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Thursday, 16 November

21:28

RepowerHour "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

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Newlands Community #RepowerHour

Come and connect with other locals and support a fast and fair transition to clean energy from the sun and wind!
Newlands Community House (20 Murray Rd North Coburg) 4pm Sunday 26th November for a chat and a shared BBQ. Kids very welcome. Bring a plate or something to BBQ and a gold coin donation for the use of the venue :)

This will be a short and snappy discussion of strategies - we want to shine a bright positive light on renewables in the lead up to summer and get ready to counter any scaremongering that comes from the big polluting companies and those politicians who support them. 

This event is being hosted by the Newlands Climate Action Group with support from Environment Victoria. If youd like more information please contact Nina (...

21:22

Soundvision "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

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Enjoy $10 community tickets for Soundvision at La Trobe Uni this Saturday. 

Just enter 'community' in the promotional code.  Kids under 18 free.



21:21

Little Place Family Daycare "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

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Little Place Family Day Care is seeking one new friend to play with us on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Due to gender and age if current little friends, we are hoping for a girl between 12-18 months.

Please email me at hameeddina@gmail.com or call on 0400 483 178.

A bit more about us can be found here:



21:04

An interview with Writer Des Pensable About his Divinity Seeds Trilogy "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

 

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Since everyone cant attend the book release heres what you might expect if you were there.

Interviewer: Des Pensable has just published the third and final book of his Divinity Seeds trilogy, Edge of Chaos. Were going to find out a little about him and his story.

Interviewer: Is Des Pensable your real name?

Des Pensable: No. I learnt many years ago that people judge others by the origin of their name. I wanted people to judge me only on the quality of what I write. So I chose a pen name.

The word pensable comes from the French meaning thoughtful. The word dispensable generally is taken to mean something that can be discarded. So Des Pensable is a play on thoughts and concepts that can be used or discarded if you dont like them.

Interviewer: Can you tell us a little about yourself.

Des Pensable: I was born in Sydney Australia and have lived there for most of my life. I was married and have two children and four grandchildren. I went to a public high school; I am a scientist. Ive worked in a range of science jobs in private enterprise and government; Ive travelled extensively around the world and spent considerable time camping and walking in wilderness areas.

Interviewer: You write on a wide range of topics. What is your favourite?

Des Pensable: I have written a lot on the issues surrounding Global Warming lately as I see it as the largest and most serious threat that our civilisation has ever faced. I have researched the data thoroughly and believe the science is correct. Im convinced that if we continue as normal our civilisation will collapse and the survivors will live in a very inhospitable world for centuries to come.

I was pretty fired up on the subject a couple of years ago so I went to Canada and did one of Al Gores Climate Change leadership courses. It was a lot of fun and I met some great people. Since then Ive concentrated on writing short stories, poems and satire about fracking, coal mining, climate change activism, protests and of course global warming politics.

However, my favorite project has been my epic fantasy trilogy Divinity Seeds which has been an epic journey in itself. Its about half a million words long and was written over several years. The third part of the story has just been published.

Interviewer: What inspired you to write an epic fantasy?

Des Pe...

20:28

Have you seen this bird in Newstead? "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

Im conscious that Im skating on thin ice with this post.

Natural Newstead has a strict 15km rule which means that natural history events that fall outside this range, no matter how fascinating, are essentially out of bounds. The interpretation of the rule is of course at the discretion of the editor!

This spring has seen an influx of Scarlet Honeyeaters into parts of Victoria where this beautiful bird is rarely seen, even prompting a recent article in the Melbourne Age. Locally, at least to my knowledge, they have been reported in Maldon, Campbells Creek, Fryerstown and Castlemaine. Last weekend I heard one singing magnificently in the centre of Castlemaine outside the IGA!

The bird pictured below was photographed late this afternoon in a wonderful native garden in Castlemaine. Frustratingly, and somewhat surprisingly, they dont seem to have made it to Newstead yet Id love to hear if anyone has seen one inside the circle.

Male Scarlet Honeyeater, Cas...

20:23

Social Cohesion: My Faith, My Business "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Cultural competence and understanding the other are key issues in building strong, effective workplaces with diversity among the workforce. Much understanding and trust are needed for all to accomplish their goals giving of goods and services, return on investment of time, talents and resources, and satisfaction with the goals of the work enterprise. In ... Read more...

20:06

Citizenship and Values "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

How do changes to government policy impact new arrivals communities and the celebration of people becoming citizens? This presentation by Chris Hazelman will explore the processes to become an Australian citizen, the complexity of citizenship laws in the context of individual experiences of new arrivals and the governments proposed changes to the Australian Citizenship Test. ... Read more...

19:59

Sport as a Social Connection Tool "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Sport lends itself to community building and resilient communities. Sport gives individuals a sense of worth, belonging, participation and achievement. In this session, Sam Atukorala AFL Diversity Program delegate, and Community Ambassador for Cricket Australia gives an overview of how Cricket and Football build strong individuals, strong communities.   Recently, the Victorian Government pivoted ... Read more...

19:44

Future Voices: creating resilience in African settlement. "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Future Voices Incorporated is a not for profit charity established in 2016, working with the diverse communities in Shepparton, Victoria to meet an identified need voiced by the newly arrived African refugee community. Research tells us that most extensive types of volunteer work conducted by refugees and humanitarian entrants involve helping with the settlement of ... Read more...

19:42

Marriage Equality results response "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

 

Thursday 16th November, 2017

Multicultural communities hold diverse views, just as other communities do

The Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria (ECCV) acknowledge that the people of Australia have spoken on the issue of marriage equality. Yesterday, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) delivered a resounding 61.6% for the yes vote.

ECCV welcomes and accepts views on both sides of the debate and encourages respectful dialogue among all communities including the multi-faith and multilingual communities in Victoria. On this mornings radio program, Mornings with Jon Faine on ABC Radio Melbourne, ECCV Chair Eddie Micallef explained (the results of the vote) shows us that there are differing views within the community overall but within the multicultural community there is a sizeable component of conservative views in relation to issues like same-sex marriageother moral issues.  

The ECCV accepts that same-sex relationships are a part of Australias diverse society. The view of the ECCV Board of Directors is that all Victorian and Australian citizens should have equal civic rights and the freedom to practice and express faith.   

Major groups like FECCA and the Victorian Minister for Multicultural Affairs launched The YES Alliance on the steps of Victorias Parliament House on September 20th, 2017. The YES Alliance is a group of Australian community members from multicultural and multi-faith backgrounds that supported a yes vote. Voters were then encouraged to consider diversity in the context of human rights.   

The marriage equality plebiscite has been a divisive time in Australian history and as a result it placed a spotlight on a challenging intersection of civic freedoms and religious beliefs. ECCV understands that some ethnic communities have strong religious ties and accept Australians differing views.

For more information and/or media comment, please contact Leenie Fabri, Communications & Media Officer, lfabri@eccv.org.au / 0422 480 319

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19:38

Activewear Summer "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

So it's looking like I'll be having an active wear summer. Kmart active wear. 100% polyester, made in a Bangladesh sweatshop, normal father on a budget, active wear. I'm talking shorts with a special pocket just for my phone, mesh inserts, T-shirts and singlets that are extremely breathable, very practical fucking average person active wear.

The shit is fucking comfortable.

My uniform is jeans and black T-shirt, but a cotton T-shirt does not have the breathability I crave. Regular exercise has done this to me. Now I get it, I know why people who always wear active wear, always wear active wear.

There are no active wear pants for men that are suitable for just being though. No. And men who wear those tights, without shorts to protect human eyeballs from contact with your package, you need to take a hard look at yourself, because we certainly are, you filthy stinkboy.

I will be having an active wear summer, but I will not be a filthy stinkboy.    

19:35

2017 Social Cohesion Conference Welcome "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

On September 27, 2017 La Trobe University, partnering with the Shepparton Interfaith Network and the Ethnic Council of Shepparton and District, presented Social Cohesion in the Goulburn Valley: Looking Back, Looking Forward, a conference to revisit the issues explored in the 2007 Conference and to consider the issues facing us today going forward as a ... Read more...

19:24

Conference Welcome Mayor of City of Greater Shepparton "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Cr. Dinny Adem, Mayor of Greater Shepparton opened the 2017 Conference Social Cohesion in the Goulburn Valley: Looking Back, Looking Forward. We bring you his opening remarks.   We, Greater Shepparton City Council, acknowledge the traditional owners of the land which now comprises Greater Shepparton. We pay respect to their tribal elders, we celebrate their ... Read more...

19:17

Inclusion, Diversity, Globalisation and Talent: a new perspective "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

One of the key issues of this conference were the emerging challenges due to factors that have largely remained unaddressed (eg employment, gender issues, religious, ideological or cultural beliefs and values which underpin some of the tensions), and to their likely impact on a socially cohesive Goulburn Valley in the future. Employment was the front ... Read more...

18:45

West Papua taking on the world "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

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Preliminary meeting to confirm date of meeting .Standing are Job Dalesa and Paula Makabory and Andy Ayamiseba (at right sitting)
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17:44

McMillan says yes, but Russell Broadbent wont support same sex marriage "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

Russell Broadbent has said he will not support a motion for marriage equality despite a majority of voters in his electorate wanting him to.

17:00

In which the pond will have its savvy Savva, no matter the hour of the day ... "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"



Dammit, just because the Oreo is handy for everything, including scientific observations of the universe, the pond almost gave up doing its savvy Savva Thursday ...

The Oreo's almost as pervasive as the aquatic weeds in Ballarat's Lake Wendouree ...so the pond decided it would send in the chopper so it could enjoy some quality time with the Savva, herself beset by saucy fears and doubts this day ...



Note the subtle way that the lizard sub altered the google text of Malware being bolstered by the 'yes' vote for the battles ahead to a simple fear-mongering PM faces perils ahead ...

Perhaps the Savva had a moan because in later copy the sub pulled a ninja trick ...


Kung fu eastern suburbs harbourside ma...

16:40

Hijackd "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Betul Tuna participated in the afternoon Panel Discussion: Employment enterprises whats successful? The following is a photo narrative which captures the spontaneity, vivacity and fun that Betul Tuna shared in her presentation on Hijackd, a local small-business which builds on social cohesion with younger people in the community. The motto: Hijackd, Nourish the Conversation. ... Read more...

16:36

Warragul CFAs 2017 open day will be HUGE "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

Warragul Fire Brigade's open day is set to be huge, with demos, free food and coffee, a new tanker, and more!

16:28

Overview of Social Cohesion "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

The United Nations defines a socially cohesive society where all groups have a sense of belonging, participation, inclusion, recognition and legitimacy. The most significant piece of work in Australia on social cohesion is conducted by the Scanlon Foundation. On September 27, 2017, La Trobe University partnering with the Shepparton Interfaith Network and the Ethnic ... Read more...

16:23

Fabric from The Black Seeds is Eastside Radios Album Of The Week (16 Nov-22 Nov) "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

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The NZ reggae outfits sixth studio album, Fabric, is Eastside Radios Album Of The Week. One of the finest modern reggae bands in the live format, the 8 piece from Wellington bring us twelve new tracks spanning dub, soul, funk and electronica. Heres one of the albums singles Back To You:

And Lightning Strikes is one of the new records more electronic cuts:

You can purchase the album from various retailers at the Black Seeds website, connect with the band on Facebook here, and stream the album on Spotify here.

Well be bringing you selections from Fabric all this week on Eastside Radio.

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15:50

2017 Social Cohesion Conference "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

In 2007, the Shepparton Interfaith Network in conjunction with Latrobe University and the Ethnic Council of Shepparton and District conducted a seminal conference with the title, Cultural Diversity and Social Harmony The Goulburn Valley Experience at Eastbank Centre, Shepparton. On September 27, 2017 ten years to the day of the 2007 Conference, La ... Read more...

15:06

Stop the Forced Sterilisation of Females with Disabilities "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Australia won a seat on the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on October 17. The Australian campaign for a position on the leading human rights body consisted of five pillars. These included a pledge to promote gender equality, as well as addressing human rights violations and abuses. On the following day, the UNHRC win, the

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15:01

These Two Gay Elders Are Planning To Finally Marry After Yes Vote "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

An Sydney octogenerian couple have spoken of their plans to finally marry after Wednesdays yes result. John Challis and Arthur Cheeseman, aged 89 and 85, have been together for five decades and said theyre planning a low-key ceremony for the new year. Without any fuss, just very quietly, he told ABC Radio. Well probably go ...

The post These Two Gay Elders Are Planning To Finally Marry After Yes Vote appeared first on QNEWS.

15:01

The Friendliest Cities in the World "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

The worlds destinations have been ranked according levels of happiness, friendliness, safety and treatment of tourists with some unexpected cities topping the list.

In a list released by holiday website Travelbird, Australia has been poorly represented with only Sydney and Melbourne recognised in the top 100.

Australians are renowned worldwide for their friendliness and jovial nature but it seems tourists arent impressed with the land Down Under when it comes to safety and welcoming travellers with open arms.

Travel experts and tourists who have jetted around the world were quizzed on their perceptions of each city they visited, and Australian destinations were harshly ranked by overseas holidaymakers.

Both Sydney and Melbourne were evenly matched in the overall happiness of citizens both scoring a pleasant nine out of 10 but it was the Nordic city of Oslo which took out the number one spot as happiest destination in the world with a perfect 10 score.

Trailing close behind Oslo on the happiness scale is Copenhagen in Denmark, while Reykjavik in Iceland made third place and three consecutive Swiss cities held down places four, five and six.

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European and Scandinavian cities dominated the top 10 happiest locations in the world but right behind Toronto, Canada, was Auckland at number 11 and Melbourne and Sydney tying at 9/10 for happiness too.

The cities with the unhappiest locals were found to be Kiev in Ukraine, Phnom Penh in Cambodia and New Delhi in India.

The next category each city was ranked in was safety sourced from United Nations data which investigated the perception of security and how safe people feel.

An unexpected winner of this department was the UAE city of Abu Dhabi with a perfect score, while Melbourne sat at 49th place and Sydney at 58th, likely because of the thre...

14:25

Smart Arts 16 November 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

Festival director Wesley Enoch joins Richard to chat about the 2018 Sydney Festival program; Artist Liza McCosh pops by to talk about the abstract work Liminal at 45 Downstairs, and performer Faustina Agolley talks about their debut in MTCs The Father.

14:20

Emotions Run High As Gay Senators Speak About Same-Sex Marriage Bill "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Senators Dean Smith and Penny Wong have delivered emotional speeches as debate gets underway on his same-sex marriage bill. Smiths widely-supported private members bill was introduced to the Senate on Wednesday with the help of a cross-party group of Senators, just hours after it was announced 61.6 per cent of Australians had voted yes in ...

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14:19

Book for a festive flavour treat "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Blue Mountain Indian restaurant is now taking bookings for Christmas and New Year.
Whether you are having a holiday office party, or a family celebration, the team are there to meet your needs.
Take an extra 15 per cent off when you book before 1 December.
Upstairs at the police station end of The Terrace, Blue Mountain specialises in tantalising Indian food and also includes halal dining options.
Host John Yonzon has years of experience as a chef and will make sure each meal is cooked to perfection. John has been in the industry for almost 25 years.
When asked what brought him to Ocean Grove, John simply pointed out the window of the restaurant to the amazing view of Bass Strait and the beach.
Blue Mountain serves all the usual delicious Indian fare including beef, chicken, seafood and lamb.
Order dinner online from 4.30pm seven days a week and the restaurant is open for dinner seven days a week for dining in. Its also open for lunch Wednesday to Sunday.
The banquets are among the most popular items on the menu and includes a kids banquet which is customised especially for hungry little ones.
Oh, and dont forget the yummy desserts and vegetarian options.
Blue Mountain is at Shop 9/62 The Terrace Ocean Grove, open seven days for dinner including home delivery, Wednesday to Sunday for lunch.
Orders can be placed at www.bluemountainoceangrove.com.au

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14:14

I Believe Magda Szubanski Should Be Australian Of The Year "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Beloved comedian and one of the most high-profile yes campaigners, Magda Szubanski, has spoken of her joy at the overwhelming result in favour of marriage equality on Wednesday. We know Im the crybaby of the campaign, she joked to Channel Tens The Project on Wednesday evening. Its been joyous, and really just a moment of ...

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14:13

Pierce Brothers Announce New EP My Tired Mind "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Image Courtesy of Pierce Brothers Melbourne based folk-pop duo Pierce Brothers have somehow managed to find some time out from their never-ending worldwide tour to write and record their brand new EP My Tired Mind. Due for release this Friday 17th November, the EP was recorded over the last two years. The first single from []

14:11

All set for tinsel town "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

By Justin Flynn

The Terrace will again be closed to vehicular traffic to accommodate the third annual Christmas in the Grove event.
The popular shopping extravaganza and street festival, run by Ocean Grove Business Association, will be held on 6 December.
The festival, which encourages locals to shop local in the lead up to Christmas, was a huge success last year and OGBA president Ty Simons said he was hoping for similar numbers.
We had around 1500 people last year, he said.
It was a great family night. Were hoping everyone opens up and that it will remind people to spend their money locally. If we get a few or the same numbers as last year, well be happy.
Traders will spill their wares out onto The Terrace from 5pm to 8pm and the street will be closed to vehicles, allowing festival goers to wander the usually busy street.
Madeley Street traders will also be in on the action with a special place set aside on The Terrace for them.
The street festival will feature a jumping castle, kids actiivities, food and drink and Santa Claus, who will make an appearance on a specially built chair from Ocean Grove Mens Shed.
Ocean Grove Barwon Heads Lions Club will again be doing their popular sausage sizzle and selling Christmas cakes and puddings.

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13:47

Community Billboard 15th November 22nd November "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

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This weekly community billboard is proudly sponsored by the City of Sydneys Plan for the

future  Sydney 2030  making our city more green, global and connected.

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13:47

Exclusive: First listen of HTMLFlowers debut album Chrome Halo "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Premiering on FBi Radio, Melbournes HTMLFlowers (aka Grant Gronewold) is finally ready to unleash his new album Chrome Halo.

A collection of eleven strong and stirring tracks created in and out of hospital beds, the album dissects sacrifice, frustration, love and living with a disability. Ahead of its release this Friday, HTMLFlowers takes us through the record track by track, featuring the likes of Oscar Key Sung, Banoffee, Sui Zhen and more.

 

CICADA

I never really rapped much before this album, this is the first fight song. Its about feeling born a thousand times. Wanting to die but being so strong you cant. The world is just a dream to you. Disableds live a life in stealth, whether or not we want to. No one sees you and thats your power, I remind people of death, they treat me like death and so I learnt all of Deaths tricks.

A disabled never dies cause a disabled is never allowed to live, we just shed bodies like the cicada.

I very strongly felt the album should start with the phrase Shut the fuck up, lemme finish cause I always talk too much.

 

GOD ON MY HITLIST

Inspired by the HABITS lyrics toxic angels, we wake up wheezing, Mo and Maia made me think about being an enemy of god, a wrong angel, powerful and hated. Whether its being queer or disabled or non- normative in any way, you are seen as a wrong angel beautiful to some, but never allowed to be accepted in the eyes of God, tradition, society or whatever. Gods approval is cancelled.

This song is revenge.

The disabled are haunted by religious organisations who want to save our souls so that they can feel better about us existing at all. I reject your god, I hunt your god, I eat your god. I sampled horror movies for the beat. In horror films, 9 times out of 10 the threat in the film is illness or death and the villain is disabled or deformed. Thats mine now. Disableds own horror motifs, sorry, not sorry.

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13:36

Introducing John Pilger into the Melbourne Press Club Hall of Fame "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

The Melbourne Press Club periodically inducts journalists into its Hall of Fame.

I was asked to write the profile and be interviewed about John Pilger, one of Australias most famous journalistic exports:

During his acceptance speech for the Sydney Peace Prize in 2009, Australian journalist, author and film-maker John Pilger articulated a worldview that he has vociferously opposed during a career spanning more than 50 years. Democracy has become a business plan, he said, with a bottom line for every human activity, every dream, every decency, every hope. The main parliamentary parties are now devoted to the same economic policies socialism for the rich, capitalism for the poor and the same foreign policy of servility to endless war.

Pilgers decades-long work in print and television has transformed him into one of the most successful and awarded Australian journalists in the modern era, yet this has not brought him universal praise from his media colleagues or a profession that often prefers safe insiders and embedded realities. Pilger is too confrontational towards state power and his industry to be widely adored and he embraces being the eternal dissident.

In the introduction to a 2004 collection of fine investigative journalism from around the world, Tell Me No Lies, edited by Pilger, he warned that the proliferation of public relations forced reporters to take an even more adversarial position towards governments and corporate power. Political and historical context is everything and Pilger rightly demanded more discussion about the hundreds of illegal [American] covert operations, many of them bloody that have denied political and economic self-determination to much of the world.

Pilger has spent years visiting the sites of these often silent wars, genocides and occupations from East Timor to Palestine and Australia to Vietnam. He has never been a cheerleader for our side and his journalism is stronger because of it.

In his classic 1986 book, Heroes, Pilger wrote that he had grown up in one of the most fortunate cities on earth. Born in Sydney in 1939 to socialist parents Elsie and Claude, he was brought up in Bondi and developed a love of swimming that continued his entire life. With a working class background, his journalism career began as a copy boy on the now defunct Sydney Sun newspaper.

As a cadet on Sydneys Daily Telegraph, Pilger soon discovered what he viewed as the dark heart of modern journalism. Writing in Heroes, he explained that writing one thing and believing another was the way the system worked and to do otherwise was....

13:11

Bushfire north west of Noojee; crews responding "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

Emergency services have advised there is a bushfire seven kilometres north west of Noojee.

13:04

Vanessa Berrys Mirror Sydney: An Atlas of Reflections "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

In this book we are shown perspectives of lesser-known places on Sydneys suburban fringes such as Hornsby, Warragamba and Turramurra; sleepy shopping arcades in Penrith; an abandoned theme park in Lansvale and a 1970s floating restaurant slowly disintegrating in Snails Bay. What emerges in these deftly observed urban essays is far more than a simple description of urban space and reminiscence.

13:00

In which the pond learns to like an Oreo a day, while a bonus bromancer never goes astray ... "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"


There was no way that the pond could walk around it, though the thought of an Oreo on a Thursday, in company of the bromancer, was vaguely sick-inducing ...

An Oreo a day? Where would it end?


Say what?


Damn you Oreo, damn you to hell ... let the real Oreo stand up ...


Back, and as barking mad as usual ...

Who else but the Oreo could scribble "The freedom of the political right is distinctive. It is not anarchy. It is the form of freedom that provides the spiritual, social, economic and political foundations for the flourishing of Western civilisation ..."

Or perhaps the flourishing....

13:00

Fair effort gets good results "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

St Peters Anglican Church held its annual fair with a huge turn out.
Several thousand fair goers enjoyed the stalls, kids activities, food and drink with the weather being very kind on the day.
Children were allowed unlimited time on the free jumping castle and joined in on the free painting and colouring activities. There was the usual assortment of lucky dips, toy stall and balloons.
Adults browsed the plant stalls and snapped up everything from flowers, cakes, preserves and jams, bric-a-brac, jewellery, jigsaws and books.

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12:46

Rethink your rubbish trail, Captains orders "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Captain Trash hits the streets of Ocean Grove on Remembrance Day weekend to help spread the message of plastic pollution.
Captain Trash is the alter ego of Port Phillip Baykeeper Neil Blake. Neil has over three decades in environmental management and was the feature in the award-winning documentary Baykeepers.
Through his persona as Captain Trash, Neil uses music and humour to teach the five ARRRGHS: Refuse, Reduce, Re-use, Recycle and Remove and is passionate about spreading the message to leave only footprints on the sand.
Ocean Grove Coastcare hosted a breakfast with Captain Trash at Driftwood Cafe and then he roamed The Terrace meeting with local shoppers.

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12:41

No Campaigner Lyle Shelton Vows To Keep Fighting Marriage Equality For Decades "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Prominent no campaigner and head of the Australian Christian Lobby Lyle Shelton has said he accepts Australias yes vote but has vowed to keep fighting against marriage equality for years or decades. He told Fairfax Media that he accepted the decision but in a democracy no question is ever completely closed. He said the no ...

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12:32

Local growers to benefit from protocol signing "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Local growers to benefit from protocol signing

FRUITFUL OPPORTUNITIES From left, local grower, Rocky Varapodio and Greater Shepparton City Council Mayor, Cr Dinny Adem are pleased that a protocol signed between China and Australia will open export opportunities for local stone fruit growers. Photo: Supplied.

THE signing of a protocol between China and Australia last week opened the export opportunity for Australian plums, peaches and apricots into China, and is welcomed news for Australian stone fruit growers.

The protocol will enable exporters to present a full range of stone fruit to the growing Chinese retail sector.

The announcement follows on from previous access gained allowing Australian nectarines into China, as well as building on the momentum generated through the Free Trade Agreement between China and Australia.

Greater Shepparton City Council Mayor, Cr Dinny Adem said, This announcement is especially satisfying as council, along with State and Federal Governments, have been working diligently in advocating to both the Australian and Chinese authorities to prioritise stone fruit export protocols as a matter of urgency.

Whilst we were encouraged that these conversations were positive, this announcement has come ahead of our expectations and has the ability to initiate a major boom for the Goulburn Valley fruit industry and our entire regional economy.

Within the Goulburn Valley we produce 70 percent of the national peach crop, 49 percent of the national plum crop and 43 percent of the national apricot crop. This announcement will no doubt deliver enormous benefits to our stone fruit growers, and with the stone fruit season fast approaching it is perfect timing for the region, Cr Adem said.

Local grower, Rocky Varapodio said, This is great news because it gives us access to one of the biggest markets in the world.

Its going to be fantastic for this region because we have a lot of apricot, plum and peach growers in this area who will benefit from this.

If we can get it right and service this market properly, there is enormous opportunity for growers to grow their business and plant products specifically for that market.

12:30

Experience a taste of Sri Lankan culture "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Experience a taste of Sri Lankan culture

CULTURE, TRADITION AND FAMILY FUN From left, Sri Lankan Association of Goulburn Valley Inc. assistant secretary, Mewan Dissanayake, president, Dr Suresh Jayasundera and committee members, Dilrukshi Peiris, Panchani Jayatilake, Dileepa Liyanage and Dalston De Rozairo are inviting the community to enjoy the culture, traditions, dance, music and food of the Sri Lankan culture at the upcoming Sri Lankan Night. Photo: David Lee.

THE local community will have the chance to get a taste of the excitingly exotic Sri Lankan culture, traditions, dance, music and food at the upcoming Sri Lankan Night.

Organised by the Sri Lankan Association of Goulburn Valley Inc. and running on Saturday, November 18, the evening will showcase a family friendly environment and display the best of Sri Lankan culture, followed by a traditional Sri Lankan dinner.

Sri Lankan Association of Goulburn Valley Inc. assistant secretary, Mewan Dissanayake said, This event is all about promoting Sri Lankan culture to the Goulburn Valley community.

There will be many family friendly activities running throughout the evening and we encourage everybody to come and enjoy themselves.

Sri Lankan Association of Goulburn Valley Inc. president, Dr Suresh Jayasundera said, We are inviting the whole community to come along. This is all about promoting harmony in the community.

The event will run from 3:30pm onwards at the Sir Ian McLennan Sports Centre in Mooroopna with the all inclusive tickets coming to a cost of $20 for adults with children under 15 free. Reservations for the event can be made through slnight.eventbrite.com.au

For further information, phone 0423 257 736 or 0470 506 356.

12:29

Giving Indigenous and recreational fishers more say "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

LEGISLATION improving the capacity for recreational and Indigenous fishers to have greater input on the management of commonwealth fisheries passed parliament recently.

Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Senator Anne Ruston said the government is dedicated to the long-term sustainable use and development of Australias fisheries resources for all users whether they are commercial, recreational and Indigenous.

The Turnbull Government has strengthened Indigenous and recreational fishers interests in the management of Commonwealth fisheries, Minister Ruston said.

Changes to the Fisheries Management Act 1991 and the Fisheries Administration Act 1991 are taking into account the changing realities of use and access of commonwealth fisheries, including greater access by recreational fishers.

These changes will allow the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) to tap into the expertise of indigenous and recreational fishing groups.

It will improve the transparency of arrangements for AFMA, taking into account the interests of indigenous and recreational fishers in its decision-making processes.

12:29

Rail heat-related speeds revised "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

WITH the summer heat approaching generally comes the cancellation of rail services or at the very least a reduction in speed on certain lines. This year, V/Line has eased the speed restrictions imposed on the freight network during times of extreme heat allowing for more freight trains to run more often this summer.

Local lines that will be affected include the Echuca-Deniliquin line where at 33C and above the speed will be reduced to 30km/h, whereas last summer temperatures reaching 36C and above saw rail services cancelled. This year, along the Shepparton-Tocumwal line, 33C and above will see speeds reduced to 40km/h, compared with last summer which had restrictions in place that saw rail services cancelled at 36C and above. The Toolamba-Echuca line will this year have no services run between 12pm and 8pm on days where the temperature reaches 33C and above, whereas last year rail services were cancelled between 10am and 10pm on days where the temperature reached 33C and above.

V/Line CEO, James Pinder said, Our track team has been hard at work completing maintenance and upgrades on the freight network ahead of the warmer months, and weve been able to make the changes to the allowable train speed in some sections of the network.

Weve communicated the changes to freight train operators, so they can manage their operations and well continue to be in constant contact throughout the summer, Mr Pinder said.

We put the restrictions in place last summer as a safety precaution because safety is our number one consideration.

We havent had a heat-related derailment on the freight network for almost two years and this is something we want to continue.

12:28

The birth of a miracle "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

The birth of a miracle

REMARKABLE STORY OF MIRACLE TWINS The incredible story of the birth of twins, Leo and Olivia Condello is one of the most remarkable moments in time experienced by former local, Adriana Condello (Grasso) and husband, Mark. Photo: David Lee.

Former local falls pregnant while already pregnant

FORMER local, Adriana Condello (Grasso) has already featured in local media for many remarkable reasons through her battle with Multiple Sclerosis (MS), but this story is by far the most incredible yet; Adriana fell pregnant while already pregnant and now has two beautiful miracle children.

This miracle wasnt without its troubled times though. Following her wedding to now husband, Mark in 2014, the two made the decision to try for a family. The risks involved Adriana having to stop her MS medication while trying and while pregnant, but as Adriana said, it was worth the risk.

A year after beginning to try to conceive, Adriana fell pregnant and both her and her husband were thrilled. Tragically though, she suffered a miscarriage, with more heartache following when the two lost another three babies. In 2016, they made the decision to try IVF to help speed the process along as Adriana was in danger of relapse, but disappointment struck when their first attempt failed. Last October, with just one embryo remaining, Adriana and Mark were encouraged to continue trying naturally in the event the last IVF treatment didnt work and six weeks later her scans showed she was pregnant. At eight weeks the pair attended another ultrasound, where they discovered that they were having twins.

Adriana said, When I was diagnosed with MS the first question I asked the doctors was could I have a baby. They told me that MS shouldnt cause any issues with fertility and that it can actually help with symptoms.

It was quite emotionally challenging and physically and mentally draining.

I tried to remain positive and keep on top of my health throughout it all. As bad as I got I still tried to stay as healthy as I could.

We were so happy to find out we were pregnant with twins. When we went in at eight weeks, I thought there may have been something wrong, but it turned out we were having not one, but two little miracle babies.

We were told that the embryo didnt split, so one baby was conceived through IVF and o...

12:27

I led an active life   now thats all changed "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

I led an active life   now thats all changed

SHARING HIS STORY Local resident, Chris Williams will be sharing his story about an accident that has changed his life forever at the upcoming CoolHeads Young Driver Program. Photo: David Lee.

AN ACCIDENT that took place on May 10 last year changed the life of local resident, Chris Williams forever, and he will be sharing his story at the upcoming CoolHeads Young Driver Program.

On the day of the accident, Chris was driving an elevated work platform truck as part of his role with Greater Shepparton City Council and was following behind his co-workers in a wood chipping truck. The weather hadnt been favourable and as the trucks rounded a bend in the road, the wood chipper put its brakes on. Chris applied his brakes but due to the wet conditions, the wheels locked up and he collided with the rear of the wood chipper truck.

Chris said, Before the accident, I led an active life outside of work. I enjoyed camping, fishing, riding motorcycles, and now thats all changed.

When I was injured it all happened in seconds.

I spent four months in hospital and a further six months recovering at home. I have now been back at work for nine months on light duties.

My surgeon says that I will not go back to my hands-on tools due to my injuries.

It will now take me years to be somewhat close to what I was, but I will never be the same.

Regardless of whether you are an experienced or in-experienced driver, being in the wrong place at the wrong time can change your life and the lives of your partner, family and all those in your life. It affects everyone.

Even if you dont think it will happen to you, or you think that you have it under control, I challenge you to come see what might happen at the CoolHeads program.

Greater Shepparton Police Service Area crime prevention officer, Leading Senior Constable Glenn Gibson said, We want people to stop and think for a moment and realise that they are not bulletproof. This could happen to you and thats what the CoolHeads Young Driver Program helps to show.

Every time you get behind the wheel, you need to think about what you can do to reduce any distractions.

The CoolHeads Young Driver Program will run on Wednesday, November 22 at the GOTAFE Harder Auditorium, Fryers Street, S...

12:26

Give space and slow down for cyclists "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

A NEW Transport Accident Commission (TAC) campaign is calling on Victorian drivers to ensure the safety of cyclists on the road by slowing down and allowing enough space when passing.

The campaign urges drivers to give the space to ride safe, recommending at least a 1m safety zone when passing cyclists in speed zones up to 60km/h, and at least 1.5m at higher speeds.

Central to the campaign is a new television ad that depicts three scenarios where cyclists are being passed by vehicles in different road environments.

The ad provides visual cues to show a safe passing distance, with each rider spreading their arms between the end of their bikes handlebars and the passing vehicles side mirror.

According to the latest TAC figures, cyclists are 34 times more likely to be seriously injured than vehicle occupants, and 4.5 times more likely to be killed in a crash.

Last year, eight cyclists died in crashes on Victorian roads while 421 riders were hospitalised with injuries.

TAC road safety lead director, Samantha Cockfield said, This public education campaign is designed to help drivers of cars and heavy vehicles to understand the minimum space to leave when passing a person riding a push bike.

The vast majority of drivers do willingly give space when they pass a cyclist, but people can be unsure of the guidelines on just how much distance they should leave between their vehicle and a rider.

It is also important that motorists slow down when passing someone on a bike, while its equally important that riders ensure they are highly visible, predictable and wearing good protective gear, Ms Cockfield said.

12:25

Pizza with a purpose adding to $34M new aged care facility "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Pizza with a purpose adding to $34M new aged care facility

A DELICIOUS DONATION Kruz Patel of Shepparton Pizzas with Shepparton Villages CEO, Kerri Rivett. The Pizza with a Purpose promotion raised money for Shepparton Villages new $34M, 120 bed facility as part of the Giving Tree promotion. Photo: Supplied.

WHEN Kruz Patel took over the old Eagle Boys Pizza franchise in Shepparton, he saw the opportunity to donate some of his profits to local charities.

For the month of October, Shepparton Pizzas ran a promotion for Shepparton Villages where every specially printed voucher redeemed at Shepparton Pizzas ensure a percentage of the sale went back to Shepparton Villages.

Shepparton Villages CEO, Kerri Rivett said, We are very grateful to Kruz and the team at Shepparton Pizzas. Every single cent we receive from the smallest of donation through to the more significant helps us to provide amazing infrastructure and care for Sheppartons aged.

Kruz said the promotional takings for October were around $1,500 and he was on hand to donate 10 percent of that back to Shepparton Villages this week.

12:21

Community Connect "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

UPCOMING

 

THE TATURA COMMUNITY MARKET will run on Saturday, November 25 from 9am to 1pm and will feature special guest star, Anthony Lucas who will perform in the centre of town at St Marys Hall in Hogan Street.

 

COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS Fest will run on Saturday, December 2 at the Mooroopna Anglican Church, (The Canteen), Young Street Mooroopna from 10am to 6pm. Come and enjoy the display of Christmas trees decorated by community groups, live music, kids Christmas crafts, nativity photo booth, story time, face painting and Christmas crafts display. Invite a friend and have a coffee and Christmas cake together in our Christmas caf. Entry is free and caf and kids crafts are available for a gold coin donation. For further information, contact Ingrid on 5825 4001.

 

SHEPPARTON POLIO SUPPORT GROUP will be holding its Christmas meeting 2017 on Monday, December 11 from 11:30am to 1:30pm at the multi-purpose room, Community Health @ GV Health, 121-135 Corio Street, Shepparton. A light lunch will be provided. Instead of Kris Kringle please bring a gift (child or adult) or a grocery item to be donated to the Familycare Christmas Appeal. RSVP by Monday, November 27 to Rhonda White, GV Health Rural Allied Health Team on 1800 222 582.

 

GIRGARRE RSL with funding from the Australian Government under the Anzac Centenary Local Grants Program will be unveiling information panels recording the Closer and World War I Soldier Settlers in Stanhope North and Girgarre and are seeking descendants and members of the public to attend on Sunday, February 25, 2018 from 1:30pm. Enquiries to John Crilly on 0437 438 077 or to girgarrersl@gmail.com

 

 

ONGOING

GV CHRONIC PAIN Support Group meets on the third Wednesday of every month from 1pm to 2:30pm at Primary Care Connect, 399 Wyndham Street, Shepparton. Come along and share in support. For more information, email gvcpsg@gmail.com or phone 0458 510 416 between 10am and 4pm.

 

FREE BREAKFAST FOR EVERYONE at St Georges Road Post Office and Milkbar, 102 St Georges Road, Shepparton from Monday to Friday from 7am to 9am.

 

SHEPPARTON CHESS CLUB Inc. meet at Shepparton Access, 227 Wyndham Street Shepparton every Saturday at 1pm. Entry only through back door. New members are welcome. Adults $3 per day, juniors $1.50. Tea and coffee is provided.

 

GET ACTIVE SHEPPARTON provides free exercise classes for all ages and levels of fitness every Sunday m...

12:20

Mental and physical health is closely connected "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Mental and physical health is closely connected

EXERCISE IMPROVING MENTAL AND PHYSICAL HEALTH Queensland Fernwood Fitness centre, 2017, 12 Week Challenge winner Louise Brett lost 22kgs. Photo: Supplied.

RECOGNISED world wide as affective in fighting depression, exercise has been a huge help for Fernwood Fitness gym member Louise Brett.  Louise was the winner of the 2017, 12 Week Challenge, losing a total of 22kg at her local Fernwood Fitness centre in Queensland.

Louise said, Prior to starting the challenge I had severe depression, high anxiety and I was in a very dark and lonely place. Physically I was an overweight wreck and I had a lot of spinal issues, really poor mobility and a nearly debilitating level of poor physical fitness.

Mid December I had a light bulb moment where I thought to myself, If I can get through everything that life has thrown at me and I am still here, then I am stronger than I think. So I went back to the gym.

Fernwood Fitness Shepparton franchise partner,Danni Whitaker said, We want to help other women in the community suffering from mental illness through exercise and by providing a place within the community to work with others. We understand exercise is an important part of womens mental health and our team are here to help women get started, feel better and embrace life.

Louise said, A lot of people see the external transformation, but for me the biggest change is what people dont see. I lost my mother and a close friend to depression and I know first hand how debilitating it is. Depression doesnt want you to exercise, to eat healthy or to socialise, it robs you of your confidence and your self-worth. Fast forward 12 weeks and I am loving life, I have so much more confidence, I am happy and I am doing and saying yes to things that I would never have even contemplated before and smashing goals!

Drop into Fernwood Fitness Shepparton at 290 High Street, Shepparton or phone 5821 2405 to discuss how we can help you.

12:18

Teachers to get 'back to basics' and more headlines. "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

All new teachers in Queensland will undergo basic testing themselves before they are allowed to hit the classroom. (Sourced Pixabay)

As part of the LNPs election plan, teachers in waiting would undergo literacy and numeracy testing before being given a class of their own.

The plan also includes adding 1,000 new teacher mentors and 80 new paid internships to get more into the high-demand areas like special education, maths, and science.

LNP vows to tackle 'young thugs' with new detention centers

Two new youth detention centers would be built in Queensland under an LNP government.

The "medium security" centers would hold 17 to 25-year-olds at a cost of $40 million.

12:13

Immaculately Manicured Woman has no Time to Exercise "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

Fatto

A Sydney woman known for her elaborate hair styles, make-up, nail art and clothing has defended her obese status, explaining that she simply has no time for exercise.

I put a lot of time and money into my appearance, but you cant do everything and exercise is hard, she said. Im not saying all the self-maintenance I do is easy, but at least I can do most of it sitting down.

The woman admitted to spending an average of four hours and $1,000 a day maintaining her looks, ignoring advice from doctors who have suggested she could achieve a 2,000 per cent increase in attractiveness by simply eating some vegetables and going for short daily walks.

Doctors are unhealthily fat-shaming people, the woman said. Men are so dazzled by my beautiful hair, nails, clothes and make-up they dont notice that I have six chins and my belly rolls have belly rolls.


12:00

Stingers out in the surf "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Beachgoers have been urged to be on the lookout for bluebottles.
Reports of bluebottles on Surf Coast beaches last week and several sightings near Ocean Grove mean beachgoers should be on the lookout.
Bluebottles are frequently seen along the east coast of Australia during summer months although are not usually as common in southern and western Victoria
The sudden appearance of large numbers of bluebottles are a consequence of prevailing winds and currents over previous days and weeks pushing these animals through the water, some of which wash up on beaches.
Bluebottles can deliver a painful sting even when washed up dead on the beach.
Bluebottle tentacles will cause a sharp, painful sting if they are touched, which is aggravated by rubbing the area.
If stinging occurs, leave the water immediately. Wash off any adherent tentacles with salt water.

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11:27

Senator Dean Smith initiates same-sex debate in Parliament and more Zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

West Australian Liberal Senator Dean Smith has delivered an emotional second-reading speech in parliament this morning. Image source: Wikipedia Commons/JJ Harrison

Senator Smiths address is the first to accompany his bill to the floor of Parliament that seeks to legislate yesterdays Yes vote on the marriage equality postal survey.

Debate continues as Labor Senator Penny Wong and Greens Senator Janet Rice also speak to the Senate in favour of the bill.

Man finds enormous gold nugget in North Queensland

A lucky Townsville man has found a huge nugget of gold buried in the Queensland bush.

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11:16

The Road To Same-Sex Marriage Has Been Long, And The Fights Not Over Yet "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

By Scott McKinnon, University of Wollongong Yesterdays same-sex marriage survey results represent a moment of extraordinary change. It is well within living memory that homosexuality in Australia was considered a crime, a sickness and a threat to the nation itself. The final Australian state to decriminalise male homosexuality was Tasmania, as recently as 1997. Plenty ...

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10:51

Pacific Highway boss rejects animal carnage claims "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

RMS Pacific Highway general manager Bob Higgins. Photo Andrew Jennings

RMS Pacific Highway general manager Bob Higgins. Photo Andrew Jennings

Pacific Highway general manager Bob Higgins has said the strict conditions governing the highway upgrade ensure that environmental impacts are being kept to a minimum.

Were under scrutiny by a number of government agencies such as the Environmental Protection Authority, and the federal and state approval bodies, he said.

They make suggestions. We take that on board. Generally we are complying with requirements.

If we find sick animals we have a rescue plan in place and we work very closely with Friends of the Koala on how that animal should be treated.

There is no suggestion that were trying to hide dead animals.

Theres no doubt there are a number of people who dont want the highway built and were trying to work with people to let them know in advance what we are doing.

Mr Higgins defended the route chosen saying we believe this is the best one.

If you look at the route quite a lot of it goes through cleared farmland. Yes there are pockets of vegetation but we looked at the route east of the highway and the issues were soft soil and how you get through Wardell we came to the conclusion that this route was the best for the highway, he said.

There are very tight controls for this section. Much more than many other projects along the highway.

As part of those approvals were being watched very closely by the EPA and we have to produce various reports.

Condemnation

Despite those assurances, Shadow Environment Minister Penny Sharpe has today presented a motion to the NSW Parliament condemning the failure of the Berejiklian Government to implement proper protections for the koala population impacted by the Woolgoolga to Ballina Pacific Highway Upgrade project.

Ms Sharpe used the motion to outline serious concerns for koalas following a recent severe and extensive wildfire in the area in September, shortly after koala exclusion fencing was installed in July.

Reports indicate that the fire burned 320 hectares of native vegetation over two days on 4 and 5 September 2017, including up to the south-eastern edge of the fencing, resulting in extensive loss of koala habitat while the fencing may have trappe...

10:40

Closing Pine Gap: Activists on trial in Alice Springs "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Andy Paine from Brisbane, supporter Peri Coleman, Jim Dowling and Margaret Pestorius, from Cairns. Photo supplied.

Andy Paine from Brisbane, supporter Peri Coleman, Jim Dowling and Margaret Pestorius, from Cairns. Photo supplied.

A strong contingent of people from the northern rivers joined hundreds of other Australians near Alice Springs last year, to mark 50 years since the establishment of the Pine Gap Joint Military Facility in the Norther Territory.

Those peaceful activists are now following the trials of six people who were arrested after entering the forbidden territory around the US/Australian signals intelligence spy base at Pine Gap.

Pine Gap is an integral part of the global US war machine and makes Australia a nuclear target. Information gathered at Pine Gap is sent to CIA headquarters in Langley, USA, is used to direct drones to bomb civilians in Pakistan, Afghanistan and the Middle East.

Six peace activists chose to trespass on the secret spy base Prohibited Area as a way to witness, pray, and play music to lament the tragedy of war, and highlight Pine Gaps role in the never ending war.

This week the activists, charged with entering a prohibited property under the Defence Special Undertakings Act, are in court in Alice Springs facing hundreds of thousands of dollars of fines, or seven years in jail.

Paul Christie of Cairns was convicted  Guilty by the jury on Wednesday 15 November for entering the base alone following a two day trial. He is yet to be sentenced.

The remaining five activists, Margaret Pestorius, from Cairns, and Jim Dowling, Andy Paine, Franz Dowling and Tim Webb from Brisbane go to court on Thursday 16 November. They entered the base together to play viola, guitar, to lament war and pray for peace.  Once this joint trial is concluded all 6 Pine Gap activists will be sentenced.

The court has refused entry to Jim Dowling because he doesnt wear shoes.

Quite how they expe...

10:09

Ageing homeless population set to soar as property prices bite "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

This article by Christopher Knaus (The Guardian 15 November 2017) is a damning piece about how older Australian are being treated by the Australian government. The number finding themselves sleeping in the street is growing.

Mission Australia calls for 60,000 additional social housing dwellings to be built for older people

Henry Wilson, 73, slept rough at Sydneys Central Station for several months. Homelessness is growing among older Australians, experts warn.

Not long ago, Henry Wilson, 73, could count his worldly possessions on both hands.

He was sleeping rough at Sydneys Central Station. With him, he had just a sleeping bag, shoes, joggers, socks, pants and a jacket.

Wilson didnt drink. He didnt gamble. He was simply forced to leave a toxic living environment, and was rendered homeless by Sydneys stratospheric property prices.

Wilson spent several months on the streets. He remembers the passersby that turned their noses up. He could hear them mutter under their breath.

It was hard, but I just sort of took it, and moved on, he said.

Wilson remembers going to sleep in a state of hypervigilance, always ready for an unpredictable threat or opportunistic theft. One night, he let his guard down. He was assaulted and robbed of his meagre possessions.

You were fighting to go to sleep because you didnt know what was going to happen. It was scary, he said.

As soon as I sensed someone was near, I used to wake up. But then one night I didnt, and my things got taken.

Henry Wilson at his new accommodation in Sydney. Wilson slept rough at Sydneys Central Station for several months.

Wilson is one of the many older Australians facing homelessness. Its a problem that will only get worse. Two distinct social trends an ageing population and rising property prices  are combining to drive concerns that more older Australians will find themselves homeless.

Mission Australia this week released a report on the issue, collating data on ageing and homelessness to paint a worrying national picture. The number of older Australians is set to double between 2010 and 2050.

The most recent census figures available on homelessness, from 2011, show....

10:02

Crocs putting the bite on nippers "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

November 16, 2017 The number of life savers available to patrol Port Douglas beaches will continue to fall because parents are no longer enrolling their children in Nipper programs for fear they will become victims of a crocodile attack.

 State KAP Leader Robbie Katter and Michael Bolt, vice president of the Port Douglas Surf Life Saving Club were united in their call for immediate action on the growing crocodile menace.

This is the tip of the iceberg of the unforeseen repercussions due to the expanding territories crocs are claiming which are impacting on North Queensland communities, Robbie said.

 

The runaway crocodile population in the Far North has chased lifesavers and tourists from the water. The exploding saltie population has see...

09:52

Lismore is celebrating National Recycling Week with free event "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Inviting people to join them for a free community event on 24 November are Real Artworks Project Manager Sunita Bala (left) with artists Joanna Kambourian, Justin 'Julla' Livingston and Matt Daymond. Photo supplied.

Inviting people to join them for a free community event on 24 November are Real Artworks Project Manager Sunita Bala (left) with artists Joanna Kambourian, Justin Julla Livingston and Matt Daymond. Photo supplied.

Lismore City Council is inviting families to a free twilight community event with activities, food, art and fun for all ages on Friday, 24 November to celebrate National Recycling Week.

The free event will run from 5pm to 7.30pm at the Lismore Recycling & Recovery Centre, which will come alive with twilight activities for the whole family. These include:

  • Waste to Art showcase of works from community workshops
  • Waste Wise Schools Sculpture and Peoples Choice competition
  • Twilight walks through the Lismore Rainforest Botanic Gardens
  • Invisible water art and live graffiti demonstrations
  • Unveiling of the Real Artworks Overtopping installation
  • Beeswax wrap workshops with North East Waste make one to take home!
  • Bag pocket art with the local Boomerang Bags group
  • Garbage truck bin lifting for kids
  • Bike refurb activities
  • Live music
  • Giant organics/recycling board games
  • Seedlings for the kids to pot and take home
  • Gold coin donation BBQ by Lismore City Rotary

Families from near and far are encouraged to come along, get creative, see some inspiring artworks and learn more about waste and recycli...

09:27

Assisted dying supporters rally in Sydney "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Supporters of assisted dying will take their message to the steps of NSW Parliament House ahead of the opening debate. Dying with Dignity NSW and its supporters will gather at 9am on Thursday to show their support for the Draft Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill.

We are joining together in anticipation of an historic victory for compassion and recognition of the rights of the terminally ill to choose how and when they end their lives, says vice president Shayne Higson.

The bill will be debated in the states Upper House from Thursday with scores of terminally ill anxious to learn whether theyll be granted control of their own destiny.

We are pleased to see our parliamentarians engaging with this important issue, given the high levels of community support for legalisation of voluntary assisted dying, Ms Higson said in a statement on Thursday.

For many, the debate is purely political but not for Scott Riddle.

The father of three with stage four bowel cancer says the prospect of choosing how to die is calming in what is otherwise a scary scenario.

The private members bill, if passed, will provide patients 25 years or older, whose deaths are imminent and are in severe pain, a choice to end their lives.

Two doctors and a psychiatrist or psychologist would also need to determine whether theyre fit to do so.

Nationals MP Trevor Khan, who introduced the bill to parliament, says most supporters of voluntary assisted dying have seen a bad death first hand.

My father died a particularly long and difficult death over some three and a half years and theres no doubt that thats an influence, he told AAP.

While the bill has support from Liberal, National, Labor and Green MPs, the opposition is similarly diverse.

Neither Premier Gladys Berejiklian nor Opposition leader Luke Foley will support the bill if it makes it to the lower house.

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09:19

The Trans-Pacific Partnership is back: Why lobbyists are pushing "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

The Trans-Pacific Partnership is back: experts respond

Deborah Gleeson, La Trobe University; Belinda Townsend, Australian National University; Kimberlee Weatherall, University of Sydney; Pat Ranald, University of Sydney, and Peter Robertson, University of Western Australia

The latest incarnation of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is said to have fewer bad bits. But as our experts point out below, theres still a great deal wrong with, or missing from, the regional free trade agreement.

The new TPP is informally known as the TPP11, after the United States pulled out of the original 12-country bloc earlier this year.

While the agreement has not yet been finalised, the 11 trade ministers have released a statement saying that the core elements have been agreed.

Twenty provisions from the original TPP have been s...

09:15

Lismore man to stand trial over alleged sexual assault of his 10 year-old daughter "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A Lismore man has been ordered to stand trial in the District Court over the alleged sexual assault of his 10 year-old daughter and another seven year-old victim.

The 36 year-old appeared in Lismore Local Court this week facing four charges following his arrest in August.

The mans name has been withheld for legal reasons and to protect the identities of the alleged victims.

Following complaints from the victims, the man was arrested by detectives from the Ballina Child Abuse Squad on August 10 and interviewed.

He was charged with four offences which allegedly occurred between 2016 and 2017 at Tabulam and refused bail.

Police alleged between February and August last year, the man had sexual intercourse with his daughter, who was then aged 10.

He was also charged with assaulting the girl by bouncing her up and down on his lap when he was naked and licking various parts of her body.

Then, between July 11 and 13 this year, the man is accused of committing an act of indecency on a seven year-old.

Just 28 days after the most recent alleged incident the man was arrested and has remained in custody, on remand, since.

The man is yet to enter a plea to the charges.

This week, Magistrate David Heilpern ordered the man to stand trial in the District Court on charges of aggravated sexual intercourse with a child between 10 and 14, one count of aggravated indecent assault and one count of indecent assault of a person under 16 years of age.

A second count of aggravated indecent assault was placed on a  section 166 certificate, to be considered by the judge at sentencing.

Mr Heilpern ordered the man to be arraigned in the Lismore District Court on December 13.

The man remains in custody on remand until that date.

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09:09

Lismore father pleads not guilty to alleged stabbing murder of son, 29 "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A Lismore father will stand trial in the Supreme Court after pleading not guilty to the brutal stabbing murder of his son last November.

Christopher John Gibson was arraigned in the Supreme Court in Sydney earlier this months and pleaded not guilty to the murder of his son Shawn on the night of November 18.

The court previously heard emergency services were called to Barrow Lane, North Lismore, about 10.45 pm following reports of a stabbing.

When they arrived, police and paramedics found 29 year-old Shawn laying on the ground deceased, suffering multiple stab wounds to his chest, shoulder and neck.

Mr Gibson snr was arrested at the scene and after questioning he was charged the following morning.

At a Lismore Local Court appearance in July, Mr Gibsons solicitor Jim Fuggle told the court his client had asserted he was acting in self defence during a fight between the pair.

To help prove Mr Gibson snrs claim, Mr Fuggle said he would be calling two of the victims brothers to give evidence.

The accused has raised self defence in answer to the charge and has participated in an ERISP (electronic interview) with police shortly after the charged incident wherein he asserts fears of the deceased based on prior physical assaults on him by the deceased including one witnessed by (the brothers), Mr Fuggles submission said.

In a committal hearing at Lismore Local Court in September, the court heard Shawn suffered multiple stab wounds, with one penetrating the lining of his chest and severing a critical artery.

Another stab wound to the victims upper shoulder penetrated 23 mm, the court heard.

The court heard the relationship between the men was tense and the victims friends had seen previous fights between the pair.

When he was arraigned in the Supreme Court in Sydney he pleaded not guilty.

His trial, which is estimated to take four weeks, was set down to commence on July 16, 2018, before the Supreme Court in Lismore.

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09:08

Council issues $6000 fine on Goonellabah subdivision "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Illegal work carried out by Riordans Consulting Surveyors Pty Ltd who are responsible for the work. Photo supplied.

Illegal work carried out by Riordans Consulting Surveyors Pty Ltd who are responsible for the work. Photo supplied.

Lismore City Council has fined a local development company $6000 for undertaking unlawful works relating to a subdivision approved by the Land & Environment Court in 2011.

The 75-lot Ubrihien Estate subdivision at 554 Ballina Road, Goonellabah, was the subject of an appeal to the Land & Environment Court, and a number of amendments were made to the original development application to address numerous planning issues before the Court granted consent.

Construction on the subdivision commenced in early 2017, and a community complaint was received by Council in June alleging that Riordans Consulting Surveyors Pty Ltd were undertaking unlawful activities on site.

Council conducted an investigation to determine the level of compliance with the Court approval, and identified that a significant amount of unlawful works had been undertaken outside the area approved by the Court, which included the following unapproved activities:

  • construction of haulage roads;
  • clearing of vegetation;
  • removal and stockpiling of rocks;
  • construction of drainage lines;
  • construction of a large sediment pond; and
  • earthworks conducted over a Council sewer trunk main.

The unlawful works covered an area of more than two hectares outside the approved areas for subdivision work. Additional concerns were identified about the lack of adequate sediment and erosion controls within the approved work area.

Lismore City Council Compliance Coordinator Matt Kelly said the investigation results were assessed under Councils Enforcement Policy, which concluded that a number of offences had been committed against the provisions of the Environmental Planning and A...

09:01

Get set for a big weekend of music "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Mullum Music Festival parade rehearsal. Photo supplied.

Mullum Music Festival parade rehearsal. Photo supplied.

A decade! Thats how long the Mullum Music Festival has been holding street parades, mentoring young musicians and filling the towns venues and streets with vibrant music and happy punters.

The festival will again take place November 16 till 19. 

When we started, I booked the festival I wanted to go to, Glenn Wright told The Echo. 

Ten years on and its still very enjoyable, he says. Im very grateful a large part of my life is programming and dealing with musicians and the arts its been a great journey. Ten years ago, it seemed there was more generic entertainment locally; it was aimed more at a transient audience there seems much more diversity and depth now, and I believe that the festival has contributed to that.

Just a few of Glenns picks for the festival include John Cleary (US), Lindi Ortega (Can), Z-Star Delta (UK) and Gabriel Garzn-Montano (US). Newcomers to the area, Harry Angus (Cat Empire etc) and Emily Lubitz (Tinpan Orange) are also a big part of the festival. 

Locals also feature prominently Jo Jo Smith will celebrate 50 years in the business, while highly regarded local perf...

08:52

The Adani Carmichael Coal Mine: Introduction To A Special Five-Part Series "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Per head of population, Australia is already one of the worlds worst carbon polluters. Despite this, our two major political parties Labor and the Liberal-Nationals are pushing ahead with the approval of a coal mine in Queensland that will exponentially increase our carbon emissions. The Carmichael mine, proposed by Indian mining giant Adani, will be the largest of its kind in the southern hemisphere and annually produce more carbon emissions than a small country. In this special five-part New Matilda series, researchers from the University of Queensland, along with the Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners Council, and Australian Lawyers for Human Rights look at the who, what, when, where and why of the proposed Adani Carmichael coal mine, its impact on Traditional Owners, the terrible economics that surround it, and our inexplicable march towards climate oblivion. This first introductory piece the first in our series is written by University of Queensland researchers Kristen Lyons, Morgan Brigg and John Quiggin.

Shop-Sparkke_Banner_300x250The controversial proposed Adani Carmichael coalmine commands diverse media headlines, but the untold story is about Indigenous rights and, in particular, the resistance of Wangan and Jagalingou people to the expropriation of their lands.

Theres been much said about the controversial and politically divisive Adani Carmichael mine the environmental costs of this ticking carbon bomb, Adanis international track record of human rights abuses and environmental harm, lies about employment figures, the failed economics of the project, and the revolving door between Adani and government staffers and lobbyists.

Kicked off in a big way by the Newman Government, its a major headache for the Palaszczuk government whos determined backing of the project has surprised and angered many of its supporters.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk. (IMAGE: NREL, Flickr)Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk. (IMAGE: NREL, Flickr)

Labors decisive announcement, at the end of week one of the election campaign, to veto Adanis requested $1 billion loan from the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF), demonstrates the volatility of this mi...

08:21

Climate Clock Ticking: Its Time BHP Stopped Funding Deniers, Says Bill McKibben "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

As the Great Australian prepares for its AGM this morning, legendary climate activist and founder and senior adviser for 350.org Bill McKibben pens a passionate plea for the mining giant to get out of the abusive relationship its in with another not-so-great-Australian.

If BHP had a personal Facebook page, its relationship status would be its complicated.

Shop-Sparkke_Banner_300x250BHP and the Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) have been in a long-term relationship for some time, but its pretty evident to anyone watching that BHP is now on the verge of a break up. And the MCA, bitter and frustrated with BHPs growing distance and more than a passing interest in climate change action is sulking.

Years ago when they first got together, BHP and the MCA wanted the same things a glorious, shared future based on their mutual love of fossil fuels, especially coal. But the world has changed and now BHP and the MCA want different things.

The MCA is desperate to hang on to BHP, its biggest funder. Feeling threatened and jealous, the MCA is lashing out in the only way it knows how, taking out its frustration on another target the environmental groups that it worries would woo BHP away to supporting climate change action.

BHP, embarrassed by the stance of its erstwhile partner, feels held back by the relationship. Its only a matter of time before they split.

Australian-miners

The timing is right for BHP to break from the Minerals Council pro-coal agenda and it should move swiftly. The company has already distanced itself from the lobby groups attacks on Australian charities.

This witchhunt seeks to pressure the government to legislate how charities operate, rendering many of them ineffectual. As David Crosbie, chief executive of the Community Council for Australia said recently, this would mean groups would be picking up the dead fish instead of advocating to stop the poisons going into the stream.

There is currently a six-pronged a...

08:04

Jonathan R Wain Chairman Dilworth School and Brisbane barrister part one why Im no longer friends with Jonathan Wain Jonathan R Wain was dishonest, deceptive and disloyal to me "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Jonathan R Wain a student at Dilworth School, Auckland New Zealand in the early 1970s- now a Brisbane barrister. Pictured as I knew Jonathan in the 1970s before he was corrupted and lost his Christian character

Chairman Dilworth School

Jonathan R Wain, Chairman

Barrister
Dilworth Old Boy

 

I knew Jonathan R Wain, Chairman of Dilworth School and Brisbane barrister in the 1970s in Te Atatu in Auckland, New Zealand. I write with sadness what Im about to write, because 20 years ago Jonathan Wain behaviour led me to terminate an extremely close friendship. I have no regrets in cutting my friendship and ties with Jonathan. In 1997, I decided he is capricious, dishonest, unfaithful, an adulterer and not honest with money.

I have had no contact with Jonathan since 1997, except briefly at my son Josephs wedding 3.5 years ago, and cannot speak for his character, honesty or loyalty to friends since 1997.

In 1989, Jonathan Wain was my best man at my first wedding and soon after I was Jonathans best man at his wedding to Kaylene, his long-time wife.

I met Jonathan R Wain in 1974 at Rutherford High School in Te Atatu, Auckland, New Zealand. I was only at the oppressive, bland, boring Rutherford High School for one year. The best thing about Rutherford High School was leaving i...

07:05

Power strengthen coaching ranks "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

WONTHAGGI Power Football Club held its first meet the coaches night on Friday using the meeting to officially announce the signing of former St Kilda player Arryn Siposs as a playing assistant coach.
Siposs joins the Power with 28 games of AFL experience as well as spending the past two seasons playing for Williamstown in the VFL.
Also joining the Powers coaching staff is former Port Melbourne Development League coach Lee Rowe.
Rowe joins on as the director of coaching for season 2018, bringing a wealth of coaching experience at high levels of football.
Wonthaggi also welcome back former players Steven Scott from DWWWW and Aloysio Netto Ferreira from the Casey Scorpions in the VFL.
More signings are expected to be announced in the coming weeks with the AGM to be held Sunday, November 19 at 3pm at the rooms.

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07:01

Cannon Hill cafe offers free mental health services "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Most cafes just serve food; this caf has provided a dedicated office space to assist Brisbane locals seeking mental health support.  The Carport Caf in Brisbane is a local business stepping up to support new charity The Sunlight Centre through offering them dedicated space to start seeing clients experiencing suicide and self-harm distress. Operating in []

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07:00

Etsy Market "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

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Shop local at a pop up Etsy market in Melbourne this Christmas!



06:54

Clothes Swap "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

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Hi All.

Just a reminder about Saturday's planned Clothes Swap!

We'll be meeting at 3.00 in Cox Reserve, corner of Elizabeth and Claremont Sts.

Bring anything you'd like to swap, take as much as you like. $5.00 per family. All proceeds going to a local in need.

We don't have a backup plan in case of the rain, we haven't been rained out yet, I'll post on this blog if it's not going ahead.

Cheers, Mel.

06:52

Exercise increases the size of the hippocampus in humans "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Aerobic exercise can improve memory function and maintain brain health as we age, a new Australian-led study has found. In a first of its kind international collaboration, researchers from Australia's National Institute of Complementary Medicine at Western Sydney University and the Division of Psychology and Mental Health at the University of Manchester in the UK examined the effects of aerobic exercise on a region of the brain called the hippocampus, which is critical for memory and other brain functions. Brain health decreases with age, with the average brain shrinking by approximately five per cent per decade after the age of 40. Studies in mice and rats have consistently shown that physical exercise increases the size of the hippocampus but until now evidence in humans has been inconsistent.

06:45

Theatre "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

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Hi Friends, Newlanders and fellow lovers of Theatre,


It's my pleasure to invite you to Awoken which I am putting on as part of the La Mama Explorations Season - 3 days only next week. Id be grateful if you can spread the word to others who might enjoy being part of the audience.

If you plan on coming please do book soon (especially the Friday and Saturday nights) as it helps me manage the numbers, either large or small.

Cheers, Danny Diesendorf
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Awoken

Nicks self-contained melancholy existence is cracked open when he is asked to read stories to his niece. He finds himself encountering a malingering sultan, a swashbuckling prince and an ominous siren of the deep. The character of Nick himself suddenly seems far less fixed.  
...

06:45

Rally at Byrons Main Beach to end single use plastic bags "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The Byron Mermaids calling for an end to plastic bags in the shire in July 2016. How many more rallies before our politicians listen? (supplied)

The Byron Mermaids calling for an end to plastic bags in the shire in July 2016. How many more rallies before our politicians listen? (supplied)

On Saturday November 18 from 9am, a gathering is planned on Byrons Main Beach to spell Ban The Bag NSW in the sand.

Co-organiser Kate Nelson from www.IQuitPlastics.com says, NSW is the only state that has not banned single- use plastic bags. 

Whales have been washing up on beaches with bellies full of plastic. Its past time to join the rest of the nation on this policy.

We need to be big in numbers, so our premier gets the message loud and clear!

Take 3 Non-Profit is hosting a rally the same day down south in Bateau Bay from 10am, while Manly will host one on Ocean Care Day later this month.

Wear Blue. Help create change. Community activism works look at the cash for containers campaign! Dont let the dolphins, whales, turtles swallow any more plastic bags coming from our beautiful coastline.

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06:35

The Press Council was asked to investigate media hostage reporting hostage taking in Papua "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

A google translate. Be-aware google translate can be a bit erratic.
Original bahasa link at
http://tabloidjubi.com/artikel-11549-dewan-pers-diminta-usut-media-yang-memberitakan-penyanderaan-di-papua.html

The Press Council was asked to investigate media hostage reporting hostage taking in Papua
Rabu, 15 November 2017 19:58
Papua No. 1 News Portal | Jubi,


Ilustrasi - Dok. Jubi


Jayapura, Jubi - Around 80 civil society organizations and individuals actively engaged in labor movements, farmers, students, students, intellectuals, youth, religious groups, journalists, freedom of expression activists, public lawyers, literacy activists and art community urged the Press Council to investigate alleged violations of ethics by a number of mass media and journalists in the news about the recent conflicts in Papua.

Civil Society Organizations and Individuals who joined the Gema Demokrasi (GEDOR) through the release received editorial Jubi, Wednesday (15/11/2017) said since the circulation of information took place around 1,300 villagers Kimbely and Banti Village by armed groups (KKB) Mimika Police Chief AKBP Victor Dean Mackbon interviewed by journalist tagar.id on November 9, 2017, has clarified that there is actually no hostage against the villagers of Kimbely and Banti.

"We see that a number of major media such as television, online / digital, and print still often declare the event is a hostage," said Ade Wahyudin of LBH Press in the press release.

He continued, the hostage phrase used by some of the media against the above events is excessive and can lead to new conflicts. The...

06:30

STARLESS "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

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For those willing to cross thresholds.

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06:23

1) Komnas HAM want police to take caution when dealing with Papuan separatists "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"


2) Brimob Officer Shot Dead in Papua; Police Pursuit Shooter
3) British Ambassador Moazzam Malik to Visit West Papua

4) Police Adopt 'Delicate' Approach to Avoid Casualties in Papua: Spokesman
5) Papua police face difficulty seeking release of 1,300 villager hostages
6) Gunmen Kill Elite Police Officer in Papua
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1) Komnas HAM want police to take caution when dealing with Papuan separatists
Gemma Holliani Cahya The Jakarta Post
Jakarta | Wed, November 15, 2017 | 03:55 pm




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06:16

The problem of dual citizenship for Australian federal politicians is not a new one so why has this current batch made such a hash of the solution? "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


Australian Electoral Commission nomination form advice re Sec 44 of the Australian Constitution

This is former Liberal MP Alex Somlyay - elected 1990 and retired 2013 - as reported in the Sunshine Coast Daily on 19 July 2017:

Alex Somlyay, who represented Fairfax for 23 years from 1990 to 2013, is the son of Hungarian refugees who arrived in Australia after World War Two as stateless persons.
Mr Somlyay says Ms Waters' predicament in an unintended consequence that needed to be fixed..
Mr Somlyay is particularly attuned to Mr Waters' forced resignation because of events that played out which could have threatened his own parliamentary career.
His parents became Australian citizens and Mr Somlyay was born in Australia.
But the fall of the Iron Curtin saw Hungary again become an independent country which immediately gave citizenship to the diaspora that fled as refugees and their children.
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06:10

Of borrowers & buffers "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Panel beater

I've been busy at the 1,600-strong UBS European Conference 2017, held at the Landmark London in Marylebone, and have learned a tremendous amount from a range of experts, while the Rt Hon David Davis MP also aimed to reassure the City about the forthcoming Brexit. 


I was thrilled to partake in a panel presentation on consumer indebtedness in Anglo-Saxon countries.

On the panel with me were the Chief US Economist of UBS, and the legendary one-time Sydneysider James Aitken, who's been over in the Smoke for some 18 years now. 

Completing the panel was Mathias Drehmann from the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) in Basel, which was a tremendous privilege for me. 

The BIS and Drehmann have produced some terrific research papers over the past decade and more, some of which continue to be discussed regularly in Australian financial circles today. Drehmann's extensive work has shown how the impacts of new mortgage borrowing are often felt 4 to 5 years after the loans are initially taken out.


Exceptionally different here...

It was especially enlightening for me to spend some time later chatting with the personable Drehmann, who originally hails from Stuttgart, a city where I studied in the Oberstufe back in the 1990s. 
...

06:09

Yawny Tawny ignores Aussie mozzie "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Deep in the heart of Mozzieland sits the Tawny Frogmouth. Unmoving, as usual.

But wait. Things are stirring. Pesky Brown-backed Honeyeaters want the Tawny gone.

Which brings what counts as frenzy from Tawny. Sleepy eye opens. Head turns. Nothing to see here. Back to snooze.

Mozzies? Let them join crowd and cloud around photographer.

05:00

15+ Heartwarming Celebratory Reactions as Australia Votes Yes for Same-Sex Marriage "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

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Love is love, and we were reminded of this simple fact with the recent marriage equality survey in Australia. On Wednesday, November 15, 2017, it was announced that 7.8 million Australians61.6% of its voting populationsupport same-sex marriage and its legalization.

The results were a long time coming; as early as 2007, there was polling to suggest that a majority of the country was in favor of marriage equality. But due to politics, putting public opinion into law has been a slow process thats years behind other English-speaking countries. In 2004, the then-prime minister John Howard altered the Marriage Act that clarified the definition as the union of a man and a woman to the exclusion of all others.

After more than a decade of activism, the issue came to vote as part of a national postal survey. Although voluntary, 79.5% of voters made their voices heard. Now, the parliament will have to debate how to turn this into the law of the land.

Prime minister Malcolm Turnbull said of the survey: They voted yes for fairness, yes for commitment, yes for love. And now it is up to us here in the parliament of Australia to get on with it, to get on with the job the Australian people asked us to do and get this done.

The result of the inquiry and its massive support is something to celebrateand many Australians did just that. See how some of them reacted (including the Sydney Opera House) in the photos below.

On Wednesday, November 15, Australia had a postal survey that voted on the issue of marriage equality.

The results were overwhelmingly in favor of it6...

02:40

Video: Brisbane musicians rework Nick Cave classic to demand he cancel Israel show "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Phil Mansour passed along this video with the note, Brisbane musicians rework Nick Caves classic ballad The Ship Song calling on him to cancel his upcoming shows in #Apartheid #Israel and respect the Palestinian picket line. #BDS

02:01

Australia is Banning Software Patents and Shelston IP is Complaining as Usual "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Because Shelston IP does not care what actual software developers want

Happy Birthday Sydney Harbour Bridge

Summary: The Australian Productivity Commission, which defies copyright and patent bullies, is finally having policies put in place that better serve the interests of Australians, but the legal industry is unhappy (as expected)

THE decision to more officially ban software patents in Australia is not news. We wrote quite a few articles about that earlier in the year. As Kluwer Patent Blog put it this morning: The purpose of the Bill is to implement the Governments response to the Productivity Commissions recommendations on Australias IP Arrangements.

The article neglects to say that Australia is cracking down on software patents (software is not being mentioned at all by the author) and instead says that Australias Government introduces draft legislation to abolish innovation patents (which sounds rather misleading, as can often be expected from sites such as Kluwer Patent Blog). To quote:

The Productivity Commission recommended that Australia abolish the innovation patents regime, the principal reasons being that such patents have a lower inventive step than that of a standard patent and inhibited rather than assisted innovation from small business enterprises. The Government has agreed with this conclusion, noting that neither small business enterprises nor the Australian community at large benefited from it.

Part 4 of the draft Bill contains amendments to commence the abolition of the innovation patent system by preventing the filing of new applications, subject to certain exceptions. For example, existing rights before the commencement of the abolishing Act will remain unaffected, including the right to file divisional applications and convert standard patent applications to innovation patent applications where the patent date and priority date for each claim are before the abolishing Acts commencement date.

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22:20

Midnight Oil US Forces "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

One of Australias greatest rock bands who are completing a world tour with their second concert in Sydney this Friday Midnight Oil

 

 


22:07

No birds today "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

but there was 10 mm of beautiful, drenching rain!

You could hear the bush sighing with relief.

A brief visit to Demo Track found Red-anther Wallaby-grass Rytidosperma pallidum in great shape. Also known as Silver-top Wallaby-grass and revised from Chionochloa pallida and Joycea pallida this local native species is great habitat for Painted Button-quail.

Red-anther Wallaby-grass, Demo Track, 15th November 2017

21:07

Anyone happen to know the hourly rate at Cairns City Tattoo? "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Want to get a tattoo while I'm in Cairns but want to make sure it's not going to be too expensive. I tried sending them a Facebook message but they didn't respond and I'd rather not book an appointment without knowing. Thanks in advance!

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21:02

Manus Island and spiritual warfare "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Things are not going to change for the better without some sort of national repentance and the casting off of our hideous idols.

lead lead Victorian Parliamentary Secretary for Multicultural Affairs and Asia Engagement, Mr Hong Lim, meeting Malcolm Fraser in 1981 to discuss Cambodian and Vietnamese refugees arriving in Australia. He praised Mr Fraser for his humanity.As I write a horrifying humanitarian disaster, entirely made by successive Australian governments, is looming on Manus Island.

As a child I came into political awareness in the 1970s. The Fraser governments open armed response to the plight of Vietnamese boat people with the full support of the ALP is etched in my experience as a defining feature of who we then aspired to be as a people.

We were leaving the white Australia policy permanently behind. We were strongly adhering to our UNHCR obligations and had a profoundly humane and compassionate immigration policy towards boat arrival asylum seekers.

Growing up in cosmopolitan Melbourne, we were a people open to the world and most of my best friends were and remain from migrant families. What happened to those cosmopolitan, human rights upholding, warm and welcoming values? What changed to make us a people fearfully protective of our (apparently threatened) national sovereignty?

What changed?

In all the analysis of what has changed and how we should respond to this deep shift backwards towards the politics of prejudicial fear and a disregards for our UNHCR obligations, I have not seen anything written about spiritual warfare.

But I think this is central.

Spiritual warfare is the ongoing battle for communally assumed first loyalties public worship. What our highest collective object of worth is, is our god. Crudely put, our god is now the economy, stupid. Well, its not the economy actually, its the pursuit of personal wealth what the New Testament calls Mammon. The post-war boom came to an end when Nixon dropped the gold standard and sent the 1970s into a global economic tail spin. But....

Manus Island and spiritual warfare "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Things are not going to change for the better without some sort of national repentance and the casting off of our hideous idols.

lead lead Victorian Parliamentary Secretary for Multicultural Affairs and Asia Engagement, Mr Hong Lim, meeting Malcolm Fraser in 1981 to discuss Cambodian and Vietnamese refugees arriving in Australia. He praised Mr Fraser for his humanity.As I write a horrifying humanitarian disaster, entirely made by successive Australian governments, is looming on Manus Island.

As a child I came into political awareness in the 1970s. The Fraser governments open armed response to the plight of Vietnamese boat people with the full support of the ALP is etched in my experience as a defining feature of who we then aspired to be as a people.

We were leaving the white Australia policy permanently behind. We were strongly adhering to our UNHCR obligations and had a profoundly humane and compassionate immigration policy towards boat arrival asylum seekers.

Growing up in cosmopolitan Melbourne, we were a people open to the world and most of my best friends were and remain from migrant families. What happened to those cosmopolitan, human rights upholding, warm and welcoming values? What changed to make us a people fearfully protective of our (apparently threatened) national sovereignty?

What changed?

In all the analysis of what has changed and how we should respond to this deep shift backwards towards the politics of prejudicial fear and a disregards for our UNHCR obligations, I have not seen anything written about spiritual warfare.

But I think this is central.

Spiritual warfare is the ongoing battle for communally assumed first loyalties public worship. What our highest collective object of worth is, is our god. Crudely put, our god is now the economy, stupid. Well, its not the economy actually, its the pursuit of personal wealth what the New Testament calls Mammon. The post-war boom came to an end when Nixon dropped the gold standard and sent the 1970s into a global economic tail spin. But....

20:10

Indonesian policeman shot dead near US-owned mine "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"


https://au.news.yahoo.com/world/a/37880210/indonesian-policeman-shot-dead-near-us-owned-mine/

Indonesian policeman shot dead near US-owned mine

 / 41 minutes ago
Jayapura (Indonesia) (AFP) - An Indonesian policeman was shot dead and another was seriously wounded near a giant US-owned copper and gold mine Wednesday, authorities said, the latest in a string of shootings in restive Papua province.




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19:47

GARAGE SALES FOR DAYS "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Garage sale signs are soooo 2016

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18:48

MACKAY Bike wedged under car, on fire: Sarina womans wrong turn "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

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18:40

Calls for Great Forest National Park refreshed as poll shows forest protection a vote decider "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

More than 30 environment, recreation and scientific groups have renewed their call for the creation of the Great Forest National Park, as Labors favoured issues of renters rights and cost of housing prove less popular with voters in the upcoming Northcote by-election.

Read coverage in The Guardian here.

18:31

Pacific Islanders call on Australia and other nations, as climate change submerges islands "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Pacific Island nations urge world leaders to act as islands expected to sink


AUSTRALIAS tropical island neighbours may exist today, but their leaders have urged us to help them from sinking.    news.com.au, Matt Young@MattYoung  14 Nov 17 
A LARGE swath of Pacific Island nations are slowly being eaten away until residents will be forced to evacuate and the islands eventually sink into the sea and its coming sooner than we think.

This modern-day Atlantis is thanks to sea levels across small island nations that have seen a dramatic rise over the past few decades, a rate of up to 3-4 times larger than the global average. Tuvalu, in the western Pacific Ocean, will reportedly be uninhabitable by 2050, while its island neighbour Kiribati, is expected to be fully submerged by 2100.

The Maldives, which has the lowest elevation in the world and a population of 427,000, may also have sunk by the end of the century.

It has led experts including Professor Tim Flannery, climate change expert and Professor at La Trobe University to believe we are on a trajectory that will see those nations compromised.

Five reef islands in the Solomon Islands have already been lost forever while a further six have been completely eroded. Last year, the island of Nuatambu had already lost half o...

18:13

NSW, Australia: Shopping Centre Intervention in Solidarity with Refugees on Manus Island "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

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November 13th: People in So-Called Armidale, NSW, staged interventions in the towns commercial hubs during peak afternoon shopping hours, using a megaphone to project statements and extracts of articles from Iranian refugee, Behrouz Boochani, who has been detained on Manus Island since 2014.

While hundreds of men are facing starvation, thirst and threats of violence on Manus Island, the interventions disrupted the everyday monotony and insulation of our daily routines. These actions aimed to amplify the voices of refugees that are silenced, distorted and disregarded in our society.

 In solidarity with refugees in their fight for total freedom.


17:54

Crate Digging with Archie Hamilton & Mantra Collective "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

Direct from Fuse London, producer & DJ Archie Hamilton has quickly been dubbed one of the scenes most sought-after young artists.

An avid music maker and curator, Hamilton has garnered support from the highest echelons of house and techno as a DJ, producer and label boss. Heading up his own imprints Moscow Records, Moss Co. and Arkityp, hes been responsible for pushing a recent slew of alternative sounds onto dancefloors across the globe. Since the driving rhythms of his own tracks Mind Blank and Troublemaker propelled him into the limelight, Hamilton has found himself making the cut for Resident Advisors Top 100 DJs list.

Taking advantage of Hamiltons ear for interesting sounds, we asked the London-baed tastemaker to take us through his top five vinyl faves ahead of his extended three hour set this Saturday. Get acquainted with his mixed bag, below.

 

Casey Tucker Whatever Comes to Mind [For Those That Knoe 2017]

Paddy, arpy bliss with a catchy bassline and distorted perc. Eurghhhhhh

Circulation Green (Mix1) [Circulation 1998]

Simple, effective melodies and pads and that phasing shaker! Ive got everything Circulation have done. Even if they arent all tracks Id play, I just love the production.

 

Disk Energy [Whiteloops 2016]

Nice clubby edit of Estelle Montenegro Energy. Positive, rolling and groovy. I could listen to the loop on repeat and not get bored!

 

Terry Francis Loving you [Pagan, 2001]

King Terry! Amazing groove, with layers of percussion and stabs that build and build without getting busy. Lush pads and out of nowhere that amazing vocal!

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17:48

WATCH: Penny Wongs Reaction To The Yes Vote Will Make You Cry "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Senator Penny Wongs tears of joy following the announcement of the same-sex marriage postal survey result has gone viral. The Australian Bureau of Statistics announced on Wednesday 61.6% of Australians had voted to allow same-sex couples to wed. TV cameras were watching a group of senators in a committee room at Parliament House in Canberra ...

The post WATCH: Penny Wongs Reaction To The Yes Vote Will Make You Cry appeared first on QNEWS.

17:44

Australian World Heritage sites at special climate change risk- International Union for Conservation of Nature(IUCN) "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

From the Everglades to Kilimanjaro, climate change is destroying world wonders
Number of natural world heritage sites at serious risk from global warming has doubled in three years, says the IUCN, including the Great Barrier Reef and spectacular karst caves in Europe,
Guardian, Damian Carrington 14 Nov 17, From the Everglades in the US to the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, climate change is destroying the many of the greatest wonders of the natural world.

A new report on Monday from the International Union for Conservation of Nature(IUCN) reveals that the number of natural world heritage sites being damaged and at risk from global warming has almost doubled to 62 in the past three years.

Those at high risk include iconic places from the Galapagos Islands to the central Amazon and less well known but equally vibrant and unique sites such as the karst caves of Hungary and Slovakia and the...

17:39

Love Wins; Hate And Dutton And Shelton And Abbott And Bernardi Et Al Lose "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

The marriage survey result showed that Australia is better than our politicians give us credit for, writes Ben Eltham.

The crowd gathered at the rally outside Melbournes State Library was predominantly young, but not completely. There were many families and clearly many straight people wanting to show their support. Inevitably, there was a babadook.

On the train in to the city this morning, I stood next to a middle-aged mother and her two daughters wearing rainbow ribbons. It was clear that this was a moment of great emotional importance to them as a family.

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The mood was nervous but expectant. On Swanston Street, I watched two young lesbians embrace excitedly, arm in arm, as they ran into the throng. I ran into respected arts journalist Richard Watts. Watts has a long commitment to queer campaigning. I didnt expect to be this nervous, he told me. The shame is that even if we win, it wont mean anything legally, unlike in Ireland.

Marriage is a very old custom, but in many ways a modern construction. As many have pointed out, the current law dates back only to 2004, when a cynical John Howard amended the Marriage Act to mandate heterosexuality, and to outlaw same sex marriages overseas. It was an act of political opportunism that has set the tone for the way both major parties have treated the issue ever since.

At the Melbourne rally, a glitchy link made statistician David Kalischs comments largely unintelligible. When the decision came through there was an initial pause, then a tremendous rush of emotion as people cheered and clapped.

ABS Chief Statistician David Kalisch announces the results of the marriage equality postal plebiscite in Canberra on November 15.ABS Chief Statistician David Kalisch announces the results of the marriage equality postal plebiscite in Canberra on November 15.

There were tears, too: lots of them, particularly from some of the older people present, some who perhaps remembered a different Australia, one where open displays of same-sex affection were greeted with violence rather than celebration.

And, of course, there were selfies. So love wins, deadpanned one young man to his boyfriend, as they took a selfie together. It was a remark that seemed to sum up the bittersweet nature of the moment.

The marriage equality campaign has been....

17:28

Australia business leaders Michael Myer and Geoff Manchester oppose Adanis coal mine project "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

 http://www.news.com.au/finance/work/leaders/australia-business-leaders-michael-myer-and-geoff-manchester-oppose-adanis-coal-mine-project/news-story/f60abb21915d09eb398f2570b856a9bd

THEY know how to make a million and these two successful Australian businessman say claims about Adanis coal mine are delusional. 14 Nov 17

OPPOSITION to Adanis coal mine continues to build as two prominent Australian business leaders come out against the project.

Entrepreneur and philanthropist Michael Myer of the prominent Myer retailing family, and Intrepid Travel founder and chief executive officer Geoff Manchester, have both decided to speak out against the $16.5 billion project in Queenslands Galilee Basin.

The two men share similar concerns but were not aware of the others views before going public.

The mine itself is an outrage, Mr Myer told news.com.au.

Its a stranded asset and the proponent (Gautam) Adani is basically doing a very good job at conning our politicians at all levels of government.

But he said the fact that governments were subsidising the project was also concerning. Federal, state and local governments have all agreed to, or are considering, providing the project with financial assistance.

Mr Myer said the economics of the project did not stack up and the leading supporters of the project were politicians, not those in the business world.

The whole line that this is good for Queensland jobs is farcical and delusional, Mr Myer said.

It doesnt stack up economically and as time goes on the economics get even worse.

While the governments have continued to spruik the 10,000 jobs that will be created, Adanis own expert has admitted the figure will be closer to 1400 once jobs lost in other areas are taken into consideration.

Mr Myer believes the 10,000 number is mythical and the real number will likely be even less than 1400 as many operations can now be automated.

These jobs could also come at the expense of others.

At risk is Australias lucrative tourism industry with many concerned about the impacts of climate change on the Great Barrier Reef.

Tourism operators are very concerned about this because weve already seen some negative impact on the Great Barrier Reef from bleaching in the last couple of years, Intrepid CEO Geoff Manchester said.

Weve already had seen some local tourism operators i...

17:24

Last Green Drinks for 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Green Drinks Friday 24th November 5.00 til 6.30 pm

Cairns and Far North Environment Centre 

27-29 Greenslopes St North Cairns 

Join us for the last Green Drinks of 2017! Networking and socialising for our environment Bringing together a lively mix of people in the environment/conservation/sustainability realm of FNQ from local conservation groups to NGOs, academia, government and business.

Register

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17:19

Financial peril for Adanis Carmichael mine company "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Profits of Adanis Carmichael mine company tumble, leaving it in financial peril

Owner of Carmichael project cant walk away from mine without descending further into distress, says energy expert, Guardian, Michael Slezak, 14 Nov 17, Profits of Adani Enterprises the company in Adani Groups complex structure that owns the proposed Carmichael coalmine  have collapsed almost 50% year-on-year, according to a half-yearly report released this week which does not mention the mine.

The results further show the company is in financial distress, according to Tim Buckley from the Institute of Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, who says they also reveal the company cant walk away from the unviable Carmichael project without descending further into financial distress.

The Carmichael coalmine, which would be the largest ever built in Australia, has struggled to find financing for either the mine itself or the associated infrastructure such as the rail line that would transport coal to an export terminal on the Great Barrier Reef.

Every major Australian bank has said it will not be involved in the project, and the company has been seeking subsidised government finance from the Australian government and possibly also from China.

If they tried to exit the project now, they would either have to write it off or find someone willing to buy it, said Buckley.

If the project was written off or sold for significantly less than its current book value...

17:14

Moonee Ponds (Melbourne): Husk Collective "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Statement from Husk Collective, active since August 2017.

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Originally published by squat.net.

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

Moonee Ponds (Melbourne): Husk Collective

We acknowledge that we are occupying land rightfully belonging to the Wurundjeri-willam of the Woiwurrung language and belief group. we pay respects to Elders past and present and would like to express gratitude for the knowledge that has been shared with us. this land is stolen. sovereignty never ceded.

We continue to benefit from colonisation and genocide which are ongoing to this day. we also acknowledge the combined effects of colonisation, racism, patriarchy and the western binary gender system.

We take our lead from the struggles and resistance of Koorie people and invite everyone to join us to work towards undermining colonisation through learning, listening and contributing to the resistance.

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16:51

Unmasking The Reality Behind The Racism "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Racism is not really a thing, at least not in the sense that its an actual thing. It is a problem though. Douglas Ross explains.

You terrorist. You little monkey.

Surely if Sam Dastyari were six foot five and had spent the past six months in an aggressive workout routine, arming himself to the bone for a new role in what could be a potential new Wolverine series, those dickheads last week might have refrained from using the word little.

Common sense would have prevailed in that case.

Shop-Sparkke_Banner_300x250But he hasnt been working out as much as Hugh Jackman. Hes a mild mannered and average heighted politician. The blokes dressed up in their everyday-Australian Toll uniform took advantage of that and implied a threat of physical violence in their bigoted catcalls.

There is no excuse for the actions of the men who accosted Sam Dastyari in a Melbourne pub. Their attitudes are depressing and if they lose their jobs over the incident I doubt few would rush to their defence. We all can feel that sick feeling Sam must have felt in the bottom of his stomach the first moment he realised an antagonistic voice was directed at him.

It is an awful feeling that nobody should have the displeasure of ever experiencing.

However, there is a reason for that misdirected, ignorant, angry, inexcusable and just face-palm inducing confrontational behaviour. In fact, there are several lives worth of reasons that culminated in an alcohol-fuelled series of racist taunts by a group of men to an Iranian-born Australian.

To state a philosophical argument that is going to make many groan and rustle up a host of perfectly valid arguments against me: racism isnt, by reasoning, real. It cant be. It doesnt exist. Dont quote that on its own; youre not allowed. To continue my point: it is not to say that the realities that stem from the irreality of prejudice arent real. The results of a bigoted mind are as real as each new day but the place from which they stem is a misnomer. It cannot be real.

Racism is a cover for something else, or usually a host of something elses. It has to be. An overdue electricity bill. A hungry family. A job lost because you were late to work once. An addiction to gambling. An over-reliance on alcohol. A mother who left when...

16:39

MAINfm is looking for a Station Manager (paid) "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

STATION MANAGER for MAINfm.

MainFm is a community Radio Station based in Castlemaine. We were recently awarded Australias most outstanding small station by the CBAA.

The position is a paid part time role (3 days per week) 6 Month Contract.

The station is seeking to recruit a person with experience in voluntary based community organisations.  Knowledge and experience in radio or the media is desirable but not essential.

Employment beyond the initial six months is subject to further funding.

Copies of the Position Description and the Information Pack are available from the secretary via email: alantaylorcastlemaine@gmail.com

Applications must be lodged with the secretary by the COB Friday, December 1, 2017.

 

Click here for a Position Description.  Station Mgr PD v2 Nov 2017

16:18

THREE CONVERSATIONS "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

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Tune in this Arts Thursday 16th November for three great conversations with Maisy Stapleton, showcasing the diversity of the arts in Sydney.

First up is a chat with artist Tom Carment, whose exhibition New Paintings. Old Habits at the King Street Gallery on William takes a new look at still life, along with the plein air landscapes for which he is well known.

Tom is a wonderful story-teller! Find out how a typewriter became a still life study and other stories around Toms works.

womerah street...

15:51

L'Agora ~ French - Baie des Citrons, Noumea "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Our 2017 Noumea feeding frenzy starts at L'Agora in Baie des Citrons.   We've been to Noumea so many times our stomachs start rumbling when we see waves breaking on the outer reef as our plane descends. We've prepared by not eating on the plane, it's always best to land hungry. We planned to hit Amadeus for our first feed of the trip, but dang it had closed down, a real shame

15:38

November verse 7 "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

As one of my neighbours said, The mean-spirited b***d didnt get his moral victory.

But its November so Ive got to rhyme. Sorry, its not an Onegin stanza today, but once I had my first two lines I was committed (though I expect Im not the only one to have them).

November verse 7: Yes, Today
To the tune of Lennon & McCartneys Yesterday
Yes, today.
Three-fifths of us voted yes today.
Soon LGBTQIA
can marry cos of yes, today.

Certainly
things are less grim than they used to be.
Rainbow flags are flying fresh and free.
Oh yes today came certainly.

Such a nasty fight
such a blight
such hell to pay.
Then this massive vote.
I wont gloat,
but its OK.

Yes, today.
Same-sex marriage is now on the way.
People arent as bad as pundits say.
Oh tears of joy for yes, today.


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15:11

Marlon Williams Announces New Album and May Tour with The Weather Station "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Image Courtesy of Marlon Williams New Zealand born, Melbourne based singer-songwriter Marlon Williams is set to take on the world again with a huge international tour planned for 2018. The tour is set to coincide with Williams just-announced new album Make Way For Love, due for release on 16th February. The album was recorded with []

15:05

Cottage gets support by the carload "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Ocean Grove Evening VIEW Club has supported The Cottage By The Sea in Queenscliff during Anti Poverty Week.
Members were asked to donate foodstuff and clothing from a list of essentials provided by the management.
As usual the response from members was outstanding. Chris Waite, Marian Coppins and Jill Gillett were able to deliver a large carload of items.
The women were then taken on a tour of The Cottage By The Sea and were able to give a short presentation at the VIEW dinner meeting the following week.
The support given to children of struggling families is a reminder of Ocean Grove Evening VIEWs commitment to the community.

The post Cottage gets support by the carload appeared first on Ocean Grove Voice.

14:59

Teagans on track for state team "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Wallington Primary School student Teagan Zurawel has been selected for the School Sport Victoria track and field team.
Teagan was selected after a process that began in May. The team comprises students from all over the state.
Teagan will compete in the annual School Sports Australia Track and Field Championships, which will help make up the Pacific School Games.
The event will be held in Adelaide from 1 to 7 December.

The post Teagans on track for state team appeared first on Ocean Grove Voice.

14:55

Flappers poppy tour of duty "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Ocean Groves very own celebrity chook Flapper paid her respects to our fallen Diggers in the lead-up to Remembrance Day. Flapper wandered around a garden bed full of poppies as the nation stopped at 11am on 11 November to mark the occasion.

The post Flappers poppy tour of duty appeared first on Ocean Grove Voice.

14:40

Brisbane Landmarks To Light Up As The Yes Parties Continue "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Brisbane landmarks will be lit up in rainbow on Wednesday night as the city celebrates the successful marriage equality result. Brisbane City councillor Vicki Howard announced on Facebook that the Story Bridge and City Hall would both be illuminated in rainbow lights. On Wednesday morning, a crowd of hundreds of people gathered in Brisbane, one ...

The post Brisbane Landmarks To Light Up As The Yes Parties Continue appeared first on QNEWS.

14:40

Last Bee "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

The last working bee for spring (ahem..) will be on this Sunday from 10am for a couple of hours or so. If you havent been able to attend any bees yet, heres your last chance. And the last chance of frost seems to be over too, so its a great time to plant Come Continue reading Last Bee

14:30

Lang survives to claim the Mullum Show smash-up derby "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Nathan was behind of wheel of the Toyota number 69 (in yellow) that went on to be the last survivor and winner of the 2017 smash-up derby. Photo www.lmgphotography.com.au

Nathan was behind of wheel of the Toyota number 69 (in yellow) that went on to be the last survivor and winner of the 2017 smash-up derby. Photo www.lmgphotography.com.au

Nathan Lang from Chincogan Mechanical has won this years Mullumbimby Show smash-up derby in a turn-of-the-century Toyota Camry.

It is the third year that Nathan has had a go at winning the event, and he was up against at least nine other cars on Sunday afternoon at the Mullumbimby Showground arena.

Nathan put his success down to being hungrier than his opponents on the day,
he said.

I just wanted to win, I wanted the $600 prizemoney, he said.

Nathan was driving a Toyota Camry that was at least 17 years old. He had it delivered from the wreckers and to make it compliant took out all the glass and other bits and pieces from inside the cabin.

The fuel tank also had to be moved to inside the cabin.

The other major rule is that cars must travel in reverse for the derby.

Otherwise anyone with a car licence can enter, he said.

Winning wasnt about having a strategy to dodge or attack, but just adapting to what was in front of you.

I did a bit of everything, whatever I had to get through, he said.

He came out of the event with the blue ribbon, but no bumps and bruises.

It was exciting, awesome, and he will definitely be back next year to defend his title, he said.

Have a go if you are up for it. .Just do it. It is  a lot of fun, he said.

 

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14:05

Origami books continued "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

We are having some technical issues with the sign in for Kerrie, so I will pop up the photos from our November meeting and an update in the meantime and when we have resolved the glitch Kerrie can add her own inimitable, effervescent style!

Firstly Kerrie tutored us in another of her wonderful mini books, we should all be able to have our own mini bookshelves after the past few months.

Origami Bookmaking...

14:00

Big yes vote in Corangamite "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Corangamite voters returned a 71.6 per cent yes vote to the same-sex marriage survey.
That figure was well above the national average of 61.6 per cent.
Federal Corangamite MP Sarah Henderson welcomed the result.
This is a decisive result, she said in a statement.
I look forward to supporting a Private Members Bill to change the Marriage Act to allow same-sex couples to marry, which I expect will be introduced into the House of Representatives in the next sitting week.
It is imperative that the Bill includes strong protections for religious institutions. As the definition of civil marriage changes, religious freedom is paramount. Religious institutions must be able to continue to adhere to their beliefs.
That said, the Bill must not allow discrimination against same-sex couples including in relation to the provision of commercial services.

The post Big yes vote in Corangamite appeared first on Ocean Grove Voice.

13:49

Heres How Queenslanders Voted For Marriage Equality "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

As Queenslands LGBTI community celebrates todays resounding Yes vote for marriage equality, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has called on federal parliament to immediately enshrine the publics wishes in law. Nationally, 61.6% voted Yes to the question: Should the law be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry? while 38.4% voted No. In Queensland, 1,487,060 (60.7%) voted ...

The post Heres How Queenslanders Voted For Marriage Equality appeared first on QNEWS.

13:43

Best way to see some wildlife near Cairns? "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Hi again Cairns!

I'll be traveling in mid Feb to Cairns and would love to see some wildlife in their natural setting if possible. I'm guessing this may be a day trip drive to a bit more rural area or something like that. It would be fun to see animals unique to your area like kangaroos, koalas, etc.

Can you recommend a place we'd be likely to run into some animals hanging out and enjoying their day?

Thanks!

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13:18

Grizzly Bear Announced Headline Australian Tour "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Image Courtesy of Grizzly Bear Weve known that US nu-folk quartet Grizzly Bear would be returning to our shores next year for the last couple of months after their name started appearing on the lineups of Golden Plains and the Melbourne Zoo Twilights. And now we can confirm that the band have added Sydney, Brisbane []

13:14

Premiere: CLYPSO frees herself on new single Save Me "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

Fusing tribal drums with introspective lyrics, Save Me is the latest from Sydney producer and vocalist CLYPSO. Exploring internal worlds and saving yourself from yourself, hear it first on FBi Radio.

Departing slightly from the hyperactivity of tracks like Higher and YOLO, Save Me harnesses CLYPSOs signature afrobeat sound and looks inward, delving into the former Indie Artist of the Weeks innermost workings. Written after coming out of a pretty emotionally rough patch, CLYPSO found herself escaping a self-imposed mental funk through music.
 

Letting us in on how the track came about, CLYPSO got started on Save Me in a pretty unlikely setting warming up before she was to take to the stage at a wedding.

 

I found myself alone in this beautiful hall with a grand piano. I really liked the timbre of the low notes of the piano and how it echoed so I started playing a bass line and chords and just enjoyed how it sounded in the space.

 

Although I started writing the song on the piano, I really wanted to have a very oceanic feel to it: the sensation of tumbling in the waves, the ebb and flow, the ying and yang, the light and the dark. So I took that recording from my phone back to my little bedroom studio, incorporated tribal drum beats, strings and the kalimba to communicate the vastness and the movement.

 

Premiered on Arvos with Alex Pye, Save Me by CLYPSO is out now. Dive in below.

 

 

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13:12

Herbs and Spices with Ian Herbie Hemphill "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

On Arts Wednesday 15 November 2017, Sylvias guest was herb and spice guru, Ian Hemphill, aka Herbie. Listen to the 3 parts of the conversation below:

Here is Part 1, where they look at the historical passage of spices into Europe:

Here is Part 2 where they talk about peppercorns and coriander:

And now for Part 3 where the subject is cardamon and turmeric. The conversation concludes with a buyer beware note of caution:

spices

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13:07

How we win things and stuff "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

The results are in and over 4 million Australians can now walk into the sea until the water is over their heads, you know, like concepts. They are complaining about feeling brutalised. Boohoo. Call the underwater waaaahmbulance.

It's important to consider people's feelings before you dismiss them, it's much more enjoyable that way. When people feel sad about imaginary oppression you are handed a rare chance to switch off your empathy and indulge in some intense laughter. God it's great.

Turns out a majority of Australians don't feel crushed by the idea of gay marriage. But there's nothing inevitable about winning struggles like this. It comes down to volunteers working their arses off for years.

Governments don't make these changes, businesses, institutions and obviously churches don't, people do. Unelected leaders, out there working for your freedom. Not mine obviously, I'm male white and hetero, I would struggle to find a use for more freedom.

Please, no more freedom for me, take a day to enjoy and reflect and then find a way to free First Nations people and refugees, because this is a light in the darkness, but it's still very dark.  And this post has turned out very dark. Jesus.  

  

12:41

The Cactus Channel Stay A While "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

This week"s feature album comes from Melbourne band The Cactus Channel with Stay A While. 

This is the bands third album, and a departure from their signature soul-funk instrumental roots. Stepping up to the mic is the bands own Lewis Coleman, adding a new dimension of silvery vocals. Marking a decisive turning point, their music has evolved into something wilder, a little darker and heavier. The inclusion of vocal melodies and dreamy soundtracks are embellished with electrifying wig-outs and woozy meditations.

This new sound has been cooking for a while now, with their boundary-splintering EP alongside Ball Park Music singer Sam Cromack release earlier this year, following a 7 single collaboration with Nick Murphy (known as Chet Faker).

To support Stay A While the band has release a music video for Storefront and is embarking on a national tour beginning 24th November at the Foundry in Brisbane.
Catch them in Sydney on December 1st at the Factory Floor! Tickets from thecactuschannel.com/tour.

Highlight Tracks: Storefront, Leech, And Then They Rubbed Their Tired Eyes.
Tune into Breakfast and Youth Jukebox on 2RRR 88.5FM all week long to hear these songs and more.

12:40

Top 5 Countries Where Australians Get into Trouble with the Law "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Australians like to travel nearly 9 million of us take overseas trips every year whether for business, family or pleasure. For most of us, the trip goes as planned and we arrive back home safely on Australian soil. But for others, it can be a very different story. Each year, the Department of Foreign

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12:12

20 Nov 2017 Rubbish clean-up in roadside vegetation "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

Three or so times a year, the club has committed to cleaning up the rubbish that has accumulated in a high quality native woodland.  This is located along a ~2km signposted section of the Pyrenees Hwy roadside reserve to the west of Castlemaine (i.e., on the road to Newstead; near the golf course).  The next Clean-up will be on Monday 20th November, and again we are seeking members and other interested volunteers to join the effort.  You might even get to hear or see a Scarlet Honeyeater!

If you are interested in helping out, meet at the corner of Pyrenees Hwy and Willy Milly Road (next to Tait Decorative Iron) at 9am on Monday 20 Nov.  Wear sturdy footwear and bring gloves. Garbage bags and reflective vests will be provided.  It is usually all finished by 11am.

Please Note: Rules prohibit anyone under 16 years from working on the roadside.
Thanks to Geoff and Geraldine Harris for coordinating this regular activity.

11:46

Music gets back to real rock roots "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

The John Butler Trio, one of Australias most recognised and accomplished roots rock bands, will be bringing their incredible live show to the beautiful surrounds of Leura Park Estate in what promises to be the ultimate afternoon of tunes and chill among the vines.
They will be joined by NSWs Kim Churchill and divine duo Mama Kin Spender.
The John Butler Trio has sold out a myriad of performances over the years in Australia and have gone on to take their music worldwide. John Butler has an impressive one million album sales to his name, has been the number one most played artist on Australian radio and has numerous ARIA awards to write home about.
Those familiar with Kim Churchills radio smash Window to The Sky, which reached number 42 in Triple Js Hottest 100 in 2014, will recognise signature elements in these new recordings: intricate guitar work, intuitive vocal melodies and a wonderful feeling of space and warmth. New single Second Hand Car is immediately identifiable as Kim Churchills with its retro keys, propulsive guitar line and rousing chant-a-long chorus.
I just want to write music to entertain and to move people and to be the soundtrack to their lives, he says. I want to become a figure in the world that helps people see that its all OK, and the world is what it is the best and worst parts of it.
Mama Kin Spender is a lightning bolt moment between two long-time friends, co-writers and mischief-makers: ARIA-nominated Mama Kin and producer Tommy Spender. Its a stripped back duo of brooding guitars, primal drums and howling harmonies, illuminated by a chorus of singers arranged by Virginia Bott (Brighter Later, First Chorus Band of Singers).
Mama Kin Spenders songs rattle, roll and tremble, from block party to heart-rending ballad.
With a sound that is as raw as it is joyful, Mama Kin Spender will challenge you to raise your voice in defiance of the status quo.
The events will be held on Sunday 18 March next year, at Leura Park Estate, Curlewis.
Tickets are available at ticketmaster.com.au and more information at zaccariaconcerts.com

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11:33

Ocean Grove silent in remembrance "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Ocean Grovers paid their respects to our fallen Diggers on 11 November.
A Remembrance Day service was held at Ocean Grove Park.
Pastor Phillip Christian spoke and the service was represented by Ocean Grove Scout Group.
Volunteers helped sell poppies in the lead up to the day.
A committed group of volunteers manned three stations in Ocean Grove and one in Barwon Heads for the Ocean Grove Barwon Heads RSL Sub-branch.
Sub-branch president Graham Fisher acknowledged the phenomenal commitment shown by the members and volunteers who time and time again, make the Poppy Appeal such a success.
Year in, year out, our community rallies together to support the Poppy Appeal in the lead up to Remembrance Day. I would like to thank the local community from the very outset who support our sub-branch and wear their poppy with pride, he said.

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11:29

Exams, emails and the social season "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

The weather has become warm, with some beautiful clear days. Ive been busy helping my daughter, who is undertaking her Year 12 exams, so I havent been out and about very much.
Fortunately Ive received some great emails from Voice readers to compensate for the many things I have missed.
Ive had a bad tawny fortnight. Ive been watching a familiar family of tawny frogmouths, and photographed the two beautiful fluffy chicks that hatched about a month ago.
The weekend before the Melbourne Cup the family left the nest, and I couldnt find them anywhere.
On Melbourne Cup Day I had a good search of the area and was dismayed to find the mangled body of a deceased chick (boo hoo).
I few days later I saw the family of three, so one of the chicks was still going strong. Speaking of tawnies I received two lovely emails from Voice readers Suze and Susan, with a photos of the tawny frogmouth families that they have seen around the Bellarine. Thanks so much for the emails.
I also had a goshawk day last weekend. I managed to have a close encounter with a brown goshawk, which I have long dreamed about.
Then when I drove home, and lo and behold there was a collared sparrowhawk (CSH) in the gum tree outside my next door neighbours house. The CSH allowed me to get quite close, which was amazing.
I recognised this bird from a few months ago, when it was on the next door neigbours TV aerial, as it has several white patches of feathers on its back. I thanked it very much for allowing me to take a half decent photo, and Im sure it wont be hurrying back.
The brown goshawk and CSH look very similar, but as you can see from the photos the CSH has a smaller head, round eyes rather than squinted eyes, a very long middle talon, and a square shaped tail compared to the goshawks rounded tail feathers.
Its funny but I also recognised another CSH that I saw in Wallington last week, as it the same bird that I spotted day before, when I saw it fly over the Bellarine Highway.
This bird was missing about four of the primary flight feathers on the left wing and also some tail feathers on the left side. This bird looks like its gone 10 rounds with Mike Tyson, but its still flying well despite the shabby feathers.
Speaking of Wallington the gorgeous scarlet honeyeaters are still hanging around near the school and Tom even saw a pair of scarlet honeyeaters at the Oakdene Estate, proving that scarlet honeyeaters have very fine location tastes.
I received a lovely email from Voice readers Alan and Astrid, who noticed a pair of hooded plovers on the beach at 6W, and were worried that the hoodies might be attacked by the many dogs in that area.
Its timely to remind people that it is hooded plover breeding season, so please take note of the signs on the beach that ask that dogs be kept on leads in areas where the hoodies breed.
...

11:29

The Byrds Legacy: Friday at 9pm on Retropopic "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

This Friday, 17th November on RETROPOPIC 9pm 10pm: 

The Byrds Legacy; Tune into the final program featuring author Johnny Rogan as Retropopics central guest. This time the focus is on the characters of his new book Requiem For The Timeless Volume 2 which is already highly acclaimed as another masterpiece. To wet your appetite before reading the book, the focus tonight is on the question as to whether The Byrds will ever fly again under their captain Roger McGuinn, as well as vignettes on Gram Parsons, Kevin Kelley, Skip Battin, Clarence White, Gene Clark and Michael Clarke.

Book your slot by tuning in to 88.5FM on Friday at 2100 Sydney time or if youre not local stream into the program via 2rrr.org.au.https://www.mixcloud.com/FrenchSpurs1/retropopic-21-the-legacy-of-the-byrds/

READ MORE ABOUT RETROPOPIC HERE

 

11:28

AWU seeks documents showing collusion between government and supposedly independent agency "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Contributed from New South Wales

The recent Federal Police raid on the Sydney and Melbourne offices of the Australian Workers Union (AWU), is regarded by opponents of the Turnbull government, to be a politically driven assault on the union and activist group GetUp, which also experienced a raid on its offices.

The raid took place to find evidence that the union donated to GetUp in the past.  The idea is that if a donation by an affiliate of the Labor Party is found, it is evidence that there is a connection between GetUp and the Labor Party, which must be disclosed under law. If established, this means that GetUp has unlawfully failed sign up with and inform the  Registered Organisation Commission.

Critics point out that this is stretching too far and would apply to any organisation that is dependent on public donations.

It is no secret that GetUp has been a thorn in the governments side, through its connection with community campaigns that run counter to its policies. Many of these campaigns have been successful.

From the governments side, there is a clear incentive to silence the group and there is an increasing tendency to use policing methods, as a means of clamping down on alternative opinion and hold back community action that is not approved of.

That the raids were set up as as media stunt. Reporters were there before the police and it was immediately clear that there was a connection with the office of the Employment Minister, Michaelia Cash. A senior media advisor resigned after admitting he had contacted the media.

The union has subsequently applied to the Federal Court for the release of all correspondence, between the Registered Organisation Commission and the ministers office , suggesting that  there is an improper relationship with the body set up at the start of this year.

AWU National Secretary Daniel Walton said there are deep Liberal Party connections. And we know the ROC was established by the Turnbull Government specifically as an attack dog on unions and Labor politicians who had served in unions, He suggests.

Adding to the case of political collusion is the seconding to the Registered Organisation Commission, by the Fair Work Ombudsmans office, a former staffer of Liberal Party Senator Nick Minchin.

 

 

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11:19

Lismores orgasmic reaction to the Yes vote "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

... and the answer is YES. Kate Willock, in the suit, and Chris Minkov celebrate, and have set the date for their wedding next year..(photo Paul Connelly)

and the answer is YES. Kate Willock, in the suit, and Chris Minkov celebrate, and have set the date for their wedding next year..(photo Paul Connelly)

By Darren Coyne, with AAP

It started low and built up to a crescendo Yes, Yes, Yes YES!!!.

Sounds like an orgasm, former Lismore mayor Jenny Dowell quipped to the 300-strong crowd gathered in the quadrangle of the new Lismore Regional Gallery for the official announcement of the marriage equality vote.

And when the offical number came through 61.6 per cent the crowd erupted with satisfaction, relief, and cheers.

This is a start, Ms Dowell said. We have a strong yes vote now it is up to our parliament to do what they said they would do which is honour this survey result.

They have the power to bring in marriage equality before Christmas. We will hold them to it because there are people in this community who have been waiting years and years.

Lismore shows its heart following the Yes vote. (supplied)

Lismore shows its heart following the Yes vote. (supplied)

Wont Lismore go wild when we have our first same sex marriage?.

Yes, roared the crowd.

Across the nation, a majority yes vote was recorded in 133 of the 150 federal electorates.

Every state and territory recorded a majority Yes result. NSW had the lowest result at 57.8 per cent.

In the Page electorate, 59.7 per cent voted yes, while 40.3 per cent voted no.

In the Richmond electorate, 67.9 per cent voted yes and 32.1 per cent voted no.

Both electorates voted above the state average of 57.8 per ce...

11:10

A non profit system for mountain huts? "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

One of my key addictions in life is to the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. Wonderful mountains, fantastic snow, endless terrain, cool towns. And one of the best backcountry hut networks on the planet.

10th Mountain Huts is a non profit that owns and rents out backcountry cabins to skiers, hikers and mountain bikers (they also rent out a number of privately owned cabins). Most are fairly similar: they are based on a log construction and built on two levels, and they have everything you need for multiday trips: a kitchen with gas burners and all the gear you need to cook, a wood fired stove with large basin for melting snow, a small solar PV system for basic lighting, and even a small library (and mattresses sheer luxury!). It means you can do multi day trips without the need for tents, stoves and fuel, and cooking gear. Many of the huts are above 11,000 feet asl, in mind blowingly gorgeous locations. And because you need to book them, youre guaranteed of getting a bed.

Which, of course, gets me thinking about our hut system here in Australia. Im not suggesting we set up a similar network. But as a non profit, 10th Mountain fills an interesting gap in the network of backcountry huts that tend to exist in mountain environments.

The European Alps have a huge number of public and private lodges and refuges. Climbers and hikers who have visited New Zealand/ Aotearoa will know that country has an extensive network of huts run through the Department of Conservation. Here in Australia we have a mix of huts in the mountains:

  • Historical ones, associated with cattle grazing families, the hydroelectric schemes, hunters/ trappers, etc. These are often still maintained by the original families or groups who established them
  • Refuges, put in exposed or dangerous spots, often after people have died in blizzard conditions and sometimes managed by community organisations
  • There are also a scattering of private huts often owned by groups, such as the Rovers lodge on the Bogong High Plains, some of which are open to the public

In recent years, we have seen the first developments of private huts in backcountry/ wild areas by for profit companies (the private system of huts that are dotted along the Overland Track in Tasmania being a prominent example). The Victorian government is currently considering allowing a similar network on the route between Falls Creek and Mt Hotham.

...

11:09

Have a say about dogs on beaches "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Barwon Coast, in partnership with other organisations including Victoria Police and City of Greater Geelong, are launching a new campaign called ShareOurShores.
The campaign aims to bring the community together with all organisations involved in dogs on beaches.
ShareOurShores promotes the respect, responsibilities and rights that are important in minimising conflict between different beach users and dogs.
ShareOurShores will be launched in Ocean Grove at two identical campaign launch events, the first on Saturday 18 November and the second on Monday 20 November.
A panel of experts will discuss the pros and cons involved in dogs on beaches and provide information on the current dog controls that are in place.
Barwon Coast is very concerned about risks to human and wildlife safety created by dogs on beaches. We are also worried about the impact dogs can have on the general amenity of our coastal reserves, Barwon Coast general manager Gary McPike said.
Some locals have admitted to us that they are frightened to visit the beach with small children for fear of a dog attack.
Many locals and visitors have expressed concerns about dogs on beaches directly to Barwon Coast and we are aware that it is a very prominent topic on local social media forums, he said.
Sergeant Shane Connolly of Victoria Police said: Unlawful behaviour by dog owners is of concern to the Bellarine police members as it poses a threat to public safety. We welcome our involvement in the ShareOurShores Campaign launch as it will enable us to speak with the community about antisocial behaviour and dog owners not adhering to dog control laws.
Barwon Coast is charged with the management of 13km of coastal crown land from the east of Ocean Grove to the western end of Thirteenth Beach.
Barwon Coast sets dog control orders that dictate the where, when and how people walking dogs may use the coastal reserves.
Dog Control Orders are enforced by officers from the City of Greater Geelong.
Everyone, dog owner or not, who has an interest in dogs on beaches is encouraged to attend the launch. Tickets are free and can be booked online at www.barwoncoast.com.au/shareourshores or call 5254 1118.

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11:08

Australia says YES to same-sex marriage "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

61.6 % per cent of participants in the same-sex marriage postal vote have voted in favour of allowing same-sex couples to marry (image:wiki).

The Australian Bureau of Statistics published the results at 9am local time with the final count being 7.8 million supporting the move and 4.9 million against the move.

Statistician David Kalisch says it shows how important this issue is to many Australians.

18 and 19 year old voters had the strongest participation with around 78 per cent participation in the postal survey.

Brisbane brain researcher awarded Strmgren Medal

11:04

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit Announce Bluesfest Sideshow Dates with Deer Tick "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Image Courtesy of Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit The kings of contemporary Americana music, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, have already been announced as one of the most highly anticipated acts on next years Bluesfest lineup and now theyve announced sideshows in Sydney and Melbourne while theyre in the country. Jason Isbell and []

11:02

Entries open for swim fest "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Back again after last years successful inaugural event, registrations for the Ocean Grove Surf Lifesaving Club Swim Festival are now open.
Not only a huge fund-raiser for Ocean Grove Surf Life Saving Club, this event has a swim for everyone, whether youre just starting out or an open water superstar.
With a quality souvenir towel available to all registrants (while stocks last) there is no reason why you wouldnt want to add this swim to your open water calendar.
The swim is on 28 January next year at the Ocean Grove Surf Beach. Events are 400m Novice, 1.2km Classic and 2.5km Enduro.
To register your spot in the event and to receive further information, go to https://www.registernow.com.au/secure/Register.aspx?E=27938

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11:00

Australia: Yes' Vote to Marriage Equality "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Expand Marchers hold signs and banners as they participate in a marriage equality march in central Sydney, Australia on October 21, 2017. 2017 Reuters (Sydney, November 15, 2017) The Australian government should introduce marriage equality legislation without delay, following results of the national postal survey in favor of marriage equality, Human [...]

10:38

How the NSW North Coast voted in the national same-sex marriage postal survey "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


Across Australia 12,691,234 registered voters responded to the Australian Marriage Law Postal  Survey with 61.6% of respondents answering YES and 38.4% answering NO to the question Should the law be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry?

In NSW, 81.3% (2,147,973) of eligible females and 77.5% (1,947,546) of eligible males responded to the survey.

By NSW North Coast federal electorate:

Richmond 67.9% of survey respondents answered YES and 32.1% answered NO
Page -  59.7% of survey respondents answered YES and 40.3% answered NO
Cowper 60% of survey respondents answered YES and 40% answered NO

For a full breakdown of survey results go to https://marriagesurvey.abs.gov.au/results/

10:18

Queensland Celebrates As Australians Vote For Same-Sex Marriage "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

YES! Thats the resounding response from Australians in the same-sex marriage postal survey, the results of which were announced on Wednesday morning by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) to high emotion and jubilation around the country. A crowd of hundreds gathered in Brisbane in Queens Park to hear that 61.6% of the country had ...

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10:05

Marriage equality survey result announced "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The Australian Bureau of Statistics has announced the result of the national marriage equality postal vote survey.

Australian Statistician David Kalisch made the announcement in Canberra this morning at 10am AESDT.

Yes responses were 61.6 per cent of clear responses (7,817,247 votes).

No responses were 38.4 per cent of clear responses (4,873,987 votes).

Just 0.2 per cent were unclear (36,686 votes).

Every state and territory recorded a majority Yes result.

All were over 60 per cent, except NSW with the lowest result 57.8 per cent.

The highest was the ACT with 74 per cent.

Some 64.9 per cent of Victorians voted and 60.7 per cent of Queenslanders voted Yes.

A majority Yes outcome was recorded in 133 of the countrys 150 commonwealth electorates. A majority No outcome was recorded in only 17 electorates.

Participation in the survey was over 70 per cent in almost all but four commonwealth electorates. Of those, it was over 60 per cent in three and over 50 per cent in the remaining one.

There was a response rate of 79.5 per cent or more than 12.7 million people.

More than 70 per cent of each age group voted.

Ballina MP welcomes result

Greens Member for Ballina, Tamara Smith MP has welcomed the result of the survey.

This is a fantastic result for civil rights in our country I hope the Federal Government acts quickly to now enable same sex couples to get legally married and give them the same rights as other married couples, said Ms Smith.

Saying yes to change and to equality for same sex couples is something Australians can be proud of and is a reflection on the long campaign for civil rights by the LGBTIQ community.

My thanks go to all those in the Ballina electorate who worked to achieve this historic result, said Ms Smith.

More to come

 

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09:50

Salvos sell land well below market value "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Aslan Shand

The Australian Salvation Army has defended its decision to sell a 50- acre property in the Mullumbimby hinterland well below market price.

The land was donated to the Salvation Army around five years ago and was sold in October without being put on the open market.

The purchase price of around $280,000 reflects known issues such as access rights. Yet according to the valuer-generals valuation, the propertys market value is $360,000.

A neighbouring lot of 100 acres, which has its access rights resolved, was recently sold for approximately $650,000.

Public interest

Other properties that are currently on the market in the vicinity are two approximately five-acre properties, with houses, listed between $900,000 and $1.7 million.

I think theres a public interest element, in particular related to how charities manage their funds, said Mr von der Heyde, who contacted The Echo regarding the sale.

They didnt advertise it or, it seems, even try to figure out what the market value was.

This appears to be extraordinarily poor financial management. Part of the reason it sticks in my throat is that Ive given the Salvos regular donations for 20 years, imagining that they would manage donations well.

Having contacted the Salvation Army prior to the conclusion of the sale, Mr von der Heyde says he was assured by general consul of the Salvation Army Malcolm Roberts that, I have been charged with looking into this matter and will respond to you as quickly as possible.

Mr von der Heyde then heard nothing more from the Salvation Army on the matter, despite further enquires, and the sale was concluded in October.

Mr Roberts told The Echo: We have properties all over Australia. We are not property developers. This piece of land would not have been suitable for us to use.

We dont believe that it has been sold for under its value. We believe that its been sold for fair value.

Though Mr Roberts assured The Echo that more than one valuation was done on the property, he was not prepared to supply copies of the valuations for verification.

Mr Roberts said that owing...

09:50

The Libertines, The Avalanches and more announce Sydney City Limits sideshows "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Sydney City Limits is set to touch down next February, with the brains behind Splendour and Falls delivering a lineup that boasts some of the worlds most sought-after live acts.

The Libertines are set to round off their first ever tour of Australia with both Pete and Carl (yep, we cant believe it took that long either) with headline shows in Melbourne and Brisbane. Sampling visionaries and damn Aussie icons, The Avalanches and Seattles emo-indie luminaries Car Seat Headrest will also extend their Aussie stay for headline shows.

Newbies, The Head and the Heart and Sigrid will also bring their chops to Aussie audiences.

Check out all the dates and ticket details below:

 

PRE-SALES: 9am Fri 17 Nov 8am local time Mon 20 Nov (local time)

GENERAL SALES: 9am Mon 20 Nov (local time)

 

The Libertines:

Wed 28 Feb Forum, Melbourne

Thu 01 Mar Tivoli, Brisbane

 

The Avalanches:

Wed 07 Mar Tivoli, Brisbane

 

Car Seat Headrest:

Sun 25 Feb Rosemount Hotel, Perth

Wed 28 Feb Croxton Bandroom, Melbourne

Thu 01 Mar Triffid, Brisbane

 

Sigrid:

Fri 23 Feb The Triffid, Brisbane

Wed 28 Feb Corner Hotel, Melbourne

 

The Head and the Heart:

Thu 01 Mar Corner Hotel, Melbourne

09:30

Celebrities Share The Love As Australia Votes Yes "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Local and international celebrities have congratulated Australia for todays announcement of a yes vote in the same-sex marriage postal survey. On Wednesday morning, the Australian Bureau of Statistics announced the yes vote had prevailed in the survey with more than 61% of the vote. National treasure Magda Szubanski, who campaigned tirelessly for the yes vote, ...

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09:29

Same-sex marriage postal survey results to be announced "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Yes vote, is on track to win the same-sex marriage vote today(Image:wiki).

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull expects the yes vote to triumph when the results are announced this morning.

The announcement will be made by the Australian Bureau of Statistics in Canberra at 10 am Australian Eastern standard time and 9 am Brisbane time.

Electronic Database to Reveal Political Donations

Details of donations to political parties will be revealed to voters via a new real-time electronic disclosure system.

09:24

Yoga "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

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Clare Fleming & Reconnect Yoga invite you to a chanting spring-clean!

Our 3-week course will cover the Ganapati-Prarthana chant.
 
Ganapati (Ganesha) is honored as the remover of obstacles, the destroyer of fatigue, and he is thought to be an embodiment of wisdom and the leader of an army of demigods.
The Ganapati-prrthan is a chant seeking benefaction from Ganapati (Ganesha), the elephant God.  The chant is usually used at the start of a new project or any endeavor, to seek unhindered accomplishment. It comes from the Taittirirya-samhit (2.3.14.53)
In these sessions, we will focus on some variations in approach to this chant.
The sessions will be a combination of Sat and Sunday afternoon.
Week 1, Sat 18th Nov - 4-5pm (1hour)
Week 2, Sun 26th Nov - 2-3:30pm (1.5hrs)
Week 3, Sat 2nd Dec - 4-5:30 pm (1.5hours)
Cost:$115
Presenter: Clare Fleming

09:17

What are the Penalties for Steroids in NSW? "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Before 2014, the possession of drugs classified as anabolic steroids was primarily regulated by the Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Act 1966, which dealt with the substances in much the same way as other prescription drugs. However in 2014, the NSW government reclassified the drugs as narcotics which brought the penalties in line with drugs like

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09:11

The peoples paid parking resistance movement gathers in solidarity "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Russian mens choir Dustyesky lifted spirits on a damp Saturday for the No Paid Parking Rally. Photo Jeff Dawson

Russian mens choir Dustyesky lifted spirits on a damp Saturday for the No Paid Parking Rally. Photo Jeff Dawson

Despite the cold and rainy weather, round 300 Brunswick Heads residents and business owners rallied on Saturday to send a message to councillors they dont want paid parking. 

It follows a 4,500-signature petition against paid parking, which was handed to Council on October 20.

Led by both the towns chamber of commerce and progress association, protesters instead propose a combination of reducing time restrictions and stepping up enforcement, are the recommendations of Councils commissioned traffic report.

Resident Vivienne Pearson said, It was a sea of red, including caps that were handed out bearing slogans like Hands off Bruns and No to Paid Parking. Even visitors, who didnt know about the rally, eagerly donned the caps and lent their ears and voices in support.

There were 11 speakers, including comedian Mandy Nolan and councillor Alan Hunter, along with local residents and business owners.

Cr Hunter said, The community in Brunswick is so much dependent on small businesses. There are no superstores here and we want it to stay that way. So Im with you guys.

Ms Pearson said, I have worked in marketing-related fields and I have worked in research. The telephone and online surveys are a key part of the councils consultation and should belong firmly in the research camp. Sadly they arent. The survey more closely resembles a marketing exercise than true consultation.

Its a sentiment shared by Kim Rosen from the Brunswick Heads Visitor Centre and Chamber of Commerce. The consultation process has been a farce, she says. The survey showed significant bias, a concern which was confirmed by a statistician.

Dismissive mayor

She added, Every element of the consultation has r...

09:00

Marriage survey results liveblog "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

10:34am The result was reasonably consistent across the country. The AEC classifies seats into four regional types. The vote was best in the inner metro, and worst in outer metro.

State Yes vote Turnout
Inner Metropolitan 65.68 81.17
Outer Metropolitan 58.46 79.32
Provincial 62.84 79.60
Rural 59.89 77.97

10:34am And heres the same info as a table:

State Yes vote Turnout
ACT 74.04 82.44
NSW 57.75 79.46
NT 60.57 58.37
QLD 60.74 77.92
SA 62.45....

08:33

Keating warns of China-US relationship "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Former prime minister Paul Keating. AAP Image/POOL/Mick Tsikas

Former prime minister Paul Keating. AAP Image/POOL/Mick Tsikas

Paul Keating warns Australias greatest challenge will be determined by how the relationship between China and the United States plays out over the next 20 years.

For Australia, there is no bigger threat than a breakdown of co-operation between the US and China, the former prime minister told the annual Committee for Economic Development of Australia dinner in Sydney on Tuesday.

We must do all we can to resist such an impasse, he said referring to escalation in tension between the two superpowers.

America is still and will remain our security alliance partner, the worlds predominant military power and a great democracy.

He told diners Australia had an overwhelming interest in making sure the two powerful states co-exist harmoniously.

Mr Keating said he believed the recent meeting between US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping to have been encouraging.

During this meeting Mr Trump referred to President Xi Jinping as a great friend and said the Chinese people should be proud to have him as their leader.

Despite the appearance of a growing bromance, Mr Keating said there was no real evidence of progress on the key issues of the USs massive trade imbalance or North Koreas nuclear program.

He said Australia had no interest in publicly or privately encouraging the US or China down the path of crude economic nationalism.

Mr Keating said in government he had been committed to market reforms but always alongside the economic and social imperatives of inclusion and justice.

However the US lacked this balance.

We can see in America today what the loss of these balances means, watching the extremes of income and wealth rip at the fabric of American society.

As time has passed we can see how superior Australias model under Labor has been.

However Mr Keating added despite Australias prosperity he had a growing concern for income distribution is becoming more unequal and our wealth distribution much more so.

The post...

08:29

Vaccine could give hope to cancer patients "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Australian researchers are working on a revolutionary vaccine to help people in their fight against breast and gastric cancer.

The vaccine, developed by Melbourne-based biopharmaceutical company Imugene, is designed to treat patients with higher-than-normal levels of the HER2 protein which can cause cancer to become more aggressive.

Imugenes chief scientific officer Ursula Wiedermann said the vaccine helps stimulate a patients immune system to fight the cancer and could in future be used in combination with chemotherapy, radiation and other treatments.

Repeated doses of the vaccine would continue to be given to patients to help keep cancer at bay.

Its like tetanus, you need a booster vaccine to keep the memory of the immune system activated, Prof Wiedermann told News Corp.

The HER-vaxx is currently being trialled among gastric cancer patients in Asia.

The HER2 protein, also known as human epidermal growth factor receptor 2, helps cells grow and divide.

But when too much of the protein is produced in the body it can cause cancer to grow faster and spread.

About one in five people have HER2-positive breast cancer.

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08:13

Mulching program could kill Brunswick Heads cypress pines "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Some of the historic coastal cypress pines surviving in the Terrace reserve.

Some of the historic coastal cypress pines surviving in the Terrace reserve.

The Trust managing the Terrace Reserve Holiday Park in Brunswick Heads have again been accused of attempting to kill off protected trees to increase their commercial camping activities.

On November 8, resident Patricia Warren told The Echo that mulch had been dumped around the vulnerable trees, which is at odds with the advice of Byron Shire Councils ecology report and that of a local native nursery.

In reply, the CEO of the government-owned NSW Crown Holiday Parks Trust (NSWCHPT), Steve Edmonds, told The Echo that since gaining advice from their arborist on the mulching, they have since ceased works.

Mark Dunphy of Firewheel Rainforest Nursery told The Echo, These cypress trees grow in sand and are not used to being mulched. Its definitely not a good thing and could well kill them.

Additionally, a spokesperson from the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) confirmed with The Echo OEH received the notification on the matter from Byron Shire Council and is investigating.

The Echo asked NSWCHPT if there is a report that supports mulching and whether seedlings have been planted as compensation for the removal of two Coastal Cypress Pines.

NSWCHPT CEO Steve Edmonds replied, The Terrace Reserves vegetation management plan recommends that to maximise the lifespan of existing trees, mulch should be applied to the critical root zone of the Coastal Cypress Pines as this would decrease competition from grasses and maintain soil moisture and fertility.

This vegetation management plan was prepared by environmental consultants in 2011 and was referred to in the parks plan of management, which was adopted in 2014.

This vegetation management plan is the document which has been adopted to provide guidance in managing the Coastal Cypress Pines at Terrace Reserve amongst other vegetation within...

08:00

SWIM INTO SUMMER WITH THE YARRA ROUGHIES "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Like swimming? Why not check out the Masters Program with local swimming legends, the Yarra Roughies.

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08:00

JUMPING JUNIPER, ITS GIN CLUB "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

The Mill House has set up Gin Club and believe me, this is a club you want to neb part of.

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07:50

Supporting survivors of childhood sexual abuse "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Hearfelt house in Wollongbar, Lismore. Photo supplied.

Hearfelt house in Wollongbar, Lismore. Photo supplied.

Supporting a survivor of childhood sexual abuse as a partner, friend, non-offending parent, sibling, work colleague, family member or adult child of a survivor can often leave people feeling helpless in knowing what is going on and how to support them, said Heidi Tornow, program development coordinator for Heartfelt House near Lismore.

Eyes Wide Open is a seminar aimed at helping the people in a relationship with an adult survivor of childhood sexual abuse, from a partner or work colleague to family members, to both understand and help the person they love and care for.

Children feel deeply betrayed when a trusted adult sexually abuses them. Their sense of safety is shattered and they often feel intense shame and guilt and that it was their fault that the abuse took place, said Heidi.

This can and often does continue into adulthood, affecting their capacity to have fulfilling relationships and friendships. Many decide to rather live in isolation than admitting to someone they care about, what has happened to them.

People who are in the immediate environment of a survivor truly care about their partner/ friend/ sibling/ adult daughter or son but feel often helpless in knowing what is going on and how to support them.

The seminar aims to creating understanding of the myths around child sexual abuse, grooming, coping strategies and potential ways  to support survivors in empowering ways.

Seminars are run twice a year and there are four places left for the upcoming seminar this Saturday, November 18. Bookings are essential and can be made on 6628 8940.

Adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse are invited to contact Heartfelt House to apply for participation in its 18-week group program Taking the First Steps. For more information you can look them up online ...

07:48

Man charged over Pacific Motorway double fatality "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The driver of a vehicle that crashed, killing two passengers, in the Tweed earlier this year has now been charged.

About 4.20pm on Sunday, August 13, police were called to the Pacific Motorway, Cudgera Creek, following reports a silver Toyota Camry had left the roadway and collided with a cement bridge and landed in a culvert.

Officers from Tweed/Byron Local Area Command and NSW Ambulance paramedics attended; however, two women, aged 64 and 46, both died at the scene.

A 47-year-old man and a 14-year-old boy were treated at the scene and airlifted to Gold Coast University Hospital with non life threatening injuries.

Police from the Richmond Crash Investigation Unit commenced an investigation resulting in a 47-year-old man attending Tweed Heads Police Station yesterday (Tuesday, November 14).

He was charged with dangerous driving occasioning death and negligent driving occasioning death.

He was refused bail and put before Tweed Heads Local Court where he was granted bail.

His next court appearance is scheduled for January 17.

 

 

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07:45

Byron Council seeks to resolve Broken Head parking issue "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Beachgoers parking along the sides of Seven Mile Beach Road hindered emergency services' access to an injured man on Sunday (September 24). Photo Ian Cohen

Beachgoers parking along the sides of Seven Mile Beach Road hindered emergency services access to an injured man on Sunday, September 24. Photo Ian Cohen

The issue between residents along Seven Mile Beach Road, Broken Head, who want limited to no parking, and those wanting access to the beaches was tabled at Councils November 2 meeting.

Director infrastructure services Phil Holloway told councillors that they have been working with residents for some time on the issue and the current signs were replaced after the signs were vandalised.

It happens nearly on a weekly basis, he said. We had meetings with RMS, police and residents and have developed an action plan. Putting rocks along the road deters parking, he said, which is needed in case of an emergency.

While he said the signage replacement was originally a direction from the local traffic committee (LTC), Mr Holloway did admit that We werent using the LTC as a sounding board for every range of issue that could occur on that road.

Meanwhile, mayor Simon Richardson told the chamber he congratulates staff for coming to an outcome. 

Its one of the most biodiverse regions in the state, he said. The dust on the road has serious impacts residents have asked for it to be a closed road. The risk of bushfire is high. Staff are in a bind.

Yet the mayor did acknowledge that, We havent communicated before acting.

This [issue] hasnt gone out in the public its been a response to the residents. They are a persistent group.

Cr Sarah Ndiayes motion was eventually supported, which asks staff to provide a report on the current issues facing the Seven Mile Beach community and the Broken Head nature reserve and indicative costings and consi...

07:39

Local preschools receive infrastructure grants "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Byron Bay Preschool. Photo Byron4Kids

Byron Bay Preschool. Photo Byron4Kids

Byron Bay, Lismore and Goonellabah preschools will benefit from recent NSW government infrastructure grants.

Parliamentary secretary for northern NSW Ben Franklin (Nationals) said the Start Strong grants will go towards constructing a new building at Byron Bay Preschool, a new room at Goonellabah Preschool and a purpose built flood resilient structure at Lismore Preschool.

He said, The north coasts future doctors, teachers and lawyers are being shaped in our preschools as we speak, so it really is an investment in the future of our community. 

The government press release claims that the grants build on their recent announcement that preschool fees in NSW have reduced by an average of 25 per cent, following an historic investment of $330 million to ensure more children have access to 600 hours of quality, affordable early childhood education. 

But local NSW MP Tamara Smith (Greens) told The Echo, The Start Strong funding is purely for infrastructure, so there is no evidence it will reduce fees.

NSW spends the lowest amount per child as a percentage of state expenditure; NSW has the lowest proportion of spending in the country at 0.4 per cent.

Parents in NSW have to pay more than any other state to access preschool services, so its no wonder we also have the lowest participation rate and lowest attendance rate in preschool for children in the year before starting school.

The government is aiming for 15 hours per week at preschool in the year before school, when most children are aged four, but many other countries have free, full-time early childhood education for two years before school so NSW is a mile behind.

We have a lot of ground to make up, and providing infrastructure grants alone will not address the extent to which our children need to catch up to their peers in other states and other countries.

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07:05

Sun shines on cycle challenge "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

First across the line in what was a challenging training ride for these experienced riders were, from left, Dwaine Weston of Traralgon, Jason Strickland Traralgon, Clem Fries Phillip Island, Ben Challis ex-Leongatha now Narre Warren, David Gafa Traralgon and Matt Vanint Melbourne. m734617

There was plenty to do at the 7th annual Bass Coast Cycle Challenge in Inverloch last Sunday with a number of running distances also offered for adults and children. m724617

Among the drivers in the billy cart racing at the Bass Coast Cycle Challenge were Emma, Simon and Erin. m844617

There was time to take in the coastal scenery for these two riders participating in the Bass Coast Cycle Challenge. m744617

07:04

Golf tournament a golden vein for local charity "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Anthony Magarry from Lismore City Council, a member of the Local Government Charity Golf Day organising committee, and Our Kids fundraising coordinator Rebekka Battista with the new AccuVein AV400, which helps medical professionals find veins easier and administer needles to children more efficiently. Photo supplied.

Anthony Magarry from Lismore City Council, a member of the Local Government Charity Golf Day organising committee, and Our Kids fundraising coordinator Rebekka Battista with the new AccuVein AV400, which helps medical professionals find veins easier and administer needles to children more efficiently. Photo supplied.

For thirty-five years the annual Local Government Charity Golf Day has been raising money for charity and this year they exceeded their target by $2,000 and raised a whopping $11,000. The money has been donated to Our Kids, enabling the charity to purchase three pieces of life-saving equipment for the emergency and paediatric departments at Lismore Base Hospital.

The golf day was attended by more than 145 golfers and this years target was to raise $9000 to purchase an AccuVein AV400 that digitally displays a map of the vasculature on the surface of the skin in real time, making administering needles to children more efficient and reduces discomfort.

This piece of equipment will help the medical team diagnose and treat our children and babies much better, Our Kids fundraising coordinator Rebekka Battista said.

This is will have such a big impact to our families in the region.

Rebekka explained that the extra $2000 would go toward purchasing other important items for mums and bubs in the Special Care Nursery at Lismore Base Hospital.

Two feeding armchairs are much needed in the new Special Care Nursery feeding room, Rebekka said.

This is where mums take the bub out of the humidicrib or cot and spend time with their little ones in privacy to give skin-to- skin treatment and breastfeed. At present there is no such chair, only an office chair, which has been uncomfortable for our mums who have just given birth.

An...

06:58

A Climate Friendly Gippsland Business Black Rainbow Printing "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

Charley Daniel, proprietor of Black Rainbow Printing, has been an environmental activist for most of his life. A natural part of his activism leading by example was the establishment of his printing business in 1987. Originally located in Gelantipy the business is now located just north of Bairnsdale at Mount Lookout. It is little known that in 2008 Black Rainbow was acknowledged as one of the top environmentally responsible printers in the worldwide Heidelberg International Eco Printing Awards.

The business is climate friendly for a number of reasons starting with the impressive array of solar panels which powers all of Black Rainbows operations. Associated with this is the use of 100% recycled paper in all the operations as part of the protection of native forests. Charley was amongst those small group of heroes tirelessly advocating for the preservation of native forests long before climate change was even recognised. He is well aware of the value of these forests as a carbon store and through his management and protection of 100 acres of native forest in East Gippsland. As a carbon sink the business is carbon negative that is it sequests more carbon than it produces.

A selection from the long list of other climate friendly credentials on his website includes: Australias first green printers, still setting international benchmarks for environmentally responsible printing; specialising in the use of recycled, alternative fibre and reclaimed papers and environmentally responsible stocks; Thoroughly research(ing) the origin of paper and the authenticity of manufacturers environmental claims; Fully recycle 100% of all paper waste in our paper recovery program; Reduce, re-use, recycle in all aspects of our business operations and lobbying paper manufacturers (1980s) to supply responsible stocks resulting in first Australian availability.

Of his recent extra activities Charley is the retiring secretary of the Gippsland Environment Group. On a personal note he has done a number of small printing jobs for me pamphlets, posters, How to Vote and Business Cards for my political candidacy (mostly as a climate independent) in various elections over the last few years. In this he has been competitive and generous in his time and labour.

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06:43

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06:30

1) NZ's Peters asked to help end Papua standoff "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"


2) Unidentified gunmen attack Freeport car, injure one
3) THE SHOOTING OCCURRED AGAIN IN TEMBAGAPURA, A WOUNDED FREEPORT EMPLOYEE
4) Food Allotment for Papua Hostages Blocked by Armed Group: Police
5) Police Use Persuasive Approach to Face Armed Groups in Papua

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1) NZ's Peters asked to help end Papua standoff

12:04 pm on 14 November 2017 
New Zealand Foreign Minister Winston Peters is being asked to appeal to Jakarta to peacefully negotiate an end a stand off in Papua.

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06:25

A piece of Byron history set for renewal "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Business partners Phil Taylor and Parkway Drives Ben Gordon. Photo Jeff Dawson

Business partners Phil Taylor and Parkway Drives Ben Gordon. Photo Jeff Dawson

Ben Gordons latest project outside touring and recording with metalcore band Parkway Drive will soon be unveiled along Bangalow Rd.

Hes in the process of renovating Macs Milk Bar and hopes to be open by the beginning of December.

Ben says, When I initially saw that the building was for sale, my first thought was that it would be a real shame if a foreign investor or Sydney developer type ended up buying it and ripping it down or turning it into something the community didnt want.

Its an old iconic building that has been there for a long time so I felt compelled to try to protect it. I remember walking there after school and buying two-cent lollies in the early 90s.

History

We looked into the history of the building and found out that it has been a general store since 1947. It was built by Andy and June Blair for their son, who returned home from World War II.

Its had several different names in that time, such as Walls Store, Greys Store and it wasnt until the mid- 80s that it was named Macs Milk Bar. 

Weve tried to honour the building as much as possible by bringing it back to its original form using recycled materials from that same era, as well as putting a lot of thought and effort into small details.

Its been even more rewarding having my dad there to add his old-school touch, as he has been building and renovating houses in Byron for the last 50 years.

Main goals

Our main goals are to support locals, both customers and suppliers/producers, and to also be as environmentally conscious as possible. Everything from using recycled materials for the fit-out, to being solar powered, to having as little plastic as possible and also offering customer incentives for making an effort too.

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00:29

Anyone else in Cairns having problems with Optus NBN internet? "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Hey fellow Cairns dwellers, I currently live in Westcourt and Im just wondering if anyone else is having problems with Optus NBN as well like I am. Currently, I keep getting network dropouts that happen at least 5 times a day and last for at least 2 hours. This has been going on for a good couple of months and I had similar problems when I had NBN first installed just last year. My network is also Fiber To The Premisise so there shouldnt be any node or copper problems causing it. Im so tempted to just cancel my contract but thats going to cost me $500 dollars. So anyway, anyone else having problems with Optus NBN in cairns?

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00:16

On 15 November 2017 the far-right of both Coalition parties are going to attempt to scuttle genuine marriage equality in Australia "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


Liberal senator James Patersons private members bill to protect religious freedoms would enshrine exceptionalism discriminating against gays. Gays would be allowed to marry, but anyone and everyone who wanted to deny them service would be legally allowed to do so. We dont tolerate such discrimination based on race or ethnicity. [Professor of Politics, University of Western Australia, Peter van Onselen writing in The Australian, 13 November 2017]


It comes as no surprise that this bill is being sponsored by that chinless wonder, former Institute of Public Affairs member and Liberal Senator for Victoria James William Paterson (pictured left).


The Australian, 13 November 2017:

A conservative-backed same-sex marriage bill enshrining wide-reaching shield laws for celebrants, businesses, educators, charities and parents opposed to gay marriage will be taken to the Coalition partyroom in a looming showdown over freedom of speech and religious protections....

00:15

International Criminal Court: cause and effect? "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


As detailed in previous reporting, the Office has found that the information available provides a reasonable basis to believe that crimes under articles 7 and 8 of the Statute have been committed in the situation in Afghanistan, including crimes against humanity of murder under article 7(1)(a), and imprisonment or other severe deprivation of physical liberty under article 7(1)(e); murder under article 8(2)(c)(i); cruel treatment under article 8(2)(c)(i); outrages upon personal dignity under article 8(2)(c)(ii); the passing of sentences and carrying out of executions without previous judgement pronounced by a regularly constituted court under article 8(2)(c)(iv); intentionally directing attacks against the civilian population or against individual civilians under article 8(2)(e)(i); intentionally directing attacks against personnel, material, units or vehicles involved in a humanitarian assistance under article 8(2)(e)(iii); intentionally directing attacks against buildings dedicated to education, cultural objects, places of worship and similar institutions under article 8(2)(e)(iv); and treacherously killing or wounding a combatant adversary under article 8(2)(e)(ix). [International Criminal Court (ICC), The Office of the Prosecutor, Report on Preliminary Examination Activities (2015), p27]

It is hard not to suspect a link between the International Criminal Court and Austraiian Defence Force investigations, given that the preliminary ICC investigation would have begun sometime between 2013 to 2015 and the Australian Government would have been aware that it might become one of the nations under formal criminal investigation.

CAUSE?

On 30 October 2017 the Presidency of the International Criminal Court (IC...

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21:15

Australia should accept New Zealand offer to resettle refugees: UNHCR "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

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SYDNEY (Reuters) The U.N. refugee agency on Tuesday urged Australia to accept New Zealands offer to resettle 150 refugees from an abandoned Australian-run detention center in Papua New Guinea, as about 450 men remain barricaded inside without food or water.

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An undated image released November 13, 2017 shows detainees staging a protest inside the compound at the Manus Island detention centre in Papua New Guinea. Refugee Action Coalition/Handout via REUTERS

The asylum seekers have been holed up inside the center for the past two weeks defying attempts by Australia and Papua New Guinea to close the facility, saying they fear for their safety if moved to transit centers.

With many detainees complaining of illness bought about by the unsanitary conditions in the camp, the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) urged Australia to allow 150 of them to resettle in New Zealand.

We urge Australia to reconsider this and take up the offer, Nai Jit Lam, deputy regional representative at the UNHCR told Reuters.

Most of the asylum seekers are from Afghanistan, Iran, Myanmar, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Syria.

Australias sovereign borders immigration policy, under which it refuses to allow asylum seekers arriving by boat to reach its shores, has been heavily criticized by the United Nations and human rights groups but has bipartisan political support in Australia.

Australia says allowing asylum seekers arriving by boat to reach its shores would only encourage people smugglers in Asia and see more people risk their lives trying to sail to Australia.

Two motions introduced in Australias parliament by the Labor and Green parties, and passed in the upper house on Tuesday, call on Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to approve the New Zealand proposal.

This is a foul and bloody stain on Australias national conscience, Greens senator Nick McKim t...

20:40

OnlyMelbourne Newsletter #568 "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Read Online Newsletter | #568 | What's On this WeekWelcome to Newsletter | #568 What's On this Week in marvellous Melbourne Tuesday 14th November 2017 to Monday 20th November 2017 Djerriwarrh Festival - Melton Saturday, November 18 - Melton Recreation Reserve Street Parade, The Lions Club Carnival, International food bazaar, Sustainable Lane, Get Active Expo, Pet Expo, Buskers Tree, Market Stall Village and more.. Djerriwarrh Community Festival 2017 Sidesault at The Melba .nobrtable br { display: none } A festival of experimental circus showcasing emerging and established circus artists. Festival program Nonstop Time In Space Circus 15 - 18 November Party Ghost Poached Eggs and Asparagus 15 - 18 November Relax: Everythings F****d The Syndicate Sideshow 15 - 18 November View Sidesault Program | Book Tickets International Week of the Italian Cuisine .nobrtable br { display: none } Zia Teresa Restaurant in Lygon Street serves a special Calabrian menu with 'rustica' dishes usually reserved for family. Italian Cuisine | Zia Teresa Restaurant | Bookings Johnston Street Fiesta .nobrtable br { display: none } BIENVENIDOS! Hispanic-Latin American Festival will be held on Saturday & Sunday November 18th and 19th on Johnston Street Fitzroy. Johnston Street Fiesta 2017 Whitehorse Art Show 2017 .nobrtable br { display: none } The Rotary Club of Box Hill is proud to present the 53rd Whitehorse Art Show in the Box Hill Town Hall. 16 - 19 November 2017 | Whitehorse Art Show 2017 Mind Body Spirit Festival .nobrtable br { display: none } Australias largest health, wellbeing and natural therapies event at Melbourne Exhibition Centre. Mind Body Spirit Festival 2017 Eureka Climb 2017 .nobrtable br { display: none } Get set for Australias biggest tower climb and raise money for the events charity partners Whitelion and Interplast. Eureka Climb | Eureka Tower JDRF One Walk .nobrtable br { display: none } JDRF One Walk on Sunday 19th November at Alexandra Gardens is the worlds biggest type 1 diabetes fundraising event. JDRF One Walk Archibald Prize Exhibition .nobrtable br { display: none } The prestigious Archibald Prize Exhibition now showing at Geelong Gallery until 10 December 2017. Archibald Prize Exhibition 2017 | Geelong Gallery | Tickets Online The Book of Mormon | Final Days .nobrtable br { display: none } Winner of nine Tony Awards, the best musical of this century ends on 22 November 2017. The Book of Mormon | Book Online Now Launch Weekend | The District Docklands .nobrtable br { display: none } Melbourne is invited to a new look Harbour Town shopping centre with a sneak peek, open weekend including FREE entertainment, activities and entry into some of Melbournes top attractions. Launch Weekend | The District Docklands Night Noodle Markets |...

16:47

Mullum Festival Cup Exchange "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Ever felt dismayed by the large number of disposable cups used at festivals?

Stone & Wood and Mullum Music Festival will be eliminating single-use cups from the festival with the launch of their Cup Exchange.

Sarah Blomkamp from the local brewery said that they had devoted a crazy amount of time to finding a viable alternative. Were just stoked to be able to trial it at the festival and hopefully be able to integrate this solution at more events in the future, she said.

The cups should never end up in landfill. Drinkers will be able to purchase their cup with their first drink. The cup can then be taken home to be used again and again or returned for a refund. For those drinkers wishing to have another beer they can exchange it for a fresh cup for no extra cost. All cups will be removed offsite and commercially washed to Australian Food Safety standards. The cups will then be returned to Stone & Wood to be used for future events.

Stone & Wood hope that the Mullum Festival trial will be successful, leading to every Stone & Wood event nationally eventually using these cups.

The cups do not need to be recycled in commercial recycling centres because they are all 100 per cent recycled back at cup manufacturer and supplier Globelet.

Globelet cups are made of polypropylene #5, which is BPA free, tough and durable and made to withstand high heats ensuring the cups will last 100s of washes or years of events.

And for those who want to be assured that every detail has been considered, the waste water produced by the Globelet washing procedure is non-polluting as it uses a washing solution that is environmentally friendly and created by ECOSTORE.

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To add nail-biting drama the cups arrived just two days before the Festival here is Stone & Wood Green Coast in the 420ml schooner cups.

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14:58

Meet our everyday heroes giving hope to wildlife "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

WIRES has a phenomenal success rate in rescuing native animals in need in New South Wales.


There are so many people who contribute to this success, from concerned members of the public, to our amazing volunteer rescuers and carers, to our staff, donors and supporters. To us, these people are everyday heroes.

The spring and summer months are some of the busiest times of year for the WIRES rescue office and our branch volunteers. During August WIRES received more than 9,000 calls and during September this rose to nearly 15,000.

One of these calls resulted in an amazing reunion between a Brushtail possum and her young offspring at an apartment in Sydney.

Rebecca and her childrenWhen Rebecca from Dee Why moved her barbeque cover and it seemed much heavier than normal, she instinctively knew that an animal had taken up residence inside. When a large possum darted out underneath and leapt to the safety of a nearby tree, Rebecca could see that it had panicked and left its young one trapped in the cover.

As Rebecca was located on the first floor and did not have direct access to the trees opposite her balcony, she did not know how she could reunite the young one with its mother.

I called WIRES, and two rescuers came out. One of them reached in and gently removed the baby possum, explained Rebecca.

She went downstairs to the people below us, and they let her put a ladder against a tree which allowed her to put the baby fairly high up in the tree.
What happened next surprised everyone.

The baby climbed up the tree in the direction of the mother possum, she said.

The mum kept jumping away but then she realised it was her baby and came back.

The baby jumped onto a twig that nearly broke and the mum caught her just in time, said Rebecca, whose daughters were watching the whole scene with fascination.

It was really gorgeous. When they were reunited, the mother grabbed the baby and cuddled it and then put it on her back, she said.

NatalieWIRES volunteer rescuer and carer Natalie attended the call. Natalie and her mother, also a WIRES volunteer, have rescued scores o...

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