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Wednesday, 21 September

00:46

An “Update” for the Order "IndyWatch Feed National"

As a child- I was designed to be a shell. So that when the day came when I was needed- I could house what was to inhabit me. But Shamanism showed me how to transform myself from a shell into a DOORWAY. And I have opened that which can never be shut. How do you fight someone who can go on the other side- seek out your victims- and enlist them to completely fuck you? Because THAT is EXACTLY what I have done. And since the doorway is ALWAYS open and NEVER shut- they are able to come and go at will- with the one provision that they are too inflict as much pain and humiliation upon you as possible. Let me remind all of you that what you are fighting are PRINCIPALITIES- and this just happens to involve ALL OF HEAVEN. You are all completely fucked- and the most humorous aspect in all this for me is that YOU ALL KNOW IT! Mean- manipulative- overbearing- with no idea how fucking stupid sons of bitches you all really are. Deny what you taught me all you want- it will not change the truth. And it CERTAINLY won’t change the fact that I am going to completely fuck you in more ways than you could ever imagine- AND HAVE ALREADY.

00:01

How millions of trees brought a broken landscape back to life "IndyWatch Feed National"

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00:00

The Doctor Behind Autism MMR Vaccine Controversy Speaks Out "IndyWatch Feed National"

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September 21st, 2016 By Carolanne Wright Contributing writer for Wake Up World Dr. Andrew Wakefield is largely known for the firestorm created by his 1998 Lancet paper, which found evidence of a possible association between the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine, inflammatory bowel disease and autism. Critics of Dr. Wakefield are quick to point out ...Continue Reading - The Doctor Behind Autism MMR Vaccine Controversy Speaks Out
 
 

00:00

Why a Healthy Gut is Essential to Your Wellbeing – and How to Restore It! "IndyWatch Feed National"

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September 21st, 2016 By Katrin Geist Contributing writer for Wake Up World Shit Happens, Easily ⏠Or Does It? It may come as a surprise: your intestines play a vital role in your good health. If somethingâŹ"s amiss there, youâŹ"ll know it. Sometimes malfunction expresses as mere inconvenience, other times it points to severe imbalance ...Continue Reading - Why a Healthy Gut is Essential to Your Wellbeing ⏠and How to Restore It!
 
 

00:00

Why The Law Forbids The Medicinal Use of Natural Substances "IndyWatch Feed National"

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September 21st, 2016 By Sayer Ji Contributing writer for Wake Up World According to the FDAâŹ"s legal definition, a drug is anything that âŹSdiagnoses, cures, mitigates, treats, or prevents a disease.âŹÂ The problem with this definition is that there are numerous substances, as readily available and benign as found on our spice racks, which have been ...Continue Reading - Why The Law Forbids The Medicinal Use of Natural Substances
 
 

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Tuesday, 20 September

23:19

Syria Solidarity Movement Statement on the US Attack against the Syrian Army at Deir ez-Zour "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Syria Solidarity Movement unequivocally condemns and denounces the vicious US bombing attack on the Syrian army defending Deir ez-Zour, and we wish to make the following observations.

The attack killed at least 62 Syrian soldiers and wounded more than 100. This is larger than the number of casualties inflicted in any US bombing on any terrorist target in Syria since the US announced its "war on ISIS".

The bombing inflicted no known casualties on ISIS, which the US says was its intended target.

The US has produced no evidence that it notified its Russian counterparts, as required by agreement. In fact, joint action against ISIS was not expected for another two days. This leads to suspicions that the US attack was intended to preempt the provisions of the agreement.

Syrian soldiers report seeing reconnaissance drones the previous day.

ISIS fighters were poised to begin fighting the Syrian army units as soon as the US bombing raids ended. How did they know what constituted the end of the bombing?

Although the Russian military presence in Syria is legal because it came at the invitation of the sovereign Syrian state, the US presence is illegal and was never approved, either by the Syrian government or by the United Nations. All US military actions in Syria therefore constitute an illegal invasion of Syrian territory, and must end now.

We find the US explanation of "unintended" targets, and especially the belligerent performance of Ambassador Samantha Power at the United Nations Security Council, to be false, disingenuous and counterproductive. The only credible explanation is that the US attack on Deir ez-Zour was intentional. The US has never seriously tried to fight ISIS other than to defend Kurdish fighters, with rare and largely ineffectual attacks against ISIS fighters in their strongholds, and none during the ISIS campaign against Palmyra, when they were very vulnerable by air.

We believe that the US intention is to dismember the sovereign Syrian state, and that the Syrian army base at Deir ez-Zour constitutes an obstacle to this plan, and is therefore a US target. In accordance with this plan, the US does not mind if ISIS continues to occupy a large portion of the Syrian Euphrates valley, and in fact prefers to maintain ISIS as a destructive force that weakens Syria and is available as a proxy fighting force for other US regional designs, in partnership with their Israeli allies.

We are doubtful that the US intends to honor its agreement with Russia, and implicitly with Syria. US strategists are seeking to weaken and threaten Russia and not to form cooperative and mutually beneficial agreements. Accordingly, the only option may unfortunately be to make the cost to the US too high to be acceptable, and thereby to force a change in its priorities.

There is another and more constructive alternative, as follows.

The US should immediately issue a formal apology to the government of Syria and offer restitution for damages, both to the Syrian government and to the families of the dead and wounded.

The US should withdraw completely from all Syrian territory and end its support for all fighting forces there.

The US should enforce its end user agreements on the use of its arms supplied to Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Qatar and other countries, to prevent their use in non-defensive roles outside their territories, and in particular to prevent supplying them to subversive forces in Syria.

The US should use its influence in international banking and commerce to prevent the transfer of funds to ter...

23:04

Syria: Did U.S. Airstrike intend to help Daesh? "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

On 18 September US-Australian-Canadian-Danish airstrikes killed 80 or more Syrian Arab Army soldiers who were attempting to combat ISIS from a Syrian military base. There seems little doubt that this was a war-crime, but it has already been displaced by media-saturation cover of a single act of terrorism in Manhattan where 29 people were injured. Well, the western media may believe it can hide the truth, but Eastern media and the alternative media cannot let this go. Inside this article there are two video debates on the motives and consequences of the US-Australian-Canadian-Danish airstrikes that killed 80 Syrian Arab Army soldiers two days ago. In the first video, "U.S. Bonus for Terrorists," Press TV conducts an interview with Brian Becker, with the ANSWER Coalition from Washington, and Frederick Peterson, a US congressional defense policy advisor from New York, to discuss these US airstrikes in Syria. This debate was originally published by Iranian Press TV at http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2016/09/18/485337/US-bonus-terrorists on Sunday, September 18, 2016.

In the second video debate, "Tenuous Truce" [see video below] there was another debate on the same matter conducted with Scott Bennett, a military expert and former US army psychological warfare officer from San Francisco, and Michael Lane, the founder of American Institute for Foreign Policy from Washington, to discuss the failed ceasefire brokered by the United States and Russia in Syria. This was originally published at http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2016/09/19/485484/US-Russia-Syria-ceasefire.

How does the international community handle a rogue-state U.S.A.?

What can we do when the United States keeps on pulling more and more shocking stunts in the Middle East. It seems to be proving that it is the maddest and the baddest, and that anyone trying to stop it would risk a nuclear war. And Australia and other countries are stupidly being sucked in. Scott Bennett in the second debate, suggests that the world needs to demand a UN inquiry into the US airstrike as a war-crime and that the alternative media and the non-western media - like Rt and Press TV - have to try to raise the profile of that demand to get through the block of fizz that issues from the mainstream western media, which simply puts any challenge to US warmongering to one side:

SCOTT BENNETT: "Secretary Kerry and Obama and the political powers right now, I think, [...] they're off the chain. I think the military is doing its own thing in its own time in order to create fires that the next administration will have to put out. They're seeding their own future job applications. But the facts are - if you're arguing this in court - if you were arguing this to the United Nations Criminal Court - you simply could say, 'The United States engaged in targeting operations and the Russian intelligence forces will provide the appropriate electronic surveillance that will prove that the United States was engaged in chatter and conversations in targeting that resulted in the murder of 80 Syrian military personnel. In order to roll back the Assad military that was attempting t...

22:36

With Concerns About Jacob Wetterling and My Father- Jacob’s Abductor… "IndyWatch Feed National"

You know- it JUST occurred to me that, although they may have “solved” the Jacob Wetterling abduction- the Ricky Chadek old case abduction and murder has YET to be answered for- and since that is MUCH CLOSER TO HOME- and it would be WAY OBVIOUS if I began speaking about this case and IT TOO got solved immediately after- I have realized that THIS CASE needs to be my new focus.

Esp. considering when I went to Det. John Pankonin who worked at the Nebraska State Patrol in the cold case department and demanded that he take my DNA and compare to the DNA that was left in Ricky’s murdered corpse- he sent his sister Tru Pankonin into BOTH mine and my sister’s lives. Interesting- isn’t it- that after going after this case- SUDDENLY the detective in charge’s SISTER would befriend my family?

Guess the ball is in MY COURT NOW.

22:34

Shatter Boys UK on DavidShurter.com and AwakeRadio.us "IndyWatch Feed National"

Shatter Boys UK is a group of men who have come together because they have had enough of being silenced by taboos that exist in society myths that exist and the universal misconception that this doesn’t happen to boys and men.

We came together because we knew we would be stronger together as Survivors and unity was key a collective voice needed to smash this thing apart.

We knew from our own experiences that there is a distinct lack of support services for adult male Survivors of Childhood sexual and adult male rape.

This had to change as people are dying out there. People we knew, our peers , have taken over doses and committed suicide because they had no where to go.

We realized that mutual aid was the key what worked for us was one Survivor helping another.

We decided to plant Peer support groups across the UK so support would be available for free and accessible to men.

We are all about supporting men to empower them selves to move forward with there lives and have a voice.

We understand unity is the answer we aim to plant Peer support groups across the UK in areas where there is no support of which there are many.
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21:10

A Sneak Peek at the Planning of a 1996 Massacre (Satire) "IndyWatch Feed National"

by Mary W Maxwell, PhD, LLB How did Australia get to where she is today?  I’ll play-act three scenes here of some 1990s “planning meetings.” The setting for this is a foreign land. I’ll pretend I am the boss, giving out assignments for an event to take place in Port Arthur, Tasmania in 1996. […]

21:07

Anzacs and War – Considering a Syrian Perspective "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Anzacs and War – Considering a Syrian Perspective  by Susan Dirgham, July 2015 PART ONE Introduction Australians have had a connection with the people of Syria since the First World War, when…

Source: Anzacs and War – Considering a Syrian Perspective


20:40

Vaccine manufacturers paying out millions to victims while still claiming they’re ‘safe’ "IndyWatch Feed National"

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(NaturalNews) Think about it: If vaccines are perfectly safe, then why does a federalVaccine Injury Compensation Program exist, and why are pharmaceutical companies paying out millions of dollars to vaccine victims?

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20:08

Credit where it’s due: How distributed energy could save $1bn on grid costs "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

One Step Off The Grid The introduction of regulatory measures to reward local energy generators for their contributions to the grid could unlock savings of more than $1 billion in avoided network costs, a major Australian study has found. The study – which was led by the University of Technology Sydney’s Institute for Sustainable Futures, and funded […]

20:01

THE WAR ON REALITY "IndyWatch Feed National"

War on reality

(NaturalNews) Dear fans, supporters and citizens of the world: It’s time to reclaim your mind from the globalist social engineers who are filling your skull with false narratives rooted in the failed philosophies of Big Government and social obedience.

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19:54

Gold Coast light rail study helps put a figure on value capture’s funding potential "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

by Dr Cameron Murray cross-posted from The Conversation Value capture actually can work when it comes to funding new transport infrastructure. My research on the Gold Coast light rail provides the figures to demonstrate the size of the gains to nearby land values, which were around 25% of the A$1.2 billion capital cost in stage […]

17:29

Besides USA, UK ,Denmark & Australia involved in the illegal airstrike which killed 60+ Syrian soldiers "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

US-Led Strike on Syrian Army Included British, Danish, Australian Jets British, Danish and Australian warplanes took part in the U.S.-led coalition’s airstrike Saturday that reportedly killed more than 60 Syrian government troops and threatened to unravel the “cessation of hostilities,” military officials said MondayFiled under: Al Qaeda, Australia, Denmark, ISIL, Syria, UK, US Congress, US […]

15:21

Credit where it’s due: How distributed energy could save $1bn on grid costs "IndyWatch Feed National"

The introduction of regulatory measures to reward local energy generators for their contributions to the grid could unlock savings of more than $1 billion in avoided network costs, a major Australian study has found.

The study – which was led by the University of Technology Sydney’s Institute for Sustainable Futures, and funded by ARENA – found that paying ‘local network credits’ to local generators for their role in reducing overall investment in the electricity network could reduce network expansion costs by 59 per cent, representing an overall positive economic benefit of approximately $1.2 billion by 2050.

The findings are based on the results of five virtual trials conducted by the ISF in five different locations around Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria, which modelled the benefits of local network credits and local energy trading (also known as virtual net metering).

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As we reported in May, early results from the modelling found that the current National Energy Market structure not only offered little financial incentive to export distributed energy generation, but created a strong incentive for customers and product developers to keep generation “behind the meter”, and a “perverse” incentive for networks to duplicate infrastructure.

The final findings, published on Tuesday, tell much the same story: “Results of four out of five virtual trials of Local Network Charges and Local Electricity Trading completed to date indicate there is potential for distributed generation to meet local consumption, which is unlikely to be realised under current market conditions,” the ISF says.

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The Willoughby trial results, in particular, said the ISF, “demonstrate that even a relatively low Local Network Charge can send a meaningful signal to operate dispatchable generation when the network is most likely to need support.”

The report finds that offering a Local Network Charge for the cases investigated would keep solar and other distributed generation on the grid, “in an era of increasingly locally derived supply.”

Such an incentive would also maintain the network charges paid by the proponent, the report notes, “relative to a significant increase in behind the meter consumption using a private wire approach, even taking into account payment of the Local Network Charge itself.”

The result, it says, leaves the proponent and other customers better off, due to the fact that money is not wasted on more and more poles and wires.

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15:16

Scientific Report on Reef’s slow recovery from Coral Bleaching Shows the Urgent need for Climate Action "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

New images from northern Great Barrier Reef surveys that reveal long term damage from this year’s coral bleaching are deeply concerning and highlight the need for urgent climate action, said the Australian Marine Conservation Society today.

“Scientists are reporting that parts of Australia’s beloved Reef are struggling to recover months on from the global coral bleaching event. In some parts of the northern Great Barrier Reef, once healthy corals are now dead and smothered in algae”, said AMCS Reef campaigner, Cherry Muddle.

“Digging up new mega coal mines and shipping that coal out through the Reef will only exacerbate climate change, and bring yet more coral bleaching.

“It is the last thing our Reef needs.

“In order to protect our current tourism jobs along the Reef we need our state and federal governments to work together to invest in renewable energy, rather than championing unviable coal mines,” Ms Muddle said.

The post Scientific Report on Reef’s slow recovery from Coral Bleaching Shows the Urgent need for Climate Action appeared first on Fight for the Reef.

14:59

On the Next Act on of the Global Political Game in Vientiane "IndyWatch Feed National"

3453452342342After Beijing staged the G-20 Summit political show (which is becoming increasingly popular after superseding the long defunct political number a.k.a the G-7 Summit), the wandering troupe of political actors of various levels of importance and talents moved on to Vientiane, the capital of Laos.

What caught the attention of these masters of the global political game and drew them to this more humble place? The fact is that on September 6 through 9 this year, it was here where a few equally interesting and dramatic performances were scheduled (with elements of a particular sense of humor), which invariably included the ASEAN acronym.

The aforementioned acronym denotes the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, which includes ten nations in the region and is increasingly becoming the center of attention in real world events. It is in this reality that the participants of these world games try to respond to the event mentioned above, as well as other political platforms.

Firstly, Vientiane hosted the regular summit of the member-countries of ASEAN itself. Secondly, several summits were held in the format of ASEAN + 1, where the world’s leading players, including China, Japan, India, participated as “plus ones”. It is worth recalling that the last ASEAN + US summit (with its grand entourage) took place in February this year at the Californian ranch, Sunnylands.

Following this, there was the ASEAN + 3 summit, which included China and Japan, as well as South Korea. Finally, the holding of the 11th summit of the ASEAN + 8 forum was the apotheosis of the series of events held in Vientiane. The United States, China, Russia, Japan, India, Australia, South Korea and New Zealand all participated. This forum is also referred to as the East Asia Summit (EAS).

All the events of recent years at various international platforms (including the most important one in New York) can be reduced to the following maxim: it isn’t the official well-attended events on stage that are important but the negotiations amongst the actors that take place on the sidelines on the eve of the big performance and during its breaks.

As a rule, an outside observer can only guess the content of such negotiations. But they are the ones that are motivated by the realities of life and define the really important parts of the final documents that are formulated at the end of official events.

The essence of the real events in Southeast Asia and in the South China Sea in the region can be reduced to the fact that it is here that the global political game waged by the world powers is being stoked....

14:23

Prosper urges the Local Government Review to mandate Site Value "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Victoria is reviewing its Local Government Act 1989. The original Act is now subject to over 90 amending acts, so the Review is timely and necessary. Buried among the good ideas to improve local government is a very bad one, obliging all councils to use Capital Improved Value as the ratings base. Prosper Australia’s submission […]

13:23

Four reasons why electric vehicles may take off in Australia "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

The cost of the vehicle, the cost of infrastructure and recharging, as well as the fate of petrol refineries may influence the uptake of EVs in Australia.

13:23

This is not a memoir: the c-word in women’s writing "IndyWatch Feed National"

Having your work of journalism sidelined into a memoir – a genre, nonetheless, worthy of good writing – still demonstrates that women’s personal writing cannot be commercially seen as journalism or ‘serious’ documentation. When women writers seek to share 'truth' – not confessions – it shouldn’t be sold off as memoir when those stories are about collective human experiences.

13:21

World at tipping point, Australia at tripping point, on energy transition "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

WEC report says stable renewables policies supported by clear carbon price signals remain crucial as world passes tipping point of "grand energy transition". Meanwhile, in Australia...

13:06

Why May approved Hinkley nuclear – the “biggest white elephant” in UK history "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

The people who approved and pushed for the approval of the £18 billion (and rising) project stand to benefit from its approval. Financially.

12:20

“Adani at traffic lights, not roadblock” "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

News laws are being introduced by the Queensland Government that change the way mining companies obtain water licences. This was originally written in the Townsville Bulletin as a “roadblock” for the project, without even naming what the proposed legislation is or about. NQCC responded with this letter to the editor, but under a different headline … Continue reading "“Adani at traffic lights, not roadblock”"

12:05

Conceptual Polyamory: the social and political weight of keeping options open "IndyWatch Feed National"

It was 2011 and I was in the Hunter Valley. I’d just had a very expensive indulgent meal and was ungrateful, scribbling furiously in my journal about how my family didn’t understand me. This is pretty standard fare for a seventeen year-old nearing the end of their high school life and dating a girl living …

The post Conceptual Polyamory: the social and political weight of keeping options open appeared first on Archer Magazine.

12:00

Justice Reinvestment: Giving kids a life not life in prison "IndyWatch Feed National"

ANTaR, national advocacy organisation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rights, today called on all governments to listen to First Peoples in order to address crisis levels of incarceration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people. 

National Campaigns Manager, Ms Jane Powles said that “Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders have been calling for the implementation of Justice Reinvestment since 2009 to address high incarceration rates.” 

“It's about time governments started to listen” 

Last night’s episode of ABC’s Four Corners featuring one of the first Justice Reinvestment trial sites in Australia, highlighted the common sense approach that Justice Reinvestment supports.

“Driver licence programs that keep young people and the roads in Bourke safe make a lot of sense,” said Ms Powles

In NSW, over half the children in jail are Aboriginal. This costs $800 per child per day. In 2014 NSW taxpayers spent an average of $293,200 on each child in custody.

“Bourke is showing us that there is a much better way to invest tax payers money that will create stronger and safer communities.” 

Despite multiple reports and inquiries into the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and the justice system incarceration rates continue to rise. It’s time to think differently to address this crisis and create sustainable solutions.     

“Last night we saw a whole community stepping up and collectively developing practical solutions that address the drivers of crime.”   

Ms Powles said “With youth detention on the next Council of Australian Governments agenda, the Prime Minister has the opportunity to take the lead on developing a nationally co-ordinated approach to addressing the incarceration crisis and forging a collective commitment to Justice Reinvestment.”

“It’s time for governments to act, and start listening to and working with First Peoples so we don't lose another generation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people to the justice system.”

To learn more and take action visit our Justice campaign page.

11:50

Victory! Australia Bans Cosmetic Animal Testing Nationwide "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Amanda Froelich via True Activist

Starting July 2017, Australia will ban cosmetics which have been tested on animals as well as any products containing ingredients that have been tested on animals.


There's something powerful happening down under. First, New Zealand banned cosmetic animal testing in 2015, and now, Australia is passing a similar ban which will go into effect July 2017. The nation will join the ranks of the European Union, Israel, Norway, and Turkey, all of whom have passed similar measures to cut down on animal testing.

Thanks to the insistence of community groups such as #BeCrueltyFree campaign, cosmetics which have been tested on animals or any products containing anything that has been tested on animals will be banned next year.

Humane Society International relays that Australia's Liberal-led government drew support for the bill across the aisle. Ken Wyatt, Australia's Assistant Health Minister, says:

"We no longer need to test cosmetics on animals and many countries, including the European Union, have banned the use of cosmetic ingredients tested on animals."

"Testing the ingredients of cosmetics on living creatures is a completely unnecessary cruelty and it's time Australia joined a growing number of communities by banning it," he added.

This news shouldn't come as a surprise, considering that 85% of Australians oppose animal testing, relays a 2013 poll.



Spokesperson for the #BeCrueltyFree Australia campaign, Hannah Stuart, told the press:

"Using live animals to cruelly test new ingredients for cosmetics such as hair dyes and skin cream is ethically unjustified, so we're thrilled that following motions recently passed by both the Senate and the House, the Government has now promised specific legislation to ban cosmetics cruelty. There is a growing global trend towards eliminating the sale of newlyanimal-tested beauty products and their ingredients, and today's announcement will put Australia on the map as the next country to say NO to cosmetics cruelty."

Stuart mentioned that activists with the campaign look forward to working with the government to "develop meaningful legislation" that eliminates...

11:44

Video: Police attack new anti-labour law protestors "IndyWatch Feed National"

From Telesur Tens of thousands of demonstrators took to the streets across France on September 15 and were met by riot police as the trade...

The post Video: Police attack new anti-labour law protestors appeared first on The Pen.

11:34

Rehab centre abandoned "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

No more: a drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre proposed for Loch as been abandoned.

No more: a drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre proposed for Loch as been abandoned.

A DRUG and alcohol rehabilitation centre will no longer be built at Loch.

The proposal has been withdrawn after the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) overturned South Gippsland Shire Council’s decision to issue a planning permit for the proposal.

The site mooted for the centre, in Clarence Street, is now for sale.

Sankar Subramanian, of Australian Addiction Hospitals Pty Ltd, the proponent of the centre, has since withdrawn the application.

His company had intended to buy the site, once the Greenhills Hosted for the Aged, a branch of Korumburra Medical Centre and a respite centre run for accident victims.

The proposal was for a private hospital for alcohol and drug rehabilitation for up to 20 patients.

Up to 20 single occupancy rooms were proposed with a maximum of seven staff during the day and two at night.

Patients were proposed to be admitted for four weeks.

Council voted to approve the proposal in November 2015, despite receiving 34 objections from the community.

The VCAT report stated the proposal lacked adequate detail about how the centre would operate and the works required, and so overturned council’s decision.

Council’s director of development services Bryan Sword said proposals to establish drug and alcohol rehabilitation facilities could become contentious planning matters.

“This is demonstrated by the number of applications from around the state which proceed to VCAT for review,” he said.

VCAT found the site was suitable for such a centre and was not persuaded it would have “significant adverse social and economic effects”, but still believed there was insufficient detail to support the proposal.

VCAT made recommendations about what additional information should be supplied if a future application was lodged, but Mr Sword felt these matters could have been addressed by permit conditions.

“Often VCAT will address these issues through the hearing, however as the applicant sought to withdraw the application once proceedings commenced, this was likely a moot point,” he said.

“Council accepts the decision of the tribunal.”

VCAT also stated Loch residents had not given evidence to support their claims the proposal would have negative social and economic effects on Loch, particularly its reputation as a tourist destination.

“Nor is there any evidence available to us that similar uses in other locations have impacted those locations in the manner feared by the objectors,” the VCAT report stated.

The VCAT application was lodged by objecting Loch residents.

The site is now for sale through SEJ Real Estate, Leongatha.

11:22

Ballina prepares to demolish the ‘leaning tower’ "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Ballina MP Tamara Smith and Marine Rescue volunteers outside the old 'leaning tower'. (supplied)

Ballina MP Tamara Smith and Marine Rescue volunteers outside the old ‘leaning tower’. (supplied)

With Ballina’s new Marine Rescue Tower nearing completion, the focus is now turning to demolishing the old ‘leaning tower’.

The Ballina Shire Council has announced that the demolition of the old tower, which was deemed unsafe, will begin on 3 October.

As part of the demolition of the old tower, the walkway along the North Wall break wall, adjacent to the tower, will be closed to pedestrians and cyclists from 7am to 4pm each day until 7 October.

The walkway along the break wall will remain open to pedestrians.

The new Marine Rescue Tower at Ballina is nearing completion. (supplied)

The new Marine Rescue Tower at Ballina is nearing completion. (supplied)

Meanwhile, the construction of the new $2.283 million tower is nearing completion and is expected to be finished next month.

Marine Rescue NSW decided to close the old radio tower building after several accidents over the years, including one where a volunteer was injured and concussed while climbing the stairs.

The new tower is being built by Woollam Constructions, and has a number of funding partners.

They include the Ballina Volunteer Marine Rescue fundraising effort of $150,000, Ballina Shire Council ($318,000), the Federal Government ($850,000) and various state government departments ($965,000).

 

 

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11:18

Footy colours fund Christmas wishes "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

 

FOOTY finals are here and Inverloch Primary School got into the footy fever spirit last Friday.

Dressing up as their footy, rugby or soccer heroes, the students donned their colours to raise money for Operation Christmas Child.

The students donated gifts or a gold coin on the day.

Operation Christmas Child helps children around the world who are victims of war, poverty, famine and disease.

Some of the gifts the children could bring included teddy bears, books, pencils, clothing, personal hygiene items, necklaces, sunglasses, balls and skipping ropes.

Supporters: from left, Inverloch Primary School’s Grade 1 students Adam, Miah, Amelia, Jesse and Levi dressed in their team colours to help support Operation Christmas Child on Friday.

Supporters: from left, Inverloch Primary School’s Grade 1 students Adam, Miah, Amelia, Jesse and Levi dressed in their team colours to help support Operation Christmas Child on Friday.

11:13

Solar sparks kinder savings "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

THE Meeniyan Preschool installed a 4.7 kilowatt solar power system on its roof recently, which was officially acknowledged with a ribbon cutting ceremony last Tuesday, September 13.

The preschool’s committee of management grants officer Katrina Benson said the solar panels were expected to save the kinder at least $1200 per year.

Ms Benson said the preschool was small and run by a volunteer committee of management.

“We don’t have a lot of funds. The solar panels were a good way to reduce our operating costs and allow us to supply more interactive and educational material for the children,” she said.

“Going solar will also reduce our carbon footprint and teaching the children about the environment was an added bonus.”

Ms Benson said the panels were already producing power and returning excess green energy to the grid.

The panels were partially funded with a $4500 grant from the South Gippsland Shire Council community grants program, and by the preschool’s fundraising efforts.

“We had a lot of help from Trulli Pizza, who donated $500 to the project and the Meeniyan Area Community Shop were also a big contributor,” Ms Benson said.

Cr Andrew McEwen helped with the ribbon cutting ceremony and said kindergarten was an important part of the education system.

“What children learn at kindergarten sets them up for a lifetime of learning,” he said.

It’s official: back, from left, Lorraine Gregg from the Meeniyan Area Community Shop, Katrina Benson from the Meeniyan Preschool committee of management and South Gippsland Shire Council Cr Andrew McEwen assisted at a ribbon cutting ceremony last Tuesday, September 13 to celebrate the installation of solar panels at the Meeniyan Preschool.

It’s official: back, from left, Lorraine Gregg from the Meeniyan Area Community Shop, Katrina Benson from the Meeniyan Preschool committee of management and South Gippsland Shire Council Cr Andrew McEwen assisted at a ribbon cutting ceremony last Tuesday, September 13 to celebrate the installation of solar panels at the Meeniyan Preschool.

11:11

Scientists on show "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

 

THE great minds of Kongwak Primary School were put to the test at a science expo held last Wednesday.

Each senior student selected a topic to study and created an activity and presentation to showcase.

A diverse range of topics were put on display, including genetics, chemistry, astronomy, nutrition, magnets, the digestive system and zoology.

Model were exhibited and games played by parents, teachers and junior students. Visitors were encouraged to test the students on their knowledge throughout the morning.

“The Grade 6 students were also working on their fantastic racers during this time, which is part of their transition into Year 7,” teacher Anna Wilson said.

“We have five students going off to secondary school next year.”

While the senior students have been busily putting together their science projects, the junior students have had their hands full creating picture story books, which were also shown during the expo.

Students were asked to compose a story, edit it, publish in on the computer, and finish it with illustrations.

Parents were wowed by the creativity of the students and treated to morning tea.

Genetics: Jamieson (centre) explained the double helix to junior students Lucas (left) and Rowan at the Kongwak Primary School science expo.

Genetics: Jamieson (centre) explained the double helix to junior students Lucas (left) and Rowan at the Kongwak Primary School science expo.

11:08

Pirate’s Day bounty at Coal Creel "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

TIMBERS were shivering at Coal Creek on Sunday for Pirate Day, but it didn’t stop buccaneers of all ages joining in on the treasure hunting fun.

Considering the poor weather it was great to see around 400 people through the gates.

Pirates hunted for treasure, made wooden boats and launched them on the lake, participated in a game of Hero Kids and coined their own special pirate name.

The best dressed visitors were rewarded with bounty and the National Trust singers entertained the crowds on the day.

Pirates were even given the opportunity to walk the plank out over shark infested waters.

Coal Creek will be busy again this Sunday, as it welcomes a huge Model T Ford display.

Killer costumes: from left, Miller and Darcy Harwood from Yinnar and Lachlan and Alannah Judd from Sunbury put on their best pirate faces at Coal Creek on Sunday for Pirate Day.

Killer costumes: from left, Miller and Darcy Harwood from Yinnar and Lachlan and Alannah Judd from Sunbury put on their best pirate faces at Coal Creek on Sunday for Pirate Day.

11:05

Lyric Theatre’s romantic comedy opens Friday "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

LYRIC Theatre’s upcoming production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream boasts a cast of 30, including award winning actors alongside blossoming teenage talents and exuberant younger performers.

As in all community theatre, many gifted people have worked behind the scenes creating the set and imaginative costumes, and in this case images for projection, lighting to simulate moonlight and original music.

The members of Lyric Theatre are confident they have prepared a production that will entertain the whole family.

There will be five evening and four matinee performances from September 23 to October 2.

A complimentary light supper will be served after the show on opening night and the bar will be open, giving the audience a chance to mingle with the cast.

Shakespeare was a young man when he wrote this comedy and his youthful love of life is reflected in a script full of romantic intrigue, colourful characters and magical practical jokes.

Director Bernadette Grainger has chosen to set Lyric Theatre’s production of this much loved work in a 1970s Australian rural town, and believes the language and themes of this comedy make the transition seamlessly.

Tickets are $20/$15 and available online at www.lyrictheatre.net.au or the box office at Great Southern Outdoors, 1 Bair Street, Leongatha, from Thursday to Friday 11am to 3pm, and Saturday, 10am to noon. Phone 0490 525482.

Tickets will also be available at Mesley Hall Theatre before each performance.

Dressing the cast: from left, Vicky Bristow created the costumes for Lyric Theatre’s upcoming production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. She is with Titania (Christine Skicko).

Dressing the cast: from left, Vicky Bristow created the costumes for Lyric Theatre’s upcoming production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. She is with Titania (Christine Skicko).

11:03

College walkathon helps many "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

MARY MacKillop Catholic Regional College, Leongatha, raised more than $20,000 following its recent walkathon.

The original target was $18,000, and the extra funds raised meant more money could be given to the school’s chosen charities.

Students chose seven local charities this year and the funds were gratefully accepted at an assembly last Wednesday.

Days for Girls received $5000 to go towards purchasing fabric and materials to construct kits, which will help women in under privileged countries during menstruation.

According to Days for Girls representative Susan Morrow, girls lose 188 school days over three years due to menstruation. The money raised by Mary MacKillop students will go a long way to helping these girls receive a full education.

Local woman Stephanie Hulls received $3000 to purchase fitness equipment to help with muscle coordination.

Ms Hulls is a sufferer of multiple sclerosis and she was appreciative of the school for helping her maintain physical strength.

South Gippsland FOCAS (Focus on Care and Support) received $5000 to further assist the families of those with mental illness.

Representative Nancy Pattinson thanked the students for their overwhelming generosity and said the money would make a difference for many families.

Ella’s Ear received $2000 to help 10 year old Ella Morgan fund her surgery in America.

Ella – granddaughter of Leongatha’s Joy and Jim Morgan – has a congenital ear condition called Microtia Artesia, and the surgery will help correct her hearing and build her undeveloped right ear.

Another local girl Aylah Hengstberger was allocated $3000 to help her family purchase a van to accommodate her.

Aylah has multiple medical needs and the family are in need of a van to accommodate her wheelchair.

Trinity Families Foundation and the Mary MacKillop Foundation each received $1000 to assist families throughout South Gippsland – irrespective of background and beliefs – and to support the work of the Josephite Sisters.

Deputy principal John Ryan congratulated the students on this year’s efforts.

“A great thing we can do as a college community is to show love for others,” he said.

“I hope the money we raised goes a long way to help those charities in their endeavours.”

Contribution: the Hengstberger family Tennielle, Agan, Aylah and Hannah (centre) thanked family friend Luke Ollington (third left), Mary MacKillop Catholic Regional College’s deputy principal John Ryan (far left) and justice captains Bradley Denney, Sinead O’Callaghan and Ebony Sartori for raising $3000 to support Aylah.

Contribution: the Hengstberger family Tennielle, Agan, Aylah and Hannah (centre) thanked family friend Luke Ollington (third left), Mary MacKillop Catholic Regional College’s deputy principal John Ryan (far left) and justice captains Bradley Denney, Sinead O’Callaghan and Ebony Sartori for raising $3000 to support Aylah.

10:59

Dancers just spectacular "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

 

TWELVE talented dancers from Leongatha Secondary College showcased their skills in the Victorian State School Spectacular in Melbourne recently.

They had rehearsed since the start of the year and shared an incredible experience on stage.

“It was amazing when they walked into Hisense Arena and saw the set up,” dance teacher Linda Hamilton said.

“They thought the set up of Grease at school was good. This was brilliant.”

Dancers ranged from students in years 8 to 12, and rehearsed after school and at lunchtime, on weekends in four regional rehearsals in Carrum Downs.

Around 80 schools were involved in the show and the energy throughout the performance was intense.
“The vibe and the atmosphere were incredible. It was amazing to be on stage with so many people,” dancer Nikki Stockdale said.

Year 9 coordinator Sheena Cumming and maths teacher Bron Webster supported students throughout the performance and helped create costumes.

“If you want to challenge yourself, it’s a great idea to audition,” dancer Tilly Johnson said.

The Victorian State School Spectacular will be televised on Channel 7 at 7pm on December 3.

Leongatha stars: back, from left, Isla Hickey, Jordan McFarlane, Tristain Noble, Josh Bracecamp and Evy Nye; middle from left, Krystin Rintoule, Chelsea Deering, Tilly Johnson; and front, from left, Lizzie Harms, Grace Allen, Liz Dunn and Nikki Stockdale represented Leongatha Secondary College by dancing in the Victorian State School Spectacular.

Leongatha stars: back, from left, Isla Hickey, Jordan McFarlane, Tristain Noble, Josh Bracecamp and Evy Nye; middle from left, Krystin Rintoule, Chelsea Deering, Tilly Johnson; and front, from left, Lizzie Harms, Grace Allen, Liz Dunn and Nikki Stockdale represented Leongatha Secondary College by dancing in the Victorian State School Spectacular.

10:57

Ella’s life changing surgery on the way "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

 

FAMILY and friends of Albury’s Ella Morgan are aiming to raise $110,000 for surgery that will be performed in the United States of America.

Ella requires combined microtia and atresia surgery and the only two surgeons in the world who can perform it are located in California, USA.

The people of South Gippsland raised some of the funds for the surgery by supporting a car raffle organised by Ella’s grandparents Jim and Joy Morgan of Leongatha.

The raffle was drawn last Wednesday and was won by Nar Nar Goon’s Alison Lester, who was thrilled to win the Nissan Micra.

“The Leongatha and Inverloch communities have really rallied around Ella. We couldn’t have done it without Joy and Jim,” Ella’s mum Belinda Taylor said.

“We want to thank them for putting the raffle together, which will take us a huge step forward towards Ella’s surgery.”

Ms Taylor said before the raffle, they had another $25,000 to raise.

“The car raffle will be a major contributor to those funds,” she said.

Ella said the support shown to her from both the Gippsland and Albury Wodonga communities has been overwhelming.

“I am speechless, I can’t say enough,” she said at the raffle draw last Wednesday.

“I can’t believe it is happening to me and my family, and I am thankful to everyone for their support and generosity.”

A rare congenital condition, microtia is a term used to describe the malformation of the external part of the ear. Absence of the ear canal is known as atresia.

“Ella has profound hearing loss in her right ear and mild hearing loss in her left ear. The surgery will aim to reconstruct her ear and rebuild her ear canal, meaning she can be totally unaided,” Ms Taylor said.

Ella’s condition has caused her to struggle academically and she also experiences hearing loss in large crowds and other noisy situations.

“After the surgery, that won’t be an issue,” Ms Taylor said.

The family has been fundraising for the surgery for almost a year and have held a gala dinner, a dance, a golf day, movie nights and sausage sizzles.

“Also people have been holding benefits on our behalf. The Albury Wodonga and Gippsland communities have been incredible,” Ms Taylor said.

“We are very lucky to be a part of both communities.”

Winning ticket: Darryl McGannon from Edney’s Leongatha and Ella Morgan from Albury with the winning raffle ticket, belonging to Alison Lester from Nar Nar Goon.

Winning ticket: Darryl McGannon from Edney’s Leongatha and Ella Morgan from Albury with the winning raffle ticket, belonging to Alison Lester from Nar Nar Goon.

10:56

RedFlow names accredited installers for ZCell home battery "IndyWatch Feed National"

With its first shipment of residential battery storage systems set to be delivered to customers in October, RedFlow has announced the first round of accredited installers for the ZCells.

The Brisbane-based company has revealed an initial list of seven companies in states around Australia who are trained and approved to install the 10kWh zinc bromine flow battery.

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Further installer training sessions are being conducted – as we reported last month, these are being done by RedFlow CEO Simon Hackett, himself – for a number of additional companies, which will be added to the website as they are approved.

The companies named on Tuesday include Geographe Electrical Communications (WA), Off-Grid Energy Australia (SA, VIC, ACT, NSW, TAS and southeast QLD.), SolarQuip (VIC), Standard Solar (national), Suntrix (SA, VIC, NSW, QLD), The Solar Depot (SA, NSW) and WES Group (QLD, NT, WA).

The ZCell, which was officially launched to the market in March, is described as a flow battery that can ‘timeshift’ solar power from day to night, store off-peak power for peak demand periods and support off-grid systems.

Some of the benefits of the battery chemistry and design – which are both Australian made – include a long cycle life, reusable parts and a better depth of discharge and storage capability than some of its main competitors, including lead acid and lithium-ion batteries.

“ZCell has natural advantages over lithium in terms of its recyclability and reusability, better depth of discharge and storage capability,” said Ian Grayson – managing director of newly accredited installer WES Group, a Sunshine Coast-based electrical and mechanical contracting company.

“I believe energy storage will be a long-term growth story, like solar PV, and it will also be a game changer for the major electricity suppliers, especially with the advent of aggregation,” Grayson said.

Another ZCell installer, Troy Ryan from Solar Depot described the ZCell as a low maintenance and long-life battery system that would integrate easily into the company’s projects.

“ZCell’s well-suited for grid-hybrid and larger standalone applications and also answers safety concerns that plenty of people have about lithium batteries,” Ryan said.

The full list of ZCell installers can be found here.

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10:55

Council elections under scrutiny "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

QUESTIONS about how the scrutineering was going to be handled seemed to be the main concern at a candidates’ information session for the South Gippsland Shire council elections in Leongatha last Tuesday night, September 13.

There’s already a Melbourne Cup type field lining up for the elections, with ballot packs to be sent mailed out to eligible voters between Tuesday, October 4 and Thursday, October 6.

If anyone wants to have a crack at being a shire councillor then they better be quick with nominations closing today (Tuesday, September 20) at noon and costing $250 for the privilege.

While no-one is running a ‘book’ on the election, there is certainly a wide open field trying to wrest the various ward positions from the incumbents, most of whom have indicated they are running again.

Current councillor Don Hill wanted to know how the scrutineering worked and do they have to be there at the post office when the ballots come back.

Returning officer Sheryl Bruce told the good crowd in attendance, which included most of the candidates, that Australia Post sorted out ballot papers at the distribution centre, then delivered them directly to the electoral office which has just been opened in Bair Street, Leongatha.

Scrutineers can be in attendance at the opening at various times in the process.

“Most candidates don’t have a scrutineer; it’s a personal choice,” Mrs Bruce said.

Responding to a question, Mrs Bruce said in three shire elections which she has been involved in, “I’ve never had a vote changed.”

Voters who enrolled to vote with South Gippsland Shire Council and Bass Coast Shire Council as at Friday, August 26 will be sent a ballot pack between October 4 and 6.

Once completed, return the ballot so that is in the mail by 6pm, Friday, October 21.

Votes are likely to be counted from Monday, October 24 and could take several days before the winners are announced.

The nomination period for candidates in Bass Coast Shire Council will also finish today  (Tuesday, September 20) at noon.

The final list of candidates in ballot paper order will be available on the Victorian Electoral Commission website later this afternoon.

Tomorrow, Wednesday, will be the last chance for candidates to lodge statements and respond to the questionnaire.

The election office for Bass Coast Shire Council is located at Old Wonthaggi Post Office and is open to the public. The office is open from 9am to 5pm weekdays.

Possible runners: from left, Strzelecki Ward candidate Ian Nicholas and possible candidate Viv Pepper with David Amor, right, a confirmed candidate for Strzelecki Ward in South Gippsland Shire.

Possible runners: from left, Strzelecki Ward candidate Ian Nicholas and possible candidate Viv Pepper with David Amor, right, a confirmed candidate for Strzelecki Ward in South Gippsland Shire.

10:53

Unity to advance ’Burra "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

THE new leaders of the Korumburra Business Association will continue to ensure Korumburra remains a vibrant centre in South Gippsland.

The association’s new president Noelene Cosson said the group would work positively with South Gippsland Shire Council to secure the attention the town deserves.

“We need to work together and support each other by building confidence within the community. This not only sends a positive message to our community, but also to council and to other authorities,” she said.

“Korumburra is a great town and has a lot going for it. It is a true country town without all the chain stores, but a unique shopping hub with locally run businesses.”

The association is encouraging businesspeople and residents to take part in council’s OurSay forum that is now seeking suggestions for what the community would like to see $400,000 spent on in Korumburra.

The group is represented in discussions about the future of the Korumburra railway station and now has its own sign on the community town entry sign.

Mrs Cosson was elected president at the association’s annual general meeting at the Korumburra railway station last Wednesday, taking over from Commonwealth Bank manager Steve Bone.

Shirley Arestia of MJA Accounting and Rick’s Hairdressers remains as secretary, with Brian Hess of Korumburra Florist vice president and Trudi Mantell of Tru Business Management the treasurer.

Mrs Cosson said for an affordable membership fee of $50, businesses receive community advocacy and possibly promotion on the association’s Facebook page, as well as access to competitions.

The association is now running a word search on its Facebook page that raises awareness of the variety of businesses available in Korumburra.

Members have also arranged for displays in vacant shop windows. The current show promotes the activities of Coal Creek Community Park and Museum while temporarily filling empty shops.

The annual town Christmas celebration is planned for Saturday, December 17, with entertainment, Santa Claus in the street and a colouring competition to encourage shoppers into town.

“We now have 54 members, which is very encouraging,” Mrs Cosson said.

Mrs Cosson and her husband Rob run dairy business Sure Pulse Australia. They have been in business in Korumburra for 30 years and Mrs Cosson has served with the pool committee and swimming club, and is a member of the Korumburra Roundtable.

They raised their three daughters in town.

Leading the way: from left, promoting the benefits of shopping in Korumburra are Korumburra Business Association’s new president Noelene Cosson and secretary Shirley Arestia.

Leading the way: from left, promoting the benefits of shopping in Korumburra are Korumburra Business Association’s new president Noelene Cosson and secretary Shirley Arestia.

10:51

Council accused of ‘secrecy’ "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

 

THE integrity of the decision to include Wonthaggi ArtSpace Gallery in the alliance operating out of the Wonthaggi Centennial Centre was called into question last week.

While Bass Coast Shire Council and Wonthaggi Rotary Club agreed having Artspace, the Wonthaggi Business and Tourism Association and the information centre volunteers working in the facility would benefit the community, president of the Bass Coast Ratepayers and Residents Association Kevin Griffin claimed the process was flawed.

Since the closure of the Centennial Centre came about, Cr Neil Rankine has had a conflict of interest that excluded him from voting in any decisions relating to the centre.

At community question time last Wednesday, Cr Rankine revealed he had been subsidising the rent for ArtSpace to operate out of a prominent building in McBride Avenue.

“If I had voted, it might have seemed like I wanted to get rid of my tenants or hold them there,” he said.

Mr Griffin felt a commercial property should not be operating from the Centennial Centre.

“We’ve had a councillor charging a fraction of the rent, and from what I can see it appears Wonthaggi ArtSpace is like any other shop,” he said.

“We now have a situation where council have secretly decided what should be done with the information centre and a commercial operation has picked it up for peppercorn rent.

“Now it is in what has been described as a showcase property. The community is questioning the ethics of council and it is fed up. It’s not a good look for this council.”

Mayor Cr Jordan Crugnale reminded the gallery ArtSpace is a not for profit organisation, and an expression of interest process went out before the decision was made.

“We had five proposals and we decided which one was the most appropriate with the involvement of Rotary,” she said.

With ArtSpace already receiving a reduced rate at its current site in McBride Avenue, Mr Griffin also questioned the alliance’s request to receive $60,000 of funding per year.

Cr Crugnale said the funding would go towards ensuring the building meets appropriate standards, which is the responsibility of any landlord.

Council is currently in negotiations with the alliance to finalise the memorandum of understanding, which will include options about how to secure the alliance to the Centennial Centre on a permanent basis.

10:49

SunPower acquires AUO’s stake in Malaysian joint venture "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

SunPower Corp. announced today that it is purchasing AUO's portion of the two companies' joint venture.

10:47

Sustainable Expo day growing exponentially "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Hungry for knowledge: crowds pack out the 2016 Sustainable House Expo at Mullumbimby Civic Centre. Photo contributed

Hungry for knowledge: crowds pack out the 2016 Sustainable House Expo at Mullumbimby Civic Centre. Photo contributed

More than 1,500 people attended the very popular Sustainable House Day Expo and Tiny Homes Design Competition last Saturday, September 17 at Mullumbimby Civic Hall.

This year’s winner of the $1,000 professional category on the theme of Tiny Homes: A Pocket Neighbourhood was Neeraja Peeret.

‘I am so excited to have won the design competition and am currently looking at building upon this award and showcasing the project further to show that sustainability can be easy, small and cost-effective,’ Ms Peeret said.

Her winning design featured a pocket neighbourhood that enabled many people to live sustainably in small houses with private spaces as well communal areas for social connection.

Coming in second was Baxter & Jacobson Architects, while David Brown and Alfonso Duran Fraile received the sponsors’ highly recommended award.

The winner of the $500 Byron Shire community award was Joe Harvey-Jones with his fantastic design that included rotating house that captures the sun’s rays in every season.

Warren Buys won the $500 Lismore City community award and Margot McCarthy took out the $500 Tweed Shire community award.

Michael Leung from Balanced Earth won the $100 people’s choice award.

A highlight of the Expo was the highly popular ‘speed date a sustainable designer’ session with filled up early.

Also well attended were the informative talks by subject experts, while many stallholders were on hand to provide instant advice.

If you missed out on attending the Expo you can still view all the designs at the various council foyers and the Green Building Centre in Byron Bay from the end of October.

‘It’s a treasure trove of our region’s finest, all available for viewing for free,’ said Sandi Middleton from the Northern Rivers Sustainable House Day Collaboration.

Sustainable House Day is a joint event by Byron Shire Council, Lismore City Council, Tweed Shire Council, Ballina Shire Council, The Green Building Centre, Nimbin Neighbourhood & Information Centre, Self Seed, North Coast TAFE and Dorroughby Environment Educational Centre.

 

 

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10:31

Solar price hits record low of 2.42c/kWh, and may fall further "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

JinkoSolar smashes solar cost record with a bid of 2.42c/kWh in an Abu Dhabi tender. But it's not just the cost of solar PV that is falling dramatically, other technologies such as offshore wind and solar towers and storage are also coming down quickly, a big boost for climate action.

10:29

Champions Quarry wins three out of four requests "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Champions Quarry. Photo championsquarry.com.au

Champions Quarry. Photo championsquarry.com.au

Champions Quarry near Lismore has been given approval to modify three of four conditions of its approval despite community concerns.

The NSW Department of Planning and Environment announced today that it had ‘partially approved’ the quarry’s application to modify the approvals.

The company had sought to change the frequency of Community Consultative Committee meetings from two to one each year, but the request was denied.

The department did however approve the other three requests.

They were to allow the quarry to water an internal road instead of sealing it in an effort to stop dust from blowing onto neighbouring properties.

Also, the quarry has been given permission to amend boundaries in its Biodiversity Offset Strategy to better reflect  existing vegetation on site.

The quarry has also been given permission to use scales fitted to the front end loaders to weigh materials loaded onto trucks as an economic alternative to installing a weighbridge.

A spokesperson from the Department said consultation with the community is enshrined into the process for assessing applications.

‘The modification application was publicly exhibited for community feedback during March 2016,’ a spokesperson said.

‘Key issues raised during public consultation include dust emissions, the ongoing need of the CCC and the accuracy of using scales as a measurement method.

‘The Department has closely considered potential dust impacts on the local community and is satisfied that watering the internal haul road is a satisfactory and practical alternative to sealing.

‘The accuracy of scales for weighing quarry products has also been considered. The Department is satisfied that accuracy will be maintained provided the company appropriately manages these processes, as outlined in its application, and required by the Department through a condition in its approval.

‘The Department has thoroughly assessed the modification application under clear and consistent rules.’

For more information visit http://majorprojects.planning.nsw.gov.au/

 

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09:50

Harmony buys Hidden Valley from Newcrest for $1 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Local communities and government shut out as international mining companies play with ownership of PNG land and resources

Newcrest has sold its stake in the Hidden Valley mine to Harmony

Newcrest has sold its stake in the Hidden Valley mine to Harmony

Esmarie Swanepoel | Mining Weekly | 19 September 2016

Australian gold miner Newcrest Mining has agreed to sell its half of the Hidden Valley mine, in Papua New Guinea, to its South African joint venture (JV) partner Harmony Gold.

Harmony will buy the 50% interest in the Hidden Valley JV for a cash consideration of $1, the companies announced on Monday. 

A“Having completed the strategic review of Hidden Valley, Newcrest determined that the best outcome was to exit the operation and focus our attention on safe, profitable growth at our other assets,” said Newcrest MD and CEO Sandeep Biswas said in a statement.

Harmony CEO Peter Steenkamp said that the acquisition of the Hidden Valley mine was aligned with the South Africa-based group’s overall aspiration to increase its yearly production profile to 1.5-million ounces within three years.

“We believe that Hidden Valley has the potential to contribute approximately 180 000 oz/y of gold to Harmony’s production profile at an all-in sustaining cost of less than $950/oz within the next three years,” he said.

At June 30 2016, the Hidden Valley mine had an estimated mineral reserve of 1.4-million ounces of gold at 1.6 g/t and 27-million ounces of silver at 31 /t, resulting in total gold equivalent ounces of 1.8-million ounces at 2 g/t. The estimated mineral resource includes four-million ounces of gold at 1.6 g/t and 73-million ounces of silver at 29 g/t.

Harmony stated that mining the stage 5 and 6 cutback would extend the current mine life by seven years and require an initial capital investment of about $180-million.

Harmony will assume all liabilities and expenses related to the mine, including all closure, rehabilitation and remediation obligations, effective from August. Newcrest said that it would reverse the $35-million provision for rehabilitation obligations for Hidden Valley, which it made at the end of the financial year in June.

As part of the transaction, Newcrest has funded its Hidden Valley vehicle Newcrest PNG 1 with $22.5-million, which represents the company’s one-off contribution towards the future Hidden Valley closure liability partially offset by the option value of the possible future cash flows of the asset.

Harmony has made commitments to Newcrest in relation to the standard of closure...

09:38

North coast unites for massive garage sale day "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

: Getting ready for the Jiggi Uniting Church big Second Hand Saturday garage sale are (l-r) Uniting Council Mid North and Far North Coast Chair Alan Hoskins, parishioner Bill Webb, who first attended Jiggi Church in 1962, and new resident Heather Jeffery. (supplied)

: Getting ready for the Jiggi Uniting Church big Second Hand Saturday garage sale are (l-r) Uniting Council Mid North and Far North Coast Chair Alan Hoskins, parishioner Bill Webb, who first attended Jiggi Church in 1962, and new resident Heather Jeffery. (supplied)

The largest coordinated garage sale day will be held this Saturday across the north coast.

Called Second Hand Saturday, the annual event will be held in the Lismore, Richmond Valley, Kyogle, Ballina, Byron, Clarence Valley and Tweed local council areas.

Organisers said last year there were over 900 garage sales and this year was expected to be even bigger.

Linda Tohver from North East Waste says that garage sale registrations have been coming in thick and fast with a huge range of treasures on offer from the Clarence Valley to the Tweed.

“From building materials and caravans to scooters and cars, household goods, antiques and even Elvis costumes, there will be something for everyone,” Linda said.

“We encourage people to shop second hand and take part in this great community event, which aims to give goods a second life and reduce landfill.”

The Jiggi Uniting Church will be holding its first garage sale in the church’s long and proud 111-year history as part of Second Hand Saturday.

Heather Jeffery from the church says it will be worth making the drive out to the Jiggi as there will be plenty of interesting and unusual items for sale including a church organ.

“We have 500 donated items and more coming in – things from farm sheds, furniture, bric-a-brac, homewares, good quality clothing and curiosity items,” Heather said.

“We are raising funds to restore and repaint the church, which is an important piece of local and community history.

“Second Hand Saturday is a great initiative for recycling pre-loved items to happy new owners.”

Keen bargain hunters can find Lismore garage sales listed in The Northern Rivers Echo on Thursday, 22 September and The Northern Star on Saturday, 24 September, as well as online from today at www.secondhandsaturday.com.au.

There will be a second ‘leftovers’ garage sale day on Saturday, 1 October.

Second Hand Saturday is coordinated by North East Waste on behalf of its member councils and is funded by the NSW EPA’s Waste Less Recycle More initiative.

 

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09:18

Video: Bayer admits giving AIDS to kids "IndyWatch Feed National"

A Video clip from NBC and posted by Awareness Act Company records showed that medications were contaminated. They were used in countries outside the United...

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09:12

Full inclusion a long way off: Tweed Paralympian "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

aralympic gold medallist Tracey Barrell of Tweed Heads will speak at the Tweed Access and Inclusion Awards on November 30.

aralympic gold medallist Tracey Barrell of Tweed Heads will speak at the Tweed Access and Inclusion Awards on November 30.

The guest speaker at this year’s Tweed Access and Inclusion Awards says she has seen little evidence that Australians had become more accepting or inclusive of people with disability.

Paralympic gold medallist Tracy Barrell, of Tweed Heads, has spent a lifetime teaching people about acceptance and inclusion.

Back in 1992 Ms Barrell, who was born without legs and with one arm, was dual gold medallist in swimming at the Paralympics in Barcelona.

Since then she has become an advocate for people with a disability and has broken many barriers though her determination to be active in mainstream community.

But Ms Barrell feels progress in Australian society has been very slow.

‘That makes initiatives like the Access Awards all the more important, to change attitudes towards people with disability and the roles they can play in community,’ she said.

Attitude and treatment

‘Accessibility is not all about physical ability, it really comes down to attitude and how people treat anyone with disability. In my 42 years, I’ve experienced all sorts of attitudes and it’s been a real rollercoaster life.’

Ms Barrell attended a mainstream school and was very active in family activities such as horse riding and swimming. She joined the local Venturer group and participated in the camping, abseiling, caving and canoeing.

She went on to receive an Order of Australia medal for her contribution to swimming and later forged a career as a project manager, guest speaker and an advocate for people with disability, particularly for Aboriginal communities.

However, she has still personally experienced how difficult it can be for people with disability to get employment.

‘It’s still really hard for them to get a job or to be accepted as a valuable member of the community,’ she said.

‘That’s why it’s really important for these awards to recognise people going above and beyond to ensure everyone can be included.’

Life of adaptation

Ms Barrell, a member of the Bungdurra mob from Gundungurra country at Goulburn, has now started indigenous cultural tours tailored for people with disability.

It is the latest innovation in a life of adaptation, which began when she was 12 months old and she taught herself to use a wheelchair to move around. The skateboard is still her transportation of choice and has become one of her signatures.

However, arguably her source of greatest satisfaction is raising two sons as a single parent.

‘I take pride knowing I am raising two well-adjusted children who have a great ability to accept anyone and everyone,’ she said. ‘Every day I motivate them to be the best they can be, as they see me getting on with life with a smile on my face and my can-do attitude.’

Tweed mayor Katie Milne, said, ‘Tracey’s life is such an inspiration to us all. To have achieved all the things she has is just incredible.’

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09:07

Australian jets involved in US-led air strike "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Joe Montero So the Defence Department has admitted Australia’s involvement in a bombing incident that caused the death of between 62 and 83...

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09:07

Syrian ops continue despite botched raid "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

A RAAF F/A-18F Super Hornet. (AAP)

A RAAF F/A-18F Super Hornet. (AAP)

Australia will continue its air operations in Syria, despite a review into how coalition forces allegedly killed more than 60 Syrian troops in a bombing raid.

RAAF aircraft were involved in air strikes on what was believed to be an Islamic State fighting position in eastern Syria on Sunday.

The strikes were called off when Russian officials told air operations controllers the targets may have been Syrian military personnel.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said Australia regretted the loss of life and injury to Syrian personnel.

“It is a very complex environment and as soon as the coalition commanders were advised by the Russians that Syrian forces were being affected, the operation discontinued,” he told reporters in New York.

He said it remained to be seen whether it impacted on the already brittle ceasefire.
Defence Minister Marise Payne said Australia would never intentionally target a known Syrian military unit or actively support Islamic State.

She said Australia would cooperate with an international review, however operations would continue.

“We will continue in an appropriate and measured way with the international coalition to do what is required, but there has been no hold put on Australia’s activity,” she said in Sydney on Monday.

“Our commitment is to eliminate the threat of Daesh.”

She said Australia was seeking an end to hostilities, access for humanitarian aid and a path to a political solution in Syria.

The minister declined to say what Australian aircraft were involved, but it is known the RAAF operations involve Super Hornet bombers, a refuelling aircraft and a Wedgetail early warning and control aircraft.

RAAF personnel would not be exposed to any legal action as the target had been assessed as legitimate under the laws of armed conflict, Senator Payne said.

A Pentagon spokesman said Russian officials had not voiced any concerns about the operation, in the Dayr Az Zawr area, when first notified of it.

Acting Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce said the loss of Syrian soldiers is tragic but the greater tragedy would be letting Islamic State extremists win.

“We have to make sure we beat these people.”
Australia Strategic Policy Institute director Peter Jennings said he did not recall a similar incident over the past two years.

“We’ve been extremely careful over two years to make sure that we don’t engage in any strikes which lead to civilian deaths or the deaths of non-combatants.”

He said a communications failure was the likely cause, as the Russians had issued their advice half an hour into the air strikes.

“I think this is the result of the lack of trust which seems to be created between the Russians and in particular the US right now.

“We have come to the end of the ceasefire as a viable moment in the war.”

The Greens and South Australian senator Nick Xenophon have called for a separate, independent review into Australia’s role.

“We need to know what went wrong and why because if we don’t learn from the mistakes of this botched operation then there is a risk it may be repeated,” Senator Xenophon said.

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09:05

Reef spill payout ‘inadequate’: activists "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Conservationists have slammed a $40 million fine levied against a Chinese company that polluted the Great Barrier Reef. Photo AAP Image/Supplied by Greenpeace, Dean Miller)

Conservationists have slammed a $40 million fine levied against a Chinese company that polluted the Great Barrier Reef. Photo AAP Image/Supplied by Greenpeace, Dean Miller)

The federal government’s acceptance of less than a third of what it was seeking in compensation for a coal carrier accident on the Great Barrier Reef has left conservationists outraged.

Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg this week announced the government had reached a $39.3 million out of court settlement from the operators of the Shen Neng 1, which ran aground 100km east of Rockhampton at Douglas Shoal in 2010.

The money will be used to remove polluted rubble in a clean-up operation expected to begin next year.

But the government had been seeking at least $120 million from Shenzhen Energy Transport Co Ltd.
Greenpeace Australia say the settlement is inadequate.

“While we welcome the end of this six-year saga, it has to serve as a reminder that accidents happen,” spokeswoman Shani Tager said.

“It’s clear that coal and the reef don’t mix and the government needs to do more to protect this precious place.”

Maritime insurer The London P&I Club again expressed regret over the spill and said it had always wanted to reach a “fair and justifiable settlement”.

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09:02

Aussies are using technology to tone-up "IndyWatch Feed National"

Exercise is becoming high-tech. (file pic)

Exercise is becoming high-tech. (file pic)

Personal trainers are being traded in for tablet workouts with the simple click of a button an easy and cheap means for fitness inspiration, new research has found.

More than half of Australians surveyed by nbn say they would use the internet to help improve their training techniques, research nutrition and map out their fitness progress.

Almost two thirds of those who hop online for fitness inspiration watch online video tutorials and 48 per cent find themselves drawn in to researching the latest fitness trends.

Whether it is a stiletto aerobics workout streamed in from Brazil or the latest Hollywood trend in soul-cycling, Aussies are opting for a wealth of online information ready at their fingertips.

The research also found 62 per cent of Aussies prefer to train in their own living room than at the gym, with the majority admitting cost is a major influence.

Broadband network nbn is teaming up with fitness expert and chiropractor Tim Robards to create a series of virtual trainer training films.

The 30-minute long routines, ranging from animalistic moves to Bollywood inspired dancing, are designed to be streamed from the comfort of home living rooms.

“The workouts are designed to give busy, on-the-go Aussies no matter where they are, the chance to connect with health and fitness expertise online from the comfort of their home,” Mr Robards said.

“They will get you growling, stretching and sweating all at the same time.”

Yoga, weight training methods and pilates are the top three online fitness clicks with millennials, survey respondents aged 18-34, the most inclined to get their hearts racing with technology.

Mr Robards said the workouts are fit for any age and are adaptable for all fitness levels.

“Whether you’re stuck behind a desk all week long, you’re an exercise novice or fitness junkie, there’s something for everyone to adapt to their own level.”

“The most important thing is to keep challenging your body with new skills and routines, as well as keeping it fun and fresh in ways that work for you.”

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09:00

The Flaw in Being Fearless "IndyWatch Feed National"

All I could think to do was cup my hands over my head as I tumbled around in the ever-changing rotations of the waves. The saltiest water I’d ever tasted was rushing into my mouth and painfully stretching my sinuses. I was increasingly sure that this was too risky, that I needed to breathe that instant, that this might even be the end. A short way out from Old Man’s Beach in Canggu, Bali would be the place of my imminent death; any minute now a blow to the back of the head and the bright turquoise would become black.

I was probably underneath the surface for a total of about six seconds.

A moment earlier I had been perched on a chunky beginners’ foam board trying to take a group selfie with a borrowed GoPro. Determined not to be the frightened little girl from England, I hadn’t taken much convincing that trying an hour’s surf lesson was a good idea. I’d even convinced myself I’d be good at it. Filled with visions of myself sporting the beach hair and body I don’t have, I saw myself slicing up enormous waves in images that looked suspiciously like old RipCurl adverts.

It wasn’t until I was ankle deep in water that I realised just how far from the beaches of Cornwall and South Wales I had come. The force of the waves wasn’t anything I’d experienced before, and it was fucking terrifying. When I broke the surface with a panic-filled, fish-like gasp (or 12), I collapsed onto my board and felt exhausted. I suddenly realised I’d spent my first week in Bali piling first upon first, and in the pursuit of valuable new experiences and traveller’s cool points, I had spent a good percentage of that time nervous enough to soil my knickers too.

But no one really talks about the fear involved in travelling. I’d spent the week in a hostel dominated by 30 or so other twenty-something crunchy nomads. In amidst the swapping of stories, retelling of crazy experiences, and general spirit of one-upmanship, if fear was ever mentioned it had simply become something funny. That time you were “absolutely bricking it” as the police chased you through the streets of Hanoi, or you were “totally freaking out” when your shroom guy pulled a knife because your haggling skills weren’t working, or that “pretty fucking crazy” time you were hospitalised for internal bleeding. You can tell all these stories with a cheeky grin on your face and the assurance that all your new mates know precisely how intrepid, wild and cool you are.

Very quickly, the interactions with other travellers can start to feel like high school – particularly when you’re dealing with young travellers and those who weren’t raised in the British spirit of prim suburban hedges, mortgages, and conservatism. The currency is coolness and rebelliousness, two things I have never been particularly rich in. And when I try them out, I find that life deals me a swift reminder: remember how that RipCurl surfer babe morphed into a kneeling, screaming, and inevitably face-planting mess?

There are, of course, those who just don’t feel afraid when they travel. Not phased by severing ties with home cooking and the-devil-you-know, these lucky ones get to skip the fun pre-trip activity of reading through each clause of your travel insurance policy and gaining a hundred new ideas of creative ways you could die. But the real danger comes when this nonchalant crowd joins forces with those just feigning fearlessness. Suddenly, us fearful ones are left feeling like the worthiness of our trips and our ballsiness (or lack thereof) are in direct correlation.

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09:00

New plan to break the welfare trap "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australians stuck in the welfare trap could soon be forced into new rules and programs to help them break the cycle of dependency.

A long-awaited report into the impact of long-term welfare reliance is set to be released on Tuesday by the federal government.

The result of years of analysis, it will show how 4370 young parents will remain on benefits for long periods of time because they will have more kids, costing the taxpayer some $2.4 billion over their lifetimes.

Most of those young mothers getting welfare for the first time had a parent who also received benefits at some stage of their life.

On students, the report shows that almost 30 per cent of those who have received study payments will draw on the system at some point over the next 60 years.

About 594 students who have moved onto payments such as unemployment benefits straight out of study will continue to seek benefits each year for the rest of their lives.

On young carers, almost half of the 11,000 getting welfare are predicted to remain on benefits over the next 70 years, costing $5.2 billion.

Social Services Minister Christian Porter, who will release the report at the National Press Club in Canberra on Tuesday, is set to use the data to call for a revolution in the way social security is paid.

While welfare has long been considered a helping hand to those in times of need, it wasn’t good enough that passively giving money to people turned some into dependents.

“For too many people inside the system the money flows but nothing changes and lives are not improving,” he said.

No longer would welfare be a “set and forget” payment.

“Instead we will target new programs and rules and then measure rigorously what works and what doesn’t,” he said.

“The helping hand of welfare should wherever possible be a helping hand out of the system, not help that sees people stay in the system for life.”

 

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08:54

Trump could ‘disrupt’ Aust-US alliance: US "IndyWatch Feed National"

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. AP Photo/Evan Vucci

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. AP Photo/Evan Vucci

Donald Trump as US president could unleash a trade war, plunge the US economy into recession and disrupt alliances with nations including “longtime ally Australia”, according to new analysis by a Washington DC-based think tank.

The Peterson Institute for International Economics report released on Monday assesses the trade agendas of presidential candidates Mr Trump and main rival Hillary Clinton.

Both are criticised for their opposition to the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal between 12 nations including Australia, the US, New Zealand, Japan, Canada and Singapore.

But Mr Trump’s “belligerent trade policies”, according to the report’s analysis, would devastate viable American businesses and be disastrous for US economic well-being and national security.

“Make no mistake, the proposed trade policies of both Hillary Clinton and Donald J Trump, the 2016 Democratic and Republican Party candidates for president, would deeply harm the American economy,” Adam Posen, president of the self-described non-partisan Peterson Institute, wrote.

Mr Trump has threatened to “rip up” existing free trade agreements with Australia and 19 other nations and “make really good ones” and slap a 35 per cent tariff on Mexican imports and 45 per cent on China’s.

“Withdrawal of support for TPP is bad enough but the ramifications of Trump’s trade policies go much farther, threatening to inflame relations with China and disrupt existing alliances with free trade partners, including South Korea, Singapore, a critical partner in Southeast Asia, and longtime ally Australia,” the report states.

Export-reliant US industries that manufacture machinery used in the information technology, aerospace and engineering sectors are forecast as being worst hit by a trade war incited by Mr Trump.

“Trump goes much farther than Clinton on trade and investment policies,” according to the report.

“He threatens to slap punitive (and possibly even firm-specific) tariffs on products imported from China and Mexico, withdraw from the World Trade Organisation and abrogate existing preferential trade agreements such as the North American Free Trade Agreement and the Korea-US Free Trade Agreement.

“If implemented, these proposals would provoke retaliation by US trading partners, unleashing a trade war that would send the US economy into recession and cost millions of Americans their jobs.”

Ms Clinton’s proposed trade and international economic policies “would damage American well-being” primarily due to her opposition to TPP.

“While Clinton’s stated trade policy would be harmful, Trump’s stated trade policy would be horribly destructive,” the report states.

The report’s release comes as Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Foreign Minister Julie Bishop attend the United Nations General Assembly in New York this week and lobby US leaders to move forward on the TPP.

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08:52

NZ: Moratorium on seabed mining needed "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

“Seabed mining should be considered a novel experimental activity”

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Gareth Hughes MP| NZ Greens | 19 September, 2016

Today at Parliament, I accepted a petition signed by more than 6,000 people calling for a moratorium on seabed mining. This is also the day Trans-Tasman Resources’ (TTR) second application attempt to mine the seabed of the South Taranaki Bight opens for the twenty days of submissions period under the Environmental Protection Authority’s (EPA) rules.

It was fantastic to see the petition organised from Kiwis Against Seabed Mining (KASM), who have led the successful campaigns that saw TTR’s first application and Chatham Rock Phosphate’s seabed mining applications declined by the EPA. Three busloads of local iwi Ngāti Ruanui also travelled down from Patea for the event and they say consultation with TTR has been flawed. This company is applying for consent to suck up 50 million tonnes of seabed, extract the iron ore and dump 45 million tonnes of sediment back.

This is in the feeding ground of the world’s largest whale and the habitat for the world’s smallest and rarest dolphin so it’s no surprise there’s huge opposition. Last time TTR tried, only 8 of the of the 4800 submissions to the EPA supported the mining.

Seabed mining is a controversial new activity. The two applications to date were rejected by the EPA because of environmental impacts and scientific uncertainties. One thing that has stuck in my head from the last process was the Rumsfeldian quote ‘the uncertainties around the uncertainties is uncertain’. This is an entirely new field, apart from a little shallow water diamond mining. Seabed mining should be considered a novel experimental activity.

Both Australia’s Northern Territory and Namibia, who have grappled with seabed mining, have instigated moratoria. I support KASM’s call for the Government to place a moratorium on the activity here. We have the fourth largest Exclusive Economic Zone in the world and with huge scientific uncertainties surrounding seabed mining, it’s responsible to wait and to learn more before risking our marine ecosystem and fisheries. I’d contend it’s better for the companies interested in undertaking seabed mining too, as consent applications can cost millions of dollars, so a delay and more research benefits everyone.

The petition will be referred to a select committee to consider and with only twenty days to make a submission on TTR’s application, I hope you can make one.


08:52

Game of Thrones breaks record at Emmys "IndyWatch Feed National"

Lena Headey appears in a scene from

Lena Headey appears in a scene from “Game of Thrones.” (AAP)

Game of Thrones has conquered the Emmy kingdom, honoured as top drama for the second consecutive year and becoming the most honoured TV series ever on a night of surprises.

Veep repeated as best comedy series and its star, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, won a record-breaking sixth Emmy as best comedy actress.

Jeffrey Tambor’s trophy as top comedy actor for Transparent also was his second.

But the top drama acting trophies were far from predictable: Rami Malek of Mr. Robot and Tatiana Maslany of Orphan Black were the winners, both overcoming heavyweight competition.

“Oh, my God. Please tell me you’re seeing this too,” said a stunned Malek, who plays an emotionally troubled engineer caught up in a dangerous hacking conspiracy.

Games of Thrones, the fantasy saga based on George R.R. Martin’s novels, received a total of 12 awards and at last weekend’s technical arts ceremony for a cumulative 38, beating Frasier by one to claim most prime-time series awards ever.

The Emmys proved more adroit than the Oscars at recognising and honouring diversity in Hollywood’s top ranks, with trophies going to minority actors and behind-the-scenes artists including writers Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang of Master of None.

But Viola Davis of How to Get Away with Murder failed to repeat her 2015 best drama actress win, the first for a woman of colour.

Tambor, who plays a transgender character on Transparent, called on Hollywood to make him the last non-transgender actor to get such a role.

A shaking Louis-Dreyfus ended her speech by dedicating the trophy to her father, who she said died on Friday. Before that, she honed in on GOP contender Donald Trump’s campaign.

“I’d also like to take this opportunity to personally apologise for the current political climate,” she said.

“I think that Veep has torn down the wall between comedy and politics. Our show started out as a political satire but it now feels more like a sobering documentary.”

Her victory gave her six best comedy wins – five for Veep, one for The New Adventures of Old Christine – and broke her tie with Candice Bergen and Mary Tyler Moore.

Maggie Smith was honoured as best supporting actress in a drama series for the final season of Downton Abbey.

It was her third win for playing the formidable dowager but she did not attend the awards.
Australia’s Ben Mendelsohn of Bloodline won as best supporting drama actor and also was a no-show.

John Oliver captured the top variety talk series award for Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, beating competitors including Jerry Seinfeld and host Jimmy Kimmel – who received barbed consolation on stage from Matt Damon, his longtime faux nemesis.

The loss “makes a lot of sense,” Damon said.

The People v. O.J. Simpson, which earned the second-highest number of nominations, converted five to trophies.

Louie Anderson was honoured as best supporting actor in a comedy series for his portrayal of a loving but tough mum in Baskets.

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08:35

“Burkini” and French Imperialisst Mind "IndyWatch Feed National"

In Europe, oppression is never really called by its true ugly name. It is constantly concealed by lofty slogans such as culture, even tolerance. Repression, discrimination and harassment are administered in order for the ‘entire society to be free’.

Or so at least the official narrative goes.

In France, a recent and ugly row over so-called burkinis, a swimsuit used by many Muslim women all over the world, has demonstrated how little tolerance there really is in today’s Europe for other cultures and for different ways of life.

Recently, France’s highest administrative court has ruled that “burkini bans” being enforced on the country’s beaches are illegal and a violation of fundamental liberties. Still, more than 90 percent of French people are supporting the ban, which is thoroughly illogical and philosophically as well as ethically indefensible.

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What is suddenly so shocking about a woman wearing a wetsuit on some French beach? And let’s face it: burkinis are nothing else but a wetsuit, which is commonly used on countless beaches of California, Australia, and Europe, in fact all over the world, by surfers and other water sport enthusiasts.

Just compare these images and these. Can you really tell much of a difference?

According to Wikipedia, a wetsuit is:

… A garment, usually made of foamed neoprene, which is worn by surfers, divers, windsurfers, canoeists, and others engaged in water sports, providing thermal insulation, abrasion resistance and buoyancy.

If courts manage to resurrect the ban (and actually some municipalities have already declared that they will uphold it no matter what), are the French police going to interrogate women on public beaches, while trying to determine whether they are wearing these plastic garments simply because they are planning to go surfing, or because of their religious beliefs? Would the first reason be allowed, while the other one forbidden?

Are we heading towards an era when people will be forced to confess to the authorities, why they are choosing to cover their bellies and shoulders? And is this going to re-define the meaning of ‘freedom’?

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Who would be free to cover and who would not? Would the French state be permitted to decide what is the legitimate menace from which a woman should be allowed to protect herself from?

For instance, would the cold be okay? Imagine Paris, in January or February; 100 degrees Celsius below zero… Most of the women you pass on the streets (Christian, Muslim and atheist) are “fully covered”, aren’t they? What can you see of them? Nothing, almost nothing! Their entire bodies are covered; their heads are covered, even their feet and hands are covered (unlike the hands and feet of women wearing burkinis). You travel to Grenoble in the winter, and the chances are that women will even be covering their faces with scarves. You know why, right? Because they are cold! Is this reason OK, or should the French authorities demand that they expose their bellybuttons or shoulders or legs, in order to prove how “European”, how “French” they are?

Fine, so covering yourself up from the cold is most likely admissible; it is not ‘un-European’.

But what about the heat; is it OK to protect yourself from sun? In almost the entire Southeast Asia, but also in some parts of Latin America and the Sub-Continent, women want to be as white as possible. Unlike Western women, they hate suntan. I used to live in Vietnam and in Indonesia, as well as in many parts of Latin America, so I know… In the...

08:17

Reaction to Adani Federal Court case "IndyWatch Feed National"

From Kelly O’Shanassy, Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Conservation Foundation Since we launched our campaign to stop Adani’s mine and protect the reef, thousands...

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08:15

Which Byron resort is among the world’s 25 coolest? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Suvira McDonald's hanging metal sculpture Khorus separates the lobby-lounge from the dining areas. Photo contributed

Suvira McDonald’s hanging metal sculpture Khorus separates the lobby-lounge from the dining areas. Photo contributed

A Byron Bay resort has been named one of the 25 coolest on the planet, according to Forbes magazine. It’s in rarefied company, with only one other Aussie resort included.

The winner is the new Elements of Byron resort, which shares the accolade with the Old Clare Hotel in Sydney.

It has been a good month for the beachfront resort, which was also shortlisted in the hotel design category of this year’s SBID (Society of British Interior Design) International Design Awards.

Entries were received from 43 countries and the Elements of Byron interior design is the only Australasian finalist selected by the technical panel of judges in this category. The awards are one of the most prestigious recognitions of excellence in the interior design industry.

Elements also received a highly commended award in the hotel interior design category at the 2016 HM Awards for Hotel and Accommodation Excellence, held in Sydney on Friday 2nd September.

‘It’s lovely to receive accolades from the design and hotel industries’ said Elements’ GM Michael Skinner. ‘These go to the team that planned and designed the resort over six years and to our amazing staff, most of whom come from the local area’.

Interior designer Rowena Cornwell worked closely with local artists to bring the vision for the resort to life.

‘Byron Bay is such an exciting place’ said Ms Cornwell.

‘There is a strong entrepreneurial youth culture. I wanted to create environments that were sexy, with a sophisticated edge but still very accessible’.

Mullumbimby Artist Noel Hart spent months studying species found on the property to produce four layered oil-paint, pigment and charcoal-on-jute paintings to adorn the private dining room. Celebrating the four unique ecologies on the site – eucalypt, wetland, rainforest and dunal – the paintings are reinterpreted in works throughout the 94 villas.

The black cockatoo, a strong totem for Elements of Byron, is acknowledged through five blown glass works by Noel Hart in the lobby.

08:14

More WADA leaks: British Olympic champion Mo Farah, Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal outed as doping cheats "IndyWatch Feed National"

The hacker group known as 'Fancy Bears' has released its latest list of WADA drug test results of well-known athletes, including those from Great Britain, Denmark, Australia, Spain and Germany. The most high-profile names on the list are Great Britain's 'double-double' Olympic champion Mo Farah and Spanish tennis great Rafael Nadal. They appear on a 26-name list alongside athletes from Argentina, Belgium, Burundi, Canada, Denmark, France, Hungary and the USA. The country that features the most athletes is Great Britain with eight, including Farah and Rio 2016 golf gold medalist Justin Rose.

More WADA leaks: British Olympic champion Mo Farah, Spanish tennis star Rafael were given 'exemptions' to take performance-enhancing drugs "IndyWatch Feed National"

The hacker group known as 'Fancy Bears' has released its latest list of WADA drug test results of well-known athletes, including those from Great Britain, Denmark, Australia, Spain and Germany. The most high-profile names on the list are Great Britain's 'double-double' Olympic champion Mo Farah and Spanish tennis great Rafael Nadal. They appear on a 26-name list alongside athletes from Argentina, Belgium, Burundi, Canada, Denmark, France, Hungary and the USA. The country that features the most athletes is Great Britain with eight, including Farah and Rio 2016 golf gold medalist Justin Rose.

08:02

British Air Force Admit To Helping America Bomb Syrian Army "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

The British Air Force has admitted to helping the US conduct airstrikes on the Syrian army, which Russia say has ignited World War 3 in Syria.  Britain’s military helped the US to kill 60 Syrian army troops, by deploying a MQ-9 Reaper drone in eastern Syria. Rt.com reports: The strike in the area of Deir el-Zor was originally attributed to Australian, US and Danish forces operating as part of the US-led coalition but the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) tweeted on Monday that it had been involved. MOD statement on involvement in recent #Syria air strike. pic.twitter.com/DyPxE8rmiL — Ministry of Defence (@DefenceHQ) September 19, 2016 An MoD spokesman said: “We can confirm that the UK participated in the recent coalition air strike in Syria, south of Dayr az Zawr on Saturday, and we are fully cooperating with the coalition investigation. Today’s Defence news includes coverage of air strikes in Syria and IHAT https://t.co/T86PCtXceT pic.twitter.com/rr0juRtCbw — Ministry of Defence (@DefenceHQ) September 19, 2016 “The UK would not intentionally target Syrian military units. It would not be appropriate to comment further at this stage.” On Monday afternoon Defence Command Denmark, the headquarters of the Danish military, also admitted it’s involvement in the deadly [...]

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08:02

Britain needs a new vote on Syria, suggests former Syria Ambassador "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

By Tapestry

MQ-9 Reaper drone © U.S. Air Force / Tech. Sgt. Ricky Best

UK participation in strikes on Syrian troops: ‘The buck must stop with Theresa May’

British PM Theresa May must take responsibility for the crass blunder when UK troops got involved in US-led coalition airstrikes that hit Syrian government troops and the truth must be revealed, says former British ambassador to Syria Peter Ford.

RT: The UK Ministry of Defence has confirmed to RT it took part in the deadly coalition airstrikes in Syria’s Deir ez-Zor province on Saturday. Earlier Australia and Denmark did the same. The US is investigating with all of these countries involved. Will it be difficult to identify who was actually responsible for the strikes that lead to the killing of over 60 Syrian troops? Will we ever get to the bottom of what went wrong?

Peter Ford: I am doubtful we will get to the bottom of it. But what is clear is that there has been an enormous blunder. Those of us who opposed Britain’s involvement in the bombing of the so-called ISIS from the beginning have been vindicated, as mistakes in judgment and professionalism have occurred on a massive scale. If Britain and America wanted to help ISIS they would not have gone about it any other way than doing what they have done shamefully in Deir ez-Zor. If Britain and America wanted to undermine the ceasefire painfully negotiated and teetering already on the brink, they would not have gone about it any other way than doing what they did. What should be first and foremost on the part of the British government – an open disclosure of the facts, a formal apology to the Syrian government and people, an offer of reparations to the hundreds of family members now left bereft, the whole thing reeks of being a shambles.

RT: Should the buck stop with the US, as they are leading this coalition?

PF: The buck must stop with Theresa May. She is the British commander-in-chief; Americans like to call that head of the government. As the commander-in-chief, she must take responsibility for this crass blunder. The truth must be given to the public.

RT: There were some harsh words coming from US officials who accused Russia of exaggerating the problem. The US Secretary of State even went on to say that it’s Russia and Syria that should take the ceasefire seriously. Was it a suitable response for him, do you think?

PF: The Americans are trying to mask the fact that they have failed to deliver clients for the ceasefire. They were supposed to put pressure on the jihadists and other Islamists to respect the ceasefire. That has not happened. Almost all the ceasefire violations have been from the jihadi side, virtually none from the side of the Syrian government. The Russian government did apply the necessary pressure; but that has not been reciprocated. The ceasefire now is probably in its last hours. I don’t see how it can recover from the mortal road in Deir ez-Zor.

RT: What’s your prognosis for the ceasefire in Syria? Do you think it is going to last?

PF: I am very doubtful now after what has happened and the absence of signal from the American-Islamist side that they are going to respect the ceasefire…

‘Syrian army location was known, the...

08:01

Asylum policies in Europe and Australia eroding global refugee rights - report - Reuters Africa "IndyWatch Feed National"

Asylum policies in Europe and Australia eroding global refugee rights - reportReuters AfricaLONDON, Sept 20 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Poorer countries are following the lead of Europe and Australia in tightening asylum policies, eroding protections for refugees on a global scale, according to a report on Tuesday. The British-based ...and more »

07:52

Nominations open for Tweed elections "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Nominations have opened for candidates in the Tweed Shire Council election, which will be held on Saturday

, October 29. Nominations close at 12pm on Wednesday September 28.

The election, which was set for 10 September along with most other NSW shires, was postponed following the death of candidate Ken Nicholson.

Under the Local Government Act all nominations had to be cancelled and a new election called.

All candidates who nominated for the failed September 10 election will need to renominate for the October 29 poll.

More councillors?

As well as voting for the seven councillors for the period 2016 – 2020, voters will be asked – through a constitutional referendum – if they support an increase in the number of Councillors from seven to nine. If there is majority support for the proposal, the changes will take effect from the 2020 Local Government Election.

The election is being conducted by the NSW Electoral Commission on behalf of the council.

A special website has been set up for the Tweed Shire Council election, which is www.elections.nsw.gov.au/elections/tweed_shire_council_election_29_october_2016 If you wish to nominate as a candidate, you must first register through this website.

Other key dates:

Monday 17 October – Pre-polling and postal vote applications open

Friday 21 October – Registration of electoral material closes

Monday 24 October – Postal vote applications close

Friday 28 October – Pre-poll voting closes

Saturday 29 October – Election day

Voting is compulsory for Australian citizens aged 18 and over who are resident in the Tweed Shire Local Government area.

For more information – including pre-poll locations – see www.tweed.nsw.gov.au/election

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07:26

Beyonce Is Destroying Your Daughter, Not Empowering Her "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Over the weekend, pop singer Beyonce released a new album called “Lemonade” (because if life gives you lemons). For a piece of work hailed as “groundbreaking” and “brilliant,” it’s strange that the title is one of the most overused cliches in the history of cliches.… Read More

07:24

Here’s how much forest we’ll have to destroy to feed our growing junk food addiction "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Junk food consumption is on the rise around the world, even though processed foods that are low in essential nutrients and high in salt, refined carbohydrates, and fat aren’t necessarily part of a healthy diet. And as it turns out, junk food like cookies, ice cream, and potato chips isn’t very good for forests, either. A key ingredient in junk food is vegetable oil, and 60 percent of edible vegetable oil is produced from oil palm and soybeans — crops that are currently associated with massive deforestation in Southeast Asia and South America, respectively, as well as the loss of biodiversity and release of sequestered carbon that comes with that forest destruction. “Often when agricultural development occurs at the expense of tropical forests, food security is used as a reason to support such development,” Princeton University’s Janice Lee, the lead author of a study published earlier this month in the journal Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, told Mongabay. “However, food security encompasses more than just food availability and must take into consideration food nutrition.” Lee and a team of researchers from Princeton, Adelaide University in Australia, and Nanyang Technological University in Singapore estimated the amount of land — and the potential amount of forests — required to produce the palm and soybean oil used in junk foods, “which have little or no nutritional value to people,” as Lee noted. “Therefore, our findings highlight a problem in our global food system, where land is used in a manner that is…

06:38

Syria Fights Colonialism: Australia, UK, Demark Confirm Roles In Brutal Deir Ezzor Massacre "IndyWatch Feed National"

by Jonathan Azaziah

Weekend massacre executed against Syrian troops atop Deir Ezzor’s Thardeh Mountain now looks like some kind of a murderous colonialist get-together as Australia, the UK and Denmark have all admitted their role in the unspeakable atrocity. Their statements on the crime read just about identically, with each respective Imperialist stain on humanity claiming that they, like the American regime, didn’t “intend” to hit the SAA, that they “regret” what took place and that they offer their “sincere condolences” to the families of the innocent souls whom they had butchered. The reason why this, also like Washington’s bullshit, does not hold even the weight of a termite, is because these are some of the bloodiest regimes to ever grace the stage of geopolitics.

The Australian settler regime wiped out hundreds of thousands of Aboriginal people and played a key role in the overthrow of Indonesian revolutionary Sukarno as well as the Suharto coup regime’s aggression against Eastern Timor. Canberra is also in thick with the usurping Zionist entity and its intelligence services and foreign affairs institutions have literally been outsourced to the Mossad, making it complicit in every criminal act ‘Israel’ carries out. Not to mention, Australia has allowed large numbers of Takfiris to flock to Syria in service of the Oded Yinon balaknization agenda. Denmark, for its part, once ran a hideous colonialist empire, with colonies of theft and mass murder in Africa, India and notably, the Caribbean, where the Jewish-dominated Danish West India Trading Company ran cruel schemes of slave-trading and sugar-thieving. And Britain? Does one really need to enumerate how many countries that the London ZOG colonized, raped and ruined at the height of its colonialist dominance? How much suffering that the London ZOG has inflicted–and continues to inflict–on the entire Global South? As Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Khamenei once remarked, the British regime is the “most evil” of all the Western powers. Thus, such regimes cannot feel “regrets”. Such regimes cannot offer “condolences”. Because such regimes are inhuman.

Mark it down and adjust the narrative ladies and gentlemen: Syria and its Hizbullahi, Iranian, Iraqi, Palestinian and Russian allies are not just fighting a foreign mercenary invasion, with terrorists descending upon Bilad al-Sham from 100 different countries. They aren’t merely battling the Najdi-Dönmeh-originated, Khaleeji-financed backwardness of Wahhabi-Takfirism. They are in fact standing their ground and defending the Syrian Arab Republic against a unified colonialist alliance, the likes of which has never been seen before at any other point in history, as this Old Joint Colonialist Conglomerate is attempting to manifest its supremacist bloodlust into a New Zio-Imperialist World Order spearheaded by ‘Israel’ and its main ZOG, i.e. Washington.

Makes the sacrifices of the Syrian Arab Army soldiers on Thardeh Mountain that much more heroic; that much more significant; and that much more inspiring, doesn’t it? These men didn’t die to “prop up a regime”. They didn’t give their lives to simply fight “Islamists”. They didn’t depart this world to “serve a dictator”. And they sure as hell didn’t fall whilst “repressing a revolution”. They were martyred,...

06:06

About face in Byron "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

In preparation for the warmer months Osprey Spa at Elements of Byron has a suite of special events and treatments to help us feel our best.

Open since February as a sanctuary for wellness within Byron Bay’s new world class beachfront resort Elements of Byron, Osprey Spa comprises five therapy suites with private courtyard gardens, including a couples suite with double shower and round outdoor stone bathing tub. There is a stillness and recovery zone, a light filled mani pedi courtyard, an Issada make up station and a retail space where you can sample or purchase natural treats like Dr Jean D Laing’s hydraceutical range developed for LaGaia and Issada’s treatment make-up range.

Designed by Rowena Cornwell from Coop Creative, the Spa features giant pots aged under the Aegean Sea from the set of the upcoming Pirates of the Carribean Dead Men Tell No Tales movie and custom built timber furniture reflective of driftwood on the adjacent beach. “The palette is bleached and sun kissed” outlined Cornwell. “Overlaid with a soft pinky haze like the sunset across Belongil Beach”. And with a menu covering pranayama and meditation, yoga, crystal bowl healing, make-up application, a plethora of massage, body therapy and facial treatments and spa rituals such as Soul Temple and Oceanic Destress, Osprey Spa has become a destination in itself for locals and visitors to Byron Bay.

On Friday 23rd September join Australian mineral make up label Issada for make up Masterclasses at Osprey Spa. The focus will be on creating a fresh daytime look using techniques of contouring, highlighting, bronzing and face sculpting to achieve complexion perfection. Classes will run for 90 minutes at 1:30pm, 3:00pm and 4:30pm. Sip champagne, nibble on cheese platters and learn from those in the know. A booking fee of $45 is required however this fee is redeemable upon purchase of Issada product on the day. Loved by women who value the health of their skin including Angelina Jolie, Oprah, Naomi Watts and Gwyneth Paltrow, Issada contains pharmaceutical grade minerals, organic botanicals, collagen and peptides to treat the skin.

For Osprey Spa bookings and enquiries contact 66391555 or spa@elementsofbyron.com.au

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04:59

U.S. Allies ‘Volunteer’ To Share (Implausible) Blame For Deir Ezzor Attack "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

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The U.S. is trying to distribute the blame for its air support of ISIS against the Syrian Arab Army in Deir Ezzor.

The facts, not put into doubt by any U.S. statement, via the Russian military report after Saturday’s incident:

“Today at 17:00-17:50 Moscow time, international anti-Daesh coalition (two F-16 and two A-10 jets) carried out four strikes on Syrian government forces’ units encirled by Daesh near Deir ez-Zor airport. The coalition’s aircraft entered Syrian airspace from the side of the Iraqi border,” Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said.

As a result of the attack, 62 Syrian soldiers were killed and some 100 others were injured, according to information received from the Syrian command in Deir ez-Zor, he said.

The Syrian government now says some 82 soldiers were killed in the attack which also destroyed 3 T-72 tanks, 3 infantry fighting vehicles, an anti-aircraft gun and at least 4 mortars. Following the attack the Islamic State troops stormed the Syrian government position on the Jabal Thardeh hill. They are now able to harass the airport of Deir Ezzor, the only supply line for the ISIS besieged city and the 150,000+ civilians living there under government protection.

We note that this was not the first U.S. attack on Syrian government forces in Deir Ezzor. Back in December 3 Syrian soldiers were killed in an air raid.  In June a U.S. air attack on Manbij killed some 100 civilians. No U.S. attack on any ISIS target in Syria ever came near such casualty numbers.

It is very doubtful that this was not an intended attack. Even Human Rights Watch recognized Saturday’s mass murder as “signal” to the Syrian government (before deleting its tweet).

Now the blame has to be spread.

Early Sunday Australia jumped in claiming its jets had taken part in the attack:

Australian aircraft were involved in a US-led coalition operation which killed dozens of Syrian soldiers stationed near Eastern ISIS stronghold city of Deir Ezzor, the Australia’s Defense Department confirmed.

“Australian aircraft were among a number of international aircraft taking part in this Coalition operation,” the Defense Department said in a statement.

Late Sunday the Danes followed:

“Two Danish F-16 [fighter aircraft] participated in these attacks along with the aircraft of other nations. The strikes had been stopped immediately after the Russian side reported that the positions of the Syrian servicemen had been hit,” the military command authority of the Danish Armed Forces...

04:34

Wettest September 3-day stretch for parts of Victoria in over 100 years, Australia "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Continuous heavy rainfall in southeast Australia over the last couple of days is causing widespread disruption. Severe thunderstorms first rolled through South Australia and Victoria on September 8 and 9, producing heaviest rain in six years, and continued this...... Read more »

03:15

Manhattan explosion being used to coverup US war crime in Syria "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

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By Filip Karinja

Before today’s explosion in Manhattan, the news for the day was of the United States airforce conducting four separate airstrikes on the Syrian army in Syria killing 62 soldiers and injuring 100 more.

The soldiers, representing the elected Syrian government, where in battle against ISIS when the US war planes came and were essentially acting as air support for ISIS by bombing the Syrian soldiers near the city of Deir ez-Zor, Syria.

Russia called for an immediate UN meeting to find out why the US had once again acted on behalf of ISIS in Syria.

The United States’ only response was to accuse Russia of grandstanding, avoiding the actual subject as to why they had bombed soldiers of an elected foreign government, a clear act of war.

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However, western media has done it best to coverup the latest Syrian incident and when it does talk about it, like all the other times the US has killed innocent people, language such as ‘may’ ‘allegations’ ‘reports say’ ‘could’ is used rather that labelling it as fact.

Australian media has completely buried the story, the same way they didn’t even report on the news in July of this year when US and French planes bombed a Syrian village killing over 85 civilians. Apparently this was not newsworthy either, but news on what some celebrity did that day apparently was.

Hence if you speak to people who get their information from the mainstream media about the incident they will tell you that they have never heard about it, the same people who still don’t know about things like WTC building 7.

Perhaps this is why trust in the mainstream media is at its lowest point in history against all demographics, as people are beginning to wake up to see the bigger picture of what’s going on and why.

For example, when the US isn’t bombing civiliansbombing hospitals,...

01:47

Blyth’s paradise-flycatchers take turns on nest "IndyWatch Feed National"

This video says about itself:

13 July 2016

Balancing parenting with foraging can be difficult, but birds such as these Blyth’s Paradise-Flycatchers seem to have the schedule worked out. To ensure that both parents have an opportunity to feed without leaving their eggs unsupervised, many passerine parents will take shifts on the nest incubating their eggs.

Blyth’s paradise-flycatchers live in Asia.

01:27

British-US-Danish-Australian killing of Syrian soldiers "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

This video from England is called Don’t Bomb Syria Protest- London, 2015.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

Britons also involved in attack on Syrian army

Today, 16:33

The British air force was also involved in an air raid by the international coalition in which dozens of Syrian soldiers were killed. It had already become known that Denmark and Australia participated in the attack on Saturday south of Deir al-Zor.

The British Ministry of Defense speaks of a mistake ….

In the attack also Danish F-16s, Australian Hornets and US American aircraft were involved. According to the BBC, the British contribution to the attack was a Reaper, an unmanned aircraft. Which can fire Hellfire missiles and laser-guided Paveway bombs.

At least sixty-two Syrian troops died and 100 were wounded on Saturday when US jets bombed a Syrian government base on Al-Tharda mountain near Deir ez-Zor. Remarkably, the US Central Command has still not apologized for the attack, even though its bombing allowed the Islamic State (IS) militia to storm and capture the base shortly afterwards. This massacre is a flagrant act of war that threatens to escalate the Syrian conflict into an all-out war pitting the US-led NATO alliance against Syria and its allies, including Russia. Everything suggests that the attack, coming in the initial days of a US-Russian ceasefire in Syria openly criticized last week by the US army brass, was deliberately committed by forces inside the US government hostile to the ceasefire: here.

In a front-page article entitled “Errant strike impairs effort to calm Syria,” the New York Times Monday provided an unconditional alibi for the air strikes carried out by US and allied warplanes two days earlier that claimed the lives of some 90 Syrian army soldiers, while leaving over 100 more wounded: here.

01:15

Cancer Cure May Have Finally Been Found In The Australian Rainforest "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Cancer Cure May Have Finally Been Found In The Australian Rainforest

By Christina Sarich

Queensland, Australia — A rare, cancer-fighting compound has been found in nature, and it only grows in one place in the entire world.

This cancer-fighting blushwood berry, also known as Hylandia dockrillii, has been uncovered in a far northern part of Australia, known for its proximity to the Great Barrier Reef and over 70 national parks, in the rainforests of North Queensland. The phyto-active compounds in this berry, namely a molecule which scientists are calling EBC-46, are so potent that they’ve killed cancerous tumors in lab experiments in as few as seven days. Other cancers were eradicated within only 48 hours.

Numerous clinical trials have already shown promise for treating cancer in laboratory animals, including horses, rats, and dogs, and the first human trials on a drug made from blush berries may have kept one woman from having to undergo an amputation of her arm. In a shocking twenty minutes, she says the tumor, “went purple, then black, and within a couple days, the tumor just shriveled up and died.”

The compound causes no side effects, and works faster than almost anything doctors have ever seen. It works specifically on spot-melanomas, like skin cancer.

EBC-46 seems to trigger an immune response when injected into cancerous tumor sites. Our white blood cells then attack the tumor and shrink it so that the body can completely dispose of the cancerous cells which formed it.

Blushwood berries seem to be chock-full of this tumor-fighting compound. QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute in Queensland, Australia, recently conducted a study on the blushwood berry and found that in over 70 percent of cases, when the compound was used, cancerous tumors die.

Dr. Glen Boyle, who led the study, says, “There’s a compound in the seed — it’s a very, very complicated process to purify this compound and why it’s there in the first place, we don’t know.”

Boyle explains that the tree is “very, very picky” about where it will grow. He says, “It’s only on the Atherton Tablelands at the moment and they’re trying to expand that to different places of course because it’d be nice to be able to grow it on a farm somewhere.”

Though Dr. Boyle says the blushwood berry compound could be used to augment chemotherapy treatment, there is a possibility that the drug could help cure cancer simply through ingesting the fruit, itself, or applying it topically. No clinical evidence has yet proven the blushwood berry to work in its whole, natural form, but if the compound gained from its flesh is so effective, might not the fruit itself prove efficacious in healing non-metastatic cancers?

Blushwood berry compounds are thought to...

00:40

Victory! Australia Bans Cosmetic Animal Testing Nationwide "IndyWatch Feed National"

wistar_ratBy Amanda Froelich via True Activist  Starting July 2017, Australia will ban cosmetics which have been tested on animals as well as any products containing […]

00:38

Hillary Clinton vs Donald Trump – JUICE RAP NEWS (Special Edition) "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Ladies and homies, the wait is over. RAP NEWS is back for a special report on the 2016 USA Election!

I’m stoked to be able to bring this amazing series back to life for this historic event; I wasn’t sure we would be able to make another Rap News video, but thanks to the countless emails and messages, as well as threats to nuke Australia, I decided it was better to give it a go. It’s an experiment, and its success will depend in great part on your response. So I’m curious to see what you think! 

I know it won’t be the same without Robert Foster, but hope you’ll find the same spirit and juice alive and well. And hey, if you like this new episode (and leave lots of loving comments for the awesome team who joined me to make this possible – nudge-nudge!), we might come together again and bring you more Rap News videos in the future.

Time for some shout outs: I couldn’t have pulled this off without help from some of the dopest rappers in Australia: Mantra, Class A and Grey Ghost. It was a real pleasure working with this awesome crew.

Massive gratitude to the awesome Juice team who came back together to make this episode (credits below). A special mention goes to Mantra who took on the mammoth task of making the episode rhyme, and pulled it off like the champion he is.

CREDITS:
– Written & directed by Giordano
– Rhymed by Mantra
– Featuring guest artists:
Class A as Hillary Clinton & Jill Stein
Mantra as Donald Trump & Gary Johnson
Grey Ghost as Vermin Supreme
– Beat produced by D-Rush
– Additional epic orchestrations by Adrian Sergovich
– Make up by Rosie Dunlop
– Artwork assistance by Zoe Tame at VisualTonic
– Thanks to DBot Rawlinson for valuable input into writing this episode
– Thanks to Lucy Cahill and Louis Gundermann for production assistance
– Thanks to Lucy, Adso, Ben Erwin & Louis Gundermann for moral support!
– English captions created by Koolfy
– Video and audio edited by Giordano

Huge props to Hugo Farrant, with whom I created the original Rap News series. I know many of you will miss his amazing presence on this video. You can follow Hugo’s new work at Hugo The Poet

Lastly, a very heartfelt thanks to all the people who chipped in to cover production expenses (credits in the video) – Thank you so much folks, this was the first crowdfunded Rap News video… history happened!

I hope you enjoy, and I’ll see you for the next upload

Giordano <3

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00:30

Travelling back from the US today – but there is some music "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

I am travelling all day today on my way back to Australia. So we have a nice music compilation to listen to. Regular transmission will resume on Wednesday whereupon, with my flame suit securely fastened, we will consider the ‘robot’ case for basic incomes. Or should I say the ‘non-case’.

For the next 24 hours I will not be able to closely monitor the comments section. So if your comment has a link in it please be patient and I will get to it in due course.

Here is a Jazz Reggae mix which I am listening to on the plane.

The compilation starts with an interview with famous Jamaican music producer Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry.

It is a great groove to while away the hours winging across the Pacific Ocean. You might also like it. The use of melodica is particularly beautiful.

Track order:

01. Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry Interview (1991) 00:00
02. Madu 00:50
03. The Senior AllStars 05:40
04. Guitoud 12:15
05. Dubmatix 18:54
06. Kazufumi Kodama 22:42
07. Uptown Rebel 27:04
08. Alific 30:33
09. Dubkasm 33:10
10. Faya Dub 37:05
11. Gofrilab 40:45
12. Hornsman Coyote 45:45
13. Faya Horns 50:16
14. Love Grocer 54:32
15. Zion Train 58:00 –

Regular transmission resumes Wednesday, September 21.

That is enough for today!

(c) Copyright 2016 William Mitchell. All Rights Reserved.

00:23

US helps ISIS takes over Jabal Tharda "IndyWatch Feed National"

"The Royal Australian Air Force has now admitted its forces were involved in the strike, which a Syrian army general claimed was proof the US and its allies were supporting ISIS." "Islamic State said in a statement on its Amaq news channel it had gained "complete control" over Jebel Tharda."

00:16

Refugee children need protection now "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


The Lancet, editorial, 17 September 2016:

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In a new report—released on Sept 7, UNICEF paints a grim picture. Worldwide, an estimated 50 million children are refugees or migrants, with the number of child migrants having doubled and the number of refugees having increased by 21% in the past 10 years. The most vulnerable of these children are unaccompanied, and have often fled war, insecurity, and poverty under harrowing circumstances. They might be alone or they might have lost or become separated from their family during their journey.

In one terrifying account, published on Sept 9 (Why are you keeping me here?) Human Rights Watch describes how unaccompanied migrant children are detained in police custody in Greece in unsanitary and degrading conditions. Germany's national investigative police agency, the Bundeskriminalamt, has admitted in new figures that by the end of August almost 9000 unaccompanied children who were registered entering the country are officially missing. And while some of these children may be safe with relatives somewhere, there is the very real danger of exploitation and abuse. The UK has only managed to extricate 50 of 220 unaccompanied children stranded in the camp in Calais and who have a legal right to be reunited with families in the UK. This delay and inaction is unexplained and shameful.

We agree with Zulfiqar Bhutta and colleagues' strong plea in a Correspondence letter, published online on Sept 5, that it is now time “to take the strongest action possible to protect children”. The UCL–Lancet Commission on Migration and Health, announced in this week's issue, promises to tackle key issues that affect the health and wellbeing of migrants, including unaccompanied children. Children not only need safe environments and access to health care, they need education and special psychosocial attention to mitigate the atrocities of war and persecution, including experiences of being uprooted into d...

00:15

This is how Senator Pauline Hanson loves her country "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Liberal Senator for WA and Minister for Women embracing Senator Hanson after her first speech in the Senate


On 14 September 2016 Hansard recorded that Senator Pauline Hanson ‘loves’ her country.

She has an odd way of showing it.

Endorsing a compulsory national identity card complete with an identification chip, photo and electronic fingerprint. Demonising single mothers and women who divorce. Condoning the murder of women by husbands/ex-husbands. Supporting penalising the young unemployed. Calling for a ban on the burqa and the building of new mosques. Calling for a halt to immigration to Australia by people professing Islam as their religion.

Excerpt from the Senator for Queensland’s first speech in the Australian Senate:

I love my country, culture and way of life. My pride and patriotism were instilled in me from an early age when I watched the Australian flag raised every morning at school and sang the national anthem; watching our athletes compete on the world stage, proud to salute the Australian flag being raised to honour them as they took their place on podiums. It is about belonging, respect and commitment to fight for Australia. This will never be traded or given up for the mantras of diversity or tolerance. Australia had a national identity before Federation, and it had nothing to do with diversity and everything to do with belonging. Tolerance has to be shown by those who come to this country for a new way of life. If you are not prepared to become Australian and give this country your undivided loyalty, obey our laws, respect our culture and way of life, then I suggest you go back where you came from. If it would be any help, I will take you to the airport and wave you goodbye with sincere best wishes.
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00:05

Fishing Report Mon 20 SEP "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Bo nymphing some fast water on the upper Rubicon at Kendalls'camp ground.

Bo nymphing some fast water on the upper Rubicon at Kendalls’camp ground.

Another week has passed but you’d never have guessed it if you had driven over the Goulburn seven days ago and today; as not much has changed. The water is still dirty and other than in a few select places where a clear watered tributary is having an effect, it’s visibility of about 1-2 feet at the most.

This hasn’t stopped us from fishing it, as we have clients who are time-poor and have to come when they get the chance and are ‘fishing tragics’ ourselves; but it’s definitely not the low water Goulburn that we all anticipate and have come to love each spring.

Nothing much will change the situation in the foreseeable future as it’s kinda like the perfect storm or coming together of a particular set of environmental circumstances. The huge volume of rain that we had last week actually discoloured much of lake Eildon where the water coming off the steep much edges has created a lot of cloudy water. On top of this we have every gully and gutter spewing dirty water into the river and it only gets worse the further downstream from the pondage that you go.

Of course with so much water falling on the state there is little demand from farmers for irrigation releases. More likely that they’d probably pay to keep the river low right now instead. This means that we are stuck with murky water until we get one of those ‘dreaded’ environmental releases or we get a burst of warm weather that the farmers so often want to utilise and convert to dramatic and rapid growth in their crops/pastures.

While this is a PITA for those of us that love fishing the river when it’s low, being a fly fisher and therefore a supreme optimist, I am left to mull the positives to the situation. For me they rank in order of importance:

  1. It means we are storing more valuable water in the lake for the summer fishing ahead. Yeehaa.
  2. That the fish have effectively been given a time-out just after the season opened, with every tough day that goes by resulting in another 20 fish that will make it through until the summer and maybe even spawning time.

That being said we have been getting fish on most outings. You just have to modify your techniques (and expectations!) to give yourself the best chance of success. You also have to concentrate and fish with a diligence not generally required in a few weeks’ time when the hatches are in full swing. An example of this can be seen in my drift boat client yesterday who fished carefully and with great enthusiasm, in the wind and rain, right up until the end of the drift; for only two short takes.

I then twisted his arm into staying out an extra hour, even though it would put him back in Melbourne later than he had planned, and we finally got a fish in the boat with little more than a kilometre to go. Not a big fish, but definitely worth the effort and illustrative of my point.

There are a lot of smaller fish getting about and those who wish to complain about it can contact me for email address of the cretin to blame. But it is definitely giving people a catch rate in what are otherwise challenging , and if I’m going to claim to be an optimist, then I must salute said cretin and just go with the flow.

But. Anything deeper than two feet, is, if you’ll indulge me my favourite saying at such times; ‘too thick to drink, too thin to plough’. Once you get into the shallower water the visibility is quite good and it is here in these places that there have been a number of fish taken on...

00:04

Australia Keep Your Hands Off Syria! End the Sanctions! "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Rally at 1.30pm. This Sunday 25 September 2016, Martin Place (Railway Station outside MLC Centre), Sydney City.

Rally at 1:30pm

This Sunday 25 September 2016

Martin Place (railway station,
outside MLC Centre)

Sydney City



HANDS OFF SYRIA strongly condemn the recent massacre of at least 62 Syrian soldiers (and another 100 wounded) in Deir al Zour, Syria.




US and Australian governments have admitted the soldiers were killed on the 17th of September by a joint operation carried out by the US air force in collusion with the Australian military. The martyred Syrian soldiers were guarding a military fortification
used as a base for repelling attacks by the Islamic State death-squads who completely surround the city.




People across the world are finding it extremely hard to believe that this attack was a "mistake" or an "accident".




Why? Because these actions are entirely consistent with US-led attempts to topple the Syrian government by covertly (or in this case overtly) supporting their enemies - these policies have resurrected Al Qaeda and its offshoots
like ISIS.



Whether the massacre was ‘accidental’ or deliberate should be determined by an independent war crimes tribunal. Assertion by the perpetrators, ‘sorry, we didn’t mean it’, is completely inadequate.



1. We demand that Australia remove itself from the alliance of predatory nations currently waging this proxy-war against the Syrian government.




2. We demand that Australia reestablish diplomatic relations with the Syrian government who by all accounts represent the will of the majority of the Syrian people.




3. We demand that Australia lift the crippling economic sanctions on Syria that are blocking normal trade, finance and the diaspora from supporting their families at home.



SPEAKERS: TBA



WHEN: Sunday, 25th of September, at 1.30pm

WHERE: Martin Place, outside the MLC centre

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00:02

Another U.S. Territory Grab? Marine Area Twice Size of Texas Now Under Federal Government Control "IndyWatch Feed National"

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September 20th, 2016 By Makia Freeman Contributing writer for Wake Up World Is the expanded PapahĂŁnaumokuĂŁkea marine area a new U.S. Military zone? Another government âŹÜland grabâŹ" occurred last month when the US Federal Government announced that it had massively expanded the scope of its marine protected area near Hawaii, known as the PapahĂŁnaumokuĂŁkea Marine National Monument. With this top-down presidential ...Continue Reading - Another U.S. Territory Grab? Marine Area Twice Size of Texas Now Under Federal Government Control
 
 

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The myth of Muslim tolerance for Jews and Christians "IndyWatch Feed National"

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00:00

A Guide to Manifesting Change in the New Energy Paradigm "IndyWatch Feed National"

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September 20th, 2016 By Stacy Vajta Guest writer for Wake Up World Ok letâŹ"s face it; there are some folks out there who are amazing manifestors and there are some who, well⏌ not so much. Yet when you have a goal or a vision for your life that you can feel deep into your bones, figuring ...Continue Reading - A Guide to Manifesting Change in the New Energy Paradigm
 
 

00:00

Stop Fighting Life "IndyWatch Feed National"

Stop Fighting Life

Stop Fighting Life

September 20th, 2016 By Lissa Rankin, MD Guest writer for Wake Up World I have two friends who are trying to do beautiful things in the world. One is an ardent environmentalist who really passionately yearns to save the biosphere and protect the planet; the other is a social worker serving abused, abandoned, neglected, traumatized children in ...Continue Reading - Stop Fighting Life
 
 

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The Demise of Rainwater "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Demise of Rainwater

by
Clifford E Carnicom

A Paper to be Developed During
the Summer of 2016
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23:23

Spring Faeries "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Hundreds enjoyed Cape Byron Rudolf Steiner School’s Spring Fair on Saturday. Performance, crafts, workshops and food kept everyone thoroughly entertained.

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Oscar, in the Wishing Tree.

 

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To young to remeber Scott McKenzie, but not too young to enjoy having flowers in their hair.

 

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Willow, wishes.

 

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Frankie and Coco, creating with colour.

 

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Corrina head gardening.

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wishing tree.

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23:13

Maranguka Demonstrating how we can create brighter futures for Aboriginal young people "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The Maranguka Justice Reinvestment Project in Bourke, which featured on the latest edition of Four Corners, is already making progress in the community, and is demonstrating how justice reinvestment approaches can reduce prison populations, save money and build stronger communities.

Sarah Hopkins, Chair of Just Reinvest NSW says: “We cannot afford to keep doing what we’re doing. The social and economic costs are too high. A smarter approach is urgently needed – and that is what justice reinvestment provides.”

Since 2013, Just Reinvest NSW has been working in partnership with the Bourke community to develop a justice reinvestment framework. The Maranguka Justice Reinvestment Project is the first major justice reinvestment project in Australia.

“What is different about what is happening in Bourke is that decisions about what needs to happen aren’t being made in Sydney or in regional offices. They are being made on the ground in Bourke. Community leaders have made decisions about what needs to happen, informed by data and research, and most importantly, broad community input.,” Hopkins says.

The facts:

  • The overall prison population, and the rate of over-representation of Aboriginal young people in our prisons are both rising, yet property and violent crime rates are going down. Something isn’t working.
  • In NSW, over half the children in jail are Aboriginal. This costs $800 per child per day. In 2014 NSW taxpayers spent an average of $293,200 on each child in custody.
  • The NSW Government has just announced plans to spend $3.8 billion on new prison beds over the next four years. This money could be better spent elsewhere.

Justice reinvestment recognises that there is a strong correlation between areas of disadvantage and high rates of young people coming into contact with the criminal justice system. It is a smarter approach to justice that builds stronger communities by redirecting money that would be spent on prisons into community services and supports. It is about addressing the underlying causes of crime and preventing it from happening in the first place.

“We are in the early stages, and there isn’t a magic wand, but there is a shift. We are seeing optimism, and a real sense of momentum. I encourage people to watch Four Corners online, share this story with their networks and get behind this important initiative. We need to spread the word about justice reinvestment and demand meaningful change,” Hopkins says.

Prof. Tom Calma AO, a supporter of the Bourke project and a Champion of Just Reinvest NSW says: “The beauty of justice reinvestment is that it doesn’t require additional funding; it is just a more efficient and smarter use of money already allocated to corrections. It also ensures that the community is involved and committed to not only taking ownership of the problem, but also ownership of the solutions. Importantly, it has been proven to work.”

“The time has come for a smarter approach. We need a dedicated focus on reducing incarceration, including addressing social and cultural determinants of incarceration, from all levels of government, and done so in real partnership with communities. The time has come for a roll out of justice reinvestment initiatives across Australia,” Prof. Calma says.

Just Reinvest NSW is calling on the NSW Government to develop and implement a justice reinvestment policy as a matter of urgency.  In particular, we are calling for the NSW Government to:

  • investigate how current prison numbers can be reduced,
  • redirect a portion of the $3.8 billion earmarked for prisons over the next four years into community-based justice reinvestment solutions, and
  • assess how.........

22:59

Einstein A Go Go - 18 September 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Einstein A Go Go - 18th September 2016

Chris KP, Andrea from the BOM & Dr. Shane

News items:

The processes involved in gastro enteritis, mite mitigation with chickens using sandboxes and chasing tornadoes in the USA.

First Guest:

Kathryn Snow School of Population and Global Health University of Melbourne

The emphasis of the importance of follow up testing after a positive testing for viral hepatitis. Currently there is no current established retesting regime.

More here and here

Second guest

Katie Buckley Associate Lecturer College of Science Health and Engineering La Trobe University.

Up to 50% of the workforce couldn’t do their job tasks without their voice. Proximity and body fatigue changes the ability to use the voice in the workplace and the sports field. Why is the voice important and how should we be facilitating our voice? Specialist speech pathologists are an excellent resource as is The Melbourne Voice Analysis Centre (MVAC) The voice is an occupational health issue.

More here and here

Remember, “Science is everywhere”, including:

Website, Facebook, Twitter, Podcasts

and every Sunday at 11a.m AEST on RRR 102.7mHz FM

22:57

Britain Says It Also Took Part In Airstrike On Syrian Troops "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

The British military has confirmed that it participated in the coalition airstrike that killed dozens of Syrian government troops. The strike near Deir el-Zor was originally attributed to Australian forces operating as part of the US-led coalition but Britain’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) say that it had also been involved. MOD statement on involvement in recent #Syria air strike. pic.twitter.com/DyPxE8rmiL — Ministry of Defence (@DefenceHQ) September 19, 2016 The Ministry of Defence said that RAF reaper drones took part in the strike which ‘accidentally’ killed more than 80 Syrian soldiers An MoD spokesman said: “We can confirm that the UK participated in the recent coalition air strike in Syria, south of Deir al-Zour on Saturday and we are fully co-operating with the coalition investigation. The UK would not intentionally target Syrian military units. It would not be appropriate to comment further at this stage.” The BBC reports: The attack is likely to endanger an already shaky ceasefire deal, which was agreed by the US and Russia and came into effect in Syria on 12 September, but important terms of the deal, such as the safe passage of aid, have still not been fulfilled. The Pentagon said it was targeting what [...]

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22:45

UK admits RAF was involved in attack on Syrian army "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

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Britain joins Denmark and Australia to confirm they were involved in air strike on Syrian government position that killed at least 60 soldiers

22:00

‘Days like this… #69’04/08/15 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"



‘Days like this… #69’

04/08/15

21:46

Exercise Wallaby 2016 - RSAF Boeing F-15SG "Shikra" Strike Eagles Start Flying Sorties out of Rockhampton Airport "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

On Monday 19 September, the six six Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) Boeing F-15SG “Shikra” Strike Eagles of 149 Squadron out of Paya Lebar Air Base commenced flying sorties as a part of the Singapore Armed Force's Exercise Wallaby 2016 - and several local plane spotters were at and around Rockhampton Airport to capture the action!


They flew in two waves - departing in three flights of two in the morning between 10.30am and 12pm - returning around 1pm.  And then again in three flights of two in the afternoon from around 3pm - returning around 5.30pm.







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21:41

Calls of the forest "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Walking through an Eastern Australian eucalyptus forest, one of the loudest natural sounds a visitor could hear would be the White-throated Treecreeper. While a Sulphur-crested Cockatoo could be louder when heard close-up, (and they are very loud), shear decibels for size would have to go to the treecreeper. I found this one in its usual position – climbing vertically up the side of a tree, and occasionally stopping and calling. The small orange marking indicates that it is a female.

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White-throated Treecreeper – Point Addis Ironbark Basin walk, Anglesea, Victoria

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Moving around the tree and working her way up the trunk looking for insects, ants and grubs. 


Filed under: Birds, Victoria Tagged: Australia, Australian Birds, Bird Photography, Nature Photography, Photography, Point Addis, Point Addis Ironbark Walk, Sulphur Crested Cockatoo, Victoria, White Throated Treecreeper

21:22

A Few Bizjets Come and Go at CQ Airports Over the Last Few Days "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Several locally-based corporate bizjets have been noted flying in and out of some Central Queensland Airports over the last few days.

On Sunday 18 September at Hamilton Island Airport, Brenzil Dassault Falcon 7X bizjet VH-CRW visited once again, this time calling in from Townsville and later departing to Brisbane.  Also arriving into Hamo was GSA Industries Bombardier CL-600-2B16 Challenger 601 bizjet VH-NSB.  It touched down from Melbourne (Essendon).  While it appears that Marcplan Charter Embraer EMB-135BJ Legacy bizjet VH-VLT departed Hamilton Island Airport for Essendon also on Sunday 18 September after it had arrived from there on Thursday 15 September.

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And at the time of writing, Shortstop Jet Charter British Aerospace BAe-125-1000B bizjet VH-LMP is scheduled to call into Hamilton Island Airport from Essendon on Tuesday 20 September.  It will then depart to Sydney.

At Rockhampton Airport on Sunday 18 September, LifeFlight (ex Careflight Queensland) (Aeromed) LearJet 45 bizjet VH-VVI "Ambulance 451" called in from Brisbane.  It departed back to the capital a little while later.


VH-VVI also called into Rocky on Friday 16 September (as shown above).  On this occasion, it touched down from Barcaldine.  It then departed to Mackay before flying back to Brisbane.

Also calling into Rockhampton Airport on Friday 16 September was Light Jets Australia Cessna 525 Citation CJ1 bizjet VH-TFW which touched down from Archerfield and Toowoomba.



On Monday 19 September, VH-TFW is pictured above departing Rocky on return to Archerfield.

Finally late Thursday 15 September, (former) Rockhampton based Cessna 550 Citation II Bizjet VH-JMK was noted flying from the Sunshi...

21:21

21:16

Newly Discovered Wetland on Sunshine Coast "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

West Coolum Wetland
While negotiations continue in the hope of resolving the future of the Yandina Creek Wetland, it has emerged that the Sunshine Coast Council owns a substantial area of land with similar wetland and grassland habitat.

Google Earth map of West Coolum Wetland
I stumbled across the land between the Sunshine Coast Motorway and the Coolum Creek Reserve while kayaking along Coolum Creek, finding a slashed but somewhat overgrown track that extended from the old cane train bridge crossing the creek to the motorway.


Sunshine Coast Council my maps of site

What's more, there are some nice birds there. In an extensive area of mangrove fern, I heard and saw briefly an Australian Spotted Crake - a very rare species in south-east Queensland that has also been recorded at Yandina Creek. I heard about 10 Spotless Crakes, seeing two.

Spotless Crake
I also heard 8 Lewin's Rails and saw one, along with a Buff-banded Ra...

20:14

Kevin Bloody Wilson Club Mullum Fri 23 Sept – 8pm "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Kevin Bloody Wilson Club Mullum Fri 23 Sept – 8pm (Rated R 18+)

It can’t be ignored that the sometimes crude and often vulgar Kevin Bloody Wilson is an international star. Some say no-one tells Australian stories better – “The world’s funniest Australian” Billy Connolly “I love Kev. My favourite is Livin’ Next Door To Alan.” Paul Hogan “Hello John, is the funniest song I’ve ever heard in my entire radio career.” John Laws

Without traditional media support, all of Kevin Bloody Wilson’s albums and DVDs have achieved Gold Sales status globally, with many reaching Platinum, and one, ‘Kev’s Back’, awarded an amazing quadruple Platinum. Ironically, twenty-five years ago, Kevin Bloody Wilson was arrested for performing his songs in public, yet on Australia Day in January 2010, he was officially nominated for Australian Of The Year for doing exactly the same thing.

Don’t miss your chance to see Kevin Bloody Wilson in your own back yard – Club Mullum @ The Ex-services, Friday 23 September, 8pm. Tickets $55 available now online at www.clubmullum.com and at the door.

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20:12

1pm 5 Nov | Rally: Close Manus, Close Nauru #BringThemHere "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

When: 1-4pm 5th November 2016 Where: State Library of Victoria, 328 Swanston Street, Melbourne Save the date and join us on Nov 5 to demand the government bring the refugees here, and close all the offshore processing camps. Following the release of the Nauru files and Wilson security pulling out, now is the time to(...)

20:04

6:30pm 3 Oct | Discussion & debate on Strategy for the Refugee Movement "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

When: 6:30-8:30pm 3rd October 2016 Where: Multi-Cultural Hub, 506 Elizabeth St Melbourne with ROBERT MANNE Emeritus Professor of Politics, La Trobe UnIversity & CHRIS BREEN Refugee Action Collective Robert Manne argued in the Age that ‘supporters of the asylum seekers face a difficult choice. Either they must acknowledge that their heartfelt advocacy will not be able(...)

19:56

Australia Involved in Coalition Attack Killing Syrian Servicemen "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

1032853301Australia was involved in a US-led coalition airstrikes which accidentally killed Syrian servicemen, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – On Saturday, coalition planes hit the Syrian army positions near the Deir ez-Zor airport, killing 62 servicemen and injuring more than 100, according to the Russian Defense Ministry. The attack was later confirmed by the US Central Command, which said that Syrian troops were mistaken for the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group. “As soon as the coalition commanders were advised by the Russian command in the region that Syrian forces had been affected, the sortie was discontinued We regret the loss of life, and injury to any Syrian personnel affected. That is all I can say about the incident at the moment,” Turnbull said Sunday, as quoted by The Guardian newspaper.

The prime minister called coordination with Russia in Syria “desirable.”

Syria has been mired in civil war since 2011, with government forces fighting numerous opposition factions and extremist groups, including the Islamic State (IS), which is outlawed in many countries, including Russia. The government-held city of Deir Ez-Zor has been under siege from IS since July 2014. The US-led coalition has been carrying out anti-IS strikes since September 2014 without Syrian government consent.

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Australia Involved in Coalition Attack Killing Syrian Servicemen "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

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Australia was involved in a US-led coalition airstrikes which accidentally killed Syrian servicemen, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – On Saturday, coalition planes hit the Syrian army positions near the Deir ez-Zor airport, killing 62 servicemen and injuring more than 100, according to the Russian Defense Ministry. The attack was later confirmed by the US Central Command, which said that Syrian troops were mistaken for the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group. “As soon as the coalition commanders were advised by the Russian command in the region that Syrian forces had been affected, the sortie was discontinued We regret the loss of life, and injury to any Syrian personnel affected. That is all I can say about the incident at the moment,” Turnbull said Sunday, as quoted by The Guardian newspaper.

The prime minister called coordination with Russia in Syria “desirable.”

Syria has been mired in civil war since 2011, with government forces fighting numerous opposition factions and extremist groups, including the Islamic State (IS), which is outlawed in many countries, including Russia. The government-held city of Deir Ez-Zor has been under siege from IS since July 2014. The US-led coalition has been carrying out anti-IS strikes since September 2014 without Syrian government consent.

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19:53

Guy Martin crashes in speed attempt "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Guy Martin Triumph Bonneville salt flats world speed recordGuy Martin has crashed in tricky course conditions at the Bonneville Salt Flats in pursuit of a 400mph Triumph Motorcycles Land Speed Record attempt.

With clear sun and virtually no wind, rider Guy Martin set off from mile marker 9 to record his FIM-required certification run.

Setting off smoothly, Guy was making good power in mile one when the Triumph Infor Rocket Streamliner lost traction on a damp section of the salt surface, causing the rear of the machine to step out of line and the streamliner to go down on the course. Guy was completely uninjured in the incident, however the streamliner will now require a full inspection before any further runs can take place.

“It’s one of the challenges of Land speed racing – the salt surface can be so unpredictable. We’ll fully inspect the streamliner and get ready for the next phase of our attempt,” commented Triumph Infor Rocket Streamliner designer Matt Markstaller.

Rider Guy Martin added: “It’s all part the job boy, isn’t it? Feeling our way. I guess if it was an easy thing to do everyone would have done it by now.  So we’ll get a plan sorted and get on with the next go at it as soon as we get the chance.”

Guy Martin Triumph Bonneville salt flats world speed recordThe Larrikin TT racer and TV presenter is piloting the Triumph Infor Rocket Streamliner on the famous Bonneville salt flats in an attempt to beat the current 376.8mph (605.697Km/h) record, set in 2010, on the 11 mile (17.7km) course.

The record bid was further set back at the weekend when the streamliner tipped over in a rut while being towed.

In testing last month Guy hit 274.2mph (441.2km/h) which is a record for a Triumph, but well short of his target.

“Everyone was dead happy, but that’s just one step to where we want to be. The current record is 376.36mph, so a way to go yet,” he said.

“I got the hang of steering the thing pretty qu...

19:28

Last chance on climate change policy "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

With August 2016 setting yet another record for global temperatures, the need for action on climate change is obvious. The good news is that most national governments are finally recognising the urgency of the problem. The bad news is that Australia is not among them. Having commissioned a Special Review from the Climate Change Authority (of which I’m a member) and received recommendations designed with the current policy as a starting point, the government’s response has been that it might take another look at the problem in 2017.

I’ve written the statement over the fold in response. Comments very welcome. I won’t engage in discussion; in this context, I’d rather let the statement speak for itself.

Statement by Professor John Quiggin regarding government response to Climate Change Authority Special Review report
1. The Climate Change Authority is an independent body responsible for delivering independent expert advice on climate change policy within the principles set out in the Climate Change Authority Act 2011. In my view, the Authority’s primary obligation is to provide the Parliament, which established it, with a basis on which Parliament can adopt, and the government can implement, policies to meet Australia’s international obligations. As stated in previous reports by the Authority, and reiterated in the current report, our commitment to internationally equitable policies consistent with holding global warming below 2 degrees will require emissions reductions of 40 to 60 per cent below 2000 levels by 2030. This is consistent with the evidence of climate science and with the actions being taken by other countries to meet their commitments.
2. It is therefore appropriate, in my view, for advice on the design of climate policy to take account of the existing settings of policy, the general desirability of consistency and stability in policy, and the policy commitments already made by parties and members of Parliament, . That is, it is appropriate to recommend a policy or policy toolkit that is:
(i) able to be implemented in the short run and scaled up over time to meet Australia’s international obligations, bearing in mind that our existing indicative commitments will themselves be scaled up over time; and
(ii) based on existing policies and capable of commanding broad support in Parliament
even if, in the absence of the constraints imposed by the history of policy in this field, other policies might be regarded as more cost-effective and reliable.
3. Conversely, it is not appropriate for the Authority, as an independent advisory body to accept political constraints that would be inconsistent with the obligation to make recommendations consistent with our international obligations.
4. I believe that the toolkit proposed by the Authority meets the criteria set out in point 2 and I therefore commend it to the Parliament.
5. The Authority’s report has received favourable responses from stakeholders including the Business Council of Australia, AIGroup and the Australian Energy Council.
http://bca.com.au/media/business-council-statement-on-climate-change-authority-report
https://www.aigroup.com.au/policy-and-research/mediacentre/releases/CCA-Report-Sept1/
https://www.energycouncil.com.au/news/market-based-policy-for-climate-still-the-way-to-go-1/
6. However, an effective response to Australia’s international obligations is feasible only if the major parties, and particularly the government parties, understand the urgency of the problem and are committed to adopting a comprehensive response as soon as possible.
7. Unfortunately, government’s response so far suggests that
(a) the government is unlikely to contemplate any further action before the completion of a review scheduled for the second half of 2017; and
(b) even in the context of this review, the g...

19:25

evolution events crew takeover "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Evolution Events is proud to present the Sanctuary Stage at earthcore in the licensed area (Kinky Karnival) from Thursday 24 November.

From the team that brought you Transmission and Subculture; EVOLUTION EVENTS is Melbourne’s premiere trance promotion team, responsible for running the ultimate showcase of production combined with a powerhouse troupe of international artist including the likes of Markus Schulz, John O’Callaghan, Simon Patterson, for the trance community in Melbourne.

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19:22

Monday Message Board "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

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.

19:09

United States-Danish-Australian killing of Syrian soldiers "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

This video says about itself:

U.S. airstrike on Syrian army position kill 62 soldiers, paving way for Daesh [ISIS] attack

17 September 2016

UPDATE by SANA reporters from the battlefield: Army and Armed Forces units recover control over areas that it had lost control over earlier due to American aircraft attack on positions in the surroundings of Deir Ezzor Airport.

The General Command of the Army and Armed Forces said that US alliance aircrafts targeted at 5 PM on Saturday a Syrian Arab Army position in al-Tharda Mountain in the surroundings of Deir Ezzor Airport, causing losses in lives and equipment and clearly paved the way for ISIS terrorists to attack the position and take control of it.

In a statement, the General Command said that this act is a serious and blatant aggression against the Syrian Arab Republic and its army, and constitutes conclusive evidence that the United States and its allies support ISIS and other terrorist organizations, stressing that this act reveals the falseness of their claims of fighting terrorism.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

Danes and Australians involved in mistaken Syria airstrike

Today, 09:22

The air raid on Syrian government forces that has been designated by the US as a mistake was carried out by at least Danish and Australian warplanes. This say the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten and Australian Prime Minister Turnbull.

Aircraft of the international coalition that is fighting against Islamic State [ISIS] probably mistook the Syrian military for ISIS warriors. In the attack on Saturday dozens of Syrian soldiers were killed.

Investigation

According to the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten, two Danish F-16s were involved in the attack. The Danish Defence Minister is willing to coöperate in the investigation into the air strike, the newspaper writes.

The newspaper says also other countries were involved in the attack, but does not say which countries.

Deplore

Australian Prime Minister Turnbull said during a visit to New York that Australian aircraft took part in the attack. He regretted that Syrian soldiers were killed in the attack and that the Australian attack stopped immediately when the Russians told them what was going on.

The Australian defense minister refused to say to the Australian news channel ABC whether Australian aircraft were involved in the attack. …

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19:05

Video: Journalists are hopping mad over ASIC sale "IndyWatch Feed National"

A GetUp petition by journalists is aiming at blocking the sale of ASIC, Australia’s premier resource for corporate information. Watch and support.

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19:03

Sophie Hutchings is Wide Asleep "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Sydney musician Sophie Hutchings writes tragedies with a piano, strings and a ghostly voice.

It’s the kind of music that draws comparisons to Max Richter and Nils Frahm — rooted in the classical tradition and imbued with the introspection of modern ambient composers.

On her debut album Wide Asleep, Sophie Hutchings crafts breathtaking and heartbreaking melodies, rich with nuance and emotional complexity.

Will Backler of Out to Lunch caught up with Sophie over the phone started off by asking why she chose to name the album Wide Asleep.

Play Sophie Hutchings Interview

18:35

Confluence Gala "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

You may (or may not) have heard of Confluence, the Festival of India in Australia. It’s a three month long cultural festival which is being supported by a number of organisations, including the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC). That’s why I was invited to the Festival Gala, held last night at the Sydney Opera House.

And what a treat it was to be invited. The Gala combined traditional and contemporary music and dance from India and Australia in a way that spoke of genuine collaboration, involving performers from India, as well as local performers including those of Indian heritage, Indigenous performers, and a regular check list of some of all Australians from a range of cultural backgrounds. Best of all? Totally entertaining. Here are some photographs I snapped of the show.

 

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18:31

Manhattan explosion being used to coverup US war crime in Syria "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Gordon

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September 18, 2016 By Filip Karinja

Before today’s explosion in Manhattan, the news for the day was of the United States airforce conducting four separate airstrikes on the Syrian army in Syria killing 62 soldiers and injuring 100 more.

The soldiers, representing the elected Syrian government, where in battle against ISIS when the US war planes came and were essentially acting as air support for ISIS by bombing the Syrian soldiers near the city of Deir ez-Zor, Syria.

Russia called for an immediate UN meeting to find out why the US had once again acted on behalf of ISIS in Syria.

The United States’ only response was to accuse Russia of grandstanding, avoiding the actual subject as to why they had bombed soldiers of an elected foreign government, a clear act of war.

However, western media has done it best to coverup the latest Syrian incident and when it does talk about it, like all the other times the US has killed innocent people, language such as ‘may’ ‘allegations’ ‘reports say’ ‘could’ is used rather that labeling it as fact.

Australian media has completely buried the story, the same way they didn’t even report on the news in July of this year when US and French planes bombed a Syrian village killing over 85 civilians. Apparently this was not newsworthy either, but news on what some celebrity did that day apparently was.

Hence if you speak to people who get their information from the mainstream media about the incident they will tell you that they have never heard about it, the same people who still don’t know about things like WTC building 7.

Perhaps this is why trust in the mainstream media is at its lowest point in history against all demographics, as people are beginning to wake up to see the bigger picture of what’s going on and why.

For example, when the US isn’t bombing civilians, bombing hospitals, training ISIS terrorists, airdropping 50 tons of weapons to ISIS, they are staging false flags to start wars.

Let’s face it, the US economy runs on war.

Last week the US handed Israel a record $38 billion in military....

18:29

Smart Arts - 15 September 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

This week Richard talks with Jess Love about her new show for the Melbourne Fringe Festival, Notorious Strumpet & Danger Girl

Then Kingston Arts Exhibition curator, Hannah Presley and Kingston Arts Visual Arts coordinator, Justin Gaynor talk about the new exhibition "I Never Painted My Dreams, I Painted My Reality"

Finally, the director of the Fringe show 'The Boardwalk Republic', Frank Minitti comes on the show with performers Anna Murray and Jonathan Morgan

18:12

Reminder: Launch of FOBIF Eucalyptus ID book on 24 September "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Next Saturday (24th September) the new FOBIF publication, Eucalypts of the Mount Alexander Region, will be launched by Geoff Park in the Castlemaine Library foyer at 10.30. Refreshments will be provided and everyone is welcome.

The book is a community project that has been two years in the making. See our earlier post to find out more.

For a preview of the book, have a look at the double page spreads below on Grey Box Eucalyptus Microcarpa. Click on each one to enlarge.

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17:59

More arrests of Papuans planning to rally "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

http://www.radionz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/313683/more-arrests-of-papuans-planning-to-rally

More arrests of Papuans planning to rally

4:33 pm today
Indonesian police in Papua region have made more arrests of people planning to rally in support of international advocacy for West Papuans.
Over the weekend 21 members of the West Papua National Committee (KNPB) were arrested by police in Yakuhimo regency as they distributed leaflets about a planned peaceful rally to be held today.
KNPB chairman Victor Yeimo said the rally was to show support for the Pacific countries who were members of the Pacific Islands Coalition on West Papua.
The coalition plans to raise issues of human rights abuses in West Papua, and Papuans' self-determination struggle, at the United Nations General Assembly.
Local media reported over 200 people protested outside the local police station at the arrests.
One protester was taken to hospital after reportedly being hit by a police officer.

This year has seen a series of public demonstrations by West Papuans in support of various international representations on their plight.
These include...

17:49

start "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Address PlaceThe Dan O’Connell HotelAddress 225 Canning St, Carlton. Victoria. 3053 Pre-meeting 6pm front bar Time for Meeting 7:30pm in the function room out back ground level Parking Kay St has 4hr and finishes 6:30pmWebsite Phone (03) 9347 1502 Talks Monday 26th September, 2016

17:49

Our Sceptical Observer scrutinises the South Australian govt’s Know Nuclear roadshow "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

superwomanAs of last week there were one million, one hundred and thirty five thousand and seven hundred and eighty one voters on SA roll.
1,135, 781.

Day one of Roadshow coincided with the publication the day before of The Advertiser 24 p “Nuclear Dossier” hugely pro-nuclear using much of the info as used in roadshow and much much more.Token short pieces by Ian Lowe, Craig Wilkins,Mark Parnell. Free Copies of this available in the cafe area of Know Nuclear booth.

Also available,hot-off-press copies of Nuclear Citizens’ Jury “Nothing Report”  from first jury, finalised July 10.  A passer-by informed us that an e-copy of the report had landed in the Inbox of every SA public servant on the day before (Friday).
The previous day, Thursday July 28, a video message and Q&A from CARA (Consultation and Response Agency section of RC process) Director John Whelan ( fresh from 15 years at SANTOS) was beamed into every TAFE campus in the state. $3m
 “Engagement ” strategy at work.
The CEO of CARA is Madeleine Richardson, fresh from the Premier’s Dept.
Both women (democracyCo)organising the details and minute by minute roll out of the Citizens Jury days have similar links. Good story on this by InDaily some time back.

17:48

Lawsuit in USA against dangerous trucking of nuclear wastes "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

antnuke-relevantPlans to truck nuclear waste on the interstate sounding alarms, Tribune Democrat, By John Finnertyjfinnerty@cnhi.com  19 Sep 16 HARRISBURG – Government plans to truck nuclear waste along the interstate in western Pennsylvania and five other states is akin to allowing a series of potential “mobile Chernobyls on steroids,” said Kevin Kamps, radioactive waste watchdog for the group Beyond Nuclear.

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Environmentalists are sounding alarms about the possible consequences, especially if a truck crashes, catches fire and causes the waste to escape its container.

Kamps likened the possibility to the 1986 disaster in the Ukraine that killed 30 people, injured hundreds more and contaminated huge swaths of land.

 Beyond Nuclear and five other groups are suing the Department of Energy, hoping to halt the shipments until the government can study their impact.

In 2013, the department said a study isn’t needed because earlier reports have already been done. But those studies focused on solid waste – not liquid – and environmentalists say this would be the first time liquid nuclear waste has been moved in North America.

“Transporting even solid, high-level radioactive waste – such as irradiated nuclear fuel from commercial atomic reactors – is already, itself, very high risk,” Kamps said………

environmental groups say the Energy Department doesn’t need to move the waste in the first place.

In at least one similar situation, nuclear waste in Indonesia was diluted so that it no longer contained weapons-grade uranium, said Mary Olson, director of the southeast office of the Nuclear Information and Resource Service, another group involved in the lawsuit.

That waste was solidified and placed in storage, rather than moved back to the United States, she said.“The same plan could be applied to the Chalk River waste,” she said.

An Energy Department public affairs office didn’t respond to a request for comment……

The Nuclear Energy Institute estimates t...

17:43

workshops:exwm_and_3d_printing "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Topic Speaker Slides exwm - tiled windows manager Michael Pope [slides] 3d printing Frans

17:40

workshops:start "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Here is the list of workshops which we have completed at MLUG 30th August 2016exwm and 3d printing25th July 2016CHIP, BOINC and tox27th June 2016Xdmx & shared library paths30th May 2016Datascience & Syncthing18th April 2016Cyanogenmod & Linux on cheap notebooks21st March 2016VMware performance and photography29th February 2016docker-compose & post motion detection25th January 2016Raspberry PI security camera & Linux under windows30th November 2015System Z, OpenStreetMap and Linux under window…

17:37

South Australian govt’s poor quality propaganda for gigantic nuclear waste dump plan "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

nuclear? unclear http://www.adelaide.foe.org.au/nuclear-unclear_video/  August 14, 2016

court jesterWe weren’t surprised at the recommendations of the SA Nuclear Royal Commission, but were disappointed at the poor quality of the report. The government has embarked on a propaganda campaign to manufacture consent for this gigantic waste dump.

As part of our campaign against this dump, various people have pointed out flaws in the report, problems with the economic modelling, and absurd assumptions made by the modelling.

Paul Waldon I wish that someone would put this to air. About 15 students attended Clare’s engagement program for Know Nuclear as a class but none of the facts on this recording were mentioned. https://www.facebook.com/groups/941313402573199/


17:33

Media censorship of accounts of depleted uranium and its effects "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Fallujah-babyDeadly Radioactive Dust and Dying Children: US-NATO Use of see-no-evilDepleted Uranium (DU) Ammunition http://www.globalresearch.ca/deadly-radioactive-dust-and-dying-children-us-nato-use-of-depleted-uranium-du-ammunition/5545973

Award-Winning Filmmaker Shunned for Exposing the Truth The fate of Frieder Wagner is a peculiar example of what happens when you stand up to the establishment’s injustice. A notable director who won the prestigious German Grimme Award, responsible for numerous documentaries for the ARD and ZDF channels, he quickly became a pariah after making a movie called Deadly Dust (Todesstaub) about the use of depleted uranium (DU) shells by NATO forces in the Middle East and in the former Yugoslavia.

In an exclusive interview with Sputnik, Wagner explained that Deadly Dust is based on an earlier documentary called The Doctor, the Depleted Uranium, and the Dying Children (Der Arzt und die verstrahlten Kinder von Basra) that he filmed for WDR. In April 2004 the movie was screened during the anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. But even though that autumn it received the ÖkoMedia award, it was never screened again. And no matter what ideas he came up with, the TV channels that he previously worked with stopped sending him new orders for some reason.

“I contacted a head of the WDR editorial office whom I’d worked with before and asked him what happened. He paused for a second and then told me “The WDR editorial office considers you a ‘difficult’ person. And most importantly, the topics you suggest are especially hard. Right now I’ve got nothing more to tell you”,” Wagner explained.

He added that about a year ago he met with Siegesmund von Ilsemann, an editor at Spiegel magazine who wrote a comprehensive report about the ‘deadly dust’ and its effects, and who revealed to the astonished director that the use of depleted uranium by the military literally became a taboo subject in Germany.

“He told me that the issue of DU munitions use and its consequences became taboo in Germany. And no TV channel or newspaper would allow even him – a person who worked on this subject for a long time – to publish anything related to it,” Wagner added.

DU shells are made of byproducts of uranium enrichment. Their superior armor-piercing capabilities make them a potent anti-tank weapon, especially considering that when an armored vehicle gets hit by such a shell, the impact and subsequent release of heat energy causes it to ignite, incinerating the target’s interior. But it’s the ‘deadly dust’ produced by a DU shell detonation that is probably the most insidious aspect of this type of ordnance.

“At such a high temperature the substance – depleted uranium – burns down to nano-particles, each of them a hundred times smaller than a red blood cell. And due to their extremely small size, these particles ‘travel’ through a human body, infiltrating brain, lungs, kidneys, placenta, bloodstream and even sperm and egg cells which causes severe developmental diseases in newborns,” Wagner said.

According to him, US forces actively used DU munitions in Kosovo, Somalia, Libya and during both Iraqi campaigns....

17:31

Trans Pacific Partnership threatens our progress on climate change "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Trans-Pacific-PartnershipHow TPP threatens our progress on climate change  http://www.sfchronicle.com/opinion/openforum/article/How-TPP-threatens-our-progress-on-climate-change-9223661.php  By Van Jones September 14, 2016

  In the past month, wildfires forced tens of thousands of people across California to evacuate their homes. Over the same period, historic floods in Louisiana destroyed or damaged more than 60,000 homes, uprooting families and ruining lives.

 Whether fire or water, we know that human-induced climate change is making natural disasters more frequent and more intense.
 So why are some in Washington pushing hard for a policy that would make climate change considerably worse?

This fall, Congress is likely to vote on the Trans-Pacific Partnership — an agreement among 12 nations along the Pacific Rim. While billed as a “free trade” deal, most of the TPP is actually about creating new rights for multinational corporations, including the big polluters most responsible for the climate emergency.

Under the TPP, the biggest global firms — including many responsible for offshore drilling and fracking — would be able to sue American taxpayers over laws and regulations that are meant to protect public health and the environment. Rather than suing in regular courts, these corporations would, through the TPP, be able to sue before unaccountable arbitration panels — each panel made up of three corporate lawyers — who could award unlimited cash compensation. Similar rules in other trade deals have already made possible nearly 700 such lawsuits — including efforts to challenge the U.S. rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline and a moratorium on fracking in Quebec.

What does this mean for California?

TPP would allow multinational corporations that own gas-fired power plants from Alameda County to San Diego County to threaten state restrictions on carbon emissions — including some of the new world-leading standards recently passed in Sacramento. The deal would also vastly increase the number of fracking firms and offshore drilling companies that could challenge our protections.

But it’s not about just dirtier air and water or more susceptibility to climate risks. It’s also about jobs.

Because TPP would threaten a successful California rebate program for green technologies that are made in-state, the deal could result in the elimination of good-paying green jobs in fields like solar and wind manufacturing and energy efficiency. Green jobs employ all kinds of people — truck drivers, welders, secretaries, scientists — all across the state. These jobs can pull people out of poverty while protecting the planet.

Given that California has lost an estimated 413,000 manufacturing jobs since America entered NAFTA and the World Trade Organization, we can’t afford to pass a new trade deal and again undermine people’s livelihoods.

But there’s good news. Labor, environmental and social justice leaders now opp...

17:28

Recent utube clips re West Papua "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Recent utube clips re West Papua

The Year 5 Students at St Francis of Assisi would like you to view the website www.freewestpapua.org and register to receive more information about this social justice issue.



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PROSPECTS FOR PAPUAN AUTONOMY UNDER PRESIDENT WIDODO - Joe Collins - 8/9/16


PROSPECTS FOR PAPUAN AUTONOMY UNDER PRESIDENT WIDODO - Sister Susan Connelly - 8/9/16


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17:23

Shen Neng compensation offer too little, too late for priceless Great Barrier Reef "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The compensation agreed between the Federal Government and owners of the Shen Neng 1 for the clean-up from their oil spill on the Great Barrier Reef falls way short of the $141 million estimated by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park authority earlier this year.
Great Barrier Reef campaigner Shannon Hurley said the Reef generated at least $6 billion in reef-related tourism to the economy, and makes a priceless contribution as a global icon and integral part of the Queensland coastal lifestyle.
The Federal Government has sold the reef short and failed to recognise prevention of shipping accidents is the best way of protecting the priceless natural wonder, according to the Australian Marine Conservation Society.
“The Shen Neng 1 is a reminder of the vital importance of protecting the fragile marine environments of the Great Barrier Reef from shipping accidents and spills,” she said.
“The grounding of the Shen Neng 1 off the coast of Queensland in 2010 severely damaged or destroyed a massive 115,000m2 of habitat in the Douglas Shoal, pulverised marine life and released toxic paint that will stunt coral re-growth for years to come.
“No one who saw the dramatic media images of the grounding of the Shen Neng 1 can forget what’s at stake when shipping goes wrong on the Reef, damaging coral and marine life in its wake.
“The Shen Neng may be long gone from our waters but we must not forget what is at stake from shipping through the Reef – precious marine life, local tourism and fishing industries and a coastal way of life much loved by Queenslanders.
“At the time, marine experts estimated the reef could take up to 20 years to recover from the Shen Neng incident. Clearly Australia can’t afford the damage that one ship, the Shen Neng 1, caused to the Reef.
“The Reef is under existential threat from global warming, coral bleaching and poor water quality, it cannot take on the additional risk from oil spills and other incidents.
“We simply can’t risk letting it happen again,” she said.

The post Shen Neng compensation offer too little, too late for priceless Great Barrier Reef appeared first on Fight for the Reef.

17:20

No safe way to transport nuclear waste "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Airplane dangerThere’s no safe way to move nuclear waste’: Scottish Politicians slam nuke flight that needed armed cop convoy http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/gun-cop-8859315, 18 SEP 2016 BY JIM LAWSON Green MP John Finnie and Caithness MP Paul Monaghan among those to voice concerns about flying nuclear waste to the US. THE first flight believed to be carrying British nuclear waste to America took off from Wick Airport amid tight security yesterday.

Scots politicians and anti-nuclear campaigners have slammed the deal, brokered by David Cameron and Barack Obama, to move the waste.

policeman i assault rifleThe airport was closed from early morning as armed police patrolled the perimeter.

Twenty miles away in Thurso, more armed officers escorted a lorry from the radiation-truckDounreay nuclear plant through the town. It was carrying two heavily reinforced containers.

At 11.40am, a police convoy brought the containers on to the runway.

A US Air Force transport plane landed 10 minutes later and loading began almost immediately. The plane took off two-and-a-half hours later.

The plan to transport highly enriched uranium from Dounreay to the US emerged late last year.

Dounreay bosses won’t confirm or deny the scheme, but Cameron revealed after talks with Obama earlier this year that uranium from the plant would be moved to South Carolina.

Other types of uranium will be sent to Europe in exchange and used to make medical isotopes. But Dr Richard Dixon, director of Friends of the Earth, said: “There is no truly safe way to move this waste.”

exclamation-Caithness MP Paul Monaghan said the deal was “morally reprehensible” and Green MP John Finnie said people would be stunned that nuclear waste was being transported by plane.

Nuclear expert John Large said: “The risk in transport by air is the fuel being engulfed in fire, the packages breaking down and the fuel igniting.”

The runways at Wick have been extended at a cost of £18million to take the US planes, and Highland Council have published an order allowing local roads to be closed for five hours at a time until March 2018.

top-secretPolice refused to comment on yesterday’s operation for security reasons.The first flight believed to
be carrying British nuclear waste to America took off from Wick Airport amid tight security yesterday.

Scots politicians and anti-nuclear campaigners have slammed the deal, brokered by David Cameron and...

17:17

Army of Dancing Robots Queue Politely to Get Their Clamps on the Iphone 7 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The iPhone 7 is now available for sale in Australia. The flagship Sydney store kicked off a day of rolling launches around the globe.

We've taught them to move like humans, play games like humans, and now, robots are experiencing one of the last true joys of being a real person: queuing!

A phalanx of mini robots were among the first in the world to get their metal claws on the brand new iPhone 7 when it launched in New Zealand on Friday. Thanks to the country's proximity to the international dateline, NZ got a few hours' head start on Australia's early launch, and the Kiwis weren't going to pass up that opportunity, using robots to spruik the iPhone launch.

[...] This year, New Zealand carrier Spark used 100 Alpha 1 robots, created by Chinese company UBtech, to stand in line on behalf of customers. Each robot was controlled with a phone app and programmed to dance and move, and they were also fitted out to live-stream the queue.


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17:11

The Grapevine - 19 September 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

This week Dylan speaks with Julian McDonald, a solicitor with the Flemington and Kensington Community Legal Centre about the first statewide police complaints clinic

Then Josh Earl stops by to talk about his new show at the Melbourne Fringe Festival, Oliver Up A Tree 

Finally, Dan Musil calls in to talk about Walk with the Valley which is an event that is used to support the La Trobe Valley

17:00

A lifetime of crashed markets for uranium producers "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

cliff-money-nuclearWhy Uranium Investments Will Remain Radioactive No commodity faces the unique pressure that uranium and nuclear fuel do and there is little prospect of a near-term recovery WSJ  By  SPENCER JAKAB Sept. 18, 2016

There is too much of nearly every commodity in the world today. Then there is uranium.

The outlook for the element that powers nuclear reactors may be worse than for any other, and there is almost no prospect for improvement soon. Unlike other commodities, low prices won’t stimulate demand.

There are several reasons for the weakness, some obvious, others surprising. The result has been the price of triuranium octoxide, which surged 1,400% in the five years through June 2007 to $136 a pound, is now about $25. And the price of fuel processing has dropped by nearly two-thirds since 2010.

The obvious reasons are the shutdown of nuclear power plants after the 2011 nuclear accident at Fukushima, Japan. Plants also shut down in Germany, Sweden, and elsewhere, while Belgium and Taiwan may be next. Even China, the leading growth market for nukes, enacted a delay in plant approvals. Meanwhile, the fracking revolution made some planned and existing U.S. plants uneconomical……..

The end of a U.S.-Russia deal to convert old Soviet warheads in 2013 took the equivalent of 20 million tons of triuranium octoxide ore, or 10% of annual supply off the market. That should have been good news for prices. But in anticipation of the end of the deal, processors that turn their ore into fuel built arrays of expensive centrifuges.

Once built, these centrifuges must be run constantly. This has encouraged processors to engage in “underfeeding”—using less ore but enriching it more intensely to create extra fuel. It is the equivalent of mining about 15 million pounds a year of extra ore saysJonathan Hinze, executive vice president at Ux Consulting. U.S. stockpiles of all types of ore and fuel combined have risen by a third in four years, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

Miners are partially cushioned by fixed long-term contracts with many customers. Canadian miner Cameco reported a cash cost of mining of over $27 a pound in the first half of 2016 but expects to realize an average price above $40 this year. Its capacity isn’t all needed, but shutting down uranium mines is expensive and difficult to reverse…….

Cameco, which has seen its share price drop by 84% since its 2007 peak, is one of the few pieces of the supply chain reacting to the dismal outlook. The miner shut down its Rabbit Lake mine, the longest-operating uranium mine in North America, this summer.

But such painful cuts alone won’t bring the market into balance for what feels to investors like a lifetime—or at least a half-life.http://www.wsj.com/articles/why-uranium-investments-will-remain-radioactive-1474225882


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17:00

MV Agusta has surprises in store "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Giovanni Castiglioni MV Agusta boss surprises

Giovanni Castiglioni

MV Agusta claims it is back on its financial feet, winning a major design accolade and unveiling a couple of surprises at the EICMA motorcycle show in Milan in November.

One of those surprises is believed to be an all-new Brutale with a Euro4-compliant 998cc engine, down from 1078cc, but expected to be more powerful (192hp and 111Nm).

New MV Augusta Brutale surprise surprises

New MV Agusta Brutale

Motorcycle News has reported company boss Giovanni Castiglioni saying the Milanese factory is now again producing its full range of existing and upcoming models.

Earlier this year the company restructured its finances, which seemed to be code for spiralling into bankruptcy.

The Australian and New Zealand distributor of MV Agusta, Urban Moto Imports (UMI), met last week with Giovanni and witnessed a busy production line at the famous Schiranna factory where their latest order of the Brutale 800 and F3 RC models took shape.




 

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16:57

Know Nuclear is short on facts "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Paul Waldon I wish that someone would put this to air. About 15 students attended Clare’s engagement program for Know Nuclear as a class but none of the facts on this recording were mentioned. https://www.facebook.com/groups/941313402573199/

16:44

Race to the White House launches on 2SER 107.3 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Race to the White House launches on 2SER 107.3

Not sure what's going on in US politics anymore? You're not alone! That's why 2SER has teamed up with the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney and The Conversation to bring you 'Race to the White House', which will keep you updated on the Presidential race between Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump right up until election day!

Race to the White House airs on 2SER 107.3FM Wednesdays 7:30-8pm and podcasted on the 2SER website here.

16:42

The Whitlams’ Tim Freedman, Joyride & More Say ‘F**k You’ To Pokies "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The Whitlams’ Tim Freedman, Joyride & More Say ‘F**k You’ To Pokies

Some of Sydney’s most notable artists and musicians have banded together to give a big F-U to the pokies. The Whitlams chief Tim Freedman, One Day-er Joyride, and more will help launch the new Proudly Pokies Free campaign with a one-off gig at the Oxford Art Factory.

“It’s time for the young people of Sydney to learn about the scale and harm of the pokies and to make better informed decisions regarding their nights out,” said Tom Lawrence, director of the Proudly Pokies Free campaign, in a statement.

“The pokies have become an unnecessary fixture of the Australian pub and we want to promote an alternative vision for our nightlife, one that thrives on innovation, live music and true hospitality.”

Proudly Pokies Free draws attention to and celebrates venues in Sydney who’ve decided to ditch or avoid the pokies, whilst highlighting and reducing “the massive harm that pokies cause in Australian communities”.

“I’m proud to be involved with the Proudly Pokies Free movement to hopefully encourage a mindset that rewards and encourages venues that show imagination in programming and curating their activities,” said Freedman.

“It’s time for the people of Sydney to push back against the pokies.” The Proudly Pokies Free campaign launch event will also feature appearances from Wild Honey, electronic duo Left., and Bad Deep DJs, as well as secret guests and special speakers.

Proudly Pokies Free Campaign Launch

Tim Freedman
Joyride
Left.
Wild Honey
Bad Deep DJs

Plus: Secrets Guests & Guest Speakers

Sunday, 23rd October 2016
Oxford Art Factory, Sydney
Tickets: Moshtix

16:37

Australia always a colony – first for convicts, now for radioactive trash ? "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Derek Abbott, Nuclear Fuel Cycle Watch South Australia  19 Sept Thought for the day: Jay’s logic in importing the world’s most dangerous materials and ‘securely’ housing them here is about as brilliant as building a huge secure underground international jail here for the world’s most dangerous criminals and serial killers. Countries will be just lining up to handsomely pay us to take their felons off their hands, as it will free up their overcrowded decaying jails. We’ll be doing our moral duty by becoming the “World Guantanamo.” Being an island with lots of dry desert we have the perfect geology questionfor a huge Alcatraz, where the inmates will ‘never’ be able to leak out.

Does Jay really think he’d get public consent for the above idea? No? Then why is nuke waste any different?  https://www.facebook.com/groups/1021186047913052/


16:36

What International Law permits the American & Australian airforce to fly over Syria? @TurnbullMalcolm "IndyWatch Feed National"

Churkin: US airstrikes on Syrian army positions in Deir Ezzor violate international law Churkin added, in a press conference held on Sunday morning at the New York-based UN headquarters, that the US carried out a reckless airstrike, wondering why it did it at that time. He affirmed that the US attack is dangerous and that […]

16:34

Persistent pensioner show how easy it is to ambush a nuclear transport "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

radiation-truckflag-ScotlandAnti-nuclear pensioner holds up transportation of nuclear warheads – again! The National, 

 SEPTEMBER 16TH, 2016 – 12:12 AM   THE FULL MIGHT OF BRITAIN’S NUCLEAR ARSENAL HAS BEEN BROUGHT TO ITS KNEES – AGAIN – BY 77-YEAR-OLD PROTESTER BRIAN QUAIL.

Anti-nukes campaigner Quail and his colleague Alasdair Ibbotson managed to hold up four gigantic trucks thought be carrying nuclear warheads, by simply flagging them down and then crawling underneath.

In one of the pictures, a stumped cop can be seen scratching his head, as colleagues try to coax Quail out from under the armoured car. The trucks had left the Atomic Weapons Establishment Burghfield near Reading on Wednesday before slowly making their way up to Scotland…….

The retired teacher is no stranger to protests, and has a successful track record when it comes to stopping convoys carrying warheads.

In March this year he held up at least four 100 kiloton nuclear warheads being taken through Scotland by using nothing more than a Pelican crossing…..Veronika Tudhope of Scottish CND said there was widespread opposition to weapons being transported through Scotland: “It’s time the people of Scotland’s views were respected.”http://www.thenational.scot/news/anti-nuclear-pensioner-holds-up-transportation-of-nuclear-warheads-again.22439


16:29

Australian miner used arbitration threat to upend Indonesian environmental law "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

A former Newcrest Mining executive said he threatened to sue the Southeast Asian nation in an international tribunal if Indonesia did not exempt the company from a prohibition on open-pit mining in protected forests.

16:17

Divestment – what is it and why it works "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Divestment Day 2016 is coming up! Here’s a quick guide to what divestment is, the successes that divestment campaigns have had so far, and what we are doing this year. What’s divestment? Divestment is the opposite of investment. It’s rearranging your finances so that you aren’t supporting the fossil fuel industry through your bank, investments, … Continue reading "Divestment – what is it and why it works"

16:00

Is there a case for a basic income guarantee – Part 1 "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

The Basic Income Guarantee (BIG) – uncertain motivation, error-prone macroeconomics

The Basic Income Guarantee (BIG) proposal has been advocated by a diversity of interests on the right and left of the political spectrum.

Tracing the origins of the BIG proposal reveals that the motivations of the proponents at different periods of history have varied from those who desire to cut government spending overall and push the responsibility of maintaining ‘welfare’ onto individuals, to those who were believed that unemployment was a violation of justice but was outside of the capacity of governments to solve it, to, more recently, those who invoke trepidation about the so-called second machine age and claim that robots are going to wipe out jobs on a massive scale (the ‘robot’ justification).

Voices from the left and the right weave various aspects of these motivations, often in overlapping ways, to justify their demands for a basic income to be paid by the state to all individuals (although even then, the unit that would receive the benefit is also a topic of disagreement).

British socialite and conservative activist, Juliet Rhys-Williams was a member of the Beveridge Committee, which sought to reform the system of income support in the early 1940s. Its final report – the Social Insurance and Allied Services (aka the Beveridge Report) provided the design that would become the post World War II Welfare State in Britain.

The idea advanced by the Committee was that a sy...

16:00

What impact #sealevelrise on Melbourne’s privatised port facilities? asks @takvera "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The Andrews Victorian state government has been successful with the sale of the Port of Melbourne for $9.7 billion, an election promise. The government had been expecting around $7 billion for the asset. Technically, its not a sale, but a 50 year lease of the port’s commercial operations. The long term lease of Australia’s largest […]

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John Englart has always had a strong social and environmental focus and over the past 10 years climate change science, climate policy and climate protest have become an increasingly important and primary focus of his work as a citizen journalist.

15:57

Australian Spotted Crake, Spotless Crake, Lewin's Rail at West Coolum Wetland reported by Greg Roberts on 19-09-2016 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Newly discovered Sunshine Coast wetland. 1 Spotted Crake heard and seen; 10 Spotless Crakes heard, 2 seen; 8 Lewin's Rail heard, 1 seen

15:54

Black-breasted Buttonquail Looking Good "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Black-breasted Buttonquail is endemic to the dry lowland rainforests of south-east Queensland. It is at or close to the top of the wishlists of visiting birders, and is one of my favourites.


I first found a population of this species in Imbil State Forest in the late-1990s. The birds have been there consistently ever since, though usually they are hard to see in the thick lantana on the edge of Hoop Pine plantations that they inhabit. On this score, I'm convinced that caution needs to be exercised in eliminating this foreign weed. With the great bulk of the bird's natural dry rainforest habitat gone, lantana appears to be playing an important role in securing the bird's future. Lantana is also used extensively by Lewin's Rail and Pale-vented Bush-hen, among others, along with numerous butterflies. The weed presumably supplies a degree of protection from feral cats and other predators.


At Imbil, the birds live side-by-side with their cogener, Painted Buttonquail, and with Brown Quail. Please don't ask for site details. It's a small area that I want to avoid being trampled. Those wanting to see this species can do so at the well-known site at Imbil Point, where the birds inhabit more open habitat and are easier to see.



I've often been to the Imbil site and not seen buttonquail. Their distinctive platelets are always evident but vary in frequency, suggesting that the population fluctuates.

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15:47

Ball Park Music: ‘Every Night The Same Dream’ "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Brisbane five-piece indie rock band Ball Park Music are back with their new album ‘Every Night The Same Dream’. Tune in to Brekkie and Youth Jukebox all week to hear the 2RRR Feature Album!

They will be playing in Sydney on September 30 for an ALL AGES show at Enmore Theatre!

15:40

Josh Pyke & Bob Evans Announce 2016 National Tour "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Josh Pyke & Bob Evans Announce 2016 National Tour

Josh Pyke and Bob Evans, two of Australia’s best-loved singer-songwriters, have announced a national co-headline tour which will take them around the country from the tail-end of November into December, with plenty of regional and major city stops along the way.

Kicking off at The Gov in Adelaide on 24th November, Evans and Pyke will be taking their respected discographies through Mannum, Dunsborough, Perth, Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, Newcastle, Sydney, Canberra, and Belgrave, before finishing up in Melbourne.

It’s been 10 years since the first Evening with Josh and Bob tour and each performer is looking forward to honouring the milestone. “That first Evening with Josh and Bob ten years ago was a fairly rudimental affair in retrospect,” said Evans.

“We were both very much still finding our feet. Now, we have higher professional standards to which we hold ourselves and those bawdy jokes of a burgeoning bromance have developed in to, well, bawdy dad jokes. Bah, who am I kidding? We’re not that different 10 years on.”

Tickets for the reunion will go on pre-sale on 9am Wednesday, 21st September and will be available to the public at 9am Friday, 23rd September. Check below for all the dates and ticketing details.

Josh Pyke & Bob Evans National Tour Dates

Thursday, 24th November 2016
The Gov, Adelaide

Friday, 25th November 2016
The Pretoria, Mannum

Saturday, 26th November 2016
Clancys Fishpub, Dunsborough

Sunday, 27th November 2016
Live At The Orchard, Perth

Friday, 2nd December 2016
Brisbane Powerhouse, Brisbane

Saturday, 3rd December 2016
Solbar, Sunshine Coast

Sunday, 4th December 2016
Soundlounge, Gold Coast

Thursday, 8th December 2016
48 Watt St, Newcastle

Friday, 9th December 2016
The Factory, Sydney

Saturday, 10th December 2016
The Street Theatre, Canberra

Thursday, 15th December 2016
Sooki Lounge, Belgrave

Friday, 16th December 2016
Corner Hotel, Melbourne

15:14

Track By Track: Brisbane Reggae Champs Kingfisha Have Finally Returned With A Second LP "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Track By Track: Brisbane Reggae Champs Kingfisha Have Finally Returned With A Second LP

Brisbane reggae stalwarts Kingfisha are back with their second album Offered It Up, having kept us waiting a long time since their 2012 self-titled debut record put them squarely on the map.

After such a long interval that’s seen the band touring internationally, it’s good to have them back – and the band are glad to have the album out after a lengthy recording process.

“We tried some different approaches from our first album,” the band say of the new record. “We worked with some new people and the production feels a step up. It wasn’t the easiest of processes, but to hear it as one piece of work, we’re all really happy with how it’s come together.” For a few more tidbits, they’ve also given us their thoughts on each of the tracks, below.

You can listen to Offered It Up below, and catch it live as Kingfisha head out on tour at the end of the month, dates below. The album is available now on ABC Music.

Hold On

This is one of our few political tunes. It started out as a really slow one drop, then we changed the beat added horns and revamped it heaps in the rehearsal room

Dirty Man

The descending vocal melody had been an ear worm for a few months and wasn’t really going anywhere until I was on a flight to Hobart with an old acquaintance and the lyrics and theme became quite apparent. Upon returning to Brisbane we spent a few hours in the studio and ‘Dirty Man’ was complete.

Left It

Incorporating both our strong loves, electronic and roots music. Left it was originally conceived at a sunny afternoon bbq. Lyrically the song is about one of those rare relationships that ends amicably.

The Gold

The verse melody came from our sound guy yawning. From there their was no turning back.

Offered it up

This track is heavily inspired by one of our favourite and widely unknown reggae bands Midnite. It’s one of the slower jams in our repertoire.

Position Steppers

This song took along time to get right in the studio. Feels like we got there in the end. It’s our take on UK Steppers.

In a memory

The melodies and chords came to life the morning after an amazing night we all shared in Reunion Island drinking rum and watching Manu Chao. The lyrics and the rest of the song was finished in a farmhouse in southern France.

Too many words

Was built from the rhythm up. We spent a weekend in the northern rivers swimming, eating and playing music. This rhythm really seemed to stick. It was the last tune completed for the album.

Water Running

This is one of our favourite live tunes. It’s all revolved around the bass line.

Aftermath

The only song on the album that was completed start to finish in the studio. Was a blast having a completely different approach.

Kingfisha Tour Dates

30 Sept – The Jack , Cairns QLD
1 Oct – Wallaby Creek Festival QLD
7 Oct – Torquay Hotel, VIC
8 Oct – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne VIC
15 Oct – Newtown Social Club, NSW...

14:48

Brilliant walk despite the weather "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Our September FOBIF walk was led by local environmentalists, Elaine Bayes and Damien Cook, in the Chewton area off Dingo Park Road. Although the weather didn’t look promising, the rain held off and walkers enjoyed slowly wending their way through masses of Early Nancies and other flowering plants. The damp conditions made the fungi, moss and lichen look especially colourful.

Among the highlights was finding at least a dozen orchid species including several Castlemaine Spider-orchids Caladenia clavescens. Orchid expert, Geoff Neville, was able to give a detailed account of the pollination of these orchids.

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Two Castlemaine Spider-orchids discovered during the walk.

Ant nests Map lichen Early Nancies Plains froglets Aboriginal well Bracket fungi

Photos are by Win Jodell and Bronwyn Silver.

Thanks to Elaine and Damien for once again leading a terrific walk and sharing their extensive knowledge of plant life and the environmental history of this area of our Box-Ironbark forests.

The last walk for the year will be led by Alex Panelli in the Fryers Ranges.

14:23

Could jet fuel grow on trees? ANU finds promise in Australian gum-leaf "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Eucalyptus oils from certain gum tree species could be refined to make high energy jet fuel, an ANU study has found.

14:20

The Swedish Way of Selling Booze is a Little Different "IndyWatch Feed National"

A bottle-o in Sweden doesn’t look like anything you’re probably used to. From one end of the nation to the other, their aesthetic hardly varies. The only advertising around the store  encourages you not to drink. Or at least to seriously consider the lighter option. It asks you you to ponder the effects alcohol might have on your athletic training, or presents some alcohol-related statistic, or reminds you that the glass of wine you drink to settle your anxiety isn’t going to stop it coming back  Everything is neatly, individually stacked at around eye-level and nothing is favoured or particularly stands-out. The lighting is bright and sterile, like some sort of weird amalgamation of a hospital and an ALDI.  There are no ad-ons, no mixers and no drinking snacks. And all products are sold at room temperature, because cold drinks “might encourage spontaneous purchases”.

Selling alcohol in this giant, Scandinavian nation is strictly regulated. All beverages above 3.5% can only be purchased in the state-owned liquor store chain, SystemBolaget. There are no other options.  It’s like a Centerlink for booze.  Brought about by a complicated history with alcohol abuse and distribution, and the recognition of its severe detriment to society, the Swedish solution is unlike any other, prioritising public health over an extremely profitable industry.  All products are taxed on alcohol content rather than price, which means that even ‘cheap’ hard liquor is damn expensive. The stores nation-wide close at 3pm on Saturday and close completely on Sunday . Walk past a window after opening hours and the shopfronts are boarded up and dark. Nothing might instil the desire to buy something another time or even suggest that alcohol exists just beyond the glass. And you really have to plan ahead for a backyard Sunday sesh.

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“More creative after one glass? Maybe, but the result is usually a disappointment.”

As an Australian, I’m used to the idea that alcohol is a commodity much like any other in terms of reasonable marketing, upselling and promoting. Advertisements back home make the products seem enticing or encourage bulk buying, as long as an enjoy responsibly is written somewhere on the label. Enter any of the privatised liquor stores and your peripherals are bombarded by signs emblazoned with things like: the four best foamies for the footy or this week’s top special or 3 x Sunnyvale Fruity Lexia for $33. That does seem like an excessive amount of goon.

No one can deny that Australia has a binge-drinking culture, or that drinking is a part of most of our day-to-day lives. But mostly I accepted it and never truly understood the societal implications of how the liquor was sold and advertised. After having lived in Sweden, it began to seem ethically wrong to encourage people during their bottle-o visit to purchase more alcohol than what they had already intended. An extra bottle of wine isn’t like a side of fries. A recent SystemBolaget advertising campaign poked...

14:17

Why Australian solar installers are suffering, and consumers are laughing "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

The average margin for a rooftop solar installation in the United States market is 40 per cent. In Australia, some installers are struggle to get into double figures. Consumers aren't complaining though.

14:13

ENDANGERED SPECIES MONDAY | PHOCARCTOS HOOKERI EXTINCTION LOOMING – NATIONAL EMERGENCY. "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

ENDANGERED SPECIES MONDAY | PHOCARCTOS HOOKERI

This Monday’s endangered species (E.S.P.) article I’ve chosen to document on the New Zealand sea lion. Image: New Zealand Sea Lion. Credits: Tui De Roy

Listed as (endangered) the species was identified by Dr Gray back in 1866. Dr Gray John Edward Gray, FRS (12 February 1800 – 7 March 1875) was a British zoologist. He was the elder brother of zoologist Dr George Robert Gray and son of the pharmacologist and botanist Dr Samuel Frederick Gray (1766–1828).

Dr Gray was Keeper of Zoology at the British Museum in London from 1840 until Christmas 1874, before the Natural History holdings were split off to the Natural History Museum published several catalogues of the museum collections that included comprehensive discussions of animal groups as well as descriptions of new species. He improved the zoological collections to make them amongst the best in the world.

Scientifically identified as the Phocarctos hookeri the species was listed as vulnerable from 1994-2008. Unfortunately due to continued population declines the New Zealand seal is now bordering complete extinction within the wild (and things really aren’t looking good neither)  Endemic to Australia (Macquarie Is.); and New Zealand (South Is.), the species is also native to the Pacific North West.

To date there is estimated to be no fewer than 3,031 mature individuals remaining within the wild. New Zealand sea lions are one of the largest New Zealand animals. Like all otariids, they have marked sexual dimorphism; adult males are 240–350 cm long and weigh 320–450 kg and adult females are 180–200 cm long aMnd weigh 90–165 kg. At birth, pups are 70–100 cm long and weigh 7–8 kg; the natal pelage is a thick coat of dark brown hair that becomes dark gray with cream markings on the top of the head, nose, tail and at the base of the flippers.

Adult females’ coats vary from buff to creamy grey with darker pigmentation around the muzzle and the flippers. Adult males are blackish-brown with a well-developed black mane of coarse hair reaching the shoulders. New Zealand sea lions are strongly philopatric.

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Image: New Zealand Sea Lion Pup. Credits: NZ Fur Seals

Back in 2012 populations of New Zealand sea lions “were estimated to be standing at a population count of 12,000 mature individuals”. However since that count took place, from (2014) populations have ‘allegedly plummeted’ to all new levels although there doesn’t appear to be any evidence as to why the species suddenly declined – fish trawling and disease have been noted though!.

Like the Maui’s dolphin, the sea lion has come under intense scrutiny this year after research showed its numbers had halved since 1998. It has been cla...

13:57

Newcrest dumps Hidden Valley mine, Harmony Gold takes control "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Hidden Valley

Peter Wells | Financial Times | 19 September 2016

Harmony Gold will take full control of the Hidden Valley mine in Papua New Guinea after Newcrest Mining, the Australian gold producer, said it was selling its half of the joint venture.

Newcrest said in a statement to the ASX today it was selling its share in the 50/50 Hidden Valley joint venture to its South African partner. Harmony will now assume all liabilities and expenses related to the JV and mine, including rehabilitation costs and remediation obligations with effect from August 31 this year.

As a result of the exit, Newcrest will recognise a loss on the sale of approximately $10m. The miner also said that as part of the transaction and to help cover a one-off contribution towards Hidden Valley’s future closure liability it was funding its subsidiary which held the stake in the JV with $22.5m

Sandeep Biswas, Newcrest’s CEO, said:

Having completed the strategic review of Hidden Valley, Newcrest determined that the best outcome was to exit the operation and focus our attention on safe profitable growth at our other assets.

Located 300km north-west of Papua New Guinea’s capital, Port Moresby, Hidden Valley is an open pit gold and silver mine. Production commenced in September 2010 and in the 12 months to June 30 the mine produced 145,132 ounces of gold (on a 100 per cent basis).


13:55

Bloc Party: From All Sides "IndyWatch Feed National"

Originally posted to It’s Going Down

As of tonight, the prison strike has entered into its second week. All of the news is pouring in like a tidal wave. The amount of solidarity actions across the world has been a goddamn inspiration to say the least. From graffiti to banner drops, noise demos to nighttime actions, marches to letter writing, the momentum is incredible. There are times that these types of acts of solidarity can feel abstract. Right now there does seem to be solid evidence of a feedback loop from the outside to the inside.

In light of that, we want to highlight ways in which we have already achieved victories, and spread the strike just in two weeks. Out in Australia supporters on the outside held a noise demo to support inmates at a juvenile corrections facility. These tactics can begin to feel a little routine if you’ve been doing prisoner solidarity work for a while. This time was different than usual however, because the very next day, the youth inside let loose and rioted. Headlines read “Kid jail chaos: armed youths run riot and attack guards leaving expensive clean-up bill.” These noise demos are more than a fist in the air and some boom boxes, they hold the potential to spread this strike and to spread rebellion. These demos don’t only give people a little hope that they aren’t forgotten in there, its also to say, “We are here, we are with you and we hate prisons too.” They are ways to reach through the prison walls and help light the match. We want to see noise demos continue to be a way of connecting. This can extend to family as well. Sometimes its hard to get close enough to a prison for the anyone inside to actually hear you, so we suggest trying to hit them just as visitation is letting out. Make sure to bring plenty of literature and contact info, because if you can strike up conversations with family members and close friends, you can get the news to those inside that there are those of us out here that hate prisons. When that kind of news reaches inside the walls, who knows what kinds of rebellion can spread.

As prison guards begin to refuse to show up for duty down in Holman, we can’t help but wonder where the coming weeks and months will lead this strike.

Now for all that news from the Bloc:

Jayne Waller has a new address. Sacramento Prisoner Support has also put together a beautiful new flier for spreading the word of support for Jayne. You can write Jayne at:

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Janye Waller BA2719
California Correctional Center
Facility B
PO Box 2400
Susanville, CA 96127

Sacramento Prisoner Support also had this to say:

We need consistent money for commissary, phone calls, and transportation for visitations. That is why we ask, if you can, to sign up for MONTHLY RECURRING DONATIONS for one year (or up until May 2017). Even if it’s just $3 or $5 or $15 per month (or $30 if you can do it!) if a bunch...

13:52

Know your NEM: Big questions over Victoria renewables target "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

South Australia electricity price falls; Infigen Energy gives up 30%; why biggest gas pipeline operator is no saint; and the big questions over Victoria renewable energy target.

13:35

The census is watching: on the surveillance of Muslims "IndyWatch Feed National"

But, she points out, it can also be those minority groups who are of the greatest interest to the Australian Government for purposes of surveillance. ‘It’s mostly Muslim people who are inflicted with increased surveillance in our post-September 11 world’, says Edney-Browne. The Australian public is frequently divided over whether or not this is okay.

12:39

Courtney Barnett Says Her “Darker” New Album Might Be “Just Me & A Piano” "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Courtney Barnett Says Her “Darker” New Album Might Be “Just Me & A Piano”

Courtney Barnett has unveiled more details regarding the progress of her eagerly anticipated follow-up to her breakthrough debut album, Sometimes I Sit And Think And Sometimes I Just Sit, which dropped to critical acclaim last year.

Speaking to NME, Barnett revealed that her sophomore effort is already “half-written”, i.e. she has a lot of half-written songs, and not only are they darker in tone than her output thus far, but they are largely piano-based.

“One day I hate everything I’ve written, the next it seems alright. When I get home from touring, I’ll be able to think about it logically. So far, the new songs are a general reflection on the meaning of life, our purpose for being here and all that rubbish,” she said.

“I’ve been writing on piano a lot. It’s darker and more melancholy, probably as a reflection on politics.” She continued: “I’m really bad at decision making. For me, finishing a song takes so much more effort than starting one.”

“I’ve got some good half-songs for the next record, and maybe they’ll turn into great full songs.” Barnett said she wasn’t sure if her backing band, the CB3, would be making an appearance on the second album.

“I don’t know. It could just be an album with me and a piano, so who knows?” she said. “If I knew how the album was going to sound so far in advance, I wouldn’t bother recording it. But I love those guys, they’re the greatest musicians.”

Speaking at Coachella earlier this year, the Melbourne singer-songwriter revealed she hasn’t stopped writing songs since the release of Sometimes I Sit and Think. “I’ve been writing since the last one I guess,” she told interviewers.

“A lot of the new songs I haven’t even shown the band yet, I’m still trying to write them… It’s a vulnerable time,” she continued. “I get nervous showing them to anyone in case they suck or something.”

12:33

ACF appeals Federal Court decision on Adani’s Carmichael coal mine "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Media Release from The Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF):

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MEDIA RELEASE

19 September 2016

ACF appeals Federal Court decision on Adani’s Carmichael coal mine

The Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF) has lodged an appeal to the Federal Court’s decision which found the approval of Adani’s Carmichael coal mine to be lawful.

ACF disputes the Environment Minister’s argument in court that the burning of coal from Carmichael mine will not have an impact on global warming and the Great Barrier Reef.

“This is a profound moment in the history of protecting Australia’s environment, as we attempt to stop a coal mine that would create 4.6 billion tonnes of climate pollution if it is allowed to proceed,” said ACF’s President Geoff Cousins.

“Australia’s system of environment laws is broken if it allows the Federal Environment Minister to approve a mega-polluting coal mine – the biggest in Australia’s history – and claim it will have no impact on the global warming and the reef.

“If our environment laws are too weak to actually protect Australia’s unique species and places, they effectively give companies like Adani a licence to kill.

“Be in no doubt, Adani’s Carmichael proposal is massive and will lock in decades of damaging climate pollution if it goes ahead, further wrecking the reef.

“The science is clear that we can have coal or the reef – but we can’t have both.

“In our original legal challenge, Justice Griffiths recognised that there was considerable public interest in ACF’s case and we are in no doubt that we represent the concerns of the majority of Australians.

“In a ReachTel survey of 2,600 Australians at the end of August, 81 per cent said they would support stronger federal environment laws to protect the Great Barrier Reef.

“And 75 per cent support environment groups’ right to use legal avenues to uphold existing environmental laws.

“It comes down to this. The planet warming pollution from Adani’s coal mine threatens the reef and all living things. The Australian Conservation Foundation does not accept this future – and we will take all reasonable steps we can to stop this mine.”

12:24

A cup of tea with your solar plant? "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Sun Brilliance wants its solar plant to become a visitor complex for weddings, parties ... and a nice cuppa tea. Now, why didn't coal fired power stations think of that?

12:23

Redflow says first ZCell batteries to be installed in homes in October "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Redflow says first ZCell residential battery storage systems to be delivered to customers next month after first shipment of batteries arrived in Australia on Sunday.

12:12

Wind energy costs set to continue to decline, according to Berkeley Lab "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Continued technological advancements are expected to continue reducing the cost of wind energy, according to a new survey of leading wind experts.

12:11

Tesla wins contract for largest lithium-ion battery storage installation in world "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Tesla wins contract to install 20MW/80MWh Powerpack for Southern California Edison Mira Loma Substation.

12:05

Aussie Post-Punk Legends The Sunnyboys Announce 2017 Tour "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Aussie Post-Punk Legends The Sunnyboys Announce 2017 Tour

Some 30 years after their initial disbanding, Aussie post-punk legends The Sunnyboys are getting back together again. The band reformed recently for sold out shows along the East Coast in 2013 and 2014, with a full scale 2015 tour proving fans are still hungry for more.

2017 will see the band reform again, but this time they will be playing their 1981 self-titled debut album in its entirety.

“What a thrill it will be to play our 1st album from start to finish,” says bassist Peter Oxley. “We have never ever done this before. Looking forward to ‘I Can’t Talk to You (reprise)!'”

As if that wasn’t enough for die-hard Sunnyboys fans, Sydney will also be treated to a rare showing of The Flaming Hands and The Shy Impostors as support, the first time all three acts have been on one bill together.

“When Peter Oxley called with the proposition of reforming the Flaming Hands for a gig with the Sunnyboys I jumped at the opportunity,” said Julie Mostyn of The Flaming Hands. “The two bands have a shared history both as friends and as contemporaries that played together in what was a golden era of Australian music.”

Interstate fans wont be missing out either, as the legendary X will be joining the band in Melbourne, while The Celibate Rifles and Ed Kuepper with Mark Dawson will be playing support in Queensland.

Check out the dates to what will no doubt be the feel good tour of the summer below.

Image credit: Kaye Harrison

Sunnyboys 2017 Tour Dates

February 3rd

Gold Coast, The Nightquarter (only Queensland show)

Special guests: The Celibate Rifles and Ed Kuepper with Mark Dawson.

February 4th

Sydney, Enmore Theatre

Special guests: Flaming Hands & Shy Impostors

February 10th

Melbourne, The Croxton

Special guests: X.

12:05

NATION: Turnbull’s backflip marks a year of stunning under-achievement ... "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Urban Wronski ... a reincarnated Bob Ellis … Our cruelty is not only wrong it is expensive. This week sees both a Save the Children and a UNICEF report reveal off-shore detention has cost us $9.6 billion since 2013 – more than the UNHCR’s total global budget for programs this year. The reports coincide with an Audit Office report that puts the cost per detainee at $1570 per day or enough to put each asylum-seeker up in a Hyatt hotel and pay them the pension fifteen times over, calculates Fairfax’s Peter Martin. The Audit Office report shows that not only did the Coalition government breach public service tender guidelines, it created a false sense of emergency to allow it to dispense with proper procedures permitting the successful contractor to add an extra $1.1 billion to its bid without facing any counter-bid. The department of Immigration kept this additional premium secret from then Immigration Minister Scott Morrison who was also not told of the price per head. Also kept secret is Malcolm Turnbull’s own donation to his party campaign war chest made in the second half of the eight week election campaign although he has volunteered that he chipped in $2 million rather than the $1 million originally reported. It is still a good investment should he last three years. Turnbull is the only PM in Australian political history to have bought his own mandate but, oddly, no-one brings this up as his greatest achievement. • The Saturday Paper: Malcolm Turnbull’s biographer turns on the PM • The Age: We are living in the age of unreason and that’s a fact ... • Luigi in Comments: Yes, Malcolm’s Prime Ministership looks pretty bad from the outside.  But we should have some sympathy.  Imagine how bad it is for him from the inside.

12:00

Jump completes Evel Knievel stunt "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

A Hollywood stuntman has completed a steam-powered “motorcycle” stunt jump across Snake River Canyon that motorcycle daredevil Evel Knievel so famously failed to do in 1974.

Evel fan Eddie Braun, 54, rocketed to about 400mph (643km/h) to jump the 488m across the Idaho canyon on Friday before a parachute deployed and safely brought him back to earth.

He said he had trouble finding sponsors for the jump and paid $US 1.5m of his own money to build a replica of Evel’s Skycycle X-2 and perform the stunt.




 

 

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11:56

This Week’s 13 Awesome Jobs In Music That Could Be Yours "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

This Week’s 13 Awesome Jobs In Music That Could Be Yours

Some of the Australian music world’s biggest names often leave doors of opportunity ajar, just waiting for the right kind of professional music fan to come knocking.

Our regular Music Jobs column is the place where we’ll help you grab the proverbial handle and walk on through, as we take the pain out of scrolling through endless (and sometimes shady) job listings to provide you a selection of killer career opps in the music world.

No free work or internships here, just authentic chances to break into the music industry. So update your CV, brush up your cover letter writing chops, stop dreaming, and start doing what you love for a living.

Recorded Music Manager at Unified

Full-time / Melbourne, VIC

“UNIFIED is the soundtrack of good people working together to achieve extraordinary results. We exist as an artist services company; giving choice and freedom back to our artists on how they manage their career and music. One such way we achieve this is by creating artist owned and led record labels.

“The newly created position of Recorded Music Manager will oversee our artist led labels including ONETWO (Illy’s label), NLV Records (Nina Las Vegas’ label) and House of Beige (Remi’s label) as well as the other labels in our group – Hopeless Records and UNFD.”

More info can be found here.

Touring Coordinator at Unify Presents

Full-time / Melbourne, VIC

“UNIFIED’s newly created Touring Department, UNIFY Presents, was launched in 2016 and already boasts successful tours by artists like Bring Me The Horizon, Slipknot, The Amity Affliction, A Day To Remember, Northlane and many more.

“As the department expands, UNIFIED is looking to hire a co-ordinator to help operate its tours and build the brand awareness and social media strategy.”

More info can be found here.

Ecommerce Manager at Universal Music Australia

Full-time / Sydney, NSW

“As part of the wider eCommerce function, the eCommerce Manager champions an innovative and inclusive culture that seeks out new opportunities to develop digital marketing strategies to grow an engaged audience/fan base to maximise engagement.

“Plan, develop and deliver new online revenue generating opportunities across bespoke store plays along with ensuring existing online stores revenue/product development is maximized.”

More info can be found here.

Project Coordinator at Melbourne Uni (VCA & MCM)

Full-time / Melbourne, VIC

“The Faculty of the Victorian College of the Arts and Melbourne Conservatorium of Music (VCA & MCM) offers programs in music, visual arts, performing arts and film to emerging artistic practitioners in the midst of one of the world’s most vibrant arts precincts at Southbank.

“You will be responsible for identifying and leading a program of key projects and business improvement initiatives across the Faculty to deliver process and system improvements in priority areas. You will be the Faculty expert in process improvement and liaise with the University’s Continuous Improvement Centre to adopt and train staff across the Faculty in Agile and Lean Six Sigma solutions. You will also act as the Executive Assistant to the Faculty Ex...

11:55

The C-Word: Its Manners, Customs and Many Varied Uses "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Last week, a protestor crashed a stage with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, and dropped the c-bomb. Intrepid New Matilda columnist Dr Liz Conor asks the age old question: Is using a female body part as a term of derision misogynistic? And a language warning… there’s quite a bit of it to follow.

Last month a group of protestors intercepted Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull as he fronted the Committee for Economic Development (CEDA) in Melbourne. They sought to publically shame him for the abuse of refugees in indefinite detention on Nauru and Manus Island.

Waving a placard, ‘FFS Close the Bloody Camps’, one of the protestors mounted the stage and hurled ‘Cunt’ through her teeth at a dumbfounded Turnbull.

When one of the group was later interviewed on The Project, Waleed Aly pointedly asked whether swearing at the Prime Minister was the most effective way to get their message across.

Samantha Castro, of WACA (Whistleblowers Activists and Citizens Alliance) replied their main message had indeed been communicated and the use of language was proportionate to the substantive issue to hand – the exposure of vulnerable asylum seekers, including children, to sexual and physical abuse in these negligently mismanaged tropical gulags.

Feelings ran high. The Nauru papers, detailing over 2,000 incident reports of abuse, including assaults, sexual assaults and self-harm between 2013 and 2015 (now the subject of a Senate inquiry) had been published by The Guardian. Adrenalin was pumping. Appalled, incensed and no doubt jittery, the intrepid interceptor spoke for many of us when she reached for The Very Worst Word to hand. That is Cunt.

It comes up a lot, Cunt: its appropriate uses, its acceptable invocations. Since half of us are literally hinged by this soft and slippery assemblage of intensely attuned tissue, it’s been a matter of feminist consternation that it’s the best worst descriptor for derision.

Given what a great source of pleasure it is for women (albeit periodically high maintenance) why should Cunt signify tyrant and tormentor, despot and bully, liar and narcissist, namely all the foulest, basest traits to which, I note mostly men, can be ascribed.

For is Cunt not Origin of the World, life-giving, incarnate sensuality, a circlet of steeped, clasping flesh, orgiastic rapture, ardent enclosure, we could go on and on… with so much to recommend it, you do gotta ask, why be so negative?

Because it is at the apex and core of human experience. No other body part brings forth life. Its capacity for pleasure and pleasure-giving has made it a focal site for commodification, medicalization, regulation, warfare, but also for destabilising heteronormativity and radical feminist reclamation.

It has been mythologised with teeth (Vagina Dentata), monologued, squatted over mirrors, plaster moulded, and Toys actually R US women, ‘fraid.

Because it is ineluctably the custody and experience of the feminine. It is ours, despite the zealous, at times fanatical attempts of patrio-nazis to take possessi...

11:46

Bob Brown Foundation presents 5th Annual Environment Awards "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Media release 19 September 2016

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The Bob Brown Foundation is presenting its 5th annual Environment Awards at a ceremony in Hobart today.

These awards recognise environmental activists who have been prepared to ‘step off the footpath’ to defend the natural world, often at great personal, physical and legal risk.

The 2016 Environmentalist of the Year, with $5000 prize money, is Peter Owen, Director of The Wilderness Society South Australia. Over the past decade, Peter has been instrumental in the protection of large areas of land and seascape including the Nullarbor Plain, South Australia’s Offshore Islands, the Arkaroola Mountains, the Mawson Plateau and the declaration of the State’s 19 marine parks – Australia’s first representative marine park network outside of the Great Barrier Reef.

In January 2016 Peter spearheaded the formation of the Great Australian Bight Alliance, a platform for people and organisations to stand together against fossil fuel mining in the Bight and prevent a Gulf of Mexico scale oil spill which would decimate the marine environment from Western Australia to Tasmania and beyond.

“Peter Owen is in the front rank of ecological achievers world-wide.”

“Thanks to Peter’s tireless campaigning over more than a decade, vast swathes of South Australia’s unique landscapes, islands and marine environments have been protected.”

“This South Australian environmental champion is now determined to see the Great Australian Bight rid of the threat of fossil fuel mining. Peter is leading the campaign to drive BP, and other would-be environmental despoilers, out of the Bight’s wild and pristine waters once and for all”, Bob Brown said.


The 2016 Young Environmentalist of the Year, with $2000 prize money, is Josh Creaser.

A 25 year-old born and bred Canberran, Josh is 350.org Australia's Frontline Projects Coordinator, working on national campaigns to stop the expansion of the coal and gas industry and support a rapid and fair transition to a fossil free energy system.

“The climate action movement is a powerhouse of young activists and Josh Creaser is one making a huge impact.”

“Josh has helped organise some of the most inspirational direct actions of the last few years, involving thousands of people in creative, peaceful protests against the coal and gas giants responsible for dangerous climate change”, Bob Brown said.

“Young, articulate and with a vision for a clean energy future backed by science and public opinion, campaigners like Josh must be a nightmare for the coal and gas industry”, Bob Brown said.


The 2016 Community Environment Prize, and $2000 prize money, goes to Goongerah Environment Centre (GECO).

GECO is a grass roots community group based in the small town of Goongerah in far East Gippsland, Victoria. GECO have been campaigning for protection of East Gippsland’s forests since 1993.

Using a variety of strategies including education, political lobbying, non-violent direct action, citizen science and forest monitoring, GECO have successfully protected a number of important forest habitats for a range of threatened species.

“Goongerah Environment Centre (GECO) are local environmental heroes. Time after time, the authorities have failed to enforce their own laws designed to protect forests and their wildlife, and this brave band of activists have stepped in to ensure the law is upheld.”

“Thanks to GECO’s persistent and innovative campaigns, hundreds of hectares of habitat for threatened species like the Greater Glider and Long-footed potoroo have been saved from destruction.”

“Incredibly, GECO’s activists have....

11:45

World’s Wilderness Gone By 2100 ... "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

… Unthinkable? But a recent study compiled by Australian and United States co-authors have identified that through human growth and the insatiable demand for natural resource extraction, the wild expanses of nature across the globe will be diminished to isolated pockets of primitive country in only a few nations by the end of this century …

11:43

ECCV Statewide Conference, Ballarat, Friday 11 November 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

This November, Victoria’s peak policy advocacy body representing ethnic and multicultural communities and organisations across Victoria - The Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria, along with the Ballarat Regional Multicultural Council - is excited to be hosting The Next Generation of Multicultural Victoria  -  Intergenerational Perspectives Conference in the historic town of Ballarat, the fastest growing regional city in Victoria.

For over 40 years, the Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria (ECCV) has been the link between multicultural communities, government and the wider community. It is the Voice of Multicultural Victoria and the peak policy advocacy body for ethnic and multicultural organisations, proudly advocating for culturally diverse communities, government and the wider community.

ECCV Chairperson, Eddie Micallef, said: “The ECCV 2016 Statewide Conference will lead public discussion on the changing face of multiculturalism in Victoria and generational transition, with people from different generations speaking on a vision for the future. The aim of the Conference is for ECCV, individuals and organizations to participate in a commitment or pledge to make practical and achievable changes in the next three years and beyond.”

Pre-Conference Events on Thursday November 10 will include:  Diverse, Delicious, Nutritious – A cooking demo and lunch of multicultural tasters and workshop on the benefits of multicultural “tucker” for a diverse and ageing population. Afternoon Mayoral Reception, and evening Pre-Conference Dinner - ★Guest Speaker Peter Khalil, MP for Wills and former SBS manager.

Confirmed Facilitators, keynote and guest speakers will include:

★The Hon. Robin Scott Minister for Multicultural Affairs  ★ Helen Kapalos VMC  ★Peter van Vliet  Department of Immigration and Border Protection ★Colleen Hartland Victorian Green MP ★  Carmel Guerra  Centre for Multicultural Youth ★ Aleem Ali  Welcoming Cities, ★Amy Hubbard  Capire Consulting Group, ★Anthea Hancocks  Scanlon Foundation ★Dr Gabriel Garcia Ochoa & Professor Susanna Scarparo  Monash University, Bachelor of Global Studies ★ Nyok Gor South Sudan Australia Peace Initiative ★ Professor Andrew Markus Monash University ★Jessica Williamson  Migration Lawyer ★ Mark Karlovic Sovereign Hill Museums Assoc. ★ Tasmeen Chopra Cultural Curator, Author ★ Kelly Talagan Code Club Australia ★ George Fong Lateral Plains ★ Nivy Balachandran Juris Doctor  ★ Jenny Taing Vanguard ★ Lorraine Ngwenya Useful Link (subject to change &  more to be announced … )

Hosted by James Liotta Actor and Entertainer - and also featuring entertainment and inspirational speakers throughout the day - this promises to be the multicultural event of the year!

MORE INFORMATION and REGISTRATION DETAILS

The ECCV 2016 Statewide Conference

Mercure Convention Centre, Ballarat

11 November 2016

PROGRAM at: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B2On0UnlI7aqZFo5WWY0bXRQQk0  (*subject to change)

Conference Registrations are NOW OPEN!

-          Private and Public Sector:  $150 / person

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11:39

The plebiscite and the impasse on marriage equality "IndyWatch Feed National"

But now this long campaign for equality has taken what I think is a self-defeating turn by making its main focus stopping the proposed plebiscite. And with Bill Shorten’s apparent decision to oppose a popular vote no matter what, that approach may kill not only the plebiscite, but with it any chance of marriage equality being legislated in this term of parliament.

11:32

ECCV Statewide Conference, Ballarat, Friday 11 November 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

 

THE NEXT GENERATION OF MULTICULTURAL VICTORIA - INTERGENERATIONAL PERSPECTIVES

The Conference will lead public discussion on the changing face of multiculturalism in Victoria, with people from different generations speaking on a vision for the future.  

Aim: to explore and shape the future of multicultural Victoria.

Objective: for ECCV and other ethnic and multicultural community leaders, individuals and organisations to participate in a commitment or pledge to make practical and achievable changes in the next three years and beyond.

Featured presenters: The Hon. Minister Robin Scott, Helen Kapalos, Colleen Hartland MP, Prof. Andrew Markus, Carmel Guerra, George Fong, Sonia Vignjevic, Peter van Vliet, Tasmeen Chopra,  Aleem Ali, Jenny Taing, CMY Youth advisory group, to name a few.

Facilitated by: renowned Italo-Australian award winning Actor, Comedian, Performer, TV & Radio Presenter: James Liotta.

CONFERENCE

WHEN:         Friday, November 11, 9:00am - 5:00pm

WHERE:       Mecure Convention Centre, 613 Main Rd, Ballarat, Victoria 3350.

Don't miss out! Tickets going fast!

  • Private & Public Sector: $150
  • ECCV members, Concession, Community Sector: $120
  • Young Refugees, Other New Arrivals, Students: $75.

PRE-CONFERENCE DINNER

WHEN: Thursday, November 10, 7pm

WHERE: Housey Housey @ The Forge, 12 Armstrong St Nth, Ballarat Central

DINNER COST: $80 Public & Private Sector, $65 ECCV members, concession & community sector

REGISTRATIONS: here 

CONFERENCE PROGRAM: here

Become a Conference Sponsor. Partner with us for great exposure. For sponsorship benefits please contact Toula Elefsiniotis at conference@eccv.org.au or call (03) 9349 4122. 

Sponsorship Prospectus available: here

All Conference enquiries to Toula at conference@eccv.org.au or (03) 9349 4122

 

 

11:29

Brown's tourism appeal against Styx logging 'outrage' "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Media Release 18 September 2016

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After visiting the World Heritage Styx Valley of the Giants today, environmentalist Bob Brown says clearfall logging right to the side of the Styx Valley Road is an outrage against Tasmania's tourism industry.

"Forestry Tasmania has shown sheer bloody-mindedness since the World Heritage declaration. Rather than leave a screen of forest beside the road over the Maydena Range to the spectacular Styx Valley, recent logging is right to the roadside. And tomorrow, Forestry Tasmania is closing the Styx Road again, this time in the heart of the valley between the Styx Bridge and the Big Tree Reserve to log regrowth native forest right to the roadside. It is sickening. this is not what visitors are expecting," Bob Brown said.

"I call on the Hodgman government to have a win-win outcome by proceeding while leaving a 50 metres screen of forest next to this major tourism artery."

Attached Photographs Logging to Styx tourism road on Maydena Range today by Bob Brown.

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For more information
Jenny Weber
0427 366 929

 

11:25

National indigenous photomedia works on show in Tweed "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Tony Albert, Brothers (New York Dreaming) 2015, pigment inkjet print, stickers. National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, purchased 2016. Courtesy the artist and Conceptio Unlimited Limited

Tony Albert, Brothers (New York Dreaming) 2015, pigment inkjet print, stickers. National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, purchased 2016. Courtesy the artist and Conceptio Unlimited Limited

Work by some of the most significant Indigenous photographers and multimedia artists in the past five years have gone on a show in a travelling exhibition which opened at the Tweed Regional Gallery this week.

The National Gallery of Australia’s (NGA) exhibition Resolution: new Indigenous photomedia brings together, according to its director, critically acclaimed artists with emerging talent reflecting the diversity and dynamism of contemporary practice.

NGA chief Gerard Vaughan said that over the past 30 years, the NGA has developed one of the world’s great collections of Indigenous photomedia.

Resolution reflects our continued engagement with this vital aspect of contemporary art,’ Mr Vaughan said.

‘The foundations of contemporary Indigenous photography were laid in the late ’80s, with a generation of politicised and provocative artists documenting their experiences of the Bicentennial marking 200 years of European settlement.

‘The last 30 years has seen the emergence of artists who engage critically and thoughtfully with the present and the past and continue to layer their artistic identity with challenges to contemporary culture.’

Christian Thompson, Gods and kings 2015, from the series Imperial relic, chromogenic colour photograph. National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, purchased 2016. Courtesy of Michael Reid, Sydney

Christian Thompson, Gods and kings 2015, from the series Imperial relic, chromogenic colour photograph. National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, purchased 2016. Courtesy of Michael Reid, Sydney

Resolution will be on display at the Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre until 4 December and will travel to Australian venues over the coming 18...

11:00

Digital economy is our fifth pillar ... "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

“The internet is a telephone system that’s gotten uppity” Clifford Stoll. In that one phrase, US based author and tech commentator Clifford Stoll, nails the Tasmanian challenge … … Our digital economy is the fifth pillar of the Tasmanian economy - and we can grow our intellectual exports, consulting and professional services, data management and creative economy. At the heart of Tasmania’s ability to operate, trade, educate, heal and employ is a robust communications infrastructure.  It is precisely because we have had such a good system that on a day to day basis many of us don’t need to give much thought to whether we will be able to access our Facebook today, do some online shopping or upload data to sell on the mainland …

10:59

Australia’s Floundering Involvement In Syria "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Dee McLachlan What a mess. Hang on, I thought there was a cease fire (i.e., “a temporary suspension of fighting”). Seven days ago The Guardian reported: “Syria ceasefire begins as agencies prepare to deliver aid” and “Trucks set to bring humanitarian supplies to besieged city of Aleppo amid cautious optimism that ceasefire will hold.” […]

10:55

Senator Malcolm Roberts fails high school science in maiden speech "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

What happens when a climate science denialist gets things badly, horribly, terribly, and embarrassingly wrong.

10:43

ECCV Statewide Conference, Ballarat, Friday 11 November 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

 

THE NEXT GENERATION OF MULTICULTURAL VICTORIA - INTERGENERATIONAL PERSPECTIVES

The Conference will lead public discussion on the changing face of multiculturalism in Victoria, with people from different generations speaking on a vision for the future.  

Aim: to explore and shape the future of multicultural Victoria.

Objective: for ECCV and other ethnic and multicultural community leaders, individuals and organisations to participate in a commitment or pledge to make practical and achievable changes in the next three years and beyond.

Featured presenters: The Hon. Minister Robin Scott, Helen Kapalos, Colleen Hartland MP, Prof. Andrew Markus, Carmel Guerra, George Fong, Sonia Vignjevic, Peter van Vliet, Tasmeen Chopra,  Aleem Ali, Jenny Taing, CMY Youth advisory group, to name a few.

Facilitated by: renowned Italo-Australian award winning Actor, Comedian, Performer, TV & Radio Presenter: James Liotta.

CONFERENCE

WHEN:         Friday, November 11, 9:00am - 5:00pm

WHERE:       Mecure Convention Centre, 613 Main Rd, Ballarat, Victoria 3350.

Don't miss out! Tickets going fast!

  • Private & Public Sector: $150
  • ECCV members, Concession, Community Sector: $120
  • Young Refugees, Other New Arrivals, Students: $75.

PRE-CONFERENCE DINNER

WHEN: Thursday, November 10, 7pm

WHERE: Housey Housey @ The Forge, 12 Armstrong St Nth, Ballarat Central

DINNER COST: $80 Public & Private Sector, $65 ECCV members, concession & community sector

REGISTRATIONS: here 

CONFERENCE PROGRAM: here

Become a Conference Sponsor. Partner with us for great exposure. For sponsorship benefits please contact Toula Elefsiniotis at conference@eccv.org.au or call (03) 9349 4122. 

Sponsorship Prospectus available: here

All Conference enquiries to Toula at conference@eccv.org.au or (03) 9349 4122

 

 

 


10:25

The Complete List Of Bluesfest 2017 Sideshows "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The Complete List Of Bluesfest 2017 Sideshows

Bluesfest is just around the corner, with a huge line up including the likes of Zac Brown Band, Patti Smith and The Lumineers to name just a few. With tickets to the festival not far off selling out, the crew are announcing sideshows for those fans who can’t quite make it out to Byron Bay next Easter.

Organisers have announced a slew of sideshows along the East Coast for some of Bluesfest’s biggest names, a boon for fans looking for a more personal time with the likes of Patti Smith and her band, The Lumineers, and Bonnie Raitt amongst others.

Check the list of all the currently announced Bluesfest 2017 sideshows below, and keep checking in for more updates, with more dates no doubt soon to be announced.

Patti Smith And Her Band Perform Horses

State Theatre, Sydney Nsw – Sun 9 April 2017

Hamer Hall, Melbourne Vic – Sun 16 April 2017

The Lumineers

Sydney Opera House, Sydney Nsw – Mon 17 + Tues 18 April 2017

State Theatre, Melbourne Vic – Wed 19 April 2017

Metro City, Perth Wa – Sat 22 April 2017

Bonnie Raitt

State Theatre, Sydney Nsw – Fri 7 April 2017

Canberra Theatre Centre, Canberra Act – Sat 8 April 2017

Hamer Hall, Melbourne Vic – Mon 10 April 2017

Snarky Puppy

Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne VIC – Sat 8 April 2017 *Two Shows Announced* 4pm + 7.30pm

Enmore Theatre, Sydney NSW – Mon 10 April 2017

Andrew Bird

Sydney Opera House, Sydney NSW – Sat 15 April 2017

Melbourne Recital Hall, Melbourne VIC – Tues 18 April 2017

10:22

$500/week for demountable housing in Bangalow "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

These dwellings at 12 - 14 Ballina Road, Bangalow, were approved by Byron Shire Council staff as two houses and two granny flats. Photo Chris Dobney

These dwellings at 12 – 14 Ballina Road, Bangalow, were approved by Byron Shire Council staff as two houses and two granny flats. Photo Chris Dobney

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[Updated] Residents of Bangalow’s sleepy Ballina Road are up in arms against four prefabricated dwellings on two subdivisions they say set a shocking precedent in housing approvals.

Referred to by neighbours as ‘horrible structures’ and ‘hideous tin sheds’ the dwellings were erected on former farmland towards the end of the no-through road.

Byron Shire Council approved the buildings at 12 and 14 Ballina Road as two houses and two granny flats, although from the outside they all appear the same.

They front a gravel lane running parallel to the road, each one flanked by a zincalume carport.

According to neighbours the dwellings are each advertised for lease by McGrath for $500 a week.

Approved by staff

Local resident David Wood was one of a number of neighbours who sent in submissions regarding the DA for the dwellings, which was approved by council staff.

Residents only found out after the fact that the housing had been approved without them being advised.

Mr Wood added, ‘It took me a long while to get a response. I ended up writing to the mayor, who handed it on to the general manager.’

‘It was only after I wrote to the mayor a second time that I got a response at all.’

A letter dated August 25 from council’s director of sustainable environment and economy, Shannon Burt, confirmed that ‘two separate DAs were lodged last year for a house and secondary dwelling on each property.’

‘These DAs were notified and submissions received including your own’ she wrote.

‘The DAs were presented to Council’s Planning Review Committee who resolved that they be determined under staff delegation. The DAs were subsequently determined.

‘Please note that Council does not send out further notification to persons that made a submission to a DA determined under delegation. Advice to submitters in the acknowledgement letter directs submitters to a web link to the Eservices page to monitor the status and progress of the DA,’ Ms Burt wrote.

But the council’s response failed to mollify Mr Wood, who told Echonetdaily, ‘The development applications relating to the lots clearly state “house and secondary dwelling” – this is not the case.

‘What has been placed on the property are four Colourbond demountable cabins as seen in caravan parks.

‘I understand the need for affordable housing* but this surely does not comply with council standards in that regard. Further to this, For Lease signs have been erected at a rental price of $500 per cabin per week, surely this does not represent affordable housing,’ Mr Wood said.

Indeed Ms Burt confirmed the nature of the construction in a further letter dated September 8, although insisting each consisted of ‘house and secondary dwelling’.

‘The development consent granted is for the construction of a dwelling house, a secondary dwelling, and associated carports on each property.

‘The developer i...

10:18

Men’s shed at Tweed Coast sports field gets green light "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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The latest incidence of vandalism occurred just last week at the Black Rocks sports field.

A longtime opponent of a proposed men’s shed to be built in at an isolated sports field at Black Rocks south of Pottsville says giving the facility a five-year licence to operate there is a devastating blow to local koalas.

Tweed shire councillors last Thursday voted to grant the licence to the Pottsville and District Men’s Shed (Inc.) for the use of the area (mayor Katie Milne and deputy mayor Gary Bagnall against).

Black Rocks resident and koala campaigner Dave Norris says the temporary men’s shed would be built just 20 metres from primary koala habitat and 350 metres inside a koala corridor, ‘which is ‘against recommendations by koala expert Dr Steve Phillips and concerns expressed by the Office of Environment and Heritage’.

Mr Norris said that an alternative centrally-located site for the shed in Pottsville on crown land which had recently been canvassed as a possibility for locating the shed was also ignored by councillors supporting the Black Rocks option.

The proposal for the licence was moved by Cr Warren Polglase and seconded by Cr Barry Longland, and supported by Cr Carolyn Byrne.

A proposed amendment by Crs Milne and Bagnall to defer the item until council considered further advice from the lands department over future requirements by the Rural Fire Service (RFS) and State Emergency Service (SES), which use the crown land site, was also defeated along the same 3-2 vote (Crs Milne and Bagnall in the minority).

Cr Milne later also unsuccessfully moved to bring forward a report to the next council meeting on the proposed future use of the Crown land areas behind the existing RFS and SES ‘and the potential of all parties to work together to provide for a site for the Pottsville Men’s Shed in this location’.

She said this was ‘in accordance with council’s previous resolution of 21 August 2014 “to pursue alternative sites”’ including future development or appropriately zoned sites that could accommodate the men’s shed in the longer term on a permanent basis’.

Mr Norris, a Black Rocks resident who for years has campaigned against the shed, is on Cr Milne’s election ticket for the 29 October poll, as her No. 4 candidate. He spoke against the shed at length during public access before last week’s meeting.

Cr Byrne told Echonetdaily the mayor should have abstained from voting on the issue given the conflict of interest with the candidacy. Cr Milne is yet to respond on whether she should have done so.

10:00

Zillmere to Caboolture TRANSLink train line shut until Friday, commuters asked to add 90mins to travel and more Zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Zillmere to Caboolture TRANSLink train line shut until Friday, commuters asked to add 90mins to travel

Zillmere to Caboolture TRANSLink train line shut until Friday, commuters asked to add 90mins to travel

Commuters from the Sunshine coast and Brisbane’s north will face a week of disruptions and up to a 90 minute delay with train tracks shut down until Friday.

More than 200 buses have replaced the trains in both directions between Zillmere and Caboolture to Boondall station, running every 10 minutes during peak times and every 15 minutes in off-peak.

09:49

UQ Gatton solar facility to test RedFlow battery storage "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

University of Queensland to add 200kW RedFlow zinc bromine battery to its world-leading solar research facility to test how it helps renewables interact with grid.

09:40

Shriver, Abdel-Magied, and writing fiction. "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

    I’ve spent the last few days thinking about cultural appropriation and the writing of fiction, as a consequence of the controversial keynote speech given by author Lionel Shriver at the Brisbane Writers Festival, and the distress expressed by Yassmin Abdel-Magied that caused her to walk out of Shriver’s presentation. Briefly, Shriver stated her hope […]

09:38

Monday 9am Bulletin "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says he regrets the loss of life in Syria, after an air strike involving Australian aircraft.

A report for the Australian National Audit Office has found The Immigration Department has made mistakes in its handling of contracts, for offshore detention centres.

An Adelaide man has been hospitalised after a home invasion in Henley Beach.

Online job marketplace Airtasker, has been accused by the New South Wales Workers Union of eroding workers’ rights.

A deal between fuel retailers and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission will see South Australian drivers struggling to locate discount fuel around the state.

Police this morning are investigating a suspicious house fire that occurred last night in Clearview.

In Sport…

Australian rugby team, the Wallabies bet Argentina in a 36 to 20 bonus-point win after Saturday night’s Rugby Championship showdown in Perth.

Crows captain Taylor Walker says he is disappointed with the Crows after their semi – finals loss against Sydney on the weekend.

Fifteen year old, Isis Holt, has received her second Paralympics silver medal for Australia in the two hundred metre T 35.

News Reader: Chloe Holmes. Sports Reader: Georgia Roberts. Producer: Georgia Roberts. Web Editor: Jake Bell. Journalists: Chloe Holmes, Georgia Roberts, Jake Bell, Teagan Short.

09:35

The drugs squad copper who dealt drugs to his terminally ill son "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Pen received this moving story from  a police officer whose son became ill with cancer and subsequently died. The illness led the father and...

The post The drugs squad copper who dealt drugs to his terminally ill son appeared first on The Pen.

09:20

Crowded House Return To Sydney For Two ‘Encore’ Shows "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Crowded House Return To Sydney For Two ‘Encore’ Shows

In 1996 the world bid farewell to Crowded House on the steps of the Sydney Opera House. This November, nearly 20 years to the day, the trans-Tasman band are reforming for two anniversary encore shows on the 25th and 26th of November – their only shows for 2016.

The timing could not be any better, as November will also see the band’s back catalogue reissued in time for their induction into the ARIA hall of fame.

“I am excited to announce two ‘Encore’ performances on the forecourt of the Sydney Opera House,” announced Nick Seymour, bassist and founding member of the group. “The shows will mark the 20th anniversary of our break-up concert. ‘Proper order!’

“So please join us for a f*ck off sing song, an off-piste jam session, a toast to absent friends and NO RAIN.”

The band’s back catalogue reissues will come packed with various unreleased material including rareties and demos, all set to be released on November 4th on just about every format you can think of, including 180-gram vinyl, just in time for the shows.

In an interesting pairing, Kirin J. Callinan will be playing support for both nights, Friday November 25 and Saturday November 26, with tickets on sale 10am Monday September 26.

09:19

Building a home of earth "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

It promises to be a bumper season for swallows and martins. Small colonies of Fairy Martins are building (or refurbishing) their wonderful adobe nests throughout the district, collecting mud pellets from roadside puddles. Locally they prefer to attach their nests to artificial structures, such as bridges and culverts, but will happily use eroded gullies as well. Tree Martins on the other hand, favour tree hollows – I expect to see them in good numbers on local wetlands over coming weeks.

Fairy Martin @ Joyce's Creek collecting mud pellets, 17th September 2016

Fairy Martin @ Joyce’s Creek collecting mud pellets, 17th September 2016

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This image shows off the chestnut crown and streaked throat makings of the Fairy Martin

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A precision aerialist!

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My favourite martin …


09:13

SolarReserve aims to build 6 solar tower power plants in South Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Following article was published on 13 September 2016 in RenewEconomy and written by Giles Parkinson. The Pen has republished it because it sheds light...

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09:00

Gay pride march in Brisbane attracts thousands and more Zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Gay pride march in Brisbane attracts thousands including police, politicians and emergency services

Simone Vogel cold case: Brother of brothel madam 'threatened by senior police officer' in 1977

The brother of a missing Queensland massage parlour boss has revealed he received a death threat from a senior Queensland police officer, after making inquiries into her disappearance.

Bob Beniston, whose sister  Simone Vogel disappeared in 1977, has just revealed to the ABC that he received a threatening call from the Police Officer at the time, when he was working for the Commonwealth Police.

08:58

Turf thief hits Pottsville koala-zone site for third time "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The koala crossing at Pottsville. Thieves have been targeting the work site, stealing 10 cubic metres of turf. Photo supplied.

The koala crossing at Pottsville. Thieves have been targeting the work site, stealing 10 cubic metres of turf. Photo supplied.

Tweed Shire Council is appealing for public help to stop the ongoing theft of freshly laid turf on roadside verges at Pottsville where a second koala crossing has been built.

Over the past month, the thief has taken up to 10 cubic metres of turf from the Coronation Drive work site three times.

Council crews have completed work on the site, its second Koala Zone in the Tweed, but cannot call the job finished as the thief continues to steal the turf.

Council has asked if anyone sees people acting suspiciously or a vehicle stopped at the work site at night, to take note of the make and model of that vehicle and number plate and report it to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or Council on 02 6670 2400 or after hours on 1800 818 326.

The koala crossing in Coronation Avenue, Pottsville, is the second in the shire branded with the distinctive green and yellow markings.

It has been applied to the new surface of a 300m stretch of road that passes through a low-lying area in Pottsville, separating two known koala habitats along a narrow vegetation corridor.

The decision to install the koala zone coincided with the scheduled upgrade of that section of road.

Council installed its first koala zone on Clothiers Creek Road, Clothiers Creek, in November 2014 and has since collected evidence that shows they do work.

The effectiveness of that zone has been measured via traffic counters recording the speed of motorists.

A council spokesperson said that since installing the branded koala zone, there has been a positive trend of proportionally fewer motorists travelling at speeds above the posted limit: 60 per cent in January 2016 as opposed to 75 per cent before the zone was created.

The Koala Zone branding was paid for via a one-off offset contribution of $50,000 for the removal of some trees in Pottsville by a private developer some years ago.

The road upgrade included construction of a slow point median to force traffic to reduce speed at that critical koala crossing point. The speed limit on the section currently is set at 50kph.

Two solar street lights are yet to be installed to assist motorists to see any koalas that may be on or approaching the road.

 

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08:42

Monday 8am Bulletin "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says he regrets the loss of life in Syria, after an air strike involving Australian aircraft.

A report for the Australian National Audit Office has found The Immigration Department has made mistakes in its handling of contracts, for offshore detention centres.

Online job marketplace Airtasker, has been accused by the New South Wales Workers Union of eroding workers’ rights.

A deal between fuel retailers and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission will see South Australian drivers struggling to locate discount fuel around the state.

An Adelaide man has been hospitalised after a home invasion in Henley Beach.

Australian Olympians’ Brett Robinson and Eloise Wellings have shared wins in annual Adelaide fundraising run City to Bay.

In Sport…

Australian rugby team, the Wallabies bet Argentina in a 36 to 20 bonus-point win after Saturday night’s Rugby Championship showdown in Perth.

Fifteen year old, Isis Holt, has received her second Paralympics silver medal for Australia in the two hundred metre T 35.

Crows captain Taylor Walker says he is disappointed with the Crows after their semi – finals loss against Sydney on the weekend.

News Reader: Chloe Holmes. Sports Reader: Georgia Roberts. Producer: Georgia Roberts. Web Editor: Jake Bell. Journalists: Chloe Holmes, Georgia Roberts, Jake Bell, Teagan Short.

08:37

The Complete List Of Falls Festival 2016 Sideshows "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Complete List Of Falls Festival 2016 Sideshows

The summer festival season is almost upon us, Falls Festival is just around the corner, and Falls brass are still celebrating their Lorne and Byron Bay events selling out in record time.

With the Marion Bay and Fremantle festivals not far behind, there’s no better time than right now to drop some big-name sideshows on us and that’s exactly what they’ve gone ahead and done.

Organisers have gone and unveiled a whole string of sideshows from some of Falls’s biggest draws, including The Avalanches, Grouplove, Jamie T, and AlunaGeorge, with more incoming.

Check below for the full list of currently announced Falls Festival 2016 sideshows and make sure you keep checking back for more updates as they come.

The Avalanches

Tuesday, 3rd January 2016
Melbourne Town Hall, Melbourne
w/Grandmaster Flash

Thursday, 5th January 2016
Enmore Theatre, Sydney
w/Grandmaster Flash

Saturday, 7th January 2016
Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide
w/Bad//Dreems

AlunaGeorge

Friday, 6th January 2016
The Corner, Melbourne

Grouplove

Tuesday, 3rd January 2016
Enmore Theatre, Sydney
w/Phantogram

Friday, 6th January 2016
Melbourne Town Hall, Melbourne

Jamie T

Wednesday, 4th January 2016
Enmore Theatre, Sydney

Thursday, 5th January 2016
Croxton Bandroom, Melbourne

Modern Baseball

Wednesday, 4th January 2016
Metro Theatre, Sydney (Lic/AA)

Friday, 6th January 2016
170 Russell, Melbourne

Lemaitre

Wednesday, 4th January 2016
Oxford Art Factory, Sydney

Friday, 6th January 2016
Howler, Melbourne

Catfish & The Bottlemen

Tuesday, 3rd January 2016
170 Russell, Melbourne

Friday, 6th January 2016
Metro Theatre, Sydney

Tuesday, 3rd January 2016
Metro Theatre, Sydney (AA)

Thursday, 5th January 2016
170 Russell, Melbourne

RY X

Friday, 6th January 2016
Newtown Social Club, Sydney

Saturday, 7th January 2016
Northcote Social Club, Melbourne

08:26

Syrian toll rises to 90 in US-led air raid "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Firefighters extinguish a fire following an airstrike in the rebel-held area of Douma, outskirts of Damascus. Photo EPA/Mohammed Badra

Firefighters extinguish a fire following an airstrike in the rebel-held area of Douma, outskirts of Damascus. Photo EPA/Mohammed Badra

Cairo [DPA]

The death toll among Syrian government troops in air strikes by the US-led coalition the day before has risen to 90, a monitoring group reports.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights added that the raid, which the US said was unintentional, lasted 40 minutes, hitting several Syrian positions near an air base in the eastern province of Deir al-Zour.

The Observatory initially estimated that 83 Syrian soldiers were killed and 120 injured in the Saturday attack that sparked a row between Russia, a key ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, and the US.

US Defence Department spokesman Peter Cook said the pilots believed they were striking Islamic State targets, and that Russia had been notified of its plans to operate in the area earlier in the day but that ‘no concerns were voiced.’

Australia said Sunday that its planes were among the coalition aircraft over Deir al-Zour. ‘While Syria remains a dynamic and complex operating environment, Australia would never target a known Syrian military unit,’ the Defence Department in Canberra said.

Damascus said that the attack allowed the Islamic State terrorist militia to advance in the area.

Shortly later, al-Assad’s forces, backed by Russian air power, recaptured the positions they had lost out to militants, the Observatory said.

Growing tensions between the US and Russia over the coalition bombardment of the Syrian military have cast doubts over a ceasefire that came into effect in Syria last week.

The truce was brokered by Washington and Moscow earlier this month as part of an ambitious plan aimed at halting fighting in Syria and relaunching a UN-sponsored peace process.

The truce excludes operations against Islamic State and al-Qaeda-linked militants.

In February, a ceasefire, brokered by the US and Russia, went into effect in Syria, but did not hold for long.

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08:18

PM regrets Syrian deaths, injury from raid "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull speaks to the media in Central Park, New York, on Sunday. AAP Image/Jennifer Rajca

Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull speaks to the media in Central Park, New York, on Sunday. AAP Image/Jennifer Rajca

Jennifer Rajca

New York [AAP]

Malcolm Turnbull says Australia regrets the loss of life and injuries to Syrian soldiers as the result of a bombing raid on what were believed to be Islamic State targets.

The prime minister confirmed Australian aircraft were involved in the coalition exercise and pulled out when Russian officials advised the targets may have been Syrian military personnel.

‘We regret the loss of life and injury to any Syrian personnel affected,’ Mr Turnbull told reporters on Sunday in New York, where he is for the annual United Nations General Assembly.

He said Australia’s rules of engagement are to target IS but it is a very complex environment.

‘You’ll find over the next little while no doubt arguments or issues about why there wasn’t more co-ordination or who was meant to be advising who,’ he said.

Mr Turnbull admitted it remains to be seen whether the Syrian ceasefire will be put in jeopardy.

‘While Syria remains a dynamic and complex operating environment, Australia would never intentionally target a known Syrian military unit or actively support [Islamic State],’ Defence earlier said in a statement.

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08:16

08:15

Female nurses at higher risk of suicide "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Nurses and midwives at a Australian Nursing & Midwifery Federation (ANMF) members meeting at the Melbourne Convention Centre in May. AAP Image/David Crosling

Nurses and midwives at a Australian Nursing & Midwifery Federation (ANMF) members meeting at the Melbourne Convention Centre in May. AAP Image/David Crosling

Melbourne [AAP]

The rate of suicide among Australian women is double for those working as health professionals, with nurses and midwives most at risk, a study has found.

A University of Melbourne and Deakin study of close to 10,000 suicides by employed adults between 2001 and 2012 found 3.8 per cent of them were health professionals.

Long working hours, exposure to trauma and the fear of making a mistake may increase rates of suicide in those working in health professions, the study says.

Dr Allison Milner found the age-standardised rate of suicide for female health professionals was 6.4 per 100,000 person-years, while nurses and midwives were even higher at 8.2.

The average suicide rate for women in other professions was 2.8.

While men working in nursing and midwifery also had a higher rate of suicide, the overall rate for male health professionals was similar to other occupations, according to the study.

Men’s risk of suicide was overall higher than women’s, at 14.9 per 100,000.

‘Qualitative research has found that some male nurses experience anxiety about the perceived stigma associated with their non-traditional career choice,’ the authors wrote.

‘These anxieties may constitute a risk factor for suicide for men in these occupations.’

The authors said that women in male-dominated areas of medicine may struggle, feeling there are barriers holding them back from career advancement.

‘Female professionals may still feel pressure to undertake child care and household roles, leading to considerable gender role stress,’ the report said.

Readers seeking support and information about suicide prevention can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467.

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08:12

Nalder to challenge Barnett’s leadership "IndyWatch Feed National"

Dean Nalder speaks at a Perth Freight Link protest in Perth in November 2015. AAP Image/Rebecca Le May

Dean Nalder speaks at a Perth Freight Link protest in Perth in November 2015. AAP Image/Rebecca Le May

Perth [AAP]

Dean Nalder will challenge West Australian premier Colin Barnett for the Liberal party leadership if a spill motion is put forward this week but says he will not instigate it.

‘If the party room does put a spill motion on Tuesday, I will nominate for the position of leader,’ Mr Nalder told reporters on Sunday.

He quit as minister for transport and agriculture this weekend ahead of the March election and said while he had never done the numbers, there were people who privately supported him and were pushing for a leadership change.

The premier has also ruled out launching a spill motion to settle speculation about his leadership, saying he does not play games, but intends to remain in the role.

Mr Nalder said he left a message for the premier about 7.30pm on Saturday regarding his resignation, but never received a call back and had to contact Mr Barnett’s chief of staff.

Mr Barnett, who marks eight years as premier this week, fronted the media with his wife and said he received a message from Mr Nalder at 10.30pm.

He said Tony Simpson, who quit earlier in the day as local government minister and told reporters the state government had lost its way, never mentioned any leadership concerns to him.

‘I am extremely disappointed in both Tony Simpson and Dean Nalder that they did not have the courage or integrity to tell me of their decision face to face or even on the telephone,’ Mr Barnett said.

‘There is something orchestrated about this.’

The premier said he had given Mr Nalder, who had only been a minister for a little more than two years, a great opportunity with important portfolios but he walked away from it.

‘I had shown great faith and confidence in Dean and he let me down,’ he said.

The premier said Mr Nalder had assured him he was not involved in a recent poll organised by businesspeople that was ‘clearly designed to topple’ Mr Barnett, but said he now had some doubts about that.

‘Orchestrated campaign’

Mr Nalder denied he and Mr Simpson quit as part of an orchestrated campaign against Mr Barnett and said he took offence to the premier saying he failed to show integrity.

Mr Nalder said it took him six months to get a one-on-one meeting with Mr Barnett and criticised the premier’s lack of consultation and refusal to support his plan for the Perth Freight Link.

Both he and Mr Simpson have said they learned about policy positions through the premier’s speeches or talkback r...

08:00

WAKE UP AND SMELL THE COFFEE | HIGHER GROUND "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Higher Ground is a whole new world of cool as far as eating out goes. Take the higher ground and you'll feel a lot better for it.

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07:56

...and up they rise! "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Friday 9th September, 2016 a large rain band was moving across Victoria and over the next several days, heavy rains hit the Barwon Catchment. River levels began to rise and by early Wednesday morning the Upper Barwon was in flood as was the Leigh River at Shelford. By Wednesday evening the combined floodwaters from the Upper Barwon, the Leigh and Moorabool Rivers reached Geelong. With the rising water levels came the usual increased interest in the Barwon.
So, before all the excitement of the past few days dies down and the river heights return to more normal levels, it is probably worth posting a few flood photos for posterity as I have done during other flooding events on the Barwon. I won't go into too many facts and figures as I have done that previously. For those interested this post from September, 2011 looks a little at the causes of flooding on the Barwon.
For comparison purposes, here is the post from a small flood event in August, 2012 and this from the January, 2011 flood which always proves remarkably popular when river levels rise.
The current flood event by comparison reached "moderate" levels on both the Upper and Lower Barwon as well as on the Leigh River at Shelford which peaked mid-afternoon on Wednesday at a height of 7.22m. Through Geelong, the flood level peaked over night Thursday at a height of 3.29m, having earlier reached a peak of 6.13m on the Upper Barwon at Rickett's Marsh at around 5:30pm Wednesday.

Moorabool River
Batesford, 8:15am 15th September, 2016


Fyansford, 9:45am 15th September, 2016

07:42

Monday 7am Bulletin "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A report for the Australian National Audit Office has found The Immigration Department made mistakes in its handling of contracts for offshore detention centres.

A deal between fuel retailers and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission will see South Australian drivers struggling to locate discount fuel around the state.

Australian Olympians’ Brett Robinson and Eloise Wellings have shared wins in annual Adelaide fundraising run City to Bay.

SA Health is currently re-testing over 2,000 women after manufacturer Siemens issued a re-call of their cytomegalovirus testing kit.

Adelaide’s Elder Park has hosted Oz Asia’s annual Moon Lantern festival.

In Sport…

Australian rugby team, the Wallabies bet Argentina in a 36 to 20 bonus-point win after Saturday night’s Rugby Championship showdown in Perth.

Crows captain Taylor Walker says he is disappointed with the Crows after their semi – finals loss against Sydney on the weekend.

Fifteen year old, Isis Holt, has received her second paralympics silver medal for Australia in the two hundred metre T 35.

News Reader: Chloe Holmes. Sports Reader: Georgia Roberts. Producer: Georgia Roberts. Web Editor: Jake Bell. Journalists: Chloe Holmes, Georgia Roberts, Jake Bell, Teagan Short.

07:35

Policeman abseils down cliff to retrieve dog "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Senior constable Stirling brings Stella the dog to safety. Photo NSW Police

Senior constable Stirling brings Stella the dog to safety. Photo NSW Police

On Saturday (September 17) police were called out to an unusual rescue after a dog fell over the cliff at Pat Morton Lookout, Lennox Head, onto an inaccessible rock ledge.

About 9.30am (September, 17) Stella the dog was going for a walk along a track at the top of the cliff with her owner.

At a point in time Stella got ‘a little over excited’, according to police and took a wrong turn that resulted in her falling down the headland on to a rock ledge about 10 – 15 metres down.

Stella’s owner contacted 000 and as a result the Ballina SES and the Police Rescue Squad from Lismore were activated.

A short time later, senior constable Stirling abseiled down the cliff and, with a dog harness kindly provided by a member of the public, Stella was lifted and hauled back up the cliff to a very relieved owner.

Senior constable Stirling abseiled down the cliff at Pat Morton Lookout to save a dog. Photo Police Media

Senior constable Stirling abseiled down the cliff at Pat Morton Lookout to save a dog. Photo Police Media

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07:26

The System Has Failed Retail And Fast Food Workers, Says Coles Fair Work Winner "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Duncan Hart recently won an important court action over underpayment of wages as an employee of supermarket giant Coles. He takes aim at his employer, and the union that failed to protect him.

The unprecedented wage theft at Australia’s largest employers, including Coles, Woolworths, Hungry Jack’s, KFC and McDonalds, and the “trade union” which helped to facilitate them, should be nothing less than a national scandal.

Thanks to a lengthy investigation by a group of dedicated reporters and the work of principled unionist Josh Cullinan, we now know the full extent of this theft.

Every roster examined at these large employers shows a majority of workers being paid less than they are entitled to under the federal workplace award.

The scale of this wage theft means roughly 250,000 workers (at least!) are receiving less than the supposed legal minimum- the award “safety net” upon which enterprise agreements are supposed to rest.

In monetary terms we are talking hundreds of millions of dollars every year finding its way into the pockets of corporate giants, rather than low wage workers.

Yet the problem is not new, and not confined to the latest round of enterprise agreements negotiated by the Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees’ Association (SDA), the retail and fast food union.

Actually, we’re talking about 20-plus years, and billions of dollars lost to workers, thanks to the collaboration of the SDA and employers, since enterprise bargaining replaced centralised wage fixing in the early 90’s.

The SDA, and the employers, went into negotiations for enterprise agreements with eyes wide open about their purpose – they wanted to undermine penalty rates for weekends and night work in exchange for a higher base rate of pay.

In a 1999 interview with Woolworths’ National Employee Relations Manager, six years after the first agreement was signed between the company and the SDA, he explained that Woolies had estimated an 8 per cent saving on their total wages bill by moving from the award to the union agreement.

This first Agreement instated the all-too-familiar set-up for today’s retail and fast food giants – the total scrapping of penalty rates on Saturdays and between 6pm and midnight Monday through Friday, and a reduction of the Sunday rate.

This has been the model for every subsequent agreement signed between the SDA, and the employers able to strike a deal with it. Only now has there been an accounting of what this cost workers.

The recently revealed wage theft that has been facilitated by the SDA stretches back to the early 1990’s, but looking at retail wages even further reveals just how bad it is.

In 1974, on the back of strikes involving thousands of retail workers, the SDA – just before it was taken over by its current faction – achieved a NSW state award with an hourly rate for shop assistants of $19.57 in today’s dollars.

This hourly rate remains higher than the hourly rate as laid out in the modern award, which since July 2016 sits at $19.44 an hour.

By 1974, all the important features that still hang on in the modern award, such as penalty rates for night work and weekends and four weeks annual leave, were all established. Equal pay was only entirely introduced into the industry in the same year.

That’s the stark reality of the situation for retail and fast food workers today – our award entitlements today have not increased since the achievement of equal pay in 1974, 42 years ago.

And the SDA’s strategy of undermining award conditions for increases to the base rate of pay have left the majority of us earning less than our legal entitlements, even as those entitlements have stagnated.

As a union movement, we have to look reality in the face and learn the lessons of our past. The last 20 and more years have been years of betrayal for retail workers in this country.

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07:06

Police rescue man from burning crashed car "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A car crashed into a tree and burst into flames after driving over a police officer’s foot during a pursuit on Skinners Shoot Road, Byron Bay, in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Police were patrolling Shirley Street at about 3.30am (Saturday September 17), when they tried to stop a Subaru Liberty being driven without headlights.

They allege the vehicle drove off, reaching an estimated 100km/h in a 50km zone.

Police initiated a pursuit and followed the vehicle to Skinners Shoot Road where the car stopped in a driveway and turned around.

As police approached the car, it allegedly accelerated again, running over a police officer’s foot. The officer was not injured.

Police lost sight of the car but it was located a short time later crashed into trees nearby with flames coming from the engine bay.

The driver, a 26-year-old man, was pulled from the vehicle by police via the driver’s side window and the fire was extinguished.

The driver was taken by NSW Ambulance Paramedics to Tweed Heads Hospital for treatment to a number of injuries as well as mandatory blood and urine tests.

 

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06:43

American-Australian-Queensland government tyranny and spying on citizens "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Number plate readers are rampant in Queensland thanks to the former LNP Corporate Government. Every time you drive, every time you pass a stationary or mobile camera your car, its occupants, its direction and time are photographed and recorded in real time in a massive data bank monitored by Qld Police Inc. and the Main Roads Dept Inc. What are our elected representatives going to do about it?  

Here’s an A-to-Z primer to spell out exactly what government tyranny means post 9/11.

A is for the AMERICAN POLICE STATE. A police state “is characterized by bureaucracy, secrecy, perpetual wars, a nation of suspects, militarization, surveillance, widespread police presence, and a citizenry with little recourse against police actions.”

B is for our battered BILL OF RIGHTS. In the cop culture that is America today, where you can be kicked, punched, tasered, shot, intimidated, harassed, stripped, searched, brutalized, terrorized, wrongfully arrested, and even killed by a police officer, and that officer is rarely held accountable for violating your rights, the Bill of Rights doesn’t amount to much.

C is for CIVIL ASSET FORFEITURE. The latest governmental scheme to deprive Americans of their liberties—namely, the right to property—is being carried out under the guise of civil asset forfeiture, a government practice wherein government agents (usually the police) seize private property they “suspect” may be connected to criminal activity <<a href="http://www.wsj.com/articles/asset-forfeiture-laws-raise-concerns-1435868428">http://www.wsj.com/articles/asset-forfeiture-laws-raise-concerns-1435868428> . Then, whether or not any crime is actually proven to have taken place, the government keeps the citizen’s property.

D is for DRONES. It is estimated that at least 30,000 drones will be airborne in American airspace by 2020, part of an $80 billion industry <<a href="http://www.businessinsider.com/drones-will-soon-automatically-follow-you-2015-7">http://www.businessinsider.com/drones-will-soon-automatically-follow-you-2015-7> . Although some drones will be used for benevolent purposes, many will also be equipped with lasers, tasers and scanning devices, among other weapons—all aimed at “we the people.”

E is for ELECTRONIC CONCENTRATION CAMP. In the electronic concentration camp, as I have dubbed the surveillance state, all aspects of a person’s life are policed by government agents and all citizens are suspects, their activities monitored and regulated, their movements tracked, their communications spied upon, and their lives, liberties and pursuit of happiness dependent on the government’s say-so.

F is for FUSION CENTERS. Fusion centers, data collecting agencies spread throughout the country and aided by the National Security Agency, serve as a clearinghouse for information shared between state, local and federal agencies <<a href="http://www.sandiego6.com/news/sd6-in-the-morning/Police-use-of-Stingray-device-302348101.html">http://www.sandiego6.com/news/sd6-in-the-morning/Police-use-of-Stingray-device-302348101.html> . These fusion centers constantly monitor our communications, everything from our internet activity and web searches to text messages, phone calls and emails. This data is then fed to government agencies, which are now interconnected: the CIA to the FBI, the FBI to local police.

G is for GRENADE LAUNCHERS and GLOBAL POLICE. The federal government has distributed more than $18 billion worth of battlefield-appropriate military weapons, vehicles and equipment <<a href="http://www.newsweek.com/how-americas-police-became-army-1033-program-264537">http://www.newsweek.com/how-americas-police-became-army-1...

06:32

Information about malformations of fetus and abortions in Fukushima "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Fukushima 311 Watchdogs

This video is from April 9, 2016,  6 months ago.

Two evacuated women from Fukushima talk about their experiences. One of them gives information about malformations of fetus and abortions.

With English subtitles which are not great but you can follow the story.

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06:29

LDP policy chief calls for decommissioning of Monju reactor "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Fukushima 311 Watchdogs

n-motegi-a-20160917.jpgToshimitsu Motegi, chairman of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party’s Policy Research Council, on Friday called for decommissioning the Monju prototype fast-breeder nuclear reactor in central Japan as a cost-effective step for the troubled facility.

In an interview, Motegi said that he cannot think of any option other than decommissioning for the reactor in Tsuruga in Fukui Prefecture, which is operated by the Japan Atomic Energy Agency.

Now is the time to make a decision,” Motegi said.

The Monju reactor, which reached criticality for the first time in 1994, has been in operation only for 250 days so far, while more than ¥1 trillion has been spent on the reactor, a core facility for Japan’s nuclear fuel cycle policy.

He also cited a failure to find a new operator of the reactor to replace the JAEA, though the Nuclear Regulation Authority urged the education and science minister to take such…

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06:28

Former Japanese Prime Minister Rejects Crackpot Nuclearism "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Fukushima 311 Watchdogs

Koizumi Supports US Sailors’ TEPCO Lawsuit

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Former Japan Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, flanked by his 2 translators, gives a press conference with plaintiffs in a suit against Fukushima operator TEPCO. Their attorney Charles Bonner is 3rd from right.

I want to say – and this is very important – in the end, we lucked out! It was luck that prevented nuclear war.  [Holds up his thumb and forefinger an half-inch apart.]  Rational individuals came that close to total devastation of their societies.   And that danger exists today. Former U.S. Sec. of Defense Robert McNamara – in ‘The Fog of War” a documentary film by Errol Morris – 2003

Today we still have over 20 thousand real world nuclear weapons. Enough to blow up everybody on the planet several times over….
The antagonism between Russia and the United States has reached a point now where I believe we are on the…

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06:19

Penumbral lunar eclipse of September 16, 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

The Sun, Earth and Moon will align in almost perfect line on September 16, 2016, treating observers in Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia with a penumbral lunar eclipse. The eclipse will last 3 hours and 59 minutes and will be the last of three lunar eclipses in...... Read more »

Shallow M6.0 earthquake hits near Honiara, Solomon Islands "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as Mwb6.0 hit near Honiara, Solomon Islands at 07:24 UTC on September 14, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). Australia Geoscience is reporting Mwp6.2 at a depth of 30 km (18.6 miles)....... Read more »

06:00

Independent Artist Of The Week: The Pretty Littles "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Cheeky Melbourne-based indie garage band The Pretty Littles create wistful, slow-burning, lo fi tunes to sing along with your mates to. With two albums already under their belt, the band have been releasing music since 2011. The Pretty Little’s third album Soft Rock For The Anxious came out on September 2, showcasing the latest Littles single ‘Sleeping In Water’

No stranger to political controversy, in June the band called out television personality Eddie McGuire and Sam Newman for their gendered remarks on sports journalist Caroline Wilson, with ‘Sam’s Mob‘. A song about disappointment with the status quo, it highlights the comments that were “innately violent and a gross insight into the redneck majority of Australia”.

The Pretty Littles kick off their Soft Rock For The Anxious album tour on October 22. Check out ‘Sleeping In Water’ below:

WHO: The Pretty Littles
WHAT: Soft Rock For The Anxious Album Tour
WHERE: Wollongong, Manly, Sydney
WHEN: 3-5th November
HOW MUCH: $12 more info here


Tune into Up For It every Monday morning to meet your new independent artist of the week!

 

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Petition to change Oxley speed zones "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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Oxley Highway

Reduced speed zones on the famed Oxley Highway have prompted outrage from riders and sparked a petition to reverse and stop the spread of reduced speed zones along the NSW route.

CLICK HERE TO SIGN THE PETITION

The petition over the “ridiculous” speed changes has been started by Wauchope resident Ken Healey after reading about it on Motorbike Writer last week.

“I live in Wauchope and ride the Oxley highway to Gingers Creek every Sunday and have done so for 15 years,” he says.

“I first heard of these changes, as ‘proposed changes’ maybe four years ago at a community event at the golf club. Now, out of nowhere, the changes are taking effect.

“They gave us no warning. No published ads or TV or radio ads, nothing. There was no formal notification. Just the neon signs that have only been there a few days at most.”

Oxley Highway speed zones

Ken on his R 1200 GS

Ken has addressed his petition to the Roads and Maritime Minister Duncan Gay and each time a rider signs it, an email alert will be sent to the Minister’s office.“I and probably thousands of others are cheesed off to say the least.”

The Oxley Highway joins several other great motorcycle roads in Australia with reduced speed limits in an apparent effort to reduce motorcycle crashes. The infamous list includes Mt Glorious Rd, The Great Ocean Rd, The Putty Rd, Bells Line Of Road and The Great Northern Rd.

A Roads and Maritime Services spokesperson says speed zones will change at three locations in the 30km stretch between Wauchope and Long Flat “to improve safety for all road users”.

“The need for these speed zone changes were identified in the Oxley Highway Route Safety Review.”

Oxley Highway speed limit drops zonesThe reduced speed zones include an 80km/h zone dropping to 60km/h near Wauchope and the 100km/h zone near Long Flat reduced to 60km/h.

Over the next year, they are expected to extend up into the mountains with the 100km/h reduced to 70km/h and the 110km/h out to Walcha reduced to 100km/h.

While the reduced speed zones may not slow traffic, they will increase the level of fines for those who ride the highway at the same speed they do now.

Veteran motorcycle journo Mick Matheson says the Oxley Highway is a road all riders should travel at least once in their lives. (See his video below.)

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Boomerang Festival Launches Year Round Series of Fundraising Events "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Boomerang Festival, Bundjalung country’s very own world-class Indigenous arts & culture festival, is launching a series of satellite events to raise awareness and funds for its long-term future.

Boomerang Festival launched successfully in 2013 only to be hit with cuts to funding for both arts and Indigenous programming for the east coast of Australia, putting it on indefinite hiatus. Boomerang needs upwards of $800,000 to become a stand-alone festival once again, and a minimum of $200,000 each time it presents at Bluesfest.

Last year, Bluesfest Director Peter Noble OAM and Boomerang Festival Director Rhoda Roberts AO joined forces to present a Boomerang Festival precinct at Bluesfest to increase audience awareness, and provide access to the profound and beautiful culture of our First Nations people.

The ultimate goal for Rhoda and Peter is to make Boomerang Festival the foremost Indigenous arts and culture festival in the world. The ambition is huge, but Peter, Rhoda and their team believe the time is right and Australia is ready to step out on the world stage and become known as the destination for authentic and quality Indigenous cultural exchanges.
The Northern Rivers and greater community agree, and in a mammoth exercise, a large and diverse group of business and community leaders are uniting with Boomerang and each other, to achieve this goal, together as a community.

Local businesses and individuals are standing side by side with Boomerang, building an exciting, rich program of events that focus on creating access to Aboriginal culture and knowledge, and celebrating a united future together as country.

Boomerang Director Rhoda Roberts says “These businesses are renowned for their standard of excellence, and that they want to partner with us is truly exciting, because excellence is what we stand for too. It’s about sharing and working together to truly close the gap. This is the future of what partnerships looks like, and we’re leading the change right here on my country. It means so much”.

The program is hosted by The Yoga Shack, The Three Blue Ducks, Harvest Newrybar, Earth House Clunes, Byron @ Byron Resort & Spa, Lennox Community Centre, Byron Community Theatre, Byron Bay Tuesday Men’s Club, Ben Knight Photography, Photo Fox Den Lismore, Gold Coast Suns, PS Music, and supported by many others including SAE Qantum, George & Kirsty Negus, Dhinawan, Delta Kay, Rob Appo of Tweed Shire Council, Common Ground, Australian Good Food Guide, Virgin Australia, Jessica Howard, Abbie Gibson, Jim Beatson, and many more.

Jeff Bennett of The Three Blue Ducks, says “We’re so proud to be able to support the Boomerang Festival and help raise awareness of Aboriginal art and culture. It’s great that Bluesfest has given it a home and if 2016 was anything to go by, then 2017 is bound to be another amazing display of cultural performances from around the world”.

Whilst we work toward Boomerang becoming its own event again, Bluesfest is committed to hosting it and building support each year until we achieve our goal. But it cannot proceed without adequate funding. Rather than waiting for government support, were inviting the community to join us making this happen together.

Let’s all work together and make Bundjalung the example of how we work together to affect positive change as an entire nation. Boomerang invites you to the series that will educate, entertain, and enlighten, all throughout our great region, throughout the year.

Details of each event will be released through the year, and information will be available via www.boomerangfestival.com.au

In addition to attending the events, you can donate any amount you chose on the homepage of www.boomerangfestival.com.au or at the time of purchasing your Bluesfest 2017 tickets via...

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Dysphemic & Miss Eliza - Hungarian Dance - Classical Violin Dubstep "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Download for free:http://dysphemic.bandcamp.com/track/hungarian-dance Follow Dys & Eliza:https://www.facebook.com/DysphemicAndMissEliza A MONSTER AND BEAR PRODUCTION http://monsterandbear.com.au/ Director: Ryan Bird Produced by Sarah Hickey and Ryan Bird Director of Photography: Josh Mitchell-Frey Dancers: Angela Mamajama and Martin de Jesus Make Up Artist: Corrine Grbevski Editor and VFX: Ryan Bird Colourist: Josh Mitchell-Frey Violin Dubstep Biography: Ever wondered what a violin making sweet, sweet love to a sub-woofer sounds like? How about Bach on the gear? Or maybe you're partial to manga girls and dope beats hey? Well enter, stage left, Dysphemic & Miss Eliza! Bloomed in Melbourne, Australia from a kiss in the depths of a drum and bass party, D&E's obsession with music and each other spawned an outfit built on melodic complexity, slamming drums, violin virtuosity and double time rap. Also renowned for their 100% live and original stage show, these crowned "pioneers of classical dubstep" (100% magazine) utterly mesmerize and have enough spunk and energy to leave the punters screaming. Want to know more about their cross genre sound? Alllllllrighty then! D&E splice the likes of classical violin, dubstep, glitch hop, drum and bass and hip hop. Their slinky tune 'Tunnel Vision' topped the Kiss FM charts, 'Ramses' was revered as "bass driven ball bearing dubstep" (Beat magazine) and their 2013 debut album 'Synthetic Symphony' has been deemed: "a masterpiece.... the future for next level EDM" (Futurescope) and "a delicate fusion of Classical and Dubstep...the first EP of its kind" (WHOMP TV). They've also toured North America in 2012, and supported Nero, Foreign Beggars, Andy C, Tipper, Beats Antique, Antennae, Dov, ill.Gates, Datsik, Plastician and everyone in between. PA-CHOW! Frequently on the festival circuit and headlining club gigs, Dysphemic & Miss Eliza are a weapon shooting straight into the hearts and ears of dance floors worldwide. The Synthetic Symphony Tour hits Australia (February-April), America (May-July) and Europe (August) and their latest EP 'Only One' out on Muti Music, drops April 16, 2013. Dysphemic (Julian Treweeke) producer/MC for D&E Hailing from The Blue Mountains; Dysphemic - offspring of Vernon Treweeke, the "Father of Australian Psychedelic Art" - started experimenting with music at the age of 10. From humble beginnings programming on an Amiga Commodore computer and playing drums, Dysphemic has established himself as a one of Australia's most unique and prolific producer/MC's. Traversing from jungle, hardcore techno, hip hop, IDM, drum and bass, dubstep and glitch hop, Dysphemic's standout releases ('Sloth', 'Androids', 'Hypnosis' and 'Muthaf#ckn Dinosaur!') have received worldwide attention and a dedicated following after his European tour. Miss Eliza (Eliza Quirit) violinist/producer/singer for D&E A classically trained violinist since the age of 5; Miss Eliza, the "child prodigy" of Filipino sensation Maestro Julian Quirit, grew up in the concert halls of Asia and Australia. With no less than 40 first prizes and scholarships under her belt, she made her professional debut at age 13. Miss Eliza's teen years were then spent touring Australasia as a soloist for symphony orchestras, her performances televised throughout Asia and critiqued as "electrifyingly phenomenal". Renowned for her "fiery", "passionate" and "magnetic stage presence", Miss Eliza can now be found blasting melodies into the electronic dance scene, dropping knowledge on her 'Miss Eliza Violin and Theory School' and supporting the Filipino community in Australia and abroad.

04:29

Selling Australia’s Security and Refugee agenda. Prime Minister Turnbull as Fantasist "IndyWatch Feed National"

Island mentalities do not travel well.  When their sellers hawk the agenda before world forums, these start looking ludicrous. Coming close to this ludicrous display is Australian prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, who has done what other Australian prime ministers have…

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Australian Jets Participated in Massacre of Syrian Soldiers in Deir Ezzor "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australia’s Defense Department have admitted that its jets have participated in an airstrike against Syrian Army positions near Deir Ezzor that left tens dead. Australia has offered its condolences to the victims of the soldiers families and has announced it…

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TT upgrade .. and glitches ... "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

In case you are experiencing problems loading TT, it is because Andrew the Tech is upgrading TT ... for which Beloved Readers have so generously donated heaps. The technol underpinning TT is about 10 years out of date. Hence the upgrade. There may be glitches ... but the end result will be wondrous ... well, little will change for the gentle readership. But heaps for the Backend. Blessings, Linz!x There will be a delay in uploading the latest Urban Wronski, a feature from Madeleine Ogilvie MP ... and the very latest Ted Mead …

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Required Reading "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Citizens Advertising Takeover Service (aka CATS) paid for a bizarre ad takeover in the London Tube. Sure, it's adorable but definitely odd. It was funded by ~700 people on Kickstarter. (via Bored Panda)

Citizens Advertising Takeover Service (aka CATS) paid for a bizarre ad takeover in the London Tube. Sure, it’s adorable but definitely odd. It was funded by ~700 people on Kickstarter. (via Bored Panda, image CATS)

This week, CATS in the London tube, Shriver’s cultural appropriation heard around the world, Clinton’s white supremacy explainer, normalizing Trump, Gawken, and more.

 The opening keynote for the Brisbane Writers Festival was delivered by the American author Lionel Shriver and it caused outrage among those who felt she was dismissive of other cultures in her treatment of minorities. Yassmin Abdel-Magied, who is an Australian Muslim, penned a powerful response:

Her question was — or could have been — an interesting question: What are fiction writers “allowed” to write, given they will never truly know another person’s experience?

Not every crime writer is a criminal, Lionel said, Nor is every author who writes on sexual assault a rapist. “Fiction, by its very nature,” Shriver said, “is fake.”

There is a fascinating philosophical argument here. Instead, however, that core question was used as a straw man. Shriver’s real targets were cultural appropriation, identity politics and political correctness. It was a monologue about the right to exploit the stories of “others”, simply because it is useful for one’s story.

Shriver began by making light of a recent incident in the US, where students faced prosecution for what was argued by some as “casual racial and ethnic stereotyping and cultural insensitivity” at a Mexican-themed party.

“Can you believe,” Shriver asked at the beginning of her speech, “that these students were so sensitive about the wearing of sombreros?”

The audience, compliant, chuckled. I started looking forward to the point in the speech where she was to subvert the argument.

It never came.

Another writer, Suki Kim, also...

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Turnbull as Fantasist: Selling Australia’s Security and Refugee agenda "IndyWatch Feed National"

Island mentalities do not travel well.  When their sellers hawk the agenda before world forums, these start looking ludicrous. Coming close to this ludicrous display is Australian prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, who has done what other Australian prime ministers have in previous years: sell the great discovery, the great hit of life on how best to protect borders in the face of threats.

No greater hits in the Australian record of cruelty and mania come close than the approach of outsourcing refugee obligations and the conjectures of global terrorism.  The former stance assumes that refugees are disposable on arrival, repellent jumpers of a fictional human queue who can be shifted and trafficked to global outposts that have little bearing to the recipient country.

The latter stance sees terrorism as rampant bacilli in need of urgent quarantining, notably through stretching the context of the terror charge, and assuming that anybody who gets a whiff of the seductive Quran may lose his marbles and fitfully radicalise.

At the United Nations, Turnbull has been achieving feats of visible self-inflation, readying himself for meetings and selling an Australian product on national security he knows will have some adherents. In New York, he has matters of security on the brain, avoiding any humanitarian impulse in favour of rough and ready anti-refugee measures.  In a fearful United States, the sell is on.

This all jars with the whole point of the meeting, instigated by the Obama administration on the basis of increasing funding to humanitarian and resettlement programs with various measures touching on education and “self-reliance”.

Indeed, “Welcoming Refugee Week” received much fanfare on Thursday, a few days after Congress was informed that the United States would be increasing the number of refugees being accepted upwards of 30 per cent.  In the 2017 fiscal year, the administration plans to resettle 110,000 refugees gathered from Syria, Somalia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Burma, among other troubled states.

None of this interests Turnbull, who has beaten off efforts to adopt a more generous approach to refugees in light of camp scandals and the litany of cruelties characterised by the offshore processing regime.  “Public opinion will not accept a strong and generous humanitarian program, a generous migration program, unless the Government is seen to be in command of its borders.”

This contrivance of policy has been intentional since the 1990s. Fortress Australia has, since the end of the Cold War, assumed that those arriving by boat are exceptionally dangerous, incubating ill-motives and grave intentions.  They should, rather, take a number, and line up.

The point is being ventriloquised via GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump, who has promised, should he win the White House, a stop to the refugee resettlement program from suspect countries, most notably Syria.  Conservative commentators such as Daniel Horowitz, in embracing the Trump line, see any alternative, notably that of a Clinton presidency, to be the road to localised suicide. “Just today,” he squawked, “Germany arrested three Syrian refugees on suspicion that they have ties to the Islamic State.”

The refugee is the greatest of dangers, instrumentalised as a promising threat.  “We are facing,” claimed Turnbull in New York, “an extraordinary challenge of refugee movements, of authorised movements and migrations of people around the world, greater than at any time since the Second World War.”

This means brutality and compassion, the disciplinary paternal figure accompanied by a generous mat...

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Australian Psychological Society apologizes to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Australian Psychological Society, Media Statement, Thursday 15th September 2016:
Today, the Australian Psychological Society will issue a formal apology to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People, acknowledging psychology’s role in contributing to the erosion of culture and to their mistreatment.
APS President Professor Michael Kyrios said the apology was an important move in redressing past wrongs and ensuring the psychology profession collaborates and appropriately serves Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
“The apology is only one of many initiatives by the Australian Psychological Society to work together with Indigenous psychologists and communities to meet the social and emotional wellbeing and mental health needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.”
Professor Pat Dudgeon - a Fellow of the Society and Australia’s first Aboriginal psychologist - said, "This is a tremendous moment for Australian psychology. The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and psychologists are delighted that the APS has taken this important step."
The apology will be made at the Australian Psychological Society Congress 2016 in Melbourne at 1.00pm, following a keynote by Professor Pat Dudgeon on an emerging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander psychology.
Full apology:
Apology to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People from the Australian Psychological Society. Disparities between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians and other Australians on a range of different factors are well documented. Aboriginal...

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Using Our Powerful Authentic Voice, Even When It’s Hard To Speak "IndyWatch Feed National"

September 19th, 2016 By Diana Rose Kottle Guest writer for Wake Up World Being an authentic voice of change can be what breaks through the collective illusions — especially when itâŹ"s hard to even speak above the deafening roar of unconsciousness, judgments, and social programming. Such authenticity has the power to dissolve the veils of separation, awaken ...Continue Reading - Using Our Powerful Authentic Voice, Even When ItâŹ"s Hard To Speak
 
 

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Toxic Cookware Chemicals Have Polluted Drinking Water for Millions "IndyWatch Feed National"

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From Caffeine to Gasoline: Monarchy, Oligarchy, and the Rise of the Oil Monopoly "IndyWatch Feed National"

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September 19th, 2016 By Ethan Indigo Smith Contributing writer for Wake Up World In the late 1700’s, people in servitude to their respective oligarchies began to question exploitative conditions and revolt against harsh treatment. Around the world there were revolutions with new ideas being discussed. There were revolutions in Scotland, the Caribbean, the Americas, Russia and France. ...Continue Reading - From Caffeine to Gasoline: Monarchy, Oligarchy, and the Rise of the Oil Monopoly
 
 

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Do You Have a Burning Yearning for Change? "IndyWatch Feed National"

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September 19th, 2016 By Open Contributing writer for Wake Up World You might be one of those with a strong sense to want to change your reality, and indeed the wider world. Yet we’re so often told of the need for “acceptance and surrender”. The two truths, the two impulses, seem to conflict. And how ...Continue Reading - Do You Have a Burning Yearning for Change?
 
 

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Maldon Folk Festival - An Introduction "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Maldon Folk Festival is an annual family-friendly folk festival in Maldon, Victoria (near Bendigo) - a long weekend of quality family entertainment to suit all age groups and tastes. The festival hosts an abundance of music, dance and theatre, such as Folk Irish Ceilidh bush gospel and blues music, dance, musical theatre, poetry, interactive workshops, song-writing competitions, and are complemented by various activities around the Maldon township. COME ALONG TO THE 2009 FESTIVAL. Visit the website below for more details or to book. maldonfolkfestival DOT com Maldon Folk Festival on MySpace: myspace DOT com/maldonfolkfestival Video produced by GoldfieldStories

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NICA’s empty bodies "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Louise Avery Our entertainment was waiting as we shuffled into the National Institute of Circus Arts. A girl was sitting high on a trapeze looking down at the audience with what could have been a mocking laugh. With stragglers trying to negotiate a seat a few of the cast wearing unprepossessing street clothes were […]

23:01

Report: Anwar’s lawyers to push for house arrest if acquittal bid fails "IndyWatch Feed National"

Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s legal team will settle for house arrest if efforts to get the jailed former opposition leader’s sodomy conviction reversed fails, the Weekend Australian reported. US lawyer Kimberly Motley was quoted saying that Anwar’s lawyers would again highlight the lack of DNA evidence and inconsistency of Saiful Anwar Bukhari’s testimony in the […]

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On Australia's role in the massacre of Syrian soldiers - Questions to Ms Bishop, Australian Foreign Minister "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Syrian Arab Army is the army of the Syrian state. On 17 September 2016 eighty SAA soldiers were killed in an airstrike by American and Australian forces which did not even have permission to be in Syria. Australia is not at war with Syria. Here is a personal letter, followed by a statement from Hands off Syria, Sydney. Marlene Obeid declares her shock at hearing of Australia's participation in the deaths of Syrian soldiers. She asks for an explanation of the Australian government's condolences, given that Australia is part of a Coalition illegally invading Syria. Tim Anderson, speaking for Hands Off Syria Sydney, asks, "Will the Australian Government hand over to the Syrian authorities or the International Court of Justice those Australians who were accomplices in this atrocity?"

Letter from Marlene Obeid on Australian involvement in the massacre of Syrian soldiers

Dear Ms Bishop

I am appalled and shocked to hear that Australia participated in the massacre of at least 80 Syrian soldiers, and in the maiming and wounding of many more in Deir Zour, Syria.

Eighty young man who have been defending their country from a proxy war carried out by terrorists from all over the world have been murdered by Australian invading forces.

Eighty families who will be morning their beloved sons, brothers, fathers and above all patriots who were carrying their duty in defense of their homeland and their compatriots.

Please explain the meaning of condolences when Australia is part of a Coalition illegally invading the sovereign Syrian nation.

How is the following Australian Defence Department's statement going to mend the hurt, the pain, the suffering, the devastation caused by Australia's aggression to the sovereign nation of Syria?

[“Australian aircraft were among a number of international aircraft taking part in this Coalition operation … Australia would never intentionally target a known Syrian military unit or actively support Daesh (IS). Defence offers its condolences to the families of any Syrian personnel killed or wounded in this incident … While Syria remains a dynamic and complex operating environment, Australia would never intentionally target a known Syrian military unit or actively support Daesh (also known as ISIL).â€]

A great shame to Australia now using our tax money to join forces with the US in defence of Daesh and every other brand of terrorist targeting the Syrian people.

The pilots who carried out this massacre and those directing the operations of aggression against Syria must be indicted. Reparations must be paid to the Syrian State.

Australia should immediately withdraw from the US-led Coalition and pay compensation to the Syrian State.

With great pain

Marlene Obeid
Glebe NSW 2037, Australia.

The following is a statement by Hands Off Syria Sydney

Sunday 18 September 2016

Shame on Australian involvement in the massacre of Syrian soldiers.

Hands Off Syria strongly condemns the massacre of 62 Syrian soldiers by Australian Defence Forces.
Australia’s military has admitted involvement in the US-led bombing raids in Deir eZorr, Syria, which killed at least 62 Syrian soldiers and wounded 100 others.
The Syian soldiers were engaged in defending their country from the ISIS terrorist group.

Whether the massacre was ‘accidental’ or deliberate should be determined b...

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matthewschiavello: ‘Amsterdam Nieuw-West ... "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"



matthewschiavello:

‘Amsterdam Nieuw-West  #101’

(16/09/13)

Something older

21:54

Australian Startup Get Paid in Bitcoin Receives Award Nomination "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

It is always good to see Bitcoin companies gaining the recognition they deserve. Get Paid in Bitcoin is an Australian company focusing its attention on salary services. The company has been nominated for an Innovative Startup Award, and voting is currently underway. Although this is not the most prestigious of events, it is still a … Continue reading Australian Startup Get Paid in Bitcoin Receives Award Nomination

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21:52

Exercise Wallaby 2016 - Air New Zealand B787-9 Dreamliner ZK-NZI and Qantas A330-200 VH-EBV 'One World' - Heavy Jet Charters Back at Rockhampton Airport "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

On Sunday 18 September, Air New Zealand Boeing B787-9 Dreamliner ZK-NZI returned to Rockhampton Airport, again touching down direct from Singapore's Changi Airport, but this time as ANZ1923.  Local plane spotter Kayanne H was on hand to capture some great photos as the Dreamliner made its second visit to Rocky in as many days.









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21:44

Hey Australia, Wake Up! "IndyWatch Feed National"

WHAT THEY FEAR MOST The thing these actors fear the most is being identified as the character they have created.  Their ability to play the role of the villain is hinged upon their capacity to change into their real person after the task is complete and therefore blend back into society and never have to be held accountable for the damage they have done to the psychology of their nation.

21:29

Frog Signs, Symbols And Spiritual Meaning "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Ever wondered what the signs of the universe are showing us, Journey, into the messages of the frog and its mystical magical meanings. by psychic medium Ian Scott

21:18

Linden Postcard Show "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

21 October 2016 until 29 January 2017 The Linden Postcard Show is an open entry exhibition for all artists from hobbyist, emerging to established, and celebrates it’s 26th year in 2016. All works entered are small format and measure no larger or smaller than 8 x 10 inches. There are over $10,000 worth of prizes to be […]

21:13

Walkers to take over the streets of Melbourne "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

In five weeks, more than 3000 people from Melbourne and the surrounding areas will put on their sneakers to participate in The Bloody Long Walk, the national fundraising series of the Australian Mitochondrial Disease Foundation (AMDF). The series will take place in capital cities around Australia from August through to November and the Melbourne leg […]

20:47

Filmonik #33 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The next Filmonik is in one week, prepare your edgiest, most twisted, sexy, musical, urban, underground short films because it’s on a Saturday on Saturdays we party. Screening will start earlier at 6:30pm sharp. Loop Lounge Saturdays with Tom Ambroz after the screening.

 

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Russia: US-led coalition defending ISIS endangering US-Russian ceasefire "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"


US-led coalition air strikes have reportedly killed dozens of Syrian soldiers, endangering a US-Russian brokered ceasefire and prompting an emergency UN Security Council meeting as tensions between Moscow and Washington escalated. The United States military said the coalition stopped the attacks against what it had believed to be Islamic State positions in northeast Syria after Russia informed it that Syrian military personnel and vehicles may have been hit. The 15-member Security Council met on Saturday night after Russia demanded an emergency session to discuss the incident and accused the United States of jeopardising the Syria deal. The US ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, chastised Russia for the move. "Russia really needs to stop the cheap point scoring and the grandstanding," Power told reporters. She said the United States was investigating the air strikes and "if we determine that we did indeed strike Syrian military personnel, that was not our intention and we of course regret the loss of life." When asked if the incident spelled the end of the Syria deal between Moscow and Washington, Russia's UN Ambassador Vitaly Churkin said: "This is a very big question mark." "I would be very interested to see how Washington is going to react. If what Ambassador Power has done today is any indication of their possible reaction then we are in serious trouble," Churkin told reporters. Moscow cited the strikes, which allowed Islamic State fighters to briefly overrun a Syrian army position near Deir al-Zor airport, as evidence that the United States was helping the jihadist militants. "We are reaching a really terrifying conclusion for the whole world: That the White House is defending Islamic State," the RIA Novosti news agency quoted Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova as saying. Zakharova said the strikes threatened to undermine the ceasefire in Syria brokered by Russia. The Russian Defence Ministry said US jets had killed more than 60 Syrian soldiers in four air strikes by two F-16s and two A-10s coming from the direction of Iraq. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a British-based monitoring group, cited a military source at Deir al-Zor airport as saying at least 90 Syrian soldiers had been killed. Australia also participated in the strikes and the Australian Department of Defence offered its condolences to the families of Syrian soldiers killed or wounded in the incident. The ceasefire, which took effect on Monday, is the most significant peacemaking effort in Syria for months, but has been undermined by repeated accusations of violations on both sides. Apart from the US and Russian involvement, Syria's President Bashar al-Assad is supported by Iran and Arab Shi'ite militias, while Sunni rebels seeking to unseat him are backed by Turkey and Gulf Arab states. All the warring parties are also sworn enemies of Islamic State, whose territory extends along the Euphrates valley from the Iraqi border, including around Deir al-Zor, up to land near Syria's frontier with Turkey. In its sixth year, the conflict has cost hundreds of thousands of lives, displaced half of Syria's pre-war population, prompted a refugee crisis in the Middle East and Europe and inspired a wave of jihadist attacks across the world.   Source: news.com.au
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EP 178: Edith Thomas Furey; Undead Apes "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Edith Thomas Furey

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Recorded by Reuben Aptroot
Mixed by Branko Cosic
Recorded at The Brightside, Brisbane, 4th March 2016. 

Coming from Brisbane, this one man band is the brain product of Joel Glazebrook. Using an elaborate setup of synths, drum machines, guitars, and loop pedals both in the studio and for live performances, Edith Thomas Furey create catchy new wave post punk with an 80’s feel, with some heavier kind of elements taken straight from the 90’s industrial scene. Since august he has released three singles, with mention of an EP due in the future.

Undead Apes

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Recorded by Reuben Aptroot
Mixed by Reuben Aptroot
Recorded at Club Greenslopes as part of Sonic Masala Fest, 13th August 2016.

 

Undead Apes are the all star team of punk rock bands from Brisbane in the early 2000’s. They feature Simon Graydon from Sekiden, John Mercer from Greig, and Dick Nasty, Adam Scott from Eat Laser Scumbag!, and Renae Elise from Gazoonga Attack. Their live shows are a complete rarity with their bassist Adam living overseas, but they have still found time to write and record three albums over their lifespan, which have all been released on Brisbane label mere noise records. Their latest album ‘Landfill’ was released on the 14th of June 2016 and features lyrical themes such as astrophysics, recreational use of embalming fluid, tofu, communist brainwashing of youth via rock’n’roll, and affairs of the heart. This set was captured at their only live show of 2016.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 18th September 2016.
Show production and engineering: Branko Cosic.


19:19

Point Addis Scrubwren "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

While photographing the Rufous Bristlebird at Point Addis recently, a White Browed Scrubwren decided it was safe enough to feed alongside the Bristlebird. It foraged amongst the leaf litter hunting for small invertebrates. These small birds usually are very timid and are more often heard scolding trespassers than actually being seen. The adult birds have very distinctive brows that always seem to make them look angry…

White browed Scrubwren, Point Addis, Great Ocean Road, Anglesea, Victoria,

White browed Scrubwren, Point Addis, Great Ocean Road.

White browed Scrubwren, Point Addis, Great Ocean Road, Anglesea, Victoria,

Turning over leaf litter and small pieces of bark to find invertebrates…


Filed under: Bird Behaviour, Birds, Victoria Tagged: Australian Birds, Bird Photography, Great Ocean Road, Nature Photography, Photography, Point Addis, Pt Addis, Rufous Bristlebird, Victoria, white browed scrubwren

19:12

Separate Prison, Port Arthur "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The Eastern State Penitentiary in Pennsylvania, USA, opened in 1829, was the first prison using the ’separate system’. The idea had originated with Englishman John Howard but it first appeared in bricks and mortar in America and then travelled to Van Diemen’s Land via England. In this new kind of prison, solitary confinement replaced physical punishment. In isolation from others, prisoners would be forced to look inwards and repent their crimes. Thick walls and doors ensured complete separation and silence between prisoners. English reformers adopted it as the ‘model’ for Pentonville in London.

Built 1840–42 Pentonville was designed as a machine to subdue the spirit of men. The regime was based on silence, isolation, work and religious instruction. The use of soundproof materials and ventilation systems ensured absolute separation and silence. Men spent 23 hours per day in their cell; they only emerged for exercise, school and chapel. Even in the Chapel, with its separate cubicles, each man was strictly isolated from his fellows. Each cell had gas lighting, and a toilet and water tap.

As time went on, however, Chaplains and Medical Officers expressed concern at the unusually high number of cases of ‘madness’ among the prisoners. These rates were many times higher than those found at prisons run along different lines. But John Hampton, the new...

19:08

ASK PETE – SEPTEMBER "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Pete is back! In fact, his insatiable need to solve your first world problems never went anywhere!

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17:45

Exercise Wallaby 2016 - More Great Photos as RSAF Boeing F-15SG "Shikra" Strike Eagles Make a Spectacular Arrival at Rockhampton Airport Last Week - Sorties Start MONDAY!! "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

You made the previous post one of the most popular on the CQ Plane Spotting Blog ever - and you've asked for more - so here are some more awesome photos captured by local plane spotter Kayanne H on Friday 16 September as six Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) Boeing F-15SG “Shikra” Strike Eagles of 149 Squadron out of Paya Lebar Air Base made a spectacular arrival into Rockhampton Airport.  They were identified wearing the serial numbers: 8310, 8323, 8328, 8332, 8326 and 8327.

As mentioned below, the six F-15s flew up to Rocky from Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Base Amberley in two flights of three and initially completed familiarisation exercises including low overshoots at Rockhampton Airport.







All six then joined together and completed airwork within the Shoalwater Bay Training Area (SWBTA) before landing at Rockhampton Airport.  After landing and as they taxied to their parking spots on the Northern Military Hardstand, all six F-15s also stopped at the "Shikra Checker" before proceeding to parking.

17:25

MC KRudd "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Are you all nostalgic for the rhymes of MC KRudd and his Labor Party stooges ?

Brendan Nelson will be sad to see him go, but nevertheless he sees the benefit for Australia in inflicting his special skills on the UN secretariat

17:19

Some excitement at the Fanny Farm….. "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

It’s raining. Quite a bit actually, for this neck of the woods, 8mm so far today, and it’s only mid afternoon. What else is a blogger to do in this sort of weather but…. blog!  The green manure crop is doing well, and should be plainly visible by the time Glenda arrives here next weekend…..

On Friday, I drove my French wwoofer to Buckland, a whole 130km away. I did this because she agreed to pay me her bus fare towards my petrol costs, and I wanted to see the permaculture property she was moving to. It also meant she’d only have to spend an hour and a half in my ute as opposed to four hours in buses… Then on the way back, I could conveniently pick up two IBC’s (which stands for the enigmatic intermediate bulk container) and are basically 1000L plastic cubes inside a metal cage for holding, in my case, water. Then while driving back through Hobart, I was able to pick up a second dipole circuit breaker for the power station, and a new pump for filling above mentioned IBC’s from the dam….

Paul, who owns and runs the Tiger Hill property I took Laureen to, took the time to show me around…. What I found fascinating was the way some permies take on challenges, just because they can! Paul, it turns out, comes from a heavy machinery driving background, working in mines. Not the sort of bloke one would expect to turn into a permaculture greenie, but there you go…..

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Over the past five years, Paul has concentrated on earthworks, which this place really needs, as it’s normally dry as a bone, with only 300mm of annual rainfall. Not that this was evident on my visit, Tiger Hill had just been blessed with 65mm of rain just the day before, and there was water everywhere, which clearly demonstrated the efficacy of his swales….

His biggest issue, as far as I was concerned, is the prolific wildlife. The grass looked like it had been mown to within an inch of its life, and there were wallaby scats everywhere….. and I mean, everywhere! This means his extensive garden – he sometimes has as many as 12 wwoofers working there – has to be entirely covered with poly pipe hoops and netting… and because he still has no animals of his own yet because he apparently flies in and out of Tasmania frequently, most of his efforts go to feeding the wildlife, except for the netted bits. He compensates for the lack of animal manures by having more composting toilets 20160917_153649than I cared to count, he is indeed big in humanure!

The reason I bought another dipole circuit breaker for the power station is that I have moved the freezer into the container. Everything is now switched on and operational, but the freezer alone is not enough to load up the batteries, so I have put a breaker on each string of panels so I can switch one off when there’s an overabundance of sun…. this not being the case today, both strings generated barely enough to cover the 1.3kWh that the freezer consumed in the past 24 hours.

Mind you, the freezer probably worked extra hard after being moved, and later filled with (almost) a whole lamb purchased from next door.

Soon, I will also have my new pump hooked up to fill one of those ICB’s so that I can water the crops that will be planted in the new poly tunnel. Which leads me to the excitement…….

I recently found a two inch poly pipe going under the road, from the apple orchard to the base of the dam wall. The dam has a 100mm sewer plastic pipe g...

17:00

How a beautiful girl endangers riders "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Actress Danielle Cormack - how a beautiful woman can distract a rider

Actress Danielle Cormack – how a beautiful woman can distract a rider

A beautiful girl can dangerously distract a rider and shake him out of his state of mindfulness or total awareness, says Polish sociologist Jarosław Gibas.

He’s the author of Motorcyclism. Road To Mindfulness which shows a relationship between riding and mindfulness.

Jaroslav says the combination of riding and mindfulness is “surprisingly amazing”. 

His book addresses riders and non-riders and helps them understand the many ideas from the area of sociology, psychology, mystique of Zen and Tao philosophy.Jarosław Gibas author of Motorcyclism. Road To Mindfulness

Jaroslav says safe riders need total awareness which means you can see “absolutely everything”.

“You must be aware of all the different things going on around you, without being attracted to any of them,” he says.

“Being attracted is followed by a chain of thoughts developing; that’s enough to make you drop out of the state of presence, right into the space of a wandering mind where there is no mindfulness at all; there you find judgments and analysis. Thoughts that run will feed your ego.

When you see a beautiful girl while you’re riding your motorcycle and she turns towards you smiling, for sure your mind will be attracted by this event.

“A sequence of thoughts will appear in your head: ‘What a great girl! She smiled! Was it me she liked or was it my motorbike? I bet it was me!’ And so you go on.

“What is happening then? You’re riding your motorcycle without knowing it. Your brain has just switched over to autopilot and it’s guiding you, using behaviours and habits learned before. You are no longer aware of presence. You aren’t present anymore; you’ve stayed with the girl.

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16:56

More Great Photos as Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Lockheed C-130J-30 Hercules Aircraft - A97-467 & A97-468 - Complete 'Community Engagement' at Gladstone Airport "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

As we mentioned below, a pair of Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Lockheed C-130J-30 Hercules transport aircraft arrived at Gladstone Airport late on Friday 16 September from RAAF Base Williamtown.  They were identified as A97-467 and A97-468 of the RAAF's No. 37 Squadron medium tactical airlift squadron out of RAAF Base Richmond, in New South Wales.


On Saturday 17 September, both Hercs were then involved with what was described as community engagement which included an inspection of both aircraft followed by a local flight up and down the Queensland Coast - South to Fraser Island and North to Yeppoon and the Capricorn Coast.  Two detachments of local Air Force Cadets were invited to join the inspections and flight.

Of interest, the two Hercules' flew together and were heard to be using the callsign "Odyssey" as they completed the local flight.

Later on Saturday 17 September, both A97-467 and A97-468 were photographed by local plane spotter Michael F as they departed in very quick succession to RAAF Base Amberley.






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15:12

Bitcoin news roundup, 17th September, 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

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This week’s summary of various cryptocurrency news and developments:

New developments:

Ripple, the blockchain payments company, has raised $55 million

Back in the August we reported that huge tech giants such as Apple and Google valued Ripple’s technology over Visa, and now the company has managed to raise $55 million in its second major injection of cash coming in from existing investors such as Santander Innoventures and CME Group, as well as new investors such as consultancy Accenture, SCB Digital Ventures and Standard Chartered. Ripple is seen as an extremely exciting startup revolving around blockchain technology, as it is to allow banks to use such technology for international transfers, which will benefit the transactions in terms of speed and security.

iOS 10 brings in integrated social payments via Circle

The social payment system already exists in China, where companies such as Alipay (run by Alibaba) and Tencent allow users to pay for stuff with their phones. Now, iOS 10 has brought it to the west by integrating Circle into the the iMessage app, allowing users to send different kind of currencies such as euros, pounds, dollars and bitcoins to anyone within the app itself. Users will be able to create an account, link it do a debit card and send payments though SMS or MMS, as users will also have a widget to allow them to withdraw payments to a bank account. Even Android users will be able to receive the money, as they’ll receive a link, if they do not have Circle for Android.

The app continues to add new currencies, the newest one being the Chinese yuan. If the app does not support a specific type of currency, users will receive it in bitcoin that they’ll later on have to exchange.

Founder of Bitcoin Suisse AG claims European banks will offer bitcoin accounts soon

Niklas Nikolajsen, founder of Bitcoin Suisse AG – a recognized member of Swiss regulatory organizations with authorization to establish a network of bitcoin ATM’s in the country – now claims that European banks will soon start to offer bitcoin accounts. Niklas Nikolajsen claims this may happen even before the end of 2016, and that it won’t be exotic banks doing so. The step still seems unrealistic to some, as security and anonymity issues may arise.

World affairs:

BTCXchange, the first Romanian bitcoin exchange shuts down

Bad news for the community and for Romania, as BTCXchange, the first exchange to appear in the country is apparently shutting down as the owner, Horea Vuscan, has attempted to sell the business in light of the recent Bitfinex hack that made him worried about the security of bitcoin exchanges as a whole. Users were asked to withdraw their funds on the4th of September as the owners said they would accept purchase offers until the 16th of September. As of right, it is unclear whether or not the exchange, which owners claim is very profitable, was sold

Australia to lead international blockchain standards effort

The International Organization of Standardization (ISO) has been around since the 1940s and is composed of representatives from the standard-setting organizations of over 160 countries. Recently, the ISO has appointed an Australian group to spearhead technical committee developing standards for blockchain technology. In addition to Australia, oth.........

15:00

“There was a seed” written by Mohammad detained on Manus Island "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

There was a seed, fresh and beautiful — it knew nothing of the outside world. .... Poem written my Mohammad, currently detained on Manus Island

13:53

Wanda shelving for kids by Cantilever "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A few years ago I made a study space for my daughter using a pegboard from Bunnings with painted IKEA spice racks that has been my most popular post on Bondville - ever. If you love that look but would like something much more sophisticated and design-led, check out the Wanda shelving system by Cantilever in Melbourne.


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13:49

Do you see what I see? Meet Rorschach. "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Rorschach was surrendered into our care after a kindly neighbour had observed the little lamb becoming increasingly slower and more listless by the day. Unable to watch him ail any further, an approach was made to the farmer responsible for his care. Deemed not worth the effort, Rorschach was soon Edgar’s Mission bound. Not knowing what to expect when the wee chap arrived, we quickly determined that one back leg was not all it should be. Unable to stand on this badly swollen limb, which was encased with much dried blood, scabs and mud, the now-sickly lamb was raced to veterinary care. Here the leg was shaven, and several old bite marks were revealed that were concealing a raging bone infection which was poisoning the young lamb’s entire system. Intravenous antibiotics set to work as the bewildered little lamb’s chances were south of 50%. But no one uttered a word of this to Rorschach, so he battled on, as did we.

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Today, Rorschach is slowly winning the war as he can now bear weight on his little withered limb. Although the infection is still to be completely reined in, daily shots of antibiotics are endeavoring to send it packing, and all the while little Rorschach remains the happiest of little lambies, who is only too willing to give your chin a good nuzzle. Just when we think we couldn’t love him any more, you guessed it, we do!

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Now the story behind such an unusual name. In 1921 the dashing psychologist Hermann Rorschach devised a psychological test that involved subjects viewing ten different inkblots on cards. It was not only their responses but their actions that gave insight into the personality and emotional functioning of the participants. Taking the name of its creator, who died at the age of 37, Rorschach tests are still employed today and are often portrayed in cartoons as a series of inkblots that look like butterflies.

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Just as the interpretations of inkblots give some insight into the human who perceives them, so too does our perception o...

13:15

Building new capacity at Fishermans Bend "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Contributed from Victoria The Holden manufacturing plant at Fishermans Bend in Melbourne has been bought by the Victorian Government, which plans to turn it into...

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11:48

Free Family Activities – A New Reason to Come to the Movies "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

With a huge line up of amazing films on offer these school holidays and a program full of free activities each day, there has never been a better time to visit your local Event Cinemas during the school break.0040_spring-2016-calendar-teaser_fb_nsw_v2
To keep boredom at bay during the holidays, your local Event, Greater Union or BCC cinema will be hosting a school holiday program full of free activities. The fantastic program includes: face painting, colouring-in, the opportunity to make an origami dog or cat, craft your own Storks mask or a dragon tooth necklace and much more!  Activities run each day of the school holidays (excluding Tuesdays) – be sure to pick up a calendar for activities and times at your local cinema.

“We are delighted to offer families such a great day out at the movies. Not only do the kids get to watch a terrific family-friendly film, but can have fun in one of the wonderful workshops available.” – Richard Morgan, General Manager of Event Cinemas Bondi

There are a number of phenomenal movies on offer these school holidays including those loveable and cheeky pets in The Secret Life of Pets. For their fifth fully-animated feature-film collaboration, Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures present a comedy about the lives our pets lead after we leave for work or school each day.

Another must-see movie these school holidays is the reimagining of Disney’s cherished family film Pete’s Dragon.  For years, old wood carver Mr. Meacham has delighted local children with his tales of the fierce dragon that resides deep in the woods of the Pacific Northwest. To his daughter, Grace, who works as a forest ranger, these stories are little more than tall tales…until she meets Pete. Pete is a mysterious 10year-old with no family and no home who claims to live in the woods with a giant, green dragon named Elliot. And from Pete’s descriptions, Elliot seems remarkably similar to the dragon from Mr. Meacham’s stories. With the help of Natalie, an 11-year-old girl whose father Jack owns the local timber mill, Grace sets out to determine where Pete came from, where he belongs, and the truth about this dragon.

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11:38

Homeground – Celebrating First Nations at the Sydney Opera House "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

For thousands of years, the land that Sydney Opera House is built on was a gathering place for the Gadigal and Eora people who danced and sang here. This October, Homeground celebrates the very best First Nations artists with free music, dance, food, workshops and markets over two big days.

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During October 8th and 9th, artists from the very heart of Australia as well as from all around the world show their different contributions to this extraordinary event. Featured musicians include East Journey, the winners of the 2015 NT Song of the Year (Rock category), Dubmarine, the 15-year-old Mi-Kaisha Masella of Aboriginal and Tongan heritage, who already wowed audiences on The Voice Kids, and many more. Click HERE to find out more about the event’s music.

In terms of dance, the program offers a variety of interesting groups and single dancers, including Amrita Hepi and the Aboriginal Dancing groups Naisda and Naygayiw Gigi. Click HERE to see all performers.

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But the best is yet to come: Dance Rites, the Sydney Opera House’s groundbreaking Indigenous dance competition, returns this year with even more communities across Australia preparing to compete on Sunday 9 October from 5 to 7 pm. A highlight of the Homeground program, Dance Rites aims to safeguard and revitalise vanishing cultural practices – language, dance, skin markings and instruments – to ensure they are shared from one generation to the next. In 2015, the standard of performance was incredibly high – convince yourself:

Moreover, Homeground offers free weaving and dancing workshops: A great option for both children and adults to connect to the country and its original inhabitants themselves.  No bookings required, just show up! The Homeground Arts Market and a food menu created specifically for Homeground by Clayton Donovan, Australia’s most acclaimed and only hatted Indigenous chef, complete the event.

What: Homeground festival

When: Saturday, 8 October and Sunday, 9 October

Where: Sydney Opera House

To register for free tours and Collisions and for more information, visit the website.

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11:25

Amalgamation by Byron Mark – Album Launch "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Byron Mark is a superb, diverse musical talent. Funk, Jazz, Electro-Acoustic Pop, Flamenco and African sounds are all at his fingertips on a number of instruments.

After years of collaborating/touring/performing with many other artists, Byron’s long awaited debut solo album of his own works comes into the world!

‘Amalgamation’ is a collection of compositions created over years with some of the amazingly talented musicians he has been privileged to work with. And you can be part of the launch of this amazing album on 6 October! Tickets are only 20$, grab one as long as they’re still available!

The night will take you on a musical journey around the world, spanning multiple genres reflecting on past experiences travelling, studying and performing music. Accompanied in various formats throughout the evening and featuring more than 20 guest musicians! Including horn section, numerous rhythm sections, six vocalists, a string quartet & flamenco dancers!

Guest vocalists include Michael Duchesne, Rosie Henshaw, Sheena Wilbow and others. Some of the guest instrumentalists on the night will be Luke Koteras, Banel Martinez, Andro Martinez and many more. For an entire list of the guest artists, see HERE.

Who: Byron Mark

What: “Amalgamation” – Album Launch

When: Thursday, 6 October

Where: Venue 505, 280 Cleveland Street, Surry Hills

To Find Out More & To Book Tickets  CLICK HERE.byron-mark-music-bands

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11:20

Bribie Island Bird Watch Extended Outing – Nights 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th October, 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Bribie Island Extended Outing – Nights 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th October, 2016 Pre-Outing Information and Advice here

11:17

Vaudevillia – A 21st Century Recreation of Vaudeville Theatre "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Back by very popular demand, Mic Conway’s National Junk Band presents the third edition of their fabulous new show “Vaudevillia”. Yet again “Everything new will be old again!” with new guests, fresh tunes, and some very well-honed one liners and magical happenings.

The show is based on the old Vaudeville program, originally from Paris, that became popular in the 19th century and intermingles segments of music, magic, dance, comedy, sight acts and more. As a 21st Century recreation of Vaudeville atmosphere and charm, the Junk Band have created a recipe for mirth, mayhem and madness, with special guests as stunning and startling additions to the bizarre and prodigious talents exhibited by members of the Junk Band.

The show’s special guests are the extraordinary tap dancer Glenn Wood and the spiffy circus juggler Rosalita Ole. Rosalita is the daughter of the great Ole Circus Family and brings you as much talent as she can fit into one tiny stage. Hold your breath, and let Rosalita hold your heart, as she tickles your sides with bogus fortunes, dazzling hat tricks and daring hula hoop stunts.

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Who: Mic Conway’s National Junk Band, Glenn Wood, Rosalita Ole

What: Vaudevillia

When: Sunday, 2 October 2016  7:30 pm

Where: Camelot Lounge, 19 Marrickville Road, Marrickville NSW 2204

 CLICK HERE to buy tickets

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10:59

Radio Marinara 18 Sep 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Environmental Film Festival kicks off in Melbourne on the 29th of September, and one of the headline films is Sonic Sea, a gripping documentary about the very real impact of human-made noise on the animals that live undersea.  Here's a link to whet your appetitehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T-jabL64UZE The film is excellent and we're really looking forward to speaking with film director and producer Daniel Hinerfield,  live from Santa Monica, California. Any questions for Daniel? Send them through to our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Radio-Marinara/132333556812317 .

Neil Blake, Port Phillip Baykeeper joins us to talk about his team's sandy seabed live mollusc surveys - anyone know anything about the life cycle of Paphies elongata? We want to hear from YOU! Neil will also report on the recent Coast to Coast conference, and his role in the consultation processes currently underway with the new Marine and Coast Act.

And Dr Beach talks about the great Eastern Pacific Blob of 2013-15

10:27

Australia Becomes First Nation To Microchip Population En Masse "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Australia is leading the world in implementing microchip technology as thousands of citizens turn themselves into “super-humans” by implanting RFID chips under their skin.  According to a new report, Australians are willing to embrace microchips so that they can unlock doors, turn on lights and log into computer with a wave of their hand. News.com.au reports: Shanti Korporaal, from Sydney, is at the centre of the phenomenon after having two implants inserted under her skin. Now she can get into work and her car without carrying a card or keys, and says her ultimate goal is to completely do away with her wallet and cards. “You could set up your life so you never have to worry about any password or PINs” she told news.com.au. “It’s the same technology as Paypass, so I’m hoping you’ll be able to pay for things with it. “With Opal you get a unique identification number that could be programmed into the chip. Any door with a swipe card … it could open your computer, photocopier. Loyalty cards for shops are just another thing for your wallet.” The microchips, which are the size of a grain of rice, can act like a business card and transfer [...]

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10:07

Rainbow Chan - Seaside "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

An intimate performance by Sydney artist Rainbow Chan. Filmed by Rose Chan. Help send her to Iceland by voting for her here: www.fbiradio.com/iceland Free downloads here: www.souncloud.com/rainbowchanmusic

09:39

The grass is singing "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

On the corner of the lake road at Joyce’s Creek there is a small patch of Common Reed Phragmites australis. It is only when the lake is full that the plants become inundated and early last week that looked pretty unlikely. Things can change quickly as locals have witnessed in recent days.

Arriving for a visit on Friday afternoon I was greeted by a cacophony of sound – mainly from the dozen or so Australian Reed-warblers calling from deep in the reeds. This species is damn hard to photograph and I’ll return soon to see if one might perch nicely for me!

It’s extraordinary how such a small patch of habitat can come to life when conditions are right.

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Australian Reed-warbler, Joyce’s Creek, 16th September 2016

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09:21

More arrests of KNPB activists in Yakuhimo "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Australia West Papua Association (Sydney)

Media release- 18 September 2016

More arrests of KNPB activists -in Yakuhimo





The Yakuhimo Police arrested 21 members of the West Papua National Committee (KNPB) as they distributed leaflets about a peaceful rally to be held on Monday the 19 September.

8 activists were arrested first, followed by another 13 when over 200 people protested outside the local police station at the arrests.


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08:39

READING NOTES FOR NOVEL "FAMILY SKELETON" "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"




FAMILY SKELETON     by   CARMEL BIRD
READING NOTES


ABOUT THE NOVEL
Told from the perspective of the observant and sometimes cynical skeleton in the closet, this novel of manners takes the reader into the emotional depths of the lives of a family of funeral directors in a wealthy Melbourne suburb. The patriarch is a charming and amusing philanderer, his wife is a virtuous philanthropist, his mistress is treated as a member of the family. But the sins of the past are about to surface, with catastrophic results. Dark and hilarious, dramatic and moving, Family Skeleton has been compared to the novels of Fay Weldon, Penelope Fitzgerald, Muriel Spark and Anne Tyler.  

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Carmel Bird has always been in love with the music of language, the rhythms of speech, the possibilities of fiction. She has written thirty books, including nine other novels and six collections of short fiction.

COMMENTS
‘An intensely un-put-down-able novel with a rare pitch perfect ending. What a rich, delicious, suspenseful, witty, sinister, joyous confabulation, wow!’
JAN OWEN
‘Carmel Bird is a literary artist to her fingertips. She writes prose that has the precision of poetry, and that uncanny quality poetry has of making the inner life speak.’
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08:09

Meet Debelle and Lowe, the odd couple who'll be running the Reserve Bank "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

On Friday nights in the late 1980s around 11 a long-haired Treasury official used to slip into the chair at what was possibly the grottiest collection of radio studios ever attached to a university campus.

2XX was built on the edge of an indoor basketball court at the unfashionable northern end of Canberra's Australian National University. The brown carpets were mouldy and coffee-stained, the programming resources were vinyl albums in blue milk crates. When it wasn't putting to air foreign language programs, it broadcast talks about Palestine, land rights and trade unions. It was known around town as the "communist radio station", except for when it played music.

In an unusually deep and resonant voice, Guy Debelle would introduce "Velvet Nights", a 90-minute homage to the Lou Reed-fronted band Velvet Underground, leavened with so-called "greasy pop" from Adelaide bands including the Spikes, Exploding White Mice and Mad Turks from Istanbul.

By day a foreign debt specialist in the federal Treasury, at night he would relive his university years in Adelaide rocking to music at the Thebarton Town Hall, the Tivoli Hotel and the Adelaide University Bar where he once lost his voice screaming as Midnight Oil played to an audience of just 100.

He wrote his thesis (on labour economics) to repeated playings of the 11-minute cataclysmic epic The End by the Doors. A science and maths student at school, he might not have studied economics at all were it not for the intervention of a family friend, Richard Blandy, an economics professor who acted as a mentor to him after his mother died of breast cancer when he was 17.

"He was casting around," Blandy tells BusinessDay. "I thought he would do very, very well in economics." His father, lawyer Bruce Debelle, who later became a Supreme Court judge and conducted a royal commission on sex abuse in South Australian schools, suggested law. Debelle told him he would prefer to have weekends.

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Half a continent away and a few years earlier, a small boy with brilliant red hair, the oldest in a family of five, was blitzing two high schools in the NSW regional hub of Wagga Wagga. Philip Lowe was dux of St Michael's Regional High School, which went up to year 10, then dux of Trinity Senior High School in year 12. "He was very popular, the brainiest kid in the school – he stood out because of his red hair, if ever there was an award for maths or science he would win it," says Michael McCormack who followed him at both schools and later went on to edit The Wagga Daily Advertiser.

On graduation day his economics teacher wrote a citation. Lowe would one day be teaching his "latest brilliant theories" which would have "solved the international economic crisis".

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There was more to Debelle than music. He was an extremely fast runner over 800 metres, an impressive AFL player, a swimmer and a distance cyclist. The holder of a first-class honours degree, he left the Treasury to briefly work at the Reserve Bank in Sydney before taking leave to study for a PhD at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, inadvertently joining what would come to be known as the "MIT crew" who run the Reserve Bank of Australia. The bank's three top economists; Debelle, Lowe and Christopher Kent, who heads the economic division, obtained their PhDs at MIT. It's known for open inquiry, for taking nothing for granted, and for robust exchange of ideas.

By day Debelle worked on his thesis on inflation targeting under Stanley Fischer who later successfully steered the Bank of Israel through the global financial crisis and is now the vice-chair of the US Fed. At night in the seedier parts of Boston he checked out legendary local bands the Pixies (among his all-time favourites), Dinosaur Jr> and Buffalo Tom. He was later invited back to the MIT to lecture, and could have stayed, in such high regard was he held.

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08:00

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07:53

Meet Debelle and Lowe, the odd couple in charge of the RBA "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

On Friday nights in the late 1980s around 11 a long-haired Treasury official used to slip into the chair at what was possibly the grottiest collection of radio studios ever attached to a university campus.

2XX was built on the edge of an indoor basketball court at the unfashionable northern end of Canberra's Australian National University. The brown carpets were mouldy and coffee-stained, the programming resources were vinyl albums in blue milk crates. When it wasn't putting to air foreign language programs, it broadcast talks about Palestine, land rights and trade unions. It was known around town as the "communist radio station", except for when it played music.

In an unusually deep and resonant voice, Guy Debelle would introduce "Velvet Nights", a 90-minute homage to the Lou Reed-fronted band Velvet Underground, leavened with so-called "greasy pop" from Adelaide bands including the Spikes, Exploding White Mice and Mad Turks from Istanbul.

By day a foreign debt specialist in the federal Treasury, at night he would relive his university years in Adelaide rocking to music at the Thebarton Town Hall, the Tivoli Hotel and the Adelaide University Bar where he once lost his voice screaming as Midnight Oil played to an audience of just 100.

He wrote his thesis (on labour economics) to repeated playings of the 11-minute cataclysmic epic The End by the Doors. A science and maths student at school, he might not have studied economics at all were it not for the intervention of a family friend, Richard Blandy, an economics professor who acted as a mentor to him after his mother died of breast cancer when he was 17.

"He was casting around," Blandy tells BusinessDay. "I thought he would do very, very well in economics." His father, lawyer Bruce Debelle, who later became a Supreme Court judge and conducted a royal commission on sex abuse in South Australian schools, suggested law. Debelle told him he would prefer to have weekends.

****

Half a continent away and a few years earlier, a small boy with brilliant red hair, the oldest in a family of five, was blitzing two high schools in the NSW regional hub of Wagga Wagga. Philip Lowe was dux of St Michael's Regional High School, which went up to year 10, then dux of Trinity Senior High School in year 12. "He was very popular, the brainiest kid in the school – he stood out because of his red hair, if ever there was an award for maths or science he would win it," says Michael McCormack who followed him at both schools and later went on to edit The Wagga Daily Advertiser.

On graduation day his economics teacher wrote a citation. Lowe would one day be teaching his "latest brilliant theories" which would have "solved the international economic crisis".

****

There was more to Debelle than music. He was an extremely fast runner over 800 metres, an impressive AFL player, a swimmer and a distance cyclist. The holder of a first-class honours degree, he left the Treasury to briefly work at the Reserve Bank in Sydney before taking leave to study for a PhD at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, inadvertently joining what would come to be known as the "MIT crew" who run the Reserve Bank of Australia. The bank's three top economists; Debelle, Lowe and Christopher Kent, who heads the economic division, obtained their PhDs at MIT. It's known for open inquiry, for taking nothing for granted, and for robust exchange of ideas.

By day Debelle worked on his thesis on inflation targeting under Stanley Fischer who later successfully steered the Bank of Israel through the global financial crisis and is now the vice-chair of the US Fed. At night in the seedier parts of Boston he checked out legendary local bands the Pixies (among his all-time favourites), Dinosaur Jr> and Buffalo Tom. He was later invited back to the MIT to lecture, and could have stayed, in such high regard was he held.

****

Lowe j...

07:37

Never retrospective, the super changes are a win for Turnbull "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Limiting the amount anyone could contribute out of their own money into tax-advantaged super on top of employer contributions was never retrospective, but those who thought it was can relax.

The government is imposing a limit by another means.

The plan was to impose a lifetime limit of $500,000 - a figure so large as to be of use to less than 1 per cent of the population. How many of us know someone who can afford to pay money into super over and above their employer contribution and has half a million to spare?

It was said to be retrospective by many on the Prime Minister's own side because high earners might have planned for something else. Which makes it about as retrospective as a tax cut, or a price rise: it applies to future actions, but someone might have planned for something else.

The replacement regime will be just as (non) retrospective, but it'll be harder to paint as retrospective. Anyone who wants to put extra into super from their own funds will be able to do it up to $100,000 per year, down from $180,000 per year. Because only the size of the limit has been changed rather than its form, it'll be harder to claim that the nature of it has changed.

Of course, not many of us have a spare $100,000 to put into super over and above our employer's contribution, so for almost all of us, there will effectively be no limit.

Even if we came into a windfall and wanted to put it into super, the rules will allow us to use three years' worth of the limit at once, as they do now.

To pay for the extra generosity to Australia's richest, the government will delay for one year until 2018 a change that will allow people who have gone a year or so without making contributions to "catch up" by having their employer take out extra to compensate when they are back at work.

It will also shelve a plan that would have made it easier for Australians aged 65 to 74 to make extra contributions even though they are not working, something most wouldn't have been able to take advantage of in any event. It's hard to make extra contributions when you're not working.

Malcolm Turnbull and Scott Morrison are set to achieve what they wanted. All up, the package will save what it would have before: $6 billion over four years, with the key features still in place. There will still be a limit of $1.6 million on what you can put into super to earn income tax-free in retirement, the amount you can put in per year will fall from $30,000 ($35,000 for ages 50 and over) to $25,000, and very high earners on more than $250,000 will pay 30 per cent tax on their contributions instead of 15 per cent.

Labor supported the package apart from the question mark over retrospectivity and will feel duty-bound to support this. Turnbull and Morrison will have taken a small step towards making Australia's super system fairer, the biggest in its 25-year history.

In The Age and Sydney Morning Herald

07:10

Trusting "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

It’s always nice to feel you’re trusted, and our resident pair of Eastern Spinebills certainly gives us that impression. They have decided to nest in a Sweet Bay bush (Laurus nobilis) just a couple of metres from our house and constantly used garden path. They are so trusting that the sitting bird appears oblivious to […]

07:00

Best (yet) Buckwheat Pancakes "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

When a gluten free diet was suggested by my well loved professional holistic caregiver, there might have been a slight whimper on my part. Gluten, there’s no denying it. It’s delicious. Not the actual glutenous fibres themselves but the food … Continue reading

Horizons Unlimited meet for adventurers "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Horizons Unlimited

The first of only two Horizons Unlimited meetings in Australia this year is being held this weekend in Western Australia with an East Coast meeting in November.

The meetings are designed to provide advice from real-world travellers to other adventurers on everything from first-aid to motorcycle maintenance, GPS advice, photography, camping and much more.

The Horizons Unlimited fourth Western Australia Travellers Meeting is being held at Fairbridge Village (near Pinjarra) from this Friday to Sunday (September 16-18, 2016).Horizons Unlimited

The East Coast meeting is at Jindabyne, NSW, from Friday, November 18, to Sunday, November 20.

Apart from talks, demonstrations, workshops, discussion groups, challenges and competitions, there will also be inspiring films of adventurous worldwide travels.

Horizons Unlimited was founded by Canadians Susan and Grant Johnson in 1997 at the end of an around-the-world trip on a BMW R 80 GS.Horizons Unlimited

Susan told us they wanted to “inspire people to go a little further, to inform them about all the things to do and to make contact with other people who travel”.

The Johnsons have been living in Australia for eight years and are now naturalised Australians.

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06:00

A Timeline of Earth’s Average Temperature ... "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Since the last Ice Age glaciation When people say ‘the climate has changed before’, these are the kinds of changes they are talking about ...

05:30

Just bad manners or something more sinister? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Today (last week) a random hire car drove up our 1km long driveway, pulled up, and its driver proceeded to take photographs of our house. The first my partner, busy inside, knew about it was our dog barking incessantly. My partner stepped outside to see what had upset the dog and was confronted by a male stranger taking photographs of the dwelling and surrounds …

05:15

The sparrows ... "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Like the quolls living under our house, the sparrows had to go. They were starting up before dawn, while we were still asleep, and well before our rooster had even stirred in the chook house. Their chirping and frenzied activity under our eave was driving me to despair …

02:52

If I speak at your conference, conservatives will be upset, liberals will congratulate themselves, and the colonised won’t be helped "IndyWatch Feed National"

Response to the Anthropological Association of Israel’s keynote invitation

Dear …
I have spent a bit of time writing this so it is a bit formal. That’s not the intention. It’s more that I want to be as clear as possible about my reasons.

I sincerely appreciate your invitation to give the keynote at the Anthropological Association of Israel. And I accept that it is an invitation made in good faith that emanates from your desire to open up the association to voices that are strongly critical of Israel as it has come to exist in the world today, and that as you say are not heard enough.

I am afraid I have to decline from accepting your invitation. I can’t say I am overjoyed to decline. As I mentioned to you before by temperament I am always inclined and disposed to dialogue, but I have thought hard about what my presence would achieve and I feel that the end result is negative not positive. But in thinking what is positive and what is negative I am thinking of how it impacts on the struggle of the Palestinian people to free themselves of colonialism, not the struggle of Israeli anthropologists to make their society more open minded and receptive. It is a mistake to equate the two even though they might occasionally overlap in terms of interest. You probably don’t want to hear me giving you a full blast of my reasons. And you might even think that you have heard it all before. But I genuinely accept that you want dialogue. And so I want to quickly say why, while I am also all for dialogue, I am not for the dialogue as you are proposing it, even though I am more than flattered about what you say about my work and thankful that you thought of me as a possible keynoter.

Israeli anthropologists face a number of situations that are similar to those we face in other settler colonial environments such as Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the United States. We are all anthropologists working in a social space that is always already vampirically sucking a native population dry and violently (legally and illegally) blocking its claims to the land. You Israelis have to face the extra situation that your vampiric history is relatively short and new, the population that has been colonised by you is still relatively strong and still making claims of national sovereignty and autonomy over the land. The dominant forces in your society aspire to get to a situation where this will stop being the case. It aims to efface the existence of Palestinians as claimants of sovereignty and it is subjecting them to horrendous inhumane violence of a scale, intensity and permanence that is so beyond acceptable. This is what your own Baruch Kimmerling has beautifully called politicide.

So to me, the beginning of any decolonial anthropology is to be anti-politicidal. It has to be concerned with how to stop this horrendous violence and how to give presence and political and social power to the colonised. It is not about making the anthropologist of the colonising society more liberal and open minded and capable of confronting difference. This I feel is all what me presenting a keynote for your organisation would achieve: some conservatives will be upset. But that’s because they are dumb. Then there will be the intelligent liberals who will leave saying “what a feeling. I have heard a genuinely and authentically anti-Zionist intellectual with really confronting views, and with an Arab background to boot. It was a really enriching experience, I must be so open minded and groovy.” This does not and never did help the colonised. There will be a minority however who will fully understand these limitations and who will genuinely want to move towards the territory of decolonising anthropology. Those, I would love to work with, but I don’t believe the AAI is the best frame for this to be done.

I have many ideas of what a dialogue towards establishing a decolonial Israeli anthropology would entail. The first a...

Saturday, 17 September

23:01

Malaysian student makes possible breakthrough in war on superbugs "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A 25-year-old Malaysian studying at Melbourne University has made a game-changing discovery in medicine on a possible alternative to antibiotics. Reports said that Shu Lam, who’s a PhD candidate at the Australian varsity, has developed a chain of star-shaped polymer molecules that can kill superbugs, which are bacteria resistant to antibiotics, after three-and-a-half years of […]

16:59

Does Donald Trump actually want to win the election? Backchat explores the Alt-Right "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

hanson trump milo

“You should see some of the e-mails that I get from people in Australia. The alt-right exists in Australia. Look in the comments section man, it’s there.”

With polls tightening, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are locked in a close battle for the US presidency. But what if the Oval Office isn’t Trump’s goal?

Political pundits have been abuzz with speculation that Trump doesn’t really care if he wins or loses, and is instead focused on making his campaign the basis for a new alt-right TV empire.

But how likely is “Trump TV”? Who are the alt-right, and do they exist as a movement in Australia?

Backchat reporter Oscar Coleman took a closer look, speaking to Trisha Jha from the free-market Centre for Independent Studies and Dr Peter Chen, Senior Lecturer in media politics at the University of Sydney.

According to Trisha Jha, the alt-right appeals to conservative-leaning young people because of their tactics and fresh, aggressive style they have pioneered.

There’s something special about the alt-right in terms of the kinds of tactics they adopt, the language they use, their strategy, their branding. Milo Yiannopoulos is a good example.

I think there is a tendency particularly among…pre-eminently young men to wear some of the alt-right branding because it’s trendy and because it’s cool. And honestly it’s quite fresh but I wouldn’t necessarily say that everyone who kind participates in the signs and symbology is necessarily someone who signs up to the ideology.

While I think aspects of the alt-right do include things like white supremacy, hatred towards women, homosexuals and trans people, that’s not necessarily the entirety of the alt-right.

Dr Peter Chen sees “Trump TV” as a possibility due to Trump’s close personal friendship with former Fox News boss Roger Ailes and former Breitbart executive Stephen Bannon, who’s now CEO of the Trump campaign.

Chen is sceptical of media narratives drawing parallels between the growing populist movements across the world. Nevertheless, he sees elements of the alt-right existing in Australia in the form of One Nation and Reclaim Australia.

As a non-white person in Australia, I actually see a lot of the alt-right in Australia. I think it’s a sloppy term but I see a lot of it.

Reclaim Australia is this incredibly mainstream organisation in many ways. I think about George Christensen, who theoretically is part of the Liberal Party of Australia – this mainstream political party – but he’s also actually a member of Reclaim Australia, as is Pauline Hanson.

These people are kind of the alt-right in Australia. Mainstream political figures who are dominating th...

16:44

Riverfire 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Collective Market will be closed the weekend of the 23, 24 & 25 September due to the Riverfire event. The Market will recommence as per normal the following week. For more information about Riverfire 2016 go to: Riverfire 2016 Enjoy the Fire Works

09:18

Wanda shelving for kids by Cantilever "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

A few years ago I made a study space for my daughter using a pegboard from Bunnings with painted IKEA spice racks that has been my most popular post on Bondville - ever. If you love that look but would like something much more sophisticated and design-led, check out the Wanda shelving system by Cantilever in Melbourne.


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