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Tuesday, 20 March


Reconciling the thoughts of a liberal on the Middle East "IndyWatch Feed National"

Ive written a long essay/memoir in the latest edition of leading Australia literary journal, Meanjin, on Judaism, Israel/Palestine, human rights and modern identity.



Request for an Inquest into the Death of Tamerlan Tsarnaev "IndyWatch Feed National"

by Mary W Maxwell, PhD, LLB

Open Letter to Mindy Hull, MD, Medical Examiner for Massachusetts, 720 Albany St, Boston, MA 02218

Dear Dr Hull,


When you were appointed Chief Medical Examiner five months ago (October 24, 2017), you said

The Massachusetts Office of the Chief Medical Examiner is made up of a team of tireless and dedicated individuals who are responsible for investigating, documenting, and understanding the unexplained, unattended, or mysterious deaths that occur across the Commonwealth. Whether it is providing families with closure, evidence to the courts, or a statistical overview of the well-being of our communities  I am honored to be chosen to lead this office and I approach this role with a deep sense of responsibility.

Dr Hull,...


NSW Chief Magistrate Judge Graeme Henson protects his paedophile mate Chief Justice Tom Bathurst and 17 others "IndyWatch Feed National"

Chief Justice Tom Bathurst has already started calling in favours to have me stitched up for a frivolous and vexatious criminal charge for outing paedophile judges and judicial bribery and NSW Chief Magistrate Judge Graeme Henson has been more than happy to help his mate. I sent the below email to NSW Chief Magistrate Judge Graeme Henson []


Wild Wetlands in Narrandera "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Last Saturday I had the opportunity to read my poetry relating to rivers, wetlands and wildlife at the Narrandera Arts Centre

It was an event organised by Dr Greg Pritchard to recognise these water-based ecosystems and included projections onto the former Masonic building.

Other poets on the night included Dr Derek Motion, Julie Briggs (both shown) and Peita Vincent (who took the pic of me). I didn't get a pic of the latter but we had a nice picnic in the park opposite the venue.

It was good to see around 30 people in the audience, including a number of faces I recognised from the Murrumbidgee Field Naturalists.

For my reading I grouped together a series of haiku.

My son Oscar asked if he could join, then asked if it should be a haiku or limerick.

I suggested the latter and he came up with:
There once was a river called Murray
whose water was all in a flurry
from place to place
the water did race
I wonder why its in such a hurry


How termites recognize queens, kings "IndyWatch Feed National"

This 2009 video says about itself:

Her Majesty, The Termite Queen | National Geographic

Journey to the center of thetermite nest? Hard to believe this termite queen will produce almost 165 million eggs in her lifetime!

From North Carolina State University in the USA:

Termite queen, king recognition pheromone identified

March 19, 2018

Summary: Forget the bows and curtsies. Worker termites shake in the presence of their queens and kings. New research explains how these workers smell a royal presence.

Researchers at North Carolina State University have for the first time identified a specific chemical used by the higher termite castes the queens and the kings to communicate their royal status with worker termites. The findings could advance knowledge of termite evolution, behavior and control.

A study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences shows that a wax-like hydrocarbon a chemical consisting of only carbon and hydrogen atoms called heneicosane on the body surface of subterranean royal termites is used to enable worker termites to recognize and care for them. ...


Moonlit Sanctuary where the Aussie animals roam "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"


Australian animals, they are amazing unique creatures that everyone is amazed by, even us who live here. I have always marvelled at the kangaroos bounding across our landscape, little echidnas waddling through the bush, wombats digging huge holes that seem to go on forever and those little koalas that perch themselves high above us in the treetops. We have been to many places overseas and if we got to a zoo or wildlife park and if there are Australian animals there my girls will still seek them outthey are like a little piece of home all the way over the other side of the world. When we are watching them people will gather to see them too, amazed by these unique creatures and they are from where we come from.

Last time we visited Dromana we drove past the Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park and I thought it would be a fantastic place to visit. Unfortunately, we ran out of time so, on our next visit, I made sure it was on our itinerary. Willow and Marley both love animals and learning more about how we can protect our native ones is very important to us. We left Dromana at about 8.30 to make sure we got there for the 10 oclock opening. There were already some people lining up for entry to the Moonlit Sanctuary so we filed in behind them.

Moonlit Sanctuary home to the Aussie Animals

Once we were at the ticket counter Michael came out to greet us and to tell us a little about the Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park. He told us what times the shows would be on and gave us a map that included all the information we would need to see as much as we could while we were at the Moonlit Wildlife Sanctuary. He then handed us all a lanyardthe girls looked at him not really understanding what they were but as soon as they saw the picture on the front they had the biggest smiles on their faces! We were going to be able to be up close and personal with a Koala! Bucket List Check!

the girls holding there Koala pass at moonlit sanctury

We all walked through the entry door and out into the wildlife park. Two little wallabies knew exactly where to stand! They were just the cutest little things and they were getting ALL the food from everyone walking in! The girls made a beeline for them straight away and Marley got to feed the little one before we moved on to the...


Australia - Fluoridation petition signatures lacking "IndyWatch Feed National"

Water worries: The Kentish Council are hosting a petition in regards to the Fluoridation Act 1968, the petition is lacking in signitures. Picture: Files
 Water worries: The Kentish Council are hosting a petition in regards to the Fluoridation Act 1968, the petition is lacking in signitures. Picture: Files



Maceo Parker with The Meltdown in A Tribute to Ray Charles.

Maceo Parker with The Meltdown in A Tribute to Ray Charles.  (Image supplied)


Melbourne International Jazz Festival, 1-10 June, 2018

Program details are now out for the 21st MIJF, which this year aims to demonstrate that jazz can happen anywhere. Over 10 days more than 100 events will feature almost 400 Australian, international and emerging artists.

The usual detailed preview of the festival will be published when time permits, but here is a taste of whats on offer.

There will be 26 venues across the city, from the Hamer Hall to...


Australian mother publishes book exposing dangers of vaccines "IndyWatch Feed National"

New book reveals the light on the vaccine industry in Australia. Photo: Supplied

An Australian mother has published a book detailing the dangers of vaccinations, revealing new information about subversive aspects of vaccines into the public arena, while shining a spotlight on how propaganda, consensus science and fraudulent information has sold a corporate product as safe. Read More


Donald Trumps tariff hikes are not good policy "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

I am generally not in favour of trade protection. I grew up in a country that had very extensive protection (tariffs, import quotas) on manufacturing goods, which was justified on a number of grounds capacity to shift to defense industries; stable employment; and more abstractly, an expression of becoming a modern nation, leaving our agrarian roots behind. The initial move to impose high tariffs was that a young industry would take time to develop the so-called infant industry argument, which goes back to the 1790 Report on Manufactures written by American economist Alexander Hamilton. The problem is that the infant never really grew up and the tariffs just became a cosy rent-sharing margin for unions and multinational corporations. Meanwhile consumers paid excessive prices for deficient-quality motor vehicles (among other products). It is clear that as trade opens up there are workers and regions that lose and lose badly. The answer is not try to reinvent the past through protection. Rather, it is to use the governments fiscal capacity to create new opportunities in these regions to ensure that workers disadvantaged by import competition can transit into new jobs with stable incomes. That option is often overlooked because modern governments have become obsessed with austerity. And, as I argue below, that obsession will in the context of Donald Trumps tariff hikes, work against the European nations that are running ridiculously large current account surpluses.

I last considered the trade argument in this three part series:

1. The case against free trade Part 1 (October 27, 2016)

2. The case against free trade Part 2 (November 8, 2016)

3. The case against free trade Part 3 (November 22, 2016).

What we learned in that series was that:

1. Early theoretical attempts (for example, Heckscher-Ohlin theorem) to justify so-called free trade (absence of protection) were shown to be flawed.

2. More recent developments in trade theory the so-called New Trade Theory in the 1980s meant that economists could no longer argue that the results of the free-trade models held.

3. This shift in economic theory away from a blind acceptance of a proposition that free trade was always good, is quite apart from other considerations, which we might categorise under fair trade issues.

4. When free traders talk about the free market and appeal to the narratives that appear in under...


Leaked video shows police brutally bashing young handcuffed father Noa Begic "IndyWatch Feed National"

A matter all too reminiscent of Corinna Horvath where she was brutally bashed by Victoria Police to an inch of her not remembering her name.

From the article by from 18 Mar 2018 of the headline:

Queensland Police in leaked bashing video were subject to dozens of brutality complaints

A Queensland police unit on the Gold Coast generated dozens of brutality complaints and a longstanding reputation among colleagues for excessive force before several of its members were publicly exposed in a leaked video.

The failed prosecution of former police officer Rick Flori over the leak opened up former members of so-called Surfers Paradise "Team Two" to interrogation over their disciplinary records, which revealed internal investigations of 21 allegations of serious misconduct.

Team Two was one of a number of patrol units operating out of Surfers Paradise police, each with a membership of 12 to 15 officers at any one time.

The ABC can reveal there were at least 21 other complaints of excessive force against another two officers within Team Two in the years leading up to the unjustified assault of Noa Begic in the police station car park in January 2012

Photo: Mr Flori was cleared over leaking police video in February this year. (ABC News: Josh Robertson)

A Police Ethical Standards Command (ESC) report from 2010, obtained by the ABC, noted the "inordinately large number of excessive force allegations", with ESC issuing a "med...


Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea "IndyWatch Feed National"

 March 19 at 2:34 AM

Singapores Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, left, and Australias Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull hold a joint press conference at the end of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) special summit, in Sydney, Sunday, March 18, 2018.


BEIJING A look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons in waters crucial for global commerce and rich in fish and potential oil and gas reserves:___EDITORS NOTE: This is a weekly look at the latest developments in the South China Sea, the location of several territorial conflicts that have raised tensions in the region.___AUSTRALIA, SOUTHEAST ASIA CALL FOR SEA RESTRAINT

Southeast Asian leaders and Australias prime minister called for non-militarization and a code of conduct in the contested waters of the South China Sea, where China has become increasingly assertive.

A joint statement was issued Sunday by leaders at the first summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations to be held in Australia, underscoring Canberras growing involvement in regional security issues, despite Chinas opposition.

We emphasize the importance of non-militarization and the need to enhance mutual trust and confidence, exercise self-restraint in the conduct of activities and avoid actions that may complicate the situation, the statement said.

China and the five countries that have conflicting territorial claims over the South China Sea, including four ASEAN members, have been moving ahead in negotiations for a code of conduct for the busy waterway aimed at reducing the risks of armed confrontations in the contested areas.

The ASEAN nations are Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos...


Mama Kin Spender on their musical affinity, finding remedy and taking risks with Golden Magnetic "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

[Tommy and I] have been friends for about 16-17 years now. You get less than that for most major crimes these days

Its a playful sentiment that echoes throughout Golden Magnetic, the debut album conceived by Mama Kin (Danielle Caruana) and Melbourne producer Tommy Spender.

But aside from being a stellar collection of tracks inspired by nature, connection, love and hope the duo have been breaking out of the records physical confines by incorporating choirs from across the country into their live shows.

Set to hit Sydneys favourite Basement in April, Mama Kin joined Chelsea on The New Thing to delve deeper into the origins of Golden Magnetic, future plans and how they find a sense of community within each choir they perform with.

Click the blue play button:

Mama Kin Spender Golden Magnetic Tour
with Inner West Voice
The Basement, Circular Quay
Sunday, 29 April

The post Mama Kin Spender on their musical affinity, finding remedy and taking risks with Golden Ma...


FixedIt: who are police looking for? "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Newcastle Herald reported that police are searching for a man in relation to the sexual assault of a 17 year old girl.

Despite this being the purpose of the article, the man does not exist in the headline.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Headlines matter and this is why FixedIt exists.

FixedIt is an ongoing project to push back against the medias constant erasure of violent men and blaming of innocent victims. If you would like to help fund it even $5 a month makes a big difference please consider becoming a Patron



FixedIt: sexual assault is not a fetish "IndyWatch Feed National"

Channel 9 News reported that a 42 year old man is in court on  three charges of aggravated sexual assault and one charge of assault occasioning actual bodily harm of one woman and one count of sexual intercourse without consent of a second woman.

The case is currently before a magistrate. This commentary is relevant only to how the charges against him are described. It is up to the court to determine his guilt or innocence.

The man was not charged with having sex because sex is not a crime. It is only a crime where there is no consent. He was charged with sexual assault and rape (ie: sexual intercourse without consent).

A presumption of innocence, which he is absolutely entitled to, does not preclude accurately describing the charges for which he is in court. No one would describe someone charged with stealing a car as being accused of driving. This is no different.

Words matter. Accuracy matters. Using words accurately is supposed to be what journalist do.

As I have written before, headlines matter and using sex and rape interchangeably is both wrong and bad journalism.

FixedIt is an ongoing project to push back against the medias constant erasure of violent men and blaming of innocent victims. If you would like to help fund it even $5 a month makes a big difference please consider becoming a Patron

Sexual assault, domestic and family violence counselling and support.
24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 
Ph: 1800 737 732 

Suicide Call Back Service
24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Ph: 1300 659 467

Kids Helpline
24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Phone: 1800 55 1800

MensLine Australia
24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Phone: 1300 78 99 78

Child Wise National Abuse Helpline
Mon-Fri: 9 am 5 pm
Ph: 1800 99 10 99


Stingrays chase massive target "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

Inverloch team mates watch on as Tim Thornby pulls off the catch of the season to dismiss English import Callum Honeyman off the bowling of Lucas Anderson in the A1 semi-final at a fast Korumburra ground on the weekend. m331218

Phillip Islands Eli Richards set up a worthy chase of 248 for Wonthaggi Club on the Scorpion Park turf after several times saving his teams innings with a defiant 110. m381218

A Grade Division 1

INVERLOCH has chased down a mammoth first innings total at the Korumburra Rec against OMK to secure their place in the A Grade Division 1 grand final.
OMK batted superbly on day one posting 8/365 from their 90 overs with Jesse Van Rooye making a top notch 106 not out.
It all began at the top for the Diggers with openers Adam Miller and Tommy Wyatt getting to 0/90 before Lewie Rankin found the edge of Wyatt dismissing the in-form bat of the competition for 50.
Rankin struck again soon after trapping Miller in front for 38 and when captain Daniel Mock followed almost immediately for just 4 runs Lewie and the Stingrays had their tails up with the scoreboard reading 3/112.
English import Callum Honeyman and Jason Wilson then teamed up to put the Diggers right back in the game with a solid 80 run partnership.
Tim Thornby then took an absolute screamer on the boundary to dismiss Honeyman for 62 and the Stingrays looked in control at 5/198.
But a defiant Jesse Van Rooye stood tall at number 6 and put together a terrific innings in the middle order with a mixture of good cricket shots along with some power hitting to get the Diggers to what seemed like an insurmountable score of 8/385.
The Rankin brothers, Lewie and Will, bowled a combined 56 overs for the Stingrays with captain Kit Rotthier going down with food poisoning and Dave Newman still recovering from a leg injury he susta...


Dwelling prices up 5pc in 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Prices gain ground

Dwelling prices increased by +1 per cent in the final quarter of 2017, to be +5 per cent higher over the calendar year. 

This is a slower pace of growth than the +7.7 per cent increase reported for calendar year 2016. 

The quarterly gains were again driven by Melbourne (+2.6 per cent) and Hobart (+3.9 per cent), while notably Perth (+1.1 per cent), Brisbane (+0.9 per cent), and Canberra (+1.7 per cent) notched quarterly gains. 

Darwin prices fell -6.3 per cent in 2017, with the declines continuing throughout the year. 

Hobart's annual gain increased to +13.1 per cent. 

The Tasmanian capital is small city with a population of under 225,000 and building approvals kicked off 2018 by rising to the highest level since 2011, but new supply takes time to be delivered and the housing market remains very tight.  

Sydney house prices declined very marginally for houses in the fourth quarter, while the attached dwelling price index was flat, leaving the city's index down -0.1 per cent for the quarter (though up +3.8 per cent for the year). 


Zero bills, great interest at The Cape "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

Tony OConnell from TS Constructions and the Beaumont Concepts team of Ash Beaumont, Dave Leggett and Shaz Blackmore were all on hand at the Cape open day, taking visitors through the 9 star CORE 9 house.

THERE was a brilliant turnout at The Cape passata making day and the launch of some of The Capes zero energy bill homes.
Around 600 people visited The Cape throughout the day, showing great interest in the five sustainable open homes homes that are super energy efficient, comfortable to live in, allow people to eliminate energy bills and experience the effortless comfort of passive solar, carbon neutral living.
The teams from TS Constructions, Beaumont Concepts, Adapt Design Group, The Sociable Weaver were alongside many current and future residents making the general public welcome and sharing information.
The festival atmosphere was enhanced by young local musicians and artists from Bass Coast showing their talent in the various homes and wonderful passata making by the guest chef Mara Ripani.
Tony OConnell from TS Constructions described the CORE 9 house as both economical and sustainable house.
CORE 9 is a completely new design thats been designed by Beaumont Concepts. CORE is an acronym for Carbon positive, zerO waste, Recyclable and Economical.
It has almost zero running costs, which means you spend a bit more on your build and for the rest of your life the house pays for itself basically, or returns on the earlier investment.
Visitors came from New South Wales, Warrnambool, Melbourne, Latrobe Valley, Gippsland and the Bass Coast area, which indicates there is strong interest in better performing energy efficient homes.
Cape Stage 2 is now more than 50 per cent sold with roads, parks and wetlands under construction, and some wonderful home sites being built with views over the Bass Strait towards Cape Woolamai in the East and Mt Oberon/Wilsons Promontory in the west.
If you are interested in joining a great modern, well designed community and securing an affordable townhouse site or a lovely ocean view site that can never be built out in a great part of Victorias coast, dont wait too long as they are being snapped up.

The post Zero bills, great interest at The Cape appeared first on South Gippsland Sentine...


FixedIt: Alleged murderer who beat his wife not a successful banker "IndyWatch Feed National"

Professional white men are just as likely as any other men to commit violence against women. Shooting police detectives is still a crime even if you wear a tie to work.

Yahoo news reported that Christian McCall has been arrested and charged with one count of murder, three counts of attempted murder, first-degree criminal domestic violence and four weapons charges. Police allege McCall punched his wife and hit her head against bricks, grabbed her wrist and pulled her hair, all while their 15-year-old daughter was in the home. Police also say he shot at detectives trying to find him. York County Detective Mike Doty was killed and three other police officers were wounded.

The first two paragraphs of the article:

A banker suspected of killing a police officer and wounding three others after a domestic dispute two months ago spent eight years in the Army and had a successful professional career making nearly $86,000 a year.

The burst of unusual violence stunned family, who said they didnt see any signs of looming problems or a violent breakdown.

The allegations against him have no relationship to his career or how much he earned. His family probably are stunned but again, that has nothing to do with the crimes of which he was accused.

The article also includes a quote from the family about what a loving Christian and great family man he is. It did not mention anything about the family of the murdered police detective or the wife he allegedly assaulted. the victims were not humanised or presented sympathetically, that was saved only for the man arrested for alleged crimes against them.

This is bizarre reporting, even for Yahoo.

FixedIt is an ongoing project to push back against the medias constant erasure of violent men and blaming of innocent victims. If you would like to help fund it even $5 a month makes a big difference please consider becoming a Patron

Sexual assault, domestic and family violence counselling and support.
24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 
Ph: 1800 737 732 

Suicide Call Back Service
24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Ph: 1300 659 467

Kids Helpline
24 hours...


The turn to industry: what happened when left activists joined the working class? "IndyWatch Feed National"

In the late 1970s in New Zealand, a group of young people in their twenties left their middle-class lives and got working-class jobs, joined working-class unions and lived in working-class communities. Why? They were activists and communists and they wanted to bring radical politics to the working class, to shift their focus from the university campus to the industrial workplace.


Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

1.00 AUD = 0.00009 BTC
0.00010 BTC = 1.10 AUD


Indonesia WTO case may delay Australian FTA "IndyWatch Feed National"

March 20, 2018: Indonesia has initiated a WTO dispute alleging that Australias anti-dumping tariffs on Indonesian A4 copy paper break WTO rules, which allow anti-dumping measures if exports are priced below their real costs of production.

Australias Anti-Dumping Commission found that Indonesian paper was priced below its real cost because of Indonesian government subsidies, and Australia imposed tariffs of 13 per cent to 33 per cent on five Indonesian paper producers last week. Indonesia is challenging the method of calculating costs used by the Anti-Dumping Commission.

Ironically, the Indonesian dispute was lodged on March 16, on the same day that Prime Minister Turnbull met Indonesian Prime Minister Joko Widodo at the Sydney ASEAN summit and announced they hoped to conclude a free trade agreement soon.

The Australian Financial Review reported that the paper tariffs caused extreme frustration in Jakarta, and that Indonesian Trade Minister Thomas Lembong made a more cautious statement saying that the FTA might be concluded by the end of this year.  The AFR also quoted trade law expert Brett Williams claim that the case could have implications for Australias current anti-dumping tariffs on Chinese steel, which used the same method to calculate the tariffs.


Think: Digital Futures interview on disaster capitalism in Puerto Rico "IndyWatch Feed National"

Think: Digital Futures is a great program on Sydneys 2SER radio. I contributed to its latest episode:

When you think about Puerto Ricodecimated by Hurricane Maria, a debt crisis and the longest power blackout in US historymost people see destruction. To a small group of cryptocurrency millionaires, its a chance to build a new type of society from scratch. A society built on blockchain technologies.

We chat to Dr Pip Ryan (University of Technology Sydney) and Nathan Waters (founder of Peerism) about what a blockchain based society might look like. Then we speak to journalist Antony Loewenstein about whether this is just a case of disaster capitalism in disguise.


this debt is suffocating "IndyWatch Feed National"

Debt amount: 
Date debt issued: 
Friday, 2 February 2018
Period debt occurred: 
June 2011
Has your case been referred to a collection agency?: 
Payment Type: 
Youth Allowance
Appealing Debt?: 
Yes in process
Tell us about your debt and how has this affected you? e.g. anxiety levels, financial and accommodation stress: 

I was slapped with 2 letters within hours of each other correcting amounts on my PAYG statements from 2013/2014 and 2011/2012.
A day later a letter without prior warning they claimed I owed $18,000 from "overpayments" made to me from 2011-2015! It's 2018!
There has never been a mention of this, no notifications and I worked really hard to ensure that I could support myself through casual work whilst I studied with a grad role in sight. With HECS, general living expenses, further study, health and medical expenses and fuel costs (I live regionally and travel almost 1800km a week for work and study) this debt is suffocating.

All my in...


MACKAY Violent offender avoids being sent back to prison "IndyWatch Feed National"

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A MORANBAH man avoided being sent back to prison after abusing his partner, chasing a fellow with a broken bottle and speeding a motorbike through a crowded school crossing, all while addicted to ice. Zack Matthew Grove, 20, fronted Mackay Magistrates Court on March 15 for sentencing.

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MOTHER GOOSE FINALLY COOKED! Justice at long last for victims of one of Australias worst suspected paedophile rapists, Robert William Symonds "IndyWatch Feed National"

EXCLUSIVE: Having escaped justice for decades, the long-time suspected paedophile, Robert William Symonds, also known as 'Mother Goose', has finally been brought to account after being found guilty of child abuse charges by an Adelaide court. True Crime News Weekly publisher, Serkan Ozturk, reports. [READ MORE]


Schools on Shadow Ministers agenda "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

GIPPSLAND South schools were on the agenda when Shadow Minister for Education, Tim Smith, visited Foster Primary School, Korumburra Secondary College and Sale Specialist School recently.
Gippsland South MLA Danny OBrien said he had been long campaigning for these schools and it was important the Shadow Minister saw first-hand the poor state of Foster Primary School and the need for stage two of Korumburra Secondary College to be funded.
The current Foster Primary School, which was built in 1965, is in a poor state of repair and the Andrews Labor Government must look at funding a rebuild, Mr OBrien said.
The school is full of asbestos, falling apart, with maintenance costs now placing a burden on the school budget. It is not a conducive environment for our childrens education and needs to be rebuilt.
Mr OBrien and Mr Smith also visited Korumburra Secondary College, highlighting the need for funding of stage two of the school.
Mr OBrien said the former Liberal-National Coalition provided $5.6 million for the planning and first stage of works at the college.
It would be great to finish the project now that stage one is being used to ensure our Korumburra students have access to the best quality educational infrastructure, Mr OBrien said.
Mr OBrien and his Gippsland East colleague, Tim Bull also took the opportunity to tour the new Sale Specialist School with the Shadow Minister.
Mr OBrien said the new school, which opened this year, is a fantastic facility for the community that worked hard to secure the funding.
Mr OBrien said petitions are circulating for both Foster Primary School and Korumburra Secondary College and he encourages people to sign them so we can keep the pressure on the State Government.

Thinking ahead: from left, Foster Primary School Council president Matt Wallis meets with Shadow Education Minister Tim Smith and Gippsland South MLA Danny OBrien to discuss the need for the school to be rebuilt.


Wonthaggi health hopes "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

BY his own admission, Premier Daniel Andrews made a small contribution of $1.9 million to the Wonthaggi Hospital on Thursday.
However, the re-election of the Labor Party to government could see more funding for the hospital yet, with Mr Andrews saying he would have more to say about regional health later this year.
Obviously, elections are all about choices and we will be giving the people of Bass Coast Shire and this region a very clear choice, Mr Andrews told The Star on Thursday.
We were pleased last year to announce $31m for the school (Wonthaggi Secondary College), which was a fantastic outcome and is backing local students to do their best.
Today was a small investment area for the hospital, but it is very much needed. Theres been careful and considered planning work in terms of the needs of the hospital for the whole community. We will have more to say about health right across regional Victoria throughout the course of the year.
In the meantime, the $1.9 million boost will go towards ongoing maintenance at the hospital. In particular, it will go towards replacing the lift, five air handling units in patient care areas, new medical air compressors, and the installation of improved emergency backup and warning systems.
The funding was granted as part of the Labor Governments $200m Regional Health Infrastructure Fund and funding for the air units had been already announced by the government some two weeks ago.
For the first time ever, we have been able to apply a grant for works no one really gives a lot of attention to but are critically important, Mr Andrews said.
Without upgrades, without replacement funding, the hospital simply cant provide the care and support that it does.
Acting Bass Coast Health CEO Noni Burke said the hospital was thrilled.
It will ensure we are providing our patients with a safe and pleasant environment, and will allow us to work more effectively, she said.
Ms Burke said the emergency lift was an important feature of the hospital for accessibility, but was often unreliable and had been out of order on a number of occasions.
Mr Andrews also discussed the Federal Governments $100 million hospital deal, which was offered to all states.
The states were offered a percentage of the $100 million innovation fund.
Its a deal that sees the Federal Governments contribution capped at 45 percent so the state is having to do more than the Commonwealth, and the indexation rate is capped. Everybody knows when it comes to providing care to those who need it most, you cant cap health funding, he said.
You cant say to someone who comes into the emergency department Well, Im sorry, weve reached the cap, youll have to come back next quarter or next financial year. It doesnt work that way, he said.
This deal is not a good deal for Victorian...


Campers cause grass fire "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

FIREWORKS caused a grass fire at Leongathas Knoxs Hill early Saturday morning.
Police said a group of men were camping beside Knoxs Hill on Nerrena Road when they set fireworks off just after midnight.
At least one firework started a grass fire.
Approximately 70 CFA members assisted in extinguishing the fire before it flared later. CFA crews returned to the scene and remained there well into the afternoon.
Leongatha Police interviewed a 48 year old Chirnside Park man who will be charged with associated offences.
Police and CFA personnel manning traffic management points were disappointed with the behaviour of numerous motorists who failed to slow sufficiently or at all when approaching the scene.
Police said it was timely to remind all drivers that they must slow to 40km/h when approaching or passing any stationary emergency services vehicle that has its emergency vehicle warning lights flashing.

Hard at it: Inverloch CFA firefighters at work at the scene of a grass fire at Leongathas Knoxs Hill on Saturday. Photo: Facebook.


Rates may rise two percent "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

SOUTH Gippsland ratepayers may receive a $100,000 gift from council.
Thats how much council is forgoing in rate increases by planning to keep the next rate increase below the State Governments cap of 2.25 percent.
South Gippsland Shire Councils proposed budget for 2018-19 forecasts a rate rise of two percent.
We are sending a nice message to the community, councils acting manager finance Stuart Smith said.
He said council could have increased rates to the limit permitted by the cap, resulting in an extra $100,000 income, but could afford not to.
Over the last 15 years we have stuck to our Long Term Financial Plan and that has enabled us to be in a strong financial position, he said.
Mayor Cr Lorraine Brunt said even by holding the rate rise at two percent, council would still achieve a surplus. Council predicts an underlying surplus of $3.33 million, which is the result minus capital funding sources.
Council plans to raise $42.15 million from rates in 2018-19. Rates increased by 2.5 percent in 2017-18.
Council will deliberate the proposed budget tomorrow (Wednesday) and it includes a $21.39 million capital works program featuring the expansion of the Great Southern Rail Trail from Welshpool to Hedley, building a footpath along Jumbunna Road to Korumburra Secondary College, a new bridge on Bena-Kongwak Road, $3.8 million refurbishment of Mirboo North pool, and drainage and kerb and channelling in Lochs Main Street.
While the capital works expenditure is up $3.2 million on 2017-18, council expects much of the cost to be funded by grants. Council will spend $6 million less on major works compared to this financial year.
Council has allocated $1 million towards extending the rail trail 8.3km from Welshpool to Hedley next financial year rather than the extension from Leongatha to Korumburra, as council believes it may obtain grants for half of the project from the Latrobe Valley Authority and Regional Development Victoria towards the works. Council plans to allocate $3 million towards the Korumburra extension in 2019-20.
Other capital works include $778,000 to cap three cells at Koonwarra landfill and a further $352,000 for a leachate evaporation system; $364,000 set aside towards the Korumburra Community Hub if the preferred site of the railway land is approved; and $1.3m for road seal rehabilitation works.
Total caravan parks works for 2018-19 are: $435,000 for a toilet block at Waratah Bay, $376,000 for a toilet block at Long Jetty Caravan Park, $60,000 to replace cabins at Long Jetty Caravan Park, $68,000 for an office at Long Jetty, $99,000 for a communal area at Yanakie Caravan Park and $169,000 for an electrical upgrade at Yanakie, for a total of $1.307 million.
Staff costs have risen by $1 million to $26 million, with council now employing 265.53 fulltime equivalent staff. This financial year, cou...


CEO fronts court today "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council CEO Tim Tamlin will today (Tuesday) address the Supreme Court in Melbourne about councils handling of noise complaints in relation to Bald Hills Wind Farm.
He will be asked to explain councils actions in complying with a court order in August 2017 to investigate the noise complaints.
Mr Tamlins appearance follows ongoing legal action by wind farm neighbours who believe council has failed to adequately followup their complaints about turbine noise which they say is having an adverse impact upon their health.
Council last month voted to pay a consultant $33,600 to determine if noise monitoring is required at the wind farm.
The Star understands council asked the neighbours to drop their request for Mr Tamlin to appear, on the grounds council had engaged a consultant to investigate turbine noise.


Jobs at risk "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council could make 43 jobs redundant under a proposal to no longer provide Home and Community Care (HACC) services.

The Star understands 43 jobs would end and council would pay a redundancy bill of approximately $1 million if council opts out of HACC.

At the March 28 council meeting, councillors will vote on a proposal by council officers that council withdraw from offering HACC services.

The withdrawal is conditional on council finding a suitable alternative service provider to continue to deliver services.

If a provider is found, council will recommend all HACC staff to the new provider. If not, council will remain the service provider.

HACC services are targeted at senior clients aged over 65 years and clients under 65 years with a disability.

The service provides short term restorative care or longer term services to enable clients to remain independent and at home for longer.

Such services include home care, personal care, respite and home maintenance. Council has approximately 1300 such clients.

Council has been reviewing the future of HACC services under changes to the provision of funding by State and Federal governments. These changes will see all clients eventually able to chose their own service providers.

Councils manager community services Bart Ruyter said council was currently not profitable in the sector and would most likely be uncompetitive once all governments changes came into effect.

He confirmed 43 was an accurate indication of the number of the jobs to be affected.

A number of options for aged and disability services have been explored by council and no decision has been made by council yet, Mr Ruyter said.

Australian Services Union (ASU) branch coordinator Melissa Wainwright said the ASU believed councils decision would result in the cessation of a total of 43 roles across the aged and disability team.

The union plans a meeting of member this Thursday.

This decision has the potential to devastate both staff and residents, who rely on good quality local jobs, with well trained workers providing vital support to those most vulnerable in our community who need it, Ms Wainwright said.

The union is extremely disappointed with this resolution, and urges council to vote against the recommendation to withdraw from provision of services in the strongest possible terms.

The community faces an uncertain future with poorer quality outcomes if this decision is to proceed.

The ASU believes council is making a decision far too soon, and should at the very least, wait until 2019 when more detail about fu...


March on Palm Sunday for justice for refugees "IndyWatch Feed National"


2pm, Victoria Square, march to Parliament House Facebook event here


Central Park, 11am Facebook event here


Lennox Head Bus Station, Beachfront opposite the shops  11am


Rosalind Plaza, 12.30pm


Corbett Plaza, 6pm  Friday, 23rd March


1pm, King George Square Facebook event here


1pm Garema Place Facebook event here


Nightcliff Foreshore, 5pm

Denmark (WA)

11am Strickland Street


2pm Parliament House Lawns, Salamanca Facebook event here


12.30pm BYO picnic, Princes Square, 2pm march via the city centre to City Park for a multicultural celebration

Lennox Head

11am Ballina Rd bus shelter at Nth end of shopping centre Facebook event here

Margaret River


Tired Lion "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"



Raw, visceral and loud.  The Music

Tired Lion have steadily climbed the ranks as one of Australias most talked-about bands.

 They are, tbqh, just an excellent rock and roll band, and were lucky to have em turning out huge choruses like it aint no thang.  triple j

Perth rockers Tired Lion are set to hit some of the biggest stages of their career this June with the announcement today of the national Where Were You? headline tour.

The tour, which takes its name from their latest single Where Were You? is supported by triple j and will see the band play clubs in MelbourneAdelaidePerthSydney and Brisbane, beginning with Max Watts in Melbourne on June 1.


 After having a massive breakout year in 2017, that included releasing their critically-acclaimed, triple j Feature album, Dumb Days, Tired Lion has already had a huge start to 2018, playing sold out shows across regional Australia and performing at festivals like Party In The Paddock and the Pool House Party.

 Tired Lions Sophie Hopes says she and her bandmates cant wait to hit the road again, where they feel most at home. Were always looking for a good excuse to pack our suitcase and head off to play a bunch of shows. Weve managed to already tick off a tour of regional Australia this year and psyched to take it to the capital cities!


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The Feds Dilemma: No Good Choices "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Despite the absence of any empirical support, Fed governors and staff economics persist in their reliance on the Phillips curve, which predicts that low unemployment leads to rising inflation. US unemployment at around 4% is in fact at 17-year lows.

The Fed insists that the time to tighten monetary conditions is now, before the inflation emerges.

Yet as Ive explained many times, the Phillips curve bears no correspondence to reality. The 1960s were characterised by low unemployment and rising inflation. The late 1970s were characterised by high unemployment and high inflation. The 2010s have been characterised by low unemployment and low inflation.

There is no correlation between inflation and unemployment, just as there is no correlation between inflation and money supply.

Inflation is always and everywhere a psychological phenomenon. When citizens lose confidence in a form of money, velocity does the rest, as no one wants to hold onto a currency thats rapidly depreciating in value.

The other ostensible reason for Fed tightening is official confidence that the US economy is on a solid growth path. As with the Phillips curve, there is no evidence for this belief.

The US savings rate plunged to 2.1% by late 2017, a fraction of the 6.3% rate that prevailed from 19702000. The combined impact of the 2017 Trump tax cuts, bipartisan congressional repeal of discretionary spending caps, and rising student loan defaults will push US budget deficits well past US$1 trillion per year indefinitely.

This added national dissaving will push the US savings rate to zero.

This means the US must either reduce investment or borrow savings from abroad. Both courses hurt growth. Other headwinds to growth include Trumps trade war, impediments to immigration, and higher real rates as the US Treasury tries to attract buyers for the US$10 trillion of new debt it must sell in the decade to come.

The race to raise rates

These specific headwinds are of recent vintage and come on top of the pre-existing secular stagnation due to demographics, deleveraging, and declining productivity.

The Fed understands these impediments to growth although they cannot publicly pivot away from their rosy scenario. Still, this begs the question, why is the Fed tightening if the economy is so weak?

The answer, as Ive said repeatedly but cant say enough, is that the Fed is preparing for the next crisis. The evidence is clear that it takes 34% in rate cuts to pull the US out of a recession. The Fed cannot cut rates even 3% when the Fed funds rate is less than 2%.

So, the Fed is in a desperate race to raise rates before a recession arrives so the...


Local conservation groups call for tailings dam in Tambo River catchment to be rejected "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

Gippsland Environment Group (GEG) recently organised a site visit to the Benambra mine tailings dam in the headwaters of the Tambo River to discuss mining company CopperChems proposal to re-open and massively expand the dam. The visit raised considerable alarm among all who attended. The Stockman mine has long been a controversial project and plans to re-open the operation have caused serious concerns in the community.

The following report comes from GEG:

Members of local Landcare Groups, Victorian National Parks Association, Gippsland Environment Group, Environment East Gippsland and other interested locals travelled to the Stockman Project east of Benambra to inspect the tailings dam. Staff from Earth Resources (Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources) and Copperchem   the mining company that has applied for a licence to expand the tailings dam, were also present to answer questions.

The original Benambra copper and zinc mine was operated by Denehurst Pty Ltd from 1992 until 1996. In 1998 the company went into receivership and abandoned the site forfeiting their mine rehabilitation bond of $375,000. Denehurst left behind an unstable tailings dam containing 700,000 tonnes of toxic tailings leaking acid and heavy metals into Straight Creek which runs into the Tambo River. The tailings dam had been constructed right across the waterway over a series of groundwater springs and had been built without a spillway. Between 1999 and 2005 the EPA authorised DPI to make emergency releases of 160 megalitres of contaminated water to reduce the risk of the dam wall overtopping and undermining the dam foundations.

In 2006 DPI rehabilitated the mine site and tailings dam at a cost of $7 million to the taxpayer. In the process of remediating the tailings dam and constructing a spillway another 140 megalitres of tailings dam water was released into the waterway. The dam operates as a flow through system spilling into Straight Creek as inflows from the catchment raise the water level over the tailings. The dam water was to the mouth of the spillway at the time of the site visit.



Daniel Johns & Luke Steeles DREAMS to make Aus debut at Vivid LIVE "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Over the last few years, weve been eagerly awaiting news of Daniel Johns and Luke Steeles new collaborative project, DREAMS. Now, the duo are set to make their live Australian debut at Sydneys Vivid LIVE this May.

Back in August of 2016, Daniel Johns first shared hints about a new project he was working on with Empire Of The Suns Luke Steele. Tentatively named DREAMS, this new project managed to stay relatively under wraps for quite some time until early this year, when the groups existence began to be unraveled by social media following their announcement on this years Coachella lineup.

Of course, fans had been wondering just when these two Aussie musicians would be heading home to play some shows. Now, following the release of their first official tune, No One Defeats Us, last week, DREAMS have joined the lineup for this years Vivid LIVE festival.

While we had already seen international superstar Solange named as Vivid LIVEs first act, the full lineup for Vivid LIVE was announced today, and features a stellar bill full of brilliant acts, including Cat Power, Mazzy Star, Ice Cube, and a screening of Fugazis Instrument, featuring a Q&A with guitarist and vocalist Guy Picciotto.

DREAMS debut Aussie shows are set to take place on May 29th and 30th at the Sydney Opera House. For more ticketing information, be sure to check out the Vivid LIVE website.

Check out DREAMS No One Defeats Us:

DREAMS Vivid LIVE 2018 Dates

Tuesday, May 29th
Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW

Wednesday, May 30th
Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW

Tickets on sale Friday, March 23rd
For more info, check out Vivid LIVEs website.


10 Little Bill of Rights and Then There Were None "IndyWatch Feed National"

How is Great Britain and Australia a foreshadowing of what is going to happen here in the States? Is the President in Danger? China is now going on a Social Credit system, Do something unpopular and you will get demerits, enough demerits and you will not be able to use the train. Study of Twins


Arts Wednesday 21 March 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

At 10:40 am, Ed Lippmann returns with Part 2 of Loved and Unloved, our new series of Sydney By Design, this time discussing heritage issues. The topic for this week is The Rocks and Green Bans in the 1970s.

At 11:00 am I will play an interview I recorded in Adelaide a couple of weeks ago with Themis Chryssides, celebrity dietitian and co-proprietor of Sprout, a highly successful business that combines food and health. We talked about food fads and super foods, a subject I discovered, which follows fashion as much as the clothing industry! Whats in this year and whats out and is it meaningful?

Music is all about food.

I look forward to your company.

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Dutchsinse, Wikipedia and Lies Coming to Light "IndyWatch Feed National"

Thanks to Dutchsinse for having the strength to come forward


Newcrest dealing with tailings challenges in NSW and PNG "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Newcrest has two adjacent tailings dams at its Cadia mine in New South Wales. The wall of the northern mine suffered a minor breach last week.

the waste management plan that Newcrest is proposing for its ground-breaking mine in PNG would simply not cut the regulatory mustard in Australia or in a host of the other key mining constituencies

Matthew Stevens | Australian Financial Review | March 19. 2018

Newcrest finds itself uncomfortably poised at the polar extremes of the mining industrys relentless waste management dilemma.

Unhappy serendipity sees the accident-prone copper and gold miner working to recover the integrity of a thoroughly conventional tailings dam at a mine in distant western New South Wales while promoting plans for a big new mine in Papua New Guinea whose viable future relies on dumping waste directly into the Solomon Sea.

Production at the gold and coppe...


President Trump hires Joe diGenova - who's been intimately involved with the Clinton Foundation investigations "IndyWatch Feed National"

Joe has been working closely with Charles Ortel and like-minded people for at least a year. This is a great hire from President Trump. Trump hiring former federal prosecutor who's argued FBI framed president BY REBECCA SAVRANSKY - 03/19/18 01:18 PM EDT 3,181 President Trump is hiring longtime Washington...


Australian giant of HIV research dies "IndyWatch Feed National"

Scientia Professor David Cooper AO, inaugural director of the Kirby Institute at UNSW, has died after a short illness at the age of 68.

SYDNEY, AAP The academic and medical research community is mourning the loss of Australian pioneering HIV researcher, Scientia Professor David Cooper.

Dr Cooper, inaugural director of the Kirby Institute at UNSW, died on Sunday after a short illness leaving behind his wife Dorrie and daughters Becky and Ilana. He was 68.

He diagnosed some of the first cases of HIV in Australia and has been remembered as a giant in the research field and passionate LGBTI health advocate.

Dr Justin Koonin, president of ACON a health promotion organisation specialising in HIV prevention, HIV support and LGBTI health says Dr Coopers lifelong dedication to people living with HIV improved countless lives.

Davids contribution to the health and wellbeing of people affected by HIV and LGBTI people has been immeasurable, he said in a statement on Monday.

We have all benefited from his uncompromising principles and integrity, his passion, his fierce intelligence and intellect, his pioneering spirit and his compassion.

Michael Kirby, a close friend, said it was Dr Coopers huge intellect and heart that made him a leader in the global response to the AIDS epidemic.

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Slater and Gordon misled us and its former client on the Workplace Reform Association file "IndyWatch Feed National"

On 4 September 2012 Slater and Gordon acknowledged the request from Ralph Blewitt's lawyers for Ralph to have access to the AWU Workplace Reform Association Inc file then held at Slater and Gordon. On 24 September 2012 Slater and Gordon's external legal firm, Arnold Bloch Liebler directly acknowledged that Slater...


15 Years On, The Failures Of The Iraq War Belong To Us All "IndyWatch Feed National"

The story of Australias involvement in Iraq isnt just about the failure of government, or a failure of our parliamentary system. We as a community also failed to do enough, writes Senator Andrew Bartlett.

Yesterday marked 15 years since the invasion of Iraq in 2003, in which Australia played a crucial role. This not just a time to lament the ongoing waves of death, conflict and misery this unnecessary and illegal war unleashed we should all do this. Nor is it enough just to say that the Australian community was right and the Australian government should have listened to our instinctive recognition that initiating this war was a seriously bad idea.

It is a time to reflect on why we, the Australian community, allowed our government to commit, and get away with, such a massive mistake when we knew it was a wrong and stupid thing to do.

In Brisbane, over 100,000 of us rallied. We told them this war would only lead to more conflict, misery and desperation. That it would only fuel the terrorism and misery of future generations. They didnt listen.

The rally was easily the largest anti-war gathering in Brisbanes history. Public transport into the city was at bursting point. The march started from King George Square, winding its way around city blocks to the River Stage in the Botanic Gardens. When the people leading the march arrived at the destination, there were still some at the starting point waiting to leave.

The River Stage area was full to bursting, with many others having to give up getting in. Simon Crean, the Opposition Leader at the time, spoke to the Brisbane rally. I also addressed the rally as Leader of the Australian Democrats party, the largest Senate crossbench party at the time.

Protestors during the 2003 anti-Gulf War march in Brisbane, pictured in Roma Street. (IMAGE: State Library of Queensland)

Addressing the sea of people was one of the most memorable experiences of my life. The mood of the crowd was positive, yet defiant a giant instinctive collective shout of No War, No War, No War!

For many people, it was their first protest march, and for some their last. The millions of people who marched and protested in Australia and globally were contemptuously dismissed by John Howard and his government as the mob the views of George B...


Betts & Birrell: Australian voters views on immigration policy: Full Report "IndyWatch Feed National"

This is the report that Bob Carr referred to in the Q&A "A Big Australia" program on Monday 12 March, 2018. "The survey found that 74 per cent of voters thought that Australia does not need more people, with big majorities believing that that population growth was putting a lot of pressure on hospitals, roads, affordable housing and jobs (Figure 4). Most voters were also worried about the consequences of growing ethnic diversity. Forty-eight per cent supported a partial ban on Muslim immigration to Australia, with only 25 per cent in opposition (Figure 3). Despite these demographic pressures and discontents, Australias political and economic elites are disdainful of them and have ignored them. They see high immigration as part of their commitment to the globalisation of Australias economy and society and thus it is not to be questioned. Elites elsewhere in the developed world hold similar values, but have had to retreat because of public opposition. Across Europe 15 to 20 per cent of voters currently support anti-immigration political parties. Our review of elite opinion in Australia shows that here they think they can ignore public concerns. This is because their main source of information about public opinion on the issue, the Scanlon Foundation, has consistently reported that most Australians support their immigration and cultural diversity policies." [Extract from Executive Summary, The Australian Population Research Institute (TAPRIS)]

Download Full Report: TAPRI-survey-19-Oct-2017-final-3.pdf

Executive Summary: Australian voters views on immigration policy Katharine Betts and Bob Birrell

The Australian Population Research Institute Executive Summary Australias population grew by a massive 384,000 in the year to March 2017, some 231,900, or 60 per cent, of which was due to net overseas migration. Immigration is the dynamic factor in this population surge, reflecting a record high permanent migration program and generous settings for temporary-entry visas. The consequences are becoming obvious and are being reflected in increased public concern about quality of life and questions concerning ethnic diversity. The Australian Population Research Institute (TAPRI) commissioned a national survey of Australian voters in August 2017 to assess the extent of this concern and its causes. The survey found that 74 per cent of voters thought that Australia does not need more people, with big majorities believing th...


PNG gold and copper mine to cost JV partners an extra $1bn upfront "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Newcrest managing director Sandeep Biswas. Philip Gostelow

Darren Gray | Sydney Morning Herald | 19 March 2018

Newcrest Mining will plough an an extra $US1 billion ($A1.3 billion) in upfront capital into developing a new gold and copper mine in Papua New Guinea.

Australias biggest gold miner released the estimate for the Wafi-Golpu project on Monday showing total capital expenditure for the life of mine,  situated about 65 kilometres south west of PNGs second-biggest city Lae,  would fall by about the same amount to $US5.38 billion.

The cost of the project will be split between Newcrest and Harmony Gold Mining Company.

The Wafi-Golpu project is a key part of Newcrests future, and is considered the companys top growth asset. It has an expected life of mine of about 28 years.The updated feasibility study estimates it would produce on average about 161,000 tonnes of copper per year, which is about double the groups copper guidance for fiscal 2018. The study estima...


Trade tensions between the European Union and the United States deepen "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Joe Montero

Economic tensions between the European Union and the United States have been raised a bit further, after the European Union made public a 10-page list of American products that are potential targets for retaliation, if President Trump refuses to exempt the allied bloc from his new tariffs on steel and aluminium imports , due to take effect on 23 March.

Both spheres of influence are increasingly moving into protectionist mode. Being the historical principal economic powerhouses on the planet, their ongoing poor performance put them into collision and this must have an impact on the global economy.

This is particularly marked for the United States, which is a declining power. Powerful American based economic interests are pushing for the opening up of Europe for capital export and as a market for commodities, as the main way to secure their interests. It is the jewel of the world and they want in. The last century saw btwo big wars fought on the continent, over who was going to be in control.

But the pressure to open  Europe, which does not want to be swallowed up, has caused a counter reaction, and the European Union is moving to protect itself, from penetration into its own turf.

The assumption of Donald Trump into the White House has aggravated the tension further. His own brand of home spun rhetoric against Europe has caused angry responses, as seen by the arguments between the American President and the German leader Angela Merkel.

Even the United Kingdoms Brexit is coloured by this rivalry. There is no doubt that it would not have come about, without the United Kingdom falling into the American orbit. Leaving Europe means opening the road to stepping up economic and political integration into the American sphere of interest. There is already a plan for a free trade agreement between the two countries. which more than anything else, facilitate a rise in American investment into the United Kingdom

This is the reason why Rupert Murdoch and other corporate interests standing to gain from this association pushe...


We Do Need To Be Concerned About Creating Another Stolen Generations "IndyWatch Feed National"

The removal of Aboriginal children from their homes and where to place them is complex and fraught process, and not fodder for politics or morning television. Jacynta Krakouer and Sarah Wise explain.

Recent comments by Federal Childrens Minister David Gillespie, that we need not hesitate to place abused Aboriginal children into adoption arrangements with white families, have been widely reported in the media, prompting both outcry and support among Indigenous and non-Indigenous commentators.

Gillespies argument that we need not be concerned about creating another Stolen Generations is completely unsound. What has failed to rate a mention in the coverage of this issue is the fact that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children are already placed in care with non-Indigenous families in large numbers.

Australias child protection systems are among the most risk-averse in the world. The state intervenes often into the realm of family to ensure the protection of Australias children, investigating 119,173 cases of suspected child abuse or neglect last financial year (2016-17).

More than 36% of all Australian children living in care are Aboriginal, and a sizeable proportion are being looked after by non-Indigenous carers. As one example, in Victoria a 2016 report by the Commission for Children and Young People stated that almost 50% of all Indigenous Australian children in care are looked after by non-Indigenous carers, many of whom lack cultural awareness training.

While placement in care may be necessary for childrens immediate safety, separation from family, community, country and culture places Indigenous children at risk of unstable and culturally inappropriate childrearing, cultural disconnection and subsequent social and emotional problems.

Turnbul government minister, David Gillespie.

Recent findings from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse also highlight the fact that children are not always safe in care. Of the 257 survivors who shared their painful histories, 66% stated that they had been abused in home-based care with either a foster or kinship carer, while 37% said they had been abused in residential care.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children are being removed from their families at inordinate rates; Indigenous Australian children are nearly 10 times more li...


Miners want govt funds for nuclear, coal "IndyWatch Feed National"

CANBERRA, AAP Australias mining sector wants the commonwealths green bank to help pay for nuclear and so-called new-technology coal power along with other low-emissions power sources.

The Minerals Council of Australia says the Turnbull governments new energy policy will only achieve its objectives of delivering reliable, affordable power with low emissions and without subsidies or taxes if it takes a truly technology-neutral approach.

Its submission on the national energy guarantee says current wholesale electricity prices are unsustainable for the mining sectors.

And the miners have threatened to close up and move offshore if their demands arent met.

Further increases would force mining companies to look elsewhere to invest and create jobs, and hurt families already struggling to pay their bills, the councils interim chief executive David Byers warned when making the submission public on Tuesday.

The council wants the Clean Energy Finance Corporation to be allowed to address gaps in financing for all new low emissions generation.

At the moment the CEFC is explicitly banned from investing in nuclear or carbon capture and storage technology, although the government is trying to persuade parliament to lift the latter restriction.

The MCAs submission also raises its concerns about how the proposed reliability and emissions guarantees in the new energy policy will work in practice.

Of particular concern is whether this contractually-based system will lead to a greater concentration of market power within the power sector, putting at risk the expected outcomes of the guarantee, it says.

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The Clinton Foundation implodes - several foreign governments moving towards prosecutions on pay-to-play "IndyWatch Feed National"

Leid StoriesClinton Foundation Implodes Amid A Global Sharpening of Prosecutorial Axes03.19.18 The Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation has imploded under the sheer volume of evidence, gathered by domestic and foreign investigating agencies, that the purported charity and its principals for years have been running a global criminal enterprise and...


Facebook data breach reveals corporations modify people's behaviour "IndyWatch Feed National"

From the article by on 19 Mar 2018 of the headline:

Facebook is in the centre of yet another data-breach scandal

EVER felt paranoid youre being watched on social media? The latest scandal around Facebook wont make you feel any better.
Gavin Fernando

Facebook is once again facing criticism over data hacking and privacy breaches.Source:News Limited

EVER paranoid that youre being watched on social media? The latest drama surrounding Facebook probably wont help lessen those feelings.

The social media giant is currently embroiled in the largest data scandal of its history, following allegations that Cambridge Analytica tapped the Facebook profiles of more than 50 million people without their permission.

The story was broken by The Guardian over the weekend, who reported the data may have been used to influence the outcome of the United States election in 2016.


Cambridge Analytica is a British data analysis firm that offers services to businesses and groups wanting to change audience behaviour.

The firm, which is owned by hedge fund billionaire Robert Mercer, says it can analyse consumer data including social media and its own polling in order to target people with marketing material.

It worked for both President Donald Trumps election campaign, and the campaign of Republican Senator Ted Cruz.


Over the weekend, The Guardian revealed that the personal data of 50 million Facebook profiles was illegally harvested by Cambridge Analytica.

It all started in 2015, when a Cambridge psychology professor named Aleksandr Kogan created an app called thisisyourdigitallife.

The app was a personality quiz, described by Dr Kogan as a research app used by psychologists.

His company Global Science Research had a deal to share this information...


March 20 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed National"

1802 Matthew Flinders followed in the tradition of brown nosing naming new places after influential bods back home when he dubbed Spencer Gulf in South Oz after a bloke on the Admiralty Board.

1834 Arthur Orton, the butcher from Wagga Wagga who claimed to be the long lost heir to the Tichborne fortune, was pupped.

1838 - Patrick Cuffy was Hanged at Sydney for robbery and assault on William Vivers at Bureen.

1838 - John Toole was Hanged at Sydney for robbery and assault on William Vivers at Bureen.

1844 Oh , if only for that blue telephone police box to pop back in time...Flogging off the land selling the first blocks of land at Seymour commenced today.

1846 Just to make sure Melbourne's Princes' Bridge was going to be built, the foundation stone was laid.

1856 William Gocher, a journalist, newspaper publisher and reformer of beach bathing swimming laws (he broke 'em) was spawned. Read more about beach bathing Billy-boy HERE.

1872 Pack away your fur capes theatre lovers, the Theatre Royal in Melbourne was gutted by fire.

1873 Longwood to Violet Town railway line was opened.
Pretty little line, it might surprise some in State Govt to learn it actually did carry trains that transported people, odd though it may seem.

1878 Needing to fill up the not-so empty spot that was a cemetery, Melbourne's Queen Victoria Market was opened...yes, right on top of buried bodies, too. Roughly 10,000 are under your feet as you park the car and wander about looking for that extra special something....

1885 Ruby Lindsay, the adored, beloved and worshipped wife of Will Dyson, sister to the famous Lindsay artist brothers and artists in her own right, was born.

1893 - Cooperabiddy was hanged at Roebourne for murder of James Coppin, a half-caste [sic], at the Hamersley Range.

1903 Lightning Ridge Opal fields was a'booming when it was opened up today.

1912 The SS Koombana sank near Port Hedland, Western Australia, during a tropical cyclone, with the loss of at least 138 passengers and crew.

1912 - Const. Frank Buttle, WA Police, died whilst travelling on board the SS Koombana.

1915 Swimming between the flags took on a competitive edge when the first state Lifesaving Championships were held at Bondi.

1916 The Australian and New Zealand Army Cor...


Mandatory data breach notification for Australian businesses "IndyWatch Feed National"

Mandatory data breach notification comes into force this Thursday

The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) has released new resources for the Australian public ahead of the commencement of the Notifiable Data Breaches (NDB) scheme on 22 February 2018.

The NDB scheme mandates that Australian Government agencies and the various organisations with obligations to secure personal information under the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) (Privacy Act) notify individuals affected by data breaches that are likely to result in serious harm.

One of the new resources published by the OAIC, titled Receiving data breach notifications, provides useful guidance on what to expect when you receive a data breach notification, including how organisations might deliver notifications and when a privacy complaint can be made to the OAIC.

The other new resource, What to do after a data...


#timesup For NRL To Understand How To Respond To Violent Stars "IndyWatch Feed National"

Michael Bradley weighs in on the growing furore over the National Rugby Leagues response to the violence of one its rising stars.

Matt Lodge is a 191cm, 118kg front rower currently playing professional rugby league for the Brisbane Broncos. He is a very large man with very large muscles and the kind of face you just know would break your fist if you were stupid enough to punch it. Hes every tattoo-covered inch the archetypal modern footballer. And hes only 22.

Lodge is also the owner of an impressive record of criminal violence, combined with professions of remorse and rehabilitation and no meaningful redress for his victims. All of this detail is known to his employer, the Broncos, and the National Rugby League which holds the ultimate power over players through its registration system.

It was known to them when the NRL re-registered him this year and the Broncos gave him a contract. As Broncos coach Wayne Bennett said in the pre-season, hes a footy player. Hes here to play footy. Nothing more to be said.

Except for that violent assault business and the increasingly loud calls from many quarters for Lodge to be rubbed out of the game altogether. Which begs the question: as we call #timesup on this ugly side of male behaviour with ever-growing determination, whats the correct consequence for the men in the cross-hairs? Is redemption a possibility for them, or must they be red-carded for life?

NRL star Matt Lodge, signed by the Broncos despite repeated incidents of violence off-field.

Lodge, to be clear, disgraced himself pretty spectacularly. In late 2015, he went on a violent rampage in New York in which he threatened to kill two women and their male companion on the street, chased the latter into an apartment building foyer, put a headlock on and repeatedly punched a male resident who tried to intervene, broke into the mans apartment and locked him out, then tried to punch his way through a locked door into a bathroom where the mans wife and child were hiding from him. Had he not been arrested at that point, we can only speculate what he might have done.

For that nights work, Lodge got a misdemeanor reckless assault conviction (on a plea bargain) and a verdict against him for $1.2m in civil damages to the family he assaulted. He has never apologized directly to them and has made no attempt to pay the verdic...


Burkitt Lymphoma: Why One Womans Cancer Diagnosis Shocked Doctors "IndyWatch Feed National"

If you could see Georgia McLennan in 2015, you would have never guessed that she was sick but she was. Thats the thing about cancer its a deadly disease that can grow quickly and silently without you knowing. From the outside, the then 21-year-old nursing student from Broadbeach, Australia appeared incredibly healthy. But on... View Article

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Melbourne wharfies walk off and defend jobs and conditions at Qube "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Ben Wilson

The Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) says members at Qubes Melbourne Bulk and General operation are facing a cut to wages by at least 40 percent and the removal of a range on work conditions that have been in place for decades.

the standoff resulted in a 48 hour strike this last weekend and if the matter is not resolved soon the dispute is set to escalate.

Qube is a  labour hire company for MIRRAT, which handles bulk car imports. It is a subsidiary of Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics, the Norwegian/Swedish shipping multinational that carries five million cars a year around the globe, as well as 12 million cubic metres of high and heavy cargoes such as tractors, trains and general equipment that can be driven or carried off on wheeled trailers.

Company Ports Director Michael Sousa says that that maintaining conditions is uneconomical.  But MIRRAT has always seen the operation at the former Appleton Dock as a greenfields site. This means that preexisting conditions are not recognised.

The backdrop, according to those affected, is that management has continually been provoking its workforce by pushing excessive hours of work, ongoing victimisation, targeted sackings and the removal of rosters, till the pattern at Qube has been overwork, tiredness and a decline in safety.

Last year there was a major dispute on Web Dock over a situation that was not too different. It has now become apparent that the strategy has been adopted by more than one waterfront employer and fits into what is happening in some other industries.

The Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) has condemned the growing corporate practice of terminating existing agreements, as a vehicle to undermine wages and conditions and get this rubber stamped by the Fair Work Commission.

This has not been accepted by the work forces within many of the companies, and this has led to some major confrontations over the last two years.

An ongoing dispute at Cube could prove to be another landmark case.

The company has applied to Fair Work Australia to terminate the existing agreement, which had been negotiated over more than two decades.

Maritime Union of Australia Assistant National Secretary Warren Smith said workers had introduced industrial bans and had restricted shifts to seven hours. Shifts had varied from four to 12 hours.

Excessive 12-hour shifts are not required now and are a fatigue issue, he said.

Mr Smith said workers would refuse to return to work if Qube was successful in its push to terminate the existing...


VIDEO: John Pilger On The Carefully Constructed Drama Of Skripal Nerve Agent Attack "IndyWatch Feed National"

Watch John Pilger in this commentary on Russia Tonight on the British Governments accusations against Russia over the poisoning of the double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury.

The attack, Pilger notes, occurred not far from the Porton Down facility where chemical weapons are developed for the United Kingdom.

The post VIDEO: John Pilger On The Carefully Constructed Drama Of Skripal Nerve Agent Attack appeared first on New Matilda.


Trevor Tree of Bellingen Northern Rivers NSW Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"


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Trevor Tree of Bellingen died on Friday 5 May 2017 in Coffs Harbour Hospital.

Trevor died while doing something he really loved-surfing.

There is no way anyone would have predicted what happened to Trevor.

Of all the people in Bellingen in their late 50s to 60s, Trevor is the last person anyone would think this would happen to.


Trevor was aged 57 and was born on 25 August 1959.




John Parker The Tree Guru of Johannesburg, South Africa died November 2017 "IndyWatch Feed National"

John Parker The Tree Guru

John Parker The Tree Guru of Johannesburg, South Africa died yesterday in hospital in Johannesburg from a short-term illness. His death was unexpected and a great shock to his family and friends.

John Parkers website

Professional Tree Consultation Service

Who is the Tree Guru?

John Parker is South Africas Tree Guru, an Australian qualified and South African experienced Arborist specialising as a consultant in the scientific care and management of trees and shrubs sometimes called woody plants.   John is a diploma qualified Arborist. He is also a Trainer, Moderator and Assessor under the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF).  He has practiced arboriculture since 1989 in Johannesburg, and has more than 25 years experience as a commercial Arborist.

From what to plant and how to prune it, to treating diseases, fertilization and insect attack, the Tree Guru has the qualified answers and expert solutions you need.  Whether you have a small, or large garden, or are tasked with managing or developing the gardens of a bigger estate, the Tree Guru John Parker will bring out...


Market Talk- March 19, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed National"

At the start of what is expected to be a busy week, Asian markets closed mixed but with concerns over the weekends that President Trump had decided to remove the national security advisor expected to wobble markets. Consequently, the Nikkei took much of the brunt of the action after the Yen saw a fresh flight to quality, taking it to mid 105s. The -0.9% decline for the Nikkei was a disappointment as we had seen early gains for the index. Exporters and tech led much of the move but the whole markets remains vulnerable as concerns over Abenomics and the scandal persist. Most other core held in reasonably well give or take the odd 0.25% point. SENSEX was again hit after a brief opening hour in the sunshine. As the currency drifted so did stock enthusiasm and continued last weeks weakness. Worries over the potential trade wars with the US weighs on prices and given the DOWs decline today, Tuesday is expected to be another heavy session. All this news is also weighing on the A$ with it losing nearly 5% in a month. With the FED expected to move this week you can probably expect the Aussie to remain weak.

BREXIT was top conversation piece for much of todays European market hours. The UK and EU agree on a 21 month transition period and cable rallied 0.75% on the back of the news. However, it may be a little early to celebrate as we still have an anticipated rate hike from the FED, UK Retail Sales and the Bank of England announcing later tin the week. In UK domestic news, reputedly the UK government is restructuring Northamptonshire County Councils financial affairs due to terrible management. That didnt help the FTSE, which joined other European indices trading lower and closed down 1.7%. Energy and resources led much of the decline as DAX and CAC both also lost 1.25%. Markets closed on their lows influenced heavily by the lower US markets.

Week of March 19th is upon us and we have opened the week in negative territory. Concerns of an unsettled Trump administration, Trade War fears wobble Asia, sinking energy prices, G20 kicks off, FED and the BOE are imminent and the DOW is unchanged on the year. In todays sell-off the VIX has bounced 30% and was last seen trading 20.35, whilst treasuries play almost unchanged...


Fast-moving wildfire wipes out 69 homes in Tathra, Australia "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

A fast-moving wildfire engulfed Tathra, a small seaside town with a population of 1 622 located on the Sapphire Coast of New South Wales, Australia late March 18, 2018, destroying at least 69 homes and damaging 39. According to NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS), the fire...... Read more


Energy market commission says electricity grid increasingly unstable "IndyWatch Feed National"

Instability attributed to changes in power mix that can leave grid at mercy of the weatherThe Australian Energy Market Commission says the national electricity grid is becoming more unstable, with 11 incidents in 2016-17, up from seven the year before and four the year before that.The instability is attributed to changes in the power generation mix, with thermal, synchronous generators leaving the system in favour of more renewable capacity, which can leave the grid at the mercy of the [...]


Commonwealth Games: Team Nigeria to depart March 24 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Team Nigeria athletes for the XXI Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia are expected to depart for the games on March 24, an official of the Federal Ministry of Sports, Yemi Usikaye, said on Monday. Usikaye, the Deputy Director, Para-Sports and coaching department in the ministry, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that 56 []

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The Australian Crypto Scene Just Gets Better and Better "IndyWatch Feed National"

So far this year, crypto maniaas its often called by traditional news sourceshas continued to grip the masses as the prospects of blockchain technology become increasingly exciting. Some pundits called for a slowdown in ICOs this year, but nothing has been further from the truth. According to CoinSchedule data, ICOs have already raised 2.95 billion USD in 2018. This is a little more than three-quarters of the astounding 3.88 billion USD raised in 2017. If this incredible growth keeps up, 10 billion USD by years end is more than plausible.

ICOs have been surprisingly resilient to perhaps their biggest threat thus fargovernment regulation. China, the most notable opponent of cryptocurrencies and ICOs, is stepping up their game by using their state media arm to take aim at crypto trading and ICOs. A February report by the Xinhua News Agency detailed how crypto trading platforms domiciled outside of mainland China, but still open to Chinese investors, should be considered as attempts to bypass existing laws and regulations. These and other actions demonstrate just how serious China is about cutting out all crypto trading and ICO participation.

Cryptocurrencies and ICOs arent receiving much love from the West either. The US government, also a strong opponent of the new trend, is taking a more defensive stance against crypto trading and capital raising. The SEC claims to be a fan of blockchain technology, but also comments ICOs bring an increased risk of fraud and manipulation because the markets for these assets are less regulated than traditional capital markets. The SEC wants to use its favoriteand only tool to reign them in, namely regulation. It has also targeted online trading platforms in an attempt to deter crypto trading. Unfortunately, this stance is being p...


Is This The Clarence River Estuary Future If Berejiklian Government Has Its Way? "As the cruise season continues, smoke particles emitted from cruise ship funnels have left people living and working near the port increasingly alarmed" "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Well the NSW Minister for Roads Maritime and Freight & Nationals MP for Oxley Melinda Pavey ended the fourth quarter of 2017 in much the same manner as she progressed through the three preceding quarters - she meet with a representative/s of international cruise lines.

I still didn't see any listed meeting with Yaegl native title representatives or with Clarence Valley Council.

I know she hasn't met with the communities of Yamba and Iluka which will be most affected by the 24/7 noise and fumes emanating from those cruise ships she is so eager to see make Port of Yamba-Clarence River a regular destination.

This is what happened in Hobart when it opened its doors to such cruise ships........ 

The Mercury, 15 March 2018:

HOBART residents are continuing to suffer the effects of air pollution from visiting cruise ships, says Acting Lord Mayor Ron Christie.

As the cruise season continues, smoke particles emitted from cruise ship funnels have left people living and working near the port increasingly alarmed, Ald Christie said.

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How The FDA Plan To Take Nicotine Out Of Cigarettes Will Fuel Terrorism "IndyWatch Feed National"

Dr. Scott Gottlieb, the head of the Food and Drug Administration, has announced plans to reduce to non-addictive levels the level of nicotine in cigarettes sold in the United States. The hope is that without the chemical that produces the pleasure of smoking, these cigarettes will appeal to fewer people, and therefore fewer people will smoke.

It is a terrible idea for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is that it deprives adults of the choice to use tobacco as they see fit. But there are other unintended consequences to this policy that must be seriously considered, perhaps most importantly the effect on cigarette smuggling in the United Sates.

By making all sales of effective cigarettes with normal nicotine levels illegal, the FDA will be opening a huge illegal cigarette market in this country that has barely existed before. Among the prominent groups profiting off global illicit cigarette trade are Islamic terror organizations.

Cigarette Smuggling Today Is Domestic

There is a vibrant illegal cigarette smuggling market in the United Sates, but it is almost entirely domestic. The market is driven by the disparity in taxation from state to state. A typical operation would be for someone to buy cartons of cigarettes in Virginia for $5-$6 a pack and sell them in New York City for $8-$10 a pack, which is $5 less than they cost legally under New Yorks tax regime. As long as the gap in taxation is wide enough, there is always room for the supplier to make a profit and the buyer to save money.

According to Eric Proshansky of the New York City Law Department, who has prosecuted illicit tobacco cases, illegal tobacco sales are not a major priority for law enforcement. One can see why: it is a relatively harmless crime, and though there are sometimes ties to organized crime, and even allegedly domestic terror cells, overall domestic smuggling doesnt create any major immediate threats.

But another thing domestic smuggling operations do is close the market off to foreign competition. So long as actual brand-name cigarettes are available in some states at low prices, there is no practical reason to engage in international smuggling. If the FDA plan to render cigarettes ineffective goes through, all of that changes.

Although its extreme proposal of rendering legal cigarettes useless has never been tried, as the FDA admits, we can look to Australia to see what happens when a government makes the purchase of legal effective cigarettes next to impossible. The land down under taxes so heavily that a pack of cigarettes costs nearly $40. Australias first round of aggressive taxation passed in May 2016. By December 2016, the Australia Border Force was calling the illegal tobacco trade a national security risk that had ties to international terror.

The Dangers...


Vaccination Panic In Australia With Brian Martin "IndyWatch Feed National"

Brian Martin is an emeritus professor at the University of Wollongong, Australia, and vice president of Whistleblowers Australia. He is the author of 17 books and hundreds of articles on dissent, scientific controversies, nonviolence, democracy, education and other topics. Read More


PERTH Man charged after tourist bashed in Perth "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Man charged after tourist bashed in Perth .

March 19, 2018 at 10:33AM .

lying unconscious on the pavement. He is currently in a serious but stable condition. A Nolamara man was arrested in the city about half an hour later and has since been charged with one count of acting unlawfully with intent to harm. He is due to appear in Perths Magistrates Court later on Monday. .




PERTH Man charged after serious assault in Perth on Sunday "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Man charged after serious assault in Perth on Sunday .

March 19, 2018 at 09:26AM .

POLICE have charged a 26-year-old man after an alleged assault in Perth on Sunday morning, which left another man with serious head and facial injuries. Police received a call at around 3am that a man in his 30s had been assaulted on Adelaide Terrace and was unconscious on the footpath. .




Australia's failing to meet the SDGshere's how it can change that "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

As Australia prepares to unveil a progress report on how it is faring on delivering the SDGs, experts at a recent event in Sydney said that policymakers are failing to address critical shortcomings in its progress against the goals.


George Pell committal: Complainant came forward after seeing cardinal on TV "IndyWatch Feed National"

ABC News Australia

George Pell committal: Complainant came forward after seeing cardinal on TV

19 March 2018

One of Cardinal George Pells alleged victims came forward after seeing allegations against Australias most senior Catholic cleric air on television, a Melbourne court has been told.

At the start of the third week of a hearing to determine whether the 76-year-old should stand trial, a solicitor told the Melbourne Magistrates Court one of the complainants made a historical allegation against Cardinal Pell in November 2016.

Simon Acott, from Melbourne-based law firm Waller Legal, said the man told him that he was abused by Cardinal Pell at a swimming pool in country Victoria.

The court was told the law firm specialises in clerical sexual abuse compensation claims.

The men were having a meeting to discuss whether the man could apply for compensation over abuse hed suffered at the hands of another priest, when the allegation against Cardinal Pell was raised, the court heard.

Lots of stuff came back to me when I saw the TV special on George Pell, the man allegedly told Mr Acott.

Defence barrister Ruth Shann grilled Mr Acott on whether he had first asked about Cardinal Pell or if the name had been volunteered by the man.

Mr Acott replied that it wasnt asked for, it was volunteered.

But he was not able to recollect how it had come up during their meeting.

Ms Shann also asked Mr Acott if he was aware that the law firms principal, Dr Vivian Waller, had had public stoushes with Cardinal Pell, including making allegations about him in 2014 that were later proven to be impossible.

Prosecutor Mark Gibson SC objected to the question, telling the court it was an attack on Dr Wallers credibility.

Ms Sh...


Yassmin Abdel-Mageid wins Liberty Victoria's Young Voltaire free speech award "IndyWatch Feed National"

Previous winners of the Voltaire Award include former human rights commissioner Gillian Triggs, commentator Waleed Aly, journalists including David Marr activists and critics. Apparently of us. The Young Voltaire Award has been awarded to mechanical engineer, award-winning social advocate, author and broadcaster, Yassmin Abdel-Magied, whose February 2017 appearance on the...


Madge Digest #150 March 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

  1. Please protect animals, plants and food by 12th April

  2. GMO-Free canola oil a huge success

  3. Family farm feeds the locals, restores soil and teaches kids

  4. Australian superfood eight times as nutritious as potato

1) Please protect animals, plants and food by 12th April

Once again, we are asking for your help. New techniques for altering life have been developed. Unless we act quickly Australia will allow them in our food, lives and bodies with no testing, labelling or public discussion. Farmers, gardeners and shoppers will not know what they are growing or eating. Please ask for all new techniques used to produce food to be regulated. Submissions close 12th April.

There is insufficient knowledge of the risks of these techniques and all of them should be regulated, according to Austrian government agencies. The Norwegian Environment and Development Agencies concluded further biosafety research needs to be done before these techniques are commercialised. New Zealand has ruled they are Genetic Modification and therefore need regulation. They cannot be used in organic food says the International Organic Federation IFOAM.

Under Australian law, these techniques are clearly gene technology and therefore should be regulated. Currently our technology and food regulators are holding consultations designed to remove th...


Zero Waste Hiking: Sealers Cove "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

How my daughter and I hiked for two days without waste or single-use plastic.


Ban fracking in the Northern Territory "IndyWatch Feed National"

21 March  2018 at 12pm 1pm
Meet at Hindmarsh Square


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Battery Makers Descend on Australia, Canada Cobalt Developers "IndyWatch Feed National"

Via: Reuters: Nervous Asian battery makers are turning to early-stage cobalt projects in Australia and Canada to lock in supplies of the critical battery ingredient ahead of expected shortages as demand for electric vehicles revs up. Mine developers say interest from Japanese and Korean firms is particularly strong as they compete with rivals from China, []


Do It Yourself homemade pipe shot gun. Gun Control??? Anti Gun Lobby/Government Ignorance. "IndyWatch Feed National"

I am posting this video to show the anti gun lobby just how ignorant they are & how pointless gun control is when targeting law abiding licenced gun owners. This video shows how to make a 12 gauge shotgun with only simple workshop tools & no special skills required. This gun is called a Pipe Shotgun" & it is simply made from two pieces of pipe, a nut & bolt & a screw on end cap.
Now ask yourself this, how will gun control stop ANYONE from making a gun like this? How does stopping me from using a primitive antique muzzle-loading gun stop any criminal from making this gun? What is to stop any crazed person from making this gun & walking into a school & shooting lots of people? Remember, this is a shotgun. Loaded with buckshot it will kill multiple people with just one shot, & this gun is quickly & easily reloaded!


I, Algorithm: on AI imitating art "IndyWatch Feed National"

Yet the ability to mass-process information is not indicative of imagination. Even if lexes are computer generated, they can only be supplementary to creative thought. Wordsmith can produce statistically correct, data-heavy articles, but its prose is not inspired


Australia's dodgy laws 101 - White Australia policy "IndyWatch Feed National"

 Migrants pointing to a painted kangaroo on a train, Ludwigsburg. An inscription on the reverse reads: painted picture of / kangaroo on our / train in Ludwigsburg / November 1948 / Alex Nypl / (Newman). Alex Nypl was a Czechoslovakian migrant who arrived in Melbourne on PROTEA, 23 December 1948. (Source: Australian National Maritime Museum Flickr photostream.)

This relentlessly dodgy machine called the Australian Government enacts many 'dodgy' laws.

As if that's not dodgy enough what the people in government do is enact some more dodgy laws while the peasants are distracted.

A recent example of the above is, while the plebs were celebrating Valentine's Day the MPs were celebrating the bank "bail in law" (called the Financial Sector Legislation Amendment (Crisis Resolution) Bill 2017) put into action on the 14th of February to help their brethren in the banking business.

Another well advertised example of late last year was the "gay marriage" law being put into circulation before the year's end, while no one in government advertised anything about the dodgy "National Security" laws which encompass a wide range changes across Acts.

As a result of federation, Australia as a country was able to create laws from the formation of the Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act 1900, which took effect from the 1st of January 1901.

One of the first laws that was created was the "White Australia" policy which obtained the more politically correct legal name as the Immigration Restriction Act 1901 (see illustration below).

As a result of this Act the people in government screwed over an immigrant, Egon Kisch, where they arrested and incarcerated him to six months hard labour for allegedly failing a dictation test in Scottish Gaelic. Kisch an intelligent man sp...


Baw Baw resort installs snow factory "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

Mt Baw Baw is adding a snow factory to guarantee snow for the 2018 season. Its a TechnoAlpin Snow Factory 100 R717 and is currently being installed. Mt Buller introduced one last year and Buller Mountain Manager Nick Reeves told SnowAction it was a game changer, allowing skiing right from the get go of the season (although a problematic side issue is that the mountain doesnt have enough water supplies for snow making, resulting in plans for a destructive new dam).

General Manager of Baw Baw resort, John Fascio, says that the factory will allow their snow season to open earlier than the usual Queens Birthday weekend. Were targeting June 1st, everything going well.

Its not clear whether the factory will be run off renewable or dirty electricity.

[IMAGE: Mt Baw Baw resort]


Love Hypnotic "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Sydney-based five piece, The Jim Mitchells kicked off a national tour last month with a string of WA  dates celebrating their new LP release Love Hypnotic.

Theyve joined us in the studio to chat to us about Love Hypnotic and their tour thus far, as well an in-studio live performance of Where Is?

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Book Review of Elias Davidssons The Yellow Bus (At the Berlin Christmas Market) "IndyWatch Feed National"

The yellow bus behind the truck at the Berlin Market

by Felicity Hingston

In his book The Yellow Bus, Elias Davidsson bars no holds to shed some true light on Berlin Christmas Market incident. A truck drove into some shoppers in Breitscheid Square, Berlin, on December 19, 2016. The book is written in German; there is as yet no English translation.

Despite hyped media coverage at the time, there are in fact few people prepared to discuss the event, and there are copious amounts of contradictions about what actually took place: basics like how many people were killed or injured and indeed whom, how fast the truck was travellin...


Joint Statement on Ms. Suu Kyi attending Asean-Australia Special Summit in Sydney, March 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

On the event of Asean-Australia Special Summit, we Rohingya community from Australia would like to call the Australian government to raise cases of ongoing genocide, ethnic cleansing against Rohingya community in Arakan (Rakhine) state of western Burma (Myanmar). The native Rohingya people have been facing total destruction and driven out from their homelands under the military powered government NLD led by popular Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi.

The military powered NLD government led by Ms. Suu Kyi defiantly blocked the UN Inquiry Commission, foreign officials, independent journalists, agencies and ration supplies. As well as, the NLD government has constructed fake stories, provided reverse information, and dismissed the crisis on the ground by forming commission after commission and fancily fingering the minor defense of Rohingya resistant group ARSA that has actually done same as other armed ethnic groups. Also, her government signed the repatriation deal with Bangladesh in order to topple international pressures from the account of genocide and ethnic cleansing.

Indeed, types of vigilant attacks, ways of indiscriminately and arbitrary killings and usages of arms, brutal violent abuses and rapes, massive destruction of historical buildings, homelands and identities and cases of systematic oppression, repression, restriction, confinement, persecution, unlawful arrest, corporal and collective punishments, practicing unlawful discriminatory laws and orders, permanent restriction in every social, cultural, welfare, health-care, education and livelihood sectors and cutting off of electricity and waters, are clear pictures of genocide, ethnic cleansing and war crimes.

The attack from 25 Aug 2017 in Maungdaw, Buthidaung and Rathedaung townships by government armed forces jointly with Rakhine armed force ALP and government trained Rakhine gangs, used fight helicopters, tanks, machine guns, rocket launchers and killed brutally and indiscriminately. Women and girls as young as aged 12 were raped in front of their relatives and in the public and shot dead brutally, children including babies were slaughtered, burnt and buried alive, laying landmines along the ways of fleeing.

MSF report showed about 10,000 dead among the arrivals of just in the first month. According to the ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights (APHR) cited data from the Bangladeshi government that puts the number of lost parents as high as 43,700 people.

The death toll is significantly high If we count the number of parents lost for current 40,000 orphans plus family members who lost their husband, wife, children, siblings. Arrest including children and people who teaching Rohingya kids, distributing rations, language support workers, medical assistance providers, bearing phones, having radio and foreign contacts. Looting goods and cash, crops and animals. Up to date,...


Gallery: FBi Radio Presents Big Boi at Metro Theatre "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Making his hugely anticipated return to Australia, the inimitable and illustrious Big Boi shook things up at the Metro. Diving deep into his solo-work, the Atlanta rapper iced his hype-worthy performance with a few Outkast gems. Melbourne young gun Baro and Sydney hero Joyride warmed things up, setting the vibe to electric from the on-set.


FBi Radio Presents Big Boi | 15.03.18 | Photos by Kurt Davies


Bushfires -Tathra - March 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

During bushfires and emergency events WIRES can be inundated with enquiries from people wanting to assist wildlife.

Many calls we take are from people wanting to assist with the rescue of injured wildlife in a direct way. While these offers are appreciated as its very encouraging to know that people want to help wildlife in times of tragedy, it is necessary for WIRES rescuers and carers to be trained and licenced before they are able to do this safely. Only appropriately trained members are authorised to carry out emergency wildlife rescue and care activities and even they must not enter fire areas until authorised to do so by local Fire Control Officers.

WIRES volunteers are on standby to help when notified to respond via the Department of Primary Industry (DPI) Agriculture and Animal Services Functional Area. We rescue any wildlife found in areas outside the fire zones and care for any burned or smoke affected animals who have received veterinary treatment and require ongoing care.

Bushfires present a significant risk to the safety of volunteers and the activities conducted during and after a fire event are managed by first responder organisations such as RFS, Fire & Rescue NSW and SES.

First responder volunteers who are authorised to be on the fire grounds do help wildlife where they can. These animals are brought out of the fire zone and taken to vets for emergency treatment and from there to WIRES volunteers for ongoing care. 

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer with WIRES we encou...


I Was Afraid to Have Sex on an American College Campus "IndyWatch Feed National"

Im gonna fuck so many Fratties on exchange, read the caption of my Instagram update.

It was the night of my going away. I was set for a semester abroad in the rural precinct of the Southern Bible Belt of western North Carolina, USA. Id heard about all the sex you have on exchange. Those of my mates who had gone away to study always returned with exceptionally crazy and liberating sexual experiences. As a person whos very open with their sexuality and eagerness to explore the domain of casual sex, I accepted my fate of the ultimate fuck fest.

A week before our semester began, the other international girls and I were pumping ourselves up for the babin jocks wed soon encounter. The hype was real. Frat boys, geeks, rock-climbing enthusiasts nothing was off-limits. Finally, classes began. The information gathering commenced. Who was who and who to screw?

And then our research was stunted. Our inhibitions materialised when we became aware of the unfortunate truths of our surroundings. Rape culture.

Within our first week, two claims of sexual assault came from the freshman dormitories. We were all notified through the security alert messages, a protocol following all claims of assault. This happened a lot, particularly within the freshman dorms. 17-year-olds resided in the freshman dorms.

As days passed, we learned of the female student bodys number one fashion accessory: pepper spray. Everybody had one; youd be a fool not to. Rape culture was barely even hidden under the surface. One recently dissolved fraternity chapter even had a room nicknamed, The Rape Room.

My first interaction with some of the local boys was a day at the lake. The internationals were being inducted into the Alpha Sig crew. We were in our bikinis playing frisbee in the water. We were made to run, stretch and reach for the frisbee while we were unknowingly being photographed. I caught a camera snapping at me before being ushered over by a curly-headed guy kneeling on the sand, playing with angles, clearly an amateur photographer.

You look so good here. Ill send it to you and you can make it your DP.
Send it to me, I said.

He never did send it to me directly. Instead, an album of the entire days semi-nude and suggestive photographs were disseminated through a private Group-Me chat made up of 80 strangers. I wasnt in the group.

For the first time, I realised while...


12 awesome Sydney gigs you cant miss this March "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

One of the best things about being a music fan is the ability to go out and see some of your favourite bands live in the flesh, ripping through some of your most beloved songs in person. But how do you make sure youre up to date with the artists making their way to your neck of the woods?

Well thats where we come in. Weve designed this handy dandy little guide to help you remember the best gigs that youve got coming up this month. From some of the big international acts, up-and-coming local acts, to festival sideshows, all the best gigs are included here, so make sure youve got your tickets for one memorable night out.

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

2018 marks 20 years since the Black Rebel Motorcycle Club first formed, and with the group releasing their eighth album, Wrong Creatures, back in January, these San Francisco rockers have decided to make their way back to Australia for some huge shows. Performing at the Enmore Theatre on March 23rd, fans are set to receive a mind-blowing show, and with Stonefield as one of the brilliant support acts, youre definitely getting bang for your buck!

Friday, March 23rd
Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Tickets: Enmore Theatre

Bluesfest Sideshows

Its one of the biggest festivals in Australia, and as usual, Bluesfest have delivered one amazing lineup full of rock royalty and up-and-coming gems. Of course, if you cant make it up to Byron Bay for this years event, the festival has you covered with a series of sideshows making their way to town.

Kicking off between the last week of March and the first week of April, Sydney will be receiving sideshows from the likes of Benjamin Booker, Robert Plant, Hurray For The Riff Raff, Canned Heat, Newton Faulkner, Gomez, Youssou NDour, Juanes, Walter Trout, and more. With a series of artists that diverse, theres bound to be something for everyone.

Thursday, March 22nd  Monday, April 2nd
Various Locations, Sydney, NSW
Tickets: Bluesfest

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A fair alternative to both Trump and free trade ideologues "IndyWatch Feed National"

March 19, 2018: Jim Stanford from the Australia Institute writes in The Guardian that Trumps unilateral and xenophobic approach to trade policy is dangerous and could lead to trade conflict. He argues we need an alternative to both Trumps unilateralism and to corporate-dominated trade deals like the TPP.

Stanford sets out key principles for fairer trade, which include:

  • trade deals should not prevent governments from regulating markets and businesses in the public interest
  • trade deals should not give extra rights to foreign corporations to sue governments (ISDS) and should not strengthen monopolies for drug companies
  • governments should retain the right to regulate foreign investment and speculative capital flows
  • trade deals should have enforceable commitments to international labour rights and environmental standards
  • a progressive trade policy must recognise there are winners and losers from trade, and must  include  high standards of social protection inclusion and job creation



Dont Be a (Big) Dick "IndyWatch Feed National"

It was any other Saturday night. I was at a gay bar, drinking too many vodka redbulls and losing my mind over Britney song after GaGa song, having a good time with my friends. I was wearing new clothes and I felt like I looked good, a confidence that helps in environments like gay bars.

I have a small bladder, so I told my friends Id be right back and was just going to the bathroom. I peed, completely unaware of who was around me, and as I went to do my pants back up at the urinal, the 40-something-year-old man next to me told me that I shouldnt bother doing them back up. He then proceeded to force his hand down my pants and grab my dick through my underwear.

I slapped his hand away, asked him what the fuck was wrong with him and told him he was a pervert. I washed my hands and went back to my friends. I was furious, yet my friends were not surprised common practice in a gay bar.

Youre gorgeous, you can hardly blame him, one of them told me, wrapping a compliment around an excuse for the man who had just assaulted me.

I didnt do anything. I didnt tell security, I didnt leave and I didnt find him and punch him in the dick as hard as I could (as much as I mightve wanted to); I just tried to forget about it and still have a good night. I didnt do anything because, as sad as it is, it happens all the time and it is only one in a long list of stories that I could tell about sexual assault. Long since, Ive been scared of confrontation.

I am learning what it is to be a gay man in an environment where we only view each other as bodies, or dicks, or holes, and what we want to do with that object.

Things you know about me so far then are that Im gay, Im subjectively good looking, I like vodka redbulls and I have been sexually assaulted more than once. Other things you should know are that Im tall, close to two metres; I like fashion (original, I know); I work in retail fashion and I have a dick that is above average size (bear with me).

I could talk a lot about having a large dick. It is desired, but can also be really fucking annoying. I know it isnt something I should complain about, and so many people see having a big dick as amazing, but anyone who has to hold their genitalia when they sit down in a public bathroom lest it touch the bowl or toilet paper or god knows what else knows that it isnt always sexy.

Dont get me wrong Ive had plenty of good times with my dick too. But while men us...


NewsCorp had a major influence in South Australia and Batman election results "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed as a collective article

Melbournes Batman by-election saw Labor retain the federal seat from a strong challenge by the Greens. Labor lost in the South Australia election and there will be a new Coalition government.

Many factors explain these results. This attempt at some form of analysis does not go into all of them and concentrates on one  very important matter. Australia is seeing the rise of misinformation being used by a media monopoly to achieve its own will.

The outgoing Labor government in South Australia was undermined by a concerted campaign over time, to discredit its policy towards renewables as the states energy source. Every evil was blamed on it. Accusations were built on distortions and outright lies. Leading the charge was Murdochs media stable, with its penchant for never letting the facts get in the way of the story and reliance on tabloid style reporting.

This is not surprising, Newscorps support for the mining industry and opposition to any restrictions on it is legendary,  and played a big part in undermining the Rudd government over the Carbon emissions levy of carbon production. This was falsely presented as a tax, instead of a charge to help clean up  pollution caused. One of companys major shareholders is oil rich Saudi Royal family member Al-Weheed Talai. This should not be overlooked.

There is more to it as well. In recent times, NewsCorp has been spearheading a brand of politics characterised by bigoted view of the world,  much more in common with the politics and economics of the Industrial revolution than anything else. It created the Pauline Hanson personality, lifted Tony Abbott and maintains the Turnbull government, at the price of not straying too far from what Murdoch wants.

What happened in South Australia is coloured by this. It may not be the only factor. But it is important. Labor got the treatment and so did Xenophons SA Best.

Turn to Melbourne. Labor chose a good candidate with a track record that appeals to working families. Ged Kearney, a former nurse and leader of the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU), has credibility. This was always going to be a challenge for the Greens.

But this does not deny the truth that NewsCorp was up to its neck meddling here too. The strategy was to undermine the Greens. The means, ongoing denigration and playing up internal differences out of all proportion. The candidate, Alex Bhathal, was continually smeared and never given a fair hearing.

The truth is that NewsCorp has declared all-out war against the Greens and made a strategic move to help a Labor victory. Thereasons for this are, opposition to the Greens harder stance on global warming related issues, and even more importantly, the maintenance of a the two party system as the...


Suicidal "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Tathra bushfire shows RFS volunteers useless "IndyWatch Feed National"

On Sunday 18th March 2018, the weather in Bega and nearby coastal Tathra was forecast to be a very hot 38 degrees Celsius, low humidity and high westerly gusting winds.  So a Total Fire Ban was appropriately declared the afternoon prior by New South Wales Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons.  The Fire Danger Rating []


Health Translations : consumer health information for CALD populations. "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The Victorian government Health Translations website enables health practitioners and those working with culturally and linguistically diverse communities to easily find translated health information.

* The Health Translations Directory provides direct links to reliable translated health resources produced in Australia. Organisations are responsible for registering their own multilingual resource on the Health Translations Directory.

* Over 14000 resources in over 100 languages and counting : New resources are regularly being added.

* Information can be found in a variety of ways. Search on topics, languages, or organisations.

* Health practitioners and organisations who work with culturally and linguistically diverse communities can use the site to find reliable translated health information, including a unique tool to help identify what language your client speaks.


Sydney, Australia: Solidarity with Russian Anarchist Prisoners "IndyWatch Feed National"

received on 18.03.18

In response to a solidarity appeal from comrades in Russia, on the 18th of March, the day of the Russian elections, a group of anarchists in Sydney, gathered at the Russian consulate. We distributed leaflets about the situation of imprisoned Russian anarchists and antifascists and chanted soligans against police, prisons and the Putin regime.

in Portuguese / in German


Part Two on Slater and Gordon's efforts to remove or silence AWU whistleblowers who reported financial mismanagement "IndyWatch Feed National"

Part One of this story (covering June/July 1993, the 9 member staff delegation who wanted Ralph Blewitt removed as WA State Secretary, allegations of financial mismanagement and the Slater and Gordon directed sackings of staff members who raised concerns about Blewitt's role) is here. Bruce Wilson was back in Perth...


From the Lab to Live Interviews, Its Naomi Koh Belic "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

While still in the middle of completing her PhD at the University of Technology Sydney, Naomi Koh Belic loves to create video content on the basic science behind multiple sclerosis and investigate how this digital media improves understanding and how participants self regulate their learning.

From FameLab to the Discovery Channel Australia, Koh Belic is a wealth of information on how easy and fascinating science could be!

For more interviews like this, tune into Monday Drive with Ruth Hessey on Mondays at 4 p.m.

Monday Drive presenter Ruth Hessey and young scientist Naomi Koh Belic together after an interview.

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Media release 16th March 2018 Mining licence application on Tambo River must be rejected "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

Friday 16th March 2018

Mining licence application to expand dangerous tailings dam on Tambo River must be rejected.

Gippsland Environment Group recently organised a site visit to the Benambra mine tailings dam on the headwaters of the Tambo River to discuss mining company CopperChems proposal to re-open and massively expand the dam. The visit raised considerable alarm among all who attended.

Members of local Landcare Groups, Victorian National Parks Association, Gippsland Environment Group, Environment East Gippsland and other interested locals travelled to the Stockman Project east of Benambra to inspect the tailings dam. Staff from Earth Resources (Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources) and Copperchem   the mining company that has applied for a licence to expand the tailings dam, were also present to answer questions.

The original Benambra copper and zinc mine was operated by Denehurst Pty Ltd from 1992 until 1996. In 1998 the company went into receivership and abandoned the site forfeiting their mine rehabilitation bond of $375,000. Denehurst left behind an unstable tailings dam containing 700,000 tonnes of toxic tailings leaking acid and heavy metals into Straight Creek which runs into the Tambo River. The tailings dam had been constructed right across the waterway over a series of groundwater springs and had been built without a spillway. Between 1999 and 2005 the EPA authorised DPI to make emergency releases of 160 megalitres of contaminated water to reduce the risk of the dam wall overtopping and undermining the dam foundations.

In 2006 DPI rehabilitated the mine site and tailings dam at a cost of $7 million to the taxpayer. In the process of remediating the tailings dam and constructing a spillway another 140 megalitres of tailings dam water was released into the waterway. The dam operates as a flow through system spilling into Straight Creek as inflows from the catchment raise the water level over the tailings. The dam water was to the mouth of the spillway at the time of the site visit.

The original tailings dam was constructed from rockfill with a concrete grout curtain at the base which has a lifespan of between two and eighty years. Due to a shortage of local clay the dam wall was lined with a geomembrane that has a lifespan of possibly another thirty years. It is impossible to replace either the concrete grout curtain or the liner as they are on the upstream side of the dam wall. An additional HDPE liner was attached to the old one when DPI raised the height of the wall in 2006. This join was inadequate, and potentially acid forming (PAF) rock was used in the embankment. The dam is currently leaking from beneath the to...


SOTT FOCUS: Jordan Peterson Takes Australia by Storm: Brings Psychological Knowledge and a Message of Hope to the Multitudes "IndyWatch Feed National"

Unless you've been living under a rock for the past year and a half, you've probably heard of Dr. Jordan Peterson, Professor of Psychology at the University of Toronto, Canada. Described as a "rockstar psychologist" by some in the mainstream media, the good professor has been on a whirlwind tour in recent weeks, bringing knowledge to the masses via a series of public lectures and Q&A sessions in support of his new book, 12 Rules For Life: An Antidote to Chaos. With a massive online presence via websites, podcast interviews, social media, videos and discussion groups, Dr. Peterson has attracted even the unwilling attention of the mainstream media due to the sheer force of his reasoning. His now-famous interview with Cathy Newman on the UK's Channel 4 TV expanded his audience into the millions, and forged his reputation both as an intellectual powerhouse and a man of the people who can explain almost impossibly-difficult concepts in straightforward terms. Among its many virtues, 12 Rules For Life provides specific psychological knowledge to counteract the nihilistic ideologies of "radical Left" thought. Polish psychologist and critic of the Soviet regime Dr. Andrew Lobaczewski describes such ideology as an "oversimplified pattern of ideas, devoid of psychological color and based on easily available data". In other words, intellectually barren, psychologically naive, and supported only by cherry-picked data interpreted at the lowest resolution. At present, these features of the radical Left narratives (feminism, Marxism, postmodernism, identity politics, etc.) are becoming plainly apparent to the general public, thanks in part to the work of Dr. Peterson and others who have been pointing them out.


Live Jazz Events in Sydney "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Also check  www.facebook/livejazzinsydney

Monday, 19 March 2018

Jazz & Latin Open Mic Jam: The World Bar, 24 Bayswater Rd, POTTS POINT (7pm, contact Host)

Jazz Jam & Games Night: Venue 505, 280 Cleveland St, SURRY HILLS (8.30pm, 0419-294755)

New Orleans Beat: LazyBones Lounge, Level 2, 294 Marrickville Rd, MARRICKVILLE (8.30pm, $15, 0450-008563)

Paul Sun (Duo)...


Major wildfires rage in Australia, killing cattle and destroying homes "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Bush and grass fires rage in Australia's state of Victoria on Sunday, March 18, 2018, as hot and blustery conditions continue affecting the region. The fires are expected to get larger in size before firefighters place them under control. Dozens of fires in...... Read more


Tropical storm Marcus struck Australia at about 12:00 GMT on 18 March. - Thomson Reuters Foundation "IndyWatch Feed National"

Thomson Reuters FoundationTropical storm Marcus struck Australia at about 12:00 GMT on 18 March.Thomson Reuters Foundation... * Any views expressed in this article are those of the author and not of Thomson Reuters Foundation. Tropical storm Marcus struck Australia at about 12:00 GMT on 18 March. Data supplied by the US Navy and Air Force Joint Typhoon Warning Center ...and more 


Greens members on notice over Batman loss "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Australian Greens plan to track down members who sabotaged the partys campaign for the federal Melbourne seat of Batman and expel them.

Leader Richard Di Natale says the small group of people who ruined the partys chances at Saturdays by-election should be kicked out.

They had a very deliberate agenda and decided to leak a number of things to the media in an effort to undermine us they set us an impossible task. I think thats grounds for expulsion, he told ABC TV on Sunday night.

The people responsible for this have no place in our party. They should be expelled.

The Greens unexpectedly lost the seat to Labors Ged Kearney.

Mr Di Natale said members needed to support each other not leak and sabotage.

He said the party would meet to put processes in place to make sure it never happened again.

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Refugee groups condemn race card favouring white South African farmers "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Joe Montero

Its no wonder refugee agencies have condemned Immigration minister Peter Duttons plan to fast-track white South African farmers as acceptable refugees into Australia. Thousands of others, who are genuine refugees, languish in little more than concentrations camps, and face daily cruel treatment at the hands of the Australian authorities. Such a double standard is bound to cause an uproar.

Dutton floated his plan on the back of reports that suggested that many have been harassed, assaulted, raped and killed in recent times. What he chooses to bury is that the claims have not been backed up by hard evidence. They are made even more doubtful, when they originate from sources identified with groups identifying with the old Apartheid era of white privilege and rule. On top of this, the story is being peddled globally by every race hate group in existence.

Even so, it remains possible that some of these farmers are getting a hard time. There has been some agitation on the ground, and mainly at the local level, from black communities feeling that their own claims to land are not being met. But this is a far cry from the claims that are being made.

The change has been that the ruling African National Congress (ANC) towards the end of last year, voted to start a process of land redistribution. They also agreed that the big white farmers should not be compensated for the land taken from them. This process has not taken place yet, because the government needs to first go about making a change to the countrys constitution. What is certain is that land will eventually be redistributed. It is this prospect that is causing the heat.

Peter Dutton is readily prepared to swallow the line, despite the fact, that South African farming sources are denying the claims. He has caused a diplomatic storm that has resulted in a demand that b the South African government that he retract his public statements, and the Australian High Commissioner to South Africa has been called in for a talking to.

According to the South African government, the problem is that 80 percent of the population still own only own 6 percent of the land,  in a context where one third of the population dependent on subsistence farming. Without land redistribution, the problem of poverty cannot be tackled successfully. The target of the post-Apartheid era had been to achieve 30 percent black ownership by 2014.the process has failed and the government is faced with no other choice but to step up and  do something about it.

No ne is being left without. All that is earmarked for taking is land that is not being worked. That which is being properly used for farming is not at risk.

The problem is that for hard-line Afrikaners is that control over the land, is an important part of thei...


Confusion the enemy of sun-smart message "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australians are unknowingly increasing their risk of skin cancer because they dont know when they need sun protection the most, the findings of a national survey suggests.

The latest National Sun Protection Survey, released by Cancer Council Australia, found fewer than one in 10 adults understood that sun protection is required when UV levels are 3 or above.

Ultraviolet Radiation (UV) is a major cause of melanoma the fourth most common cancer diagnosed in Australia and levels can remain high during autumn despite the temperature drop.

The survey also suggests Australians remain confused about weather factors and sunburn.

In summer 2016-17, 24 per cent of those surveyed incorrectly believed that sunburn risk was related to temperature, while 23 per cent incorrectly cited conditions such as cloud cover, wind or humidity.

Heather Walker, chair of Cancer Council Australias National Skin Cancer Committee, says the knowledge gap is concerning and it is time for the federal government to step up and invest in a new national sun protection campaign.

This new research shows that Australians are still very confused about what causes sunburn, which means people arent protected when they need to be, said Ms Walker.

Melanoma rates have dropped in the under 40s age group due to the success of past slip, slop, slap campaigns.

But the sun protection message needs to be continually reinforced, says Ms Walker.

If its not, then younger generations will continue to be affected by the deadly skin cancer because the suns not going anywhere, the UV levels in Australia are always going to be high, she warned.

Ms Walker says the last federal government-funded sun protection campaign was nearly a decade ago.

I think its a really important time for the federal government to step up and contribute to a national campaign, she told AAP.

Some of the countrys experts in the field will meet at the Australian Skin and Skin Cancer Centre in Brisbane on Monday in the hope of developing new educational strategies .

Professor David Whiteman, head of the Cancer Cancer Control group at QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute, says one particular focus will be the role of sunscreen.

It seems many Australians still appear to be confused about when they ought to be wearing sunscreen and it seems levels of use in some sectors of the population are less than we would like, said Prof Whiteman.

He says even if there are new emerging and effective treatments for melanoma prevention is always better than cure.

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Australian wildfires destroy homes, kill cattle as hundreds of people flee - Thomson Reuters Foundation "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australian wildfires destroy homes, kill cattle as hundreds of people fleeThomson Reuters FoundationSYDNEY, March 19 (Reuters) - Australian authorities urged people to remain alert on Monday as wildfires that have destroyed dozens of homes, killed cattle and forced hundreds of residents to flee continued to burn out of control in the southeast of the ...and more 


70 homes lost in NSW coastal town bushfire "IndyWatch Feed National"

Up to 70 homes and other buildings have been destroyed in a ferocious fast-moving bushfire that ripped through a picturesque seaside town on the NSW far south coast.

The 1000-hectare blaze around Tathra, east of Bega, started on Sunday and was fanned by very strong winds and high temperatures in the states east.

It burned through several kilometres of bushland and crossed a river before it reached the township and is still out of control.

As the sun rose on Monday, authorities have begun to assess the area.

Our early indications are that the number of buildings impacted is likely to climb above 70, but we will confirm that with the work of the building impact assessment teams this morning, RFS Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons told Network Seven on Monday.

We have this awful situation throughout the community of Tathra, where we have damaged buildings, damaged homes, and infrastructure, he said.

Hundreds of residents in the town, with a population of about 1600, slept in an evacuation centre in Bega.

Communication was affected after a mobile phone tower collapsed, making it difficult to determine how many people remained in the town.

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State targets make energy plan immaterial "IndyWatch Feed National"

State governments are already driving enough investment in solar and wind power to cut the electricity sectors emissions by more than the Turnbull government wants, rendering its new energy policy near-useless.

Energy analysts RepuTex say the effect of state renewable energy targets, especially in Victoria and Queensland, means the proposed national energy guarantee will have a negligible impact on the market.

It says the do nothing scenario modelled for the Commonwealth understates the investment in renewables because it doesnt take into account state government targets despite assurances they will remain.

Queensland is aiming for 50 per cent renewables by 2030 while Victoria has legislated to reach 40 per cent by 2025 and South Australia has already nearly met its 50 per cent target.

This means the modelling from the governments advisory Energy Security Board starts with a higher baseline of emissions against which to measure the impact of the national energy guarantee.

Australia has committed under the Paris Agreement to cut its overall emissions by 26-28 per cent on 2005 levels by 2030, and the federal government has anticipated applying this cut equally across all sectors.

The boards model predicts the electricity sector will cut its emissions by 19 per cent by 2030 without the new national energy guarantee.

But RepuTexs own modelling, released on Monday, says once you incorporate existing state renewable energy targets, emissions from the electricity sector will actually drop 29 per cent.

It says this renders the national energy guarantee, details of which are due to be finalised by energy ministers in April, immaterial to the market.

Unless the target is more ambitious than where emissions are projected to be without the NEG, there is little need for the administrative complexity of the scheme, RepuTex associate research director Bret Harper said.

Already, state targets have driven investment in renewables fast enough that three times more new generation will join the system by mid-2018 than the ESB predicted.

The arms race between the states for renewable investment is well under way, with or without the NEG, Mr Harper said.

And state targets will stay the dominant signal for new generation unless the emissions cuts under the NEG is lifted.

Many say electricity generation should bear a heavier load of reducing Australias emissions because its one of the easiest areas to make changes and it can drive faster cuts in other sectors, such as transport, once they become more reliant on electrical power.

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March 19 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed National"

1790 - HMS (His Majesty's Ship) Sirius was popping over to Norfolk Island with a bite to eat when it had a nasty mischief on a reef and went belly up.

1803 - Laurence Dempsey was Hanged for feloniously entering the house of Thomas Neal of Richmond Hill.

1836 - Marvellous, wonderful and simply splendid David Scott Mitchell was pupped today. Mitchell spent most of his life and a small fortune collecting Australiana, which he donated to the NSW State Library on his death. Old Four Hours was the nickname the hansom cab drivers gave him due to his habit of spending 4 hours every Monday searching through second hand book shops.

1839 - Land prices plummeted and the locals upped sticks and decamped... settlement began at Port Lincoln.

1839 - Honey bees were landed upon Kiwi soil for the first time.

1840 - Thomas Whitton was Hanged at Sydney for the murder of John Hawker and arson at Oak Park, Crookwell. Whitton had earlier murdered John Kennedy Hume, brother of the explorer Hamilton Hume.

1849 - George Waters Ward was Hanged at Maitland for the murder of Richard Connolly (or King) at Muswellbrook.

1852 - Adelaide was rolling in it after the first gold escort rocked into town from the Mount Alexander goldfields with over 5,000 oz of the glittery stuff.

1856 - The very first secret ballot in the whole wide world happened in Victoria because the pollies had Secret Mens Business to deal with.

1856 - The Victorian Railways Department was created as part of and by the Victorian Government...and no, they weren't crocheting sardine cans with shoe-horns, why do you ask?

1858 - The Newcastle Branch Railway Line (NSW) was thrown open for the shunting business of train travel.

1858 - Edward Cardana (alias John Nelson alias Michael Ferrara) was Hanged for the murder of John Armstrong at Long Gully.

1866 - At the ripe old age of 20 years John Dunn danced his way into the great wide beyond at the end of a rope for taking up bushranging with Ben Hall as a career move.

1866 - James Jones was Hanged at Ballarat for the murder of Dr Julius Saenger, committed at Scarsdale.

1894 - Ernest Knox was Hanged at Melbourne Gaol for the murder of Isaac Crawcour whilst in the act of burglary at Williamstown.

1904 - The inaugural Henley-on-Yarra boating race was held in Melbourne, what-oh, to be won by the august Ballarat team.

1907 - At Bonnievale in Westralia miner Modesto Vareschetti was trapped in a flooded mine for 9 days. He was eventually rescued by Frank Hughes who had repeatedly brought him food in a diving suit.



The Great Aussie Beer Bash Sparking An Ongoing #ChangeTheDate Conversation "IndyWatch Feed National"

New Matilda, in partnership with the Sparkke Change Beverage Company, has launched the first in a series of major public awareness campaigns aimed at keeping #ChangeTheDate on the national agenda.

The Great Aussie Beer Bash, on May 23, will see every federal politician in the country receive a carton or two of Change The Date Pilsner, Sparkkes premium beer with a serious message.

For $20, Aussies can shout a politician a beer via New Matildas latest Pozible campaign. And if that leaves a sour taste, for $5 more they can shout a politician an empty (well mail them empty cans of Change The Date instead, so they just get to read the message and not enjoy the beer).

Readers can also contribute more and send specific politicians a beer (or empty) along with a pointed, hand-written message. Spend $500 on The Rare Shout and you can shoot straight for the big players choose between Tony Abbott, Malcolm Turnbull, Cory Bernardi, Pauline Hanson, Peter Dutton, Bill Shorten and Mark Latham (our fondly dubbed Salty Seven).

On May 23, all federal politicians will receive their cartons of Change The Date Pilsner (and empties), along with a party box which contains trinkets, badges, and information about the importance of finding a national day that doesnt coincide with the theft, slaughter and dispossession of another people.

The Great Aussie Beer Bash at Parliament House, Canberra will coincide with Shout Out events in pubs and clubs around the nation. This is the first campaign in a series New Matilda will be running throughout 2018, focused on #ChangeTheDate.

New Matilda publisher/editor and Sparkke director, Chris Graham says the campaign is being launched now, to spark an ongoing conversation.

The movement behind Change the Date built a lot of momentum this year more than 100,000 people turned out to protest marches around the nation on January 26, Mr Graham said.

But if were to build on that momentum, we need to be talking about #ChangeTheDate all year round. Its not a conversation that will lead to real change if we only have it once a year, for a few days either side of January 26.



MACKAY Mackay supreme court list "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Heavy dust storm hits Canberra, leaves thousands without power "IndyWatch Feed National"

A severe dust storm caused by high northwestern wind engulfed the Australian capital Canberra on Sunday, March 18, 2018, leaving thousands of people without power. Wind gusts up to 82 km/h (51 mph) brought powerlines down, uprooted trees and caused panic among the...... Read more


Independent Artist of the Week: DJ Plead "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Photo by Lavurn Lee

Referencing Middle eastern rhythms and frenetic footwork, DJ Plead delivers percussive-led tunes with full body-shaking vibes.

No stranger to Australias electronic music scene, DJ Plead, aka Jarred Beeler, is also half of drum-workout duo Poison, a third of Sydney trio BV and founder of new label SUMAC. Now Melbourne-based, Beelers solo project intelligently draws on his Middle Eastern background to create fresh club tracks, informed by a mix of Lebanese pop and traditional wedding music.

Layering carefully crafted drum and vocal loops with interjections of synths and tides of transportive rhythms, DJ Plead has just released his debut EP Get In Circle via Decisions, the  Melbourne dancefloor focused label run by Air Max 97. Do yourself a favour and move through the opener DVE, below a deep and hypnotic jam fusing Beelers heart and heritage.

Play it loud and get in circle!

Tune into Up For It every Monday morning to meet your new independent artist of the week!

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Africa's White Farmers "IndyWatch Feed National"

Of all the people of Africa, there is no question that Western governments and media are obsessed with the White Farmers in the continents.  They only seem to care about them.


Hottest autumn day in 78 years hits Sydney, Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

Sydney has sweltered through its hottest autumn day in 78 years, with temperatures soaring past 40C on Sunday. The mercury hit 40.5C at Sydney Airport in the city's inner-south, a staggering 16C higher than the average March temperature of 24C. Even the eastern beaches saw temperatures as high as 39C as north-westerly winds counteracted any sea breeze. Weatherzone meteorologist Graeme Brittain told Daily Mail Australia the scorching temperatures were 'highly unusual'. Mr Brittain said wind gusts in excess of 90km tore through the New South Wales coastline, but brought little reprieve from the heat. He warned temperatures would likely remain high overnight. Sunbathers flocked to Sydney's beaches on Sunday amid the sweltering autumn heatwave. Bondi beach was packed with revellers in search of some relief from the scorching hot temperatures.


Tropical storm Marcus struck Australia at about 06:00 GMT on 18 March. - Thomson Reuters Foundation "IndyWatch Feed National"

Thomson Reuters FoundationTropical storm Marcus struck Australia at about 06:00 GMT on 18 March.Thomson Reuters Foundation... * Any views expressed in this article are those of the author and not of Thomson Reuters Foundation. Tropical storm Marcus struck Australia at about 06:00 GMT on 18 March. Data supplied by the US Navy and Air Force Joint Typhoon Warning Center ...and more 


Devastated Horse Owners Launch $53 Million Lawsuit Against Vaccine Maker "IndyWatch Feed National"

Horse owners in Australia are coming to terms with the loss or injuries of their horses. But those terms have resulted in a $53 million dollar lawsuit against pharmaceutical giant, Zoetis Australia. The horse owners claim...

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Racial Preferences: Peter Dutton and White South African Farmers "IndyWatch Feed National"

It has been the great misfit Australian policy since the 1990s: a refugee and immigration policy that shows itself to be scrupulously fair, calculable and clean.  Nothing shall be permitted to sully this presumption.  Even as refugees and asylum seekers gather dampness, decay and depression in Pacific camps, the Australian immigration policy shall remain, like Caesars wife, above reproach.

The comments of Australias Peter Dutton who resembles, with each passing day, a plumed and emboldened commissar, have given political figures pause for thought.  Openly, and without reservation, the Home Affairs Minister decided to bank for a particular racial group in the immigration stakes, namely those poor oppressed white farmers of South Africa.

This goes against the policy of ethnic caution and racial neutrality, albeit ensconced behind the customary prejudices typical of all stances on immigration.  Here was the most direct expression of race and culture as twin categories.

Dutton preferred the language of special attention for specifically white South African farmers suffering what he deemed to be horrific circumstances.  He spoke of damning footage and lurid stories.  They, he explained, needed protection from a civilised country.  South African farmers would be a good fit in Australia, integrating (note the stab against certain refugees) and avoiding the welfare rolls.  Perversely enough, the mantle of guardianship that of Afrikaners overseeing the civilising mission in South Africa seemed to have moved to the confused Dutton.

As a key proponent of apartheid, the South African prime minister Hendrik Verwoerd, would enunciate in February 1960, it was the white men who were the people who brought civilisation here, who made possible the present development of black nationalisation by bringing the natives education, by showing them the Western way of life, by bringing Africa industry and development, by inspiring them with the ideals which Western civilisation has developed for itself.

Duttons remarks fell on the ears of the furious.  Ian Rijsdijk of the University of Cape Towns Media Studies Centre found the remarks incredibly retrograde.  The majority African population regard a reference to civilisation, piped South African advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi, as an insult.

Spokesman for South Africas Foreign Ministry, Ndivhuwo Mabaya, claimed in a statement that, There was no reason for any Government anywhere in the world to suspect that any South African is in danger from their own democratically elected Government......


Convenient excuse: May promises to ditch Russian gas "because Novichok" "IndyWatch Feed National"

The UK-Russian relations have quickly deteriorated over the past week after the UK said that a former double agent and his daughter were poisoned in England by a military-grade nerve agent of a type developed by Russia. The spy poisoning scandal turned into a diplomatic row and now threatens to spill into energy issues, after UK Prime Minister Theresa May said that Britain was looking "to other countries" for its gas supplies. The UK has gas supply contracts with Russia's gas giant Gazprom, and although the British dependence on Russian gas supply is not as high as that of other European countries, the UK still relies on some Russian gas for its energy needs. The UK has also imported a liquefied natural gas (LNG) cargo from Russia's newly started Yamal project, and re-exported another LNG cargo originating from Yamal. For now, UK gas traders remain unconcerned that the UK could run short of nat gas supplies, even shrugging off Prime Minister May's comments that the UK would be looking for other gas suppliers. During question time in Parliament on Wednesday, May said that "I can reassure ... that in looking at our gas supplies we are indeed looking to other countries." May was replying to a question by Conservative lawmaker Stephen Crabb who said that "One way Russia seeks to extend its influence in Europe is by building relationships of energy dependence. Is she [Mrs May] aware that Britain has recently started to receive shipments of liquefied natural gas, and does she agree that Britain should not provide a market for Russian gas? If we need to bring in extra LNG imports, we have allies such as Qatar, Malaysia and Australia who are more than willing to sell it to us." Comment: Yep, the sure sign of an evil nation: one with many friends. It's amazing how backward the Brits can be. Russia makes deals because it likes having good relations with other nations. That benefits Russia and Russia's business partners. Everyone wins. But that "extended influence" is actually a sign of evil, according to the likes of Crabb. And with a name like that, maybe it's no surprise.

Sunday, 18 March


Thug cops still working in NSW police "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

A toy dinosaur could end up costing NSW about $500,000 after police settled a claim they had bashed two men in Queanbeyan in 2013.

The two officers have been promoted, one having made detective, and remain on the force after NSW settled the claim without admission of liability in August.

Court-tendered documents alleged Rickey Caton and Adam Antram were beaten by then-senior constable Todd Finnigan and then-constable Patrick Hicks in December, 2013 after Mr Caton pointed a toy dinosaur at senior constable Finnigan.

According to the claim, the two officers then charged Mr Caton and Mr Antram with numerous offences, including assaulting an officer, in what is now known as "the dinosaur incident".

The case went ahead until a third officer who was present, constable Lucie Litchfield, testified in court to the contrary.

In total, the incident could cost NSW about $500,000. After police dropped the criminal charges against Mr Caton and Mr Antram in October 2015, they paid their $110,00 legal costs.

Their lawyer, Peter Bevan, expects the NSW government to pay over $300,000 in legal costs after a civil claim lodged by the men saw the police settle for $45,000 apiece with the two men in August this year.

An internal police investigation into the officers' actions that night concluded in June this year they had not acted improperly and no disciplinary action was taken.

The two officers have been promoted. According to unrelated court documents from September this year, Finnigan has been promoted to detective; another unrelated document from May shows Hicks is now a senior constable.

"Those two officers remain in the workplace with the full confidence of the commander," a NSW police spokeswoman said.

Ms Litchfield resigned from the force in 2015, then telling Fairfax Media she had been driven out. Ms Litchfield was contacted for comment for this article.

Mr Bevan has lodged a complaint to the NSW police watchdog, the Law Enforcement Conduct Commission, regarding the investigation's outcome.

A commission spokeswoman said they were reviewing the internal report. "Once the LECC has completed this review, further information will be sent directly to the complainant about the matter," the spokeswoman said.

Speaking for the first time since the settlement, ?Mr Caton and Mr Antram expressed frustration the two officers remained employed.  "It wasn't even about the money for me, I would have rather seen them lose their jobs," Mr Caton said.  "If it wasn't for Lucie we probably would be in jail."

According to court documents from the settled civil claim on December 21, 2013, police stopped Mr Caton, Mr Antram and two other friends on Morella Aven...


Milo Yiannopoulos promoters won't pay $50,000 Victoria Police bill "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

I can hardly believe how far left Victoria is veering: State police charging a conservative to protect him from Leftists. Charging protection money is what criminals do. The next step is refusing protection and letting harm happen. 

The whole rationale for government is that there are some things that should not be user-pays, but which the State should pay, like roads and infrastructure, defence, police, search and rescue, and emergency services, certain amenities ... etc. If the police don't think it is part of their job to prevent criminal assault, what are they good for?

The only consolation is that this is probably a try-on

THE ORGANISER behind controversial Milo Yiannopoulos' Melbourne event is refusing to cough up $50,000 to cover the cost of police after a violent protest broke out.

Penthouse publisher Damien Costas, the man who organised Milo Yiannopoulos's tour, told 3AW he had no intention of paying the five-figure bill from Victoria Police, following the Kensington clash.

I can't imagine we would (pay the larger bill)," he said. In Melbourne they were talking about a user pays model but a particular sergeant at our head of security we were dealing with said We'd like you to pay for the barriers, bollards etc'."

I think the entire thing was about five or $6000." I paid what I was asked to pay. Anything over and above that we can determine." This is actually asking the victim to pay the bill."

He said user-pay models were discussed in every state and he'd paid about $9000 for police in the Gold Coast and nothing in New South Wales.

Supporters of the far-Right figure were involved in violent clashes with left-wing protesters on Monday night in Kensington.
Hundreds of police were called in with some using capsicum spray to subdue rioters.

Mr Costas said the 3000 attendees didn't do anything wrong rather those uninvited threw rocks.

Police Minister Lisa Neville told the radio station on Wednesday the event's promoters would have to foot the bill, which would be at least $50,000. She said billing event organisers for police resources was commonplace.

For these sort of rallies, but also for the AFL and those big events there is an agreement around the costs," she said. Ms Neville said she was confident Mr Yiannopoulos would cough up.
(It's a) big call to say you're going to ignore a bill from Victoria Police," she said.

Mr Costas said the police presence was executed with military precision" and there were also 70 security guards at the event.



Hefty Yiannopoulos bill shows Victoria Police has taken sides with the Left "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

THE last group you'd expect to indulge in victim-blaming is Victoria Police. Our police force is meant to protect and serve, not fine victims of lawlessness for needing police protection.

That is essentially what happened last week when police command decided to send a hefty bill of at least $50,000 to the organisers of the Milo Yiannopoulos tour.

Not only does the decision set a dangerous precedent for free speech in Victoria, but it also reveals a perverse lack of fairness.

The enormous bill reflects the significant police resources that were needed last Monday night when feral mobs rioted for five hours in the streets of Kensington while trying to stop ticketholders from entering the Australian Pavilion.

Assistant Commissioner Stephen Leane first threatened to fine the venue before it was determined that the organisers would foot the bill. Police Minister Lisa Neville said: For these sort of rallies, but also for the AFL and those big events, there is an agreement around the costs."

This attempt by the minister to compare the charges to what sporting bodies routinely pay is disingenuous nonsense.

A law-abiding crowd of 3000 attending a ticketed event would not require 300 police officers, including dozens in riot gear.

That came about purely because violent far-Left activists converged on the venue to try to shut down the event an all-too-regular occurrence in Victoria.  Not satisfied with hurling vile abuse, the protesters also threw rocks, sticks, bottles, and even street signs.

If it were the ticketholders rampaging, then I'd have no qualms about saddling the organisers with the bill.

However, the small number of police that would normally be needed, and paid for by organisers, at an event of this size ballooned to something entirely different thanks to the actions of extreme Left agitators.

Anyone who has seen footage of the mayhem would be surprised to learn that police arrested only two people that night.

Victoria Police may have created a rod for its own back by punishing the injured party and effectively rewarding the thuggish louts who want to use violence and intimidation to shut down events, meetings and rallies of their ideological opponents.

Today, the event organiser, Penthouse publisher and free speech advocate Damien Costas, spoke of his dismay over political grandstanding" in Victoria.

Our attendees did nothing wrong. They lined up quietly and looked on as the protesters that weren't invited and, frankly, weren't welcome, threw rocks and bottles at police," Costas told the Herald Sun.

We negotiated in good faith with the Victorian police and we reached an agreement as to what was required and what we....


Another disgraceful Sydney cop "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

An off-duty Sydney police sergeant who was found guilty of using her rank and authority to avoid being randomly breath tested by a junior colleague has been jailed in a Sydney court.

Sarah Louise Johnston, 50, drove away from the RBT site without having been tested after a short conversation with the rookie officer at North Sydney on January 8, 2016.

She wept in the dock on Friday as Judge Christopher Hoy sentenced her to 16 months in jail with a non-parole period of 12 months.

'I consider the offender's conduct was disgraceful,' he said at the Downing Centre District Court.

The trial heard Johnston drank at least one schooner of beer while celebrating the new year with colleagues from North Sydney Police Station at two nearby pubs.

She was driving home to the Central Coast when she was pulled over at a random breath testing site on the Pacific Highway at Crows Nest.

Two junior officers conducting the RBTs - Constable Cameron Brooks and Constable Tugcan Sackesen - immediately recognised her.

Const Sackesen gave evidence at the trial that Johnston first pulled her car up alongside Const Brooks but rolled forward towards him before Const Brooks could breath test her.

'Hi sergeant, you've just been stopped for a random breath test,' Const Sackesen told her. He said she replied: 'You're not going to breath test me are you?' 'Yes sergeant I am,' he said.

She allegedly said: 'No because that would be a conflict of interest.' 'Imagine if I blew over, which I won't, because I'm not.' He said she told him it would put him in an 'awkward situation'.

On Friday Judge Hoy said the experienced and well regarded supervisor set a 'disgraceful example' that night. He said she 'brought shame upon herself... and to all honest members of the police force'.

'This is misconduct the community would expect honest and upstanding members of the police force... to abhor, resist and report,' he said.

Judge Hoy commended the two junior officers for courageously reporting her misconduct. Johnston will be eligible for release in December 2018.



Politically correct Victoria Police insist they DON'T have an African gang problem despite the blight of Apex, an officer being kicked in the face and 100 'South Sudanese' youths trashing an AirBnB "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Victoria Police insist they don't have an African gang problem in Melbourne after an officer was kicked in the face at a shopping mall and 100 youths of Sudanese appearance trashed an AirBnB house.

The comments from Superintendent Therese Fitzgerald came after a boy kicked a police officer in the head as he crouched down attempting to arrest a 16-year-old youth for alleged shoplifting on Boxing Day.

The scuffle at Highpoint Shopping Centre, at Maribyrnong in Melbourne's west, was caught on CCTV on Tuesday afternoon.

However, Superintendent Fitzgerald said this latest incident involving African youths was not a sign there was an ethnically-related gang problem, amid a spate of crime linked to Apex gangs.

'We have problems with youth crime across the state and it's not a particular group of youths we are looking into. It's all youths. It's youth crime,' she told reporters.

Superintendent said 'youth crime in general' was to blame - a week after police were pelted with rocks after being called to an AirBnB house at Werribee, in Melbourne's west.

Officers were forced to retreat from the house, trashed inside by a party, when more than 100 youths of primarily South Sudanese appearance turned on them.

Photos taken from inside the house show walls kicked and punched in, mattresses thrown on top of furniture and pepper spray splattered across bedroom curtains.

Neighbours say they were left terrified when youths from the house started roaming the streets, throwing rocks and smashing cars.

Less than a week later, a police officer was kicked in the face as he crouched down trying to arrest a 16-year-old boy for alleged shoplifting at Highpoint Shopping Centre.

The scuffle, which was captured on CCTV, unfolded in front of shocked Boxing Day shoppers before the assailant ran from the centre into the car park.

The senior constable sustained non-life threatening injuries and was taken to hospital as the youth who assaulted him remained at large. 'It could have been a lot worse and I'm pleased to report he's returned to work today,' Superintendent Therese Fitzgerald told reporters on Wednesday. 'He's got bruising to his eye but is in very good spirits.'

A 16-year-old Flemington boy was arrested over the alleged theft but he was released pending further inquiries.

Police are wanting to speak to a teen who is described as African in appearance and was wearing a white top and black bandana.

In June, at nearby Footscray, a man was struck in the head with a tomahawk as a gang of 15 African youths burst into a barber shop and began rioting.

In April, a gang of five Sudanese teenagers allegedly bashed their autistic classmate, i...


Shock union claims: detective breaks silence on fraud scandal "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

The retired detective who led the police investigation into the Australian Workers Union fraud scandal has broken his silence, calling for a fresh probe into an alleged conspiracy between former union officials and executives from construction giant Thiess that he claims extended to Julia Gillards old law firm.

In an extraordinary development in the long-running affair, former West Australian major fraud squad officer David McAlpine claims his investigation into the AWU slush fund 20 years ago was subverted due to political interference.

He said that in August 1998 the WA Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions had abruptly ordered him to remain in Perth as he was preparing to fly to Melbourne to execute search warrants on key players, including Ms Gillards then employer, law firm Slater & Gordon.

Mr McAlpine said he had retained key documents including letters, memos and telephone notes from his two-year investigation and he was willing to swear an affidavit and give evidence in any court about his knowledge of the $400,000-plus fraud. The fact that I was lied to and this investigation was subverted and people appear to have given false evidence at a royal commission, it needs to be reinvestigated because the simple fact is the Australian people need to know the truth, he said.

Mr McAlpine retired from WA Police in October 2016 after 42 years of service and is now living in Thailand.

In a written statement and audio recording sent to The Australian, Mr McAlpine claimed former Thiess senior executives might have misled the trade union royal commission in 2014 about alleged secret commissions paid to AWU officials Bruce Wilson and Ralph Blewitt.

Mr Wilson has admitted to extracting large sums of money from Thiess for a slush fund he set up in the early 1990s with legal assistance from Ms Gillard, who was his girlfriend at the time.

Money from the AWU Workplace Reform Association was used to partly fund the purchase of a house in the Melbourne suburb of Fitzroy in 1993. The association was supposed to promote training and safety on construction sites.

Royal commissioner Dyson Heydon recommended in 2015 that Mr Wilson and Mr Blewitt face prosecution for fraud-related offences connected to the fund.

Ms Gillard has repeatedly denied knowing the fund was to be used in a fraud.

The royal commission found that she had been casual and haphazard in her work at Slater & Gordon but had not committed offences, and was not aware of Mr Wilsons conduct.

Mr Heydon rejected Ms Gillards denials that she was the beneficiary of cash sums from Mr Wilson for house renovations. The commission found that the builder, Athol James, who recalled the wads of cash, and a union staffer, Way...


Victoria police 'caught using and trafficking meth and ecstasy - as two officers joke over texts about going to work after a cocaine bender' "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

No wonder they cannot control the African teenagers who aree running riot

Police partying on ice, cocaine and ecstasy would meet up with known traffickers, peddle drugs themselves and return positive tests, says an Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission special report.

The report takes in three investigations into claims of drug possession, trafficking and use by police since 2014 and says allegations against eight officers have been substantiated.

Operation Apsley revealed a group of police were using drugs regularly in their social lives - including one who used cocaine 'most days' for four months last year.

The officer, known as Senior Constable A, and a friend, Senior Constable B, used and trafficked drugs and were 'cavalier about the safety risks', the report says.

Both told IBAC they would not work if affected by drugs, but messages between them refuted these claims, including this exchange after a night out using cocaine:

Senior Constable A: 'Feeling slightly average but okay. Gonna be a long shift. Rad night.'

Senior Constable B: 'Kill me, I wanna lay down.'

Another senior constable messaged a civilian associate about putting MDMA powder into capsules - 'Now that you run a sophisticated drug syndicate you will be... essstremely bizzy' was the reply.

Two other IBAC operations also exposed regular drug use with one that focused on a constable leading to that officer's brother being arrested by federal and interstate police on drug offences.

While IBAC says allegations against eight were substantiated it says they were likely just 'snapshots of a more widespread and serious problem for Victoria Police'.

Of those eight officers, two were charged with giving false evidence, misleading or attempting to mislead IBAC, and inciting a witness to mislead IBAC, and one was charged with criminal drug offences.

One has been dismissed, three have resigned, three are suspended and one returned to work after an admonishment notice.

There are systemic deficiencies in Victoria Police's illicit drug prevention and detection, IBAC concludes.

'Police officers cannot be selective in choosing which criminal laws they will obey,' IBAC Commissioner Stephen O'Bryan QC said in a statement.

'While most of the police officers investigated were aware they were engaging in illegal conduct, they rationalised their off-duty criminality as being separate to their obligations as police officers.'

Victoria Police's alcohol and drugs policy says illicit drug use is not tolerated but there is ambiguity about the consequences, IBAC says.

Police have accepted the recommendations...


#Sydney, #Australia: Solidarity with Russian Anarchist Prisoners "IndyWatch Feed National"

Images of a solidarity action in front of the Russian consulate in Sydney, Australia.

Submitted toEnough is Enough.

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

Sydney, Australia: Solidarity with Russian Anarchist Prisoners

In response to a solidarity appeal from comrades in Russia, on the 18th of March, the day of the Russian elections, a group of anarchists in Sydney, gathered at the Russian consulate.

We distributed leaflets about the situation of imprisoned Russian anarchists and antifascists and chanted soligans against police, prisons and the Putin regime.



Malaysias Najib Says Rohingya Crisis Raises Regional Terror Threat "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

In a break from convention, prime minister criticizes a fellow Asean member at a summit

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, left, with Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi at a reception on Friday as part of the Asean summit in Sydney.
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, left, with Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi at a reception on Friday as part of the Asean summit in Sydney. PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES

SYDNEYMalaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak identified the Rohingya crisis as a major security threat to Southeast Asia, a rare criticism of a neighboring nation at a conference meant to engender better cooperation on security in the region.

Speaking at a counterterrorism conference in Sydney ahead of a special summit of regional leaders with Australia, Prime Minister Najib Razak broke with Association of Southeast Asian Nations convention to avert internal criticisms, warning bluntly that the humanitarian crisi...

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