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Sunday, 15 July

21:20

The Sports Gene "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

As this is my second sports-related post in a row, you might be thinking Whats happening with James? Where are the show tunes and theatre reviews youve come to associate with me and this blog? The truth is I dont really have much of a sports gene. As a child I was never naturally gifted in that area. As well

20:23

1) Human rights groups urge police, military to withdraw from Nduga "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"


2) Statement from Benny Wenda on Indonesian military attacks in Nduga, West Papua.
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1) Human rights groups urge police, military to withdraw from Nduga
Gemma Holliani Cahya
Jakarta | Sun, July 15, 2018 | 01:30 pm
Human rights activists have urged the National Police and the Indonesian Military to withdraw their joint operation from Alguru in Kenyam, Nduga regency, Papua, after a shootout between security personnel and unknown armed assailants.
We urge the police and the military to stop their security operation in Alguru village, the activists said in a press release on Saturday. 
The activists, which comprised members of 13 non-governmental organizations, including the Papua Legal Aid...

18:27

Just a heads up for anyone planning to go the the show this week "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Remember to bring your reusable plastic bags to get your show bag items

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16:43

Grey Falcon & Diamantina National Park "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Grey Falcon

In April last year I visited Lark Quarry and other sites in the channel country of western Queensland with Scott Baker and Bernie O'Keefe in search of Night Parrots and other goodies. The three of us decided it was time for another foray so we returned to the region, this time checking out the southern end of the Brighton Downs cattle property and the northern sector of Diamantina National Park along the main road (2-4 July). 

Diamantina National Park

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15:21

Leyonhjelm rejects misandry claim by Hanson-Young: not all men are rapists "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Senator Fraser Anning moves a sensible motion to protect women from violence and allows self-protection

from Senator David Leyonhjelm

A number of supporters have contacted me in the last week to clarify what was said in the senate and why in the exchange with Sarah Hanson-Young. You may have heard media discussion, but many media accounts have lied about, misrepresented or distorted what I said.

The purpose of this email is to correct the record and allow you to judge for yourself.

The Greens nutcase Hanson-young should stop shagging men according to Senator Leyjhohelm

Timeline

18/06/2018 Senator Hanson-Young appeared on Sunrise following the rape and murder of Eurydice Dixon to speak on womens safety. During this interview she said:

I think that women around this country are sick and tired of being made to feel responsible for the fact that men cannot control themselves and deal with their own issues. Its not womens fault that men behave like morons and like pigs.

28/06/2018 Senator Anning introduced a motion in the Senate calling for women to be permitted to...

14:51

NSW traffic cops prey on farmers drought misfortune "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Cops hit hapless truck drivers with unlawful traffic fines

NSW Liberal Government just as bad as Labor when it comes to farmers and the transport industry

from The Land

Hay carriers are upset that they are being targetted for minor infringements on the Newell Highway as they try to bring relief to drought-hit farms.

Scores of hay trucks travel the Newell Highway each day, bringing hay up from Victoria, but according to one driver the Roads and Maritime Service inspectors were  picking them off almost one by one.

One major place to stop trucks was in the park at  Narrandera where Eugowra truck driver Peter Cox was hit with a $330 fine but no infringement- for being over length. Ironically, if he had just one bale on the back of his truck he wouldnt have copped a fine. But because he had 43 bales, his split-tray truck was classified as having two divisible loads.

He had to undergo a drugs test and face a log book inspection. Hed never been through a drugs test before. Well, this is your first, an officer said.

Peter Coxs truck is pulled over at Narrandera and classified as overlength. He was drug tested, his log book...

14:22

US agrees to Full Implementation of United Nations gun control pact "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Has Australia and Foreign Minister Julie Bishop also agreed to sign us up?

Posted on July 8, 2018

Free Thought Project by Rachel Blevins

While the United States is typically set apart from other countries when it comes to gun laws, a recent conference with the United Nations has raised major red flags, as the U.S. agreed to enact full implementation of an international agreement on gun control that will violate Americans constitutional rights by adding their personal information to a global database.

The Third Review Conference (RevCon) of the United Nations Program of Action (PoA) on Small Arms and Light Weapons was held in New York last week with a 2018 agreement, which states that its purpose is to serve as a renewed commitment to prevent, combat and eradicate the illicit trade in small arms and light weapons in all its aspects.

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14:01

Future Of Media: Every Time You Share A Daily Mail Story, An Independent Journalist Somewhere Dies "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Over the weekend, New Matilda editor Chris Graham spoke on a panel at the Adelaide Festival of Ideas with Amanda Pepe (from the Adelaide Review) and Professor Peter Fray, Co-director of the Centre for Media Transition, University of Technology Sydney. The topic was Future of Media, and specifically asked these questions: Given the 24/7 news cycle and even faster social media platforms, how can we control information? Is this development the ultimate democratisation of what used to be strictly-controlled offerings of the powerful few? Whos making sure were not being duped? Below is a speech Chris Graham prepared, but never delivered (the group just chatted instead).

One of the key questions in todays discussion is given our new, fast-paced media world, how can we control information?

I think the short answer is we cant. And to be honest, I dont think we really should anyway. I think government believes its job is to control information, and I can see some cases where thats obviously necessary national security, commercial in confidence etc etc. But in this day and age I think theres a lot of overreach by government in the control of information. The current prosecution of Witness K in the East Timor oil and gas scandal is a disgraceful, outrageous example of that.

I think traditional media has also felt a strong desire to and indeed has a long history of controlling information. I think theres a lot of overreach in that area as well. Ill give you an example.

Tomorrow, Im getting on a plane to fly to Italy. From there I board a boat in Sicily to sail to Gaza, in Palestine. Im there to report on the Freedom Flotilla Coalition, an international group (with representation in Australia) which, every year or so, organizes a few boats from across the world to try and break the Israeli imposed naval blockade on Gaza.

Now, wherever your politics reside on the question of Israel and Palestine, its undeniably a news story. Its undeniably information in the public interest. In the past, Australian media coverage has either tended to ignore the Flotillas entirely, or tended towards mockery and criticism. And yet, its basically universally accepted save for a few countries that Israels blockade of Gaza is illegal under international law. The Human Rights Council of the United Nations says it is, for example.

Gaza is the worlds largest outdoor prison a jail to almost 2 million people. And yet most of the time, we only see it in the news when Israel is slaughtering people. And even then our media strives for balance as though theres a balanced way to report the deaths of hundreds, sometimes thousands of unarmed Palestinians at the hands of one of the worlds most powerful armies.

Ironically, the only way I can see Australian media taking an interest in....

12:51

Baza's call carries killer rhyme "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

The Baza is an honest bird
Whose 'Ee-chew' rings true to word
For frogs and insects in the trees
'Ee-chew' equals  'Eat-you', if you please




Pleased to Eat-you. Oops, I mean, meet you.

12:16

NSW Police Face Brutality Hearing over Brutal Assault of Naked Teen "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim The Law Enforcement Conduct Commission (LECC) has called for a second public hearing into the brutal arrest of a naked sixteen year old boy in the Northern New South Wales town of Byron Bay. The Commission is investigating the use of excessive force during the arrest, which occurred in

The post NSW Police Face Brutality Hearing over Brutal Assault of Naked Teen appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.

11:05

Does a Rise in Immigrants Correspond with an Increase in Crime? "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

By Zeb Holmes and Ugur Nedim US President Donald Trump has repeatedly claimed that any rise in undocumented immigration will lead to increased crime rates. Its looking like [the Democrats] really want open borders, and they want really crime to pour in, Mr Trump has said, labelling undocumented Mexican immigrants as murderers and rapists The

The post Does a Rise in Immigrants Correspond with an Increase in Crime? appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.

10:00

Byron Bay Writers Festival 2018: Hot-topic sessions you wont want to miss "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Saturday 4 August

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Saturday begins with the perennial issue of the Abuse of Power and Privilege, with author Bri Lee and investigative journalists Allan Clarke and Louise Milligan tackling big institutions from personal and professional perspectives.

In Anxiety: is it Just Me? well known authors Matt Haig, Sarah Wilson, Michael Ableman and local debut author Jarrah Dundler will shed light on the prevailing mental health issue of our time.

Thinking from a fresh perspective may be as simple as switching the power imbalance of gender so we invite you to join Anne Aly, Jacqui Lambie and Bri Lee to ponder What if Women Ruled the World.

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07:20

Upcycling Denim "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Did you know that a new pair of jeans can take up to 13 years worth of drinking water to make? After reading that, I went to the laundry and rescued the boys torn jeans from the rag pile and mended the ones that were still wearable. Theyve still got plenty of life in them []

07:15

1) What's Left to Resolve in Indonesia's $3.9b Mine Deal With Freeport? "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"


2) Expert: Freeport Shares Divestment to Harm State
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1) What's Left to Resolve in Indonesia's $3.9b Mine Deal With Freeport?
By : Fergus Jensen | on 2:27 PM July 14, 2018




Vehicles used for transporting workers to t...

00:16

Scammers have cloned MyGov website and are sending out fake emails "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


Stay Smart Online, 4 July 2018:

Scammers have set up a clone of the myGov website to trick you into sharing your login and bank account details.

The scam starts with a phishing email that looks like it is from Medicare, asking you to update your Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) details, so you can start receiving payments for Medicare benefits and claims.



If you click on the link in the email you are taken a replica of the real myGov website. Youll note the URL includes .net instead of .gov.au, which is an indication the website is not a legitimate Australian Government domain!

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00:15

"Bad actor" Facebook Inc given 500,000 maximum fine - any future breach may cost up to 1.4bn "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


The Guardian, 11 July 20018:

Facebook is to be fined 500,000, the maximum amount possible, for its part in the Cambridge Analytica scandal, the information commissioner has announced.

The fine is for two breaches of the Data Protection Act. The Information Commissioners Office (ICO) concluded that Facebook failed to safeguard its users information and that it failed to be transparent about how that data was harvested by others.

 Facebook has failed to provide the kind of protections they are required to under the Data Protection Act, said Elizabeth Denham, the information commissioner. Fines and prosecutions punish the bad actors, but my real goal is to effect change and restore trust and confidence in our democratic system.

In the first quarter of 2018, Facebook took 500,000 in revenue every five and a half minutes. Because of the timing of the b...

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Saturday, 14 July

20:57

Video: Robert Spencer on Islamic reform, child marriage in Islam, Islamic antisemitism, and more "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

A wide-ranging and somewhat offbeat interview with El Dia out of Melbourne, Australia, hated by the Left and Antifa for being reasonable!

20:13

Bangalow Road truck accident "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

An truck accident near Nashua Road on Bangalow Road has stopped traffic in both directions.

The Transport Management Centre reports the accident occurred just after 7pm Saturday evening (July 14).

Between 7 and 8pm a number of emergency vehicles were heard travelling along Bangalow Road.

Motorists are being advised to use the Pacific Highway and Bruxner Highway as an alternative route.

The post Bangalow Road truck accident appeared first on Echonetdaily.

19:15

Most of Victoria getting under construction "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Jumpin' jackhammers

Don't normally deal in hyberbole on this blog, but gee whizz this header isn't too far off the truth.

When the latest engineering construction figures were released last month they showed a huge ramp up in work yet to be done in Victoria, as a volley of transport and infrastructure projects underway saw the engineering pipeline explode nearly $10 billion higher, to sit at by far the highest ever figure. 

In a recent report on the end of the construction boom, I also noted that of the capital cities only Melbourne presently has the dynamics to sustain an elevated rate of apartment construction, supported by extraordinary population growth

An unprecedented surge in attached dwelling approvals October and November 2017 had become commencements by the first quarter of 2018, as the number of dwellings under construction continued to rise statewide.

Commercial building work in the pipeline is booming, too, doubling in only the past couple of years to more than $8 billion.

The net result is a wild and synchronised upswing in the total pipeline, with the best part of $38 billion of work yet to be done, also a near-doubling in only the past couple of years. 


Nationally construction activity may be set to fall, but clearly this won't happen any time soon in Victoria.

In fact, looking at this chart Melbourne may even experience the opposite problem, being a constraint on capacity!

Residential construction in particular is known to have a strong multiplier effect, so it's qu...

19:03

Mounting collage on canvas "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

We had a full house for Kerries great tutorial on mounting paper and fabric collages onto canvas (with thanks also to Sue Dove for allowing Kerrie to share this technique with our group). Some of Sues inspirational collages are shown below with the ones Kerrie created at her workshop.

Canvas x 4

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17:37

MACKAY Mackay courthouse listings "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

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16:50

Uniting Church Of Australia To Allow Same-Sex Marriages "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Same-sex couples will be allowed to wed in the Uniting Church of Australia after the denominations national body agreed to a policy change on same-sex marriage that will allow ministers the option of conducting them. The church will now have two equal views on marriage to show the diversity of Christian belief among its members ...

The post Uniting Church Of Australia To Allow Same-Sex Marriages appeared first on QNews Magazine.

16:31

Scarlett Johansson Drops Out Of Transgender Role After Backlash "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Scarlett Johansson has dropped out of her role in upcoming drama film Rub & Tug after backlash over her playing a transgender character. The actor was set to play crime kingpin Dante Tex Gill, who was born Lois Jean Gill but identified as a man. Gill operated his massage parlors as fronts for prostitution in ...

The post Scarlett Johansson Drops Out Of Transgender Role After Backlash appeared first on QNews Magazine.

13:30

Urunga Mylestom Chamber of Commerce On the Coffs Coast NSW "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Urunga Mylestom Chamber of Commerce. Serving businesses & the community in Urunga, Mylestom, Bellingen & Coffs Harbour region. Mid North Coast NSW, Au.

Source: Urunga Mylestom Chamber of Commerce On the Coffs Coast NSW

13:28

Dorrigo Tourism Business and Community "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Dorrigo  Australias National Park Capital.The Dorrigo Plateau offers visitors a range of activities for all ages. RV Friendly Explore Dorrigo today!

Source: Dorrigo Tourism Business and Community

13:09

Bellingen Community Markets Bellingen Community Markets "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The Bellingen Community Markets is one of Australias largest and most diverse regional markets. Our vibrant marketplace is home to a fantastic range of

Source: Bellingen Community Markets Bellingen Community Markets

13:03

Taxpayers pay up for Kimba and Hawker residents to be nuclear-educated at Lucas Heights "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

$350k of flights to get nuclear reactions 
Taxpayers have coughed up nearly $350,000 to fly 225 Kimba and Hawker residents to Sydney to learn about nuclear waste, new figures reveal(subscribers only)
https://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/south-australia/federal-government-flies-225-country-residents-to-sydney-to-learn-about-nuclear-waste-ahead-of-august-20-ballot/news-story/432c509816a37f2918c6b7dd7ac85d9c

Nuclear waste debate soars to nearly $350,000 in tax-payer funded trips   the Australian (subscribers only)

11:17

Queensland to Open Serco-run Private Womens Prison "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Queensland corrective services minister Mark Ryan announced on 3 July that Borallon Correctional Centre will be expanded to accommodate 349 more male inmates. Once the new cells are ready, the men will be transferred from the Southern Queensland Correctional Centre. This will allow for that facility to be turned into a womens prison. The minister

The post Queensland to Open Serco-run Private Womens Prison appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.

09:55

In other news: Environmental stories from around the web, July 13, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Weve collected a few stories that were published this week by other news outlets. Tropical forests The Forest Code in Brazil could help both agriculture and the environment, if all of its provisions are carried out (International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis/EurekAlert). In just four years, between 2012 and 2016, Australia lost 5,000 square kilometers (1,930 square miles) of forest in the Great Barrier Reef watershed (The Guardian). A Chinese agency allows the trade in the bones of leopards, a species protected under CITES (Conservation Action Trust). Grazing livestock in forests could help boost sustainable agriculture (CIFOR Forests News). Protected forests in India that are farther from roads had 88 percent less deforestation, new research has found (The Hindu). Other news Scientists in Switzerland are combining drone surveys with image analysis to track wildlife in Africa (Swiss National Science Foundation/EurekAlert). A new analysis shows that the chances of contracting Lyme disease are higher in fragmented forests of the eastern U.S. (Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies/EurekAlert). Trumps Supreme Court nominee has acknowledged the role of humans in climate change (The Atlantic). What would the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court mean for environmental laws? (The New York Times). Ammonia could be a renewable source of energy (Science Magazine). Several species of whales may have disappeared from the Mediterranean due to hunting by ancient Romans (New Scientist). After centuries of brewing beer, Belgium is becoming a more hospitable place for wine production, thanks to climate change (Reuters). Scientists ask

09:08

Put the Nats last or lose your rights to protest "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The NSW government recently gazetted a new regulation under the Crown Lands Management Act that removes the right to peaceful assembly, gathering or protest on public land anywhere in NSW. This is a wholesale attack on the tradition of democracy that can only be described as totalitarian. Under the new law any assembly [...]

06:44

1) Papuans ask police to withdraw from Nduga "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"


2) EMERGENCY SITUATION in West Papua. Indonesian military attacks West Papuan village.

3) Police, TNI Pursue of Armed Men in Papua

4) Hostilities continue in Nduga, Papua
5) Papuan leaders protest Indonesian attack on village
6) A guide to understanding the Freeport divestment deal
7) Freeport remains tight-lipped on fate of furlough workers
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05:03

MACKAY Mackay man pleads guilty to more than a dozen crimes "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

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00:42

Bank of Queensland Bans Crypto Purchases Using Home Equity Loans "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Australian retail lender Bank of Queensland is updating its borrowers loan contracts to keep them from purchasing cryptocurrency using mortgage funds. Brisbane-based Bank of Queensland, a retail bank listed on Australias primary stock exchange is discouraging its borrowers from using real-estate mortgages to purchase cryptocurrency after deeming it a high-risk investment, according to the Australian

The post Bank of Queensland Bans Crypto Purchases Using Home Equity Loans appeared first on CCN

00:15

Our Oceans Are Under Attack, Accumulating Plastic Wastes "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Spawning coral wrapped in waste plastics

Plastic waste threatens coral reefs

From an Article by Katherine Bourzac, Chemical & Engineering News, Volume 96 Issue 5 | p. 7 | News of The Week, January 29, 2018

A photograph of a spawning coral with a piece of plastic wrapped around it.

Coral reefs around the world face an existential threat from overfishing, climate change, nutrient runoff, and ocean acidification. Now researchers have added another hazard to the list: plastic waste. In a survey of reefs in the Asia-Pacific region, marine biologists found that contact with plastic garbage increased corals risk of disease from 4 to 89% (Science 2018, DOI: 10.1126/science.aar3320).

Researchers and environmentalists have been sounding the alarm about the 4.8 to 12.7 million metric tons of plastic that lands in the oceans every year. Still, says Douglas Rader, chief oceans scientist at the Environmental Defense Fund and one of the studys coleaders, the strong connection between coral disease and plastic was extremely surprising. This is striking, particularly in the context of all the other risks to reefs, he says.

The plastics study, an international effort involving researchers from Cornell University and collaborators in Indonesia, Hawaii, and Australia, studied 159 reefs in Myanmar, Australia, Thailand, and Indonesia. Researchers looked for signs of disease, including bands of necrotic tissue on the corals. They also noted whether the corals were in contact with pieces of plastic 50 mm in diameter or larger. Courtney Couch, a coral disease ecologist at the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology who surveyed reefs in Indonesia, says she saw many corals wrapped in plastic fishing lines and plastic bags.

This study is the first to show that plastic waste is associated with risk of disease in a marine organism. Although the researchers didnt establish a mechanism to explain the correlation, Couch notes that plastic ocean trash can carry pathogens. Plastic also can wrap around coral, which causes stress and in turn leaves the organism vulnerable to infection.

Marine chemist Tracy Mincer of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, who says he reads studies about plastic in the ocean with a skeptical eye, is convinced. It i...

00:15

Quotes of the Week "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"



The LNP state conference was just 3 old real estate agents short of banning sex because it might lead to dancing.  [Possum Comitatus, commenting on conservative politics in Queensland, Twitter,  8 July 2018]


Trump is not an unusual American president with contrarian ideas. He is an off-the-charts repudiation of everything the United States has stood for since 1945: representative government, liberty, the rule of law, free trade, a rules-based international order, open societies, pluralism and human rights.  [Journalist Roger Cohan, writing in The New York Times, 9 July 2018]


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22:14

Winter Morning Light Master Blog "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Whats not to like about living in Paradise on a fine winters morning on Hungry Head Beach. Using the Fujifilm xpro2 & Fujinon 50mm WR lens.

Source: Winter Morning Light Master Blog

22:00

Gargoyle: Innovative solution for preventing insider attacks "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

A group of researchers from UNSW Sydney, Macquarie University, and Purdue University has released a paper on a new and very promising network-based solution for preventing insider attacks. Dubbed Gargoyle, the solution: Evaluates the trustworthiness of an access request context through a set of Network Context Attributes (NCAs) that are extracted from the network traffic Leverages the capabilities of Software-Defined Network (SDN) for both policy enforcement and implementation Takes advantage of the network controller for More

The post Gargoyle: Innovative solution for preventing insider attacks appeared first on Help Net Security.

21:39

Advancing responsible radioactive waste management in Australia. "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF Briefing note: March 2018

Overview:

Radioactive waste management in Australia has been a contested, divisive and ultimately non-productive area of public policy for decades. The timing and circumstances are now conducive for adopting a revised approach that is more likely to advance responsible national radioactive waste management and agreed and lasting outcomes.

This approach to responsible radioactive waste management in Australia is founded on not imposing any federal facility on an unwilling community, acting in a manner consistent with both existing state and territory laws and leading international industry practise and ensuring high standards of extended federal interim storage at the two secured sites where the majority of the waste is sited pending an inclusive and robust examination of the range of long term future management options.

Scale and current context:

Australia holds around 4250 cubic metres of low level radioactive waste and 655 cubic metres of longlived intermediate level waste. Around 95% of this material is currently stored at two secured Federal sites. Nearly all of Australias intermediate level waste is held where it was created at the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisations (ANSTO) Lucas Heights nuclear reactor facility in southern Sydney. This material is Australias highest level radioactive waste and is the most significant management challenge. Most of the low-level waste is at the Defence Departments Woomera site in South Australia.

The National Radioactive Waste Management Project:

The current preferred federal plan involves the emplacement and covering of containerised low-level radioactive wastes and...

21:37

Australian Conservation Foundation: need for nuclear waste dump in Flinders Ranges not proven, alternative options not explored. "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

The siting of a National Radioactive Waste Management Facility, is an issue of huge national importance. So is it fair that our small community is being asked to make such a serious decision based on limited and, we believe, misleading information?

The Australian Conservation Foundation Submission [no 70] to the Senate Economics References Committee on the selection process for a national radioactive waste management facility in South Australia, Dave Sweeney | Nuclear Free Campaigner |

The Australian Conservation Foundation is Australias national environment organisation. We stand up, speak out and act for a world where reefs, rivers, forests and wildlife thrive...

19:48

Local Embraer EMB-550 Legacy 500 Bizjet N142GZ Completes Flights out and back to Mackay Airport "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

It was a busy day at Mackay Airport on Tuesday 10 July for locally-based Embraer EMB-550 Legacy 500 bizjet N142GZ with it noted completing two flights to Brisbane and one back into the sugar city.

File photo

UPDATE!  N142GZ reversed its Tuesday flights on Thursday 12 July completing two flights from Brisbane into Mackay Airport and one back to Brisbane.  I suspect that N142GZ might have ferried people to and from Brisbane to watch the third State of Origin rugby league game.

As mentioned below, late on Tuesday 10 July, LifeFlight (Aeromed) LearJet 45 bizjet VH-VVI "Ambulance 451" touched down at Mackay Airport from Brisbane.  It returned to Brisbane a little while later.

UPDATE!  On Friday 13 July, fellow LifeFlight (Aeromed) LearJet 45 bizjet VH-CXJ "Ambulance 452" made an early arrival into Mackay Airport from Townsville.  It later departed to Brisbane.

Meanwhile, on the lighter side of movements into Mackay Airport, Piper PA-31-350 Navajo VH-TTX was back on Tuesday 10 July arriving direct from its Toowoomba base and departing to Bowen and Gladstone Airports before returning to Toowoomba.

UPDATE!  VH-TTX did the same on Wednesday 11 July.

Also on Tuesday 10 July, Vanderfield Pilatus PC-12/47 VH-WPH arrived in Mackay Airport from its Toowoomba base via Biloela / Thangool Airport.  It is due to depart to Emerald Airport and stay for the night.  VH-WPH is then due to continue to Roma Airport on Wednesday 11 July.

While Brisbane-based Piper PA-30 Twin Comanche VH-ZOO departed Mackay Airport for Archerfield.  It had arrived on Sunday 8 July.

Finally, a pair of interesting helicopters visiting Mackay Airport also on Tuesday 10 July included Queensland Government (QGAir) Rescue Bell 412 helicopter VH-ESD which was noted visiting from its Townsville base as "Rescue 521".

While Parklea (Air Services) (of Victoria) Agusta AW109SP helicopter VH-CZT was noted depart...

17:00

Labor prefers southern votes to croc protection for Far Northerners "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

KAP State Member for Hill Shane Knuth has again called for the State Government to get real on crocodile management following the release of the 2017 Queensland Crocodile Management Update.

 Todays announcement reaffirms there is a croc issue in North Queensland, Mr Knuth said.

KAP Member for Hill, Shane Knuth warns croc sightings have doubled in two years

 

The Government is reluctant to make the tough decisions because keeping southern votes is more important to them than protecting the life and livelihood of North Queenslanders.

 The Governments update showed a spike in the number of crocodile sightings, jumping to 684 in 2017 compared to 378 in 2016 and just 176 in 2010.

 This is triple the sightings reported from seven years ago and an 80% increase in sightings from 2016, he said.

 Those are extraordinary numbers and any sane person would argue it represents a large increase in crocodile numbers. Most people I speak to in the region tell me they don...

16:34

Malcolm to the rescue of power prices "IndyWatch Feed Seq.art"

Checking the AEMO Data Dashboard at 4.30 we find Wind and Other delivering 2.7% of demand, propped up by a strong performance by the NSW windfarms. Go the Blues. Nothing in SA and the price sky high.

Malcolm just sent me a copy of his speech in Brisbane, I dont have the stomach to read it but I am prepared to share.

The temptation was too much.

So the choice is going to be very clear, at the by-elections and indeed, at the general election next year, lower prices under our technology neutral customer focused National Energy Guarantee, or higher prices under Labors reckless renewable energy subsidies.

As ACCC Chairman Rod Sims said just this morning, Only a technology neutral approach will get prices down. Whenever Governments prescribe that the technology should be one thing or another, thats when you get higher prices.

Now, repairing the mistakes of the past means, obviously, planning to ensure that renewables are reliable, and clearly that was the huge oversight neglected in South Australia.

Now, Snowy Hydro 2.0 will help lay the foundation for the future of our more flexible energy system, providing a grid scale, 2,000 megawatt battery in the heart of the system; improving reliability and security across the grid; enabling new technologies to be safely integrated.

Pray for rain!

Meanwhile in the USA emissions drop, in contrast with Europe. Not really a good thing given the CO2 level is still sub-optimal for plant growth but Greens should be surprised and pleased.

12:04

Flowerdale phascogale "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

The Brush-tailed Phascogale is a little-known native carnivorous marsupial that captured the imagination of many in the local community when remote cameras set up during the Focus on Fauna survey project in 2011/12 revealed its presence at several locations in the Flowerdale Strath Creek area. That indicated that this threatened species was most likely []

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Karen From Finance Is Headlining Cairns Tropical Pride 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Seq.art"

Australian drag star Karen From Finance is set to headline this years Cairns Tropical Pride festival in October. Cairns Tropical Pride is north Queenslands largest LGBTIQ festival, celebrating the diverse people and places of the region each year. This years festival will take place across three days, from October 12 to 14. The hilarious Melbourne ...

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Wednesday, 11 July

17:12

6th Stop "IndyWatch Feed Seq.art"

From Atherton Tablelands, it took us 2 days to reach out next destination. Leaving Yungaburra, we drove along Curtain Fig Tree Road and got onto the Atherton Malanda Road which would take us down off the High Country and back Continue reading

16:41

Slowly Slowly "IndyWatch Feed Seq.art"

Slowly Slowly

On Smile Lines frontman Ben Stewart says: We wrote the heavier sections as a band and had a lot of fun jumping around injecting it with energy. I sat with the quiet elements at home, trying to impart a conflicted narrative, which I felt would be an important backdrop to the more aggressive moments we had in the rehearsal room. The juxtaposition felt right and thats where Michael Roberts and I dreamed up the character of Garrod, the Jekyll and Hyde supermarket employee, harshly torn between his watered-down self and a complex rawness only present behind closed doors. Take what you want from the storyline, but for me the song centres around becoming entangled in your own web the more you thrash around the worse it gets. Thomas Watson (Garrod) was incredible to work with and took us back and forth from stunned silence to roaring laughter over and over again in a very cold house one night in Brunswick.

Riding high from the release of their new album St. Leonards in May and backed up by an almost completely sold out Australian headline tour months in advance  Slowly Slowly are proving exactly why they were earmarked to be one of 2018s breakout bands. Praised for its eloquent storytelling and capturing a portrait of the glory years of life in vivid colour, triple j Music Director Nick Findlay said, Slowly Slowly from Melbourne are harking back to almost like that Kisschasy era of emo pop punk at a time where its just perfect. Rock Sound Magazine echoed the sentiment, stating, St. Leonards sees Slowly Slowly pushing themselves to new heights to ensure no one underestimates them while Kerrang! Magazine say Ben Stewarts raw emotion steals the show. But Stack Magazine truly summed it up best with Slowly Slowly are making gold on their sophomore effort.

Before Slowly Slowly set off on the Smile Lines tour, the band will head up to Brisbane for a bunch of showcases at Bigsound 2018, set to prove exactly why theyve been labelled one of Australia...

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