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MACKAY REVEALED: Identity of accused change room filmer "IndyWatch Feed National"

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REVEALED: Identity of accused change room filmer

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John Macris: CCTV footage shows the moment of assassination in Athens "IndyWatch Feed National"

Footage from CCTV shows how the 46-year-old Greek-Australian John Macris was shot down outside his home in Voula suburb of south Athens on October 31st 2018. Macris is in his car when a man approaches and fires at him from the co-passenger side. The man wears a jockey cap,a two-colored jacket, black trousers and black

The post John Macris: CCTV footage shows the moment of assassination in Athens appeared first on Keep Talking Greece.


ALBUM REVIEW: Lost In The Woods Campfire Radio "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Its been nine years between albums for Sydneys Lost In The Woods. A reinvigorated lineup has seen them gigging more often and slowly but surely working towards the release of their third record. Campfire Radio finds the expressive and emotive group adding a rich palette of colour and detail to the songs of Brian Yatman. Continue reading


CENTENARY of ARMISTICE "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

REMEMBRANCE DAY this Sundaycommemorates the centenary of the signing of the Armistice at 11am on the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918 which [more]

The post CENTENARY of ARMISTICE appeared first on The Weekly Times.


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

On Sunday 4 November, Volga-Dnepr Airlines Antonov AN-124-100 RA-82044 made a spectacular arrival onto Runway 33 at Rockhampton Airport.  It arrived as "VDA1119" direct from Dhaka, Bangladesh. 



Bigelow Aerospace Advanced Space Studies and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas "IndyWatch Feed National"

Twitter user @Jay09784691, in a tweet dated today, tweeted that:

"Harry Reid Center for Environmental Studies released a newsletter in 2010 that links BAASS with a 'Nuclear Materials Group.'"

@Jay09784691 provided a link to a seven page PDF file.


The PDF file was a copy of the Harry Reid Center for Environmental Studies, University of Nevada at Las Vegas, Spring 2010 Newsletter titled "HRCeNews -2010, Spring." Page three carried a short item which read:

"The Nuclear Materials Group (lead: Dr Thomas Hartmann) has established a formal collaboration with the Bigelow Aerospace Advanced Space Studies (BAASS). The collaboration provides analytical assistance to BAASS for characterizing solid phases and precipitates."


@Jay09784691 posed a question in his tweet:

"Do we know if BAASS studied normal issue, or were specifically tied to phenomena?"

My thoughts on this question are reflected in a statement on the Bigelow Aerospace website of September 2008.

"Bigelow Aerospace Advanced Space Studies (BAASS), a sister company to Bigelow Aerospace, is a newly formed research organization that focuses on the identification, evaluation and acquisition of novel and emerging future technologies worldwide as this specifically relates to spacecraft. BAASS is headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada."

A search of Nevada State records reveals that BAASS was created in January 2008. In September 2008 BAASS received a contract as a result of its bid arising from the 18 August 2008 Defense Intelligence Agency's solicitation for work on its Advanced Aerospace Weapon System Applications Program (AAWSAP.) 


What about us? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A group of locals have been left asking why Ocean Grove doesnt have adequate playground and park facilities.

Council has committed to upgrade the playground facilities at Lake Avenue Reserve, but the group says it doesnt go far enough.

The reserve lacks toilet facilities and shade Rachael Punchard told the Voice.

We have to go Barwon Heads for a decent playground, she said.

And if we do come here, the kids have either go to the toilet in the bushes or we have to load them into the car again and take them home so they can go.

Ms Punchard said the council upgrade of the playground at Lake Ave was insufficient, was uninspiring for children and was like for like.

Theres so much space here, its so beautiful, but theres nothing here to spark the kids imaginations, she said.

The equipment is being replaced with something exactly the same.

Kids are playing in the bushes. They need tunnels and cubbyhouses and places to hide.

Ms Punchard said she would prefer to see natural materials used in the upgrade and sand

Sali Williams said the lack of shade at the playground often mean that even on a 21 degree day, the equipment becomes too hot to use.

She often takes her children to Barwon Heads pirate park or foreshore park, where there are toilets and sun protection.

Theres no point having a barbecue here because there are no toilets and no shade, she said.

City of Greater Geelong acting community life director Robyn Stevens said there were no plans to install a toilet block at Lake Avenue Reserve, but said additional trees will be planted in the area to offer shade, particularly around seating.

Lake Avenue Reserve is receiving a $100,000 playground upgrade. Brand new additions to the playground include a flying fox and all-ability access to the nest swing. Equipment being replaced includes slides, agility equipment and a play shop, Ms Stevens said.

The City manages approximately 300 playgrounds, and allocations are made to each facility based on whether they are designated as a local, district, sub-regional or regional park. This ensures consistency for families across the Greater Geelong region.

Ms Stevens eased fears that the current basketball ring would be removed.

The basketball space will be upgraded with plexipave surface and new line marking, she said.

Ms Stevens said Kingston Park has been identified as a sub-regional play space, and is set to receive a $350,000 upgrade in the coming months.


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Saudi Regime Survives but Enters the Time of Troubles "IndyWatch Feed National"

Former Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downers disclosure completely transforms the narrative about Khashoggis death and it is bound to be hugely consequential.


IPCC 1.5C report needs to inform Moreland's transport strategy "IndyWatch Feed"

I attended the Brunswick Town Hall, for a special hearing by Moreland Council considering oral presentations to submissions on the Moreland Integrated Transport Strategy and the Moreland Parking Policy. I was number 19 on the list of presenters as I had made a submission on behalf of Climate Action Moreland (Read it here). Many of the presenters spoke on the personal circumstances of traffic,


The IPCC 1.5C report and a visit to Bill Shorten to #stopAdani "IndyWatch Feed"

In this photo I am making a short speech outside Labor MP and Opposition leader Bill Shorten's office at Moonee Ponds on the major transformation necessary if we are to meet the 1.5C Paris climate target, as detailed by the recent IPCC 1.5C report (which I am holding up in the air). The climate science report says unequivocally that there is no physical or chemical impediment to us limiting


Australia - LETTERS: Don't force fluoride on us "IndyWatch Feed National"

Don't force fluoride on the population
THIS is not about fluoride, rather it's about our right to choose how we live.
Does the community have the right to force the ingestion of a substance many of us don't want and don't need?

Fluoride won't stop tooth decay any more than a reduction in our sugar intake and good oral hygiene will.
The fact is for every expert who lauds fluoride there is one who decries it!
No, not really surprising this is normal when it comes to experts.
If people really want to ingest fluoride there are many ways they can do so, without the need to enforce their will on the rest of us.
The 'right' to mass medicate is a slippery slope which leads, who knows where?


Bucks "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Hang on, people do bucks parties at the Melbourne Cup? How does all of creation not get sucked into that black hole?

What's a bucks turn at the Cup like? Does the man who is going to marry an alive woman eat vomit out of a bin? What are the antics?

Does the buck have to sprint out and touch the dead horse's dick? How is this double barrelled funpocalypse celebrated?

Does the buck have sneak into the celeb area and browneye an AFL rapist? What happens at this hardcore celebration of life at it's most pure?

At what borderline hellish piss-sinking sesh does anyone decide to celebrate a bucks turn at a wall to wall vomit club?

How do you know you've lost your soul and died like at a proper pre-wedding ritual if you're at the Cup, where that's just a normal day?



Chinas Trade Olive Branch Cant Dispel Fears of Clash With U.S. Both sides still think they have the upper hand. "IndyWatch Feed National"

  • Top Xi deputy says China still wants trade talks with Trump
  • Kissinger warns conflict would destroy hope for world order
Former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said the Communist Party leadership was coming to terms with a fundamental shift toward a more assertive China policy in Washington. Henry Kissinger who helped broker the U.S.s 1970s rapprochement with China said he was fairly optimistic a wider clash could be avoided, but warned that failure would destroy hope for world order.
China Stands Firmly Against Unilateralism, Trade Protectionism, VP Wang Says

A top Chinese officials offer of trade talks with the U.S. on Tuesday did little to assuage concerns that the worlds two largest economies were headed for a confrontation that could disrupt the global order.

Chinese Vice Pres...


Mehreen Faruqi - compare and contrast - Muslims & animals v. civilisation & animals "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Islam's big day out for our animal friends Australia's Big Day Out Mehreen Faruqi wants to stop the Melbourne Cup Michael Smith News (@mpsmithnews) November 5, 2018


Revealed: Big Pharma can access My Health Record "IndyWatch Feed National"

Originally posted on TOTT News:
Your health, all in one digital location. Photo: NGCM Pharmaceutical companies will be allowed to apply to access data from the controversial My Health Record system, a Senate committee hearing has been told. BACKGROUND The My Health Record is a digital health record for Australians where personal health information can


US labour market continues to improve but questions remain "IndyWatch Feed"

Today is the mid-term elections in the US and it seems that the media is focused on how many seats the Democrats will win. As a progressive this doesnt particularly interest me much given that the claims the Democrats have been making in the last few months about fiscal policy. Trump is out there demonstrating what expansionary fiscal policy can do when there is idle capacity. And last weeks (November 2, 2018) release by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) of their latest labour market data Employment Situation Summary October 2018 showed the employment impacts of that fiscal approach. Total non-farm employment from the payroll survey rose by a very strong 250,000 and the unemployment rate was steady at 3.5 per cent. Inflation remains subdued. The strong employment growth has also stimulated participation, which meant that the growth in the labour force has outstripped the strong employment growth and unemployment rose slightly in October. But that is the sort of dynamic that a high pressure economy exhibits and eventually the cyclical participation effects exhaust and the strong employment growth starts mopping up the last of the cyclical unemployment and underemployment. There is still some way to go for that to be the case. While the US labour market is reaching unemployment rates not seen since the late 1960s, the participation rate is still well below the pre-GFC levels and a substantial jobs deficit remains. There has also been a hollowing out of the occupational employment structure around the median pay occupations which confirms the bias towards low-pay jobs in the recovery. The employment-population ratio rose by 0.2 points in October. Taken together, the US labour market continued to improve in October but remains some distance from full employment.

Overview for October 2018

  • Payroll employment rose by 250,000.
  • Total labour force survey employment rose by 600 thousand in net terms.
  • The seasonally adjusted labour force rose by 711 thousand.
  • Official unemployment rose by 111 thousand to 6,075 thousand.
  • The official unemployment rate rose from 3.68 per cent to 3.74 per cent.
  • The participation rate rose by 2 points to 62.9 per cent but remains well below the peak in December 2006 (66.4 per cent). Adjusting for age effects, the rise in those who have given up looking for work for one reason or another since December 2006 is around 3,800 thousand workers. The corresponding unemployment rate would be 5.8 per cent, far higher than the current official rate.
  • The broad labour underutilisation measure (U6) fell to 7.5 per cent from 7.4 per cent.

For those who are confused about the difference between the payro...


HPV vaccines: My daughters lost years "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Fiona Mackenzie, Cromdale, Grantown on Spey, Highlands of Scotland

Chelsea: HPV vaccine survivor from Scotland

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 b...


Australia central bank raises economic growth forecast "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Australias central bank on Thursday said the economy was performing well and lifted its growth outlook while keeping interest rates at a record low but warned there were concerns about global trade.

The announcement comes as worries also begin to emerge about the countrys once booming housing market, which has slowed in recent months.

The Reserve Bank of Australia said this G20 economy continues to chug along and should expand around 3.5 this year and next, a fraction up from its previous forecast and continuing a global record 26 years of continuous growth.

AFP/File | Australians have looked increasingly jittery, with consumers tempering their spending and confidence steadily ebbing this year

Its main cash rate was left unchanged at 1.50 percent to stimulate consumer and business spending.

But it said there were doubts prompted by the direction of international trade policy in the United States, with Donald Trump having embarked on a protectionist agenda sparking standoffs with key partners including China and the European Union.

Meanwhile, at home consumers have looked increasingly jittery, with Australians tempering their spending and confidence steadily ebbing this year.

And a drop in house prices may be good news for renters, but it could hit the broader economy with recent buyers saddled with assets worth less than they paid for.

It wouldnt be too much of a concern yet, in the near term, Jason Yek of Fitch Solutions told AFP. But I do think housing prices are going to go down over coming quarters.

House prices in Sydney and Melbourne have increased by around 70 percent this decade, with wage growth lagging well behind, despite low unemployment rates.

Many Australians already find balancing the household books tougher despite the booming market and household debt remains at one of the highest levels of all OECD.

Some analysts predict household finances will only get tighter as a rash of interest-only home loans granted in 2015 end a five-year grace period.

By 2020, Yek said, many Australian home owners will have to start paying down the principle too.

According to NABs Consumer Anxiety Index the cost of living is still the biggest driver of Australian consumer angst.



The Bellinger River Virus and the endangered freshwater snapping turtle "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The "Bellinger River Virus" has been identified as the causative agent for the large scale mortalities in the endangered Bellinger River snapping turtles
in 2015.

Identification of a novel nidovirus as a potential cause of large scale mortalities in the endangered Bellinger River snapping turtle (Myuchelys georgesi) PLOS

Bellinger River virus found 06112018 The Bellingen Courier-Sun


The States Where Theres Still Progressive Hope In The American Midterm Elections "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

In the next 48 hours, US politics may once again markedly change the world we live in. Thomas J. Adams, a lecturer in history and American studies at the University of Sydney, breaks down the states to watch.

It may be a clich that American political life has become a global reality sideshow, but nevertheless it bears a good deal of truth.

Horrifying, outlandish, disturbing, occasionally hilarious, entirely predictable, and utterly and completely absurd, Donald Trumps presidency has enraptured a global audience with all the hallmarks of a great middlebrow piece of mass entertainment. Plot twists, schadenfreude, sex, dastardly villains, backstabbing, unabashed lies, tragic martyrs, porn stars, and the possibility of the fall of empire, Gibbon-style. Game of Thrones eat your heart out.

For those who follow American politics whether within the United States or from 12,000 kilometres across the Pacific the nearly two years of Donald Trumps presidency has made it harder than ever to focus ones attention on the slow and arduous processes required to build an actually existent progressive politics.

American political analysis especially that which reaches Australia or occurs within its ever-narrowing media confines tends to be of the handicapping and horserace variety. Such myopia can obscure the substantive shifts on the ground that are important not just for resisting Donald Trump, but building a real alternative grounded in redistribution, a robust defence of democratic rights and equal protection, and a less imperial global posture.

US president, Donald Trump. (IMAGE: Gage Skidmore, Flickr)

If the last two years (or more to the point, the last 50 years) of American life have made anything clear, it is the simple fact that there is no left in the United States worth speaking of. That is, there is no mass progressive and anti-imperial institutional structure capable of mounting a credible challenge for power at the national level of American governance.

As the first major democratic referendum on Trumps America approaches, its hard to remove oneself from all the narrative plots, liberal hand-wringing, and Trumps constant self one-upmanship of offense, lies, and attacks on the Constitution. Making fun of a sexual assault survivors memory? Lets raise it by a horde of economic refugees on foot and w...


Trump's daughter "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A man can't even approach his own daughter in the street and tell her she's hot.

How is a man even supposed to meet hot daughters anymore?

The gender unicorn left snowflakes will try to tell you the relationship between a man and his hot daughter is a "construct".

Anyway, it's good that Donald Trump, President of the United States, is an incel about his own child.

Donald Trump should marry his daughter so conservatives can finally prove evolution doesn't exist. If he doesn't he's frankly a supercuck.


Face a feminine uprising in Uncanny Valley Girl "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Angela Goh, Uncanny Valley Girl. Image Bryony Jackson


Uncanny Valley Girl by Angela Goh presented at this years Liveworks plucked us from this world, and repositioned us in a parallel dimension.


The lights dimmed, then were dowsed in a red filter, ominously coating the performer in a red glow as she looked back stern and concrete at the audience. In this red tinted universe Angela Goh has total control. This is her world, and throughout the performance she occupies it in different ways, fluid motions transitioned to vast jolts; plastic spheres spilled from her mouth; industrial fans roared to life; power cords became airborne; flesh bent and manoeuvred to become one with the machine.


This performance feels like a monologue without the aid of spoken words. Goh remains silent while she used the objects in her surroundings to create waves of impact that crashed over the audience. At one point strapping two white plastic cubes to her feet like obtuse stilts, and walked to loom over an audience member. It feels like ages that she stands there, reminding us that time had an odd quality in this place. How long have we been in here fixated on these oddities?


Angela Goh, Uncanny Valley Girl. Image Bryony Jackson


Uncanny Valley Girl draws us in at these crucial moments of connection between audience and performer. Holding our attention transfixed in order to speculate on the gendered conversation about technological development that stands in the corner of social critique.


Angela fused her body with the pieces of hardware she uses in her performance, such as massage chairs, power chor...


Delve into the deep web at ULTRAVIRUS "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Artwork byGianluca Lonigro

ULTRAVIRUS is throwing a one day mini-festival exploring, interrogating and celebrating the internet. Co-created by Ella Parkes-Talbot and Thorsten Hertog (of Soft Centre fame), ULTRAVIRUS operates under an ethos of edutainment aka educational entertainment, and recognises that learning and dancing are two sides of the same bitcoin.

On November 10, ULTRAVIRUS will creep its way from the virtual space of the interwebs into two inner-Sydney venues. The days symposia will cohere on the theme of synthesising the real. Curated by Ella Parkes-Talbot, the daytime event is a series of performative and informative presentations, you can find the full day program here. The night-time event, curated by Thorsten, is a re-programming of the days learnings through strictly synthetic computer music and collaborated audio-visual components, you can find the full night program here.


We were fortunate enough to chat to Ella and Thorsten to get the goss on the process of creating ULTRAVIRUS and some insight on what to expect next Saturday.


Sean Maroney:          First up: this whole project is wack. Youve said its a pun on ultra vires, a state of being outside of our own scope or jurisdiction. So lets ease our way to the outside. You each have three key words to describe the day and the night part. What would they be?


Thorsten Hertog:         I love that.


Ella Parkes-Talbot:     I love that too.


Ella Parkes-Talbot:        Education. Transdisciplinary. Random. not in a Jamie private school girl way but in an internet way.


Thorsten Hertog:        Ill take over. Confounding. Synthetic. Refreshing. Its gonna be different.


Sean Maroney:        Ella, ULTRAVIRUS is your freaky little child that clawed its way into the internet some months ago. How was it spawned?


Ella Parkes-Talbot:         I found myself with a lot of spare time on exchange and would spend a lot of time reading online which is one of my favourite things to do. And we were attending a few different types of events around Europe: Internet Age Media, Barcelona. FIBER Festival in the Netherlands that were concerned with w...


Gross Habit "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Pharrell Williams singing "Happy" at an IDF fundraiser while Gerard Butler of very normal movie "300" looks on. That's entertainment.

Until embarrassingly recently I laboured under the illusion most people in the arts weren't supporters of hell regimes.

I thought people were a bit quiet because they were worried about their careers. Then I learned lots of them just don't give a single fuck.

And then I realised lots of these star system casualties have the horrible politics of the average soulless business cockhead.

Now I understand that if I can't feel any politics in a work of art it hasn't been misplaced, it's likely been surgically removed to suit a right wing agenda.

It's horrible to discover that an artist is a fucking bootlicker who kicks down against the little people.



Banned again "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Back from 12 hour ban. A follower of Blair Cottrell The Nazi reported me to Jack from Twitter the Nazi because I was rude. They love to snitch.

As with Facebook, every time a snitch reports me I come closer to my account being nuked, which is an incredible example of American style free speech.


Is a fingerprint scan secure? "IndyWatch Feed National"

The general population is being 'sold' on the idea that the new technology of bio-metric scanning is secure, more secure than your previously used PIN or pattern lock or picture password with regards to consumer grade mobile phone technology.

Wouldn't it be a terrible business idea to prove that the new implementation of technology is not so secure as spruiked by the corporations that need to make profits from their invented technology.

Could you image exposing the technology called RFID  used within the bank's cards as being insecure, where people would not use them if they knew how insecure it was?

Well, the researchers at Mythbusters thought it would be a good idea to detail how easily hackable the technology used by the banks was.

The 'problem' there was that the lawyers for the banks and the technology manufacturer stepped in and shut them down in terms of exposing how insecure it really was.

See post:
How easy is it to skim your credit card?
The current spate of tech reviews and setup instructions with regards to smart phones that have inbuilt fingerprint scanners does not give the user the full picture.




To 6 November Climate and Nuclear News Australia "IndyWatch Feed"

Some good news this week. A case of positive international co-operation!   the healing of the ozone layer. The rest of the climate news not so good. Climate scientists have underestimated the rapid warming of the oceans.  Climate change disruption of the jet stream is causing more extreme weather.     A warning not to forget the message of UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)    Climate Change: The Real World War.

International nuclear politics muddles along, closer to the brink? North Korea warns it might return to developing nuclear weapons, if USA does not end sanctions.  Donald Trump ready to reimpose all nuclear sanctions on Iran.  A world on nuclear hair-trigger, if USA withdraws from the  Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty with Russia?

Looking for expert information on nuclear matters? Go to the Nuclear Consulting Group.




A warning about the privatisation of the Federal governments planned nuclear waste dump for South Australia "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Kazzi Jai Fight To Stop Nuclear Waste In The Flinders Ranges November 4

What ALSO really worries me is the fine print in the proposal .the one which says that management of the dump is to be done by possibly ANSTO, or a government department , or a PRIVATE ENTITY! Read it it is in the Fact Sheets!

Now that is a real worry equally when Adi Paterson made comments about upgrading ANSTO in Sydney in the last week or so, again talking about Federal funding for it, or from a PRIVATE SOURCE

So beware! Once this can of worms is unleashed, we in South Australia and Australia in fact may be getting more than we bargain for! And just like PRIVATIZATION we have seen in other sectors of our community, the management goes straight overseas into overseas hands!

Also remember private company TEPCO running the Fukushima nuclear power plant. Given many warnings about the possibility of a large tsunami possibility several years earlier and given ample time to build a levy wall to deal with it, Their answer we are looking into it. They never did it. And there are other safety problems with the reactor with respect to protocol and safety equipment which just wasnt there, even though by regulation it should have been! The disastrous consequences of this coverup the Japanese people now wear as a result!.....


WESTERN AUSTRALIA PART 3 Cheynes Beach to Perth: Honey Possum , Red-eared Firetail, Rock Parrot & three mega-skulkers "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

After checking out Corakerup Reserve we headed west to Cheynes Beach for a 3-night stay in a chalet in the caravan park. The site is the best known hotspot for three notoriously skulky south-west WA endemics Western Whipbird, Western Bristlebird and Noisy Scrubbird. We were fortunate to see the whipbird at Corakerup because we failed to see or hear it at all at Cheynes Beach, unlike my last visit there. The coastal scenery was outstanding as usual and the wildflowers put on probably the best display of the trip.

Cheynes Beach wildflowers



November verse 2: Times arrow "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Inspired by a true and very recent event: November poem 2: Times arrow The unforgiving fourth dimension points one way, no turning back. A single moments inattention cycling on the Riesling track going 20 k or faster courts an imminent Continue reading


Global nuclear lobby should drop its climate change propaganda pro nuclear expert advises "IndyWatch Feed"

Steve Kidd, writing in a pro nuclear essay in Compelo Energy, 5 Nov 18, urges the global nuclear industry to improve its propaganda.  He especially advises them to drop their argument about climate change!

The climate change argument is where the industry is majoring its efforts. Industry bodies point out that some of the countries with the best records on carbon emissions use a combination of nuclear and renewables, while claiming that nuclear plants have avoided carbon dioxide emissions.

This is, at best, disingenuous. None of the nuclear reactors around the world were built to abate carbon. They were built for other reasons, such as energy security and economics. Admittedly, it was believed that their environmental impact would mainly be benign, but investments are made for what a technology does, rather than what it does not do.  


Locals call for referendum on Uluru Statement "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Megan Edwards campaigning for a referendum on a First Nations Voice. Photo supplied

A group calling itself Australians Say Yes to the Uluru Statement is calling on our political leaders to include a referendum at the next election for a constitutional change for a First Nations Voice.

Local members are holding events in Byron and Lismore LGAs as part of a nationwide week of action (see below for details).

The Uluru Statement was the result of a constitutional convention in May 2017 that brought together over 250 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders at the foot of Uluru.

The statement called for constitutional recognition of a First Nations Voice (parliamentary advisory assembly) and the establishment of a Makarrata Commission (makarrata is a Yolngu word describing a process of conflict resolution, peacemaking and justice).

Lib and Lab wont commit

So far, neither major party has indicated they are willing to back a referendum.

Australians Say Yes is calling for a commitment from them before next years federal election.

According to spokesperson Megan Edwards, Labor say they will establish the First Nations Voice and Makarrata Commission through an act of parliament but Indigenous leaders say it needs to go to the Australian people and be established through constitutional change.

Megan said Aboriginal elders are concerned about what happened with ATSIC and dont want to see a repeat of that. (The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission was established in 1990 during the Hawke government and abolished in 2005 under John Howard.)

Megan added the referendum would also redress the power imbalance that has happened through colonialism.

Elliot meeting

The group will meet with federal Richmond MP Justine Elliot (Labor) on Friday November 16 and ask her to get behind call for referendum.

Well be calling on Justine to support the Uluru Statement by taking the proposal for a constitutionally enshrined First Nations Voice to Parliament to a referendum at the next election.

Im one of millions of Australians who can no longer stand by while systemic and structural injustice towards First Nations People continues.

Anyone who has looked into the history of this nation knows in thei...


Global nuclear industry white ants its way into Clean Energy Ministerial "IndyWatch Feed"

USA Canada Japan the ministerial nuclear suckers came out of the woodwork   Dan Brouillette, Kim Rudd, Masaki Ogushi, Rick Perry and also Dr. Matar Al Neyadi, and  Denis Janin, immediate past President of the International Youth Nuclear Congress, and who else in this secretive nuclear white anting of the global movement?

Countries Launch a Nuclear Innovation Initiative under the Clean Energy Ministerial


PERTH Record seizure of illicit tobacco in WA "IndyWatch Feed National"

snip .

Record seizure of illicit tobacco in WA .

November 05, 2018 at 05:07PM .

A 28-year-old Perth man has been charged after he allegedly attempted to smuggle 9.5 million cigarettes into Western Australia in a sea container. .



PERTH Drugs, cash found during traffic stop in Forrestdale "IndyWatch Feed National"

snip .

Drugs, cash found during traffic stop in Forrestdale .

November 05, 2018 at 11:07AM .

failure to obey orders given by an officer and a return to prison warrant. He was due to appear before the Perth Magistrates Court on Sunday. .



New South Wales government is preparing for a surge in renewable energy "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

We want to do everything we can: NSW readies for renewables surge, Brisbane Times, By Peter Hannam, 5 November 2018 New solar and wind farms being planned for NSW have twice the capacity of the states coal-fired power stations, prompting the state government to set aside $55 million to help smooth their introduction.As of October 29, NSW had 20,000 megawatts of generation capacity either approved or seeking planning approval, worth more than $27 billion in investment, according to government data.

Proposed solar plants accounted for 11,200MW, dwarfing wind farms with 5100MW, and the Snowy 2.0 pumped hydro of about 2000MW. Just 100MW involved coal, with the planned upgrade of AGLs Bayswater power station.

Along with the new plants, some eight large-scale battery projects all with solar farms with more than 400MW-hours of capacity are also in the planning pipeline as the industry gears up for the bulge in variable energy sources.

The market, though, is going to need some near-term help to smooth the exit of most of the states existing power plants particularly the 10,160MW of coal-fired power stations, said Amy Kean, director of the Energy Infrastructure and Emerging Technologies unit at the Department of Planning

To that end...


The Adani coal mine doesnt stack up environmentally, economically, or politically "IndyWatch Feed"

The Adani coal mine is the Work Choices of this generation
Simon Black 5 November 2018, Australians know Adani doesnt stack up environmentally or economically and it wont stack up for the Morrison Government politically either.
 Independent Australia Simon Black reports.

DESPITE BEING A MINE, not a policy, the seething rage we are seeing from the Australian population at the continued insistence at driving the Adani coal mine down our throats reminds me increasingly of the mood of late 2005.

The Adani project is becoming a single thing that unifies people and embodies unfairness and contempt from politicians who insist they know better than their constituents and pander to big...



Climate change is now making things too hot for nuclear reactors to cope "IndyWatch Feed"

The Climates Already Too Hot for Nuclear Power Quarterly 2018 By John LaForge, Nukewatch

With the summers record high temps all over the world, Andy Rowell asked this pointed question in Oil Change International: For the last decade the nuclear industry has been telling us it is the solution to climate change. But if their reactors cant work in our rapidly warming world, are we just building a whole new generation of expensive white elephants?

Indeed, Reuters reported Aug. 4 that Electricity de France (EDF) in Paris shut down four nuclear reactors at three sites due to the heat summer wave. EDF, the mostly government-owned utility, ordered the shut downs because the scorching summer heat that slammed Europe drastically raised temperatures in the Rhone and Rhine Rivers. Temperatures reached 98.6F in the Rhone valley, home to 14 reactors. Highs in Spain and Portugal in early August hovered around 104F and reached 116.6F.

The warming of seawater caused by Europes heat wave forced Finlands two Loviisa reactors, about 65 miles outside Helsinki, to reduce power in July, just as it did before, in 2010 and 2011,...


Swedens concerns over speed of corrosion of copper nuclear waste canisters "IndyWatch Feed"

GDF Watch 4th Nov 2018 , The company responsible for delivering Swedens deep geological repository, SKB, is planning to subject their research into copper
corrosion to international peer review in the new year. SKB believe this is
the most transparent an...


Rapid warming of the oceans "IndyWatch Feed"

Oceans Are Warming Up Much Faster Than Previously Thought The worlds oceans have soaked up much more excess heat in recent decades than scientists previously thought as much as 60 percent more, according to a new study published in the journal Nature. The new research suggests the global could warm even faster in the coming decades than researchers originally predicted, The Washington Post reported.The researchers, led by geoscientist Laure Resplandy of Princeton University, found that oceans absorbed 13 zettajoules  a joule, the standard unit of energy, followed by 21 zeroes of heat energy each year between 1991 and 2016. Based on these findings, they argue, nations must reduce their greenhouse gas emissions 25 percent more than previously estimated if they hope to keep global warming below 2 degrees Celsius.Imagine if the ocean was only 30 feet deep, Resplandy...


The slow death of neoliberalism: PF2 edition "IndyWatch Feed"

In the UK Budget last week, the  Chancellor, Phillip Hammond announced the end of the PF2 scheme, the Conservative governments replacement for the discredited Public Finance Initiative originally introduced by the Conservatives under John Major, but greatly expanded  by Tony Blairs New Labour.  This announcement is less than meets the eye in a couple of respects. Financing under PF2 had already slowed to a trickle.

The decline of the PFI

More importantly, the UK government still hasnt given up on the mirage of Public Private Partnerships, and may simply be trying to forestall more drastic action by a future Labour government.

Nevertheless, its a significant move. PPPs, in their various forms are an archetypal neoliberal policy, designed to show that capitalism can deliver all the infrastructure services traditionally associated with the social democratic state, while shrinking the public sector and keeping financial markets firmly in control.  The failure of the PPP system in its...


Some good news the healing of the ozone layer "IndyWatch Feed"

 6 Nov 18, The ozone layer is showing signs of continuing recovery from man-made damage and is likely to heal fully by 2060, new evidence shows.The measures taken to repair the damage will also have an important beneficial effect on climate change, as some of the gases that caused the ozone layer to thin and in places disappear also contribute to warming the atmosphere. Phasing them out could avoid as much as 0.5C (0.9F) of warming this century.

Recovery from the holes and thinning caused by aerosol chemicals has progressed at a rate of about 1% to 3%...


Night Sky  13 October 25 November A Blue Mountains City Art Gallery exhibition "IndyWatch Feed"

Night Sky  13 October 25 November here:  Night Sky documents the 2018 NAIDOC celebrations at the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre which saw multi-media planetarium screenings and stargazing from the viewing platform with Penrith Observatory. The NAIDOC public programs included Indigenous Astronomy talks by local artist John South (Barkindji),
Astronomer & Science Communicator Kirsten Banks (Wiradjuri) and Aboriginal Cosmology expert Duane Hamacher.

The exhibition features photographs by young Aboriginal artists Rebecca Chatfield, Darcee Golian, Gemma Matheson, Nicholas Moyle, Alaura Neville and Mea-Mei Stanbury who participated in a night sky astrophotography course with Gary P. Hayes. Photographic documentation of the NAIDOC events by Ben Pearse and the documentary Star Stories of the Dreaming (2016) featuring Senior Euahlayi Law Man and elder Ghillar Michael Anderson will also be on view.

A Blue Mountains City Art Gallery exhibition


Surge in renewables delivering cheaper power, says TAI report RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed"

As ScoMo sets off on the campaign trail, report says surge in wind and solar has seen NEM wholesale power prices peak, and go into a decline. Fair dinkum. The post Surge in renewables delivering cheaper power, says TAI report appeared first on RenewEconomy.

via Surge in renewables delivering cheaper power, says TAI report RenewEconomy


Crookwell 2 wind farm opens, in win for local farmers and ACT power prices RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed"

Crookwell wind farm opens in the heart of Angus Taylors electorate but the energy minister, a long time anti-wind campaigner, did not attend the opening. The post Crookwell 2 wind farm opens, in win for local farmers and ACT power prices appeared first on RenewEconomy.

via Crookwell 2 wind farm opens, in win for local farmers and ACT power prices RenewEconomy


Know your NEM: Coal comfort for electricity prices? RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed"

Of all this weeks stats, the fall in the coal price really stood out. So whats behind it, and what does it mean for Australia? The post Know your NEM: Coal comfort for electricity prices? appeared first on RenewEconomy.

via Know your NEM: Coal comfort for electricity prices? RenewEconomy


FRVs Goonumbla solar farm lands deal with Snowy Hydro RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Spanish renewable energy developer FRV says Goonumbla solar project in NSW was one of the eight winning bids in the tender held by Snowy Hydro. The post FRVs Goonumbla solar farm lands deal with Snowy Hydro appeared first on RenewEconomy.

via FRVs Goonumbla solar farm lands deal with Snowy Hydro RenewEconomy


FFI News: November 18 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Together Shaping the Food FutureFFI newsletter Nov 2018


Libs will boost police infrastructure "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

An elected Liberal Nationals state government will deliver $16 million to boost Victoria Police infrastructure facilities on the Bellarine Peninsula.

The Liberal Nationals infrastructure package will include building a new $15 million Leopold Police Station with capacity for 24/7 operation; as well as $1 million to upgrade and guarantee the future utilisation of Queenscliff, Portarlington and Drysdale Police Stations.

The Liberal Nationals said it will make Victoria safe by introducing tough mandatory minimum sentences, strong bail and parole reforms and a plan that will crack down on youth gangs.

The party said, frontline police numbers have fallen under Daniel Andrews with Police Association figures showing there are now 190 fewer uniform officers than in 2013 despite Victorias population increasing by over half a million.

It is vital that the Bellarine community has the resources it needs to fight crime and protect our communities when we need help the most, Liberal Candidate for Bellarine, Brian McKiterick said.

I served in Victoria Police for 39 years and spent the last decade working on the Surf Coast and Bellarine Peninsula, I understand firsthand the need to build a new station at Leopold and upgrade our existing stations.

Thats why the new Leopold Police Station is so important to help keep the local community safe.

This commitment builds on the Liberals plan to get back in control of crime in Geelong including:

Deploying PSOs at the Geelong transport interchange

Delivering a Victoria Police shop front at Geelong Westfield

Make the Torquay Police Station 24/7

Expand the local CCTV network to include the Torquay foreshore

Reintroduce the Police in Schools programs for local schools across Geelong and the Bellarine

Implementing a Public Sex Offenders Register


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Sleeman claims junior comp "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

SURFERS were met with pumping conditions for the weekends Phillip Island pro event, with clean 3 metre wave faces providing competitors with powerful sections rivalling Hawaii.
The Junior Challenge finals wrapped up in the morning with the top Victorian Juniors battling it out for $500 in cash prizes.
Former U18 State Champion and local super grom Taj Sleeman (Wonthaggi, VIC) claimed top honours in the boys division over Indi White (Jan Juc).
Fellow Bass Coast surfer Chad Garret (Phillip Island, VIC) surfed a terrific heat and placed third with Bohdie Williams (Ocean Grove, VIC) in fourth.
Ellie Harrison (Barwon Heads, VIC) took the win in the girls division in front of Bella Wilson (Jan Juc, VIC) who finished in second.
Local Phillip Island surfer Lannia Fostin placed in third with Lucy Nayor (Point Lonsdale, VIC) in fourth.
India Robinson (Jan Juc, VIC) claimed her maiden WSL Qualifying Series win at the Phillip Island Pro beating Sophia Fulton (Mollymook, NSW) in the womens event, while Jordy Lawler (Narrabeen, NSW) captured his second Qualifying Series win of the year in the mens event.

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Australian Little Bittern at Sandy Camp Road Wetlands reported by Arthur & Sheryl Keates on 03-11-2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

An adult male observed at 07:00 in reeds on far side of pond after flushing from western side of track near viewing platform.


1) Greens Leader Richard Di Natale Calls For BP Rethink On West Papuan Gas Field "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

2) Indonesia-New Zealand cooperation needs to be further explored: Ambassador 
3) Papua police arrest two drug users
4) Indonesian Armed Forces enhances military diplomacy

1) Greens Leader Richard Di Natale Calls For BP Rethink On West Papuan Gas Field
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This Week in Melbourne: What's On #619 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Read Online This Week: 6 - 12 November 2018 Newsletter | #619 What's On this Week in marvellous Melbourne Tuesday 6th November 2018 to Monday 12th November 2018 Festival Weekend Wrap Diwali Celebrations Buddhist Spring Festival Dogapalooza Music Festival Rock Bang - Circus Oz Jamaican Music and Food Festival 5 Shades of Grey - Friday Night Live Weekend Wrap Melbourne Cup Carnival Fed Square Live Dandenong Show Slava and Leonard Grigoryan School Of Rock | The Musical Salvo's Our Christmas Gift Concert Spectacular Enjoy #Melbourne Melbourne Cup Carnival The Melbourne Cup Carnival is an unequalled world-class event that encompasses the finest racing entertainment fashion culture food and wine all in one place - Flemington. DAY 1 Saturday - AAMI Victoria Derby Day - November 3 DAY 2 Tuesday - Lexus Melbourne Cup Day November 6 DAY 3 Thursday - Crown Oaks Day November 8 DAY 4 Saturday - Seppelt Wines Stakes Day November 10 Melbourne Cup Parade 2018 Melbourne Cup Trivia --> Melbourne Cup Carnival 2018 <-- Dandy Show From sheep, sideshows and show-bags, the 147th annual Dandenong Show has something for everyone. 10 - 11 November | Dandenong Show 2018 Rock Bang - Circus Oz 15-25 November 2018 | The Coopers Malthouse Circus Oz has co-created an original hilarious rock'n'roll extravaganza Rock Bang from the (self-proclaimed) best band in the world: Die Roten Punkte. Rock Bang - Circus Oz featuring Otto and Astrid | Get Tickets Slava and Leonard Grigoryan Sunday 18 November 2018 | St Johns Southgate The Melbourne Musicians directed by Frank U. Pam present a rare opportunity to hear internationally acclaimed guitarists Slava and Leonard Grigoryan with a string orchestra. Double Trouble - Slava and Leonard Grigoryan | Buy Tickets Dogapalooza | dog-friendly music festival Sunday November 11th at Richmond's Burnley Park, Melbourne's most adorable dog love in, is back. View Details: Dogapalooza 2018 Friday Night Live Music | November Licensed Bayswater venue featuring live music every Friday night from 8pm. 9th November - 5 Shades of Grey 16th November - Maskara - The Ultimate Tribute to the Women of Rock 23rd November - X-GenZ 30th November - Back To Scratch View Details: Live At London Eleven | Buy Tickets Here Diwali in Melbourne Hindu festival of lights: Wednesday, 7 November 2018 Deakin Diwali Festival of Lights - 8 Nov Cardina Diwali Festival 2018 - 10 Nov Olivine's Diwali Festival | Yan Yean - 10 Nov Diwali Festival | Narre Warren - 11 Nov Footscray Diwali - 11 Nov --> Diwal...


State candidates call for water mining inquiry "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Sign at Saturdays (October 27) anti water mining rally at Uki. Photo supplied

Bipartisan furious agreement has erupted over the issue of water mining in the region, with local Nationals and Labor north coast candidates for the March 2019 election all calling for a full independent inquiry into water extraction on the northern rivers to be carried out before any new proposal is considered.

The adoption of environmental concerns by the major parties comes as Tweed Shire residents continue to be active in the face of expanding bottling operations there, while Alstonville residents are reacting against a similar proposal.

Yet NSW Ballina Greens MP Tamara Smith told Echonetdaily, We dont need an inquiry its common sense and the precautionary principle embedded in our planning laws enables us to ban it if the risk outweighs the good. Im taking to [Greens] party room next week [the proposal] that we completely ban water mining in NSW.

How can millions of dollars a year, for one or two developers, outweigh the protection of our aquifers and fresh water springs so close to the coast and on a warming planet?

Nationals MLC Ben Franklin and 2019 Ballina state candidate said in a statement that he met with a range of individuals on the Alstonville plateau who were deeply concerned over the possible impact of a new proposal to extract 100 megalitres of water per year from the Alstonville aquifer.

He said, I share those concerns and today I am calling on the state government to conduct a full and independent inquiry into the sustainability of the bottled spring water industry. This inquiry should be established immediately and conducted by the chief scientist and engineer.

He added, Nothing is more important than preserving the long-term viability of our water supply so I dont believe any further development by this industry should be able to be considered in our community until we know the facts.


Country Labor

Meanwhile north coast NSW Country Labor candidates say that Northern Rivers Local Government Councils should suspend the granting of future Development Applications (DAs) for commercial water extraction enterprises, and where applicable remove special clauses in the Local Environment Plan...


Melbourne stock surge "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Listings rise sharply in Melbourne

A big jump in listings in Melbourne and Canberra this month, with Melbourne's available stock now comfortably exceeding 39,000, according to SQM Research's latest data and media release

There were small declines in October for Brisbane, Adelaide, and notably Darwin and Perth.

But the two major capital cities are well up from last year...

It took a bit longer to get there, but Melbourne has now well and truly joined Sydney with its slowing market, with stock levels leaping 5.9 per cent higher in the month of October alone.

From a year earlier, Melbourne listings are up by 24.3 per cent, suggesting very slow sales activity in the Victorian capital.


Protests continue as Tweed hospital site changes hands "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The area that the Tweed Hospital site is currently being proposed on is currently identified as state-significant farmland. Image supplied.

Tweed mayor Katie Milne has suggested Tweed Council may consider boycotting contractors who work on the new Tweed Hospital site opposite Kingscliff TAFE.

Sale of the site, at 771 Cudgen Rd, Cudgen, to NSW Health went through last week.

Controversy continues to dog the new hospital site after the Tweed Daily News reported the vendors wanted more than $30 million for it and sought a Supreme Court injunction on Friday to prevent the state government compulsorily acquiring the land.

Case thrown out

But Justice Fagan threw out the case on the grounds that it was doomed to fail as the government had followed the correct and appropriate processes in making genuine attempts to acquire the land through negotiation with the landowners, a spokesperson for NSW Health Infrastructure said.

Tweed MP Geoff Provest (Nationals) announced yesterday (Monday, November 5) that ownership of the site had transferred to the NSW Government on Friday, (November 2) and that preliminary works were set to commence immediately.

The start of preliminary works is evidence of the NSW Governments commitment to delivering this state-of-the-art major referral hospital to meet the urgent health needs of the Tweed-Byron community and the growing demand for these services, Mr Provest said in a statement.

100 protesters

Around 100 protesters attempted to block the site on Monday morning to prevent contractors vehicles from gaining access.

Cr Milne, who joined the protest, said she would investigate the possibility of boycotting local companies that undertook construction work at the hospital.

Mr Provest, meanwhile said the government was also going to address a number of community concerns that have been raised around the safety and capacity of the surrounding road network, such as: upgrading the Tweed Coast Road/Cudgen Road intersection; and improving the safety and design of the Turnock Street roundabout.

Health Infrastructure will work with Tweed Shire Council and other authorities on the design and early deliv...


The death of negative gearing (must watch) "IndyWatch Feed"

I don't often share this type of content for free. 

But the changes to negative gearing are such a key topic right now, this video is definitely one you should watch.

Click here to view it (or click on the image below). 


Making Our Own Mulch. Global Warming & Hotter Weather using too much water! "IndyWatch Feed National"

With the weather being much hotter here now we have had to use a lot of shade cloth & mulch. Purchasing mulch is expensive these days, the reason for that can probably be blamed on Global Warming too! So we decided to make our own mulch, we have been cutting the reeds down at Cattail Pond whilst the water level is low (!), & carting it up to the gardens to use as mulch. Some we use as is where we can, the rest we run through or mulcher. It works well & makes great mulch.


Timeline in the GILLARD/WILSON slush fund saga "IndyWatch Feed National"

I know we have a lot of newcomers to the website today - I'm reprinting this article to give you an insight into some of the key times, dates and places in this saga. I've put this timeline together to help tell the story of the incorporation of the AWU...


Ethical Lamb For Sale! "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Holistic Pastoral Regenerative Lamb

Growing our lamb is a labour of love. Unlike many traditional farmers we are regenerative farmers.  This means that the way we farm regenerates and builds the soils, increases biodiversity and sequesters carbon.

Our lamb is unique because to do this we move our animals to...


NSW Premier Plays the Race Card "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian caused a stir last month when she took aim at her new whipping boy: immigrants. The daughter of Armenian migrants herself, the premier said she wants the states migration levels to be halved. The rates have gone through the roof, Ms Berejiklian told ABC radio. Just under ten years ago, we were welcoming

The post NSW Premier Plays the Race Card appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.


Your help in supporting a matter of public importance "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Our next steps will be difficult but worthwhile. I have received a 6 page, 2,000 word document from the Registrar of the NSW Local Court setting out a broad range of exquisitely detailed requirements I have to satisfy to advance the private prosecution. I am now diligently working through each...


Arts Wednesday 7 November 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Ed Lippmann continues with Technology and Architecture at 10:40 am. This week, in Part 4, the topic is the Industrial Revolution

My special guest at 11:00 am is Fran Dorey, Exhibitions Co-ordinator at the Australian Museum, talking about Whales/Tohora, a new exhibition. Although we know a lot about whales, it is surprising to find out how little we know. As the name suggests, this exhibition comes from New Zealand.

Music starts with the Industrial Revolution and moves on to whales and New Zealand.

Do join me!

Image of a Sperm Whale taken by Brandon Cole

The post Arts Wednesday 7 November 2018 appeared first on 89.7 Eastside FM.


The Best Odds Youll Get All Day: 3 to 1 Chance A Horse Will Die Before Nightfall "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

UPDATE: A horse died during the running of the Melbourne Cup see details below.

If youre looking for good odds on the Melbourne Cup racing carnival today, then find yourself a bookie whos prepared to lay out some cash on the odds a racehorse will die some time today, during the Melbourne Cup carnival.

According to website a racehorse dies on an Australian track, on average, every three days.

From August 1 last year (the Horses Birthday) until July 31st this year, 119 horses died on tracks around the country. NSW led the slaughter, with 52, followed by Queensland and Victoria, both with 24.

That equates to around a 33 percent chance of it occurring today, which should roughly translate to odds with a bookie of around 2-1.

In terms of the Melbourne Cup carnival itself, the 2014 carnival bucked the national trend with a higher than average death rate two horses were killed, Admire Rakti (died in his stall after the race), and Araldo, who broke his right hind leg and had to be euthanased.

In 2015, Red Cadeaux also shattered her leg during the race and was also later put down.

And thats just the statistics horses who make it. The ones who dont about 40 per cent of Australias racing stock are sent to the abattoir. We use them primarily for fertiliser and dog food.

If youre after a really safe bet, you might convince a bookie to stump up some cash that pays out if the horse you back in the Melbourne Cup gets whipped.

The odds on that occurring are basically 100 per cent, so youll probably only get even money.

Happy Punting.

UPDATE: If you found a bookie to back the 3 to 1 chance a racehorse would die in the Melbourne Cup Carnival, then you would have doubled your money. A short time ago, the RSPCA confirmed the death of the sixth horse in the last five years of the carnival.

And heres a tweet with an image of the horse injured on the ground, covered by a large barrier so that none of us actually have to see what it is we endorse.


Needed "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Heya Newlanders,

Some of you might know about the wonders that is WrongTown Boutique, the no money Faux Pas Fashion installation that pops up at festivals in Victoria.  We are currently in need of your dress ups, for big people or small, for Folk, Rhythm and Life festival coming up in a few weeks.  

We are a free op-shop of sorts that dress up the masses in a fun and frivolous environment and we are in need of donations due to a number of commitments and a lot of people in need of some jazzing up or simply some cool new duds. 



Sailing into new season "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

INVERLOCHS South Gippsland Yacht Club officially sailed through Andersons Inlet for their first seasons race last Sunday.
Twenty-two boats glided through the waters amid some chilly winds, with a prosperous turnout nonetheless. The day began with a midday lunch followed by the official sail past at 1.30pm and the seasons first race at 2pm.
The family orientated club is going on some 52 years now, with a broad mix of members from juniors to national and world level competitors. The club is comprised of about 40-50 families.
Club treasurer Neil Warren enjoyed the turnout noting some were taken by surprise during lock-up from the cooler months.
Its very important to maintain your boats throughout the year, coming up to the sailing seasons. For wooden boats, be sure to sand them back and give a generous cut and polish to your fibreglass types, Mr Warren said.
We are always open to new members at the club and welcome all to attend, where we sail here each Sunday.
We have our wooden classic dinghy regatta day over the Australia Day long weekend. We also welcome back the return of the tackers sail and train courses for kids during January as well.
Tackers courses are approved by Sailing Australia, run from January 2-5 next year and are suitable for 7-12 year olds.

Sail past salute: South Gippsland Yacht Club commodore, Wayne Smith, salutes members during the ritualistic sail past at Inverloch for last Sundays season opening.


Despite glaring failure banking regulator boss gets to keep job "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Contributed by Ugly

reappointment of the head of the body that has been supposed to regulate the behaviour of the banks is an insult to the suffering Australian community.  His position should be terminated when the contract period comes to an end in July next year.

The recently concluded inquiry into the banks has revealed, the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) has been missing in action.

As its head since 2014, Wayne Byres bears considerable responsibility for what has occurred.The buck should stop at the top. One would have expected that he would have stepped down. Instead, treasurer Josh Frydenberg has not only given him another five-year term but thrown an extra $58 million into the body.

Frydenberg goes out on a limb to suggest, I think hes done a very good job. The public deserves to have some evidence of this put before it. Given the failure to properly regulate the banks, what has been done that deserves the praise? The inquiry report was highly critical of APRAs failure to prosecute misconduct.

The  minister covers himself by talk about a review of APRAs enforcement strategy. What this means he doesnt say.  A thorough investigation of the operation of APRA is what is needed. Has there been wilful misconduct within this organisation? Does it have the the stain of corruption? Should certain people be prosecuted? If the answer is yes to any of these questions, APRA should be scrapped and a new and proper regulator created. Those who failed in their watch should certainly not be rewarded.

Maintaining the mates club is more important than this, to our excuse for a government. By failing to act immediately and decisively, it is proving its own collusion with wrongdoing, and that it is part of the problem.

There is going to be no real action to stop what the banks have been doing. A few cosmetic changes may come about. It will change nothing. Business will continue as usual. Australians of all walks will continue to be ripped off. The money laundering will not come to an end. Millions will roll in and they will still pay almost no tax.

If Australia wants a change, it needs to look elsewhere.

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Charming Californian bungalow on 1.2 acres "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

THIS adorable property is located right on the edge of the Korumburra township yet you feel like you are a million miles away.
Set on your own little private patch of approximately 1.2 acres, surrounded by farming land yet only a hop, skip and a jump to the local schools and shops.
The garden is quite magical and planted out with a variety of shrubs and trees. There is also a goat track running around the outside of the garden that leads the goats back to their sectioned off paddock and undercover enclosure.
Step inside this charming home and you will instantly feel at home. The kitchen is bright and modern and comes complete with island breakfast bar, electric cooking, dishwasher and walk-in pantry that is generous in size.
Flowing through to an open plan dining/living area that is full of natural light and a lovely, feel good area to relax and take in the quietness of the property. In this space, you will find a split system reverse cycle plus an atmospheric wood heater for those chillier months.
This light-filled home has peaceful views out every window of the lovely gardens, which also have various fruit and nut trees plus veggie beds.
The floorplan is flexible; it would suit a number of different scenarios, including working from home, dual-living arrangements or extra bedrooms, if needed. The home is currently set-up with 3 large bedrooms, plus natural therapy dispensary with an office connected to this room with its own external access. This area would also make an ideal granny flat and would not take much to set-up with a sink already available in the dispensary.
Out back is a lovely decked area ideal for a BBQ or soaking up the sun. A double carport attached to an office/sewing room as well as other sundry shedding available for wood, storage, chook pen and run, and animal shelter. Other benefits of this attractive property include town water, solar power, and NBN wireless is available.
For any questions or inspections contact: Jean OLoughlin 0428 571 083 or Don Olden 0417 805 312 at Elders in Korumburra or Leongatha.
Open for Inspection: Saturday, November 10 from 11.30am-12.15pm. Price: $549,000. Web ID: 19846279. Address: 15 Harris Road, Korumburra.

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Footy saga not over "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

ALBERTON Football Netball League may remain a six team competition.
Local clubs were informed AFL Victoria would be enforcing the six team competition on Friday, effectively putting on hold any further league changes until 2020.
In a October 19 notice, AFL Victoria had recommended stakeholders continue working on the future direction of the Alberton league until July next year, giving all clubs plenty of time to make changes.
Alberton president Barry Stride said not everyone was happy with this outcome and another meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 7.
Obviously playing in a six team competition is not ideal and we are still trying to sort things out, Mr Stride said.
All Alberton clubs had began making arrangements for the 2019 season.
Toora, MDU, Stony Creek and Tarwin football netball clubs had applied for Mid Gippsland.
We think Mid Gippsland is the best fit for us due to travel and town sizes, Toora co-president Trent Crawford said.
Tarwin president Anthony Hullick said the Sharks had applied for Mid Gippsland but would be willing to play in the six team competition in 2019 if thats what it came down to.
MDU president Jason Harris said his team would not opt to go into recess and would continue to push for other options.
Foster and Fish Creek each applied for West Gippsland.
We think it is the best fit for us in relation to the clubs in the league. We used to play against the old Alberton clubs so there are old rivals there, Foster co-vice president Darren Lomax said.
For recruitment purposes, it would be easy passage for some of the guys from Pakenham and Cranbourne. We had a few players from Edithvale and Aspendale this year. It would be a lot easier for travel.
The league also has a good reputation, which is attractive to players.
Fish Creek also chose West Gippsland based on the need to find a new home and the reputation of the league.
The Allies are likely to stay in recess for another season while Alberton try to work out a solution to the current crisis.
AFL Victoria letter noted the Appeal Panel felt more research needed to be undertaken before the future of the Alberton league is set in stone.
The panel also recommended Alberton teams should seek options other than exiting the league en masse.
The Alberton clubs will have more information next week.


Celebrations for South Gippy Bass "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

LAST Friday night was a time for celebration as South Gippsland Bass Swimming Club brought home the Swimming Australia Club of the Year trophy for all its members to see.
At South Gippsland Splash pool the night started with a mini intra club carnival which featured individual 100 metre events, individual medleys and some relays.
The night was designed to be fun. Afterwards swimmers, parents and members all joined for a celebratory barbecue and other food to mark the occasion.
The video showing the actual award being read out by former champion Australian swimmer Nicole Livingstone OAM was also screened.
It was great to see South Gippsland Shire Mayor Cr Lorraine Brunt there for the occasion along with Cr Aaron Brown and his wife Sari to check out the carnival and speak to the committee about the phenomenal growth in the club in the last 12-15 months.

Were a team: it was a time for great fun and celebration as South Gippsland Bass swimmers brought home the major trophy for Swimming Australia Club of the Year. Pictured back right is South Gippsland Shire Mayor Cr Lorraine Brunt.


Tinder Rapist Granted Bail "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

In the Melbourne County Court last week, Glenn Antony Hartland pleaded guilty to raping three women and indecently assaulting a fourth. His pleas of guilty were followed by an application for bail, which was granted by the court on strict conditions. This means Mr Hartland will be in the community until his sentencing hearing in

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First birthday celebrations at Koonwarra parkrun "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

KOONWARRA parkrun welcomed 161 Kaths, Kels, kittys, kings, knights, kites, karate kids, those dressed in khaki, KENO balls, Kangaroo supporters, Kubota, Kinky Boots, Kermit the Frogs, koalas, KitKats, the Ketch yacht and Frida Kahlo to help celebrate the first birthday of Koonwarra parkrun.
It was a typical South Gippsland day; sun peeking out from behind grey clouds, blustery but hints of warmth between the gusts of wind.
Would it rain or would the rain hold out until our 5km run/walk was completed and everyone had enjoyed a piece of cake? As it turned out, conditions were perfect, the rain held out and we only had a light sprinkle as the tail walker approached the finish.
Congratulations to everyone who participated including the first timers, visitors and the 24 participants who recorded personal bests; it must have been the lure of chocolate cake.
A very deserving Ebony Knox received a massive and heartfelt congratulations along with a commemorative plaque to signify her achievement in making Koonwarra parkrun a reality.
Koonwarra parkrun has on average 90 participants from the local communities of Koonwarra, Leongatha and surrounds every week.
Joining them are the tourists who come to enjoy the picturesque scenery of the rail trail and catch up with their parkrun family and friends.
A term heard often is that parkrun is for everyone, whether youre running, walking or pushing a pram.
At Koonwarra parkrun, Ebony and the participants truly believe this and ensure that anyone who comes to this event does as well through the sincere encouragement from everyone involved.
Koonwarra parkrunners are very grateful to the volunteers who made this event happen: Cindy Borg, Caitlin Castellan, Felicity Castellan, Ebony Knox, Lynette McCarthy, Tony OConnell, Addie Pykett, Lisa Rily and Amy White.
This event and the continued success of this event would not have happened without our volunteers.
If you would like to volunteer at parkrun please see our future roster page or send an email to
Special thanks to the wonderful Maria and Mary at Milly and Romeos who made our birthday cake, it looked and tasted spectacular as evidenced by not a single crumb or smear of icing left behind.

Happy birthday: Koonwarra parkrunners dressed in...


Imperials pull out of B2 section "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

DUE to lack of players Imperials decided on the weekend to pull out of the B2 cricket section.
According to the LDCAs Gary Adams the club had tried its hardest to get a team up and so far had played two and forfeited two games.
They had spent of lot of time making phone calls and trying to get numbers but in the end found it too difficult to get the commitments required, Mr Adams told The Star.
What weve done this round is put Glen Alvie and Poowong-Loch against each other; one originally had the bye and the other was to play Imperials.
We have two weeks in which to redo the draw for B2 and get it out to clubs ahead of the following round.
Its disappointing for Imperials but I guess the positive is you wont have a bye in B2 so the cricketers will be able to get a game each week.


What stops the nation more than a horse race? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Melbourne Cup isnt the longest horse racing distance in the world anymore. However, its still the richest two miles race in the world.

And this time last year, Jim Rickards and I were hanging out at the Melbourne Cup.

Not just any old spot, mind you.

We were seated 10 rows back in the grandstand, directly opposite the finishing post.

You couldnt ask for a better spot to watch the ponies roll in.

There we sat, both enjoying a Jim Beam and coke, watching the grandstand fill up with more and more people.

After discussing the distance (3,200 metres really is a long race to watch), we yelled like maniacs as those gee-gees thundered past the gate.

I didnt win. I followed my old mans stupid superstition of always betting on the grey.

Jim, from memory, placed second.

Later on that week over dinner, Jims assistant asked me if the Melbourne Cup really is a horse race that stops the nation.

Look, I get it. It sounds absurd, right? Australia is a modern economy. And here we are in fancy frocks and funny hats, screaming out a ponys name.

Then I had to back that up, and mention that not only does Melbourne get a public holiday to watch horses run around fence posts, but our eyes really are glued to all three minutes and 20 seconds of it.

Two days later, I sent her a copy of this chart.

Melbourne Cup Day Credit & Debit Card Transactions on 7 November, 2017

Source: Commonwealth Bank;

See that drop? Thats the moment when ALL the banking transactions stop for just a few seconds.

Turns out, Melbourne Cup really is the race that stops the nation.

Ready for the same old hogwash from the central bank?

Horse racing is a funny old thing.

I mean, Aussies will take more note of that today than the Reserve Bank of Australias announcement at 2:30pm this afternoon.

Dont worry, you wont miss anything.

Our central bank will keep the cash rate at 1.50%. Then itll waffle on about the market. Make vague statements about being aware of adverse developments and noting....


Netball money flows "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

LEONGATHA may soon be hosting elite netball competitions.
Leongatha and District Netball Association recently secured a $500,000 Female Friendly Grant from the State Government to upgrade the netball facilities.
South Gippsland Shire Council and the association will each contribute $150,000 towards the $800,000 project.
The project will make Leongathas courts compliant, new lights will be installed and drainage will be improved.
This has been a four year project, including the feasibility study, creating the business plan and applying for the grant.
The project was consulted and collaborated by LDNA, Netball Victoria, Leongatha Agriculture and Recreation Reserve Committee of Management, GippSport, Department of Environment Land Water and Planning, and participating clubs.
The funding has been warmly welcomed, by the LDNA.
We have 563 players (juniors, seniors and all abilities) and it only continues to grow, LDNA secretary Emma Smith said.
We were thrilled to receive the Female Friendly Grant because it goes to show netball is thriving. Having these new facilities will allow us to hold regional and state titles, as well as our annual tournaments.
Everyone is over the moon about this announcement.
In 2010, LDNA had a total of five clubs, 48 teams and 384 players.
This has gone up to seven clubs, 95 teams and 563 players.
It is the only South Gippsland association with teams from Leongatha, Meeniyan, Toora, Mount Eccles, Korumburra-Bena and Inverloch-Kongwak.
South Gippsland Shire Councils major projects and emergency management support officer Virginia Stacey said it is important to encourage this participation.
Providing facilities that are safe and welcoming supports girls participation in netball. It also encourages social interaction and inclusion for girls in a non-threatening or male dominant environment, she said.
The redevelopment of the netball facility will encourage women and girls participation through accessible and safer facility design. This will enhance the experience of the players involved and encourage greater participation.
As a community based sport, LDNA foster social benefits and encourage positive relationships, as well as providing an environment for the development of skills, physical health and a pathway for talented sportspeople.
LDNA life member Pat Kuhne was thrilled by the news.
It is time for a revamp. We have seen a great influx of players and we are delighted to have more teams coming through from the local footy and netball clubs, she said.
We ask our members to get behind this exciting project as we will have a few working bees coming up. This is wonderful news.
LDNA thanked Michael Dawson from Sustainability Works who put the hours in to create the business plan and help out the associat...


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Family focus at rose spectacular "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A NEW family focus is coming to the annual Leongatha rose spectacular.
The show is set to be held this Friday and Saturday at Leongathas Memorial Hall.
For almost 50 years, the Rose Spectacular has been more than a beautiful flower show; its a hub of community activity.
Now with the inclusion of a Kiddies Corner, more families are encouraged to come along and enjoy the stunning show.
To celebrate this, the Childrens Rose is this years feature rose.
In Australia, the Childrens Rose is a delicate pale pink with a gorgeous perfume.
This rose has made frequent appearances at the rose spectacular.
The flowers open slowly and are quite long lasting.
Australias Childrens Rose was bred by the famous French horticultural family the Meillands.
It was registered in 1994 as Frederic Misteral in honour of the literary great, but was later introduced as the Childrens Rose.
There are at least two other known Childrens Roses internationally.
It has been suggested there may be other Childrens Roses, but the number that are named and registered is unclear.
This puzzle will be a highlight at the Leongatha Rose Spectacular.
The Kiddies Corner is a great initiative by the Leongatha Horticultural Society.
Activities will include cutting and pasting, and colouring.
Parents will be able to safely leave their children to have fun whilst they enjoy the show.
It is a new way of generating more interest in show and maybe even inspiring children to develop a love of flowers and gardening early.
President Sandra Macdonald said the Leongatha Horticultural Society is currently brainstorming more ideas to get children and the local schools more involved in the show.
We cant very well have children growing and picking roses like we do with the Daffodil Show, but wed like them to start an interest, because it will come back later, she said.
Our main aim is to engage with young parents, and hopefully, work with them on ideas in the future.
The Leongatha Rose Spectacular began 47 years ago to support the Institute for the Blind.
It also offers fundraising opportunities for the Leongatha Red Cross Auxiliary and the Leongatha Lions who behind the scenes do all the heavy lifting.
Another highlight is the Community Floral Arrangement competition.
There are often around 20 entries, including groups and clubs who may usually have nothing to do with flowers and greenery, like sporting clubs.
In addition to the special displays, theres always scope at the show for individuals, clubs like The Woodies or small businesses to promote themselves and support the community.
A plan for future growth is already developing for Leongatha Horticultural Society.
At the Leongatha Community House, an outline for r...


Kidnapped teacher launches book "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

FOUR decades on, the teacher and students involved in the life changing and harrowing 1977 Wooreen school kidnapping united for an emotional book launch recently in Melbourne.
The book titled, Day 9 at Wooreen, was written by kidnapped teacher Rob Hunter.
Some 120 attended the invitation only launch, including seven of the nine kidnapped students
Among those present were Maree McFarlane, Leonie Smith, Ray Argento, Laurene McKenzie, Karina Finch, Rohan McKenzie and Danny Forrester, the truck driver and hero Robin Smith, hitchhiker/truck passenger Ian Webber, owner of the stolen Kombi van Joy Butters (Edward), Muriel Deipenaus (deceased) sister Mavis, Lindsay Thompsons son David, former Chief Commissioner of Police Mick Millers daughter Jennifer Riley, Victoria Police superintendent Peter ONeill, and family and friends.
The launch hosted by the Victorian Education Department was held at the Education Building in Treasury Place.
Rob Hunters eldest son Andy Hunter acted as master of ceremonies, along with Jeanette Nagorcka, Mr Hunters Education Department regional director for North Western Victoria.
Speeches were given by Andy Hunter, Jeanette Nagorcka, Peter ONeill and Rob Hunter, and during the launch those attending gave a standing ovation for Robin Smith, the log truck driver and hero who helped save the students.
Following the emotional but healing book launch where Mr Hunter said lots of tears were shed, the overcomers and their families shared a dinner.
Mr Hunter said the whole book launch evening proved to be such a wonderful time.
The Day 9 at Wooreen books are available for sale at The Great Southern Star office in Leongatha and the Yarram Standard office.

Book launch: those connected with the 1977 Wooreen school kidnapping, Danny Forrester, Maree McFarlane, Ray Argento, teacher Rob Hunter, Karina Finch, Joy Butters, Leonie Smith, Robin Smith, Ian Webber, Laurene McKenzie and Rohan McKenzie attended the special book launch of their story, Day 9 at Wooreen, by Mr Hunter in Melbourne recently.


Fish Creeks outstanding teacher "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

MANY years ago when Kerri Smith was in Grade Six at Wonthaggi North Primary School and left in charge of the Prep class, she instantly knew she would become a teacher.
We were never allowed to write on the blackboard, but for that day because I was the teacher I was so excited to be allowed to, Mrs Smith said.
I dont remember what I wrote, but I wrote all over it. I knew then that I wanted to be a teacher.
Mrs Smith has been a teacher for 36 years, 12 of which she has spent at Fish Creek and this year, she received the Victorian Education Excellence outstanding primary teacher award in recognition of her lifelong work in building strong relationships with her students.
The thing I appreciate most is that the other teachers at the school felt I deserved it. In many ways our whole staff team should have been up there. Theyre just as deserving, she said.
Ultimately, its all about the students. All the policies and documentation stand for nothing if you dont have good relationships with your students.
For most of the 12 years at Fish Creek, Mrs Smith has taught the Prep classes who she said laugh at her jokes whether she is funny or not, and like her singing even though she knows she isnt a good singer.
Mrs Smith takes her humour seriously, describing how she tricked her class into believing the class pet tortoise could juggle by putting the tortoise in the middle of a class circle surrounded by miniature juggling balls.
When the tortoise didnt juggle every time she did, she explained he wasnt in the mood a con Mrs Smith said lasted for six months before the class figured it out.
A lot humour when you teach is important. I stir the kids up all the time. I also think now its amazing what professional learning we can access, Mrs Smith said.
I think part of the dedication means being dedicated to learning your whole life. There are some things I learnt at teachers college that I have no idea why its important.
If you cant explain why its important to know something to a child, the child wont want to learn it.

Outstanding class: Fish Creek Primary School students Andy and Shelby with their award winning teacher Kerri Smith who was recently recognised for her work at the Victorian Education Excellence awards.


Principally proud in leadership role "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

MEENIYAN resident Gene VanderZalm is Tarwin Valley Primary Schools new principal and is proud to put a name to each of his 111 students.
The school welcomed Mr VanderZalm as acting principal in term two after former principal Brett Smith became principal at Inverloch-Kongwak Primary School.
Mr VanderZalm and his family have a strong connection to the school and the Meeniyan community in general, where he coaches basketball and has his sons employed at Moos Cafe.
Originally from the Latrobe Valley growing up in Yinnar, he is pleased with the progress the school is making of late.
Our school was recently awarded a $500,000 State Government grant. We welcomed this with open arms, conducted a consultation process together with both students and staff and produced at an asset inventory, identifying areas for improvement. We decided our administration buildings and facilities required needy upgrades, in addition to front of school signage, Mr VanderZalm noted.
I am pleased to work in a school where its small size allows intimate attention to be provided to students. Our local community is also involved with activities here including breakfasts, with food kindly donated by Pandesal, Meeniyan IGA, Meeniyan Food Store and Meen Feedz. At school, we are also particularly proud of our wellbeing and side by side programs. We believe these are an important part of our curriculum.
Wellbeing programs at the school promote and support childrens issues that affect personal health, happiness, comfort and emotional health.
The school has previously held mindfulness session that introduce students to aromatherapy and massage.
Currently, the school is hosting two teachers from Cambodia and Mr VanderZalm believes this is an excellent opportunity for students from small towns to gain wider perspectives beyond their immediate localities. The two teachers are observing and reporting on their cultural exchange, leaving on November 19.

New principal: Tarwin Valley Primary Schools new principal Gene VanderZalm, at the Meeniyan school where has taken over the role previously held by Brett Smith, now principal at Inverloch-Kongwak Primary School.


"You Cant Trust the Polls" "IndyWatch Feed National"

"You Cant Trust the Polls"
By Jim Rickards

"Forecasting elections is more art than science. One of the problems in forecasting elections is the nature of polls. Many polls are misleading and suffer from flawed methodology.  I was flying around the world just before the 2016 presidential election, telling audiences in Europe, Australia and here at home that Trump would win. I got a lot of funny looks and gasps from the anchors, who didnt take me seriously at all.

The major polls were all giving Hillary something like a 95% chance of victory on the eve of the election. Now, that doesnt mean that the polls were 95% to 5% in favor of Hillary. They werent. They were more like 52% to 48% or 53% to 47%. But the polls were in so much agreement the experts were saying the chances of them being wrong were less than 5%. 

Hillary actually did win the popular vote, as we know. But unfortunately for her, most of those people were concentrated in states like California, New York and Illinois, which are only three states out of 50. You need to win state by state to take the Electoral College. 

I dont say it to brag, but I got the last laugh. I wasnt trying to be controversial for its own sake or to try and make headlines. For me, predicting a Trump victory was simply the result of a lot of hard analysis. 



Council on top of its finances "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

BASS Coast Shire Council CEO Paul Buckley confirmed council is not being investigated by the Victorian Auditor General.
Mr Buckley made this clear at the October meeting, following allegations made in September.
In fact, Mr Buckley reported a positive financial result in the 2017-18 annual report.
The report showed a $10 million surplus compared to a budgeted surplus of $3.9 million.
The report also highlighted some of councils other achievements, including the completion of 116 capital works projects and successful advocacy for the shire.
Mayor Cr Pamela Rothfield said the results in the annual report reflected a successful and productive year, highlighted by a focus on closer collaboration with the community.
Council has been working with the community on many issues ranging from new off-leash beach areas for dogs in Kilcunda and Cape Paterson, to developing the Active Bass Coast Plan, and collecting the communitys feedback in the development of the Cowes to Stony Point Car Ferry Business Case, she said.
Mr Buckley said the biggest project of the year was the refurbishment of the Wonthaggi Union Community Arts Centre.
The $2.2 million project included replacing all 424 of the 35 year-old seats in the auditorium, lighting and rigging upgrade, installation of a lift to boost accessibility and new solar panel system, amongst many other improvements to the centre. The positive feedback from the public following this project shows the centre is an important community asset which is being well used and enjoyed, he said.
However, Cr Les Larke pushed for council to note the $10 million gap in the other reserves fund, which is stated to amount to $40.087 million.
To the motion, he added the words: other reserves are in essence a reflection of surpluses from prior years that council has set aside to allocate to some future activity. The existence of the reserves does not necessarily mean the council has the cash funds available to allocate to the reserves purpose.
At the September 2018 ordinary meeting, I said at the time there was a gap of some $10 million as of June 30, 2018, between the other reserves balance of $40 million and funds available above liquidity, Cr Larke said.
Since that time, the preamble wording in the annual report has been changed. In essence, that means any reader of councils financial statements or any member of our community will not be led to the understanding that council has cash in the bank to cover other reserves.
Cr Bruce Kent chose to support Cr Larkes amendment.
Cr Larke has been trying for a long time to get this through. My understanding is people in the community may not realise that reserves are not backed by cash. I agree if the community doesnt know this, they should be educated prior to coming to council, he said.


Councillor clamped "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

SOUTH Gippsland Shire Councils public standing continues to fall, with councillor Jeremy Rich barred from having one on one contact with non-executive council staff after being the subject of complaints by staff.
Cr Rich has been ordered to issue individually addressed written sincere apologies to each of the staff involved, and these apologies must be deemed appropriate by the mayor and deputy mayor.
The Star has been told Cr Rich was involved in incidences with three staff.
Cr Rich can also only meet with council CEO Tim Tamlin or a council director outside of pre-arranged council events such as briefings and meetings when the mayor or another council member will be present.
Cr Rich must now direct personal ratepayer related matters to council via email and should he wish to speak to staff about the query, he must have the approval of Mr Tamlin or the relevant director.
The conditions will remain in place until they are reviewed.
The conditions were discussed in a confidential session by council and council resolved to make these conditions public, after an investigation concerning councillor and staff occupational health and safety.
At the October 24 council meeting, Cr Rich read what he said he was an apology to councillors and council staff who may have been offended, belittled or intimidated by his comments.
He said his comments may have been misinterpreted as being prejudicial towards the people concerned.
Council discussed the personal interaction control measures relating to his dealings with council staff after Cr Rich had addressed the meeting.
The Star attempted to contact Cr Rich for comment.

Making a statement: South Gippsland Shire Councillor Jeremy Rich addresses the October 24 council meeting, giving what he described as an apology to councillors and council staff he may have offended.


Bogus hospital no fix for Island "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

WITH trouble stirring on Phillip Island with residents angry and let down by the State Governments latest promise of a Community Hospital, only to realise it does not mean an urgently needed 24/7 accident and emergency (AE) service for the Island, member for Bass Brian Paynter has pledged a 24/7 AE remedy.
This is what the Island community has been crying out for since the Warley Hospital was closed in 2008 by the then Brumby Labor Government when Daniel Andrews was State Health Minister.
Last weeks funding announcement by Eastern Victoria Region MLC Harriet Shing stated a community hospital would be delivered for Cowes.
Design and detailed planning work on the Phillip Island Community Hospital will start next year, with works complete by 2024.
Ms Shing said, This community hospital for Phillip Island will provide general and specialist patient care, non-acute treatment, treatment such as dialysis and chemotherapy and day procedures, so that patients can be treated closer to home. News of the funding for a community hospital for Phillip Island was first met with elation, but not long after people were scratching their heads and wondering what a community hospital would deliver.
That elation soon turned to anger when residents realised they had been dudded with smoke screen funding for none other than a glorified medical hub and no 24/7 accident and emergency service.
In the announcement Mr Andrews said, Nothing beats the peace of mind of knowing that when a loved one gets sick, care is just around the corner.
Medical care is available on the Island but residents are forced to travel at least 40 minutes for 24/7 accident and emergency at the Wonthaggi Hospital that is stretched to the limit and people are being turned away.
Meanwhile on Monday Mr Paynter said the Liberal Nationals would fund a 24 hour medical centre for Phillip Island.
The $1.8m proposed trial would see the opening hours of the current medical centre extended to 24/7 and Mr Paynter said, Ive been working with Bass Coast Health and the Phillip Island community and this is a solution that will work.
Phillip Island Progress Association president Jason Cameron said the (Andrews) government was taking Island residents for fools.
How stupid do they think we are? We have to wait till 2024 for the promised mystery hospital, he said.
We are not asking for the Alfred Hospital but with a population of 11,000 on the Island and some 24,000 day trippers every long weekend, and tens of thousands more in holiday times, there is an urgent need for a 24/7 accident and emergency service on the Island.
We have to be able to offer emergency care right here on the Island and a 40 to 45 minute drive to Wonthaggi is not an option.
We definitely need a higher level of health service on Phillip Island that is better than the Community...


Charli XCX goes all in on Arvos with Darren Lesaguis "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

  • Charli XCX :: Interview with Darren Lesaguis on Arvos

iconic [ahy-KON-ik] (adjective): Charli XCXs output in 2018. From 1999 to Girls Night Out to Focus and 5 in the Morning, the British pop star has delivered bops, slappers, bangers and everything in between as she continues on her quest to marry the worlds of pop and experimental, forward-thinking electronica.

Its a quest which has brought her to Australia as one of the many big reputations on T. Swifts Reputation tour. Following her sold-out sideshow at the Metro Theatre, Charli stopped by Arvos with Darren Lesaguis for FBis most Millennial interview ever.

Hit up the play button to hear them chat about the beauty of being embraced by the queer community, feeling empowered by Troye Sivans Bloom and why she felt compelled to show that love back by opening the stage up to members of Sydneys LGBTQI+ community to perform Boys with her.

I feel like, especially over the past 18 months, that community has really embraced me as an artist and I think its nice to give a platform back to that community to come and party and be visible and be on stage with me because I owe them so much.

Hear her also talk through her unique curatorial approach to pop music, the value of not compromising your art and spilling the deets on some of the scenes left on the cutting room floor of the incredible 1999 vid, which ICYMI you can watch here  


The post...


Time to buoy business "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

SOUTH Gippsland Shires new councillor Rosemary Cousin wants to work with the community to reinvigorate Leongathas business sector.
As a regular customer coming to Leongatha, Im deeply concerned about the number of vacant shops in the town and I want to hear from traders and the public about ideas that might turn the shires economy around, the Allambee South resident said.
Cr Cousin said council had a strong leadership role to play in enhancing Leongathas economy but said as to what the scope of that is at this stage, Im not entirely sure, given she was only sworn into council last Wednesday.
Cr Cousin believed the dairy downturn has had a major impact on Leongathas economy and the Victorian Farmers Federation and dairy farmers needed to determine if Saputo was giving farmers the best deal possible.
We need to engage the big businesses in town to ensure they are doing things in the best interest of the shire, she said.
As to what she meant by that, Cr Cousin said businesses growth plans, management of water supply and use of roads, their approach to climate change and their views on telecommunications, particularly any need to improve internet blackspots.
Amongst Cr Cousins first duties last Thursday were joining with other councillors to discuss the Council Plan and rating strategy.
Councillors have requested more information to inform their decision making around the rating strategy, which will determine how the rates burden is spread across ratepaying groups, such as owners of homes and commercial properties, and farmers.
Cr Cousin believed population growth in the region would help spread the rates burden across more ratepayers and is urging councillors to stretch our thinking a little here on rates, saying the historic rating system is a bit out of touch with what is going in our economy, referring to the growth of small scale farming and associated agribusinesses.
We need to take some measured consideration. We need to keep these rates fair, she said.
Last Wednesday, Cr Cousin signed the councillors oath of office and Code of Conduct at the Leongatha council chamber.
She will represent Tarwin Valley ward, filling the vacancy created by Maxine Kiel.

All official: South Gippsland Shire Councillo...


NEW MUSIC: Marlene Oak Slip Away "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

  Last week we posted the wonderful new track from Tracy McNeil & The GoodLife and this great new single from Swedish singer/songwriter Marlene Oak falls into the same musical sphere. Its a perfect example of warm and melodic, 70s country rock with a pop heart. You can hear the Fleetwood Mac influence in the Continue reading


Fawcett returns to council "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

FORMER mayor Jim Fawcett will return to South Gippsland Shire Council after winning and accepting a countback result yesterday (Monday).
He fills the vacancy left by former councillor Meg Edwards who cited bullying by other councillors as among the reasons for her departure.
Mr Fawcett won a second countback for the vacancy after Nigel Hutchinson-Brooks, also a former councillor, declined to accept the role after he won the first countback last Wednesday. Mr Hutchinson-Brooks said he was unable to work with some of the councillors and business interests also precluded him from accepting.
Mr Fawcett, a Leongatha accountant, will represent Tarwin Valley ward and is the only Leongatha-based councillor.
I just regret the circumstances of the countback but I will look to work constructively with the other councillors and get a better understanding of the issues facing council at the moment, he said yesterday.
Mr Fawcett cited the redevelopment of Bair Street and the former railyards as among the major issues facing Leongatha now.
In a statement released on Friday, Mr Hutchinson-Brooks said he could not work with some councillors for whom I have lost respect.
This, together with a full business schedule at present, means that I am unwilling and unable to take up the position of councillor with the present South Gippsland Shire Council at this point in time, he said.
Mr Hutchinson-Brooks said former councillors Maxine Kiel and Meg Edwards and were subject to poor behaviour from other councillors in the council chamber and elsewhere.
This denigration and manipulation to community groups (for which I have documentary evidence) is the mark of cowardly behaviour by people who demonstrate a lack of maturity, he said.
Unfortunately, it is these individuals who are incapable of understanding the effect on others of their arrogant, egotistical behaviour and self interest.
Mr Hutchinson-Brooks said he believed the council should be dismissed and was ineffective.
Mr Fawcett could be sworn in as a councillor as early as tomorrow (Wednesday).

Making a return: Jim Fawcett, a former mayor and experienced councillor, has taken up the chanc...


Hot property "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"



SOUTH Gippslands booming house prices are benefiting from the downward trend of residential returns in Melbourne, with Meeniyan gaining popularity, and prices climbing by more than 20 percent in Venus Bay and across Bass Coast.

The local scene is being driven by city dwellers, with many coming to affordable Meeniyan and still commuting to work in the suburban fringes or seeking cheaper living in the country.

The REA Groups website noted the median price for homes sold in Meeniyan for the year to July was $248,000.

Kellie Thomas, licensed estate agent at Landmark Harcourts Leongatha, a 20 year Meeniyan resident, said, Meeniyan is an

interesting little nook, gaining much popularity over the years. The land here is well held and quite compact, and there is a shortage of large land quantities opened up for development. Nevertheless, a small acreage between 1.5-4 acres will be coming onto the market in the coming months.

We have a large database of waiting clients, ready to purchase. Buyer enquiries at the moment are quite good locally and we note the area is well suited to lifestyle properties, similarly in Koonwarra. Meeniyan is a destination town.

The town attracts foodies and those interested in the arts, with our galleries, great eateries and infrastructure like V/Line bus services to Melbourne.

We see many buyer enquiries from the Mornington Peninsula and Melbourne. Buyers are looking for a tree change, still willing to commute to Melbournes eastern suburbs for work, preferring the country roads to city traffic whilst taking advantage of our country lifestyle.

Peter Bellingham, of Stevens Egan Johnston Real Estate Leongatha, said prices have risen around the Bass Coast and South Gippsland shires due to little competition.

Alan Steenhold, agent at Alex Scott Leongatha, confirmed solid sales growth over the past 10 months, with strong demand from retirees.

In Venus Bay, median prices increased by 21.2 percent in the past year, driven by an influx of people moving to live locally, said Daniel Lawrie, real estate agent at Alex Scott and Staff Real Estate, Venus Bay.

Some have bought existing homes and some have bought blocks with a view to build their permanent home. Its a shift that we really havent seen in the last 20 years or so. Traditionally Venus Bay has been predominately a holiday home market, he said.

Because of this, average turnover of homes was five to seven years, which meant stock levels were high, sense of urgency for purchasers was low, and the median house price sat at around $250,000-$260,000.

Fast for...


NEW MUSIC: Anna Elizabeth Laube  I Miss You (So Much) "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Anna Elizabeth Laube was born in Iowa City, IA and raised in Madison, Wisconsin but now calls Seattle, WA home. In 2016 she released her fourth album Tree, which included the track below which has a new lease of life as a radio edit single in 2018. I Miss You (So Much) is a wonderful Continue reading


Its the Devil! Pope Claims Church is Being Persecuted over Child Sexual Abuse "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Pope Francis has responded to the tens of thousands of cases of child sexual abuse at the hands of Catholic clergy worldwide by claiming the Church is being victimised. The Pope recently wrapped up a month-long meeting, or Synod, for Bishops from around the world at the Vatican by claiming the Church is being persecuted

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The Weekly Times TWT 7th November 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Weekly Times - TWT - is a campaigning, crusading, truth-seeking, death defying, Aussie battler-aligned, one-eyed-Tiger-led news organisation dedicated to Sydney's north west. This flip book - or digital edition/replica - is the 3rd October 2018 edition of TWT. TWT311018

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Gurus, Altered States of Consciousness and Chinese Food "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

I have been hearing about Deepak Chopra more of late. A recent controversy was him giving a talk at a cryptocurrency symposium: people were upset that such a "charlatan" could be at the event...


Cruelty, Cruelty, Cruelty: Nauru, Yemen, Gaza "IndyWatch Feed"

The Sharpeville Massacre in South Africa sparked international outrage. And then theres Gaza, and Nauru and Yemen, writes Professor Stuart Rees.

Seventy years ago, at the United Nations, every effort was made to define and outlaw acts of cruelty. Wanton cruelty referred to conduct without regard to what is right, just or humane. Article 5 of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights decreed, No-one shall be subjected to torture, or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.

The Convention on the Rights of the Child, ratified by the General Assembly on November 20 1989, had similar aspirations.

Those rules and standards seem to have been forgotten or disregarded.

An Orwellian facility for doublespeak enables leaders to pretend compassion yet maintain their cruelty. As thousands of Australians demonstrated against their governments continued containment of children on Nauru, Prime Minister Morrison reassured himself that he was filled with compassion. No surprise. In his maiden speech in the Federal parliament he had extolled Christian virtues loving kindness, justice and righteousness. Denial and deceit facilitate cruelty.

The Prime Minister dismissed the calls of the AMA and almost 6,000 individual doctors who had called for the removal of all children from off-shore detention centres because of their deteriorating health. MSF and UNHCR argued that everyone, including single adults should be evacuated from Nauru and Manus. Nevertheless, in order to appear strong, the Prime Minister said that his border protection policies were non-negotiable, hence his rejection of a New Zealand offer to take at least 150 asylum seekers.

Children locked up in immigration detention on Nauru, August 2016. This image is courtesy of Mums 4 Refugees.

After five years of incarceration on those islands, there has at least been public outrage at the cruelty inherent in the governments asylum seeker policies. The same cant be said about responses to the war in Yemen.

Armed to the teeth by western powers, Saudi Arabia, infamous for beheadings, floggings, amputations, the Jamal Kashoggi murder and endless brutalities in Yemen, knows cruelty as the way to rule. President Trump of the trade-always-trumps-human-rights-attitude, the Saudis arms sales ally,...


EDITORIAL: The Difference Between Us And Them "IndyWatch Feed"

The latest editorial in the New Matilda digest, which you can sign up for (free) here.

Its always good in business, Im told, to emphasise the difference between you and your competitors.

Thus, a fortnight ago, New Matilda published a lengthy investigation which alleged that Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham sexually assaulted a former staffer in 2011. At the same time, Fairfax media published a story that complained Greens MP David Shoebridges wife had an expensive house.

Last weekend, we also published a lengthy investigation into human rights abuses in West Papua, after sending UK Journalist of the Year Michael Gillard there in March (and again in June), posing as a doctor. Journalists are not allowed in the region. They can be jailed, or worse. We helped financed Michaels trip with  $1,000 prizemoney we won in the United States earlier this year (the Andrew Schneider Memorial Award) for a previous investigation by Michael which revealed a Kazakhstan absestos company was involved in an international spying ring targetting anti-asbestos activists.

Correspondingly, also over the weekend, Fairfax published its latest Luxury magazine, which told you where to find good pearls, and how to buy a Tesla.

If you want independent media that invests its resources into stories that matter, that focus on corporate greed and human rights abuses that dont include not having fast access to Chanel perfume and polo, then you can start by supporting New Matilda. If you havent already, you can subscribe here for $6 a month. Admittedly thats $2 a month more than it will cost to buy one copy of the Financial Reviews Luxury magazine, but its still pretty cheap for campaigning journalism.

In other news, Dr Lissa Johnsons 5,000 word demolition of modern politics is a tour de force when it comes to writing and researching. Helen Razer explains why Julian Assange matters. Oh, and we started a...


Man stabbed with scissors in Ballina domestic dispute "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A man has been charged following investigations into the reckless wounding of his domestic partner during a dispute in East Ballina overnight.

About 7pm Monday (November 5) the two men, both aged 37, were involved in an argument at their unit on Seaview Street.

The argument escalated, where one man allegedly punched the other man several times to the face, before using a pair of scissors to inflict numerous wounds to the mans cheek, lip and ear.

The injured man went to Ballina Hospital for treatment and has since been released from hospital.

About 10.15pm (Monday 5 November 2018) officers from Richmond Police District arrested a 37-year-old man at a unit in East Ballina.

He was taken to Ballina Police Station where he was charged with reckless grievous bodily harm and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

He was refused bail to appear at Lismore Local Court today (November 6).

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Holocaust Revisionism. Part 1: The Major Claims "IndyWatch Feed National"

Ursula Haverbeck, young and old

by Mary W Maxwell, LLB

Its time to celebrate the 90th birthday of a very intelligent, elegant German lady, Ursula Haverbeck, who has worked hard to restore the good name of her country.  She was born on November 8, 1928, in Breslau, Germany. In her honor we will run a series here about Holocaust Revisionism. Yay!

I have been criticized by one of our GumshoeNews readers for skirting around the subject of Holocaust denialism here and...



Celebrating 10 Years of Beers, Stone & Wood have brewed something special to mark the occasion. SWX is a decadent 10% imperial stout, which was aged for 10 months in fortified wine barrels.

Hand packed in 750ml bottles, SWX pours jet black with a chocolate head and features incredible depth of malt flavours and aromas of espresso, cocoa and dark fruits. The time in barrel has enhanced the smooth, rich flavours and oak aroma while providing hints of cherries and chocolate. This stout is assertive and refined with a warming palate that is full-bodied but balanced by a firm bitterness. A spectacularly big, complex and delightful brew that celebrates our journey so far and the adventures yet to come.

Available in bottleshops and on tap from next week.

200 limited SWX packs will be available from our online store from 2 November for $59.

For further information, please visit

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Save Kosci walk underway "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Over a hundred people joined the Save Kosci full distance walkers on the morning of Saturday 3rd November as they left The Domain in central Sydney.  The walk intends to highlight the negative impacts of wild horses on the alpine environment of the Snowy Mountains. The walkers have just completed their 3rd day and reached Liverpool, with a group of 14. Morale is high and the walkers are getting sympathetic reactions from people they meet along the way.

They are on schedule, so far, to reach the summit of Kosciuszko around 7 to 9 December. If you drive past them in their bright yellow safety vests, give them a friendly toot. 

Organisers report that some lodges in the Smiggins Hole to Charlotte Pass area are now booking out for the final weekend.


You can follow the walk via the website.


Mehreen Faruqi wants to stop the Melbourne Cup "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Anything else we do that pisses you off Mehreen? Things must be lookin' pretty good back in Pakistan. Horse racing kills. Dont make gambling-fuelled cruelty your entertainment today.#NupToTheCup #HorseRacingKills Mehreen Faruqi (@MehreenFaruqi) November 5, 2018


Report - Pakistani children taught how to hang Asia Bibi "IndyWatch Feed National"

Pakistani children being taught by their families how to hang Asia Bibi and whoever insults prophet Mohammad Imam of Peace (@Imamofpeace) November 5, 2018


Man killed in shark attack near Australia's Great Barrier Reef "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

A man has died after being attacked by a shark near Australia's Great Barrier Reef. Officials said the victim was swimming near Cid Harbour on Whitsunday Island off the Queensland state coast on Monday when the animal struck at about 5.37pm local time. The man, thought to be in his thirties, was flown to Mackay Base Hospital after sustaining "significant leg and wrist injuries", Central Queensland's helicopter rescue service said in a statement. He later died in Mackay Base hospital of massive blood loss, according to the Courier Mail.


Man charged with indecency over act at Grays Lane car park "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A man will appear in court later this month after being charged over indecency and intimidation offences at the NPWS car park on Grays Lane at Tyagarah at the weekend.

About 11.35am on Saturday 3 November 2018, a 30-year-old woman was jogging east along Grays Lane when she noticed a white utility parked on the side of the dirt road.

The woman told police that the male driver looked at her intently, which made her feel uncomfortable, and she crossed to other side of the road in an effort to keep some distance between them.

As she continued her run the woman saw that the utility drove past her and stopped a short distance ahead. The man alighted from the utility and walked towards her grinning.

As the woman continued her run to the beach the utility slowly followed her and then passed her. The woman continued towards the beach hoping that there would be other people in the area.

As she entered the carpark the woman saw that the man was now standing outside the utility and was naked.

When the woman walked past the man, he looked at her and performed an indecent act.

The woman continued to the beach, but could not find anyone to assist her. When she returned to the carpark the man again performed an indecent act.

The woman ran for some distance to her home and told her partner. They attended the car park and located the white utility which they photographed. Police were contacted and details of the vehicle were provided to police.

Officers from Tweed Byron Police District were travelling to Tyagarah Beach about 1.25pm when they observed the utility travelling along Grays Lane.

The officers spoke to a 33-year-old man who was driving the utility and arrested him.

The man was conveyed to Byron Bay Police Station and later charged with commit act of indecency and intimidation.

He has been granted strict conditional bail to appear at Byron Bay Local Court on Thursday 22 November 2018.

Police will continue to work closely with other stakeholders including NPWS, Byron Shire Council and the Byron Safe Beaches Committee to keep the area safe.

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Greed Is Good, Luxury Is Grand. And For Just Four Bucks A Month, You Can Have Both! "IndyWatch Feed"

Want to know where to play polo, or make yourself smell like Keira Knightley? Cant find an appropriate set of pearls, or a Bugatti that will save the world? The Financial Reviews latest edition of Luxury magazine has got you covered. Warren Ross drapes himself in frippery and avarice to go where no average Katoomban has gone, or could afford to go, before.

About once a month I buy the Australian Financial Review. I like to know what the financial spivs and their colluding journalists are up to. I rarely get a laugh out of it but a recent edition was a real knee-slapping, side-splitter.

From the middle of the paper dropped the 46th edition of Luxury. This was the Jewellery Issue. The feature story was about the Paspaley family and their pearl exploits.

The article discusses trophy assets such as a bottle of Macallen Whisky from 1926 that sold for $1million. It also points to the portability of pearls. So if you want to hide your assets, pearls are hard to beat.

I am reminded of David Graebers observation, You cant loot credit. We may well be approaching that stage and this article seemed to understand this history.

Leafing through Luxury we find Keira Knightley plugging CHANEL over two pages, then two pages of Kennedy. Jackie, JFK and family are now a watch brand. They reach from the grave to yet another page flogging Kennedys Patek Philippe Geneve watch that you never own, You merely look after it for the next generation; la prairie follows, a caviar skin cream, Lifting Elevation to New Heights. The use of lower case proves this elevation.

An interview with Laura Turner Seydel (with the caption Environmental advocate) advises us that lucky Laura, Ted Turners daughter, is the second biggest landowner in the United States with 890,00 hectares over seven states. How hard must she have worked to acquire that. She tells us that environmental concerns need scaling, what her favourite piece of jewellery is and how she came by it. She loves horseriding and her Tesla Model S with its 5-star safety rating.

Its hard to leave Laura but theres more to discover like, Paspaley pearls are the most beautiful in the world; and a Bugatti that might be the absolute peak of combustion energy performance and of mechanical jewellery.

Nothing screams wealth like two men in black sui...


Man found unconscious on side of road "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Police are still trying to establish how a man came to be unconscious by the side of a road at Goonellabah yesterday (Monday November 5).

About 5.40am, officers from Richmond Police District were called to Shearman Drive, Goonellabah, after reports a man was found lying unconscious on the roadway.

Upon arrival, police found a 49-year-old Goonellabah man with facial and head injuries.

He was treated at the scene by NSW Ambulance paramedics before being taken to Lismore Base Hospital with non-life-threatening head and chest injuries.

The 49-year-old male was later airlifted by Westpac Rescue Helicopter to Gold Coast University Hospital.

Police believe he may have been hit by a car and are asking for any members of the public who may have witnessed what happened to come forward.

As inquiries continue, anyone who was in the vicinity or has dash cam vision is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or go to to

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Labor promises high school for Pottsville "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Craig Elliot, Country Labor candidate for the seat of Tweed at the 2019 state election, says if Labor is elected the Pottsville High School will finally be built. Photo supplied

In the latest stage of a debate that has been raging for more than a decade, NSW Labor has committed to build a new public high school at Pottsville if elected next year.

The announcement was made yesterday (November 5) by NSW Labor Opposition leader Luke Foley and Country Labor candidate for the Tweed, Craig Elliot at the site, which has been languishing for years, despite being set aside as part of the Sea Breeze estate.

In 2015 Tweed Council came to the rescue of the site by refusing to allow developer Metricon to rezone it for 65 new houses.

Last year the court reaffirmed the land should be retained for a school despite an appeal by the developer.

Labors action contrasts with the Liberal/National government, which has consistently refused to support the construction of a local high school in Pottsville.

Labor says the nearby Pottsville Beach Public School is bursting at the seams and is soon expected to have up to 1,000 students.

According to a media release, there are more than 750 secondary students who currently have to travel for at least 30 minutes each way by bus north to Kingscliff High School and another 100 schoolchildren forced to travel to other district government high schools such as Murwillumbah High School.

Labors first task would be to purchase the land from the developer but construction would begin in the first term of a Foley government, the party promises.

NSW Labor says it has allocated $40 million for the high school.

The pair have lashed out at sitting MP Geoff Provest (Nationals), who they say promised to build a Pottsville high school in 2007 but after 11 years has failed to deliver and now he just ignores the community, claiming that there is no need for a  new high school in what is a rapidly growing area.

Opposition leader Luke Foley MP said Make no mistake, NSW Labor a...


Greens Leader Richard Di Natale Calls For BP Rethink On West Papuan Gas Field "IndyWatch Feed National"

Greens leader Richard Di Natale has added his voice to growing calls across the international community for one of the worlds biggest oil companies to rethink its involvement in a gas-mining operation in occupied West Papua, as Indonesia continues to face accusations of grave human rights abuses.

Earlier this year, UK Journalist of the Year, Michael Gillard snuck into West Papua posing as a doctor to investigate British Petroleums operations in Bintuni Bay, where its trying to exploit a $10 billion gas field called Tangguh.

Journalists are banned from the Indonesian-occupied territory. Even the United Nations cant gain access.

Gillards exclusive report on the situation in West Papua was released yesterday. Gillard found:

  • BP security guards are spying on the local community and passing intelligence on disruptive individuals to the military;
  • Well-armed Indonesian security forces are now secretly stationed inside the oil companys base;
  • Retired senior Indonesian police and military officers are running an elite cadre of BP guards armed with stun guns and rubber bullets who are given behaviour profiling training in how to spot agitators. The self-styled ethical oil company is using counter-terrorism to justify these measures; and
  • Violence in the region has increased markedly, with activists rounded up by Indonesian military.

Critics fear that the counter-terrorism is a cover for increasing state surveillance on the growing student and social movements seeking political freedoms and ultimately self-determination for West Papua.

The head of the Papuan organisation that provided human rights training to BP security told New Matilda that a network of undercover military intelligence agents is also targeting peaceful social movements in Bintuni Bay, who are being swept up in mass arrests.

Richard Di Natale, who leads the Greens party in Australia has a long history of advocating on the rights of West Papuans, who have faced a brutal occupation by Indonesia since the 1960s.

Greens leader Richard Di Natale, pictured with former WA Greens Senator Scott Ludlam pictured with West Papua activists in 2016.

West Papuans are som...


In which the pond doses up on angry Sydney Anglicanism ... "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Last night Media Watch went all bleeding heart for the suffering of the lizard Oz's business model and all the investigative journalism that the country was missing out on, thanks to the shameless pilfering Daily Snail

Well the pond is no friend of the Snail's, loathsome as it is, doesn't visit, doesn't read and doesn't link to it.

The pond remembers the Snail's glory days

And so on and on but pardon the pond if it says "lace" to all that talk of the lizard Oz doing decent investigative journalism, as opposed to pushing out into the world all sorts of crusades, not least climate science denialism, but also a kind of Trumpism down under along with the incessant crow-like cry of dinkum Oz clean coal oi, oi, oi ...

Ironically, that Media Watch nonsense followed a report by Four Corners in Melbourne, which astonishingly failed to mention by name the Herald Sun's rabid, fear mongering, demonising, hysterical reporting on such matters especially given the abundance of front page examples that are available



Doing sculpture Mullum style "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

John Walters life sized installation of a ghostly mob of swamp wallabies will be be one of sculptures  engaging with the spirit of Palm Park during the Ingenuity Sculptural Festival in Mullumbimby. Photo Aslan Shand.

Mullumbimby is having its own sculpture show that will feature 25 local artists in Palm Park during the Mullum Music Festival. The inaugural Ingenuity Sculpture Festival, supported by the Mullum Music Festival, will create an oasis of delights from the Mullumbimby Scout Hall to Federation Bridge set among the palms and along the river bank to enjoy.

Ingenuity is our inaugural Mullum Sculpture Festival and it represents that not afraid to speak out or bust out Mullum state of mind, said curator Gabrielle Dalton.

There will also be a temporary gallery made out of pallets called the Castle of Dreams in the Scout Hall that will exhibit smaller works by students and the community.

Workshops and artist talks

Everyone is invited to be inspired by the sculptures in the park and get hands on with making their own sculpture at the Scout Hall, with the hep of professional artists, in 30 minutes.

There will be locals giving guided tours through the sculptural works discussing what the artists may have meant by their works and at various times the artists will be present to answer your questions, said Gabrielle.

Tours will be taking place at 11.30am and 2.30pm and if you are lucky you might get to enjoy some surprise performance works.

Public opening

A sound sculpture will open the the sculpture walk on November 14 between 6 and 7pm at the bend in the river in Palm Park and everyone is welcome to come and enjoy the experience.

We hope that the sculpture walk will be a wonderful quiet retreat for people in town, just a few steps away from the hub bub of the Music Festival, said Gabrielle.


The portfolio trainwrecks Barnaby Joyce caused when he was in the ministry continue "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

It became obvious even before he lost leadership of the National Party of Australia, stood down as deputy prime minster and went to the government backbenches, that Barnaby Joyce oversaw a corrupt administration of national water resources.

Later it was revealed how he had blocked reform of the live animal export trade.

Now we find his porkbarrelling of the electorate he still holds has led to this.......

ABC News, 31 October 2018:

Australia's pesticides assessor is three months late delivering its report that reconsiders a chemical banned in other countries and linked to brain damage in children.

The report is the culmination of a 22-year process reviewing the health impacts of chlorpyrifos, a popular insecticide used in fruit and vegetable farming.



The Australian today - Gillard slush fund saga is back "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

From Brad Norington, Associate Editor of The Australian today. BRAD NORINGTON ASSOCIATE EDITOR @BradNorington NOVEMBER 6, 2018 An Australian Workers Union slush fund saga that hounded Julia Gillard throughout her political career might not be over, with former Sydney radio broadcaster Michael Smith taking the unusual course of launching a...


Papadopoulos claims deep state agents engaged in scheme to entrap him "IndyWatch Feed National"

George Papadopoulos - a central figure and self-admitted dupe in the Obama administration's targeted spying on the Trump campaign, gave a wide-ranging interview to Dan Bongino on Friday, detailing what he claims to have been a setup by deep state operatives across the world in order to ultimately infiltrate the Trump campaign. Reviewing events In March 2016, Maltese professor Joseph Mifsud told Papadopoulos - an energy consultant who had recently joined the Trump campaign - that Russia had "dirt" on Hillary Clinton, a claim which Papadopoulos repeated in May 2016 to Australian diplomat Alexander Downer in a London bar. Of note, former FBI Assistant Director of counterintelligence, Bill Priestap, reportedly traveled to London directly before Downer met with Papadopoulos, while a few months later former FBI agent Peter Strzok met with Downer in London directly before the DOJ officially launched their investigation into the Trump campaign.


Traumatised best friend charged with the murder of Liam Anderson "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A Sydney man has been charged by police with the murder of Liam Anderson, son of Rose Tattoo frontman Angry Anderson.

Matthew Flame, 20 years old from Narraweena, has been accused of bashing Liam Anderson, 26, to death in a park in Queenscliff early on Sunday morning.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Anderson had shown concern for Mr Flame whilst the pair had been partying in the Sydney CBD, and had said her was concerned that he was under the influence on something evil.

When Anderson followed his friend home, Mr Flame reportedly turned aggressive and reportedly began punching, stomping and kicking Mr Anderson.

Witnesses reported hearing shouting and seeing the pair punching each other in a violent encounter that resulted in Police having to use pepper spray in an effort to restrain Mr Flame, who was told to be still punching Mr Anderson when emergency services arrived.

Image result for matthew flame led away by police  Mr Flame is led away by police (image: The Australian)

Mr Anderson died shortly after as a result of his injuries.

The accused was reportedly in a state of shock when realising what had happened, with Sydney Morning Herald reporting that Mr Flame only became aware of the incident when awakening from an alleged psychotic episode in hospital.

He was refused bail yesterday in Manly local court, and will spend 10 weeks behind bars before his next hearing.

Mr Flames barrister Charles Watersheet told reporters  This is a double tragedy for both families and their friends it seems lightning has struck twice, and said he was seeking his client to undergo a mental health check.

Angry Anderson awoke to the news of Liams death while on tour in Perth, and flew home to Sydney on Sunday night.

He was informed that the charge of murder had been laid yesterday by police.

Liam had his own music project, Ranford Bigsby, that explored a more hip-hop sound as opposed to the classic rock of his father.


Watch Liam Anderson as Ranford Bigsby Below



Like Donald Trump Scott Morrison is a politician who should keep his tweets to a bare minimum "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

This is a classic example of a badly through through tweet.

Scott Morrison apparently thinks gender is recorded on drivers licences and, having failed to check his own NSW Drivers Licence, he tweeted this belief to the world.
This was a typical response on Twitter.
Yes, thats right. The states not federal government issue drivers licences and as can clearly be seen on this NSW mockup although the current licence application form asks for full name, residential address, date of birth and gender only the first three appear on the actual drivers licence issued.

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Worlds record breaking longest non-stop flight arrives in New York "IndyWatch Feed National"

The worlds longest non-stop commercial flight has landed in New York, ending a journey from Singapore of more than 15,000km in 17 hours and 52 minutes.

Singapore Airlines relaunched the service five years after it was cut because it had become too expensive.

Flight SQ22 landed at 0529 US Eastern time with 150 passengers and 17 crew.

Geoffrey Thomas, editor-in-chief of, said the time passed swiftly and had not seemed like a 17-and-a-half hour flight.

He told the BBC: The flight was effortless and very smooth.

On board the consensus was that the time passed very quickly and didnt seem like 17.5 hours.

The inaugural flight from Changi Airport to Newarks international airport, which services New York, took off amid much fanfare.

Qantas launched a 17-hour non-stop service from Perth to London earlier this year, while Qatar runs a 17.5-hour service between Auckland and Doha.




Remembering the 43 Group (Marcus Bennett, Tribune, NovDec 2018) "IndyWatch Feed National"

Remembering the 43 Group Marcus Bennett Tribune NovemberDecember 2018 When 24-year-old Morris Beckman returned to his house on Amhurst Road in Hackney, hed experienced quite a lot. His time fighting fascism abroad had seen him survive two Nazi torpedo attacks Continue reading


Courtroom 1.3 - waiting room "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

I did a drawing outside the wrong courtroom at Downing Centre as I was trying to find the opening hearing of Andrew Katelaris's trial. He was one floor above. Andrew is a doctor (though deregistered) who has been treating conditions including epilepsy with weed -usually high CBD strains which make you more mellow than stoned - as well as conducting researchand is being prosecuted for supply,

This is interesting as marijuana is now becoming widely accepted in medicine, and prohibitions on its use are slowly lifting in many places. But Andrew jumped the gun, not prepared to wait till the wheels of politics and the law had ground forward to legalisation, especially as the  some of his patients symptoms were so severe and the treatment so effective.

I have to make a plea to the magistrate (please?) to see if I will be allowed to draw there. I'm doing a large portrait of Andrew as a commission, and as he is a man of ideas, and educated argument, what better place to draw him than where those ideas are to be argued before the court, with his freedom in the balance

Those courtroom document trolleys are insane


Corrimal High School fire "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

corrimal high school fire

Corrimal High School ablaze. Photo: Corrimal Fire & Rescue 269.

AN investigation is underway after Corrimal High School was severely damaged by fire in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Emergency services were called to Murray Road about 5am, where they found the school well-alight. No one was injured; however, the school sustained significant damage.

Wollongong Police established a crime scene and have commenced an investigation into the incident. Police are treating the fire as suspicious and urging anyone with information to come forward.



Truck ploughs into Maccas again! "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

police 2POLICE have launched an investigation after a truck crashed into the Fairy Meadow McDonalds restuarant today.

Emergency services were called to a carpark at the intersection of Mount Ousley Road and the Princes Highway, Fairy Meadow, after reports of a truck crash about 10.45am. 

Initial reports indicate the truck crashed into several parked cars after losing control on Mt Ousley Road before coming to rest, pinning another car against a unit block wall.

A NSW Ambulance spokesperson said seven ambulance crews responded following the truck hitting a fire hydrant and four vehicles in the restaurant carpark, then a block of units.

Paramedics treated a number of patients, including a 35-year-old male, who is in a serious condition, a 17-year-old female and a woman in her 50s with minor injuries.
The truck driver in his 20s was treated for lower back injuries.
The truck driver was taken to Wollongong hospital, as was the other injured people, including the driver of the car that was pinned.
Todays crash follows a similar incident in December 2006 when a  flatbed truck, overloaded with steel scaffolding, slammed into the fast food restaurant after careering down Mt Ousley Road.
The truck mounted the footpath, smashed through a fence and into two parked cars. One of the parked cars was forced into a third car, which was pushed into the wall of the restaurant, causing it to partially collapse.
The truck finally came to a halt, crashing into the...


Black-eared Cuckoo at Mosquito Creek Rd reported by Roger Jaensch on 02-11-2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Bird uttering soft mewing calls, in roadside shrubs under remnant woodland, with cleared fields adjacent, about 1.5 km north of highway. North of Coolmunda Dam.

Barred Cuckoo-shrike at Gladstone, New Auckland reported by Ted and Alex Wnorowski on 05-11-2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Three Barred Cuckoo-shrikes were feeding with A. Figbirds in a fruiting fig tree in our backyard. During the last two weeks a small flocks (2-16 birds) of Barred Cuckoo-shrikes appeared at Gladstone whenever the fig tree are fruiting. It is the first time we have seen them in such numbers here.


Wentworth Falls Launch of No Friend But The Mountains "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

by Roger Grealy Kathie Herbert and Joy Connor did us proud in organising and running the afternoon around the local launch of Behrouz Boochanis book, No Friend But The Mountains. As an interested observer  I write to say what a professional group we have and what talented , hard working women Kathie and Joy are.


Geoffrey Rush Lawyer Says Telegraph Newspapers Actions Improper, Unjustified or Lacking in Bona Fides "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The barrister acting for Geoffrey Rush in his defamation claim against The Daily Telegraph has blasted the newspapers extraordinary attitude during the litigation and argued its conduct should lead to a higher-than-usual award of legal costs if the Oscar-winning actor wins the case.

On the eleventh day of the high-stakes trial, Mr Rushs senior counsel, Bruce McClintock, SC, accused the Telegraph of adopting a stiff-necked or stubborn attitude during the litigation, including disputing facts such as that Mr Rush was an Oscar winner and was named Australian of the Year in 2012.

By Michaela Whitbourn

Sydney Morning Herald

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Why? Why would a litigant do this? Mr McClintock said. Its an extraordinary attitude towards the conduct of litigation.

Mr Rush, 67, is suing the Telegraphs publisher, Nationwide News, in the Federal Court over two news stories and a newsagent billboard alleging inappropriate behaviour towards a cast member during the Sydney Theatre Companys production of King Lear.

His accuser was not named in the stories but was later revealed to be Eryn Jean Norvill, who played King Lears daughter Cordelia. Ms Norvill did not speak to the Telegraph for its stories and initially did not agree to give evidence for the newspaper in court.

Tom Blackburn, SC, for the Telegraphs publisher, Nationwide News, said Mr McClintock appeared to be arguing that it was about time [the Telegraph] was taken down a peg or two, but the court could not award punitive damages in defamation cases.

He said the Telegraphs alleged conduct would need to be improper, unjustified or lacking in bona fides and increase the hurt to Mr Rush to justify an award of aggravated damages, which can be awarded by courts in defamation cases, but there had been not a stitch of evidence about how the actor felt as a result of the newspapers approach to the litigation.

Mr Blackburn agreed the parties conduct during the litigation was relevant to legal costs.

If its not relevant to aggravated damages, so be it, Federal Court Justice Michael Wigney said.

The Rush trial was slated to run for almost three weeks and has featured a string of high-profile witnesses,....


Time for an Australian Power Users Association? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Why would we want to have another organisation involved in the power game, there are already four well staffed agencies and one of them, Energy Consumers Australia is committed to promoting the long-term interests of Australian residential and small business energy consumers. It says so on the website so it must be true.

Has anyone seen or heard anything from this organization in recent times while power prices doubled? That is just for ordinary people, what about the plight of the baker who Judith Sloan met in Queensland.

He was looking at his latest financial statement. His annual power bill last financial year was $114,000. It had been a tad over $30,000 two years before.

He employs 30 people, some on a part-time basis. Business seemed to be brisk but its hard to put up the price of pies and buns too much without demand dropping.

Its easy to concentrate on the impact of rising electricity prices on households. In real terms, the average retail price of electricity over the 10 years ending in 2017-18 rose by 51 per cent and the average retail bill rose by 35 per cent (people have used less electricity, in part because of the higher prices).

But for many small and medium-sized businesses, the increase in their electricity bills has been higher again. Many are exposed to the full variations in wholesale prices, which have risen from less than $40 a megawatt hour to more than $100/MWh before settling around the $70 to $80/MWh mark. This threatens the viability of a number of businesses.

You dont need a Harvard MBA to see that increasing an essential input to a bakery by a factor of four is not a sustainable trend but what is going to stop it? What does Energy Consumers Australia think about this?

The CEO was on ABC Q&A on sustainable energy a year or so ago and it was an RE love-in. I dont recall any concerns about the root cause of the price problem but there was a suggestion to improve the energy efficiency of public housing.

Under the circumstances there seems to be a gap in the market for an organisation that is concerned about the root cause and makes a case for something more than bandaids for consumers who are metaphorically bleeding to death.

I was about to declare myself the founding member of this association but prudently did a search to be sure that someone else has not got there first. And they have, the rotters! They are not only well established, they have been very effective. It says so on their...


1) Two Liberation Army members killed in latest Papua fighting "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

2) SPECIAL INVESTIGATION: BP In West Papua Slow Motion Genocide, High Speed Profit
3) BP Responds To Accusations Of Human Rights Abuses In West Papua
4) Trans-Papua`s Jayapura-Wamena section project accelerated
5) The curious case of the West Papua diplomatic desk in Auckland

1) Two Liberation Army members killed in latest Papua fighting
6:04 pm today 



tweets about farkern straya "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Calling it serving our country and calling them vets are both very American but not as American as only ever fighting for America.

The upgraded war memorial should have a stars and stripes the size of the sun flapping overhead in the climate change nightmare hell wind.

When I think of the countries Australia has helped destroy my penis gets very big and hard.

What an incredible and ongoing series of experiments in a Nazi laboratory we are.


Asian Stocks Lower As No Breakthrough in U.S.-China Trade Xi Jinping speech falls flat "IndyWatch Feed National"

Asian markets tumbled Monday as traders feared that President Donald Trump only reported progress in trade talks with China to score political points as the U.S. midterm elections draw near.

KEEPING SCORE: Japans Nikkei 225 index fell 1.6 percent at 21,898.99 and South Koreas Kospi dropped 1.4 percent to 2,070.83. Hong Kongs Hang Seng index slipped 2.1 percent to 25,928.62. The Shanghai Composite index shed 0.9 percent to 2,652.95. The S&P ASX/200 in Australia fell 0.5 percent to 5,818.10. Shares fell in Taiwan, Singapore and Thailand but rose in the Philippines.

WALL STREET: Technology stocks slumped on Friday as Apple reported poor earnings and said it would stop disclosing quarterly iPhone sales. The companys stocks gave up 6.6 percent to $207.48. But high-growth stocks rose after the U.S. and China said they had made some progress in trade talks. The S&P 500 index dropped 0.6 percent to 2,723.06 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 0.4 percent to 25,380.74. The Nasdaq composite, which has a high concentration of technology companies, slipped 1 percent to 7,356.99. The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks added 0.2 percent to 1,547.98.

US-CHINA TRADE: Global markets rose Friday after President Donald Trump said that he talked to his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping about trade. Trump added that the discussions were moving along nicely ahead of a planned meeting at the Group of 20 summit later this month. Larry Kudlow, a top White House economic adviser, later said there may be a little thaw going on here. The two countries have already imposed tariffs on billions of dollars worth of each others exports and there are hints of more to come if relations do not improve. On Monday, Xi promised to reduce costs for importers and raise consumer spending power at a high-profile trade fair, without addressing an escalating dispute over Beijings technology policy.

People stand near an electronic board showing Hong Kong share index outside a local bank in Hong Kong, Monday, Nov. 5, 2018. Asian markets tumbled Monday as traders feared that President Donald Trump only reported progress in trade talks with China to score political points as the U.S. midterm elections draw near. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
People stand near an electronic board showing Hong Kong share index outside a local bank in Hong Kong, Monday, Nov. 5, 2018. Asian markets tumbled Monday as traders feared that President Donald Trump only reported progress in trade talks with China to score political points as the U.S. midter...


The Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance is proud to announce its 2018 2019 National Committee Members! "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The National Committee is elected each year during the annual Food Sovereignty Convergence. The folks on the Committee help to guide the work of AFSA, offering their talents and expertise in everything from ethical farming techniques to international food policy advocacy. AFSA is lucky to have a team of dedicated and passionate people working to create equitable, sustainable and resilient food systems for all Australians. Join us in welcoming this year's Committee members:

  • President- Tammi Jonas
  • Vice President- Katie Johnston
  • Treasurer - Anna Treasure
  • Secretary - Ruth Gaha-Morris
  • International Liaison - Anisah Madden

General Members

  • Ant Wilson
  • Fraser Bailey
  • Jess Brugmans
  • Dan Cordner
  • Katarina Munksgaard
  • Ray Palmer


  • Sarah de Wit - Paralegal
  • Aly Brody - Policy, Research, and Administrative Officer

Committee Member Profiles

Tammi Jonas, President

Tammi considers herself an ethicurean farmer, mindful meatsmith, and agrarian intellectual. She has been the AFSA President since 2014, and will continue to fulfill this role for the 2018 - 2019 committee year. Tammi is a known leader, lending her strong female farmer's voice to the fight for food sovereignty in Australia.

Tammi is the Chief Butcher at Jonai Farms located in Central Highlands Victoria. She and her husband Stuart, Chief Farmer of Jonai, raise heritage breed Large Black pigs and a small herd of mixed cattle, as well as a small ann...


Passport Index 2018: Lebanon 85th in the world, UAE surges to 4th best "IndyWatch Feed National"

Arton Capitals updated Passport Index released on October 30, which ranks passports of the world by their total visa-free score, has listed Lebanons in the 85th place [89th in 2017], while UAEs passport still has the lead in the Gulf region but has rocketed to the 4th most powerful passport worldwide, ahead of countries such as Australia and New Zealand. Singapore and Germany sit on top of the pile in 2018.

Emiratis can now visit 113 destinations without the need for a VISA, while requiring in advance to apply for one at 36 only, and receiving one upon arrival in 49 countries. This year, UAE citizens have gained visa-free access to several countries including Ireland, Canada and China.

Lebanese, on the other side, can only access 16 VISA-free destinations, and get one upon arrival in 27 others, while they still need to apply for one at a wobbling 155 territories. Weirdly enough, South Africa, which recently stated Lebanon among the countries that dont require a VISA to their country, is still listed in red. You can find the VISA details linking Lebanon to every other country here.

Barely 6 other passports (4 from the Middle East region) are worse than the Lebanese one, including Iran, Yemen, Somalia, Syria, Pakistan, Iraq and Afghanistan respectively.

Below are the rankings in the Middle East region:


Pakistan caves in to Muslim mobs - refuses Asia Bibi permission to leave country "IndyWatch Feed National"

Animals. Pakistan caves in to the mob: as thousands of Islamists call for murder of judges & paralyze the country to protest acquittal of Christian woman accused of blasphemy, Imran Khan's government bars Asia Bibi from exiting the country. Pakistan sits on the UN Human Rights Council. ...


Karno: In Remembrance "IndyWatch Feed National"

On Saturday 10th November at 6:30pm (E.S.T.) Christine Walker, (Karnos Wife) ourselves and others will be honouring the third anniversary of his passing. Whether an open fire (fire restrictions permitting) or three candles, that flame is an offering of respect and reverence to an absolutely stunning practitioner of the Old Way Lore and Protocol. You are welcome to join in this ceremony. Just remember he is no longer here but everywhere and will be present when each flame is dedicated to Karno, of that there is no doubt.
With Christine Walker, Viv Greenshields,...


Virgin caves on decent gesture that hurt no-one & required nothing of anyone "IndyWatch Feed National"

Lest We Forget. Thank you to our veterans for your service*. *Michael Smith certifies that no one was harmed during the making of this announcement.


Fair Australia Prize 2018: the shortlists "IndyWatch Feed National"

We are pleased to announce the shortlisted writers and artists for the 2018 Fair Australia Prize.


Australias Liberal Coalition government is frightened that nuclear waste dump would become an election issue "IndyWatch Feed"

Nuclear waste site to remain a mystery at federal election  THE AUSTRALIAN  LUKE GRIFFITHS,  JOURNALIST @_LukeGriffiths, NOVEMBER 5, 2018

The location of Australias first nuclear waste dump will not be announced before the federal election, extending the uncertainty for those living near proposed sites, Rex Patrick says.  The Centre Alliance senator said the governments selection process, which started in 2014, had been shrouded in Soviet-style secrecy and had divided communities.  He said Labor must reveal how it would proceed, given the real possibility it would form government after...


STFU "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Hey, wow, remember the punch nazis debates, where people who believe nazis can be debated with tried to debate people who don't?

They went on to prove you can win a debate with a nazi by not even slightly trying to actually fucking do so even fucking once.

These amazingly gifted idea havers are among our finest skeptics on the subject of leftism and will happily shit on lefties until their arseholes drop out.

Now obviously I don't know how you punch nazis in Melbourne, because they have an incredible armed guard called the Victoria Police.

Victoria Police are a right wing organisation run like a cult. If any of it's members begin to grasp this they are bullied into a state of ruinous bad mental health.


The Winner Of Miss Sportsman Hotel 2018 Has Been Crowned "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Brisbane drag performer Sellma Soul has been crowned this years Miss Sportsman Hotel at the venues popular annual drag pageant on Saturday night. This years competition had a distinctly European flavour with its Eurovision Song Contest theme. After wowing the panel of judges across three rounds, Sellma (pictured above, with 2017 winner Chocolate Boxx) was ...

The post The Winner Of Miss Sportsman Hotel 2018 Has Been Crowned appeared first on QNews Magazine.


Kerryn Phelps confirmed as new independent MP: makes climate change action her first priority "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Kerryn Phelps zeroes in on climate change and Peter Duttons eligibility
Officially declared Wentworth byelection winner, MP wants to stop Adani and will seek urgent briefing on minister, Guardian, Paul Karp and Anne Davies, Mon 5 Nov 2018
 The newly minted independent MP for Wentworth, Kerryn Phelps, has pledged to tackle climate change policy as her first priority after she was formally declared the winner of the once blue ribbon Liberal seat in Sydneys east.

Phelps said she would move to reinstate the Climate Change Authority to provide a scientific voice in the debate, put forward reforms to vehicle emissions standards and look at ways to use the crossbench clout to stop the Adani coalmine.

We can stop fiddling around with talking about new coalmines because no one wants to fund them, she said.

Government policy needs to establish a foundation for business to invest in renewables for our future and to protect our environment. That is something the Australian people are saying they want.

Phelps also said she will seek an urgent briefing on the constitutional eligibility of Liberal MPs Peter Dutton and Chris Crewther, adding that she had received legal advice that she did not have any section 44 issues that might affect her own eligibility to sithttps://www.theguardian....


Major Korean banks rule out any lending for Adanis Queensland mega-mine, "IndyWatch Feed"

Korean banks tell traditional owners they wont back Adanis Queensland mega-mine, ABC  by Josh Robertson  5 Nov 18 Major Korean lenders have ruled out any role in funding Adanis contentious Australian coal project, just months after the miner was reportedly in talks to win backing from lenders in Seoul.



Global Warming Is Messing with the Jet Stream. That Means More Extreme Weather. "IndyWatch Feed"

Global Warming Is Messing with the Jet Stream. That Means More Extreme Weather.
A new study links the buildup of greenhouse gas emissions to more frequent heat waves, floods and droughts in the Northern Hemisphere.

The findings suggest that summers like 2018, when the jet stream drove extreme weather on an unprecedented scale across the Northern Hemisphere, will be 50 percent more frequent by the end of the century if emissions of carbon dioxide and other climate pollutants from industry, agriculture and the burning of fossil fuels continue at a high rate.

In a worst-case scenario, there could be a near-tripling of such extreme jet stream events, but other factors, like aerosol emissions, are a wild card, according to the research, published today in the journal Science Advances.

The study identifies how the faster warming of the Arctic twists the jet stream into an extreme pattern that leads to persistent heat and drought extremes in some regions, with flooding in other areas.

The researchers said they were surprised by how big a role other pollutants play in the jet streams behavior, especially aerosolsmicroscopic solid or liquid particles from industry, agriculture, volcanoes and plants. Aerosols have a cooling effect that partial...


The world does not need Australias toxic coal -Christiana Figueres "IndyWatch Feed"

Former UN climate chief says world doesnt need Australias toxic coal, Canberra Times, By Nicole Hasham, 3 November 2018 Former United Nations climate chief Christiana Figueres has repudiated Australian mining giant BHP for its refusal to stop mining coal, suggesting the decision is uneconomic and poor nations do not need the toxic and expensive fossil fuel.BHP chief executive Andrew Mackenzie said this week the company is not going to move away from coal mining.

His position comes despite a warning last month by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that coal must be virtually phased out by 2050 if the world is to keep global warming below the 1.5 degree threshold, beyond which the effects of climate change would be catastrophic and, in many cases, irreversible. .

Ms Figueres, the former executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, said poorer nations did not need Australias coal.

Developing nations will unlock the solutions to poverty with renewable energy. Not with toxic, expensive coal, she said.

Solar and wind power were already cheaper than fossil fuels in many markets and renewable energy will out-compete fossil fuels everywhere by 2020, she said, adding that investors were withdrawing from coal on all fronts.

The World Bank, among other financiers, has largely ruled out funding new coal plants. It says coal contributes to poverty through air...


Indigenous groups call for investigation into Scullion fund stoush "IndyWatch Feed"

Congress of first peoples wants PM office to review ministers
use of money earmarked for Aboriginal advancement 
Lorena Allam Sat 3 Nov 2018  

Indigenous groups are calling for a full investigation into
Nigel Scullions totally inappropriate use of Aboriginal-earmarked funds,
following revelations that as minister he approved grants
to NT lobby groups to argue against land claims.

Read Much Much More of LorenaAllams groundbreaking, challenging, interesting, comprehensive, well-researched article:


What We Know About the Chernobyl Animal Mutations "IndyWatch Feed" by Anne Marie Helmenstine, Ph.D. September 10, 2018

The 1986 Chernobyl accident resulted in one of the highest unintentional releases of radioactivity in history. The graphite moderator of reactor 4 was exposed to air and ignited, shooting plumes of radioactive fallout across what is now Belarus, Ukraine, Russia, and Europe. While few people live near Chernobyl now, animals living in the vicinity of the accident allow us to study the effects of radiation and gauge recovery from the disaster.

Most domestic animals have moved away from the accident, and those deformed farm animals that were born did not reproduce. After the first few years following the accident, scientists focused on studies of wild animals and pets that had been left behind, in order to learn about Chernobyls impact.

Although the Chernobyl accident cant be compared to...


Aboriginal National Congress Criticises Indigenous Affairs Minister,  Seeks Answers For Redirecting Funds "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

01st November 2018

The National Congress of Australias First Peoples criticises and seeks answers from Nigel Scullion, Minister of Indigenous Affairs, for allocating the Indigenous Advancement Strategy funds to industry groups to oppose land rights claims.  We have had long standing concerns that funds allocated by the federal parliament specifically to benefit Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are often siphoned off by administrative authorities and do not reach their target and this proves that our concerns need to be addressed.

The grants come from the Indigenous Advancement Strategy, a $4.9 billion policy shake up broug...


An Unexpected Sex Show With My Spanish Teacher in Puerto Escondido "IndyWatch Feed National"

My Spanish teacher in Puerto Escondido dressed like the Fonz and liked to flaunt the collection of selfies on his blackberry. The photos were always edited in really outdated camera effects like negative and stencil. It seemed he was more interested in convincing us he was cool than teaching us to speak Spanish. This was confirmed when he announced that we were going on a field trip. He told us it was a must-see of Puerto, rich in culture, a place where we could see the real Mexico.

We met at 10pm in a bar down town; Jos had popped his collar, gelled his mini-mohawk, and was wearing dark shades, which must have significantly impeded his vision considering the sun had set two hours prior. After draining his cerveza, Jos announced it was time to head to the main event.

We exited the bar and turned into a dark alley leading uphill away from the beach and ending in large concrete stairs built haphazardly around a drainpipe. We clambered up and found ourselves on the busy main road that leads in and out of town. We passed a row of women dressed in skimpy sequined outfits and ill-fitting neglige, sitting legs-apart. They were lined up  along the side of a wide driveway as we proceeded towards the entrance of the building.

Is this a fucking brothel? I hissed at Jos as we crossed the threshold.

Ha ha no, relax! Its a strip club, the best in town. Theres some really dodgy ones around, you know?

I glanced over the room, and turned back to him, eyebrow raised. Either the interior decorator had gone for oriental primary school disco, or this place doubled as a Chinese restaurant during the day. Cheap neon flashing lights and disco balls hung amongst red Chinese lanterns painted with dragons. There were two feature walls covered in street art and a smoke machine that exhaled every couple of minutes, suffocating everyone around it. The stage was a slightly raised platform strategically placed next to the bathrooms. Its hard to believe I noticed any of this, though, considering there were two giant televisions at different vantage points playing explicit pornography. It was a sensory overload, and not in a good way. To top it all off, we were the only patrons.

Jos ordered us beers and we took a seat at a small round table. The Madam poked her head out from behind a curtain that presumably lead backstage. Seeing that there were people awaiting entertainment, she marched out to the girls and before long, a despondent dancer was stage front.

Now, I dont want t...


Climate change, nuclear power, and the adaptationmitigation dilemma Nuclear Exhaust "IndyWatch Feed"

Climate change, nuclear power, and the adaptationmitigation dilemma Natalie Kopytko a JohnPerkins b a The University of York, Heslington, York YO10 5DD, UK b The Evergreen State College, 1806 24th Avenue NW, Olympia, WA 98502, USA Received 15 April 2010, Accepted 29 September 2010, Available online 30 October 2010. Abstract Many policy-makers view nuclear []

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Extreme weather and nuclear power plants Nuclear Exhaust "IndyWatch Feed"

Extreme weather and nuclear power plants see also download at : Kirsti Jylh 32.05Finnish Meteorological Institute Hanna M. Mkel 24.69Finnish Meteorological Institute + 8 Ari Venlinen 34.18Finnish Meteorological Institute Milla Johansson 19.57Finnish Meteorological Institute This research comprehensively described the occurrence of extreme weather and climate events and aspects of sea level rise that []

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Surge in renewables delivering cheaper power, says TAI report RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed"

As ScoMo sets off on the campaign trail, report says surge in wind and solar has seen NEM wholesale power prices peak, and go into a decline. Fair dinkum. The post Surge in renewables delivering cheaper power, says TAI report appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Crookwell 2 wind farm opens, in win for local farmers and ACT power prices RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed"

Crookwell wind farm opens in the heart of Angus Taylors electorate but the energy minister, a long time anti-wind campaigner, did not attend the opening. The post Crookwell 2 wind farm opens, in win for local farmers and ACT power prices appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Grid operator study shows Trump bailout of coal and nuclear plants is unnecessary RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed"

Largest regional electric grid operator in US sees no imminent threat to reliability of its system, despite closure of coal and nuclear plants. The post Grid operator study shows Trump bailout of coal and nuclear plants is unnecessary appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Renewable Energy Market: Spot prices hit three year lows RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed"

Downward trend continues in the LGC market with liquidity issues along the way, while STCs experience a volatile period on regulatory concerns. The post Renewable Energy Market: Spot prices hit three year lows appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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November 4 Energy News geoharvey "IndyWatch Feed"

Science and Technology: Putting Speed Bumps in Hurricane Alley New research suggests that massive installations of wind turbines could lessen the deluge when powerful hurricanes bring devastating amounts of rain onto land. During such recent storms as Harvey and Florence this could have meant less destruction and fewer deaths. [EcoWatch] Fish and []

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SPECIAL INVESTIGATION: BP In West Papua Slow Motion Genocide, High Speed Profit "IndyWatch Feed National"

Earlier this year, New Matilda sent British journalist Michael Gillard into West Papua, one of the most dangerous regions on earth for reporters. Michaels goal was to hold to account a well known multinational operating beyond proper scrutiny in one of the worlds poorest regions. This is what he found.

BP is profiting from a giant gas field in West Papua while the indigenous population face slow motion genocide under Indonesian military occupation, an undercover investigation by New Matilda can reveal.

The oil giant is collaborating with the army and police who are implicated in the killing and torturing of pro-independence activists as part of an escalating militarisation to secure West Papuas gas reserves.

Indonesia jails foreign journalists who enter the occupied country without permission. Even the United Nations human rights rapporteur has been refused entry.

However, New Matilda snuck into the remote and forbidden land where BP is operating a US$10bn gas field called Tangguh to bring this exclusive report on the human rights quagmire.

Posing as a doctor, the undercover reporter travelled around the highly militarized Bintuni Bay and found evidence that behind a carefully crafted veil of corporate social responsibility, after fifteen years in West Papua, BP is endangering human rights and failing to deliver a material improvement in fundamental living conditions of some of the worlds poorest people.

Wooden shacks in Bintuni on the north shore of the bay. (IMAGE: Michael Gillard)

New Matilda can reveal that while still claiming to operate a community-based security approach:

  • BP security guards are spying on the local community and passing intelligence on disruptive individuals to the military.
  • Well-armed Indonesian security forces are now secretly stationed inside the oil companys base; And
  • Retired senior Indonesian police and military officers are running an elite cadre of BP guards armed with stun guns and rubber bullets who are given behaviour profiling training in how to spot agitators.

The self-styled ethical oil company is using counter-terrorism to justify these measures. BP is expanding the Tangguh operation at a cost of US$4bn and says it needs to vet thousands of construction workers coming from the Indonesian mainland for possible in...


BP Responds To Accusations Of Human Rights Abuses In West Papua "IndyWatch Feed National"

Earlier this year, New Matilda sent British journalist Michael Gillard into West Papua, one of the most dangerous regions on earth for journalists. Michaels goal was to hold to account a well-known multinational operating beyond proper scrutiny in one of the worlds poorest regions. You can read the main feature here. As part of his investigation, Michael Gillard sent a list of questions to BP. Theyre printed below, along with BPs response.


New Matilda asked:

  1. BP and the TIAP have abandoned a community-based security policy and the company is endangering human rights by intelligence sharing with the military and police, who are implicated in serious human rights abuses, while encouraging spying on villagers. Comment please?
  2. According to one of your security advisers, at least 10 Indonesian soldiers are stationed at the base in Babo since May this year. Comment please?
  3. What are the additional security measures and capabilities that BP is giving to security staff. Does that include firearms? See TIAP 2017.
  4. What are the behaviours looked for in profiling by your security guards and please provide the manual given to staff.
  5. How many alleged human rights violations by public security forces has BP reported to the Indonesian Human Rights Commission?
  6. How many alleged violations by BPs internal security or contractors have been investigated and what had been the outcomes of those investigations?
  7. How does BP explain that while making bumper profits it has failed to deliver on its promises to close the development gap between the north and south shores of Bintuni Bay during 15 years of operation? See TIAP reports 2015 and 2017.
  8. Lord Harries, the former bishop of Oxford, says BP is profiting from the slow motion genocide of the occupied and oppressed Melanesian people. Comment please.
  9. Alex Sobel MP says BP is operating amid clear human rights violations and has called for the company to pull out of West Papua until it gets self-determination. Comment please?
  10. Does BP support independence for West Papua from Indonesia? If not why not?


BP responded:

Tangguh LNG has been operating successfully since 2009 were proud of our operations, track record, and relationships with the local communities. As in all our activities across the world, the safety of our operations and employees at Tangguh LNG is our top priority. BPs policies are clear in supporting the rights of individuals as set ou...


What about us? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A group of locals have been left baffled that Ocean Grove the town concerned fuming that the town doesnt have adequate playground and park facilities.

Council has committed to upgrade the playground facilities at Lake Avenue Reserve, but the group says it doesnt go far enough.

The reserve lacks toilet facilities and shade Rachael Punchard told the Voice.

We have to go Barwon Heads for a decent playground, she said.

And if we do come here, the kids have either go to the toilet in the bushes or we have to load them into the car again and take them home so they can go.

Ms Punchard said the council upgrade of the playground at Lake Ave was insufficient, was uninspiring for children and was like for like.

Theres so much space here, its so beautiful, but theres nothing here to spark the kids imaginations, she said.

The equipment is being replaced with something exactly the same.

Kids are playing in the bushes. They need tunnels and cubbyhouses and places to hide.

Ms Punchard said she would prefer to see natural materials used in the upgrade and sand

Sali Williams said the lack of shade at the playground often mean that even on a 21 degree day, the equipment becomes too hot to use.

She often takes her children to Barwon Heads pirate park or foreshore park, where there are toilets and sun protection.

Theres no point having a barbecue here because there are no toilets and no shade, she said.

City of Greater Geelong acting community life director Robyn Stevens said there were no plans to install a toilet block at Lake Avenue Reserve, but said additional trees will be planted in the area to offer shade, particularly around seating.

Lake Avenue Reserve is receiving a $100,000 playground upgrade. Brand new additions to the playground include a flying fox and all-ability access to the nest swing. Equipment being replaced includes slides, agility equipment and a play shop, Ms Stevens said.

The City manages approximately 300 playgrounds, and allocations are made to each facility based on whether they are designated as a local, district, sub-regional or regional park. This ensures consistency for families across the Greater Geelong region.

Ms Stevens eased fears that the current basketball ring would be removed.

The basketball space will be upgraded with plexipave surface and new line marking, she said.

Ms Stevens said Kingston Park has been identified as a sub-regional play space, and is set to receive a $350,000 upgrade in the coming months.


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Failure in Protection The Ten Breaks In The Family Court System "IndyWatch Feed National"

Dr Amanda Gearing

THE INK is well dry now on the recommendations of the Royal Commission that pave the way for improved child protection in institutions in Australia.

One of the first systemic reforms that needs to be addressed now is to apply the recommendations as far as is possible to children who are under the control of the institutions involved in the Family Law system. Failures of the past, of disbelieving children until there was a criminal conviction cannot be allowed to continue.

To cite just one example: a girl of 8, who described being bound and sexually assaulted was found by...


Featured Drink: Prince Public Bar "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Featured Drink:  Street Spritz Located on the Fitzroy Street frontage of Melbournes iconic The Prince Hotel, Prince Public Bar is the local watering hole for many a St Kilda native and one of Melbournes oldest gay-friendly venues. A place to let go of the daily grind and catch up in good company, it is one of []

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Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed National"

ED Confirms Oil, Gas Discovery
02 NOV, 2018 - 00:11
Tendai Mugabe Senior Reporter
Zimbabwe Herald

President Mnangagwa yesterday officially announced the discovery of oil and gas in the greater Muzarabani area by Australian Stock Exchange-listed company Invictus Energy stretching over 200km.

The size of the land makes the discovery the largest undrilled gas deposits in Africa so far.

The announcement comes as exciting news for Zimbabweans who are experiencing fuel shortages.

Addressing journalists at his Munhumutapa Offices in Harare yesterday, the President said if all goes according to plan, Zimbabwe would have its first oil exploration well by 2020.

The Government of Zimbabwe has over the last few months worked with and facilitated Invictus Energy Limited which is quoted on the Australian Stock Exchange to undertake oil and gas exploration studies in Muzarabani, said President Mnangagwa.

Invictus is utilising data which was generated by Mobil Oil in the 1990s when extensive oil and gas geo-physical work was undertaken in the greater Muzarabani area. As part of its exploration studies, Invictus has engaged a number of worldwide professional companies with extensive experience in oil and gas.

We have since been advised by Invictus that the findings are positive and point to oil and gas deposits in the area. Government of Zimbabwe will work very closely with Invictus to ensure that Invictus realises its plans to sink an exploration well by mid-2020. After the exploration well, the next stage will be commercial exploitation of the resource. In the interim, additional geo-physical work is ongoing to identity further exploration targets.

Updates will be given as and when the planned exploration work results come in.

The result, as communicated by Invictus, is an exciting development for our country. Invictus has committed itself to enter a production sharing agreement with the Government of Zimbabwe which will be applicable when the project proceeds to commercial production stage.

Mines and Mining Development Minister Winston Chitando gave a detailed te...


REVIEW: Rami Malek Embodies Freddie Mercury In Bohemian Rhapsody "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Star Rami Malek describes highly-anticipated Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody as a celebration of Freddie Mercury but Peter Gray wonders if, despite Maleks tour de force performance, the movie avoids the authentic Mercury in pursuit of commercial success. Long overdue but not the deeply exposed, warts-and-all- tale that we deserve, Bohemian Rhapsody plays it relatively safe when ...

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Barbara Bush Was the Daughter of Famous Satanist Aleister Crowley "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The earth is given into the hand of the wicked! [Job 9:24]

The Bush family are by far, the greatest example of a successful American crime family. No other American family can claim the kind of success that the Bush family has, over the past century. We must give credit, where credit is due. Right?

Samuel Bush was a very successful businessman. He was Skull & Bones I believe. He was instrumental in organizing the military industrial complex, with the Harriman family, and the Remmington gun & ammo company.

Together, they conspired to orchestrate WWI, and made many billions of dollars in 1917 money. That would make them trillionaires by todays standards, which they in fact are.

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Amyl & The Sniffers & Surfbort (USA) "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

 Amyl & The Sniffers & Surfbort (USA)

Melbourne punks Amyl and The Sniffers are coming home for a run of dates in December, dragging their mates Surfbort (US) along for the ride.

Amyl and The Sniffers have been touring across Europe, the UK and the US for the last five months, selling out headline shows in Berlin, London, New York and Los Angeles, and wowing the crowds at Reeperbahn, End of the Road and the legendary Gonerfest.

Theyve cut a path of destruction across two continents, winning friends and fans at every stop, as well as glowing write-ups in Fader, The New Yorker, Pitchfork and more.

Aussie punks Amyl and the Sniffers almost literally tore apart Londons beloved Moth Club last night and Jarvis Cocker was in the audience! NME

We are bearing witness to a Rock Star. For Amyl is without a shadow of a doubt, a fucken Rock StarI can see why Amyl and the Sniffers have signed to Rough Trade, why folk in the UK are going ape-shit Everett True

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Annual General Meeting October 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Inaugural Annual General Meeting of Blue Mountains Refugee Support Group Inc was held on Saturday, 27October 2018 at 2.00 pm in the Uniting Church Hall, 4 Lewin St Springwood* Read more for the Office Bearers and Committee Members


Through Her Eyes: Dan Barnetts Long Awaited 8th Album "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Dan Barnetts masterful eighth album, Through Her Eyes, pays exquisite tribute to his incredible mum, Joan Barnett, and her love of music, life, and family. The album brings together Sydney Jazz legends, with Dan leading the ensemble through a perfect selection from the Great American Songbook.

Joining Dan (vocals and trombone) are octogenarians Cyril Bevan (drums) and Bill Burton (trumpet and flugelhorn), as well as Peter Locke (piano), Craig Scott (bass), Paul Furniss (sax and clarinet), and George Washingmachine (violin and vocals) and in what is most likely his final recording the late great Chuck Morgan (guitar). Anthony Howe also lends his drums mastery on Track 14. Dans elegant selection of tracks on this album show off Sydneys Jazz elites at their best; its a perfect selection of top songs that this line up of musicians were born to play.

The album was recorded live in the pop-up studio that is Monica Trapagas home, proof that great albums need little more than fine talent and shared memories. Its a treat to experience these seasoned jazz pros in such a casual recording context and the result is much like the darling lady this album is dedicated to: polished but not too serious, classic yet approachable.

All profits from the album will be donated to Macular Degeneration Research (the leading cause of severe blindness and vision loss in Australians, most frequently impacting people over the age of 50). It was a disease Joanie herself suffered from, and there is no cure, so Dan and the crew are hoping the profits from the album will assist sufferers of the disease get access to treatments.

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Who: Dan Barnetts 8th Album

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Byron Bay teen on drug dealing and gun charges "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

An 18-year-old Byron Bay man has been charged with drug dealing and another two teens have been charged with possession after a police raid on a Suffolk Park home.

Police allege they seized quantities of drugs including ketamine, cannabis, MDMA and the prescription drug alprazolam. Cash and ammunition were also found.

The man was charged with supply prohibited drug, possess prohibited drug, possess ammunition and deal with proceeds of crime.

He was granted conditional bail to appear before Byron Bay Local Court on November 22.

In the same raid, another two 18-year-old men were charged with possessing prohibited drugs.

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Scott Morrison is in Queensland to thank Mick Fanning's mum or something "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

My thank you message to @Mick_Fanning's mum. Scott Morrison (@ScottMorrisonMP) November 5, 2018 $200 million to secure Townsvilles water future. Were backing Queenslanders and theres more to come. Im listening, Im hearing and were getting on with it. See you on the road! Scott Morrison...


Watching the red tsunami in good company "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

I received a note a week or so back which had as its core message:

Im hoping you can recommend an event in Sydney where I can share the enjoyment of watching the red tsunami on November 7 with others who get it.

I have tried to think about where one might go and have no idea. I know where I am going in Melbourne, but thats just me and that is here. So I thought I would put the query up online in case there are election parties being arranged that are open to others of a like mind.

It will all begin happening starting in the morning of Wednesday 7 November, since the election takes place on the sixth in the US and the results start coming in around 10:00 am our time on the seventh.

And no more than in 2016 can I be sure of who will win. The Senate is likely to shift towards the Republicans but the House is the issue. You do want to be with others of a like mind to watch if you can. How anyone can vote Democrat is beyond me, but seems to be the case, and they may even be half the votes (which is not necessarily the same as half the country).


Saffin blames Nats for inflated power costs "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Labor candidate for the state seat of Lismore, Janelle Saffin. Tree Faerie

A state Labor government would re-regulate electricity prices and bring down costs to consumers, according to Lismore candidate Janelle Saffin.

Ms Saffin said that if elected, we will intervene decisively to re-regulate electricity prices.

A new damning report from the NSW Energy and Water Ombudsman reveals what we all suspected: that the NSW electricity market is broken and is not working for us.

The gouging by the energy companies and related services is a shocker, Ms Saffin said.

The Ombudsman has exposed the practice of offering discounts on prices that have already been inflated.

Many thousands of families and small businesses in the Lismore electorate are hurting.

Complaints are soaring 60 per cent about billing and costs. I hear far too many hardship stories.

Energy companies got a bonanza from the state Nationals and Liberals.

In New South Wales, the Liberals and Nationals could hardly wait to sell off the electricity poles and wires, thus privatising the operation and gifting profits to shareholders in exchange for a huge bucket of money which has now been spent.

And, as you probably guessed, the 30 per cent of people who live outside of Sydney in regional New South Wales saw very little of that money.

She accused incumbent Thomas George (Nationals) of assuring country people that privatisation would make prices cheaper and that profits from the sale would come to country New South Wales.

She added the governments continued refusal to intervene to stop the cost-of-living spiral regarding electricity prices will drive our electricity bills up.

They could not wait to flog off the poles and wires to the corporates and then let them run rampant with deregulated pricing, Ms Saffin said.


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Culture Guide 5-11 November: Barkers & Biters, Personal Best, A Cheery Soul & More! "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Lobbying Federal Politicians in Canberra "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Joy Connor and Marie Sellstrom, President of Rural Australians for Refugees, spent 2 days in Canberra meeting with politicians. They met with Russell Broadbent, sent Marise Payne a gift of Blue Mountains honey and a copy of Behrouz Boochani's book and met with Julie Bishop. The meetings were facilitated by local member Susan Templeman. Julie Bishop said that refugee advocates needed to lobby for more involvement by Australia in regional intercountry dialogue such as the 'Bali Process', if there is to be any kind of solution to forced migration.


Mullum Farmers Market cuts school kids lunches "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Mullumbimby Public School students who took part in the challenge: Estar Constable, Scarlett Clifford, Lev Cohen, Kiani Nages, Tahlia Nages , Charlize Tucker and Sophie Powell with teacher Kimberley Malivanek (rear). Photo supplied

The Mullumbimby Farmers Markets fourth annual Grow Your Own Lunchbox Challenge on Friday had the judges salivating.

Primary school students from seven local schools created a display of their garden produce, talked about their gardens and then presented a lunch made using the produce theyd grown.

This year Shearwater Steiner School grew a crop of rain-fed rice for the first time and made more than $100 by selling turmeric to a local cafe for their turmeric chai lattes.

Ocean Shores Public School grew dragonfruit for the first time and planted a new berry farm,

Main Arm catered for their Grandparents Day using produce from their garden and Mullumbimby Public School added a hive of native bees and edible flowers to their herb garden.

At Durrumbul School, they had a bumper crop of jaboticaba fruit, which they turned into icy poles and juice, while at Crabbes Creek, they learnt all about composting, adding a compost bucket system to the garden beds. Wilsons Creek also developed a new program to turn food scraps into soil.

The market gave away almost $3,000 in prize money to support our local schools kitchen garden programs.

The sumptuous lunch produced by Ocean Shores Public School students. Photo supplied.



Pacific (Fork tailed) Swift at Pinbarren - Sunshine Coast hinterland reported by Steve Popple on 05-11-2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

6 Pacific Swift accompanying a flock of White throated Needletails. First sighting of Pacific Swifts this season {Moderators note - there seems to have been a small arrival of Pacific Swifts in SEQ over the last few days. We will not be publishing further sightings unless they are a significant count, unusual location etc }


Australian Little Bittern at Sandy Camp Road Wetlands reported by Roger Jaensch on 03-11-2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Adult male feeding at edge of reed-bed at far side of pond behind viewing platform, from 0845 to 0855 am. A second bird calling softly deeper inside the reed-bed.


America should be a warning to other countries according to Joseph Stiglitz "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Prize winning economist Joseph Stiglitz, who will be in Australia next week to receive the Sydney peace prize on 15 November and talk about the lessons the rest of the world can learn from Americas mistakes,  was interviewed by Gareth Hutchens. This was published in the Guardian 5 November 2018.  Stiglitz will also be speaking at the Athenaeum Theatre in Melbourne on 19 November

We were a very different country 40 years ago, he said. The downhill slide has been pretty fast. America, I think, should be an important warning to other countries not to take for granted their institutions. I worry that things in the United States could get much worse.

The renowned economist and Columbia University professor has been awarded the 2018 Sydney peace prize for leading one of the defining public policy discussions of our age the crisis caused by economic inequality.

Stiglitz is credited with pioneering the concept of the 1 per cent, the idea that the upper 1% of Americans have accumulated so much political power and wealth in recent decades through voter suppression, gerrymandering, and the corrupting influence of money that the countrys economy has suffered, and its democracy has been undermined.

In 2011, barely two years into Barack Obamas first presidential term, he warned the political upheavals then roiling countries like Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, Yemen, and Bahrain could one day be visited upon the US, but in an American way. Later that year, the Occupy Wall Street protest emerged in Manhattans financial district.

His bestselling book The Price of Inequality (2012) explained in detail how America had been growing apart, at an increasingly rapid rate. He argued forcefully that the severe inequality in the U.S. was a choice of the countrys leaders: a consequence of their policies, laws and regulations.

Most Americans want a higher minimum wage, they want gun control, they want access to healthcare yet our democracy cant deliver it

This month, he plotted in Scientific American how inequality had worsened so much over the last 40 years that US democracy was imperilled.

Whereas the income share of the top 0.1% has more than quadrupled and that of the top 1% has almost doubled, that of the bottom 90% has declined,...


Perfect start for Grove "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Both Ocean Grove top division sides are off to the perfect start with a clean slate after five rounds of the Geelong Ballarat Premier Division and the midweek competition.

The reigning state champions of the Victorian Midweek Pennant competition look ahead to a match up with St Leonards next Thursday after getting over the line against Queenscliff last week.

Playing at home the Faye Richardson rink of Carol Howarth, Jeff Howarth and Rod Brehaut controlled the day when they carded a win by 11 which was enough to secure the overall margin of the match by a single shot. The win, the teams fifth in a row sees it well on track heading towards the Christmas break and five points ahead on the ladder against second placed Torquay.

Hosting the reigning premiers Queenscliff on the greens at Ocean Grove in round five the match of the round did not disappoint. The break came at the right time for the home side

trailing by eight shots but the sandwiches provided the fuel required for the Grovers to step it up and gain the momentum in the second half.

Will Collihole skipping his first game in the Grove colours stood tall and led his team of Brian Boyle also in his debut match, Terry Brady and Ken Thomas to an eigh- shot win

whilst Craig Rippon, Cal Hanna, Chris Price and Matt Flapper ensured the majority of the match points stayed with the home side with their rinks 30-17 margin.

Five wins from five matches a perfect start as the side hosts Highton next week.

Top of the ladder has a ring to it at present for not only the first division midweek side but also in three others.

A clean sweep of points for the Division Three side in round six against Geelong RSL with Terri Rudge carding the biggest score of 33-16 kept the undefeated record intact as the

Grovers had the better of their opposition on their home green. The win kept the threes on top and eight points clear of Anglesea in second.

Mavis Harling, Peter Corcoran, Brian Father Ryan and Joyce Fraser adapted to the Geelong surface from end one to dominate their game and record a match winning 39-7 win which was also supported by Skippers Lizzy Braley plus 6 and Nutsy Almond plus 11 as the Division Four side won their third game of the season to sit atop the ladder five points ahead of Geelong Cement.

Torquay proved the happy hunting ground for Maureen Brooks, Peter Maishman, Robyn Cary and Marene Turnley as they guided the Grovers to their fourth win on the trot in the

Division Five side. A win to Lyn Stonehouse by four and a narrow loss to Kerri Simpson kept the fives in first place four points ahead of Bannockburn who we come up against next

Thursday in round six.



Anglesea holds upper hand "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Anglesea gained the upper hand after it triggered an Ocean Grove batting collapse at Ray Menzies Memorial Oval on Saturday.

The 2017/18 A Grade premiers remain in a strong position heading into day two after the Kangaroos dismissed the Grubbers for only 158.

At stumps, Anglesea was 1/34 after 16 overs after Lindon Giuffrida removed opener Stephen Jacimovic (0) for a duck before play ended on day one.

Gun Anglesea bat Ned Cooper remains 25 not out.

Ladder leader Ocean Groves 4-0 unbeaten record remains intact and Grubber captain coach Paul Jubber is confident his side could turn it around with early wickets this Saturday.

To get his (Ned Coopers) wicket is a priority for us next week he is fully aware of how important he is to their side, Jubber told the Voice.

If we can get him relatively early we really feel that we could win the game.

He said the batting collapses in recent games was a concern which the Grubbers needed to address.

At one stage, the Grubbers fell in a hole at 6/86, despite contributions from Michael Kenneady (38) and Ocean Grove playing assistant coach Andre Scholtz (37) late in the innings.

It is a concern, losing clumps of wickets never really enables you to build any momentum for your innings, Jubber said.

We certainly lacked the ability to keep scoring runs even though we were losing wickets.

For us we need to address it and we need to address it pretty quickly.

Anglesea coach and speedster Dale Kerrs four-wicket haul helped put his side on the front foot.

Tyler Dittloff took 3/22 from 8.4 overs.

Kerr removed Kenneady and skittled Scholtzs stumps to finish with 4/48 from 24 overs.

Kerr missed a large chunk of 2016/17 with a serious back injury and was the leading wicket-taker in the A Grade competition last season with 58 wickets at 8.03.

The body is actually not feeling too badcant really complain and hopefully fingers crossed it holds me up for the rest of the season and see how we go, Kerr told the Voice.

Jubber was full of praise for Kerrs bowling feats.

Dale is a terrific player and moves with good pace and a bit of in-swing he is a competitor, he said.

Kerr said despite his sides victory over the Grubbers in the 2017/18 decider, he is wary Ocean Grove had the wood over Anglesea in recent times.

Ocean Grove has defeated Anglesea in two of their last three outings at Anglesea, including the Grubbers recent 41-run win in Round 2 on 13 October.

They do sort have a little bit over us, obviously besides the grand f...


137-run stand see Cobras in a good position "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A key batting partnership between Ben Ricardo and Jacob Gasior gave Collendina ascendancy over Drysdale at stumps at the Snake Pit on 3 November.

The winless Hawks had the home side on the ropes at 4/46 before Ricardo (78) and Gasior (54) steadied the innings for Collendina after day one of its two-day clash.

The Cobras at stumps were 8/227 from its 75 overs.

Drysdales Troy Jones made early inroads and grabbed two of the first three wickets and finished with 4/40 from 19 overs.

Ricardo and Gasior shared in a fifth-wicket 137-run partnership stand and set about a vital team recovery.

Yes, was well needed at 4-46, Ricardo said.

The experienced Ricardo has averaged over 100 in last two hits against Drysdale. Last season he crafted an impressive 125 against the Hawks.

I said to the boys sometimes when a guy that is as good as Ben comes in and scratches around at the start you have got to take advantage of it because if you allow him to get in whilst he has been scratchy you are going to be in trouble, Drysdale Cricket Club coach Shane Cutajar told the Voice.

And that is how it turned out he got in and hit the ball really clean.

Collendina captain Nathan Walter praised Gasior, who scored his first half century in the BPCA top grade.

My message to him was to bat with Benny, Walter told the Voice.

All he had to do was hang in there with him and he sort of bided his time and then got to a point where we said to him free up the arms a bit and then he did that.

We were happy with the job he did for us.

Star Cobra bowler Charlie Lamb provided some late order resistance with the bat after an unbeaten 38.

Earlier in the innings Sam Beasley contributed 28 for Collendina.

Walter is confident his side can defend 227 with the luxury of experienced Cobra bowling pair Jye Hearps and Charlie Lamb both playing.

It gives us a good score to bowl at, Walter said.

Promising Hawk bowler Blake Robinson took 2/52 from 16 overs, while Dylan Justice bowled a lengthy stint and finished with 2/62 from 23 overs.

What I saw from (Robinson) was absolutely fantastic, Cutajar said.

As it turned out it was Blakes first A Grade game for the club.

Collendina sits in fifth spot, while bottom-placed Drysdale is in eighth position on the A1 ladder after four rounds.


COBRA Max Sutton was the star on day one of Collendinas two-day clash against Barrabool.

Sutton, normally the clubs A1 wicket-keeper was unavailable to play this Saturda...


Sydney Criminal Lawyers Weekly Rundown Articles from 29 October to 4 November 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

In case youve missed any of them, heres a rundown of the past weeks articles: What are Standard Non-Parole Periods in New South Wales? An SNPP is a reference point for the sentencing judge when deciding how long a person should spend in prison before being eligible to apply for release on parole. Here are

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Broken White Trail "IndyWatch Feed National"

Cover by Austin Neill 

My gap-year trip, 2012, is about running towards something. No pain within me, no angst, just enthusiasm for what the world offers. I want to meet other people who represent this kind of freedom, not trapped in repetitious small-town mundanities, however arrogant that may sound. Enter Chris, a guy who becomes my best mate. My very own Dean Moriarty from On the Road, someone who really lives in the moment with little regard for social conventions or consequences, searching for it.

On our first night in Amsterdam, he and our mate Alastair and I walk through the Red Light District, window shopping. After a few enquiries, its clear that any appointment costs fifty euros for twenty minutes.

Thats about as communist as you can get, says Chris, passing yet another perfect faade in a window. People are gathering in the street, chatting, some walking their bikes amid all the pink and cherry backdrops. At the end of a block he says, Im going to that sexy brunette back there. He strides back half a dozen windows. Alastair and I sit on the canal, legs hanging over the ledge. Im uninterested in fucking a prostitute. I cant get over the need for mutual desire.

The streetlights leave a light-shaded residue on the canal. Enigmatic, superficial purples, beneath a footbridge. Sin on full display. No smoke and mirrors. Residential buildings in the city appear so transparent, huge windows displaying apartments interiors. Apparently, this openness reflects or shapes the Dutch people. I dunno. Hard to judge when Im only here a few days but given their relaxed nature towards sex, drugs and even bicycle helmets, I guess it makes sense.

I think back...


Now, its Germanys turn "IndyWatch Feed"

In the late winter of 2009, I received a phone call from one of my brothers-in-law.

Hes younger than I. He was in his late 40s at the time; hes in his late 50s today.

Hes had a successful career and has built up a substantial net worth through hard work, investing, and some profitable stock grants connected to a takeover of one of the companies he worked at in the early 2000s.

While he has money to invest, hes not a financial guy and has no formal training in economics.

Hes a bricks-and-mortar type executive in the commercial real estate business. He was calling me for some informal financial advice.

If you recall, the winter of 2009 was the absolute depth of the financial crisis that had begun in August 2007 and reached manic proportions with the Lehman bankruptcy on 15 September, 2008.

We look back on the fall of 2008 as the time of greatest fear, but the winter of 2009 was the time of greatest malaise.

The stock market did not bottom until early March 2009, although few knew it at the time.

The auto company bailouts were still being fine-tuned in early 2009, and the Obama fiscal stimulus bill was still being debated.

We were at the bottom, and no one seemed able to find a way out. Investor portfolios had been decimated. It was the winter of our discontent.

After some small talk, my brother-in-law said, Jim, Citibank stock is trading around US$1.50. Citi had been around US$42.00 just two years earlier. My broker says I should buy it. What do you think?

I recalled a private lunch in New York in October 2007 with one of the top three Citi executives in the C-suite dining rooms on the third floor of the banks then-headquarters, 399 Park Avenue.

At the time, Citi was trading at US$42.00 per share, pre-split.

I told the executive I thought the stock was only worth US$24.00. He leaned forward and in a low voice said, Seventeen.

We both knew that Citi was a mess and a stock collapse was coming. Neither one of us thought US$1.50 per share was on the cards.

Now, in the winter of 2009, the impossible had happened.

Citibank was technically insolvent; a complete ward of the US government.

My policy recommendation, and that of others, was that the government take over the bank, wipe out equity, haircut bondholders as needed to plug the hole in the balance sheet and then do a clean-bank IPO to raise new capital.

Citi would start over as a healthy bank.

Too bad for former equity and debt holders; they had made their bets and taken their chances. Thats capitalism.



Zero carbon cities gather momentum "IndyWatch Feed"

When the worlds most carbon-conscious mayors meet in Copenhagen to learn how some cities are heading for zero carbon already during the 2020s, will your citys mayor be among them? If not, have you asked: Why not?

Why is this important in a climate breakdown perspective? Because cities account for 70% of global CO2 emissions today.

You could suggest to your citys mayor to sign up for this global summit  a landmark climate event in Copenhagen in October 2019. It will be an opportunity to learn more in detail what the city of Copenhagen has implemented in order to become the worlds first carbon neutral capital by 2025.

This is the reality: in cities, towns and rural areas across the the world, citizens, companies and city councils are signing up for a clean energy future, eager to reach the Zero Carbon goal. They know, as we do, that 100 per cent clean energy and zero carbon is not only possible. Its already happening.

Cities play a critical role in transforming our world out of the era of fossil fuels and into a renewable world. This is our time to make this shift and transform our cities to become sustainable, resilient cities for us all and future generations. This is our chance as our window of time is narrowing.
~ Rebecca Foon, co-organiser of the first Pathway to Paris concert in New York four years ago

 World Economic Forum:
This Swedish city has slashed CO2 emissions while growing by a third
This Swedish city has cut emissions at rates only seen after economic crashes, recessions or war. And its thriving.

 GovernmentNews 26 October 2018:
Swedens sustainable cities a lesson for Australia
The involvement of local government has been essential to Swedish citys remarkable carbon emissions reduction success, experts say.

Cities key to fighting climate change



November update "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Photo: Nels Israelson

Im deep in the middle of two books, so not here all that often, but just a few quick updates.

The first is the wonderful news that my essay, The End of the Oceans, which was published in The Monthly in August, has been nominated for the Walkley Award for Feature Writing (Long). Im thrilled for all the obvious reasons, but Im also delighted because its a subject of the utmost importance that I care about very deeply. If you enjoy it please share it.

Ive also had several other pieces of non-fiction published over the past few months. The most significant was An Ocean and an Instant, a long essay about Adelaide, extinction and the death of my father for Sydney Review of Books New Nature se...


New studies show negative impacts from Pacific Island trade deal (PACER Plus) as Cook Islands delays ratification "IndyWatch Feed"

5 November 2018: Chatham House has published an article by research fellow Cleo Paskal which argues that PACER Plus mainly benefits Australia and New Zealand, and could damage their relationships in the region. She says that Fiji and PNG, representing 80% of Pacific Island Countries combined GDP, have not joined PACER Plus because the increased imports from Australia and New Zealand may threaten their developing industries.  Nine smaller Pacific Islands have been pressured to sign a deal they are reluctant to implement.

So far only New Zealand has taken steps to ratify the deal and bring it into force. The Cook Islands government has announced that it is delaying ratification because of uncertainty about its access to Australian and New Zealand development assistance to implement the deal.

Meanwhile the community group Pacific Network on Globalisation (PANG) has produced a new study showing the nine Pacific Island countries signed on stand to lose up to 10% of total government revenue each year from tariff cuts under the deal. Samoa would lose $US12.5 million each year, the Solomon Islands $US13 million, Tonga $US7.2 million and Vanuatu $US7.5 million. This could affect the capacity of these small economies to provide essential services, and there is no clear means of replacing this revenue.



Something changed about 2000. TAS forests threatened by catastrophic bushfires "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Widespread wildfires in early 2016 caused devastating damage across large areas of the Tasmanian World Heritage Area, including significant sections of vegetation which is not fire adapted, such as Pencil Pine forests.

At the time, and in follow up investigations, it became clear that increased fire risk due to climate change posed an existential threat to these vegetation types. Now additional research has confirmed the trend towards more extreme fire seasons. It suggests that we reached a tipping point sometime around the year 2000 and that, since then, there has been an increase in the number of lightning-caused fires and an increase in the average size of the fires, resulting in a marked increase in the area burnt.

Lisa Cox, writing in The Guardian, reports:

The amount of vegetation burnt by fires caused by lightning strikes in Tasmanias world heritage area has increased dramatically this century, according to new research led by the University of Tasmania.

The study, published this month in the academic journal Fire, warns the states heritage forests face rising threats because of the tendency toward drier summers and that the probability of catastrophic fires could increase as a result of more fuel igniting from lightning strikes.

Researchers at the University of Tasmania looked at historic fire data collected by the Tasmanian parks and wildlife service from 1980 to 2016.

The records detail the number of fires each year, the area burnt and what caused the fire.

From the year 2000, they found an increase in the number of lightning-caused fires and an increase in the average size of the fires, resulting in a marked increase in the area burnt.

Their data shows only a few fires caused by lightning were recorded in the 1980s and 1990s, compared with almost 20 that were recorded in 2015-16.

There were major fires caused by lightning in 2000-01, 2006-07, 2012-13 and 2015-16.

Lightning is now responsible for the majority of the area burned in the TWWHA [Tasmanian wilderness world heritage area], they state.

Fire ecologist Jenny Styger, the papers lead author, said: Something changed about 2000.

It was the tipping point at which lightning st...


Italy should lead the Member States out of the neoliberal Eurozone dystopia "IndyWatch Feed"

The widely read German news site, Spiegel Online, published an amazing article last week (November 1, 2018) Italy Doubles Down on Threat to Euro Stability which confirms to me that very little progress has been within the Eurozone by way of cultural understandings since the GFC. That, in turn, tells me that the monetary union will not be able to get out of austerity gear and is now more exposed than ever to breakup when the next crisis comes. The current Italian situation is the European Commissions worst nightmare. It could combine with the ECB and the IMF to bully Greece partly because of the size of the Greek economy but also because they had the measure of Tsipras and Syriza. They knew the polity would buckle and become agents for their neoliberal plans. But the politicians in Italy may turn out to be a different proposition one hopes so. And Italy is a large economy and one of the original accessions to the Community. So the stakes are higher. But what the Commission is demanding of Italy in the present situation of zero economic growth and massive primary fiscal surpluses is totally irresponsible. It will not even achieve the stated Commission aims of reducing the public debt ratio. The likelihood is that the Commissions strategy, if they succeed in bullying the Italian government into submission, will push the ratio up further. And meanwhile, Italy wallows in a sort of neoliberal dystopia. Italy should lead the other Member States out of this neoliberal disaster.

The contention in the Spiegel article is that:

Fears are growing that the euro crisis may soon return. Italy could spark a chain reaction if it doesnt yield to the European Unions demand that it rein in its planned deficit spending. Concern is rising in Brussels and on the financial markets.

So, Italy is to blame. That is the German view.

They report that the European Commission decision to force Italy to revise its fiscal plan within three weeks was:

was unprecedented in the history of the European Union and a humiliation for Italy.

The Italians appear to have responded with some bluster, with Lega leader Matteo Salvini demanding that The lords of the spread should step aside.

The Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte was quoted as saying:

The more I study the draft budget, the more I like it.

The fact is that the fiscal plan drawn up by the new government will fulfill election promises. That is, the Italian people clearly voted in favour of the policies and the intervention of...


Bruns Marine Rescue vollies awarded "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Brunswick Heads Marine Rescue volunteers with Justine Elliot (centre). Photo supplied

Six Brunswick Heads Marine Rescue volunteers have been recognised for their long service and commitment to saving lives on the water.

The Marine Rescue NSW Long Service Medals were handed out for 10 years and 15 years of service. Repectively by Richmond MP Justine Elliot last week.

The worthy recipients were Owen and Andrea Danvers, Sylvia Van Rossum, Otto Vornegger, Lazlo Szabo and David George.

Ms Elliot congratulated them on the recognition of their service.

These medals are an opportunity to recognise and thank these volunteers for their hard work and commitment to serving and protecting our boating community, Ms Elliot said.

The Brunswick Marine Rescue Volunteers make a valuable contribution to the safety and wellbeing of our community and they deserve our gratitude. These awards today give us a chance to say thank you to them all, she added.


Owen Danvers, was awarded for his 15 years service as a radio operator, deputy unit commander and unit commander. He also oversaw the transition from Volunteer Rescue Association to Marine Rescue Brunswick.

Andrea Danvers was awarded for 15 years service radio operator, boat crew, training officer, deputy unit commander and unit commander.

Sylvia van Rossums 15 years service included as radio operator and treasurer.

Otto Vornegger has notched up 15 years service as radio operator.

Lazlo Szabo has given 15 years service as coxswain and boat crew.

David George was awarded for his 10 years of marine rescue service.

Brunswick Marine Rescue is made up of 54 volunteers who man the radio tower, and crew rescue vessels. Brunswick averages around four call-outs per week.

New volunteers are always welcome, contact David on 0474 500 044.


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Three stolen vehicles recovered and three arrests following two pursuits "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Two teenage boys and an adult male will face court today after two pursuits on the North Coast involving stolen vehicles over the weekend.

The pursuits occurred at Lennox Head and Tweed Heads on Saturday and Sunday, November 3 and 4.

The Lennox Head pursuit, which was initiated by the Richmond Police District Target Action Group, ended after road spikes were deployed.

A 17-year-old boy and an 18-year-old man were arrested in Ross Lane at Lennox Head.

They were taken to Ballina Police Station and charged with steal motor vehicle, larceny, take and drive conveyance, police pursuit not stop drive recklessly. They were refused bail and will appear in Ballina Local Court on Sunday November 4.

A 16-year-old boy was charged at Tweed Heads Police Station in relation to a second pursuit, which started in Lennox Head and ended in Banora Point after the car was abandoned.

He will face court on charges of possessing property stolen outside the state, drive manner dangerous, police pursuit not stop drive recklessly. He was refused bail and will appear in Tweed Heads Childrens Court today.

Ongoing enquires regarding the stolen vehicles are currently underway.

Richmond Police District Commander, Acting Superintendent Toby Lindsay said it was anticipated the weekend arrests would lead to developments in other investigations into stolen property across the district.

When someone is stopped for a road policing offence, quite often other criminal matters are detected, Acting Superintendent Lindsay said.

These arrests occurred during operation Drink Drive 2. Even though the state-wide initiative [has concluded], people travelling in the states north can expect to see a high profile policing including random breath testing throughout summer to reduce risk on our roads and crime in our community.

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


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Byron Council to remove 15 foreshore trees "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Some 15 dead and dying trees are to be removed from the Byron Bay foreshore, with a similar number set to be heavily pruned. Photo NCHPT

On the advice of an independent arborist, Byron Shire Council will be removing 13 Casuarina and two Banksia trees on the Main Beach foreshore at Byron Bay this week.

The trees are in the park stretching from the Byron Bay Surf Lifesaving Club to the Clarkes Beach car park.

Many of the trees were planted approximately 30 years ago after sand mining in the area and they are reaching the end of their natural life.

The trees have been in poor health for some time and in late 2017 Council contracted an independent arborist to assess them and their potential to pose a risk to public safety.

The arborist advised Council that 15 trees should be removed because they are dead or dying, and 15 others needed to have dead branches pruned.

Infrastructure Services Director Phil Holloway said Council understands that the community values trees in our parks but the ones that are earmarked for removal pose a risk to people who may be walking or sitting underneath them.

These trees are at the end of their lifespan, are in poor health or have already died and for this reason they need to be removed, Mr Holloway said.

This stretch of foreshore attracts large numbers of tourists and we dont want anyone getting hurt by an unstable tree, or by a falling limb.

Council has a strict policy for compensatory planting and for every tree we remove, we will be planting three littoral rainforest trees that are local species and are more suitable for the area.

All works will be carried out by a qualified Arborist in accordance with the recommendations of the Australian Standard AS 4373-2007 Pruning of amenity trees.

Weather permitting the works will be carried out on Wednesday 7 November 2018.


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Monday Message Board "IndyWatch Feed"

Another Monday Message Board. Post comments on any topic. Civil discussion and no coarse language please. Side discussions and idees fixes to the sandpits, please.

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Biker critical after hitting roo "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service picking up a man critically injured when his motorbike struck a kangaroo near Grafton on Sunday (November 4). Photo WRHS

A 61-year-old male motor cyclist collided with a kangaroo some 5kms south-west of Grafton on Sunday morning (November 4).

The patient was taken to Grafton Hospital in a critical condition with head and chest injuries.

He was subsequently taken by Westpac Rescue Helicopter to Gold Coast University Hospital.

Buggy rollover

The chopper returned to Grafton Hospital some hours later to pick up a man who had been injured in a side-by-side farm buggy rollover on a rural property near Lawrence.

The 74-year old man suffered chest and arm fractures

He was flown to Lismore Base Hospital for further treatment.

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Traditional Owners mount Korea tour to block Adani finance "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Media Release 5 November 2018

BREAKING: Korea Development Bank, Export-Import Bank of Korea and KDB Infrastructure Asset Management rule out finance ahead of visit

Brisbane, Australia: With Adani claiming to be close to securing finance, and media reporting the miner is holding talks with Korean finance companies interested in buying a stake in their port, leading Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners are today travelling to Korea to urge investment banks there to shun the Adani coal project, pointing to the final violation of their rights that will occur if the mine proceeds. Three investment banks have ruled out finance in response to W&Js tour (ABC today). 

The heavyweight Korean lender Korea Development Bank (KDB) ruled out involvement last Wednesday, writing they have no intent to provide finance, as has the Export-Import Bank of Korea (KEXIM) and KDB Infrastructure Asset Management, following meeting requests from the Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners Family Council. Documentation here. Meetings with the The National Pension Service, Mirae Asset Daewoo and NH-Amundi have been requested and W&J will visit their offices to conduct media events. In 2015 a visit by W&J to Europe, the UK and United States saw major institutions, including UKs largest investment bank Standard Chartered, publicly back away from financing the mine. Further background below.

W&J Traditional Owner and lead spokesperson Adrian Burragubba said, Whoever assists Adani financially at this crucial time will become complicit in a grave breach of our rights, and the destruction of our lands and waters and sacred places. They are also exposing themselves to financial risk because success....


PNG APEC- A- FAILURE Even before hosting it "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

1. The USA Vice President Mike Pence will be living, loving and enjoying Tropical Cairns and commute to PNG daily.

2. All the private planes and jets will be parked in Australia and Indonesia.

3. Australian citizens and Members of Parliament are very furious about the wastage of (tax payers) money on Maserati and Bentleys

4. The International Communities are not confident of the APEC Security arrangements that they have demanded PNG government to lower the curtains for them to provide their own security completely undermining the severeignity of this nation

5. The International Governments/media are keenly questioning and observing why there is absolute secrecy and no transparency in the finances of hosting APEC meeting which defeats the purpose of what APEC stands for.

6. The APEC Meeting is overshadowed by the powerplay between Western Allies and China (PNG succumbing to the traps).

7. Human suffering in PNG at the cost of hosting APEC is immeasurable.

8. The one day sit in protest sends a very strong message to 21 APEC member countries of the disrespect and discontentment the common people of PNG have about Oneils corrupt regime.

9. The Government of Peter Oneil is overshadowed with so many allegations of corruption, collusion, squandering, non transparency, secrecy and massive debt creation that their is no trust by foreign countries anymore. The front they will show during the meeting will be just plain diplomacy and show.

10. The 21 APEC member country dignitaries will come to PNG with mixed feelings whilst the people of PNG will live in fear for security risk during APEC meeting period. Hence, the experience won't be so welcoming and free for all stake holders involved.

11. Etc...

From the outset, the image potrayed and the message echoed is a resounding absolute wastage and failure!!

PNG is not economically, socially and politically placed strategically to reap any conceivable reward. There is nothing good that PNG should be proud of in hosting APEC - our leaders out of greed and selfish deeds have used APEC to squeez millions and worse so from borrowed money. Hence, passing the responsibility and burden down to our common people to bear and suffer in the many more years to come.

The only gain is our PRIDE, BIG MEN MENTALITY and EGO!!
(-> that translates to nothing from c...


Brown Songlark at Archerfield Airport reported by Richard Fuller on 04-11-2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Singing male on the airfield viewed from the junction of Balham Rd and Barton St.


Chocolatey Things "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Its been a sweet month! When I picked up my chocolate order from Chefs Warehouse recently, Ezra offered me a taste of the new Callebaut Ruby. Its brand new Callebaut are calling it the fourth type of chocolate. Made from the Ruby cacao bean, it has a distinct, tangy flavour and the pink colour []


Morrison government cuts funding for leading reef research centre "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Contributed from Townsville

The Morrison government has done it again. This time they have defunded the worlds premier coral reef research centres through the back door. The Townsville-based Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies (ARC), which carries out important research into coral bleaching, was not short-listed for the next round of funding, according to an estimates report tabled in the Senate.

TIn the rush to silence damaging information, this is a new low.

Together with James Cook University, which sponsors the Centre, this is the largest concentration of scientists working on the Reef. It is world renown and has earned citations from 1644 institutions in 103 countries.

How can education minister Dan Tehan can say that there was no targeting of the Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef studies, and that it lost out in funding, because it failed the tendering process? It doesnt add up.

It is no mere coincidence that it happened at a time when community concern over the extent of coral bleaching, and a glaring failure to take appropriate action. The government might be motivated to hide it.

Nor is it a coincidence that the funding cut comes on the heels of Aprils controversial $443.4 million grant to the Great Barrier Reef Foundation, a newly created group without coral reef expertise and largely representing pro coal interests, which wants to put the reef at greater risk, by transporting the stuff through it.  This attempt to pretend that action is being taken, while servicing major contributors to the government parties backfired

The Morrison government has no intention to protect the reef. Its destruction would mean that a globally important habitat would be lost.

Queensland would lose its most important tourism industry resource, costing jobs and sending businesses broke.

The Morrison government deserves to be condemned for this cynical act, and anyone who values the Great Dividing Reef, must insist that the Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef studies is funded once again and the pandering to the coal industry come to an end.



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1) French Pacific territory New Caledonia rejects independence "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

2) Mountain climber guide dies at Papua`s Cartenz Peak
3) Senior Police officer graduates from Indonesian institute

1) French Pacific territory New Caledonia rejects independence

The decision to keep ties with France was a watershed moment for the archipelago that lies east of Australia and has sun-kissed lagoons and a strong nickel mining industry.
The independence referendum itself was a milestone in New Caledonia's three-decades-long decolonisation process, which was borne out of deep resentment by the region's native Kanaks of decades of ill treatment by their European coloniser.


The PLMAM slam "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The second Pacific Labour Mobility Annual Meeting (PLMAM), hosted by the Government of Solomon Islands, was held in Honiara on 9-11 October. (The first was in Brisbane in November 2017.)

The PLMAM might have an ugly acronym, but it is a great opportunity for researchers such as ourselves to meet policy makers of sending and receiving countries, employers, interested activists and journalists, and of course other researchers. The meeting was full of interesting people and presentations, and a terrific learning experience.

That said, it is clearly an event that is still finding its feet. The foundation for the PLMAM is the Arrangement on Labour Mobility, which itself is a side agreement to the Pacer Plus regional trade pact. The PLMAM is basically a commitment by Australia and New Zealand to fund an annual meeting for reviewing progress against the Arrangements objectives, the most important of which is to enhance labour mobility schemes in Australia and New Zealand for the Pacific. Beyond that, the Arrangement gives little guidance as to how the PLMAM should operate, apart from the requirement that it should produce a consensus report on the discussions and any recommendations.

The PLMAM currently straddles two approaches: a formal and an informal one. Most of the two-day conference was taken up with a variety of interesting presentations by sending countries, receiving countries, and a few employers and employees. There were numerous interesting insights provided, of which we single out the following five.

One was the number of countries in the process of developing labour mobility strategies, including the two biggest senders, Vanuatu and Tonga. This makes sense. Labour mobility is becoming a serious business in the Pacific.

A second was the presentation from the Government of Tonga. Tonga is already the best represented of the Pacific island countries in the two seasonal work schemes. Every year this tiny nation of 110,000 people sends about 13% of its population aged 20-45 to Australia and New Zealand to work on farms. There has been some speculation that such a high level of participation might be socially detrimental. But the Tongan representative told us that the government wants to double the number of seasonal workers it is sending, and is keen to address the problems that have slowed Tongas growth in recent years most notably, that some of their workers have absconded, damaging the brand.

A third highlight was the presentations by smaller participants such as Solomon Islands and Fiji who are trying to make up for lost time, and boost their seasona...


Note to Their ABC & Fairfax - This is Trump's America "IndyWatch Feed National"

.Everytime I hear Blue Wave I know that Democrats have no idea who they are dealing with! 63+ million Americans who are sick of Liberal Hypocrites and Corruption! As Patriots we need to get to the voting Booth and #VoteRedToSaveAmerica JamieR {} Army Girl (@Jamierodr10) November 2, 2018...


Indepedent Artist of the Week: Low Flung "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Photo by Ben Jones  

Sydney-via-Canberra artist Low Flung makes quirky, ambient dub about Australian landscapes and instant coffee

Low Flung is the long-standing project of Sydney-via-Canberra visual artist Danny Wild. Equally influenced by dubs sense of space and the rolling expanse of the Australian landscape, Danny fuses field recordings and organic instruments with synthesized soundscapes and buoyant digi basslines to create music that offers an uncanny evocation of place and a keen spatial awareness.

Low Flung embodies the boundless enthusiasm, self-determination and dash of irreverent larrikinism that characterise the best side of the Australian DIY underground. In between running cassette label Moontown Records and running the riddims, hes been enormously prolific this year, releasing digi-dub workouts on Tacky Jack Tapes, an expansive full-length LP on Ken Oath records and, most recently, a stunning mix of evocative, pastoral ambient music and drum machine dub oddities on Melbourne stalwarts Butter Sessions. Before the year rounds out Low Flung will be performing live at Obsidian Festival and contributing tracks to compilations curated by OTIS Records and Body Promise.

Exotic Dirt (Blend 43 Dub), off his latest EP Dribble, is a slow, quirky track that represents the culmination of Dannys artistic and thematic interests at the intersection between Australian landscapes and instant coffee. Check it out below, and catch Low Flungs set at Obsidian Festival:


WHAT: Obsidian Festival
WHO: Beau Wanzer, Lucy Cliche, WRX, Equalizer 24k, Low Flung, Debris
WHEN: Friday November 16
WHERE: TBA Warehouse location
HOW MUCH: $40 more details here

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Pastor Danny Guglielmucci of Edge Church Adelaide, Australia. Now in Stage 5 of Lymphoma chemotherapy treatment. "IndyWatch Feed National"

 Round 5 of chemo today . So thankful for the prayers and support of all my friends praying for me . Im truly grateful
Pastor Danny Guglielmucci of Edge Church Adelaide, Australia. Now in Stage 5 of Lymphoma chemotherapy treatment.
Pedophile protector of Pastor Frank Houston founder of Hillsong, Brian Houstons father.

Rev William Francis Frank Houston.  Founder of Hillsong Church. Over 400 boy sex abuse victims of Frank Houston. Self-confessed pedophile. Confessed to lifelong secret child sexual abuse of little boys, male preteens and male teenagers. But mainly little boys aged 7 to 11. Frank Houston The worst Pentecostal pastor since the day of Pentecost 2000 years ago. A Son of Lucifer. Frank Houstons eyes are black like Lucifer...


PERTH Police officer bitten by dog during arrest of man "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Police officer bitten by dog during arrest of man .

November 04, 2018 at 06:03PM .

He appeared in the Perth Magistrates Court today. The dog has been impounded and Dog Act offences are currently under review with further action .


PERTH Police officer is viciously mauled by a bull mastiff dog while trying to arrest an armed motorcyclist "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Police officer is viciously mauled by a bull mastiff dog while trying to arrest an armed motorcyclist .

November 04, 2018 at 03:03PM .

A police officer was attacked by a bull mastiff dog while trying to arrest a man allegedly armed with a knife. Western Australia police were called to a .



Law Firms Wont Improve Patent Quality Because Quality in Patenting Limits Their Ability to Sue (Profit Irrespective of the Outcome) "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Michael Risch

Summary: A new paper (cited by Michael Risch above) asserts that choice of attorney matters to quality, but what the authors mean by high-quality attorney is one who knows how to secure low-quality patents, such as software patents

THE U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has returned to a leadership of patent maximalists (people who predate Michelle Lee) much like the European Patent Office (EPO) under Battistelli and Antnio Campinos an issue well have a lot more to say about tomorrow. A patent office which disregards patent quality does not promote or protect innovation; instead it protects litigation. Theres a tradeoff between defense and offense and some patents, due to their nature and their so-called owner, will never yield anything except lawsuits. Theres some new coverage by Crains Chicago Business regarding Motorola under the headline patents provide the sword and the shield. It is possible to have a lot of patents and still not sue anybody.

Theres also this new paper [PDF] from Alfons Palangkaraya (Swinburne University of Technology) and Elizabeth Webster (Swinburne University of Technology; The University of Melbourne Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research). The abstract says that they found the ability to obtain patent protection depends not only on the quality of the invention but also on the quality of the patent attorney. To quote:

Failure to obtain a patent weakens the market position and production chain of enterprises in patent-intensive technology domains. For such enterprises, finding ways to maximise the chance to obtain patent protection is a business imperative. Using information from patent applications filed in at least two of the five largest patent offices in the world between 2000 and 2006, we fi...


Joseph Stiglitz: 'America should be a warning to other countries' "IndyWatch Feed National"

Ahead of his Australian visit, renowned economist warns of the triple threat of rising inequality, the undermining of democracy and climate changeIt was a stark message from a Nobel-prize winning economist.We were a very different country 40 years ago, he said. The downhill slide has been pretty fast. America, I think, should be an important warning to other countries not to take for granted their institutions. I worry that things in the United States could get much worse.Most [...]


Russia, China, Norway dispute "supposed need" for Antarctic marine reserve, reject plan "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

A proposal to create one of the world's largest marine reserves in a vast area of pristine Antarctic waters has been rejected, prompting concern among conservation groups about the ecosystem's future. After two weeks of deliberations, Russia, China and Norway on Friday blocked the plan for a 1.8m square kilometres maritime protection zone in the Weddell Sea at a summit of the 25-member Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) in Hobart, Australia. The proposed reserve, roughly five times the size of Germany, would have made the area in question a no-go zone for fishing and other commercial activities. Antarctica's waters and landmass are home to penguins, seals, whales and huge numbers of krill, a staple food for many species, among other animals.


Censored Al-Jazeera film on Israel lobby reveals important truths "IndyWatch Feed National"

My following essay appears in the Israel/Palestine news outlet +972 magazine

Theres a moment near the end of the four-part, Al Jazeera documentary on the U.S. Israel lobby  censored by its own network due to pressure from the U.S. government and incensed U.S.-based, pro-Israel lobbyists where the shows undercover reporter, Tony, films a key Israel advocate in Washington. Eric Gallagher was a senior manager at The Israel Project and admits that the dominant pro-Israel lobby, AIPAC, faces an existential crisis.

People at AIPAC know that something has changed, Gallagher says. They know something is wrong. They are not as effective as they used to be. He worries that the day is coming soon when AIPAC wouldnt be able to deeply influence the Israel lobby crafted in the U.S. Congress, as it does today, and that the pro-Israel lobby will have to operate without AIPACs power. Theres this big bowling ball thats being hurled towards them [AIPAC] and the response is to run faster, Gallagher continues. They need to get on the bowling ball and start dancing.

Gallagher doesnt explain why so many Americans are turning against Israel in public opinion polls. The latest figures from The Economist and YouGov, an online data analytics firm, find that U.S. liberals, millennials, and women have turned against the Jewish state in large numbers. The 50-plus year occupation of Palestinians and their lands, constant killings of civilians in Gaza, and the Trump administrations obsessive embrace of Israels hard-right are all factors.

Republicans and conservatives still back Israel in large numbers, as do many in the evangelical Christian community (though younger members are more skeptical). For the foreseeable future, however, Israel will likely receive unprecedented financia...


Calling all Newtown, Erkinville, Redfern, Stanmore girls wherever you may now live - it's time to make history! "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

New South Wales goes to the polls on 23 March 2019 to elect a state government. It's everyone's chance to make a difference.

You may not know me, but people call me Aunty Norma. I'm a proud Wiradjuri woman and I've lived in the electorate of Newtown almost all my life.

I grew up in Redfern. Things were very different back then. Growing up was tough but we got by. My mother looked after us and because I was the baby, she took me everywhere with her.

I went to my local public school in Erskineville and Stanmore. As the only Indigenous kid in my class I remember sitting up the back and hoping no-one would notice me because I was so shy, but I knew all the answers and I always loved school.

My passion for education came from my mother. She taught me that education opens doors and that education is powerful.



Scott Morrison doesn't know watt's watt "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

This was the interim Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrisonon ABC TV The Drum, 23 September 2018:

SCOTT MORRISON: I want more dispatchable power in the system.
ALAN JONES: Could you stop using the word dispatchable? Out there they dont understand that.
SCOTT MORRISON: Well, real power, OK?
ALAN JONES: Real power.
SCOTT MORRISON: Well, fair dinkum power.

So what exactly is this dispatchable power the Prime Minister is talking about whenever he cites fair dinkum power that works when the sun isnt shining and the wind isnt blowing.

This is what Energy Education:has to say on the subject:

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Victorian Labor government environmental policy nobbled? (National Dingo Preservation and Recovery Program) "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The National Dingo Preservation and Recovery Program (NDPRP) today expressed dismay at the failure of the Victorian Labor government to put its own apex predator conservation policy into practice.

The Victorian Labor government recently committed to:
recognise and protect the ecological function of existing dingo populations within Victorian ecosystems as part of biodiversity programs and management initiatives
and to maintain:
, existing native apex predators in natural ecosystems and, investigate the potential functional role of reintroduced native apex predators in north-west Victoria.

Although the Victorian Labor government has recently refined and extended its policy commitment to protect dingo populations and their crucial ecological role, the government has failed at the very first significant test of that commitment, NDPRP spokesperson Arthur Gorrie said.
In September 2018, the Victorian government had the opportunity to correct the serious deficiencies of earlier dingo protection measures put in place after the listing of the dingo as a threatened species in 2010. The expiry of these measures provided the Minister for the Environment, the Hon Lily DAmbrosio, with an opportunity to rectify these deficiencies.
Many areas of Victoria where the dingo was unprotected at the time of the dingo threatened species listing, under the pretext of protecting farm stock from dingo predation, have in practice proven unnecessary, as in north western Victoria where there is very little sheep farming, with negligible stock losses. Yet, lethal dingo control in this part of the state was sanctioned with significant numbers of dingoes killed annually. Also, the very narrow genetic definition of the dingo used by the Victorian government means that many high conservation value dingo hybrids continued to be governed as vermin in Victoria by Agriculture authorities rather than as wildlife by biodiversity authorities.
In July 2018, an extensive list of pre-eminent Australian environmental scientists jointly wrote to the Victorian government, urging it not to renew the dingo un-protection arrangements, along with the Humane Society International and other conservation organisations. The current arrangements were deemed to be unnecessary, ultimately i...


Featured Dish: Galah "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Featured Dish: Steak Tartar Galah is conspicuously tucked away inside a bottle shop on High St (Winsdor). Perhaps not as secretive as Jungle Boys entrance via the cool room doorway, its intriguing nonetheless, with a stairwell in the corner that leads up to a spacious, high-ceilinged bar/club. Currently, its quite a hit with the locals eager to slip []

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Same story, different soil: the Deathscapes Project gets under way "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Hawk Newsome: Its the same story, different soil... from Long Bay to the USA. In Sydney, his name is David Dungay. In New York City, his name is Eric Garner.


lead Hawk Newsome, Black Lives Matter. All rights reserved.

From Australias offshore prison on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea, the author and filmmaker Behrouz Boochani, who has been incarcerated there for five years, sent an impassioned appeal to Australian academics to mark a National Day of Action on October 17:

Definitely Manus and Nauru prison camps are philosophical and political phenomena and we should not view them superficially. The best way to examine them is through deep research into how a human, in this case a refugee, is forced to live between the law and a situation without laws. There are laws that can exile them to an existence where they have recourse to no law.


In this situation, the human is living as something in between a human and another kind of animal. How is the Australian government able to keep two thousand innocent people, especially children, under these conditions in remote prisons for years in an age of revolutions in information technology? How can the government convince Australian society to maintain this policy, when so much damning evidence is available?


Its not the first time in modern Australian history that the government is perpetuating this kind of fascist policy. Just remember the Stolen Generations, and what governments have done and still do to First Nations people. The government has now reinvented those barbaric policies at the beginning of the 21st Century, but this time to also inflict them on...


Angry Andersons son killed following a bloody assault in Sydney "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The 26-year old son of Rose Tattoo frontman Angry Anderson has passed away following a brutal assault in Sydneys Northern Beaches.

As the ABC reports, police were called to a reserve in Queenscliff just after 6am on Sunday morning, where a 20-year-old male was found violently beating Liam Anderson.

Despite efforts from police and paramedics, Anderson tragically passed away while en route to Northern Beaches hospital.

Detective Inspector Michael Boutouridis explained that the assault, which may have lasted up to half an hour, was exceptionally violent.

It was quite a bloody scene, Boutouridis explained to the media. The man we have in custody was violent and it took a number of police officers to subdue and arrest him.

Capsicum spray was used, OC spray, and significant force was used to arrest him, he explained, with the 20-year-old suspect being taken to the Manly Police Station for questioning.

While police have noted that substances may have played a role in the attack, theyve acknowledged that the two men knew each other, but are yet to determine a motive for the attack.

In addition to being the song of Angry Anderson, 26-year-old Liam Anderson was also an aspiring rapper, who performed around Sydney under the name Ranford Bigsby.

A spokesperson for Angry Anderson explained that the rocker would not be commenting on the matter, while asking for privacy during this tough time.

With the matter in the hands of NSW Police, the family will not be making any comment at this stage, nor are we as Andersons management in a position to offer any comment on their behalf, explained Scot Crawford.

Police are currently appealing for members of the public to contact them if they have any information which may help shed light on the circumstances of the deadly attack this morning.

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Sunday, 4 November 2018 - 5:02pm "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Bomber blitz to return to Grove "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Essendon Football Club heads back to the Ocean Grove region next month with confirmation the club will host a local AFL training camp in December.

The Bombers took part in a four-day summer camp at Ocean Grove and Barwon Heads this February and conducted training at Ray Menzies Memorial Oval at Shell Road.

Essendon had positive feedback from the local Ocean Grove community, City of Greater Geelong and support from Ocean Grove Cricket Club to use facilities at Shell Road.

Up to 70 staff including the entire Essendon playing list, coaching staff, sports science personnel and members of the football department spent four days at this years February training camp on the Bellarine.

Club Head of Football Operations and Compliance, Matt OHanlon, confirmed the Bombers would return and train at Shell Road on Wednesday 12 December as part of a two-day camp.

We plan to have a training session (at Shell Road) in the morning on Wednesday December 12, OHanlon told the Voice.

Players may arrive on Tuesday night (day before) and they will be here until Thursday December 13.

The details are still being finalised.

Locally based Essendon supporter and former Ocean Grove Football Netball Club president Geoff Cunningham was delighted when he found out.

Cunningham, a Surfside Primary School teacher, said it would be great for local nearby school students to meet their AFL heroes at a club training session at Shell Road.

It will be good, Cunningham said.

I like the concept and it will be great for the schools.  

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November Verse 1: The Second of November "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Its November already. In the middle of moving house, Im currently in South Australia to celebrate a sisters 70th birthday and a nieces 30th, with any number of other siren calls on my attention. But November is LoSoRhyMo (Local Sonnet Continue reading


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2018 Annual General Meeting "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

20 November OCCAs 22nd Annual General Meeting 

Guest speaker: Scott Chaseling, Oxley Creek Transformation team,

Oxley Creek Transformation Delivering the Master Plan

Members, friends and anyone interested in the environment of the Oxley Creek catchment, are invited to attend our 22nd Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 20 November at 5.30pm for a 6.00pm start.

The evening will start with a presentation from our guest speaker, Scott Chaseling, Scott has spent over 20 years working in the areas of planning, urban design, architecture and landscape architecture. He joined the Oxley Creek Transformation Project Team in 2017 and has been collaborating with Lat27 consultants and the general community through the Reference Group and public forums to develop the Oxley Creek Transformation Master Plan.

Scott will talk about the key features of the Master Plan, in particular the six priority projects and their implementation.

The presentation and general discussion will be followed by a light supper. We will then resume the meeting for presentation of our annual report and election of the Management Committee and office bearers.

Venue: Corinda Bowls Club, 58 Hall Avenue, Corinda
Date: Tuesday 20 November 2018, 5.30pm for a 6pm start
RSVP: by 16 November 2018 to or call 07 3345 5541 for catering purposes and to advise any dietary requirements.

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Election of the Management Committee

Nomination and proxy voting forms are available from the links below. If you are a member and would like to nominate yourself or another member to the OCCA Management Committee, please complete a nomination form with the required signatures and return it to or PO Box 217, Sherwood, QLD 4075 to reach us by 9 November 2018. Nominations may also be accepted at the meeting.

Note that only financial members of the Oxley Creek catchment Association may nominate or be nominated for Management Committee positions or participate in the election of office bearers.

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Optus Newstead Is Proudly Flying The Rainbow Flag "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Its great to see the Rainbow Flag proudly adorning the uniforms of the staff at Optus Newstead down at Gasworks. Chris Hamze at Optus Newstead has long supported the local LGBTIQ community, notably with the stores long presence at Pride Fair Day in New Farm Park. This year the store provided mobile phone charging stations ...

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AskDocQ: The Highs And Lows Of Bipolar Disorder "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Once known as manic depression, bipolar disorder is actually quite common. If you are bipolar, you may experience depression alternating with periods of mania or hypomania. During periods of mania, you may feel elevated or high, be quite creative, spend a lot of money, and have trouble sleeping. Sometimes this can lead to bouts of ...

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Saturday, 03 November


Podcast #12 Tasmanian council elections "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Kevin Bonham and I have just put together a bonus episode to discuss the Tasmanian council elections, focusing on the results of the Hobart City Council race and the features of the Tasmanian council voting system.

Read Kevins live blog from the Tasmanian council elections count

You can subscribe using this RSS feed in your podcast app of choice, but should also be able to find this podcast by searching for the Tally Room. If you like the show please considering rating and reviewing us on iTunes.

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Friday, 02 November


Huge underwater volcano chain discovered off the coast of Tasmania "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The find offers a glimpse into a previously unknown marine ecosystem and spotlights just how little we know about the seafloor.

Scientists uncovered a chain of volcanic seamounts off the coast of the Australian island of Tasmania.

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Tuesday, 30 October


The Weekly Times TWT 31st October 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Weekly Times - TWT - is a campaigning, crusading, truth-seeking, death defying, Aussie battler-aligned, one-eyed-Tiger-led news organisation dedicated to Sydney's north west. This flip book - or digital edition/replica - is the 3rd October 2018 edition of TWT. TWT311018

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Wednesday, 03 October



A petition signed by 368 Manus asylum seekers and refugees has been handed to the office of the Chief Justice of the PNG Supreme Court, and to Justice Alan David, who was one of the presiding judges of the Manus Island case. The case was heard in April, this year, but six months later, the(...)


Faeries and Going Down the Rabbit Hole "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

We were camped in a mysterious, very old sessile oak forest on the shores of Loch Dan in the stunning Wicklow mountains....

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Tuesday, 02 October



A notice abruptly posted that the back gate of West Haus detention compound (photo attached) will be closed from 5.00pm to 6.00am Manus Island, has further restricted refugees movement on the island. A 6.00pm 6.000am curfew already applies to all three refugee compounds on the island prison East Lorengau Transit Accommodation, West Haus(...)


Whats happened to Peak Oil since Peak Oil. "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The latest news that Mexico has this month switched from being a net oil exporter to a net oil importer prompted me to do some more research on what stage we all are with Peak Oil.  and as expected, the news are not good. Since the peak of conventional oil in 2005, ALL the major producing nations except for Iraq and the US have been producing less and less in real terms, and lets face it, half the US production is unviable shale oil which since the GFC has lost the oil industry $280 billion and counting..

Meanwhile, pundits on TV are expressing disbelief at how the price of fuel is skyrocketing in Australia (with our dollar struggling to remain above $US0.70) while oil is simultaneously surging under all sorts of pressures.

Crude_prod_changes_2005-May_2018Fig 2: Crude production changes between 2005 and 2018 by country

Group A
Countries where average oil production Jan-May 2018 was lower than the average in 2005. At the bottom is Mexico with the highest rate of decline. This group started to peak in 1997, entering a long bumpy production plateau at around 25 mb/d, ending you guessed it in 2005. This is down now to 16 mb/d, a decline of 700 kb/d pa (-2.8% pa).

Decline-group_1994-May2018Fig 3: Group A countries

Group B

Countries where average oil production Jan-May 2018 was higher than the average in 2005. At the top of the stack are Iraq and the US, where growth was highest. Group B compensated for the decline in group A and provided for growth above the red dashed line in Fig 1.
The 2018 data have not been seasonally adjusted.
In group B we have a subgroup of countries which peaked after 2005

Crude_post-2005-peaking_1994-May2018Fig 4: Countries peaking after 2005

A production plateau above 7 mb/d lasted for 6 years between 2010 and 2016. The average was 7.1 mb/d, around +1.8 mb/d higher than in 2005. Another country in this subgroup is China, here shown separately because of its importance and consequences.


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Monday, 01 October



Labor Senator Gavin Marshall will speak at an urgent solidarity protest at the Federal Circuit Court (305 William st, Melbourne) tomorrow, Monday 1st of October at 8:30 am to oppose the impending deportation Vietnamese Catholic asylum seeker, Huyen Tran. If Huyen is deported she faces indefinite separation from her baby Isabella and husband Paul. Bishop Vincent Long, a(...)


Iconic walk should be in Tarkine - Brown. "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The Bob Brown Foundation is calling on Premier Hodgman to spend the $20 million earmarked for Tasmanias next iconic track in takayna / Tarkine rather than in a protected wilderness area.

Due to the generosity of the public, our foundation has developed the Trans Tarkine Track proposal to the business study stage - way ahead of other possible contenders. The 100 kilometres long TTT does not compromise protected wild country but would, in fact, help protect the Tarkine from competing other resource extraction such as logging or, unlikely as it might be, new mining.


Stanwell Park drowning "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

beach flagsA report will be prepared for the Coroner following the drowning death of a man at Stanwell Park Beach today.

Emergency services were called to the northern end of Stanwell Park Beach off The Drive, just before 1.45pm, following reports of a distressed swimmer in the water.

A man was pulled from the water by lifesavers and attempts to revive the man were made until NSW Ambulance Paramedics arrived.

The 24-year-old man was taken to Wollongong Hospital; however, he died.

Wollongong police will investigate the circumstances surrounding the incident.

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


Join a special SLA energy meeting "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

[ Friday, 5 Oct; 1:00 am to 2:00 am. ] FRIDAY, OCTOBER 5th, 1:00pm Southern New England Landcare Offices, ground floor of Hannah Arcade The meeting will be devoted to a discussion of what we think should be the key principles in establishing a community owned solar farm. PLEASE JOIN US. We need as many different perspectives as we can garner. Coming to one meeting doesnt commit [...] full article 


Man dead after cliff fall "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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Sea Cliff Bridge, Coalcliff. PHOTO: RMS

A MAN has died after falling from falling from a cliff near Seacliff Bridge on Saturday.

Emergency services were called to a cliff near the southern end of Seacliff Bridge at Clifton about 12.40pm, following reports a man had fallen onto rocks.

Police have been told the man, aged in his 20s, was with friends when he slipped from the edge of the cliff and fell more than 40m. The man was from western Sydney, and was sight-seeing with friends when he slipped and fell.

Wollongong police attended and a crime scene was established. Police Rescue retrieved the body late on Saturday afternoon. A report will be prepared for the Coroner.


Battle of the soft blues "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Some months ago a friend passed a cheese platter and indicated the soft blue was a recent favourite

As I bit into the creamy centre I thought it would have to be the Emporium Smooth Blue from Aldi.

Then I considered it might be the Castello Creamy Blue and wondered if I could tell the difference between them.

So I recently bought both and compared them, alongside a King Island Lighthouse Blue.

Served a slice of each onto a plate and, straight out of the fridge, the Smooth Blue was softer.

As I sampled each still cold, the Emporium cheese warmed quickly in my mouth and began to feel buttery.

It melted on my tongue, separating salty liquid and dairy solid.

In contrast the Castello Creamy Blue had much more mould and this would be significant.

By the time I had a second round about ten minutes later, Castello was getting the buttery result but it had a piquant quality that hit a high note both sharp in the palette and slightly fragrant.

When I looked at the nutritional count on the Castello and Emporium boxes, they were identical.

The ingredients looked similar too and both cheese are imported from Denmark.

I wonder if the noticeable increase in mould in the Castello shows it is cellared for longer?

Might this explain the difference in price between the two cheese?

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Saturday, 29 September


Qld economy continues to under-perform "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The Queensland economy continues to under-perform relative to the NSW and Victorian economies. In my post earlier this month, I noted that the Queensland economy remains lukewarm. Economic conditions are much stronger in NSW and Victoria than in Queensland, as confirmed by the job vacancies data released by the ABS last Thursday (see chart below*). Job vacancies havent surged in Queensland as they have in the southern states. So its unsurprising the unemployment rate in Queensland is 6.3% compared with 4.8% in NSW and 4.9% in Victoria. Based on the September quarters vacancy data, this gap will no doubt persist.


Nationwide, the Administrative and Support Services industry division has experienced a huge increase in vacancies (see chart below). This industry division covers a wide range of services, including office administration, cleaning, pest control, and employment services, among others. I suspect a significant part of the growth is due to the roll out of the NDIS in the last few years.


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Friday, 28 September




Ian Lowe

Professor Ian Lowe

August 9, 2018

If we go on increasing the population at the current rate, well go on damaging our environment at an ever increasing rate

Back in March, Dr Jonathan Sobels a senior research fellow at the University of South Australia and the author of a key 2010 report prepared for the Department of Immigration entitled Long-term physical implications of net overseas migration: Australia in 2050 (356 pages) gave a brilliant incisive interview on ABCs Radio National warning of a huge reduction in Australian living standards if the federal government continues with its mass immigration Big Australia policy:

You end up with, in absolute terms, more pollution. You end up with more impacts on peoples personal time spent commuting, for example. You end up with less choice in even simple things

And we are coming up towards physical limitations within our physical, built and natural environments that will lead to compromises in the quality of our life
Not only are the dams not filling, but the ground water supplies are not filling. The only option you have open to you is water efficiency use and whacking up desal plants. But if your population keeps increasing at the rates we have seen in recent times, you wont be able to afford putting up billion dollar desal plants, which also have their environmental impacts...


Former players gather to remember All Whites supremacy "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

ITS TEMPTING to imagine the furore if the All Whites rugby league football club resurrected. The coast-hugging guilt trippers would fall over themselves in confected...


They came from far and wide to bust some moves "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

NO ONE expected them to break the six-year drought, but the Drought Busters convoy cracked a few smiles last weekend. To continue reading, please log...


Rare GP whos sticking around for a while "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

ITS BEEN 14 years since the town had a resident doctor. South African Bertie Huskisson left in 2005 after four-and-half years, just long enough to...


Rapping about the benefits of a good read "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

A PAIR of rappers from Logan last week toured libraries, kindergartens and day-care centres in the southwest to riff about the hipness of singing and...


Thank God, theyre country kids "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

HE WAS strapping. Had the hat and the boots, although the belt was on the lairy side. But Josh Arnold was probably just a bit...


Major Mitchell Cockatoos at Highworth Range, Kureelpa reported by PAUL GRAY on 27-09-2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Highly probable sighting of a pair in back yard on birdbath. Could be escapees ??? Has anyone else spotted them in the Blackall Ranges area?


Take karaoke to Noongar country and you get Noongaroke "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"


Rjpvgttg 1400559806.jpg?ixlib=rb 1.1Noongaroke was far more than a good night out; it was an inspired intervention to support grieving Noongar families.
Mika Hiltunen

Anna Haebich, Curtin University

The following article was co-authored by Jim Morrison, who is a senior Noongar man, a traditional custodian of Western Australias pristine southern coast. He has been operating in a range of pivotal roles dealing with Aboriginal advancement for more than three decades.

Noongar people engaging with karaoke created a contemporary process for cultural healing and wellbeing that dealt at a profound level with the anguished politics of death in their community. Leading the charge was the deadly Noongaroke singing DJ Jim Morrison.

Jims parents, both from the stolen generations, survived to raise their large family whose members are now prominent in Noongar service organisations, politics and the arts in Perth. Jim generously shared his journey in an interview with my partner Darryl Kickett and myself that is quoted extensively here.

Noongar people are the traditional custodians of the south-west region of Western Australia. They bore the full force of settler invasion and colonisation: the deaths, dispossession, loss of land and culture, racism, segregation, removed children, forced assimilation and dire poverty within a rich country.

What survived of their way of life was invisible to most outsiders: the ancient family lineages, connection to country, kinship values and obligations, hidden knowledge and rituals and elements of language.

Today most Noongar people live in city suburbs and country towns. Numbering more than 40,000, they constitute the largest Aboriginal language group in Australia. Many identify as members of a distinct Noongar nation within the Australian settler state. In 2006, Noongar claimants won Australias first and...


Health expenditure Australia 201617 [AIHW] "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Health expenditure Australia 201617 reveals that Australia spent $180.7 billion on health in 201617more than $7,400 per person. Real growth in spending of 4.7% in 201617 was 1.6 percentage points higher than the average over the past five years (3.1%). Non-government sources recorded the lowest growth rate in health spending in the decade to 2016170.2% compared with the decade average of 4.8%.

Media release: Growth in health spending at 5 year high, driven by government spending.

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Thursday, 27 September


Beaches open this weekend "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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THE 2018/2019 swim season will start on Saturday with Wollongong Councils ocean lifeguards and volunteer lifesavers patrolling 17 beaches from Stanwell Park to Windang, six days a week.

Council lifeguards and volunteer surf lifesavers will be on duty until April 28 2019. Beach-goers are reminded to swim at patrolled beaches and all swimmers are strongly advised to heed all surf warnings, and NO FLAGS, NO SWIM.

During the 2017/2018 season we had an estimated 1.35 million people visit beaches from Stanwell Park to Windang. During this time lifeguards also conducted 507 rescues and conducted about 38,000 preventative actions on the beaches.

Council also has developed a three-staged pro-active approach regarding sharks off the beaches. Council uses:

* coastal aerial patrols, from Stanwell Park to Windang

* drone video surveillance to track sharks when there have been confirmed sightings

* lifeguards have electronic shark-deterrent devices on their jet skis, called Shark Shield.

Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery said Wollongong has 42km of coastline with 17 patrolled beaches the oldest lifeguard service in NSW.

Not only are our beaches popular they are a wonderful place to visit during the summer months, he said.

So we recommend that beach goers talk with our friendly lifeguards if they wish to know m...

Wednesday, 26 September


Royal Commission into Aged Care: Nurse has her say "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

SHE has been subject to inappropriate touching, assault and been pushed up against a wall and threatened - welcome to the aged care sector.
While much of the focus since Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety has been on mistreatment of the elderly, one nurse says just as much focus should be given to abuse of staff.
This nurse in the NSW Central West, who asked not to be named for fear of losing her job, says if she worked in any other industry that the abuse would not be tolerated  action would be swift and offender/s would be targeted with police action.
The first thing this nurse wanted to make clear was that she loves her job, every day brings something new and she loves the opportunity of being able to assist those most vulnerable in society.
But, in her eight years in the industry she has also been left frightened, assaulted, scratched and scarred and claims that nothing is done my management when the abuse is reported.

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