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Thursday, 18 October


A feminist ethics of care "IndyWatch Feed National"

Theres an emphasis on self-empowerment within contemporary feminism which I think is hugely important. But I also think that the idea of self-empowerment can become tangled up in capitalisms consumer culture, and social media-driven narcissism, in ways that can warp it into an aggressive individualism. The kind of thinking Im referring to privileges the right to do whatever one wants to do for themselves over anything resembling genuine and thoughtful care for other people.


Malcolm Turnbull publicly lends his support to Kerryn Phelps campaign "IndyWatch Feed National"

A couple of hours ago a Kerryn Phelps campaigner published this to Twitter. Eagle-eyed John Ruddick caught and screen captured Malcolm Turnbull "Liking" the publication. Its true ... Malcolm Turnbull has liked this tweet. He has now joined his kids and put it on the record that he is anti...


The Guardian publishes ASIO's advice on Islamist threats to Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Guardian newspaper has obtained and published this ASIO advice describing the usual reaction by Muslims who don't get what they want. The Guardian cut the memo off at that point, but in the further text revealed that ASIO advised Israeli and Jewish interests remain: enduring target of extremists...


Coal seam gas needs tighter controls in NSW "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Greens have condemned the paltry fine given to gas company Santos for not having appropriate approval for using treated coal seam gas water and called for an increase in penalties for breaches of licences or misconduct.

NSW Greens MLC and Resources spokesperson Jeremy Buckingham said, Santos has today received an inadequate fine for using treated water from its Narrabri coal seam gas operations for irrigation at Leewood without the appropriate approval.

In practice, a $1,500 fine is a slap-on-the-wrist for a big gas company like Santos who see the weak penalties for breaches as merely another cost of doing business.

AGLs attempts to irrigator saline treated coal seam gas water at Gloucester ended in failure. The Santos attempts, even if legalised, will also end in failure.

In the United States, they call irrigating land with coal seam gas water land farming. They basically contaminate the land and let salt tolerant weeds grow.

There are serious questions that remain unanswered about the use of coal seam gas in NSW. The safe disposal of the large amounts of salt and wastewater generated by coal seam gas operations is a massive issue and one companies like Santos have yet to be resolved.

The regulation of coal seam gas is not up to scratch in NSW, with this breach at Narrabri the latest in a long line of breaches and pollution incidents involving various coal seam gas projects.

The Greens call on the Government not to grant any approval for the use of treated coal seam gas water until it can be proven safe and for an increase in penalties for breaches of licences or lack of appropriate approvals, he said.

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Happy 50th birthday to the Australian Army Aviation Corps. Vigilance. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Today the Australian Army Aviation Corps will celebrate their 50th Anniversary with a Parade in Oakey. To all our, current and former serving Aviation Corps members thank you for your service. Australian Army (@AustralianArmy) October 18, 2018


Greens Takedown Their Own MP Jeremy Buckingham Over Multiple Defamation Threats "IndyWatch Feed National"

Greens NSW has issued a rare public rebuke to one of its own elected members amid revelations the MP has directed multiple legal threats against party members, despite publicly calling for defamation laws to be reformed so that politicians cant abuse them.

In 2015, Greens MLC Jeremy Buckingham and radio shock-jock Alan Jones were sued by then Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner for comments they made in the course of anti-coal seam gas campaigning.

The lawsuit was eventually dropped, prompting Mr Buckingham to publicly call for sweeping changes to defamation laws.

Australia is a robust democracy and criticism of public representatives is an important part of our democratic system. There should be a much higher bar set for politicians to sue for defamation, such as what exists in the United States, he said at the time.

Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham, pictured with Sydney shock-jock Alan Jones. Both were the subject of a defamation action launched by Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner in 2014.

But since then, Mr Buckingham has issued legal threats against at least four current or former members of his own party, three of which are centred around recent allegations that Mr Buckingham sexually assaulted a former Greens staffer, Ella Buckland in 2011.

Mr Buckingham strongly denies the allegations, although Ms Buckland is standing by her claims.

One of those being sued is Tom Raue, the Greens NSW candidate for the seat of Summer Hill. It appears to be unprecedented in NSW political history for a member of a political party to be suing colleagues in the shadow of an upcoming state election.

The fourth legal threat issued by Mr Buckingham just over a year after his public criticisms of defamation laws was against a teenager who described Mr Buckingham as a massive fucking hypocrite in a closed Facebook forum...


Royal Flush: Rain Soaks Drought Tour As Dubbo Cops Try To Shield Prince From Embarrassment Of Our Cruel Immigration Policies "IndyWatch Feed National"

He may be a direct descendant of the family that created the first wave of boat people to Australia, but according to Dubbo Police, Prince Harry shouldnt have to read about Australias cruel and inhumane immigration policies. At least not in the form of a protest banner in the main street of a country town. Chris Graham reports.

Dubbo is perhaps best known internationally for its world class open plains zoo. But yesterday, the eyes of the globe were on the iconic Australian country town for an entirely different reason the arrival of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex (also known as Harry and Meghan) as part of their Royal Tour of Australia to support the Invictus Games (helpfully sponsored by major weapons manufacturers).

The newly wedded couple were in Dubbo to see first-hand the effects of the drought gripping large parts of NSW. That was somewhat spoilt by an untimely downpour, although in a few weeks time Dubbo and surrounds will likely be back where they started before the Brits brought the rain.

Even so, the wet didnt dampen the spirits of Dubbo residents (from an official population of 39,000, an estimated 30,000 turned out for a community barbecue). That job, at least in the minds of Dubbo Police, was left to local resident Laura Volkofsky, who decided to mark the visit by reminding local residents the Royal Tour probably wasnt going to extend to other parts of the Pacific namely Manus Island and Nauru. You know, where we jail men, women and children seeking asylum. Indefinitely.

A screen cap of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, pictured in Dubbo yesterday as part of their Royal Tour.

And thats how Ms Volkofsky came to hang a protest banner from her apartment window in the main street of Dubbo, only to have local police arrive and ask her to take it down. Because, while it may still be legal in Australia to express a political opinion, the Royals shouldnt have to read about it. Right?

Ms Volkofsky who lives above a florists shop in Talbragar Street in the CBD hung the offending sign up on Tuesday night. It read, ARE MANUS AND NAURU ON THE ROYAL ITINERARY? BLOOD ON OUR HANDS. By Wednesday morning, local police were on the case.



AFTINET disappointed at Senate majority approval of TPP-11 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Media Release 17 September 2018 

AFTINET is deeply disappointed that the Senate looks set to pass the TPP-11 implementing legislation, AFTINET Convener Dr Patricia Ranald said today.

Progressive civil society groups, including public health, environment, aid and development groups, churches and unions have played a leading role in exposing the dangers of the TPP-11 in what has been an eight-year public debate.

This has been reflected in the opposition to the TPP-11 from the Greens and Centre Alliance, ALP policy against many TPP-11 provisions, and a fierce internal ALP debate. We thank all parliamentarians who have spoken out against the TPP.

We remain deeply disappointed that the ALP caucus majority decided to support the TPP-11 implementing legislation." 

People are concerned because the TPP-11 is not mainly about traditional trade issues like tariffs. It has an unprecedented 30 chapters, including ones on temporary workers, trade in services, financial services, telecommunications, electronic commerce, competition policy, state owned enterprises and regulatory coherence. Most of these treat regulation as if it were a tariff to be frozen and then reduced over time, and not to be increased.

This structure suits global companies but restricts future governments from regulating in the public interest. Our experience of the global financial crisis, the banking royal commission, escalating climate change and the exploitation of vulnerable temporary workers tells us that governments need to have the capacity to change regulation in the public interest.

The TPP-11 also includes special legal rights for foreign investors to bypass national courts and sue governments in unfair international tribunals if they can argue that a change in law or policy harmed their investment, known as Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS).

The agreement will also mean increased numbers of vulnerable temporary migrant workers from six TPP countries without first testing if local workers are available.


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Simultaneous co-detection of wild-type and vaccine strain measles virus using the BD MAX system. "IndyWatch Feed National"

PMID:  Pathology. 2018 Jun ;50(4):450-454. Epub 2018 May 8. PMID: 29752126 Abstract Title:  Simultaneous co-detection of wild-type and vaccine strain measles virus using the BD MAX system. Abstract:  Despite the reported elimination of measles virus in Australia, importation of cases from endemic countries continues to lead to secondary local transmission and outbreaks. Rapid laboratory confirmation of measles is paramount for individual patient management and outbreak responses. Further, it is important to rapidly distinguish infection from wild-type virus or vaccine strains to guide public health responses. We developed a high throughput, TaqMan-based multiplex reverse-transcription-polymerase chain reaction (PCR) assay using the BD MAX platform (Becton Dickinson) that simultaneously detects measles virus and differentiates between wild-type and vaccine strains without the need for sequencing.

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The criminalisation of women seeking abortion to end in Queensland, but still a reality in NSW "IndyWatch Feed National"

Queensland women will finally have the freedom to decide what is right for their bodies with the passing of the Termination of Pregnancy Bill in the Queensland Parliament last night.

The new law decriminalises abortion and respects the right of every person to decide what is right for them in consultation with their doctor up to 22 weeks of pregnancy. Thereafter, two doctors will need to consider an abortion appropriate. Safe access zones around abortion clinics will also become law and protect the dignity, privacy and safety of women seeking reproductive healthcare. 

Adrianne Walters, senior lawyer at the Human Rights Law Centre commended the MPs who voted in support of equality, dignity and reproductive freedom.

Every single one of us should have the freedom to decide what is right for our bodies and lives. Its fantastic to see the Queensland Parliament make that a reality in law for women across the state. We congratulate the Queensland Government for driving this critical reform, said Walters

New South Wales now remains the only state that has not reformed its abortion laws in over 100 years. Abortion sits in criminal laws written in 1900.

NSW now stands shamefully alone in failing to reform its abortion laws. Every day, women in NSW are treated as second class citizens when it comes to accessing healthcare by the criminalisation of abortion, said Walters. 

Politicians across the divide should take notice  abortion laws in NSW defy community values, undermine modern medical practice and are hopelessly out of step with common sense. They must be modernised, said Walters. 

For interviews call:

Michelle Bennett, Director of Communications, Human Rights Law Centre, 0419 100 519


Declaration from the 2018 Food Sovereignty Convergence "IndyWatch Feed National"

We representatives of small-scale farmers, fishers, agricultural workers, indigenous peoples, women, youth, eaters, and NGOs came together from across Australia to meet on the traditional lands of the Ngunnawal, Ngambri, and Ngarigu peoples, paying our respect to elders past and present. At the 2018 Food Sovereignty Convergence we celebrated the opportunity to meet each other to continue weaving alliances, building solidarity, and strengthening our commitment to defend our right to democratically participate in food and agriculture systems.

We recognise the Original Owners and their role in caring for this land for over 60,000 years, their long history of growing food in ethical and ecologically-sound ways, and their careful maintenance of biodiversity before and since Invasion. We re-affirm our support for the Uluru Statement from the heart, which asserts that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander tribes were the first sovereign Nations of the Australian continent and its adjacent islands, and possessed it under their own laws and customs.

We affirmed our commitment to food sovereignty, which promotes everyones right to access culturally-appropriate and nutritious food grown and distributed in ethical and ecologically-sound ways, and our right to democratically determine our own food and agriculture systems.

The Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance (AFSA) today celebrates an historical achievement as we unanimously voted to amend our constitution to make AFSA explicitly farmer led. While in practice we have for some years been an alliance of farmers and allies with a clear focus on radically transforming the food system from the ground up, the new constitution gives farmers control of decisions that have a material impact on their efforts to grow food ethically and ecologically. If youre not a farmer, you must be an ally, and if youre not an ally you have to ask yourself why not? AFSAs farmers are not interested in the old silo mentality we work in solidarity with the full range of other actors in the system for the radical transformation so desperately needed.

Agroecology is recognized by the UN as the best way to feed the world. In Australia, regenerative farming is on the rise, and AFSA hopes to support an evolving conversation that acknowledges agroecologys potential to extend the movements progress on ecological improvements to farming to also include social and economic improvements embedded in the principles and practices of agroecology.

Small-scale farmers are struggling to maintain access to critical supply chain infrastructure that is owned by a shrinking number of corporations. AFSA is committed to supporting communities to take control of the means of production, and are helping farmers and allies to network and develop cooperative model...


Shame on Germany, and Who Needs Flu Shots? "IndyWatch Feed National"

by Mary W Maxwell, LLB

Does everybody have to get into the act?  How is Deutschland involved in the law enforcement aspect of 9-11? Im printing below, in full, the news release from Associated Press about one of the 9-11 suspects (no, not Dick Cheney, sorry) being sent, in the Year of Our Lord 2018 (or, if you prefer, 2018 CE), to Morocco from a German prison.

You dont really need to read it, as it contains nothing of interest other than the fact that media around the world will carry it. (Gee I wish theyd carry yesterdays Gumshoe spectacular on the Family Law Court.)

There is an upside to it.  Just as we need to get booster shots every decade or so to keep up the Oswald-shot-Kennedy myth, the MSM apparently feels its time for a generic booster on the 9-11 affair.  So long as the article contains a few words like court the attackers or Mohammed Atta, the medias expectation is that...


Hail storm kills 400 kangaroos and 150 goats in New South Wales, Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

A flash storm that ripped through parts of drought ravaged Far West New South Wales has left a trail of death and destruction for two grazier families. Up to 400 kangaroos were found dead on Avondale station near Broken Hill, with the neighbouring property left to clean up over $20,000 worth of dead stock. Tegan Langford said what began as joy and elation over the much-needed rain, later turned into utter disbelief. "It was very eerie down there. It looked like something out of a movie where they say the world is going to end. Everything was just dead."


Assange to get internet service restored "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Ben Wilson

According to a statement issued by the Ecuadorian embassy in London on Sunday, Julian Assange may have his internet connection restored in part.

According to WikiLeaks, this came about after a meeting in Ecuador between the countrys president Lenin Moreno and two senior United Nations officials, the Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi and Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the freedom of opinion and expression David Kaye.

There is little doubt that the enormous international movement in support of Assange has been a major factor, which is making the matter quite awkward for the Moreno government.

The move against Assange was influenced by a combination of Morenos policy to get closer to Washington, and pressure applied by Spain over Julian Assanges comments over the Catalan independence movement.

Restoration of internet access, even if it is with restrictions is a significant victory for Assange and WikiLeaks. He will also be allowed to have visitors. Personally, this restores connection with colleagues, parents and children.

The down side is that what might be considered political comments are not allowed. How this is going to pan out is not known yet.

Washington is showing no indication of giving up its eight-year effort to get Assange on what are widely regarded as fabricated charges of espionage.

Assange gained refuge in the Ecuadorian embassy, after the British government moved to have him extradited to Sweden for questioning over sexual assault allegations that have since been dropped. Assange and his advisors strongly believed that this was a mechanism to have him rendered over to the United States.

The Australian government, setting its working relationship with Washington as its first priority, refused and continues to refuse to act for Assange, who is an Australian citizen. Not good enough. It is  a serious dereliction of duty. Every citizen would expect that our government would intervene to make sure that there is no violation of basic human rights and there is proper legal process. When this gives way to political expediency, something is terribly wrong.

It is no secret that Julian Assange is being sought for the exposure of inconvenient truths, like the scale of political corruption and the massive corporate global tax avoidance system. This should never be forgotten.

Donate to the WikiLeaks legal defence fund.
Shop at the official WikiLeaks shop.
Explore WikiLeaks publications.

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Australian govt lambasted after supporting 'It's OK to be white' 4chan meme as policy "IndyWatch Feed National"

A 4chan meme nearly became official Australian policy after the country's ruling party backed a motion that declared "It's OK to be white." The government claims it mistakenly supported the resolution and called for a re-vote. Some 23 members of the ruling Liberal-National Coalition, including several cabinet members, voted in favor of a motion introduced by Senator Pauline Hanson - the leader of the anti-immigrant One Nation party - which lamented the "deplorable rise of anti-white racism and attacks on Western civilization," while stressing that "It is OK to be white." The Senate ultimately voted 31 to 28 to reject the motion - but the ruling coalition's support for the failed declaration sparked condemnation from opposition parties and commentators, who claimed that the term "It's OK to be white" is a popular slogan used by white supremacists and neo-Nazis. The government immediately went into damage control, claiming that it had mistakenly supported the resolution and agreed to...


Probably the Most Controversial Interview I Have EVER Given "IndyWatch Feed National"

This interview is about Ted Gunderson, John DeCamp, and a lot of things Franklin Credit


Israeli effort to punish BDS activists for Lorde cancellation is backfiring "IndyWatch Feed National"

Last year the New Zealand pop star Lorde cancelled her performance in Israel due to the persuasion of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions activists (BDS), sparked by a letter written by New Zealand activists Justine Sachs and Nadia Abu-Shanab, who are respectively of Israeli-Jewish and Palestinian background. Sachs was offered the full kapo (Nazi-traitor) treatment in the Israeli press .

Meantime, Israeli lawfare organization Shurat Hadin, an NGO, carried out a legal crusade to sue the activists, even though they were not in Israel when they penned the letter, and even though Lorde made up her own mind and was neither forced to perform nor to cancel. Shurat Hadin represented three teenage girls, demanding damages be paid by the activists for bringing about the cancellation.

Lorde at the 2014 St Jeromes Laneway Festival in Sydney, Australia (Photo: Annette Geneva/ Wikimedia)

Last week an Israeli court ruled that Sachs and Abu-Shanab must pay damages to Israeli teenagers Shoshana Steinbach, Ayelet Wertzel and Ahuva Frogel totaling more than NZ $18,000 ($11,700). The court found the two New Zealand women damaged the artistic welfare of the three Israeli teenagers, and perpetrated damage to their good name as Israelis and Jews.

Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, president of Shurat HaDin, who filed the suit called the ruling precedent-setting:

This decision makes it clear that anyone who calls for a boycott against the state of Israel could find themselves liable for damages and need to pay compensation to those hurt by the boycott call, if theyre in Israel or outside it. 

But Shoshana, Ayelet and Ahuva, whose artistic welfare and good name are now damaged beyond recognition, can apparently go and cry themselves a river because Justine and Nadia are...


YouTube service goes dark worldwide, users begin to lose their sanity "IndyWatch Feed National"

YouTube has suffered a massive outage, with users from all across the globe rushing to alternative social media platforms to vent their frustration and seek psychological support from fellow victims of #YouTubeDOWN disaster. The video-sharing website experienced a service disruption across the northeastern United States, as well as parts of the West and East Coasts. Users in Australia, Mexico, Brazil and the EU have also been affected, according to thousands of reports on the Down Detector monitoring site. YouTube videos began returning errors around 9pm EST. The site infrastructure was still loading for users, but the videos themselves did not play and were replaced by error messages imploring users to "please try again later."


Government should end discriminatory remote program, not make it worse "IndyWatch Feed National"

People in remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities struggling under the Australian Governments racially discriminatory remote work-for-the-dole program would be left with less money to survive if a Bill before Parliament passes.

Aboriginal Peak Organisations NT, the National Congress of Australias First Peoples and the Human Rights Law Centre have called on the Australian Parliament to reject the Social Security Legislation Amendment (Community Development Program) Bill 2018 currently before the Senate.

The Bill would impose a new penalty system called the Targeted Compliance Framework onto remote communities already subject to the Governments remote Community Development Program (CDP).

One of the most alarming parts of the Targeted Compliance Framework would see vulnerable people cycling through 1, 2 and 4 week no-payment penalties, with little avenue to escape and no option for waivers, no matter how much debt, hunger or pain this causes.

Rod Little, Co-Chair of National Congress, urged Parliament not to pass a Bill that will make life harder for many people already struggling to make ends meet in remote communities and will cost government money in other areas.

The punitive approaches applied under programs like CDP are only exacerbating poverty in remote communities and obstructing progress on Closing the Gap targets. National Congress strongly urges the government to reform the CDP in collaboration with First Peoples, rather than dumping a one-size-fits-all penalty system on remote communities, said Mr Little.

The Government has tied an offer to provide 6,000 job subsidies to the introduction of the penalty system into remote areas. Those who get a subsidised job would be excluded.

John Paterson, spokesperson for Aboriginal Peak Organisations NT, said that while subsidies for new jobs was a step in the right direction, the Governments proposal falls far short of the alternative model Fair Work and Strong Communities that was handed to the Government by Aboriginal organisations in 2017.

This attempt to offer small job subsidies in one hand, while forcing a harsh new penalty system on remote communities in the other, shows again that the Australian Government does not want to listen.

Aboriginal people want to take up the reins and drive community development. Our proposal for a new model for fair work and strong remote communities is sitting on the Governments desk but being ignored, said Mr Paterson.

CDP workers currently have to work up to 500 hours more per year than those covered by the non-remote Jobactive program. As a result people under CDP are struggling to keep up and ar...


ACT Police launches Water Police Unit for 6,000 square metre Lake Barely Tolerable "IndyWatch Feed National"

Lake Burley Griffin is 6 square kilometres of water. Tomorrow the Farce that is the AFP has invited all and sundry - particularly sundry aborigines - to the launch of their ACT Water Police boats. Yes, B-O-A-T-S plural.


Australian legal system: unaffordable and out of reach "IndyWatch Feed National"

If you are in pursuit of justice* then the following document may be of benefit to you.

Some people may say that the 'system' is broken, but it is not.

It is functioning just the way the law makers intended, after all it is they who installed those laws not by accident, but rather careful planning with three readings in parliament, checked against the Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act 1900 (UK), right?

* the law is not about 'justice' but rather equity, as stated in the High Court matter of Andrews v ANZ [2012]


For the Pacific its always about cash: Australian Environment Minister in diplomatic incident over climate change "IndyWatch Feed National"

Environment Minister Melissa Price has been accused of offending a key Pacific leader by declaring the region was always seeking cash from Australia, sparking a political dispute over her alleged remarks at a Canberra restaurant on Tuesday night.

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Environment Minister Melissa Price

Ms Price is said to have told former Kiribati president Anote Tong, a nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize, that she had her chequebook ready to deal with his demands for cash.

The ministers office has declared the account to be completely untrue but the contested exchange triggered a rebuke over the ministers treatment of a key friend of Australia in the Pacific.

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Former Kiribati president Anote Tong

Ms Price told Parliament she 100 per cent disagreed with the account of her remarks to Mr Tong.

Mr Tong, who led Kiribati from 2003 to 2016, was dining with Labor senator Pat Dodson, Edmund Rice Centre director Phil Glendenning and Oxfam climate change expert Simon Bradshaw at La Rustica restaurant in the Canberra suburb of Kingston and was introduced to Ms Price, who was dining with staff close by.

Mr Glendenning told Fairfax Media that Ms Price discussed a possible meeting with Mr Tong and then made a remark about demands for cash.

Ms Price asked Mr Tong why he was in Canberra and was told by Senator Dodson that the former Kiribati leader was in Australia to talk about climate change and was hoping to have a meeting with her.

Is it about the cash? Ms Price replied, according to Mr Glendenning.

Its always about the cash. Ive got my chequebook over there. How much do you want?

A spokesman for Ms Price denied this account and said the minister told Mr Tong that Australia cared very deeply about the Pacific, before suggesting they set up a meeting at some point.

Senator Dodson wrote to Ms Price on Wednesday to criticise the discourteous and offensive behaviour and to ask her to apologise to Mr Tong.

In his letter, Senator Dodson relayed his account of the words the minister spoke.

I know why youre here. It is for the cash. For the Pacific its always about the cash. I have my chequebook here. How much...


How to corrode your social licence in nine easy steps "IndyWatch Feed National"

A lesson from the Australian Government.

Privacy missteps are eroding the publics trust in the Governments ability to achieve ambitious digital projects, and risking trust in the very notion of government itself.

The corrosive effects of privacy debacles are cumulative, with hashtag-worthy government disasters like #Censusfail colliding in public consciousness with the re-identification of MBS/PBS data, bumping up against the cruelty of #Robodebt and the stupidity of declaring a war on maths, and flaring into outrage at a Ministers unpunished disclosure of a welfare recipients personal information to a journalist.

Each privacy catastrophe eats away at the publics trust in successive government projects, before they even get off the ground. Reasons people have given for opting out of the My Health Record system have included fear of misuse by the government of the day, citing both Robodebt and the weaponisation of Centrelink records by Minister Tudge.  And then in turn, mistrust in My Health Record has been referenced in multiple submissions to PM&Cs Issues Paper on the proposed Data Sharing & Release Bill, as a way of illustrating the dangers of proceeding without caution and due respect for privacy and security.

As tech commentator Stilgherrian noted on the day the opt-out process opened and the system crashed because of the level of demand When citizens rush to opt out of an Australian government service, it says something about their levels of trust.  When the system falls over under heavy load, it proves them right.

Waleed Aly has drawn together the Governments disregard for the privacy of individual citizens with recent revelations about political interference with the ABC: the pact is broken this is a time of unprecedented demands, unprecedented capitulations and inevitab...


Two-Thirds of Appendectomies May Be Unnecessary "IndyWatch Feed National"

You've probably heard that your appendix is a useless organ, an artifact from our ancient past when early humans had to digest tree bark and other fibrous materials.1 However, modern medical science has again proven your body does not contain superfluous organs that serve no useful function.

Unfortunately, the idea that your appendix is little more than a nuisance and potential health risk has led to the routine removal of this organ. Many doctors will even suggest prophylactic removal of the appendix when you're having some other abdominal surgery done. As noted in a 2017 paper:2

"Appendectomy is the most common emergency surgery performed in the USA. Removal of a noninflamed appendix during unrelated abdominal surgery (prophylactic or incidental appendectomy) can prevent the downstream risks and costs of appendicitis. It is unknown whether such a strategy could be cost saving for the health system."

Based on hypothetical patient cohorts aged 18 to 80, the researchers concluded that people under the age of 30 could save about $130 over their lifetime by undergoing prophylactic appendectomy during other elective abdominal surgery. However, considering the potential benefits of keeping your appendix, saving $130 over a lifetime doesn't seem very good value proposition.

Your Appendix Has an Immune Function

Your appendix is found in the lower right portion of your abdomen. This small, slimy, finger-shaped organ is attached to the cecum, a small pouch that's part of the intestines (the cecum is considered to be the beginning of the large intestine) and is part of your gastrointestinal tract.3

According to scientists in France and Australia, your appendix actually plays an important role in your immunity. Published in Nature Immunology, their study showed that the appendix with the help of white blood cells known as innate lymphoid cells (ILCs) works as a reservoir for beneficial bacteria (probiotics), which are essential for good gut health and healing from infections.4

When certain diseases (or use of antibiotics) eliminate the healthy bacteria in your gut, the appendix works as a storage unit for some of these...


PERTH Barry Urban: Former MP almost arrested again after late court appearance "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Barry Urban: Former MP almost arrested again after late court appearance .

October 16, 2018 at 02:35AM .

Im here, guys, Urban told the waiting media pack outside Perth Magistrates Court on Tuesday, but refused to answer questions before going inside. .



PERTH Former Catholic priest faces fresh allegations of assaulting a boy of seven following 15 charges of "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Former Catholic priest faces fresh allegations of assaulting a boy of seven following 15 charges of .

October 16, 2018 at 03:15PM .

Holmes has already appeared in Perth Magistrates court several times and will face court again later today. Police have said the investigation is .



PERTH Former Catholic priest Patrick Holmes faces 16 child abuse charges "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Former Catholic priest Patrick Holmes faces 16 child abuse charges .

October 16, 2018 at 10:11AM .

A former Catholic priest in Perth is facing a new charge of indecently assaulting a boy, increasing to 16 the number of allegations against him dating .


PERTH Arrest warrant flagged in Perth court for tardy former MP Barry Urban "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Arrest warrant flagged in Perth court for tardy former MP Barry Urban .

October 16, 2018 at 01:11PM .

FORMER MP Barry Urban arrived late to Perth Magistrates Court this morning after the Magistrate threatened to issue a warrant for his arrest. .


PERTH Catholic priest charged with more historic child sex offences "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Catholic priest charged with more historic child sex offences .

October 16, 2018 at 09:26AM .

He is next due to appear before the Perth Magistrates Court today. The investigation is ongoing and detectives urge anyone with any information .



Stormy Daniels fundraising site picked up $586K - now going to Team Trump "IndyWatch Feed National"

This is Stormy Daniels fundraising website for her legal fees in the action against President Trump. I doubt the Lefties who kicked the can knew their money - plus some - would be going to President Trump and his legal team! I My name is Stephanie Clifford (aka Stormy Daniels)....


Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

1.00 AUD = 0.00011 BTC
0.00010 BTC = 0.90 AUD


The XXXX-ing Problem With Australias Industrial Relation Laws "IndyWatch Feed National"

Gutting the rights of Australian workers starts with undermining unions, and the right to collectively protest. And the recent experience of Lion Brewery workers is the case in point, writes Giri Sivaraman.

Last week the owners of Brisbanes iconic XXXX brewery at Milton announced redundancies across a range of roles. This decision, which came during a good faith bargaining process, is just another recent example of the crippling of union strength and activism, which has been systematic for many years now in this country.

United Voice called out brewery owners Lion for engaging in a process of casualisation by stealth, but was prevented from protesting and taking industrial action to protect the jobs of existing workers by the Fair Work Commission. As a result, Lion will be allowed to bring on cheap labour hire workers whilst the existing brewery employees lose their jobs.

The ability of unions to advocate for better standards and galvanise support amongst members has been crippled by employers and regulators for decades. Removing the right to strike on fundamental issues like a cap on the use of casual labour or the employment of contractors undermines the existing workforce.

The right to strike and protest unfair treatment is an essential tool used by unions and workers to promote better workplace conditions and take action on key workplace issues. Its a fundamental measure of the democratic values that Australia boasts. However, severe restrictions on this right cast a heavy pall over unions.

Even raising awareness of worker exploitation comes with its own risks as successive conservative governments also moved to enforce prohibitive penalties against unions, their officers and individual employees for sympathy strikes. Just this week construction workers were fined for taking part in a rally about workers rights.

Historically, unions have been instrumental in monitoring and enforcing employers compliance with minimum workplace standards. However, due to continued and sustained attacks from conservative governments, union powers to investigate and prosecute employer contraventions of labour and safety laws have been greatly eroded.

This has been exacerbated by the rigid right of entry laws which continue to operate under the current legislative regime, under which mistakes in giving notice of entry can lead to complete exclusion from the workplace. Stopping work because of a suspected safety breach is also a high-risk activity for unions as fines and damages for unlawful strikes can lead to enormous penalties and damages.

Under national OHS harmonisation unions have lost the right to commence prosecution for unsafe workplaces, and prosecution of underpayment is also a costly and time-consuming process that can take many months or yea...


Woman Says Shes Still Shaking After Finding the Worlds Oldest Message In A Bottle "IndyWatch Feed National"

Shells, nightmarish sea monsters, even trash  the ocean doesnt skimp on the weird stuff it sends washing ashore. However, its rare to stumble upon something that turns out to be worthy of a museum showcase. Yet, thats exactly what happened to a family in Australia, who randomly discovered the worlds oldest message in a bottle while casually []


Unionising democracy "IndyWatch Feed National"

Last week, people gathered around the Opera House in Sydney, disgusted by how politicians had allowed a World Heritage public space to be sold off to the destructive and predatory gambling industry. As the protest swelled, it was reported how the whole kitchen staff from the Bennelong restaurant gathered at their windows and gave the protesters a standing ovation. While a worker takeover of the Opera House seems unlikely, it also seems instinctively no less fair to give them a say in how their workplace is run.


Australian Government to fly United Nations flag on our buildings next week "IndyWatch Feed National"

"The United Nations Flag should be flown together with the Australian National Flag all day on Wednesday, 24 October 2018, from all buildings and establishments occupied by Australian Government departments and affiliated agencies." We should be disengaging from the UN - not promoting it. This is one easy and cheap...


A Woodsrunner's Diary: Pretty Please, Sign This Petition. "IndyWatch Feed National"

A Woodsrunner's Diary: Pretty Please, Sign This Petition.: If you have a reason for not signing this petition, I would be most grateful if you could explain your point of view. It would help me to un...


LGBTI groups, leaders and allies call on Government to protect trans and gender diverse students and teachers "IndyWatch Feed National"

Today 50 organisations called on the Morrison Government to amend outdated anti-discrimination laws to ensure all lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people are treated with fairness and equality.

Read the joint LGBTI community statement with the full 50 signatories here.

Last week, following leaks of the 20 recommendations from the Religious Freedom Review, many Australians were outraged to learn that under current anti-discrimination laws, schools and other services run by religious bodies are legally able to discriminate against LGBTI children, clients and workers. 

The Government has committed to repealing discrimination law exemptions that allow religious schools to turn away and expel gay students, however there has been no commitment to protect trans and gender diverse children, or workers in schools. 

Jo Hirst, author, advocate and mother of a trans child, said:

We know that trans and gender diverse students achieve their best academic and mental health outcomes when they are supported by both their families and their school environment. Every student should have the right to be safe and accepted in their school community.

Our trans and gender diverse students just want to be able to attend school with their friends like every other student without fear and discrimination.

Anna Brown, director of legal advocacy with the Human Rights Law Centre and co-chair of the Equality Campaign, said:

Australians voted for fairness and equality this time last year, not discrimination against LGBT people. Kids in schools should be worrying about classes and their homework, not living in fear of mistreatment because of who they are.

All children should be accepted for who they are at school. Every person should be able to do their job without having to hide who they are. Every school should be inclusive of all types of families. We should all be able to access publicly available services free from discrimination.

The very genesis of this inquiry was the deeply flawed idea that equality for LGBTIQ people somehow poses a threat to religious freedom. We reject this utterly, and remain concerned that conservative religious forces within the Coalition will be extracting their price for marriage equality. There should be no price paid for equ...


Americas Military Delusions, and The Smell of Peace in the Air "IndyWatch Feed National"

The West got a fresh jolt from Moscow in early September. Russian armed forces held a military exercise, called Vostok-18 on a scale not seen since the early 1980s.

by G5

On 6 November, 2018, the People of America need to decide if they made a mistake on 8 November, 2016.

Remember that the emergency powers edged into place by Obamawere to be used by HRC [Hilary Clinton] to shut down American Democracy (what remains) and take full dictatorial control removing the Constitution with its Bill of Rights. Elections suspended and America run by executive dictate. If Obama didnt get...


Many digitised Australian periodicals now available for download "IndyWatch Feed National"


Thanks to the combined efforts of the Swedish Archives for the Unexplained (AFU); UK researcher Isaac Koi; Boston based researcher Barry Greenwood; and myself, a large collection of Australian UAP periodicals has now been digitised and is available for you to read online.

Why bother with old magazines?

I can think of a number of reasons:

1. If you are looking for accounts of older Australian sightings, you could go to the Internet. However, I find many Internet sources lacking in detail. By going to a periodical, you can often find the original researched report on a sighting. Many of these old magazines carry a far more detailed account of a sighting than you will ever find on a website. In days gone by, Australian UAP groups actually investigated, analysed and reported on sightings, unlike today's Australian groups who post without carrying out an investigation, or publishing a detailed account.  Personally, when I am checking on an older sighting, the first thing I do is to look out for a digitised periodical.

2. Several hundred individuals within Australia have had an interest in the topic of UAP over the years, since the early 1950s's. Many of these have contributed, either in a small way, or to a larger extent, to our collective research knowledge. However, due to the passage of time, many of the original Australian researchers are no longer with us.

One way to acknowledge their contribution, is to browse through various issues of periodicals, and take note of when they were involved, and what they wrote about. In these older periodicals, you will find stimulating discussions, debates, and speculation about the phenomenon. Don't reinvent the wheel when you can read some one's discussion from the 1950's.

3. Another thing w...


Why the TPP-11 benefits corporations at our expense "IndyWatch Feed National"

17 October 2018: AFTINET convener Dr Patricia Ranalds explainer article about the TPP-11 was published in The Conversation on October 16.

It explains why the deal does not deliver economic gains, gives more rights to corporations at the expense of the public interest and why Labors pledge to make changes after ratification is unlikely to be delivered.

Read it here >>


Growing Up With Plenty of Books Could Give You An Advantage With These 3 Life Skills "IndyWatch Feed National"

While it is common knowledge that reading can be a powerful learning tool, we may have been underestimating its power in our development. If youre someone that prefers books over television you might be better off than you think.

A recent study has found that those who read during their adolescent years enhance their adult literacy skills, numeracy skills, and technology skills. Immersing yourself in those books really might have made a lasting impact on your later educational standing. For this study, a group of researchers used data from the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies also known as the PIAAC. This for those who might not know was a survey that holds data collected from 31 different countries around the world.

The abstract of this study goes as follows:

A growing body of evidence supports the contention of scholarly culture theory that immersing children in book-oriented environments benefits their later educational achievement, attainment, and occupational standing. These findings have been interpreted as suggesting that book-oriented socialization, indicated by home library size, equips youth with life-long tastes, skills, and knowledge. However, to date, this has not been directly assessed. Here, we document advantageous effects of scholarly culture for adult literacy, adult numeracy, and adult technological problem-solving. Growing up with home libraries boosts adult skills in these areas beyond the benefits accrued from parental education or own educational or occupational attainment. The effects are log-linear, with greatest returns to the growth in smaller libraries. Our evidence comes from regressions with balanced repeated replicate weights estimated on data from 31 societies which participated in the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) between 2011 and 2015.

They found that the greater the number of books the higher proficiencies. These results are quite impressive. Teens with lower levels of secondary education that came from book filled homes were just as literate and progressed as university graduates were when it really came down to things.

Dr. Joanna Sikora from the Australian National University who worked on the study told The Guardian as follows:

As expected, respondents education, occupational status, and reading activities at home are strong predictors of superior literacy nearly everywhere, but respondents clearly benefit from adolescent exposure to books a...

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Mehreen Faruqi lecture series, "What does or does not have a place in Australia" "IndyWatch Feed National"

The white supremacy the Government voted for yesterday has no place in Australia. My speech in the @AuSenate just now #auspol Mehreen Faruqi (@MehreenFaruqi) October 16, 2018


Here But By The Grace Of Murdoch Go All Of Us "IndyWatch Feed National"

The system is broken, and one man is exploiting it for his own hard right ideology, writes Glenn Scott.

We have a monopoly problem in Australia. Weve known about it for some time, but it never seemed that significant. As much as the monopolies seemed to control the narrative, the narrative appeared to reflect what Australia was truly thinking.

If you disagreed with the narrative, you could push back. News Corp, for one, was always on the right, but not on the extreme right. Perhaps it reflected your grandparents or parents views of things.

But now, the tide has changed. Murdoch has found the arrhythmia in the heart of democracy; its not about convincing all of the people all of the time, or some of the people all of the time. Its about convincing a select few at the exact right moment.

Its possible he discovered it during the Brexit fight, when the Leave campaign was taking illegal donations and misleading British citizens about the effects of Brexit. The British voted 51.9% for leave and 48.1% for remain. Opinion quickly shifted, but it was too late. The rollercoaster had started and now Theresa May sits at the front, unable to do anything except watch as the country rides the loops and turns. She doesnt have the stomach to walk back up the tracks and get the ticket money back.

He had definitely discovered it by Americas 2016 presidential election. While Russia hacked emails, spread disinformation and routinely met with Trump campaign officials and Assange engaged in optimally timed releases of stolen emails, Murdochs flagship Fox News was running hard at every divisive issue it could.

An army of law and order Bush sycophants had happily turned into a battalion of far-fringe dwellers with white nationalist talking points and a soft perspective on Russian interference but a hard-line on email security.

The history of Fox News is well-known Murdoch and Ailes werent after fair and balanced reporting, they were after social and political change. They filled the air with nonsense. Their work, the Russian interference and a few inopportune moments along the way led to three key states turning the election. Murdoch didnt need 51.9% of the vote, he just needed 107,000 more votes across three states.

Clintons three million vote win didnt matter if you won Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. Murdoch was again the beneficiary of a strategy that did not require convincing a maj...


DNA Testing Reveal That The Aborigines Of Australia Have The Most Ancient Culture In The World "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Mayuk Saha

A study on genetics published in the journal Nature has proved that the Aborigines descended from people who migrated to Australia around 58,000 years ago. Titled A Genomic History of Aboriginal Australia, this is the first time that such a genetic study has been conducted. The results are ground breaking as they show that these ancestors make up the worlds oldest known culture.

Conducted at Cambridge University under the supervision of Professor Eske Willerslev, elders from the aboriginal tribes in Australia were also part of this team. Genetic sequencing with the genes of a number of Indigenous Australians and some natives of New Guinea extracted from their saliva was achieved. Prior to this, the same study had only been conducted on three people. The subjects in the study came from many places, some quite far from each other.

Earlier, experts did wonder if the recent generations of Indigenous communities had descended from the very first set of people to live in Australia. Their theories have now been confirmed. Being the most thorough study of its kinds, it has also proved that all of us are descended from the same group of ancestors who migrated out of Africa.
In Australia, this migration happened when the ancestors of the Papuans and the Aborigines moved along with others a little over 70,000 years ago. They then separated from that group some 14,000 years later and were most likely the first of our kind to make it across a large water body like an ocean. This group landed in Sahul, the landmass that broke into separate pieces to become the plac...


Jews Of Wentworth Dont Share A Single Brain Stem, Morrison Discovers The Hard Way "IndyWatch Feed National"

It turns out, the good Jewish folk of an inner city seat facing a weekend by-election are capable of independent thought. Joshua Dabelstein wonders aloud if the Liberals got the memo.

Scott Morrisons decision to follow Trump in moving our embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem is awkward to say the least.

It shows that he is as scared of the Jews as he is scared of losing the Wentworth by-election. But just like snakes and bears, Jews are definitely more scared of you than you are of them (unlike snakes and bears, they can articulate pretty succinctly as to why that might be).

It just so happens that about 13% of people who live in Wentworth are Jews. Its a safe bet that Scott Morrison knows this.

If Scott Morrison does not know this about an historically safe Liberal seat that his party might be on the verge of losing, then we might be able to believe Dave Sharmas assertion that this foreign policy tactic has nothing to do with trying to impress Jews.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

If we are to believe Sharma, the Liberal candidate replacing Malcolm Turnbull (goodnight sweet prince), then we must ask ourselves: why did Morrison wait until a safe liberal seat full of Jews became a no-longer-safe seat full of Jews to announce that he wanted to do something that he thought Jews would be fond of?

Why wait 10 months after Trumps decision to parrot the strange Zionistic declaration that we as a country ought more zealously celebrate Israels land claims by moving an embassy?

Ill tell you why: because Sharma is a liar and Morrison is a twit.

Morrison is genuinely talking about moving an embassy on the other side of the world under the false assumption that the 13% of the Wentworth voting population who identify as Jewish might care for this hare-brained scheme.

As one of the misrepresented, we do not care or care for where your embassy goes. And the tiny percentage of us who are actually Zionists are always going to vote conservative anyway. Bear in mind that a Zionist in the...


Does Australia Need Feminism? An Interview With Politically Incorrect Phyllis Chesler "IndyWatch Feed National"

Plenty has happened, but what has changed? Dr Megan Rogers interviews an iconic feminist with a unique take, and tales of a remarkable journey that got her there.

Truth comes from the collision of different ideas. The conflict between two mutually inconsistent concepts such as the past and the present plays an essential role in showing us a different perspective. When I began reading Phyllis Cheslers new book A Politically Incorrect Feminist, and then interviewed her, I hoped to gain some insight into why we need feminism in modern-day Australia. I wasnt disappointed.

We live in a time obsessed with the power of now, with the belief that too much time spent in the depths of the past can cause depression and that too much focus on the future can generate anxiety. There is logic to this perspective, scientific research even, and certainly if your goal as an individual is the allusive happiness touted in so many blogs and shiny-covered books then maybe, and it is a maybe, this type of middle ground will keep you safe from emotional highs and lows.

But if we are constantly constrained in the now, how do we acquire the context required for truth? How do we understand political and social movements that have shaped our reality and the ways in which we can use that knowledge to improve the future? Because even if the power of now is supposed to be applied to an individuals timeline, the natural result is that there is also less time spent reflecting on our cultural history.

A Politically Incorrect Feminist delivers history and context in spades. But it is also the best kind of tell-all story: surprisingly funny, shockingly candid and always educational, the memoir provides original insight into the second-wave feminist movement. The book also reminds us (or maybe introduces us to the idea) that we spurn the past at our peril, and that if we value our personal present over history we can become trapped in a never-ending cycle of re-creating the wheel rather than standing on the shoulders of lessons already learnt.

And stand on Cheslers shoulders we should. Talking to the icon is like talking to a Hollywood star. She has a rock and roll presence, she has seen things in her life that most of us will never see and has dedicated her life to womens rights in a way that most of us will never have the guts to do. Reading Cheslers memoir in turn feels like reading a whos who of feminism: Betty Friedan, Gloria Steinem, Simone de Beauvoir, Kate Millet, Vivien Gornick, Rita Mae Brown, the list goes on.

One night at a party in Cambridge poet Adrienne Rich walked up to Chesler, You have revolutionalised mental health for women, she said. I have come to pay my respects.

Cheslers professional life began in psychology, but later she taught one of the fir...


U.S. Embassy Issues Apology Over Accidental Invites To Cat Pajama Party "IndyWatch Feed National"

Some things are just too good to be true. Sadly, this is one of them.

Last week, a curious email was sent out by the U.S. Department of State that deviated from the typical subject matter one might expect from the tight-buttoned government institution. The correspondence, labeled "Meeting", contained a photo of an adorable cat wearing a Cookie Monster onesie while holding a plate of cookies.

Recipients of the email were apparently being invited to something called a "cat pajama-jam."

Um, invitation accepted, obviously but then the truth came out.

Credit: Twitter/joshgnosis

Though it's unclear how widespread the email was, it seems regions Down Under may have been the epicenter.

Officials at the U.S. Embassy in Canberra, Australia, later issued an apology calling the invitation a "training error made by one of our new staff testing out our email newsletter platform.

They knew they messed up.

Sorry to disappoint those of you who were hoping to attend this cat pajama-jam party, but such an event falls well outside our area of expertise, Gavin Sundwall, U.S. Mission to Australia public affairs counselor, said in statement.

Needless to say, people were disappointed:

Interestingly, among those who had their hearts set on the "cat pajama-jam" being real, only to wind up having their dreams shattered, was the kitty at the center of it all.

Joey the cat's owner, who tweets under the username ...


Vaccinated siblings are important pertussis sources in infants 6 months of age and under. "IndyWatch Feed National"

PMID:  Commun Dis Intell Q Rep. 2014 Sep 30 ;38(3):E195-200. Epub 2014 Sep 30. PMID: 25391405 Abstract Title:  Finding the 'who' in whooping cough: vaccinated siblings are important pertussis sources in infants 6 months of age and under. Abstract:  OBJECTIVES: To describe the epidemiology of pertussis, and to identify changes in the source of pertussis in infants 6 months of age and under, during the 2008-2012 epidemic in south metropolitan Perth.DESIGN AND SETTING: Analysis of all pertussis cases notified to the South Metropolitan Population Health Unit and recorded on the Western Australian Notifiable Infectious Disease Database over the study period. Information on the source of pertussis was obtained from enhanced surveillance data.RESULTS: Notification rates were highest in the 5-9 years age group, followed by the 0-4 years and 10-14 years age groups. There was a significant increase in the proportion of known sources who were siblings from the early epidemic period of 2008-2010, compared with the peak epidemic period of 2011-2012 (14.3% versus 51.4%, p = 0.002). The majority of sibling sources were fully vaccinated children aged 2 and 3 years.CONCLUSIONS: The incidence of pertussis was highest in children aged 12 years and under in this epidemic. At its peak, siblings were the most important sources of pertussis in infants 6 months and younger, particularly fully vaccinated children aged 2 and 3 years. Waning immunity before the booster at 4 years may leave this age group susceptible to infection. Even if cocooning programs could achieve full vaccination coverage of parents and ensure all siblings were fully vaccinated according to national schedules, waning immunity in siblings could provide a means for ongoing transmission to infants. Recent evidence suggests that maternal antenatal vaccination would significantly reduce the risk of pertussis in infants 3 months of age and under.

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The Trans-Pacific Partnership is just plain no good "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Joe Montero

Among those who know something about it, the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) is very unpopular. The suggestion that it is about corporate greed trying to impose a multinational agenda that is not in the interests of the countries concerned is often made.

This is not exactly right. There is more to it than this. Over emphasis on greed diverts form the deeper reason why it has come about.

The TPP is an agreement that has nothing to do with the promotion of real free trade. It is a scheme to impose a tougher regional control of the dominant economy in the Pacific region. This is the United States. Never mind that it is now out of the TPP mark 2. It can be changed down the track, just by stroke of the pen.

Underlying everything, is that the dominant corporations are American based. This is an economy moving to consolidate its hold on global resources and markets. Donald Trump doesnt have to sign up for this to proceed, or for the TPP to facilitate it.  This is taken care of by already existing arrangements and the dominance of these corporations in many of the countries concerned.

What is different about the TPP, is that the purpose is to increase the mobility of labour and capital to a new level.

Arrangements being signed to will in the long-run lead to the circulation of more cheap labour. Some workers in the lowest wage countries might get some benefit. But this will have a detrimental effect in the higher wage countries, and ultimately, drive a race to the bottom for all.

Even more important, is the movement towards the complete freeing of investment flows and leaving no place untouched. This will encourage the further growth of the speculative economy, while at the same time, outlaw governments from taking measures that restrict it.

The move towards consensus politics over this in Australia is wrong, no matter which way you cut it. Talk about changing it afterwards is nonsense. The agreement cedes this. It is the reason why there is now a new groundswell of opposition. The campaign to change Labors most recent position is being led by the unions. The executive of the Victorian Trades  Hall Council, which represents the unions in the state,  unanimously voted last week to oppose and campaign against the TPP. A groundswell of opposition is also growing within the Labor Party.

The TPP will not lead to jobs and economic prosperity for most people. What it will do, is lead to a transfer regional income to the richest and most powerful, and it will tighten the grip of the dominant corporations over the political process. This is a recipe for the escalation of corruption. We already have far too much of it and dont need any more.

This last effect, by courtesy of the hemming in of gover...


Australian State of New South Wales Mandates Land Registry Shift to Blockchain by 2019 "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Australian state of New South Wales is set to complete a proof-of-concept for a blockchain-based land registry system by summer 2019


Australia mulls moving embassy to Jerusalem "IndyWatch Feed National"

General news

Australia considers recognizing Jerusalem as Israels capital
SYDNEY/JERUSALEM (Reuters) Australia will consider recognising Jerusalem as Israels capital and shifting its embassy there from Tel Aviv, Australias Prime Minister said on Tuesday. The status of Jerusalem is one of the thorniest obstacles to a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians. Israel regards all of the city, including the eastern sector that it annexed after the 1967 Middle East war, as its capital. Last December, U.S. President Donald Trump reversed decades of U.S. policy by recognising Jerusalem, enraging the Palestinians and upsetting the Arab world and Western allies. Australia was firm in its refusal to follow suit at the time, however Prime Minister Scott Morrison told reporters in parliament he was now open-minded about doing so, while not changing Australias policy of support for a Palestinian state. The orthodoxy thats driven this debate which says issues like considering the question of the capital are taboo. I think we have to challenge that, Morrison said.   The whole point of a two-state solution is two nations recognised living side by side, he added, saying he was open to the suggestion from Dave Sharma, Australias former ambassador to Israel, that Australia support West Jerusalem as Israels capital and East Jerusalem as Palestines.

Mayor of Bethlehem: PM Netanyahus statement on Bethlehem and Palestinian Christians is another attempt at distorting the reality of Israeli occupation
IMEMC/Agencies 16 Oct Mayor of Bethlehem, advocate Anton Salman , said, in response to Sundays statements by Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Bethlehem and the situation of Palestinian Christians, that such a statement is another Israeli attempt at distorting the reality of the Israeli occupation and particularly the effects that Israeli policies have had on the Palestinian Christian community since 1948. If Mr. Netanyahu was concerned about the situation of Palestinian Christians, particularly in the Bethlehem area, he would return the 22,000 dunams of Bethlehem land illegally annexed to Israel for expansion of colonial settlements. He would dismantle the annexation wall that divides Bethlehem from Jerusalem, for the first time in 2000 years of Christianity, and would stop imposing restrictions to Palestinian movement, including the thousand of Palestinian Christians living in exile and whose return is impossible due to th...


New Australian PM 'open' to moving embassy to Jerusalem "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australia might soon follow in controversial US footsteps and relocate its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, the country's new prime minister hinted after discussing the issue with Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu. Arguing that a two-state solution has failed to achieve peace between Israel and the Palestinians, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced that his government is contemplating moving the Australian embassy to the Holy City, to somehow rejuvenate the negotiation process. "We're committed to a two-state solution, but frankly, it hasn't been going that well, not a lot of progress has been made, and you don't keep doing the same thing and expect different results," Morrison said Tuesday morning, speaking from Parliament House. Comment: He's right about that. But how moving the embassy to Jerusalem somehow works towards resolving the problem is baffling. Maybe Australia should go ahead and recognize all the occupied West Bank and Golan Heights as Israeli to "solve"...


Sanders Tries (Again) to End Slaughter in Yemen "IndyWatch Feed National"

An American and an Arab Journalist Walk Into a Saudi Consulate (Russ)

The author writes, Why do the Saudis love the New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman and invite him to Mohammed bin Salmans palace in Riyadh to tickle his Orientalist fantasies, but, if persistent reports by Turkish authorities turn out to be true, they sent a hit team of 15 assassins to beat, torture, murder, and cut to pieces the Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi? No, this cannot be part of the rivalries between our two papers of record. Let us search for a more plausible reason.

The Great Recession Was Awful. And We Dont Have a Plan to Stop the Next One. (Jimmy)

The author writes, Theres nothing inevitable about how things played out in 2008. Australia hasnt had a recession in 30 years, and in theory equally skillful governments of bigger countries could produce the same result. The goal of macroeconomic stabilization is to make sure that recessions are rare, shallow, and short. And 15 years ago, policymakers were convinced that they had it all figured out.

Last Assange Interview Before the Blackout Uncovered (Dan)

Watch the last interview Julian Assange gave before his internet access at the Ecuadorian embassy in London was cut off.

Trumps First Annual Budget Deficit Will Be the Widest Since 2012 (Reader Steve)

The author writes, The US budget deficit expanded to an estimated $782 billion in Donald Trumps first full fiscal year as president, which would be the widest fiscal gap since 2012 when the country was still emerging from the Great Recession.

Trump Hangs ...


Will Scott Morrison Move Australias Embassy to Jerusalem? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Like the United States, Australias Prime Minister announced today that his country is considering the possibility of transferring its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The announcement has been said to be geared towards internal elections in Canberra, an attempt to win the votes of Jewish voters in the district.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said in a press conference that he was open to proposals to formally recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and move his countrys embassy there, just as the United States did in May. Hours after announcing the idea, Morrison said he wanted to poll the views of the regions leaders on the resolution before the government took a specific stance on the issue.
Although the prime minister said his country was committed to a two-state solution, his move was seen as a breach of the policies pursued by successive Australian governments for decades.

Following the announcement, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu chirped through his Twitter account:

Morrison said: Frankly, things are not going well (with the two-state solution), there has not been much progress, and we should not continue to do the same thing and expect different results. His controversial move, as he himself stated, was sparked accusations by some of his opponents  who accused him of using the announcement at this time to win votes in sub-legislative elections in a circle dominated by Jews in Sydney. Opinion polls indicate that Morrison, the Liberal Party candidate, has lost popularity and, if defeated, will lose the majority seat in parliament.

Against this background, the spokesperson of the opposition Workers Party, accused Morrison of announcing his decision to entice more voters.

Scott Morrison is so desperate to stay in office that he is willing to say anything...


Australian State Eyes Blockchain Upgrade for Property Transactions "IndyWatch Feed National"

The New South Wales state government is trialing blockchain tech from ChromaWay as part of a bid to digitize property conveyance by next summer.


PERTH Tegan Sapwells Tweet Barry Urban is yet to appear in Perth Magistrates Court to face fraud "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Tegan Sapwells Tweet Barry Urban is yet to appear in Perth Magistrates Court to face fraud .

October 16, 2018 at 12:02PM .

Barry Urban is yet to appear in Perth Magistrates Court to face fraud charges. He was due to appear at 9am. If hes not here by 10.30 the Magistrate .



Audi car corporation fined for fraud "IndyWatch Feed National"

This video from Australia says about itself:

Audi Chief Executive Rupert Stadler arrested over dieselgate scandal | Auto Expert John Cadogan

19 June 2018

Rupert Stadler, the boss of Audi, was arrested by German prosecutors on Monday.

Sunday June 10th was probably Professor Stadlers last happy full day. Investigators invited themselves into his private residence a week ago Monday (imagine his delight senior execs love that: We were driving past and saw your light on; just thought wed drop in) wherein they found interesting documentation relating to fraud and false advertising, allegedly.

The Financial Times says the information at Chateau Stadler helped them uncover another 20 suspects in the biggest public health scandal of the decade.

Big Rupie enjoyed that first date at his place so much that a week later he went back to their place to assist with enquiries, as tradition has it, and now it seems hes moved in.

Audi has confirmed Gassy Ruperts new domicile, while many news outlets say hes been remanded in custody because they dont trust him not to tamper with the evidence.

Youd think an advanced society like ze Chermans would have laws against perverting the course of justice

Anyway, Isaac Newton said so famously about the mighty: such a long way to fall. From boardroom bigwig to polisher of Bubbas big bratwurst behind bars in the Bavarian big house. Something of a literal and metaphoric comeuppance.



MACKAY Dog cops blame for P-platers power pole smash "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Dog cops blame for P-platers power pole smash

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MACKAY Andergrove Convenience Store Break In "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY October 15, 2018 at 01:33PM ,

Andergrove Convenience Store Break In

October 15, 2018 at 01:33PM ,

stealing and possession of cannabis and a utensil. The man is due to appear in the Mackay Magistrates Court today. Investigations are continuing.

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NSW Registry Manager to Test Land Conveyancing on a Blockchain in Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

The land registry manager of New South Wales in Australia has partnered with a blockchain technology firm with a view of applying distributed ledger technology to property conveyancing. According to the Financial Review, a proof of concept on a selected number of use cases will be conducted by the New South Wales Land Registry Services Continued

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Calm before storm as Asian stocks drift higher "IndyWatch Feed National"

Asian shares drifted marginally higher on Tuesday following another volatile session on Wall Street but a perfect storm of risks hovering over the global economy curbed investors enthusiasm.

Hong Kongs benchmark Hang Seng market led the gains, rising by half a percentage point, while equities in Japan scraped into positive territory after suffering stiff losses the previous day.

Chinese stocks opened essentially flat while markets in Australia and South Korea were fractionally in the green.

AFP | Traders are looking at a plethora of risk factors

Global markets have been rocked in recent days as traders fret about spiking oil prices, rising US long-term interest rates and an attack by US President Donald Trump on his own central bank and its policies.

After a see-saw session on Wall Street, the Dow Jones closed down 0.4 percent and the broader S&P 500 was down just more at 0.6 percent.

Investors have now entered a stalemate period to rethink the plethora of looming market uncertainties, ambiguities and flat out worries, said Stephen Innes from OANDA trading.

But this relative calm belies the building storm clouds on the horizon.

Gains in Tokyo were sparked by a technical rebound after a sharp fall yesterday, said analysts at Okasan Online Securities.

The oil price continued to climb amid ongoing geopolitical tensions surrounding Saudi Arabia, with accusations that journalist Jamal Khashoggi was murdered in the Kingdoms consulate in Istanbul.

Trump said overnight he would send Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to find out first-hand what happened, what they know, whats going on.

Turning to foreign exchange markets, the pound suffered further falls in early Asian trade as the possibility of a no deal Brexit looms.

EU President Donald Tusk said he remained hopeful and determined that Britain and the bloc could clinch an amicable divorce deal.

However, he added: We must prepare the EU for a no-deal scenario, which is more likely than ever before.

Key figures around 0230 GMT

Tokyo Nikkei 225: UP 0.2 percent at 22,318.69 (open)

Hong Kong Hang Seng: UP 0.5 percent at 25,568.84 (open)

Shanghai Composite: FLAT at 2,567.76 (open)

Euro/dollar: DOWN at $1.155...


Why Pauline Hanson is Wrong and Its Not Okay to Celebrate Being White "IndyWatch Feed National"

Like a redneck cockroach in a white hood, Pauline Hanson has well and truly crawled out of the woodwork, and continues to spout bile about how threatened she, as a white person, is by anyone who doesnt share her lack of melanin. In case you missed it, yesterday, she moved a motion in Parliament claiming the Senate acknowledge the deplorable rise of anti-white racism and attacks on Western civilisation and that it is okay to be white.

The latter phrase is deeply rooted in neo-Nazi and other white supremacist organisations: in fact, Klan groups have used the hashtag #IOKTBW on Twitter since 2012. Numerous Liberal, National and One Nation Senators backed Paulines motion in fact, it was only narrowly defeated by 31 votes to 28. Prime Minister Scott Morrison has called it regrettable that his Senators showed their support for her, and the Coalitions Finance Minister says the motion was backed by mistake (but we call bullshit). Channel 7 News is in the midst of conducting a poll at the time of writing, nearly 65,000 people had voted, and 62 per cent of them had done so in favour of the One Nation Senator.

Whilst some voters may hold these views due to deep-seated notions of white supremacy and a sense of entitlement to what has been well-established to be stolen land (Im actually from the First Fleet), we at Global Hobo like to believe that others are just misinformed. Accordingly, we reckon if everyone was just better informed, they too would be shaking their heads at Pauline and telling her to return to her fish and chip shop (provided a migrant hasnt taken her job).

So here you have it a quick and easy guide to what the hell is the go with reve......


October in fiction "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australian letters is like a microcosm of Australia itself: culturally diverse, politically varied across different states, tense and conflicted or humorous or affecting in turn. If there is one thing we may say about our literatures it is that there is a common thread of darkness underneath. Whether that thread references an unvoiced violence or subsumed toxic masculinities, or a wilfully forgotten colonial past, it is traceable in much of our writing, especially in the short story form.


ABC 7.30 Report population special (Part 1) - by Leith van Onselen "IndyWatch Feed National"

ABC 7.30 Report last night aired part one of its three-part population special, which included me as the economist. While I will reserve judgement until the final two-parts have been aired, my initial gut reaction is disappointment. The main problem I see with it so far is the ABC has inferred that a population of more than 40-million mid-century is inevitable rather than a direct policy choice. Nowhere did The ABC clearly show how the federal government massively increased Australias immigration intake from the early-2000

By Leith van Onselen

ABC 7.30 Report last night aired part one of its three-part population special, which included me as the economist.

While I will reserve judgement until the final two-parts have been aired, my initial gut reaction is disappointing.

The main problem I see with it so far is the ABC has inferred that a population of more than 40-million mid-century is inevitable rather than a direct policy choice.

Nowhere did The ABC clearly show how the federal government massively increased Australias immigration intake from the early-2000s:

Nor how immigration is the defacto driver of Australias population increase both directly as migrants step off the plane, as well as indirectly when they have children (then counted as natural increase). This was made explicit by the Productivity Commissions 2016 Migrant Intake Australia report, which showed that Australias population would barely increase without immigration:



Libs say they will protect Mornington Peninsula from overdevelopment "IndyWatch Feed National"

"Only the Liberal Party will protect the amenity and character of our neighbourhoods and rural hinterland," says Russell Joseph, Liberal Candidate for Nepean. We don't often publish statements from the major parties, but this is the first one we know of that looks at protecting the Mornington Peninsula. The Peninsula is an incredibly biodiverse part of South-Eastern Australia, hardly explored to date in terms of paleontology, rapidly losing its native fauna and flora. The undeniable fact that governments since Jeff Kennett have promoted destructive population growth here makes any policy to protect it extremely important. We will publish statements from any other political party that has a plan to protect the Mornington Peninsula from overpopulation.

"In 2014 the Liberal government introduced the Mornington Peninsula Localised Planning Statement to help protect our unique coastal, rural and conservation areas of the Mornington Peninsula townships and hinterland. However under Labor our General Residential Zone has been ruined and will now become a location for 3-storey apartment-style developments regardless of the established character of our neighbourhoods," he states.

Joseph describes the Andrews Labor government as having, without any consultation with local residents, communities or council, "replaced existing 9 metre height limits with an 11 metre limit and as of right approval for three storey development."

He adds his opinion that,

"Labors changes affect over 24,000 house lots across the Mornington Peninsula and this comes with further increases in traffic congestion and unsustainable pressure on an already stressed public transport system."

Joseph claims that a Liberal government will fix these planning changes and fund improved bus connections to the Mornington Peninsula, including service route changes and frequency improvements to both the 788 (Portsea) and 783 (Flinders) services. He says that a Liberal government will protect the Mornington Peninsula and reject the Labor-Greens solution to Melbournes chronic urban congestion by pushing the population down to us.

He concludes,


Monday, 15 October


Scott Morrison and Marise Payne press conference dealing with the Middle East, by Scott Morrison "IndyWatch Feed National"

PRIME MINISTER: Congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Tremendous news yesterday overnight and obviously we are looking forward to celebrating that good news while they are enjoying their stay here in Australia. They will be neighbours of Jenny and I, for the next week or so I'm sure we will take the opportunity to congratulate them both in person. But today, on a more serious note, I wanted to make a number of statements with the Foreign Minister in relation to our Government's (...)

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