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Friday, 23 February

19:23

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17:07

PERTH Sydney madams brother extradited over $1b WA drug bust "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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Sydney madams brother extradited over $1b WA drug bust .

February 23, 2018 at 08:52PM .

THE brother of a former Sydney brothel madam has been arrested in connection to the biggest drug bust in Australian history worth more than $1 billion. On Thursday police arrested Jabour Anthony Lahood at his Dural home in Sydneys northwest and charged him over his alleged role in importing

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16:33

Woman severely injured after being bitten by shark off Sydney, Australia "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

A woman is severely injured after being bitten by a shark off the coast of Sydney. The swimmer was in the water at Congwong Beach in La Perouse at 7pm on Friday when she was attacked by what is believed to have been a shark. In the wake of the attack, the local council has announced all beaches in the area will be closed on 'for at least Saturday'. The woman, who is aged in her 50s, was taken to St George Hospital where she is being treated for severe lacerations to one of her legs. A NSW Ambulance spokesman said it was unclear what species of shark had bitten the woman.

14:46

Sustainable Population Australia comments on Tony Abbott and Peter Dutton on migration "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Australia has no coherent population plan other than to inundate the major cities with people. Instead of a well though-out population policy, the strategy has been to stoke overall economic growth to support big business. This suits the property industry and retailers but GDP per capita growth is stagnating while ordinary Australians are worse off.

Peter Dutton and Tony Abbott have both recently called out for a reduction of immigration to Australia. To quote Mr Abbott: "At the moment weve got stagnant wages, unaffordable housing, clogged infrastructure and there is no doubt the rate of immigration impacts on all of these things.

We support Mr Abbott's comments but it's unfortunate he didn't consider this while he was Prime Minister. Australia is suffering cumulative economic and environmental damage from unconstrained growth.

It is incorrect of Peter Dutton to suggest that in the Labor years the number peaked at about 305,900 in one year which was an enormous number, weve got that number down now below 190,000

While it is true that net overseas migration (NOM) which includes both permanent and temporary long-term residents peaked under Labor (at 315,700), it was still running at 245,500 as at the year to June 2017.

Most importantly, Peter Dutton failed to mention that Australias permanent migrant intake has never been higher than under this Coalition Government, set at nearly 210,000 a year currently.

Currently 60% of Australias growth is skilled migration whereas the humanitarian intake is less than 10%.

Foreign aid has also been significantly cut whilst the coalition has been in power. This is particularly true for overseas family planning services and the access to education that is required to empower women to choose the size of their families.

Paul Hawken, who was the keynote speaker at Melbournes Sustainable Living Festival, stated that family planning and access to education are together the most significant global responses to addressing climate change.

SPA calls for a fundamental change to population policy that addresses population issues both nationally and globally. This should involve reducing total migration to around 70 000 per a...

13:06

BILL SHORTENS ALLEGED CRIMES ARE FRAUD, THEFT, ADULTERY AND RAPE TO NAME A FEW. SHOULD HE BE PM? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Shortens history covers everything from major fraud and theft when he was Victorian and National Secretary of the Australian Workers Union (AWU), raping another union member at a camp, branch stacking to become a politician and improve the power of the AWU and getting one of his staff members pregnant. Read More

13:02

Some favourite painters and sculptors "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Blue Poles

Jackson Pollocks Blue Poles in the National Art Gallery, Canberra, Australias capital

 

I live in Northern NSW. I lived in Sydney for about 30 years. Im very familiar with the New South Wales Art Gallery in Sydney and the National Gallery of Australia (NGA) in Canberra.

When I was a wealthy prince in Sydneys Eastern Suburbs I was a Foundation Member of the NSW Art Gallery with my name on the board in the lobby. I wasnt a big donator. More an entry-level player. As a lover of art and an artist I believe in supporting the visual arts.

It was also a ticket to the life of privilege. To be invited with special creative invitations in the mail to all the nice stuff. Previews, Opening Nights and all the special events. Private viewings of exhibitions with champagne and hors doeuvres. No bustling with all the plebs on opening nights, although theyre fun too. Especially for major exhibitions and the annual Archibald Portrait Competition..

The National Gallery of Australia (NGA) is situated beside Lake Burley Griffith in the heart of Canberra. If youre ever in Canberra, and love art, the National Library, not far from the NGA has some beautiful works of art from the 1970s, including a large brass sculpture by Tom Bass mounted on the ceiling of the portico, beautiful large tapestries and a magnificent large stained glass window.

Tom Bass was very successful from the 1950s to the 1970s as a public sculptor. Later Tom established the Tom Bass Sculpture School which I attended for over 8 years. Its an old-school journeymans sculpture school where there are no exams or certificates and your qualification is your acquired abilities. Tom Bass believed that your developed talents as a sculptor are your certificate and signature.

12:44

'Incapacitated' Pilot Sees Emergency Landing by First Officer of Pel-Air SAAB 340A Freighter VH-KDK at Mackay Airport "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Early on Friday 23 February, Pel-Air SAAB 340A Freighter VH-KDK was approaching Mackay Airport while operating the week-daily cargo flight from Brisbane and Rockhampton as PFY7416/7418.


After being forced to hold to the South of Mackay Airport due to the inclement weather - including rain storms - which was passing through the region, the Pilot of the SAAB suffered a 'medical episode', forcing the First Officer to make an emergency landing at Mackay Airport.  The SAAB came to a stop on the main Runway, closing Mackay Airport for a period of time while the Pilot was evacuated from the aircraft and transported to hospital.

The Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) confirmed that a single patient, understood to be the pilot of a the SAAB, was transported to Mackay Base Hospital in a stable condition.  It is believed that they were later flown to Brisbane by the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS).

The First Officer was also reportedly later transported to hospital.

VH-KDK was later towed away from the active Runway at Mackay Airport and parked on its 'usual' spot on the main apron where it should remain parked for the weekend - as shown above in the photo taken later on Friday 23 February.

Meanwhile, it wasn't a good couple of days for Pel-Air with fellow SAAB 340A Freighter VH-EKT seemingly breaking down at Rockhampton Airport after arriving from Brisbane early on Thursday 22 February as PFY7416.


12:31

Giacometti Exhibition Art Gallery New South Wales 2006 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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Sculptures, prints & drawings from the Maeght Foundation
Art Gallery of New South Wales
18 August until 29 October 2006

One of the most original and inventive artists of the 20th century

The Art Gallery of New South Wales brings to Australia for the first time an exhibition of some 79 works by Alberto Giacometti. Renowned for his relentless investigation of the human figure and his unique and singular vision, Giacometti stands beside Picasso and Matisse as one of the towering masters of 20th century art.

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The 35 sculptures, 22 prints and 22 drawings in the exhibition span the two most intense phases of Giacomettis career the surrealist period from 1929 to 1934 and the post World War II period from 1947 to 1965, when he produced the thin and unnaturally elongated figures for which he has become best known.

The works have been drawn from the Marguerite and Aim Maeght Foundation in the south of France, which holds one of the most significant collections of Giacomettis work. In 1947 the Maeght family opened a gallery in Paris specialising in modern French art and were passionate advocates of Giacomettis work, holding exhibitions in the 1950s and early 60s. Aim and Marguerite Maeghts remarkable collection, which also includes work by Bonnard, Braque, Matisse, Miro, Chagall and Calder, is now on permanent display at the Maeght Foundation in Saint-Paul in the south of France.

Edmund Capon, director of the Art Gallery of New South Wales and curator of the....

12:07

Vanguard Aviation Cessna 525 CitationJet1 Bizjet VH-DAA Spotted at Rockhampton Airport - Plus a Couple of Other Bizjets Around CQ Airports "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

On Wednesday 21 February, Vanguard Aviation Cessna 525 CitationJet1 bizjet VH-DAA was noted arriving at Biloela / Thangool Airport from its Archerfield base.  After overnighting, on Thursday 22 February, VH-DAA continued up to Rockhampton Airport where local plane spotter 'IAD' photographed it resting on General Aviation (GA) Apron.


On Friday 23 February, VH-DAA returned back to Archerfield.

Meanwhile, over the latter part of this week, a couple of other familiar corporate and medical bizjets were also noted popping into various CQ Airports.

On Friday 23 February, McDermott Aviation Group / Machjet International Cessna S550 Citation SII bizjet VH-JLU flew North from its Sunshine Coast base and completed airwork at Gladstone Airport.  After a period of time and completing several missed approaches, VH-JLU returned to the Sunny Coast.

Also on Friday 23 February, both LifeFlight (Aeromed) LearJet 45 bizjets VH-VVI and VH-CXJ were both noted at CQ Airports.  It appears that VH-VVI possibly completed a training flight from Brisbane to Bundaberg Airport and back, while in the afternoon, VH-CXJ looked to call into Mackay Airport from Brisbane on a medical evacuation flight as "Ambulance 452".  It later departed to Townsville.

Finally, back on Tuesday 20 February, Balmoral Air Dassault Falcon 2000LX bizjet VH-WIO visited Hamilton Island Airport once again.  As usual, it arrived from and later departed back to its Bankstown base.

Photo taken by 'IAD' 

11:27

Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Boeing C-17A Globemaster III A41-210 Missed Approach at Emerald and Rockhampton Airports "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

On Friday 23 February, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Boeing C-17A Globemaster III A41-210 was heard to complete airwork at both Emerald and Rockhampton Airports. 


It had earlier departed Townsville - where it arrived yesterday - and flew towards Emerald where it completed airwork, including at least one missed approach at Emerald Airport.

From Emerald, A41-210 - which was flying as "Stallion 44" - flew West towards Rockhampton where it also completed airwork, including a missed approach at Rockhampton Airport.




11:04

Media Release 21/02 | PNG POLICE FORCED REMOVAL OF REFUGEES FROM PORT MORESBY TO MANUS REVEALS RESETTLEMENT FARCE "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Refugee Action Coalition MEDIA RELEASE PNG POLICE FORCED REMOVAL OF REFUGEES FROM PORT MORESBY TO MANUS REVEALS RESETTLEMENT FARCE In the early hours of Tuesday, 29 February, police arrested up to 13 refugees who had been living Aku Lodge. They were being forcibly returned to Manus Island, but for unconfirmed reasons there was a problem(...)

10:57

Media Release (Tamil Refugee Council) 23/02 | FORMER TAMIL TIGER DEPORTED TO SRI LANKA "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Tamil Refugee Council press release FORMER TAMIL TIGER DEPORTED TO SRI LANKA 23 February 2018 The Tamil Refugee Council condemns the Australian government for deporting to Sri Lanka a former member of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE, or Tamil Tigers). Santharuban, who fled the country in 2012, last night was taken into custody(...)

08:21

Australia: Former Tamil Tiger Deported to Sri Lanka "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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FORMER TAMIL TIGER DEPORTED TO SRI LANKA

23 February 2018 

The Tamil Refugee Council condemns the Australian government for deporting to Sri Lanka a former member of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE, or Tamil Tigers).

Santharuban, who fled the country in 2012, last night was taken into custody for questioning in Colombo, the capital, on arrival just after 10pm local time.

He had been handcuffed and removed from the Broadmeadows detention centre (Melbourne Immigration Transit Accommodation) on Tuesday evening and was driven to Sydney escorted by four guards, one Border Force agent and one doctor where he was detained.

Early Thursday morning, he was asked to sign a deportation document. He claims that when he refused, Border Force agents grabbed him by the shirt and threatened to handcuff him, tape his mouth shut and drag him onto the plane.

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08:01

Money not argument is the answer to NRA "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

AFTER the Florida shootings, Australia was again mentioned sporadically as an example of how to do gun control. Buy back the guns and destroy them. Ban a huge range of high-powered guns. And strictly control purchases of weapons and how they are stored. Too easy, you would think. The vast majority of Americans know what is needed. But getting there is far more difficult in the US than in Australia. Nonetheless there is another aspect of Australian political life which could be quite helpful in the US.

Protest rallies, anguished hand-wringing, candle vigils, and even solidly rational argument backed by conclusive evidence simply do not cut any ice with US politicians and the US military-industrial complex.

The response is merely offers of prayers and thoughts which never do anything, as proven by the inevitable next mass shooting.

The trouble is that the military-industrial complex makes the weapons for public (as distinct from military) sale and profits immensely from it. The civilian arms industry in turn gives large amounts of money to the National Rifle Association which adds its own donations to pour an estimated $60 million a year into candidates election campaigns.

You cannot argue with that. You have to match it. We have to face the sad fact that in Australia and more so in the US, money drives politics not good policy, the peoples welfare or the national interest.

Enter an Australian political phenomenon GetUp!

GetUp! has more than a million members. Translated to the US, that would be 15 million members. GetUp! campaigns against large business interests in favour of fairness, the environment, and equity in health and education.

A US GetUp! would almost certainly make gun control a top priority.

A US GetUp! could counter the financial power of the National Rifle Association and instill the fear of democracy into the hearts and minds of US political candidates. Gutsy TV ad campaigns suggesting that Senator Bloggs supports child murder, or that Representative Smith sells himself to the arms industry backed up with the prospect of cash donations from US GetUp! to wean them off the NRA tit is going to be more effective than mere rational or emotional appeal for action.

You have to match the large donations of the few with the small donations of the many.

In Australia 97 per cent of GetUp!s donations are un...

07:00

The Weekend Quiz February 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. Estimates of cyclical fiscal balances by the IMF and other bodies are typically biased upward.



2. For nations with an external surplus (such as Norway), it is sensible for the government to run fiscal surpluses and accumulate them in a sovereign fund to create more space for non-inflationary spending in the future.



3. We would never observe a state where a nation was running an external deficit (trade and income flows), a fiscal surplus and the private domestic sector was spending less than it was generating.




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06:40

Corrupt Victoria Police "Professional Standards" head Brett Guerin to resign? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"



Corruption, misconduct and criminal activity is rife within Victoria Police, where it can come in many forms, such as, but not limited to; entrapment, falsifying evidence, theft, drug dealing, fraud, false statements in court, destruction of court documents.

This is a problem not necessarily for Victoria Police but rather for the general community, as a majority of the criminal actions are carried out against the general population.

In many instances the judiciary turns a blind eye to the corruption within Victoria Police.

Now, now, there is not need to quote Austlii case law regarding the few matters that are on the public record with regards to action against Victoria Police, as there are many times more non reported matters than reported ones, due to threats of violence, harassment on the roads, among other tactics used by members of police.


The burgeoning question could be what else has Brett Guerin done or not done what the brotherhood asked of him, that may not make it out into the 'public' arena.

From last obtained information Victoria Police pays approximately $250,000 per week in 'compensation' to those who choose to take action against Victoria Police, information which the mainstream media does not report on.

Please note;

In any investigation, Victoria Police are under no lawful obligation to tell you (the "private citizen") the truth, where even if directed to do so in a "court of law" evidence, statements in most cases are falsified by police to various degrees depending on what's at stake.

06:27

City transport draft plan ignores motorcycles "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Motorcycles are not mentioned once in the 128-page Brisbane City Council draft transport plan, yet bicycles are mentioned 25 times.

It is indicative of continued government ignorance of the advantages of motorcycles to traffic flow, air pollution levels, parking accessibility and less strain on existing infrastructure.

However, not all councils are as ignorant as Brisbane.

Melbourne City Councils transport plan actually encourages motorcycling as a sustainable form of transport, which assists in reducing traffic congestion.

And the Motorcycle Council of NSW worked with the City of Sydney to develop a transport policy that addresses the needs and concerns of riders in the CBD.

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Council contact

Motorbike Writer contacted several relevant Brisbane councillors and planning, transport and infrastructure committee chairs to ask why motorcycles are ignored in the plan while bicycles are targeted.

So far, the only reply is from Chairman for Infrastructure Cr Amanda Cooper who says submissions are accepted from all transport users, including riders.

She didnt address why motorcycles were not mentioned in the draft plan.

MRAQ comment

Motorcycles Riders Association of Queensland president Chris Mearns says it is extremely disappointing that motorcycles and scooters are again ignored in another level of Government planning.

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05:56

Brisbane Biz - Bubbles, Budgets, & Betting | An Exclusive Interview "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Brilliant video with Dan Petrie of DataDigger and Stephen "the Kouk" Koukoulas of Market Economics. 


04:41

Barnaby Joyce resigns as Nationals leader "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Barnaby Joyce speaks to media during a press conference in Armidale, New South Wales, Friday, February 23, 2018. Mr Joyce has resigned from the leadership of the Nationals Party as his party investigates an allegation of sexual harassment which he denies. AAP Image/Marlon Dalton.

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Barnaby Joyce will step down from the Nationals leadership, as his party investigates an allegation of sexual harassment he denies.

Mr Joyce told reporters in Armidale on Friday that he will throw open the leadership at a meeting in Canberra at 8am on Monday.

To give these people in the weatherboard and iron, in those regional and small towns the best opportunity, this current cacophony of issues has to be put aside, Mr Joyce said.

The deputy prime minister has spent 16 days fighting off accusations of improper conduct over his affair with his now-pregnant former staffer Vikki Campion, and she was moved to two other political offices.

Over the last half a month, there has been a litany of allegations. I dont believe any of them have been sustained, Mr Joyce said.

But he believes the government and his family needs a circuit breaker to stop the flood of stories.

This has got to stop. Its not fair on them, he said.

He said the final straw was a sexual harassment allegation revealed on Thursday, which he has asked to be referred to the police.

Mr Joyce has not directly told Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull he is resigning, but he said he spoke to Mathias Cormann, who is acting in the role while Mr Turnbull is overseas.

He also says he wont snipe from the back bench.

I want to assist my colleagues, where I can, to keep their seats and also, quite naturally, in April, a baby will be born. Ill have other things on...

04:18

Augie March "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

 

Augie March

Supported by Rowena Wise

AUGIE MARCHhas unveiled details of their forthcoming new album BOOTIKINS (Caroline Australia), also revealing the albums title track and captivating lyric video today.

BOOTIKINS represents another extraordinary chapter in the life of this acclaimed Australian group, as they prepare to release their sixth studio album. Recorded between Hobart and Melbourne, it was produced by Tony Cohen, who came out of retirement to make good on a promise to himself to work with the band. Following his sad passing, a final track was recorded with Cohens good friend John Olson at the helm, with the band, Robin Mai and Paul McKercher mixing the record between them.

The first single to be lifted from the album is euphoric title track Bootikins, a psychedelic extravaganza which displays all the passion, energy and drama that weve come to expect from Augie March in a blazing return to form.

Says Glenn Richards about the songs inspiration,

The dynamic needed to match the manic nature of the words, the furious utterances, and the bloody rush of thought that occurs in the mind of any man who has dispensed with the rational or the compassionate in favour of the diabolical. In that spirit I didnt give contemplation much sway in the process and went largely with instinct. Its a very strange song for very strange times.

The Bootikins single is accompanied by a wonderful lyric video conceptualised by Richards himself.

The band will play the new album BOOTIKINS in full for the first ever occasion on album release day, Friday 23rd February, at the Velvet Room at Thornbury Theatre. The audience will have the opportunity to watch and listen up closeas Augie March road test this set of challenging and diverse material, and theres sure to be a good deal of high level tin...

03:41

MACKAY Laundering accused to undergo mental health check "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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Laundering accused to undergo mental health check

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A MACKAY man charged with laundering more than $1 million as part of an international computer repair scam will undergo a mental health assessment. Joseph Cainero from Mackay Harbour faced Mackay Magistrates Court on Thursday. The 76-year-old is charged with money laundering recklessly

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MACKAY Moranbah man accused of selling stolen copper wire "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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Moranbah man accused of selling stolen copper wire

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A MORANBAH man accused of selling a large amount of stolen copper wire to a Mackay business has faced court on a range of serious charges. Steven Morris from Moranbah faced Mackay Magistrates Court in custody on Monday. The 34-year-old has been charged with possessing instrument of

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03:12

All washed up - Assistant Commissioner Brett "Dean Martin" Guerin stood down "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Assistant Commissioner Brett Guerin gets some career advice from his alter-ego Vernon Demerest. Statement from Victoria Police UPDATE Here's Tessa Akerman in The Australian moments ago. Victorian troll cop stood aside over online comments Assistant Commissioner Brett Guerin has been stood aside over crude comments. Picture: News Corp. The Australian...

02:23

Weekly APRadio Podcast "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Harry Palmer introduces a new book SILENT INVASION by Clive Hamilton exposing Chinese government campaign of espionage and influence peddling is leading to the erosion of Australian sovereignty. He relates to QLD Government non concern at the endemic killer crocodile infestation killing people and harming tourist trade. Mike Holt will return next week Click here to listen

02:01

Entries Now Open For The MELT Festivals Beauty Pageant And Portrait Prize "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Entries are now open for two of the upcoming queer arts festival MELTs most popular events. The MELT Festival is the Brisbane Powerhouses annual extravaganza of queer arts and culture, showcasing local and international actors, rock stars, dancers, photographers, artists, comedians and circus performers. And one of the festivals most popular events, the MELT Beauty ...

The post Entries Now Open For The MELT Festivals Beauty Pageant And Portrait Prize appeared first on QNews Magazine.

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23:26

Best earnings growth since 2014 (led by NSW & QLD) "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Pay gap closing

It's been a pedestrian half-decade for salaries, especially if you're a man.

And that continued in 2017, with the average pay for males growing by about +2 per cent for ordinary time earnings. 


An awful lot of energy is directed to blaming immigration for this, but as with many other data releases the figures have generally followed a pattern of being very upbeat before the peak of resources construction, and then far more modest as we've come down the other side. 

That's particularly been the case in the resources states such as Western Australia, South Australia, and Queensland where average earnings growth was very strong up until 2012, and then cooled. 

This dynamic is perhaps most evident in full-time male total earnings. 


At the sectoral level, unsurprisingly mining was the weakest performing industry, with earnings essentially flat over the year to November 2017 - or down in real terms - although mining remains the highest paid sector of the economy with an average wage exceeding $134,000. 

The next highest paid roles tend to be in IT, where the average wage is now approaching six figures, and finance & insurance at just over $97,000. 

Pay gap closes

There was some...

23:09

Angry Abbott returns serve after criticism "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Tony Abbott has penned a blistering retort to his colleagues after his calls for cuts to immigration were dismissed by the governments front bench.

In an opinion piece for The Australian on Friday, Mr Abbott names and shames critics of his calls for cuts to Australian immigration, and suggests they have not read his speech.

One thing I am not going to cop is gratuitous criticism from ministers who are only in government because I led them there, the federal member for Warringah writes.

It is the prime ministers right to choose his ministerial team and, given some of the policies of this government, Im happy to serve on the backbench.

The former prime minister lobbed a grenade into the immigration debate this week by calling for Australias permanent migration intake to be slashed by 80,000 places per year to 110,000.

That sparked a war of words with senior coalition colleagues all slapping down Mr Abbott, and continuing after his latest string of suggestions.

Trade Minister Steve Ciobo was among those who rejected Mr Abbotts arguments against migrants, labelling his position lazy and inaccurate.

Despite not wanting to get into a tit-for-tat discussion with Mr Abbott he spoke out again from Washington, where hes part of a delegation to the US led by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

He said housing issues raised by Mr Abbott were largely restricted to Melbourne and Sydney while other markets are experiencing price drops and only modest gains.

Lets not pretend this is about numbers of immigrants, the fact is Australia is a richer country because of immigration, he told Sky News.

Acting Prime Minister Mathias Cormann and Treasurer Scott Morrison have also drawn Mr Abbotts ire.

Youd think a government thats lost the past 27 Newspolls might be curious about how it could lift its game, Mr Abbott wrote.

But no, ministers have gone out of their way to attack a colleague who knows more about winning elections than anyone in the parliament.

Australias population is expected to grow by 11.8 million people by 2046, which is equivalent to adding a new city roughly the size of Canberra each year for the next 30 years.

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23:01

Calls for drug education after overdoses "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

There are calls for better drug education in schools, as police continue investigations into the overdose of seven Gold Coast high school students.

Three of the St Stephens College year 10 students have been released from Gold Coast University Hospital, while the remaining four have reportedly recovered well and could be released on Friday.

All seven were rushed to hospital on Wednesday, with some in a critical condition, after ingesting an unknown drug.

Police are still awaiting the results of toxicology reports to confirm which drug was involved but were investigating reports it was the Russian designer drug Phenibut an anti-depressant used to treat anxiety and insomnia that may have been bought online.

The incident has shocked the Upper Coomera schools community, prompting calls for more action from governments to stop teenagers treating drug education like a joke.

University of Queensland drugs expert Jake Najman said information given to students on drugs should not be a half an hour school lesson.

Professor Najman said governments needed to invest in developing intensive, long-term drug education for students.

Its a much more systematic problem that needs real commitment and not just a headline saying, Dont do it, he told AAP.

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22:27

Brewarrina residents step up campaign against proposed nuclear dump. "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

22 Feb 18 Brewarrina residents, including Ngemba people with local cultural responsibilities, are stepping up their campaign against the proposal for national nuclear waste dump in the region. 

silent vigil will be held during the Council meeting at 8:30am this Friday February 23, followed with a rally on Saturday morning at 9:30am.

In November 2017 the Brewarrina Council revealed that a delegation had traveled to Lucas Heights nuclear reactor in Sydney and subsequently engaged pro-nuclear consultant Robert Parker.

Trish Frail, a Ngemba woman who is coordinating the local campaign to oppose the dump, said the community was shocked by the proposal.

This nuclear facility will not benefit our town, the community or the environment, Ms Frail said. 

Ngemba people are custodians for the Ngunnhu Fish Traps. The site is claimed to be over six...

22:15

Labors doublespeak about Adani coal mine plan "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Greens use Labors Adani indecision to ramp up Batman campaign
Activists seize upon Labors contradictory messages on Queensland coalmine in battle for inner-city Melbourne,
Guardian, Katharine Murphy Political editor @murpharoo 21 Feb 2018 

22:00

February 23 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"


1822 -   Henry Marsh penned a missive to the Colonial  Secretary regaling him with tales of the journey to the south coast.
Thrilling.

1849 - Things were so crook in Westralia that a public meeting in Perth voted itself off the island for to become a penal colony to help with the so-ill-if-it-was-a-horse-it-would-have-been-shot economy.

1863 - Lord Raglan mysteriously disappeared after leaving Liverpool for Hobson's Bay.

1872 - The brand-spanking-new goods trains sheds in Melbourne were tarted up for 1,500 guests to do the horizontal limbo tango at a gala ball.

1882 - The first four rail trucks carrying stone from the Mt Difficult quarry in the Grampians reached Stawell en route to Melbourne.
Considerable controversy broke out about the quality of the stone sent to Melbourne. It was found to be inferior to the samples originally supplied, exhibiting peculiar defects of an unexpected kind. The Public Works Department ordered work at Parliament House to cease.

1884 & 1994 Tambo Tambo, a Palm Island native, died  on this day in 1884 while working for Barnum and Bailey's Circus.
His remains were found in 1993 and today in 1994 he was given a decent burial on his home soil.

1900 - The Timaru Herald spread the word that a sailmaker in Sydney had popped his clogs due to Bubonic Plague...and kept up the cheefullness with news of a destructive fire in Flinders St, Melbourne.
Cheery, chaps, reeeealy uplifting...

1901 - 7,000 acres were gazetted for an Aboriginal reserve on this day, originally named Barambah it is better known as Cherbourg.
Salvation Army missionary, William J Thompson, was appointed the superintendent. He camped with small numbers of local people on the banks of Barambah Creek.
Little was done to develop the settlement ; Aborigines lived in bark humpies, Superintendent Thompson slept under canvas.

1902 - Mabel was a competitor in the annual Ocean Yacht Race from Hobart, around Bruny Island and back when she sprang a severe leak south of Bruny Island. Filling rapidly, the six crew beached her at Cloudy Bay on the southern end of Bruny Island, and were only just able to crawl along the mast to safety before she went to pieces.

1907 - The Star proudly proclaimed that Chamberlain's Cough Remedy did not contain poison.
Woot.
So, keep guzzling that little elixir without a care!

1911 - The first passenger flight, sans peanuts, took off today when Melbournian John Hammond (slung his missus in his crate) took his wife up in his Bristol Box Kite aircraft.

1926 - The Taralga Branch Railway Line (NSW) was opened from Roslyn - Taralga.

1931 - The taste bud organza Peach Melba was birthed on this day by....

19:34

Australian pseudo-left promotes Labor Party, Greens at African gangs rally - World Socialist Web Site "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Australian pseudo-left promotes Labor Party, Greens at African gangs rally - World Socialist Web Site: The pseudo-left organisation Solidarity organised a rally in Melbourne last week, purportedly to oppose a racist government-media campaign against so-called African gangs. The real agenda, however, was to promote the Greens and trade unions, and to cover up the Labor Partys role in the scapegoating of working class youth of African background.

The demonstration, held February 4, was attended by about 300 people, with what appeared to be only a small minority of African origin. Solidarity, a group affiliated with the British state capitalist Socialist Workers Party, provided a platform for the Greens and the trade unions. The speakers pushed an amalgam of identity politics and Australian nationalism, and encouraged illusions in the parliamentary establishment and police.

19:29

Mystery as over 100 cockatoos are found dead in Hunter Valley, Australia "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Over 100 cockatoos have been found dead in New South Wales' Hunter Valley. The Environmental Protection Authority is investigating the mass death of the sulfur-crested cockatoos. The authority was made aware of the deaths on Monday. The birds were found in a paddock off Jerrys Plains Road, near the Lemington Road intersection.

18:40

Recent Study Finds that Drinking Even One Soda Per Day Could Increase Your Risks for Cancer "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

People across the globe drink soft drinks daily but is this a good idea? Sure, we know soft drinks are not necessarily healthy but there could be much more to it than we want to admit.

Researchers at Cancer Council Victoria and the University of Melbourne recently worked on a collaborative study that showed some shocking results. They analyzed over thirty thousand Australians who went on to develop little over three thousand cases of 11 obesity-related cancers. This including things like prostate cancer, breast cancer, and so forth. The reports they looked at were from the years between 1990-1994 and 2003-2007. Their findings were published not too long ago and showed an obvious association between cancer risks and the consumption of soft drinks.

According to their research, the more sugary sodas the participants consumed the higher their risks were of developing cancer. Somehow they did not note this in those who drank diet sodas but we all know there are different risks associated with those. With most people consuming at least one glass or more of soda each day this is quite alarming.

The Associate Professor Allison Hodge of Cancer Council Victorias Epidemiology and Intelligence Division who happens to be one of the authors of this study has stated as follows:

These particular cancers are common.y associated with obesity, however, our research found this risk existed for all participants no matter their size.

We were surprised to find this increased cancer risk was not driven by obesity.

Even people who were not overweight had an increased risk if they regularly drank sugary soft drinks.

Interestingly, though, we found those who regularly drank diet soft drinks were just as likely to be obese as those who regularly drank sugary soft drinks, which still carries health risks.

Todd Harper CEO of Cancer Council Victoria then went on to add as follows:

Sugary drinks, including soft drinks, are already known to be a cause of obesity, which greatly increases the risk of 13 types of cancer,

And cancer is just one of many chronic health conditions associated....

18:15

Tassies whitefella community says not in my name Will Hodgman "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

In a follow-up to the Australian-first election ad in Aboriginal language, white Tasmanians have come together to expose Premier Will Hodgmans betrayal of them and their aspirations for reconciliation with Aboriginal people, though his destructive plan to build 4WD tracks across Aboriginal heritage on the takayna/Tarkine coast

18:01

Current American mores ... "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

*Cartoon: Martyn Turner, used with permission: https://www.facebook.com/martynturnercartoons/ . http://www.irishtimes.com/opinion/martyn-turner

15:09

Victoria Police Assistant Commissioner Brett Guerin - internet troll on our website - must be dismissed. Today. "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

This is Victoria Police Assistant Commissioner Brett Guerin. Yesterday he admitted to Neil Mitchell on 3AW that he was the author of vulgar comments in our story concerning a win a good copper, Paul Mullet had in court over Christine Nixon. The Age reported that story yesterday. Guerin created a...

13:59

Sydney unemployment rate keeps falling "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Sydney tightens

Sydney's annual average unemployment rate fell to just 4.58 per cent in January 2018.

The annual average has been lower, in 2008, when the unemployment rate briefly snuck below 4.2 per cent. 

In Adelaide the annual average fell to 6.49 per cent, in Perth it fell to 6.14 per cent, and in Melbourne to 6.1 per cent.

So there have been some improvements. 

However, only Sydney has anything remotely approaching a tight labour market on this evidence. 


The good news for Queensland is that both hiring and participation are picking up.

And it's happening not just in Brisbane, but right across the state.


Cairns and Townsville in particular are also now recording stronger rates of employment growth, after the downturn.


Meanwhile the coastal Queensland locations such as Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast have been improving for some time on the back of the lower dollar. 

...

11:30

So-Called Australia: Break Away From Break Free A Critique of the Environmental NGO Model of Organizing Direct Action (PDF) "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

breakaway

Introduction

Two minutes after getting on a minibus headed for Newcastle, the person seated next to me tugged at their friends arm in mild distress.

Noo, I forgot the selfie stick!

Without putting any blame on this individual, this brief interaction had already captured the essence of this protest for me. Truthfully, I already had an idea of what it was going to be like from past involvement in actions run by groups such as Direct Action Melbourne and 350.org, as well as from the communications hype in the lead-up. But I had gone on this trip to find out if my suspicions were warranted.

We were going to take part in a mass flotilla of kayaks which would block a shipping channel in Newcastle, home to the worlds largest coal port, preventing coal ships from leaving and entering. Signups happened online when the invitation was initially shared through 350.orgs email list and facebook promotions. Since then we had been kept in constant contact about logistics, shown inspirational videos and excitedly told about the well-known musicians and politicians who would be there on the day.

As we headed towards the Hume, the driver tried to break the ice by gauging everyones spirits onboard. How are we all feeling this morning?

So happy!, Excited!, came the replies.

Yes Were creating histo...

08:34

The day Billy Graham transfixed a massive MCG crowd "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Theres a video of the crowds and Bill Graham preaching at the MCG on-line.

ABC News Australia

The day Billy Graham transfixed a massive MCG crowd

22 February 2018

RELATED STORY: Billy Graham, evangelical preacher dubbed Americas Pastor, dies aged 99

It was the day the hallowed turf of the Melbourne Cricket Ground was truly sacred.

In 1959, evangelical preacher Billy Graham embarked on his month-long crusade of Australia.

But it was his appearance at the MCG on March 15, 1959, that was one of the true showstoppers, attracting more than 130,000 people.

To this day, it is the biggest crowd that has ever been recorded at the ground.

There were people everywhere, even spilling on to the grass. That was unheard of at the time, Ray Spriggs, 73, said.

It was quite extraordinary.

Mr Spriggs remembers boarding the special Billy Graham train as a 14-year-old with the rest of his family from his home in Reservoir in Melbournes north to make the journey to the MCG.

He recalls sitting high up in the stadium stands, and says the woman next to him offered him her opera glasses so he could take a closer look at the spectacle.

He does not remember much of Grahams sermon, but the magical sounds of the choir and the joyous atmosphere of the event have stayed with him.

I was only a kid of 14 at the time, but it was just great to see so many people together in the one place, he said.

I felt God speaking to me

For many people, seeing Graham preach at the MCG was life-changing.

Geoff Gawler, 68, went to see Graham with his family on his 10th birthday.

I do remember it because that was the time I made a deal with God. I decided to follow him that day, he said.

That was a big decision for a 10-yaer-old and I dont at all regret it, in all the years since.

...

08:26

Philip Ruddock on $1440 a day to inquire into freedom of religion "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Philip Ruddock, Chair of the Federal Governments Panel on Religious Freedom, is being paid $1440 a day for the role, according to documents tabled this week on behalf of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet (DPMC).

Ruddock, entitled to a Parliamentary pension estimated to be worth $215,000 a year, also attracts a mayoral allowance of $65,230 in his capacity as Mayor of Hornsby, after his election to that position in September 2017.

On being appointed to the role, Ruddock reportedly told Sky News that he did not know if he was getting paid for the role and he was not interested in the money.

The panel was established in November 2017, in the midst of the debate on the marriage equality legislation before the Commonwealth Parliament. It has been asked to examine whether Australian law adequately protects the human right to freedom of religion.

The Panel has invited submissions, and is undertaking consultation by way of a series of private meetings with selected stakeholders, in preference to public hearings. It is due to report to the Prime Minister by 31 March 2018. However, each member of the panel has been appointed to a term expiring on 27 April 2018.

...

05:51

The Divine Church Of The Open Sky Vol. 2 from Archer, is Eastside Radios Album Of The Week (15-21 Feb) "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Theres not much information floating around about Archer. Hes a Victorian singer-songwriter whos recording some brilliant alt-country with a healthy dose of tongue-in-cheek humour. This album, The Divine Church Of The Open Sky Vol 2 refused to leave my mind since it arrived at Eastside late last year, and the more I keep coming back to it the better it sounds.

This is from his page at Pound Records:

well you woodnt call him smart but you woodnt call him stupid neither he does have sum kindofa way about himweather he be damned or blessed he certanly can pull a song outta the deep earth or the spaceless space and make you wanta cry or yell or just about any plain ol thing

This is off his previous album, but will give you an idea of the style:

Hes due at the station for an interview in the next couple of weeks so youll get to hear from him yourself. Hes been communicating with us in character via email so were amused, intrigued, and looking forward to meeting the man, the enigma, in the flesh.

You can listen to and purchase the new album here at Bandcamp, stream it here on Spoti...

05:30

Rage, rage against the factory closure "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

On 1 May 2017, May Day International Workers Day Australian dairy giant Murray Goulburn announced that they were shutting factories across Victoria and Tasmania, slashing jobs and devastating communities. Faye and Julie, two National Union of Workers delegates working at the Edith Creek site in North-West Tasmania, shared their responses to the closure.

05:09

Big line up of speakers at rally to save trees in St. Kilda Road "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Yesterday between 1 and 1.30pm a rally was held to save the trees in St. Kilda Road destined for removal to make way for the new underground metro. It was organised by the combined forces of Planning Backlash, Protectors of Public Lands and Walk in St. Kilda Road and environs Approximately 80 people attended including the 9 speakers listed below. The M.C of the event was Mary Drost , Convenor of Planning backlash.Prof. Michael Buxton was unable to attend and Dr. Ernest Healy , Vice President of Protectors of Public Lands Victoria deputised by reading Prof. Buxton's speech. Feelings for the impending loss of ancient trees and for those already lost ran high. The general consensus from the speakers was that the damage envisaged for avenue of trees in Melbourne's beautiful boulevard, St. Kilda Road was not necessary to accommodate the project and that a better way must be found. A statement to this effect will be sent to Shadow Minister for Planning, to be read out in both houses of Parliament.

Rally for St. Kilda Road trees February 21st 2018

Speakers at the event

1. Kristin Stegley OAM, Chairman, National Trust of Australia (Victoria)

2. Michael Buxton, Professor of Environment and Planning, RMIT University (in Prof. Buxton's absence speech read by Dr. Ernest Healy)

3. The Hon. Barry Jones: a statement by himself and Tom Harley, nominators of St Kilda Road and Environs for emergency National Heritage listing

4. Dr Greg Moore, OAM, president of the International Society of Arboriculture, Australian Chapter; member of the National Trusts Register of Significant Trees from1988, Chair since 1996

5. Bea McNicholas, Director, Walk in St Kilda Road and Environs, Planet Ark National Tree Day

6. Senator Derryn Hinch

7. Dr Judith Buckrich, historian; author of Melbournes Grand Boulevard: The Story of St Kilda Road, 1996.

8. Jill Quirk, Protectors of Public Lands, Victoria

9. David Davis, MP, Shadow Planning Minister

The following speech was made by Hon. David Davis, Shadow Minister for Planning in the Victorian Parliament yesterday afternoo...

04:58

BRISBANE NORTHSIDE STALLHOLDER PROFILE FOR GROW N GLOW BOUTIQUE "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Stallholder Profile for Grow n Glow Boutique




Your name: Lajla Darvill
Your business name and facebook/website name and link: 
Grow n Glow Boutique http://www.grownglowboutique.com 
Facebook.com/grownglowboutique
The suburb/town you live in now: Park Ridge, QLD
What is it that you make and what skills do you use?: I design and create maternity and breastfeeding fashion. Currently I have silicone and wooden breastfeeding necklaces in stock as well as baby teethers. My own maternity and breastfeeding clothing range is currently being manufactured.
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04:32

3D Tasmanian Tiger "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

There has been a long mystery attached to the Tasmanian Tiger.

Dr. Christy Hipsley from the Museums Victoria joined us to discuss the scans of Thyclacine skeletons.

Play 3D Tasmanian Tiger

03:44

Euroa loves singing for its supper: Di Mackrell and the enduring appeal of Vocal Nosh "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Word of mouth plays a big part in recruiting singers to the Euroa Vocal Nosh,* an informal community singing group run regularly for almost seventeen years and counting. That and the fear of missing out

One evening last year, a couple were driving past Strathbogie church where one of the Nosh leaders, Di Mackrell was holding a session of the Strathbogie singers. Seeing a significant number of parked cars along the roadside, the couple pulled up to find out what was going on and were invited in by one of the choir members, whom they happened to know. In the funny fateful way life sometimes has, this pique of curiosity brought them straight into a setting where one of them would later find unexpected closure.

Having been told by a teacher to mime not sing at the age of just five, this womans confidence in her ability had remained squashed flat for her entire life. Once they stepped into the Strathbogies session, it wasnt long before Di had them joining in with the singing.

You should have seen her face at the end of that choir session, it was just beaming. Then I had this little thought that maybe Vocal Nosh might be something theyd be interested in and I dropped a program into their mail box   they came to the next session and were just blown away by it and theyve lived in Euroa longer than I have

Like most singing leaders, Di encounters singers who have lost confidence because of cruel or thoughtless comments made in the past all the time. Being able to turn this around is heart-warming for everyone.

It just makes me think YEEEEEESSS! Thats what its all about!!!

Di Mackrell is a little bit biased about the transformative power of Euroa Vocal Nosh with good reason and actually, this is where the story starts.

At the final 2017 session of Euroa Vocal Nosh, there were 26 singers in the room which prompted Di to celebrate and reflect on the magic of this phenomenon which has been a regular fixture on the community music calendar there, for sixteen years.

The group was established in 2001, but Di didnt take a central role until one of the original leaders had to move away and a second leader felt it was too much continue running alone.

I didnt think that I could ever lead a group but I thought, well, I dont want it to stop either!

Di then attended a series of CMVic leadership training days during the early 2000s, which she says were just amazing. For repertoire, the group uses the CMVic Songbooks and lots of recordings from the older training days, as well as songs shared more re...

03:09

AWU Scandal #2 most popular story in The Australian online today "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

That's an outstanding reflection of popular sentiment, particularly given that the story is somewhat buried way down the page under The Nation tab. I reckon we could get Dave McAlpine admitted to honorary membership of the former Victorian coppers Old & Bold Guild - motto TJF.

03:00

Bega Valley: Threat of legal issues fails to stop fluoride yes vote "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

General manager at Bega Valley Shire Council Leanne Barnes said council will be taking the next steps to have the fluoridation program extended to Tantawanglo-Kiah and Brogo-Bermagui water supplies following the council meeting on Wednesday, February 21.

We will now go back to the Secretary of NSW Health to say council has resolved to add fluoride to the water supplies, Ms Barnes said adding that while it may come back to council as an operational process it would no longer be a matter for debate.

The decision has been more than 10 years in the making and at the council meeting there was two hours of debate, and presentations by members of the community. The debate was marked by many loud interruptions from the gallery, with Mayor Kristy McBain rising on several occasions to ask for respect from the public members.

A presentation by Myron van der Waerden and subsequent Q&A session via mobile phone with Australian lawyer Michael Lusk raised the spectre of legal action in relation to Gunnedah where the council has voted to introduce fluroride.

John Bryson who told council he was a barrister of 34 years said it would be prudent to delay as there was a case pending that might have a significant effect.

Several councillors asked if any council had ever been prosecuted but no one was able to cite a case and councillor Sharon Tapscott pointed out that council already had a foot in each camp as it had fluoride in the Bega-Tathra water supply.

Several speakers raised the issue of the survey, saying the way the question was framed was biased, with Anthony Herford calling it one of the most obvious cases of push polling I have seen and Fraser Buchanan saying it was contrived.

Speakers also referred to safety fears for pregnant mothers and young babies ingesting fluoridated water but in her summing up Cr Kristy McBain referred to her own experience of growing up with fluoridated water, having healthy teeth and her own eight-year-old daughter, who despite regular brushing and flossing had four fillings and is drinking non-fluoridated water.

Councillors debate

In the debate by councillors, Cathy Griff called for a delay to see the results of the circuit court and the Gunnedah matter...........

02:41

PNG police forced removal of refugees from Port Moresby to Manus reveals resettlement farce "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

 

This article comes from the Refugee Action Coalition (Sydney)  21 February 2018.

In the early hours of Tuesday, 20 February, police arrested up to 13 refugees who had been living Aku Lodge.

They were being forcibly returned to Manus Island, but for unconfirmed reasons there was a problem with the plane. The refugees are now being held at another lodge in Port Moresby surrounded by up to 50 PNG police. Their mobile phones have been confiscated.

It is expected that the refugees will be moved to Manus Island once alternative transport can be arranged.

The refugees had been living at Aku for up to two years, after being moved from Manus Island, supposedly to be resettled in Port Moresby or further afield in PNG.

The refugees have simply subsisted in Aku since being relocated there no jobs; no welfare program; no trauma counselling not even the basic elements of what might comprise anything resembling a resettlement program. Essentially they became prisoners in the lodge, at risk of being robbed and assaulted if they ventured outside.

But their arrest and forced relocation back to Manus provides official confirmation that, contrary to the claims made by Minister Dutton, there are no PNG resettlement arrangements.

In 2016, there was an attempt to resettle six refugees in Lae. None are still living on Lae. Faced with the deprived circumstances in Lae in terms of jobs, health and safety three of the refugees actually made their way back to Manus Island and attempted to move back into the detention centre.

This forced relocation of refugees to Manus from Port Moresby puts the lie to the Ministers suggestion that refugees can be resettled in PNG, said Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for the Refugee Action Coalition, The Minister cant hide behind that lie any longer.

There is no resettlement in PNG, and the shonky US deal will not provide resettlement places for all the refugees on Manus and Nauru. There is an urgent need for all the asylum seekers and refugees to be brought to Australia, where they can get the safety and protection they need.

The post PNG police forced removal of refugees from Port Moresby to Manus reveals resettlement farce appeared first on The Pen.

02:01

MACKAY Mackay man threatens to light petrol station on fire "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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00:14

Dinosaurs and birds locomotion "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

This 2016 video is called Dinosaur Walk Theory Video.

From PLOS:

Locomotion of bipedal dinosaurs might be predicted from that of ground-running birds

BIRDS Model uses just two inputs to predict terrestrial locomotion in extinct avian and non-avian dinosaurs

February 21, 2018

A new model based on ground-running birds could predict locomotion of bipedal dinosaurs based on their speed and body size, according to a study published February 21, 2018 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Peter Bishop from the Queensland Museum, Australia and colleagues.

Previous research has investigated the biomechanics of ground-dwelling birds to better understand the how bipedal non-avian dinosaurs moved, but it has not previously been possible to empirically predict the locomotive forces that extinct dinosaurs experienced, especially those species that were much larger than living birds. Bishop and colleagues examined locomotion in 12 species of ground-dwelling birds, ranging in body mass from 45g to 80kg, as the birds moved at various speeds along enclosed racetracks while cameras recorded their movements and forceplates measured the forces their feet exerted upon the ground.

The researchers found that many physical aspects of bird locomotion change continuously as speed increases. This supports previous evidence that unlike humans, who have distinct walking and running gaits, birds move in a continuum from walking to running. The authors additionally observed consistent differences in gait and posture between small and large birds.

The researchers used their data to construct the biomechanically informative, regression-derived statistical (BIRDS) Model, which requires just two inputs body mass and speed to predict basic features of bird locomotion, including stride length and force exerted per step. The model performed well when tested against known data. While more data are needed to improve the mode...

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23:34

Community Billboard 21st February 27th February "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

This weekly community billboard is proudly sponsored by the City of Sydneys Plan for the future  Sydney 2030  making our city more green, global and connected.

The post Community Billboard 21st February 27th February appeared first on 89.7 Eastside FM.

23:06

Channel 7 News with more on the AWU Scandal conspiracy today "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

A retired police detective is calling for a fresh inquiry into an alleged conspiracy between former union bosses and construction executives. He says he was about to visit Slater and Gordon, @JuliaGillard's law office, when I was abruptly stopped. #AWU #7News pic.twitter.com/XXcqtyFbBQ 7 News Sydney (@7NewsSydney) February 21, 2018

23:00

Business counts data show rise of Uber and start ups "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Yesterday afternoon, on his 612 ABC Brisbane drive time show (from 1:42:50), Steve Austin interviewed my colleague QEAS Director Nick Behrens on the still relatively weak wages growth figures released yesterday. Nick also covered more positive news regarding the state governments coal royalty revenue windfall and robust growth in business numbers. Nick was referring to business count data based on ABN registrations released by the ABS earlier this week. Business numbers were up 2.8% in 2016-17 in Queensland (and up 3.1% nationally). There was inconsistent growth in business numbers across local government areas, however, and while Gold Coast and Ipswich experienced strong growth, Mount Isa, Mackay and Rockhampton experienced falls, for example (see figure below).

Selected

A significant contributor to recent business growth has been Uber, which has resulted in strong growth in businesses whose main activity is transport, as seen in the visualisation of industry growth rates for South East Queensland LGAs below. Other stand out sectors were Information Media and Telecommunications in Ipswich, which has grown off a low base and may have been associated with the establishment of...

22:45

Joyce tells Australia its time to move on "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce and Vikki Campion, the mother of his unborn child, believe its time to move on after a tumultuous fortnight during which their relationship was made public.

In their first interview as a couple, Mr Joyce, 50, and Ms Campion, 33, also revealed theyll have to leave their rent-free apartment in Armidale, NSW, to protect their privacy.

The Nationals leader told Fairfax Media that questions about their private life had bordered on maliciousness.Its like I cant get you so Im gonna throw anything, he said.

Mr Joyce, who has four daughters with his estranged wife of 24 years, Natalie, also confirmed their baby due in April is a boy.

The one thing that has deeply annoyed me is that there is somehow an inference that this child is somehow less worthy than other children, and its almost spoken about in the third person, he said.

I love my daughters. I have four beautiful daughters and I love them to death. And now I will have a son.

Ms Campion, who refused to be photographed during the Fairfax interview, gave only one on-the-record comment to say her sons middle names would honour her two brothers.

She also rejected suggestions she was paid up to $190,000 while working for two Nationals MPs after she left Mr Joyces office in 2017 and produced pay slips showing she earned between $133,000 and $138,000, Fairfax said.

Mr Joyce is currently on personal leave as he fends off calls for him to step down as Nationals leader or leave politics after his extramarital affair was made public.

Acting prime minister Mathias Cormann again admitted the scandal has been a distraction for the government.

But he reminded people there are human beings at the centre, who are trying to move on.

Senator Cormann, who is filling in for Malcolm Turnbull who is in the US, said he has been able to speak to the deputy prime minister after first leaving him a voicemail.

We had a very good conversation. He was cooking spaghetti at the time we talked, he told reporters in Canberra.

Some of the public pressure is incredibly intense not just on Barnaby but also his family, his kids and his new partner, and yes its a distraction for the government but theres some human beings involved.

The post Joyce tells Australia its time to move on appeared first on Echonetdaily.

22:42

Drinking soft drink linked to cancer risk "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Soft drinks are being linked to cancer. File photo

People who regularly consume at least one soft drink a day, no matter the size of their waist, could be at increased risk of cancer, according to a new study.

Researchers at Cancer Council Victoria and University of Melbourne analysed more than 3000 cases of 11 obesity-related cancers including breast, liver and prostate reported between 1990-1994 and 2003-2007 through The Melbourne Collaborative Cohort Study.

Published on Thursday, the study found a positive association between soft drink consumption and cancer risk independent of obesity after statistically adjusting for waist circumference.

The authors say the results justify the need to minimise the intake of sugar-sweetened soft drinks.Initially our hypothesis was that drinking soft drinks would cause obesity which would then cause an association with obesity-related cancers but we found that there was more beyond the affect of obesity, said lead researcher, Associate Professor Allison Hodge of Cancer Council Victorias Cancer Epidemiology and Intelligence Division.

These particular cancers are commonly associated with obesity, however, our research found this risk existed for all participants, no matter their size, said Professor Hodge.

According to the research, the more sugary soft drinks participants drank the higher their risk of cancer.

However, this was not the case with those who drank diet soft drinks, suggesting sugar could be the key, says Professor Hodge.Professor Hodge says the surprising findings warrant further research.

We definitely would like to see these findings confirmed in other studies and then also to understand something about the mechanism and whether sugar could be a driver of this association, said Professor Hodge.

Cancer Council Victoria CEO Todd Harper says this new research provides another reason for Australians to avoid soft drinks and make the switch to water.

Sugary drinks, including soft drinks, are already known to be a cause of obesity, which greatly increases the risk of 13 types of cancer, said Mr Harper.

And cancer is just one of many chronic health conditions associated with sugary drink consumption- including increased risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and tooth decay.

Th...

22:25

Queensland high-rise boom unwinds apace "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Apartment building slowing

Residential building work done for non-houses dropped by some 25 per cent in Queensland in 2017.

And this construction trend will continue in 2018 as the sector continues to rebalance towards equilibrium.

Not quite so many cranes expected in 2018 then, at least in the residential sector! 


As construction slows Brisbane's apartments are gradually filling up, as I looked at in a bit more detail here, but it's taking time for the stock to be absorbed.

The figures for engineering construction have been all over the show across recent quarters with some wild spikes in Western Australia due to the import of LNG platforms.

Looking at the smoother trend figures brings positive news.

Post-mining boom engineering construction is no longer dragging back the economies of Western Australia and Queensland, paving the way for an economic recovery for the resources states. 


Good to see.

At the national level residential building work done fell by about 5 per cent in 2017 as supply and demand look to swing back into balance.

However, this was more than offset by the rebound in engineering co...

22:00

February 22 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

1701 - Roebuck, the Royal Navy vessel on which William Dampier sailed to and explored the coast of New Holland including the Abrolhos islands and Shark Bay, was leaking and falling apart when she slowly and quiety sank in six metres of water at Ascension island in the Atlantic.

1791 - James Ruse was a clever little dicky-bird and proved he could sustain himself with the first land grant at Rose Hill on the bush block he dubbed Experiment Farm.

1796 -  Hawkesbury settlers agreed they will assemble for mutual protection when Aboriginal people were seen near their farms.
It has been intimated to the governor, that two white men had been frequently seen with the natives and
were supposed to direct and assist in those acts of hostility by which the settlers had lately suffered, writes Collins.
The two renegades, Wilson and Knight have shown the Darug that English muskets, once discharged, are useless until reloaded. This, says Collins, effectually removed that terror of our fire-arms with which it had been our constant endeavour to inspire them.

1805 - James Lovell was Hanged for forging and uttering (NSW).

1838 - William Moore was publicly hanged in High St Maitland for the murder of his master John Hoskyns.

1855 - There was order in the court for the trial of the 13 miners who lead the Eureka Stockade and who were charged with High Tea, High Tide and High Treason.

1867 - Royal Commission into the best means of clearing the Murray River presented its final report to Parliament.
Hmph, 5 mins in the country and they've soiled the mighty Murray already.

1874 - A number of Aboriginal men descended from the hill behind the Barrow Creek Telegraph Station and fatally speared the Station Master and a linesman.
The Kaytetye say the attack was in response to the theft of their land and the exploitation of the women by the new settlers. Reprisal was swift and severe and many innocent Aboriginal people were killed in the months following the event.

1879 - The Aussie artist, author and sculptor who scandalised society, Norman Lindsay, was found in a Bunyip nest.

1889 - Southern Cross was an iron steamship who was impaled amidships by an uncharted rock right in the middle of the fairway off Rocky Cape, north-west Tasmania, about half a mile offshore. Crew and passengers were saved with assistance from SS Herbert. It was hoped she may be saved with the rising tide, but it was not to be. Some gear was salvaged but all passenger luggage was lost.

1901 - Leading Aussie film pioneer Ken Hall was bumped into the world. Producing many films for both Aussie and overseas studios he gave us many Aussie classics that are still watched today.

1910 - The black hole in the ground, the W...

19:30

The Libs grubby little secret "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The shocking pokies losses for every pub and club in Tasmania When I revealed the most 20 harmful poker machine venues earlier this month, Tasmanians were quite rightly shocked, Mr Wilkie said. Now that this more detailed data is out there for all to see, it paints an even grimmer picture of just how much money is sucked out of communities and lost in these venues. And it confirms that big business is the big winner from gambling addiction because the same names pop up over and over again Alliance for Gambling Reform ... Mr Costello engaged in a 30 minute debate (listen to full 19 minutes conducted on air, https://www.tasmaniatalks.com.au/the-show/25720-tim-costello-compares-aus-pokies-debate-to-nra-in-us) with Tasmanias most pro-pokies journalist, Grant Broadcastings Northern Tasmania presenter Brian Carlton, this morning and made the following points: # As the recent Australia Institute study revealed, Australia has 76% of the worlds pokies in pubs and clubs as most countries recognise the danger of mixing alcohol with addictive pokies at venues which are not exclusively focused on gambling services ABC: Pokies are big money in Tasmania election campaign shows just how contentious they are Greens: Liberals Plundering Protected Areas, Underfunding Parks Andrew Wilkie: Yet another grubby Liberal Party pokies secret ... The Independent Member for Denison, Andrew Wilkie, will join Monash Universitys Dr Charles Livingstone ( http://tasmaniantimes.com/index.php?/weblog/article/Removing-Tasmanias-pokies-would-help-gamblers-witho/ ) and author and historian Dr James Boyce ( http://tasmaniantimes.com/index.php?/article/will-the-alp-dance-to-lennon-and-/ ) to condemn the Liberal Partys poker machine policy, which will see the industry benefit to the tune of $250 million. Make no mistake the Liberal Partys poker machine policy isnt to keep the status quo, Mr Wilkie said. Not only will it entrench poker machines in hotels and clubs for decades, but it will in effect hand the poker machine industry an enormous $250 million windfall UTG: Call for more ethical principles in politics - UTG releases A New Ethic It is very clear in todays politics that the political parties do not adhere to any sets of principles they act according to expediency or what they think will appeal to the media for that day. It is not even clear, for example, what the philosophical issues are concerning the poker machines. If pokies are a social problem then, given that 2,300 problem gamblers* in Tasmanian indulge in four or more types of gambling then why isnt all gambling the focus for reform? If the issue is the dominant control of pokies by one organisation or family, then that is another issue, Dr. Holloway said Alliance for Gambling Reform: Broken promise: Crown and Packer fail to lift transparency game

19:22

Planning Matters Alliance Tasmania Planning Policy Election Scorecard "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Today the Planning Matters Alliance Tasmania released its Planning Policy Election Scorecard. The scorecard launch comes as PMAT commences its second election television advertisement. The advertisement links the duel issue of private commercial development in reserves and the high rise hotel proposals and the simple fact that the public could have absolutely no role in the assessment of these proposals, or rights of appeal

19:15

NATION: One way or another, Barnabys cactus and Turnbulls govt may be ... "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

As Jack Waterford, former editor of The Canberra Times writes, The government has never narrowed the gap. At present rates, Aboriginals will remain the poorest, sickest, least employed and least educated group in the community 80 years from now and still without a plan, as opposed to a vague hope and intention, to make it different. Happily for the PM, there is a distraction. Poor, rich, white, boy, Barnaby, a lad who enjoyed a privileged upbringing, a St Ignatius College Riverview private school boy, - one of Sydneys most expensive schools - who at home could roam Rutherglen an 1821 hectare farm estate, a New England University accountancy graduate who loves to play the battler from the bush is now acting hard done by. Its all about soliciting free accommodation; favours from a mate In true Nationals fashion, a mob of rugged if not roughshod individuals, whose contempt for bureaucracy matches its war with science and the environment, Barnaby decided to relocate the Australian Pests and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) from Canberra to Tamworth. Its a cheap pork-barrel at a mere $26 million when you compare it with $10 billion for Joyces Inland Rail boondoggle which will never turn a profit either but which is also a nifty source of pork The APVMA invites an advisory committee of 20 odd to stay, reports ABC Saturday AM. Of course, as public servants, all are parched and on the tooth and primed for wining and dining. My, how they enjoy a welcome dinner of prawns with kimchi, truffle oil risotto, New England lamb and sticky date sponge; great value at $80 per head. Our shout The Ayatollah, as he was mocked at Goldman Sachs, the PM succeeds in suppressing Chief Economics Correspondent Emma Albericis heretical analysis of how tax cuts to business dont stimulate jobs or growth.  One in five dont pay tax for the past three years at least. Those who do, moreover, pay a seventeen per cent tax rate, on average Richard Ackland, Guardian: Michelle Guthrie, the ABC and the turning of a once-shining jewel into mainstream sludge All public broadcasters are engaged in a constant process of chopping, slicing and reinventing, and every boss spreads his or her own brand of unhappiness

19:00

The Blue Sea ... "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

After her recent axing by Mercurius, the Roman god of financial gain, commerce, trickery and thieves, we offer a big welcome to our erection guru Windi who is visiting Van Diemens Land as the Tasmanian Liberal governments senior advisor on tourism, bovine effluent and methane

18:29

Outrage over Oxfam investigations into paedophiles, sexual misconduct ... "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

use of prostitutes leading to staff dismissals, resignations and cover ups Yesterdays news about NGO Oxfams 2011 internal investigation into allegations against some staff over sexual abuse, harassment and illegal use of prostitutes revealed a totally abhorrent culture within some elements of the world-renowned aid organisation

03:26

Civil society decry FSANZ approval of Golden Rice "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Network calls for global solidarity against commercialization in Bangladesh and Philippines

Laguna, Philippines - The recent release of Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) approval report of International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) application for a Golden Rice safety stamp and trade liability clearance have garnered negative reactions and widespread critique.

Testbiotech, a non-profit organization founded as an Institute for the Independent Impact Assessment of Biotechnology in 2008 in Munich, Germany concluded that the application does not show substantial benefits. Furthermore, the risk assessment as performed by FZANZ is not sufficient to demonstrate safety of food derived from GR2 (Golden Rice 2). Aside from expounding on the questions of nutritional viability and genetic stability of Golden Rice, Testbiotech also criticized lack of toxicological studies, exclaiming that it is self evident that food products with no history of safe use must be subjected to highest standards of risk assessment before the most vunerable groups of the population are exposed to it

Civil society in Australia and New Zealand also challenged the soundness of FSANZ decision and appealed to review its approval. In an open letter, MADGE, GeneEthics and Food Sovereignty Alliance asked the Minister of Food Regulation forum to review FSANZ approval of Golden Rice. It stated that FSANZ is failing its legislated objective to uphold public health and safety, providing adequate information to consumers and to prevent misleading and deceptive conduct. It also pointed out that FSANZ carries no actual safety evaluation and its safety assumption were biased on data provided by IRRI and corporate proponents while ignoring crucial scientific data on the perils of GMOs to human health.

Launched last 2000, Golden Rice (GR) is a genetically engineered rice with the capability to produce beta-carotene, the precursor of Vitamin A and touted to address malnutrition and Vitamin A Deficiency (VAD). Billions of dollars have been poured into i...

01:58

Eight Films To See At The Brisbane Queer Film Festival 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The Brisbane Queer Film Festival is returning next month with a diverse selection of comedies, documentaries and dramas on offer. From March 8, some of the best queer films from Australia and around the world will screen at the festivals home at New Farm Cinemas in Brisbane. The theme this year Were all the ...

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04:20

Noosas Rainbow River Festival Is Returning Next Month "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Noosa on Queenslands Sunshine Coast will again play host to the annual Rainbow River Festival next month. The post-Mardi Gras event is an LGBTIQ-inclusive party which started in 2016 and is now an annual celebration of diversity in the picturesque region. Organisers are excited to welcome locals and visitors to join in the festivities to ...

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01:08

Swatting Leftists in 6 Easy Steps: Part One Read and Prepare "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

TMRs special on swatting leftists begins in earnest with Part One: Read and Prepare. In case you missed the foreword, its here.

For obvious reasons (to non-leftists), reading and preparing are arguably the most important things you can do when it comes to debating and you need to get started on both of them long before you go leftie hunting.

Reading without preparing is similar to having strategy without tactics (i.e. the slowest route to victory) a principle often attributed to Sun Tzu. Preparing without reading on the other hand would make you a leftist.

It feels a bit silly recommending obvious things like reading. However, the simple fact is that people simply do not read stuff, let alone the stuff theyre going to mouth-off to other people on. Given that were supposed to be experiencing the age of information, it amazes me how little interest people actually have in helping themselves to some of it. I guess some things will never change which creates a big opportunity when it comes to the next self-righteous leftist that comes preaching your way.

By reading and preparing, I dont mean cram a few articles just before a debate like a university student does to pass an exam. I also dont mean read The Sydney Morning Herald every day (and nothing else) and then call yourself informed. If all you do is watch either or both Sunrise and the 6.00 nightly news, then please stop reading here. This article is not for you. I think Millionaire Hotseat might be on. Off you go.

When it comes to reading, I mean:

  • stop scrolling through your social media news feeds and informing yourself about what people (who you dont even make the time to see anymore) ate for dinner last night;
  • read, re-read, watch videos, listen to radio shows and podcasts and any other forms of media you can sensibly learn from and immerse yourself in a wide variety of opinions (including some phenomenally moronic ones) on whatever it is you are going to have a debate on; and
  • check and re-check the opinions by looking up basic and non-negotiable facts on the topic.

On top of these things, you must also:

  • understand how leftists form their o...

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Monday, 19 February

07:20

Zero G - 19 February 2018 Episode 1172 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

ZERO-G #1172

Title: I PANTHER ABAMINYAM Podcast Title: Black Podther

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Historical Radio with Rob Jan & Megan McKeough. This week: Black Panther Special!

 

For playlists, show notes, and news see the 3RRR website at:

http://www.rrr.org.au/program/zero-g/playlists

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Zero G broadcasts live from Melbourne Australia on Mondays at 1pm AEST

06:34

The Stairwell Project and Cancer Care Services "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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November 22, 2017 Stairwell Project team member Ian Ahles [ Classical Guitar] with bone marrow recipient patient, Jim Usher in ward 5C, Royal Brisbane and Womens Hospital [ RBWH] Cancer Care Services [Haematology]. 

The little but big idea that live music performed in the open spaces and wards of a large city hospital is a positive factor in raising staff morale, improving patient recovery and reducing health care costs is gaining momentum. Documented international research is finding traction in policy and funding development while in Australia via a range of new ventures such as   The Hush Foundation  where live music in all kinds of combinations is  being slowly introduced onto hospital campuses. The Stairwell Projects pilot project in Cancer Care Services at RBWH was part of this evolution of new aspects of health care at the RBWH from November 2017 January 2018. We were invited by the RBWH Cancer Care Ser...

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Live Jazz Events in Sydney "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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Monday, 19 February 2018

Jazz & Latin Open Mic Jam: The World Bar, 24 Bayswater Rd, POTTS POINT (7pm, contact Host)

Jazz Jam & Games Night: Venue 505, 280 Cleveland St, SURRY HILLS (8.30pm, 0419-294755)

New Orleans Beats: LazyBones Lounge, Level 2, 294 Marrickville Rd, MARRICKVILLE (8.30pm, $15, 0450-008563)

Paul Sun (Duo)...

Thursday, 15 February

20:18

QNews Magazine Issue #448 | February 16, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

From the Print Editor Tim Passmore: Welcome to our new edition where youll find our signature mix of LGBTIQ news, features and events relevant to our local community. Its a great pleasure to showcase Queensland comedian Mel Buttle ahead of her appearances at the Brisbane Comedy Festival. Were also pleased to bring you a thoughtful ...

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