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Monday, 15 October

20:26

Japan raises concerns over Pacifics debt to China "IndyWatch Feed National"

Japans foreign minister has raised concerns  about the high levels of debt accrued by some Pacific Island nations and said his country wants to help resolve the problem.

Foreign Minister Taro Kono made the comments on Monday while visiting New Zealand, where he met  his counterpart Winston Peters.

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Japans Foreign Minister Taro Kono, left, with his counterpart Winston Peters in Wellington on Monday.CREDIT:AP

Some observers have become alarmed at the growth in Chinese lending in the Pacific and worry that small countries such as Tonga and Vanuatu are becoming beholden to China because of their high debt levels.

Kono didnt mention China specifically in his comments. But he said the Pacific region was important in a strategic sense to both Japan and New Zealand.

Peters said New Zealand was also concerned about the loans and the ability of small island nations to repay them.

Were looking very seriously at that, saying What does it mean for us when those nations may forfeit the very asset value that theyve sought to develop, and have it owned by some other country? he said.

Peters said neither Japan nor New Zealand had gone so far as to offer to repay the loans directly.

We understand the problem, Peters added. Weve got our eyes wide open.

Konos visit to New Zealand was the first by a Japanese foreign minister in five years. It marks a warming relationship between the two nations over the past year since Jacinda Ardern became New Zealands prime minister.

Kono thanked New Zealand for deciding last month to deploy a maritime patrol plane to Japan as part of an effort to enforce UN sanctions against North Korea.

Australia, Canada and the US are also helping Japan monitor offshore ship-to- ship transfers of oil allegedly involving North Korean ships, which would violate UN sanctions imposed over the Norths nuclear and missile programs.

Regarding the situation in North Korea, we reaffirm our cooperation to achieve a complete, verifiable and irreversible disposal of all the weapons of mass destruction and the ballistic missiles of all ranges, Kono said through an interpreter.

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19:21

Evacuating Nauru: Mdecins Sans Frontires and Australias Refugee Dilemma "IndyWatch Feed National"

MSF, at least in its operating protocols, is meant to be solidly neutral and diligently impartial.  But neutrality tends to be compromised before the spectacle of suffering.  Bearing witness disturbs the mood and narrows objective distance.  On June 17, 2016, by way of example, the organisation stated that it could not accept funding from the EU or the Member States while at the same time treating the victims of their policies! Its that simple.  Central to this, as Katharine Weatherhead explained in an analysis of the organisations stance, is the ethic of refusal and tmoignage, the idea of being a witness to suffering.

Australias gulag mimicry a prison first, justice second mentality that governs boat arrivals has done wonders to challenge any stance of distance humanitarian organisations might purport to have.  To see the suffering such policies cause is to make converts of the stony hearted.  What matters in this instance the MSF condemnation of Australias innately brutal anti-refugee policy on Nauru is its certitude.

The Australian government has taken the high, icy road and left the UN Refugee Convention in shambolic ruin; it insists, repeatedly, that refugees are to be discriminated against on the basis of how they arrive to the country; it also suggests, with a hypnotically disabling insistence that keeping people in open air prisons indefinitely is far better than letting them drown.  (We, the message goes, stopped the boats and saved lives!)

MSF, which had been working on the island since November 2017 primarily providing free psychological and psychiatric services, was given its marching orders by Naurus authorities last week.  Visas for the organisations workers were cancelled to make it clear there was no intention of inviting us back, explained MSF Australia director Paul McPhun.

A disagreement about what MSF was charged with doing developed.  The original memorandum of understanding with the Nauru government...

19:12

Video: Remembering the West Gate Bridge collapse "IndyWatch Feed National"

 

Forty-eight years ago, today, a span of the West Gate Bridge collapsed, killing 35 and injuring 18.

The findings of a royal commission into the collapse, together with union efforts, paved the way for the strengthening of occupational health and safety laws in Australian workplaces.

Mourn the dead, fight like hell for the living. We will never forget the workers that were lost that day.

Video from Australian Unions

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West Gate Bridge Collapse

48 years ago today, a span of the West Gate Bridge collapsed, killing 35 and injuring 18. The findings of a royal commission into the collapse, together with union efforts, paved the way for the strengthening of occupational health and safety laws in Australian workplaces. Mourn the dead, fight like hell for the living. We will never forget the workers that were lost that day.

Posted by Australian Unions on Sunday, October 14, 2018

 

The post Video: Remembering the West Gate Bridge collapse appeared first on The Pen.

17:41

Desperate Chinese middle class take big risks to move money, and themselves, overseas "IndyWatch Feed National"

Growing worries are pushing more wealthy mainlanders to seek property and long-stay visas overseas but for some, it has turned into a nightmare

South China Morning Post

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PUBLISHED : Sunday, 14 October, 2018, 10:02pm
UPDATED : Monday, 15 October, 2018, 10:39am
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17:10

As nuclear power declines worldwide, renewable energy races ahead "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Likening nuclear power to that of a living organism, however, Mycle Schneider, the lead author of the World Nuclear Industry Status Report, told World Finance the industry was like a dying species due to the obvious reduction in new nuclear project launches in recent years.

This is seen clearly in the International Energy Agencys (IEA) annual World Energy Investment report, updated in July, which found that nuclear investment is falling fast.

Nuclear power continues its decline as renewable alternatives steam ahead, World Finance,  Author: Courtney Goldsmith, October 15, 2018

Once thought of as the primary answer to the globes renewable energy requirements, nuclear energy is now viewed unfavourably in comparison to solar and wind alternatives.

Last year, the largest nuclear power builder in history went bankrupt. Japanese conglomerate Toshibas prolific subsidiary Westinghouse filed for bankruptcy after revealing billions of dollars of cost overruns on its US construction projects. At the start of 2018, Toshiba agreed to sell the business for $4.6bn

The high-profile sale followed the French Governments 5.3bn ($6.2bn) bailout of state-owned nuclear company Areva, which went technically bankrupt after a cumulative six-year
loss of $12.3bn.

These distress signals were noted in the 2017 World Nuclear Industry Status Report...

16:53

Never give up. Never, never, never give up. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Michael Smith National Australia Bank BSB: 084855 Acct No: 537650476 Dear friends, Over the past 6 or 7 years we've gotten to know each other pretty well. I think you know that when I'm travelling OK I don't ask for your help. When I have enough to live, I let...

16:11

New Evidence from Bourke "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Compelling new evidence released on 8th October 2018 from Bourke, NSW, demonstrates how the Maranguka Justice Reinvestment project, the largest of its kind in Australia, is builder safer, stronger communities.

The initiative, developed in 2013 when members of the Bourke Aboriginal community approached Just Reinvest NSW with an interest in adopting a community-led justice reinvestment approach. A community strategy for change was developed, Growing Our Kids Up Safe, Smart, Strong, and implementation commenced in 2015. The Project is directed and guided by the Bourke Tribal Council and a backbone team works with existing services to work collectively to develop and implement local solutions.

Newly released statistics demonstrate the following changes in Bourke between 2015 and 2017:

  • 18% reduction in the number of major offences reported
  • 34% reduction in the number of non-domestic violence related assaults reported
  • 39% reduction in the number of domestic violence related assaults reported
  • 39% reduction in the number of people proceeded against for drug offences.
  • 35% reduction in the number of people proceeded against for driving offences.

Sarah Hopkins, Chair of Just Reinvest NSW, has stated that Over previous decades, we have seen the imprisonment rates of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men, women and children increasing dramatically. The experience in Bourke demonstrates that the solutions to this national crisis lie in community-led initiatives like justice reinvestment that support communities to develop local solutions.

Re-offending has also decreased, with the following changes observed between 2014 and 2016:

  • 8% reduction in the overall rate of re-offending with a new offence within 12 months of release
  • 15% reduction in the rate of domestic violence re-offending among domestic violence offenders (aged 18-25)
  • 48% reduction in the rate of domestic violence re-offending among domestic violence offenders (aged 26 and over).

For children and young people (10-25 year olds) the following changes have occurred:

  • 14% reduction in the rate of re-offending with a new offence within 12 months of release (2014 t0 2016)
  • 12% reduction in the total number of young people proceeded against for offences from 2015 to 2017
  • 38% reduction in number of young people (up to 25 years) proceeded against for driving offences from 2015 to 2017
  • 43% reduction in number of young people proceeded against for breaches of Apprehended Violence Orders from 2015 to 2017
  • 43% reduction in number of young people proceeded...

15:58

2019 NSW Election Policy Platform "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Just Reinvest NSW has released its policy platform ahead of the 2019 NSW State Election. To read the full policy, click here. In summary, we are asking the NSW Government to:

Support community-led solutions to break the cycle of offending and build vibrant futures for children and young people through:

1. Allocating $5 million over 5 years from the corrections budget for three new community-led justice reinvestment initiatives across NSW.

2. Providing $5 million over 5 years from the corrections budget for the establishment of an independent NSW justice reinvestment body overseen by a board with Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander leadership.

Implement reforms to reduce the prison population and shift spending away from building prisons to building safer, stronger communities:

3. Commit to policy and legislative reforms to immediately reduce the prison population in NSW, including those proposed in the Just Reinvest NSW Policy Paper: Smarter Sentencing and Parole Law Reform, as well as adequate resourcing to ensure effective implementation of the sentencing and parole law reforms in the NSW Criminal Justice Reform Package.

4. Report annually on projected and actual costs and savings associated with the implementation of sentencing and parole law reforms and driver disqualification reforms in the NSW Criminal Justice Reform Package.

The post 2019 NSW Election Policy Platform appeared first on Just Reinvest NSW Inc.

15:39

Recent Media Coverage "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The work of Just Reinvest NSW and the Maranguka Justice Reinvestment project has recently been reported in the following articles:

Unique community policing sees crime rates plunge in Bourke, The Guardian, 9th October 2018:

This article discussed the tangible outcomes being delivered by the Maranguka Justice Reinvestment project in Bourke. This includes the following observations sourced through BOCSAR NSW data:

  • A 72% reduction in the number of young people charged for driving without a license (236 more people now have their licence);
  • A 35% reduction in overall driving offences; and
  • A 39% reduction in domestic violence-related assaults.

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/oct/09/unique-community-policing-sees-rates-plunge-in-bourke

Brighter futures for Bourkes Aboriginal community and Bourke acts to keep Aboriginal young people out of prison, The Australian, 6th October 2018:

These pieces discussed the progress of Justice Reinvestment in Bourke, including its social and fiscal benefits, and potential to be scaled across other communities.

15:23

Australias death penalty abolition strategy welcomed, but more action needed to address complicity in deaths "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Human Rights Law Centre has welcomed the Australian Governments new strategy for the abolition of the death penalty, but warned that further action is needed to avoid the risk of another tragedy like the deaths of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran.

The strategy, released this morning in Canberra, outlines Australias whole of government approach to abolishing the death penalty.

We welcome the strategys unequivocal statement that Australia opposes the death penalty in all circumstances for all people. We are seeing around the world that in a time of populist politics established standards of basic decency can evaporate in an instant. Its vital to entrench our opposition to the death penalty in our laws, in our political culture, in our foreign policy and in our international reputation and identity, said Daniel Webb, director of legal advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre.

Disappointingly, the strategy excludes any consideration of Australias approach to police cooperation and information sharing in a death penalty context. Mr Webb said that omission meant that if the Bali Nine case happened again tomorrow, nothing would prevent the AFP from acting in exactly the same way and sharing information that ultimately facilitates executions.

It was a tip off from the Australian Federal Police that ultimately led to Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran being arrested in Indonesia where they were sentenced to death. If the same set of circumstances were to exist tomorrow, there is nothing to stop the AFP doing exactly the same thing, said Mr Webb.

We must not facilitate what we abhor. We are not executing people, and we are telling other countries not to execute people, but our AFP is still sharing intelligence and information that can lead to executions we are still a link in the causal chain in executions around the world, said Mr Webb.

Figures obtained by Fairfax media under freedom of information laws in 2017 showed that Australian Federal Police assisted in nearly 130 foreign crime investigations, involving more than 400 people since 2015, where a successful prosecution could potentially lead to a death sentence.

In 2016, the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade recommended that the Australian Government seek assurances from foreign law enforcement agencies that the death penalty will not be sought before sharing information.

The Human Rights Law Centres submission to the inquiry is here.

15:05

Australia Turning Really Authoritative? Is this How a Dark Age Begins? "IndyWatch Feed National"

The greed of governments in their pursuit of money is the single greatest threat to creating a Dark Age. With New Zealand imposing a $5,000 fine for just landing there and you refuse to hand over your pen and passwords to your phone for them to search, now we have Australia going really nuts to the point that they risk tech companies simply banning the sale of their products in the country. The Assistance and Access Bill 2018 in Australia will force Google, Apple, Facebook, and other technology groups to help Australian authorities decode certain forms of encrypted communications on their systems, or face fines of up to AU$10 million. The government says the legislation will help protect against terrorism, fraud and child abuse crimes, claiming it aims to ensure criminals have no place to hide.

The problem that arises that failure to pay taxes they also call criminal. Hence, the hunt for money is greatly aided by this type of legislation far more than any other pretend criminal activity. While the government has stopped short of demanding backdoor access to tech companies systems that would allow the government to tap into end-to-end encryption services such as WhatsApp, it does demand access to data at points where it is not encrypted.

Apple, FOR INSTANCE,  would not be made to create a backdoor for their iMessage where every users encryption key is different. But the government could request access to the single encryption key for its iCloud services. When you send a message to a friend, its encrypted as it travels between the two devices, and when it arrives, its decrypted for your friend to read, which is when the government should get to read it. The Australian government is cleverly demanding not a backdoor, but a side door to gain access to whatever people are sending.

Naturally, the cybersecurity minister claims this will only be allowed under strict guidelines, with companies subject to three levels of escalation: an interception agency requesting the company voluntarily assist; a Technical Assistance Notice whereby the companies are instructed to help; and a Technical...

15:00

Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

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14:01

AFTINET remains opposed to the TPP-11 but welcomes ALP Bill for fairer future trade deals "IndyWatch Feed National"

15 October 2018: AFTINET welcome the pledges for progressive changes to future trade policy in shadow Trade Minister Jason ClaresBill  announced today, as the TPP-11 implementing legislation is being debated by the Senate. However we remain opposed to theTPP-11 because it restricts the right of future governments to regulate in the public interest and contains:

We welcome the pledge that Labor will attempt to remove ISDS and  reinstate labour market testing for temporary workers in the TPP-11 if it wins government.  But in practice a future Labor government, having endorsed the implementation of the TPP-11 in opposition, would have less bargaining power to negotiate such changes with the other 10 governments once the deal is implemented, and changes will be difficult to achieve, said Dr Ranald.

We welcome the Bills provisions for future trade agreements to ban ISDS and ban the removal of labour market testing for temporary workers, and to include fully enforceable labour rights. We also welcome pledges previously made to improve the transparency of trade negotiations, to publish negotiating texts and final texts of future trade agreements before they are signed, and for independent assessment of their impacts. These are changes long advocated by many community organisations, said Dr Ranald.

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13:11

Long live the gender whisperers "IndyWatch Feed National"

Part of what underlies this debate is that the Yes campaign for marriage equality in 2017, in its most formal organised form (under the banner The Equality Campaign), emphasised LGBTIQ equality in private family life, rather than broader public life. The campaign quite explicitly decided not to defend Safe Schools, gender diversity, or to confront the homophobia and transphobia stirred up by the No campaign.

12:01

Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham Threatened To Sue Teenager For Calling Him A Bully, Hypocrite "IndyWatch Feed National"

Just over a year after publicly railing about politicians misusing defamation laws, Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham threatened to sue a teenager for posting comments critical of him in a closed Facebook group with less than 600 members. When the young woman offered to remove the post in exchange for Mr Buckingham agreeing to not sue, he told her it was not a negotiation and demanded she provide a contact email address so his lawyers could serve her with legal papers.

At the time, the young woman was sitting at the beside of her gravely ill mother in the Intensive Care Unit of a far north coast hospital.

And the comments which upset Mr Buckingham? He was accused of bullying, and being a massive fucking hypocrite.

Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham, pictured in August 2011. (IMAGE: Kate Ausburn, Flickr)

Mr Buckingham is coming under increasing scrutiny for his use of lawyers to threaten political colleagues, after launching legal action against four current/former Greens party members who commented on public allegations he sexually assaulted a Greens staffer, Ella Buckland, in 2011. The incident is the subject of an ongoing New Matilda investigation, although Mr Buckingham has strongly denied the assault occurred.

The young woman at the centre of the latest story Vanamali Hermans had met Mr Buckingham in 2014 while she was a Year 11 student on the NSW north coast. She joined the party soon after, but quickly became disillusioned. In December 2016, aged 18, Ms Hermans took to the closed NSW Greens Facebook group total membership less than 600 at the time to vent after being accused by Mr Buckingham of favouring other Greens politicians Facebook posts over his.

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Yep! I love that we have MPs and a wider membership that use young people as...

11:17

The Daily "Near You?" "IndyWatch Feed National"

Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Thanks for stopping by!

10:59

Hillary on Monica & Bill "IndyWatch Feed National"

Hillary Clinton: Bill's affair with Monica Lewinsky wasn't an abuse of power because 'she was an adult'https://t.co/ZHS00Chwfw pic.twitter.com/ozCMXmAg9g New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) October 14, 2018

10:29

Prince Harrys Invictus Games, Brought To You By Arms Dealers, Figuratively And Literally "IndyWatch Feed National"

Its one thing to celebrate the human spirit in the face of great adversity. Its another thing altogether to let the weapons manufacturers who helped create the adversity sponsor the celebrations. Nick Deane explains.

The Invictus Games will be familiar to all who watch the ABC, their promoter and sponsor. The Games will be taking place in Sydney in October, the participants being injured service personnel from 18 countries.

It is highly inspiring to see the human spirit triumph over mutilations of the human body. Who can fail but be impressed by the fortitude of the participating athletes? As the Story of the Games tells us, they have faced life-changing injuries but have somehow found the motivation not to let those injuries define them.

From what we can see, they appear to be in comparatively good health both mentally and physically, despite the terrible wounds they have suffered. This is wonderful. And it is entirely fitting that sport plays a positive role in their rehabilitation.

Admirable also is the skill and dedication of those who brought them back to comparative health and the ability to rejoin society the surgeons and nurses, the technicians who create the equipment and prostheses, and the carers and family members who keep them in their current state of well-being. There is clearly a whole team of people behind each, individual participant.

This part of the story is displayed for the general public in a brilliant light. Under it, we see the heroism of the individuals who have had to face extraordinary misfortune and feel pride in their accomplishments. We are, however, discouraged from exploring the shadows this light casts, where lie aspects that would otherwise complete the picture.

Of the wounded, we only see those who have, to some extent, prevailed over their disabling wounds. Others, out of the bright light, couldnt find the necessary motivation, or are so damaged that seeing them would horrify us.

Are they out of sight, so as to be out of our minds? Besides, there are probably some who are literally out of their own minds, suffering Post Traumatic Stress. We dwell, almost exclusively, on the heroes. An obsession with success takes our eyes away from those who cant or wont recover.

There is a whiff of triumphalism in this (it is in the name of the games). Their spirit may be unconquered, but they have, without exception, been severely beaten. Giving them a special name does not alter that.

All the participants have encountered life-changing trauma that they must endure as long as they live. Telling them they are admirable because they have suffered in the service of their country is inadequate compensation even with the promise of life-long medical and financial support....

09:44

Quarter Of A Century Without A Recession. Shame About The Housing Affordability "IndyWatch Feed National"

Modern Australia faces a heart-breaking paradox. We continued our world record growth streak in May with 26 recession free years. But many arent benefiting from it, writes Andrew Cairns.

At the heart of the problem is housing affordability. Most of the time Australia was racking up record growth, housing affordability was declining.

Our politicians are digging in over corporate tax cuts. If they aimed a little bigger they could solve our countrys housing crisis. Serious tax reforms can put us on the path to a future with more affordable housing a fairer future for everyone.

But tax reform is hard. Politicians and vested interests make it a fight between rich and poor.

The most frustrating thing is, this fight is a lie. Our tax system can be reformed to benefit all Australians if we invest in solving the housing crisis, we can all reap rewards of stronger communities, local economies, and healthier, happier people.

Sound like a pipe dream? Its not.

As the Australian dream of home ownership spiralled into a nightmare of debt, more people gave up on the dream and started renting. But todays rental market offers little relief. Our May Rental Affordability Index showed extreme pockets of rental stress across the nation.

The housing crisis is undermining Australias economy. Housing stress is making it hard for people to make ends meet theyre being forced to choose between paying rent and essentials, like groceries or medicine. Thats the reality of what housing stress means for people. Do you think those who go without food and healthcare are healthy productive workers? Can they benefit from our economic growth?

What can be done? All politicians need to be brave and aim bigger.

We need serious tax reform with bipartisan and long-term funding commitments to a national plan to build more affordable homes.

Politicians need to wind back capital gains tax exemptions and only apply negative gearing to new builds. After years of declining housing affordability and property stock concentrating in fewer and fewer hands in Australia, this will put us on the path to a fairer future a more affordable future.

We need to encourage innovation in financing not only to build more social and affordable housing but also to enable those of us who are disadvantaged to realise the Australian dream. Innovation like Community Sector Bankings recently launched Unpack For Good pilot, which allows community housing residents to purchase their own home. The program allows residents to co-own their home with their housing provider sharing ownership lowers the cost of purchasing the home for residents, meaning they can buy a home that would otherwise be unaffordable.

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09:29

Australias Family Law System: Broken "IndyWatch Feed National"

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[Editors note: An exclusive report from journalist and broadcaster, Amanda Gearing.]

by Amanda Gearing

On Monday, October 22, 2018, six years after parliament decided to hold a Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, Australias new prime minister, Scott Morrison, is going to make an apology to the many victims.

However, even while he is speaking, there is a small army of children who even today are living with someone of whom they are terrified.

Ten years ago, a child of seven left a phone message on my answering machine, delivering a plea so heart-breakingly despe...

08:35

Citizen Science Survey Camp Spring 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

The Goongerah Environment Centre (GECO), based in far east Gippsland is hosting a citizen science survey over the Melbourne Cup long weekend in November (November 3 6, 2018).

You will learn from the dedicated and passionate ecologists and activists at GECO whose citizen science campaign is saving forests from logging. Well be based in and around Goongerah, including surrounding high conservation value and old growth forests, and the iconic Kuark forest.

These camps are a great chance to learn about how special these forests are, while contributing to their protection.

GECO say:

This camp will visit forests on the lands of the Bidwell, Gunnai-Kurnai and Monaro people. We acknowledge their ongoing custodianship of these forests and pay respect to their elders past and present.

The camp is free of charge. But donations to cover costs are most appreciated.

Youll gain skills to put into practice and get involved in the GECO citizen science campaign.

We will also conduct nocturnal spotlighting in forests that are under imminent threat of logging. If our surveys are successful, theres a chance we can protect these forests and stop them being logged.

Youll gain skills in wildlife spotlighting, using GPS, remote fauna camera use, forest and rainforest survey techniques, and youll experience some of Victorias most spectacular old growth forests, that are still under threat from logging.

We suggest you arrive on Saturday during the day to be ready to start the program on Saturday evening.

We will have the GECO kitchen tent set up with communal gas burners, cooking pots and pans, bowls, cups and cutlery etc.

You need to supply your own breakfast and lunch, and snacks during the day.
Dinner will be provided for Saturday, Sunday and Monday nights at a cost of $20 per person for three nights. Meals will be Vegan and Gluten free.

The kitchen will be available to use each morning for breakfast, lunch will be eaten in the bush on field trips.

Families and children are welcome.

Full details available here.

08:17

Aussie kids call on PM to act on Nauru "IndyWatch Feed National"

 

A group of young Aussie kids appear in a new advertising campaign pleading with the Prime Minister to save more than 100 young children in desperate trouble on Nauru.

Doctors who have visited the children are saying they will start dying if the government doesnt save them and bring them to Australia.

The former head of mental services on Nauru called their treatment a form of torture.

The ad has been with the Prime Minister for 10 days, with a request to meet with these children and explain why Australia is persecuting innocent children.

The Prime Minister has not responded to their request for a meeting, although its makers say they are hopeful he understands the message.

President of the Australian Council of Churches, Bishop Philip Huggins, and filmmaker Richard Keddie (Ride Like A Girl, Hawke, Little Fish, Oddball) have helped these children express their fears on film.

The is appearing on social media with the support of a vast network of community groups.

The children in the ad care desperately about the atrocious treatment being handed out by Aussies to innocent children.

A spokespersons said, many of the kids in the ad have been supporting the Nauru children from afar for a number of years and are deeply distressed that children in our care can be tortured like this and perhaps left to die.

They cannot understand that Aussies could do this, and want the kids saved, brought to Australia, where they can heal and recover the enchantment of childhood.

They do not wish to play politics. They just understand the difference between right and wrong.

 

The post Aussie kids call on PM to act on Nauru appeared first on Echonetdaily.

07:00

QLD : Woodgate Beach "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Within an hour of arriving at NRMA Woodgate Beach Holiday Park, Id met three sets of grey nomads who had been visiting the park for over a decade. When I mentioned on instagram that we were at Woodgate Beach, I was flooded with DMs from people who fondly remembered childhood summers spent there.

Indeed, Woodgate Beach is imbued with a sense of yesteryear. Its charming, peaceful and incredibly picturesque. Located on the Fraser Coast, 40minutes from Bundaberg, its a very small town dotted with old holiday shacks and resident kangaroos.

If youre looking for a quiet getaway with few distractions, Woodgate Beach might be just the place for you. Its an easy drive from the Bruce Hwy and once you arrive you can rest and relax andthats about all.

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06:36

"WA Police Force can re-open investigations into all unsolved crimes if new information comes to light" "IndyWatch Feed National"

This is the Western Australia Police Force Annual Report for 2018. In his foreword the new Commissioner, Chris Dawson APM tells us My first action was to return the agency to being known as the Western Australia Police Force . This change aligns the agency with the Police Act 1892,...

06:23

Change The Rules nationwide rallies "IndyWatch Feed National"

 

Union leaders Karen Batt CPSU Victoria Sally McManus Michele ONeil Troy Gray ETU Electrical Trades Union of Australia, Victorian Branch and Lori-Anne Sharp Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation, launching new TV ads about the Change The Rules nationwide rallies.

Video from Australian Unions

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Union leaders Karen Batt CPSU Victoria Sally McManus Michele O'Neil Troy Gray ETU Electrical Trades Union of Australia, Victorian Branch and Lori-Anne Sharp Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation launching new TV ads about the Change The Rules nationwide rallies.

Posted by Australian Unions on Saturday, October 6, 2018

The post Change The Rules nationwide rallies appeared first on The Pen....

06:11

Strip Former Governor-General Peter Hollingworth Of His $640,000 Pension, Demand Survivor Rights Groups "IndyWatch Feed National"

A powerful coalition of survivor rights groups have joined forces to demand the Prime Minister change legislation to allow the stripping of government pensions from disgraced former officials, amid revelations former Governor-General Peter Hollingworth continues to collect a taxpayer-funded benefit worth well over half a million dollars a year.

Dr Hollingworth resigned from the Governor-Generals office in 2003 after it emerged he failed to take action against known paedophiles within the Anglican Church during his time as the Archbishop of Brisbane in the early 1990s. He was also adversely named in the recent Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, after being found to have mislead an earlier inquiry about paedophile priest, John Elliot.

Dr Hollingworth served less than two years as the head of state, but a decade-and-a-half on continues to be paid a substantial annual benefit. In 2016 alone, he was the beneficiary of $640,000, documents released through Freedom of Information reveal. $357,732 is paid as a salary, the remainder he receives to run a staff office, plus travel entitlements.

Under the current laws, a former Governor-General could be sentenced to a term of imprisonment, and still receive his or her pension.

The call also comes as the Morrison Government prepares to deliver a National Apology to Victims and Survivors of Institutional Child Sexual Abuse later this month, a key recommendation from the recent Royal Commission.

Scott Morrison is sworn in as the 30th Australian Prime Minister.

In an open letter to Prime Minister Scott Morrison published today, Bravehearts, the Blue Knot Foundation, Care Leavers Australasia Network, End Rape On Campus Australia*, Beyond Abuse and the Queensland Child Sexual Abuse Legislative Reform Council demand that he reform legislation so that a pension can be stripped if information comes to light which suggests it is not in the public interest.

We, the undersigned, ask the Prime Minister to immediately commit to introducing legislation to amend the Governor-General Act 1974 to include a Code of Conduct, and link ongoing payments to a Good Character/Good Conduct test plus a provision to cease payment of public money to a former Governor-General where that payment is deemed to no longer be in the p...

05:49

Our Port Arthur historic site day trip and tips "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

There are some places that will instil the fear in most people and the Port Arthur prison must have done that back in the day when it was a fully functioning convict prison. I can tell you that because even as it stands now in ruins on the tip of a little bay it still has the power to make you feel a slight shiver of fear.

Standing in the sun you could feel beautifully warm but as soon as the wind picked up it could cut you to the bone with its iciness. I can only imagine how much the Port Arthur convicts would love the beauty of this place but hate it at the same time.

Port Arthur Prison

The Main Prison at Port Arthur from the water

 

Port Arthur Australia is one of the countries top attractions

 

We arrived at 10.45 after making the trip from Hobart to Port Arthur with Gray Line. I made a beeline to get my first look at the Port Arthur Historic site after taking the girls to the toilet after we first arrived. We made our way quickly down to the oval to take some pictures before the Port Arthur Historical Site got too busy with visitors for the day. We then made our way back up to a small balcony just inside the entrance so we could join the free tour which started at 11.00.

The tour was conducted by an employee of the Port Arthur Historic Site and the knowledge he had was amazing. We were taken to the majority of the main buildings or a central point where ))) would tell us about what had gone on there. As you toured more of the Port Arthur historic site the harsh conditions that the Port Arthur convicts had were made more and more evident. From harsh working gangs that built so much of Tasmania to the brutal punishment of the separate prison where Port Arthur convicts were sent into solitary confinement.

The tour only goes for about 45 minutes and gives you a taste of what to expect as you tour the actua...

05:26

We need wage theft laws now "IndyWatch Feed National"

A pre-election campaign to to raise the need for laws against wage theft in Victoria is being directed at Liberal Party leader Matthew Guy. There is a petition out now, and you can sign it via this Megaphone link.

Everyone deserves a ob they can count on. And no-one deserves to have their hard-earned wages stolen by their boss.

We want the Victorian government to add a clause to the Crimes Act (1958) which makes deliberate, dishonest wage theft a crime punishable by a term of imprisonment.

Daniel Andrews has committed to introduce wage theft laws. Now were calling on Matthew Guy to step up and protect young workers by making the same commitment.

Why is this important?

Right now, some businesses are exploiting young workers. Instead of contributing to our community, theyre stealing from vulnerable young people, and conditioning them for a life of exploitation.

I was one of those young workers. I worked for a year at a cafe in Camberwell, just outside of the Melbourne CBD. During my time there, I was classified as a part-time worker. That means I should have had regular shifts and access to paid annual and sick leave but instead I was treated as a casual, at the cafes beck and call, and had no access to paid leave.

Over $8000 in wages and $700 in superannuation were withheld from me by my boss in just a year and it took months of negotiations and a review of my full roster history to get the wages I claimed back paid to me.

Im just one of thousands. Wage theft is an epidemic. At least a fifth of young workers have reported that their hard-earned wages have been stolen from them in scams; they are paid for fewer hours than they work, are illegally denied correct pay, have their superannuation stolen or their accrued leave withheld.

All these forms of wage theft are against the law, but they still happen. Bosses know that theyll only receive fines or warnings if they get caught- and that theyre not likely to get caught.

A series of audits by Fair Work in 2016 revealed that almost 58% of hospitality businesses (cafes and restaurants) and 39% of retail businesses were stealing wages. Thats potentially hundreds of thousands of cases of wage theft! But only a fraction of these cases ever end up in court. It shows that the current legal system is stacked in favour of bad employers who choose to underpay workers to increase their profits.

 

 

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04:55

Times are changing "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Wages growth returning

Employment growth has continued at a rapid 2 per cent pace over the year to August 2018.

So fast, in fact, the Federal Budget seems set to be back in surplus imminently. 

Quite a shock.

The jobs data will likely be the most interesting news of the week ahead.

The market median forecast sees +15,000 new jobs created on a net basis, and a seasonally adjusted unemployment rate steady at 5.3 per cent.

TD has gone in with a 5.1 per cent forecast, while the high range forecast is for +30,000 jobs created.


Source: Bloomie

Punchy indeed.

Such a result would really set the cat among the pigeons. 

The unemployment rate in New South Wales already plunged to just 4.7 per cent in August, while in Victoria the rate dived to only 4.8 per cent.

The participation rate in New South Wales has been pushing out the highest ever levels, driven by pulsating trends in female employment. 

The labour force figures are due for release on Thursday morning.

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After a 'lost decade', UK wages growth is finally accelerating again, with the growth in regular pay excluding bonuses up to 2.9 per cent for the three months to July. 

The jobless rate in the UK is down to just 4 per cent - it h...

04:35

Three injured after kangaroo attacks family in Queensland "IndyWatch Feed National"

A woman is seriously injured after trying to protect her husband from a six-foot kangaroo in Australia. Linda Smith, 64, suffered a collapsed lung, broken ribs, cuts and other internal injuries after the male kangaroo attacked her husband Jim on Saturday evening. The couple have been feeding kangaroos and wallabies from their home in Millmerran, about 125 miles west of Brisbane, Queensland, to help them survive the region's drought. Mrs Smith grabbed a broom to fight the six-foot kangaroo off her husband - who suffered cuts and bruises - but the animal knocked the broom out of her hand and turned on her. She said: "Jim was on the ground and the kangaroo just kept at him.

04:06

Bird of the Day: White-faced Heron "IndyWatch Feed National"

 

White-faced Heron by James Zainaldin - La Paz Group

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

03:30

"IndyWatch Feed National"

Dr Tim Jones, senior lecturer in history at La Trobe University, said:

Preventing Harm, Promoting Justice calls for action by governments, the health sector and religious communities to better respond to people experiencing conflict between their gender identity or sexual orientation and their beliefs.

The report reveals the immense trauma and grief participants felt at the prospect of having to choose between their faith or their gender and sexuality, both intimate and important parts of themselves. The psychological and spiritual trauma experienced by our participants, at their loss of faith, or their struggle to be accepted by their communities, was devastating, added Dr Jones.

Anna Brown, director of legal advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre, said:

The report provides a roadmap for future reform, with recommendations directed at state and federal governments and the health sector.

We need stronger laws and support for survivors but also education about the harm caused by the cultural ideas and messaging prevalent within faith communities. We particularly urge governments across the country to respond to the acute vulnerability of children and young people in religious communities, said Ms Brown.

01:55

On Suicide and Stock Images "IndyWatch Feed National"

CW: This article contains stock images that depict disabled people in suicidal poses.


Stock images of disabled people have always been a bit of a joke.


There are the inspiration porn shots; disabled women, arms far-flung in an attitude of ecstasy, wheelchair implausibly positioned on a beach or in a boggy field.


The portraits of tragedy; gloomy, silhouetted images of wheelchairs in dark corners or sad seniors with their faces buried in their hands.


It's all a bit of a giggle really - especially when you take into consideration that most of the 'disabled' people posing aren't really disabled at all.  Hit the button that says 'images with same model' and you'll see what I mean.  Suddenly the model is running through the same field with a kite.  It's crip blackface - annoying, but slightly amusing.


Disabled people have laughed about this for a long time, in a resigned kind of way. 


I'm not laughing any more.


Today I wrote a Twitter thread with the intention of talking about the hilarious text descriptions assigned to stock art images. 


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01:55

SUNDAY SCREENING: Voices From the Gasfields (2015) "IndyWatch Feed National"

This is the film the UK & Australian Governments do not want you to see.

This moving documentary by international activist Ian R. Crane chronicles the accounts of families living under the degradation of the Unconventional hydrocarbon industry, aka Fracking. Their testimonies reveal the day to day pollution of water, air, light and noise. Due to the blind eye of the authorities, Fracking drillers have devastated local environment of Southern Queensland, and further afield and this could be coming to your town next. This film should be distributed and shown as widely as possible so we can learn and act. Watch:

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Run time: 1 hour
Directed and Produced by Ian R. Crane
Distributed independently (2015)

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01:18

Sleep and reading Australia bound "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Todays blog post is about sleep and reading. I am travelling from London to Sydney today via Hong Kong so I will not write anything more than a few lines. I will be back in writing mode on Tuesday I should think. For the next 24 hours I have a lot of reading to do. I also provide some advice for those who pack running shoes when travelling.

It has been a really busy, if not torrid speaking tour this time around lots of in and out of my least favourite airport London Heathrow and a lot of talk.

I now get a more measured period of writing.

Thomas Fazi and I met in Germany over the weekend just gone and are now fully working on our followup book to Reclaiming the State: A Progressive Vision of Sovereignty for a Post-Neoliberal World (Pluto Books, September 2017).

I will provide a rough guide to what we are up to soon I might have said when we know but it is more accurate to say when the approach is more fully articulated.

I think it will be a little of a surprise and as a clue we are going to provide a comprehensive critique of Western concepts of democracy and economy to allow us to break out of the usual frames that bind, even our thinking.

It might not work but it will be fun finding out.

More on that later.

Over the next 24 hours or so, if you are worried about comments that are held in the moderation queue it is because I am some kms in the sky and refuse to pay the ridiculous fees that airlines demand for wi-fi connection.

For those who pack running shoes when travelling

More important than learning or writing about Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) is finding good running routes when travelling.

Here are some of the routes I have been traversing over the last few weeks in New York City and then in Europe.

NYC Hudson River Park

I was staying in Jane Street, adjacient to the Hudson River. The choice of Hotel was deliberate because I had only one crossing before I was on the fabulous running track along the river.

You can go south for further than I run I went around 5 kms down and 5kms back. There are various piers that you can run out and around if you like.

Surface is excellent (paving mostly).

There are a lot of runners but it is not crowded.

Highly recommended.

The route in the map is not my turnaround point on the days I ran it I just couldnt fit it all on the screen and make it meaningful.

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22:56

ACFCGN annual general meeting 16 October 2018 "IndyWatch Feed National"

The AGM is your opportunity to learn more about our amazing national community garden movement. It also is an opportunity to play a formal role in ACFCGN by standing for a committee position.

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22:19

Hyde Cafe Bellingen black-bans people: Jenni Bienefelt the owner an Australian Christian Churches Christian black-banned me 4 years ago for writing about their cult "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Jenni Bienefelt the owner of Hyde Cafe, Bellingen on left. Jenni Bienefelt of Hyde Cafe is a dysfunctional black banner, pretend Fake Christian, Cult member, and errant hypocrite. Attends Life House Church in Coffs Harbour, a Hillsong clone church.

 

Below is an article I wrote and published 4 years ago on this, my personal blog-site , the day Jenni Beinefelt owner of Hyde Cafe, Bellingen, where I live, black-banned me for explaining the errors and faults of the Christian cult the Australian Christian Churches group she is part of in Bellingen called House of Hope, formerly called Christian Life Centre located on Bellingens North Side.

I write against Hillsong and the Australian Christian Churches (ACC) almost every day.

My goal and mission is to destroy Hillsong.

So far Ive helped get Brian Houston Hillsong head pastor recommended by the Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse to be charged with pedophile protection crimes.

22:09

Pastor Brian Houston head pastor of Hillsong Global Church. Pastor Brian Houston should be charged with pedophile protection crimes "IndyWatch Feed National"

 

Please listen to Johnny Cash singing Gods gonna cut you down.

 

Brian: waiting to be charged for pedophile protection crimes.

Pastor Brian Houston Head Pastor of Hillsong mega-church: waiting to be charged for pedophile protection crimes recommended by the Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

 

20:25

Grampians Peaks Trail (and always remember to pack your food away!) "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

A rule to remember whenever youre camping in the Australian bush (or anywhere really) is to pack away and secure your food at night so that it doesnt attract animals.

Its a rule I was acutely reminded of during a recent trip hiking the Grampians Peaks Trail, leaving me with a large, chewed tear in the floor of my much loved Macpac Minaret tent.

Ive always thought packing my food away into plastic bags and keeping them in my tent was enough to deter animals. In my many years of camping around Australia Ive never had a problem.

But this trip, it was a problem.

At some stage during the first night at the Bugiga hikers camp, something chewed its way into my tent and got into my dinner bag, getting at one of my dried meals and a block of fancy Koko Black chocolate given to me for Fathers Day.

I must have been tired because I slept through it and didnt realise what had happened until I was packing up in the morning after breakfast and discovered the hole in my tent.

I was devastated. Ive written before how much I love my tent and how its served me well on many trips in fair weather and foul.

It felt like Id let a good friend down.

I patched up the hole on both sides with first aid strapping tape and thankfully the weather was good so I didnt need to worry about rain.

Once back in Melbourne I got the hole patched and, hopefully, its good to go for my next trip.

And for that next trip Ill be investing in some decent bags to stash my food in and putting those into my backpack which Ill also line with a big plastic bag.

Lesson learned.

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Anyway, the Grampians Peaks Trail was okay. Nice scenery, interesting rock formations, easy to follow track. But it never felt particularly remote as the views included roads and the town of Halls Gap. There were also plenty of tourists and school groups doing day walks on the trails so it never felt like wilderness.

I started at Halls Gap, following the Grampians Peaks Trail signs up Stony Creek past Venus Baths and Splitters Falls into Wonderland. It was steady, but not challenging, climbing to get up onto the mountain range. Walking through the Grand...

20:06

Neo-Nazis March for Babies in Melbourne "IndyWatch Feed National"

Above : Neo-Nazi security worker Stuart Von Moger follows hot on the heels of His Eminence, Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke. Heh. Following on from revelations concerning the neo-Nazi infiltration of the Young Nationals in NSW, a small contingent of local Continue reading

19:43

Rusted off or how I learned to stop worrying and love the indie: @jansant comments #WentworthVotes #auspol "IndyWatch Feed National"

You could say Ive been pretty loud in the #WentworthVotes hashtag and youd be right. Heres why. In 2013 I was convinced (maybe easily) by a few Twitter accounts I banter with in #auspol to contribute to Margo Kingstons No Fibs Federal election coverage. A project/experiment with citizens reporting from the seats they lived in: or grassroots []

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Wayne Jansson is an Australian citizen journalist and photographer. He covered the seat of Indi during the 2013 federal election which saw Independent Cathy McGowan unseat Liberal Sophie Mirabella. His interests are politics and social justice.

18:36

Presidents report Spring 2018 "IndyWatch Feed National"

ACFCGN Spring 2018 President's report on declaring love on waste and the community garden survey...

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17:50

Useful plants for community gardens "IndyWatch Feed National"

As community gardeners we make biodiverse gardens combining food, exotic and native plants brought together into an assemblage that benefits us as well as the birds, bees and the myriad insect life that surrounds us. 

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17:47

Calmsley Hill City Farm, an early foray into urban farming education "IndyWatch Feed National"

An example of sustainability education and urban farming before they became popular, the story of Calmsley Hill City Farm is largely forgotten. At the time it was the locus of landcare education in the Sydney region and an early example of professional permaculture design.

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17:41

The uses of cardamom "IndyWatch Feed National"

Cardamom is a tropical plant whose centre of diversity, the region of its natural occurrence, is India. This one I attacked with machete was growing quite vigorously in warm-temperate Sydney.

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14:49

Ms GILLARD's backdated memo to Mr Blewitt is a forgery "IndyWatch Feed National"

On Thursday, 21 May 1992 Julia Gillard was in Melbourne. Her office was in Melbourne. Ms Gillard claims that on 21 May 1992 she provided important legal advice to her purported arms-length client Ralph Blewitt. This is the document through which Ms Gillard claims to have transmitted the advice to...

14:41

Forget coal wars, says Alan Finkel look at emission outcomes "IndyWatch Feed National"

Chief scientist says Australia must use all available technologiesAustralia's chief scientist says the question facing the nation's energy future is not about renewables versus coal but how best to create a whole-of-economy emissions reduction strategy.In a prerecorded interview with Sky released on Sunday, Dr Alan Finkel responded to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's report, which warned that greenhouse gas pollution needs to reach zero by 2050 if the world is to have [...]

14:22

Bananas "IndyWatch Feed National"

If your community garden is in a warm climate with plenty of rain, a compact clump of bananas will provide your gardeners with a tasty treat.

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13:50

An Act to create Australia's housing hidden time bomb and other purposes "IndyWatch Feed National"

When the colonialists settled this land they were amazed at how cheaply dwellings could be built in order to house humans inside them, with the added benefits of setting up 'shop' in NSW where the added expense of housing animals (the four legged variety) was not necessary due to the climate.

A niche industry has evolved in the last few years, where if one is contemplating to enter it, it would be of great benefit to stay away from a specific product.

The product in question is a type of housing being built, that being a dwelling built for the 'not for keeps' market, i.e. renters.

The mainstream media bugles that there is a housing shortage, where humans need affordable housing.

Well, how did 'we' get to such an inhumane level?

Well you see the people in government decided that what would be good for the 'economy' is to initiate a migrant 'invasion' on the good people of the country.

Let's look at Melbourne as an example.

An importation of approx. 2,500 humans per week has created many problems for the good residents, problems created by those in government.

Since there is not enough housing, a bonanza was created for the banks where the newly imported humans would be debt slaves to the banks for the fiat currency the banks trade with, an action supported by the 'Australian Government'. 

Let's put aside those pesky and unruly African youths (who ain't gonna be no 'debt slave' - at least they got that right, as they'll steal stuff - well they got that one wrong) in Melbourne's south-east, as the policemen and women are there in the parks protecting the (Queen's) peace...
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13:38

Climate change influencing tree death in times of drought "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

In Australia, we know that climate change driven fire regimes are impacting on plant species in mountain environments.

Research published earlier this year in the journal Nature Climate Change describes a series of sudden and catastrophic ecosystem shifts that have occurred recently across Australia. These changes, caused by the combined stress of gradual climate change and extreme weather events, are overwhelming ecosystems natural resilience.

In the south east of the continent, in terms of massive fires (greater than 250,000 ha), Victoria experienced two such events in the 19th century and five in the 20th century. In less than two decades, we have already had three mega fires in the 21st century. This has led to fears that Alpine Ash could become extinct in many parts of the alps unless we intervene through more extensive wildfire suppression or artificial seeding. It appears that increased fire frequency is the key factor impacting on the likely survival of plant species like the alpine ash.

New research, covered in the Colorado-based High Country News, points to temperature rise as an issue for mountain species in sections of North America.

In New Mexico, pion and juniper trees have been dying in huge numbers and it appears that climate change is increasing the death rate.

During the drought of 2002 and 2003, pion died throughout the Southwest of the USA in historic numbers, more than 90% in some areas. As Cally Carswell wrote recently in High Country News, at first, the cause of the trees demise seemed obvious. The punishing drought badly weakened them, and when beetles bored through their bark, the trees couldnt muster enough sap to pitch them out. Once inside, the beetles mated, multiplied, dug tiny tunnels and spread a fungus that cut off the flow of water and nutrients, killing the tree.

But Dave Breshears, a University of Arizona professor and arid lands ecologist who had studied the woodlands for years, suspected that the truth was more complicated. During the 1950s drought, tree death seemed less extensive, even though that drought was longer and drier than the more recent one. What was different about this drought was temperature: It was a degree or two (Fahrenheit) hotter.

The pions died during what Breshears dubb...

13:19

New Zealand spinach, Warragul greens "IndyWatch Feed National"

It's one of those set-and-forget plants that serves multiple purposes in our community garden, not the least of which is a leafy green vegetable that enhances any cooked meal.

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13:19

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

If the husband and wife re...

13:15

French sorrel "IndyWatch Feed National"

French sorrel is one of those perennial plants that yield something edible through the year. It's worth having a sizeable clump of the plant in the community garden, or establishing it as a border along the garden edge son there is plenty to share.

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13:10

Jerusalum artichoke "IndyWatch Feed National"

Root crops like Jerusalum artichoke are a staple food that we can grow in our community garden. Before we dig them up to cook and eat, we can enjoy Jerusalum artichoke's bright yellow, sunflower-like bloom.

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13:06

Black sapote chocolate pudding fruit "IndyWatch Feed National"

It is soft, black and gooey. It looks past its prime. It is all these things and it is delicious. I am talking about Black sapote, a tropical fruit that could find a place in the larger community garden in warmer climates.

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13:02

Midyim berry an Australian bush food ready to eat "IndyWatch Feed National"

Midyim berry, an Australian bush food eaten by Aboriginies.

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11:14

Nothing says Arab party like a stray AK47 round "IndyWatch Feed National"

Friendly Fire is a misnomer. Weapons are lethal. Once you pull the trigger there is no calling a round back. I Could never get my head around all this firing in the air nonsense. Not a great way to end the party #ididntmeantodothat pic.twitter.com/FEsaOW2lqs James Deegan MC (@jamesdeeganMC) October...

09:52

Is the Financial Ponzi Scheme Coming to an End? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Is the crash going to be timed to disrupt Trump in the November elections.

And the latest X22 Report on the Federal Reserve (in comments yesterday).

09:33

Wentworth By-Election: Australias Climate Policy Paralysis Is Finally Becoming Electoral Poison "IndyWatch Feed National"

The days of climate denial and inaction wining favour with voters are over. Someone probably needs to tell the Liberal Party, writes Neneh Darwin.

With the Wentworth by-election just days away, voters in the electorate have a unique opportunity to send a clear signal to the Federal government that inaction on climate change will have major political ramifications.

Current polling indicates the Liberal Party could be facing its first electoral loss in the seat in 60 years and climate change inaction is the number one issue in the minds of voters.

This week saw the release of the IPCC report showing that coal will need to be completely phased out by mid-century and a global transformation of all sectors of the economy is required to avoid dangerous global warming over 1.5 degrees.

Since the reports release the Federal government has been on the defensive and the Australian coal industry in denial.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has tried to deflect Australias responsibility stating that the IPCC does not provide recommendations to Australia. The Deputy prime minister Michael McCormack insisted that Australia should continue to exploit its coal reserves and fobbed of the IPCC emissions report as just some sort of report.

Such obfuscation will no longer wash with the Australian electorate. Australia is as much in the lens of the IPCC report as any other country. In fact the IPCCs core messages are even more crucial here as we remain the worlds biggest coal exporter. That means we are in pole position to help bring about the kind of transformation the IPCC is calling for.

Yet Australias current crop of politicians remain beholden to the coal industry and blindly insist on maintaining the status-quo. The writing is on the wall yet our political leaders are failing to pay attention. But at least some are starting to get it.

Former Liberal leader John Hewson has called on voters in his former electorate to use the election as a referendum on climate change and to vote against the Liberals. Hewson rightly says that it may take an election loss in its once secure Sydney seat to make the Liberal Party understand the magnitude and urgency of the clima...

08:00

Australia's climate idiocracy must end and there's no time to waste | Greg Jericho "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Liberal party's biggest con was the idea that reducing emissions could be done without pain and at little costThis week came the news from the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) that we are screwed. I wish I could be more optimistic. I wish I could hold out some hope that things are about to improve. But I look at actions by governments around the world, and the Abbott-Turnbull-Morrison governments, and I find the ability to retain a positive outlook smothered in the [...]

06:58

Asking Gippsland Candidates the right Climate question "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

Melbourne University energy hub senior adviser Simon Holmes Court has been asking politicians and would be politicians a simple question on climate change. Some time ago he asked Liberal candidate in the Mayo by-election Georgina Downer can you please let us know whether you accept the scientific consensus on anthropogenic global warming? More recently he has asked the same question of the Liberal candidate in the Wentworth by-election David Sharma, with, so far, no response. Simon has then publicised the response or non-response to his followers on twitter.

Following Simons example I decided to ask the same question to candidates in the five Gippsland electorates starting with Gippsland East. Although still 50 days from the election it soon became obvious that this was an exceedingly difficult task and that I should concentrate on Gippsland East. So far I have asked the question of the five known candidates in the electorate and all have responded.

The question obviously has two parts accepting the scientific consensus and that the warming is human caused. A spokesman for local member Tim Bull replied to my email but his answer was vague and ambiguous. Our local member accepts climate change but ignores the scientific consensus and claims incorrectly that the jury is still out on whether the warming is caused by humans.

The three candidates who have so far responded positively to the question are the Greens Deb Foskey and Independents George Neophytou  and Matt Stephenson. Their replies have been publicised on facebook and twitter through Gippsland2020. Amazingly the tweet on the latters reply was retweeted by Simon and received about 200 impressions (see above) not quite viral but a big response in local terms. Stephenson is a twitter novice and unfortunately has not been able to take advantage of this.

It has been drawn to my notice that the Baw Baw Sustainability Group will be having a...

06:25

Protective effects of Manuka honey on LPS-treated RAW 264.7 macrophages. "IndyWatch Feed National"

PMID:  Food Chem Toxicol. 2018 Sep 3 ;121:203-213. Epub 2018 Sep 3. PMID: 30189316 Abstract Title:  Protective effects of Manuka honey on LPS-treated RAW 264.7 macrophages. Part 1: Enhancement of cellular viability, regulation of cellular apoptosis and improvement of mitochondrial functionality. Abstract:  Manuka honey (MH) is a monofloral honey from Australia and New Zealand, well-known for its healthy properties, such as antioxidant, antimicrobial and wound healing capacities. The aim of this work was to assess the phenolic composition and the total antioxidant capacity (TAC) of MH, as well as its effects on cellular viability, proliferation, apoptosis and metabolism in lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-treated RAW 264.7 macrophages, highlighting the molecular mechanisms involved. Up to 18 compounds were identified in MH, with gallic acid and quercetin as the major ones; MH showed also remarkable TAC. In addition, MH was able to enhance cellular viability, decrease apoptosis, promote wound healing and attenuate inflammation in a dose-dependent manner, by reducing the expression of caspase 3, p-p38 and p-Erk1/2 proteins, in macrophages stressed with LPS. In addition, it improved mitochondrial respiration and glycolytic activities, stimulating the expression of p-AMPK, SIRT1 and PGC1, counteracting in this way the deleterious effects of LPS treatment. In conclusion, one of the possible mechanisms by which MH exerts its beneficial effects could be to its capacity to improve cellular viability, promote proliferation and enhance energetic metabolism, by modulating the expressionof several proteins involved in apoptosis, inflammation, metabolism and mitochondrial biogenesis.

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06:20

Mother battered by massive hailstones in heroic attempt to shield her baby "IndyWatch Feed National"

A Queensland mother was left covered in large bruises and cuts after she used her body to shield her four-month-old baby from a brutal hailstorm. Fiona Simpson was driving to her home in Kingaroy, Queensland with her new baby and grandmother when an extreme storm hit on Thursday. She pulled over when driving conditions got bad, but had no idea just how bad things were going to get. Simpson soon heard a loud bang and turned around to see what had happened. "All this rain starts coming in, and the back window where my daughter was was just open ... it's gone," she told ABC. The large hailstones had smashed through the window. Simpson quickly jumped into the backseat and used her body to shelter her baby from the onslaught of large hailstones and rain. "I looked down and I could see she was screaming but I couldn't even hear her, that's how loud it was," she said.

01:39

Yesterday ALL of Isaac Kappys Social Media Was Taken Down "IndyWatch Feed National"

It is true that when Kappy came forward at first I didnt trust him. However- at Fiona Barnetts insistence I reached out to him and realized I was probably wrong about him.

It seems to me that he may just be a guy trying to do the right thing.

However- a few days ago someone made a video entitled Isaac Kappy is Dead . And two days later his Twitter and Facebook were taken down- along with all of his Periscope videos.

This is concerning because I have seen this before. They convinced Lori King to take everything down and then they murdered her- and less than a year later her husband was ALSO dead.

They have been blasting me with their directed energy weapons crap trying to take me down. I just went to court over my dogs- where 3 members of the city council came forward and repeatedly lied- offering only anonymous complaints as their proof against my dogs.

The recording is public so anyone can get ahold of the Shelby County IA District Court to get a copy of the tape.

I figure if they can get my dogs away from me- and Doug Mesner aka Satanic Temples founder Lucien Greaves and his group has already gone on record that it was THEM that made the anonymous complaints- they will come take me out and claim I committed suicide as a result.

Let me say now- I will NEVER commit suicide. My faith is strong- Moreno now than ever- and I would NEVER do such a thing EVER.

I knew what I was getting into before I ever got into this mess but I did so BECAUSE of my faith. My dad TRIED to come clean before he died and because of that whole thing about the sins of the father falling upon the sons shoulders being written- I figured it was the right thing to do. So as hard as this has all been- I have no regrets.

However- tons of people lately have tried to assure me this child trafficking mess is about to be taken care of- but the ONLY thing I see happening is that survivors and their advocates are being taken down.

So what are we supposed to wait for?

DEATH?

Saturday, 13 October

23:41

Australia considers banning new migrants from big cities "IndyWatch Feed National"

Peter Parks/AFP/Getty ImagesAustralia is considering banning new migrants from living in its largest cities, under new plans to reduce congestion in urban areas. Government data reveals that nearly 70% of the 186,000 migrants who moved to Australia last year arrived on skilled migrant visas and nearly all of them settled in Sydney or Melbourne. Currently, about two-fifths of Australia's 25 million people live in those two cities. "The growth has been driven largely by migration," says the BBC, and has contributed to infrastructure and congestion problems, with Melbourne and Sydney each expected to exceed eight million residents by 2030.

21:11

10 essentials for caravanning with kids "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

I feel like every caravan post I write should come with a precursor: we are novices and were literally learning as we go.

Before we packed up our house/life and embarked on this journey, I had a very vague idea of what would be most useful on the road. But I suppose I never really considered that this is our new normal; its not a small holiday stint for holiday habits. Instead, weve taken 10 weeks to slowly but surely create an on-the-road-rhythm that I tweak when necessary.

Our everyday essentials are quality products that are, above anything else, practical. The kids are literally spending the whole day outside and they are rough and tough on their clothes and shoes, hats and drink bottles. As for everything else; theyre the little things that make each day safer and easier which ultimately makes van life more comfortable and enjoyable.

If youre considering travelling with kids, dont feel like you need to rush out and buy new things. Sure, theres a product for every single travelling purpose but that doesnt mean you need to buy them all. Use what youve got, buy pre-loved and, if you need to buy new, choose quality so it lasts. Heres my top 10 essentials:

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19:54

Asians overwhelmingly prefer the US to China as world leader "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Poll shows that Beijings record on human rights affects opinions about Chinese leadership, with Asians in Japan, South Korea, the Philippines, Indonesia and Australia having a dimmer view of the country

South China Morning Post

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 13 October, 2018, 3:21am
UPDATED : Saturday, 13 October, 2018, 11:48am

When it comes to global leadership, Asia prefers the United States over China by a wide margin, according to data compiled by th...

17:33

Freak 'hailnado' blankets southern Queensland with tennis-ball-sized hail "IndyWatch Feed National"

TALKS are under way to determine if the hard hit South Burnett region should be declared a disaster zone, with entire crops lost at harvest time, and roofs off homes. The storms packing tornado-driven hail cut a swathe of devastation right across southern Queensland. About 1000 Queenslanders have made insurance claims today, according to the Insurance Council of Australia. That figures is expected to skyrocket over the weekend, however, as residents begin to count the cost of the damage. Kingaroy mum Fiona Simpson was dubbed Queensland's bravest mother, after shielding her baby from vicious hail during a freak supercell storm which hit the South Burnett region on Thursday. She had been travelling home from Nanago to Kingaroy with her grandmother and daughter Clara when the storm struck, delivering blow after blow of massive hailstorms.

17:00

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

Here are the answers with discussion for this Weekends Quiz. The information provided should help you work out why you missed a question or three! If you havent already done the Quiz from yesterday then have a go at it before you read the answers. I hope this helps you develop an understanding of modern monetary theory (MMT) and its application to macroeconomic thinking. Comments as usual welcome, especially if I have made an error.

Question 1:

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

The answer is False.

This question relates to the concept of a spending multiplier and the relationship between spending injections and spending leakages.

We have made the question easy by assuming that only government spending changes (exogenously) in period one and then remains unchanged after that.

Aggregate demand drives output which then generates incomes (via payments to the productive inputs). Accordingly, what is spent will generate income in that period which is available for use. The uses are further consumption; paying taxes and/or buying imports.

We consider imports as a separate category (even though they reflect consumption, investment and government spending decisions) because they constitute spending which does not recycle back into the production process. They are thus considered to be leakages from the expenditure system.

So if for every dollar produced and paid out as income, if the economy imports around 20 cents in the dollar, then only 80 cents is available within the system for spending in subsequent periods excluding taxation considerations.

However there are two other leakages which arise from domestic sources saving and taxation. Take taxation first. When income is produced, the households end up with less than they are paid out in gross terms because the government levies a tax. So the income concept available for subsequent spending is called disposable income (Yd).

To keep it simple, imagine a proportional tax of 20 cents in the dollar is levied, so if $100 of income is generated, $20 goes to taxation and Yd is $80 (what is left). So taxation (T) is a leakage from the expenditure system in the same way as imports are.

Finally consider saving. Consumers make decisions to...

13:59

PNG Governments censor film on Australian developer takeover "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

[Video inside] An internationally acclaimed film of Paga Hill communitys fight for justice from the illegal eviction and demolition of their homes in downtown Port Moresby has been banned from screening today at the PNG Human Rights Festival. It is known as 'The Opposition Film'. See trailer and details of showings here. There is a lot of Australian involvement in this disgraceful powerplay, including NSW court system and Australian developers. However, what is happening in PNG is also happening to Australians, who mostly fail to realise that they are also being treated and exploited like a 'developing country'.

The ban highlights the lingering limits on free speech in our country and the continued attempts to censor our story of resistance against gross human rights violations [1], claimed Paga Hill leader Joe Moses, the main character in The Opposition film who had to seek exile in the United Kingdom after fighting for his communitys rights.[2],[3]

This censorship comes as a deep disappointment for my community who have suffered greatly over the past 6 years.

The Opposition film tells the David-and-Goliath battles of a community evicted, displaced, abandoned their homes completely demolished at the hands of two Australian-run companies, Curtain Brothers and Paga Hill Development Company, and the PNG state. What was once home to 3000 people of up to four generations, Paga Hill is now part of the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) summit AELM Precinct which will take place this November.[4],[5]

Mr. Moses continued, We appreciate the PNG Human Rights Film Festival for choosing to screen The Opposition film at their Madang and Port Moresby screenings.

It is shameful that our government continues to limit free speech and put such pressure on our countrys only annual arts and human rights event. How does this make us look to the world leaders who will be coming here for the APEC meeting in November?

Under the theme Tokautnau long senisim tumora" (Speak up today to change tomorrow) the mission of the PNG Human Rights Film Festival includes We are all born free and equal in dignity and rights and that the international and local human rights films promote increased respec...

00:33

stressed me to the point I am struggling to sleep "IndyWatch Feed National"

Debt amount: 
$2500
Date debt issued: 
Thursday, 16 August 2018
Period debt occurred: 
September 2015 to June 2016
Has your case been referred to a collection agency?: 
Yes
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: 

This debt has stressed me to the point I am struggling to sleep trying to sort it out and I have taken up extra shifts at work to try to get myself in a better financial situation to try to feel secure

How do you feel about the way the Government has handled this process?: 

I think th...

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