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Thursday, 15 November


Preservation of Food - from Garden to Kitchen "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Southern Australias unique environment enables us to grow plant varieties which provide long seasons of fresh food from almost any  species we choose but even the best planned garden or orchard produces the occasional glut. And anyway there are so many types of food that we would love to have out of season; pickled olives, dried fruit, frozen sweetcorn and delicious nuts sound pretty inviting in the middle of winter.

Preserving is the answer and this course will teach you the secrets of small scale, natural food preparation, preservation and storage.

Learn about when to harvest, freezing, drying, storing successfully, combating pests, keeping the vitality in stored food, pickling, fermenting, home milling, food hygiene, packaging, small scale marketing and self sufficiency.

This one day intensive course will involve food quality tasting, the hands-on operation of small scale food processing equipment and the sharing of treasured recipes and techniques from different countries.

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Wednesday, 04 July


Preservation of Food - from Garden to Kitchen "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Southern Australias unique environment enables us to grow plant varieties which provide long seasons of fresh food from almost any  species we choose but even the best planned garden or orchard produces the occasional glut. And anyway there are so many types of food that we would love to have out of season; pickled olives, dried fruit, frozen sweetcorn and delicious nuts sound pretty inviting in the middle of winter.

Preserving is the answer and this course will teach you the secrets of small scale, natural food preparation, preservation and storage.

Learn about when to harvest, freezing, drying, storing successfully, combating pests, keeping the vitality in stored food, pickling, fermenting, home milling, food hygiene, packaging, small scale marketing and self sufficiency.

This one day intensive course will involve food quality tasting, the hands-on operation of small scale food processing equipment and the sharing of treasured recipes and techniques from different countries.

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Wednesday, 25 April


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

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

In other news: Environmental stories from around the web, April 13, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Tropical forests A government agency in Indonesia aims to restore peatlands and help communities (CIFOR Forests News). Planting cocoa trees could help farmers and ranchers avoid further deforestation in the Amazon (Reuters). Leeches help scientists assess the array of species present in forests (The New York Times). CITES finds that some reptiles and amphibians sold as captive bred are actually captured from the wild (The New York Times). Pollution appears to be changing the chemistry of the air in the Amazon (Phys.Org). Habitat loss killed most of the koalas that died in recent years in Queensland, Australia (The Guardian). The proliferation of wildlife on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi happened more recently than scientists previously estimated, according to a new study (Phys.Org). Other news Sperm whale succumbs to 29 kilograms (64 pounds) of trash in its gut, according to an autopsy (The New York Times). Animals charismatic status may increase their risk of extinction, a new study finds (PLOS Biology/EurekAlert). Increased snowfall in Antarctica over past 200 years isnt enough to compensate for the sea-level rise caused by melting ice (BBC News). Now a different dodo, a small pigeon in the South Pacific, is facing extinction due to hunting (The Guardian). Scientists debate the danger that climate change poses to polar bears, and denialists use the discord to sow doubt (The New York Times). New research suggests that as mountains erode, they release climate-warming gases (Science Magazine). In a bid to save dugongs, conservation groups are trying to set up

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Thursday, 19 April


Australian Army NH Industries MRH-90 Multi-Role Helicopter A40-036 "Warhorse 69" Pops into Rockhampton Airport "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

On Monday 16 April, Australian Army NH Industries MRH-90 Multi-Role Helicopter A40-036 was spotted visiting Rockhampton Airport.  It looked to arrive from RAAF Base Amberley where it and several of its brethren have recently been performing aerial patrols over the Commonwealth Games precinct on the Gold Coast.



Gillard, Wilson and Slater & Gordon's dealings with money set aside for widows and orphans "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Around August 1995, when Bruce Wilson and Julia Gillard came unstuck Slater and Gordon gradually ceased acting for the AWU. Over the next year or so the firm progressively sent its AWU client files to the AWU's Sydney offices. Here's an original record showing each file, colour coded to show...


Camping at Yandilla, Conondale Range "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Masked Owl

Good birds at Yandilla Farmstay, the adjoining Conondale National Park and the nearby Kilcoy Abattoir ponds included Masked Owl, Red-browed Treecreeper, Glossy Black Cockatoo, Painted Buttonquail, Plum-headed Finch and Black-tailed Native-hen.

Conondale National Park (southern end)
We camped for 3 nights at Yandilla Farmstay at the northern end of Mt Kilcoy Road. A bit of the history and further information about the place can be found here. It's a pleasant spot with running creeks nestled in the southern foothills of the Conondale Range. A walking trail leads upstream a short way from the property into Conondale National Park. Facilities are basic, with warmish showers available late-afternoon after a tank fire is lit by the property owner (who, it should be warned, is extremely talkative!)



Employment growth stalls "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Stall speed

Australia's economy has added a very impressive +525,900 jobs on a net basis since September 2016, but the dream run was over by March 2018, with only a small increase recorded in the month and a revised drop reported for February. 

Very hard to look at this chart with rose-tinted spectacles for 2018!

After a spectacular run it's no surprise that New South Wales has hit a leaner patch, while South Australia recorded a net employment loss of -6,100 for the month, as the local economy struggles to gain traction, possibly with some flow-through to suppliers of the now shuttered auto assembly industry.

Over the past quarter employment growth was overwhelmingly driven by Queensland (+17,800) and Victoria (+15,900).

On a trend basis over the past year Queensland recorded by far and away the strongest employment growth rate at +4.3 per cent, although New South Wales was also very strong at +3.6 per cent.

Unemployment steady

The participation rate in Australia has been tracking as high as we've ever seen, though it ticked down a notch to 65.5 per cent in March. 


MACKAY Off-duty Mackay officer allegedly assaulted by gang "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

MACKAY April 19, 2018 at 10:11AM ,

Off-duty Mackay officer allegedly assaulted by gang

April 19, 2018 at 10:11AM ,

A 36-year-old man has since been charged with assault occasioning bodily arm and is due to appear in Mackay Magistrates Court on May 8. Police believe the incident may be linked to an altercation at a licensed venue on Malcolmson St, Mt Pleasant, about the same time. One person was taken to

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MACKAY Alleged kidnap victim ran screaming for help to stranger "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

MACKAY April 19, 2018 at 05:36AM ,

Alleged kidnap victim ran screaming for help to stranger

April 19, 2018 at 05:36AM ,

EXCLUSIVE: BATTERED and bruised, a 39-year-old woman ran along a Bakers Creek road screaming for help, 40 minutes after she was allegedly kidnapped and then tortured. Pete Harold heard the calls for help as the woman entered his Connors Rd property on Sunday afternoon. I was going to

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MACKAY Confessed boy lover breaches sex offender conditions "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

MACKAY April 19, 2018 at 06:26AM ,

Confessed boy lover breaches sex offender conditions

April 19, 2018 at 06:26AM ,

Clifford John Byrne, 55, avoided jail-time when he was sentenced for failing to comply with reporting conditions in Mackay Magistrates Court on Wednesday. Byrne whose reporting obligations have now expired was ordered to pay a $5000 fine, out of a possible maximum penalty of five years jail, or a

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MACKAY Assault charge, Mackay "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

MACKAY April 19, 2018 at 10:33AM ,

Assault charge, Mackay

April 19, 2018 at 10:33AM ,

A 36-year-old McEwans Beach man has been charged with assault occasioning bodily harm in company and is due to appear in the Mackay Magistrates Court on May 8. A 24-year-old Mackay West man has been charged with trespass and is also due to appear in the Mackay Magistrates Court on May

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MACKAY Stalker free on bail, awaits sentencing "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

MACKAY April 19, 2018 at 06:26AM ,

Stalker free on bail, awaits sentencing

April 19, 2018 at 06:26AM ,

A LANDSCAPER from West Mackay who stalked his ex-partner by harassing her with hundreds of calls is a free man, for now at least. Michael Liam Saylor, 31, applied for bail in Mackay Magistrates Court in late April. He was subsequently released from prison, despite opposition from the prosecution.

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MACKAY Woman kidnapped, tortured, raped for 10 days in outer Delhis Sultanpuri "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

MACKAY April 18, 2018 at 10:45PM ,

Woman kidnapped, tortured, raped for 10 days in outer Delhis Sultanpuri

April 18, 2018 at 10:45PM ,

He is due to appear in the Mackay Magistrates Court today. Lois Reiss vanished after her husbands body was found, and her trail went cold until Pamela Hutchinson, 59, of Bradenton, Fla., was discovered dead. There was no ID on her whatsoever, charge cards, anything, Vincent Watts, Hutchinsons

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MACKAY Marian man charged after fatal rollover at Eungella Dam "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

MACKAY April 19, 2018 at 07:56AM ,

Marian man charged after fatal rollover at Eungella Dam

April 19, 2018 at 07:56AM ,

A MARIAN tradesman has been charged after a 20-year-old Mirani man died in a ute rollover at Eungella Dam late last year. Zachary Ty Gaston, 20, faced Magistrate Mark Nolan in Mackay Magistrates Court on Wednesday. Police allege Gaston dangerously operated a vehicle causing death or grievous

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More delays for Sydneys light rail "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Workmen walk past the George St Sydney CBD Light Rail Project construction site in Sydney, Friday, April 13, 2018. The subcontractor building the Sydney light rail is seeking an extra $1.1 billion, claiming the NSW government induced it to enter the agreement on a false premise. AAP Image/Mick Tsikas.


A 12-month delay to Sydneys troubled light rail project to the eastern suburbs is unacceptable and the contractor needs to accelerate, the NSW Transport Minister says.

Light rail consortium ALTRAC has reportedly told the state government trams wont be operating until March 2020.

Unfortunately, in this case, we have one sub-contractor who is playing the game and we are not interested in their games, we are interested in their work and they need to get on with it, Andrew Constance told ABC radio on Thursday.

We want to see it (the project) delivered in 2019 as per the project deed. It is vital that ALTRAC accelerate and get on with their program. We have businesses and residents being hurt by their actions and inactions, he later told 2GB.

Last week, Premier Gladys Berejiklian insisted it was her intention to have the light rail running some time in 2019, despite a messy contractual dispute and looming court battle.

A Spanish subcontractor responsible for building the project claims Transport for NSW engaged in misleading or deceptive conduct in relation to the contract for the 12-kilometre network from Circular Quay to Kingsford and Randwick.

In its statement of claim filed last Friday in the NSW Supreme Court, the company Acciona Infrastructure Australia is seeking more than $1....


FixedIt: Child abuse charges are not a sex case "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The UK Business Insider reported on the closing remarks in the Melbourne Magistrates Court hearing on the child sexual abuse charges against Cardinal George Pell and described the case as asex case.

Cardinal Pell strongly denies the charges against him. This commentary has nothing to do with his guilt or innocence, which must be determined by the court. This is only about how the charges are described in the media.

Children cannot have sex. Sex requires consent, children cannot legally or morally give consent so it is not sex. Rape, sexual abuse and sex are not the same thing and they can not be used interchangeably in headlines.

Here are the reasons this matters, in every case, with every headline.

The victim impact statements from child abuse trials are harrowing, a testament to the lifelong injuries suffered by people who were sexually abused as children. They are the litany of drug addition, alcohol dependence, gambling problems, depression, crippling anxiety, relationship breakdowns, suicidal thoughts, shame, self-hatred, mistrust of others and long term emotional damage so common in survivors of child sexual abuse. Children who have been abused are also significantly more likely to suffer further abuse, both as children and as adults.

The effects of sexual abuse of children then lead to the cycle of horror where victims become unreliable witnesses to their own abuse.

When the media, as it so persistently does, labels sexual abuse of children as child sex, we are weakening the public understanding of the extent and effect of such abuse. This has serious effects. A study conducted for the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse found that juries who have a better understanding of the facts of child sexual abuse are less likely to make mistakes in their assessment of evidence given in court.

Children cannot have sex with adults. Sex requires consent and children, by definition, cannot give consent, so its not sex. Its rape, its child abuse, its sexual abuse, its any number of terms that accurately describe a crime. An act perpetrated on an innocent victim, someone who was unable to defend themselves from the violence done to them, and who suffers for years, possibly decades, from the trauma caused by an adults choice to commit that violence.



FixedIt: A woman, a man and a baby were murdered "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Queensland Times reported that a man who impregnated his then 18 year old daughter murdered his duaghter, their baby and her adoptive father before killing himself. Not only does the man who committed all these murders not even get a mention in the headline, the murders themselves arent even there.

Invisible perpetrators are a constant in FixedIt. This is not a trivial issue. It matters because headlines are supposed to be a short summary of the article and when the article is about violence men commit against women and those men are invisible, the headline is not telling the story, its erasing the story.

Also, most people dont consume news by reading a print newspaper from cover to cover. Only some people go directly to the home page of a news outlet. Most people get news links from social media, and the most likely source is Facebook. But regardless of the source, we see far more headlines than we click on.

Something like 80 percent of the headlines we see, we never click through to read the article. Were not necessarily thinking very much about the headlines we dont click on, but we see them. And without being consciously aware that its happening they are still describing something to us. When they fit our subconscious bias or when theyre underpinned myths about violence and repeat them over and over again, they reinforce them in our minds, but we dont really notice that its happening.

The things we dont notice are far more dangerous than the things we do notice.

Clarity in reporting and avoiding the passive voice and are among the first things journalists are taught. Which is why the constant use of passive voice and unclear reporting on violence against women stands out so much.

If all the violent crimes committed by men were reported in the active voice with the perpetrators and their crime as the subject of every headline, it would be overwhelming. Because it is overwhelming.

We are journalists and it is not our job to erase the truth so our audience is not made to feel uncomfortable. Our job is to describe what is happening in our society. And the sad truth is that around 90 percent of violent crimes are committed by men. Avoiding this fact doesnt make it less true but it does make it much more difficult to address the underlying cause.

Headlines matter and this is why FixedIt exists.

FixedIt is an ongoing project to push back against the medias constant erasure of violent men and blaming of innocent victims. If you would like to help fund it even $5 a month makes a big difference please consider...


Sketches In Australia By George Whitelaw, 1857-1864 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

I was sort of watching an old episode of Antiques Roadshow ("watching" = noise in the background while I researched Oz history) when I heard the above title mentioned.
Now, poor George was a consumptive bloke ( he was quickly fading away from TB) so he had a little time to fill in.
The sketches in his book aren't fabulously long-lost works of art BUT they are observations of people and Aboriginal people in and around the small settlement of Melbourne; rudimentary ink drawings show mia-mias (huts) and Aboriginal figures with notes on the back of the sketch detailing how they lived.
He also sketched figures waltzing off to the goldfields, showing the various classes by their dress, with the usual accoutrements of digging in their hot little hands.
In short,  rare wonderful glimpses of history.
After the value was given by the Antiques Roadshow expert, with comments that it would garner high interest in the Aussie market, the owner stated he wouldn't be selling.
Now, doing my sums that episode was from 2009 (I told you it was an oldie) so I had a quick Gurgle to see if the sketchbook ever made its way to The Fair Isle of Oz - and, yes, it did!
Mossgreen Auctions in Armadale, Vic, auctioned it last May; how much or who bought it I have not the foggiest, I can only hope it or a facsimile eventually finds its way into the National Library or into print for schools or some such.

You can read a lengthy description by the auction house of George's sketch book  HERE

You can read the transcript of the AR ep HERE.


Meeting 6pm Tonight: Independent and Peaceful Australia Network - War on Syria contingency meeting 19 April "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Invitation to a meeting to coordinate contingency plans for an emergency rally in the event of war breaking out or bombing resuming in Syria/Middle East or on the Korean Peninsula.

Thursday 19 April
Level 4
Trades Hall
(Please note that we have changed to a larger room)

The global situation is unpredictable and inflammable.

The peace movement needs to come together to make contingency plans in advance to mobilise mass protests and rallies in the event of war breaking out.

A contingency plan and a broad coalition is needed to mobilise a wide range of people, organisations and contacts at a very short notice.

A co-ordinating group will be set up.

If you want to find out more or be a contact for your organisation or community but unable to come this Thursday, please reply to this email or phone 0417456001.

Shirley Winton
Independent and Peaceful Australia Network

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SICK OF DYING (PART 1): How The Health Community Is Failing Julian Assange, The Victims Of The Douma Attacks, And Three Women Struggling To Feed Their Kids "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Around the world, people are getting sicker, and more and more are dying from entirely preventable causes. We have the answers to why, we just dont have the will to stop it. In the first of a two part series, Dr Lissa Johnson looks at the greatest cause of global illness and death.

The Lancet recently published an article identifying the single most important action that health professionals can take to promote health for all. The articles recommendations draw on the findings of the World Health Assembly (WHA), the decision-making body of the World Health Organisation (WHO), which has pinpointed the most pervasive cause of ill-health worldwide.

However, scarcely a mainstream health professional in the Western world has heeded the advice of The Lancet or the WHA, which is curious. The Lancet is described by its publisher as the worlds leading independent medical journal. The papers author, David McCoy, is Professor of Global Public Health at Queen Mary University London, ranked as one of the top universities in the UK. The WHA is widely regarded as the highest health policy-setting body in the world.

When three leading medical institutions come together to deliver an important message to health professionals, regarding the most powerful antidote to the leading global cause of ill-health, why wouldnt we prick up our ears? What kinds of illnesses and remedies are The Lancet and the WHA talking about? And what has it got to do with Wikileaks and Julian Assange?

Three womens stories hold some clues. The United Nations International Childrens Emergency Fund writes, 32-year-old Fatime Hayel wakes up at 6 am every day and sends her husband to fetch water using their three 20-litre jerry cans. After that, I send my kids to garbage dumps and restaurants to search for food and bring it to us for breakfast, she says.




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April 19 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

1623 - After kidnapping an Aboriginal bloke the previous day it wasn't surprising that the Dutch sailors of the Pera were then greeted by over 200 angry and hostile Aboriginals in North QLD.

1770 - Lieut Zachary Hicks eyeballed the point of land which now bears his name as Point Hicks (Cape Everard).

1805 - Aboriginal people defending their land managed to kill several colonists which resulted in a Government Order today to Captain William Bligh to send soldiers to protect the settlers.

1818 Phillip Parker King discovers Port Essington , later one of the first British settlements in what is now the Northern Territory.

1831 - The Sydney Gazette reported that: - Elizabeth Smith, an importation by the Earl of Liverpool, who made her first appearance ashore on Friday last was charged with insolence to her mistress. It appeared that the prisoner was assigned direct from the ship, to the service of a gentleman in Sydney, to whose house she was sent on the day she landed. In the afternoon obtained permission of her mistress to go out, on some business of her own, for a limited time, which she exceeded, and on being reprimanded on her return home, told her mistress she was " a-good-for nothing hussy," and that she (Elizabeth) " knew by the cut of her jib" that the service would not answer her. The bench sentenced her to the third class in the Factory for three months. Elizabeth Smith had been assigned to William Foster in Sydney on arrival.

1836 - Governor Bourke visited Newcastle on the Ceres. He inspected the site for the New Military Barracks and other buildings which were to be erected at Newcastle, proceeded overland to Brisbane Water and returned to Sydney.

1856 - Stoke up your boiler, Aunty Maud, the first steam railway from Adelaide to Port Adelaide started chuffing along.

1876 - Those erstwhile Fenian convicts all gallivanting aboard the whaling ship Catalpa were called to hove to by the armed guards aboard the Georgette after they'd fired a shot across her bow; the master of the Catalpa claimed they were in international waters, inquiring would the Water Police Superintendent J. F. Stone like to trigger An Incident?
As Britain had just then lost a 3 million pound case in similar circumstances Stone decided his wage didn't quite stretch far enough to cover his backside so he let the Catalpa go sailing off into the sunset with the escaped political prisoners.

1877 - The Main Western Railway Line (NSW) was opened from Blayney to Orange.

1900 - Tired of twiddling their thumbs after the Sunday roast the Victorian pollies dreamt up a Royal Commission on local government laws.

From 1911 until 1916 today was proclaimed to be Discovery Day to celebrate the day on which Jimmy Cook tripped over some great lump of dirt now known...

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Wednesday, 18 April


Religious leaders say no Adani "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Contributed from Queensland

More than 50 religious leaders have banded together to urge Adani to abandon its Queensland coal project and invest in renewable energy instead.

The group includes Christian ministers, rabbis, nuns, ordained Buddhists and imams from across Australia. They have put their names to a letter that has been delivered to Adanis headquarters in Townsville.

Signatories include Muslims Australia President Dr Rateb Jneid, Anglican Dean of Brisbane Dr Peter Catt and Rabbi Jonathan Keren-Black.

Adanis $16.5 billion coal mining and rail project has generated widespread opposition, because of its contribution to carbon emissions, destruction of Aboriginal land and farming, impact on the water supply, and the significant threat it poses to the Great Barrier reef.

Regardless of all this, the Australian government has Given Adani the go ahead.

Protecting our common home and all those who live here is an essential part of each of our faiths,said the letter to company chairman Gautam Adani.

The leaders oppose all new coal mining in the Galilee Basin, with fears it could impact on water supplies, climate change and the Great Barrier Reef.

Adani has argued the $16.5 billion Carmichael mine would be a boon for jobs in struggling areas of regional Queensland. This is hotly disputed by opponents, who argue that it will damge other parts of the economy and that the number of promised jobs is greatly exaggerated, because this is a capital intensive industry.

The religious leaders said they also supported local jobs and has called for an increased investment in renewable energy like solar, saying Coal communities need serious investment to make the transition from the dirty energy of the past to the clean energy of the future.

The religious leaders said they also supported local jobs and has called for an increased investment in renewable energy like solar. Coal communities need serious investment to make the transition from the dirty energy of the past to the clean energy of the future, the letter said.





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The massive immorality of mass immigration ... "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Like a lead weight attached to our cultural identity, our quality of life was dragged down by a new vision of cultural and class relativism. Our dog-boxes are cheaper and better than dog-boxes in China you see; just ask someone from China and let them set the demand here in Australia. Of course, if you live at Point Piper or Toorak the fire sale of working and middle-class Australias amenity and our cultural values didnt affect you. You were still be able to walk your dog in leafy streets and in near-empty and manicured parkland. Long ago your communitys planning laws meant that youd never experience high-density living or a need to pay the ultimate great big new tax by relinquishing your access to public assets and space. Your standard of living will just get better as the gap between you and the rest widens - and thats the whole point SMH: Joint Treasury-Home Affairs analysis highlights economic benefits of Australias immigration intake


The Good Samaritan: Give Directly to Refugees "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Alain de Botton argues in his book Religion for Atheists that religions still have some very important things to teach us, even if we no longer believe their supernatural claims.  Rather than mocking religions, non-believers should instead take the best of what they have to offer


Doctors alarmed by renewed Tarkine destruction ... "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Tasmanian doctors have been alarmed to see escalated threats to biodiversity with renewed and seemingly accelerated destruction of native forests in the takayna / Tarkine region


Overview of poll results by John Hewson "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Proposition: The recent US corporate tax cuts will have no impact on investments in and capital flows into Australia.


Big-name chefs back seafood entrepreneur "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

This is an immensely complex case. In the interests of transparency it is presented here, as Mark Eather says: Finally my side to the story ... I love this industry, and this glorious state of Tasmania, and it deserves better. I have lost count of the amount of people who have approached me with stories of similar bullying in fact, I dont know a female in this state that hasnt at some time been bullied in the workplace, and numerous men, also. This state is so small, and the greater percentage of employment is either directly within the Government sector, or in an associated industry where the Government is the most significant client. A Federal ICAC needs to start right here in Tasmania many, many people are well aware of what goes on here, but fear speaking out as the retribution will be contrived and often career threatening. Please ask yourself How on earth does one Traffic Lobster that has been legally caught, legally attained, and legally purchased and further, every one of those Trafficking transactions being properly documented and ethically invoiced ? ABC: Money wasted in rush to control fruit fly outbreak in Tasmania, Labor says


Alien Abduction ... "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

This was written many years ago when abductions were being reported regularly. The alien intent seemed so absurd as to make the reports a joke. It was assumed the victims were pathological liars or clinically mad, imagining that interstellar visitors would be anal obsessives just like they themselves, as if early toilet training has a lot to answer for here and therefore throughout the far - flung reaches of the galaxy


Great Barrier Reef at unprecedented risk of collapse after major bleaching event "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The record-breaking marine heatwave in 2016 across the Great Barrier Reef has left much of the coral ecosystem at an unprecedented risk of collapse, research shows.

A new study published in Nature finds that the surge in sea temperatures during the 2016 bleaching event led to an immediate and long-lasting die-off of coral.

This, in turn, led to vast swathes of the reef being transformed into highly altered, degraded systems, which are now vulnerable to total ecological collapse, the authors conclude.

The large-scale loss of coral is a harbinger of further radical shifts in the condition and dynamics of all ecosystems, they add, if global action on climate change fails to limit warming to 1.5-2C above the pre-industrial baseline.

Turning white

The Great Barrier Reef is the worlds largest coral reef, stretching 2,300km from Papua New Guinea to the coast of Queensland, Australia. Over the past two decades, the Great Barrier Reef has seen four mass bleaching events, most recently in 2016 and 2017.

Coral bleaching is primarily caused by prolonged exposure to high sea temperatures. Under continued heat stress, the corals expel the tiny colourful algae living in their tissues known as zooxanthellae leaving behind a stark white skeleton.

The algae provide the corals with energy through photosynthesis. Without them, the corals can slowly starve. Healthy corals can live from two to several hundred years.

The mass bleaching event of 2016, which took place in the summer months of February, March and April, was the most devastating on record, affecting 94% of reefs surveyed...


The Californians Are Coming! "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

I got a phone call a few months back from a woman in Arizona who sought my advice. Her town was receiving an influx of new residents from out of state and it was obvious the trend was accelerating. The resulting growth and economic distortions caused by an expanding population, more traffic congestion, less open space, stresses on municipal services, and higher home prices would (all together now) change the character of the community. She was an earnest woman who genuinely cared for her town and was in search of tools to manage the inevitable in the best way possible. But I had to smile when she announced, The Californians are coming! in a thick Chicago accent. How long had she been in Arizona?

I rented a house here in California to a Canadian couple for four years. They relocated to take advantage of career opportunities in San Francisco. They owned a condo in Vancouver which they rented out while they were living here so it was a financial wash for them. When a great job presented itself in Kelowna, B.C. the couple returned to Canada.

But the timing was rough. The city of Vancouver had recently enacted a tax on foreign property investors meant to cool the overheated real estate market. One side effect was a 25% price spike in Kelowna in a single year as hot money found the next sweet spot. In Vancouver, the tax induced a brief lull in the property market for a few months, but then prices resumed their upward trajectory as pools of international funds kept searching for a safe haven. Whats an extra 15% if youre already paying cash for a $1.2M condo? Was there anything Kelowna could have done to alter that trajectory? Friends in Australia tell me Hobart, Tasmania is seeing significant home value increases as people from Melbourne migrate to second and third tier cities in the provinces...



MACKAY Sarina man who ran stop sign caused fiery intersection smash "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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Sarina man who ran stop sign caused fiery intersection smash

April 18, 2018 at 05:30AM ,

A SARINA father of four who drove through a stop sign and t-boned another car, causing his ute to burst into flames, has described himself as a little old woman driver. David Ian Glendinning, of Sarina, faced Mackay Magistrates Court more than three years after a collision at Palmyra on February 21,

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MACKAY Drug trafficker faces sentence for ice driving "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

MACKAY April 18, 2018 at 07:11AM ,

Drug trafficker faces sentence for ice driving

April 18, 2018 at 07:11AM ,

A GLENELLA woman convicted of drug trafficking has faced court from prison to be sentenced for an outstanding drug-driving offence. Allana Reumer appeared before Mackay Magistrates Court via videolink on Monday, without a lawyer. The 33-year-old pleaded guilty to driving with methamphetamines

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Legislative Council 2018: Prosser "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

As noted in my Hobart preview, I'm getting busy early on my Legislative Council previews as there are quite a few declared candidates already.  There is one preview thread for each seat and I may have other threads should campaign issues warrant them.  I expect to have live comments on the evening of Saturday 5th May.  For more on Legislative Council voting patterns see my 2014-8 voting patterns thread.

This piece will be edited through the campaign from time to time for updates, campaign information, added candidates and changed assessments.

Seat Profile

Prosser is a fairly large rural and satellite-town seat in the midlands, east and south-east of Tasmania (see map).  Its largest population centres are Brighton, Dodges Ferry and Sorell (all in the south) and other significant centres include Bagdad, Bicheno, Campbell Town, Swansea, Triabunna, Nubeena and Oatlands.  Industries include farming, fishing and what remains of forestry, but around Sorell there has been a rapid increase in young commuting families.

Prosser is a new seat created by the recent redistribution.  About 44% by population was previously in Rumney, 40% in Apsley and 16% (the Brighton area) in Derwent, and a lucky 26 voters also added from Western Tiers can consider themselves very special.

The very different histories of these component seats show it's hard to say what sort of political animal Prosser is going to be.  Apsley and its precursor seats have always been held by independents, usually conservative.  Derwent has been held by Labor for the past 39 years, while Rumney is a swing seat between Labor and conservatives.

At the 2018 state election, booths in Prosser returned votes of 46.1% Liberal, 37.7% Labor, 6.9% Green, 4.5% Lambie Network and 4.4% Shooters, Fishers and Farmers.  This places Prosser to the left of the 2018 Lyons average by about five points.  In the north of Prosser, the Liberals mostly exceeded 50% of the vote (see Ben Raue's maps of booth votes and swings), but they were outpolled by Labor at Dodges Ferry, Dunalley, Forcett, Nubeena, Primrose Sands and Taranna (all booths in the south-east, on or near the Tasman and Forestier Peninsulas).  The south-eastern corner saw modest swings against the government with an outlier of 15 points at Orford (probably caused by fish farming).  Elsewhere the government generally held steady or gain...


Legislative Council 2018: Hobart "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

I'm getting in a bit earlier than usual with the Legislative Council guides this year as there are quite a few declared candidates already.  I will have one preview thread for each seat and I expect to have live comments on Saturday 5th May.  There may also be other threads if any campaign issue warrants them.  For more on Legislative Council voting patterns see my 2014-8 voting patterns article.

This piece will be edited through the campaign from time to time for updates, campaign information, added candidates and changed assessments.

Seat Profile

As its name suggests Hobart is mostly inner-city Hobart.  It falls entirely within the state electorate just contested under the name Denison (henceforth to be Clark at both state and federal levels.)  It includes most of the Hobart City Council area with the exceptions of the relatively wealthy Sandy Bay and Mt Nelson areas in the south, and some parts of the far north of New Town and Lenah Valley.  At the recent redistribution Hobart lost the latter areas to Elwick, but gained Tolmans Hill, Ridgeway, Fern Tree and a small part of Dynnyrne from Nelson.

Hobart (my home electorate) is mostly left-wing middle suburbia, with two relatively affluent suburbs (Battery Point and Tolmans Hill) and the very Green areas of Fern Tree and Ridgeway on the fringes of Wellington Park.  However in recent years, the nature of its leftness has been fluid.  Once one of the Greenest areas in the country, Hobart was the centre of Andrew Wilkie's Denison win as a left-wing independent in the 2010 federal election.  At the 2016 election it was the centre of the successful below-the-line campaign to save left-wing Labor Senator Lisa Singh from an otherwise unwinnable ticket position.  Finally at the 2018 state election, Hobart booths saw swings of 10 to 19 points to Labor and 3 to 11 points against the Greens, as Hobart voters responded strongly to Labor's more left-wing campaign and display of social conscience over poker machines.

At the state election, Labor won 41.4% of the primary vote at booths within Hobart, compared to 28.5% for the Liberals and 28.4% for the Greens.  In the process Labor topped all booths in the electorate except for Battery Point (Liberals) and Fern Tree and Cascades (Greens).  My own booth, South Hobart, was among the most extreme with an 18-point swing to the ALP and a 10-point swing against the Greens.  (If you want to play around with booth swings, Ben Raue has a great page here.)

From the mid-19th to the mid-20th centuries there was a larger seat of Hobart which returned three MLCs in a bizarre rotation of single-seat elections for the same seat...


Flesh-eating disease Buruli ulcer increasing at alarming rate in Australia "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

A flesh-eating disease known as the Buruli ulcer, which is usually found in West and Central Africa, has been increasing at an alarming rate in Australia over the past two years, especially in the state of Victoria. A report published Tuesday in the Medical Journal of Australia describes the disease as a "worsening epidemic, defined by cases rapidly increasing in number, becoming more severe in nature and occurring in new geographic areas."


Sketches found from a 1956 Australian abduction case "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Hi all,

I have been continuing my examination of the electronic files of former US researcher Dr. Michael Swords, who kindly provided me with a copy of these extensive files. There are numerous Australian cases amongst this material, which I have slowly been going through.

This post examines an apparent abduction experience, one of the reported earliest for this country. For a comprehensive catalogue of Australian abduction accounts, take a look here.

The source for this particular early Australian abduction account comes from Sydney researcher Bill Chalker, who included it in a piece he wrote for Australian "Penthouse" magazine of November 1989, page 37.

The account

The event took place near Hughenden in Queensland, see the Google map below.

It involved a then twelve year old girl, given the alias of Miss L. She was crossing a paddock on the family farm when she felt a strange force upon her, and she heard a "humming" sound. She felt as if she was being lifted off the ground and fainted.

She awoke to find herself in a large, strange room. The room was not furnished. She noticed an arched doorway leading into a corridor; that there were porthole-like windows along one wall, and that the room had no joins or seams.

After surveying the room, which featured a coloured galaxy display on one wall, the girl felt enormous pressure and again lost consciousness.

She found herself back on the farm, but in a different paddock, with a huge saucer shaped object j=hovering above her, before it rapidly ascended to the west. The girl believed that two hours had elapsed since she initially lost consciousness.

VUFORS material

It was therefore with some surprise that I found that amongst the Swords' material were three pages of documents related to this case.

Document one was headed "UFO 1956 Cressy Station, Hughenden, Australia" and a signature which looks like "F Jedlicko." This appears to be a plan of the object as seen from above.



Climate change unseasonably hot weather made bushfires near Lucas Heights nuclear reactor become apocalyptic blazes "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Apocalyptic blaze surrounding nuclear reactor sets off emergency

AUSTRALIA is struggling to contain a growing bushfire that is racing towards a nuclear reactor, amid fears that the blaze could expand beyond their control. By OLI SMITH Apr 16, 2018 

More than 500 Australia firefighters are struggling to tackle a massive bushfire, with several residents urged to seek shelters as evacuation is now too late.

Scenes of the blaze, which started yesterday, have been described as apocalyptic after the fire ripped through nearly 2,500 hectares of land close to the suburbs of Sydney.

Firefighters failed to stop the out-of-control blaze from burning through a major military base and a nuclear reactor is the next at-risk location.

The New South Wales Rural Fire Service (RFS) said it was concerned that flying embers could spark even more blazes

The unseasonably hot Autumn in south-eastern Australia has been blamed for worsening the bushfire after record temperatures for April.

Shane Fitzsimmons, of the RFS, warned that strong 60km per hour winds are expected to push towards residential homes.

He said that the countrys largest army barracks at Holsworthy, where stockpiles of fuel, ammunition and explosive materials are kept, had been hit by the fire.


Bushfires near Lucas Heights nuclear reactor are still hazardous "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"


Firefighters Warn NSW Is Not Out Of The Woods On Third Day Of Bushfires, Pedestrian. 16 Apr 18   More than 250 firefighters continue to battle bushfires in NSWs southwest, which has spread more than 2,400 hectares since Saturday afternoon.

The blaze, which is believed to have originated in the vicinity of Casula, was fanned further by strong winds on Sunday.

More than 500 firefighters from the Rural Fire ServiceFire & Rescue NSW and the Australian Defence Force attempted to contain the blaze over the weekend with help from volunteers and 11 water-bombing helicopters.

The fire tore trough Holsworthy military range, and while approaching suburban areas, has been staved off. Several residents report fighting off embers with hoses and water buckets.

The fire was downgraded from emergency level to watch and act on 5.30pm Sunday, then again downgraded to advice around 2am Monday.

While lower wind conditions are expected to help with containing the fire, RFS Deputy Commissioner Rob Rogers warned that the high temperatures remain an issue.

Still q...


New South Wales National Party leader- nuclear power nevitablefor Australia "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Comment by Steve Dale There is something really rotten about the Nationals lately. Four Corners (4corners, fourcorners) can you please follow the stink/money trail and find out who is pulling the strings on these politicians? We have had a Royal Conmission into nuclear, I think what we really need is a Royal Commission into Nuclear lobbying and its corrupting influence on our political system.

John Barilaro to push the nuclear power button The Australian, April 17, 2018  Acting NSW Premier John Barilaro will declare nuclear power inevitable in a speech that slams ignorant, 1970s thinking for preventing development of the nations uranium reserves and condemning residents to blackouts.

The speech by the state Nationals party leader, seen by The Australian and to be delivered on Wednesday night at an energy policy forum in Sydney, calls for small modular reactors, likely imported from the US, to reduce dependence on high-emission coal and gas-fired power over the next five to 10 years  



State reviews highway speed limit "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Queenslands widest and best-engineered highway, the M1 from Brisbane to the Gold Coast, faces a review of speeds after the limit was reduced by 10km/h for the Commonwealth Games.

If such a well-built road has its speed reduced, what will happen to the rest of the roads in the state?

Already speeds have been reduced on many roads, despite vehicles becoming safer.

Crashes reduced

The reason for the review of the M1 110km/h speed limit is that the number of accidents on the road dropped while the speed was reduced.

However, it should be noted that many took public transport instead of the highway, heeding the media scare campaign about traffic jams during the Games. The result was that the Gold Coast was a virtual ghost town.

It should also be noted that police presence on the road was increased during the Games, resulting in more motorists observing the speed limit.

More police patrolsDayGlo Queensland motorcycle Police limit

Perhaps rather than permanently reducing the speed limit, police should continue to patrol the road, booking motorists for blocking the right lane and trucks for not using the two left lanes.

Transport Minister Mark Bailey says all of the M1 initiatives would be reviewed and it is hoped they retain the rule about restricting trucks to the two left lanes.

However, he has also previously not ruled out a permanent reduction of speed limits on the M1, if a review found they made the motorway safer.

Our view

As a motorcyclist, I try to avoid the M1 and any other major highways because they are boring and motorcycles dangerously disappear among the heavy traffic.

Id rather ride the back roads, anyway.

However, riders should be concerned about any government speed reviews as they only ever seem to result in reductions! Take, for example, the Oxley Highway!

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Australia to join global health and climate change initiative "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"   UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY

The Lancet Countdown report on health and climate change was published in October 2017 by The Lancet and will be updated annually through to 2030.

It tracks progress on health and climate change across 40 indicators divided into five categories: climate change impacts, exposures and vulnerability; adaptation planning and resilience for health; mitigation actions and health co-benefits; economics and finance; and public and political engagement.

Dr Ying Zhang, a senior lecturer in the University of Sydneys School of Public Health, and Associate Professor Paul Beggs, from Macquarie University, wrote in the MJA that, from an Australian perspective, with our high level of carbon emissions per capita, it will be important to reflect on our progress and how it compares with that of other countries, especially high-income countries.

A group of Australian experts from multiple disciplines is commencing work on our first national countdown report, Zhang and Beggs wrote.

The project recognises the importance of the climate change challenge in Australia, including its relevance to human health, and also the unique breadth and depth of the Australian expertise in climate change and human health.

The Australian countdown will mirror the five domain sections of the Lancet Countdown, adopt the indicators usedwhere feasible and relevant to Australiaand include any useful additional indicators.

The inaugural A...


Volunteer Times: Armidale Aboriginal Community Garden, April & May "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Wednesday afternoons: 4pm 5.30pm Sunday afternoons: 3pm 4.30pm Come along to help with weekly weeding, planting and general community garden upkeep. All helpers of all ages are very welcome, and greatly appreciated! Contact: Kate Wright Note: In the case of inclement weather, the volunteer sessions will be cancelled. full article 


Long term arrivals at record high "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Arrivals hit record

Skilled job vacancies advertisements rose for an 18th consecutive month according to the Department of Employment, for the first time since March 2011. 

There was quite a jump in the month too, from 184,000 to 189,000, with the trend result now +34 per cent higher (or +47,400 advertisements) than the October 2013 nadir. 

Conditions improved everywhere, especially Western Australia, although South Australia was the notable laggard, with only a small annual change in vacancies. 

Things are certainly looking up, slowly but surely, and when the economy improves often so too does immigration rise.

Indeed, the number of permanent and long term arrivals hit the highest ever level in February 2018 at 105,630, in turn sending the annual total to a record high of 788,260.

If you've ever wondered why Melbourne's supposed oversupply of housing never materialised, here's why.

February also played host to a tourism bonanza in honour of Chinese Lunar New Year, with a record 226,900 Chinese arrivals in the month.


Cancer in adolescents and young adults in Australia [AIHW] "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Cancer in adolescents and young adults in Australia is the second national report to present key data specific to cancer in adolescents and young adults. While cancer in young Australians is rare, it has a substantial social and economic impact on individuals, families and the community. Surveillance of this population is also important as adolescent and young adult cancer survivors are at an increased risk of developing a second cancer.

1. In 2010-2014, 4,843 new cases of cancer were diagnosed in adolescents and young adults.

2. In 2011-2015, 499 adolescents and young adults died from cancer.

3. In 2010-2014, 5-year relative survival from all cancers combined for adolescents and young adults was 89%.

4. Adolescent and young adult cancer survivors had a 1.9 times increased risk of developing a second cancer

Cancer in adolescents and young adults in Australia

Media release: More cases of cancer diagnosed in young Australians, but survival has improved.


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Scientists march for science and action on global warming "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Contributed by Ben Wilson

On Sunday 15 April, protectors of the critical role of science in our lives gathered in eight cities across Australia, to call on the government to support evidence-based decision making, and to support the bringing back of a ministry of science.

It was the second annual March for Science, and this years rally featured speeches by a range of experts.

Vivien Thomson is a farmer and a firefighter, and one of the only women to win the Australian Fire Service Medal for distinguished service. She says science underpins all her work, not only on the farm but also fighting fires.

Ive never seen fires be so hard and so fast and harder to put out the climate surrounding our firefighting capacity is really affecting our ability to put those fires out, she said.

Its like the natural phenomenon are on steroids.

Science based evidence tells us that human activity is resulting in a greenhouse effect that is causing global warming. Vested interests and those who are misled by them, are waging a ceaseless campaign against science to discredit the overwhelming evidence, and this has encouraged a rise in disrespect for science.

Nevertheless, everyone is experiencing the increasing intensity of heatwaves, floods and droughts. These effects are being felt in Australia.

As Australia experiences one of its hottest Aprils on record, demonstrators called on the government to give greater support to scientific research to tackle climate warming.

The jury is in, its indisputable human impact on the current warming climate and also the jury is in on how quickly we need to act, said Spencer, Sydney University Ambassador for mathematics and science.

The denigration of science holds back urgent action on the threat of global warming. This is bad enough on its own and underlines the importance of defending it. But it doesnt stop here. Science and its growth are essential to civilisation. Our standard of living, health and many other important aspects of our lives depend on it.

Science has from time to time been used for purposes that have resulted in negative consequences. But its positive contribution has been overwhelming and changed the way we look at ourselves and the world we live in. Our understanding of how nature works, capacity to find solutions to problems is enhanced with it. The application of scientific method, that is relying on observation, testing, drawing up an understanding of what is going on, observing and testing again, on an ever-going cycle, provides the means to new discoveries.

The war against science denies all this and threatens to plunge us into an age of ignorance. Science needs to be defended, and an important part of this is th...


we bought a caravan "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Our new home is sitting out the front of our (current) house, patiently waiting for adventures.

We did it! And I know it was the plan all along but after months (and months!) of research we decided on a make and model and found the right one at the right price. Then we took the leap and spend a big chunk of our savings on it.

It feels really good. And right so right!

I promised that I would share this journey in its entirety but I admit that the past few months have been fairly uneventful. Its been a slow process; literally sifting through the many caravans on the market to find a size and layout that works for us.

Thankfully there arent many caravans fit for six people so we didnt have to search too far. But when it came to the layout, we were adamant that we didnt want the main bed at the front of the van (next to the door) and interestingly, this layout is one of the more popular ones.

We wanted our bed to be at the far end of the van so we felt like we had our own space, albeit small. Practically speaking we also knew it would be a blessing for Marigolds day naps. And for my sanity.

Eventually we discovered the Jayco Stirling and on Saturday evening our new home arrived. Its a 2009 model and all 24ft of it is fantastic (yes, its huge). Its not going to win any pinterest awards but it has everything we want for comfortable, practical living on the road.

Originally it had 3 bunk beds but the previous owners took two out. Were going to transform it into a double bunk so theres enough room for Che to sit up in bed (and for him to feel like hes got his own space; essential for a tween). Thankfully the mattresses are quite long so Poet and Percy will top-and-tail on the bottom bunk. As for Marigold, shell be tucked into bed with Daniel and I for the year-long journey.

It comes with a full bathroom including a washing machine and the kitchen has a stovetop, oven and decent-sized fridge and freezer. These were all non-negotiables for me; I wanted a big fridge so I didnt have to go to the supermarket every day and an oven will make baking and cooking so much easier and cost effective (store bought banana bread is expensive!).

The plan for now? Buy a Land Cruiser, sell our cars, pack up the house and hopefully be on the road by mid-late June. Its all sorts of overwhelming but on the flipside its thoroughly enjoyable. The possibilities!

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Little Girl Spots Something Unusual While Out For A Walk "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Anja Boot, her daughter and a few friends were hiking through Cradle Mountain National Park in Tasmania, Australia, a couple weeks ago when they encountered something quite unusual a baby wombat hitching a ride on his moms back.

It was actually Boots 11-year-old daughter, Ruby, who first spotted the wombat duo.

Ruby called out to me, Mum, there's a wombat here on top of another one, Boot told The Dodo. I must admit, I had no idea what she could have been meaning as I had never seen this before.

Credit: Anja Boot

When Boot went to have a look, she was pretty surprised.

"I saw Mama wombat about 10 meters [32 feet] away from us, with her baby trying to keep its balance on her back, Boot said. I had one of those overwhelming feelings of the wonder of nature. It was just so special  I've never seen anything like that before.

From a safe distance, they watched the wombat pair crawl through tufts of grass for several minutes while Boot snapped a few photos. Mama wombat would take a few steps to a new patch of grass and the baby would just manage to stay on, Boot said.

Credit: Anja Boot

But when the mother wombat decided to leap over a stream, the baby wombat ran into a touch of trouble.

There had been a huge amount of rain the week before, and the baby literally did a somersault in the air and landed down in the water, Boot said. I stood anxiously on the track waiting to see baby reemerge. The mama in me needed to see that baby back with its own mama.

The mother wombat didnt seem overly concerned about her baby she was too busy munching on grass. But perhaps the mother knew she didnt have to worry.



PERTH Father accused of sexually abusing young daughters and stepchildren "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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April 17, 2018 at 10:45PM .

Both men are scheduled to appear in Perth Magistrates Court on Wednesday. Taskforce Mirzam was launched to investigate an alleged child sex ring in WA. Source: File/AAP. A woman, who is in a relationship with the 45-year-old man, is accused of abusing her son, eight-year-old daughter and a .



Melbourne Town Hall meeting launches battle to take on industrial relations system and more "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"


Contributed by Joe Montero

By any account, yesterdays (17 April) meeting of union delegates at the Melbourne Town Hall, was an impressive launch to an active major campaign to bring about an end to what is now widely regarded as an unfair industrial regime in Australia.

The official seating capacity of the hall is 1,500. But many more squeezed in.

Representatives from the Longford Esso-Exxon picket were there. The event marked 300 days they have been out of work, because management is trying to cut their wages by almost 50 percent. Troy, one of the union delegates spoke to the delegates and received a standing ovation.

The main thrust of the meeting was to gain the support of delegates for the Change the Rules campaign and participation to move it forward.

A section of the delegates at the meeting and some of the union banners displayed

Determination to win overwhelming public support and willingness to fight hard, spells serious trouble for the Turnbull government was evident. The emerging battle was expressed in terms of not only bringing an end to this government. But to ensure that the existing industrial relations regime will be replaced by one that is much fairer to all workers, whether they are members of unions or not.

One part of the strategy is to win over the support of the Labor Party, the Greens and other members of parliament. At the same time, it was understood that victory will depend on the ongoing activity on the ground.

Mention was made of the fact that the problem is not one just made by the current government, but one that has been gradually unrolled over at least 30 years. There is an implied criticism of Labor for having played a part in it, although it was acknowledged that the Howard and now Turnbull government have taken it much further.

Speakers referred to the need to confront and ensure the greed of big business is taken on. Big business avoids paying tax with government assistance, while the wages share of the wealth of Australia is reduced, and the richest one percent hold nearly three quarters of it all.

It was also said that this is a political battle, which must be won in the workplaces, in the streets and the neighbourhoods.

Nor was it left at saying that the rules are broken. Solutions were put forward, such as, the n...


hello "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Sorry I don't chatter much these days on here, or on Facebook lately, but I've been madly crocheting rugs and ponchos and beanies (oh, my!) for remote Indigenous communities.
The temps drop below freezing in the desert areas and many of our Elders need warm clothing, blankets, the usual Winter basics to survive.
I won't go into detail about the shockingly over-priced "shops" in some towns but there are Indigenous communities who have started up their own op shops, domestic abuse refuges, fabric making/printing workshops, children's libraries, etc, with a little help from peeps around Oz donating items.
No, I won't share any postage details on here as some ultra-right wing arseholes send abusive crap through the post and we won't be encouraging any of those twat-waffling scum.
One thing that has pissed me off this week - and last week - was the police targetting Dylan Voller at the Commonwealth Games.
They managed to seriously injure a female Elder, also, during a peaceful protest.
Police in Victoria are under the spotlight, too, for some really questionable tactics.
Fellas, do yourselves some favours and boot the bastards out of the force, they are giving the rest of you cops a bad name.
There are some decent police, I've engaged with them in the past, but the mongrels who think the uniform gives them carte blanche to savage people in any situation need to be treated like any person breaking the law.
Well, I'm off now, like a bucket of prawns in the noonday sun, to continue crocheting winter woollies.
By the by, Victoria Parliament Library - PLEASE update your "On this day" site; shit tonnes happened in the Colony of Vic, find it !
Also, NSW, QLD, WA, SA, NT & Tassie parliaments?
Create an On This Day searchable database on your parliament websites, ffs.
Hello to the City of Melbourne person who pops over for a regular read!


April 18 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

1623 - Dutch sailors from the ship Pera, with instructions to kidnap "full-grown persons, or better still,
. . . boys and girls, to the end that the latter may be brought up here and be turned to useful purpose in the said quarters when occasion shall serve " , landed in North Queensland where a large number of Aborigines approached them with no sign of fear, handling the muskets and showing interest in iron and beads. The Dutch took this opportunity and 'seized one of the blacks by a string which he
wore round his neck, and carried him off to the pinnace'.

1831 - Australias oldest newspaper, the Sydney Morning Herald, was launched.

1834 - Hobart had it's knickers in a right Royal twist when Messrs. Attorney and Solicitor General Stephen and M'Dowall avowed that they have prepared an Act of Council limiting the number, and restricting the qualifications of juries here.

1843 - The Southern Australian newspaper was bemoaning the fact that "...The simplicity of their wants, and of their lives, is another great barrier : their whole attention seems devoted to the providing of food, and other animal enjoyments : their motto literally is, eat, drink, and be merry, for to-morrow we die ; and any principle beyond that, they, and their fathers, have not known or regarded...."
qualifications of juries.

1864 - Sharpen those fish knives and flush out the fish kettles, ladies, the HMAS Victoria parked its bow in Hobart, having on board 100,000 salmon and 3,000 trout googie eggs bound for Tassie's first fish hatchery.

1872 - Oh you great sodding bastards.
To think ... we've been deprived of the chance to catch a train from the oh-so-gorgeously titled Schoolhouse Lane train station, which happened to open on this day as the terminus of the North East Railway line from Essendon.
May your chooks turn into emus and kick your dunny door down.

1875 - Fire destroyed the photographic studio of Townsend Duryea. His entire collection of 50,000 negatives was destroyed - a tragic loss for him and for South Australia.

1882 - Tenders for the construction of the Port Milang Railway lines (SA) were called on this day and Walke and Swann were successful in obtaining the joint contract for a price of 143,678.

1890 - The West Melbourne Cable Tram Line (VIC) began trundling about the streets via Spencer St and Flemington Rd, with the powerhouse located at the south-west corner of Queensberry Street and Abbotsford Street.

1902 - One-time hubby of the aforementioned Dame Daisy Bates, Breaker Harry Morant, had been court martialed in secret (against regulations) and shot in February, but despite the court transcripts conveniently going missing a summary of the trumped up nonsense appeared in the London Times today.

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Tuesday, 17 April


Jo Riley Cairns North DoCS Manager Corrupt - Another Staff Member Speaks Out "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Now it's not every day that I talk to a DoCS worker and on this occassion I could not resist the temptation to press record on my phone. We spoke about his position at Cairns North Department of Community Services (DoCS), about how many children he removes from their homes a week, what the main problems were with parenting up in the North of Australia where he conducts his line of profession.... Removing children. I also had to touch onto the subject of Jo Riley who I know to be a corrupt DoCS manager down at Cairns North.

I have dealt with Jo Riley, now a manager at DoCS Cairs North, and I found her to be the worst DoCS worker I have ever dealt with. She was rude, condescending, impudent and she had a look of evil permanently etched into her face. I begged her to give my son back. A visit supervisor went straight back to her after supervising one of my visits and demanded that my child be returned to me, it was obvious I was a great father and the love that my son and I shared was immeasurable.

I begged her and the then manager of  DoCS Cairns North Pat Anderson to get him out of that house where he was in obvious danger and where he would come to his demise. A house with a 74 year old carer who already had five foster children in her care. It was obvious to everyone I rang desperately trying to get him out of that house that this was not a good situation but it all came down to corrupt team leader Jo Riley, and she would rather my son be dead than with his loving father.

The video can be viewed at the link below....

Or you can listen to the mp3 which is attached to this blog.

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Has TasWater breached the Law by opening the Emergency Gate Valve? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

On Friday 13th April 2018, TasWater fully opened the Emergency Gate Valve of the Waratah Reservoir


Progressive cause in Australia seriously undermined by progressives "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

I am travelling most of today with heavy commitments at the other end so only a short blog today with some great music to calm the soul. Yesterday, a group of high-profile, so-called progressives in Australia placed a paid-for advertisement in the leading daily newspapers as part of a new campaign for the government to increase taxes to get back into surplus so that (as their narrative goes) it can afford to maintain services for the needy. Yes, it was not the Right voices in our debate articulating this. The campaign is being led by a group that is often referred to as left-leaning and calls itself the most influential progressive think tank in Australia. Modesty doesnt exist it seems. But these sorts of descriptors are when the English language loses all meaning. The advertisement and subsequent follow-up interviews in the media yesterday by signatories and supporters of the Letter articulate a pure neoliberal line of deception about fiscal positions, the role of taxes and the virtuousness of fiscal surpluses. From my assessment, this headline-grabbing display of stupidity will set back the progressive debate in Australia even further. A total disgrace.

A sad day for progressive debate in Australia

I dont want to write much on this. I personally know many of the signatories to the Open Letter that was included as a full-paid advertisement in the major Australian newspapers yesterday (April 17, 2018).

Some of the signatories are leading members of the Society of Heterodox Economists (SHE) in Australia.

Others are from the Political Economy program at Sydney University.

Others are from leading social policy agencies.

Some have previously held high political office under Labor governments.

Others are from a think tank, which the press calls left-leaning, and, which it bestows upon itself the (inflated) title of being Australias most influential progressive think tank and claims its work it to inform public debate and bring greater accountability to the democratic process.

Those sort of descriptors are when the English language loses all meaning.

I heard interviews on the radio from some of the signatories yesterday who would claim to be leading progressive voices in the economics debate here.

They basically laid out a neoliberal narrative as pure as you would find dressed up as a concern for equity and fairness.

Here is the original Full-page advertisement with all the signatories.

The text of the Open Letter read:



Save Our Sons Easter and the Fairlea Five in 1971 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Contributed by Glen Davis
Due to accident, this short article turned up a little late. It recalls an event that occurred during Easter, nearly 50 years ago. The Vietnam War was still going on and the massive movement to put an end to it was reaching its peak. This is an important part of our history, worth recalling and learning from its lessons.

As we move on from another Easter lets cast our minds back to this time in 1971, when five members of Save Our Sons, were jailed for 14 days during the Easter.

Their heinous offence was sitting in the offices of the then Federal Department of Labour and National Service, handing out leaflets opposing conscription for the unjust,

undeclared war in Vietnam.

Just to recall who they were; Save Our Sons was formed back in 1965 to oppose the conscription of young men to fight and die in war. Throughout the next few years they were active and prominent in the anti-conscription and anti-war campaigns.

When arrested they were charged under the Summary Offences Act; legislation put in place by the Bolte state Government (Victoria). Their court case was finally heard late in the afternoon of Holy Thursday.

The presiding magistrate jailed them for 14 days, with no option of paying a fine. Thus Jean McLean, Joan Coxsedge, Irene Miller, Chris Cathie and Jo Maclaine-Cross, were locked away.

As we know, the Easter long week end is a quiet time, people go away, services close down, it can be very isolating.  Nonetheless, support for them was quick and strong.

They became known as the Fairlea Five. Large demonstrations were arranged outside the Womens prison, and around 800 people attended the ongoing vigil outside.

Maritime workers stopped work in support of the Fairlea Five. After 11 days of organised support for them, they were released, to reacquaint with their families.

Their fight was part of the broader peoples struggle against the unjust, undeclared war in Vietnam.


The post Save Our Sons Easter and the Fairlea Five in 1971 appeared first on The Pen.


MACKAY Meat thief tosses loot when cops catch up with him "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

MACKAY April 17, 2018 at 02:36PM ,

Meat thief tosses loot when cops catch up with him

April 17, 2018 at 02:36PM ,

A MACKAY meat thief with a shocking criminal record stole meat from Coles and pitched his haul over a fence when confronted by police. James Joseph Percival Cotton, 32, was sentenced by Magistrate Damien Dwyer in Mackay Magistrates Court on Monday. He pleaded guilty to stealing meat from

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MACKAY Mackay Sugar facing charges "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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Mackay Sugar facing charges

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MACKAY Sugar Limited, the countrys second largest sugar milling company, has been hit with a string of charges it caused environmental harm and breached conditions. The company faces four charges before Mackay Magistrates Court. That includes three counts of wilfully contravening a condition of

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MACKAY Meat thief tosses loot when cops catch up with him "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

MACKAY April 17, 2018 at 01:22PM ,

Meat thief tosses loot when cops catch up with him

April 17, 2018 at 01:22PM ,

A MACKAY meat thief with a shocking criminal record stole meat from Coles and pitched his haul over a fence when confronted by police. James Joseph Percival Cotton, 32, was sentenced by Magistrate Damien Dwyer in Mackay Magistrates Court on Monday. He pleaded guilty to stealing meat from

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MACKAY Woman allegedly kidnapped and beaten in Mackay "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

MACKAY April 17, 2018 at 01:19PM ,

Woman allegedly kidnapped and beaten in Mackay

April 17, 2018 at 01:19PM ,

He is due to appear in the Mackay Magistrates Court today. EARLIER 12PM: A WOMAN was allegedly dragged from her home and assaulted with a metal pole by a gang of five men in a kidnapping in Mackay Sunday night. A 40-year-old Mackay man facing charges in relation to the incident is due to

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MACKAY Dad bashes face on cell walls, smears bloody plea for help "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

MACKAY April 17, 2018 at 01:22PM ,

Dad bashes face on cell walls, smears bloody plea for help

April 17, 2018 at 01:22PM ,

Facing Mackay Magistrates Court via video from prison on April 13, the man pleaded guilty to wilful damage and contravening the order on February 28, as well as breaching community orders. We cant legally name the man. While the man waited for his sentencing before Magistrate Damien Dwyer,

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Freebies ... ! "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Tasmanian Times has a prizepack of movies to give away from Madman Entertainment ... All you have to do is write to , giving your snail-mail address. As always, first in best dressed ...


Australian TV Host Peta Credlin Goes Off On Transgender Birth Certificates "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Australian TV host Peta Credlin gave a short monologue yesterday against a proposal to let people at whim call themselves or their newborns male, female, intersex, unspecified, or indeterminate on their birth certificates. She notes this ideas proponents say its the next step after government affirmation of same-sex relationships, although at the time that was not publicly sold as an entrance point for transsexual politics.

Trust us, they said, didnt they? Love is love,' she recalls.

Children are born a boy or a girl, [for] the vast bulk of humanity, Credlin says, because stating the obvious is now not only necessary, it even requires courage. That is a biological fact, and laws must reflect reality.

Credlin noted an exception is logical for the approximately 1.5 percent of humans who are discovered, usually at puberty, to have both male and female reproductive organs due to chromosomal abnormalities. But then and only then is the time right to alter a birth certificate, armed with medical fact, but not in a birthing suite due to the whim of a parent who wants to record [her] child as nonbinary, Credlin continued.

This is nothing more than a dangerous push by the Left into records we have kept as civilizations since almost as long as we have had the written word. Assuming change from the outset is designed to disrupt social norms and it must be resisted.

The Australian News Weekly notes the Victorian Upper House voted down transgendering Victorian birth certificates in 2016. When Victorian opposition parliamentarians asked, if a person can change their sex, can they also change their age or change their race? Labor members had no answer.

The proposal would require no physical alterations to a persons body before retconning his or her birth certificate. Transgender activists claim that would discriminate against trans people or those who identify as something other than transgender, male, or female (such as  visual trigger warning ...


Mysterious Flesh-Eating Ulcer Epidemic Cases Have Increased by 50 Percent "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Something quite strange and yet terrifying is happening in Australia at the moment and it has doctors of all kinds baffled. As this epidemic grows, many are wondering: What can be done?

Cases of Buruli ulcer, a skin disease most commonly found in Africa have literally surged by four hundred percent in the last four years. Doctors do not have a clue how to prevent this disease which is caused by bacteria that basically breaks down tissue. Last year there was a 51 percent increase in cases of this infection when compared to 2016.

This skin disease is caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium ulcerans. It emits toxins that work to destroy skin cells, fat, and blood vessels. This eventually forms ulcers and causes skin loss. It tends to affect the arms and legs, but depending on the person and severity, it can also be found on other parts of the body including the face.

One of the most terrifying things about this skin disease is that no one knows how it is transmitted to humans and some believe it is possible that mosquitoes can carry the bacteria. Please prepare yourself for the image below as this is not a pretty sight at all and is still even a more mild case.

Ella Crofts/BBC


Dr. OBrien co-author of the call for government funding to research this disease told BBC as follows:

No one understands whats happening and whats driving this epidemic. We can offer clues but not definitive advice. Its a mystery.

The problem is, we dont have the time to sit around and pontificate about it the epidemic has reached frightening proportions.

These ulcers are not easy to deal with and come with a recovery period of anywhere between six months to one whole year. Many people who come down with this skin disease end up having to undergo reconstructive surgery as it literally eats away the skin.

A study published just days ago in the Medical Journal of Australia cautions of thi...


Cardinal George Pell allegations a product of fantasy to punish him, court told "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

I realise a defence lawyers duty is to place his client, no matter how good or bad they are, in the best possible light. However, in child sex abuse cases, there should be the greatest respect for the victims.

This is clearly not the case in the trial of Australian Cardinal George Pell, no 2 equal Roman Catholic in the world.

I think George Pell will go down, and go to jail.

ABC Australia

Cardinal George Pell allegations a product of fantasy to punish him, court told

Updated about 7 hours ago

Cardinal George Pell may have become the target of false sexual offence allegations to punish him for not having prevented the sexual abuse of children, his defence barrister has told a court.

Robert Richter QC has described complaints made against Cardinal Pell as impossible and the complainants behind them as unreliable as he tried to persuade a magistrate not to commit Australias most senior Catholic cleric to stand trial.

Instead, Mr Richter told the hearing at the Melbourne Magistrates Court that all the charges faced by the 76-year-old should be thrown out.

Whether the allegations are the product of fantasy, the product of some mental problems or just pure invention in order to punish the representative of the Catholic Church in this country for not stopping abuse by others of children, he said.

Mr Richter said some of the complainants had been sexually abused by other priests who had since died, therefore offering them no recourse.

Cardinal Pell representing the face of the Catholic Church had been the obvious target of allegations that are not true, but are designed to punish him for not having prevented sexual....


Change the rules for refugees flyer "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

RAC flyer on why refugees rights are a union issue in colour and black and white. Please print and put up in your workplace change the rules for refugees.pdf change the rules for refugees bw.pdf


PERTH Father at centre of alleged child sex ring charged with 79 offences relating to daughters and "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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Father at centre of alleged child sex ring charged with 79 offences relating to daughters and .

April 17, 2018 at 01:22PM .

Both men are due to appear before the Perth Magistrates Court tomorrow. Their arrests are part of the ongoing Taskforce Mirzam investigation in WA into child sex offences that saw the arrest of a Perth mum accused of raping her daughter. Detectives are still investigating allegations the woman took .



PERTH More sex charges stem from swinging case "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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More sex charges stem from swinging case .

April 17, 2018 at 01:22PM .

Both men are scheduled to appear in Perth Magistrates Court on Wednesday. A woman, who is in a relationship with the 45-year-old man, is accused of abusing her son, eight-year-old daughter and a 14-year-old girl. The 39-year-old mother was previously charged with a total of 93 offences. Taskforce .



PERTH Father & other man face over 100 charges of child sex abuse "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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Father & other man face over 100 charges of child sex abuse .

April 17, 2018 at 12:26PM .

Both men are due to appear before the Perth Magistrates Court tomorrow. Taskforce Mirzam detectives urge anyone with any information regarding child sexual abuse to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or make report online at Callers may remain anonymous if they .


PERTH Further charges laid by Taskforce Mirzam detectives, WA "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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Further charges laid by Taskforce Mirzam detectives, WA .

April 17, 2018 at 12:26PM .

Taskforce Mirzam detectives have further charged two men aged 45 and 56 years, with a total of 101 additional offences as a result of their ongoing and extensive investigation into child sexual abuse. The 45 year old man has been charged with a total of 79 offences and the 56 year old man has been .


PERTH Further charges laid over alleged Perth paedophile swingers ring "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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Further charges laid over alleged Perth paedophile swingers ring .

April 17, 2018 at 12:31PM .

Both men are due to appear before the Perth Magistrates Court tomorrow, Wednesday, 18 April 2018. Taskforce Mirzam detectives urge anyone with any information regarding child sexual abuse to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or make report online at .



AirMed Australia Cessna 510 Citation Mustang Bizjet VH-NEQ Pops into Mackay Airport - Plus More "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

On Saturday 14 April, Cessna 510 Citation Mustang bizjet VH-NEQ was noted arriving into Mackay Airport from Bankstown.  It was heard to be using the radio callsign of "Airmed 221".

VH-NEQ at Rockhampton Airport last year  (File photo)

After being on the ground for around an hour, VH-NEQ departed to Taree in New South Wales before returning to Bankstown again as "Airmed 221".

The sleek little bizjet has recently has its operator details updated to AirMed Australia - a New South Wales (NSW) based organisation that has been providing patient transport services by air and by ground for over a decade.  They promote themselves as one of the few providers that have extensive air and ground assets positioned around NSW, thus enabling them to provide our customers with a true bed-to-bed service.

To find out more about AirMed, visit their website at:

Meanwhile, another familiar medical evacuation aircraft was back in CQ again this week with LifeFlight (Aeromed) LearJet 45 bizjet VH-VVI "Ambulance 451" arriving into Bundaberg Airport from Brisbane in the wee small hours of Thursday 12 April.  It later returned to Brisbane.

Finally, over on Hamilton Island Airport, also on Thursday 12 April, Silver Linings Aviation Cessna 680 Citation Sovereign bizjet VH-ZEK was noted visiting Hamo from Port Macquarie in New South Wales.

Photo taken by Kayanne Hardsman 


LifeFlight (Aeromed) Bombardier Challenger 604 Bizjet VH-URR "Ambulance 604" Spotted at Rockhampton Airport "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Late on Tuesday 10 April, LifeFlight (Aeromed) Bombardier Challenger 604 bizjet VH-URR "Ambulance 604" was spotted arriving into Rockhampton Airport from Brisbane.

After a couple of hours on the ground at Rocky, now in the early hours of Wednesday 11 April, VH-URR "Ambulance 604" departed to Emerald Airport.

After another couple of hours on the ground, VH-URR "Ambulance 604" departed Emerald Airport for Brisbane.

Sincere thanks to local plane spotter Scott H for taking the time to capture and send through these great nighttime photos of VH-URR!


RAAF Lockheed C-130J-30 Hercules A97-449 "Ausy 545" & A97-467 "Ausy 547" Airwork at CQ Airports "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Late on Saturday 14 April, a pair of Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Lockheed C-130J-30 Hercules transport aircraft were noted completing airwork at Central Queensland Airports.

Appearing to fly down from Townsville, A97-449 as "Ausy 545" completed a touch and go at Rockhampton Airport before continuing to South and overflying Gladstone before it completed a missed approach at Bundaberg Airport.



Google still searching for Australian headquarters as deal falls through Ambitious plan to create Sydneys Silicon Valley "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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By Alexandra Smith & Lisa Visentin

The state government has rejected a plan to create a Silicon Valley-style technology hub on the old rail yards near Redfern, leaving tech giant Google once again searching for Australian headquarters.

The hub, which would have created as many as 19,000 jobs, would have been Googles new base but cabinets infrastructure committee last week rejected the proposal because it did not meet a uniqueness test.

Redfern Google HQ plans rejected by state government

Redfern Google HQ plans rejected by state government

Google is still searching for its Australian headquarters after the NSW government rejected plans for a tech hub in Redfern.

Developer Mirvac submitted a plan through the governments unsolicited proposal process to redevelop the site next to Carriageworks at Eveleigh into a tech hub with Google as the anchor tenant, the Herald revealed last month.

However, the proposal failed at the first hurdle after the government stated its preference for the land, which is owned by Transport for NSW, to be developed through a competitive open process.

Despite the decision of the cabinet committee, a senior government source said some ministers were working to salvage the deal amid concerns that Google could abandon Sydney.

Responding to the decision on Tuesday, Mirvac said its pr...


Australia flesh-eating ulcer 'epidemic' a mystery, say doctors "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Doctors in Australia have called for urgent research into why a flesh-eating ulcer has become a "worsening epidemic" in the state of Victoria. Local cases of Buruli ulcer, a skin disease most commonly found in Africa, have surged by 400% in the last four years, experts say. Infections have also become more severe and spread to new areas. Doctors do not know how to prevent the disease, which is caused by bacteria that breaks down tissue. WARNING: Graphic image below A record 275 new infections were recorded the state last year, marking a 51% increase on 2016. Infectious diseases expert Dr Daniel O'Brien said cases of the Buruli ulcer, or Mycobacterium ulcerans disease, had become "frighteningly more common and also more severe" in the region. It was unclear why the ulcer, typically found in tropical areas, had emerged in the temperate climate of Victoria, he said.


International Revolution for Choice Rally Brisbane Australia "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Allona Lahn

Lock in the date
Brisbane June 2nd time for the World and people to Unite

Over the last few weeks, I and others have been busy communicating and planning with people from Countries around the World to Unite for an International Revolution for Choice Rally. Read More


Coal mine extension challenged on climate-change grounds "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The Wallarah 2 coal mine extension approval has been challenged in the Land and Environment Court. Image

In an Australian first, the NSW Land and Environment court will hear arguments about the consideration of the ecologically sustainable development (ESD) principle of intergenerational equity in the context of climate change.

EDO NSW, on behalf of the Australian Coal Alliance (ACA), filed proceedings late Monday (April 16) challenging the validity of the January 2018 Planning Assessment Committee (PAC) approval of the Wallarah 2 longwall coal mine on the Central Coast.

EDO NSW CEO David Morris said, The decision-maker in this case was required by law to consider the public interest in approving the project. In 2018, we say that requires them to turn their mind to the impacts decisions of today will have on future generations, and also to consider what we dont yet know by applying the precautionary principle.

Our client will argue that the PAC, when considering the Wallarah 2 project, considered neither and in doing so acted unlawfully, rendering the approval of this large coal project invalid, he said.

Wallarah 2 will make a substantial contribution to greenhouse gas emissions  264+ million tonnes of CO2 over the 28-year life of the mine. The PAC chose not to take into account emissions from the burning of coal mined at Wallarah 2. Our client will argue that the law, correctly applied, mandates a consideration of those impacts.

This type of legal action is at the very heart of our democracy, Mr Morris stated, aiming to ensure that our elected officials and their delegates follow the law.

Were arguing that the law in this case wasnt followed with respect to climate change impacts and the ESD principle of intergenerational equity. This case is by its very nature climate change litigation and were seeing more and more of that in Australia.

The science is unequivocal: continuing to approve coal mines in NSW absent some other major change threatens the goal of avoiding dangerous climate change under the Paris Agreement, he said.

The Wallarah 2 case

  • The case will be fought on 10 grounds, concerning greenhouse gas emissions, flooding impacts and compensation and risks to water supply.
  • Climate chan...


MACKAY Kidnapping and torture charge in Mackay, QLD "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

MACKAY April 17, 2018 at 12:03PM ,

Kidnapping and torture charge in Mackay, QLD

April 17, 2018 at 12:03PM ,

A 40-year-old man has been charged following the alleged kidnapping and torture of a woman in Mackay on Sunday evening, Queensland Police say. It will be alleged on April 15 a group of up to five men and women confronted the 39-year-old woman at an apartment complex on Gregory Street.

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MACKAY Man arrested over Mackay kidnapping "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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Man arrested over Mackay kidnapping

April 17, 2018 at 12:37PM ,

Mackay apartment complex on Sunday, before escaping with a suspected broken arm, police say. A man, 40, has been charged with one count each of kidnapping and torture and three counts of assault occasioning bodily harm whilst armed in company and will appear in Mackay Magistrates Court on

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MACKAY Woman allegedly kidnapped, tortured by group "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

MACKAY April 17, 2018 at 12:37PM ,

Woman allegedly kidnapped, tortured by group

April 17, 2018 at 12:37PM ,

A 40-year-old Mackay man has been arrested and charged with one count each of kidnapping and torture and three counts of assault occasioning bodily harm whilst armed in company. He is due to appear in Mackay Magistrates Court today. Investigations are continuing. Share this on Facebook Share

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MACKAY Kidnapping and torture charge, Mackay "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

MACKAY April 17, 2018 at 12:03PM ,

Kidnapping and torture charge, Mackay

April 17, 2018 at 12:03PM ,

A 40-year-old Mackay man has since been arrested in relation to the matter and charged with one count each of kidnapping and torture and three counts of assault occasioning bodily harm whilst armed in company. He is due to appear in Mackay Magistrates Court today. Investigations are continuing.

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May Forum: Melbourne to Armidale Bill McKibben Livestream "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

[ Thursday, 3 May; 6:30 pm; ] It is by sheer luck that our usual monthly forum is on at exactly the same time as this important broadcast by founder and world-renowned climate defender Bill McKibben. Bill McKibben will be in Australia as a part of 350 Australias Fossil Free campaign to talk to people about what we need to do to [...] full article 


Compare the pair 1 month at Elfin Crossing "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"


Elfin Crossing Northern Pool taken 23.3.2018

Elfin Crossing Northern Pool taken 16.4.2018


Uproar across Asia over Australia's approval of multinational GM rice. "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

For Immediate Release Friday 13th April, 2018

The genetically-modified organism (GMO) known as golden rice (GR2E rice) will not significantly address hunger or Vitamin A deficiency (VAD) according to the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC).

The International Conference on Golden Rice was organised by MASIPAG and the Stop Golden Rice Network in the Philippines and facilitated by the Anti-Poverty Commission. It included delegates and farmers, scientists, and development workers from Bangladesh, Vietnam, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, India, and the Philippines. The conference participants joined peasant farmers calling for the stopping of the GM rice outside the Department of Agriculture [1].
The conference heard that Australia/New Zealand approval of GR2E rice will impact heavily on indigenous farmers all over Asia. This is because as Filipino law stands, the Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) safety assessment can be used for approval to plant in many of the Asian rice growing countries.
FSANZ said that on the best available scientific evidence it was safe to eat.  Yet, experts and farmers from India, the Philippines and Indonesia provided studies raising concerns over the safety of the rice, proving that not all evidence was sought or considered by FSANZ. FSANZ has approved the rice into the Australasian food chain 'in case of contamination' to 'avoid trade issues'. There is a total absence of evidence for consumers to know if it is safe to eat.  FSANZ said feeding/ingestion studies were not provided nor did FSANZ require them [2].
FSANZs rubber stamp approach to food safety is putting the health of billions of people at risk. This GM rice is aimed at pregnant women and children and yet there is an absence of evidence of safety. Said Fran Murrell from MADGE Australia, We hope that the Philippine Government regulators protect their people by ensuring that rigorous, long term safety studies are carried out.
Liza Maza from the National Anti-Poverty Commission in the Philippines said There was no comparative studies between GR2E rice and other varieties to see if it can lessen Vitamin A deficiency,
Cris Panerio, national coordinator for the Philippino farmer and scientist alliance (MASIPAG), noted Golden rice is fraught with inherent problems, one of which is the low yield resulting to the disruption of the native structure....


Disassociation From Tasmanian Times "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Until yesterday there was an image link to this website in the sidebar of Tasmanian Times.  Such as it was (I'm no graphic designer!), it looked like this:

However I have now decided to disassociate this site from Tasmanian Times to the maximum extent possible.

The nature of this decision is as follows:

1. It is no longer possible to reach this site via the sidebar on TT as the link has been removed at my request.

2. I have asked the TT editor to cease promoting and linking to my site on TT.

3. Barring a major improvement in TT moderation or other satisfactory solution, I will not post any more comments to TT in the future at all.  (Since leaving the site as a writer in 2012 I have only commented there rarely anyway.)

4. All future links to TT that I may post here in the course of my coverage or debate will be to a Wayback Machine version of the content only.

The cause of this decision is dissatisfaction with TT's failure to take a sufficiently proactive approach to the moderation of comments.  Although comments on TT are screened and commenters are asked to abide by the TT Code of Conduct, comments about me that are defamatory and/or breach the TT Code of Conduct continue to slip through.  This was one of the problems that caused me to leave TT as a writer in the first place, but even since leaving I have had to complain to TT in order to have material removed at least six times, most of these involving personal attacks that came completely out of the blue.  A highly defamatory article about my election coverage was also recently published on TT, though I let that one go and even linked to it as the author was a candidate and in the interests of election-season colour and amusement.

The following available solutions are unsatisfactory:

1. Complaining to TT to have material removed, because this requires me to waste effort and time explaining why some thoughtless toss-off by a TT poster should be removed, and because by the time I become aware of the comment and ask for it to be removed, the comment has already had most of the exposure it is probably going to get.

2. Replying to the comments, because replying to braindead comments on TT breeds more braindead comments on TT and increases the defamation-magnet factor involved with any mention of my name on that site at...


Vacancy rates tighten in Canberra "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Canberra tightens

Vacancy rates tightened slightly to 2.1 per cent in March 2018, down from 2.3 per cent a year earlier (and 2.2 per cent in February 2018) according to SQM Research. 

In the month of March vacancy rates fell in Brisbane from 3.4 per cent to 3.2 per cent, and in Canberra from 0.8 per cent to just 0.6 per cent.

The vacancy rate for Canberra has fallen from 2.5 per cent in mid-2015 when it was announced in the Barr Budget that there would be significant rate rise and land taxes imposed in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT).

While there are rentals on the market, the methodology picks up rental properties vacant between leases for a period of time and acts a viable leading indicator for markets that are tightening or easing. 

With investors looking elsewhere, SQM reports that median asking rents for houses in the ACT have increased by +29 per cent over the past 3 years to $617/week.

That makes Canberra the second most expensive capital city after Sydney at a $738/week median asking rent for houses. 

In Hobart the chronic shortage of rentals has eased a little over the past two months, if only a little. 

Melbourne has a relatively tight vacancy rate at 1.4 per cent, while in Sydney the vacancy rate of 2.3 per cent is being reflected in relatively flat rents overall, including a slight decline for median house asking rents. 

The Perth market continues to pick up steadily from its nadir. 



Paula Giles DoCS Worker known By DoCS Staff as "THE GRIM REAPER" "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

There are many, many very good people in DoCS who do a job that is soul destroying, so I hate to tar the entire department with the same brush. The following story is revealed by a DoCS worker disgusted with the corrupt senior management, a victim of bullying from DoCS senior Banshees such as Paula Giles.

Commendable DoCS workers who speak out deserve a medal, but instead are dismissed leaving the way clear for unethical staff prepared to sacrifice families for their immoral thirst for power or personal biases and prejudices over innocent families misfortunate enough to experience the terrifying presence of these merciless government mercenaries encroaching upon their family home which was once a sanctuary.

DoCS managers who bully their staff deserve to be prosecuted. Instead they hide behind their powerful positions, telling lies to hide the disgusting truth.

People like Paula Giles will never step aside to let decent minded managers take over as it will reveal the abominations they have easily enacted upon the families they terrorise, keeping the truth about their victims hidden... up until now, with her position of unquestionable power.

Paula Giles answers to no one, she has no accountablity, and exudes arrogance, with the knowledge she is one of the untouchable banshees running DoCS.

She also worked at the Caboolture DOCS office, and in the far north qld docs office, Mackay docs office, currently working her evil from qld DoCS. This woman is a senior DoCS manager, and hates men.

This woman removed a 13 yo child who had been with the same foster parents sin...


George Pell case returns to Vic court "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Cardinal George Pell is back in court today. AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia

MELBOURNE, AAP Cardinal George Pells legal team and the prosecution are due to appear before a Melbourne court for legal arguments about whether Australias most senior Catholic will stand trial on historical sex offence charges.

Pell, 76, has been excused from attending Melbourne Magistrates Court on Tuesday, when the defence and prosecution return for legal arguments following a four-week pre-trial committal hearing in March.

During the hearing, the defence repeatedly attacked the police investigation into Pell, with high-profile barrister Robert Richter QC accusing police of having tunnel vision and running a get Pell operation.

The investigation, code named Operation Tethering, began in March 2013 before any crime had been reported.

Pell was charged some four years later with historical sex offences involving multiple complainants, who gave evidence before a closed court at the committal hearing, as required by law in sex offence cases.

Pell denies all the charges.

Its unclear when magistrate Belinda Wallington will hand down her decision on whether Pell will stand trial.

The defence and prosecution have already made written submissions about the case ahead of Tuesdays hearing.

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April 17 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

1770 - Captain Cook landed at Botany Bay.
And there went the neighbourhood.

1790 - Things were more than a bit crook with the Colony when the ship Sirius slipped down the plug hole near Norfolk Island in March taking most of the food with her; this led to two major things...that Lieut-Gov King swanned off to Britain which left a nasty bully in charge of Norfolk Island who proclaimed martial law for 4 months, and that Gov Phillip dispatched the ONLY remaining ship HMAS Supply to Batavia on this day for emergency food stores.

1801 - The ship Ocean arrived at Sydney from whaling off the south coast.

1813 - The Sydney Gazette on this day described an excursion from the Beecroft area made by 12 explorers, assisted by three friendly local Aboriginal guides to Lake Wollumboola and crossing the Lake Wollumboola entry to the sea.

1816 - . Appin massacre. New South Wales Governor Macquarie sent parties against the Gundungurra and Dharawal people on their lands along the Cataract River, a tributary of the Nepean River (south of Sydney), in reprisal for violent conflicts with white settlers (in which several died) in the adjoining Nepean and Cowpastures districts, during a time of drought.The punitive expedition split in two at Bent's Basin, with one group moving south-west against the Gundungurra, and the other moving south-east against the Dharawal. This latter group came upon Cataract Gorge, where the soldiers used their horses to force men, women and children to fall from the cliffs of the gorge, to their deaths below. On April 17, around 1 am soldiers arrived at a camp of Dharawal people at Appin. Captain Willis from the party of soldiers wrote: "The fires were burning but deserted. A few of my men heard a child cry ....The dogs gave the alarm and the natives fled over the cliffs. It was moonlight. I regret to say some (were) shot and others met their fate by rushing in despair over the precipice. Fourteen dead bodies were counted in different directions."
The massacre is remembered in April each year, when Winga Myamly Reconciliation Group and the local Aboriginal community meet to remember the loss of lives.

1819 - Maria Lock was one classy, clever chickybabe; she was born the daughter of Yarramundi the 'Chief of the Richmond Tribes', sister to Colbee, wife of Bennelong's son, the first sanctioned Aboriginal lady to marry a convict, probably the first Aboriginal gal to be assigned the same convict and she became a landowner in her own right.
But today, in 1819, the Sydney Gazette reported her talents in the schoolroom when the 14 year old Maria took the major first prize in the school anniversary exams having beaten over 100 'European' kids,
"Prizes were prepared for distribution among such children as should be found to excel in the early rudiments of education, moral and religious and i...

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Titans threat to abandon Cbus confirms governments have wasted money on super stadiums "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Based on the Courier-Mail report of a threat from the Gold Coast Titans to abandon the Cbus Super Stadium, over allegedly high charges imposed by Stadiums Queensland, the huge investments successive state governments have made in super stadiums (e.g. Suncorp, Cbus and now Townsville) may have been unnecessary. Hundreds of millions of dollars that would have been better spent on health or education priorities have been misdirected. The clubs can actually make do with smaller venues. The Courier-Mail reports:

The Courier-Mail has learnt that in a tense round of high-level negotiations, the Titans issued the explosive threat to sell home games to other venues both within Queensland and interstate, leaving Cbus Super Stadium as a $160 million white elephantTitans officials got a taste of life away from the yoke of Stadiums Queensland when they went on the road to Toowoomba and Gladstone recently and were thrilled with the operational ease and commercial success of hosting those matches.

So the clubs dont need the super stadiums after all! That would save the state government over $50 million in grants each year (see my Stadiums Qld post from yesterday). However, I expect the Queensland Government will find a more footy-friendly Stadiums Queensland board and it will reach a new deal with footy clubs so the government doesnt suffer the political embarrassment of a $160 million white elephant. That, of course, would be a demonstration of the sunk cost fallacy. The government is losing money via Stadiums Queensland every year and it would be doing taxpayers a favour if it closed down the most uneconomic of its stadiums and sold them to the private sector to redevelop.

Incidentally, I had several excellent comments on my Stadiums Queensland post yesterday. Regular reader Brad suggests the governing bodies (e.g. NRL, AFL) could make a greater contribution:

One area of concern here is that the stadiums should be charging the national leagues much more money to recover costs. Each of the different leagues typically collect approximately 80% of their revenue from TV rights but those funds are not distributed to the clubs. Therefore, the leagues are getting rich while the government pays for the stadiums as the clubs have no money. The state government funding of stadiums enables the leagues to keep their money rather than them paying full cost recovery for the use of the stadiums.

Regular reader Jim noted it was a timely post:



Reviewed! A Tasmanian Requiem ... "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

It has been frustratingly obvious that the economic woes of this extraordinarily rich island are rooted in the denied shame and guilt that lie at the foundations of a society built upon the blood of the original inhabitants. This artist collective has successfully created a ceremonial event that has the potential to assist in bringing peace to this land and amongst the cultures dwelling here. I felt for the first time that it might be possible for this unique island to flourish once again. Repetition is key to the telling of stories to heal ancient wounds, so one can only hope that this work becomes integral to Tasmanian culture and is performed regularly


New Minister = Peacemaker? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

It makes no sense to promote the further growth of industrial scale fish farming, if and until the Wild Fishery and the families who depend upon it, is properly understood and protected from the detrimental effects of inshore salmon farming. Surely none of us want that?


Collaboration with Dr Greg "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

After the Crossing Streams exhibition last year, I asked Dr Greg Pritchard if he'd be interested in collaborating on a Renga

Renga predates haiku as a form of verse and uses a similar format with the addition of two seven-syllable lines forming a response.

For a while I'd been stumped trying to decide which of my haiku to offer to Greg.

In the lead-up to the recent poetry reading in Narrandera, I decided to share one I'd written for that event while camping by the Goulburn River:
Ripples reflecting
streaming autumnal light
each moment passing

On the mountain, clouds come in
it is like a ship at sea


Colossal Curates Inflatable: Expanding Works of Art at San Franciscos Exploratorium Museum "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Fantastic Planet by Amanda Parer. Photo by Parer Studio

Colossal is thrilled to announce the summer show, Inflatable: Expanding Works of Art at San Franciscos Exploratorium, a museum dedicated to science, art and human perception. Led by our founder and editor-in-chief Christopher Jobson, Colossal has worked closely with the Exploratorium team to curate the museums summer 2018 exhibition. Inflatable brings together artists from around the world who work in the mediums of textiles, technology, and air.

Jason Hackenwerth (previously), renowned for his massive balloon sculptures that often simulate the universal biology of living things, will be building an inflated sculpture comprised of thousands of hand-tied balloons. Cauldron Veil will be built in front of the public at the Exploratorium in the days before the exhibition opening, and hoisted up to the ceiling where it will be suspended over visitors.

Tasmania-based artist Amanda Parer (previously) examines the relationships between humans and our natural surroundings in her large-scale white inflatable sculptures. Parers series, Fantastic Planet, includes two enormous humanoid figures that will be hard to miss as they tower over gallery walls.

Jimmy Kuehlne taps into interactivity, wonder, and humor in his diverse range of artworks. For Inflatable, hell be building a forest of gl...


Australian Authorities Charge Woman Over Darkweb Bitcoin Drug Buys "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Australian federal authorities have pinned multiple charges on a 32-year-old Brisbane woman for purchasing illicit drugs from the United Kingdom, using bitcoin. People shouldnt assume the dark web is invisible to Australian agencies warned Australian Border Force (ABF) Queensland regional commander Terry Price while announcing details of a joint-investigation with the Australian Federal Police (AFP)

The post Australian Authorities Charge Woman Over Darkweb Bitcoin Drug Buys appeared first on CCN


Government and media silence on the bushfire danger to Lucas Heights nuclear reactor "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Lucas Heights nuclear reactor: The untold threat of the Sydney bushfires.,11401 16 April 2018

Emergency warning issued as out-of-control bushfire rages across Sydney

As fires raged in Sydney, there has not been a peep out of the mainstream media about the fire hazard to Lucas Heights nuclear complex. Noel Wauchope reports. 

THE LATEST news on the bushfires raging in Sydneys south-west is that the firefighters are cautiously optimistic and that emergency warning advice has been downgraded to watch and act.

However, the fire continues to burn in an easterly direction towards Barden Ridge and weather conditions are still dodgy, as Sydneys record-breaking heatwave looks like coming to an end.



If a nuclear bomb were to be dropped on Sydney "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

New study reveals catastrophic death toll from a nuclear attack
WHAT would happen if a nuclear bomb went off in your backyard? A chilling new study estimates the death toll from an attack on Australia.Tom Livingstone,, APRIL 15, 2018

Scientists from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University have created simulations of a potential outcome if an attack did occur, and found the best course of action for people was to take shelter first and then take steps to escape afterwards.

Those who tried to seek out family members and aid and assist others were more likely to die.

In the study, it showed some people would look out for family, while others wold panic and run blindly away.

When humans carried out shelter-seeking, evacuation, healthcare-seeking, and worry combined, they were more likely to survive.

The simulation, which was first revealed by Science Magazine, shows that venturing away from a safe place leaves civilians subjected to a higher dose of radiation, which would likely prove fatal.

With President Trumps consistent tweets threatening action against Russia and North Korea in a game of who has the bigger artillery,...


Renewable energy breeding can stop Australia blowing the carbon budget if were quick RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

New research by a group at UNSW shows that it is theoretically possible for Australia to move to a renewable energy future without blowing its share of the carbon budget.

via Renewable energy breeding can stop Australia blowing the carbon budget if were quick RenewEconomy


Hillsong Churchs debut in the 2019 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"


Gay Lord Brian

Gay Lord Brian Houston of Hillsong

Below is an article in ABC Australia on-line about Sydneys Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras 2015.

It is anticipated that Brian Houston of Hillsong Church will be ready for Hillsong Church to come out in March next years Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras and will lead the Hillsong float.

Darlene Zschech may sing for gay Sydney as she sang so gloriously for Pope Francis the head of the greatest gay church on the planet the Roman Catholic Church, which is also the greatest pedophilia church on the planet.

Ive embellished the gayness of the ABC Australian article and its gay pictures by adding a series of Hillsong gay pictures in the later part of this article.

In the ABC Australia article my comments are made after each photograph and the photographs comments by the ABC journalist.



TV Broadcaster Wants App Stores Blocked to Prevent Piracy "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

After first targeting torrent and regular streaming platforms with blocking injunctions, last year Village Roadshow and studios including Disney, Universal, Warner Bros, Twentieth Century Fox, and Paramount began looking at a new threat.

The action targeted HDSubs+, a reasonably popular IPTV service that provides hundreds of otherwise premium live channels, movies, and sports for a relatively small monthly fee. The application was filed during October 2017 and targeted Australias largest ISPs.

In parallel, Hong Kong-based broadcaster Television Broadcasts Limited (TVB) launched a similar action, demanding that the same ISPs (including Telstra, Optus, TPG, and Vocus, plus subsidiaries) block several pirate IPTV services, named in court as A1, BlueTV, EVPAD, FunTV, MoonBox, Unblock, and hTV5.

Due to the similarity of the cases, both applications were heard in Federal Court in Sydney on Friday. Neither case is as straightforward as blocking a torrent or basic streaming portal, so both applicants are having to deal with additional complexities.

The TVB case is of particular interest. Up to a couple of dozen URLs maintain the services, which are used to provide the content, an EPG (electronic program guide), updates and sundry other features. While most of these appear to fit the description of an online location designed to assist copyright infringement, where the Android-based software for the IPTV services is hosted provides an interesting dilemma.

ComputerWorld reports that the apps which offer live broadcasts, video-on-demand, and catch-up TV are hosted on as-yet-unnamed sites which are functionally similar to Google Play or Apples App Store. Theyre repositories of applications that also carry non-infringing apps, such as those for Netflix and YouTube.

Nevertheless, despite clear knowledge of this dual use, TVB wants to have these app marketplaces blocked by Australian ISPs, which would not only render the illicit apps inaccessible to the public but all of the non-infringing ones too. Part of its argument that this action would be reasonable appears to be that legal apps such as Netflixs for example can also be freely accessed elsewhere.

It will be up to Justice Nicholas to decide whether the primary purpose of these marketplaces is to infringe or facilitate the infringement of TVBs copyrights. However, TVB also appears to have another problem which is directly connected to the copyright status in Australia of its China-focused l...


Hunter-killer "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Return of the Hunter!

Although Sydney has a record number of apartments under construction, the rising number of completions through this cycle to date has generally been absorbed by faster population growth. 

The vacancy rate for metropolitan Sydney declined from 2.3 per cent to 2.2 per cent in March 2018, according to the latest REINSW data.

Inner ring Sydney recorded a vacancy rate of just 1.9 per per cent - and that figure has been tracking lower for quite a few months now, down from 2.3 per cent in July last year. 

However, there have been some signs of rising vacancy rates in the middle and outer rings at 2.6 per cent and 2.3 per cent respectively. 

Smoothing the figures on a 6-month moving average basis shows the trends.

It's interesting to note that Newcastle and the Hunter Valley have seen vacancy rates tightening substantially since the coal bust of 2012. 

Further afield most regional markets are relatively in balance from a rental market perspective. 

The highest vacancy rate was in the Coffs Harbour region at 3.9 per cent. 


Sydney bushfire deemed highly suspicious as threat eases "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

A large bushfire that has threatened homes in Sydney is likely to have been deliberately lit, Australian authorities say.

BBC News

Helicopters water bomb a bush fire at Alfords Point and Menai. Picture by Damian Shaw

Helicopters water bomb a bush fire at Alfords Point and Menai. Picture by Damian ShawSource:News Corp Australia

A large bushfire that has threatened homes in Sydney is likely to have been deliberately lit, Australian authorities say.

The blaze, which began on Saturday, has burnt through 2,500 hectares of land in the citys southern suburbs.

Some residents had been warned of immediate danger to their lives, but firefighters say the threat has eased.

The New South Wales Rural Fire Service (RFS) described the blaze as highly suspicious.

How dare anyone if they are deliberately involved in lighting fires endanger our firefighters and also [put] all these communities in harms way, said Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons.

The bushfire forced some locals to evacuate their homes on the weekend, while others were told it was too dangerous to leave.

Recent weather in south-eastern Australia has been unseasonably hot, with strong winds fanning bushfires.

Firefighters use helicopters to dump water on the blazeImage copyrightEPAImage captionFirefighters use helicopters to dump water on the blaze

Authorities said wind speeds were not as severe on Monday, making it easier to battle the blaze.

Mr Fitzsimmons said flames travelled right up to the back fences of houses, but no properties had been lost.

While the threat has eased, it is still a fairly vigilant fire ground and we want people to remain vigilant, he said.

There is a lot of work still to be done today and maybe into tonight before we can call the fire contained.


Qld researcher shifts focus on racism "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Dr Lorraine Muller. Photo James Cook University

BRISBANE, AAP Putting non-Indigenous Australians under the microscope could be key to closing the gap and cutting out racial discrimination, a Queensland researcher says.

As part of her PhD James Cook Universitys Dr Lorraine Muller interviewed non-Indigenous Australians to understand how their values and beliefs differ from Indigenous Australians.

Theyve never had to explain their culture. We have to explain our culture, but no one ever bothers explaining non-Indigenous culture, Dr Muller told AAP.

Dr Muller interviewed senior health professionals, public servants and academics on their understanding of respect, gender roles, spirituality and time, and gave examples of how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people perceive these ideas.

On respect, she found non-Indigenous people view it as something that is earnt and commodified whereas Indigenous Australians see it as something everyone should receive.

Respect is often linked to money, power and social strata and Indigenous people are the lowest on the social scale, Dr Muller said.

She said these differences in beliefs can underpin behaviour including accidental racial stereotyping, particularly in healthcare.

She cited a doctor dismissing an Indigenous Australians health problems as alcohol-related despite the patient not drinking.

In that particular case, if the patient had taken offence and walked out of the doctors surgery, the consequences could have been fatal, health-wise, Dr Muller said.

She said the doctor was shocked by how instant his reaction had been to the wrong conclusion.

He knew immediately that his comment was triggered by deeply embedded cultural differences. And he didnt like it. Im sure he never did it again.

She hopes her work will help non-Indigenous people better understand themselves and their relationship with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Theres an ulcer that hasnt been healed in Australian culture, Dr Muller said.

People have a f...


ICC Submission Documents "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

RAC has been involved in drafting a submission to the International Criminal Court against current and retired Australian members of parliament for crimes against humanity. There are numerous other submissions and documents that accompany RACs submission. Read below: 1. T. Aylmer ICC Submission unredacted 1.a Aylmer ICC Acknowledgement recipt 2. A. Wilkie submission 2b AW-to-ICC-Nov-2016(...)


ELDAC: Better care at end of life gets a boost with new website "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The new End of Life Directions for Aged Care (ELDAC) website provides many paths to practical and useful information for palliative care and advance care planning', says Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association (AHHA) Chief Executive Alison Verhoeven.

The site is part of a 3-year project funded by the Australian Government Department of Health which aims to improve the care of older Australians through advance care planning activities and palliative care connections.

AHHA is a member of the ELDAC consortium led by the Queensland University of Technology, Flinders University and the University of Technology Sydney, and including Palliative Care Australia, Aged and Community Services Australia, Leading Age Services Australia, and Catholic Health Australia.

'As an ELDAC project partner we are proud to have been involved in the development of this website, where health professionals and aged care workers can access information, guidance, and resources to support palliative care and advance care planning for older people and their families', Ms Verhoeven said.
'One of the features of the site is a set of 5 online toolkits developed by palliative care, aged care, primary care and legal experts covering Residential Aged Care, Home Care, Primary Care, Working Together, and Legal matters.

'For example, the Primary Care toolkit, which was developed by AHHA, leads healthcare workers and primary care teams through the various steps involved in supporting advance care planning with patients and their families, including considerations for people of various religious and cultural backgrounds. There are links to fact sheets, guides, discussion starters, patient resources and podcasts.

'Users can also access materials on assessing palliative care needs, providing palliative care, managing dying, and bereavement', Ms Verhoeven said.

ELDAC website.


I shot at a UFO "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Hi all,

I have read of cases from overseas where individuals have claimed to have used a gun to fire at UAP. However, until today, I had never come across such a reported occurrence here in Australia.

I was browsing through a global collection of data, compiled by US researcher Michael Swords and located an Australian sighting, sent to the USA, by the Australian Centre for UFO Studies.

Part of the report form

What I found was an investigation report by R Delillo and R H Marx (reference number NA78072.) They interviewed one of the two witnesses on 12 June 1978.

Part of the investigation report
Mr G Cooke was then a 27 year old motor mechanic from Liverpool, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. He was married with two children. At the time of the incident he was with a friend on a property near Orange, New South Wales, in June 1969. His statement reads:

"We went to Orange to go shooting. It was at a place about 10 miles out of town and fairly hilly and very rocky, with large boulders six feet in diameter and a few trees.It was a grazing property but we were on a slope which was above the area used for grazing. We had been out for quite a while, about 3 hours.

We were going up a hill which was fairly steep in a four wheel drive vehicle and were getting no further. My friend and I g...


Pacific Swifts at over Redcliffe Golf Club (Silcock Street entry) reported by Marie Tarrant, Marion Roper, Jack Whiting et al (Clontarf Bird Survey Group) on 16-04-2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Two Pacific Swifts hawking the sky above us for at least 20 minutes this morning from 9am and seemingly in no hurry to move on.


Challenging day faces Syd bushfire crews "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

A helicopter water bombs a bushfire threatening homes in the suburbs of Voyager Point, Pleasure Point, Sandy Point, Illawong, Menai and Bangor, in Sydney, Sunday, April 15, 2018. Photo AAP/Brendan Esposito

SYDNEY, AAP Exhausted firefighters are facing another challenging and difficult day battling a bushfire, believed to have been deliberately lit, that is still burning out of control south of Sydney.

The fire, which started at about 2.30pm on Saturday, has blackened more than 2400 hectares and continues to burn towards Barden Ridge.

More than 500 firefighters faced walls of fire, fanned by 70 km/h wind gusts on the citys southern fringe on Sunday and through the night.

It is still an active fire ground but we are not seeing the sort of weather extremes, particularly with the wind that we saw yesterday, Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons told reporters in Sydney on Monday.

Heathcote Road remains closed on Monday in both directions from Lucas Heights to Holsworthy.

About 250 firefighters are still working to halt the fire while a fleet of 15 aircraft will water-bomb the dynamic firefront, Mr Fitzsimmons said.

Fire chiefs have ordered crews to backburn in an effort to contain the blaze while simultaneously stopping the fire from advancing toward properties.

Westerly winds are expected to pick up again on Monday afternoon but will not be as extreme as conditions at the weekend.

Its certainly not the reprieve were looking for, Mr Fitzsimmons said.

Its still going to be challenging, its still going to be difficult.

A strike force has been established to investigate the blaze which is believed to have started in Wattle Grove.

So far no homes have been lost though there has been some property damage, Mr Fitzsimmons said.

He said it was extraordinary that the only reported losses had been fences, cubby houses and garden sheds.

I am not being dismissive of the loss in any way, but the fact is thats the loss we are talking about rather than peoples homes being badly damaged or destroyed, he said.



Musk Lorikeet at Solander Esplanade near Col Fisher park reported by Jenny Murch on 15-04-2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

We saw more than 3 birds but were only able to capture three in the photo. Late in the afternoon when Scaly Breasted Lorikeets and Rainbow Lorikeets were active


Canavan should come clean on slush fund - Brown "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Matt Canavans attack on funding of Australias environment groups is because he knows he has lost the environment debate with the Australian public, environmentalist Bob Brown said in Newcastle today.


Stadiums Qld is a financial drain "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The Sunday Mail yesterday hinted the Queensland government may replace the current board of Stadiums Queensland, given that the allegedly high charges for the use of its stadiums, such as Suncorp, are causing financial issues for football clubs. I must say I have some sympathy for the current Stadiums Queensland board, which appears to be making the best of a bad situation. They have been put in charge of a loss making government-owned business with no prospect of ever making a genuine profit. The Sunday Mail reported yesterday that:

Stadiums Queensland says taxpayers should not foot the bill for costs associated with hosting sporting events when the Government had made considerable investment in construction of the facilities. Levy prices were fixed by TransLink and Queensland Police.

Under this model, the hirer receives the majority of game-day revenue such as ticketing, signage, sponsorship and this means in Queensland, unlike many other states, our clubs have a greater potential to derive revenue from their events, a spokesman said.

Stadiums Queensland made some excellent points there. Consider the massive capital costs of its operations. Its financial accounts from its Annual-Report 2016-17 reveal depreciation and amortisation account for 49% of its expenses from current operations, $59.3 million out of total expenses of $121.5 million (see figure below).



Travelling With My Dead Grandmother "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Ive never been very good at following traditions. I dont have any annual family meetups, Saturdays are almost never for the boys and I cant even dedicate myself solely to one coffee shop. So when I travel and I see all these people buying a pin in every country they go to, or religiously tracking the stamps in their passports or even just knowing the exact number of countries theyve stepped foot in, I find it really hard to relate.

There is, however, one thing I do every time I visit a new country, but it has nothing to do with tokenising my travels and everything to do with my dead grandmother.

See, Im not religious. I was raised a Catholic, but pretty much as soon as said grandmother died, the whole family stopped pretending like it was something that mattered to us. We dont even do the religious holidays anymore, which Im not that sad about, because Easter is no fun when youre lactose intolerant and Christmas is just downright hell when you work in retail. But every time I travel, some part of me (the Holy Spirit perhaps?) drives me into a church for the one tradition I have yet to forgo.

My grandmother died when I was four, and even though I remember very little about her, she and I were apparently very close. She was a tough lady who loved her family, her cockatoo and her scotch with cheese and bikkies while Wheel of Fortune was on. She was a scripture teacher and a devout Catholic. As Ive grown up, members of the family have told me various things about her, including that she would definitely not be down with me being gay (but she loved me then, so she would love me now, in my opinion), that I inherited my aptitude for cake decorating from her and that she wouldve loved to have travelled.

Now, the 70s and 80s were a different time: leisurely travel was nowhere near as common and even if it was, they did their best with the money they had. Gran wouldve been content with a trip to Queensland, but sadly travel just wasnt an option for her as it is for us now, and I always remind myself how lucky I am to be able to travel and to see the world when so many still cant.

So maybe it is this, or perhaps my ever-present guilt that I dont remember her, or maybe just the tiny piece of Catholic left in me that drives me into a church in every new country I visit to light a candle for Gran. In my mind, every time I do so, she is there with me and its another country ticked off her bucket list, as it is mine.

When I started travelling with friends, I had not prepared for having to explain why I, an atheist, wanted to vi...


April 16 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

1788 - Governor Phillip and his party were having a stickybeak about the Fair Isle of Oz when they became the first known Europeans to see Aboriginal rock carvings at Manly Cove.

1816 - The horrific Massacre at Appin (NSW) began on this day when word came through to the soldiers charged with "rounding up the hostile natives" that a group of Dharawal people were camped near Broughton's farm at Appin. Investigating at 1am (17th April) the soldiers heard children crying at the camp before the dogs roused the sleeping Aboriginals who leapt to their deaths over the cliffs while others were shot by soldiers.

1819 - Thomas Ray ,  John Jones and Thomas Smith were hanged at Sydney for highway robbery.

1827 - While it is not possible to give the exact number of each tribe of blacks in the (Gosford) district, says a letter of April 16 1827, there are five tribes viz., the Mial or Broken Bay tribe, the Tuggerah Beach tribe, the Wyong tribe, and the Narara and Erina tribes. The three first as well as I am able to judge consist of about fifteen each and the two last of about ten each, being in all about sixty five men, women and children.

1831 - Government Order published, prohibiting the importation of preserved heads of New Zealanders.
News I'm sure gladdened the hearts of Kiwis.

1834 - Joseph Greenwood was hanged at Hobart for cutting and maiming, with intent to kill, Constable Terry.

1838 - William Bean, farm servant aged 27, tried in Kent. Dark brown hair, brown eyes; blind in left eye. Absconded from W. Cox.
You can stop looking, Bean was found and returned to the loving ? care of his boss.

1849 - The steamer ship "Thistle" sprung a leak near Spectacle Island.
The irony of the name prickles even at this distance.

1867 - Denis Murphy was hanged at Ballarat for the murder of Patrick O'Meara at Bullarook.

1868 - Again in QLD there was undoubtedly cream sponges, shortbread bikkies and the obligatory Iced Vo-Vo passed about with gay abandon when the railway line from Dalby to Ipswitch was done and dusted today.

1873 - The naval chap turned policeman turned explorer Colonel Peter Egerton Warburton suffered from Itchy this was not Rampaging Footrot but merely the urge to go trotting about the vast continent called Oz he didn't bother with any over-the-counter creams.
Instead he set off for a stroll from Central Australia today to have a Captain Cook for an overland route between here and being Alice Springs and there being Perth.

1876 - Remember them thar Fenians who were plotting and planning the escape of their compatriots from the drear Fremantle Gaol back in 1876?   Well, they'd parallel parked their ship the Catalpa between Rottnest and Garden Isl...

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Sunday, 15 April


NATION: Trump reaches for the Tomahawk while Turnbulls rivals sharpen their knives "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Mafia Don, as former FBI Director, James Comey designates Donald Trump in his best-seller, A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership is ever more desperate, as Special Counsel Robert Muellers investigation closes its net on the nepotist-in-chief and his comic Corleone familys alleged criminal collusion with the Russian government


NATION: Trump reaches for the Tomahawk while Turnbulls rivals sharpen knives ... "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Mafia Don, as former FBI Director, James Comey designates Donald Trump in his best-seller, A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership is ever more desperate, as Special Counsel Robert Muellers investigation closes its net on the nepotist-in-chief and his comic Corleone familys alleged criminal collusion with the Russian government The Conversation: Syria, chemical weapons and the limits of international law On the Reaction to the U.S. Strike in Syria


U of Sydney academics back BDS as Israel guns down Palestinian protesters "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Dozens of academics at the University of Sydney have declared their support for the Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, reported The Australian. According to the paper, the move comes as a response to the lethal crackdown by Israeli occupation forces on Palestinian protesters in the Gaza Strip. The Australian notes that signatories to the BDS pledge say they "will not attend conferences sponsored by Israeli universities, participate in academic exchange schemes, or otherwise collaborate professionally with Israeli universities until the stated goals have been fulfilled." The BDS campaign, describes the paper, is an international movement "inspired by the success of boycotts in bringing an end to apartheid in South Africa". Nick Riemer, a senior lecturer in English and linguistics at the University of Sydney and a member of its BDS group, "said the response from fellow academics was encouraging" and expressed his hope that the pledge would spread to other Australian universities. "People are already talking at Melbourne about the possibility of something like this," he said. According to the Sydney BDS website, some 40 academics have currently endorsed the pledge.


The truth hurts: why whistleblowers get such a hard time "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The truth hurts. And when you blow the whistle, people get upset



Sex Workers Turn to Open-Source Social Network Based in Australia "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

[A] Melbourne-based company Assembly Four created Switter after its founders learned that social media platforms were either removing sex workers' content or banning their accounts. Without the time or resources to build a whole new network from scratch, the group turned to Mastodon.

The Verge reports:

Sex workers are running out of safe online spaces. Craigslist is no longer displaying personal ads. The controversial classifieds site Backpage, which many escorts used to screen clients, has been seized by the FBI. Adult content is disappearing off Google Drive, and many sex workers say they're being forced off social media. With the news that President Trump has signed the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (FOSTA), their options will continue to dwindle and with it, the ability for many sex workers to pay their bills, let alone do so safely.

Over the past few weeks, sex workers have been turning to an unexpected platform to remain online: the social network Mastodon, under a new instance called "Switter." Melbourne-based company Assembly Four created Switter after its founders learned that social media platforms were either removing sex workers' content or banning their accounts. Without the time or resources to build a whole new network from scratch, the group turned to Mastodon.

Although ostensibly aimed at sex trafficking prevention, FOSTA's reduction of legal protections for websites is having disastrous consequences for sex workers. Faced with the new potential for litigation, many websites are removing any content or avenues that could possibly violate FOSTA. It's disconnecting many of the most vulnerable sex workers from crucial resources.

[...] Switter may offer a temporary salve for the community, yet sex workers say it cannot stand as a last bastion, an end-all be-all answer for their profession. Assembly Four says it's prepared to continue working to make it a safe destination for sex workers, but that they need real change.

"The best-case scenario would be the opposite," says Hunt. "The best-case scenario would be if we didn't need to have safe spaces, if public spaces were somewhere we were accepted."

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WERE BACK Letter to 21WIRE Readers "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

A NARRATIVE IN TATTERS: Propaganda poster for the UK-funded White Helmets, the Free Syrian Police and Aleppo Councils (Photo: Patrick Henningsen, May 2017, East Aleppo, Syria)

Dear Readers,

Glad to have you back. Firstly, we would like to apologise for being offline most of last week. Weve been working hard behind the scenes to get back online.

On Tuesday April 10th, 2018 at approximately 2pm EST, sustained a heavy Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) cyber attack and were only able to restore our systems yesterday afternoon. We were not the only ones. Other leading alternative news websites were also hit at this exact time, including South Front, Hands Off Syria (Australia-based antiwar organisation), Fort-Russ, Syria News and others each covering the situation in Syria closely and truthfully. Based on the number of page requests or bots that were hitting us each hour, this seemed similar to what happened to Craig Murrays blog two weeks prior. In addition to the online attacks on alternative media outlets, Facebook was blocking similar content on their platform including South Front who appealed and were eventually reinstated. Based on these facts, we believe that its not highly likely but 100% certain that the party(s) attacking us and other similar platforms did so on behalf of a state actor and in the interests of prosecuting another illegal war by way of deception based on a false pretext. The entire false case for this latest US, UK and French missile strike relied on spurious claims made by US-funded opposition group called the...


Mary River Turtle, Hang On! "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"


Thanks to the Guardian for bringing this to our attention:

Green-haired turtle that breathes through its genitals added to endangered list

With its punky green mohican the striking Mary river turtle joins a new ZSL list of the worlds most vulnerable reptiles

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The Mary River turtle, found in Queensland, Australia, features on a new list of the most vulnerable reptile species on the planet. Photograph: Chris Van Wyk/ZSL/PA

It spo...


Could Lucas Heights nuclear complex be threatened by current bushfires? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Unusually for a suburb, Lucas Heights does not contain a residential area. The residential area previously part of Lucas Heights was renamed Barden Ridge in 1996 to increase the real estate value of the area, as it would no longer be instantly associated with the HIFAR nuclear reactor.  [and now the Opal nuclear reactor]

Residents warned not to leave, Sydney fire worsens  SMH, By Jacob Saulwick, 15 April 2018

Fire authorities have issued an emergency warning for some suburbs in south-west Sydney, telling residents to seek shelter.

At about midday on Sunday, residents in Voyager Point, Pleasure Point and Sandy Point were advised not to leave their properties and to protect themselves from the heat of an out-of-control fire.

Residents in Alfords Point, Menai and West Barden Ridge were advised to shelter in place as the bush fire approached.

It is too late to leave, the Rural Fire Service said in a statement.

Firefighters are in these areas and are in place to undertake property protection as required, the RFS said



Royal Commission to squeeze mortgage lending "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Housing finance to slow

The Housing Finance figures were released for February 2018 this week, reported as "Housing finance falls in February" (Australian), "Falls felt for February" (Rate City), and so on.

Interesting interpretations, given that housing finance was...well, up!

Anyway, having allowed a few days to elapse, here are four thoughts.

1 - Loan sizes up

One less well reported thing that I picked up was the rise in the average loan size over the past year to non-first homebuyers. 

Across the states, Victoria has been the main driver of rising average loan sizes, although each of the most populous states has seen an increase over the year. 

As a result, owner-occupier commitments rose +1.3 per cent in February, and investor loans were up +0.5 per cent, taking total housing finance to a 6-month high of $33.52 billion.

Drilling the trendlines through the data shows that total housing finance has essentially been flat for 15 months now, while a fair chunk of refinancing has been in evidence within that total.



Overboard Passenger from Pacific Dawn Raises Questions Regarding P&O Cruises' Credibility "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The disappearance of a 47 year-old woman last week from P&O Cruises' Pacific Dawn was one of 213 people overboard from cruise ships in the last decade and one of 7 disappearances in less than 4 months this year alone. The incident raises the fundamental issue whether it is, in fact, possible for someone to fall off a cruise ship. 

I have written about nearly 200 overboard incidents since I started this blog eight and a-half years ago.  The single most common comment which I hear is that it's impossible for someone to fall off of a cruise ship. When I reported on the recent overboard incident on the Pacific Dawn, the first comment was passengers don't just fall off of a cruise ship.

But based on some of the eye-witness accounts, that is exactly what might have happened on the Pacific Dawn. 

The 47-year-old passenger from Brisbane, Australia, was reportedly with her husband on an exterior Pacific Dawn Overboarddeck, about 15 feet away from where other passengers were playing table tennis inside the cruise ship. Several passengers said the woman "went outside to vomit as she was seasick," according to an Australian newspaper the Courier Mail.

One eye-witness told the Courier Mail that the woman began to vomit while leaning over a railing when she lost her footing and went overboard.

Another passenger, who expressed condolences to the family of the woman, posted a somber photograph (right) of an empty deck and the railing where the woman apparently went overboard. The low railings immediately caught my eye. 

A standard sized life-ring, which you can see mounted slightly above the deck, is only 28-30 inches in diameter, which suggests that the top of the top of railing is probably no more than a total of 40 to 42 inches in height. 

One of the eye-witnesses took a photograph of the railing (below right) which was published in several newspapers. The photo shows four crew members standing around the deck railing. Two of the crew members are leaning on the railing with one crew member is standing in the middle nearby the railing, which appears to barely come to the crew members' waists and the middle crew member's hips.

Several years ago, when I attended a series of Congressional hearings in....


April 15 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

1788 - Arthur Phillip, who'd had a decent night's snooze, led a bush walk to Manly and eyeballed the Blue Mountains.

1790 - Arthur Phillip wasn't feeling too well (probably a lack of rest at night) and so he penned a missive to Lord Sydney asking for permission to return to England.

1793 - Tuki Tahua and Ngahuruhuru were kidnapped by the British and arrived in Sydney on this day.

1794 - Armed watchmen guarding the crop of maize at Toongabbie shot three Darug Aboriginal men and beheaded one to prove their tale; on this day Judge Advocate Richard Atkins scribed in his diary how,
The head of one is brought in and the Lt. Govr [Major Francis Grose] has preserved it, as a present for Dr. Hunter.

1800 - Phillip Gidley King rocked up, as fresh as a daisy, to take over as Guv from Hunter.Among the great unwashed on board were naturalist and explorer George Caley, engineer and explorer Francis Louis Barrallier and 50 convicts.

1804 - The Sydney Gazette employed sharp, on the ball reporters - who obviously got their 8 hours dreaming - who mentioned a new gambling game called "Chuck Farthing" which later became known as Two Up.

1822 - An Illawarra Aboriginal woman was fired at, and set upon by dogs, whilst in the act of appropriating corn from a local settler near Lake Illawarra. Whilst a number of convicts were initially involved in the attack, one Seth Hawker later returned to the scene, shot the woman in the stomach, and again set the dogs upon her. As a result she died in the field, unattended. Hawker was subsequently tried in Sydney for wilful murder, and acquitted by the Judge Advocate, with the womens act of theft clearly identified as culpable and Hawker commended for endeavouring to protect that property that was confided to his care.

1823 - Allan Cunningham departed Bathurst to find an easier overland stock route to the Liverpool Plains.

1828 -  The persecution of Tasmanias Aboriginal population intensified on this day, with a government proclamation banning them from all settled areas. The Lieutenant Governor Sir George Arthur said the order was designed to reduce the incidence of violence between the Aborigines and the white settlers, which had led to death, injury and dispossession on both sides.

1833 - Governor Burke visited Newcastle having made the voyage from Sydney on the Steamer Sophia Jane where an address was presented to him by some of the leading citizens of the Newcastle district.

1834 - Dr. John Lhotsky, the Polish born naturalist, explored parts of the Bega region in 1834 visiting unsettled country before any European system of settlement or roads had been established that decreed how traffic should go from and to. In a letter to the Sydney Gazette on this day he r...

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Saturday, 14 April


Futurologist Claims Humans May Become Immortal By The Year 2050 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Futurologist, Dr. Ian Pearson seem to believe the ability to live forever might be within our grasp very soon. He claims people who are born after the year 1970 could have a very real chance at immortality.

Pearson told The Sun that he believes we are very close to achieving immortality and in the future, we will be able to live forever. As you probably know, we have been wanting to figure out a way to live forever and avoid death since well, basically the beginning of everything. Living forever is something that we consider to be highly controversial and without a doubt fascinating.

According to The Sun Pearson has said as follows:

There are quite a lot of people interested in living forever. There always has been, but the difference now is tech is improving so quickly, lots of people believe they can actually do it.

No one wants to live forever at 95 years old, but if you could rejuvenate the body to 29 or 30, you might want to do that.

A long time before we get to fix our bodies and rejuvenate it everytime we feel like, well be able to link our minds to the machine world so well, well effectively be living in the cloud.

The mind will basically be in the cloud, and be able to use any android that you feel like to inhabit the real world. If you want to spend the evening in Australia, going to the Sydney opera house, you could use an android.

He even went over the world of sex dolls and has this to say:

The current state of sex dolls are starting to look quite human-like. Give them another 30 years of development and theyll be extremely human-like. You can take any android body and they will look human-like, and download whatever mind you want. You could share one with someone else, or have one yourself, or own dozens of them.

While of course, the first people to use these robotic bodies will be the rich people, in the end, prices will drop down to where everyone else will have access as well. He says that regardless of what happens to our bodies, in that time our minds will....


WPP CEO Martin Sorrell resigns after misconduct investigation "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Sir Martin Sorrell today resigned as CEO of WPP, the worlds largest advertising agency holding company, after an internal company investigation into his personal conduct. The 73-year-old Sorrell founded WPP 33 years ago, and grew it to more than 200,000 employees in more than 100 countries. Sorrell said in a statement: Obviously I am sad to

Sir Martin Sorrell today resigned as CEO of WPP, the worlds largest advertising agency holding company, after an internal company investigation into his personal conduct.

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A Heritage lost ... ? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The very historical church with its remarkable stainglass window at St John the Baptist, Buckland.  There is the belief that the stainglass window is many hundreds of years old.  The window was preserved from destruction from Oliver Cromwells puritan troops by hiding and storing it.  Later it was sent to St Johns and mounted. Whether the story is true or not, what will happen to this window ?


Oh, to be so Rich "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Here in Tasmania we are about to spend more than $500,000,000 of public money moving the UTas campus from Sandy Bay to the centre of Hobart, and in Launceston from Newnham, with its spacious 50 hectare grounds overlooking the river, to the flood-prone, cramped Inveresk. Additionally, The Berejiklian government in NSW is poised to dismantle the iconic Powerhouse Museum


A Letter to the Editor in response to Elise Archer "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

I refer to the article that appeared in The Mercury on the 4th April 2018 written by Elise Archer. That article was based on the false premise that the Tasmanian Judges and Magistrates were soft on crime and the Government had to bring in minimum sentences. There is no evidence that the Tasmanian judiciary is soft on crime, judges and magistrates are experienced professional lawyers who hold highly desirable jobs and you dont get to be a judge or a magistrate by being a fool or being soft on crime



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I wrote this little song Come Holy Spirit at my piano in Melbourne, Australia in 1985. Since then, thank the Lord, it has been all over the world as have I. The Lord truly chooses the simple things. So grateful.


Bad antibodies made good: The immune systems secret weapon uncovered "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

In a world first, scientists from Sydneys Garvan Institute of Medical Research have revealed how a population of bad antibodies in the immune system which are usually silenced because they can harm the body can provide crucial protection against invading microbes. The research was carried out in mice.

The bad antibodies are known to react against the bodys own tissues and can cause autoimmune disease. For this reason, it was once thought that they were discarded by the immune system or that they were made inactive in the long term. However, the new findings show for the first time that bad antibodies go through a rapid redemption process and are activated when the body is faced with a disease threat that other antibodies cannot tackle.

As a result, the redeemed antibodies no longer threaten the body, but instead become powerful weapons to fight disease and particularly diseases that evade the immune system by disguising themselves to look like normal body tissue.


MACKAY Mackay magistrate court "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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What Does Sorry Mean? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"




What do we want?


When do we want it?


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Maules Creek geology and our water "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Maules Creek geology has a lot to do with the groundwater behaviour in the area. The above map was taken from the Upper Namoi Groundwater Source Status Report 2006 2011, which provides a useful summary of groundwater history in Maules Creek pre-mining.

Zone 11 is a small part of the Namoi Valley Groundwater Region (see map) but boasts a significant inventory of groundwater monitoring bores (12), including 5 with telemetry. Find out more here Groundwater monitoring at Maules Creek.

The Status Report makes it plain the financial and operational pain that groundwater entitlement holders have shouldered, with allocations reduced by 75% in order to stabilise the declining groundwater levels in the district;

At the commencement of the Plan on the 1st November 2006 groundwater entitlements in the Zone 11 were reduced from approximately 8.7 GL down to 2.2 GL.

The objective of the Plan is to reduce the total extraction in Zone 11 to 2,200 ML by the 2016 2017 water year.

The objectives of the Plan were largely achieved by 2011 with a significant reduction in entitlements and annual groundwater usage, well before the 2016 2017 deadline.

Ironically, 2016 2017, could contain the biggest threat to Zone 11 groundwater levels that weve seen. And this threat could come not from the irrigation industry but from the connectivity of the alluvial aquifers with the coal seams  which underlie much of Maules Creek.


The Weekend Quiz April 14-15, 2018 answers and discussion "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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

Question 1:

Assume that the external deficit of a nation is on average over the economic cycle equal to 2 per cent of GDP and that the government balances its fiscal position when averaged over the same cycle. We can conclude that on average the private domestic sector overall:

(a) Is spending more than it is earning.

(b) Is spending less that it is earning.

(c) Cannot say for sure as we dont know the pattern of fiscal balances over the cycle.

The answer is Option (a) Is spending more than it is earning..

Note that this question doesnt investigate how the economy might get into this situation. But whatever behavioural forces were at play, the sectoral balances all have to sum to zero. Once you understand that, then deduction leads to the correct answer.

To refresh your memory the balances are derived as follows. The basic income-expenditure model in macroeconomics can be viewed in (at least) two ways: (a) from the perspective of the sources of spending; and (b) from the perspective of the uses of the income produced. Bringing these two perspectives (of the same thing) together generates the sectoral balances.

From the sources perspective we write:

(1) GDP = C + I + G + (X M)

which says that total national income (GDP) is the sum of total final consumption spending (C), total private investment (I), total government spending (G) and net exports (X M).

Expression (1) tells us that total income in the economy per period will be exactly equal to total spending from all sources of expenditure.

We also have to acknowledge that financial balances of the sectors are impacted by net government taxes (T) which includes all tax revenue minus total transfer and interest payments (the latter are not counted independently in the expenditure Expression (1)).

Further, as noted above the trade account is only one aspect of the financial flows between the domestic economy and the external sector. we have to include net external income flows (FNI).

Adding in the net external income f...


U.S. inspects Chinese-funded Vanuatu wharf ahead of military exercise Does China want to establish a permanent military base in the Pacific island nation? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"


SYDNEY (Reuters) The United States has conducted a survey of a Chinese-funded wharf in Vanuatu ahead of a military exercise by U.S. forces planned for the South Pacific later this year, the U.S. Marine Corps said on Saturday.

Location of Vanuatu

The wharf had been the subject of reports in Australias Fairfax Media that China wanted to establish a permanent military base in the Pacific island nation.

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Vanuatu warf before improvement

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Vanuatu warf after improvement

Both Vanuatu and China denied the report amid heightened tension with the United States over Chinas activity in the South China Sea.

U.S. Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel Curtis L. Hill told Reuters by email that a small contingent of Marines from 1 Marine Expeditionary Force based in California had conducted a site survey in preparation for the exercise that U.S. forces will hold.

The site survey was conducted due to the likely participation of a Military Sealift Command support vessel in the exercise, he said.

Vanuatu, about 2,000 km (1,200 miles) east of northern Australia, was home to a key U.S. Navy base during World War Two that helped beat back the Japanese army as it advanced through the Pacific toward Australia.

There is heightened interest in the wharf in Luganville town because it could be big enough to allow warships to dock at it. Its primary use is to cater for cargo vessels and ferries.

Reporting by Alison Bevege and Tom Westbrook in SYDNEY.; Editing by Robert Birsel

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The great wharf from China, raising...


Submission to FSANZ on Food derived using new breeding techniques "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

19th April 2018

We submit that:

1) The Food Standards Australia New Zealand Act 1991 was written with intent to ensure all new breeding techniques for food are, and will be, regulated. The Act requires the protection of public health and safety (Section 18 (1) (a), Objectives of the Act) therefore all new breeding techniques must be regulated.

  • The definitions for food produced using gene technology and gene technology cover food produced using all forms of New Breeding Techniques.
  • In New Zealand, it is accepted that in-vitro genome manipulations that were introduced after 1996 should be considered genetic modification techniques (Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act).
  • All new breeding techniques should be acknowledged as GM. 
  • All new breeding techniques must undergo sufficiently rigorous pre-market assessments and follow up monitoring to ensure they can be, and are being, safely consumed over an entire lifetime. 

We submit that:

2) This public consultation has broken the requirement that risk analysis be based on the best available scientific evidence, as required by Section 18 (2) of the FSANZ Act.

  • This consultation is based on workshops and an Expert Advisory Panel containing scientists with conflicts of interest
  • Austrian government agencies found there is insufficient knowledge of the risks of these techniques and all of them should be regulated.[1]
  • The Norwegian Environment and Development Agencies concluded further biosafety research needs to be done before these techniques are commercialised.[2]
  • The European Network of Scientists for Social and Environmental Responsibility state these techniques are recognized as GM in the medical field and should been seen as GM in agriculture and food. They assert that the application of these techniques allows for outcomes that may be unprecedented in human experience:[3]
  • Non-regulation of these techniques would mean numerous Human Rights are being breached the: Right to Food[4], Right to a Healthy Environment[5], Right to Health[6] and Right to Freedom essential for scientific research.[7]
  • Decisions on the regulation, or deregu...


Day 10 #GC2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Day 10 of the Commonwealth Games at Gold Coast, with the Rugby 7s in action.

It looks as though Australia has the medals tally wrapped up. 

The organisation has been fantastic, all very smooth use of the Park 'n' Ride just 40 minutes or so from Brisbane. 

Only gripe through the entire Games has been the predictable dearth of coffee carts! 


Dr Brian Potter Dr Chris Rikard-Bell Child and Adult Psychiatrist NSW Human Services Alleged Hitmen "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Dr Brian Potter - Child and Adult Psychiatrist NSW Community Services Alleged Hitman. Psychiatrist/psychoanalytic psychotherapy.

This parasite of the unfortunate is appointed by the following agencies, one would have to assume it is to discount the information supplied by other legitimate independent psychiatrists and medical experts, with the intent to minimise the compensation paid to the victims.

What is not stated below is that he often supplies psychiatrist reports, sometimes at the cost of $30 000 per family, for NSW department human services.

This man gets the cost of a luxury car for each family he desecrates.

In an emergency he will be contacted by Child Protection Hospital Units (CPHU) for a quick over the phone assessment which gives department community services the power to remove any child. This is called an hypothesis.

an assumption used in an argument without its being endorsed; a supposition.

You have no defense against this DoCS hitman. You have nowhere to turn for help, your baby has been legally kidnapped, and this man has been awarded the cost of a trip around the world for his evil.



Authorised Report Writer, Victims Compensation Tribunal - 1999

Motor Accident Impairment Assessor - 2001

WorkCover Impairment Assessor - 2002

Comcare Impairment Assessor - 2006

1983 - Current

Private Practice, Adult Psychiatry; Child and Family Psychiatry; Medico-legal Psychiatry



Bombing in Syria not the way to peace in Syria - Julie Bishop reckless "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Bombing not the answer for peace in Syria, rather a dangerous mistake - Independent and Peaceful Australia Network. Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishops reckless support for a military strike by the US in Syria demonstrates Australias lack of independence in its foreign policy.

IPAN spokesperson Mr Stephen Darley said, Surely it is clear that any military exchange between Russian and US forces threatens a dangerous widening of the conflict and the lives of millions.

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons has accepted an invitation from the Syrian government to inspect the region where an alleged chemical weapon attack occurred demonstrating a willingness to support its claim they had not conducted such an attack.

The video showing children being hosed down allegedly from a chemical weapons attack needs to be investigated. Any chemical attack is an inhumane and illegal act, requiring the strongest condemnation.

If there is proof that chemical weapons have been used in Syria, regardless of who was behind it, then there needs to be serious consequences in the international court of justice where crimes against humanity are legitimately dealt with.

What is clear is that a bombing assault on sites in Syria is neither legal, effective nor acceptable. The risks of even more innocent people suffering death, injury and destruction of homes and the risk that a major powers war could ensue is being recognised internationally.

Mr Darley is calling on the Foreign Minister and the Prime Minister to clearly reject the proposed missile attack and instead be a voice of reason in calling for all non-military means possible to be adopted to resolve the conflict.

This press release was issued two days before Mr Trumps attack of today.

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New federal pendulum after recent redistributions "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Following the release of the draft South Australian redistribution boundaries yesterday, we can now put together a pendulum of all seat margins for the next election. This pendulum uses the actual election margins for New South Wales and Western Australia, and the final post-redistribution margins for Queensland, Tasmania and the Northern Territory, as well as the post-redistribution margins for the draft boundaries for Victoria, South Australia and the ACT.

Ive included this pendulum below the fold, but you can also find it at this link. Ive now posted the pendulum, along with a list of seats in alphabetical order and a list of seats by state, on the federal election guide. There are now twenty seat guides posted there, and I will keep posting at least one per day for the foreseeable future. The pendulum below wont keep getting updated with fresh links but does include the twenty so far.

The only update since yesterdays post is that I calculated two-candidate-preferred margins between the Liberal Party and the Nick Xenophon Team in Barker, Grey and Mayo. In these three seats, I calculated what proportion of primary votes for all other parties flowed to either of these two parties in the final count in those parts of the seat where NXT made the top two. Some areas were swapped back and forth between Grey and Barker, so they were included as if they had always been in the seat. This proportion was then applied to the remaining primary votes.

The figures are:

  • Barker LIB vs NXT 4.2% (down from 4.7%)
  • Grey LIB vs NXT 1.9% (down from 2.0%)
  • Mayo NXT vs LIB 5.3% (up from 5.0%)

These are all shifts towards the NXT, but they should come with a grain of salt. They fit with the overall trend of the Liberal Party not losing any seats but having all of their seats become more marginal.

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Norway's Child Protection System as Heavy Handed as Western Countries "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"


I read an article this morning regarding "The Barnevernet" as child protection authorities are called in Norway. They have unlimited powers and answer to no one, much the same as the child protection system in Australia, Canada, the UK, the US. There is no other authority policing the corruption which has now taken of this system portraying itself as a protector of children when it is nothing more than a kidnapping rort.

Norways Orwellian system of child protection and care

The story is written by a politician who did not believe that children could be wrongly taken by the state, until he personally investigated The Barnevernet. He quotes several different stories that he himself personally investigated and when he took the evidence to other politicians they did not want to know about it.

Why do child protection systems such as The Barnevernet, CPS, FACS, DoCS... all the different names they come under which portray themselves as protectors of children, why do they get away with such corruption? Because if you have a complaint about these departments, you only have a complaints system run by the department you are complaining about. There is no transparency or accountability.

In Australia they have been apologising for stolen generations by the government for years, yet they continue to increase the number of children they are removing, over 40 000 children are in Out of Home Care in Australia. It is time for the incredible number of parents, children and foster carers complaints to be acknowledged instead of just being swept under the carpet.



Did Martin Bryant Fake-Kidnap Rick? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Sydney lawyers Glenn Pears and Zoe Hall, two of the victims of the 1996 Port Arthur massacre (photo credit

by Mary Maxwell, LLB

I am 100% persuaded that Martin Bryant had nothing to do with the Port Arthur massacre  on April 28, 1996. He says he was not there and he says it credibly. Someone else did the shooting in the Broad Arrow Caf. Several of the authorities must be aware of who did it, as it was a massive, complicated operation.

No doubt they chose Bryant in advance to be the patsy, maybe even years in advance. And most likely they lined up a few other Joe Schmoes to be the patsy in case Martin died.

Who Is the Main Witness for Martin Bryants Itinerary?

The person who is best placed to know where Martin went on April 28, 1996, is of course Martin himself. His memory could be compromised if he is of low brains but I doubt that he is. It could also be compromised as any of us can be compromised by someone maliciously altering his mind....


Accelerating rate of heat increasing in oceans, especially around Australia "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Concerning: Marine heatwaves increasing, especially near Australia,, By Peter Hannam, 10 April 2018 

Marine heatwaves are increasing in their frequency and duration at an accelerating rate in many parts of the world, especially around Australia, a team of international scientists has found.

The number of oceanic heatwave days a year has increased by 54 per cent in the past century globally, the researchers determined, using data of sea-surface temperatures from long-established sites and satellites.

We have seen an increasing trend in the frequency and duration [of marine heatwaves], and that trend has accelerated in the past 30 years or so, said Lisa Alexander, associate professor at University of NSWs Climate Change Research Centre, and an author of the paper published in Nature Communications on Wednesday.

Rather than a precursor, the number of heatwave days may even be an underestimate of what is to come as the planet warms, Professor Alexander said. We could see it accelerated even more, given what weve seen recently, she said.



Turnbulls brown coal hydrogen horror show: $500m for 3 tonnes RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Turnbull hails half a billion dollar, year long project that will turn Victoria brown coal into just three tonnes of hydrogen fuel. Has the world gone completely mad?

via Turnbulls brown coal hydrogen horror show: $500m for 3 tonnes RenewEconomy


April 14 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

1829 - E. Hayes, editor of The Australian, was fined and gaoled for six months for libelling Governor Ralph Darling.

1842 - The Bunya tree was declared off limits to white man due to its importance to the indigenous people. However, this was largely ignored and in 1860 revoked by the first Government of Queensland.

1846 - The Aboriginal leader of the Awabakal clan, Biraban, who assisted the Rev Threlkeld compile the first grammar of an Aboriginal language in Australia, passed to the stars on this day near Newcastle. It is thought he is buried in the Aboriginal burial grounds located under or near the Newcastle School of Arts.

1847 - James Malcolm was hanged at the site of the crime, the Burswood Estate (Victoria Park, Perth), for highway robbery and murder of Clark Gordon.

1852 - Thomas Wilmore was hanged at Goulburn Gaol for the murder of Phillip Alger in the Wellington District.

1858 Francis Thomas Gregory lead an exploration in the Murchison-Gascoyne-Lyons region of Western Australia.

1860 - George Robertson, who many rudely only refer to by his surname these days, was pupped. Who is George Robertson? Just the other book publishing and book selling half of Angus & Robertson, who brought to the masses the brilliant Australian poets and writers we keep breeding in these sunny climes.

1866 - James Crookwell, Bushranger, was hanged at Darlinghurst for the murder of Constable William Raymond in the Bargo Brush.

1870 - Gulgong became a glittering, shining beacon to miners when GOLD! was found there.

1871 - James Fanning was hanged for the rape of 13 yo Mary Dawes on 24 November 1870 on the Albany Road. The first private execution and the last execution for rape in the (Perth) colony.

1871 - After serving six months in Beechworth Gaol for assaulting a hawker, Ned Kelly appeared in court soon after for stealing a horse. When it was shown Ned had been in gaol at the time the horse had disappeared, the charge was amended and he was instead convicted of 'receiving a stolen horse', for which he was given a three-year hard labour gaol sentence which he served in Pentridge Gaol. The borrower was his friend Isiah"Wild" Wright, who inexplicably received a sentence of only 18 months.

1874 - Copper miners at Wallaroo and Moonta, SA, returned to work after striking over wage rates and conditions.

1875 - Jackey Clayson was an Aboriginal man hanged at Rockhampton Gaol for a rape at Palmerville.

1876 - The Scallan's Hill to Stawell Railway Line (VIC) opened, a whole one long galloping mile.

1877 - Henri L'Estrange, adorned in a dark coloured tunic topped of with a red cap and turban, waltzed across a tightrope strung across Willoughby Bay, Sydney.

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Meanjin / Brisbane, So-Called Australia: Arson Attack Against the Commonwealth Games Countdown Clock on South Bank "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Statement and video about an attack against the Commonwealt Games countdown clock.

Submitted to enough is Enough.

Note: Enough is Enough is not organizing any of these events, we are publishing this text for people across the US and Europe to be able to see what is going on and for documentation only.

Meanjin / Brisbane, So-Called Australia: Arson Attack Against the Commonwealth Games Countdown Clock on South Bank

Yesterday in Meanjin (Brisbane, so called Australia) we watched on social media as the police brutalised and arrested peaceful Stolenwealth Games protestors on the Gold Coast. They used excessive force on young people, people with disabilities, and elders.
The police also tried to claim one young person self harmed while in their custody. Allies are urgently needed at Camp Freedom on the last two days of the Commonwealth Games, to join peaceful protests and protect the camp, which over the last two weeks, has been threatened by Neo Nazis, racists, and the Queensland Police force.


MACKAY Clermont man locked up, accused of three rapes "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

MACKAY April 14, 2018 at 05:07AM ,

Clermont man locked up, accused of three rapes

April 14, 2018 at 05:07AM ,

A CLERMONT man has been locked up, accused of three counts of rape in a domestic setting, among other offences. The young adult faced Mackay Magistrates Court on Wednesday in custody. Legal restrictions prevent The Daily Mercury from naming the man. The defendant has been charged with

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MACKAY Speedway seating collapse: Cavalier approach to safety "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

MACKAY April 14, 2018 at 04:56AM ,

Speedway seating collapse: Cavalier approach to safety

April 14, 2018 at 04:56AM ,

Another 11 months passed before RobnJosh Pty Ptd, represented by Darren Hawkings, pleaded guilty to failing to comply with its health and safety duty in Mackay Magistrates Court. Mr Hawkings faced court on Friday, April 13, supported by a man and a woman, who watched on from the public gallery.

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MACKAY Rider guilty of drink-driving after private property crash "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

MACKAY April 14, 2018 at 05:07AM ,

Rider guilty of drink-driving after private property crash

April 14, 2018 at 05:07AM ,

POLICE added insult to injury when they charged a man who had been drinking when he suffered a nasty gash on his leg in a dirtbike crash on private property. Timothy William Phillips, 29, faced Mackay Magistrates Court this week, pleading guilty to driving under the influence at Mount Martin on

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Alchemy Bellingen House of Devils and Bad Spirits "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

In our town, there is a healing centre called Alchemy. Its an alternative treatment and herbal medicine shop, house in a two-story building.
On the ground floor theres a reception, displays of alternate medicine products, a office, a couple of treatment rooms and a sauna and spa out in the external courtyard. On the second floor there are four treatment rooms.
A local lady friend of mine who is into Hindu meditation said she doesnt go to Alchemy because it has bad spirits and bad energy.
I agree with my friends perspective on Alchemy, but from a Christian point of view.
The practices at Alchemy are listed on its website.
Of the practices listed, Clairvoyant and Psychic Services and Energy Healings are demonic and should be shunned and avoided for personal spiritual and wholistic safety. The Holy Bible is very clear on this.
 Some of the other services offered are very dodgy spiritually too, but if youre not a Christian and not spiritually attuned that way, it will be hard to understand how and why this is.
Any strong Bible-Believing Christian will understand what Im writing.
Below is the home page for Alchemy Bellingen on-line.
Please be careful. Alchemy is not a good place spiritually or natural to go to.
Alchemy Bellingen should be shunned and avoided like the plague. The practices there are too demonic. As my friend said, There are bad spirits at Alchemy and I wont go there.
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Tasmanians rally for a ban on live animal export "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The Independent Member for Denison, Andrew Wilkie, will speak at a rally this morning organised by Stop Tasmanian Animal Cruelty, calling for a ban on live animal exports. The footage aired last Sunday on 60 Minutes quite rightfully shocked Australia, Mr Wilkie said. But we shouldnt be surprised because weve known for years about the systemic cruelty in the live animal export industry. In particular the worst offenders are these sheep ships travelling to the Middle East, on which animal fatalities are often way beyond government standards and records are routinely falsified


Video Friday: Robot With Scissors, Cassie on a Segway, and Atlas Kicking "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Your weekly selection of awesome robot videos Image: RC2L/KITECH via YouTube

Video Friday is your weekly selection of awesome robotics videos, collected by your Automaton bloggers. Well also be posting a weekly calendar of upcoming robotics events for the next few months; heres what we have so far (send us your events!):

NASA Swarmathon  April 17-19, 2018  Kennedy Space Center, Fla., USA
RoboSoft 2018  April 24-28, 2018  Livorno, Italy
ICARSC 2018  April 25-27, 2018  Torres Vedras, Portugal
NASA Robotic Mining Competition  May 14-18, 2018  Kennedy Space Center, Fla., USA
ICRA 2018  May 21-25, 2018  Brisbane, Australia
RSS 2018  June 26-30, 2018  Pittsburgh, Pa., USA
Ubiquitous Robots 2018  June 27-30, 2018  Honolulu, Hawaii
MARSS 2018  July 4-8, 2018  Nagoya, Japan
AIM 2018  July 9-12, 2018  Auckland, New Zealand

Let us know if you have suggestions for next week, and enjoy todays videos.

Oh yes, this is an excellent idea.

Cassie Blue is controlling the motion of the Segway by body lean, just as a human rider would do. Because the speeds here a low, the amount of body lean is almost imperceptible to the naked eye. When we apply a connection between the robot's legs and the central bar, turning will be possible.

[ University of Michigan ]

From UC Berkeley:

We present a conceptually simple RL framework that enables simulated characters to learn highly dynamic...


Leonie Martin Consulting - Is this another FACS Hitman? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Is it right for ex FACS workers who have been accused of being corrupt to be in business on their own providing psych assessments for FACS?

I visited Leonie Martin's website and sent the following message...

I have received reports in my group "Luke's Army" that you do fake psych reports for FACS giving them what they want to hear. You are an ex FACS worker are you not? Doesn't this make it even more susceptible to corruption with you being highly enlightened as to their dirty little tricks. Certainly those who spoke about you in the group gave you no credibility and blamed you for ruining their families. May I ask how much you are charging for a standard psych assessment for the department? How wealthy have you become riding on the back of this new stolen generation by FACS???

If you read the site, Leonie and her "Team" are based on the Mid North Coast of NSW.  Leonie is able to travel within NSW, Australia and overseas to provide services. Seems no family is too far away for her alleged fake psych reports.

Leonie Martin is a qualified Social Worker with substantial experience in the child protection and human services sector. Yes she is one of those repsponsible for the decimation of many families. Now she has moved onto bigger money. If these psychiatrists don't give FACS the reports they want, then FACS go elsewhere and the psych is set to lose out on a lot of money.

If you have had a fake psych report done by Leonie Martin please leave a comment below this blog.... Or if you have received a fake psych report from any FACS appointed psychiatrist.



The Kids In The System "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Fight Child Protection Department Corruption: 
The pain of a child being abused is unbearable for them

The Kids In The System

19th October 2017

Every day, Australias child protection workers face a heartbreaking and fraught decision: leave a child in a potentially dangerous family situation, or place them in foster care?

Taking them out of harms way might seem like the obvious option. But removing them can place them at risk in Australias child protection system, and can lead to long-term psychological damage to the child and other family members.

Removing children from their family of origin is a huge loss, even if that family of origin is abusive.

Helen Keevers, former child protection worker

Can you make the impossible choice?

The six cases below are real situations where child protection workers had to decide whether to remove a child from their family.

Make your choice, then see if the experts agree.

1. Jakob

You are asked to visit Amanda and her toddler Jakob by a childcare worker, who has concerns that Jakob is not meeting his developmental milestones. Amanda readily admits that she struggles to stay on top of her daily routine and to manage Jakobs behaviour. She gets welfare benefits but is behind on the rent at a public housing unit in the southern suburbs of Brisbane that she finds unfriendly and sometimes scary. She seems depressed and admits that she has been taking strong stimulants and anti-anxiety prescription drugs to help her through and sometimes feels like killing herself. Amanda says that some days she cant get out o...


The Weekend Quiz April 14-15, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Welcome to The Weekend Quiz. The quiz tests whether you have been paying attention or not to the blogs I post. See how you go with the following questions. Your results are only known to you and no records are retained.

1. Assume that the external deficit of a nation is on average over the economic cycle equal to 2 per cent of GDP and that the government balances its fiscal position when averaged over the same cycle. We can conclude that on average the private domestic sector overall:

2. Trade unions that manage to push aggregate wages growth ahead of the inflation rate will ensure that workers gain a greater share of national income.

3. Sovereign government spending becomes more expensive when government bond yields for new issues rise.



Final results of the 2017 Nakata Brophy Prize! "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The Nakata Brophy Short Fiction and Poetry Prize recognises the talent of young Indigenous writers across Australia. Sponsored by the University of Melbournes Trinity College, the prize alternates each year between fiction and poetry; this years prize is for the best poem (up to 88 lines) by an Indigenous writer under 30.


MACKAY Driver put windows down to try and stay awake before crash "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

MACKAY April 13, 2018 at 03:37AM ,

Driver put windows down to try and stay awake before crash

April 13, 2018 at 03:37AM ,

But there were no apparent lasting injuries when she appeared before Magistrate Damien Dwyer in Mackay Magistrates Court on Thursday. She pleaded guilty to driving without due care. Kaur, who had no criminal record, had been charged with dangerous operation, but it was downgraded. Prosecutor

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Unprincipled Monash Forum ignores the obvious "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Low Island

THE future is in plain sight. I saw it over the past two weekends at either end of the country: in a house in Middleton south of Hobart and on Low Island, north-east of Cairns.

A family of five lives in the Middleton house. At Easter, my wife and I made it seven. The house is off-grid and off main water. On Low Island, a caretaker and several volunteers inhabit three houses and research the reef, take weather observations and look after the lighthouse. Again it is off the grid and there is obviously no mains water. The lighthouse is also run off solar power.

Imagine not getting an electricity or water bill.

There are some slight inconveniences: fewer power-guzzling appliances like hair-dryers and microwaves and a bit of battery monitoring.

The Middleton house is fairly new, so it was a no-brainer to install solar-power generation compared to the Immediate and future cost of connecting to the grid and using mains power.

The trend is clear. Appliances will get more efficient. Batteries, solar panels and domestic wind turbines will get cheaper and more powerful.

Meanwhile, the absurdly named Monash Forum of climate-science denying Federal MPs wants to perpetuate coal-fired electricity generation. Led by the Triple As Abbott, Andrews and Abetz and joined by Barnaby Joyce, it has engaged in one of the most profound about-faces in recent Australian political history, especially the Liberal Party members.

The Liberal Party was founded on the basis of free-enterprise, respect for private property, the market, states rights, small government and opposition to nationalisation.

In the partys own words: We believe . . . that, wherever possible, government should not compete with an efficient private sector; and . . . in preserving Australias natural beauty and the environment for future generations.

Now some or all of the Monash MPs have argued for the Government to prevent a private company, AGL, dealing with its property as it sees fit by closing the Liddell power station when it wants to, nationalising the asset if necessary. They want the Federal Government to override states and territorie...


Rafting the Franklin: a trip of fearful beauty "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Published in The Canberra Times on 3 April 1982.

The Franklin River, in Tasmanias wild south-west, is under threat by a hydro-electricity damming scheme. CRISPIN HULL rafted down river, finding the beauties and ruthlessness of the wild.

Franklin River rafters call it the Masterpiece.

It is a slab of rock the size of a car that sticks out on the western side of the river. The river has taken thousands of years to carve it into a smooth, abstract sculpture, and it has not finished its work.

Many other Henry Moore-style sculptures adorn the rivers steep sides, each begun long before human artists ever thought of abstract work.

Smooth grooves, sharpened edges and odd-shaped holes make them natural wonders. The water that carved them can flow slowly and powerfully or gush with turbulent violence that defies the challenge from mere human rafters who dare to take the 90-kilometre trip from the Franklins headwater to its junction with the Gordon River.

It is 4pm, March 8, at the bridge where the Hobart-to-Queenstown road crosses the Collingwood River.

Five kilometres downstream the Collingwood joins the Franklin. Four of us on the bus from Hobart meet two others who had arrived the night before. The six of us planned to raft down the Franklin. Seventeen days later only three emerged at the junction with the Gordon River.

The Collingwood had risen from 0.7 metres to 3.3 overnight and was unsafe. Next day it was back to a metre. Seeing the rapidity of the change was a good lesson. Many have heard the phrase rafting down the Franklin. It does not convey the enormity of the experience. No two Franklin trips are the same; almost every occurrence and sensation is unpredictable. No one will ride the Franklin if the Tasmanian Government allows the river to be dammed. This report relates the first part of a Franklin adventure. The second part appears tomorrow.

no short cuts. The consequences of rafting on a violent, full river can far outweigh the inconvenience of waiting days in the rain for the river to fall.

We each had a $125, three-metre Taiwanese rubber raft, an air-mat tress on its floor, a couple of water proof barrels, a wet suit, life-jacket, helmet, usual camping gear, medical supplies and what was later to prove a life-saving compass.

The water is like whisky, crystal and very cold. Every stone can be seen through a clear, brown film of water. Dark green vegetation hangs to the waters edge.

All of us had river experience with either rafts or canoesthe Denison, Gordon, Goodradigbee, Murrumbidgee and the Snowy. But it was not enough for the Collingwood. After a couple of kilometres we came to a log. The first th...


Cardiovascular health in remote and rural communities "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

This report provides analysis of RFDS aeromedical transport data for the period July 2013 to December 2016. This analysis revealed:

- An average of 112 patients per week or 16 patients per day were transported for CVD;

- On average, per day, 10.1 (63%) were male and 5.9 (37%) were female, a ratio of 1.7 males for every female;

- All age groups were represented; the mean age group was 5559 years, more than one-third (35.3%) were aged 6074 years, and 1% were children under the age of 5 years.

More than half (52.5%) of all CVD transports were for CHD. The two main CHDs that lead to a patient requiring an aeromedical transport were 'acute myocardial infarction' (heart attack) (38.9%) and 'angina pectoris' (angina) (9.4%). Almost one-quarter (22.2%) of CVD transports were for patients experiencing other forms of heart disease; the two main other forms of heart disease were 'heart failure' (4.6%) and 'atrial fibrillation and flutter' (4.0%).

This report's purpose is to detail the CVD burden on remote and rural Australia, and to propose action to ameliorate CVD impacts. Many CVD events are preventable. Increased investment in, and access to, evidence-based, culturally appropriate prevention and early intervention for people at increased risk of CVD, and those who have experienced a CVD event, is required.

Similarly, better treatment options for remote and rural Australians are also required. For example, between 2001 and 2008 the South Australian integrated Cardiovascular Clinical Network (iCCNet) established a support program for remote and rural primary care services to manage heart attacks by providing expert risk stratification, point-of-care troponin testing and cardiologist-supported decision making. The program's evaluation demonstrated a 22% improvement in 30-day survival rates for remote and rural patients, which closed the mortality disparity that had previously existed between city and country hospitals.

Cardiovascular health in remote and rural communities.


Cognitive ageing and decline: Insights from recent research "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Cognitive decline is feared by many as they approach old age. Yet the severe cognitive decline associated with dementia is not a normal part of ageing. In Australasia, the prevalence of dementia in those aged 60 and over is less than 7% (Alzheimer's Disease International, 2015). Nevertheless, the personal and economic costs associated with dementia are considerable, and due to Australia's ageing population, an increasing number of Australians require treatment and exit the workforce due to cognitive impairments. 

So, how do we combat this? How do we lower the risks or delay the development of dementia, and design care and treatment interventions that reduce the personal and economic costs of the disease?

This research brief explores the impacts of cognitive ageing and decline on individuals, as well as on the wider Australian economy. The brief emphasises how cognitive impairment is a significant barrier to those over sixty staying in the workforce and managing their finances properly. The brief also discusses the current and proposed future ways to diagnose and prevent cognitive impairment before it becomes severe.

Cognitive ageing and decline: Insights from recent research


The Fed Is About to Light the Fuse on This $14 Trillion Market "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Aussie investors are often misled when it comes to US stocks.

All we ever hear about are big tech firms.

You know the names: Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix and Google.

And its not without justification.

They have led the huge surge in US stocks over the last nine years.

In fact, theyre even causing short-term interest rate signals to spike around the world as they shift their huge cash hauls back to America.

But there is another sector of the US market thats just as important for the US economy and the direction of asset markets from here.

They dont get the same press. And they certainly dont get the same affection.

But they can give US stocks a big lift when they really start to fire.

That could be about to happen

This sector is crucial to the US economyand to Australia

If you havent guessed, Im talking about the US banks.

The major firms here are about to report their latest earnings.

You might be familiar with the names Im talking about: JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo and Citigroup.

Their earnings reports will provide huge insight into the state of the US economy and the outlook for markets from here.

Banks are the lynchpin of any economy. They control the credit markets, by and large.

The more people borrow, the more spending and economic activity takes place.

This is important for us here in Australia.

A booming America will keep Aussie shares in a positive environment.

Why are banks so important?

Im sure youve read for years about quantitative easing (QE) in the US. That was the policy former Chairman of the Federal Reserve Ben Bernanke put in place after 2008.

The QE term is meaningless to most of us. But heres how Ben Bernanke described it: credit easing.

The powers that be want banks to lend for the most part.

And theyre making it easier for them to do just that.

Trumps administration has already loosened banking regulations.

Its part of the reason the US bank index is up about 40% since Trump was elected.

Now we have news there are even more changes coming.

The Wall Street Journal reports that the Federal Reserve is proposing loosening the supplementary leverage ratio.

This affects eight of the largest banks in the US.

It means these US banks would not need to hold so...


Chairman Mal's glossy email announcing his sleeves-up, shovel-ready infrastructure cred "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Andrew Bolt and Steve Price spoke with Victoria's Liberal Party leader Matthew Guy about this $10 Billion announcement last night. What a surprise to hear that Turnbull leaked the story to Melbourne's Herald Sun first, then phoned Mr Guy on Wednesday night to let him know there'd be a media...


Survey of Health Care: selected findings for rural and remote Australians [AIHW] "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Survey of Health Care: selected findings for rural and remote Australians

Among Australians 45 and over who visited a GP in the past year, those living in rural and remote areas were less likely than others to have a usual GP or place of care. Not having facilities nearby was a barrier to seeing a specialist and having a medical test.

Key findings: * 3 in 5 people in Remote/Very remote areas said not having a specialist nearby stopped them from seeing one. * People in Remote/Very remote areas were the most likely to report going to an ED because no GP was available. * People reported decreasing information sharing between health providers as remoteness increased. * People in Outer regional and Remote/Very remote areas were the least likely to have a usual GP.

Survey of Health Care: selected findings for rural and remote Australians


Indigenous NSW: Findings from the 2016 census "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander(ATSI)peoples continue to experience worse outcomes across a range of indicators compared to their non-Indigenous counterparts. According to the Australian National University's Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research, this divergence in areas such as income are an ongoing consequence of historic violence, dispossession and other forms of colonial domination faced by ATSI people.

This paper uses the latest 2016 Census figures to provide a snapshot of how the ATSI peoples of NSW compare with non-Indigenous residents across a range of key indicators, including population, age, education, income and employment. The paper also provides a comparative analysis of these indicators over three Censuses (2006, 2011 and 2016) for both NSW as a whole and for three custom NSW regions that incorporate different State Electorates based on their location. These geographies were selected to not only to provide an indication as to how location affects the wellbeing of the State's Indigenous peoples, but to also help Members of the NSW Parliament gain greater insight into the Indigenous peoples residing in or around their electorates.

Indigenous NSW: Findings from the 2016 census.


Incredible 'Green-Haired' Turtle Might Not Be Around For Much Longer "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

With its punky green hairstyle, chin spikes and unique underwater abilities, the Mary River turtle is a true original but it might not be around for much longer.

The unique freshwater turtle holds the 29th spot on the Zoological Society of London (ZSL)s new list of the worlds most vulnerable reptiles, and has been categorized as endangered on the IUCN Red List since the 1990s.

Native to the Mary River in Queensland, Australia, the distinctive turtle has the ability to stay underwater for three consecutive days thanks to glands in an opening that serves as both the reptiles butt and genitals. The ZSL refers to this evolutionary wonder by the not-so-flattering nickname butt breather.

The freshwater turtles green mohawk, which gives it a Troll doll-like appearance, is the result of algae growing on its head while submerged for extended periods. Sadly, the docile turtles ability to hide underwater did not protect him from the Australian pet trade. From 1962 and 1974, people legally raided the turtles terrestrial nesting sites and sold 15,000 hatchlings a year to pet shops around the country nearly wiping out an entire generation.


Trump backflip on the TPP exposes its problems: full parliamentary scrutiny needed "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Media Release, April 13: " US President Trumps announcement that he will renegotiate what is now the TPP-11 exposes the dodgy nature of the deal. The remaining 11 countries reached agreement on the basis that bad provisions sponsored by the US are identified as unacceptable but are only suspended and remain in the deal, and could be reactivated if the US re-joined, AFTINET Convener Dr Patricia Ranald said today.

The suspended clauses include longer monopoly rights on medicines which would delay the availability of affordable medicines and stronger copyright monopolies that would increase the rights of copyright holders at the expense of consumers.

Australia has never before signed a deal containing essentially unacceptable provisions that could be re-activated if an outside party re-joins the deal. This demands close independent scrutiny by both the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties (JSCOT) and the Senate inquiry, said Dr Ranald.

Many questions remain unanswered. If the suspended clauses are reinstated through negotiation with the US, this will change the nature of the deal again, demanding further public and parliamentary scrutiny. Trump has also said he would want a substantially better deal for the US which is likely to mean even longer monopoly rights on medicines than are in the suspended clauses, and other more outrageous demands, said Dr Ranald.

Many other unacceptable provisions remain in the deal, including foreign investor rights to sue governments (ISDS), restrictions on government regulation of essential services and increased numbers of temporary migrant workers without first testing if local workers are available, said Dr Ranald.

The government has been trying to cut short the JSCOT inquiry from 20 joint Parliamentary sitting days to only 10 days, so that it would report in June rather than August, exerting pressure on the Senate to constrain its inquiry which is due to report in September.

We call on the government to confirm that both Inquiries will not be curtailed, to enable full assessment of whether the current TPP-11 deal or any renegotiated deal is in the public interest.

If it is not in the public interest we will campaign for the Senate to block the implementing legislation, said Dr Ranald.

Contact Dr Patricia Ranald 0419 695 841



Second working bee for Boomerang Bags "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

[ Saturday, 14 Apr; 9:00 am; ] Saturday 14th April, 9pm, The Jacaranda Room out the back of Kent House is the location of Armidale Boomerang Bags second sewing bee. Join us to help reduce the use of plastic by sewing cloth bags. If you can't sew, no problem, we can help you or there are non-sewing tasks also. Great company, great food and [...] full article 


Nonviolence Film Festival 2018 enviro film: Blowpipes and Bulldozers "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

[ Thursday, 10 May; 1:00 pm; ] Peace Studies presents the Nonviolence Film Festival 2018 7-11 May - Oorala Lecture Theatre, UNE Mon 7 May: Winter Go Away (2012, 82 mins) Tues 8 May: My So-Called Enemy (2010, 90 mins) Wed 9 May: Concrete, Steel & Paint (2009, 55 mins) Thurs 10 May: Blowpipes & Bulldozers (1989, [...] full article 


Speed finance "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Live event review

Thanks to all who came along, a great event in Brisbane yesterday, and I certainly learned a lot!

In particular, I picked up some mind-blowing information about stock market returns and how much money is made during periods of global stock market distress. 

And, yes, it's Queensland, so there was plenty of finance networking too.

I'll be speaking next month in Sydney CBD (book launch).

Before then, I'm doing a seminar mini-series of 3 presentations in Brisbane, so keep an eye out for those, details to follow. 


Medicinal cannabis offer on the table "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Canberra [AAP]

Patients in all states and territories could get faster access to medicinal cannabis under a deal to to be put to health ministers on Friday.

Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt has already signed up NSW to the process which is expected to make medicinal cannabis available to patients within two days.

However other states, especially Queensland where the wait can be as long as six months, have been harder to convince.

The deal involves a single approval process under the Therapeutic Goods Administration, avoiding duplication with state authorities.

Tasmania and Victoria are understood to be the most interested in taking up the offer.

The health ministers will also discuss at the Sydney meeting a plan from Western Australia to raise the smoking age to 21.

However, it is unlikely to get any traction.

Likely to gain support is a national action plan for endometriosis, including research, GP training and education in schools.

Endometriosis is present when the tissue that is similar to the lining of the uterus occurs outside this layer and causes pain and/or infertility.

There will be ongoing discussions on hospital funding, with WA and NSW already signed up to new agreements but other states holding out.


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Farm Planning Takes Innovation Approach "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

[ Monday, 16 Apr; 5:00 pm; ] Landholders in the Southern New England are set to take advantage of farm planning with an agro-ecology focus and a twist of innovation at the end of April. This particular opportunity has emerged out of feedback from participants at an event with David Hardwick run by the Northern Tablelands Local Land Services at Kentucky last year, [...] full article 


April 13 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

1814 - Angelo (Giuseppe) LeRose was hanged for the assault and robbery of Samuel Larkin on Parramatta Road, Iron Cove.

1814 -Francis Barry and Richard Dowling were hanged for stealing three oxen that were the property of the crown.

1823 - James Smith was hanged at Hobart for sheep-stealing.

1829 Melbourne's first post office opened.

1831 - Capt Collet Barker arrived at Gulf St. Vincent in Isabella. Barker climbed Mt. Lofty, saw the site of Port Adelaide (19th April), but Barker was killed at Lake Alexandrina 11 days later.

1836 - Gov Richard Bourke sent opposing petitions to the Colonial Office from ' exclusives' and 'emancipists'.

1839 - The good folk at Albury were no doubt popping their corks in celebration at the news their bush blocks were gazetted as a village.

1840 - The Kulin Nation, a collection of 5 tribes, complained to Aboriginal Protector William Thomas about the dispossession from their land, and that they were excluded from the Melbourne area where they had met for many generations for political and ceremonial reasons. Thomas told them they annoyed the white colonists, to which it was pointed out that the Woiworong had protected the European settlers from attack by the Wathaurong.
no good white man, take away country, no good bush, all white man sit down, Big one hungry Black fellow by & by no Kangaroo White man take away Black fellows Country

1841 The first photograph was taken in Australia by a visiting naval captain, Captain Augustin Lucas.
Not a selfie.
Or his lunch.
Twas a view of Bridge Street, Sydney.

Which has since been misplaced.
Like most of our history.

1841 - Get to the milliners, gals!
The first races held at Flemington were on this day.
No, I have not the foggiest who won or the odds involved....but I'll bet my last dollar that Eddie MacGuire was calling the Fashions on the Field even then.

1853 - Regulations were published (in the Govt Gazette) under which a public competition was to be conducted in order to discover designs for Legislative Council chambers and a Government House.

1855 The University of Melbourne was established by act of the Parliament of Victoria.

1869 - Vida Goldstein, tireless Aussie feminist and reformer, was found in the carrot patch.

1887 - The first Intercontinental Medical Conference was held in Adelaide.

1892 Singer Gladys Moncrieff was born in Bundaberg, Queensland.

1893 - The E.S & A Bank (English, Scottish and Aussie, Aussie, Aussie, Oi, Oi, Oi Counting House) shut up shop for *ahem* "reconstruction" during the savage 1890's depression cause...

Thursday, 12 April


Dear Premier Hodgman ... "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Dear Mr Hodgman, Im well aware of your dislike of answering emails, Im just sending my views and facts ... I dont require any answers. Better to keep your mouth shut and be thought a fool than open it and tell the truth


Melbourne wharfies and supporters affirm intention to fight on "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Contributed by Joe Montero

From next Thursday the whinging stops and the working starts.  These words came from electrical Trades Union Victorian Secretary Troy Grey, when giving support to and addressing a  members of what was the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA), who had assembled in front of their union office in Melbourne.

Two weeks ago, the union amalgamated and became part of the new  with the Construction Forestry Mining Maritime and Energy Union (CFMMEU).

On this occasion, the wharfies met outside the new  union headquarters in Melbourne, to re-affirm their preparedness to stand up for their right to belong to a union and defend wages and conditions, and this year, has involved two important battles. One is with a stevedoring company called Qube, which has been trying to cut wages by up to 56 percent. The other is at the Victoria International Container Terminal Limited (VICT), owned by International Container Terminal Services Inc (ICTSI), a company also notorious for brutalising and underpaying its mainly third world workforce.

The battle with ICTSI has been ongoing and ultimately concerns unionisation of the Australian waterfront and the use of cheap labour. A drive that is supported behind the scenes, by the federal government and sections of big business.

Out on the street, the gathering was joined by representatives of the other sections of the amalgamated union and various other unions, and this was reflected in the list of formidable speakers.

Although Troy Grays statement referred to the to ongoing action to take on ICTSI, it was equally concerned with the bigger battle of all Australian workers to put an end to an industrial relations system that has done so much to take away what previous generations had achieved, it terms of the dignity, rights and voice of the Australian workforce.

He also said, the focus is not the coming election. Getting rid of the Coalition government is only a stepping stone. We need to go past this, referring to the need to ensure that all workers, are in a position to ensure their interests.

Another key speaker was the Victorian Construction division secretary, John Setka, who said, they hate us. They are always attacking us. They hate us because we keep on winning. He observed that companies like ICTSI have always been around, trying to impose their conditions. This is not new. Theyve been around before. They disappeared and were still here. This lot will disappear too.



Is Tasmania really heading for a mini Ice Age? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Dave Taylor, a Queensland-based veteran weather expert, claims Australia is set for a series of prolonged freezing winters that begin in 2018 and continue through to 2025. Taylor, 47, has been studying the weather since he was 10 years old. He now runs two weather pages on social media, and has accurately predicted extreme weather conditions over the past decade, including floods in Far North Queensland. The weather expert bases his predictions on sunspots and cyclic patterns


Tasmanian regional forest agreement delivers $1.3bn losses in giant fraud on taxpayer "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Forestry Tasmanias total cash losses were $454m over 20 years, with a write-down of $751m in value of forest estate Greens: Time for Transparency and Change in Forestry John Lawrence on Tasfintalk here: Forestry Tasmania and the RFA


How my book - A Wink from the Universe - got its title ... "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The Mad Russian had actually been a medical student in Russia but, having no English, the only work he could get in Melbourne was as a labourer on the wharves. His Polish wife, who had survived a Nazi forced labour camp, was short, dynamic and, according to her granddaughter Carmen, something of a stunner. She took in boarders, including some pretty rough types. But one, Reg Cook, was a cut above the rest. He worked as a clerk at Olympic tyres. He dressed up on Sundays even though he didnt go to church. And he barracked for the Dogs, went every week, took the Mad Russians son, then eight years old. His name is Alexander Petropulo


INVISIBLE HOUSE curated by BRENDAN WALLS at DARK MOFO 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

  DARK MOFO 2018 FULL PROGRAM 13 24 June 2018, Hobarth, Tasmania, Australia. Dark Mofo, Monas winter festival, delves into centuries old solstice rituals, exploring the links between ancient and contemporary... The post INVISIBLE HOUSE curated by BRENDAN WALLS at DARK MOFO 2018 appeared first on disinformation.

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Deficiencies in Integrity Commissions Report of Serious Concern "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The Independent Member for Windermere in Tasmanias Legislative Council is seeking legal opinion over an Integrity Commission Report which fails to settle serious allegations concerning Tasmanias Fox Eradication Program


Jonathan R Wain Chairman Dilworth School, Auckland, New Zealand and barrister Brisbane, Australia part one Why Im no longer friends with Jonathan Wain Jonathan R Wain was dishonest, deceptive and disloyal to me "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Jonathan R Wain a student at Dilworth School, Auckland New Zealand in the early 1970s- now a barrister in Brisbane, Australia. Pictured as I knew Jonathan in the 1970s, before he was corrupted and lost his Christian character

Dilworth School website:


Chairman Dilworth School

Jonathan R Wain, Chairman

Dilworth Old Boy


I knew Jonathan R Wain, Chairman of Dilworth School, Auckland, New Zealand and now a barrister in Brisbane, Australia, in the 1970s in Te Atatu in Auckland, New Zealand.

I write with sadness what Im about to write, because 20 years ago Jonathan Wain behaviour led me to terminate a very close friendship. I have no regrets in cutting my friendship and ties with Jonathan. In 1997, I decided he is capricious, dishonest, unfaithful, an adulterer and not honest with money.

I have had no contact with Jonathan since 1997, except briefly at my son Josephs wedding 3.5 years ago, and cannot speak for his character, honesty or loyalty to friends since 1997.

In 1979, Jonathan R Wain was my best man at my first wedding and soon after I was Jonathans best man at his wedding to Kaylene, his long-time wife.

I met Jonathan R Wain in 1974 at Rutherford High School in Te Atatu, Auckland, New Zealand. I was only at the oppressive, b...


MACKAY Townsville burglar targets Mackay homes "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

MACKAY April 12, 2018 at 11:18AM ,

Townsville burglar targets Mackay homes

April 12, 2018 at 11:18AM ,

A TOWNSVILLE burglar who targeted homes in Mackay and West Mackay has admitted to a raft of serious offences. Ronnie William Mimi, who hails from the suburb of Kelso, appeared in Mackay Magistrates Court over videolink on Wednesday. The 23-year-old pleaded guilty to nine offences in total

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MACKAY Kansas City, Mo., man pleads guilty to Bonner Springs bank robbery "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

MACKAY April 12, 2018 at 07:57AM ,

Kansas City, Mo., man pleads guilty to Bonner Springs bank robbery

April 12, 2018 at 07:57AM ,

Adam Scott Porter, 34, appeared in Mackay Magistrates Court on Monday via videolink from prison. The judge also ordered Escamilla, who has been free on a $30,000 bond, to be placed on electronic monitoring. Cannons attorney, Chris Townley, did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

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MACKAY Local News Headlines Mackay & The Whitsundays, 12th of April, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

MACKAY April 12, 2018 at 10:22AM ,

Local News Headlines Mackay & The Whitsundays, 12th of April, 2018

April 12, 2018 at 10:22AM ,

A man charged with nearly 140 offences across an alleged 6 week long rampage has appeared via videolink in the MACKAY MAGISTRATES COURT yesterday. SCOTT HODGETTS charged with the theft of a car from Proserpine .. and other offences from Ayr down to Sarina. The 30 year old allegedly

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