk, to work, to think, and to feel. Thus, Chi is not just some philosophical idea; it is the essence of our everyday life.

When we get angry, its angry Chi. When we feel love and when we make love, its sexual Chi. The stars, the Sun, the Moon, and the wind, the ocean are all Chi, but it is energy with no intelligence.

Living things have the intelligence to take in the Chi of the Universe and combine it within themselves to create a living Chi, one that can create and build things.

How We Come into this World

Our Chi is intimately connected with the Chi of the Universe. When our parents made love, the Yang Chi of our father in his sperm met the Yin Chi of our mother. The two became one; the meeting of their sexual energy formed a new cell called a zygote, our first cell. The Chi of this cell is our Original Chi, the Chi that we inherited from our parents.

Our Original Chi then drew in from the Universal energies, the Chi of Earth and Heaven, our Cosmic Mother and Father. Out of this meeting and blending of Heaven Chi, Earth Chi, and Human Chi, came the power to make that original cell divide and subdivide trillions of times until it eventually formed into a fully grown human being.



Living Chi & Feng Shui "IndyWatch Feed National"


The ancient Chinese knew that connection with the living Chi (also spelled Ki or Qi) around them can help them find their place, meaning and purpose in a dynamic, ever changing world. In these modern times we can also stay whole despite the fractured times. We do have a saving grace, in the Chinese Taoist concept that Life is full of immense possibilities. The Taoists were devoted to the spiritual holistic world view in the essential nature of things and the Way of Nature.

30 years ago the thought of sticking needles in certain parts of the body to help it heal and repair itself was considered laughable in the West. Now you can get a medical refund for acupuncture services. Any skeptics who try to explain its benefits away on the basis of a placebo effect are hard put to explain why acupuncture is enjoying equal success in the veterinary field. After all, why should an animal believe that it should get better because someone has gone to the trouble of sticking a needle in a particular point?

Other Chinese practices such as acupressure and exercise systems such as Tai Chi have also become mainstream activities. All of these practices have one thing in common: they are based on the harmonisation and regulation of Chi energy.

Chi is often referred to as life energy, which can be somewhat misleading as one could then think this energy is only involved with living things. The term animating energy is much better as the Chinese maintain that all movement and transformation that occurs within the universe requires Chi.

In a sense Chi is the Chinese solution to the Grand Unified Theory that we are searching for in the West. It is the name given by the Chinese to the primal energy that underlies all activity and change. We can experience the effects of this energy in various ways which we describe as heat, light, sound, gravity, time, electricity, magnetism, etc.

Chi lies at the heart of another Chinese practice that is becoming more and more popular in the West Feng Shui. (Feng means wind, Shui means water in Chinese terms wind carries and disperses energy while water attracts and collects it). Whereas acupuncture, Tai Chi and the Chinese practices referred to above deal with the attempt to read, understand and regulate Chi within the human body, Feng Shui is the complementary practice dealing with the reading, understanding and regulation of Chi with...


Gig: Mama's broke, Holy locust, Whoa mule, Frogwash "IndyWatch Feed National"

Date and Time: 
Wednesday, February 28, 2018 -
7:00pm to 11:00pm

As part of their Australian tour, Mama's broke and Holy locust will play Jura, with local supports Whoa mule and Frogwash. 7-11pm, Wednesday 28th February.

Facebook event



Disability and Accessibility: Practical and Political Considerations. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Date and Time: 
Saturday, March 31, 2018 -
11:00am to 1:00pm

Discussion facilitated by disabled radical Saz, 11am Sat 31st March at the Rattler
11am-1pm Saturday 31st March at the Red Rattler Theater, 6 Faversham St, Marrickville. All welcome.

Jura is pleased to be opening up a space for discussion about the politics and practical considerations of disability and accessibility, with a particular focus on concrete ways we can improve our own accessibility at Jura and across radical meeting spaces. We are very grateful to Saz for volunteering to provide resources and to facilitate. We are also grateful to the Red Rattler for allowing us to use their space for this discussion; they are recognised as a radical community space which has had some real successes in terms of making themselves accessible. Information about their venues accessibility can be found here.

This discussion aims to be a starting point on understanding the ways in which Disability Justice fits into anti-capitalist work. It will attempt to lay out some ground work on the specificity of ableist oppression and how it is interwoven through Western capitalist societies, as well as its immediate manifestations within the contexts surrounding us. By drawing lines of connection between the structural and the imminent components, it will seek to push people to consider both what is immediately possible and the scope of work to come.

We want to work out how Jura can begin to invest energy into developing a consciousness around accessibility and a more developed praxis, do solidarity work, and help facilitate the opening of other radical spaces which do meet more accessibility requirements.

This discussion comes partly in response to public criticism made of Jura last year, but also because of our ongoing commitment to making our shop, library and events as accessible as possible, to as wide a range of people as possible, including people with disabilities. We try to have an intersectional approach to anarchism, and this means working towards ending all forms of...


Ecocide by Design? Under Modi, Vacancies At National Green Tribunal Reach 70% "IndyWatch Feed National"

Thanks to political apathy, the NGT has not been provided with the infrastructure, staff or resources to properly function.

The tribunal has not been provided with the infrastructure, staff or resources to properly function. Credit: PTI

The tribunal has not been provided with the infrastructure, staff or resources to properly function. Credit: PTI

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) was constituted in October 2010 to speed up the adjudication of environmental litigations, and also to address the environmental problem from multiple perspectives by involving both judicial and expert members in the decision-making process. At present, the NGT has four zonal benches in Kolkata, Pune, Chennai and Bhopal, and a principal bench in New Delhi.

With the establishment of the NGT, India became the third country in the world to set up a specialised environmental tribunal, only after Australia and New Zealand, and the first developing country to do so. While the establishment of the tribunal and its performance over the last seven years has been lauded by petitioners, lawyers and civil society groups, the journey so far has been far from smooth. And the future of the NGT looks bleak and hopeless due to the indifferent approach of the political regime.

Political apathy in allowing the NGT to function as an effective body started from its inception, but the scale and form of it have intensified in the recent...


Kung he fat soy, Otago, 1884 "IndyWatch Feed National"

This year Ill be heading to New Zealand, to the archives in Wellington and Dunedin, to research the history of Chinese naturalisation there. With that in mind, heres a report from 1884 on Chinese New Year celebrations on the Otago goldfields. Happy New Year, or kung he fat soy to you all! Chinese Festivities Thames Star,


Assange, Judge Arbuthnot and the Arrest Warrant "IndyWatch Feed"

Justice is an elastic concept. Like other terms in law, it has room to expand and contract. But one weakness burdens legal strictures that supposedly have an objective reality to them: power. Power brutish, power as a spectral force, and power arbitrarily exercised. Any reading of Julian Assanges case must be, to that end, understood

The post Assange, Judge Arbuthnot and the Arrest Warrant appeared first on The AIM Network.


Israeli Police Name Ratan Tata in Case Against Benjamin Netanyahu "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tatas office has dismissed the Israeli media report, that says his name figures, as grossly incorrect in its references to him.

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (left), industrialist Rata Tata. Credit: Reuters

Jerusalem: The name of Ratan Tata figures in the Israeli police recommendations seeking to indict Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on graft charges, according to an Israeli media report, which was on Wednesday dismissed by the Indian industrialists office as grossly incorrect in its references about him.

In the so-called Case 1000, in which Netanyahu and his wife, Sara, are suspected of receiving illicit gifts from billionaire benefactors, Israeli-born Hollywood producer Milchan and Australian resort owner James Packer, the Indian industrialist is also said to be a part of a project that Netanyahu tried to push forward to help Milchan.

According to the police, the most glaring example of Netanyahu working against Israels interests to benefit Milchan was his efforts (to) promote a free trade zone on the Israel-Jordan border, a project the Hollywood producer sought to promote as part of his partnership with Indian Industrialist Ratan Naval Tata, Ynetnews reported.

The project, which police noted went against the recommendations of the defence establishment, would have generated Milchan and Tata...


How secure is your encrypted data in Google's cloud? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Corporations are waging a War on (your) Privacy.

You are being coerced / enticed / conned / forced / limited to storing your private and confidential data in various corporation's servers called the 'cloud'.

A quite legitimate question could be how safe or secure is your data in that company's server 'farm'.

All these terms with reference to nature could be an illusion to make one feel at ease and harmony with those services.

So how safe is that data really?

See top secret classified information obtained by Edward Snowden from a division of the NSA, called Special Source Operations (almost makes one want to purchase a burger, just by saying that division's name, cheeky buggers!), contained within the illustration below:

As you can see from the above illustration your data travels in clear text, i.e. VERY not secure!

If you choose to use those services, you are a contributing factor to the loss of your own privacy.

Now, Now, let's not start a meme with the words "Nothing to hide, nothing to fear.. "


Malcolm Turnbull bans ministers from sex with staffers, but resists calls to ask Barnaby Joyce to resign "IndyWatch Feed National"

There are three interesting videos in the article on-line.


ABC News Australia

Malcolm Turnbull bans ministers from sex with staffers, but resists calls to ask Barnaby Joyce to resign

Ministers will be banned from having sexual relationships with staffers under a rethink of the code of conduct announced by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull today.

Key points:

  • Sex between ministers and their staff is banned under the code of conduct from today
  • PM made it clear he was angry with Barnaby Joyce about the affair but did not ask for his resignation
  • Described Mr Joyces affair with a staffer as shocking error of judgement

The announcement comes amid intensifying pressure on Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyceover an affair with his former media adviser Vikki Campion.

Mr Turnbull resisted calls for him to ask his deputy to resign, but described Mr Joyces behaviour as, a shocking error of judgement that set off a world of woe.

He spoke of the terrible hurt and humiliation that Barnaby, by his conduct, has visited on his wife Natalie and their daughters and indeed his new partner.

Barnaby made a shocking error of judgement in having an affair with a young woman working in his office.

In doing so he has set off a world of woe for those women, and appalled all of us.

Our hearts go out to them.



Open Letter to Ged Kearney on refugee advocacy in the Batman by-election "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Dear Ged Kearney;   We are writing to ask you to continue your strong advocacy for refugee rights throughout your election campaign in Batman, to publicly call for the camps on Manus and Nauru to be closed and the refugees to be brought here.   As ACTU president you played a crucial role in developing(...)


South Africas New Hope But Can Cyril Ramaphosa Clean the Swamp Sludge from His Boots? "IndyWatch Feed"

(L) President Jacob Zuma and (R) Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa during the Womens Day celebration held, 9/8/2015 (Photo Daily Maverick)

by Dee McLachlan

Twenty-three years after the end of the repressive apartheid regime, South Africa (RSA), a country with enormous resources and wealth, still has poverty, inequality and corruption.

The corruption there seems to be more blatant &#821...


MACKAY Man who breached DV order avoids recorded conviction "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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A WOMAN hospitalised with a broken rib and a punctured lungs after a domestic dispute with her former partner told police she suffered the injuries in an unfortunate fall. The womans former boyfriend, a 30-year-old Mackay welder, faced Mackay Magistrates Court on Tuesday, pleading guilty to

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Fresh Twist: ABC Reports Charles Waterstreet Has Launched Defamation Action, Amid Q&A Meltdown "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The circus that surrounds New Matildas ongoing investigation into Charles Waterstreet just added another ring. Chris Graham reports.

In the space of just a day, Charles Waterstreet has pulled out of a planned and highly controversial appearance on ABCs Q&A program; the NSW Bar Association has issued an extraordinary public statement on the issue; and the ABC is now reporting that Mr Waterstreet has launched legal proceedings against one of his accused, 21-year-old law student Tina Huang, the original whistleblower in the Waterstreet investigation.

Tina Huang, a 21-year-old law student who led the call out of Sydney barrister Charles Waterstreet.

Ms Huang is one of three women who have publicly alleged serious sexual harassment by Mr Waterstreet in the workplace 20 minutes into a job interview with the Sydney criminal barrister, Ms Huang says she was shown a video by Mr Waterstreet (from his phone) of him being masturbated by two sex-workers.

Genevieve Wilks, who worked for Mr Waterstreet for 10 months, has made a series of detailed allegations around sexual harassment the full story is available here.

Genevieve Wilks, aged 26, who served as a paralegal for Charles Waterstreet for 10 months.

A third woman, Anita* (not her real name she has asked for it to be suppressed) says she was also sexually harassed by Mr Waterstreet during a job in...


In which the Moorice goes on parade and the pond jumps to attention ... "IndyWatch Feed"

At last a sign of normality, and the return of sanity to the reptiles after Barners' bush bash ...

Usually the pond wouldn't go to a third sitting on a day, but when Moorice speaks, the pond jumps to attention. 

Always has, always will ... this is, after all, on any given day, one of the world's greatest climate scientists, and with any other number of areas of expert ability ...

Sure, some of the reptiles kept trying to stir the Barners' pot, and there was a regular parade of Barners' related matters and Jack the Insider even attempted a shocking comparison between Barners and other politicians of a clingy, cling-wrap kind ...


Why do the reptiles waste their time with this trivia, when Moorice has spoken and all would benefit from a little time at his feet listening?



Ok. Ill Say it. "IndyWatch Feed"

Barnaby.  You gotta go and not just on annual/personal leave.

From the punters guide to the removal of a member of the front bench:

  1. They are a distraction sucking up political oxygen.  Strike 1.  Reference the front page of every newspaper and lead story in every news bulletin.
  2. They are a policy dud.  Strike 2.  Reference especially Judiths comments but also his tenure as the shadow finance minister.
  3. They demonstrate poor judgement.  Strike 3.  Reference lotsa stuff of late.

Dear National Party.  Sorry, but its time to take the necessary actions and vote Barnaby off the island.

And in as much as Spartacus hates to engage in whataboutism, any Parliamentarian who associates with and sits along side the worlds greatest treasurer, has no claim whatsoever to talk about what is and is not the appropriate use of tax dollars.

Whatever the claims against Barnaby, they would not account for more than a fraction of the total number of $900 cheques issued.

Follow I Am Spartacus on Twitter at @Ey_am_Spartacus


Arts Thursday 15 February Robert Mapplethorpe: the perfect medium "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Presented by Bronwyn Rennex

On Arts Thursday this week I speak to Isobel Parker Philip, Curator of Photography at the Art Gallery of New South Wales about the Robert Mapplethorpe: the perfect medium.

The exhibition celebrates one of the most renowned photographers of the 20th century, an artist who understood the mediums ability to alter perceptions and push boundaries.

This comprehensive survey of Robert Mapplethorpes career features over 200 works, including floral still lifes, portraits, figure studies and erotic imagery that charts his involvement in New Yorks gay scene, as well as a selection of archival material providing insights into his working methods and life.

It was great to have the chance to talk at length about Mapplethorpes process, his preoccupations and his incredible legacy.

Robert Mapplethorpe Self-portrait 1980, jointly acquired by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and The J Paul Getty Trust; partial gift of The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, partial purchase with funds provided by The J Paul Getty Trust and the David Geffen Foundation Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation.

The exhibition runs until 4 March 2018.

To listen online go to;

 LATEST EPISODE :: 10:30am Thursday 15th February, 2018

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Income Tax 101 brought to you by Mr Joyce (the other one) "IndyWatch Feed"

By Terence Mills Alan Joyce, CEO of Qantas and not the partner of Barnaby Joyce, gave us a 101 lesson in taxation and basic economics this morning. Im still trying to get my head around it but the gist of it is that if in your daily endeavours you can ensure that your expenditure exceeds

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Almost 100 Same-Sex Couples Have Married In Queensland "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Nearly 100 same-sex couples have been married in Queensland since marriage equality became legal last month. Queensland Attorney-General Yvette DAth said a total of 96 same-sex marriages almost 20 per week had been performed across Queensland, and more were scheduled in the coming months. Australians voted strongly in favour of marriage equality and ...

The post Almost 100 Same-Sex Couples Have Married In Queensland appeared first on QNews Magazine.


Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed"

1.00 AUD = 0.00008 BTC
0.00010 BTC = 1.25 AUD

Turnbulls tawdry corruption tally tops the ton that didnt take long! "IndyWatch Feed"

Turnbulls tawdry corruption tally tops the ton that didnt take long!The Turnbull Government has reached a round 100 in separate instances of rorting the system. So lets hold our noses as Alan Austin continues IAs corruption count! read now...


Coming soon to Australia at a school near you "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

This experienced Colorado teacher, Karen Smith, has been charged with child abuse for making a snotty nosed kid stand up for the Pledge of Allegiance. How long before this happens in an Australian school when a politically correct, gender confused boy dressed as a girl refuses to stand for the national anthem?

A Colorado middle school teacher is facing child abuse charges for forcing a boy to stand during the Pledge of Allegiance, a report says

from Breibart News by Warner Todd Huston

Karen Smith, a physical education teacher at Angevine Middle School in Lafayette, Colorado, is accused of grabbing a student by his jacket and forcing him to stand during the recitation and then forcibly removing him from the classroom afterward. The incident occurred on February 1, Denvers CB affiliate reported.

Smith, a 20-year teaching veteran, turned herself in to police on February 1 to face the charges of child abuse as well as assault in the third degree.

The Boulder Valley School District released a statement saying they were cooperating with authorities:



Two men charged with drug offences Tweed Heads South "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Two men have been charged with drug offences in Tweed Heads South yesterday.

About 8.45am on Wednesday 14 February 2018, police from Tweed/Byron Local Area Command with assistance from the dog unit, executed a search warrant at a unit on William Street, Tweed Heads South.

Two men were arrested and taken to Tweed Heads police station.

Police located and seized prohibited drugs believed to be methylamphetamine (ice), MDMA (ecstasy) and cannabis.

Items including an amount of cash and a prohibited weapon were also seized.

A 54-year-old man was charged with supply prohibited drug, possess prohibited drug (x3) and possess prohibited weapon without licence.

He was granted conditional bail and will appear at Tweed Heads local court on Monday, 12 March.

A 24-year-old man was charged with supply prohibited drug (x2), possess prohibited drug (x3), deal with proceeds of crime and carry weapon upon apprehension.

He was refused bail and will appear at Byron Bay Local Court today (Thursday 15 February 2018).

The post Two men charged with drug offences Tweed Heads South  appeared first on Echonetdaily.


A Great Banking Backlash Is Coming "IndyWatch Feed"

Mr Market sure is a moody fellow at times, isnt he? Last week it was all panicnow were back showing some green!

The US markets closed up strongly overnight. And shiver me timbers! It happened with the 10-year bond yield still heading up.

Stocks are volatile. They go up and they go down.

And no wonderthe world never sits still.

Aussie bank shares are the ones to keep an eye on. Heres why

New rules to rein in the banks

The banking regulator is finalising some proposed changes to the regulatory framework around the banks.

Its to do with the capital levels the banks need to hold against their loan books.

The banks will need to hold more money against interest-only loans and investment properties in general.

This is to protect them if a high number of loans go bad.

The bog-standard owner-occupier loan, especially those with a low loan-to-value ratio, are to be treated as less risky. Therefore, they need less money set aside.

Regulatory pressure is not so good for bank investors which is pretty much all of us, because they make up so much of the index.

Heres why. Higher capital levels reduce the return on equity the banks can generate off these loansunless they raise interest rates on them to compensate.

If they have to raise rates here, they can be undercut on price.

Already the pressure on banks has forced more money into the non-bank lenders, who APRA does not regulate.

This sector is booming because of the crackdown since 2015.

I suspect all this is already priced into bank stock prices despite the news today.

But I bring it to your attention anyway. Its very important long term

Joe Public to be sold down the river

The government will sell the public the notion that the banks are on their way to becoming unquestionably strong.

However, history says the banks will do everything they can to block these changes and/or find a way around them.

It was forcing banks to hold capital against their loans that spawned the original securitisation market in the 1980s.and we know where that ended up, dont we?

The international framework for banks is known as Basel III.

Were up to III because I and II didnt stop further bank collapses and financial crises.

Thats because fiddling with bank capital levels does not work. It treats...


Did Bowie predict the Valentines Day Massacre? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Did David Bowie predict Floridas Valentines Day Massacre in 2015?

When this song was released in 2015 many saw in this piece a treatise for gun control.  While a benevolent interpretation,  I saw nothing of that. Instead I saw a man channelling the dark unconscious impulses that perculate in society and manifest, if not managed wisely, in hideous suffering both for the mental health of the perpetrator and the victims of their projected rage:  teddy and judy down the teachers and the football stars.

Bowie was a visionary artist, deeply into Carl Jung and often manifested the darker side of our collective unconscious, the troubled part of the zeitgeist,  in his work.  Ive written at length how and why here.

While Bowie may not have strictly predicted the massacre strong intuition and logic would presume Valentines Day is always going to be a deeply troubling day to disturbed schoolboys with a vendetta his work is undoubtably prescient and none the less chilling in its capacity to express the darkness of our repressed shadow, and the forces which may seek to exploit it.Like most creative visionaries, psychosis and death were always closely entwined within his oeurve.

Curiously, Jungs star is on the rise again, much like it was amidst the sixties counterculture movement.  The death of Bowie, the avowed Jungian,  brought many of  his ideas to fore as people searched deeper into the layers of symbolism and archetypal imagery surround his last works and death.

Now, several years later Jordan B Peterson has burst onto the public stage, bringing mythos back like its the new black.

This is both unsurprisingly inevitable and strangely curious.

Jungian Petersons mantra is around getting your house in order, the supremacy of truth, authenticity and bringing order out of chaos.  His primary archetypes are the Senex/Sage, the Hero and a latent archetype of the Magician, and has a core psychological obsession with the metaphoric significance of the mannequin.

Jungian Bowie sings over and over of Telling lies, The Inauthentic Self, and the Magic of Chaos.  His primary archetypes are the Magician, the Trickster, with a latent archetype of the Sage/Senex, and has a core psychological obsession with the metaphorical si...


Four boys & a Tigers mum "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

SOME sporting clubs pride themselves on how many trophies are in their cabinet, but for Lane Cove Tigers Junior Rugby League Club success is being [more]

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Beyond hospitals - who will keep our community heathy? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Thursday, 1 March 2018 - 5:30pm

SACOSS partners with prominent public health advocates the Australian Health Promotion Association, Anti-Poverty Network SA, People's Health Movement and the Public Health Association to present a pre-election forum on the health and wellbeing of South Australians.

Register online



AROUND THE WICKETS with Chris Karas: Century maker Robson turns up the heat "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A MAGNIFICENT century by number three Angus Robson propelled Eastern Suburbs into the box seat of their NSW Premier Cricket first grade clash with Sydney [more]

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Terrified of Bitcoin, banks forced to innovate for the first time in 40+ years "IndyWatch Feed"

Terrified of Bitcoin, banks forced to innovate for the first time in 40+ years by Simon Black Sovereign Man Yesterday morning, several banks in Australia started rolling out a new payment system theyre calling NPP, or New Payments Platform....

The post Terrified of Bitcoin, banks forced to innovate for the first time in 40+ years appeared first on The Daily Coin.


The Power Of Podcasting Seminar "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The ABC has set aside a $1Million fund to help produce and promote podcasting in Australia thereby setting it up as a media force that is expanding rapidly. This is why every business owner should be focussing marketing dollars and time in this area.

If you are an expert in your field and want to be recognised as well as share your knowledge then Podcasting is the way to go. Its fast, inexpensive and dynamic. You select your pace, guests, topics and how you want to share your expert knowledge. In fact if you dont have a Podcasting strategy your business will almost certainly be left behind.

You might just want to Podcast for yourself because you have a burning passion for sharing knowledge, entertainment and ideas. The best thing about Podcasting is that you get to do it exactly like you want to and thats exciting.

There is a reason why Tony Robbins, Gary Vaynerchuk and Mark Bouris create podcast
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Alex Laheys Loves "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Melbourne musician Alex Laheys been having a ball since the release of her debut album I Love You Like a Brother in 2017.

She jumped on the phone to Breakfast with Caitlin to talk about her love of Perth, her US tour and her upcoming shows in Perth with The Belligerents.

Play Alex Lahey phone interview




1) West Papua MSG Membership Close "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

1) West Papua MSG Membership Close
2) Indonesia warns MSG members against meddling in other countries` sovereignty

1) West Papua MSG Membership Close


Charles Waterstreet Forgives The Women He Sexually Harassed Amid Growing Q&A Row "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

UPDATE: Charles Waterstreet has pulled out of tonights Q&A. See end of story for details.

Tonight, Sydney barrister Charles Waterstreet will appear on a special #metoo episode of ABCs Q&A program. One of the panellists might like to ask him about forgiveness. Chris Graham reports. It takes a certain kind of man to play a video of yourself getting a handjob 20 minutes into a job interview with a young law student applying for a job as a paralegal in your office.

So perhaps we shouldnt be all that surprised that that man Charles Waterstreet, one of Sydneys most prominent criminal barristers and the real-life inspiration for the popular ABC television series Rake thinks that the women he has sexually harassed need to be forgiven.

Over the Australia Day long weekend, in a long, rambling post on his Facebook page, Waterstreet offered up this:

[A] stripper told me at a Mind, Spirit Body Conference that I sexualise everything, her criticism was right, I will do better

As #metoo apologies go, its a start. Its also where Waterstreet should have stopped. Unfortunately he didnt.

Whatever grief I caused others, I apologise, Any grievance anyone has for me, I forgive you and ask your forgiveness, I embrace myself sinner and sin eater and part time Saint.

Setting aside the thought of Waterstreet embracing himself publicly any more than he already has, its nice to know that hes been able to find forgiveness in his heart towards the women to whom he showed his beautiful penis, uninvited.

And on that front, theres been a few. Theres Tina Huang, the young paralegal who attended a job interview with Waterstreet, won the job and then resigned a few hours in. Huang didnt get to watch him embrace himself per se instead she got to watch his beautiful penis being stroked by two sex workers in a video on Waterstreets phone.

Tina Huang, a 21-year-old law student who led the call out of Sydney barrister Charles Waterstreet.

And then theres people like Genevieve Wilks, the paralegal (now lawyer) who worked for Waterstreet for 10 months, and was subjected to extreme workp...


What's on this week "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Whats On in Nimbin

Mon 19 Sun 25 Feb


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Nimbin Hotel...Wed 21 Trivia Night Thurs 22 David Barbara /

Fri 23 Adam Hole Band/ Sat 24 TBA


Nimbin Fashion Show...Sat 24...School of Arts....featuring designs by Pol, Poppie Rose, Von-We Felted Fashion, Pangaia, The Velvet Wren & The Gypsy Wagon, Maya Krasna, Tree Rivaa & $35 (Greenbank, Mad Hattery & Daizy's or online


Bush Theatre...Fri 23...Dinner Under the Stars with Milton Man Gogh  at 7pm entry by donation

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Exhibition The Artists Choicegallery open Thurs-Sun


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Discovering the Saturn Moon Extraterrestrial Control System "IndyWatch Feed"

Australian contactee George Kavassilas is interviewed about his lifelong experiences with different extraterrestrial civilizations and shadow government operatives. In this first installment of a two part Exonews TV interview conducted in Australias Gold Coast, George explains how his contacts began, how these evolved over the years involving several different groups, and the torture he received at the hands of shadow government authorities attempting to suppress his experiences and silence him. Finally, he describes a global control system comprising the planet Saturn, the Moon and extraterrestrials that has resulted in a Matrix-like illusory reality that manipulates humanity. He asserts that discovery of the Saturn Moon Extraterrestrial control system is the first step to human freedom.

Part 1  Discovering the Saturn Moon Extraterrestrial Control System (S06E01)

In part two of this Exonews TV interview conducted in Australias Gold Coast, George Kavassilas explains the key components of a Saturn Moon Extraterrestrial control matrix used to limit human potential and growth. In particular, he identifies the roles of the chakra system and the pineal gland in creating false synthetic light experiences that entrap many individuals. He asserts the creation of synthetic light experiences is the favored manipulation technique used by unscrupulous extraterrestrials and higher dimensionals. He outlines his Heart -Centric/Core-Self method of how to overcome the global control system that creates a Matrix-like illusory reality that continues to manipulate most of humanity. He insists that overcoming the Saturn Moon Extraterrestrial control system is the necessary step we all have to take in attaining human freedom and achieving our highest potential as universal beings having a physical experience.

Part 2  Overcoming the Saturn Moon Extraterrestrial Control System (S06E02)



There are Keynesians in even the most unlikely places "IndyWatch Feed"

This is from, of all places, Maurice Newmans article in The Oz today on Trumps news might be bad for his forgotten flock. So which is the absolutely wrong word in this passage?

Despite a decade of easy money, continued fiscal stimulus and a personal savings rate that has tumbled from 6.6 per cent to 2.4 per cent in just 12 years, the US economy during calendar 2017 grew at 2.5 per cent, hardly a number to write home about. Indeed, adjusted for the once-off hurricane rebuild effect, it managed just 1.5 per cent in the last quarter.

It is, of course, the first word, despite. If he had said instead, because of then all would be clear. Artificially low rates of interest, high levels of unproductive public spending and falling savings are the very recipe for stagnation.


FixedIt: heres the rest of the story "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Daily Mercury reported that John Rex Palmer, 34, was sentenced to 18 months in prison for an assault against his now deceased partner and the neighbour who tried to help her. The assault occurred while she was ill and in front of her young children. Not only is none of this information in the headline, Palmer himself isnt there.

Once again, the man who committed crimes against a woman is erased from the headlines.

Invisible perpetrators are a constant in FixedIt. This is not a trivial issue. It matters because headlines are supposed to be a short summary of the article and when the article is about violence men commit against women and those men are invisible, the headline is not telling the story, its erasing the story.

Clarity in reporting and avoiding the passive voice and are among the first things journalists are taught. Which is why the constant use of passive voice and unclear reporting on violence against women stands out so much.

If all the violent crimes committed by men were reported in the active voice with the perpetrators and their crime as the subject of every headline, it would be overwhelming. Because it is overwhelming.

We are journalists and it is not our job to erase the truth so our audience is not made to feel uncomfortable. Our job is to describe what is happening in our society. And the sad truth is that around 90 percent of violent crimes are committed by men. Avoiding this fact doesnt make it less true but it does make it much more difficult to address the underlying cause.

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FixedIt: She wasnt stabbed by a location, she was stabbed by a man "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Gold Coast Bulletin reported on a man who was charged with stabbing a woman in the neck in a domestic violence attack. The woman in now in hospital in a serious condition and the 77 year old man will be in court this morning.

Once again, the man charged with crimes against a woman is erased from the headlines.

Invisible perpetrators are a constant in FixedIt. This is not a trivial issue. It matters because headlines are supposed to be a short summary of the article and when the article is about violence men commit against women and those men are invisible, the headline is not telling the story, its erasing the story.

Also, most people dont consume news by reading a print newspaper from cover to cover. Only some people go directly to the home page of a news outlet. Most people get news links from social media, and the most likely source is Facebook. But regardless of the source, we see far more headlines than we click on.

Something like 80 percent of the headlines we see, we never click through to read the article. Were not necessarily thinking very much about the headlines we dont click on, but we see them. And without being consciously aware that its happening they are still describing something to us. When they fit our subconscious bias or when theyre underpinned myths about violence and repeat them over and over again, they reinforce them in our minds, but we dont really notice that its happening.

The things we dont notice are far more dangerous than the things we do notice.

Clarity in reporting and avoiding the passive voice and are among the first things journalists are taught. Which is why the constant use of passive voice and unclear reporting on violence against women stands out so much.

If all the violent crimes committed by men were reported in the active voice with the perpetrators and their crime as the subject of every headline, it would be overwhelming. Because it is overwhelming.

We are journalists and it is not our job to erase the truth so our audience is not made to feel uncomfortable. Our job is to describe what is happening in our society. And the sad truth is that around 90 percent of violent crimes are committed by men. Avoiding this fact doesnt make it less true but it does make it much more difficult to address the underlying cause.


Headlines matter and this is why FixedIt exists.

FixedIt is an ongoing project to push back against the medias constant erasure of violent men and blaming of innocent victi...


On sickness as present tense "IndyWatch Feed National"

The problem with illness is that it robs you of pleasure. Young people are supposed to live in the moment, take risks, be spontaneous. But life in a hospital is a boring and cruel simulacra of life, with the minutiae of your body ticking like a machine being the best and only thing to focus on. In other words, you become self-obsessed, but not with gaining pleasure, more in avoiding pain.


NSW Cannabis Medicines Advisory Service "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The NSW Cannabis Medicines Advisory Service provides expert clinical guidance and support to NSW doctors considering prescribing a cannabis medicine for their patient.Based at John Hunter Hospital at Hunter New England Local Health District, the Service offers expert clinical advice to NSW doctors on whether cannabinoids may be an appropriate treatment option for their patient, available clinical evidence, known contraindications and risks, available products, and monitoring requirements.

The Service is part of the NSW Government $21 million commitment to advance our understanding for the safe and appropriate use of cannabis medicines to treat serious and debilitating symptoms. It is available to NSW doctors and health care professionals. It is operational Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm snd can be contacted by email> or by telephone (02) 4923 6200.

The Service can assist with:

* understanding the latest evidence around cannabis medicines
* understanding the regulatory requirements for cannabis prescription
* considering tools to monitor a patient's progress whilst using cannabis medicines
* provision of protocols to facilitate cannabis medicine prescribing
* information about dosing and titration in individual patients


Reunion for Birchgrove Scorpions "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

BIRCHGROVE Scorpions Junior Rugby League Club a force to be reckoned with in the Balmain Junior League during the 1970s and early 1980s [more]

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In which the bromancer doubles down on the full Donald flip ... "IndyWatch Feed"

With the pond still hung over from Barners' epic bush bash, what better hair of the dog than the bromancer gone full Trump?

What better excuse to run a few cartoons celebrating the Donald and his foreign policy initiatives?

Yes, everywhere you might care to look, it's President Trump, and how the bromancer dotes on his new beloved ...

The pond knows his devoted, immensely loyal fans will love that Lobbecke, but the trouble for the pond, wanting to find matching cartoons, is that American cartoonists don't have much to say about the Donald's foreign policy, as astute as it is ...


Destruction of Black Swan Lake angers Gold Coast residents "IndyWatch Feed"

Destruction of Black Swan Lake angers Gold Coast residentsGold Coast residents and environmental lobby groups are angered over the removal of a popular local habitat for various birds, all in the name of progress, writes Suzanne Arnold. read now...


Police News: Man charged with exposing himself in park "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A MAN has been charged with exposing himself in a public park in Epping. The 45 year old man from Glenroy in Victoria was issued with a Criminal Infingement Notice For [more]

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Grub's up for young Great Bowerbird "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Grub's up for juvenile Great Bowerbird (top), being fed, as usual by Mum (above).

As usual because the Old Man's too busy rejigging bower and its attractions.

And showing off not merely nape (nuchal) crest (not visible above) but adding to it with head colour. So he's far to busy to have anything to do with nests or raising young.

Perhaps in 5-6...


Extending the bright-line "IndyWatch Feed"

The government has announced it will extend the de facto capital gains tax on investment properties:

Government is extending the amount of time for which investment properties must be held before their owners can avoid capital gains tax - despite a warning that it could be bad news for renters.

Revenue Minister Stuart Nash confirmed the "bright-line" test would be extended from two years to five in legislation working through Parliament.

"The extension of the previous government's bright-line test will help dampen property speculation and make homes more affordable," Nash said.

He said reducing speculative demand would help to improve affordability for owner-occupiers.

Good. Because the way the rich get to enjoy tax-free capital gains on property speculation, while the rest of us pay taxes on everything we earn, is unjust and wrong. Its good to see it limited. At the same time, it clearly doesn't address long-term speculation, or financial assets (which the ultra-rich own almost all off). Labour has punted that problem till next election. Hopefully they'll actually show some spine and implement a proper capital gains tax if they win, rather than continuing to protect the untaxed rich.


Black Rheno "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Black Rheno  
The Final Cut Tour

Supported by:
Lavidius, Dirty Brew, F.U.C & The Royal Attillery

This March catch Black Rheno taking on their most ambitious headline tour to date with a massive
national tour hitting all major capitols plus a few extra towns in between. As the tour name suggests, this
is the final Black Rheno tour off their debut EP release Lets Start A Cult before the band comes out swinging with their first ever long player later in the year.

With 2017 seeing the guys share stages with a host of heavyweight national and international acts such as
Napalm Death, King Parrot, Iron Regan, Psycroptic, Darkest Hour, Brujeria, Lock Up & Ringworm the
guys are not slowing down heading into 2018 with this huge run of shows and an album in the works.
Black Rheno have certainly made a name for themselves in the two years since the bands incarnation,
packing an undeniably huge wall of sludging grinding grooving sounds from the Sydney 3 piece.
Combined with one hell-raising live show as the band takes to the stage tearing everything to bits while
their frontman craws his way across the stage and in and out of the crowds, its completely confrontational
yet somehow insanely engagingly funny at the same time. Its this mix of a hell for leather and good times
approach that has given Black Rheno such a strong following in such a short period in the Australian metal scene.


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Australian labour market weakened a bit at the start of 2018 "IndyWatch Feed"

The latest labour force data released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics Labour Force data for January 2018 shows that the Australian labour market labour market weakened a bit at the start of 2018. Employment growth was again very modest in January 2018 and participation fell. The fall in unemployment was due to the fall in the participation rate as employment growth failed to keep up with the underlying population growth. The teenage labour market, however, improved marginally on the back of the rise in part-time work. The deficit in full employment growth for this cohort remains stark. Further, underemployment rose sharply as did the broad labour underutilisation rate for the second consecutive month, signifying that the Australian labour market still is a fair distance away form full employment. Overall, my assessment is that the Australian labour market has a lot of slack remaining. It is not close to full employment yet.

The summary ABS Labour Force (seasonally adjusted) estimates for January 2018 are:

  • Employment increased 16,000 (0.1 per cent) Full-time employment decreased 49,800 and part-time employment increased 65,900.
  • Unemployment decreased 7,900 to 723,800.
  • The official unemployment rate decreased to 5.493 per cent from 5.556 per cent.
  • The participation rate decreased by 0.1 points to 65.6 per cent. It is now approaching its previous peak (December 2010) of 65.8 per cent.
  • Aggregate monthly hours worked decreased 24.1 million hours (1.4 per cent).
  • The monthly (unadjusted) estimates show that Underemployment was at 9.1 per cent of the labour force (up 0.2 points and 0.6 points in the last two months). The total labour underutilisation rate (unemployment plus underemployment) was 15 per cent (up 0.7 points and 1.4 points in the last two months). There were 1,183.8 thousand persons underemployed and a total of 1,963.5 thousand workers either unemployed or underemployed.

Employment growth positive but weaker

Employment growth was weaker again in January with a net job increase of just 16,000 (0.3 per cent). The notable featurew was that Full-time employment decreased 49,800.

Part-time employment increased 65,900. Underemployment rose as a result.

We observed a zig-zag pattern in total employment growth up until the end of 2016 switching around the zero growth line. The oscillating pattern has continued into 2017 but the level has risen above the zero line.

The following graph shows the month by month growth in full-time (blue columns), part-time (grey columns) and total employment (green line) for the 24 mont...


A Trivial Enquiry "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Heres a light-hearted little yarn for the weekend. A Melbourne story. It is true in every way, myself witnessing some of it and having got the details from the mans wife. The last I heard, he was being studied by one of the Melbourne unis as to why he had not yet died from such

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Valentines Day Romance at Boss Kebab Van, Marrickville "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Love is in the air. Or is it avgas? Nothing gets the love juices flowing like the romantically brown interior of the Marrickville Bowlo. Except maybe an alfresco schooner or four overlooking the greens and factories. The landing lights of the A380s twinkle in the sky like the Eiffel Tower at night. The planes come and go but the sweet steamy scent of avgas lingers on. After


Go Behind The Scenes With The Black Divaz At Darwins Drag Pageant "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A new documentary will follow a group of Indigenous drag queens as they prepare to compete in the inaugural Miss First Nation pageant in the Northern Territory. The drag pageant was held during last years Darwin Pride Festival, and saw six Indigenous drag queens from around Australia compete in gruelling challenges including sewing, lip ...

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Pocket Rocket Teresa Polias reaches 100-game milestone "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

  Sydney FCs W-League team captain Teresa Polias became the first womens team player to reach the milestone of 100 appearances. Nicknamed the pocket rocket [more]

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Kathleen Jamies Bonniest Companie "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Kathleen Jamie, The Bonniest Companie (Pan Macmillan 2016)


This book was a Christmas present from a friend who may have thought of me when she read that the book resulted from Kathleen Jamies project of writing a poem every week in 2014. I had a similar project, maybe even that same year.

My resulting rhymes went up on the fridge for a time and then mostly were seen no more, for which the world should be glad. Conversely, the world can be glad that Kathleen Jamies results are collected here though there are slightly fewer than 52, so maybe, unlikely as it seems, there were a couple of duds.

Kathleen Jamie is a Scottish poet. You can read her Wikipedia entry here, and a 2012 article by Sarah Crown in the Guardian here. 2014 was the year of the Scottish independence referendum, and at least one of these poems refers to that explicitly. All the poems have to do with Scotland one way or another: the language moves back and forth between standard English and Scottish; the wild creatures and landscape are always present. But Ill stick to my policy of picking just one poem:



How You Can Support This Rom-Com For Queer Aussie Teens "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A crew of Australian filmmakers are crowdfunding to raise money to make a romantic comedy film for LGBTIQ teens. Ellie, Abbie And Ellies Dead Aunt is based on writer-director Monica Zanettis stage play of the same name, and will follow 17-year-old Ellie Bowden, who has fallen for her classmate Abbie. All she wants is to ...

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Luca Brasi have announced an intimate run of east coast Australian shows "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Hot from the stages of Falls and Splendour In The Grass, Australias champs of all things ultra-emotive punk Luca Brasi are heading back down the east coast for an intimate run of shows.

The Let It Slip tour band will take their sweaty singalongs and nostalgic Aus-punk riffs to small venues like Sydneys Lansdowne to give their dedicated fanbase a taste of what they could be treated to in the latter half of 2018.

Joining Tassies finest will be fellow statesmen, garage punk outfit A Swayze & The Ghosts and singer/songwriter Isla Ka to warm up crowds for a night of heart-on-your-sleeve jams.

Luca Brasi last released the single Got To Give, with a video that summed up their last year of international touring.

Check it out below:


with special guests

Saturday 17th March Lansdowne Hotel, Sydney

Thursday 22nd March Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane

Friday 23rd March The Tote, Melbourne

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Screamfeeder "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


With special guests:
DEAFCULT & Lexicon


Theyre the band you grew up with, whose songs are imprinted into the DNA of every music-lover who came of age in the 90s and 00s. A band of eternally-youthful fuzz-pop darlings who, however improbably, have continued to play together for over 25 years and somehow have not only gotten better, but have become even more loved. A band that combines loud with beautiful, intense with joyous, chaotic with precise and pulls it all together in a way that very few acts ever manage.


2017s surprise comeback album, Pop Guilt, was rapturously received by fans and hailed by critics as one of the bands best; it made ripples around the world, the new songs reconnecting people with the bands peerless back catalogue. Rolling Stone summed it up thusly: 25 years into their career, Screamfeeder are still killing it.. (they) pour a lifetime of indie-rock experience into this collection of blissed-out punk songs.  


Theyve toured Australia too many times to count, as well as the US, the UK, New Zealand, Singapore, Japan, France, Germany, Switzerland and Spain, taking audiences on the ride that is uniquely Screamfeeder. Live, theyre a non-stop whirlwind of high-energy heavy riffs, caterwauling feedback and pulse-racing bass, Tim and Kellie entwining their vocals around the music, all anchored with the explosive power of Deans drumming. This band can give anyone in the world a run for their money theyre raw, grungy, fiery, effortlessly skilful yet loose at the same time, an exuberant and joyful wave of music filling every room with pure radiant youth, and theyll be doing it all over again as they hit Adelaide, Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney and Hunter Valley in 2018.


Theres more news to come about Screamfeeder in 2018. Watch this space


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Drones enable fast, accurate wildlife counts, study shows "IndyWatch Feed"

Jarrod Hodgson is one of very few scientists who have used rubber ducks as part of their Ph.D. research. Hodgson and colleagues at the University of Adelaide compared the accuracy of counts of birds on an Australian beach from images taken from an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to counts by ground observers. They brought in the ducks to serve as faux seabird colonies, each with a known number of individuals. The University of Adelaide research teams experimental site, filmed from the UAV. A colony of rubber ducks, posing as greater crested terns, is in the foreground at left. Ground counters, researchers, and other volunteers are scattered behind. Copyright: Jarrod Hodgson Their findings, published this week in the journal Methods of Ecology and Evolution, suggest that aerial imagery can offer scientists more accurate counts of at least some species than even experienced observers on the ground. Image vs. in-person observations UAV-derived imagery is increasingly being used to survey and monitor wildlife, including detecting and monitoring individual koalas and surveying orangutan and chimpanzee nests, but few researchers have tested the accuracy of UAV-based data collection relative to other, traditional methods. Counting birds and other colonial species from the ground is liable to miss some animals and double-count others. It also requires experts to invest time visiting a site, sometimes repeatedly, to collect the data, and their presence may scare or alter the behavior of the animals they are trying to study. Thus the drones and the ducks. The researchers simulated 10 breeding


MACKAY Thiefs record includes dozens of burglaries, car thefts "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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On Tuesday, the 24-year-old fronted Mackay Magistrates Court via videolink from prison. Brown wore a face mask to protect against a mumps outbreak in Capricornia Correctional Centre. He pleaded guilty to 10 new charges, including five counts of car theft, two petrol drive-offs and one count each of

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Historic environmental protests remembered "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Terania rainforest logging protests preceded the famous Franklin River protests in Tasmania. Photo supplied

Trevor Reece

With the 40th anniversary of the historic 1979 Terania rainforest logging protests soon to be celebrated, a project is being launched to commemorate the historic event.

The Terania and Mount Nardi protests resulted in the creation of Nightcap National Park, and hence the naming of the beautiful Protesters Falls within the park. 

The protests changed the environmental and forest protection Australian landscape and preceded the famous Tasmanian Franklin River protests.

The Brunswick Valley Historical Society, the Mullumbimby Museum and Southern Cross University have all put their support behind the Nightcap Monuments Project. 

Many community groups have also indicated support for the project and the legacy created by these historic environmental protection actions.

The Nightcap Monuments Project is aiming to raise funds for some permanent regional monuments to the historic environmental protests and their environmental legacy.

In the coming months, regional sculpture artists will be invited to engage with the project. The project also seeks to gather and consolidate much of the fragmented historical information, surviving images and data surrounding the historic protest period.

At the time of the protests, many people travelled from the Mullumbimby region to support the protests.

Today, a number of the protest campaign veterans have also settled in the Mullumbimby region.

During the Saturday market in March, the Museum and the Monuments Project will have a special gazebo tent with a photographic poster display of scenes from the protest days.

Meeting Feb 22

For those interested in assisting or possibly supporting the pro...


Dunne on the OIA "IndyWatch Feed"

Despite no longer being in Parliament, former MP Peter Dunne is still writing a weekly column. And today, he has a few thoughts on the Official Information Act. Dunne's perspective is useful, because he's been on both sides of the Act, as a requester and as a Minister, so he's seen how it works from both ends. His conclusions are that the government plays games and that this needs to stop, and that the Act needs to be extended to cover Parliament (but not MPs) and the courts. But his way of getting there is just bizarre:

Therefore, it is time for a joint working party, involving the Ombudsman's Office, the news media, and the politicians (not just the government of the day) to be convened to prepare a new OIA that upholds its original principles and the good things about the current legislation, but which also modernises its scope, processes, and, if possible, operating culture in the light of contemporary circumstances. And then we should commit in these rapidly changing times, to carrying out a similar review every five years.

We don't need another review - everything Dunne suggests was recommended by the Law Commission review in 2012. What we've lacked since then is a government willing to implement its substantive recommendations. It remains to be seen whether the current government is interested in real change or not. But one sure sign that its not will be if it sets up another review.


NSW Mothers and Babies Report 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

This nineteenth annual report documents findings on the number of births across NSW and provides information on recent trends in the health of mothers and babies in NSW, maternity services provided by hospitals, clinical indicators and the health of Aboriginal mothers and babies.


Stench By Association The Nunes Memo Game in Washington "IndyWatch Feed National"

Devin Nunes (R-CA), Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence

by G5

The Memo Game of February, 2018, was to build up and focus the attention of those still locked onto the diversions of: The Russian Collusion Lie, Celebrity Anti-Tump Stupidities, and concoctions of Sexism and Racism, away from their realities.

The scenario has played out well. More are beginning to question The Democratic Party Foundations (pro-slavery, anti-black (formed The KKK), pro-war, pro Central Bank, pro Deep State, pro-corruption, murdered its own President) and the corruption that is the DOJ-FBI. The stench by association is also now transferred to the horrendously over-empowered FISA Court. Which must now also be addressed.

From the days o...


Food Box celebrates fifth birthday today "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Moyna Reay, Barry Lomath, Noelene Ceglinski and the new Executive General Manager of Food Bank NSW, former NSW Opposition Leader John Robertson. Photo supplied.

Turning five often heralds new horizons and the start of exciting times.

And that certainly seems to be the case for the Mullumbimby Food Box.

As the local food charity celebrates its fifth birthday, it is exploring a possible partnership with Qld food distributor Aratara Distributions.

The co-ordinator of Food Box, Gil Lomath, said she and others had recently visited one of Arataras outlets at Loganholme in Qld, with the company expressing the desire to lend a helping hand.

The outlet is very accessible from the motorway and now were looking at how to best freight the goods from there, Ms Lomath said.

We could then tap into some refrigerated items that would be available if suitable transport could be found.

The Food Box also recently hosted the new executive general manager of Food Bank NSW, former NSW Opposition leader John Robertson.

Johns visit was a hands-on look at how together we can maintain a regular supply of essential food items and how we can best support Food Banks breakfast in schools program.

Ms Lomath and the Food Box team hope Mr Robertson will return on February 15 to take part in their fifth birthday celebrations.

The festivities, to be held at the Mullumbimby Uniting Church from 9am till 11am, will include guest musicians including members of the Dustyesky mens choir, morning tea and a sausage sizzle.

Groceries, free bread and vegetables will be available as usual.

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Police discover 58 cannabis plants in Tyagarah Nature Reserve "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Police removed 58 cannabis plants from a national park near Byron Bay yesterday.

Police from Tweed/Byron Local Area Command with assistance from the Dog Unit, attended bushland adjacent to Grays Lane, in the Tyagarah Nature Reserve about 1pm yesterday.

Police located and removed 58 cannabis plants and a camera from the area.

Police said the estimated potential street value of the plants was $250,000.

Investigations into the plants have commenced and inquiries continue.

Anyone with information is being urged to contact police or Crime Stoppers immediately.

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Pearls and Wallabies at Hunters Hill Come & Try Tag Rugby Clinic "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

AUSTRALIAN Sevens Rugby superstars Shannon Parry and Emma Tonegato are heading to TWT territory this Sunday February 18 when Hunters Hill Junior Rugby Club hosts [more]

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The UKs hidden hand in Julian Assanges detention "IndyWatch Feed National"

Jonathan Cook writes (Counterpunch 13 February 2018) that Julian Assanges refuge in the embassy of Ecuador, is based on a pretence that he was wanted by Sweden. But this has not been true since 2013 and the British government has deliberately suppressed the fact, and went for Assange anyway.

It now emerges that the last four years of Julian Assanges effective imprisonment in the Ecuadorean embassy in London have been entirely unnecessary. In fact, they depended on a legal charade.

Behind the scenes, Sweden wanted to drop the extradition case against Assange back in 2013. Why was this not made public? Because Britain persuaded Sweden to pretend that they still wished to pursue the case.

In other words, for more than four years Assange has been holed up in a tiny room, policed at great cost to British taxpayers, not because of any allegations in Sweden but because the British authorities wanted him to remain there. On what possible grounds could that be, one has to wonder? Might it have something to do with his work as the head of Wikileaks, publishing information from whistleblowers that has severely embarrassed the United States and the UK.

In fact, Assange should have walked free years ago if this was really about an investigation  a sham one at that into an alleged sexual assault in Sweden. Instead, as Assange has long warned, there is a very different agenda at work: efforts to extradite him onwards to the US, where he could be locked away for good. That was why UN experts argued two years ago that he was being arbitrarily detained for political crimes not unlike the situation of dissidents in other parts of the world that win the support of western liberals and leftists.

According to a new, limited release of emails between officials, the Swedish director of public prosecutions, Marianne Ny, wrote to Britains Crown Prosecution Service on 18 October 2013, warning that Swedish law would not allow the case for extradition to be continued. This was, remember, after Sweden had repeatedly failed to take up an offer from Assange to interview him in London, as had happened in 44 other extraditi...


Letters to the Editor: Golden Girls sad memorial "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Dear Sir, After having eaten at the shopping precinct in Ermington, I went to dispose of my rubbish only to find the receptacle had no opening.  A passerby alerted me to [more]

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Delegated authority now implied "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Former Greens mayor and MLC Jan Barham says prior to 2012, Council operated with a greater degree of transparency and a focus on legal matters.

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Former Byron Shire general manager Ken Gainger has been critcised for not seeking specific approval from councillors before continuing to defend, at great cost, the Butler Street bypass case that was brought by residents.

Prior to his departure, The Echo asked Mr Gainger, Did the GM have the delegated authority to spend $450$500,000 defending the Butler Street bypass case brought by residents without referring it to Council at the time he made that decision? 

Mr Gainger replied that The delegated authority was provided by the council by resolution.

He went on to say that the decision to defend the legal action was based on a series of Council resolutions supporting a bypass constructed on the Butler Street alignment and that councillors had been kept up-to-date about the case and its growing legal costs.

However, it has now emerged that there was no specific delegated authority provided by councillors to pursue that case to that level of expenditure.

Council staff have confirmed that With respect to legal proceedings for the Butler Street bypass, the general manager acted under general authority delegated by Council. There was not a separate delegated authority specifically for the Butler Street case.

According to Councils delegated authority document, the GM is able to spend up to $50,000 on commencing a case without seeking further Council approval.

When asked if the delegated authority to defend the Butler Street bypass court case was implied, Mr James agreed.

He said the GM relied on a series of approvals and resolutions to commence proceedings.

They include Councils approval of the development application, resolutions to progress with the bypass and the setting aside of land for biobanking. Th...


Community Billboard 14th February 20th February "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

This weekly community billboard is proudly sponsored by the City of Sydneys Plan for the future  Sydney 2030  making our city more green, global and connected.

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Growing corruption scandal around Netanyahu and weird connection with James Packer "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

My story in todays Sydney Morning Herald/Melbourne Age:

Israels Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, is in trouble, and it partly stems from his close relationship with Australias most recognisable billionaire, James Packer.

The countrys second longest-serving Prime Minister is facing potential charges of fraud, bribery and breach of trust after an extensive investigation by Israeli police. They accuse Netanyahu of accepting nearly $US300,000 ($A380,000) in gifts over 10 years.

Case 1000 which is also known as Cigars and Champagne, revolves around alleged bribery and paying for favours. Packer, along with Hollywood producer and former secret Israeli agent Arnon Milchan, are alleged to be those behind the payments.

Its now up to the countrys Attorney General, Avichai Mendelblit, to decide whether the police evidence is strong enough to indict the Prime Minister.

Netanyahu does not deny accepting huge gifts from both men, but refutes allegations that he granted them any favours.

Milchans personal assistant, Hadas Klein, told Israeli police in November that, there was an understanding that Arnon had to supply the Netanyahu couple with whatever they wanted. The cigars were requested by Netanyahu personally.

The Prime Minister alleges that pink champagne and expensive jewellery requested by Netanyahus wife, Sara, were tokens of good friendship with Milchan.

Israeli police claim that Netanyahu pushed for the Milchan law, cutting taxes for returning Israelis who have spent time overseas, helped Milchan get a 10-year US visa and assisted the producer in furthering his film work. Israeli police have also recommended charging Milchan.

Packers relationship with the Netanyahu family is also under scrutiny (though he is not facing charges). According to testimony released by Israels Channel 10 in late 2017 after Packer spoke to Australian Federal Police agents in Australia on behalf of Israeli investigators, the casino mogul said: I admire Prime Minister Netanyahu and am happy that I was given the opportunity to be his friend. I was happy to give him presents, many times at his request and his wife Saras request.

At the time of the interview, a spokesman for Mr Packers Crown Resorts said: There is no allegation of wrongdoing on Mr Packers behalf The Israeli and Australian police have confirmed that he was interviewed as a witness, not a suspect........


Railway supporters to rally at Tweed council meeting "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

NRRAG at the Murwillumbah station. Photo supplied.

Railway supporters will today demand that the Tweed Shire Council refrain from making any decisions regarding a rail trail that would result in the ripping up of railway tracks.

Members of Reinstall Murwillumbah Rail and the Northern Rivers Railway Action Group (NRRAG) will meet at 3pm to march from Murwillumbah railway station to the Tweed Shire Council public access at 4pm.

The Tweed Council has received $13 million in funding for a rail trail.

NRRG spokesperson Beth Shelley said the community wanted any rail trail to run beside the railway instead of ripping up the railway tracks and losing the option of trains in the future.

This rally will demonstrate that the community questions the need to close the railway in order to develop a cycling and walking tourist attraction. If the funding was used to build the path beside the track then we could see if it actually does draw tourism to the area without risking the loss of future rail options, Ms Shelley said.

Since the closure of the Casino to Murwillumbah line Trains On Our Tracks (TOOT) and NRRAG have collected over 18 thousand signatures demanding reinstatement of train services. The groups argue there is no social licence to create a recreational bike track which causes the destruction of local rail infrastructure.

Tweed Daily News (Council could derail trail project, 12th Feb) states that Tweed Shire Council asked in September last year for a report into community consultation about the divisive project and the issue was set down for debate at this Thursdays council meeting. Previous councillor Barry Longland was quoted as saying that the costs of returning trains to the line priced at almost $1 billion would be prohibitive.

Ms Shelley refuted that claim saying the  figure of $1 billion was to be found in a report by the Arup group who a month ago was subjected to a $2.2 billion lawsuit.

In an article from the Financial Review (Dec 27 A stretch too far: how Arup was brought to the brink by Airport Link) it states Arup was sued for misleading and deceptive conduct,...


Peak hour traffic jams at Uncle Toms caused by road works "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Traffic was highly congested this morning coming into and out of Mullumbimby as two sets of road work collided reminding locals of what it used to be like getting in and out of the Uncle Toms turn off before the Pacific Highway upgrade. Photo supplied.

Traffic is currently backed up both coming into and leaving Mullumbimby at the Uncle Toms turn off. Traffic is back up at least two kilometres heading out from Mullumbimby to the Uncle Toms while it is backed up about half a kilometre as you come towards the Uncle Toms turn off from Brunswick and is also slow as you approach froth Byron direction according to road users.

There are two sets of road works one between Uncle Toms and Mullumbimby  and the other between Uncle Toms and Brunswick Heads that is reducing the traffic to one lane, said one road user.

The biggest problem is that the two back ups have collided so anyone trying to exit in either direction, to Brunswick or Byron, from the Uncle Toms turn off have very little opportunity to turn.

There was a significant amount of traffic coming into Mullum and leaving Mullum for work and the combination of the two sets of road work created significant delays. I would have though it would be better to schedule these road works for a less busy time of day.

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CRIME CULTURE: Den of Thieves "IndyWatch Feed National"

This is the first instalment of a new regular series from True Crime News Weekly looking at crime in the media and across pop culture. Well investigate how realistic it is, how accurate it is, and how good it is. The first to come under our gaze is the newly released American heist film, Den

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Crooners Uke Night Club Mullum Thu 22 Feb from 6:30pm "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Miss Amber and Stukulele are back at Club Mullum on Thursday 22 Feb from 6:30 with a tribute to the great crooners.

Expect tunes made famous by Old Blue Eyes, Bing Crosby, Doris Day, Perry Como, Elvis Presley, Dean Martin, Nat King Col, The Carpenters and heaps more.

Always a great nights entertainment and you can strum your uke and sing along or just enjoy the loving vibes.

Come on Monday nights to the Mullum Uke Club in the ex-services to learn and practice the tunes. Join the mailing list at for the monthly songbook. Entry Adult $12.50 kids under 16 $2.50

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Opponents say NBN tower construction has unearthed Aboriginal artefacts "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

An NBN tower at another location. Photo Marie Cameron

Bundjalung Elders Council chairman Mickey Ryan will today examine what has been claimed to be Aboriginal artefacts unearthed during the construction of a wifi tower at Stoney Chute, near Nimbin.

A fixed wireless Telstra 45 meter monopole tower Radio Base Station with Antennas and a dish is currently being constructed at 1 Stangers Road, Stoney Chute.

Indigenous Justice Advocacy Network spokesman Al Oshlack contacted the contractor yesterday requesting that all work stop until todays inspection takes place.

Bundjalung elder Mickey Ryan. (supplied)

The Elders have received a report that Aboriginal artefacts have been disturbed on the proposed NBN tower site on Stangers Road via Nimbin NSW, Mr Oshlack said.

The report states that an area of approx 500 square meters has been cleared with the topsoil being stockpiled. Additionally, the report indicates that following the clearing, a number of subsurface artefacts have been exposed.

The Elders Council Chairperson and Secretary have informed me they are visiting the site for an inspection on Thursday 15th February in the afternoon following a funeral they are attending in Lismore.

In consideration of the above and the statutory requirements under the National Parks and Wildlife Act we request that no further work on the site be undertaken until such time the Elders have carried out their inspection.

Meanwhile, Nimbin area resident Rusty Harris said a group of people opposed to the construction of NBN towers in the area would be gathering at the proposed tower site at Lilyfield near Lillian Rocks on Saturday.

Mr Harris said they planned to release a series of attached balloons to illustrate just how big the proposed tower would be.

Opponents of the towers have spoken out against the visual impacts and possible health risks associated with wifi.





To The POINT with JENNY NYLUND: Encouraging creativity and innovation through the arts "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Encouraging creativity and innovation through the arts I HAVE been a creative arts educator in drama and music for over 20 years and can attest [more]

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Incandescent vocalsguitar brilliancerare language "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Award winning artists from WA Gina Williams and Guy Ghouse at the West End Sessions February 23 Gina Williams and Guy Ghouse are one of those rare acts which connect and capture the hearts and imaginations of audiences through the power and pure emotion of song. They bring a fresh, modern take on ancient []

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Tom Daley And Dustin Lance Black Share Exciting Baby News "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Tom Daley and Dustin Lance Black have announced they are expecting a baby. The Olympic diving champion, 23, and his filmmaker husband, 43, confirmed the happy news with Valentines Day Instagram photos. Tom shared a snap of the couple cosying up for the camera while holding an ultrasound scan, before Dustin shared a similar photo ...

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Video: Strathbogie takes practical measures to counter excessive power bills "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"


Strathbogie is A town in East Victoria, where the locals got sick of paying too much for their power bills decided to do something about it. By resorting to bulk buying of alternative energy sources, they have cut down the bills and reduced their carbon footprint.


Video form the Climate Council


Guess how this little town beat their big electricity bills?

Posted by The Climate Council on Tuesday, February 6, 2018


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Strong windstorm hits Victoria and Tasmania, leaving 71 000 homes without power "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

A strong cold front hit the Australian states of Victoria and Tasmania on February 14, 2018, producing damaging wind gusts and lifting up some dust. At least one person was injured in Victoria and more than 50 000 homes were left without power. In Tasmania, the...... Read more


Joyce survives but faces Labor grilling "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Labor is seeking to ramp up pressure on Barnaby Joyce as the deputy prime minister appears to have warded off a push by a small number of Nationals to oust him.

The Nationals leaders relationship with his pregnant partner Vikki Campion raised concerns about the potential misuse of taxpayer funds, after she was shuffled around jobs in other senior MPs offices.

A rent-free townhouse provided to him by a businessman friend also became the subject of Labor questions in parliament on Wednesday.

And Labor has demanded to see the details of taxpayer-funded flights Mr Joyce and Ms Campion took in 2017 setting a deadline of 5pm Thursday for the release of documents.

Malcolm Turnbull and senior Nationals on Wednesday expressed confidence in Mr Joyce, despite a handful of Nationals MPs agitating for him to consider his future.

The prime minister reaffirmed his deputy would act for him while he visited the White House next week.While Nationals deputy Bridget Mackenzie was also giving Mr Joyce her whole-hearted backing.

Ill give you my solid, rolled-gold guarantee here that come tomorrow, come Friday, Barnaby Joyce will be leading the National party, Senator McKenzie told Sky News on Wednesday.

Nationals whip Michelle Landry said the party room sorted out their issues in a get-together on Tuesday night.

Obviously some of the guys were upset with what has happened but theyre prepared to give him another chance, she told ABC radio.

Mr Joyce has denied breaching the ministerial code of conduct, which says frontbenchers cannot employ close relatives or partners or get them work in other ministerial offices without the prime ministers express approval.

He argues Ms Campion was not his partner when she worked in his and Matt Canavans office.

Damian Drum was not a minister when she transferred to his office.

Labor also attacked Mr Joyce, who once said city-dwellers should move to Armidale because houses were cheaper there, for living rent-free for six months in an Armidale townhouse belonging to his friend, multi-millionaire businessman Greg Maguire.

Mr Joyce declared the townhouse rent on his members interests register even though he said he did not need to do so.

Labor senator Kimberley Kitching on Wednesday tabled a notice of motion calling for the details of Mr Joyce and Ms Campions special purpose travel and any international flights.

Senator Canavan was also grilled over whether he or his office recommended Ms Campion for departmental jobs.

Ms Campion is due to give birth in mid-April.Mr Joyce late last year separated from his wife Natalie after 24 years of marriage.......


Labor moves to force councils to fluoridate water "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Shadow minister for health and the north coast Walt Secord. Photo AAP Image/Mark Graham

On Tuesday (February 13), Labor introduced legislation in the NSW Parliament to create tough new fluoride laws it claims would override the anti-fluoride movement and effectively force councils like Byron Shire to fluoridate their water.

The laws would give the NSW health minister additional powers to direct local councils and water authorities to add fluoride to their drinking water supply.

It would enable the health minister to direct a water supply authority to add fluorine to its public water supply, increasing tenfold the maximum penalties for failure to do so (from $5,500 to $50,000).

Like anti-vaxxers

NSW shadow health minister Walt Secord, who introduced the Fluoridation of Public Water Supplies Amendment (Community Water Protection) Bill 2018 into the NSW Parliaments Legislative Council, has likened the resistance to water fluoridation to the anti-vaxxer movement

Of 53 non-fluoridated water supply systems in NSW with a population of at least 500 people, Byron Bay and Mullumbimby are among the top 10.

Mr Secord cites the World Health Organisation, the Australian Medical Association and the Australian Dental Association together with the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare as supporting fluoridation.

But he claims local councils and local water authorities are becoming reluctant to combat or confront the anti-fluoride activists.

Fluoride is one of the great public health achievements, he said, adding, it is mind boggling that any group would oppose its introduction.

We are seeing a repeat of the same tactics being used by the anti-vaxxer movement now occurring in the area of fluoride. They are irresponsible and irrational views.

Communities want fluoride

The proposed new laws are sensible and give the health minister the power to direct a recalcitrant local water authority to put fluoride into the communitys drinking water.

The communitys views are very clear on this issue. They want fluoride in their drinking water and a tiny group of conspiracy theories should not hold the whole community to ransom.

Fluoride protects our teeth and overall dental health leads to a healthier overall person.



Battery boom backing Australias power "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Australians are in love with batteries and the bond of storage is only expected to grow stronger over coming years.

A new report from the Climate Council finds the market for household batteries tripled in 2017, with more than 20,000 new installations.

The year before, just 6750 households put in batteries.

As well, South Australia installed the high-profile Tesla mega battery and now Victoria, Queensland and the Northern Territory are following suit, while the federal, Queensland and Tasmanian governments are considering developing pumped hydro storage projects.

The council expects the storage boom to continue as prices drop.

The cost of lithium-ion batteries has fallen by 80 per cent over the past seven years and is predicted to at least halve again by 2025.

This makes batteries and other forms of storage increasingly competitive with peaking gas plants especially with gas prices soaring for underpinning renewable energy generation.

Australias renewables and battery storage boom will keep the nations power grid fully charged, especially during extreme weather events, such as summer heatwaves, climate councillor Andrew Stock said on Wednesday.

We live in one of the sunniest and windiest countries in the world, so pairing affordable renewables with energy storage like batteries, pumped hydro and heat storage just makes economic sense.

Polling in the report finds three-quarters of Australians expect household batteries to become commonplace during the next decade.

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Abbott marries rower beau in registry "IndyWatch Feed National"

Frances Abbott, the body-building daughter of former prime minister Tony Abbott, has wed her Olympic rower boyfriend, Sam Loch after a three-month engagement.

The 26-year-old, who celebrated the marriage equality win by getting engaged, married Loch on Valentines Day.She announced the news in a post on Instagram, showing her kissing Loch in what appeared to be a registry.

Happy Valentines Day [Sam Loch] Always and forever, she captioned the image, with the hashtags, locheddown, youmaynowkissthebride, and f**kyes.

The happy groom also posted a photo of the couple, showing the bride in a simple, strapless white cocktail dress, and him in a white shirt and grey trousers with no tie.

The celebratory component isnt for a couple of months, but we made it official in the eyes of the law today, he said on Instagram.

Were the motherf**king Mighty Morphin Power Rangers of love.

Abbott is a fitness blogger and recently competed in a body-building competition, while Loch, 34, is a weightlifter who competed in the 2008 and 2012 Olympics.

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Amnesty International: Indonesia Must Protect Its Transgender Community "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Indonesian authorities are failing to protect the transgender women who were appallingly ill-treated and humiliated by police in North Aceh on January 27, some of whom have since had to go into hiding due to fears for their safety, according to human rights group Amnesty International. Amnesty International interviewed some of the victims in a ...

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The 2018 Bluesfest line up has been rounded out with the last-minute additions "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The 2018 Bluesfest line up has been rounded out with the last-minute addition of celebrated Soul singer Leon Bridges and a handful of other gifted artists.


Since arriving on the scene with his Grammy nominated album Coming Home in 2015, Bridges has become one of the most beloved and critically acclaimed singers of his generation. With two sold out Australian tours under his belt, there is no doubt audiences here are hungry for more of his incredible talent.

Hes an up and coming rock star with the voice of an angel, who counts Ed Sheeran among his biggest fans, so its with great excitement that Bluesfest welcomes Ryan McMullan to the festival in 2018.

The huge voice of Clarence Bekker is heading back to Bluesfest in 2018! Bekker is a singer and songwriter of Soul and Reggae music; and a vocalist in Playing for Change. From 2009, he had toured the world with a message of peace through music in more than 300 concerts, including many celebrated performances at Bluesfest.

Tay Oskee won the Byron Bay Busking comp in 2017, so organisers are delighted to welcome him back with a spot on their line up in 2018. Tay is a multi-instrumentalist playing a variety of guitars, banjo, harmonica and percussion. With a musical style that is wide and varied Tay can take you on a journey from chilled beach tunes to punchy riff driven roots music with distinctive multicultural influences.

She wowed everyone who saw her Busking Comp sets and went on to take the Grommet Busking Prize home in 2017, there is no doubt Molly Millington is a force to be reckoned with! Molly fuses country and folk with a little quirky pop to create dark, yet playful tunes

Bluesfest Director Peter Noble OAM on the festivals most recent announcement

Here goes. Today is a special day we are having another Bluesfest announcement.
This has become such a special year full of amazing artists, Grammy Winners past and present plenty of great female artists, like Ms. Lauryn Hill, Kesha, Sheryl Crow, Melissa Etheridge, First Aid Kit AND Australias wunderkind Tash Sultana just to name a few.

We have got it covered from the Legends to the latest contemporary artists Lionel Richie and Robert Plant to the John Butler Trio and Ms. Lauryn Hill from Boomerang, our indigenous festival within a festival, to just about the best artist bill we have had so far. Its not hard to see why we have been nominated Best International Music Festival by the American Pollstar Awards SIX TIMES IN A ROW.



[$] DIY biology "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A scientist with a rather unusual name, Meow-Ludo Meow-Meow, gave a talk at 2018 about the current trends in "do it yourself" (DIY) biology or "biohacking". He is perhaps most famous for being prosecuted for implanting an Opal card RFID chip into his hand; the Opal card is used for public transportation fares in Sydney. He gave more details about his implant as well as describing some other biohacking projects in an engaging presentation.


Behind Bars: Australias Shocking Cruelty To Aboriginal People With Disabilities "IndyWatch Feed National"

The abuse of Aboriginal prisoners with disabilities in Australian jails is confronting, and ongoing. In this special three part series for New Matilda, Michael Brull profiles the shocking revelations uncovered in a report written by Human Rights Watch.

For years, there has been considerable evidence of the significant discrimination visited upon Aboriginal people with disabilities in the criminal justice system. Research into this important issue is developing, and is shocking. It should be a national scandal, akin to the Don Dale revelations.

In late 2011, media attention began to grow in relation to Marlon Noble. Marlon is an Aboriginal man, who was imprisoned in Western Australia for 10 years for crimes there is no evidence he committed. The reason he was imprisoned that long is because the legal system provided for indefinite detention of people with mental disabilities, who were judged unfit to stand trial.

In 2012, a report by the Aboriginal Disability Justice Campaign (ADJC) explored the broader scale of the indefinite detention without trial of Aboriginal people. The ADJC found there were at least 30 Aboriginal people being detained without trial on this basis. This was based on their own research, as the government hasnt provided statistics on this issue.

After news broke of the torture of Dylan Voller at Don Dale Youth Detention Centre, I spoke to Patrick McGee, the coordinator of the Aboriginal Disability Justice Campaign. He explained that a young Arrente man, KA, had a severe mental disability and was imprisoned after allegedly killing his uncle.

A screencap from the July 25 Four Corners program, showing Dylan Voller restrained in a chair, wearing a spit hood.

KA repeatedly banged his head against cell bars and walls. The prison responded by putting him in a restraint chair, and using chemical restraints on him. The prison doesnt disclose to Patrick, the guardian of KA, when those restraints are used. He has to find out by carefully reading reports by the Department of Corrections submitted to the Northern Territorys Supreme Court.

The restraint chair was used on KA at lea...


Govt misleading the public over koala feed tree planting "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A sign claiming koala feed tree planting was in process, with no feed trees in sight. Photo Sue Arnold

An animal activist has accused two National Party MPs of misleading the public over claims the RMS has revegetated more than a hundred hectares of land along the Pacific Highway Ballina upgrade route with tens of thousands of koala feed trees.

In recent weeks both roads minister Melinda Pavey and north coast MLC Ben Franklin have made public statements regarding the re-vegetation of koala habitat at Meerschaum Vale to compensate for the damage caused by the highway upgrade construction.

On February 3, Minister Pavey said in a press release that the government had re-vegetated 130 hectares of land with 95,000 koala feed trees.

Then on February 9, Mr Franklin said that about 110 hectares, equating to 80,000 koala food trees had so far been planted and there were plans to plant another 20 hectares as part of the Woolgoolga to Ballina Upgrade.

Empty paddock

But co-ordinator of Australians For Animals, Sue Arnold, told Echonetdaily she took a field trip to the re-vegetation site earlier this week, which revealed an empty paddock with no koala feed trees planted in spite of a sign indicating that the planting was part of a 130 hectares of Koala Food Trees planted.

Ms Arnold said she was unable to find any other planting sites in the vicinity.

An area along the new Pacific Highway route south of Ballina supposedly set aside for koala feed trees showing none in the ground. Photo Sue Arnold


Not only has the public been mislead over the supposed re-vegetation, but the minister and Mr Franklin have failed to indicate that any planting is comprised of tube stock and that it takes seven years before any surviving tube stock is suitable as a feed tree, Ms Arnold said.

In the very hot summer were experiencing, tube stock needs to be regularly...


Sydney Fox & Dingo Rescue "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal" MerJa Media


XANEMR - MEVANIM "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

World famous Kurdish singer Xanemr celebrated the 30th Anniversary of his singing career with a free concert for Sydney's Kurdish Community. Two camera shoot filmed by MerJa Media was sponsored by the Sydney Kurdish Youth Society. Editing provided free by MerJa Media. Shot on Canon DSLR and Sony PXW-X70


Frederike Geerdink - Rojava - the most feminist revolution in history "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

International guest speaker: Frederike Geerdink, Dutch journalist, was based in Turkey from 2006. In 2015, while reporting on the war between the Turkish army and the Kurdish resistance forces, Geerdink was detained by the Turkish police and then expelled. Kurdish women gained international prominence during the siege of the north Syrian town of Koban in 2014-15. Their heroic frontline role in the resistance to the brutal, women-hating Islamic State gangs produced both widespread admiration and curiosity which has continued to this day. But as necessary and attention grabbing as the military struggle is, it is not the most important thing. In the liberated zones of northern Syria, women are playing a leading role in building a new kind of society one which is marked by a radical grassroots democracy, ethnic and religious inclusivity, and by an unprecedented effort to empower women. Arguably this is the most feminist revolution in history. For all those interested in womens rights, jineology and progressive social change, this experience is worthy of both serious study and our practical solidarity and support. Organised by Sydney University Resistance Club, Rojava Solidarity (Sydney), Democratic Kurdish Community Centre of NSW, Sydney University Wom*ens Committee, Sydney University Postgraduate Representative Association


Andrew Blanch Sydney Opera House "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Promotional video for classical guitarist Andrew Blanch. Featured on Sydney Opera House Website.


EDITORIAL EXCERPT: The Barnaby Affair and the Media Watch debacle "IndyWatch Feed"

EDITORIAL EXCERPT: The Barnaby Affair and the Media Watch debacleHow did ABC Media Watch get it so wrong? Completely ignoring the role of IA and other independent media outlets in reporting the truth about Barnaby Joyce months before the mainstream media. read now...


Cool for Cats "IndyWatch Feed"

One of the pleasures of contributing to Catallaxy Files is the knowledge that it is the smartest and best informed community in Australia.

To wit, Spartacus would like to pose the following question in the hope that someone can provide an answer.

If, as is constantly repeated, wages are not rising, how is it that the government is collecting squillions of extra tax dollars through bracket creep?

Where is the data supporting the proposition that wages arent rising?

Please explain.

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NSW government presses on with WestConnex despite public opposition "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Contributed from New South Wales

As Sydneys population rises and the roads become more congested, the new South Wales government continues to build the WestConnex project. It is now pushing Stage 3.

Meanwhile, the public transport system goes from bad to worse. The fiasco in the underfunded, overcrowded and unreliable rail network is testimony to this. While most other cities around the world have discovered that the only effective way to meet the growing demand for transport and have a clean city, is to rely on the building of public transport and reducing road traffic, the New South Wales government marches in the opposite direction.

For instance, Shanghai, a city of some 23 million inhabitants, now enjoys an extensive rail, trolleybus tram, bus and taxi system. Free rail travel is now going to be introduced. The plan is to markedly reduce the use of fossil fuel driven vehicles to clean up the air. Bus , taxi fleets and vehicles in general, are been transferred to electric power. Other cities around the world are also making positive changes and this includes Amsterdam. London and New York,which are also extending to make public transport faster and more reliable, and  shifting to electric power.

Although the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has raised serious concerns about the level of pollution that will be emitted close to schools and populated areas, Gladys Berejiklian and her government, remain bent on pushing through stage 3.

The NSW Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) has ignored 13,000 objections to the WestConnex Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and Anthony Roberts, the Minister for Planning, has gone along with this.

At least $17 billion has been tied up with building WestConnex. Much of this money, which could be put to much better use, is coming from taxpayers. A part of it will be raised through the imposition of tolls.

So far, the project has failed to reduce congestion and its continuation is unlikely to make any improvement. Commuters seeking to avoid tolls are crowding alternative routes.

Stage 3 is the most destructive part of the project. Its purpose is build a new link between the first stages (M$ and M5). Construction will cause major damage through the North Shore and South Coast.

But the government faces a formidable list of community groups that are fighting back. The WestConnex Action Group...


February 15 On This Day In Australian History "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

1795 - HMS Reliance and HMS Supply set sail from Portmouth for Sydney. On board were Capt John Hunter to take up his appointment as Governor of NSW, Master's Mate Matthew Flinders, Surgeon George Bass, with his boat, Tom Thumb, and  Bennelong.

1796 - John "Black" Caesar, the first bushranger and escaped convict, was shot by a settler at Liberty Plains (Strathfield).

1802 - Twenty crew of the brig Lady Nelson, the first ship to enter Port Phillip Bay, met five Boon wurrung men on the beach near Arthurs Seat. They exchanged greetings and danced, but that afternoon violence erupted and contacts ceased.

1804 - David Collins and his party for a 3 course sit down bang up meal, arrived at the Derwent River in Tassie after a sailing jaunt from Port Phillip.

1823 - Keeping more than his hair under his hat, surveyor James McBrien found that glittery gold stuff at Fish Creek but wasn't made public.

1836 - Robert Duffy was Hanged at Sydney for the stabbing murder of his wife Mary Duffy in Phillip St.

1837 - Andrew Gillies wasHanged at Sydney for the murder of James Kelly near Yass.

1840 - Strzelecki went for a wander after a heavy lunch and climbed a hill he then dubbed Mount Kosciusko.

1841 - Edward John Eyre, with John Baxter and three Aborigines, did a bunk from Fowlers Bay, SA, in an attempt to cross the Nullarbor Plain to King George Sound, WA.

1855 - The Iron Age ( a ship in this case, not how old your author feels) was tripping the light vesper fantastics from Liverpool to Portland with a general cargo when she was blown ashore near Cape Banks, SA. Running before the wind she ploughed across a reef and remained intact long enough to enable the crew to reach safety. Divers who visit the wrecksite have recovered bricks from her cargo and a few fittings.

1860 - Keen to keep the yoof off their skateboards, a volunteer militia corps was cobbled together in Qld.

1872 - Charcoal was Hanged for the murder of Samuel Wells Lazenby at Port Walcott.

1872 - Tommy was Hanged for the murder of Samuel Wells Lazenby at Port Walcott.

1873 - The colonies agreed to a Border Customs Treaty.

1876 - The railway line from Ararat to Scallan's Hill (1.6kms east of Stawell) opened.

1884 - The railway line from Branxholme to Henty, a hearty 37.5kms, was opened.

1907 - Queensland allowed Italian migrants to replace (kidnapped) Kanaka labour (called slaves in any other language) on sugar plantations.

1930 - One poor bugger had a shit of a day when he was taken by a shark whilst he was diving off the Middle Brighton Pier and treading water.

1933 - A Torres Strait Islander was lucky to rea...


Gas industry finally admits that its lobbying spin contains untruths? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Tucked into the wall-to-wall spin of this media release is a tacit admission that safe aquifer recharge with treated water is little more than a convenient deception offered up to governments and citizens in the gas industry's drive to create more gasfields and extract more water from the natural environment in the mining process.
Research into the effects of the Coal Seam Gas industry on groundwater is continuously improving our understanding about underground water movements and implications for coal seam development.
Scientists from Queensland's independent Office of Groundwater Impact Assessment (OGIA) and the University of Queensland Centre for Coal Seam Gas have been wading through an enormous amount of data being contributed by landholders, government, industry and other research projects to build up a better understanding of groundwater movements.
Early studies suggest that the recharge of underground aquifers may not be as effective as once thought and recharge flow paths may not be what we first thought.
Research indicates that much of the rain recharging the Hutton and Precipice Sandstone aquifers in the North-East Surat Basin is discharging into the local low topography of the Dawson River.


Well its definitely on the record now, Barnaby "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A wander through mainstream media reports - on a subject Australian Deputy Prime Minister and Nationals MP for New England Barnaby Joyce had been determined to hide from the national electorate.


The Sydney Morning Herald, 12 February 2018:

A senior adviser to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull was warned that Barnaby Joyce had allegedly misbehaved at an awards night, according to a series of text messages seen by Fairfax Media.
The text message warnings came from John Clements, a former chief adviser to Tony Windsor, the former independent MP and Mr Joyce's political enemy.
They were sent on December 30, 2015, to Sally Cray, who serves as Mr Turnbull's principal private secretary.
Fairfax Media has been told the "Qld senator" referred to in the text exchange was Mr Joyce. Fairfax Media also understands the texts related to alleged misconduct at a 2011 Rural Women's Award dinner.
"I might add he was reminded of his behaviour the following year in a speech," Mr Clements said in one message. He also described Mr Joyce as having been in "full flight"...


Malaysia Central Bank to Let Public Decide Cryptos Fate "IndyWatch Feed"

Malaysia Central Bank to Let Public Decide Cryptos Fate

Malaysias central bank, Bank Negara, is set to release a concept paper, calling for the public to decide the fate of cryptocurrencies in the country, according to a recent report. Bank Negara governor Muhammad Ibrahim is said to have assured the bank will neither ban nor recognize cryptocurrency, and that the paper will be finalized in February.

Also read: Internet Pioneer Who Influenced Assange & Snowden Dead at 70

Malaysia Lets Public Decide

At the 40th anniversary dinner of Harvard Business School Alumni Club of Malaysia, Bank Negara governor Muhammad Ibrahim said, Basically, we will let the cryptocurrency promoters including bitcoin, ethereum and ripple to be more transparent, the methods to be more transparent and people behind the scene are to be more transparent too. By doing so, the public can decide on its own if they want to invest in cryptocurrencies.

Malaysia in recent years has been an economic tiger, its economy growing faster than more powerful regional cousins South Korea, and even outpacing France and Australia. Its government is unusually paternalistic with regard to the economy, however, though less so as it has developed. Politically it occupies an odd space in Southeast Asia as a federal constitutional elective monarchy. Something akin to the Westminster system, the king is chosen in rotation by hereditary families, and he acts as ceremonial head of state, appointing upper parliament house members and mi...


In which the pond provides rolled gold coverage of the reptiles attending Barners' bush bash ... "IndyWatch Feed"

Day whatever of the Barners' bush bash - it started so long ago - and the pond is reeling, and the reptiles are slowing ... but the Terror is still maintaining the rage ...

The Terrorists also borrowed the Bolter from the HUN, and wheeled him out so that he might bung on a fine amount of frothing, foaming indignation ...

The past few days have also been busy ones for the lizards of Oz, as they tried to keep the bush bash on the road ... 

All sorts of angles were trotted out and for a moment the pond became an avid collector of digital headlines ...


Celebrating 60 years of womens golf "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Laura McBride and Master of Ceremonies, Beryl Brown, at the celebrations to mark 60 years of womens golf in South Gippsland.

Celebrating womens golf last week were (L to R) Maree Anderson, Gwen Evison, Gayle Tyers and Anne Walker.

ALL golfing roads for South Gippsland ladies led to Lang Lang Golf Club on Friday, February 9, for the districts opening event of the season. The day was a significant one for two reasons.
Firstly, it was the first conducted under the new auspices of South Gippsland Golf Inc, the SGGI, following the mens and womens district associations coming together late last year to form one committee. Throughout these years, it was evident from the presentations that the individual clubs, Korumburra, Foster, Lang Lang, Leongatha, Meeniyan, Phillip Island, Wonthaggi, Welshpool and Woorayl, prepared for the day, and that in all aspects of golf the dedication, pride and passion shone through for South Gippsland.
Secondly, it also marked the 60th year of the formation of South Gippsland Womens Golf Association, which continues now under the newly formed SGGI. Over time there have been a couple of name changes. In 1986 it was known as SGLGA, the South Gippsland Ladies Golf Association, and then in 2013 it became SGWGA, the South Gippsland Womens Golf Association.
The long-standing sponsorship support of over 20 years from, first, Ray and Maree Anderson, and now Scott and Sharon Anderson, from Handley and Anderson Funeral Directors Wonthaggi, was acknowledged and appreciated by all.
It was a day of celebrations on and off the course as 96 players, in 48 teams, participated in the 4BBB Stableford shotgun event. It was a fabulous turnout of ladies for this extra special day. The course was in tip top condition and the weather did not disappoint either with a perfect day presented for golf.
Whilst the ladies were out on the course, in the clubhouse...


1) ULMWP Leaders welcomed to Port Moresby "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

2) MSG to process West Papua membership bid
3) Top UN Human Rights Official Completes Mission to Indonesia
4) China remains biggest market for West Papua`s exports
5) Mongabay Series: Indonesian Forests  

1) ULMWP Leaders welcomed to Port Moresby

ULMWP Executive member Andy Ayamiseba signs final declaration witnessed by Rex Rumakiek for TPN (military wing)


Rethinking Closing the Gap: An Interview With NCAFP Co-Chair Rod Little "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Close the Gap Statement of Intent was issued by the Rudd government in early 2008 with bipartisan support. Its stated aim is achieving equality in health status and life expectancy between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Indigenous Australians by the year 2030. The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) launched the Closing the Gap

The post Rethinking Closing the Gap: An Interview With NCAFP Co-Chair Rod Little appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.


Day to Day Politics: If you throw mud it usually comes back to hit you in the face, Barnaby. "IndyWatch Feed"

Thursday 15 February 2018 During the 2016 election campaign the National Party ran a television advertisement of 2 women chatting and inferring that Tony Windsor was having, or had had, an affair. They were eventually forced to take it down but it greatly upset Tony Windsor and his family, and it was one of the

The post Day to Day Politics: If you throw mud it usually comes back to hit you in the face, Barnaby. appeared first on The AIM Network.


Mining for Development "IndyWatch Feed"

The 2014 DFAT evaluation of the International Mining for Development Centre (IM4DC) contains a succinct and valuable summary of the rationale for the overall Mining for Development (M4D) initiative.

It said inter alia working in the mining sector was a new experience for the Australian aid program. This is quite extraordinary given the strengths of the Australian mining management regime and the evident needs of so many developing countries for improved performance in that area.

The evaluation also said:

to support developing countries to maximise the economic benefits from their extractives sector in a socially and environmentally sustainable waywas logical and consistent with the Australian Governments commitment to making progress towards the MDGs. The Australian Government recognised that the mining sector had considerable potential to help reduce poverty, accelerate human development and economic growth.

It is hard to believe that it took the aid administration in Australia until 2007 to work this out! The creation of wealth has always been a necessary, although not a sufficient, condition of the sustainable elimination of poverty.

This recognition was not an accident or a coincidence. It arose from repeated requests from African Ministers to me during my time as Parliamentary Secretary and subsequently as the PMs Special Envoy.

My initial brief was to talk to Ministers about our plans to assist in areas such as maternal health and water and sanitation. These were well received, but I was consistently asked: What about mining?

The governments did not want or need assistance with attracting investment. What they wanted was assistance with the regulation of mining. They recognised that Australia is rare among donor countries in having a large and well regulated mining industry and a high level of expertise in education and training related to the mining industry.

Requests varied in detail but were remarkably consistent. Governments in Africa wanted assistance with managing the granting of leases, environmental regulation, occupational health and safety issues, taxation, and fiscal issues.

It was also apparent that the impression of Australia in many of the countries I visited was substantially influenced by the behaviour of our mining companies. They are the main things many people see that is understood to be Australian. This carries reputational risk as well as benefits. Assisting with effective regulation of the industry will be, and be seen to be, an important counter-balance to the risks and an addition to the bene...


Huon mayoral wannabe picks at an old scab "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Huon Valley Guessing Games Some weeks ago, Mike Wilson eternal valley mayoral aspirant gave me a call, and, as is his wont, invited me to have a coffee. Having had a mug or two over the past decade, I agreed: although we might be at odds over many things about Huon Valley Council, I have always found him an affable, if not always credible, bloke with whom to chew the cud  


Liberal health pledge cooks the books "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The Liberal Party has artificially inflated its election health package by over $200 million by including Commonwealth funding in its totals but without saying so. The Labor package, nominally $560 million, does not include federal funding. But when the Liberals nominal $753 million spend is put onto equal terms, it is likely that the Labor policy is worth more


NATION: Turnbulls Joyce will cost him dearly ... "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

A salary of $191,000 for Vikki is now in the news. So, too is The Daily Telegraphs Miranda Devine writing about Barnaby telling his estranged wife, Natalie that Vikki is expecting a boy. A dagger to Natalies heart. Even Murdochs purple press has turned. 26 dud Newspolls plus one Barnaby fiasco may be too much for Rupert Murdoch. The Coalitions major backer may be turning sour over Turnbulls bungling ineptitude In his own way, too, Turnbulls Aussie icon Barnaby Joyce is a self-styled Cultural Warrior on his own crusade for moral decency. Why, he even fought against girls being inoculated with anti-HPV vaccine Gardasil lest it promote promiscuity. He opposed gay marriage claiming it went against traditional family values. Now look at him Fairfax: Barnaby Joyces career hangs in the balance Is Prime Minister Turnbull responsible for the Barnaby Joyce scandal?


Caring for humans ... as wildlife "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Socially induced stress can be fatal for some people and an emerging branch of medicine explains why. But the revelation has come almost too late for a woman campaigning to give sufferers a suitable place in which to heal. Support worker and former Tasmanian journalist BRANDT TEALE tells her story . . .


How much are they paying ... ? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

A lot of the following properties are full of State and Commonwealth Government offices. Im currently trying to find out just how much the Commonwealth and State Governments pay to lease office space in these buildings


Malka Leifer Israeli court orders psychiatric evaluation for Australian teacher "IndyWatch Feed National"


Israeli police arrest ex-principal, alleged child abuser Malka Leifer


The woman concerned is Malka Leifer, whose name cant be published in Israel due to a court suppression order.

The Times of Israel

Israeli court orders psychiatric evaluation for Australian teacher

Move comes after police express concern the woman, wanted for 74 charges of sex abuse against girls, was faking mental illness to avoid extradition

Feb 15 2018


Australia/ Israel & Jewish Affairs Council AIJAC statement on the arrest of Malka Leifer "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Australia/ Israel & Jewish Affairs Council

AIJAC statement on the arrest of Malka Leifer

 FEB 14 2018
Malka Leifer

Media Release

The Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council is very pleased to see the arrest of former Melbourne school principal and accused sexual abuser Malka Leifer by Israeli police yesterday, and the subsequent court hearing alleging she had faked mental illness to avoid extradition back to Australia.

This is a matter which AIJAC has pursued with Israeli authorities for some time, with National Chairman Mark Leibler twice meeting with Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked to discuss this case. AIJAC has called on Israeli authorities to do their utmost, consistent with the rule of law, to fully investigate Ms Leifers claim of being too ill to stand trial and appreciates that they have done so. Mark Leibler will again be seeking to discuss what can be done expedite Ms. Leifers extradition with Israeli authorities during his visit to Israel next week.

AIJAC is hopeful that these latest developments will lead to Ms. Leifers speedy extradition back to Australia to face a long-overdue trial at last bringing some measure of closure and justice to her alleged victims.

Mark Leibler, AC
National Chairman

Colin Rubenstein, AM
Executive Director



Malka Leifer Former Melbourne Jewish school principal wanted on child sex abuse charges kept in custody in Israel, will face new psychiatric test "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

ABC News Australia

Former principal wanted on child sex abuse charges kept in custody in Israel, will face new psychiatric test

15 February 2018

RELATED STORY: Alleged Melbourne sex offender who faked mental illness re-arrested in Israel

Malka Leifer, a Melbourne school principal wanted on 74 charges of child sexual abuse, has been sent for a new psychiatric examination after Israeli police accused her of faking mental illness in order to avoid extradition.

Key points:

  • Malka Leifers will undergo tests to determine her mental state as prosecutors argue her illness was faked
  • The judge acknowledged Ms Leifer had never attempted to run away or depart the country
  • The court will decide whether Ms Leifer was too ill to be extradited to Australia

After three years of avoiding extradition hearings, Ms Leifer appeared in the Jerusalem district court on Wednesday morning, her second court appearance in just two days.

Australia has been trying to extradite the woman since 2013, but the 54-year-old has refused to front court, with her lawyers claiming she has panic attacks, anxiety and is too unwell to face extradition hearings.

Israeli police re-arrested her on Monday, accusing her of faking a mental illness to avoid extradition.

Prosecutor Matan...


Japan GDP Growth: Partying Like Its 1989? "IndyWatch Feed"

Japan is on its longest economic growth spurt since the 1980s.


Former CIA whistleblower now living in New Zealand with plenty to say about the Clintons, crime and corruption "IndyWatch Feed National"

Major failure by New Zealands media. As reported in multiple previous press releases, Harmon Wilfred, a CIA whistleblower in possession of testimony against Bill and Hillary Clinton that should have had significant influence on NZ foreign policy, has been living in New Zealand since 2001. He has been stateless, without...


India in the Race for Military Bases "IndyWatch Feed National"


In late January 2018, the media reported that India is finalizing a document with France (apparently it would become official in early March during a visit by French President E. Macron to Delhi) on military logistics similar to the USA of August 2016, according to which the Indian fleet can use military installations in both Diego Garcia and Guam, as well as other bases in different regions of the world. It was signed after 10 years of difficult negotiations. And it seems to be contagious the agreements with Paris will also open doors of French bases to the Navy ships of the Republic, especially in the Indian Ocean.

But admittedly, this decision of the French side is not so genuine. A few months after the signing of the agreement between Washington and Delhi in April 2017, India received a similar proposal from Australia, which even presented a draft of a future document and has an accumulated long-term experience of implementing such agreement with the United States. Today, this step was prompted by the growing concern over the marked intensification of the Chinese fleet in the Pacific and Indian oceans, especially at their junction, and in waters near the fifth continent.

Thus, the Executive Director of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) Peter Jennings drew the attention of experts to the appearance of not individual Chinese diesel submarines, but several flotillas with different types of military vessels. This fact was confirmed by air photographs taken on January 2, 2017. And the senior analyst of the same institute, E. Berger, noted that the Chinese, having opened a first full-scale overseas base in Djibouti in August 2017, intends to create the same near the modernized port of Gwadar soon, which can also be easily transformed into a military base that is logical in connection with the objectives of the One Belt, One Road Initiative.

Controversy is evoked concerning active collection of intelligence on the possibilities of participants in various sea maneuvers (e.g. RIMPAC), which is carried out not only by Chinese warships but also by the research vessels. The latter are increasingly dispatched by Beijing to study the bottom of Antarctica as well. And this could mean the close coordination of the Chinese military with the State Oceanic Administration, as well as their greater involvement in the Antarctic, a seemingly peaceful program.

Apparently, a lengthy discussion, not de...

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