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Wednesday, 10 October


SOUTH AFRICA PART Part 2: Lower Sabie and Satara in Kruger National Park "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

White lion near Satara

Following our stay at Pretoriuskop Lodge in Kruger National Park (see here) we moved on the Lower Sabie Lodge for a 2-night stay. We left early in the morning, seeing a troop of Chacma Baboons as we headed east.

Chacma Baboon
In the morning mist we spotted a Roan Antelope, a rare animal in the park. Then at a watering hole a fine Sable Antelope came in to drink.


Fact check on PMs comparison of GC film industry to tourism in economic contribution terms "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

On Monday, Prime Minister Scott Morrison made a bold claim regarding the film industry on the Gold Coast in a radio interview on Gold FM regarding the tax breaks used to lure the Godzilla vs Kong film and Disney Reef Break TV show productions to the Gold Coast (see Monsters to invade as GC lures Hollywood productions). The transcript on the PMs website records the PM as having said:

So the film industry here on the Gold Coast is as big as the tourism industry bigger and so when we say were supporting small businesses, this is how were supporting small businesses.

This isnt even close to being correct, as the economic contributions of the film industry and tourism to the Gold Coast differ by at least one order of magnitude. According to Tourism Research Australia estimates, tourisms direct contribution to Gold Coast gross regional product (GRP) amounted to $2.6 billion or around 7.8 percent of GRP in 2016-17. While there are no comparable official figures for the Gold Coast film industry as far as I can tell, it is easy to figure out that the industry makes nowhere near the economic contribution of tourism, and most likely not even one-tenth of the economic contribution of tourism.

Consider the estimate reported in Screen Queenslands 2016-17 Annual Review that Screen Queensland supported productions responsible for an estimated $214 million in production expenditure in Queensland in 2016-17. Given that Screen Queensland supports practically every significant film production that occurs on the Gold Coast, this suggests the Gold Coast film industry makes less than one-tenth of the economic contribution that tourism makes. The Gold Coast film industrys economic contribution is measured in hundreds of millions of dollars, while tourisms economic contribution is measured in billions of dollars.

Even if the film industry made a larger economic contribution, special tax breaks for the industry would still represent bad policy. It is unwise and unfair for governments to give special treatment to one industry relative to others. If one industry gets a special tax break, it means other industries (or households) need to pay higher taxes than otherwise to make up the revenue loss. It would be better for the economy overall if governments focused instead on keeping taxes on all businesses as low as possible, consistent with the need to pay for government services, of course.

For previous comment...


Empire Strikes Back: US, Australia, Japan team up to block China from building internet infrastructure in 'our' Papua New Guinea "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The United States is working on a counter-offer to stop Chinese telecom giant Huawei Technologies Co Ltd from building internet infrastructure in Papua New Guinea (PNG), its top diplomat to Australia said on Friday. The bid comes two years after Huawei first agreed to build a network there, and as the United States and its allies mount a vigorous campaign to check China's rising influence in the region by deepening their own diplomatic ties and boosting aid. It also follows Australia shutting Huawei out of contracts to build a national mobile network on security grounds, and blocking it from laying a subsea communications cable from Sydney to PNG and the Solomon Islands. Comment: Wow! So we take it then that it's no longer conspiracy theory that the Western Empire - mostly staffed by Anglo-Saxons - rule the world? "We are working on a counter-offer," U.S. Charge d'Affaires James Caruso said on Australian Broadcasting Corp. radio, when asked about reports that Australia, Japan and...


Melbourne holds up building activity "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Dwelling starts ease

New seasonally adjusted detached house starts were solid in Q2 2018, holding at above 30,000, while new attached dwelling starts declined by 7 per cent. 

For some texture, marked at Figure 1 is what happened last time the negative gearing rules were quarantined, with quarterly dwelling starts collapsing from above 39,000 to 27,800 before the legislation was quickly reversed in a panic.

With foreign investors now effectively barred from buying by high surcharges and domestic investors unlikely to buy new given the diminished resale market, one might anticipate a similar outcome this time around (click to expand the images).

That new apartment starts held up at historically high levels over the past year is now almost entirely thanks to Melbourne, with Sydney and Brisbane pulling back from their respective peaks. 

Some 39,000 dwellings were parked as approved but not yet commenced, with more than half of these being in New South Wales (mainly units in Sydney). 



LifeFlight (Aeromed) Bombardier Challenger 604 Bizjet VH-URR "Ambulance 604" Pops into Mackay Airport "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

After arriving from its Brisbane base before dawn on Tuesday 9 October, LifeFlight (Aeromed) Bombardier CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604 bizjet VH-URR "Ambulance 604" was spotted parked on the Mackay Airport parking apron.

After a couple of hours on the ground, VH-URR departed Mackay Airport and returned to Brisbane, completing what appears to be a medical evacuation flight.

Photo taken by 'JM' 


Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Alenia C-27J Spartan Transport Aircraft A34-007 "Kaos 16" Completes Airwork at Rockhampton Airport "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

On Tuesday 9 October, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Alenia C-27J Spartan A34-007 was noted completing airwork at Rockhampton Airport.

A34-007 at Rockhampton Airport during a previous visit  (File photo)

It flew up from RAAF Base Richmond in New South Wales via RAAF Base Amberley. At Rocky, it was noted to complete at least three missed approaches.  A34-007 then continued North to Townsville. 

A34-007 was heard to be using the radio callsign of "Kaos 16".

Photo taken by Kayanne Hardsman  


Queensland Government (QGAir) Rescue Agusta AW139 Helicopter VH-ESZ Flys South via Mackay and Bundaberg Airports "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

As predicted, on Tuesday 9 October, Queensland Government (QGAir) Rescue (State of Queensland) Agusta AW139 helicopter VH-ESZ was noted ferrying South from Cairns to Archerfield, flying via Townsville, Mackay and Bundaberg Airports.

VH-ESZ passes through Rockhampton Airport heading North earlier this year  (File photo)

VH-ESZ is believed to have flown to Archerfield for planned maintenance after operating out of Cairns Airport for a period of time as "Rescue 510".  This is part of the 'rotational system' the service utilises to ensure the even distribution of flying hours on each of the QGAir Rescue helicopters.  This system avoids the need to have multiple helicopters offline for simultaneous scheduled maintenance.

As posted below, fellow QGAir AW139 chopper VH-ESH flew North to Cairns from Archerfield via Rockhampton Airport on Monday 8 October.

Photo taken by Kayanne Hardsman 


Stress on the outer "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Stress on the outer

Although moderate overall, 30-day mortgage delinquency rates are higher in the outer suburbs, reports Moody's.

The lowest delinquency rates, as expected, are typically in the inner suburbs, and the highest 30-40km from the respective CBDs.

This holds true across each of the major capital cities, although in Brisbane and Melbourne there are pockets of stress in the inner city, due to the concentration of high-rise towers.

Moody's notes that these trends reflect higher incomes in the inner suburbs.

Moody's expects that these patterns will continue - especially in the event of any economic downturn - due to the lower incomes in outer suburbs and weaker credit characteristics and low-skilled employment in those locations.

Moody's expects only a moderate increase in RMBS delinquencies. 



Halloween fundraiser at Bulli "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

image001HALLOWEEN has become a popular occasion for families in the northern Illawarra, and this year Woolies customers are invited to help other families when doing their shopping in the lead up to the day.

Customers at the supermarket at Bulli, Corrimal and Fairy Meadow can play their part by adding a $1 Woolworths Halloween fundraising token to their shop from today until October 31.

One hundred per cent of funds raised through the appeal will help the good work of Variety the Childrens Charity in their ongoing efforts to support children across the state who are facing challenges through illness, disadvantage or living with disability.

Variety the Childrens Charity helps children and their families with financial support for things like wheelchairs, specialist equipment, therapy, and medical supplies, when they can not afford it and when government assistance isnt available.

David Sexton, CEO of Variety the Childrens Charity NSW said; We appreciate the ongoing support of Woolworths customers and team members across NSW.  Funds raised across the Woolworths Halloween fundraising appeal will help us in our mission to give Aussie kids in need and their families a fair go, so we encourage local support from Northern Illawarra shoppers.

Woolworths Bulli, Corrimal and Fairy Meadow Group Manager , Lisa Ingram said; As kids and parents are carving out their pumpkins, selecting their scary costumes and getting excited for...


PERTH East Victoria Park: Woman charged after allegedly stealing and crashing police car "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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East Victoria Park: Woman charged after allegedly stealing and crashing police car .

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The Monthly Discussion in November Victoria votes! "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The Monthly Discussion in November Victoria votes! What: Discuss + Debate + Drinks + Pizza When: Wednesday, November 7 Time: 6pm Cost: Free Come along to the Monthly Discussion in November for the Great Victorian Election Debate! We analyse the policies and the promises, the past record and the rhetoric, through the lens of []


SOUTH AFRICA PART 1 Suikerbostrand & Kruger's Pretoriuskop Lodge "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"


Following our 23-day trip to Ethiopia (see following five posts) we flew to Johanesburg for another 23-day trip, to South Africa. We booked into the nice Airport Inn Suites in Kempton Park. South African birding mate Phil Penlington picked me up at the hotel early on our first morning and we headed off to Suikerbostrand Nature Reserve south of the city. This was my fourth visit to South Africa so I had a relatively small number of targets.  We had success early with nice views of one target, Orange-winged Francolin, on a road outside the reserve, with several birds seen.

Orange River Francolin


Joy of living the change in a tiny house "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Guests in The Sustainable Hour on 3 October 2018 are Vicki Perrett, president of Geelong Sustainability and coordinator of Sustainable House Day Geelong, together with Peter Clapinski from Tiny Homes Geelong & Bellarine, for a talk about why he is so passionate about this idea to build tiny houses.

We also talk with Chris Gerbing, who is co-director of the Environmental Film Festival Australia, which starts in Melbourne on 11 October, and play a clip from a presentation by Jeff Butler about Grow it, Eat it festival in Grovedale, which starts on 20 October.

Listen to The Sustainable Hour no. 236 on 94.7 The Pulse:



Qualitative research in healthcare: modern methods, clear translation - a white paper "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

This White Paper from the Australian Institute of Health Innovation aims to shine a light on how qualitative methods are being used in health services and medical research contexts, and how they might be used more effectively. It aims to fire the reader's imagination by revealing the scope of qualitative methods across a range of studies, and the impact of qualitative methods on research outcomes and healthcare practices.

In this monograph you will learn about current methods in use, and how they are making a difference to healthcare practice. These include some lesser-known biographical and photographic methods. You will also learn about the way in which research results are being implemented to improve patient safety and the quality of care.

Qualitative research in healthcare: modern methods, clear translation - a white paper.


Health in Australia: a quick guide (Parliamentary LIbrary) "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Health in Australia: a quick guide, produced by the Australian Parliamentary Library, provides a wealth of links to information on the Australian system and who does what within it. Also included are links regarding private health insurance, health expenditure, International comparisons, the health workforce and useful data sources. There is a wealth of information here for anyone trying to find their way around the Australian health system.


Placebo, Nocebo and Belief "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Having been fascinated most of my life with things 'of mind', I find it intriguing that we are influenced by the placebo effect....


What do banks do? An accounting perspective "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

This paper was given to a U3A Group. It's a look at settlement services and borrowing/lending practices. It is not intended to be a blueprint, rather an accounting explanation of what banks do and to question whether there's another way.

The Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry is appropriately named. Theres been plenty of misconduct revealed. The aim of this seminar is not to trawl through all the misconduct, but to have a closer look at what banks do. Do we need them? If we were designing a new banking system would we come up with the current model?


The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) is Australias central bank. It provides banking services to the Federal government, issues notes and currency, conducts monetary policy and oversees the banking system (together with APRA)

Money creation and settlement services are outsourced to private banks. The RBA supervises the settlement system. If the government needs to, it borrows money created by private banks. It does not borrow from its own bank.

Private banks are engaged in three principal activities.

       Settlement services





Real snakes on real planes "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

I dont like snakes. There is something about the way they look and move that gives me the creeps, even when I know they are members of a harmless variety. Apparently fear of snakes (and spiders) is a primeval instinct shared by many species that may have never encountered a snake before and yet recoil when they see one for the first time. On the other hand, I have no fear of spiders, though I know people who are terrified of them, so I am not a total coward.

So it was no surprise that someone decided that a film based on the idea of being trapped in a combined space in which a large number of snakes were running loose would be a surefire scare fest and so Snakes on a Plane (2006) was born. I did not, of course, go to see the film but I did hear about the famous line uttered by Samuel L. Jackson who plays an FBI agent assigned to protect a witness on a long distance flight on which someone has released deadly snakes in the cabin in order to kill the witness. (Language advisory)

But the idea of snakes hitchhiking on planes is not fiction.

A team of international scientists has discovered why brown tree snakes have become one of the most successful invasive species.

The research team, led by University of Queensland scientists, has been studying why a type of cat-eyed snake has been so effective at devastating native bird populations on the island of Guam.

Associate Professor Bryan Fry from UQs School of Biological Sciences said the takeover began when the brown tree snake was introduced on the Pacific island during World War II.

The snake hitchhiked on troop carriers from the Australian region and has since driven multiple native bird species into extinction, with only three species now found on the island, he said.

Cat-eyed snakes evolved in Africa and rapidly spread across the Indian subcontinent, throughout South-East Asia and to Australia, with the team finding the snakes toxin type was responsible for its explosive natural spread.

For the last 80 years or so, for the brown tree snake at least, this biological advantage has been aided by the introduction of air travel, Dr Fry said.

The United States government is still flying military planes from Guam to Hawaii and the snakes continue to hitchhike.

Theyre regularly intercepted in the Hawaii airports, so if these direct flights are allowed to continue, its only a matter of time until they get to Hawaii and wipe out the birds like they d..............


Community groups urge Labor say no to TPP-11 as unions protest at ALP event in Sydney today "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Media Release - 10 October 2018

The failure of the majority in the Labor Parliamentary caucus to implement Labor policy against the TPP is still being heavily contested within the ALP, as shown by the protest organised today by unions at Bill Shortens fundraising event in Sydney, AFTINET Convener Dr Patricia Ranald said today.  

The government-dominated Senate legislation committee is expected today to recommend in favour of the TPP-11 implementing legislation, with critical remarks from Labor and a dissenting report from the Greens. The TPP-11 implementing legislation is likely to come before the Senate after October 16 when the Committee report will be tabled in Parliament,

 AFTINET continues to advocate that the TPP-11 should not be implemented because it includes the following provisions which contradict Labor policy:

We welcome Labors pledge that it would not include ISDS and removal of labour market testing in future trade agreements and would attempt to negotiate changes to the TPP 11 if it wins government.  But in practice a future Labor government, having endorsed the implementation of the TPP-11 in opposition, would have less bargaining power to negotiate such changes with the other 10 governments once the deal is implem...

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Tuesday, 09 October


Its free speech: Industry backs controversial billboard "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"


The Queensland Health Minister is furious about a billboard on a busy Queensland road which is questioning the merit of vaccinations. Read More


Pastor Neville Johnson. Liked blow jobs from his three young AOG church secretaries. Academy of Light Maleny, Queensland, Australia. Former head pastor at Queen St Assemblies of God Church in Auckland New Zealand. "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Neville Johnson

Pastor Neville Johnson today. Still an errant false prophet, liar and con-artist. Neville Johnson has conned many people out of large sums of money in Ponzi schemes in recent times. Angry victims are looking for his home address to recover their lost savings even asking me if I know where he lives. He lives in Maleny, Queensland. Its a small town so youll easily find him.

Neville Johnson

Pastor Neville Johnson. Academy of Light Ministries, Maleny, Queensland, Australia. Liked blow-jobs from his three young church secretaries while praying to the Lord and fasting in Auckland, New Zealand motel rooms with them.



Dragon Blood Jasper Meaning "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Dragon Blood Jasper Meaning metaphysical and spiritual. Explore the magical properties and healing effects of this strikingly beautiful stone.

The post Dragon Blood Jasper Meaning appeared first on Thrive On News Spiritual Magazine.


PTUA launches Connecting Ballarat proposal "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The Public Transport Users Association (PTUA) has launched an ambitious policy document, Connecting Ballarat, which calls for dramatic improvements to Ballarats bus network.

Ballarats bus network currently has a lot of problems with indirect, inefficient routes through the CBD, which turn back on themselves in order to call at key destinations in a specific order, and terminate at Ballarat station. These paths waste valuable driver time, which is an inefficient use of taxpayer resources compared to more efficient paths. Theyre also slow and hard for casual users to understand, which makes them unattractive to potential passengers.

The central idea of the Connecting Ballarat proposal is to link routes on opposite sides of Ballarat together into longer cross-town routes, so that buses can flow smoothly in one side of the CBD and out the other, in a path that is faster, more efficient and more sensible than the current paths. This would mean faster trips for passengers, a more understandable network for first-time users, and more efficient use of resources resources that can be reinvested into other service improvements.

Three of these routes would become high-frequency SmartBus routes fast, direct routes that run every ten minutes, designed to act as the spine of a true turn-up-and-go network for Ballarat. The other routes would increase to run every 20 or 40 minutes, to match the increased V/Line train frequencies expected from late 2019.

Buses would also run to a longer span of hours, connecting with commuter trains in the early mornings and late evenings, and allowing people travelling within Ballarat to take the bus home after dinner at a restaurant or a night at the movies.

PTUA Ballarat Branch Convener, Ben Lever, said this was in many ways an ambitious proposal, but that it also picked a lot of low-hanging fruit.

We know the existing network has a lot of inefficiencies, both in the twisty paths it takes and the excessively-padded timetables. Not only are these inefficiencies frustrating for users, they take up a lot of resources that would be better spent on improving the service thats what were proposing here.

Beyond those efficiency gains, were calling on all political parties to invest some serious money into our bus network. Low-density outer suburbs of Melbourne have high-frequency SmartBuses running through them, connecting key destinations like shopping centres and universities with railway stations Ballarat deserves the same. Even the standard non-SmartBus routes run till at least 9pm in most suburbs of Melbourne, while Ballarats buses currently shut down around 7pm its just not good enough.

Weve seen time and time again that when governments invest in good public transport, people use it. Whether its trains, tr........


Cessna Citation Bizjets VH-MMC, VH-PSU and VH-FNI All Pop into CQ Airports "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

On Friday 5 October, Mackellar Mining Equipment / Flight Options (Australia) Cessna 560 Citation Ultra bizjet VH-MMC was back in CQ, this time landing at Biloela / Thangool Airport after flying up from its Sunshine Coast base.

VH-MMC departs the Sunshine Coast for Emerald  (File photo)

After staying for most of the day, VH-MMC made an early evening departure and returned to the Sunshine Coast.

Meanwhile, also on Friday 5 October, the Queensland Police Service (Airwing) (State of Queensland) Cessna 560 Citation Ultra bizjet VH-PSU was back at CQ Airports.  It called into Rockhampton and Mackay Airports - as well as Townsville and Cairns - on another busy day of flying out of and back to Brisbane.

Finally, after the sun had gone down, also on Friday 5 October, Graham Aviation Cessna 510 Citation Mustang bizjet VH-FNI was noted passing back through Rockhampton Airport.  It flew in from Bankstown and later departed Cairns and its Mareeba base.

VH-FNI had flown South via Rocky to Bankstown last Saturday 29 September.


Man charged with mothers murder "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Bhanu Kirkman

Bhanu Kirkman

A MAN has been charged with the murder of 39-year-old Kristie Powell on Friday.

Ms Powells blood-soaked body was found next to her unharmed five-month old son at her Bellambi home, in Lorking Avenue.

The horrific discovery of the new mothers body was found by a friend just a few metres from her son.

Detectives from Port Stephens-Hunter Police District arrested 29-year-old Bhanu Alan William Kirkman on Monday afternoon in a building near Maitland Railway Station. Kirkman was taken to Maitland Police Station where Wollongong detectives charged him with one count of murder.

Dressed in a blue forensic jumpsuit, Kirkman was brought into Maitland Court today surrounded by four corrective services officers, one who tightly led him by his handcuffs. He sat in the court dock smiling, with his hands up and his fingers outstretched throughout the brief appearance. He also appeared to be softly whispering to himself.



Australia mulls blocking migrants from moving to major cities "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Australia is considering measures to stop some new migrants settling in bigger cities, instead directing them to less populated areas. Canberra is looking for ways to ease congestion in places like Sydney and Melbourne.

Sydney Harbour with the Harbour Bridge and Opera House after sunset (picture alliance/dpa/robertharding)

The Australian government on Tuesday said it was looking to correct an imbalance in population growth by forcing some new migrants away from major cities, and toward less populous areas.

In a speech outlining the policy, Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population Alan Tudge told an audience that the strain on infrastructure in Australias eastern cities had cost the country 25 billion Australian dollars ($17.7 billion, 15.4 billion euros) last year.

That amount was forecast to grow to 40 billion Australian dollars annually by 2040, he said.

Tudge said the main problem was rapid population growth in Sydney, Melbourne and southeastern Queensland, while there was slow growth in other parts of the country.

We are working on measures to have more new arrivals go to the smaller states and regions and require them to be there for at least a few years, Tudge told a gathering of the Menzies Research Centre think tank in Melbourne.

In that time, the evidence suggests that many will make it their home for the long term.

Dipping population in parts

New arrivals could be given extra points on Australias points-based immigration system, Tudge told Australian broadcaster ABC, or with geographic conditions attached to work visas.

Alice Springs in Australia (picture-alliance / DUMONT Bildarchiv)Remote parts of the Northern Territory have seen a decline in population............


MUSK LORIKEET at 442 Bunburra road, Bunburra 4310 reported by Errol stenzel on 09-10-2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

A flock of about 12 feeding in flowering BLUE GUMS along with Rainbow and Scaly-Brested Lorikeets . Also in area are White-winged Trillers.


Baby humpback whale saved from shark net "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

This ABC News video from Australia says about itself:

Humpback whale calf rescued off Gold Coast while mother watches on

8 October 2018

A whale calf has been freed after becoming caught in a shark net off Queenslands Gold Coast. Rescuers said they believed the calfs mother, who was swimming close by during the rescue, realised they were helping the calf and stayed calm.

Read more here.


Big Ag Isnt Ending Hunger Small-Scale Farmers and Forward-Thinking Governments Will "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Will GMOs end hunger? Is industrial agriculture the answer to grow more food ever more cheaply? Political agroecologist Dr. Jahi Chappell doesnt think so. Rather, Chappell tells us that the only way to end hunger is to have coordinated policy platforms that work directly with family farmerssomething the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance (AFSA) has been fighting to achieve for over five years.

Ending Hunger with Jahi Chappell a stimulating evening talk over a local dinner at the Polish Club in Canberra this Sunday 14 October - is an opportunity to hear from author, scholar, and political agroecologist Dr. M. Jahi Chappell as he discusses food sovereignty and ending hunger through the lens of his book, Beginning to End Hunger: Food and the Environment in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, and Beyond.

Beginning to End Hunger presents the story of Belo Horizonte, home to 2.5 million people and the site of one of the worlds most successful food security programs. Since its Municipal Secretariat of Food and Nutritional Security was founded in 1993, Belo Horizonte has sharply reduced malnutrition, leading it to serve as an inspiration for Brazils renowned Zero Hunger programs.

The Secretariats work with local family farmers shows how food security, rural livelihoods, and healthy ecosystems can be supported together. In this convincing case study, Chappell establishes the importance of holistic approaches to food security, suggests how to design successful policies to end hunger, and lays out strategies for enacting policy change.

With these tools, Chappell shows us how we can take the next steps toward achieving similar reductions in hunger and food insecurity elsewhere in the developed and developing worlds.

Chappell also provides a critical lens through which to examine the food sovereignty movement and build on its successes while addressing its weaknesses, focusing sharply on the need for deeply collective, collaborative work by diverse organisations with the direct involvement of small-scale agroecological farmers.

Ending Hunger with Jahi Chappell is a not-to-be-missed event open to everyone who cares about promoting everyones right to culturally appropriate and nutritious food grown and distributed in ethical and ecologically-sound ways, and our right to collectively determine our own food and agriculture systems. The night with Chappell is the inspirational opening of the annual 2018 Food Sovereignty Convergence....


Whats going on in our backyard "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"


Recently residents of Weyba Downs were particularly affected by noise pollution from helicopter training exercises conducted over 3.5 days at the Noosa airport. Only strong northerly wind prevented a huge impact on Noosaville and Marcus Beach. Subsequently, it has been revealed in the local media that approval for the airport has lapsed, and that Noosa Council have issued a compliance notice for revegetation of illegally cleared forehsore and removal of potentially pollutant building waste used on the site. The owner is now taking Noosa Council to court over the notice. The Noosa Plan is currently under review. Is it time to lobby for closure of the airport? Is it a suitable use in 2018 or the future within an urban area and on the shores of natural asset such as Lake Weyba?


We all want faster internet. FACT nbn published information stating that the quality of wireless signal is significantly affected by obstructions such as trees. FACT our neighbours at Peregian Beach West, Noosaville, and most parts of Doonan all enjoy fixed line nbn service. FACT Lake Weyba will forever be scarred by a 51 metre communications tower that could be ineffective. FACT a Federal election is looming.

TIME to lobby our Federal member Lew OBrien imploring him to advocate on behalf of his constituents that nbn reconsider their planned wireless service for Weyba Downs and replace it with a fixed line service to guarantee an acceptable internet speed. Weyba Downs has long suffered deplorable standards due to lack of maintenance and upgrade of infrastructure by Telstra.

Email Lew OBrien here


Friends of Lake Weyba are considering participating in this scheme with a potential collection point to be set up in a non obstructive location at Weyba Downs. We will circulate more information shortly and will discuss at the AGM.

More information here


SCC issued a comprehensive Information Request in respect to this mega dam proposal.

Details here


Friends of Lake Weyba Inc Annual General Meeting "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

27th October 2018

Members and Friends are invited to hop along to Friends of Lake Weyba Inc Annual General Meeting to be held Saturday 27th October 2018 at 3.30 pm at the Foreshore Park, Lake Weyba Drive, Weyba Downs opposite intersection with Eumarella Road, Weyba Downs (BYO own chair)

If you want to hop on board as a member, our membership form is available here.

Our current committee have been at the helm for over 6 years now and would welcome some new faces. Some assistance with Management roles would be fantastic.

A nomination form can be accessed here and the Notice of Meeting and Agenda can be accessed here.

At 4 oclock after our brief AGM, we will hold an informal social get together to catch up with locals old and new. A great way to hear about issues concerning our community. Everyone is welcome. Spread the word amongst your neighbours. Please bring along a chair, and something drink and nibble if desired.


MACKAY Elderly woman allegedly attacked, robbed in own home "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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Elderly woman allegedly attacked, robbed in own home

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Police will allege the 38-year-old man from Heatley entered a Bruce Highway home and confronted the elderly woman who was gardening.

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MACKAY Burglary and serious assault charges, Sarina "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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Burglary and serious assault charges, Sarina

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He will appear in the Mackay Magistrates Court this morning. If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information

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On future proof building "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Im quite a fan of the English TV show Grand Designs, and Kevin McCloud in kevin.jpg particular. The key word in the shows title is of course grand, and many if not most of the projects irritate me no end, but as an owner builder from way back, not only do I relate to these people, the show has taught me a trick or two my gripe remains, why oh why do they all feel the need to build such ginormous houses, often for just two people to rattle around in?

The Australian version, now showing on ABC TV some 8 or 9 years after screening on pay TV which I refuse to pay for, is not as good as the pommy version, the presenter I find lacking in Kevins unique personality.. but I digress.

My reason for this introduction is that the last episode was about an earth covered house in Victoria built by a couple whose home was destroyed in the 2010 bushfires. Never wanting to go through that again surprise surprise they decided to move to the only place that didnt burn to the ground and where the few livestock that survived had escaped to. right next to their big dam!



NSW coal mine approval coincides with IPCC announcement "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Warning sign: protests against the Bylong Valley mine. Photo Farmonline

Community groups have slammed the NSW Department of Planning and Environment (DoPE) for recommending a new thermal coal mine should proceed on the very same day that the IPCC warned the world needed to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees.

The department has recommended that the destructive, foreign-owned Bylong coal mine near Mudgee can proceed, despite a new assessment identifying state significant heritage values on the site where mining is proposed.

Meanwhile, an independent expert report on the heritage values also released yesterday by the department concluded that: the Bylong Valley generally had state significant heritage values as a scenic landscape on the western side of the World-heritage listed Blue Mountains; and the Tarwyn Park property in particular had state significant heritage values as the site of the first and longest running application of Natural Sequence Farming in Australia.

Despite this report, the DoPE suggested only minor amendments to the mine plan rather than rejecting the mine outright. The proposal will now go to the Independent Planning Commission for a final determination.

Lock the Gate spokesperson Carmel Flint  said the recommendation to proceed with the mine shows the NSW Government is completely missing in action on climate change just as the IPCC warns warming beyond 1.5 degrees risks catastrophic heat and disruption.

Not only will this mine put the climate at risk, but new research shows it will take South Korean mining giant KEPCO one step closer to destroying a magnificent valley with state significant heritage values, she said.

The DoPE has cherry-picked the expert heritage information and moved only to amend the mine plan slightly, when its clear the mine should have been rejected outright.

Equally worrying is that there is no new information on Aboriginal cultural heritage impacts provided by the department, even though the Independent Planning Commission previously stated that further investigation was needed.

This mine will only proceed with the backing of the NSW Government, who at every step have allowed it to progress through the planning process despite the obvio...


Lifeline Drought Toolkit "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Lifeline has seen a rise in crisis phone calls from regional communities due to the drought. To help people cope with the drought, Lifeline has prepared the Lifeline Drought Tool Kit, a hands-on guide with practical advice.

The 8-page guide features 10 main points including how to access financial counselling, deal with isolation and has advice on stress management and family and mental health.

Stephanie Robinson, CEO, Lifeline Central West, said a prevailing concern was how to start the conversation:

"The drought affects everyone differently, it might be the impact it has on your business which causes financial strain, it might be that your marriage breaks down, we hear these stories every day".

"This is a really practical resource that will help people know where to go for help, that there is support out there."

"But what it really does is, it talks about in rural communities we are so connected."

"We need to look out for one another and support one another."

Website and downloadable version.

Media Release.


Baby whale caught in Gold Coast shark net "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

A baby whale caught by a Gold Coast shark net was later released but photos like this will become harder to take if new laws are introduced. Photo supplied

The entrapment of a baby whale in a Queensland shark net on Tuesday (October 9) could not even legally be reported if the state government passes a new gag law.

Humane Society International (HSI) and the Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) were on the scene today as the baby humpback whale was caught in a shark net on the Gold Coast.

Staff alerted the rescue and response team to the trapped whale, and it has now been freed.

This latest horror of the Queensland shark control program comes as the states government tries to implement legislation to criminalise close proximity to shark control equipment, making photography of lethal drumlines and shark nets almost impossible.

As part of a suite of amendments to the QLD Fisheries Act, the government is proposing implementing exclusion zones of 20 metres around shark control equipment, making it almost impossible to independently capture photography and videos of sharks and other marine animals caught on lethal drumlines and in shark nets throughout the state.

Lawrence Chlebeck, marine campaigner for HIS, said seeing the images of the baby humpback whale entangled in the net should be enough to get the Queensland Government to remove the nets. How many more animals must suffer in these nets before the Government moves to more effective, non-lethal measures? he queried.

The Queensland Governments plan to put exclusion zones around shark control equipment is simply a measure to keep the slaughter of sharks and marine wildlife hidden from public view. This is not about public safety, rather its a blatant tactic to reduce public scrutiny by a government under increased public pressure to end its archaic culling program.

The Queensland Government has 368 lethal drumlines and 30 shark nets throughout the state, and is now justifying these no-go zones by saying this equipment is a hazard to the public. If thats the case, they should remove these culling devices as a matter of urgency and instead implement non-lethal technologies to protect ocean users, Mr Chlebeck, said.

Dr Leonardo Guida, AMCSs senior sha...


Reducing harms related to alcohol use in pregnancy: policy and practice recommendations (Deeble Institute) "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

With the NHMRC Guidelines currently under review and the National Alcohol Strategy and FASD Strategic Action Plan in development, it is timely to consider how health sector policy and practice can be effectively used to address antenatal alcohol use in Australia.

Major barriers to the prevention of PAE and FASD include a lack of public awareness of the Alcohol Guidelines and the risks associated with PAE, as well as limitations in antenatal alcohol screening and data collection. With the NHMRC Guidelines currently under review and the National Alcohol Strategy and FASD Strategic Action Plan in development, it is timely to consider how health sector policy and practice can be effectively used to address antenatal alcohol use in Australia.

Major recommendations include:

  • The provision of clear, coherent and targeted messaging through policy, practice guidelines, position statements, and mainstream media that there is no established safe level of alcohol consumption during pregnancy.
  • The consistent implementation of universal alcohol screening practices prior to pregnancy and throughout the antenatal period.
  • Ongoing capacity building within the health workforce to support clinicians to effectively screen for, advise about and provide appropriate intervention for PAE.
  • The introduction of systematic reporting of alcohol in pregnancy data, to the Perinatal National Data Collection, to support the development of evidence-based policy and prevention approaches.

Deeble Institute Report


Bob Brown Foundation joins calls for limit on Cradle Mountain tourism avalanche "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Environmentalist Bob Brown has backed calls for a limit on the avalanche of tourists descending on the Dove Lake lookout at Cradle Mountain.

With plans for up to 550 people an hour spewing off the proposed cable car at Dove Lake, the area is facing serious loss of its natural values.  The proposed Dove Lake Viewing Shelter is a recipe for degradation of one of the most beautiful precincts on Earth, Bob Brown said.


Dove Lake, Cradle Mountain and Barn Bluff by Bob Brown



Dear EU, its over, love Britain "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Australias former partner in crime, Britain, is dear to our hearts.

But lately, the poms have lost their marbles. Brexit is not in Britains interest, as Sunrise presenter Kochie put it.

The UK media is full of warnings, too.

Recessions are forecast for the day Britain leaves the EU.

Bob Geldof has warned that British music faces an existential threat from Brexit.

Flights between the EU and UK will not be able to land. European flights across the Atlantic wont be able to fly over Britain.

The motorway around London will turn into a gigantic traffic queue for backed-up trucks waiting for customs inspections.

There wont be insulin and medicines.

Food prices will spike.

Its an unmitigated disaster.

At least, thats what they say.

What are Aussies to make of the mess?

The first two callers of Nigel Farages radio show on Sunday were from Brisbane.

Mr. Brexit has quite the international following for a supposedly narrow-minded and nationalistic politician.

The two callers seemed to think leaving the EU was a good idea. But I suppose they were biased for calling in at all.

In Japan, Farage was asked about how awful leaving the EU would be for Britain. He asked why the Japanese dont let Chinese and Korean politicians make their laws for them. I think it framed things nicely.

I tried the same line on my Japanese in-laws. They didnt appreciate the analogy.

But on Sunday, the Japanese Prime Minister praised Britains global strength. Odd given every description of Brexit explains how Britain will lose its power on the world stage if it leaves the EU.

What about the Japanese car companies that will have to leave the UK after Brexit?

Well, they said the same thing when Britain refused to join the euro.

But does Britain really think it can do trade deals effectively on its own?

Open for business

The offers are coming in thick and fast already.

The US, Japan, Chile, South Africa and Australia have all signalled theyre ready and waiting.

The Australians say their agreement will become active the day the Brexit transition ends. Even the EU is pushing for a free trade deal with the UK now.

But its not just the future thats looking bright. In fact, Brexit is proving an extraordinary success so far.

American banks are piling into the UK market, reports the Telegraph: European banks left behind in the...


Prime Minister Scott Morrison resuscitates the nightmare dream of the nuclear chain in Australia "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Prime Minister Scott Morrison says nuclear would be considered if the investment case stacks up, Daniel Wills, State Political Editor, The Advertiser  October 8, 2018

PRIME Minister Scott Morrison says he is willing to do whatever it takes to bring down power bills, and would consider going nuclear if he was convinced it made economic sense.

Mr Morrison has opened a new flank in the energy battle by saying he was open-minded about nuclear, a move South Australias former Labor premier Jay Weatherill also once entertained.

Mr Morrison told 2GB radio in Sydney he would overturn a legal ban on building nuclear reactors in Australia if he believed it would put downward pressure on power prices.

Mr Morrison said he would do whatever it takes to make electricity cheaper, and have no issues allowing nuclear reactors to be built if it would make lower household bills.



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Climate apocalypse is heading, unless the world takes drastic action "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Australia is the worlds largest coal exporter, with thermal and coking coal shipments last year totalling 382 million tonnes.

The findings of the report are at odds with the Morrison governments insistence that coal will play an essential role in the nations economic future.

For the first time in a IPCC report, the authors included social and economic impacts. That marked the end of magical thinking that sustainable development goals and poverty reduction could be divorced from climate action.

If governments fail to drastically and urgently reduce emissions, they are knowingly contributing to the dangers of a world that is at least 1.5 degrees warmer, Tessa Khan, co-director of the Climate Litigation Network.

This has clear legal consequences and governments will inevitably be held accountable for knowingly putting people in harms way, Ms Khan said, noting citizens in the Netherlands, Ireland, Switzerland, Norway, Colombia, the US and New Zealand have already taken their governments to court.

This litigation is only just picking up speed.

Next decade critical: Perils mount at 1.5 degrees of warming, says IPCC , Sydney Morning Herald,  By Peter Hannam & Nicole Hasham 8 October 2018 The amount of coal and other fossil fuels the world can burn without unleashing dangerous climate change that will undermine the livelihoods o...


Trends in injury deaths 199900 to 201415 [AIHW] "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Trends in injury deaths 199900 to 201415 focuses on trends in deaths due to injury and poisoning that occurred over the period 199900 to 201415.

The age-standardised rate of injury deaths decreased from 55.4 to 47.2 deaths per 100,000 between 199900 and 200405 and changed little after that. Rates for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people were generally at least twice as high as rates for non-Indigenous Australians over the period from 200102 to 201415.


NOT ALL DISABILITIES ARE VISIBLE 09/10/2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"


When I started out as RISEs Ability Rights worker two years ago, my role is to find supports for refugees and asylum seekers with disabilities. What I found was a distinctive lack of services across the migration sector, only three out of 16 Migrant Resource Centres have programs for people with disabilities, of those three only one supports asylum seekers or newly arrived. The other two did Home And Community Care (HACC) for those of migrant backgrounds over 55-65 years of age; HACC is home care and support (not personal/medical care). 

Launch of RISEs advocacy booklet; refugees and asylum seekers with disabilities. A document that brings together the voices of RISE members and an analysis non-intersectionality of the literature in the refugee and disability sectors. Link here

As for the disability sector, where is scarcity of knowledge on refugees where I am yet to find a mainstream disability service provider that has a refugee intake program. Publically there is no clear indication be it either on their website or when I call them if refugees or asylum seekers on various visas can access the disability service. Most if the information is in English and little if any information on accessibility. This is a one-size fit all approach to informing the public of services available.  I need to make it clear I am referring to disability services not mental health services.

The mental health sector is hard for refugees to access, that is psychologists and therapists, refugees are more often referred to the specific torture and trauma clinics. How they differentiate between invisible mental health disabilities and PTSD related mental I cannot say. What I can say is that more needs to be done to support invisible disabilities like depression and anxiety, eating disorders and emotional behaviours that are often not treated go undiagnosed, and seen as just adjusting to a new life.

I myself is a former child refugee from Vietnam, I have two disabilities, a hearing impairment and cerebral palsy. Here I am going to advocate that for too long refugee settlement has been separate to disabilities and mental health needs. This erroneous and amounts to structural neglect from the medical profession and the migration settlement services sector. This is why the silo approach to refugees and asylum seekers is detrimental to their health and wellbeing and the community. This is a critique of the standard operating philosophy of using Maslows hierarchy of needs. This drives settlement support. It dictates the literature on refugees. It defines government policy....


Justice moves slowly over roadworks rider fatality "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Some 31 months after a Darwin rider died in a roadworks crash, the wheels of justice grind on slowly as those responsible face fines up to $1.5m.

NT Worksafe has charged the Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics and Queensland company BMD Constructions with failing to comply with work health and safety obligations.

The matter concerns the death of Darwin rider and well-known musician Peter Pedro Bonnell.Justice moves slowly in roadworks crash death of Darwin rider and well-known musician Peter Pedro Bonnell

Slow justice

NT Worksafe will allege the department failed ensure the work environment was safe, that it failed to provide a safe work system and did not ensure staff were adequately trained.

It will allege BMD Constructions used interlocking crash barriers without reflective bollards that were not compliant with Australian Standards, and failed in other safety areas.

The parties have been in and out of court since and this week appeared again for a directions hearing. It was adjourned to December 14 with no orders given.

We will continue to follow this matter as more and more riders are starting to seek justice for crashes in shoddy roadworks.

Mike Wright - Pothole repairs claim another rider justiceMike Wright is another victim of shoddy r...


The Hobo Guide to Wild Camping in Europe "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Im camping in Europe at the moment. Pitching my tent at rest stops, in the mountains and inconspicuously behind bushes on private land. Im camping because there are some day hikes I cant bear to leave after only a few hours. I want to wake up in the fog and sleep amongst all the creatures that explore the land at night. Im also doing it to stretch the little money I flew to Europe with.

Each country has its own laws when it comes to wild camping. Heres a list, but please do your own research if youre really concerned.

Wild camping is legal in: Sweden, Albania, Armenia, Belarus, Bosnia, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Russia, Slovakia, Turkey, Ukraine, Scotland

Wild camping is a bit of a grey area in: France, Austria, Bulgaria, Czech, Hungary, Moldova, Netherlands, Romania, Serbia, Switzerland

Wild camping is totally illegal in: Italy, Aldorra, Belgium, Croatia, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Luxembourg, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain (theyre really complicated), England, Wales

However, if youre setting up shop just to rest your head for the night, camping is generally permissible. Pitch at dark and leave in the morning and nobodys going to bat an eyelid, especially if youre out of sight. How many times do you drive on a highway or pass a mountain and look for a tent? Worst case scenario: plead ignorance. Youre a tourist.

Here are my packing essentials:

1. A tent

If youre heading over in summer, you can probably get away with a festival tent, especially if youve got some cash in the bank to splurge on accommodation when theres a stormy night. I use a lightweight two-person Vango Bravo 200, because I need something I can carry on my back with the rest of my stuff that can also accommodate a mate, should I meet one on my journey.

If youre wild camping, especially in places where wild camping is considered illegal or a grey area, maybe invest in something a little more inconspicuous than the blue one Ive gone for. You can spot that baby from a mile away.



Another Home Invasion. Victim or Criminal, Your Choice! "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Another home invasion where a young lady ran to a house for help with men chasing her. The young man in the house gave her shelter & called the police. The police told them that they were under staffed & could not help them but to let them know how it turned out!!!

Three men broke down the door & attacked the man, he had armed himself with a kitchen knife because it was illegal for him to keep anything in the house specifically for self defence, lethal or non lethal. Minutes later two of the three intruders were dead from stab wounds, the man fighting frantically for his life against three much stronger larger attackers.

Possessing any object specifically for the purpose of self-defence, lethal or non-lethal, is a criminal offence in Australia. There are many women, raped and/or murdered, who would have been liable to prosecution had they been carrying anything that might have saved them.

Weve got you now: ironic last words before fatal Queensland home invasion.

They were told by the only officer in the town of Ayr, 15 minutes away, that there were no police available and to just see how it went.
Three of them smashed through the door so Dean thought they were probably going to kill him and her. Its completely destroyed him.
Queensland Police refused to say whether it would review the local roster and declined to answer questions about the number of officers on duty on the night of the deaths.

Monday, 08 October


NWHHS support fluoridation of water supplies "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

North West Hospital and Health Board Chair Paul Woodhouse has welcomed the growing support for the fluoridation of town water supplies.

Mr Woohouse said the lack of fluoridation in local water was initially raised as a significant risk for oral health several months ago by Board Member and public health physician Dr Kathryn Panaretto.

Dr Panaretto has extensive experience in the North West as a GP at Mount Isas Gidgee Healing,and with the Remote Womens Health clinics at Julia Creek and Cloncurry.

Mr Woodhouse said North West HHS oral health practitioners had said fluoridated communities had up to 50% less dental decay than non-fluoridated communities.

Fluoridation addresses inequities in dental decay rates, reducing the gap between high and low socio-economic groups in terms of dental decay experience. It is cost-effective and benefits all ages, Mr Woodhouse said.

Mr Woodhouse said he had met with Queenslands Chief Dental Officer Dr Mark Brown and Queensland Chief Health Officer Dr Jeanette Young and had also raised the matter with Health and Ambulance Services Minister Steven Miles.

Local councils remain cautious saying they would need state funding.

Cloncurry Mayor Greg Campbell said they would act on advice from the Local Government Association Queensland and given the publicity on fluoride he expected that matter to be raised at the upcoming LGAQ conference in Brisbane.

This is a health initiative driven by the state and they should provide the funding to do it, Cr Campbell said.

Mount Isa Mayor Joyce McCulloch agreed saying the state-owned Mount Isa Water Board would have to implement fluoride into the water system.

This is an emotive issue for many in the community and our feeling is that it should be a community decision, Cr McCulloch said.

Unless it is legislated, Council wont implement it.

However Mount Isa Hospital Senior Dentist Dr Travis Blood...


U.N. Report on Climate Change Carries Life-or-Death Warning "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Preventing an extra single degree of heat could make a life-or-death difference in the next few decades for multitudes of people and ecosystems on this fast-warming planet, an international panel of scientists reported Sunday. But they provide little hope the world will rise to the challenge.

The Nobel Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change issued its gloomy report at a meeting in Incheon, South Korea.

In the 728-page document, the U.N. organization detailed how Earths weather, health and ecosystems would be in better shape if the worlds leaders could somehow limit future human-caused warming to just 0.9 degrees Fahrenheit (a half degree Celsius) from now, instead of the globally agreed-upon goal of 1.8 degrees F (1 degree C). Among other things:

Half as many people would suffer from lack of water.

There would be fewer deaths and illnesses from heat, smog and infectious diseases.

Seas would rise nearly 4 inches (0.1 meters) less.

Half as many animals with back bones and plants would lose the majority of their habitats.

There would be substantially fewer heat waves, downpours and droughts.

The West Antarctic ice sheet might not kick into irreversible melting.

And it just may be enough to save most of the worlds coral reefs from dying.

For some people this is a life-or-death situation without a doubt, said Cornell University climate scientist Natalie Mahowald, a lead author on the report.

Limiting warming to 0.9 degrees from now means the world can keep a semblance of the ecosystems we have. Adding another 0.9 degrees on top of that the looser global goal essentially means a different and more challenging Earth for people and species, said another of the reports lead authors, Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, director of the Global Change Institute at the University of Queensland, Australia.

But meeting the more ambitious goal of slightly less warming would require immediate, draconian cuts in emissions of heat-trapping gases and dramatic changes in the energy field. While the U.N. panel says technically thats possible, it saw little chance of the needed adjustments happening.

In 2010, international negotiators adopted a goal of limiting warming to 2 degrees C (3.6 degrees F) since pre-industrial times. Its called the 2-degree goal. In 2015, when the nations of the world agreed to the historic Paris climate agreement, they set dual goals: 2 degrees C and a more demanding target of 1.5 degrees C from pre-industrial times. The 1.5 was at the urging of vulnerable countries that called 2 degrees a death sentence.

The world has already warmed 1 degree C since pre-industrial times, so the talk is r...


Brian Houston head pastor 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 Responses 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...


October 6, 2018 : International Freedom of Speech Day : LOLWUT "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Blink and you might have missed it, but Saturday, October 6 was International Freedom of Speech Day, with International having the operative meaning of Wiley Park in Sydney and Docklands in Melbourne and Freedom of Speech whining about Facebook and Continue reading


Fate of Human Race Depends on Massive Greening Effort "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

It strikes me as darkly humorous that we, the most intelligent species ever to have evolved on earth, homo sapiens (evolved circa 190,000 years ago), were so clever that around 1750 we started burning so much wood, coal and later on oil and natural gas that we started changing our own climate so much that it may threaten our survival. And, in a new scientific report, scientists hair is on fire, and they are warning us as vehemently as these polite researchers know how that we have to be net zero carbon by 2050, and we have to jump on getting there RIGHT NOW, during the next decade. Or else, Very Bad Things will happen.

We have to go to war, folks. This challenge is like when Hitler took over all of mainland Europe and the US geared up to go defeat him. The climate crisis is also a genocidal maniac.

The IPCC report says that if we push the global average surface temperature of the earth up only by about 2.7 degrees F. (1.5C), it will be *much* better than if we push it up to 3.6 F. (2 C.) or more (and it can go up 10 degrees F. if we really want it to). Remember, we are talking about an average increase of 3.6 degrees F. That includes the surface of the oceans, which is cold, and the two poles, etc. So in Alabama or Arizona, it will be *way* more than a 3.6 degrees F. increase.

The difference between a 2.7 degrees increase and 3.6 could be 4 inches that the seas dont rise. Four inches dont seem like that much, but if you live in Palm Beach it is the difference between your house flooding or not.

The IPCC says that coral reefs would decline by 70-90 percent with global warming of 2.7 degrees F., whereas virtually all (more than 99 percent) would be lost with a 3.6 degrees F. increase. Coral reefs are where fish hide from predators and multiply and feed. They also help protect coasts from storm surges. You need coral reefs way more than you know and it is better NOT TO KILL THEM ALL.

Here is a graphic from Carbon Brief that shows the difference:

The IPCC press release says, Every extra bit of warming matters, especially since warming of 1.5 C or higher increases the risk associated with long-lasting or irreversible changes, such as the loss of some ecosystems, said Hans-Otto Prtner, co-ch...


Australian Communications Minister describes further government regulation of the internet "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Australian Communications Minister Mitch Fifield has flagged further government regulation of the internet, declaring we are at a turning point and that the online realm can no longer be seen as separate to the physical world.

Image result for Mitch Fifield, photos

Laying out an agenda that involved cracking down on fake news and misuse of personal data, Mr Fifield said the government would be guided by the world first inquiry into digital platforms being undertaken by the consumer watchdog.

We are at a turning point. There is global recognition that the internet cannot be that other place where community standards and the rule of law do not apply, he told a Sydney Institute event on Monday evening.

We will seek to regulate only when necessary. But we will make further interventions where significant problems exist.

Mr Fifield noted a number of issues had been raised in submissions to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission inquiry, including the disruption to traditional media companies and the problem of algorithms creating echo chambers and filter bubbles.

The minister said his response would be guided by the need to ensure responsibility, respect and trust proliferated in the online world.

Australians should be able to control their online footprints and their personal data. They should be able to have a degree of trust and confidence in online news sources, Mr Fifield said.

But when these things dont happen, we will look at the range of options available to support them [Australians].

There is global recognition that the internet cannot be that other place where community standards and the rule of law do not apply.

Communications Minister Mitch Fifield

Mr Fifield also flagged concerns about the dominance of particular market players and publishers such as Google and Facebook, stating: There are few examples in history where the dominance of single firms has been positive for society.

The ACCC inquiry, commissioned by Prime Minister Scott Morrison late last year when he was still Treasurer, is examining the effects of digital search engines, social media and other digital content aggregation platforms on media and advertising markets.

It has been directed to pay special attention to the impact of digital platforms on news journalism.............


One Is the Loneliest Number: The History of a Western Problem "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

From Aeon: For centuries, writers have recognised the relationship between mental health and belonging to a community. Serving society was another way to serve the individual because, as the poet Alexander Pope put it in his poem An Essay on Man (1734): True self-love and social are the same. Its not surprising, then, to find that loneliness serves a physiological and social function, as the late neuroscientist John Cacioppo argued: like hunger, it signals a threat to our wellbeing, born of exclusion from our group or tribe.

Until the 1830s in the UK, elderly people were cared for by neighbours, friends and family, as well as by the parish. But then Parliament passed the New Poor Law, a reform that abolished financial aid for people except the aged and infirm, restricting that help to those in workhouses, and considered poverty relief to be loans that were administered via a bureaucratic, impersonal process. The rise of city living and the breakdown of local communities, as well as the grouping of the needy together in purpose-built buildings, produced more isolated, elderly people. It is likely, given their histories, that individualistic countries (including the UK, South Africa, the US, Germany and Australia) might experience loneliness differently to collectivist countries (such as Japan, China, Korea, Guatemala, Argentina and Brazil). Loneliness, then, is experienced differently across place as well as time.

None of this is meant to sentimentalise communal living or suggest that there was no social isolation prior to the Victorian period. Rather, my claim is that human emotions are inseparable from their social, economic and ideological contexts. The righteous anger of the morally affronted, for instance, would be impossible without a belief in right and wrong, and personal accountability. Likewise, loneliness can exist only in a world where the individual is conceived as separate from, rather than part of, the social fabric. Its clear that the rise of individualism corroded social and communal ties, and led to a language of loneliness that didnt exist prior to around 1800.

Where once philosophers asked what it took to live a meaningful life, the cultural focus has shifted to questions about individual choice, desire and accomplishment. It is no coincidence that the term individualism was first used (and was a pejorative term) in the 1830s, at the same time that loneliness was in the ascendant. If loneliness is a modern epidemic, then its causes are also modern and an awareness of its history just might be what saves us.



Video: Companies try win their way into fracking "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Queensland farmers are fighting plans to dispose of millions of tonnes of toxic CSG salt waste just 100m from a creek in the headwaters of the Murray Darling Basin. Will you support them?

Video from the Lock The Gate Alliance


Toxic salt dump on farming land

Qld farmers are fighting plans to dispose of millions of tonnes of toxic CSG salt waste just 100m from a creek in the headwaters of the Murray Darling Basin. Will you support them?

Posted by Lock The Gate Alliance on Friday, October 5, 2018


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Taking part in Older Persons Week in Melbourne "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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Last week saw the observance of the United Nations Day for the Older Person, which has been set on 1 October since 1990. This years theme was celebrating older human rights champions. Australia saw a week of activities.

Behind the events, was the understanding that the contributions made by older citizens deserves to be recognised and valued; that the older person should not be thrown on he scrap heap, and their knowledge,  experience and skills, should be  appreciated as a valuable asset, which co0ntributes to building the future.

Unfortunately, the has been a gradual devaluation of societys elders. This is not only shown by a tendency to lock them  out of participation in society, but also, by the extent of the meanness of the support provided by government and agencies.

For instance, retires deserve and are entitled to be rewarded for the contribution they have made through a lifetime.  They should not be subjected to an inadequate housing, poor housing, pressure to return to work, unreasonable health, energy and transport costs. The scandal and human rights abuse, of what too often passes off as nursing homes, is a disgrace. This should not exist in a society that considers itself humane.

In Melbourne, community alliance Fair Go For Pensioners was one of those that took part. Its contributions were  a  special celebration on Thursday and taking part in Sundays celebrations at Federation Square by running a stall and distributing information.

Speakers panel at the Fair Go For Pensioners Thursday event

An important new publication, called Up In The Air: A civil and caring society  was launched at the Thursday event.  It deals with the link between the striving for a democratic system of government and justice in the delivery of social services, not only for older people, but for all citizens in need. The erosion of the capacity of people to lead a decent life and have the means to participate in society is a major threat to real democratic rights.


Kevin Bonham Leaves Tasmanian Times (2012) "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

It has come to my attention that the Tasmanian Times website no longer includes my lengthy 2012 rant where I wrote about why I was leaving it as a regular writer and poster, and also the thread where the TT audience (plus one sad interloping chess troll from Melbourne) debated my departure.  (A very limited relationship persisted after that, which I completely ended earlier this year.)

The deletion of these articles, some time since January 2017, was never requested by me and I was never informed of it.  My request to TT, given that they were unwilling to publicly apologise for Ted Mead's garbage to my satisfaction (or publicly at all) was "remove the link to my site from the sidebar immediately and please cease linking to my site in future."  Even if it resulted from a misinterpretation of my request as a request to remove all existing links to my site, numerous other old articles linking to this site are still up.  

Tasmanian Times has every legal right to remove articles as it sees fit, and its decision to do so (assuming that it was a decision rather than a very strange technical issue) is in no way an issue of free speech, and in no way an act of censorship.  However my reasons for leaving the site belong on the public record and may still be of interest to those who have issues with the bias of Tasmanian Times, with its posters, or with its poor moderation standards.   

They may also be of interest given that an article by Richard Flanagan on "the courage to listen to different ideas" is now topical.  I have down the years had some different ideas about Richard Flanagan's political comments and about his supporters, but if anyone on TT wants to have the courage to listen to those, they can't; they've been deleted (again!)

TT at one stage prominently quoted Leonard Cohen's lines "There is a crack in everything/That's how the light gets in".  In this case that crack is the Wayback Machine!  And if they are de-archived from Wayback, there will be another crack. Fortunately, we don't need pipes passed around on bits of paper anymore; we have Twitter for that.

So here they are then, such as they are, for anyone who ever has reason to read them.

(My response to some comments on that thread occurred...


Bob Brown says IPCC report mealy mouthed and dangerous. "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Todays IPCC report is mealy mouthed and dangerous because it fails to tackle the worlds political delinquents like Australia, Bob Brown said today.

Governments like Australias Morrison government will feel relieved that this stodgy panel of scientific conservatives has flagged that there may be more time than previously thought to take the drastic action required to turn around global heating. It is a mistake to give politicians subservient to the fossil fuel industry the message that things arent as bad as was thought, especially as the real impacts of global heating - coral death, cyclonic storms, bushfires, droughts, glacial melting, super-heated cities - is so obviously getting worse.


Tasmanian World Heritage Area after bushfires in 2016


Media Release: Tasmania should heed global science call on forests - Brown. "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The Tasmanian government should heed the call of 40 international scientists to end the logging of natural forests if the world is to avoid dangerous climate change, environmentalist Bob Brown said in Hobart today.

Scientists from around the world have stepped up efforts to protect forests to keep global warming to the lowest limit agreed by governments in Paris in 2015. The call is one outcome of a global meeting on the climate emergency in South Korea this week.

Our planets future is inextricably tied to the future of its forests the scientists said.


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