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Friday, 17 August

22:58

1) 49 West Papuan students released after police questioning "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


2) Police in Ternate violently break up protest commemorating New York Agreement
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1) 49 West Papuan students released after police questioning
2:48 pm on 17 August 2018 


All 49 West Papuan university students taken in for police questioning in the Indonesian city of Surabaya have been released, according to a legal aid group.

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19:11

16-year-old hacks Apple and steal 90GB of secure files "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Australian teenager hacks into Apples secure network and steals 90GB of data

An Australian teenager is facing criminal charges for repeatedly breaking into Apples computer system after the company contacted the FBI, reports The Age. The teenager who began hacking at the age of 16, reportedly hacked into Apples private servers and stole over 90GB of sensitive corporate information on multiple occasions over a year.

The teen, who cannot be publicly named, was well known in the international hacking community. He pled guilty in Australian Childrens Court on Thursday, with sentencing set for next month. The teenagers lawyer said in court that the boy was a big fan of Apple who dreamed of working for the company.

Hacky hack hack

During a raid on his family home in Melbourne, the authorities found downloaded files saved in a folder called Hacky hack hack. They also seized two Apple laptops, along with a mobile phone and hard drive. According to the prosecution, the two Apple laptops that were seized and their serial numbers matched the serial numbers of the devices which accessed the internal systems.

Modus operandi of the teenager

Apparently, the boy downloaded tens of gigabytes of secure files and accessed authorized keys that granted login access to users. He then managed to use security keys that worked flawlessly to access Apples information. He also allegedly had a look at customer accounts. The teenager used a virtual private network (VPN) to disguise his location.

Apple last year alerted the FBI, when it detected the unauthorized access and blocked the source of the intrusions, who launched the investigation. FBI, then coordinated the case with the Australian Federal Police (AFP), after the source of the intrusions was traced to Australia.

It is unclear if any of the acquired data was forwarded to third parties. However, it is understood that the teen hacker used WhatsApp to communicate his intrusion to others. Also, there is no clarity on the extent of the breach, or what type of accounts or other information were accessed, and if the breach was only limited to Australia or was it worldwide.

Apple has not yet commented on the case.

The post 16-year-old hacks Apple and steal 90GB of secure files appeared first on TechWorm.

14:07

16-Year-Old Teen Hacked Apple Servers, Stole 90GB of Secure Files "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Well, there's something quite embarrassing for Apple fans. Though Apple servers are widely believed to be unhackable, a 16-year-old high school student proved that nothing is impossible. The teenager from Melbourne, Australia, managed to break into Apple servers and downloaded some 90GB of secure files, including extremely secure authorized keys used to grant login access to users, as well as

13:53

Fighting Police Corruption: An Interview With Justice Advocate Renee Eaves "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Fitzgerald Inquiry into Queensland police corruption was sparked by media reports linking police officers to illegal activities. Tabling its report in 1989, the inquirys findings led to an overhaul of policing practices and the prosecution a former police commissioner and four ministers. Key recommendations made by the inquiry were that an independent oversight body

The post Fighting Police Corruption: An Interview With Justice Advocate Renee Eaves appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.

13:21

Apple hacked by 16-year-old who dreamed of working for firm "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Apple hacked by 16-year-old who

An Australian teenager has admitted hacking into Apples internal network and stealing 90 GB worth of files. The 16-year-old has pleaded guilty to breaking into Apples systems on multiple occasions over the course of a year, from his parents home in Melbournes suburbs.

Read more in my article on the Hot for Security blog.

13:17

Bellingen History | Bellingen Chamber of Commerce "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The first land selectors did not arrive on the river until 1863 and because of navigational restrictions Fernmount became the principal village. However, Boat Harbour as Bellingen was first known, was selected as the site of the first court house and lockup, and shortly after the village site was proclaimed as Bellingen in October 1870.

Source: Bellingen History | Bellingen Chamber of Commerce

11:29

The Bridge from Milson's Point "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"



Blue sky after another afternoon on Milsons Pt station platform. Everyone who came along was really friendly, like Andy who took a photo of me and the painting and his son Jordan. Even the security guard on the cycletrack on the bridge asked for a look as I was leaving


 

A painting I started today at Milson's Pt station and hopefully can return without controversy to complete. The attendant saw me get off the train with my canvas and all she said was to stay within the yellow lines as I headed to the end of the platform to set up where I'm out of the way, and the view is spectacular.

Luckily I'd managed to get a composition going an hour or so later when some kind of railways authority/security figure showed up and seemed
annoyed I was painting without being moved on.After a bit a lady came down(I think she'd been asked to), the current attendant, saying she was worried I'd make a mess(I hadn't/didn't), or get in way, or drivers might think I was about to commit suicide by...

10:34

Tropical Fruits Announces Lineup For 30th Anniversary New Years Eve Festival "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Lismore LGBTIQ group Tropical Fruits have unveiled the lineup for their special 30th anniversary New Years Eve festival this December. The festival is a four-day LGBTIQ celebration held in the city of Lismore in northern New South Wales, the shimmering heart of the Rainbow Region on the land of the Bundjalung people. Tropical Fruits chair ...

The post Tropical Fruits Announces Lineup For 30th Anniversary New Years Eve Festival appeared first on QNews Magazine.

09:04

Sustainable House open day Sept 16 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Got a sustainable home you would like to show visitors so they can learn from your experiences?

Eco-home owners are being sought for Sustainable House open day, to be held Sunday September 16 across the northern rivers.

Co-ordinator Andia Cally says, We are proud to provide ongoing support to an event that inspires and educates local residents and has a tangible impact in helping them see firsthand how they can make their homes more sustainable, fit for climate, comfortable to live in and cheaper to run.

Sustainable House Day is a national event that has been running for more than a decade and has seen the majority of visitors taking steps to live more sustainably as a result of their experience.

To get involved visit www.sustainablehouseday.com/submit-your-house/.

The post Sustainable House open day Sept 16 appeared first on Echonetdaily.

07:26

Woman rescued from cliff at Cape Byron "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A woman, believed to have been on a walking track at Cape Byron, became trapped about 10m from the top on Cape Byrons southern end above Tallows Beach this afternoon. She was hanging onto a rock ledge that was estimated to be around 45m above the water. Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter and Brunswick Valley Volunteer Rescue Association attended the incident.

Brunswick Valley Volunteer Rescue Association set up a up a roping line with one of a the members abseiling down to the female secured her was the was able to be pulled to the to of the cliff. The Westpac helicopter was able to carry out top cover until the rescue was completed,  said Barry Walton Community Liaison & Media Westpac Rescue Helicopter.

The patient believed to have minimal injuries and was checked out by paramedics.

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05:15

Tweed hospital site selection triggers questions in federal parliament "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Local federal MP Justine Elliot has put questions in writing in the federal parliament to the minister for agriculture concerning the NSW state governments decision to build a new hospital on the protected Cudgen farmlands at Kingscliff.

After the Cudgen site was announced as the site for the new Tweed Valley Hospital in June 2017 significant community backlash lead to health infrastructure revisiting the selection criteria and extending time for consideration of alternative sites

As State Significant farmland the Cudgen Plateau is considered one of the most productive food bowls in northern NSW.

Ms Elliot has asked the minister (a) is he aware that the NSW government does not appear to be considering the concerns of local farmers and the community regarding the suitability of this site, (b) what action will he take to protect the site from rezoning for the proposed development (or any other development), (c) does the Australian government support this plan, (d) does any Commonwealth legislation exist to protect this land from development, (e) is he aware that the NSW government has rejected a planned, approved and shovel ready site for the hospital at Kings Forest in favour of the proposed Cudgen site, and (f) is he aware that the NSW Member for the electoral district of Tweed has been widely criticised for supporting the proposal to use Cudgen as the site for the hospital.

Political football

While Labor have thrown themselves behind the Kings Forest site this site does not come without issues including impacts on koala populations, flood levels that will require a significant amount of fill to bring the entire site above flood level and lack of local infrastructure.

Alternatively the Greens have been calling on the redevelopment of the current Tweed hospital site. This site also has constraints around site expansion and flood levels.

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05:04

Youre Invited To Our Queer Art Exhibition During The Brisbane Pride Festival "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

QNews Magazine will host an exhibition of local queer artists work to celebrate Pride Month in Brisbane in September. This years Pride Festival kicks off on September 8, and the Q-Art Pride Exhibition will be launched on September 14 as a free showcase for LGBTIQ artists and queer artwork to help lift their profiles and ...

The post Youre Invited To Our Queer Art Exhibition During The Brisbane Pride Festival appeared first on QNews Magazine.

04:59

University Of Western Australia Cancels Doctors Anti-Transgender Speech "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A US academic who says transgender people are mentally ill and have a delusional disorder has had a speaking event at the University of Western Australia cancelled. The university announced it had cancelled the talk by controversial US pediatric professor Pediatric endocrinologist Quentin Van Meter, organised by the conservative Australian Family Association, on Friday. Van ...

The post University Of Western Australia Cancels Doctors Anti-Transgender Speech appeared first on QNews Magazine.

04:30

Nanette Star Hannah Gadsby Is Writing Her Memoir "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Queer comedian Hannah Gadsby is following up the success of her acclaimed Netflix special Nanette with a memoir. The book will be titled Ten Steps to Nanette, according to Australian publisher Allen & Unwin, and the project is a memoir that follows the funny and sometimes dark events of the Australian comedians life leading up ...

The post Nanette Star Hannah Gadsby Is Writing Her Memoir appeared first on QNews Magazine.

04:13

Low Range Drink Drivers to Face On-The-Spot Fines & Suspensions "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim Low-range drink driving is where a driver has a blood alcohol concentration of 0.05 to 0.79 millilitres per 210 litres of breath. The maximum penalty when its the drivers first major traffic offence within 5 years is an automatic licence disqualification of 6 months which can be reduced

The post Low Range Drink Drivers to Face On-The-Spot Fines & Suspensions appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.

04:02

North coast shark net trail abandoned: triggers call for state-wide ban "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A ray caught in netting that is meant to deter sharks. (Sea Shepherd)

The third shark net trial for the five beaches across the north coast has been abandoned following the significant decline in support. During course of the two shark net trials, community support for nets halved, from 52 per cent to 26 per cent of Ballina residents.

The controversial shark nets were installed at Lighthouse, Sharpes and Shelly beaches at Ballina, as well as at Lennox Head and Evans Head over the summer of 2016 and 17. 

Ballinas Deputy Mayor Keith Williams, who has been leading the charge to rid Ballina of the dreaded nets for the last two years, is celebrating the news.

The final nail in the coffin was the news that the nets had killed twice as many dolphins as they had caught target sharks in the second trial, said Councillor Williams.

After that, even the staunchest supporters of nets realised that something was seriously wrong.

Up to 35 SMART drumlines will continue to be trialled daily, from Lennox Head to Evans Head, weather permitting, until mid2020 while trials of helicopter and drones for aerial surveillance, and VR4G listening stations would continue.

Two shark net trials have been conducted and while there were no shark attacks at netted beaches during both trials, a survey of the community found that the resulting bycatch of the trials was unacceptable, said Nationals parliamentary secretary for Northern NSW, Ben Franklin.

Minister can still install nets

While the trial has been suspended the NSW primary industries minister Niall Blair retains the  ability to deploy nets or iss...

03:07

Koala death incident brings calls for change "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The last moments of the koalas life were captured in heartbreakingly-vivid detail.

In the early hours of August 30 last year, a sharp-eyed officer in the RMS control room at Grafton saw a small fuzzy shape on the live feed from the Pacific Highway at Ewingsdale.

Closer inspection revealed that an adult koala was lying in the right lane of the highway at the St Helena tunnel.

The controller and his colleagues activated the tunnels signs in a bid to close the right lane.

But it wasnt enough.

The driver of a prime mover from Lindsay Bros Plant and Equipment who either ignored or failed to see the signs, changed into the right lane and ran over the ailing animal, killing it instantly.

A volunteer from Friends of the Koala was just minutes away.

With documents obtained under freedom of information laws revealing the details of the incident for the first time, questions are being asked about the protocols and policies in place to protect wildlife in the Northern Rivers and beyond.

The Local Member for Ballina, Tamara Smith, said there should have been a protocol in place on August 30 requiring the tunnel to be closed.

If there had been a horse or a cow on the motorway they would have closed the whole tunnel because it would have been a threat to human life, why couldnt they close it to protect the life of a native animal? Ms Smith said.

Yes it would have disrupted traffic for a while but I think most people would agree that thats reasonable in order to potentially save the life of a koala.

Ms Smith called on Roads and Maritime Services to reconsider its protocols when such incidents occurred.

I dont blame the people in the control room that morning, or even the driver because we dont actually know why he changed into the right lane.

I think the RMS needs to have a clear policy that if a native animal wanders onto the roadway in a tunnel like this steps should be taken to safely close the tunnel until the animal can be rescued.

According to the recently released documents, the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage elected not to take any further....

03:07

Government Seeks Power to Intercept Phone Communications "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The best way to take control over a people and control them severely is to take a little of their freedom at a time, to erode rights by a thousand tiny and almost imperceptible reductions. In this way, the people will not see those rights and freedoms being removed until past the point at which

The post Government Seeks Power to Intercept Phone Communications appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.

01:36

State refuses to reveal forced merger papers "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

DESPITE a defeat in court last week, local communities will continue to pressure the Berejiklian Government to release secret cabinet documents used to claim cost savings from a forced merger of councils.

The post State refuses to reveal forced merger papers appeared first on The Weekly Times.

01:27

MEDIA ALERT: FED CT BRIS FRI 4.15PM Trad Owners v Adani and others judgment "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

MEDIA ALERT: FED CT BRIS FRI 4.15PM Trad Owners v Adani and others judgment

17 August 2018

Critical judgment in W&J Traditional Owners fight for their land rights against Adani

WHAT: Justice Reeves of the Federal Court delivers his decision in the case in which Wangan and Jagalingou (W&J) Traditional Owners have challenged the legitimacy of a meeting funded by Adani to authorise an ILUA (Indigenous Land Use Agreement), the certification of that purported ILUA by Queensland South Native Title Services, and the subsequent registration of the Adani ILUA by the National Native Title Tribunal. Further background to the case below.

WHEN: 4.15pm, Friday 17 August 2018.   

WHERE: Federal Court, Court No. 2, Level 7, Cth Law Courts 119 North Quay (Tank St entry), Brisbane.

Adrian Burragubba, spokesperson for the five W&J applicants, and the Wangan and Jagalingou (W&J) Traditional Owners Council, is available for comment before and after the decision.

Mr Adrian Burragubba says: No matter what happens today, we are calling on the Queensland Government to rule out extinguishing our native title in any part of our land. No matter who wins, we expect an appeal.

It would be a travesty for the Government to wipe out our title for Adani. If Queensland can stop them dredging the Reef before Adani has money, or pull the pin on $1 billion NAIF funding, they can surely protect our rights to our land. They must not hand a private corporation land title at our expense, based on discriminatory laws.

We know its the Queensland Governments choice. Enough is enough. We have called on the UN for international scrutiny of whats happening here. The Government must bring itself into the modern era on our human rights and leave us to protect our country and chart a better future than coal mining.

Media enquiries: Anthony Esposito, W&J Traditional Owner Council advisor 0418 152 743

W&J website: http://wanganjagalingou.com.au/

W&J facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WanganandJagalingou/fBackground to the case

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01:19

Wollongbars future open for inspection "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Wollongbar residents can now provide Ballina Council with feedback on their ideas for the future of their town and surrounding area. Ballina Shire Council has developed the draft Wollongbar Planning and Environmental Study and the draft Wollongbar Strategic Plan 2018 2038 and both will go on public exhibition between 22 August and 2 November 2018.

Ballina Shire Council consulted with Wollongbar residents in 2017 about the future of the local community and these two documents provide a framework to put those ideas, as interpreted by staff, into action.

It was great to see the Wollongbar community engage with the process during last years consultation period. They provided a number of ideas and comments that have helped inform the draft strategy for the future of Wollongbar until 2038, said Ballina Shire Councils acting manager strategic planning, Mr Klaus Kerzinger.

The study outcomes reinforce the retention of the rural separation between Wollongbar and Alstonville, particularly along Lismore Road, so that each township maintains a separate character and identity.

Also discussed are options related to maintaining a supply of conventional lots for home building, and an expansion of the Russellton Industrial Estate to help create local jobs.

Council is particularly interested in hearing from Wollongbar residents during the exhibition period. The community is encouraged to review the ideas and actions proposed and nominate additional ideas for Council to consider. Feedback can be provided through the online survey available on Councils website, or by letter and email.

The draft strategic planning documents can be viewed on Councils website at (search Wollongbar 2038), Councils Customer Service Centre or shire libraries.

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00:44

Austria Rejects Afghan Asylum Seeker Because He Didnt Walk, Act or Dress Gay "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

An Afghan teenager has had his asylum application rejected by an Austrian official who said he did not walk, act, or dress like a gay man. The 18-year-old is fleeing Afghanistan fearing persecution for his sexuality, Agence France-Presse reported. The way you walk, act or dress does not show even in the slightest that you ...

The post Austria Rejects Afghan Asylum Seeker Because He Didnt Walk, Act or Dress Gay appeared first on QNews Magazine.

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23:53

Arrest over Northern Rivers fire "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A man has been charged with deliberately lighting a fire near Casino in northern NSW.

Emergency services were called to a property on the Bruxner Highway at Tabulam, about 65km west of Casino, about 3pm yesterday (Wednesday 15 August), after reports of a fire.

The Rural Fire Service (RFS) attended and extinguished the blaze that had spread to nearby bushland.

More than 12ha of bushland was burnt as a result.

Following inquiries by officers from Richmond Police District, a 52-year-old man was arrested this afternoon at a property at Tabulam.

He was taken to Casino Police Station where he was charged with intentionally cause fire and be reckless to its spread.

The man has been remanded to appear at Casino Local Court on Wednesday 3 October 2018.

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23:49

1) Indonesian police arrest 49 in attack, vandalising of Papuan dormitory "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


2) Past human rights cases get little attention in Jokowi's speech

3) Infrastructure Development Unites Indonesia: Jokowi
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1) Indonesian police arrest 49 in attack, vandalising of Papuan dormitory
  

23:20

Festival of the imagination "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Take a walk on the wild side at the Ocean Shores Public School annual Festival of the Imagination

It is all happening in Ocean Shores on Saturday August 25 at the Ocean Shores Festival of the Imagination. The festival has evolved alongside the The Ocean Shore Art Expo that opens the night before. The is full of rides, side show stalls, creative workshops, market and artisan stalls as well as the inspiring Ocean Shores Art Expo.

Spaghetti Circus performs.

Festival goers will also get the chance to enjoy the performance and antics of the wonderful Spaghetti Circus on the day.

Imagine that you are about to enter another dimension, not only of sight and sound but of taste, touch and mind, a journey into the colourful and ambient surrounds of Ocean Shores, whose only boundaries are that of the imagination (Sorry bout that Rod Serling per The Twilight Zone, said one of the organisers.

The Festival runs rom 10am to 3pm at the Ocean Shores Public School in Shara Boulevard. There are raffles, entertainment, great food, cakes and coffee; there are people of all ages, there is fun, laughter, joy and frivolity.

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23:09

Free "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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23:05

Thank You Moreland Council "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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A big shout out to Moreland council for their acquisition of creek side land on the Merri in line with their open space strategy.

A gift to current and future generations of creek lovers and to the creek itself!

A letter from the Mayor:

I am delighted to advise you that Council has just purchased the property at 2 Spry St. The property purchase will settle in 30 days and straight after this time we will be subdividing the house from the land (the house is a smaller parcel within area A) and opening up the remainder of the land to public use (see map below). We think this will be a wonderful addition for the community as it provides a much wider buffer to the creek protecting and enhancing the creek corridor, provide access from Spry St onto the creek and open up the land for public enjoyment. We will on-sell the house after it has been subdivided, provide pedestrian access from Spry St. and hold on to the majority of the land for public use. What a wonderful community asset this will be!

Thank you for highlighting this parcel to us and your interest in this land, we are delighted to be able to acquire it for our community.
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23:04

City and United tie "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

THE mens Korumburra City v Warragul United match was almost abandoned due to the weather conditions on Sunday afternoon, with the game starting on one pitch and then moving to another.
The first half would see Korumburra finding the net twice off the boots of Hayden Smith and Jacob Beckwith, Warragul would tie the match up two all at the break managing to slot a couple past keeper George Decarlo.
In the second half, Korumburra had most of the play but couldnt get past the strong defensive line that Warragul held, likewise on the rebound, Korumburra held strong with super fast Peter Veltri covering the back line superbly, Rory Cull, Dave Newton and Corey Arnold playing solidly.
Thomas Sorrell had plenty of the ball well delivered through the midfield, Daniel Lloyd standing out with Hayden Smith continually moving the ball to Jacob Beckwith and Aiden Richards, Harry McNeil almost scoring on several occasions.
A late interchange would see youngster Riley Olden enter the game in the forward line and Jamie McNeil in the back line, a roll of the dice to try and score a critical win but it wasnt to be, a two-all draw the end result.
Finals are still within reach for Korumburra but a win would have taken the pressure off.

U12s mixed
By team manager Graham Beech
Korumburra under 12s played Phillip Island Team 2 at Phillip Island.
Korumburras defence was put under pressure right from the start and despite the efforts of Pat Morris in goal and the defenders Phillip Island scored regularly, especially rebounding off Korumburras gallant defending.
Phillip Island scoring five goals before Will Roberts for Korumburra finally scored at the 25-minute mark.
Phillip Island again scored to finish the half with a 6 to 1 lead.
The second half saw an improved performance by Korumburra with a number of missed opportunities.
Phillip Island put on another unanswered goal to end the game 7 to 1. Despite the score, Korumburra showed some promise.
Highlight of the game was Patrick Morris saving a penalty. Also pleasing was an improved performance from a newcomer to the game James Damon and a stellar performance in defence by Fern Hurst, who despite a leg injury ran down Phillip Island forwards consistently throughout the game.

Womens
Unfortunately, inclement weather would be the winner of this critical game possibly ending the hopes of Korumburra playing finals in 2018.
Under lights, steady rain flooding the Warragul pitch, Burras women were keen to play whilst Warraguls team were nowhere to be seen not even venturing out of the rooms.
The match referee, after consulting with both teams, coaching staff deemed the pitch too unsafe to play on and abandoned the game 15 minutes before kick-off.

U14 Mixed...

22:44

Victoria drives unemployment rate to the lowest since 2012 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Unemployment rate at 5 year lows


As expected there was a bit of payback on total employment in July after an epic boost in June (and as the sample was rotated this month, with Westpac once again nailing their call...those guys are on fire at the moment). 

The composition was solid enough, though, with full time employment up by +19,300 in July, seasonally adjusted. 

The unemployment rate tumbled again - now down to 5.32 per cent - to sit at the lowest level in the 5 years since 2012. 

It'll be interesting to see how long they can keep pushing the 'record' mortgage stress storyline if this trend persists. 


The trend number of unemployed persons has been declining steadily since 2014 (note that the resident population of Australia has grown much larger over that time, too). 

Over the past year it's all been about Victoria, with the state making significant inroads into its unemployment challenges on the back of an enormous construction boom. 

The cusp of full employment beckons for Melbourne, helped along by demand from strong population growth, which is good to see. 

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15:11

Australian State Government Bans TV News Channel from Train Stations "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The state of Victoria, Australia has banned broadcasting of Sky News from the underground loop stations in Melbourne's train network.

The ban comes after Sky (owned by Rupert Murdoch's NewsCorp) broadcast an interview with far-right activist Blair Cottrell. Cottrell, the leader of the United Patriots Front, has convictions for arson, burglary and racial vilification, has advocated violence against women and has called for portraits of Adolf Hitler to be hung in school classrooms.

Victoria's transport minister, Jacinta Allen, has defended the decision against claims of censorship, stating that "Hatred and racism have no place on our screens or in our community." ... "If people want to watch Sky News in their own homes, they can do that to their heart's content," she said. "Any material that uses our public transport assets to promote itself needs to be appropriate."


Original Submission

Read more of this story at SoylentNews.

12:44

Six Australian Army Blackhawk Helicopters Pass Through Rockhampton and Mackay Airports "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Late on Tuesday 14 August, six Australian Army Sikorsky S-70A-9 Blackhawk helicopters were spotted passing through Rockhampton and Mackay Airports while heading North to Townsville.


The Blackhawks flew up from the South with five of the six landing at Rockhampton Airport for fuel, while it is believed they all landed at Mackay Airport for additional fuel, before they all eventually continued to Townsville after the sun had gone down.

Three Blackhawks believed to be A25-211, A25-203 and A25-104 arrived first into Rocky then Mackay under the radio callsign "Phalanx", while the other three arrived singularly with A25-111 as "Kopis 75" and A25-101 as "Copis 74" popping into both Rocky and Mackay while A25-109 as "Kopis 76" headed straight for Mackay.




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11:16

Cop shop wanted "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A new police station at Leopold would help ease the burden on Ocean Grove and the Bellarine Peninsula according to Liberal candidate for Bellarine Brian McKiterick.

Mr McKiterick will push for the new station if successful at the upcoming state elections in November.

Im looking at policing around the whole of the Bellarine, he told the Voice.

Im strongly advocating for another station at Leopold and that would alleviate the pressure on Ocean Grove Police Station.

If the police are patrolling over in Leopold or Portarlington, theyre not here and criminals know the smaller stations dont have the manpower and arent open all the time.

Drysdale and Portarlington police stations currently operate on a limited opening schedule.

Mr McKiterick, has served as a police officer throughout Victoria for the past 40 years, said crime was an issue on the Bellarine.

I spoke to a lady in Queenscliff who heard some knocking on her door in the middle of the night and she went and hid in the bathroom and locked the bathroom door and stayed there all night in a panic, he said.

I said to her why didnt you ring the police? and she said I didnt think thered be any police available.

Having a police station in Leopold, knowing their response times are reduced and having a presence there would be a great benefit to this community.

Mr McKiterick moved to Ocean Grove a few months ago.

I love it, its a great spot, a great community and I cant wait until summer, he said.

The whole Bellarine you go to St Leonards or Point Lonsdale and you just think these are hidden treasures and probably the people getting on the buses from the ferries are missing out on some of the best parts of Victoria.

I think a lot of people dont realise how special it is.

Mr McKiterick said, if elected, he would campaign for greater infrastructure on the peninsula.

Weve only got one public secondary school on the whole of the Bellarine, he said.

Barwon Heads footy club are looking for change rooms and lighting at their second oval.

The lack of maintenance of roads is another issue.

 

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10:34

Alem's House ~ Ethiopian - Camperdown "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Camperdown gets an Ethiopian Cafe. The lure of vegetarian dishes and injera pull us down Parramatta Rd to give it a burl. Alem's House is a bright space along busy old Parramatta Rd. Inside is a big multi coloured mural that fills up most of the main wall, like a bright 70s kids cartoon dream sequence. The setting inside is a handful of tables and chairs and seating along the big

10:01

1) Papuan students in Surabaya questioned after protest "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


2) A doctoral graduate from Harvard presents a dissertation on Papua and colonialism
3) Papuans hold simulations rallies in Java and Bali protesting 'illegal' New York Agreement
4) Papuan dormitory in Surabaya attacked and vandalised, 49 arrested by police

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1) Papuan students in Surabaya questioned after protest
1:37 pm today 



07:54

Alleged serial sex offender behind bars after cold case breakthrough "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A man who allegedly raped and sexually assaulted women and girls in Sydneys north west  over nearly 30 years is behind bars after being refused [more]

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07:28

07:06

Local residents unload on telco trio "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Australias telecommunications giants are spending billions on technology and advertising but cant run a simple help desk, say local residents who attended a West Ryde Forum last week.

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06:50

Sanjeev Sabhlok: Fraser Annings ill-articulated concerns are a fight for Australias soul "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

I moved to Australia nearly 18 years ago. Many people in India were astonished, given I was so close to the top of the pecking order of Indias governance system. But I had become increasingly frustrated with the ultra-corrupt governance system. It was time to get out.

To me Australia represented both a well-governed country and a country that had largely adopted the concepts of liberty and rule of law: concepts that underpin the idea of Western civilization, also known as liberalism.

I was fortunate to find a role as a public servant from the vantage point of which I found that Australias governance system is for the most part driven by good rational thinking and sensible economic analysis.

But I am also keenly aware of Australias rapid drift to the left. The foundations of liberty that attracted me to Australia are being rapidly eroded not so much by any blacks but by white leftists.

My concerns are similar in some way to those of Fraser Anning, but the confusions in his speech made the media lose the bigger picture the defence of Western civilisation that he was talking about. A careful review of Annings speech suggests that he was basically defending the foundational ethic of Australia as a Western liberal democracy.

He did not even remotely suggest that anyone be exterminated. All he suggested with regard to immigration was a plebiscite. If the media cant understand the difference between the two, then something has gone seriously wrong with basic English education in this country.

You can hear the echo of many of his ideas in the views of more sophisticated commentators like Paul Kelly who in his 11 August article in The Australian (Australia ignores its successful integration policies at its peril) raised many of the same issues that Anning pointed out, such as Central to this task is the unresolved story of Muslim integration.

This is now a major issue staring us in the face. I was alarmed when I recently discovered that a 23- year old woman visitor to Australia was forbidden by the Police from walking down the Haldon street in Lekemba suburb in Sydney because Muslims might be offended.

It is high time for all Australians to unite to defend its core foundations of liberty and democracy. That includes insisting that all faiths should be able to happily live here so long as no one threatens violence. The Police must defend peoples liberty to walk down a street. Anning is right to raise a real and very fundamental problem the impending loss of Australias soul.

I consider myself more Western (as a firm promoter of critical thinking and liberty) than most Australians. In fact, not many people are aware that the core ideas of liberty, tolerance and good economic policy first arose 2500 years ago i...

06:41

The Romantics return to Hunters Hill "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Ramon Ward-Thompson will be one of five outstanding local artists whose works will be on sale at the Hunters Hill Romantics Exhibition at the Hunters Hill Town Hall from Friday, September 7 until September 9

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06:40

Position Vacant MARKET COORDINATOR "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

  Northey Street City Farm  Permaculture in the Heart of Brisbane, Australia MARKET COORDINATOR POSITION DESCRIPTION Position:                      Market Coordinator Award:                         Northey Street City Farm (NSCF) Staff Agreement permanent part time Hours:                         15 hours per week (The applicant will be required to work some Sundays) Pay rate:                      NSCF Award Agreement Level 3, []

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06:38

Inclusive Rainbow Formal To Return On The Sunshine Coast "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Sunshine Coast Pride Network is planning to hold another inclusive Rainbow Formal to bring together LGBTIQ students and their friends in November. All Queensland Year 10, 11 and 12 students are invited to come together for a night of music, entertainment, prizes and the all-important opportunity to socialise with each other. The Pride Network ...

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05:25

OPINION: We Condemn Senator Fraser Anning But Celebrate Lady Cilento "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

In Queensland Senator Fraser Annings maiden speech to the Senate this week, he called for, among other things, a return to predominantly European migration and described gender diversity as garbage. Senator Derryn Hinch described the speech as disgraceful, racist, homophobic, divisive, misogynist, spiteful [and] hateful. But Annings opinions are the same as those of a woman ...

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05:18

Australias Dirty Secret: Indigenous Youth Incarceration "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim International human rights group Amnesty International is putting its global might behind a campaign to change one of Australias dirtiest secrets: that the vast majority of young people behind bars are Indigenous. The organisation points out that the detention of children, especially those under the age of 14, embeds

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05:12

Senator Anning: undermining the Constitution and our history "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Patrick Emerton

The most fundamental principle of the Australian Constitution is that the people are the bedrock of the political community. The preamble records that it was the people who agreed to unite in one indissoluble Federal Commonwealth. It is the people who choose the members of the House of Representatives and the Senate. Because government ministers must sit in the Parliament, they are ultimately accountable to the people. And it is the people who have the final say on any changes to the Constitutions text.

This pre-eminence of the people is not some vague aspiration. It is there in the text of our Constitution, and it sets a standard that all participants in public life can be expect to be held to.

Senate

It is...

05:10

The nihilism of inner-Sydney architecture "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

People are protective of their space and often suspicious of outsiders. People are cramped together in auspicious looking high-rises, disturbingly typical and askew. Outside of my inner-west bubble, I often talk to friends who have lived in Ashfield for years, a suburb that completely transformed and reshaped within a matter of months.

05:00

In which the savvy Savva is blessed by Lobbecke ... "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"



It would be totally wrong for the pond to avoid the savvy Savva on a Thursday

She always offers a totally unique* experience (*thanks to the ABC)

There she is at the top of the digital page, and blessed with the cult status of a Lobbecke illustration and with her direct line to Malware's bunker, the howls of pain and suffering are frequently uniquely exquisite


Did the savvy Savva just call the onion-munching mad monk a gorilla?


By golly the pond hadn't realised just how gloomy it was in the Malware bunker what with the onion muncher unhinged and off the reservation and never no mind that we all know, in these politically correct times, that it's right to keep the injuns on the reservation ...


Good faith negotiations with Barners? So there's someone still willing to consider the loon wh...

04:54

Questions for Cairns locals who have been around since before the Kuranda Skyrail was built... "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

I understand there was opposition to it for many years beforehand.

  • Was it significant percentage of the population, or a small but vocal group?
  • Did this group affect the development in any way (positive or negative)?
  • Did levels of opposition change much after it was opened?

Any other comments about the entire situation? There is a proposal planned near my city at the moment, and parallels are drawn to Kuranda all the time, so I"m interested to know what the locals think.

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04:17

Northern Districts Local Business Awards: Tickets selling like hot cakes! "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

TWT Territory is abuzz with tickets selling fast for this years Local Business Awards Gala Presentation Dinner on Wednesday August 29 at the Epping Club.

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04:14

How to Become a Barrister in NSW "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim For many aspiring and admitted lawyers, the idea of wearing the wig and gown which signifies barristers at the bar when entering a higher courtroom can be enticing. Many NSW lawyers enter the Bar after practising as a solicitor for a number of years, whilst others take the examination

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04:04

Councils receive unfettered funding to target local priorities "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Update

Local MP for Richmond Justine Elliot joined the announcement of quarterly grants worth more than $2.2 million for local Councils in the seat of Richmond under the federal governments Financial Assistance Grant Programme this afternoon.

This funding will assist Councils in delivering local projects, but I am extremely disappointed with the Liberal National governments previous decision to freeze the indexation of these Financial Assistance Grants, said Ms Elliott.

In 2013, the Liberal National government imposed a three year freeze on indexation of Financial Assistance Grants. This indexation freeze, which was imposed on local governments by the Liberal Nationals government, saw $925 million cut from their budgets. Around two-thirds of these cuts, or $680 million, was borne by regional communities, who can least afford it.

The fact is National Party choices hurt and their decision to cut this funding made it very difficult for our local Councils.

Original story

It is interesting to note that the government is keeping a tight control over who gets to announce the various funding releases across NSW. Todays announcement of $38 million this financial year to support local communities as part of the 2018/19 Financial Assistance Grant Program in the seat of Page, that stretches from Iluka to Lismore, was given to the Nationals federal member for Page Kevin Hogan while funding in the seat of Richmond that covers Byron through to Tweed was announced by the Nationals Senator for New South Wales John Williams rather than its federal member Labors Justine Elliott.

The 2018/19 Financial Assistance Grant Program has provided local councils with some extra money so that local councils [can] target local priorities, said Mr Hogan.

The councils are free to spend this untied funding based on their own local priorities including the infrastructure and services their communitys need.

There is also additional funding that is being provided under the Roads to Recovery, Black Spot and Bridges Renewal programs.

Clarence Valley Council will receive a quarterly payment of almost $1.4 million and almost $11 million for the year, Lismore City Council will receive $775,500 ($6.3 million for the year), Kyogle Council will receive more than $550,000 ($4.3 million for the year), Richmond Valley Council will receive $636,000 ($5 million for the year), Ballina Council will receive more than $550,000 ($4....

04:00

Colorado Baker Heading Back To Court After Turning Away Transgender Woman "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Colorado baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple is heading back to court after denying a cake to a transgender woman. Jack Phillips, the owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop in suburban Denver, made headlines in June after the US Supreme Court partially ruled in his favour in the case involving ...

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03:34

City of Ryde Prayer Breakfast "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Steve Frost, director of Horizons Family Law Centre  was guest speaker at last Fridays annual City of Ryde (previously Mayoral) Prayer Breakfast in Ryde Civic Hall. [more]

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03:10

For Many People, Coming Out In Their Workplace Isnt A One-Off Event "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Raymond Trau, RMIT University For many LGBTIQ+ workers coming out is a never-ending process. A recent study in the UK shows coming out at work is still a problem. Our research, to be launched in Sydney on August 27, supports this finding and further unpacks the reasons for these continuing difficulties. As LGBTIQ+ (lesbian, ...

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02:23

Free Science vs Art Festival this weekend "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Andrew Colefax uses drones to research shark behaviour and develop drone-based shark detection. Photo supplied.

If you thought art and science didnt mix then now is your chance to change your perceptions. Southern Cross University is running the third Art vs Science Festival in Lismore this Saturday August 18 from 10am to celebrate National Science Week.

From the microscopic world of flowers and what makes frogs croak to how pictures make our brains smarter there is no end of curiosity to be indulged and fun to be had.

The day will also feature music, art and an exploration of how food transforms in our mouths by food historian Associate Professor Adele Wessell.

You might even pick up some hints on how to manipulate the taste buds. After all, its what we think were going to eat that matters most, said Professor Wessell.

Sharks

If you have ever feared sharks on our great oceans the you might be interested in the drone-based shark detection systems being developed by PhD student Andrew Colefax. He is planning to explain away some of those old myths about sharks and talk about how people and sharks can be netter managed.

There is plenty more on offer from coding to hands on interactive and experimental events across six different Lismore venues. 

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01:08

Coach search begins "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Ocean Grove Football Netball Club has moved swiftly to find a successor for outgoing senior coach Paul Lynch with the club set to interview candidates next week.

OGFNC president Tony Potter confirmed a sub-committee had been formed after Lynch advised the Grubbers of his intention to step down on Tuesday night 14 August.

A sub-committee has started already we are forming one now, Potter told the Voice.

Hopefully well have some interviews next week.

I am trying to organise interviews for next Wednesday night.

Potter said there are no plans to advertise the senior coaching position, with the club fielding a number of calls on the prized role.

Obviously we want to appoint someone as quickly as we possibly can, he said.

We have got recruiting to do and players to retain.

Potter confirmed Lynch, who had been the Ocean Grove senior coach for two seasons, cited family reasons for stepping down

Yes it was family, so he has been doing it a long time and he needed a rest, he said.  

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00:24

Katter Party Senator Fraser Anning Calls Gender Diversity Garbage "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Katters Australia Party Senator Fraser Anning has been widely condemned for invoking the Holocaust in a racist maiden speech delivered in parliament. The Queensland senator told the upper house on Tuesday night that Australia should ban the immigration of Muslims to Australia and return to a European-only immigration system as a final solution, invoking the ...

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Wednesday, 15 August

21:54

Meet 'supersharer' Patricia Morgan in Sydney, Australia "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

In this new Shareable series, we'll be highlighting people around the world who are "supersharers." These are individuals who are deeply involved in makerspaces, coworking hubs, art collectives, worker cooperatives, community gardens basically initiatives in which people can freely share knowledge, skills, resources, and more, with each other. We're thrilled to introduce you to our next supersharer Patricia Morgan, postdoctoral research fellow at the Schools of Information Systems at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia.

07:04

Pick My Project! "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Vote now - Pick My Project

Vote here! 3CR is in the running to receive nearly $100,000 to help us retrofit our station for greater accessibility. That means better hand rails, doors, taps, ramps and more to provide better access for everyone. But we need your support! Do you live within 5 kilometres of the station at 21 Smith Street Fitzroy? If you do, youre eligible to vote for us. Our project is part of the Victorian State Governments Pick My Project scheme, and you can jump online and vote for 3CRs Community Radio Accessibility Project now. Its only with your vote, that we can receive this important funding to make our station more accessible. Vote now and tell your friends!

03:05

Lynch stands down as coach "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Paul Lynch has stood down as coach of Ocean Grove Football Club after three seasons at the helm.

Lynch made the finals once in his two seasons and has stood down after finishing sixth this season citing family reasons for his decision.

Lynch informed the leadership group Tuesday night.

The former Geelong player and dual GFL premiership coach decided to step away from the coaching role to spend more time with his young family.

Paul has laid a foundation for the future of which he can be justifiably proud, increasing professionalism amongst the group and providing senior exposure to our talented young juniors, OGFNC said on its Facebook site.

The club would like to sincerely thank Paul for his efforts and commitment, and wish him and his family all the best for the future.

The Ocean Grove Football Netball Club will begin the process of searching for a new senior coach immediately.

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