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Saturday, 23 September

23:00

The Challenge of the Sea "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

  I had set myself a goal. Swim through as much of winter as I could. As long as I got further into the year than I did last year, I would be happy. If I managed to get to Continue reading

22:42

Firestick Farming, Controlled Burns and Climate Change "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Bill Gammages book The Biggest Estate on Earth: how Aborigines made Australia (Allen & Unwin Melbourne, 2012) was released to general acclaim and awarded many major prizes.  He came to Bairnsdale as the keynote speaker at a seminar organised by the East Gippsland Wildfire Taskforce (EGWT) in November 2014. The EGWT was a pressure group comprised of the mountain cattlemen and the timber lobby. They were campaigning for a widespread and regular burning of forest and bush areas basically advocating indiscriminate burning. Gammage gave an aura of respectability to what was otherwise a procession of biased and anecdotal accounts. His talk implied that everywhere was burned without exception regardless of rainfall, terrain, vegetation, aspect or soil type when obviously this was not so.

With regards our region much of Gammages work strongly relies on a few pages of Alfred Howitts Eucalypts of Gippsland, yet a closer examination of his works can give you facts opposing, as well as supporting, the Gammage thesis. None of the claims Howitt made applied to East Gippsland, much of which he thought a jungle. Further large tracts of west and south Gippsland were impenetrable scrub according to both the Strzelecki and Brodribb parties and therefore unburned in the years before they were traversed.  At a recent seminar in Bairnsdale Gunaikurnai descendant Wayne Thorpe denied that the practice of firestick farming was used in Gippsland at all.

So where, if anywhere, in Gippsland was burned in the pre-European era? Howitts observations apply mainly to the Omeo district high country and the observations of Strzelecki and Brodribb indicate that a number of large plains in central Gippsland were the most likely to have been frequently burned.  The paradox is that all these areas are now substantially farmed or closely settled and thus protected from all burning except the occasional bushf...

21:18

Taking some of it with a grain of . . . grain "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Fancy a bit of grain for brekkie? Not true grain, but digital noise from cranking up sensor speed to capture action.

Can't freeze birds without much more expensive gear, but it's fun trying.

Immature Brown Honeyeater took plunge several times yesterday in the Common.

Fast settings also slowed passing Striated Pardalotes. Plural? Second bird tucked away, bottom right.

And Black-chi...

16:36

Sydney, Australia: Report-Back from the Straight Lives Matter Counter-Demo "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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23.09.17: We had many more people, we sang and we danced and we laughed and we loved but most of all we told the fascists to get the fuck out. We did not let them anywhere near the Queer holocaust remembrance memorial and we created great bonds of solidarity and friendship. There were some young Queer people who came, and it was their first rally an they said it was a fantastic experience.

For all of the liberal wah-wah about how we would destabalise the marriage equality debate, weve actually done nothing of the sort. Instead we have continued the spirit of queer resistance and we have given the next generation their first taste of the struggle.

Today was a big positive for anti-fascists, however it would be wrong of us not to mention the role of the Liberal Party in laying the groundworks for the Party for Freedom hate rally today. This is all a direct consequence of their stupid fucking plebiscite.

(via Anti Fascist Action Sydney)


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16:16

Oh, it burns! It burns! "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


News Corp hack Chris Kenny gets well and truly burned by ABC journalist Emma Alberici.

16:15

"My daughter doesn't need my permission to get married. But she needs yours." "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


The Daily Examiner, Letter to the Editor, 15 September 2017:

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Those of us who thought, like the old song, that love and marriage go together like a horse and carriage have had a lot of confusing information thrown at us recently about same-sex couples and the way their non-marriages give them all the same rights as married people. My wife and I were surprised, therefore, to attend the Roads and Maritime Service Centre last week to change our car registration, where we were asked to produce our marriage certificate.

This led me to wonder what other equal rights might not be there, particularly when my daughter, currently unable to marry her long-time partner, gets to our age.

Will she be asked for a marriage certificate if her not legally recognised wife is in hospital, or worse? Australia Post apparently charges hundreds of dollars for a name change, but not if you can provide a you guessed it marriage certificate.

Those who oppose same sex marriage are resting their hopes on the oldies like me.

But if you think we are going to support discrimination against our own kids and grandkids, you are about to be very disappointed.

My daughter doesnt need my permission to get married. But she needs yours. Please join me in voting YES.

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13:30

PHOTO REVIEW; TOM NELSON & JAMIE SPENCE, July 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

July Photo Review Tom Nelson & Jamie Spence Memento Mori Glory Our theme in July, Memento Mori, had several patrons turning up in mourning attire, expecting some sort of Service or Wake for a recently departed member of the tribe. Continue reading

13:05

THE SANTOS PROPOSAL TO MINE COAL SEAM GAS IN THE NARRABRI and PILLIGA AREA - PART 1 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Mining company Santos has plans for a massive coal seam gas mining operation near Narrabri in the north-west of NSW.  In its Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) which was put on public exhibition earlier this year, Santos outlined its proposal for 850 gas wells on agricultural land and in the Pilliga Forest (which is crown land).  Almost 23,000 submissions were received by the NSW Department of Planning on the EIS, the largest response ever to a planning proposal in NSW.  Apparently around 18,000 of these were opposed to the development.

The Government is yet to make a decision on whether the project will go ahead.

Santos has been operating a pilot project in the area since 2011 when it took over from Eastern Star.  

There has been considerable infrastructure development already in the area - e.g. test wells, flares, a produced water recycling plant and large holding ponds for produced water.

The Clarence Valley Conservation Coalition made a submission opposing the proposal.  Two of the matters of concern from that submission are in this post.  The other  matters of concern will be in a later post.
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12:48

Explaining the Rohingya Crisis: An Interview with the ARNO "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The UN Refugee Agency reports at least 420,000 Rohingya people have fled across the border from Myanmar into neighbouring Bangladesh since violence erupted in their homelands in late August. The refugees are now living in makeshift camps in the Coxs Bazar district. IOM, the UN Migration Agency, has called for a coordinated response to the

The post Explaining the Rohingya Crisis: An Interview with the ARNO appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.

12:40

Power to the people "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

(Demolition of Tennyson power station in Brisbane now the site of the Brisbane Tennis Centre.)

Technically it would be harder to have a hot potato issue without electricity. Amongst other things, electricity makes it far easier to create the hot potato in the first place, as well as light, heating and cooling, traffic control, transport and giving you the ability to read this article.

However, if you listen to the Coalition who, in their best Hanrahan, are crying well all be rooned if any more of the coal fired power stations around Australia are allowed to close. The justification is that we need power that we can switch on and off like a lightbulb (pun intended). The problem with the justification is that there are other and better ways of getting power on demand.

Turnbull and his Coalition colleagues are not even sure what they want. At the Australian Forest Products Association Industry dinner in Canberra on 12 September 2017, Turnbulls remarks included

So weve taken action. Recently we commissioned the energy market operator AEMO, to analyse the future of dispatchable power in our energy market, in the immediate, short term, medium term and longer term.

Their finding, that youll have all read about in the news, is that the closure of Liddell power station in New South Wales in 2022 will create a large gap in reliable baseload power, in the national electricity market, the east coast essentially and South Australia.

Ive made it clear that we will not allow this gap in baseload power to occur.

So naturally we are exploring all options to fill this gap. We cannot have another event like the closure of Hazelwood, which whatever you may think of the Hazelwood power station, its closure at such short notice, taking so much dispatchable power out of the energy market, caused a dramatic rise in wholesale energy prices.

In New South Wales alone, it was over $50 a megawatt hour, nearly double the wholesale price of electricity. So you know ideology and good intentions are not enough; you have to be very hard-headed about this.
Apart from the illogical leaps of faith, the fundamental problem with Turnbulls speech is that the use of the terms dispatchable and baseload in connection with power production are...

12:23

NSW Police Given Power to Kill with Impunity "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Berejiklian government has continued on in the Coalitions tradition over recent years of enacting laws that increase police powers, whilst whittling away at civil liberties, all in the name of a perceived terrorist threat.

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11:38

Second Bee "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Our second working bee for Spring is on tomorrow from 10am. Come down to the garden and admire the blossoms and the rampant growth. Even todays hot winds dont seem to have dented too much growth. Main task is covering the pergola. Thanks to Julia and Ron we will have scaffolding. Mowing, whipper-snippering and some Continue reading Second Bee

10:34

Herpes: Its Time To Put the Stigma to Bed "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Hey mates, Im a 22-year-old woman living in Australia. I am a student, I work, I explore, I see live music and go to art shows. I have hobbies and interests, I take photographs, I draw, I write, I live with a bunch of amazing people in a beautiful sharehouse in Sydney, and I have sex. I have a lot of sex.

But heres my conundrum: I also have Herpes. The strain is HSV-1, which most commonly appears as cold sores, but, lucky me, the outbreaks happen in my sweet lil nether-regions.

I have told most of my sexual partners, but Ive also left it out of the conversation for others. This wasnt some vindictive plot to spread the infection to everyone in the entire world, and it wasnt because I was ignorant about the topic it was just something that happened sometimes for one of the following reasons:

  1. We used a condom; I hadnt had an outbreak in months.
  2. We were both plastered.
  3. The dont ask/dont tell unspoken policy between dead-end flings.
  4. I was fucking scared, and never saw them again.

To me, these are just general life occurrences that happen to most sexually-active people from the age of like, 14 until you die. So for anyone sitting on their moral high-horse right now thinking, Fuck this bitch she needs to stop being so selfish and be a decent, honest human being, please try to dismount and listen for the next few hundred words.

The last two of my reasons are the most problematic to the spread of what is a very common STI, and I would like to change that. In order for this to happen, we young people need to be informed of the facts surrounding Herpes. Im one of those idealists who actually believes the stigma surrounding this issue can be changed with honest chit-chat amongst lovers, and after that, the media will eventually follow suit.

So how did I get Herpes in the first place?

A few years back, I was dating a dude I was madly in love with, and I just got an itch and a bit of a red uss. It was only a mild inconvenience at the time, kind of like the symptoms you get with thrush. When they didnt clear up after using thrush treatment, I decided to go to the doctor. It was only once I was in the doctors office that I realised it could be an STI.

I was told that if I had any red bumps, lumps, lesions or sores, then there was a strong likelihood I had Herpes. Old mate...

09:49

Afternoon Silhouette, and Marguerite Pete and Justo "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"



Trees Silhouetted at Mum's house in Warabrook

I'm still pinching myself at having a studio with good daylight and room to have some paintings out, as well as the studio at Weave for the next few weeks. Today I realised I could try to finish a few of the paintings that have been annoying me


Marguerite Montes,  Peter Urquhart and Justo at the Record Crate a while ago

09:32

Reunited at Surry Hills Festival "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Though I had vague plans for the day to visit a couple of galleries, do some work I needed to catch up on, and to go the Surry Hills Festival, the day started slowly. I woke, fumbled around, and then went back to sleep. Later in the morning I picked up a message from my []

08:23

Solomon Islands at UN "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

https://gadebate.un.org/en/72/solomon-islands

Solomon Islands

H.E. Mr. Manasseh Sogavare, Prime Minister

22 September 2017 
H.E. Mr.Manasseh Sogavare
UN Photo / Download
Statement Summary: 
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08:07

Vanuatu at UN "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Vanuatu

H.E. Mr. Charlot Salwai Tabimasmas, Prime Minister

21 September 2017


21 September 2017 
H.E. Mr.Charlot Salwai Tabimasmas
UN Photo / ...

07:23

The Little Bird Weekly News "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Its hard to believe the weeks are spinning by the way they are. Its only a week out from close of submissions to the Senate Inquiry into the Cashless Debit Card Bill and Im up to my neck in code, creating an open data project using QLD crime & social statistics. With new trials of cashless income management just announced in Hervey Bay and Bundaberg and the Inquiry bearing down on us, I thought it would be useful to take a close look at the kinds of statistics being used to argue for income management. Creating a new open data project is a significant undertaking however I hope to have it up within the coming week, either before or just after submissions close on Friday 29 September.

Some good news this week is that my submission to speak about open data and financial transparency at LinuxConf 2018 was accepted and I also received a bursary to attend the ACOSS conference in a few weeks in Melbourne. Unfortunately, the bursary only covers the conference ticket so it remains to be seen whether I can fund the travel and accommodation to go to Melbourne for the event. If you would like to support my work, you can become a Patreon Patron. I promise to update my goals as soon as I find the time.

Stories of people affected by Centrelinks robodebt campaign are up again according to @not_my_debt, including this gut-churning announcement that went out during the week.


In technology news, Andre Obler from Aussie grassroots organisation, the Online Hate Prevention Institute spoke to Radio Sputnick about the racist hate categories plaguing Google & Facebooks advertising programs, while Theresea May told the United Nations that social media companies should take down terrorism posts within 2 hours.

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07:01

Australian Patriot Radio Podcast "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Harry Palmer podcasts parliamentarians on political death row over dual citizenship, Tanya Plibersek support of ISIS and her drug dealing convicted husband cushy govt jobs, Cory Bernardi reveals carbon tax by stealth introduced under covert bill by Govt, condoned by the ALP and supported by Pauline Hanson, and more

Listen or download http://sosnews.org/apradio/2017/09/23/podcast-23-september-2017/


06:53

Extended drought: QLD Farmers on verge of shooting cattle "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

QUEENSLAND graziers could be forced to shoot their cattle as parts of the state are savaged by soaring temperatures on top of an extended drought.

AgForce cattle president Bim Struss said if the rain didnt come soon, some graziers would be faced with no option but to shoot their cattle as the feed ran out and the animals grew too weak to be moved to market, putting them down for their own welfare.

Mr Struss said the devastating decision to euthanase could be forced on graziers in southeast Queensland hammered by the dry, early, soaring 40C-plus temperatures and sold-out or hard to find fodder and supplements.

He said many operators in western Queensland had already destocked selling their cattle on while they could still be moved.

He said he, like other graziers, had destocked and saved their paddocks for the rain that would eventually come.

He said areas roughly north of a line from Townsville to Mt Isa had received good rain and were having a better year.

It comes as Brisbane looks set to endure its driest September on record, with no rain having fallen at all this month.

An afternoon thunderstorm forecast for later today may break the two-month-long dry spell which has seen only 5mm of rainfall in Brisbane since July 20.

The Bureau of Meteorology has forecast a high chance of showers and a gusty thunderstorm with a top of 28C today.

Weatherzone meteorologist Graeme Brittain said conditions are shaping up for the seasons first real summer afternoon thunderstorm.

Source: http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/drought-may-force-farmers-to-shoot-cattle-because-of-extended-drought/news-story/3a432b2dfb4f37c62244f222f552e689


06:18

A Katter call and a round table conference makes boaties safe again "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A round table conference and a phone call to a senior bureaucrat was all it took to pull the State Government into line over its attempt to plunder the assets of the Port Douglas Marine Rescue group.

At the invitation of the Port Douglas Marine Rescue Volunteer group (QF10)commander Ross Wood, KAP candidate for Cook Gordon Rasmussen and Bob Katter were invited to discuss the impasse between the Coast Guard national management and QF10.

A round table conference and a call from Bob Katter was all it took to put the National Coast Guard bureaucracy in its place and to halt its intended plundering of public assets. KAP candidate for Cook Gordon Rasmussen addressed the conference of Marine Rescue volunteers.

The National Coast Guard had seized the assets of QF10 including their sea rescue boat and vehicles because the locally funded group refused to hand over $300,000 in a bank account and the Tin Shed building, provided by community fund-raising.

The National Coast Guard, in a similar grab by the Emergency Services Department tryin...

05:00

In which the pond double dates with Dame Slap and Bret Stephens ... "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Whenever climate denialists gather together for a gaggle and a giggle, the pond likes to begin proceedings with a reading from the holy works of Dame Slap ...

...Emails started arriving telling me about a speech given by Christopher Monckton, a former adviser to Margaret Thatcher, at Bethel University in St Paul, Minnesota, on October 14. Monckton talked about something that no one has talked about in the lead-up to Copenhagen: the text of the draft Copenhagen treaty. Even after Moncktons speech, most of the media has duly ignored the substance of what he said. You dont need me to find his St Paul address on YouTube. 
Interviewed on Monday morning by Alan Jones on Sydney radio station 2GB, Monckton warned that the aim of the Copenhagen draft treaty was to set up a transnational government on a scale the world has never before seen. 
Listening to the interview, my teenage daughters asked me whether this was true. So I read the draft treaty. The word government appears on page 18. Monckton says: This is the first time Ive ever seen any transnational treaty referring to a new body to be set up under that treaty as a government. But its the powers that are going to be given to this entirely unelected government that are so frightening. ... Monckton became aware of the extraordinary powers to be vested in this new world government only when a friend of his found an obscure UN website and hacked his way through several layers of complications before coming across a document that isnt even called the draft treaty. Its called a note by the secretariat. 
The moment he saw it, he went public and said: Look, this is an outrage ... they have kept the sheer scope of this treaty quiet. Monckton says the aim of this new government is to have power to directly intervene in the financial, economic, tax and environmental affairs of all the nations that sign the Copenhagen treaty.

The pond's not sure why lawyers and paranoia fit so well together, but for those who like to Greg Hunt, here's Dame Slap's qualifications as a climate scientist ...


The daughter of Danish immigrants to Australia, Albrechtsen was born in Adelaide and attended Seacombe High School. She subsequently studied at University of Adelaide, graduating with a Bachelor of Laws with Honours. She subsequently attained a Doctor of Juridical Science from the University of Sydn...

04:58

Killing Ground: An Aussie Horror Film That May Scare Us Into Breaking The Silence "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Sometimes art imitates life, and sometimes life imitates art. Catherine McGauran is hoping new Australian film Killing Ground will motivate life, and resolutions.

The outback may just be the most formidable character in Australian film and literature. More than just scenery or background, the bush is active in creating or enabling the horror that plays out in our much-loved Australian gothic stories.

Damien Powers film Killing Ground is a textbook expression of post-colonial anxiety, grounded in white Australians fear of the bush. It can go from idyllic playground to unpredictable captor in seconds.

At first Killing Ground looks like just another foray into this genre. However, it is Powers overly predictable use of tropes and cinematic techniques which make the film so terrifying these familiar structures reinforce our post-colonial story, by shoving latent fears into our face, with a new level of ferocity.

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Killing Grounds release coincided with the decision of two Melbourne councils to drop Australia Day ceremonies on January 26. Yarra City Council made the decision out of respect for Aboriginal Australians and because of the depth of feeling about what that day means for so many of our residents. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said the move was out of step with national values, and proceeded to strip Yarra City Council of its power to hold citizenship ceremonies.

But is it really out of step? The nature of social media has brought discussions like this from the fringes and into the mainstream. As a result non-Aboriginal Australians are learning more about our disturbing history, which is at best glossed over in schools, and support for recognition of this is growing.

Even the national broadcasters network Triple J held a survey to gauge where its listeners stood on moving the Hottest 100 from January 26. Powers film is part of this movement, suggesting that the disturbance of white Australias past is now so palpable that it can no longer be ignored. We are haunted by an unacknowledged past, which is why the post-colonial narrative of the sinister outback is so simple, yet so haunting.

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04:52

What the eye cannot see "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Fairy Martins are partial migrants with most birds leaving central Victoria in autumn, returning again to breed each Spring.

Culverts and bridges are favourite sites and a small colony nests most years at the Newstead cemetery. Watching and endeavouring to capture their aerial antics is challenging and rewarding, especially when you see one in the act of successfully snaring a flying insect.

Fairy Martin, Newstead Cemetery, 22nd September 2017

04:30

North Queensland is a State of mind "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

North Queensland is a State of mindOne of the mistakes of our Federation is that North Queensland is not a separate state, writes history editor Dr Glenn Davies. read now...

03:48

Vaccines unable to prevent flu deaths "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

AN EIGHT-year-old girl has died of the flu in Melbournes outer east.

The young girl died at the Angliss Hospital in Upper Ferntree Gully on Friday.

The Department of Health and Human Services confirmed the girls death this morning, but had not been aware of further serious cases of the flu at schools.

The Department of Education has been contacted.

Doctors admit flu vaccine is unable to protect health workers

Health Minister Jill Hennessy has urged Victorians to be alert to symptoms of the illness.

She told 3AWs Neil Mitchell the death of the young girl was one of the other very sad cases that weve seen this flu season.

Were having a horrific flu season right up and down the entire eastern seaboard both in QLD and NSW and Victoria, Western Australia seems to be less affected than what we are but we know weve had double the number of people with flu flu notifications, she told 3AW.

This is an influenza strain that is able to impact the young, the elderly, the well and the unwell and peopl...

03:46

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03:38

White elephant F35 fighter jet may never defend Australia "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Australia took delivery of two F-35A Lightning II Block 2B aircraft amid much fanfare at the Avalon air show in Victoria earlier this year. Several more are in the late stages of construction, due for delivery next year.

These are almost exactly the same in their specifications to the 108 F-35A Block 2Bs delivered so far to the United States Air Force.

But a controversial development and delivery contract process known as concurrency has produced an aircraft with software and components that were never fully tested.

The argument was computer simulation could streamline the whole process, eliminating risk, reducing cost and speeding up delivery.

It didnt.

The hapless F35 may never go to war for Australia, inspite of warnings from aeronautical engineers, the military and the Lockheed company, Australia continued with the purchase.

Now two senior US Pentagon officials responsible for the F-35 program have admitted they are seriously considering abandoning vital upgrades of those aircraft already delivered.

And Australia has at least two Block 2B F-35s that will likely require many millions being sunk into reconstruction and upgr...

03:27

Christ Church is holding a book sale this Saturday "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Ashley Flockhart If youre a bookworm, your passion for words could make you a Good Samaritan. A thousand books will be for sale at the Christ Church Community Centre on 14, Acland St this Saturday from 10am to 4pm. The sales earnings will go to the Christ Church restoration fund. The books are priced []

03:25

Responsible citizen shoots 5.2m crocodile near Rockhampton "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

from the Guardian

A massive saltwater crocodile said to be one of the biggest ever seen in Queensland has been found shot dead in the Fitzroy River near Rockhampton.

Police and state environmental officers are investigating after the 5.2-metre male reptile was found with a bullet in its head in the Fitzroy river in Rockhampton on Thursday.

The crocodile was taken to the nearby Koorana crocodile farm, where it will be buried once a necropsy is carried out. Farm owner John Leaver said a five-metre crocodile had not been caught in Queensland for 20 to 30 years.

A responsible shooter shot this large salt water croc performing a public duty. The ALP/LNP junta has combined forces to prevent a KAP bill being presented in State Parliament which will protect the public, livestock and animals from croc attack.

There may have been some others shot in the wild that we dont know about, but from my recollection, over the past three decades this would be the largest, he said on Friday.

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03:00

Thank Your Lucky Southern Cross "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Dear Reader,

There are many remarkable insights in Jim Rickards book The New Case for Gold.

This bonus chapter will turn them into specific, useful and potentially profitable advice for you as an Australian.

As youll discover, Australians are uniquely poised to benefit from Jims analysis to a far greater extent than anyone else in the world.

You dont have to finish the book before you start reading this bonus chapter. They certainly complement each other though. You can think of this as the local guide to Jims ideas and analysis.

There are two reasons Ive come onboard with Strategic Intelligence. The first is Jim Rickards. Nobody in the newsletter industry has his insight, contacts and experience. Nobody.

A few years ago I sat opposite Jim at a dinner. It was after a conference we both spoke at in Sydney. Hes exactly the same guy behind the scenes as on stage. He just gives a little more away when he is off the record. Because hes the same person behind the scenes, I think hes genuine. Im willing to put my reputation on the line alongside his. I trust him.

The other reason Ive come onboard with Strategic Intelligence is gold. Jim Rickards is a long-time fan of gold. He thinks you should own it and governments should peg their currencies to it.

As he puts it in his book:

Gold is money, monetary standards based on gold are possible, even desirable, and that in the absence of a gold standard, individuals should go on a personal gold standard, by buying gold, to preserve wealth.

But its not gold by itself thats so enticing. Aussie gold investors are better placed than literally anyone globally to invest in gold. Theres a simple reason for this our currency.

The Aussie Case for Gold

Australia is a highly developed country. But our economy is built on commodities. And commodities are risky bets. They fluctuate heavily in price. Put the two together and youll understand why our currency has big swings too.

Our currency is whats known as a risk on bet. We do well in the world economys good times, and our currency goes up in value. We do badly during poor times, and our currency falls fast.

This currency instability, combined with Australias legal and political stability, means Aussie investors are best placed globally to benefit from owning gold.

Why? Gold is priced in US dollars. The Aussie gold price is the US dollar gold price, adjusted for the exchange rate to Aussie dollars. This creates a uniquely benefic...

02:57

Prolong The Life Of Your Soap "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

5 ways you can prolong the life of your soap.

02:57

Courier-Mail & 612 ABC Brisbane media this week regarding jobs growth & small business "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Todays Courier-Mail features a short piece (on p. 29) Employment growth best since the GFC from Daryl Passmore quoting FNQ-based economist Pete Faulkner and me on Queenslands recent strong employment growth. The Queensland economy has been recovering strongly over the last year or so, after it experienced some sluggishness at the end of the mining investment boom. I also chatted with Trevor Jackson from 612 ABC Brisbane about employment and economic growth in Queensland last Tuesday evening. The interview starts at 846:

612 ABC Brisbane Evenings with Trevor Jackson, Tuesday 19 September 2017

I made the point to Trevor that, while the aggregate data are very good, we need to keep in mind that part-time positions appear to be growing much more strongly than full-time positions, and also that the State public service has made a disproportionate contribution to jobs growth.

My other media mention this week followed on from my small business employment trends post, published on Wednesday. The Courier-Mail ran an article yesterday including a quote from me. CCIQs GM of Advocacy Kate Whittle has included a snapshot of the article on her twitter feed (see below).

Incidentally, CCIQ is generally doing a great job informing and participating in the public policy debate. I can highly recommend the twitter feed of CCIQs economist Steven Gosarevski. Follow him @sgosarevski for very timely updates on the latest economic data relevant to Queensland. I have especially enjoyed his most excellent charts. Keep up the good work!


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02:01

Great Barrier Reef: Queensland Labor may break election vow and allow coal ship loading "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Labor vowed to ban trans-shipping in reef waters after UNs scientific body raised concerns about proposal in 2014, Guardian, Joshua Robertson, 23 Sept 17, The Queensland Labor government has flagged breaking a 2015 election promise by allowing the loading of coal ships at sea in the Great Barrier Reef marine park.

Labor vowed to ban so-called trans-shipping in reef waters after the United Nations peak scientific body raised concerns about a proposal off Hay Point near Mackay in 2014.

But the Palaszczuk government on Friday released a proposal that would allow trans-shipping off Hay Point and three other priority ports, including Adanis Abbot Point.https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/sep/23/great-barrier-reef-queensland-labor-may-break-election-vow-and-allow-coal-ship-loading


01:59

Would you rather followTony Abbotts gut instinct, or Elon Musks brains? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Tony Abbotts gut v Elon Musks brain and billions: which would you follow? Brisbane Times, 23 Sept 17 By Richard Denniss South Australia has one of the highest concentrations of renewable energy in the world. And its government was recently the first to announce a state-based bank tax. But while Australians have been told these reckless policies will destroy jobs and discourage investment, some of the worlds most-successful entrepreneurs recently chose to invest big in the state. How could this be?

Tech entrepreneur Elon Musk, who gave the world PayPal, Tesla and SpaceX, recently secured the bid to build the worlds largest battery-storage plant in South Australia. English billionaire Sanjeev Gupta, whose family fortune was made in good old-fashioned steel, recently bought the Whyalla steelworks. Either these businessmen didnt do their due diligence or what conservative politicians tell us about South Australia is utter nonsense. I know which way Id lean.
Before Tony Abbott began his 23 years as a public servant, he dabbled with being a priest and a journalist. And while he clearly knows how to tell a simple story based on blind faith, there is nothing in his education or experience to suggest he knows anyt...

01:26

The Gunnery and other Woolloomooloo drawings "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Theses are some drawings I;ve been doing as I put together the big painting for Weave Community Centre. I'll add more as I scan them
 
The Gunnery and the Tilbury from Forbes St

I lived at the Gunnery from 1985-1991 when it was an artist community squat and the most exciting venue in town. It was the first place I had a real studio to work in, and there was the gallery and performance spaces like the Dome to play around in .

Then an art bureaucratic clique lead by Artspace got jealous, and played stalking horse for Transfield to get their hands on some waterfront property. They gutted the theatres and replaced them with offices and foyers

McElhone St 


Forbes St and the homeless shelter formed by the viaduct. This is a photo from a phone which I will hopefully replace with a (set of) scan......

00:11

Meditation Circle "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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I am starting a new Monthly Meditation Circle at Autumn Retreat - to be held monthly on Mondays from 10am - 11.30am.  Dates are 23rd Oct, 27th Nov and 11th Dec.  

Come to one or come to them all.

For more information contact Rachael or visit. http://www.s-e-l-f.com.au/circles/

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22:40

Political Tweets of the Week "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"



21:20

VR Workshops & Retreat at BBFF 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

VR Workshops

In 2016 we rolled out free Virtual Reality workshops across the Northern Rivers at the Lismore Regional Gallery, the Byron Community Centre and the Brunswick Picture House.

Over 100 Creatives came to learn about this immersive technology and the creative potential it, and other new technologies, holds at these workshops and in more depth at our ncube8 weekend at our 2016 Festival.

ncube8 returns to BBFF2017 providing new insight into the cutting-edge tools which have evolved in the past 12 months.

VR Retreat

A unique opportunity to accelerate your understanding and practice in this medium at a 2 day Residential Intensive in Beautiful Bangalow.

Right now we are seeking Expressions of Interests from 3 Artists who would like to be part of our incubation process in order to generate some form of VR experience, which evolves their existing artform. This opportunity will suit all kinds of Artists, Animators and Filmmakers. Luke Bubb from Moving Peaks and BBFF/GreenhouseFX|3D|VRs Osvaldo C Alfaro will share their knowledge, insight and tools with our Selected Artists.

Artists from outside of the area will be hosted in Bangalow for the nights of October 10, 11 and 12.

Learn more and register at bbff.com.au/ncube8

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19:34

Hysteria: Health workers attacked, abused over Victoria hospital smoking ban "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Rules banning smoking outside Victoria's public hospitals could be reviewed because health workers are being attacked and abused while trying to police the policy. Calls for an audit of the ban are being led by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation, which is concerned nurses are being put in danger. "We're hearing that the policing of the ban actually leads to violence and aggression against our members," union state secretary Lisa Fitzpatrick said. The calls come after the death of Melbourne heart surgeon Patrick Pritzwald-Stegmann, who was allegedly punched in the head in the foyer of Box Hill Hospital after expressing concern about people smoking near the hospital entrance. Last month two patient transport officers were reportedly assaulted outside Dandenong Hospital after refusing a request for a cigarette.

17:21

An NJRPP Public Briefing Meeting in Iluka, NSW, 20 September 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Section of the southern boundary of the Hickey Street land proposed for development

On 21 September 2017 North Coast Voices received this email from an Iluka resident on the subject of a recent meeting in that little coastal town:

At 4.30pm on Wednesday 20th September 2017 the Northern Joint Regional Planning Panel (NJRPP) held a Public Briefing Meeting at Iluka Community Hall concerning the proposed coastal subdivision of 19 hectares of environmentally sensitive land adjacent to the Iluka World Heritage Area.

The meeting was chaired by Gary West (Chair NJRPP) who was accompanied by three other panel members - Ms. Pam Westing, Clarence Valley Mayor Jim Simmons and Deputy-Mayor Jason Kingsley.

Four council staff members accompanied the panel members, including Carmel Landers who is responsible for progressing the development application through council planning processes.

Concerned residents and ratepayers filled between half and three-quarters of the halls seating capacity.

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16:16

Quotes of the Week "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Tens of millions of dollars are spent annually on political lobbying for the interests of the fossil fuel sector. That investment serves the interests of a small amount of company shareholders in keeping a legacy industry alive, despite the availability of newer, clean technologies, at lower cost. In the wake of these behind-the-scenes policy negotiations, the real and present impacts of climate change, such as bushfires, coastal flooding and reduced crop yields are left at the door of future generations to deal with. [Professor Tim Flannery writing in The Guardian, 13 September 2017]

The main problem bedevilling Australias energy sector at the moment is a lack of settled policy to define the investment framework. It means companies like AGL have to guess what regulations they will face in the future. [Journalist Katherine Murphy writing in The Guardian, 12 September 2017]

Trump is the most ignorant, offensive president of my lifetime. His rise is a direct result of white supremacy. Period." [ESPN SportsCenter cohost Jemele Hill tweeting about US President Donald Trump on 11 September 2017]

16:01

Chrysanthemum Stone "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

I was sitting at the dining room table, singing to myself. You dont bring me flowersanymore.. Pete interrupted me. I think you meanat all. I never bring you flowers. Sigh. Such is life when youre married to an engineer. . . . . . Shortly after this conversation, it was Small Mans 21st birthday. I []

15:19

Can You Feel The Love Tonight For Say I Do!? Sir Elton John Did! "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Bit of a coup for the Sparkke Change Beverage Company, of which New Matilda has a financial interest.

Sir Elton John, who embarks tonight on a very unique Australian tour (hes only performing in regional areas) will be performing in front of tens of thousands of fans. And a few thousand of those in Mackay and Cairns will be toasting the performance of one of the worlds great rock stars with a cool, refreshing can of Say I Do!

Sir Eltons management company Rocket Man Productions (go figure!) recently ordered over 6,500 cans of Say I Do, Sparkkes new white wine bubbles in a can which was launched earlier this year, and aims to promote marriage equality in Australia.

Sir Elton himself wont be sampling Say I Do! The superstar has been sober for 17years. But concert-goers will be among the first in the country to try the first white wine bubbles in a can Australia has ever seen.

New Matilda readers will among the first as well. You mob have been big supporters of Sparkke (which I greatly appreciate), and in particular Say I Do! And on that front, the first batch (from the crowd sourcing campaign earlier this year) left the warehouse in Sydney yesterday and today and should be in New Matilda homes by early next week.

When your Sparkke Say I Do! arrives, wed love to know what you think about it. So please take a photo of you enjoying it, and post it social media. You can hashtag it with #sparkkechange, #equalitybubbles and, of course, #voteyes.

In other Sparkke news, brewer Agi Gajic has just finished the newest product, a New England Pale Ale. Its a style of beer Agi became fond of during her trip to the United States earlier this year.

Its a full strength beer, and its campaign message is. Well let you know next week.

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14:24

Four Australian Army NH Industries MRH-90 Multi-Role Helicopters Spotted at Emerald Airport "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

On Wednesday 20 September, I ventured to Emerald with my lovely wife on our anniversary and as luck would have it, when I popped into Emerald Airport, there were four Australian Army NH Industries MRH-90 Multi-Role Helicopters parked on the apron preparing for departure.


Sadly, I was only able to manage some photos on the phone as (of course) I didn't bring my camera with me!

All four had arrived a little while earlier from the South, flying under the one formation callsign of "Cowboy".

The four MRH-90s are believed to be flown by 'A Squadron' of the 5th Aviation Regiment based at Townsville and were identified as A40-009, A40-013, A40-019 and A40-035.




13:31

MACKAY Mackay man faces new sexual assault charge "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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12:40

City Walk Reykjavik tour reviewed "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

On a cold January day in Reykjavik, we found ourselves standing with a group of 30 others waiting to start the City Walk Reykjavik tour. The popularity of the Reykjavik walking tour has a lot to do with the price of anything in Reykjavik Iceland. The meeting point was Austurvllur in front of the House of Parliament (Alingi). Mind you, you would never guess it is the house of Parliment. No guards, guns or dogs in sight which really surprised the majority of us in the group. Just a historically old looking stone building in downtown Reykjavik. We were later to learn that a previous Icelandic government was toppled by protestors throwing bananas at the building, it made for a great way to break the ice at the start of the CityWalk tour!

Reykjavik walking tour was funny and informative

Back to the City Walk Reykjavik. Eric was our guide on this day and a funnier more informative guy you would not meet. Some of the stories he told had us all completely in stitches. I would love to tell you some but I am not sure how they would come across in writing. The tour takes you on foot around the heart of Reykjavk starting as we said in Austurvllur and finishing at the Harpa Concert Hall. The main focus is the history of Iceland from the landing of the Vikings and how the country was populated (now thats a funny story told by Eric.) We learn of Reykjavk as a town and its quirks such as the Tree of the Year competition, when you visit you will totally understand. Eric will also go into more detail about Vikings and their way of life as they are very important to Iceland. After all, they settled this country. Statues of prominent Vikings are found throughout Reykjavik. Eric will also tell you about the famous Elves of Iceland and how they are so much a part of the Icelandic way of life. They so well respected and often roads are diverted as to not destroy their homes. The stories of the Elves are great for the kids and even the adults. It makes you look for them everywhere you go as you wander the city. You visit the famous Reykjavik hotdog stand where you talk food, nightlife, music and discuss the part Icelands banks played in the financial crash of 2008.

City Walk Tour Highlights Include:
  • Icelandic Parliment
  • City Hall
  • The Oldest Street in Reykjavik
  • The Tree of the Year
  •  Baejarins Beztu Pylsur. world famous hot dogs
  • Arnarholl Park
  • Laugavegur Street
  • ...

12:17

Blanca Bar & Dining "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Ive heard mixed reports, the barman at a nearby venue told me when I mentioned I was meeting a friend for dinner at Bondis Blanca Bar & Dining. Its Mediterranean food, with Japanese flavours, the waitress told us. And with a Finnish chef! What an odd combination, we thought. As youll see from the photographs, []

10:57

South-East Oz Part 3: Bendigo & Ballarat "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"



Black-eared Cuckoo
On our last morning in Deniliquin (see following post) I again checked out the back roads north of the town, seeing Pallid Cuckoo and a nice female Superb Parrot feeding in a flowering eucalypt.


Pallid Cuckoo


Superb Parrot
We headed...

10:28

Cashless Welfare Card National Rollout Set to Begin "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim Thousands of Queenslanders and Western Australians will be the next to have their Centrelink payments quarantined, as the federal government continues its rollout of the cashless welfare card. The Turnbull-led government announced plans to implement the card next year in both the Wide Bay region in Queensland including Bundaberg

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09:59

Baw Baw finally fills 12 month-vacant director position "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Baw Baw Shire's corporate and community services directorship finally has a new permanent face.

09:04

AOD Media Watch: Correcting Mainstream Media Misinformation About Drugs "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim On March 31 this year, an opinion piece appeared in the Age with the headline, The zombie apocalypse is here and none of us are safe. The author Wendy Squires relates a confrontation she had with a man, whod allegedly been using ice, in a small park whilst walking

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08:49

Anti-nuclear campaign update - September 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Please see below an update from FoE's anti-nuclear campaign with recent events, upcoming events, 'take action' requests, and some recent nuclear news.

07:54

Suddenly Summer! "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Today it was 24 degrees in Katoomba, suddenly it feels like summer!

We still havent had any significant rain and everything is very dry. At our working bee today we continued hand watering the veggie patch, the berries (there are buds coming!), and much of the orchard. There are flowers on our broad beans and the garlic is coming along nicely despite the dry weather.

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07:11

Gas exports starve local firms, jobs: ACCC "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Australian factories are at risk of shutting down and sacking workers as the nations gas exporters starve local customers in favour of overseas clients, according to a dire warning from the competition watchdog that clears the way for a gas crackdown.

The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission slammed the three gas giants in a clear sign to Malcolm Turnbull to impose the extraordinary export mechanism in order to guarantee supplies to Australian manufacturers and power stations and ease pressure on power prices.

The federal government may be faced with a choice of pulling a trigger on the mechanism on the one hand or seeing factories closed and jobs lost, ACCC chairman Rod Sims said.

Scott Morrison will receive formal advice on the crisis within weeks amid a wider government debate on energy policy, with Tony Abbott applying more pressure yesterday to prevent the government embracing a clean energy target that favours renewable power.

The Prime Minister vowed to act on the gas shortage and stepped up his support for a new coal-fired power station in Queensland, while insisting the Coalition was absolutely of one mind on energy despite Mr Abbotts implied threat to cross the floor of parliament.

Cabinet ministers are yet to decide the energy policy but Mr Turnbull emphasised the need to improve reliability and affordability, making no mention of a clean energy target or an increase in subsidies to renewable energy.

The Australian understands the government is considering a new framework to encourage investment in more power generation but this is not the clean energy target in the form recommended by Chief Scientist Alan Finkel in a report in June. Bill Shorten has demanded the government immediately pull the trigger on the gas export controls, which will force Origin Energy, Shell and Santos to supply more to the domestic market.

In a sign of the pressure on employers, Mr Sims said Bass Strait gas producers BHP and Esso were running reverse auctions to ration supplies, leaving some customers without energy despite their willingness to pay.

Mr Sims also blamed state governments for halting the development of new gas reserves, saying environmental concerns might justify some restrictions but not blanket bans an apparent warning shot at the bans in Victoria, NSW and the Northern Territory.

The ACCCs findings suggest there will need to be tight controls on gas exports from January 1, when the mechanism starts after the government gives the companies a chance to respond to its conclusions.

Those who criticise consideration of the gas security mechanism need to understand all the options available right now. There are not many. This is a very, very bad place to be, Mr Sims told the National P...

07:04

MEDIA RELEASE: QUEENSLAND GOVERNMENT MUST BAN GREAT BARRIER REEF TRANS-SHIPPING OR BREAK ELECTION PROMISE "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Friday 22 September 2017

In response to the draft consultation paper released today by the Queensland government on trans-shipping in the Great Barrier Reef, the Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) has called on the government to fully implement its 2015 election commitment.

Imogen Zethoven, AMCS Fight For Our Reef Campaign Director said:

In 2015, the Australian Labor Party promised to prohibit trans-shipping operations within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. The consultation paper released today doesnt fulfil that promise. Instead it sets up an assessment framework that allows trans-shipping to extend from the four priority ports Townsville, Abbot Point, Hay Point and Gladstone out to the Marine Park.

Labor made a clear commitment to ban trans-shipping in the Marine Park. Now they are retreating from that promise. AMCS calls on the Labor government to fully implement their election commitment.

Labor was elected on a platform to save the Great Barrier Reef, and prohibiting trans-shipping in the Marine Park was a key element of that. Trans-shipping is the transfer of bulk materials like coal, sugar or petroleum from one vessel to another offshore.

Trans-shipping is risky. It increases the risk of a major accident such as a massive coal spill, and increases the risk of regular, chronic contamination from, for example, coal dust and small coal spills.

It will increase ship movements meaning more noise, more light, more likelihood of ship strikes of marine animals. It increases the risk of damage to seagrass meadows and corals through dredging and anchoring to establish the trans-shipping site.

The Queensland Governments Reef 2050 Plan includes the following target: Shipping within our Reef is safe, risks are minimised, and incidents are reduced to as close to zero as possible. Only a ban on trans-shipping in the Marine Park will ensure that target is met.

Editors notes:

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06:47

New wetland ecology and training courses "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Intermittent Swampy Woodland, Aquatic Herb land with emergent Red Gums, Scotties Billabong, Lindsay Island

SERA 2016 award winning ecologist Damien Cook and Elaine Bayes have sent us information on their upcoming wetland courses.

NEW: THE WONDERFUL WETLAND ECOLOGY BUS TOUR, 12 & 13 OCT 2017
Join us on a bus tour through some of northern Victorias most ecologically diverse wetlands that will be looking their best because of recent rainfall and flooding. Learn how ecological drivers determine wetland ecology. Dixie Patton, Barapa Traditional Owner will share knowledge on aboriginal uses of these amazing wetlands.  Other land managers will meet us along the way.

NEW: WETLAND RESTORATION AND MANAGEMENT, 16 & 17 NOV 2017
Learn about wetland restoration and management over 2 days with Damien Cook by visiting Waterways; a SERA 2016 award-winning wetland restoration project which he was involved in planning and implementing, followed by the 200 hectares of coastal park at the Victorian Desalination Plant, Wonthaggi.  Learn more about these projects here.

THE WETLAND PLANT IDENTIFICATION DAYS STARTS OCT 2017 MAR 2018
Learn to identify the most common wetland plants. Choose 1, 2 or all 3 days.

Course relevant to all of Victoria and Southern NSW.

  • Day One:  Sedges, Grasses and Rushes
  • ...

06:12

Thank Folk Its Friday 22nd September "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

This Week in Folk All the News From The Week That Was We premiered the new single and video from The Acfields, Well Meet Halfway. Details here A huge lineup has been announced for the inaugural Australian Americana Honours Night including Old Crow Medicine Show, Valerie June, Kevin Welch, Busby Marou, Kasey Chambers, []

06:05

Out of Africa: Understanding Economic Refugees "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Human Wrongs Watch

SYDNEY and KUALA LUMPUR, Sep 19 2017 (IPS) Not a single month has passed without dreadful disasters triggering desperate migrants to seek refuge in Europe. According to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), at least 2,247 people have died or are missing after trying to enter Europe via Spain, Italy or Greece in the first half of this year. Last year, 5,096 deaths were recorded.

Young African migrants seek opportunities abroad as the World Bank projects that the worlds extreme poor will be increasingly concentrated in Africa. Credit: Ilaria Vechi/IPS

 

The majority including economic migrants, victims of people smugglers, and so on were young Africans aged between 17 and 25. The former head of the British mission in Benghazi (Libya) claimed in April that as many as a million more were already on their way to Libya, and then Europe, from across Africa.

Why flee Africa?
Why are so many young Africans trying to leave the continent of their birth? Why are they risking their lives to flee Africa?

Part of the answer lies in the failure of earlier economic policies of liberalization and privatization, typically introduced as part of the structural adjustment programmes (SAPs) that many countries in Africa were subjected to from the 1980s and onwards.

The World Bank, the African Development Bank and most Western donors supported the SAPs, despite United Nations warnings about their adverse social consequences.

SAP advocates promised that private investment and exports would soon follow, bringing growth and prosperity. Now, a few representat...

06:01

Where Will the Next Mega Earthquake Strike? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A series of big earthquakes in less than 24 hours could have been caused by seismic waves travelling along fault lines and triggering ruptures.

A 6.1 magnitude earthquake hit New Zealand on Wednesday followed by others off the coasts of Japan (6.1), Vanuatu (6.4), and Indonesia (5.7) early Thursday morning.

All were along the Ring of Fire that stretches around the Pacific from New Zealand to Chile through Indonesia, Japan, and California, in which 90 per cent of quakes happen.

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Earthquakes in New Zealand, Japan, Vanuatu, Indonesia, Tonga, Taiwan, and Papua New Guinea over past 24 hours could be caused by seismic waves travelling along fault lines

Earthquakes in New Zealand, Japan, Vanuatu, Indonesia, Tonga, Taiwan, and Papua New Guinea over past 24 hours could be caused by seismic waves travelling along fault lines

There was also a big earthquake in Mexico that killed more than 230, but despite the country falling in the Ring, experts ruled out a connection to the other quakes.

Seismologists admitted the cluster of quakes, along with others near Tonga (5.0), Taiwan (5.3), and Papua New Guinea (5.2), on the same day was unusual.

It is unusual, theres no doubt about that, its been really busy, University of Melbournes Gary Gibson told Daily Mail Australia.

I must say these unusual clusters happen fairly often and it seems they are not totally random, we just dont know why.

Phil Cummins at Geoscience Australia and the Australian National University suggested seismic waves cascading along fault lines could be responsible.

He said waves could also jump between nearby fault lines and....

05:18

Finland Is Eradicating Homelessness "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Over the course of the year, politicians in Sydney and Melbourne have resorted to criminalising homelessness as a way of dealing with the increasing amount of rough sleepers turning up on city streets. Last month, the Berejiklian government passed a bill that broadened police powers to enable them to remove people from crown lands within

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05:08

An Inaugural Mix From Din On Body Promise "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

  • Din :: Sunset with Body Promise

Friendship is so often the foundation of fruitful opportunity. Din appear to be applying this philosophical nugget as a guide in life, being the pairing of close friends and fellow Sydney musicians Rainbow Chan and Alex Ward (aka Moon Holiday).

Din recently joined Body Promise to take us through a selection of their most coveted tracks from home and abroad. Sprinkled in the mix are their hot off the press productions which they will be putting front and centre for their first ever live show at Soft Centre.

Listen back to the full show to hear some carefully chosen words from Din or check out the mix here!

Tracklist:
Batu Off Court
Waterhouse 3415
Fake Low Res
The Golden Filter Vibrational
Head High Power Seat
Physical Therapy Huff
Din Jinni
1800 Haight Street LCD Casualty
Rita Furstenhof Hadron Collider
Charles Ham
Laurel Halo Jelly
Container Funnel
Enderie Let Systems Decide (A Laser Beam)
Chunyin ???
Tiga Bugatti
Din ???
Samo DJ & Tzusing Hollabackboi

Get the event details for Soft Centre here.

Catch Sunset with Body Promise every Tuesday from 6pm 8pm

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04:44

Local Government in the Inner West of Sydney "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Local government.  What does it exist for?  In the inner west of Sydney, it does not appear seem to exist for local residents or rate payers.

You might think that local government is there for things like planning, pools and parks.  Perhaps a bit of rubbish collection and road maintenance.  But not for the new Inner West Council in Sydney.

Having done a deal with . the Liberals . Labor Councillor Darcy Byrne will be the new Mayor.  And Mayor Elect Byrne has promised to:

lead a council which is both progressive and effective.

Councillor Byrne also said:

With our belief in social justice and our commitment to diversity, we can show the rest of the country how progressive principles can be put into practice at the local government level.

The Inner West Council is the forced amalgam of 3 smaller councils Leichhardt, Marrickville and Ashfield.  Marrickville Council even managed to have its own foreign policy.

But hey.  Who needs efficient planning and rubbish collection when you can have effective and progressive planning and rubbish collection with a touch of social justice and a commitment to diversity.

Perhaps a Council anthem to be sung before all Council meetings.

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04:30

Why Are So Many Young Africans Risking Their Lives to Flee Their Homes? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Will the G20s new Compact with Africa succeed in combatting poverty and climate change and deter the exodus of African economic migrants?

Young African migrants seek opportunities abroad as the World Bank projects that the worlds extreme poor will be increasingly concentrated in Africa. Credit: Ilaria Vechi/IPS

Young African migrants seek opportunities abroad as the World Bank projects that the worlds extreme poor will be increasingly concentrated in Africa. Credit: Ilaria Vechi/IPS

Sydney and Kuala Lumpur: Not a single month has passed without dreadful disasters triggering desperate migrants to seek refuge in Europe. According to the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), at least 2,247 people have died or are missing after trying to enter Europe via Spain, Italy or Greece in the first half of this year. Last year, 5,096 deaths were recorded.

The majority including economic migrants, victims of people smugglers, and so on were young Africans aged between 17 and 25. The former head of the British mission in Benghazi (Libya) claimed in April that as many as a million more were already on their way to Libya, and then Europe, from across Africa.

Why flee Africa?

Why are so many young Africans trying to leave the continent of their birth? Why are they risking their lives to flee Africa?

Part of the answer lies in the failur...

04:27

Is Tony Abbott Lying About Getting Head-butted For Marriage Equality? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Tony Abbott is many things to many people. Leader, man-spunk, hunka-hunka-speedo-love inveterate liar.

And the latter one is on everyones lips today, after Abbott got his own lips nailed he claims yesterday by a mystery marriage equality supporter who went to shake his hand in the street, and delivered a Liverpool Kiss instead.

Abbott has been clamouring for media attention ever since and using it to boost the No vote against marriage equality.

So did it happen? Is Tony a victim? Police are investigating, but we may never know, because theres no footage of the incident.

NEW MATILDA IS BEING THREATENED WITH A LAWSUIT FOR CALLING CHANNEL 7S TODAY TONIGHT TRASHY. YOU CAN HELP CHIP IN TO OUR DEFENCE FUNDRAISER HERE.

 

What we do know is that the best predictor of future behavior is past behavior, and on that front there are so many videos on Youtube of Tony Abbott lying, that, well this one is our favourite.

This one is pretty good as well.

But without question, this one is the best, because Abbott actually gets caught out lying while hes talking. Over to Tony Jones

We may never know the truth about whether Abbott was head-butted by a Yes voter but what is certain is that the alleged offender almost certainly didnt jail men, women and children seeking asylum; he didnt send troops to foreign countries to carpet bomb them; and he probably didnt punch a wall behind the head of a woman at Sydney University a few years back.

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03:57

APPLY NOW: Campaigner training the annual Felicity Whishart Program "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The late  Felicity Flic Wishart was an instrumental leader for the Australian environment movement. An immensely talented, passionate campaigner and communicator, Flic was also a trusted mentor for many young women. Her legacy lives on in her many hard-fought campaign wins, especially for the Great Barrier Reef, where a coral reef was recently named in her honour and in the work of those lucky enough to have received her guidance.

We want to keep Flics leadership alive. In her memory, Essential and the Australian Marine Conservation Society are partnering to deliver a unique training program for one successful applicant. Aimed at empowering young women who are passionate about the environment, our goal is to develop the skills of one effective campaigner this year and follow Flics footsteps.

Essential is a full service communications agency that brings together research, strategy, media, digital, advertising and production. With over 20 years experience, Essential has been the strategic force behind some of the most influential campaigns in Australia. Its award-winning creative solutions cut through and get results. Essential is also values driven. We care about the work we do and who we work with.

Flic worked closely with Essential to spearhead the Fight for the Reef campaign. Together AMCS and Essential combined social research, digital tactics and communications strategy to develop a community of more than 100,000 supporters and to effectively influence political decisions.

This training program has been designed to reflect Flics role as a mentor to young women and her understanding of the combined power of communications, digital and research to deliver progressive outcomes.

The program will cover communications strategy, digital tactics, earned media planning and social research techniques. It will provide exposure to a range of progressive camp...

03:36

Massive clearing of native forestry in Tweed sparks furore "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Hewittville Holdings had no consent for the logging or roading within these Environmental Protection Zones near Limpinwood. Photo supplied.

Hewittville Holdings had no consent for the logging or roading within these Environmental Protection Zones near Limpinwood. Photo supplied.

By Luis Feliu

Massive and controversial logging and road works on a property next to a Crown reserve in the heart of the Tweed Valley has sparked community outrage with legal action by council, a protest outside the state MPs office and a personal mayoral mission to the minister to stop the work.

Campaigners against the unauthorised works say they amount to state-sanctioned destruction of precious remnant forests with aerial photos identifying 20 hectares of environmental zones, which have been deemed prime koala habitat but deferred by the state, subject to logging or clearing for roads.

Tweed Shire Council last night unanimously resolved to engage lawyers to investigate prosecuting the owner of the Boormans Road property at Tyalgum over the works on sensitive environmentally protected zones, some within an adjacent crown reserve.

However, council planners say a major contributor to the alleged unauthorised clearing relates to a Private Native Forestry Vegetation Plan issued by the NSW Environment Protection Agency in 2013.

Council has repeatedly raised its concerns with the NSW government, as has Richmond MP Justine Elliot who has written to environment minister Gabrielle Upton calling for the work to be stopped.

In the resolution last night, council also decided to issue immediate stop-work and clean-up orders on the site and back mayor Katie Milne personally urging minister Upton to revoke the so-called licence for private native forestry which the property owners Hewitville Holdings has used to justify the works.

The property, adjacent to the Limpinwood Nature Reserve, is owned by Hewitville Holdings, which is linked to former high-flying Gold Coast developer John Fish (see previous story at https://www.echo.net.au/2015/07/bid-to-sue-tweed-developer-over-illegal-works-dropped/)

North East Forestry Aliiance (NEFA) and Northern Rivers...

03:26

MACKAY 49 charges include explosives and shortened guns "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

MACKAY September 22, 2017 at 07:11AM ,

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03:26

MACKAY Post-funeral family feud leads to serious assault allegations "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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03:17

Westgate Tunnel hearings nothing but concerns "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Since I started as the FoE & PTNT Sustainable Cities campaigner I have been continually shocked as I learn more about the Transurban $5.5 billion mega-toll road proposed for Melbournes West. 

What started as a much needed proposal to get noisy, poisonous trucks off the residential streets of the inner West has now morphed into a crazy plan to lock the West into a car dependent future. Titled a tunnel, it actually consists of a 12-lane toll way, short tunnel, 3 giant bridges across the Maribyrnong River, then an 18-lane double-decker road leading to spaghetti interchanges and flyovers.

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03:05

83-year-old woman a victim of bag-snatch in Ballina "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Police are appealing for information after an elderly woman was injured in a bag snatch in broad daylight in Ballina yesterday (Thursday, September 21).

The 83-year-old woman was walking on Winston Lane after leaving a supermarket in River Street at about 4pm.

Police have been told a man grabbed her handbag from behind and threatened her.

As the man continued to tug on the bag, the woman lost her grip and fell to the ground.

The man was last seen running towards Martin Street with the bag.

The woman was taken to Ballina Hospital in a stable condition. Police have been told she suffered a fractured pelvis.

The man who police believe may be able to assist in the investigation has been described as being of Caucasian appearance, between 170 and 180cm tall and with short blond hair.

Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au/

 

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03:04

The Port Fairy Folk Festival Announces More Artists for 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Image Courtesy of Port Fairy Folk Festival The early bird tickets for the 2018 Port Fairy Folk Festival have just gone on sale and the festival has just announced a bunch of new artists on the lineup. This time around Port Fairy has announced Amistat, Ben Waters Band (UK) with Derek Nash (UK), Black Sorrows, []

02:01

Greens open to all "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Ocean Grove Bowling Club will hold a come and try day on Friday 29 September.
The club will throw open its doors to people of all ages to come and test their skills on the rinks.
Expert coaching will be available for novice bowlers.
A free sausage sizzle will be available and the day kicks off at 10am and goes right through until 4pm.

The post Greens open to all appeared first on Ocean Grove Voice.

01:55

Heatwave hits state and more zedlines... "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Thunderstorms are anticipated, followed by an extreme heatwave in Sunshine Coast and Darlings Downs as temperatures reach the high 30s in some areas this weekend. Photo from Flickr.

A high pressure system is stationed off the east coast and is set to send the mercury up to midsummer levels on what should be a spring day, with daytime maximums up to 10 degrees above average.

Forecasters have warned of 90 kilometre an hour winds across the Gympie region, which thunderstorms are threatening for this afternoon and evening, with a 70% chance of rain today.

Maximum weekend temperatures include 38 on Sunday in Roma, Gatton, Ipswich, and Emerald, and the mid 30s in Nambour, Warwick, Rockhampton, and Gympie.

01:29

Tweed council votes Yes for marriage equality "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Luis Feliu

Tweed Shire Councils chambers in Murwillumbah and Tweed Heads will be flying the rainbow flag proudly soon after councillors last night voted to support the Yes vote in the upcoming same-sex marriage survey.

The councils progressive majority backed mayor Katie Milnes notice of motion (in a 4-3 vote) for council to support amending the Marriage Act to include all members of the LGBTQIA community

Council will now erect a rainbow flag or banners outside the Tweed and Murwillumbah council chambers for the duration of the controversial postal survey.

Cr Milnes motion also proposes that council promotes its position on the issue through the media and social networking and holds at least one councilor-led public function to promote the Yes vote.

The Greens mayor said that while the Marriage Act is the responsibility of the Commonwealth councils are met with varying levels of success and/or criticism when they lend weight to matters outside of their jurisdiction.

Council must also consider that adopting a specific view on items that are subject to a conscience vote could result in unwanted community division being directed towards it, she said.

Flag etiquette requires that any flag, other than the Australian flag, must be flown lower than the Australian flag.

Council will also need to give direction on what flag is to be removed to fly the rainbow flag.

Therefore the option of the banner is easier to implement.

Cr Milne told councillors the rainbow flags would cost around $300 each and that there may also be other costs associated with the public function.

New deputy

Meanwhile, Cr Reece Byrnes was elected unopposed as new deputy mayor at an extraordinary meeting held last night.

Cr Byrnes, a Labor Party-endorsed councilor, was voted to replace Cr Chris Cherry.

Mayor Milne thanked Cr Cherry for her service in the past year.

Cr Byrnes will hold the position until September next year, when another election will be held.

Under the Local Government Act, the term of deputy is a year while for mayor it is two years.

At 29, Cr Byrnes is believed to be the youngest deputy mayor in Tweed shires history.

Outgoing deputy Cr Cherry, said councillors gave Cr Byrnes their full support by electing him unopposed.

The newly-elected deputy last night led a condolence motion for the late, Murwillumbah-born, Labor luminary John Johno Johnson.

It noted the recent passing of the former Member of the NSW Legislative Council and his great contribution to public life......

01:22

North coast students spellbound in anticipation of finals "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Junior finalist Sunny from Bangalow Public School. Photo supplied.

Junior finalist Sunny from Bangalow Public School. Photo supplied.

Six far north coast students are in the running to be crowned the states best speller after making it through the Regional Finals of the NSW Premiers Spelling Bee.

The students were rewarded with a place in the prestigious Spelling Bee State Final in Sydney in November, where 86 students from across the state will compete for the title.

The local finalists are: River R, Yamba Public School, junior; Ben D, Dunoon Public School, junior; Bradley G, Terranora Public School, junior; Che M, Palmers Island Public School, senior; Sunny D, Bangalow Public School, senior; Amelie M, Pottsville Beach Public School, senior.

Senior finalist Amelie from Pottsville Beach Primary School. Photo supplied

Senior finalist Amelie from Pottsville Beach Primary School. Photo supplied

 

Winning a spot in the State Final is quite an achievement, with around 3,200 students from almost 1000 public schools across NSW competing in the regional finals this month (4-15 September) and more than 153,000 students taking part in this years competition, said an education department spokesperson.

To make it to the regional finals, the junior finalists had to correctly spell words such as refugee, raucous and congregate. Meanwhile, senior students were challenged with words like cruciferous, boisterous and tzatziki, he added.

NSW is the top-ranked State in mean spelling scores at all year levels in this years NAPLAN. The Premiers Spelling Bee is just one of the many initiatives that are improving the literacy skills of public school students across NSW.

Writing award

Meanwhile, one local student has been chose...

00:53

Has Alpine Shire underestimated the economic and environmental costs of the Dinner Plain Green? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

As reported several times by Mountain Journal, the Alpine Shire in north east Victoria is currently investigating whether to develop a Village Green (oval/ polo field/ elite athlete training ground) in the Dinner Plain village. The estimated cost of the project is $1.5 million and substantial investigations have been carried out to assess the likely environmental, social and economic implications of the proposal. Council is now deciding whether to proceed with developing the Green, which will require the destruction of almost 2 hectares of snow gum woodland (an assessment of the environmental impacts of this project is available here).

I have read the relevant documents, inclusive of the Information Booklet and the flora and fauna assessment by Biosis, and have particular concerns about the environmental impacts and associated risks concerning offsets etc.

My biggest concern is that there are potentially significant ecological impacts and associated costs that are risks for the project that are not adequately considered.  I will go through each possible risk below but the biggest overall impact will possibly be on your cost benefit analysis for the project, i.e. if the costs go up any appreciable level then your cost benefit analysis could go into the negative quite easily.

First, I have compared the Village Green concept and the disturbance footprint detailed in the flora and fauna report and would strongly argue that the losses are underestimated for several reasons:

  1. The proposed works area defined by Biosis definitely looks smaller than the drawing in Figure 2 of the information booklet.
  2. It will difficult to limit the works and the impact to the proposed footprint in my view. There will inevitably be disturbance between existing buildings, use areas a nd tracks and the Village Green facility because of the inevitable desire lines that visitors will use between existing private land and use areas and the new Village Green.
  3. Batters have impacts beyond their footprint in most circumstances, including unanticipated impacts at construction, slumping after construction and drainage....

00:49

Cycling road racing returns to the Tweed "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

cycling cyclingThe annual Battle of the Border national road racing cycling event through the scenic Tweed Valley, postponed in April due to the big floods, is on this weekend  and again set to draw hundreds of keen cycling fans.

The Battle Recharge event, part of the Subaru National Road Series (NRS), is run tomorrow through to Monday.

In March, Cyclone Debbie flooding caused not only loss of life but major damage to roads and council infrastructure, with restoration works still underway.

Mike Crawley, a spokesman for organiser QSMSports, said the not-for-profit event to brings an influx of sporting tourism back into the region and helps recharge the local economy.

We are looking forward to bringing cyclists and athletes from around Australia to the Tweed and showcasing the region as a premier sporting destination, Mr Crawley said.

Since the event started in 2009, we have enjoyed a strong partnership with the communities in the Tweed and Mt Warning Caldera.

Id like to thank Destination New South Wales, Destination Tweed, and Tweed Shire Council for their continued loyal support of the Battle and road racing in New South Wales, he added.

The strong partnership extends to the teams and riders, with a quality field ensuring its support of the three-day Tour, one of the staple events on the Subaru NRS calendar.

Fresh off his maiden Subaru NRS Tour victory at last weekends Amys Otway Tour, Queenslands Ryan Cavanagh (NSWIS) is eager to contest the event held just a couple of hours from his Sunshine Coast hometown.

Cavanagh said he has missed only one Battle from since it has started, I always want to a part of it as it is such a great event.

Cavanagh, who rides for the Sydney based NSWIS outfit, said the roads are dy...

00:35

Australias Dubious Role in Syria: an Ongoing Saga "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

RAAF F/A-18F Super Hornets refuelling from a KC-30A en route to the Middle East (adapted photo SBS, AAP)

by James ONeill*

In August 2015 the government of then Prime Minister Tony Abbott, with Julie Bishop as Foreign Minister announced that they were considering Australia having a role as part of the US coalition engaged in the war in Syria. They said that no decision would be made until they had received legal advice as to whether or not Australias intervention would be legally possible.

What Mr Abbott and Ms Bishop failed to disclose was that the government had solicited an invitation from the Americans to participate in the Syrian war. According to a report in the Sydney Morning Herald, the government had pushed for Washington to request that Australia expand its air strikes against Islamic State from Iraq into Syria.

Exactly what form that push had taken has not been disclosed, either to Parliament or elsewhere.  Similar...

00:10

LNP to scrap juvenile bail housing if elected and more zedlines... "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Queenslands Liberal National Party said they will close supervised bail accommodation for juvenile offenders if elected to government, instead putting minors in prisons. Photo from Flickr.

The Labor party announced plans last week to roll out specialised centres over the next few months, designed to house between four and 12 children who had been charged with an offence but were yet to face court and were unable to return home.

Currently, minors awaiting trial but unable to go home make up about 80% of the population of youth detention facilities in Queensland.

00:06

Big Rob ordered to pay Lismore mayors $6k legal costs "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Former mayoral candidate Mr Big Rob.(photo Darren Coyne)

Former mayoral candidate Mr Big Rob.(photo Darren Coyne)

Failed mayoral candidate Big Rob has been ordered to pay the $6000 legal bill of Lismore mayor Isaac Smith after his appeal against an interim apprehended personal violence order was dismissed.

The interim APVO against Mr Rob was granted by Magistrate David Heilpern in Lismore Local Court in March, following a complaint by Cr Smith to police about harassment.

This prevented Mr Rob from going within 200 metres of anywhere Cr Smith or his family lived or worked, or attended school, and stopped him from publishing any material online about the family or the mayoral vehicle.

Mr Rob appealed the interim APVO in the District Court, which was dismissed by Judge Laura Wells on May 18.

Cr Smiths legal team then lodged an application for costs on the same day, which was adjourned until June 8, to allow Mr Rob to respond in writing why an order shouldnt be made against him.

When Mr Rob failed to appear in Lismore District Court on June 8, Judge Wells questioned why he thought he was excused from appearing or responding to the costs application in writing.

On Thursday at Lismore District Court Judge Wells ruled Cr Smith was entitled to be awarded costs he incurred during the appeal process.

She ordered Mr Rob to pay Cr Smiths legal costs totalling $6006.

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Thursday, 21 September

23:57

Biala Special School is excited to open their new playground "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Students doing a circuit in the new internal playground at Biala Special School. Photo supplied.

Students doing a circuit in the new internal playground at Biala Special School. Photo supplied.

Biala Special School in Ballina is excited to be opening a new safer playground space today that was refurbished using a $30,000 grant from Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation.

Earlier this year, Principal Bhavni Stewart and Biala Support Services CEO, Linda Walsh accepted the grant to allow the project to proceed with the laying of a new weather proof synthetic surface in the playground.

Were overwhelmed by the amount of support from Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation over the last 10 years with the Foundation also funding our respite camps and the upgrade of Melaleuca House, Linda said.

Bhavni Stewart said that the old playground had been rendered unsafe due to exposure to Northern Rivers weather. It simply had become either slippery in the rain or baked hard by the sun.

The new playground surface provides a safer environment and more user-friendly space for our students, which is so important in any school, but particularly one like ours which caters to children with intellectual and physical disabilities, Bhavni said.

Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation Chairman, Phil Neat said the key focus of its grant-giving was to support the organisations delivering life-changing services in local communities.

For almost 50 years Biala Special School is a community-built and run service which has brought joy, education and opportunity to the lives of people with a disability, he said.

It has become an extension of many families caring for loved-ones with disabilities, which is testament to its successful formula and the dedication of staff.

The Foundation is proud to support Biala in its work and to help make the daily experience of its students just that little bit better, Phil said.

Biala Special School is a small independent school for students with a moderate to severe intellectual disability and/or Autism Spectrum Disorder. Biala Support Services provides support to adults with a disability through a range of social, community and recreational programs, as well as accommodatio...

23:43

Abbott allegedly head-butted by same sex marriage campaigner "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

 A mural depicting former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott during a wedding ceremony where he is both the groom and bride is displayed on a cafe wall in Sydney, Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

A mural depicting former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott during a wedding ceremony where he is both the groom and bride is displayed on a cafe wall in Sydney, Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

Liberal backbencher Tony Abbott was head-butted by a man he claims was a same-sex marriage supporter in Hobart on Thursday. But his tough old nut survived.

He himself admitted he only received a very, very slightly swollen lip but the incident has made great fodder for the Murdoch media.

Mr Abbott said he was walking toward his waterfront hotel when he was approached by a man.

A fellow sung out at me Hey Tony. I turned around. There was a chap wearing a Vote Yes badge, Mr Abbott told Macquarie radio.

He says I want to shake your hand. I went over to shake his hand then he head-butted me, the former pugilist told the radio station.

He wasnt very good at it, Ive got to say, but he did make contact.

The only damage was a very, very slightly swollen lip.

A staffer from Mr Abbotts office tussled with the man before he ran off swearing his head off.

Its just a reminder of how ugly this debate is getting, Mr Abbott said.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull phoned Mr Abbott when he heard about the attack and also discussed the matter with AFP commissioner Andrew Colvin.

An Australian Federal Police spokesman said the agency doesnt comment on protection arrangements for individuals.

Mr Abbott is in Tasmania campaigning for the no vote in the national same-sex marriage survey along with Liberal party colleague Senator Eric Abetz.

Senator Abetz said it was disappointing a yes campaigner would try to assault a former prime minister.

Cabinet minister Christopher Pyne said no one should be attacked for having a different view on marriage.

It is an un-Australian thing to do and I hope that Tony is okay, he told the Nine Network.

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten described the attack as unacceptable.

Violence like this is never acceptable. Im gl...

23:34

22 September More REneweconomy news "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

REneweconomy
  • Solar sedan and sports coupe in race across Australia and to commercial market
    A UNSW-built solar sedan is taking on a Brisbane-built solar sports coupe in a race across Australia and to drive as registered vehicles on Australian roads.

23:32

Friends of the Koala education centre opens "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Friends of the Koala's new Burribi education centre. Photo supplied

Friends of the Koalas new Burribi Education cCentre. Photo supplied

A new koala education and administration centre was opened by Friends of the Koala in Lismore on Wednesday September 20 adjacent to their Koala Care and Research Centre in Rifle Range Road.

This koala is being cared for by Friends of the Koala (FoK). Photo supplied.

This koala is being cared for by Friends of the Koala (FoK). Photo supplied.

This will provide much better outcomes for the koalas and an improved education facility which will enhance the community education experience for the many visitors and tourists that come to the Centre to learn about our iconic species said Ms Irwin.

Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan helped to officially open the Friends of the Koalas new $170,000 Burribi Education and Administration Centre. The Friends of the Koalas provided $91,121 while the  federal government...

23:04

Hackett hockey victory "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Alasdair Hackett receiving the Ric Purser Shield on behalf of Waverley Hockey Club.

WONTHAGGI boy Alasdair Hackett has captained Waverley Hockey Club to victory in the Grand Final of Victorias Under 16 Shield Hockey.
Played on Friday, September 8, Waverley fought back from two goals down against Southern United to draw the game 2-2, and then went on to win the penalty shootout, 5-4. Alasdair scored both of Waverleys goals in normal time, in a thrilling match, watched. by a large crowd, on a cold Friday evening at the State Netball and Hockey Centre.
In the first two weeks of the finals, Waverley beat Camberwell, 1-0, and previously undefeated Essendon, 5-4 (Essendon had only conceded six goals all year until the semi-final, and had scored 115). Alasdair scored the only goal in the Camberwell game, and three goals plus two assists in the Essendon match.
Alasdair has been selected to represent the Victoria 16 years and under side in Adelaide in December this year, in the Pacific School Games, which involves state and territory teams, plus overseas teams, in 11 different sports and two age groups, in boys and girls competitions.
Anyone interested in joining Wonthaggi five-a-side hockey, played throughout daylight saving, should text John on 0418-500125. Participation is free. Usual hockey protective gear is advised.

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21:37

Edir Macedo of Brazil the wealthiest Prosperity Gospel pastor in the world worth US$1.1 billion. "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Bishop Edir Macedo, the head of the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God, preaches at a rally in Rio de Janeiro. Photograph: Samuel Martins/AP

Bishop Edir Macedo, the head of the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God, preaches at a rally in Rio de Janeiro. 

 

In March 2013 Macedo was on the Forbes billionaires list with a reported US$1.1 billion. That makes him by far the richest pastor in Brazil and the world.

Wikipedia article below

 

Edir Macedo is the Brian Houston of Brazil.

Edir Macedo like Brian Houston of Hillsong Global Church based in Sydney, Australia is a Prosperity Gospel Church.

Like Hillsong, Edir Macedo has a strong emphasis on tithing.

Is it right and Ok for a Christian pastor to have a net worth of $1.1 billion earned from the tithes of very poor superstitious Brazilians?

This is plain exploitation of the poor and needy.

Brazil has a population of 220 million, by far the largest Portuguese speaking country in the world. It is a country of vast urban and rural poverty.

 

The Guardian London

Brazilian evangelical leader charged with fraud

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