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Saturday, 10 November

22:27

2018 Victorian state election : far right (and left) candidates "IndyWatch Feed National"

Below : Serial pest Neil Erikson interrupts a Channel 7 broadcast from Bourke Street yesterday. ALA candidate Avi Yemini also sought to capitalise upon the tragedy, today holding a smol rally at the site. This political opportunism is explored by Continue reading

20:40

Anne Aly wants to give Scott Morrison lessons in violent Jihadi terrorism. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Twisted. Apologist. Not Welcome Here. Anne Aly: @ScottMorrisonMP needs a little terrorism 101 before pointing fingers at radical Islam. Yes, violent Jihadism has been a predominant aspect of religious terror but the biggest threat in Australia is domestic violence. MORE: https://t.co/iJyhofut8g #WeekendLive pic.twitter.com/tBjZnrxZAm Sky News Australia (@SkyNewsAust) November 10,...

19:45

MACKAY Mackay magistrates court "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY November 10, 2018 at 09:57AM ,

Mackay magistrates court

November 10, 2018 at 09:57AM ,

Narelle Ann Cooper, of Devereux Creek, fronted Mackay Magistrates Court on Tuesday morning. The Supreme Court is governed by the Supreme

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18:49

Labor party leader Luke Foley resigns in Australia in #MeToo alleged inappropriate behavior "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

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Labor party leader Luke Foley resigns over harassment allegations

The leader of the opposition in Australias most populous state was replaced on Saturday after he resigned over a #Metro row sparked by alleged inappropriate behavior.

Former New South Wales (NSW) state Labor party leader Luke Foley resigned on Thursday after being accused of sexually harassing an ABC journalist, four months before a state election he had been in a position to win.

Foley denies the allegations and said he has hired lawyers to sue for defamation over the claims.

NSW Labor deputy leader Michael Daley defeated opposition water spokesman Chris Minns to win the vacant leadership in a caucus meeting on Saturday afternoon.

He promised to build his government on four pillars: investing in schools and hospitals, lowering the cost of living and lowering energy bills.

We will make Sydney more livable, and stop the unfairness and overdevelopment in the planning system, he told reporters in Sydney.

Daley also said his party would re-task $2.2 billion earmarked by the states conservative Liberal government to upgrade sporting stadiums to instead train young people for employment.

Daley will lead NSW Labor to the March 23 election in Australias largest state, but despite Foleys resignation the scandal is likely to dent Labors chance of winning power.

A ReachTel poll in September had Labor and the ruling conservative coalition running neck-and-neck in the state.

The NSW economy accounts for one-third of Australias gross domestic product and at $400 billion is larger than the economies of Thailand, Malaysia and the Philippines.

Editing by Nick Macfie

Reuters

18:16

Media mindlessly parrot nuclear lobby low carbon nonsense theme for November 18 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

The nuclear fuel chain emits carbon all the way through, and I find it extraordinary that journalists mindlessly parrot these lies from the nuclear lobby. Makes you wonder do the mainstream journalists actually compose the stuff that they write, about nuclear power, or do they just copy the handouts from the industry?

Quite simply, nuclear industry leaders want to get financial help subsidies, tax credits, from governments that have been duped into believing that nuclear power is low or even zero carbon.

The also want the respectability, public approval,  that comes from being seen as combatting climate change. (even though most were previously in the denying climate change camp).

Anyway its common sense to see that nuclear power is quite a strong emitter of greenhouse gases.  Any thinking non-expert can see that. However, experts see it too. Only one step in that uranium-nuclear chain is low emission though all nuclear lobbyists claim that this step is no emission the reactors operation.

17:40

#Narrm / #Melbourne: Graffiti mural for Mikhail Zhlobitsky "IndyWatch Feed National"

Graffiti mural in Narrm / Melbourne to commemorate Mikhail Zhlobitsky.

Submitted to Enough is Enough.

Note: Enough is Enough is not organizing any of these events, we are publishing this text for people across the US and Europe to be able to see what is going on and for documentation only.

Narrm / Melbourne so-called Australia: Graffiti mural in memory of 17 year old Russian Anarchist-Communist Mikhail Zhlobitsky who died while carrying out an explosive attack against the FSB (Federal Security Service) Regional Headquarters in Arkhangelsk, Russia on October 31st.

Never Forget Our Fallen Comrades! 


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17:06

Birthday Celebrations "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Fifty-three is such a meh birthday, and yet it was actually quite as good one, with a few highlights. Yesterday, I woke early and went out in search of an early morning adventure. I left the house before 6.00am, and wandered in the direction of Kings Cross. I figured an early morning breakfast in The ...

17:00

The Weekend Quiz November 10-11, 2018 answers and discussion "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Here are the answers with discussion for this Weekends Quiz. The information provided should help you work out why you missed a question or three! If you havent already done the Quiz from yesterday then have a go at it before you read the answers. I hope this helps you develop an understanding of Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) and its application to macroeconomic thinking. Comments as usual welcome, especially if I have made an error.

Question 1:

Government spending which is not accompanied by a bond sale to the non-government sector immediately adds more to total spending than would be the case if there was a bond sale.

The answer is False.

The mainstream macroeconomic textbooks all have a chapter on fiscal policy (and it is often written in the context of the so-called IS-LM model but not always).

The chapters always introduces the so-called Government Budget Constraint that alleges that governments have to finance all spending either through taxation; debt-issuance; or money creation.

The narrative always fails to create an understanding among students that government spending is performed in the same way irrespective of the accompanying monetary operations.

That is, the government creates credits in bank accounts usually (but not always) via its central bank.

The standard mainstream claim is that money creation, which they construct as borrowing from central bank or money printing is inflationary while the latter (non-government bond sales) is less so.

These conclusions are based on their erroneous claim that money creation adds more to aggregate demand than bond sales, because the latter forces up interest rates which crowd out some private spending.

All these claims are without foundation in a fiat monetary system and an understanding of the banking operations that occur when governments spend and issue debt helps to show why.

So what would happen if a sovereign, currency-issuing government (with a flexible exchange rate) ran a budget deficit without issuing debt?

Like all government spending, the Treasury instruct the central bank to credit the reserve accounts held by the commercial bank at the central bank.

The commercial bank in question would be where the target of the spending had an account.

The transactions are clear:

1. The commercial banks assets rise and its liabilities also increase because a new deposit has been made.

2. The target of the fiscal initiative enjoys increased assets (bank deposit) and net worth (a liabi...

16:26

Language of Fear: Attack in Melbourne "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

READ MORE AT REAL NEWS AUSTRALIA 

 

The mainstream media are the true peddlers of fear.

By General Maddox.

In a climate of constant media propaganda and spin designed to keep us in a perpetual state of fear, we again see an incident on Australian soil quickly described as a Terror Attack by the mainstream media. Read More

15:35

Upcoming Townsville seminar on regional economies in a digitised & globalised world "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Economic Society of Australia (Qld), of which Im a Vice President, is hosting an upcoming seminar in Townsville on how regional economies can adapt and thrive in a digitised, globalised world (see flyer below). Local ESA member Matthew Cook has lined up well-known Townsville economists Colin Dwyer and Riccardo Welters to speak on this topic. I understand that, in addition to stimulating discussion of appropriate policy settings to promote regional development, some light refreshments will be provided.

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Should governments actively direct people and investment to regional centres with a view to easing congestion in major cities (e.g. via tax concessions or government grants)? Should they invest in super stadiums and new convention centres to stimulate growth, or would it be better to invest those dollars in local schools and hospitals, for example?  Should regional councils push for a decentralisation of state public administration and a relocation of public service jobs to their regions?

This is just a sample of the interesting questions that I expect will be considered in this seminar. I very much suspect the perennial issue of whether there should be a separate state of North Queensland...

15:26

Man shot dead after fire and fatal stabbing "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Melbourne stabbings: Somali-born Australian inspired by Isil, say police, as group claims attackA man who set a car on fire and stabbed three people one fatally in the Australian city of Melbourne has died in hospital after being shot by police.

Authorities now say they are treating the attack as a terror-related.

The attacker, 31, was shot after confronting officers on a busy city street, authorities said. He was taken into custody in a critical condition.

The two survivors are in hospital, neither are in a serious condition. The suspect has not been named.

Police said they were not looking for anyone further at this early stage.

We dont believe there is an ongoing threat at this stage, but certainly we are treating it as a terrorism incident, said Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton.

He said the suspect, who is of Somali origin, was someone that is known to both local police and federal intelligence, adding it was mainly in respect to relatives who are certainly persons of interest to us.

Somali-born Australian who set fire to a gas-laden truck in the centre of Melbourne and fatally stabbed one person before he was shot by police was inspired by Islamic State but did not have direct links with the group, Australian police said on Saturday.

In an attack described by the state premier as an act of evil, the man sped a utility vehicle down Bourke Street, one of the citys busiest thoroughfares, and then stopped and apparently set it alight before randomly stabbing pedestrians.

A man aged 74, who had been stabbed in the face, died at the scene.

Two other men, aged 26 and 58, are in a hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) claimed responsibility for the attack.

Police identified the man responsible for Fridays attack as 30-year-old Hassan Khalif Shire Ali, 31,  whose 21-year-old brother was accused of plotting a mass murder on New Years Eve at Federation Square last year, a city centre hub and popular tourist spot.  He is in jail awaiting trial.

Footage taken by witnesses showed the man lunging with a large knife at police, who shot him in the chest and killed him. Bystanders were yelling at police: Just shoot him, just shoot him.

Police said Shire Alis Australian passport was cancelled in 2015 after an intelligence report he planned to travel to Syria, but an assessment was made that whilst he had radical views, he posed no threat to national security.

I think it is fair to say he (Shire Ali) was inspired. He was radicalised, Au...

15:01

White-backed Swallow at Cooby Dam--Lovedays Cove reported by Sandra Gallienne on 10-11-2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

3 possibly 4 White-backed Swallows near the toilet block near the boat shed. Associating with the Fairy Martins, Tree Martins and Welcome Swallows.

13:09

Transmitting peace and prizes this Subscriberthon weekend "IndyWatch Feed National"

Community and arts organisations and collaborations are central to Overland  we wouldn't be able to make and distribute the important work we do without support from, for instance, the National Union of Workers, who created and sponsor our $18,000 Fair Australia Prize, or The Lifted Brow, who demonstrate some of what's possible when many folks with good ideas collaborate, or 3RRR FM, who keep the radio waves alive.

13:08

Is the National Indigenous Health Survey ethical? "IndyWatch Feed National"

The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey provides an essential snapshot of Indigenous health in Australia, but how transparent are its processes?

12:55

Daniel Andrews - violent extremism is part of contemporary Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

Andrews and his defeatists may accept it. I never will. I will never bow to Islamists. I will never accept Islamist ways as part of Australian culture. Anyone who votes for defeatists like Andrews should know precisely what the result of that decision will bring. Here's Andrews speaking in October...

12:31

MACKAY Terrifying: Knife-wielding woman kicks and bites police "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

MACKAY November 10, 2018 at 06:26AM ,

Terrifying: Knife-wielding woman kicks and bites police

November 10, 2018 at 06:26AM ,

On Friday, McNamara (right) fronted Mackay Magistrates Court in custody the day after her inexplicable offending over about 15 minutes.

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12:30

MACKAY From big-time to broke: Miner sacked amidst convictions "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

MACKAY November 09, 2018 at 06:26PM ,

From big-time to broke: Miner sacked amidst convictions

November 09, 2018 at 06:26PM ,

violence order breaches, the 44-year-old caused damage to a home which was the property of the company, Mackay Magistrates Court was told.

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12:30

MACKAY Man accused of secret filming in change room granted bail "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

MACKAY November 09, 2018 at 08:30AM ,

Man accused of secret filming in change room granted bail

November 09, 2018 at 08:30AM ,

Matthew James McDonald, 23, faced Mackay Magistrates Court in custody on Wednesday. McDonald has been charged with visually recording a

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MACKAY Warrant for arrest after man fails to appear "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

MACKAY November 10, 2018 at 06:03AM ,

Warrant for arrest after man fails to appear

November 10, 2018 at 06:03AM ,

Craig James Bucktons case was mentioned in Mackay Magistrates Court on Friday. Buckton, 33, was due to appear in the court alongside solicitor,

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MACKAY Drug-affected fitter gives ambos, police tough time "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

MACKAY November 10, 2018 at 07:56AM ,

Drug-affected fitter gives ambos, police tough time

November 10, 2018 at 07:56AM ,

An evidently remorseful Tyler Jordan Foale, 25, fronted Mackay Magistrates Court on November 5. He pleaded guilty to public nuisance in the vicinity

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MACKAY Child porn charges scrapped, fail to report case reveals "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

MACKAY November 09, 2018 at 08:39AM ,

Child porn charges scrapped, fail to report case reveals

November 09, 2018 at 08:39AM ,

Moffat) on two charges of using a carriage service to access child pornography material came to light in Mackay Magistrates Court on Wednesday.

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12:30

MACKAY How Eurydices killer stalked her through the city "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

MACKAY November 08, 2018 at 08:05PM ,

How Eurydices killer stalked her through the city

November 08, 2018 at 08:05PM ,

EURYDICE Dixons killer downed a bottle of vodka with a mate before stalking her for more than an hour through Melbournes CBD, court documents

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MACKAY Charges follow incident with armed woman, South Mackay "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

MACKAY November 09, 2018 at 07:33AM ,

Charges follow incident with armed woman, South Mackay

November 09, 2018 at 07:33AM ,

She will appear in the Mackay Magistrates Court later this morning to have the matters heard. If you have information for police, contact Policelink on

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MACKAY No bail for child grooming accused "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

MACKAY November 09, 2018 at 08:42AM ,

No bail for child grooming accused

November 09, 2018 at 08:42AM ,

Jasmesh Samson Singhs case was mentioned in Mackay Magistrates Court on Wednesday. The 24-year-old man faces 46 charges in total. No pleas

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MACKAY Woman kicks, bites police after wielding knife at passers-by "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

MACKAY November 09, 2018 at 08:04AM ,

Woman kicks, bites police after wielding knife at passers-by

November 09, 2018 at 08:04AM ,

A YOUNG South Mackay woman will face the Mackay Magistrates Court later this morning after being charged with a number of offences last night.

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12:20

Much loved Melbourne restaurant icon killed by Muslim terrorist "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Rot in hell you Islamist piece of shit. You havent really experienced Melbourne until youve had pasta at Pellegrinis Pellegrinis sign is heritage-listed. (Audrey Bourget) It's one of the citys oldest cafes, and the plate of pasta will take you back to the 1950s. By Audrey Bourget 12 OCT 2018...

12:11

Exercise Wallaby 2018 - More Spectacular Photos of Volga Dnepr Antonov AN-124 RA-82044 at Rockhampton Airport to take RSAF Apache Helicopters Home "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

As mentioned below, on Sunday 4 November, Volga-Dnepr Airlines Antonov AN-124-100 RA-82044 visited Rockhampton Airport, arriving as "VDA1119" direct from Dhaka, Bangladesh.


After parking, the Antonov was lowered into its unique kneeling position and the front then opened.  We have been very fortunate to receive some spectacular images captured as it was loaded with the four Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) Boeing AH-64D Apache helicopters which have taken part in the Singapore Armed Force's Military Exercise Wallaby 2018.




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12:03

Reputation "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

I got a brand new map in my letter box the other day

Taylor Swift Concert Parking Restrictions at the Gabba.

 

Its called Reputation.

There are so many reputations on this little map.

  • Theres the Iron Duke in the accessibility drop off area,
  • Street corner Jimmy in the Limo and Taxi zone,
  • the Die Hards, the white shoe brigade and the British Navy are in the kiss and ride zones.

The slowest road in town, (thats Stanley St), and Vulture St, rejuvenated by rock and roll, will bring people to the gates of the reputation gig and then carry them away again.

Obviously, Im drawn in by the reputations.

But in the end, I want to get away from reputations and into some actual stories.

Lets have a look at the kiss and ride zones Toohey St and Logan Rd

James Toohey got a reputation as the largest landholder in the area.

Patrick Logan got a reputation as the cruelest tyrant in the land.

Logan joined a regiment with...

11:01

Kimba property values plunge, following plans for nuclear waste dump there "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Zac Eagle Fight To Stop Nuclear Waste Dump In Flinders https://www.facebook.com/groups/344452605899556/RangesSA  9 Nov 18 

 This is what happens to a property market when a town is going for a nuclear waste dump.

Kimba 28% down in 12 months.

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11:00

Rearranging the deck chairs on the Eurozone "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Dont believe the market. We havent even made it to the eye of Europes storm.

The EU and Italian government had a standoff in September and October.

It sunk stock markets around the world about 10%.

The same budget battle is about to rear its ugly head once more.

The Italians have five days to send a revised budget to Brussels for approval.

The rhetoric in the lead-up to the big day is great fun to follow:

The Express:

Well KNEEL no longer! Italy-EU clash BOILS over as Salvini dismisses THREAT letter.

No, the budget proposal coming to Parliament is a policy which allows Italy to grow and helps Italians.

Nothing and nobody, no big or small letter will make us backtrack. Italy will no longer be a slave and will no longer kneel down.

And:

I dont have to make concessions Italian PMs stern warning to EU in budget row CLASH.

Politico:

Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said Tuesday in an interview with the Italian news agency ANSA that there would be a violent reaction from other Eurozone countries if Brussels were to accept Romes proposals.

The Financial Times:

If the recipe works here, it will be said at a European level: We should apply the recipe of Italy to all other countries, Mr Di Maio said in an interview with the Financial Times.

We will tattoo ourselves to explain to the investment community that we do not want to leave the eurozone, he said.

This sort of bluster is normal in Italian politics.

Not that the budget figures are any different. Theyre full of showmanship instead of maths.

The EU and Italian government cant even agree on where Italys proposed spending would actually leave the country.

The EU is convinced the proposed budget will lead to a breach of EU deficit rules by 2020. Not to mention reneging on the existing agreement to bring down the deficit in the first place.

The Italian government claims their spending boost will trigger extraordinary economic growth, reducing their deficit over time.

You can see how the two diverge in this chart, discovered by Zerohedge.

Source: Zerohed...

11:00

Early Bitcoin Pioneer Speculates Who Nakamoto Is, Gives $100 Million in Asset Away "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Jeff Garzik, an early pioneer of Bitcoin, has revealed that hes given away over $100 million worth of the asset, but has no regrets about it.

Giving Money to Something He Believes In

Garzik has been in the space since 2010 after reading a blog post about Bitcoin. Writing code for it, he soon became the third-biggest contributor to Bitcoin after Satoshi Nakamoto and Gavin Andresen.

However, in a report with Bloomberg, the Bitcoin pioneer notes that the currency is not what he thought it would be. Yet, despite this, hes proud of what has been achieved so far. So much so, that in a bid to spur software work on he gave 15,678 Bitcoins away about seven years ago in developer bounties. At current prices thats around $100 million.

Garzik recalls that when Bitcoin reached $1 in 2011 a party was held to celebrate the milestone, adding it was a question whether this thing would survive at all. And theres no question of that today.

Yet, while Nakamotos idea of Bitcoin being used as private money hasnt materialised yet, Garzik is fine with it being treated as a store of value.

It is an organism, its something that evolves, he added. It hasnt evolved in the direction of high-volume payments, which is something we thought about in the very early days: getting merchants to accept Bitcoins. But on the store-of-value side its unquestionably a success.

Related Reading: Jeff Garzik Builds Thousand Year Cryptocurency

Will the Real Nakamoto Please Stand Up

Having worked closely, if only online, with Nakamoto, Garzik thinks he knows who it may be.

Speaking of the late Floridian Dave Kleiman, he said that this this gentleman was self taught and that it matches his coding style. He went on to add that:

the Bitcoin coder was someone who was very, very smart, but not a classically trained software engineer.

Kleiman, who was wheelchair...

10:58

There Was Bobby Burns and There Is Eric Bogle "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Insert: Armistice Day 1918, Sydney

by Mary W Maxwell, LLB

What is it in us that can respond to a song, or even just a line from a song, better than we can respond to a ton of books? And why does it matter that a poem rhymes? And how does the artist make contact in the first place with some special insight into the human condition?

Tomorrow being armistice day, and not just any armistice day but the hundredth one, Gumshoe would like to spotlight an Adelaide man named Eric Bogle. He is 74 and is best known or a song he wrote 47 years ago And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda.

Surely its the definitive piece about the cruelty of war and the meaninglessness of such human destruction. But there is never a word to that effect. Just a l...

10:56

Mirrar people at last gain some control over their traditional land, as uranium miners leave "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Jabiru native title claim victory for Mirarr traditional owners https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-11-09/mirarr-country-jabiru-native-title-determination-nt/10479708

Traditional owners in Jabiru, 300 kilometres east of Darwin, are celebrating after their native title rights and interests were successfully recognised under Australian law.

Key points:

  • Native Title application first lodged on behalf of the Mirrar people in 1998
  • Determination gives native title parties security to ensure their rights are protected
  • As mining interests leave, traditional owners hope to revitalise the struggling town

Generations of Mirarr people have lived traditionally and used the land within the World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park for thousands of years.

In 2017, researchers uncovered a wealth of artefacts on Mirarr country which indicated humans reached Australia at least 65,000 years ago up to 18,000 years earlier than archaeologists previously thought.

Today, a special on-country hearing will be held to present the Mirarr native title holders, led by five senior women, with hard copies of the native title determination over areas of the Jabiru township.

The Mirarr estate extends beyond Jabiru to include areas affected by the Ranger Uranium Mine and the Jabiluka mineral lease.

In 1998, Yvonne Margarula, the daughter of Toby Gangale one of the most prominent Mirarr people to opposed the mine in the 1970s filed the application for native title with the Federal Court of Australia on behalf of the Mirarr people under the newly passed act.

The determination is an important next step for the community to have a voice as the Ranger Uranium Mine winds up its operations.

The native title claim covers about 13 square kilometres of the Jabiru township.

A time of transition in Jabiru

Jabiru township was established in 1982 as a hub to service works for the mine, then owned by Pan Continental.

A third of the towns 1,000 residents are Aboriginal, but the population has been declining as the town prepares for the mines closu...

10:55

A federal election issue? Future management of Australias nuclear wastes? "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Mark Simpkin Fight To Stop Nuclear Waste Dump In Flinders Ranges SA November 7

ITS ALL ABOUT THE WASTE
Ben Heards recent outing on 60 Minutes Australia in my view highlighted the fundamentally flawed issue regarding Nuclear as a solution to energy. In Australia we have been mining it, refining it, selling it and using it for around 60 years and in all that time, no one has invested much effort into figuring out what to do with it in terms of WASTE. (Were now becoming even more aware of the d...

10:51

Mining industry and union get together to prevent mining clean-up legislation "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

 

Have you noticed how quickly Liberal members of parliament jump into the polluting industries ?

The mining industry and powerful CFMMEU join forces on mining reforms, Brisbane Times, By Felicity Caldwell, 9 November 2018 ...

10:44

Australias renewable energy opportunity- export industry and jobs creation "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

In energy, Australians are already world beaters who have voted with their roofs.

Renewable projects that are planned and under construction in Queensland alone have created more than 35,000 jobs.

visit www.fairdinkumpower.com.au, read the manifesto and sign the pledge

Why Australia needs to be a renewable energy superpower  https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/business/the-economy/why-australia-needs-to-be-a-renewable-energy-superpower-20181109-p50f0h.html  Mike Cannon-Brookes , Australia has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to redefine its place in the world through the production of renewable energy. I share a vision with thousands of Aussies who believe we can get Australia to 100 per cent renewable energy. This transition not only benefits the planet it presents one of the greatest economic opportunities for our country in terms of job creation and economic growth over the next 10 to 20 years.

This isnt a pipe dream. Australia is blessed with abundant rene...

10:40

Australian police search Melbourne properties in terror investigation - Thomson Reuters Foundation "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Australian police search Melbourne properties in terror investigationThomson Reuters FoundationMELBOURNE, Nov 10 (Reuters) - Australian counter-terrorism investigators were searching two properties in suburban Melbourne on Saturday morning, the day after a man killed one person in what authorities said was a terrorist attack in the city. Police ...

10:39

Election of 100 women to U.S. Congress gives hope for changing the nuclear status quo "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Newly-Elected Women Should Challenge U.S. Nuclear Posture, International Policy Digest,   Cassandra Varanka  08 NOV 2018 On Tuesday night, women made history. For the first time the United States elected more than 100 women to serve in the United States House of Representatives. These women are diverse in so many ways the first Native women, the first Muslim women, the youngest woman. They bring incredibly different backgrounds from military veterans to teachers.

As these newly-elected women converge on Capitol Hill and are sworn in January, they have the opportunity to challenge the nuclear status quo and usher in a new era of nuclear nonproliferation. Many of our nuclear policies have been the same since the invention of the atomic bomb. The presidents nuclear posture review touts escalate to de-escalate and relies on the Cold War tactic of mutually assured destruction. The president maintains the sole authority to launch a nuclear weapon and can do so at any time without further authorization. Right now, the United States is risking a return to the Cold War by trashing international agreem...

10:32

Toshiba dumps nuclear business "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Toshiba Ditches UK Nuclear Business, U.S. LNG Operations, Oil Price.com 

Toshiba will also liquidate another nuclear subsidiary in the UK, Advance Energy UK Limited. The loss that the company will book from the wind-ups will come in at US$130 million (15 billion yen) and will be booked in its 2018/19 results

Earlier this year, Toshiba sold its U.S. nuclear power business, Westinghouse, for US$4.6 billion to a group of investment companies led by Brookfield Asset Management. The deal puts an end to a major headache for the Japanese conglomerate, which last year warned that it might have trouble surviving if it didnt find a buyer for the nuclear power plant constructor, which it acquired in 2006 for US$5 billion.

Plagued by project delays and cost overruns that came up to US$6 billion for two large-scale projects in the United States, Westinghouse filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last March. The business had by that time generated...

10:27

Lush and juicy fully holding love "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Wrote a song this morning drawing on words from women I know



One has written with a line from one of my dreams, so it feels kinda appropriate to be uniting our experiences in a way.

I'd like to acknowledge the chorus contains words from Waking Inanna, while the second and third verses draw on Tales from a Neon Light Diamond.


Last night in a dream
a mother said to me
the child doesnt know
that hes asleep

afterwards I cried
just the moon and I
walked the streets and reconciled
my inner child


now I am closer to knowing
the form I fever for
I know how I want to feel
I think I know my mind
know there is a lush and juicy,
fully holding love
if I know how to ask for it
then I will some day find


This hand is shaking
at the thought of reaching out
I think of myself as a helper
not one being helped out

This hand I am waving
could say hello or goodbye
and with it the words I am saving
are hold me while I cry



now I am closer to knowing
the form I fever for
I know how I want to feel
I think I know my mind
know there is a lush and juicy,
fully holding love
if I know how to ask for it
then I will some day find


This gap we must bridge
seemed the hardest thing to do
barely had energy to function
let alone reach out to you

but I am learning to think about my needs
tell when Im not okay
and know you will listen
to what I have to say


now I am closer to knowing
the form I fever for
I know how I want to feel
I think I know my mind
know there is a lush and juicy,
fully holding love
if I know how to ask for it
then I will some day find

10:23

Islam visits Bourke Street Mall again "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Viewer discretion advised. As we mourn the tragic innocent victim of this mindless attack, we should hail the heroic actions of Victoria police on the frontline. Incredible courage. Those denying the constant threat of terror are endangering our community. pic.twitter.com/rUSZl0QPKH Peter Blunden (@PeterBlunden_) November 9, 2018 Our own Bill...

10:21

Language of Fear: Attack in Melbourne "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The mainstream media are the true peddlers of fear. By General Maddox. In a climate of constant media propaganda and spin designed to keep us in a perpetual state of fear, we again see an incident on Australian soil quickly described as a Terror Attack by the mainstream media. There are a few things that []

10:01

Tiny Dog Was Going To Be Shot Because Shelter Thought No One Would Want Her "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

One look at Martha and rescuers knew she was special.

From the white tuft of fur on her head to her enormous brown eyes and permanent grin, the Chihuahua-maltese mix was one in a million.

But the little dog nearly didn't make it to safety.

Credit: Bianca Stockley

Martha was picked up as a stray and brought to an overcrowded rural shelter in Australia, where staffers thought the kindest thing to do was put 12-year-old Martha out of her misery. Luckily, rescuers with Pets Haven Animal Shelter disagreed.

Martha was dumped in a high-kill pound, Pets Haven Animal Shelter wrote on Instagram. The ranger was going to shoot her as he didnt think anyone would want her.

Credit: Bianca Stockley

Pets Haven rescuers pulled the little dog out of the shelter at the very last minute saving her from an untimely death. Finally safe, veterinarians discovered that Marthas missing patches of fur and itchy skin were the least of her issues.

A thorough workup revealed that Martha was suffering from a disorder known as dry eye and a severe heart murmur, and was entirely deaf. Martha needed such expensive and time-consuming treatment that the rescue deemed her unfit for adoption.

Credit: Bianca Stockley

Despite her dark prognosis, Marthas luck prevailed once again when Bianca Stockley, one of the vets treating her, decided to let her sleep in...

09:56

November 9 Energy News geoharvey "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Opinion: Big Auto Has a Problem: Evolve Too Slowly or Cannibalize Cash Cows Legacy automakers have a dilemma on their hands. Transitioning to electric cars is hard. To get some understanding, Seeking Alphas Scott Morton takes a look at GMs vexing EV challenges as the company tries to face off with Elon Musk on Teslas []

via November 9 Energy News geoharvey

09:56

San Onofre: Defective Holtec Nuclear Waste Storage System Must Be Recalled Mining Awareness + "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Originally posted on San Onofre Safety: Holtec UMAX lid with lower inlet air vents and upper (round) outlet air vent. The Holtec nuclear waste dry storage system (Hi-STORM UMAX) is a lemon and is putting Californias safety, economy and security at great risk. It must be recalled. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), Southern California Edison,

via San Onofre: Defective Holtec Nuclear Waste Storage System Must Be Recalled Mining Awareness +

09:55

Malcolm Turnbulls double back-flip on 100 per cent renewable energy RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Out of politics, and without a tie, Turnbull says 100% renewables achievable, dispatchable, and so cheap that new coal just wont be built. The post Malcolm Turnbulls double back-flip on 100 per cent renewable energy appeared first on RenewEconomy.

via Malcolm Turnbulls double back-flip on 100 per cent renewable energy RenewEconomy

09:48

Riders urged to check motorcycle spokes "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Riders have been urged to check the spokes on their motorcycle wheels more frequently in the wake of one rider finding his badly handling bike had 10 loose spokes.

The result of loose spokes can be poor handling and can cause rapid tyre deflation on tubeless tyres.

Brisbane rider Mark Taylor says he had loose spokes on his four-month-old BMW R 1200 GS tightened during a tyre change at 3000km.

He had only ridden another couple of thousands kilometres before 10 spokes came loose again, causing the rear end to slide around.

Loose spokesMark and his GS

The bike nearly bucked me off coming down a mountain road and started to oversteer in the corners, he says.

It scared the life out of me. I thought I was going to buy the farm.

The dealer confirmed its a faulty wheel with 10 loose spokes.

BMW Motorrad Australia have no replacements, so my bike will be off the road for up to five weeks until a new wheel comes from Germany.

Other riders on BMW internet forums have also complained of the same issue.

BMW R 1200 GS spokesBMW R 1200 GS spoked wheel

We contacted BMW Motorrad Australia who advised there is no safety recall on this issue.

However, there is a service campaign and owners are encouraged to contact their dealer if there are concerns, a spokesman says.

Mark is not happy and has contacted the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission seeking a safety recall on the model.

...

08:33

Ancient cures for modern times: Bridging the health care gap in Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

Aboriginal healers are bringing their 60,000-year-old tradition into medical clinics across Australia. Working alongside doctors and other health care providers, the traditional healers known as Ngangkais are offering their ancient and powerful traditional healing methods in mainstream health settings. Traditional healers have been working in their own communities for thousands of years with amazing results, and now they are sharing their wisdom and filling the gaps of Western medicine in South Australia's Royal Adelaide Hospital and many other rural clinics around the country. In South Australia, a policy of cultural respect in the public health system supports Indigenous patients to request a Traditional Aboriginal Healer and so today we can see Aboriginal traditional medicine and Western medicine working hand in hand.

05:40

Pamela Anderson Speaks Up Against the #MeToo Movement, Leaving Modern Feminists Outraged "IndyWatch Feed National"

Former Playboy model and Baywatch star Pamela Anderson has attracted a great deal of attention following an interview on Sunday with Australias 60 Minutes. During the Interview, Anderson voiced her controversial opinions regarding the most recent feminist movements.

In all fairness, Anderson included a disclaimer during the conversation, stating, Im going to speak my mind. Im sorry, Im not politically correct. However, many believe that her comments went a step further than just pushing the boundaries on political correctness. When discussing the most recent wave of feminism and the battle for womens rights, Anderson states that she believes that feminism today is a bore.

I think (Playboy) was very empowering and no one forced me to do anything, explained Anderson. I think this feminism can go too far Im a feminist but I think that this third wave feminism is a bore, I think it paralyzes men I think that this Me Too movement is a bit too much for me. Im sorry, Ill probably get killed for saying that.

Pamela Anderson isnt the first female celebrity to take a stance against the Me Too movement in this way. Earlier this year French film start Catherine Deneuve made news when she referred to the #MeToo movement as a witch hunt. Her opinions were met with great resistance, leading her to write a letter in the French newspaper Liberation apologizing to the victims that may have felt attacked by the statement.

Anderson went on to joke about what she would do if she were to come face-to-face with Harvey Weinstein in a hotel, stating, My mother taught me dont go to a hotel with a stranger. If someone open...

05:03

Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: New greenhouse gasses discovered with heavy snow in both hemispheres "IndyWatch Feed National"

Discovery of five new greenhouse gasses in Norway that are thousands of times more potent than CO2, the Grand Solar Minimum continues intensifying and crop insurance payouts in Canada doubling vs 2017. At what point do insurers stop covering losses? Snow Australia, USA, Canada, New Zealand heavy for the season in both hemispheres. Sources

04:12

Melbourne, Australia: Lunatic blows up truck, stabs 3 people, before being shot dead by police "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A man shot by police after stabbing three people in Melbourne's Bourke Street has died in hospital. One of the stabbing victims died of his injuries at the scene, while two others, a 59-year-old man and a 26-year-old man, are in hospital being treated for non-life threatening injuries. Police shot the man in the chest after he charged at them with the knife. He was taken to hospital in a critical condition and kept under guard before succumbing to his injuries. Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton told a press conference tonight the attack was being treated as an act of terrorism. "From what we know of that individual, we are treating this as a terrorism incident." He said the attacker, 31, was known to "federal intelligence authorities" as well as to Victoria Police.

01:34

Melbourne police: One dead, two injured in terrorist stabbing "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

_________ Times of Israel Melbourne police: One dead, two injured in terrorist stabbing MELBOURNE, Australia Australian police on Friday said they were treating a deadly knife attack in Melbourne as an act of terror, adding that the suspect was originally from Somalia and was known to intelligence authorities. We are now treating this as []

00:19

Daesh claims responsibility for deadly Melbourne attack "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Daesh has claimed responsibility for the deadly Melbourne attack on Friday.

The groups Amaq news website did not provide any evidence for the claim.

Police work at the crime scene following a stabbing incident in Melbourne on Friday, November 9. (AFP)

Australian police said the knife attack was an act of terror, revealing that the deceased suspect was originally from Somalia and was known to intelligence agencies.

The attack during the afternoon rush hour brought central Melbourne to a standstill. Hundreds of people watched from behind barricades as police tried to apprehend the attacker.

Police said the man got out of a pickup truck, which then caught fire, and attacked three bystanders with a knife. He also attempted to attack police who arrived on the scene before being shot in the chest by an officer.

The suspect died later at a hospital. One of the victims also died, while the two others were hospitalized.

Police said the attackers vehicle contained several barbecue gas cylinders in the back. A bomb squad rendered them safe without any exploding.

Victoria state police Commissioner Graham Ashton said the suspect, who was originally from Somalia, was known to police and the incident was being treated as terrorism.

From what we know of that individual we are treating this as a terrorism incident, Ashton told reporters, adding that the police counterterrorism command was working on the case, as well as homicide detectives.

Hes known to police mainly in respect to relatives that he has which certainly are persons of interest to us, and hes someone that accordingly is know to both Victorian police and the Federal intelligence authorities, he said.

The attack occurred on the eve of a busy weekend in Melbourne, with a major horse race scheduled for Saturday and a national league soccer match the following day. Sunday is also Remembrance Day, when memorial ceremonies for World War I are held.

Ashton said police were doing security reassessments of these events in light of whats occurred, but there was no ongoing threat were currently aware of in relation to people surrounding this individual.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison condemned the evil and cowardly attack.

Australians will never be intimidated by these appalling attacks and we will continue to go about our lives and enjoy the freedoms that the terrorists detest, he said in a statement.

One witness sa...

00:16

00:15

The Coalition Box of Chocolates - Just In Time For Xmas "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


This tea-towel may contain traces of bigotry and zealotry. Wash in a gentle, upper-class cycle with whites only.

Tea towels available now at www.cathywilcox.com.au

00:09

Australia: Muslim who stabbed three while screaming Allahu akbar also set truck full of gas cylinders on fire "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

He wanted to implement the Quranic command to kill them wherever you find them (2:191, 4:89, 9:5) in a big way. Truck full of gas cylinders set on fire, three stabbed in Australia terror attack, by Tom Westbrook and Sonali Paul, Reuters, November 9, 2018: SYDNEY/MELBOURNE (Reuters) A Somali-born man set fire to a []

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23:10

Australian millennials in financial strife despite strong economic growth "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

In the third quarter of 2018, the Australian economy grew by 0.9%, stronger than the previous 0.7% forecast. The nations annual growth rate has reached 3.4% which will be music to the ears of the Reserve Bank and Treasury. New treasurer, Josh Frydenberg confirmed that these figures equate to the strongest growth since the height

23:02

Boy hit on Balgownie Road "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Police carPOLICE have appealed for information from the community following an incident where a pedestrian was struck by a vehicle at Fairy Meadow at the weekend.

A vehicle was travelling east along Balgownie Road about 11.10pm on Saturday, when the driver stopped the vehicle near Meadow Street, after witnessing a fight between two young people. They were walking along the northern footpath of Balgownie Road.

When the driver attempted to leave the area, the vehicle struck one of the young people, but continued east along Balgownie Road, towards the Princes Highway.

The 13-year-old boy suffered a wound to his leg during the incident and was taken to Wollongong Hospital.

Wollongong police were alerted to the incident and are now trying to locate the vehicle and its male driver. The vehicle has been described to police as being a grey or dark coloured SUV or utility.

The man driving the vehicle has been described as being of Caucasian appearance with short black hair and a thin build. Investigators have appealed for anyone with information about the incident or with dashcam footage of the area on Saturday evening to come forward.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000.

22:55

Dog park considered for Bellambi "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

dog park

A NEW off-leash dog park is under consideration for a park off Bott Drive, Bellambi.

Wollongong City Council is asking the community what they think of a plan to provide three new off-leash parks.

The option for three additional off-leash park areas would bring the number of these parks in in Wollongong to eight. Council is also asking people what type of dog park equipment might make for a better experience for their furry friends.

The community engagement is part of a scheduled review of Councils Dogs on Beaches and Parks Policy. There are no changes proposed in the Policy.

Were a city of passionate dog owners with more than more than 60,000 registered and unregistered dogs in our City. An important part of being a responsible dog owner is to allow them to exercise and interact with other animals in appropriate places for the happiness of dogs, other residents and visitors , Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery said.

This Policy, which is reviewed every three years, provides the framework and ways Council can provide spaces and opportunities for dogs to exercise and socialise. Im keen to hear community feedback on the proposal to add a further three dog parks to the list of spaces.

Itll also be interesting to hear what the community might like to see in these spaces that will make ensure theyre appealing and well used.

Cr Bradbery said now, while the Policy was on exhibition and the weather was warming up, was a good time for people to re-familiarise themselves with their responsibilities as dog owners.

I think this is a g...

22:54

Police say stabbing attack in Australia linked to terrorism "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

 A knife-wielding man stabbed three people, one fatally, in Australias second-largest city on Friday in an attack police linked to terrorism.

The attack during the afternoon rush hour brought central Melbourne to a standstill. Hundreds of people watched from behind barricades as police tried to apprehend the attacker.

Police said the man got out of a pickup truck, which then caught fire, and attacked three bystanders with a knife. He also attempted to attack police who arrived on the scene before being shot in the chest by an officer.

The suspect died later at a hospital. One of the victims also died, while the two others were hospitalized.

Police said the attackers vehicle contained several barbecue gas cylinders in the back. A bomb squad rendered them safe without any exploding.

Victoria state police Commissioner Graham Ashton said the suspect, who was originally from Somalia, was known to police and the incident was being treated as terrorism.

From what we know of that individual we are treating this as a terrorism incident, Ashton told reporters, adding that the police counterterrorism command was working on the case, as well as homicide detectives.

Hes known to police mainly in respect to relatives that he has which certainly are persons of interest to us, and hes someone that accordingly is know to both Victorian police and the Federal intelligence authorities, he said.

The attack occurred on the eve of a busy weekend in Melbourne, with a major horse race scheduled for Saturday and a national league soccer match the following day. Sunday is also Remembrance Day, when memorial ceremonies for World War I are held.

Ashton said police were doing security reassessments of these events in light of whats occurred, but there was no ongoing threat were currently aware of in relation to people surrounding this individual...

22:50

Significant Earthquakes Strike NW of Jan Mayen, SW Australia "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

KMPH 110902 Powerful earthquake occurs NW of Olonkinbyen, Svalbard and Jan Mayen Earthquake details: Magnitude: 6.8 mww Location: 71.623N 11.240W [119km NW of Olonkinbyen, Svalbard and Jan Mayen] Depth: 10.0 km Time: 2018-11-09 01:49:40 (UTC) Australia: Earthquake Strikes 64km ESE of Manjimup, Australia Earthquake details: Magnitude: 5.2 mww Location: 34.351S 116.839E Depth: 10.0 km []

22:49

Australia: Muslim migrant screaming Allahu akbar stabs three shoppers, murdering one "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The 31-year-old and his family were known to counter-terror agencies at a state and national level and were believed to have ties with north African extremist groups. His passport was cancelled several years ago after he was noted as one of 300 potential security risks. So why was he still in Australia? Or would even []

22:46

Japan, US Prepare Plans for Conflict with China in East China Sea "IndyWatch Feed National"

In recent months, we have seen increased military provocations by the US on the edge of Chinas territorial waters. More worrying however, if the fact the US are attempting to drag Japan into their geopolitical chess match. In addition to this, British Royal Naval ships have also being used to provoke China in near the Xisha Islands in the South China Sea.

All of this is happening amid a backdrop of a new US-led international trade war, in which the Trump Administration is attempting to renegotiate the legacy system of globalization and multilateralism, and into a new phase of nationalist-oriented neomercantilism, and possibly new regional power blocks. For this reason, its difficult to know exactly how much of this sabre rattling is part of the the new realignment, and how much represents a genuine American thirst for a new world war.

Regardless, Japan remains the key power-balancer in the East Asia region, and which direction it swings will likely determine to over-arching direction of events. For this reason, its important to keep an eye on this recent development (see below).

Southfront reports

The US and Japan appear to be preparing for a conflict with China over the Senkaku Islands, according to News Corp Australia.

The tiny islands are located between the northern tip of Taiwan and the Japanese home islands and have been under dispute for a while, however they appear to be heating up.

Beijing claims that the islands are part of its historical inheritance. According to the Australian outlet, Chinese fishing boats are continuously performing aggressive incursions, in a way that they appear to be organized as a state militia. The Chinese coast guard was also recently militarized and is seeing tensions in the East China Sea.

Reportedly, Japan and the United States are drawing up battle plans to enable their forces to fight together against any Chinese incursion.

This is reinforced by...

22:33

Victorian candidates final update "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Nominations closed today for the Victorian state election. In this post Ill run through the numbers on how many people are running, and from what parties, and where.

Check out this Google spreadsheet with a list of all 507 lower house candidates.

Thanks to Nick Casmirri for doing a lot of research in pulling together information about these candidates.

507 candidates are running for the Legislative Assembly, and 380 candidates are running for the Legislative Council. This is a slight decline in lower house numbers (from 545 in 2014) and a record number of candidates for the Legislative Council. There was a 68% increase in upper house candidates to 351 in 2014, and weve broken that record by 29 this time. Antony Green has posted some more historical information on candidate numbers.

Labor and the Greens are each running a full ticket of 88 candidates in the lower house. The Liberal Party is running eighty candidates, alongside ten Nationals. The Liberals and Nationals are running against each other in three seats: Bendigo East, Morwell and Shepparton. These three seats are respectively held by Labor, an ex-Nationals independent, and another independent. After the Liberal Party originally threatened to sit out the contest in four inner-city seats, they ended up only sitting out the race in Richmond, apparently in protest at the local Labor MP and minister Richard Wynne.

The Animal Justice Party, who did not run for any lower house seats in 2014, is running 43 candidates this time. Other notable parties are the Democratic Labour Party (23), the Victorian Socialists (18), Sustainable Australia (11), Reason (10) and Transport Matters (10). There are also 102 independents. There are sixteen parties running lower house candidates, which is the same number as in 2014.

There are an average of 5.76 candidates per seat. There are nine seats with only three candidates (Labor, Coalition and Greens), while there are twelve candidates in Melton.

Before we move on to the upper house, Ive also analysed the gender of candidates (weve identified all but six) to produce the following graph:

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The Greens performed surprisingly....

22:24

How much should I be making at a hostel? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

I just got a job at a hostel at the front desk. They offered me $19/hour. Is that decent or should I ask for more? I'm 28 female from the US. I'm not sure what the norm is here. Thanks!

EDIT: Plus superannuation

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22:18

Housing finance smashed "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Credit drying up

It's interesting to consider that Labor's negative gearing policy was announced to help homebuyers compete with investors.

Alas for the timing, for there won't be any investors left to compete with the way things are going, with another sharp decline in the flow of new loans in September 2018! 


That's the flow; the stock of investment loans is now 33 per cent of total housing loans by value, which is a lower share than 14 years earlier (and now becoming surprisingly low given the casualisation of the workforce, higher stamp duty hurdle, and higher rates of immigration). 


The troubling news is that the forensic analysis of everything from pet food store to personal trainer expenditure on mortgage applications is making life tough for homebuyers too. 

I'm no alarmist but another 4 per cent drop in the value of lending in September 2018 - and even more for owner-occupiers - is an ugly result, and now unquestionably adding to financial stability risks, rather than reducing them. 

22:12

Sweetness and light "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Better and better and better

The Reserve Bank sees good times ahead...


A brave forecast, as Sir Humphrey Appleby might have observed, wryly...very courageous!

Have a great weekend all :-)

22:03

Collect your free book "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

If you haven't already done so, don't forget to collect your free Next Level Wealth book here (or click on the image below). 


Whenever you're ready, submit an application here for a free diagnosis call.

22:00

1980-81 BMW M1 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Long before BMW produced the mid-engined hybrid i8, there was the M1. The 3.5L straight six-cylinder engine made 273 bhp but the same engine was turbocharged for racing versions produced around 850 hp. The very first M car, it was hand-built between 1978 and 1981 under the motorsport division of BMW. It was very different from

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21:52

Checking for fraud, AI rooted out one companys sexist language "IndyWatch Feed National"

Although one Australian company passed an organization-wide test on sexism, internal emails and instant messages told a very different story.

We hear a lot about AIs potential to take away jobs, but in some cases, AI can do what humans simply cannot. Take the case of a fraud investigation that was tripped after a senior executive from an Australia-based retirement fund provider abruptly resigned and the companys HR department found mentions of gambling in this persons emails.

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20:54

PERTH Evade Police Caversham in Charges, WA "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Evade Police Caversham in Charges, WA .

November 09, 2018 at 10:33AM .

He was refused bail and is due to appear in the Perth Magistrates Court today, Friday 9 November 2018. The passenger, a woman in her 30s,

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PERTH Two woman charged after a string of retail thefts in Mandurah District "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Two woman charged after a string of retail thefts in Mandurah District .

November 09, 2018 at 10:56AM .

1 x count Possession of stolen or unlawfully obtained property. She is due to appear in the Perth Magistrates Court today 9 November 2018. A 28 year

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https://ifttt.com/myrecipes/personal/23688280 .

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20:51

Empowering Adolescent Girls: An Interview With Plan Australias Holly Crocket "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Kampala is ranked amongst the fastest growing cities in Africa, and reported crime is on the rise Cases of robbery, rape and harassment are common. This has led to a situation where 80 percent of the adolescent girls living in the capital of Uganda dont feel safe in public. So, three young women Zaharah (pictured),

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20:00

Another Australian Army NH Industries MRH-90 Multi-Role Helicopter A40-003 Pops into Rockhampton Airport Again as "Warhorse 9" "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

On Thursday 8 November, Australian Army NH Industries MRH-90 Multi-Role Helicopter A40-003 was noted visiting Rockhampton Airport.  It touched down after flying in direct from Brisbane.

A40-003 photographed departing Brisbane Airport

After taking on fuel, A40-003 then departed to Townsville.

Funnily enough, the MRH-90 was heard to be using the radio callsign of "Warhorse 9".  As posted below, fellow MRH-90 A40-017 (pictured) passed through Rockhampton Airport on Wednesday 7 November heading South and was also noted using the radio callsign of "Warhorse 9".

Photo taken by Lloyd Fox 

19:50

Exercise Wallaby 2018 - Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) Boeing CH-47D Chinook Helicopters Continue Flying From 'Warriors Camp' near Rockhampton Airport "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

As the Singapore Armed Forces Military Exercise Wallaby 2018 enters its final stages, local photographer Russell P popped out to Rockhampton Airport recently and has shared with us some spectacular photos captured as Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) Boeing CH-47D Chinook helicopter 88182 arrived into 'Warriors Camp' from the Shoalwater Bay Training Area (SWBTA).





19:39

Charge of the white shoe brigade "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Taxing changes

At last...finally, a bit more clarity on Labor's proposed new tax policies for investment housing.

And, as expected, the proposals are nothing like what they say on the tin, since investors with other investment income will still be able to negatively gear established properties and offset their cashflow losses accordingly.

Worryingly, the Tax Institute seems to think that this brings Australia 'in line with the United Kingdom' - not sure what to say about that, except the UK tax rules for rental profits and losses are very different from this - emerging from the old schedular system - and not at all the same as what Labor has proposed. 


Source: Tax Institute

Paradoxically, the rules that were intended to 'level the playing field' are skewed in favour of sophisticated investors with family trusts and dividend income, at the expense of prospective Mum and Dad investors. 

The law of unintended consequences

The problem with policy that's made up on the fly is that it creates just as many problems as it solves. 

Since the first quarter of 2017 the concerning build-up in the stock of interest-only (IO) debt has been decisively tackled through caps on IO lending and the introduction of a mortgage rate differential, and this has been stunningly effective in encouraging investors to repay principal as well as mortgage interest.

Under the proposed new rules, however, perversely there will be less incentive to pay down debt, when investments can instead be...

19:37

Australian Army Sikorsky S-70A-9 Blackhawk Helicopter Passes Through Rockhampton Airport as "Ausy 1102" "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

On Friday 9 November, an unidentified Australian Army Sikorsky S-70A-9 Blackhawk helicopter was heard passing through Rockhampton Airport.  It appeared to fly in from the North - possibly from Townsville where some are currently based.

File photo

After taking on fuel, it was heard to fly to Oakey at low level.  The Blackhawk was heard to be using the radio callsign of "Ausy1102".

Meanwhile, also on Friday 9 November, there was another visit into Rockhampton Airport by a Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Beech B350 Super King Air.  It was identified as A32-372 and was heard to be using the radio callsign of "Torch 22".

It appeared to arrive into Rockhampton Airport from Cairns, via a missed approach at Mackay Airport.  After a couple of hours on the ground, A32-372 departed originally to Oakey, flying South via the Queensland coast.  When near Bundaberg, it changed to complete low-level airwork in the area before completing more airwork off Hervey Bay.  It then landed at the Sunshine Coast.

Of interest, as reported below, A32-372 had flown North to Townsville from RAAF Base East Sale via Roma Airport as "Hudson 32" on Wednesday 7 November.

Photo taken by Daniel Bishop 

19:14

Coburg Night Market "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Coburg Night Market has today released the full details of 2018's musical program  your soundtrack to the market's food, drink and artisan offerings each Friday from November 30 - December 21.
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19:04

For Rent "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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HOUSE FOR RENT, Coburg North. 

$430 per week. Opposite Merri Creek & bike path. 3 bedrooms, split system, enclosed yards & established gardens including veggie garden. Walking distance to the pool, playgrounds, soccer fields & Barry Beckett Daycare. Open day next Wed 14th Nov.

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19:01

NSCF November E-news "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Northey Street City Farm publish a free electronic newsletter every month. To subscribe to our monthly free e-newsletter CLICK HERE. You will receive the newsletter to your email once a month to let you know what is happening at the farm. To read this months E-News CLICK HERE

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18:44

Coal Power Killing Australians. "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Hi Keith,
We are pleased to announce that on Wednesday 21 November 2018, EJA will be releasing a report we commissioned into the health burden from air pollution due to electricity generation in NSW. 

This is the first report of its kind in Australia, despite decades of pollution belching from coal-fired power stations throughout Australia. The report has implications for millions of Australians.  
Be one of the first to hear about the findings direct from the author, Dr Ben Ewald an epidemiologist. During November, Dr Ewald will address a series of public forums in NSW. For details and to confirm youre coming, click on the links below.
Sydney, 21 November, 6:30pm Glebe Town Hall 
Lake Macquarie, 22 November, 6:30pm Club Macquarie  
Newcastle, 26 November, 6:30pm Newcastle Town Hall 
Lithgow, 28 November, 6:30pm Uniting Church Parish Hall Lithgow  
Central Coast, 29 November, 6:30pm Wyee Community Hall
&n...

18:00

Is the carbon tax idea dead? "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

That is the topic of my latest Bloomberg column, here is one bit:

And one striking result from Tuesdays election is that voters in Washington state, a Democratic stronghold, soundly rejected a proposed carbon tax by a margin of 56 to 44 percent. This raises the prospect that the carbon tax may be dead as a policy for the time being, including at the state level. As my Bloomberg Opinion colleague Liam Denning writes: We can debate the magnitude of the vaunted blue wave, but there was definitely no green wave.

Like many economists, I have long supported the idea of a carbon tax, and still do. Government has to tax something. So why not tax those activities which generate social costs, in this case through disruptive climate change? It is a very intuitive argument that has persuaded many economists on both sides of the political spectrum.

But a carbon tax is just not a popular idea with American voters, of either party. It is hard to argue that the Republican Party or the conservative movement has a stranglehold over the politics of Washington state.

Furthermore, this defeat isnt just a one-off. 2009s American Clean Energy and Security Act  a cap-and-trade bill in Congress similar to a carbon tax in its essentials though not all of its exact mechanisms  failed even when Democrats controlled Congress and the presidency. The momentum in Canada, typically considered more left-wing than the U.S., also is running against carbon taxes. In 2014, Australia voted to repeal its carbon-pricing law. Washington state itself rejected an earlier carbon-tax proposal, coupled with a cut in the state sales tax, in 2016.

The broader data are striking. According to a World Bank estimate, 23 countries hav...

17:33

Never again: the meaning of memorial "IndyWatch Feed National"

The visions of Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon haunt me, more than a decade on. No glowing heroics, their battlefield a terrifying, futile sound-and-fury for these who die as cattle (as in Anthem for a Doomed Youth). Sassoons Counter-Attack is a disorienting frenzy of terror and violence, in a landscape rotten with dead. Owens hellish gas attacks in Dulce Et Decorum Est linger vividly: the white eyes writhing blood come gargling from the froth-corrupted lungs, obscene as cancer Considering the body-destroying horror of our technological advances in weaponry atom bombs, napalm, semi-automatic rifles Owens words ring out like an accusation, a trauma collapsing time.

17:33

Fundraiser for the Girls Radio Offensive program "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Featuring...  HextapeUmbilical TentacleAxillism! Ballbusters! Lai! SomatizedDance party after feat DJs including... Lost in Fog!!  DJ Ponyboy!!! Melbourne Anarchist Club (MAC) 62 St Georges Rd, Northcote. 7pm Saturday 17 November to 5am Sunday . All ages $5-$10 entry! Held on the stolen lands of the Wurundjeri and Bunurong peoples of the Kulin Nation... sovereignty was never ceded and resistance is ongoing.

17:00

The Weekend Quiz November 10-11, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Welcome to The Weekend Quiz. The quiz tests whether you have been paying attention or not to the blog posts that I post. See how you go with the following questions. Your results are only known to you and no records are retained.

1. Government spending which is not accompanied by a bond sale to the non-government sector immediately adds more to total spending than would be the case if there was a bond sale.



2. If the external balance is always in surplus, then the government can safely run a surplus and not impede economic growth.



3. Assume the government increases spending by $100 billion in the each of the next three years from now. Economists estimate the expenditure multiplier to be 1.5 and the impact is immediate and exhausted in each year. They also estimate the tax multiplier to be equal to 1 and the current tax rate is equal to 30 per cent (30 cents in the $). What is the cumulative impact of this fiscal expansion on GDP after three years?


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16:42

Heres Your Complete Guide To Tropical Fruits 2018 New Years Eve Party "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Lismore LGBTIQ group Tropical Fruits is inviting you to Shine this New Years Eve, and we have your complete guide to this years festivities. The groups New Years Eve festival is a four-day LGBTIQ celebration held in the city of Lismore in northern New South Wales, the shimmering heart of the Rainbow Region on the ...

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16:34

Must watch for Bolshevism: the untold history of armistice "IndyWatch Feed National"

In 1918, after four years of slaughter, deprivation and hardship, the Central Powers of Austro-Hungary and Germany were rocked by strikes and mutinies. In February, a naval mutiny broke out at Kotor and sailors shot their officers; by October, the Austro-Hungarian army had collapsed from mass desertions and political upheaval. Soon afterwards a mutiny by German sailors at Kiel merged with other uprisings and quickly escalated into a full-scale rebellion against the imperial state, sparking the abdication of the German Kaiser and the proclamation of a workers republic on 9 November 1918.

16:14

Brian Paynter takes early advantage in Bass election "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Brian Paynter (Liberal)

With early polling places set to open on Monday, November 12, the sitting Member goes into the election on top of the ballot paper.

In a tight race it could be the difference between winning and losing.

His closest competition is expected to come from former Bass Coast Shire Council Mayor, Cr Jordan Crugnale of the ALP who drew the number three position on the ballot paper behind another well-known local councillor, Clare Le Serve.

Speaking about the favourable draw, Mr Paynter, said he was pleased but downplayed its significance.

Obviously its better to be on the top than down the bottom, so Ill take that, but voters in this electorate are very engaged so I dont expect it to play much of a part in the final result, he said.

There were eight candidates for Bass at the time nominations closed at lunchtime today. Most of them are expected at a candidates forum in Cowes tonight, Friday, November 9.

Jordan Crugnale (ALP)

In ballot paper order they are:

Brian Paynter, Liberal

Clare Le Serve, Ind

Jordan Crugnale, Labor

Ross Mcphee DLP

Ronnie Bauer, Ind

Kate Lempriere, Ind

Frank Ripa, Shooters, Fishers & Farmers Vic

David Arnault, Greens

The post Brian Paynter takes early advantage in Bass election appeared first on South Gippsland Sentinel-Times.

16:03

Fears for civilians as West Papuan conflict rages "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Fears for civilians as West Papuan conflict rages
RNZ Pacific 9 Nov 2018 Johnny Blades

Humanitarian concerns are growing for West Papuans caught in the middle of conflict between Indonesia's military forces and pro-independence fighters in Papua province.




                                               The West Papua Liberation Army  Photo: Supplied


After the Liberation Army declared war on the Indonesian state in January, hostilities between the pro-independence guerrilla force and Indonesian military and police have escala...

15:48

Turnbull QandA appearance summed up in first audience question "IndyWatch Feed National"

Question from this guy...... ...starts with this, "Mr Turnbull thanks for your service to Australia, I didn't vote for you, but that's all good". Says it all about the media, lefty fascination with Turnbull. Here, if you must endure it, is His Loftiness sticking it in to the Conservatives he...

15:27

Trumps trade war has seen US imports of Chinese goods hit with the initial tariffs fall by 30% "IndyWatch Feed National"

Research from UBS shows President Trumps tariffs on Chinese goods are having a material effect on US-China trade.

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The analysts reviewed US import data for $34 billion of products that fell within the first tranche of US tariffs on July 6.

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And the decline has been sharp and unambiguous:

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The modest uptick in September data, however, gives us hope that the adjustment period for these imports has now drawn to an end, UBS said.

It was a similar story for products in the second tranche of tariffs on an additional $US16 billion worth of goods, which was implemented on August 23.

US imports of those products fell by 32% in August and September. However, the figure is overstated because imports of those items jumped in July.

The fall relative to the May levels is a more modest but still large 20%, UBS said.

The results from the first round of tariffs raise an obvious question: what will happen to imports on the $US200 billion of additional tariffs that were implemented on September 24?.

Because of the more recent time frame, UBS said its too early to calculate what the negative effects are.

Read more: Goldman Sachs just named a new crop of partners. Heres a list of the bankers who joined one of the most exclusive clubs on Wall Street

The analysts noted that imports of the goods in those tranches accelerated sharply in the three months prior to implementation.

However, not all of that would can be attributed to customers stocking up before the tariffs came into effect. For one thing, imports were already picking up in July before the third tranche was announced.

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15:03

The 17th November marks 10 years since the former Barnett Government lifted the ban on uranium mining in WA "IndyWatch Feed National"

Hi everyone

The 17th November marks 10 years since the former Barnett Government lifted the ban on uranium mining in WA.   We are so delighted to say that there are still no uranium mines operating in WA.

You have been a big part of the campaign to keep WA nuclear free and today we can celebrate that there is still no operating uranium mines in WA. It is a massive thanks to you that WA remains clean from uranium mining and is still nuclear free.  We hope you can join us to acknowledge this great effort!

Please join us to celebrate on Saturday 17 November from 5.30pm at the Perth Waldorf School with jazz by Pete Jeavons Trio, food, drinks, and yellowcake (that is safe!) and pay tribute to the communities who stand strong, to the CCWA campaign and to the stunning country that remains nuclear free.  All welcome but please for catering purposes RSVP here. Or call 0401 909 332, or via email ka.garlick@ccwa.org.au    More information here.

P...

14:49

Freight train derailed remotely from hundreds of miles away "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

 

 

 

Mobile phone footage shows the two-kilometre wreckage of a deliberately derailed runaway iron ore train in Western Australias Pilbara region. The BHP-operated train, which included four locomotives and 268 wagons of ore, travelled 92km with no one on board before it was stopped after 50 minutes. The train was derailed remotely from  a Perth office 1,500km away

14:09

Supreme Court Slams Salim Mehajer "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Former Auburn Deputy Mayor Salim Mehajer was sentenced in June 2018 by Her Honour Magistrate Shurr in Downing Centre Local Court to spend a full term of 21 months in prison, with a minimum term of 11 months. The sentence was for 77 counts of electoral fraud stemming from a 2012 NSW Government election, when

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13:46

Public Meeting: Why nature-rich open space is so good for our health - 17 Nov 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Dr Dimity Williams will speak at the Protectors of Public Lands Victoria (PPLVic) on 17th November 2018. Dr Dimity Williams is a medical doctor who is fascinated by the relationship between our health and nature, especially how time in nature nourishes the well-being of children. Dimity has been working in general practice for over 20 years and is the Biodiversity Convenor of Doctors for the Environment Australia. She is a co-founder of the Kids in Nature Network and Nature Play week, initiatives that promote the value of giving children the time and space to be in nature.

Protectors of Public Lands, Victoria Inc.

Annual General Meeting

Flemington Community Centre , 25 Mt. Alexander Road, Flemington 3031

Saturday November 17th 2018 at 2.00pm

With Guest speaker, Dr Dimity Williams

All are welcome to come and hear Dr. Williams will speak on

"Why nature-rich open space is so good for our health


Dr Dimity Williams is a medical doctor who is fascinated by the relationship between our health and nature, especially how time in nature nourishes the well-being of children. Dimity has been working in general practice for over 20 years and is the Biodiversity Convenor of Doctors for the Environment Australia. She is a co-founder of the Kids in Nature Network and Nature Play week, initiatives that promote the value of giving children the time and space to be in nature. 

Time will be allowed for brief reports of local issues and the meeting will be followed by afternoon tea. We look forward to seeing you there!

Contact: Jill Quirk 0409742927

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12:59

Early birds catch many prizes: thats right, its Subscriberthon 2018! "IndyWatch Feed National"

Folks, welcome to our annual, week-long Subscriberthon! It's a lovely time of year: there are so many marvellous prizes to be won! And a splendid magazine to support!

12:58

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed National"

Trumps Policy Starts to Backfire on American Consumers, Companies Operating in China
By Wang Jiamei
Global Times
2018/11/8 23:28:41

US President Donald Trump may think a trade war will force manufacturers to move their production chains away from China. But in fact, his attempt will only come back to bite the US.

The damage the trade war between China and the US might do is starting to have an impact on US businesses operating in China. About 85 percent of US companies have been suffering trauma from the combined tariffs, according to the Special Report on the Impact of US and Chinese Tariffs conducted by the American Chamber of Commerce in South China between September 21 and October 10.

The study surveyed 219 companies from not just China or the US but also many other markets like Canada, the EU, Japan, South Korea, Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand. Roughly 95 percent of the companies have operations in China. The damage is not just limited to US businesses. Nearly 80 percent of the respondents have experienced a serious impact or negative impact from the trade war on their business operations, with nearly half of them losing market share as a result, according to the study.

The Trump administration intends to hit the Chinese economy by forcing US manufacturers to retreat from the country and reconfigure their supply chains. The goal of disrupting production chains in China through a trade war is simply delusional.

For one thing, few companies would be willing to give up the Chinese market with its huge consumption potential. Giving priority to the Chinese market, most of the companies surveyed see the expansion of the Chinese market as one of the most important remedies for the additional tariffs, the study showed.

Moreover, for many businesses operating in China, the cost advantage of a mature and integrated supply chain, plus relatively low labor costs, is enough to offset the additional tariffs.

Otherwise, it could be extremely challenging and time-consuming for companies to relocate manufacturing lines out of China and to find new suppliers that meet all their production requirements. Issues like that are also likely to raise costs.

But either way, industries...

12:54

Huge 35th Birthday Celebrations Planned For The Beat Megaclub In Brisbane "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

In 1983, the original Beat Nightclub boasted a single bar and just one dancefloor. Today the Beat Megaclub boasts five nightclubs, seven bars and six beer gardens. An icon of the Brisbane entertainment scene, it has grown as other clubs have come and gone and expanded into the building and then buildings surrounding ...

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12:39

Effectiveness of an improved form of insecticide-based diatomaceous earth against four stored grain pests. "IndyWatch Feed National"

PMID:  Environ Sci Pollut Res Int. 2018 Jun ;25(17):17012-17024. Epub 2018 Apr 7. PMID: 29627963 Abstract Title:  Effectiveness of an improved form of insecticide-based diatomaceous earth against four stored grain pests on different grain commodities. Abstract:  The effectiveness of Grain-Guard, an improved form of diatomaceous earth (DE), with low risk to the environment, was evaluated against the storage pests Liposcelis paeta, Cryptolestes ferrugineus, Rhyzopertha dominica, and Tribolium castaneum on four grain commodities, wheat, rice, maize and sorghum. The overall mortality of stored grain pests increased with the rise of application rate and exposure intervals of diatomaceous earth and decreased over 120 days of post-treatment period. Our results revealed that mortality of adults 14 days post-disclosure was>80% on wheat at the start of post-treatment than rice, maize, and sorghum, respectively. During the first 60 days of post-treatment, adult mortality increased, whereas later on, a steady decrease in adult mortality was observed. Considerable differences in dose rates were observed on mortality levels along with grain commodities. Following 14 days of exposure, all adults of four species were dead on wheat at 100 ppm and on rice at 150 ppm except maize and sorghum. The suppression of progeny was noticeably higher at the beginning of post-treatment duration while after 60-days of post-treatment, progeny numbers started to increase with the rise in post-treatment durations. This new improved DE formulation was found to be effective at dose rates that are extensively lower than required with previous DE formulations and will contribute to lower the risk of health and environment.

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12:30

New Partnership To Benefit Queer Youth In Brisbane Suburb Of Inala "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Coming out is a challenge for any young person, but the challenge can be much bigger for those who have newly arrived in Australia. The young people may have come from countries where people from the LGBTIQAP+ community face ongoing persecution. With more than half of Inalas population being born overseas, Inala Youth Service has ...

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12:20

Senator Jim Molan AO DSC sets the tone beautifully for this weekend "IndyWatch Feed National"

I will be kept fairly busy offline today so posts will be light. I want to thank Senator Jim Molan AO DSC for the tone he's set in observance of the centenary of the Armistice. Thank you General, everything about this photo is perfect. Checking out the thousands of handmade...

11:54

New jet ski for Ballina Jet Boat Surf Rescue "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Ballina Jet Boat Surf Rescue staff and volunteers with Labor MP Justine Elliot and candidate for Ballina Asren Pugh. Photo supplied.

Ballina Jet Boat Surf Rescue Inc will match the federal governments funding of $9,000 to purchase a replacement rescue jet ski.

Operating for 43 years the Ballina Jet Boat Surf Rescue has rescued people in and around Ballinas extensive waterways since their inception.

I pay tribute to the hard work of the Ballina Jet Boat Surf Rescue crew and their support staff and Im pleased this funding will make a positive difference to emergency response operations, said local MP Justine Elliot.

Our local Stronger Communities Programme delivers funding across the Richmond electorate for small capital grants supporting projects that will contribute to the vibrancy and viability of our region.

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11:51

Alfred Hitchcock or 5G? Birds are Dying Near Newly Installed Towers? "IndyWatch Feed National"

by Dee Mclachlan

5G in actie: mussen vallen dood van t dak..! Er lijkt zich echter een horrorscenario af te spelen, omdat er sprake is van dierensterfte in de buurt van in werking gestelde 5G-masten en zendtorens Een voorbeeld van deze 5G-mast op de hoek van de Hoefkade in Den Haag.

A reader has been pointing me to a couple of 5G articles in the last few days. The one was about birds with the above translation: 5G in action: Sparrows fall dead from the roof However, there seems to be a horror scenario playing out, because there are animals (birds) dying in the vicinity of deployed 5G masts and transmitting towers. An example, the 5G mast on the corner of the Hoefkade in The Hague (The translation says sparrows, but I believe they are European starlings.)

We have...

11:50

Daily Show "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Colbert, Oliver, all these TV champs are very unimpressive. They're schtick is confected outrage as light as fairy floss. Real issues scare them.

Remember when Colbert and John Stewart put on an ironic Rally for Good Manners or whatever? Maybe they should have been chased off the street.

That rally was a load of Daily Show viewers who were prone to saying shit like John Stewart should be president.

I wonder how many of these listless layabouts who laughed at Dubya for 8 years are now thrilled he's Michelle Obama's little buddy. I guess all.

I used to laugh at the Daily Show, but it reached a point (Occupy) where it penetrated my skull that it was a giant wank.

A lot of political comedy is chuckling bullshit by assholes who consider it their job to cheer up people who actually aren't struggling at all.
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11:36

Tea tree honey variation is the bees knees "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Paul Bibby

Most of us are familiar with the medicinal properties of honey assuming, of course, it hasnt been diluted with water by some greedy multinational food company.

But researchers from Southern Cross University have discovered a new form of the naturally-occurring  sweetener that has the potential to make both humans and bees noticeably healthier.

The new honey variation comes from bees that have foraged on tea trees, giving it unusually high anti-oxidant and anti-microbial qualities that leave generic honeys in the shade.

Bees at the tea tree plantation in the Bungawalbyn Valley. Supplied

Dr David Rudd from the universitys School of Environment, Science and Engineering conducted the research at a tea tree plantation in the Bungawalbyn Valley, south-west of Evans Head.

During the research trials, tea tree was provided to the honeybees as a diet supplement and they were also allowed to naturally forage in the old growth tee tree plantations.

We found bees foraging on Melaleuca trees produced a honey that combines immediate anti-oxidant activity and a significant sustained anti-microbial activity even in young honey, without having to wait for the honey to mature, Dr Rudd said.

He said the tea tree foraging not only benefited honey-eating humans but the bees themselves, owing to the generation of a bioactive monoterpene.

A diet of Melaleuca trees is slightly different to what bees usually feed on so we wanted to conduct gut microbe analysis in case there were any problems for the bees, Dr Rudd said.

But we found the slight changes in the gut suggested the bees could handle tea tree really well and it actually gave the bees a slightly higher immune function, making them more resistant to bacterial infections and viral infections without affecting the gut metabolic function

So tea tree within the diet actually acted as a probiotic for metabolism, increasing beneficial immune defensive bacteria while maintaining nectar metabolism bacteria within the honeybees gut.

When it came to the all-important question of taste, Dr Rudd said the tea-tree infused honey had: a fresher lighter aspect to the taste, similar to the freshness you have in tea-tree cough lollies.

While still in its trial phase, the research is being d...

11:36

Tasmanian Labor Wants To Make Gender Optional On States Birth Certificates "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Tasmanian Labor has walked back a commitment to remove sex markers from birth certificates, instead calling for parents being able to choose whether the information is recorded. Labor had previously joined the Tasmanian Greens in calling for gender markers to be removed from birth certificates in an Australian-first move to benefit transgender people, as the states ...

The post Tasmanian Labor Wants To Make Gender Optional On States Birth Certificates appeared first on QNews Magazine.

11:32

Labor challenges Nationals on One Nation preferences "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Labor candidate Asren Pugh has issued a direct challenge to to Ballina Nationals candidate and Parliamentary Secretary for Renewable Energy Ben Franklin to rule out doing a preference deal with One Nation in the forthcoming state election.

One Nation is divisive and their policies have no place in NSW politics and especially on the States north coast, said Mr Pugh.

Labors position is clear. I will not recommend a single preference to One Nation and there will be no preference deals with One Nation.

NSW Labor issued the challenge after NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian in a November 7 Sydney press conference refused seven times to rule out a preference deal with One Nation in the lead-up to the March 2019 State election.

NSW Shadow Minister for the north coast and Deputy Opposition leader in the NSW Parliaments Legislative Council, Walt Secord said NSW Labor had a long standing policy to refuse to engage in preference deals with One Nation, stretching back to 1999.

Responding to Echonetdaily Nationals Parliamentary Secretary Ben Franklin has confirmed he wont be referencing One Nation at the 2019 election.

I will be asking voters to give me their number one vote and will likely not be recommending a preference for any other candidate, said Mr Franklin.

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11:31

Community comes together at Black Gully Festival "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

[ Saturday, 17 Nov; 10:00 am; ] The community will come together at the 8th Black Gully Festival a free and inclusive event celebrating Armidale and our region. Black Gully Festival is truly a community day. It is organised by the community for our community, said Dave Carr, a driving force behind the event.Individuals, groups and organisations from across our region donate [...] full article 

11:30

ACCKP Celebration of Heritage "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

[ Saturday, 17 Nov; 12:00 pm; ] The Armidale and Regional Aboriginal Cultural Centre and Keeping Place 30th Anniversary Celebrations 96-104 Kentucky Street Armidale 17th Nov 2018 12.00-12.30pm Ceremony Smoking ceremony by Bruce Cohen Welcome to country by Steve Widders and Rose Lovelock Flag-raising by Lorna Hague and Margaret Walford Didgeridoo by Bevan Quinlin Aboriginal dance by Duval High School 12.30-3.00pm Food stalls Coffee Truck [...] full article 

11:29

Boomerang Bag Bee "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

[ Saturday, 11 Aug; 9:00 am; Saturday, 8 Sep; 9:00 am; Saturday, 13 Oct; 9:00 am; Saturday, 10 Nov; 9:00 am; ] Boomerang Bags sewing bees are the second Saturday of the month at the Kent House Community Centre commencing at 9am to 1pm. It would be great to see you all there. Bring your friends and your sewing machine if you have one. There are some non-sewing jobs to do also. Be part of the solution. Armidale Boomerang Bags Facebook [...] full article 

11:29

Scientists resurrect ancient enzymes "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

In the 1990 Michael Crichton novel Jurassic Park, scientists resurrect extinct species, with disastrous, page-turning consequences. But what if the scientists hadn't wanted to re-create whole organisms, just a part of their long-lost molecular machinery? This is in essence what real-life researchers report they have done in a new paper published online Oct. 22 in the journal Nature Catalysis. The molecular machinery in question are proteins called enzymes, and they are life's answer for how to speed up chemical reactions like the digestion of food or the breakdown of toxins. Engineers are interested in using these versatile natural machines to speed up industrial chemical reactions in environmentally friendly ways. Unfortunately, enzymes tend to unravel in the harsh conditions often used in commercial processes. In a quest for more robust enzymes, a team of researchers from Australia, Europe and China turned to an earlier page in life's history. Previous research from a different...

11:28

Armidale Urban Rivercare Sunday Sessions "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

[ Sunday, 9 Sep; 9:00 am; Sunday, 14 Oct; 9:00 am; Sunday, 11 Nov; 9:00 am; Sunday, 9 Dec; 9:00 am; ] Commencing Sunday 9 September Armidale Urban Rivercare (AURG) Sunday Sessions will be held on the second Sunday of each month. Location: Somewhere along Dumaresq Creek Join the AURG mailing list for details of each session. What to bring: BYO long sleeved shirt, long pants and sturdy boots. Please also bring gloves, broad brim hat and sunscreen. AURG [...] full article 

11:28

ARMEVENTS Mailing list for whats on in Armidale "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Hello this is Helen Fraser I would like to invite you to subscribe to Armevents. Armevents is a free, subscription-based email list that allows members to send and receive announcements about public events in Armidale. In plain language, that means it is whats on in Armidale! If youd like further information about Armevents before subscribing, you are welcome to [...] full article 

11:22

These two koalas lost their mothers to deforestation "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Hi SLA, I recently met an incredible wildlife carer, Vickii, who shared heart-wrenching stories of injured koalas brought into her care. Like other wildlife carers in NSW she sees firsthand the brutal impact of deforestation on koalas. Its the ugly truth of deforestation that the NSW Government doesnt want you to know about, and thats why we [...] full article 

11:21

Snake & Spider Bite First Aid Workshop "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Snake Season is upon us! This workshop is designed for those seeking basic knowledge about 1st aid and what to do in the event of a snake or spider bite, for more information.

The post Snake & Spider Bite First Aid Workshop appeared first on Castlemaine Community House.

10:54

Ever wondered what to do with injured wildlife? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Dr Evan Kosack from the Lennox Heads Veterinary Clinic with a rescued echidna. Photo supplied.

Sometimes it takes a bit of specialist knowledge to help local wildlife so veterinarians, Dr Evan Kosack and Dr Stephen Van Mil with Tony Gilding and his team at the Macadamia Castle are looking to the community to help them set up a wildlife hospital. They are calling a public meeting is taking place at the Bowlo in Bangalow on Thursday 22 November at 6pm.

A dedicated wildlife hospital is desperately needed in the northern rivers, said Dr Stephen Van Mil.

Currently, wildlife is taken to every general veterinary practice in the region, and the attending veterinarians may simply not have the time and/or skills to provide the care these animals need and deserve.

Otherwise the closest wildlife hospital is at the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary who receive animals from both southern Queensland and northern NSW.

Currumbin wildlife hospital is constantly inundated with injured animals and they are currently receiving about 55 animals a day and have treated over 11,000 animals in the last year, said Stephen.

A dedicated hospital on the northern rivers will place the wildlife first and foremost, providing them with first-class care, alongside the very best chance of full recovery and release.

It is envisioned that all native animals would be treated at the wildlife hospital from birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians to marine creatures.

It will give our wildlife the committed care they require following illness, injury, abandonment. This gives them the very best chance for survival, and ideally reintroduction/release back into the wild.

Getting it off the gro...

10:50

Roads divide opinions along with forests, study finds "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Politicians and planners often sell roads as wholly beneficial to communities. New arteries open up opportunities for employment, connections to markets and access to services such as health care, so the thinking goes. Despite these potential benefits, however, support for new roads isnt universal. Thats a key finding of a recent study of indigenous communities in Malaysia, published Oct. 10 in the journal Human Ecology. Members of the Jahai ethnic group in northern Malaysia. Image by Muhammad Adzha via Wikimedia Commons (CC 2.0). I did not expect such divided opinions, Gopalasamy Reuben Clements, lead author of the study and a conservation scientist who co-founded the research organization Rimba, said in an email. For example, indigenous people living further from the road had much stronger negative opinions of roads, Clements, also an associate professor in biological sciences at Malaysias Sunway University, said. I assumed that most of them would have wanted similar lifestyles of those living nearer to roads! Prior research has documented the environmental dangers that accompany road construction, from fractured wildlife habitats to altered water dynamics. Often, too, the promised social and economic benefits dont materialize the way theyre presented by project proponents. Malayan tiger (Panthera tigris jacksoni) cubs playing. Image by Malcolm via Wikimedia Commons (CC 2.0). Studies in Latin America have shown that roads can dramatically alter the livelihoods of indigenous people once a road is built near them, said Clements, who led the research as a doctoral student at James Cook University in Cairns, Australia. I wanted to

Sapphire Community Investment December Roadshow "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

[ Thursday, 6 Dec; 5:30 pm; ] Thank you for your patience over the past few months and it was great to see those that attended the Wind Farm Open Day on 21 October. The exciting news is that with construction nearing completion, the community co-investment into Sapphire Wind Farm is about to open. Thursday 6th December Armidale City Bowling Club Drop [...] full article 

10:49

The Far-Rights Assault on LGBTIQ Communities "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

In another development in the current global shift to the far-right, the worlds fourth largest democracy Brazil elected extremely divisive presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro to office on October 28. And as seems to be part and parcel of the right-wing agenda, Bolsonaros campaign rhetoric was riddled with anti-LGBTIQ rhetoric, along with attacks on women, African

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10:25

Heads and a waiting room "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Heads at Nev's


Another District Court waiting room 


Head behind a screen(at the Job Network)

10:03

Amen "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Some argued his name should be spoken rather than the gunman's name". Yes, Name Magic will save us. Good one.

Even better would be to not investigate the shooting at all and let people just make up whatever story feels most inspiring.

Mass shootings should in fact be celebrated as outbreaks of heroism and anyone who tweets about it should be considered a war veteran.

Anyone who says the name of the shooter should be jailed under whistleblower laws and um, Ellen should be President or something.

Amen.

09:58

Weyba NBN Tower "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Our organisation is lobbying our Federal Member Llew OBrien to advocate on behalf of our community to have a fixed line nbn service provided to bring Weyba Downs in line with neighbouring communities in place of the proposed wireless technology that is unlikely to deliver fast reliable internet, and to avoid the proposed 51 metre tower to be located just 900 metres from the lakes edge which will be a blot on Lake Weyba forever more.

With a federal election looming it is a great time to implore Mr OBrien to act on behalf of his constituents.

Please email llew.obrien.mp@aph.gov.au in support of our campaign for fixed line service.

09:53

Carols by Candlelight "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

14th December 2018

Following our successful community carols evening last year, we are again organising Weyba style Carols by Candlelight on the lakes edge on Friday 14th December at 5.15 pm.

SINGERS AND MUSICIANS needed.

If you can help out please email us on friendsoflakeweyba@gmail.com

09:48

Containers for change "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

To promote responsible recycling in our community and to assist with fund raising, our organisation is a participating community group in this scheme.

Please deliver items to Turn-it, Tewantin, Unit 6, 97 Poinciana Avenue, Tewantin or at 5/215 Peregian Beach.

Opening hours:

Mon-Fri 9am to 4.30pm | Sat 9am to 12.30pm

Type: Drop-offs (bag it, tag it, drop it)

Alternative site Enviro Bank, Coles Peregian Springs

Quote Friends of Lake Weyba Identification number C10029515 so that refunds can be credited to our bank account.

Please make a note of this number.

view eligible containers

Thanks for your support!

09:45

Screecher Pedalcycle "IndyWatch Feed National"





Excellent, one wonders why it has taken so long to make one of these?! When I was a kid they switched from horse drawn milk floats to electric milk floats, that was back in the 50s!!! Seems like no progress has been made since then. They had no solar back then, just batteries & the batteries were not as good as they are now; those milk floats covered a large area carrying a lot of weight! What happened from then until now???!!!
Keith.

09:30

Kyogle and Wiangaree get government help to upgrade facilities "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Kyogle and Wiangaree received $437,500 as part round two of the Stronger Country Communities Funding. Photo supplied.

Round two community funding projects are being announced across the region with community facilities in Kyogle and Wiangaree receiving $437,500 in funding.

Kyogle Shire Council secured NSW Government funding for seven community projects, which include upgrades to sports grounds, halls, signage and public spaces.

Every project which has received funding under this round of the Stronger Country Communities Fund (SCCF) is important in not only attracting visitors but creating facilities which benefit the lives of everyone who lives in those communities, member for Lismore Thomas George said.

Mr George congratulated the grant application put forward by Kyogle Council as well as the various committees who work tirelessly to make their communities great places to live.

Grants included:

Kyogle High School : $50,000 for upgrades to their sports ground.

Tourism signage across all villiages and Kyogle: $140,000.

Kyogle rugby league ground: $70,000 for improvements to the grounds including an upgrade to lighting and improvements to the club kitchen.

Kyogle Rifle Range Improvements: $75,000 of shade structures, amenities, and increased accessibility.

Wiangaree Rodeo Ground: $70,000 for improvements to include sealing and improving the internal access road; installing a new electric BBQ, stainless steel benches, outdoor picnic shelters, and seating; and making electrical and building repairs to the existing hall.

Wiangaree Hall Improvements: $50,000 includes an electrical upgrade, new ceiling fans, upgraded and sealed driveway, replacement of boundary fencing, and refurbishment of doors.

...

08:56

Night-herons over the Loddon "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Nankeen Night-herons in flight over the Loddon River as dusk closes in what a wonderful sight.

Nankeen Night-heron, Loddon River @ Newstead, 27th October 2018

08:40

Belongil Creek info session coming up "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The mouth of Belongil Creek after it was dredged open in 2017. Photo Max Johnston

Those interested in the Belongil Creek catchment are invited to a community drop-in session on November 12 at the Byron Community Centre from 3.30 till 6.30pm to share information they may have and learn about the development of the Belongil Creek Estuary Opening Strategy.

Councils flood engineer James Flockton said the session is an informal way for people to talk to staff and consultants about Belongil Creek and the future management of the estuary, particularly the creek mouth. 

Strategy

Council is in the early stages of developing the Belongil Creek Estuary Opening Strategy, which will detail how Council will manage the creek mouth into the future, Mr Flockton said.

Belongil Creek is known as an intermittently closed and open lagoon system (ICOLL) with the sandbar at the mouth of the creek periodically opening to the ocean, he said.

The post Belongil Creek info session coming up appeared first on Echonetdaily.

08:39

08:34

Death throes of Coalition Governments "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

THE past couple of decades are not unique in Australian political history: the despising of the loathsome politicians and the sudden and late coming around of those loathsome politicians to abandon the positions of their financial backers and appease the majority of thoughtful people in the face of impending electoral defeat.

No doubt some diehard Labor supporters are nervous that the Scott Morrison Government will neutralise the big issues like Nauru, climate change and an anti-corruption commission with a bit of policy sop and then sneak back into office, that he will road-to-Damascus like see the light and be as successful as St Paul in gaining conversions and followers.

Do not fear.

History is against this happening. Any late lip-service to what the people really want on these issues and others like population, health and education will only be death throes that voters will see through.

Lets first go back 50 years in the US and then go back 50 years in Australia.

Fifty years ago this month, Richard Nixon was elected President. Stephen Ambrose, his biographer, wrote American politics had sunk to depths not reached since the Civil War and Reconstruction. Americas political leaders, Johnson, Humphrey, Nixon and Agnew, and most of the others were just playing with people.

Ambrose wrote: If they had the slightest feeling for the death and destruction that was devouring Vietnam, if they any concern for the lives of American soldiers in Vietnam, if they had the least commitment to a decent respect for the opinion of mankind, if they had the vaguest concern to meet their constitutional obligation to promote domestic tranquillity, if it even occurred to them to strive to provide the conditions that would allow the American people to pursue happiness, they managed to ignore it all in their single-minded pursuit of personal political victory at any cost.

Remind you of Australian politics now?

Now lets look at the behaviour in the past 50 years of Coalition Australian Prime Ministers facing defeat.

The behaviour pattern is the same as that of Scott Morrison and his government right now.

First, to Billy McMahon in 1972.

He finanally called the election for 2 December 1972, three years one month and a few days after...

08:23

Greens call to stop water mining in northern rivers "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Tamara Smith Member for Ballina with Alstonville residents who want to stop water mining on the plateau. Photo supplied.

Recognising the importance of water the Greens Member for Ballina Tamara Smith and Greens candidate for Lismore Sue Higginson are calling for the planning minister Anthony Roberts to exercise his power under the NSW planning law to direct Ballina and Tweed Local Councils to prohibit water mining in the wake of a proposed water extraction development application in Alstonville. 

The community has rejected water mining, said Ballina MP Tamara Smith.

In Alstonville, farmers and residents are worried about the impact on the shared groundwater and in the Uki, locals are opposed to the daily barrage of water trucks disturbing their community and the impacts the extraction will have on the natural environment. 
Water mining is not sustainable development, it brings no jobs or profit to the region and threatens our water. Tweed and Ballina Councils have very little choice but to approve development applications for water mining or face challenges in the Land and Environment Court, said Ms Smith.

Greens candidate for Lismore Sue Higginson said, Its great the Nationals here have finally become concerned about the impacts of water mining on the community, but if they are genuine, they will join us in calling on the planning minister to end this land use conflict rather than sending it to an unnecessary inquiry and conveniently delaying it until after the state election.
Calling for inquiries and moratoriums in this matter is risky for Councils that have legal obligations to assess developments in defined timeframes. It is ill-conceived and shows a complete lack of understanding of development and water law.

Earlier this year the state government denied Tweed Council the right to prohibit water mining under its Local Environment Plan, putting it in a...

08:04

In which the pond walks through the valleys of the moon with our Glad, Moorice and the Oz editorialist ... "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


The pond is made of sterner stuff than to fall for a bit of Malware trolling. 

Sure he called his former colleagues mad and crazy - what happened to that good, old-fashioned, even richer "barking mad and howling at the moon" expression? - and it's always tempting to spend time with the federal crazies, but this day the reptiles were wildly excited by someone called Luke.

The pond had a chat about this alleged unicorn Luke with a friend, and we both realised that while we knew of a certain Gladys, busy turning Sydney into the valleys of the moon, and ruining train services, and wasting money on stadia, neither of us knew of Luke, and even more perplexing, couldn't name anyone likely to replace him unicorns being somewhat rare ...nor did the name of a single state Labor politician spring to mind

Is there a replacement unicorn out there? Who knows? Could that mean even more years of living in the valleys of the moon, desolation all around? Has anyone driven through Green Square lately and seen Hong Kong unfold before their eyes, and wonder how public transport might cope? Does anyone remember the Liberal loon who thought Uber or sky taxis or pods would take care of everything?

Never underestimate the power of state Labor unicorns to help produce such exemplary results ...

But too much madness can come from thinking about federal or state crazies ...

So the pond decided to spring a modestly conspiracy-laden Moorice on unsuspecting minds, and also catch up on unfinished angry Sydney Anglican business

You see, late yesterday, the reptiles finally got around to acknowledging that they'd led the angry Sydney Anglicans astray

.........

07:54

Noam Chomsky condemns Trump for pulling out of landmark nuclear arms treaty "IndyWatch Feed National"

 

President Donald Trump recently announced plans to pull the United States out of a landmark nuclear arms pact with Russia in a move that could spark a new arms race. President Ronald Reagan and former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev signed the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty in 1987. The INF banned all nuclear and non-nuclear missiles with short and medium ranges. The treaty helped to eliminate thousands of land-based missiles. We speak to world-renowned political dissident, linguist and author Noam Chomsky about the significance of the INF treaty and the impact of Trumps plan to pull out.

 

Video from Democracy Now!

 

The post Noam Chomsky condemns Trump for pulling out of landmark nuclear arms treaty appeared first on The Pen.

07:47

Mullumbimby Show all set to go "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Mullum Agricultural Show Society members Dee Lerch, Janelle Parringon, Mark Ward, Arthur Hatch and Ian Johnston took time out from their preparations for next weekends show to challenge The Echos photographer to a tug-o-war. Photo Jeff Pull The Other One Dawson

The Mullum Show crew invites all locals and visitors to come and experience a fun-filled two days of entertainment and new experiences this weekend. The show theme this year is Sugar Cane, reflecting one of the main crops in our area.

Whats new this year?

This year we welcome the Macadamia Castle Petting Zoo to our Show, said Janelle Parrington (who runs the show pavilion). It will be situated alongside the poultry pavilion. In the main arena we also have the Chincogan Store Tug-o-War team event for the first time. The teams of four will battle it out for a $200 cash first prize plus bragging rights as the Champion Tug-o-War team, said Janelle with a laugh.

Lots of competitions

Are you a jam or cake maker? Perhaps you are fabulous with wood, photography or needlework? Or is it a prize bull, duck or chicken that you have to enter? The Mullumbimby show has a huge range of competitions to get involved in and show your vegetables, artistic skills, or animals with some great prizes to win.

If you are interested in entering the competition go online to find out the full range of competitions you can enter at www.mullumbimbyshow.org.au.

Youth ambassadors and showgirls

For the second year running the Mullumbimby show is leading the way with boys being able to enter the two younger categories for the show competition that is now called the Youth Ambassadors competition. The Senior Showgirl is still for girls only as there is a parallel competition aimed at males, says show secretary Tanja Branson.

This year we have one senior showgirl, two junior show ambassadors and six primary show ambassadors that include two boys, said Tanja.

Supporting farmers and the community

This year the show is raising money for drought-stricken farmers and the Mullumbimby Sculpture Walk. They are doing this in conjunction with the Mullumbimby Chamber of Commer...

07:06

The Happy-go-Lucky Girl I had Pre-HPV Vaccine is Gone Forever "IndyWatch Feed National"

Chelsea-Scotland-FB

Chelsea: HPV vaccine survivor from Scotland.

HPV vaccines: My daughters lost years

by Fiona Mackenzie, Cromdale, Grantown on Spey, Highlands of Scotland
SaneVax.org

Chelsea had 2 injections of Cervarix in the fall of 2012 before we went to Australia.

A few months after we returned, we took her in for the third jab.

The GP practice stated that they didnt stock Cervarix any longer, but would check whether they could use Gardasil to finish the series.

The next week in May 2013 she had her final vaccination, but it was Gardasil, not Cervarix.

I did not question this because I trusted the doctor to protect her health.

However, looking back I had so little information to go on at the time, I certainly should have questioned the decision to mix the two HPV vaccines.

Until after the third injection, Chelsea was a normal healthy girl.

In late August of the same year she started complaining of back pain.

At first, I discounted it but 3 weeks later it had become so serious we had to take her back to the doctor. She was referred for physio, but it did not help.

As time went on, Chelsea became increasingly disabled by her now constant back pain.

By late September she could not manage to get out of bed very often. School attendance became impossible as the pain spread to other joints in her body, mainly her neck, knees and legs.

We were now regular visitors to our local GP. Chelsea was referred for an urgent MRI. The results returned 5 days later showing mild oedema on her anterior spinal column.

Her GP suspected Lyme disease, but the test results came back negative.

On December 3rd 2013, Chelseas GP admitted her to the Childrens Ward. Her symptoms at the time were persistent pain in her back, lower and upper limbs, sleeping problems, loss of grip strength, paraesthesia (tingling, numbness) in her hands, intermittent tingling in her arms and legs, and no reflexe...

07:05

Time to be open about ethnic crime "IndyWatch Feed National"

As many people have found out over the years, getting your picture on the front page of The West Australian is not always a good thing.

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07:04

Swim club celebrates its success "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Enjoying success in SGBs intraclub swimming competition at Leongatha SPLASH last Friday night were Lilly Bassed of Sandy Point, Evie Winn of Wonthaggi and Tayah Matheson of Leongatha, who all picked up ribbons in the under 8s 50 metre freestyle. kg464518

The hard-working volunteer committee behind the South Gippsland Bass Swimming Club celebrated together at Leongatha SPLASH on Friday night. Pictured, from left, are: Phil Munro, Lorraine Muir (president), Nerine Courtney, Sandy Norton, Leah Dal Pozzo, Katie Winn, John Simmons and Gabbi Boyd. kg484518

South Gippsland Shire Council Mayor Cr Lorraine Brunt and Deputy Mayor Cr Aaron Brown congratulated SGB coach Sarah Harris on the clubs recent Swimming Australia award win at Leongatha SPLASH on Friday night. kg474518

MEMBERS and friends of the South Gippsland Bass (SGB) Swimming Club gathered in Leongatha on Friday night to celebrate being named as the top swimming club in Australia.
The club received Swimming Australias 2018 Club of the Year Award at a ceremony the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre on October 26, attended by 45 young swimmers as well as SGB coaches and committee members.
Last weeks gathering at Leongatha SPLASH was an opportunity for the whole club- currently 200 members strong- to come together to celebrate the win.
South Gippsland Shire Council Mayor Cr Lorraine Brunt an...

06:37

The Happy-go-Lucky Girl I had Pre-HPV Vaccine is Gone Forever "IndyWatch Feed National"

Chelsea-Scotland-FB

Chelsea: HPV vaccine survivor from Scotland.

HPV vaccines: My daughters lost years

by Fiona Mackenzie, Cromdale, Grantown on Spey, Highlands of Scotland
SaneVax.org

Chelsea had 2 injections of Cervarix in the fall of 2012 before we went to Australia.

A few months after we returned, we took her in for the third jab.

The GP practice stated that they didnt stock Cervarix any longer, but would check whether they could use Gardasil to finish the series.

The next week in May 2013 she had her final vaccination, but it was Gardasil, not Cervarix.

I did not question this because I trusted the doctor to protect her health.

However, looking back I had so little information to go on at the time, I certainly should have questioned the decision to mix the two HPV vaccines.

Until after the third injection, Chelsea was a normal healthy girl.

In late August of the same year she started complaining of back pain.

At first, I discounted it but 3 weeks later it had become so serious we had to take her back to the doctor. She was referred for physio, but it did not help.

As time went on, Chelsea became increasingly disabled by her now constant back pain.

By late September she could not manage to get out of bed very often. School attendance became impossible as the pain spread to other joints in her body, mainly her neck, knees and legs.

We were now regular visitors to our local GP. Chelsea was referred for an urgent MRI. The results returned 5 days later showing mild oedema on her anterior spinal column.

Her GP suspected Lyme disease, but the test results came back negative.

On December 3rd 2013, Chelseas GP admitted her to the Childrens Ward. Her symptoms at the time were persistent pain in her back, lower and upper limbs, sleeping problems, loss of grip strength, paraesthesia (tingling, numbness) in her hands, intermittent tingling in her arms and legs, and no reflexes.....

06:14

Adani water project bypasses full environmental impact assessment against advice "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

By the ABCs Specialist Reporting Teams Penny Timms and national environment, science and technology reporter Michael Slezak. This article explains, based on of documents obtained under Freedom of Information, that evidence pointing to reasons why Adani should not be given access to billions of litres of water was ignored by the government.

The Federal Environment Department ruled against the advice of the Governments own water experts when deciding Adanis North Galilee Water Scheme, in Central Queensland, did not require a full environmental assessment.

Documents obtained under Freedom of Information (FOI) and provided to the ABC by activist group Lock the Gate Alliance showed the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources wrote to the Environment Department suggesting the project could activate what is known as the water trigger.

The water trigger was established in 2013, specifically to ensure gas and coal mining projects likely to have a significant impact on the countrys water resources, underwent a full environmental assessment.

But in September, the Department of Environment ruled Adanis water project, which has plans to extract up to 12.5 billion litres of water a year from a river in Queensland to support the Carmichael coal mine, did not activate the trigger because it considered the water project separate to the mine.

The new documents show that conclusion was counter to the view of experts in the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, which was expressed to the Department of Environment before it made its decision.

The Department of Environment initially refused access to the documents, only revealing them once Lock the Gate Alliance appealed against that decision.

The submission from the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources read:

The department considers the proposed action could have significant impact(s) on a water resource, in relation to coal seam gas development and large coal mining development, protected under the EPBC Act.

According to the act, that description fits the requirement needed to activate the water trigger.

Warwick Giblin is managing director of consultancy OzEnvironmental and has worked in environmental management for decades.

Mr Giblin told the ABC the FOI document was important.

Its significant on a number of counts, he said.

It said the project could have significant impacts on the water, not just any impacts b...

06:00

Will ScoMos Pacific step up be an aid budget step back? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Scott Morrison has broken his Prime Ministerial silence on aid this week, in an exclusive interview with the Daily Telegraph and a significant speech on the Pacific.

On Wednesday, Morrison spoke to the Teles Sharri Markson about his vision for the aid program, which is decidedly anti-multilateral but pro-sports.

Why do we want to be in a race to spend lots of money badly? he asked rhetorically in the interview, slighting the NGO sector and seemingly forgetting that the aid budget is now at historic lows as a percentage of Gross National Income.

The article confirmed there would be no increases to aid under his government. Its worth remembering that Morrisons maiden speech in Parliament in 2008 sung the praises of aid and called for its increase, noting that addressing global poverty was a moral crisis that eclipses all other. His tone in the Tele couldnt have been more different.

The story did however suggest that more aid would be allocated to sports diplomacy: a pursuit of questionable development utility at least insofar as poverty alleviation is concerned and one to which Australias profitable sports codes could surely make some sort of financial contribution.

Multilateral organisations were broadly criticised, but there were no specific details on which ones might face a cut. The PM even suggested that the Coalition government has already been diverting aid funds away from multilaterals:

what weve done in it is to focus it more and more and get it away from all these international club joining exercises which Ive always thought was pretty useless.

To be clear, this isnt the case. Since 2013-14 the percentage of Australian aid delivered through multilaterals has increased. His comments suggest that the multilaterals will be exposed if there are any further cuts  or to fund new Pacific infrastructure spending, on which see below.

A key message was his desire to refocus Australias aid on our nearest neighbours, also a significant theme of his speech delivered Thursday in Townsville. Morrison rightfully acknowledged the importance of the Pacific, referring to the region as family, and noting its unfortunate neglect in Australian politic...

02:35

Daily Digest 11/8 - Strong Dollar Hits Chinas Foreign-Exchange Reserves, The U.S. Is Going Broke "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

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00:15

When will the Federal Government realise there is a Climate Emergency? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"



The need for urgent and effective action on climate change is becoming a major issue in Australia .  More people are starting to realise that we are facing a climate emergency and that we are being caught short largely because of the incompetence of our Federal Government which continues to be captive to climate denialists and the coal lobby.

The message from the October 20 Wentworth byelection does not appear to have resonated with Prime Minister Morrison and others in his Government.  Morrison is equating the devastating swing against the Government with the electorates concern about the dumping of their popular member, Prime Minister Turnbull.  While that was certainly a factor, there were other concerns about the Governments poor performance with a major one being its lack of effective climate action.

Despite all that Wentworth voters said about climate change (as well as the way they voted), there are Government members who claim Wentworth cannot be seen as comparable with other electorates. Wentworth is different! According to them, climate change is not a major issue elsewhere.  It will be interesting to see if this wishful thinking lasts until next years federal election campaign.

While Wentworth indicated the growing public concern about climate change, other recent developments in relation to climate have further shown how out of touch the Government is....

00:15

A salutary lesson for business concerning the dangers of participating in an interim prime ministers frenetic electioneering. "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Virgin Australia learning the hard way that drinking the Kool-Aid offered by Scott Morrison on the federal election campaign trail is not a wise decision,,,,,,,,,

Sunday Telegraph, 4 November 2018, p.4:

Australias heroes Defence Force veterans who have selflessly served the nation will board aircraft first and be formally acknowledged before take-off in a bid to further entrench national respect.

The Digger dedication plan will take place on all Virgin Australia flights and will be announced today by Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

Taking Mr Morrisons plan to provide veterans with a US-style military card that gives discounts on petrol, food and even weddings a step further, Virgin Australia will honour former servicemen and women with a priority boarding process, and alert passengers via a public announcement that heroes are on board.
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00:03

The Creation of Mick Jagger, continued "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"





I made Dario's scissors sharper so he can (erm) mess with my head 


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23:01

Port Macquarie pummelled by 'life-threatening' tennis ball-sized hailstones in Australia "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Rollands Plains and Kundabung on the New South Wales mid-north coast were pummelled by "life-threatening" hailstones measuring up to 9 centimetres on Wednesday afternoon. Mark Wilgar from the Bureau of Meteorology described the hailstones as "extraordinary". "That's probably life-threatening at that size," Mr Wilgar said. "With an impact that would be like, somebody standing on a cloud and throwing a cricket ball at your head. "Unbelievable stuff, mother nature showing off again. It seems so outrageous."

22:48

Philoria Trip 2018 (1/4): Philoria Frustrations Come to an End "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Its been a fair while since Ive posted any of the numerous frogging adventures I have been on over the last several years. One adventure that has been a long time coming was a dedicated frogging trip to find the thus far elusive Masked Mountain Frog (Philoria loveridgei). Sure, Ive made several day trips to []

22:39

How soon can you quit your job? (watch) "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Finally some more interesting news out to wrap up the week, with the release of the housing finance figures for September 2018 on Friday morning. 

Industry data suggest that September was quite a soft month for aggregate loan values - albeit a while ago now - and it will be interesting to see if there was any drag on the average mortgage size resulting from changes to lending standards.

Will also be watching the value of investor loans with interest.

In the meantime, here's another video for you to watch!

22:10

Australian Army NH Industries MRH-90 Multi-Role Helicopter A40-017 Pops into Rockhampton Airport as "Warhorse 9" "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

On Wednesday 7 November, Australian Army NH Industries MRH-90 Multi-Role Helicopter A40-017 was photographed arriving and departing Rockhampton Airport.


It touched down after flying in direct from Townsville.





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22:04

22:04

PERTH Drugs located after traffic stop in Kalgoorlie, WA "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Drugs located after traffic stop in Kalgoorlie, WA .

November 08, 2018 at 12:48PM .

Trafficable Quantity of Methylamphetamine with Intent to Sell or Supply it to Another. They are both next due to appear in the Perth Magistrates Court

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=https://www.miragenews.com/drugs-located-after-traffic-stop-in-kalgoorlie-wa/&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjY4M2YzY2YyMWY0NTY1YTk6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNGj-KkOEy85RvNbUSa_QLGyMbhePw

https://ifttt.com/myrecipes/personal/23688280 .

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22:04

PERTH Men charged over 165g meth seizure "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Men charged over 165g meth seizure .

November 08, 2018 at 12:48PM .

trafficable quantity of methylamphetamine with intent to sell or supply. They are both next due to appear in the Perth Magistrates Court on December

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=https://thewest.com.au/news/kalgoorlie-miner/men-charged-over-165g-meth-seizure-ng-b881015811z&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjY4M2YzY2YyMWY0NTY1YTk6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNH1d5ZzNEfWWq1sO5SCgmYqZPOBZw

https://ifttt.com/myrecipes/personal/23688280 .

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21:53

Kastoria! "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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This FRIDAY 9th North @ THE KASTORIA MUSIC CLUB 



21:47

Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Beech B350 Super King Air Turboprops Also at and above CQ Airports This Week "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

As well as the corporate bizjet movements transporting Prime Minister Scott Morrison around Central Queensland Airports this week - see Blog post below - there has also been a couple of Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Beech B350 Super King Air turboprop aircraft doing the rounds flying into and above several CQ Airports.


A32-348 at Rockhampton Airport during a previous visit  (File photo)

On Tuesday 6 November, Super King Airs A32-348 as "Torch 46", followed by A32-339 as "Torch 22", both flew North from Oakey on a navigation exercise, tracking up the Queensland coast via overhead the Sunshine Coast, Maryborough, Bundaberg, Gladstone and Rockhampton Airports.

They were noted then descending from Mackay for low-level airwork around Brampton Island before landing at Hamilton Island Airport. 

Both Super King Airs were then later noted landing at Cairns.

Then on Wednesday 7 November, fellow RAAF Super King Air A32-372 as "Hudson 32", was noted flying into Roma Airport from RAAF Base East Sale in Victoria.  It then departed to Townsville.

Finally, on Thursday 8 November, A32-339, this time as "Hudson 32", which flew north from Oakey on Tuesday, landed at Longreach Airport from Townsville.  It then departed to East Sale.

While A32-348, again as "Torch 46", was noted arriving into Rockhampton Airport from Cairns.  It then departed to Oakey via the Queensland coast.

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21:43

Prom Coast Food Collective "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Orders OPEN...and beef almost sold out...

Click on this link to visit our online shop - 
openfoodnetwork.org.au/prom-coast-food-co-op/shop

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21:41

Attempted Break In "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Attempted break in Elizabeth St near Murray Rd corner.

Thursday afternoon 8 Nov between about 2.15pm and 4.45pm.

Double glazed windows cracked and frames damaged, and attempted jemmy of security doors.

Police attended and generating report.

21:29

Multiple RAAF Corporate Bizjets Call into CQ Airports as Prime Minister Scott Morrison Comes to Town This Week "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

This post has been written and updated over the course of this week...

This week, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison completed a highly publicised tour of several Federal Government seats in Queensland, including some in Central Queensland.  He was to complete the tour by bus - the 'Sco Mo Express'- although on Tuesday 6 November, he was noted arriving into Rockhampton Airport for an engagement on board one of the Royal Australian Air Forces VIP aircraft!

A36-002 at Mackay Airport recently  (File photo)

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RAAF Boeing B737-7DF(BBJ) A36-002 was noted arriving into Rockhampton Airport from the Sunshine Coast as "Regent 66" with PM Morrison on board.  The BBJ then departed to Canberra.

Then, early on Wednesday 7 November, RAAF Canadair CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604 bizjet A37-002 was also noted arriving into Rockhampton Airport, also from Canberra.  It departed to Bendigo in Victoria a couple of hours later.  A37-002 was heard to be using the radio callsign of "Regent 68".

And fellow RAAF Challenger 604 A37-001 was noted arriving into Mackay Airport from RAAF Base Amberley as "Envoy 55".  It later returned to Amberley.

Then...

21:26

Tasered man at Fairy Meadow "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

police 4A MAN has been charged after a barricade situation at Fairy Meadow on Wednesday.

Wollongong police were called to a domestic-related incident at a home on the Princes Highway, Fairy Meadow about 9am on Wednesday.

As officers arrived at the home, a 23-year-old man allegedly armed with two knives locked himself in the home. Another man and a woman were able to leave the home uninjured.

Police secured a perimeter and negotiations commenced with the man.

Just before midday, the man exited a door at the rear of the home and he was tasered and arrested. He was taken to Wollongong Hospital for assessment.

Once he was released, he was taken to Wollongong Police Station and charged with use offensive weapon to prevent lawful detention, assault police officer in execution of duty (x2), behave in offensive manner in/near public place, destroy or damage property, and stalk/intimidate intend fear physical etc harm.

21:18

Greens promise Thirroul tunnel "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Mehreen Faruqi

Senator Mehreen Faruqi

THE Australian Greens will set aside $1.5 billion to start construction of a Thirroul rail tunnel to slash rail travel times to Sydney for the people of the Illawarra as part of their Federal Election platform.
Senator for NSW, Dr Mehreen Faruqi, who is also a civil and environmental engineer, said the Greens will redirect money for toll roads across the country into public transport projects.

The Greens will set aside $1.5 billion of that funding towards the Thirroul tunnel, which, Dr Faruqi said will cover almost half the expected price tag and will shave 22 minutes of each trip between the Illawarra and Sydney.

We know that thousands of people travel between the Illawarra and Sydney every day and face overcrowded trains, long commutes and a lack of seating. It doesnt have to be this way the Illawarra deserves world class, 21st Century public transport.
As a civil engineer it is frustrating to see Governments commit to building multibillion dollar toll roads, like the F6, rather than invest in real solutions at a fraction of the cost, like the Thirroul tunnel.
The Greens will set aside $1.5 billion dollars of Federal Funding to go towards the Thirroul Tunnel. This will cover almost half the expected price tag and shave nearly 25 minutes off each trip.

21:03

Australian FM raises Xinjiang interment camps on China visit "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australias foreign minister raised Chinas internment of Uighur minorities in Xinjiang at a meeting with her Chinese counterpart on Thursday as Beijing comes under increasing international scrutiny over its controversial security policy.

Marise Payne spoke after meeting with Chinas chief diplomat Wang Yi on the first visit to Beijing by an Australian foreign minister in nearly three years as both countries pursue a thaw in relations.

POOL/AFP | Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne (L) says she raised the Xinjiang internment camps in talks with Chinas top diplomat Wang Yi (R)

Earlier this week, Payne said she would register serious concerns over the huge facilities in northwestern Xinjiang region, where activists say up to one million Uighurs and other mainly-Muslim minorities are detained in political re-education camps.

We did exchange views on that matter, Payne said at a press conference alongside Wang, but she did not elaborate on what she had told him behind closed doors.

It is rare for foreign officials to publicly chastise China over its human rights record during a visit to the country.

Wang, who opened his statement by wishing everyone a happy Chinese journalists day, asked media to view the issue of Xinjiang from the perspective of combating terrorism.

China is firmly against terrorism, and will take strict precautions against the spread of terrorism domestically, Wang said. This is not only in accord with our own interests but the shared interests of the international community.

The United States and other countries called on China to release people held in the centres as the country faced a grilling at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on Tuesday.

The Chinese delegation reiterated Beijings description of the camps as vocational training centres that were built to help people drawn to extremism stay away from terrorism and allow them to be reintegrated into society.

Payne visited Beijing for the Fifth Australia-China Foreign and Strategic Dialogue.

While China is Australias largest trading partner, ties between the two governments have been strained in recent years over allegations Beijing was interfering in domestic politics and using donations to gain access.

Australia has also barred Chinese telecom firms Huawei and ZTE from operating the countrys new 5G network a decision that has infuriated Beijing.

On Wednesday, Australia also blocked a bid of more than US$9 billion from Hong Kong giant CK Group for the countrys bigge...

20:50

9 Nov 2018 CFNC talk reminder and venue change "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The talk by Deanna Marshall of Trust for Nature about Plains-Wanderers is being moved slightly due to the high school exams taking place in the usual venue.  This presentation to the November 2018 meeting of the CFNC is now to be held in the Chapel room at the back of the main Uniting Church building.  Entry to the Chapel is from near the rear of the building, on the western side (towards the train line).  Start time remains the same, as do all other details (Click here for the original post about this presentation).  Apologies for the late notice!

20:31

Byrrill Creek Road closed to all traffic "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Byrrill Creek Road has been closed about 5km from the Kyogle Road turnoff due to a landslip.

 Council has closed the road after contractors working to repair a downside slip that occurred during Cyclone Debbie noticed cracks in the road pavement about 1.5 metres from the edge which were widening quickly, leaving the road unsafe and impassable.

The failure is west of Cedar Creek Road, allowing that community continued access in and out via Kyogle Road. Any residents west of the closure will have to travel a longer route via Tyalgum.

The contractors will work over the weekend in a bid to get the road stabilised and reopened by Monday. They are bringing more resources in to assist with the work and will place signage at the detour points.

Traffic control is currently on site turning vehicles around on both sides of the failure.

The post Byrrill Creek Road closed to all traffic appeared first on Echonetdaily.

20:01

Who lives in the Wombat Forest? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Gayle Osborne from Wombat Forestcare is giving a short presentation on the amazing wildlife and threatened species of the Wombat Forest at 6pm on 20 November in the Ray Bradfield Room, Castlemaine.

Wombat Forestcare has spent years learning about, promoting and protecting this stunning forest. The group has discovered, using camera traps and spotlighting, beautiful and endangered Greater Gliders, Powerful Owls and more. Using this information they have worked incredibly hard to protect the forest into the future by getting it assessed as a potential National Park.  

As mentioned in previous posts (see here and here), the Victorian Environmental Assessment Council (VEAC) has released a Draft Proposal report recommending new protections of public land for Wombat forest (near Daylesford), Wellsford (near Bendigo), Mount Cole and Pyrenees Range forests (near Beaufort and Avoca) and dozens of smaller public parcels in the investigation area. This is great news and a one off opportunity to protect this land.

This meeting will give people an opportunity to learn about the Wombat Forest and write a submission on the VEAC report on the night. Download the flyer here.

19:28

Butterfingers announce 15 Years Of Fatboys anniversary tour "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Brisbane hip-hop outfit Butterfingers are set to hit the road next year, celebrating the 15th anniversary of their iconic debut record.

Back in May of 2004, the world of Aussie hip-hop was turned upside down when Butterfingers released Breakfast At Fatboys, a 13-track effort that blended elements of hip-hop, rock, and punk with the bands witty lyrics.

Bolstered by singles such as Everytime, I Love Work, and the triple j favourite Yo Mama, the record was a huge success, scoring plenty of airplay and even earning an ARIA Award nomination.

Now, 15 years later, Butterfingers are set to celebrate the anniversary of their amazing debut, with a national tour and a vinyl reissue.

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Kicking off at the start of March, Butterfingers 15 Years Of Fatboys tour will see the band perform in Noosa moving through to the Gold Coast, Brisbane, Wollongong, Newcastle, Sydney, Adelaide, Frankston, Geelong, Belgrave, Dunsborough, Perth, Hillarys, Melbourne, Hobart, Townsville, Airlie Beach, Toowoomba, Ipswich, and wrapping up at The Northern in Byron Bay on April 26th.

Were super stoked to be hitting the road for the anniversary tour of Breakfast At Fatboys, and cant believe its been 15 years, explained frontman Evil Eddie. Its a good long list of shows, and theres going to be songs in the set we havent played live since the original album tour in 2004.

Supporting the group on all of these shows will be none other than Fresh Violet, who will be helping the group turn this into a pretty special affair, with some special moments taking place throughout the tour.

Playing some of those old tunes that we havent touched for so long is the obvious one but theres a specific track with the classy title of Piss On Ya that always gets requested at shows but since it features a female emcee who isnt a regular member of the band, weve hardly ever performed it live, Evil Eddie continues.

Fortunately we are taking a female emcee from Melb known as Fresh Violet on the road with us and Im hoping we can twist her arm to make a cameo on the track.

This anniversary tour will also see the band reissuing Breakfast At Fatboys on limited edition orange vinyl. Pre-orders for this special release are available now.....

19:12

Chewing over corvid cleverness "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Clever birds, corvids (crows and ravens). Toolmaking. Zip opening. Number counting. Canny Cane Toad chewing. Egg munching. Golf ball eating . . . Well, not so clever with the golf balls. And maybe some vaunted skills are more lab products than typical wild behaviour. Above, Australian Raven tearing at eye and shoulder, near poison gland, of toad - probably dead when found - today at Townsville Common Conservation Park. Terrible image, but taken from about 50 metres away.

Bird, without any sign of distaste then turned toad over and drove beak several times into underside trying to tear into flesh. Unfortunately it then flew off with toad so outcome unknown. But it seems clear raven never got the memo about avoiding toad toxins. And nor had its immature offspring, watching proceedings from beside parent. One case proves little, but I've argued previously that any sensible bird would seek to eat toads or frogs from the underside, because of the soft underbelly. No genius required.

Which brings us to golf balls. Stolen by hundreds every year from the 27 golf holes the Town Common almost encircles. Stolen and abandoned after failing to crack open like eggs. Year after year corvids steal hundreds of golf balls. Not an egg among them. How clever are they really? Better to be lucky than clever. Bumble along and stumble upon Bush Stone-curlew and eggs (above).

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17:46

A bit of background on Malcolm "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

I put this up on line back in February 2015 just as Malcolm was about to lead the knifing of Tony Abbott. Title turned out to be wrong I did vote for him but the post was extraordinarily mild given what we now know: I would never vote for a Coalition led by Malcolm Turnbull. A few things to keep in mind if you have the strength and fortitude to watch him on Q&A tonight.

Andrew Bolt says that Malcolm Turnbull is about to have his final go at taking over the leadership of the Liberal Party by Tuesday, so that it is now or never to make our views known (see here and here).

When I used to work in Canberra, our offices backed onto the Liberal Party headquarters, and I was asked one time, even before Malcolm entered Parliament, what I thought about him. My answer was that if I was in the constituency that would decide the fate of the next election, and my vote was the one that would put him in or out, that I would hesitate about which way to go. That was then. Today I would have no doubt. The reasons.

Peter Wright For me, national security is the ultimate issue in any election. There are always international issues that matter, and they weigh heavy with me. All but forgotten today, The Spycatcher Trial was one of those moments I do not forget. Wright was an MI5 agent who set out to write a tell-all/reveal-all of the English intelligence service. Margaret Thatcher sought to prevent the publication of his book, and the final determination was in a court in Tasmania, in which Malcolm Turnbull sought to defend Wright and ultimately was successful in allowing the book to be published worldwide because it could be published in Australia. I was told then that everyone deserves the best defence and etc etc, but if Malcolm has ever said that he defended Wright even though he was treasonous scum, I havent heard it. I would never trust Turnbull on any national security issue, and there is nothing more important at the present time.

Hes a Warmist Anyone soft-headed enough to take in the Global Warming scam without at least some doubts is not a possessor of the shrewd, sensible, incisive mind I am looking for in a leader. He lost the leadership on this one issue at the time because there are people like me who would never line up behind anyone who believes this stuff needs trillion dollar government solutions....

17:16

Tesla names Robyn Denholm as its new chairwoman, replacing Elon Musk "IndyWatch Feed National"

The SEC gave Musk a deadline of November 13 to step down from his role of chairman of Tesla.

The electric vehicle maker has announced that Denholm will head the board of the companyand one of her primary roles will be to oversee Elon Musk, the Wall Street Journal reports. Denholm is best known for her role as the chief financial officer of Australian telecommunications company Telstra, though she isnt a newcomer to Teslashes served on Teslas board since 2014.

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16:29

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

The writer Donald Elley

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

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

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

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

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

14:35

Texas Takes Action Against Crypto Company Promising 200% Profit "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Texas Takes Action Against Cryptocurrency Mining Company Promising 200 Percent Profit

The Texas State Securities Board has issued an emergency cease and desist order to an Australia-based cryptocurrency mining company and its affiliates. According to the order, the company represents that investments in its mining contracts are guaranteed to 200% profit.

Also read: Yahoo! Japan Confirms Entrance Into the Crypto Space

Cease and Desist Order

Texas Takes Action Against Cryptocurrency Mining Company Promising 200 Percent ProfitThe Texas State Securities Board on Tuesday issued an emergency cease and desist order to Sydney-based Aws Mining Pty. Ltd. and nine other respondents affiliated with the company. The entities named are Automated Web Services Mining (Aws Mining), Mycoindeal, Aws Elite, and West Texas Oilfield Cloud Miners Club.

Sydney-based Mycoindeal provides wallet services for investments issued by Aws Mining. Aws Elite is a multi-level marketing o...

14:30

Proven Benefits and Uses of Tea Tree Oil (Melaleuca Oil) Science Based "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tea tree oil has been used for centuries due to its amazing medicinal and therapeutic properties. The antimicrobial compounds in tea tree oil have many uses and benefits. You can use tea tree oil to cure fungal infections, help cuts to heal quickly, get rid of dandruff, and treat nail infections.

To use tea tree oil on your skin, scalp, or feet, you can add it to a carrier oil and apply to your body. On small areas of skin, tea tree oil can be used as a spot treatment on acne pimples or to disinfect small cuts. You can even add a few drops of tea tree oil to your shampoo if you want to use tea tree oil to soothe an itchy scalp.

In this article, you will learn about the many uses of tea tree oil and why it is one of the best antimicrobial essential oils you can use. At the end of the article, you can find out about precautions to take when using tea tree oil for medicinal purposes.

What is Tea Tree Oil (Melaleuca Oil) and Where It Comes From

Tea tree oil (also called melaleuca oil) comes from extracting oil from the leaves of the tree Melaleuca alternifolia that grows in Australia. The tea tree plant looks like a tall shrub but can grow into a moderate sized tree.

The journal Clinical Microbiology Reviews reports that tea tree oil contains a number of medicinal compounds. The most prominent antimicrobial compound in tea tree oil is terpinen-4-ol. To use tea tree oil for its therapeutic benefits, tea tree oil should contain at least 30% terpinen-4-ol. (1)

According to research published in 2018, recent scientific studies have confirmed many of the medicinal uses and benefits of tea tree oil. Research has shown that tea tree oil can be used for its antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, and antioxidant properties. (2)

Some scientists have found that tea tree oil is even powerful enough to be effective against many drug-resistant strains of fungi and bacteria. (1, 3)

What is Tea Tree Oil Good For?

The powerful healing compounds of tea tree oil mean that it is useful in addressing a number of health concerns.

As well as containing terpinen-4-ol, researchers have identified a number of other beneficial chemicals in tea tree oil. These include 1,8 cineole, limonene, linalool, and terpineol.

How can you use tea tree oil to treat many ailments? Because tea tree oil is antifungal and antibacterial (...

11:15

The Bennies "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

THE BENNIES

The Bennies announce Australian summer dates, new band member and their return to Europe.

Australias number one party starters today announce an Australian summer tour, a short run by The Bennies standards, but still covering most of the country. This January theyll be visiting Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Fremantle and Adelaide.

Not just any old tour this will be the first tour officially as a five-piece as The Bennies welcome long time collaborator and tour member DJ Snes Mega to the band. Snes has been involved with The Bennies since their first album and can be heard scratching on many Bennies releases.

Its been a busy couple of months behind the scenes for The Bennies, the new line-up is refreshed and unleashed, and the band are writing monster party bangers like never before.

In other news, The Bennies have announced their 2019 return to Europe, playing Belgiums Brakrock festival. With more shows to be announced shortly, this will be The Bennies fourth European tour in the last three years.

Stay tuned for more news from The Bennies, new music is imminent.

Tickets on sale Monday November 12th at 9am

 

The post The Bennies appeared first on The Zoo.

10:11

Butterfingers Fatboys 15th Anniversary Tour "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

BUTTERFINGERS
15 YEARS OF FATBOYS AUSTRALIAN TOUR


After a massive 2018, which has already seen Aussie hiphop royalty Butterfingers release new music, head out on tour and play a string of killer showcases at BIGSOUND, the legendary group have today announced the 15 Years of Fatboys Australian tour.  The epic run kicks off on March 1, 2019 at The Villa in Noosa, before moving through to the Gold Coast, Brisbane, Wollongong, Newcastle, Sydney, Adelaide, Frankston, Geelong, Belgrave, Dunsborough, Perth, Hillarys, Melbourne, Hobart, Townsville, Airlie Beach, Toowoomba, Ipswich, and wrapping up at The Northern in Byron Bay on April 26.

 

With years of experience under their belts, their tongues inserted firmly and permanently in their cheeks, and an undeniable sense of rhythmic brilliance, Butterfingers are thrilled to bring their breakout album Breakfast At Fatboys back out on the road in 2019.  They have also announced that the classic album will be released on orange vinyl for the first time ever, to coincide with the tour.  Excited to kick things off, Evil Eddie enthuses, Were super stoked to be hitting the road for the anniversary tour of Breakfast At Fatboys, and cant believe its been 15 years.  Its a good long list of shows, and theres going to be songs in the set we haven...

Wednesday, 07 November

23:34

The Mobbing Game "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Klaus Abbink and Gnl Dogan have a horrific new paper. Horrific because despite being in a safe, experimental setting the results are all too realistic:

We introduce the experimental mobbing game. Each player in a group has the option to nominate one of the other players or to nominate no one. If the same person is nominated by all other players, he loses his payoff and the mob gains. We conduct three sets of experiments to study the effects of monetary gains, fear of being mobbed, and different types of focality. In the repeated mobbing game, we find that subjects frequently coordinate on selecting a victim, even for modest gains. Higher gains make mobbing more likely. We find no evidence that fear of becoming the victim explains mobbing. Richer and poorer players are equally focal. Pity plays no role in mobbing decisions. Ingroup members introduced by colours are less likely to be victims, and both payoff difference and colour difference serve as strong coordination devices. Commonly employed social preference theories do not explain our findings.

In short, the authors give experimental participants an opportunity to nominate a victim and redistribute towards themselves. Willingness to do this is common even in cases where the victims lose a lot and the bullies gain only a little. In some cases, the redistribution increases social welfare but these are also the cases where the bullies get a lot. Overall, its pretty clear that motivation is greed rather than increased social welfare but it would have been good to have an experiment that distinguished better the greed and social welfare cases. Importantly, distinguishing one of the players by making them poorer/richer/yellow also increased mobbing of that player.

I loved this footnote:

The labels [M,T, G, P] are also a hidden homage to the inmates Mather, Travers, Greenhill and Pearce, who escaped from a Tasmanian prison camp in a group of eight in 1822, only to get lost in the forest. When food ran out, the four conspired to apply the Custom of the Sea to the others. When no-one else was left, they turned to killing and eating one another, until only Pearce survived. All victims were chosen in decidedly non-random ways. This story is one of the great Australian foundation myths, and it was an inspiration for this study (for a dramatic reconstruction, see Van Diemens Land (2009)). We are confident that none of our Northern European subjects made that connection.

Hat tip: Rolf Degen.

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21:48

Untying the Knot: Does The Wedding Industry Have You Under Its Thumb? "IndyWatch Feed National"

At the end of 2017, Australia celebrated a resounding yes vote for marriage equality. And as many of us were dusting off our hangovers, the commentary was already shifting from love to money. A vote for equality would also unleash the pink dollar a $650 million annual boom to the wedding industry. Almost instantly, we put a price tag on equal love.

Marriage (a long term, humble and loving commitment) and weddings (our Big Day, the flashy party, over before you can say, Where did all that money go?) have become synonymous. Our idealised view of marriage is that it should begin with the ultimate fairytale wedding, and this ideal is fuelling an excessive, exploitative industry that has every hopeful romantic in its sights.

When I remove my rose-tinted glasses, a traditional wedding looks more like a glorified celebration of the continuity of patriarchal values and reminds me of the blatant over-consumption thats destroying our planet. Dont get me wrong. Despite what might sound like a hardy feminist exterior, Ive had daydreams of stars aligning one day. Despite all logic and odds that would say otherwise, in a world of 7 billion people, and hundreds of thousands of divorces per year, I still sometimes daydream about finding my soulmate.

We are all more intelligent than we are capable, and awareness of the insanity of love has never saved anyone from the disease.

Alain de Botton, Essays in Love.

In his talk On Love, English philosopher Alain de Botton discusses the ways Romanticism has changed marriage. What was once an institution of practicality and convenience for two families has become all about individual choice and the (often irrational) feeling of love.

So many of us yearn to find comfort and peace in another person. By celebrating marriage at our weddings, we publicly declare to our nearest and dearest we have found solace and happiness in another. And what a lovely sentiment that is.

But that lovely sentiment is also a very expensive, wasteful one. That lovely sentiment is fuelling an industry with an estimated global worth over $300 billion USD.

Were w...

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