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Thursday, 19 April


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

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



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

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


Camping at Yandilla, Conondale Range "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Masked Owl

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

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



Employment growth stalls "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Stall speed

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

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

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

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

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

Unemployment steady

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


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

MACKAY April 19, 2018 at 10:11AM ,

Off-duty Mackay officer allegedly assaulted by gang

April 19, 2018 at 10:11AM ,

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

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

MACKAY April 19, 2018 at 05:36AM ,

Alleged kidnap victim ran screaming for help to stranger

April 19, 2018 at 05:36AM ,

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

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

MACKAY April 19, 2018 at 06:26AM ,

Confessed boy lover breaches sex offender conditions

April 19, 2018 at 06:26AM ,

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

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MACKAY Assault charge, Mackay "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

MACKAY April 19, 2018 at 10:33AM ,

Assault charge, Mackay

April 19, 2018 at 10:33AM ,

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

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

MACKAY April 19, 2018 at 06:26AM ,

Stalker free on bail, awaits sentencing

April 19, 2018 at 06:26AM ,

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

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

MACKAY April 18, 2018 at 10:45PM ,

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

April 18, 2018 at 10:45PM ,

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

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

MACKAY April 19, 2018 at 07:56AM ,

Marian man charged after fatal rollover at Eungella Dam

April 19, 2018 at 07:56AM ,

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

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More delays for Sydneys light rail "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Headlines matter and this is why FixedIt exists.

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


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

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

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

You can read the transcript of the AR ep HERE.


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

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

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

The global situation is unpredictable and inflammable.

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

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

A co-ordinating group will be set up.

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

Shirley Winton
Independent and Peaceful Australia Network

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

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

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

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

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

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




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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, 18 April


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

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


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