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Thursday, 17 May

00:05

Scientific Study Claims Alien Life Could Exist in a Parallel Universe "IndyWatch Feed National"

Could a multiverse be hospitable to life?

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Source: Eurek Alert


A Multiverse - where our Universe is only one of many - might not be as inhospitable to life as previously thought, according to new research.

Questions about whether other universes might exist as part of a larger Multiverse, and if they could harbour life, are burning issues in modern cosmology.

Now new research led by Durham University, UK, and Australia's University of Sydney, Western Sydney University and the University of Western Australia, has shown that life could potentially be common throughout the Multiverse, if it exists.

The key to this, the researchers say, is dark energy, a mysterious "force" that is accelerating the expansion of the Universe.

Scientists say that current theories of the origin of the Universe predict much more dark energy in our Universe than is observed. Adding larger amounts would cause such a rapid expansion that it would dilute matter before any stars, planets or life could form.

The Multiverse theory, introduced in the 1980s, can explain the "luckily small" amount of dark energy in our Universe that enabled it to host life, among many universes that could not.

Using huge computer simulations of the cosmos, the new research has found that adding dark energy, up to a few hundred times the amount observed in our Universe, would actually have a modest impact upon star and planet formation.

This opens up the prospect that life could be possible throughout a wider range of other universes, if they exist, the researchers said.

The findings are to be published in two related papers in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.

The simulations were produced under the EAGLE (Evolution and Assembly of GaLaxies and their Environments) proje...

Wednesday, 16 May

22:19

Facebook block post exposing Capilano selling imported Honey while the ACCC investigate Facebook and Google etc "IndyWatch Feed National"

On the 15th of May 2018 Facebook blocked a post I published on the 3rd of April exposing Capilano Honey selling imported Honey while the federal government agency, the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC), is currently investigating Facebook, Google and other new media companies on the impact they are having on journalism and old []

22:11

May Full Moon 2018 Meaning "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

May full moon 2018 arrives on the 30th (AEST) in the sign of Sagittarius. Just as the breeze picks up the smell of apple pie cooking and sends your way, so to the full moon influences our senses. This month's full moon seeks pleasure and excitement.

The post May Full Moon 2018 Meaning appeared first on Thrive On News Spiritual Magazine.

22:06

22:04

Did the AAWSA program/AATIP really start in 2007? "IndyWatch Feed National"

One of the aspects of the Advanced Aerospace Weapon System Applications (AAWSA) program/Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program(AATIP), which has aroused my interest is, if the project was not funded by Federal contract until sometime after 5 September 2008, why does almost everyone state that the program started in 2007? I decided to undertake some research based on the available public information.

Senator Harry Reid

I started off by reading material which made mention of Senator Harry Reid.

Source: New York Times 16 December 2017

The  New York Magazine, edition dated 19 March 2018, contains an interview between Eric Benson and Senator Reid, and quotes Reid at length, about how the program started.

"I'm in Washington in the Senate and Bob Bigelow called me - I kept in touch with him over the years. He called me and said, "I got the strangest letter here. Could I have a courier bring it to you?" I said, "Sure." He didn't want to send it to me over the lines for obvious reasons. I read the letter. The letter was from a federal national security agency. Okay. The letter said, "I am a senior, long-time member of this security agency, and have a PhD," - I can't remember in what, in physics for sure, maybe math also." And  the letter said "I'm interested. I'm interested in talking to you, Mr Bigelow. I have an interest in what you've been working on. I want to go to your ranch in Utah."

"...I called Bigelow back and said, "Hey, I'll meet with the guy." I called the guy. He said, "I don't want to meet at my office. I don't want to meet at your office. Where can we meet?" I said, "Come to my home." The two of us met and I was terribly impressed with him. Very low key scientist. He told me of his interest. I called Bigelow and I said, "This guy, I've checked him out and he seems like a pretty nice guy and his credentials are as he says."

He went, met Bigelow, and after I don't know how...

21:48

The Best Form Of Welfare "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Youve got to hand it to the current government Well, you do! Theres no way they could pick it up themselves. Anyway, Ive noticed a certain phrase cropping up lately whenenver the Coalition is confronted with the idea that Newstart is so low that even economists think it should be raised. FFS, even John Howard

The post The Best Form Of Welfare appeared first on The AIM Network.

21:39

The lies of the British government to its people re: EU Integration "IndyWatch Feed National"



See how the British government lied to its people with regards to the European Union integration within the CONFIDENTIAL document (202MB, 224 pages):





21:35

Insolvencies sneak marginally higher (mainly WA) "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Bankruptcies moderate

A 45-second run through the latest AFSA figures on personal insolvencies and bankruptcies, for which there has been a slight break in the data series.

Firstly, on an annual basis bankruptcies continue to moderate (this is very much a lagging indicator). 


The only state in a meaningful uptrend here is Western Australia.


Insolvencies up in WA

Looking now at total personal insolvency activity, this has moved very marginally higher year-on-year.


The main state where total insolvency activity has been rising is Western Australia, while there was also a small increase in New South Wales. 

21:20

Predictions of the Namoi Water Study will they come to pass? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

In 2012 the Namoi Water Study handed down its final report. The analysis was sobering for anyone living at Maules Creek and near the Narrabri Gas Field.

 

 

21:17

MACKAY Assault and weapons charges, Mount Pleasant "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

MACKAY May 16, 2018 at 10:42AM ,

Assault and weapons charges, Mount Pleasant

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21:17

MACKAY Assault and weapons charges in Mount Pleasant, QLD "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

MACKAY May 16, 2018 at 10:22AM ,

Assault and weapons charges in Mount Pleasant, QLD

May 16, 2018 at 10:22AM ,

Police have charged a 22-year-old man following an alleged incident involving a firearm in Mount Pleasant early this morning, Queensland Police say.

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20:55

Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) VIP 34 Squadron Transport Bizjets Pop into CQ Airports - Again! "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Following on from our post below, on Wednesday 16 May, the visiting Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) VIP 34 Squadron transport bizjets continued to call into various CQ Airports.

After arriving the previous afternoon from Townsville, RAAF Canadair CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604 bizjet A37-003 was heard departing Rockhampton Airport for Sydney once again as "Wisdom 41".

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While during the afternoon, RAAF Boeing B737-7DF(BBJ) A36-002 was spotted arriving into Rockhampton Airport from Townsville as "Envoy 61".



20:30

Hillsong Church. Pastor Joel ABell Head of Hillsong Australia is openly dialoguing with the gay activist and former Hillsong evangelist Tony Venn-Brown "IndyWatch Feed National"

 

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Pastor Joel ABell Head of Hillsong Australia. Dialoguing with gay Christian activist Tony Venn-Brown about gay issues.

 

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Tony Venn-Brown. Gay evangelist talking with Pastor Joel ABell Head of Hillsong Australia about how Hillsong can become more gay.

 

The following is a Facebook dialogue a week ago on 10 April 2016 between Pastor Joel ABell, Head of Hillsong Australia, and Tony Venn-Brown, a leading Australian Assemblies of God (AOG) evangelist from the 1980s who came out as gay, abandoned his family and Christian ministry circa 1990.

Pastor Pat Mesiti was Tony Venn-Browns assistant evangelist.

Then in 1990 when Tony Venn-Brown came out as a homosexual, Pastor Pat Mesiti took on Tony Venn- Browns mantle as the leading Australian AOG evang...

20:26

Another Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Pilatus PC-9/A A23-031 Arrives at Rockhampton Airport "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

On Tuesday 15 May, a third Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Pilatus PC-9/A aircraft was spotted arriving into Rockhampton Airport.  It was identified as A23-031 and it was heard to fly into Rocky from the South as "Raven 23".





Meanwhile, it appears that the land/sea joint-military training exercise has kicked-off in the Shoalwater Bay Training Area (SWBTA) with existing two RAAF Pilatus PC-9/A aircraft that arrived into Rockhampton Airport over the weekend also taking to the air this week to complete their first sorties.

As mentioned below, the two PC-9s were identified as A23-020 and A23-022 and have been heard to complete sorties this week using the radio callsign of "Reaper".

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20:23

Pastor Neville Johnson. Liked blow jobs from his three young AOG church secretaries. Academy of Light Maleny, Queensland, Australia. Bobbie Houston of Hillsongs pastor in New Zealand. Former head pastor at Queen St Assemblies of God Church in Auckland New Zealand. "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Neville Johnson

Pastor Neville Johnson today. Still an errant false prophet, liar and con-artist. Neville Johnson has conned many people out of large sums of money in Ponzi schemes in recent times. Angry victims are looking for his home address to recover their lost savings even asking me if I know where he lives. He lives in Maleny, Queensland. Its a small town so youll easily find him.

Neville Johnson

Pastor Neville Johnson. Academy of Light Ministries, Maleny, Queensland, Australia. Liked blow-jobs from his three young church secretaries while praying to the Lord and fasting in Auckland, New Zealand motel rooms with them.

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20:19

Government as a designer or as an enabler "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Dwight D. Eisenhower was the 34th President of the United States.  He was also a very important general during world war 2.  Apparently also, it was Eisenhower who talent spotted Ronald Reagan and schooled him in foreign policy.  But before all of that (after the war, before the US Presidency), Eisenhower was the President of Columbia University in New York, one of the Ivy League colleges.

There is a famous Eisenhower story that illustrates not only Eisenhowers wisdom, but also the accuracy of the experts.

During Eisenhowers tenure at Columbia University, the campus was undergoing significant expansion and pathways and pavements needed to be built.  The architects and planners presented 2 different plans for the location and layout of the pavement.  The 2 proposals were different and incompatible.

Rather than making a choice between the 2 expert plans, Eisenhower decided to not commission the pathways but rather to lay grass and watch where the students walked (marked by worn grass).  At the end of 1 year, they would lay the pavement where the students walked.

Lo and behold, both of the expert options were nowhere near the mark.  The students found their own best path.

This is a true story.  It is also a metaphor for the role of government and the different philosophies underlying government.  Is the role of government to tell citizens which path to take or to create the conditions for citizens to work out the best path for themselves.

Spartacus knows what he, and probably many Cats prefers the role of government to be.  Sadly it does not appear to be the philosophy of our government-bureaucratic industrial intervention complex.  And unless we change our direction we will end up where we are headed, down the road to serfdom.

Follow I Am Spartacus on Twitter at @Ey_am_Spartacus

20:13

Senator Michaelia Cash and protecting Ms GILLARD "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Tomorrow marks a fortnight since we published this story Shorten "promises better" on stopping corruption, where's the Government of Turnbull? Thursday, 03 May 2018 On Friday, 25 May 2018 Ralph Blewitt will make his first appearance in the Perth District Court to answer charges that he alone tricked Thiess into...

19:49

The Wire interview on Gaza death toll and US role in the Middle East "IndyWatch Feed National"

I was interviewed by The Wire news radio program yesterday:

The already fragile stability in the Middle East has been further affected in recent weeks, with the US Embassy move to Jerusalem and President Donald Trumps withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal.

Overnight 55 Palestinian protesters were killed by Israeli forces in Gaza, coinciding with the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Jewish state. This is the highest protest casualty rate in the region since 2014, and has some experts feeling that the USs increased backing of Israel will lead to a more aggressive stance on neighbours such as Palestine and Syria.

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19:41

Timor challenges for the new government Part 2 "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

This is Part 2 of my mini-series analysing some of the challenges that the newly elected majority government in Timor-Leste faces. Yesterday, I documented how the IMF and World Bank had infused its ideological stance into the currency arrangements that Timor-Leste set out with as a new nation. That infusion is still apparent in the major commentary on Timor-Lestes future options specifically that the dollarisation should continue and that fiscal austerity should be pursued (relative to the current fiscal stance) because the nation will run out of money. What they mean is that the Petroleum Fund will eventually run out of money. There is a major difference in those statements although under the current currency arrangements they are identical. The run out of money story is only applicable as long as the new government resists adopting its own currency. I also showed how the development process has been stalled by the austerity bias. In Part 2, I explore the currency issue directly and make the case for currency sovereignty which would require Timor-Leste to scrap the US dollar, convert the Petroleum Fund into its stock of foreign exchange reserves, and to run an independent monetary policy with flexible exchange rates, mediated with the capacity to use capital controls where appropriate. In Part 3, which will come out next Monday, I will discuss specific policy options that are required to exploit what is known as the demographic dividend where the age-structure of the nation generates a plunging dependency ratio. To exploit that dividend, which historically delivers massive development boosts to nations, the shifting demographics have to be accompanied by high levels of employment. That should be policy priority No.1. I will also complete some Petroleum Fund scenarios to complement the policy advice.

The urgency of currency sovereignty in Timor-Leste

When the new nation was being set up in the late 1990s, the process was controlled by the United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET) which in cahoots with the IMF and the World Bank pressured the new government to adopt the US dollar as its official currency.

At the time, I advised a lawyer, who had provided legal support for the resistance movement and was also aiding the transition, to strongly argue in favour of introducing their own currency and avoid dollarisation of the economy.

The neoliberals won out and the decision to dollarise has hampered the nation ever since.

I remain of the view that in the interests of Timor-Lestes long-term development, the new government should abandon the US dollar as soon as possible.

What are the issues?

The bevy of cons...

19:29

Babysitter Needed "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Babysitter with a car for after school work.

We are in search of a babysitter for occasional sitting purposes but would need to have a car because we have 1 child that would need to get a dance lesson locally. It would be every 2nd Wednesday afternoon but there may be other days as well, would need working with children check. 

If youre available to come and meet and greet and are looking for some casual work, please give us a call. 

Jo 0432 361 038.

19:28

Fundraiser "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Street Swags for people sleeping rough in Melbourne.
 
Do you want to put some money towards buying street swags for homeless people in Melbourne? So far we have collected $260. I would love to make it $500 so that we can cover the cost of 5 swags. The swags are purpose-built for sleeping rough and provide warmth and dryness. (More info in the link below)

When I was a kid, I remember going to Melbourne for a weekend trip as a family and seeing a man in Bourke St Mall holding a sign saying he was homeless and needed help. I had tears in my eyes. I have always had a compassionate nature and I'm so glad that I now have options to help out just a little bit. 

Please help me get to the $500 mark.  Click this link to donate. Thanks!
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19:24

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19:23

Found "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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The Merri Murnong/MECCARG mob found this bracelet at the patch while weeding!

If you recognise it as yours and you can describe what it looks like behind our logo, you can claim it back.

Please contact us via https://www.facebook.com/meccarg/ or pascalelocal@hotmail.com




19:15

Protected: Rosie the Job Snob "IndyWatch Feed National"

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19:08

Australias Julie Bishop defends record on China after former ambassadors call for her to be sacked "IndyWatch Feed National"

Foreign affairs minister commits to donating to a fighting fund to increase representation of women in Liberal party

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Julie Bishop and Wang Yi. The Australian foreign affairs minister labelled comments by former ambassador Geoff Raby ill-informed. Photograph: Wu Hong/AP

Julie Bishop has defended her record on engagement with China and committed to donating to a fighting fund to increase representation of women in the Liberal party.

In an interview on ABCs 7.30 on Tuesday, the foreign affairs minister labelled comments by Geoff Raby, a former Australian ambassador to China, one of the most ill-informed pieces on the China-Australia relationship she has read.

In an opinion piece, Raby suggested sacking Bishop would improve relations with China, attacking her for not having visited in more than two years while angering Beijing with strident public comments on the South China Sea.

Bishop said the article was clearly not impartial and criticised Raby for being profoundly ignorant about the level of engagement between China and Australia.

She cited the fact that she is due to meet her Chinese counterpart very shortly to discuss North Korea, in addition to having conducted personal phone calls with the Japanese and South Korean foreign affairs ministers and the US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo.

Asked about failing to visit China in more than two years, Bishop said it was not correct because she had visited in 2016 and is due to go back this year. She also cited visits to Australia by the Chinese foreign affairs minister, Wang Yi, and businessman Li Ka-shing, and side meetings at the UN general assembly, the east Asia summit and Asean forum.

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18:40

Traveling in Japan: Why Cryptocurrencies are Increasingly the Travel Currency of Choice "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

In March 2017, the Japanese government passed the landmark Virtual Currency Act, which recognized cryptocurrencies as legal tender throughout the country. While neighbouring nations Korea and China have been taking steps to shut down cryptocurrency exchanges and clamp down on initial coin offerings (ICOs), Japan has fully embraced the use of Bitcoin and other digital currencies such as Ethereum. In fact, many industry experts have labelled Japan the New Heart of Bitcoin. Last year, there remained a lingering fear about the long-term future of Bitcoin and its legitimacy, but Japan played a large part in its increasing worldwide adoption.

Japan has become a haven for cryptocurrencies. Bitcoins roots are firmly in the country, with the Japanese entity Satoshi Nakamoto claiming to have developed the concept of Bitcoin. A report earlier this year suggested that more than 3.5 million Japanese people have invested in the cryptocurrency to date likely due to the nation has taken a proactive approach toward regulation of virtual currencies rather than the punitive stance of neighbouring China. Today, in Japan, it is possible to use cryptocurrencies for everything from food and drinks to show tickets and even safer and fairer games of online poker.

So, if youre planning on taking a trip to the Land of the Rising Sun, Bitcoin could be a travel currency alternative, especially since theres no need to inform banks or credit unions of your whereabouts. Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies are also decentralized, allowing you to use your digital currency as you see fit. Lets consider some of the most likely goods and services you could pay for in Japan using Bitcoin.

As of July 2017, there were more than 260,000 stores that accepted Bitcoin as a payment method. If you are flying into Tokyo and looking to explore the capital city, youll be pleased to find there are no shortage of ways to spend your Bitcoin. Aside from online platforms such as Shopify and eGifter, the city is experiencing an influx of offline businesses that are hap...

17:01

What the hell is a completo anyway? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Completada Bailable fundraiser 19 May

Come along to a night of music and food in support of Completada Bailable and find out just what a Completo is! Saturday 19 May from 7pm, $10 entry. Moreland City Bandroom, 16-22 Cross Street, East Brunswick. Live music and Chilean hot dogs!

17:00

In which the pond suggests new career opportunities for the dog botherer ... "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"


The reptiles are having a bad hair day, what with the unionists getting off and Cash's RC proving lamentable, so what better way to fill in the time that have another run at ABC bashing, done with the usual elegant wit and style of the dog botherer

We keed, we keed, the dog botherer used the ploy of 'monkeys running the zoo' so the pond would feel comfortable calling the reptiles a bunch of loonatics slaving away in the Murdochian asylum

Come to think of it, in terms of verbal wit, is it possible to get lower than a dog botherer? Why he makes even a pond for loons seem like an elegant sufficiency

Now none of this is new. The reptiles, having tasted a bit of the Fifield blood, have been out on the killing fields for awhile now, feasting on ABC entrails, as noted by Christopher Warren in Crikey here (paywall affected, only click on if you belong).

Warren noted that the reptile EXCLUSIVE was a "reheat of seven-month old figures on senior ABC salaries, consultancies and bonuses, first published in the ABCs annual report way back in last October," only now turning up in a variety of reptile rags, because better late than never, and when on a crusade, the reptiles like to hunt in a pack ...


Being a lazy sort of vulture, naturally the dog botherer turned up to the party to feast on the carrion

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16:54

A Month at Moria Refugee Camp "IndyWatch Feed National"

They put you on a night for your second shift? Bit harsh, but dont worry: nights are generally quiet. Mostly we sleep unless someone comes knocking.

Moria Refugee Camp is situated on the Greek island of Lesvos, the closest European island from Turkey. Its the biggest camp on the island, and an estimated 6000 asylum seekers were awaiting processing during my month there, volunteering as a nurse in the medical clinic.

I had been at Moria for a total of two of the 30 days I had signed myself up for, and had just finished my first shift. I didnt know what to expect before arriving, and always being known for my dramatic imagination, had visions of patient after patient on the brink of death from famine, disease and the effects of the wars they had fled.

The reality of my first shift was vastly different. Most of the asylum seekers had already been at the camp for a few months, some even a year, and the newly arrived refugees were given any medical care they required before they even reached us. So I spent the majority of my first shift giving out vapour rub and paracetamol for colds and runny noses. After seriously doubting the value of contribution here, I was ready for my second shift: the night shift.

It started out quiet enough, and at midnight, we decided to lay out the beds and try to get some sleep. Just as I was beginning to drift off, I heard a tap-tap-tap on the door. I wondered if I had imagined it it was so soft. A whole minute passed before we heard it again, this time slightly louder and undeniably a knock. Quickly rolling up the beds, I opened the door to a man with his back to me, leaning heavily on the wall.

Can I help you?

No reaction or movement.

 Sir, are you okay?

I walked around to his front, and thats when I saw the problem. He was obviously very drunk, too drunk to make the effort to fully stand, and bleeding profusely from his left arm from his elbow down to his wrist.

 Fucking hell! Come inside inside? Okay?

 Although it was obvious his English was nonexistent, he let me lead him inside whilst he dripped blood all over the linoleum floor.

We got to work assessing and cleaning his self-inflicted cuts. The antiseptic was obviously hurting him and he winced. As he did he reached out for my hand, I instinctively reached back and held him....

16:37

When Your Travels Are a Shit Storm "IndyWatch Feed National"

They say that opposites attract, but every day, Im realising that shit attracts shit. For example, Im using Notepad to write this because Word isnt working on my computer funny how life seems to enjoy aligning every aspect, right down to even the most irrelevant.

I had my day planned, and for it to flow well, I had to catch a ferry at 8:40AM. It was simple: 7:30 wake up; 8:15 buy breakfast at the supermarket; 8:25 walk to 7/11 to take out cash; 8:35 buy ferry ticket; 8:40 board said ferry; 9:00 have a fucking wonderful day.

Instead, the supermarket was closed. Shit. I moved onto the 7/11, ready to buy breakfast there instead and withdraw cash I didnt have (literally my account was in the negatives thanks to me transferring money to another account Id also overdrawn, but I figured more overdrawing couldnt hurt).

After four attempts 20 000 the first time; 10 000 the next, then alternating between savings; and check I came to the damning conclusion that I had 977 yen to last me seven days, the equivalent of $12AUD. Shit. It was 987, but 10 escaped into a crack in the table just as Id started to count it.

From there, the domino effect of zero cash meant no ferry catching, no soul finding, and no gallery hopping, bicycle riding nor Julia Roberts emulating a la Eat Pray Love.

Shit.

Maybe I was being too cynical, and life hadnt led me into a shit storm, but instead to the eye, where I could watch it fall apart around me. In my last Air BnB, there was a poster in the toilet with a quote from Marilyn Monroe that went something along the lines of, Sometimes good things fall apart so that better things can come together.

Yes, I really wished I was on a ferry to Teshima and yes, I wished I wasnt stressed out of my mind over money every waking minute of the day. But after all that complaining and whinging, I was still in goddamn Japan. The sun was out, the wind was calm, the sea was blue; I was sitting on a dusty, black leather couch on the roof of an a...

16:31

Women in NSW a step closer to safe access to reproductive healthcare "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The safety, wellbeing and dignity of women seeking reproductive health services is a step closer to being protected in New South Wales through a bill that would guarantee safe access zones around abortion clinics.

Labor MLC, Penny Sharpe, and Nationals MLC, Trevor Khan, are co-sponsoring the Public Health Amendment (Safe Access to Reproductive Health Clinics) Bill, which will come before the Legislative Council tomorrow.

Adrianne Walters, Senior Lawyer at the Human Rights Law Centre, said the bill was absolutely vital to protecting a womans right to safely access health services.

"For far too long, women in NSW have had to run a gauntlet of intimidation and abuse just to see their doctor. Safe access zones are a straightforward and sensible solution. It's mind-boggling that in 2018 women are harassed, blocked and filmed when trying to get to the clinic doors," said Walters.

The bill would create 150 metre zones around medical clinics that provide abortions, where it will be unlawful to harass, intimidate or film people without consent, or to communicate about abortions in a manner likely to cause anxiety or distress.

Tasmania, Victoria, the ACT and Northern Territory already have safe access zones around abortion clinics.

Paul Nattrass, Practice Manager at The Private Clinic, a reproductive healthcare service in Sydney, said ensuring women have safe passage to reproductive healthcare will be a huge step forward in NSW.

"The creation of safe zones outside clinic entrances is vital to counter the aggressive and intimidating tactics used by anti-abortionists. No one should have to suffer the forceful, intrusive questioning of their medical treatment from a stranger in the street under any circumstances. The right to access health services safely and privately is fundamental to our society," said Mr Nattrass.

Abortion remains in the criminal statute books of New South Wales, with exceptions that enable women to access abortion services but place decision-making power in the hands of doctors. The bill does not seek to decriminalise abortion.

Walters said it was also time for the NSW Government to decriminalise abortion and respect women as competent decision-makers over their own bodies and lives.

"It is simply unacceptable that women and their doctors still run the risk of prosecution for undertaking a safe medical procedure; a procedure that takes place every week in NSW and across Australia. The law is hopelessly out of step with modern clinical practice, community standards and womens basic rights," said Walters.

For interviews Adrianne Walters and Paul Nattrass or further information please call:

Michelle Bennett, Director of Communications, Human Rights....

16:30

The abnormalisation of society: How tech turned lonely men into mass murderers "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

The abnormalisation of society: How tech turned lonely men into mass murderersInvoluntary celibacy has been recently used as an excuse for homicides, but freedom of online speech is more to blame, writes Nini Bien read now...

15:33

Heres All The Nominees For The 2018 Queens Ball Awards "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The nominees of this years Queens Ball Awards have been unveiled. This years seventeen awards recognise individuals, organisations and events for their outstanding contributions to the LGBTIQ community and will be presented during the 57th Annual Queens Ball event in Brisbane. The event will be held at Brisbane City Hall on June 16. Voting on ...

The post Heres All The Nominees For The 2018 Queens Ball Awards appeared first on QNews Magazine.

15:22

CVCC History in the news "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The history of the CVCC and the upcoming ReWeavers Dinner made the local news today. Its not too late to book your seat for what will be an inspiring night. See Invitation in the previous post for details. Or CLICK HERE for info.
Article by Daily Examiner

 

15:10

Beyond antidepressants "IndyWatch Feed National"

Antidepressants work. For me, they have helped lift me out of a deep slump, but had I been prescribed them alone, I would not have sought with the help of a fantastic psychologist a deeper understanding of myself; one that acknowledged that my depression was partly existential anguish at the direction my life had taken. An unpromising job market had made me desperate for work, which compounded my own personal anxieties about pleasing people, making it harder to leave a job I hated.

14:56

VicForests to face court for rainforest logging "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

On Thursday this week VicForests will appear in the Orbost Magistrates court facing charges for logging protected rainforest in East Gippsland.

The environmental regulator of the logging industry (Department of Environment Land Water and Planning or DELWP) laid the charges after community groups GECO and Fauna and Flora Research Collective reported a logging operation that had unlawfully impacted on warm temperate rainforest near Cann river in April 2016.

14:53

Bow VOW "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

See.  Spartacus seventh sense (bullsh*t detection) is clearly well developed.  Thus further to the earlier Van Onselen Watch post, here is a brief addendum.

It seems that Professor Van Onselens appointment to Griffith University was only announced 2 days ago on 14 May 2018.  Oh my.

And to which part of the University was Professor Van Onselen appointed?  To the School of Business and Government.  Hows that for a red flag.  An academic combination of business and government.  Would that be like having a School of Medicine and Car Repair?

In its announcement:

Griffith Business School Pro Vice Chancellor Professor David Grant said Professor van Onselens appointment was an obvious coup for the University.

A coup?  Really.  Professor Grant also said:

His (Van Onselens) part time appointment at Griffith will build further on the engagement and impact activities of GBS. Peters teaching into the MBA and GCPA programs, as well as undergraduate teaching, will complement his continuing program of academic research.

Engagement and impact activities.  Right.

Maybe Professor Van Onselens next academic post will require teaching and researching tax reform.  Should be easy for him.  Just increase taxes.  Thats reform according to him.

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14:30

Turnbull's Cradle Mountain Fiasco "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Prime Minster Malcolm Turnbulls $30 million taxpayers transfer to help co-fund a cable car from Cradle Valley Visitors Centre to Dove Lake comes with no idea how to handle 500,000 people a year stepping off the system into the Dove Lake precinct, Bob Brown said today.

13:59

Lions Rd reopened, but no more Lions TT? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The famous Lions Rd on the Queensland-NSW border has reopened after 18 months of bridgeworks, but it will never be suitable for a Lions TT, say Kyogle Council representatives.

The official launch of the bridgework was held this week and the road is again suitable for all types of motorcycles. One small patch of gravel either side of the most northern new bridge is expected to be sealed this week.

Lions Rd Lions TT bridge roadworks police motorcycles reopenedStill some gravel

Council spokesman Tony Lickis says some patch roadworks will continue from time to time, but they will never reseal the whole road to make it race-track smooth.

Lions Rd Lions TT bridge roadworks police motorcycles reopenedPatch-up roadworks will continue

Lions TT event

Police close Lions TT course after crashQueensland Police close Lions TT course after a crash in 2014

The Lions TT event began in 2014 with non-timed rides on a closed section of the road, but it was shut down after the third crash of the weekend.

It returned in 2015 in a revised format with no road closure, skipped 2016 and was cancelled last y...

13:57

Juniors show strength on Pink Day "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Emma Badrock

There was a great atmosphere at the annual Pink Day match against Queenscliff, with lots of strong junior netball on display.

Round 7 vs Queenscliff

13/1 Ocean Grove 9 vs Queenscliff 13

It was an extremely tough match for the Under 13 girls, with both teams giving it everything they had. Grove went into the final quarter with a three-point buffer but Queenscliff proved to be too strong and ended up taking the win.

Best: Lexie Annand

13/2 Ocean Grove 14 vs Queenscliff 8

Queenscliff started the match off well but Ocean Grove ramped it up after quarter time to take the lead which they kept right through to the end.

Best: Lily Hallam, Ella McGlynn, Zoe Hildebrandt.

15/1 Ocean Grove 22 vs Queenscliff 9

After a close first quarter, Ocean Grove was able to take the lead and dominate the second half, taking the win by 13.

Best: Annabelle Soppitt, Anna Smith, Jordan Coad.

15/2 Ocean Grove 18 vs Geelong Amateur 26

The U15 Division 2 girls took on Geelong Ammos this week. They started the game off strong in the first quarter before the Ammos came back to level things up at half time. Unfortunately for Ocean Grove, Geelong was too strong and went on to control the second half.

17/1 Ocean Grove 34 vs Queenscliff 18

It was another convincing win for the U17s this week. After coming out strong to lead the first quarter, Queenscliff couldt keep it up for the rest of the game, allowing Ocean Grove to take control.

Best: Elli Campbell, Isabelle Teague, Jessie Allen.

17/2 Ocean Grove 31 vs Queenscliff 6

It was an easy match for the U17/2s who took out the win against Queenscliff. Despite having a few players missing, they were able to come together and control all areas of the court.

Best: Caitlin Harris, Jorja Connellan, Taylah Jeffrey.  

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13:47

TWT Exclusive: New Employment Park "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A NEW EMPLOYMENT PARK will be established at West Ryde the brainchild of Ryde MP and Finance Minister Victor Dominello. The Employment Park will adjoin [more]

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13:39

Advance care planning in aged care: a guide to support implementation in community and residential settings "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Advance care planning is the process of planning for future health and personal care needs. It provides a way for a person to make their values and preferences known so that they can guide decision-making at a future time when they cannot make or communicate their decisions.

Engaging in advance care planning helps people to determine their healthcare priorities, and thereby to align their health and care preferences with the actual care they receive.

Advance care planning is not a single event but an ongoing process, which should be revisited regularly. This is especially important when a person's health or social situation changes.

Key components of advance care planning are:

  • having a conversation about the person's values, beliefs and goals and how these influence preferences for care this may include specific care and treatment preferences
  • selecting and appointing a substitute decision-maker
  • documenting a person's preferences in an Advance Care Directive or Advance Care Plan
  • regularly reviewing and updating the plan or directive.

Media release

Advance care planning in aged care: a guide to support implementation in community and residential settings

13:33

4 new AIHW injury reports from the Australian Institute of Health & Welfare "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Trends in hospitalised injury due to falls in older people 2002-03 to 2014-15 This report focuses on trends in fall-related hospital care for people aged 65 and over from 2002-03 to 2014-15. Age-standardised rates of hospitalised fall injury cases increased over the period 2002-03 to 2014-15 for both men (3% per year) and women (2%). There was a decrease in the rate of hip fractures due to falls (-2% per year) between 2002-03 and 2014-15. In contrast, falls resulting in head injuries increased at a particularly high rate (7% per year).

Eye injuries in Australia 2010-11 to 201415 This report shows 51,778 people were hospitalised as a result of an eye injury in the 5-year period, 1 July 2010 to 30 June 2015; two-thirds of these were males. Falls (35%) and assaults (23%) were the most common causes of eye injuries. The most common type of eye injury was an open wound of the eyelid and periocular area (27%). Some 86,602 presentations were made to an emergency department due to an eye injury in the 2-year period, 1 July 2013 to 30 June 2015; 1% of these presentations were admitted to hospital.

Trends in hospitalised injury, Australia 1999-00 to 2014-15 This report shows that the rate of hospitalised injury cases in Australia rose between 1999-00 and 2014-15 by an average of 1% per year. In 2014-15, case numbers and rates were higher for males than females for all age groups up to 60-64, and higher for females for those aged 65-69 and older.

Spinal cord injury, Australia 2014-15In 2014-15, 264 newly incident cases of traumatic spinal cord injury (SCI) due to external causes were reported to the Australian Spinal Cord Injury Register. Males accounted for 4 in 5 (80%) of traumatic SCI cases. Land transport crashes(42%) were the leading mechanism of injury for cases of traumatic SCI sustained in 2014-15, followed by falls (40%). Around one-third (35%) were sustained during sports or leisure activities.

Please click on the link below to download a free PDF copy of the reports

Trends in hospitalised injury due to falls in older people 2002-03 to 2014-15

Eye injuries in Australia 2010-11 to 2014-15

Trends in hospitalised injury, Australia 1999-00 to 2014-15

Spinal cord injury, Australia....

13:31

Ipswich And Scenic Rim Councils To Fly Rainbow Flags For IDAHOBIT "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Ipswich and Scenic Rim councils in southeast Queensland will be raising rainbow flags on International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) on Thursday. The International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia, and Transphobia falls on May 17 each year, and is marked with community and workplace events that celebrate equality and inclusion. Parents and Friends of ...

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13:29

How architects exorcise their demons "IndyWatch Feed National"

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One of our favourite bars is Helvetica, in a laneway off Howard Street. If youre a whisky fan there is no better place to be. Before heading in for a dram (or two) pause on Howard Street to look at a very fine piece of Gothic architecture, the Haynes, Robinson & Cox Building, which opened in 1907.

The history of Gothic Revival architecture is complex, but it basically boils down to a rejection of industrialisation and a longing for a time when objects were not mass produced. Its leading supporters saw Medieval cathedrals as the greatest buildings ever, whose every stone told a story of an individual skilled artisan taking pride in their work. And now for a brief digression on pubic hair. Seriously.

A significant figure in promoting Gothicism was the English art critic John Ruskin, and the story goes that he was unable to consummate his marriage to Effie Gray because his entire knowledge of the female body came from Greek statues, which dont have much going on down below. As a result, on their wedding night the sight of her lady parts revolted him, or as Effie put it: He had imagined women were quite different to what he saw I was. Eventually she left Ruskin for his protege, John Millais, with whom she had eight children. So somebody appreciated her body, anyway.

Anyway, back to the Howard Street building. Designed by Charles Oldham to be used as offices...

13:23

A government who truly cared about jobs would have kept the car industry going rather than spending hundreds of billions on defence materiel "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

When the Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) delivered a scathing report into the governments $89 billion Naval Shipbuilding Plan, warning of high levels of risk, cost blowouts and schedule delays, it was met with a typically arrogant and inadequate response from Christopher Pyne. Key risks relate to the delivery of expected capability, program cost, ability

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13:18

Charges against CFMMEU leaders go to water "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Contributed from Victoria

Blackmail charges leveled against John Setka and Shaun Reardon, the two leaders of the Construction Forestry Mining Maritime and Energy Union (CFMMEU) in Victoria, have been dismissed at the Magistrates Court in Melbourne.

The charges emerged from a Caf meeting with two Boral managers, Paul Dalton and Peter Head, back in 2013. It was alleged that the union officials had threatened to blockage the company and its trucks, if it dis not meet demands.

There was already a ban of the delivery of the companys cement, and management had called a meeting to have this lifted. Nothing was offered in return and the rest is history.

Critics have pointed out that this is normal in negotiations between unions and employers that cuts both ways.  Unions mention industrial action. Employers mention sackings and legal actions against the concerned union if it doesnt comply.

This is a fact of life that is generally accepted and worked around.

But in stepped zealous officials, acting on policy born out of the Coalitions Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption, and took it on themselves to proceed to get rid of percieved political enemies.

The Commission referred the matter to the police, who were in turn obliged to act and make the charges in 2015.

The two officials have gained a groundswell of support from the union movement and beyond. By The time the two were brought up before the court, it had become obvious that this was likely to develop into a major political issue for the government. This and the lack of serious evidence of unusual and serious criminal behaviour, meant that the capacity to make the charges stick was weak.

Prosecutor Ray Gibson told the court, After a careful assessment of the evidence weve heard, I have instructions to withdraw the charges against both accused.

Speaking outside, where supporters had gathered, John Setka proclaimed his innocence again and said: Our job is to make sure that workers go home to their families. Thats what we were trying to do.

The governments jobs minister Michaelia Cash remains unrepentant.  And denies that the result is an embarrassment to the government, which has been pursuing he union directly, and hoped that by making the charges stick, they could be prevented from holding office.

 

 

 

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13:16

WATCH: The First Trailer For Queen Biopic Bohemian Rhapsody Is Here "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The first teaser trailer for the long-awaited biopic of rock band Queen and frontman Freddie Mercury has been released. Rami Malek, the star of TV series Mr. Robot, plays the charismatic Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody, set to hit screens later this year. The film, which will be released 27 years after Mercurys death, is described ...

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13:03

Hybridity on the ground in peacebuilding and development "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Hybridity has become a prominent notion in international peacebuilding and development circles in recent years, attracting both enthusiastic supporters and vociferous critics. As a concept it has a long and varied lineage. The term hybrid was used originally in the biological and zoological sciences to refer to the product of mixing different elements. Since then, the concept has travelled across various social sciences in discussions around identity, culture, and aspects of political and economic order, particularly in colonial and postcolonial settings. Postcolonial scholars used hybridity to examine interactions between colonisers and colonised subjects. Their studies sought to counter monolithic depictions of colonial domination by emphasising active agency and resistance on the part of colonial subjects.

As a way of denoting the processes and outcomes of interactions between different social, political, and institutional orders, hybridity is a notion that has long informed various fields of research and policy engagement, even where the term itself has not been used. For example, the sub-field of legal pluralism focuses on the transformative effects of encounters between different socio-legal orders. This has included the interplay between customary or traditional forms of authority and those of introduced state-based orders in colonial and post-colonial settings. Navigating the complexities of normative and regulatory pluralism in todays rapidly globalising world remains a key challenge for governments, international donors, NGOs and others with an interest in law and justice reform. Australia faces these issues in its aid programs in the Southwest Pacific and Timor-Leste, as well as in relation to its own indigenous communities.

The notion of hybridity has been deployed by its proponents to unsettle entrenched state-centric perspectives and draw attention to the important role of informal institutions and non-state actors in many parts of the global south. In this context, the concept has also been used to critique the continuing reliance on standardised processes of institutional transfer in donor-supported reform initiatives. For example, the influential 2011 World Development Report on Conflict, Security and Development expressly called for best fit approaches to institutional development, drawing on combinations of state, private sector, faith based, traditional, and community structures for service delivery.

The concept has featured most prominently in critiques of the post-Cold War liberal peace and state-building interventions that proliferated during the second half of the 1990s and first decade of the new millennium. Liberal peacebuilding was premised on the view that liberal democracies are intrinsically more peaceful, stable and prosperous than other kinds of political systems. Its supporters advocated externally facilitated demo...

13:00

In which the pond ignores the bromancer ... "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"


Speaking of lies, the pond remains devoted to following the trial in the north, and the reptiles continue to oblige


It being a matter before the court, the pond must refrain from comment, except to note that once again the Caterists are given a mention, though once again the parrot scored the snap .


Speaking of parrots, the bromancer was at it again today could he be thinking of making a move to do press work for the Donald? After all, he manages to sound even more Trumpian than Nikki Haley, Raj Shah and the huckster Sanders ...



The ongoing lack of empathy for what it must feel like living trapped in a gulag, with no hope, and no future, is remarkable.

Of course there are alternative perspectives available at the click of a mouse, as at the Graudian ...

12:53

VOW "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Please believe Spartacus when he says this, but he certainly has much better things to do .  But clearly there is a gap in the market that needs to be addressed.

The ABC has Media Watch (MW).  The Sydney Institute has Media Watch Dog (MWD).  And now, sadly for the need of it, I Am Spartacus has Van Onselen Watch (VOW).  Spartacus does not have the wide distribution of the ABC or The Sydney Institute, nor does he have the $1.1 billion across both organisations (99.8% within the ABC), but heres having a go.

Fresh today (16 May 2018), Van Onselen wrote another insightful article for the Australian  At least Labor is talking the talk on tax reforms.  The first thing one notes from this is that, having left the employ of SkyNews, Van Onselen has pick up another tax payer funded gig.  No.  Spartacus is not talking about the ABC (which is already widely known).  Rather, Van Onselens by-line now says this:

Peter van Onselen is a professor at the University of Western Australia and Griffith University

Did anyone notice the quiet addition of this professorship at Griffith University?

My oh my that travel must be a strain.  Living in Sydney and having a Professorship at a Western Australian university AND a Queensland one.  How does he find the time?

But it is not his travel budget that warrants attention.  Here are some highlights from his considered piece:

The governments attacks on Labor for its taxation policies directed at closing loopholes and concessions, especially for older Australians

No Professor Van Onselen.  Labors tax policies are not about closing loopholes and concessions.  They are about increasing taxes.  There is also no such thing as a tax loophole.  They are not accidents in the tax code.  They are deliberate policies.  You may not agree with the policies, but please dont sprinkle hundreds-and-thousands on a turd and call it a cupcake.

Reform to the GST has been firmly placed in the too-hard basket by both major parties.

Professor Van Onselen.  Please recall from English for Politicians that Multiple tax increases are not....

12:52

Wage thieves "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Last week, the Employment Court ruled that unpaid morning meetings held by Smiths City were work, and ordered the retailer to pay its workers for them. In the wake of the ruling there were hundreds of complaints alleging similar practices, and it turns out that they are widespread in the retail sector:

Retail workers at the Cotton On Group, the Briscoes Group and Harvey Norman are not being paid for working overtime, according to a union representing retail staff.

The employers are the most recent to be named for alleged illegal pay practices from hundreds of worker complaints laid with First Union, retail secretary Tali Williams said.

Staff complaints were over unpaid preparation meetings before stores opened and being forced to stay after stores closed to "cash up" the counter and clean, she said.


If an employer expects you to do it, then its work, and it should be paid. The refusal of these companies to pay their workers is simply systematic wage-theft. At the minimum, they need to be forced to pay their workers, with backpay and interest. But in the long-term, we need to punish this like any other form of theft. If a person steals a $1,000 TV set, they can face 7 years in prison. But if they steal $1,000 in wages, they don't. If a worker swipes $100 from a till, they can face a similar penalty. But abusing your position of power to steal from your workers apparently isn't criminal. And it needs to be. Because clearly the current situation, where thieving employers face no effective punishment, provides no incentive for them to obey the law.

12:52

Noodle Bay ~ Chinese, Haymarket/Chinatown "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Noodle Bay replaces the similar and excellent T Noodle in the Prince Centre, Chinatown. It's a Sichuan/Chong Qing style menu - that means plenty of spice and variable heat. This is one of our favourite food styles and they do a motza job of it. It's a teeny-tiny eat'n'run joint. The staff are super lovely and on-the-ball. Noodle Bay feels uniquely squishy and comfy at the same time, unless you

12:43

El Salvador to regulate for clean water in the wake of mining ban and ISDS case "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

16 May 2018: The Salvadoran Churchs vocal support of a law to regulate access to clean water is good news for all Salvadorans fighting to protect their right to water and public services.

In 2016, El Salvador declared a national water shortage emergency. The country is still facing a water scarcity crisis, and government data shows nearly 1.5 million Salvadorans cannot access potable water. 90 per cent of El Salvadors water supply is contaminated, and undrinkable.

Salvadorans have a long history of fighting to protect their water supply from contamination through mining. The Law against Metallic Mining, approved last year, was the result of over a decade of community and civil society struggle.

AFTINET has previously  reported the ISDS case of OceanaGold (or Pacific Rim), a Canadian-Australian mining company that tried to sue the El Salvador government for US $301 million before a World Bank tribunal, because it refused a permit for a gold mine that would have contaminated 60 per cent of the populations drinking water.

Although OceanaGold lost the case, El Salvador had to spend over $12 million defending themselves. This shows how ISDS can be used to undermine public health policies like access to clean water.

12:41

Lennox fig tree must go, says council "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Moreton Bay Fig tree on Castle Drive, Lennox Head that is slated for demolition. Photo Jenny Grinlington

Ballina Shire Council last night reaffirmed its decision to remove a possibly 200-year-old Moreton Bay Fig Tree in Castle Drive, Lennox Head in a move that is destined to divide the community.

While the tree stands on council land its roots have been blamed for disruption and cracking in a neighbouring home.

Mayor David Wright told Echonetdaily that while he was desperately disappointed to see the fig tree go, the council had exhausted all other options.

In a Catch22-type situation, the councils insurance company said that if a root barrier was installed it would no longer cover councils public liability over the tree; if the tree was left as it is, the company would not meet any further damages claims from the neighbouring property.

Cr Wright said while the council had commissioned various reports into the causes of cracking and damage, including ground-penetrating x-rays, the smoking gun was revealed when the driveway was dug up.

There were massive roots under there, some measuring as much as 10 centimetres, he said. Thats as thick as someones thigh.

He added that established caselaw did not go in councils favour either.

We could have bought two houses thats about $1.7-$1.8 million thats about the only way you could do it, he said.

Hes hopeful its a decision he may never have to take again.

Since 1980, developer with a fig tree on their property has to put a 50-metre buffer around it, thats how much we want to protect fig trees but this one of course didnt have that.

Cr Wright said a date had yet to be set for the axing of the tree but local residents will be out in force whenever that is.

A local opponent of the decision, Sherrie Yeomans, told Echonetdaily there were feelings of disbelief last night that the council have still voted to cut the stunning Castle drive fig down.

Thank you to the councillors who spoke so well in her favour Phil Meehan, Keith Williams, Sharon Parry and Jeff Johnson, she said.

Ms Yeomans added she was astounded that of the evidence and solutions as given to council on April 29, not one of t...

12:39

Manawat voters are racist "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Last year the Manawat District Council voted to introduce Mori wards to ensure representation for its Mori voters. But racist hate group Hobson's Pledge organised a referendum against the wards, using a racist clause of our local government legislation which allows voters a say on Mori representation, but not on anything else. And sadly, it seems that rural Manawat voters are indeed the racists Don Brash thought they were:

Manawat District voters have come out more than three-to-one in opposition to creating separate Mori wards.

Results from a binding poll have come in on Tuesday afternoon, with 7062 voting against, and 2038 in favour.

Some 43 per cent of electors cast a vote, with 18 votes counted as blank and one "informal".

I guess those stereotypes about rural folk being redneck arsehats are at least 75% true.

Meanwhile, Palmerston North is in the middle of a similar racist referendum, and today is the last day to post your vote. I'm hoping we'll have a different result here.

12:38

Dead Man Walking: Venezuelas Energy Industry "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

The oil market just gets more fascinating by the day, though not always for positive reasons.

Heres the main reason: Venezuela is collapsing as a society.

Consider this latest report from The Wall Street Journal on Venezuelas capital, Caracas

This city is unraveling fast: water doesnt reach most homes, mass transit is grinding to a halt and businesses are closing in the face of hyperinflation expected to top 13,000% this year.

Shot gun toting troops wearing camouflage and balaclavas run checkpoints. Cash is so scarce people cant pay for the small necessities like a bus fare.

What happens to the price of oil and energy stocks when a major producer descends into total anarchy?

I guess were about to find out.

Yet heres why you, as an Aussie investor, should care about this right now

Venezuelan oil production is going to crumble, and possibly completely collapse.

You cannot run an energy industry with starving workers, no hard currency, and no capital investment or maintenance.

The Maduro regime is also jailing the management of the state oil firm and installing people with no industry experience.

Madness.

Venezuelan oil production was down 29% in 2017. Its going lower in 2018.

The more that oil production goes down, the more likely the country is to default on its outstanding debts.

Ive been reporting on Venezuela for a while now. The situation is getting much worse. Venezuelan creditors are now prepared to seize the countrys assets outside its borders.

This means Venezuelan tankers are close to not being able to enter international waters. That could cut off Venezuelas access to the global oil market completely.

Venezuelan oil is heavy, and its sent to refineries outside the country to mix with the lighter blends that makes it saleable on the international market.

This is not going to turn around anytime soon. No energy company is going to invest under these conditions.

One energy analyst says were potentially looking at the removal of 500,000 barrels a day from the global market.

This could push oil even higher than it is now. And it could be great news if you hold some of the best oil stocks on the market

Oil outlook: Iran out, US up

On top of developments in Venezuela, dont forget that the US has declared financial war on Iran.

...

12:36

Wages growth undershoots (bonus time) "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Wages soft, again

Wages growth came in at 0.5 per cent for the March quarter 2018, with the prior quarter also revised down to 0.5 per cent.

Year-on-year wages growth held at just 2.1 per cent.


Bonus time

And if you were looking for any positives from this release?

Well, including bonuses year-on-year growth was better at 2.63 per cent, which was the best result since all the way back in December 2014 (2.73 per cent). 

To some extent this may reflect what we've already seen reported in the average hourly earnings figures, which also reported the best result since December 2014

Although public sector wages growth has been reasonable at 2.35 per cent over the year, private sector wage price index growth remains remarkably weak at 1.92 per cent. 


Around the traps

Victoria and Tasmania recorded the stronges...

12:32

To Rio and back again with Brad Beach "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

THE director of The Boy From Oz, Brad Beach, is an extremely talented performer and well-known local director for the highly awarded musicals Grease and the Witches of Eastwick for Leongatha Lyric Theatre.

And on the eve of the opening of The Boy from Oz, for Wonthaggi Theatrical Group on Saturday, May 26, we managed to tie him down for a chat about the show and to let the audience into the mindset of the man behind the glitz.

Why the Boy from Oz? What drew you to the show?

The Boy from Oz is a fantastic show which is not only full of colour, movement and fun but which also has a great story that will make you laugh and make you cry. It has all the key elements of a fantastic show.

However more than this, it tells the story of a young gay boy growing up in the country in the 1950s which cannot have been easy. This was a time when Australians would never have dreamed of marriage equality. But despite this he managed to become one of Australias most successful singer songwriters of all time, overcoming his environment and an abusive childhood.

He wrote what many consider to be the unofficial National Anthem (I Still Call Australia Home).

I am attracted to shows that explore how people are able to overcome challenges and still succeed.  These stories help us realise that we can achieve our dreams and goals even if it looks impossible.

What cant you wait to show the audience? What sort of experience can they expect?

I cant wait for the audience to see the amazing performances in this show. The whole cast is brilliant and bring an energy which will send everyone home on a huge high.

Then there is the choreographer, Rose Wray-McCann. Rose has done an outstanding job on this show. She has been the choreographer of all three of my musicals and it has been an absolute pleasure to work with her again. But this time around she has outdone herself with a complete feast of movement!

The set and costumes by Colin Mitchell are simply stunning and people will be talking about it thats for sure.

Then there is Kirk Skinner whose passion for this show shines via the amazing music. And as we saw last week, he has assembled a really talented band, who are certain to provide another of the highlights. One thing is for sure audiences can expect a wonderful night out with tears and laughter and best of all be singing well known songs all the way home....

12:26

Remembering Big Dead Place "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

The image of Antarctica in common circulation is environmental and utopian. The scientist of valour, the investigator thirsting for discovery in a litmus test environment that will give warning about current and impending variations in temperature that will affect the globe. Noble stuff indeed. On other occasions, the continent has tickled the conspiratorial mind. Did

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12:05

A constitutional clusterfuck "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Brexit has been a huge clusterfuck for the UK, with the stupid decision of elderly racist tories leading to a self-cannibalising cabinet, a completely dysfunctional government, and a country sleepwalking towards international isolation. And that's without even looking at the Irish problem. And now, to add to the steaming pile of messes it has caused, they have a new one: threatening the constitutional settlement with Scotland.

Scotland is a devolved government, effectively a separate country within the UK. And, as with the UK's overseas colonies, there's a longstanding constitutional convention that Westminster doesn't legislate for Scotland without Scotland's consent. But Brexit means reallocating EU powers within the UK, and that means legislating for Scotland, if only to determine where they go. But the Scottish parliament doesn't like the deal being offered (under which they merely get "consulted"), and so have effectively vetoed it in an effort to get a better one:

The Scottish parliament has voted against Theresa Mays Brexit legislation by a large margin, putting the UK on the brink of a major constitutional dispute.

Holyrood rejected the UK governments EU withdrawal bill by 93 votes to 30 on Tuesday after Labour, the Liberal Democrats and Scottish Greens backed Nicola Sturgeons decision to oppose proposals on post-Brexit power sharing set out in clause 11 of the bill.

The vote is not legally binding but it will force the prime minister to make a high-risk decision to impose those power-sharing plans on Scotland or make further concessions to the Scottish government to avoid a crisis.


Westminster purporting to legislate for Scotland without their consent and in defiance of constitutional convention would undoubtedly be legal (because they would say that it would be), but equally undoubtedly unconstitutional. Of course, Scotland has a solution if they don't like England's Brexit deal: leave. And with Scottish voters voting overwhelmingly to stay in the EU, its an option they should take.

11:30

TRUE OPINION: Discrimination the legal, illegal, and acceptable forms "IndyWatch Feed National"

TRUE OPINION: What is discrimination? Our True Crime News Weekly columnist, Miles Hunt, gives us his view as a white middle-class male who attended a private school. [READ MORE]

11:30

The Coalition is a boys own club "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

The Coalition is a boys own clubThe disendorsement of sitting Liberal National Party member and Assistant Minister Jane Prentice highlights the sexist nature of the Coalition parties. read now...

11:24

Sewage poured into Brunswick River for weeks "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Screen shot from a video of the overflow incident at the Brunswick Valley Sewage Treatment Plant on January 25, 2012

Paul Bibby

Partially treated sewage containing dangerous bacteria flowed into the Brunswick River for weeks while Byron Council argued over the cost of repairing the Brunswick Valley Sewage Treatment Plant (BVSTP), a former Council employee says.

And while Council staff deny the claims, saying instead the plant was repaired promptly and that bacteria remained at safe levels throughout the incident, its emerged the NSW Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) were not aware.

The former employee told The Echo that Council allowed the bacteria-laden effluent to flow into the river for at least a month after a crucial disinfection unit at the plant broke down during an overflow event in January 2012.

It took weeks while they quibbled over who was going to pay to fix the UV disinfection unit after it shorted out, said the former employee, who asked to remain anonymous. So you had all that effluent going out. It was easily a month probably longer.

The Echo obtained a video showing a significant overflow event taking place at the BVSTP on January 25, 2012.

The video, which is time and date stamped, shows effluent flowing out of the plants UV inlet pit and onto the surrounding grass. At one point it can be seen flowing down an access road toward the river.

According to the former Council employee, water inundated the electronics of the UV treatment plant during this incident causing it to short out. This meant that the effluent flowing through the plant was no longer subjected to UV treatment a process by which sewage is blasted with UV light to kill a certain type of bacteria known as faecal coliforms.

There is a demonstrated relationship between the presence of faecal coliform bacteria and illness-causing bacteria including E-coli, hepatitis, and salmonella.

In a statement to The Echo, Council staff confirmed that an overflow incident had occurred at the plant on the day in question as a result of high rainfall and a design defect.

It said that the incident had been managed, and that the overflow was conta...

11:12

Traffic, height issues mar Ewingsdale medical centre plan "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Hans Lovejoy

With the Northern Joint Regional Planning Panel (JRPP) considering a large medical centre on McGettigans Lane/Ewingsdale Rd, The Echo has a peek at what is proposed.

The JRPP meet May 17 at the Mullum Council Chambers from 1.30pm and the public are welcome to attend.

Medical and specialist consulting rooms, a day theatre, pharmacy, 12 overnight stay units, cafe and basement and ground-level parking are all estimated to cost $8m.

An ASIC search reveals the owners of applicant Brunsmed Pty Ltd are Victorian-based Joel, Gary and John Wertheimer.

As with anything large proposed for Ewingsdale Rd, added traffic will be an issue. Its not uncommon for the road to be clogged up to the highway, daily, for example.

Thankfully Council staff asked for an updated traffic report according to consultants RoadNets report, the request was owing to concerns that the 2015 survey data provided previously would show lower traffic movements than experienced in previous years.

Yet the traffic report says, The date of the [current] traffic survey places it outside of school holidays or public holidays and is expected to be representative of a typical weekday for the purpose of examining peak-hour operating conditions at the subject intersection.

In justifying this, the traffic consultants say peak activity on McGettigans Lane currently occurs on weekdays and coincides with the traffic generated by the existing Cape Byron Rudolf Steiner School located to the south of McGettigans Lane on Balraith Lane.

In summary, the traffic consultants say this development could generate 686 new traffic movements on an already overburdened road.

Expert advice 

They also admit their report does include the caveat that there is widespread variation observed in the base data, and consequently the average rates cannot be relied upon for accurately predicting the trip generation at a particular facility.

Now thats expert advice!

To mitigate unmanageable traffic, the proponents say restrictions to hours of operation will limit traffic impacts.

It reads, The proposed restrictions would see the consultation rooms and pharmacy not opening until 9.30am on weekdays to avoid the am peak (8.159.15am) on the adjacent road network, while these same land...

10:58

Hervey Bays LGBTIQ Community To Commemorate IDAHOBIT On Thursday "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Hervey Bays LGBTIQ community will gather to commemorate this years International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) on May 17. The day is recognised internationally to raise awareness of discrimination and prejudice experienced by queer people and events are held to spread messages of acceptance and inclusion. Community members will wear their most colourful ...

The post Hervey Bays LGBTIQ Community To Commemorate IDAHOBIT On Thursday appeared first on QNews Magazine.

10:58

The Israeli attacks on Palestinians are a crime against humanity "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Joe Montero

The deliberate murder of Palestinians by the Israeli state is being sanitised and those who take part in this, condone or turn a blind eye to it, might as well be pulling the trigger themselves.

To overlook the snipers shooting unarmed civilians, the rain of tear gas canisters from vehicles and overhead drones, to treat the human toll as something of little consequence, is an exercise in moral bankruptcy and disregard for the suffering of fellow human beings. It is even worse, when those at the receiving end are blamed for it. Sadly, we are seeing a lot of this sort of behaviour.

At one time, the sending of Jewish people into prison camps and the gas chambers was made light of in the same way by a similar politicians and controllers of media. The sins of the past are being repeated today.

What do we get? Brazen images of a smiling Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu congratulating the military for a job well done. American president Donald Trump the  nabler of the massacre, callously comments when pressed, if some Palestinians are injured and even killed, they had it coming to them and its their fault.  At the same time, he claims that he is working for peace.  The line is lapped up by the tabloids and presenting on the screens.

Yesterday. On the day of the embassy move ceremony, 58 Palestinians died and at least 1.350 were injured, mostly by rifle fire. And these are Israeli figures.

On the scene report during the earlier part of the killings on 15 May.
Video from Democracy Now!

The one thing that is never mentioned, is that what has been happening on the ground at Gaza is not random. The attacks are systematic. They are not random and  can only occur if this is a planned strategy, devised at the highest levels, then  ordered to be carried out. To pass this off as a defensive action carried out by the Israeli military is an act of dishonesty. If it had been, there would be casualties on the Israeli side.There were none.

Only one conclusion makes sense. The chilling reality is that this is a military strategy used by the Israeli leadership, backed by its supporters and cruelly delivered from a distance. The purpose is to create a major provocation. Moving the embassy on the very day that marks the anniversary that marks the anniversary of Palestinians dispossession from their land is no accident and deliberately engineered to insult and inflame passions.

The Gazans, who have been confined in what is really a giant concentration camp, have reason to be angry about their situation. Who wouldnt be in similar circumstances?

As the the dead are bur...

10:57

Joan of Arc, Spiritual Terrorism and Freedom "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Article by Stuart Wilde...I see nonviolent spiritual terrorists being responsible for the change in the evolution of the planet. We need a system that's less hateful, militant, and violent -- and more caring.

10:51

The Hope of Economic Growth "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

The narrative of endless economic growth delivering societys needs is questioned by this revealing graph on the classical components of GDP, released in Prosper Australias Trickle Up Economics report. The national accounts provide detailed analysis of who gets what. But when the gross figures are broken across the three factors of production, the streamlined perspective []

10:41

For Sale "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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I have 5 smart armbands for bike riders or night-time dog walkers.

Fluorescent yellow bands with flashing red lights for bike rides or night-time dog walkers.

Long-life lithium batteries supplied.

Great to wear on wrists or ankles, or fix to bicycle at night or to attach to your dog's collar so you can keep track of it at night.


Excellent brand new condition unused.
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10:36

Mental health check put forward in 2016 WA gun law inquiry !!! "IndyWatch Feed National"



NOTICE: Pay attention people! This is subject to interpretation and misuse! Do you have any idea how many people in Australia are being treated for "Depression"???!!! This is NOT good. This could be the government's big foot in the door for more gun confiscation.
Is your doctor anti-gun??? 
https://www.watoday.com.au/national/western-australia/mental-health-check-put-forward-in-2016-wa-gun-law-inquiry-20180514-p4zf93.html

10:05

Parliamentary Register of Interests "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Spartacus does not know where to go, but perhaps someone can point him in the right direction.

Just reported in the Australian, Shadow Treasurer, the Hon. Chris Bowen MP said:

he pleads guilty to paying for his policies, after Treasury and Parliamentary Budget Office estimates suggested about a third of his partys proposed new tax revenue will come from scrapping dividend imputation credit refunds.

Granted Mr Bowen is a member of the ALP, but perhaps pleading guilty may be premature at this stage.  However, Spartacus did not know that Mr Bowen had a personal wealth in the multiple billions.   It is delightful to know that someone with sufficient wealth to place them among the wealthiest people in the world sits in the Australian Parliament.

Mr Bowen must be personally worth billions.  How else could he claim that he was going to pay for the spending promises of the Labor Party yet not be held to account by the government or the media?

Perhaps he misspoke, but more likely it was a Freudian Slip.

Follow I Am Spartacus on Twitter at @Ey_am_Spartacus

09:58

Agriculture gets a voice in Byron Council "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Paul Bibby

Byron Shire Council is set to employ an officer to represent the local agriculture industry.

Following months of lobbying by local farmers and industry representatives, Council staff told a meeting of representatives last Wednesday night that the position would finally be filled.

The executive officer of sustainable and localised farming co-op Future Feeders Joel Orchard said he and others at the meeting were told the position would be three days a week initially, but could later be increased to full time.

They said they had put in an application for state government funding to make the position full time, Mr Orchard said.

We were very pleased about the result getting a designated agriculture officer had been on standby for too long.

It indicates that the council is open to agriculture as an industry in the Shire and to giving that industry a voice.

The promise from staff came after a petition with 150 signatures was delivered to the council, along with a letter signed by 25 local farmers and agriculture industry representatives.

Consultants hired

Council had also hired two consultants to investigate the state of agriculture in the Shire and how it could be assisted.

Mr Orchard said he expected the officer would help to address ongoing conflicts between agricultural and residential land use such as noise, the use of sprays and livestock.

He also expressed the hope that the officer would also help to support the concept of a local food system a model in which the community generates its own sustainable food sources rather than relying on the traditional unsustainable supermarket supply chain.

As we have seen in the last couple of years, our food system is basically dependant on long supply chain logistics and wholesale distribution out of the centralised markets, he said.

Any break in the line creates huge food supply and security issues as we have seen in the last couple of years during cyclone season when the supermarket shelves are emptied in a matter of days.

We have a huge opportunity in the northern rivers with perfectly suited conditions, soil and rainfall to grow a wide variety of crops all....

09:57

Members' Day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Today is a Members' Day, though thanks to some jiggering around with the Order paper, things are happening in an unusual order. First up is Chle Swarbrick's Election Access Fund Bill, which will provide funding to make it easier for disabled people to run for election. This bill has been postponed for a while, but has suddenly been un-postponed, pushing it to the top of the Order Paper. Which means it trumps Darroch Ball's Farm Debt Mediation Bill, which was introduced at the top of the Order Paper by leave during Question Time yesterday. The bill is another regulatory subsidy for farmers, making it more difficult for their shell companies to be bankrupted by their banks. Mycoplasma Bovis - a disease spread by farmers ignoring regulation - is the latest excuse for this, but before that it was the banks dubious business practices, and it really does seem like an excuse-of-the-week bill. Yesterday National tried to have it heard as a single question (effectively giving it all-stages urgency on a 60 minute debate, with no select committee stage), and I'm glad that failed. As for the merits, I see no reason to exempt farmers from the consequences of their poor business decisions, but National and NZ First clearly do, so it'll probably pass.

Thirdly, there's the second reading of Stuart Smith's Friendly Societies and Credit Unions (Regulatory Improvements) Amendment Bill, which is an uncontriversial regulatory update. If the House moves quickly, it might make it back onto Erica Stanford's nasty little Education (Social Investment Funding and Abolition of Decile System) Amendment Bill, but I don't think they'll get much further than that. Which means there probably won't be a ballot tomorrow.

09:55

Demand spiking for co-working spaces in Byron "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Frazer Williams-Martin, architect with DFJ Architects and Miranda Cummings, who handled the interior design at Habitat Workspace. Photo Jeff Shared Space Since 1986 Dawson

Paul Bibby

The Byron Shire is bursting out of its entrepreneurial britches.

As a growing number of locals look for creative ways to make a living, there has been a spike in demand for spaces where freelancers and small-business owners can work.

Some of the available co-working spaces have become harder to squeeze into than a pair of skinny jeans on Boxing Day, creating new opportunities for those with a bit of suitable space in and around the Byron Bay CBD.

Byron Bay Business Chamber president Todd Sotheren said he had been watching with interest as the demand for co-working spaces in the Shire increased in recent years.

Theres been an explosion of entrepreneurship as people who arent involved in tourism or hospitality find a way to make a living using the creativity this area is famous for, Mr Sotheren said.

If youre doing this kind of work, working all day in a home office can be nice, but it can also be quite isolating.

Collaborative

In co-working spaces, youre picking up ideas and ways to do things. The collaborative and networking side of things is huge.

Some of this growing demand will be met by the opening of a new shared office space at the Habitat development at North Beach.

Unlike some of the other work spaces, Habitats offering includes 36 micro offices as well as a number of open-plan desks for one or two people.

Habitats access to the NBN is likely to attract those with a digital focus, and the company is also offering a free two-week trial for those wanting to dip their toes in the water...

09:40

Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) VIP 34 Squadron Transport Bizjets Pop into CQ Airports "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

On Tuesday 15 May, there was a nice pair of Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) VIP 34 Squadron aircraft that were noted and spotted calling into CQ Airports.

RAAF Boeing B737-7DF(BBJ) A36-002 was noted touching down at Hamilton Island Airport from Sydney as "Wisdom 49".  After spending the day on Hamo it then departed and looked to be heading to Townsville.

Meanwhile, RAAF Canadair CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604 bizjet A37-003 was spotted touching down at Rockhampton Airport. It looked to arrive from Townsville having flown into there from the South earlier in the day. 





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09:30

In Vanessa Goodwins Memory Something New at Risdon Prison "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Goodwins funeral at St Davids Cathedral, Hobart.  (Photo by Sam Rosewarne)

by Mary W Maxwell

Vanessa Goodwin passed away at age 48 on March 3, 2018. That was a sad day for GumshoeNews, as Vanessa had helped us get information on the Martin Bryant case.

She was Tasmanias Attorney General.

After graduating from University of Tasmania Law School, Vanessa did a degree in criminology at Cambridge University, and later a PhD in Hobart.  She became interested in the family life of prisoners. I imagine she was the only Attorney General in the world who ran Kids Days at the prison.

This week the government of Tasmania announced that a new facility at Risdon would be built for women prisoners to help them bond with their babies. It will have five bedrooms for mothers with children up to two years of age.

The facility will be named after Vanessa Goodwin.  As reported by ABC News, Vanessas cousin Maggie Saunders...

09:28

Jihadis from AUS Aid Recipient Gaza attack Israel but Bishop urges Israel to refrain from excessive use of force "IndyWatch Feed National"

This from Australia Jewish Association JIHADISTS THREATS ON THE BORDER BUT FM JULIE BISHOP CALLS ON ISRAEL TO "REFRAIN FROM EXCESSIVE USE OF FORCE" Hamas has organised 1000s of violent jihadists in Gaza to rush the security fence. They have knives, guns, Molotovs etc. In defense from the violent riots,...

09:27

Federal Nuclear Waste Dump the precursor to importing nuclear waste South Australias Liberal Party plan "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Anti-Nuclear Coalition South Australia  No Nuclear Waste Dump Anywhere in South Australia, 16 May 18   Richard Yeeles is the Policy Director of the Liberal Party of South Australia. In his 2016 submission to the Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission he recommended:
That as a demonstration of its strong interest in, and commitment to the further development of a safe and sustainable Australian nuclear industry, and as a first step in such further development, the South Australian Government offers to host a national facility for storage and disposal of Australias own low and intermediate-level radioactive waste with the ultimate aim of securing Federal Government support...

09:23

Terra Firma seeks premium for "Project Ribeye" Australian farm sale "IndyWatch Feed National"

15 May 2018 | ReutersThe hefty mark-up for the 5.5 million ha property could leave foreign bidders in the box seat, testing the government's appetite for foreign ownership less than two years after it rejected China-led bids for an energy grid and agricultural company. energy grid and agricultural company.

09:20

ANSTOs plan to keep producing radioactive trash and sending away to rural south Australia "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Paul Waldon Fight To Stop Nuclear Waste Dump In Flinders Ranges SA, 16 May 18 
The Australian Atomic Energy Commission was born to the ignorance of locals who were prepared to accept a reactor in their backyard when it was planed before 1952. A reactor.
Yes, one reactor, is what they live with, but how many reactors worth of forever radioactive fuel rods, raffinates, old reactor components, and any other toxic industrial products does the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science expect Hawker or Kimba to live with. ANSTO and DIIS dont give a damn as long as its not in their backyard, they can keep promoting and produce more. https://www.facebook.com/groups/344452605899556/

09:18

Pell trial may not be able to be reported "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Cardinal George Pell arrives at the County Court of Victoria in Melbourne, Wednesday, May 2, 2018. Photo AAP Image/James Ross

The first of two trials on pedophilia charges of the worlds third most senior Catholic priest, Cardinal George Pell, may not be allowed to be reported until after a second trial concludes.

The publication New Matilda reported on Tuesday (May 15) that the Victorian Director of Public Prosecutions (DRPP) is seeking an injunction to have all mention of both trials quashed until after their completion.

But in a follow-up report today (Wednesday, May 16) New Matilda stated the DRPP has modified this to enable the proceedings of the first trial only to be subject to the injunction, and for it to be lifted once the second trial is complete.

Cardinal Pell is facing two separate trials related to allegations of a number of historical sexual offences.

The intent of the injunction would be to avoid a mistrial in either case as a result of prejudicial reporting.

Media may be able to report some of the second trial as it proceeds, provided the DPP does not seek a fresh suppression order.

The application is to be heard in the Melbourne County Court tomorrow morning before Chief Judge Peter Kidd.

It precludes even mentioning the injunction in the press, so reports such as this would have to be removed.

Improper access

In other news relating to the Pell trial, a Victorian County Court employee has reportedly been sacked for looking up information relating to Australias most senior Catholic, whos been charged with historical sexual offences.

The staffer had improperly accessed restricted information on Cardinal George Pell through the courts computer system, the Herald-Sun reported on Wednesday.

When improper access to information is found to occur, the court takes decisive action. This is exactly what has occurred in this case, it quoted a court spokeswoman as saying.

Cardinal Pell has denied all of the allegations made against him.

His case r...

09:18

Anti nuclear protests at South Australia Liberal headquarters "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Anti-nuclear protests at SA Liberal HQ  https://www.eyretribune.com.au/story/5395082/anti-nuclear-protests-at-sa-liberal-hq/?cs=1825   MAY 11 2018 

South Australians concerned about the prospect of a radioactive waste facility in the state protested outside of the Liberal Party headquarters in Adelaide this morning to oppose the proposal to both state and federal Liberals with a giant inflatable radioactive waste barrel drawing the attention of peak hour traffic.

The protesters were calling for Premier Steven Marshall and the Liberal government to oppose the federal governments plan to establish a nuclear waste facility in Kimba or near Hawker.

Dont Dump on SA member Tadhg Porter said the South Australian Liberal party brought in legislation that made the establishment of a waste dump illegal.

We want Premier Marshall to defend our state against the prospect of the federal proposal, just like he defended South Australia against the proposal for an international high level radioactive waste facility, Mr Porter said.

We call on the federal government to stop this process, stop dividing communities and take a responsible approach to the management of Australias nuclear waste.

09:17

Why Closing Kims Test Site Wont Hinder His Nuclear Plans "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

 Bloomberg By David Tweed and Kanga Kong May 15, 2018, 

A decade ago, the last time North Korea took talks with the U.S. so far, then-leader Kim Jong Il blew up a cooling tower at the Yongbyon nuclear plant as part of a deal to limit its weapons program. Within months, he was reassembling the reactor a key source of weapons-grade plutonium. Thats one reason why arms-control experts are watching with caution as his son, Kim Jong Un, now moves to publicly dismantle the remote subterranean testing site used by the regime to detonate six nuclear bombs.

.Does North Korea need more tests?

Possibly not. Both India and Pakistan established themselves as nuclear powers after a similar number of tests and neither has detonated a bomb since 1998. In his April 20 statement announcing the Punggye-ri closing, Kim said the countrys efforts to build a warhead small enough to fit on a ballistic missile had progressed to the point where tests were no longer necessary. Still, its unclear whether North Korea has figured out how to prevent a warhead from burning up during re-entry from space.

Would the sites closing be permanent?

No. A 38 North analysis of satellite images taken May 7 showed that several support buildings outside the northern, western and southern portals had been razed while some mining cart rails had been removed. Such facilities can be replaced as easily as the Yongbyon cooling tower. Lewis, of the Middlebury Institute, argues that the tunnels horizontal layout would also make it relatively easy to pop open the sealed entrances and regain access after their closing.

 

What about building a new tunnel?

A new test site could be constructed in three to six months, depending on how much labor was thrown at the job, according to Suh Kune Y., a nuclear engineering professor at Seoul National University. Future detonations most likely to test warhead miniaturization might only require a simple straight tunnel with one right angle at the end, he said.

What about other sites?

North Korea, which is believed...

09:15

Australian businesses on the move to renewable energy "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Almost half of Australian big business moving to renewables
Climate Council says capacity of firms to generate solar power has doubled in less than two years, Guardian,  
Ben Smee, 15 May 18, 

Almost half of Australias large businesses are actively transitioning to cheaper renewable energy, including many going off the grid by building their own generators and battery storage, as power bills threaten their bottom line.

A new report by the Climate Council details the increased speed of a business-led transition to renewables as power bills have increased.

The average household and small-business energy bill is more than 80% higher than a decade ago. Gas prices have increased threefold in five years.   

Many businesses including 46% of large operations have responded by seeking green alternatives. The Climate Council report, released on Tuesday, said the capacity of Australian businesses to generate their own solar power had doubled in less than two years.

Business owners report making their investment back through cost savings in less than five years.

The general manager of AustChilli at Bundaberg, Ian Gaffel, said the decision to invest in solar panels was a no-brainer.

AustChilli employs more than 100 people in the agriculture and food manufacturing process. The business initially built a 100kW solar system and about 18 months ago added an additional 200kW.

Solar now accounts for about a quarter of the businesss power usage.

We looked for many years at the idea before jumping in a few years ago, Gaffel said. Were a growing business so as weve grown the energy were using goes up.

My role is on the financial side and from the numbers it was a very easy decision..

Gaffel said the cost savings gave the business more confidence and certainty when deciding to expand and hire more employees. The next step for the business will likely be battery storage, which will further decrease its reliance on the energy grid.

The story is being repeated across the country, particularly in the manufacturing industry, where increased power bills have squeezed profits....

09:14

Crunch time coming for uneconomic Small Modular Nuclear Reactors (SMRs) "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Small Modular Nuclear Reactors Will Soon Face a Moment of Reckoning
NuScale is bringing small nuclear alive. But will the concept survive?
GreenTech Media Last months first-ever small modular reactor design approval could usher in a new era for nuclear power, provided the technology can live up to the hype.

09:10

Climate change could be intensifying dust storms in India, experts say "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

 Mongabay, by Mayank Aggarwal on 14 May 2018 
In the past couple of weeks, severe dust storms, thunderstorms and lightning have hit several parts of India, resulting in the deaths of more than 150 people and injuries to at least 300 others.
With the rise in global temperatures, the intensity of dust and thunderstorms is expected to increase in the future, experts say.
But even though dust storms and thunderstorms are a common feature in India, there has been no focused work on studying the trends related to it.

India could witness an increase in the severity and frequency of dust storms and thunderstorms due to rising global temperatures, experts say.

[The] intensity of sandstorms is increasing across the world, said Chandra Bhushan, deputy director general at the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), a Delhi-based think tank. He cited studies from the U.S. Midwest, the Middle East and the Sahara, all of them linking the phenomenon to sudden increases in surface temperature.

All of them are saying that as the climate gets warmer the temperature gradient is going to become very steep. This steep increase in temperature gradient will lead to two things heat waves and sand storms, Bhushan said.

There is enough research happening [to predict] that the intensity of sandstorms is going to become more intense as the temperature increases further. It is indeed linked to climate change.

On May 2, severe dust storms, thunderstorms and lightning hit several parts of India, resulting in the deaths of at least 124 people and injuries to 300 others. More than 10,000 utility poles and hundreds of power transformers were damaged, while farmers suffered losses to their cattle and poultry stocks. Similarly, on May 13, fierce dust and thunderstorms led to the deaths of some 40 people, while several others were injured.

Bhushan said the enormity of losses from dust storms was shocking, but that they would only become more intense in the future. With higher global temperatures, he said, the soil would become drier. That will result in an increase in the amount of dust carried by the wind, and consequently the intensity of dust storms.

Climate change is intensifying all extreme weather events, Bhushan said.https://news.mongabay.com/2018/05/climate-change-could-be-int...

09:09

Global Sea Level Rise Accelerated to 4.6 mm Per Year After 2010 robertscribbler "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Human forced climate change through fossil fuel burning now presents a serious threat to the worlds coastal cities and island nations. Diverse regions of the world are now facing increased inundation at times of high tide and during storms. Unfortunately, this trend is only worsening. And depending on how much additional fossil fuel is burned, we []

via Global Sea Level Rise Accelerated to 4.6 mm Per Year After 2010 robertscribbler

09:08

Australias biggest solar farm switches on in Port Augusta RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

The 220MW Bungala solar farm Australias largest begins production, signalling a milestone for the transformation of Port Augusta into a renewable energy hub.

via Australias biggest solar farm switches on in Port Augusta RenewEconomy

09:07

Queenslands biggest solar farm connects to the grid RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Clare solar farm begins production in north Queensland, while Hughenden solar farm also connected to the grid.

via Queenslands biggest solar farm connects to the grid RenewEconomy

09:05

Audio: Sylvia Earle on why we must act now to save the oceans "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

On todays episode, renowned marine biologist Sylvia Earle joins us for an in-depth conversation about marine conservation. Listen here:   Legendary oceanographer, marine biologist, and environmentalist Sylvia Earle, sometimes known as Her Deepness or The Sturgeon General, is a National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence and former chief scientist at the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). A documentary film about her work called Mission Blue won a 2015 News & Documentary Emmy. She joins us today to discuss how effective marine protected areas are at conserving the oceans and their inhabitants, her Hope Spots program that is identifying some of the most valuable marine environments on the planet, and the latest advances in marine conservation that she is most hopeful about. Heres this episodes top news: Australia to invest $379 million to protect the Great Barrier Reef More than 800 totoaba swim bladders confiscated by Mexican authorities in smuggling busts Wildlife decimated by the surge in conflicts in the Sahara and the Sahel Deforestation leads to big hikes in local temperature, study finds Indonesian activists protest China-funded dam in orangutan habitat Colombias supreme court orders government to stop Amazon deforestation Humpback whales near Antarctica making a comeback, study finds Mongabay now has a free news app for Android users available in the Google Play Store. The app makes it easy to read and share Mongabay news features on Android devices. Just look for Mongabay Environmental News inside the Google Play store. Apple customers can also now receive Mongabay stories on iPhones

09:05

May 15 Energy News geoharvey "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Opinion: Russia Will Use Floating Nuclear Plant To Power Arctic Oil Exploration. What Could Possibly Go Wrong? Thanks to global warming, much of the Arctic ice has melted, making it easier to drill for more oil. But exploring for oil is energy intensive. What to do? Use a floating nuclear plant to power []

via May 15 Energy News geoharvey

08:24

The Secret History Of Australia Conference: And the End Of Days "IndyWatch Feed National"

9-10 June 2018

It has begun the signs are in place
In late 2017 Aboriginal Elders started speaking of
The End of Days 
a prophecy that spans epochs,
and which is now about to unfold

SThe End of Days is a prophecy that has been long awaited by the Origine people it is the end of the darkness and a return of the spirit of the Dreaming It used to be global but the northern cultures wiped out their knowledge holders in successive wars. We were an isolated island the lore survived The prophecy is that the one will come to restore the lore when the world needs it most that the Origine peoples with the old knowledge have to be ready to be Burram Yanbuhyn to be teachers, and not project fear in the coming changes but to hold it straight just as it was in the Alcheringa the beginning

Stella Wheildon (speaker)

Thousands of Australians have had the tidal wave dream, where a massive tsunami hits our east coast. It is always higher than the highest buildings, and leaves a completely new coastli...

08:21

Rosies big brass sound goes global "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Rosie King has completed her personal goal of winning all three major international brass championship titles. Photo Jeff Brassed Dawson

Aslan Shand

Playing brass was something Rosie King began as a young child in Sydney along with her three older brothers and it has become a lifelong passion.

Byron Shire-based Rosie has recently been rewarded for her commitment to brass by becoming the first solo brass champion in three major countries, the United Kingdom, Australia and recently the United States. 

Winning the North American Brass Solo Championship in April meant so much more because it completed my personal goal of winning all three major international titles. I won in Australia in 2002, Great Britain in 2002 and 2005 and the USA in April this year, said Rosie.

Over 180 of North Americas finest brass musicians took part in the largest amateur musicmaking festival of brass music held in the USA, April 5 till 8 this year.

Invited by US uni

Rosie was invited by Dr Lee Harrelson (head of Music at the Missouri Western State University) to attend the festival and to perform as a horn player with the City of Kansas organisation known as Fountain City Brass.

Prior to the festival, she spent a week performing in both Kansas City and St Louis, Missouri, preparing for the competitive stage performance that took place at the National Brass Festival held in the Embassy Theatre, Fort Wayne, Indiana, where she also competed as a soloist.

Rosies son, Oscar Crosara, highlighted that Not only was Rosie a finalist in the USA senior solo championships, she was in fact declared open winner of the coveted international award with her performance of Concert Fantasy that literally blew the judges and the international audience away.

Rosie has worked very hard and broken boundaries to achieve this. As well as being an accomplished solo artist, Rosie also pioneered Australias first all-female brass band, the Belles of Brass....

08:18

More bums on seats "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Sydney headcount surges

I was down in Sydney this morning for a meeting.

Now first up let's say that there are more than enough people hooting about Sydney's transport challenges right now, without me adding to this rapidly growing chorus! 

But the truth is that the blinkin' light rail project can't be finalised soon enough.

The construction itself is causing traffic disruption all along the route, and the bus routes out to Uni-land and beyond are, shall we say, well patronised.


And yet, Sydney, we just can't stay mad at you.


It seems I'm not alone in this dilemma, as Australia becomes more and more popular with permanent & long term migrants and tourists from Asia. 

There was a bear case for Australian housing that predicted immigration would fall precipitously into the peak of a construction boom due to a weakening economy, but you can forget all that now.

Rolling annual permanent and long term arrivals blasted out to a new high of 795,600 over the year to March 2018. 

Most permanent migrants to Australia are heading to Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane, in that order, and overwhelmingly they are opting to remain in the capital citie...

08:16

Vale muscial educator, Malcolm Garth "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Malcolm Garth.

The funeral of well-known and respected music tutor Malcolm Garth was held last Friday he died after a short battle with luekemia. 

Malcolms brother in law Ian Baskin told The Echo that Malcom taught Byron Bays primary and secondary students for over ten years. 

Baskin said, He also taught at Brunswick Heads. During that time, musicians under Mals tutelage played one of his own compositions in the Sydney Opera House. 

He co-ordinated the bridging program for years six and seven, so that there was a much smoother transition from primary to high school.

Mals smiling face helped many a new high school student feel more quickly at home and he supported music students at Byron High through to their HSC exams.

Original music

During his time at Byron High he taught Donavan Miller, who went on to become the drummer for the Butcher Birds. Other bands Mal inspired include Jessibel, Parkway Drive and Stan Walker, winner of Australian Idol 2009. He taught a broad range of musical instruments from sax to guitar, and inspired many to write their own music.

In the last couple of years, Malcolm taught a number of the local Byron Bay High music students as a volunteer, helping disadvantaged students to achieve outstanding results.

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08:10

Tree frog ceremony defended "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

According to the International Association of Kambo Practitioners, the frogs used in ceremony by acredited practitioners are treated humanly. Photo soldepando.com

The International Association of Kambo Practitioners (IAKP) has reacted strongly to last weeks Echo story, saying that the ceremonies and practices described by author Heidi Greaves are not taught by us or used by our practitioners.

As Greavess story explained, a Kambo ceremony is where a secretion of the South American tree frog is extracted, dried and administered to shallow burns on those seeking to lift panema, an indigenous word for dark or negative energy. The tradition is also used by Amazonian tribes to heighten senses when hunting and as a remedy for numerous ills.

Greaves explained that when signing up for the ceremony, she was asked a few basic questions on physical and mental health, yet was not asked for her full medical history. The life change I was hoping to trigger has not yet manifested, she added.

And while claiming her Kambo practitioners were lovely people, she was critical of them as facilitators. She wrote, I feel it was no fault of their own, but something that needs to be addressed by IAKP through more guidelines and training.  

Greaves also questioned how the ceremony can be conducted without harming the frog.

A representative of the IAKP, which is a not-for-profit foundation based in the Netherlands, told The Echo, In this case, we have not been able to confirm that Greaves attended a ceremony with one of our practitioners and we do not believe it to be the case. Had she truly thought that she was dealing with one of our practitioners, then a quick email to us could have confirmed that.

We hold ourselves accountable, and we have a full and open complaints procedure if she or anyone else had any genuine issue with one of our people. The IAKP can only lay down the guidelines. We cannot watch every practitioner in every moment so we are happy for people to contact us if they have concerns about our members. Unfortunately, we cannot deal with complaints or feedback regarding practitioners who are not members of our association. Greaves has completely misinterpreted our organisation in this sense...

08:00

May 16 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

1770 - Cap. Jimmy Cook (Sir to his mates) sailed merrily past the Gold Coast on this day.

1806 - James Dabbs was hanged at Sydney for burglary from the home of Rowland Hassall at Parramatta.

1820 - Gosh, Lachlan Macquarie had a harsh working life. I really felt for him when I read his diary entry for today....
"I went down to Sydney this morning after Breakfast to transact Business, returning to Parramatta to Dinner.
I dispatched the Govt. Brig, Princess Charlotte, for Van Diemen's Land with 70 Female Convicts for the two Settlements."

1822 - First Fleeter James Squire, who is credited with the first successful cultivation of hops in Australia (think James Squire Beer)  popped his clogs at Kissing Point, and was buried in the Devonshire Street Cemetery Altar Tomb, which today is at the Botany Pioneer Park.

1823 - That Magik Fairy was out and about again in the Illawarra when Mr. John Paul was granted 600 acres.

1836 - James Tobin was hanged at Sydney for the murder of Patrick Fox at Marks' Farm, Illawarra.

1836 - Surveyor-General of New South Wales Major Thomas Livingstone Mitchell parked his posterior at what later became the town of Balranald.

1860 - William Goodson was hanged at Darlinghurst for the murder of his wife Mary Goodson at Kissing Point.

1860 - Explorer John Mackay stumbled upon an area in QLD between the Burdekin and the watershed of the Isaacs River which was dubbed the Mackay District.

1861 - Rt. Hon. Sir John Young, Bt, KCB, GCMG, PC, (later 1st Baron Lisgar) donned the frilly drawers of Governor of NSW.

1863 - Mr. Barnes, of Cootamundra, should have stayed in bed today as bushranger Ben Hall robbed his store then tried to use it as a campfire to keep warm.

1868 - The first Australian cricket team arrived in England for a series of matches.
The team consisted of 13 Aboriginal men from the Western District of Victoria. The Jardwadjali, Gunditjmara and Wotjobaluk men were coached and captained by an ex all-England cricketer, Charles Lawrence. The team played 47 matches against intermediate-level English amateur teams between May and October 1868.
This Sporting Life reported,
"They are the first native Australians to have visited this country on such a novel expedition, but it must not be inferred that they are savages; on the contrary They are perfectly civilized, having been brought up in the bush to agricultural pursuits With respect to their prowess as cricketers that will be conclusively determined by their first public match."
The players were;
Johnny Mullagh traditional name: Unaarrimin
Bullocky traditional name: Bullchanach. A wicketkeeper, Bullocky was referred to as "at once the black Bannerma...

08:00

Business Council to flood election with corporate cash "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Business Council to flood election with corporate cashThe Business Council has a war chest of $26 million to help the Turnbull Government win the next election and get an $80 billion pay-off for its 130 members. read now...

07:58

Trees for habitat and mums "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Photo Jeff Dawson

A steady stream of enthusiastic tree planters came to plant natives at a Mullumbimby Creek property on Sunday.

The annual Mothers Day event saw the eight thousandth tree planted, according to organisers. Along with food and drinks, participants were entertained by Maisey Taylor, Blindmouth and Chris Mallory.

The tree plantings happen because of the support of the Brunswick Valley Landcare, Byron Shire Council, Jim Olivier, Byron Habitat Corridors, Mullum Chamber of Commerce, Mullum Creek Native Nursery, The Echo, The Tree Hugger, Mullum Ex-Services Club, Jim Beatson, and oh yes, the Mullum Music Festival.

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07:58

A matter of trust - Australia's Z special forces and Borneo's Dayak people "IndyWatch Feed National"

The exhibition is on now at the Australian War Memorial. https://www.awm.gov.au/visit/exhibitions/a-matter-of-trust 'You were never told what you were going to do' 11 May 2018 by Claire Hunter Jack Tredrea: "The operation would never have been the success it was without those people." Jack Tredrea was just 24 years old when...

07:56

Courting Suspicion: When Justice Isnt Being Seen To Be Done, Or Seen At All "IndyWatch Feed National"

For the past few months, New Matilda and Marque Lawyers have been quietly reviewing the daily flood of suppression orders issued from various legal jurisdictions around the country. Were on a list, you might say, which alerts us every time a court issues a suppression order on a trial. It makes for illuminating (and frequently frustrating) reading. Marques Hannah Marshall and Michael Bradley weigh in on an increasing and unfortunate trend in Australias justice system.

What is more important open justice, or the accuseds right to a fair trial? Justice being seen to be done, or justice being done? In some cases, we cant have both. Increasingly, when a big criminal trial of clear public interest is afoot, this tension is being strained way past what wed call breaking point.

Suppression orders (court orders preventing the media from reporting on a case) are just one way to protect a fair trial. There are a bunch of reasons why suppressing information in a court case might be a better idea than having open justice. Witness protection, national security and avoiding unnecessary distress to victims are a few examples.

But what about when the trial is controversial, the crime is horrible, or the accused is well known? This will always attract the media. Pretty often though it seems, news coverage is being dressed up as a risk so substantial that open justice must be overridden. In these cases, broad suppression is being granted on the basis that it is necessary to give the accused their best shot at getting a fair trial.

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The rules governing suppression orders say that there is a presumption in favour of non-suppression, that the first consideration must be open justice. They also say that the order has to be necessary. That should mean that suppression isnt ordered unless there is no viable alternative.

The traditional alternative to suppression is instructions to the jury i.e. the judge telling them not to read about the case.

In the Anita Cobby murder trial, the first jury was discharged after news reports described one of the accused as an unemployed prison escapee. Then, more news outlets reported that the jury was discharged because of a report describing one of the men as a prison escapee. After that the accused sought a 6-month adjournment, basically until some of the heat died down and hed have a better chance of a fair trial. This was denied. The reasoning was that the trial would always attract a lot of media att...

07:50

Vacancy rates a big tighter in several capital cities "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Brighter in Brisbane for landlords

Brighter news for Brisbane landlords as the vacancy rate declined to 3 per cent from 3.7 per cent a year earlier, according to SQM Research figures reported yesterday. 

Asking rents for Brisbane units increased by +0.4 per cent in the month, too, mainly driven by the upper end of the market (renting good quality property in inner Brisbane still doesn't come cheap, despite the soft market overall). 

Brisbane appears to have a turned a corner as population growth picks up and dwelling commencements now decline sharply. 

The 6mMA figures attempt to capture the latest trends, but do incorporate the Christmas period, when vacancy rates tend to be high. 


Hobart appears to be through the worst for renters with vacancy rates rising slightly to 0.7 per cent.

Adelaide is building plenty of houses, but hasn't experienced the surge in investors seen in the larger cities, and accordingly vacancy rates keep tightening, now down to 1.3 per cent.

Melbourne was also tighter again on strong population growth at 1.3 per cent. 

Sydney's vacancy rates was flat at 2.3 per cent in the month, but plenty higher than a year earlier when it was 1.7 per cent, while Perth continues to turn the corner. 

...

07:48

Infrastructure boom swings north as Queensland hits 5 million "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Infrastructure deficit tackled

An interesting graphic from BIS Oxford Economics charts Australia's infrastructure boom through looking at public sector funded transport projects of $2 billion or more in value.

If you live in Sydney you couldn't help but notice the ramp up in projects since 2015, with the jackhammers rampaging practically around the clock in the harbour city.

And some of those projects have years to run, particularly the massive West Connex, the real cost of which has been estimated at being anywhere from $17 billion to $45 billion, depending on who is controlling the narrative.

Looking forward the infrastructure boom is set to swing elsewhere as the record stamp duty take in Sydney finally begins its long descent. 

In absolute dollar terms, Victoria is set to experience a significant boost, particularly from the forthcoming $16.5 billion northeast link.

But with Melbourne's construction sector booming anyway, the shift will be most noticeable in Queensland as a range of transport projects kick off.

These will be supported by other inner Brisbane projects such as the flagship $3 billion plus Queen's Wharf project, and a number of others.


Brisbane boost

Brisbane is attracting interstate migrants and tourists in serious numbers, so these projects will definitely help to give the labour market an overdue boost.

Indeed, Queensland's official population count passed 5 million earlier today, so this is time...

07:20

Shadow Minister for Dimples Mark Butler worries that the economy hasn't suffered enough "IndyWatch Feed National"

The science is settled - Australia's contribution to anthropogenic carbon dioxide production is as a hair is to the harbour bridge. But Labor's still out there fighting those invisible enemies. For the third consecutive year, the Turnbull Government have overseen an increase in Australias pollution levels. Acting on climate change...

07:19

In which nattering "Ned" leads the crusading lizard Oz and the pond to tedium and beyond ... "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"


The good news is that the leftist twitterati have become increasingly rampant and abusive, and the likes of nattering "Ned" are now copping a scolding, without any sign that any of the tweeters can be bothered to crack the lizard Oz paywall.

Generic abuse is more than enough, and a worthy sport.

The bad news is that the reptiles will be in full crusading, campaigning mode on behalf of Malware's mob, until all the by-elections are over, which means that the likes of nattering "Ned" will inflict on the pond this sort of guff ...


Oh there'll be endless rhetorical overkill about risks and the dangers of Comrade Bill and so on and so forth ...

Speaking of cynical, the EXCLUSIVE in this day's Oz tree-killer edition is another part of the crusade ...


Of course all this is faithfully echoed by their ABC, which faithfully reports on the reptile doings each morning, and so becomes an extension of the reptile crusade to set the news for the day

But back to nattering "Ned's" lit...

07:16

26 killed, 45 wounded in Indo family-based Ramadan bomb-a-thon "IndyWatch Feed National"

From The Australian today Surabaya police hunt for sleeper family terror units Members of Indonesia's Densus 88 counter-terror police squad raid a suspects residence in Surabaya yesterday. Picture: AFP AMANDA HODGE,NIVELL RAYDA The Australian 12:00AM May 16, 2018 Every Sunday the three Surabaya families behind Indonesias deadliest terror attacks in...

07:08

Our Pollies Missing Out on Easy Climate Options "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Our reactionary, mostly conservative, members of parliament have worked themselves into a corner by their constant and insistent denial of both the science and the actuality of a warming planet. They thus find themselves opposing even the most obviously beneficial changes to society such as the clean energy provided by wind and solar power changes that the population in general supports. A recent example is the state member for Polwarths vehement opposition to the proposed Rokewood wind farm.

Adam Carey writing in the Age noted the proposed wind farm at Rokewood (which would be the largest in the southern hemisphere) had raised the ire of the local conservative member. He wrote: Local state Liberal MP Richard Riordan said the project was an ideologically driven folly that would scar the landscape and create intermittent energy supply. If this ideological government gets its way itll cover my entire electorate in Rialto-sized concrete pylons that would work 20 to 30 per cent of the time, Mr Riordan said.

He said his rural electorate of Polwarth already had among the highest concentration of wind turbines in Australia, but residents had been given minimal opportunity to have their say. If these turbines are so harmless and so pretty to look at, why not put them up in Port Phillip Bay along the Esplanade, or in open spaces in Fitzroy and Collingwood, Mr Riordan said.

Riordan repeats several discredited myths on wind generation and ignores the money that will be injected into the community in this case probably more than one million dollars per annum the work in building and maintaining them and the fact that they are providing clean energy that will help the country meet its Paris agreement CO2 obligations. I have two nephews affected by wind developments in the western district one whose commercial air agricultural operations are becoming more restricted by them and another one helping build them.

Another example of this reluctance to grab these easy options was sent to me by retired CSIRO climate scientist Barrie Pittock. He wrote: Josh Frydenbergs article in Mondays Age (7.5) re Australias fuel security practically coincides with the release of a new report from the Parliament of Victoria on electric vehicles. The clear outcome from the latter is that encoura...

07:04

Giant leap forward "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Dalyston ruckman Kurt Thomas appears to have the better of the ruck duel against the Giants Guy Chuol but it was when the ball came to ground that the Giants onballers had the ascendency. m732018

But one win is not enough for breakthrough Burra-Bena

THE Korumburra-Bena Giants have broken through for their first win of the 2018 season; their first at home since Round 15, 2015 and only their third win in three years.
But after very positive showings against Inverloch-Kongwak and Koo Wee Rup in recent weeks, plus the addition of some quality players, most people saw it coming.
In the first quarter, the Giants were kicking to the scoreboard end of the ground and opened brightly against Dalyston with three quick goals; the first within 30 seconds of the start to Beau Anthony, launching from 40 metres.
Michael Cooke banged through two more at the 3:20 and 5:20 minute marks and it wasnt until 12 minutes later that Dalyston could respond through Matt Rosendale following good lead up work by a pacy Michael Marotta.
Three goals by Jackson Brooker, and one against the flow of play by Anthony for the Giants had the teams close until Jake McMillan stuck a great tackle on Matt Whittaker and made no mistake from 45 metres out.
In the second quarter, the Giants started to get on top, not only having the edge in general play but also being the one most likely to score with Jamie Cann in particular a good target.
He kicked three for the quarter at the 3:50, 10:40 and 17:30 minute mark and it was getting late, too late for Dalyston when Tylah Osbaldeston pulled one back thanks to some good pressure by Matt Rosendale.
A 50 metre penalty near the end of the quarter and a goal to Brock Dorling made the half time score 10 goals to five.
The Giants were growing in confidence as they took the field after half time and it was soon clear they werent about to let this one slip.
Dalyston was being well served around the packs by Michael Marotta, Clay Tait and big Thomas and they had the ball in their scoring zone at the start of the third quarter but the Giants defence was superb, denying Dalyston any clear shots at goal and ultimately holding them out while Cann and McMillan early and Rhys Dixon, off the turf with a second attempt, later stretched the lead.
...

06:58

7-year itch "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Telstra dumped again

Telstra's (ASX: TLS) share price was dumped to a 7-year low at just $2.87 as investors lose the faith in management and the results being delivered. 

The company reported earnings would be at the bottom end of guidance.



Analysts now fear that the 22 cent dividend may not be sustainable.

Is the moment of maximum pessimism arriving?

06:49

Lets talk about West Papua Tour "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"



Lets talk about West Papua Tour

Sydney Thursday 17 May 2018  5:30pm
Carslaw Centre (Building F07), Lecture Theatre 175
Sydney University, Darlington Enter via City Rd 
and proceed along Eastern Ave



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06:23

WATCH: Courtney Act Has A Very Important Message About HIV "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Australian drag superstar Courtney Act has joined the New Zealand AIDS Foundation for a new campaign raising awareness of HIV treatment and undetectable viral loads in people living with HIV. According to the latest research, people living with HIV who are on successful treatment are incapable of passing HIV on to their sexual partners if ...

The post WATCH: Courtney Act Has A Very Important Message About HIV appeared first on QNews Magazine.

06:10

Resistance Continues Against Opening of Great Australian Bight to Oil Infrastructure "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

by Lisa Cox / The Guardian

The government has released a new acreage for offshore oil and gas exploration in the Great Australian Bight that green groups says should have been kept off limits after it was cancelled by BP.

The permit is one of two that BP cancelled after the company abandoned its plans for oil and gas drilling in the bight in 2016. Its remaining two permits were sold to the Norwegian oil and gas multinational Statoil.

On Tuesday the government released 21 new acreages that petroleum companies will be able to bid for across six basins off Western Australia, South Australia, Victoria and the Ashmore and Cartier Islands.

The announcement came as protesters gathered outside the Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Associations annual conference in Adelaide to oppose new oil and gas drilling in the bight. Later on Tuesday, Kangaroo Islands mayor, Peter Clements, was speaking at Statoils annual general meeting in Norway to highlight community opposition to the project.

The Wilderness Society said on Tuesday that the government was acting insanely in trying to push oil and gas exploration in the Great Australian Bight in waters that were pristine and where development was risky.

The pristine, treacherous waters of the Great Australian Bight are a completely inappropriate place for risky deep-sea oil drilling, especially as we hurtle towards c...

06:00

Treaties Committee critiques PACER-Plus "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

The Australian Parliaments Joint Standing Committee on Treaties (JSCT) has issued its final report on the PACER-Plus trade agreement. Although the committee recommends that Parliament should ratify PACER-Plus, the report is a telling critique of the treaty, noting: the absence of Papua New Guinea and Fiji from PACER-Plus significantly diminishes the utility of the agreement for Australian business.

For more than twenty years, successive Australian governments have promoted trade agreements with Forum island countries as a central element of regional economic integration as well as poverty alleviation. According to the 2017 Foreign Policy White Paper, Australias approach to the region is based on helping to integrate Pacific countries into the Australian and New Zealand economies and our security institutions, [as] essential to the long-term stability and economic prospects of the Pacific.

After nearly two decades of preparation and seven years of negotiations, PACER-Plus arrived in June 2017 with a dull thud. As Matthew Dornan noted at the time on the Devpolicy Blog, most post-signing analysis of the deal highlighted the lack of ambition, the failure to lock in labor market access in the binding treaty and the disproportionate benefits for Australia and New Zealand. The Office of the Chief Trade Advisor (OCTA) tried to highlight the benefits of the treaty for Forum island countries, but many commentators were dismissive, with headlines such as Disappointment and lost opportunity and Not much to celebrate.

Former Forum Secretary General Sir Noel Levi, who guided the initial drafting of PICTA and PACER in the late 1990s, was scathing over the outcome of PACER Minus. He decried the lack of leadership by his successors at the Forum Secretariat, for not addressing objections raised by Fiji and Papua Ne...

05:00

Tyenna Valley traffic concerns "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Do you enjoy a drive to Mt Field or the South West or perhaps you enjoy fly fishing in the Tyenna River? If so, Im sure you are aware of the condition of the underfunded section of road from Maydena to Westerway EARLIER on Tasmanian Times ... Ivo Edwards: Please help me. I am in serious trouble ...

03:13

Hillary Clinton: I Lost Because Im Ugly "IndyWatch Feed National"

Hillary Clinton claims that she lost the election because a very large proportion of the population decided she was too ugly to be the leader of the free world.  During an interview in Australia with [...]

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02:58

Solidarity with Anarchists in #Yogyakarta, so-called Indonesia from #Narrm / #Melbourne (so-called Australia) Anarchists "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Short statement, fundraiser adress and banner action in solidarity with anarchists in Yogyakarta in Narrm / Melbourne. 

Submitted to Enough is Enough.

Note: Enough is Enough is not organizing any of these events, we are publishing this text for people across the US and Europe to be able to see what is going on and for documentation only.

Solidarity with Anarchists in Yogyakarta, so-called Indonesia from Narrm / Melbourne (so-called Australia) Anarchists

Banner reads Solidarity with Yogja Comrades

May Day Setiap Hari ( May Day Every Day )

On May Day in Yogyakarta 69 comrades were arrested. There has since been a huge crackdown involving raids and more arrests based on flimsy evidence. At present there are 11 comrades still locked up in Yogyakarta Police Prison, they are isolated and not allowed any contact with comrades outside.

This has only strengthened the resolve of the comrades to keep up the fight against the feudal system ruling Yogja and the Kraton (palace) of the so called sultan.

There is a fundraising drive to raise money for legal assistance which has been largely local however there is a paypal account here for donations outside Indonsia. https://www.paypal.me/TobiVBonano


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02:51

A beginners guide to PowerLedger and its POWR coin "IndyWatch Feed National"

All over the world, civilians rely on utility companies to provide electricity and other power solutions. Currently, solar power is a small but promising solution to that, but the world needs to move faster. PowerLedger is a blockchain-based solution that []

The post A beginners guide to PowerLedger and its POWR coin appeared first on The Global Mail.

02:30

Willem Middelkoop: My Top Five Picks in the Pilbara Gold Region (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Willem Middelkoop: My Top Five Picks in the Pilbara Gold Region Video Palisade Radio Willem is on his way to Australia for a resource conference where he will be discussing an interesting gold discovery play. The Pilbara region is...

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02:21

Daily Digest 5/15 - The Real Israeli-Palestinian Dispute, The Oil Glut Is Gone "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Daily Digest 5/15 - The Real Israeli-Palestinian Dispute, The Oil Glut Is Gone
  • The Real Dispute Driving the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
  • EMP Commission Warns Blackout Of Electricity, Food, Water To Last Year Or Longer With Huge Death Toll
  • Three Chicago Fed Say Economists Say They Knows How To Tax Illinoisans Fleeing Pension Liabilities Wirepoints Original
  • Can A Lien Be Placed On My Property Without Notice?
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02:00

Laser-Powered Robot Insect Achieves Lift Off "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Everything is better with lasers, especially tiny robot insects Photo: University of Washington

For robots of all sizes, power is a fundamental problem. Any robot that moves is constrained in one way or another by power supply, whether its relying on carrying around heavy batteries, combustion engines, fuel cells, or anything else. Its particularly tricky to manage power as your robot gets smaller, since its much more straightforward to scale these things up rather than downand for really tiny robots (with masses in the hundreds of milligrams range), especially those that demand a lot of power, there really isnt a good solution. In practice, this means that on the scale of small insects robots often depend on tethers for power, which isnt ideal for making them practical in the long term.

At the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation in Brisbane, Australia, next week, roboticists from the University of Washington, in Seattle, will present RoboFly, a laser-powered insect-sized flapping wing robot that performs the first (very brief) untethered flight of a robot at such a small scale.

There are a bunch of different ways to potentially power a robot remotely, but most of them suffer from low range, or low efficiency, or dont deliver a lot of power. For some small robots, this is just fine, but a flying robot demands a lot of power transmitted over a relatively long distance in order to be useful. Theres one obviously best way of doing this, and its obviously best because its the solution for pretty much every problem in science: lasers.

RoboFlya design based on the RoboBee flapping-wing microrobot from Harvards MicroRobotics Labis about the size of a bumblebee, and weighs just 190 milligrams (a bit more than a toothpick). Its powered by an infrared laser aimed at that tiny little photovoltaic cell, which can harvest the 250 mW required to get the robot airborne. In the video, the laser doesnt track the robot, so as soon as the solar cell moves out of the beam, it loses power and the robot stops flying. 

Ultimately, a RoboFly could be controlled by a ceiling-mounted laser that tracks it wherever it goes, or even lasers mounted on moving vehicles (or other robots) that can follow the RoboFly around and provide power to it indefinitely

While delivering the power is a significant part of the challenge, developing the...

00:45

Cambodia: Coerced Sale of Last Independent Newspaper "IndyWatch Feed National"

 

(HRW) The government-coerced sale of Cambodias oldest English-language newspaper to a Malaysian businessman whose company has ties to Prime Minister Hun Sen marks the end of independent local newspapers in Cambodia, Human Rights Watch said today. The sale of the highly respected Phnom Penh Post was precipitated by a seemingly concocted tax bill of US$3.9 million levied against the paper, which was settled as part of the sale. A similarly vague tax forced the countrys other independent newspaper, the Cambodia Daily, to close in 2017.

The Cambodian government imposed a bogus tax on the Phnom Penh Post to force its sale to a company that fired its top editor for defending the papers journalistic independence, said Brad Adams, Asia director. This is a transparent misuse of power intended to choke off independent media and reporting in the run-up to Julys national elections.

The Phnom Penh Post was founded in 1992 by Michael and Kathleen Hayes during the United Nations peacekeeping mission as Cambodias first independent, nonpartisan newspaper since the Khmer Rouge came to power in 1975. The Post was sold in 2008 to Australian Bill Clough. On May 5, 2018, Clough confirmed the sale of the paper to Malaysian investor Sivakumar S. Ganapathy, owner of the public relations firm Asia PR. Clough announced that the $3.9 million tax bill was settled as part of the sale to Sivakumar.

On its website, Asia PR lists Cambodia and Hun Sens entry into the Government seat as one of its former clients. Asia PR also ran the pro-government Cambodia Times newspaper in the early 1990s.

Within hours of publication of a cover story about the newspapers new owner in the Posts May 7 edition, Sivakumar ordered the removal of the article from the papers website. The same day, more than 20 current and former staff members issued a statement condemning the new owners demands to take down the front-page article, asserting that it had been written in an attempt to maintain the transparency and integrity of the paper, while also expressing disgust for this decision made in contradiction to the values of a free press that the paper had upheld since 1992.

The editor-in-chief, Kay Kimsong,...

00:16

A Turnbull Government Minister Gets The Dig In - then tries to remove the evidence "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


This was Australian Treasurer and Liberal MP for Cook Scott Morrison having second thoughts....


This was the tweeted video Morrison was attempting to hide....
The video still lives on Twitter because although Morrison could be incredibly childish he couldn't be all that original....
Journalist Alice Workman tweeting @nickwray's creation, 11 May 2018

 Even the UnbelievaBill has tag is not original - see Instragram hash tag - and then there is poor Bill D who as @unbelievabill must wonder what is happening to his Twitter mentions.

00:15

Watch a Tesla Model X tow a giant Qantas Airlines Dreamliner for a good cause "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Tesla just earned a Guinness World Record.

Tesla just entered the Guinness World Record book. The electric automaker teamed up with Qantas for a publicity stunt in which a Tesla Model X P100D pulled a 287,000-pound Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner nearly 1,000 feet down the tarmac at the Melbourne Airport in Australia. The electric SUV drove into the history books for setting the very specific record of heaviest tow by an electric production passenger vehicle.

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