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Thursday, 22 March


Kirsten Banks:Im following the footsteps of my Aboriginal ancestors, the first astronomers "IndyWatch Feed National"

Share this Post I like to talk about astronomy a lot. No, scratch that, I love to talk about astronomy. All. The. Time. Thank goodness I do just that for a living. Ive worked at Sydney Observatory for the past two years as an astronomy educator, which is essentially my glorified term for a tour guide. My favourite part about being ...

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Mongoose: Australian Pedophile Judges The Noose Tightens "IndyWatch Feed National"


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

On Wednesday, the 21st June I was charged by the NSW police for breaching telecommunications laws for an email that I sent in September 2016 to all the judges of the NSW Supreme Court asking questions and giving them an opportunity to respond to allegations which is nothing more than journalists do around the world every day of the week.

The email in question shows up in an article I published last year titled Paedophile priest gets 3 months jail for raping 3 boys by NSW Supreme Courts Justice Hoeben and the article was also filed in court on the 4th of May as part of my defence. 

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Robert David STEELE Vivas

ROBERT STEELE: President Donald Trump has, in the NSA database of all emails and telephone calls captured at a 99% level for the past ten years, all that is needed to indict, convict, and incarcerate all dirty cops, dirty prosecutors, and dirty judges and all elite pedophiles from Prime Ministers and Presidents through judges down to media mavens, world-wide. This is going to be the front line of the battle between God and Satan in the next decade not world war or other false conflicts promoted by...


Disaster memorial at Bulli "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"


The Bulli Mine Disaster Memorial, Park Road Bulli.

A TERRIFIC explosion was heard above Bulli School from the Old Bulli Mine 131 years ago this Friday, which took the lives of 81 men and boys there was only survivor, Herbert Cope.

The Bulli Mine Disaster, as it became known, remains the second worst industrial accident in Australias history only surpassed by the Mt Kembla explosion 15 years later.

This Friday, March 23, the Black Diamond Heritage Centre will host the the annual commemoration service of the tragedy at St Augustines Anglican Church, Park Road, Bulli from 1.30. A wreath laying ceremony will follow at the memorial plinth near the grave yard where many of the victims were laid to rest.

Black Diamond Heritage Centre spokesperson Kerrie Anne Christian said the commemoration will include an address by Dan Meehan, a descendant of one of the victims William Williams.

We have invited descendants and relatives of the victims, along with members of the local community, to join with us in remembering this terrible event that so badly impacted the small village of Bulli in 1887, Kerrie said.

The majority of victims were buried at the old St Augustines graveyard. Some gravestones can still be seen to the rear of the church howev...


Leopards could reduce rabies by controlling stray dog numbers in India, study finds "IndyWatch Feed National"

Leopards are among the most widespread of all big cats, with a historical range covering large parts of Africa and Asia. Though humans have whittled away about 80 percent of that area, the big cats still overlap with some of the worlds largest concentrations of people. That convergence can be a recipe for conflict, but a recent study finds that leopards in India could be helping to keep people in India safe from rabies-laden dog bites. While leopards often conflict with people over livestock like cattle and sheep and are frequently persecuted throughout their range, we show that these unique predators can also be beneficial to human societies, Christopher OBryan, an ecologist at the University of Queensland in Australia and co-lead author of the paper, said in a statement. Stray dogs in Mumbai. Photo  Steve Winter/National Geographic. Dog bites exact a heavy toll on people in India, leading to perhaps 20,000 deaths each year from rabies, according to the World Health Organization. OBryan and his colleagues were curious about whether Indian leopards (Panthera pardus fusca) had any influence on stray dog numbers in Sanjay Gandhi National Park, which sits in the midst of Mumbai. With more than 20 million people, Mumbai is the fourth-largest city by population in the world. The team mined past studies for clues about what leopards living in the city park ate, and discovered that stray dogs made up about 40 percent of their diets. Only about 41 leopards are thought to live in the parks vicinity. But according


Very moving and solemn service at Fish Creek RSL "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

ON Wednesday March 14, Edward ODonohue, Shadow Minister for Police and Corrections, officially dedicated a Memorial Garden in memory of the 100 years of the Light Horse. We gathered at []

The post Very moving and solemn service at Fish Creek RSL appeared first on Foster Community Online.


Flooding of Stockyard Creek a difficult and complex issue "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

ON Thursday evening a meeting was held at the Community Centre in Foster where concerned locals met with Geoff Davis from the Council and Engineer Nick Andrewes from the consulting []

The post Flooding of Stockyard Creek a difficult and complex issue appeared first on Foster Community Online.


antifa notes (march 21, 2018) : nazis, patriots, drama, murder the usual "IndyWatch Feed National"

Yeesh: talk about drama. Party for Freedom /// Neil Erikson Nick Folkes micro-Party for Freedom (PFF) has undergone some settling of contents over the course of the last few months. Gone is George Jameson and Penny Louise/Tridgell, along with a Continue reading


Gina Rinehart, Australias richest person, recites I love a sunburnt country "IndyWatch Feed National"


I love a sunburnt country

Gina Rineharts version

I love a sunburnt country to dig my massive mines,
A land of sweeping plains to excavate,
Of ragged mountain ranges to level
Of droughts and flooding rains to wash all the top soil away
I love her far horizons,
I love her jewel-sea full of coal-dust and coal slag
Her beauty and her terror
The wide brown excavated land for me! I love a sunburnt barren country. A land of sweeping plains for me to place my diggers. I love to dynamite vast mines across her vast horizons. To tame her natural beauty and her terror, to frighten all her marsupials to hell, to dispossess her Aboriginal for peanuts. A wide brown dug up vast denuded Australian Outback for me.




Minneapolis cop acted 'recklessly' in fatal shooting of Australian woman, prosecutor says "IndyWatch Feed National"

Minneapolis cop acted 'recklessly' in fatal shooting of Australian woman, prosecutor says | 21 March 2018 | A Minneapolis police officer acted "recklessly" last summer when he fired a shot that killed an Australian woman who had called 911 to report a suspected rape, a prosecutor said Tuesday. Officer Mohamed Noor, who was charged with murder and manslaughter in the death of 40-year-old Justine Ruszczyk Damond, "clearly...violated the rules and deserves to be charged," Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said during a news conference. Noor turned himself in after a warrant was issued for his arrest in connection with the case, his attorney confirmed.


5 Types of Content Calendar and Social Media Planning Sydney Australia Course 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Here are the 5 types of social media planners you need. Depending on your organisation you may want different sections, different colour coding or completely different calendars:

Most people know content calendars for social media. This is content YOUR create. Earned Attention.
Social Media Outcome: Build Awareness

Promotions is Bought Attention. Through ads or free ebooks and downloads or perhaps a competition or some other way to get email signups or sales or promotions.
Social Media Outcome: Call to Action (CTA)

Engagement planning is deciding you want more comments and likes and replies and planning for it. Comment calendars or AMAs (Ask me anything, also called Town Hall).
Social Media Outcome: More engagement and better algorithm outcomes on Facebook, Instagram etc.

Sometimes the best marketing is outbound PR (Influencers talking to their audience instead of you purely building your own). Create collaboration teams and tag/share!
Social Media Outcome: improved Reach into the non-Direct channel

Looking back is as important...


Sydneys inaugural Good Saturday concert has been cancelled "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

If you happened to turn down any plans for the upcoming Easter long weekend, it might be time to make some more, because the inaugural Good Saturday concert in Sydney has sadly been cancelled.

As we reported last month, the Good Saturday concert was set to take place in in Marrickville on March 31st, and was set to feature a day and evening set which would feature some of Australias best musos.

The all-ages day session was set to feature the Andy Golledge Band, Cash Savage & The Last Drinks, the brilliant All Our Exes Live In Texas, and C.W. Stoneking, performing throughout the day, while Jen Cloher, Augie March, Something For Kate, and You Am I were all slated for the evening session.

However a statement from organisers has today outlined the fact that the fest will no longer be going ahead as first planned.

It is with deep regret that the organisers of Good Saturday announce that this years event, scheduled for Saturday March 31, will not be going ahead, the statement noted. Due to circumstances beyond the organisers control we are unable to proceed with this show. Its not a decision any of us have taken lightly, and we apologise sincerely for any inconvenience caused.

Refunds will be available via Oztix, who will contact ticket holders directly.

Check out Augie Marchs Bootikins:

Good Saturday Festival 2018

18+ Evening Session

You Am I
Something For Kate
Augie March
Jen Cloher

All-Ages Day Session

C.W. Stoneking
All Our Exes Live In Texas
Cash Savage & The Last Drinks
Andy Golledge Band

Saturday, March 31st
Railway Parade, Marrickville, NSW...


Senate inquiry to examine claims Indigenous suicide prevention funding misspent "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Claims that funding for Indigenous suicide prevention programs is being spent on travel costs will be examined at Senate inquiry into rural and remote mental health services.

The inquiry was approved in the Senate on Monday with backing from Labor and the Greens and will look at the higher rates of suicide in rural Australia, quality of and access to mental health services in rural and remote Australia, shortfalls in the mental health workforce, and the use of technology and e-health services.

Rural areas have higher rates of suicide than capital cities and the rates of suicide for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people is twice the non-Indigenous suicide rate.

Read more at:


Reka SCARLET "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Australian contemporary artist Reka returns to his hometown of Melbourne to present SCARLET, his first new solo show in 4 years. A brooding mix of Berlin nightlife, Japanese Shibari rope bondage and post-cubist figurative studies, this is one of his most mature exhibitions to date.

Influenced by his graffiti background and techniques, as well as elements of pop-culture, cartoon and illustration, Rekas form has evolved into something greater than the sum of its parts. At times bacchanalian, his figures are playful, yet dark, tortured, but ecstatic.

His canvases offer up the entrancing curvatures of the human body, captured on canvas in the way the ropes ensnare his figures. Echoing the lines and textures of his paintings are a new set of sculptural pieces, with a captivating new exploration of stonework layers of tactile granite and marble set on steel solidify Rekas well-deserved place in the collections of institutions such as the...


ARTS THURSDAY the Biennale and Theater for Young People "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Biennale artists at AGNSW with Mami Kataoka






Arts Thursday with Maisy Stapleton on 22 March.


Come with me on a tour of the twenty first Biennale of Sydney over the next two programs and visit the Art Gallery of NSW, Cockatoo Island and Artspace.

Ill be sharing some of my insights and there are interviews with artists and curators as well as a few soundscapes.

This week its the Art Gallery of NSW and (along with others on the media preview) well be welcomed by the Director of the Gallery and the Artistic Director of the Biennale and learn about the Biennale archives at the gallery.

Claire Eggleston, Archivist








Following this the focus will be on young people.

If youve ever wanted to involve children in theatre, either as audience, or as participants, then tune in for a fascinating discussion with Sue Giles.



[WGAR-news] 'Participants in the remote CDP are contg to be hit with penalties at a much higher rate..' A NewReport by ANUresearcher LisaFowkes "IndyWatch Feed National"


// Social security penalties applied to participants in the
Community Development Programme to September 2017

Lisa Fowkes, Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research, ANU

'A new report by ANU researcher Lisa Fowkes has shown that
participants in the remote Community Development Program (CDP)
are continuing to be hit with penalties at a much higher rate
than people in mainstream employment services.

'Even though participants in the CDP program make up
less than 5% of of all of those who are subject to mutual obligation,
they receive more penalties than the other 95% of Australians combined.

'The vast majority of those being penalised - ninety percent (90%) - are Indigenous people.
The main reason for the extraordinary rate of penalties being applied is that
people in the CDP scheme have to do around twice as many hours of
Work for the Dole as other Australians.

'The hours are inflexible - so that people have to attend 5 hours each day, every day of the week.
They have to do appointments and job search on top of these hours.
And, as we know, access to health and other services in many remote communities is poor,
so many people who should have reduced hours for health reasons cant get them.

'Unfortunately the Government has refused to acknowledge the damage being done
to people by these harsh penalties in some of our country's poorest communities.'

Read Lisa Fowkes report, under the following topics/headings:

* Key Points,
* Background,
* Total financial penalties,
* Penalties applied for failing to attend Work for the Dole,
* Serious Penalties,......


Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

1.00 AUD = 0.00008 BTC
0.00010 BTC = 1.20 AUD


PERTH Italian tourist needed 300 stitches after alleged mobile phone robbery in Perth "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Italian tourist needed 300 stitches after alleged mobile phone robbery in Perth .

March 21, 2018 at 09:15AM .

officers found him lying unconscious on the pavement. He remains in a serious but stable condition. The alleged attacker 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 faced Perths Magistrates Court on Monday. .



South Australian Premier Stephen Marshall carrying out the Liberal agenda Cuts Access To Solar Batteries For Low Income Households. "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

SAs New Premier Cuts Access To Solar Batteries For Low Income Households. Gizmodo, Hayley Williams Mar 19, 2018 

Incoming South Australian Premier Steven Marshall has today revealed that the Liberal government will not continue with Jay Weatherills plan to install batteries in thousands of low-income households. The new governments plan will instead focus on means-tested subsidies for battery systems, and on the grid scale a focus on interconnectivity with NSW.

In a radio interview with ABC RN Breakfast this morning, Marshall talked briefly about his focus for South Australia in the upcoming years, including the direction he was planning to take with Jay Weatherills many renewable initiatives. Marshall confirmed that the party would be continuing with a $100 million home battery subsidy outlined mid campaign, rather...


NOFX have released a Stephen Hawking tribute they wrote last month "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Punk icons NOFX are getting ready to kick off their Aussie tour tomorrow night in Brisbane, but that hasnt stopped the group dropping a brand new song, which just so happens to be a tribute of sorts to the recently-departed physicist Stephen Hawking.

Released via the Fat Wreck Chords YouTube account, Theres No Too Soon If Time Is Relative is a rather tongue-in-cheek to the noted physicist, who passed away on March 14th at the age of 76.

While some might assume that the track is in poor taste to have been released so soon after his death, the video for the track makes special mention of the fact that the tune was actually recorded last month, on February 10th.

Of course, the track has been met with some criticism by fans, with some in the YouTube comments section claiming the tracks content (which includes jokingly calling him so lazy he could only write A Brief History Of Time) is a little bit too harsh compared to some of their other humorous tributes.

Others however have claimed its as a perfect continuation of one of the greatest punk rock groups of all time, while NOFX seem certain that Hawking would have loved the tune, noting I bet in heaven theres a computer voice laughing its ass off.

NOFX are set to hit up Brisbane tomorrow night (who knows, maybe if you request this one, it might get a debut airing!), before they play Sydney on Friday, and wrap up their Aussie tour with an appearance at the inaugural Download Festival in Melbourne on Saturday. Tickets to all these shows are still on sale, so make sure you dont miss out on seeing one of punks most famous bands live!

Check out NOFXs Theres No Too Soon If Time Is Relative:

NOFX 2018 Australian Tour

(With Hot Water Music, Bad Cop/Bad Cop and Dad Religion)

Thursday, March 22nd, 2018
Riverstage, Brisbane, QLD
Tickets: Sele...


Indias solar parks a good system for Australia, too "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Farming the suns rays: Should Australia follow Indias lead and create solar parks? NSW Country Hour By Michael Condon, 21 Mar 18, [Excellent graphics] 


Free Your Mind, And Your Time: Step Away From Social Media "IndyWatch Feed National"

Ever heard of a timesink? You possibly came to this article via one. Dr Glen Anderson explains.

There have been recent accusations that a political data firm, Cambridge Analytica, used the Facebook profile information of millions of Americans to finesse Donald Trumps 2016 Presidential victory.

This comes hot on the heels of accusations of social media interference (also known as computational propaganda) by Russian-backed troll factories in the same election against Democratic presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton.

Many observers are aghast, but just as many are unsurprised.

The primary purpose of free social media platforms is to gather data from individual users, which can then be repackaged for a profit for, guess who the social media company and its shareholders.

Increasingly, profits are being earned by marketing at the granular level, meaning that individual users are exposed to their own augmented social media realities.

The harvesting of Facebook profile information for political purposes should not, therefore, come as a shock. It is a natural extension of the platforms commercial function.

The deeper question, however, is why are so many people obsessed with Facebook and social media? I have to confess that I find it all rather boring. So boring, in fact, that I walked away from Facebook years ago. The whole experience was visually invasive and informationally bizarre. I got tired of millions of food photos, miserable people posing for happy snaps, and the general tendency of everyone to compete with everyone else to try and project the image of their own social and material utopia.

Perhaps more deleterious to myself was the amount of time it took to maintain the Facebook account. It required an integration of innumerable electronic devices most pervasively, the smartphone and very little of any substance came out of the whole process.

In my job as a law lecturer, I am often called upon to provide career advice to law students. Of course, I stress that they must study hard to increase their chances of realising high marks. They must then land their first job, and work diligently to develop specific competencies in that position. They must also learn to work constructively with others and admit when they do not know the answers to novel and complex problems.

But, as an adjunct to this time-honoured advice, I increasingly stress the need to avoid the excessive expenditure of time and energy on Face...


Neighbours not happy as a man builds his nuclear war bunker in Victoria "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Neighbours fury as man builds bunker for nuclear war,, By Luke Mortimer A Current Affair Producer Mar 20, 2018  Hes a former Yugoslavian who spent years guarding plutonium stockpiles and he refuses to be a sitting duck the day they may go off, preparing for all out nuclear war.

Jakov Loncarevic migrated to Australia in 1979 but in 1996 he fled Melbourne for Minyip, a tiny town 337 kilometres west. He purchased a block of land that hes spent the past two decades making nuclear proof with a four-metre deep bunker in which he plans to wait out a nuclear winter.

Mr Loncarevic took A Current Affair reporter Martin King down into the bunker in which he claims he built by digging out 40,000 buckets of soil and constructing with 2500 bags of concrete, 40 tonnes of recycled steel and 20 tonnes of wood.

(Its my) emergency survival place, he told King.In case of unforeseen events I will survive.When the conditions become unbearable at floor level Im down here.

Mr Loncarevic says he has the supplies to wait out two years once a nuclear winter sets in, with a staggering 900 kilograms of sugar stored in industrial fridges, 200 kilograms of rice and dried beans, 6000 litres of water, 40 kilograms of washing detergent, 200 pairs of socks, 200 pairs of under wear, 100 t-shirts, and 120 kilograms of honey.

But despite being pre...


Lonely Lamb Decides Family's Dog Is His New Mom "IndyWatch Feed National"

When a little lamb named Jerry first entered the world, he was a disappointment. 

The runt of his litter at the Ontario farm where he was born, his mom rejected him in favor of his bigger, healthier siblings. Then the farmer decided it just wasn't worth the effort to bottle-feed him, which is what he would need to survive. 

Credit: Black Goat Farm and Sanctuary

"He would never get big enough to be 'worth it' [for the farmer]," Megan Mostacci, cofounder of Black Goat Farm and Sanctuary, told The Dodo. 

So that's how Jerry came to live with Mostacci and her husband at their sanctuary. But it wasn't easy at first.

Credit: Black Goat Farm and Sanctuary

"We got him and soon realized he also had a bad respiratory infection and a septic infection in all his joints," Mostacci said.

They rushed him to the vet for medicine and nursed him back to health with the help of their dogs, a Nova Scotia duck tolling retriever named Drake and an Australian shepherd named Lincoln.

Drake, particularly, was extremely attentive to Jerry on his first night at the sanctuary. "He was cleaning him, cuddling with him ... just being there with him," Mostacci said. 

Credit: Black Goat Farm and Sanctuary

Thankfully, the medicine kicked in and Jerry recovered a lot of his strength. He was even well enough to meet some of the other rescued residents at the sanctuary. 


Cwealth Games: Crisis rocks NTTF over womens exclusion "IndyWatch Feed National"

Federation boss, Tikom, exits sports forum in anger   The exclusion of women in Nigerias table tennis team to the forthcoming Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia took a new dimension on Tuesday when the ministry of sports stated that there was no request made by the Nigeria Table Tennis Federation for extra slots.   []

The post Cwealth Games: Crisis rocks NTTF over womens exclusion appeared first on Newtelegraph.


NT Government moves towards righting historical wrongs "IndyWatch Feed National"

Today the Northern Territory Attorney-General, Natasha Fyles, introduced a bill to allow people charged under unjust laws against homosexual acts to remove the convictions from their criminal records. 

Dr Dino Hodge, a long-time LGBTI community advocate, said, "If this bill passes, it would mean closure. It would mean full equality when it comes to laws which criminalised us for who we are. After 30 years, we have finally achieved the justice we had been seeking."

Lee Carnie, lawyer at the Human Rights Law Centre, said, "Sex between consenting adults should never have been criminalised. This is an important step towards addressing the wrongs of the past."

The Bill has been welcomed by LGBTI advocates who remember the impact of these archaic laws well past decriminalisation.

"There were even cases of continuing police persecution after decriminalisation, when community attitudes had changed but police practices had not. Gay couples who were harassed and charged by the police, but the charges were dismissed by Magistrates, because the police had gone out of their way to harass people for being gay and having consensual sex in private. Those men were highly traumatised, they paid a lot of money to get legal representation and sadly they left the Territory afterwards," said Dr Hodge.

The Bill would allow people with charges and convictions for consensual same-sex activity to clear their names and remove the need to disclose these past convictions on employment or volunteering checks or visa applications.

"These unjust convictions did great and continuing harm. This reform will allow people to clear their names and also remove the barrier that came from having to disclose convictions when wanting to volunteer, drive a taxi, apply for a job or travel overseas. Its great to see the NT Government moving forward to ensure equality for all," said Lee Carnie.

All other states and territories have introduced similar bills. The WA Government is currently considering a similar bill which has passed the lower house but is yet to pass the upper house.

Advocates called the NT Chief Minister to also deliver a state apology for the far-reaching impact of laws which criminalised same-sex activity in the Territory.

"While expungement is welcomed, there is also a need for an apology to help heal past wounds still felt acutely today by so many people," said Dr Hodge.

For interviews or further information, please call:

Michelle Bennett, Director of Communications, Human Rights Law Centre, 0419 100 519

Photo: long-time LGBTI community advocate, Dr Dino Hodge (centre), with Hon Sandra Nelson MLA, and Hon Chansey Paech MLA


Beautiful One Day, Wordy The Next: $2k Award For Qlds Next Great Young Writer "IndyWatch Feed National"

Iconic Aboriginal writer Tara June Winch has won it and now other young Queenslanders get a shot.

Entries are now open for the State Library of Queenslands annual Young Writers Award, with $2,000 going to the winner of the popular short story competition.

For more than 20 years the competition has helped launch the literary careers of the next generation of great Queensland writers. Leeanne Enoch, is the Queensland Minister for The Arts and herself an Indigenous Australian (shes a Quandamooka woman, the traditional custodians of Meanjin and Minjerribah (Brisbane, and Stradbroke Island, the latter of which is where New Matilda is now based). Enoch said the competition has a solid history of identifying and nurturing talent, linking young writers to professional networks and publishing opportunities.

The impressive list of past winners and finalists from Rebecca Jessen and Christopher Currie to Shastra Deo and Tara June Winch demonstrates the quality of writing produced by young people in Queensland, Enoch said.

But sorry folks not from the Sunshine State the competition is open to Queensland residents only, aged 15 to 25 years and is divided into two categories: 15 to 17 years (1,500 words) and 18 to 25 years (2,500 words).

Queensland Minister for the Arts, Leeanne Enoch.

The winner of the 18 to 25 years category receives $2,000 prize money, and the winner of the 15 to 17 years category receives $500. Runners-up and highly commended entrants are awarded prize money and book packs. All prizewinners receive a membership to Queensland Writers Centre.

Entries close 5pm on Friday 30 April, with the winners announced at the Young Writers Conference at State Library in July.

Queenslands State Librarian (and CEO) Vicki McDonald said the annual competition not only provides recognition for talented young Queensland writers, but also helps writers find their voice and launch their literary careers.

With over 300 entrants last year, the State Library hopes the competition will continue to encourage connection and expression through creative writing and story across Queensland, she said.

The Young Writers Award is presented by the State Library of Queensland with support from Queensland Writers Centre. Visit ...


We've asked Slater and Gordon to explain what happened to the AWU Workplace Reform Association file "IndyWatch Feed National"

I sent this email to Slater and Gordon's media manager earlier today. On 7 September 2012 Mr Ralph Blewitt's lawyers wrote to your firm asking for a copy of "all documents" held by Slater and Gordon regarding the AWU Workplace Reform Association. On 24 September 2012 your firm's external lawyers...


Community members from the Strathbogie region act to protect forests "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

Community members from the Strathbogie region have again taken direct action today the International Day of Forests to prevent the ongoing, needless destruction of Strathbogies forests.

Local group Our Strathbogie Forest reports:

Erecting a monopole over machinery used for the timber-harvesting to stop the machinery being used, and also entered the logging coupe to prevent any logging.

This is part of a determined, ongoing community campaign to protect the remaining un-logged forest in the Barjarg Flat coupe, said Shirley Saywell, Euroa Environment Group President and local business operator. We will not stop until the Government listens to our community and acts!
Daniel Andrews and Minister DAmbrosio have so far failed to listen to the communitys concerns and failed to act to help protect this part of Victoria and its known populations of threatened wildlife, even though they have the powers to do so right now. The community will not stand by and watch the needless destruction of these forests and threatened animals. The community cares about its local biodiversity and natural environment, even if the Government does not, and has decided it has no choice but to intervene directly.

On International Day of Forests, of all days, we will not stand by and see the natural values of our region destroyed for wood chips and firewood. We call upon the Minister and Premier to act upon our concerns, intervene now and halt the logging. That action would show genuine Government leadership on this International Day of Forests



Victorian Ombudsman finds 21 ALP MPs used taxpayer funds to pay for "well organised ALP political campaign" "IndyWatch Feed National"

Trust in our politicians is declining and risks diminishing further with allegations of misuse of public funds, Ms Glass said. The public debate in this case confirms the importance of having an independent body, able to investigate allegations without fear or favour and to give short shrift to the...


Incidence of insulin-treated diabetes in Australia [AIHW] "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The Incidence of insulin-treated diabetes in Australia web report presents the latest available data on new cases of type 1 diabetes, insulin-treated type 2 diabetes and insulin-treated gestational diabetes, and is part of the ongoing national reporting using the 2016 National (insulin-treated) Diabetes Register.

Data visualisations can be explored by age, sex, trends, population groups (Indigenous status, remoteness and socioeconomic groups), and geographic areas (state and territory, Primary Health Network and statistical area level 3) for type 1 diabetes and insulin-treated type 2 diabetes.

Download web report: Incidence of insulin-treated diabetes in Australia.


Workplace dictators and the free market: reading Private Government "IndyWatch Feed National"

In Amanda Lohreys Primates, the first story in the collection Reading Madame Bovary, the unnamed corporation for which the first-person narrator works is undergoing a dreaded restructure. Her manager, Winton, is attempting to introduce Theory Z, the Japanese business equivalent of a Danish lifestyle trend. It promises to get rid of hierarchies and bureaucracies in favour of a clan mentality with a high state of consistency in their internal culture.


The Simple but Questionable Role of Japans Men in Blue "IndyWatch Feed National"

An eager young cop kits up, does his hair, knocks back a not-so-fresh brewed caf latte from 7/11 and trots off to Tokyo Station, where a day full of adventure and enforcing law awaits him. By 3pm, however, hes completed his fifth lap of the Imperial Palace gardens. His only dose of action saw him whistle and yell at an Australian traveller who j-walked, and was completely oblivious to everything around him. He also refined his tacky tourist photography game by taking the same picture of more foreigners in front of that same old gate.

Welcome to the life of a Japanese policeman.

Meanwhile, I wake to an obnoxious siren on a cold Saturday morning in Tokyo. Not quite sure if its an earthquake or if someone has pressed the siren button instead of play on their newest J-pop album, I look out the window to see another police car whizz past, as if The Tokyo Drift Club were back in town causing a ruckus. No need to get all worked up, I think. Its most likely just an unchained bicycle stolen, without a trace, by some drunk Yank looking for a joy ride after missing the last train.

I make it to the historic Imperial Palace that day, and spend the morning taking it all in. I spot a young officer and wonder like me did he always want to be a cop, especially in a country with so little crime?  I then stop and, upon further inspection, realise hes been staring down and kicking that same pile of ice on the ground for almost a minute. I watch the feud a little longer. Still puzzled, I eventually grow impatient, walk over and force conversation.

Officer Hipeo Kurata is colloquially known as Omawari-san (Mr Walk-around). His polite warm smile eventually peels off and grows emotionless after I ask what he would be doing with himself in another life. Hipeo had goals of becoming an engineer in school, but the 25-year-old found himself suddenly enrolling as a man in blue. Three years have gone by, and like his fondness towards me, his dream grows ever so faint.

Japan may well be one of the safest places on earth. It records among the lowest rates of street crime, drug felonies and violent crimes. No wonder poor Hipeo is depressing to talk to. So, no matter how stupid, bad at planning and keeping track of your belongings you are, youll be alright! Your wallet will have every last Yen you left in it as it waits for you behind the bar you left it in last night.



HIV drug PrEP to qualify for govt subsidy "IndyWatch Feed National"

The cost of a drug aimed at stopping the spread of HIV is about to be slashed.

Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) is a daily drug recently recommended for listing on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme, which would significantly reduce its price.

It is 99 per cent effective in preventing the transmission of HIV among gay and bisexual men and from April will be available to high-risk general patients for just $39.50 a month.

Federal Health Minister Greg Hunts announcement on Wednesday amounts to a government subsidy of $180 million.

Until now access to PrEP has been patchy, prohibitively expensive and mainly accessed through clinical trials, the Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations says.

This will drive a substantial reduction in transmission and allow us to turbo-charge the Australian HIV response, federation CEO Darryl ODonnell said in a statement.

The federation argues investment in HIV prevention also makes excellent financial sense, with each averted transmission of HIV saving the taxpayer one million dollars in lifetime costs.

Under the listing, patients will receive a three-month prescription and a sexual health check on each visit to the GP.

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Likely Aussies caught up in data scandal "IndyWatch Feed National"

Its likely Australians have been caught up in a scandal involving a political consulting firm and Facebook, Australias cybersecurity adviser believes.

Cambridge Analytica is facing claims it used data from 50 million Facebook users to develop controversial political campaigns for Donald Trump and others.

Australian Information and Privacy Commissioner Timothy Pilgrim is looking into the claims and is making inquiries with Facebook to see whether any personal information of Australians was involved.

National cybersecurity adviser Alastair MacGibbon says online giants like Facebook need to start acting in line with community expectations.

If you do some simple maths Id say its likely that Australians are caught up in this, he told ABC radio on Wednesday.

Increasingly the public is saying, Hey I have given you a lot of data. I expect you to treat it with respect, he said.

But you cant make $13 billion a year monetising that data and then tell those same customers thats just from advertising by the way that youre treating their data with respect.

Mr MacGibbon refused to offer Australian political parties advice on using firms such as Cambridge Analytica.

But everyone, of course, needs to make sure theyre careful about where the information theyre using comes from, he said.

Meanwhile, the Gold Coast City Council plans to mine the Facebook data of Commonwealth Games visitors who use the social media network to log into free wifi, but says use of the information will be limited.

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March Madness. "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Early Autumn is by the far the busiest time of the year for me in the productive garden.

In winter I have most of my major crops in so just do a little continuous planting of the quick harvest crops and spring though busy doesnt have the franticness of autumn and summer is a slow burn that seemed to go on forever this year.

During March not only I am trying desperately to harvest and preserve as much of the summer crop as possible I am also trying to prepare ground and plant out the quick growers, the in-between crops and the winter crops.

I am feeling a bit frazzled at the moment, here is why:

In the vegetable garden:

I am harvesting loads of tomatoes and turning them into sauce, paste and pickles. Trying to dry a few as well.
Pickling Egg plant.
Pickling and drying chillies.
Making Zucchini slice from the last of the crop.
Harvesting the last of the Corn and what we cant eat I am and freezing.
The Beans are still giving us plenty of crop so what we dont eat (or give away) I am freezing for winter soups.
It is the main harvest time for potatoes here in my Southern Highlands garden so trying to store some, but I am yet to find a way to keep them from sprouting for any length of time so cooking up potato bakes and roast potato to pop in the freezer.
I have biggest silver beet plants I have ever grown in the garden this summer, so I am making spinach triangles and pie and yes popping them in the freezer.

I have a big Freezer!

In the orchard:
I have had the best crop of peaches in years, so I am harvesting, stewing and freezing peaches. Who doesnt love a peach pie on a cold winter day!
Harvesting loads of apples and...


Workers at XXXX in Brisbane to strike over jobs "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Adam Carlton

Close to a hundred workers at the XXXX plant at Milton in Brisbane plan to walk off the job over job security and threats to lower working conditions.

About 40 jobs have been lost in recent years already, and Damien Davie, spokesperson for United Voice Queensland the union that represents these workers, said that company management needed to talk, otherwise disruption to beer supplies for the Commonwealth Games will come about.

We want everyone to be able to drink XXXX while theyre enjoying the Commonwealth Games, he said.

But management needs to come to the table, or theyll risk disrupting beer supply at this important time.

The walk off the job is expected to take place next Monday.

Tensions have been building for some time, and the turn towards industrial action is no surprise. Lion, the company that owns the brewery has for several years been trying to outsource labour. Rather than employ workers directly,  is opting to push in a system where a labour hire company supplies a casual workforce.

By doing this, agreed wages and conditions can be undercut, and the prerogative of management to hire and fire at will extended.

Damien Davies explained that XXXX management is threatening to shut down our legendary Milton brewery, if they dont get their way on shipping in cheap labour from over the border.

It this is true, Lion is determined to bring on the change, and the workers and their union are pushed into a major battle against it.

Lion claims that the union has been lying. It does however admit to be pursuing more flexibility in the use of labour, and the use of contractors when required.

It is obvious that the Commonwealth Games is a strategically good time for this workforce to engage in industrial action, and to take advantage of it maximises their bargaining strength.

Like other similar disputes, it is a mixture of existing industrial laws and more militant employers, urged on by the major employer organisations and government that has given rise to the situation.

The position of wage earners has been deteriorating in Australia, while corporations have been able to skim billions of dollars. Raising the pace of work, while decreasing the reward for doing it, is stepped up exploitation.

Nothing is more geared to raise the anger of the workforce. This is what has happened at XXXX.

These workers have an advantage,  If this turns out to be an ongoing dispute, they are in a good position to gain the sympathy of the public. This would cost Lion heavily, in terms of reputation and lost business. It is what Carton and United Breweries in Melbourne found two year...


Doug Mesner, the CIA, Child Trafficking, and Me "IndyWatch Feed National"

religion: a master and slave relationship

I recall Doug Mesner telling me the C.I.A. had asked him to write some private reports for them, maybe in my most paranoid state I could run with and ramble about the possibilities there More likely, The Satanic Temple is just the act of a group of social and career climbers using slick psychological marketing tricks in the tradition of Edward Bernays to meet their ends. But at the least, I think anyone could question and everyone should question the intent of a guy from wealth and without ties to the occult as to why he has decided to fund a Satanic religion while pulling the strings of a guy who has such a brilliant mind, who has studied the science of the mind at one of the top learning facilities in the world, and maybe, just maybe you could come up with the same conclusion I have, that The Satanic Temple has ulterior motives above and beyond helping mankind or making a movie.

No one really knows what the CIA does for definite. They are about as secret as secret organizations go- much like the Russian KGB. But one can assume it is about the same as Russias crime ridden KGB.

However- I am well aware of some of what Doug Mesner aka the Satanic Temples Lucien Greaves
is involved with.

I first had to deal with this narcissistic sociopath on Amazon- as he was combating and attacking anyone and everyone who claimed they were victims of Satanic Ritual abuse as a child.

Going as karmakaze and many variables of this same name- he attacked, discredited, and threatened anyone who spoke out. I, along with Pat Goodwin- fought him and his group for years in the comments sections in books such as Sybil Exposed and 22 Faces on Amazon. He and another who called themself Critthink .

Critthink aka Menagerie aka Amber Vollaton dropped out of the picture after the murder of Lori King which you can read about here

Doug has given seminar after seminar trashing survivors of ritual abuse- claiming putting your penis in a babys mouth does it no neurological harm- when he isnt exposing himself in public after doing weird rituals for the late Westboro Baptist Ministers dead mother to make her gay in the afterlife or getting a non for profit in 10 days for hi...


Weekly Cryptocurrency Price Analysis: Bitcoin, Ethereum, NEO, and other Major Coins "IndyWatch Feed National"

From the news Perhaps the news making the most headlines this week had to do with CoinBase e-Money license acquisition from UK"s FCA and the EU. With the license, it means CoinBase customers in the UK can make Faster Payment []

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Cryptocurrency, blockchain and NASA "IndyWatch Feed National"

Cryptocurrency and its blockchain technology has been around for a couple years now but it has just recently been thrust into the mainstream spotlight, and now, its headed for space. Blockchain and NASA In late 2017, NASA awarded a three-year []

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Very heavy rainfall for central parts of NSW coast, warnings issued "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The Australian Bureau of Meteorology is forecasting very heavy rain for central parts of the New South Wales coast over the next few days, with dangerous conditions expected to develop. Many places are expected to get their normal monthly rainfall for March in just...... Read more


March 21 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed National"

If we all adopt a country footy /netty club and take out even 1 membership it will help small country clubs.
And let's call a spade a fecking shovel here, boys and girls - once the footy team folds, the netball clubs go and then it's like a set of dominoes and towns disappear.
Don't let that happen to our fabulous country towns!!!

1792 - In a letter he jotted to the good Rev William Morice about the coastal Eora people coming in frequently to the convict settlement at Sydney Cove, Captain Richard Johnson stated,
" A Number of the Natives, both Men women, and especially Children are every day now in the Camp - Two native Girls I have under my roof,"

1802 Matthew Flinders was a busy chap, trotting off and finding all sorts of things on his explorative travels, like today's Show and Tell subject Kangaroo Island.
Yes, we have so many of the hoppity critters we had to name a whole lump of dirt after 'em.

1816 - After two years of severe drought, the Gundungurra (Gandangara) came down from the mountains to attack settlers in the outlying Cow Pastures (Camden) district, burning houses and sheds, spearing cattle and plundering crops. They killed four men employed by George T Palmer (son of Commissary John Palmer) at the Nepean River and three of Mrs Elizabeth Macarthurs stock-keepers at Camden.

1829- Windradyne, known to European settlers as "Saturday", was a warrior and resistance leader of the Wiradjuri people; he passed to the stars on this day following a tribal fight at the Macquarie River.

1855 - Raffaello Carboni was tried for treason over his involvement in the Eureka Stockade.
Of course he found not guilty.

1863 - Thomas Pedder was hanged at Perth Gaol for the murder of Thomas Sweeny, a shepherd, at Irwin River.

1864 The very first hansom cab turned up in New Zealand with its driver asking for directions as his Sat-Nav was on the blink.

1895 - The Chickybabes Suffrage Act got the gong from Queen Vicky in South Oz when it twas Gazetted, thereby giving the gals the right to vote and to stand for Parliament.

1917 Infamous,wonderful author Frank Hardy, brother to the equally talented entertainer Mary Hardy, was pupped today.

1918- Dunolly-ite made good; Harry Lawson, pupped in Dunolly, assumed the position as Premier of Victoria.


Time to bring Queenslands abortion laws into the 21st Century "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Queensland Government should demonstrate its commitment to womens health and equality by upholding an election commitment to modernise the states woefully outdated abortion laws.

In a submission to the Queensland Law Reform Commissions inquiry into abortion laws, the Human Rights Law Centre has called for the decriminalisation of abortion and for new laws that respect womens right to choose what happens to their bodies. It also renewed its call for the creation of safe access zones around abortion clinics.

Adrianne Walters, Senior Lawyer at the Human Rights Law Centre, said that Queenslands law currently falls well short of accepted medical standards and community values.

"The current laws reflect completely outdated views about women and sex. The majority of the Queensland community have said they want to see the laws change. The medical profession want to see the laws changed. Its time for Queensland to bring abortion laws out of the 19th century and into line with community expectations, clinical practice, and common sense," said Ms Walters.

Polling in Queensland in 2017 showed that over 80 per cent of people think that it should be legal for a woman to decide to terminate her pregnancy in consultation with a medical professional.

Abortion is still a part of Queenslands criminal law, despite a wealth of evidence that criminalising abortion is bad for womens health.

"Criminalising abortion does not stop women having abortions, it just causes confusion and fear for women and doctors. It forces women to travel interstate or risk unsafe clandestine abortions. Women should be empowered to make the best decision for their lives in consultation with their doctor, and without fearing criminal prosecution," said Ms Walters.

The submission calls for the creation of safe access zones around abortion clinics to stop anti-abortionists from harassing and intimidating women as they enter.

"Women shouldnt have to run a gauntlet of abuse and harassment just to see their doctor. Queensland must ensure that all women can access health services without suffering harm," said Ms Walters.

The Human Rights Law Centre submission is available here.

For interviews or further information please call:
Michelle Bennett, Director of Communications, Human Rights Law Centre, 0419 100 519

Photo: Shari Birse


Gippsland Jobs and the Heyfield Timber Mill "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

The recent purchase of the Heyfield Timber Mill by the Victorian government is a monumental mistake. It is not the involvement of government that is the problem. A strong, probably dominant, contribution will be required from government to achieve any just transition to a low carbon economy. The mistake is investing in the continuing destruction of Gippslands native forests probably amongst the best carbon stores in mainland Australia.

They government have invested in a lose/lose situation almost certainly because of the influence of the unions in this case the CFMEU. This union is the natural power base for the Labor party in Gippsland and the timber workers jobs have become sacrosanct. This is regardless of the fact that they are in electorates that are most unlikely to return Labor members and from anecdotal accounts many of these workers will not vote Labor anyway. The decision was also probably influenced by Vicforests a government business tied to the continuation of the logging industry. Aside from shoring up their base support any political gains of the purchase are hard to find.

Labor (and eventually we all) will lose because of the loss of this precious carbon store. As it becomes increasingly obvious that the remaining forests must be retained and protected the union base of the old economy will decline. So too will their political support diminish unless they can also change to support and even promote the new economy. They will also lose because there will probably never be a return on the so called investment. The mill purchase was only ever a short term political fix.

A just transition in the bush should take no more than ten years. Employment should be the primary concern. As areas are closed to logging all bush workers should be offered work with DELWP changing their tasks from forest destruction to forest protection. Likewise, as mills close, the workers should all be offered employment preferably near their current jobs. In the remote mills the main employment may be with DELWP. In Heyfield employment could be offered in large government projects such as floating solar on Lake Glenmaggie and plantation or reafforestation projects. No doubt there are many other low carbon economy options.

The rapid changes in the South Australian renewable energy should serve as an example to the Andrews government. Although SA Labor has lost political power their achieveme...


Duursma to lead Power "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

The Gippsland Power U/18 TAC Cup Leadership Group: Captain Xavier Duursma of Foster, vice captain Austin Hodge of Bairnsdale, and deputies Matt McGannon of Fish Creek and Brock Smith of Moe.

FOSTER Secondary College student Xavier Duursma is one of Gippsland Powers brightest prospects to be drafted to the AFL at the end of the year.
The Year 12 student was last week named captain of the Gippsland Power Under 18 TAC Cup team for 2018, and Gippsland Power talent manager Peter Francis says he has all the attributes to be a drafted player by the end of November.
Hes very mature and hes a very good player. He leads by example not just with his voice but in the way he plays. He goes hard at it and hes got some really nice skills, Francis said.
A talented and versatile midfielder, Duursma has come up through the ranks playing for Foster in the Alberton League and in Gippsland Powers Under 15 and Under 16 squads.
Hes twice represented Victoria in the Australian Football Championships, played for Vic Country in the NAB AFL Under 16 Championships in 2016, and debuted in Gippsland Powers Under 18 TAC Cup team last year as a bottom age player, winning best first year player for his efforts.

He says hes proud to be captain and looking forward to the year.
Its pretty exciting but its also a big responsibility. As captain, I plan to lead from the front and set the tone and set a good example.
Im hoping well get to the finals. Hopefully top four. Thats realistic for us. Weve got a very talented group, he said.
A keen athlete, Duursma has recently had success at regional level in interschool swimming, but AFL is his number one, perhaps unsurprising given his father, Dean, now a Gippsland Power under 16s assistant coach, was once a Sydney and Melbourne-listed player.
Dads a bit of a role model. Hes happy to see me doing alright, Xavier said.
Xaviers uncle Jamie also played 59 games for Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne in the 1980s.
Xaviers a Brisbane Lions supporter but would love to play for any AFL team.
Hes set for a big year, with responsibilities as a school captain as well as trying to make it onto the Vic Country Under 18s side.
Round 1 sees Gippsland Power take on the Murray Bushrangers at Punt Road this Saturday.
South Gippsland is well represented in this years squad, which also includes Matt McGannon of Fish Creek, Leongatha pl...


There will be an inquest over Joshs suicide "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed from Queensland

At last there is some positive news regarding the suicide of Josh Klumper. The seventeen-year old took his life, after being denied the timely help he needed at the Gold Coast University Hospital.

Thanks to the tireless efforts of his mother Ursula Skjonnemand, supporters and an online petition, a coroners inquest will take place, although a date has not yet been set.

Josh, diagnosed with Asperger syndrome (a form of Autism Spectrum Disorder), was not coping and desperately needed help. On 2 September last year, he went to the hospital with his grandmother.

But instead of immediate assistance, he was made to wait for four hours and told that he could not be seen on that night. For someone suffering from severe mental health stress, this can be a disaster, and the hospital should have known this.

Agitated, Josh walked out. The hospital did not follow up until three days later. It was too late. He had attempted to take his life and eventually died in hospital.

In a health system that is working properly a failure of duty of care like this, would not happen. A process to deal with in would be in place. The fact that the failure occurred, indicates that the hospital lacks the resources and the staff the training needed. The inquest must uncover the details of this.

This has not been the only failure. It is a disgrace that Joshs mother and supporters had to battle to be heard. An inquest into a death in such circumstances should be routine. The reason why this didnt take place should be explained, and the criteria for the intervention of the coroner changed, so that there can be a quick and adequate response.

It begs the question. How many others have been treated in a similar way at the Gold Coast University Hospital and through the Queensland health system?  This needs to be answered as well.

Ursula Skjonnemand told ABC Radio Brisbane she had fought for an investigation to make sure Joshs story could be a learning experience for others.

She wants this investigation to result in Queensland health taking measures that will ensureother receive the help that her son missed out on. This is an opportunity to save other lives.

The case has prompted Health Minister Steven Miles into a meeting with high-level public servants from the Health Departments mental health wing and deputy director-general of clinical excellence Dr John Wakefield. Hopefully, this will contribute towards bringing about some change.

But it must be remembered that any action required a push, and it should not have come to this.

The post...


The Antidepressant Wars in the Post-Truth Era "IndyWatch Feed National"

Sometimes there are advantages to being outside the mainstream media. Australia dodged a bullet when the UK press announced claims about antidepressants. There was some coverage, but its comforting to hope that when the press releases came this way, our astute journalists were aware that during the previous months our press had already just run a competing big medical story: Prescription pills killing more people than street drugs.1

But the February 2018 UK press releases were all the more potent because they were attributed to such hallowed sources as Lancet, Oxford University and the BBC.2 British tabloid press was even more florid with interpretations such as GPs should prescribe anti-depressants to over a million more Brits, experts claim, citing an Oxford University study that supposedly found pills were up to 113 per cent more likely to tackle depression than no treatment at all despite previous claims that they did not work.3 Even at face value it seemed unlikely The Lancet would have used the words pills and tackle.

At a New Zealand conference, overseas visitors went even further. One headline virtually accused critics of mass-scale negligent homicide: Claims that antidepressants dont work are dangerous and akin to climate change denial, mental health professionals and experts say, citing supposed overwhelming evidence supporting the view that mental health problems were caused by chemical imbalances in the brain.4

Yet at the same time across the Tasman Sea a Professor of Psychiatry, former Australian of the Year, was assuring ABC listeners in response to a question about chemical imbalance that this was attributable to the drug companies, the DSM, the FDA American psychiatrists 40 years ago now no one believes that any more. If you talk to any modern researcher in neuroscience or psychiatry no one would say that is the explanation. But when you go to a GP or even some psychiatrists they will still trot out that very simplistic explanation to people.5

The big stakes in this are not being exaggerated. As Dr. AJ Frances put it: We have a medical system tha...


With Friends Like These, Australia Doesnt Need Enemies "IndyWatch Feed National"

Our nations history of internal slaughter is world-beating. Its perhaps matched only by our support over the decades for regimes that also kill their own. Michael Brull explains.

In the image above, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is seen shaking hands with Hun Sen during the ASEAN Summit in Sydney last week. Smiling. Hun Sen is the dictator of Cambodia, which he has ruled since 1985. Under the reign of Pol Pot, Hun Sen served as a battalion commander in the Khmer Rouge army.

It is worth underscoring what this means. Ben Kiernan wrote a book, The Pol Pot Regime. Kiernan is the founding director of the Genocide Studies Program at Yale University. He found that the Khmer Rouge was responsible for the deaths of some 1.7 million people. That is about one fifth of the entire population, wiped out by its own government.

That makes Hun Sen a triumphant and reigning dictator from one of the most murderous governments of the 20th century.

Cambodians in Australia have protested the welcome extended to Hun Sen by our government. I was alerted to this issue by someone who came to Australia as a refugee from Cambodia. Dozens of family members, on both her mother and her fathers side of the family, were murdered by the Khmer Rouge.

Cambodian dictator Hun Sen arrives in Canberra for the ASEAN Summit, March 2018.

As if to underscore his commitment to despotism, Hun Sen has responded to protesters in Australia by saying I wan...


Breaking: Cop Who Killed Justine Damond Charged With Murder "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Minneapolis police officer who shot and killed an Australian woman last July is now behind bars and has been charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

Justine Damond was fatally shot by Officer Mohamed Noor last summer after she called 911 to report hearing a noise near her home.

From the Chicago Tribune:

Officer Mohamed Noor turned himself in Tuesday after a warrant was issued for his arrest. He shot Justine Ruszczyk Damond, a 40-year-old life coach, on July 15 minutes after she called 911 to report a possible sexual assault in the alley behind her home. Damonds death drew international attention, cost the police chief her job and forced major revisions to the departments policy on body cameras.

Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman planned a Tuesday afternoon news conference to discuss the charges.

As of the time of this reporting, the criminal complaint remained sealed. But according to the jail roster, Noor was booked on a third-degree murder charge for perpetrating an eminently dangerous act while showing a depraved mind. The second-degree manslaughter charge alleges he acted with culpable negligence creating unreasonable risk.

If convicted of third-degree murder, he could face a maximum of 25 years in prison, though the presumptive sentence is 12 years. A judge could issue a sentence ranging from about 10 to 15 years. The second-degree manslaughter charge carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, but the presumptive sentence is four years,  the Chicago Tribune reports.

The charges reveal more details about what happened that night, reports the Star Tribune:

There is no evidence that Officer Noor encountered, appreciated, investigated or confirmed a threat that justified the decision to use deadly force, charges said. Instead, Officer Noor recklessly and intentionally fired his handgun from the passenger seat, a location at which he would have been less able than Officer Harrity to see and hear events on the other s...


Market Talk- March 20, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed National"


Having seen a weak US session most Asian indices opened in the red. However, that was not to last and most recovered by the close. The SENSEX took less than an hour before it was trading positive whilst the ASX and Nikkei never actually managed a recovery. The key sector that has led the Nikkei higher have been the culprits during the decline. Technology weighed on both sentiment and confidence, but declines were halted as talk of Bank of Japan buying of ETFs helped to support prices. We do have a Japanese national holiday Wednesday and so volumes were light as the FED decision will be known by the next cash open. Worth keeping an eye on the Yen as it has rejected the mod 105s and is comfortably trading mid 106s. This could be crucial once the FED decision is known as the Yen has plenty of negative room that will aid stocks on an international basis. Australian All Ords finally closed the day down -0.4% but given that the A$ remains heavy, it was not a great day for international money invested there. Chinas Shanghai and the Hang Seng both turned positive in afternoon trading and are continuing via futures as the US markets recover.

Europe took much of its momentum from the US again today as it appeared to wake only once the US were in. Dont forget, we are on short lunches this week until the UK moves their clocks spring forward their one hour due March 25th. Therefore, US markets are heavily influencing European especially as the FED has such a prominent decision this week. Markets are happy to let the US lead still with the majority expecting a 25bp hike. All core closed around +0.6% firmer with the DAX leading via banks, insurers and tech bouncing back.

A healthy bounce today following yesterdays 300 point decline and especially ahead of tomorrows FED decision. Utilities and rate sensitive stocks tended to drag their feet, but that shouldnt be a surprise. Treasuries seeing a parallel shift across the curve, which is assisting the DXY; so worth keeping an eye on the Dot-Plot for a while yet! Lets see how we react after tomorrows announcement, but stocks are becoming accustomed to rate hikes whether we are talking three or four throughout 2018. Not since 2011 have we seen stocks r...


Australian Man Has Tracked Down Missing Flight MH370 With Google Earth "IndyWatch Feed National"

Flight MH370 was traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Bejing on March 4th of 2014 when it literally disappeared. On that plane were 239 people, and until recently, this plane was nowhere to be found.

That being said, a man is currently claiming to have managed to track down this missing plane all on his own. He used Google Earth to track its passage and may have located the plane. The search that went on for this plane was one of the biggest in history. It ended up costing millions of dollars and involved China, Malaysia, and Australia. While the search was basically called off/suspended last year small pieces of the plane did manage to wash up on shore around several islands in the Indian Ocean as well as on the coast of Africa.

Peter McMahon is the man who believes he has managed to do the impossible and locate this plane. He is an Australian mechanical engineer with over 25 years experience in crash investigations. He has found what he believes is the outline of a plane below the surface of the water about 10 miles south of the islet. McMahon told DailyStar that he sent his findings to the Australian Transport and Safety Burea and that they did, in fact, confirm that this might be the missing plane.

McMahon/DailyMail (Google Earth)


McMahon also went on to tell the DailyStar that US officials who are supposed to be working now to find the plane instructed those searching to stick to their assigned areas and not investigate where he had shown them the plane might be. It seems four Americans were sent to Australia to oversee the findings of MH370 and that while it could easily be there something fishy is going on.

He said as follows:

They have made sure that all information received has been hidden from the public, even our government but why?

McMahon claims that authorities do not want it found as its full of bullet holes, finding it will only open another inquiry.

Does this sound like some kind of cover up to you? What really happened to flight MH370? We can only hope that the truth abo...


Three Newspolls To Midnight: A Dangerous Exercise In Pub-Test Populism. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Prime Ministers sometimes get it wrong, and some more than others. That should be the reason for their demise at an election, not their removal by a party obsessed with polls, writes Tom Haskell.

Its three Newspolls to midnight on Turnbulls leadership doomsday clock. The infamous 30 Newspolls in a row reasoning for challenging Tony Abbott for the leadership of the Liberal Party, and thus the Prime Ministership, must be something that haunts Malcolm every day. Indeed, it should be something that haunts us all. Not because Turnbull is a great leader (he isnt) or because the alternatives in the Liberal Party are any better (they arent), but because losing another Prime Minister to opinion polling does nothing but affirm a worrying trend of pub-test populism in Australian politics.

If not through an electoral loss, our leaders should be ousted for fundamental failures of leadership to those they lead and represent. It should be because they have failed the Australian people to a critical extent that they be relieved of their duties.

Sometimes governments and, indeed, leaders make unpopular decisions; sometimes they need to do so for the good of the Australian people. Licking your finger and testing the winds of your constituency is not a suitable way to lead, and thankfully the voters in South Australia realised this with their fierce rejection of the populist Nick Xenophon.

South Australian senator Nick Xenophon.

However, as an example of opinion polling leading poor policy outcomes, the newly elected Liberal government in South Australia is set to deregulate shop trading hours. According to opinion polling, 75% of South Australians support this.

Interestingly, small businesses in Adelaide are fearing having to close shop if these changes come through due to being unable to compete with the supermarket giants that can stay open indefinitely. It of course sounds like a common-sense initiative to keep the shops open for longer, it would mean shops could earn more money and employ more workers due to flexible trading hours, right?

Unfortunately not, the effects will be devastating for workers and small-business owners. Businesses unable to compete in a deregulated market will have to shut up shop, workers will lose their jobs and those who dont will work unsociable hours without penalty rates on the odd chance that someone wants t...


Minneapolis: Muslim cop who shot unarmed woman charged with murder, turns himself in "IndyWatch Feed National"

Islamophobia kills. We saw this again in Minneapolis, when a 40-year-old Australian woman, Justine Ruszczyk Damond, was killed by a rogue cop, Mohamed Noor. It is a cherished fiction on the Left that there exists an Islamophobia Industry, a well-funded group of propagandists who spread hatred of Muslims solely to line their pockets. This is []


Satanic Pedophilia Network Exposed in Australia It Starts at the TOP, Just Like in the USA and UK "IndyWatch Feed National"

The New World Order cult that rules the world administers a Satanic Pedophilia Network, including top-level politicians like Australian Prime Ministers and US Presidents.

The Satanic Pedophilia Network which underlies the New World Order was again exposed in the last few months by another brave whistleblower. Australian woman Fiona Barnett showed a ton of courage in going public at a Sydney press conference in October 2015 and naming names.

Fiona, a former victim of Satanic ritual abuse and part of an international VIP pedophile ring, not only exposed the existence of the Satanic pedophilia network and its international child trafficking ring, but actually named 3 former Australian Prime Ministers and 1 former US President as perpetrators.

She reveals that this network, composed of famous actors, celebrities, judges, politicians and other high-flyers, has infiltrated all the key organizations and institutions in Australia just as it has in the US and Britain.

Warning: what follows is graphic and requires a great deal of maturity to swallow, but if youre interested in the real truth of whats going on in the world, read on.

Fiona saw it all Satanic ritual, rape, torture and murder but actually says the way Ive been treated for reporting the crimes Ive witnessed and experienced has been far worse than my original abuse experiences.

That speaks volumes about peoples collective denial and amnesia, doesnt it?

Pedophiles Running Rampant Down Under

Fiona proclaims that Australia is a pedophile haven. She explains how Australia took in a large nu...


Kyra Kum-Sing: If equality can happen for marriage, it can happen for Indigenous people "IndyWatch Feed National"

Share this Post 7 December 2017 saw Australia become the 25th country to legalise marriage between people of the same sex. Love essentially won. Images of my uncles and partner during the celebration on Oxford Street in Sydney filled me with feelings of jubilation and success. Australians voted in favour of love and so was born a defining moment written ...


Luke Pearson: Harmony Day is the perfect day to water down racial discrimination laws "IndyWatch Feed National"

Photograph: TimeOut  Photograph: TimeOut Share this Post We are so harmonious that we can lock up innocent asylum seekers in detention camps offshore to ensure we stay a harmonious society.  We are so harmonious that we can refuse to address the impacts of racism on criminal justice, suicide rates, life expectancy, and all other adverse outcomes faced by Indigenous people ...


Chelsea Bond: *A white woman took my baby* "IndyWatch Feed National"

Share this Post Dr Chelsea Bond, is a Senior Lecturer at The University of Queensland and one half of the #WildBlackWomen program (with Angelina Hurley) on Brisbanes 98.9FM Lets Talk every Thursday from 9am-10am. Black people had to do a lot of work last week and it wasnt even Invasion Day, Sorry Day, or NAIDOC Week. Blackfullas had to turn up after ...


Does Australia Believe in International Law: The Case of Syria "IndyWatch Feed National"


One of the most common phrases heard from senior Australian government officials including the Prime Minister and the Foreign Minister is Australias belief in what it is pleased to call the rules based international order. This phrase is usually used in the context of implied or explicit criticism of another nation with whom Australia is in disagreement. For example, Australia is very prone to criticizing Russias annexation of Crimea, or Chinas assertion of its claimed rights in the South China Sea.

The inference one is expected to draw is that other countries may breach international law but Australia is a model of probity by comparison. This claim looks slightly tattered in the light of Australias manifest breaches of international instruments that it is a signatory to in its treatment of refugees, or the bullying of East Timor over the development of maritime resources.

As serious as these matters are they pale in comparison with the waging of a war against another sovereign nation. The history of Australias involvement in the waging of a war against the sovereign government of Syria is a case in point.

On 16 September 2014 the then Prime Minister Tony Abbott gave an interview to the ABC. In the interview he expressed as reservations about Australia becoming involved in a war that was being conducted by the United States, mainly through its support of proxy terrorist groups who it was financing and arming in conjunction with its allies Saudi Arabia and Israel.

The legalities he said, of operating inside Syria are quite different from the legalities of operating in Iraq at the request and in support of the Iraqi government.

Two weeks after that interview the Australian government received legal advice dated 30 September 2014 that it failed to disclose or even indicate that it had received such advice. Abbott was overthrown in an internal coup by Malcolm Turnbull on 15 September 2015.

One week prior to the coup Australia had written a letter to the United Nations Security Council on 9 September 2015. In that letter Australia claimed that the United States was justified in making military strikes against Syria on the basis that Syria was unwilling and unable to prevent the use of its territory to conduct terrorist attacks against Iraq.


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covers blown against the fence

Its an embarrassment that when I see litter in our paddocks.  Thats because its usually my own: one of my tree guards that has blown off and landed in the creek, or among the ti-tree, or strung up against a barbed-wire fence.

But collecting them again is the easy part.  The problem is what to do with the hundreds of covers that stay on, doing their job, and then need to be recycled?

If you want a seedling tree or shrub to survive out in a paddock, you generally have to guard it.  Guard it against rabbits, frost, loss of moisture and so on.



Australia First, Hong Kong Next? Worlds 6th Largest Stock Exchange Eyes Blockchain "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Hong Kong Stock Exchange (HKEX) is tapping into the expertise of the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) in implementing blockchain technology for core processes. After two years of rigorous testing, the Australian Securities Exchange became the worlds first major exchange operator to turn to blockchain technology for its post-trade settlement process, a core feature, in Continued

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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 Australian literary journal, Meanjin, on Judaism, Israel/Palestine, human rights and modern identity.


Hong Kong Stock Exchange Seeks Dialogue With Australian Counterpart For Blockchain Advice "IndyWatch Feed National"

Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Market seeks advice from Australian Securities Exchange for Blockchain implementation #NEWS


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,...


83% of Australian Cryptocurrency Investors are Male, Study Shows "IndyWatch Feed National"

A study of Australian cryptocurrency traders has discovered that 8 out of ten are men. The study examined data from seven cryptocurrency trading exchanges spanning a period of 12 months. More than 83 percent of the registered 312,633 traders were male, according to the work by the Australian Digital Commerce Association and Accenture (ADCA). Whilst the Continued

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Hong Kong Stock Exchange Looks to ASX for Blockchain Equity Settlement "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Hong Kong Stock Exchange is looking to follow its Australian counterpart in developing a blockchain settlement system.


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 []


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

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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

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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.

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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

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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 = 1.15 AUD

Justine Damond shooting: police officer Mohamed Noor charged with murder "IndyWatch Feed National"

A Minneapolis police officer who shot and killed an Australian woman in July has been booked on charges of third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.


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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Violent offender avoids being sent back to prison

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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

The post Burkitt Lymphoma: Why One Womans Cancer Diagnosis Shocked Doctors appeared first on Healthy Holistic Living.


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 []

The post Commonwealth Games: Team Nigeria to depart March 24 appeared first on Newtelegraph.


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.

Monday, 19 March



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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