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MACKAY Vehicle stolen and recovered, Slade Point "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Vehicle stolen and recovered, Slade Point

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MACKAY Dangerous drugs charges, Sarina "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Dangerous drugs charges, Sarina

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Friday, 12 October


PERTH Greenough Regional Prison inmates charged over riot, mass escape near Geraldton "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Greenough Regional Prison inmates charged over riot, mass escape near Geraldton .

October 12, 2018 at 01:33PM .

The accused are all set to face Perth Magistrates Court on October 30. The escapees were earlier charged with escape lawful custody offences. .



Trump Let the Senate Decide on Declassification, 2403 "IndyWatch Feed National"

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We Need an Ecological Civilization Before Its Too Late "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Jeremy LentJeremy Lent is author of The Patterning Instinct: A Cultural History of Humanitys Search for Meaning, which investigates how different cultures have made sense of the universe and how their underlying values have changed the course of history. He is founder of the nonprofit Liology Institute, dedicated to fostering a sustainable worldview. For more information visit


In the face of climate breakdown and ecological overshoot, alluring promises of green growth are no more than magical thinking. We need to restructure the fundamentals of our global cultural/economic system to cultivate an ecological civilization: one that prioritizes the health of living systems over short-term wealth production. 

Weve now been warned by the worlds leading climate scientists that we have just twelve years to limit climate catastrophe. The UNs International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has put the world on notice that going from a 1.5 to 2.0 C rise in temperature above preindustrial levels would have disastrous consequences across the board, with unprecedented flooding, drought, ocean devastation, a...


The #auspol preference trap at #WentworthVotes: @margokingston1 comments "IndyWatch Feed National"

Heres my attempt to explain the preferencing imbroglio in Wentworth and how to vote strategically to defeat the Lib. Preferences are causing trouble in Wentworth, and if were not careful the left will elect the Liberal a terrible blow for climate change, Nauru refugees, gay rights and lots more. Heres how they work. Say []

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Margo Kingston is an Australian journalist, author, and commentator. She is best known for her work at The Sydney Morning Herald and her weblog, Webdiary. Since 2012, Kingston has been a citizen journalist, reporting and commenting on Australian politics via Twitter and No Fibs.


The Sessional Curse: Universities and the Casual Work Force "IndyWatch Feed National"

Universities have become bastions of sessional torment, feeding grounds for despair.  The term sessional is merely a euphemised way of describing an academic employee who has no ongoing employment other than what is offered, a person ever at the mercy of the subject or course coordinator of a department.  They are the toiling poor, the barrel scrapers, the trudged upon and demanded.

The problem here is loathsomely international.  In 2014, CBC News noted the increasing use of contracted sessionals in the university curriculum in Canada.  The case of Kimberley Ellis Hale was cited, an instructor in sociology at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, who had essentially slaved for sixteen years on a precarious contract.  Despite those years of service, she has no job security.  She still needs to apply to teach her courses every semester.  She gets none of the perks a full time professor gets.

As with Canada, the United Kingdoms tertiary education system sees approximately half of all academic staff employed on low-paid temporary contracts.  In the United States, half-time work characterises half of faculty staff while the majority do not fall within a tenure track category.  The doors to employment security are, for the most part, barred.

In Australia, as a consequence largely of shifts that took place in university education in the early 1990s, teaching and research institutions became servers of market goals and ideologies, overseen by a none-too-benevolent master in the form of the Commonwealth.  Casual academic staff are the proletariat of the academic profession, something akin to a tribe abandoned and lost.  It seems, reflect Jane Kenway and Diana Langmead rather ruefully, that the triumph of economics over university education is now complete.

Central to this is fragmentation and increased expectation: the former, focused on splitting management from workers and ongoing workers from casual employees; the latter, on converting the academic into a consultant, entrepreneur and wearer of all hats of incongruous size and meaning, all the while inflating workloads on diminishing returns.

Casual academic staff are, according to research done by Robyn Day, David Peetz and Glenda Strachan, not integrated with the permanent academic labour market and that discipline is a key determinant of the level of frustration of casual academic staff.



McDonald's truly poison for cannon fodder "IndyWatch Feed National"

It is surprising that in today's society with all the information at one's fingertips, literally i.e. smartphones, where humans should realise that products sold from McDonald's stores that masquerade as food cause all sorts of health problems.

Super Size Me was a documentary made in 2004 by Morgan Spurlock on the real health dangers of consuming products from McDonald's stores.

Let's take a look at what the company advertises as one of their burgers, as seen in photo below:

Here is a reality the loyal humans are given, as documented by a social media user:

We do not recommend the purchase or consumption of McDonald's items.


The Second Wave of Facebook Censorship "IndyWatch Feed National"

This article by Global Freedom Movement.

Facebook Censorship: The Page Purges Continue It has just emerged that Mark Zuckerburgs Facebook has just completed yet another route of dozens of alternative news and dissident pages. Evidently, Facebooks stance on thinking outside the box is as staunchly repressive and Orwellian as ever.  USA Today reported that the broader cleanout occurred on Thursday, as the []

The article The Second Wave of Facebook Censorship appeared first on Global Freedom Movement.


The Weekend Quiz October 13-14, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

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

1. Assume that inflation is stable, there is excess productive capacity, and the central bank maintains its current monetary policy setting. In this situation, if government spending increases by $X dollars and private investment and exports are unchanged nominal income will continue growing until the sum of taxation revenue, import spending and household saving rises by more than $X dollars because of the multiplier.

2. When a government such as the US government voluntarily constrains itself to borrow to cover its net spending position, it substitutes its spending for the borrowed funds and logically reduces the private capacity to borrow and spend.

3. When the national government's budget balance moves into deficit, we know that the government is trying to stimulate the economy.


The reluctant radical "IndyWatch Feed National"

We take off our hat to relucant radicals world wide. There are so many people we have had the pleasure of working with, who, prior to doing what they do. had never quite thought they would be that person leading a march, occupying an MPs office, travelling 100s of kilometres to stand in front of a coal mine.

But they do. And we get to work with them. And its a pleasure and an honour. Were speaking at an event this evening the Australian premiere of the Reluctant Radical, hosted by the wonderful Environmental Film Festival a story about an average guy taking extraordinary action to get in the way of climate change and the fossil fuel industry.

It follows Ken Wards challenges and the emotional resilience required to stand in the way of such a massive industry. And the costs. For many they are large people who one day were living a peaceful life in Broome, and then thrown head first into a campaign that subsumed years of their lives and eventually stopped a massive gas refinery. Or farmers living in NSW or VIC who had never had a parking ticket before, yet find themselves pole vaulting out of their comfort zone, to lock themselves to gates to protect water and fertile land for food.

Yet as we see the IPCC report released this week that calls for an end to coal worldwide by 2050 if we are to even have a hope of staying under 1.5 degrees warming and therefore allow our Pacific neighbours to not lose their homelands, how is it that people like Ken Ward, or these farmers, or the folk who locked to Adanis coal port, are considered to be the unreasonable ones?

They are taking action commensurate with the emergency and risk. Action that matches the urgency. We believe this is necessary and its why we do what we do support communities to take safe and effective and *strategic* action to defend the environment.

But, as mentioned the film talks about the costs, and the grief that comes with climate change that so many people are experiencing now. Whilst we find that action is the antidote to despair we also need to acknowledge and live through that despair, to find hope, or at least a sense of purpose within it all.

We are speaking on a panel with Audrey, a dynamo grandma from Stop Adani Melbourne who locked herself to a fence. You can read more about this chill activist grandma and we encourage you to get involved with Stop Adani, Tipping Point or ...


Asias main stock markets traded lower Friday Fears over higher US interest rates linger "IndyWatch Feed National"

Asias main stock markets traded lower Friday, but losses were relatively muted as investors took a breather after a global rout sparked by fears over higher US interest rates.

Equities in Japan and China were marginally in the red but other smaller markets rebounded into positive territory as the fightback began from a broad-based capitulation over the past two days.

In Tokyo, the main Nikkei-225 index began the day more than one percent lower but bounced back to flirt with positive territory after its mid-session break, down only 0.07 percent.

Chinese stocks, which have seen a ferocious sell-off in recent days, also opened with marginal losses, the benchmark Shanghai Composite shedding 0.36 percent.

But the index also pared its losses and was only just in negative territory after a couple of hours of trade.

Official data released earlier Friday showed that Chinas trade surplus with the US hit a new record in September, despite Washingtons tariffs likely adding fuel to a spiralling trade war between the worlds top two economies.

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However, the Kospi index in South Korea was trading one percent in the green. The Hang Seng in Hong Kong and markets in Australia and New Zealand also climbed.

The past two days have seen something approaching panic in global equity markets, as investors took fright in the face of a perfect storm of rising US interest rates and an intensifying trade war between the US and China.

The global sell-off was also in part due to US President Donald Trump describing the policies of the Federal Reserve as loco and crazy, sparking concerns over the independence of the worlds top central bank.


Theres a semblance of sanity returning to the markets, but we are no nearer a significant recovery, Stephen Innes, head of trading for Asia Pacific at Oanda, said in a commentary.

Markets are exhausted after the most significant sell-off in global equities since February, added Innes.

After a see-saw session on Wall Street, the Dow Jones ended 2.1 percent down, taking its losses for the week to more than five percent and closing at the lowest levels in months.

Frankfurt, Paris and London all lost at least 1.5 percent as renewed worries over the eurozone came to the fore amid a budgetary scrap between the European Union and Italy.

Some experts warned that the correction, which came after many indices had hit multi-year highs, would be more than a flash....


Victoria delivers marriage equality for trans people "IndyWatch Feed National"

Transgender Victorians from today will be able to stay married to the person they love when they change their birth certificate to reflect who they are.

The Andrews Government eliminated an anomaly in Victorias birth certificate laws that requires anyone wishing to change their gender to be unmarried. The change came into effect today.

Transgender Victoria's Chair Brenda Appleton said, "We welcome this important reform that will mean that trans and gender diverse Victorians will no longer have to make an impossible choice between staying married to the person they love and being legally recognised as their true gender."

This move followed the passage of marriage equality late last year, and in line with a broader trend of governments moving to ensure transgender people can access identification that reflects who they are.

"This is great news. From today trans and gender diverse people will now be free to live as their true selves, while remaining committed to the person they fell in love with," said Anna Brown, Director of Legal Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre.

"It wasnt fair that some trans and gender diverse people were still waiting for full marriage equality. The community has shown their support for marriage equality, now all governments must reform our outdated birth certificate laws so trans and gender diverse people can live with dignity." 

This change in Victoria comes after similar reforms were introduced in Queensland earlier this year, and follows South Australia and the ACT, which reformed their birth certificate laws before marriage equality was passed.

Victorian Senator Janet Rice is married to Penny, who was prevented from changing her birth certificate to reflect her female gender. Victorian Senator Janet Rice said, "Im so pleased that the Victorian government has passed this legislation. Forcing trans people to divorce their partner before they can change their birth certificates was discriminatory."

"I urge other states to remove this discrimination so that we can have full marriage equality."

"For my wife Penny and me, this means Penny will be able to affirm her gender on her birth certificate and we can stay married for many years t...


Burying our dead "IndyWatch Feed National"

In Victorian times, the pauper funeral signalled abject poverty and low morality and in order to avoid this stigma, many working-class people made great sacrifices to pay regular and relatively significant amounts to burial clubs. What lingers today is the common misconception that overspending on funerals has a direct correlation to dignity.


Independent Audit Exposes the Fraud in Global Warming Data "IndyWatch Feed National"

An independent audit of the key temperature dataset that is being used by climate models has exposed more than 70 problems with the data which render it unfit for global studies. Problems include zero degree temperatures in the Caribbean, 82 degree C temperatures in Colombia and ship-based recordings taken 100km inland. The audit has concluded that the studies are deliberately exaggerating temperatures to support a theory of global warming utilizing global averages that are far less certain than what is being forecast.

The audit has revealed that that climate models have been tuned to match incorrect data, which would render incorrect their predictions of future temperatures and estimates of the human influence of temperatures. Furthermore, the Paris Climate Agreement adopted 1850-1899 averages as indicative of pre-industrial temperatures is fatally flawed. The entire Paris Climate Agreement has an agenda to eliminate effectively the advancement of society and attempt to reset the clock to the pre-Industrial Revolution. This entire theory that before the Industrial Revolution, our planets atmosphere was somehow pristine and uncontaminated by human-made pollutants has been also proven to be completely bogus.

Bubbles trapped in Greenlands ice has revealed that we began emitting greenhouse gases at least...


Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

1.00 AUD = 0.00011 BTC
0.00010 BTC = 0.90 AUD


We are doomed. "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

You might have noticed the level of bad language rising in this blog.  sorry if youre offended, I put it down to rising levels of frustration and utter stupidity. But if we ever needed a laugh, even if its inspired by four letter words, then it must surely be now.. This post was stolen from FB, hat tip to my mate Trev.. I categorised this post as Philosophy, I hope you agree..

John Birmingham reckons were doomed too, and his reasons are more amusing than mine; remember, JB, not me.

The passcode of our doom is 00000

Because I am writing this column, we are fucked. And I am writing this column because we are are fucked.

As I write, Kanye West is trending on Twitter.

Hes also trending across the old media, surfing the front pages of The Sydney Morning Herald (Kanye West Drops F-Bomb with President Trump), Fox News (Candace Owens on the Smearing of Kanye), and the tech media.

Kanye Wests iPhone passcode is 00000 The Verge.

The artist formerly known as Taylor Swifts arch-nemesis isnt trending everywhere because he dropped an F-Bomb with President Trump. Hes trending because we of the media, and you, our enabling audience, have been so intellectually handicapped by the endumbening of politics and discourse into a Skinner Box feedback loop of dopamine addiction and lab rat lever-pushing that were too fucking stupid to live.

Like, literally.

The International Panel on Climate Change this week released a funeral plan for the human race, detailing the minimum necessary precautions needed to avoid almost inevitable catastrophealmost none of which we will take because were all too busy riffing on Kanye Wests bizarre visit to the White House.

Its not actual news.

It was a curiosity, a freak show, or at the very least a surfing dog story, the sort of weird, WTF item that once-upon-a-time would have run in the thirty second slot at the end of the six oclock bulletin.

In actual news this week, the Saudi regime despatched to Turkey a 15 man wetwork team, including the head of the forensic medicine department of the Kingdoms interior ministry. Why? Because somebody had to use the bone saw they brought with them to dismember the body of Washington Post contributor Jamal Kashoggi, whom they had just murdered in the Saudi consulate at Istanbul, for the high crime of irritating a crown prince.

Why did these medieval beard strokers think they could get away with such brazen fuckery?

Because brazen fuckery has been standard procedure for Riyadh since they let the cheeto-dusted chimpenfuhrer play with their magic orb and he let them go to war in Yemen.

Once upon a time a ster...


Its even worse than we are officially told. "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

This is a guest post from my Scottish friend Jacqueline Fletcher who has taught in universities all over Europe, and even sent me a wwoofer from Finland some years ago.. shes a permie and environmental activist beyond the call of duty. 

jacquelineYesterday evening I attended a meeting with a couple of researchers involved with IPCC reports. Dr Katarzyna Tokarska from the GeoSciences Institute at Edinburgh University and psychologist (and Scottish government advisor on mental health) Dr Nadine Andrews from Lancaster University. Tokarska explained the science, how much CO2 the atmosphere can take if we are to stay within the 1.5 degrees warming (X), how much is already in the atmosphere Y, and therefore X minus Y will tell us how much we can still emit before we lock ourselves ino the 1.5 degrees warming point (Z) and upwards towards 2 degrees.

The bad news is that in a BAU scenario, given the amount of CO2 emitted annually, globally, we will emit that amount (Z) in just three years.

We have to do something NOW. So what is on offer by way of suggestions about what to do?

A digression: In 2015 I was living in Paris and a member of the social movement and degrowth group ATTAC. Because ATTAC was also one of the 130 or so groups that constituted CoalitionClimate21, I joined up with that too, to organise protests around the COP21 but also to c...


Thuyn nhn Vit Nam xin t nn ang b e do trc xut v nc, cng ng ngi Vit phi lm sao? (Vietnamese asylum seekers arrived by boat is being threatened of deportation, what can the Vietnamese community do?) 12/10/2018 "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

By RISE Vietnamese Member who seeks asylum in Australia. (Scroll down for English version)

Thuyn nhn Vit Nam xin t nn ang b e do trc xut v nc, cng ng ngi Vit phi lm sao?

Cc thuyn nhn Vit Nam va n c hm 27/08/2018 b cc ngi dn a phng giao cho cnh st v b giam trong Trung Tm Giam Gi Di Tru ao Chrismas Island. B Trng B Ni V Peter Dutton ln ting e do trc xut tt c cc thuyn nhn va n v nc, ni m h s b Chnh Ph Vit Nam tra tn, b t v hm hi, thm ch l b git cht.

y khng phai la ln u tin Chinh phu Uc co hanh ng tan nhn vi cac thuyn nhn xin ti nan noi chung va cac thuyn nhn ti nan Vit Nam noi ring. Nm 1992, Chinh Phu ang Lao ng cua Thu Tng Paul Keating a quyt inh m ra trung tm giam gi di tru u tin trn th gii va sau nay c nhiu quc gia trn th gii lam theo. Luc by gi, muc ich cua cac trung tm giam gi di tru nay la nhm vao cac thuyn nhn xin ti nan Vit Nam va ti pham hoa vic xin ti nan xin c bao v khoi vic bi an ap, bc hai, thin tai, nan oi va nan dit chung. Cac nan nhn sng sot cua nhng trung tm giam gi khc nghit, tan bao, v nhn tinh va m mau nay a va ang ln ting v nhng anh hng tiu cc cua vic giam cm v thi han n tinh thn, sc khoe va cuc sng cua ho.

a co it nht 50 ngi a mt mang trong cac trung tm giam gi di tru cua Uc trong t lin va ngoai khi t khi trung tm giam gi u tin c m ca, trong o co it nht 3 ngi Vit Nam.Hu ht nhng ngi nay la nhng ngi xin ti nan va tt ca u la ngi da mau. Nhng ngi nay a bi mt mang vi nhng ly do co th c ngn chn kip thi nu chinh phu Uc ra tay can thip nh nh t t, s s sut y t va bi am sat. Ngoai nhng cai cht oan ung ra con co v s trng hp a va ang xay ra hng ngay trong cac trung tm giam gi i vi cac giam nhn (bt k gii tinh va la tui) nh ham hip, quy ri tinh duc, bao hanh, tra tn, e doa v.v. Hn na, hu ht tt ca cac cu giam nhn cho du a hn nhiu nm sau khi c tha ra, vn bi tan tt va mang trong ngi nhng cn bnh hu t nhng ln bi ngc ai, tra tn, hm doa, ham hip, quy ri tinh duc, va khi cuc sng cua ho bi Chinh phu Uc lam cho hn loan khng co li thoat trong nhiu nm. Ngoai ra con co hang ngan ngi ti nan bi B Di tru truc xut hay an ap ho cho n khi ho t truc xut ban...


Its time to remove outdated discrimination against LGBT kids "IndyWatch Feed National"

Today the Sydney Morning Herald released the 20 recommendations from the Religious Freedom Review headed by Phillip Ruddock, leaving LGBTI advocates and human rights experts concerned about future discrimination for LGBTI people.

Anna Brown, director of legal advocacy with the Human Rights Law Centre and co-chair of the Equality Campaign, said:

Australians voted for fairness and equality this time last year, not more discrimination against LGBT people. Kids in schools should be worrying about classes and their homework, not living in fear of mistreatment because of who they are.

The report recommends continuing to allow religious schools to discriminate against students based on sexual orientation, gender or relationship status under the federal Sex Discrimination Act.

Australians want kids in schools to be protected. The debate this week shows that our views have changed since these religious exemptions were enshrined in law. The idea that taxpayer funded religious schools should be able to expel a student who comes out is completely out of step with modern community expectations. Its discriminatory and its just wrong, said Ms Brown.

However, the report does recommend narrowing this exemption for religious schools under federal law, by requiring schools to prove the discrimination is founded on religious precepts, ensuring any discriminatory policy is made publicly available and the schools must take into account the best interests of the child as the primary consideration.

While we believe these religious exemptions should be removed, its positive to see the report recommending the publishing of policies in schools to actually explain why discrimination is required. If we are to face discrimination, at the very least we should be able to make an informed choice about whether to send our child to a particular school, apply for a job or access basic social services provided by faith based organisations, said Ms Brown.

The report also recommends a religious discrimination act to protect people of faith from discrimination. Currently, people of faith are protected from discrimination in employment under the Fair Work Act and most states and territories, but arent covered by federal anti-discrimination laws. However, the LGBTI community remains deeply concerned about the risks of any future legislation.

The very genesis of this inquiry was the deeply flawed idea that equality for LGBTIQ people somehow poses a threat to religious freedom. We reject this utterly, and remain concerned that conservative religious forces within the Coalition will be extracting their price for marriage equality. There should be no price paid for equality, said Ms Brown.

"We need strong discrimination laws to ensure equal treatment. People of fai...


$120k And Counting: Details Of Second Defamation Threat From Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham Emerges "IndyWatch Feed National"

A second person has come forward with details of another defamation threat levelled by Greens NSW MP Jeremy Buckingham against current and former party members, in a growing battle that threatens to derail the Greens campaigning in the lead-up to the 2019 state election.

Yesterday, New Matilda reported Mr Buckingham is suing Greens candidate for the seat of Summer Hill, Tom Raue for defamation and demanding $75,000 after he commented about public accusations that Mr Buckingham sexually assaulted a former Greens staffer, Ella Buckland.

Late yesterday, a second person former Greens member and freelance journalist Albert Santos came forward, posting on his social media that Mr Buckingham is also suing him over the same matter, and seeking $45,000.

New Matilda understands at least another two former or current party members are being sued by Mr Buckingham, in addition to legal threats issued against two media outlets.

Former NSW Greens staffer, Ella Buckland, who alleges she was sexually assault by Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham in 2011. (IMAGE: Supplied)

Allegations against Mr Buckingham a member of the Legislative Council and known state-wide for his strong opposition to coal seam gas were levelled in a report on ABCs 7:30 program on August 2, which focussed on failures within the Greens to deal with four alleged incidents reported against several party members in NSW and the ACT.

While the ABC suppressed details of the actual alleged assault on Ms Buckland, it reported that Mr Buckingham grabbed her inappropriately and kissed her on the neck, after drinks at his inner-city home in 2011. The following morning, Mr Buckingham phoned Ms Buckland and allegedly threatened her employment. Video footage of the night, shot by Ms Buckland on her mobile phone, shows Mr Buckingham was heavily intoxicated. Mr Buckingham strongly denies the allegations.

Yesterday, shortly after details of the threats against Mr Raue were published, Albert Santos took to his Facebook page and Twitter account, to disclose details of the legal threats he also received from Mr Buckingham.


ANZ bank issued rare rebuke by Australian oversight body "IndyWatch Feed National"

11 Oct 2018 | IDIANZ Banking Group violated its own policies and international human rights standards by providing 40 million $ loan to a Cambodian sugar company that seized land from local farmers, according to a statement released by Australian government body that monitors corporate behavior overs.


Pip Magazine Issue 12 is here! "IndyWatch Feed National"

Pip Magazine Issue 12 has arrived and is ready for you to devour!

In issue 12 of Pip Magazine we focus on the microscopic with articles on the soil food web and nurturing your microbiome thus our beautiful butterfly on the cover.

Take a sneak peak at some of the top articles in Issue 12 here to unlock the full edition subscribe!

We have a guide to choosing the best tomato varieties for you, eating insects, urban farming and homemade crackers. And, just in time for the festive season, an article on waste-free celebrations. Plus handy DIY articles on hempcrete and biogas.

We also have our usual features on seasonal gardening, permaculture plants and animals and our popular kids section. Subscribe now so you dont miss out!


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National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth report: youth survey 2017 (Mission Australlia) "IndyWatch Feed Nsw" National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth report: youth survey 2017 (Mission Australlia)


Key findings:

  • 42% of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people planned to go to university compared to 72% non-Indigenous young people.
  • Over 50% of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people indicated that getting a job was highly important to them and they were more likely to be looking for employment compared to non-Indigenous young people.
  • 27% Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people reported that they had spent time away from home because they felt they couldn't go back. 
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people were more likely than non-Indigenous young people to be extremely/very concerned about drugs, bullying/emotional abuse, personal safety, discrimination and alcohol.
  • The majority of young people indicated feeling positive overall about their lives, however, just under 1 in 10 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people indicated their happiness with life as a whole was a '0' out of 10 (compared to 1 in 50 non-Indigenous young people).
  • The vast majority of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people (75%) rated family relationships as extremely or very important to them. Almost twice the proportion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people rated their family's ability to get along as poor (13% compared with 7% of non-Indigenous young people).

Key policy recommendations:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people should be at the centre of policy and practice with solutions designed, developed and led by the young people and their representative community organisations. In order that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people are supported to thrive and reach their full potential there needs to be a focus on:
  • Supporting educational engagement and addressing challenges to further study in culturally appropriate ways.
  • Providing employment and training programs that are Indigenous-led, flexible and responsive.
  • Identifying the deeper, structural causes of mental health difficulties and building on a strong sense of social, cultural and emotional wellbeing.
  • Reducing the high...


Youi Insurance another garbage product advertised on tv "IndyWatch Feed National"

One of the general rules we like to apply to television is that whatever is advertised on it, you as a customer can purchase that product or something similar, being of better value or quality elsewhere.

Australian free to air TV was bombarded with advertisements from the insurance company Youi, where if you know anything about the tv advertising industry, you'd know it's got to be dodgy.

Where here is the proof as a result of the banking royal commission, as documented by The Age publication:

One general rule could be applied to products advertised on television:

If it's on TV, don't buy it.

You know like McDonald's, KFC, Coca-Cola et al, the products they advertise masquerading as 'food'.


Think in the national language and other assimilationist proverbs "IndyWatch Feed National"

It all starts with learning how to read, to write, to count and to think in the national language. That doesnt mean there isnt an important role for culture in remote schools but nevertheless people need a decent education in the national language.


I Went to Transnistria: the Country That Doesnt Exist "IndyWatch Feed National"

Officially, there are 195 countries in the world today. I just visited the 196th.

When bringing up my holiday to Transnistria, I usually get a blank look, followed by the same old bemused line of questioning; so lets start with the basics.

Q: Did you see Draculas castle?
A: Thats Transylvania.

Q: What the fuck is a Transnistria?
A: One of four unrecognised states comprising the remains of the USSR, a crew of comrades nobody remembers inviting to the communist house party, still doing rachiu shots on the balcony after everyone else has left. They refer to themselves as the Community for Democracy and Rights of Nations, but everyone else calls them the far less glamorous Commonwealth of Unrecognised States (savage).

After the dissolution of Red Russia, tensions in the region culminated in a 1992 quick-and-dirty conflict ending in ceasefire and the birth of a nation. Well, kind of. The ceasefire remains honoured, but the political status is still a very much Its complicated. If you want to get technical, its an unrecognised but de facto independent semi-presidential republic.

Q: Why dont you just go on holidays to Bali like normal people?
A: I played too much Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego as a kid, and now I always travel on hard mode.

Youd be forgiven for not being able to point to Transnistria on a map, and Google Maps wont throw you any clues here (it doesnt even get the privilege of a dotted line around it, like the disputed state of Kosovo does); but youll find it on the east edge of Moldova (well, in Moldova, if you ask the UN) bordering Ukraine.



Darlene, Find Your Spine "IndyWatch Feed National"

Images from visitation centres

by Mary W Maxwell, LLB

The editor of Gumshoe Dee McLachlan and myself had little acquaintance with the problem of child-snatching by government, until this year. Then we needed to learn about it quickly, as we were approached by mums-in-trouble.

Today I have some good news namely, that the law itself is not written in as Snatcher-friendly way as I had suggested. The black-lett...


VIDEO: We Threaten Peace Loving People Everywhere The Cleverest Fake News Yet "IndyWatch Feed National"

Every now and then you come across a spoof video that is so seamless in its creation, it forces you to seriously question whether it really is fake news.

So is the story of Trumps shockingly honest UN speech, a video uploaded to Youtube recently by US journalist Max Blumenthal.

Blumenthal is the editor of the Grayzone Project, and is a prominent US writer on a host of issues, in particular Palestine.

Blumenthal re-edits a video of a recent speech delivered by US president Donald Trump to the United Nations the one that sparked titters of laughter from the General Assembly after Trump crowed about his amazing achievements as the Commander in Chief and gives the address a more, shall we say, accurate summation of what Trump really stands for.

The video has only received 6,000 views on Youtube, so you didnt quite see it here first, but it definitely deserves a great deal more. Here it is, for your Friday viewing pleasure.

The post VIDEO: We Threaten Peace Loving People Everywhere The Cleverest Fake News Yet appeared first on New Matilda.


Sunday trains packed #MoreServicesPlease "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Melbournes trains: you might not expect a seat in peak hour, but on Sunday mornings? Most lines are very infrequent and theyre packed.

Services on the Werribee, Williamstown, Sunbury, Craigieburn, Upfield, Mernda, Hurstbridge and Sandringham lines on Sundays run only every 40 minutes until about 10am, resulting in crowding, while spare trains sit idle in stabling yards.

It hasnt changed in decades. Sunday 10am to 7pm frequencies were increased in 1999 to 20 minutes, but the morning 40 minute gaps have existed since the 1970s.

This is not good enough for a growing city of 5 million people. To get Melbourne moving, its time for frequent train services every 10 minutes on all Metro lines, every day of the week.


Woorayl hosts state qualifying event "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

WOORAYL Golf Club was the South Gippsland host of one of the 17 nine-hole district qualifying rounds of Sundays the Play 9 event, conducted by Golf Victoria.
This is the second year that this event has been played, and it is now establishing itself as a permanent fixture in the golfing calendar.
Qualifying events are played at club level, and players then progress to the district playoff. The format was changed from last year, and given that it was delayed in its release, there were exceptions granted to allow other players to participate with the district finalists. The top two stableford scores for the men and women not only receive a prize for the day, but also the chance to play in the State Final at Royal Melbourne on Sunday, November 4.
On welcoming the eleven men and six women, Golf Victorias Darren Cole, Regional Development Officer for Gippsland, announced that there would be an additional spot for both men and women at Royal Melbourne, which certainly added further incentive. He congratulated all those who had made it to the district event, and thanked Woorayl for hosting the day.
The morning was absolutely perfect for golf, and the course was in great condition, allowing impressive scores to be posted. In the ladies event, the qualifiers were Betty Williamson of Lang Lang, who was a clear winner with a fabulous 22 points (27), Elly Berryman of Woorayl, who was runner up with 16 points (16) on a countback from Marianne Leaver of Leongatha (27). The three qualifiers in the mens draw all posted a score of 19 points, so a countback decided placings, with Stuart Canning (14) of Foster as the winner from Tony Vanin of Foster (8) and Marcus Luscombe of Woorayl (11). If any of the qualifiers are successful in being in the top two men and women from the Victorian Play 9 final at Royal Melbourne, they will earn an all-expenses paid trip to Sydney. These players will participate in the national Play 9 event at The Lakes Golf Club on day three of the 2018 Australian Open, and a win here would see them off to the 2019 British Open. Good luck to all qualifying players!

THE Country Teams golf competition was played on Monday, October 1, to Wednesday, October 3. The district team of South Gippsland Ladies were in action at Keysborough on Monday and Cranbourne on Tuesday, as they competed in the yearly event.
Having won Division Three last year, they were promoted to Division Two, and the goal set by team manager Anne Walker was to maintain this ranking or improve on it. The five-team round robin draw saw South Gippsland players faced with a challenge, as they had to play two 36-hole days, and rest on the Wednesday whilst the other teams played. A team of ten players were selected, with seven participating in each round. These players were: Ali Adams, Wonthaggi, Anne Walker, Wonthaggi, Andrea Thorson, Meeniyan, Dot Christie, Meeniyan...


Is there going to be a housing crash or not "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Joe Montero

Speculation about the future of Australias housing market is gathering a head steam. Financial analysts and commentators are arguing about whether it is going to go down with a whimper or crash. The truth of the matter is that the outcome is not entirely predictable.

This does not mean there are no grounds for serious concern. A host of indicators point to a real possibility of serious trouble. Some of the commentaries ignore this, because there are vested interests, preferring to talk things up, rather than deal with reality, as a means of continuing business as usual. Stuff like this must be put aside.

Evidence must be looked at. Some key indicators are not painting a rosy picture. The main one is the level of debt. Private household debt now sits at one-and a half times household income. This means that income is insufficient to pay off the debt plus interest. It does not take a genius to work out that this cant continue indefinitely.

This level of debt is creating instability in the financial system. The extent to which this instability grows in the coming period is going to be a big factor in what happens.  We do know that as it is, the risk is considerable.

An excessive dependence on debt is evidence that some thing is going wrong, and that it is systemic. Alternatives are insufficient to bring the returns the major investors demand.

Tied to the explosion of debt, has been the explosion in property prices.  Driving this are few factors. The scale of corporate buy ups created an artificial shortage for a time. Making it worse, have been the generous negative gearing provisions. Holders of large portfolios of property get a big government refund for rent foregone. This means that keeping properties unoccupied both attracts the government money and cuts the cost of maintenance and agent fees. Most importantly, this has been used to create a price bubble, so that the holders of the portfolios can make a gain out of speculating on prices.

Emerging now, is a trend for the corporate property portfolio holder to reduce their stock. Should this speed up into a run, prices will come crushing down. Whatever is going to happen depend is going to depend on the health of the financial market, the strength of alternative avenues for investment and how the government handles the situation.

A big factor in the financial market, is the demand for the Australian dollar. In the recent past, a high demand from US based investors had kept its exchange rate at a high level. This was because the weak American dollar, and the fact that the Australian financial market is one of the most deregulated in the world.  These investors exchanged American dollars for Australian ones, by buying up bonds. Lately, they have been selling these off, in order...


ADVO (Apprehended Domestic Violence Order) and its effects on a husband "IndyWatch Feed National"

A woman, particularly a genuine Christian woman, should consider the effects of an Interim ADVO (Apprehended Domestic Violence Order) and its effects on her husband.

A wife may have taken out an ADVO against her husband, by going to the Australian police for genuine reasons. Or she may have had advice from family lawyers that an ADVO would give her a significant advantage in a divorce property settlement and exaggerated incident(s) or made things up. There are many reasons women do these things.

When a husband is served an Interim ADVO by police, he is immediately isolated from his wife, children and immediate family. Most men dont react well. Many suicide. The rate of suicide amongst husbands in Australia who have lost their wives and families in this way is staggering and very sad.

Many ADVOS are taken out for fallacious (unfounded or made up) reasons. All a wife has to do is to go to police and exaggerate or even make up incidents or show bruises got from another source (not her husband,) but attribute them to her husband, and the police will issue an ADVO on the husband, without even hearing his side of the story. In this way, basic tenets of Western civilisation and law are ignored, like the presumption of innocence until a person is proven guilty. ADVOs in Australia are very flawed. ADVOS in Australia are greatly misused by women and family lawyers. Magistrates believe that 80 to 90 per cent of ADVOS are obtained on spurious(questionable) grounds, and are obtained for marital advantage in a divorce situation.

After an ADVO is issued, a husband is immediately placed in a position of isolation by his wife. He has lost his wife, his children and his family, in one hit. Wives should seriously consider the consequences on their husband, the man they love or once loved and the father of their little ones, before they go to police. lie and get out an ADVO for marital advantage.

An ADVO conviction gives the husband a criminal record, no matter how minor the charges.

The husband may have gone all his life with no criminal convictions and no criminal record, and in an instant the wife ruins his life, and he has a criminal record. Ethical, honourable and decent men find this extremely hard. And very demeaning.

If a woman, particularly a Christian woman has gone down this path over an incident(s) which are relatively minor, she should consider the consequences on her husband, particularly if she wishes to reconcile, and do everything in her power to soften and lessen the effects of the Interim ADVO at court so it can be dismissed.

There is a cooling off period between the issue of an Interim ADVO by police and the court hearing for the ADVO some months later. This is an opportunity for both parties to reconcile.

If the husband and wife re...


Experts Warn: Australia Could Be Hit By Destructive Tsunami At Any Time "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Experts are warning that Australia could be hit by a destructive tsunami at any time.  As of right now, scientists are saying so far, weve been lucky. But that luck is bound to run out eventually.

According to The Daily Mail, experts have said it is only a matter of time before Australia is hit by a devastating tsunami. They also said the countrys coastal cities have been fortunate not to be struck by a series of destructive waves triggered by meteor impacts or seismic activity as of yet.  Past tsunamis, the most recent in 1491, have crashed over 60 meter-high (almost 197 feet high) cliffs and sent seawater as far inland as the Blue Mountains, 50 kilometers (31 miles) west of Sydney.

Dale Dominey-Howes, co-director of the Australian Tsunami Research Centre at the University of New South Wales said tsunamis pose a very real threat to Australian cities. Such a disastrous and catastrophic event could hit without any warning too.  If it occurred without warning on a Saturday afternoon in summer the impacts would be catastrophic, Dominey-Howes told the Australian GeographicI suspect its only a matter of time before we are affected by something damaging.

Despite Australias coastline being monitored 24-hours-a-day every day for impending tsunamis, which are only recorded once every two years in Australia, scientists still think its time to brace those living in the coastal areas for the possibility that a tsunami could impact their lives.  Although rare, tsunamis also pose a threat to swimmers as they can bring abnormal waves, tides and dangerous currents.

More recent earthquakes and tsunamis have proven particularly deadly, claiming nearly 750,000 lives over the past 20 years. That is more than other extreme weather events, according to a forthcoming report from the U.N. Office for Disaster Risk Reduction.

The very factors that make coastal cities appealing places to reside also amplify the dangers of a natural disaster.  As more humans move to the...


Sydney cranes deliver a surge of units "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Supply arrives

All those Sydney cranes pumped out a surge of apartments in the second quarter of 2018, with 11,200 attached dwelling completions across the state in Q2. 

This has already been reflected a jump in vacancy rates from 2.3 per cent to 2.8 per cent in the second quarter of the calendar year.

At the suburb level you tend to see these spikes when a surge of completions comes online at the same time - with a flood of landlords letting identical units - and it can take a little while for the stock to be absorbed by the rental market. 

We've seen this already several times through this cycle in individual pockets, but not on a city-wide level to this degree. 

These figures lag somewhat and relate back to the period earlier in 2018.

But according to the dwellings under construction figures, apartment completions are likely to remain high for at least the remainder of 2018 before they ease back.

Attached dwelling commencements in Sydney peaked in December 2016, and have pulled back since, so the new supply will slow soon enough.

The population of Australia will likely increase by around 4 million over the next decade, with Greater Sydney likely to swell to well beyond 6 million - just to put these numbers in a bit of perspective. 


Steven Schubert // Coniston Massacre anniversary sparks push to create day of remembrance and formal apology - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) "IndyWatch Feed National"

Coniston Massacre anniversary sparks push to create day of remembrance and formal apology - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation): The massacres began in August 1928 after a dingo trapper, Fred Brookes, was killed by a local Indigenous man.

Police Constable George Murray led a party and personally admitted to killing at least 17 people.

NT Police Commissioner Reece Kershaw will attend the commemoration, and some descendants of those who were killed are hoping he will offer a formal apology.


Gay students could be rejected by Aussie schools following government backed review - reports "IndyWatch Feed National"

Gay students and teachers may be rejected from religious schools across Australia if a government backed review into the free practice of religion gets its way, according to local reports. The religious freedom review panel, announced by then prime minister Malcolm Turnbull in November 2017, kept its final considerations a secret despite giving its recommendations to government in May this year. The expert review panel, chaired by former attorney general Philip Ruddock, took submissions from the public days after Australia's parliament legalized same sex marriage.


WATCH: Monsanto Papers Doc Breaks Down Monsantos Dirty Tricks "IndyWatch Feed National"

ABC, an Australian public broadcast service, released a short documentary titled The Monsanto Papers, which investigates the secret tactics used by global chemical giant Monsanto to protect its billion-dollar business and its star product, the weed killer, Roundup. From Whats in the Monsanto Papers? The Monsanto Papers are millions of internal documents released as []

The post WATCH: Monsanto Papers Doc Breaks Down Monsantos Dirty Tricks appeared first on STOPGETREES.ORG.


Stock Market Drop Spreads, Wall Street Set to Fall Again "IndyWatch Feed National"

World stock markets sank Thursday, extending losses from Wall Street, as investors worried that higher interest rates will dent company earnings and a trade war will crimp global business.

European shares sank after Asia closed sharply lower, auguring another drop in the U.S., which saw its major indexes tumble on Wednesday.

Investors will be looking ahead to U.S. inflation data later in the day. A high reading could fuel expectations that the Federal Reserve will keep raising its interest rates at a steady pace, reining in the easy money policy that had fueled stock markets in recent years.

Equity markets were pulverized today, with investors in full out retreat, analyst Stephen Innes of OANDA said in a commentary. The latest sneeze from Wall Street could morph into a global markets pandemic, he added.

Frances CAC 40 dropped 1.8 percent to 5,111 and the DAX in Germany lost 1.6 percent to 11,526. Britains FTSE 100 tumbled 1.9 percent to 7,011.

In Asia, Tokyos Nikkei 225 gave up 3.9 percent to 22,590.86 and the Shanghai Composite index lost 5.2 percent to 2,583.46, a four-year low.

Hong Kongs Hang Seng index shed 3.5 percent to 25,266.37. The Kospi in South Korea fell 4.4 percent to 2,129.67. Australias S&P/ASX 200 slipped 2.7 percent to 5,883.80. Stocks plunged in Taiwan and fell across Southeast Asia.

The Dow plunged more than 800 points Wednesday, its worst drop in eight months. Rising bond yields have been drawing investors out of the stock market. The best-performing stocks over the past year took some of the biggest losses.

Equity investors are surprised by the pace at which rates have risen, Marcella Chow, global market strategist at J.P. Morgan Asset Management, said in a report.

On Wednesday, U.S. President Donald Trump said the Federal Reserve is making a mistake with its campaign of rate increases. I think the Fed has gone crazy, he charged.

Sentiment also has been dampened by the spreading U.S.-Chinese tariff fight over Beijings technology policy. The International Monetary Fund cut its outlook for global growth this week, citing interest rates and trade tensions.

The U.S. Treasury is due to release a currency report that some analysts suggest might change the official stance on Chinas exchange rate policy. Chow said it was unclear whether the Treasury might label Beijing a currency manipulator a status that could trigger penalties or whether it could be another pretext for the next round of tariffs.

Adding to potential U.S.-China tensions, the Justice Department announced Wednesday it arrested an official of Chinas Ministry of State Security on charges of tryi...


Memoir of depression and prayer "IndyWatch Feed National"

Yesterday, Oct. 10, was World Mental Health Day. The UN Secretary General issued a message, a portion of which said: We must leave no one behind Healthy societies require greater integration of mental health into broader health and social care systems, under the umbrella of universal health coverage.

By   @inquirerdotnet

Timely for me to have interviewed Geoffrey Lilburne, the author of Joy Interrupted: A Memoir of Depression and Prayer (Coventry Press, 2018), a slim volume packed full of insights derived from firsthand experience.

Lilburne is a theologian and poet, with qualifications in counseling and professional supervision, a retired lecturer in theology (with graduate studies at the Yale School of Divinity in the United States). He is a Uniting Church minister in active ministry with a rural congregation in Western Australia.

Lilburne was in the country recently with his wife, Sophie Lizares, my friend of more than 30 years and at one time a colleague in social action and journalism. Sophie is now an ordained minister in the Uniting Church in Australia and is chaplain at UnitingCare West.

Lilburne begins with a startling revelation of how it began: I awoke one morning wishing I had died during the night I was 13 years of age. What was a boy in the cusp of adolescence to make of what was going on inside him, a boy whose family background was relatively normal, who had no traumas to hark back to?

The book details Lilburnes lifetime battle with depression (and manic episodes), how it was in different stages of his life, his seeking professional assistance from general practitioners, psychiatrists, counselors, pastoral carers, ministers and spiritual directors. But alongside these is Lilburnes journey as an academic and, later, in various church ministries.

What was it like and what did he do to cope with it, deal with it, be healed of it, live with it? Lilburnes early struggles meant pharmacological interventions or prescribed antidepressants, with names that were hard to spell and even harder to pronounce.



PERTH Student jailed in WA over child porn "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Student jailed in WA over child porn .

October 11, 2018 at 06:03PM .

Arora was sentenced in Perth Magistrates Court on Thursday and will be released on a $5000 good behaviour bond after serving four months behind .



PERTH Indian Student Arrested in Perth Airport with Child Pornography Material "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Indian Student Arrested in Perth Airport with Child Pornography Material .

October 11, 2018 at 07:00PM .

He was produced before a Perth Magistrates Court on oct. 10 and has been taken into custody. According to the Daily Mail newspaper, his next court .



PERTH Indian immigrant, 21, caught with hoard of child pornography on his phone as he arrives at Perth "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Indian immigrant, 21, caught with hoard of child pornography on his phone as he arrives at Perth .

October 11, 2018 at 09:03AM .

The man appeared in Perth Magistrates Court, on Monday, and is now in custody while awaiting another court appearance on October 26. .


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Mental health of refugees in Nauru 'beyond desperate' "IndyWatch Feed National"

The mental health of refugees on Nauru is beyond desperate, all asylum seekers and refugees should be evacuated and Australia's offshore detention policy ended, says MSF


Neo-Nazi infiltration of the Young Nationals in NSW "IndyWatch Feed National"

Briefly: 1) For ABC Radio Nationals Background Briefing, Alex Mann has investigated how Australias alt-right movement is covertly influencing mainstream politics. See : Haircuts and hate: Inside the rise of Australias alt-right (October 14, 2018). 2) The White Rose Society Continue reading


Magnitude 7.0 earthquake hits Papua New Guinea "IndyWatch Feed National"

A magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck remote New Britain island in Papua New Guinea on Thursday, the United States Geological Survey said, though there were no immediate reports of damage. The quake hit about 200 km (125 miles) southwest of the town of Rabaul at a depth of almost 40 km, just before 7 a.m. local time (2100 GMT Wednesday). "We felt the earthquake a bit, but it was not too strong," Constable Roy Michael told Reuters by phone from Rabaul police station. He said there was no damage in the town, but officers had not yet been able to contact villages closer to the epicentre. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said waves less than 0.3 metre high could be expected on coastlines in Papua New Guinea and neighbouring Solomon Islands. Australia's Tsunami Warning Centre said its coastlines were not at risk. The quake was initially recorded with a magnitude of 7.3 but was downgraded. At least two aftershocks with a magnitude greater than 5 shortly followed.


ANZ bank issued rare rebuke by Australian oversight body "IndyWatch Feed National"

ANZ Banking Group violated its own policies and international human rights standards by financing a Cambodian sugar company that seized land from local farmers, according to a statement released today by an Australian government body that monitors corporate behavior overseas. In a rare rebuke of a commercial bank, the Australian National Contact Point found it difficult to reconcile ANZs decision to finance Phnom Penh Sugar with the banks internal rules and the OECD Guidelines, an ethical business code that the Australian government has endorsed.



A Computer Model Predicted the End of the World In 1972, And We Are On Track "IndyWatch Feed National"

Back in the early 1970s, a computer program called World1 predicted the fall of civilization. According to this program, collapse will occur by 2040 and we seem to be right on track to do so.

News of this prediction has come out of the woodworks yet again. This model was developed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. It showed that the world cannot sustain the current level of population and industrial growth we are seeing for more than a couple decades and we are coming very close to the expiration date.

This model accounted for pollution levels, population growth, resources, and so forth. Thus far these calculations have been quite spot on. Many are going crazy over this news as the Australian Broadcasting Company has republished its original report on the prediction itself. The Club of Rome commissioned this model years ago and through doing so intended to gain an understanding of the global changes we were going to be facing in the years to come.

The year 2020 according to this model is going to be a huge milestone. It is going to be the year in which our quality of life drops dramatically. This model shows that there will be the death of a large number of people around this time.

The report said as follows according to DailyStar:

At around 2020, the condition of the planet becomes highly critical.

If we do nothing about it, the quality of life goes down to zero.

Pollution becomes so serious it will start to kill people, which in turn will cause the population to diminish, lower than it was in the 1900s.

At this stage, around 2040-3050, civilized life as we know it on this planet will cease to exist.

To learn more about this model check out the video below. What do you think about all of this? Could we be upon the turning point? Maybe everything we think we know is about to change.

(Image Via: icheinfach/Pixabay)


New wind farm developments bring jobs to Victoria RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Two new wind farm developments supported by the Andrews Labor Governments Victorian Renewable Energy Targets (VRET) reverse auction are delivering new industries and jobs for Geelong. The post New wind farm developments bring jobs to Victoria appeared first on RenewEconomy.

via New wind farm developments bring jobs to Victoria RenewEconomy


AEMOs Zibelman: Transition out of coal does not mean lights going out RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

AEMOs Zibelman says exiting coal fired generation does not mean the lights going out. The post AEMOs Zibelman: Transition out of coal does not mean lights going out appeared first on RenewEconomy.

via AEMOs Zibelman: Transition out of coal does not mean lights going out RenewEconomy


Stopping Climate Change Is Hopeless. Lets Do It. "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

Auden Schendler is well known to many skiers and riders as being a key figure in snow industry efforts to move towards sustainability. He is the Vice President of Sustainability at the Aspen Snowmass resort in Colorado.

Just before the IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5C report was released, Auden co-authored an opinion piece in the New York Times with Andrew P. Jones. Given Audens pivotal role in the snow community, I thought it was worth sharing some excerts from it here which underscore the political challenge we face if we are serious about resolving the climate problem. The full article is available here.

Auden and Andrew say:

On Monday, the worlds leading climate scientists are expected to release a report on how to protect civilization by limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius, or 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit. Given the rise already in the global temperature average, this critical goal is 50 percent more stringent than the current target of 2 degrees Celsius, which many scientists were already skeptical we could meet. So were going to have to really want it, and even then it will be tough.

The world would need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions faster than has ever been achieved, and do it everywhere, for 50 years. Northern European countries reduced emissions about 4 to 5 percent per year in the 1970s. Wed need reductions of 6 to 9 percent. Every year, in every country, for half a century.

Wed need to spread the worlds best climate practices globally like electric cars in Norway, energy efficiency in California, land protection in Costa Rica, solar and wind power in China, vegetarianism in India, bicycle use in the Netherlands.

Wed face opposition the whole way. To have a prayer of 1.5 degrees Celsius, we would need to leave most of the remaining coal, oil and gas underground, compelling the Exxon Mobils and Saudi Aramcos to forgo anticipated revenues of over $33 trillion over the next 25 years.

And while the air would almost immediately be cleaner and people healthier, the heartbreaking impacts of climate change flooding in London, New York and Shanghai, as well as in Mumbai, India; Hanoi, Vietnam; Alexandria, Egypt; and Jakarta, Indonesia, to touch on just one consequence would continue for decades, regardless of emissions cuts, because of the long life of man-made greenhouse gases already in the atmosphere.

Of course, there is growing awareness that the IPCC r...


People who grow up with books have better math and digital communication skills "IndyWatch Feed National"

Large in-home libraries have benefits beyond the obvious.

Thats according to a new study by Australian National University, Pacific Standard reports. In the study, researchers looked at 31 countries and the average households book-buying habits and found that the more books a home contained the better math, literacy, and digital communication skills children had when they reached adulthood.

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AFSA National Committee 2019 Nominations "IndyWatch Feed National"

AFSA's Annual General Meeting will be held on Tuesday 16th October to finish up the Food Sovereignty Convergence in Canberra. Below are the nominations for AFSA's 2019 National Committee.

Please note: Nominee photos and additional nominations for vacant roles to be uploaded shortly! 

Office Bearer Positions

President - Tammi Jonas 

Renominating for the role of President, in her bio Tammi writes:

I have been the AFSA President since 2014, Im re-nominating for President in 2019 to continue to lend my strong female farmers voice to the fight for food sovereignty in Australia.

My darling hypercompetent husband Stuart is Chief Farmer and Im Chief Butcher here at Jonai Farms in the central highlands of Victoria, where we raise heritage breed Large Black pigs and a small herd of mixed cattle, as well as a small annual crop of garlic. Im a former vegetarian academic turned pig-farming butcher, transforming whole carcasses into a range of fresh cuts, smallgoods, salumi, & charcuterie, and selling our produce predominantly through a thriving CSA (community-supported agriculture) to 85 wonderful households of ethical omnivores.

Jonai Farms is an ethically viable no-growth model we need to multiply our farms, not scale them, to support more people working the land fairly and to revive rural communities and local food economies.

Ive been worrying at the ills of industrial food since reading Peter Singers Animal Liberation in 1991, and writing about food culture, ethics and politics since 2006 at my blog Tammi Jonas: Food Ethics. Jonai Farms features in Australias first food politics documentary Fair Food, and I also have a chapter in the anthology Fair Food, published by UQ Press.

As President over the past three years I have worked solidly for fair and consistent regulation of farming and food production and distribution, and led...


Australias energy solution has been snatched away "IndyWatch Feed Nsw" , 10 Oct 18, IT WAS Australias big hope for cutting your electricity bills and ending the climate wars but today its been confirmed thats not going to happen.  EVERYONE has been crying out for the major parties to agree on an energy policy for Australia but its becoming clear this is probably not going to happen.

At an energy forum being held in Sydney today, new Federal Energy Minister Angus Taylor dismissed suggestions a bipartisan agreement was the way forward and pointed to the huge difference in the policies of the major parties.

I dont know how were going to get bipartisanship given we have a 26 per cent emissions reduction target and the other side has 45 per cent, Mr Taylor told the AFR Energy Forum 2018.

Australias energy policy is in tatters after the National Energy Guarantee was abandoned by the Coalition after Malcolm Turnbull lost the prime ministership.

Now even Labors shadow minister for climate change and energy Mark Butler has acknowledged defeat. Speaking after Mr Taylor, he said the idea of developing a bipartisan market mechanism to address climate and energy policy would not happen.

We need to recognise that the solution weve been banking on now for a number of years has been snatched away, he told the forum.

They (the Coalition) have walked away from the table because theyve said they cant countenance any agreement with Labor over climate and energy policy.

Mr Butler noted the two parties got close in 2016 with the emissions intensity scheme, then again in 2017 with the clean energy target and most recently with the NEG this year, but each time the policies were taken off the table largely due to revolt within the Coalition party room led by Tony Abbott, despite the policies having broad support among state and territory governments as well as the business community.

Now we confront a position where inv...


Renewable subsidies phased out by 2030 "IndyWatch Feed Vic" Labor leader Bill Shorten says coal will be part of Australias energy mix for the foreseeable future, but wants renewable energy to be more accessible.

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten says a lack of policy is preventing Australia from becoming a renewable energy superpower, but admits coal will be part of the mix for the foreseeable future.

What we need to do is create investment certainty, write out what the rules are so we can get more renewable energy, he told reporters in Melbourne on Wednesday.

Renewable energy is getting cheaper and I want to make it more accessible to small business and consumers.


We need fair global trade, not Trump unilateralism "IndyWatch Feed National"

11 October 2018: There was a reported meeting this week in Beijing between Chinese and European Union trade officials about changes to the World Trade Organisation (WTO). Were still waiting to hear outcomes of the meeting, which follows change proposals and continued negotiations between WTO members.

Member states have been under increasing pressure to reform the WTO by the USs America First tactics which reject the rules of global forums. Trump has condemned the WTO as unfair to the US, has threatened to withdraw from the body, has refused to reappoint WTO judges, and defied WTO rules in imposing huge unilateral tariffs on Chinese and other imports to the US. Trump wants China to agree to tougher rules on subsidies, state-owned companies and preferential treatment.

What is the WTO, and why is the US thwarting it?

The WTO claims it is a global international organization dealing with the rules of trade between nations," whose goal is to ensure that trade flows as smoothly, predictably and freely as possible.

Of the 196 countries globally, 164 of them are members of the WTO. Established in 1995, WTO is dominated by the largest industrialised economies. Though decisions are made by consensus between all member states, other measures can be used exert pressure on Global South countries to acquiesce to agreements detrimental to their economies. Although some bigger economies like China and India are now challenging the dominance of Global North countries like the US in the WTO, the US, EU and Japan remain dominant.

These richer industrialised countries want greater access for their products and investments, and less regulation by governments, than is delivered by WTO agreements.  This has been resisted by developing countries.

The United States Japan and the EU and other wealthier countries like Australia have moved outside the WTO, negotiating many bilateral, and regional free trade agreements instead, which leave out or can be harmful to Global South nations.

Although legally binding, these free trade agreements are usually negotiated in secret, and often limit governments abilities to regulate in the interest of workers or the environment...


Progressive Cinema presents Reinventing Power "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

[ Thursday, 11 Oct; 6:00 pm; Tuesday, 30 Oct; 6:00 pm; ] Thursday, October 11, 2018, at 6pm at Kent House in Faulkner Street, Armidale; Tuesday, October 30, 2018, at 6pm at McCrossins Mill in Uralla. This documentary tells the stories of people whose lives were changed by renewable energy. It shows how renewable energy is revitalising communities and industries across the U.S.A.. Stay for dinner and discussion after the [...] full article 


AURG Sunday Working Bee "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

[ Sunday, 14 Oct; 8:30 am; ] Time: 8.30 am Date: Sunday 14th October, 2018 Location: Dumaresq Creek between Site 12 and Yagoonda Gully, south of Phil Wheaton Soccer Oval accessed off Erskine Street or along bicycle way. What to bring: BYO long sleeved shirt, long pants and sturdy boots. Please also bring gloves, broad brim hat and sunscreen. AURG will provide equipment. Morning tea [...] full article 


On rape, Bill Shorten and police forces run by PR agencies "IndyWatch Feed National"

Last night Victoria Police won the @PRIANational Victorian Awards for Excellence in the Thought Leadership category, for our innovative podcast 'Unspeakable: Understanding Sexual Crime'. (1/3) Victoria Police (@VictoriaPolice) October 11, 2018


VIDEO: Paul Hawken Drawdown "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Talk by Paul Hawken editor of the new book Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming recorded April 21st at Town Hall Seattle. Project Drawdown gathers and facilitates a broad coalition of researchers, scientists, graduate students, PhDs, post-docs, policy makers, business leaders and activists to assemble and present the best available information [...] full article 


New UN report outlines urgent, transformational change needed "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

A landmark report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, commissioned at the breakthrough 2015 summit that brokered the Paris climate agreement, outlines whats at stake in the worlds bid to limit global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees celsius. The report, sets out the key practical differences between the Paris agreements two contrasting goals: to limit the increase [...] full article 


Canavan condemns business emissions self-regulation to meet Paris target "IndyWatch Feed National"

Minister says plan to coordinate climate response in absence of government policy interferes with democracyBig business has entered discussions about a self-regulated suite of measures to help Australia meet its Paris commitments, weeks after the Morrison government abandoned the national energy guarantee. The resources minister, Matt Canavan, accused Australia's biggest energy companies of interfering in the democratic process, as climate experts and environmental groups lashed the [...]


Various Opportunities "IndyWatch Feed National"

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October Leard Pilliga Tour "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

[ Friday, 19 Oct to Sunday, 21 Oct. ] Hi, Places are available for all tours. An all wheel drive vehicle is preferable as the unsealed roads can be potholed and corrugated. It is advised to fill up in Narrabri on the way to the Pilliga town ship, before starting the tour, and again on returning to Narrabri. Fuel is available in Barradine should it be [...] full article 


The art of money: Melbourne Art Fair "IndyWatch Feed National"

After its absence in 2016, the biennial Melbourne Art Fair (M.A.F.) returned this year, spread across two venues in the Southbank Arts Precinct: Riding Hall, the newly refurbished stables at VCA, and Vault Hall, a bloody great tent erected on the ACCA Forecourt. M.A.F. saw forty galleries display works by the brightest and best in their respective stables, demonstrating the strength of the current Australian contemporary art scene to those who filed through.


PM Morrison is spot on "IndyWatch Feed National"

Small business owners don't go to demos. They don't wave placards. They employ. They create wealth. They do useful things. Newspaper editors and journalists should remember that. Julie Bishop and Chairman Mal forgot it. Twitter addiction changed them - like Pavlov's dogs.


In the wake of the Royal Commission "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

What do you have when a central banker pleads for a high-ranking government official not to make any changes on how banks lend money?

A problem.

You have a problem.

A problem so large that powerful central banks have to grovel to authority institutions not to upset the status quo in the country.

A problem so enormous, the slightest tweak in laws could destroy the entire lynch pin the Aussie economy rests on.

A problem that is too big to be allowed to fail.

Its this closed door meeting that tells us what we really need to know.

The Aussie property market is much more of a mess than the mainstream want to think.

The bad news

The slide in property values began in the middle of last year.

From July 2017 to September this year, the average national house price has decreased 2.7%.

Sydney and Melbourne had some of the biggest declines, down 6.1% and 3.4% respectively. Although thats no surprise, given that those two cities make up 60% of Australias house market value.

But then, weve had a bunch of reports come through this week to add to the doom and gloom of the property market.

This week alone, Ive seen reports from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and research from PIMCO and Moodys, all citing the precarious state our property market.

Or, more specifically, the mortgages attached to our property market.

The financial stability report from the IMF warned that house values and debt levels are an area that could reveal financial vulnerabilities if something were to change, saying:

 Household leverage stands out as a key area of concern, with the ratio of household debt to GDP on an upward trajectory in a number of countries, especially those that have experienced increases in house prices (notably Australia, Canada, and the Nordic countries).

A day later, PIMCO warned that most Aussie mortgagors wouldnt pass the stress test if interest rates rose 2%.

In other words, a 200 basis point increase would result in a jump in pre-tax income being spent on mortgage repayments. Right now, PIMCO estimates that on average, 38% of pre-tax income goes towards a mortgage and that would rise to 48% of household pre-tax income if rates increased.

However, the key part of that analysis is that PIMCO used pre-tax income to reach that assumption.

The reality is, the majority of us pay off our mortgages with after-tax income.

So its highly likely tha...


Secretary Jim "Mad Dog" Mattis tells US forces to prepare for war with China or Russia "IndyWatch Feed National"

US Defence Secretary James Mattis has warned US air force and navy to be better prepared for war with Russia or China #USpolitics The Australian (@australian) October 11, 2018


Pooncey-Pyne bullshits about attack on Aussie base in Afghanistan "IndyWatch Feed National"

HA! POONCE ... such a wonderfully descriptive word .. G'Day Girt by Sea (@ForestgrumpOz) October 11, 2018 He made it up. Big-noting poonce. A load of Kabul: Christopher Pyne claim rejected Defence Minister Christopher Pyne, centre, is escorted to Camp Qargha by Australian Defence Force personnel. EXCLUSIVE By...


Greens Member Publishes Details Of MP Jeremy Buckinghams $75k Legal Threat "IndyWatch Feed National"

A Greens NSW politician who has railed against defamation laws and their effects on free speech is suing multiple members of his own party including demands for a $75,000 payout after being publicly accused of sexually assaulting a young Greens staffer.

But one of the people NSW Upper House MLC Jeremy Buckingham is threatening with a defamation suit Greens candidate for the inner-Sydney seat of Summer Hill, Tom Raue is hitting back, taking to social media this morning to post details of the legal threats.

On August 2, ABCs 7:30 program aired a lengthy report detailing failures by the Greens to deal properly with internal allegations of sexual assault. The 7:30 report featured the experiences of four women, one of whom was Ella Buckland, a former Greens NSW staffer. It alleged that in 2011, Mr Buckingham grabbed her inappropriately and kissed her neck after drinks at Mr Buckinghams house. Ms Buckland also alleged that Mr Buckingham phoned her the following morning, and threatened her employment.

The full details of the alleged sexual assault were suppressed by the ABC. New Matilda is currently investigating the incident, however Mr Buckingham strongly denies it occurred, and claims it was part of a factional attack on him from within the party.

Despite this, the story was widely reported by other media. Mr Buckinghams legal representatives Centennial Lawyers subsequently issued legal threats against Channel 10 (which publicly apologised for their story), and at least four other individuals, all of them Greens NSW members or former members*. One of those is Mr Raue.

Greens candidate for the seat of Summer Hill, Tom Raue, is being sued for defamation by colleague Jeremy Buckingham. (IMAGE: Supplied).

In a Facebook post published today within a private Greens group, Mr Raue writes: I felt a responsibility to stand in solidarity with the women who had come forward in the program and to reassure members, supporters and voters that the alleged behaviour was unacceptable, particularly in a progressive political party.



Holistic doctor attacked for promoting low-carb high-fat diet absolved of all charges Maintains medical license "IndyWatch Feed National"

Despite their best efforts the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) have failed to silence Dr Gary Fettke. After being subjected to 4 years of bullying and harassment, AHPRA have finally dropped all charges. More than that, its made a public apology to Dr Fettke following a review of his case. His crime? To recommend his patients reduce []

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SACOSS 2018 AGM "IndyWatch Feed National"

Monday, 19 November 2018 - 3:30pm

SACOSS invites all members and supporters to join our staff, Board and Policy Council for out 2018 Annual General Meeting. Come along to hear what we have achieved over the last year and what is planned for next year.

3.30pm Guest SpeakerThe Hon Michelle Lensink, Minister for Human Services

4.00pm AGM

5.00pm Drinks & nibbles

Please RSVP here


The Pressing Problem Of The Violence Of Men, And How To Address It "IndyWatch Feed National"

The appointment of Brett Kavanaugh to the US Supreme Court was a blow to progress towards equality. The path of that progress, however, is well known, writes Olivia Wells.

One of the greatest social issues facing us is the violence of men, in all of its expressions and forms.

We are trapped by this violence.

With the appointment of Brett Kavanaugh this week to the Supreme Court, I am reminded that heteropatriarchal control undermines freedom in every aspect of our society. This is a disheartening moment in history; one that is testing the perseverance of the feminist pursuit. Persistence feels impossible and I am not alone.

The commentary and discussion around Kavanaugh suggests that society categorically does not accept the existence of rape culture or an attitude against it. Rape culture is the normalisation of sexualised violence and the systemic practices of blaming the victims and we have seen this action over the past weeks. Power was transparently in the hands of Kavanaugh and his supporters and the experience of Dr Christine Blasey Ford as the survivor was minimised, disbelieved and dismissed.

We are discussing rape and mens violence more than ever before and yet progress is halted by the false perception that rape culture is a partisan issue of politics invented by the liberal left. The feminist perspective continues to divide through the confrontation of mens violence; misunderstood as ideology rather than working for the freedom of all people.

In my exhaustion I read Vikki Reynolds, who writes on agitating rape culture, and I am inspired once again, to continue my education and broaden my understanding of change.

Reynolds suggests, We all have the power to transform rape culture and the feminist perspective is for everyone. Through adopting systemic resistance to rape culture we can transform it and push for social change.

According to Reynolds we must maintain a stance of neither neutrality nor objectivity against rape and to instead to say unequivocally: we are against it. Our ethic, collectively, must be to interrogate the instruments of heteropatriarchal power and how it intersects with all of the ways women are oppressed in every structure and system in our society. We must also, in all of our actions and activism, recognise the multiplication and intensification of oppression felt by LGBTQ peoples and minority groups.

At present, in Australia, one in three women will experience sexual violence, but that figure does not adequately represent the reach of rape culture. The threat of rape and mens violence controls women, a comparison described by Reynolds as, When a man puts his fist through a wall and demands obedience from his family, h...


Australian Spider Venom Found to Kill Cancer; Leave Healthy Cells Unharmed "IndyWatch Feed National"

Medical scientists have made a stunning breakthrough in the fight to cure cancer after discovering that the venom from a deadly Australian spider can actually kill melanoma cells while leaving the surrounding healthy tissue unharmed, according to reports. [...]

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Meanwhile at the IPCC "IndyWatch Feed National"

Eve Jeffery

While Australians were thoroughly distracted by Gladyss Opera House racing debacle, news that last Saturday in Incheon, Republic of Korea, the Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5C was approved by the IPCC faded into the background.

The IP what? you say. Thats exactly the way the Australian government likes it.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is the UN body for assessing the science related to climate change. It was established to provide policymakers with regular scientific assessments concerning climate change, its implications and potential future risks; and to put forward adaptation and mitigation strategies.

In response to the report, North East Forest Alliance (NEFA) is renewing its call for a rapid phase-out of logging of public native forests. They say this will allow the forests to take up the ever-increasing volumes of atmospheric carbon as they recover from past logging.

The IPCC report identifies that human emissions have already increased global temperatures by one degree, and that at current rates temperature rises are set to reach 1.5 degrees by as early as 2030. To limit global warming to 1.5 degrees the IPCC has said that net carbon emissions must be cut by 45 per cent by 2030 and reduced to zero by 2050.

NEFA spokesperson Dailan Pugh says that forests are the lungs of the earth. They take in our carbon dioxide, storing the carbon and giving us back oxygen; left standing they are part of the solution to climate change.

The reality is that logging has run down the carbon storage in vast tracts of NSWs forest by 4060 per cent. As logging intensity increases the carbon stored in the trees and soil, along with the forests structure and biodiversity, is further diminished.

It has been estimated that globally wooded areas soak up a third of the fossil fuels released into the atmosphere each year. If we were to stop deforestation tomorrow the worlds established and regrowing forests would remove half of fossil-fuel emissions.

Pugh says that stopping logging of public native forests will allow the recovering forests to take up and store huge volumes of atmospheric carbon as they age.

This will help buy us time while we reduce emissions from other sectors.

Logging is not the only factor highlighted by the IPC...


Bullies Begone: The Day Sydney Said No To Shock-Jocks and Sycophants "IndyWatch Feed National"

Alan Jones latest ham-fisted attempt to force his will and back his mates, and the NSW Premiers weak-at-the-knees response to it, has shown what living in an actual community is really about, writes Greens MP, Jenny Leong.

Ive always wondered whether people who live in key moments of history knew they were inhabiting a significant moment in time. I wondered if I would recognise a moment of such gravity if I was in the middle of it. Today, reflecting back on the last 48 hours, I think the answer is yes, I would. Because yesterday I did.

The decision to put gambling ads on the sails of our Opera House has kicked off a vitally needed discussion about the exercise of power, about who speaks for who and what we really value as a community. These are kind of existential questions that rarely break through the busy, white noise filled moments of our day.

But, this whole episode has really cut to the heart of so many of us and bought all those questions to the fore for me and thousands of others like me.

When conservative shock-jock Alan Jones used his radio program to bully and threaten the CEO of the Opera House, Louise Herron, he probably had no idea that he had just crossed a line for so many people especially women. Its fair to say this week has been a bad week for many women and Jones just made it a whole lot worse.

Radio shock jock, Alan Jones.

Thats the first problem with this whole sorry saga. Bullying works because the bully gets to terrorise one person, but everyone else who witnesses the bullying knows they could be next. Bullies only ever need to target one person to send a message of power and menace.

But it was made so much worse when those who are supposed to provide political leadership caved in to the bulling.

Sydneysiders have had the odds stacked against them for too long. Faced with the broken trifecta of the privatisation obsessed Liberal Premier, a continually disappointing NSW Labor leader and a gang of conservative commentators who think they run the state it was time to draw a line in the sand.

By overriding the proper process and disregarding the arms length decision-making processes, the Premier made it clear that she has little respect for the public interest.

When we look at the reasons as to why this might be, you dont have to search very far.

The influence of political donations, particularly from the racing and gaming industries, are clear. Even if th...


Burning Seed 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Once again Burning Seed was a wonderful experience shared with many friends

This year I didn't make many plans aside from supporting my partner, who'd committed to a few projects.

As a result I got to have a small part in the Forest Rising effigy led by Flamewriter Glenn Todd.

My role involved collecting soil and seedlings to make a garden at the base of this sculpture.

My partner Jo, through her role with Red Earth Ecology, worked on the murals that showed Wiradjuri seasons and fire management as well as local flora and fauna.

It looked incredible when the "puppet effect" was launched during the fire, see video below.



Whats In A Name: Landline Misses The Message On Meat Replacement Products "IndyWatch Feed National"

One of the worst things to befall cattle, poultry and pig farmers has NOT been the use of the term meat to describe lab-developed meat replacements, writes Geoff Russell.

Long-time Landline creator and reporter Kerry Lonergan took a swipe at meat replacement products earlier this year (Episode 21/2018). His outrage at companies appropriating terms like milk, meat, mince and sausages for things that dont involve killing animals was palpable. His linguistic ignorance in including mince in this group is hardly worth a mention in light of his general confusion about what is essentially a pretty simple issue.

If real meat is so terrible, why would you name an alternative after something you criticise? he asked.

Whats to understand? Some peoples stunted concern for animals, the climate or the general environment is easily overwhelmed by a smell or taste theyve grown up with. Others simply dont give a damn; about anything. Give them something that tastes better and a name that tells them what the product will replace and theyll probably eat it.

There are very few people wholl choose meat because they actively want killing and cruelty, most are just ethically limp-wristed.

A macerator at a NSW farm, which shreds newly born ducklings alive.

The makers of meat replacement products understand this and are simply trying to grab a slice of the market by making a more eco- and animal-friendly product look familiar to consumers locked into bad habits.

These products, after all, are aimed at meat eaters, not vegans.

Which may go some way to explaining the high sodium content of some of these products; the target of well-founded criticism by Lonergan.

The worlds supermarkets and recipe books are full of sauce recipes for things to add to meat to help it taste less like meat, so its no wonder producers feel that extra salt might appeal to their meat-eating target.

You may still think that using meat terminology in advertising is ethically dodgy. Compared to what? The meat industry is fond of appropriating the word good from ethical discourse and calling their products things like a good source of protein. Clearly it is a bad source of protein or a cruel source of prote...


Fmr Gillard staffer Nicholas Reece says people affected by wind farms should move "IndyWatch Feed National"

Nicholas Reece is Principal Fellow with the Melbourne School of Government, and Director of Strategy, Policy and Projects at the University of Melbourne. Nick has considerable of experience in both politics and policy making at the highest levels of government including for Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Victorian Premiers Steve...


"What is it with wogs and cash Your Honour?" The Castle's Farouk now a Magistrate. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Constantinos Kilias, famous for playing Farouk in The Castle, appointed as magistrate Constantinos Kilias, who played Farouk in The Castle, has been chosen to become a magistrate. Picture: Jay Town By ELIAS VISONTAY AAP 7:50PM OCTOBER 10, 2018 He may be best known for his role in the legal battle...


Care parcels for our deployed troops this Christmas "IndyWatch Feed National"

Listeners to 4BC might remember some of the fabulous stories from people who sent parcels to our troops at Christmas time. Those thank-you letters and emails from the diggers hold pride of place in heaps of homes and hearts! This is such a worthwhile thing to do! Here's the address:...


Organ donation. Respect. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Medical staff stopped what they were doing to line the walls of a hospital in Idaho, joining family and friends in a powerful show of respect for an organ donor. (Credit: Saint Luke's Health System, Meridian, Idaho) Story:


Wildcats runners-up "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

THE Korumburra Wildcats Under 18 Boys VJBL team narrowly missed out on taking the Division 2 Championship in the final game of the season against Frankston.
The team comprised of players from all over the South Gippsland region and started the game strongly, jumping out to a quick eight-point lead thanks to some strong shooting from Keith Robinson.
The game became more defensive in the second quarter with Frankston pegging back a few points thanks to some nice finishing from limited opportunities.
The Wildcats were up four points at half time.
The third quarter started at a fast pace with Frankston making some early baskets.
Patrick Ryan steadied the ship for the Wildcats with some nice mid-range shots, but they were not dropping for any of the other Wildcats, the third quarter belonging to the Blues, up six going into the last quarter.
The Korumburra boys lifted their intensity immediately, Brady Mitchell a beast on the boards and Keith Robinson lighting it up from the perimeter splashing three pointers at will.
With under two minutes to go coach Scott McKenzie had done a great job to get the team within striking distance, only three points down.
Unfortunately, the couple of good looks they had wouldnt drop and Frankston held on for a slim four-point win 55-51, in a highly entertaining game of basketball.
Keith Robinson 27pts and Patrick Ryan 12pts were the stars for the Wildcats.

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What or Who Killed the 18 People in the Strange Limo Accident? "IndyWatch Feed National"

by Dee McLachlan

Two pedestrians were killed as the limousine, with the wedding party, careened off the road and into a ditch. All of the people in the limo were killed bride, groom, driver and 15 others. It is the worst US road accident in nearly a decade. [Correction it was to celebrate recently married Amy Steenburgs 30th birthday.]

In the 1990s we were driving through the night in South Africa when we came across a head-on collision. Two cars had collided at 100 km/h, and one was on its roof. It had happened only moments before, and water was dripping from the radiator. We immediately attended to the smashed-up car that was upside down. To our relief we saw movement. After prizing open a back door, three kids and their parents crawled out. Apart from the fathers crushed ribs all were alive.

There is no possible way tha...


Protect Your Students From Charles Waterstreet: An Open Letter To UNSW From Sarah Knight "IndyWatch Feed National"

Last week, New Matilda published details of fresh allegations against Sydney barrister Charles Waterstreet, who faces allegations from multiple women of extreme sexual harassment in the workplace. Following is an open letter from Sarah Knight, one of his victims, to the University of NSW, which last year refused to take any action to restrict the promotion of Mr Waterstreets job ads to UNSW law students.

Dear UNSW Vice Chancellor Ian Jacobs,

As you have already been made aware, last year a former student of yours, Genevieve Wilks, came forward with a horrific story about working with Charles Waterstreet. Genevieve experienced extreme sexual harassment over the course of her 10-month employment, including being given a book with a nude photo of her new boss on her first day of work.

She was shown pornography, a sketch of Mr Waterstreets penis and was often required to pick up his Viagra among many other allegations. However, when asked whether your university would ban his advertisements seeking law students to work in his chambers (something Sydney University Vice Chancellor, Michael Spence had immediately agreed to without any trouble whatsoever) your university dodged and obfuscated, responding that you had never promoted him on your noticeboard.

In fact your university had done one worse. Instead of passively advertising the role with him, the university had actively pushed his advertisement out through emails to law students, which is how Genevieve Wilks ended up in his office in the first place.

What makes this worse is that, by his own admission, Mr Waterstreet has a known history for preying on female university students.

In 2009 Mr Waterstreet bragged how, as a college man attending Sydney University, he burst into the bedrooms of dozens of unsuspecting college women as they lay in bed in the dark, before pulling their clothes off and kissing their bottoms and running away to avoid detection.

One can only imagine how terrifying it must be to live in a college where faceless men can enter your room at will, pull off your clothing and indecently assault you, while youre sleeping. Waterstreet described the sexual assaults in the Herald as a stunt.

In 1974, he graduated from Sydney University and took up a position teaching law at the Universi...


Casualisation of work must be turned around "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Joe Montero

According to the OECD, Australia is suffering from one of the highest incidences of temporary work in the industrialised world. It should not be this way. The health of the economy does not depend on it, andtThe rise of temporary work seriously undermines jobs and the quality of life for those locked into it.

The number of Australians working short hours or in temporary jobs, is anywhere up to a third of the workforce. It is growing and effects Fifty five percent of the young people in the workforce.

The only country worse off is the United States, where the number is now around 51 percent of the total workforce. We are quickly heading the same way.

The collective name for this type of work is now called casualised labour. Besides enforcing less than adequate pay, casualised labour denies the right to paid holidays, sick leave and other entitlements that come along with any proper job. There is often less protection, a greater risk of being put into dangerous situations at work, and increased vulnerability to having ones wages stolen.

Casualisation exploded, because major employers became obsessed with increasing labour flexibility, as means of cutting costs. They locked successive governments into applying policies to help bring this about.

It has been argued, that this was a major part of creating a better use of resources, stimulating competition and growing the economy. They insisted that although there may be some initial pain, the creation of jobs would benefit everyone in the end. Jobs have been destroyed instead and the economy has not grown.

One important fact was forgotten. What might find an individual employer laughing all the way to the bank, may not be so good when applied across society.

Consider this. The nature of the economic system in its present circumstances, has forced employers into capital intensification. This means technology has been replacing labour. It has been necessary to stay in the race. In the real world, those who can operate at below the average per unit costs of production stay in the game, and those who operate above this line fall by the wayside. Many businesses are missing out as well.

The drive down this road brings a few important consequences. The main one is that there is a growing gap between the costs of production and the return from circulating the output in the market.

Although per unit costs might go down by spreading them over a higher volume of output, there is a tendency for total costs to go up. Per unit costs go down because the fixed or constant part, that which is accounted for by the technology, can be spread out, and the bigger the operation, the greater the advantage....


MMT and pluralism in economics "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

I am recording some promotional videos in London today for Macmillan Higher Education who will publish our forthcoming textbook Macroeconomics on March 11, 2019. These will be the first of many short videos to support the teaching program outlined in the textbook. At last Fridays very successful launch of the Gower Initiative for Modern Money Studies (GIMMS) I was asked a question at the end of the first formal workshop I presented, which I was unable to answer due to time constraints. The question went something like What do you think of the movements to instill pluralism into the teaching of economics? The corollary was whether our forthcoming textbook adopts a pluralist approach. The question implied that pluralism was a desirable characteristic for a macroeconomics course to feature. In this blog post I discuss this question. It outlines what I might have said by way of answer to that question. But, given the medium, in a lot more detail than I would have provided at the actual event. Generally, we adopt a pluralist approach. But it all depends on what we mean by that term. What we do not do is privilege the mainstream macroeconomics in any way. Too often, those who call for pluralism in economics think it is appropriate to force students to learn swathes of the mainstream theory and practice as if it is knowledge. They think this is somehow a liberal approach to learning. Our view is that learning is about knowledge accumulation. Universities are not places where fake knowledge should be disseminated. That is what propaganda is about.

The International Confederation of Associations for Pluralism in Economics (ICAPE), which was founded in 1993, a consortium of over 30 groups in economics working cooperatively to maintain diversity and innovation in methods, approaches, policy analyses, and higher education in the profession.

It considers pluralism and intellectual progress to be complements and that each tradition of thought (Austrian, feminist, old and new institutionalist, Marxian, neoclassical, Post Keynesian, Sraffian, etc.) adds something unique and valuable to economic scholarship.

By implication, they consider pluralism to consist of a:

1. a multiplicity of approaches to the scientific analysis of economic activity.

2. tolerant communication among different approaches.

The Wikipedia page Pluralism in economics says that it is:

a campaign to change the teaching and research in ec...


'Lost volcano world' teeming with life discovered thousands of meters below remote seas "IndyWatch Feed National"

An expedition to map remote parts of the ocean off Australia has yielded a startling discovery - a "lost world" of volcanoes where towering underwater peaks reach higher than sierras in the Andes mountain range. Uncovered by a Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) vessel during a trip 400km east of Tasmania, the subaquatic world appears to be teeming with marine animals such as migrating whales. According to CSIRO researchers, some of the underwater peaks are up to 3,000 meters in height, taller than the Andes' Copahue stratovolcano. Despite the seamounts' significant size, they are still remarkably well hidden approximately 2,000 meters below the ocean surface.

Wednesday, 10 October


Empire Strikes Back: US, Australia, Japan team up to block China from building internet infrastructure in 'our' Papua New Guinea "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The United States is working on a counter-offer to stop Chinese telecom giant Huawei Technologies Co Ltd from building internet infrastructure in Papua New Guinea (PNG), its top diplomat to Australia said on Friday. The bid comes two years after Huawei first agreed to build a network there, and as the United States and its allies mount a vigorous campaign to check China's rising influence in the region by deepening their own diplomatic ties and boosting aid. It also follows Australia shutting Huawei out of contracts to build a national mobile network on security grounds, and blocking it from laying a subsea communications cable from Sydney to PNG and the Solomon Islands. Comment: Wow! So we take it then that it's no longer conspiracy theory that the Western Empire - mostly staffed by Anglo-Saxons - rule the world? "We are working on a counter-offer," U.S. Charge d'Affaires James Caruso said on Australian Broadcasting Corp. radio, when asked about reports that Australia, Japan and...


Winners picked "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

TWO local projects have been given the green light for funding after a hotly contested Pick My Project initiative. Securing 183 votes and 180 respectively, OSCA The Fish Creek []


No show for 2019 "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

THE Foster & District Show is ready to go into hiatus with the committee voting at last nights meeting (Tuesday, October 9) to have a years break and stage []


Communication breakdown "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

AN apparent communication breakdown over Telstra works in the main street of Foster has drawn the ire of a local trader. Foster businesswoman Deb Harris said she had no forewarning []


Wet Weather and Wildlife "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The rain and winds across NSW today may have caused tree damage, brought down nests and separated young and vulnerable chicks and joeys from their parents.

Please keep an eye out for animals exposed to the elements. If the animal is nocturnal, but seen out in the daytime, there is a problem.

Parent birds have very strong instincts to protect and feed their young. Wherever possible the best outcome for most birds is to reunite them.

Often young birds will be found on the ground after falling from nests. It is normal for fledgling magpies to come to the ground as they fledge and spend a couple of days on the ground, with parents feeding them whilst they master the tricky art of flying.

However, the storms may have brought many to the ground far too early, and they may need another couple of weeks to develop to full fledgling stage before they have any chance of flying.

If the nest is too high up to get the chick back in it you can put a post in the ground, and attached a basket to it as a pretend nest. Or secure a basket in the tree the chick came from. Sometimes a landing perch may be needed for the parents to access the artificial "nest".

If you then move well away from the nest, the parents may well come back and start to feed their little one. This is always the best option as it gives the chicks the best start to be a wild bird as being raised by its parents rather than hand reared wherever possible.

It may take some time for the parents to return but if the chick is very young and there is no sign of the parents please call WIRES 1300 094 737 or report using our online 'Report a Rescue form'

Our lines and our volunteers are very busy during and after the storms so please be patient. 

Please check pouches where it is safe to do so. Keep any distressed animals warm (ideally wrapped in a natural, breathable material like wool) and quiet until you can get help. Warm, dark and quiet means: around a constant 25 degrees, in a cage or box, lined and covered in a blanket or towel and away from children, television and pets. Do NOT handle and do NOT attempt to feed.

If you can't reach WIRES or are unsure of what to do, take the animal to the closest vet. They will have numbers for wildlife carers in the area and can take care of animals appropriately in the meantime. If you download our free WIRES rescue app to your phone you will be able to find your nearest vet quickly.

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