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Saturday, 24 March


MACKAY Dogs rescued from cruelty recovered and looking for homes "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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Dogs rescued from cruelty recovered and looking for homes

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A Kuttabul man, the original owner of the dogs, was convicted on 32 counts of breaching duty of care to an animal after pleading guilty in Mackay Magistrates Court. RSPCA inspector Frank Bebernitz said the dogs were reported to be living in squalid conditions with their previous owner, including a sixth

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Huge financial sustainability challenges for Qlds remote Indigenous councils "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Queenslands remote Indigenous councils are facing huge financial sustainability challenges, with the councils typically running large operating deficits, averaging nearly 20 percent of revenue, and running down their asset base to survive (see figure below), according to the Queensland Audit Offices financial audit report for Councils released last Thursday (also see this Brisbane Times article Qld Councils are more than $5 billion in debt).


While the Indigenous councils have negative net financial liabilities (i.e. they have net financial assets), this may be because of previous grant money they have received from the federal and state governments, which the councils are running down over several years. The councils appear to be strongly reliant on grants to fund their operations and to avoid accumulating massive debts.

The large majority of councils that were assessed by QAO as being of higher relative financial risk are Indigenous councils (figure below). Nine Indigenous councils are in the higher relative risk category, seven are in the moderate r...


Do Fewer Guns In A Country Mean Fewer Homicides Will Happen? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Like I said, gun control is NOT the answer. STOP punishing law abiding licenced gun owners in Australia & do something positive about crime!!!


The Weekend Quiz March 24-25, 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:

One interpretation of the sectoral balances decomposition of the national accounts, is that it is impossible for all governments (in all nations) to run public surpluses without impairing growth because it is likely that the private domestic sector in some countries will desire to save overall.

The answer is False.

The question has one true statement in it which if not considered in relation to the rationale for the true statement would lead one to answer True. But the rationale presented in the question is false and so the overall question is false.

The true statement is that it is impossible for all governments (in all nations) to run public surpluses without impairing growth. The false rationale then is that the reason the first statement is true is because it is likely that the private domestic sector in some countries will desire to save overall.

To refresh your memory the sectoral 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:

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 taxes and 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 flows (FNI) to Expressio...


Submissions to the Australian Senate Inquiry on siting federal nuclear waste dump- theme for March 18 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Selection process for a national radioactive waste management facility in South Australia    thats the title of the Senate Inquiry .  Begs the question, doesnt it ?  Why does it have to be assumed that its gotta be in South Australia?

Sounds damn silly to me   toting highly radioactive trash for 1700 km pretty much involving 3 States, all the way from Lucas Heights, Sydney, where it can be relatively safely kept until decades later when they might bury it permanently near to the nuclear reactor thats producing it.

But never mind.  These uninformed Senators need your submission. Theyve already got at least 5 ...


Legislative Council Voting Patterns 2014-8 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Advance summary:

1. This article presents a revised analysis of voting patterns in the Legislative Council (the upper house of Tasmanian Parliament) based on contested divisions involving the current MLCs in the last four years.

2. Although there is a degree of independence in all Legislative Council voting, the Council continues to have a fairly clearly defined "left wing" consisting of the four Labor Party MLCs, and independents Mike Gaffney, Ruth Forrest, Kerry Finch and Rob Valentine.

3. Excepting Rosemary Armitage and Tania Rattray (and Jim Wilkinson, who does not vote) the remaining MLCs (independents Ivan Dean, Robert Armstrong, Greg Hall, and Liberal Leonie Hiscutt) can all be clearly placed in a strongly-defined right-wing cluster.

4. A possible left-to-right sort of the Council is Forrest, Valentine, the four Labor MLCs (Farrell, Lovell, Siejka and Willie in no particular order), Gaffney, Finch, Armitage, Rattray, Hall, Armstrong, Hiscutt (Liberal), Dean.  However some of the exact positions in this list are debatable.

5. Going into the 2018 elections, the left holds an absolute majority in the current Legislative Council, although the fact that four of the left MLCs are independents means it will not necessarily be realised on every specific issue.


After the slight distraction of an election for the house of parliamentary theatre, it's almost time for another episode of Tasmania's house of serious power (at least when it comes to stopping bills), the Legislative Council.  Last year's adventures saw Labor win the eastern shore Hobart seats of Pembroke and Rumney from the right, and as a result the left of the Council holds an outright majority.  This doesn't seem that likely to improve for the Hodgman government at this year's elections.  Conservative independent Greg Hall is retiring, and the washup of a major redistribution creates an unpredictable vacancy in the new mostly rural seat of Prosser.  In Hobart, former Lord Mayor Rob Valentine is up for his first defence of a typically left-wing inner-city seat.  So far Valentine has at least three challengers and there are three declared candidates for Prosser, which both major parties are contesting.

As my traditionally super-wonky curtain-raiser for the LegCo season, this piece is my analysis of the voting patterns of the current Legislative Council.  Click the link to 2013-17 for last year's effort, which in turn links back to earlier years.

For the most part I've followed the same methods as in earlier years, but the red tide sweeping over the red couches ha...


Metaphor in my muesli "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

This morning I opened a pack of Trumps muesli, which had been gifted to me from a relative who is given them in her retirement home but doesn't eat muesli

I thought I could look beyond the name, which probably has little to do with the contentious figure.

Toasted muesli isn't normally my thing but free food is good food, right?

Then in the first mouthful I bit into a hardened piece of orange-coloured fruit that proved unpalatable.

The metaphor seemed too rich not to share it here.


Superbugs could outstrip cancer in disease-related deaths "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Antibiotic hunter Dr Mark Blaskovich says antibiotic resistance is growing faster than the research and has the potential to bring modern medicine to a halt.


What to look for in leather riding gear "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Do you know what you should look for in a leather jacket, pants or suit?  Were not talking about style, but protection.

Is cow or roo leather best? Should the gear have triple stitching? What do the EN numbers mean? What armour should it have? Do perforations make it weak?

We asked Brisbane leather exert Andrew Smart of Ricondi Motorcycle Apparel for his tips on what customers should look for whether they are buying a leather jacket for the road or a suit to go racing.

Ricondi recommends tight leathers Andrew Smart - what to look forAndrew Smart of Ricondi

Here are his tips:


Andrew says leather thickness does not equate to quality.

Leather hides are split into layers and the toughest is the outside layer, or top grain.

It is difficult even for some experts to tell top-grain leather from lower layers, he says.

So you may simply have to trust the label if it says top-grain leather. Typically cheap products use cheap leather.

Usually it feels more supple, has a rich natural grain ad doesnt have a plastic-sheen look.

However, Andrew warns that some manufacturers run their hides through a roller that imprints a false grain.

Both kangaroo and top-grain cow hides are good quality and many racers these days choose kangaroo.

Properly tanned roo hides are stronger at a thinner thickness which can make a garment lighter, more supple and more comfortable.


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Friday, 23 March


Blanket Run season begins for homeless "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Motorcycle Blanket Runs are about to start as the weather gets cooler and homeless people become vulnerable to disease and death.

We are interested in publishing details about your motorcycle clubs Blanket Run. Just send details and photos to us via email.

The first on the calendar is the annual Blanket Run for Brisbanes Homeless on Sunday, April 22, 2018, at Harrys Diner.

There is breakfast from 8am and the ride starts at 9.30am, heading to Dayboro for lunch by the local Lions and Mens Shed.

BMaDBrisbane Blanket Run for homeless

This years Blanket Run is being organised by BMaD-Bikers Making a Difference.

Spokesman Jason Hallett says BMaD consists of bikers, friends and families who meet weekly throughout South East Queensland organising events, and feeding and supporting the needy. They also work with other community groups.

Our purpose is to help those less fortunate from making a young disabled child smile to providing items and food directly to the homeless on our streets, he says.

We encourage others within the biker community to help us help others, so far the support and contributions to our group from others has been overwhelming.

2018 Blank Run



March 24 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

You can all begin by raising a glass to John Busby who was whelped on this day in 1765, and who began the 10 year construction of Sydney's first regular water supply known as Busby's Bore on his birthday in 1827.

1796 - Bass and Flinders did not find Lake Illawarra but instead fell over a noisy skinny dipping pool party.
They declined the invitation to join in due to their mortal fear of verdigris.

1804 - And after a plethora of names such as Mulumbinba, Coal River, Hunter's River,Coal Harbour, and King's Town they finally settled on calling the damn spot Newcastle.

1810 - David Collins dropped off the perch rather suddenly...probably been over-doing the little blue "performance" pills again, randy bugger.

1854 - An Act to Establish a Constitution in and for the Colony of Victoria or more commonly the first 'Constitution Act' was passed in the Victorian Legislative Council. This set out the principles and methods for Parliament and would comprise two houses the Legislative Council and the Legislative Assembly.

1862 - The Peeps in Power in NSW went completely nuts today when they madly threw open the Main North Railway Line from Lochinvar - Branxton.

1879 - The bridge at Murray Bridge in South Oz - as you can't have a Murray Bridge without a bridge - was opened for traffic. Playing catch up, as always, it was adapted for choo-choo's in 1886.

1883 - The Salvo's fish and chip wrapper newspaper Warcry was flogged sold for the first time in Sydney.

1890 - The train travellers were most pleased when the railway line from Burnley to Oakleigh (Vic) was flung open for intrepid tripsters.

1891 - Dr Richard Schomburgk, the Director of Adelaide's Botanic Gardens, suddenly dropped off the perch.
Read more about this former Prussian rebel who dreamt up fabulous flora for Adelaide that's still enjoyed to this day.

1891 - The peeps wot made decisions at that extinct beast Victoria Railways were sniffing some sort of adhesive when they closed the Dunkeld to Penshurst railway line.

1891 - But obviously not all of them at Victoria Railways were as high as Harry Highpants' Top Hat cos they opened the line from Fairfield Park to Riversdale.

1891 - They were on a roll when they opened the railway line from Maldon (Laanecoorie Junction) to Shelbourne (Vic).

1900 - In Queensland 1,280 acres were gazetted as an Aboriginal reserve at Barambah.

1907 - The world's first surf reel was dem...


70% crop losses due to extreme weather in Australia "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

It was always going to be a big ask for the nation's grain crop to reach last year's record breaker, but extreme weather events across the country have guaranteed the harvest is well down on last year. Some grain-growing regions have even reported a drop of more than 70 per cent on last year's harvest. In the north of the country grain farmers battled extreme dry, in NSW and Victoria a late frost and record rains damaged crops, and WA made a comeback late in the season with much-needed rain. Dry winter impacts yields For Matthew Dart who farms at Merriwagga in southern NSW it's a harvest he was happy to see the back of. "It was one of those years where any mistake in any given sequence you were penalised so heavily," he said.


Market Talk- March 23, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"


If you were in any doubt what Asia thinks about the possibility of a trade war, you saw the answer today. All major indices lower with losses between 2% and Japans Nikkei -4.5%. The Yen saw the flight to quality and even this evening is trading with a 104 handle. Market looks to have priced-in the worst but there is still a 30 day consultation period before enacted. Expect this uncertainty to last for a couple of weeks yet, so worth keeping a very close eye on the quarter end numbers. Shanghai and Hang Seng gave back 3.5% and 2.5% respectively with the Australian ASX off just 2%! The SENSEX held in reasonably well losing just 1.2% with the INR holding the 65 handle. SENSEX is not far from good support but the INR continues to look vulnerable.

Europe hit hard also and it was the DAX again that felt the brunt of the power. Closing down near 2% its the financials, autos and heavy manufacturing sectors where sellers are forced to drop offers to attract volume. DAX is now at levels similar to March and those of last summer, with crucial support for quarter end around the 11,400 level an important level to watch next week. Funny, doesnt seem that long ago there was only a 2k points between the DAX and DOW (actually, think it was 18 years ago)! The CAC also heavy and pretty much in line whilst the UKs FTSE demonstrated a little more sturdiness. Mid-session an Italian headline wobbled BTPs, which also shook other peripherals, but all managed to recover by the close with a little helping hand so went the rumour.

US (futures) traded weaker in the Asian time zone sympathising with local markets and was down almost 400 points at one stage, but recovered in European trading in-order for cash to open almost unchanged. Having rejected an early recovery we drifted for much of the time but finally rolled-over into the weekend. Closing off 400 points the fear remains weekend headlines and there is not a shortage of where they could appear from! Next week will be interesting to see where we finish for the month but is also quarter end. We have been targeting the week of March 19th for a while and now we know why. Many question, with all the uncertainty, why there is no signifi...


Video Friday: Robot Playdate, Big Drone, and Self-Driving Car in Snow "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Your weekly selection of awesome robot videos Image: Agility Robotics 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!):

US National Robotics Week  April 7-17, 2018  United States
Xconomy Robo Madness  April 12, 2018  Bedford, Mass., USA
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

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

Agility Robotics had a good week. And heres one of their Cassies on a playdate with a four-legged friend. Aww.

Cassie had a meet-and-greet with a four-legged friend during one of our visits to Playground.

[ Agility Robotics ]

Aerones is a company that makes drones. Big drones. Really big drones.

In case you cant tell how big that drone is, here it is lifting a person out of a boat:



Student push for sensible gun control measures "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Tomorrow (Saturday, March 24) is the day for the March For Our Lives rallies organized all around the country, with the main one being in Washington, DC. This was initiated by the students of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school students in Parkland, Florida where the February 14 mass killings took place, in which a 19-year old former student used a semi-automatic assault weapon to gun down 17 students. These students have managed to galvanize opposition to the easy availability of guns in a way that adults have not been able to. The Guardian newspaper has handed over oversight of the coverage of the event to the student journalists and editorial staff of the Eagle Eye, the student newspaper.

The student editors have published an editorial outlining the changes they wish to see. Ill just give the headlines, omitting the justifications and elaborations they provide for each one.

  • Ban semi-automatic weapons that fire high-velocity rounds
  • Ban accessories that simulate automatic weapons
  • Establish a database of gun sales and universal background checks
  • Change privacy laws to allow mental healthcare providers to communicate with law enforcement
  • Close gun show and secondhand sales loopholes
  • Allow the CDC to make recommendations for gun reform
  • Raise the firearm purchase age to 21
  • Dedicate more funds to mental health research and professionals
  • Increase funding for school security

When reading this, what struck me was how sensible and reasonable these suggestions were. When we were that age, my generation would have called for the burning down of all gun-making factories and the surrender of all such assault weapons that would then be piled high and made into a bonfire, like the draft card bonfires. Hell, even the Australian government did the surrender part after assault weapons were banned following a mass killing of 39 people in Tasmania by a lone gunman in 1996.

But despite the fact that these recommendations are so moderate, you can expect the NRA and the politicians it has purchased to try to paint these students as wild-eyed radicals who are too young to understand the realities of the world.

The students have also put out various other measures to promote this cause, such as this We See You video....


Were going on a Bear hunt ... "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

*Cartoon: Martyn Turner, used with permission: .


Brian Houston of Hillsong sisters Beverly Houston and Maureen Bradshaw comment on this my blog-site "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The writer Donald Elley

The writer of this blog-site Donald Elley of Bellingen, Northern Rivers, New South Wales, Australia.

The following comments were made by Beverly Houston and Maureen Bradshaw, Brian Houston the current head pastor of  Hillsongs sisters, on this, my personal blog site, on 18 and 19 September 2014.

These comments were made just prior to Brian Houston and other Hillsong and Australian Christian Churches (ACC) leaders appearing at the Royal Commission into Institutional Respines to Child Sexual Abuse in Sydney Australia in October 2014.

The Australian Christian Churches (ACC) was called the Australian Assemblies of God (AOG) until 2007, when Brian Houston renamed and reincorporated it. The Royal Commission accused Brian of doing this to try to evade paying any compensation to the boy sex abuse victims of his father Frank Houston, the lifelong secret pedophile founder of Hillsong.

Maureen Bradshaws comment on 18 September 2014 about my article, R...


The importance of the ASEAN-Australia Special Summit "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"


Singapores Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, left, and Australias Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull hold a joint press conference at the end of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, ASEAN, special summit, in Sydney, Sunday, March 18, 2018. Leaders attending issued a joint statement with Australia that also calls for non-militarization and a code of conduct in the contested waters of the South China Sea, where China has become increasingly assertive. AP/Rick Rycroft

Katrina Clemente-Lua ( March 23, 2018 3:06pm

On March 17 to 18, the Australian Government welcomed the leaders of the ASEAN member states for its first-ever special summit to be held in Australia. While the significance of the ASEAN-Australia Special Summit cannot be discounted, it is puzzling that the meeting was not subject of a buzz.

More so, President Rodrigo Duterte skipped the special summit to attend the Philippine Military Academy graduation on March 18. As it was an opportunity for the president to have a dialogue with aspiring military officials, it was likewise of great consequence for the president to have attended the ASEAN-Australia as an indication of the countrys commitment to further its security and diplomatic ties with Australia.

Significance of ASEAN to Australia

Australia became a dialogue partner of the ASEAN in 1974. The summit, which signified the increasingly close relations of ASEAN and Australia, was an opportunity for both parties alike to demonstrate the value of each others cooperation and engagement.

Australia is among the major powers that have engaged with ASEAN as a bloc. Undeniably and as stated in Australias 2017 Foreign Policy White Paper, the stakes of Australia in the Indo-Pacific which encompasses the member states of ASEAN, are quite high.



Central and northern New South Wales floods as 13 inches of rain falls in 48 hours in Australia "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

In just two days, more than 300 millimetres of rain has fallen in parts of eastern New South Wales, resulting in flash flooding. A low pressure trough moving slowly along the NSW coast brought persistent rain and storms to parts of the Hunter and lower Mid North Coast during the last 36 hours. The heaviest falls so far have occurred on the Barrington Tops, where a rain gauge at Careys Peak received 339 millimetres during the 48 hours to 9am today, Weatherzone recorded.


Sexual Assault in the Greens and the left "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Recently sexual assaults within the Australian Greens have been gaining more attention. Jasmina Brankovich lives in Perth, Western Australia and has been following this issue closely.

In this interview we talk about sexual assault within the Greens and the lack of structures to deal with them.

In the second part we talk about this issue in the broader left and anarchist community.

[Part 1]

Jasmina: For the past few years especially last year I think weve had a number of allegations covering all shades I guess of a male sexual violence as I prefer to call it in the Greens, and its seemingly across all branches so I think that Ive heard about the New South Wales, Victoria, WA and at the very least those those main branches so what we had is basically a number of allegations across a number of branches portraying theres complete lack of interest in dealing with them, theres also lack of structures structure for instance a lot of branches and I know about WA one of those allegations arose do not have anything like the sexual harassment policy and processes to deal with them not-with-standing the fact that some branches and at them at the national level are developing their policy now.

These things were not in place when the allegations against the current Senator Senator Jordan Steele John published in the True Crime News Weekly so these allegations have been covered in the independent non mains stream press....


Record number of U.S. Marines to train in Australia in symbolic challenge to China "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"


SYDNEY (Reuters) The United States will deploy a record number of Marines to train in Australia, the Australian defense minister said on Friday, as Washington seeks to counter what it describes as Chinese aggression in the region.

U.S. Marine Pfc. Reuschel Ortiz (left) directs the distribution of ammunition at Freshwater Beach, Australia, during amphibious assault landing operations of Exercise Crocodile 99 on Oct. 1, 1999. Exercise Crocodile 99 is a combined U.S. and Australian military training exercise being conducted at the Shoalwater Bay Training Area in Queensland, Australia.  DoD photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Daniel E. Smith, U.S. Navy.

The U.S. military plays a vital role in underwriting security and stability across the Indo-Pacific, and the Force Posture Initiatives will be an essential component in preserving stability and security over the coming decades, Defence Minister Marise Payne said in a statement.

Payne said 1,587 U.S. Marines will spend six months training in Australias remote north, an increase of nearly 27 percent on its 2017 rotation for the program known as the Force Posture Initiatives.

The deployment, first introduced in 2011 as part of a U.S. pivot to Asia, has emerged as a key indicator of Washingtons commitment to the region under U.S. President Donald Trump and his willingness to counter Chinese influence in a region where tensions have spiked amid disputes over the South China Sea.

China claims most of the South China Sea, an important trade route that is also believed to contain large quantities of oil and natural gas, and has been building artificial islands on reefs, some with ports and air strips.

In a move likely to irk Beijing, the U.S. Marines will train with personnel from Australia, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand, some of which also have claims in the South China Sea.

China will monitor whatever the U.S. does and it would prefer that the United States not work with the Asian countries included in these exercises, said Euan Graham, director of the international security program at Australian think tank the Lowy Institute.

Beijing would like to deal one-on-one with Southeast Asia nations that have counter claims, he said.

The U.S. Marines will also bring additional military equi...


The Weekend Quiz March 24-25, 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. One interpretation of the sectoral balances decomposition of the national accounts, is that it is impossible for all governments (in all nations) to run public surpluses without impairing growth because it is likely that the private domestic sector in some countries will desire to save overall.

2. A rising government deficit will always allow the private domestic sector to increase its saving in nominal terms.

3. A rising government deficit indicates an expansionary shift in policy and the challenge is to calibrate that expansion to ensure nominal demand growth does not exceed the real capacity of the economy to respond by increasing real output.



Ai Weiwei Highlights Treatment of Global Refugees in Human Flow Documentary and Sydney Biennale Installations "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

My latest post for Global Voices:

During a visit to Australia, Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei has blitzed the media with his concerns about the global treatment of refugees.

He is the headline artist with two major installations at the Biennale of Sydney that runs until June 2018. One, called The Law of the Journey located at the Cockatoo Island, features a black rubber, inflatable boat and figures. They were made with the same material used to produce the hazardous boats that some asylum seekers and migrants travel in while attempting to cross the Mediterranean.

...Ai also spoke at the Cinema Nova for the Melbourne opening of his documentary Human Flow, which features the stories of refugees in 23 countries in 2016.

...Kon Karapanagiotidis from the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre conducted a live interview on Facebook and Twitter that has since attracted nearly 10,000 viewers.

More: From Sydney Biennale Installations to Film Screenings, Ai Weiwei Highlights Treatment of Global Refugees


Hard science can be undertaken on 'anomalies.' "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Dear readers,

I note that tomorrow, Sydney researcher Bill Chalker and abductee Peter Khoury are speaking in my home town of Melbourne at a VUFOA sponsored event. I am looking forward to going along as a silent observer. I am hoping that the duo may be providing some updated information about the physical evidence aspects of Peter's experiences. For readers who may be unaware of these details, which involve DNA analyses here is a link.

The 'Ata' anomaly

Coincidently, DNA analyses of an apparently anomalous skeleton, which some have suggested is extraterrestrial, features in a US CNN report dated 22 March 2018. 

A mummified skeleton was found 15 years ago in the Atacama Desert in Chile. The recent Dr Steven Greer documentary 'Sirius' which featured this skeleton, strongly proposed that the skeleton was of an extraterrestrial 'alien.' 

However, an article just published in the scientific journal 'Genome Research' reveals that this unusual skeleton is actually human, with multiple bone disease-associated mutations, thus giving it a very unusual appearance. Here is hard science at its best.

The 'Starchild' skull

A second recently published hard science analysis, including DNA work, reports on an unusual 900 year old skull found in the 1930's in Mexico. US researcher Lloyd Pye initiated work on this skull between 1999 and 2014 looking for evidence as to the possibilit...


Therapeutic Albo says Victorian Ombudsman Labor rorts report "an enormous beatup" "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Vic Labor rorts a 'beat-up': Albanese 23 Mar 2018, 3:36 a.m. Anthony Albanese says Victorian Labor's rorts-for-votes scandal is an "enormous beat-up". The discovery Victorian Labor wrongly spent almost $400,000 of taxpayers' money by redirecting electoral staff to work in the 2014 election campaign is an "enormous beat-up" says Anthony...


All-Energy Australia 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Taking place at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, this free-to-attend, business-to-business conference and exhibition is the largest of its kind in Australia.


2018 Chinese Australian Hometown Heritage Tour "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

In January 2018, Sophie Couchman and I hosted our second Chinese Australian Hometown Heritage Tour to Hong Kong and Guangdong. The tour ran for eleven days, from 14 to 24 January 2018, and visited Hong Kong, Jiangmen, Kaiping, Taishan, Xinhui, Zhongshan and Zhuhai. We were joined on the tour by seventeen guests, from New South Wales,


Queensland Police Service (Airwing) Cessna 560 Citation Ultra Bizjet VH-PSU Back in the Air and Spotted at Gladstone and Bundaberg Airports "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

After a much publicised emergency incident back on Australia Day - Friday 26 January - the Queensland Police Service (Airwing) (State of Queensland) Cessna 560 Citation Ultra Bizjet VH-PSU has returned to the air, and on Tuesday 20 March, it was spotted visiting a couple of Central Queensland Airports.

The incident back on Australia Day, when VH-PSU was on a flight from Brisbane to Townsville, involved the aircraft having smoke in the cockpit and, as it neared Bundaberg, making an emergency descent before returning to Brisbane.  The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) is investigating and reports that: "The aircraft was passing through flight level 320 (32000ft) on climb, when the crew observed smoke in the cabin and cockpit. The crew conducted an emergency descent to 10000 ft, and the aircraft was returned to Brisbane."

Flight tracking websites suggest that VH-PSU first returned to the air last Monday 12 March and that it was again on Saturday 17 March on a flight from Brisbane to Townsville but that it ended up returning to Brisbane soon after taking off.

VH-PSU eventually made it Townsville on Saturday, and on Tuesday 20 March, it again departed Brisbane and completed airwork - including landing for brief periods of time - at both Bundaberg and Gladstone Airports - as pictured below.



RAAF Boeing C-17A Globemaster III A41-213 "Stallion 63" Missed Approach at Rockhampton Airport "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

On Wednesday 21 March, the nice run of visiting military aircraft and helicopters into CQ Airports continued with Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Boeing C-17A Globemaster III transport aircraft A41-213 spotted in the skies over Rockhampton after completing a missed approach and low overshoot of Runway 15 at Rockhampton Airport.

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Thursday, 22 March


Solar energy poised to take off in a big way in New South Wales "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

NSW, the sleeping giant of rooftop solar, is about to awake   By Giles Parkinson on 22 March 2018 


Warning of power shortfall risk after closure of Liddell plant "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

NSW will need extra generation capacity unless AGL rolls out all three stages of its transition Australia's energy market operator says an additional 850 megawatts of dispatchable generation capacity will be needed in New South Wales after the closure of the ageing Liddell power plant if AGL Energy fails to complete all three stages of its transition plan.Last December AGL confirmed it would close Liddell in 2022 and replace the coal plant with a mix of renewables, gas power for peak [...]

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Monday, 19 March


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

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

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Saturday, 10 March


FixedIt: Shes not a party girl and shes not Tomics girl "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The Herald Sun and The Courier Mail were fighting to see who could produce the most repellent reporting of a crime police suspect was perpetrated against a woman in Queensland last week.

Bar staff called an ambulance after the woman was found unconscious on the floor of a bathroom at a Gold Coast bar called The Bedroom. She spent the night in hospital.

Police are investigating.

A tennis player was a one of a group of people who were at the bar with her but there is no evidence to suggest he was involved in the drink spiking so its difficult to see any purpose beyond clickbait for including him in the headline.

The woman involved was in a serious condition in hospital last Sunday night and if the drink spiking suspicions are confirmed, she is the victim of a serious crime. She is not a party girl and shes not Tomics girl. Shes a person in her own right and was subjected to highly dangerous behaviour.

Serious crimes are also not acceptable topics for jokey salacious headlines, something the Courier Mail clearly does not understand.

That this is standard tabloid sensationalism does not make it ok.

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Video Friday: Human-Drone Interaction, Soft Robotics, and Basketball Robot "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Your weekly selection of awesome robot videos Photo: Asahi Shimbun 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; here's what we have so far (send us your events!):

US National Robotics Week  April 7-17, 2018  United States
Xconomy Robo Madness  April 12, 2018  Bedford, Mass., USA
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

Let us know if you have suggestions for next week, and enjoy today's videos.

We were at the 2018 Human Robot Interaction conference all this week, and on Wednesday, there was a special video session. The audience, who was provided with popcorn, voted by applause, and here are the top three videos.

Social Interaction With Drones Using Human Emotion Recognition, by Eirini Malliaraki, Imperial College, London.

The proposed demonstration suggests a mapping function for human interpretable drone motions corresponding to the five human emotional states...

Friday, 09 March


March 10 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

1788 - French ships left Botany Bay never to be seen again (wrecked in Vanuatu with all lives lost).

1794 - The Flogging Parson aka Rev Samuel Marsden rocked up in Port Jackson aka Sydney.

1801 - Lieutenant James Grant and the Lady Nelson arrived at Jervis Bay, with Ensign Barrallier and botanist George Caley on board. The latter took the opportunity to explore the foreshores and meet the local Aborigines.

1804 - John Brannan, Convict who participated in the Castle Hill Rebellion. Hanged at Sydney.

1804 - Timothy Hogan , Convict who participated in the Castle Hill Rebellion. Hanged at Sydney.

1805 - Report of the return of Meehan and Kent to Sydney aboard the Ann.

1834 - William Ward  was Hanged at Launceston for burglary.

1834 - Samuel Newman was Hanged at Launceston for burglary.

1834 - Thomas Dawson was Hanged at Launceston for burglary.

1836 - The Tolpuddle Martyrs were all granted pardons. News of them reaches Sydney in June.

1840 - John (or James) Hunt ("The Doctor")  Hanged at Sydney for murder of Dan McCarthy at Regentville.

1852 - Today saw the sad demise of a little Wotjobaluk boy, William Wimmera, who had been taken from near Antwerp, Victoria, following the killing of his mother by the local station owner, to the UK by a reverend to be educated but quickly contracted and succumbed to TB.

1866 - Long Poy was Hanged at Castlemaine for the murder of Ah Yong at Emu Flat.

1874 - Explorer Ernest Giles stumbled over the Petermann Range in south west Northern Territory.

1877 - A shearing machine invented by Robert Savage was first demonstrated at Walgett, NSW.
On a sheep, of course.

1877 - Residents of Cloncurry, in Qld, were no longer villagers, they were city folk with the declaration of Cloncurry as a city site.

1882 - The Camden Railway Branch Line (NSW) was opened all the way to Camden.

1884 - Another ugly bit of history- Pacific Islanders were forbidden, by an outrageously racist law, to obtain any work other than that of a plantation hand. This law was a result of a riot that broke out at the Mackay Racecourse after Pacific Islanders were refused service at a bar where whites were drinking.

1902 - The Inverell....


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