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Friday, 27 October


The perception that Turnbull & Co are conducting a political witch hunt is not going to go away anytime soon "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Maurice Blackburn Lawyers, media release, 27 October 2017:

Timetable set for Federal Court action on unprecedented raids

A court timetable has been set in the AWUs fight to challenge the validity of this weeks unprecedented police raids launched by the Registered Organisations Commission (ROC) on the unions Sydney and Melbourne offices.

Maurice Blackburn Lawyers, who are representing the AWU, said today that court orders confirming a timetable for the case had been agreed to by all parties, removing the need for a Federal Court directions hearing that had been scheduled for this morning in Melbourne.

Maurice Blackburn Principal Josh Bornstein said critically that the orders were made together with commitments from both the ROC and AFP that no documents seized in this weeks raids by the AFP will be handed over to the ROC until the court has heard the case.

Mr Bornstein said the union's case compromised two key parts, namely: 
That the raid conducted by the AFP was illegal; and
That the investigation by the ROC is illegal because it is politically motivated.

Prior to these raids, the union had handed over disclosure statements from 10 years ago in relation to Get Up donations to the ROC, but in doing so had pressed the regulator to provide it with information about the political interference by the Turnbull government in this...


Indonesia accepts Pacific's right to raise West Papua concern "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Indonesia accepts Pacific's right to raise West Papua concern
9:42 pm on 27 October 2017 

Indonesia's foreign minister says it is the right of Pacific Island countries to raise issues about West Papua in international fora.
According to Antara news agency, Retno Marsudi said Indonesia also had the right to explain.
This comes after last month's fiery response by Indonesia to speeches by some Pacific governments at the United Nations General Assembly.
Prime ministers of Vanuatu and Solomon Islands called for an investigation into killings and various alleged human rights abuses against West Papuans by Indonesian security forces.
In response, Indonesia's representative accused the countries of being manipulated....


KAP will put wheels in motion to create new State of North Queensland "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

October 27, 2017 Leader of the state KAP party and Member for Mount Isa Robbie Katter has released his policy regarding the formation of new North Queensland State.

 If the KAP holds the balance of power at the next election we will immediately take the first step toward the establishment of North Queensland as a separate state.

 The first step will be the establishment of a committee of independent experts with knowledge of the legal, economic and social factors to be considered and addressed to facilitate the establishment of the state of North Queensland.

 The independent committee will develop a roadmap, that will define the steps required to establish the state of North Queensland, Robbie said.

Robbie Katter in the next Parliament will put the wheels in motion to create a new state of North Queensland.



Apology for gap in publication "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

We apologise to our many readers about the gap in stories this month. Due to illness and an electronic glitch our regular contributors were unable to post most of their stories. All have come back online except our usual editor-at-large and we look forward to their articles from around the globe.Editorial


Weaving - composing the Woolloomooloo Triptych "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Woven -  the canvas is now filled with a composition, I might add and subtract the odd piece but the shape of its there now,  its time to inhabit it with somes birds and trees and a few people, in a new post - below you can follow the painting back to a blank canvas


The Gunnery above Cathedral St


Artisan Sourdough Made Simple, by Emilie Raffa "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Let me tell you about my friend Emilie. Shes drop dead gorgeous, creative and smart, but still manages to be one of the most grounded people I know. We met years ago through our blogs and have been firm friends ever since, despite living on opposite sides of the world. Together weve shared an amazing []


MACKAY Car thief accused bailed, despite history of skipping court "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Car thief accused bailed, despite history of skipping court

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Fluoride in Gunnedah: poll shows residents split on fluoridation in Gunnedah Shires water supply "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

GUNNEDAH locals are still divided about adding fluoride to the local water supply, according to a new poll.

The Fairfax Media poll was conducted in the wake of councils decision on October 18 to allow the NSW Department of Health to conduct public consultation on the issue in Gunnedah.


LNP and Labor vote together to outlaw harmless Adler shotgun "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

October, 2017 The LNP tonight backed Jackie Trads stricter Queensland gun control laws, with both parties displaying their willingness to work together to successfully attack the rights of law-abiding firearm owners.

The major party duopoly voted down a KAP Disallowance motion, ensuring more irrational changes will be made to the National Firearms Agreement (NFA).

KAP members Robbie Katter and Shane Knuth commended LNP Member for Gympie, Tony Perrett for crossing the floor to vote for KAPs disallowance motion and for putting his constituents before his party.

The Liberal and Labor Parties voted together(not unusual) to place the lever action Adler shotgun in category C making the many thousands of guns held legitimately by licenced shooters illegal.

After a debate characterised by mudslinging and misdirection the LNP sided with the Government to vote down the KAP motion moved by Robbie Katter resulting in Queensland now having gun laws which go far beyond those put in place by John Howard.

When debating the motion, Robbie urged all members of the house to look past the fear and emotion of the issue to ensure our laws are based on evidence and fairness.

The changes to the NFA have absolutely no empirical or practical justification.

Unfortunately these laws only punish people who do the right thing while doing nothing to address community safety, Robbie said.

Member of Dalrymple Shane Knuth said if the State Government was serious about community safety it...


Bungled DNA evidence again "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

It's not proof against crooked cops

The son of a Melbourne mum murdered almost 40 years ago is angry police bungled the investigation by mixing up DNA evidence.

Victoria Police admitted on Thursday DNA taken from bloody pillowcase, and used to rule out priest Anthony Bongiorno as a suspect, came from an unrelated case.

Maria James, 38, was killed in 1980 in her Thornbury bookshop and the priest, who's since died, was a key person of interest.

Her sons Mark and Adam were 13 and 11, respectively, when she died.

The siblings have long suspected the Catholic priest was involved because he had abused Adam as a child. Adam James recently detailed his abuse to an ABC Trace podcast looking into the case. 'I remember he said to me 'Adam, can you come with me and I don't want you to tell your mum or Mark',' he told the ABC.

Bongiorno abused him before Ms James came to collect her son, Adam said.

Mark James says he's angry around the latest turn in the Victoria Police investigation. 'I am actually angry. I feel quite indignant,' he told ABC television on Thursday.

But despite the disappointment, Mark's also relieved. 'When I was originally told that Father Anthony Bongiorno had been eliminated through some form of DNA-type testing, I found it difficult to accept,' he said. 'But now that police have confirmed that Father Bongiorno and others are actually not eliminated, I'm feeling some relief.'

Victoria Police Assistant Commissioner Steve Fontana the DNA mix up was the result of a 'human error' made three decades ago.

'Basically, this means we need to go back and re-examine all the exhibits from the Maria James investigation.' Persons of interest previously ruled out of the investigation would now be re-examined.

'We've got to go back and ... see whether we can actually identify whether the offender has left any trace evidence behind,'Mr Fontana said. 'We don't have a profile on the suspect at this stage.'

Mark is seeking clarification about when the unrelated DNA was introduced to the investigation. 'I accept it was human error but the clarification I am seeking was, specifically, did this interference occur before Father Bongiorno became a suspect in this case?'

Mr Fontana said the error was discovered this year after a cold case inquiry into Ms James' death began. The James family say they have applied to the Victorian Coroner to re-examine the case as well.

Mr Fontana does not expect the exhumation of bodies, including the remains of Father Bongiorno, will be needed as a new investigation gets underway.

The admittance comes after it was revealed Ms James issued her son Mark a chilling warning just hours be...


Police coverup of attack on Christians "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Three days before Christmas, a van packed with gas bottles detonated outside the HQ of the Australian Christian Lobby.

The very next day, after conducting an interview that lasted about 7 minutes with a man suffering from massive burns, the ACT Police made this statement:

"Police spoke briefly with the man before he continued with treatment. Police were able to establish the mans actions were not politically, religiously or ideologically motivated"

But see the front pages today of The Australian:

"The man accused of driving a burning van laden with gas bottles into the Australian Christian Lobby headquarters was a gay activist who disliked the group because of its "position on sexuality and had searched online how to make plastic explosives and a pressure-cooker bomb.

Court documents tendered to the ACT Magistrates Court yesterday reveal Jaden Duong had also run searches about gay marriage in other countries and, a month before the alleged attack at 10.45pm on December 21 last year, had searched for the "Australian Christian Lobby

Police allege 36-year-old Mr Duong had stepped up internet searching from July last year for terms including "how to make ammonium nitrate, "pressure- cooker bomb, "C4, "how to buy a gun in Australia, "gas leak explosion and "how much gas to cause explosion

His hospital records allegedly showed Mr Duong had attempted suicide previously, had chosen to target the ACL spontaneously and had "quit his job to plan this suicide attempt.

"He is not a huge fan of the ACL, or religion in general, due to their beliefs and position on sexuality, the records from Sydneys Concord Hospital state

According to documents tendered in court, soon after the explosion, police asked Mr Duong why he had picked the location.
"Because I dislike the Australian Christian Lobby, he allegedly replied. Asked why, he allegedly said: "Because religions are failed."

One could reasonably form the opinion that the ACT police have  engaged in a political cover up. There needs to be an immediate investigation into its handling of this incident.

And it needs to answer why the ACT police were so quick to rule out any political, religious or ideological motivation when the evidence it had received directly pointed to the opposite conclusion.



Police officer allegedly hit teen in face while bodycam was switched off "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A cop switching off a body camera during a confrontation is prima facie evidence of conscious ill intent.  One hopes that this is treated as a matter of great gravity.  The testimony of the officers concerned should be disregarded as corrupt

Queenslands corruption watchdog has reportedly been asked to investigate an alleged case of police brutality after claims a Brisbane senior sergeant punched an intoxicated teenager in the face while his body camera was turned off.

A senior constable had been questioning a 19-year-old boy about a brawl at a Brisbane railway station in May last year when the sergeant allegedly appeared and confronted him, The Courier-Mail reports.

Bodycam footage obtained by the newspaper shows the officer swearing at the teen before he allegedly deactivates his body camera.

What are you looking at me for? Whats your problem? a voice can be heard asking.

Why are you looking at me? another voice responds.

Because youre a f----- idiot, thats why Im looking at you, the first voice answers.

Officers claim that within the minutes of the constables body camera being turned off, the boy threatened to bite the sergeant and was then hit by the sergeant.

The teen had been arrested after his involvement in a brawl with a group of men at Boondall train station on May 4 last year.

The Courier-Mail reports a complaint has since been lodged with the Crime and Corruption Commission Queensland by barrister Allistair MacAdam.

A police spokesman told the newspaper the matter was with the corruption watchdog and it would be inappropriate to comment further.



1) Indonesia, Freeport still differ on valuation, other issues "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

2) University of Wollongong Emeritus Professor Stephen Hill launches latest book Captives for Freedom

1) Indonesia, Freeport still differ on valuation, other issues
Jakarta | Fri, October 27, 2017 | 01:07 pm
The Indonesian government and Freeport McMoran, a parent company of gold and copper miner PT Freeport Indonesia, have not reached an agreement on several issues, including the valuation of the companys shares.
Freeport McMoran CEO Richard C. Adkerson said the valuation was only one of the several issues that had not been resolved in a negotiation with the government after the company agreed to divest 51 percent of its shares to Indonesia's entities.
Adkerson stressed the negotiation did not only focus on the valuation of PT Freeport Indonesia's shares, but also the divestment mechanism, including the governments intention to buy the shares through state-owned enterprises.


Australia - Fluoride in Gunnedah: poll shows residents split on fluoridation in Gunnedah Shire's water supply. "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

SOMETHING IN THE WATER: A recent NVI poll showed locals are divided on water fluoridation.GUNNEDAH locals are still divided about adding fluoride to the local water supply, according to a new poll. a new poll.
The Fairfax Media poll was conducted in the wake of councils decision on October 18 to allow the NSW Department of Health to conduct public consultation on the issue in Gunnedah.

Out of 308 votes cast, 59.8 per cent of votes were against fluoride being added to the shires water supply, while 35.95 per cent of voters were in favour of the water treatment.

It was resolved at the meeting that NSW Health would consult with the community and canvas opinion regarding adding fluoride to the water supply.

Council will hear the results of the public consultation at the December council meeting before making a final decision at Februarys council meeting.

Gunnedah Dental Centres Dr Mary Jane Bateman said fluoridation was not based on new research.

I was trained in Sydney and we were taught by Noel Martin who brought this research to Australia in the 1960s and 70s, Dr Bateman said.

Theres nothing modern about this research, the benefits of fluoride have long been established.

Dr Bateman said it is young children that benefit most from fluoridation.

It gives kids a solid start to lifelong strong teeth, she said.

Fluoridation along with a healthy diet low on foods with sugar and rich in calcium will give kids the dental support they will need.

If fluoride is not added to the water supply, it is the youngest generation that will suffer.

If fluoride is not added to the water supply, it is the youngest generation that will suffer.

Dr Mary Jane Bateman
The Gunnedah dentist said there are options for people against fluoridation.

My suggestion to people that are against fluoridation would be to get a water filter to filter it out if you are against it, she said.

I will say those who are against it dont see the after effects surgery and things like that have on young kids.

Dr Bateman also said adding fluoride to the water would help ease the burden of dental health.

Its an unnecessary burden on the health system and the people who are suffering fr...


Speaking Beyond The Silver Screen with Dr Mary Tomsic "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Dr Mary Tomsic here to discuss her book Beyond The Silver Screen; A history of women, filmmaking and film culture in Australia, 1920-1990 (Melbourne University Press, 2017)

A look into the women who have made their mark in the film industry since the 1920s

Tomsic brings to life some of the quietly kept movements within the Australian film community, revealing some prominent female figures who have been somewhat left unsaid.

An interesting and important read along with all of Dr Tomsics other work which we highly recommend.

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An End of the World Project "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Having lain fallow for most of the year, I now find myself ready to do A LOT of work. The white board that hangs by my desk has a bunch of projects on on it, probably three years worth.

One is called EOW.

I think of it as my nod to The Stand, the book that got me into reading and, as it turned out, writing.

I had been thinking about what to do with it. Trade? Indie? One massive volume. Lots of individual serial stories?

Now I've decided. I'll write it naked.

Not just pantsless like all of my other books. But out in the open, where anybody can watch. Well, anybody willing to pony up the admission fee.

Some of you have already signed on, and for that, many thanks.

For anybody who's interested, the link is here.

I wont waste Burger pixels explainging the idea. Just hit the link.

For anyone wondering, shit, when is he gonna do all the other books... Answer: right fucking now.

The Four Horsemen, as I'm thinking of this new project, will take two years. WW 3.1, Smith and Cady, even The Dave, they'll all get their moment in the sun first.


Reef Report Card underscores need for an end to tree clearing in Qld "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) today welcomed the release of the latest Great Barrier Reef Report Card but called for a much greater effort to clean up the Reefs waters.

The 2015-2016 Report Card found that there were some improvements in the adoption of best management practices on farms and some reduction in pollution loads washing into the Reef.

AMCS Reef campaign director Imogen said the Reef had been through two years of severe coral bleaching driven by climate change caused by burning fossil fuels such as coal and gas.

The resilience of the Reef is being tested like never before. We need to be doing all we can to relieve pressure on our greatest natural asset, Ms Zethoven said.

This year the World Heritage Committee strongly encouraged Australia to accelerate efforts to meet the Reef 2050 Plans water quality targets which it said are essential to the overall resilience of the Reef.

This years report card shows that some limited progress is being made but its not fast enough. The 2018 targets in the Plan to reduce sediment, agricultural fertiliser and pesticide runoff will not be met.

AMCS is calling on the Qld LNP to put politics aside, put the Reef first and support the governments stronger tree clearing laws in the next term of government.

The extent of deforestation in Queensland and in the Reef catchment has reached alarming levels. This will lead to more sediment pollution of the Reefs waters, smothering inshore corals and seagrass meadows, home to threatened dugong and turtles.

AMCS is also calling for new laws to regulate agricultural pollution and a far greater investment in catchment restoration.

64,000 jobs depend on a healthy Great Barrier Reef. We need to be doing everything we can to protect these clean, long-term jobs and our most loved natural asset which generates more than $6 bn a year to the Australian economy, Ms Zethoven said.


Media enquires:

Ingrid Neilson, Communications and Marketing Manager 0421 972 731

Imogen Zethoven, Fight For Our Reef Campaign Director 0431 565 495

The post Reef Report Card underscores need for an end to tree clearing in Qld appeared first on Fight For Our Reef....


5 m water rat for Kurilpa Derby "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

West End artist Dana Hain is fulfilling an artist vision to create GURIL, an ongoing monument for the 2017 Kurilpa Derby. Guril, a mobile, mega-sized, water rat sculpture, will join the Boundary Street parade at the 10th anniversary Kurilpa Derby at 1:30pm, Sunday 5 November. At over five metres long, Guril will enlist a team []

The post 5 m water rat for Kurilpa Derby appeared first on Westender - West End 4101.


Spicy Masala of Bollywood fashion and film "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Indian International Film Festival of Queensland (IIFFOQ) celebrates and screens the best of independent Indian films for the fourth year in Brisbane from 12th of November to 19th of November at the brand-new and beautiful Elizabeth Picture Theatre. The eight-day long festival will be a sheer cinematic experience for film lovers residing in the multicultural []

The post Spicy Masala of Bollywood fashion and film appeared first on Westender - West End 4101.


Happy tears flow for Wonthaggis great news "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

EASTERN Victoria MLC Harriet Shing, the driving force behind the $32 million announcement for the Wonthaggi Secondary College last Friday, admits to shedding some happy tears during todays visit by the Premier.

And she wasnt on her own.

The way the community has come together in support of this is an absolute credit to everyone; the students, their families, Darren (Parker), the staff, the school council, the local business community, the Mayor, everyone. Its been an absolute privilege for me to work alongside them, Ms Shing said this week.

And Ive got to say I did have some happy tears when the announcement was being made. So did Darren. Its just so great. Im over the moon.

And to be able to share that with everyone whos worked so hard, including Katrina (Maxwell) and Kathy (Garnham) from the basketball association, its wonderful.

Its a real example of what can be achieved if you make a plan, involve other people in what you are trying to do and be persistent. Id like to come back and talk to the kids about that. You really can achieve your goals.

Ms Shing said that as disappointing as it was not to have the project funded in the May Budget, ultimately no time has been lost with the funding being announced last Friday.

The planning and preparations have kept going and I just cant wait now to see that first sod turned and for the projects completed.

Its also a great boost to the sporting facilities in the town.

The next thing we want to do is get that centrally located site turned over to the community as the site for a community hub with youth services and other community services.

I think we can get that done as well.

But overall I think the way the community has come together to achieve this is just as big a boost for the school as the new facilities are themselves and that goes for the whole of Bass Coast.

The support from right across the area has been fantastic.

Unanimous response

According to WSC Principal Darren Parker, the school council and everyone at the school is both relieved and delighted that the announcement has been made.

The community really got it. These were facilities that they expected to be provided not hoped would be provided and everyone has got behind us on that. Its been a fantastic community response and generations of kids, coming to this school, can forever be grateful for that.

Local MP Brian Pay...


Man airlifted after run-in with wave "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A man was airlifted to a Melbourne hospital this afternoon after an incident at an Ocean Grove beach.
A male has been taken (to hospital) as a precautionary measure as a result of a wave, a Bellarine police spokesperson told the Voice.
The police spokesperson said the man ran into trouble after encountering a wave while at the beach.
The helicopter landed at Memorial Reserve in Ocean Grove and departed just before 5pm. The man was transported by ambulance from the beach to Memorial Reserve.

The post Man airlifted after run-in with wave appeared first on Ocean Grove Voice.


Disputes erupt over land title claims near Lennox "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

One of Lois Cook's supporters protesting the dismantling of her camp. Photo Jeff Dawson.

One of Lois Cooks supporters protesting the dismantling of her camp. Photo Jeff Dawson.

Aslan Shand

Negotiations between Lois Cook and the Jali Aboriginal Land Council came to a head today with the Land Council arriving to remove Cooks camp from the site she had selected on Byron Bay Road just north of Lennox Head.

Ms Cook has stated that she has set up the Gagamai Ngangbal Suveran Free State on the site and is living there with her supporters.

Under Section seven of the Aboriginal Heritage Act we are allowed to practice our culture and heritage, said Ms Cook.

My people didnt sell this land. I claimed it 34 years ago. My name is on the document at the Land Claims Unit. I was the only on who was on the land.

When The Echo arrived at Cooks camp, there were men and women from the Jali Land Council who were in the process of dismantling the camp.

Jinki, who has been living at the camp with Lois, said, Im from the west and I am here to support Lois. We do law and culture to renew everything and keep the customs going linking in with the land and seasons.

This is an old campsite. Lois looked at three sites in the area and settled on this one. Her father came here and blessed the site 13 months ago. This is Nyangbal territory.

We have issues with the Land Council. Its a structure that takes [powers] away from the people; its the peoples land. Quite a lot of [Aboriginal] groups are part of the Land Council and the government amalgamated them and they shouldnt have done that.

According to Ballina Shire Council, there has been illegal structures erected and they have served orders to the Jali Aboriginal Land Council, the freehold owners of the land, in relation to these.

The land is owned by the Jali Aboriginal Land Council, said a spokesperson for the Jali Aboriginal Land Council.

Ballina Shire Council issued an order of over $1 million in fines if we dont remove the encampment.

There is no sanitation, no water, no po...


Australian High Court hands down judgment at 2:15pm today concerning eligibility to sit of five current and two former federal parliamentarians "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

High Court of Australia, email notification of judgment, 24 October 2017:

Friday 27 October 2017 at 2.15pm

1. In the matter of questions referred to the Court of Disputed Returns pursuant to section 376 of the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 (Cth) concerning Senator the Hon. Matthew Canavan (C11/2017)

2. In the matter of questions referred to the Court of Disputed Returns pursuant to section 376 of the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 (Cth) concerning Mr Scott Ludlam (C12/2017)

3. In the matter of questions referred to the Court of Disputed Returns pursuant to section 376 of the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 (Cth) concerning Ms Larissa Waters (C13/2017)

4. In the matter of questions referred to the Court of Disputed Returns pursuant to section 376 of the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 (Cth) concerning Senator Malcolm Roberts (C14/2017)

5. In the matter of questions referred to the Court of Disputed Returns pursuant to section 376 of the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 (Cth) concerning The Hon. Barnaby Joyce MP (C15/2017)

6. In the matter of questions referred to the Court of Disputed Returns pursuant to section 376 of the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 (Cth) concerning Senator the Hon. Fiona Nash (C17/2017)


Will Same-Sex Marriage Be Legalised By Christmas If Yes Wins? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Australian Conservatives leader Cory Bernardi has set the stage for a stoush in the parliament over religious exemptions in same-sex marriage legislation. Last week, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull told News Corp that if a yes vote was returned in the postal survey, legislation would sail through the parliament and the issue would be dealt with ...

The post Will Same-Sex Marriage Be Legalised By Christmas If Yes Wins? appeared first on QNEWS.


Heart and blood vessel tests underway in Sale "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Heart and blood vessel assessments of adults who lived in Sale during the 2014 Hazelwood mine fire are underway. The Hazelwood Health Study has selected about 1000 of the 4100 Morwell and Sale residents who completed the previous Adult Survey, to participate in the free, specialised cardiovascular health assessments. Invites have been mailed out to []


We got it $32 million for Wonthaggi Secondary! "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

BASS Coast and Wonthaggi families and their kids are the big winners in a $32 million announcement today by the Premier Daniel Andrews and Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing.

In front of excited students, teachers and community members at Wonthaggi Secondary College this morning they announced funding for a new senior campus and also a major boost to sporting facilities, developments that will benefit the whole region.

The new senior campus will be located on a purpose-built site adjacent to the Bass Coast Specialist School and will be a major step in achieving the communitys dream of a dedicated education and learning precinct.

The new state of the art campus will have outdoor learning areas and a central plaza, a library and specialist facilities for visual arts, graphics, materials technology and science.

It will also feature a new multi-sport highball stadium that will be available for community use with three competition-grade basketball courts, a canteen, change rooms as well as specialist spaces for performing arts, music and food technology.

The stadium will provide a much-needed home for the Wonthaggi Amateur Basketball Association, which has 400 members, no home facilities and has been campaigning for new facilities for years.

It will also be used by 150 indoor netball players in the local area and meet growing demand for modified versions of the game including Fast5 and Rock Up Netball.

The project will be managed by the Victorian School Building Authority and will go out to tender in December 2017. Construction is expected to take approximately 18 months, with the exact schedule to be confirmed when a builder is appointed.

Todays announcement is an important partnership between the Labor Government and Bass Coast Shire, with the Council contributing $1.5 million towards the costs of the stadium that will be available for community use.

The investment comes on the back of an unprecedented $2.5 billion in school infrastructure over the past three Budgets, including numerous projects across regional Victoria from Warracknabeal to Wonthaggi, and Casterton to Corryong.

Premier Daniel Andrews:

Every family in the Bass Coast area deserves access to the very be...


Now recruiting volunteers for 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

volunteer postGoulburn Valley Community Legal Centre is seeking expressions of interest from Practicing Solicitors to join our Tuesday Night Advice Clinic, offering pro bono one-off advice and referrals to clients.

GVCLC provide a supervising solicitor and two Volunteer Solicitors to assist with appointments.

Appointments commence at 6pm and conclude at 8pm, 40 minutes per appointment.

Each Volunteer Solicitor will see a maximum of three clients during the clinic.

Volunteer Solicitors are rostered approximately every six weeks.

If you are interested in becoming one of Goulburn Valley CLCs volunteers, please email with your:

  • Practicing Certificate
  • CV
  • Preferred area of law
  • And a short blurb about yourself


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Thank Folk Its Friday 27th October "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

This Week in Folk All the News From The Week That Was The Port Fairy Folk Festival added three more artists Archie Roach, Jordie Lane & The Sleepers and Stella Donnelly. Details here. NZ folk duo Great North released their new video Better Days. Details here We premiered the new live []


Support David Walter Cairns Court Monday "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Harry Palmer presents this bulletin making Queenslanders aware of David Walter taking on the judicial on Monday 30 October in Cairns at 9am. Exposing the duopoly and judicial having removed your rights your support at that court on Monday to pack the premises will send a message to the enforcers who dare to dictate against your rights.

David Walter had the summons for Judge Mullins to attend court on Monday, this was returned with the envelope marked return to sender. The same applied to the summons sent to Magistrate Bentley.

The conclussion here is that summons are to be ignored, or that Judges and Magistrates are above the law.

Do we have a new class of privileged persons like Kings of old.

Turn up on Monday at Cairns Court and flood the place out with concerned Australians over your rights being violated.

Forward this post all over to let the people know what is going on behind closed doors.



REVIEW: Kiwi Director Works His Magic On Thor: Ragnarok "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Whilst no one can deny Chris Hemsworths dedication to the role of Thor, its fair to say that the films that have accompanied his solo ventures havent nearly been as strong as what the character deserves. But as the old saying goes, Third times a charm, and the injection of New Zealand spitfire Taika Waititi ...

The post REVIEW: Kiwi Director Works His Magic On Thor: Ragnarok appeared first on QNEWS.


Australia second worst country for species decline in the world: new report "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Friday, 27 October 2017 - 1:48pm
  • Deforestation the greatest cause of species loss in Australia

  • Australia one of 7 countries responsible for more than half the worlds biodiversity loss

  • 50 million animals killed a year by deforestation in NSW and Queensland

Australia is the second worst country for species loss, according to a new study new published in Nature. 1

Australia is one of seven countries Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, Malaysia, India, China and the United States responsible for more than half of global biodiversity loss from 1996 to 2008.

More than 50 million animals are killed every year from deforestation in Queensland and New South Wales, according to a recent report by Western Australian researchers Hugh C. Finn and Nahiid S. Stephens. 2

Australia is now the second worst offender in the world for the loss of wildlife, said Wilderness Society National Director Lyndon Schneiders.

Deforestation is Australias biggest unseen environmental crisis. Governments must end this national disgrace now.

Deforestation kills millions of native animals including the iconic koala, adds to climate change, threatens the Great Barrier Reef and damages our soils and water resources.

The worst offender is Queensland, where 1.2 million hectares have been cleared in the past four years. An MCG-sized area is bulldozed every three minutes.

The Nature report said Australia is responsible for 5-10 per cent of species decline in the world, while Indonesia is the worst offender, responsible for about 21 per cent.

Once you actually work out [which country] might have been responsible for the loss of diversity, Australia is standing there at number two; lead author Dr Anthony Waldron said on the ABC this morning. 3

I knew there were a lot of threatened species in Australia, but I didn't realise things were getting worse so quickly.

Environmental sustainability professor Barry Brook from the University of Tasmania said land clearing was the greatest threat to species in Australia.

The predominant one is land clearing ongoing clearing for habitat, Professor Brook said on the ABC.

New South Wales and Queensland have been p.......


Listen to the New Billy Bragg Single Saffiyah Smiles "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Photo by Stuart Bucknell Photography Renowned activist and songwriter Billy Bragg has just released his brand new single Saffiyah Smiles. The track is inspired by the viral photo of Saffiyah Khan who smiled benignly in the face of the incensed leader of the far-right group the English Defence League at an anti-immigrant demonstration in Birmingham []


Government rejects Voice to Parliament "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The federal government response to the Referendum Council proposal for a constitutionally-enshrined Voice to Parliament was delivered in the form of a joint press release. The statement is attributed to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Attorney-General George Brandis, and Minister for Indigenous Affairs Nigel Scullion.

The government decision

This week we learned that the federal government decided to reject the consensus of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples who participated in 12 regional dialogues and the 2017 Uluru Convention. That consensus was for an Indigenous Voice to Parliament, to advise on legislation affecting Indigenous Peoples; as well as for Makaratta, a truth and reconciliation process.

Perhaps the best known Referendum Council members are Megan Davis and Noel Pearson.

Professor Megan Davis was interviewed on ABC radio this morning. The first question implied that the government had rejected recognition, when it in fact rejected a Voice to Parliament and resurrected symbolic recognition. When as experienced and relatively impartial a journalist as Sabra Lane has to be corrected on a basic misapprehension from the very start of an interview I mean, just imagine how exhausting this stuff is.

Noel Pearson was out of the blocks early. He condemned the dearth of political leadership on 4 August this year and has continued to do so since. Of all the Aboriginal people consulted by government, it is Noel who is called, Noel who gets the airtime. This week, you can hear his exhaustion and frustration, such as in this Radio National interview with Pat Karvelas.

Abridged and annotated: the government statement

Despite Turnbull and Brandis being named at the top of the press release, due to cabinet superiority, only Scullion has been on the hustings defending the Cabinet decision, which was leaked to the Courier Mail. According to Scullion, in an...


Business end of the season "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Ocean Grove Football Netball Club will host its annual general meeting this Sunday October 29.
The AGM starts at 11am at Shell Road.
In other club developments, the Grubbers have appointed Matt Tyrrell as its Under 19 coach for 2018.
Meanwhile Ocean Grove lost the services of Grubber playing assistant coach Brent Macleod this month.
Macleod was appointed coach of the Apollo Bay Hawks, who play in the Colac and District Football League.
The Grubbers have picked up some midfield depth in return after signing midfielder Luke Cartelli from Essendon and District Football League club Keilor.
Cartelli adds valuable experience with stints at VFL clubs Williamstown and Coburg.
Ocean Grove also welcome back Jack Rawlings, a former Bell Park GFL player, Kieran McNally and former Western Bulldogs AFL listed player Guy OKeefe, who played with rival BFL club Portarlington this year for the 2018 season.

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Poppies make a difference to those left behind "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Justin Flynn

Christine Waite and Denise Milich will again brave rain, hail and blazing sunshine to sell poppies in the lead up to Remembrance Day, and they wouldnt have it any other way.
Thousands of volunteers, such as Christine and Denise across the country will donate their time as we pause to remember our fallen Diggers on 11 November.
My reason for joining the RSL is to give back to the ageing veterans in appreciation for their sacrifices they made in the defence our of nation and to assist the war widows and their dependents as they also struggle as they age and have had to cope with life without their partners, Denise told the Voice.
Youll find Denise and Christine either outside the pharmacy on The Terrace or just outside Liquorland from next week. They say they never have to actively push the sale of poppies.
We dont have to sell, were just sitting there minding the goods, Denise said.
People in this town are incredibly generous, Christine said.
Its not always a pleasant day weather wise, but its always a pleasant experience.
Both women enjoy seeing the younger generation embrace the day, along with Anzac Day.
With more publicity about what happened at the bombing of Darwin, its made us much more appreciative of what the Diggers did, Denise said.
I love it when the young kids and teenagers come up, Christine said.
A lot of parents will come up and not even take a poppy theyll throw in 10, 20, 40 dollars from themselves and their kids.
Denise and Christine encouraged others to donate their time to volunteer.
I love working with some of the old veterans if I can get a gig there, Christine said.
I always put my name down.
Its wonderful I find it very rewarding just hearing and sharing stories, Denise said.
Anyone thinking about volunteering, just give it a go.
Money raised from the poppy appeal goes to the RSL, which then assists war veterans and their families through food vouchers, hospital and home visiting, household utilities bills, medical equipment, transport, pension and entitlement advice, home maintenance and aged care.
Remembrance Day services will be held on 11 November at 10.45am at Ocean Grove Park and at Barwon Heads Community Hall.

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Politicians should face a penalty for costs stemming from their wilfully negligent decisions "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

I have a piece ($) in the Herald Sun today in which I note that the Victorias Wonthaggi desalinisation plan, soon to be five years old, cost $19 billion and will never be required. As I say,

The money spent has been irretrievably wasted.  To put it in perspective, the Wonthaggi facilitys cost represents enough funds to replace three older coal fired electricity generators thereby future-proofing Victorians against unreliability and the doubling of wholesale power prices that has taken place.

Among the merits of the desalinisation plant, according to then Premier Bracks, were 4,750 full-time equivalent jobs during construction and a $1 billion economic boost to the state.

Unchastened by the experience of the White Elephant desalinisation plant, the Andrews government is directing funding into new areas of waste, namely wind and solar facilities.

Under its recently announced renewables policy, the Premier estimated some $1.2 billion of investment in these subsidised renewables was made in the current year alone.  Echoing the discredited prophesies made to justify the desalinisation plant, Mr Andrews claimed the policy will create 11,000 new jobs during construction of windfarms.

But for every job so created more (2.2 in the case of estimates form Spain) are lost as a result of the higher costs.

Subsidies to wind have forced unsubsidised power stations to close, bringing about the doubling of the average wholesale price of electricity.

For Victorians that doubled price means an annual cost of $2 billion, an impost on the average household of $800 in terms of direct charges and increased costs of goods and services.  And, by driving up electricity prices, the subsidies are threatening the future of the energy intensive industries including smelting and paper manufacturing that have created the prosperity Victoria enjoys.

I conclude, In the private sector, management pays personal penalties, sometimes criminal penalties if shareholders are wilfully misled.  Perhaps politicians and the public servants advising them should also be subject to such disciplines.

In days gone-by, prior to the eighteenth century rule of Robert Walpole, the political chief who later became known as the Prime Minister, usually paid such a penalty, often capital punishment, for peculation.

Self-enrichment from the use of office (except in the case of the Clintons) is unusual today and the gallows might be a tad excessive in the modern world.  However, it does seem that politicians who knowingly commit to very expensive programs of no value think desal plants, NBN, rooftop insulation, the renewable energy con, submarine programs shoul...


Murray Goulburn sold to Canadian owned Saputo for $1.3 billion "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

CANADIAN family dairy company Saputo Inc has won the battle for Victorian-based dairy co-operative Murray Goulburn.

Murray Goulburn has announced it has entered into a binding agreement to sell to Saputo Dairy Australia Pty Ltd, the Australian arm of the Canadian dairy giant, for $1.3 billion.

The deal is subject to approval from the Foreign Investment Review Board and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.

MG chairman John Spark said the weight of debt and significant loss of milk to competitors had forced MGs hand.

The sale includes all of MGs assets and operating liabilities.

The $1.3-billion price is equivalent to a net value of $1.10 to $1.15 a share, or listed unit.

Shareholders and unit holders are expected to be paid an initial distribution of 75 cents a share, or listed unit, after the sale is completed in the first half of next year.

MG said unit trust holders will be treated equally with the co-operatives shareholders.

MGs shares, or listed units, traded on the Australian Securities Exchange closed at 83 cents yesterday.

In the first half hour of trading on the ASX today, the price of MG shares, or listed units, jumped to 87c.

The deal is subject to approval from the Foreign Investment Review Board and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.

Saputo bought Warrnambool Cheese and Butter in January 2014.

It may be required by the ACCC to dispose of MGs Koroit dairy factory if the deal is approved.

The agreement means Saputo will take on all MGs milk supply commitments totalling $114 million.

The co-operative said this would enable a step-up of 40 cents a kilogram of milk solids, taking full-year payments to $5.60/kgMS for milk supplied from November 1 and, on completion of the sale deal, back pay from July to October this year.

On top of that existing suppliers would receive a 40c/kgMS loyalty payment.

The deal comes as dairy farmers descend on Melbourne for MGs annual general meeting at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre at 11am.

It is likely to result in spirited debate at the AGM.

Mr Spark said the co-operatives board believed the transaction represented the best available outcome for suppliers and investors.

He said it had the unanimous support of the co-operatives board.

Saputo is one of the top 10 dairy processors in the world and active in Australia through its ownership of Warrnambool Cheese and Butter, he said.

This transaction will crystallise real value for MGs equity, while rewarding our loya...


Save our Community Bookshop! "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Annerley Community Bookshop has launched a Go Fund Me appeal to become even more special with a new income stream which has been chosen in consultation with the community! See for details. In the meantime, donations of cash are needed to help pay the rent and get the Bookshop on its feet again. []

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Rainbow Chan - The Cardigans "Lovefool" Cover "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Download track for FREE here - A cover of The Cardigans' "Lovefool" by Sydney musician, Rainbow Chan. Filmed by e c h o (


Sea Shepherd urges Byron shire to help fight Adani "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Steve Irwin is undergoing repairs in Melbourne but is hoping to be fighting Adani early next year. (supplied)

The Steve Irwin is undergoing repairs in Melbourne but is hoping to be fighting Adani early next year. (supplied)

Sea Shepherd Australia has issued an appeal to supporters in the Byron shire and beyond to help get its flagship, the Steve Irwin, ready to fight Adani in Queensland waters.

The Steve Irwin is currently docked in Melbourne undergoing repairs to its engine, which are expected to cost about $250,000.

Sea Shepherd Australia managing director Jeff Hansen has told Echonetdaily that the people of Byron Shire had always been some of the strongest supporters of the organisation.

Were getting the engine overhauled but were struggling because of a lack of funding, Mr Hansen said.

But as soon as its done well be taking the ship up to the Great Barrier Reef to oppose Adani.

Mr Hansen said it had been a long time since Sea Shepherd had visited the area, but a stop-off at Byron would definitely be on the agenda.

It all depends on depths but would would be able to anchor in the Bay and run tenders to shore and back, he said.

There has been such overwhelming support from people and businesses in that area that it would be great to stop and visit.

Mr Hansen said Adanis proposed coal mine was an even greater threat to whales and the health of the oceans than the Japanese whalers in the Antarctic.

The increase in vessel traffic causing ship strikes, spills and noise pollution will have a catastrophic impact on Australias whales, he said.

If the Australian government will not oppose whaling by Japan, the very least it can do is protect the whales birthing grounds and put an end to this madness of the Adani coal mine.

Mr Hansen said polls showed that the majority of Australians opposed the Adani coal mine.

and why shouldnt they with such a corrupt and dishonest operator, who has already polluted our Great Barrier Reef, shows no regard to the health of our planet, and is cozying up to our government for an almost one billion dollar concessional loan of Australian tax payers money.

On top of that, the negligible jobs on the t...


1) Papuan Liberation Movement appeals to NZ's Ardern "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

2) If the ANJ group wants a sustainable image, why is it clearing forest and creating conflict??


1)  Papuan Liberation Movement appeals to NZ's Ardern

11:09 am today 

The United Liberation Movement for West Papua says it hopes New Zealand's new prime minister will take up the issue of Papuan self-determination.



Feeding time "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Its a great time of year for birding with breeding in full swing our local species are flat out gathering food for youngsters.

Brown Thornbill with caterpillar, Bruce Track Muckleford State Forest, 25th October 2017


Hemp foods a multi-million industry for Northern Rivers "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Andrew Kavasilas is the President of the Northern River Hemp Association and has been actively involved in NSW hemp farming since 1999. (

Andrew Kavasilas is the President of the Northern River Hemp Association and has been actively involved in NSW hemp farming since 1999. (

The legalising of hemp seeds as a food source next month is expected to yield a multi-million dollar industry for hemp pioneers based in the Northern Rivers region.

Northern Rivers Hemp Association president Andrew Kavasilas, the founder of Vitahemp Australia, has spent years identifying and breeding Low THC hemp cultivars to suit the regions sub tropical region.

He told Echonetdaily that the lifting of the ban on hemp seeds on November 12 would usher in a new era of prosperity for the Nimbin-based company.

An example of hemp food derivatives from

An example of hemp food derivatives from

We are planning to grow 600 hectares this year (once the ban is lifted) so were talking a serious number of jobs, he said.

Mr Kavasilas, who is currently in Tasmania at a hemp industry expo, said his company Vitahemp would be supplying licensed hemp growers with certified Low THC varieties, including proven varieties with no detectable trace of THC Delta 9.

We are hoping to get local and state government support to expand the industry in the region. Weve been working on this for over 20 years so were very happy this is finally happening, he said.

Mr Kavasilas, one of the first people to be granted a license to grow hemp under the Hemp Act of 2008, has been growing trial crops since 1999 for study purposes.

He said only a handful of companies were importing seeds for selling, so as a producer of seeds, Vitahemp would be at the cutting edge of the new industry.

We are based in the Northern Rivers but we have farmers from North Queensland down to Tasmania,...


NEW MUSIC: Ruby Boots Its So Cruel "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

  Ruby Boots is back with Its So Cruel the first single and video clip from her forthcoming new LP Dont Talk About It. The song is Ruby Boots going technicolour with a big post-modern soul/pop stomp on the back of buzzing guitar and that voice that emanates coyness and attitude as it unleashes a Continue reading


New research warns on sea level rise rise 1.3m unless coal power ends by 2050 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Sea levels to rise 1.3m unless coal power ends by 2050, report says

University of Melbourne paper combines latest understanding on Antarctica and current emissions projection scenarios, Guardian, Michael Slezak,   Coastal cities around the world could be devastated by 1.3m of sea level rise this century unless coal-generated electricity is virtually eliminated by 2050, according to a new paper that combines the latest understanding of Antarcticas contribution to sea level rise and the latest emissions projection scenarios.

It confirms again that significant sea level rise is inevitable and requires rapid adaptation. But, on a more positive note, the work reveals the majority of that rise driven by newly recognised processes on Antarctica could be avoided if the world fulfils its commitment made in Paris to keep global warming to well below 2C.

In 2016, Robert DeConto from the University of Massachusetts Amherst...


Queensland Labor MP angry about delay to act on black lung disease "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The hearse is waiting in the driveway, Brisbane Times,By Felicity Caldwell, 26 October 2017 Labor backbencher Jo-Ann Miller did not pull any punches on Thursday, coming out swinging against her own government and a Parliament committeee. Ms Miller slammed the bipartisan infrastructure committee, headed by Labor MP Duncan Pegg, which published a response to a report delivered by her Coal Workers Pneumoconiosis Select Committee.

I say to the chair of the other committee, Duncan Pegg, and the deputy chair Ann Leahy and members of that committee that the hearse is waiting in the driveway of some of these coal miners homes, she said.

Men are dying of this preventable disease, yet the callous disregard of that committee to give even a sidewise glance to the coal miners evidence, which effectively puts the Black Lung, White Lies report in the bottom drawer of this Parliament and slams the door shut on the draft bill that we developed, shows the real calibre of those members values and principles.

Ms Miller said mining and quarrying workers were woefully let down by the committees report.

Its report offered no comfort to the coal miners and workers of Queensland or their families, men like Mr Percy Verrall, who was constantly coughing up blood and struggles to walk even a few steps, and his devoted wife Daphne faces the daily heartbreak of trying to care for him, she said.

Ms Miller said the committees actions were divorced from reality and she slammed its recommendation, which was simply to note the black lung committees report.

She insisted black lung would be an election issue across the coal fields, towns and cities of Queensland.

Black lung, or coal workers pneumoconiosis, was thought to be eradicated in the 1980s but cases have been detected since 2015.

Ms Miller also unloaded on the Palaszczuk governments response, accusing it of being delivered with a disappointing lack of haste.

This is an insult to our coal miners and workers across the coal chain, she said.

Ms Miller tabled a report from her select committee on Thursday morning, detailing a further response about its proposal for a mine health-and-safety authorityR...


Dashville to Showcase at Australian Music Week "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Image Courtesy of William Crighton This years Australian Music Week, held in Cronulla south of Sydney from the 1st to the 3rd of November, is already bursting at the seems with conferences, showcases and more music than you can poke a stick at. So were pretty excited that the good folks from Dashville, the brains []


MG announces agreement with Saputo "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Murray Goulburn Co-operative Co Limited today announces that it has entered into a binding agreement with Saputo Dairy Australia Pty Ltd for the sale to Saputo of all of MGs operating assets and operating liabilities for A$1,310 million.

The announcement was made ahead of MGs AGM today. See statement attached.



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Tweed cemeteries switch to native gardens pays off "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Tweed Shire Council Parks and Gardens ganger Danny Booth (left) and cemetery operator Kelvin Jordan receive the winner's trophy from Murwillumbah & District Garden Club representative Wayne Taggett. Photo Tweed Shire Council

Tweed Shire Council Parks and Gardens ganger Danny Booth (left) and cemetery operator Kelvin Jordan receive the winners trophy from Murwillumbah & District Garden Club representative Wayne Taggett. Photo Tweed Shire Council

Growing awareness of water conservation is transforming the Tweeds district garden competition, with many entries converting to native varieties.

Tweed cemeteries have joined the switch to water-efficient natives, while continuing their domination of the Large Commercial Section in the Murwillumbah & District Garden Club annual competition.

Council-operated cemeteries have again snared the top honours in 2017, with Tweed Valley Cemetery at Eviron topping the category and Murwillumbah Lawn Cemetery finishing runner-up.

Councils Recreation Services Unit also had success in the Small Commercial Garden category, with Riveroak Drive Park named runner-up.

Murwillumbah Garden Club representative Wayne Taggett, in presenting the awards, said the cemeteries no longer planted annuals in its gardens but had succeeded in maintaining good colour in the cemeteries spectacular grounds.

That bright colour can make a lot of difference and bring comfort for people visiting, Mr Taggett said.

Its worth a visit to the Eviron cemetery just to have a look at its spectacular gardens.

For more information, visit


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Factory explosion in Jakarta and more zedlines... "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Two explosions in a fireworks factory in Tangerang, 25 kilometres west of Jakarta, have killed at least 47 people and left dozens injured. Image sourced from Riteshman, Pixabay

Police determined 103 people were working in the factory during the time of the explosions, and are still attempting to locate 60 others.

"The first thing we are going to do after the area has cooled off is a humanitarian effort," Tangerang City Police chief Harry Kurniawan said.

Investigations are underway to determine the cause of the explosions, however police strongly suspect the cause to be an electrical fault.

Parents protest against Somerville House


South-East Oz Part 8 Regent Honeyeater Ablaze at Capertee + Visit to Werrikimbe "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Regent Honeyeater
Following our visit to Kangaroo Valley (see following post) we spent a few days sight-seeing in Canberra before continuing north to spend 2 days with our friend Kathy Haydon in Capertee Valley - a renowned birding hotspot. The valley is essentially a vast canyon floor set amid the spectacular sandstone escarpments along the western fringe of the Blue Mountains World Heritage Area.

Capertee Valley near Glen Davis

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Capertee Valley near Glen Davis


How loggerhead turtle Eleanor survived storm "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

This video says about itself:

In-water behaviour of the loggerhead sea turtle

18 January 2016

Intensive in-water surveys in Laganas bay, Zakynthos, Greece, revealed the existence of two aggregation hotspots for loggerhead sea turtles. The first one, a cleaning station, was occupied primarily by female turtles during their interesting period. The second, a small reef in the shallows, served as a foraging area. The solitary and the social behaviour of the turtles between these two spots was very different. At the cleaning station, female turtles did not involve in any fights, generally tolerating the presence of one another while being cleaned by fish and performing self-cleaning activities. In the foraging spot, on the other hand, which was used mainly by resident males, aggressive fights took place quite often as soon as one turtle was at the vicinity of the other.

Under the scientific guidance of sea turtle behaviour expert Dr. Gail Schofield, we highlight these differences and provide new insights into the in-water behaviour of the loggerhead sea turtle.

From the University of Southern Denmark:

The sea turtle that refused to be beaten by the storm

October 26, 2017

When Eleanor the sea turtle was caught in a tropical storm off the coast of Florida, she coped surprisingly well. In fact, she hardly needed to use any extra energy during the four days the storm raged and neither was she injured.

As the seas get warmer, Earth suffers the ravages of ever more powerful storms and hurricanes, with massive consequences for both humans and animals. One of the concerns is marine animals, especially endangered species, such as certain whales, manatees, sharks, sea turtles, etc.

A joint Danish/American/Australian team of researchers has discovered that severe weather is not necessarily harmful to individual adult sea turtles. The team was in the process of monitoring...


Baking in kindness "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Gingerbread Pic

While you were watching the AFL Grand Final, sisters Aurelia and Imogen, along with their friend Sofia, were hard at work fundraising for Edgars Mission.

After baking the cruelty-free gingerbread players, sporting the jersey of the Crows or Tigers, Aurelia, Imogen and Sofia manned their stall and raised an amazing $592. We cant thank them enough for their efforts and generous heartsand for helping make the world a kinder place for farmed animals.



Superfluid is the way of the future offering plant-based food, alcoholic and non alcoholic drink options in a pub setting.



Magnet Melbourne "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Open Cup Day!

Gonna bet my drummer will remember to bring a pair of drumsticks. Gonna bet your earplugs will be safe in your guitar case.

Not gonna bet on the ongoing abuse of another beautiful species of nature.


1) South Pacific among Indonesia`s foreign policy priorities "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

2) Saving Indonesia's birds-of-paradise, one village at a time
3) Papua mine talks still deadlocked 

1) South Pacific among Indonesia`s foreign policy priorities

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Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Foreign Minister Retno L.P. Marsudi said that Indonesias foreign policy and diplomacy will always pay attention to countries in the South Pacific region.


Lennox celebrates its new street library "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Lennox locals getting excited by their new street library. Photo supplied.

Lennox locals getting excited by their new street library. Photo supplied.

Lennox Head is joining the trend and has launched its own Street Library where anyone can pick up or drop off a book. The Street Library was launched by local author Lisa Walker and the Street Library motto is Take a Book, Give a Book, Share a Book.

Simply put, Street Libraries are a beautiful home for books. They are accessible from the street, and are an invitation to share the joys of reading with your neighbours, said local supporter Kellie OBrian.

Books come and go; no-one needs to check them in or out. People can simply reach in and take what interests them; when they are done, they can return them to the Street Library, or if they have a book that they think others would enjoy, they can pop it in.

Located on the wall of Lois Buckett Real Estate, the Street Library will be accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It is a symbol of trust and hope a tiny vestibule of literary happiness.

The library is an initiative of the Lennox Arts Board, in partnership with Lois Buckett Real Estate and Lennox Head Motors and it joins the other almost 500 other street libraries around Australia.

The library, built by John Eddy and painted by artists Melissa Wright and Karlee Mackie, is planned as the start of a Lennox Head Reading Trail. The trail will be promoted as a map of places to borrow or buy books and pleasant spots to read around Lennox Head. Local businesses who are interested in sponsoring a shelf of books in their premises, which will be added to the map should contact Max Perrot 0427875066.

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Grantville shooters just miss "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A LARGE group of Grantville shooters headed up to Bendigo over the last weekend to contest the District Rifle Association Teams Event. Unfortunately the Grantville locals just missed out on first placing, being beaten by the Gippsland Rifle Association Team. At least this outcome indicates that target shooting is alive and well in the Gippsland region. In quite blustery conditions on the Bendigo range, each team shooter is assisted on the line by a coach who adjusts their rifle-scope settings according to the conditions at the time. This is altered for each and every shot. Neither the wind, nor the constant mirage, as seen through the scope lens, remain static, and the role of the coach is also to estimate this problem. The role of the shooter is to sight well onto the target over the three distances of 600, 700, and 900 yards, and then to squeeze off a good shot. This is not always as easy as it sounds.
Although her scores were unable to be counted, Grantville newbie and Cowes resident Debbie Barber, shooting in her first team shoot (an emergency in the ten person team), shot very well with her borrowed rifle. Debbies new and recently acquired target rifle was left at home, being not quite as suitable for the long distances shot over the weekend as the borrowed larger calibre rifle. Debbie has already made plans to remedy this problem in future. This annual teams shoot is usually won by Grantville shooters, and training begins again soon for next years event, as the overall team tally of 1616 was only 26 points short of the winning score. That small margin was essentially lost at the 900 yard distance, a task made easier for the winning team with more opportunities to practice at these long distances than the maximum 600 yards shot at the Grantville Range. The club has said that it makes no excuses, that the better team won on the day, and that the friendly rivalry continues.

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Can you help Byrons carols by candlelight go ahead? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Carols by candlelight in Byron Bay. Photo supplied.

Carols by candlelight in Byron Bay. Photo supplied.

Byron Bays annual Christmas carols event, held at Apex Park each year, is currently looking for financial sponsorship.

Our beloved annual Christmas carols event is at risk of not happening in 2017 due to lack of financial sponsorship, said organiser Julianne Durberville.

We are desperately seeking $5000 in order to reach our budget.

The carols by candlelights major sponsor has their business logo on all the promotional material created for the event, their website, and it is displayed prominently on the Byron Carols stage in front of a thousand people on the night.

Contact Julie on 0468 342 073 or email her at

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Djurra: A NORPA Production 29 November 2 December "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A new dance theatre work directed by Kirk Page and inspired by a Bundjalung creation story. Premiere season at Artstate NSW.

A mother calls her broken son home on the waves. Something is coming. The spirits lament. We speak our eulogies and bite our tongues against the insatiable rage.

We are still here
We remember those whose shoulders we have stood upon.

NORPAs latest work Djurra draws on local stories to explore universal themes of belonging and identity. The Lismore-based theatre company, NORPA (Northern Rivers Performing Arts), is located on Bundjalung country and the companys dedication to cross-culture creative work is reflected in its governance and programming. This approach is reflected as the company explores its creative and social terrain, creating new Australian works in a regional setting.

Directed by Kirk Page and inspired by a Bundjalung creation story from the Northern Rivers NSW, Djurra explores contemporary Aboriginal experience in its generations-old context. Dance, song, storytelling and striking imagery combine to tell a raw and powerful story of family legacy and cultural identity. Djurra is Kirk Pages first full length work and will premiere at Artstate NSW, the inaugural regional arts conference to be held in Lismore.

Djurra is a contemporary work inspired by an ancient story. These ageless stories are an important part of our identity as a nation but are not often known about or understood, says Kirk Page We have sung our songs, danced our dances, created worlds ever since we walked on this country. Weve never not made theatre!

Meaning lore in Bundjalung language, Djurra has been developed in consultation with the local Bundjalung community and knowledge keepers, in particular Roy Gordon who has informed and guided as a cultural consultant throughout the works entire development.

Roy Gordon has been a wonderful support, mentor and a friend during the process of this project. I have been lucky enough to spend time with him and listen to his insights, knowledge and stories, says Kirk Page.

Bringing culture on to a stage is no mean feat, this is two worlds colliding, bumping together, navigating through territory that is often fraught. We have talked and shared about our lives and also who we are and our responsibility as leaders, new and old. I cant think of any other theatre company that is connecting on this level in terms of opening up the making process in this way.

NORPA has created an opportunity for me and the theatre community that we hope is the start of a long trajectory. The entire creative team has worked so hard to bring this work to our local audience and beyond.

A devised, multi-artform theatre work,...


Stem cell injections could bring relief to millions with lower back pain and cut reliance on opioids "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

An injection could finally bring relief to millions of people with chronic lower back pain. If it works, the stem cell treatment could be a crucial tool for fighting the opioid epidemic killing thousands in the US. Opioids accounted for 33,000 deaths in the US in 2015 alone. Many of those deaths occur as a result of people becoming addicted to opioids prescribed for lower back pain, which affects around 28 million people in the US and accounts for around half of all opioid painkiller prescriptions there. Stem cells might change that. Injected into damaged discs between the vertebrae of the spine, each dose contains around 6 million cells. Called mesenchymal precursor cells, they dampen down inflammation and secrete factors that help rebuild damaged tissue. In experiments in sheep, these cells completely rebuilt damaged vertebral discs, prompting Silviu Itescu of the firm Mesoblast in Melbourne, Australia, and his team to try the technique in people. "In 100 patients, we've shown substantial improvements in function and pain relief that last two years or more," he says.

Stem cell injections could bring relief to millions with lower back pain and cut reliance on opioids "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

An injection could finally bring relief to millions of people with chronic lower back pain. If it works, the stem cell treatment could be a crucial tool for fighting the opioid epidemic killing thousands in the US. Opioids accounted for 33,000 deaths in the US in 2015 alone. Many of those deaths occur as a result of people becoming addicted to opioids prescribed for lower back pain, which affects around 28 million people in the US and accounts for around half of all opioid painkiller prescriptions there. Stem cells might change that. Injected into damaged discs between the vertebrae of the spine, each dose contains around 6 million cells. Called mesenchymal precursor cells, they dampen down inflammation and secrete factors that help rebuild damaged tissue. In experiments in sheep, these cells completely rebuilt damaged vertebral discs, prompting Silviu Itescu of the firm Mesoblast in Melbourne, Australia, and his team to try the technique in people. "In 100 patients, we've shown substantial improvements in function and pain relief that last two years or more," he says.


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National Press Club Address 24 October 2017 by The Hon Peter Garrett AM Trashing our crown jewel: The fate of the Great Barrier Reef in the coal age. I want to begin by acknowledging the traditional custodians of the lands and waters of this area, including the Ngunnawal people. This is my fourth address to []

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Mystery booms heard in North Carolina, Michigan and Queensland "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Mystery booms seem to be occurring with increasing frequency lately, with booms being heard just this week in North Carolinaand Michigan. In both cases, authorities have been left baffled by what might be behind these earth-shaking noises which seem to emanate from the sky itself. This unexplained phenomenon is host to a wide variety of explanations including gas escaping vents deep within the Earth, anomalous meteorological events, sonic booms from tests of secret military aircraft, UFOs of course, and meteorites exploding in the atmosphere. While most of these eerie thunderous noises go unexplained, a recent mystery boom in Australia might have a simple, cosmic - and terrifying - explanation. Death from above. The boom was heard by residents throughout the Cairns region of Queensland, Australia marking the second time in two months that southern Australia has been rocked by anomalous explosions in the sky. The boom occurred around 10:30 pm on Saturday, October 7th and was reportedly so loud that it shook houses in the area.

Mystery booms heard in North Carolina, Michigan and Queensland "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Mystery booms seem to be occurring with increasing frequency lately, with booms being heard just this week in North Carolina and Michigan. In both cases, authorities have been left baffled by what might be behind these earth-shaking noises which seem to emanate from the sky itself. This unexplained phenomenon is host to a wide variety of explanations including gas escaping vents deep within the Earth, anomalous meteorological events, sonic booms from tests of secret military aircraft, UFOs of course, and meteorites exploding in the atmosphere. While most of these eerie thunderous noises go unexplained, a recent mystery boom in Australia might have a simple, cosmic - and terrifying - explanation. Death from above. The boom was heard by residents throughout the Cairns region of Queensland, Australia marking the second time in two months that southern Australia has been rocked by anomalous explosions in the sky. The boom occurred around 10:30 pm on Saturday, October 7th and was reportedly so loud that it shook houses in the area.


Cat Was Jealous Of Dog Siblings' Adventures So He Asked To Join Too "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Pistachio is a cat who loves going on adventures. Not long after he came to live with his mom, Kirrily Hargreaves, in New South Wales, Australia, Pistachio started dropping hints that he wanted to explore the outdoors.

Pistachio always hated being left out, and was always waiting at the door when the dogs came home from walks or the beach, Hargreaves told The Dodo. One day he broke out of the house, jumped off the balcony and into the backyard just to eat some grass. He has never been one to follow the rules.

Credit: Kirrily Hargreaves

Before being adopted by Hargreaves in 2014, Pistachio was a stray kitten living on the streets of Sydney. Someone picked him up and dropped him at a local shelter, where he got a bad case of cat flu. Thankfully, a rescue group pulled Pistachio from the shelter and nursed him back to health, although he continues to have respiratory issues, Hargreaves explained.

Credit: Kirrily Hargreaves

But Pistachio has never let health problems stop him from doing anything. The first time Hargreaves took him to the beach, Pistachio got busy exploring.

I had all the dogs packed into the car and thought there was no reason he should miss out on all the fun this time, so I attached a lead to his collar and bundled him into the car, Hargreaves said.

Credit: Kirrily Hargreaves

When we arrived, he leaped out of the car with all the dogs, and followed them down to the sand ready to prove himself, she added. He spent his first adventure exploring rocks, digging in the sand and chasing after the dogs.


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Are the NSW Berejiklian Government & local Nationals preparing to trash the Clarence River Estuary? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

If theres one thing the NSW Nationals can be relied on to do it is to run with any short-sighted idea which involves the threat of environmental degradation and risk to regional water catchments.

Here we have them joining the Liberals in touting what appears to be a deal done in Sydney (with no genuine local community consultation) to bring international cruise ships into the environmentally sensitive Clarence River estuary an act which would require a significant degree of initial and ongoing dredging to maintain access, with perhaps the partial dismantling of one of the internal training walls which were built to direct flood water flows.
Even cruise operators with smaller vessels will demand a guarantee of risk free access and some form of terminal demands which would see existing local tourism along with commercial and recreational fishing disrupted and perhaps diminished.
It seems that Nationals MP for Clarence Chris Gulaptis has all but forgotten that just last year he was not in favour of the last attempt to co-opt the Lower Clarence River for the personal gain of outside financial interests.
Perhaps he needs reminding that ships that meet his specifications such as this one pictured below would still require estuary modification and shoreline development which is also unlikely to tick any of the social or environmental boxes he once thought important.


Quiet Revolutions "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

What a fun week it was. Homophobes falling off stages, teenage scooter gangs and boat arrivals that dont.

On this show we also hear from Alan Wards A Brief Introduction to Anarchism with Jepanarchy at the end to test your knowledge. Bad Cop No Donut and refugee news.





Australia: Study to help fight tooth decay in children "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Dental Health Services Victoria (DHSV) has announced its Australian-first study investigating the use of silver diamine fluoride to fight tooth decay and reduce dental hospitalisations in Victorian children.

Silver diamine fluoride is a topical medicament used to control cavities. The liquid can be applied to a cavity to stop tooth decay and, in some cases, replace the need for a filling or crown.

DHSV will conduct a study with over 400 children aged between two and 10 who have dental cavities and are unable to cope with treatment in the dental clinic. Many of these children are from vulnerable communities and referred to The Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne for surgery under dental general anaesthetic.

Led by paediatric dentist, Dr Rana Yawary, the trial will involve a groundbreaking protocol involving the application of silver diamine fluoride, a liquid cavity cleanser and desensitiser, twice yearly to fight decay. It will be accompanied with oral health education, encouraging children to brush with fluoride toothpaste twice a day and to eat a healthy diet.

This is a non-invasive and preventive approach that can be provided to communities most in need, and is a great alternative to general anaesthetic. Even the youngest children will be more cooperative because they learn that dental visits dont have to be painful, Dr Yawary said.

Tooth decay is the highest cause of preventable hospitalisations for children.

About 4,500 Victorians aged 0 to 14 years old are hospitalised every year due to dental conditions. More than half of Victorian children aged three to five have signs of tooth decay, and this figure is much worse for children of healthcare card holders, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and those from non-English speaking backgrounds.

Dr Yawary said researchers will treat and monitor children over a year to study how the approach impacts on dental cavities.

They will also measure oral health-related quality of life and treatment satisfaction and acceptance.

These results will be compared to those of children who are referred for general anaesthesia.

If the trial is successful, it will change the way we manage tooth decay in young children and reduce oral health inequity for those that are in most need, Dr Yawary said.

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Old Growth Forests About to to Logged - Take Action!

Ancient forest in East Gippsland's iconic Kuark forest is about to be logged! 

Our friends and affiliate members Goongerah Envrionment Centre (GECO) have been working around the clock to protect this forest. 
Trees over 400 years old will be cut down this week if we do not act. 
A road has been pushed into the forest in preparation to start logging one of the most significant old growth forests in Victoria.  

Logging has not yet started so there's still time to stop it. 

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Government siege tightens on Manus as last food announced "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Refugee groups have called for the Australian government to end the siege of the Manus detention centre.

After ignoring a PNG Supreme Court ruling since April 2016, the government is resorting to depriving refugees and asylum seekers of food, water and medical care as they try to force people out of the detention centre.

The latest notice (pictured) says that mess facilities will cease on Sunday and that food packs will be issued on Sunday enough for two days.

Previous notices have indicated that all personnel will be withdrawn and water and power will be cut off on 31 October and that the navy will occupy the centre on 1 November.

Today (Thursday) is the last day that buses will run from the detention centre to the Lorengau settlement area.

Even though services are being cut off, there is now no way for refugees to leave the detention centre, said Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for the Refugee Action Coalition.




Local House Gig "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


House Gig - Coburg North

Announcing a very special late arvo/early evening house concert in Coburg North (Melbourne) featuring the performance of the ever brilliant Paul Andrew Carey as a part of Jackie Marshall's "Nine Lives/Endless Lounges" tour - her first extensive intimate solo tour in over 8 years.

Come to our sweet backyard, overlooking Merri Creek. Jackie is making her way down from Brisbane, gigging the East coast. She will share her stories, beautiful songs and beautiful self.
Coburg North Local, Paul will also be singing/telling his song/stories, in what will be a really awesome arvo/early evening, kid friendly gig.

If you would like a taste-tester, check it:
Jackie Marshall


The Poet of the Pivot "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Towards the end of 2012 I posted about James Lister Cuthbertson, school master at Geelong Grammar, rowing coach and poet whose passion for the Barwon was often reflected in his verses. However, before the arrival of "Cuthy" in 1875, there was another poet who occasionally cast an eye towards the Barwon.
The gentleman in question was William Stitt Jenkins; a temperance advocate, staunch royalist and frequent contributor to the columns of the Geelong Advertiser, The Age, The Argus and The Ballarat Star. William - or W. Stitt Jenkins as he styled himself when writing to the Advertiser - was an English migrant, born at Whitehaven on 30th June, 1812, who had arrived in the country in or around 1853. Before his ship had even reached port, he had already put pen to paper, crafting a ditty titled "Penned off Cape Otway" which was published in the Geelong Advertiser and Intelligencer, 22nd March, 1854.

William Stitt Jenkins. Image from the National Trust
Whilst I cannot find his name on the usual shipping records, I can deduce that his wife (Elizabeth ne Goforth) and at least three daughters - Evangeline, Victoria and Isabella - as well as a son Llewellyn must also have come to Australia. Sadly, their 15 year old daughter Evangeline died two days after Christmas in 1853 and was the first of a number of burials in what became the family plot at the Eastern Cemetery. A fourth daughter - Mary Jane - was born to the couple in 1854, however her death was also registered the following year.
Jenkins worked as a storeman  at Dalgety's in Geelong following his arrival and was quick to become involved in the public affairs of his adopted town. It was he who first referred to Geelong as a "commercial pivot" (Geelong Advertiser, 23rd May, 1922) and thus was born the 'Pivotonians' moniker which has stuck to the present day. As a devout Christian and strong advocate for the Temperance Movement (he went so far as to write to Queen Victoria, asking her to take the temp...


Sixth Sydney International Womens Jazz Festival "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Over the past half decade the Sydney International Womens Jazz Festival has grown from fairly modest beginnings to become one of the major events on the Sydney music calendar. Held over twelve days, in a variety of venues, the festival brings together a remarkably diverse group of artists from all over the world. Now in its sixth year the 2017 roster is arguably the most exciting ever and a wonderful opportunity to catch some truly outstanding artists in a number of intimate club and concert settings.
Frances Madden (left)

Frances Madden (left)

The 2017 Sydney International Womens Jazz Festival features a program of outstanding overseas guests and some of the most vibrant groups on the local scene. This years headliners are the brilliant drummer/percussionist Terri Lyne Carrington performing with a star-studded line-up of local musicians.


New York buskers bring Brasshouse down under "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

This November, experience the eccentric and powerful sounds of Too Many Zooz as they deliver their infectious Brasshouse style of music to Australian shores for the first time. Throughout November, Too Many Zooz will be setting out on a seven date tour across the East Coast to electrify venues in Brisbane, Mullumbimby, Sydney, Melbourne and Queenscliff with []

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A winning heart "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Well were impressed, for a number of reasons. One, young Jayden completed a 10km run. Two, he completed the run in 1 hour 7 minutes. Three, he raised a whopping $1,800 for Edgars Mission.

But the most impressive thing about Jayden is his kind and generous heartfor someone so young to dedicate himself to achieving for the benefit of other speaks volumes. We cant thank Jayden enough for his mammoth efforts and helping us help animals. We cant wait to see what you do next!


Magnetic north "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Unemployment ticks down

No shortage of people on hand to announce that the end of the world is nigh for Sydney. 

No-one seems to have bothered telling the Greater Sydney economy just yet, though, as employment growth continues to surge and the city's annual average unemployment rate just keeps on falling and falling towards historic lows. 

There have also been notable improvements in the unemployment rate in Adelaide and Hobart lately.

Magnetic north

Perhaps the standout statistic from the detailed labour force figures, though, has been the synchronised upswing in Queensland employment. 

Now the monthly numbers are noisy, there's no question about that, but even when plotting the figures on an annual average basis you can't help but notice the rebound. 

Brisbane's employment growth has been punctuated by part-time jobs. 

But one pleasing thing to see is that the state's full-time employment rebound has been spread across the state from the Gold Coast, and Toowomba, and up to the Sunshine Coast, Mackay, Townsville, and Cairns. 

Queensland's regional employment growth is now tracking at levels not seen in a decade. 


Honey from Harvey is Eastside Radios Album Of The Week (12-18 Oct) "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"



Harvey is a composer, vocalist, guitarist and trumpet player from the NSW coast who performs all around Sydney and regularly tours Australia, south-east Asia and Europe. On his travels Harvey has shared stages with some of his key musical influences including surf-roots musician Donavon Frankenreiter and guitar virtuoso Joe Robinson.


On this album Honey, which is his second full-length, he moves through the various sonic territory of soulful roots, blues, funk and reggae. Ive always admired the confident simplicity of his arrangements, a fine example of the basics done well.

Harvey 1


I can personally attest to the fact that his solo shows are worth leaving the house for, Harvey works with his loop pedal, guitar and trumpet to create multi-layered sound as he shifts through genres and styles. Look out for his duo The Milkshakes as well.

Well be bringing you selections from the album all this week on Eastside Radio. You can stream Harveys music here, and check his tour dates online here.

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NSW Bar Association Urges Victims Of Sexual Harassment To Come Forward "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Victims of sexual harassment by members of the NSW Bar are being urged to come forward in the wake of explosive allegations levelled against prominent Sydney barrister Charles Waterstreet earlier this week.

President of the New South Wales Bar Association, Arthur Moses SC told New Matilda his organisation urged any victims of sexual harassment by members of the NSW Bar to make a complaint to the Office of the Legal Services Commissioner so that it can be investigated and in appropriate cases report the behaviour to Police.

Mr Moses has also warned that barristers in NSW who engage in sexual harassment can be struck off and may face criminal charges.

Sexual harassment is not condoned in any manner by the NSW Bar nor is standing by and not intervening, he said.

Tough sanctions are in place regarding sexual harassment by legal practitioners. Rule 123 of the Legal Profession Uniform Conduct (Barristers) Rules 2015 provides that a barrister must not engage in conduct which constitutes discrimination and sexual harassment in the course of practice.

The NSW Bar Association has the power to intervene and investigate any complaints of sexual harassment. If a barristers conduct is found to constitute sexual harassment, they face serious consequences, including the loss of their profession.

The breach of Rule 123 can result in findings of unsatisfactory professional conduct or professional misconduct and an order that a barrister be struck off, Mr Moses said.

Conduct of this kind may also amount to a criminal offence, a complaint to the Australian Human Rights Commission or the NSW Anti-Discrimination Board.


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Police Inquire Into Waterstreet Allegations, While University Bans His Job Ads "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Pressure continues to mount on Charles Waterstreet the inspiration behind the popular ABC television drama Rake. Nina Funnell reports.

NSW Police began making inquiries this morning into allegations prominent Sydney barrister Charles Waterstreet sexually harassed a young woman during a job interview at his Elizabeth Street offices in August this year.

On Tuesday New Matilda revealed explosive claims made by third year Sydney University law student, Tina Huang, alleging that Mr Waterstreet showed her nude images of women and a masturbation video during the one-hour job interview.

Ms Huang also alleged that Mr Waterstreet described how he liked to go to sex parties and enjoyed having women snort cocaine off his body, before revealing he preferred to hire pretty young things to work with him.

Today, Ms Huang was contacted by NSW Police. Her lawyer Michael Bradley, managing partner at Marque Lawyers said it took a lot of courage for my client to come forward publicly and I hope that other women will feel empowered to tell their stories too.

Ms Huang, 21, applied for the paralegal position after seeing the job advertised in Sydney Universitys CareersHub website.

Approximately 80 students gathered in a snap protest outside the new law faculty building at Sydney University at lunch time to demand Mr Waterstreets job ads are no longer promoted to students.

Protestors at Sydney University earlier today, in which they successfully demanded job ads from Charles Waterstreet be banned from the Sydney University online jobs forum.Protestors at Sydney University earlier today, in which they successfully demanded job ads from Charles Waterstreet be banned from the Sydney University online jobs forum.

A spokesperson for the university has confirmed the ban on job ads from Mr Waterstreet.

The personal safety of our students is of primary concern, a university spokesperson told Honi Soit.

The protest was organised by Sydney University Womens Collective.

It is incredibly brave for Tina to speak out about a situation where the power differential between Waterstreet and herself was staggering, a member of the Collective was reported as saying.

It is rare that a harasser is publicly accused. Powerful men like Waterstreet usually get to harass women with impunity, no matter how many people in their industry know about it, the Collective said.

In other developments, television and news media...


Government assures China over Adani mega- mine approvals "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

China has officially been informed the controversial Adani coal mine in Central Queensland has received all government approvals, Federal Attorney-General George Brandis has told Senate Estimates.

Senate crossbenchers have questioned officials from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) in Senate Estimates.

The questions were sparked by a Freedom of Information request to DFAT for documents relating to requests for foreign government financing for the controversial multi-billion-dollar mine and rail project.

While he did not confirm whether that had occurred, Senator Brandis said the Government had made representations to dispel misinformation about the Carmichael mine.

The Australian Government has written to the Government of China to confirm the project has received all necessary Queensland state government and Australian government environmental and mining approvals, he said.

Senator Brandis said he did not know whether the letter was sent on request by Adani, but department secretary Frances Adamson said she expected Adani did ask for the letter to be sent.

I would expect so because a letter setting out the status of the project would have been generated as a result of a perceived need for that I expect, Ms Adamson said.

Following a lunch adjournment, Ms Adamson revealed more details about the letter.

The letter was written by the Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment and by the Deputy Prime Minister, she said.

It was a statement of fact where the project is up to and a statement of endorsement of support by the Australian Government.

Letter not an approach to a foreign agency

Tasmanian senator Jacqui Lambie asked why it was necessary to inform the Chinese Government about the project.

Has this got to do with money being lent from the Chinese? she asked.

Senator Brandis took the question on notice. He said it was not an approach to a foreign agency, rather it set out the facts of the project.

DFAT officials have told Senate estimates it was not the departments role to seek finance for the Adani project.

Responding to the delay in the FIO request, Ms Adamson said the fact it had captured several hundred pages of documents did not mean official approaches had been happening.

The fact that there are a significant number of documents that weve identified for review should not be read to imply that theres a significant amount of departmental activity, she said.

My understanding is there has not been a significa...


Colton Haynes Marge Simpson Drag For Halloween Is INSANE "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Warning: (rubber) nudity Since 2014, actor Colton Haynes has become known for his over-the-top Halloween costumes. And on his Instagram account hes revealed this years effort animated matriarch Marge Simpson! The Teen Wolf and Arrow actor shared video clips showing off the full-body airbrushing of yellow paint, 3D eyes, prosthetic boobs and large lips that ...

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RTRFM Feature Album: A Quality of Mercy "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Back in February a little-known Melbourne outfit called RVG (The Romy Vager Group) released their first album, A Quality of Mercy.

Recorded live at iconic venue The Tote, the ripples of appreciation for it have gradually built and extended beyond the city it was created in.

The albums just been re-released by emerging label Our Golden Friend and is RTRFMs Feature Album all this week.

RTRFMs Robin Litvins-Salter caught up with Romy Vager earlier and asked her how shes feeling about the re-release

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Ian Thorpe Urges Young Voters To Post Their Survey Forms Now "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Olympian Ian Thorpe has urged young people to get their completed forms in the mail by Friday to ensure theyre received by the Australian Bureau of Statistics in time to be counted. Thorpe said he was optimistic that the marriage survey would return a yes result and was pleased with the turnout, but wants more ...

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Raids on AWU and attacks on GetUp should alarm citizens "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Raids on AWU and attacks on GetUp should alarm citizensThe recent raids on AWU offices in Sydney and Melbourne, seemingly in search for dirt on Bill Shortens time as head of the Union, should be ringing alarm bells, says Associate Professor Allan Patience. read now...





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Let the CIA censorship begin; first America and then us "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


A couple of weeks ago we found our YouTube channel completely deleted with the message This account has been terminated due to multiple or severe violations of YouTubes policy against spam, deceptive practices, and misleading content or other Terms of Service violations.

Prior to having our channel seized, we were in perfect standing with YouTube. We didnt have a single strike against our account. All content was original or posted with permission. There were no personal attacks. If anyone was offended by our content, they were offended by ideas. Ideas of peace and freedom.

This was a wake-up call for us. We assumed the corporate-state tyranny aimed to shut down dissent, but were a bit surprised how fast they moved against us. Normally they demonetize before outright termination. We had around 7400 loyal subscribers. Hardly a threat, right?

Wrong! We are living in a time when ideas of peace and liberty are dangerous to the powers that be. Increasingly the powers that be are the information gatekeepers like Google and Facebook. Perhaps theyre a bigger threat to free speech than governments themselves. Working in concert with government makes them even more dangerous.

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Drag Queens Wanted For ABCs You Cant Ask That "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The ABCs eye-opening series You Cant Ask That is returning next year, and theyre looking for Australian drag queens to answer those questions that people are too afraid to ask. If you havent seen it, the fascinating show gets people from marginalised or misunderstood groups to answer questions some ignorant, some well-meaning, some both ...

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Byrons clothing optional beach gets a reprieve "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Attendees at Byron's inaugural Nude Olympics on Saturday, October 7, 'blowing the whistle on sexual assault.' Photo supplied

Attendees at Byrons inaugural Nude Olympics on Saturday, October 7, blowing the whistle on sexual assault. Photo supplied

In a move that has given hope to both Tyagarah residents and naturists, Byron Shire Council yesterday resolved to continue to allow nude bathing on a reduced stretch of Tyagarah Beach, starting 200 metres south of Grays Lane and ending well north of Elements Resort.

The amendment by Cr Basil Cameron, to Cr Paul Spooners original motion to close the beach to naturists completely, was carried with the support of Greeens councillors Michael Lyon, Jeanette Martin and Sarah Ndiyae, together with independent Cate Coorey.

The motion commits council, after four years of inaction, to erect signage on the beach within two weeks indicating exactly where the clothing optional section is, and also requires council to review the situation again in three months.

In the meantime, council will liaise with police, naturists and the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) in an attempt to establish whether there is a more suitable alternative for a less remote clothing optional beach in the shire.

Original motion withdrawn

At the outset of debate, which lasted more than an hour, Cr Spooner announced that he had withdrawn his original motion and posted a new motion that would have allowed nude bathing at an increased number of beaches in the shire (including the whole length of Tyagarah from the existing beach to just short of Brunswick Heads).

But it would have specifically excised popular, if unofficial, clothing optional beaches along Seven Mile Beach Road, including Kings, Brays and Whites.

In a somewhat remarkable turn of events, this move was supported by National Party aligned Cr Alan Hunter, who joked, my family are going to think Ive turned into a hippy.

ALP aligned Cr Jan Hackett, who lives in Sunrise and says she has seen naked bathers straying that far south, also supported Cr Spooners motion.

Police crackdown

The move follows reports of exhibitionism and sexual harassment of women at the beach, which appear to have increased following police crackd...


John Adams: Hanson and Bernardi face a looming Senate showdown "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

With speculation rampant that the Coalition will take Australians to an early federal election in September 2018 to avoid a spate of state election campaigns, political manoeuvrings have already begun in the race for New South Wales sixth senate spot the last to be decided at the expected traditional half-Senate vote.

At the 2016 federal election, a combined 12 minor conservative orientated parties obtained over 566,000 votes or 12.6 per cent of the Senate vote in NSW.

This result demonstrates that a pathway exists for a non-Coalition conservative senator to be elected in NSW if this disaffected voting block can be unified.

Since the election, an open revolt against the Coalition-ALP established order has broken out across the state resulting from visionless leadership, adverse economic conditions, collapsing social cohesion and suffocating political correctness, especially in regional NSW where support for the Nationals appears to have collapsed.

As many voters now seek out alternative political representation, NSW is likely to become the nations first real battleground contest between Pauline Hanson and Cory Bernardi as One Nation and the Australian Conservatives enjoy surging political momentum among conservative and anti-establishment working-class voters.

The Senate seat race will be a multi-dimensional contest fought on several fronts including policy, personality, candidate selection, tactics, organisation and preference negotiations.

As both parties register with the NSW Electoral Commission, supporter groups have been meeting across the state as they build their political base and begin to plan and coordinate for the coming contest.

Based on last years election results, Hansons existing political base largely stems from northern and western rural NSW, Newcastle, the Central Coast and Western Sydney.

Bernardi, who only launched his party earlier this year, has accumulated over 4,000 financial members in NSW to date and is expected to have a natural advantage in traditional liberal strongholds of the Lower North Shore, the Northern Beaches the Southern Highlands and in Sydneys Inner West such as Parramatta.

While both are railing against the current political and policy orthodoxy, pressure is on both parties to move beyond a purely reactionary posture and provide sufficient policy detail and cut-through messaging which convinces voters of their credentials to address their policy concerns in Parliament.

Many give Bernardi a natural policy advantage on the economy, education and on key social institutions such as marriage, and yet others give Hanson an advantage on addr...


A bit harsh perhaps? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

In my last post I insinuated that the male Mistletoebird is not exactly pulling his weight when it comes to nest-building.

While at first glance this does seem to be the case, from both my observations and those in the literature, I think the story is a little more complex than suggested.

Yesterday I was watching the pair on Spring Hill Track and noted that while the female was busy adding material to the evolving nest the male was very busy keeping intruders, in the form of other male Mistletoebirds, away from the nest site. On a number of occasions I watched as he aggressively chased at least one and possibly two other males away from the area surrounding the nest site. Territorial behaviour like this is a big drain on the energy reserves of birds and perhaps this division of labour has evolved as an efficient and effective approach to breeding in this species.

Male Mistletoebird, Spring Hill Track, 25th October 2017


Desync by The Forgone Syndicate "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Release date: Early 2017
Developer: The Foregone Syndicate
Link: Steam page
Coated in the neon color schemes of 1980's cyberpunk, Desync is among the most visually striking shooters youre likely to see in 2017. Developed by Melbourne studio...

Desync by The Forgone Syndicate


Intersex Awareness Day 2017: Calls To End Forced Surgeries "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Today is Intersex Awareness Day the I in LGBTI and Australian advocates are calling for more action on intersex health issues. Intersex people are born with internal or external sex anatomy that doesnt fit typical definitions of female or male. Physical variations in intersex people can include chromosomes, internal organs and genitals. Nearly ...

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Felicity Castagnas No More Boats "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Felicity Castagna, No More Boats (Giramondo 2017)

boats.jpgIts 2001. The Tampa is all over Australian television with its burden of asylum seekers saved from drowning, alternating with John Howards uttering his infamous cry, We will decide who comes to this country and the circumstances in which they come. And one working-class migrant family in Parramatta is coming apart at the seams.

Antonio Martone came to Australia after World War Two and married Rose, an Anglo woman he met in the migrant hostel. In 2001 he is injured in a terrible accident on a building site trying to save his best friends dignity, and after decades of skilled labour is forced to retire. Francis, their son who still lives at home, works by day on the same projects as his father, though without the pride of a first-generation migrant, and he knocks around by night with a small group of partying friends. Their daughter, Clare, has lit out for the inner city where she works in a bookshop and aspires to be a writer (though as far as the family is concerned she is still a high-school teacher): She was born to these city streets, even though she wasnt really born in the city; she was made to be born here and when she walked these streets she told herself that she was. And Rose tries to keep it all together as Antonio becomes increasingly bitter and...


Watch the New Alex The Astronaut Video Not Worth Hiding "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Image Courtesy of Alex The Astronaut The video for Alex The Astronauts latest single Not Worth Hiding has just been released and its absolutely delightful. The track has become an anthem for the Marriage Equality campaign and is taken from her debut EP See You Soon. Check out the video for Not Worth Hiding here: []


LIVE REVIEW: Son Volt @ Factory Theatre, Sydney "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Son Volt,  Jason Walker, Fallon Cush @ Factory Theatre, Oct 18th, 2017 Locals Fallon Cush had a short opening slot but they made the most of it, showcasing songs from their brand new album Morning and making a strong case for them being the most in-form country-rock band in Sydney at the moment. Cascading melodies and harmonies Continue reading


Mark and Dominic "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


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Its Mark and Dominic, your local carpenter, plumbing, and renovation team.

Believe it or not, Christmas is just around the corner! If you want your new bathroom, deck, or renovation done before the festive season hits call now  - our job board is filling up.
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The AWU WA Branch paid for Bruce Wilson's rented love-shack in inner-city Melbourne - where'd the bond go Bruce? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

This episode doesn't involve a great deal of money - but it does give us an insight into Bruce Morton Wilson and the way he operated. On Monday 29 June 1992 Bruce Wilson was appointed acting Victoria Branch Secretary. On Friday 3 July he was back in Perth to get...


Labor Style Governance thanks Mal "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Lets just set the scene.

The Hon. Bill Shorten MP is the leader of the opposition. Prior to entering parliament in 2007, Mr Shorten was (principally) the national secretary of the AWU (Australian Workers Union).

The recently established Registered Organisations Commission earlier this week obtained the necessary warrants to allow the Federal Police to forcible enter the Sydney and Melbourne offices of the AWU. They were seeking documents and files around the allegation that the AWU, while under Mr Shortens leadership, donated $100,000 to GetUp! and $25,000 to Mr Shortens 2007 campaign.

It does not seem disputed that the payments to GetUp! or Mr Shortens campaign were actually made. What appears in questions is whether these payments were made within the rules of the AWU. In other words, whether the person/persons making the payments did so with the appropriate authority of the Union and further whether the donations contravened civil penalty provisions of the Australian Industrial Relations Commission Act 1996, the predecessor to the Fair Work Registered Organisations Act 2009.

To put this in another way, were such payments made by government, were they properly authorised and appropriated.  Similarly, were such payments made by business, were they made within the terms of the constitution of the company and the delegations from shareholders to directors to management.

The Hon Tanya Plibersek MP is the deputy leader of the opposition. Prior to entering parliament in 1998 at the age of 29, Ms Plibersek was:

  • Womens Officer, University of Technology, Sydney.
  • Domestic Violence Unit, NSW Ministry for the Status of Women.
  • Electorate officer.

On current trajectory, come next election, Mr Shorten will be Australias next Prime Minister and Ms Plibersek will be Australias next Deputy Prime Minister. In the event Mr Shorten is travelling, on holidays or unwell, Ms Plibersek will be Australias Acting Prime Minister.

Both Mr Shorten and Ms Plibersek were members of the Rudd-Gillard-Rudd governments, and held executive positions during parts of same.  Mr Shorten was also a key agitator for the...


Disqualified Drivers Can Now Apply to Get Their Licences Back "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Road Transport Amendment (Driver Licence Disqualification) Act came into effect on 28 October 2017, allowing certain disqualified drivers in NSW to apply to the local court for the removal of their disqualification periods. Who can apply? If you are a disqualified driver, you may apply for the removal of all disqualification periods where: Any

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Surprising Picks For This Years Russian Resurrection Film Festival "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Outside of Russia, the Russian Resurrection film festival remains the largest and most respected Russian catalogue in both Australia and New Zealand. Running in Brisbane from 1st 8th November at the Event Cinemas in the Myer Centre in Brisbanes CBD, this years line-up will serve 14 select titles throughout, as well as celebrating the ...

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Cheers to an exceptional drop "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The results are in from the 2017 Bendigo Bank Geelong Wine Show, with Oakdene Vineyards receiving the Vinvicta Products Trophy for Most Successful Exhibitor.
The local winery scored three gold, one silver and seven bronze medals.
But it was the 2016 Lizs chardonnay that grabbed the Seguin Moreau Trophy for the Best Chardonnay and the 2016 Petas pinot noir with the Black Salt Trophy for Best Pinot Noir, that took the results to the next level.
Winemakers Robin Brockett and Marcus Holt worked alongside the team in the vineyard to produce fruit of such exceptional quality.
All of these award winning wines are now available (including the newly released 2016 Lizs Chardonnay) from the cellar door and our website.

Gold Medals
2016 Oakdene Single Vineyard Lizs Chardonnay.
2016 Oakdene Single Vineyard Petas Pinot Noir.
2016 Oakdene Shiraz.

Silver Medal
2015 Oakdene Yvette Vintage Sparkling.

Bronze Medals
Oakdene NV Sparkling Brut.
2017 Oakdene Rose.
2016 Oakdene Chardonnay.
2017 Oakdene Sauvignon Blanc.
2016 Oakdene Pinot Noir.
2016 Oakdene Single Vineyard William Shiraz.
2015 Oakdene Bernards Cabernets.

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Gig deal sounds fantastic "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Ocean Grove will host the International Americana Music Festival, the first of its kind to ever hit the town.
The gig will feature three international artists from Canada, Ireland and Australia.
The idea first came about through a chance meeting between two of the artists Ocean Groves own Gallie and Liam Gerner.
Both were touring the US at the time and happened to be put on the same bill at the International Folk Conference in Kansas.
After the show over a few soothing beers, a very rough plan was hatched to gig again back home.
They teamed up with Canadian duo Twin Peaks and thats where the International Americana Festival was born.
Gallie is critically acclaimed songwriter from Ireland, but now lives in Ocean Grove. In fact all three artists have acclaimed albums under their belts and have been touring the world for years.
This show will sell out so get in quick. Go to to book.
The gig is at the Piping Hot Chicken Shop and Burger Grill on 10 November. Music starts at 8pm sharp which each act performing for about 50 minutes.

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Defence Force Stands Up For Transgender Troops After Criticism "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Vice Chief of the Australian Defence Force has stood up for the countrys transgender troops amid a hysterical debate over their gender reassignment surgery. Politicians including Pauline Hanson, Cory Bernardi and Liberal MP Andrew Hastie seized on a report by News Corp last week that more than $1 million had been spent on 17 ...

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Victims Of Azerbaijans Anti-Gay Crackdown Speak Out "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Two men have spoken out about an alleged crackdown on the LGBTI community in the European country of Azerbaijan. One of the men, who remained anonymous, said he was detained for nine days and tortured. They gave me electric shocks, he said in an interview with Radio Free Europe. They beat me with a stick ...

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WATCH: Aboriginal Elder Harold Hunt Backs Marriage Equality "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Respected Aboriginal elder Harold Hunt OAM has given his support to the marriage equality yes campaign. In a new video by the Equality Campaign, the 91-year-old says hes faced discrimination as an Aboriginal man, and wants to see all Australians treated equally. Ive experienced racism all the way through I was treated as different because ...

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Brisbane Public Transport Has Decreased in Cost and more Zedlines... "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Public transport fares in Brisbane have decreased by 11.3 per cent in the past year, however, other major cities across Australia are dealing with an increase in costs. (Image Resource: Wikimedia Commons)

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics the costs of the public transports has increased by 4 per cent in Melbourne, 3.8 per cent in Perth, 6.4 per cent in Sydney, 2.2 per cent in Adelaide and 3 per cent in Hobart.

Deputy Premier and Transport Minister Jackie Trad said the Palaszczuk governments Fairer Fares program influenced Queenslands drop in public transport costs.


City cycle scheme $12.8 million in the red


Anger at Byron Councils treatment of the BEC "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Volunteers outside the Byron Environment Centre rotunda that was fenced of yesterday, with no notice, by Byron Council. Photo supplied.

Volunteers outside the Byron Environment Centre rotunda that was fenced of yesterday, with no notice, by Byron Council. Photo supplied.



Byron Shire mayor Simon Richardson has apologised on behalf of Council to the Byron Bay Town Centre Masterplan Leadership Group, the Byron Environment Centre and the Byron Bay Artisan Market Managers-and in fact the wider community for our failure to communicate over the eviction of the Byron Environment Centre and the general maintenance of Railway Park that led to the erection of wire fencing around the BEC.  He told Echonetdaily that the wire fencing will be removed by tomorrow.

The mayor has asked for a meeting with the BEC saying that For many years it was a vibrant, powerful, organised and extremely active organisation and I am really keen to see how it can be assisted to be so again, including working out the best space it needs and the best location.

Our ongoing communication break downs are  too regular when easily solvable and I am very frustrated at the lack of  simple, proactive engagement that could be done to allay fears, respectfully discuss issues with stakeholders and restore faith in the organisation by the community it is auspiced to represent. We can and must communicate with our community better.

Echonetdaily is waiting for further responses regarding the removal of a 25m gum.

Original report: Confusion and anger are being expressed at the treatment of the Byron Environment Centre (BEC), the community members of the Byron Bay master plan team (BBMPT) and councillors after the Byron Shire Council sent a letter to the BEC on October 16, saying ...


MACKAY News Headlines for Mackay & the Whitsundays, 26th October 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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News Headlines for Mackay & the Whitsundays, 26th October 2017

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MACKAY Crocodile was spotted at Harbour Beach yesterday "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

MACKAY October 26, 2017 at 05:41AM ,

Crocodile was spotted at Harbour Beach yesterday

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Mackay residents are calling on the Council to install swimming enclosures after a 2 and a half metre long crocodile was spotted at Harbour Beach

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MACKAY Former truck driver faces four charges "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Former truck driver faces four charges

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Hodgetts case was mentioned by defence solicitor Antoinette Morton, Fisher Dore Lawyers, in Mackay Magistrates Court on Wednesday. Ms Morton

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MACKAY Shoal Point teen faces court on long list of charges "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

MACKAY October 26, 2017 at 07:22AM ,

Shoal Point teen faces court on long list of charges

October 26, 2017 at 07:22AM ,

Caitlin Schimke, 17, fronted Mackay Magistrates Court on Wednesday on the charges which also include stealing, shoplifting, possessing tainted

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QLD federal redistribution draft released "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Ive been quite busy recently and hadnt had time to deal with the recent draft released for the Queensland federal redistribution.

To be honest its the least interesting redistribution Ive encountered in the nine years I have written for this blog. Queensland is maintaining its 30 federal electorates after a series of rapid redistributions which repeatedly increased its seat numbers. Twelve electorates were left entirely untouched, and most of the others underwent very minor changes.

Antony Green has analysed the boundaries and made estimates for the electoral boundaries. No seat flipped party, although a few have a changed margin.

You can now download my boundary map for this draft proposal.

I have also recently updated a number of other maps: the final Tasmanian federal map, the final NSW local government boundaries as of 2017, and the New Zealand electoral map updated to reflect the results of the 2017 election. You can download them all from the maps page.


The Next Mining Super Cycle is Extremely Close "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Sheesh! If you think Australias construction boom is something, check out the latest news from the Middle East. Bloomberg says the Saudi Crown Prince wants to spend US$500 billion to throw up a new city.

Yep thats billion with a b.

Not only that, the city will be more liberal than traditional Saudi society and operate under separate laws.

Will action follow the talk? Who knows? Theres definitely some sort of shift coming out of Saudi Arabia, or the Crown Prince at least.

The sceptic will wonder if Saudi Arabia will actually follow through on this. One thing nobody doubts is whether it will have the money do it if the public float of part of Saudi Aramco the national oil company goes ahead.

That would allow the country to spend $500 billion and have change left over.

Theres some serious money washing around the world. This makes me bullish

The fantasy of low inflation will be shattered

Even Australias $130 billion Future Fund has 18% of its portfolio in cash.

I dont envy their task of trying to find somewhere to put it. The bigger you are, the less nimble.

And the bond market the traditional hunting ground for a fund like that yields nothing over most of the world.

The central bank says theres low inflation. Of course, anyone living pay cheque to pay cheque knows thats complete BS.

Ask any prospective homebuyer in Melbourne, for example. Land values rose 20% in the last year alone.

Theres also the major problem of the natural resource market right in front of us.

Commodity prices are going to go a lot higher. Inflation is going to unleash on the worlds fixed income market like the proverbial fox in the hen house.

Since taking over The Daily Reckoning in April, Ive made the case that theres a second mining boom coming.

Everything Ive seen since has confirmed this. But research out of Goldman Sachs might have even taken it up a notch

The team there says theres another super cycle up ahead. It doesnt take Albert Einstein to see why.

Spending on exploration has touched a 30-year low. Thats going to become a problem when the existing mining operations are old and rundown.

Apparently, 60% of the worlds top 100 mines were built last century.

Those reserves have been run down for a long time now. Goldman Sachs had a nifty way of summing this up actually. The last mining...


Greening the Apocalypse - 24 October 2017 - Art in a heat wave, with climate scientist Andrew King and Refuge organiser Tara Prowse "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

On 11 November, Arts House will transform the North Melbourne Town Hall into an Emergency Relief Centre. The project is called Refuge, and we're joined by Arts House producer Tara Prowse to discuss this collaboration between artists, emergency services and the public. The theme of Refuge this year is heat waves, and to tell us how Melbourne and Australia will be effected by heat and other extreme weather events in the future we're joined by storm chaser and Melbourne University climate scientist Andrew King.

(Photo by MusikAnimal licensed CC BY-SA 4.0)


Stop Adani campaigners to converge on Tweed council "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The national day of action against Adani at Cabarita. (supplied)

The national day of action against Adani at Cabarita. (supplied)

Stop Adani campaigners from across the region will be converging on the Tweed Shire Council meeting tonight in support of a motion from mayor Katie Milne.

Cr Milne has lodged a notice of motion that includes calling for a report on whether the council can restrict dealings with companies associated with the proposed Adani coal mine.

A nationwide campaign is currently under way to stop Adanis Carmichael coal mine in the Galilee Basin in Queensland.

Cr Milnes motion notes that an event was held at Cabarita and other places around Australia on 7 October in support of farmers directly affected and the wider communities concerns over the proposed mine.

The motion also notes that the plan to extract 2.3 billion tonnes of coal from Adanis planned mine, which would result in 4.6 billion tonnes of CO2 emissions, along with the extraction of billions of tonnes of groundwater from the Galilee Basin, and the potential for pollution of this groundwater source.

Sophia Fletcher will perform a song during the public access session. (supplied)

Sophia Fletcher will perform a song during the public access session. (supplied)

She wants the council to write to the Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk to express in the most respectful terms our extreme concern for the Adani mine.

Opponents of the Adani project will be gathering in the public gallery of the council chambers for the community access session at 4.30pm. The council meeting begins at 5.15pm.

Organisers expect that the public gallery will be filled with a sea of red-clad supporters of the notice of motion  being put up by Cr Milne.

As part of the action, local singer/songwriter Sophia Fletcher will be giving a performance during the public access session.



The post...


Attack on GetUp and the Australian Workers Union is a set up "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Contributed by Ugly

The raid on the Melbourne and Sydney of the Australian Workers Union is a disgrace that has the stink of a hatched government plot, to use a strong arm to deflect attention from its own failures.

Thanks to an error made by someone in the minister Michaelia Cashs office, it is known that the raid was known about before it took place and it looks like the media was deliberately notified for the purposes of a photo shoot.

The error was not in doing it, but in admitting that it has happened.

It is a direct violation of what is supposed to be a separation between government and the forces of the law and some serious questions need to be answered. If these answers are not forthcoming, the minister and her government must be held to account for what can only be described as a gross violation of democratic rights.

As it is, the targeted union is being tried by media. This is not the first time this has occurred, and it is a sad commentary on the degeneration of the Australian political process in recent times.

Senator Cash has been exposed as a liar, after having denied any prior knowledge, before undeniable proof that this is unlikely was put before her.

She had to back down by saying:  I have just been advised that, without my knowledge, one staff member in my office in the course of discussions with journalists indicated that he had received information that a raid may take place.

This is not good enough. The incident deserves a thorough public investigation. Without this, people are going to rightly consider that a cover up is taking place.

Whether one is for them or not, it doesnt take all that much to realise that a desperate attempt to smear Bill Shorten and the Labor Party is taking place.

It also throws into relief the effort being made to destroy GetUp, by creating a picture that ties in the accusation that the organisation is a political tool being used by Shorten and Labor, not on the back of evidence, but by creating a media.

The second violation of democratic rights that has occurred is that the charge is made first and then action is taken to make sure it sticks. It is a reversal of just and fair legal process that created a very dangerous precedent.

The Australian Workers Union was selected because Bill Shorten was once its secretary.

GetUp is being attacked and had its office raided as well, because of its campaigns have proved to be a thorn in the governments side. To run these campaigns, it receives donations from many places. This does not compromise its independence.

To suggest otherwise is to target all organisations that rely on public donations.

The union....


Nationals dinosaurs need to be booted from Lismore: Greens "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Stop Adani rally at Byron Bay's Main Beach made a clear point. Photo Orion Sturch

The Stop Adani rally at Byron Bays Main Beach made a clear point. Photo Orion Sturch

The NSW National Partys support for the controversial Adani coal-mine in Queensland and rejection of renewable energy could cost it the seat of Lismore at the next state election, according to the NSW Greens.

NSW Greens resources spokesman Jeremy Buckingham has launched a stinging attack on the Nationals after NSW Roads Minister Melinda Pavey yesterday criticised the Lismore City Council for considering a ban on contractors that work on the Adani mine.

Ms Paveys Lismore visit followed a poll commissioned by the Nature Conservation Council that found if the Nationals wanted to retain Lismore at the next election they should put forward a candidate wholl put climate change high on the agenda and push the rapid shift to renewables.

The poll, published in the Sydney Morning Herald this week,  showed the Nationals primary vote at 32.8 per cent, Labor on 23.9 per cent and the Greens on 22 per cent. One Nation is on 6.8 per cent, others on 5.6 per cent and nine per cent are undecided.

The Nationals primary vote is significantly lower than the 42.4 per cent secured by current MP Thomas George at the 2015 election, in which he nudged out Greens hopeful Adam Guise with a margin of just 0.2 per cent.

On a two-party preferred basis, the poll has Labor leading the Nationals by 57 per cent to 43 per cent, based on preferences stated by the 753 residents surveyed earlier this month.

Mr Buckingham said the National Party was out of touch with the community of Lismore and the Northern Rivers, and wrong on the Adani coal mine issue

Lismore Council should be congratulated for considering a ban on contractors that work with the Adani company on their climate destroying coal mine, Mr Buckingham said.

The Adani mine is a national issue that represents a line in the sand on climate change.  It is entirely appropriate for a local council, representing a community that cares about the environment and wants to protect the climate, to take real and meaningful action.

Melinda Pav...


Its Time for Politicians to Implement Sensible Policies: An Interview with Nevena Spirovska "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The ACT government made a forward thinking move in September by approving the countrys first pill testing trial at a music festival. But a few weeks later, organisers of the Spilt Milk festival said they were unable to continue with the trial because those running the pill testing service hadnt provided the correct documentation. The

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Crossbow, cannabis and fireworks found in Whian Whian search "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A 28-year-old Whian Whian man will appear in the Lismore Local Court today after police found cannabis, a crossbow and fireworks during a search yesterday.

During the search of the Whian Whian address police allegedly located ten 30 gram bags of cannabis and a set of scales.

Police from the Richmond Target Action Group then found a hydroponic cannabis grow room and a locked and secret part of the house.

A crossbow and six bolts were also located.

In a downstairs area police found more cannabis growing, a bucket full of cannabis and fireworks, and another ten cannabis plants growing outside.

Police said they seized 67 cannabis plants and 3.5 kilos of cannabis.

The man was taken to the Lismore Police Station where he was refused bail after being charged with enhanced indoor cultivation of cannabis for commercial purposes, cultivating a prohibited plant, supply, possession and two counts of possessing a prohibited weapon.

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Why GumshoeNews Does Not Advocate Fair and Balanced Reporting "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The media are waiting when the plainclothes Australian Federal Police arrive (photo AAP, Julian Smith)

by Dee McLachlan

Mainstream media personnel are no more than political lackeys and this includes, of course, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC). In my young days in South Africa, during the apartheid regime (which ended in 1990), the press was censored and dictated to by government. How is that different from Oz today?

The Media Henchmen

We can refer to some journalists as media henchmen. Workplace Relations Minister, Senator Michaelia Cash, has admitted that her staff tipped off journalists ahead of raids by the Australian Federal Police (AFP) on the Australian Workers Union (AWU) headquarters in Sydney and Melbourne.

Huffpost writes,

The revelation has fueled Labor...


Communities have their say on flood response "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A flooded Lismore received a drenching from the tail end of Tropical Cyclone Debbie. AAP Image/Dave Hunt

A flooded Lismore received a drenching from the tail end of Tropical Cyclone Debbie. AAP Image/Dave Hunt

Communities across the Northern Rivers have had their say on the management of the flood that devastated the region in March and most of it was not good.

A report released yesterday details the responses from residents who turned up to community forums organised by the NSW SES Richmond Tweed region.

The most significant and constant theme from all forums was the need for specific local knowledge to be integrated into an accurate picture, in combination with agency and BOM data and communicated back to community members, the report, which was prepared by independent facilitators, said.

Many people were critical that information shared on ABC radio and by the SES on television, radio and social media channels was often too general to be useful in terms of decision-making.

Other concerns included the impacts of the built environment, insurance coverage and definitions of flood, storm, and deluge, concerns regarding accuracy and timeliness of flood gauge readings, and maintenance of waterways, culverts etc to decrease risk.

In findings similar to those reached by the Lismore Citizens Review, a concern repeated across the region was that official information being used by the SES and the Bureau of Meteorology was sometimes less accurate than local assessments.

People complained of warnings being issued too late, not reaching some communities and not giving specific information about risks and evacuation centres.

There was also a concern that the wording of warnings was too extreme, forceful or causing panic.

Another concern expressed at every forum was the trauma caused by rubber-neckers as the flood receded.

Every community expressed concern that people coming to look at the damage rather than help, got in the way and further traumatised the community, the report said.

On a positive note, residents who turned out to forums showed a great deal of interest in creating community and neighbourhood groups to work with the SES to plan readiness, warning and response actions at a n...


Genius art guy "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

I should do a little gallery one day of all the art work I've had done for me by Will Heavey. I found him via 99 Designs and was so pleased with the early stuff he did for me that I just kept commissioning him. I should really get a few fallback designers for when he gets too busy and famous for me, but the whole process is so easy with Will that I can never quite bring myself to send the work anywhere else.

His latest cover is a great example.

A couple of years ago I wrote a novella for Steve Stirling's anthology The Change. Took Fifi, Jules and Pete, moved them out of the Disappearance storyline, and into Steve's Emberverse. It worked really well.

Decent fellow that he is, Lord Stirling had no probs with me eventually self publishing the story as a standalone. The question of cover art arose and I asked Will if he could give me something that spoke in the design language of Steve's series, while being something all of its own.

I think he did well.

Behold, Fifi, Pete and Jules in the cannibal realm of Sydney.

Most of you will have had the email about the book's release. But if you haven't, it's on sale for 99c for a couple of days.


Students To Protest Sydney Uni Funnelling Young Women Into Charlies Web "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Sydney University students have launched a petition and have called a snap rally for 1pm today on the lawns outside the new law school to demand the University stop promoting jobs at prominent barrister Charles Waterstreets chambers in Sydney. It follows explosive revelations published by New Matilda on Tuesday, that Sydney University law student, Tina Huang had experienced serious sexual harassment by Waterstreet, who allegedly showed her images of nude women and a masturbation video during a job interview. Waterstreet denies the allegations. Anna Hush, Sydney Universitys 2016 Womens Officer explains why students are angry.

Charles Waterstreet is the flamboyant darling of the Sydney criminal law scene. Hes also an old boy of Sydney University, with a storied history from his time at college.

In the 1960s he attended St Johns College at Sydney University for one year, after which he was reportedly expelled and excommunicated by Cardinal Gilroy. Reflecting on his time at Johns in The Age, he wrote: When men are gathered together in living quarters as boys, when their hormones are raging against the night, fuelled by Fosters and unlimited liquor, in an atmosphere that winks at shows of bravado and rebellion, then the consequences are predictable. Someone is bound to go too far because the boundaries are so blurred.

Ah, those familiar blurred lines.

For what else is a boy to do, when his hormones are raging and the beer is freely flowing?

In his memoir, he writes jovially about spying on nurses at the adjacent hospital as they undressed after their shifts (calling it a vital part of a freshers duty). Waterstreet also fondly recalls having kissed the bottom of every girl at Womens [College, a female dormitory], running from room to room flinging the bedclothes off and lifting their nightdresses up and plastering a wet one.


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And what better way to show off your bravado and rebellion than by entering womens rooms during the night and removing their clothes without their consent?

Waterstreet refers to this incident as a mere stunt. For the college women, however, this would be a terrifying invasion of privacy. One also wonders how safe they would f...


PTUA welcomes extra Night Coach services "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Public Transport Users Association (PTUA) has welcomed the governments announcement of extra Night Coach services for regional Victoria.

Passengers on the Ballarat and Bendigo lines will benefit from new Night Coaches leaving Melbourne around 1am, in addition to the existing coaches which leave around 2am. This fills a gap of approximately 2 hours in the existing timetables, between the last train leaving around midnight and the Night Coach leaving around 2am. The Geelong lines last train is around 1am, so the new Night Coaches to Ballarat and Bendigo will cater to a similar crowd.

The PTUA has previously advocated for a service leaving around 1am, and is extremely pleased that the government has decided to introduce these services in addition to the existing 2am coaches.

For passengers heading in the other direction, there will be extra Night Coach services from Bendigo, Seymour and Traralgon, all timed to arrive in Melbourne around 12:40am. These services also fill a large hole in the timetable, making it possible to stay in these regional centres later into the evening.

PTUA Ballarat Branch Convener Ben Lever praised the governments announcement, saying this would provide more flexibility to passengers wanting to travel to and from Melbourne on weekends.

The extra services to Ballarat and Bendigo fill a real hole in the current timetable between midnight and 2am. For many people, the midnight train means they have to leave the party too early, and the 2am coach gets them home too late so the 1am coach should be very popular.

The Geelong lines last train leaves around 1am, so these new Night Coaches will give Ballarat and Bendigo passengers the same opportunities as Geelong passengers to socialise and attend events in Melbourne.

The services from Bendigo, Seymour and Traralgon to Melbourne will also serve a real need.

In many regional towns and cities, the latest train to Melbourne on a Saturday night is very early in most cases before 9:30pm, and on the Traralgon line before 7pm! This means that if you want to visit one of these regional centres to attend an event, or even just have dinner, you currently have to spend the night which is a big deterrent for many people. These Night Coach services will make it easier for Melburnians to experience all that regional Victoria has to offer, and head home to their own beds afterwards.

The new services will also come in handy for regional Victorians...


Increased fire frequency is changing snow gum forest structure "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Mountain Journal has often reported on the impacts of climate change enhanced fire seasons on the mountains of Australia and, in particular, on plant species.

The iconic mountain species of the mainland, the Snow Gum (Eucalyptus pauciflora), has been hammered in recent decades by multiple fires, often with small gaps between fires.

MJ previously reported on work carried out by researchers from Melbourne University who found that over 90% of the Victorian distribution of snow gums has been burned at least once since 2003. What is of greater concern though, is that each of the large fires of the last 15 years has overlapped to some extent, leaving thousands of hectares of snow gums burned by wildfire twice, and sometimes three times.

They went on to say that higher incidences of bushfires, which are likely due to climate change, are devastating for the usually fire-tolerant snow gums of southern Australia.

It confirms what had previously been expected: that in areas of snow gum woodland that had experienced high-severity wildfires between 2003 and 2013:

proportions of top-killed E. pauciflora stems were significantly higher, and densities of live basal resprouts significantly lower, at sites burned two or three times compared to once burned or unburned sites. Clump death increased to 50% of individuals at sites burned by three short-interval wildfires, which led to changes in live tree patchiness, as indicated by nearest-neighbour indices. Increased tree mortality was not offset by seedling recruitment, which was significantly lower at the twice- and thrice-burned sites relative to single-burn sites.

That is, the more frequent and intense the fire, the greater the death rate of trees, lower numbers of new trees growing from seed (although they note that this varies from site to site) and a shift in the understorey from shrubs to grasses.

The article is called Frequent wildfires erode tree persistence and alter stand structure and initial composition of a fire-tolerant sub-alpine forest.

A summary of the...


Watch the New Matt Boylan-Smith Video We Can Be Together "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Image Courtesy of Matt Boylan-Smith Sydney-based singer-songwriter Matt Boylan-Smith launched his brand new single We Can Be Together earlier this month, and now it has a video to go along with it. The track was produced by Jeff Martin (The Tea Party) and is written about Boylan-Smiths experiences growing up in the Blue Mountains. Check []


Michael Martin guilty of murdering his father "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Michael Martin Jnr (pictured) has been found guilty of his father's murder. Photo Nine News

Michael Martin Jnr (pictured) has been found guilty of his fathers murder. Photo Nine News

Michael Phillip Martin has been found guilty of the attempted murder and subsequent brutal death of his father with a samurai sword at Murwillumbah in 2014 to cash in on more than $2.5 million in life insurance.

During an eight week trial before the Lismore Supreme Court the 12 person jury heard the then 25-year-old took out three life insurance policies in his fathers name in 2014, shortly after rekindling their relationship.

The jury heard how Martin jnr suffered an abusive and traumatic upbringing at the hands of his father Michael Anthony Martin.

A key piece of evidence in the crown case against the 28-year-old was a nine page confession letter Martin jnr had written to his wife Candace, which was found by police in his desk at Somerset Regional Council.

Crown prosecutor Brendan Campbell argued that Martin jnr was referring to killing his father to get the life insurance when he wrote of a bright idea in the letter.

Money got tighter and we had another bright idea to free our lives up more, Martin jnr wrote.

You and I would finally be able to have the things in life we ever wanted.

25 years of torture from these people led me to do the unthinkable.

I let myself lose control and it scared me.

Not at what I did but the mere fact that the animal side got the better of me.

Under cross examination by Mr Campbell, Martin jnr told the court the letter was how psychologists had advised him to express his thoughts on paper.

Another piece of evidence that tied Martin jnr to the crime was a Bunnings receipt for all the murder equipment, including disinfectant, gloves and cloth tape, purchased the day before the murder.

The jury found Martin jnr guilty of attempted murder and inflicting grievous bodily harm with intent, over the attack on Mr Martin snr and his friend Edmund Manning, at his Quarry Road unit on the night of April 6.

Mr Martin snr spent almost two months in hospital recovering from the April attack, only to pay the ultimate price.

Preparing to help his father move from the East Murwillumbah unit, Martin jnr told police he was woken at 3a...

Wednesday, 25 October


Manus Island refugees fear for lives "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A trip to the supermarket can be an exercise in dicing with death on Manus Island, according to a new report.

An Iranian asylum seeker claims to have been attacked by local men who left him unconscious after fracturing his skull with a metal rod as they robbed him of his mobile phone and money.

He was flown to Brisbane for treatment.

The incident is highlighted in a report by Human Rights Watch, which interviewed 40 refugees and asylum seekers who live at the Manus Island immigration detention centre or in the community.

The detention centre is slated for closure on Tuesday and more than 600 people are refusing to leave over safety fears.

The report claims young intoxicated local men have been robbing and attacking refugees and asylum seekers using sticks, machetes, rocks, knives and screwdrivers.

A Bangladeshi asylum seeker claimed a man put a knife to his throat when he went to the nearby Lorengau township to buy a chicken.

He required medical evacuation to Port Moresby.

A Rohingya refugee from Burma told the rights group he was too scared to leave the detention centre compound.

The locals have no understanding of people from other countries, he said.

We are walking around in nice clean clothes with mobile phones. The locals dont know what it means to be a refugee. They only know we are prisoners. They were told we are bad people.

The report says refugees have stopped informing police because incidents are not investigated or they are arrested for disturbing local people.

The Australian government insists arrangements are in place to accommodate all refugees and asylum seekers at nearby Lorengau after Tuesday.

Services including mental health services will continue to be provided at the alternative accommodation.
The immigration department has previously insisted any allegations of refugees and asylum seekers being victims of crime on Manus Island are a matter for the PNG police and government.

The post Manus Island refugees fear for lives appeared first on Echonetdaily.


Medicinal cannabis forum set for Brisbane "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A workshop in Brisbane on Thursday will update people on medicinal cannabis. (file pic)

A workshop in Brisbane on Thursday will update people on medicinal cannabis.
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A Queensland mother whose ill son became the first person in the state to be given the right to medicinal cannabis will address a forum on drugs policy.

Lanai Carters son Lindsay, 19, has a brain tumour and suffers from epilepsy.

He was recommended cannabis oil and dried flowers as part of his treatment by doctors in the US, but the family has not been able to obtain the same product in Australia.

Thats due to the complexities of importation laws, production licences and the availability of supplies and it has left Ms Carter worried about the treatment available for her son.

At Lady Cilento Childrens Hospital a trial using CBD cannabinoid products is underway, but research from Israel shows oils containing THC work better for people with epilepsy and brain tumours, Ms Carter said.

Theyre already starting to narrow what can be prescribed, she told AAP.

Its very frustrating.

Ms Carter said some states in the US had an effective, tailored approach to medicinal cannabis and fears Australian regulators will create a less effective pharmaceutical method with a limited range of products.

The compassionate access available to a very limited number of pediatric epilepsy patients, 30 in this state, which has cost taxpayers $6 million, is only supplying a single-molecule product, she said.

(It) has had limited success compared with full plant extracts, which include the full spectrum of cannabinoids.

Ms Carter and Dr Alex Wodak are due to speak on the issue at a forum in Brisbane on Thursday evening.

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Ministers standing by embattled Cash "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Turnbull government is resisting Labor calls for the resignation of cabinet minister Michaelia Cash after she admitted to misleading a Senate committee.

Instead the government is blaming a serious lapse of judgement by her senior media adviser for the minister wrongly telling the committee none of her staff informed journalists about federal police raids on the Sydney and Melbourne offices of the Australian Workers Union on Tuesday.

Labor says Senator Cashs later explanation, in which she continued to deny prior knowledge of the raids, defied belief.

The government on Thursday sent out senior ministers Christopher Pyne and Christian Porter to defend their cabinet colleague and dismiss calls for her resignation.

We are not going to be lectured by the Labor Party about the Westminster system of government, Mr Pyne told reporters in Canberra.

The reality is Michaelia Cash told the Senate the truth and as soon as she found out shed been misled, she corrected the record.

Mr Porter said Senator Cash did not knowingly mislead parliament.

Michaelia Cash says that she did not know about the actions of her staff, she is absolutely to be believed, he told ABC TV.

Labor is not convinced.

Michaelia Cash has to go and the prime minister is up to his neck in this, opposition frontbencher Tony Burke told Sky News on Thursday.

He said Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull either didnt ask or knew not to quiz Senator Cash and adviser David de Garis about the tip-off when he met with them on Wednesday.

Michaelia Cash misled the Senate five times on what she herself said was a very serious allegation that she was offended to hear, Mr Burke said.

Were meant to believe her office watched her do that and didnt tell her what happened.

Crossbench senator Nick Xenophon is prepared to take Senator Cash at her word.

In my dealings with Senator Cash shes always been pretty straight up and down with me, he told ABC radio, adding the Labor call for her resignation was not reasonable.

But he said an independent inquiry was needed to determine how information about the raids was leaked.

The Australian Federal Police raided the AWU offices after the Registered Organisations Commission gaineda warrant from a magistrate amid concerns documents could be destroyed.

Following a referral by Senator Cash, the commission has been investigating the legitimacy of the AWUs $100,000 donation to activist group GetUp! in 2005 when Labor leader Bill Shorten ran the union.

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Bangalow the latest town to oppose paid parking "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Parking meters are soon to be installed in Byron Street, Bangalow. File photo

Parking meters are soon to be installed in Byron Street, Bangalow. File photo

With Bangalow paid parking to be rolled out at the beginning of 2018, the towns chamber of commerce says it vehemently opposes the plan as it will have a negative impact on local businesses.

President Joanna Millar has echoed the concerns of the Brunswick Heads chamber, claiming that in an effort to raise revenue, the council ignored its own traffic report recommendations that time restrictions be the first option, not paid parking.

Millar says the report by consultants MR Cagney acknowledged that there were no appreciable congestion issues in Bangalow and that people hadnt been denied access to the village by car.

Even the RMS, within its paid-parking guidelines, talks about paid parking as a final option. It says it is necessary to ensure that paid parking is not introduced solely as a revenue-raising device.

Ms Millar said while revenue for a cash-strapped council seems to be a major motivation for rushing in paid parking, the negative impact on businesses has not been considered.

Shoppers who dont have permits will be forced to front money, and the right change, for paid parking. We believe this will have a detrimental effect on trade and put even more pressure on businesses that are already under the strain of sky-high rents and a difficult retail period.

Adding a $4 fee to the cost of a cup of coffee or a haircut will make many think twice about patronising our businesses. Studies elsewhere show a 40 per cent downturn in trade when paid parking was introduced.

Millar added that there was little confidence that the council would honour its promise to divert money from paid parking into local projects such as pavement repair.

She also questioned why ratepayers should have to front even more money for a parking permit for basic infrastructure such as roads and footpaths. She added the chamber, local businesses and the Bangalow Community Action Alliance, which consists of 15 community groups, w...


Youngsters step up "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Competing in the Korumburra versus Phillip Island A Grade match at Korumburra on Saturday were James Sage, and Belinda Whiteside of Korumburra and Suzie Jacobs and Nicole Walker of Phillip Island. M394317

Ben White of Phillip Island gets ready to return serve at Korumburra on Saturday. M404317

THE weather was cold and drizzly this week. There were close matches in Sections 1 and 2 with quite a few fill-ins.
Koony and Leongatha North had the close game in Section 1.
There were young players in both teams. Well done to these players enabling everyone to play and enjoy the game.
The other two matches had the same score. Inverloch winning seven sets against Leongatha and Phillip Island doing the same against Korumburra, both winning by quite a few games.
Two close games in Section 2. Leongatha Green won by six games but Leongatha Gold got the five sets. Outtrim winners by five games against Koonwarra even though Koonwarra won five sets. Baromi won well against Korumburra. Hallston and Berrys Creek called a wash out after arriving at the courts.
In Section 3, Leongatha Nadal won by 20 games and Leongatha Federer by 18 games. The Leongatha teams have started the season well. Mardan and Baromi will get the teams to combine better as the season progresses.
Has your club paid their affiliation fee? It is now overdue!
SECTION 1: Koonwarra 5.57 defeated Leongatha North 4.45, Inverloch 7.64 defeated Leongatha 2.37, Phillip Island 7.64 defeated Korumburra 2.37.
Ladder: Phillip Island 22, Inverloch 22, Korumburra 20, Koonwarra 16, Leongatha North 14, Leongatha 5.
SECTION 2: Outtrim 4.59 defeated Koonwarra 5.54, Baromi 8.69 defeated Korumburra 1.39, Leongatha Green 4.58 defeated Leongatha Gold 5.52, Hallston v Berrs Creek washed out.
Ladder: Berrys Creek 24.5, Koonwarra 21, Baromi 21, Hallston 20.5, Outtrim 17, Leongatha Gold 10, Leongatha Green 10, Korumburra 8.
SECTION 3: Leongatha Nadal...


Ten People Face Court Over Efforts to Stop Adanis Dangerous Coal Mine "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

from Frontline Action

Bowen, 24th October: Ten people will face court in Bowen and Townsville today for participating in peaceful civil disobedience to stop mining giant Adani building their mega coal mine in Central Queensland.

Three people are facing charges of failure to move on after they peacefully occupied Adanis Townsville Headquarters, five people are facing trespass charges for blockading the road into Adanis Abbot Point coal port and two women are facing railway interference charges after they blocked the rail line into the port.

Speaking about why he occupied Adanis offices, grandfather and former business-man Garry Kelly said:

I must do whatever I can to ensure my children and grandchildren arent forced to endure a future that has been wrecked by the corporate greed of the fossil fuel industry.

Joel Rosenzveig who occupied Adanis headquarters said:

The approval of and taxpayer loan to the Adani mine speaks to a corrupt, impotent and irrelevant political class wholly compromised by the fossil fuel lobby. I stand by my actions in Townsville, but regret that they seem the only avenue left in helping to protect our national interest. I hope that history will reveal who are the real criminals in this struggle.

Emma Briggs, who blocked the rail line into Abbot Point, said:

Australia and the world cannot afford to allow Adanis coal mine to go ahead and it has been left to the ordinary citizens of this country to show our leaders the way forward to a sustainable existence on this planet.

John Ross, a nurseryman from Coramba, near Coffs Harbour, said:

India and the world do not need or want Adanis coal and the majority of Australians do not want this disastrous mine. I am...


Australian-Made 3D-Printed Sternum and Rib Cage Implanted Into NY Patient "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

ZDNet reports:

An Australian-made 3D-printed sternum and rib cage has successfully been implanted into a 20-year-old New York patient who had been diagnosed with a rare bone cancer, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) announced on Thursday.[that's a week ago]

The 3D-printed titanium and polymer sternum and rib cage was produced by the CSIRO in partnership with Melbourne-based medical device company Anatomics.

The patient, Penelope Heller, had to have her sternum removed after being diagnosed with chondrosarcoma in 2014. While the cancer was successfully removed, Heller's replacement sternum and rib cage that was developed using off-the-shelf solutions made post-operation life painful.

[...] The organisation claims it is the first time this technology has been used in the United States.

[...] The CSIRO and Anatomics had previously partnered to produce sternum and rib cage prosthetics for a 54-year-old sarcoma patient in Spain in 2015...Once the prosthetics were made, it was sent to Spain and implanted into the patient. 12 days after the surgery, the patient was discharged and recovered well, the CSIRO then said.

[...] That operation followed on from the production of a 3D-printed titanium heel bone that prevented an Australian cancer patient from having his leg amputated in 2014.

[...] A 61-year-old British man received 3D-printed titanium and polymer sternum in 2016 after his sternum was removed due to a rare infection. The CSIRO said it was the first time a titanium sternum combined with a synthetic polymer has been used to replace bone, cartilage, and tissue in a patient.

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Forever French with a Queen Kaf Touch + French Market + Rugby + Montreal 25/10/2017 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Forever French QK Show 005 || Wednesday 25 October 2017 || (8-9:30pm)

Bonjour, Bonsoir, Good Day, Good Evening Eastside Listerners, Its Stphanie Denizard from Queen Kaf. I will be hosting and producing Forever French today, Wednesday 25th of October 2017 from 8pm to 9h30pm. On the menu, French Market at Killarney Heights, Rugby League les Chanticleers, French Aussie Drinks, French Concert in Sydney and be prepared to listen to new and old French classics. We will have a quick trip in Montreal and discover audio visual singer songwriter Denique, the new album of Pierre Lapointe, Matt Holubowski and Sarah Bourdon. Special happy birthday to Bob, Norah, Mireille and Marie-Claire! Thats all tonight on Forever French! Tune in or stream us and to listen to all previous shows, click here:



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